Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 | 8:05 p.m.
House of Cards
Thousands of 2016 CES conventioneers packed up and left town Sunday, but they’ll be back next year with dates already set for Jan. 5-8 here in Las Vegas. Here’s the official CES video wrap-up. And for all the crazy gadgets unveiled, check out this link.
2016 CES set incredible records: Its 2.47 million square feet of show-floor exhibits was increased from 2.2 million last year, and attendance had to be capped at a record 176,000 visitors to cope with logistics. Automotive electronics were up 25 percent at 200,000 square feet from last year, with 3D printing up 31 percent to 24,000 square feet of space.
Emerging innovators jumped from 375 in 2015 to 500 this time around, and there were more than 15.2 billion CES social-media impressions from Jan. 5-9. Meantime, is typing dead? Will Siri take the place of it for you? I never knew Qwerty was a 140-year-old system created to prevent typewriter keys sticking.
What’s beyond typing and tapping? Stanford, MIT Media Lab, BMW Group and Nuance Communications all have experts working on products to kill off Qwerty. They’ll be back next year with the answers.
POLITICAL SEASON: I realize that it’s a series, but for fans it’s the conspiratorial truth. Frank Underwood, brilliantly played by Kevin Spacey, will return in the new Season 4 of “House of Cards” on March 4 on Netflix. Here’s the first frightening trailer.
Las Vegas author Wayne Allyn Root, currently celebrating The New York Times bestseller “The Power of Relentless,” his third, has been chosen to deliver the tea party’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. Wayne, who ran as the Libertarian Party’s VP nomination in 2008, is the first Las Vegas resident to give a SOTU response.
PORN PARTY: Just in time for next week’s 2016 AVN/AEE porn convention and awards, Las Vegas video director and Saigon Kick drummer Phil Varone will release his newest “Real Swingers” sex tape Tuesday, a follow-up to last year’s “100% Real Swingers: Orlando.”
“Orlando 2” arrives with Phil himself taking part in the raunchy scenes and asking, “Since there are so many swingers in the land of Disney, Universal and SeaWorld, shouldn’t they get their own playground in the Theme Park Capital of the World?”
DAVID BOWIE’S DEATH: Music legend David Bowie, who died Sunday at age 69 from cancer, will be honored on the Viva Vision canopy with a video and pictorial retrospective at Fremont Street Experience, North America’s largest graphic-display system.
It will cover his career start with 1969’s “Oddity” through his just-released 28th studio album “Blackstar.” In his six decades, he played here three times, including two shows a week apart in 2004.
The Golden Tiki lounge in Chinatown will pay tribute to the pioneer of glam rock Tuesday with DJ Rex Dart’s 40 years of his music, including my favorite “Let’s Dance.”
PHOTO PRINCE: My British Fleet Street photographer pal Terry O’Neill has an exhibit of his iconic images at Rotella Gallery in the Forum Shops of Caesars Palace now through Feb. 29 — yes, it’s a Leap Year.
Don’t know if his extraordinary photos of David making out with Elizabeth Taylor are included, but certainly you’ll find eye-popping prints of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and rare candids of Frank Sinatra and Sean Connery.
60TH ANNIVERSARY: This year will mark the 60th anniversary of the incredible night in a Memphis storefront recording studio that Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins met by accident and recorded for the first and only time music that inspired the musical “Million Dollar Quartet.”
To mark the Dec. 4, 1956, night of miracle music, the cast of the Harrah’s show will have two tickets for $60 every Thursday this week through year’s end.
Nine-time NBA All-Star Dominique Wilkins had lunch with guests at Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro at the Venetian enjoying oysters and seafood fettuccine.
Magician Murray Sawchuck headlines at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank, Calif., on Tuesday for one show. Murray taps the keg at Hofbrauhaus this Friday.
As the run to the Super Bowl knocks out teams, NFL players are heading here:
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck dined with friends at Lavo in Palazzo on Saturday night.
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Ladarius Webb and Hall of Famer Warren Moon partied at SunDrai’s set by DJ Franzen at Drai’s Nightclub atop the Cromwell on Sunday night. Tennessee Titans cornerback Perrish Cox was spotted at Drai’s on Saturday night for Big Sean’s performance.
Shawn Wayans, four-time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler, Reggie Bush (San Francisco 49ers), Golden Tate (Detroit Lions), former Colts player Shaun Phillips, Ravens players Anthony Levine, Brynden Trawick, Tray Walker, Julian Wilson, Will Hill, Kendrick Lewis and Terrence Books, Tennessee Titans’ Mike Griffin and B.W. Webb and San Diego Chargers’ Rich Crawford, Jason Verrett and Jahleel Addae also were at Big Sean.
EDM star DJs EC Twins were with Tony Hsieh of Zappos partying with The D Las Vegas owner Derek Stevens in Longbar at his downtown hotel for the EDM Pop-Up Series Party.
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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Just as distinctive as it's famous neighbors Caesar's Palace and The Venetian, Harrah's Las Vegas has been entertaining guests since 1973. The 87,700-square foot casino is filled with 1,520 slot machines and 107 gaming tables. Outside the casino, guests are able to experience fun in a street-fair atmosphere at the Carnival Court, an outdoor lounge with live entertainment (including the bartenders), food stands and outdoor shops.
At Harrah's comedy is King, and that has never been more apparent then the comedy acts of Rita Rudner, the Mac King Comedy Magic Show and the Improv Comedy Club. After the show, guests are more than welcome to laugh at their friends at The Piano Bar, famous for its dueling pianos and karaoke. Most recently, Harrah's added tribute show "Legends in Concert" to its list of entertainment.
Restaurants like Ming's offers Asian cuisine, while Ruth's Chris Steak House offers guests fine steaks and fresh seafood. Toby Keith's I Love This Bar is a country-themed bar with a restaurant, live music and the occasional appearance from Keith himself.
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.