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Over the weekend, headliner Jeff Civillico from the Imperial Linq Quad Palace (as he likes to put it) hosted a charity fundraiser for his Win-Win Entertainment organization. The group hooks up entertainers with good causes such as performing shows in children’s hospitals.
Win-Win’s Headliner Bash featured an array of Vegas stars and reminded us of just why we loved some of them. One of the standout performances was from Human Nature (pictured above), the Aussie Motown group who perform at Venetian. When it comes to amazing vocals, these guys are some of the best in Vegas. Their pitch-perfect harmonies and a capella skills are truly impressive. After performing a Motown standard, the group moved to Christmas music from their “Christmas Album” and reminded guests of their upcoming holiday themed shows. If you hadn't heard, their Christmas, Motown and More show runs December 12-24.
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This Friday will see the return of two ice rinks to the Strip, but only two. Venetian, the original purveyors of traditional winter fun on Las Vegas Boulevard, decided to hang up its skates this season, however, Cosmopolitan and Caesars Palace will still be in the game.
Today, Caesars officials announced the return of their self-described Caesars Chalet which will once again be located Stripside. Both the Chalet and Cosmo's Ice Rink (a transformed Boulevard Pool) will debut November 21 while Caesars' attraction will run slightly longer closing January 11 instead of January 4 like its competitor.
First, yes, we know. The cheapest way to spend New Year's Eve on the Strip would be milling with the masses for free on Las Vegas Boulevard. But, what's the fun in that? For twenty bucks, you could still spend it outdoors and still ooh, ahh at fireworks come midnight, but be high above it all... ice skating.
The Cosmopolitan is just a few days away from transforming its Boulevard Pool into The Ice Rink and you can ring in the New Year there for $20 if you buy tickets early (i.e., now). At some point, admission will creep up to $30. If you'd still prefer free and were planning to book a room in Vegas, anyway, hotel guests will receive complimentary entry.
If you’re feeling artsy on the Strip, you can hit Cosmo's P3 Studio to make your mark on the newest collaborative art project brought to you by the hotel in partnership with the Art Production Fund. This month’s featured artist-in-residence is art professor Mark Brandvik who will be working with guests who want to add a layer to his project, 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1.
If you’re wondering what the title alludes to, think outer space. Come channel your inner space camp nerd as you build up color layers on Plexiglas to form an image of the Saturn V rocket on the Apollo 11 spacecraft. Brandvik uses the iconic image of the shuttle taking off to mirror the collective spirit of the many hands that will go into making this piece of art.
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Ice skating rinks are Vegas' pumpkin spice lattes. And, it's almost time to enjoy this seasonal treat once more.
Last year saw not one, but four ice skating rinks around Las Vegas with three on The Strip at Caesars Palace, Venetian and The Cosmopolitan and one in Downtown Vegas at the Gold Spike. There's no reason not to expect all four to offer visitors a way to glide through the holiday season once again, with the Cosmo being the first to make it official.
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Is it a Bad Romance or the perfect New Year’s Eve pairing? Lady Gaga will share the stage with Tony Bennett at Cosmopolitan's Chelsea venue. It’s not the first time the duo has paired up, but it still seems a little odd, to this writer at least. Perhaps it’s “just the right amount of wrong.”
This announcement is hot on the heels of the release of the duo's new album, Cheek to Cheek. Tony might want to be careful about getting cheek-to-cheek with Mother Monster as her costumes often have sharp spikes. Wonder what Lady Gaga will be sporting on NYE: classy or campy?
Meyers' next Vegas visit will, hopefully, only involve his customary knocks on topical news and politics mixed with the humor of casual observations (see below for a bit on flying to and from Vegas, as well as drunken room service decisions.) Normally a regular at The Mirage, Meyers will perform at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan Saturday, October 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets begin at $45 and can be purchased here.
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Now that the weather is cooling down to a refreshing 95 degrees, food fests are popping up like crazy for the next two months. There will be big ones, small ones, fancy ones, and ones where the main attraction is White Castle. Out of these many, there is one that puts the rest to shame. That one is LUCKYRICE coming once again to The Cosmopolitan the evening of Saturday, October 4.
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Quite possibly one of the strangest musical acts in pop culture since Ozzy ate a bat, Die Antwoord is difficult to describe. The facts are: They are South African, they are ghetto fabulous, and they are coming to the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan September 28.
Since their explosion on to the scene in 2009, Die Antwoord (which translates into "the answer") has popularized the niche genre of "zef-rave rap." (Zef is named after the Ford Zephyr which became synonymous with the African working class and is considered derogatory slang.) The group makes themselves into a parody of over-the-top "commodity rap" braggadocio while still sending their message about how absolutely bizarre it is live and be raised in South Africa.
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Las Vegas' Restaurant Week is coming up shortly, and with it a chance for diners to loosen their belts a few notches. A spot out there you've been meaning to try? A dish you've been hearing so much about? Here are just a few of the best spots to make the most of this Restaurant Week now underway through August 28.
One of the best ways a Restaurant Week dining menu can benefit you is by putting a typically expensive restaurant back into your price range. For example, Estiatorio Milos at The Cosmopolitan is notoriously expensive, but their $50.14 three-course dinner is an incredible steal. Just the entree of grilled Mediterranean sea bass is knocking on the door of fifty, but with a salmon tartare and their famous grilled octopus as appetizers, this is a deal. A sommelier wine pairing with your courses is $30 more.
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There are times when you sample a dish and taste everything that goes into the preparation. The time, effort, research, skill; you can practically hear that "ah, ha!" moment. Just absolute inspiration from step one to finish, that is how Chef De Cuisine Daniel Ontiveros brought the world the Escargot Pie ($19) at Comme Ça inside Cosmo.
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Our long-running Sip or Pour series has covered some of the best bars in Vegas. Usually, we highlight two different types of bars, those ideal for a stop before you move on to the next one and those where you can chill all night long (the party in the street being optional). But, what about one ultimate night of fun and drinks
and more drinks and maybe some shots? Here's how we would spend one epic night in Vegas. If you follow in our footsteps, make sure to cab it or bring along the ultimate designated driver. (And, in some cases, it's just a short walk!)