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07.31.09 · 8:57 PM
This Papa don’t preach: Comedian Tom Papa hits Caesars for two nights of stand-up
You can never make a second first impression, even when that first impression is made through an answering machine. Comedian Tom Papa left a lasting impression in just that way. His phone rang a few times before his voice came onto the line: “Hi, it’s Tom.” Not realizing it’s a recording rather than Papa himself, callers respond. Or at least I did. “Hi Tom, this is Melissa from the Las Vegas Sun. How are you?” After a few seconds of ... Read more...
07.31.09 · 1:51 PM
Priceless frocks from a Flawless designer
In contrast to the cookie cutter landscape of most Strip casino shops with a Louis Vuitton or Chanel on every corner, the Venetian lobby is home to a truly one of a kind jewel: Camille Flawless’ couture boutique. Flawless, a couture fashion designer from Israel, is moving her dress factory from Miami to Las Vegas to better stock her local shop with the hand-painted, Swarovski crystal-adorned masterpieces that have allowed her to dress A-listers in fabulous frocks. Her gowns aren’t ... Read more...
07.31.09 · 12:07 PM
Celeb forecast: Sasha Fierce and so much more
Beyoncé Knowles and her superstar husband, Jay-Z, are in town for the final four shows of Knowles’ alter ego, Sasha Fierce’s, North American tour. The first of the four performances took place in the Encore Showroom last night and the intimate concerts will continue through Sunday night. The official afterparty will take place at Blush tonight while the bigger, better blow-out, the Beyoncé North American tour wrap party, will go down at XS on Sunday after the show. Jay-Z was ... Read more...
07.30.09 · 8:49 PM
Move over Beyonce, Mariah’s coming to Las Vegas
As Beyoncé Knowles prepares to give the first of four very intimate shows in Las Vegas tonight, Mariah Carey announced that she, too, will come to town and give four similarly scaled-down performances. Instead of the just-shy-of-1,500-seat Encore Theater, where Knowles will entertain tonight through Sunday, Carey will step into the spotlight at the 2,500-seat Pearl Concert Theater. The quartet of shows at the Palms will be the most intimate of the multiple Grammy Award-winner’s career, and are scheduled for ... Read more...
07.30.09 · 12:21 PM
Ashton can Digg it
Ashton Kutcher is an actor, Demi Moore’s much younger husband, and the face of Nikon’s Cool Pix camera campaign. He’s also an avid Twitter fan. Twitter addict, even. And he’s also coming to Vegas. Kutcher will join Digg.com founder and former Las Vegas resident Kevin Rose for an episode of Diggnation next week. The show’s regular co-host, Alex Albrecht, will also take part. Rose publicized the former That 70’s Show star’s Diggnation appearance on Twitter this afternoon. “Start chilling the ... Read more...
07.28.09 · 2:38 PM
Vegas beyond the view: Tales from a night out with drunken tourists
Vegas residents understand that by living here we are automatically volunteering ourselves as tour guides (and sometimes hotel rooms) to family, friends and friends of friends. Most of us have airbeds ready to inflate and the FAQs memorized. No, prostitution is not legal in Clark County. Yes, the Strip gets old. Finally, the latest addition: No, I have never stolen a tiger from Mike Tyson. Quite possibly, I am too sympathetic to out-of-state visitors. Or perhaps I have that type ... Read more...
07.27.09 · 10:33 AM
Celeb recap: Steak and sizzle with the stars
Once again, the stars didn’t wait until the weekend to come out and play and, surprise surprise, the star-studded partying continued through the weekend – this is Las Vegas, after all. Mel Gibson was in town, along with his son Tommy and two friends, and spent Thursday afternoon taking in Bodies … The Exhibition at Luxor. The Academy Award-winning actor and director received a private, 90-minute tour of the exhibit and was said to have playfully quizzed his son as ... Read more...
