Access Vegas Insider Vibe May 30, 2012

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

    Hello From Las Vegas! – After a very chilly Memorial Day weekend (Saturday topped out at 73 degrees, Sunday barely made it to 80), we’re into the triple-digits as we crest into June. (Triple 777’s on a slot machine = Good. Triple digits on the thermometer = Toasty).

    June’s average high is 99 degrees, so we’ve likely seen the last of days in the 80’s, let alone 70’s. The next time we’ll feel cool-to-cold? Probably around September. No complaints from me! Except for the pesky electric bill for air conditioning, I’m all about the heat.

    Thanks For The Kind Words – I want to thank everyone who dropped me an email regarding the 13’th anniversary of this newsletter. I need to note that as I was doing a delete of my spam folder (where newsletter replies sometimes end up), I was hitting the delete button on a pile of email when I (just a half-second too late) noted a newsletter reply from someone names Cynthia. So Cynthia, feel free to write back. I’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again!

    Holly Madison To Leave Peepshow – Las Vegas’ favorite sex symbol is ending her Peepshow (click for tix) run next week next month at the end of the year. No word on what is next for her. She really went above and beyond the call of duty, integrating herself into the Las Vegas community as a full-fledged resident and pretty much never saying no to an appearance or taking a minute with fans.

    Also, don’t forget that Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular (click for tix) ends after Labor Day weekend. This is your last chance to see the special Las Vegas production of the show in the custom special-effects theatre specifically built for the Vegas version. Click on the graphics in the right sidebar to purchase tickets to both.

    Lady Luck Update – The Lady Luck (which will re-open as The Downtown Grand) looks to be on its way with reports of remodeling work going on inside and an early 2013 opening. The bars and restaurants across from it on 3’rd streetáare hot spots, the Mob Museum is next door, and the revamping of the property will be another of many dominoes in the resurgence of downtown.

    Rich Or Budget? – A recent local article entitled Marketing quandary: Is Las Vegas a rich destination or budget stop? made some excellent points questioning the way Las Vegas markets itself. The average age of the visitor is 49, but most Las Vegas advertising seems to be aimed at those under 30 with endless amounts of money to spend (or at least credit cards they have not completely torched yet).

    We put a poll on our Facebook page asking you if Las Vegas seems just for the rich, enjoyable on somewhat of a budget, or a good value compared to other destinations. Head on over to our AccessVegas.com Facebook Page and put your two cents in! Make sure you Like us while you are there. Not a Facebook member? Don’t worry… we’re working on software which will let us eventually do polls on our own site as well.

    More On The WaynerWayne Newton Wins Restraining Order Against Landlord, Stalls Museum Plans. Wayne is striking back, and we’ll see how the chips fall in court.

    Hotel Noise – Las Vegas is a loud town. No question about it. Which can create a problem if you are an “early to bed, early to rise” type of person and/or simply a light sleeper. It isn’t just the noisy drunks retuning to their rooms at 3 AM. We also have outdoor nightclubs with DJ’s playing thump-thump music and live outdoor music venues. Downtown can be even worse, with the light show playing at 1 AM and live music on Fremont Street sometimes going until 2 AM.

    Our advice? If sleep is an issue for you, let the clerk know upon check-in. Ask if there is an issue with late-night music/noise in the vicinity of the property and if there is, request that they kindly locate you as far away from it as possible. Because of the project Linq construction, this also applies to Harrah’s, Imperial Palace, and The Flamingo right now.

    When To Visit Downtown – We’re revising our recommendations from last year, when we noted that downtown Fremont Street was pretty dull on weeknights (especially Monday and Tuesday) and busy on weekends. Well, weekends are not only busy, but just about out-of-control. Not in a bad way. Security is always good and people are usually well-behaved. However, we’re starting to talk some very serious crowds. If you like elbow room, visit on a weeknight. A daytime visit will net you cheap gambling and loose slots, but not the party which downtown is famous for.

    Enjoy This Issue!

