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Dressed to Delight

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Opening Act Our Celebrity Welcome

Donny & Marie

Speak Their Minds They have a hit show together on the Las Vegas Strip, but Donny and Marie Osmond’s old sibling rivalry is still simmering. Marie came in third place on the fifth season of Dancing with the Stars, but bragging rights belong to Donny, who won the show’s ninth season. Now, Donny and Marie Osmond open up on the important things in life such as Elvis, time travel, the Powerpuff Girls and, yes, even Justin Bieber. If I wasn’t an entertainer I’d be... Donny: Out of a job. Marie: Sane! The oddest thing I’ve seen happen in Las Vegas was... Donny: When it snowed on the Strip. Marie: When the Flamingo wrapped their building with a giant photo of Donny and Marie. I guess “Sin City” is becoming “Sincere City.” In my next life I want to come back as... Donny: Elvis. Marie: A spirit. After thousands of hours spent on plane rides and bus tours, it would be great to just “appear” wherever I needed to be next. If I could trade places with anyone for 24 hours it would be... Donny: Me. Then I could see myself as others see me. What a mind trip! Marie: My teacup Maltese dog, Lola. Imagine, having someone feed you and massage your head all day long while you sleep. Ah, what a life! My most recurring dream is... Donny: A nightmare of dancing with Marie onstage. Oh, wait! I guess I’m living the dream. Marie: That I could actually get enough sleep to have a dream. 
 My favorite meal is... Donny: Something edible. Marie: Ice cream. What? Dairy is in the food pyramid. If I could be any superhero I’d be... Donny: Captain Purple Marie: The Powerpuff Girls—all three of them. It would be great for me as a multitasking single mom. If I owned a time machine I’d... Donny: Go back and forth in time, duh! Marie: Never be late again. The person I would want to play me in a movie about my life would be... Donny: Justin Bieber. Marie: Kathy Griffin. I know she does an imitation of the way I laugh in her comedy act, which is hysterical.


My favorite hangout in Las Vegas is... Donny: Anywhere in the shade. Marie: Home with my kids. When I order from the room service menu at 3 a.m. I get... Donny: Heartburn. Marie: Frustrated because they don’t deliver to my home. The one thing I’ve done in Las Vegas that I’d rather forget is... Donny: I don’t remember. Marie: Do you really think I’d tell anyone? VP

The ribbing between these two sassy siblings continues onstage, Tuesday through Saturday, in The Flamingo Showroom.

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Caught on film. Cher returns to the big screen as a club owner in Burlesque. Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell play Las Vegas-based attorneys in The Defenders.





Chef Kerry Simon shares his secrets to crafting the perfect burger.


Las Vegas is a shopper’s paradise. Check out the season’s hottest gifts and must-have items. Plus, shopping with the stars and a profile on Fendi.


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La Femme Fatale Photographed by Robert John Kley Seductive fashions that add an air of mystery and intrigue.

Poptopia Photographed by Jerry Metellus Get all dolled up in swanky sixties style.

The Fighter by Shep Morgan Mark Wahlberg battled his own demons on his climb to the top. Now, the Hollywood heartthrob gets into the ring as boxer Micky Ward, who inspired him to change his ways. “What Micky accomplished had a personal impact on me and what I believed was possible,” the actor reveals.


Mixology matters. Top cocktail creators shake up the scene with innovative seasonal sippers. Photo by robert john kley

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Donny and Marie Osmond tackle life’s tough questions— such as what they they’d do if they owned a time machine and which superheroes they’d like to be.


Keep pace with the best Las Vegas has to offer. Diana Ross, Rod Stewart and Céline Dion play The Colosseum. An interview with designer Jonathan Adler. Plus, cool cocktails and great gadgets.

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News & notes from the city that never sleeps— we’re talking Vegas here.

Scene + Heard

Famous faces and sizzling scenes. Photos from the redcarpet screening of The Expendables; Ante Up for Africa; Fashion’s Night Out; and more.

Around Town

Your guide to Las Vegas: where to go and what to do while you’re here.

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Fore! Smokey Robinson sings the praises of life on the links.

A roll of the dice. The experts weigh in on the most exciting game in the casino.

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CONTRIBUTORS The Names and Faces Behind the Words and Photos

Christie Moeller | Stylist | “Poptopia” and “La Femme Fatale” With 1960s-inspired styles and a dash of kitsch, Christie Moeller helped bring Barbie to life in “Poptopia,” our fashion spread in a colorful suite at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino—decorated by one of her idols, Jonathan Adler.

“Once I saw the suite, I knew we had to go in a Barbie-esque direction. After all,” she jokes, “Adler and Barbie go together better than, well...Ken and Barbie!” Switching gears for our jewelry spread, “La Femme Fatale,” Moeller went for a more dramatic and mysterious look. “It’s all about jewels,” she says. Moeller’s clients range from celebrities to fashion publications and advertising campaigns. You can view her fashion blog at

Jerry Metellus | Photographer | “Poptopia”

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“Working with Brittany was a dream,” Jerry Metellus says of our “Poptopia” model. “Her ability to embody the ideas presented to her, along with shooting in such a colorful, unique and inspirational environment, made my job magically easy.” While his early fascination with cameras led to his chosen career, Metellus draws on his background as an international stage actor, dancer and makeup artist to bring a “total concept” to his photography. A jokester on the set, Metellus says he enjoys “messing with people, entertaining folks and providing free therapy (for now…One day, they will all have to pay!)”

Robert John Kley | Photographer | “La Femme Fatale” Fashion and lifestyle photographer Robert John Kley started out as a musician on the East Coast, playing in bands that toured with Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Fuel. So imagine his reaction when he stepped into the Napoleon Suite at Paris Las Vegas and saw a baby grand piano. Of course, he gravitated toward it and started clicking away. “The Paris suite has a

very old vintage feeling to it,” Kley explains. “I wanted the photographs to capture that feel with a bit of modern style.” These days, Kley travels between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and he tells us he actually enjoys the drive. “It clears my head.”

Shep Morgan | Writer | “The Fighter” Mark Wahlberg told award-winning writer Shep Morgan that bringing The Fighter to the screen was probably as tough as some of the bruising bouts faced by Micky Ward, the boxer whom Wahlberg portrays in the film. One obstacle was casting the pivotal role of Ward’s drug-addicted

half-brother, Dickie Eklund. “I really wanted Matt Damon,” Wahlberg says, “but he passed. I talked with Eminem because I thought he’d add a real edge, but it just didn’t work out. Then Brad Pitt said yes, only to change his mind. Finally, we got lucky with Christian Bale.” Then he adds with a laugh, “But while I was gaining weight to play Micky, Christian lost a lot. He ended up really emaciated and I got a little worried. I was like, ‘Christian, you’d better eat, man, you’re messing with your health.’ I don’t think I could have gone that far. But it’s the way he works.”


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PULSE OF VEGAS Hot Happenings, Cool Cocktails and Great Gadgets

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Some of the World’s Top Talents Set to Perform at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Céline Dion Returns to the Stage in March 2011.

The Lineup Céline Dion The wait is nearly over. A little more than three years after she took a final bow on The Colosseum stage, Céline Dion is coming home. The Grammy® Award-winning singer, who has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide and regularly played to sold-out crowds during her five-year, 717-performance run at Caesars Palace, premieres her new show on March 15, 2011. “With the orchestra and the band we’re going to be able to perform our songs like never before,” Dion announced. “We’ll be raising the bar higher than we’ve ever done before.”

Diana Ross How’s this for a list of accolades? She’s won both a Tony® and a Golden Globe®. She was nominated for an Academy Award® for her role as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues. She’s also a bestselling author, who has won eight American Music Awards, sold more than 100 million records and recorded 18 No. 1 hits. Yes, Diana Ross has done it all. And recently she brought her “More Today Than Yesterday” tour to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. 22

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A Decade’s Dynamic Duo Magical Run Continues

How time flies. The bad boys of magic Penn & Teller are celebrating their tenth anniversary performing at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. That’s a lot of knives, guns and fire-eating showgirls. And the show will go on: Penn & Teller have signed an extension to keep their menacing magic at the resort through 2013.

Rod Stewart The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, once referred to Rod Stewart as music’s “best white soul singer.” Following a world tour and the release of his album, Fly Me to the Moon…The Great American Songbook, Volume V, the rock icon agreed to play eight dates at The Colosseum in November.

The Colosseum Recently recognized as Billboard magazine’s “Venue of the Decade: 2000-2009,” the 4,296-seat Colosseum continues to book big name acts. Comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Jeff Dunham, Kathy Griffin and Chelsea Handler also regularly play the room. VEGAS Player

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Spa Day Balance Body and Mind

Break away from the dizzying days and neon nights. Here are three surefire ways to slow down and recharge, refresh and rejuvenate in Las Vegas.

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Time for a Toast Celebrate the season with a sip of bubbly such as Moët & Chandon’s Impérial—a lively champagne with subtle fruitiness.

Strike a Pose Qua Baths & Spa’s yoga classes in the new Tranquility center are led by yoga master Swami Ramananda. photograph courtesy of moët & Chandon

Couples Retreat Spa by Mandara at Planet Hollywood offers the Ceremony of Love for couples. It starts with an Elemis Exotic Flower Bath and is followed by a 50-minute Swedish massage. Let’s Rock In Bali, it is believed that “batu” stones are filled with the vitality and energy of the water that flows over them. The Hot Stone Therapy at Spa by Mandara at Paris uses heated stones placed on the body to soothe away stress and relieve muscular tension.

(Lolli)pop Star Sugar Factory Adds Dining Concept

From candy shop and couture pop purveyor to burgeoning bistro? That’s right. Sugar Factory is taking its act into the kitchen with a full-service restaurant at Paris Las Vegas. The flagship Sugar Factory eatery will serve everything from waffles and crêpes to sandwiches and pizza. Plus, a gelato bar will serve celebrity-inspired creations.

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The caipirinha is Brazil’s official national cocktail. Caipirinha: 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 lime cut into eight wedges 2 ounces Brazilian cachaça Place lime wedges into a rocks glass. Muddle with sugar until juices are released. Fill glass with ice and add the cachaça. Stir well and garnish with strawberry. 24

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Designer iStyle

Next Generation

Gucci Introduces Couture Case

Life at Your Fingertips

Apple’s iPad is one travel companion you shouldn’t leave home without. Surf the web. Check e-mail. Read a book or organize your photos. All with the flick of a finger on this lightweight tablet. Apple/The Forum Shops at Caesars (from $499).

Keep your iPad safe, secure and stylish with a Gucci iPad case. Each case has a Velcro strap that snaps shut to secure the iPad and is suede-lined to keep the screen scratch-free. Gucci/The Forum Shops at Caesars (from $230).

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The new Caesars Palace iPhone app allows you to check in with a simple text message. Book your room online and you’ll get a text message with confirmation number the day before arrival; just reply “check in” and you can skip all the lines the next day and get your room key after presenting identification. Now to figure out what to do with the time you saved.

