Monday, May 19, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Cirque du Soleil’s “Zarkana” at Aria will become the first show on the Strip, and the first Cirque production anywhere in the world, to use the new Google glasses technology incorporated into the audience experience.
Google glass is a miniaturized computer that fits over a person’s line of sight permitting the wearer to take video. Users can store those Google images and use them for video chats and mapping locations or in Cirque’s case screen them directly to audiences on big screens.
In the case of “Zarkana,” I’ve learned that artists will wear the Google inventions to give audiences a “bird’s-eye view” to experience the same feelings and sensations that the performers do.
A new advertising and promotional campaign will unveil the new “Zarkana” at the beginning of June. It will be as if the audience is riding inside and on top of the Wheel of Death. The blue sand lady will wear the glasses so audiences can see how she creates her amazing designs.
British twin aerialists Andrew and Kevin Atherton, who perform incredible, heart-stopping acrobatic feats, will wear Google glasses so that audiences can experience even more just how amazing their daredevil feats are in the spectacular.
When I saw the 38-year-old brothers, born within three minutes of each other, for the first time, I wrote: “They perform as if they are one and swing out over the audience at high speed, each with just one strap wrapped around one shoulder. The audience is in a stunned silence of disbelief.”
Now it will be even more so! I’m learning that if the Google test at “Zarkana” meets with positive audience reaction that it will be rolled out where applicable at other Cirque shows around the world. Meantime, even more exciting Cirque news Tuesday, so please check back.
GIADA’S SIGN: Food Network star chef Giada de Laurentiis herself was the first to post images of the signs going up on her second-story restaurant at the center Strip Cromwell boutique hotel over the weekend. “It’s official” she tweeted. “We’re now taking reservations.”
She starts as of Tuesday, June 3, after her VIP opening the night before. It was a gentle and gingerly exercise in precision movement by the cranes as they moved the signage across the Strip and into position to lower it atop the building facade to be bolted into position. An excited Giada watched the entire process.
The Emmy Award-winning chef will showcase her passion for Italian cooking with vibrant Californian influences in the year’s most highly anticipated restaurant. It will seat nearly 300 in modern designed space with her own living-room furniture complete with breathtaking views of the Strip.
CONGRATULATIONS! Hip-hop mogul and artist Snoop Dogg, who often is aka Snoop Lion, is now a Las Vegas resident. He’s moved to a swank, supersized condo in Summerlin after his wife nixed his plans to buy a sprawling estate here. Snoop wants to see his son go on to become a pro football player after graduating from Bishop Gorman High.
Donny and Marie Osmond celebrated their 1,000th show at the Flamingo over the weekend. Regional President Eileen Moore did the honors with a special onstage cake presentation and was thrilled when Donny joked to Marie if she wanted to do another thousand.
NEW CUT-UPS: Departing passengers at our McCarran International Airport have always had a chuckle as our Strip celebrities have tried to add a comedic touch to the instructional videos on what to pack and not pack to avoid clogging security checkpoints. They’ve even been rated the envy of other airports because they reflect our city’s VIPs.
But truth be told after 10 years, they’ve become a little stale — and even to TSA officials who asked our Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and R&R Partners to come up with eight new ones. Fret not because the wild and wacky humor of Carrot Top is still included with an update.
Terry Fator, Louie Anderson and Blue Man Group have been added along with other entertainers. Las Vegas became the first destination in the U.S. in October 2004 to create tailored, fun and informative pre-checkpoint videos.
NEW REALITY TV SHOW: Watch for cable network cameras in town filming a 10-episode reality TV series titled “Thriving Vegas” from the same production company who created “Chopper Wars” and “The Real Housewives of D.C.” Former Playboy beauty turned fashion designer Stacey Linde will be seen with her Fairy Tail models wearing her party girl designs and Wingkinis in the “Party Like a Rock Star” episode with new Las Vegas rock band Rubicon Cross.
OLD AND NEW: A brand-new twist on an age-old classic game is arriving at the Downtown Grand casino: Street Dice. This craps-style game is the brainchild of the hotel’s head honcho Seth Schorr, who wanted a crowd-pleasing outdoor gaming experience reminiscent of the back-alley dice games that flourished in urban centers during the “good old days.”
The easy-to-learn game, played outdoors on a custom-designed table, is a quick version of a pass line bet in craps, in which a shooter rolls the dice once to set the point and then must hit the point within three subsequent rolls of the dice to win. Skilled craps players and novice gamblers alike will experience the action involved in throwing the game’s extra-large dice into a ground-level tub in an effort to match the point and collect their winnings.
We now know that the edgy indoor/outdoor luxury party playground at the SLS hotel opening over Labor Day Weekend on the site of the old Sahara will be known as Foxtail. Owner Sam Nazarian describes it is an expertly curated collision of music, art and fashion in a provocative nightlife and daylife experience.
Foxtail’s jewel-box 8,000-square-foot interior of alluring, yet intimate space includes 28 VIP tables, elaborate chandeliers, the latest in LED technology and a raw display of street art by master calligrapher Tarek Benaoum, plus an expansive pool deck, and by night the adjacent garage and hotel tower transforms into a canvas for 3D mapping.
Brad Garrett headlines with Eddie Ifft and Kathleen Dunbar at his comedy club in MGM Grand through Sunday.
Tivoli Village celebrates its third anniversary with a charity crawl through its bars and restaurants to benefit United Way of Southern Nevada.
Tattoo artist Walter “Sausage” Frank has made it to the Spike TV finals of “Ink Master” and now faces the judges .We have an exclusive interview as he tackled five grueling, full-back tattoo sessions that each took seven hours of artistry at Club Tattoo in Miracle Mile Shops of Planet Hollywood. Will he defeat his two fiery rivals to win $100,000 and the title? Plus, overnight dance-floor photos of Las Vegas hero Amy Purdy on “Dancing With the Stars” and a preview of the musical “Once” at the Smith Center.
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.
Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/Robin_Leach.
Follow Vegas DeLuxe on Twitter at Twitter.com/vegasdeluxe.
Follow Sun A&E Senior Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/VDLXEditorDon.