Wednesday, July 9, 2014 | 8 p.m.
Like fellow country superstar Garth Brooks before her, it didn’t take a lot of persuasion to get Caesars Palace headliner Shania Twain to depart the bright lights of the Strip for the Calgary Stampede, Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth up north.
Twain performs concerts today and Thursday at the Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, the first shows in a decade outside her residency “Shania: Still the One” at the Colloseum.
“I was pretty open to it, I have to say,” said Twain in an interview with the Calgary Herald on Monday. “I was excited about the idea of doing a concert environment show again — it’s been a long time.” It was her first local appearance since June 2004.
And speaking of Colosseum headliners, the high-definition “Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano” is now out on Blu-Ray.
WADE, JAMES IN TOWN: Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade partied at 1 OAK in the Mirage on Tuesday night with Portland Trailblazers player Dorell Wright. Wade was in town for NBA free agent LeBron James’ basketball camp.
James also is in town taking meetings about his next move post-Heat. Details about discussions are under wraps until King James makes his decision. A return to Cleveland, anyone?
NEVADA AND HARLEY: Las Vegas Harley-Davidson and Mandalay Bay this month are celebrate together Nevada’s 150th birthday by displaying a custom, sesquicentennial-themed Harley-Davidson at the resort. The one-of-a-kind bike, along with sesquicentennial information, will be on display on the casino floor.
Additionally, people may purchase raffle tickets, at $150 each, Saturday through Thursday from 6 p.m. until midnight all month for a chance to win the bike. Two thousand tickets are available, with proceeds going to Nevada 150 Foundation Inc., a nonprofit formed to aid the Nevada Sesquicentennial Commission and Nevada Sesquicentennial Events.
SLS Las Vegas
SLS VIDEO: As the newest property opening on the Strip next month, SLS Las Vegas is bringing new business and energy to the north end that can be felt throughout Las Vegas.
In its latest video, SLS Las Vegas offers a behind-the-scenes look at the multimillion-dollar project and the businesses it’s partnering with in the Entertainment Capital of the World.
PENN AT GUY’S: Rio headliner magician Penn Jillette dined at Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar on Tuesday at the Quad. Penn enjoyed the Southern Smothered Chili Bowl and Ultimate Asian Chicken Wraps.
The rest of his group dined on Fireball Whisky Wings, Morgan’s Gnarly Greek and Brutha’s Badass Caes-uh Salad. Afterward, Penn stopped by the kitchen and signed a plate for the restaurant wall.
HIP HYPNOTIST: Celebrity chef Rick Moonen dazzles with his cooking, but he’s betting that comedy hypnotist The Incredible Boris will put his customers in another zone with two nights (tonight and Thursday) of laughs between courses. Boris is a Soviet-born, Canadian-based entertainer seen on “The Howie Mandel Show” and “Just for Laughs.”
Boris will use his powers of hypnosis and positive thinking to unlock hidden talents of dining room guests. Boris is a member of Operation HOT (Honoring Our Troops) serving in Afghanistan and Kuwait with comedy shows.
The bawdy musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” is presented by Super Summer Theater at Spring Mountain Ranch Park through July 26.
Fighters Alfonso Gomez and Ed Paredes duke it out at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Hometown DJ and singer Jeremy Cornwell is at Lavo in Palazzo.
Sandro Silva is at Light in Mandalay Bay.
Our guest columnists are Rick Harrison of “Pawn Stars” and Rich Johnson of Sin City Brewing Co., plus interviews with Seth Gold of “Hardcore Pawn” and Jordan Knight of New Kids on the Block.
Robin Leach contributed to this report even though he’s supposed to be on vacation.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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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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.