Tuesday, April 30, 2013 | 11:56 p.m.
The parade of stars at play in our desert kingdom continues to grow every weekend as more and more celebrities uproot themselves from New York and Hollywood to join in the fun in the sun of The Entertainment Capital of the World.
Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez, under the watchful eye of security guards, held hands with boyfriend Casper Smart when they settled into chairs for tanning poolside at MGM Grand’s Signature Tower. J.Lo, in town for Hakkasan Las Vegas’ grand opening at MGM Grand, wore a brown checkered caftan gown over her swimwear.
The Grammy-winning Zac Brown Band dined at Andrea’s in Steve Wynn’s Encore ahead of their concert at Chelsea Ballroom in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
ZBB and their friends shared executive chef Joseph Elevado’s fabulous feast of shishito peppers, hamachi sundachi, crispy tuna, wagyu beef tataki, specialty sushi rolls including shrimp tempura and fried burdock, wagyu beef and lobster, New York strip steaks, miso black cod, smokey salmon, veggie fried rice, asparagus, smashed potatoes and ice cream towers.
Frontman Zac Brown, a foodie himself known to cook fantastic Southern meals, joined chef Joe in Andrea’s kitchen to pay his compliments to the chef and talk food.
Tennis legend Billie Jean King and her partner Ilana Kloss watched Donny & Marie Osmond’s show at the Flamingo and posed for a photo backstage with the siblings after the performance.
Actor, producer and director Forest Whitaker enjoyed a chopped salad, margherita pizza and Chocolate Decadence for lunch at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in The Forum Shops of Caesars Palace.
The stars turned out en masse at The Joint in The Hard Rock Hotel for Prince’s four shows Friday and Saturday nights. NBA icon Magic Johnson, actor David Arquette, golfer Butch Harmon and tennis legends and Las Vegas residents Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf hung out in VIP suites during Prince’s first performance. Guns ’N’ Roses guitarist D.J. Ashba, singer Keisha Cole and Zac Brown enjoyed Prince’s second show.
Guitarist Zakk Wylde took the stage at nearby Vinyl, where Ashba joined him, and French electronic duo Justice performed a DJ set at Rehab. Zakk read excerpts from his book “Bringing Metal to the Children: The Complete Berserker’s Guide to World Tour Domination” with a surprise Q+A. Rehab’s 10th anniversary celebration continued with Justice and 3,500 beachgoers. Rapper Chamillionaire and R&B singer Miguel dined at neighboring tables at nearby Pink Taco. (Miguel hosted and performed at Pure in Caesars Palace on Friday night.)
Lydia McLaughlin, the newest cast member of “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” brought husband Doug McLaughlin to town to celebrate his birthday, with a large number of her girlfriends in tow. They stayed at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, enjoyed time at the spa and toured The Residences at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. Their weekend included Marquee in The Cosmopolitan for DJ Sander Van Doorn, and the couple watched Cirque du Soleil’s “O” at Bellagio and posed for a photograph before the show.
First it was “Sin City Rules” that irritated for their jaunts in our city. Now I’m fearful that the cast members of the equally obnoxious “Shahs of Sunset” on Bravo will invade on a regular basis. Golnesa “G.G.” Gharachedaghi fired weapons and ammo at Mark Cole’s Guns and Ammo Garage on Monday night.
Wherever and whenever the stars show up on and off the Strip, our spywitnesses will keep us well posted.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort.