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Bobbie Katz is a longtime entertainment feature writer/columnist who has interviewed hundreds of major stars and headliners. Originally from the East Coast, after spending seven years as an enterBobbie Katz tainment editor/feature writer/columnist covering Atlantic City entertainment for national publications out of Atlantic City and New York, for the last 18 years, she has been residing in Las Vegas, covering the city’s active entertainment and hospitality scene. She currently writes for several tourist and local outlets and for 12 ½ years covered Las Vegas for the Las Vegas section of the Los Angeles Times
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Her two different worlds are one on stage by Bobbie Katz
If you’re one of those people who think that nothing blooms in the desert, just check out Celine Dion. Having planted the seeds for her return to Las Vegas last year, the world’s top-selling female recording artist began nurturing her new three-year residency in the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on March 15 with a new show and a new maturity – heralding her growth as an artist, wife, and mother – while the love between her and her audiences continued blossoming in leaps and bounds. With the first run of shows having sold out quickly and June through August sales following suit, the hotel put an additional 16 shows scheduled between December 28 and January 22, 2012 on sale just four days after her debut to keep up with ticket demand. Like the title of her opening number, Dion has been welcomed back to the 4,300-seat venue with “open arms.” “My knees were very shaky,” Dion, looking slim, fit, and lovely, admits about her opening night. “I think it’s normal – I’ve had premieres before. I was nervous, not scared. I’m very happy to be back and I’m trying to pace myself. I’m amazed and surprised that Caesars wanted me back so quickly. To feel loved in Las Vegas is the greatest thing. I feel wanted. I have a 31-piece orchestra and a big production. It feels like home – I’ve been here five years. It’s warm; it’s a beautiful place to perform.
Su usted es una de esas personas que cree que nada florece en el desierto, basta echarle una mirada a Celine Dion. Luego de plantar la semilla de su regreso a Las Vegas el año pasado, la cantante femenina con mayores ventas de la historia comenzó a cultivar su nueva estadía de tres años en el Colosseum del hotel Caesars Palace el 15 de marzo con un nuevo espectáculo y una nueva madurez que anuncian su crecimiento como artista, esposa y madre mientras el amor entre ella y su público continúa creciendo a pasos agigantados. La venta de boletos para la primera serie de presentaciones se agotó con rapidez, y las de junio a agosto se vendieron de igual modo, por lo que el hotel agregó 16 presentaciones más entre el 28 de diciembre y el 22 de enero de 2012, que se pusieron a la venta apenas cuatro días luego de su debut para mantenerse al ritmo de la demanda. Al igual que el título del número que abre su show, el público ha recibido “con brazos abiertos” a Dion en el auditorio de 4.300 localidades. “Me temblaban las piernas”, explica Dion sobre su debut; se la ve esbelta, atlética y encantadora. “Creo que es normal; no es mi primer debut. Estaba nerviosa, no asustada. Estoy feliz de haber regresado, y trato de tomarme las cosas con calma. Me sorprende y maravilla que Caesars quisiera que yo regresara tan pronto. Sentirse querida en Las Vegas es la mejor sensación. Me
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My family has grown – I have two more boys. Honestly, it can’t be any better than that for a performer or a mother. I felt weak but very, very happy.” When Dion’s previous show, A New Day…, the first for the Colosseum venue, opened on March 25, 2003, she became the first star to stop touring at the height of her career and invite people to come to her. By the time the show closed on December 15, 2007, more than 3 million fans spanning all seven continents and 138 countries had seen it. While A New Day… was performed against a backdrop of acrobatics, dancing, and flying, the new show, simply entitled Celine, is very personal and intimate yet built on the foundation of the star’s unseen juggling act – the one that has her balancing career, marriage and
siento deseada. Tengo una orquesta de 31 músicos y una gran producción. Me siento como en casa: ya hace cinco años que estoy aquí. Es un lugar cálido y hermoso para actuar. Mi familia ha crecido; tengo dos hijos más. Con sinceridad, no creo que pueda ser mejor para una artista o para una madre. Me siento débil, pero muy, muy feliz”. Cuando A New Day…, el primer espectáculo de Dion en Las Vegas, debutó en el Colosseum el 23 de marzo de 2003, la artista se convirtió en la primera estrella en dejar de hacer giras en la cima de su carrera e invitar a que la gente fuera a verla. Cuando el espectáculo bajó el telón el 15 de diciembre de 2007, más de 3 millones de fans de seis continentes y de 138 países lo habían visto. Mientras A New Day… se desarrollaba con acrobacias y baile como telón de fondo, el nuevo espectáculo, que lleva solo el título de Celine, es muy personal e íntimo, y sin embargo se apoya sobre un acto de malabarismo de la estrella que nadie ha visto, el de tener una carrera, estar casada y ser madre sin fallar en nada.
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Appearing in Armani Prive, Elie Saab, Atelier Versace, Balmain, Givenchy Couture, Celine’s chic and breathtaking fashions compliment the staging and emotional content of each segment and appears as a virtual fashion show. Celine and her stylist, Annie Horth, collaborated closely on her wardrobe. Horth worked with Armani Prive and Atelier Versace on gowns designed exclusively for the show. “Some cues came straight from the runway,” explains Horth. “The Black Balmain from this year’s collection was just so perfect for the James Bond segment—it was bold, sexy and strong.”
motherhood, without dropping the ball. Although the classy new vehicle is designed to let the production elements support Dion instead of her being inside the production as she was in A New Day…, that’s not to say that this show doesn’t have lavish special effects – it does. They include an incredible billowing curtain reveal, a duet with Stevie Wonder and even Dion’s duet with herself, both thanks to holograms that are so real that they take your breath away. There is spectacular lighting and backdrops, along with videos and pictures of her sold-out 2008 world tour, her career, and private moments with her family. Then there are her seven gowns by designers including Versace, Givenchy, Balmain, and Elie Saab. Dion and her husband/manager Rene Angelil both had a lot of input into the production, which, at the very least, depicts a different day for Dion. continued on page 24
Aunque este espectáculo nuevo y elegante está diseñado para que los elementos de producción apoyen a Dion en lugar de tener a la artista en medio de grandes artificios como fue el caso de A New Day…, eso no quiere decir que le falte un despilfarro de efectos especiales… para nada. Algunos de estos efectos especiales incluyen un telón increíble, un dúo con Stevie Wonder y hasta un dúo con sí misma, ambos gracias a hologramas que son tan reales que te dejan sin aliento. La iluminación y los telones de fondo son espectaculares, como lo son los videos y las fotos de su gira mundial de 2008, su carrera y los momentos privados junto a su familia. Además están los siete vestidos de diseñadores de la talla de Versace, Givenchy, Balmain, y Elie Saab. Dion y su esposo y mánager Rene Angelil tuvieron mucha injerencia en la producción, lo que, por lo menos, muestra una nueva realidad para Dion. “Yo no diría que el espectáculo marca un nuevo rumbo de lo que
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“I don’t call the show a departure from A New Day…, I call it an evolution,” says legendary Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich, who is the director at the helm of the new production. “It’s a very emotional show. Celine has grown in the past eight years and the show reflects a certain maturity. It’s a different show that’s fresh for her audiences.” “I think you know that I am an open book,” explains Dion, referring to the intimacy of the show. “There was no way that I was going to come back here and not share my most precious things. The audience knows me well – I don’t have to sell myself. But I can’t just sing songs. If I don’t have that part of me on stage, I think I’m missing a lot. The world knows that I just had two beautiful babies.” With personal moments being shared through dialogue with the audience and multi-media – even in her James Bond tribute in which she sings “Goldfinger,” for example, her son, Rene Charles (affectionately called R.C.), appears in the clip – Dion performs 22 songs, including her biggest hits mixed with timeless classics. She pays tribute to some of the most celebrated artists and songs of our times, including Michael Jackson, whom she credits with her
fue A New Day…, diría que es una evolución”, explica Ken Ehrlich, el legendario productor ganador de premios Grammy, quien dirige la nueva producción. “Es un show muy emotivo. Celine ha crecido en los últimos ocho años y el espectáculo refleja una cierta madurez. Es un espectáculo diferente que se muestra renovado para el público”. “Creo que saben que soy un libro abierto”, explica Dion en referencia a la intimidad de su show. “No hay manera de regresar aquí y no compartir mis cosas más preciosas. El público me conoce bien. No necesito venderme. Pero no puedo nada más venir y cantar canciones. Si esa parte de mí no está sobre el escenario, creo que perdería mucho. El mundo sabe que acabo de tener dos bebés hermosos”. El espectáculo combina momentos personales con diálogo con el público y elementos multimedia… hasta en su tributo a James Bond, en el que canta “Goldfinger”, por ejemplo, Rene Charles, su hijo al que con cariño llama R.C., aparece en el clip. En total, Dion canta 22 canciones que incluyen sus mayores éxitos y clásicos atemporales. Rinde homenaje a algunos de los artistas y las canciones más famosas de nuestro tiempo, incluyendo a Michael Jackson, a quien le adjudica su deseo en su momento de aprender inglés, y hasta interpreta un tema de jazz en honor a Ella Fitzgerald, que es la canción que le da mayor curiosidad al público. El espectáculo finaliza con la canción “My Heart Will Go On”, la canción que la caracteriza de la película
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desire to learn English, and even does a jazz number honoring Ella Fitzgerald, the latter being the song she finds that the audience is most curious about. She closes the show with “My Heart Will Go On,” her signature song from the movie Titanic, which she says she will close every show with the rest of her life. “Maturity is a wonderful thing,” Dion smiles. “I’m 43. I sing Janis Ian’s ‘At Seventeen’ in the show – however, I wouldn’t have wanted to sing it at 25. I was asked to sing that song at the Grammys and it really touched me. I love intimate moments – at least one time during a show – when you can talk to people. At my age, I understand the song and it now has a lot of emotion for me. At 25, you can sing certain things; at 30, others; and at 40, you can give things different colors. Maturity has allowed me to grow and touch different colors of music.” “To put myself in other artists’ shoes when singing their songs was never so hard for me,” she adds. “But, with maturity, it’s even better. Now it’s not just about putting myself in their shoes but about trying to make the song my own as much as I can.” In tandem with that, Dion says that she chose to do Jackson’s song “Man in the Mirror” because it reflects what we should do for the world, not what life can do for us. She notes that it’s about us looking continued on page 26
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Titanic, con la que dice que terminará todos los espectáculos por el resto de su vida. “Madurar es maravilloso”, sonríe Dion. “Tengo 43 años. Y en el show canto “At Seventeen”, de Janis Ian; sin embargo, no me habría gustado cantarla a los 25. Me pidieron que cantara esa canción en la entrega de los premios Grammy y de veras me conmovió. Amo los momentos íntimos cuando puedo hablar con la gente al menos una vez durante el espectáculo. A mi edad, comprendo la canción y ahora me produce mucha emoción. A los 25 años se pueden cantar algunas cosas; a los 30 otras, y a los 40 se les pueden dar colores diferentes. La madurez me ha ayudado a crecer y a tocar diferentes colores musicales”. “Ponerme en el lugar de otros artistas cuando canto sus canciones nunca me costó tanto”, agrega. “Pero con la madurez, es mejor. Ahora no se trata solo de ponerme en su lugar sino de intentar hacer la canción mía lo más posible”. En sintonía con esta idea, Dion explica que escogió interpretar la canción “Man in the Mirror” de Michael Jackson porque refleja lo que deberíamos hacer por el mundo en lugar de lo que la vida puede hacer por nosotros. Subraya que la canción trata sobre vernos en el espejo y decir: “Hoy voy a hacer un cambio”. Siente que es una pena que haya tanta ira y violencia dentro de nosotros y desea que la es-
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at ourselves in the mirror and saying, “I’m going to make that change today.” She feels it’s unfortunate that so much anger and violence is inside us and hopes that hope isn’t too far away. As for the personal journey that has brought Dion to this point, her life couldn’t be any fuller. Admitting that she doesn’t feel like her day has a beginning or an end, she is very ensconced in motherhood and, at this writing, is still breastfeeding twins Eddy and Nelson, born on October 23, 2010. So just what is a day in the life of Dion like? “I still breastfeed my children every four hours so I do not have a full night’s sleep,” she responds. “I have one sister watching the babies, who are in a room next door, so I can close my eyes but I still have to keep my ears open. I always try to go back to bed after I feed them and I wake up very late because my sleep is cut up. I finally wake up about noon or 1 p.m. and look forward to my coffee. I’m going to have a good breakfast – my favorite thing is crepes with molasses, which, with iron, is a complete food. I have my mother cooking for us – awesome. I then make sure that the children are fine and go in and wake R.C. – he wants to sleep all day and play all night. And then I’m with R.C. “Then it’s time to feed the babies again,” she continues. “Afterwards, I have a late lunch, take my shower, make sure the kids are fine, and then I come to the hotel. I do my makeup and then head off to soundcheck between 5 and 6 p.m. I then go back upstairs to my room and I can be with my chil- Wardrobe by Elie Saab dren. I make sure that my son is Photo by Gerard Schachmes fine and that nothing is coming up without any announcement. There are fittings to do – they have 10-15 minutes to do so. Then I feed the twins again, after which I do vocal exercises, finish my makeup, do my hair, put on my dress and come backstage. My last wish before I start singing is that I always say to my kids, ‘This is for you – that’s why I’m here. I love what I do.’ To be able to be with my family and still perform is a gift from heaven.” Dion, who also has accommodations at the hotel for herself and her family, says that after the show, she runs to her car and goes home and takes a shower. She gets into her PJ’s and spends time relaxing with Rene and the children. If she has no show the next day, she spends the entire day in her pajamas. Regarding her voice, she has to constantly be in her “humidified” environment – at home, on stage or in her dressing room – when she is working. She cannot go outside because of the dryness of the Vegas climate. She does have a trainer who comes to her, not on the days of the show but every day that she’s off. She does five minutes of the bicycle and then does body stretching, especially of her neck and shoulders and upper body to make sure that she’s well-aligned. She then does another five minutes of bicycle. Having gained 60 pounds during her pregnancy, Dion took them off within four months. She also credits the weight loss to breastfeeding. continued on page 30
peranza no se haga esperar. En relación con el viaje personal que ha hecho que Dion llegue a este punto, su vida no podría ser más plena. Admite que no siente que sus días tengan un comienzo o un fin; se encuentra muy instalada en la maternidad y, al momento de escribirse esta nota, aún amamanta a los mellizos Eddy and Nelson, que nacieron el 23 de octubre de 2010. Entonces, ¿cómo es un día en la vida de Dion? “Todavía les doy de mamar a mis hijos cada cuatro horas, por lo que nunca duermo la noche entera”, responde. “Tengo una hermana que cuida los bebés, que están en la habitación contigua, para poder cerrar los ojos, pero de todas formas tengo que tener las orejas abiertas. Siempre trato de volver a dormir después de alimentar a los bebés, y me despierto tarde porque mi sueño es entrecortado. Finalmente, suelo despertarme al mediodía o a la una de la tarde ansiosa por tomar café. Siempre tomo un buen desayuno; mi favorito es crepes con melaza, que, como tiene hierro, es un alimento completo. Mi madre cocina para nosotros, lo que es fantástico. Luego me aseguro de que los niños estén bien, y voy a despertar a R.C.: le gusta dormir todo el día y jugar toda la noche. Y después estoy con R.C. “Y luego es hora de volver a alimentar a los bebés”, continúa. Después almuerzo tarde, me doy una ducha, y me aseguro de que los niños estén bien, y posteriormente vengo al hotel. Me maquillo y salgo a hacer la prueba de sonido entre las 5 y las 6 de la tarde. Entonces vuelvo a subir a mi habitación y puedo estar con mis hijos. Me aseguro de que mi hijo esté bien y de que nada vaya a suceder de sorpresa. Me hago pruebas de vestuario, que tardan entre 10 y 15 minutos. Luego alimento a los mellizos una vez más, y más tarde hago ejercicios vocales, termino mi maquillaje, me pongo el vestido y salgo a escena. Mi último deseo antes de comenzar a cantar es lo que les digo a mis hijos, ‘Esto es por ustedes; por eso estoy aquí. Amo lo que hago’. Poder estar con mi familia y aun así cantar es un regalo del cielo”. Dion, quien también cuenta con habitaciones en el hotel para ella y su familia, explica que después del espectáculo, corre a su automóvil y va a casa y se da una ducha. Se pone su pijama y se relaja junto a Rene y los niños. Si al día siguiente no tiene función, pasa todo el día en pijama. En relación con su voz, cuando está trabajando, todo el tiempo debe pasarlo en un ambiente “humidificado”, en casa, en el escenario o en su camarín. No puede salir al exterior por el clima seco de Las Vegas. Tiene un entrenador que la visita, no en los días que tiene espectáculo, pero todos los días que no tiene función. Durante cinco minutos anda en bicicleta y luego realiza ejercicios de elongación, en especial del cuello y los hombros y el torso para asegurarse de mantenerse alineada. Luego hace otros cinco minutos de bicicleta. Tras haber aumentado 60 libras durante el embarazo, Dion las bajó en cuatro meses. También justifica la pérdida de peso a amamantar. Estoy muy orgullosa de mi familia, de mi sostén, de mi esposo, mis hijos, del equilibrio que tengo”, explica. “Es lo más preciado que
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I’m most proud of my family, my foundation, my husband, my sons, the balance I have,” she comments. ”This is my most precious thing and I will never let it go, Dion and the family reside in lovely Lake Las Vegas where her children can live “in a normal home with lots of green and water.” Above all, the most important thing for her is that, no matter where she is in the world, she is with her husband and children – her comfortable place. “I can’t believe how much Rene Charles has grown since we left Las Vegas,” she enthuses. “This kid of mine amazes me tremendously. I don’t have time to play music in the house. I rarely sing songs and the TV is rarely on. R.C. is 10 years old and has an amazing knowledge of all kinds of music, from Lady Gaga to the Beatles and Elvis. It’s too much for me. He takes his laptop, plays videos, and records himself singing. I don’t know what he’s going to be but he loves music.” The star also takes pride in being accessible to her fans and, while admitting that show business is crazy, extravagant and extraordinary, says that for people to see that she and Rene live as normal a life as possible makes her singing even more true. She also feels that it gives her an extra bond with her fans. “When I close my eyes and sing a song, I see lots of things,” Dion explains. “Then when I open my eyes again, emotionally I am there – I feel it all around me.” Thankful to have Angelil as her manager and saying that he has an amazing sense of show business, Dion has known him since she was a 12-year-old Wardrobe by Atelier Versace child prodigy growing up in Photo by Gerard Schachmes Montreal A demo tape she recorded at that age reached the Quebec music entrepreneur, who later mortgaged his house to finance the recording of her debut album. She left home to make her mark on the world under the protection of Angelil, who became her manager. By the time she was 14, Dion was a star in Canada – in 1983, she became the first Canadian artist to receive a gold record in France when her single, “D’Amour Ou S’Amite,” sold over 700,000 copies. By the end of the 1980s, as Dion was preparing to record her first English-language album, Unison (1990), she discovered that she was in love with this man who had been guiding her career for all those years and who had become her protector, partner and best friend. In November 1993, she publicly declared her love for Angelil, 26 years her senior, in the liner notes of her album The Colour of My Love. They married in something akin to a royal wedding in 1994. “I was very young when I met Rene but I was not a baby – I was continued on page 32
poseo y no voy a dejar que se me escape nunca”. Dion y su familia residen en el bello lago Las Vegas, donde sus hijos pueden vivir en un hogar normal con mucho verde y agua”. Por sobre todo, lo más importante para ella es que, sin importar dónde esté en el mundo, está junto a su esposo y sus hijos, en su rincón de paz. “No puedo creer cuánto ha crecido Rene Charles desde que nos fuimos de Las Vegas,” manifiesta. “Este hijo me sorprende muchísimo”. No tengo tiempo de tocar música en casa. Rara vez canto canciones y la televisión casi nunca está encendida. R.C. tiene 10 años de edad y tiene un conocimiento sorprendente de todo tipo de música, desde Lady Gaga hasta los Beatles y Elvis. Me deja pasmada. En su laptop, pone videos y se graba a él mismo cantando. No sé qué irá a ser de grande, pero ama la música”. La estrella también se enorgullece de ser accesible a sus admiradores y, a pesar de que admite que el mundo del espectáculo es una locura extravagante y extraordinaria, explica que para ella ver que junto a Rene tienen una vida lo más normal posible hace que su canto sea más verdadero. Además siente que eso le da un vínculo adicional con sus fans. “Cuando cierro los ojos y canto una canción, veo muchas cosas”, confiesa Dion. “Luego vuelvo a abrirlos, y mis emociones se vuelcan allí; lo siento a mi alrededor”. Dion está agradecida de que Angelil (a quien conoce desde los 12 años cuando era una niña prodigio en Montreal) sea su mánager y reconoce que él tiene un sexto sentido para el mundo del espectáculo. A esa edad, Dion grabó un demo que llegó a manos del empresario discográfico de Quebec, quien luego hipotecó su casa para financiar la grabación de su álbum debut. Se fue de su hogar para dejar su huella en el mundo bajo la protección de Angelil, quien se convirtió en su mánager. A los 14 años, Dion ya era una estrella en Canadá, y en 1983 se convirtió en la primera artista canadiense en recibir un disco de oro en Francia por su sencillo “D’Amour Ou S’Amite”, que vendió más de 700.000 copias. Para finales de los años 1980, mientras Dion se aprestaba a grabar su primer álbum en inglés, Unison (1990), se dio cuenta de que estaba enamorada del hombre que había guiado su carrera todos esos años y que se había convertido en su protector, su socio y su mejor amigo. En noviembre de 1993, declaró públicamente su amor por Angelil, quien es 26 años mayor, en los agradecimientos de su disco The Colour of My Love. Se casaron en una ceremonia que fue digna de una boda real en 1994. “Era muy joven cuando conocí a Rene, pero no era un bebé; era una muchacha crecida de 12 años”, aclara Dion. “Me trató con mucho respeto, como a una muchacha madura, y se convirtió en amigo de mi familia y en mi protector, mi socio, mi mejor amigo, mi prometido y, gracias a Dios, en mi esposo y en el padre de nuestros hijos. Lo que
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a grown-up 12-year-old,” Dion claims. “He treated me very respectfully, like a grown-up child, and he became a friend of the family, my protector, my partner, my best friend, my fiancé and, thank god, my husband and the father of our children. The scary thing about our relationship is that our love doesn’t stop growing – it gets better. You never think that love can grow even more once you reach this.” Angelil’s well-publicized 1999 bout with cancer (doctors proclaimed him in remission six months after treatment) and the birth of her children has made Dion realize even more how precious life and happiness are. She is a person who is very aware of what she has been given. “I’m blessed and I’m lucky and I think it has everything to do with the way I grew up, really,” Dion says. “A lot of people have put so much focus on me, like my 13 brothers and sisters. I really have had 13 mothers and fathers. When you’re growing up and you’re the baby and you have all those mothers and fathers around you, taking the time to take you by the hand and tell you not to touch this, don’t do that, be careful, giving you so much attention all the time, it gives you a lot of security and a good foundation. Those are good tools to grow up with. I grew up slowly, like a sponge, taking the best of everybody. Not everything was always good but I took the best. I’m really close to my roots. “I think the biggest thing for me about performing in Las Vegas all year round, is the way my life at home has changed,” she sums up. “Having a more regular schedule is so important when bringing up children, and I’m very grateful to be able enjoy performing and, at the same time, be home every night. As all mothers know, when you have the responsibility of being a parent, your priorities change, and I think this is where I’ve realized the most personal growth. It’s not about me...it’s all about my family.” Onstage or off, her heart will go on.
asusta de nuestra relación es que nuestro amor no deja de crecer; mejora con el tiempo. Uno nunca cree que el amor puede crecer aun más cuando se llega a este punto”. La publicitada lucha de Angelil contra el cáncer en 1999 (los médicos anunciaron la remisión de la enfermedad seis meses después de comenzar el tratamiento) y el nacimiento de sus hijos han hecho que Dion se dé cuenta aun más de lo precioso de la vida y la felicidad. Es una persona consciente de todo lo que ha recibido. “Me siento bendecida y afortunada y creo que tiene que ver con la manera en la que crecí”, explica Dion. “Tantas personas me han prestado tanta atención, como mis 13 hermanos. En verdad siento que tuve 13 padres y madres. Cuando estás creciendo y eres un bebé y tienes todos estos padres a tu alrededor que se toman el tiempo de tomarte de la mano y decirte que no toques esto o hagas aquello o que tengas cuidado, que te prestan tanta atención todo el tiempo, te da mucha seguridad y un buen sostén. Y esas son buenas herramientas con que crecer. Crecí de a poco, como una esponja, tomando lo mejor de cada uno. No todo fue siempre bueno, pero tomé lo mejor. Me siento muy cercana a mis raíces. “Creo que lo más importante para mí de actuar en Las Vegas todo el año es la manera en que mi vida en casa ha cambiado”, sintetiza la artista. “Tener un horario regular es muy importante cuando crías niños, y agradezco poder disfrutar de mis actuaciones y a la vez estar en casa todas las noches. Como las madres bien saben, cuando tienes la responsabilidad de ser madre, tus prioridades cambian, y creo que es en este punto donde he notado mi crecimiento personal más grande. No se trata de mí… se trata de mi familia”. Ya sea sobre el escenario o fuera de él, su corazón seguirá latiendo.