07.25.09 · 1:48 AM
A pirate with an accordion walks into a bar. No, seriously. On Tuesday night at Sidebar, the infamous Trish Bash (according to her friends) was celebrating her quarter-century crisis. Vegas’ best bartender Jerry Vargas (according to the Weekly) was helping the Basher obtain a sufficient level of inebriation. Vowing to stop by the Third-and-Ogden bar for only a few minutes since I’d been out every night since the previous Friday, I was just sliding off my barstool and asking for ... Read more...
07.24.09 · 4:10 PM
Spread the love with Ashton
It’s a life millions of men have dreamed of – sleeping your way to the finer things in life with rich women who want to fulfill your every wish. Free crib? Sure. Fabulous gifts? Of course. And lots and lots of sex. In Spread, a new comedy starring Ashton Kutcher, Anne Heche and Margarita Levieva, Nikki (Kutcher) is living the life in LA and fully enjoying every minute of it. That is, until he meets a young waitress (Levieva) playing ... Read more...
07.24.09 · 1:26 PM
From cruise ships to comedy clubs
Big Tony Esposito may sound like he’s straight off The Sopranos but in reality, the family man divides his time between stand up gigs on cruise ships and stages on dry land. With an Italian and Southern background, he’s got enough fodder for all the family-dinners-gone-wrong-jokes you can handle – whether they are fried chicken or lasagna-based. Esposito has been using humor to combat the critics since his days as the big kid on the playground, and now he’s headlining ... Read more...
07.24.09 · 9:31 AM
Celeb forecast: Rapping and rocking through a Vegas weekend
Once again, the stars didn’t wait until the weekend to come out and play and the star-studded partying will continue tonight and continue through the weekend – this is Las Vegas, after all. Former Destiny’s Child songstress-turned-soloist Kelly Rowland got the party stared at Tao last night, as part of the club’s popular Worship Thursdays party. The songbird used the occasion to toast the success of she and David Guetta’s collaborative effort, “When Love Takes Over.” The big news of ... Read more...
07.23.09 · 4:04 PM
Kicking the ass of the toughest footrace on the planet
You start from Badwater, Death Valley, the lowest point in the continental United States. You run nonstop for 135 miles up to the portal of Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the continental United States. You climb three summits, gaining 17,000 feet in elevation. You do it in 125-degree weather, and you do it in under 60 hours. “They are throwing a lot at you here,” says Molly Sheridan, the only person from Las Vegas to complete in the 2009 ... Read more...
07.21.09 · 5:19 PM
Don’t call it a shoe store. If all you see when you walk into Undefeated are shoes, then you’re missing the point entirely. Hidden behind heavily tinted windows in a strip mall on Paradise Road across from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, the Las Vegas store is selling something far more valuable than silver New balance sneakers, printed canvas kicks and high tops so stylish they sell out in minutes. “It’s more of a lifestyle,” explains Las Vegas native ... Read more...
07.21.09 · 12:34 PM
They’re on a float, motherf$*&er!
The Rio just got a whole lot cooler. No, the just off-Strip casino hasn’t revamped the menu at Carnival World Buffet. It seems the cast and crew of Show in the Sky have created “I’m on a Float,” a Vegas-centric spoof of Saturday Night Live‘s “I’m on a Boat” by The Lonely Island. In “Boat,” comedian Andy Samberg wins a free boat ride for three and invites a fellow Lonely Islander and rapper T-Pain along for the trip. What follows ... Read more...
07.20.09 · 12:42 PM
Celeb recap: Twins in Sin (City)
There was no relief from the heat, or the red-hot star sightings, in Las Vegas this weekend. This weekend was a celebrity-spotter’s smorgasbord: The city was crawling with NBA players, Playboy bunnies, hip-hoppers and rockers, while a few small-screen personalities scurried about town, too. The parties started on Friday with a trio of musicians-turned-nightclub-hosts: Busta Rhymes hosted at LAX; ‘pop champagne’ hip-hopper Ron Browz was at Jet; and a newly-single, Janet Jackson-less Jermaine Dupri returned to serve as guest DJ ... Read more...