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


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    Rock Of Ages Las Vegas

    The Bourbon Room Grand Opening At The Venetian Announces Rock Of Ages – The Bourbon Room at The Venetian made its grand opening last night with a surprise flash performance announcing the newest entertainment residency. As guests were enjoying signature bourbon cocktails and listening to the tunes of classic hairband music videos, more than forty dancers joined the party in their raddest æ80s attire, jumping up on the banisters and making their way through the crowd to the tunes of ôCum on Feel the Noize,ö ôI Wanna Rockö and ôNothinÆ But a Good Time.ö Photo Credit: IS Photography/ImagesOfVegas.com

    Public House To Honor Dads With Special Prix Fixe Menu And ôDrafts For Dadsö At Half-Price On FatherÆs DayPublic House, an American gastropub located in The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, will celebrate FatherÆs Day with a prix fixe menu and beer pairing priced at $48 per person and half-priced öDrafts for Dadsö on Sunday, June 17.

    Discover the Hidden Gems of Las Vegas – Sin City continues to be one of the most desirable getaways in the country. While uncovering the latest trendsetting spots can be easily accomplished, finding the true hidden gems can be hard to come by.

    • Pianist to the Presidents at Bellagio – Indulge in a splendid evening at BellagioÆs Petrossian Bar with live music from the pianist to Presidents of the United States. David Osborn has performed at the White House for many politicians including Presidents Carter, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama. Guests at Petrossian Bar can relax on one of the velvet couches overlooking the casino while enjoying beautiful music played by Osborn on the one-of-a-kind Steinway Grand. Osborn plays evenings Thursday-Sunday at the elegant lounge that gently sets the mood for sophisticated tastes and discerning palates. Talk about a hidden gem.
    • Wind Down at the Cigar & Cognac Lounge – Upstairs from Andre’s Restaurant inside Monte Carlo is the warm and welcoming Cigar & Cognac Lounge, a world of intimacy where guests can settle in by the fire with a drink and enjoy the seductive aroma of fine cigars. For the ultimate experience, let experts recommend a professional cognac and cigar pairing. It’s the perfect way to cap off a dinner at Andre’s, a show in the Monte Carlo Theatre or to simply wind down before turning in for the evening.
    • Complimentary Art Tours at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art – Las Vegas’ premier fine art exhibition venue, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, offers daily docent tours beginning promptly at 2 p.m. Each tour is complimentary with the purchase of admission. The 45-minute tour takes guests through exhibitions of paintings, sculptures and works on paper by the world’s most influential artists. These museum-caliber displays offer visitors a rare opportunity to view legendary works of art carefully selected from prestigious international collections.
    • Wine Tasting on the House at Onda – Onda Wine Lounge at The Mirage is an Italian-inspired lounge where guests can enjoy a selection of wines available to taste by purchasing a tasting flight or individually. Every Friday afternoon, the lounge offers free wine tastings to guests. A selection of artisan cheeses and meats is also offered. All wines will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle and also by the case which can be shipped to an address of choice.
    • Gaming in Style on the Beach – Directly on the sand and just feet from the crashing waves, the three-story, climate-controlled, glass-fronted Beachside Casino at Mandalay Bay offers fabulous amenities for guests. At the top sits the Villas Soleil with spectacular views of the entire Mandalay Bay Beach. Ranging in size from 250 to 500 square feet, these five villas are unlike any standard cabana in Las Vegas. Each of the contemporarily designed villas accommodates up to 16 guests and comes with cabana service and access to the private third-level pool. Each features cozy modular seating and day beds in crisp colors, a restroom, wet bar, 50-inch flat-screen television, MP3 player, safe, ceiling fan and a private deck overlooking The Beach.
    • Swan-side Dining at Swan Court at Aureole – The exclusive Swan Court at Aureole offers private outdoor dining next to a lagoon where beautiful white swans glide gracefully. Guests can enjoy a menu of seasonal dishes including artisan dry-aged beef and fresh seafood that reflect Chef Charlie PalmerÆs signature progressive American cuisine. Along with dinner, rare wines from around the world can be sampled. AureoleÆs visual trademark is a four-story wine tower with its very own Wine Angel Stewards, who stylishly ascend the tower to retrieve bottles.

