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Thursday, July 3, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Another Strip star has created another new show. Sexy Melody Sweets, who is the burlesque queen dazzling as the Green Fairy in the wild and wacky “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace, will premiere her “Wild Wild West Burlesque Show” on July 22.
It’s to celebrate her new music video “Shoot ’Em Up” from her debut album “Burlesque in the Black.” Melody says there will be special guest appearances by the “Absinthe” cast as they’ve never been seen before, including The Gazillionaire and comedienne sidekick Penny Pibbets performing as Cowboy Summerlin Sam and his trusty steed Phallus.
Also onstage will be Miss Exotic World Dirty Martini and Peekaboo Pointe, the fastest tassel twirler in the country, plus the death-defying crossbow stunts and the beat-box talents of Butterscotch from the sister show “Vegas Nocturne” at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan.
VIVA VERACRUZ: Our exclusive news last month about the new show “Viva Veracruz” going into PH Showroom at Planet Hollywood was confirmed Wednesday by hotel executives.
The story of a traveler’s journey through the enchanted folklore of the Mexican city will premiere Monday, July 28. It will feature 12 choreographed numbers with cutting-edge technology and spectacular dance and music combining modern and traditional elements.
The state government of Veracruz, Mexico, commissioned the show to boost the city’s tourism and image. “Audiences will be surprised and emotionally captivated by the spectacular sensations this show provokes,” said producer Alex Esqueda. “We are very proud of this visually exciting experience.”
PAWN STARS EXPO: Expect to see top reality-TV heroes from “Pawn Stars” with Rick Harrison and Les Gold, Seth Gold and Ashley Gold Broad from “Hardcore Pawn” at the Pawn Expo here at the Mirage.
It’s the only national convention and trade show for the industry, and more than 120 companies are featured to share with pawnbrokers new industry knowledge.
Hot off the grill!
* I was “drinking stars.” It could have been called the $10,000 dinner. Dom Perignon flowed like water Wednesday night at celebrity chef Daniel Boulud’s new DB Brasserie in the Venetian. He flew in from New York proudly showing iPhone photos of his new baby son and that called for more bubbly that never stopped.
Each of the four items from the regular menu on the tasting was more spectacular than the one before, and each was paired with more masterpiece Dom Perignon vintages. Just 40 privileged people sat down for the intimate dinner shelling out $250 apiece for the priceless champagnes and creative cuisine:
Yellowtail sashimi with avocado, pink grapefruit and lime creme fraiche with a 2004 Dom Perignon vintage; lobster American in a champagne-vanilla sabayon with Oenotheque Vintage 1996; Sonoma Valley Quail with white peach, foie gras with the Oenotheque rose vintage 1993 concluding with an almond blanc-mager in melon sorbet with basil partnered with an extraordinary Dom Perignon Rose Vintage 2003.
Julia Fitzroy from Dom Perignon hosted the spectacular and extraordinary dining-and-drinking experience from start to finish with sports agent J.B. Bernstein among the revelers. This really was a case of champagne wishes coming true.
* UNLV graduate Reza Arshadi and his cousin Azad Zahedi put their knowledge of working on the Strip in the culinary industry to good use when they opened their own first Presto Cafe for health-conscious lifestyles. With fresh produce from local vendors, they serve treats for vegans, vegetarians and gluten-free diners.
Business has been so good at their Spanish Trail Spring Valley location since they opened this year that they are opening a location in Green Valley. Fan favorites include deconstructed tuna rolls, couscous salads, low-carb gluten-free wraps and Turkish breads stuffed with delicious toppings.
* Celebrity chef Steve Martorano plans to open his Martorano’s Italian Bistro in the former Le Provencal space at the Paris in early fall. As his second Las Vegas restaurant, it’s likely to be a bigger celebrity haunt than his Cafe Martorano at the Rio.
The new 17,500-sqare-foot eatery will be open to passersby on the shopping boulevard, and Steve promises that he will not only cook but also spin his classic R&B disco hits in time with Mob and Las Vegas movies including “Casino.” Steve also promised me that he will have his eggplant stack homemade mozzarella, which I absolutely love at the Rio location.
UFC President Dana White partied at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore with former light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans.
At a nearby table, Gian Villante celebrated his recent UFC victory. All were rocking out to a DJ set by Ryan Lewis of Grammy-winning duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
UFC lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis hosted a UFC International Fight Week kick-off party at Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop in Paris Las Vegas mingling with fans well into the night.
And MMA fighter Roy Nelson and former MLB player Johnny Damon and his wife Michelle rode on the new, 500-foot-high VooDoo Zipline at the Rio.
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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.
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.