07.20.09 · 10:53 AM
It’s all in the (tarot) cards
Improv veteran and recent performer in Wayne Brady’s Making %@it Up Matt Donnelly is throwing his hat back into the Las Vegas improv comedy ring with a unique new show playing July 20 and 21 at The Town Square Theater. Matt Donnelly’s Celebrity Tarot Lounge will blend comedy, mystery, improv and a key Las Vegas ingredient: celebrity secrets. Teller of Penn & Teller, prop comedian Carrot Top and Neil Gaiman, author of Coraline and the Sandman series, will all step ... Read more...
07.19.09 · 5:06 PM
Flightstyles of the rich and weightless
One might argue that M&Ms are tastier when gobbled up out of mid air, Pac-Man style. That is, if one were an astronaut or one of a small number of people who have ever had an opportunity to try this in zero gravity. A select few were added to that group Saturday as they boarded the specially modified Boeing 727-200 ZERO-G aircraft at the Signature Air Terminal at McCarran International Airport for the ultimate adult space camp adventure. During the ... Read more...
07.18.09 · 12:35 PM
Twin centerfolds enjoy a footloose and Hefner-free Friday
It has been almost a year since Hugh Hefner let his twin girlfriends, Karissa and Kristina Shannon, out of his sight for the night. Yesterday, however, the 19-year-olds had a full day to themselves -– and in Las Vegas, no less. “It’s crazy,” sister No. 1 said. “It’s so weird not being around him, like, we’re around him 24/7.” “It’s like, Vegas? By ourselves?” she said, almost mocking her disbelief. “We’re in his suite without him, it’s so weird,” the ... Read more...
07.17.09 · 6:15 PM
Palms-branded high tops make a very exclusive fashion statement
While you can’t wear sneakers to the Palms’ busy clubs, you may notice a few VIPs and employees sporting very exclusive Palms-branded tennies next time you’re hanging out. Jay-Z has a pair. DJ AM does too. And all of the Maloof brothers own pairs of the extremely limited run of the Supra Skytops made especially for the Palms and Assistant to the President Jon Gray. “I met the owner of Supra a while back, and he and his guy that ... Read more...
07.17.09 · 1:29 PM
Ballers, Bunnies, Busta Rhymes and the Bizkit
While the temperatures continue to rise and summer heats the Las Vegas Valley, the star sightings aren’t showing any signs of cooling down any time soon. This weekend is shaping up to be one chock-full of NBA players, Playboy bunnies, hip-hoppers and rockers, with a few small-screen personalities thrown in the mix, too. The parties start tonight with a trio of musicians-turned-nightclub-hosts: Busta Rhymes will host at LAX; ‘pop champagne’ hip-hopper Ron Browz is set to make an appearance at ... Read more...
07.17.09 · 10:56 AM
Two Playmates for the price of one
While negative impacts of the recession abound, it’s not all bad news. Case in point: This month Playboy produced its first double issue and, in the process, has delivered two Playmates for the price of one. Even better: The picture-perfect twin sisters gracing the July-August cover will be in Las Vegas today and are eager to meet and mingle with fans. The centerfolds, Karissa and Kristina Shannon, will be signing autographs at the Playboy store at the Forum Shops at ... Read more...
07.16.09 · 12:06 PM
Hefner’s back in Vegas to check on his former squeeze
While Hugh Hefner is coming to Las Vegas to check up on his ex, he doesn’t think the visit will be awkward at all. In fact, he said his former main squeeze Holly Madison invited him to come see her. “Holly called me a few days ago wondering whether I was going to come and see the show,” Hefner said yesterday during a phone interview, “so we made arrangements.” The 83-year-old will have a front-row ticket to see Madison as ... Read more...
