Access Vegas Insider Vibe April 10, 2013

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Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Spotted At AbsintheSpotted enjoying the Strip-side favorite, ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace on April 7, 2013 was guitarist Phil Collen of Def Leppard, who attended the show with wife and designer, Helen L. Simmons. Following the crazy antics and comedy from the eccentric ABSINTHE cast, Collen was persuaded by the showÆs dynamic duo, The Gazillionaire and his raunchy sidekick, Penny Pibbets to stay after for a quick photo. Absinthe continues to remain a favorite of celebrities from all genres.

Photo Credit: Joseph Sanders/Spiegelworld



Dining In Las Vegas

Dinner In The Sky Brings Unmatched Aerial Dining Experience To Las Vegas Strip – Dinner in the Sky Las Vegas will bring the extraordinary fare of Las Vegas and gorgeous views of the Strip and surrounding mountains into one breathtaking experience through an open-air gourmet dinner served 180 feet from the ground. A dynamic addition to the Las Vegas skyline, Dinner in the Sky will break ground on Monday, April 29, and open early this summer on an 8.8 acre site just minutes away from Las Vegas Boulevard near Polaris Street and Tropicana Avenue.

L’atelier De JoÙl Robuchon At MGM Grand Welcomes Spring With Seasonal Menu ItemsL’Atelier de JoÙl Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino introduces new spring menu items created by Chef of the Century, JoÙl Robuchon. Each selection, which span from appetizers to desserts, captures the essence of the season known for bountiful, crisp produce and juicy ripe fruit. The finest ingredients, combined with RobuchonÆs unparalleled talent for enhancing natural elements and combining flavors into exquisitely well-balanced dishes, make every bite memorable. New spring menu selections are now available and include:

Tacos & Tequila To Celebrate National Hamburger Day With A Mexican TwistTacos & Tequila (T&T) at Luxor Hotel and Casino will celebrate National Hamburger Day Tuesday, May 28, with Executive Chef Saul OrtizÆs Matador Burger.

Hamburger lovers can indulge in T&TÆs Matador Burger, priced at $10, and made with a half-pound Angus beef patty marinated with achiote paste and mixed with fresh lime juice and chile guajillo adobo. This Mexican twist on an American favorite is served on a bolillo bun and topped with a blend of Oaxaca, Jack and Gouda cheeses, spicy Thousand Island dressing, guacamole, caramelized onions, sautÚed mushrooms and sliced tomatoes.

Morton Group To Debut La Comida In Downtown Las Vegas- Dishing Up Authentic Mexican Cuisine – La Comida will invigorate the burgeoning Downtown Las Vegas dining scene with a menu inspired by the cosmopolitan fare of Mexico City when it opens in mid-April. The latest creation by the Morton Group, led by restaurateurs Jenna and Michael Morton, La Comida will blend authenticity and tradition with a delightfully funky vibe.

ôIn the restaurant industry æcomidaÆ is the meal shared by staff before they begin their service. We call it æfamily meal,Æö says Michael Morton. ôLa Comida was designed to recreate that feeling of camaraderie in a fun, eclectic atmosphere with fresh drinks and Mexican food we all love.ö

Las Vegas Foodie Fest To Return To Silverton Casino Hotel With Ultimate Food Truck Experience – The popular Las Vegas Foodie Fest, featuring more than 30 food trucks and vendors, will return to the Silverton Casino Hotel from Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28.

Food aficionados will enjoy the three-day festival beginning on Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight, to continue on Saturday from noon to midnight and on Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. Festival goers will enjoy tasty bites from more than 30 food trucks and vendors, some of which have been featured on The Food Network, History Channel, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel.


Gambling In Las Vegas


Las Vegas Attractions


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Wine, Liquor, And Nightlife


Las Vegas Economy And Real Estate


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Maverick Grand Canyon Air TourMaverick Grand Canyon Air Tour û Sit back and relax as you experience this spectacular air excursion through the Grand Canyon. Highlights of this trip include Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Lake Las Vegas and Fortification Hill an extinct volcano. Fly through Black Canyon and on your return to the south Las Vegas valley.

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Las Vegas Show Reviews

Defending The Caveman by D.W. Grant

Defending the Caveman Needs No Defending – This “Caveman” donÆt need no defending. ItÆs a manÆs show, with women encouraged to attend. The Las Vegas/Broadway show, now playing at HarrahÆs Comedy Club, is a hilarious evening of understanding “The Man,” his burps, scratches, sex, and beer drinking. After this show every woman will understand why men are not jerks, or #&*s, as is said vehemently at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of this show.

Kevin Burke has been soloing in this play for 10 years or more and it shows. His delivery is real and his connection to his audience is deep. More than a show, “Defending The Caveman” is like sharing a beer with your brother-in-law in his man cave. Man to man you can talk about women and scratch your loins without reproach. You can brag about your sex life, and complain about the “old woman,” knowing your boasting and whining wonÆt go beyond the cave walls. They wonÆt, unless some playwright decides he wants to make a Broadway show out of them.


Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas! – We’re calling this the food issue. We didn’t plan it that way. We simply had a pile of restaurant updates come across our desk this week. Hopefully, it will make you hungry for a visit to Las Vegas!

I get accused by some of my detractors (yes, I have a few for some strange reason) of being too much of a Las Vegas cheerleader. And honestly, Las Vegas is a pretty cool place. It isn’t hard to find things to like! However, this issue we’ll deal with how the airlines are making it more tough (and expensive) to travel, and we run a letter from someone who will not be returning after many visits.

Blarney Stone Is Back – A staple of many who enjoyed the old Fitzgerald’s was to rub the blarney stone in the players club booth for luck. In fact, I was getting a replacement card soon after the switch to The D, and the guy behind me complained that it was no longer there! Fortunately, they’ve taken it out of retirement and you can once again rub it for luck. Look for it in the second floor “Vintage Vegas” casino area.

Worst Intersections – The latest list of the 10 worst intersections in Las Vegas for collisions is out, and half of them are resort-area related:

1. The Strip and Flamingo Road
5. The Strip and Tropicana Avenue
6. The Strip and Harmon Avenue (CityCenter)
8. Tropicana Avenue and Koval Lane
10. Tropicana Avenue and Paradise Road

The final two are of note because both are on the route to/from the airport. Our advice? If you are driving in town, pay extra attention. The person next to you isn’t. They are looking at the sights!

Visitor Numbers Plateauing? – January and February visitor count was off by nearly 1%. Not the best sign you want to see, but well within the boundaries of statistical fluctuation. It will be interesting to see if all of the “Vegas is too expensive, we’re not coming” people really mean it and we go stagnant, or if it is a momentary dip. In our Members Mania! section, we address a letter from someone who is fed up and not returning.

Hyde Bellagio interior
Hyde Lounge At Bellagio

Thump, Thump, Thump, Thump – If you are hoping that the Vegas nightclub craze comes and goes, don’t hold your breath. Some of the top grossing clubs in the world are here on the Las Vegas Strip. How successful are they? Recent reports have both Marquee (Cosmo) and XS (Wynn) each doing over $80 million a year. When you consider that reports at the time suggested Marquee costing $50 million to build, that is a tidy sum in a short time. And because you’re pretty much selling space and booze, we’re not talking a significant overhead (compared to earnings).

Even hot “lounge” spots got in on the act with Hyde (Bellagio) at $25+ million and Chandelier Bar (Cosmo) at $15+ million.

Not your thing? Have no fear. The market is pretty saturated. If you enjoy various properties that don’t cater to the club crowd, I wouldn’t expect them to change anytime soon. By the way, Hyde is more mellow and welcoming in the afternoons. The drinks are still pricey, but the view of the Bellagio Fountain and The Strip are great. Evening and into the night is when they go “clubish”.

Airline Mergers Not Good For Las Vegas – With US Air and American Airlines looking at merging, selection and competition for air travel will not be favorable to the traveler. Long gone are the days when US Air predecessor America West had a “midnight hub” here in town where it seemed like half their fleet descended on Las Vegas starting about 10:30 PM, servicing both the Las Vegas traveler and those from around the west coast who were going to connect for a red-eye back east.

As always, we suggest combating higher airfare with longer stays. Instead of visiting 4 times a year for 3-4 days, come twice a year for a week. Pace yourself with a couple of days running hard, a couple being more mellow, and then finishing off the trip with a bang. This will also allow you “permission” to take that time to see the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, or rent a car to visit Red Rock, Primm, and maybe even a locals casino you’ve always wondered about.

My suggestion? Red Rock in the AM looping around to Bonnie Springs then back into the Valley and down to M Resort for their buffet lunch. From there, you’re a quick 30 minutes to Primm with the huge outlet mall and casinos that are throwbacks (cheap food and drink, loose slots, low limits) to Las Vegas the way it used to be.

Hope You Are Enjoying This Issue!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


What We’re Watching – Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy


Members Mania – We Love Our Readers!

We are just back from our latest trip to Vegas and it was our last!

We have been visiting every year from the UK for the last 12 years sometimes twice a year and have always loved it, but not this time.

I don’t know what was the worst part, the construction work everywhere, the road works making each bus journey forever, the up escalators continually “out of service” and compounded by the lifts also out of action !! especially outside the Aria. The beggars and disgusting cards they displayed, or the extortionate prices for everything.

Trying to get along the strip on foot is a nightmare, not everyone is young and fit and able to walk up and down stairs continually. Obviously older and disabled visitors are not welcome either. I used to enjoy walking the length of the strip, but this is no longer possible without going up and down stairs, escalators, walkways, in and out of hotels !!

I usually love to visit the outlet malls and my husband gambles, we were both shocked at how much things have gone up from the minimum at the tables to the prices in shops. $3.77 for a coffee that last year was $1.27 !! Jeans $78 that were $29 last year. I have never felt so ripped off in any country as I did here this time. $6 for a tiny ice cream !! Come on Vegas what are you playing at. Do you only want the rich to visit you?

Now all the hotels have the extortionate resort charge, which is a joke. How many people actually use the facilities? Another rip off. When we come it is normally for 11 nights but at ú18 per night that is a hefty extra and that is one of the lowest charges at the Flamingo.

I hate what they are doing to the hotels, the attraction for us were the themed hotels, now everything is going modern, corporate and souless.

This is not the Vegas I have always loved and wanted to come back to, I am very sad but I will not be returning, the fun has gone out of it, it is all about ripping people off and taking as much money as possible from them. No one goes to Vegas expecting to win a fortune, but the hope that you might win something, not anymore. All the conversation round the tables was about how no one had won anything.

We have had several friends visit in the last 4 months and they have all come back and said similar, we didn’t believe them, however, now we have been we know it to be true, we now need to look for another holiday venue with a heavy heart.

Susan Flanagan

 

Ted Responds:

You know what? We’re sorry to see you go, but you won’t get any argument from me. I think that the amount of time escalators and elevators are out of service on the pedestrian walkovers is unconscionable. I’m extremely frustrated that a nice walk up The Strip has turned into an obstacle course.

The crowds are simply a matter of the popularity of Las Vegas and you’ll find those at any major city or amusement area that draws heavy numbers of visitors. Unfortunately, not much can be done about that.

Tight slots and poor table game rules are draining players money faster, which is why we’ve strongly urged people to enjoy The Strip for the great shows, dining, and attractions but take their gaming action downtown where one can actually still win.

No one likes resort fees and I am pleased to report that one of our readers noted (and we’ve confirmed) that Venetian/Palazzo will let you opt-out of paying the resort fees if you want to. Granted, they are high end properties, but it makes them worth considering when you factor in this perk. NOTE: If you opt-out of paying them, you WILL be billed at the normal rates if you use any of the services that would have been bundled into the resort fees.

I’m personally going to snail mail a copy of this letter to every single county commissioner (I think half of them are still in the stone age as it is). They are the ones who approve all the pedestrian traffic obstruction even though they are utterly clueless as to what things are like for visitors day-to-day on The Strip.

I’ve been (and will continue to be) critical of both our politicians and casino upper-management who are extremely out-of-touch with your Vegas experience. I believe that every county commissioner and every person in upper-management should be mandated to spend one Saturday night every few months playing tourist. No VIP perks, no back doors. Just get out and walk the same sidewalks you walk and wait in the same lines you wait in and get the same level of service (or lack thereof) that you get and pay the same prices you pay.

Las Vegas tourism is looking to be flat this year, and if we aren’t careful, we could see another lull as frustrated visitors return less often, or not at all.


Me and my friend made our yearly visit to Las Vegas in late February and of course we really enjoyed ourselves. We took your tip Ted and went to visit South Point. Very nice place and would definitely do that again. We took the shuttle like you suggested and really enjoyed our visit there.

Our money definitely lasted a lot longer than it does on the strip. Food was cheaper and all in all it was a great experience.

