Must dos this weekend in Vegas: Feb. 6 – 8, 2015

All of the excitement over the Big Game has faded but that doesn’t mean things have quieted down here in Vegas. This weekend we’ve got entertainment from one of pop music’s queens and we’ve got comedy from a totally different kind of queen – the “queen of mean.”

Even though Chinese New Year doesn’t officially begin until Feb. 19, it’s never too early to start some of the celebrations. This weekend you can see the beautiful floral display at the Bellagio Conservatory or have a special meal at Hakkasan to help usher in the year of the goat.

Britney's back at Planet Hollywood.

Hit Us Britney, One More Time

Pop diva Britney Spears will be working it over at Planet Hollywood during her show “Britney: Piece of Me” Feb. 6 – 7 in the Axis Theater.

Fans will be treated to an over-the-top night complete with 14 dancers shaking their collective asses off, 24 songs (performed in part or full), plus high-end digital effects and a bunch of props.

You’ll be sure to hear all the hits that you love to sing along to (whether you admit it or not) like “Oops!… I Did It Again,” “…Baby One More Time,” “Toxic,” “Slave 4U” and “Circus.”

Lisa Lampanelli is the "queen of mean."

Queen of Mean

If you’re the sweet, sensitive type, you may want to stick to Britney, but if you enjoy biting sarcasm and a good laugh at someone else’s expense, then head over to the Venetian for Lisa Lampanelli on Feb. 7.

Lampanelli, known as the “queen of mean,” is sort of a combination of Don Rickles and Archie Bunker. She’s famous for her celebrity roasts and appearances in movies like “Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector” and “Drillbit Taylor.” She crosses every line and audiences love her.

The Bellagio Conservatory is decked out for Chinese New Year.

Bellagio Conservatory

Las Vegas likes to celebrate Chinese New Year in a big way and nobody does it bigger than the Bellagio Conservatory. Here are a few numbers for you:

  • 22,000 flowers
  • A koi pond with 21,000 gallons of water
  • 660 trees and shrubs
  • A 12-foot-high Chinese lantern

That’s just a sampling of what you’ll see in the Conservatory’s current display. The upcoming new year is the celebration of the Year of the Yang, which simultaneously honors the goat, sheep and ram.

To honor the goat, the centerpiece of the Conservatory is a 14-foot-tall grassy mountain complete with a family of five animated goats. Nearby, water cascades off the mountain into a pond surrounded by citrus trees, bromeliads and cyclamen. Bringing luck to the Conservatory’s visitors, the West Garden’s front fence is lined with I-Ching coins. In the East Garden, a 12-foot-tall lantern sits atop a pond that with live koi fish and four bonsai trees perched atop pedestals.

Three Chinese children, dressed in clothes adorned with 1,000 hand-cut flowers each, dance around a pond surrounded by bamboo and trees brimming with lanterns. And to top it all off, every evening from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., the Las Vegas-based Beijing Trio performs traditional folk and pop music with authentic Chinese instruments.

The Hakkasan dim sum platter.

Chinese New Year menu at Hakkasan

This Chinese New Year, Hakkasan will be honoring the Chinese “Wishing Tree” tradition by collecting wishes from around the world as well as offering an eight-course festive feast. The wish collection and special menu will be available to guests from this Sunday, Feb. 8 to Sunday, March 1.

Inspired by the “Wishing Tree” in Hong Kong, Hakkasan is inviting guests to share their hopes for 2015 by writing their wishes on specially designed wishing ribbons that will be placed throughout the restaurant.

The eight-course menu features small eats to start, such as spicy lamb lupin wrap, a dish to bring happiness; dim sum platter, to bring happiness to your doorstep and golden fried sea prawns with red chili and curry leaf.

For the main dishes, Hakkasan classics including the spicy prawn, stir-fry black pepper rib eye beef with merlot and French bean, abalone and dry scallop fried rice, a dish to bring good fortune and wealth in 2015, will be served.

And to finish, guests can enjoy the Kumquat Wishing Tree, an enchanting dessert complete with chocolate, caramelized macadamia and cocoa rocks, made to sweeten the New Year.

To cleanse the palate, the Kumquatcha, a specialty cocktail representing good fortune, prosperity and happiness, will be available at $13.88. Guests who dine from the Chinese New Year menu will receive a red envelope with special gift for a complimentary cocktail. The Chinese New Year menu is available for $136.88 per person.


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