07.16.09 · 10:54 AM
Rick Moonen falls victim to a corndog on Top Chef Masters
Sustainable seafood is chef Rick Moonen’s strength; corndogs are not. Last night’s installment of Top Chef Masters demonstrated this in prime time fashion and, unfortunately for RM Seafood’s namesake chef, the corndogs proved to be the death of his tenure on the Bravo spin-off series. Rather than his opakapaka ceviche, brandade of scallop and shrimp with fennel salad and truffle vinaigrette, or preserved lemon custard panna cotta, it was the corndogs that proved to be too much for Moonen. The ... Read more...
07.15.09 · 1 PM
Not that Riddikulus: Harry Potter fans play the part on opening night
Two young wizards sat on a bench devouring a quick snack Tuesday night. Nearby, Dobby hobbled along clinging to Harry Potter’s robes while Malfoy brooded. Professor Trelawney, Dumbledore and Bellatrix Lestrange were also spotted. It’s not something from the opening scene of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, but the setting outside Rave Theatres at Town Square for Tuesday night’s midnight showing of the series’ sixth installment. Mere store-bought costumes are unacceptable for this bunch. Samantha Smith and Jared Lee, ... Read more...
07.14.09 · 7:33 PM
Local Magic: “The Las Vegas Kid” Chris Randall
Chris Randall shuffles a deck of playing cards, absentmindedly making them disappear and rematerialize during conversation. Before Criss Angel and Steve Wyrick became headliners in town, “The Las Vegas Kid” was here. As a native, he was known for making watches and wallets disappear from unsuspecting owners, performing card tricks in the back of a Las Vegas Academy theatre class or appearing to stick nails up his nose. Learning the ropes on The Strip while still attending high school, Randall ... Read more...
07.14.09 · 7:11 PM
How to: Kerry Simon’s Tuna Tartare with Crispy Rice
The first bite is all about the texture. The cool give of raw sushi-grade tuna, then the crunch of the fried rice crust, which gives way to the density of the packed rice itself, the anchor of the dish. The second bite is all about the flavor. There is the tuna, clean and fresh, with the kick of Sriracha and a bit of Simon’s flavored mayo “yum-yum” sauce. Next, the sweetness of a soy reduction for dipping comes on strong ... Read more...
07.14.09 · 12:08 PM
Hef alert: Playboy mogul heads to Vegas to see Holly
Hugh Hefner is coming to Las Vegas to sneak a peek at his ex, Bo Peep. Hefner is rumored to be planning a not-so-surprise visit to see former fling, Holly Madison, this weekend. The Playboy mogul is said to have snagged a few prime seats for a performance of Madison’s topless revue at Planet Hollywood, Peepshow, on Saturday. Two of the 83-year-old magnate’s three current girlfriends, 19-year-old twin sisters Karissa and Kristina Shannon, are expected to join him for the ... Read more...
07.13.09 · 11:50 AM
Celeb recap: Blame it on the Goose
MMA fever reached epidemic levels in Las Vegas this weekend as UFC 100 overtook Mandalay Bay and hordes of fighters and fans flocked to town for the centennial event. The festivities got underway on Friday with an afternoon pool party at Tao Beach hosted by MMA fighters Chuck Liddell, Ryan Bader and Jens Pulver. Fellow brawlers Aaron Simpson, Noah Thomas, Eric Lawson and Bill Smallwood also came out for a little fun in the rooftop sun. Later that night, UFC ... Read more...
07.13.09 · 11:01 AM
Holly gets hitched at Planet Hollywood
Holly Madison appears to be a married woman – and Hugh Hefner, Criss Angel, and muscle-strapped UFC fighters have nothing to do with it. Well, sort of. If the old saying “A picture is worth a thousand words” rings true, six of the words accompanying this photo would be, “Holly Madison got married on Sunday.” Meanwhile, another, equally appropriate half-dozen would read, “That gnome is a lucky man.” Madison’s publicity-filled weekend ended yesterday with a photo finish at Planet Hollywood. ... Read more...
