Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 | 6:02 p.m.
Bally’s is celebrating the New Year with a number of revitalization efforts underway.
On Wednesday, the center-Strip resort officially celebrated the opening of its renovated 756-room Jubilee Tower, with Regional President David Hoenemeyer and “Jubilee!” showgirls taking part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
After the event, the “Jubilee!” showgirls made themselves at home in the one of the new Jubilee Tower Celebrity Suites.
“It’s a new year and a great time to kick off this series of significant milestones,” said David. “Bally’s is a key piece of real estate on the Las Vegas Strip, and we are very excited for what’s in store this year.”
The Jubilee Tower rooms and suites encompass 450 square feet and offer views of landmarks including the Paris Eiffel Tower and Bellagio Fountains.
Also underway is the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s expected to open this fall. The outdoor shopping plaza will be situated on 2 acres and offer more than 150 shops.
Indigo Lounge, a nightlife and entertainment venue designed and operated by nightlife guru Victor Drai, opened this month with plush furniture, live music and handcrafted cocktails.
A major transformation also is in store for the Strip’s longest-running show, “Jubilee!,” led by celebrity choreographer Frank Gatson Jr.
DONNY & MARIE RETURN: Donny and Marie Osmond have wrapped their winter American tour and are back home, Marie in Las Vegas and Donny in Utah, his private plane just an hour away.
They resumed their Flamingo headliner shows Wednesday night and continue through April 30.
Action-film star and martial artist Steven Seagal, rumored to be a possible candidate for governor of our neighboring Arizona, watched “Legends in Concert” at Flamingo and enjoyed the tribute-artist performances of Elvis, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Michael Buble and more.
Adult-entertainment actress Jessica Drake was surrounded by admirers while enjoying lunch at Culinary Dropout in the Hard Rock Hotel before a long massage and spa treatment at Reliquary.
Star chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain dined at Bootlegger Bistro with Bootlegger family Ron Mancuso, Lorraine Hunt-Bono and chef “Mama” Maria.
First-round curling-competition events start with the women’s team followed by mixed doubles and then the men’s team at Orleans Arena with the ice-bound Olympic sport continuing through Sunday.
DJ Dada Life is at Hakkasan in MGM Grand.
DJ Direct is at Tryst in Wynn.
2014 AVN/Adult Entertainment Expo Events
Director Brad Armstrong screens his big-budget “Underworld” starring Jessica Drake and Asa Akira, who will all answer questions afterward for buyers and fans at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Jessica has a one-hour sex-love seminar based on her “Guide to Wicked Sex” also at Vinyl.
Jessica and Asa are joined by Wicked wonders Stormy Daniels, Samantha Saint and Kaylani Lei to host at Haze in Aria.
Temptress Tera Patrick hosts at 1OAK in the Mirage.
AVN’s Naughty Circus with porn stars Jayden James, Samantha Bentley, Remy Lacroix, Bailey Blue and Bonnie Rotten is at Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel.
The official gentlemen’s club AVN party is at Sapphire with starlets Lexi Belle, Veronica Rodriguez and Missy Martinez hosting and performing.
Our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview with the full rundown of 2014 AVN/AEE parties and events also shines the spotlight on comedians as we welcome illusionist Rick Thomas back to the Strip.
Be sure to check back Sunday for our full report, photo and video coverage from the 2014 AVN Awards red carpet with more than 300 porn princesses on parade, and on Monday we’ll have the wrap from the behind-the-scenes starlets.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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