Tuesday, April 12, 2016 | 2 a.m.
Well, this is a tough call between two “must” shows.
First, before identifying that tough call, we’ll give props to the esteemed Clint Holmes.
Over the weekend, Holmes unveiled a few songs from his upcoming CD during his monthly performances at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The CD is yet-untitled and might be named “Don’t Know: Any Thoughts?” because that’s what Holmes keeps asking those around him when they ask him about the title.
Holmes performed his cover of John Mayer’s “Stop This Train”; a composition he co-wrote with Dave Koz, “Promise That You Keep”; and his own creation, “Rendezvous.” The CD’s 11 songs are all but finished and are due for fine-tuning by producer Gregg Field. I’m going to take a risk and say this will be available by the end of May — this May.
Holmes is geared up, too, for his April 23 date at M Resort, where he’ll be reunited with his band from his headlining run at Harrah’s, Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns. Show time is 7 p.m., and this is where it gets interesting for Las Vegas entertainment fans.
That night also is the rescheduled opening date for Frankie Moreno’s spare-no-expense spectacle “Under the Influence” at Planet Hollywood Showroom.
Moreno’s original April 20 opening has been moved back because of a later-than-expected delivery of sets (yes, plural) and production issues related to Paul Zerdin’s show at 7 p.m.
I am hearing that all of Zerdin’s puppets have requested separate dressing rooms.
Anyhow, it’s a tough call that night, as Moreno gets the one shot to open his show and Holmes’ reunion show with Santa Fe has taken months to organize and might not be repeated. And each of these headliners had hoped to attend the other’s performance.
I don’t know what else to say other than it is a tough call. Blame fate.
At M Resort, locals reign supreme. Anthony Marnell III opened this casino with value in mind. With affordable drinks and meals and lots of incentives to play, it's no wonder why M has been a hit since it opened its doors in March 2009.
The property is decorated with dark wood, rich colors and amber-like light fixtures. Gaming offerings include more than 1,800 slot machines and 60 table games, as well as a poker room and race and sports book.
The resort houses 390 guest rooms, including 39 luxury suites. Designed with a modern and contemporary feel, M’s rooms feature dark wood, chrome fixtures and white linens, and are accented by blue or burgundy throws and pillows. Rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the mountains or the Strip.
M dining options include Studio B, a show kitchen buffet; "twisted farm food" at Hash House a Go Go; Baby Cakes bakery; Anthony’s Burgers & Brews, serving gourmet burgers and fries; Vig Deli; Anthony’s Prime Steak & Seafood; Marinelli’s Authentic Italian Dishes; and the Hostile Grape Wine Cellar, where guests can taste more than 160 types of wine. Plus, 32° Draft has one of the largest beer selections in the valley, with 96 different beers on tap.
The four-star awarded, 23,000-square-foot Spa Mio offers a variety of treatments and services with saunas, Jacuzzis, 16 massage and facial rooms and a full-service salon and barbershop complete with built-in ESPN in the mirrors. Locals also receive 25 percent off all regular price services.
DayDream Pool Club heads up M's adult pool party scene offering the only locals pool party in the Valley.
Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.