    ôKiss The Skyö Summer Pool Parties Coming To BinionÆs Gambling HallBinionÆs Gambling Hall announces its summer pool party series, Kiss The Sky, with DJs, dancing, and drink specials high above Las Vegas at the historic propertyÆs 25th floor pool. Admission is free, and all guests 21 and over are invited to party under the stars every Friday night starting at 9pm from June 8 through August 31.

    Rice & Company And Tender Steak & Seafood Honor Dads On FatherÆs DayLuxor Hotel and Casino celebrates FatherÆs Day on Sunday, June 17 with a specially created menu and sushi roll designed to please even the most discerning of dads. Executive Sushi Chef Danny Chen of Rice & Company offers the spicy ôBig Daddyö sushi roll while Executive Chef K.C. Fazel of TENDER Steak & Seafood has crafted an unparalleled three-course prix fixe menu. Both are sure to make dadÆs day even more special.

    The Official Blues Brothers Revue And Blues, Brews, BBQ Festival At The Cannery Casino – Humor, music and a little mayhem. YouÆll get it all in the full presentation of The Official Blues Brothers Revue at the Cannery CasinoÆs indoor concert venue on Friday, June 22, 2012 at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door. The performance begins at 8 p.m.

    Taylor Hicks To Headline At BallyÆs Las Vegas – As announced on ôAmerican Idolö, Taylor Hicks, winner of the showÆs fifth season, will have an eight-week engagement headlining at BallyÆs Las Vegas beginning Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Hicks becomes the first ôAmerican Idolö winner or finalist to secure a residency in Las Vegas, a testament to his talent and staying power as one of the showÆs most beloved stars.

    The Great Indoors at MGM Resorts – With summer on its way, Las Vegas temperatures will soon hit the triple digits. Have no fear, MGM Resorts properties have plenty of indoor activities that will keep you entertained without breaking a sweat.

    • Retreat to The Adventuredome at Circus Circus Las Vegas, AmericaÆs largest indoor theme park. From a double-corkscrew roller coaster to 4-D adventures with SpongeBob SquarePants or Dora and Diego, The Adventuredome provides the thrill and excitement of a traditional theme park in a comfortably cool 72-degree setting.
    • Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is comprised of nearly 1.6 million gallons of water throughout 14 indoor exhibits. Home to more than 2,000 divinely dangerous animals including sharks, crocodiles, sawfish, piranhas and a rare Komodo Dragon, Shark Reef Aquarium is a total sensory experience that transports visitors to an undersea ocean of fantastic sights, sounds and encounters.
    • If itÆs 100 degrees outside, you might wear a tank top and flip-flops. However, to truly get cool you should put on a parka, boots and mittens while having a cocktail û especially in a lounge made entirely of ice. The largest ice bar in North America, Minus5 Ice Lounge at Monte Carlo is a wonderland of intricately handcrafted ice sculptures and architecture where the temperature is a constant minus 5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit). Even the glasses are made of ice so bundle up!

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

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    Las Vegas Show Reviews

     

    Zumanity by Cirque Du Soleil by Sarah Jane Woodall

    Zumanity: Cirque Du Soleil’s Edgy And Sexual Side – Ever since the first showgirl bared her breasts at the Dunes in 1957, Vegas has been AmericaÆs go-to titillation destination. Over the decades the city has hosted countless adult-themed shows, ranging from the merely risquÚ to the downright tawdry û and in modern times, even seedy.

    But now that weÆve evolved into a world-class entertainment capital with five-star restaurants and high-end shopping, even the adult entertainment has stepped up a notch. Sure, you can still wallow in lowbrow cheese… but for those who prefer an adult experience with class, now thereÆs an elegant option.


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


    Members Mania – We Love Our Readers!

    Just back in u.k. after great 6th trip to Vegas but what on earth have they done to Deuce bus on the strip. When we first went to Vegas we relied on the bus <2 dollars correct money any trip>, now it is 5 dollars minimum for two hours, what do you do in two hours? Stay on the bus and ride up and down the strip?