Big “New-s” on the Las Vegas Strip Celebrating Michael Jackson and much more
When it comes to all things Michael Jackson in Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay is planning one “thriller” of a celebration for the late pop superstar. At a recent press conference, in the center of which stood Michael’s famous hat and glove encased in glass, the resort’s president and COO Chuck Bowling; Cirque du Soleil President and CEO Daniel Lamarre and the Estate of Michael Jackson Co-Executor John Branca confirmed that there will be a permanent Michael Jackson production at the property and announced new aspects of the creative relationship. Mandalay Bay’s theater, currently housing The Lion King, will be transformed for the permanent production, slated to open in Spring 2013. Identification of the creative team of the show has also begun. The relationship between Mandalay Bay, Cirque du Soleil and the Estate of Michael Jackson is multifaceted. First will come the Michael Jackson The IMMORTAL World Tour which will open at the hotel on December 3, 2011 for an extended run on its North American tour. The pop rock extravaganza is being culled from the imagination of Jamie King, who was also present at the press conference and revealed that Neverland will be the backdrop for the show. To kick off the tour’s stop in Vegas, the first-ever Estate-authorized Fan Fest will take place for a limited time beginning December 3. Along with M.J. memorabilia, recreated sets from his videos, and a behindthe-scenes look at the creation of Michael Jackson The IMMORTAL World Tour, attendees will have the chance to compete against one another in contests centered around the recently released UBISOFT video game “Michael Jackson The Experience.” Mandalay Bay will also be the home of an interactive, state-of-the-art permanent exhibit – a collaboration between Cirque du Soleil and the Estate of Michael Jackson
– described as being aimed at giving fans a unique encounter with Michael’s artistic genius, sense of wonder and humanitarian spirit. The two companies will also create the Michael Jackson Lounge, which will bring to life the superstar’s music in an atmosphere celebrating his career and legacy. I had the opportunity to speak with Michael’s brother Jackie Jackson, who was also at the press conference. He told me that the family has given Cirque du Soleil and Jamie King access to everything they have concerning Michael and that while they are not involved in the creative aspects of Michael Jackson The IMMORTAL World Tour, they will have a hand in putting the permanent show together with Cirque du Soleil. I also asked him what he felt Michael’s true legacy is and he responded that it is the kind way he treated people. Jackie said that Michael had so much love and gratitude for his fans that he always put them first and was always thinking about them.
Johnny Fortuno, Elvis Winner
Top: Elvis Parade on Freemonts Street. Above Left: Elvis-Gabriel The Storm. Above Right: Cirque Viva Elvis
Elvis may have left the building but he is back on the street thanks to the Second Annual Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest presented by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE), Las Vegas’ famed Fremont Street Experience and the celebrated tribute artist production Legends in Concert. The 21 competitors from across the country participated in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest on a Friday, with guest judges determining the “best representation of the Elvis legacy.” On Saturday, after the field was narrowed to 10, a champion was crowned “King.” Johnny Fortuno a resident of Las Vegas (originally from Honolulu, HI) won $2,500 cash and a Graceland Getaway prize package He now qualifies to compete in the 2011 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis, TN, during Elvis Week held Aug. 10-16. Last year’s Las Vegas winner, Justin Shandor, took first place in the national competition in Memphis.
Aside from the King of Pop, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the British royal wedding, there was another crowning glory that transpired in May – actually the same weekend as the royal wedding – the marriage of casino “king” Steve Wynn to British Andrea Hissom. The $1 million Hollywood-style event took place over three days, including the private Friday ceremony, at which Clint Eastwood was best man; a Saturday poolside white party, and the Sunday Grand Celebration affair at Wynn’s Encore resort that 500 couples attended. Among the highprofile guests were Donald Trump and wife Melania, Michael Milken, Sylvester Stallone and wife Jennifer Flavin, Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Brett Ratner, Priscilla and Lisa Marie Preseley, Steve Lawrence, and Las Vegas media mogul Brian Greenspun. Garth Brooks and his wife, Tricia Yearwood, entertained. True love runs deep. On May 4, Marie Osmond tied the knot again, re-marrying her first husband, Stephen Craig, who is the father of their son, Stephen, 28. In fact, it was son Stephen who had actually orchestrated the couple’s reunion. They tied the knot in the Las Vegas Mormon Church with the bride wearing the same wedding dress designed by Ret Turner that she wore the first time they got married in 1982. Although they divorced three years later, she says that Stephen is her best friend and that he loves her children. They got married on the date of her late son Michael’s and her late mother Olive’s birthdays. Brother Donny says that the family is happy to see the two back together. By the way, he and Marie have just revamped their show at the Flamingo and have recorded their first studio album together in 30 years. Jay Mohr is once again getting on the stick. The actor, writer and comedian will return to Las Vegas to host the 2011 NHL Awards and honor the National Hockey League’s biggest stars for the second straight year. The best hockey players in the world will come together with Mohr and celebrities from music, stage and screen for the 2011 NHL Awards on Wednesday, June 22, at the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Speaking of the Palms, historically acclaimed American icon Tony Bennett will bring his Great American songbook to the Pearl on Sunday, July 24. Among his numerous honors and accolades, he is the recipient of 15 Grammys. Heads up on a “barrel” of fun! Toby Keith will bring his Locked and Loaded Tour 2011 to the Amphitheatre at Red Rock Resort with special guest Eric Church on Saturday, August 6. Keith got his start in Vegas
The Wynn Wedding
performing at Station Casinos properties and this will be his second time performing at the Amphitheatre at Red Rock Resort. He is now in his 18th consecutive year of having had a No. 1 single every year since his first release. Before Keith hits the property, however, folks will be marching to the beat of a different drummer when Motley Crue, one of the world’s most iconic rock bands, stops there on June 18 with Poison and special guests New York Dolls. At a special gathering at Bamboozle on May 1, the band revealed details about their summer tout, including their new set design, the set list decided by fans and a surprise announcement of Tommy Lee’s “360” drum rollercoaster. “We’re looking forward to being together again and to a really special production,” said front man Vince Neil. “It will also be cool to sing some of these songs we haven’t performed together in almost 20 years.” The Riviera is launching a headliner showcase in its Starlite Theater, named for www.RisqueLVmag.com
the hotel’s famous 1960’s lounge and located where the former Las Cage Theater used to be. Appearing during the summer will be True2Crue (Motley Crue tribute band), Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Connie Stevens with John Byner, Gary Lewis & the Playboys with Dennis Tufano, and former Beach Boy Al Jardine. The 5th Dimension, David Brenner, and Connie Stevens will play there in the fall. It’s back to the beach for Baywatch co-creator Michael Berk. The noted Hollywood writer and Las Vegas resident’s latest box-office hit Soul Surfer, for which he was lead writer, received an extremely rare A+ CinemaScore. Still, the syndicated Baywatch launched and rejuvenated numerous acting careers, including those of Pamela Anderson, Brooke Burns, Carmen Electra, Traci Bingham, David Hasselhoff, Yasmine Bleeth, Parker Stevenson, Angie Harmon, and Eddie Cibrian. Berk is currently writing the next generation in the Baywatch phenomenon – a big budget Baywatch feature film for Paramount Studios and Montecito, Director Ivan Reitman’s production company.
What is Kundalini? Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you have probably heard this mysterious and exotic sounding word before. There’s the Kundalini experience, of course, but then there’s also; Kundalini symptoms, Kundalini yoga, awakening, syndrome, reiki, crystalinks, meditation, music, jamma, rising, sexuality, diet and even clothes. Since the 70s, Kundalini has become a mainstream word, though in actuality, western culture knows very little about it. Hindi and Buddhist literature extensively discuss Kundalini, however, through history it’s had various names and “seems to have been a universal phenomenon in esoteric teachings for the Egyptians, Tibetans, Native Americans, Chinese, the Koran, Kabbalah, Hermetic, Masonic, and Rosicrucian teachings, Greek philosophies, Alchemy, and it’s even referenced in the Bible”. So what is Kundalini? “Kundalini is an energy that resides in each of us, but lies dormant in most.” In Sanskrit, Kundalini means coil. Kundalini is referred to as the “serpent power” that contains the “creative potential of man.” Shiva, this female, serpent-like energy sleeps at the base of the spine where she coils herself 3 ½ times around the root chakra, but if awakened you better be prepared! There are a number of ways to awaken the Kundalini, some spontaneous, some through trauma and some intentionally. Once awakened, this extraordinary power is like a psycho-spiritual tsunami. Much like the force of a spouting geyser, the energy gushes upwards, piercing holes through the chakras aligning them and opening new pathways in the nervous system. At the same time, as it awakens, the intense serpent energy that is wrapped around the root chakra slithers its way upwards all the way to the top where it connects with the crown chakra. Much like the power of the gushing tsunami waters, it picks up momentum as it goes. This once dormant energy, slithers in between the chakras, clearing everything along the way. On her route, this force of nature presses against the chakras as she passes. This pressure returns the wheels to their normal state of rotation. Described at times as “liquid light” or “liquid fire”, once a seeker has successfully gone
through this internal, volcanic eruption, Kundalini has been known to cut through the inertia of old dysfunctional conditioning. There is no doubt that the Kundalini experience is life altering. It has been known to increase energy and vitality, heighten awareness, heighten the senses, and is absolutely spiritually transformational. However, as enticing as it may sound, be forewarned; a person wanting to experience this Kundalini awakening must undergo extensive mental and physical preparation. Turns out the nervous system, cannot resonate and adjust to these changes as quickly as the Kundalini energy is moving. Therefore, the intense Kundalini experience could be painful, paralyzing, cause insanity, and it can even be fatal. The Kundalini energy is, just as indescribable as a sunset, and just like sunsets, none are ever the same. Each unique Kundalini awakening is different in intensity, symptoms, duration and, of course, results. Ultimately the goal of the seeker is to raise the Kundalini to a state of living in a state of illumination. This happens when the female serpent energy, from the base chakra unites with the crown chakra, or the male polarity, where together they illuminate. The yogi or seeker then attempts to lower the energy to another chakra, but not below the heart chakra because descent to lower chakras is thought to produce ego inflation, rampant sexual desire, and a host of other unwanted issues. By repeatedly raising the Kundalini to the crown, the yogi, can eventually succeed in reprogramming the Kundalini energy to reside permanently in this state of illumination. Although indescribable, when asked, people that experienced the Kundalini phenomena, have claimed to experience: an emphasis on the transmutation of energy to higher consciousness enormous power bizarre physical sensations incontrollable movements shuddering weird sounds extreme temperature fluctuation pain insomnia clairaudience
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visions brilliant lights super-lucidity psychical powers ecstasy bliss tingling itching burning sensations transcendence of self, etc. If you are truly considering working with your Kundalini energy, ask yourself these questions first: Would you be willing to change your lifestyle? How much time are you willing to invest? Would you be willing to endure the mental and physical discomfort you will undoubtedly have to confront? Are you willing to face your demons? If you are still willing to tread these murky waters, here are the first steps in preparation for a Kundalini experience: 1. Purification: Abstain from recreational drugs, tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine, prescription drugs, food additives, high sugars, or greasy foods. Eat well, hydrate your body, participate in vigorous exercise daily, eat plenty of protein for grounding, and get massages. 2. Reduce stress: Devote time to your spirituality, mental and physical health. 3. Find support: Seek knowledgeable and experienced mentors. 4. Educate yourself: Learn about Kundalini, the Kundalini awakening, yoga, and Chakras. 5. Treat underlying psychological issues: the journey will be easier for you. 6. Examine your spiritual practices: meditation, yoga or other spiritual practice. Watch for triggers that spark pleasant or unpleasant emotions, physical pains, etc. 7. Get grounded daily and deal with first Chakra: Stay aware and deal with issues that keep you from being grounded. Whether you go through the Kundalini experience or not, the above practices are good goals to aim for anyway. If you do follow through remember to treat yourself kindly, gently and lovingly. Be patient with yourself and wait until you are absolutely certain you are ready and when you are; happy trails to you! • • • • • • • • • •
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Gordie Brown LIVE at the Golden Nugget is the reason Las Vegas keeps the title “Entertainment Capital of the World.” The show was an hour and forty-five minutes of nonstop laughter, edge of your seat and standing ovation entertainment. Gordie Brown is more than LIVE! He is electrified. He has the energy, comedic timing and creativity that makes you laugh so hard tears roll down your cheeks. His act is full of surprises. In fact, you never know what’s going to happen next. He says his act changes nightly depending on the energy he’s getting from the crowd. And he is a crowd pleaser. Much of his act consists of song parodies, reproducing the sounds but not the words of songs. He does a Cher impression that all of a sudden turns into Scoobie Doo! His Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer Shower Time and Creed impressions give the twenty-one year olds something to write home about. But if you are 87, his touching rendition of Louis
Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” will bring tears to your eyes. His show is so fast paced that I couldn’t keep track of the number of voices he did but I’m sure there were more than 50. Michael Bolton melted me as “Frosty the Snowman,” Stevie Wonder was on Red Bull, the duet between Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole was hysterical, Johnny Mathis as a broken record was brilliant comedy, Andrea Bocelli singing a bedtime story to his son was endearing. Tony Bennet, Carlos Santana, Julio Iglesias, Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, Paul Simon, Elton John, Billy Joel, Tracy Chapman, Katharine Hepburn, Billy Ray Cyrus, Garth Brooks all had a twisted humor that made you laugh out loud or shake your head in amazement. His five musicians - sax, trumpet, keyboards, guitar and drums amped the Golden Nugget’s 400-seat Theatre Ballroom with electrifying sounds that only seasoned musicians can
create. The band members are always smiling and having a good time. They even break out in laughter when Brown surprises them with a hilarious ad lib or surprise joke. Las Vegas is known for their great musicians and Gordie Brown’s band is off the charts. You can tell Gordie loves to entertain. It seeps out of every bone in his body whether he’s doing a Michael Jackson moonwalk, imitating a mustached Geraldo, or a doing a full out tribute to rock and roll, Elvis style. He holds nothing back. You’ve got to be quick to catch all of his humor and some of his impressions like Tom Cruise last only a nano-second but he always leaves you wanting more or wondering what’s going to happen next! Brown’s good looks made my heart skip a beat. His pearly white smile lit up the entire 400 seat showroom. His toned and buffed physique made me want to follow him to the gym. But it’s his unaffected boy next door
El show Gordie Brown LIVE en el Golden Nugget es la razón por la cual Las Vegas conserva el título de “capital mundial del entretenimiento”. El espectáculo fue una hora y cuarenta y cinco minutos de carcajadas ininterrumpidas y de un entretenimiento apasionante y digno de una ovación de pie. ¡Gordie Brown está más que VIVO! Su espectáculo es electrizante. Tiene la energía, el ritmo de comedia y la creatividad que a uno lo hace reír hasta las lágrimas. Su actuación está llena de sorpresas. En realidad, uno nunca sabe lo que viene después. Gordie afirma que su actuación cambia todas las noches, según la energía que recibe del público. Y a él le encanta complacer a a la gente. Muchas de sus actuaciones son parodias de canciones, de las cuales reproduce las melodías pero no las letras. ¡Hace una imitación de Cher que de repente se transforma en Scoobie Doo! Sus imitaciones de Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer “Shower Time” y Creed dan qué hablar a los jóvenes veinteañeros. Si usted tiene 87 años, la conmovedora interpretación de “What
a Wonderful World” de Louis Armstrong le llenará los ojos de lágrimas. Su espectáculo tiene un ritmo tan dinámico que perdí la cuenta de la cantidad de voces que interpretó pero estoy segura de que fueron más de 50. Michael Bolton me conmovió con “Frosty the Snowman”, Stevie Wonder estuvo en “Red Bull”, el dúo entre Natalie Cole y Nat King Cole fue para morirse de risa, Johnny Mathis como un disco rayado fue brillante y Andrew Boticelli cantando una canción de cuna a su hijo fue muy memorable. Tony Bennet, Carlos Santana, Julio Iglesias, Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, Paul Simon, Elton John, Billy Joel, Tracy Chapman, Katharine Hepburn, Billy Ray Cyrus y Garth Brooks desplegaron un humor retorcido que hacía reír a las carcajadas o sacudir la cabeza con asombro. Sus cinco músicos: en saxo, trompeta, teclado, guitarra y batería colmaron el Theater Ballroom, la sala de teatro con capacidad para 400 personas del Golden Nuggett, con sonidos electrizantes que solo los músicos experimentados pueden crear. Los integrantes
de la banda siempre sonríen y la pasan bien. Incluso estallan en carcajadas cuando Brown los sorprende con una divertidísima improvisación o broma inesperada. Las Vegas es reconocida por sus excelentes músicos y la Gordie Brown’s Band supera las expectativas. Es evidente que a Gordie le encanta entretener. Se nota en cada uno de sus movimientos cuando imita la caminata lunar de Michael Jackson, al bigotudo Jeraldo o cuando le rinde homenaje al rock and roll, al mejor estilo Elvis. No se guarda nada. Uno debe ser rápido para captar todo su humor y algunas de sus imitaciones, como la de Tom Cruise, duran solo un nanosegundo, pero siempre hace que la gente quiera más o que se pregunte qué pasará después. El atractivo físico de Brown hizo palpitar mi corazón. Su sonrisa con dientes como perlas iluminaban la sala de 400 butacas. Su físico con músculos bien definidos y esculpidos me hicieron querer seguirlo al gimnasio. Sin embargo, es su encanto natural de “chico de al lado” y su tendencia a complacer lo que hace que el público se enamore de él.
charm and propensity to please that makes the audience fall in love with him. Brown was raised in Ottawa, Canada and discovered his passion for acting in his high school play West Side Story. He worked for four years as a political cartoonist for the Ottawa Sunday Herald when his coworkers entered him an industry talent contest where he took first prize. That’s when the show biz bug bit him and he developed an act and worked nights entertaining and day’s cartooning. But it wasn’t until he was watching an Al Jolson movie on television that he realized he had the same passion to entertain. He left his newspaper job and headed to Vegas. Brown knew that Paul Anka, also from Ottawa, Canada lived in Vegas and for months Gordie visited Anka’s home, trying to see him. Finally Anka agreed to meet with him and ultimately Anka hired Brown to open his shows. He landed his dream job for a year
Brown creció en Ottawa, Canadá, y descubrió su pasión por la actuación en la obra “West Side Story” en la que participó en la escuela secundaria. Trabajó durante cuatro años como caricaturista político para el Ottawa Sunday Herald y fue allí donde sus compañeros de trabajo lo inscribieron en un concurso de talentos de la industria donde ganó el primer premio. Fue en ese entonces que se entusiasmó con el mundo del espectáculo, desarrolló una rutina de actuación propia y comenzó a trabajar como animador por las noches y como caricaturista durante el día. Pero recién cuando estaba mirando una película de Al Jolson por televisión se dio cuenta de que tenía la misma pasión por entretener. Abandonó su trabajo en el periódico y partió rumbo a Las Vegas. Brown se enteró de que Paul Anka, también oriundo de Ottawa, Canadá, vivía en Las Vegas y durante meses acudió al hogar de Anka para que éste lo recibiera. Finalmente Anka accedió a conocerlo y terminó contratando a Brown para la apertura de sus espectáculos. Consiguió el trabajo de sus sueños por un año y medio y aprendió la máxima lección para
and a half and learned the ultimate lesson for success. “Never take ‘No’ for an answer.” Gordie Brown is more than an impressionist. His voices are well done, but it’s his spontaneity, singing voice, creative comedy, dancing ability and charisma that give his show sizzle. Gordie Brown Live is the “Golden Nugget” for Las Vegas entertainment.
lograr el éxito. “Nunca aceptes un no como respuesta”. Gordie Brown es algo más que un simple imitador. Sus voces están bien trabajadas, pero es su espontaneidad, su voz apta para el canto, la comedia creativa, su habilidad para el baile y su carisma lo que dan esa chispa especial a su espectáculo. Gordie Brown Live es la “pepita dorada” (Golden Nugget) del entretenimiento de Las Vegas.
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The Partridge Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree David Cassidy melds the past with the present by Bobbie Katz
It was back in 1970 that television catapulted a 20-year-old David Cassidy into a teen idol phenomenon when he took on his role as Keith Partridge in the hit sitcom, The Partridge Family. Today, some 41 years later, Cassidy is not only still showing the world that there IS life after TV but that there are many different channels that an artist can explore. Besides continuing to be a popular global performer,
he has kept his hand in songwriting, acting, producing and directing and was also a contestant on the 2011 Celebrity Apprentice. And when he appeared at the Orleans May 7-8, it was just be one more indication of how strong his network of loyal followers remains and how much he and they will always be, well, birds of a feather, so to speak. “I’ve been going on the road and playing my hits again, which I’ve only done twice in Summer 2011
15 years,” says Cassidy, who, when he last appeared long-term in Las Vegas, performed more than 2,000 shows in two different largescale productions. “My fans have supported me over time – I’m very blessed to have a loyal and wonderful following. In my show, I take the audience on a musical journey of my life, including my top songs and those of the Partridge Family.” However, as usual in Cassidy’s case, the
road has more than one bend. Currently, he is also laying the groundwork to be able to say to folks in Las Vegas “c’mon, get happy” for more than a weekend at a time. Although his constant presence hasn’t been felt here for the past 10 years since the conclusion of his gigs in EFX at the MGM Grand; his own show, At the Copa, in which he co-starred with Sheena Easton at the Rio, and his cowriting and producing of The Rat Pack is Back, which successfully played at the Desert Inn, Cassidy is hoping to come back to roost in the city with a new long-term venture. “It’s a young, hip, and kitsch show and is targeted for the 18-24 audience but will appeal to people in their 60s and 70s as well,” he says. “It is satirical, in-your-face funny and interactive. This came about when I started working with one of the production’s creators. He and the others wanted to discuss with me taking the show to the next level and I gave them some alternative ways of thinking. They wanted to take it to Broadway and I said, no, let’s take it to Vegas. I would be in it and would also produce it. It’s a big concept with great music. This show has the potential to be IT. We just have to find the right room for it.” It’s obvious that even though Cassidy ended up residing in Florida some years back, the move away from the centers of the show biz hustle and bustle has done nothing to curb his creativity. Married to singer/ songwriter Sue Shifrin since 1991, the move he notes, was for his son, Beau, who is now 20, has really blossomed and is preparing for college, and was just in the recording studio with his band called The Fates. But, in large part, being away from life in the fast lane was also able to give Cassidy the balance he had so long been searching for in his own life. “I did 1,500 EFX shows alone, 10 shows a week, and only left the production because I had to have foot surgery,” Cassidy, who is also the father of Gossip Girl Katie Cassidy, recalls. “At the same time I was performing in EFX, I had created a TV show on the Fox Network called Ask Harriet, which ended up only running one season. Plus, I started a recording company and also became the executive producer and co-producer of a TV movie of the week. So I was performing six days a week and flying into L.A. and back every Monday. My son missed me. “Moving to Florida helped me create a great relationship with Beau and helped me heal where the issues I had with my own father were concerned,” he continues. “I have become a much more balanced person and much more of a husband and a father. Now I work as much as I want to – I do 30-50 shows a year. I have already done 20 this year and will take the summer off.” Cassidy, who raises thoroughbred horses, spends his summers in Saratoga. Although life may be a lot less frenetic then the unprec-
edented mass hysteria he encountered when he first made the entertainment scene with The Partridge Family and his simultaneous solo live concerts on weekends, he quips that he feels like he’s still 20 when he performs because his fans are still as reactive as ever – even if their voices are a volume lower. He relates that he had the biggest fan club of any artist in history. It is interesting, by the way, that while he sang lead and his real-life stepmom Shirley Jones sang backup on tracks on all The Partridge Family shows and recordings, all the other members lip-synched to the voices of professional singers. “My life made Elvis’ and the Beatles’ look calm because I had a TV series every week and I was marketed.” he remembers. “The first concert I ever did was for 9,000 people
and no one was prepared for the crowd’s reaction. I heard the venue call my name and the place went insane. I thought to myself, ‘This is nuts.’ But I never took it for granted – I was never arrogant and never assumed that everyone loved me. I never lost my mind. But my life was so insulated that I couldn’t go anywhere. I had a small group of people around me that I could trust. People followed me everywhere – I couldn’t stay in a hotel. The second time I went to London to perform, I had to stay on a boat in the Thames River. When I played Madison Square Garden, fans flipped over and destroyed five limos. I was hidden in the trunk of a Toyota while the limos were decoys. “During the third season of The Partridge Family, I received a legitimate kidnapping threat that the LAPD and the FBI took seriously,” he adds. “I had to move out of the house and since there were fans sleeping outside the house, I had to move at night. I became very paranoid and a recluse. Emotionally, I was pretty stunted and I had a lot of very unsuccessful relationships. I’m still very private and there are still people who follow me around everywhere. I am credited www.RisqueLVmag.com
with being the first artist to be globally marketed and I became a global phenomenon, playing big stadiums like the Astrodome and Madison Square Garden. But I was just a human being working like a dog. I realized that I wanted to find balance so after five years on the TV show, at 25, I quit.” Saying that one never comes out of fame the same way he goes into it and that his Keith Partridge image was manifested and not reality, Cassidy admits that he missed the tumult when he left it behind but that he knew his creative juices weren’t being satisfied. He realized that the only way he could move forward and not keep doing the same thing over and over again was to take a step back and decide in what direction he wanted to go next. Soon after, Cassidy was offered the lead actor role in an Emmy-winning police story TV series called A Chance to Live, for which he was nominated for Best Actor, and, from that, he went on to do another TV series that lasted for one season called Man Undercover. He also wrote songs, commercials and two TV show themes (for The John Larroquette Show and Man Undercover), and recorded and produced a couple of his own albums. Since he had been unhappy with the quality of Man Undercover because all the best writers and directors were committed to other shows, when it ended, he decided he didn’t want to do television anymore. He then went back to his pre-Partridge Family theater roots, doing shows such as Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat and Blood Brothers on Broadway. “You have to trust your instincts and your heart and not listen to other people,” Cassidy advises. “You can’t let the people who handle you talk you into something you don’t want to do. My instincts have never been wrong. Artists get frustrated and then get labeled as difficult but you know when something is done right and it can work and when others are making poor decisions. You have to keep reinventing yourself and trusting what got you there to begin with. “There are a lot of things I have a passion for and I’m not afraid to take a risk,” he sums up. “The public gets tired of seeing the same thing over and over – it gets old – especially now when there is such a rabid appetite for something new. You can’t have a 40-year successful career without reinventing yourself. It’s not about the money – it’s about doing good work. I never did a job for money – I learned that from my father. When you can see the big picture and the potential and know how to do it, you know it’s going to work. Being able to sing, play my guitar and touch people is a great gift. I consider myself lucky to be able to still be around and still have the hunger and passion to do good work.” It’s obvious that this one-time Partridge is far from being ready to nest on the ground.
