L.A. to Vegas: Adele’s Teary Postponement, Grammys Move to Sin City

A new weekly go-to guide for that getaway you’ve already planned—or the one you will want to plan after a glance at this list
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If you’re an Angeleno, odds are you’ve probably been to Las Vegas. And if you haven’t, this weekly rundown of what you should know about the comings, goings and sightings in Sin City will certainly put Vegas on your to-do list. 

Global pandemic or not—thousands of people are still crossing the California-Nevada state line, every day and every weekend. Vegas is still the mega playground and melting pot of people from across the world converging in one of the most energetic cities in the country. Where you can take your chances at the poker table, on the slots, or take a seat at one of the best restaurants you’ll ever eat at, or dance the night away at the best club you will ever go to. 

Welcome to LA Mag’s inaugural “L.A. to Vegas,” where you will find all the buzziest star sightings, club news, restaurant openings, events and everything in between. All here for you in one place. So read along and take notes, because Vegas is waiting for you.

Trevor Noah hosts 63rd Grammy Award outside Staples Center. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Grammys Head to Vegas for First Time in History

Let’s begin with, and this is major –the GRAMMYs are coming to Vegas for the first time ever! That’s right, Music’s Biggest Night, will take place Sunday, April 3, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena with host Trevor Noah. Traditionally held in Los Angeles (or, on occasion, NYC), the awards were postponed from its original Jan. 31 date due to surging COVID cases in Los Angeles and across the country. In Vegas, just imagine the parties, the all nighters, the. . .everything! It’s still to be determined where some of the other traditional GRAMMY Week events will be held, including MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Joni Mitchell, and Clive Davis’s Pre-GRAMMY gala. A little secret: there are more choices in Vegas than L.A. –this move could turn permanent. Afterall, the Billboard Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards and the iHeartRadio Music Festival have all known for years how Vegas elevates any occasion. 

 

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Emotional Adele Postpones Vegas Residency 

Adele was to begin her “Weekends with Adele” residency Friday at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace with dates through April. Sadly, the singer tearfully took to Instagram just within the last 24 hours to announce in a 90-second video that she is rescheduling ALL of her shows saying, “I’m so sorry but my show ain’t ready, we’ve tried absolutely everything we can to put it together in time and for it to be good enough for you but we’ve been absolutely destroyed by delivery delays and COVID. Half my crew team and half my team came down with COVID and it’s been impossible to finish the show and I can’t give you what I have right now and I’m gutted.” Caesars Palace followed Adele’s post by announcing, “Guests holding a hotel reservation at a Caesars Entertainment hotel in Las Vegas on January 21 or January 22 may cancel with a full refund by calling 800-303-6640. All other hotel reservations are subject to normal cancellation policies.”

Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars of Silk Sonic (Photo by John Esparza via Getty Images)

Silk Sonic’s New Residency 

From a cancellation to a new residency announcement, the duo Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars and Anderson. Paak) has announced it will debut an extended engagement at Dolby Live at Park MGM beginning Feb. 25 with dates continuing through May. Tickets are on sale now at ticketmaster.com. Superfans craving to see the duo live can buy over-the-top Las Vegas travel packages built specifically for Silk Sonic fans. One package is the “Leave the Door Open Experience” where you stay in a suite at ARIA, MGM Grand or NoMad Las Vegas and enjoy banquette seating at the concert, receive VIP access to On the Record nightclub at Park MGM, receive $500 food and beverage credit, get a bottle of SelvaRey Owner’s Reserve Rum by Bruno Mars, Silk Sonic merchandise, commemorative VIP credentials, personal concierge service and VIP entry into the Silk Sonic show –all for $2179. 

Magic Mike Live‘s New Cast Members 

A different kind of show is a little further down the strip at Sahara Las Vegas. Following the launch of reality competition series “Finding Magic Mike,” on HBO Max, this season’s winner, Johnny Dutch, and finalist, Nate Bryan will join the cast of MAGIC MIKE LIVE Las Vegas for a limited engagement, beginning Jan. 27. Guests can catch Johnny and Nate on stage nightly through May 29. Dutch is a former number one world-ranked runner from North Carolina, while Bryan is an Indiana native who was a rising star in minor league baseball. To purchase tickets, visit magicmikelivelasvegas.com

Casa Playa Settles Into Encore at Wynn Las Vegas

Not far away, Casa Playa is the new coastal Mexican social dining brand at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. The front lounge serves as party central with a vibrant energy and delicious food and cocktails with a DJ spinning live music. With a main dining room and two private dining areas, celebrities are already starting to stake out their favorite tables, with the likes of The Chainsmokers, Kehlani, Diplo and The Bachelorette‘s Tayshia Adams all holding court recently.

Criss Angel’s Doc of His Son’s Cancer Journey 

Now for some great news, Criss Angel, star of MINDFREAK at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, is celebrating his son, Johnny Crisstopher’s, final treatment after six years and full remission from acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), by releasing a documentary, 1095, which gives an intimate look at the toll childhood cancer takes on his family and how there is always hope and real magic. “This is our family’s story but it’s really the story of every family unfortunate enough to have a child with cancer,” Angel said. “This horrible disease impacts not just the children but all those that love them. Our hope is that as many people as possible can see 1095 –and be moved to help– so we can continue to raise awareness, improve treatment and one day find a cure.” The title. 1095, represents the total number of days Johnny Crisstopher was in treatment prior to relapsing in 2019. He “rang the bell” signaling remission this week in Las Vegas. Criss created the Johnny Crisstopher Children’s Charitable Foundation in 2008 to raise funds for research, treatment and –ultimately– a cure – in his son’s honor. More info can be found here: CrissAngelHelp.com and you can watch the 14-minute documentary above. 

Hakkasan Brands 2022 ‘The Year of the Tiger’

Meanwhile, Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM Grand has announced it will welcome the year of the Tiger with a specialty prix fixe menu, signature cocktails and wishing ribbons. Beginning Feb. 2, guests are invited to indulge in menu items created for the occasion. The Chinese New Year menu is priced at $128 per person, for a minimum of two guests. Menu items can also be purchased a la carte. Reservations can be made at https://hakkasan.com/las-vegas.

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit’s Vegas Edition 

If you haven’t had time to catch it at the former Amoeba Records location in L.A. you can visit The Original Immersive van Gogh Exhibit Las Vegas. the art installation and original experiential celebration of the work of beloved post-Impressionist Vincent van Gogh, provides additional Covid safety measures in their exhibit at Lighthouse Las Vegas located on Level 3 at The Shops at Crystals. The most visible of these measures are social distancing circles programmed into the projection that ensure audiences in the free-to-roam galleries maintain a safe distance from each other. For more information about Immersive Van Gogh, visit vangoghvegas.com.  

 

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