07.13.09 · 12:19 AM
Chuck Liddell shows off fancy footwork
Chuck Liddell is a UFC fighter, not a fashion icon, and here’s why: The Affliction-loving Iceman showed up for his post-UFC 100 party on Saturday wearing flip-flops. Granted, the party was held in Planet Hollywood’s fairly casual Playing Field Lounge and not at Privé nightclub, but considering Las Vegas is a city where partiers are often turned away because their $120 cross-trainers don’t meet the dress code, Liddell’s Adidas-clad feet made a statement. Yet, it was the 39-year-old’s toes that ... Read more...
07.12.09 · 11:32 AM
“Winning is not the only thing that creates a champion.”
“This is just one of those things where it shows you that winning is not the only thing that creates a champion.” Jennifer Mir’s words about her husband’s UFC 100 loss to Brock Lesnar perfectly explain the dichotomy of a fighter. Victories and conduct are equally important. While Frank Mir’s UFC 100 performance wasn’t enough to best Brock Lesnar, the Las Vegas native proved once again why he is regarded as one the real class acts in the professional fighting ... Read more...
07.12.09 · 11:03 AM
Can we get a little mood music, please?
Predicting a night of bloodied noses and knockouts during a UFC event isn’t hard. But who knew a classical song would rank at the top of UFC 100’s walk in music playlist? Yoshihiro Akiyama, that’s who. The music fighters choose to accompany their walk down the tunnel to the Octagon has to fit certain criteria. It must affect their mindset and emotions properly and set the tone for their impending battle. It can add hype and get the crowd involved, ... Read more...
07.11.09 · 7:02 PM
It’s the circle of art with Lincoln Maynard
Lincoln Maynard knows that someday he will die, and he believes that the best part about his artwork is that it – unlike us – will not. This sentiment shows within the local artist’s latest offering. His Power of Circles exhibit, now on display at Mastrioni’s Café in Summerlin, uses recycled drumheads set in canvases created with discarded staging materials. “The materials had a previous life and function,” he says. “I am allowing it to live further. They’ll outlive me ... Read more...
07.10.09 · 11:24 PM
Topless and talented: Carmen Electra debuts at MGM Grand
When Carmen Electra bared all on the Crazy Horse Paris stage this week, it wasn’t because she was told she had to, and it wasn’t because she had been asked to, either. Electra tossed her pasties to the side and went completely topless because she wanted to. “It felt so good,” Electra said. “No one was expecting it.” “It was a completely last-minute decision,” she explained, noting the full reveal was not part of the model-actress’ original plan. “I started ... Read more...
07.10.09 · 10:49 PM
UFC Fan Expo: Fans and fighters weigh in on UFC 100
Throngs of kids and energy drink samples. Sounds like a great mix. Fans of all ages came out in droves to day one of the UFC Fan Expo at the Mandalay Bay Events Center where vendors and fighters convened for this special event the day before the most stacked fight card in history. Fans waited in long lines to get autographs and handshakes from UFC fighters like Rashad Evans, Joe Lauzon, Keith Jardine and Nate Diaz, WEC favorite Urijah Faber ... Read more...
07.10.09 · 1:51 PM
UFC 100: where to watch and where to party
UFC 100 is one fight card you will not want to miss. With championship bouts between heavyweights Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar and welterweights Georges St. Pierre and Thiago Alves, so much is on the line at this landmark event. As if that isn’t enough, you can watch Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping settle their score from their time as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter. If you’re in it for the ring girls (let’s face it, they’re hot) then you ... Read more...
07.10.09 · 8:44 AM
A different kind of ladies’ night
It’s ladies night at The Orleans Arena. This time it’s not pink cosmos and salon giveaways, but rather blood, sweat and bruises. The amateur mixed martial arts organization Tuff-N-Uff is marking their 15th anniversary with the first all-female fight card, aptly titled Tuff Girls. Several local fighters are on the card including 120-pound fighter Gabriella Lakoczky, who will be making her amateur debut. Lakoczky, a native of Sweden, has been a personal trainer for years, which means she was already ... Read more...
