Asian superstar Leslie Cheung will present a Christmas concert at Caesars Palace singing in Mandarin and Cantonese Saturday, Dec. 23 at 8:30 p.m.
Well known to Americans of Asian heritage, Cheung began his career in the RTV Second Asian Singing Contest in 1977. He came away as first runner-up, but was offered a recording contract. His first album, "I Like Dreaming," released the following year, was so successful he was asked to enter the movie industry. He was nominated for the Best Actor Award at the Hong Kong Golden Film Awards in 1982, 1987 and 1988. He was again nominated in 1991 and that time went home from the festivities with the award in his hands. The winning role was for the film, "The Days of Being Wild."
Ticket prices are $83 and $241. Call the box office at 731-7333 or 1-800-455-4544.
Hawaiian music at Sunset Station
Hawaiian stars Amy Hanaialii and Willie K. bring traditional music from the islands, along with pop hits with a Hawaiian touch, to Sunset Stations Club Madrid at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. Tickets are $25. For reservations call 547-7777.
Hawaiian-born Hanaialli is the granddaughter of Jennie Napua Woodd, one of the original Royal Hawaiian Girls who were pioneers in bringing entertainment from the islands to the mainland. She was trained in jazz, blues and classical music but returned to her first love, music from the islands.
Her partner, Willie K, is the son of legendary Hawaiian performer Manu Kahaiailli and played in his dads band since he was 11 years old. She has won female vocalist of the year honors in her home state and the duo recorded the Hawaiian album of the Year, "Hawaiian Tradition."
Howie Mandell in time for Christmas
Stand-up comedian Howie Mandell will perform at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino showroom Friday through Sunday, Dec. 22 24. Tickets are $55 or $40 plus tax. Call 730-7160 or 877-386-8224 for reservations.
Manilow at Paris
From advertising jingles to top tens hits, Barry Manilow has watched his career expand.
He brings his enormous talent that resulted in record sales of 58 million to the Theater des Arts at Paris Las Vegas for three days, Friday through Sunday, Dec. 15 17. Show times are 9 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10:30 Saturday and 7:30 Sunday.
The Julliard-trained musician had the whole nation singing his "You Deserve a Break Today," for a hamburger chain and soon had audiences singing his hits, "Mandy," "Copacabana" and "I Write the Songs." For reservations and ticket information call (877) 374-7469.
Golden anniversary celebration
What better way to promote weddings than to show they last? Texas Station Casino is opening a wedding chapel with a ceremony honoring couples who have stayed together for 50 years or more. Call Stacy Gold at 253-0344 if you qualify.
Each couple will be allowed to bring two guests. Theyre asked to bring wedding photos. New photos will be taken as part of the festivities where the couples will renew their vows. The ceremony will be followed by a cocktail reception.
The 1,000 square-foot wedding chapel can be reconfigured or combined to create a 2,000 square-foot chapel for 220 guests.