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FEATURES

IN THE KNOW 28

Wild West Where do you find lingerie-clad bartenders, corset-wearing Dolls, ceiling swings and a glass bathtub? Well, at the Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Saloon at Gallery Nightclub.

COMPLIMENTS OF THE CHEF 30

Chef Richard’s Fare Written by Jen Karetnick Central perks. James Beard Award-winning Chef Michel Richard just wants “your mouth to dance with pleasure” when you dig into his dishes.

SPLURGE 32

Back to the Basics Compiled by Christie Moeller and Danielle Cohen Bettie Page designer Tatyana Khomyakova shares her tips on vintage style. Plus, gear for guys, and products to bring out the sophisticate or hipster in you.

FASHION FORWARD 44

Candied Kaleidoscope Photographed by Robert John Kley Candy couture. The season’s best and brightest fashions pop in a sugarshop setting.

CELEBRITY PORTRAIT 54

“We Found Doug!” Written by Shep Morgan Justin Bartha, the elusive groom of Vegas’ “ultimate hometown movie,” talks about career, romance and his return to the Wolfpack in the hit sequel, The Hangover Part II.

COCKTAIL CULTURE 58

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Poolside Punch Written by Jen Karetnick Put on those 3-D glasses and get ready for some serious sippers. Mixologist Eddie Perales has created a cabana cocktail program that really packs a punch.

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DEPARTMENTS 14

OPENING ACT

George Wallace welcomes the laughs.

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PULSE OF VEGAS

Take two: Céline Dion and Elton John begin new Vegas residencies. Flamingo adds a Parrothead paradise. Nobu Hotel to debut at Caesars Palace. And find out why Food Network’s Rahm Fama is a fan of Kerry Simon’s Waffle Fry Nachos.

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LIVE WELL

Feel the tranquillity. Give your body, mind and spirit a tune-up with yoga instructor Swami Ramananda.

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OUTTAKES

Being a superhero can be . . . itchy, explains Green Lantern star Ryan Reynolds, while Cameron Diaz reviews what she learned as one Bad Teacher.

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BEST BETS

Ready, set, bet. It’s football season. Huddle up with our experts for tips that could help you win in the sports book.

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SPORTS CENTRAL

Feed your need for speed at the Izod IndyCar World Championship, which returns to Sin City for its 2011 race season finale at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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HAPPENINGS

News & Notes: the odds and ends of Las Vegas. Clothing: Turquoise silk one-shoulder dress ($2,330), Purple Fantasia wedges ($830); FENDI/Crystals at CityCenter. Jewelry: Red chain-link Ayers snake bracelet ($470), mustard chain-link Ayers snake bracelet ($470), light green chain-link Ayers snake bracelet ($470), gold and blue leather woven bracelet ($260), gold and pink leather woven bracelet ($260), gold and green leather woven bracelet ($260); FENDI/Crystals at CityCenter. Beauty products: 5 Couleurs eyeshadow in Green Design ($58); Dior Beauty/The Forum Shops at Caesars. Aqua Liner in Diamond Lagoon Green ($23); MAKE UP FOR EVER, Sephora/Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Ultra lip shine in Spiked Punch ($18), Full Finish lipstick in Saucy ($18); Benefit, Sephora/Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. 8

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SCENE + HEARD

Starcatcher. Celebrity sightings from CinemaCon and Vegas Uncork’d, as well as the nightclub scene at Chateau, Gallery and PURE.

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Around Town

Your dining and entertainment guide to Las Vegas.

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WILD CARD

Sit down and buckle up. The Gazillionaire is about to take you on an Absinthe adventure you won’t soon forget.

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CONTRIBUTORS The Names and Faces Behind the Words and Photos

Jen Karetnick | Writer | “Chef Richard’s Fare” and “Poolside Punch” “I’ve always loved Chef Michel Richard’s recipes and books. They’re so whimsical, yet so easy to follow, without the molecular tomfoolery that a lot of modern cooking calls for today,” writer Jen Karetnick explains. A Miami dining critic, Jen is writing a book, Romancing the Mango: Recipes from the Obsessed. She interviewed Chef Richard and wrote about cool cabana cocktails for this issue. She advises, “Everything at a Vegas pool is eye candy. Your cocktail should definitely be, too.” Check out more of Jen’s writing at jenkaretnick.com.

Robert John Kley | Photographer | “Candied Kaleidoscope” and “Lucid Dreams” Fashion and lifestyle photographer Robert John Kley was a kid in a candy store—literally—when we assigned him to capture fashion and jewels inside Sugar Factory American Brasserie. His images just came to life on the page and popped with color. Robert also photographed some rather colorful characters: Absinthe host The Gazillionaire and his hilarious, uninhibited sidekick, Penny Pibbets. “It’s one of my favorite photos. They both have amazing personalities.” See more of Robert’s work on his Web site: rjkphoto.com.

Christie Moeller | Stylist | “Candied Kaleidoscope” “What better way to showcase sweets than with one of the season’s biggest trends? Color!” stylist Christie Moeller says of “Candied Kaleidoscope,” our sugary fashion and jewelry spread. “We created a Crayola cocktail

of vibrant fashions and combined it with candy-like, colorful gems for a stunning Technicolor fashion story.” Christie’s client list ranges from celebrities to fashion RJK Photo

publications and advertising campaigns. You can view her fashion blog at icanstyleu.com/blog.

Shep Morgan | Writer | “‘We Found Doug!’” Justin Bartha told award-winning writer Shep Morgan about the biggest stretch of his career: Holy Rollers, in which he plays a rebellious, drug-dealing Hasidic Jew who leads a kid studying to be a rabbi into a life of crime. “It’s

the baddest guy I’ve ever played—an addict who spirals out of control. I lived above a Hasidic family in L.A. for a couple of years and their wild son was very much an inspiration,” Bartha reveals.

“I loved the chance to show a different side of myself.” Shep interviews and writes about celebrities for a variety of entertainment publications.

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Opening Act Our celebrity Welcome

Judging from the way he shakes hands and interacts with guests, and considering he was Mayor of Gotham City in Batman Forever, you’d think Flamingo comedian George Wallace was running for the nonexistent title of “Mayor of the Las Vegas Strip.” But Wallace, who was labeled by one local writer as “The New Mr. Las Vegas,” is just happy to follow in the footsteps of Redd Foxx and Sammy Davis, Jr.— two comedians (Wallace started out as a writer for The Redd Foxx Show) he says helped pave the way for him. “Just think, they had to walk through the kitchen to work and headline in the main showroom. If they were alive today, they would be surprised to know that we’re still going through that same damn kitchen,” he jokes. Here Wallace shares some thoughts on his career, Las Vegas and pal Jerry Seinfeld, with whom he’s shared a 35-plus year friendship. “I told his wife on [their wedding] day that if he is the same friend to her as he’d been to me, then she’s got a winner and indeed she [does].”

If you were not a comedian, what would you be doing? Look, I knew I wanted to be a comedian before I was born. I didn’t even come out of my mother’s womb until I heard a knock…(‘five minutes, Mr. Wallace’). This is what God put me on this earth for. What was your big break? What big break? I’m still working my ass off. What’s the best thing about living in Las Vegas? Vegas has it all: Fun, food, shows and beautiful people. And some ugly people too. Let’s be fair. No other city on earth has as many top entertainers on the same block. The same can be said for having the greatest restaurants in the world. How would you play tourist in Vegas with 24 hours of free time? My favorite thing to do in Las Vegas is to find me a great seat and people watch, especially at a location like Mon Ami Gabi, which is the best place in town to eat and people watch at the same time.

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What’s the strangest thing about Las Vegas? The oddest thing is the world’s largest gift store. The Bonanza General Store, located at Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara. On the marquee, it reads: ‘IF IT’S IN STOCK, WE HAVE IT.’ Damn, why don’t they put up a sign saying, ‘IF YOU PAY FOR IT, IT’S FREE!’ Jerry Seinfeld is a longtime friend. What makes him such a great comic? One thing that makes Jerry funny is discipline. He is so dedicated to the art of comedy. Every comedian in our era [had] the most respect for Jerry, because come hell or high water, he would always stop for an hour each day to write. The difference between a good comedian and a great comedian is that a great comedian always has new jokes. In one Seinfeld episode, you played a doctor distracted every time he heard the song “Witchy Women.” When it comes on now, what happens? I hear ka-ching. Come on, it was only a two-minute scene, but it was the joke of the day. VP

“Make sure you see the ‘Best 10 p.m. show’ at the fabulous Flamingo—The George Wallace ‘I Be Thinkin’ Show.’ You’ll laugh your ass off. When in Vegas, you have a choice: You can go see the Blue Man or you can come see me, the Black Man.”

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PULSE OF VEGAS Highlights of the Center Strip

Captain FantastiC The Virtuoso Elton John Returns for a Second Run at Caesars Palace

Elton John is trading in his Red Piano for a Million Dollar one. In announcing his return to The Colosseum this September, Elton says, “Caesars Palace is just a perfect, idyllic place to play, and the show will be a gargantuan feast of music and imagery.” He continues, “I’m going to have a fabulous piano that Yamaha has been working on for four years, and that’s the reason why the show is called ‘The Million Dollar Piano.’” Elton’s new three-year residency kicks off with a string of 16 shows beginning September 28. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee in 1999, Elton is a rare entertainer who has conquered music, stage and screen. He has won five Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for the song, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” in the film, The Lion King, and Tony Awards for the musicals The Lion King, Billy Elliot and Aida.

Worldwide, Elton John has sold more than 250 million records and has recorded 35 gold- and 25 platinumselling albums.

