Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 | 6:01 p.m.
Our Strip casino hotels are all geared up to help our Asian friends celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Horse, the symbol of speed, strength, courage, perseverance and nobility.
Contributing photographer Tom Donoghue received an advance look at Palazzo’s extravaganza awaiting guests attending Saturday’s U.S. premiere of the musical acrobatic spectacular “Panda!” from China. The Palazzo’s Atrium Waterfall and gardens are a majestic salute.
Across the street at Wynn, three 800-pound Tang Dynasty horse sculptures were unveiled today in honor of Chinese New Year. The 10-foo- long horses stand 9 feet tall and are painted red and gilded in gold leaf by sculptor Sillipachai “Mod” Toonrud and have taken 15 months to hand carve. They remain on display through Feb. 14.
At the Cosmopolitan, there will be a “Dotting of the Eyes” ceremony and street parade with 30 performers awakening the dragon and lions. Polynesian artist Alexander Lee will display his ink paintings using breadfruit tree leaves at the hotel’s P3Studio artist-in-residence program.
PENN’S HIDDEN CAMERAS: The new magic series “Street Cred” that Rio headliner magician Penn Jillette will shoot as an original pilot for the Travel Channel will use hidden cameras to watch street performers.
The talent show is unlike any other on television because the contestants didn’t sign up for anything and have no idea they’re even on TV. A former street performer himself, Penn will travel the country with his team of undercover experts to find and reward the best street performer with a $10,000 tip.
Hot off the grill! The annual food-and-wine superstar chef festival Vegas Uncork’d is returning to the Strip and is May 8-11. A champagne saber ceremony will kick off the celebrations at the Venetian with its resident culinary stars Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Buddy ““Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro.
Japanese-born Australian chef Tetsuya Wakuda, who was named for six years in a row as one of the Top 50 world’s best, will fly in from Singapore, where he runs an outpost of his revered Sydney restaurant Tetsuya at the Venetian’s sister property Marina Bay Sands.
The Venetian plays host from March 5-9 for the first-ever visit of the Master Chefs of France for its 59th general assembly. The event also celebrates the 50th American and Canadian delegations and the U.S. Chapter of l’Academie Culinaire De France.
The Venetian and Palazzo executive chef Olivier Dubreuil, who also is a Master Chef of France, invited the organization and its 150 master chefs for the annual event and its induction of new star chefs. A dinner will salute the lifetime achievement award presentation and the Man and Woman of the Year.
WHO’S WHERE WHEN: Brett Maly is on tonight’s new episode of “Pawn Stars” titled “Truly Trivial” where he will appraise an Al Hirschfeld artwork for Rick Harrison.
The Venetian has renewed its residency contract with comedienne Rita Rudner through the first part of 2014 with dates starting Jan. 19 through May 25.
In addition to the Meat Loaf residency in “Rocktellz & Cocktails” at Planet Hollywood, with ticket sales that began Tuesday, came confirmation this morning of my predictions that The Jacksons will perform 40 shows there starting Feb 20. Tickets go on sale Saturday.
NIGHTCLUB WARS: As the battles to hold onto superstar DJs and add the top newcomers continues to rage, many of Light’s inaugural artists at Mandalay Bay will return for 2014, including Axwell, Alesso, Sebastian Ingrosso, Krewella, Nicky Romero, A-Trak, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Baauer, Skrillex and The Stafford Brothers.
New talents making their Las Vegas residency debut at Light include the legendary Carl Cox for his first-ever Las Vegas residency, Dirty South, GTA, Sultan & Ned Shepard, Laidback Luke, Norman Doray, Dyro and Dannic. Rival Hakkasan at MGM Grand announced its contract signings this week.
Multi-platinum DJ, producer and songwriter Zedd has signed for an exclusive 2014 residency at Steve Wynn’s Encore Beach Club, Surrender and XS and will debut Jan. 31’s powerhouse weekend with Skrillex, Lil Jon and RL Grime.
Celine Dion’s protege singing impressionist Veronic DiCaire had the night off from her Bally’s show and watched Celine’s Caesars Palace show. Backstage afterward in Celine’s dressing room, the ladies talked about each other’s shows.
MLB legend Orel Hershiser enjoyed dinner at Morels in Palazzo.
Actor and model Tyson Beckford, who was on “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!” with me in Australia, and Lil Jon partied at Crazy Horse III with the gentlemen’s club’s topless entertainers at their VIP table.
Singer and guitarist Joe King (The Fray) attended David Copperfield’s headliner show at MGM Grand. Joe was with fiance “Vampire Diaries” star Candice Accola, and they went backstage afterward for photos with the master magician.
Singer-songwriter Akon, dressed in all black, dined at Michael and Jenna Morton’s new restaurant Crush in MGM Grand and enjoyed chef Billy DeMarco’s octopus ceviche and California sea bass with bottles of Fiji and San Pellegrino.
Cage the Elephant and GroupLove are at the new Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan.
2014 CES hosts first Variety Breakthrough of the Year Awards at LVH Theater.
Juicy J hosts the official Soul Headphones CES party at Tao in the Venetian.
Clowns, aerialists, animals and motorcyclists romp at Zelzah Shrine Circus at Orleans Arena through Sunday.
R3hab spins at Hakkasan.
Ikon spins at Tryst in Wynn.
Our fun and candid chat with William Shatner will post at 2 a.m. Friday, and then it’s a music weekend with Linkin Park, Three Doors Down, Zac Brown Band and even Paul Revere and The Raiders. We also shine the spotlight on the 2014 Miss Nevada USA Pageant at UNLV and “Panda!” with a new photo gallery.
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.
With world-class dining, shopping, spas, golf and entertainment, there's no shortage of things to do at Wynn. The resort’s aquatic acrobatic show, “Le Reve—The Dream,” a creation by Cirque Du Soleil veteran Franco Dragone and Steve Wynn, will leave guests wanting more with its breathtaking performances that conjure an imaginary world. The Wynn Esplanade offers a unique shopping experience with stores including Chanel, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta and many more. Tryst is its signature nightclub, offering a secluded lagoon inside the club and spacious dance floor. Blush, the Wynn’s ultra lounge, draws swanky party-goers. Tryst, Wynn’s signature nightclub, is situated along a private lagoon under a 90-foot waterfall and plays host to some of the world’s most renown DJs.