Comedian, author, talk show host and awards night diva Joan Rivers’ career has survived through five decades, countless plastic surgeries and miles of red carpet. And now, Rivers is bringing her schtick to the Stardust Theater.
The Brooklyn-born Rivers began her onstage career as an actress and soon developed a stand-up comedy act featured on television and on the Las Vegas circuit. The Sixties brought “That Show With Joan Rivers,” along with frequent guest appearances on late-night talk shows, where her catch phrase “Can we talk?” became familiar the world over.
During the Eighties, Rivers served as a regular stand-in for Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show,” wrote several best-selling books and performed
on Broadway, culminating with her own talk show, the Emmy Award-winning “The Joan Rivers Show,” in 1989.
In 1998, Rivers and her daughter joined the E! network, hosting award preshows known for scolding celebrities for their fashion faux pas. As a result, Rivers has a new catch phrase, “So, who are you wearing?”
Joan Rivers at the Stardust Theater, 3000 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 8 p.m. For tickets, call 866-8-SHOWS. General admission tickets: $43.96; premium seats: $54.95.
An acclaimed wine list featuring more than 2,200 bottles and a collection of rare cognacs might fool you into thinking that the drink is the main attraction at Mistral, the fourth Las Vegas restaurant from celebrity chef André Rochat. But make no mistake: Fine French cuisine is the star of this elegant dining room, marked by custom-appointed tables generously spaced beneath the high-domed, chandeliered ceiling.
Appetizers include escargots de bourgogne with garlic herb butter ($12.95) and duck foie gras, either served cold in a terrine with riesling plum compote and Minus 8 vinegar ($22.95) or sautéed
and served with a warm brioche and rhubarb napoleon and pickled leeks ($23.95). Entrées offer something for every carnivore, including a 2-lb. Maine lobster (market price) and roasted pork tenderloin stuffed with apples and walnuts and served with gruyère mashed potatoes and cider sauce ($31.95). A chocolate or Grand Marnier soufflé or warm apple tarte tatin with ginger ice cream and rum raisin caramel sauce (all $11.95) completes the meal.Mistral, Las Vegas Hilton, 3000 South Paradise Road, 702-792-6373, mistrallv.com. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 5:30-close.
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By day, the Skin Pool Lounge at the Palms is open to hotel guests only, but on Skinny Dip Tuesdays, anyone who can pass muster at the velvet rope beginning at 9 p.m. can frolic the night away alongside the DJs, “mermaids” and go-go dancers who set the scene around the lavender-lit pool.
The bar’s signature 14-oz. cocktails, dubbed Skintilations ($9), have names such as Morty’s Bikini Remover, Gina’s G-String, The Sunburn…you get the idea. Edibles include everything from shrimp cocktail ($14) and Chinese chicken salad ($10) to root beer floats ($7) and steak and eggs ($18).
Of course, VIPs such as Tara Reid and Nicky Hilton prefer to rent out private cabanas (prices vary) tricked out with refrigerators, ceiling fans and misters, where an extra $120 to $190 can buy you a Swedish or deep tissue massage.
Leave your watch at home, since closing time is totally dependent on the crowd and there is no such thing as last call in Sin City. Should you make it an all-nighter, sunbathers can buy sunscreen and beachwear from the Stuff boutique, which includes bikinis by Holmes, Vitamin A and Frankie B.
Skin Pool Lounge, Palms Casino Resort, 4321 West Flamingo Road, 702-942-SKIN. Open 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Skinny Dip Tuesdays begin at 9 p.m.
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“Star treatment” is the name of the game at ARCS (A Robert Cromeans Salon) in Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. And the staff plays the game well — celebrities including Natalie Portman and Renée Zellweger are counted among the patrons of this Las Vegas outpost of salon icon Robert Cromeans, artistic director for John Paul Mitchell Systems and a frequent guest on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover.”
The salon’s client list may be a Who’s Who of Vegas high rollers and A-list celebrities, but the award-winning staff at ARCS Mandalay Bay gives all its clients the attention they need to stand out in Sin City. And at fairly reasonable prices: Haircuts start at $68; single-process color starts at $85, and highlights begin at $110. Of course, you’ll have to get an appointment first.A Robert Cromeans Salon (ARCS) Mandalay Bay, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, 3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Suite 105, 702-632-6130. Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye