Access Vegas Insider Vibe August 29, 2012

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Mirage Las Vegas Siegfried & RoyÆs Secret Garden And Dolphin Habitat Offers Annual Pass – Siegfried & RoyÆs Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. Passholders will be provided an unlimited entry to the facility and 10% discount in the purchases at the DolphinsÆ Shop, Dolphin Snack Bar and Secret Garden Store.

Annual Pass is priced at $49.99 for adults and $37.50 for children ages 4-12 years old. Each pass is non-transferable and has one year validity from the purchase date.

The Annual Pass is available at Siegfried & RoyÆs Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat ticket booth or The Mirage Concierge desk.

Palms Las Vegas Brings XISHI Asian Restaurant With Feminine Twist December 2012 – The ONE Group, known for its vibe-driven concept, is expecting to open the new dining venue XISHI at Palms Casino Resort on December 2012. The pan-Asian restaurant, XISHI (pronounced ôzai-sheö) will offer traditional and contemporary Asian meals in a modern energy-driven space. The restaurantÆs name is an affirmation of the feminine pronoun ôsheö and will give the restaurant a feminine twist. The restaurant will open in the space presently occupied by Little Buddha. The property-wide renovation is currently in its first phase.

Girl Talk Headlines Glowrun’s Afterglow Block Party Downtown Las VegasGirl Talk will headline the Downtown Las Vegas inaugural 7k GlowRun on Sunday, October 7, 2012. The International music sensation will hit the stage as the illuminated runners cross the finish line at the multi-block street party during and after the race at AfterGlow.

The growing number of bars and restaurants in the area will come together in this first of its kind event in one big party. Participants and spectators are expected to wear illuminated and brightly colored costumes in the event. The GlowRunÆs proceeds will be donated to Aid for AIDS of Nevada.

Public House At Luxor Las Vegas Offers Casual Cocktails And Comfortable FoodPublic HouseÆs first location on the West Coast will open in late September 2012 at Luxor Hotel and Casino. The famous East Coast hangout will bring the upscale bar food and ultra-cool atmosphere to Las Vegas plus its football games, late-night dining and happy hour.

Rhumbar Celebrates Mexican Independence Day With Weekend-Long Specials – RHUMBAR at The Mirage Hotel & Casino will celebrate the Mexican Independence Day from Friday, September 14 to Sunday, September 16, 2012. The fascinating cocktail venue will serve the guests with delectable drinks specials.

Miracle Mile Las Vegas Fountain Coin Donations Benefits Shriners In September 2012 – Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino continues to help through its Caring, Giving, Changing community campaign. This entire September, the Shriners Hospitals for Children will benefit from the coin donations in the shopÆs fountain.

Hard Rock Hotel Debuts Edgy Gastropub Culinary Dropout – Now Open – Culinary Dropout has opened inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. It is the first Las Vegas restaurant of Sam Fox, a five-time James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurateur semi-finalist. The gastropub in a hip and rebel-style presents a prefect new hangout for innovative drinks, tasty grub and live music throughout the week.

The spacious location is more than 6,000 square feet of classy interior plus a 3,000-square-foot patio where more than 320 guests can seat. It is located near the casino floor and adjacent to the pool.

Fantasy dancer Ashton Fantasy Las Vegas At The Luxor Debuts Two Seductive New Dancers – Two sexy new dancers, graceful Ashton and stunning Chloe, made their debut this month at the FANTASY at Luxor Hotel and Casino, the StripÆs biggest tease. Ashton knocks out the floor with its incredible moves while Chloe, who moved from her native England to the United States offers a gorgeous dance move. It is a perfect time when the two joined the fabulous and multi-talented cast of FANTASY as the show just added two new choreography and sexy numbers. Fantasy dancer Chloe

Beechcraft 1900D and Cessna Grand Caravan 208Maverick Grand Canyon Explorer Plane Tour û Fly aboard Maverick’s Beechcraft 1900D aircraft on a 40-minute flight to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim where your ultimate adventure will begin. Enjoy the awe-inspiring vistas, panoramic overlooks and trails that can only be accessed from inside the park as your journey continues with ground transportation into the Grand Canyon National Park.

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Las Vegas Show Reviews

Jubilee by Guy Chapman

Jubilee! – A True Las Vegas Spectacle – When touring the StripÆs entertainment line-up in Las Vegas, finding ôspectacleö is a pretty common thing to discover. But every so often, you encounter something a little extra. Something special that demands for you to sit up and pay attention. Donn ArdenÆs Jubilee! is one of those shows.

And for those that are fans of elaborate headdresses, feathers and glitter, you will find that in abundance here. The show is a full singing and dancing musical revue, where the girls not only perform flawless choreography on an epic scale, but the cast sings along to these elaborate numbers as well.


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Access Vegas Insider Vibe August 22, 2012

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Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Rolls Into Las Vegas For Special Six Week Holiday Run – The Palazzo Theater at The Palazzo Las Vegas presents ôMannheim Steamroller Christmas û Vegas by Chip Davis.ö The holiday production by the Grammy Award winning composer-musician Chip Davis will exclusively run for six weeks starting November 20, 2012. Winter In Venice, The Palazzo and The Venetian Las Vegas signature holiday party, will be the featured element of the special engagement.

Tournament Of Kings At Excalibur Debuts New Costumes And Set PiecesTournament of Kings at Excalibur Hotel & Casino created new costumes and set pieces in more intricate designs and more vivid colors. French opera designer Frederick Pinaud designed stunning gowns for maidens, bright tournament costumes for the knights and Merlin the wizardÆs magnificent robe. The castle faþade is also enhanced for a more impressive structure to feature stairs, towers and rotating doors.

Caesars Entertainment Resorts Participating In Prix Fixe Restaurant Week For CharityLas Vegas Restaurant Week will be celebrating its sixth year with 13 participating restaurants in Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas. In partnership with Three Square Food Bank, the participating restaurants offer guests an affordable menu that will help Las Vegas valleyÆs hunger end.

A minimum of three-course meal is made available by all participating restaurants. Breakfast and lunch menu will cost at either $20.12 or $30.12 while Dinner menu will cost at $30.12, $40.12, or $50.12.

Tacos & Tequila Las Vegas Offers Food And Drink Labor Day Weekend SpecialsTacos & Tequila (T&T) at Luxor Hotel and Casino celebrates Labor Day Weekend beginning August 31 to September 3, 2012. Unique food and drinks specials will be served in this three-day Las Vegas feast.

Guests will enjoy the T&TÆs extended happy hour specials during the entire weekend from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Beyond the Velvet Rope – If nightclubs arenÆt your vibe, but you still want to let loose with friends, the following locations might be more your style. From rollicking bars to laid-back lounges, guests can enjoy specialty drinks, live music and professional dancers.

  • Japanese for ôHouse of Water,ö Mizuya Lounge at Mandalay Bay is a serene location for a drink while sampling enticing sushi, sashimi and hand rolls during the day. Once the clock strikes 7 p.m., MizuyaÆs tranquil water setting transforms into a rambunctious nocturnal escape. Whether you enjoy the live bands at a table or youÆre leading the party on the dance floor, Mizuya will keep you thoroughly entertained into the early morning hours.
  • MGM Grand offers guests a chance to be the center of attention at Centrifuge, the 77-seat bar featuring live entertainment and an innovative drink menu. The bar comes alive with a progressive music program that acts as a soundtrack to the numerous freestyle and choreographed dance numbers. Centrifuge offers specialty cocktails from each of MGM GrandÆs signature restaurants and displays them around the bar in Louis Treize baccarat crystal bottles.
  • A neighborhood piano bar in the heart of New York-New York, guests at the Bar at Times Square feel as if theyÆre just one of the gang. This heart-pumping, foot-stomping good time comes courtesy of the world-famous Dueling Pianos. Two pianists duke it out nightly to a montage of music, ranging from Billy Joel to Broadway, while patrons belt out the words to some of their favorite songs. The recently added ôSax Manö is a high-energy performer who walks the Village Streets like a Pied Piper trailing Blues and Motown tunes.

DISH Las Vegas Features Top Las Vegas Restaurants For Charity – The much-awaited charity event DISH Las Vegas by Three Square Food Bank will happen on Thursday, September 20, 2012, 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at the Palms Pool and Bungalows at the Palms Casino Resort. The annual event is presented by IGT and SmithÆs Food & Drug Stores and will offer various refreshing cocktails, top Las Vegas restaurantsÆ delectable tasting stations and a Zowie Bowie concert.

Trevi Inside Forum Shops Caesars Las Vegas Offers Three-Course Meal For Restaurant WeekTREVI at Caesars inside the Forum Shops will participate in Las VegasÆ 2012 Restaurant WeekÖ by offering Chef Peter Scaturro’s Italian specialties. A special three-course meal will be prepared for the benefit of the Three Square Food Bank. The restaurant week will start on Monday, August 27 until Sunday, September 3, 2012.

Robb Report Samples 16 Las Vegas Steak Houses, Names City Top Steak Destination – The luxury lifestyle magazine Robb Report editors named Las Vegas as the ôthe best place on Earth to eat steak.ö The magazine cites the cityÆs ôtectonic shiftö away from multicourse tasting menus and formal fine dining to a focus on guests with more meat-eating meals.

Robb Report contributing writer, Brad A. Johnson, noted that each major Las Vegas hotel and resort ôis upping the ante with at least one glamorous steak house; the Palazzo hotel boasts four.ö More stories about his article in the magazineÆs August issue.

This Fall, Bellagio Las Vegas Continues 2012 Epicurean Epicenter SeriesBellagio announces the remaining events of the 2012 Epicurean Epicenter Series. The well-known resort offers high-class culinary and wine experiences by its extraordinary chefs along with Master Sommelier and Bellagio Director of Wine Jason Smith. Their collective efforts create an extraordinary line up of events providing remarkable dining experiences for guests.

