By Mike Kermani
Las Vegas Tribune
Actress, singer-songwriter and musician Melissa Manchester returns to the Suncoast Showroom March 30 and 31.
After getting her start as a singer-pianist in the clubs of Greenwich Village, Manchester performed with Bette Midler as a “Harlette” before landing a recording contract. Her debut releases, “Home to Myself” and “Bright Eyes” laid the foundation for her solo career. In 1975, Manchester’s album “Melissa” produced her first top 10 hit, “Midnight Blue.”
Manchester was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1978 and 1979, and won the Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “You Should Hear How She Talks About You” in 1982. In 1979, she became the first artist in the history of the Academy Awards to have two nominated movie themes in the same year – “Through The Eyes of Love” from the film “Ice Castles,” and the title song from “The Promise.”
As an actress, Manchester has guest starred in numerous television shows, including “Blossom” and “Fame,” and in films such as “For The Boys” and “Dirty Girl.” She has also appeared in the Los Angeles-based theatrical production of “Sweeney Todd” and recently starred in the Chicago premiere of the musical “HATS!,” which features several songs she co-wrote.
Showtime each evening is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from $15.95, plus tax and fees. Tickets can be purchased at any Coast Casinos box office, by calling 702.636.7075, or visiting www.suncoastcasino.com.
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LIQUID Pool Lounge at ARIA
The ARIA Resort & Casino prepares for the summer season with a grand opening Thursday, March 14. LIQUID Pool Lounge welcomes the warm weather by inviting guests to soak up the sun in a luxurious and contemporary setting. The ultimate in poolside opulence, LIQUID Pool Lounge is defined by its distinctive ambiance and ultra-VIP service. Poolside DJ-spun music sets a lively mood as guests enjoy the exclusivity in an upscale adult-only environment. Three luxury VIP pools create a tempting cool oasis from the hot Las Vegas sun while the 50-seat LIQUID restaurant offers poolside dining and a delicious menu from Executive Chef Brian Massie.
Featuring eight grand cabanas, each equipped with a 40-inch flat screen TV and mini-fridge, 34 chaise lounge chairs and 28 day beds, LIQUID Pool Lounge is the ideal choice for those seeking luxury in a modern tropical retreat. Guests can enjoy lavish VIP services as they take a swim in any of the three dipping pools while dancing ‘till sunset to music delivered by a state-of-the-art sound system.
The LIQUID Pool Lounge at ARIA Opens Thursday, March 14, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Sunday until 4/21; starting 4/22 open 7 days a week.
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MIKA AT Hard Rock Cafe
Mika announces an intimate venue tour of North America where he will be performing a special stripped down set accompanied by a pianist and guitarist. Fans will have a chance to hear new arrangements of his catalogue including his recent album The Origin of Love. The Origin of Love is Mika’s third album, a two-year labor of love completely self-created and self-imagined.
The recently debuted single “Popular Song” features Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande. The track offers a fresh twist on “Popular” from the Broadway hit “Wicked”, composed by Stephen Schwartz. Schwartz was so moved by Mika’s interpretation of the song that he allowed the usage of his music for the first time ever.
This intimate evening is a rare chance for fans to get up close and personal with Mika and hear new arrangements. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip, at 771 Las Vegas Blvd S. (Across from Monte Carlo). Tickets on sale Wed, Feb 20th at 10AM and can be purchased at the Hard Rock Cafe Box Office or at ticketweb.com. Tickets are $29.50 in advance and $34 day of show.
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JOEL ROBUCHON LAS VEGAS NAMED BEST RESTAURANT IN AMERICA
Thrilled to announce that The Daily Meal has just unveiled its third annual ranking of the 101 Best Restaurants in America!
Under the helm of editorial director, Colman Andrews, an eight-time James beard award winner and global authority on food and wine, the report takes on a massive feat – narrowing down the United States’ most eaten-at, talked-about, highly-rated restaurants, to a slim list of just 101. This year nearly 200 panelists participated in the voting process, including Tom Sietsema and Ben Lerer. Hash-tag #101BestRestaurants and Facebook prompts will even allow audience members get involved in the conversation!
What makes the list so influential, sweeping both culinary and consumer media in past years, is that it gives food lovers, travelers, and everyday Americans, an exemplary guide to America’s dining scene. How often does one question where they should dine out when traveling to a new city? How little do we know about our own cities’ dining royalty? And what is categorically THE best restaurant in country? This ranking can be treated as the culinary bucket list of America. These are the places to eat and be seen, to indulge and pay homage… if at least for 2013.
To be exceedingly fair, the ranking gives equal weight to highbrow eateries like The French Laundry in Napa Valley (#1), and the less expensive, sometimes greasy institutions like Shake Shack in New York (#11). By our panelists’ call, if it’s good food, it’s fair game.
Editorial director, Colman Andrews and executive editor, Arthur Bovino, will be on hand to comment on the monumental ranking and its relevance to nearly all of America – from which chefs/restaurateurs are among the 2013 elite, to how alternative mom-and-pop shops fit into the mix. Let me know if you’d like for me to coordinate a time for you to speak with either of them.
So how did we come up with our list? The first step was a nomination process. An illustrious panel of nearly 200 judges (comprised primarily of restaurant critics, food and lifestyle writers, and assorted bloggers, from across the country) examined past years’ winners and offered nominations for new restaurants to be considered. Next, The Daily Meal’s editors added their nominations and prepared a survey that allowed participants to vote for their favorites.
The voting — based on cuisine, region, and a number of specific factors, including formality (of food and atmosphere), level of “buzz,” and price range — narrowed the list to 101. As was the case last year, the spectrum of restaurants ranged from chef-driven neighborhood spots and avant-garde restaurants to iconic casual establishments. Each restaurant had the chance to be voted on three times during the survey. Finally, the percentage scores from each category were averaged to arrive at the final ranking. See www.thedailymeal.com/101-best-
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BARE POOL LOUNGE AT MIRAGE
BARE Pool Lounge at the Mirage Hotel & Casino prepares for the summer season with a grand opening on March 14th. BARE Pool Lounge offers a sophisticated ambiance to the adult party-goer who enjoys extensive VIP services and the best in outdoor entertainment. Sneak away into one of the two luxury dipping pools or rest easy in a private cabana and experience the ultra-VIP luxury of an exclusive Las Vegas retreat. Complete with a full service bar and a poolside menu created by The Light Group’s Corporate Executive Chef Brian Massie, BARE Pool Lounge offers the ultimate in poolside pampering and outdoor entertainment, making it the ideal choice for those seeking a beautiful yet unconventional retreat.
BARE opens, Thursday, March 14th, HOURS: 11AM – 6PM, Thursday through Sunday until 4/15; open Thursday through Monday from 4/16 until 4/29; starting 4/30 open 7 days a week. Bare Pool Lounge is located at the Mirage, 6276 S. Rainbow Boulevard.
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Mike Kermani is an entertainment writer for the Las Vegas Tribune newspaper. He writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Mike Kermani, email mkermani@ lasvegas tribune.com