Vegas keeps the heat in January

Believe it or not, we’re already coming close to the end of January 2010.

The holidays are over and Valentine’s Day isn’t quite here yet. So what’s left to do in Vegas? A lot! With the celebration of Chinese New Year, tantalizing brunch specials, headline acts, nightlife and attractions, Vegas keeps it hot during the winter.

Shows

Headliners take the stage in Las Vegas

Take the whole family to see Disney’s “The Lion King” at Mandalay Bay at 7:30 nightly, except Fridays, or Terry Fator at the Mirage at 7:30 nightly, except Sundays and Mondays.

Laugh until your gut hurts with the comedy styles of Andrew Dice Clay at the Riviera at 10:30 nightly, except Tuesdays and Thursdays, Frank Caliendo at Monte Carlo at 9:30 nightly, except Wednesday and Sunday, and George Wallace at the Flamingo at 10 nightly, except Sundays and Mondays.

If you’re a fan of slow jams with a hip-hop edge, R&B sensation Mario performs at LAX Nightclub Saturday, Jan. 23. Or if you ladies can’t get enough of LL Cool J, he’ll be performing inside Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace. Your biggest dilemna is that these hot acts perform on the same night (Decisions, decisions!).

For a trip back to the old school, The Temptations perform at The Orleans from Friday, Jan. 22 through Sunday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m.

Can’t get enough of Motown? Aussie quartet Human Nature belts all your Motown favorites nightly at 7:30 (except Fridays) at Imperial Palace.

If you plan on driving to Vegas on Saturday, stop by Stateline – George Clinton and The Parliament bring on the funk at Star of the Desert Arena at Buffalo’s Resort & Casino. The show starts at 8 p.m.

Tom Jones performs at MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theatre through Jan. 27 at 7:30 nightly.

If rock is more up your alley, House of Blues at Mandalay Bay presents Five Finger Death Punch on Saturday, Jan. 23. Special guests include Shadows Fall, Throwdown and 2Cents.

Nightlife

Get “down and derby” at Rain Nightclub

Miss those days of roller skating and disco? Rain Nightclub at the Palms hosts the ultimate roller skating disco party, “Down and Derby” on Thursday, Jan. 21. Enjoy this roller dance party with the music of DJ SHR3D and DJ SUPRA. Dress in attire reminiscent of the era. If you won’t be able to make this one, the next “Down and Derby” event is Feb. 25. Entry is $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Skate rentals are an additional $5, or bring your own roller skates to the event. Guests must be at least 21.

Born in January? You won’t want to miss this

If it’s your birthday this month, then you’re in luck. On Saturday, Jan. 23, all party-goers celebrating a birthday in January can drink free at McFadden’s inside the Rio from 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. during the “January Birthday Celebration.” Friends and family can join in the fun with a purchase of a wristband, priced at $10 for ladies and $20 for men.

These clubs aren’t even 1, but you better be 21

And if you haven’t done so already, make sure to check out Vegas’ newest clubs: Haze at Aria and Eve at Crystals (both inside CityCenter), as well as Vanity at the Hard Rock and B.B. King’s Blues Club inside the Mirage.

Dining

A brunch with a fountain view at Bellagio

Who says a fancy meal has to wait until dinner time? At the Bellagio’s Fountains Brunch at Jasmine, guests enjoy gourmet dishes while admiring the dancing fountains in front of the hotel. Start with a tempting tableside bakery trio, along with seasonal berries to tease the appetite. Choose from the lakeside shellfish bar, which includes oysters on a half shell, Alaskan red king crab with creamy lemon aioli, Scottish-smoked salmon with dill, vodka-cured lox and American caviar served with chive crème fraiche and buckwheat mini-waffles. There’s also an organic egg station where you can build your own omelets, order eggs Benedict as well as Peking-style duck, roasted prime tenderloin or house-made sausage. End your brunch on a sweet note with chocolate fondue, white and dark chocolate dipped strawberries, miniature French pastries and an assortment of truffles, bon bons and tea cookies.

Priced at $55 per person, Fountains Brunch at Jasmine is available on Sundays from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Bellagio Conservatory

The Bellagio Conservatory

Attractions

Conservatory celebrates Chinese New Year

Every season the Bellagio Conservatory delights its visitors with an elaborate garden display. In celebration of Chinese New Year, the Conservatory presents the Year of the Tiger. See a tiger made of dried botanicals standing among a garden of Talibu rocks and a trio of pandas made up of more than 9,000 plants. Other displays include a zig-zag bridge leading to a Ming Dynasty-styled gazebo, oversized red silk Chinese lanterns and an 18-foot-tall Chinese God of Prosperity. The Conservatory incorporates Feng Shui, the art of using surroundings to attract harmony, balance and positive life energy. The display continues through Feb. 28.

Meet and greet 53 Miss America contestants

If you’re a fan of shopping and Miss America Pageants, then you’re in luck: Meet all 53 Miss America 2010 contestants at a public “meet and greet” at Fashion Show Mall on Jan. 23 at 5:30 p.m. This free event starts with the Miss America contestants on the catwalk at Fashion Show Mall’s runway, Great Hall. After the runway show, the contestants will be available for autographs through 6:45 p.m.

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