German pen maker Montblanc honors one of music’s greatest songwriters, with the John Lennon Commemoration Edition 1940 pen. Limited to 1,940 pieces (after the year of Lennon’s birth), the pen is engraved with the release date of “Imagine” and bears the peace symbol on its rhodium-plated 18-karat-gold nib. photograph courtesy of montblanc

Haute Hair Season’s Top Trend

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“Many of my clients like to go with a darker color during the winter months,” said celebrity colorist Michael Boychuck, of COLOR at Caesars Palace. “To keep hair from being flat and monochromatic, highlights that frame your face will bring warmth to the eyes by adding movement and texture.”

Gloria and Emilio Estefan Honored She is a seven-time Grammy®Award winner who has sold more than 90 million records. He has helped craft the careers of Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin. Now the superstar Latin couple, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, have a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars, outside of the Flamingo right next to those for Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. That’s good company to keep. photograph by cashman professional services


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Warmer highlights mixed with golden, caramel, light brown and even red hues give a glowing look that is often stolen away by the fall and winter seasons. “Mixing light brown and golden highlights can also enhance the radiance of your skin,” adds Boychuck. “It’s a wonderful change for those with a one-dimensional hair color.”

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Jonathan Adler’s Sweet Suite Design Guru Goes Glam at Planet Hollywood

Jonathan Adler isn’t one to shy away from color. His dramatic interior designs explode with intensity and are typically accented by fantastic shapes and vibrant patterns. And his Mega Suites, which cover more than 3,000 square feet on the 50th and 51st floors of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, are no exception. The whimsical look there starts with the entryway’s metallic silverand-gray wallpaper. Splashes of color come in the form of cherry-red Murano-glass chandeliers, lime-green velvet couches and orange bedroom dressers. A potter by trade, Adler added some of his signature work to the space, including several Dora Maar Muse multi-face surrealist vases. Vegas Player recently caught up with the Top Design judge, to talk about his work for Planet Hollywood and for Barbie, a client he says was a real doll: p h o t o g r a p h s c o u r t e s y o f j o n at h a n a d l e r

In designing the Mega Suites at Planet Hollywood, what inspired you? Planet Hollywood is such a fab brand, so I wanted to create the kind of cinematic glamour you would associate with Planet Hollywood. Think Sharon Stone in Casino meets Auntie Mame meets Lenny Kravitz. Was there a certain look or era you tried to bring out in the design? The over-the-top glamour of Vegas in the sixties and seventies. So decadent. After all, it is Vegas. Did you consider that when designing the space? Of course! You can, I’ve heard, do no wrong in Vegas—so I applied that to my decorating as well. You also designed Barbie’s Malibu Dream House. How did you approach that project? Barbie was a dream client. She’s all about glamour and fun and, luckily, there was no mean husband around trying to tone down the vibe and rein in the budget. What are you most proud of about the Dream House? That people are still excited about it. VP 28

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Burlesque Cher returns to the big screen in Burlesque, a film directed by Steven Antin. The Caesars Palace headliner, who won an Academy Award® for her role in Moonstruck, plays Tess, a jaded L.A. club owner who thinks she’s seen it all—until small-town girl Ali (Christina Aguilera) belts out a song onstage. Tess takes Ali under her wing and, with the help of a sharp-witted stage manager (Stanley Tucci) and a gender-bending host (Alan Cumming), The Burlesque Lounge has its new star.

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OUTTAKES Television and Film

Vegas, Baby! Vegas! That classic line from Swingers helped launch Vince Vaughn’s career. If you ask Hollywood production crews why they come here to film, they might just quote Vaughn’s character, Trent. It’s the lights, the energy and—well, it’s simply Vegas, baby.

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Christina Aguilera transforms from a shy wallflower waitress to a singing sensation under the tutelage of club owner Cher in Burlesque.

Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell take on Vegas justice in the CBS drama The Defenders.

The Defenders We’re hoping you don’t need an attorney in Vegas, but if you do, the hilarious fictional team from the law firm of Morelli & Kaczmarek might be someone to consider—if just for the laughs and courtroom hijinks alone. Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell star as outrageous Las Vegas lawyers in the new CBS legal series, The Defenders, which filmed some scenes at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. But Belushi revealed to reporters at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour that Vegas is all business. “I go [to Las Vegas], and I perform with my band, The Sacred Hearts, and have a nice dinner and play roulette for twenty minutes and go home. I’m kind of a boring guy,” he admits.

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Ayurvedic Journey

Wrap Artist

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Oils Nourish the Body, Soften the Skin

Body wraps are one of the most pampering of spa experiences— a nurturing detoxifying treatment perfect for healing tired, dehydrated skin. They also are beneficial, as they draw out toxins, reduce water retention and relax muscles. Body wraps maximize the benefits of the active ingredients in products, extracting the calming, detoxifying or healing properties. Here are the steps to smooth, healthy skin: • Body wraps start by sweeping with a dry body brush, to promote the activity of the lymph system. This helps the body release toxins, carrying impurities away from healthy cells (quite helpful if you’ve been up all night sipping a martini…or two). • Next, the therapist will exfoliate the skin by using a body scrub, possibly made from jojoba beads. This gently removes dead skin cells and allows the oils to penetrate the skin better. • A healing oil such as grape seed oil is then massaged all over the body. The client is wrapped with hot towels and/ or a sheet, allowing for ultimate absorption into the skin. Shannon Stringert, spa manager at Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace, explains that Qua’s signature body wrap— the Ayurvedic Journey—incorporates an herbal head-to-toe body mask with an Abyhanga massage. This type of massage focuses on longer strokes around the joints to increase circulation and reduce inflammation. Following the massage, the client is wrapped in hot towels and a sheet for up to 20 minutes. The experience concludes with the therapist performing a Shirodhara treatment, “slowly pouring warm oil on the forehead which trickles down the scalp,” says Stringert. “This opens intuition and calms the nervous system.” VP

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Comfort Food for the Gourmet I think it’s very personal what type of burger you enjoy and what your condiments are. —Kerry Simon


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Can You Top This? Kerry Simon by Jen Karetnick Beefs Up the Burger’s Reputation

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Once a simple comfort food, the hamburger has undergone a makeover. Now it’s a stylish, in-vogue meal with toppings that often range from foie gras to Maine lobster. Kerry Simon is getting in on the act—and he knows a thing or two about burgers. One of the nation’s top culinary talents, Kerry Simon beat Cat Cora on Iron Chef America’s “Battle Hamburger.”

Photograph by Robert John Kley

Opposite: Chef Kerry Simon stands by a replica of a Soviet-era propaganda poster at his burger and vodka bar, KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers, at Harrah’s Las Vegas.

Chef Kerry Simon is “a cheddar-cheese type of guy.” You might not assume that at first. After all, this chef/restaurateur has been nicknamed the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chef by Rolling Stone and he’s won a Best New Restaurant award from Esquire for Simon Kitchen + Bar. Once an aspiring musician, he’s risen to become one of the nation’s top culinary talents. Simon beat Cat Cora on Iron Chef America, a victory that had foodie mouths dropping open all over the nation because, well, he did it with a burger. And let’s face it: He has great, rock-star-style hair. So you’d be forgiven for thinking that Simon is some really rare, truffle-studded, whiskey-infused, raw-milk, triple-aged-in-a-bat-cave, blue-green veiny cheese type of guy.

At one time, in fact, he was at least a little bit closer to that kind of gourmand. “I can remember really loving blue-cheese burgers, and that’s what I would have all the time,” Simon reflects while talking about his new restaurant, KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers at Harrah’s Las Vegas. “But…I changed. [Now] I tend to eat the four-cheese burger a lot.” Simon notes, “I think it’s very personal what type of burger you enjoy and what your condiments are.” That said, “You want the condiments to all work together.” Thus his selection of toppings, which range from the homey short-rib sloppy Joe to the eclectic vodka-cured pepper pickles to the appellative Russian dressing. In addition to cheeses and toppings, KGB offers a variety of buns and burgers, from natural Angus beef to heritage turkey. “The bun is important,” Simon says. “That’s another of those things like cheeses, whether you like a sesame bun or whole wheat or a brioche”—all of which are choices at KGB. And “the quality of the beef is the key to a good burger. We use organic, grass-fed beef.” But ultimately, Simon admits, when it comes to creating the perfect burger, “there is not one thing. There is a combination of things. I can give you a great piece of beef, [but] if you don’t cook it right or season it right [with salt and pepper], it won’t matter.” And that holds true whether you’re chomping on the double cheeseburger (twin patties, American cheese, caramelized onions, sliced pickles, applewood-smoked bacon, Russian dressing and a white bun) at KGB in Las Vegas or gnawing on a lopsided poolside burger in your own backyard, courtesy of your spouse—who may or may not be a cheddar-cheese kind of cook. VP VEGAS Player

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Red Carpet Makeup Tips: Look Amazing at Your Holiday Party

She’s Gotta Have It:

Our Stylist’s Shopping List

Glow. Correct all skin problems in one step with Stila One Step Correct skin-tone brightening serum.

Vegas Player Fashionista Christie Moeller shares her five favorite items to keep you looking hot even when it’s cold. • For Fly Girls Make a scorching statement in jewel-toned feathers. Mandalay dress ($1,200); Neiman Marcus/ Fashion Show.

• Fragrant Find Warm up with the scent of blue tea and bergamot mixed with the warmth of smoke and leather. Oolong Infiniti Atelier Cologne ($155); Neiman Marcus/Fashion Show.

• Like Butter

Shine. Let your skin shine with Benefit Bathina “Take a picture…it lasts longer...” body balm. This shimmering, glimmering body balm adds a seductive golden-pink sheen to legs and body.

All the drama of black, with a sultry soul: The “it” color for the season is gray. “Fash Pack” by Butter London ($14);

• Lip Lovers

Winter can be harsh on your lips. Keep them kissable with this classic balm, now available in a tube. Smith’s Rosebud Salve ($6); Anthropologie, American Apparel and Sephora.

• Highbrow Help The perfect brows can make your whole look sizzle! Try this kit from Beverly Hills brow guru Anastasia Soare, who keeps Hollywood’s elite in shape. A Sephora exclusive, the kit features essentials for perfect brows and eyes ($75); Sephora/Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. VP

Smolder. Draw in your target with Dior Ultra-Smooth High Impact eyeshadow in Argentic and Silver Screen, framed with DiorShow Black Out mascara.

Shimmer. Sip some cocktails in style with Tarte “Good as Gold” Limited Edition lip-gloss collection. These mini-glosses fit perfectly in your evening bag or clutch.

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Jewelry: Elisia diamond ring ($16,100), earrings ($19,300), necklace ($66,000) and bracelet ($20,200) in 18-karat white gold with diamonds; Bulgari/The Forum Shops at Caesars and Crystals at CityCenter.

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Selleria Watch with stainless steel face ($750) and blue Tejus Lizard Strap ($125)

by Danielle Cohen

Designer Profile: FENDI Edoardo and Adele Fendi couldn’t have imagined in 1925, when they first began their handbag and fur workshop in Rome, that—85 years later—their name would be synonymous with high fashion and elegant style the world over. The family business (all five of their daughters Yellow customworked for the company in the mid-1940s) became a global fashion made Selleria Peekaboo handbag icon, revolutionized time and again by one of the most respected fashion talents, Karl Lagerfeld; he has steered Fendi’s ready-to-wear and fur lines like no other could for the last 45 years, while Silvia Venturini Fendi has been responsible for accessories and small leather goods since the mid-1980s.

