Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 | 4:35 p.m.
It’s Fat Tuesday on the Mardi Gras calendar, so who better than multiplatinum rapper and hip-hop artist Fat Joe to celebrate by hosting and performing at Pure in Caesars Palace.
The spirit of Carnaval also is captured at Sushi Samba in the Palazzo with samba dancers, booming batucada drummers, bossa nova DJs and a live TV feed of the festivities in Rio de Janeiro.
Entertainers from Chippendales at The Rio, Josh Strickland and the cast of “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood, Frank Marino’s “Divas Las Vegas” at The Quad and Anthony Cools will ride the ceiling-high fantasy floats in the Show in the Sky performance at The Rio to throw out Mardi Gras beads to the crowd.
Two of the 95-feet x 44-feet exterior building signs start installation on the Downtown Grand Hotel as the new model rooms are unveiled. The signs feature photos of a King and Queen of Downtown, which will be part of the property’s upcoming campaign “Make Your Move.”
Our preview of all the Valentine’s Day happenings, wedding crasher parties and faux ceremonies, plus, the arrival of the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue models. We also will have the Royal Robin Rundown from the Academy of Country Music Awards announcement of who will be headed here for the April 7 show and three-day fan fest at The Orleans.
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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.