Robin Leach's Vegas DeLuxe
It was yet another Glee birthday weekend, this time for Season 2 newcomer Darren Criss, who portrays The Warblers star Blaine. Darren’s 24th birthday celebration weekend included dinner with friends at Tao at The Venetian and dancing upstairs in the mega nightclub on Friday, as well as an official celebration Saturday at sister hotspot Lavo at the Palazzo.
Darren posed for photographs with fans and signed autographs on the red carpet before heading inside the Italian restaurant for dinner with 25 friends and then to VIP tables upstairs on the dance floor. He was presented with a cake from Gimme Some Sugar modeled after his signature hot pink sunglasses.
Heavy winds, rain and snow nearly foiled singer Robin Thicke’s inbound flight, but he finally made it with seconds to spare for his dinner at Yellowtail at the Bellagio, followed by a performance at The Bank, his third in two years. Robin performed “Magic,” “Sex Therapy” and “Lost Without U” and gave a belated birthday shout-out to The Light Group President Jodi Myers before heading to his VIP section to enjoy bubbly.
Contributing photographer Scott Harrison was on duty for boxing legend Mike Tyson’s speedy return to Memorabilia International at Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile. Mike signed autographs, posed for photographs and held a meet-and-greet with hundreds of fans who lined up for hours. Mike also sold autographed pieces of his insignia fight memorabilia.
Director Michael Bay (Transformers) celebrated his 46th birthday at XS at Steve Wynn’s Encore. Michael was presented with a Transformers-themed cake from Freed’s Bakery. He partied at the nightclub until the wee hours and told fans that the next Transformers film Dark of the Moon is set for July 1.
Also in recent days: Lacy Ann Spice was named the March 2011 winner in The Miss Playboy Club model search at The Playboy Club at the Palms. The 22-year-old New Yorker now resides in Las Vegas. NFL players Daryn Colledge, Bryan Bulaga, Tyron Brackenridge and Jarrad Page partied at Vanity at the Hard Rock Hotel. Disney Channel star Brandon Mychal Smith celebrated a friend’s 21st birthday at Cabo Wabo Cantina at Planet Hollywood yesterday.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Mitch on ABC’s award-winning comedy Modern Family, watched Phantom -- the Las Vegas Spectacular at The Venetian with a friend and posed with stars Anthony Crivello (The Phantom) and Kristi Holden (Christine Daae). Peepshow and Holly’s World star Holly Madison received a sneak peek at the new Sugar Factory at the Paris. Retired wrestler Bret “The Hitman” Hart dined at N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms and signed Chef Barry S. Dakake’s Shakedown Door. ESPN NFL sideline reporter Ed Werder dined with his wife at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace before Garth Brooks' show at the Wynn last night.
Thanks to Denise Truscello, Jacob Andrzejczak, Danny Mahoney, Aaron Garcia, Hew Burney and Scott for their photographs.
Vegas DeLuxe Editor Don Chareunsy contributed to this report.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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