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Bed and Banquet “…heaven on earth and sex on a plate.” —Kate Winslet

Acclaimed Chef Nobu Matsuhisa to Open Hotel-Restaurant at Caesars Palace “You can tell how much fun a city is going to be if Nobu has a restaurant in it.” —Madonna Even before she steps onstage, the crowd is on their feet, roaring in anticipation and chanting “Cé-line, Cé-line, Cé-line.” When she appears and sings Journey’s “Open Arms,” they erupt in cheers. It’s Céline Dion’s first show of her second residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, and fans are discovering that this show is different from her theatrical A New Day... production. The focus here is on the beauty of her voice and the music itself, and playing with a 31-piece orchestra nightly “is a dream come true,” Dion says. The show contains less pageantry and is more personal; Dion weaves in segments of her private life, admitting, “I’m an open book. I’ve been an open book all my life.” Home videos of her sons, 10-year-old René-Charles and twins Eddy and Nelson, born in October 2010, prove this, as they play on a video screen in the background while she sings Billy Joel’s “Lullaby (Goodnight, My Angel).” All of the songs chosen for the show have special meaning to Dion. Before singing Janis Ian’s “At Seventeen,” she points out how the “words are so simple, yet say so much.” Dion, whom Newsweek calls “the biggest act since Elvis,” mixes in her hits while paying tribute to other great artists. She offers a James Bond medley, performs a heartfelt version of Jacques Brel’s “Ne me quitte pas” (“Don’t Leave Me”), and tackles Michael Jackson’s “Ben” and “Man in the Mirror,” a song that she says is about “what we can do for the world.”

Vegas has long been the playground for countless icons recognized around the globe. Think Elvis or Cher or Sinatra. Now, another single-moniker superstar is about to claim some real estate on the Las Vegas Strip: Nobu. The famed Japanese executive chef/owner of 25 restaurants in 21 cities on five continents requires no other name to distinguish himself—but formally, for the record, it’s Nobu Matsuhisa. And now, his Nobu Hospitality luxurylifestyle brand has teamed with Caesars Palace to bring the first Nobu Hotel in the world to Las Vegas. A multimillion-dollar renovation will reinvent the current Centurion Tower at Caesars Palace to create a boutique hotel within a resort, transforming the 180 stylish guest rooms, including 16 luxurious suites, into an Asian-inspired retreat complete with its own hotel check-in area.

Dion ends the night with her signature hit, “My Heart Will Go On,” punctuating a statement she had made earlier in the evening: “It feels like home.” Whether you’re rumbling through the desert, roaring down the Autobahn or just navigating city streets, the new Ducati Diavel gives you the ride of your life. The futuristic, Tron-like custom cycle is jam-packed with advanced electronics: anti-lock brakes, multiple-position traction control, different ride modes and keyless ignition.

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The Nobu Restaurant and Lounge, sprawling more than 9,500 square feet, will occupy the base of the Nobu tower and provide room-service catering. Nobu is excited about the opportunity, and diners in the know should be as well. “I always put something special in my food—my heart, or kokoro, as we say in Japanese,” he says. “For me, cooking is most about giving my customers little surprises.”

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PULSE OF VEGAS Television and Film

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Las Vegas is “electric. It’s alive,” Cee Lo Green says during a break from filming. “It’s a cool place to be, especially in my line of work.”

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The Lady Killer Hits Vegas to Shoot His Music Video

“My nickname is Loberace,” chuckles singer Cee Lo Green, decked head-to-toe in a sparkling baby-blue outfit with Swarovski crystals and feathers that recall the finery of Vegas legend Liberace. “It even says it on my pillow,” he adds proudly, for any doubters. Cee Lo was in Las Vegas filming the music video for “I Want You,” the fourth single off The Lady Killer. “I’m a student and a son of show business,” he says, from the Centurion Penthouse Suite at Caesars Palace, where many of the scenes in the video were filmed. “That’s the magic and the magnetism I was drawn to as a child. I want to relive what made me a fan, made me a follower, and made me a believer in music. That’s what these outfits are about. It’s all in fun. It’s childish, in a good way.” Filmed at several locations around Caesars Palace, the video portrays Cee Lo as a flashy—yes—lady killer, who is hosting a prince and his bride. The trip is a bit rocky, however. “He’s not being a gentleman toward her and, of course, that’s my specialty,” Cee Lo says with a grin. “So I teach him a little lesson in chivalry.” VP

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$ What would you do with an extra $20 a day? That’s approximately the amount you save per night by staying at any Caesars Entertainment property, because the company has eliminated the hidden resort fees most other Strip hotels charge.

An average stay in Las Vegas is three days, which would give you roughly an extra $60 in your billfold—the very place it should be. Here are a few suggestions for where your money is better spent:

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Indulge in a savory breakfast at Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro at Caesars Palace.

$ Take a spoon to a Strawberry Fields Sundae at Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace.

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Take a ride up the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas and soak up the Strip view.

$ Enjoy a relaxing massage while sitting poolside at the Flamingo Go Pool.

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Loosen your belt and lunch at the Carnival World Buffet at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

$ Grab lunch at Kerry Simon’s gourmet burger restaurant KGB at Harrah’s Las Vegas.

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Discover the secrets behind the glitz and glamour of Donn Arden’s Jubilee! with a backstage pass tour at Bally’s Las Vegas.

$ Dance the night away with VIP admission to Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

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Gaze at classic cars at The Auto Collections at Imperial Palace.

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It’s not often you get to stroll up to the bar and ask for a glass of Glenfiddich 50-Year Single Malt. But now you can. Luxury cigar shop Casa Fuente, inside The Forum Shops at Caesars, is in the business of obtaining the world’s finest scotch, and Glenfiddich 50-Year is just that. The singular liquor is one of only six bottles available in the United States, and is the featured spirit on Casa Fuente’s Black List of rare scotch and whisky. To celebrate, Casa Fuente has introduced the Spirits Society—a club that, for a onetime fee of $50, grants access to members-only tastings and educational events, and entitles them to receive 15 percent off Black List spirits. Says Michael Frey, the shop’s managing partner, “We have created an environment for guests to enjoy some of the best elixirs in the world and become more versed in liquor and cocktail culture.”

Three Card Poker Offers a Chance to Win $1 Million Feeling lucky? The latest table game, Three Card Poker 6 Card BonusTM, proves that diamonds (in the form of a Super Royal) are a player’s best friend. That’s because hitting a Super Royal in diamonds—9, 10, J, Q, K, A— while playing the specialty game will fatten the wallet by a cool $1 million. It’s a jackpot unrivaled among table games. A Super Royal in any other suit nets the winner $100,000. The game is played exclusively at Caesars Entertainment’s Las Vegas resorts, and analysts estimate that three players could hit the $1 million jackpot every year. “We are excited to offer the first-ever table game with an instant jackpot of this size,” says Jeff Kowalchuk, Caesars Entertainment’s director of corporate table games. To be eligible for the 6 Card BonusTM $1 million jackpot, players must place three bets, including an Ante wager and a Plus Pair wager, at the table minimum. So, for as little as $15 a hand, playing at a $5 minimum table, a player has a chance to become an instant millionaire. For a player to claim the big jackpot, the player’s cards, combined with those of the dealer, must form a diamond-suited Super Royal. 20

Better than gold? Perhaps. A single bottle of the extremely rare Glenfiddich 50-year-old recently sold at auction in the United States for $38,000, making it more costly, per ounce, than gold. Due to the intricacies of aging, only one in every 100,000 casks at Glenfiddich makes it to the 50-year mark—which means tasting such a rare treasure is quite an honor. Luckily for you, it’s available at Casa Fuente for $1,100 per shot. Better hope that black AmEx card isn’t in your wife’s purse. Photos Courtesy of Casa fuente

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PULSE OF VEGAS Love and Money

Caribbean Cool Flamingo’s Margaritaville Casino Offers a Taste of the Tropics

Not since the invention of the vanilla-chocolate swirl have two worlds come together with such mass appeal. This fall, the heart-pumping thrill of Las Vegas will meet the chill vibe of the islands, as the Flamingo Las Vegas and Margaritaville team up to bring a gaming experience like no other to the Strip. The 15,000-square-foot Margaritaville Casino at the Flamingo, with its 22 gaming tables and 220 slot machines, will have an entrance directly off the Strip. At the heart of this laid-back, tropical experience is the one place where it’s always happy hour: The 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar will have guests mentally changing their latitude.

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Love really is in the air: Couples can now say “I Do” at Caesars Palace with customizable all-inclusive aromatherapy wedding packages. The lovebirds can choose to have one of eight essential oils, including rose, peony and orchid, waft into their ceremony. All of the oils promote health and well-being. Additionally, the future Mr. and Mrs. receive a floral bouquet, professional photography and video packages, along with a two-night stay in a Palace Tower suite.

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Like Zach Galifianakis, (Alan) in The Hangover, you too can obtain more knowledge on blackjack by either taking a class with one of the dealers through Caesars Entertainment or by picking up a copy of the book Alan was thumbing through during the movie. Yes, The World’s Greatest Blackjack Book might just bring you that extra bit of luck you’ve been looking for. We’re not saying this book will change your life, but we’re saying there might be a

chance for you to win enough chips to pay off the book purchase. Then, of course, if you see Galifianakis in Las Vegas you can ask him to sign it for you.

