Note: This is a past article from April 11, 2011
You can find the current Las Vegas Entertainment Tidbits article HERE
TIDBITS by Z.Z. ZORN
new exciting attractions have just opened on the Las Vegas Strip and because I
am a journalist, I was invited to both openings.
WOW! I just
got in from the opening of ABSINTHE
at CAESARS PALACE
and I am wiped out from laughing andsometimes thrilled and scared stiff by the awesome
amazing wild, bizarre and sometimes death-defying acts that are performed on an
incredibly small theatre in-the-round stage that was within feet of where I was
sitting. With a bit of debauchery and raunchiness this adult circus explodes
with the most unbelievable circus acts from worldwide artists. All this is led
by The Gazillionaire and his sidekick Penny who are
outlandish to say the least.
ABSINTHE the show is presented in the Beer Garden in
the Roman Plaza in front of CAESARS PALACE. The show takes place in a show tent
from Europe opulently decorated with mirrors, stained glass and velvet.Actually,
the show may be characterized as a caricature of Cirque du Soleil shows. It is
really hard to report all that goes on, but you might say it is one part vivid
imagination or hallucination, two parts carnival andold world burlesque mixed
with a heavy dash of decadence. While ABSINTHE is the piece deresistance in the Beer Garden, the
Beer Garden is an adult carnival
under tents and early 20th Century European décorwith a secret speakeasy, games,
DJ, food from Baby’s BadAss Burgers and of course,
strongly suggest you go to see ABSINTHE for yourself and enjoy the Beer Garden too.
The other new attraction is the LAS VEGAS MOB EXPERIENCE at the TROPICANA. At the opening
night gala, family members of many of the Mafia Mob attended as well as many
As soon as you enter the Mob Experience area, mob-type characters
are everywhere interacting with you. You begin the experience by entering a re-
created Ellis Island immigration office where your picture is taken. Then you
knock on a door and an eye looks through and asks for the code to enter. You are
then led into an area wherehologram-style technology brings gangster-type guides, James
Caan, Mickey Rourke and
Frank Vincent right in front of you, offering fact and sequences of events. It is
amazing how they seem to walk along with you through the interactive events.
Actors portraying mob
characters interact with each guest who has been given a mob nickname, so they
are in a pretend-mob and become a snitch, get whacked, have a shootout, be questioned by police or other mob experiences.
There are amazing amounts of Mafia exhibits in exclusive rooms named for each of
the top Mafia Gangsters such as Tony Spilotro,
Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, Sam Giancana, Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky. Donated or loaned items are more
than 1,500 artifacts such as Lucky Luciano’s auto,
Spilotro's baby shoes. his handguns; Siegel's home movies, furniture, love
letters; and Lansky's golf clubs and personal diaries.
More was shown of these gangsters
as good husbands and fathers and their family life, rather than their brutal
gangster life of organized crime and Murder Inc. It was really very interesting
to explore another phase of gangster life, but it was almost impossible to
realize that part of their existence when brutality was so much a part of their
lives. Their brutality was infamous. Mobster Tony "The Ant" Spilotro, was well-known for his brutality. He once
squeezed a man's head in a vice until his eyes popped out of their sockets.
Rather than just robbing Casinos and murdering other mobsters, Tony went further
and was also was head of the “Hole in the Wall” burglaries which robbed innocent
Mob Experience explores the rise and fall of the Mob in Vegas, Mob figures other
than those involved with Las Vegas were overlooked except for the prohibition
era that showed how that era ballooned the mobs profits and how mobs were
fighting and killing each other for Mob Rule.
I spent hours there trying to see all there was to see, but that
was impossible as there is so much to do and see.I will try to go back another
time to explore it all.It is quite a remarkable attraction.
The TROPICANA has been undergoing a major transformation. The Mob
Experience will certainly add to its new image. The South Beach Florida inspired
changes to the resort include a fresh redesign of every hotel room and suite,
the casino, the conference center and exhibition hall, several new restaurants,
bars, a new poker room, a new race and sports book, and a new spa and fitness
center. In addition, the Nikki Beach Night Club and Beach Club will open on May
And, another welcome extra to the TROPICANA is seven-time Grammy
Award-winning performer Gladys Knight, now headlining
in a special engagement at the newly named Gladys Knight Theater, formerly known
as the Tiffany Theater.
performs her fan favorites, such as “Midnight Train to Georgia,” as well as
newer hits including her December 2010 single “Settle in the Knight and is
joined by four singers and dancers alongside an 11-piece band called Merald.“Bubba” Knight, one of the original members of the
Pips, is featured as part of Gladys Knight’s show.
