The Vegas Weekender: End June with a Vegas bang

Holly Madison, star of Peepshow

Holly Madison, star of Peepshow

With July fast approaching, what better way to complete the first month of summer than a trip to Las Vegas? With multi-million dollar productions, a variety of special headliner guests and fun outdoor activities, this weekend in Vegas makes for the perfect ending to June.


Tropical drinks and pool parties the perfect mix

Planning on a girl’s or guy’s night out?

Start the night off right and escape to tropical paradise with a Hawaiian Lei-Monade Cocktail at Hawaiian Tropic Zone, inside Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops. The Lei-Monade cocktail is a refreshing libation perfect for visitors looking to flee the sizzling summer heat.

Boasting a flirtatious pink hue, the sinfully delicious cocktail is a swirl of Finlandia Grapefruit Vodka, Patron Citronge liqueur, cranberry juice and fresh lemon sour mix. Served up by one of the beautiful bikini-clad Hawaiian Tropic Zone girls, the Lei-Monade is sure to drive taste buds wild.

But hurry — you only have until June 30 to enjoy it.

Speaking of libations, Las Vegas Hilton offers Cool by the Pool Happy Hour for the entire summer. Open to the public, Cool by the Pool features live entertainment from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., two-for-one drinks, $2 shrimp cocktails and $3 ceviche.

Guests can also enter daily drawings at 7 p.m. for the chance to win show tickets, dinner and souvenir cocktails.

Cuddle up and enjoy a movie under the stars

If your idea of the perfect night is relaxing outside, then you’re in luck. One evening a month for the next four months, the Springs Preserve hosts “CineVegas Under the Stars,” a new, outdoor film screening series.

Featuring both new and old independent films, guests can bring their blanket and kick back in the Preserve’s amphitheater.

This Saturday, Springs Preserve presents “The Secret Garden.”

General admission tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 17 and free for kids 4 and younger. The “Food and a Flick” package includes a pre-movie dinner at the Springs Café by Wolfgang Puck ($25 per adult, $15 per child).


Phantom marks its three-year anniversary in Vegas

Venetian’s “Phantom – the Las Vegas Spectacular” marks its three-year anniversary on June 24.

Different from any other “Phantom” production, “Phantom – the Las Vegas Spectacular” reunites Andrew Lloyd Webber, director Hal Prince and others from the show’s creative team. The talented cast includes Tony Award winner Anthony Crivello (known for his role on Broadway in “Les Misérables”) as the Phantom and Kristi Holden (recently seen in a regional production of “The Sound of Music”) as Christine Daaé.

Since its opening in 2006, the show has spawned its share of fun facts. Nightly, Christine Daaé’s character shares two kisses with the Phantom and Raoul, Victomte de Chagny, amounting to 6,765 kisses since opening night three years ago. And for those out there who think they spend a lot of time doing their makeup, get this: The Phantom actually spent 1,353 hours in the make-up chair since opening night, equating to more than 56 days.

Featuring every song from the original production, spectacular sets and a breathtaking chandelier, this show is a definite must-see. Now is the perfect time.

Sneak a peek at Peepshow

For something more risqué, guests can see “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood with stunning new cast members.

Earlier this week, “Peepshow” welcomed two new leads. Replacing Kelly Monaco in her role as Bo Peep is former Playboy Playmate Holly Madison from the television series “Girls Next Door.” The blonde bombshell is strapping on her dancing stilettos to play Bo Peep, a woman who has yet to find her own confidence and sexuality.
Playing alongside Madison is Shoshana Bean, who is replacing Mel B as Peep Diva. Bean made her Broadway debut in the original cast of the Tony Award-winning production “Hairspray” and went on to star in the Broadway sensation, “Wicked.”

Madison and Bean will star in “Peepshow” through Sept. 13. Show times are Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m., with no shows on Wednesday.

“Peepshow” sets itself apart from other adult shows by featuring dancers from film, TV, Broadway and more.

The highly stylized, multi-million production combines sexy striptease, playful storytelling and celebrity sizzle.

Clapton to Clay, so many headliners, so little time

This weekend in Vegas features an exciting line-up of headliners. Groove to the smooth, R&B sounds of neo-soul sensation Maxwell at the Palms this Friday at 9 p.m. On Saturday, watch legendary artists Eric Clapton at MGM Grand at 8 p.m. or Etta James at the Silverton at 8 p.m. The iconic Pussycat Dolls also perform on Saturday at the Palms at 10 p.m.

Other musical acts include Clint Black at the Orleans (June 26 – 28 at 8 p.m.), Blue Oyster Cult at Boulder Station (Friday at 8 p.m.) and Gin Blossoms at the Hard Rock Hotel (Friday at 9 p.m.)

If comedy’s more your bag, then laugh out loud to the raunchy tales of Andrew Dice Clay performing at Planet Hollywood June 25 – 28 and July 2 – 5 at 10:30 p.m.