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February 18, 2019

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Weekend Rewind: Pink, Christina Aguilera, Debbie Gibson and more


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Pink loves “Absinthe.”

If you missed out on Frank Marino’s drag brunch weekend shows at the always-tasty DW Bistro, you also missed out on a surprise, out-of-the-blue performance by one-time pop teen queen Debbie Gibson. As the Queen of Vegas tweeted: “When the audience thinks you’re introducing a Debbie Gibson impersonator and it’s the REAL Debbie Gibson … This could only happen at Frank Marino’s Diva-Licious Brunch.” Gibson danced on a table and sang 1987 smash “Shake Your Love” and for those lucky locals in attendance, it was like being at the Meadows Mall drinking cherry lemonade all over again.

Lady Gaga simply cannot stay out of this column. After partying with friends and “Enigma” cast mates at downtown’s La Comida Friday night, her Saturday night show attracted a galaxy of stars. Tops on the list would be Christina Aguilera, who told Billboard last week that she was planning to check out all the Las Vegas Strip resident shows to get ready for own production, “The Xperience,” coming to Planet Hollywood’s Zappos Theater on May 31. Also in the “Enigma” crowd were Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky, iconic designer Diane von Furstenberg, Facebook boss Sheryl Sandberg, actress Kathy Bates, TV personality Gayle King, Fall Out Boy’s Andrew Hurley and drag star Shangela, who dined at Tao at the Venetian before heading over to the show. Gaga’s “A Star is Born” director and co-star Bradley Cooper returned to Park Theater Sunday night to catch the “Jazz & Piano” version of her residency.

Pop star Pink, with hubby Carey Hart, was also in Gaga’s audience Saturday night, then she kept the party rolling by visiting “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace for the second time in five months. Pink will be back in Vegas on April 12, if not sooner, for a tour stop at T-Mobile Arena.

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Dennis Rodman vs. Godzilla at Sake Rok.

Further speaking of Park Theater, Bruno Mars is coming back to continue his residency there, as expected, announcing 11 dates for 2019 starting with April 29-30 and May 3-4. He’ll return for seven shows in September, helping to fill some of those open dates caused by Britney Spears’ postponed “Domination” show.

On the Record at Park MGM continues to be a scorching celebrity hot spot. Superstar producer and songwriter Mark Ronson began his DJ residency there Saturday night, attended by British singer and actress Rita Ora and “Greta” and “Carrie” star actress Chloe Grace Moretz, who was celebrating her 22nd birthday with family and friends.

On Sunday night, former Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and L.A. Lakers great Dennis Rodman dined at the energetic Sake Rok at The Park, attacking the signature Godzilla sushi platter. No word on whether “the Worm” reunited with former teammate and Las Vegas Aces coach and president Bill Laimbeer.

Save this delicious date: February 12 brings the return of the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group’s annual Sip & Savor event to raise funds and awareness for Keep Memory Alive supporting the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Lupo at Mandalay Bay will be the place to be as Puck and his all-star troupe of chefs (corporate pastry chef Kamel Guechida, Cut chef Matt Hurley, Spago kitchen boss Mark Andelbradt and others) will serve up specialty dishes and fine wines from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are available at