NEVADA BALLET THEATRE
Beyond Words & Text: The Studio Series
This intimate in-studio performance at Nevada
Ballet’s beautiful Summerlin home
studios, 1651 Inner Circle, Las Vegas 89134,
features short dance sketches inspired by literary
characters, cartoons, fables and fairytales such as: The Velveteen Rabbit, Amadeus, The Jungle Book, Death of a Salesman, The Scarlet Letter, 3
Little Pigs & the Wolf and more!
Performances are:Thursday, April 14 at 7pm, Friday, April 15 at 7 pm,
Saturday, April 16 at 2 & 5pm, Sunday, April 17 at 2pm.
Tickets: $25 & $45
Tickets are available at MyTicketPortal.com Call Center:
(866) 973-9610 |
the SUNCOAST Showroom
Following a successful weekend at THE ORLEANS in
January, comedienne, writer, actress and author Paula Poundstone brings her hilarious stand up act, along with
engaging audience interaction, to the SUNCOAST, April 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Puts A Popular
Spin on Opera in Viva Italia .
The dynamic trio, Poperazzi, will perform a musical mix of opera with
a modern twist in Viva
Italia at the SUNCOAST Showroom, April 30 and May 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Tenor George DeMott created
Poperazi in 2009 with
three talented and classically trained singers, DeMott, fellow tenor and Las Vegas native, Cody Shawn Gay
and The Phantom of the Opera.
Together they have inspired audiences across the United States and Canada
through Viva Italia and their
performances with Symphony Pops Orchestras at major events such as Atlanta’s
2010 New Years Eve Celebration.
From rock to opera, classic Sinatra to The Rolling
Stones, and Pavarotti to Jersey Boys,
Poperazzi’s musical productions showcase
hundreds of years of musical tradition in a fresh and contemporary format.
Drawing on Poperazzi’s Italian roots,
explores the music of Italy through art, opera, symphonic literature, and
songs popularized by Italian-Americans. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are
available starting from $15.95, plus tax and convenience fees. Call
had a long run performing at the RIO and David and his family really became
involved as Las Vegans. We hated to see him go when his show closed. Now, Award-
winning singer, producer, actor and recent contestant on Celebrity Apprentice, David Cassidy performs his
international hits at THE ORLEANS Showroom, May 7 and 8, at 8 p.m.
David Cassidy achieved mega-stardom and
heartthrob status for his role in ABC’s The Partridge Family. At THE ORLEANS, he will sing fan
favorites such as “Cherish,” ”Could It Be Forever,”
“Lyin’ to Myself,” and of course, “I Think I Love
You.” The album I Think I Love You
was the best selling record of 1971. His solo career has been equally as
successful with more than 30 million records sold worldwide including 24 gold
and platinum recordings including four consecutive multi-platinum albums.
Tickets are available starting from $39.95, plus tax and convenience fees. Call
the Box Office at 702 365 7075.
GOLDEN NUGGET HEADLINER GORDIE BROWN EXTENDED
entertainer Gordie Brown and the GOLDEN NUGGET have
reached an agreement to extend Gordie Brown
Live for a multi-year deal. Brown’scritically acclaimed show has
been embraced by audiences with standing ovations since February 5, 2009. Brown
is the permanent headliner in the recently transformed GORDIE BROWN SHOWROOM.
takes audiences on a hilarious joyride where
the laughs start fast and never stop. Backed by his sizzling five-piece band,
GORDIE BROWN LIVE
is an enlivening
combination of comedy, music, impressions and parody. His spontaneity and
improvisational skills create an ever evolving experience where audiences never
get the same show twice. Because of his renowned entertainment skills, Strip
customers flock to see him downtown at THE GOLDEN NUGGET.
sixteenth year, the CALIFORNIA HOTEL and CASINO (THE CAL) will be the host
location of some of the most exquisite orchids in the country at the Cymbidium
Orchid Show April 15, 6 and 17 in the Ohana
Ballroom. On display will be more than a dozen different species of the tropical
flower in extravagant arrangements.