Beige jacket ($7,660) and dress ($7,320) with mink and lamb leather

Blue satin Fendishire shoes ($770)

The brand expanded over the decades, first introducing ready-to-wear apparel in 1977. Currently, it also boasts men’s, footwear, eyewear, timepieces, home furnishings and much more. With nearly 200 boutiques in more than two dozen countries around the world, Fendi continues to pioneer trend, craftsmanship and innovative platforms. The unique CRAZY CARATS timepiece collection launching this holiday season blurs the lines between fine jewelry, timepiece technology and fashionforward accessory. The polished stainless-steel band is inspired by the bracelet of Silvia Venturini Fendi’s grandmother. The case of the innovative Swiss-made design features two crowns: The first adjusts the time; the other rotates diamonds, sapphires and multicolored topaz in three different settings.

Olive-green Classico No. 1 handbag ($2,300)

Fendi’s Classico line, inspired by the Sixties’ Roman Dolce Vita and Seventies’ international jet-set scene, includes six pieces of carpincio leather or logoed fabric handbags and luggage, which can be personalized with initials. Within the Selleria collection, Fendi’s most devoted clients can own a piece celebrating the brand’s craftsmanship and personalize every detail: from high-quality leathers, exotic skins—such as crocodile and ostrich—to precious furs such as mink and orylag. The handbags can also be customized in 37 varieties of colors with refined details such as suede, gold or nappa lining. Presented exquisitely, these made-to-order creations come with a personalized letter from Silvia Venturini Fendi. VP

Dark-brown Classico No. 3 handbag ($2,050)

Zucca Print trolley luggage ($5,110) and case ($4,770)

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Splurge Cook Like the Pros Take some tips from the country’s top chefs. The Seven Stars Cookbook features 125 recipes chefs are serving up in world-class casino restaurants across the nation. Learn the secrets to cooking an authentic Italian meal with Rao’s Cookbook, add some Southwestern zing with a dish from Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill Cookbook or obtain party perfection with a François Payard dessert pulled from Chocolate Epiphany or Bite Size: Elegant Recipes for Entertaining. Caesars Palace retail boutiques and restaurants.

Sweet Treats Chocolate lovers will feel like they hit the jackpot entering François Payard’s pastry palace. Take home some jars of Payard jam or boxes of sweets including givrettes, vanilla rum truffles, caramels and madeleines, or tubes of meringues, sablés, chocolate wafers, coconut macaroons and homemade peanut brittle. Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro/Caesars Palace.


Gifts To Go

Take a piece of Las Vegas home with you. Wow your family and friends with a meal to remember. Relax with sensual bath products or indulge that sweet tooth with some chocolate from François Payard.

Home Spa Turn every day into a spa day. Qua Baths & Spa offers a wide array of soothing products including Pure Fiji Star Fruit hydrating lotion, nourishing oil and coconut sugar scrub. Plop in a Mojito bath fizzy and light an Eco Love Orange and Eucalyptus soy candle and your night’s complete. Qua Baths & Spa/ Caesars Palace.


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Michele’s iconic Deco Diamond watch in stainless steel with 108-count diamond bezel, motherof-pearl dial and chronograph function ($1,295) on an interchangeable signature stainless steel bracelet ($250);

TOD’s Icy Glam Boot ($675). TOD’S Las Vegas Boutique/ The Forum Shops at Caesars.

Stainless-steel ladies wrist watch from TeNo has a white satin strap, square polished case, domed sapphire crystal, Swiss movement and is water-resistant ($595); TeNo/The Forum Shops at Caesars,

From head to toe, you’ll stand out on the slopes in Bogner’s Selia Finnraccon fur hat ($899), Maja bi-stretch fleece ($399), Elaine stretch pant ($399), Lunar rabbit fur boots ($699) and Fliola cashmere scarf ($399);

Snow Day Gear up for a stylish day on the mountain

Each jewel-toned shadow in Stila’s Backstage Palette incorporates the company’s award-winning, high-quality formula that can be worn wet or dry ($28). Stila Acai Crush creates a ruby-red shade for your lips and cheeks ($24);


Bulgari’s “Save the Children” sterling-silver ring with black ceramic ($370). Bulgari/The Forum Shops at Caesars,

Make your run on Pure Black All Terrain skis from Bogner, with stretch twill jacket ($1,599), Ice-T techno stretch twill pant ($799), Tofana gloves ($179), “pure black” helmet with ventilation system including detachable ear pads ($499) and black anti-fog snow goggles ($329);

The Paul Smith for Burton “Vapor Snowboard” has a black glossy topsheet with Paul Smith’s signature and Burton branding, plus a base multicolor palette graphic ($1,199.95);

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Splurge Winter Warmers Louis Vuitton cashmere cape ($5,445), cashmere with leather trim knit dress ($1,360), mohair socks ($485) and Hortense leather ankle strap sandal ($1,580); Louis Vuitton/The Forum Shops at Caesars,

Dior’s Addict lipcolor in Spectacular Mauve ($26), 5-Colour eyeshadow in Misty Mauve ($58) and Serum de Rouge in Pink Ruby ($32); Dior Beauty/ The Forum Shops at Caesars. Inspired by the Russian Matryoshka dolls, the CH Carolina Herrera Matryoshka Bag, in lambskin, comes in a variety of sizes and colors ($475-$940); CH Carolina Herrera/ The Forum Shops at Caesars. Get warm and cozy with the “Scotty” Bettie Page fully lined flannel dress ($130); Bettie Page/Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Claire de Luna necklace from Montblanc is a true stunner in 18-karat white gold with round cut diamonds ($6,600); Montblanc/The Forum Shops at Caesars,

Banish high-calorie cravings with a celebrity favorite: Reach for a five-calorie cup of Dr. Tea’s Craving Tea in winter flavors such as Herbal Gingerbread, Orange Spice Black Tea, Rum Raisin Black or Black Apple Pie. Ultimate sampler ($9.95);

Turn up the heat with Booty Parlor Melt Chocolate Body Fondue ($19); La Vogue Bridal and Bachelorette Boutique/ Paris Las Vegas and Go Sexy/Flamingo Las Vegas.

Oh La La Cheri Adorable black fancy mesh babydoll with G-string ($50); La Vogue Bridal and Bachelorette Boutique/Paris Las Vegas.

By the fireplace Fashions and accessories to heat up a cold night

Giuseppe Zanotti‘s leather-embossed snakeskin bootie ($795); Giuseppe Zanotti Design/The Forum Shops at Caesars,


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Splurge Buckle Down in Comfort Custo Barcelona Shanghai frog handbag ($99); Custo Barcelona/The Forum Shops at Caesars,

Keep your hands warm in gloves from Thomas Pink ($165-$185); Thomas Pink/The Forum Shops at Caesars,

Weft RGT Cotton Twill Military Parka with woven lining ($169) and RGT Painters Denim Pant made of 100-percent Japanese selvage denim with painters stripes ($235); Weft/The Forum Shops at Caesars.

Oscar Niemeyer Pendant from H.Stern in 18-karat yellow gold with diamond accent ($6,400); H.Stern boutiques nationwide, Silvia Tcherassi mochila bag ($1,500);

Louis Vuitton leather Dakota flat high boot ($1,720); Louis Vuitton/The Forum Shops at Caesars,

Christian Louboutin beige suede and coyote fur platform ankle Toundra booty ($2,095); Christian Louboutin/ The Shoppes at The Palazzo,

Stuart Weitzman tan suede lace-up wedge troll boot with fur trim collar ($498); Stuart Weitzman/The Forum Shops at Caesars,

In the woods Back to the basics with boots, bags, denim and jewels

Roberto Cavalli brocade and fur bag ($3,925); Roberto Cavalli/Crystals at CityCenter,


Tiffany & Co. Bezet rings in 18-karat gold with yellow diamonds in pear, oval, heart and cushion shapes (starting at $2,500); Tiffany & Co./The Forum Shops at Caesars,

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Opposite Page: Cacilia top in Oatmeal Melange ($295), Arjeta dress in Peacock Blue Giva ($375), Stephanie tunic in Ilya Combo ($325); Tory Burch/ The Forum Shops at Caesars. Recycled leather hip bag ($75); Happy Cow/ Electric Koolade bib necklace ($740); Tarina Tarantino/ Beauty products: Dior Addict lipcolor in Zen Pink ($26); Dior Beauty/The Forum Shops at Caesars. Rouge Artist Intense lipstick #38 ($19); MAKE UP FOR EVER/Sephora, Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Black Velvet Collection eyeshadow in Black Chocolate ($20); Bobbi Brown/ One Step Correct skin-tone correcting and brightening serum ($36); Stila/ This Page: Black-and-white houndstooth-patterned pony Luxor peep-toe heel and black-patent platform and heel, with gold, purple and black nappa vamp buckle detail ($1,195); Christian Louboutin; Scarf 5 ($61.60), Dar Peach Meiji coat ($187); Custo Barcelona/The Forum Shops at Caesars. Multi-Layered Reversible Petticoat ($70), Gray fishnet tight ($23); American Apparel/ The Forum Shops at Caesars and Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Beauty products: 5 Couleurs eyeshadow in Pink Design ($56), 2 Couleurs “couture edition� eyeshadow in Silver Screen ($37), Rouge Dior Haute lipcolor in Pink Caprice ($29); Dior Beauty/The Forum Shops at Caesars.

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Sofi Nails dress ($288); Custo Barcelona/ The Forum Shops at Caesars. Black Lacquer stiletto with a silver heel, black patent-leather upper, 7-stone Swarovski-crystal solitaire buckle and lavender leopard accent straps ($550); custom-created for photography session by Morgan Miller/The Forum Shops at Caesars. Gotham City Safety-Pin necklace ($173); Tarina Tarantino/

Beauty products: Rouge Dior Haute lipcolor in Fantastic Plum ($29), 5 Couleurs eyeshadow in Extase Pinks ($56), Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss in Mauve Accent ($26.50); Dior Beauty/The Forum Shops at Caesars. Glamoureyes amplifying and intensifying mascara ($22); Stila/

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Hollywood Hills dress ($498); Betsey Johnson/Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Black Lacquer stiletto with a pink metallic patent-leather upper, pink and clear Swarovski-crystal buckle with faux-zebra-hair accent straps ($650); custom-created for photography session by Morgan Miller/The Forum Shops at Caesars; bow hair clip ($10); American Apparel/The Forum Shops at Caesars and Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Exclusive three-row necklace ($275) and cuff ($163); Tarina Tarantino/

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Never Say Never Sweetie bra in Lipstick ($49.50), Never Say Never Hottie panty in Lipstick ($34); Cosabella/ Unisex satin charmeuse night jacket ($45), Super Sheer Over-the-Knee sock ($12); American Apparel/The Forum Shops at Caesars and Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Beauty products: Dior Addict lipcolor in Pink Empress ($26), 5 Couleurs eyeshadow in Green Design ($56), Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss in Outrageous Fuchsia ($26.50); Dior Beauty/ The Forum Shops at Caesars. Love Your Hair Cheetah ceramic flat-iron styler ($148); Amika/