Heather

 

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe April 3, 2013

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Jersey Boys Honors Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons With A Star On ôLas Vegas Walk Of Starsö – On Thursday, March 21, 2013 the smash-hit show JERSEY BOYS celebrated its fifth anniversary in Las Vegas by presenting a star to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on the ôLas Vegas Walk of Starsö outside of the showÆs home, Paris Las Vegas. Original Four Seasons group members Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio were at the event to receive the commemorative star. It was the 64th star to be unveiled on Las Vegas Boulevard.

ôIt is a real honor to receive a star on the æLas Vegas Walk of StarsÆ in celebration of the showÆs fifth anniversary in this city,ö says Frankie Valli. ôBob and I are thrilled to be here to accept the star and to celebrate this milestone with the talented cast.ö

PBR Rock Bar Hosts RockinÆ Academy Of Country Music Awards Party – Guests will boot-scoot into PBR Rock Bar & Grill inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for a celebration in honor of the 48th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards from Friday, April 5, through Sunday, April 7.

Patrons will toast their favorite country singers with cocktails inspired by this yearÆs Entertainer of the Year nominees, priced at $10 each. The delicious Taylor Swift ôLove Storyö cocktail includes Zing Red Velvet Vodka and CrÞme de Cacao. Cowboys and cowgirls will saddle-up for a good time at the Strip-side hot spot while sipping on the Captain Morgan, pineapple, cranberry and orange juice ôShelton Shake Upö in honor of Blake Shelton. Partygoers will also enjoy the Jason Aldean Malibu Coconut Rum, JagÙrmeister and pineapple juice ôTailgater.ö The Luke Bryan ôDrunk on Youö concoction will feature Patron Tequila paired with fresh lime and orange juices. The ôLambert Lemonadeö is made with Wild Turkey Honey Whiskey and lemonade in honor of Miranda Lambert.


Downtown Las Vegas


Gambling In Las Vegas


Las Vegas Attractions

Jewels Of Titanic Set To Shine For A Limited Time At Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition – Jewels of Titanic, a dazzling display consisting of fifteen of the most prestigious jewelry artifacts recovered from R.M.S. Titanic on display now – May 31 at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at Luxor Hotel and Casino. This limited-time exhibit features diamonds, sapphires, pearls and gold jewelry that once belonged to some of Titanic’s wealthiest passengers. Through this priceless collection guests have the rare chance to learn of the jewelry’s discovery, underwater recovery, mysterious lineage and the influence these artifacts have in today’s pop culture.

Las Vegas Cadillac Through The Years Returns To Town Square – The 8th annual Las Vegas Cadillac Through the Years returns April 13 & 14 to Town Square Las Vegas. Join more than 30,000 fans for a two-day celebration of the Cadillac ôstandard of excellence,ö while enjoying live entertainment, celebrity surprises, Fintastic Fortunes raffles, giveaways, food, fair, vendors and, of course, more than 100 classic Cadillac beauties on display. From original restorations to extreme modified, this yearÆs show will feature models from the 1903 inception year to the newest 2013 release.


Las Vegas Hotels And Construction


Drinking And Dining In Las Vegas

Central Michel Richard To Celebrate National Beer DayCentral Michel Richard at Caesars Palace will honor National Beer Day with beer flight specials throughout the day on Sunday, April 7.

Beer enthusiasts will revel in flights of four 3-ounce pours of any of CentralÆs beers on tap, priced at $10 each. For the brew aficionado, the restaurant will offer all-you-can-drink beer flights from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., priced at $50 per person. Patrons will relax at the double-sided bar while creating their tastings with the restaurantÆs 20 beers on tap, including Innis & Gunn, Old Speckled Hen and Delirium Tremens.


Las Vegas Economy And Real Estate


More Las Vegas News


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Maverick Dream Catcher Sunset Grand Canyon TourMaverick Dream Catcher Sunset Grand Canyon Tour û Landing tour with beverages, snacks and Extra Flight Time in the Grand Canyon! Experience the journey of a lifetime. Your journey begins with a flight out of Las Vegas to Hidden Valley to see the arches. Continue your journey to the Valley of Fire, were you will see red rock formations and some of the most remote, desolate, and fascinating desert landscape.

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Las Vegas Show Reviews

Rock Of Ages by Sarah Jane Woodall

Rock Of Ages – Nothing But A Good Time! – Fire up the Aqua Net and dig out that sleeveless jean jacket û Rock of Ages has hit Vegas, and itÆs bringing the æ80s back! The latest musical to hit the Vegas strip hearkens back to the glory days of heavy metal û the days of mascara, muscle tees and mullets. If you grew up listening to this music, you will love Rock of Ages. And if even if you didnÆt… youÆll have a blast. ItÆs impossible to sit through this show without smiling, laughing… and singing along!


Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas – We’re back after a scheduled week off and as you’ve already seen, we’re flooded with info. Las Vegas never stops with the new, interesting, special, and savings attracting you to visit!

March was beyond amazing with 25 days in the 70’s, 2 days in the 80’s, and only 4 days in the 60’s. We were very entertained watching The Weather Channel showing the effects of Marchuary on much of the United States. For our international readers, Marchuary was a term coined to indicate January weather in March.

Finally, a personal note: As I type this (April 3, 2012), I am celebrating exactly 20 years of living in Las Vegas! I’ve witnessed implosions, construction, booms, busts and everything in-between. It has been a trip, and it’s not over yet by any stretch of the imagination. You couldn’t pay me double to do the same job elsewhere. Thanks to everybody who has been a part of the ride!

Where To Jazz It Up On The Strip – One constant for years (and years and years) was the free, live jazz entertainment in Harrah’s Range Steakhouse during happy hour. Unfortunately, the new Ruth’s Chris in that space has elected to discontinue this tradition. This is a shame, especially given the chain’s New Orleans roots. Fortunately, our friends at Vegas Chatter (Mandarin Oriental Jazzes Things Up Again) caught wind that the Mandarin Bar up in Mandarin Oriental features live jazz on Sundays from 4-8 PM. Caution: Drinks won’t be cheap (although the view alone is worth it) and you’ll want to be dressed reasonably nice.

Here We Go Again – A recent survey surmised that Las Vegas will be among the top 50 fastest growing cities in the US over the next five years. Because of all the terrible news about our economy spreading around the past few years, my hope is that this time we won’t see the carpetbaggers we saw during the last boom.

Move here if you love the desert and the heat and our libertarian (small l, not the party) way of living. Don’t move here wanting to hitch yourself to the wagon and hope it works out. Those are the people who probably got hit the hardest when times went bad last time around. Only move here if you literally and simply could not imagine being more happy anywhere else!

Rio To Become Poker City? – The Rio has been rumored for sale for quite some time. The slightly off-strip location just doesn’t seem to be in the mix with other Caesars Entertainment (CET) properties, and CET could certainly use the cash.

Side Note: The Rio sits closer to the center of The Strip than about half the resorts actually ON the strip. But because it sits west of the I-15, it is perceived to be in “no man’s land”.

An online poker site could buy The Rio and the World Series Of Poker (which The Rio hosts) in a move that would be very beneficial for both parties. We’d all win because an influx of independent operators (a la George Maloof [Palms] a decade ago, or Derek Stevens [Golden Gate, The D] today) seems to always bring new life and ideas to the industry.

Las Vegas Hilton Red Lion – The beleaguered Las Vegas Hotel (formerly Hilton) has partnered with the Red Lion chain in an effort to boost exposure and occupancy. We wish them the best, but when I think Red Lion, I think of places like Eureka, CA and Butte, MT. Nice digs in a modest size city. By the way, they are not changing the name to Red Lion. But we are hoping the rumors of changing it back to the International come true!

Hooters To Renovate – Seven years after the San Remo became Hooters, they are continuing to realize that it just didn’t work out. In an attempt to capitalize on their boutique size, Hooters has announced major renovations for this year. More live music, “arcade” atmosphere, and renovation to open the casino floor up.

We’re still bummed that they took a perfectly acceptable San Remo and turned it into Hooters in the first place. It was reasonably clean, had good video poker, the staff was friendly, and the $4.99 complete prime rib dinner capped off many a late night on The Strip for me back in the day!

Hope You Are Enjoying This Issue!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


What We’re Watching – Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy


Members Mania – We Love Our Readers!

This is a follow-up to a previous letter:

Back from Vegas and we did check out Drink and Drag. It was towards the end of the night and we just did a walk through but it was very lively. Small dance floor with people dancing and drag queens behind the bar. Next time I will go earlier and have a drink and sit and really check the place out. But yes, it is for the more open minded fun crowd. My mom enjoyed it!

Colleen


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Access Vegas Insider Vibe March 20, 2013

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Gordon Wins $1,452,799.89 Playing Wizard Of Oz – Journey To Oz At Margaritaville Casino – Caesars Entertainment is proud to welcome Gordon into its enviable circle of millionaires. If youÆre looking to get lucky, a Caesars Entertainment resort is a sure bet. The company has created 703 millionaires since 1987; with those player winnings fast approaching the $2 billion mark, the company announced Millionaire Maker powered by Total Rewards, a celebration of these guestsÆ winnings and a promotion aimed at making even more millionaires.


Las Vegas Shows, Headliners, And Concerts

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Honored New Headliner Andrew Dice Clay With Memorabilia Case – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino welcomed Andrew Dice Clay to his new home at Vinyl with a memorabilia case dedication. Several of ClayÆs iconic leather jackets were unveiled in a memorabilia case, which will be on display throughout the famous comedianÆs residency. At the event, Paul Davis, Hard Rock Hotel & CasinoÆs Vice President of Entertainment, and Jody Lake, Hard Rock Hotel & CasinoÆs Chief Operating Officer, gave a few words to welcome the performer to his new home. Next, Lake introduced the legendary comic to an extremely enthusiastic crowd. Photo: Pat Gray-Erik Kabik Photography


Las Vegas Hotels And Construction


Dining, Drinking, And Dancing

Palms Casino Resort Unveils A Swank Rec Room With A View – Palms Casino Resort opens The View, a unique recreational space with a stylish bar scene and of course, spectacular views of the city. Part big-city bar elevated by the charm of old-school board games, billiards and shuffleboard, The View is an upscale lounge perfect for casual conversation, cocktails and eclectic musical offerings. Located atop the Fantasy Tower between Nove Italiano and Moon Nightclub, The View is the perfect transition spot from dinner- to-nightclub or a final destination for a nightcap.

PBR Rock Bar Celebrates Tax Day With Open Bar Special – Tax payers will enjoy a ôtax breakö at PBR Rock Bar & Grill inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino with an open bar special on Monday, April 15.

Whether tax day partygoers want to spend hard-earned refunds or save cash after paying back Uncle Sam, guests will enjoy open bar access from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., priced at $10 for ladies and $20 for gentlemen. Patrons will also enjoy challenging the hot spotÆs bartenders for the chance to win 50 percent off drinks during Rock, Paper, Scissors Mondays, from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Restaurant Guy Savoy Inside Caesars Palace Introduces The Cognac Lounge Offering Rare Cognacs – Restaurant Guy SavoyÆs new Cognac Lounge is now open in its location inside Caesars Palace. Cognac connoisseurs and novices will enjoy the master-crafted and rare cognac menus that are solely found at the award-winning restaurant. The menu is expected to evolve as Restaurant Guy Savoy acquires other bottles or bottles are finished.

The cognac menus feature different cognacs that will take the palate of spirit aficionados to a different time and place. Before drinking, enjoy a mouthwatering gourmet meal at the Restaurant Guy Savoy, a recent awardee of Forbes Travel Guide Five Star and Michelin two-star.


Las Vegas Economy And Real Estate


March Events Las Vegas

LÆAtelier De JoÙl Robuchon At MGM Grand Celebrates Easter With Extraordinary Chocolate Display – LÆAtelier de JoÙl Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino showcases an exquisite confectionery chocolate display in celebration for Easter. Executive Pastry Chef Kamel Guechida along with his team of four created the display for more than eight weeks. They discussed and sketched dozens of ideas before they come up with the final design. More than 70 pounds of milk, white and dark chocolate are used to mold the chocolate sculptures of 150 flowers, 120 eggs and 60 hens.


More Las Vegas News

Tickets Now On Sale For 12th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational – The 12th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI) is back this year starting from April 4 to 7, 2013. The event will be held, for the third year, at Shadow Creek Las Vegas and it will be hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino. Spectators who want to access one of celebrity golfÆs most popular events, at the commended Shadow Creek Golf Course, can avail the tickets which are currently on sale. For four days, the biggest names in entertainment and sports will gather for the competitive golf and special events which aims to raise money for numerous worthy charitable organizations.