Master Japanese Chef Masa TakayamaÆs First Teppan Concept Opens at Las VegasÆ ARIA – Michelin-starred Chef Masa Takayama opened his first teppan concept restaurant, Tetsu, at ARIA Resort & Casino on August 1, 2012. The restaurant offered fresh and high-quality ingredients as well as unmatched culinary techniques that made Chef Masa popular.

Tetsu Executive Chef/Creator, Masa Takayama said, ôTetsu translates to æironÆ in Japanese, which is why we refer to the Iron Chef in Japan as æTetsu.Æ It is the idea that the chef cannot be beat. This concept will be embodied at Tetsu û you will not find this quality of teppan cooking anywhere else û it is the best of the best.ö


Maverick Hoover DamnMaverick 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

Mystere by Sarah Jane Woodall

Mystere by Cirque du Soleil – The Original Whimsical Game Changer – Vegas entertainment used to mean little more than cheesy lounge singers and spandex-clad tiger wranglers. Thankfully, the scene has since evolved to include some of the most sophisticated, breathtaking artistry in the world û and it all started with MystÞre.

Hitzville by DW Grant

Gotsta Go to Hitzville – A Trip Through Motown – Spend an hour or so in Hitzville and you couldnÆt party heartier if you got on a bus, and grooved your way through the best clubs in New York City, Detroit, and Memphis.

ôHitzville, The Show, ö now playing in the V Theater in the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, is just that good. It woos you off your chair with engaging Motown rhythms, romances you to sing along to irresistible old rhythm and blues hits, and then drags you on stage to make love to Pips, Temptations and Tops.


Latest Concerts Added This Week!

There is no better place to see your favorite acts then in Las Vegas! You’re relaxed, can enjoy a fine meal, have some cocktails without the worry of driving, and no alarm is going to jar you awake all too early the next morning.


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

Hello From Las Vegas! – Hour after hour of pouring rain this past Wednesday dropped temps into the low 70’s and gave us a taste of some real Southeastern States humidity. However, in typical desert fashion, the clouds went on their way, the air dried back up again, and we’re getting ready to settle into a couple of the most enjoyable months of the year.

September’s average high comes in at a comfortable (for us) 94 degrees, October registers 81, and then we brace for November with a pleasant 67 during the shorter days but dipping to the upper 40’s overnight. (That is when I kiss my precious al fresco evening dinners at home and my outdoor TV goodbye for the season). Come January, I’ll be yearning for summer again. I’ll take 95 degrees over 45 degrees any time.

Food, Food, And More Food – I’ve had people jest (somewhat seriously) that we’re turning into a food newsletter. The reality is that Las Vegas continues to rank as one of the top culinary destinations in the world, and nary a month or two goes by where we don’t have some kind of really cool/interesting restaurant opening. Plus the competition drives all the specials and deals we regularly bring to you.

This issue, we did include quite a bit of information on restaurants that are participating in Restaurant Week where top dining spots create prix fixe (fixed price) meals with some of the proceeds benefiting some of our local homeless and hungry. If you are in town, absolutely take advantage!

Bridge At Hoover Dam – If you visit Las Vegas from anywhere southeast of us, you’ll know that the completion of the Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge over Hoover Dam really has an impact on your visits, cutting tons of time off that used to be spent winding down the canyon, across the dam, and back up again. We’ve found a photographer who took amazing photos during and after construction of the dam. Check them out at Bridge At Hoover Dam

2000 Feet Above Sea Level – The myth that Las Vegas casinos pump oxygen into the air to make you feel more alive and alert was dispelled long, long ago. (The cost would be enormous, and oxygenated air would create a greater risk of serious fire). If anything, many of you experience less oxygen when you are here as the tourism areas of Las Vegas sit just above 2000 feet.

So what gives us all that rush? A combination of two things: 1. All the stimulus and excitement gets your adrenalin running and 2. Most of you are probably doing a lot more moving around (walking and walking and walking) than you do at home, really getting your blood moving.

World’s Toughest Fixes – If you have Netlfix, check out season 2 of World’s Toughest Fixes where they work on the Fremont Street Canopy light, Bellagio fountain water guns, and fix the giant, moving stage at Cirque du Soleil’s KA.

MIA – I’ll most likely be missing next issue, but come September should be able to get back to fully penning both of my sections. So… if you have any comments, questions, or trip reports for Members Mania, type away to [email protected]

Enjoy This Issue!


Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler
Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


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


 

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe August 15, 2012

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Guns N’ Roses Doing First Residency At Hard Rock Las Vegas – This fall, Guns NÆ Roses will take over Sin City with their Appetite for DemocracyÆs first residency at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The worldÆs most iconic rock band will play 12 amazing revue beginning October 31 to November 24, 2012.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Bring Soul2Soul To Venetian Las Vegas, 40 Shows Only – Together, they have sold 70 million albums including eight Grammy Awards, 26 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 American Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards and seven PeopleÆs Choice Awards.

The Venetian will bring Tim McGraw and Faith Hill together in the ôSoul2Soulö concert after six years of performing together. The concert will have an all-new production synonymous to the ôSoul2Soulö concerts. The Venetian Theater will have set design technologies, innovative lightings and some modifications in the theater for the new production. These two most important entertainers of our generation will serenade the audience will many of their no. 1 hits.

Caesars Palace Set To Open New $17 Million Bacchanal Buffet (with video) – Bacchanal Buffet in Caesars Palace is known for a self-indulging fine dining set in a Roman feast. It was also famous for its Caesars Palace-style entertainment before it closed in 2000. This year, Caesars Palace will open once again a new $17 million Bacchanal Buffet where team of master chefs prepared different kinds of extraordinary meals.

Harrah’s Range Steakhouse Now Offers Special $7 Before 7 p.m. MenuLas VegasÆ Range Steakhouse at Harrah’s has launched ô$7 Before 7 p.m.ö menu of appetizers and cocktails in its lounge. Every night, guests can enjoy draft and bottled beers for only $7 before 7 p.m. as well as cocktails, glasses of wine, beef satay bites with ginger-citrus soy drizzle and duck spring rolls with dip in spicy orange-peanut sauce. Also, bottles of wine are offered 30% off with nightly live entertainment in the lounge. The lounge and bar area allows guests ages 21 years or older.

Rhumbar At Mirage Las Vegas Hosting Labor Day Patio Party – RHUMBAR will celebrate Labor Day on Monday, September 3, 2012, on its Strip-side patio. There will be a live DJ in the party and cocktail specials starting from noon until 6 p.m. The bar is located at The Mirage Hotel & Casino.

The highly stylized cigar and cocktail lounge was recently named as one of the AOL.comÆs top Las Vegas patios. The Caribbean-inspired patio is a tropical retreat that offers an attractive location for guests to socialize, smoke cigars and sip cocktails. Drive This! Entertainment is the owner of RHUMBAR located near The MirageÆs main entrance.

Bellagio Las Vegas Spa Tower Remodeling All 928 Rooms & Suites – Beginning August 19, Bellagio will remodel all 928 rooms and suites for a more stunning accommodation in the resortÆs Spa Tower.

After the $70 million dollar redesign in 2011 of BellagioÆs 2,568 rooms, the Spa Tower will remodel 819 guest rooms and 109 suites and it is expected to be completed by December 2012. The $40 million project also includes the remodeling of the prestigious Chairman and Presidential suites.

Tender Steak and Seafood At Luxor Las Vegas Celebrates Wine Spectator Award – 2012 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence awardee TENDER Steak & Seafood will celebrate the achievement it received from the prestigious award-giving body. Located at Luxor Hotel and Casino, the restaurant offers a special prix fixe dinner menu with well-chosen wine pairings that will complement each enticing cuisine. The menu will be available from Monday, September 17 to Sunday, September 23, 2012. The four course menu is valued at $95 per person.

For four consecutive years, TENDER Steak & Seafood received the award based on its wide selection of half bottles. The selection includes an array of unique labels and more than 100 wines from around the globe. The restaurant will be featured on the August 31st issue of Wine Spectator and it is already available on newsstands nationwide.

Rice & Company Las Vegas Celebrates National Fortune Cookie Day During September 2012 – In celebration of the National Fortune Cookie Day on Thursday, September 13, 2012, Rice & Company located at Luxor Hotel and Casino will give away a special fortune cookie starting from Sept. 1-14, 2012.

Fortune cookies that guests will receive will include some fortunes, exciting giveaways and array of offerings. But diners will surely want to get a fortune cookie with a prize as it will give them a chance to win a chefÆs dinner. The winner of this grand prize can enjoy it with up to six guests.

Gene Simmons Joins Other Famous Rockers To Host Rock Fantasy Camp At MGM Grand Las Vegas – Rock æn Roll Fantasy CampÆs next installment of its music-magic show is coming this fall in celebration of its 15th anniversary. Famous rockers will host the camp with KISS co-founder Gene Simmons, iconic rock god, media mogul and the face of A&EÆs ôGene Simmons Family Jewels.ö Performances will take place in Las VegasÆ MGM Grand Hotel & Casino October 10-14, 2012.

Trevi At Caesars Offers Gourmet Cheese Pizza Special On September 5, 2012TREVI at Caesars inside The Forum Shops offers a hot and savory extra cheesy Italian pizza in celebration to the National Cheese Pizza Day. Guests can enjoy the discounted pizzas on Wednesday, September 5, 2012.

The cheesy pizza is layered with creamy mozzarella and tangy pomarola and fired in a specialty brick-oven of Chef Scaturro. The mouthwatering classic pizza is melted to perfection and valued for just $9.99. National Cheese Pizza Day is perfect for all the cheese lovers.