07.9.09 · 3:35 PM
Celebrity Forecast: Lovers and Fighters
There will be no shortage of toned bodies in town this weekend as UFC 100 takes over the city. The MMA centennial festivities begin this afternoon with a pre-party at Tao Beach featuring sure-to-be-shirtless fighters Chuck Liddell, Ryan Bader and Jens Pulver. Later, Thiago Alves will host a pre-UFC soirée of sorts at Privé. L.A. Laker Trevor Ariza will also be in town tonight, and will show off his new bling – that being his 2009 NBA championship ring – ... Read more...
07.9.09 · 11:17 AM
Aubrey O’Day takes a Peep
While Peepshow is hardly an educational production, the revue has showed what a Spice Girl can do, and what a Broadway star can do, too – but can a Playboy bunny do it better? Aubrey O’Day hopes so. Audiences will soon see if the 25-year-old blonde has what it takes to perform at the same level as past and present Peepshow stars Melanie Brown and Shoshana Bean. The former Danity Kane diva is set to assume the role of “Peep ... Read more...
07.9.09 · 11:08 AM
Drew Carey brings his Improv All Stars to Las Vegas
Whose theatre is it, anyway? Former “Whose Line is it, Anyway?” funnyman Drew Carey is set to take over Terry Fator Theatre for a weekend in August. Along with a cast of so-called “improv all-stars,” the “The Price is Right” host will take to Fator’s stage next month for two nights of improv-filled laughs. The actor-comedian-host is scheduled to give two 10 p.m. performances on Aug. 28 and 29. Joining him at the Mirage will be Ryan Stiles, Kathy Kinney, ... Read more...
07.8.09 · 8:22 PM
Sharpen your knives and ready your remotes: “Top Chef: Las Vegas” to premiere this August
It’s official: Las Vegas will make its small screen Top Chef debut next month. After much anticipation and speculation Bravo TV announced today that season six of the hit series will premiere at 9 p.m. on Aug. 26. “Our newest season was the best yet,” Top Chef’s top judge, well-known restaurateur Tom Colicchio, said. “Las Vegas has become a culinary destination – some of the world’s best chefs and restaurants are here – so it’s only fitting,” he said. The ... Read more...
07.8.09 · 12:21 AM
The art of attraction
Oh God, I’m in love. Or I just want to be her. Lying casually on her side on a bed in a pulled-up gray t-shirt, her manner screams insouciant, effortless sex appeal. Her brown hair spreads out across the white sheet in loose waves, her bedroom eyes gaze into mine lazily. Her lips are a natural pink, slightly pursed. A sun-shaped tattoo sits over a perfect, bare ass cheek. One hand is up in her hair as the other pulls ... Read more...
07.7.09 · 12:56 PM
Holly Madison to serve as honorary Octagon girl
Former Playboy model Holly Madison will be making yet another costume change in Las Vegas. The star of the newly-premiered “Peepshow” production at Planet Hollywood will serve as an honorary Octagon Girl at this Saturday’s UFC 100 event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. “UFC 100 marks the biggest event in the history of our company, so it’s the perfect time to bring in the Ultimate Octagon Girl, Holly Madison,” UFC president Dana White said. “Not only is Holly one ... Read more...
07.7.09 · 2:35 AM
Happiness comes with pasties for Carmen Electra in “Crazy Horse”
Carmen Electra is sore. You wouldn’t know it from the radiant 37-year-old’s ready smile or the way she sits perched on a plush red chair in a draped, kimono-like dress and tall, studded black heels, but the actress, dancer and Playboy model is hurting. Physically. “I’m sore from head to toe. I can feel it in every muscle in my body,” Electra says with a laugh. “It” is a week of rehearsals inside the MGM Grand at Crazy Horse Paris ... Read more...
