So CES gets blasted by rain and a blackout in consecutive days, and people are still talking about it being one of the hottest parties of the year. We brush it off quickly in Las Vegas, you know?
If you didn’t make it down to the Strip this week, 1) Good for you, but 2) You missed some primo celebrity sightings. Maybe better than New Year’s Eve? Probably not as good as we’re going to get when AVN rolls in later this month?
The Venetian got its fill of celebs on Monday, with Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin among those swinging through in-between CES gigs. Liukin, who was at the show to talk “The Future of Fan Engagement,” hit up all the best selfie spots; including the LOVE art installation, Lorena Garcia’s Chica restaurant, and just-opened cocktail joint Rosina.
Meanwhile, handsome man Ian Somerhalder and actress Nikki Reed dined with friends at TAO Restaurant. We’re told hot and sour soup, sea bass, and rock shrimp (ohhhhh yeah) were on the menu.
Nearby at The Palazzo’s LAVO restaurant, Property Brother Drew Scott dined with YouTube star Justine Ezarik, a.k.a. iJustine.
Spotted at Mandalay Bay’s Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil: veteran award show host Neil Patrick Harris and Daredevil actor Colin Farrell. The latter, stopping by the 7 p.m. performance, proclaimed the show “really, really cool!” before getting a meet-and-greet with the cast backstage. Harris, in town for a CES event, caught the 9:30 performance after dinner at Kumi Japanese Restaurant.
Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Kerry Washington was spotted on the CES floor Tuesday, promoting her collab with Facebook’s Watch VOD service. Washington is executive producer of the upcoming series “Five Points” for the platform.
We’re told zillionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban also made a trip out to Vegas for the conference, and was spotted at The Venetian’s cocktail lounge, The Dorsey.
We love Chrissy Teigen’s Twitter game. It’s one of the few remaining things we love about Twitter. We wish we could have been there to help when she needed to find some Nintendo action at CES on Wednesday.
I went all the way to CES because I thought there would be a Nintendo booth and there…is not.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 11, 2018
Meanwhile, big time athletes who weren’t at the tech show were shopping at 12AM:RUN shoe boutique at The Linq. Owner Nick Sakai posted a pic of Las Vegas native (and Texas Rangers) slugger Joey Gallo in the store, and he posed for another with Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch.
Meanwhile, Lynch’s former teammate Richard Sherman was spotted at Cabo Wabo Cantina inside the Miracle Mile Shops. We presume Sherman was celebrating the ouster (at last) of offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who should be forever remembered as the fool who called for a pass instead of giving Marshawn the ball at the 1-yard-line. We’re never gonna let it go. Never.
We’ve said it before, the best thing about these big conferences are the concerts, VIP experiences you can only get into if you’re an attendee or if you know somebody.
A couple of big ones went down on the last night of CES. First, the @HP after party featuring Anderson .Paak, Tove Lo and Louis the Child. That was a helluva show, check out our Instagram for highlights.
If you weren’t in the crowd, you might have been at Gizmodo’s Brooklyn Bowl concert featuring Run the Jewels and a DJ set by mother-freakin’ Chromeo! We haven’t seen Chromeo since 2016 Life is Beautiful; someone needs to give those boys a residency!
Either that or CES needs to happen every month, cause we can’t wait another year.