Celebrity preview: J.Lo, Iglesias, DeGraw, Caillat, McCarthy, DJ Pauly D
Fri, Aug 17, 2012 (8:01 a.m.)
Photo: Bryan Steffy/WireImage
It’s all about girl power -- or, rather, Jennifer Lopez power -- this weekend with a J.Lo takeover of Las Vegas. With or without Casper Smart, her dancer boyfriend, J.Lo embarks on a nonstop Party Patrol while here for her tour stop at Mandalay Bay Events Center with fellow Latin superstar Enrique Iglesias.
First, Jenny From the Block parties at Wet Republic at MGM Grand during the day. Then after her show with Enrique, which includes opening act Frankie J instead of Wisin Y Yandel, she hosts an after-party at Pure in Caesars Palace. She’s reportedly pocketing $100,000 for appearances at both venues!
It’s her second visit to Mandalay Bay in recent weeks: She was here May 26 with ex-husband Marc Anthony for “Viva! The Chosen”, where she sizzled and shined brighter than the Luxor searchlight! Marc is back at Mandalay on Sept. 14.
Blonde beauty Jenny McCarthy, one-time Playboy cover girl, hosts tonight at 1 OAK in the Mirage. The model, actress and comedienne joins resident DJ Karma at the hotspot.
Add in shows with jazz singer Barbara Cook, comedienne Paula Poundstone and singers Colbie Caillat, Keri Hilson and Eva Simons, and it’s femme fatale weekend. Celine Dion also is in on the act because this is the weekend tickets go on sale for her New Year’s Eve, January and February shows at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.
Top it off with the third annual Beach Bunny Swimwear model search at Encore Beach Club and sex doctor Susan Block with her porn star invasion at the Erotic Heritage Museum. This YouTube clip of her broadcasts is for mature audiences.
As George Hamilton and the drag-queen stars of “La Cage Aux Folles,” continuing through Sunday in Reynolds Hall at Smith Center for the Performing Arts, would say, “Slip on the high heels, tighten the corset, snap on the suspenders and stockings, brighten the lipstick and glam the eyeliner. We’re in for a rip-roaring roller-coaster ride.” Around here, we affectionately call it the Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, AUG. 17
Barbara Cook is at Cabaret Jazz in Smith Center all weekend. The Metal King & the Monsters of Rock are at the Riviera for two nights honoring the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. Kingston Trio is at South Point all weekend. Rick Springfield is at Eastside Cannery.
Meiko and Buddy are at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip. Brett Eldredge is at Santa Fe Station. Kenny Cetera’s Chicago Experience is at Cannery for two nights. And the spectacular “La Cage Aux Folles” continues at Smith Center all weekend (be sure to read Senior Editor Don Chareunsy’s review of the 2010 Tony Award winner with Tom Donoghue’s wonderful photo gallery.
Dave Perrico, his 18-piece band and singer Naomi Mauro welcome Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno’s violinist Jennifer Lynn, David Foster’s bass player Keith Nelson and vocalist Eric Sean as guest performers in their Pop Evolution concert in Lounge at the Palms.
Laugh it up with Paula Poundstone at the Orleans for two nights, Kivi Rogers at Improv in Harrah’s through Sunday; Ari Shaffir at Empire Comedy in the Paris for two nights; and Brad Garrett presenting his new American Cool concept with Gregg Arthur at his MGM Grand comedy club.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for Celine’s NYE and Winter 2013 performances, Blink-182 at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas from Sept. 28-29 and Styx in Pearl at the Palms from Nov. 16-17.
Beach Bunny Swimwear holds a casting call for its third annual model search at EBC; Dr. Susan Block broadcasts from the Erotic Heritage Museum with a posse of provocative porn stars; Dodge Midnight Mayhem’s Operation Street Legal racing is at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; and send good-luck wishes to Henderson’s Ellie Smith representing Nevada at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition in Florida.
One-time Playboy cover cutie Jenny McCarthy hosts at 1OAK; Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas spins at Rain in the Palms; Bass Jackers spin at Haze in Aria; and Funkagenda and Dave Fogg spin at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
SATURDAY, AUG. 18
Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias with guest Frankie J are at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Colbie Caillat, Gavin DeGraw and Justin Young are nearby at Mandalay Bay Beach. Hank III is at nearby House of Blues. Big & Rich are at Star of the Desert Arena in Primm.
Ronnie Dunn, Phil Vassar and Lauren Alaina perform at Coyote Country Fest in Orleans Arena. Foreverland is at Sway in Silverton Casino Lodge. Protomen is at HRC on the Strip.
Survivor performs a free concert at Fremont Street Experience. Bill Fayne and his musical friends are at Suncoast for two nights. Banda El Recodo is at LVH. And 98.5 KLUC’s End of Summer Block Party is at Henderson Pavilion.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
The “MythBusters: Behind the Myths” tour is at Palazzo, and the Miss Cupcake USA Pageant is at Suncoast through Sunday.
By day, J.Lo makes a splash at Wet Republic and by night sizzles at Pure. Sabina Kelley hosts at Tao Beach. Keri Hilson performs at Haze. Taboo spins at Palms Pool. Chris Cox spins at Gallery Nightclub in Planet Hollywood.
DJ Kaskade is at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan. Eva Simons is at Moon in the Palms. Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys is at the Bank in the Bellagio. And 20-year-old DJ phenom Porter Robinson is at XS.
SUNDAY, AUG. 19
Yes and Procol Harum are at the Pearl.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
You wouldn’t think he was old enough or around long enough in showbiz, but it’s a lot longer than Andy Warhol’s 15 minutes of fame! The Hard Rock Hotel honors “Jersey Shore” star DJ Pauly D with a memorabilia case dedication.
Porter Robinson does day duty at EBC, Manufactured Superstars and Warren Peace are at XS, and EDX is at Tao Beach.
Check back over the weekend for our coverage of celebrities at work and play. Meantime, to quote J.Lo, let’s dance … and love … and dance again. That pretty much covers it all.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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