Engelbert displays the stuff that show biz longevity is made of by Bobbie Katz “Show business is like the car business,” says legendary singer Engelbert Humperdinck. “If you don’t keep updating the models, you’re not going to sell many automobiles.” And he should know – he has always gone that extra mile to ensure that he stays rust-proof, so to speak, in the musical arena. To carry his own analogy even further, the iconic international star could be called a contemporary classic, an artist who possesses the desired features that have kept him going strong on the road for four-and-a-half decades – 3 ½-octave vocal power; modern styling; handsome and classy chassis; forward drive, always well-tuned. Add to that the fact that the “sparkplugs to his performance” – what he has long termed his millions of fans worldwide – have never stopped jumping at the chance to keep his engine revved, which has helped to solidify his position as one of the most consistently top-selling entities in showrooms and other major venues on the music scene. “I’m always taking risks,” Engelbert, who will be playing Paris Las Vegas for the first time July 21-24, acknowledges. “If you don’t take chances in life, you’re not going to succeed. My life is about updating and keeping things in the mode of today.” To that avail, he has recently signed with a new record company called Conehead, out of his native England, and is very excited about his upcoming latest recording project, which, at this writing, he is not yet at liberty to reveal, except to continued on page 46
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say that it will be a musical collaboration. His current CD, RELEASED, is his first commercial studio album in many years and is produced by award-winning producer Paul Wiltshire (Human Nature, Shannon Noll, The Backstreet Boys, Delta Goodrem, Vanessa Amorosi, Marcia Hines and Guy Sebastian). RELEASED, a romantic journey consisting of Engelbert classics and original songs for which a collection of the world’s finest songwriters were brought together, was recorded on three different continents during 2009/2010. In addition, in 2010, the singer also had his first-ever song on iTunes, a ballad called “Tell Me Where It Hurts.” All this doesn’t mean, however, that you’re going to hear hip-hop coming from Engelbert’s lips when he hits the Las Vegas Strip this summer. Long ago dubbed the “King of Romance” by his legions of followers, he has always stayed true to himself and
his forte, which is ballads – it’s just that, in recent years, he has given romance a pulse, which, while heralding a contemporary approach, is something that his longtime fans can still revel in. Referring to himself as a “thespian of song,” the dynamic entertainer, who has sold over 150 million units and is reported to be the fifth top-selling recording artist in the world, puts on a well-paced and well-rounded show, singing every kind of music from romantic songs of every era to standards, uptempo, and country songs, including, of course, selections from his own legacy of classic hits. One of the most fascinating things about an Engelbert performance is the automatic combustion it creates in the audience. Besides the extremely audible crowd reaction after each song, by the end of the evening, they are standing 10-deep at the foot of the stage in an effort to get closer to him and hopefully shake his hand. One has to wonder how, when he is celebrating his 44th anniversary in show business this year, he has kept the crowd’s excitement at a peak. Summer 2011
“I don’t try and analyze that magic on stage,” the down-to-earth singer admits. “If you do, you’ll lose it, because you’ll think you know what it is and you really won’t. I cannot describe the loyalty and adoration that transpires between an artist and an audience. I respect them and give them my best at all times and they give me love and appreciation. It’s a two-way street – the energy I get from the audience charges my battery and we feed off each other. I think the adrenalin they give me keeps me on my toes. “Before I go on stage, when I’m waiting in the wings, it’s like the first time every time for me,” he adds. “I still get butterflies in my stomach. You would think that I’d be used to walking out there by now but it’s like being at the starting gate of a race because I never take the audience’s reaction for granted. I’m still hard on myself where my performances are concerned. While I do expect a good reaction, that insecurity has always been at the back of my mind. I’ve always been a little insecure but positive about my ability
and I hope that what I’m going to portray to the crowd will gain their respect and admiration.” Engelbert, who has been married to his wife, Patricia, for nearly 48 years and has four grown children, is enjoying a remarkable career, having toured the world several times, performed for royalty all over the globe, played golf with presidents, received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the University of Leicester (his hometown), and numerous other awards and honors, including a Grammy and four Grammy nominations. It all began with his 1967 smash hit, “Release Me,” which stopped the Beatles double A-side recording of “Strawberry Fields/Penny Lane” from reaching Number One on the charts. “‘Release Me’ wasn’t a success for three months,” Engelbert recalls. “I thought to myself, not again, having released a few songs previously that hadn’t hit. ‘Release Me’ was even on a show in England called Jukebox Jury, on which new records were voted hits or misses by a panel of judges, and it was voted a miss by everyone except the singer Lulu. At the time, I was doing a show at a theater in Yorkshire and was staying at a guest house owned by a Jewish woman named Helen Bradley. We watched the TV show together and she said to me, ‘Don’t worry about the judges’ decision – you’ve got ‘mazel,’ which means luck.” Sure enough, as fate would have it, three months later, a performer got sick and Engelbert was asked to replace him on a TV show called Sunday Night at the Palladium. He sang “Release Me” and the song shot to Number One in England the very next day, each day thereafter selling upwards of 80,000-95,000 copies a day. The record sold two-and-a-half million copies in England within six weeks and then hit Number One in the United States and in 11 countries around the world. It made the Guinness Book of World Records. Engelbert’s very first hit gave him a global career and the opportunity to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” in America 15 times for different major sports teams. “You get a lot of rejections in life and I’ve had many,” the star claims. “I’ve auditioned for several things I haven’t gotten. But I had always heard that the first condition of communication is being able to accept rejection. So it never deterred me from trying. I’ve always been a dreamer, a worker and someone who tried. I believed that God had a place for me on this earth and I prayed for it and it came to pass.” The second youngest child and youngest son amongst 10 siblings, Engelbert, born Arnold George Dorsey, in Madras, India (his father, a colonel in the British Army, was stationed there at the time – the family moved back to Leicester, England when Engelbert was 10), was the only dreamer in the group.
His fondest desire was to make his parents proud of him and he is glad that they lived to see his success. He notes, however, that with fame, comes a lot of responsibility and some pressure but he always accepted that as well. “If I was the pillar to lean on, that’s ok,” he muses. Through it all, he has always lived by one tenet in his own life – to never rest on his laurels. He credits that and his son, Scott, who is his manager and whom he calls a go-getter, with all the wonderful things currently happening for him. Engelbert expresses that with so many things having changed over the years, to maintain his status as an established figure, it’s vital to have the right people controlling his business. He acknowledges that his life’s blood is his recording and while several of his recent albums have charted, he would still like to have another hit single, his last one being 1977’s “After the Loving.” Just what would it take to achieve that in today’s world? “You’d have to sleep with yourself,” he quips with his characteristic good sense of humor, referring to the days of what was known as the Hollywood casting couch. “Your recording career is the thread that carries you through without dropping a www.RisqueLVmag.com
stitch,” he continues, turning serious, “My managers over the years weren’t really musically inclined – they only knew business so they kept me on the road touring and neglected my recording career. They didn’t realize I had big hits that people knew me for. The public expects new music, new melodies from an artist. I’ve relied on my past hits all these years – that’s the first thing people want to hear – and, luckily, I’ve got quite a few I can rely on.” While situations that arose from having the wrong managers in the past are the one thing he says he would change about his career if he could, Engelbert cites that he has always listened to himself and that he has managed to make the right decisions a lot of the time, He also is adamant about the fact, however, that an artist needs the help of others. Still, he remembers when he first was attempting to create his physical image – choosing dyed black hair and long sideburns – and his thenmanager, Gordon Mills, told him to shave the sideburns off. “I refused,” Engelbert laughs, “and I became known for that image all over the world. Everything starts with the head – no one
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During a concert in Amsterdam for 60,000 people, Engelbert playfully dons a cone, unaware that he’d soon sign with Conehead Records.
looks at your feet. I studied the Beatles with their bubble cuts and others to find the look I wanted. Through the years, I went through several other image changes but, a while ago, I grew the sideburns back and now I feel like Engelbert again. I also realized that dyeing my hair black was not the way to go at my young age today – I’m trying to get back to my roots.” In other areas of his craft, Engelbert is also finding a new focus. Although he has written songs and beautiful poetry in the past, he is, as of late, taking pride in doing his own song arrangements and helping with his musical scores. “Each and every song I have recorded has a special personal meaning in my life,” he relates. “But if you asked me which one is my favorite, I couldn’t tell you. I love them all. Of course, I’m partial to ‘Release Me’ because it is the song that put me on the map.” It is also the song that earned him the “King of Romance” moniker from his legions of fans and that title is being honored with his new jewelry line, obtainable from his website. A key with his signature name-and-crown logo and four specially cut round rubies or garnets that can be worn as a necklace, as well as a ring and another necklace containing a round ruby or garnet, will be launched in mid-June by the Beverly Hills jeweler that is manufacturing the pieces, Raju Rasiah, Rare and Exotic Jewelers. The Engelbert Humperdink Cut, as the custom cut of the stones is being called, was created by renowned stonecutter Jeffrey Hunt and is the first-ever cut of its kind. Anyone who purchases a key will also be entitled to meet Engelbert backstage at one of his concerts. Looking back over the past 44 years, Engelbert says that he feels a sense of awe when he hears himself referred to as legendary. Of course, one would be remiss to not ask the age-old question about how he feels about just that – age. Having celebrated his 75th birthday on May 2nd, and, in reference to the car/show business analogy again, he looks physically like he has managed to turn back his mileage. – without having had a drop of plastic surgery. “My dad was 91 when he died and everyone commented on how young he looked,” Engelbert replies. “To me, age is just a number. The power of my voice comes from experience. And, as I’ve gotten older, while a singer’s vibrato is supposed to slow down, mine hasn’t. I thank God for the power – that kick-starts everything. “After all, I’m just in the middle of my life,” he sums up, smiling. And with miles to go before he brakes.
Here’s the thing about making beautiful music together – every once in a while, you’re bound to hit a sour note. And so it goes with the well-publicized broken engagement of singing duo Chris Phillips and Marley Taylor, known as Zowie Bowie. Still, though they parted ways in the personal sense some 18 months or so ago, that hasn’t stopped the popular twosome from performing their Top 40 show Friday nights at Red Rock Resort and doing their Vintage Vegas Big Band show Sunday nights at Green Valley Ranch. And even though they are singing different tunes in their personal lives, they are very much in harmony in their professional musical life, even if some of their tones tend to be a little sharp – and humorous – at times. “Marley and I met more than 10 years ago in Scottsdale, Arizona, where we are both from, on April Fool’s Day,” Phillips begins. “That probably is symbolic of how our relationship and professional experiences have unfolded. We were together 10 years and engaged for 7 of those years and we had not really been apart for more than three hours. So I’ve had to battle some personal ups and downs since the breakup where work is concerned, Marley only took off one month – October 2010 – to do some personal things. “When we decided to break away from Red Rock and go to the Monte Carlo a couple of years ago, we thought it was a great opportunity,” he continues. “Not only could we do our Top 40 show in the Pub but we could do the Vintage Vegas show, which I had always wanted to do, for 14 weeks in the main showroom until Frank Caliendo began his run. The hotel signed us with a huge $500,000 marketing campaign. A couple of weeks later, Marley decided to alter our lives a little bit and date my musical director and conductor, David Perrico, whom I had hired and paid. It was a huge shock to me – I never saw it coming. I was crushed and devastated. I fired David and brought in Lon Bronson but, because of our contract, we couldn’t tell anybody what was going on. After 14 weeks, it hit the press.” Of course, because of her relationship with Perrico, Taylor, who moved to Las Vegas in 2006 with Phillips for Zowie Bowie’s initial gig at the Red Rock, took the brunt of their breakup on the chin, keeping silent about her explanation of what happened because she didn’t want to disparage Phillips. She says, however, that his statement that he did not see the breakup coming is not true. “I don’t think people know enough about my side of the story,” she states. “There were a lot of factors that went into our breakup. It was a very unhealthy relationship. It’s very difficult to work together and have a personal relationship – sometimes someone can be consumed with business and ego and lose sight of the partnership. Our breakup needed
to happen – I had been extremely loyal for 10 years, then realized the relationship wasn’t good for me and I had to get out. “It takes two to tango,” she adds, noting that their relationship was more of a façade in terms of who they are as people. “Chris likes to party and go out to clubs and date young girls. He needs to get that out of his system. I go the other way. I love to perform but I don’t care about the attention and I don’t need all the glitz and glamour. I’m a bit simpler. I love hiking, being outdoors and songwriting. The whirlwind lifestyle of Las Vegas took over Chris. He always wanted to come here and be Mr. Las Vegas. So I’m glad this has happened because now he’s getting to be who he always wanted to be. It’s challenging at times to work together because we know each other better than anybody else does but we keep it professional and that’s what counts. Right now, I’m a featured guest on both shows. The shows are really Chris’. He was Zowie Bowie before I ever met him.” Phillips admits that, shortly after his breakup with Taylor, he met and dated a 23-year-old girl from Chicago with whom he recently split. And, even though he was distraught over the end of his and Taylor’s personal relationship, he says he had such a passion for what they were doing professionally and it so embodied what he is all about that he not only brought Taylor back for the new Red Rock and Green Valley Ranch gigs, but brought back David Perrico for the Vintage Vegas show as well. “It was going to cause some waves if he wasn’t involved,” Phillips, who recently began his own Internet talk show called Talktails with Chris Phillips, explains. “David’s terribly talented at conducting, arranging and at putting a superstar band together. And Marley and I have a different kind of dynamic now. I’ll make subtle innuendos and jokes about her and David being on stage and she teases me about my 20-year-old girlfriends. We do a lot of off-the-cuff stuff like the Rat Pack did. Everything’s come full circle. David is front and center with the three of us. He teases me and I tease him. And he chimes in with the comebacks. Of course, there’s something underlying the humor and banter on stage and we let it all out. There are times when you can feel the tension on stage and it gets pretty outrageous – like a reality show. “My true passion for coming to Las Vegas was to do the Vintage Vegas show,” he www.RisqueLVmag.com
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acknowledges. “I came here with my uncle in the 1970s when customers were treated with class and respect. I want to create a similar environment and bring people together with the notion that Vegas is more than just gambling. I want them to leave the theater feeling that they got some substance. I bring in artists from around town to perform in the show. Everything’s me – I produce the show and pick every song. I created it from the gitgo. I know what suits Marley and I pick songs for her style and voice. But, quite frankly, this is not Marley’s passion – David’s actually a bigger part of the show than she is.” While Phillips remarks that he could pull off the Vintage Vegas show by himself if he had to, he says that Marley is an important part of the Top 40 show because that is what the lounge show is about – the popularity of female artists today such as Lady Gaga and Britney Spears. He claims that it is the energy he and Marley give to the crowd that makes people feel appreciated and part of the party and that it is as much a social atmosphere as it is a show. As for Taylor, apart from Zowie Bowie, she is now taking her own path in life, one that allows her to be who she really is. It’s been her childhood passion to be a songwriter and do her own music, but she says she wouldn’t mind it a bit if other artists purchased her songs and performed them. “David and I are very similar as people and also in our interests and passion for songwriting,” she notes. “We’re both from similar backgrounds and both on the same page. We bring out in each other who we really are. We’re both into nature and spirituality and our musical tastes are similar. We write songs together – I write the words and music and he does the orchestrations and arrangements. We compose crossover pop country tunes and have our own group called The David Perrico Band featuring Marley Taylor. Chris even lets us perform two of our original songs in the Vintage Vegas show on Sunday nights. “I get a lot of feedback on the lyrics I write – I feel I connect to people with my original music much more than when I’m singing cover tunes,” she sums up. “David and I just recorded our first single called ‘What If,’ which is on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby. I have no regrets about anything where Chris and I are concerned. We are still good friends; we’re just on different paths. As long as I’m in both shows and the shows are doing well, it’s great – the shows have been great luck for Chris and I. If something comes up with my own music, I’ll do that, too.” It’s still two for the show.
The Rivers’ “Edge” Joan Rivers’ humor runs deep at the Venetian by Bobbie Katz
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water… …The jaws of comedy open and all sorts of juicy things come spewing from the Rivers’ mouth. Yes, Rivers, as in Joan, will be chewing the fat and other visible body parts as irreverence flows and unconventionality spouts inside the Venetian Showroom from June 2-4 and again from October 2022 and November 17-19. But that’s exactly what people expect from this popular legendary comedienne who long ago made her unique Rivers bed and loves to catch others lying in it –yep, with mud on their faces, too. Can we talk? “That came from my shaking things up and talking about things that people don’t expect and don’t like to admit to themselves sometimes,” Rivers explains about her above-mentioned signature phrase. “With my friends, I was always like that. But I’m not afraid to say anything, which opens up a lot of doors. For example, Michael Douglas is a dear, dear friend of mine whom I adore. When he was battling throat cancer, I put him into my act on my opening night here last September but the audience wasn’t ready to accept it. “The challenge for me today is keeping the public aware of me,” the winner of the 2009 Celebrity Apprentice continues. “The last few years, with age, people have gotten used to me. Celebrity Apprentice re-established that I’m still here. And I have no boundaries anymore – I’m free. What are they going to do to me now – fire me? The public expects me to be funny – I’m no longer a surprise. Because of that, I feel that I always have to top myself so never, never, never do I let down.” With her comedic style relying heavily on poking fun at herself and other celebrities, often times about their fashion sense or, according to her, their lack thereof, Rivers is known for her brash manner; her loud, raspy voice and heavy New York accent; and her numerous cosmetic surgeries, which she is very open about, What keeps the 78-year-old funnywoman going is her sheer love of the work and the business, which she admits is not work to her. She loves the entire process of what she does, from the creating to the writing and the performing. In Vegas, her act is about 10-15 percent ad-lib and she notes that her material is drawn from what’s happening in the news or from talking to friends and that some of it just naturally happens, coming to her while she’s on stage. She writes things on cards that she takes out there with her, which she says she has done for years. In terms of getting ready for her show, Rivers says that she has coffee and M&M’s before going out to perform. She acknowledges that nothing is easy and that it has never been easy, revealing that she is a great preparer and a great worrier and that she worries constantly about whether audiences will like her show and whether they’ll get their money’s worth. However, she states non-egotistically that she truly thinks that she is the funniest person doing standup comedy today. continued on page 58
Cuando pensabas que era seguro volver a meterte al agua... … Las fauces de la comedia se abren una vez más y de la boca de Rivers salen todo tipo de cosas jugosas. En efecto, Rivers, no otra que Joan, le da a la lengua (y a otras partes visibles del cuerpo) con irreverencia y originalidad en el Venetian Showroom del 2 al 4 de junio y posteriormente del 20 al 22 de octubre y del 17 al 19 de noviembre. Y eso es precisamente lo que la gente espera de esta comediante popular y legendaria que hace mucho hizo más de una cama y le encanta encontrar a otros en ella… y si es con lodo en el rostro mejor. ¿Podemos hablar? “Esa frase nació de mi voluntad de agitar las cosas y de hablar de temas que la gente no espera que se toquen y que a veces no les gusta admitir”, explica Rivers de la pregunta que la caracteriza. “Con mis amigos siempre fui así. No hay nada que yo tema decir, y eso abre muchas puertas. Por ejemplo, Michael Douglas es un amigo muy querido a quien adoro. Cuando se encontraba luchando contra el cáncer de garganta, lo incluí en mi presentación la noche del estreno en septiembre pasado, pero el público no estaba listo para aceptarlo. “El desafío para mí hoy es hacer que el público se dé cuenta de que estoy aquí”, continúa la ganadora de la edición 2009 de Celebrity Apprentice, el programa reality de Donald Trump. “Durante los últimos años, con la edad, la gente se ha acostumbrado a mí. Celebrity Apprentice volvió a recordarles que todavía estoy aquí. Y ya no tengo más límites: soy libre. Ahora qué me van a hacer, ¿despedirme? El público espera que sea graciosa. Pero ya no soy una novedad. Por esa misma razón, siento que siempre debo superarme, y por ello nunca, nunca, nunca defraudo al público”. Con un estilo cómico que se basa en gran medida en hacerse burla a ella misma y a otras celebridades, en ocasiones por el gusto que tienen para vestirse o, según aclara, por su mal gusto, Rivers es famosa por su estilo descarado, su voz ronca y fuerte y su marcado acento neoyorquino… y por sus numerosas cirugías estéticas, de las que habla con toda naturalidad. Lo que mantiene a esta comediante de 78 años activa es el verdadero amor que siente por su trabajo y por el medio, que, como admite, no le da nada de trabajo. Ama cada aspecto de lo que hace, desde el proceso creativo y la escritura de los libretos hasta sus presentaciones en el escenario. En Las Vegas, su número es 10 a 15 por ciento improvisado, y subraya que su material sale de lo que sucede en las noticias, o de hablar con amigos y que hay partes que le salen naturalmente, que se le ocurren mientras está en el escenario. Escribe cosas en tarjetas que saca a relucir allí mismo y que, como explica, es lo que hace años que hace. En relación con qué hace para prepararse para sus espectáculos, Rivers aclara que toma café y come confites de chocolate M&M’s antes de salir al escenario. Reconoce que nada es fácil y que nunca lo ha sido, y revela que se ocupa y preocupa mucho: todo el tiempo se preocupa de que a la gente le vaya a gustar su espectáculo y de que sientan que vale lo que pagaron por verla. Sin embargo, indica sin egocentrismo que de veras cree que es la persona más graciosa que hace monólogos humorísticos en la actualidad.
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So then, the question is, will the real Joan Rivers stand up? In terms of whether she is the same person onstage and off, Rivers comments that we’re all so many different people. “I recently did a movie called Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” she expresses. “People who have seen it have said to me that they had no idea I was like that. Everybody’s a lot of things. I’m angry on stage but am I angry offstage? No.” The things that do ruffle Rivers and get her ire up are hypocrisy, lying, and people who don’t face the truth. Another thing that makes her angry is aging and people who patronize her because of it. “I find aging disgusting,” she expresses emphatically. Still, whatever Rivers has gone through in her life, her tenacity and humor have pulled her through. She has had her traumatic moments, such as when Edgar Rosenberg, her husband of 22 years and father of her daughter, Melissa, committed suicide in May 1987, three months after the couple was fired from her talk show by Fox. (Rosenberg was the producer of Rivers’ show and when Fox wanted to fire him, Rivers challenged the network’s executives and both were let go. Rivers blamed Rosenberg’s death on his humiliation by Fox.) Then, in her book, Bouncing Back (1997), she described how she developed bulemia and contemplated suicide herself. Eventually she recovered with counseling and the support of her family. “After I lost my Fox-TV show and Edgar committed suicide, I couldn’t get arrested,” she admits. “But everyone has hot times and cold times. I was the last one of my group to break through. I came up with Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Dick Cavett, and David Brenner. We were all working in the Village at the same time, along with Barbra Streisand and Simon and Garfunkel. Looking back, it was much harder because I was a woman. No one ever expected a woman to say the things that I was saying. Now, you hear all these whining women on stage – there are no boundaries today. “I remember one time when Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, George Carlin, Billy Crystal and I were all having lunch in New York,” she continued on page 60
Entonces surge la pregunta de si la que se para frente al público es la Joan Rivers real. En términos de si es la misma persona en el escenario que afuera, Rivers comenta que todos somos seres bastante múltiples. “No hace mucho hice una película titulada Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work”, expresa. “La gente que la ha visto me ha dicho que no tenían idea de que yo fuera así. Todos somos muchas cosas. En el escenario soy vehemente, pero ¿soy vehemente fuera del escenario? No”. Las cosas que sí irritan a Rivers y que la enfurecen son la hipocresía, la mentira y la gente que no reconoce la verdad. Otra cosa que la enfada es envejecer y la gente que es condescendiente por esa razón. “Envejecer me da asco”, enfatiza. Sin embargo, a pesar de todo lo que Rivers ha tenido que atravesar en su vida, fue su tenacidad y humor lo que le han permitido seguir adelante. Ha atravesado momentos traumáticos, como cuando Edgar Rosenberg, su marido con el que estuvo casada 22 años y el padre de su hija, Melissa, se suicidó en mayo de 1987, tres meses después de que despidieran a la pareja de su programa de entrevistas en la cadena Fox. (Rosenberg era el productor del programa de Rivers y cuando Fox quiso despedirlo, Rivers desafió a los ejecutivos de la cadena y ambos debieron marcharse; Rivers culpó de la muerte de Rosenberg a la humillación que le produjo Fox.) Luego, en su libro, Bouncing Back (1997), describió cómo comenzó a padecer de bulimia y pensó ella misma en suicidarse. Al final, se recuperó gracias a la terapia y al apoyo de su familia. “Luego de que perdí mi programa en Fox-TV y de que Edgar se suicidó, no me podían frenar”, admite. “Pero todos pasamos por etapas de vacas gordas y vacas flacas. Fui la última dentro de mi grupo de terapia en reponerme. Yo surgí junto con Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Dick Cavett, y David Brenner. Todos trabajábamos en Greenwich Village en aquella época, junto con Barbra Streisand y Simon & Garfunkel. Cuando pienso en esos tiempos, me doy cuenta de que me era más difícil porque era mujer. Nadie jamás esperaba que una mujer dijera las cosas que yo decía. Hoy en día escuchamos a todas estas mujeres quejosas en el escenario… ahora no hay límites. “Recuerdo una vez cuando Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, George Carlin, Billy Crystal y yo estábamos almorzando en Nueva York”, relata. Edgar dijo que parecía que estábamos hablando de un funeral. Creo
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adds. “Edgar said that we looked like we were discussing a funeral. I think comedians are all very introspective – and all of us are great depressives. But I look at things in two ways. You can either become more depressed or you can make a joke out of what depresses you, which is the way you get on top of it.” From looking at Rivers’ accomplishments, the other way must be to keep busy. Besides being an internationally-known comedienne, she is also a Tony-nominated actress, best-selling author, Emmy Award-winning talk show host, playwright, screenwriter, lecturer, syndicated radio host, motion picture director, columnist, jewelry designer, cosmetic company entrepreneur, fashion laureate, businesswoman – and a mother and grandmother, above all. In fact, over the last 21 years, her self-designed jewelry (she now has two other designers working with her) sold on QVC has grossed $1 billion Currently, Rivers is starring on a new reality show called Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best? with her daughter Melissa, which began airing in January 2011 on WE TV. The series is about Joan moving to California to be closer to her family and she moves in with Melissa while searching for a home of her own. WE TV has ordered a new season consisting of 10 episodes that will premiere in January 2012. Rivers, who is also seen in a 2011 Go Daddy commercial, claims that she loves challenges and probably has ADD because she always wants to do something else. On the personal side, while she would enjoy having a man to have dinner with, she doesn’t want to remarry, likes life just the way it is, and her “most glorious” moments are getting into bed with a stack of books and doing nothing. The latter has little to do with her future aspirations, however. “I’d like to do a serious movie, go back to Broadway, write another play, and do a sitcom,” she sums up. So for those of you who just may have been thinking that Rivers might be considering retirement, we’ll take the bite and respond in her lingo. Oh, grow up!
que los comediantes somos todos muy introspectivos… y somos todos grandes depresivos. Pero yo veo las cosas de dos maneras. O bien te deprimes más o haces una broma sobre lo que te deprime, y de ese modo te sobrepones”. Al ver los logros de Rivers, el otro modo de mantenerse bien debe ser estar ocupado. Además de ser una comediante reconocida en todo el mundo, ha recibido nominaciones a los premios Tony, es autora de un best seller, ha recibido un premio Emmy por su programa de entrevistas, escribe teatro y libretos, da conferencias, tiene un programa de radio a nivel nacional, dirige cine, es columnista, diseña joyas, tiene una compañía de cosméticos, es aclamada por sus contribuciones a la moda y, por sobre todo, es madre y abuela. De hecho, durante los últimos 21 años, las joyas que ha diseñado personalmente (aunque ahora dos diseñadores más trabajan con ella) se han vendido en el canal QVC por un total de mil millones de dólares. En la actualidad, Rivers es la protagonista junto con su hija Melissa de un nuevo reality show llamado Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best?, que comenzó a emitirse en enero de 2011 por WE TV. El programa retrata el hecho de que Joan se muda a California para estar más cerca de su familia y va a vivir con Melissa mientras busca casa propia. WE TV ha encargado una nueva temporada de 10 episodios que comenzarán a emitirse en enero de 2012. Rivers, quien también participó en 2011 en un comercial para la compañía de dominios de Internet Go Daddy, indica que ama los desafíos y que es probable que padezca de trastorno por déficit de atención ya que siempre quiere hacer más cosas. En lo personal, a pesar de que le gustaría tener un hombre con quien compartir la cena, no desea volver a casarse: le gusta su vida tal y como es hoy, y sus momentos “más maravillosos” son al meterse en la cama con una pila de libros y no hacer nada. Aunque esto último no tiene nada que ver con sus aspiraciones futuras. “Me gustaría hacer una película seria, volver a Broadway, escribir otra obra de teatro, y participar en una comedia televisiva”, resume. A aquellos que quizás estén pensando que Rivers podría considerar la posibilidad de jubilarse, nos atrevemos a contestarles en palabras de Rivers. ¡Ay, por favor, maduren!
