Vegas Weekender: Dive into shows, pool parties

Dive into the wonderful water world of “Le Rêve – The Dream” at Wynn Las Vegas this weekend. The dancing, diving and swimming will wow you.

If you’d rather get in the pool yourself, head to one of Vegas’ hot pool clubs for parties, DJs and special guests.

Le Rêve photo by Tomasz Rossa

Dreams come to life in ‘Le Rêve’

The creative world of Franco Dragone comes alive in a 1,608-seat circular theater in “Le Rêve – The Dream.” During this exciting show, acrobats and performers wow you with exciting athletic talents and synchronized swimming in a large, 27-foot-deep pool of water. Watch this mystifying show at the Wynn Theater at Wynn Las Vegas at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. every Friday – Tuesday.

The Last Summer on Earth tour is rolling into town and you don’t want to miss these headliners. A flashback to the ’90s, The Last Summer on Earth Tour features bands including Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & The Monsters and Cracker. Each group has had their share of hits. The Barenaked Ladies’ songs include “If I Had $1,000,000” and “One Week.” Blues Traveler hits include “Run-Around” and “Hook.” The show takes place July 28 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. Show time is 8 p.m.

Billy Gardell, star of the sitcom “Mike and Molly,” brings his stand-up rountine to audiences at the Orleans. Gardell’s down-to-earth routine is fi lled with stories about his rough childhood, wild adolescence and family life. He performs at 8 p.m. July 27 and 28.

Celine Dion returns to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace July 28 – 29. The Grammywinning songstress performs her repertoire of hits and a collection of songs from other artists. Show time is 7:30 p.m.

Celine Dion

Singer and actor James Darren makes an appearance at the South Point Hotel Casino July 28 – 29 at 7:30 p.m. Darren played Moondoggie in the hit fi lm “Gidget” and as a result became a recording star. In the early ’60s his hits included “Goodbye Cruel World,” “Angel Face” and “Conscience.”

Titanic unveils new artifacts

 Premier Exhibitions and RMS Titanic, Inc. have installed new, never-before-seen artifacts at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at Luxor Hotel and Casino. The exhibit has introduced recovered paper and textile items that recently underwent the conservation process. The artifacts include: two postcards from Tonopah, Nev., that were sent to Howard Irwin and Henry Sutehall; a pair of cotton long underwear labeled “unshrinkable” with a lace-up back and a Selvyt polishing cloth found in a suitcase with a variety of other brushes and similar materials.

 Party with the biggest stars in Vegas

Vanity nightclub at the Hard Rock Hotel welcomes rapper Busta Rhymes July 28. The Hard Rock’s Nectar Music Festival Saturdays features Carlo Astuti, Chris Garcia and Guru Josh on July 28.

Danish duo Quadron bring their groovy sound to the Book & Stage lounge at The Cosmopolitan for free shows July 27 and 28. Show time is 10 p.m.

DJ Who & Paulo da Rosa perform at Bond at The Cosmopolitan Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28 from 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. Paulo blends his live electric guitar  simultaneously with DJ Who’s beats.

Encore Beach Clubhosts Recess Fridays July 27 with Guess Swimwear and George Acosta. Encore Beach Club Saturdays on July 28 features Morgan Page, and Sultan and Ned perform July 29.

Encore Beach Club

T-Pain rocks Ditch Fridays at the Palms July 27. The party starts at noon at the Palms Pool & Bungalows.

Brandi Glanville hosts the Tao Beach Luau July 28 at the Venetian. Enjoy a pig roast, hula dancers, special cocktails and a limbo contest.

The Pauly D Project takes over Haze nightclub at Aria July 28 at 10:30 p.m. Party with the cast of the Pauly D Project: Biggie, Jerry, Ryan, and JRoc and the best dance music from DJ E-Rock.

Señor Frog’s Restaurant Bar & Clothesline at Treasure Island is celebrating National Tequila Day. Through July 26, guests can indulge in 2-for-1 Ambhar Tequila shots, Cadillac and Mother margaritas, as well as specially priced Ambhar Tequila flights.


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