Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 | 6 p.m.
Love is in the air — love is everywhere this Valentine’s Day Weekend. Love of football, leprechauns, cocktails and a mass wedding ceremony Sunday.
Just how big budget does the excitement get? Newly engaged superstar singer Mariah Carey will flash her new, blinding, 35-carat diamond engagement ring Valentine’s Day at fellow the Colosseum at Caesars Palace headliner Sir Elton John’s champagne lounge Fizz at Caesars with unlimited champagne for her front row.
At XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore, there’s a $100,000 Amour package that includes onstage access with a big-name DJ in his booth, plus the $10,000 Ono rare cognac-and-champagne cocktail with gold necklace for the lady and gold cufflinks for the gent, five-course tasting menu at nearby new restaurant Jardin, couple’s massage and Encore Tower honeymoon suite. And your name will go up in lights at XS.
Uber is placing 500 boxes of our Ethel M Chocolates into its ride-sharing cars Sunday to surprise riders. Chefs at Mandarin Oriental expect to use more than 100 pounds of Grand Cru Caribe Chocolate to create chocolate hearts for Sunday. The hotel has served some 53,064 bottles of bubbly since opening in December 2009.
Renewing one’s marriage vows or exchanging those I do promises are especially romantic on Valentine’s Day, and this year is extra special because the holiday of love falls over Chinese New Year. The Linq Promenade hosts a mass wedding ceremony Sunday as part of the Year of the Monkey. Elvis from “Legends in Concert” at Flamingo will officiate and sing the couple’s first song, then give them champagne for a ride aboard the High Roller.
Creator and producer Eric Post, who stars in “Marriage Can Be Murder” at The D Las Vegas, presents a 3 p.m. Valentine’s Day performance and using Cupid’s arrows takes a stab at preventing heart disease with a donation to the American Heart Association from ticket sales.
There are three other charities tied to Valentine’s Day deserving of mention:
Bar Back USA hosts its annual “For the Love of Cocktails” gala at Alain Ducasse’s Skyfall Lounge atop Delano Las Vegas tonight to benefit the Helen David Relief Fund for bartenders affected by breast cancer.
To celebrate the 10th year of St. Baldrick’s hair-shaving events in Las Vegas to raise funds for the fight against children’s cancer, Saturday is the world’s largest leprechaun gathering for a walk, 5K run and Irish jig at Town Square. Organizers are hoping to set a world record.
The Grand Bazaar Shops outside Bally’s has partnered with the USO for its “Share the Love” events all weekend. An oversized letterbox has been set up to accept love notes to men and women of our military for Valentine’s Day. Shoppers who donate receive matching vouchers to use at the stores. USO Las Vegas is home away from home for 32,245 active-duty troops and 4,760 National Guard personnel, reservists and their families based in Southern Nevada.
Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall will celebrate his team’s Super Bowl 50 victory over the Carolina Panthers with a party Saturday at Chateau at Paris Las Vegas. The Las Vegas native graduated from UNR.
A different sports rumble gets underway with Round 2 of Mike Tyson when he returns his one-man show “Undisputed Truth” to MGM Grand on March 3. Tickets go on sale today. Las Vegas resident Mike signs autographs today at Caesars and Saturday at the Venetian, both in Field of Dreams stores.
It’s time to punch out another knockout edition of the Royal Robin Rundown, and we’re posting this week’s edition with red roses and pink champagne:
FRIDAY, FEB. 12
Christopher Cross goes “Sailing” at Golden Nugget Showroom.
Tower of Power is at South Point all weekend.
Gerardo Ortiz Y Calibre 50 are at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Hoodie Allen’s “Happy Camper Tour” with Super Duper Kyle and Blackbear is at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade.
Thousand Foot Krutch, Bridge to Grace, David Brazil, Wayland and Sunflower Dead are at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Lady Day holds court at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center all weekend.
Beau Hodges is at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country at Town Square.
Mike Zito & The Wheel is at Backstage Bar & Billiards downtown.
Chinese New Year celebration concerts continue with Ruco Chan and Linda Chung at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Tsai Chin at the Colosseum.
David Alan Grier and Tommy Davidson of “In Living Color” fame are at Treasure Island.
Ron White is at the Mirage for two nights.
Carla Rea is at Bonkerz Comedy Club in Pahrump Nugget Event Center.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets are on sale for 19 Jennifer Lopez dates at Axis at Planet Hollywood; Pentatonix at Mandalay Bay Events Center and Holy Holy with David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World” at Pearl at the Palms both on April 23; Jennifer Nettles at the Pearl on May 7; Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin on May 12 and Dru Hill on June 18, both at Brooklyn Bowl; and Daryl Hall & John Oates at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sept. 23.