Legendary Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers Brian Wilson And Jeff Beck Announce Vegas Rock æNÆ Roll Fantasy Camp – Two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame living legends will visit Rock ænÆ Roll Fantasy Camp to teach the Rock and Roll fans this coming April 18-21. Brian Wilson, co-founder of The Beach Boys and 2013 GRAMMY Award« winning renowned singer/songwriter and Jeff Beck, revered guitar virtuoso and eight-time GRAMMY Award« winner will be the campÆs counselors. Register now to save a slot for the exclusive music camp this spring.


Soul2Soul - Tim McGraw & Faith Hill


Maverick Canyon Dream Air and Land TourMaverick Canyon Dream Air and Land Tour û A 40-minute flight to the Grand Canyon South Rim aboard a Beechcraft 1900D aircraft starts your ultimate adventure. Upon landing, your excursion will begin with a seat on our state-of-the-art ECO-Star helicopter for an amazing 25-minute breathtaking helicopter experience over the Grand Canyon.

As you soar above this natural wonder you will see beautiful scenery from the Kaibab National Forest, Tower of Ra and the mighty Colorado River. Ground transportation into the Grand Canyon National Park to enjoy the awe-inspiring vistas, panoramic overlooks and trails that can only be accessed from inside the park concludes your journey. Absorb the magnificence of the Grand Canyon and capture memories to last a lifetime as you enjoy a gourmet box lunch.

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Las Vegas Show Reviews

Recycled Percussion by Terri DÆRichards

Recycled Percussion – “Junk” Instruments Meet Off-Beat Comic Sensibility – With a Motley Crue meets Oscar the Grouch opening number, Recycled Percussion sets the tone for their show, blending dynamic Rock style performance, ôjunk instrumentsö (power tools are instruments — arenÆt they??) and off-beat comic sensibility.

They also have no objection to letting the audience share in the enthusiasm, as ôthe most interactive show on earthö makes sure everyone has their own drumstick and pot, pan or toaster to beat on throughout the proceedings. The results give a whole new meaning to ôRocking the jointö.


Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas! – March Madness is in the air, and it is certifiably insane both on The Strip and Downtown. For our international readers (upwards of 30% of you, thanks for reading and telling your fellow countrymen who enjoy Las Vegas), March Madness is our college basketball playoffs where 68 teams compete, each with a chance to advance and win it all. Even those with no general interest in the sport tend to follow these exciting playoffs.

The weather has been stunning and in the mid-70’s pretty much every day of March (sans just a few). The 10 day forecast shows us staying at that pace to finish the month. It has been perfectly beautiful here in the high desert!

artist rendition of Gansevoort hotel

Gansevoort – No, this isn’t the latest zillion dollar art purchase by Steve Wynn. Gansevoort is a high end hotel group with properties in New York City and The Caribbean. What’s that have to do with us? They are the group who will be taking over Barbary Coast/Bill’s Gambling Hall, doing the $185 million renovation to turn it into a high-end boutique hotel with an emphasis on daylife/nightlife.

They think that they’ll get $250 per night for a room in a market that is struggling with depressed room rates. We’ll see. With this development and the old Sahara turning into a similar property, I’m not sure how there will be enough well-off 21-35 year old patrons to go around. Don’t be surprised if both properties end up with lower rates and a more broad outreach to a greater segment of our visitors after being open a while.

Unconscionable – When I moved here, the Frontier Hotel was in the midst of a seven year strike and there were always a few picketers in front of it. Of late, employees of Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas have been picketing because they are working without a contract. However… they just took it to far. Way too far.

Recent picketing included a sit-down protest right on the Las Vegas Strip. Don’t take my word for it. See the story and video for yourself: Demonstration shuts down traffic on the Las Vegas Strip

The blockage of Nevada’s most famous thoroughfare lasted a whopping 50 minutes, at the very busy time of 5 PM! I’m no economist, but I have to think that the disruption was very costly to many thousands of visitors affected by it. When a $10 cab ride turns into a $40-50 ride because of delays and detours, that is time and money that our visitors did NOT expect to have to outlay.

Whether someone in a cab, on a tour bus, or even simply taking the regular buses on The Strip, the delay was costly in time alone. Time that all delayed visitors could have been spending enjoying themselves (and spending money on more fun, productive forms of entertainment than being stuck in transit).

Picket all you want (on the sidewalk). Demonstrating is a right we cherish. But when a group of people gainfully employed in a state with very high unemployment take the extra step to ruin a portion of your vacation, they lose any sympathy I would have had toward their side of the story.

The Cosmopolitan is essentially bank-owned and my understanding is that the bank is honoring the old contract. These workers make good money and have solid benefits in a state where unemployment is still very high and many resorts are still losing money.

Wayne Newton's Ranch Las Vegas

News Not So Good For Mr. Las Vegas – The deal to turn Wayne Newton’s Casa De Shenandoah ranch into a “Graceland of the west” fell through, and evidently that was the last straw for the crooner’s financial situation. The ranch is for sale, and many of the exotic animals inhabiting the property have been sold to an Oregon wildlife sanctuary.

Wayne, his wife, sister-in-law, and retired personal secretary occupy three houses on the estate and contest that even if the land is sold, they have previously structured legal leases on the homes which will allow them to remain on the property. Photo: Google Maps

Living The “High” Life In Las Vegas – We’re not talking about Miller beer here. My Nevada Assemblyman Joe Hogan (D-Las Vegas Strip) — someone I’m no fan of for unrelated reasons — has introduced legislation to legalize possession and use of nominal amounts of marijuana here in Nevada. I’m agnostic on the issue. I grew up in Oregon with plenty of pot around, but have never been a user because when I tried it a few times a zillion years ago, it made me paranoid.

We’re curious about your thoughts. Is allowing people to have a little weed on vacation something long past due, or would this make you think twice about visiting (if enacted)? You can go to our Access Vegas Facebook Page and scroll down to the story and leave a comment, or email us at [email protected]

Sports Capital Of The World? – Las Vegas is often referred to as the Entertainment Capital Of The World (a claim that New York City fights us on), but for the past couple of weeks, we’ve hosted:

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup (top level) and Nationwide Series
  • Pac-12 Basketball Championship
  • Big League Weekend (Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers, two pre-season games)
  • Mountain West Basketball Championship
  • Western Athletic Conference Basketball Championship
  • West Coast Conference Basketball Championship

Add in St. Patrick’s day and some other events which have probably slipped my mind, and it has been busy, busy, busy! In fact, at one time not only were three NCAA college basketball championships we’re not only happening at the same time, but on the same street (Tropicana: Thomas and Mack, MGM Gardens, and Orleans Arena)! And, all were being nationally televised to boot.

Celtic Feis guests celebrating on the Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York Hotel
Visitors Enjoying St. Patrick’s Day Las Vegas 2013 At New York, New York Hotel Casino

Crowd of people at Celtic Feis

We Love Oscar – Last but not least, irrepressible former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman was recently quoted in the L.A. Times article Taking on the Vegas haters:

“You know what people should do who come here and bad-mouth our city?” asked former Mayor Oscar Goodman, 73, who also was a mob lawyer here. “They should try our lake. It’s nothing that a good pair of cement shoes couldn’t cure.”

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Rick Ziegler


What We’re Watching – Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy

  • Pub Crawl #104: A Night In Paris (Las Vegas) – The IvyÆs tour one of their favorite casinos in Las Vegas. FrankieÆs Tiki Room gets some love. A viewer is guided toward an unforgettable weekend including:

    PARIS: Le Central, Gustavs, Mon Ami Gabi, Sugar Factory, NapoleonÆs, and Gordon Ramsay Steak. BALLYÆS: Tequila Bar & Grill and The Book.

  • Red Rock Conservation Area – Get off the Strip and go see some nature. Twenty minutes from the Strip is Red Rock Conservation Area. Here is a quick look at Red Rock. Hike, mountain climb and bike the loop from TheVegasTourist.com
  • Mystere Revealed – See Cirque du Soleil’s spectacular Mystere through the eyes of two new performers as they join the amazing show at Treasure Island. Players Network takes you backstage where the secrets of Mystere are revealed to the new acrobat and new dancer.

Members Mania – We Love Our Readers!

Are there any strip resorts that do no charge a resort fee? It seems a bit like a forced money grab to be charged for unused services. When I spoke with the Paris their comment was basically ” too bad, use the services”

Have a great day,

Thom

I suppose it was inevitable that Caesars resorts would join the bandwagon and impose resort fees but as we travel over from Scotland every Jan. for 2 weeks, our additional fees at the Flamingo next time will end up costing us $252!!!!!

We are completely addicted to Vegas, having been 16 times now but must admit that it is becoming an increasingly difficult sell to our friends and family. The prices of buffets have been steadily rising over the years, the timeshare and ticket touts are more aggressive each year and the porn peddlers are annoying to say the least!

Fortunately we did quite well on the slots this year which will help offset the resort fees, surely the hotels should simply increase their rack rates and include internet access as standard instead of these so called “perks” no one wants such as a free daily newspaper or access to pools which are often closed when we are there.

In the past we didn’t bother with money off coupons etc. but they are now somewhat of a necessity.

Keep up the good work,

Mrs. Jane Baillie

 

Ted Responds:

With Caesars Entertainment properties, you are essentially exchanging a resort fee for the fact that they will be upgrading rooms with the money (or so it appears to me as I follow the financial dots here). Having said that, I’m not defending them. At least on a airplane, you have a choice whether to bring that second bag or eat their meal or board early should you choose to pay for various upcharges and classes of service.

It certainly does us (as a travel company) no favors. When you book a hotel through our booking box in this newsletter or at AccessVegas.com, we only get credit for what the hotel costs. Not the resort fee portion. Also, saving that $250 in resort fees would allow Jane to attend an additional show. Many of the top Las Vegas shows sponsor us and make this newsletter possible. (If booking any of those shows, please also do it through our links so they know we sent you. With our Featured Show advertisers, we send you directly to their official ticket site).

Short of some kind of “truth in advertising” legislation, we’re highly unlikely to see this practice change. They can advertise lower rates that look like a deal when the total room cost isn’t. Take The Quad, for instance. Midweek rates in May are around $30, but with the resort fee tacked on, you’re paying a more serious $50 per night (plus any taxes).

Still not bad when you look at what a similar hotel in another tourist city would cost. But, Las Vegas was built around the concept of leaving you enough money in your pocket to enjoy yourself with while you are here.

Basically, ALL Strip properties now have resort fees. The closest you can get while still avoiding them is:

Disclaimer: Resort fee information is volatile and subject to change. The information we have is the best at the this time.

So, if you really want to flip the bird to resort fees but want to be on The Strip (IE, no more than a very short walk from it), Clarion, Elara, and Royal Resort are the three to look into. If you don’t mind being just a couple blocks away, Marriott (the one on Convention Center Drive), Platinum, or Super 8 Koval are your best bets.

Downtown, Plaza and Gold Spike are the only ones sticking it to you.

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe March 13, 2013

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El Cortez Hotel Named To The National Register Of Historic Places – The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) named El Cortez Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas as one of the cultural resources worthy of preservation.

ôWe are thrilled to become one of the beloved properties across the nation recognized on the prestigious National Register of Historic Places. Our hotel represents not only the treasured memories of our cityÆs history but also embraces the future of downtown,ö executive vice president of El Cortez Hotel & Casino Alex Epstein said.


Las Vegas Shows, Headliners, And Concerts


March Events And Specials


Las Vegas Restaurants And Dining


St. Patrick’s Day Las Vegas 2013


Las Vegas Nightlife


March Madness Las Vegas 2013


More Las Vegas News

UNLVino Takes Place At Las Vegas Strip Locations For 39th Annual Event April 18-21, 2013 – This year, the 39th annual UNLVino will expand to four days of events, for wine, beer and spirit enthusiasts, April 18-21, 2013. NevadaÆs original wine festival will showcase an array of international beverages and continue Southern Wine & Spirits of NevadaÆs mission to raise millions of scholarship dollars for students of UNLVÆs William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration.

Tickets are now on sale for 2013Æs exciting festivities at UNLVTickets.com. The perfect ValentineÆs Day gift for wine connoisseurs û UNLVinoÆs special $350 wine-lovers ôpassportö package û includes admission to all four tastings, a savings of more than $100.

North And South American Wines Go Head To Head During The Golden NuggetÆs Wine Revolution – On April 12-14, 2013, winery owners, winemakers and consumers will get together in the fifth annual spring wine event. The Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino will host the said event where wines from North America and South America will go head to head in the Wine Revolution. Guests will enjoy the silent and live wine auctions, wine tastings, poolside receptions and many more.

The event is regularly priced at $260* but discounted price is available for guests who will book in advance. The discounted ticket price is sold for $199* for all four events. Guests can purchase the event separately.


