Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 | 6:35 p.m.
Superstar singer Celine Dion resumes her shows at Caesars Palace tonight after being felled by sinusitis last week. “She’s raring to go,” said husband and manager Rene Angelil.
And at fellow Caesars Entertainment property, the irrepressible CeeLo Green reschedules his arrival at Planet Hollywood tonight after last week’s flamboyant and outrageous production was canceled because of The Strip shooting and crash. Expect dancing beauties, beautiful cars, furs, jewelry and other over-the-top scenarios. His new residency show “Loberace” debuts Wednesday.
LOUIE’S ‘SPLASH:’ Vegas DeLuxe has the first photos of Louie Anderson practicing with diving legend and Olympic champion Greg Louganis for the new ABC show “Splash” debuting March 19. It’s the first time 10 celebrities train and compete in regulation platform and springboard diving at dizzying heights in front of a weekly poolside audience, and Greg will give each celebrity weeks of training.
Louie has given up his run at Palace Station for the TV show and then goes on tour after the series ends. Louie joins reality TV star Kendra Wilkinson, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Miss Alabama USA turned Sports Illustrated swimwear model Katherine Webb, among others. Each week, celebrities stare fear in the face as they leap off a 10-meter high-dive platform, complete synchronized stunts and flip, twist and spin into the depths of the pool.
24K SMOKE: It’s another only-in-Las-Vegas gem: Chase Jordan of Coastal Cigars (CoastalCigars.com) is now offering a “Black Tie Cigar” rolled in 24-carat edible gold. It’s a Dominican cigar with Connecticut shade wrapped and then packaged in gold leaf -- and already a hit in nightclubs here.
Chase tells me there’s no more luxurious or decadent cigar. It smokes perfectly and when the 2” and 3” ashes have fallen, you’re left with the gold. Each packaged box comes with a custom cigar cutter. Buy enough, save the gold, and you’ve got a great gift for the lady who says she doesn’t like cigars!
GOLF STARS: Michael Jordan’s third consecutive charity golf tournament hosted by Aria at Shadow Creek golf course has begun firming up its celebrity list. Among the people pledged to play April 4-7: Brian Baumgartner, Wayne Brady, Ken Griffey Jr., Maury Povich, Adrian Young, Toni Kukoc, Brett Hull, Tom Welling and Christina Millian.
CANADIAN TREK: Rock veterans Motley Crue with frontman and Las Vegas resident Vince Neil have nearly a monthlong tour of Canada for 18 shows. Starting April 20, less than a month after returning from an Australian tour, they’ll go from British Columbia to Quebec, with stops in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and even Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
LEGGY LEIGH: She’s known as a happy Summerlin housewife wed to Foreigner star Domenick Allen, but now leggy Leigh Zimmerman is winning raves for her performance in the West End production of “A Chorus Line.” Critics have praised her for her energetic dancing. Leigh has appeared on Broadway in “Will Rogers Follies,” “Crazy for You” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”
TV GIGS: Comedy impressionist Rich Natale, who calls Las Vegas home, appears on Hallmark’s “Home & Family” on Wednesday with an interview and stand-up routine.
Tropicana magician headliner Murray Sawchuck returned from a four-week tour of the Caribbean for tonight’s “Top Gear USA” on The History Channel. The episode shows Las Vegas taxi drivers at work and their reaction to an ultimate taxi created by the hosts. Murray films a new trick for Hallmark over the next two weeks before returning to his 4 p.m. slot at Tropicana.
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” reality TV stars got into a confrontation over our city’s clubs when they filmed their “Strip Is a Trip” episode for March 10 on Bravo. The episode has Porsha refusing to join in the adventure, with others teaching her how to gain independence. Kenya and Phaedra wind up in a confrontation on their last night.
Grammy winner Calvin Harris played host and DJ for a star-studded private after-party at Hakkasan in London. He announced that he’ll launch an exclusive 46-date DJ residency at Hakkasan Las Vegas set to open in April at MGM Grand. Guests included Ne-Yo, Will.I.Am, Emeli Sande, Rita Ora, Noel Gallagher, Alexa Chung and Tinie Tempah. Calvin is at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore on Wednesday.
Retired UFC fighter and Punishment Athletics clothing line honcho Tito Ortiz hosted a party at Tabu in MGM Grand. Tito who wore a black T-shirt from his line and handed out Punishment Athletics T-shirts to fans.
Prolific Las Vegas producer and choreographer Mistinguett celebrated her 60th birthday bash at Artisan.
Musician Travis Barker and friends partied at Moon in Palms with DJ Jazzy Jeff on the wheels of steel. Also at Palms, former Dallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin at the newly revamped Bistro Buffet and later dinner at N9NE Steakhouse.
Rapper Meek Mill hosted a party at The Bank in Bellagio to showcase his Puma suede classics in black and announced that his first U.S. tour kicks off in Boston on April 4.
As reported above, Celine is back at Caesars, and CeeLo is at Planet Hollywood.
Rita Rudner stands up for comedy at Venetian Showroom.
“West Side Story” starts a run at The Smith Center through Sunday.
Cosmic Gate host and celebrate their birthday at Lavo in Palazzo.
We’ll have our “Michael Jackson One” interview with Cirque du Soleil President Daniel LaMarre, who also reveals what the future holds on The Strip for the French-Canadian entertainment giant. Also, our report on CeeLo’s arrival, and the gorgeous girls of Tropic Beauty arrive for four days of events and competition.
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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.
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.