Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 | 6 p.m.
There’s no disguising the fact that it’s a sex-fueled weekend in Sin City. Before you say it’s always like that here, this 72-hour package features the granddaddy of red-hot parties.
With the wild-as-can-be Midsummer Lingerie Carnival at the Palms, the second anniversary of Night School 4 Girls and Robin Thicke’s steamy, nearly nude “Blurred Lines” video, it’s three days and nights of sassy sensuality, and much of it will take place in an undressed, stripped-down state of affairs.
The underwear pages of Victoria’s Secret come to life with lacy lingerie, frilly knickers and black-seamed thigh-high stockings all on show at the Palms Pool. Guys have it easier with silk pajamas. This was a takeoff of Hugh Hefner’s infamous party at the Playboy Mansion, but now the Palms has made its own torrid trademark. Feel the temperatures soar and sizzle Saturday from dusk to dawn.
For two years, Night School 4 Girls at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip and its real-life Las Vegas showgirls have been teaching sultry moves, pole-dancing tricks and burlesque routines to ladies at bachelorette and divorce parties. The 70-minute classes, which were seen on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” have proved a favorite with women wanting to spice up their own bedroom antics and “further their education.” Sexy students celebrate the anniversary all weekend.
Seriously sexy R&B singer Robin Thicke, who has scorched the charts with his No. 1 blockbuster, “Blurred Lines,” joins Jason Derulo and up-and-comer Sammy Adams at the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. (Robin returns solo at the Palms Pool next month.) Viewer-discretion warning: This is the unrated version of “Blurred Lines” with T.I. and Pharrell.
We mustn’t forget the King of Rock and Roll, who started the whole hip-swiveling, torso-thrusting dance moves. There are several celebrations to mark the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death 36 years ago in Memphis at age 42.
Now it’s time for us to put on our blue suede shoes; polish our pompadour; and shake, rattle and roll our way into this week’s edition of the Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, AUG. 16
Boyz II Men are at the Mirage all weekend.
Singer, composer and actor Lyle Lovett and His Large Band are at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts with blues, gospel, country and swing from his 14 albums.
Cold War Kids and Papa are at the Boulevard Pool.
Elvis weekend includes Brandon Bennett’s “Elvis My Way” at Sam’s Town for two nights.
Michael Sweet, Oz Fox (Stryper) and Mike Tramp are at Club Madrid in Sunset Station.
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic are on Fremont Street above Hennessey’s Tavern.
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.
Nashville Unplugged features Arliss Albritton and Brad Crisler at Red Rock Resort.
David Spade is at the Venetian for two nights.
Sinbad is at the Orleans Showroom for two nights.
Ralphie May is at South Point all weekend.
Don Barnhart and Phil Johnson are at Big Al’s Comedy Club at the Gold Coast all weekend.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Opportunity Village commemorates Elvis with an Elvis impersonator contest and performances by Opportunity Village Elvi at its Engelstad Campus. Opportunity Village was the official manufacturer of Elvis scarves he gave away at every show.
Veteran crime journalists and authors Beverly Ford and Stephanie Schorow speak at the Mob Museum in two lectures.
Super Summer Theater continues its production of “Legally Blonde: the Musical” at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park.
The Double Down Saloon celebrates National Rum Day with complimentary Sailor Jerry floats.
Buffalo Bill’s celebrates National Roller Coaster Day with free rides on the Desperado roller coaster.
Hook Jaw Net Radio’s “On Air With Robert & C.C.” hosts an interview with David Perrico at Rockhouse in the Venetian.
A$AP Rocky performs at Ditch Fridays at the Palms Pool.
SATURDAY, AUG. 17
Robin Thicke, Jason Derulo and Sammy Adams are at the Boulevard Pool.
Third Eye Blind performs a free concert at the Fremont Street Experience.
Sublime With Rome is at Mandalay Bay Beach.
Dennis Wise is at Santa Fe Station.
Red Eye Radio performs a free concert at Lounge at the Palms.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
“Raiding the Rock Vault” celebrates boxing legend Leon Spinks’ birthday with a special performance at their “Night of the Champion” show at LVH.
Gilley’s hosts the “Boot Scootin’ Benefit” for Help of Southern Nevada at Treasure Island.
My friend, Las Vegas female fighter Ana Julaton, battles Celina Salazar in a 10-round, nontitle bout in Cancun, Mexico, televised here on Televisa and Fox Sports.
The super-sexy Midsummer Lingerie Carnival is at the Palms Pool.
Omarion is at Haze in Aria.
Brody Jenner celebrates his 30th birthday at Hyde Bellagio.
Olympic champion Ryan Lochte hosts at Azure Luxury Pool at the Palazzo.
Nicky Romero is at Daylight in Mandalay Bay.
SUNDAY, AUG. 18
OF SPECIAL NOTE
The WWE Summer Slam is at Sam’s Town Live!
Shaquille O’Neal hosts at Azure and might swim against Ryan, who says he will have his hands tied behind his back.
Don Diablo spins at Daylight.
We’ll start our reports and photos of the sex-citement on Sunday, and then on Monday preview the celebrity turnout for the MAGIC fashion convention and the 44DD turnout of dancers for the Men’s Club convention.
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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With top accommodations, first-rate entertainment, high-end shopping and a slew of acclaimed chefs, the Palazzo has positioned itself as one of the most luxurious resorts on the Strip.
More than 3,000 all-suite rooms start at 740 square feet and are decorated in a modern, yet classic, Italian style. Each room features a sleeping area, with a king or two queens, and a sunken living room area with floor to ceiling windows.
A cathedral ceiling tops the Palazzo casino, while a second 80-foot dome brings natural light to the property's lobby. The 105,000 square foot casino features more than 2,000 slots and 80 table games but lacks the stale smell of cigarettes, as the property is LEED certified with smoking off limits in most of the Palazzo — including 50 percent of the casino floor.
Dining at the Palazzo is among the best of the Strip, starting with Wolfgang Puck's CUT. Chef Simon To serves up authentic Chinese cuisine at Zine, while Sushisamba combines Brazilian and Peruvian flavors with Japanese techniques. At LAVO, club-goers can dine on Mediterranean dishes before heading upstairs to the bath house-inspired nightclub.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.