weather icon Partly Cloudy

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West enliven Celine Dion’s Las Vegas show

Updated May 26, 2019 - 9:59 pm

The Kats! Bureau at this writing is courtside at the Las Vegas Aces-L.A. Sparks lid-lifter at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Just had a quick chat with Mandalay Bay President Chuck Bowling, who looked to his left and saw Raiders owner Mark Davis, and to his right to point out former Laker great Kobe Bryant.

“Think about it, just a year ago a lot of people in Las Vegas didn’t know what the WNBA was,” Bowling said. “Now it’s a place to be seen.”

Also, a sideline line: Saturday at Mandalay Bay Events Center, it was New Kids on the Block. Sunday it was Aja Wilson in the low block.

The Aces beat the Sparks, 83-70, in their season opener.

More from this scene, and elsewhere:

Titanic threesome:

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian made it just under the wire to catch Celine Dion’s final stretch at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The night on the Strip lined up with the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary, which was Friday.

West and Kardashian met up with Dion before the show for a swift meet-and-greet, then watched most of the show from the VIP section in the company of bodyguards.

Kardashian posted on her Instagram story feed that West “surprised me with a date in Vegas” and sent several clips of the performance, capturing Celine in a spirited spin move and a shot of the Caesars headliner waving goodnight from the side of the stage.

Dion has eight shows left at the Colosseum before closing her run June 8.

Quaid & Sharks & Sharks

Dennis Quaid and the Sharks — that’s the actor and his band — headlined at Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday night. The crew dined at Greene St. Kitchen at the Palms beforehand.

Separately, members of the San Jose Sharks convened Friday at Topgolf at MGM Grand.

Sadly, none of the Quaid Sharks or S.J. Sharks met at Shark at the Palms, or Damien Hirst’s separated shark piece at the hotel’s Unknown bar. AND they avoided Jerry Tarkanian’s statue at the Thomas & Mack Center. I seem to be alone in coming up with these ideas …

Hammer nails it

Comic-magician Mike Hammer’s U.S. Vets Celebrity Poker Tournament went off Sunday afternoon at Binion’s in downtown Las Vegas. Hammer was characteristically energized in helping emcee the event, calling out The Amazing Johnathan as A.J. stacked his chips after winning a hand.

“You told me you didn’t know how to play poker! Two weeks ago you told me this,” said Hammer, the Four Queens headliner called across the room. “You took lessons! Who taught you!?”

Hammer, whose surname is in line with his indelicate sense of humor, shouted at the group, “Who did this?! What’s his name!?”

Around the room, those competing and supporting the campaign to aid homeless veterans included iconic the Amazing Johnathan’s entertainer wife, Anastasia Synn; “Master Magician” Lance Burton, “Sexxy” at Westgate creator and star Jennifer Romas; violin and DJ artist Lydia Ansel; long-running Harrah’s headliner Mac King; tattoo artist/rocker Dirk Vermin; veteran character actor Richard Gant; members of Tenors of Rock at Sin City Theater at Planet Hollywood; Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees; Binion’s hypnotist headliner Kevin Lepine; and roaming Vegas DJ Liz Clark.

Lepine — yes, headliner in the very hotel hosting the event — won the tournament. The total take was about $10,000, a solid take for a Sunday afternoon at the former Horseshoe. This is the first year Hammer has held a poker tournament, at Binion’s or anywhere else, for this cause. The event was previously a go-cart race held at Gene Woods Racing Experience. This seems more our speed.

Binion’s expansion

The old hotel-casino on Fremont Street is due for an evolution. The adjoining, 80-room boutique Apache Hotel comes online Aug. 14. The second-level Whiskey Liquor Up, on the corner of First and Fremont, is set to open by the end of the summer. That expansion will feature a performance venue and a glass-encased facade looking over FSE.

The big “wow” effect will be a rotating bar, wherein FizzyWater and other libations will be on the menu.

A.J.s doc

“Always Amazing,” the latest documentary about Johnathan’s life and career, is available June 3 on the All Things Comedy YouTube page.

Again, this is not the same film as what is now simply called, “Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary,” which premiered at Sundance this year and made its Las Vegas debut a few weeks ago at the Las Vegas Film Festival. That project begins streaming on Hulu on Aug. 16.

Apart from the titles, how to tell these docs apart: David Copperfield appears at the top of “Always Amazing.” Criss Angel is among those interviewed in “Untitled.” You won’t find them in the same film.

A.J. continues to live beyond his dire diagnosis from a the heart condition cardiomyopathy. He talks of writing a sitcom or film script and is especially fascinated by the new Beatles-themed story line in “Yesterday.”

But A.J.’s stage days might actually be over. A recent trip to Detroit for three shows was especially grueling. As the great showman said over lunch Sunday, “After 40 minutes, I’m done. I’m finished, at least for the time being.”

Great Moments In Social Media

After her joyous performance in “The Mixtape Tour” on Saturday night, Debbie Gibson posted a video of Matt Goss teasing her hair before she took the stage. “When you’re multi talented friend @mattgoss decides you need bigger hair for your show @MandalayBay!” The two have known each other for about 30 years.