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Look Who’s Talking Now Terry Fator pulls the strings in Las Vegas entertainment by Bobbie Katz
It’s not easy being green. Just ask Las Vegas’ premier authority on the subject – Winston the Impersonating Turtle – who makes no bones about the fact that, despite his colorful persona, he just doesn’t rake in the big bills as Terry Fator’s right-hand puppet in the ventriloquist/impressionist’s show. That, of course, forces the irascible amphibian to come out of his shell and try his flipper at doing other things, such as singing impressions of the likes of Roy Orbison, in full regale to boot. And even when he has a little frog in his throat – that would be Kermit, thank you very much – when he opens his mouth, he knows that he’s doing much more than catching flies. “Winston truly believes that he won America’s Got Talent for me,” continued on page 65
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sighs Fator, who, after championing the TV competition, landed a 10-year contract with the Mirage. “He and I both know that and I have no delusions about it. Actually, when I was competing on the show, my sister kept badgering me to put dark glasses and a black wig on Winston and do Roy Orbison’s voice. I did it because I felt I had the potential to win – especially because I was doing Roy Orbison with my mouth closed. While the other contestants were at the beach, I’d be in my room practicing 8-10 hours a day. “Before America’s Got Talent, I had been performing at fairs, festivals and elementary schools,” he recalls. “I would do a duet between Kermit and Louis Armstrong singing ‘It’s a Wonderful World.’ I thought it could get me to the next level so I contacted the Muppets to ask if I could use a Kermit puppet and they told me no, nobody does Kermit; he is one puppet, one voice. So I thought, what if I had another amphibian that could do an impression of Kermit? I called the Muppets back and they said that I could do that as long as the puppet didn’t look too much like Kermit. And Winston was born.” In watching Fator’s hilarious show, which is entirely new – including a new puppet and side-splitting videos and still photos – and debuted on his second anniversary at the hotel in March, the thing about his puppet family is that you really begin to believe that they are real entities separate and apart from Fator. And that’s just the way he intends it to be. “I feel like they are real characters and I have spent hours manipulating them and putting them into real situations, such as Winston’s not making enough money in the show,” Fator explains. “I have to make them real to the audience by giving each puppet a reason to be there and having people envision each one doing something else outside of the show – I don’t want to be up there just telling jokes. When I can create a mental image of a puppet in people’s minds, it becomes a real character to them.” With it all, Fator is an anomaly. Although he fully expected after he won America’s Got Talent that other
ventriloquist/impressionists would pop up, none have shown up to date. And don’t expect to see one anytime soon. “My voice doctor, who handles the world’s top singers, says that what I do is physically impossible,” Fator reveals. “He admits that he doesn’t understand how I do it.” It all began when, as a child, Fator started imitating singers such as Michael Jackson, the Osmonds and Frankie Valli. On Valentine’s Day 1975, he was looking for a book in the school library so that he could write a Valentine’s Day report and accidentally overshot it, coming across a book on ventriloquism. That day changed his life – he began doing ventriloquism at the age of 10 and got his first puppet at 12, a lion puppet he named Jackal Michson that sang Michael Jackson songs. “When I was 12, I told my family that I was going to start carrying my puppet around and I brought it to the dinner table so that I could learn to relate to it,” Fator laughs. “I’d have the puppet say, ‘Please pass the potatoes.’ My brother and sister would roll their eyes but my mom related to it and actually made a plate of food for him. She also called him a figure and not a dummy. I spent a lot of time studying and watching people and noticed that when they turned their heads to the left or right, their eyes followed. So my second puppet had eyes that moved back and forth. “My mom saved for three years and then contacted one of the top ventriloquist puppet-makers in the country,” he continues. “He had an original figure just sitting in his office that had never been used by anyone and he offered to sell it to her for $1,000. When she told him that she only had $500, he sold it to her for that price. She gave it to me for my 18th birthday. That puppet became Walter T. Airedale, the cowboy country singer, and is in my show today. He has had to be refurbished a couple of times but he is well-oiled and up to date. He is my sentimental favorite puppet while Winston is my signature puppet and actual favorite.” Though he started performing professionally at about 19, joining a band and doing celebrity voices through ventriloquism and a heavy metal puppet, in reality, Fator had no childhood. His father was emotionally
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and physically abusive and from the time he was 8 years old, Fator, along with his brother and sister, was forced to work as a janitor in the family’s janitorial business before school and after school until midnight. The siblings worked year-round fulltime, never having weekends or any summers off. “I would spend countless hours practicing ventriloquism while doing my janitorial work,” Fator relates. “I had a radio with headphones and I would sing along with the songs with my lips closed. After spending 1015 years as a janitor, I ached not to be one.” Today, Fator has turned his talent into one of Las Vegas’ most successful permanent shows with his own “family” cast of characters. Besides Winston and Walter T. Airedale, there is Duggie Scott Walker, the “burner” we all knew in high school; Wrex, the crash test dummy; Julius, the cool-cat soul singer; Emma, who recreates the great singers like Etta James (and whose role is going to be expanded); Vikki, the cougar; Hyphen, the connection to those Fabulous Four lads from Liverpool, and Fator’s newest puppet, Berry Fabulous, who comes out of the closet on stage – literally. Then, of course, there is the Dolly Parton character, who is a real-life full-sized man chosen from the audience at random that ends up in a hilarious routine with Fator. “Berry Fabulous, according to our informal poll, is quickly becoming the audience favorite,” Fator advises. “I created a tagline for him that says my show needs ‘more fruit and less cheese.’ The whole idea behind him is a Liberace/Paul Lynde character. Everyone knew that these men were gay but they never wanted to come out of the closet. Berry is also a vehicle for me to sing Barbra Streisand and Cher songs. I get a lot of very conservative people in my audience and they all love Berry, along with everyone else.” Fator is also working on a Bing Crosby character for his Christmas show as well as a new puppet for his third anniversary next March, at which time the entire show will change again. He creates the puppet and the look, an artist conceptualizes what Fator tells him, then a puppet-maker makes it. Fator has no idea of the voice or personality until he has the puppet in hand and works with it – those aspects, like the name, come with the feel. All his puppets go through incarnations and evolve, except for Winston who was instantaneous. Fator is constantly updating his show and admits that it’s much more challenging to work clean and be funny than to put dirty jokes in his act. He emphasizes that his is a family show, with children 5 and older being able to attend. “When I first start-ed in Las Vegas, I was involved with a lot of advisors who con-
vinced me that I wasn’t capable of putting together a show on my own, that I didn’t understand the Vegas market,” he acknowledges. “So I had minimal input. About a year to 18 months into it, I began to get frustrated. I was a puppet of other people. So I began to assert myself. I wanted the show to be my own vision – my name was on the billboard, my name was on the theater. I went out and found my own writers and I rewrote the show. I wrote almost all of it; all the major ideas are mine.” Fator currently has another exciting project in the works – a TV show he is propos-
ing with his beautiful wife, Taylor Makakoe, who is his assistant in his Mirage show. “It’s not a reality show – it’s a brand new concept that families can watch together,” he explains. “We feel that families are desperate for family hour again. The Mirage group is going to help us do it and is even considering taking part of the hotel and turning it into a studio and taping it there. Taylor and the puppets are all part of it.” No strings attached. www.RisqueLVmag.com
Hyphen, the connection to those Four Lads from Liverpoos
by Beti Kristof Godard’s world of art invites us in to his lighthearted perspective of life inspired by his affinity for the Las Vegas lifestyle. This 24/7 town of “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” toasts it’s home grown, world renowned artist, and really nice guy, Michael Godard. So, with a Martini in hand garnished with gangster olives… Cheers! Godard’s unique portrayal of fun is an exciting combination of imagination and often subtle humor evoking and engaging the creative side in “Olive” us. “I never really considered myself an artist. I am a story teller.” says Godard of himself. He goes on to say that he is just doing the same thing that artists/story tellers did 200+ years ago, looking at life, taking a small segment of it and turning it into a visual story on canvas, creating a slice of cultural history. He has taken the conservative art world and turned it on its heel, redefining a traditional media and creating a contemporary appeal in his depiction of drunken grapes, gangster and stripper olives, continued on page 70
El mundo del arte de Gordard nos invita a compartir su desenfadada perspectiva inspirada en el estilo de vida de Las Vegas con el que tiene afinidad, el de la ciudad que nunca duerme, en la que “lo que sucede en Las Vegas se queda en Las Vegas”: una ciudad que celebra a su hijo pródigo, renombrado artista internacional y tipo encantador, Michael Godard…. entonces, con un Martini en mano adornado con aceitunas camorreras… ¡Salud! La representación única que Godard hace de la diversión resulta ser una combinación fascinante de imaginación y sentido del humor sutil que evoca y convoca al lado creativo que todos llevamos dentro. “Nunca me consideré artista. Lo que hago es contar historias”, se autodefine Godard. Agrega que hace lo mismo que hacían los artistas/narradores hace más de 200 años: observaban la vida, tomaban una porción pequeña de ella, la transformaban en una crónica visual sobre el lienzo, y de ese modo construían una fragmento de historia cultural. Godard ha tomado al conservador mundo del arte por sorwww.RisqueLVmag.com
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dancing strawberries, and flaming dice; with of course, a punch line. Michael tells how he was not popular with the art critics or art connoisseurs. He was told no one was going to care for the subject matter of gambling in California. They also suggested he go to Vegas. (This was before the Indian casinos came into existence in California.) Today, he is the world’s most sought after artist. “It is a strange twist as I went from idiot to visionary.” Younger people were drawn into the first gallery in Laguna Beach which “gambled” on hanging his nontraditional paintings. His work began to sell and as the twist keeps turning, another gallery 20 minutes away from the Laguna gallery noticed how well Godard’s art
presa y lo ha dado vuelta al redefinir un medio tradicional y, con un atractivo contemporáneo, producir descripciones de uvas borrachas, aceitunas camorreras o que hacen striptease, fresas bailarinas y dados en llamas…por supuesto con una vuelta de tuerca. Michael explica que no era muy querido en el círculo de los críticos y conocedores de arte… le decían que a nadie le importaría el tema de las apuestas en California. Así, le sugirieron que se fuera a Las Vegas… (Esto sucedió antes de la aparición de los casinos indios en California). Hoy en día es el artista más buscado en el mundo… “Fue un giro inesperado ir de idiota a visionario” Los jóvenes se sintieron atraídos a la primera galería de Laguna
was selling. The gallery called Michael to set up an appointment for possible representation. Michael agreed to meet, and then he realized that the week before he had been into that same gallery to drop off samples of his image; they originally had turned him away. Back then all paintings were framed. People just never saw a painting without a frame. Michael’s paintings were finished in a gallery wrap, and the image was continued along the edges or painted black. He was asked what gave him the idea to wrap and paint the edges of his paintings. Honest, direct and simple, Godard replied, “I was broke.” Michael Godard meets a lot of people; adults, kids, and aspiring artists. He gets asked what he would recommend, as education goes, to the young budding artists. “I cannot emphasis enough how important going to school is!” says Godard. He goes on to say that
Beach que se atrevió a hacer la “apuesta” por sus pinturas poco convencionales. Su trabajo comenzó a venderse y, como sucede con los giros inesperados que no dejan de girar… otra galería a 20 minutos de Laguna notó lo bien que se vendía el arte de Godard… La galería llamó a Michael para concretar una entrevista en pos de una posible presentación. Michael accedió a reunirse con ellos, y luego se dio cuenta de que la semana anterior los había visitado para dejar muestras de su concepto visual…y en ese momento lo habían rechazado. En esa época las pinturas iban enmarcadas. La gente nunca había visto una pintura sin marco. Las pinturas de Michael quedaban terminadas en los bastidores, y en los bordes continuaba la imagen o bien quedaban negros. Le preguntaron de dónde sacó la idea de este tipo de montaje del lienzo estilo “galería” en lugar de montaje “museo” tradicional y de pintar los bordes del bastidor. Honesto, directo y simple, Godard respondió: “estaba en la bancarrota”. “El esfuerzo que pones en lo que haces es directamente proporcional a lo que quieres obtener de ello.” Michael Godard conoce a diario a muchas personas: adultos, niños y artistas incipientes. Y a menudo le preguntan qué les recomendaría, en lo que respecta a educación, a los jóvenes artistas principiantes… “¡No puedo más que subrayar lo importante que es ir a la escuela!” indica Godard. Agrega que el inglés es importante para saber hablar
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English is important in order to be well spoken and communicate in the business world. Math, of course, is very important in the business end of selling Art. “As a senior at Clark High School, I decided I didn’t need English, Calculus or Math of any sorts, I was going to be an artist. Later I realized as things were not panning out the way I had imagined, that I needed to go back to school. But going back later is harder. Not only did I work full time, but I also went back to school to become a mechanical engineer.” Later in life, Michael Godard decided his God-given talent was a gift he had done nothing with. He had a desire and felt an obligation to do something with it. Today is not all by chance that I am where I am because, I can say, I worked harder and put in more effort than the average art student. “The culmination of everything I love, olives, technology, gambling, music came together in designing my own slot machine with Aristocrat Technologies called “Godard’s Rockin Olives.” “I don’t know anything about gaming. But I did have some ideas of what I would like to see the slot machine do and I suggested a few things which were really different and they gave me full control of the design! Handing over this project to an analytical minded artist who is not a stranger to thinking outside the box, was just what they needed. Thousands of hours went into the machine’s artwork and design, every background, every olive, every symbol, every graphic detail was hand painted exclusively by Michael Godard, giving the machines a more organic, warmer and inviting feel. “It was an incredible amount of work, but the end result is the best slot machine this company has come out with in 20 years and it is “Super Fun” for everyone, especially for me, now that it’s done.” Godard’s art has been his passport to all reaches of the world. His cruise ship business is expanding, and he says, “I get to travel and see
y comunicarse bien en el mundo de los negocios. Y la matemática es, por supuesto, importante en lo que respecta al aspecto comercial de vender arte. “Cuando estaba en el último año de la secundaria en Clark High School, se me ocurrió que no necesitaba estudiar inglés, cálculo o matemática porque iba a ser artista. Luego me di cuenta de que las cosas no me estaban saliendo del modo en que las había imaginado, y que necesitaba regresar a la escuela. Pero regresar después es más difícil. No solo trabajaba tiempo completo, sino que volví a la escuela para ser ingeniero mecánico”. Más adelante Michael Godard decidió que su talento era un don de Dios con el que no había hecho nada…Y entonces tuvo el deseo y sintió la obligación de hacer algo con ese talento. “Hubo una época en la que comía, bebía y nada más creaba arte. No es una casualidad que hoy esté donde estoy porque, como puedo afirmar, trabajé mucho más que el estudiante de arte promedio”. La culminación de todo lo que amo, aceitunas, tecnología, las apuestas y la música se unen en el diseño de mis propias máquinas tragamonedas ‘Rockin Olives’. “No sé nada de apostar...pero sí tenía algunas ideas sobre lo que me gustaría que hiciera la máquina tragamonedas y propuse algunas cosas que eran de veras diferentes ¡y me dieron control total del diseño! Darle el proyecto a un artista de mentalidad analítica que está acostumbrado a pensar de manera poco convencional era exactamente lo que necesitaban. Se invirtieron miles de horas en el trabajo y diseño artísticos: Michael Goddard pintó personalmente cada fondo de pantalla, cada aceituna, cada símbolo, cada detalle gráfico y les dio a las máquinas una apariencia más orgánica, cálida y atractiva. “La cantidad de trabajo fue increíble, pero el resultado final es la mejor máquina tragamonedas que ha producido esta compañía en 20 años y es ‘súper divertida’ para todos, en especial para mí ahora que está terminada.”
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the world without joining the Military! “Actually, not long ago, Brittany and I were on an aircraft carrier and spent 2 days and one night aboard. It was an incredible experience. We landed in the middle of an ocean, I was wearing a jacket and a hat and was all bundled up. As we came aboard, one of the pilots had a screen saver which was one of my painting images. The pilot looks at me and makes a very complimentary comment about the art work and suggests I look up the website of Michael Godard. It took him a few hours afterwards to realize how ironic that statement was and we had a great laugh. On the same trip, another young soldier said to me, “You know, if you have a Godard 100 dollar bill on your wall, all your friends know you’re cool!” Michael shared with Risqué that he has a photo from a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan. The photo is of blown up artillery, with a painted olive and the word “Godard” across the tank. “There it is. A guy with his life on the line and he is having fun. It is just a blessing to know that my art has touched people’s lives in so many ways. If, for only just a moment or two, it can be an escape or inspiring, or just cool.” There was a time in Michael Godard’s life that made him realize life will never be the same. He was teetering between two choices and he chose the path of “No Excuses.” “I lost my 16 year old daughter in 2006 to cancer. Before her passing it was a rough road, all the money, only goes so far. The evolution of medical treatments depends on the money’s people have given in the
El arte de Godard ha sido su pasaporte para llegar a cada rincón del mundo. Su empresa de cruceros se encuentra en un momento de expansión, por lo que explica: “¡Tengo la posibilidad de viajar y ver el mundo sin tener que enlistarme en el ejército!” “De hecho, no hace mucho, Brittany y yo subimos a un portaaviones y permanecimos allí dos días y una noche. Fue una experiencia increíble. Aterrizamos en medio del océano; yo tenía puesta una chaqueta y un sombrero y estaba bien abrigado. Cuando llegamos a bordo, uno de los pilotos tenía un salvapantallas que era la imagen de una de mis pinturas… el piloto me miró e hizo un comentario halagador sobre la obra y sugirió que le echáramos una mirada al sitio de Internet de ‘Michael Godard’. Le llevó algunas horas darse cuenta de la ironía de lo que había dicho y después nos reímos un buen rato. En el mismo viaje, otro soldado se me acercó y me dijo: “¿Sabe? Si en su pared uno tiene un billete de Godard de 100 dólares, ¡todos sus amigos saben que uno es divertido!” Michael compartió con Risqué el hecho de que tiene una foto de un soldado de las tropas estadounidenses en Afganistán. La foto es de artillería destartalada debido a una explosión, con una aceituna pintada y la palabra ‘Godard’… escrita en el tanque. “Así es. Un muchacho, con su vida en peligro, y aun se divierte. Es una bendición saber que mi arte ha tocado las vidas de la gente de tantas maneras. Si, aunque sea por uno o dos momentos, puede servir como escapismo o de inspiración para algo…o solo como diversión”. Hubo un momento en la que la vida de Michael Godard que le hizo darse cuenta de que su vida nunca sería la misma… Dudaba entre dos opciones y escogió el camino de evitar las excusas… “Perdí a mi hija de 16 años en 2006 debido al cáncer. Antes de que falleciera, fueron épocas duras; el dinero sirve solo hasta cierto punto. La evolución de los tratamientos médicos depende del dinero que la ha donado en el pasado para investigar curas para las enfermedades. Nunca pensé que esto le podría pasar a mi hija o a mí. Pero desde que me tocó, comprendo en carne propia la sensación que tiene tanta gente de estar perdidos y de tener que lidiar con una crisis familiar de este tipo. A medida que uno procesa la situación, comienza a darse cuenta de que hay dos caminos para elegir cuando se enfrenta el dolor y el pro-
Godard’s Rockin’ Olives slot machine, a game from Aristocrat Technologies
Sent from a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan.
past to research cures for diseases. I would never have thought this would happen to my daughter or myself. But, since I had been there, I have a first hand understanding of the feeling so many people feel of being completely lost dealing with such family crisis. As a person processes the situation, one starts to realize that there are two roads to choose from while dealing with the pain and the process of a loved one going through such a devastating challenge. One road is based in fear and self destruction, possibly numbing the realities with drugs, alcohol, etc. And the other road, is one of ‘No Excuses’ which is a decision to stay on the positive side, being supportive and strong for yourself and those people who need support.” Michael Godard now often meets people who are going through the whole process he had gone through. He just hopes that he can be an example to not self-destruct. He knows very intimately of the heartbreaking experience of losing a child or loved one to cancer or any illness. And people need to be inspired and supported. However bad we may have it, somebody has it worse. And that is why we need each other. “It feels good to do good Karma. “Any chance I have to give back, I do so. I feel it is a responsibility as my success has been achieved through what other people have allowed me - through my art.” Every year Michael travels to Canada’s Sick Kid’s Hospital. Usually the media meets with him. One year the hospital called Godard to inform him that the media can not make it for his visit. They apologized and understood if he did not want to come. Godard replied, “Of course I want to be there, it is for the kids!” Godard participates and gives to national charities as well as local charities in the cities he travels to exhibit. From animal shelters, homeless children charities, Sharon Osborn’s Colon Cancer program to St. Judes Hospital, Michael says he just cannot say “no” when it comes to helping raise money for humanity. “Someday,” he tells Risqué, “when the time comes when I have to look back at my life, the question to myself will be what have I done to make a difference in the world?”
ceso de ver a un ser amado atravesar un desafío tan devastador… Un camino se basa en el miedo y la autodestrucción, tal vez tapando la realidad con drogas, alcohol, etc… y el otro camino es el de evitar las excusas, que es tomar la decisión de permanecer del lado positivo, de ser solidario y fuerte, por uno mismo y por aquellos que necesitan el apoyo de uno. Hoy por hoy, Michael Godard a menudo conoce personas que se encuentran atravesando el mismo proceso que le tocó atravesar a él. Solo espera ser un ejemplo para que la gente no tome el camino de la autodestrucción. Conoce la intimidad de lo desgarrador que es la experiencia de perder un hijo o un ser querido por culpa del cáncer u otra enfermedad, y es necesario que la gente sienta esa inspiración y ese apoyo. Sin importar lo mala que sea nuestra partida en la vida, siempre hay alguien que la pasa peor… y por eso nos necesitamos los unos a los otros. “Hacer buen Karma hace que uno se sienta bien.” “Cualquier oportunidad que tengas de devolver lo que recibes, aprovéchala. Como mi éxito se logró por lo que otras personas me permitieron hacer, por mi arte, siento que devolver es mi responsabilidad”. Todos los años Michael Godard visita el Hospital para Niños Enfermos de Canadá. En general, se entrevista con los medios. Un año, el hospital llamó a Godard para informarle que los medios no podían llegar para su visita. Se disculparon y le dijeron que comprendían si no deseaba ir… Godard les respondió… “Por supuesto que deseo ir; ¡lo hago por los niños!... Michael Godard apoya y dona a instituciones no gubernamentales a nivel nacional y local de las ciudades en las que realiza muestras. Ya sean albergues de animales, organizaciones para niños sin hogar, el programa de Sharon Osbourne para la lucha contra el cáncer de colon en St. Jude’s Hospital, Michael dice que nunca puede decir que no cuando se trata de ayudar a recaudar fondos para la sociedad. Algún día, le explica a Risqué, cuando me toque mirar atrás a lo que he hecho en mi vida, la pregunta que me haré será… “¿Qué he hecho para provocar un cambio en el mundo?”