Soul2Soul - Tim McGraw & Faith Hill


Las Vegas Strip at sunsetMaverick Wind Dancer Sunset Landing Tour û Landing tour with Hors d’oeuvres on the Canyon Floor. Birds eye view of Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. Get a close look at the extinct volcano Fortification Hill. Keep an eye out for wildlife along the way. Descend deep into the Grand Canyon and land on the Hualapai Indian territory on the canyon floor for a champagne toast, beverages and hors d’ oeuvres in the heart of this spectacular wonder of the world.

Click To Book Maverick Wind Dancer Sunset Landing Tour Now!


Las Vegas Show Reviews

Million Dollar Quartet by Terri DÆRichards

Million Dollar Quartet – Incredible But True – Shake, Rattle or Roll but DO get yourself to a performance of ôMillion Dollar Quartetö for an unforgettable evening of Rock ænÆ Roll history and live performance. HarrahÆs newly remodeled showroom hosts the Las Vegas version of this hit Broadway and touring production, which gives audiences a fly-on-the-wall perspective into a once-in-a-lifetime event that took place December 1956: the convergence of 4 legends in Rock ænÆ Roll history.


Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas! – NASCAR almost got rained out last weekend (rare spring storm), but now we’re in the upper 80’s all this week! I dusted off all my patio furniture and my trustworthy old CRT TV that I keep on the back porch ($25 from Craigs List… I can leave it out there because it isn’t worth stealing) and it is al fresco dining nightly.

I’d love to tell you that we’re playing hooky, but Rick got hit with a nasty “summer” cold and I’ve been working on our super-cool, soon-to-debut “Best Of” voting software (unlike any other Best Of internet voting out there — it will be really fun), so we’re running a little lighter than usual this issue. All should be back to normal next week.

The Weather Channel is predicting a major winter storm for a good part of the nation next week. You know those cool new gadgets we have called airplanes? Get on one and come see us and thaw out.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Rick Ziegler


What We’re Watching – Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy

  • Wynn Las Vegas ‘Tulips’ Unveiled – As part of the resort’s continued commitment and appreciation of public art, Wynn Las Vegas unveils ‘Tulips’ by renowned artist Jeff Koons. Rendered in mirror-polished stainless steel and transparent color coating, ‘Tulips’ will illuminate the Wynn theater rotunda at Wynn Las Vegas. The sculpture was acquired at auction for a price of $33,682,500.
  • 2013 NASCAR Hauler Parade Las Vegas Strip – The annual NASCAR Hauler Parade is the unofficial kickoff to NASCAR weekend in Las Vegas. All the haulers that bring the race cars to Las Vegas, get polished up and run down the famous Las Vegas Strip. By http://www.thevegastourist.com
  • Lake Mead and Nevada’s Desert – The lake stretches far beyond the dam into the rugged desert landscape along the Nevada and Arizona border very near Las Vegas. Lake Mead is now a National Recreation Area and a starkly beautiful place to visit. In our video, we mention the possibility of renting houseboats to travel into the far reaches of the lake. But if you don’t get out on the water itself, the landscape around is colorful and wild and easily accessible. Just a few miles from downtown Las Vegas, this is the real Nevada, a great state to visit.

We love to hear from you, and value your feedback! Here’s how to participate:

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe March 6, 2013

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The Rat Pack Is Back! A Tribute To Frank, Sammy, Joey & Dean – Old Vegas from the Sands returns nightly in ôThe Rat Pack is Back! A Tribute to Frank, Sammy, Joey and Deanö and it headlines at 7 p.m. nightly at The Rio.

The stellar cast includes impersonators of Frank Sinatra (Brian Duprey), Sammy Davis Jr. (Kenny Jones), Joey Bishop (Mickey Joseph) and Dean Martin (Drew Anthony). ThereÆs even a Marilyn Monroe impersonator and performer (Jamie Edwards). The Lon Bronson Big Band Orchestra provides the live music for the entire show. They are legendary in Las Vegas entertainment circles.

Rock Of Ages Headlines Las Vegas Motor Speedway Pre-Race Show For March 10 Kobalt Tools 400Rock Of Ages will rock Las Vegas Motor Speedway prior to the Kobalt Tools 400. Cast members of the smash-hit show will perform as part of the pre-race activities at the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Sunday, March 10. The performance will start at approximately 11:15 a.m. Pacific

Live Country Music Concerts At Fremont Street Experience Return April 5-6 – The Academy of Country Music and Las Vegas announced today that for the seventh consecutive year, ACM Weekend at Fremont Street Experience will be taking place on Friday, April 5th and Saturday, April 6th. On the heels of the ACM Party for a Cause Festival at The Orleans Hotel and Casino, this ultimate ACM after party continues in downtown Las Vegas at Fremont Street with two nights of all-star concerts headlined by Gary Allan and Jake Owen and featuring performances by Randy Houser, Chris Janson, Jana Kramer, Kip Moore, Joe Nichols and Sunny Sweeney.

Rock æNÆ Roll Fantasy Camp Presents Def Leppard Fantasy Camp Featuring Special Guest Lita Ford – Rock ænÆ Roll Fantasy Camp continues to offer its classes April 4-7, 2013 with the camp headliner Def Leppard. The camp will be joined by the bandÆs members including Joe Elliott on vocals, Vivian Campbell and Phil Collen on guitars, Rick ôSavö Savage on bass and Rick Allen on drums.

Campers will be engaged in different activities including master class which will teach them about music especially from Def Leppard. In addition, fanatics will also have a chance to jam nightly with the famous rock stars, perform live on stage as well as write and record original songs. They will also learn how to play the favorite songs of the band such as ôRock of Ages,ö ôPour Some Sugar on Meö and ôToo Late for Love.ö

The registration is already open and campers can choose either from the Recording Star package or Headliner package. Both the four day packages include scheduled classes, lunch, daily jam sessions, an opening night cocktail reception and a final concert performance DVD. On April 7, Sunday, a live concert will be hosted by the campers and counselors which will be the campÆs culmination. For registration and more information, visit www.rockcamp.com


Construction, Remodeling, And Renovations

Las Vegas Global Business District Unveiled – The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority unveiled its plans today for the Las Vegas Global Business District, an overarching vision for the Las Vegas Convention Center and the surrounding area.

Bellagio Completes $40 Million Room And Suite Remodel In ResortÆs Spa TowerBellagio, one of the worldÆs most iconic resorts, recently completed the remodel of Spa TowerÆs 928 rooms and suites which will definitely elevate the guest experience.

The three new Executive Parlor Suites are also introduced which are designed with entertainment as well as technology in mind. The 2,500-square-foot suites each feature a separate high-tech home theater living area and a billiards lounge that invites guests to host interactive yet intimate events in a vibrant setting.


Downtown / Fremont Street Experience


Las Vegas Restaurants And Dining

Tacos & Tequila Celebrates National Salsa Day With Salsa Sampler – Can’t Make It To Vegas? Here’s The Recipe!Tacos & Tequila (T&T) will bring the heat for National Salsa Day with Chef Saul OrtizÆs salsa sampler trio Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Luxor Hotel and Casino.

Priced at $5, Chef OrtizÆs homemade salsa sampler will feature three salsas including: Scorpion Pepper Salsa which makes a tasty addition to soups and sandwiches; Salsa de Arbol, ideal for accompanying red and game meats; and Roasted Jalape±o Salsa thatÆs best served with chicken or grilled seafood items. To enjoy the flavors of Tacos and Tequila at home, guests can prepare their own version of the salsa sampler with Chef OrtizÆs salsa recipes:

Chef Todd English Takes on Californian Bordeaux at BellagioÆs Epicurean Epicenter – Saturday, March 9, 2013 two giants in the food and wine world û celebrity Chef Todd English and Justin Winery, the pioneer of the Californian Bordeaux-style wine û will join forces at BellagioÆs Epicurean Epicenter series.

Differentiating Epicurean Epicenter from other wine dinners, Chef English of Olives has extensively worked with BellagioÆs Master Sommelier Jason Smith to craft cuisine for this event around Justin WineryÆs featured Bordeaux û instead of the other way around. The result will be imaginative dishes like the ôDuck Duck Gooseö û a Seared Duck Breast with confit leg ragu and foie gras tortellini which will perfectly accentuate the elegant, yet herbal structure of the 2010 JUSTIFICATION Paso Robles.

Travel+Leisure Names Gold CoastÆs Ping Pang Pong One of NationÆs Best Chinese Restaurants – In its most prestigious recognition to date, Ping Pang Pong at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino has been named one of the ôBest Chinese Restaurants in the United Statesö by Travel+Leisure magazine.

The popular Asian cuisine hotspot was the only Las Vegas restaurant to be recognized by Travel+Leisure in the listing.

Travel+Leisure wrote: ôàyouÆll find regional specialties from across China, from dim sum served on pushcarts (Cantonese) to salt-and-pepper frog legs (Sichuan) and double-braised scallop hot pot (found throughout China). The night market fried rice is another standout, a satisfying mix of tender beef tossed with chiles, bean sprouts, and tomatoes. No matter which region theyÆre from, Chinese in Vegas can likely find their hometown specialties here.ö


Las Vegas Events – March 2013

Cabo Wabo Cantina Las Vegas Gets Lucky With St. PatrickÆs Day SpecialsCabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will celebrate a Baja-style St. PatrickÆs Day with food and drink specials on Sunday, March 17.

The Las Vegas Strip-side restaurant will give Sammy HagarÆs signature Waborita an Irish twist by serving up festive Green Waboritas for $4. Live music and a DJ will keep the energy high as partygoers raise a toast to the patron saint of Ireland with $4 green beers and $4 shots of Cabo Wabo tequila. To stay fueled up for the shamrockinÆ celebration, guests can enjoy two tacos for $5 with a choice of chicken, beef or pork.


More Las Vegas News


Soul2Soul - Tim McGraw & Faith Hill


Maverick Helicopter over Grand CanyonMaverick Helicopter Wind Dancer Air and Landing Tour û Landing tour with a Continental breakfast or Hors d’oeuvres on the Canyon Floor. Birds eye view of Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. Get a close look at the extinct volcano Fortification Hill. Keep an eye out for wildlife along the way. Descend deep into the Grand Canyon and land on the Hualapai Indian territory on the canyon floor for a champagne toast, beverages and hors d’ oeuvres in the heart of this spectacular wonder of the world. Fly back through the Grand Canyon on your way to the Bowl of Fire full of flaming red rock formations. Conclude your journey with an exciting flight between the hotels on the Las Vegas Strip!

Click To Book Maverick Helicopter Wind Dancer Air and Landing Tour Now!


Las Vegas Show Reviews

Terry Fator by Denise Almas

Terry Fator – Puppets And Personalities Capture The Human Spirit – With his entourage of puppets, Terry FatorÆs Ventriloquism in Concert captures his audience with extraordinary wit and humor, guaranteed to tickle the funny bone of even the grumpiest spectator.

Fator starts his show by introducing us to one of his most beloved puppets û Winston. Winston is a turtle with a seriously sweet personality. Crediting himself with FatorÆs success, Winston easily wins over the audience.


Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas! – And, what a week it has been! I thought the lead note today would be our amazing weather the past week. Like clockwork on March 1, the warmth kicked in. I checked my digital thermometer in the shade in back of my office that afternoon and it read a very nice 77 degrees. While the next few days will see a dip into the 60’s, the average high for March is 70, so (with rare exception), you can expect it to be between 60 and 80 if you visit this month. But that wasn’t the big news. I then thought that it would be this announcement…

MGM Resorts To Build 20,000 Seat Arena Behind New York, New York – Out of the blue came the announcement that MGM (the company) is partnering with arena management giant AEG to build an arena and shopping district behind NY, NY and Monte Carlo. Interestingly enough, this sounds suspiciously like the plans that Caesars Entertainment had (have?) with The Linq project. All that empty space behind Harrah’s is supposed to be where and arena goes. However, they’ve faced an uphill battle trying to get a Strip-area sales tax implemented to help fund it.

MGM Resorts is moving ahead with their plan, and financing it privatelyáshould let them start moving on it relatively quickly. We’ve previously documented the “renovation” wars between the two local gaming company giants, and for now it looks like MGM Resorts is not only going to win the arena war, but build their own version of Linq, using arena event traffic to drive the shopping/dining/drinking commerce. Very similar to what has been done with arenas around the country.

That was the big news until (seemingly hours later), it was announced…

Resort World Las Vegas

Resort World To Build On Stardust Property – Genting — a Malaysian company involved in successful business ventures around the world ranging from gaming to energy — bought the old Stardust property, including the skeleton of what was to become the Echelon project. They plan to spend $2 billion now to build a 2000-3500 (reports vary) room Asian-themed property, signifying the return of themes to The Strip. Opening is planned for 2016 and if things go well, they are willing to invest another $5 billion.

We’re guessing the rendering above to be what the full build-out would look like. And for those who are still trying to picture where this is at, the property just above (upper right hand corner) is Circus Circus.