A panel of
professional judges will evaluate and award the displays on Friday, April 15.
The public is invited to attend the free event to admire the lavish
arrangements and learn about the horticultural aspects of growing orchids. Show
times are as follows: April 15 from noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, April 16 from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
And, The CALIFORNIA HOTEL will celebrate May Day with the 14th
ANNUAL LEI DAY POLYNESIAN FESTIVAL – April 30 and May 1
from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. The
annual POLYNESIAN FESTIVAL brings together Hawaiian and Polynesian musicians,
dancers, artists, craftsmen and food and beverage vendors to showcase the very
best of Hawaii. On Sunday,
May 1, at 3 p.m. the annual “Island Fever Block Party,” will be held on the
festival grounds featuring local bands and non-stop
entertainment. Entry to the two-
day event is FREE.
A special concert will be held on Saturday, April 30 at 7:30
p.m. inside the Ohana Maile Room featuring Hawaiian recording artists Na Hoku Female Vocalists of the Year Diana Aki (1990), Nohelani Cypriano (1980 and
1992), and Mailani Makainai (2010). This concert is a paid event and tickets are $20 in advance
and $25 at the door.Advanced tickets may be purchased at the California Hotel,
BConnected Players Club or by calling 702.388.2705.
Funnyman Dana Carvey
at The Orleans
Showroom, April 16-17
Witty impressionist, actor and comedian DANA CARVEY brings the
laughs to THE ORLEANS Showroom, April 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. Dana Carvey may be most recognized for his six-year stint as a
cast member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live,
where he created the memorable characters “Church Lady,” “Garth” and
“Hans” and spot-on impersonations of Johnny Carson, Ross Perot and Regis Philbin. Carvey’s work on
SNL garnered him six Emmy Award
nominations, with a win in 1993 for “Outstanding Individual Performance in a
Variety or Music Program.” He also received multiple American Comedy Awards. In
February, Carvey returned to Saturday Night Live, this time taking on hosting
Here’s something old that’s new again.
FARMS, a premier
home delivery grocery company in Las Vegas, and the neighborhood milkman, gives
consumers an easy way to live greener. Once an endangered species, the “milkman”
is back with an expanded role delivering all natural, no added hormone and
antibiotic free milk, as well as a “Farmers Market on Wheels” capable of providing more than
350 farm fresh products direct to your door. The WINDER FARMS weekly service eliminates a trip to the
grocery store, which in turn saves money, time and, most importantly gas
.WINDER FARMS customers wake to
find their orders on the front porch in a chilled and insulated cooler.
Customers can order by calling 1-800 winder1 (946-3371) or log on to
HOLLYWOOD FASHIONISTAS came out to support The Lakers’ Youth
Foundation and Staples Center Foundation at
EXPRESS PRESENTS THE SHOPPES AT THE PALAZZO JIMMY CHOO SHOPPING EVENT.”
Teri Hatcher, Vanessa Hudgens,
Josh Hutchinson,Jeremy Piven, Karina Smirnoff, Ralph
Macchio, Brenda Song, Beverly Hills Housewives Lisa
Vanderpump, Camille Grammer, Kyle Richards, Kim Richards, Kathy & Rick
Hilton, and Brooke Mueller all gathered in the ‘Chairman’s Room’ and scooped out
the latest Jimmy Choo shoes, handbags, and clutches
and hottest apparel from American retail giant Spiegel. The ladies also tried on
everything that sparkled with Simon G Jewelry on hand to outfit them in anything
they needed. It
was a father/daughter date for Teri Hatcher and Brenda Song who both brought
their fathers with them for a fun day of shopping and going to the game.
Teri Hatcher with her
Rita Rudner Hosts The Animal Foundation’s 8th Annual “Best In
Furry friends in
need will take center stage as comedienne, Rita Rudner shines the spotlight on
dozens of shelter dogs competing to become The Animal Foundation’s “Best in
Show” at the ORLEANS ARENA on Sunday, May 1 at 1:00 p.m.An annual tradition,
“Best in Show,” features more than 50 healthy happy dogs from The Animal
Foundation (Lied Animal Shelter) competing to be named “Best in Show” in an AKC-
style dog show.