“Just Can’t Let You Go”
Photography by Sheryl Nields/Copious Management
Manika by Milka Von Rhedey
Meeting Manika for the first time was just so special; this darling brunette who has the world at her finger tips is just a wonderful young girl, with big dreams. Her eyes just lit up with excitement when she came on set to meet us at a cover shoot in Vegas in May. Manika is undoubtedly probably the next Britney Spears. Her voice, her energy, and her humor; she is amazing and many are
comparing her to Katy Perry. Bringing a fresh, edgy vibe to mainstream pop and unafraid to boldly speak her mind, 17-yearold vocal powerhouse Manika is set to release her upcoming debut single “Just Can’t Let You Go” this May which features YMCMB Young Money, Lil Twist, a protégé of Lil Wayne. Working with some of music industry’s highest caliber management, songwriting www.RisqueLVmag.com
and production talent, Manika (pronounced Ma-NEE-ka) was discovered by Frank DiLeo, Michael Jackson’s long-time manager, and television personality and revered vocal performance coach CeCe Sammy (U.K.’s “Pop Idol”). “Just Can’t Let You Go,” which Manika debuted live at the 2010 Hollywood Style continued on page 80
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Awards was written and produced by Tearce Kizzo and Francci (Keyshia Cole, Patti LaBelle, Adina Howard and JoJo.) The duo is also working with Manika on numerous other tracks for the artist’s full length forthcoming debut album, alongside such heavy hitters as Qura Rankin and Evan Bogart (Beyonce, Rihanna, Leona Lewis, Natasha Bedingfield, and Jennifer Lopez.) Manika is also prepping for her debut tour later in 2011 with Travis Payne, best known for working with Michael Jackson as the choreographer for the proposed “This Is It” tour and the associate producer for the subsequent film This Is It. Inspired by such artists as Avril Lavigne, Pink and Alanis Morrisette, Manika is working on modern Top 40 tracks with a rock edge featuring attitude and fiery rock guitars. Says Manika, “I’ve always loved both writing and songwriting,” she adds. “The journey is fascinating to me. When I watch a live performance back on video, I think about how everything started from a simple emotion, feeling or story I wanted to tell. The next step is to play with song ideas, and then lay down instruments and vocals. Then it all takes shape and suddenly that simple spark has blossomed into something huge and powerful that people can enjoy.” Manika – whose mixed heritage includes Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Malaysian and Spanish – brings intelligence, wit and tons of emotional life experiences to her songs. Early on, she won the “Outstanding Performance Award” three years straight at the National Performing Arts Festival in New York City. At age 15, she wrote and published The Exciting Adventures of Boo, a fictional children’s book and donated proceeds from the first 750 copies to the Nevada SPCA animal shelter. Manika also participated in writing workshops for children and visited children’s hospitals to read it to young cancer patients and their families. These activities are just the beginning of the many philanthropic goals that Manika intends to pursue as her musical career takes off. “When CeCe first approached me I told her that I was fully committed to my music and performing career, and that is my passion… to me it’s always been about being an all around creative person. Both live and on studio recordings, there’s nothing more important to me than touching people with my music and connecting with them through the stories I’m privileged to tell.” said Manika. We asked her some questions to get a little bit more insight of who she really is. continued on page 82
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When did you know you wanted to sing? People always ask me when I first started singing but I honestly don’t know because for as long as I can remember I always remember singing and loving music. And once we got instruments in the house I took to those too. Music has always been a part of me. What do you think your life will be like if your new single takes off? I feel like the luckiest girl in the world right now, working with such incredible and talented people – Lil Twist, Travis Payne, Frank DiLeo, CeCe Sammy, Zaldy, Tearce Kizzo, Qura Rankin, Francci. I am just so excited for everyone to hear my music. It’s so awesome that I am able to do what I love. What is your message in your new song? “Just Can’t Let You Go” is a song about passion. It’s when you have such a strong passion and love for someone or something that your heart just can’t let it go. Whether it’s a special boy, girl or that feeling you get when performing on stage or playing a sport. For me my passion is music. I just can’t let it go! What are your plans after this song ? In my single, I really wanted to do pop but shake it up a little. Like in my single “Just Can’t Let You Go” there’s beat-boxing in it which you really wouldn’t expect in a pop song. Eventually I want to take my music more pop rock. What other projects are you working on? I love writing. My first book got published when I was 15-years-old. I am actually just finishing up my second book. How do you see yourself making a difference in the world? Music is how I express myself. I hope to encourage others to do the same. I hope to inspire people with my music as Alanis Morissette and Michael Jackson have inspired me. Manika’s new single comes out later in the month and we are all so very excited for her. The catchy pop song will have you humming before you know it. Some say you can tell how good a song will be by how your mind will receive it. In my opinion this song is a hit, believe me; just listen to it, and see how many days you go humming this song. It just will not let you go! “Just Can’t Let You Go” featuring Lil Twist released on iTunes on June 14, 2011 Distributed by BDG. BDG is distributed by RED Distribution, LLC (a division of SONY Music Entertainment) ® & © 2011 Wamaframa™ Records, LLC. All rights reserved
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ARIAâ€™s distinction from other hotels on The Strip is evident at first sight. It embodies the excitement and vitality of Las Vegas in a 21st century building; offering up a shimmering world of reflections. Content Courtesy of Kirvin Doak Communications
At ARIA, New York-based artist Maya Lin has created her first work of art in Las Vegas: “Silver River,” an 84-foot silver cast of the Colorado River. Lin’s installation mirrors CityCenter’s commitment to sustainability, in fact, it was ARIA’s quest for LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council that drew her interest in the development. The sculpture is inspired by the movement of the river through Nevada’s desert landscape, and the major water and energy source
that it represents to the Las Vegas area. In light of Nevada’s standing as “The Silver State,” Lin used 100 percent reclaimed silver to develop her creation. “Silver River” took nearly three years to develop and weighs approximately 3,700 lbs. Perched high above ARIA’s reception desk, the piece can be enjoyed both from the lobby as well as The Park between ARIA and Crystals.
High above the Las Vegas strip a private sanctuary awaits. ARIA presents the Sky Villas - destined to become the world’s most exclusive and intimate retreat and the destination of choice for the most elite and discerning traveler. The Sky Villas were created by combining an environment of sophistication and grace with unparalleled service befitting of royalty and heads of state. Each Villa was individually designed which creates its own unique feel and ambiance. The luxuriously appointed living spaces range from 2,000-7,000 square feet. Offering two and three bedroom within one and two story retreats, the sky villas were created to give each guest a feeling of coming home to a private residence where the guest’s every desire is fulfilled. Other
amenities include personalized Concierge Service, 24-hour Butler Service, lavish living room with sofa, lounge chairs, coffee table and gas fire place; private formal dining with five to twelve person seating accommodations. The color palette and rich décor accents in the Sky Villas make the living spaces inviting and perfect for entertaining. Villas are equipped with a billiard room with game table, proper accessories and fully equipped wet bar area. Guests can enjoy a personal massage or get ready for a big night on the town in the comfort of their private massage room, sauna and steam rooms, as well as, a private salon/barber room equipped with shampoo bowl and salon chair. Over 4000 guest rooms, and 568 suites.
Every guestroom features a level of personalized automation currently found only in high-end custom homes. Guestrooms are networked with fiber, offering one gigabit of bandwidth for matchless Internet connectivity and guest service: Rooms and suites recognize guests’ first time in the space and “greets” them as they enter: light fills the room, the curtains automatically part to showcase the spectacular city or mountain views, and the TV turns on to display a list of automated controls for personalization. Preferences are remembered every time guest is in-room. One-touch control of lighting, room temperature, television/video systems, music, wake-up calls, draperies and requests for service through a
single, easy-to-use remote control. Guests can wake up gradually through controlled temperature, lighting, curtain opening and preferred music. One button can modify all room settings at once; “Good Night” turns off lights, TV and/or music, shuts curtains and turns on privacy notification Keyless locks utilizing RFID technology reduce the failure of room keys. Wireless Internet is up to eight times faster (128 kilobytes) than today’s average U.S. hotel. In-room devices automatically “communicate” maintenance needs; remote control batteries and light bulbs are replaced before guests notice a problem.
ARIA’s state-of-the-art, 10,000-square-foot Race & Sports Book was designed to provide the ultimate environment in which to enjoy the games, place a bet and be a part of the excitement. Comfortable lounge-seating is surrounded by 90 high-definition television monitors and display screens, ranging from 32" to an incredible 220", which allow prime, unobstructed views from every seat in the house. An elevated VIP-section offers luxurious booths and keeps you in the heart of
the exhilaration. An exclusive area specifically for pari-mutuel betting is also available. Nine betting windows plus 27 interactive betting screens at the pari-mutuel betting stations allow quick and convenient service. For guest convenience, friendly cocktail service is offered throughout the book. And located right next door, Skybox Sports Bar & Grill offers a “to go” window for those who don’t want to miss a moment of the action.
There are more than 150,000 square feet of gaming featuring 145 table games and 1,940 slot machines. Games include Blackjack, Craps, Baccarat, Mini-Baccarat, Roulette, European Roulette, Let it Ride, Pai Gow, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker, Crazy4Poker, Ultimate Texas
Hold’em, Race & Sports Book, the 25-table Poker Room (including ‘The Ivey Room’ - the one-table, high-limit room scheduled to open May 22), Slots, Casino War and Big 6. And 300,000 square feet of meeting and convention space. Concierge available; Daily, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
The Deuce Lounge
Bar Moderno - The piano lounge designed by Jacques Garcia Decoration, is conveniently located near the guest elevators and is a great meeting point for all. Guests can enjoy tasting masterfully crafted signature cocktails and live music as they bask in the energetic atmosphere. The Deuce Lounge - Located off the main casino floor is an invigorating destination fusing the elements of an upscale lounge with high-limit gaming, creating an intimate nightlife experience. Designed by Franklin Studios, the space invites guests to try their luck on the numerous blackjack tables around the room while enjoying cocktails from an inventive menu, creating an alternative gambling scene to that of the bustling casino
floor. The lounge also features a number of HD flat-screen TVs for guests to watch evening sporting events while enjoying hors d’oeuvres from UNION’s kitchen. View Bar - The place to see-and-be-seen, guests can enjoy the high energy of the hotel lobby while quietly tucked away in this sophisticated space. Guests can enjoy the company of good friends and sip on handcrafted cocktails before dining in one of ARIA’s superb restaurants. City Bar - This uniquely designed intimate bar, located conveniently on the casino floor, allows guests to relax while providing a temporary reprieve from the gaming action.
The GOLD Lounge Decadent black and gold throughout, The GOLD Lounge is the latest from the partnership between Cirque du Soleil and the Las Vegas-based hospitality powerhouse, The Light Group. The lounge offers the ultimate spot to sip on handcrafted
cocktails and indulge in contemporary appetizers before Viva ELVIS™ or party into the night while experiencing Las Vegas’ hottest DJs. The Gold Lounge ~ A boutique lounge that transforms into a lively and intimate nightlife destination come nightfall; Daily, 5 p.m. – 4 a.m.
ARIAâ€™s vast 215,000-square-foot pool deck is a tropical oasis in the heart of the desert. Shielded by lush plantings of oversized palm, acacia, pine and bottle trees, the soft and sensual paradise features three primary pools and LIQUID Pool Lounge, an adults-only venue operated by The Light Group. Designed by Graft Lab, LIQUID features a 1,200-square-foot main pool surrounded by
high-tech amenities and luxurious private cabanas. The alfresco utopia offers poolside pampering and a premier party experie nce with VIP dipping pools, refreshing cocktails and a state-of-the-art sound system for the worldâ€™s top DJs and performers. Multiple bars and a mouthwatering food menu complement personalized chaise lounge and daybed service.
The Spa at Aria
The Spa at Aria
The Spa at Aria invites guests into a peaceful haven where nature’s healing properties take center stage. Salt, stone, earth, fire and water join to create a spa experience that elevates guests to a peaceful and meditative state for introspection and relaxation. The 80,000-square-foot, two-level spa and salon present indulgent favorites with exclusive offerings from around the world, including a Shio Salt Room, a Fire Lounge for relaxing prior to and following treatments, and the country’s first Japanese Ganbanyoku Stone Beds.
Full-service salon, deluxe fitness room, group exercise studio, meditation and relaxation rooms, separate men’s and women’s spa with eucalyptus steam rooms and red wood saunas Spa Boutique highlights an indulgent collection of beauty and spa offerings, as well as eco-conscious lifestyle-driven apparel, products, home accessories and jewelry The Spa is open to the public, Monday – Thursday, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.; open to CityCenter and MGM MIRAGE hotel guests, Daily, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m; The Salon is open to the public, Daily, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
HAZE Nightclub HAZE Nightclub is a colossal cutting-edge space in which guests are challenged to question their sense of perception and reality. Designed by award-winning interior design firm ICRAVE, the nightclub features large hanging props over the entryway that draw guests to a grand staircase, which transports them to the mezzanine level where they can enjoy a birdâ€™s-eye view of the action below. The main dance floor peers up at a wall of interactive projection screens stretching
100 feet across a performance structure where impromptu acts by world-renowned artists regularly can take place. Suede walls and plush surfaces help define the weaving interior, including a unique two-story wall of lights incorporating the latest in technology coupled with a one-of-a-kind sound system designed by John Lyons Systems. Guests traveling to ARIA via Harmon Avenue can use the resortâ€™s north valet and experience the hottest nightlife in Vegas without ever driving on the Las Vegas Strip.
Convention Center Area Designed by the world-renowned firm Pelli Clarke Pelli, ARIAâ€™s architectural expression reveals itself at every turn, from its two sweeping curvilinear steel and glass towers to the clean use of natural elements including lush foliage,
wood and stone. Soaring open spaces, ranging from ARIAâ€™s three-story lobby to its guestrooms, filled with natural light and evoking breadth and freedom. Art and interior design envelop guests in warm, comforting surroundings and provide a sense of human scale.
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Viva ELVIS™ by Cirque du Soleil® ARIA celebrates the greatest entertainment force of all time, Elvis Presley. Presented by Cirque du Soleil® in the 1,840-seat Elvis Theater, Viva ELVIS™ pays tribute to his music and life, fusing dance and acrobatics by a cast of 70 artists from around the world, live music and iconic tracks, nostalgia and modernity, high technology and raw emotion. The show, just like Elvis, is powerful, sexy, whimsical and truly unique. The creative combination of live musicians and singers, exclusive video, dance and the latest in multimedia sound and lighting technology stimulate the senses and offer an emotional
bond with the audience. The show brings Elvis back to Las Vegas for millions of his fans and enables him to create untold numbers of new fans. Extraordinary artistry, stunning special effects and The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll electrify Vegas in a show like no other. Performances: Friday – Tuesday, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Dark Wednesday & Thursday Tickets start at $99 plus tax and service fees Children under the age of 5 are not permitted Reservations: (877) 253-5847 or (702) 531-2031
Signature Restaurants at Aria ARIA offers a wide range of dining options, including establishments by some of the world’s best and brightest chefs and finest restaurateurs.
The Buffet – Eight live-action stations each representing a different culinary region; Breakfast, Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.; Lunch, Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Dinner, Sunday – Thursday, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Gourmet Dinner, Friday & Saturday, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Champagne or Classic Brunch, Saturday & Sunday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Lemongrass –Thai; Lunch and dinner; Daily, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Sirio Ristorante – Rustic, home-style Italian specialties from legendary restaurateur Sirio Maccioni’s Tuscany homeland; Dinner; Daily, 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Julian Serrano – Classic Spanish fare by award-winning chef Julian Serrano; Lunch; Daily, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Dinner; Daily, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Blossom – Authentic Chinese; Dinner; Daily, 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Bar Masa – Modern Japanese cuisine created by award-winning chef Masayoshi Takayama; Dinner; Thursday – Monday, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Closed Tuesday & Wednesday
Shaboo – Omakase-style (chef’s choice) experience orchestrated anew each day by award-winning chef Masayoshi Takayama; Dinner; Thursday – Monday, 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday
Jean Philippe Pâtisserie – Parisian-style pastry shop featuring chocolates, cookies, cakes, crepes, salads, sandwiches and more; Daily, 6 a.m. – midnight
Sage – New American cuisine with Mediterranean subtexts by James Beard award-winning chef Shawn McClain; Monday – Saturday, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Closed Sunday
Jean Georges Steakhouse – Modern approach to the classic steakhouse created by world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten; Dinner; Tuesday – Sunday, 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Closed Monday
AMERICAN FISH – Refined American cuisine, by acclaimed chef Michael Mina, focuses on seasonal ingredients, fish and shellfish; Dinner; Wednesday – Monday, 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Closed Tuesday
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Alicia Estrada The World Can’t
by Milka Von Rhedey The fashion world has always taken notice of the true success stories of designers that began their careers in their garage, or in their basements. The biggest accomplishments and the most amazing stories are of those designers that did not get handed their success on a silver platter. I had the pleasure to meet Stop Staring! founder and designer, Alicia Estrada at her location in Paramount, CA. The vintage-inspired clothing designer has created an empire, with her original designs inspired by old Hollywood, the pin-up dolls of the days we are not able to experience firsthand, but by wearing her amazing designs we can step back to those days with one quick change. To feel glamorous and elegant the same way they did in the 40s and 50s, just by putting on a Stop Staring! dress. Since 1996 Alicia Estrada, has been at the forefront of this retro-tinged trend and as a result, has been embraced by rockabilly girls and trendy celebrities all over the world. Some of the celebrities that have worn Stop Staring! are Christina Aguilera and Paris Hilton. In fact, Paris wore a couple of dresses on her “Stars are Blind” tour in 2009. We also have seen Nicole Kidman, Katie Perry, and Gwen Stefani, with the retro look as well, these classic looks still are coming and going and now it has become a trend. The pin up girls of yesterdays are again alive, the fact remains the 40s and 50s are forever continued on page 123
El mundo de la moda nunca ha dejado pasar inadvertidas las historias de éxito de los diseñadores que comenzaron sus carreras en su garaje o en sus sótanos. Los logros más importantes y las historias más sorprendentes son aquellas de diseñadores a quienes el éxito no les llegó en bandeja de plata. He tenido el gusto de conocer a Alicia Estrada, fundadora y diseñadora de Stop Staring! en sus instalaciones de Paramount, California. La diseñadora de indumentaria con inspiraciones vintage ha creado un imperio con sus diseños originales que sugieren el Hollywood de antaño, el de las chicas pin-up de otros tiempos que hoy no podemos vivir en carne propia, pero vestir sus diseños increíbles nos permite regresar a aquella época con un cambio rápido de vestuario. Nos permite sentirnos glamorosas y elegantes como lo hacían en los años 40 y 50 tan solo luciendo un vestido de Stop Staring! Desde 1996, Alicia Estrada ha estado a la vanguardia de esta tendencia con aires retro y, como resultado, la adoran las chicas del rockabilly y las celebridades amantes de la última moda en todo el mundo. Christina Aguilera and Paris Hilton se cuentan entre algunas de las famosas que han vestido Stop Staring. De hecho, Paris lució un par de vestidos en su gira “Stars are Blind” de 2009. A quienes también hemos visto con esta onda retro son Nicole Kidman, Katie Perry y Gwen Stefani; es que estos looks clásicos aún van y vienen, y ahora se han puesto de moda. Las chicas pin-up de antes han vuelto a vivir: lo cierto es que el estilo de los años 40 y 50 siempre vuelve y hoy es sin duda el favorito: es el look más glamoroso que
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coming back to us with the styles still being a most popular look, and the most glamorous look we all want today. I asked Stop Staring! founder and designer, Alicia Estrada, some questions about her vintage clothing designs and where Stop Staring! is headed in the future.
todas queremos. Conversé con Alicia Estrada, fundadora y diseñadora de Stop Staring! y le hice algunas preguntas sobre sus diseños de ropa vintage y sobre el futuro de Stop Staring! ¿Qué te llevó a diseñar ropa, y a qué edad? A los 16 años comencé a coser. En una familia con 10 hijos, saber coser era una necesidad. Tengo seis hermanas y todas compartíamos la ropa; por esa razón comencé a comprar piezas en tiendas de ropa de segunda mano y a hacerles modifi-
Stop Staring! 1960s inspired retro clubwear.
custom styles available at www.stopstaringclothing.com
What got you into designing clothes, and at what age? At age 16, I started to sew. Growing up in a family of 10 children, sewing was a necessity. I have 6 sisters, and we all shared clothes. So I started buying thrift shop clothing and then making alterations to it, to make it look unique and different. It was really fun, and it turned into my passion. What was the first creation? One of my first creations was a 1960s inspired mini skirt that I made out of a shower curtain that my mother had thrown in the trash. Although I worked a job in High School, I had to help my parents pay bills and such. So this left little money to buy fabrics. I was really good at taking garbage and turning it into something beautiful. The neighbors caught on to my talent, and soon people were dropping off boxes of old fabrics and trims. I had a great time sewing my creations. Why did you call it Stop Staring? Back in college, I was wearing my own creations, and people were always staring at me. So as a joke one day, I decided to
caciones para que se vieran únicas y diferentes. Era de verdad divertido y se convirtió en mi pasión. ¿Cuál fue tu primera creación? Una de mis primeras creaciones fue una minifalda inspirada en los años 60 que hice con una cortina de baño que mi madre había tirado a la basura. Aunque durante la escuela secundaria tenía trabajo, tenía que ayudar a mis padres a pagar las cuentas. Esto me dejaba poco dinero para comprar telas, y me volví experta en sacar ropa de la basura y convertirla en algo hermoso. Nuestros vecinos se dieron cuenta de mi talento y pronto la gente comenzó a dejarnos cajas de telas y retazos viejos. Me divertía mucho coser mis diseños. ¿Por qué la llamaste Stop Staring [Deja de mirarme]? Cuando estaba en la universidad, usaba mis propias creaciones, y la gente siempre me miraba. Entonces, en broma una vez pinté “Stop Staring!” en la parte trasera de una de mis faldas de plástico. Tuvo un éxito inusitado: hice un montón de amigas nuevas ¡y muchas chicas comenzaron a comprar mis creaciones!
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paint “Stop Staring!” on the back of one of my plastic skirts. It was a huge hit, I made lots of new friends, and many girls started buying my creations! What inspires you today for your creations? I’m so inspired by the eras of the 1940s and 1950s. What’s great about this look, it is flattering on all shapes and sizes. Stop Staring! carries dresses up to size 18. I just love all the glamour, and the style of those beautiful starlets! The dresses were so classy, yet had the perfect amount of sex appeal. This slimming look is so timeless and classic. I’m also inspired by the modern women of today, and all the celebrities who wear Stop Staring! It’s amazing how many stars are wearing SS on the red carpets!
Tell us why you chose the era of 30’s 40’s 50’s looks? These eras: 30s, 40s, and 50s, are so timeless, and by far the most beautiful eras. These eras included the film noir, and all the beautiful starlets! Bringing back inspiration from these eras is empowering to all women. What is ahead for the future with Stop Staring? Global branding! We are already sold in 100s of boutiques in over 40 countries plus. But you never know, it could be great to grow super huge! We have such a huge demand for accessories, who knows, this could be real cool! What would be some advice for someone who is thinking about getting into the business? Be original; think of your own ideas. Don’t try to copy, people will see right through you! Be positive, and make your dreams come true! Have faith in God, He makes everything beautiful in His time! Summer 2011
What is your favorite piece ? Right now, probably my film noir inspired dress, it is so dramatic, and gets so much attention! I live in this dress, it does wonders for your shape! What are you thinking of doing next, in your line? Probably shoes! The best part about Stop Staring! clothing is that once you try one dress, you will just want to buy them all! The feeling of looking amazing and glamorous for a very affordable price is so amazing to me, and to know that your size is available and can be custom made if needed, because Alicia Estrada has made it possible for all women to look and feel flawless! Glamourous and simply irresistible, that you will be thinking to yourself at least once, “Please Stop Staring!”
Stop Staring! (l to R) Red Gathered Ava, Floral Camille, Leopard Kitten Playsuit, Stripe Aviator, Tan Gingham Boardwalk All dresses available at www.stopstaringclothing.com For Information on these items, see Where To Buy, page 190.
¿Qué es lo que te inspira hoy en día para realizar tus diseños? Lo que más me inspiran son los años 1940 y 1950. Lo que es genial de este look es que le queda bien a todas las formas y tamaños corporales. Stop Staring! fabrica hasta el talle 18. ¡Me encanta todo el glamur y el estilo de aquellas estrellas jóvenes de antaño! Los vestidos eran tan elegantes, y a la vez tenían la dosis justa de sex-appeal. El corte halagador que estiliza la figura es clásico. También me inspiran las mujeres modernas de hoy, y todas las celebridades que usan Stop Staring! ¡Es increíble la cantidad de estrellas que hoy en día visten SS en la alfombra roja! Cuéntanos por qué escogiste los looks de las décadas de los 30, 40 y 50. Estas décadas, los 30, 40 y 50, son clásicas y sin duda las más bellas. ¡Durante esos años aparecieron el film noir y las estrellas jóvenes!
Recuperar la inspiración de esta era es darle poder a todas las mujeres.
llama tanto la atención. Vivo con ese vestido puesto; ¡hace maravillas por mi figura!
¿Qué le depara el futuro a Stop Staring? ¡Expansión a nivel mundial! Nuestros diseños ya se venden en cientos de boutiques en más de 40 países. Pero nunca se sabe, ¡quizás convertirnos en supergigantes sería grandioso! Tenemos tal demanda de accesorios que, ¿quién sabe? ¡esto también sería genial!
¿Cuál es el próximo paso para tu línea? ¡Probablemente zapatos!
¿Qué consejo le darías a alguien que desea comenzar en el negocio? Sé original. Piensa tus propias ideas. No intentes copiar: ¡la gente se da cuenta! Sé positiva ¡y haz que tus sueños se vuelvan realidad! Ten fe en Dios; ¡Él hace que todo sea hermoso a Su tiempo!