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Rahm Fama travels coast to coast for his Food Network show, Meat & Potatoes, and he still marvels at what he finds, such as the short-rib, Waffle Fry Nachos at KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers at Harrah’s Las Vegas. “I love to explore and try new foods, see new techniques, and find out what others are ‘bringing to the table.’” “At KGB, Chef Kerry Simon combines three of my favorites: short ribs cooked so long they fall apart, with a sweet, juicy ragout that has a hint of spice placed on top of, not just fries, but waffle fries with melted cheese on top. It finishes this dish to perfection. “The time and thought that went into Chef Simon’s version of chili fries is unique and delicious. No ground beef used here; only good-quality short ribs that take half the day to cook. Then, put over the best waffle fries. Have you ever tried making these things? To put that much effort into an appetizer goes to show you that no matter how small the dish is, a good chef pulls out all the stops to get it on the plate.

“The potato is my idea of gold from the earth. One of the saddest times for me was the no-starch-and-carb era. How can you go without earth’s gold? “When I’m not shooting Meat & Potatoes, I reduce the amount of meat I consume and exercise daily. Just like all luxury foods, you have to take it in moderation. “My last meal would be a meat dish for sure! A New York steak prepared medium-rare and grilled on an open fire pit with homemade kimchi on top. This spicy salad is wonderful by itself but amazing on a charred steak.” VP

Meat Rahm Fama Chef Scours the Country for Food Network Show

Chef Rahm Fama says his passion for meat began “while working [his] fingers to the bone” on a New Mexico cattle ranch run by his mother. Slaughtering a sheep at age nine with his grandfather for a family dinner, he recalls, led him to see “the process through to the plate.” Fama says, “I teach my chefs that food does not just come in a box at your doorstep.” Photos Courtesy of the food Network

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LIVE WELL

State of Bliss

“Yoga is a mind-body-spirit tune-up,” explains Caesars Palace yoga instructor Swami Ramananda. “It’s about looking good and feeling healthy.”

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TUNING New Yoga Tranquility Center Is Designed To Enhance Mind, Body and Spirit by Danielle Cohen

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Ramananda, who trained in India and has been teaching yoga for more than four decades, says the ancient practice of breathing and stretching aids in body shaping and toning, promotes healthy blood circulation and stimulates the body’s natural immune system. For travelers, yoga can alleviate the effects of jet lag, boost immunities, and help with sleep and digestion. The latest yoga trend, according to Ramananda, integrates spa before or after a session. Limbs can be heated or cooled at nearby Qua Baths & Spa, where a bevy of temperature-varying options— from whirlpools to massages—await.

After the sessions, yogis can spend time with Ramananda and learn ways to improve health and well-being, starting with their diet. A theory of Ayurvedic medicine claims certain foods keep an individual’s body in balance. Qua Baths & Spa offers this special menu to align with your dosha—which is based on energy and body chemistry—and a simple questionnaire can determine yours. So after your class, Ramananda says, you can grab a smoothie, salad or fruit plate to complete your workout. vP

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Above: Yoga instructor Swami Ramananda works with a student near the Bacchus Pool at Caesars Palace. Below: A selection of the Tranquility Center’s assorted fruits, vegetables and freshly squeezed fruit juices. They help to maintain balance for all three kinds of dosha, a mind-body type based on energy and body chemistry.

“Yoga helps you listen to your body. It’s all about lowering your stress level,” he says. Classes at the spa’s new Tranquility Center include classic Ashtanga, a rejuvenating yoga; and über-hip Bhartanatyam, a dance yoga combining hip-hop with traditional Hindu music. Ramananda also leads water Qigong, a martial artsinspired Chinese yoga that keeps yogis in constant motion. Practiced in the Bacchus swimming pool, it “takes the stress off the knees,” Ramananda says. PhotograPhs by danny Inglewood

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CinemaCon 2011

OUTTAKES Actor’s Studio

Five Minutes at Caesars Palace with Ryan Reynolds and Cameron Diaz, CinemaCon Male and Female Stars of the Year

In Green Lantern, Ryan Reynolds plays cocky test pilot Hal Jordan, whose mystical green ring confers supernatural powers. Interviewed at CinemaCon at Caesars Palace, Reynolds explained, “The ring chose him specifically. His mission is to find out why.” Of the role’s physical demands, Reynolds revealed that “falling down at [age] 34 feels different than when you’re 23. You’re not faking the facial expressions when you get up.”

Any added pressure playing a superhero? There is a bit of pressure. You work really hard on these films and you want them to succeed in every way imaginable.

What was the costume like? The character is wearing a suit that’s made of energy, so that’s a tough thing to put on every day. The costume is actually [computer-generated imagery], so I was wearing a motion-capture suit, which was gray and looks like a crash test dummy, but [is] itchy. You’re basically wearing a onesie. It’s pretty intense.

What power does Green Lantern have that you would like to have?

Cameron Diaz, who plays Elizabeth Halsey, a foul-mouthed junior-high instructor, in Bad Teacher, said it was fun teaming up with ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake in the film. “He’s a genius comedian. Everybody knows Saturday Night Live and all the stuff that he’s done over the years. He’s so bizarre and hilarious. I say that with great respect.”

Why do you gravitate toward comedies? To me, laughter is medicine. It cures everything. I don’t care how horrible the situation is; there’s a moment where humor has to find its way in.

What qualities does Elizabeth have that you possess? Elizabeth is pretty truthful and honest with people. She doesn’t pretend to be something she’s not, and I think I’m a pretty straightforward person. You know what you’re dealing with when you deal with me.

And the differences?

I would love to manifest anything based on my own imagination. My God, the things you could do.

There are a few things that she could do better. She’s a hard worker, but I think her energy and focus are in the wrong place. By the end of the film, she does apply herself to the right thing.

Were you a comic book guy growing up?

Did you have any bad teachers?

A little bit. I didn’t know much about the Green Lantern. I followed some, like Deadpool and X-Men. Nothing too crazy. I didn’t have a room made entirely of comic books.

I had a couple of teachers who were mean. CinemaCon celebrates the film industry and movie-going experience, attracting thousands of industry professionals and cinema owners and operators from around the world. CinemaCon returns to Caesars Palace April 23-26, 2012.

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Wild West

The Pussycat Dolls Open a Sexy Saloon “The second you walk into the Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Saloon [at Gallery Nightclub], you’ll feel sexy and want to jump up on the bar and dance,” says the burlesque troupe’s creator and choreographer, Robin Antin. “We’ve created the perfect atmosphere for every woman to showcase her ‘inner Doll.’” The sultry, rich-red nightclub inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is a 4,500-square-foot “playground,” as Antin calls it, where lingerie-clad bartenders hop on the bar and strut their stuff when they’re not pouring shots. These impromptu performances are aided by the nightclub’s hot-bodied, corset-wearing Dolls, who sway from swings and perform sultry, burlesque numbers inside a glass bathtub. Antin welcomes club-goers to join in the fun, encouraging them to dance on the raised platforms or at the rhinestonestudded carousel horses. “It’s a more interactive setting,” Antin explains. “It’s not about watching the women onstage; it’s about getting up there and doing it yourself. Every woman is sexy; some just need to dig deeper to pull it out.” Antin started the Pussycat Dolls as a burlesque group in 1995 with actress Christina Applegate. They performed in The Viper Room, which was then owned by Johnny Depp. Over the years, many guest stars have slipped into a leather-and-lace Dolls costume and worked it onstage: Carmen Electra, Charlize Theron, Christina Aguilera, Kim Kardashian, Kelly Osbourne and Eva Longoria.

“It’s a more interactive setting,” explains Pussycat Dolls creator Robin Antin. “We’ve created the perfect atmosphere for every woman to showcase her ‘inner Doll.’”

The Pussycat Dolls singing troupe, led by Nicole Scherzinger, debuted in 2004 and exploded onto the pop charts with the hit songs “Don’t Cha,” “Stickwitu,” “I Hate This Part” and “Buttons” with Snoop Dogg. For Antin, the Pussycat Dolls go beyond burlesque. “It’s about releasing your inner Doll. To me, that means self-esteem and female empowerment,” Antin says. And of the saloon’s setting on the Strip, she says with a wink and a grin, “There is sexy, and then there’s Vegas sexy.” vP

Pussycat Dolls creator Robin Antin (opposite) has created a playful space in her nightclub inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The whimsical decor includes black, rhinestone-studded carousel horses and a bathtub, which Carmen Electra (top) used for her performance at the club’s grand opening.

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COMPLIMENTS OF THE CHEF Profile: Central by Michel Richard

Chef Richard’s Fare Chef Michel Richard, James Beard Winner, Brings Whimsy to the Table by Jen Karetnick

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“Displays excellence in food, beverage and service, and is likely to make a significant impact in years to come.” —The James Beard Foundation, honoring Central Michel Richard (Washington, D.C.) as its 2008 Best New Restaurant in the U.S.

“A great chef, who is cooking at a level that far exceeds any Michelin three-star chef in France,” states Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate. “One of the finest displays of modern art,” says Tom Sietsema of The Washington Post. “What you see isn’t what you get at Michel Richard Citronelle. The chef has become legend for his playfulness,” writes Phyllis Richman in Food Arts. These are just some of the comments that respected food writers have made in describing Chef Michel Richard, who began his career as a pastry chef in France, moved to America and became renowned for adapting French cuisine to California ingredients at his Citrus restaurant in Los Angeles. Not that the veteran, who was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America in 1991, will need any assistance attracting diners to his latest launch: Central by Michel Richard, (pronounced sen-TRAL) located near the Caesars Palace hotel lobby.