This is going to be a mid-tier property that not only woos gamblers and visitors in generalá, but specifically attracts Asians. While many Las Vegas properties cater to Asians, this will be the first one that is truly Asian-themed (especially with the demise of Imperial Palace) and actually run by Asians.

Some are questioning whether The Strip can absorb the re-opening of The Sahara and this project while visitor spending is still soft. Here’s the little secret that it seems everyone else in the media and blogging world have missed:

In Las Vegas, we have a very significant Asian population living in an area bordered by Sahara (north), Flamingo (south), Jones (west) and… The Strip (east). I know… I live in the area (and have access to some of the most amazing authentic little Asian and Hawaiian restaurants you can imagine).

There is no question in my mind that by building an Asian “CityCenter” that has the true feel of Asia, they will draw nicely from this local ethnic population. Most of whom like to gamble and are at least upper middle-class. This group lives literally at the back door of this new project, and the resort will have easy back-door access to the parking garage off of Industrial, making it a very short, easy (no fighting Strip traffic) drive for these locals. We tested this drive ourselves. Piece of cake.

The media and pundits forgot to factor that in, but I bet that Genting company didn’t! Even if these locals only account for 5 or 10% of the business, that will be a help.

Proud To Welcome – A couple of top performers have joined our advertising roster! We’re amazingly pleased to have both Terry Fator and Soul2Soul: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill on board.

As always, booking our sponsors through the text or graphical links youáclick on in this newsletter or at AccessVegas.com not only gets you direct access all of these great shows, but that way they know you are one of our readers and this encourages them to continue supporting us, which helps us keep the lights on around here.

Note: Although the Soul2Soul ad notes 2 weeks left, they are returning for selected dates in April as well. If you like country, don’t miss this special limited Vegas run!

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Rick Ziegler


What We’re Watching – Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy


We love to hear from you, and value your feedback! Here’s how to participate:

  • Want to comment on a current reader post? Use the comment box on that particular web page. Many of the stories we post also have comment boxes at the end of the story. Make your voice heard!
  • Drop us an email at [email protected] – We read them all!
  • Call our recorded comment line at 702-507-0055. We listen to every call.

Access Vegas Insider Vibe February 27, 2013

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Las Vegas Attractions

World-Class, Record-Breaking Roller Coaster Speeding to the Adventuredome at Circus Circus – Coming soon to The Adventuredome at Circus Circus Las Vegas, roller coaster fans get ready for negative G drops, gravity-defying turns and over-the-edge twists! Only the second of its kind in the United States, El Loco, The AdventuredomeÆs newest roller coaster, will offer thrill seekers a unique and exhilarating ride experience in a custom and compact design guaranteed to excite all.

The Adventuredome will begin construction on El Loco in the coming weeks and the coaster will be ready for screams and thrills in December.

Designed by S&S Worldwide, Inc., the worldÆs leading manufacturer of vertical and family thrill rides, El Loco roller coasters are famous for their record-breaking steep first drops and one-of-a-kind moves. With only five other El Loco coasters worldwide, the addition of the ride to AmericaÆs largest indoor theme park will provide Vegas visitors an exclusive opportunity.

’50 Greatest Photographs Of National Geographic’ Open In Las Vegas – National GeographicÆs 50 Greatest Photographs traveling exhibition finds its new home at Imagine Exhibitions Gallery at The Venetian after The Da Vinci û The GeniusÆs limited engagement concluded. The exhibition will showcase the 125-year-old history of National Geographic through the celebrated and unforgettable photographs including ôAfghan Girlö by Steve McCurry, iconic image of Jane Goodall and chimpanzee by Nick Nichols and the never-before-seen view of Mecca by Thomas Abercrombie. Visiting the exhibit will give the guests a chance to expand their knowledge about the exhibits. It features stories behind the photos and the extensive profile of the photographers.

Madame Tussauds Unveils Wax Figure Of Celebrated Icon Whitney Houston – On Monday, February 11, 2013, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas unveiled a wax figure of singer, actress and producer Whitney Houston.

The first single from HoustonÆs second studio album was titled ôI Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)ö and earned the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 30th Grammy Awards in 1988. The songÆs accompanying video became one of Houston’s best recognized music videos and ran in heavy rotation on MTV, VH1, and BET. At Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, HoustonÆs wax figure will be styled in the same way she appeared in the video, wearing a tight purple-pink tank dress and blonde curly hair. Photo credit: ® Patrick Gray/ Retna

Las Vegas Shows, Headliners, And Concerts



Las Vegas Restaurants And Dining

Town Square’s New Meatball Spot Introduces Happy Hour Specials – Celebrated Chef Carla PellegrinoÆs popular new Meatball Spot at Town Square Las Vegas has introduced a tasty new happy hour every Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m.

Happy hour specials include meatball sliders, featuring all meatball selections, such as classic, chicken and vegetarian meatballs, topped with a choice of sauce including classic tomato, garlic Parmesan and pesto all on a brioche bun, priced at $2.50 each. Patrons will also enjoy two-for-one drink specials on all cocktails. The happy hour specials are available in Meatball SpotÆs bar area.

Palms Casino Resort Opens Heraea- High-Energy Restaurant And Sports Lounge With A Feminine Twist – Ladies now have a new place to play with Heraea, the ultra-chic American restaurant and sports lounge created by The ONE Group, celebrated its grand opening at Palms Casino Resort on February 17, 2013. The original dining concept offers enticing cuisine, energetic music and state-of-the-art sports viewing in a stylish space with a feminine flair.

Trevi Offers Specials For National Meatball Day – On Saturday, March 9, 2013, Trevi Las Vegas will honor National Meatball Day by serving several meatball specials which aims to highlight the classic Italian fare.

Executive Chef Peter Scaturro offers meat lovers a meatball appetizer to start their meal. The appetizer is made from two jumbo-sized five-ounce meatballs, valued at $5. For lunch, guests can enjoy the delectable sub made with focaccia bread, marinara sauce, homemade meatballs and melted mozzarella. The sub is served with patate fritti, valued at $15.


St. Patrick’s Day Las Vegas 2013


Spring Break Las Vegas 2013

Tacos & Tequila Brings South Of The Border Party For Spring Break 2013Tacos & Tequila (T&T) at Luxor Hotel and Casino will host the wildest south of the border Spring Break fiestas in Las Vegas with food and drink specials available Friday, March 1, through Sunday, March 31.

The month-long Spring Break offerings include the ôSeis y Seisö package with six specialty tacos and six bottled Sol beers, priced at $29. Spring Breakers also may enjoy a $5 menu daily, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., featuring chicken quesadillas, haba±ero chicken wings, beer, well drinks and more.


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More Las Vegas News


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Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas! – Spring is in the air, we’re seeing temps in the 70’s for the next week, March Madness is on the way, and plenty of Vegas news to dive right into this week:

The Shooting And Crash – As most of you know, last week saw a very unfortunate incident on The Strip. To recap in brief, one pimp shot at another pimp (both alleged*) in a car-to-car shooting as they were northbound on The Strip approaching Flamingo at around 4:30 AM, headed away from the nightclub at Aria.

* I say “alleged” because although published reports seem to do a good job of verifying this, I don’t have the deep pockets for legal counsel which the local press have.

The driver who was shot accelerated his car and crashed into a cab which was legally in the intersection, creating a fireball which instantly killed the cab driver and a 48 year old breast cancer survivor. She was tourist from the Seattle area. The cabbie was 62 and a Michigan transplant who had moved out here care for an ailing family member. The Strip was closed for 15 hours right at Flamingo, creating unimaginable havoc for both auto and foot traffic.

When you consider that on average, nearly 110,000 people arrive in Las Vegas to visit every single day of the year, the odds of you being affected by a situation like this are extremely rare. Many have commented that this kind if incident is far more common in a typical, really big city (which we’re not). Still, it is highly unfortunate. Our hearts go out to those affected and best of luck to law enforcement who is actively pursuing a known suspect.

Police do have the suspect in custody. They found him holed up in Los Angeles. For those wondering, yes we have the death penalty here. And yes, if convicted, a person in this situation would be eligible for it under the following stipulation for Nevada capital punishment: The murder was committed by a person who knowingly created a great risk of death to more than one person by means of a weapon, device or course of action which would normally be hazardous to the lives of more than one person.

The Rumor Is True – Last issue, we noted a rumor floating around that Ceasars Entertainment (CET) was dropping their “No Resort Fee” policy for reservations beginning March 1. We’re super-careful about unsubstantiated information and told you that we’d let you know when and if it was confirmed. It has been confirmed, and booking with their company will mean a $10-25 per day (depending on caliber of property) daily resort fee which will get you free internet (one device), use of the fitness center, local phone calls, and the like.

I monitored much of the internet fallout (we spend the hours and hours doing it so you don’t have to). Outside of the usual outrage, the most common thread seemed to be (and we paraphrase) “I used to stay at CET because of the lack of resort fees, but now that I’m paying them just about everywhere, I’m free to go back to exploring staying at other hotels”.

I’ll tell you why I believe this decision is being made: Last year, CET CEO Gary Loveman (or Loveperson for those of you who are politically correct) announced plans to really spruce up their properties, including the rooms. It is no secret that CET has quite a bit of “deferred maintenance” (some things are a little on the ragged side). Now enter their main competitor MGM Resorts, who recently announced $300 million in pending room renovations. The battle is on! Except that both companies have a heavy debt load. $300 million is not pocket change.

MGM Resorts has indicated a willingness to sell an asset if they need to (a discussion of what they would part with is for another day, but the Crystals shopping center at CityCenter seems to be on the block). I’m guessing that CET simply sat down and said “We could raise the refurbishment capital we need to keep up if we simply added resort fees. Pretty much everyone has them, so it won’t put us at a competitive disadvantage”. And so it happened. At least you have my conjecture.

Theoretical Loss – For you gamblers who get a fair amount of comps and want to better understand how the casino figures out how much you may lose (and thus how much to “reward” you in comps), our friends Jason and Tony from Vice Lounge Online discussed it in Episode #104 of their podcast. You can listen on your computer simply by going to that page and clicking on the download link. It will start playing. This topic takes up about the first 10 minutes of the show.

20,000 And Counting – We were late to the Twitter game, only jumping in about 2.5 years ago with Twitter.com/AccessVegas. We’re extremely proud to have just passed the 20,000 follower mark, despite being an independent organization with no social media budget (and being told by the “experts” that we were doing it wrong).

Aádirty little secret of social media is that you can actually “buy” followers. Some people set up tens of thousands of dummy accounts, you pay them, and they have all the dummy accounts “follow” you and drive your number up. We did NOT choose that route. Our followers are all people who checked out our stream and made the conscious decision to click the follow button.

Note: Whenever we bring up social media, people write concerned that we’re moving everything over there. Not at all. It is just an additional avenue to get people information. Some of you enjoy reading a newsletter like this one, others prefer to read tweets and click on story links over there. Same info, just two different ways to get it to everybody!

ONE The Show – If you’ve ever visited Myrtle Beach, you’re probably aware of a variety show playing the Alabama Theatre. This show has been an area staple for something like a decade. The show title? ONE.

Not to be outdone, Cirque du Soleil was brainstorming to name the new Michael Jackson Cirque spectacular, which had toured for the past couple of years under the name Immortal. They came up with the name of… ONE. The show starts May 23 at Mandalay Bay and tickets are available now: Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: ONE

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


What We’re Watching – Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy


Members Mania – We Love Our Readers!

I read your news letter all the time and enjoy it more than the [other Vegas publication]. My question to you is what happened to The Amazing Jonathan? Last year when I was in Las Vegas I had tickets for his show at the Harmon Theatre, when we got their they said the show was canceled. Then I think he was going to be at Bally’s and again was canceled.

What is the story on this? I really enjoyed his show.

Thank you,

Carmine

 

Ted Responds:

AJ moved to Bally’s at the end of last summer and basically quit just before the end of the year amid claims that the hotel was doing a very poor job of promoting his show (lack of signage, etc). For now, we understand he is playing occasional out-of-town gigs.

He has also started a regular TV show on the Vegas Video Network every other Wednesday night at 9 PM Pacific. The show is archived for on-demand viewing at

http://www.vegasvideonetwork.com/our-shows/burn-unit/

or you can add the Vegas Video Network for free as one of your Roku channels (check the travel section) and watch it there.

The Vegas Tourist also did a couple of recent interviews with him regarding his classic cars: The Amazing Johnathan talks car auction with Sazzy and The Car Tour with The Amazing Johnathan and Sazzy


I’m going to Vegas and was wondering what was the name of the bar on Fremont that has drag queens bartending and I think a bowling alley?
Drink and Drag? Can my mom and I walk there from Fremont? We donÆt rent a car and donÆt know where it is.