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Natté black-wool dress with mint-green bodice and orange bow collar ($2,165) and crepe patent-leather shoes with bow detail ($850), orange patent-leather tote ($1,350); Miu Miu/Crystals at CityCenter. Zooey Acetate Wayfarer sunglass ($315); Oliver Peoples. Textures Collection chocolates (18 piece/$23.90), Hug Mug ($8.90); Max Brenner/The Forum Shops at Caesars. Beauty products: Black Velvet Collection lipcolor in Black Maple ($22); Bobbi Brown/ Tarte “the jewelry box” limited edition palette; Tarte/

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Jewelry: Dragonfly necklace in 18-karat white gold with freshwater pearls, blue chalcedonies, green sapphires and diamonds ($79,500), and Caresse d’OrchidÊes large earrings in 18-karat white gold with diamonds ($25,800); Cartier/The Forum Shops at Caesars. Clothing: Wool and acetate dress ($1,285); Etro/ boutiques nationwide. Gray three-quartersleeve trench coat ($2,370), leather gloves with mink lining ($730), black-beaded mini peekaboo handbag ($3,740); Fendi/ The Forum Shops at Caesars. Beauty products: Rouge Dior Haute lipcolor in Fantastic Plum ($29); Dior Beauty/The Forum Shops at Caesars. Pretty in Paris palette ($10); Stila/


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CELEBRITY PORTRAIT Hollywood Heavyweight

The Fighter Mark Wahlberg Steps Up to His Dream Role: the Boxer Who Inspired Him To Achieve Mark Wahlberg’s climb to the top in Hollywood got an extra boost when he was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor in The Departed. In addition to holding his own with heavyweights Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon, Wahlberg found new respect behind the camera by co-producing several HBO series, including the Emmy®-winning hit Entourage and the acclaimed Boardwalk Empire. Now, he’s putting everything he has into a real-life role that he’s dreamed about: stepping into the ring in The Fighter to play welterweight champ “Irish” Micky Ward.

by Shep Morgan photograph by Nigel Parry, CPi Syndicated


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“There weren’t too many success stories where I was from. Nobody had really made it out. So what Micky accomplished had a personal impact on me and what I believed was possible.”


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CELEBRITY PORTRAIT Hollywood Heavyweight

“Micky was a local hero that we all idolized,” Wahlberg says of Ward, who shares his Boston-area roots and fought to glory in the 1980s—a few years before Wahlberg found fame as rapper Marky Mark and then in his breakout role in Boogie Nights. “There weren’t too many success stories where I was from,” he says. “Nobody had really made it out. So what Micky accomplished had a personal impact on me and what I believed was possible.”

Saved by the Bell

Wahlberg is the first to admit that he almost missed his own ticket out. “I was arrested for everything from stealing cars to doing drugs,” he says, “and when I ended up in jail, one of my parents had to get on a train or a bus to come and bail me out. I remember my mom picked me up, and the conversation we had on the way home was about what I was going to do with my life, and that people actually did care about me, and that I was hurting myself. She was in tears and I think the light began to dawn and maybe I realized that I could be something.” That’s why the 39-year-old actor was drawn to Ward’s struggle to leave his blue-collar roots behind and make it to the top in the grueling world of prize-fighting. “I want people to feel inspired and realize that if Micky can come from where he did and accomplish so much, they can too with hard work and determination,” Wahlberg says. “Micky had more heart than anyone else. That’s really what it’s about. It’s all about heart.” Then he adds with a grin. “I’m also a huge fight fan. I fought a bit when I was younger and I’ve seen every boxing movie ever made. Some of the greatest ones like Rocky and Raging Bull, I’ve watched like thirty times. But the fight scenes in a lot of them weren’t as realistic as what we wanted to put on the screen. To show it, you’ve got to get in there and take it.” Wahlberg, who also produced the film, pushed himself to the limit to portray Ward. “I trained for four-and-a-half years and it got really intense,” he reveals. “I ended up losing thirty pounds. I would be in the gym by 4:30 in the morning and I was probably working out ten hours a day. Me and Micky have become friends over the past ten years. He helped me when I was working on my punches and was on the set for the entire filming. “I didn’t want to look like an actor who is pretty good in the ring,” he continues. “I wanted to look like a guy who could win the welterweight title. We hired real fighters to box with me and used the cameramen who shoot all the fights for HBO Sports. It’s amazing how real those scenes are; you feel like you’re watching archival footage.” Wahlberg may look convincing taking punches and unleashing his version of Ward’s devastating trademark left hook, he insists, but “anybody who has seen me in person knows that I’m not that tough. On the other hand, I’m not going to let anybody physically harm me. If they come after me, I’m going to defend myself. That’s the way I was brought up.”

Alternately billed as “Micky” or “Mickey” during his long career, Ward experienced a pivotal turn during a Caesars Palace championship bout reenacted in The Fighter. The event set the stage for a series of mega-showdowns between Ward and Arturo Gatti, sponsored by Bally’s and Caesars in Atlantic City. Ward-Gatti III, at Boardwalk Hall in June 2003, earned Ring Magazine “Fight of the Year” honors.


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From top left: Mark Wahlberg played a marksman protecting the president in Shooter (right). In The Other Guys, Wahlberg and Will Ferrell (below) teamed up to play a couple of zany New York City detectives.

“Believe me, that’s a big part of my faith—getting on my knees every day and asking for the strength to be a good father, as well as a good husband.”

Far right: Wahlberg with his family receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 29, 2010.

Family First

FILMOGRAPHY The Fighter (2010)

The Truth About Charlie (2002)

The Other Guys (2010)

Rock Star (2001)

Date Night (2010)

Planet of the Apes (2001)

The Lovely Bones (2009)

The Perfect Storm (2000)

Max Payne (2008)

The Yards (2000)

The Happening (2008)

Three Kings (1999)

We Own the Night (2007)

The Corruptor (1999)

Shooter (2007)

The Big Hit (1998)

The Departed (2006)

Boogie Nights (1997)

Invincible (2006)

Traveller (1997)

Four Brothers (2005)

Fear (1996)

I Heart Huckabees (2004)

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

The Italian Job (2003)

Renaissance Man (1994)

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As for putting himself in the middle of the action in films like Invincible and Shooter, he says, “I took my share of hard knocks, but now it’s like, ‘Hey, guys, I have small children.’ When I didn’t have kids, I was a kamikaze—I didn’t care. Now, I’ve given my motorcycle away. And you won’t see me jumping out of planes or off buildings anymore. I’ve been very, very lucky because I’ve had a bunch of close calls. Let’s be honest. I’m not going to be doing Rambo at fifty-five.” But it’s likely he’ll still be producing after his success on the perennially popular HBO series Entourage and the recently debuted Boardwalk Empire, co-produced by Martin Scorsese, who also directed the pilot. “I helped get Marty on board,” he says, “and he became involved in every single detail. I definitely made my contributions as a producer, but I felt a little jealous that I wasn’t playing one of those great roles because the characters are so rich, they’re so well written.” More meaningful to Wahlberg than any character he’s played is being a father to his four children—daughters Ella and Grace and sons Michael and Brendan—with his wife, Rhea Durham. “When I was getting ready for The Fighter, I actually built a boxing ring in my backyard,” he reveals. “My kids loved it. They’d get in there and they’d put the gloves on and tell me to get on my knees and put my hands behind my back and they’d take shots at me. I spend all my free time with my family.” Looking back on his own troubled adolescence, Wahlberg admits he wants to help his kids avoid the pitfalls that could have led him in another direction. “I just want to be there every step of the way,” he says. “I want to guide them, protect them and hopefully influence them in making good decisions. I want to try to teach them how to avoid making those mistakes that may have an impact on the rest of their lives. Believe me, that’s a big part of my faith—getting on my knees every day and asking for the strength to be a good father, as well as a good husband.” When Wahlberg visits Vegas, he hits the links. “My favorite thing to do in Vegas is play golf,” he says. “There are so many great courses there. I fell in love with golf. It’s a dream sport. You can go out there and just relax. I’m so addicted to it, it’s ridiculous.” Wahlberg, whose recent performances have ranged from the stricken father of a murdered daughter in The Lovely Bones to an uptight cop in the wacky comedy The Other Guys, reveals he’s keeping his future options open. “The more mature I become, the more relaxed I become, and the easier things get,” he says. “There are certain things obviously that are out of your control and accepting that is a big part of it. It makes life a lot more enjoyable. I was always flying around in fifth gear and now I’m down in second and everything is good.” VP

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COCKTAIL CULTURE The View from Behind the Bar

Top Mixologists Shake Up Old Notions of Libation

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And when there’s a celebration or a holiday, it’s the job of these “spirit lifters” to “create a cocktail specifically for that moment,” notes Perales, the beverage specialist at Caesars Palace. Combine all these elements, and the results are often as surprising as they are delightful. For Perales, fruits combined with spices and herbs are the key to seasonal success. For his “Hot Apple Pie” drink, he toasts what he calls “holiday spices”—cinnamon, star anise, vanilla bean and cloves—in a pan, then spoons in applesauce made with fresh mint. After pouring the concoction into a glass, he adds fresh-squeezed orange and tangerine juices and Glenmorangie single-malt scotch before double-straining it and garnishing with mint. For another brew, Perales creates his own limoncello with Belvedere-infused lemons, and then stirs up a martini of aged tequila and Belvedere Citrus, toasting a limoncello meringue to top it off. For his “Hot Buttered Rum,” Bobby G, the multiple award-winning Master Mixologist for Beam Global Wine & Spirits, makes a “batter” from cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and other brown spices. The heated cocktail, which includes Cruzan Single Barrel Estate or Cruzan Dark Rum, complements a host of fall-to-winter holiday

Classic Barware


Flair bartender turned mixologist, Eddie Perales says when it comes to cocktail creation you want that “wow factor.” Well versed in molecular mixology, his latest conception is “cooking cocktails.”

“When crafting cocktails, it’s a blank canvas. You can be as creative as you want to be.” —Eddie Perales

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It helps to have elegantly textured barware in order to make and serve your drinks, such as the gold/amber Mastaba utensils, martini shaker, tray and ice bucket with tongs from Kim Seybert. This touch of beauty no doubt helps when it comes to what Perales says is arguably the most difficult aspect of these recipes: “Shake hard and with a smile.”

Eddie Perales

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Like many contemporary cooks, today’s savvy bar chefs craft their creations according to season and region. Las Vegas-based mixologists Eddie Perales, Bobby “G” Gleason and Tony Abou-Ganim know they also have to stay ahead of trends, choosing liquors that might have escaped the attention of their brethren.

photo courtesy of Tony Abou-Ganim

Cocktails That Cook

Tony Abou-Ganim wrote the book—literally— on cocktail creation. The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails contains dozens of recipes for entertaining guests.


Made from tree-ripened apples grown in the Shenandoah Valley, Laird’s Applejack is believed to be America’s oldest native distilled spirit. This apple-on-apple beverage is rich in flavor.

photo courtesy of Tony Abou-Ganim

2 ounces Laird’s Applejack 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice 1 ounce ginger syrup 2 ounces cloudy, unfiltered apple juice Chilled Vernors ginger ale In a mixing glass, add Laird’s, fresh lemon juice, ginger syrup and cloudy apple juice; shake with ice until well blended. Strain into an ice-filled goblet and top with chilled ginger ale. Stir to mix and garnish with a fan of apple slices.

