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Thursday, June 16, 2016 | 6:30 p.m.
Pop princess Britney Spears is so excited about being a bridesmaid this weekend in Las Vegas for her best friend’s wedding that she posted it to her Instagram page while driving across the desert on I-15, adding “I’m so excited!”
But she kept the identity of the couple top secret. I’m speculating that it’s the summer wedding of her manager, Larry Rudolph, and his fiancee, Jen Barnet. He is in one of Britney’s selfies.
Jen is co-owner of Xcycle boutique fitness studio here in Boca Park. Britney choreographed the music for one of the sessions. I called Larry, but he told me “no comment” when I tried to confirm that he was involved.
I’m thus only left to speculate, but after the ceremony we’ll get the details.
DRUGS & DANCE MUSIC: The Electric Daisy Carnival fun for the next three days was preceded this week with the fifth-annual EDMbiz Conference & Expo, the most significant to date with leaders in the industry addressing important topics including drugs in dance music, gender equality and market trends. During Wednesday’s first day at Caesars Palace, highlights included:
“Drugs in Dance Music: It’s Time for the Industry to Act”: Panelists shared stories of loss, recovery and hope. A common theme was the importance of peer-to-peer education and personal responsibility.
Matthew Yazge, director of grand partnerships for music and film at Nielsen, presented a report on spending of dance music fans. According to his study, dance music fans spend more than other music fans, especially on live events, music festivals and concerts. Yazge said, “The (music) industry is lagging behind dance music. With dance music focusing on a younger audience, dance music is really taking a lead.”
Reflecting on gender barriers, “Beyond the Boys’ Club” panelists encouraged peers to educate one another. And at “After the Drop: the State of Dance Music,” panelists discussed the “dance music bubble.” Day 2 today featured a keynote speech by Insomniac CEO and founder Pasquale Rotella — Insomniac oversees EDC.
BOBBY FLAY’S FLAME: When celebrity chef Bobby Flay was on the Strip last week at his Bobby’s Burger Palace at Mandarin Oriental, he and I spent a long time talking about the problems of a bachelor lifestyle and how he’s been single since his ugly divorce from “Law and Order” actress Stephanie March a year ago. They were married for 10 years.
But now it seems as if there’s a new actress on his arms:. The 51-year-old culinary king, who has Mesa Grill at Caesars, has been seen with “Masters of Sex” star Helene Yorke, who also appeared in Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway.”
Bobby and Helene met at a New York Knicks game when the two sat one seat apart in December. The new two to you described as good friends went public with their dating Sunday at the premiere of “Batman vs. Superman” Dawn of Justice” at Radio City Music Hall one day after Bobby’s new horse, Creator, won the Belmont Stakes.
MORE HOT OFF THE GRILL: The Palms steakhouse in the Forum Shops at Caesars will shutter next month for three months for a transformation. Nearby rival Wolfgang Puck will come to the rescue of patrons in need of their steak fix by offering Spago steaks just across the hall.
Wolf’s executive chef and partner David Robins is in China for several weeks overseeing the opening of a Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill in Beijing modeled after the same-name restaurants at MGM Grand and in Downtown Summerlin.
50 YEARS OF CAESARS: Year one employees of Caesars will be the stars at Friday’s kickoff of the Summer of Caesars 50th anniversary celebration when arm in arm Caesar and Cleopatra lead the first self-guided historical walking tour of landmarks inside the property.
Jim Dunbar, who has been a faithful team member since opening day Aug. 5,1966, will be joined by year one employees Pamela Price, Pete George, Benny Figgins and John O’Connell for a ceremony by Sean McBurney, general manager.
The next 50th anniversary event will be the Independence Day Weekend block party with fireworks July 3. A gala with cake and champagne will spread over the actual Aug. 5 and 6 weekend anniversary.
CHEAP TICKETS: While Britney and Jennifer Lopez are playing to sold-out audiences at Axis at Planet Hollywood, another Strip headliner is having a tougher time selling tickets at even discounted prices.
In a bid to fill seats, employees at the hotel were offered tickets for just $25 — and tickets still didn’t sell out. Now we know why this headliner wanted to get lots of local press for the show, then spoiled that chance by canceling interviews last minute even though the headliner’s team did the inviting.
LIVE BANDS: For the first weekend since the opening of the Park between New York-New York and Monte Carlo, bands will play 4-hour sets Friday and Saturday. Local drummer and singer Paul Charles will be up first Friday, then Saturday it’s Vegas Limit with an all-request format saluting The Beatles, Garth Brooks and more. The stage will be located at the rear of the Park adjacent to the Bliss Dance sculpture.
THE DONALD’S MC: For the fourth consecutive time, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has chosen Las Vegas radio and TV personality Wayne Allyn Root to open his rally at Treasure Island on Saturday.
Wayne, who hosts the No. 1 talk show on 790 Talk (KBET) on Monday through Friday afternoons, also is the creator and executive producer of Investigation Discovery’s series “Las Vegas Law.” “In Las Vegas, this is as big as opening for Elvis,” Wayne, the author of the bestselling “Power of Relentless,” told me.
NUMBERS GAME: More than 335,000 tickets were sold last year for shows at the Smith Center, and another 21,720 people showed up for weddings, fundraisers, receptions and meetings. More than 78,500 students and teachers attended a performance there, and to support all those activities, volunteers donated 6,833 combined hours.
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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.
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.