Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 | 6 p.m.
It’s a whirlwind of Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors this wicked Wednesday:
* I’m hearing first rumblings that several Las Vegas entertainers have discussed an investment group to bring a sports team here as part of a league expansion.
* Expect to see prolific music producer David Foster as a surprise onstage performer with Earth Wind & Fire at their live Home Shopping Network broadcast from the Venetian on Friday, and there are solid rumors that Stevie Wonder will attend for a number.
* Is “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood lead Josh Strickland already in talks to star in another Las Vegas show this fall after a vacation?
* Are the four members of Australia’s Human Nature headlining at the Venetian near a multi-year renewal?
* Is Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood about to get competition with a new combo-concept there?
* Is “Call Me Maybe” crooner Carly Rae Jepsen, who just canceled her Sept. 14 concert at Pearl at the Palms coming here Oct. 3 to head up the Unite Live Concert to Rock Out Bullying on USA Network as the highlight of National Bullying Prevention Month?
Middle and high school students ages 13-18 can enter a sweepstakes to win 10 all-expense paid trips to attend the concert and meet Carly and the show’s other stars. To enter: CharactersUnite.com.
* One-time Silverton hotel mermaid and regular Las Vegas performer Hannah Fraser will join actress Dominika Juillet to be photographed for the campaign “Provoke: Beauty for a Cause” by photographer Ash Gupta. Their first shots that also will be used to attract other film and fashion faces to join the cause will show them as two mermaids trapped in a trawling fishing net.
Star chefs Michael Mina, Julian Serrano and Jean-Georges Vongerichten will determine the winner of a getaway to join them at the fourth annual Food & Wine culinary festival Oct. 4-6 at Bellagio, Aria and MGM Grand. Contestants must prove their culinary passion with a photo or video testimonial to show they are the ultimate foodie on Twitter or Facebook before Sept. 19. The hash tag is #VegasFoodie.
The three-day Las Vegas Foodie Fest returns from Oct. 18-20 with over than 30 food trucks at Silverton Casino Lodge.
Top TV chefs Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse will host two back-to-back three-day culinary weekends during this year’s Winter Carnivale at the Venetian and Palazzo. I’ll join Mario to welcome world-famous Italian butcher Dario Ceccini and mozzarella makers to his La Cucina Italiana weekend Dec 6.
Emeril will be one of the celebrity judges, and I’ll MC the second-annual Culinary Clash contest Dec. 13-14. The resorts’ chefs will be challenged to create recipes using ingredients hidden in a mystery basket and then prepared in food-truck kitchens.
Our local Fox 5 TV personalities Rachel Smith and Sean McAllister turned up on Tuesday night’s episode of “Dance Moms” on Lifetime. Cameras filmed dance mom Kelly and daughter Brooke as they walked out of Las Vegas dance rehearsals for an interview on Rachel and Sean’s “More Access” to talk about Brooke’s new self-titled album. Dance company owner Abby Lee Miller was not happy that Brooke left rehearsals and accused her mom of driving a wedge between the two. Sparks continue to fly next week!
Grass hula skirts will be in order Thursday at Encore Beach Club when “Dancing With the Stars” pro dancers Cheryl Burke and Kana Smirnoff lead the attempt to secure a Guinness Book of World Record for the longest beach ball bounce during the launch party for Pom Wonderful’s new hula, coconut and mango juice blends. It’s a quick round trip from L.A. for the duo taking a break from new-season rehearsals for the hit ABC series that will announce its new cast next Wednesday.
Journey is at the Pearl for two nights.
Star chef Akira Back hosts the local grand opening of his new Kumi Japanese Restaurant and Bar at Mandalay Bay; his guest column was posted July 22.
The tribute show Fan Halen is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
DJ Morgan Page is at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
DJ M!ke Attack is at Lavo in Palazzo.
DJ Steve Powers is at Eclipse at Mandalay Bay.
Jazz, rock and pop musician Miles Schon and his band perform free shows for two nights at Lounge at the Palms.
Model and TV host Roni Taylor hosts the wild circus of debauchery Peanuts & Pasties with its freak shows and sexy contortionists at the Act in Palazzo.
Play the newest pre-release video games from Xbox and PlayStation at Gamestop Expo in the Venetian convention center.
After four years and 1,500 performances, “Peepshow” ends its run Sunday, and its stars, including Coco Austin, reflect on the run and fun.
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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.
In the spirit of Venice, The Venetian is a little piece of romantic Italy right here in Las Vegas. The Venetian is an "all-suite" hotel, with rooms accented with plush linens and Italian marble. The 4,027 suites are divided into two towers: The 36-story Venetian Tower that offers guests a taste of luxurious Las Vegas and the Venezia suites, which guarantee 12 floors of high-end elegance. The top five floors are the hotel's highest level of luxury with its private access, concierge lounge, upgraded features and even a dedicated staff.
The flagship of Venetian nightlife is TAO, an ultra-hip nightclub located inside of TAO Asian Bistro. V Bar is The Venetian's super smooth ultra lounge, made by the owners of New York City's club Lotus and Los Angeles' super swank Sunset Room.
The Venetian features 19 restaurants including Thomas Keller's award-winning French restaurant Bouchon, Mario Batali's B&B Ristorante, Aquaknox for fresh seafood and the 42,000 square foot TAO Asian Bistro. There's also the food court inside the Canal Shoppes for those looking for a quick bite.
Guests can float along The Grand Canal Shops in an authentic Italian gondola ride and pass stores like Burberry and Kenneth Cole along the way. And if you haven't caught a real celeb, on the street in Vegas, you can head over to Madame Tussauds to check out a wax version.