Thursday, March 14, 2013 | 2:34 p.m.
This weekend’s pool club openings signify the start of a summer season of sizzle, but two pool lounges jump-start the action today. The first clubs inviting guests to soak up the sun now that the warm weather has arrived are Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria and the topless Bare Pool Lounge at The Mirage -- and, yes, the girls will doff their bikini tops to show they are ready for a total tan.
At Liquid’s three luxury VIP pools, a DJ sets the mood, with executive chef Brian Massie serving up taste treats in his 50-seat restaurant there. Each of the eight grand cabanas at Liquid comes with a 40-inch flat-screen TV. Dance till sunset or stretch out on the 34 chaise lounges and 28 daybeds.
We’ll have a full rundown of all the other weekend openings in our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview on Friday.
MICHAEL JORDAN’S STARS: Country singer Jake Owen and Olympic champion Michael Phelps have signed on for Michael Jordan’s celebrity golf tournament at Shadow Creek from April 4-7. The NBA legend’s guest list also includes Jerry Rice, Jonathan Ogden, Wayne Brady, Kevin Nealon, Rob Riggle, Josh Freeman, Dustin Johnson, Marcus Allen, Roger Clemens, Wayne Gretzky, Penny Hardaway, Mario Lemieux, Greg Maddux, Jerome Bettis, Ozzie Smith, Winky Wright and Alan Thicke.
They will be headquartered at Aria. Tickets are on sale now at MJCIGolf.com, with proceeds earmarked for our beloved charity Opportunity Village, Make-a-Wish, the charity arm of Michael’s Charlotte Bobcats and the James R. Jordan Foundation named for his father.
TIM MCGRAW’S STARS: Country superstars Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum, along with international music sensation Pitbull, were set this morning to join previously reported Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift and hometown superstar Ne-Yo in the all-star lineup for Tim McGraw’s TV special taped April 8 at MGM Grand Garden Arena to air on CBS this summer.
Fifteen-time ACM Award winner Tim has called on his friends to help kick off the 2013 touring season now that his residency with wife Faith Hill at The Venetian has ended for now. The two-hour, star-studded concert will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music.
IRISH CELEBRATIONS: It’s the first time the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas has gone green. On Wednesday night, Kathryn Thomas, the Irish TV host of “The Voice Ireland,” joined Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani and former Mayor Oscar Goodman (now our Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority host committee chairman); staff from Ri Ra Irish Pub at Mandalay Place; and showgirls to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Green light bulbs were installed as part of Tourism Ireland’s “Greening” initiative, in which iconic structures across the globe including the Pyramids of Giza, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, also are participating by “going green” this weekend. Tonight, the Sons of Erin St. Patrick’s Day parade and festival runs for six hours at Henderson Events Plaza.
HEADS UP TV POKER: Television coverage of 64 of the world’s most competitive poker players begins with a series of Heads Up matches on NBC Sports Network and NBC starting tonight. The invitational tournament is the eighth installment and the seventh filmed at Caesars Palace. The reigning champion is eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Erik Seidel, who defeated 2003 WSOP winner Chris Moneymaker. In all, there will be 12 hours of TV poker from Caesars. The finals will be broadcast on NBC on April 20.
It was an emotional moment as plaques on the Honor Wall at our Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health were unveiled Wednesday by founder Larry Ruvo marking contributions from legendary comedian Tim Conway and singing duo Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme.. Tim was with wife Charlene and daughter Jackie, and Judy Tannen also attended. Singer Engelbert Humperdinck will take a tour of the facility in two weeks. Steven Spielberg and George Clooney also toured the facility in recent weeks.
Illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher entertained Magic Castle founders Irene and Erika Larsen with magician Eugene Burger at Wednesday’s Penn & Teller show at The Rio.
Former NBA players and Oregon State alumni Gary Payton and A.C. Green watched their alma mater play Colorado in the first round of the Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Also in attendance: NBA Hall of Famer and sportscaster Bill Walton. The Pac-12 and the Mountain West Conference championships are at the Thomas & Mack, and the Western Athletic Conference is at The Orleans Arena, all through Saturday.
It’s the VIP opening and red carpet party and performance of Recycled Percussion at the new Q Theater in The Quad. Las Vegas celebrities, Strip performers and sexy starlets -- including Claire Sinclair and her “Pin Up” cast, Tara Palsha from “Vegas! The Show” and Laura Croft -- should make the noise even louder.
Controversial comedian Andrew Dice Clay begins his residency at Vinyl in The Hard Rock Hotel His memorabilia case at the Hard Rock was unveiled on Tuesday.
“Jackass” star Steve-O and comedian Tom Green begin a four-night run of their “Original Prankers Tour” at Riviera’s Starlite Theater through Sunday.
Talented local mixologists vie for the title of Guinness Cocktail Champion at Hyde Bellagio as they shake, stir and mix original drinks using the Irish stout. The winner receives an all-expense-paid VIP night out on the town with Guinness Girls. “American Idol” contestant Mahi Crabbe performs.
Chanel West Coast performs at Haze in Aria.
Volbeat headlines House of Blues at Mandalay Bay.
And chef Rick Moonen welcomes former Las Vegas chef turned San Francisco culinary king Matthew Accarrino of SPQR for a one-night-only five-course seafood lovers dinner at RM Seafood in Mandalay Bay to benefit our food bank Three Square. Guests receive an autographed copy of Matthew’s cookbook “SPQR Modern Italian Food & Wine.”
We’ve got the rundown of pool club openings, plus, Celine Dion wraps the second year of her run at Caesars, Shania Twain returns Tuesday, Alicia Keys will “Set the World on Fire,” and Rob Kardashian celebrates his birthday beginning with his first solo appearance at Kardashian Khaos in The Mirage.
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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