Yours truly was present on Wednesday night's festivities at New York City's own A-list venue, The Capitale - and it was flooded with people as paparazzi and the masses alike desperately flocked to catch a glimpse of Kim Kardashian's post-wedding blowout.
The evening began with a lingerie clad violionist, playing along to Jay-Z and other popular top 40 hits. Among the celebs in the crowd were Scott Disick, Lance Bass, LaLa Vasquez Anthony, and of course the Kardashians! Each one looking stunning and glamorous in their own right. As the night continued, the entertainment only got better; Jason Binn and Colin Cowie sure know how to party!
Lance Bass, Tinsley Mortimer, Olivia Palmero, Kelly Bensimon, Julie Henderson, Russel Simmons, Ciara, Swizz Beats, and Nicky Hilton were among the red carpet guests at the grand opening of Lavo on The Upper East Side. And, it's complete with a dance floor. What could be better? It seems that New York nightlife has a new superstar straight out of the Vegas desert.
Time to tease your hair, whip out the legwarmers, and get stoked for a radical party. One year ago, Canal Room owner Marcus Linial came up with the idea and created NYC's most authentic 80s experience.
This Saturday, June 5th, the Canal Room will be celebrating the one year anniversary of their "Back to the Eighties Show" with Rubix Kube, the ultimate 80s tribute band. Special guest Old School Rap Icon Rob Base will be sitting in with the band for two very special nights, the opening of their Every Thursday performance , Thursday June 3rd, and their 1 year anniversary party Saturday June 5th. Recent 80s icons such as Katrina of Katrina and the Waves, Bonnie Tyler, and Bret Michaels have all performed with Rubix Kube as special guests.
Last Friday, we began our weekend at the Cure Thrift Shop Spring Launch Party in the East Village. The event showcased their spring home and fashion arrivals, with proceeds from the event being donated to the Diabetes Research Institute. There were tons of guests, including NSYNC's Lance Bass, who came out to enjoy stellar pastries and wine, absinthe mojitos, vintage furniture and killer clothes from some of today's leading designers.
Last Saturday, more than 1,800 people achieved nirvana at the opening of Heaven, Eduardo Cordova's new creation. For one night each weekend, Bare Pool at the Mirage transforms into an outdoor nightclub with a rotating selection of superstar DJs and celebrities appearances. This past week, resident DJs the Perry Twins and performers from O and Le Reve decked out only in Speedos provided some eye candy and entertainment for the party's opening. And though the party is catered towards the LGBT crowd, it's "Rated E for everyone."
Bette Midler is said farewell to Vegas on Sunday after 180 shows on the Strip with audiences totaling more than 750,000. The Colosseum in Caesars Palace housed The Divine Miss M for two years since she first took the stage February 20th, 2008 to the joy of the audience including Siegfried and Roy, Meatloaf, Angela Bassett, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, Alan Thicke, Ricki Lake, and Taye Diggs.
Since her debut, countless other celebrities have come to see her show, from Rob Reiner and Dita Von Teese to former Vegas headliner Celine Dion. In fact, just last week David Copperfield was in attendance to catch the show before it was too late.
Billboard recently named The Colosseum the 'Venue of the Decade' based on gross ticket sales, and there is not doubt that Bette played a big part in that.
While Bette's stage was slightly smaller than when Celine used it for A New Day a few years back, her show was just as big. It took 34 stagehands and crew to make the set changes during The Showgirl Must Go On and Bette used a mountain of Louis Vuitton luggage in her opening that weighed approximately 2,200 pounds. Coupled with the fabulous Caesar Salad Girls, her take on the traditional Las Vegas showgirl, whose hair and makeup takes two hours each time before they take the stage, proved to be one hell of a show!
Probably one of the most remarkable things about The Showgirl Must Go On was that out of the ¾ of a million fans who have gone to see it, none were ever seated more than 120 feet away from the Divine Miss. That was close enough to truly take in all 132 costume changes in each performance, enough for each Caesar Salad Girl, the Harlettes, and Bette to change outfits six times during one show. That was also close enough to admire the 75,000 individually hand-painted gold coins that made up the coin curtains and coin trees that decorated the stage.
Though for the ones that were seated in the dastardly 120 feet section (!!!), The Colosseum also houses the largest indoor, HD LED screen in North America, measuring 34 feet tall by 109 feet wide and weighing 31 tons. That should have enabled the audience to see maybe even a little bit more of Bette than anyone can or could desire.
As her shows neared their final days, Bette had her dancers collect contributions from the audience each night to benefit Haiti and personally matched the donations dollar for dollar. Within just the first four shows since starting that idea, Bette helped earn more than $100,000 to aid the relief operations, reminding us why she earned the Woman of the Year award last year from the Nevada Ballet Theater.
Las Vegas was sad to say goodbye to Bette, but rumors are circulating that she may return soon with a one-woman acoustic show at the Encore Theater similar to Garth Brooks. Part of me just hopes she does it undercover, Chris Gaines style instead.
Whether they were playing host, making special guest appearances, or just looking to party, celebrities flocked to Vegas to celebrate New Year's Eve last Thursday. Here's the rundown of the hottest ways celebs rang in 2010.
Black Eyed Peas at LAX
Fergie and husband Josh Duhamel stayed close throughout the night once they arrived at LAX in the Luxor. Black Eyed Peas member Apl.De.Ap entertained the crowd with his spinning while the rest of his band mates (minus the love-birds) cheered him on from the DJ booth.
Britney Spears transformed the Meatpacking hot spot Tenjune into a Circus the other night to celebrate her 27th birthday and the launch of her highly anticipated CD. Brit arrived in a skin tight, Roberto Cavalli cocktail dress that left little to the imagination. To be truthful, Brit's nips were on display.
The pop tart had the subterranean club outfitted with a giant tent, as well as hot dog and popcorn stands and a cotton candy machine. In line, party goers were entertained by jugglers and a man on stilts, which did little to distract them from the fact that they weren't getting inside the very private event.