Thanks,

Colleen

 

Ted Responds:

It is indeed called Drink and Drag and yes, they have a bowling alley (just a few lanes, it isn’t the main attraction). We must note that this is for the (how do we say it politely) adventurous. Expect to be served by drag queens, men in their undies, you get the picture. A “fabulous” time.

It is in Neonopolis, which is ON Fremont Street just past the casinos so you’ll have no problem at all. Find the end of the canopy (The D end), cross the street, and it is in the mall across from Walgreens.

Make sure to send us a report!


Hi Ted from South Texas, the changes to the site are awesome well done, Sir. All this information you and your staff put out is priceless and very very much appreciated.

God bless you and have a great day.

Noe Alaniz

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe February 20, 2013

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Jersey Boys And Eiffel Tower Restaurant Raise More Than $10,000 For American Red Cross – February 6, 2013, Jersey Boys hosted the “Oh What A Night” event in collaboration with Eiffel Tower Restaurant. Guests joined together for this unique culinary event at the restaurant, raising more than $10,000 to benefit the Red Cross of Southern NevadaÆs Service to Armed Forces program.

At 4 p.m., Jersey Boys cast members Graham Fenton (Frankie Valli), Deven May (Tommy DeVito), Jeff Leibow (Nick Massi) and Rob Marnell (Bob Gaudio) joined acclaimed Chef Joho in the Eiffel Tower Restaurant kitchen, donning specially designed chef coats to prepare for the event. Photo Credit: David Tingey/Tom Donoghue Photography


Las Vegas Restaurants And Dining


Las Vegas Art & Attractions

Bellagio Gallery Of Fine Art Debuts “Warhol Out West” – Andy Warhol once said, ôThe idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting.ö Now, the wait is officially over as one of Las VegasÆ premier cultural destinations, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (BGFA) debuted its highly anticipated exhibition, Warhol Out West.

Organized in partnership with The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, this pioneering collection is centered around the iconic artistÆs depiction of all things Western. ôWarhol Out Westö features 56 of WarholÆs works including paintings, sculptures, photographs, screen prints and wallpaper. Exhibits include WarholÆs 1960s Pop paintings of celebrities and consumer products; the 1980s advertisement series; the beloved ôDouble Elvisö painting; and his rarely seen ôCowboys and Indiansö series.

Katy Perry Debuts Her Madame Tussauds Wax Figure – Pop star Katy Perry posed for photos with a Madame Tussauds Las Vegas wax figure of herself at Paramount Studios on January 26, 2013.

ôWhenever I have to go do something particularly that I donÆt necessarily want to do, IÆm just sending her cause sheÆs a great identical version of me,ö remarked Perry.

The figure of Perry is featured in Madame Tussauds Las VegasÆ Music Room. Guests have the opportunity to get up close and personal with their favorite music icons. Turn the volume to ten by interacting with figures such as Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, BeyoncÚ, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, Michael Jackson, Prince, James Brown and many more. Guests can move like the King of Pop at a smooth criminal photo experience, get behind the turntable at an interactive DJ booth and channel their inner rock stars while enjoying a karaoke area. Photo credit: Jerod Harris, Getty Images


Spring Break Las Vegas 2013


NASCAR Las Vegas 2013

NASCAR Hauler Parade Returns As Las Vegas Motor Speedway Hosts Sprint Cup Series – The NASCAR Hauler Parade, the traditional kick-off for Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayÆs NASCAR Weekend, will take place on Wednesday evening this year as the 1.5-mile superspeedway will host a full day of Sprint Cup Series practice on Thursday.

The popular NASCAR Hauler Parade will thunder up the world-famous Las Vegas Strip at 6 p.m. û under the fabulous neon lights of the Las Vegas Strip û on Wednesday, March 6. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice û originally scheduled for late January û has been moved to Thursday, March 7. Practice will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the grandstands will be open to the public, free of charge.


Las Vegas Hotels


Shopping In Las Vegas

BulgariÆs SERPENTI Collection Exhibit Slithers Into The Shops At Crystals – Italian jeweler Bulgari celebrates one of its most iconic design motifs with a walk-through spiral exhibit at The Shops at Crystals. The SERPENTI Collection presents an extraordinary set of snake bracelets, belts, necklaces, watches and rings. Comprised of 18K white gold with diamonds and emeralds, the Serpenti watch coils around the wrist in a seductive and tantalizing manner. Embracing and beautifying the neckline, the Serpenti necklace dons 18K pink gold with rubellites and diamonds in an elegant fashion.


Las Vegas Economy And Real Estate


More Las Vegas News

Commonwealth Introduces æWednesdaysÆ – Celebrate Fashion, Art and Music in Downtown Las Vegas Every Week – Commonwealth will introduce a new night combining the style community and Downtown Las Vegas with the launch of ôWednesdays,ö a weekly event fusing art, music and fashion.

Fashionistas will don their standout attire and raise a glass to culture while enjoying the chic atmosphere with CommonwealthÆs pre-Prohibition decor and expertly-crafted libations.


Maverick Silver Cloud Sunset Helicopter TourMaverick Silver Cloud Sunset Helicopter Tour û This Las Vegas helicopter flight at sunset is a must for Las Vegas sightseeing. Catch a one-of-a-kind sunset aboard our air-only Silver Cloud flight and return from the Grand Canyon as the stunning lights of Las Vegas come to life and transform the city into the “Entertainment Capital of the World.” Air Tour Only (No Landing). Duration: approximately 3.5 hours.

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Las Vegas Show Reviews

Donny And Marie Osmond by Sarah Jane Woodall

Donny and Marie – A Lifetime Of Showbiz Honed To Perfection – Vegas is full of has-beens who have seemingly crawled through the mists of time only to reemerge on the Strip in half-baked spectacles showcasing highlights from their long-dormant careers. I fully expected Donny and Marie Osmond to be two such performers û I mean, how long has it been since either one of them had a hit? In the theatre, I made sure to order a stiff cocktail from the waitress, to help me get through what was sure to be an unbearably hokey show… and settled back, ready to start making snarky comments to my date.

Then Donny and Marie came on… and my socks were completely knocked off. They are fantastic!


Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas! – I’m taking a few mental health days to cope with the gray skies. I think we’re on our third day of partial cloudiness! OK… I jest. I’m working on a few new projects, so no Members Mania or What We’re Watching this week. But, I do have some odds and ends to talk about, so I hope you enjoy:

No Las Vegas Brothels For Now – Despite what most people think, prostitution is NOT legal in Clark County (Las Vegas). You have to go to the surrounding counties. The past couple years, there have been talks locally to change that. Legalize it, make it safe, tax it (just like they do in surrounding counties). As “libertarian” (with a small “L”) as I am, this isn’t something I can support. Our “Sin City” image is pretty sanitized. You can get into trouble here, but you really have to seek it out. Nice midwestern church-going people can say they are going to Las Vegas without their friends giving them too much disapproval. We don’t need to lose that.

The New Fruit Loop – Over near the airport, an area of a cluster of gay bars is called the “fruit loop”. Please save the complaints. The patrons call it that. Now, downtown’s Neonopolis is turning into a very gay-friendly area. Drink and Drag is open (get served by drag queens and men in their underwear), and Krave nightclub (the gay nightclub formerly at Planet Hollywood) is attempting to relocate to Neonopolis as well. I say attempting because they are facing some financial difficulty. Hopefully, they will get it all worked out.

I’m straight and I’m male so I can’t really say it is my scene. (And, I cannot for the life of me figure out the female obsession with drag queens). However, Las Vegas is “live and let live.” I’m proud of our reputation for being a welcoming place for everybody who wants to enjoy a vacation.

Thinking Of Buying A Vegas Home? – I’m going to do a very hard about-face. For years, I’ve suggested buying pre-owned homes in established neighborhoods. You generally get a bigger lot (including back yard), mature landscaping and trees (yes, we have trees in Las Vegas), and you are closer to the attractions and activities you’ll most likely want to enjoy.

So why my change of advice? Last year, a law went into effect which makes it much more difficult for banks to foreclose on homes. So, despite estimates that we still have serious numbers of homeowners delinquent on their mortgage, foreclosures have trickled down to next-to-nothing. Instead, we’re seeing more short sales. Which are an intensive pain (for the buyer) because they offer no guarantee. You have to make a offer, hope that yours is the highest among multiple bidders (generally investors who will be renting the house out), then wait and wait and wait until the bank gets around to deciding if they will accept the offer.

It gets even worse if you are not paying cash, because many foreclosures are beat up to some degree (missing windows, water heaters, etc) and banks generally won’t loan money for a home that isn’t in move-in shape. And, that is IF you can get the home appraised at the number you are offering.

With a new home, everything is good to go, and you get a warranty plus the ability to choose some of your options. Plus, you’ll be in a neighborhood of home OWNERS who have have a vested interest in keeping the area nice.

Don’t take my word for it. Check out the recent articles Buying a home? Beware of the not-so-short sale, Three Las Vegas-area communities in top 15 for home sales and In Las VegasÆ real estate market, short sales have become the norm

24/7 Coffee Shop (On Steroids) – The Quad (formally Imperial Palace) has announced that the infamous-portion-serving Hash House A Go Go at their location will now be open 24/7. We’re completely in favor of this. Somewhere in the past decade, some of the bean-counters along The Strip decided against having a 24/7 dining option. That is abominable. People come here to forget about time, and if you look at your watch and realize it is 3:30 AM and you are HUNGRY and want some food before bed, you should be able to get it.

The New Rumor – As we send this out, there is a serious rumor circulating the internet regarding Caesars Entertainment dropping their “no resort fee” mantra and joining the resort fee crowd starting with reservations in March. We’re having trouble substantiating it (some blogs are saying one thing, some phone clerks another) and we have yet to see an official statement.

We should have more definitive to say next week. In the meantime, if you hold present reservations, this means that you were NOT party to booking with a resort fee and should demand that one not be charged when you visit.

New Section – We recently added a section noting the latest concert announcements for Las Vegas, along with ticket links. It has proved to be very popular, helping you see who has announced that they are headed our way. Nothing like seeing your favorite musical act here!

But… many don’t know that we have premium tickets (great seats that may cost you a little more) for concerts and events around the United States. And, by purchasing through us, you help support what we are doing here. So starting this issue, we’ll also be listing and linking some of the top draws that others are purchasing tickets to.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


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Access Vegas Insider Vibe February 13, 2013

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Extra TVÆs Adrianna Costa Unveils Wax Figure Of Sandra Bullock At Madame Tussauds – Extra TV sweetheart Adrianna Costa unveiled a wax figure at Madame Tussauds of Sandra Bullock. The figure is the first of Bullock be added to the Madame Tussauds estate. A vision in red, Bullock is red carpet ready, holding a clutch and wearing an elegant knee-length dress.

ôThereÆs something about Sandra Bullock that leaves me in awe,ö remarked Costa. ôShe has won numerous awards, yet manages to stay humble. Her talent, charming personality and dedication to charity is incredible, and makes her an inspiration to us all.ö photo credit: Erik Kabik / erikkabik.com

Wynn Las Vegas Unveils Tulips by Renowned Artist, Jeff Koons, for public displayWynn Las Vegas continues its appreciation and commitment of public art as it unveils Jeff KoonsÆ sculpture Tulips. The transparent color-coated sculpture is made from a mirror-polished stainless steel that will illuminate Wynn Theater rotunda at Wynn Las Vegas. Photo Credit: Barbara Kraft


Las Vegas Shows, Headliners, And Concerts


Drinking, Dancing, And Partying In Las Vegas

Tacos & Tequila Celebrates National Margarita Day And National Tortilla Chip DayTacos & Tequila (T&T) celebrates National Margarita Day with two-for-one Top Shelf margaritas and National Tortilla Chip Day with $5 nachos, inside Luxor Hotel and Casino.

Partygoers can throw on Mexican sombreros on National Margarita Day as they sip two-for-one Top Shelf margaritas on Friday, Feb. 22, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Rhumbar Shares The Love With Cigar And Cocktail Pairings Throughout FebruaryRHUMBAR at The Mirage Hotel & Casino invites guests to get cozy on the heated patio while enjoying rum and cigar pairings throughout February

RHUMBAR will celebrate love all through February by allowing guests to create their ideal rum and cigar pairings for $20. Suggested pairings include: Romeo y Julieta Real Short Churchill cigar complemented by a glass of Rhum Barbancourt 15-Year Estate Reserve; the vibrant La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Robusto perfectly paired with El Dorado 15-Year Special Reserve rum; and the Padron Series 1926 No. 2 Maduro accompanied by the barrel-aged Ron Zacapa 23.

Trevi Welcomes Spring Break Revelers With Specialty MenuTrevi inside The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace will welcome spring breakers with unbeatable food and drink specials Sunday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. beginning Sunday, Feb.24 to Friday, Mar. 29.