Hot Apple Pie Cocktail

In making this holiday spirit, Perales toasted star anise, cinnamon, cloves and vanilla bean in a pan before adding lemon juice and applesauce. The hot ingredients were then poured into an ice-filled glass with orange juice and Glenmorangie scotch.

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TONY Abou-Ganim

Bobby “G” Gleason Bobby G helped develop drink menus for some of the swankiest lounges in Las Vegas. He says mixologists are just like chefs experimenting with ingredients to create innovative cocktails at the bar.

Hot Buttered Rum Drink Mix

Fill coffee mug one-half full with hot water. Stir in batter until dissolved. Add rum and serve.

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1½ ounces Cruzan Single Barrel Estate Rum or Cruzan Dark Rum 2 heaping teaspoons batter Hot water

Batter Mix

½ pound brown sugar ¼ pound salted butter 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg ¼ teaspoon ground allspice Pinch of ground clove Pinch of ground ginger ½ teaspoon vanilla extract Mix ingredients thoroughly and refrigerate. Before serving, remove from refrigerator and bring to room temperature.

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The Hot Buttered Rum, or “hot toddy,” is a holiday tradition that dates back to Colonial days.

gatherings and is ideal for serving until spring (especially when March decides to come in like the proverbial lion). To that end, Bobby G recommends mixing up a large batch of the batter to have on hand. At the other end of the spectrum, The Modern Mixologist author Abou-Ganim prefers to let his spirit do the flavoring in his wittily labeled Pomme & Circumstance cocktail, which highlights Laird’s Applejack. “With the first sip of Applejack,” he says, “I am reminded of the coming of fall, the change of seasons, a nip in the air, the leaves on the trees turning color, and apples being pressed for cider and baked into pies…a fire will soon glow to warm us as we enjoy a libation, reflect and look forward to the coming of spring.” Still, though drinking these cocktails may be the easier job, the spicy, fruity and oh-so-seasonal aromas floating up while you savor them will trigger a giant dose of holiday happiness, regardless of the time of year. VP

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BEST BETS The Dicemen Cometh

Craps Crackerjack

Inside Guide To Becoming a

We Roll Dice with the Experts

“A dice game is much like life, just faster decisions,” explains Dave Tannen, director of table games at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. “There is nothing more exciting in a casino than a hot craps game.” Portrayed in numerous movies (who can forget the scene in Casino with Sharon Stone leaning over the rail), this fast-paced game may seem a bit intimidating but it’s rather simple, and statistically one of the best games in the casino to play. Craps is also wrapped in superstitions. To debunk the myths, we wrangled three experts to set the record straight.


Mark Kelly Vice President of Table Games for Harrah’s, Imperial Palace, Flamingo, O’Sheas and Bill’s

Bill Zimmer Vice President of Casino Operations, Bally’s, Paris and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Dave Tannen Director of Table Games, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino


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Beginner’s Luck

Caesars Palace has the highest craps limits in the world—allowing players to place $50,000 line bets. Newcomers find $5 craps games at Imperial Palace, O’Sheas and Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, while the Flamingo and Harrah’s generally offer $10 games. Bill’s has free craps lessons at 10:30 a.m. daily.

Bring the Noise

What’s the best advice for someone new to the game?

Why is everyone always shouting at the table?

If you can attend a craps class it will help you understand the game. If not, find a slow game and tell the dealers you want to learn how to play. You don’t have to know all the nuances of the game to have a great time.

If they are shouting the dice are HOT and they are winning money. If you can find a spot to squeeze in, that might be a great place to play.

At your first live game, start at a low-limit table during a time when the casino isn’t busy. I tell beginners to stick with the Pass line until they feel comfortable with the flow of the game.

There is the excitement and anticipation of seeing the dice tumble and waiting to see what number is rolled.

The game seems very confusing at first, but how hard can it be? Mark, Bill and I understand it.

Dice is the most exciting casino game. After playing blackjack, it will be as if you are going from a country road to a super highway.

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Lady Luck

The Streaker

Are women luckier at craps than men?

Is it considered bad luck to disturb a shooter on a streak?

Do the odds change if the shooter keeps rolling the dice?

Is it considered bad luck when a die leaves the table?

Women are always good to have around our crap games.

We train our supervisors, servers and managers to avoid interrupting a shooter. You wouldn’t have interrupted Picasso when he was painting a masterpiece.

The odds never change, but we have seen examples where a shooter rolls the dice for a very long time. All I know is that “hot dice are mighty nice!”

The old timers used to say, “Die on the floor, seven out the door,” inferring bad luck when they end up off the table. Of course the dice have no idea where they went.

The movies help promote this myth since almost every scene of a hot dice table has a woman shooting.

A host or manager knows to never approach a hot shooter during the middle of a roll. It’s Casino 101.

The math is simple, but I’ve seen some long rolls that defy objective calculations. I just smile, shake my head and cheer for the shooter.

Many players will immediately yell, “Same Die,” if one goes off the table in hopes of continuing their good fortune with the same set of dice.

I believe Frank Sinatra’s song, “Luck Be a Lady,” says it all.

Superstition always puts a hot shooter in the zone and folks don’t want to break the lucky streak. Cheering is the way to go. Nothing brings people together like a common number that needs to be rolled.

The next number is always unknown, regardless of what was just thrown.

Players feel that dice get hot and most shooters want the same dice back in play. It is all about mojo or luck, which makes the game so much fun.

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News &Notes HAPPENINGS The Center Strip


No hidden fees at Planet Hollywood ... Cher bids farewell ... Vegas goes “Bang!” on New Year’s Eve ... ... and more Vegas vignettes.



‘N Sync with “The Price is Right”


Guest host Joey Fatone got a surprise when Boyz II Men dropped in on “The Price is Right–Live” at Bally’s Las Vegas to yodel an introduction to the fan favorite Cliffhanger game.


Vegas Goes Country

Grammy® Award-winning country artists Lady Antebellum headlined a weekend-long celebration honoring Seven Stars guests, who were treated to a series of dinners, spa appointments and golf outings.


No Resort Fees


Peepshow star Holly Madison helped declare Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and PH Towers as No Resort Fee Zones. Says Marilyn Winn, president of Planet Hollywood, “We don’t believe in hidden fees or forcing our guests to pay for amenities they may not need or desire.”


Nevada Ballet’s Nutcracker


The Nevada Ballet Theatre will perform The Nutcracker at Paris Las Vegas, December 17–26. The holiday favorite has been a Las Vegas staple for over 25 years.


The Big Bang: New Year’s Fireworks

Join one of the largest celebrations in the country as fireworks explode over the Strip and tens of thousands of revelers fill the streets for the annual New Year’s Eve celebration in Las Vegas.


Shop ‘til You Drop

Tori Spelling, Molly Sims (below), Susan Lucci and Wolfgang Puck were among an all-star cast at a special two-day shopping extravaganza for the Home Shopping Network at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.


Matt Goss: Singing at Caesars

Singing sensation Matt Goss (pictured below right with Kelly Osbourne) has signed on to perform at Caesars Palace through 2013. Catch the “Lovely Las Vegas” crooner every Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m. inside the Gossy Room at Cleopatra’s Barge.



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A glimpse into the kitchens of some of the most acclaimed chefs in the world.

The Skinny on Vinnie


Infamous celebrity roaster Vinnie Favorito will be keeping audience members on edge for years to come. The sharp-tongued comedian signed a deal to stay in Bugsy’s Cabaret at the Flamingo through 2017. “How lucky am I to be able to hurl insults and poke fun at people for a living?” says Favorito. “I’m ecstatic to continue my run.”



Shaq VS Las Vegas

While filming the second season of his ABC show Shaq VS, the Boston Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal visited Las Vegas for an exhibition bout against Sugar Shane Mosley in the Roman Plaza at Caesars Palace and challenged Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Champion Joey Chestnut at Serendipity 3.

Human Nature Quartet Adds Two (More Years)

They’ve opened for Céline Dion and Michael Jackson and racked up 70 Top 40 hits on the Australian pop charts. Now comes word that Australia’s Human Nature will call Las Vegas home for two more years. The hit show at Imperial Palace will run through May 2012. “The members of Human Nature are extraordinary vocalists who truly know how to entertain and I knew that they would be hugely successful here on stage in Las Vegas,” says Motown legend Smokey Robinson, who helped bring them to the States.





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Catch your favorite celebrities onsite at red-carpet events. You never know who’ll make the scene next.


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Hot and Cold

British chef Gordon Ramsay—fiery star of Hell’s Kitchen—had dinner and dessert, including the Forbidden Broadway Sundae, at Serendipity 3 during a visit to Caesars Palace.


Cher’s Farewell Finale

After three years and nearly 200 performances, Cher is ending her residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The “Believe” singer will wrap up her impressive run with a final string of shows from January through early February 2011. “With each performance as fresh and energetic as opening night…our guests won’t want to miss these grand finale performances,” says Gary Selesner, president of Caesars Palace.



Showstopping Showgirls

What a birthday present. On an episode celebrating his 60th birthday, Dr. Phil welcomed the showgirls of Donn Arden’s Jubilee! to his stage. Jubilee! recently passed its 29th anniversary and is the longest-running production on the Las Vegas Strip.

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The Expendables Red Carpet Screening Stars of The Expendables, including Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture, turned out for the film’s screening at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.


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Ante Up for Africa The fourth annual Ante Up for Africa charity poker tournament, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, raised more than $275,000 for victims of the humanitarian crises in Africa. Organized by Don Cheadle and Annie Duke, the event attracted such stars as Matt Damon, Brad Garrett, Shannon Elizabeth, Montel Williams, Evander Holyfield, David Alan Grier and Phil Ivey.


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Comedian Rita Rudner and Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin were among those who took part in Fashion’s Night Out at The Forum Shops at Caesars. Dozens of stores, including Tiffany & Co., Fendi, Elie Tahari and Dior Beauty, celebrated the worldwide event with deejays, special promotions and complimentary champagne.


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In town for a charity poker event, actor Matt Damon hit up Martorano’s inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. After dining on meatballs and pasta, he signed the wall and told owner Steve Martorano, “You kill it every time.”

Starcatcher Celebrities On the Strip In honor of National Lollipop Day, Holly Madison debuted Sugar Factory’s signature “Vegas” edition Couture Pops at Paris Las Vegas, then got playful for the cameras at the Miracle Mile Shops candy store.

Crown Nightclub inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino opened with a bang as Carmen Electra and Rob Patterson hosted a jam-packed celebration. Patterson took to the stage, playing a guitar solo to Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize” while Electra danced at her VIP table.

Custom denim is “as individual as a person’s signature,” says Vishaal Melwani (far left), co-owner and founder of Weft. Shown with Melwani at Weft’s Forum Shops grand opening are Mohid Melwani, Maureen Crampton and Karl Thoennessen. 94

Sammy Hagar surprised fans at a pre-concert party at Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. He performed a 12-song set which included the hits “Only One Way To Rock,” “55” and “Mas Tequila,” before closing with “Why Can’t This Be Love.”

Acclaimed Elvis Presley tribute artist Pete “Big Elvis” Vallee married Amanda Lasham at Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon on the very stage he’s been performing on for the past eight years.