    See you again soon,

    Martyn!

     

    Ted Responds:

    Unfortunately, I don’t have the best news for you. Starting September 9, 2012 prices for the two-hour fare jump to $6. The two-hour fare is basically their way of instituting a “one way” bus fare. HOWEVER, you can get a 24-hour pass for only $8 (currently $7) and ride to your hearts content.

    An even better deal is the 3-day pass, clocking in at $20 (which will be unchanged when the other fares increase). At the end of the day, the Regional Transit Commission is facing the same kind of budget issues everyone else is and the fare hikes were inevitable.


    I just recently visited Las Vegas with my niece and I must say that for the first time in years they finally loosened the slot machines. It seems all the casinos we visited we made a little money.

    I guess they finally figured out if they loosened the slots people will spend more money instead of going to shows and tours.

    So it was a very nice trip this go round. Also anyone visiting Las Vegas, I would recommend Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall. I had a treat this time. They had the Elvis impersonators and the winner was from my home town. I wish him luck in Memphis at the finals.

    Can’t wait for next year to visit again. It will be my 10’th year in a row, hahah.

    Keep up the good work on your news letter.

    Thank you,

    Carol From Texas

     

    Ted Responds:

    Glad to hear you had a great trip! I’m not so sure that the slots have been loosened up (I don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up). Keep in mind that some trips, you’ll simply be more lucky than others.

    I’m with you, though: When I get up a bit, I like to walk with my money. Some people by into the myth that they are “playing with the house’s money”. The reality is that when you have credits on a machine or chips in front of you, that is YOUR money. All yours. Keep playing it too long, and it will return to being the house’s money.


    I always get fresh information from your newsletter, especially since I quit taking the LVRJ. I remember something else other than another Walgreens being approved for the site at LV Blvd and Sahara. LV needs another Walgreens like it needs another strip shopping center. Now we see why White Cross had to close.

    Ted, you sorely need a good proofreader.

     

    Ted Responds:

    We’re a little surprised that they are putting one in slightly less than a mile from the Walgreens at Convention Center drive and they have another one up at Charleston. I’m guessing that they are 1. Planning ahead to when The Sahara reopens and the North Strip gets some life and 2. Plan to cater to many neighborhoods within a 5-7 minute drive of that location (which includes me).

    Also, a significant amount of drive-in traffic headed to Circus Circus, Stratosphere, and Riviera drive right through that intersection when they get off the freeway at Sahara and I imagine they are hoping to pick up shoppers who want to stock up for their stay. If I were some of the various properties, I’d install an expanded on-site gift/grocery outlet and see if they can keep people out of the Walgreens.

    Proofreader? We’re lucky we get this things out every week as it is! In a perfect world, I’d have a staff of writers. In a perfect world, I’d have the budget for it!


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    Access Vegas Insider Vibe May 23, 2012

    AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

    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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    13’th Anniversary Issue

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

    Hello From Las Vegas! – We have a HUGE anniversary issue for you. Completely packed with great Las Vegas information. I’ve often joked that “Time flies when you don’t know what you are doing” but the reality is that 13 years ago I was contributing to alt.vacation.las-vegas (a newsgroup, which essentially was an internet bulletin board way before the dawn of web forums) with regular Las Vegas info and updates.

    Despite the fact that a good many people really appreciated my posts, a couple of the regular posters didn’t seem to like the fact that Iáwas having more fun then they were and started to take pot-shots at me. So, I took my ball and went home (so to speak). I said “I’m going to start an email newsletter” that would not only be sent out, but also posted online (blogging way before blogs existed) and said that if anyone wanted to subscribe, send me your email address. Slightly over 400 people did, and away we went (link to first ever issue).

    I’m obviously not a professional writer, we’ve never been the most fancy, and some of the internet code we use is still circa the late 90’s (we have HTML code on AccessVegas.com dating back to 1996). But I once read “If you can’t do it right, do it anyway” and we’re still here doing what we do. My 19 year (since I first moved here) romance with the city is still going strong. Our enthusiasm is 100% real and while I’ve noted countless times how I (nearly) live in the shadow of The Strip, that same energy that you enjoy when you visit permeates me 24/7. Thanks for taking the ride along with us!