Tacos & Tequila Las Vegas Hosts Ultimate Mexican Independence Day Fiesta With SpecialsTacos & Tequila (T&T) located at Luxor Hotel and Casino will celebrate the Mexican Independence Day on Sunday , September 16, 2012 with live music and drink specials. The restaurant will host an extraordinary Mexican fiesta with their signature Mariachi Brunch.


Valley Of Fire helicopter 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

Australian Bee Gees by Guy Chapman

The Australian Bee Gees – An Unforgettable Night Of Music And Fun – There are few musical groups that better embody the disco charged era of the 1970Æs better than the Bee Gees. The brothers Gibb (Barry, Robin, and Maurice) were most easily recognized for the era of polyester pants and John Travolta movies, but their music goes farther than that. Thanks to the tribute group Australian Bee Gees, disco is not dead. In fact, it resides well within the castle walls of the Excalibur Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Thunder From Down Under by Sarah Jane Woodall

Thunder From Down Under – These Athletic Guys Are Actually Enjoying Themselves – So youÆre coming to Vegas for your bachelorette party. Or birthday, or divorce… or just a girlsÆ weekend away. You want to drink, party… and ogle hot beefcake. Where do you go?

There are several options for the frisky female on the Vegas Strip, but if you only see one male revue, make it Thunder From Down Under. Other revues may offer cheaper tickets or more well-established names, but take it from someone who has seen them all û the best bang for your buck is Thunder, hands down!

Thunder From Down Under is a crew of ripped Australian hardbodies, straight out of your wildest Harlequin Romance-fueled dreams. IÆm not sure whatÆs in the water down there, but they sure do breed some mighty fine specimens! Washboard abs, tight buns, gleaming smiles… these guys have it all. And theyÆre not afraid to use it!


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

Hello From Las Vegas! – I’m back in the saddle. Kind of. My participation here will still be hit and miss for a little while longer, and Members Mania will be on hiatus until that time. Cool new stuff coming your way around the middle of fall from us (knock on wood)! In the meantime, here are a few tidbits I’ve had floating around…

You Can Still Rock In America – Guns N’ Roses have announced a fall residency at the Hard Rock Hotel. Motley Crue had a similar nice run earlier this year, and Fremont Street has had their unbelievably successful Rock Of Vegas series of free concerts by well known 80’s hard rock acts. Las Vegas is finally waking up to the fact that the average age of our visitors is 49, not 21. The “thump thump” clubs still make piles of cash, but the average visitor grew up with Def Leppard, not DJ Tiesto.

This is very fitting as Las Vegas (the residents) has always been rock-dominated. Grunge never really took hold here (110 and flannel don’t mix, and it’s tough to be listen to depressing music when it is sunny all the time) and the rockers flocked. Even the popular dance club Shark Club brought touring rock acts in every Wednesday.

Motley Crue’s Vince Neil has lived here for a decade, Quiet Riot’s Kevin Dubrow spent years living here before his untimely death, and the band Slaughter put Las Vegas on the rock map with all four members headquartered here. Slaughter’s drummer Blas Elias actually still performs regularly in the Blue Man Group band. PS Yes, I hung out in those circles in the 90’s and it was as cool as you could imagine.

Drink Up – In our April 18’th edition, we noted that an architectural masonry company here in town takes empty glass bottles from many of our resort hotels and actually uses them in the manufacture of a product called GreenStone. Now, you can feel good about all that beer you’re drinking on your visit! Full story at Henderson entrepreneur recognized for GreenStone building product

Vegas Strip Steak – Step aside, New York strip steak. A group at Oklahoma State University has supposedly found a part of the cow perfect for steak that (until now) was ground into hamburger. It is supposed to be tender and flavorful. We’re not sure about availability yet, as they are attempting to patent the exact cut off the cow with the name Vegas Strip Steak. Pundits are dubious about the ability to patent a cut of meat.

New Home Construction Rising – Applications for new home permits are up, and we’re looking about about 500 new homes starting to hit the market each month. This is the most activity in years. There are benefits to purchasing new. You’re the first one to own the house, you can pick out everything you want from counters to carpet/tile to paint from the get-go (instead of having to do the remodel that I’m looking at), and your home will be up to the latest codes.

In my current 60’s era home, I actually run a heavy-duty extension cord from my kitchen into my rec room because this home was NOT built for multiple computers, monitors, big screen TV’s, modern stereo systems, and all the other great gadgets we now enjoy. If I have the same problem in the house I buy, I’ll be looking at $1000 just on some rewiring. Additionally, this home had been vacant for quite some time and in the first few months, it seems like EVERYTHING went wrong. Plumbing, electrical, water main to the street springing a leak, garbage disposal breaking… I mean everything.

On the flip side, it depends where you want to live. New home construction is on the edge of town. While Las Vegas isn’t L.A., we have rush hour and our share of traffic. Do you fly on a regular basis? Centennial Hills (the far Northwest part of town) is 22 miles from the airport. And almost as far from The Strip (if you are moving here with the thought of enjoying tourism-related amenities). I’m a big fan of being about 10 minutes from everything. For me, central living trumps house repair issues.

One Group Making Over The Town For Women – Longtime favorite Mexican fare hangout Garduno’s at The Palms is going bye-bye to make way for a female-friendly sports bar called Heraea. (At first, the name sounded to me like a medical condition. Some research found that it has roots as both the name of an ancient Greek city and an ancient Greek athletic festival). Once the games are over for the evening, Heraea will turn into a lounge/club vibe with DJ music.

One Group also runs the very popular STK steakhouse at Cosmopolitan and is the company remaking Tropicana’s Nikki Beach into Bagatelle Beach & Nightclub. (Ironically, Bagatelle is going to attempt what Nikki was thought to have done in the first place, creating a cool hangout atmosphere in a city that is otherwise crowded with celeb-fueled nightlife for twenty-somethings). You can read more in the Las Vegas Sun article One Group – Palms sports restaurant Heraea to have a co-ed appeal

Enjoy This Issue!


Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


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

  • Fremont Street Zip Lines – Get a first person view of what it is like to actually ride the zip line from one end to the other. You are up higher than you think!
  • Las Vegas in the 1980s – Our continuing series of historical footage featuring night shots of The Strip and Downtown. Includes “fallen flags” Frontier, Stardust, Vegas World, Westward Ho, plus Fremont Street with traffic on it.
  • The Slot Machine – When to Bet Maximum Coins – Author and casino expert Steve Bourie takes a look at various types of slot machines and discusses when it is best to bet maximum coins on them. Machines covered include: multipliers, buy a pays, progressives and multi line/multi coin.

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.

More Las Vegas News – Shows – Events


Latest Concerts Added This Week!

There is no better place to see your favorite acts then in Las Vegas! You’re relaxed, can enjoy a fine meal, have some cocktails without the worry of driving, and no alarm is going to jar you awake all too early the next morning.

Access Vegas Insider Vibe August 8, 2012

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Serving Las Vegas Visitors and Residents Since 1999

Welcome to the Insider Vibe! This is the official newsletter of AccessVegas.Com. We talk about the Las Vegas activities you really care about.

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

Hello From Las Vegas! – If you are a long-time reader (and if you are, thanks!), just a note that I hope to be back in the saddle with my sections by the end of summer (maybe sooner). You’ve heard that old adage about “the best laid plans…” and we bit off quite a few new plans over the past few months, bogging us down just a little bit. I’ve been very busy on other projects but really look forward to getting back to contributing here.

Just a reminder, we link to many of the stories that I’d pontificate on in the More section. True, my inside knowledge and comments aren’t there. But you can still click through and read the basic news stories and keep yourself up on what interests you.

We’re adding a new feature this week. We always list all coming concerts and headliners in the right sidebar. But, you don’t know which ones are new without reading through the entire thing. So… we’re also adding a new section with ONLY the performers whose tickets have gone on sale within the past week. That way, you know what is new.

The Philippines Flooding – Our hearts go out to our readers in The Philippines, where massive flooding has displaced 20,000 people and created havoc among hundreds of thousands more.

3528 RP-C3431 A340-300 of Philapine Airlines is on finals into YVR

One of my hobbies is sitting at the airport viewing area on Sunset Road and watching planes land. It is always fun when we get lucky enough to watch that massive Philippines Airlines plane land. To all of you who fly upwards of hallway around the world (or longer) to visit us, we are very grateful.

Enjoy This Issue!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler
Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


31 Years Later, Bally’s Las Vegas Jubilee Showgirls Never Go Out Of Style – The last-standing exemplary showgirl show in the city celebrates its 31st anniversary today. Donn ArdenÆs Jubilee! at BallyÆs Las Vegas started in 1981 and still remains as an ultra-glamorous and iconic show. Bally’s Las Vegas Jubilee Showgirls is Las Vegas StripÆs longest-running show.

Special Drink And Cigar Pairing At Rhumbar Las Vegas for National Rum Day – RHUMBAR at The Mirage Hotel & Casino celebrates National Rum Day on Thursday, August 16, 2012. The Caribbean-inspired lounge offers guests with plenty of ôrum-runningö around the bar.

Guests will surely enjoy the buy-one-get-one Bacardi cocktails offered all day- perfect for the summer. Revelers may pair the Mirage Toro cigar, valued at $20, to any of the barÆs signature cocktails. Guests can also indulge themselves by trying the Three Citrus Cooler û a mix of Bacardi O, lemon, muddled grapefruit, orange, mint topped and bubbly lemon-lime soda.

PBR Rock Bar Las Vegas Does Labor Day Weekend With Barbecue And BeerPBR Rock Bar & Grill at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino inside Miracle Mile Shops will celebrate Labor Day Weekend from Friday, August 31 to Monday, September 3 with beer and barbecue specials.