Lo mejor de Stop Staring es que una vez que te pruebas un vestido, ¡querrás comprarlos todos! La sensación de verte espléndida y glamorosa por un precio muy razonable es para mí increíble, como lo es el saber que tu talle está disponible y que de ser necesario se puede hacer a medida, ¡porque Alicia Estrada ha hecho posible que todas las mujeres luzcan y se sientan perfectas! Glamorosa y simplemente irresistible… eso pensarás de ti al menos una vez … Así que por favor, ¡no dejes de mirar! Xo
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Desert-Proof Your Skin by Elaine Goodlad Depending on what region of the world you live, it is important to know how to take care of your skin in different climates. Anyone who has ever lived in Las Vegas, Nevada (or any other desert climate on the planet) knows how the extreme dry, hot weather conditions can wreak havoc on our skin. One simply has to venture outside on a mid-July afternoon at 115 degrees to feel your face tighten, like you’ve just walked directly into a furnace… because in essence, you have almost done just that! Extreme climate and exposure to sunlight is one of the major causes of premature aging; it plays a vital part in the damaging effects on our skin, but how we take care of our skin can make all the difference in the world. Here are several essential things we can do to maintain healthier skin in the dry desert heat, and attempt to slow down the hands of time. Keep our faces as moist and rejuvenated •
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With these hands, Bespoke creates a sensation by Bobbie Katz
Steve Fellig is one man who definitely reaps what he “sews.” As the owner of Vita Di Lusso Bespoke clothing, he follows the core traditional values of Bespoke tailoring, his company’s philosophy being “luxury made by human hands.” With absolute quality being the top priority, Fellig has turned his self-proclaimed clothing addiction into a successful business that creates custom handmade garments for men. With each suit being individually measured, sheared, shaped, basted, and sewn, the result is clothing that is distinctly a cut above. “The garment industry has changed so much over the years,” explains Fellig. “Today everything is manufactured in China – even by the top designer names – and put together as quickly as possible by machine. Corporations
have changed the manufacturing scene. It’s not really about the clothes anymore. The old-world, old-school quality and integrity of the way things used to be done doesn’t exist today. Some of Christian Dior purses are made in China and sell for more than $1,000 here. Some of Prada leather uppers for its shoes are stitched together in China and put together in Italy. Ralph Lauren is now being sold in K-Mart. Many companies claim that their garments are handmade but I’ve taken them apart and they’re not. “I started my business in 2009 in Miami,” he continues. “I began building a network of customers and going to their homes and businesses to measure and suit them. I felt that if I could provide a quality garment at a good price, I could easily compete. I knew there was no way a machine-made Chinese
garment could outlast a handmade garment. A handmade suit generally starts at $6,000 depending on fabric choice and there are very few companies still doing tailoring by hand – Brioni and Kiton are two that still do. One thing the Chinese are amazing at is that if you stand there long enough, they’ll make a copy of you. They have figured out ways to make the stitching appear to have been done by hand but it has been done by machine. And the suits are selling for $1,000-$3,000 while the cost to the manufacturer is under $200 a suit.” There is no disputing that, with Fellig, everything is just what it “seams.” One doesn’t have to look further than the name of his company to understand the stuff that the continued on page 130
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tailor, who studied techniques and fittings with top craftsmen in Italy, is made of – his family and his business. The reflection of what life means to him is embodied in the label Vita Di Lusso, with Vita being the name of his eldest daughter and Vita Di Lusso meaning “Life of Luxury” in Italian. However, it is not material values that are at the root of Fellig’s inspiration but rather it is the love for his profession that is truly the fabric of his being. “I grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia,” says Fellig. “My family moved to Florida when I was 12. My grandfathers on both sides of the family were both tailors. My grandfather on my mother’s side was the VP of Venice Industries, a public company based in New York that made women’s garments. My grandfather on my father’s side was a tailor in Europe before the war and later moved to Montreal where he started a clothing company. He claimed that he was the first person to come up with a machine washable suit. I worked in both of their factories. Plus, my grandmother on my mother’s side, who was from Russia, and my mother both made their own clothes. So I grew up totally around the business.” In addition, Fellig’s grandfather made sure all of his 10 children grew up wearing the washable suits Fellig’s grandfather made. As Fellig puts it, my father and his siblings later grew allergic to any type of clothing that wasn’t the best that money could buy. That
mindset was the only hand-me-down Fellig ever received. “At 13, I was wearing expensive Italian handmade suits and handmade shoes,” he recalls. “I was always the best-dressed kid in school but had no money to buy a coke. I would spend hours in fabric stores with my mother and brother. I learned about fabrics, colors, what people should wear, and what looks good on a person. Later on, while attending school in Paris, I frequented stores there and in Italy. My entire life, I’ve been very analytical about what everyone around me is wearing. I’ve always had an addiction to clothing. The way to make me happy is to put me into a shopping mall where I can look at all the clothes and touch the fabrics. No matter what other kinds of jobs I’ve had, the best thing about them for me was getting dressed in the morning.” As a point of fact, Fellig did go to work on Wall Street, a profession he hated. Still, he always kept up his hobby, which was making suits from home for his friends as well as shopping for and with other people to guide them in their choices. Then, one day, the realization hit him that he knew all the 108 steps it takes to make a suit, so why not turn that knowledge into a business? “I guess it was natural-born talent,” Fellig smiles. “I always knew entirely too much about clothing. It‘s like a disease. I can look at shoes a mile away and know who made them. But I was always the kind of person who, if I had my mind set on something, was continued on page 132
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going to do it – it was just a matter of how I was going to get it done. I realized that I had an amazing model since the biggest problem in retail is what are stores supposed
to do with the leftover clothes? With the Bespoke business, I could eliminate any risk of inventory since I wouldn’t be making a suit until someone ordered it.” Fellig notes that what he provides is an amazing service since there is no such thing as a man who doesn’t want to look good,
coupled with the fact that men basically don’t like to shop or don’t know what to wear. He relates that no one takes the time to educate customers about their clothing and that his business gives men a true analysis of what looks good on them. Fellig coordinates all the continued on page 134
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facets of a look to bring out the confidence and personality of the wearer. The way his business works is that Fellig sits with a client and designs a private collection for him, taking into account what that person needs or wants at that time. Or he may design a collection for him for the coming season, whether it be casual, business or dress or a combination of all three. “Everything is made special for someone’s body,” Fellig states. “No two bodies are alike. The shoulders, arm length, posture and stance are different for each man. Everything we make is done with consistent methodology throughout. It is very labor intensive. We create an individual pattern for each customer. Before a suit is cut, a client is measured then the pattern is measured and analyzed three to five times to make sure that it will lay properly on that person. We calculate, measure, re-measure, cut it, put it together, see how it’s going to lay, re-cut it if need be, then sew it. There are over 1,000 stitches by hand just in the collar alone, done by one man or one woman. “We use fabrics from Italy, England, and Belgium,” he continues. “The fabrics from England and Belgium are heavier and more structured while the Italian fabrics make
a man feel as naked as possible without being naked. The fabric we choose for a suit depends upon factors such as where the customer lives, what the climate is, his profession, his lifestyle, and whether he runs around or sits all day. If a person is active, we’ll use a heavier material because the garment will get more wear. Humidity will
also do something to fabrics.” Fellig reveals that he goes to New York, where he has a tailor shop, every few weeks and that he will see clients and visit with his tailors there – he cites the fact that there are close to 60 master tailors in the city that he works with to make a garment. He explains continued on page 136
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suit to be taken seriously. I want the client to feel, ‘I want to look like this guy.’ I coordinate the suits, ties, belts, and shoes for him. The
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that Vita Di Lusso makes its own shirts at its manufacturing house in New Jersey and that it carries a line of handmade, made-toorder line of shoes from Florence, Italy, with each pair of shoes taking six weeks to make. For belts, Fellig works with a belt maker out of Miami. He also has a manufacturer that makes ties for him although Fellig chooses the fabric, colors, width, and length. “I push the limits on my own wardrobe all the time,” he acknowledges. “I have a specific style. Everything I wear, I’ve made – I can’t stop making clothes for myself. I feel that when I walk into a room, the sale is made. I want men to understand how good they can look without looking like everyone else – I’m also showing business men that they don’t have to wear a white shirt, a red tie, and blue
coordination of color and style boils down to confidence.” According to Fellig, if he can’t connect on a personal level with a client, he can’t help him. He also doesn’t go with trends if they don’t work on a person but rather will help that man achieve his own style that fits his image. “Image is a very individual thing,” he says. “On the first visit, I spend half an hour just finding out about the customer and his lifestyle. The clothes have to reflect the person and his lifestyle – colors have a lot to do with that. “At the end of the day, when I put my label on something, it’s a reflection of who I am,” he sums up. “For me, it’s not about the money anymore because I really love what I do.” It’s obvious that when it comes to Fellig’s being in the right profession, the shoe fits – and the suit does, too.
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With the success of her debut Las Vegas full makeup line underway, Rain Andreani has now launched a professional makeup artists’ school. The founder of the Rain Makeup Academy is hailed as one of the leading makeup gurus in the country and her brushes have touched the faces of Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Kirsten Dunst and Mandy Moore – just to mention a few of the highprofile stars who sing her praises. “One of the biggest challenges for aspiring makeup artists is how to gain valuable industry experience,” said Rain. “‘Practice makes perfect’ is extremely valuable to serious people in the art of makeup. Most cosmetology and esthetician schools only teach limited general makeup information. Students don’t get enough exposure, hands-on experience and knowledge in the actual field. I saw that huge failing as a major opportunity and service and so Rain Makeup Academy was a natural to leap in as the top professional makeup artist school.” “Our school is known as “the industry school”, says Andreani. ”As instructors we are all working makeup artists. This permits us to be connected right up to date with what’s happening in our industry. We pass these opportunities onto our students, so they can gain invaluable industry experience.”
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The Resort on Mount Charleston 2 Kyle Canyon Rd Las Vegas, NV 89124 (888) 559-1888 or (702) 872-5500 Las Vegasâ€™ rustic, quaint and relaxing outdoor getaway, just 30 minutes away in the majestic Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Numerous hiking trails just five miles from resort, including Mary Jane Falls and Robbers Roost, where stolen treasure was reportedly buried. Just 10 minutes from Lee Canyon, popular ski and snowboard resort. On average, 20 degrees cooler than Las Vegas. Popular staycation for locals. Nearly 30-year-old picturesque resort, ideal for special events, weddings and meetings. www.mtcharlestonresort.com
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349 rooms and suites | 30,000 square-foot spa 39,000 square feet of meeting and social event space Sits on 15 acres of the master-planned Lake Las Vegas development on site of former Ritz-Carlton® Name is based on the picturesque coastal town of Ravello in southern Italy and inspired by the word “revel,” meaning to ‘to take great pleasure or delight’ Features Mediterranean architecture with clay tile roofs and arched doorways, reminiscent of Europe’s colorful waterside villages Offers white sandy beach, heated lakeside pool year-round, kayaking, boating, fly fishing, hiking and jogging trails Lake Las Vegas community includes stunning vistas, miles of green, two marinas and a nearby Jack Nicklaus golf course Adjoins The Village Lake Las Vegas, offering scenic walking streets of boutiques and restaurants Free Wi-Fi for resort guests Tuscan-style architecture European-style furnishings Oversized spa-style marble bathrooms Upscale bath amenities Luxurious bed linens Meeting Cuisine Thoughtful Foods for Thoughtful Minds – nutritious menus nourish continued on page 164 La Capella di Amore
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the minds of guests to keep them alert and productive Nourishment Hubs – redefine the coffee break with fresh and energizing fare Medici Café and Terrace – market dining concept featuring wholesome, seasonal fare ranging from fresh salads, sandwiches and wraps to hot, healthy dishes prepared in an exhibition kitchen Meeting planners enjoy convenient, flexible options and all-inclusive pricing for easy budgeting Currently serves meeting guests but will transition to serve leisure guests in the future Catch up with friends over a game of backgammon in the central gathering spot, or enjoy a cocktail on the outdoor terrace overlooking the lake. An adjacent connectivity hub is a great place for guests to have an impromptu meeting, plug in their laptops, watch the day’s news or a big sports game. Firenze Lounge transforms throughout the day; stop by in the morning for a coffee or breakfast pastry, or in the evening for tapas, cognac or a decadent dessert. Ravella’s partnership with the nearby Village enables guests to enjoy preferred reservations and bill Village meals to their Ravella guestroom. Features variety of restaurants in walking distance of resort ranging from fresh seafood and wood-fired pizzas to spicy tacos, savory tapas and more. 39,000 square feet of meeting and social event space. Accommodates gatherings from 10 to 1,000 attendees. Features an 11,841-square-foot ballroom with 7,423 square feet of pre-function area, a smaller 4,700-square-foot junior ballroom, 10 function rooms including two elegantly appointed boardrooms, and a spacious climate-controlled outdoor pavilion for lakeside events. Technological amenities include free Wi-Fi throughout the resort; state-of-the art electrical, lighting and sound systems; soundproof air walls. Direct ballroom access is available for large vehicles and other oversized display items. Reminiscent of Florence’s famed Ponte Vecchio Bridge, this iconic three-story bridge at Ravella features a collection of rooms and suites with unrivaled lake views Bridge spans 375 feet across the lake, and is tall enough to permit a 21-foot sailboat to pass beneath La Capella di Amore Vegas’ only over-water chapel; situated on the beautiful Ponte Vecchio Bridge Windows span front of chapel for magnificent views of lake and twinkling Village lights. Old
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World touches including hand-carved wooden pews imported from Italy, iron chandeliers and sconces, and a beamed ceiling Exquisite ballrooms for indoor affairs Lakeside venues include Ravella’s Florentine Garden, beach and the climate-controlled pavilion 30,000-square-foot spa, salon and fitness facility with 24 treatment rooms. Features tranquil outdoor terrace, meditation garden with twinkling lake and breathtaking mountain views Treatments feature botanical essences from several Mediterranean regions complemented by indigenous plant and mineral ingredients from the local area. Offers several types of traditional and specialty massages as well as bridal services, body treatments, shaving treatments for men, specialty children’s services, and manicures and pedicures. Fitness center features state-of-the-art cardiovascular and weight-
training equipment, men’s and women’s locker rooms, aquatic facility, group fitness classes, personal training and yoga. Adjacent to the spa and sandy beach, Ravella’s heated resort-sized pool with cabanas and whirlpool spa offers year-round access for guests. In the summer months, guests also can enjoy refreshments from the poolside bar and grill. Additional amenities available include paddleboats, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing, canoeing, yacht tours, hiking and biking. Ravella’s guests are offered access to the exclusive SouthShore Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas. Award-winning SouthShore Golf Club is the first private Jack Nicklaus Signature Course in Nevada. Named by Golf Digest one of the “Top 10 New Private Golf Courses
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in America,â€? SouthShoreâ€™s award-winning par-71, 6,917-yard championship fits seamlessly with its surroundings on the shores of Lake Las Vegas. Generous Bermuda fairways frame gently rolling Bentgrass greens, with 88 strategically placed bunkers and numerous forced carries over canyons and water for an exhilarating challenge and visually stunning backdrop for golf. Nicklaus carved out a dramatic layout creating a course with elevations ranging from 1,410 to 1,750 feet. The masterpiece has generous fairways and up to five tee boxes per hole. The Village Lake Las Vegas, adjoining the resort, features an eclectic collection of boutiques featuring contemporary art, handcrafted jewelry, hand-blown glass figurines, books, fine cigars, furnishings, kites and wind chimes, and more.
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edited by shelly carrier Bars, Lounges, Night Clubs 1501 W. Sahara Ave. Exotic libations served in a chic setting, located inside the trendy boutique hotel. Open daily. 702.214.4000. The Bank inside the Bellagio The Bank is Las Vegas’ premier nightlife destination, catering to a discerning audience with higher sensibilities. The exquisitely designed space encompasses everything a guest at the Five Diamond rated Bellagio has come to expect in nightlife. 702.693.8300. Artisan
The Beatles Revolution Lounge Inside The Mirage
This ultra lounge brings the Beatles era to life. Open daily. 702.692.8383 Beauty Bar 517 Fremont St. Downtown hot spot with an East Village vibe and retro, beautythemed décor. Open Saturday through Thursday at 9:30 p.m. and Friday at 5 p.m. for Happy Hour 702.598.1965. Blue Martini At Town Square Upscale martini Bar featuring 20 of the most modern specialty martinis and a sensational tapas menu. Live entertainment nightly. 702.949.2583. Blush Boutique Nightclub Inside Wynn Las Ve-
Dance under numerous lanterns on an onyx dance floor at this flirty addition to Wynn’s Nightlife. Open daily. 702.770.3633.
bar offers patrons an intimate smoking environment with an open indoor patio. Open daily. 702.731.5051. Caramel Lounge Inside Bellagio Rich, candy-colored lounge combines the comfort of a neighborhood bar, and the elegance of old school Las Vegas. Open daily. 702.693.8300. The Chandelier Inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas At the intersection of art and life at
The Cosmopolitan, The Chandelier houses three unique bar experiences: high-energy hot spot, sophisticated cocktail haven and inviting lounge. 702.698.7000. Chateau Nightclub and Gardens Chateau Nightclub and Gardens at Paris Las Vegas combines classic French opulence with modern eclectic style, offering a sophisticated and unparalleled nightlife experience in Las Vegas. 702.776.7770. Cherry Inside the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa Party with friends at the west Side’s hottest club or
lounge by the private outdoor pool. Open ThursdaySaturday. 702.797.7777.
Christian Audigier The Nightclub Inside TI Night-
life gets a dose of rock ‘n’ roll glam. Don’t miss the massive jellyfish tanks. Open Thursday – Sunday. 702.894.7580. Coyote Ugly inside New York-New York Vegas’ version of this NYC hotspot with an all-female bar staff who make pouring drinks an artform.
Foundation Room Inside Mandalay Bay This exclusive members only club is only open to the public for Godspeed on Monday nights. Open Daily. 702.632.7631. Ghostbar Inside the Palms Future-chic lounge with a sky deck that delivers a spectacular view of the city. Open nightly. 702.942.6832. Gipsy 4605 Paradise Rd. Vegas’ popular gay club. Open Wednesdays – Monday. 702.731.1919 Gold Diggers Inside the Golden Nugget This downtown hot spot boasts a 180-degree, oversized balcony with stunning views of the Freemont Street Experience. Open Tuesday-Sunday. 702.385.7111. Hawaiian Tropic Zone Inside the Miracle Mile Shops Bikini-clad Hawaiian Tropic models cater to
your every whim at this sexy nightlife and dining venue. 702.731.4858. Haze inside atria The latest venue presented by industry-leaders, The Light Group, offers a colossal cutting-edge environment that challenges your sense of perception and reality. The plush interior and superior service coupled with the latest in technology and a oneof-a-kind sound system provide the premier Las Vegas nightlife experience. 702.693.8300. of Blues Inside Mandalay Bay Offers live acts from blues to punk rock. Open Daily. 702.632.7600. Ice House Lounge 650 S. Main St., South. This Downtown restaurant and lounge is open daily and late night offering a real ice bar. 702.315.2570.
Kane’s Forty Deuce Inside MandaPlace This sexy Hollywood import is fa-
mous for its Burlesque performances and intimate speakeasy vibe. Open Wednesday – Monday. 702.632.9442. Jet Night Club Inside the Mirage The ultimate destination. 3 rooms, 3 experiences. Top 40, hip-hop, mash-ups & house. Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday. 702.693.8300. Krave 3663 Las Vegas Blvd., South. The first gay nightclub to land on the strip has spectacular lighting, guests DJs and go-go boys. Open Tuesday – Sunday 702.836.0830. LAX Inside Luxor One of Las Angeles’ hottest clubs hits the desert and boosts a top-tier sound system. (702) 262-4LAX. Lavo Inside the Palazzo is the hot spot from the
Eve Body English Inside the Hard Rock Dance
under a $250,000 Baccarat Chandelier. Club also has a hidden VIP room with a two-way mirrored wall. Open Wednesday, Friday-Sunday. 702.693.5000.
Book & Stage Inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Polished and comfortable, this Las Vegas bar
is a sports book and entertainment venue that celebrates top-notch performance in sports and music. 702.698.7000.
Bond Inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Ve-
Offering a mash up of dynamic LED art, live performance and upbeat house music, Bond is a rhythmic and vibrant performance space and bar. 702.698.7000.
Casa Fuenta Inside the forum shops at Caesars
It is a modern slice of Havana. The cigar and cocktail
Drai’s Inside Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall and Saloon
Keep the Party going until the sun comes up at this hip after-hours spot. Thursday–Sunday. 702.737.0555. Drop Bar Inside Green Valley Ranch Every Thursday is Ladies night from 5 to 8 p.m. at this 1940s burlesque style bar lounge. Open daily. 702.221.6560. Downtown Cocktail Room 111 Las Vegas Blvd. intimate lounge with a boho-chic vibe. Open daily. 702.300.6282. Eve 3720 Las Vegas Boulevard, South., 702.254.2376. (Inside Crystals Mall, upstairs Beso Restaurant. Fontana Lounge Inside Bellagio Live entertainment and spectacular views of the lake and the famous Bellagio Fountains. Open daily. 702.693.7111.
creators of TAO Asian Bistro, TAO Nightclub & TAO Beach. Located at the Palazzo, LAVO has become Las Vegas’ newest celebrity haunt that has already hosted a long list of star studded evenings. 702.791.1800. Little Macau Ultra Tavern 3939 Spring Mountain Road . Get a taste of exotic at this sexy ultra lounge in Chinatown. 702.222.3196. Lobby Bar Inside Green Valley Ranch Separate bar, lounge and nightclub rooms and an 8-acre pool area. Open daily. 702.617.7560. Lucky Inside the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa A Red-Hot backlit bar with a crystal spire as a
centerpiece. Open daily. 702.797.7777.
Marquee Nightclub & Day club Inside the Cos-
The very best of every great international city’s music scene into one spectacular and singular setting. The club’s truly unique attributes serve as the ideal nightlife complement to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. 702.333.9000. Martinis 1205 Fort Apache Rd. More than 125 vodkas available including the “Oscar Goodmopolitan
man” martini made with Bombay Sapphire, anchovy and blue cheese stuffed olives. Open daily. 702.242.8464. Mermaid Lounge Inside the Silverton This aquaticthemed lounge features an amazing 117,000-gallon tank of exotic sea life. Open daily. 702.263.7777. Mist Inside TI Intimate lounge with plasma screen TVs and seamless bar design. Open daily. 702.894.7330. Mix Inside THE Hotel at Mandalay Bay This swank lounge’s top floor digs offer dramatic, three-tiered views of the entire valley. Open daily. 702.632.9500. Moon Inside the Palms Fantasy Tower An exclusive penthouse nightclub with a view of the strip and the stars above. Open Thursday-Sunday and Tuesday. 702.942.7777. Night Club Inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Introducing a one-of-kind day club and Las
Vegas nightclub experience from the Tao Group. 702.698.7000. Paymon’s Hookah Lounge 4147 S Maryland Parkway and 8380 W. Sahara. Smoke your favorite flavored tobacco in this laid-back lounge attached to a Mediterranean Café’. Open daily from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. 702.731.6030. Peppermill’s Fireside Lounge 2985 Las Vegas Blvd., South. Sit by the fire-pit and enjoy your favorite cocktail in this local hangout. Open 24/7. 702.735.7635.
Playboy Club inside the Palms Fantasy Tower
The legendary classic integrates lounge and casino in this elegant club. Of course it wouldn’t be the Playboy club without the signature Playboy Bunnies. Open daily. 702.942.6900. Poetry Atop Chinois at The Forum Shops at Cae-
sars This 8,000-square-foot strictly hip-hop nightclub offers incredible views. Open Wednesday-Sunday. 702.369.4998. Prive’ Inside Planet Hollywood The Chic Miami nightclub brings its design, decadence and the glamorous South Beach style to Las Vegas. Open Friday, Saturday and Monday. 702.727.8344. Pure Inside Caesars Palace Two stories of nightlife indulgence including a 14000-square foot outdoor terrace. Open Tuesday and Friday-Sunday. 702.731.7873.
Pussycat Dolls Lounge Inside Caesars Pal-
Hollywood’s Famous troupe of burlesque dancers perform twice nightly. Open Tuesday-Sunday. 702.731.7873. Rain Inside the Palms Trendy nightclub and former hotspot of MTV’s Real World Las Vegas cast. Open Friday-Saturday. 702.938.9999. Red Square Inside Mandalay Bay Sexy bar scene features more than 100 different vodkas. Open daily. 702.632.7407. Risqué Inside Paris Dance to pulsating beats in a post-modern/Eurasian atmosphere. Open Friday-Sunday. 702.946.4589. Rok Bar Inside New York-New York Revel in the concert-like setting as Rok’s resident DJ spins rock mash-ups and choreographed to remarkable video imagery. Open Wednesday-Sunday. 702.740.6765. Rouge Inside the MGM Grand An upscale lounge featuring an Adam Tihany-designed backlit projection wall of glass bottles that flicker sensuous images. Open daily. 702.891.1111. ace
Surrender Inside Mandalay Bay Dance to Latin, Caribbean and African sounds while surrounded by glowing walls of fire and water. Open Daily. 702.632.7408. Rush Lounge Inside the Golden Nugget Intimate lounge with signature cocktails and VIP bottle and table service. 702.385.7111. Shady Grove Lounge Inside the Silverton Bowl inside a retro airstream trailer or relax in overstuffed couches at this laid-back lounge. Open daily. 702.263.7777. Sidebar 201 N. 3rd St. This cozy bar, adorned in chocolates and beiges, is the perfect spot for cocktails and conversation. Open Monday-Saturday. 702.259.9700. Rumjungle
Sierra Gold 6615 S. Jones Blvd. Vegas’ first “ultra
tavern” complete with a VIP lounge and plush poolroom. Open daily at 4 p.m. 702.221.4120. Stir Inside The Platinum Hotel The informal yet elegant lounge is a great place to meet friends. Open daily at 4 p.m. 702.365.5000. Studio 54 Inside MGM Grand The legendary Disco-era club lives on with a modern twist at this 22,000-square-foot dance club. Open Tuesday-Saturday. 702.891.7254. Surrender Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. 10p.m.closing. www.encorelasvegas.com Tao At the Venetian The popular NYC hot spot hits Vegas with the gorgeous Asian themed venue. Lounge open Monday-Sunday. Club opens Thursday-Saturday. 702.388.8338. Tabú Ultra Lounge Inside the MGM Grand
Lounge featuring sophisticated decor and international DJs. Open Thursday-Monday. 702.891.7183. Tryst Inside Wynn Las Vegas Experience nightlife with a passionate beat. Open Thursday-Sunday. 702.770.3375. V Bar Inside the Venetian Hip lounge created by the owners of NYC’s Lotus and LA’s Sunset room. Open daily. 702.414.3200. Vanity inside the Hard Rock Hotel Vanity will change your concept of upscale nightlife by focusing the experience on the most important person in the room - you. 702.882.4982.
XS inside the Winn The chic social scene at Wynn Las Vegas expands with the club at Encore, aptly titled “XS,” where too much is never enough. The poolside ambiance mingles with the nightclub’s decadent vibe to create an oasis at Las Vegas’ most exclusive address. XS is the gold standard in Vegas nightlife, where no extravagance is spared. 702.770.0097.
Dining 8-0-8 Inside Caesars Palace Hawaiian-style dishes
with French, Tai, Indian, Japanese and Italian influences. 702.731.7604.
Agave 10820 W. Charleston Blvd. Dine on Mexicaninspired dishes complemented by a variety of tequilainfused cocktails. 702.214.3500. Ah Sin Inside Paris Pan-Asian dining. 702.967.7999. AJ’s Steakhouse Inside the Hard Rock 1950sstyle restaurant serving classic American cuisine. 702.693.5500. Alex Inside Wynn Las Vegas Experience the delicate flavors of the French Riviera in a grand setting. 702.770.3463. Alize’ Inside the Palms André Rochat brings his gourmet cuisine to the Palms. 702.951.7000. Asia Inside the Miracle Mile Shops Enjoy progressive Euro-Asian cuisine in this French-Vietnamese colonial designed spot. 702.794.2582. André’s 401 Sixth St. Andre Rochat started Vegas’ French dining craze with the cozy Downtown restaurant, which has one of the city’s best collection of fine wines, terrific cognacs and fine spirits. 702.385.5016. Antonio’s Inside the RIO Gourmet Italian cuisine with an open kitchen. 702.252.7737.