    Bellagio Robbed Again – While the motorcycle bandit who held up The Bellagio for gaming chips in December 2010 enjoys all the amenities of (forced) government housing for the next nine years, you think everyone would have learned. Evidently not. A couple of guys pepper-sprayed a high limit blackjack table at the resort and grabbed $115,000 in $5,000 gaming chips. One got away (and later caught), the other was tackled and detained. Full details at Man arrested in casino chip heist at Bellagio and Botched Bellagio casino robbery leads to California man’s arrest

    Revving Up The Riv – Our friends at ViceLoungeOnline.com (and probably many others of you) may have been concerned about the long-term health of The Riviera. It and Circus Circus are currently pretty lonely in the North Strip and that situation doesn’t look to be changing for a long time. Even so, the owners are prepping to put $20-$30 million into the property, further sprucing it up (the rooms were remodeled in 2008 and various gaming floor renovations were done last year).

    They’ve moved the check-in desk back by the convention area and plan to really get serious about marketing their convention space (which has been underutilized forever). This amount is more than The D (formerly Fitzgerald’s downtown) is spending for their top-to-bottom renovations (including all the rooms), so we’re expecting The Riv to be in for some pretty nice changes.

    The Riviera is one place we seem to always get positive feedback about, so no question they are developing a loyal clientele. Las Vegas is setting records for number of visitors this year, and those people have to stay somewhere. We wish them the best and will report on the completed improvements down the road.

    Waynester Update – No sooner had we pressed the “send” button for last weeks newsletter — the one noting that we had absolutely no new information on Wayne Newton and the plan to turn his ranch into a tourist attraction — when everything hit the fan. (Because of current server limitations, our newsletter alerts take about two days to reach everyone on our list. Hence, some of you read the newsletter after reading the breaking news stories online. This is something we’ll be rectifying when we go to a paid subscribership basis and can afford the additional resources).

    In a nutshell, the group that purchased the rights to turn his home and land into a museum have sued Newton for delaying the project, smeared him with allegations that he sexually harassed his female horse trainer, and that the estate had been left to go to shambles and the many animals very poorly cared for. Newton claims (through his counsel) that the allegations are lies and the lawsuit was preemptive of one Newton planned to file in response to the construction delays.

    This doesn’t bode well for the completion of the project. As for the allegations, this isn’t exactly Newton’s first rodeo when it comes to lawsuits and legal problems. I’d wager he’ll make it through this relatively unscathed.

    SkyVue Isn’t Backing Down – The showdown continues between the two “London Eye” type observation wheels, and neither part is blinking yet. Caesars (the company) has begun work on their Linq project which includes an observation wheel (called the High Roller), and is funded, but no work has started on the wheel yet. Across from Mandalay Bay, construction is actually moving along for SkyVue.

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


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    Retired Ford Factory Worker Wins $1 Million In One Hand Playing Three Card Poker At Flamingo Las VegasLas Vegas experienced its second winner of the Caesars Entertainment exclusive $1 million Three Card Poker 6 Card BonusÖ table game on Friday, May 11. Dennis Hart, a retired Ford factory worker, won the $1 million grand prize off of one hand. Hart gave each of his three fellow players a $500 chip and generously tipped his dealer $20,000.

    The 2012 Miss USA Competition Will Heat Up The Las Vegas Strip On June 3 Live On NBC From Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino – NBC, Donald J. Trump and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announced today that the ô2012 MISS USA« Competitionö will air LIVE on NBC Sunday, June 3 (9 p.m. ET) from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas at the Theatre for the Performing Arts. Andy Cohen, host of BravoÆs ôWatch What Happens: Liveö and Giuliana Rancic, co-anchor of ôE! News,ö will host the competition.