PBR Rock Bar & Grill offers 15 percent discount on its barbecue selections including the Ultimate Barbecue Chicken Quesadilla, Barbecue Burger, Memphis Style Barbecue Pork Sandwich and more. Revelers can also enjoy beer specials like Budweiser buckets valued at $19 while rocking out at the restaurant and the Strip-side bar. The famous mechanical bull challenge will surely let their hair fall freely in this challenge.


Maverick airplane tour grand canyonMaverick 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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Access Vegas Insider Vibe July 25, 2012

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

Hello From Las Vegas! – I continue to be on other assignments and will return my regular sections to this newsletter at the end of the summer (sooner perhaps if all goes well).

In the meantime, I do invite you to read the following blog posts I’ve made over the past few weeks (and don’t be shy about leaving your comments):

View from @BinionsLV (summer) Friday night rooftop pool event... on Twitpic Binion’s Friday Night Pool Events – This is something we told you about at the beginning of summer. Friday nights starting at 9 PM, Binion’s opens up their rooftop pool area to the public (free admission). You can go up and enjoy the view, imbibe in their drink specials (they have a full bar, just ask), and lounge around checking out the amazing views of Las Vegas. (Click on the photo for larger picture).

This is a best kept secret (IE, hardly anyone knows about it so you have all the elbow room in the world). To get up there, find the hotel room elevators and go to the PD (Pool Deck) level. We’re definitely going to hit this a couple more times before summer ends! Full details at Kiss The Sky Summer Pool Parties Coming To BinionÆs Gambling Hall

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Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler
Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


Mythbusters Live – Six shows only! The all-new, live stage show ôMythBusters Behind the Myths,ö starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery TV series MythBusters,ö promises to be an unexpected evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories. For the first time ever, fans will join Jamie and Adam on stage and assist in their mind-twisting and not always orthodox approach to science. Click For Tickets


Hawaiian Bets $66,200 On Roulette At Binion’s Las Vegas… And Wins!BinionÆs Las Vegas atmosphere was changed in the late morning of July 18, 2012, Wednesday when a 31 year old Hawaiian man pushed $66,200 worth of chips on to the roulette table. A large crowd was gathered as the man dressed in white shirt and tie, wife next to him, bet on ôEven.ö Carlos Basaldua, long-time BinionÆs dealer, spun the wheel and put the ball where it luckily landed on eight doubling the bettorÆs money.

Payard Patisserie And Bistro Las Vegas New Wine Cocktail Menu And Friday Happy Hour – Manager Sam Berkley of Payard Patisserie & Bistro created a collection of red, white, and sparkling wine cocktails that wine enthusiasts will surely enjoy.

Soccer Fans Can Catch The Kick-Off Of World Football Challenge Game With Drink SpecialsPBR Rock Bar & Grill at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino inside Miracle Mile Shops will host on Sunday, August 5, 2012 the World Football Challenge game kick-off. Soccer fanatics can watch the game with drink specials offered in the bar.

2012 World Series Of Poker Main Event Final Nine Are Set – The 43rd annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) $10,000 No-Limit HoldÆem Championship has already set its iconic tournament for the nine finalists of ôOcto-Nine.ö The series, commonly known as the Main Event, opened the tournament with 6,598 players and is now down to nine players. The winner in this poker World Series can bag more than $8.5 million.

PBR Rock Bar Las Vegas Cooking Up S’mores For National S’mores DayPBR Rock Bar & Grill at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino inside Miracle Mile Shops will celebrate on Friday, August 10, 2012, National SÆmores Day. Delectable sÆmores menu is offered at a special price.

PBR Rock Bar & Grill opened a campfire where guests can dish on the delicious SÆmores Bread Pudding. It is made with a mixture of creamy, chocolate pudding, marshmallows, graham crackers, and vanilla ice cream on the top, priced at $7. The barÆs daily happy hour begins from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m offering $19 Budweiser beer buckets, $5 shots, $3 domestic drafts and two-for-one well drinks.

Las Vegas Restaurant Week – Prix Fixe Dining At Top Restaurants Helps HungryLast Vegas Restaurant Week is back this year. From August 27 to September 2, 2012, locals and tourists can have the chance to feast at the cityÆs participating restaurants. The restaurant week offers menus at affordable prix fixe prices and it will help the Three Square Food Bank.

Interested diners can take part in Las Vegas Restaurant Week by visiting the participating restaurants and enjoying a prix fixe menu special for the week. Diners can choose from the delicious menu created by each restaurant which costs $20.12 to $50.12. A fixed portion of the proceeds will benefit the fight against hunger in Southern Nevada and the Three Square.


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

Jeff Civillico by Terri D’ Richards

Jeff Civillico – Comedy In Action – If you were to cross-breed Jim Carrey with a Ninja Warrior and throw in a unicycle you might come up with Jeff Civillico. The afternoon show, perfect for an adult respite from the usual Las Vegas Strip activities, as well as pleasing for the 18 and under crowd, features CivillicoÆs impressive juggling prowess. Add to that, his unique brand of energetic comedy and things are bound to get a little crazy for a 2:00pm show û good crazy that is.

Chippendales by Sarah Jane Woodall

Chippendales – The Gold Standard Of Male Revues – Vegas is the perfect city for a show that encourages its audience to loosen up and shed their inhibitions. The minute your plane touches down at McCarran, you already feel a little more relaxed, a little saucier û and ready to get a little wild! ItÆs no wonder the city is home to so many strip clubs and risquÚ revues; Vegas is all about sensory indulgence. But men arenÆt the only ones catered to û there are also a host of male striptease shows for us ladies!


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Access Vegas Insider Vibe July 18, 2012

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

Hello From Las Vegas! – I’m still on assignment with new projects we’re working on right now. I appreciate those who have asked when some of my sections will return. We still have plenty of information, news-dining-entertainment links, show review and videos you’ll enjoy. If that’s not enough, we’ll be happy to provide you a full refund for your subscription! (Note to new subscribers: This newsletter is free).

In the meantime:

  • Don’t overlook our More link section at the end of the newsletter. We spend hours sifting through Las Vegas news from media locally and around the world so you don’t have to. If you aren’t looking over the stories and clicking on the ones that interest you, it isn’t our fault that you are missing out on great information!
  • Visit our AccessVegas.com Twitter page or Facebook page. Better yet, Follow/Like us. Almost every day, we post a few interesting photos, stories, and links (some of which don’t make the newsletter).

Enjoy This Issue!


Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler
Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


Le Barbecue Outdoor Grilling Series Continues At Comme Ca Las VegasComme Ca at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas continues to serve the barbecue-lovers its æLe BarbecueÆ summer grilling series. The modern French brasserieÆs menu will be served on the patio on Saturday, August 11, 2012. Comme Ca is also planning to do the æLe BarbecueÆ series on Sunday, September 2, 2012, for the Labor Day weekend, and on September 30 for the end of the summer soirÚe.

Two-Story Commonwealth Bar Opens On Las Vegas’ East Fremont Late Summer – With its grand opening scheduled in late August, Commonwealth will bring to the partying public a new hangout on 525 East Fremont Street. A classic pre- prohibition era styled 6,000-square-foot cocktail bar, inclusive of a backroom speakeasy, will offer to its enjoying guests a different experience to enjoy the nightlife of Downtown Las Vegas.

PRB Rock Bar & Grill Creating Special $6 Menu For National Hot Dog Day – This Monday, July 23, is the celebration of National Hot Dog Day where in PBR Rock Bar & Grill is one of the bars that will participate the big day in Las Vegas. The bar is located at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino inside Miracle Mile shops.

Taco Tuesdays Now At Cabo Wabo Las Vegas With Margarita Specials – Sammy HagarÆs Cabo Wabo Cantina located at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino inside Miracle Mile Shops introduces the new ôTaco Tuesdaysö with localsÆ discounts and unbeatable specials. The new Tuesday night event will be launch in celebration of the National Tequila Day on July 24.

Guests will enjoy the delicious $2 chicken and mouthwatering steak tacos plus two-for-one house margaritas from 10 p.m. to midnight. Las VegasÆ best patios add the viewing experience as guests overlook the Strip. Locals with a valid Nevada ID will get 10% off in their total bill.

RÝ Rß Las Vegas Celebrates International Beer Day With Free BeerRÝ Rß Las Vegas is one of many who will commemorate International Beer Day on Friday, August 3, 2012. They will start with tweetups @RiRaVegas 6 to 8 oÆclock in the evening as their way to gather beer drinkers. All of them that attend the event will take pleasure in free beers and appetizers while raising their beer mugs and toasting to International Beer Day weekend. And also, there are free over-flowing beer drinks for the first 15 customers to get there to celebrate the Beer Day. More prizes and $50 worth of gift cards to be given away!


Maverick HelicopterMaverick 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!

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Las Vegas Show Reviews

Jabbawockeez by D.W. Grant

Jabbawockeez, MUS.I.C – Fun in a Figment – Banners on stage tout ôJabbawockeez. MUS.I.Cö as ôa figment of your imagination.ö This exciting song and dance showcase drags you into a figment, includes you in the madness, and then leaves you standing and cheering at the end of an amazing evening.

Louie Anderson by Terri D’Richards

Louie Anderson: Big Baby Boomer – Welcome to Louie-ville! û where down home mid-western comedy is served up in generous helpings by veteran comic Louie Anderson. A decidedly improvisational twist in AndersonÆs set lends an air of edgy unpredictability. Yet for all that, the comedian always remains firmly grounded in his roots: Minnesota, growing up in a big family (11 children!) with less than perfect parents and, his struggles with food.