07.5.09 · 2:40 PM
Forget Tao’s red carpet, the Mirage’s blue lagoon pools and the white light atop the Luxor; Las Vegas’ real Fourth of July celebration was in the suburbs last night. While the holiday draws thousands of tourists annually, Independence Day at the casinos is essentially more of the same: more celebrities, more flashing lights, more people and more money. But if you took a drive into a valley neighborhood last night, you were likely greeted by a rare sight. Residents had ... Read more...
07.5.09 · 2:18 AM
A Michael Jackson tribute and LeBron James performance at Jay-Z’s Vegas show
They say music unites us all and Jay-Z did just that last night, as a handful of NFL rivals put aside their professional differences and took in the rapper’s performance from the same VIP box at the Palms. The scene saw (Arizona) Cardinals chirping alongside (Philadelphia) Eagles; (Houston) Texans mixing with (Kansas City) Chiefs; and (Miami) Dolphins frolicking with (Chicago) Bears – and there was no blood or tackles; just bobbing heads, waving hands and a lot of drinks. A ... Read more...
07.3.09 · 5:59 PM
Celeb forecast: Vegas goes to the pros
It’s the Fourth of July and that can only mean one thing: party time in Las Vegas. As the long weekend approaches, it comes as no surprise that dozens of celebrities are headed this way to celebrate our nation’s independence. In fact, the party started early this year as pre-parties for World Series of Poker Event 57 kicked things off in advance of the main event, which gets underway this afternoon. Adding to the A-list talent in town was Don ... Read more...
07.2.09 · 3:48 PM
Billy Gardell: “The gift that keeps giving”
If you’re missing My Name is Earl after its recent cancellation, head over to Bonkerz Comedy Club this weekend where you can see one of its stars, Billy Gardell, doing stand up. As Officer Hoyne on Earl and Billy on Yes, Dear, Gardell has been cracking up the prime time crowd for the better part of this decade. Now, he gets to take center stage as the headlining comedian at Bonkerz. “Bonkerz Comedy Club is the club I got started ... Read more...
07.2.09 · 2:11 PM
Which came first, The Lion King or the parachute pants?
The Lion King, Disney’s classic animated film-turned hit Broadway musical-turned Mandalay Bay show, is about family, redemption, strength and coming of age. It is a touching story, of course, infinitely relatable in its struggle-denial-acceptance-triumph trajectory, but I found myself fixated on a more tangible element of the production at a recent performance: the costumes. Don’t worry. I’m not going to wax enchanted about the wondrous masks or the incredible innovation of Julie Taymor’s designs, which transform people into the animals ... Read more...
07.2.09 · 12:15 PM
Matt Damon, Ben Affleck among celebs to Ante Up for Africa
Forget the VIP section at Tao, the cabanas XS and the dining rooms at N9NE Steakhouse, Simon and Nove Italiano: The hottest spot for stargazing today is the Amazon Ballroom at the Rio. That is where a range of A-list stars will take to the tables for the third-annual Ante Up for Africa charity poker tournament. Matt Damon, Ben and Casey Affleck, Mekhi Phifer, Jason Alexander, Charles Barkley, Hank Azaria, Brad Garrett, Reggie Miller and Sarah Silverman are among those ... Read more...
07.2.09 · 10:44 AM
Duchess of poker just wants to be Duke
Poker pro Annie Duke might be known as “the Duchess of Poker” but the queen of the card tables wishes she could lose the nickname. “Someone gave me that nickname, I didn’t give it to myself,” Duke said Tuesday as she arrived for dinner at Lavo. However, when asked what nickname she’d prefer, duchess Duke didn’t have an answer. “I wouldn’t have one,” she said. “I’d just be Annie Duke.” “Here’s the thing: I used to be Annie Lederer,” she ... Read more...
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Jun 12, 2013
by Sabrina Chapman
Refreshing, peppery and adventurous; those are the words that instantly come to mind upon first sip of the Lion’s Tail ($9) at Embers Grille & Spirits. This vintage cocktail, which ...