    The Smith Center For The Performing Arts Kicks Off 2012/2013 Broadway Las Vegas Season With WickedWICKED, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, DisneyÆs Enchanted, Academy Award« winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (ôMy So Called Life,ö ôOnce And Againö and ôthirtysomethingö), is based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire. WICKED is set to make its Las Vegas debut on August 29.

    Gordon Ramsay Steak Reveals Signature Menu Items At Paris Las Vegas Restaurant – The wait is over as Gordon Ramsay Steak gives eager guests a peek of what delights await with three photos of signature dishes from the celebrated chefÆs highly anticipated dinner menu. Gordon Ramsay Steak opened on Friday, May 11 inside Paris Las Vegas.

    Acclaimed chef and TV personality Gordon Ramsay brings his flair for exciting cuisine to Paris Las Vegas in one of the most anticipated restaurant openings of 2012. Gordon Ramsay Steak is a high-energy restaurant which playfully transports guests from the Paris resort to the London atmosphere via a unique Euro-tunnel-like entryway.

    Trevi At The Forum Shops Inside Caesars Introduces New Menu And Happy Hour SpecialsTREVI at The Forum Shops at Caesars has introduced a new menu and happy hour specials just in time for summer.

    The first menu change since its grand opening in 2009, the new selections include an array of classic and contemporary Italian selections crafted by Executive Chef Peter Scaturro. An array of delectable new desserts have also been developed by Sous and Pastry Chef Hank Sbraccia, accompanying his celebrated fresh gelato made daily at the popular dining spot.

    Scaturro, a talented chef who learned to prepare Italian dishes through his upbringing and training in New York City, showcases an array of new house specialties on the new menu. Scaturro will continue to update the menu every spring and fall to highlight the freshest ingredients and to offer lighter or heartier dishes in keeping with seasons. In addition to serving up classic Italian cuisine, Scaturro also believes in the quality of service and guestsÆ experiences at the restaurant.

    Tender Steak & Seafood Introduces New Selections – Chef K.C. Fazel Refreshes Menu For The Season – Spring is in the air and K.C. Fazel, Executive Chef of the elegant TENDER Steak & Seafood at Luxor Hotel and Casino, has infused the restaurantÆs menu with the freshest ingredients and flavors of the season to offer guests an unparalleled dining experience.

    Fazel has enhanced each selection by introducing a host of new offerings, creating dishes that are made from the purest sources available. ôAny recipe is only as good as the ingredients, and the most important part of my job is to find the best ingredients available,ö said Fazel.

    The Chocolate Lounge & Wine Bar Inside Sugar Factory American Brasserie Introduces Wine And Chocolate Pairings – The Chocolate Lounge & Wine Bar inside Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas will now offer wines from around the world, along with their decadent chocolate-focused menu, beginning on Friday, June 1. The lounge will also feature an expertly-trained sommelier to assist patrons with their wine and chocolate pairing selections.

    The new wines and chocolates will be available in five different paring options. The parings range from ôA Taste,ö featuring one pour of a guestÆs choice with one signature chocolate selection, priced at $8, to the ôGrand Tour,ö showcasing all six featured wine pours paired with six signature chocolate selections.

    Iconic Exterior Signs Removed From OÆSheas Casino – Iconic exterior branded signs from the recently-closed O’Sheas Casino were removed from the property’s exterior earlier this morning. The branded signs will take residency in the new O’Sheas Casino in its location inside The LINQ, a $550 million dollar entertainment, retail and dining corridor set to open in 2013, while others will be donated for display at The Neon Museum. Photo Credit: Cashman Photo

     

    Qua Baths & Spa At Caesars Palace Named In Top 100 Resort Spas By Conde Nast Traveler – CondÚ Nast Traveler, the renowned luxury travel publication, recently released its 2012 annual readersÆ poll results where Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace was recognized as one of the ôTop 100 Resort Spasö in the U.S. Mainland category.

    The Roman-inspired spa is one of two Las Vegas spas on the Strip to be highlighted in the ôTop 100 Resort Spasö category. Results from the magazineÆs 22nd annual readersÆ poll ranked Qua Baths & Spa 52nd, up one spot from last year, with an overall score of 92.2 out of 100.

