Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 | 7:40 p.m.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Global superstar Celine Dion performed in flawless and fluent Mandarin on television for Chinese New Year on Sunday as Asian communities across the globe welcomed the Year of the Snake. Our Caesars Palace headliner sang the Chinese folk song “Jasmine Flower” with Chinese soprano Song Zuying after a massive fireworks display lit up the Beijing skyline.
In a video interview before the show, Celine explained how she mastered Mandarin for the duet by rehearsing at her Las Vegas studios. While on the show, she also sang her monster “Titanic” hit “My Heart Will Go On” in English. Today, Celine announced that her Caesars residency moves into a third year with 37 shows at The Colosseum from June 4-Sept. 1.
MORE MUSIC NEWS: Singer Matt Goss, who also headlines at Caesars in his Gossy Room, wraps his new CD this month and continues performing April 5-June 29 on weekends.
Tickets for Beyonce’s The Mrs. Carter Show tour stop at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 29 went on sale this morning.
On Sunday’s red carpet for the Grammy Awards, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill talked about how much they’re enjoying their run of Venetian headliner shows at the halfway point of their 10-weekend engagement.
I can confirm that Tim’s management and Venetian execs are continuing conversations to find additional weekend dates this year for the country king and queen around his summer tour dates.
WICKED WHISPERS & RACY RUMORS
Our hometown singer Ne-Yo has been invited to join The X Factor” as a mentor next season.
Singer and actress Daisy de la Hoya (“Rock of Love,” “Daisy of Love”) has begun rehearsals for “iCandy Burlesque” at Saxe Theater in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops, debuts Feb. 22 and continues through May.
The Block 16 partnership of Billy Richardson and chef Anthony Meidenbauer, who run Holsteins (The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas) and The Barrymore (Royal Resort), are renaming the Pussycat Dolls Salon the Powder Room in taking over Gallery Nightclub in Planet Hollywood.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE: NASCAR racecar star Denny Hamlin, who has 22 Spring Cup Series victories, is here Tuesday to promote the March 8-10 weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Denny will be moving at a much slower pace when he plays golf at Callaway Golf Center on The Strip. NASCAR’s Pole Day is March 8, Sam’s Town 300 is March 9, and The Kobalt Tools 400 is March 10.
The PBR World Finals at the Thomas & Mack Center was announced today for Oct. 23-27, and South Point will be the host for the Legends Reunion and PBR Founders Forum on Oct. 22-23.
YOU KNOW WHERE I’LL BE! It’s a first for Las Vegas: caviar service at a buffet! Bellagio is elevating its buffet service with unlimited caviar Fridays and Saturdays for 6 1/2 hours. Yes, unlimited traditional, Ikura and Tobiko caviars. A chef will serve it atop blinis, sushi, tuna cones, waffles or just with chopped egg, onions and creme fraiche in the gourmet buffet price of $37.99. Add $8, and you also get limitless refills on Bellinis and Bloody Marys. You know where I’ll be!
Actor John Travolta and Kelly Preston were nearly incognito at the Wynn except for two high-roller dinners they hosted in the shuttered restaurant Alex to promote their fall dinner for U.S. military.
Eight-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps was all over the town on his visit here this weekend, as our Editor Don Chareunsy reported Sunday. He also was spotted having sashimi and a salmon salad with friends at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago at Caesars. Also there: actor Kelsey Grammer for a second night, this time enjoying calamari, oysters, mussels and margarita pizzas. Michael also turned up at a test dinner at Heraea in the Palms.
I was there Saturday and was dazzled by the oyster shooters, tuna tatacos, artichoke spinach dip and Alaskan King crab cones that Michael also ordered. It’s the sister restaurant to STK at The Cosmo, but on steroids. The grand opening is Sunday after Tuesday’s VIP party hosted by my British pal owner Jonathan Segal and Palms head honcho Joseph Magliarditi, who is rebranding and remodeling the property. I checked out one of the new Ivory Tower rooms over the weekend and can report that they are slick, hip, hot knockouts with bright, vivid colors, soft granite walls, roomy bathrooms and comfortable appointments. Stunning!
Heavyweight hitter Mike Tyson, who is in discussions with Sugar Factory execs about a partnership, was at Carla Pellegrino’s Meatball Spot in Town Square with UFC champ Frank Mir and BMX pro T.J. Lavin. (photos). Today, Mike flew to Indianapolis for performances of his one-man play. On Tuesday, exclusive news about two other restaurant and nightlife projects Mike is getting involved with here.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was at Tao in The Venetian celebrating a friend’s bachelor party.
“House” actor Omar Epps and his wife partied at Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmo as DJ Sander Van Doorn spun the wheels of steel.
2012 Playboy Playmate of the Year Jaclyn Swedberg and 2011 Playmate Ciara Price dined together at Andrea’s in Steve Wynn’s Encore, sharing executive chef Joseph Elevado’s miso cod and tuna tataki sliders. The bodacious beauties then joined Lil Jon on the DJ decks next door at Surrender.
Walshy Fire, Jillionaire and Wesley Pentz of Major Lazer kicked off their new residency until 3 a.m. at 1OAK in The Mirage.
The remodeled Canonita restaurant in The Venetian unveils its new look.
Britain’s BBC Concert Orchestra led by Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart salutes the music of Mendelssohn and Haydn with cellist Sophie Shao at The Smith Center for Performing Arts.
Debi Gutierrez and Dave Reinitz headline at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand.
Meadows School students celebrate Chinese New Year with a dragon parade of 120 dancers led by Mayor Carolyn Goodman and husband former Mayor Oscar Goodman through The Forum Shops at Caesars.
The Ten Tenors, Tamela Mann and Aaron Arrington with the Facebook Chorale entertain at LVH.
We go face-to-face with combatant culinary kings Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert. We celebrate with Penn & Teller at their 20th anniversary party hosted by Vegas Magazine, plus, secrets from Vince Neil’s birthday with Mike Tyson and Nicolas Cage, and news about Olivia Newton-John and Lance Bass.
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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.
Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.