While these unique and beautiful shelter dogs compete in an AKC-
style dog show, “Best In Show” has one wonderful twist: even though there is
only one “Best In Show,” each dog in the competition can be a winner, as all of
them are ready for a home and will be available for immediate adoption after the
As the largest fundraiser for The Animal Foundation, “Best In Show” is important in so many ways. More than 50,000
animals pass through The Animal Foundation’s Lied
Animal Shelter doors each year. Contracts with government municipalities allow
The Animal Foundation to provide care for the first 72 hours of each animal’s
stay. To maintain these services and add further services such as adoptions,
humane education and the recently opened low cost spay/neuter clinic, the
Foundation relies on the generous efforts of animal lovers through fundraisers
like “Best In Show.” The last “Best in Show”event raised more than $175,000 and 50 dogsfound new
An essential fundraiser for The Animal Foundation, This year,
with the help of Venetian headliner and international comedienne Rita Rudner
“Best In Show” 2011 will again be full of fantastic entertainment and exciting
competition that the whole family will enjoy
of the 7th ANNUAL LAS VEGAS HIGHLAND
GAMES, FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE invites Las Vegas locals and
visitors to Get Your Scottish, Irish and
Welsh On with free entertainment on Friday, April 15 and Saturday,
April 16. THE LAS VEGAS CELTIC SOCIETY
began the annual celebration to honor Celtic culture and tradition.
FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE will host freeconcerts
along with pipe and drum parades both days. On Friday at 9:10 p.m., The Los
Angeles Scottish Pipe Band known as the LA Scots will parade five blocks in
traditional attire including kilts. On Saturday at 8:10 p.m., a massed pipe and
drum parade comprised of six pipe bands will march with world renowned Simon
Fraser University Pipe Band for five blocks in traditional Scottish attire.
In addition to pipe and drum parades, FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE will host
live concerts Friday and Saturday. The Young Dubliners, internationally known
high-energy Celtic rock band, will headline both nights from 10 p.m.-
midnight. Also appearing are The Wild Celts, a local Celtic rock band as
well as 1916, a band that blends hard rock and Celtic sounds.
And for more
Irish news, now there is a real Irish Pub in Las Vegas. The new RiRa at MANDALAY BAY SHOPPES just opened and it certainly
is not just another Pub. It is beautifully appointed and has an atmosphere where
guests can enjoy the pints that are flowing and the craic that is mighty. Craic is
an Irish term particulary prominent in Ireland for
fun, entertainment, and enjoyable conversation and RiRa is the place for that.
And the food is good too. The place is huge and very inviting.
I met the
interesting owner who is from Dublin and although there are other RiRa’s in the United States, he says this one is very
unique and original.
opening is Sumita Beauty at the FASHION SHOW MALL.
Sumita Beauty is the leader in Eastern Beauty
traditions with the art of threading and has defined over one million brows per
year. Sumita Beauty at the Fashion Show Mallis their first store outside of California,,making this their 16th store.
The Art of
Threading is a traditional art form of non-invasive hair removal with cotton
thread, which allows the brow to be precisely defined and customized. Also at
Sumita Beauty is The Art of Mehndi (including glitter Mehndi) a traditional form of painting, which uses paste
made from henna leaves to give the body a temporary tattoo.
Sumita gained international acclaim with her artistry and
creativity in such publications as Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine
and Vanity Fair, as well as television appearances on America’s Next Top Model,
Extreme Makeover and Extra! Sumita has styled elite
celebrity clients such as Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Aniston, Madonna, Naomi
Campbell, Salma Hayek, Teri Hatcher and Hilary Duff.
I tried the threading and the henna painting and it was quite
good. The shop is lovely and the prices very fair. First time customers always
receive $5 threading
Returning customers who bring a friend will receive
free threading. Mix and match three Sumita Beauty
pencils for $33 and receive free threading.
one of the nation’s largest employers of people with disabilities, just launched
their annual People with Disabilities
fundraising campaign to benefit Easter Seals, Special Olympics and
Rebuilding Together. This April, shop any local Vons store in the Las Vegas
Valley and make a donation at checkout to support Easter Seals Southern Nevada
early identification, treatment and intervention services for kids at risk of
developmental delays and those who have autism and other disabilities
It was inspiring
to see 1,500 students from across the State of NEVADA make history in Carson
City when they descended on the State Capitol to talk with the Governor and
Legislators. These students had so many reasons for their trip: their passion
for their schools, their engagement in the legislative process, and their
commitment to building Nevada’s future.