Luck Of The Draw
LAS VEGAS — Eight is a lucky number and red a lucky color in Asian culture, so it's no wonder that Red 8 is among the most popular places to lounge or casually sup inside the new Wynn Las Vegas (which boasts some 22 places to eat and drink).

Against a lush backdrop of red crocodile-textured walls and white and blue chinoiserie, diners take a culinary joyride on jellyfish with pickled cucumbers, sweet potato porridge with sage or braised abalone with seasonal greens. And, this being Vegas, dim sum isn't relegated to just Sunday; it's also available from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Behind the delicious Cantonese and Southeast Asian menu is Malaysian-born executive chef Hisham Johari, formerly of Noodles in the Bellagio hotel.

Hard as it might be not to order something to eat, the Red 8 bar is also a favorite spot, due in no small part to its yummy take on mojitos, made with fresh mint and crushed pineapple.

Red 8, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, 702-770-3380. Open for lunch and dinner daily until 2 a.m.
— Rose Apodaca

Up Against The Wall
DALLAS — The May 20 opening of Goss Gallery here was such a happening that organizers had to shut the party down early for fear the space might be overwhelmed.

Why all the fuss? Owner Kenny Goss is the partner of Wham! frontman George Michael, and the pair's very presence is a big lure for the social set in Dallas, where the couple shares a high-rise second home. (Their main digs are in a country manor on the Thames near Oxford, England.)

Specializing in edgy contemporary artists, the gallery is a departure for Goss, 47, who retired last year from a successful career managing sales of uniforms and cheerleading togs for National Spirit Co. He began collecting art about 15 years ago.

"I'm a late bloomer," Goss joked. "When I was growing up, the art in my house was prints from the A&P supermarket — we got everything framed."

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