College students will spend their week of freedom with $6 TREVI Bites including tomato bruschetta, fresh stuffed mushrooms, fried calamari, Romano chicken sliders, homemade meatballs and mini stuffed cheeseburgers.


Las Vegas Economy And Real Estate


Las Vegas Restaurants And Dining


More Las Vegas News

Bellagio Introduces A Master SommelierÆs Wine ClassroomBellagio Resort & Casino, home to a record 17 sommeliers and the only resort in the world with three Master Sommeliers, presents A Master SommelierÆs Wine Classroom, an interactive series of 90-minute seminars in which guests learn about the multifaceted world of wine from BellagioÆs highly trained and skilled wine team. Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m., classes will be held the third Wednesday of every month at MICHAEL MINA restaurant* and will be led by BellagioÆs Director of Wine and Master Sommelier Jason Smith.


Maverick Silver Cloud Grand Canyon TourMaverick Silver Cloud Grand Canyon Tour û Birds eye view of Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. Get a close look at the extinct volcano Fortification Hill. Keep an eye out for wildlife along the way. Fly back through the Grand Canyon on your way to the Bowl of Fire full of flaming red rock formations. Conclude your journey with an exciting flight between the hotels on the Las Vegas Strip!

Click To Book Maverick Silver Cloud Grand Canyon Tour Now!


Las Vegas Show Reviews

Evil Dead 4D: The Musical by Guy Chapman

Evil Dead 4D: The Musical – Interactive Comedy And “Horror” – ôEvil Dead 4D: The Musicalö isnÆt your standard musical. Then again, it isnÆt exactly your standard show on the Las Vegas Strip. But its uniqueness is what sets it apart and makes it work, being the StripÆs only production based on a movie at the only casino themed around the excitement of film: Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino.


Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas! – The days continue to get longer and warmer. Temps in the mid-60’s have plenty of visitors enjoying short sleeves during the daytimes and into the evenings.

Thanks for the nice comments on last issue’s “not a podcast” audio segment that I recorded. I do appreciate the continued requests that I resume my Vegas podcast, and I may down the road. This just isn’t the right time to commit to it. However, I’ll keep inserting some audio from time-to-time. It allows me to go a little more in-depth on what we’re writing about here and other Vegas happenings, plus insert some more detailed opinion I don’t have space for here. Also…

I’ve had numerous requests to move this section back to the top. It is the norm in print publications to have the editor or publisher’s column at the front. I’ll tell you why I don’t (for now): Most visitors just want to know what’s new, hot, where to eat, what show to see, and what is áhappening during their next visit. If the first thing they see is a column going off into something about our local real estate market, local politics, or other more in-depth content, they might assume that we’re not for them. We don’t want that to happen.

We’ve had a couple of big hotel announcements and some good visitor numbers, so let’s dive right in.

Big Hotel News – The Downtown Grand (formerly Lady Luck) is well on its way with the head-to-toe remodel. They are announcing some of the restaurant line-ups, room decor, and pricing (around $69 a night for weeknights), and we’ll have a full section on it next issue.

Also, the owners of the shuttered Sahara have all their financing in place to do a similar top-to-bottom remodel, and are starting immediately. Unfortunately, The Sahara name (and much of the iconic look) will be gone, and the property is going to attempt to get the “hip” club-going crowd as their clientele. We wish them luck on that. With the nearest neighbors Stratosphere, Palace Station, Riviera, and Circus Circus, they are not in the most trendy part of The Strip.

Close But No Cigar – If you visited Las Vegas in 2012, you helped set a record of 38.9 million visitors for the entire year! We were gunning for 40 million and just fell short. However, it still beat the previous record by 500,000.

Gaming revenues for the entire state were just shy of $11 billion. To put that in perspective, one of the two major gaming companies on the Las Vegas Strip (and I’m not mentioning which one because tossing them under the bus isn’t my point) is in debt $23 million. Going to take a while before all is well again in gaming land.

El Cortez’s CafÚ Cortez Take-Out Menu – Staying downtown and want to skip room service charges, but want something up in your room? CafÚ Cortez inside El Cortez Hotel and Casino now offers a daily take-out menu available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The take-out menu features a variety of cuisine, such as:

  • Appetizers: chicken quesadilla, $8.25; Cajun chicken wings, $7.50; shrimp cocktail, $8.50; and more
  • Salads: Greek Salad, $8.95; Chinese chicken salad, $8.95; and more
  • Burgers: JackieÆs Burger, $7.95; Swiss burger, $8.50; veggie burger, $7.75; and more
  • Sandwiches: Deli selects, $7.95; corned beef or pastrami on rye, $8.95; fish sandwich, $7.75; and more

Ruth’s Chris Opens On Las Vegas Strip – Replacing the much beloved Range steakhouse in Harrah’s, the area has been completely redecorated to reflect both the New Orleans origins of the dining company alongside Las Vegas touches. Provided your attire is reasonable, we still suggest the one-floor elevator ride up there for a drink and a nice, close-in view of the Las Vegas Strip even if you will be dining elsewhere. (A $14 martini at Ruth’s Chris followed by a $1.99 foot-long hotdog next door at Casino Royale would make an intersting combination).

No Mirage For Ruffin – Billionaire owner of Treasure Island Phil Ruffin has admitted to making two failed attempts to buy the neighboring Mirage. We would have loved to see it because the maverick spirit of independent casino owners not only built Las Vegas, but create more competition (which inevitably is good for the visitor). Mirage owners MGM Resorts are financially solvent enough to NOT need to sell The Mirage. Now, Ruffin has his sites set on constructing a convention center behind Treasure Island to help drive more convention bookings.

Want To Buy A Casino? – Published reports indicate that the relatively new Sands casino in Bethlehem, PA is available for around a billion dollars! If that is a little steep for you, the town of Searchlight, Nevada — including casino — is for sale. If Searchlight rings a bell, it is an hour south of Las Vegas and now famous as the hometown of U.S. Senator Harry Ried (D-NV).

$5 million will get you over 60 parcels of land which not only include the town’s one casino and restaurant, but also a 21 room motel just a block down the road and numerous other commercial properties. If you have your own plane, you can fly right into the Searchlight airport (wide/long enough for most private jets, but no amenities, airport code 1L3). Price does not include the town’s private residences.

March Madness – The hotels are getting out of the gate much earlier this year with their March Madness party announcements. (Due to copyright reasons, they have to call it “Hoops Month” and similar). We’ll have a slew of them starting next week.

But for now, we can note that the LVH (formerly Las Vegas Hilton) is showing ALL of the games in their main theater (the one Elvis made famous). Admission is free, the size of the theatre allows for massive HD screens, they are promising food and drink specials, and giveaways. Just might be worth the monorail ride or use our hotel booking box in this newsletter and see what LVH room rates are running.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


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I am planning a trip to Vegas in June. It will be only my 2nd trip there. Last time we stayed at TI and thought it was nice. We did not make it to Fremont Street but do want to on this trip. Was debating staying back on the strip ûvs- Fremont (Golden Nugget).

Would it make any sense to split the trip up and stay 2 nights at each? Or is it just as easy to stay at one and take a taxi or bus a couple times to the other location. I am sure it is a matter of personal preference, but do you recommend staying on strip or Fremont? We are moderate gamblers and enjoyed Vegas for both the gambling and the entertainment.

I enjoy your webpage!

Thanks,

Rick Bacon

 

Ted Responds:

Glad to hear you are coming back. I’m sure it won’t be the last time!

While Golden Nugget is certainly the class of downtown and an excellent choice, I would still strongly suggest spending all four nights on The Strip and making your first ever downtown visit during one evening of your trip. (Note: I said evening because that is when all of the free entertainment, light shows, etc.) happen.

We enjoy downtown, but it isn’t for everybody. Also, since this is only your second visit, you’ll still want to be wondering The Strip and checking out the zillion things on your “Vegas To Do” list. Realistically, downtown can be explored in one long evening.

Before you visit, we suggest checking out a few episodes of Fremont Street Live. Each is about 30 minutes and will give you a bit of that downtown vibe and information.

If cabbing, I’d suggest having the driver drop you at El Cortez, then making you way all the way to The Plaza for great overview of all of Fremont Street. THEN, work your way back dining, drinking, and gambling at places that caught your eye. However, both The Deuce and SDX (Strip Express) will also drop you right at Fremont Street.

As a moderate gambler, I do believe you’ll find downtown preferable if you understand that you “pay” for how super-fancy everything is on The Strip by way of tighter slots and poorer table game rules. Downtown is still “old Vegas” and according to statistics, gives you a better chance at winning. However, please remember there are no guarantees and luck can strike anywhere, at any time!


I enjoy getting all the Vegas updates from your newsletter. I will be back in February for my 36th birthday & I cannot wait! This will be the 3rd time in 10 months that I’m returning to Vegas. Keep those newsletter coming!

Sincerely,

Mandy from Nazareth, PA


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Access Vegas Insider Vibe February 6, 2013

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The D Welcomes Joe VicariÆs Andiamo Italian Steakhouse To Downtown Las Vegas – Bringing another signature element of Detroit to Downtown Las Vegas, Joe VicariÆs Andiamo Italian Steakhouse opened its first out-of-state location inside the D Las Vegas Friday, February 1. The D is excited to welcome the popular restaurant, named Metro DetroitÆs ôBest Italian,ö to the newly renovated hotel and casino.

ôAndiamo is all about family tradition and delicious food, and itÆs going to be a great addition to downtown Las Vegas. We really look forward to sharing another taste of Detroit with locals and tourists who visit the D,ö said Derek Stevens, co-owner and CEO of the D.


Drinking, Dancing, And Clubbing In Las Vegas

Rhumbar Celebrates National Margarita Day With Buy-One-Get-One Pineapple Chipotle Margaritas – Guests wonÆt need to wait for Happy Hour to enjoy great drink specials this National Margarita Day. On Friday, Feb 22, RHUMBAR, at The Mirage Hotel & Casino, will celebrate the festive date by offering buy-one-get-one Pineapple Chipotle Margaritas all day.

The signature cocktail is made with Ambhar tequila, Dutch Orange Curaþao, fresh lime juice, pineapple juice and Monin Pineapple Chipotle Syrup. The finishing touch is a dash of Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce making it the perfect juxtaposition of sweet and spicy.

Rockhouse To ‘Rock You Like A Hurricane’ With Mardi Gras SpecialsRockhouse located inside The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino will rock the Las Vegas Strip with their ‘Rock You Like a Hurricane’ Mardi Gras celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

With plenty of beads to go around, the ultra-dive bar invites Fat Tuesday partygoers to blow through the hot spot and enjoy delicious Hurricane cocktails, priced at $5, all day long.

Cabo Wabo Cantina Rocks National Margarita Day – The tequila will pour at Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino during a rockinÆ National Margarita Day celebration on Friday, Feb. 22.

Every day is Margarita Day at Cabo Wabo Cantina with more than half a dozen margarita selections including Mango Picante, Margarita Verde and the signature Waborita. Sammy HagarÆs Strip-side eatery will honor the date dedicated to good times and the margarita by serving up $8 house margaritas all day.


Las Vegas Attractions


Las Vegas Hotels

Miracle Mile Shops February 2013 Events, Deals, And Promotions – Miracle Mile Shops February 2013

As part of the centerÆs Caring, Giving, Changing community campaign, Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will collect donations in its fountain for Goodie Two Shoes Foundation. Throughout February, all change tossed in the popular water feature and the centerÆs indoor rainstorm will benefit the local nonprofit, which provides disadvantaged children and children in crisis with new shoes, socks and other items deemed essential for good health and positive development


Downtown Las Vegas


Las Vegas Economy And Real Estate


More Las Vegas News


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Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas! – We’re taking a left turn in this issue. I was able to make it down to the final night of the Barbary Coast (aka Bill’s Gambling Hall) and instead of posting a few photos with notes, I decided to try my hand at an audio report. Long ago and far away, I did a podcast that many of you enjoyed (and still ask that I resume).

While that isn’t on the horizon at this time, I thought it would be fun to do an audio clip. If everyone enjoys it, we may do these from time-to-time just as another way to bridge the “Las Vegas to YOU” digital divide. Hope you enjoy it: Click To Listen!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

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What We’re Watching – Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy


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Access Vegas Insider Vibe January 23, 2013

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Legendary Vocal Group Boyz II Men Announces Extended Engagement At Mirage – Beginning March 1, 2013, Boyz II Men will continue its singing engagement at The Mirage Hotel & Casino with 78 shows on select weekend dates until December 29, 2013. Catch the performance of baritone Nathan Morris with tenors Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris at the Terry Fator Theatre as the four-time GRAMMY Award-winning R&B vocal group serenades the guests with their classic music.

