Friday, June 13, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Dad is a son’s first hero and a daughter’s first love.
Glamour girls and heartthrob hunks take on comedy kings and queens this Father’s Day Weekend when $1 billion is spent on gifts for him. So it’s appropriate that the guys have a choice between the 2014 Tropic Beauty Model Search and the World Cup games kicking off in Brazil shown on sports-book screens on and off the Strip.
Whereas the ladies can take a gander at “Sharknado” and “Beverly Hills 90210” hunk Ian Ziering flexing his muscles for a six-week guest-host run at Chippendales in the Rio or ogle music heartthrobs Rick Springfield, Gavin DeGraw and 3 Doors Down.
Forgetting the battle of the hunks vs. the bombshell beauties, there’s another contest brewing among comedians and comediennes as Chelsea Handler and Kathleen Madigan go up against Dennis Miller, David Spade and Jeff Dunham, who will make an announcement about becoming a Las Vegas regular during his Saturday show at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.
Two suggestions for last-minute Father’s Day gifts that run the gamut from legendary diva to new pop icon: Tickets go on sale for Diana Ross and Iggy Azalea. Now that’s fancy.
The nine-time Tony Award-winning musical “The Book of Mormon” continues its nearly monthlong run at the Smith Center, and Frankie Moreno moves on to show No. 501 with new music and dance routines with “Dancing With the Stars” pro Lacey Schwimmer at the Stratosphere, plus fireworks continue with a new schedule of volcanic eruptions at the Mirage daily from 8 p.m. to midnight (except at 8.30 p.m.).
Don’t dare think of getting Dad another unwanted tie. Instead this Father’s Day, let’s salute manliness with something special from this week’s Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, JUNE 13
British music legend Steve Winwood is at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq for two nights.
Soul Men and Lady Soul starring Spectrum and Radiance in a tribute to Motown and R&B is at the Smith Center all weekend.
Country singer and actress Jana Kramer is at Aliante.
Smells Like Nirvana is at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Nashville Unplugged hosted by Aaron Benward features David Tolliver and Ryan Whyte Maloney at Club Madrid in Sunset Station.
“Oh What a Night! A Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons” is at Green Valley Ranch.
Jazz king Stanley Clarke is at Santa Fe Station.
Gospel Giggles is at Sam’s Town Live!
“Ricky Nelson Remembered” performed by his identical twin sons Matthew Nelson and Gunnar Nelson is at South Point all weekend.
Bone Thugs N’ Harmony is at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.
Chelsea Handler is at the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan for two nights.
David Spade is at the Venetian for two nights.
Comedy impersonations with ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and his “Disorderly Conduct” stick people is at the Colosseum.
Fox News political pundit and five-time Emmy Award winner Dennis Miller is at Orleans Showroom for two nights.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for Aziz Ansari (“Parks & Recreation”) at Mandalay Bay on Oct. 4.
Tickets go on sale for Australian rapper Iggy Azalea at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan on July 26.
Tickets go on sale for Diana Ross at the Colosseum on Sept. 19.
Tickets go on sale for The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at Brooklyn Bowl on Aug. 17.
The Mirage announces a new schedule for its volcano erupting nightly beginning at 8 and running every 30 minutes until midnight with the exception of 8:30 p.m.
“The Book of Mormon” is at the Smith Center through July 6.
Super Summer Theater’s Season 39 presents “Monty Python’s Spamalot” at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park.
The Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Derby & Classic Challenge is at South Point Arena all weekend.
Frankie Moreno celebrates 500 performances at the Stratosphere with additions including performances by Lacey Schwimmer and four new band members.
The Fourth Annual Tropic Beauty Model Search World Finals official judging is at Wet Republic and the Tropic Reunion Party at nearby Hakkasan at MGM Grand.
The World Series of Poker continues at the Rio through July 7.
SATURDAY, JUNE 14
3 Doors Down is at the Fremont Street Experience Rock of Vegas Summer Concert Series downtown.
Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson kick off the Sounds of Summer Concert Series at Mandalay Bay Beach.
Rick Springfield is at Primm Valley Resort; a Q+A with “General Hospital’s” Dr. Noah Drake was posted Wednesday.
96.3 KKLZ JuneFest with Creedence Clearwater Revisited is at Sunset Station.
The 13th Annual Reggae in the Desert is at Clark County Amphitheater.
World Classic Rockers featuring former members of Journey, Santana, Boston, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Steppenwolf is at the Cannery.
WWE star Lilian Garcia and The Fuse are at Sunset Station’s new weekly WWE Smackdown party.
Comedy juggler Jeff Civillico celebrates his second anniversary at the Quad.
Lavell Crawford (“Last Comic Standing”) is at the Suncoast for two nights.
Kathleen Madigan is at the Mirage.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Ian Ziering returns as guest host at Chippendales in the Rio for six weeks.
The Fourth Annual Tropic Beauty Model Search World Finals and Awards followed by an after-party is at Hakkasan.
Las VegastrEats food truck, arts and music festival is on Jackie Gaughan Parkway downtown.
ARTrageous Vegas is at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada downtown.
Lil Jon and Dave Fogg are at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
Eric Bellinger is at the Bank in Bellagio.
Rehab Bikini Invitational Round 2 with DJ Crystal Hefner is at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Sky Blu of LMFAO is at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel.
SUNDAY, JUNE 15
Jake Shimabukuro is at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.
Sky Blu is at Rehab.
Happy Father’s Day! We’ll be back Monday with a report and photo gallery of the Tropic Beauty Model Search. Also next week: Interviews with Jeff Dunham and Celine Dion as she celebrates her 200th performance in her current Caesars run.
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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Carnival lasts all year at the Rio. With a float occasionally passing overhead and dropping beads while feathered dancers fire up the gamblers below, the Rio tries to keep its 120,000-square foot casino jumping with excitement. Special Brazilian mixed-drinks are also served throughout the casino. The hotel suites tend to be larger than similar priced rooms on the Strip and many offer excellent views with floor to ceiling windows.
The Rio offers some quality shows like "Penn & Teller" and "Chippendales." Many come to the Rio for the nightlife at the VooDoo Lounge, located on the 51st floor, or McFadden's Irish Pub on the casino level.
Others come for a bit relaxation at the Rio Spa or pool area and still others come to shop at the hotel's 60,000 square feet of shops. In each of these endeavors, the Rio attempts to make the experience a bit more fun and spontaneous.
The Rio also offers guests a variety of dining choices from all-American food at the All-American Bar & Grille to Gaylord India Restaurant for something a little spicier and even Carnival World Buffet for the indecisive.