04.21.14

DERULO, SPARKS CELEBRATE NEW ALBUM

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This is the photographic equivalent of a slow jam. (Photos by Al Powers)

Jason Derulo has a new album out. His girlfriend’s father has a birthday. Let the confluence of celebration begin.

Derulo, Jordin Sparks and her dad, Phillippi Sparks came through Tao Saturday night for dinner, Kamikaze shots and a Derulo-led “Happy Birthday” serenade before he hit the stage at the club to drop tracks from the new album, Talk Dirty. After “Talk Dirty,” “Don’t Wanna Go Home,” “Ridin’ Solo” and “In My Head,” Derulo returned to the table–along with JoJo–to kick back some bubbly and listen to DJ Vice.

JoJo herself did dinner at Tao on Friday night. At another table, Ryan Kwanten of True Blood had dinner with Hannah Montana’s Emily Osment and Entourage’s Rex Lee. Who will be in the Entourage movie, a thing that is actually happening despite there being an internet right there where we can go to look at pictures of cool cars, naked woman and, if we really want to, Kevin Dillon.

• Guy Fieri welcomed guests to the opening of his Kitchen & Bar at the Quad on Thursday. And yet people still went in there. It’s possible there was a cattle prod involved, we guess. Also The Cromwell is rumored to be soft-opening today. Pour one out for Bill’s before you go.

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04.11.14

SNOOP DOING BURLESQUE AT TAO

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Tom Cruise is into this.

Holly Madison is going to have some competition in the burlesque game. She might be getting there first with her 1923, but she’s going to have to face down Snoop for supremacy among club settings with a ’20s speakeasy vibe.

Snoop Dogg is starting the Snoopadelic Cabaret on May 3 (after Mayweather-Maidana) for six dates at Tao, where he’ll play emcee and hit the booth as DJ Snoopadelic. Drop Prohibition like it’s hot? Nothin’ but a G-men thing? Wait, wait–Bathtub gin and juice.

Give Hillary Clinton credit for being quick. She was giving a speech at Mandalay Bay yesterday when a woman chucked a shoe at the former Secretary of State. This is what happens when you stop people from bringing in tomatoes to speeches. Clinton deadpanned, “Is that part of Cirque du Soleil?” Cirque has announced Shoe: The Musical will replace Believe starting June 1.

Howard Hughes may have been the first non-Mobbed-up casino mogul, but recently declassified documents say he also was hunting for Red October. In 1928 the Soviets lost a nuclear-armed sub in the Pacific but couldn’t recover it. The government found it, but needed help in the salvage operation. Enter Howard Hughes, who in 1974 built a giant ship to pull the sub off the ocean floor. The cover story as that he was trying to mine manganese nodules in the sea. Because the government is terrible at coming up with simple cover stories.

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03.31.14

TAO RESPONDS TO CHARGES OF RACISM

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To be fair, the cheongsam is a great look. (Photo by Joe Torrance | SPYONvegas.com)

Activist Christine Lu started a Twitter dustup when she spotted a billboard with Tao’s severarl-years-old “happy ending” advertising campaign near LAX. “Drove by the racist @VenetianVegas sign again at LAX. Mayor @Ericgarcetti can you take this degrading sign down?”

Tao, apparently, wasn’t moved by the charge that they were perpetuating stereotypes about seedy Asian massage parlors. According to the LA Weekly, Tao’s response letter was a sigh of weary resignation:

We regret that you take such offense and see it as a perpetuation of an unfortunate stereotype that is cultivated FAR MORE heinously by the hundreds (if not thousands) of Asian massage parlors in L.A. and Las Vegas… not to mention the hundreds of billboards that scream out REAL happy endings. However, as a gesture of good faith we have decided to remove the billboard since it offends you so much. In the future, perhaps your focus would be better directed at the real source of the stereotype, actual happy ending massage parlors and their advertisements, not our harmless ad that elicits far more chuckles than letters such as yours.

They could have just cut to the chase:

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02.3.14

BUSTA HYPES TAO BEFORE GAME

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We’d call it the “Busta Bowl,” but there’s kind of a connotation there. (Photos by Brenton Ho)

As Super Bowl weekend performers go, some protege of former college player Suge Knight would seem the way to go. (As opposed to in-house entertainment for World Series week, which should always be K7.) But at least Busta Rhymes earned his nickname in tribute to former Vikings wideout (and Uzi enthusiast) George “Buster” Rhymes.

