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Thursday, May 30, 2013 | 5:39 p.m.
Country superstar Garth Brooks will be doing double duty this Fourth of July Weekend. Using hotel mogul Steve Wynn’s private jet, he will shuttle to and from Norman, Okla., to complete taping of his new concert DVD at Encore Theater in Wynn.
Norman will be the site of Toby Keith’s blowout benefit for the victims of the tornado that hit his hometown of Moore. Ronnie Dunn also has signed on. Tickets for Garth’s July 4 weekend tapings of three shows go on sale Monday.
Incidentally, Garth’s wife Trisha Yearwood talks about her favorite Independence Day recipes in the July issue of Better Homes and Gardens and appeared on Katie Couric’s show Wednesday to reveal secrets of her recent 30-pound weight loss in four months.
Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps was one of 482 poker pros and card sharks to take a seat in the 2013 World Series of Poker’s No Limit Hold ’Em/Eight-Handed tournament at The Rio on Wednesday night. Michael, sporting a blue V-neck T-shirt and a beard, was one of 196 participants to survive and move on to Day 2 of the four-day event. The WSOP continues through July 14.
British and Hollywood hunk Jason Statham, in town filming a remake of “Heat,” partied at Surrender in Encore on Wednesday night sipping Dom Perignon Rose with three beautiful lady friends at a dance-floor table; one of them was British Victoria’s Secret model turned actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Irish actor and heartthrob Colin Farrell, who stars as the voice of Ronin in the new hit animated film “Epic,” was in the VIP section for "Le Reve — The Dream" at Wynn.
Four famous off-the-clock DJs partied with a Guys Night Out at Hyde Bellagio’s weekly Lost Angels insider party. Mixmasters Afrojack, Fedde Le Grand, Benny Benassi and DJ Pauly D arrived at the nightspot as a group and shared a VIP booth on the dance floor. They posed for photos with fans while enjoying bottles of Dom Perignon. Afrojack, Fedde and Benny made DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs in 2012. Afrojack also partied at Heraea in the Palms and watched “The Hangover Part III” at nearby Brenden Theaters.
MARATHON MOVES: The Las Vegas Marathon is moving from its December National Finals Rodeo date to Nov. 17, so it gets its own weekend and probably slightly warmer weather. Our friends at Zappos are adding a new event with a Half of a Half run of some 6.5 miles to finish Downtown where Zappos founder Tony Hsieh is developing. The marathon and half-marathon races will start simultaneously, and adjustments will be made to include two runs at Fremont Street Experience.
Mayor Carolyn Goodman, U.S. record-holder Josh Cox and officials of The Competitor Group’s Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon made the announcements today. Last year, there were more than 50,000 participants who filled 89,000 hotel rooms and generated nearly $97 million in direct spend. Officials are hoping the changes will lead the event past $100 million this year.
HOLLYWOOD SUGAR: Our Las Vegas-headquartered Sugar Factory is taking its sweet treats to the City of Angels after its successful New York opening and the anticipated first global opening in Bahrain this summer. The seventh U.S. retail store will open as a three-story palace of pops this fall on the Hollywood Walk of Fame near Grauman’s Chinese Theater.
An Oscar Couture Pop will be created in all gold with an Oscar jewel attached at the bottom, along with Hollywood and Marilyn Monroe Couture Pops. Hollywood sweetaholic stars from Britney Spears to the Kardashians have been big supporters of the stores here at The Mirage, Paris, Planet Hollywood and MGM Grand, with several celebrities having their own Couture Pops.
KIDS FOR PARKS: Magician Mac King from Harrah’s and comedy juggler Jeff Civilico from The Quad join executives Saturday to celebrate the new Angel Park Trail that Caesars Entertainment has adopted on National Park Trust Kids to Parks Day. It’s the second year Caesars has been involved, and team members and families will enjoy activities including a speed ladder race, an army crawl and a cookout.
LIVING LEGENDS: The spirit of Motown will really be alive tonight at Human Nature’s headliner show at The Venetian. For one night only, audience members will sit alongside Motown royalty who inspired Human Nature’s acclaimed show. Our four Australian friends will perform for Mary Wilson (The Supremes), Otis Williams (The Temptations) and Duke Fakir (The Four Tops). Human Nature originally dubbed themselves The Four Trax as a nod to The Four Tops. After changing the name to Human Nature, they went on to release nine albums, five of which hit No. 1 Down Under.
CONMAN TRICKSTER: Notorious imposter and trickster Frank Abagnale was known as America’s most gifted conman who inspired the hit film and musical “Catch Me If You Can.” Frank lectures at Reynolds Hall in The Smith Center tonight. He’ll explain how he cashed in $2.5 million of forged checks while impersonating stockbrokers, college professors, pilots and an assistant attorney general. The Broadway musical is at The Smith Center next month.
Joan Rivers starts a three-night run at The Venetian. My Q+A with the sassy-as-ever comedienne was posted earlier today.
The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender begins its four-day event at The Orleans.
“X Burlesque” and “Raack ’n’ Roll” producers Angela and Tiffany Stabile celebrate their birthdays at Pure in Caesars with cast members from both adult shows.
Matt and Kim are at Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Saveur Magazine presents its Best Food and Travel Blog Awards at Hyde.
Those masked men known as the dancing Jabbawockeez premiere their show “Prism” in new colorful costumes at their own specially built Luxor theater, and our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview is much quieter after the insane Memorial Day Weekend.
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With world-class dining, shopping, spas, golf and entertainment, there's no shortage of things to do at Wynn. The resort’s aquatic acrobatic show, “Le Reve—The Dream,” a creation by Cirque Du Soleil veteran Franco Dragone and Steve Wynn, will leave guests wanting more with its breathtaking performances that conjure an imaginary world. The Wynn Esplanade offers a unique shopping experience with stores including Chanel, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta and many more. Tryst is its signature nightclub, offering a secluded lagoon inside the club and spacious dance floor. Blush, the Wynn’s ultra lounge, draws swanky party-goers. Tryst, Wynn’s signature nightclub, is situated along a private lagoon under a 90-foot waterfall and plays host to some of the world’s most renown DJs.
Carnival lasts all year at the Rio. With a float occasionally passing overhead and dropping beads while feathered dancers fire up the gamblers below, the Rio tries to keep its 120,000-square foot casino jumping with excitement. Special Brazilian mixed-drinks are also served throughout the casino. The hotel suites tend to be larger than similar priced rooms on the Strip and many offer excellent views with floor to ceiling windows.
The Rio offers some quality shows like "Penn & Teller" and "Chippendales." Many come to the Rio for the nightlife at the VooDoo Lounge, located on the 51st floor, or McFadden's Irish Pub on the casino level.
Others come for a bit relaxation at the Rio Spa or pool area and still others come to shop at the hotel's 60,000 square feet of shops. In each of these endeavors, the Rio attempts to make the experience a bit more fun and spontaneous.
The Rio also offers guests a variety of dining choices from all-American food at the All-American Bar & Grille to Gaylord India Restaurant for something a little spicier and even Carnival World Buffet for the indecisive.