Vesper Bar Inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Ve-
With a nod to the obscure cocktail created by James Bond, this Las Vegas bar offers cocktails mixed with style and grace. The space infuses a taste of the past into a contemporary design with a 1950’s glimmer that is both elegant and fun. 702.698.7000. VooDoo Lounge Inside the RIO Live music, dancing and a view of the Las Vegas strip from the 51st floor. Open Daily. 702.777.7800. Vox Wine Lounge 2630 Horizon Ridge Pkwy. Hundreds of wines and international cuisine. Served Tapas style. Open daily. 702.407.7780. Wasted Space At the Hard Rock Hotel Tattoos come to life at this 4,400 sq. ft. bar and lounge by Motocross Champion, tattoo artist and reality TV star Carey Hart. 702.693.4040. gas
AQuaKnox AquaKnox Inside the Venetian Chef Tom Malo-
ney’s menu features fresh seafood flown in daily from around the world. 702.414.3772. Aureole Inside Mandalay Bay Charlie Palmer’s unique cuisine and a four-story wine tower with signature “wine angels” . 702.632.7401. B&B Restaurante Inside the Venetian The brainchild of Mario Batali and his partner and winemaker Joseph Bastianich, this upscale Italian restaurant offers old favorites and adventurous new ones. 702.266.9977.
continued from page 171 Balboa Pizza Company The district at Green Valley Ranch. Open 24/7, the BPC offers pizza, salads, sandwiches and wings in a beach-inspired settings. 702.407.3067. Bally’s Steakhouse Inside Bally’s Casino Resort
Traditional New York-style steakhouse. 702.967.4661.
Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare Inside Wynn Las Vegas Indulge in authentic Italian seafood as
well as lesser-known examples of Italy’s cuisine. 702.770.3463. Becker’s Steakhouse 2400 N. Buffalo Dr. offers elegant dining and a selection of more than 3,000 wines. 702.216.2700.
dent in both the menu’s perfect, bistro classics and the restaurant’s authentic, elegant décor. 702.414.6200. Bradley Ogden Inside Caesars Palace Bradley Ogden brings his new American cuisine to Las Vegas. 702.731.7410. Brand Inside the Monte Carlo Imaginative interpretations of classic steakhouse favorites featuring big, bold one-of-a-kind chops including the 8.6 pound Ultimate Steak. 702.730.6700. Brio At Town Square Casual, white-tablecloth restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian cuisine including wood-grilled and oven-roasted steaks. 702.914.9145. Burger Bar Inside Mandalay Bay Place From the famous Restaurateur Hubert Keller, of Fleur de Lys San Francisco, the burger bar is the ultimate burger experience. 702.632.9364. Café Ba Ba Reeba Inside Fashion Show Mall
A Spanish tapas style restaurant featuring traditional Spanish entrees. Must-try menu options including lobster paellas and unique sangrias. 702.258.1211. Café by Wolfgang Puck At Springs Pre-
Beso 3720 Las Vegas Boulevard, South., (702) 254.BESO (2376) or visit the website at www. BesoLasVegas.com BLT Burger Inside the Mirage Chef Laurent Tourondel’s take on the American Burger Joint. Offerings include beef, American Kobe, lamb and turkey burgers, milkshakes and 20 beers on tap. 702.792.7888. Beso
Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill Inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Created by brothers Bruce and
Eric Bromberg, is a compendium of their popular Blue Ribbon and Blue Ribbon Sushi menus, featuring a variety of bistro favorites, American comfort foods, chops and fillets, sushi and sashimi. This Las Vegas sushi bar & grill is a gastronomic tour of the brothers’ culinary affections from their New Jersey boyhoods, education at the Cordon Bleu in Paris and New York City culinary eclecticism. 877.551.7776.
BOA Steakhouse Inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Traditional American cuisine with clas-
sic accents and an upbeat and colorful ambiance. 702.733.7373. Bonefish Grill 10839 Eastern Ave. A polished casual seafood restaurant with a comfortable, lively atmosphere. 702.228.3474. Border Grill Inside Mandalay Bay Chefs Mary Sue Miliken and Susan Feniger, hosts of “two Hot Tamales,” present authentic Mexican Cuisine. 702.632.7403.
serve Enjoy gorgeous views of the valley while dining on the responsible, sustainable and delicious items by one of the Las Vegas favorite chefs. 702.822.8716. Café Martorano Inside the RIO Simple old-school Italian-American home cooking by chef Steve Martorano. 702.221.8279. Café Wasabi 7365 W. Sahara Ave. Pacific Rim cuisine with a sushi bar. 702.804.9652. Caffé Giorgio Inside Mandalay Place Casual chic dining from Piero Selvaggio. Menu features northern Italian favorites. 702.920.2700. Capital Grille Inside Fashion Show Upscale setting with an award winning wine list and acclaimed dry age steaks. Fresh seafood, pork and chicken are also available. 702.932.6631. Carnevino Inside the Palazzo Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich once again bring their magic to Las Vegas with the opening of their first steakhouse. 702.920.2700. Casa Nicola Inside the Las Vegas Hilton Homemade pastas, fresh seafood, hearth baked bread and traditional dessert like tiramisu and tartuffo prepared in a unique exhibition kitchen. 702.732.5755. CatHouse Inside Luxor Indulge the senses at this restaurant and lounge inspired by the 19th century bordellos. Chef Kerry Simon brings signature, European, Asian and American dishes to this “loungerie”. 702.262.4228.
Steakhouse with formal and informal dining areas. 702.632.5120. China Grill Inside Mandalay Bay Asian-inspired dishes served in portions perfect for sharing. 702.632.7404.
Cili At Bali Hai Golf Club Experience regional
American cuisine with Tai and Asian influences. 702.856.1000. Circo Inside Bellagio This sister restaurant to Le Cirque features Tuscan cuisine. 702.693.8150. Comme CA Inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Created by acclaimed Los Angeles chef David Myers, Comme Ca is a lively and modern Las Vegas French brasserie with an emphasis on quality ingredients. Comme Ca serves traditional fare with a David Myers spin: accessible yet provocative, delicious yet chic. In addition to an impressive win selection, Comme Ca offers a menu of seasonal handcrafted classic cocktails shaken with Chef David Myers’ modern sensibility. 877.551.7776. Company
Bouchon Inside the Venetian The genius of world-renowned chef Thomas Keller is evi-
Chef Scott Conant’s D.O.C.G. is a new Las Vegas wine bar named after a category of Italian wine called Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita or the highest level of Italian wine origin. D.O.C.G. features pizza, pasta, an espresso bar, pastries, artisanal cheese and chocolate, in addition to a large selection of Italian wines. The design is at once modern and rustic with exposed brick and reclaimed wood. 877.551.7776.
Dal Toro Dal Toro Inside The Plazzo Traditional Italian food
with a contemporary twist amidst one of a kind, luxury sport cars. 702.437.9800.
Daniel Boulud Brasserie Inside Wynn Las Vegas
Chef Daniel Boulud and executive chef Wesley Holton bring modern flair to this bustling French Brasserie. 702.770.3643. David Burke Inside the Venetian Creative Modern American Cuisine including crisp & Angry lobster cocktail and David Burke’s cheesecake lollipop tree. 702.414.7111.
D.O.C.G. Inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Jose Andres, showcasing his personal take on Las Vegas Chinese and Mexican Cuisines. Noodles and tacos together in a festive, stylish setting. 877.551.7776.
A hip, contemporary environment complete with A taste of the orient. The menu features traditional Hong Kong and Cantonese-style dishes. 702.737.9700.
Craftsteak Inside MGM Grand From chef and restaurateur Tom Coliccho. Dishes such as porterhouse for two, beef shortribs and sea scallops. 702.891.7318. Cut Inside the Palazzo Dry-aged steaks to Japanese Wagyu Beef shine at Wolfgang Puck’s sixth fine dining restaurant in Las Vegas. 702.607.6300.
China Poblamo Inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas An entirely new concept from the innovative Chef
Lounge fireside 888.777.0188.
continued from page 172 Delmonico Inside the Venetian. Emeril Lagasse
brings a Cajun flare to this New York-style steakhouse. 702.414.3737. Diablo’s Cantina At the Monte Carlo This lively restaurant serves south-of-the-border favorites as well as American classics. Wash it all down with one of their more than 75 tequilas. 702.730.7979. Diego Inside MGM Grand A bright and vibrant restaurant featuring authentic dishes served with a twist. 702.730.7979. Dos Caminos Inside the Palazzo Straight from Nueva York, Chef Scott Linquist puts a modern spin on Old Mexico. 702.414.1000.
Eiffel Tower Restaurant Inside Paris Classic
French cuisine on the 11th floor of Las Vegas’ Eiffel Tower replica. 702.948.6937.
Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House Inside the MGM Grand Emeril Lagasse’s first Las Vegas restau-
Empress Court Inside Caesars Palace Gour-
met Chinese serving food with influences of Szechuan, Cantonese and Hong Kong cuisine. 866.346.4642. Esmeralda’s 1000 E. Charleston Blvd. Salvadorian cuisine. 702.388.1404.
Estiatorio Milos Inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Touted as one of North America’s finest Greek
restaurants, Estiatorio Milos by restaurateur Costas Spiliadis features fine Las Vegas Mediterranean cuisine and has a longstanding reputation for serving the freshest, most pristine imported Mediterranean seafood daily in New York City and Montreal. This Las Vegas Greek restaurant promises to bring an authentic taste of Greece to The Strip, sparing no effort to find the freshest, most delicious fish from around the world, and preparing them in the subtlest, most flavorful way. 877.551.7776. Fiamma Inside MGM Grand Steve Hanson’s SoHo trattoria in the desert. 702.891.7600. Fiore Steakhouse Inside the RIO Traditional steakhouse with an Italian Mediterranean flare. 702.252.7777. FIX Inside Bellagio Classic American Fare. Focusing on top-quality meat and fish, cooked to order on a wood-burning grill. 702.693.8400. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse 8721 W. Charleston Blvd. Classic steakhouse cuisine. 702.838.4774. Fleur de Lys Inside Mandalay Bay Dramatic flare with 30 foot walls accented with leaf-shaped frames and fresh cut roses. 702.632.9400. Fusia Inside the Luxor A twist on traditional Asian, the menu’s familiar main ingredients are flavored with exotic spices. 702.262.4774. Gallaghers Inside New York-New York New York-style steak house where you pick your own steak and watch as it’s prepared on a mesquite grill. 702.740.6450. Garden of the Dragon Inside the Las Vegas Hilton Specialties include spicy salt-and-pepper pork chops,
orange beef and other Szechwan, Peking style, Northern Mongolian and Cantonese favorites. 702.732.5755. Garduno’s Inside the Palms Authentic Mexican cuisine and a wide selection of margaritas. 702.942.7777. Gaylord India Restaurant Inside the RIO FineDining Indian cuisine served in a romantic atmosphere of rich jewel-tone fabrics and deep finished woods. 702.777.7923.
Gonzales Y Gonzales Inside New York-New York This replica of the NYC favorite offers traditional
Mexican dishes, Tex-Mex and more than 30 tequilas. 702.740.6455. Gordan Biersch 3987 Paradise Road. American Fare and a beer garden. 702.312.5247. The Grape At Town Square Restaurant, wine bar and retailer offering more than 120 wines by the bottle, glass or flight. 702.220.4727. Grotto Ristorante Inside the Golden Nug-
get Trattoria-style restaurant serving up wood fired pizzas and homemade pasta and desserts. 702.385.7111. Guy Savoy Inside Caesars Palace Fresh ingredients and familiar flavors are poetically crafted at this highly acclaimed restaurant. 877.346.4642. Habib’s 4750 W. Sahara Ave. Exotic Middle Eastern Dishes. 702.870.0860.
Inside Red Rock Casino, Resort Spa Contemporary Japanese restaurant
that offers an exciting twist on classic favorites. 702.797.7576.
Hank’s Fine Steaks & Martinis Inside Green Valley Ranch An intimate and lavishly appointed
continued from page 174 steakhouse, named for Hank Greenspun, featuring a 2,800-bottle wine cellar and the specialty “Frank Sinatra” martini. 702.617.7777.
premium sakes, 702.896.7440.
Hash House A Go Go 6800 W. Sahara Ave. Open
Modern American cuisine prepared fresh daily 702.320.8100. Koi Inside Planet Hollywood Feast on Japanese dishes with a California twist including soft shell crab with spicy cream and ponzu sauce and Kobe beef filet mignon Toban-Yaki. 702.454.4555. Kokomo’s Inside the Mirage Prime steaks and seafood inside a tropical rainforest. 702.791.7223. Kilawat Inside The Platinum Hotel Comfort food with exotic ingredients from around the globe. 877.211.9211.
for all three squares, this inventive restaurant serves farmfresh food with a funky modern twist. 702.804.4646.
The Henry Inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Old-school revamped classics. Las Vegas Strip cusine that is a reinterpretation of tried-and-true dishes and drinks. 877.551.7776.
Holsteins Inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Holsteins is an exciting new burger concept from Las Vegas restaurateurs Billy Richardson, Kyle Madden and Chef Anthony Meidenbauer of Block 16 Hospitality. This concept was tailor-made for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas with an emphasis on fresh, natural and organic ingredients. Undoubtedly, Holsteins will bring better burgers to Las Vegas and a funky, homegrown attitude to The Strip. The menu will feature specialty burgers, housemade sausage, riffs on traditional American snacks and appetizers, as well as a wide variety of shakes and sides. All items – including toppings, buns and condiments – will be custom crafted in-house, creating Las Vegas Strip burgers unlike any other. 877.551.7776.
Southern-style dishes in a laid-back atmosphere. 702.632.7600. House of Lords Inside the Sahara Old Rat Pack hangout reopened as a traditional steakhouse. 702.737.2111. Huakumi Inside Caesars Palace Exotic Japanese, sushi, teppan-yaki and a’ la carte dishes. 702.731.7731. II Fornaio Inside New York-New York Authentic Italian. 702.740.6403.
Kennedy At The District at Green Valley Ranch
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon Inside MGM Grand
Diners can see Robuchon’s legendary French cuisine, including a brilliant tasting menu, being prepared before their eyes. 702.891.7777. Le Burger Brasserie Inside the Paris The gourmet chicken, salmon, lamb, veggie and beef burgers are second to none and the $777 Kobe Beef and Maine lobster burger is worth the splurge. 702.647.7999. Le Cirque Inside Bellagio French cuisine from Sirio Maccinoni with a view of the Bellagio fountains. 702.693.7223.
Mesa Grill Inside Caesars Palace Award-winning
chef Bobby Flay serves vibrant Southwestern cuisine in an environment to match the menu’s bold flavor. 702.731.7731.
Mi Casa Grill Cantina Inside Silverton Casino Hotel Lodge Mexican Specialties include crisp-fried
chipotle calamari adobo and mini chicken empanadas. 702.693.7223. Michael’s Gourmet Room Inside South Point
This AAA four-diamond award-winning restaurant serves gourmet American fare. 702.796.7111. Michael Mina Inside Bellagio Contemporary, fresh seafood with Continental culinary accents and influences. 702.693.7223. Mimmo Ferraro’s 5900 W. Flamingo Rd. An incredible collection of premium Italian wines compliments this local eatery’s homemade pastas. 702.364.5300. Mix Inside THE Hotel at Mandalay Bay This stunning restaurant from world-renowned chef Alain Ducasse offers a ‘mix’ of European and American cuisines and is designed to seduce the glitterati. 702.632.9500. Mon Ami Gabi Inside Paris. Parisian-style outdoor café with seafood specialty and a fabulous view of the Bellagio fountains.
II Mulino New York Inside the Forum Shops at Caesars This NYC-foodie favorite serves tra-
ditional fair from Italy’s top culinary regions. 702.492.6000. Indian Oven 226 W. Sahara Ave. Indian Cuisine. 702.366.0222. Isla Inside Treasure Island Acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval impresses with inventive twists on Mexican cuisine. 702.894.7349. Jaleo Inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Culinary mastermind Jose Andres and his ThinkFoodGroup brings the authentic flavor of a Spanish tapas restaurant to Las Vegas with the award-winning Jaleo restaurant re-imagined to include the excitement and spectacle of Las Vegas. A perennial favorite in Washington DC, Jaleo restaurant was one of the country’s first successful tapas restaurants, setting the standard for Spanish cuisine in the U.S. for almost two decades. 877.551.7776. Japonais Inside The Mirage New Asian cuisine with European elegance in a intimate setting. 866.339.4566. Jasmine Inside Bellagio Hong Kong cuisine with contemporary and classic Cantonese, Szechuan and Hunan dishes. 702.693.7223. Joell Robuchon at The Mansion Inside MGM Grand France’s “chef of the century” serves his Mi-
chelin-winning, traditional French cuisine in an intimate setting. 702.891.7925.
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab Inside The Forum Shops at Caesars The Iconic Miami
Beach crab eatery serves up stone crab claws, seafood and key lime pie. 702.731.7110. Kabuki At Town Square Japanese cuisine,
Panevino General Manager Vincenzo Granata and Mario Andreoni, Executive Chef Little Buddha Inside the Palms Pan-Asian cuisine and sushi bar. 702.942.7777. Lotus of Siam 953 E. Sahara Ave. Thai cuisine. 702.735.3033. Louis’ Las Vegas At Town Square Upscale dining meets lowcountry cuisine including Louis’s signature crab and lobster cakes with grained mustard seed sauce. 702.202.2400. Maggiano’s Little Italy Inside Fashion Show
Southern Italian cuisine served in portions fit for the whole family. 702.732.2550. Mainland Inside The Palazzo French-Vietnamese cuisine. 702.414.1000. Marssa Inside Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort Exceptional Pacific Rim-inspired cuisine with a view of the lake. 702.567.6000. Medici Café and Terrace Inside the Ritz-Carlton
Pan-Mediterranean cuisine and weekend brunch served indoors or alfresco. 702.567.4700.
Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro Inside The Palazzo Enjoy wet-and dry-aged steaks and Japa-
nese A-5 Wagu at this plush steakhouse. Other highlights include an iced seafood bar and a cheese and Charcuterie bar with more than 30 farm house and artisinal cheeses. 702.607.6333. Morton’s, The Steakhouse 400 East Flamingo Rd. The iconic restaurant offers prime aged steaks and fresh fish and seafood. 702.893.0703. Neros Inside Caesars Palace Contemporary American cuisine including seafood and prime beef. 702.731.7731. N9NE Inside the Palms Chicago-based steak house with a champagne and caviar bar. 702.942.7777. Nine Fine Irishmen Inside New York-New York
Authentic Irish cuisine and beer with a Victorian bar and live entertainment. 702.740.6969. NM Café At Neiman Marcus Middle Eastern cuisine in a spacious, modern décor with a first-rate view of the strip. 702.731.3636.
Nobhill Inside MGM Grand Chef Michael Mina’s
dishes such as lobster pot pie and sautéed Monterey Bay Abalone. 702.891.3110. Nobu Inside the Hard Rock Upscale Japanese cuisine with Latin-American Influences. 702.693.5090. Noodles Inside Bellagio Modern Asian restaurant with noodles, rice and congee dishes. 702.693.7223. Noodle Shop Inside Mandalay Bay Cantonese and Mandarin noodle dishes as well as chow mein, congee rice and BBQ dishes. 702.632.7777. Nora’s wine bar & Osteria 1031 S. Rampart Blvd. Rustic Italian cuisine paired with one of 350 wine choices make this trendy spot a must. 702.940.6672. Nove Italiano, Inside the Palms Fantasy Tower
Classic Italian fare contemporarty accents including seafood crudos, freshly-made pasta and bistecca florentina. 702.942.6800. Okada Inside Wynn Las Vegas Experience a wide range of Japanese cookery from authentic teppanyaki and robata cooking to sushi built with the freshest ingredients. 702.770.3320. Olives Inside Bellagio Mediterranean cuisine from chef and owner Todd English’s Boston restaurant. 701.693.7223. Onda Inside the Mirage Dine on Italian cuisine and get a one-way view of the gambling floor. 702.791.7223. OriginIndia Restaurant and Bar 4480 Paradise Rd. Modern, upscale Indian cuisine. 702.734.6342. The Palm Inside the Forum Shops at Caesars A casual steak and seafood restaurant. 702.732.7256. Panevino 246 Via Antonio. Cozy Italian restaurant that’s off the Strip. 702.222.2400. Payard Patisserie & Bistro Inside Caesars Pal-
ace James Beard award winner Francois Payard’s upscale approach to the classic Parisian pastry shop. 702.731.7292. Pearl Inside the MGM Grand Chinese cuisine with a Western flair. 702.891.7777. Picasso Inside Bellagio French cuisine with Spanish influence and original paintings adorning the walls. 702.693.8105. Piero’s 355 Convention Center Dr. Northern Italian cuisine in one of Vegas’ iconic dining rooms. 702.369.2305. Pinot Brasserie Inside the Venetian Casual bistro with Franco-Californian cuisine. 702.735.8888.
Postrio Inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian Eclectic offering of globally inspired dishes
in a romantic atmosphere. 702.796.1110. Prime Steakhouse Inside Bellagio Chef JeanGeorges Vongerichten’s steaks with a view of the fountains. 702.693.8105. Rao’s Inside Caesars Palace The East Harlem legend brings home-style Italian favorites to Vegas. 877.346.4642. Ra Sushi Inside Fashion Show Modern and contemporary flare that created a specialized item just for Vegas. The Viva Las Vegas Roll. 702.696.0008. Red 8 Inside Wynn Las Vegas This Southeast Asian bistro serves a range of authentic cuisine from Cantonese noodle dishes to Hong Kong-style dim sum and barbecue. 702.770.3643. Red Square Inside Mandalay Bay Perestrojkainspired dishes and more than 100 different vodka to choose from. 702.632.7407.
Valentino Red Suushi Inside the Golden Nugget Traditional Japanese
cuisine in a stylish and alluring atmosphere. 702.385.7111. Red, White and Blue Inside Mandalay Bay A café, French patisserie, glacier, creperie, brasserie, raw bar and wiune bar all in one destination. 702.632.7405. Restaurant Eliseevsky 4825 W. Flamingo Rd. Russian cuisine and deli. 702.247.8766. Rick’s Café At Loews Lake Las Vegas Family style Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine with American Classics. 702.567.6000. RM Seafood Inside Mandalay Place In addition to
inventive tasting menus, chef Rick Moonen’s restaurant features a raw bar and serves regional coastal favorites such as butter-poached lobster and Nantucket Bay scallop Carpaccio. 702.632.9300. Rosemary’s 8125 W. Sahara Ave. American cuisine with French influences. 702.869.2251. Roy’s 620 E. Flamingo Rd. Hawaiian fusion seafood with bold Asian spices. 702.691.2053. Rumjungle Inside Mandalay Bay Caribbean cuisine with live entertainment. 702.632.7408. Scarpetta Inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Ve-
Scarpetta is a modern Italian restaurant by awardwinning chef Scott Conant. An Italian expression that means “little shoe” – or the shape bread takes when used to soak up a dish – Scarpetta represents the pure pleasure of savoring a meal down to the very last taste. The restaurant’s menu and design reflect Conant’s earthy yet sophisticated approach to Italian cuisine. At Scarpetta, the chef has created a satisfying and soulful menu of seasonally-inspired Italian fare. 877.551.7776. Seablue Inside MGM Grand Fish and shellfish are flown in daily and prepared in two lively open show kitchens. 702.891.1111. Sea Stone 1050 South Rampart Blvd. Pacific Rim cuisine incorporating traditional flavors and hip new offerings. 702.478.9000. Sensi Inside Bellagio Guests can see the chefs preparing their exceptional Asian fusion dishes through the glass walls dividing the kitchen and dining room. 702.693.7223. Shanghai Lily Inside Mandalay Bay Upscale Szechuan and Cantonese cuisine. 702.632.7777. Shibuya Inside MGM Grand Freshly prepared ingredients, stellar sushi, and the widest sake selection this side of the Pacific. 702.891.1111. Smith & Wollensky 3767 Las Vegas Blvd., South. Classic New York steak house. 702.862.4100. gas
Social House Inside TI Sophisticated dining in a
fashionable yet relaxed setting. 702.894.7777.
Spago Inside The Forum Shops at Caesars Wolf-
gang Puck and Chef David Robins’ California-style cuisine. 702.369.6300. Stack Restaurant & Bar Inside The Mirage Topquality fish, meat and poultry and comfort desserts. Features a high-energy bar and lounge offering a full menu and specialty cocktails. 702.792.7800. The Steak House Inside Treasure Island Steaks
and seafood served in a casual chophouse atmosphere. 702.693.7223. STK Inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas With outposts in New York City, Miami and Los Angeles, STK is a new style Las Vegas steakhouse from The One Group. The bustling bar scene is the centerpiece, the menu is inspired and the atmosphere relaxed with a sexy vibe created by the in-house DJ. STK Las Vegas is a celebrity hotspot that breaks with tradition, offering a flirty, feminine take on the classic American steakhouse. 877.551.7776. Strip House Inside Planet Hollywood Prime cuts of beef and signature side dishes like black truffle creamed spinach served by lingerie-clad servers at this sexy steakhouse. 702.737.5200. Strip Steak Inside Mandalay Bay Michael Mina’s steakhouse offers focuses on all-natural Certified Angus Beef and American Wagyu cuts of beef cooked over wood. 702.632.7414. Stripburger At Fashion Show Mall Burgers, shakes and cakes in a casual and fun setting. 702.737.8747. Sushi Roku Inside The Forum Shops at Cae-
sars California sushi and modern Asian cuisine and décor make for an eclectic dining experience. 702.733.7373. SushiSamba Inside The Palazzo High-energy hotspot combining Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine. 702.607.0700. SW Steakhouse Inside Wynn Las Vegas An American steakhouse influenced by the flavors of Alsace, France. 702.770.3643. Table 10 Inside The Palazzo Chef Emeril Lagasse’s coastal Creole cuisine. 702.414.1000. Table 34 600 E. Warm Springs Rd. Expertly prepared Contemporary American cuisine. 702.263.0034. Tableau Inside Wynn Las Vegas Chef Mark LoRusso’s haute American cuisine showcased in an airy, atrium setting surrounded by gorgeous poolside views. 702.770.3643. Tao Inside The Venetian Specializing in Hong Kong Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisines, creations
continued from page 177 Bellagio Las Vegas 3600 Las Vegas Blvd., South,
Caesars Palace 3570 Las Vegas Blvd., South,
Aria span from Kobe beef to traditional Peking Duck. 702.388.8338. The Tillerman 2245 E. Flamingo Rd. Family-owned
seafood restaurant. 702.731.4036.
TJ’s Steakhouse Inside the Las Vegas Hilton
Enjoy prime quality beef, lamb, pork, chicken and the freshest seafood while sitting in rich mahogany booths and surrounded by distinctive modern art. 702.732.5755. Tommy Bahama’s Tropical Cafe At Town Square
Savor island-inspired dishes like Scallop Sliders along with one of the many tropical cocktails available. 702.948.8006.