Donny & Marie Osmond Extend Their Flamingo Las Vegas ShowsDonny & Marie will continue their performances at Flamingo Las Vegas until 2013 giving entertainment for their sold-out audiences. The duo was recently voted by Las Vegas Review-JournalÆs readers which includes ôBest Show,ö ôBest All-Around Performersö and ôBest Singers.ö

Donny explains, ôWhen we first wanted to return to Vegas and were looking for showrooms, I saw the one at the Flamingo and immediately knew that this was it, this was the one. It was traditional Vegas, and it was intimate enough yet big enough to support a larger production show. It was a perfect fit.ö

Academy Of Country Music Announces 2-Night Outdoor Music Festival – The Academy of Country Music is announcing the addition of a 2-night outdoor music festival as part of the THE ACM EXPERIENCE, the country music lifestyle event created for fans during The Week Vegas Goes Country«. The ACM Experience is a fan-focused three-day event including the ACM EXPO, outdoor music festival and much more, to be held April 5-April 7, 2013 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The events will culminate in the already-announced ACM Fan Jam, a ticketed event headlined by Brad Paisley, on Sunday, April 7, 2013.


Las Vegas Attractions

BellagioÆs Botanical Gardens Chinese New Year Theme Welcomes Year Of The SnakeBellagioÆs Conservatory & Botanical Gardens welcomes the Year of the Snake with vibrant and alluring floral designs created rich in Chinese tradition. Guests are invited to celebrate now until March 3.

The Conservatory uses the early practice of Feng Shui in designing its tranquil temple. Feng Shui is an art that uses surroundings to invite balance and harmony as well as positive life energy. Every garden in the Chinese New Year display includes water which ensures a positive flow of energy. Pine, plum and bamboo û three friends of winter, are also visible in the display which symbolizes perseverance, modesty, and integrity, respectively.


Las Vegas Restaurants And Dining

Public House Las Vegas at Luxor Toasts Wine Down Wednesdays With Half-Priced Wine And Prix Fixe MealsPublic House Las Vegas at Luxor Hotel and Casino has launched Wine Down Wednesdays with specially priced wine and prix-fixe menus every Wednesday night from 7 to 10 p.m.


Super Bowl Las Vegas 2013

Rhumbar Hosts Tailgate Parties And Drink Specials Leading Up To The Big Game – RHUMBAR at The Mirage Hotel & Casino will transform into a lush outdoor tailgate celebration with a series of postseason football parties on the stylish patio during all playoff games, culminating with the Big Game Tailgate Party on Sunday, Feb. 3. During each playoff game, football fans can watch their favorite teams play on multiple flat-screen televisions throughout the patio.

Rockhouse Tackles Open Bar Specials For The Big GameRockhouse located inside The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino invites Super Sunday partygoers to enjoy an open bar special for ‘The Big Game Sunday, Feb. 3.

The hot spot will offer fans an all-access premium open bar from kick-off until the final whistle blows, starting at $100.


Mardi Gras Las Vegas 2013

PBR Rock Bar Brings ôBourbon, Beads, And Bullsö Mardi Gras Party To The StripPBR Rock Bar & Grill inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will bring a taste of New Orleans to the Strip with its ôBourbon, Beads and Bullsö Mardi Gras celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

In honor of the famed Bourbon Street party, the Strip-side hot spot will offer Fat Tuesday partygoers a bourbon drink, colorful beads and bull rides for $10 all day.


Valentine’s Day Las Vegas 2013

Tacos & Tequila Heats Up ValentineÆs Day With Romantic Menu For Two – In celebration of ValentineÆs Day, Executive Chef Saul Ortiz has created an irresistible prix fixe menu at Tacos & Tequila (T&T) inside Luxor Hotel and Casino. Guests will fall in love with the flavorful menu priced at $58 per couple available exclusively on Thursday, Feb. 14.


Las Vegas Economy And Real Estate


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Maverick Indian Territory Grand Canyon TourMaverick Indian Territory Grand Canyon Tour û This exciting tour begins by flying over the beautiful Lake Las Vegas, Lake Mead, the world famous Hoover dam and Fortification Hill, an extinct volcano. View the breathtaking scenery and wildlife of the southwest along the way. Maverick Helicopters will descend and land in the Hualapai Indian Territorym 3,500 feet into the Grand Canyon.

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Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas! – Where did January go? It seems like New Year’s Eve was just last week, and now we’re already about to stare February squarely in the face. The year’s shortest month brings average high temps in the low 60’s and an average annual rainfall of nearly an inch (our wettest month of the year). I wouldn’t bother packing the umbrella. Your odds of being here when it rains are always slim-to-none. But, I wouldn’t bother with the swimsuit either. Not just quite yet.

Bill’s Gambling Hall – You only have a little over a week to take your last peek into the Barbary Coast (aka Bill’s Gambling Hall for the past few years). February 4, 2013 will see property owner, Caesars Entertainment, closing it, and giving the three-decade old hotel a top-to-bottom makeover including a rooftop pool club that will be thumping all day and all night (from what we understand).

How many more clubs (both dayclubs and nightclubs) can Las Vegas withstand? Well nightclubs is one of the few Vegas subjects I’m not really up on. However, with the game-changing, mega-club Hakkasan opening this year at the MGM Grand, some people knowledgeable about the nightclub industry here claim that the market will reach such saturation that you might actually see a club (or two) close.

Is it just me, or does the name Hakkasan sound like a noise one makes when they get food caught in the wrong tube while they eat?

Interesting Perspective – The U.S. Federal Government borrows about the same amount every single day that it cost to build all of CityCenter. Ouch!

Classroom Gaming Edumacation – A recent article Casino U: A look inside UNLVÆs gaming lab told all about how tomorrow’s gaming (gambling) managers are getting trained for the business. In the past, you’d work on a casino floor, learn the games, learn your people skills, and get some up close and personal experience with your customers. The next generation is learning in classrooms, which includes learning how some of the basic games are played.

Look… if you want to get into casino management, how about you read a “How To Play Craps” book, and go hit the tables a few times?!? Is that too much to ask? I just continue to worry about this ever-growing disconnect between management and the actual business they are running. You can only learn so much in a classroom.

When Golden Gate and (then) Fitzgerald’s owner Derek Stevens decided to sink a pile of cash into remodeling both those properties, he did it because he was downtown on-site on a very regular basis and saw the demand. Not because a bunch of clueless consultants who never get out of a classroom told him to. And, he continues to be on-site making sure the guest experience is a good one. Without ever learning how to in a classroom. Oh my!

Revel A Smoke-Free Failure? – Probably going back nearly a couple of years, we noted that for those of you who prefer smoke-free casinos, you’d want to keep your eye on Atlantic City’s new Revel. They had planned to open and stay completely smoke-free. Oooops.

The property has seriously struggled since opening and while the soft economy and Pennsylvania gaming didn’t help (this was pre-Hurricane Sandy, the storm which hit Atlantic City hard), even pundits who despise smoking are citing the no-smoking property policy as hindering business. It appears that smoke and casino gaming will be intertwined for some time to come.

They’ll Never Learn – An investment firm recently purchased 427 condos at Veer (the two buildings at CityCenter which look like they are about to tip over). They got a nice recession-era bulk price and plan to rent them out for a few years before selling them when the market is better. Sounds like a plan, right? Not quite so fast.

I said something back in 2000 when a condo tower was proposed for the site of the Harley-Davidson Cafe and I’m sticking to it. 1. People don’t want to live on the Las Vegas Strip and 2. For the price of a Strip condo, you could stay in an upscale hotel suite every single night for 2-3 straight years.

Strip condos (excepting Turnberry, which technically isn’t right on The Strip) have simply never been great investments and for some reason people believe that it is just the current market conditions. When things get good again, we’re going to find out that it has been a bad idea for over a decade, will continue to be a bad idea, and I’d be shocked if we see any new condo construction in the next decade.

New Years Resolutions – I’ve made some “minor” resolutions to get more organized, lose some weight, and get on the treadmill. However, unlike in years past, I’m taking a much more sensible approach to it all. Rome wasn’t built in a day!

I’m spending perhaps 15-20 minutes per day simply organizing my life (ranging from all the mess of computer files strewn all over my hard drive to my paper document filing system to projects around the house) and the results are starting to show. Give it a try for yourself. 15 minutes a day goes by before you know it, but do it every day for a month and you see progress.

I also did some math. Did you know that if you reduce your caloric intake just 500 calories per day (provided that your present eating habits have you keeping a stable weight), you’ll lose a pound every week? Believe it or not, 500 calories is pretty easy to ditch. That’s about the amount in a personal bag of potato chips, normal dish of ice cream, or some brands of candy bars. A one-time small sacrifice once a day should add up over the year. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


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I am frequent traveler to one of the ôfunnestö cities in the world – Las Vegas (3-4 times a year for quite a while) and find very useful your Access Vegas website û Thank you for the good work.

One of my regular visits has been during the opening week of the college basketball tournament now referred to as March Madness opening week. In the past the casinos rolled out a bit of the red carpet with low cost rooms and free expanded sports books to view/bet the games as an extra enticement. It has created a great atmosphere to relieve the glory days of your alma mader and spend some money with your friends from those days.

Last year I noticed for the first time the “money makers” started to think of ways to increase revenue from the event. For example Planet Hollywood started to charge for their extended viewing area on the casino second floor (Mezzanine next to Peepshow). It was something like $68.00/day but included all you could eat and drink from their portable bar/grill.

Imperial Palace (The Quad) removed its free, over-flow, viewing area that used to contain free appetizers. To find a free, extended-viewing area in a Ballroom type setting we had to move off strip to Gold Coast.

Now – This year before even arriving I have noticed room rates tripling during this years time. For example, Flamingo, where we have stayed several times and have enjoyed its location, is above $300.00 a night on a Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday combinations. Harrah’s – Total Rewards has blacked out all room promotions during this time period. I have never seen rates this high ever during a peak period/event.

I would love to hear your insights on if the casinos are truly selling out two months prior to the event or are the “money makers” simply getting greedier.

Regards,

Jeff Carpenter

 

Ted Responds:

Part of this is simply due to the increasing popularity of March Madness here in Las Vegas. Add on to that the many colleges which have spring break around that time and you’ve got some seriously rising demand for our city’s 150,000 hotel rooms. Rooms have really always been about supply and demand. It just so happens that the demand has really started to skyrocket.

Las Vegas has become THE place to be for events like March Madness and the Super Bowl. So, the people partially to blame for the room rates are your fellow visitors. Hotel rooms are no different than airline tickets: The prices swing completely based on demand. The demand is high.

Now, let’s toss in that both major gaming companies (Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts) under extremely heavy debt, and have little incentive to toss out any favors at a time when they aren’t exactly begging for customers. Mandalay Bay’s sportsbook has even been offering bottle service — getting a reserved table for buying a high-priced, complete bottle of liquor — during football games. (We’re unsure if this practice will catch on around the industry).

Now, obviously, we have nothing to do with this. We’re observers, and we generally refuse to shell out unnecessary premiums. But at the end of the day, refusing to pay, and looking for a better deal is the real way to drive the prices down. Which brings me to…

You Can Still Get Reasonable Rooms Even During March Madness – All of the properties you mentioned plus the rewards club were all Caesars Entertainment (formerly Harrah’s company). Pssssst… I’ve got a little secret for you: They aren’t the only game in town! You are not married to them! Just because you are part of any “loyalty program” doesn’t make it a one-way street.

I did a search for March 21-24 through our booking box in this newsletter and found the Flamingo at $261 a night. Still spendy, but certainly not the $300+ they wanted to charge you! (So much for loyalty).

Also, I found some pretty reasonable rates considering it is the opening weekend of March Madness:

  • Under $60: El Cortez, Palace Station, Clarion (just a few steps off The Strip, aáblock north of Encore)
  • Under $90: Stratosphere (all new rooms), Riviera, Plaza (all new rooms), Circus Circus, more…
  • Under $120: The D (all new rooms), Four Queens, Tuscany (all-suite, 1/2 mile from Strip), more
  • Under $150: Golden Nugget (pride of downtown), Tropicana (all new rooms), Luxor, LVH, plenty more…
  • Under $180: Trump (nice), Westin (nice), MGM, Monte Carlo, plenty more…

While these certainly aren’t like the mid-week rates you’ll find in the middle of summer, they aren’t bad for a super-peak time.

I hate to beat a dead horse, but if all of our readers would be kind enough take 10 seconds out of your life to use our booking box toward the top of this page (or at AccessVegas.com) and see if our hotel partner can do better than your “loyalty program” (or the site you usually book at), we’d both perhaps be better off for it.

There is nothing “loyal” about $300+ a night rates at The Flamingo, and booking through our site helps support this newsletter. Win-win for everybody!

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