John Katsilometes’ column runs daily in the A section. His PodKats podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at jkatsilometes@reviewjournal.com. Follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Entertainment Videos
Bellagio Conservatory unveils Italian summer exhibit
The Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens have opened the gates to its summer display. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
A.D. Hopkins on his debut novel
Veteran journalist introduces readers to “The Boys Who Woke Up Early.” (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Seven Magic Mountains restoration complete
Artist Ugo Rondinone’s iconic Seven Magic Mountains receives a complete painting restoration in June 2019.
Making off-the-menu bean curd rolls at Mr. Chow in Las Vegas
Senior chef tournant Cesar Laran has created secret bean curd rolls at Mr. Chow at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. To make them, he rolls bean curd sheets around a filling of carrots, celery and shiitake mushrooms, then smokes them with oolong tea and sugar. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Making Bread Pudding French Toast at Esther’s Kitchen in Las Vegas
James Trees, chef/owner of Esther’s Kitchen in Las Vegas, slices house-made blueberry bread pudding, coats it in egg yolks and mascarpone, fries it and tops it with spiced walnuts, Lyle’s Golden Syrup and creme fraiche. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal
Celine Dion closes 1,141-show residency on Las Vegas Strip - VIDEO
Hear from Celine Dion about her 16 years on the Las Vegas Strip and what the future has in store for her. (Caesars Entertainment)
Lobster grilled cheese at Big Sur Oyster Bar
The hugely popular lobster grilled cheese at Big Sur Oyster Bar at the South Point in Las Vegas is made with white cheddar and served on sourdough. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
You can dine out with your dog in Las Vegas
Lazy Dog, among Las Vegas restaurants that allow dogs, is probably the most accommodating, with free bowls of water and a doggy menu. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Sparrow + Wolf at Vetri Cucina in Las Vegas
Marc Vetri will launch a new collaborative chef series June 18, with a little help from Sparrow + Wolf’s Brian Howard. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
10 best things to do at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
10 best things to do at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Disneyland - VIDEO
What it's like to ride the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run At Disneyland (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Ada’s opens at Tivoli Village in Las Vegas - VIDEO
Ada’s, from James Trees, owner of Esther’s Kitchen in Las Vegas’ Arts District, brings Tivoli Village a similar menu of seasonal, artisanal pastas, pizzas — and ice cream. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal)
Nutella French Toast at Cafe Americano in Las Vegas
Harold Norris, executive chef at Cafe Americano at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, coats brioche in cinnamon and chocolate and layers it with Nutella and bananas. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Heavier traffic expected from EDC festival attendees
Electric Daisy Carnival attendees began to vacate the Las Vegas Motor Speedway starting before 5 a.m., the majority heading south on Interstate 15.
What it's like to skip the lines and fly by helicopter to EDC
What it's like to skip the lines and fly by helicopter to EDC. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
DJ Steve Aoki visits Las Vegas comic book store
DJ Steve Aoki visits Torpedo Comics in Las Vegas Friday, May 17, 2019, for a signing for his new comic book series "Neon Future." (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Las Vegas Smith & Wollensky opens at The Venetian
After 18 years, the Smith & Wollensky location on Las Vegas’ south Strip closed in 2017, to be re-born two years later with a rib-cutting — instead of a ribbon-cutting — in The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal)
Colin Cantwell, Creator Of Iconic Star Wars Ships Visits Vegas
Colin Cantwell, who created and designed such "Star Wars" ships as the X-Wing fighter, and Death Star, met fans at Rogue Toys in Las Vegas today. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Beauty & Essex in Las Vegas makes an EDC Wonder Wheel
In honor of the Electric Daisy Carnival, Beauty & Essex at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas makes its Wonder Wheel party-worthy. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Giada talks Vegas Uncork’d
Giada De Laurentiis talks during Aperitivo Hour, a Vegas Uncork'd event, at her Caesars Palace restaurant, Pronto, May 10, 2019. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Scenes from Vegas Uncork’d 2019 on the Las Vegas Strip
The 13th edition of Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit brought four days of food, wine, celebrity chefs and parties to town, May 9-12. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Three ingredients Gordon Ramsay can’t live without
Bon Appetit's Andy Baraghani interviews the "Hell's Kitchen" chef during a Vegas Uncork'd event at Caesars Palace, May 11, 2019. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Vegas Uncork’d launches wiith bubbles and a blade
Dozens of chefs representing some of the Strip’s top restaurants gathered Thursday at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to launch the 2019 edition of Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Bunky the Clown at the clown convention
Bob "Bunky the Clown" Gretton talks about his life as a clown and the Clown Convention which was in Las Vegas at Texas Station this week. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Frying soft-shell crab at Lola’s in Las Vegas
At Lola’s: A Louisiana Kitchen in Las Vegas, soft-shell crab is breaded and fried and served either as an appetizer, po’boy or platter. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal
The Stove in Henderson makes Pecan Pie Pancakes
At The Stove in Henderson, chef/partner Antonio Nunez stacks buttermilk pancakes with pecans and dulce de leche and tops them pie crust crumbs. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Vinnie Paul remembered at Count's Vamp'd
The late rocker's favorite table at one of his favorite clubs in Las Vegas. (Jason Bracelin/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
4DX movie experience at Red Rock
4DX movie experience during a demo reel at Red Rock. (Christopher Lawrence/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
What To Do On May The 4th
There are plenty of events going on May the 4th this year around Las Vegas. Celebrate Star Wars and Comic Book Day all at once. The Rogue Toys, the 501st, Rebel Legion and Millennium Fandom Bar are all hosting fun events to help celebrate your geek-dom. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Las Vegas Water Sports Introduces New Attraction At Lake Las Vegas
Las Vegas Water Sports will debut its new aqua park attraction at Lake Las Vegas Days this weekend. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)