    Venetian And Palazzo Kick Off Carnevale With Mese Di ArteThe Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas will kick off the quintessential summer festival, Carnevale, with Mese di Arte (Art Month) from June 4 through June 30. Throughout the month, the resorts will be transformed into an art gallery with unbelievable 3D chalk artists, glassblowers, potters, living art installations and an interactive Art Walk. All demonstrations will take place in The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium & Gardens daily from 1-6 p.m. and select art work will be available for purchase to take the magic of Carnevale home.

    PBR Rock Bar & Grill Is Las VegasÆ One Stop Spot For Everything NBA Finals With Drink SpecialsPBR Rock Bar & Grill inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will host NBA Finals parties for every fanatic from the East to West coast complete with incredible drink specials.

    From June 12 through 26, PBR Rock Bar & Grill will show every NBA Final game on their 105 flat-screen TVs throughout the interior and exterior. In addition to PBR Rock BarÆs weekly drink specials, any patron that wears their teamÆs jersey during game time can enjoy $3 wells and drafts.

    Miracle Mile Shops Ushers In Multiple, New And Remodeled Tenants – Popcorn lovers will delight when Chicago gourmet popcorn legend Garrett Popcorn opens its first Las Vegas location at Miracle Mile Shops this September. Now open, Jamba by Jamba Juice offers better-for-you, specialty beverage and food offerings such as whole fruit smoothies, sandwiches, fresh squeezed juices and juice blends, hot coffee and teas and more. Blow-dry bar Dollheads opens this June featuring a salon for blowouts and extensions. In November, GRATiAE brings its line of unique and organic skin care products to Miracle Mile Shops.


    Grand CanyonMaverick Grand Canyon Western Territory Tour By Plane û Experience the thrill of the Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, on a flight with Maverick Airlines. Fly in Maverick style on a Beechcraft 1900D aircraft to Grand Canyon West as you enjoy spectacular views along Eagle Point. At the Indian Village you will receive a brief introduction to the Hualapai Indian legends and culture, and then proceed to Guano Point, where you’ll observe a breathtaking view of the canyon.

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    Las Vegas Show Reviews

     

    Crazy Horse Paris by Guy Chapman

    Entertaining And Sensual, Crazy Horse Paris Is One Of A Kind – While there are a number of shows found on the Strip that focus on the naked body, thereÆs only one that can bring the sexiness and beauty of French burlesque to the stage. That show is the ôCrazy Horse Parisö, found at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, and one it starts, your attention will be held for the next ninety minutes.

    Direct from its French homeland, this cabaret show wastes no time beginning its first number, which makes an impressive and surprising use of what initially seems to be a small stage. The stage itself is a collection of moving floors and rotating platforms, which immediately leads into a cinematic ôbehind the scenesö credits sequence.

    Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club by Terri DÆRichards

    Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club – Modern Comedy With An Homage To The Past – ôWhen I had the opportunity to build the ultimate comedy club at MGM Grand, I wanted a venue that captured the ambiance and style of the 1940s in New York,ö proclaims veteran television and film star Brad Garrett. ôThose were times when renovated warehouses were turned into speakeasies and small theaters, creating an intimate atmosphere with great entertainment.ö GarrettÆs new venue at MGM Grand delivers on point in fulfilling itÆs namesakeÆs goal of replicating famous New York night spots like The Copacabana, The Stork Club and JillyÆs — all well-known for their top-notch entertainment and unparalleled customer service.


