Tuesday, March 26, 2013 | 8:44 a.m.
It was another glittering weekend in Las Vegas with a galaxy of stars at work and play. Here’s our rundown of the celebrities onstage, in nightclubs and at shows -- our thanks to all of our contributing photographers for covering the town from top to bottom.
TV host and political commentator Bill Maher kicked off his residency at Pearl at the Palms on Saturday and Sunday. His remaining dates this year: June 8-9, Sept. 6-7 and Nov. 2-3.
Hotel tycoon Steve Wynn and wife Andrea watched Shania Twain’s “Still the One” at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace, as did Britney Spears.
Austin “Chumlee” Russell of “Pawn Stars” celebrated his girlfriend Tanya Hyjazi’s birthday as guests of casino owner Derek Stevens at the new Andiamo Italian Steakhouse in The D Hotel Downtown. The chef produced a surprise cake made in the shape of a Louis Vuitton purse.
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons’ daylong festivities to mark “Jersey Boys” fifth anniversary in Las Vegas began with a Walk of Star ceremony outside Paris Las Vegas. After an onstage cake presentation at Paris marking the milestone, Frankie and Bob Gaudio hosted a dinner at nearby Gordon Ramsay Steak.
The Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo watched Cirque du Soleil’s “Mystere” at Treasure Island. In town for a DJ appearance at Moon at Palms, Taboo brought a group of friends to the show to kick off their weekend.
“American Idol” Season 5 winner turned Paris headliner Taylor Hicks watched “The Beatles’ Love” at The Mirage with friends. After the show, he went backstage to meet the cast and raved about the show.
Vinny Guadagnino of “Jersey Shore” fame watched “Zarkana” at Aria with family.
Celebrating her 34th birthday, “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Melissa Gorga kept busy with a jam-packed schedule on her first Las Vegas visit. She traveled here with husband Joe Gorga and her co-star cousins Richard and Kathy Wakile. Melissa hosted a meet-and-greet at Sugar Factory in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, spent an afternoon in a private cabana at Tao Beach in The Venetian and dined at Carla Pellegrino’s Meatball Spot in Town Square, where Melissa appropriately indulged in a birthday cake milkshake.
TV entertainment journalist Jason Kennedy kicked off Tao Group’s commitment to Whole World Water in celebration of World Water Day. Tao Group venues in Las Vegas and New York City are supporting efforts to tackle the water crisis by filtering, bottling and selling their own water and contributing a portion of proceeds to the Whole World Water Fund, which benefits clean and safe water programs around the world. Jason poured from Tao’s first Whole World water bottle before dinner at Tao with friends including Ryan Basford.
Chace Crawford of “Gossip Girl” was at Tao for sake, sushi and sashimi before heading up to the nightclub and then over to sister hotspot Lavo in Palazzo. Chace also dined at Joe’s Stone Crab in The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace while in town.
Jayson Blair (“The New Normal”) was at another table at Tao and enjoyed Buddha chicken with his Whole World water. His group later hit sister club Marquee in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for DJ Chuckie’s set. Also at Tao: Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody and actor Joe Mazzello (“G.I. Joe: Retaliation”).
Comedians Chris Rock and David Spade enjoyed dinner at Lavo, while Chris Evans (“Captain America”) had drinks upstairs in the boutique nightclub.
MLB legend Frank “The Big Hurt” Thomas introduced his line of Big Hurt MVP Beer at Meatball Spot. In the packed patio area, he signed autographs and took photographs with fans while talking with mentor and longtime friend Gene Kilroy, former manager of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
Evan Mathis of the Philadelphia Eagles dined at Andrea’s in Steve Wynn’s Encore, enjoying executive chef Joseph Elevado’s Asian cuisine followed by a flight of ice cream.
Actor Rick Schroder and his wife Andrea watched Donny & Marie Osmond’s show at Flamingo and then went backstage afterward for a photo with the longtime brother-sister entertainers.
Actor Kelsey Grammer dined at Pink Taco in The Hard Rock Hotel with wife Kayte Walsh and their daughter and enjoyed Mexican chopped turkey salads.
And comedy-hypnotist Marc Savard watched Blue Man Group with his wife Joanna at Monte Carlo and met the headliners after their show.
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With world-class dining, shopping, spas, golf and entertainment, there's no shortage of things to do at Wynn. The resort’s aquatic acrobatic show, “Le Reve—The Dream,” a creation by Cirque Du Soleil veteran Franco Dragone and Steve Wynn, will leave guests wanting more with its breathtaking performances that conjure an imaginary world. The Wynn Esplanade offers a unique shopping experience with stores including Chanel, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta and many more. Tryst is its signature nightclub, offering a secluded lagoon inside the club and spacious dance floor. Blush, the Wynn’s ultra lounge, draws swanky party-goers. Tryst, Wynn’s signature nightclub, is situated along a private lagoon under a 90-foot waterfall and plays host to some of the world’s most renown DJs.
Palms Casino Resort has come a long way since its "Real World" debut in 2002. The boutique property features three distinct towers and a diverse mix of bars and restaurants across a 95,000-square-foot casino.
Palms, which features more than 1,200 rooms and fantasy suites, is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation that will encompass an Ivory Tower room and suite redesign, new culinary additions, re-imagined gaming spaces and new, distinctive nightlife experiences.
In addition to newly designed rooms, during the first phase of the renovation, Palms will welcome Heraea, a high-energy American restaurant and lounge, and XISHI, a pan-Asian restaurant and lounge.
Fantasy Suites include the Hardwood Suite, the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court.
Other amenities include the all-new Cantor Gaming® race and sports book, one of the few sports books in Las Vegas to include a poker room; SOCIAL; Scarlet; Chocolat Bistro; tonic bar; ghostbar; Pearl Concert Theater; Moon Nightclub; N9NE Steakhouse; Nove Italiano; Simon Restaurant & Lounge; Palms Pool & Bungalows; Kim Vō Salon; Drift Spa & Hammam; Brenden Theatres, a 14-theatre cineplex and more than 60,000 square-feet of meeting space.