On the Scene With Brock Radke: 'Celestia,' 'The Beatles LOVE' and more
Generations of ‘LOVE’
You may think you know The Beatles LOVE but did you know there’s a family act in the beloved production at The Mirage? Spanish-born acrobat Alberto del Campo, who has also performed in Cirque du Soleil’s KÁ, is onstage in various costumes throughout the show, and his 10-year-old son Zack also takes a turn in LOVE, portraying a member of a younger version of the Fab Four.
“When I was 5 years old I never knew about The Beatles,” says the precocious child performer. “When I first heard about The Beatles, I was like, the bug beetles? What type of beetle?” His first Beatles tune was “Yellow Submarine” but now he likes “Yesterday” and “Help!” “All of them are pretty good actually.”
Both del Campos contribute a charismatic presence and a sense of wonder along with that appreciation of the music during LOVE, presented Tuesday through Saturday at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
As seen on America’s Got Talent, the Sandou Trio Russian Bar effortlessly astounds with incredible displays of balance and agility, strength and grace. Father-daughter duo Sergey and Sasha also offer unbelievable physical feats, combining flexibility and power in their own unique version of the traditional circus hand-balancing act. These two amazing performance groups are just the beginning of the wonders of Celestia, a new original show now playing in a state-of-the-art tent at The Strat at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday with additional 9 p.m. shows Friday through Sunday. It’s fresh and yet familiar, a collection of favorite circus-style acts with no breaks in the action and a family-friendly tone, which makes it the perfect summer-in-Vegas show.
Around the Strip
New resident headliner Christina Aguilera was looking for some casual fun and she found it after a recent The Xperience concert at Zappos Theater. The singer hit Topgolf Las Vegas after her show with a group of friends, taking over the top floor of the four-story fun complex and sharing food and drinks while swinging the sticks.
Lady Gaga and her collaborators continue to show just how much they really get this Vegas thing. Tony Bennett made his second appearance at Gaga’s Jazz & Piano headlining residency earlier this month, surprising a sold-out crowd by dueting on “Cheek to Cheek” and “The Lady Is A Tramp” at Park Theater, even taking Gaga for a quick dance during the show. Then she made her second appearance at Brian Newman After Dark at NoMad Restaurant, also at Park MGM, donning a snazzy red outfit and sauntering through the dining room and serenading the crowd.
The winner of the 10th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race dined at Tao 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 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. The new exhibit is based on the popular movies.
Brock Radke is an award-winning entertainment reporter who has been covering the city since 2000, and interviews key movers and shakers on his All The Vegas podcast, available at allthevegas.com.