Imperial Palace star Frank Marino received a cake for his legendary impersonation of Joan Rivers. Marino’s spot-on characterization of the entertainment has kept his show running for the past 25 years.

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Shoe designer Donald Pliner (below left), pictured with Robin Leach, shows off the size 22 shoe he custom-made for NBA star Shaquille O’Neal. Lisa Pliner, (above left) also made an appearance at The Forum Shops boutique to launch her Lisa for Donald J Pliner line.

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RESTAURANTS American AUGUSTUS CAFÉ Casual café offers aroundthe-clock dining. The menu is wide-ranging, from specialty breakfast items such as French toast with fresh whipped cream and juevos rancheros, plus sandwiches, pasta and more. Caesars Palace, (702) 650-5920. ALL AMERICAN BAR & GRILL Enjoy “Rio Dry Aged” Angus steaks, plus salads, sandwiches and seafood in a contemporary atmosphere with fireplaces, waterfalls and a sports bar with plasma TVs. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, (702) 731-3311. BETTY’S DINER Casual cyber café offers fee-based Internet access to go along with its value-priced specialty coffees, baked goods, sandwiches and soups. Also serves ice cream, shakes, malts and sundaes. Imperial Palace, (702) 731-3311. BRADLEY OGDEN Award-winning Chef Bradley Ogden has crafted a terrific menu. His take on American cuisine includes dishes such as bison tenderloin, roasted free-range chicken and oak-grilled prime-beef rib eye. Caesars Palace, (702) 862-3530. BURGER JOINT This burger haven serves patties shaped from ground beef, turkey and even salmon. Top yours with applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, jalapeños and more. Flamingo Las Vegas, (702) 733-3111. BURGER PALACE This fast-food find is home to the half-pound burger and other comfortfood delights. Imperial Palace, (702) 731-3311.

EARL OF SANDWICH Sink your teeth into “The World’s Greatest Hot Sandwich” at this upscale deli, started by descendants of the man who first put meat between two slices of bread in 1762. Those needing a quick, satisfying bite will not be disappointed. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, (702) 785-5555.

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HASH HOUSE A GO GO Famous for its creative “twisted farm food” menu offerings and jumbo portions, this restaurant serves filling meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Imperial Palace, (702) 254-4646. Ice Pan Ice cream lovers can finally enjoy a healthy, all-natural ice cream with no chemicals, preservatives, artificial flavors or coloring. Everything is made from scratch right in front of the customer, putting a healthy spin on the classic dessert. Harrah’s Las Vegas, (702) 736-6684. KGB: KERRY’S GOURMET BURGERS Celebrated Chef Kerry Simon offers the ultimate in burger selections, shakes, sides, snacks and his Iron Chef-winning sliders. The restaurant boasts an upbeat nightlife scene and a comfortable atmosphere designed as a James Bond-inspired send-up of Soviet-era Russia. Harrah’s Las Vegas, (702) 369-5065.

LE CAFE ÎLE ST. LOUIS Whether it’s a latenight snack or an early morning grab you’re after, this 24-hour café is a convenient destination for specialty coffee drinks. Paris Las Vegas, (702) 946-4364. MARGARITAVILLE Jimmy Buffett’s multilevel Caribbean-themed entertainment venue has two outdoor patios overlooking the Strip, a nautical-themed restaurant, five bars, live entertainment nightly and a retail store. Flamingo Las Vegas, (702) 733-3302.

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McFADDEN’S RESTAURANT AND SALOON BÚZIOS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Gaze out over the Rio’s VooDoo Beach and sparkling swimming pools while dining on the freshest seafood. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, (702) 862-3530.

CAFÉ AT HARRAH’S This casual café serves American comfort food: pizza, pasta, burgers, sandwiches and more. Harrah’s Las Vegas, (702) 369-5000.

New York City’s famed Irish pub now has a Vegas address: the Masquerade Village. Head here for a cold beer and shepherd’s pie. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, (702) 777-2463.

MESA GRILL Bold and innovative flavors of the Southwest can be found in all of Chef Bobby Flay’s dishes such as the New Mexican spicerubbed pork tenderloin with bourbon-ancho chili sauce. Caesars Palace, (702) 862-3530. MUNCHBAR Quick-bite eatery near the Caesars Palace Race & Sports Book serves jumbo-size burgers and unique eats such as tiny grilled cheese sandwiches served with a tomato dipping sauce. Caesars Palace, (702) 731-7544.


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RESTAURANTS American NOSH Quick-bite eatery serves breakfast sandwiches and pastries as well as Nathan’s Famous hot dogs, salads and desserts. Bally’s Las Vegas, (702) 739-4111.

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OYSTER BAR Enjoy seafood favorites such as oysters, shrimp, lobster, crab, calamari or a squid salad. Harrah’s Las Vegas, (702) 369-5000. PINK’S HOT DOGS For 70 years, these gourmet franks—many named after their celebrity creators—have been sating the appetites of stars at the City of Angels hot spot. Now, dozens of the legendary hot dog combinations are available here. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, (702) 405-4711. P.J. Clarke’s Las Vegas A saloon with attitude. P.J. Clarke’s features a raw bar and serves up new American cuisine including jumbo-size steaks and big burgers. The Forum Shops at Caesars. PLANET DAILIES This 24-hour coffee shop and café offers eclectic cuisine. The unique and lengthy menu includes dishes inspired by destinations around the world, including Kobe beef sliders and Hawaiian rib eye, and also offers smoothies and a wine selection. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, (702) 785-5555. SÃO PAULO CAFÉ This great breakfast spot offers classic breakfast items such as French toast, buttermilk pancakes and eggs Benedict. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, (702) 777-7777.

SERENDIPITY 3 A New York favorite, Serendipity 3 has brought all its gooey goodness to the Strip. Enjoy savory and sweet items such as Rowen’s foot-long hot dogs and the famous frrrozen hot chocolate, a blend of 20 different types of chocolate. Caesars Palace, (702) 731-7373.

SPORTS DELI Race and sports fans who don’t want to miss any of the action don’t have to. Menu options range from burgers to bratwursts, from wood-fired pizza to homemade sandwiches. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, (702) 777-7777.

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STRIPBURGER An outdoor restaurant and bar serving 100-percent all-natural beef burgers, hand-cut fries, creamy milk shakes along with delicious baby cakes. Fashion Show, (702) 737-8747. TOBY KEITH’S I LOVE THIS BAR & GRILL Texas-size portions and barbecue favorites served in a down-home atmosphere, where the walls are decorated with the country crooner’s memorabilia. Enjoy live music nightly and complimentary mechanical bull rides. Harrah’s Las Vegas, (702) 693-6111.

TROPICAL BREEZE CAFÉ Casual café that serves American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Flamingo Las Vegas, (702) 733-3111. THE VICTORIAN CAFÉ Round-the-clock diner features a variety of beakfast, lunch and dinner specialties, including Chinese cuisine, prime rib and graveyard specials. Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, (702) 737-2100. THE WINE CELLAR & TASTING ROOM Sin City’s most famous wine bar and retail shop offers more than 100 wines by the glass and showcases about 10,000 bottles, many of them highly collectible. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, (702) 777-7962.

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WOLFGANG PUCK FINE DINING GROUP SIDEWALK CAFÉ A traditional café serving American favorites for breakfast and lunch daily. Bally’s Las Vegas, (702) 967-4111.

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RESTAURANTS Asian/Indian BEIJING NOODLE NO. 9 Giant fish tanks mark the entrance of this casual noodle house. The menu is full of mouthwatering soups, dim sum and noodle dishes. Caesars Palace, (702) 862-3530. GAYLORD INDIA RESTAURANT This awardwinning restaurant is your Vegas source for authentic tandoori and Mughlai specialties. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, (702) 777-2277. GINSENG 3 Food from the Far East is served at this 24-hour restaurant that specializes in Korean, Japanese and Chinese dishes. Imperial Palace, (702) 731-3311.

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Japanese teppanyaki-style tableside cooking, fresh sushi and an exotic Japanese menu make this restaurant a Vegas favorite. Flamingo Las Vegas/Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, (702) 7333455/(702) 777-2770.

menu stocked with noodle dishes and Chinese and American-Chinese favorites. Harrah’s Las Vegas, (702) 862-3530.

HYAKUMI Japanese restaurant and sushi bar with teppanyaki-style cooking and Japanese à la carte dining. Caesars Palace, (702) 862-3530. Ichiban Sushi Indulge in the wide assortment of sushi offered or order an authentic Japanese dish such as tempura or soba noodles. Bally’s Las Vegas, (702) 739-4111. KOI LAS VEGAS A sensation from coast to coast, this celeb fave keeps its Vegas, L.A. and N.Y. locations in sync: Asian decor, cool Hollywood vibe and tantalizing Japaneseinspired menu. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, (702) 454-4555. MAH JONG CHINESE NOODLE BAR Authentic Cantonese and Chinese dishes combined with Asian-inspired décor and a fluent Chinese staff make this restaurant like no other. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, (702) 777-7777.

P.F. CHANG’S The combination of dramatic lighting and rich earth tones creates this modern Chinese bistro’s hip scene. Its exciting, extensive menu seeks to attain harmony of taste, texture, color and aroma in all its familystyle dishes. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, (702) 836-0955. SEA HARBOUR Dine on authentic Cantonese seafood delicacies such as abalone, Golden Santa Barbara spotted prawns or wok-fried black pepper Dungeness crab, while seated on the outdoor terrace overlooking the Garden of the Gods. Caesars Palace, (702) 862-3530. SEA: The Thai Experience Enjoy exotic Thai fusion cuisine in a sleek modern design that includes a serene pond centered in the restaurant. Specialty dishes include grilled lemongrass chicken, Tamarind whole fish and pineapple curry duck. Bally’s Las Vegas, (702) 967-3888.

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SUSHI ROKU Eating is elevated to an art form with premium sushi and sashimi platters and Asian dishes like monkfish pâté wrapped in salmon and topped with caviar and uni. The room is accented with bamboo, chiseled stone and dark woods. The Forum Shops at Caesars, (702) 733-7373.


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Buffet CARNIVAL WORLD BUFFET Seven live stations, including a teppanyaki grill, serve more than 300 dishes prepared fresh daily, from pizza to omelets to 70 varieties of homemade pies. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, (702) 777-7757. EMPEROR’S BUFFET Affordable buffet has a breakfast bar with a live omelet cooking station and serves American and international cuisine. Imperial Palace, (702) 731-3311. FLAVORS, THE BUFFET From Brazilian barbecue to Italian casseroles to fire-roasted rotisserie chicken and fresh seafood, Flavors offers selections spanning the globe. Harrah’s Las Vegas, (702) 369-5000. LAGO BUFFET International breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets daily, and a weekend champagne brunch with omelets cooked to order, hand-carved herb-crusted prime rib, fresh jumbo shrimp and crab legs on ice. Caesars Palace, (702) 731-7928. LE VILLAGE BUFFET Features live-action cooking stations themed after seven French provinces. Paris Las Vegas, (702) 946-4930. PARADISE GARDEN BUFFET Buffet offers prime rib, carved fresh turkey, steamed mussels and littleneck clams with saffron cream sauce and much more. Flamingo Las Vegas, (702) 733-3111.