In addition, he says, “I love to play with potatoes, so we have great French fries, spuddies, mashed potatoes and potato risotto.” Richard elevates something so pedestrian as a “spuddie,” which is his word for a tater tot, with ingredients such as coriander and Wondra flour— and the recipes for this and his other dishes have become so sought after, they are often published in foodie magazines such as Saveur, Bon Appétit, Wine Spectator and Food & Wine, as well as appearing in his third cookbook, Sweet Magic, published by Harper Collins in 2010.

“I am not making unusual dishes,” says the French restaurateur of Citronelle and Central in Washington, D.C., as well as Michel in The Ritz-Carlton in McLean, Virginia. “I am not trying to change the world. I just want your mouth to dance with pleasure when you eat my food.”

He also cites mosaics of carpaccios, great garlic roasted chicken and crunchy fried chicken—the last of which is served with mashed potatoes and a Dijon sauce and is available for take-out in a bucket (breast, thigh and nuggets) at his Washington, D.C., restaurant. For dessert and special occasions, the celebration cakes—individual birthday cakes—with sparkling candles “will create a festival at your table,” he says.

Richard is known for his playfulness with cuisine; he made burgers out of lobster and added “tartare of filet mignon and French fries” and fish-and-chips to his dinner menu at Washington, D.C.’s, Central Michel Richard, a 2008 James Beard Foundation Award for Best New Restaurant. His whimsy spills over into his writing, earning a James Beard nomination for his second cookbook, Happy in the Kitchen.

Above from top, fanciful fare from Chef Michel Richard: Crispy fries, crunchy fried chicken, the unique lobster burger, herb-roasted rotisserie chicken and a decadent chocolate bar.

Richard calls his Las Vegas restaurant, Central by Michel Richard, “an American bistro but with my French accent,” citing dishes such as the moist and tender 72-hour short ribs, one of his signatures.

The Caesars Palace restaurant will be open for 24-hour dining, both indoors and outside on the patio. As a result, Richard anticipates being able to satisfy the appetite of just about anyone. He notes, “The guests of Central are a potpourri of people from all over the world. Central has dishes to please all of them.” He says a guest at one of his restaurants recently told him, “‘If someone doesn’t find something to like at your restaurant, Michel, then they don’t like anything.’” VP

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Elements of Style

our stylist’s shopping list take a peek at what Vegas Player stylist christie Moeller says every socialite needs for a spectacular night on the scene. GLAM SLAM

QUICK FIXES: Carry these with you for lastminute touCh-ups on the town Show off those pearly whites. Supersmile® Quikee is an anytime, anywhere pocket-sized no-brush/no-rinse whitening tooth polish that conveniently removes extrinsic stains caused by coffee, red wine or tobacco, .35-ounce tube ($16); Neiman Marcus/Fashion Show or supersmile.com.

Ever wondered how those haute socialite gals can be so put together and trendsetting, like all the celebrities you see on the red carpet? Well, the secret’s in the bag. And here our fashionista dishes about her top products to prep you for your own photo op. VP

Deliver the glitter to bare shoulders or legs with tarina tarantino sparklicity shimmer Dust ($39); sephora/Miracle Mile shops at planet hollywood resort & casino.

Bye-bye, puffy eyes. With the Sephora Collection Depuffing Roll-On Gel, you’ll look fresh in an instant ($15); Sephora/Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

OppOSite pAGe: Jewelry: necklace in sterling silver and 18-karat vermeil with 7.70-carat lemon quartz ($895), ring in sterling silver and 18-karat vermeil with blue topaz ($550); Delatori/caesars exclusively!, appian Way shops at caesars palace. Clothing: Floral pattern dress ($3,890); naeem kahn/neiman Marcus, Fashion show. red heel ($690); casadei/neiman Marcus, Fashion show. yellow clutch ($198); Marc by Marc Jacobs/ neiman Marcus, Fashion show.

Frizz and fly-aways have no place on the red carpet. Keep every hair in place with B. The product DUST, a powder that turns into pomade with the touch of a finger ($31); Btheproduct.com.

Feel flirty and feminine with Cosabella Molie soft bra ($67) and hotpant ($43), in candy pink heart-shaped swiss dot mesh with rouched trim; shop. cosabella.com

Whether you’re signing autographs or taking down the e-mail of that hot new designer, the Michael Kors Very Hollywood Signature Pen—its ink is scented with Michael kors Very hollywood Fragrance—is a note-worthy accessory ($25); Michael kors/the Forum shops at caesars.

LOOK BOOK: a CosmetiCs legend helps you brush up on the latest makeup styles take some face time with Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself by cosmetics guru François nars ($45). no mere makeup manual, it offers an array of inspiring looks that showcase the limitless possibilities of makeup. nars shares his own insider knowledge and encourages readers to express their individuality through the makeup they wear. narscosmetics.com

When you’re not sending out photos of yourself with all your celeb pals, keep your phone well-dressed in the Callet—a phone cover that doubles as a wallet. BlackBerry and iphone styles available ($19.99); thecallet.com.

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Splurge Boutique Spotlight

Where do you get your inspiration? From so many places. i will see an old movie and something will catch my eye, and i will start to sketch freehand. i’ll notice an old advertisement or read a description in a book. even nature inspires me—the trees, the ocean, the night sky. Just life itself.

by Danielle Cohen Designer Profile: Tatyana Khomyakova Vintage Style from Bettie Page tatyana khomyakova’s women’s wear lines have revitalized the sophistication and sultriness that epitomized America’s post-World War ii fashion revolution. Capturing the essence of this era, the Bettie Page designer has a collection featuring cigarette and circle skirts with feminine touches such as bows, frills and pleats. khomyakova incorporates modern patterns, lengths and prints in her collections, and offers dresses similar to those depicted in pin-up artist gil elvgren’s famous “oops moment” paintings. says khomyakova of opening the first Bettie Page boutique in las Vegas in 2007, “even after planning, designing, pattern making, sampling and presentation—i still didn’t know if my vision would be accepted. When the sales actually began to occur, i felt my dream realized.” Vegas Player recently spoke with the retro designer to discover what puts pep in her step.

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What is your vision for Bettie Page? to grow and evolve. i am so fortunate that my vision has remained steady. in a deep way, i know the course i am on, the path my designs are taking. My designs will evolve, but in a fundamental way, they will be the same. it’s like an artist’s palette. the pictures are all different, but you can tell they come from one hand. What in your next collection excites you? i’ll dip my toes into the 1960s and ‘70s. We’ll be producing some of our own proprietary prints. other than that, the line will grow organically. describe your favorite design elements. Fabrics must be subservient to the design. if a dress is to hug the feminine form, then the fabric should be stretch cotton, for example. My desired colors are gray, because of its nobility, and red, because it’s attractive and sexy. My favorite print is polkadots. it makes everyone look young, lovely and adorable. Any advice to women in general? Women should have some mystery about them. to be sexy and attractive, but modest and elegant—all at the same time. VP

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Shopping with the Stars Las Vegas is the playground to the stars. And with all the fine restaurants, world-class entertainment and luxury boutiques on the Las Vegas Strip, it’s not hard to spot a famous face. Here’s where a few of the big-name visitors were seen recently. Actor Jude Law and his three children lunched on onion rings, burgers and an artichoke pizza at Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace. But the kids didn’t stop there. They took home Frrrozen Hot Chocolate canisters and some dark-chocolate candy bars. Mark Wahlberg and Brad Garrett were both seen, on separate occasions, walking around The Forum Shops at Caesars, while Janet Jackson browsed the racks at Elysee & Co. and Alice Cooper stopped in the John Varvatos boutique. Paris Hilton was seen shopping at Agent Provocateur and dining at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab.

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Holly Madison visited the Marc Jacobs boutique, Jennifer Love Hewitt was spotted at Valentino, and Lauren Conrad and Macy Gray were both at Dior Beauty on separate days, while Eva Longoria checked out the intimates at La Perla with boyfriend Eduardo Cruz (brother of actress Penélope Cruz). Singer Brandon Flowers swung by The Palm for a power lunch. The legendary Dick Clark grabbed a quick bite at Spago, and action star Bruce Willis ate in a private dining room at Strip House inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Other celebrity sightings: Matt Goss at Valentino, Gavin Rossdale at Kids Kastle, Kevin Pollack at Antiquities, Randy Couture at Chrome Hearts, Marcus Allen at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, and Antonio Gates at Trevi Italian Restaurant. VP Photo by ©2011 Denise truscello/ wireimage/angel management grouP

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Man of Style

by Christie Moeller

The Dish on Dry Shampoo and Messy Buns Celebrity hair stylist Brandon Martinez knows what works on hair. That’s why he created his own line of styling products, called B. the Product. Martinez, who has appeared on Bravo’s Blow Out and Salon Diaries, TLC’s LA Ink and NBC’s Biggest Loser, has a client list ranging from New York’s society elite such as Wendi Murdoch to supermodels including Elle Macpherson. For jet-setters and those on the go, Martinez has created a spray-dry shampoo, called Dry Cleaned, as a quick-fix hair solution. “[Dry Cleaned] is clear and doesn’t leave a powder residue or weigh your hair down. It actually provides volume. You just spray on the hair anywhere it feels oily.”

Brandon’s Summer Hair Do: Vegas Player asked Martinez for a simple hairstyle tip to beat the Vegas heat. “The Messy Side Bun is perfect. Gather your hair on the lower side of your head and wrap an elastic band around two to three times. Next, shape the bun with a few bobby pins that match your hair color, pull out a few ends to make it messier, and finish with a spritz of hairspray.” B. the Product collection is available at Les Memories in Paris Las Vegas.

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Wow the crowd by handling this little gem. The Louis Vuitton monogram leather savage tiger clutch is a colorful attention getter ($3,835); Louis Vuitton/The Forum Shops at Caesars.

