Friday, July 11, 2014 | 6 p.m.
It has been a big and memorable week of returns.
LeBron James is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rosie O’Donnell is returning to ABC’s “The View.” And Robin Leach has returned to Italy for his annual — and well-earned — European vacation.
Back here in Las Vegas, it’s a mixed and varied bag this weekend, from actress and comedienne Jenny McCarthy hosting a pool party to talk-show host Wendy Williams kicking off the all-female standup-comedy series Lipshtick to New Kids on the Block performing four concerts — their only four dates in North America this year, and the first one was Thursday night — through Sunday. (McCarthy and NKOTB bad boy Donnie Wahlberg are engaged)
Without further ado and with Robin in Italy, here is this week’s Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, JULY 11
New Kids on the Block is at the Axis at Planet Hollywood all weekend. A Q+A with frontman Jordan Knight was posted Thursday morning.
Frankie Avalon is at South Point all weekend.
Chris Robinson Brotherhood is at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq for two nights.
Las Vegas’ Adelitas Way is at Double Barrel Roadhouse in Monte Carlo. A Q+A with frontman Rick Dejesus was posted this morning.
“America’s Got Talent” winner Michael Grimm is at Ravello Lounge in the M Resort.
AFANtastic Summer Concert with The Spazmatics benefitting AFAN is at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay.
The English Beat, Rusty Maples and Avalon Landing headline the first-anniversary benefit concert at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.
Nashville Unplugged features D. Vincent Williams at Club Madrid in Sunset Station.
The Blackjacks are at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Jimmy Hopper is at Laguna Champagne Bar at Palazzo continuing every Thursday through Sunday.
Jay Leno is at the Mirage.
Ben Gleib, Gene Pompa and Peter Banachowski are at the Improv at Harrah’s through Sunday.
Gallagher is at Golden Nugget through July 19.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for Judas Priest at Pearl at the Palms on Nov. 14.
It’s the grand opening of Lipshtick, the first female comedy series on the Strip, with guest Wendy Williams.
The Las Vegas Elvis Fest is all weekend at Westgate Las Vegas, former LVH.
The NBA Summer League is at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion through July 21.
The AutoNation Used Car Sale is at Orleans Arena for two days.
The USA/BMX Las Vegas Grand Nationals is at South Point Arena all weekend.
The World’s Largest Bachelorette Party hosted by Wendy Williams and Brandi Glanville is at Tao Beach, Tao and Lavo at the Venetian-Palazzo all weekend.
Jenny McCarthy hosts at Azure Pool at Palazzo.
SATURDAY, JULY 12
Ashton Zyer is at the Smith Center in a concert benefit for Shade Tree and victims of domestic violence.
Chevelle, Black Map and Highly Suspect are at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Billy Dean is at Sunset Station.
Tommy Roe is at Suncoast Showroom.
Ted Nugent is at Orleans Showroom.
Rick Michel presents “Sinatra Forever” with 24-piece orchestra at M Resort.
ABBA Mania is at Green Valley Ranch Grand Events Center.
Viet My Entertainment Presents “The Beauty of Love 3” at HOB.
The Bangles are at Eastside Cannery.
Smashing Alice is at Vinyl.
La Original Banda el Limon is at Cannery.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for Savoy at Brooklyn Bowl on Aug. 23.
It’s Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Towbin Dodge hosts the Animal Foundation Adoption Drive in Henderson.
“Girl Code vs. Guy Code” comedy showdown with Donnell Rawlings, Jeff Dye, Tanisha Long and Esther Ku is at Aliante.
The Rehab Bikini Invitational Round 3 with a DJ set by Crystal Hefner is at the Hard Rock Hotel.
MKTO is at the Bank in Bellagio; their hit “Classic” is everywhere.
Mike Posner hosts and performs at Haze in Aria.
SUNDAY, JULY 13
Bynon is at Rehab.
Please check back Sunday for a review and photo gallery from NKOTB and guest columns from tattooed, blonde-bombshell model Sabina Kelley, restaurateur Sami Ladeki and “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Milan — and more!
Robin Leach contributed to this report even though he’s supposed to be on vacation.
Don Chareunsy is 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.
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.