Close enough for government work. Bussa Buss led the way for Tao’s pre-Super Bowl party Saturday night, where he ran the mic for half an hour.

Meanwhile, over at Lavo, Chad Michael Murray was in for dinner, soaking in all that One Tree Hill glory.

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01.31.14

0131FRI: THE ROUNDUP

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Mmmm. Sakelicious.

Tao kicks off its first edition of Sakebomb Fridays tonight, with an “edgy Asian aesthetic.” Which probably does not call for what we think it calls for. Instead, DJ Five will spin while geisha go-gos and an LED dragon keep the crowd suitably in the right frame of mind to start the Year of the Horse. Click for more words and pictures »

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01.10.14

JUICY J’S GOT SOUL. HEADPHONES.

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(Photo by Brenton Ho)

The headphone convention that is CES rolled on last night at Tao, when Soul did their official iteration of the “Come on, EVERYONE can’t buy Beats” parties that have taken over the town all week.

Juicy J was in to do “Bandz a Make Her Dance, “Bounce It” and, in tribute to late Three 6 member Lord Infamous, “Stay Fly” and “Slob on my Knob.” Which is delightful, that we can sit here and somberly report on an artist rolling into a club to do “Slob on my Knob.”

Swizz Beatz was at the restaurant, not, somehow, promoting any headphones whatsoever.

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01.2.14

JUICY J ENTERTAINS THE CHAMP

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(Photos by Scott Harrison. Tao photo by Al Powers)

The Joint wound down 2013 with Juicy J who did strip-club anthem “Bandz a Make Her Dance” among other faces for a crowd that included Floyd Mayweather. Juicy moved on to Body English with Mike Will before the night was over, while Mayweather was spotted at Tao that evening as well.

Leg-droppin’ Miguel did his midnight kiss with girlfriend Nazanin Mandi at Tao before ripping into “Sure thing,” “How Many Drinks?” “Adorn” and “Power Trip.” The champ had a table with friends. Friends other than the roster of Michigan State, we mean.

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12.23.13

LISTEN UP, BROTHER!

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.Macaulay Culkin looks terrible these days.

Well, you know somethin’, Mean Gene? Professional wrestling legend Hulk Hogan was spotted dining with three friends at Tao in the Venetian on Dec. 20. The group enjoyed spicy tuna tartare, Chilean sea bass, lobster wontons and Chinese sausage fried rice, but Hogan seemed horrified of the rare and fearsome Yokozuna roll.
Hogan politely interacted with fans, took photos and threatened anyone who didn’t train, say their prayers and take their vitamins.

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12.12.13

1212THURS: THE ROUNDUP

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We’re suddenly filled with Christmas cheer. (Photo by Gabe Zapata | SPYONvegas.com)

You’ve worked hard this holiday season. Shopping. Decorating. Getting blasted on nog. It’s time you took some time to appreciate the season for its true purpose: Girls in slutty Santa suits. Tao has you covered tonight with its Bad Santa party, offering up $5,000 for Santa’s naughtiest helper. Screw the two front teeth, this is all we want for Christmas. Click for more words and pictures »

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11.26.13

WHERE YOU’RE DRINKING ON THANKSGIVING


We also won’t be wearing pants this Thanksgiving. (Photo by Tony Tran | SpyOnVegas.com)

And don’t say “At home, with my family.” We all know you’re a damn liar.

Thanksgiving is traditionally a slow week in town, which is kind of hard. It’s right when you need an outlet that doesn’t involve your great-aunt complaining about Obamacare for five goddamned minutes. You do have more options than usual this year–and you’ll have them on a night that figures to be relatively relaxed, as these things go.

Assuming you can roust yourself from a gravy coma, Tao does its 8th Annual Terminate the Turkey night, with DJ Five holding it down. Hakkasan gets in the mix this year, with DJ Cyberkid in the main room. Haze mixes it up a little with Yo! #HazeTBT for Throwback Thansgiving as DJ Scene goes old-school. And Pure and LAX are both open for their usual Thursday business as well.

And if you’re in more of a live music mood, the Double Down brings in The Fremonts.

The important thing here is you drink enough to black back out after you just started coming to from your day-drinking blackout. Trust us, you really don’t want to remember what you said to your step-cousin about her fourth baby by a third father.

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