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Add a splash of color to any outfit with a Bulgari silk Luxury Seascape Scarf ($345); Bulgari/Crystals at CityCenter.

Carry, with confidence, this FENDI dark grey leather peekaboo purse with leopard calf-hair lining ($3,920); FENDI/ Crystals at CityCenter.

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Obtain leading-man status with Aviator Sunglasses from Bulgari. These shades feature natural-horn temples and grey gradient lenses ($780); Bulgari/Crystals at CityCenter.

Look like a million bucks with Louis Vuitton’s signature mother-of-pearl and sterling silver cufflinks ($675) and silk patterned ties ($195); Louis Vuitton/The Forum Shops at Caesars.

THE GENTLEMAN A man of mystery becomes a style icon.

Be a John Varvatos man and don the pearl cotton/metal collarless soft jacket with pick stitch ($1,095), steel blue delave linen heavy gauge textured rib shawl collar cardigan ($598), pearl cotton/metal slim-fit pant with extended front tab ($398), gunmetal cotton hombre plaid scarf ($225), black calf bowery gator button boot ($698); John Varvatos/The Forum Shops at Caesars.

Go casual with a Thomas Pink slim fit Augustus Stripe Shirt ($185) paired with an Albany Plain Tie ($105); Thomas Pink/The Forum Shops at Caesars.

Take Burberry out for a night on the town. While carrying your gear in a rugged canvas tote ($1,495), you’ll look sharp from head to toe in Burberry Prorsum slim-fit bonded-wool trousers ($650) combined with a tailored tweed jacket with detachable fur collar ($2,195) and a pair of Montrose brogues ($595); Burberry/The Forum Shops at Caesars and burberry.com.

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With a splash of turquoise suspended in filigree, the DeLatori necklace brings refreshment to the wardrobe ($575); delatori.com or Caesars Exclusively in the Augustus Tower at Caesars Palace.

Show some edge with a Paul Smith cotton striped hat ($175) and leather phone case ($95); Paul Smith Las Vegas/Crystals at CityCenter.

Beat the heat and stay cool with a Stadler Form Otto Fan. Made of durable African sapele—a tropical wood similar to mahogany—this fan has three adjustable height settings and is whisper quiet ($199.99); swizz-style.com.

Time is always on your side with TeNo’s stylish Steel Blaze, Silicon Blaze watch ($69); TeNo/The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Look hip wearing Albert J Glasses by Oliver Peoples ($285); Oliver Peoples/oliverpeoples.com.

THE HIPSTER For every urban bohemian, style counts.

Get ready for fall and start accessorizing with Cotton Treats Wyatt bow tie ($28 on model), Jackson bow tie ($26 inset); cottontreats.com.

Before running out the door, grab the Ben Sherman Garment Dye Blazer in desert orange ($199); Ben Sherman/Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Capture those Las Vegas moments with Lomography’s Diana Mini En Rose Camera ($119); Urban Outfitters/Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino or lomography.com.

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Jewelry: Classic carved rose bracelet in red, turquoise, violet and fuchsia ($38 each), classic pavé heart necklace in Paisley Peacock ($150); Tarina Tarantino/tarinatarantino.com. le clothing: Airbrushed evening dress; Betsey Johnson/Mirac Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Blue patent-leather strappy sandal with chunky heel ($550); Giuseppe Zanotti Design/The Forum Shops at Caesars.

Beauty products: Aqua liner in Diamond Turquoise Blue at ($23); MAKE UP FOR EVER, Sephora/Miracle Mile Shops in lipstick Dior Rouge Casino. & Resort Planet Hollywood . Blazing Red ($30); Dior Beauty/The Forum Shops at Caesars gloss lip ering shimm and t Prrrowl iridescent mascara topcoa duo ($28); Benefit, Sephora/Miracle Mile Shops at Planet o Hollwood Resort & Casino. Cromatico eyeshadow in Bruttin Planet at Shops Mile le ($15); Tokidoki, Sephora/Mirac Hollywood Resort & Casino.

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Jewelry: ipanema round lemon quartz drop earrings in 18-karat yellow gold ($850), cocktail ring with diamonds and lemon quartz in 18-karat gold ($4,070); Roberto Coin/ Park Place Jewelers at Harrah’s lake Tahoe, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, and Horseshoe Bossier City/Caesars Exclusively at Caesars Atlantic City. clothing: Boobytrap dress in Pink lollipop ($348); nanette lepore/ Crystals at CityCenter.

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Beauty products: Ultra Shine lip gloss in Back to the Fuchsia ($18); Benefit, Sephora/Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Dior Bronze Harmonie de Blush in Coral Riviera ($43); Dior Beauty/ The Forum Shops at Caesars. Skin Tight Body lotion ($36); Prtty Peaushun/prttypeaushun.com. Sweet Almond Mint texture balm ($26); WEn by Chaz Dean/wenhaircare.com.

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Jewelry: Egg charm with pink opal in 18-karat gold ($3,200), 18-inch chain in 18-karat gold ($950); Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co./The Forum Shops at Caesars. Marble round-bead necklace with sterling-silver clasp ($850); Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co./The Forum Shops at Caesars. Twist bow stud earrings ($550), twist bow pendant ($600), twist bangle, medium ($1,600), twist bow ring ($500)—all in 18-karat gold; Tiffany & Co./The Forum Shops at Caesars. Clothing: La Vie en Rose pink lace corset dress ($385); Wheels and Dollbaby/ wheelsanddollbaby.com.

Beauty products: 5 Couleurs iridescent eyeshadow in Exstase Pinks ($58); Dior Beauty/ The Forum Shops at Caesars. Aqua liner in Iridescent Fuchsia ($23); MAKE UP FOR EVER, Sephora/Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Bella Bamba 3D brightening pink face powder ($28), Eye Bright instant eye brightener ($20); Benefit, Sephora/Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Heat Is On protective styling mist ($18), Mane Tame soft pomade ($22); Blow New York/blowny.com. VEGAs PlAyEr

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FASHION FORWARD accessories: Diana Mini with Flash en Rose Edition Camera ($120); lomography, Urban Outfitters/Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Silicone Blaze watches in pink, orange and green ($69 each); Steel Blaze, Teno/Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. clothing: neon Guns Sublimation tee ($98), Pow! Poof! Strapless evening dress ($398); Betsey Johnson/Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Beauty products: Cha Cha mango-tinted lip and cheek stain ($28); Benefit, Sephora/ Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Sweet Almond Mint refreshing treatment mist ($23); WEn/wenhaircare.com

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Jewelry: Moonlight necklace in 18-karat yellow gold with citrines, garnets, pink tourmalines, peridots, rose quartz and diamonds ($21,500), Spring earrings in 18-karat yellow gold with colored gemstones ($2,200); H.Stern/Crystals at CityCenter. clothing: Purple blouse ($265); Diane Von Furstenberg, neiman Marcus/Fashion Show. Black micro-mesh nylon high-waist brief ($26); American Apparel/Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. libation: lollipop Passion; Sugar Factory American Brasserie/ Paris las Vegas. Beauty products: Urban Glow cream highlighter in Moonshine ($24), Afterglow glide-on cheek tint in Quickie ($24); Urban Decay, Sephora/Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Sparklicity gloss ($14); Tarina Tarantino, Sephora/ Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. FiG styling cream ($24), lavender replenishing treatment mist ($32); WEn by Chaz Dean/wenhaircare.com.

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FASHION FORWARD Golfing Buddies

Jewelry: Platinum ring with 11 carats of diamonds and sapphires; Harry Winston/ The Forum Shops at Caesars. clothing: All in One waistcoat ($1,105); Paul Smith/Crystals at CityCenter. Jacob bow tie in lime ($28); Cotton Treats/cottontreats. com. Blue sunglasses ($390); Prada, neiman Marcus/Fashion Show. Beauty products: Rouge Dior lipstick in Fuchsia Star ($30); Dior Beauty/The Forum Shops at Caesars. Skin Tight Body lotion ($36); Prtty Peaushun/prttypeaushun.com.

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Jewelry: Atea Collection—Sleeper earrings with 1.93 carats of diamonds set in white gold ($9,000), large pendant with 2.53 carats of diamonds set in white gold ($16,000), bracelet with .67 carats of diamonds set in white gold ($3,900), small pendant with 1-carat diamond set in white gold ($5,500), ring with .67 carats of diamonds set in white gold ($4,000); De Beers/The Forum Shops at Caesars. clothing: Tea Party Holiday in St. Tropez dress ($285); Wheels and Dollbaby/ wheelsanddollbaby.com. Beauty products: Dior Addict lipstick in Paris #762 ($30); Dior Beauty/The Forum Shops at Caesars. Creaseless cream shadow/liner in Purple Snap ($19); Benefit, Sephora/Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. 24-7 Glide-On eye pencil in Morphine ($20); Urban Decay, Sephora/Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino..

