Thursday, July 10, 2014 | 6:02 p.m.
If you don’t like the way things are done, then do it yourself — and that’s exactly what superstar and former Wynn Las Vegas headliner Garth Brooks did this morning.
Brooks, one of the last artists to refuse to offer his music on iTunes, is making his songs available on his own website. Brooks, 52, who is married to country singer and TV star chef Trisha Yearwood, made the announcement this morning during a press conference in Nashville.
Brooks is one of music’s top-selling acts and has said that he has no animosity toward Apple but disagreed with the company’s approach to music sales. Others who refused to join iTunes until reaching deals include AC/DC, The Beatles, Radiohead and Led Zeppelin.
Alas, there was no announcement of Brooks exiting retirement again and hitting the road to tour.
LIPSHTICK LAUGHS: The new standup-comedy series Lipshtick at the Venetian with 14 female performers debuts with daytime talk-show host Wendy Williams.
The lineup includes Whitney Cummings, Joy Behar, Jennifer Coolidge, Susie Essman, Lisa Lampanelli, Caroline Rhea and resident comedienne Rita Rudner.
They’ll be in a rotation to appear three to four times a year with more comediennes being added at later dates.
SAD NEWS: I learned today from a colleague that Ray Nisi, owner of Double Helix at Palazzo and Town Square, suffered a heart attack last week, fell into a coma and died Wednesday.
I chatted with Nisi at his third-anniversary party for Double Helix Town Square a few weeks ago. He was a really nice guy. RIP.
Hot off the grill!
As Vegas DeLuxe previously reported, Giada De Laurentiis’ first-ever restaurant, Giada at the Cromwell, will begin serving lunch next Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. De Laurentiis confirmed the news to her more than 1 million Twitter followers @GDeLaurentiis and @GiadaVegas. As a thank you to Las Vegas residents, Giada is offering a special locals preview from July 16 to Aug. 1 to be the first to experience the new lunch menu.
The World Food Championships filmed on Fremont Street last November airs on A&E’s new FYI cable channel ahead of this year’s larger competition.
It’s the official opening of Mercadito at Red Rock Resort. Robin Leach’s Q+A with chef and owner Alfredo Sandoval was posted June 23.
The second Guest Series dinner-and-drinks event tonight at Nove Italiano in the Palms continues with master mixologist Francesco Lafranconi of Southern Wine & Spirits. Executive chef Kieran Toivonen’s guest column discussing the Guest Series was posted Wednesday.
New Kids on the Block begin four nights of four shows at the Axis at Planet Hollywood. A Q+A with frontman Jordan Knight was posted early this morning.
A sneak preview of “Sharknado” with Mystery Science Theater stars is at various movie theaters in the valley.
The Rev. Horton Heat, Metalachi and Franks & Deans are at Fremont Country Club.
D Las Vegas is hosting a screening party of the World Food Championships on FYI.
The Big Data electronic music project is at the Cosmopolitan.
Mingo Fishtrap is at Silverton Casino Lodge.
Burning Body, Miss May and Asking Alexander are at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.
The NBA Summer League is back, and players from
the Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, Charlotte Bobcats, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs and more play Friday through July 21 at Cox Pavilion and the Thomas & Mack Center.
Our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview shines the spotlight on the NBA Summer League, NKOTB, Lipshtick and Wendy Williams, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara, Jenny McCarthy and more.
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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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.