Music Box Films
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 | 5:02 p.m.
Playboy’s Hugh Hefner, striptease queen Dita Von Teese and supermodel Rebecca Romijn all appear in the new film “Bettie Page Reveals All” opening at Village Square here on Friday.
Bettie became one of the world’s most recognized sex symbols, and this documentary from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mark Mori tells her story in her words for the first time.
She taped a decade-long series of audio interviews before her 2008 death, and her own story accompanies the film. Her earthy and razor-sharp wit shine through as she travels from one of six children in an impoverished Southern family to scandalous 1950s pinup model to a self-imposed retirement in 1957 only to re-emerge in the ’90s unaware of her cult status.
To this day, she is one of the Top 10 posthumous celebrity earners ranked by Forbes, and the Bettie Page boutique fashion company run by designer Tatyana Khomyakova with nearly 20 stores from San Francisco to Boston across North America is headquartered here, with stores at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood and the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.
Years ago after a three-month search, I finally tracked down Bettie for an episode of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” and reunited her with Hef. I’ve seen a preview of the fascinating 101-minute movie, and you’ll quickly understand how Bettie’s unabashed sexual expression and provocative poses set the stage for the sexual revolution and how stars such as Madonna, Katy Perry and Beyonce emulated her.
HOLLY RETURNS: For the first time in more than a year, Holly Madison will be back on a Strip stage. It’s a one-night-only guest performance at Harrah’s with the cast of “Million Dollar Quartet,” but the reality TV star (“Holly’s World,” “The Girls Next Door”) vows that it won’t be her last.
“I’ve truly missed being onstage in front of a live audience, so I was thrilled to be invited to perform with the talented cast. I’m very excited,” she said. Holly, who headlined in “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood for three years, will perform the Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret duet “The Lady Loves Me” from “Viva Las Vegas” alongside the cast in the finale.
Holly follows in the footsteps of guest stars Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno, Paris headliner Taylor Hicks and Bally’s headliner Veronic DiCaire.
TASTE TREATS: Star chef Nobu Matsuhisa has created a seven-course truffle-tasting menu at his Caesars Palace boutique hotel and restaurant, and the $400-per-person tab before the sake is added is worth every penny for the truffles, truffle foam, truffle yuzu dressing, white truffle reduction and truffle custard with carpaccio, sashimi, lobster, sea bass and sushi. Even the pineapple dessert is sprinkled with white truffle powder.
Lily ultra lounge at Bellagio has landed a supply of 300 bottles priced at $3,000 apiece of the new Stolichnaya Elit Vodka New Zealand Edition.
Chef, “Chopped” judge and “Flavors of My World” chef Maneet Chauhan creates a special menu at our Origin India tonight opposite the Hard Rock Hotel. The four-course meal at $50 per guest raises money for the Red Cross to aid victims of the tragic Typhoon Haiyan.
HOTELIER OF THE YEAR: Our Nevada Hotel Association hosts its third-annual Stars of the Industry Awards tonight at Red Rock Resort with guest presenters former Mayor Oscar Goodman and Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki. John Caparella, president of the Venetian/Palazzo/Sands Expo, and Greg Waldron, VP F&B of the Cosmopolitan, compete against Dave Monroe of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe for Hotelier of the Year.
QUICK NOTES: The new SLS hotel on the site of the old Sahara has ordered $5 million in indoor and outdoor video screens. The soon-to-be-installed marquee will at 10,000 square feet be the largest on the Strip’s north end, and the Shot Bar display will be unlike anything ever seen here before. The hotel opens next fall.
Staff at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore host a holiday toy drive tonight, with unwrapped gifts benefiting children at Quannah McCall Elementary in North Las Vegas. The donation goes to Communities in Schools of Nevada, the local affiliate of America’s leading dropout-prevention organization and intervention program. Sultan and Ned Shepard will be behind the DJ decks for the party.
The hunt is on tonight for the World’s Fastest Bartender in an official Guinness World Record attempt at Spearmint Rhino.
Just ahead of the official 2013 National Finals Rodeo start Thursday, five country stars perform free concerts at Fremont Street Experience stages to celebrate the 27th Annual Downtown Hoedown: Rodney Atkins, Joe Diffie, Cole Swindell, Chase Rice and Chris Janson.
Wayne Static is at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Singer and pianist Bill Fayne is joined by Amanda Kaiser and Ayler Evan for a celebration of Broadway classics at Bootlegger Bistro.
DJ Stellar spins at Light in Mandalay Bay.
Our interview with Caesars headliner Shania Twain in advance of her grand marshal duties at Opportunity Village’s Great Santa Run, plus, rocker Vince Neil previews the Rock and Roll Academy concert at Orleans Arena with KISS stars Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, plus, Alice Cooper and Dee Snider. We also preview the stars arriving for the first night of NFR that continues for 10 rounds through Dec. 14 and meet all the celebrity chefs from America and Italy invading for the Italiana Food & Wine Festival at the Venetian and Palazzo.
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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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.
Just as distinctive as it's famous neighbors Caesar's Palace and The Venetian, Harrah's Las Vegas has been entertaining guests since 1973. The 87,700-square foot casino is filled with 1,520 slot machines and 107 gaming tables. Outside the casino, guests are able to experience fun in a street-fair atmosphere at the Carnival Court, an outdoor lounge with live entertainment (including the bartenders), food stands and outdoor shops.
At Harrah's comedy is King, and that has never been more apparent then the comedy acts of Rita Rudner, the Mac King Comedy Magic Show and the Improv Comedy Club. After the show, guests are more than welcome to laugh at their friends at The Piano Bar, famous for its dueling pianos and karaoke. Most recently, Harrah's added tribute show "Legends in Concert" to its list of entertainment.
Restaurants like Ming's offers Asian cuisine, while Ruth's Chris Steak House offers guests fine steaks and fresh seafood. Toby Keith's I Love This Bar is a country-themed bar with a restaurant, live music and the occasional appearance from Keith himself.