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Jewelry: Blue lace agate necklace ($6,900), Wheaton ring with blue chalcedony ($875); David yurman/The Forum Shops at Caesars. clothing: Violetta Playsuit ($130); Beach Bash Beachwear, Bettie Page/The Forum Shops at Caesars and Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Beauty products: Aqua liner in iridescent Electric Purple ($23); MAKE UP FOR EVER, Sephora/Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Blow Out Serious non-stick hair spray ($19.75); Blow new york/ blowny.com. Rich lip color with SPF 12 in Sweet nectar ($22); Bobbi Brown, Sephora/ Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

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Jewelry: Pink sapphire ring ($1,579), emerald-cut sapphire band ($2,249), sapphire pendant ($1,899), gemstone ring ($639), peridot and diamond ring ($249); Ultra Diamonds/Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Clothing: Light-blue ruffled strapless dress ($2,960) and pink Fantasia sandals ($740); FENDI/Crystals at CityCenter. Accessories: Classic organza flower anywhere clip in fuchsia, violet and turquoise ($45 each); Tarina Tarantino/tarinatarantino. com. Hello Kitty bling mirror ($49); Sanrio, Sephora/Miracle Miles Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Beauty products: 5 Couleurs iridescent eyeshadow in Ready To Glow ($58); Dior Beauty/The Forum Shops at Caesars. Creaseless cream shadow/liner in Tidal Rave ($19), velvet eyeshadow in Like What You See ($18); Benefit, Sephora/Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Long-lasting liner in Lesson of Seduction ($20); Sephora/Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

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CELEBRITY PORTRAIT Call of the Wolfpack

“We Found Doug!”

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Vegas hasn’t been the same for Justin Bartha since he costarred in The Hangover, the bawdy-humored caper that became the highestgrossing R-rated comedy ever. “People loved it,” he says, “but it was an even bigger deal in Sin City,” he explains, adding that the people of Las Vegas seem to have adopted The Hangover as “their ultimate hometown movie.” But unlike his character in the original, Bartha won’t go missing anytime soon on his next visit to the Strip. “I definitely get recognized when I go there for a weekend—from casinos and restaurants to just walking down the Strip,” he says and with a shrug adds, “And I don’t mind if they call me Doug.”

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CELEBRITY PORTRAIT Call of the Wolfpack

Bartha came back as Doug in The Hangover Part II, which took the Wolfpack to Thailand for more weird and raucous adventures. And he’s not surprised that the sequel is a huge hit. “It pushes the envelope even farther,” he says. “But it still makes people of all ages laugh. I got messages from people’s grandparents saying that they got a huge kick out of the first one, so I guess we have a pretty wide demographic.” Bartha says filming in Bangkok wasn’t exactly the same as hanging out in a Vegas hotel. “It’s a wonderful exotic locale,” he remembers, “but there’s a little air of danger hovering around and it’s incredibly hot and sticky. You just try to forget the humidity, wipe off your sweat and pretend like you just dipped in the pool.” “It was a little different at Caesars Palace,” he continues. “There’s a whole world there, from The Forum Shops and gourmet restaurants to the casinos. Most of the original was filmed inside or at night and,” he adds jokingly, “I’ve always loved Vegas, but when we finally left we were kind of squinting at the sun because we hadn’t seen it for so long.”

Above: Bangkok has them. After arriving in Thailand, the guys again find trouble in The Hangover Part II. Top: Zach Galifianakis, Mason Lee, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha react to photos taken on their strange night out. Center: Sasha Barrese, Justin Bartha and Nirut Sirichanya await the arrival of the Wolfpack, by sea. Above: Justin Bartha and Jamie Chung get troubling news.

“It pushes the envelope even farther,” Bartha says of The Hangover Part II. “It still makes people of all ages laugh.”

ROMANCE ON-SCREEN AND OFF The handsome, blue-eyed 33-year-old from Michigan first got noticed playing a psychologically disturbed young man kidnapped from a mental hospital in Gigli, which starred Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. Bartha’s big break came when he landed the role of Nicolas Cage’s geeky, wise-cracking sidekick in the hugely popular National Treasure movies. And then, of course, he scored big in The Hangover.

“We look at these pictures together, OK? One time. And then we delete the evidence.” Above: The famous Wolfpack speech in The Hangover, on the roof of Caesars Palace; Bartha at the Las Vegas premiere of The Hangover Part II at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

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In 2010, Bartha tackled the Broadway comedy, Lend Me a Tenor, and received raves for his role starring in the play with actors Tony Shalhoub and Anthony LaPaglia. Bartha also excelled as a drug-dealing Hasidic Jew in the indie flick Holy Rollers, a Sundance Film Festival standout that also starred Jesse Eisenberg.

Above: The friends prepared well for their Las Vegas arrival in The Hangover, even studying blackjack strategy on the car ride.

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FILMOGRAPHY Dark Horse (2011)

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Bartha plays computer whiz kid Riley Poole in National Treasure, opposite Diane Kruger and Nicolas Cage (top). The three stars reunited for the sequel with Ed Harris (above) to unravel the mystery to the missing pages in assassin John Wilkes Booth’s diary.

As a drug dealer in Holy Rollers, Bartha leads a man studying to be a rabbi (played by Jesse Eisenberg) into a life of crime.

But Bartha, who admits Holy Rollers was among his most demanding roles, says he’s more a lover than that bad boy— both on-screen and off—and that dating in Hollywood has its own challenges. “All the media scrutiny does add a very unnatural element to being with someone, but I would not call that the test of love. I call that a test of patience as you cope with the press trying to invade your life. It’s just another thing you’ve got to deal with.” “I think I’m a romantic,” he adds. “I identify with the search for someone. When I was younger, I had this idea of what I was looking for in a woman and looking for in love. Then fantasy meets reality. I think that’s the true test of whether you’re ready to settle into being with another person. It’s when you realize that the fantasy of what you want is not the reality of what your life is going to be with another person. I think accepting that day to day, when you’re ready, is the true test of love.” Bartha, who is now single after dating Ashley Olsen, recently got a chance to fall for Catherine Zeta-Jones, who costars with him in the romantic comedy The Rebound. “I play a manny [a male nanny],” he says. “My character starts babysitting Catherine’s kids and, of course, a romance ensues.” “We do have a sex scene,” he says with a smile. “That was definitely not just another day at the office. It was a day where you think, ‘Wow, I went into the right profession.’ However, it turned out less sexy than it could have been because of some nice fabric burns I picked up on my chest when we were rolling around on the couch.” Bartha readily admits he was totally bowled over by Zeta-Jones. “She is extremely strong,” he says. “The public perception of her might be that she’s a bit of a fancy lady, but she is the consummate mother and homemaker. That’s the classiest part about her: that she really cares deeply about her family and devotes her entire life to her children and her husband. It was a very brave thing for her to go public about her bipolar disorder and try to help other people.” And Bartha doesn’t hide his admiration for another older woman with whom he costarred in National Treasure: Book of Secrets. “If Helen Mirren weren’t married, I would have no problem trying to bed her,” he jokes. “I know many guys who have acted with her and get quite a crush. In a relationship, I don’t know if age is just a number. I think it’s more dependent on who the people are.” Bartha, who will next be seen opposite Mia Farrow and Christopher Walken in the indie flick Dark Horse, directed by Todd Solondz, insists he’s not aiming for fame. “I didn’t really have dreams of being a star,” he says. “I still don’t think about my career in those terms. I’m from the Midwest and no one in my family was ever in the business or lived in Hollywood. I kind of stumbled upon acting and always loved it and just tried to keep following that passion. As for what I do the rest of the time, it is just the natural thing to have your private life be private.” And that includes social media. Bartha says emphatically, “I don’t tweet, Twitter or whatever. Some people say to me, ‘How can you exist without a Facebook page?’ I’m just comfortable in my own existence. I don’t have to brag about it on the Internet.” VP

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In The Rebound, Bartha’s character falls for an older, single mom, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones.

“We do have a sex scene. However, it turned out less sexy than it could have been because of some nice fabric burns I picked up on my chest when we were rolling around on the couch,” Bartha says of his tryst with Catherine ZetaJones in The Rebound.

Above: Bartha starred with Matthew McConaughey and Bradley Cooper in Failure to Launch.

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COCKTAIL CULTURE Berry Good Tastes

Poolside Punch by Jen Karetnick

Fresh Tropical Juices Up the Ante on Cabana Cocktails

Just when you thought 3-D effects were limited to movies, along comes Eddie Perales. The beverage operations specialist at Caesars Palace has created a never-before-seen take on cocktails and cabana bottle service—and it starts with a pair of 3-D glasses. “The program was designed to have a flow of ‘wow’ factors,” Perales explains. “We are very excited to present something so fresh and new at our poolside cabanas.” It begins with a three-dimensional menu offering five punch-based drinks. All start with one of Belvedere’s flavored vodkas—Orange, Black Raspberry, Pink Grapefruit or Citrus. The vodka is then mixed with freshly squeezed fruit juices and syrups in a solid-ice punch bowl and served in unique fashion. “We use frozen baby pineapples, small watermelons and cucumber cups as serving vessels,” Perales says. The guest first chooses a punch base. One drink, for example, combines Belvedere Pink Grapefruit vodka with watermelon and cantaloupe juices and is infused with strawberries and fresh mint. The cocktail server then adds the garnishes: anything from edible flowers or herbs to melon balls, pared peach and apricot slices, and paper-thin wheels of citrus and cucumber.

Punch Party Ring in summer with a refreshing fruit-flavored poolside punch. Prepared with your favorite Belvedere flavored vodkas, the cool cocktails in the Caesars Palace cabana punch program are a surefire way to beat the heat. Pitchers of punch are also available for purchase on the pool deck and at the pool bar. “Spartacus” Cantaloupe and citrus juices mixed with Belvedere Black Raspberry vodka and infused with raspberries, blackberries and fresh rosemary. “Hercules” Watermelon and cantaloupe juices with lemon sour, mixed with Belvedere Pink Grapefruit vodka and infused with strawberries and fresh mint.

It’s pretty simple to make The Perfect Margarita, according to Arturo Marquez (right). Just mix 1 1/2 ounces of Partida Tequila with the juice of one whole lime and 1/2 ounce of agave nectar.

