Auto Collection Goes Audio; Go Neapolitan at Cosmopolitan; Eddie Griffin at Rio
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A new audio tour is now open at The Auto Collections at Imperial Palace Las Vegas. The tour features information on 60 historic automobiles including the famous “Gone in Sixty Seconds” mustang.
An hour-long recording will inform the guests about the facts on some of the most remarkable automobiles in the collection. The classic car extravaganza includes the limo President JFK rode a week before he was assassinated, the race car in the 1989 Corvette Challenge, the Suburban from the hit television show “The Sopranos,” and the talk show host Johnny Carson’s Chrysler Royal.
Also, the listeners will hear about “Gone in Sixty Seconds” famous Mustang, Eleanor. The 1967 Mustang Fastback used by actor Nicholas Cage is one of the most recognizable Mustangs among the 11 built drove and performed in the film.
Mustang’s famous memorabilia is available for the car lovers and movie fans for $375,000. Eleanor remains as one of the all-time most crowd-pleasing attractions after it was previously displayed at The Auto Collections in June 2003 and March 2006. General admission into The Auto Collections costs $11.95 while children under 12 and seniors over 65 costs $8.
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The Neapolitan of Las Vegas offers innovative beverages and cool spiked treats for guests to escape the summer heat. Mariena Mercer, The Cosmopolitan’s resident mixologist, creates booze-driven concoctions from infused ice cream sundaes to COv(2) sorbets. This air-conditioned indoor/outdoor lounge along the south edge of the Boulevard pool is open throughout the summer. It offers the sun-bathers and ice cream lovers an outdoor playground and sweeping views of the Vegas skyline. The Neapolitan of Las Vegas is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Newcomers must try the bar’s signature Neapolitan Spiked Milkshake. This signature concoction is made with chocolate and strawberry ice cream with a biscotti liqueur-infused whipped cream. Mouthwatering liquid-nitrogen sorbets are also available, like The Pink Lady, which is made with Belvedere Pink Grapefruit, pink grapefruit juice and housemade grenadine, topped with cherry Pop Rocks and a maraschino cherry. Mixologists clad in lab coats and bikinis mix these spiked summer treats. Included in the bar’s menu are the boozy floats, smoothies, blended frozen drinks, adult push-pops, and different flavors of SnoBar liquor ice creams and popsicles. These refreshing treats are delivered to bathers in a bicycle cart to help them cool down from the heat.
The bar’s vibrant décor, made by Portugal’s myface, complements the reflecting colors of Neapolitan ice cream. Modular and modern plush foam couches entice the eyes with its strawberry pink, chocolate brown and vanilla color. The 9’ x 24’ sorbet-inspired mural “Do it Ride Good” is painted by Jerry Misko as The Cosmopolitan tapped this former artist-in-residence. Vibrant-colored cocktails also satisfy the palate with its watermelon margaritas, strawberry shakes and cherry toppings in pink and electric blue.
By Michele Sieniarecki
Best of Las Vegas
Comedian Eddie Griffin is a man who wears many hats—both literally and figuratively. He’s an award-winning comic, a movie star and a television icon, but it’s his role as a father that ultimately prompted him to trade a life on the road for a permanent gig at the Rio that allows him to be home with his kids on a consistent basis.
In “Comedy Without a Condom,” Griffin holds nothing back, skewering pop culture icons, religious figures and even the President with his keen observations, spot-on impersonations and laser-sharp intelligence. Therefore, it was a surprise to find the man himself to be more laid-back and introspective as the Best of Las Vegas caught up with him backstage before a performance. Here, now, is Griffin’s take on reality TV, his many other talents and why he just wants to be cool.
BOLV: How do you like living in Las Vegas?
Eddie Griffin: I’m loving it. Come on, I’m a smoker, you can damn near smoke in the grocery store out here if you wanted to. I lived in L.A. for over 27 years, and everyone is on a health kick, you know, having artichoke salads for breakfast and I just thought, “It’s time to move!” Yes indeed.
BOLV: In your show, you take on some pretty sacred topics—religion, politics, even raising children. What is off limits even for you?
