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The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art hosts an ever-changing assortment of art from internationally recognized museums and private collections. The gallery’s newest exhibit, “Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of the Human Art Form,” has been made possible by a partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The show presents some 40 works by 29 artists, including Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Yoshitomo Nara and several others whose varied perspectives on figurative art helped to define the genre in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. In addition, the show includes works from the MGM Mirage Fine Art Collection. Some of these, which include Renoir, Picasso, Edgar Degas and Fernand Léger, have never been displayed in public. “Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of Human Form” will be on view until Jan. 9.

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Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
3600 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Tickets $15 for general admission, $12 for Nevada residents and seniors 65 and older.
Children 12 and under are free. Tickets: 702-693-7871 or purchase online at


Next: Eyecandy Sound Lounge & Bar >>

Located in the middle of the Mandalay Bay casino floor, Eyecandy Sound Lounge & Bar at first glance looks like another Vegas lounge. But this new venue puts a high-tech spin on the average club, with technology like interactive touch tables, revolutionary sound stations and a dance floor with a changing landscape. A first in Vegas: the fiber-optic channel that runs through the bar top combining lighting and movement for a shimmering effect. Guests can control their club experience from their booths with interactive touch tables, which allow them to create visuals, messages and project images onto screens above the dance floor. DJs and VJs spin every night and master mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim puts the cherry on top with delectable $14 cocktails such as the signature Eyecandy (berry-infused Grey Goose Vodka, Champagne and lemon sour garnished with fresh seasonal berries and powdered sugar) and Honey Blossom (Ambhar Silver Tequila, Aperol, orange bitters, clover honey and lemon sour).

Eyecandy Sound Lounge & Bar
Mandalay Bay
3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Bar open 11 a.m. to late night; Sound Lounge open 6 p.m. to late night.


Next: High Society at Nove Italiano >>

High Society, a new event at Nove Italiano restaurant at the Palms, transforms Sunday afternoons into a club experience on par with Saturday nights. The “dayclub” features a decadent brunch menu and entertainment ranging from roaming live musicians and female dancers to a live painter that offers guests complimentary tableside portraits. “Every element of High Society is crafted to cultivate a particular ambiance and environment,” said Michael Morton, a founder of entertainment entrepreneurs the 9 Group. The restaurant’s sophisticated decor, with grandiose furniture and elegant chandeliers, sets the tone along with music created by resident DJs Zen Freeman and Mark Stylz. The menu ($30 per person) has something for everyone at sumptuous stations for salad, fresh fruit, fish and frittatas. Other fare includes pancetta ciabatta drizzled with Hollandaise sauce or slow-cooked greens mixed with a fontina cheese fonduta. Meals can be paired with a bottle of NV Duval-Leroy Rose de Saignee Vertus Champagne for $99 or 2002 Louis Roederer Cristal Reims for $750. Signature cocktails include Bloody Marys, bellinis, sangria and passion fruit mojitos for $15.

High Society at Nove Italiano
The Palms
4321 West Flamingo Road
Sundays, 1 p.m.
702-942-6800 for reservations or visit


Next: Eva Longoria Parker’s new nightclub >>

Located directly above her steakhouse Beso, Eva Longoria Parker’s new nightclub Eve has become a favorite party spot for many of Hollywood notables, including Kim Kardashian, Prince,, Vivica A. Fox, Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett. Located inside Crystals at CityCenter, Eve’s opulent chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling windows, supersized VIP booths and 50-foot-tall arched ceilings give the chocolate brown and gold venue a larger-than-life atmosphere. The dance floor features a circle of video screens suspended above it with platforms and bars off to the side. DJ Hollywood spins on Wednesdays and Saturdays and DJ IKON spins on Fridays.

Eve, Crystals at CityCenter
3720 South Las Vegas Boulevard Suite 260
Admission: Men, $30; Women, $20. Women with valid Nevada ID receive complimentary admission on Wednesdays.


Next: The Spa at Aria >>

Using salt, stone, earth, fire and water, the Spa at Aria emphasizes meditation and introspection, allowing guests to heal their bodies from the inside out. The two-level, 80,000-square-foot spa features 62 treatment rooms, a fullservice salon, an advanced fitness center, boutique, poolside spa cabanas and Las Vegas’ first co-ed spa balcony with an outdoor infinity pool. Perhaps the spa’s most unique feature is its treatment rooms — some have walls made from actual dried soil to provide an indigenous illusion. The Shio Salt Room is made of illuminated salt bricks that encourage the healing of skin irritations, while the salt-infused air leaves guests’ skin dewy and radiant. For those seeking something out of the ordinary, the Ganbanyoku treatment, typically unique to Japan, requires guests to lay on a bed of heated black mineral stone that emits negative ions and far-infrared rays that soothe the muscles and increase metabolism and help eliminate toxins from the body. The spa menu also offers couples massages ($185 to $270 per person), Thai massage ($195 to $275), a detoxifying body ritual ($175), hydro-therapy ($90) and vichy shower treatments ($90 to $160). Guests can also create custom massages for $100 to $245. For even more privacy, guests can stay in one of three exclusive spa suites described as a “spa within a spa.” Each 800-square-foot suite includes a personal steam shower, a three-person hydrotherapy tub, a vanity and various entertainment options. Suites serve up to eight people, and spa packages range from a three-hour series of treatments to a 12-hour VIP experience.

Spa at Aria
3730 Las Vegas Boulevard South at Crystals at CityCenter.
Open to all guests Monday to Thursday, and reserved for guests of CityCenter and MGM Resort Hotels Friday to Sunday.
Reservations: 877-312-ARIA (2742).



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