“Gladiator” Blood orange and cranberry juices mixed with Belvedere Orange vodka and infused with a medley of citrus fruits and fresh mint and rosemary. “Helios” Cucumber juice mixed with Belvedere Citrus vodka and infused with green apple and fresh cilantro and basil. “Zeus” Peach and apricot juices mixed with Belvedere IX vodka infused with pomegranate and a berry medley with fresh mint.

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Taste the Tropics with These Fruit-Flavored Cocktails: You’ll Be Living the Island Life in No Time Then out comes the pièce de résistance: a machine that creates clear ice spheres out of the solid ice in approximately 15 seconds. This ice, which keeps its form in the hot Vegas sun, takes longer to melt and dilute your drink— a win-win situation for both cocktail and cocktail lover. It is as if the drink were created by deities—appropriate indeed for imbibing at the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis. VP

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BEST BETS Sports Book

We BETCHA IT WILL PAY TO ReAD THIS HERE’S THE SCORE ON PLAYING THE ODDS IN FOOTBALL WAGERS

by Matt Villano

Football season is back, and everyone is looking for an edge when it comes to wagering on the game. We went to two experts for advice on gridiron handicapping: Jordan Runco, chief operating officer for ATS Consultants, a professional sports consulting and handicapping service based in Baltimore; and Todd Fuhrman, race and sports analyst at Caesars Palace. Here are their top tips: Tip 1: Keep It Simple Most of the time, stick to betting the point spread, which requires favorites to win by a certain number of points and gives underdogs a handicap. Runco says a player’s odds for simple point-spread wagers are often better than teaser, money line or specialty wagers. Point spreads work because they give you some breathing room when betting the underdog, he explains.

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Tip 2: Bet with Your Head There’s no place for fans in the world of wagering. “Betting with your heart usually gets you into trouble,” says Runco. “When you step into the sports book, you should check your allegiance at the door.” Tip 3: Seek Value Study trends and matchups to find lines you can leverage. Fuhrman suggests: “Look for teams who are on an against-the-spread losing skid because you may be able to get an extra half point or point that wouldn’t normally be there.”

Tip 4: Be Forgetful Despite inevitable media hype, it’s important never to place too much emphasis on a single game or single performance. “A football team is never as good as their best game or as bad as their worst,” Fuhrman notes. Tip 5: Manage Money Masterfully While it’s tempting to put big bucks behind a single game, long-term success depends on hitting a much higher percentage of your bets on multiple games. Runco’s advice: Diversify. “You wouldn’t put [a third] of your 401k on one stock,” he says. “It’s important to mix it up.” VP

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SportS Central off to the races

Las Vegas’ own Alex Tagliani leads the charge as IndyCar returns to race in his hometown.

IndyCar Returns to Las Vegas, Features by Rob Wiser $5 Million Bounty

After a six-year absence, IndyCar is coming back to Las Vegas for its 2011 race season finale. And the Izod IndyCar World Championships at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway will feature a thrilling twist that has the motorsports world buzzing: It’s open to non-IndyCar drivers, who—should they win—would take home a $5 million bonus. A selection committee will invite five non-IndyCar drivers to participate in the event, and if they qualify in time trials, they’re in. “We showcase our drivers as being the very best in the world,” said IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard. “And we are putting our money where our mouth is [to prove it].” The race will be held October 16 on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile, high-banked oval, which is known for producing side-by-side racing and extremely close finishes. Racing on oval tracks allows Indy cars to reach the fastest speeds in motorsports, sometimes averaging in excess of 220 mph. One IndyCar driver who is particularly looking forward to the event is Alex Tagliani, who races for Sam Schmidt Motorsports. A Las Vegas resident, Tagliani is excited to race in front of his family and friends in what promises to be a fast and furious showdown. “With the current IndyCar machines, I think we can expect a very close field,” Tagliani predicted. “Fans are going to see ‘pack’ racing with a lot of close, wheel-to-wheel action. I think they’re going to be on their feet the whole race.” VP

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It’s a homecoming for IndyCar’s Alex Tagliani, pictured (bottom right) with his wife, Bronte Tagliani, and Hell’s Kitchen Chef Gordon Ramsay.

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HAPPENINGS The Center Strip

News &Notes Penn & Teller Give Back, Donny and Marie Hit 500 Shows…and more Vegas vignettes

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Holly’s Las Vegas

Exposed! Let Holly Madison, star of Planet Hollywood’s PEEPSHOW and E!’s Holly’s World, be your guide to all things Las Vegas. In her 210-page hardcover, The Showgirl Next Door: Holly Madison’s Las Vegas, she tours all the city’s glitz and glamour and shares her secret hangouts.

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“The Hoff” Takes In Absinthe

He laughed. He gasped. He took photos. Britain’s Got Talent judge and former Baywatch and Knight Rider star David Hasselhoff caught a performance of Absinthe at Caesars Palace. Following the show, “The Hoff” chatted with The Gazillionaire, Angel Porrino and the rest of the cast.

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Members of the Imperial Palace’s smash hit “Human Nature– The Ultimate Celebration of the Motown Sound” sang a special rendition of “My Girl” to 2011 Sports Illustrated swimsuit models Genevieve Morton, Kenza Fourati and Cintia Dicker at an autograph signing at Rao’s in Caesars Palace.

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Barry Manilow celebrated the one-year anniversary of his show with his cast at Paris Las Vegas. Manilow received a special anniversary cake and toasted the occasion with champagne. “This past year has been truly magical,” he said. “We are looking forward to another amazing year.”

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Alternative rock fans converged on Club Tattoo inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for a meet-andgreet autograph signing with band members from Linkin Park, including frontman Chester Bennington, a Club Tattoo co-owner.

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Country strong and still rockin’ ’n’ rollin’. A cake set ablaze and cheers from fans and entertainment industry peers helped sibling super-duo Donny and Marie Osmond ring in their milestone 500th headlining performance at the Flamingo Las Vegas.

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No joke. Despite their funnyman status, comedians/magicians Penn & Teller got serious for the 2011 AIDS Walk Las Vegas, serving as the event’s Grand Marshals for the 10th consecutive year. Thousands of walkers, including teams from Donn Arden’s Jubilee! and PEEPSHOW, took part and helped raise a total of $461,000 for AFAN (Aid for AIDS of Nevada), which assists those infected with HIV and AIDS in Southern Nevada.

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SCENE & HEARD Snaps, Clicks and Famous Faces

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Celebrity Sightings:

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Vegas Uncork’d Held over Mother’s Day weekend, Vegas Uncork’d has risen to become one of the most prestigious food and wine festivals in the world, attracting top chefs from around the globe. This year, chefs Michel Richard and Nobu Matsuhisa gave Uncork’d guests a sneak preview of their new restaurants, both opening soon at Caesars Palace. Caesars Entertainment chefs pose together Chefs Mathieu Chartron and Guy Savoy

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AROUND TOWN An Explorer’s Guide to the Strip Hash House A Go Go at Imperial Palace

RESTAURANTS AmericAn All-AmericAn BAr & Grille 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) 777-7767. 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 Duroc pork loin, roasted free-range chicken and oak-grilled 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. cAFÉ AT HArrAH’S This casual café serves American comfort food during the day and features Italian Nights offering pizza, pasta and other Italian favorites each evening. Harrah’s Las Vegas, (702) 369-5000.

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, or artificial flavors or colors. 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

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Caribbean-themed entertainment venue has two patios overlooking the Strip, a nautical-themed restaurant, five bars, live entertainment nightly and a retail store. Flamingo Las Vegas, (702) 733-3302.

mcFADDen’S reSTAUrAnT AnD SAlOOn DicK’S lAST reSOrT Sassy servers run this rowdy restaurant and pub which prides itself as being “The Shame O’ The Strip.” Excalibur Hotel Casino, (702) 597-7991.

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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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. A l l i m A g e s c o u r t e s y o f c A e s A r s e n t e r tA i n m e n t c o r p o r At i o n u n l e s s o t h e r w i s e n o t e d .

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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.

SPOrTS DelI Race and sports fans who don’t want to miss any of the action don’t have to. Menu options range from bratwursts to burgers, from wood-fired pizza to homemade sandwiches. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, (702) 777-7777. 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. P h o t o C o u r t e s y o f P. J . C l a r k e ’ s l a s V e g a s

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, (702) 434-7900. 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) 732-1222. 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.

SUGar FaCTOrY aMerICaN BraSSerIe This restaurant, retail store and Chocolate Lounge is the sweetest spot on the Strip, serving up delicious cuisine 24 hours a day. Guests can devour delectable menu items, shop for scrumptious sweets and indulge in decadent chocolates from around the world. Paris Las Vegas, (702) 331-5100.

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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. 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 breakfast, lunch and dinner specialties, including Chinese cuisine, prime rib and graveyard specials. Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, (702) 737-2100.

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THe WINe Cellar & TaSTING rOOM 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.

SIDeWalK CaFÉ A traditional café serving American favorites for breakfast and lunch daily. Bally’s Las Vegas, (702) 967-4111. SIN CITY BreWING COMPaNY Sip an icecold draft beer at this hot spot overlooking the Flamingo’s Wildlife Habitat. Flamingo Las Vegas, (702) 733-3111.

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.

WHOPPer® Bar The first location on the West Coast, it offers guests the opportunity to build their own burger, with a choice of more than 30 different toppings, and the option to enjoy it with an ice-cold beer. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, (702) 777-7777.