The 100-seat venue provides an appropriately intimate setting for LouieÆs low-key, interactive format. Drink prices come in at under Strip price average, and the service is efficient.


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Access Vegas Insider Vibe July 11, 2012

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Imperial Palace Auto Collection Unveils A New Audio Tour – A new audio tour is now open at The Auto Collections at Imperial Palace Las Vegas. The tour features information on 60 historic automobiles including the famous ôGone in Sixty Secondsö mustang.

An hour-long recording will inform the guests about the facts on some of the most remarkable automobiles in the collection. The classic car extravaganza includes the limo President JFK rode a week before he was assassinated, the race car in the 1989 Corvette Challenge, the Suburban from the hit television show ôThe Sopranos,ö and the talk show host Johnny CarsonÆs Chrysler Royal. Photo is courtesy of Scott Roeben, Pulse of Vegas Blog

Trevi Las Vegas Offers S’Mores Gelato On National Smores Day – A decadent sÆmores gelato will be served by Pastry Chef Hank Sbraccia in celebration to the National SÆmores Day. The campfireÆs favorite treat is available at TREVI inside The Forum Shops at Caesars on Friday, August 10.

Priced at $4.50 per scoop, sÆmores lovers can experience the irresistible gelato blend made with delicious chocolate chunks, honey-flavored graham crackers and creamy marshmallows.

Mandalay Bay Las Vegas’ Bayside Buffet Now Features Unlimited Beer And Wine With DinnerBayside Buffet adds unlimited beer and wine in their all-inclusive buffet during dinner service. The bottomless refills of beer and wine complement the buffetÆs tempting cuisine. The drinks include Bud Light draft, merlot, house champagne and chardonnay. The friendly servers are happy to fill the glasses or the guests may request it from the bartenders on the restaurantÆs designated refreshment stations. Bayside Buffet is available at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

New D Las Vegas Summer Menu At Courtyard Grill Features Fresh Lobster Dishes And Mouth-Watering BBQ Starting At Under $10 – Just in time for summer, the D Las Vegas introduces Lobster Palooza and BBQ Bone-O-Rama at Courtyard Grill . Embracing the season with a menu full of great eats starting at under $10, the fresh lobster dishes and mouth-watering barbecue are sure to make taste buds and wallets happy all summer long.

PBR Rock Bar Hosts Canadian Football League Viewing PartiesPBR Rock Bar & Grill located at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino inside Miracle Mile Shops will host the viewing parties for the Canadian Football League games. The games will be watched on 105 flat-screen televisions from now until the championship in November.

Patrons can enjoy the barbecue, beer and plenty of babes while watching the teams as they battle for the win every week. PBR Rock Bar also offers a daily happy hour for $3 of domestic drafts, $5 shots, $19 Budweiser buckets and two-for-one well cocktails.

Las Vegas’ Rat Pack Is Back! Celebrates The Opening Of McCarran’s Terminal 3 – Cast members of “The Rat Pack is Back!” pose with Cher and Marilyn impersonators Heidi Thompson and Susie Griffis. From left, Kayle Eastern as Sammy Davis Jr., Heidi as Cher, Drew Carrano as Dean Martin, Susie as Marilyn, Brian Duprey as Frank Sinatra and Mickey Bulanti as Joey Bishop. They are posing at the grand opening of Terminal 3 on Wednesday, June 27 at the $2.4 billion addition to McCarran International Airport to handle mainly nonstop international and some domestic flights. The Rat Pack performs nightly at 7 p.m. in the Crown Theater of Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. (Photo by Wayne Bernath)

Casa Fuente Las Vegas Presenting Limited Edition Tequila Tasting – A rare tequila treat will be experienced by tequila connoisseurs on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at The Forum Shops at Caesars, featuring Jose Cuervo Reserva la Familia. Reserva la Familia, 100% blue agave tequila is often described as the ôcognac of tequilasö. It is released once a year and valued by tequila connoisseurs for its richness and exceptionally complex taste which is a true tequila masterpiece.

The Neapolitan At Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Offering Summer Spiked Treats – The Neapolitan of Las Vegas offers innovative beverages and cool spiked treats for guests to escape the summer heat. Mariena Mercer, The CosmopolitanÆs resident mixologist, creates booze-driven concoctions from infused ice cream sundaes to COv(2) sorbets. This air-conditioned indoor/outdoor lounge along the south edge of the Boulevard pool is open throughout the summer. It offers the sun-bathers and ice cream lovers an outdoor playground and sweeping views of the Vegas skyline. The Neapolitan of Las Vegas is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Renowned Las Vegas Restaurateur Michael Morton To Open New Mexican Restaurant In Fremont East – A new Mexican restaurant will open its doors in the East Fremont neighborhood of downtown Las Vegas. Renowned nightclub executive and Las Vegas restaurateur Michael Morton will welcome every guest with a great dining experience with his delectable menu. His first venture in downtown Las Vegas is located at 106 Sixth St. It is a property owned by Tamares Las Vegas Properties, LLC which also owns several downtown properties including the Plaza Hotel & Casino.

The new downtown restaurant offers a sensory retreat from reality with a mix of spice, color, sound and many types of tequila. MortonÆs restaurant menu is a combination of Mexican food with American rock.

KISS By Monster Mini Golf is Searching for The Ultimate Couple to be Titled ôMr. and Mrs. Hotter Than Hell” – The unique rock æn’ roll-themed amusement attraction KISS By Monster Mini Golf is searching for the hottest rockstar couple that will fit the ultimate title, ôMr. and Mrs. Hotter Than Hell.ö The winners in their best-dressed rock ‘nÆ roll outfit will get the opportunity to vow in front of a live audience professing their love for each other. The audience can witness this at the 3rd Annual VEGAS ROCKS! Magazine Awards at The Joint on Sunday, August 26, 2012. This legendary band KISS-inspired amusement attraction is located inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Rich Little’s Jimmy Stewart & Friends Extended Through August – Legendary comedian and impersonator Rich Little announced that ôJimmy Stewart & Friendsö will be extending the show through August 22, 2012 due to an overwhelming response. The one-man show will perform at LVH û Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

The Canadian Tenors Perform And Film A New PBS Special At The Smith Center In Las Vegas – The Tenors are excited to come back to Las Vegas after their sold out concert at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in March. The brand new show will happen at the 2,050 seat Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center on August 5, 2012 at 2 p.m. The concert will be recorded in the same venue for the upcoming PBS special and live concert DVD.

Las Vegas “Welcomes Veterans Back To The High Life” At Bill’s, Flamingo, Harrah’s, and Imperial Palace – Veterans will surely benefit for each Miller High Life purchase at select resort bars now through Labor Day weekend.

In honor to the veterans, Flamingo Las Vegas, HarrahÆs Las Vegas, BillÆs GamblinÆ Hall & Saloon, and Imperial Palace join forces with Miller High Life to offer guests unbeatable drink specials.


Maverick Skywalk Odyssey Grand Canyon TourMaverick Skywalk Odyssey Grand Canyon Tour û Your direct helicopter flight to the Grand Canyon Skywalk departs from the Las Vegas Strip. Experience a bird’s eye view of the Grand Canyon, Lake Las Vegas, Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and the Las Vegas Strip on your flight. Upon landing at the Grand Canyon, get ready to witness a true engineering marvel, The Grand Canyon Skywalk.

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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.

Marc Savard Comedy Hypnosis by Sarah Jane Woodall

Marc Savard Comedy Hypnosis – Pushing The Edge – The Vegas Strip offers a handful of comedy hypnosis shows, and for the most part, they all follow the same script: pull willing participants from the audience, hypnotize them into a highly suggestive state, and make them do embarrassing things û often of a sexual nature. Marc SavardÆs show at the V Theatre is one of the better-quality hypnosis shows in Vegas û the theater and special effects are of a higher caliber than most, and Savard himself has a friendly, wholesome appeal that makes the show fun… without being too seedy.


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Access Vegas Insider Vibe July 4, 2012

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Hello From Las Vegas! – As noted in our last issue, various regular sections of this newsletter may be missing during our next few issues. We’re devoting time to upgrades of our main AccessVegas.com site.

We are posting regular Las Vegas news and information updates to our AccessVegas.com Twitter Page and our AccessVegas.com Facebook Fan page. Follow us on Twitter and/or “Like” us on Facebook for more frequent updates.

Enjoy This Issue!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


The Price Is Right Live In Las Vegas Brings Back Joey Fatone As Host For A Limited RunôThe Price is Right Liveö Stage Show welcomes back its special celebrity host, Joey Fatone July 11-29. Fatone will allow the audience members to play the fan-favorite games ôCliff Hangers,ö ôPlinko,ö ôThe Big Wheel,ö and absolutely ôShowcase.ö The show, from FremantleMedia, producers of ôThe Price is Rightö and ôAmerican Idolö features the different games at BallyÆs Las Vegas. The audience members enlisted by Fatone will have the chance to win thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.

KISS By Monster Mini Golf Now Displaying The Jacket Of Famed KISS Manager Bill AucoinKISS By Monster Mini Golf is a unique rock æn roll-themed amusement attraction based on the legendary band KISS. It acquires a piece of KISStory from its original KISS manager Bill AucoinÆs personal collection. This is the first time that an item has been released from AucoinÆs arsenal since AucoinÆs passing in 2010. On display inside the KISS Gallery, is a yellow ôDolce and Gabbanaö leather jacket. The venue got the item after winning ôAucoin Auctionö that benefits Relay for Life for The American Cancer Society.

PRB Rock Bar Las Vegas Announcing Grand Opening Of Rock Bar Addition – Grand opening of Rock Bar, the new party hot-spot on the Las Vegas strip, celebration was held on Friday, July 6 2012 at PBR Rock Bar & Grill inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Its dusk till dawn to all the party enthusiasts as the DJ plays the latest dance music. For $25 one can enjoy free flowing drinks from the house bar including Ketel One cocktails and domestic drafts to rock the night away!

