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Celebrity preview: Diddy, The Sitch, Aretha Franklin, Il Divo, K.D. Lang
By Don Chareunsy
The Entertainment Capital of the World morphs into the Culture Capital of the World this weekend, with music legends Aretha Franklin, Stephen Sondheim and K.D. Lang sharing the spotlight with global heartthrobs Il Divo.
But if they aren’t your cup of tea, and beer or soda is more in your wheelhouse, also in town: Demi Lovato with Hot Chelle Rae and Aaron Lewis of Staind. It’s been a while, hasn’t it?
For sports fans, the NBA Summer League tips off today, and Amir Khan and his posh British accent battle Danny Garcia. For nightlife fans, Diddy, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas and DJ Porter Robinson lead the party people.
And in this week’s Jerry Lewis watch, Editor at Large John Katsilometes in his The Kats Report reveals that Lewis has been approached about being a judge on “American Idol” and explains why Lewis’ show in Primm has been canceled.
We say save the drama for Wilmer Valderrama. Robin Leach is on vacation all month in Italy, but we nonetheless unveil his Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, JULY 13
Il Divo -- David Miller (U.S.), Urs Buhler (Switzerland), Sebastien Izambard (France) and Carlos Marin (Spain) -- perform at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace for two nights. Aaron Lewis is at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel. K.D. Lang and Siss Boom Bang are at Reynolds Hall in the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
Nashville Unplugged featuring Sherrie Austin and Will Rambeaux is at Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Resort. Ellis Mania with Everlast and Death Death Die are at the Hard Rock Hotel Pool. And Future, Pusha T and the Bouncing Souls are at Mandalay Bay.
Steven Wright is at Orleans Showroom for two nights. Ron White is at the Mirage. Dave Coulier of “Full House” and Alanis Morissette fame is at Rampart Casino. Bob Zany is at the Improv at Harrah’s. Matt Braunger is at Empire Comedy at the Paris. Kevin Shea hosts L.A. Comedy Club at Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina all weekend. And Sarah Colonna is at South Point all weekend.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Fright Dome at Circus Circus celebrates Friday the 13th and kicks off its 10th anniversary with tickets at half price for opening weekend. The NBA Summer League is at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion. The Mrs. United States Pageant is at LVH. “Awesome ’80s Prom” opens at V Theater at Planet Hollywood. And Joey Fatone returns to host “The Price Is Right Live” at Bally’s through July 29.
Diddy hosts at Tao in the Venetian, Taboo celebrates his 37th birthday (his birthday is Saturday!) with Black Eyed Peas band members at Rain in the Palms, and Aoki’s House with Dillon Francis is at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
SATURDAY, JULY 14
Demi Lovato with Hot Chelle Rae … la, la, la … are at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay in a concert that was originally scheduled at Planet Hollywood. Sha Na Na, not La La La, are at Rampart. Stephen Sondheim is at Reynolds Hall.
“Wonder Woman” star Lynda Carter is at Suncoast for two nights. Beto Cuevas performs at the sixth annual “Descarga” summer concert series at Fremont Street Experience. Paul Revere & The Raiders are at the Cannery. And the Whispers are at Eastside Cannery.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena for a second year. The NBA Summer League continues at Cox Pavilion. When Worlds Collide: World-Class Championship Boxing is at the Pearl in the Palms.
Criss Angel’s MP “Secret” Warehouse Live Broadcast Party Bash is at MF13 Studios. It’s Amir “King” Khan vs. Danny “Swift” Garcia at Mandalay Bay Events Center. And Tommy Rocker’s celebrates Bastille Day with a Back of the House Brawl: Team MGM Grand vs. Team Mandalay Bay.
“Jersey Shore” star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino celebrates his 30th birthday at the grand opening of Senor Frog’s Nightclub at Treasure Island. Will he flash those abs? Porter Robinson celebrates his 20th birthday at Surrender. Eric Prydz spins at Encore Beach Club. Win or lose, Amir Khan hosts at LAX in the Luxor. And “Crazy Horse Paris” at MGM Grand celebrates Bastille Day at nearby Tabu Ultra Lounge.
SUNDAY, JULY 15
The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is at the Colosseum; check out Robin’s fabulous interview with her posted Thursday. And the NBA Summer League expands its games to the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV.
Jayden Cole hosts at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens in the Paris. Porter Robinson spins at Encore Beach Club. And Timbaland hosts at Rehab and Vanity in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Check back throughout the weekend for reports and photos of the stars at work and play, and we resume the Las Vegas celebrity and VIP guest columnists Monday with Terry Fator, Alexandra Epstein and Laura Croft.
Don Chareunsy is editor of VegasDeLuxe.com and senior editor, arts and entertainment, of LasVegasSun.com.
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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