Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 | 6 p.m.
The magnetic and hypnotic draw of TV sets and casino sports books kicks in Sunday afternoon to the detriment of all other events as the whistle blows for Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks at 3:30 p.m. PT.
You would think the world of entertainment grinds to a halt. FYI: The latest forecast is a kickoff temperature in New Jersey should be a mild 43 degrees, but temperatures will drop during the Big Game — no snow, no rain. Sounds perfect for the clash of the conferences.
Las Vegas regulars will be appearing during the Halftime Show spectacular and in the much-watched, multimillion-dollar commercials. Our new Planet Hollywood resident Britney Spears still peddles Pepsi, while the Cosmopolitan’s Bruno Mars and The Red Hot Chili Peppers are the Pepsi-sponsored Halftime Show entertainment.
We’ve got our own music superstars here this weekend, but safely before the Strip falls silent for football’s ultimate annual game. Our hometown pop-punk princess Pink winds down her “The Truth About Love Tour” at MGM Grand Garden Arena, and country legend George Strait is in the final stretch of his “The Cowboy Rides Away” farewell tour, at MGM Grand a day later.
It’s up to the comedians to get the laughs rolling this 10th anniversary weekend of Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction. Daniel Tosh and Tim Allen are in head-to-head competition opposite the Strip at the Mirage and the Venetian, respectively. Dana Carvey might just do an impersonation of yours truly when The Church Lady fires off a few “Saturday Night Live” zingers at the Orleans. Other comics here this weekend include Larry the Cable Guy and Rob Schneider.
Extend a warm welcome to all of our Asian friends starting Chinese New Year and the Year of the Horse — many of our hotels have elaborate displays for the festivities. Knowing there are so many sports fans also in town, the nightclubs have secured their top DJ talent to spin the wheels of steel.
But I’ve discovered one unique attraction for Big Game Day. I bet the guys of the house will want their burgers, steaks and chili to go with the gridiron grapples. Well, master butcher and chef and restaurant owner Sam Marvin will spend Saturday lunchtime showing his skilful artistry with a butcher demo at his Echo & Rig Butcher and Steakhouse in Tivoli Village. Watch his clever cutting, and then have him wrap it up for you to take home to barbecue.
Now that I’ve given you something tasty to bite into, here’s the entire mouth-watering menu of Super Bowl weekend attractions that we’ve carved up as the Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, JAN. 31
Pink is at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“Flashdance: The Musical” is at Smith Center all weekend.
Mickey Gilley, the original Urban Cowboy, is at Gilley’s at Treasure Island for two nights.
Graceland Ninjaz is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay for two nights.
Larry the Cable Guy is at Pearl at the Palms.
Dana Carvey is at the Orleans for two nights.
Daniel Tosh is at the Mirage for two nights.
Tim Allen is at the Venetian for two nights.
Todd Paul, Dylan Mandlsohn and David Gee are at the Improv at Harrah’s all weekend.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
The Venetian and Palazzo welcome the Year of the Horse with a ceremonial dragon dance, firecrackers and eye-painting ceremonies. Eight hand-sculpted hand-painted horses are on show in the art installation through Feb. 16.
Hofbrauhaus celebrates its 10th anniversary with Mayor Carolyn Goodman as she taps the honorary keg. Guests will be served slices from a beer-stein cake made by students at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.
The Las Vegas Wranglers hold their first-ever LGBTQ night at Orleans Arena benefiting The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada.
“Top Chef” star Angela Sosa features a five-course meal to salute Chinese New Year at his Poppy Den in Tivoli Village.
Hakkasan at MGM Grand celebrates the Year of the Horse with lion dancers providing a festive dining experience.
DJ Zedd makes his debut for his Encore Beach Club, Surrender and XS residency.
Tiesto is at Hakkasan.
Juicy J is at the Bank in Bellagio.
Krewella is at Light in Mandalay Bay.
SATURDAY, FEB. 1
George Strait is at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Classically trained Kristen Hertzenberg (“Phantom — the Las Vegas Spectacular”) sings for her supper with rock, jazz and country at Cabaret Jazz in Smith Center.
The George Gee Orchestra with vocalist John Dokes is at Suncoast Showroom.
High Voltage: The AC/DC Production Show is at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Great White and Slaughter are at Eastside Cannery.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for Brooklyn Bowl’s debut spring shows at the Linq with everybody from Jane’s Addiction, Phil Lesh, Steve Winwood, The Roots and Elvis Costello, who starts the new palace of pop and rock March 8.
Tropic Beauty’s gorgeous bikini beauties compete in the Las Vegas finals at 1OAK in the Mirage.
The Cosmopolitan presents the traditional “Dotting of the Eyes” ceremony to celebrate the Year of the Horse.
Chef Sam Marvin’s butcher demonstration is at Echo & Rig.
Calvin Harris spins at Hakkasan.
Sebastian Ingrosso is at Light.
Nas is at Haze in Aria.
Ludacris is at 1OAK.
Skrillex and Warren Peace are at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
Busta Rhymes is at Tao in the Venetian.
Joanna Krupa hosts a pre-Super Bowl party at Hyde Bellagio.
SUNDAY, FEB. 2
Mike Saccone and Alycia Cooper are at Riviera Comedy Club.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
It’s Super Bowl XLVIII: Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos.
The Big Game Viewing Party is at Light.
The Fourth Annual Lavo Bowl Viewing Party is at Lavo in Palazzo.
The Big Game Viewing Party is at Hyde.
Shannon Ihrke hosts at Crazy Horse III.
The Big Game Viewing Party is at Surrender in Encore.
After the glory game: Martin Garrix spins at Hakkasan; Fabolous at Haze; Sage the Geminiat the Bank; and Lil Jon and Dave Fogg at XS.
Check back to Vegas DeLuxe on Sunday before you get glued to the Super Bowl showdown and again Monday for weekend reports and photos. Plus, next week our interviews with Jackie Jackson about The Jacksons’ new Planet Hollywood show, chef Giada De Laurentiis on the progress of her new restaurant; and behind-the-scenes of the return of Meat loaf to Planet Hollywood.
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