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Kanye West at MGM

by Taryn Alessandro

In the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods on Thursday night, August 7, Kanye West delivered a sci-fi themed performance complete with endless smoke, off-the-hook special effects and an extravagant light show. Kanye’s Glow in the Dark Tour performance opened with Gnarles Barkley, and ended with a theater full of screaming fans.

There’s no doubt about it, Kanye is a born performer. Accompanied only by surreal lighting and smoke rising around his silhouette, Kanye was able to keep fans out of their seats throughout the performance. “Throw your hands up in the air,” shouted Kanye, during “It All Falls Down.” Everyone did. Fists were pumping all night long.

Other chart topping hits performed by Kanye included “Gold Digger,” “Jesus Walks,” “Hey Mama,” and “Diamonds.”

As if the show wasn’t over-the-top enough, leaving the theater, we were handed samples of Kanye’s newly released book, “Thank You and You’re Welcome”, co-written by J. Sakiya Sandifer. “Thank You and You’re Welcome” is a chock full of advice from Kanye and includes a heartfelt dedication to his mama.

Restaurants: MGM Grand at Foxwoods

MGM Grand at Foxwoods offers everything from restaurants by celebrity chefs to theme dining pavilions, catapulting the destination to the forefront of the region’s culinary scene. From tantalizing Italian cuisine to gourmet-on-the-go, every appetite is satisfied within these enticing new venues.

At Alta Strada acclaimed Chef Michael Schlow oversees the kitchen at the 225-seat restaurant that blends traditional Italian flair with modern elegance featuring favorites such as Homemade Ricotta with Sage, Hot Pepper and Crostini, and Chittara with Spicy Lobster and Fresh Peas and Grilled Lamb Chops with Asparagus.

Famous for celebrating the flavors of seasonal ingredients sourced from small family farms and artisanal producers, celebrity chef Tom Colicchio’s 150-seat Craftsteak features an extensive array of steaks, including several cuts of Wagyu beef, and an assortment of corn- and grass-fed beef. Complementing the menu is a wide selection of fish and shellfish, and seasonal side dishes.

From its state-of-the-art and energetic sound to its authentic Asian design and décor, Shrine’s menu presents a modern interpretation of Asian cuisine with a predominately Chinese feel, while also incorporating Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Cambodian and Thai flavors and spices into the mix. With two private dining rooms accommodating 20 and 40 people, a 12-person kitchen and sushi counter and a 225-seat dining room, Shrine has no trouble satisfying any appetite.

Guests looking for a more casual meal with enjoy The Gelato Café, Junior’s Restaurant and The Food Market. The Gelato Café tempts guests with more than 20 flavors of tantalizing Italian ice cream in addition to Italian drinks, pastries, specialty sandwiches and salads.

Junior’s Restaurant, famous for its legendary cheesecake, accommodates guests for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A full bar, take-out counter and bakery are also available.

The Food Market offers an exciting culinary journey through six distinct dining experiences including hand-tossed wood oven pizza, classic New York-style deli specialties, an American burger bar, Asian fare and scrumptious New England favorites from the Durgin Park Oyster & Chowder Bar.