Tuesday, April 9, 2013 | 6 p.m.
American Muscle Car
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
It’s nine days to the April 18 preview opening of the highly anticipated nightlife venue Hakkasan for dining on modern Cantonese cuisine and dancing to world famous DJs. Restaurant reservations start Wednesday for the culinary theater of Michelin-starred chef Ho Chee Boon with his dim sum chefs at center stage. The dining area is on the first level with intimate, latticed woodwork cages, and the second-level private dining room overlooking the main room has a bird’s-eye view.
Atop the restaurant level is Ling Ling Club, a 10,000-square-foot experience. The fourth level has the main nightclub and The Pavilion, an Asian garden with its own bar and DJ. The fifth level has an all-encompassing view of the nightlife, described as a reimagined Las Vegas version of a contemporary classic Chinoiserie. Angel Management Group founder and CEO Neil Moffitt says the 80,000 square feet of the prestigious culinary brand with cutting-edge nightclub produces an unparalleled Las Vegas experience. “All totally unique to Las Vegas,” he said.
I’m told that DJ Tiesto is so knocked out by his residency here that he’s giving up his regular gigs in Ibiza to be at Hakkasan more often. Vegas DeLuxe will have full coverage of the opening weekend that starts April 18 with Deadmau5, followed by Hardwell, Bingo Players and Tommy Trash. The grand gala opening starts April 25 with Steve Aoki, Calvin Harris and Laidback Luke.
ABC’S ‘SPLASH’: Tonight on ABC’s “Splash,” our hometown headliner comedian Louie Anderson can’t afford to flop. He has to flip! Hats off to Louie, and a big bravo for mastering the diving process; he has been remarkable.
The remaining seven celebrities take their training farther when they’re challenged with completing a flip or multiple flips from any one of the diving boards. There’s no second chance this week, and the lowest-scoring celebrity is automatically eliminated without a dive-off or audience voting to save them.
Good luck, Louie!
FIVE-YEAR PARTY: “Pin Up” at The Stratosphere headliner Claire Sinclair was guest of honor for Hook Jaw Net Radio’s fifth anniversary celebrated at PBR Rock Bar in Planet Hollywood. She took a “gold digger” jab at Hugh Hefner’s new wife, Crystal Harris, and said she was happy to be single for the next five years. Listen to the fun interview here at BluBrry.com.
Past guests who walked the red carpet of the milestone show and cut in on Claire’s chat included Matt Bowman (Recycled Percussion), Jarrett & Raja, Michael Turco, Murray Sawchuck, wife Chloe Crawford and sidekick Doug “Lefty” Leferovich and Chippendales at The Rio stars Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis.
AMERICAN MUSCLE CARS: They will be driving like they stole it. Cast members from Chippendales, Thunder From Down Under, “Rock of Ages,” “Fantasy” and Claire will race to find the fastest, most-skilled driver. The high-speed action Wednesday is to launch American Muscle Car Challenge at Richard Petty Experience at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Go test your speed, acceleration, cornering and braking.
‘PRISCILLA’ AT VENETIAN: Our earlier Vegas DeLuxe scoop that “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert -- the Musical” was confirmed this morning for an 11-week run at The Venetian starting June 18, with tickets going on sale Wednesday. It’s time for wild, outrageous fun, feather boas and disco hits, including “It’s Raining Men” and “I Will Survive.” More than 500 Tony Award-winning costumes will dazzle audiences in the musical version of the 1994 Australian movie hit.
Tickets go on sale today for Hanson’s (brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac) world tour supporting their album “Anthem” -- they’ll play Downtown’s Fremont Country Club on Sept. 21. Thanks to sponsor Smash Magazine, who’ll donate $1 of every ticket sold to the charity Take the Walk.
Major Lazer sneaks tracks of his new CD “Free the Universe” at 1 OAK in The Mirage.
TOMORROW’S TEASE I chat with legendary Oscar-winning British actor Sir Michael Caine about his 80th joint birthday celebration with Quincy Jones at MGM Grand this weekend, with Bono, Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson providing entertainment.
On Thursday, a great photo exclusive interview with NFL giant Terry Bradshaw on the first day of rehearsals for his upcoming Mirage show. Plus, while I’m away in L.A., actor and James Bond villain Robert Davi pens a guest column about Frank Sinatra.
Phoenix at Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is canceled, and Tegan & Sara and Portugal the Man are taking their place.
Bestselling author Dennis Griffin, private eye Vito Colucci and legendary saxophonist Don Hill are among the guests of the Houdini book launch at The Italian American Club on East Sahara.
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MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort.