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Welcome to the era of borrowed parties

A Midsummer Night’s Dream with DJ Pauly D at Palms Pool and Rain at the Palms on Aug. 13, 2011.
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I’m sick of ’80s parties. There, I said it. Oh, and as long as we’re on the topic, I’m sick of Vegas’ Sexiest Fill-in-the-Blank parties, too. Can’t Vegas come up with some original concepts?

Easy for me to say, right? After all, I don’t have to think up a new themed bash every weekend. If I did, I’d probably throw in some repeats. So I guess I understand the newest trend in Vegas party concept development: borrowing.

Hugh Hefner throws a famous Midsummer Night’s Dream fête? Move it to the Palms and charge admission! Heidi Klum and Seal host legendary Halloween parties? Invite them to set up shop at Tao this year!

But what about Al Gore’s Halloween party? Can we have that at Marquee? Can we move the Vanity Fair Oscar bash to Oscar Goodman’s Plaza steakhouse? Oh, I know it seems like the type of thing Graydon Carter would never go for, but if we’ve learned nothing else from living in this town, it’s this: Nothing is sacred; everything has a price; and Vegas knows how to party.

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