Carnival World Buffet at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

SPICE MARKET BUFFET This sensory smorgasbord has tastes from around the globe. In addition to ethnic entrées, the usual suspects— salads, carving stations and desserts—have made this one of the best buffets in Vegas. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, (702) 785-9005.

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STERLING BRUNCH A Sunday brunch like no other. Champagne, sturgeon caviar, beef tenderloin and lobster top the menu. Bally’s Las Vegas, (702) 967-7999. TODAI RESTAURANT Sushi and seafood buffet offers a wide

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lobster, snow crab legs, shrimp, oysters and sushi, as well as beef and chicken dishes. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, (702) 777-7943.


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RESTAURANTS French CAFÉ BELLE MADELEINE From morning ’til night, this pâtisserie fulfills your cravings for something sweet. Start with a croissant, Danish or turnover, or try an éclair, tiramisu or peach tart. Salads, fresh fruit and non-fat frozen yogurt also are available. Paris Las Vegas, (702) 946-7000. EIFFEL TOWER RESTAURANT Dine on classic French cuisine of world-renowned Chef Jean Joho at this romantic spot more than 100 feet above the Las Vegas Strip in the replica tower. Paris Las Vegas, (702) 948-6937. JJ’S BOULANGERIE Start the day with a croissant and a cup of coffee or visit for a light lunch. This bakery produces perfect pastries, pizza, sandwiches, soups and salads. Paris Las Vegas, (702) 946-7000. LA CRÊPERIE Reminiscent of the sidewalk cafés in Paris, this walk-up bistro serves a variety of crêpes, perfect for a light breakfast, lunch or dinner snack. Paris Las Vegas, (702) 946-7000. LE BURGER BRASSERIE A French interpretation of an American classic: a lively meat-andpotatoes Sports Grille featuring gourmet burgers, from the classic beef to chicken, salmon, lamb and veggie creations. Paris Las Vegas, (702) 946-4346. LE PROVENÇAL The walls are covered with murals of the French countryside, and the wait staff dresses in French peasant garb and perform songs as diners dig into the FrenchItalian cuisine. Paris Las Vegas, (702) 862-3530. MON AMI GABI RESTAURANT Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner inside Paris Las Vegas, the restaurant serves classic bistro cuisine, including crêpes, quiches, French onion soup and its signature steak frites. Its hip, trendy scene comes with an amazing patio for dining al fresco. Paris Las Vegas, (702) 944-4224.


PAYARD PÂTISSERIE & BISTRO Pastry shop and bistro from award-winning French chef François Payard. It offers guests three distinct experiences including a chocolate shop, pastry shop with made-to-order crêpes and sandwiches, and an intimate full-service dining room serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Caesars Palace, (702) 862-3530. RESTAURANT GUY SAVOY Gourmet dining from French Master Chef Guy Savoy. The 10-course Menu Prestige is the restaurant’s crown jewel featuring signature dishes like the silky Artichoke and Black Truffle Soup and the decadent Colors of Caviar. Caesars Palace, (702) 862-3530. Il Mulino New York at The Forum Shops at Caesars

I ta l i a n IL MULINO NEW YORK Owned by brothers Gino and Fernando Masci, the restaurant focuses on the rustic, hearty cuisine of the Abruzzi region—where the brothers were raised—and is known for its veal and shellfish. The Forum Shops at Caesars, (702) 492-6000. MARTORANO’S Diverse menu includes homemade Italian-American favorites such as the eggplant stack, fresh mozzarella and Steve Martorano’s world-famous meatballs. The restaurant offers a unique atmosphere that combines exceptional food with film and extraordinary music. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, (702) 862-3530. PIZZA PALACE Restaurant serving a wide variety of value priced pizza, pasta and other traditional Italian dishes. Imperial Palace, (702) 731-3311.

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Mon Ami Gabi Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas RAO’S Legendary East Harlem restaurant with 115 years of history brings its home-style Italian food and its famous lemon chicken to Las Vegas. Caesars Palace, (702) 862-3530.

TREVI Gelato Master Hank Sbraccia’s Spaghetti Ice serves up plenty of double takes—it’s a brimming pasta bowl of fresh homemade vanilla gelato strands acting as the spaghetti, chocolate gelato scoops as the meatballs, strawberry sauce as the marinara and shaved white chocolate as the parmesan. The Forum Shops at Caesars, (702) 735-4663.

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BALLY’S STEAKHOUSE Generous portions of

live music, coastal Mexican fare and premium tequila, Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina serves an all-day and all-night party in a twolevel 15,000-square-foot restaurant with Stripside patio seating. Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, (702) 385-2226.

favorites like slow-roasted, aged prime rib, bone-in sirloin steak and Chilean sea bass are served in the atmosphere of a classic steakhouse. Bally’s Las Vegas, (702) 862-3530.

EL SEGUNDO SOL The menu at the Stripside Mexican taquería and margarita bar consists of signature tastes including a variety of tacos and guacamole made tableside. Try some specialty tequila, homemade sangria or margarita. Fashion Show, (720) 737-8747.

QUESADILLA Mexican comfort food consisting of south-of-the-border favorites such as tacos, burritos and enchiladas are served here, along with thirst-quenching margaritas, mojitos and sangría. Imperial Palace, (702) 731-3311.

BOA STEAKHOUSE Accented with centuriesold driftwood, this upscale steakhouse has exceptional Strip views. The tasting menu contains items paired with cocktails. Try the filet mignon with a Blackberry Smash— Grey Goose Citron, muddled blackberries and mint—or steamed Chilean sea bass with Tropic Thunder, comprised of 10 Cane Rum, Navan vanilla liqueur, amaretto and pineapple juice. The Forum Shops at Caesars, (702) 733-7373. EMBERS Intimate steakhouse serves affordable succulent steaks and chops, while offering tableside salad and dessert preparation. Imperial Palace, (702) 794-3311.

TEQUILA BAR & GRILL This Mexican cantina serves a variety of tequilas, margaritas and specialty drinks, along with a full menu featuring items including traditional Mexican fare and American favorites. Bally’s Las Vegas, (702) 967-4111.

YOLÖS MEXICAN GRILL Get the fiesta started. Spicing up this eatery are more than 60 tequilas, a fresh-fruit margarita bar and guacamole prepared right on the spot. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, (702) 785-5555.

JOE’S SEAFOOD, PRIME STEAK & STONE CRAB The Joe’s tradition began in 1921, when Joe Weiss began serving chilled claws in Miami Beach. Joe’s serves the delicacy here in a swanky room with rich mahogany decor and leather booths. Crack some claws or dive into other fresh seafood dishes, such as the jumbo crab cakes and oysters Rockefeller. The Forum Shops at Caesars, (702) 792-9222.

Cabo Wabo Cantina at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

LES ARTISTES STEAKHOUSE Carnivores, delight! The selection of meat abounds, with wet-aged in-house classic cuts of beef, aged for a minimum of 21 days. The menu includes filet of beef, salt-crusted prime rib and an array of seafood served in an elegant setting. Paris Las Vegas, (702) 862-3530. NEROS Steakhouse specializes in dry-aged prime beef, tender chops, fresh fish and seafood. Caesars Palace, (702) 862-3530. Pampas Churrascaria Get skewered. This brazen Brazilian steakhouse specializes in roasted meats—everything from sirloin to pork to chicken—all delivered on skewers, which are then carved tableside. The meats are cooked rotisserie-style sealing in the flavor. Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, (702) 737-4748. THE RANGE STEAKHOUSE In an intimate dining room overlooking views of the Las Vegas Strip, dine on succulent steaks, prime rib, seafood and poultry entrées. Harrah’s Las Vegas, (702) 862-3530. STEAKHOUSE AT BILL’S Recipient of the AAA Three Diamond rating, this restaurant is a hidden gem offering intimate dining in a vintage Vegas setting of dark woods and deep reds. Bill’s specializes in tableside preparations and classic steaks, seafood and chops. Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, (702) 737-2100. STRIP HOUSE Chef John Schenk serves up savory fare in a sensuous David Rockwelldesigned environment. Order charred prime cuts of beef to accompany signature sides such as black-truffle creamed spinach and goose-fat potatoes. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, (702) 737-5200. VOODOO STEAK & LOUNGE You’ll be spellbound by this intimate steak house’s menu featuring Tomahawk Rib-Eye and fresh seafood selections with a French-Creole flair. The restaurant’s stunning panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip can be admired from the 51st floor. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, (702) 862-3530.


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AUTO COLLECTION Get a peek at the more than 250 antique and historic automobiles at the world’s largest and finest classic car showroom. Imperial Palace. Tickets: (702) 794-3174.

ANTHONY COOLS In this adults-only show, comedic hypnotist Anthony Cools taps into the subconscious naughtiness of audience volunteers with hilarious results. Paris Las Vegas. Tickets: (877) 374-7469.

EIFFEL TOWER EXPERIENCE Take romance to new heights. The Eiffel Tower is a half-scale reproduction of the Paris landmark. The observation deck—460 feet above the Strip—has a breathtaking, panoramic view. Paris Las Vegas. Tickets: (702) 946-4350. MAVERICK HELICOPTER TOURS Ascend to the skies with the only VIP-level helicopter company in Las Vegas. First-class excursions above the Strip, Grand Canyon, Colorado River and more are enhanced by the narration of experienced pilots. Indulge in the plush interior of the ECO-Star helicopter’s larger cabin and stadium-style seating for better visibility. Tickets: (702) 261-0007 or (888) 261-4414.

GEORGE WALLACE Funnyman George Wallace started his comedy career as a writer for The Redd Foxx Show. Now he has audiences rolling in the aisles in The Flamingo Showroom with a stand-up routine that is different night after night. Flamingo Las Vegas. Tickets: (702) 733-3333. JERRY SEINFELD Best-selling author, standup legend and sitcom superstar Jerry Seinfeld brings his take on life to The Colosseum’s stage. Caesars Palace. Tickets: (800) 745-3000. THE IMPROV AT HARRAH’S Comics have been making audiences laugh at this Improv location since 1995. Harrah’s Las Vegas. Tickets: (702) 369-5223.

WILDLIFE HABITAT AT THE FLAMINGO Poolside paradise is home to Chilean flamingos, swans, ducks, koi and turtles. Flamingo Las Vegas. (702) 733-3111.

RITA RUDNER The queen of funny has gotten miles of smiles out of her day-to-day observations. Harrah’s Las Vegas. Tickets: (702) 369-5222.

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VINNIE FAVORITO Wise-guy Vinnie Favorito is famous for his off-the-cuff comments and unscripted humor. The comedian, who is known for “roasting” celebrities, will work the room to find his next hit. Flamingo Las Vegas. Tickets: (702) 733-3333.

CASCATA Designed by renowned golf-course architect Rees Jones, Cascata is celebrated as one of the finest designs in the world and is the ultimate in privacy and luxury. One Cascata Drive, Boulder City, NV 89005. (702) 294-2005.

Rio Secco Golf Club

RIO SECCO GOLF CLUB Located in the foothills of the Black Mountains, this challenging Rees Jones-designed course features holes running through steep canyons and desert washes with others on plateaus overlooking the city. 2851 Grand Hills Dr., Henderson, NV 89052. Phone: (702) 777-2400.


