When the confab closes . . .

Whether it's 'O' or dough, Vegas offers plenty of diversions


Blue Man Group: Live at Luxor
A wild and whimsical performance by three actors — not always men — who don blue skullcaps, gloves and face-paint be-fore enacting playful routines. Using props such as paintballs or Captain Crunch cereal and without uttering a word, these guys slyly comment on our modern-day life.
Hotel: Luxor
Phone: (702) 262-4400
Ticket difficulty: High

Cirque du Soleil, the famed Montreal-based circus troupe, has the following three shows ongoing on the Las Vegas Strip:

World-class circus performers and musicians blend together in a stunning theatrical achievement. One part circus and one part theater, this performance takes place above your head and below your feet. It features marvelous state-of-the-art special effects. Come early for the hilarious pre-show.
Hotel: Treasure Island
Phone: (702) 796-9999
Ticket difficulty: High

Venture beyond the circus to the world of water. Its name echoing the French word “eau,” or water, this show uses lots of it — about 1.5 million gallons — as its stage. A multilevel affair, the cast performs in, on and above the stage. Cast members include synchronized swimmers, divers, aerial artists and acrobats, as well as the more commonplace musicians and dancers.
Hotel: Bellagio
Phone: (702) 796-9999
Ticket difficulty: Very high

An international cast creates beautiful and bizarre creatures that blend their voices and move to the beat of a different drum. Set in a cabaret, this production aims to show the sexy side of Cirque du Soleil. For guests 18 & up.
Hotel: New York-New York
Phone: (702) 796-9999
Ticket difficulty: Moderate

La Femme
A little more than two years ago, Paris’ Crazy Horse exported this show to Las Vegas. The revue opens with a film montage of the 50-year history of that celebrated Parisian landmark followed by a full visual spectacular showcasing the girls’ beauty and sensuality.
Hotel: MGM Grand
Phone: (702) 891-7777
Ticket difficulty: Moderate

Lance Burton
After seven years, this master magician still puts on one of the best classic magic shows in this city. His deft fingerwork amazes as he changes white silk scarves into candles and birds. Burton’s larger illusions are effective as well. Several sets and decorative assistants add eye candy to this show.
Hotel: Monte Carlo
Phone: (702) 730-7160
Ticket difficulty: Moderate

Mamma Mia!
The hit legit show incorporates 22 upbeat hits by Swedish pop group Abba with an original story by Catherine Johnson.
Address: Mandalay Bay
Phone: (702) 632-7580
Ticket difficulty: High


Fiamma Trattoria
A casual version of New York’s SoHo dining spot is contemporary in design, with bamboo light fixtures, a wood-veneer wall sculpture and a woven tower made of natural materials. There are four distinct eating areas: bar and lounge, cafe, split-level dining room and private screening room.
A casual trattoria menu offers a variety of regional Italian specialties. Food is prepared from premium Italian ingredients. More than 400 wines listed.
Hotel: MGM Grand
Phone: (702) 891-7600
Specialties: tuna carpaccio, polipo, Maine lobster gnocchi, prosciutto and sausage Bolognese rigatoni.
Reservations: Strongly recommended

Las Vegas Crustacean & Prana Lounge
This is an opulent supper club where guests are transported to the world of French Colonial Vietnam. This is the fourth restau-rant for the An family. The foods are prepared light and healthy, deriving flavor from Asian herbs and spices instead of cream and butter. Menu is a fusion of French, Chinese and Vietnamese specialties.
Address: 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Suite 570; adjacent to Aladdin Hotel
Phone: (702) 650-0507
Specialties: sea bass with ginger and garlic-black bean sauce, garlic noodles with tiger prawns, pineapple brioche with vanilla ice cream.
Reservations: Strongly recommended

A warm inviting spot decorated with natural wood and stone accents. A long sushi bar dominates the room. The food is Japa-nese with subtle Peruvian touches. Classic tempura and sushi dominate the menu. Cold sake is served in bamboo cups.
Hotel: Hard Rock Hotel
Phone: (702) 693-5090
Specialties: tuna tataki, miso soup, yellowtail hand roll, green-tea ice cream
Reservations: Recommended

The bright orange-and-yellow carpet is a vision of abstract art that was designed by the artist’s son, Claude. Eleven original works by Pablo Picasso hang throughout the restaurant. The dining spot overlooks the lake, giving an unobstructed view of the Bellagio water fountain show.
This AAA five-diamond restaurant features the flair of chef Julian Serrano. The food is French with Spanish influences.
Hotel: Bellagio
Phone: (702) 693-7223
Specialties: sauteed foie gras, medallions of fallow deer, quail salad, poached oysters with caviar.
Reservations: Required

An oversized cylindrical fish tank welcomes guests at the door. The water theme continues throughout the dining room with walls of water that cascade down the stone walls.
The seafood is cooked with Mediterranean flair and seasonings. The fish is flown in fresh from throughout the world and grilled on a freestanding wood-fired grill. Chef Michael Mina oversees the operation.
Hotel: MGM Grand
Phone: (702) 693-7111
Specialties: tapas-style plates, Greek-style focaccia bread, “Angry Lobster”
Reservations: recommended

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