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UPDATE June 18, 2015: For the Record: BAZ will actually begin performances on June 26, not June 19 as previously expected. The shows start at 8pm nightly, but is dark on Tuesdays. Go here to buy tickets or for more information.
Vegas is about to down another shot of Cirque du Soleil (try to hold back your groans). Well, sort of. Imagine what would happen if you took hit songs from various eras and staged them as familiar movie scenes inside a cabaret-style theater.
That's what happens in “For The Record: BAZ”, which Cirque is bringing to Mandalay Bay's LIGHT Nightclub this month. If BAZ is anything like the film director who inspired it, your senses might never be the same.
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What was rumored over the weekend is now official.
Hakkasan Group will be able to use the tagline, "now with more oontz," come January when its purchase of Light Group for $36 mil is expected to be finalized. The buyout will mean the assimilation of Light nightclub at Mandalay Bay, 1OAK at The Mirage and The Bank at Bellagio, as well as the lounges and most of the restaurants under the Light Group domain.
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The Light Group confirms that it will close on November 18 to make way for a new casual American bistro concept by its go-to chef Brian Massie dubbed
Senior Citizens Kitchen & Bar. The re-tooled space will still serve up three square meals when it reopens. (Update: Citizens will be open 24 hours a day.)
Back in August, the buzz was that two other Mandalay restos would also close on that date, China Grill and Red Square. That may not happen in one fell swoop anymore (Light Group is only committing right now to the November 18 date for Red, White and Blue), but new details are coming to light (hee) on what exactly will happen to Red Square.
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Now, we're learning more about the new nightlife scene to come. We already know the cache of the 1Oak brand with outposts stretching from the NYC to Brazil, but a press release sheds more light on what we can expect at The Mirage as well as a surprising connection to the Harmon Hotel.
The release announced that design firm Munge Leunge will "execute the interior design vision... conceptualized collaboratively between The Light Group and The Butter Group (owners of 1Oak)." Not many would know, but if all had gone well this would have been the second joint venture between Light Group and Munge Leunge. The first would have been the guestrooms of Harmon. Will some of Harmon live on at 1Oak at The Mirage? We may never know for certain, but it will be interesting to imagine what an accommodation would have been like.
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Is this NYC or LV? Does it matter?
1Oak's Richie Akiva, Scott Sartiano and Ronnie Madra are close to signing a deal to take over the Light Group's 16,000-square-foot JET nightclub at the Mirage and bring their Chelsea hot spot to Vegas. Sources say the night-life impresarios plan to open 1Oak Vegas by New Year's Eve. Regulars at 1Oak include Rihanna, Katy Perry, Fergie, Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz. A rep for 1Oak said, "While there have been several discussions about 1Oak opening in Las Vegas, it is too premature to comment on any details."
Of course, it's too premature but you know it's happening anyways. That's how these things work! Someone slips something to a gossip column just to test the waters and build excitement. And then in a few short weeks (days?) there comes the official announcement followed by P.Diddy saying he's gonna be hosting New Year's Eve here.
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A hotel imploding before it ever opens? This is a dubious honor we thought would be reserved for the Fontainebleau but instead it will probably go to the "most expensive billboard" in Vegas, The Harmon.
The Associated Press reports today that the Harmon would likely collapse in the event of a strong earthquake. That's the verdict given to MGM Resorts yesterday by a structural engineer.
"In a code-level earthquake, using either the permitted or current code specified loads, it is likely that critical structural members in the tower will fail and become incapable of supporting gravity loads, leading to a partial or complete collapse of the tower," said Chukwuma G. Ekwueme, an associated principal of Weidlinger.
The Harmon has already been slated for demolition but we've still got another year or so to wait. This new report might speed things up though!
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What's the shelf life of a Vegas club? Oh, about six years.
Now, another Light Group outpost on The Strip is reportedly closing its doors to reinvent itself.
Vegas gossip Robin Leach has tweeted that JET nightclub at The Mirage will close this Labor Day for a reno that will having it reopen its doors on New Year's Eve. The same date the club hosted its grand opening back in 2005.
The mysterious Brit has been adding his artistic flair to walls and billboards around Los Angeles, including showing how Mickey and Minnie might "live the dream" with the Light Group as shown above.
The cheeky billboard was abruptly taken down last Wednesday, tho. Many speculate that Disney wasn't too thrilled with it (gasp), but apparently The Light Group loves it. So much so that they have the torndown ad now and tell the LA Times that it will likely pop up again and where else, but here in Vegas, of course:
Now that The Cosmopolitan has
scared the living bejesus out of thrown the gauntlet at CityCenter with their planned December opening, restaurant porn line-up and a New Year's Eve celebration hosted by none other than Jay-Z and Coldplay, it's about time CityCenter readies their final weapon--The Harmon Hotel.
Last we heard, the hotel was set for a late 2010 opening. Heading over to the website, we only see a "Coming Soon" date. We also noticed that the hotel is a "Light Group Hotel"--they of nightlife and restaurant spots throughout town. It turns out the Light Group will indeed operate the hotel, a first for them.
But things may be much bleaker for the Harmon than anyone could have imagined.
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For nights when you aren’t quite feeling like full-blown partying, but are still feeling social, Caramel at Bellagio is the place to be. We’re partial to playing (and staying on the rare occasion when our budget allows) at the Bellagio and we love this swanked-up lounge option for the nights we’re feeling slightly more subdued.
The vibe at this small The Light Group-owned club (owners of Jet and The Bank) is cozy and warm, almost like a subtly feminine cigar bar – think caramel hued leather couches, super-sized ottomans, marble tables, and hand blown glass sculptures.
Like the décor, the staff is friendly, inviting and easy on the eyes – you won’t find harder working bartenders on the Strip. As expected, drinks are on par with Vegas prices (read: not cheap), but are stiff. Don’t miss out on the signature martinis – during hot summer months, we like the Cucumber Martini.