Weekend Rewind: Christina Aguilera, Tony Bennett, Daniel Emmet and more


Bryan Steffy

Christina Aguilera is already having plenty of fun in Las Vegas.

Mon, Jun 10, 2019 (4:30 p.m.)

It’s likely there were other celebrities taking in Celine Dion’s final performance at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Saturday night, but I personally spied Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis, superstar DJ Tiësto (who partied with Dion later that night at Omnia Nightclub) and local singing sensation Daniel Emmet.

Did you listen to my interview with Christina Aguilera in last week’s Sun on the Strip podcast? If you did, you would have known Xtina’s Las Vegas party plans included a trip to Topgolf Las Vegas. The new Strip headliner hit Topgolf Saturday night after her show at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood, taking over the top floor of the four-story fun complex and sharing food and drinks while swinging the sticks with friends.

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Elden Henson.

Lady Gaga and her collaborators continue to show just how much they really get this Vegas thing. Tony Bennett made his second onstage appearance at Gaga’s “Jazz & Piano” headlining residency Sunday night, surprising a sold-out crowd by dueting on “Cheek to Cheek” and “The Lady Is A Tramp” at Park Theater and even taking Gaga for a quick dance during the show. Then she made her second appearance at “Brian Newman After Dark” at the NoMad Restaurant, also at Park MGM, donning a snazzy red outfit and sauntering along the dining room’s center row of booths and serenading the crowd. Dancer Aaron Earl Turner, currently performing in “Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox Hideaway” at the Mirage and son of Las Vegas lounge legend Earl Turner, was guesting with Newman and his jazz band and posted his Gaga encounter on Instagram: “She couldn’t hear my feet and was disappointed,” typed the tap phenom. “So she jumped onstage and held a mic near my feet the entire time I was tapping. Lady freaking Gaga. The queen of all things.” Indeed, this is how you Vegas.

The winner of the 10th season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” dined at Tao Sunday night at the Venetian. Giovanni Palandrani, aka Aquaria, was decked out in a white dress with feathers for a meal with friends featuring the iconic Asian restaurant’s signature dishes.

Actor Elden Henson, who played Pollux in the “Hunger Games” films, joined local celebrity entertainers Frank Marino and Adam London and cast members from “Friends! The Musical Parody” and “Marriage Can Be Murder” in celebrating the grand opening of “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” at MGM Grand on Thursday. The new exhibit is based on the globally popular movies following the epic journey of Katniss Everdeen and is the second family-friendly attraction created by Cityneon Holdings and its subsidiary Victory Hill Exhibitions, following behind the interactive “Marvel’s Avengers Station” at Treasure Island. An extensive collection of film costumes, interactive elements and an archery experience await at “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition,” located at MGM’s restaurant and retail district near the pool.

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