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Even though the Strip is overrun with 90 of the world’s best celebrity chefs and master sommeliers celebrating the eighth-annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit food and wine festival, there are other entertainment offerings on the menu.
Today, Nobu Matsuhisa demonstrates the art of sushi rolling, Michael Mina hosts a pig roast,Thomas Keller leads a luncheon and “Cake Boss” superstar Buddy Valastro shares dessert secrets in an exclusive bakery class. Then all the star chefs join to throw their Grand Tasting at Garden of the Gods pool at Caesars Palace. To say it’s the most spectacular grouping of culinary kings and queens on Earth is an understatement.
On and close to the Strip, there’s country music byLeAnn Rimes at Orleans Showroom —my candid conversation with her was posted Thursday afternoon — and rock from Jane’s Addiction at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq.
Music legend Meat Loaf is back with his run in“Rocktellz & Cocktails” at Planet Hollywood. Downstairs in the Axis at Planet Hollywood,Britney Spears is still selling out shows with“Britney: Piece of Me.” And Rod Stewart is kicking ass — and soccer balls — at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.
For laughter and wonderfully fun storytelling, Lily Tomlin returns to the Smith Center. Will we ever forget Ernestine the sniggering telephone operator from “Laugh-In”? And sitcom comedy kings Ray Romano and Kevin James are at the Mirage.
A shout-out to our lineup of eight Cirque du Soleil shows and resident musicals “Jersey Boys,” Human Nature, “Million Dollar Quartet” and “Rock of Ages” who toil week in and week out.
Earth, Wind & Fire is in Primm, Season 10 “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery is performing at Mountain’s Edge, and the legendary, smooth-as-silk Patti Austin is at Aliante. (Confession: My all-time favorite is “How Do You Keep the Music Playing” that she sang with James Ingram at our Keep Memory Alive benefit a year ago here for Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine’s 80th birthdays.
Patti Austin and James Ingram
Now it’s time for us to keep the Royal Robin Rundown playing, and our secret is to just give you the facts and nothing but the facts!
FRIDAY, MAY 9
Jane’s Addiction is at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq for two nights followed by Fishbone at midnight.
Gary Puckett & The Union Gap are at South Point all weekend.
Morgan James is at the Smith Center.
The Jennifer Keith Quintet is at the Cosmopolitan all weekend.
Nashville Unplugged hosted by Aaron Benward and Travis Howard features Steve Seskin at Sunset Station.
Opportunity Village presents “OVation: The Fourth Annual Spring Performing Arts Concert” hosted by Dayna Roselli.
Riff Raff with Grandtheft are at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
Quantum is at Backstage Bar & Billiards.
The Civil Unrest Tour featuring Wayne Static, Otep, Dope, Smile Empty Soul and Thira is at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Ray Romano and Kevin James are at the Mirage for two nights.
Chris Cope and Darrell La Montre are at Bonkerz Comedy Club in Silver Sevens for two nights.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Nevada Ballet Theater presents “Coppelia, The Girl With the Enamel Eyes” at the Smith Center for two nights.
Tickets go on sale for Chevelle on July 12 at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel; Weezer on Aug. 1 at the Cosmopolitan; Dierks Bentley with guests Chris Young, Chase Rice and Jon Pardi on Aug. 1 at the Axis in Planet Hollywood; and Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Hellyeah and Nothing Moreon Oct. 24 at the Joint.
Vegas Uncork’d presents the Grand Tasting at Garden of the Gods.
The summer series of Dine-In Movies kicks off at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan.
The San Gennaro Feast at Grand Canyon Shopping Center is all weekend with Tony Sacca’s show tonight and Saturday, plus Frankie Moreno tonight and Zowie Bowie wrapping it up Sunday with a 90-minute show.
Professional Bull Riders: Last Cowboy Standing is at Mandalay Bay Events Center for two nights. A Q+A with top Nevada bull riderMarkus Mariluch was posted early this morning.
The 2014 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Hope Gala honors Matt and Kami Smith at the Venetian with proceeds to fund research to find a cure for diabetes.
SATURDAY, MAY 10
Meat Loaf rocks his hits and tackles an audience Q+A at Planet Hollywood.
LeAnn Rimes is at Orleans Showroom for two nights.
The Eli Young Band is at Pearl at the Palms.
Earth, Wind & Fire is at Star of the Desert Arena in Primm.
Scotty McCreery and “The Voice” Season 4 winner Danielle Bradbery are at Mountain’s Edge for the Eighth Annual Country in the Park Festival.
Lesley Gore and “Little” Peggy March are at Suncoast Showroom for two nights.
Patti Austin is at Aliante.
The 25th Annual Jazz in the Park with Las Vegas Academy Jazz Combo and Marlena Shaw is at Clark County Government Center Amphitheater downtown.
Ingrid Michaelson, Storyman and Sugar + The Hi Lows are at HOB.
Conflict of Interest with guests Hell or Highwater and Paper Tigers are at Vinyl.
Marsha Ambrosius is at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for “Mythbusters: Behind the Myths” starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage on June 21 at Orleans Arena.
Vegas Uncork’d presents Mario Batali’s daylong celebrity chef golf tournament at Cascada followed by his Beef and Barolo extravaganza at Carnevino in Palazzo. Other chef events includeJoel Robuchon at MGM Grand, Julian Serrano at Bellagio, Sirio Maccioni’s Le Cirque at Bellagio, Francois Payard at Caesars, the all-star chefs buffet at Aria and the Hakkasan progressive Cantonese dinner at MGM Grand.
Artist Michael Godard hosts a meet-and-greet to introduce fans to his newly launched gin and vodka lines at Lee’s Liquor on South Rainbow.
The Eighth Annual Lee’s Beer & Tequila Experience is at LVH with proceeds going to Lee’s Helping Hand.
The Second Annual Rehab Bikini Invitational Round 1 is hosted by Joanna Krupa with a DJ set by Crystal Hefner at the Hard Rock Hotel.
SUNDAY, MAY 11
Danny Wright is at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Lily Tomlin is at the Smith Center.
Vegas Uncork’d wraps its four-day feast with theItalian Mother’s Day Brunch hosted by theFrank Pellegrino family at Rao’s in Caesars.
Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes is at Rehab celebrating 10 years of Sunday fun — that’s 725,000 guests enjoying 2 million beers and cocktails and 45,000 bottles of bubbly!
Kid Ink is at the Bank in Bellagio.
We’ll be back Sunday with reports and photos of the stars at play and follow with Vegas Uncork’d coverage, plus interviews with Daniel Boulud and Nobu Matsuhisa.
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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