Friday, July 26, 2013 | 6 p.m.
How’s this for variety this weekend: An NBA superstar and ping-pong. A band who likes homies, Buddy Holly and Mary Tyler Moore. A 6’4” Aussie heartthrob chef cooking for you. Christmas in July — fun! And a duo of comedy brothers who are famous for “In Living Color.”
Plus, check out the Las Vegas Sun’s weekend best bets. Here’s this weekend’s Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, JULY 26
Nashville Unplugged features Ryan Tindell and Dean Alexander at Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Resort.
Empire Records presents An All-’90s Experience at Vinyl in The Hard Rock Hotel.
David Spade is at The Venetian for two nights.
Pablo Francisco is at South Point all weekend.
Paul Ogata and Yoursie Thomas are at Big Al’s Comedy Club at Gold Coast for two nights.
Dat Phan is at The Improv at Harrah’s all weekend.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Wizard of Oz” at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts from Sept. 10-15 and The Black Crowes at The Joint in The Hard Rock Hotel on Dec. 13.
As part of The Venetian’s summer-long Carnevale, Australian chef and “Top Chef Masters” star Curtis Stone hosts a five-course tasting and wine pairing tonight and Saturday at Restaurant Carnevale at Palazzo.
Super Summer Theater’s “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” is at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park through Saturday.
Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House hosts a wine-and-dine experience featuring Justin Vineyards at MGM Grand.
The Seventh Annual Henry Prendes Charity Golf Classic at SouthShore Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas benefits the construction of a camp facility for Las Vegas underprivileged youth in Cedar City, Utah.
Lion Fight Promotions presents Lion Fight 10: Yodsanklai vs. Lindsay.
The “Las Vegas Rocks Variety Show” at Eastside Cannery is dark tonight.
The ladies of “Fantasy” at Luxor launch their monthly “Fantasy Fridays” at nearby LAX.
Ellie Goulding spins at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
TheDirty.com’s Nik Richie hosts at 1OAK in The Mirage.
Reality TV star Priscilla from VH1’s “Bad Girls Club New Orleans” hosts a bikini contest at Sapphire Pool & Dayclub.
The Top Spin Charity Ping Pong Tournament Pre-Party is at Lavo in Palazzo.
SATURDAY, JULY 27
Weezer is at Boulevard Pool in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Aaron Lewis is at Rocks Lounge.
The ACTS (Advertising Community Talent Show) Charity Show is at Santa Fe Station.
Jonny Lang is at Boulder Station.
“Let’s Hang On! The Frankie Valli Tribute Show” is at Suncoast Showroom for two nights.
Street Drum Corps presents Lost Vegas, Electric Valentine and Systemec at Vinyl.
Eve 6 performs a free concert at Fremont Street Experience.
Cannerystock Rock N Blues Festival featuring Ten Years After, Edgar Winter Band, Canned Heat and more is at Cannery.
Engelbert Humperdinck is at The M Resort.
Brit Pink Floyd is at Mandalay Bay Beach.
Digihubb is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
The Wayans Brothers are at Pearl Concert Theater at The Palms.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Firefighters take part in Southern Nevada Burn Foundation’s 14th Annual Firefighter Bachelor Auction at Body English in The Hard Rock Hotel. That’s hot.
The Top Spin Charity Ping Pong Tournament features NBA stars Chris Paul, Andre Iguodala, Kenny Smith and many more benefiting The Chris Paul Foundation, Top Spin Charity and Jump for Joy Foundation through Tao Cares at The Venetian.
Glenn Morrison spins at Moon in the Palms.
Sean Kingston performs at Palms Pool.
Reality TV star Joi Hollie of MTV’s “The Real World Portland” hosts a bikini contest at Sapphire Pool & Dayclub.
The Top Spin Charity Ping Pong Tournament After-Party is at Tao in The Venetian.
SUNDAY, JULY 28
The House of Blues 20th Anniversary Tour featuring Hollywood Undead, 3 Pill Morning, All Hail the Yeti and Escape the Fate is at HOB at Mandalay Bay.
The 2013 Rehab Bikini Invitational Finale is at The Hard Rock Hotel.
Miss Industry Las Vegas Round 1 is at The Bank in Bellagio.
DJ Brett Rubin hosts Christmas in July at Sapphire Pool & Dayclub.
Check back Sunday for our guest column from Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie.
Don Chareunsy is editor of Vegas DeLuxe and 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.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.