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Packing political punch
February is proving to be a politically charged month in Las Vegas. President Barack Obama made the biggest waves, first with another round of his oh-so-popular don’t-go-to-Las-Vegas remarks, then announcing he would pay the city a presidential visit (see page 37).
Former President George W. Bush came to Las Vegas this month, too, but another, far more popular former president—Bill Clinton—will come to town before the month draws to a close.
Our 42nd president will be at Caesars Palace on Feb. 22 to give a speech encouraging us to work together.
The appearance comes on the heels of Clinton’s heart procedure on Feb. 11. (The relatively simple angioplasty hardly slowed him down, and he left the hospital the same day.) As U.N. Special Envoy to Haiti, Clinton remains dedicated to relief efforts in the wake of last month’s devastating earthquake. He will give his speech, “Embracing Our Common Humanity,” at the Colosseum. President Clinton at Caesars Palace; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22; $35-$750.
Mobile map lockdown
GPS devices make driving easier, eliminating the need for maps (or much thought) to determine how to get from point A to point B. But if a thief breaks into your vehicle, he could also break into your house: All he needs to do it is hit “home” on your programmed GPS and the device will take him straight there.
This is where the Australian-designed Maplock GPS anti-theft device comes to the rescue.
Think of Maplock like The Club—but instead of the steering wheel, it fits your GPS unit.
Maplock is incredibly simple and easy to use: just adjust the metal clamp to your GPS and fasten the security cable to the steering wheel.
The simple device comes in a range of highly visible, thief-deterring colors and is compatible with most makes of GPS systems, including Garmin, Tom Tom, Magellan, Nextar and Mio. While it won’t be available for a few months, you can pre-order it on Amazon.com. $49.99, gpsmaplock.com.
Charity in the bag
H&M has once again partnered with the Parisian designers at Sonia Rykiel to present an attractive line that is accessible to the masses. The masses in New York, Chicago, L.A. and a few other cities, that is.
The Sonia Rykiel pour H&M collection of knits is just as distribution-point-challenged as the Jimmy Choo for H&M line was when it hit (some) stores late last year.
While local ladies may have resented the chain for denying them their relatively reasonably priced and fashionable footwear last year, there’s a good reason to get over the grudge this time around: 30 percent of the proceeds from the special UNICEF Sonia Rykiel Pour H&M tote bag will support the charity’s All the Children initiative.
All the Children is a five-year initiative from UNICEF and H&M and aims to improve the lives of children in cotton-growing communities in India.
The bag is being described as “the ultimate accessory from the collection.”
Unfortunately, the fashion-forward set will have to jet-set out to L.A. or Scottsdale, Ariz. (or farther) to get their hands on it. The Sonia Rykiel Pour H&M line goes on sale Feb. 20 at select H&M stores. No Las Vegas locations will carry the merchandise; visit hm.com for further details.
The Palms is the undisputed home-away-from-home for Playboy and this week Playboy Comedy is returning home.
The schedule resumes this weekend, first with funnyman Nick Di Paolo, then Sebastian Maniscalco on Feb. 25-27.
The weekly bunny-enhanced funny fest was put on hold last year when Matt Goss and his so-called “dirty virgins” took over the lounge, renaming it “the Gossy Room.”
However, Goss has since packed up shop and moved into a ship on the Strip (Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace).
Di Paolo is a veteran of the East Coast comedy circuit, having taken his routine to the famously funny stages at Caroline’s and The Comedy Cellar in New York City. Enhancing his act this weekend will be incoming Playboy Playmate and Miss March 2010, Kyra Milan. Playboy Comedy in the lounge at the Palms; Thursdays and Fridays at 10 p.m.; Saturdays at 8 and 10 p.m.; $39.99 includes entry to Playboy Club after the show.
And then there were seven: After weeks of “fixation,” Cirque du Soleil is ready to officially unveil its seventh resident show in Las Vegas, Viva Elvis.
Aria’s King-themed spectacular opened for previews in December but has undergone a creative overhaul since then.
After months of retooling and fine-tuning, the creative forces behind the 90-minute production say they are ready to (jailhouse) rock. Priscilla Presley, Gene Simmons, Regis Philbin, Taye Diggs and Scott Weiland will be among the guests at Feb. 19’s star-studded premiere. The show will officially open to the public the following day and will soon settle into a two-shows-a-night, five-nights-a-week routine. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday through Tuesday, $116-$200.
Tail of the tiger
For those of you who want to have a go with one (or more) of Tiger Woods’ alleged mistresses, your wait is over—and you don’t need to be a legendary golfer with a lucrative sponsorship deal to get a piece of the fun. For just $53.90, you can have 12 of Woods’ alleged mistresses sent to your door—shipping and, ahem, handling included.
Each “Tail of the Tiger” golf ball carries the first name and caricature face of one of Woods’ 12 supposed mistresses—including Jamie [Jungers], Kalika [Moquin], and former Tao hostess–turned-Extra correspondent Rachel [Uchitel].
The balls are a “light, humorous satire on a scandal,” according to creator Michael Caldwell.
He says he has sold about 3,500 sets to “pretty much every country in the world where there’s golf”—as far away as Marrakesh. Still, Caldwell says the real surprise is that of the first 3,000 orders, more than 70 percent of them came from women.
But at least one of the women whose head appears on the balls—porn starlet Joslyn James—isn’t impressed with Caldwell’s innovation. Instead, she says the balls encourage violence toward women and has hired Uchitel’s lawyer, legal bulldog Gloria Allred, to look into the situation. Meanwhile, two sets of the balls are on offer: A tee-ready player’s version ($44.95) and a collector’s edition ($49.95). tailofthetiger.com.
McFadden’s goes Mexican
McFadden’s at the Rio might be modeled after a historic watering hole in New York City but popular Irish pub is about to embrace a Mexican second-cousin of sorts: Pablo McFadden’s.
Pablo McFadden’s is the latest in a string of new Mexican-themed restaurants and bars to open in and around the Strip. It follows the recent installation of Sammy Hagar’s south-of-the-border-style eatery in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, Cabo Wabo Cantina (which opened in December), and Hussong’s Cantina, which opened at Mandalay Place in last month.
Like its thirsty Irish counterpart, Pablo McFadden’s will serve party-inducing shots and pints—but with a side of chips and salsa instead of shepherd’s pie. Pablo McFadden’s Mexican Cantina at the Rio, Thursday through Saturday, 7 p.m.-2 a.m.