LAS VEGAS - Construction is under way on the Las Vegas Strip for the five-story Hakkasan lounge, restaurant and nightclub in the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. Company officials say they've installed on-site cameras so people can watch the progress on the upscale Chinese restaurant, which is replacing the Studio 54 nightclub. The company owns restaurants in New York City, above, Miami and overseas. Designers said Tuesday the 75,000-square-foot restaurant will feature modern Chinese-inspired decor and rich interiors.
SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management issued a special recreation permit to San Francisco-based Black Rock City LLC, the nonprofit group behind Burning Man. The permit allows 60,900 people to attend the arts festival, up from 50,000 last year. The annual arts and music gathering takes place in the sprawling Black Rock Desert, about 100 miles north of Reno, during the week leading up to Labor Day. It's overseen by federal officials because it takes place on public land.
Tee-off your tour
WASHINGTON - The National Building Museum in Washington is giving visitors a place to tee off with a new indoor mini-golf course exhibit. The course was designed by some of the region's top architects, construction firms, urban planners and designers. The 12-hole course will be open from July 4 to Labor Day during museum hours. It costs $5 per round per person. With a full-price museum exhibition ticket, the price per round is $3.
WASHINGTON - Actor Matthew Broderick, country singer Josh Turner, composer John Williams and a dozen U.S. Olympic athletes will be among the headliners for this year's July Fourth celebration on the National Mall.
Broderick and Kelli O'Hara will perform songs from the Tony-winning Broadway musical "Nice Work If You Can Get It" during the program, known as "A Capitol Fourth," organizers said Tuesday. Turner 's new album, "Punching Bag," will be released Wednesday. Kool & The Gang, tenor Russell Watson, singer-actress Megan Hilty, singer Javier Colon and the National Symphony Orchestra also are slated to perform.
Williams will conduct a performance of his "Olympic Fanfare" alongside Olympians competing in this year's Summer Games, including archer Khatuna Lorig, fencer Daryl Homer and weightlifter Sarah Robles. Gold medal-winning speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno will host that portion of the program, while Tom Bergeron of "Dancing With the Stars" will serve as the main host.
The show airs from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and will be broadcast live on PBS and NPR. The fireworks will begin at 9:10 p.m.
Zippy new park
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Bridgeport's Discovery Museum is building what is being billed as the state's first aerial adventure park. The "Adventure Park at The Discovery Museum" will be a five-acres facility in Veterans Memorial Park, behind the Discovery Museum & Planetarium. It is based on similar parks in Europe and will include eight "aerial trails," which will consist of about 110 platforms in trees connected by cables, wood and rope bridges and zip lines.