Vegas Weekender: It’s New Year’s Day … Somewhere

So you were too busy to make it to Vegas for New Year’s, eh? Or you made it here, but want a do-over?

Good news! Today is New Year’s Day for everybody still on the Julian calendar. It’s a little bit against the norm, but, hey, America’s still not on the metric system, so we’re used to following our own path.
And, really, isn’t ‘New Year’s on the Julian calendar’ just solid enough to be an actual excuse to party in Sin City? What more do you need?

Read on to see how we’re celebrating this auspicious celebratory occasion (or, rather, just to see what’s going on this weekend):Frankie Avalon

Shows

Headliners taking the stage in Vegas

If you’re more in the mood to be entertained than to be the entertainment (meaning no stripping for you), the following headliner shows are just a sampling of what and who will be taking the stage in Las Vegas this weekend:

Revisit the original teen idols, Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell, as they perform in the showroom at the Orleans Jan. 15 – 17 at 8 p.m. If you have a drink and squint really hard, it’ll be just like you’re starring in your own version of “Grease.”

Bette Midler at Caesars Palace Jan. 14 – 20 at 7:30 p.m. The showgirl must go on and so must time, so come embrace 2010 with all the hits from the People’s Diva.

Eliminate the need for you to do your embarrassing Jay Leno impression by just seeing the actual Jay Leno instead as he does his thing at the Mirage Jan. 16 at 10 p.m.

It’s not unusual … to plan ahead when Tom Jones is coming to town. His show doesn’t start until Jan. 21 (through the 27th), but you should probably camp out here all week to prepare yourself. He’ll be at the Hollywood Theatre in MGM Grand.

Clubs

Sit on the couch at home, or party at a Vegas club

It’s a revolution over at Rain with Z-Trip’s Revolution (“A Party for the People”), catch Kid Capri Jan. 15 at Rain inside the Palms at 11 p.m.

Are you buzzin’ all over Shwayze? You could be, as he performs at Pure in Caesars Palace on Jan. 15.
Get out of your bed and head over to LAX inside the Luxor on Jan. 16 to see J. Holiday perform. That bed thing makes sense now, right?

It’s the Global House Sessions with DJ Steve Angello over at Tao inside the Venetian. Check out those beats Jan. 16.

Sin City welcomed three new clubs to town on New Year’s Eve (the real New Year’s, not the Julian one we’re trying to convince you to celebrate) and it’s early enough that you can still be the first of your friends to check them out. Try out Vanity at the Hard Rock Hotel, Haze at Aria (CityCenter) or Eve at The Crystals (also CityCenter) and get ready to do some bragging. We’ll back you up if you want to tell them there are hoverboards and inverted gravity.

Events

Sports and art among the city’s fine offerings

Can’t sit still long enough for a show, but still not ready to debut your newest dance moves at a club? We don’t blame you, the public just isn’t ready for a running man/worm combo, but don’t worry, there’s still plenty to do here.

Watch the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels get the Utah Utes on the run as the men’s basketball teams square off at the Thomas & Mack Center Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.

Now that you’ve walked and walked and not gotten lost in CityCenter, take a look at the ideas behind it. The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art houses “12 + 7: Artists and Architects of CityCenter.”

Stop walking and start skating. Through Feb. 15, you can ice skate next to a beautiful village with the desert mountains as a backdrop on the floating ice skating rink at MonteLago Village at Lake Las Vegas. Hours are Saturday, Sunday and holidays from noon to 9 p.m.; and Monday – Friday from 3 to 9 p.m. Cost is $15 for adults; $12 for children 12 years old and younger.

Dining

Meatballs and martinis at Anthony’s

Even if you’re not Italian, a happy hour that features meatballs and martinis has to be a good thing. Every Thursday Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, located at Town Square, partners with a vodka company to bring guests $6 martinis and specialty vodka cocktails. You can also enjoy passed samplings of Anthony’s signature dishes such as meatballs, coal-roasted chicken wings and crispy pizzas.

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