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Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Glitz and glamour may well be the dramatic red-carpet fashion focus at the Sunday Oscars, but pop princess Miley Cyrus and her dancers will wear as little as possible when her “Bangerz Tour” lands at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night. The movie superstars may love Valentino and Balmain, but Miley and crew go for furry animal see-through suits and skimpy underwear.
Her show is so outrageous, it already has parents’ groups up in arms over its suggestive, erotic and hardcore sex scenes. In fact, there are parental warnings posted in the show that only reinforce her antics emphasizing sex and drugs. The former “Hannah Montana” star enters the stage through a large image of her mouth sliding down a pink tongue almost right into the crowd. From that moment, you know you’re in for a boisterous “Bangerz” blast.
You’ll see Miley writhing in bed with several half-naked male dancers. Her thrashing about continues twerking against a mighty tall wolf, frontally fondling an orange Muppet and then S&M spread-eagled on the stage floor covered in stripper dollar bills. If the hood ornament on your car had the image she creates on her onstage vehicle during the sequined “Love Money Party” tribute to marijuana, there’d be nothing but traffic crashes. I’ve seen many weird things in my world travels, but I have never seen a golden car windshield being humped.
Expect Miley to have the audience French kiss each other during “Adore You,” and if there’s a female celebrity near the front row, the former Disney darling will kiss her, too, a la Katy Perry in recent days.
It’s all about shock and awe, as a President Lincoln lookalike succumbs to her shenanigans for the “Party in the USA” finale. Miley will ride a phallic hot dog flying out over the audience, and she’ll mount a jet-ski through purple water as laser lightning is fired at her from an exploding baby’s head. Sky Ferreira and Icona Pop open the show.
Expect to see Miley celebrating at Beacher’s Madhouse afterward; after all, she opened the zany club at MGM Grand on New Year’s Eve. She may well attend the extraordinary high-roller weekend the casino has organized for its best players with the 50 knockout models from 24 countries competing in the first-ever International Model Search. That pageant is Saturday at Hakkasan, and I’ll serve as chief judge with Jeff Beacher, rodeo reality TV starlet Darcy LaPier and Lorenzo Lamas if he’s not delayed in Los Angeles with his daughter’s health problems.
Every movie star in the world might well be in Hollywood for the Oscars and their $55,000 gift bags at the Governor’s Ball, but you’ll get the opportunity to see them here, too: the large Strip-front video screen at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will broadcast the live E! Entertainment red carpet pre-awards show coverage with all the fashion-clad celebrities on parade. Additionally, our local children’s charity Variety has its annual Oscars viewing party at Brenden Theaters at the Palms with the 3-hour-plus awards shown on the big screen.
Congratulations to Boyz II Men celebrating their first anniversary at the Mirage on Saturday, followed by a dinner party at chef Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steakhouse. Good luck to chef Angelo Sosa as he throws a viewing party at his Poppy Den Asian Bistro in Tivoli Village when he goes up against chef Bobby Flay on the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” on Sunday night post-Oscars.
Now it’s time for us fire up the grill and hand out our award statuettes to this weekend winners in the Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, FEB. 28
Stand clear of the “Wrecking Ball” as Miley Cyrus headlines for her first time at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are at the Venetian for two nights.
“Jazz Roots: Georgia On My Mind: Celebrating Ray Charles” featuring Take 6, Nnenna Freelon, Clint Holmes and many more is at the Smith Center.
Lainie Kazan is at the Smith Center.
Tower of Power is at South Point all weekend.
The Wailers, Bob Marley’s original band, are at the Cannery.
Nashville Unplugged features Chris Cavanaugh at Club Madrid in Sunset Station.
Moe Brandy is at the Railhead in Boulder Station.
Red Eye Radio is at Lounge at the Palms.
Ray Romano is at the Mirage for two nights.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Cirque du Soleil’s “Zarkana” celebrates the grand opening of its reimagined spectacular at Aria.
Tickets are on sale for Lorde at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan on April 15 and Staind at Pearl at the Palms on June 7.
It’s the Las Vegas Wranglers vs. Idaho Steelheads at the Orleans Arena.
The 2nd Annual Style With a Cause with guests Joshua Christensen and Carlos Casanova of “Project Runway” is at Fashion Show.
Artist Jota Leal, with his “squeezed” surrealistic celebrity portraits of Jack Nicholson, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and more, opens his exhibit at Art Encounter in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.
DJs Tiesto and Dzeko & Torres are at Hakkasan.
SATURDAY, MARCH 1
Boyz II Men celebrate their first anniversary at the Mirage.
Station Casinos kicks off the Guitars & Country Stars concert series with Mark Wills at Sunset Station.
Jay and The Americans and The Vogues are at Eastside Cannery.
The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra is at the Smith Center
Creole Stomp is at Charleston Heights Arts Center for a Mardi Gras celebration.
Bill Bellamy is at Suncoast Showroom for two nights.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation shaving children’s cancer fundraisers are at McMullan’s Irish Pub by the Orleans, Ri Ra Irish Pub at Mandalay Place and Nine Fine Irishmen at New York-New York, plus, the Rock ’N’ Shave with Sin City Sinners at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Siegfried & Roy are honored at the Diamonds Are Forever gala in Aria in support of the Las Vegas Philharmonic.
More Mardi Gras celebrations! Sushi Samba in Palazzo celebrates Brazil’s biggest party of the year, Carnival, with samba dancers, booming drummers and bossa nova DJs and a live satellite feed from Rio of the party. The Big Easy Festival kicks off with its fourth-annual Masquerade Ball at Gold Diggers in the Golden Nugget continuing through March 9.
Touch-a-Truck is in the Harmon Lot at the Orleans Arena.
It’s Game 2 of the Wranglers vs. the Steelheads.
Eric Bellinger is at Haze in Aria.
SUNDAY, MARCH 2
Tony Sacca and his 10-piece band and backup singers present “Listen to My Heart” at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center.
Sharon Corr is at Vinyl.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Brenden Theaters at the Palms hosts Variety’s Fifth Annual Oscar viewing party “Salute to Hollywood” with the 86th annual Academy Awards hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. Will it be “Dallas Buyers Club” for Best Picture, with Matthew McConaughey for Best Actor or “The Wolf of Wall Street” with Leonardo DiCaprio? Is it a toss-up between Bradley Cooper in “American Hustle” or Jonah Hill in “The Wolf of Wall Street”? Tough calls in the Best Actress category among Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine,” Sandra Bullock in “Gravity,” Judi Dench in “Philomena” and Meryl Streep in “August: Osage County.”
Two-time PBR world champion and former UNLV student Justin McBride exits retirement to ride for the $1 million prize at the American at the Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
We’ll be back Sunday with a wrap of the Miley Cyrus “Bangerz” insanity. Next week, our stories of the technical wizardry behind Cirque’s “O,” Victor Drai’s construction tour of his new club atop the Cromwell, Jason Alexander’s new show at Harrah’s and a preview of next weekend’s NASCAR excitement to see if Dale Earnhardt Jr. can repeat his Daytona 500 win.
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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