Behind the scenes with Machine Dazzle

“Sometimes I get inspired just by garbage,” says Machine Dazzle, the artist/costume designer tapped to create the look of Las Vegas’ new Opium show.

Speaking during a break in the wardrobe shop he’s created behind the Opium stage at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ Rose. Rabbit. Lie., Dazzle chats with me about jumpsuits, ear plugs, space theater, and what inspires his designs.

It’s my first piece for The Cosmopolitan’s “52 Stories” site, and you can read it here.

Below is a pic I snapped of the Opium cast when they arrived at The Cosmopolitan in February. That’s Dazzle on the far left, in the gown made of silverware, with the giant petals.

This’ll be an interesting show.

The cast of Opium arrives at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Playing With Fire

Everyone needs a gimmick. Mine is slicing off the top of a champagne bottle with a butter knife. For CliQue Bar & Lounge head mixologist Antony Sazerac, it’s setting fire to his bar cart while mixing drinks.

Sazerac showed off this particular trick recently while mixing me the “Circle of Doom” cocktail.

“It’s a mixture of Gosling’s Black Strip, Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, to give it a little bit of a kick, and vanilla bean cordial.” — Antony Sazerac

CliQue, headed by nightlife vets Ryan Labbe and Jason “JRoc” Craig, celebrated its second anniversary at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in February. I thought I’d share a snippet of “Circle of Doom” video along with a link to the story at Vegas Seven.

Best of the Best, Vegas Magazine Edition

Vegas Magazine Best of the City 2018, written by Jason R. LathamA vending machine that serves only champagne. A high-rise gaming and social club for whales. A $30,000 wine decanter that serves no other purpose but to create Instagram-worthy moments during your meal.

These are just a few of the amenities that comprise Vegas Magazine’s most recent “Best of Las Vegas” list. In the current issue, I wrote about the aforementioned perks (and more) found inside some of the Strip’s most unique properties, including The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Wynn Las Vegas, and Mandarin Oriental.

My favorite from the list are the Boulevard Penthouses at The Cosmopolitan — 21 recently unveiled suites between the 71st and 75th floors of the resort’s Boulevard Tower. The views of the Strip are (as you would expect) unrivaled, and the suites are all feature perks such as “24-hour butler service, in-suite fitness studios, pool tables, private terraces, and $10,000 toilets.”

Also featured in this issue is my story on Chef Kaoru Azeuchi and Kaiseki Yuzu, a hidden gem on Las Vegas’southeast side. I did not know what Kaiseki was before I was assigned the story, and it was amazing speaking with the chef (through interpreter Martin Koleff) about its history, how it’s prepared and served, and why people love it.

“There are mushrooms that only grow in certain seasons, and fish that are caught in certain months,” says Koleff. “[For example], salmon and salmon rolls will be in season all winter. Every week new food comes in. The more time that [Azeuchi] has, he can prepare a better course. He needs at least three days so he can figure out what he can make.”

That three-day window is why it takes so long to get a reservation at Kaiseki Yuzu. The word it out, and people are demanding to experience it. You can read the full story online or on newsstands.Kaiseki Yuzu in Vegas Magazine by Jason R. Latham


Fall Fashion, Suite Makeovers, and Robot Bartenders

The latest issue of Vegas Magazine is online and on newsstands now, and features my first contributions to the Modern Luxury publication.

In “The View from Here” you’ll see the latest renovations to luxury suites and penthouses at Caesars Palace and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and the ridiculous perks that you’ll get during your stay. Perks such as your own master sushi chef, in-suite sauna, and a private gaming salon with a Strip-wide view. The article points to the games of one-upmanship that are necessary in order to attract high rollers to luxury hotels.

“Botler Service” is a quick read about the newest technology that could take the place of human workers on the Strip. The Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino turned heads this summer with the opening of Tipsy Robot bar inside its Miracle Mile Shops. The bar doesn’t rely on humans to take orders, instead you give your order to a machine and watch as a robot mixes your drink.

And my final contribution is just a quick comment on fall fashion, and the trend I’m looking forward to when the weather finally cools in southern Nevada. You can read the latest issue of Vegas Magazine by clicking on the cover below.

Vegas Magazine 2017 Fall Issue

Seven Days and Seven Nights in Las Vegas

Jason Latham's 24/7 and After Dark columns in the August 17 issue of Vegas Seven magazine
24/7 and After Dark in the 8/17 Vegas Seven

In this week’s issue of Vegas Seven magazine you can read my 24/7 and After Dark columns, highlighting everything to do in Las Vegas from August 17-23. Here are a few of my favorite picks for the next seven days:

Bryan Ferry at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. I’m not as familiar with his solo stuff as I am his work with Roxy Music, although “Is Your Love Strong Enough” is a helluva song. (Aug. 17)

Big Boi at Drai’s Nightclub. Caught him at the Palms pool years back after the release of Sir Lucious Left Foot, would love to hear something live from his latest, BOOMIVERSE. (Aug. 18)

Las Vegas Reyes de Plata. The alter ego of the Las Vegas 51s minor league baseball team, Reyes de Plata makes their final appearance versus the Salt Lake Bees at Cashman Field. The rebranding is part of a MiLB multicultural fan engagement campaign. (Aug. 22)

As always, you can also read my roundup of the weekend’s most anticipated pool parties (with appearances by Diplo and Nora En Pure) as a sidebar to my After Dark column.