Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 | 4:14 p.m.
The seven-piece, interlocking-mobile ceiling sculpture in the 60-foot dome of the new restaurant Mr. Chow opening in Caesars Palace this December is a mind-blowing art piece.
It peels open like a flower, then contorts itself into sliding positions as it lowers from the ceiling to hover above guest tables bathing them in soft, ever-changing light hues. Locked in one piece, it reminds of a flying saucer from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” or “Independence Day.”
I’ve known restaurant owner Michael Chow for more than 30 years, so I was delighted to get his first tour of the new restaurant that joins his celebrity venues from Miami and Malibu to London, Beverly Hills and New York.
We’ll have a tour and interview with Michael right here at Vegas DeLuxe on Tuesday. Meantime, in his other life, Michael the restaurateur is aka Zhou Yinghua, the artist.
His works are held in such high regard in the art world that he’s been invited to exhibit at the Andy Warhol Museum in Miami starting Dec. 2. “Voice For My Father” commemorates his father, Zhou Xinfang, grandmaster of Beijing Opera and a national treasure of China.
The continuous celebration of his 120th posthumous birthday fete in Shanghai and Beijing this year will include performances by tenor Vittorio Grigolo, accompanied with maestro Vincenzo Scalera, and Beijing Opera stars Hongsong Dong, Yi Guo, Hui Tian and violinist Mei Yang.
This gives you a good idea of the majesty of Michael’s electrifying and stunning restaurant that transforms the former Emperor’s Court at Caesars.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame 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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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.