EG:I didn’t know religion, politics and raising kids was sacred. If I was doing this for everybody, then I wouldn’t be doing it.
BOLV: On your 2009 reality show, “Eddie Griffin Going For Broke,” you first started talking about doing a show here, but with a much different vision. How did you go from a cleaner show with a 12-piece backup band to “Comedy without a Condom?”
EG: It’s called staying true to oneself. (Now) I’m sold out every night. You can’t get a ticket.
BOLV: Speaking of reality TV, how was your experience with it?
EG: Never again! It sounded like a good idea when VH1 approached me to do the show, but after a couple of weeks of a camera always being in your face, me and my mama quit. (6 episodes), that’s all they get.
BOLV: You’ve done some really great movies, and then you’ve done a few that were less than Oscar-worthy. Is there any film you wish you never made?
EG: “Deuce Bigalow 2.” It was just beating a dead horse, you know. But the check was cool, sent the kids through college.
BOLV: Any upcoming film projects?
EG: No, but I have a play. I shot my first play, directed by a brother named David E. Talbert, who is an award-winning playwright. We shot it in a theater in Los Angeles six months ago, and it airs June 3rd on BET. It’s called “A Fool and His Money.” It’s about this family that wins the lottery and how it changes the dynamics within the family. I play the (long-lost) brother, and they think I’m coming back into their lives because they won the lottery, so it’s about how they treat me then, and this, that and the other. Then, at the end of the play, after they spent all this money and forgot that they have to pay taxes, (they find out) I was actually coming to visit them to bring these bonds that our father left us, worth millions of dollars. So who they think is the bad guy is actually the savior.
BOLV: Your first love was dancing—you used to choreograph the halftime show of the KC Chiefs! Do you still do anything with that today?
EG: Nah, there’s not a lot of money in dance. Well, no, it’s not that. You go through phases in life, you know. (We all) did something else before what we’re doing now, there’s nothing wrong with that.
BOLV: You’re also a musician, with over 20 years’ experience! Where can fans find out more about this aspect of your talent?
EG: EddieGriffin.com. You can download my music right there. It’s the only place you can get it.
BOLV: There are many charities you support. Can you tell me what motivates you to give?
EG: You’re blessed if you can give. It’s truly more blessed to give then it is to receive. I think men, by nature, are givers and women, by nature, are receivers. That’s why they like it when we give them a rose, or a box of candy, or a necklace—they’re designed to receive. And it’s in the nature of a man to give, to his children, to his family, you know. You’ve got to give back to move forward, is my slogan.
BOLV: What the greatest lesson you want to pass along to your kids as they grow up?
EG: Life is a gift, enjoy it. God gave us this gift called life, so why you walking around like it’s so wrong? You don’t like the gift? Give it back. Commit suicide, and let the rest of us have fun.
BOLV: You’ve been named one of Comedy Central’s Top 100 Stand-ups of all time, you’ve won an NCAAP image award, among other things. What achievement are you proudest of?
EG: The smile on somebody’s face that’s sad. I get the best achievement every night when I look at the audience.
BOLV: You’ve spoken about your dislike of accolades. Why do you have a hard time accepting praise?
EG: I don’t know, it’s just my nature. I mean, how are you supposed to react? It makes me goofy, and I like being cool. So whenever I get an award, you’ll hear “And accepting the award for Eddie Griffin is…”
BOLV: You’ve done so much, yet still hustle like you’re brand-new to the business. When will you feel successful?
EG: I’ve felt successful whenever I’ve been able to pay rent and everything, so I’ve been successful for quite a while. (My drive) has nothing to do with (not being) successful, I just like doing what I do. Where I grew up, that’s just what you had to do. I had to hustle and grind my way into the business. I’m driven. I’ve got insomnia real bad, because the brain won’t shut up, so I’ve gotta do something. Might as well be something positive.
“Eddie Griffin: Comedy Without a Condom” performs in the Kings Room at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino at 7 p.m. in July and August. Tickets start at $59 and can be purchased at the Rio box office or at kingsroomlv.com/tickets.