Fine Entertainment owner Jonathan Fine, mentioned that he doesn’t care if you’re dressed casually when you come to his place, because Las Vegas is all about kicking back and having a great time, and that is exactly what we deliver at the new Rock Bar.

Tacos & Tequila Goes All In For National Hot Dog Day With Special Sonoran Dog – In celebrating the National Hot Dog day on Saturday, July 23, 2012, Americas best tequila bar Tacos & Tequila will launch blow-out promo prices on everyone’s favorite Mexican-tasting Sonoran Hot Dog, served only at T&T in Luxor Hotel and Casino.


Maverick HelicopterMaverick 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

Criss Angel: Believe by DW Grant

Criss AngelÆs ôBelieveö – Rock and Roll invades the World of Magic – Take the magic and mystery of Lance Burton and scramble it all up in the frenzy and irreverence of Rock and Roll and you just may have the written the script for Criss AngelÆs ôBelieve,ö now playing at the Luxor Hotel Casino. Even the theater itself seems to be an outrageous homage to one of AngelÆs mentors.

Best Little Whorehouse In Texas by Guy Chapman

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Spices Up The Plaza Showroom – When it comes to musical productions in Las Vegas, one usually has to look to either the Strip, or the newly opened Smith Center. However, show-savvy patrons might be surprised and pleased to know that there is a fun-filled and rollicking production down on the infamous Fremont Street Experience, deep in the heart of the Plaza Showroom.


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Access Vegas Insider Vibe June 20, 2012

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True Blood’s Sam Trammell Spotted Enjoying Absinthe – Star of HBOÆs vampire series, True Blood’s Sam Trammell was spotted enjoying the thrills and chills from the eccentric cast of Absinthe on June 16, 2012. After taking in the raunchy fun of the show, Trammell took the time to hang out with the cast afterwards for photos to end the night.

Named the ôBest New Showö on the Strip by both Vegas Seven and Las Vegas Weekly, Absinthe at Caesars Palace is the fantastical blend of carnival and spectacle, featuring wild and outlandish acts in a theatre-in-the-round presentation suitable for all seasons.

Construction For Hakkasan Las Vegas Underway At MGM Grand – Construction is underway for Hakkasan Las Vegas, an upscale dining experience with a lavish lounge and nightclub created by Hakkasan Ltd. and its partners Angel Management Group (AMG). Unveiling this December at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, the notable development has taken over the former Studio 54 space and the main exterior facade at one of the busiest intersections on The Strip: Las Vegas Boulevard South and Tropicana Avenue.

Caesars Palace to Celebrate Independence Day with Rooftop Fireworks Display Saturday, July 7 – In celebration of Independence Day, Caesars Palace will light up the sky with an impressive fireworks display from the rooftop of the Roman Tower on Saturday, July 7. The celebratory show will kickoff at 9:15 p.m., weather permitting, granting hotel guests and passersby the best views on the Las Vegas Strip from the front fountains at Caesars Palace Saturday, July 7 at 9:15 p.m.

Rhumbar Celebrates Fourth Of July With Day Party On The Patio With Drink Specials – There will be plenty of cocktails, cigars and hookahs to go around as Rhumbar at The Mirage Hotel & Casino celebrates the Fourth of July with a midday party on Wednesday, July 4.

A DJ will get the party started on RhumbarÆs tropical patio amid the energy of the Las Vegas Strip with a mix of Top 40 hits and dance music. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Independence Day guests will enjoy $5 vodka mixed drinks, Sweet Strawberry Rum Punch and 16-ounce Coors Light bottles as well as $18 buckets of domestic beer and $8 house cigars. Starting at 3 p.m., guests may order hookahs and even get patriotic with red, white and blue flavors such as Cherry, Vanilla and Blue Mist.

October 2012 Dates Announced For Elton JohnÆs ôThe Million Dollar Pianoö At The Colosseum At Caesars Palace – Returning to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace to perform his smash hit show that critics have called ôan epic masterpiece of musical entertainment,ö tickets for the following Oct. 2012 performances of Elton JohnÆs ôThe Million Dollar Pianoö go on sale Monday, June 18.

Tacos & Tequila Celebrates The Red, White, And Blue With100-Ounce Frozen Flagpole DaiquirisTacos & Tequila (T&T) will celebrate the Fourth of July with the 100-ounce frozen Flagpole Daiquiri available throughout the month of July at Luxor Hotel and Casino.

Patriotic partygoers will celebrate Independence Day with the Flagpole DaiquiriÆs layers of frozen flavors including red strawberry daiquiri, white pina colada and blue coconut banana served in a 3-foot souvenir cup. Guaranteed to offer relief from the Las Vegas heat, the specialty cocktail will be available at T&TÆs daiquiri bar and priced at $35 with refills available for $25.

Fire up the Grill in Celebration of National Grilling Month – Leave the lighter fluid and matches on the patio and head indoors for National Grilling Month this July. The chefs of MGM Resorts are ready to prepare a hot-off-the-grill meal that will tantalize your taste buds.

  • The art of grilling is highlighted by the Japanese-style Robata Grill at Japonais at The Mirage. Guests gather around the Robata bar, located in the stylish lounge, and watch as chefs prepare skewered food such as lobster, steak, shrimp and asparagus, over a traditional charcoal grill that is simple, yet accentuates the natural flavors of the meats.
  • The Steak House at Circus Circus has reached a landmark 30 years of service and fires up their grill nightly with approximately 200 pounds of mesquite wood charcoal from Mexico. Mouthwatering aromas fill this award-winning classic steakhouse as meat-lovers watch their menu selection cook on the open-hearth fire. Among the delectable offerings available are Filet Mignon, Rib-Eye, Porterhouse and New York Strip.
  • Sensi at Bellagio enlivens all five senses as part of the dining experience thanks to a presentation kitchen in the center of the dining room where chefs craft dishes using sustainable, fresh ingredients. The restaurant devotes a section of the menu to grilled food such as line-caught Tuna Steak Au Poivre and Kalbi Flat Iron Steak made of American Wagyu with crispy bone marrow and kim chee.

Madame Tussauds Unveils Environmentally Friendly Leonardo DiCaprio FigureMadame Tussauds Las Vegas located at The Venetian unveiled a wax figure of Golden Globe winner and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio. In honor of the actorÆs dedication to the environment, the figureÆs head was created from natural clay and beeswax materials containing organic pigment. Photo credit: Erik Kabik / www.erikkabik.com

Stripsteak At Mandalay Bay Presents Intimate Scotch DinnerStripsteak a Michael Mina Restaurant at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino presents an intimate Scotch Dinner Thursday, June 28 at 8 p.m. The exclusive event will feature a specially created five-course menu with a different scotch from The Macallan Portfolio to complement each delectable course.


Maverick Helicopter over Grand CanyonMaverick 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!

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Las Vegas Show Reviews

Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil by Terri D’Richards

Cirque In Las Vegas, All You Need is LOVE – This super Cirque-adelic Lovefest combines director Dominic ChampagneÆs wildly fanciful interpretations of The Beatles music and history performed to the very best of the beloved bandÆs hit songs. The tracks used in the production represent two years in Abby Road studios for famed Beatles producer George Martin and his son Giles. The team used original master recordings from The Beatles catalog, combined with bits and pieces of songs, alternate vocal takes, and in studio banter.

American Storm by Sarah Jane Woodall

American Storm: No One Is Safe From Their Flirtatious Moves – GirlsÆ Night Out is a classic Vegas tradition. Whether it be a bachelorette party, divorce party, or birthday party û or just because you and your girlfriends feel like getting wild û Vegas is the perfect city in which to unleash your inner bad girl. You wanna drink? WeÆve got bars. You wanna dance? WeÆve got nightclubs. But even more important than either of those… if you wanna ogle some half-naked beefcake, weÆve got you covered there, too!


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

Hello From Las Vegas! – For those of you used to reading my column at the beginning of the newsletter, I’ve decided to relocate it down here. Fortunately, we continue to gain subscribers (thanks for telling your friends… and if you haven’t, what’s keeping you?) and while I appreciate that many of you enjoy my Vegas insights, they cover a range from visitor numbers to the real estate market and beyond. Many subjects that have little to do with your next visit. Hence, we’re running the visitor news and reviews first now and I’ll pontificate down here.

Also a quick note: I’ll be on hiatus from the newsletter throughout much of July. We’ve got new hires to bring up to speed, we need to finish development on that amazing money-saving app we’re working on, and get ready to launch our own “Best Of Vegas” contest. All huge undertakings, and there are only so many hours in the day.

It Was Bound To Happen – April marked the first month in a couple of years that visitor volume was down over the same month of the previous year. Before all the Vegas-haters out there start to rejoice and dream of the demise of the city (a la the many hit-piece articles and blogs written during the height of the recession), the decline was microscopic and wholly due to the fact that last April had one more weekend in it then this year did.

Which lends itself to an obvious Vegas tip: In many cities, hotel rooms cost more during the weekday (to bilk the business visitor) and rates are relaxed on the weekend. Las Vegas is exactly the opposite. With the exception of a few really busy convention weeks each year, rates and occupancy for weekdays are much more palatable. Plus, you enjoy a little more elbow room.

Dueling Stadiums – Actually, dueling perhaps isn’t the right word. A developer has put a down payment on his bid for acreage south of the M Resort with the intention of building a stadium. Interestingly enough, the current negative of Sam Boyd Stadium (where UNLV plays football and also the home of concerts, motocross, and similar) is that the location in the far east part of the valley is inconvenient to most residents.

