By  on August 29, 2005

CAN WE TALK?

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.

FRENCH CONNECTION

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.

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