Top of the World Restaurant and Lounge Inside the Stratosphere Continental cuisine with a full
view of the city. 702.380.7711.
Trattoria Del Lupo Inside Mandalay Bay Wolf-
gang Puck’s Italian bistro features Italian classics with contemporary influences served in an airy, café-like setting. 702.740.5522. Trevi Inside The Forum Shops at Caesars. Homemade Italian cuisine served in a romantic café setting. 702.735.4663. Triple George Grill 201 North 3rd St. Downtown restaurant inspired by the classic seafood and steakhouses of San Francisco. 702.384.2761. Trotter Inside The Palazzo Charlie Trotter’s newest restaurant creates cuisine using the finest, freshest foodstuffs obtainable. 702.414.1000. Va Bene Caffe Inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Va Bene Caffe is a polished, modern Las Ve-
gas Italian coffee bar with an “it’s all good” attitude reflected in its name. Providing a refreshing break from the average coffee shop, this Las Vegas Strip coffee bar offers a variety of freshly prepared items, including salads, gelato, pannis and other light fare. And of course, coffee – carefully prepared by master baristas. 877.551.7776. Valentino’s Inside the Venetian Traditional Italian cuisine with a menu that changes seasonally. 702.414.3000. Verandah Inside the Four Seasons This power breakfast and lunch spot offers contemporary ItalianCalifornia cuisine. 702.632.5000. Vic & Anthony’s Inside the Golden Nugget Featuring one of the finest selections of prime steaks, lobster, fresh seafood, an extensive wine selection in an intimate atmosphere. 702.385.7111.
Vintner Grill 10100 W. Charleston Blvd. Delicious offerings including lamb osso bucco and white bean hummus in a gorgeous atmosphere 702.214.5590. Wicked Spoon Buffet Inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas A bustling culinary food hall, the Wick-
ed Spoon Buffet delivers well-crafted original selections for every appetite. With its mix of top quality, familiar staples in addition to imaginative and seasonal dishes, this Las Vegas eatery will satisfy cravings and invite discovery. 877.551.7776. The White Chocolate Grill 9510 Eastern Ave. Contemporary American-style restaurant serving up such delights as Parmesan Crusted Filet, Tomato Gin Soup and decadent homemade white chocolate treats. 702.343.7534. Wing Lei Inside Wynn Las Vegas With its masterful mix of refined Cantonese, the menu is as unique as the early French-influenced Shanghai décor. 702.770.3463.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South. 702.698.7000. Flamingo Las Vegas 3555 Las Vegas Blvd., South, 702.733.3111. Four Seasons Hotel Located on the top floors of Mandalay Bay. 3960 Las Vegas Blvd., South, 702.632.5000. Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino 129 East Fremont St., 702.385.7111. Green Valley Ranch Resort 2300 Paseo Verde, Henderson., 702.617.7777. Hard Rock Hotel and Casino 4455 Paradise Rd., 702.693.5000. Harrah’s Las Vegas Casino and Hotel 3475 Las Vegas Blvd., South, 702.369.5000. The Hotel at Mandalay Bay 3950 Las Vegas Blvd., South, 702.632.7777. JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort 221 North Ram-
part Blvd., Summerlin, 702.869.7777. Las Vegas Hilton 3000 Paradise Rd., 702.732.5111. Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort 101 Monte Lago Blvd., Henderson, 702.567.6000. Luxor Resort and Casino 3900 Las Vegas Blvd., South, 702.262.4000.
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill Inside MGM Grand
Celebrity Chef Wofgang Puck modernizes the traditional “bar and grill” concept with dishes such as truffled potato chips with blue cheese and skirt steak skewers. 702.891.3000. Woo Inside The Palazzo Pan-Asian cuisine by Las Vegas’ own Woo family. 702.414.1000. Yellowtail Inside Bellagio Extensive menu of ingredient-driven cuisine served overlooking Bellagio’s iconic fountains. 702.693.7223 Yolos At Planet Hollywood Contemporary Mexican and a 13-foot margarita fountain in a colorful setting. 702.785.0122. Zefferino Inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian Seafood with an Italian flair.
Hotels Alexis Park Resort Hotel 375 East Harmon Ave.,
Aria Casino & Resort Aria tower with 4004 guestrooms including 568 suites. Situated in the center of the Las Vegas Strip. Aria has assembled a collection of 16 of the world’s most critically acclaimed Chefs and restaurateurs. 3730 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109. 866.359.7111. Artisan Hotel 1501 West Sahara Ave., 702.214.4000. Bally’s Las Vegas 3645 Las Vegas Blvd., South, 702.967.4111.
M Resort M Resort Spa Casino is a luxury boutique hotel and casino on approximately 90 acres at the southeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and St. Rose. The M Resort Spa Casino with 390-room tower, 35 suites, 92,000 sq. ft. of casino area, a 60,000-sq. ft. conference room, a 23,000-sq.-ft. health spa and salon, eight restaurants, four bars, one area, a 63,000sq.-ft. movie entertainment theatre with 14 screens, and other five-star amenities. 12300 Las Vegas Blvd., Henderson, NV 89044 Main Phone Number 702.797.1000 www.themresort.com. Reservations Call (877) M.RESORT. Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino 3950 Las Vegas Blvd., South, 702.632.7777. MGM Grand Hotel and Casino Las Vegas Blvd., South 702.891.7777. The Mirage Hotel and Casino 3400 Las Vegas Blvd., South, 702.791.7111. Monte Carlo Resort and Casino 3770 Las Vegas Blvd., South, 702.730.7777. New York-New York Hotel and Casino 3790 Las Vegas Blvd., South, 702.740.6969. The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino 3325 Las Vegas Blvd., South, 866.263.3001.
Palms Casino Resort 4321 West Flamingo Rd. 702.942.7777. Palms Place 4381 West Flamingo 702.932.7777. Paris Las Vegas 3655 Las Vegas Blvd., South. 702.739.4111. Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino 3667 Las Vegas Blvd., South. 702.785.5555. The Platinum Hotel and Spa 211 East Flamingo Rd., 877.211.9211. Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa 11011 West Charleston Blvd., 702.797.7777. Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel 3400 Paradise Rd., 702.733.6533. Residence Inn by Marriott 3225 Paradise Rd., 702.796.9300. Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino 3700 West Flamingo Rd., 702.252.7777. The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas 1610 Lake Las Vegas Pkwy., 702.567.4700. Sahara Hotel and Casino 2535 Las Vegas Blvd., South, 702.737.2111. South Point 9777 Las Vegas Blvd., South, 702.796.7111. Silverton Casino Hotel Lodge 3333 Blue Diamond Rd., 702.263.7777. Stratosphere
Fashion Show Fashion Show is the only retail destination that features six incredible anchors-Bloomingdale’s Home, Dillard’s, Macy’s Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue-as well as restaurants and entertainment, all in the heart of Las Vegas. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon –Sat., 11 a.m.-7p.m. Sun., Las Vegas Boulevard South and Spring Mountain Road. 702.784.7000. The Forum Shops at Caesars Visitors can walk the streets of ancient Rome. Features 160 world-class retailers, such as Versace and Marc Jacobs, and finedining restaurants, two free animatronic fountain shows and a 50,000-gallon saltwater aquarium. The Forum Shops is the shopping choice for many celebrities. 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun-Thurs., 10 a.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat. 702.893.4800.
The Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian Com-
plete with cobbled walkways, streetside cafes, live performers and one of the most exclusive mixes of retail shops and gourmet restaurants, this Venice-themed center is also the only place on the Strip to take a gondola ride. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun-Thurs., 10 a.m. – midnight Fri-Sat. 702.414.4525. Las Vegas Outlet Center Find savings of 25 to 65 percent every day on top-name brands including Adidas, Aeropostale, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Calvin Klein, Coach, Nautica, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger and many more. Features 130 stores, two food courts and giant carousel. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun., 7400 Las Vegas Blvd. S. 702.896.5599.
2000 Las Vegas Blvd., South, 702.380.7777. Treasure Island Las Vegas 3300 Las Vegas Blvd., South 702.894.7111. Tropicana Resort and Casino 3801 Las Vegas Blvd., South, 702.739.2222. Trump International Hotel and Tower 3128 Las Vegas Blvd., South, 702.982.0000.
The Venetian The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino 3355 Las Ve-
gas Blvd., South, 702.733.5000.
Wynn Las Vegas 3131 Las Vegas Blvd., South,
shopping Crystals at CityCenter It took two cutting-edge ar-
chitectural firms to bring to life CityCenter’s shopping complex, which features Louis Vuitton, Roberto Cavalli, Tiffany & Co. and Tom Ford, plus dining hot spots including Beso and Social House. 10 a.m.-midnight daily. 702.590.9299 The District at Green Valley Ranch Stroll “Main Street” in the pet-friendly, metropolitan-like area. Stop into shops like White House/Black Market, Pottery Barn and Anthropologie. Grab a bite at Elephant Bar or Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-BQue. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat. & 11: a.m.-7 p.m. Sun; store, restaurant and holiday hours may vary. 702.564.8595.
continued from page 179 Las Vegas Premium Outlets Stroll through this up-
scale, village-style outlet center and enjoy savings of 25 to 65 percent every day on an impressive collection of 150 designer and brand- name outlet stores including Burberry, Coach, Cole Haan, Dolce & Gabbana, J.Crew, Juicy Couture, Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo and more. 10 a.m.—9 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun., 875 S. Grand Central Parkway. 702.474.7500.
Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort
One of the city’s premier shopping and entertainment destinations, Miracle Mile Shops features more than 170 specialty shops and 15 restaurants. More than an ordinary shopping experience, visitors can experience an indoor rainstorm and browse through such top retailers as Urban Outfitters, Ben Sherman, H&M, Bebe and True Religion Brand Jeans. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.Thurs., 10 a.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat. 702.866.0710, 888.800.8284. The Shoppes at The Palazzo A luxurious shopping experience awaits you inside The Shoppes at The Palazzo, featuring Barneys as well as more that 60 international boutiques, including Diane von Furstenberg, Christian Louboutin, Bottega Veneta, Tory Burch and Jimmy Choo. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.midnight Fri.-Sat. 702.414.4525. Town Square Las Vegas Enjoy the quaint small-town atmosphere filled with all your favorite big-city shops, including fashion staples Abercrombie & Fitch, BCBG, Express and H&M, along with specialty shops such as
Bath and Body Works and Origins. Also features an 18-screen movie theater and a wide range of restaurants. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun., 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.Thurs., 10 a.m. 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 702.269.5001.
Hotel Shops Appian Way at Caesars Palace Located in a quiet
shopping arcade, which is graced by a life-size replica of Michelangelo’s David, are the shops of the Appian Way. Here you can browse through the finest apparel, gifts, art and jewelry including Caesars logo items. 9 a.m.-midnight daily. 702.731.7110. Bally’s Avenue Shoppes A collection of more than 20 unique stores and boutiques including Marshall Rousso and Uniquely Crystal. From souvenirs to sports coats, designer handbags to decadent chocolates, Bally’s gives shoppers the gift of choice, with a large array of knickknacks and apparel. 9 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. 702.767.4355. 702.967.4111. Le Boulevard at Paris Las Vegas Stroll the cobblestoned streets at Paris Las Vegas’ distinctive shopping district. Replica French boutiques provide the finest imports, from aged cheese to French fashion. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. 702.739.4111. Bridge Avenue at California Left some of your conveniences of the Hawaiian Islands at home? Or are you curious for a bit of that aloha spirit? Stop by the retail shops and café’ to get your fix. Most store hours are between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily. 702.385.1222.
Mandalay Place Featuring world-class retailers and
restaurants, many of which are new to the Las Vegas market, this unique 100,000-square-foot shopping center is located on a sky bridge between Mandalay Bay and Luxor resorts. Shops include The Art of Shaving, Max & Co. and Urban Outfitters. 10 a.m.–11 p.m. daily. 702.632.9333. Masquerade Village Shops This quaint hamlet inside Rio features more than 20 specialty stores interspersed with restaurants and gaming tables, all nestled at the bottom of Rio’s fabulous Show in the Sky. Most stores hours are between 10 a.m.–11 p.m. daily. 702.777.7775. Star Lane Shops and Studio Walk at MGM Grand The retail collection includes fine jewelry, sou-
venirs and the latest in men’s and women’s fashion. Browse the shops along Studio Walk, visit the Star Lane Shops or explore the stores located throughout. Open from 10 a.m.–10 p.m. daily. 702.891.1111. Street of Shops at The Mirage Offers a wide array of items ranging from unique gifts to stunning jewelry and elegant designer evening attire. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon. & Fri. 9 a.m.-midnight Tues.-Thurs. & Sat-Sun. 702.792.7757. Tower Shops at Stratosphere This shopping promenade has 50 shops with such names as Cleo’s. In addition, the Roni Josef International Salon and Spa is housed here. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.midnight Fri.-Sat. 702.380.7777. Via Bellagio Catering to discriminating guests, Via Bellagio provides exquisite fashion and jewelry collections from world-renowned designers including Prada, Chanel, Tiffany & Co., Fred Leighton, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Fendi and Gucci. 10 a.m.-midnight daily. 702.693.7111.
Specialty Stores Art of Peter Max Icon Peter Max’s first gallery in Las
Vegas features a treasure trove of Max art. The gallery also periodically holds special events at which the artist himself appears. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat., the Forum Shops at Caesars. 702.644.7070. Bass Pro Shops The 165,000-square-foot, two- story building houses a huge inventory of hunting, camping, marine and fishing gear including clothing, gifts and footwear. A 40.000- gallon freshwater aquarium adds to the total experience. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon-Sat; 9 a.m.7 p.m. Sun., Silverton. 702.730.5200. Cinch Rocky Mountain Clothing Co. has seen its Cinch clothing line in the National Finals Rodeo since 1996. Find your favorite Cinch pieces, including the latest in western wear and jeans, at the Cowboy Christmas gift show and at local retailers, including Intermountain Farmers, Boot Barn, Cowtown Boots and Sheplers Western Wear. Cinchjeans.com Club Tattoo In addition to onsite professional tattoo artists and body piercers, the shop includes a unique selection of clothing and accessories. Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort. 702.363.2582. Disney’s Character Warehouse Outlet Store
Thrill your kid (or the kid in you) with first-quality merchandise, including toys, clothes and collectibles from Disney theme parks & Resorts at up to 80 percent off original retail price. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 7680 Las Vegas Blvd. S. 702.260.8144. Double Helix Boutique Proving that the grape doesn’t fall far from the wine bar, Double Helix offers at the venetian
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SHOW LISTINGS Production Shows, Revues, Long-term Headliners Aria Resort & Casino www.arialasvegas.com 702.590.7757vivaELVIS by Cirque du Soleil Bally’s Las Vegas www.ballyslasvegas.com 702.967.4567 Jubilee! The Price is Right – Live
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Harrah’s Las Vegas www.harrahslv.co
Defending the Caveman Improv Comedy Club Legends in Concert Mac King Comedy Magic Hooters Casino Hotel
Bobby Slayton Men of X Purple Reign The Tribute Show The Dirty Joke Show Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino
www.harrahs.com/casinos /imperial-palace/hotel-casino (702- 731-3311
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Fitz of Laughter starring Kevin Burke Marriage Can Be Murder Four Queens Hotel & Casino
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Flamingo Las Vegas www.flamingolasvegas.com
Donny & Marie George Wallace Nathan Burton Comedy Magic Vinnie Favorito X Burlesque
Divas Las Vegas starring Frank Marino Smokey Robinson Presents Human Nature Matsuri Las Vegas Hilton www.lvhilton.com
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Gold Coast www.goldcoastlasvegas.com
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Cirque du Soleil Presents The Beatles “Love” Terry Fator
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Frank Caliendo Jabbawockeez New York-New York
Gordie Brown Country Superstars
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Rita Rudner Blue Man Group Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular Tim Allen
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Le Reve Sinatra Dance With Me
Art Galleries Bellagio Gallery Of Fine Art
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 702.693.7871
Blue Stone Gallery
2240 Village Walk Drive # 132 Henderson, NV 89052 702.458.9979
Planet Hollywood V Theater in Miracle Mile Shops
American Storm Hitzville The Mentalist Mesmerized Sin City Comedy Show Stripper 101 Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding V-the Ultimate Variety Show Aussie Improv Comedy Explosion Piano Las Vegas Echoes of the 60’s Saxe Theater
Vegas the Show Zen Magic The Beatles Show Harmon Theater
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University of Nevada Art Gallery
1236 Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89102 702.877.4299
Centaur Art Galleries
in the Fashion Show Mall & Las Vegas Strip 3200 Las Vegas Blvd S Ste 1040, Las Vegas 702.737.1234
City Center Gallery
3780 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas , Nevada 702.590.7757
Donna Beam Fine Art 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy Las Vegas, Nevada 702.895.3205 Wyland Galleries of Las Vegas
3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S Las Vegas, NV 702.699.5363
Spas 3730 S. Las Vegas Blvd 702.590.9600 Hours: 6am-8pm
3275 Industrial Rd. Las Vegas, Nevada 89109 702.369.6442
The Spa at the Golden Nugget
129 E. Fremont Street Las Vegas, NV 89101 702.386.8186 Hours: 8am-7pm
The Spa at Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa
2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy, Henderson , NV 702.617.2300 Hours: 6am-8pm The Spa at Harrah’s
The Spa At Aria
Erotic Heritage Museum
The Spa at Four Seasons
3960 S. Las Vegas 702.632.5000 Hours: 6am-9pm
3475 S. Las Vegas Blvd 702.369.5189 Hours: 8am-8pm
1039 S. Main St.# 130 Las Vegas, NV. 89101 702.249.3200 Jack Gallery
3950 Las Vegas Blvd S Las Vegas, Nevada 702.632.4770 Jack Gallery
3377 Las Vegas Boulevard S, No. 2275 Las Vegas, NV 89109 702.866.6813 Michael Godard Art Gallery & Store
3700 W. Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89103 702.363.4278
Spa Suite at Aria
Neil Leifer Gallery
Augustus Tower at Caesars Palace.Hours from 10am10pm Admission Free. See all the legendary photos by celebrated photographer Neil Liefer all available for purchase including Muhammad Ali standing over a fallen Sonny Liston, Secretariat winning the Kentucky Derby and President John F. Kennedy with Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson after throwing out the first pitch of the 1961 baseball season. Old Town Gallery Henderson Art Association
10 W. Pacific Street Henderson, NV 89015 702.568.5655
The Spa Bellagio
3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.693.7472 Hours: 6am-8pm Djanel Spa
Inside Bluegreen Club 36 Resort 372 E. Tropicana Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89169 702.499.8495 Hours: 10 am-8 pm
3500 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, Nevada 702.836.3310
S2 Art Center
The Spa at Encore
3131 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.770.4772 Hours: 6am-8pm
Royal Treatment Spa at Excalibur
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Nurture Spa and Salon At the Luxor Hotel
Hands on Therapeutic Massage & Spa
3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.698.7171 Hours: 7:30am-8:30pm
4631 Dean Martin Dr. 702.507.5263
The Spa Moulay at Loews Lake Las Vegas
101 MonteLago Blvd, Henderson, NV 702.567.6049 Hours: 9am-6pm
12300 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89044 702.797.1800 Hours: 9am-7pm
Sahra Spa & Hammam at Cosmopolitan
The Spa at The Vegas Hilton
3000 S. Paradise Rd. 702.732.5648 Hours: 6am-8pm
3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89119 702.730.5720 Hours: 6am-7pm
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Reliquary Spa at the Hard Rock Hotel Tower
4455 Paradise Road 702.693.5554 Hours: 8am-8pm
Que Baths and Spa at Caesars Place
3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (2nd level of Augustus Tower) 702.731.7776 Hours: 6am-8pm
Peter Lik Gallery
The Spa at Bally’s
3645 Las Vegas Blvd. 702.967.4366 Hours: 6am-8pm
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3555 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.733.3535 Hours: 6am-8pm
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3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd 702.632.7777 Hours: 6am-8pm
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3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd 702.891.1111 Hours: 6am-8pm
The Spa at The Mirage
3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd 702.791.7472 Hour: 5:30am-7:30pm
The Spa at the Monte Carlo
Spa and Salon at Vdara
Black Mountain Golf & Country Club
The Spa at New York-New York
Canyon Ranch SpaClub at the Venetian and the Palazzo
Boulder City Golf Course
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Canyon Ranch Spa at Venetian and The Palazzo
Aliante Golf Club
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3667 S. Las Vegas 702.785.5772 Hours: 6am-7pm
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11011 W. Charleston 702.797.7878 Hours: 9am-8pm
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3700 W. Flamingo Road 702.777.7777 Hours: 8am-7pm
2250C Red Springs Drive Las Vegas, NV 89135 866.934.4653
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Oleksandra Spa & Salon at Treasure Island
Bali Hai Golf Club
The Spa Trump
Bearâ€™s Best Golf Club
The Rio Spa
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2000 Fashion Show Dr. 702.476.8000 Hours: 8am-9pm
9119 Alta Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89128 866.447.4653 5160 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89119 866.447.4653 11111 W. Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89135 866.385.8500
500 Greenway Rd. Henderson, NV 89015 702.565.7933
1 Clubhouse Dr. Boulder City, NV 89005 702.293.9236
Boulder Creek Golf Club
1501 Veterans Memoral Drive Boulder City, NV 89005 702.294.6534 Callaway Golf Center and Giant Golf Academy
6730 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89119 702.896.4100
Canyon Gate Country Club
2001 Canyon Gate Drive Las Vegas, NV 89117-5846 702.363.0303 CasaBlanca Golf Club
950 W. Mesquite Blvd. Mesquite, NV 89027 888.711.4653 Cascata
1 Cascata Drive Boulder City, NV NV 702.294.2005 Desert Pines Golf Club
3415 E. Bonanza Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89101 866.447.4653
Desert Rose Golf Club
5483 Clubhouse Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89122 702.431.4653
Dragon Ridge Country Club
552 South Stephanie Street Henderson, NV 89012-4855 866.447.4653
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Eagle Crest Golf Club
2203 Thomas Ryan Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89134 702.240.1320 Falcon Ridge Golf Course
345 Calais Drive Mesquite, AZ 89024 877.270.4653
Golf Summerlin Highland Falls, Palm Valley and Eagle Crest Golf Clubs
Las Vegas, NV 89145 702.254.7010
Laughlin Ranch Golf Club
1360 William Hardy Dr. Bullhead City, AZ 86429 (866) 684-GOLF
Highland Falls Golf Club
Las Vegas, Nevada 89134 702.254.7010
Legacy Golf Club
130 Par Excellence Dr. Henderson, NV 89014 866.447.4653
Las Vegas Country Club
3000 Joe w Brown Dr Winchester, Nevada 89109 702.734.1122
Mojave Resort Golf Club
9905 Aha Macav Pkwy. Laughlin, NV 89029 702.535.4653
Las Vegas Golf Club
4300 W. Washington Las Vegas, NV 89107 702.646.3003
Mountain Falls Golf Course
5001 Fox Ave. Pahrump, NV 89061 775.537.6553
Las Vegas National Golf Club
1911 E. Desert Inn Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89109 800.468.7918
Painted Desert Golf Club
Las Vegas Paiute Resort, Snow Mountain
10325 Nu-Wav Kaiv Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89124 702.658.1400 888.921.2833
5555 Painted Mirage Way Las Vegas, NV 89149 702.645.2570
Primm Valley Golf Club Desert
31900 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Primm, NV 89019 800.386.7867
Palm Valley Golf Club
Las Vegas, Nevada 702.363.4373 Oasis Golf Club
Primm Valley Golf Club - Lakes
The Palms Golf Club
Revere Golf Club - Concord
Red Rock Country Club
Rhodes Ranch Golf Club
31900 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Primm, NV 89019 800.386.7867
100 Palmer Lane Mesquite, AZ 89027 888.367.3386
2600 Hampton Rd. Henderson, NV 89052 702.259.4653
1137 Mesquite Blvd. Mesquite, AZ 89024 800.621.0187
20 Rhodes Ranch Parkway Las Vegas, NV 89148 702.740.4114 888.311.8337
2250 Red Springs Drive Las Vegas, NV 89135 702.304.5600 Rio Secco Golf Club
Royal Links Golf Club
2851 Grand Hills Dr. Henderson, NV 89052 702.777.2400 888.867.3226
5995 E. Vegas Valley Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89122 866.447.4653 Siena Golf Club
10575 Siena Monte Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89135 866.447.4653
Shadow Creek Drive North Las Vegas, NV 89031 702.791.7161 888.778.3387
Silverstone Golf Club
8600 Cupp Drive Las Vegas, NV 89131 702.562.3770 877.888.2127
Southern Highlands Golf Club
One Robert Trent Jones Lane Las Vegas, NV 877.614.9100
Tournament Players Club Las Vegas
SouthShore Golf Club
100 Strada Di Circolo Henderson, NV 89011 702.726.9024
9851 Canyon Run Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89144 866.447.4653
Spanish Trail Country Club
Tuscany Golf Club
5050 Spanish Trail Lane Las Vegas, NV 89113-1319 702.364.5050
901 Olivia Parkway Henderson, NV 89015 702.951.1500
Wildhorse Golf Club
2100 Warm Springs Rd. Henderson, NV 89014 866.447.4653 Wynn Las Vegas
3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas, NV 888.320.7122 Wolf Creek Golf Club
403 Paradise Parkway Mesquite, NV 89027 702.346.1670 866.252.4653
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Eden Gentlemen’s Club 3750 S. Valley View Blvd 888-702-3336
Sapphire 3025 Industrial Rd (702) 796-6000
Green Door 953 E Sahara Ave, #B20 (702) 732-4656
Can Can Room 3155 Industrial Road (702) 737-6846
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Club Paradise Gentlemen’s Club 4416 Paradise Road (702) 734-7990
Vegas Gentlemen’s Club 1204 S Eastern Ave. (702) 364-4728
Crazy Horse III Gentlemen’s Club 3525 W Russell Road (702) 673-1700 Diamond Cabaret 3177 S Highland Dr (702) 731-2365
Pussycats Adult Nightclub 3525 Procyon St (702) 365-1408
Déjà Vu Showgirls 3247 Industrial Rd (702) 894-4167
Velvet Lion Gentlemen’s Club 3750 S. Valley View (888) 702-3336
Rick’s Cabaret 3355 South Procyon (702) 367-4000
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