Speaking of UNLV, a stadium on the campus (somewhat centrally located and 1.5 miles east of The Strip) seems to be gaining momentum. Mayor(s) Goodman are still hell-bent on a downtown stadium housing an NBA team. Not to be outdone, Ceasers Entertainment still seems to be pursuing their quest to build an arena behind the Imperial Palace. We’ll keep you posted!

Train To Nowhere Now Going Somewhere – We’ve been reporting on the proposed high-speed train from Las Vegas to Victorville, CA which was supposed to let you transfer to another line going to Palmdale, where it then let you transfer to another line going to Los Angeles (follow the bouncing ball here, people). An agreement has been reached with the intention to run the original line all the way to Palmdale where one would (for now) get on a commuter train to Los Angeles.

The long term plan would be to upgrade the line from Palmdale all the way into Los Angeles so the high speed train could make the run non-stop at greatly increased speeds. Oh, much of the line will be funded by a federal loan (which means, guess who holds the bag if it fails).

Look, this is just “same song, second verse” and these people continue to be as high as a kite (figuratively speaking):

  • The detour over to Palmdale doesn’táappreciably add miles to the trip. BUT, having to change trains (during which time you’re going exactly 0 miles per hour) then taking a commuter train the remaining 60 miles into Los Angeles at normal train speeds is going to go quite a ways to negate the time you saved during the high-speed portion of the trip.

    But wait Ted… you noted that the train would eventually be high speed all the way. I don’t think so. Read on…

  • The Palmdale to Los Angeles portion runs through Solidad Canyon. Read that again: CANYON. Even though it is presently used as a major freight and passenger line, the twists and turns of the canyon restrict the speeds which can be obtained. Don’t take my word for it. View these YouTube videos:

    While neither train is creeping, they aren’t exactly breaking any speed records through the canyon. And if you look at the scenery and surrounding mountains, you’ll see that routing options are limited.

    Add to the fact that high-speed rail requires no railroad crossings (people would be getting splattered left and right as the train would be on them before they see it) which means the cost to elevate this thing all the way through the Los Angeles area is going to turn out sky-high.

Las Vegas’ most juiced-in PR firm is handing this turkey now. Even they are going to have a hard time spinning this one.

New Construction On “The Strip” – – Kind of. A new 20 story timeshare tower is being added to the existing Grandview Resorts complex (which will bring the total number of towers to 8). The location? Next to the South Point, right on Las Vegas Blvd. but 6 miles south of Mandalay Bay. I’d like to consider myself pretty savvy when it comes to Las Vegas, but I’m at a loss on this one. Major projects are stalled all over town, but in a really bad economy people are buying timeshares? In a city where (weeknights) $21 a night will get you a room downtown and $32 on The Strip?

Downtown Housing Set To Grow By Leaps And Bounds – I’ve been asked why we cover housing issues in a Vegas travel newsletter. But believe it or not, quite a few readers either are thinking or at least dreaming of eventually moving here, which makes it good to know where the city is headed. Long-time readers know that I’ve been predicting a residential boom downtown for a couple of years now. Put another one in the proverbial “Ted Was Right” column: A recent article Chances open up for Las Vegas downtown living space highlights the pending downtown residential progression.


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

  • Hash House A Go Go – This restaurant has become a new classic in town. Best known for its farm fresh food, creative menu offerings and hugeàwe mean, HUGE portions, Hash House A Go Go has been visited by a number of celebrity foodies such as Martha Stewart and Rachel Ray. And get this, Their famous oversized portions have even been featured on the Travel ChannelÆs hit show, Man Versus food. Locations include Imperial Palace, The Plaza and M Resort.
  • The New Octavius Tower at Caesars Palace – Octavius Tower, the sixth hotel tower at Caesars Palace, raises the industry standard with an innovative technology package. The exclusive Octavius Tower web application and in-room technology features create a unique, interactive and high-touch service experience for hotel guests, unlike any other on the Las Vegas Strip.
  • Senor Frogs – This world-famous party restaurant has just opened at Treasure Island. To get an idea what to expect, enjoy this video story on their Myrtle Beach location.
  • Mizumi Grand Opening At Wynn Las Vegas – Mizumi, the newest restaurant at Wynn Las Vegas, opened with a star-studded party on June 7, 2012. Enjoy this restaurant preview.

Members Mania – We Love Our Readers!

Viva Elvis is one of the best shows I have seen in my 20+ years of going to Las Vegas. Now that it is closing, have you heard of any plans to come out with a DVD of the show?

Thanks for a great newsletter, and your help.

Alan Waldauer

Ted Responds:

Cirque du Soleil themselves note: “At the moment there is no DVD of the show Viva ELVIS, nor a documentary of its creation.” With the show closing, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for one. Interestingly enough, the feedback for Viva Elvis has been pretty good from our readers. People who loved the show really loved it.

Unfortunately, the appeal wasn’t as broad as anticipated. It has also been theorized that the Elvis estate didn’t give Cirque the latitude that they had with the Beatles Love, resulting in a show that wasn’t as appealing to general Cirque fans. For those who want a chance to see Viva Elvis before it closes, you have until August 18. Click for Viva Elvis Tickets


We just got back from Vegas! We were there May 30 to June 4. I saw some things I wanted to report. On two occasions I saw cab drivers help out of state drivers who were all turned around. They let in a guy from California who decided to switch to the turning lane at a red light from two lanes over. They let us make a crazy U-turn at Paris when we were trying to find parking for BallyÆs which I now think is the same parking structure. IÆve been thinking of cab drivers as villains since the long hauling reports.

Also I didnÆt find the card slappers to be aggressive. People gave them a wide berth and they didnÆt approach anyone. The medians were pretty and well groomed. They had big orange tiger lilies in them. Not sure what the fight is over strip maintenance. Flamingo needs to do something with their foliage out front. ItÆs overgrown their signage.

Overall we were very pleasantly surprised with conditions on The Strip. We donÆt usually stay over the weekend because of the crowds, but everyone was nice on and off the strip. We were luckier downtown. CanÆt wait to go again! Keep the newsletters coming!

Gina Kasky

 

Ted Responds:

I’ll take your word for it on the cab drivers. All we know from driving around the tourist areas is that they are generally horrible drivers and very inconsiderate. Just like being in Las Vegas on a rainy day, or hitting a slot jackpot, I guess anything is possible on any given day. Including seeing a nice cabbie!

The pornslappers have had to dial their aggressiveness back a bit according to an agreement they have reached (for now) with the county. I continue to advise visitors to simply not look at them and walk right along on your way. They can’t make any physical contact with you whatsoever (it could be construed as assault) and always end up backing off.

Flamingo owners Caesars Entertainment are well-known for their “deferred” maintenance. A running joke on the internet has been what sad and faded shape the Paris Las Vegas balloon is in when you observe it in the daylight. Now that they are building the new $550 million Project Linq, they’ll have even more space to let get all run down!

No question that Las Vegas is a different beast on the weekend. Weekdays bring value-oriented travelers, often from the mid-west. Weekends bring Californians and those with “fly-in” budgets who have only a couple of days here and want to party-hearty, making the most of it.

Also, the crowds can vary. The weekends just before or after a major holiday like Labor Day are relatively uncrowded and more tame. Also, some are what I call “California” weekends. For some reason, everybody in our neighboring state seems to get the same itch to visit at the same time. All at the last minute. And come Friday night, the town overflows with CA license plates.

We continue to suggest that people take their gambling budgets downtown until The Strip starts offering better paying slots and table game rules. Official Nevada Gaming stats always show that downtown is looser.

Thanks for reading!


This is by far the most informative newsletter out there. I subscribe to two magazines and do not get any information that I can really use. I will be ready and willing to pay for your wonderful newsletter and hard work you do to put this together.

Dee Clark

 

Ted Responds:

Thanks for the kind words. We do work really hard to put everything together. And while we will be going to a subscriber model, we are prepping additional features that will make it worth it for everyone.


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More Las Vegas News – Shows – Events

Access Vegas Insider Vibe June 13, 2012

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

Ted was out last week with a serious bout of the flu. He is starting to get back in the saddle and his sections Newkirk’s Notes and Members Mania will return next week.

Please enjoy this issue prepared by staff:

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler
Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


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The Steak House At Circus Circus Marks Its 30th Anniversary With An Unbeatable Dinner Special – Enjoy a complete Petite Filet or Prime Rib dinner for $30 throughout the month of June.

In a city that is continuously evolving its culinary scene with new restaurant venues both on and off The Strip, itÆs rare to find an establishment that has withstood the test of time and remained a favorite of Las Vegas locals and tourists alike for three decades. The Steak House at Circus Circus has reached a landmark 30 years of service and recognizes this milestone is a cause for celebration. Throughout the month of June, loyal guests and first time visitors can commemorate The Steak HouseÆs anniversary by enjoying a $30 Petite Filet or Prime Rib dinner special.

Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace Reveals Hotel Design, Announces Rooms On Sale October 1, 2012 – Nobu Hospitality partners including Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper, along with designer David Rockwell and principals from Caesars Palace, gathered yesterday at the original Nobu in New York City to provide guests with an initial glance inside the worldÆs first Nobu Hotel, set to open in Las Vegas late 2012. In addition to revealing the first look into the hotel design, the group announced guest bookings will begin Oct. 1. Rooms can be booked online at NobuHotelCaesarsPalace.com.

Sneak Peek Into Nobu MatsuhisaÆs First Restaurant On The Famed Las Vegas Strip – Chef Nobu MatsuhisaÆs largest and most innovative restaurant yet will open alongside the worldÆs first Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. Both the restaurant and the hotel will make their debuts later this year.