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Entertainment Cher at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

Headliners BARRY MANILOW Legendary singer-songwriter Barry Manilow brings an all-new show full of music and magic to the intimate 1,500-seat Paris Theatre. Songs like “Mandy,” “Copacabana” and “Can’t Smile Without You” have made Manilow a musical icon. Paris Las Vegas. Tickets: (800) 745-3000. CÉLINE DION Following five years of sold-out shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace and a world tour, Céline Dion is preparing for her triumphant return to Las Vegas on March 15, 2011. Caesars Palace. Tickets (877) 423-5463. CHER AT THE COLOSSEUM AT CAESARS PALACE The legendary icon takes the stage for a 90-minute show in Bob Mackie-designed costumes with choreography by Doriana Sanchez. Caesars Palace. Tickets: (866) 510-2437.

DONNY & MARIE The singing siblings perform a 90-minute show at Flamingo Las Vegas where their greatest hits—“a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n‘ roll”—unfold as a multimedia spectacle on a custom-designed stage. Flamingo Las Vegas. Tickets: (702) 733-3333.

Barry Manilow at Paris Las Vegas

Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s Las Vegas

Mag i c DIRK ARTHUR’S WILD MAGIC Get upclose and personal with magician Dirk Arthur’s assortment of exotic cats ranging from snow tigers, Bengal tigers, spotted leopards and black panthers. The hour-long show casts the cats in a variety of illusions. O’Sheas Casino. Tickets: (702) 733-3333. The Mac King Comedy Magic Show Everyone loves the mad plaid magician. Mac King’s act combines quirky humor, visual gags and sleight-of-hand tricks. Harrah’s Las Vegas. Tickets: (702) 369-5111.

Nathan Burton Comedy Magic at Flamingo Las Vegas

NATHAN BURTON COMEDY MAGIC Nathan Burton, who shot to fame on America’s Got Talent and The Entertainer, combines comedy and magic in his hilarious, fast-paced afternoon show. Flamingo Las Vegas. Tickets: (702) 733-3333.

PENN & TELLER The “Bad Boys of Magic” put on an edgy act mixing comedy and magic that involves knives, guns, fire and more. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Tickets: (702) 777-7776.


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Entertainment Nightlife BILL’S LOUNGE Rock out to the King of Rock ’n’ Roll with Elvis impersonator Pete “Big Elvis” Vallee; complimentary one-hour show, Monday through Friday, at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, (702) 737-2100. CARNAVAL COURT BAR & GRILL The party never stops at outdoor venue Carnaval Court— home of the world’s top flair bartenders and live daily entertainment. Open until 4 a.m. Harrah’s Las Vegas, (702) 693-6143. CASA FUENTE Relax with a fine cigar and an exotic cocktail from the bar. The Forum Shops at Caesars, (702) 731-5051. CLEOPATRA’S BARGE Originally opened in 1970, Cleopatra’s Barge was recently renovated and has a vintage Vegas feel. The venue transforms into the Gossy Room every Friday and Saturday night with entertainment by Matt Goss. Caesars Palace, (702) 791-7110. CROWN THEATER AND NIGHTCLUB Operated by entertainment veteran Darin Feinstein, who purchased The Viper Room from actor Johnny Depp, Crown is a hip nightspot featuring live concerts and events. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, (888) 727-6966.

DEALERTAINERS The Dealertainers Pit puts impersonators of celebrities such as Alice Cooper, Britney Spears, Dolly Parton, Ricky Martin and Elvis on the casino floor to deal blackjack and perform daily from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. Imperial Palace, (702) 731-3311. DRAI’S After-hours nightclub for those who don’t want the party to end. Open Thursday through Sunday at 1 a.m. Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, (702) 737-0555. EXTRA LOUNGE At the Sin City headquarters of entertainment news program EXTRA, kick back with a cocktail and tons of eye candy as the TV show’s correspondents and crew get up-close and personal with Tinseltown’s hotshots. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, (702) 785-5555.


FLIRT LOUNGE Flirt is a haven where women gather after seeing the Chippendales show, one of the steamiest male revues in Vegas. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, (702) 777-7777.

ROCKHOUSE BAR & NIGHTCLUB Dive bar on the Strip is a party place with daily drink specials, DJs and dancers in bird cages. Imperial Palace, (702) 731-9683.

HEART BAR The pulse of Planet Hollywood beats throughout the resort’s phenomenal three-acre casino. At the core is Heart, filled with dark wood and encrusted with mirrored glass, where thirst is quenched around the clock. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, (702) 785-5555.

SEAHORSE LOUNGE Laid-back lounge features a 1,700-gallon aquarium as its focal point. Caesars Palace, (702) 731-7110.

I-BAR Ultralounge in the heart of the resort features interactive tabletops, DJs and gogo dancers. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, (702) 777-7777. INDIGO LOUNGE Enjoy DJs spinning Top 40 classics in the elegant lounge off the casino floor. Bally’s Las Vegas, (702) 967-4111.

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SHADOW BAR Flair bartenders spin bottles and whip up trendy cocktails as performers dance behind backlit screens. Caesars Palace. VOODOO LOUNGE Flair bartenders mix up wild concoctions such as the Witch Doctor. Sip a signature cocktail inside on the 51st floor or on the outdoor deck where you can take in the breathtaking view of the Las Vegas Strip. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, (702) 777-7800. Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace

LE CABARET Charming lounge offers entertainment seven nights a week. Sip cocktails under trees strung with twinkling lights and enjoy the sounds of DJ Sally on weekdays and contemporary dance band Envy on weekends. Paris Las Vegas, (702) 946-7000. NAPOLEON’S DUELING PIANO BAR Let the duel begin. Pianists square off nightly to play your requests. Full-service bar and a menu of carefully selected champagnes available. Paris Las Vegas, (702) 946-7000. THE PLAYING FIELD LOUNGE Planet Hollywood’s very own double-header. Its daytime Race and Sports Book transforms into a nocturnal lounge. The bar has more than 30 plasma-screen televisions and features live karaoke and DJs Fridays and Saturdays. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, (702) 785-5555. PURE NIGHTCLUB Elevate yourself. Take the glass elevator or dramatic, twisting staircase to the enchanting 14,000-square-foot terrace that offers a party under the stars. Caesars Palace, (702) 731-7873.

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SPAS AND SALONS COLOR, a Salon by Michael Boychuck at Caesars Palace

Production Shows CHIPPENDALES Experience “The Ultimate Girls Night Out®” when you visit the fast-paced Chippendales® revue, which features 12 chiseled males performing provocative yet tasteful dance routines. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Tickets: (702) 777-7776.

MATT GOSS Backed by a nine-piece band, the British crooner—who has sold 17 million albums worldwide—performs an array of original songs and popular covers such as Frank Sinatra’s “Luck Be a Lady.” Caesars Palace. Tickets: (800) 745-3000.

DONN ARDEN’S JUBILEE! Entertaining Las Vegas for the past 29 years, Donn Arden’s lavish stage production with its eye-catching, toe-tapping musical numbers and costumed showgirls continues to delight audiences. Bally’s Las Vegas. Tickets: (702) 967-4567.

PEEPSHOW Holly Madison headlines this sexy striptease-and-storytelling adult production featuring Broadway veteran Josh Strickland and an ensemble of sizzling PEEPSHOW GIRLS dancers. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Tickets: (702) 785-5555.


THE PRICE IS RIGHT™ – LIVE! Come on down! America’s favorite television game show hits the Vegas stage with the same games—Plinko, Cliffhangers and Punch a Bunch—as contestants play for cash and prizes and battle in the Showcase Showdown. Bally’s Las Vegas. Tickets: (702) 967-4567.

You won’t believe your eyes, these gals really are guys. This 75-minute energetic show stars Frank Marino as comic icon Joan Rivers and features a cast of superstar female impersonators. Imperial Palace. Tickets: (888) 777-7664.

HUMAN NATURE Celebrate Motown with Human Nature. The Australian quartet has four multi-platinum albums back home and has toured with Céline Dion and Michael Jackson. Imperial Palace. Tickets: (888) 777-7664.

LEGENDS IN CONCERT Superstars of yesterday and today—including Elvis Presley, Madonna and Dolly Parton—are impersonated at this long-running celebrity tribute show. Tickets: (702) 369-5111.

MATSURI Japan’s famed “Muscle Musical” lets 18 highly skilled, athletic performers’ muscles do the talking as they perform stunts like the Human Jump Rope and Judo Tango. Colorful costumes add to the spectacle. Imperial Palace. Tickets: (888) 777-7664.

SHOW IN THE SKY The best free show in Vegas, it’s Mardi Gras four nights a week in the Rio’s Masquerade Village. Beads fall from floats and singers perform sexy dance routines to today’s hottest hits. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, (702) 777-7777.


Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace

SPA AT BALLY’S Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. Appointments: (702) 967-4366.

Ca e s a r s PA L A CE COLOR, a Salon by Michael Boychuck at Caesars Palace Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Appointments: (866) 730-7791.

“X” Burlesque An adult revue that combines imaginative choreography with outrageous props such as bungees, bathtubs and beds to excite the crowd and leave them eagerly wondering what’s next. Flamingo Las Vegas. Tickets: (702) 733-3111.

Donn Arden’s Jubilee! at Bally’s Las Vegas

QUA BATHS & SPA Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily. Appointments: (866) 782-0655.

FL A MIN G O THE SPA AT THE FLAMINGO Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily. Appointments: (702) 733-3535.

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IM P ERI A L PA L A CE THE SPA AT IMPERIAL PALACE Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. Appointments: (702) 794-3242.

PA RIS SPA BY MANDARA Hours: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily. Appointments: (702) 946-4366.

P L A NET HOLLYWOOD PLANET HOLLYWOOD SPA BY MANDARA Hours: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily. Appointments: (702) 785-5772.

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Swinging & Singing Smokey Robinson Talks Golf and Motown

“Don’t take it so seriously. You are not a pro.” That’s Smokey Robinson’s advice to every golfer not named Woods or Mickelson. The golf course, you see, is Smokey’s second sanctuary—the stage being the first. “I’ve been golfing for thirty years,” he explains, adding that the game has taught him “patience and discipline.” Then he admits what we all suspect, “I know a lot more about singing than I do golf. Golf is still a mystery to me.” The golf course may be the only place where the Grammy® Award winner slows life down these days. He toured all summer and recently released a new 12-song album entitled, Now and Then, available exclusively at Cracker Barrel stores. The CD features six live versions of his well-known classics and six songs from his 2009 album, Time Flies When You’re Having Fun. “I am so blessed to still be doing what I absolutely love,” Smokey says by phone, a half hour before stepping onstage in Mableton, Georgia. “During the first days of Motown, it was just the five of us. We wanted to make music for the world.” You don’t have to look far to find Smokey’s musical influence here on the Strip. The legendary singer helped bring Australian vocal group Human Nature to Imperial Palace after meeting them when they were recording an album with some Motown greats. “They sang [“The Tears of a Clown”] to me a cappella and it blew me out of the studio,” he recalls. “They were incredible. I knew right away they’d be a hit in Las Vegas.” VP

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