WOlFGaNG PUCK FINe DINING GrOUP In Las Vegas, the group owns and operates Spago, Trattoria del Lupo, Postrio, CUT, Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill. Spago/The Forum Shops at Caesars, (702) 369-6300. wolfgangpuck.com

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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. EmprEss COurt 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. 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) 567-8282. HAmADA OF JApAN Japanese teppanyakistyle tableside cooking, fresh sushi and an exotic Japanese menu make this restaurant a Vegas favorite. Flamingo Las Vegas, (702) 733-3455. 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) 891-8626. 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.

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mING’s tABLE Asian restaurant offers a menu stocked with noodle dishes and Chinese and American-Chinese favorites. Harrah’s Las Vegas, (702) 369-5000.

P.F. Chang’s at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

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: 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. susHI rOKu Eating is elevated to an art form

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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.

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.

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RESTAURANTS Buffet CARNIVAL WORLD BUFFET Seven live stations, including a teppanyaki grill, serve more than 300 dishes prepared fresh daily, from pizza to omelettes 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 omelette cooking station and serves American and international cuisine. Imperial Palace, (702) 731-3311.

Flavors, The Buffet at Harrah’s Las Vegas

Lago Buffet at Caesars Palace

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 omelettes 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.

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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.

Todai Restaurant at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

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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ParticiPatinG BuFFets Carnival World Buffet at the Rio

Starting at $44.99 for Total Rewards members, it lets you eat your way around Las Vegas with unlimited in-and-out access to the buffets of your choice until your 24-hour window expires.

Emperor’s Buffet at Imperial Palace

So if you can’t decide between the misoglazed duck at Paradise Garden, the Brazilian barbecue at Flavors or the Alaskan king crab at Spice Market, why try to choose? Have it all!

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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. CHATEAU BEER GARDEN Located on the Strip-side terrace at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens, beer garden accommodates both thirsts and appetites. Open daily at 10 a.m., the restaurant and bar offers a selection of 20 draft beers, with specialty cocktails and a French café menu serving an array of pizzas, salads, sandwiches and burgers. Paris Las Vegas, (702) 776-7770. 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.

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 offering 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.

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. ilmulino.com Photo Courtesy of il mulino

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.

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PIZZA PALACE Restaurant serving a wide variety of value-priced pizza, pasta and other traditional Italian dishes. Imperial Palace, (702) 731-3311. RAO’S Legendary East Harlem restaurant

LE PROVENÇAL The walls are covered with murals of the French countryside, and the wait staff dresses in French peasant garb and performs songs as diners dig into the FrenchItalian cuisine. Paris Las Vegas, (702) 946-7000.

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with 115 years of history brings its home-style Italian food and its famous lemon chicken to Las Vegas. Caesars Palace, (702) 862-3530.

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Mon Ami Gabi Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas

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. Photo Courtesy of mon ami gabi

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RESTAURANTS Mexican 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 sangría 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. 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.

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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.

Seafood 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. JOE’S SEAFOOD, PRIME STEAK & STONE CRAB The Joe’s tradition began in 1921 in Miami Beach. 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.

OYSTER BAR Enjoy seafood favorites such as oysters, shrimp, lobster, crab, calamari or a squid salad. Harrah’s Las Vegas, (702) 369-5000.

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RESTAURANTS SteakhouSe BALLY’S STEAKHOUSE Generous portions of 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.

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.

BOA STEAKHOUSE Accented with centuriesold driftwood, this upscale steakhouse has exceptional Strip views. The tasting menu contains items paired with specialty cocktails. Try the filet mignon with a Blackberry Smash or steamed Chilean sea bass with the Tropic Thunder. The Forum Shops at Caesars, (702) 733-7373.

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.

EMBERS Intimate steakhouse serves affordable succulent steaks and chops, while offering tableside salad and dessert preparation. Imperial Palace, (702) 794-3311.

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 and then carved tableside. The meats are cooked rotisserie-style, sealing in the flavor. Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, (702) 737-4748.

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 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 50th floor. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, (702) 862-3530. VooDoo Steak at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

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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. maverickhelicopter.com

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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.

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TONY N’ TINA’S WEDDING Dinner show parodies an Italian-American wedding. Spend your evening as a guest witnessing the ceremony and partying at the reception. V Theater inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

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. golfcascata.com

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.

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

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

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EntErtainmEnt Headliners BARRY MANILOW Legendary singer-songwriter Barry Manilow brings a 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 The singer recently made her triumphant return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace with a brand new show, featuring a full orchestra and band and set to a visually stunning presentation designed exclusively for the 4,300 seat state-of-the-art venue. Caesars Palace. Tickets: (877) 423-5463. 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. ELtON JOhN Sir Elton John returns for a second run at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace with a brandnew show, “The Million Dollar Piano,” opening September 28, 2011. Caesars Palace. Tickets: (800) 745-3000.

MAtt gOss Backed by a nine-piece band, the British crooner—who has sold 17 million albums worldwide—is a throwback to old Vegas, singing original songs and popular covers such as Frank Sinatra’s “Luck Be a Lady.” Caesars Palace. Tickets: (800) 745-3000. ROD stEWARt Ready to rock? Rod Stewart certainly is. The rock icon will be performing hits such as “Maggie May,”“You Wear It Well” and “Some Guys Have All the Luck” during his two-year residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Rod Stewart: The Hits kicks off in August 2011. Caesars Palace. Tickets: (800) 745-3000. Nathan Burton Comedy Magic at Flamingo Las Vegas

Magic DIRK ARthUR’s WILD MAgIC Get up-close and personal with magician Dirk Arthur’s assortment of exotic cats featuring 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. 92

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.

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.

CARNAVAL COURT 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.

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.

CASA FUENTE Relax with a fine cigar and an exotic cocktail from the bar. The Forum Shops at Caesars, (702) 731-5051.

CHATEAU NIGHTCLUB Stimulating club goers with three separate nightlife experiences: a high-energy nightclub, magnificent Strip-side Chateau Terrace and blossoming Chateau Gardens. The only nightclub located directly on the Strip. Paris Las Vegas, (702) 776-7777. chateaunightclublv.com

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. GALLERY NIGHTCLUB A bit on the voyeuristic

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.

side, Gallery’s provocative design includes original photography hanging in oversized frames on thewall, while state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems pumps up the crowd. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, (702) 818-3700.

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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.

CLEOPATRA’S BARGE Originally opened in

COYOTE UGLY Wild watering hole and saloon where female bartenders entertain by dancing on the bar tops. New York-New York Hotel and Casino, (702) 740-6336.

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

Hip nightspot featuring live concerts and events, including a nightly 7 p.m. performance by the The Platters, Cornel Gunter Coasters and Marvelettes. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, (888) 727-6966. thecrownlasvegas.com

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EntErtainmEnt 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 Next Movement’s nightly performances of Top 40 classics in the elegant lounge off the casino floor. Bally’s Las Vegas, (702) 967-4111. LaX NIGHTCLUB Catering to celebrities and the social jet set, LAX is a two-story nightclub. The upper level serves VIPs who scan the scene from luxury lofts above the dance floor. Luxor Las Vegas, (702) 262-4529. 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 a variety of different bands 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.

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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. PUssyCaT DoLLs BURLEsqUE saLooN Unleash your inner Doll in the sultry 4,500-square-foot playground where lingerieclad bartenders pour the drinks and corsetwearing Dolls perform burlesque numbers. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

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.

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sEaHoRsE LoUNGE Laid-back lounge features a 1,700-gallon aquarium as its focal point. Caesars Palace, (702) 731-7110. sHaDoW BaR Flair bartenders spin bottles and whip up trendy cocktails as performers dance behind backlit screens. Caesars Palace, (702) 731-7110. VooDoo RoofToP NIGHTCLUB 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. Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Saloon at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

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Production ShowS Absinthe Prepare to be wowed. This vaudeville show, hosted by the hilarious Gazillionaire, has sexy burlesque numbers, comedy bits that will have you gasping for breath and astonishing acts of skill and strength that amaze. You’ll tell your friends about The Skating Aratas. Caesars Palace. Tickets: (800) 745-3000. 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. DOnn ARDen’s JUbiLee! Entertaining Las Vegas for the past 30 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. FRAnK MARinO’s DiVAs LAs VeGAs 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.

GARth bROOKs Country superstar Garth Brooks takes audiences on a personal journey through his musical development, discussing his influences as he plays his hits, interacting with the crowd throughout the show. Wynn Las Vegas. Tickets: (702) 770-1000.

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 imperson-

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ated at this long-running celebrity tribute show. Tickets: (702) 369-5111.

Le ReVe The aquatic adventure, featuring aerial acrobatics, high dives and synchronized swimming scenes, is housed in a domed theater “of the round” where no seat is farther than 40 feet from the stage. Wynn Las Vegas, (702) 770-9966. 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. 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. 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. “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.

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sPA At bALLY’s Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily Appointments: (702) 967-4366

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qUA bAths & sPA Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily Appointments: (866) 782-0655

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PA r i S sPA bY MAnDARA Hours: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily Appointments: (702) 946-4366

P L A n e t h o L LY w o o d PLAnet hOLLYWOOD sPA bY MAnDARA Hours: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily. Appointments: (702) 785-5772

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WILD CARD Inside the Quirky Cabaret “Rumor is, back in the day when drinking absinthe, you would see the green fairy come out of the bottle and you’d follow her imagination and your own hallucinations,” explains The Gazillionaire, ringleader of Absinthe, a surreal circus that his sidekick, Penny, calls “another level of crazy.” A mix of comedy, burlesque and extreme circus acts so close you can almost touch them—audience members gasp during The Skating Aratas routine — Absinthe is “a bit like a performance in your living room and your uncle is going to get up and do some weird stuff,” gruffs The Gazillionaire.

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