“This restaurant will mark many first milestones – the first Nobu on the Las Vegas Strip, the very first of my restaurants to offer an in-room dining menu and the first-ever Nobu to open alongside a Nobu Hotel,” said Matsuhisa. “We pour our hearts into each new project and are passionate about crafting imaginative ideas with our guests in mind. Caesars Palace shares our values in striving to leave guests with lasting memories and we are thrilled to be revealing the new concepts and designs for Nobu Caesars Palace.”

Palazzo Hosted the 2012 Las Vegas Epicurean AffairThe Palazzo Las Vegas hosted the Las Vegas Epicurean Affair presented by the Nevada Restaurant Association featuring nearly 75 renowned restaurants and beverage purveyors. Approximately 1,800 guests mingled amongst the elegant Pools at The Palazzo and sampled culinary delights from local celebrated restaurants. Recognized as one of the cityÆs premier tasting events, this yearÆs sold out Epicurean Affair dazzled once again as world-class chefs tempted guestsÆ palates throughout the evening.

Tender Steak & Seafood Introduces New Summer Menu Selections – Summer dishes have arrived at TENDER Steak & Seafood, and Executive Chef K.C. Fazel has crafted exceptional creations with the freshest flavors to offer guests an unforgettable dining experience at Luxor Hotel and Casino.

Guests will begin their dinner with exclusive summer starters including Quonset Point Oysters from Narragansett Bay, RI. Diners also will enjoy a new Vegetarian Heirloom Tomato Soup with basil, garlic and feta sourdough croutons or an Heirloom Tomato and Buffalo Mozzarella salad with basil olive oil, sea salt and black cracked pepper.

Sail To New England At BellagioÆs Conservatory & Botanical Gardens – A slice of the Northeastern seashore moves west to BellagioÆs Conservatory & Botanical Gardens for the summer floral exhibition. Inspired by water, light and scent, guests are transported to the endearing and crisp atmosphere of New England through September 9. New to the summer exhibition is a blue and white lighthouse with a rotating light as well as live performances by classical and jazz guitarists daily from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tacos & Tequila Introduces New Summer Specials – As the weather gets warmer, Executive Chef Saul Ortiz heats up happy hour with new specials at Tacos & Tequila (T&T). And, to make sure no guest gets left out of the fiesta, Chef Ortiz also has created new all day specials sure to keep the party going every week day at Luxor Hotel and Casino.

Golden Nugget Picks College Football Games Of The Year – The Golden Nugget Las Vegas will be the first casino and sports book in Las Vegas to post lines on its 2012 College Football Games of the year on June 11.

This will be the propertyÆs sixth consecutive year announcing over one hundred key college games of the year which take place Aug. 31 through the last game on Dec. 8.

Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer Rocks Fourth Of July With Independence Day Barbecue PlatterLynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer at Excalibur Hotel & Casino will celebrate the red, white and blue holiday with an Independence Day Barbecue Platter, priced at $17.76, on Wednesday, July 4.

The finger-lickinÆ platter, priced to honor the year of AmericaÆs independence, will make every guest see fireworks. The celebratory dish is piled high with three slices of juicy beef brisket, two fall-off-the-bone spare ribs and a hearty sausage link.

Casa Fuente Announces Junefest Featuring First Craft Beer Festival – Casa Fuente inside The Forum Shops at Caesars presents JuneFest, an entire month dedicated to beer with the first Casa Fuente Craft Beer Festival set to take place on June 22-23, 2012.

Each week in the month of June, Casa Fuente will feature a selection of small batch and craft beers for patrons to enjoy while beating the heat and relaxing on the indoor patio.

Comme Ãa Will Launch æLe BarbecueÆ Series With Bastille Day CelebrationComme Ãa, the modern French brasserie by acclaimed Chef David Myers at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, will commence its ôLe Barbecueö summer grilling series on the patio with a Bastille Day celebration on Saturday, July 14.

Myers, chef and owner of the celebrated restaurant, along with Executive Chef Brian Howard, have created a Parisian-inspired barbecue menu of selections made to order from the wood-fired grill on Comme ÃaÆs patio, including freshly-made Leg of Lamb, Skirt Steak au Poivre and Beer Can Chicken.

Fantasy Splashes Into Summer With Tracey As JuneÆs æShowgirl Of The MonthÆ – All the way from Warrington, England, British beauty Tracey graces the 2012 ôUltimate Fantasyö calendar as JuneÆs ôShowgirl of the Month.ö Dressed in see-through black lingerie, the brunette bombshell teases fans with her gorgeous looks in the seductive two-piece ensemble.

The FANTASY knockout is both domestic and adventurous. She likes to cook, bake and sew as well as zip-line down Bootleg Canyon in Boulder City, NV. Tracey dreams of one day being able to travel to exotic countries and visiting Paris again û her favorite city.

Lasagna Lovers Unite To Enjoy National Lasagna Day At TreviTrevi, the celebrated Italian restaurant inside The Forum Shops at Caesars, will celebrate National Lasagna Day with its delicious lasagna pizza and authentic lasagna entrÚe, each specially-priced exclusively on Sunday, July 29.

Chef Peter ScaturroÆs newest signature dish, the lasagna pizza, will be offered for $13.95 in honor of the national holiday. The deep dish delight is layered with Italian sausage, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses and topped with a tangy pomarola sauce. Lasagna lovers will also enjoy a discount on the classic lasagna, priced at $17.29 for the day. This homemade Italian favorite is layered with pasta, zesty meat sauce and topped with flavorful ricotta and mozzarella cheeses.

RÝ Rß Las Vegas Hosts European Football Championship Viewing Parties û Gives Away Trip To See The LA Galaxy – Soccer fans can catch all the 2012 European Football Championship action at RÝ Rß Las Vegas this summer. Starting Friday, June 8, the pub will host viewing parties for fans during each match of the tournament.

During the Championship Final on Sunday, July 1, RÝ Rß will give away two tickets to see the LA Galaxy play at The Home Depot Center in Los Angeles this season. For every pint they buy during each viewing party at RÝ Rß, fans will receive an entry form for the drawing. The pub will offer drink specials for every viewing party.

Discover Italy Series Continues At Onda Ristorante & Wine Lounge At The Mirage With New Prix Fixe Menus And Unlimited Wine – Beginning July 12, the culinary exploration of Italy continues with the second half of the 2012 Discover Italy series at Onda Ristorante & Wine Lounge at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. Kicking off the second Thursday of each month through November, guests will be able to eat their way across Italy with a new, succulent, $59 three-course prix fixe menu, highlighting one of five regions. Culinary tourists also will have the option to add an unlimited premium wine pairing for $18. Discover Italy schedule of events through November 2012 is as follows:

CarlosÆn CharlieÆs Encourage Guests To Cool-Off With Happy Hour SpecialsCarlosÆn CharlieÆs is ready for summer and to cool off from the heat wave they are rolling out Happy Hour drink specials. Throughout the day, guests can enjoy 2-for-1 regular and ôBig Mammaö size frozen margaritas including CharlieÆs Frozen Margarita, Mango Margarita and Passion Fruit Margarita. Daily 2 – 6 p.m.


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Las Vegas Show Reviews

 

Le Reve by Guy Chapman

Le Reve – A Rich Playground Of Action, Magic, and Drama – To truly appreciate ôLe Reveö, one must surrender themselves to the idea of entering a dream-like world of sight and sound that will be unlike any ônormalö entertainment experience found on the Las Vegas Strip. With lush visuals, breathtaking acrobatics, and an immersive musical soundscape, guests will find a performance that will remain with them long after they have left the theater.

Housed within the Wynn Hotel and Casino, ôLe Reveö is a show that, while starting firmly on the ground, takes to the air and water instantly. And in many of those moments, it is likely to happen all at once. The show does not disappoint in providing spectacle. The set and its performers work as one constant and living organism. If it is not multiple performers providing a number of impressive feats all at once, it is the stage itself, rising and falling, and in many instances, transforming into a full pool of water to provide the most diverse set pieces of any show in Vegas.

Nathan Burton Comedy Magic by Terri DÆRichards

Nathan Burton Comedy Magic – If you believe that ôcomedyö magic must be lightweight then be prepared to think again after seeing Nathan Burton in action. Burton chooses to enrobe his illusions in whimsical concepts, however, the tricks are as seamless and astounding as any youÆre likely to see on the Strip or elsewhere.

Many folks may already find Burton recognizable from ôAmericaÆs Got Talentö where he wowed judges and audiences alike, and E! networkÆs ôThe Entertainerö, as well as his appearances on ôMiami Inkö and VH1Æs ôSurreal Lifeö. The Las Vegas based magician also garnered media attention for his incredible charity fund-raiser stunt: surviving for 7 days with no food or water in a glass box suspended above the Las Vegas Strip — in true Vegas style he did include a revolving roster of showgirls in the box with him!


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

  • Vegas TV Show Preview – ‘Vegas’ is inspired by the true story of former Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb, a rancher tasked with bringing order to Las Vegas in the 1960s. Note: The show is being shot in Las Vegas… New Mexico. You’ll see in the outdoor scenes that it does NOT look like Southern Nevada. New Mexico offers very favorable tax incentives for TV and movie shoots.
  • FIRST Food & Bar – Chef Sam DeMarco is bringing the neighborhood bar and restaurant concept back to life. FIRST Food & Bar is a hip, yet comfortable restaurant located inside The Shoppes at the Palazzo. The menu features American eats that are delicious and affordable.
  • Grand Canyon Helocopter Ride – See what is is like to visit the bottom of the Grand Canyon with Maverick Helicopter Tours then take off and soar though the canyon.
  • Belly Up To Oscar’s Bar – Enjoy this video preview of Oscar Goodman’s “Beef, Booze, and Broads” restaurant at The Plaza in downtown Las Vegas.

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