Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 | 6 p.m.
Congratulations to my friend Judy Bryer of Summerlin who has been invited to London by her actress gal pal Dame Joan Collins for Queen Elizabeth II’s investiture on March 26. Judy, who was Joan’s assistant and stand-in during “Dynasty,” will be her guest at the back-tie celebration at Claridge’s after the Buckingham Palace ceremony.
“I’m already practicing my curtseying,” she laughed. Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year’s Honors List named Joan a dame, the female equivalent of a knight. Joan, who regularly drives her Rolls-Royce on I-15 from Hollywood to Las Vegas, returns to South Point this spring with her one-woman show.
I asked Judy in all the excitement of the weeklong royal events to remember to bring me back some Harrods tea. Before she leaves town, Judy once again wrangles the celebrities taking part in the St. Baldrick’s bald-headed-shaving event to fight children’s cancer March 7 at McMullan’s Irish Pub near the Orleans.
I’ll be there hosting with singer Clint Holmes, his wife Kelly Clinton Holmes and “Starsky and Hutch” star Antonio Fargas escorted by the glamour girls of the new show “Sexxy” at Westgate. Join us all to brave the shave!
OKSANA BAIUL FILM: New Las Vegas resident and amazing Olympic champion figure skater Oksana Baiul is thrilled that the Kitty Green-directed movie of her story as a national hero of the Ukraine won a Sundance Film Festival award. Kitty also was an award winner by the jury of the Women in Film Los Angeles.
“The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul” is the story of little girls from all over a divided, war-torn Ukraine auditioning in pink sequins to play the role of Oksana, a national hero whose tears of joy once united the troubled country.
Oksana has settled here with plans to assist local charity endeavors and launch an ice-skating project. She attended Saturday’s annual Nevada Ballet Theater gala at Aria honoring Debbie Allen with producer Carlo Farina.
WICKED WHISPER & RACY RUMOR: Is the Janet Jackson mini-residency hoped for at the Venetian, following in the high heels of Diana Ross confirmed this week, being moved to Axis at Planet Hollywood for when Britney Spears and her show “Piece of Me” is on break?
I’m hearing the first signal of the change in plans, but it’s still big news that Janet is coming to the Strip, as I first revealed. Maybe 11 shows to start to promote her new album?
VALENTINE’S PROPOSAL: It might well be the priciest Valentine’s Day night but assuredly the most rewarding if the marriage proposal gets a “yes.” For $30,000, a couple can sit in the same private dining booth at Andrea’s in Steve Wynn’s Encore where Lady Gaga and her beau Taylor Kinney canoodled by candlelight.
What do you get for $30K? The private tasting menu and a bottle of Dom Perignon Rose comes with a his and her 18-karat Rolex Date rose-gold bezel diamond dial watch and matching Jubilee bracelet. Don’t panic if you don’t have the big bucks. Executive chef Joseph Elevado is offering a $85 Kiss package and a Lovers Lane deal for $120 per person. Indulgent and opulent? Oh, yes, but when it comes to love, shouldn’t it always the best?
Mirage headliner Terry Fator invited more than a dozen Wounded Warriors to his show Tuesday night after they had taken part in the Ride 2 Recovery bicycle challenge through Red Rock Canyon.
MMA Hall of Famer and action star Randy Couture rode with the veterans who used hand cycles, recumbent cycles and tandems, all modified for their injuries, on the Mountain Bike challenge. Ride 2 Recovery hosts seven events across the country annually, and this was the first in Las Vegas.
Miss Dixie Longate
Fast-talking Tupperware lady Miss Dixie Longate, who left her children in an Alabama trailer park to take Off Broadway by storm to throw old-fashioned Tupperware parties, is bringing “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” to the Smith Center from Feb. 5-15. This is not your grandmother’s Tupperware party.
Britney Spears returns to her Planet Hollywood residency “Britney: Piece of Me.”
Indigenous plays Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Trumpet titan David Perrico returns with his 20-piece Pop Evolution to Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center.
Husband-and-wife chef and restaurateurs Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau put down plans for Las Vegas expansions long enough to host a three-course dinner paired with Big Dogs Brewing Co. beers at their Made L.V. in Tivoli Village.
Food Network star chef Ben Vaughn returns with a guest column looking back over five decades in Las Vegas at the celebrity chefs who helped make our town the country’s top dining destination. My surprising tour of the new Booze District in Green Valley where everything from wine, beers, vodka, bourbon and whisky is being made — and enjoyed! Plus, a preview of the Strip’s Super Bowl 49 weekend events.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years 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.
Located South of the Strip, South Point is a hot spot frequented by locals. The hotel-casino is decorated in a Pacific Coast feel, with golds, reds and browns, mixing an island feel with the ambiance of Southern California.
Guests rooms feature 42-inch flat screen TVs, iPod docking stations and plush linens. Outside, the property features landscaped gardens, a hospitality to entertain poolside and a sand volleyball court.
When it comes to gaming, the South Point has more than 120,000 square feet of casino games, as well as a separate race books and sports books, a bingo and poker room. South Point also has some family friendly features, like a 64-lane bowling center, an arcade and a 16-screen movie theater.
Dining options range from an upscale meal at Michael's Gourmet to ice cream at Kate's Korner. The 24-hour Coronado Cafe is the perfect spot for a late-night craving, which include six midnight to 6 a.m. "graveyard" specials. Other restaurants include the Big Sur Oyster Bar, Don Vito's, Garden Buffet, Seattle's Best Coffee House and the Del Mar Deli.
One of South Points more unique features is the Equestrian Center and Arena, a first for Vegas. The Equestrian Center holds a variety of events, from college basketball to Championship Bull Riding.