Celebrating Sinatra

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MARTIN SINATRA DAVISFrank Sinatra has been a Las Vegas icon since his swinging days as a member of The Rat Pack, who ruled the Strip during the 1960s.

The city has paid homage to him over the years in various ways including naming a street after him. He also has a restaurant named after him at Wynn and there are several Rat Pack tribute shows around town.

It’s only fitting that this year, on what would have been his 95th birthday on Dec. 12, several spots around town are celebrating his legacy.

Bernard’s Bistro at Lake Las Vegas is presenting a special dinner with live entertainment by pianist LeNae Huff on Dec. 12.  Guests can enjoy watching footage of Sinatra performing at Carnegie Hall in 1980 while dining on a five-course meal. The dinner is $75 or a wine pairing can be added for $40 more.

Sinatra Dance with Me,” a new show featuring Sinatra’s music, opens Dec. 12 at Wynn. The show blends the legendary vocals of Sinatra with a big band and 14 of the world’s finest dancers, choreographed by Twyla Tharp. It features classic standards including “Fly Me To The Moon,” “My Way” and “That’s Life.”

By special arrangement with Frank Sinatra Enterprises and the Sinatra Family, “Sinatra Dance With Me” features original recorded masters of Sinatra’s voice backed by a live on-stage, 17-piece big band. The show’s score combines classic vocal performances from the Sinatra catalog and archives along with signature Sinatra arrangements (Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Quincy Jones) and some brand new orchestrations for this innovative spectacle.

Fans can stop by Sinatra restaurant at Wynn after the show for an Italian meal. Sinatra serves updated twists on classic Italian food amongst displays of Sinatra memorabilia including his Grammy awards, and an Academy Award for best actor in a supporting role for “From Here to Eternity.”

N9NE Steakhouse inside the Palms has created a unique libation to toast Sinatra, available exclusively on Sunday, Dec. 12.  The “Simply Sinatra”  consists of Sinatra’s favorite cocktail ingredient, Jack Daniels and is complemented by four ice cubes and a splash of Cave Spring water. The drink is available for $14.

If you want to catch a show that helps you relive the days of the Rat Pack, you can see tribute acts like “The Rat Pack is Back” at the Plaza and “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show” at the Riviera.

You might also want to check out crooner Matt Goss at Caesars Palace. His swinging style and smooth voice have drawn comparisons to Sinatra and he covers some Sinatra songs in his show.

This week is also the birthday of another Vegas icon and Rat Pack member, Sammy Davis Jr. on Dec. 8.

“VEGAS! The Show at Planet Hollywood is paying tribute to the great entertainer through Dec. 11 with a special ticket price for locals. Since Davis was born in 1925, locals can see “VEGAS! The Show” for just $25 through December 11 when they show their Nevada ID at the box office.

Kristine McKenzie

Kristine grew up in Minnesota and got tired of the Arctic weather so she left one extreme for another in 1994 and moved to Las Vegas where she much prefers the desert heat. She earned her degree in journalism and worked in radio, newspapers and magazines before joining Vegas.com in 2001. Kristine has covered a variety of topics for the website, writes blogs and loves her current assignment, which is to eat at some of the world's finest restaurants and write about the exciting Vegas dining scene. Follow Kristine on Google+ and Twitter.

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