The Fifth Annual Chinese New Year in the Desert / Las Vegas Spring Festival hosts weekend-long celebrations, including paintings and parades, at Boulevard Mall, Fashion Show, the Forum Shops at Caesars, Fremont Street, Container Park and more.
LVCHA Weekend Winter Championship Cutting Horse Event continues at South Point all weekend.
Grand Bazaar Shops partners with USO Las Vegas to “Share the Love” with U.S. military by gathering donations and delivering notes collected all weekend.
Adult superstar Chloe Amour is at Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club.
Timbaland is at Drai’s atop the Cromwell.
SATURDAY, FEB. 13
Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr. and The Next Dimension are at Orleans Showroom for two nights.
Black Sabbath is at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
P.O.D. is at Vinyl.
Trace Adkins is at Star of the Desert Arena in Primm.
Nevada Ballet Theatre presents “Cinderella” all weekend at the Smith Center.
Jose Feliciano is at Veil Pavilion at Silverton.
The 12th Annual Love Affair Concert from the 1970s and ’80s with Jody Watley, The Jets, The Emotions and more is at Orleans Arena.
Nahko and Medicine for the People is at Brooklyn Bowl.
Society of Seven is at Suncoast Showroom for two nights.
Collin Raye is at Sunset Station.
The Shirelles starring Beverly Lee is at M Resort.
David Perrico & Pop Strings Orchestra is at Lounge at the Palms.
Year of the Monkey celebrations continue with Hacken Lee and Joey Yung at Palazzo for two nights.
Adam Sandler, Norm Macdonald and Rob Schneider are at the Joint for two nights.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
The HUBB Classic Car & Parts Swap Meet is in Pahrump.
“Legends in Concert” debuts tributes to Adele, Frank Sinatra and Prince and the return of The Blues Brothers at Flamingo.
The world’s largest leprechaun gathering celebrating 10 years of St. Baldrick’s in Las Vegas is at Town Square.
The L.A. Galaxy takes on the San Jose Earthquakes at Cashman Field.
Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall celebrates the team’s Big Game victory at Chateau.
Jeremih is at Drai’s.
Half Way to EDC is at Marquee Dayclub Dome at the Cosmopolitan.
“Fantasy” at Luxor glamour girls celebrate cast member Soolin DeMaria recently being named Playboy South Africa’s Miss February at LAX in the Luxor.
SUNDAY, FEB. 14
Jed Madela is at Sam’s Town Live!
Barry Black is at Lounge at the Palms.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Mariah Carey hosts a champagne toast at Fizz.
“Never Sleep Alone” starring Dr. Alex Schiller is at the “Absinthe” tent at Caesars.
Top of the World celebrates Valentine’s Day with a four-course Gourmet Love at Stratosphere.
Sin City Sinners releases its album “Let It Burn.”
Ethel M Chocolates celebrates Valentine’s Day with a light display in Henderson.
Celebration of the Lunar Year of the Monkey with the “Dotting of the Eyes” dragon and lion ceremony is at he Cosmopolitan.
XS and Jardin offer the $100,000 Amour package.
Erika Jayne of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and seven-time No. 1 Billboard dance sensation, is at new gay nightclub Rendezvous.
Have a romantic weekend, and we’ll be back Monday with a review of Britney Spears’ revamped “Britney: Piece of Me” at Axis and news from the closing after 34 years of “Jubilee” at Bally’s.
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.
Arguably one the coolest joints in town, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino houses some of Vegas' best entertainment, restaurants and nightlife.
At Hard Rock, it's all about the music. From the light fixtures made out of drum cymbals and guitar shaped door handles to stage costumes and tools of the trade of legendary musicians displayed on the walls, the hotel screams rock and roll. The Hard Rock's Joint has hosted some the biggest names in music — from The Who to Bob Dylan to hometown heroes, The Killers.Aside from the music venues, the pool at the Hard Rock is one of its biggest attractions. Spread out over 4.7 acres, the pool area features swim-up blackjack, a bar and grill, private cabanas, a bevy of secluded nooks, a waterfall and an extensive live music venue with a dance floor. During the summer, the pool transforms into the Rehab club on Sunday afternoons.
The resident nightclub Body English fuses European elegance with a rock star bachelor pad and it often a hot spot for visiting celebs and popular DJs. Vintage rock memorabilia lines the walls at Wasted Space, Hard Rock's anti-club.
Restaurants at Hard Rock are just as hip as the rest of the casino. Pink Taco serves up Mexican dishes, as well as a Central American and Caribbean menu. Nobu, one of five worldwide Japanese-specialty restaurants from famed Nobu Matsuhisa, satisfies a different taste. For round-the-clock cuisine, Mr. Lucky's 24/7, is sure to ease your appetite even after a Vegas-all-nighter.