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

    • Pinball Hall of Fame – Where else besides Las Vegas would you expect to find something as unique as the Pinball Hall of Fame? Yep, you heard us right, the Pinball Hall of Fame is a giant room filled with pinball and arcade game dating back all the way to the 1930Æs just waiting for you to come out and play them.
    • Las Vegas’ Drunken Desserts – Drinking at a bar or club in Las Vegas is so old school – at least that’s what two companies hope will be the latest Sin City trend. SnoBar and Sin City Cupcakes are serving up sweets that pack a serious punch. Read more…
    • I-15 Mountain Pass, CA And The Mojave Desert National Preserve– Although only accounting for 10% of our readership, Southern California accounts for around 50% of all Las Vegas visitors. The majority of them making the 5-8 hour trip (depending on traffic) by car. This time-lapse video starts at the CA/NV boarder and takes you south through a “high desert” portion of the trip.Next time you fly in and have to deal with the TSA and cramped planes and crazy airline fees, watch this video and be glad that you aren’t making this drive home all sunburned and hung over on a busy Sunday when half of Southern California is trying to get back home.
    • Chefs’ Gigantic Creations Push Las Vegas Diners To The Ultimate Challenge – There really isn’t a secret to eating an 8-pound hamburger. Really. You just take one bite after another until it’s gone. Mind over matter. This is the approach that Rich LeFevre, all 128 pounds of him, takes when presented with an 8-pound burger at The Pub in Monte Carlo recently. Read more…

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    Access Vegas Insider Vibe May 16, 2012

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    More Vintage Vegas Photos – A few weeks ago, we linked to a photo set of Las Vegas photos from the 50’s through the 80’s. Hot on its heels, Life Magazine has placed 23 (until now) unpublished photos from the 50’s. Enjoy Vintage Vegas: Rare Photos Of A Desert Boomtown

    Cheap Food On The Strip – Our friends over at Vegas Chatter recently published a blog post titled What’s Eating At Us About The Strip, detailing how expensive even many of the hotel casual dining and coffee shops are now ($30 including tax for a burger and a beer… outrageous). One of the many things we plan to do when we go membership-based (and can afford the staffing to do so) is to list all of the value meals to be had on The Strip.

    But for now, just keep your eyes open. Don’t forget that between Harrah’s and Casino Royale sits Panda Express, Chipotle, and McDonald’s. Insider Casino Royale is Subway, a $1.99 foot long hot dog joint (quite filling) and a couple of other reasonably inexpensive offerings. Nothing fancy (hey, more power to you on those $20 casual dining burgers if that is your thing), but you can sit down and chow down without breaking the bank. At Casino Royale, you can even get the $1 Micholob Lager or frozen margarita they offer at the bar and take it to the food court!

    Besides keeping your eyes peeledáfor places like 7-11 or the reasonable offerings inside the Hawaiian Marketplace (directly across from CityCenter), ask if your hotel has a food court when you check in. If not, ask about the nearest hotel with a food court. Also, don’t forget about the age-old buffet trick: Find out when they switch from lunch to dinner. If no gap in service (they don’t shut down for 30 minutes or similar), show up at the buffet 15 minutes before the price switch and just have a leisurely salad to kill the time, waiting for them to roll out all the upscale dinner goodies which you’ll be able to consume for the “lunch” price!

    Moulin Rouge Las Vegas
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    Yes, You Can Gamble At The Famed Moulin Rouge – Las Vegas’ first integrated hotel casino property Moulin Rouge (950 W. Bonanza — shuttered for decades) is about to come under new ownership. To keep the site’s gaming license alive, they plan to have a “tent casino” on site for 8 hours on June 19. According to Nevada gaming regulations, you can keep your gaming license “alive” by operating a casino on the site of a shuttered property for eight hours every two years. (The Castaways — formerly The Showboat — also has done the same thing at their Boulder Highway property).

    For the Moulin Rouge, it is especially important that they keep this license alive. If you want to build a new casino in the Las Vegas area today, you MUST have a full service “hotel” attached including hundreds of rooms. The grandfathered license which Moulin Rouge possesses allows full-blown gaming (unlimited slots and table games) without the hotel requirement.

    Why keep hope for this property alive when it sits in one of the more downtrodden parts of town? The reality is that it sits one mile from the Fremont Street Experience and all downtown has to offer (which we’ve discussed often), the drum beat of people wanting to live close to downtown is ever increasing, and older neighborhoods like this are ripe for gentrification. Don’t believe me? I watched the inner northwest part of my hometown of Portland, Oregon go from a bunch of empty warehouses and an old, tired, run down neighborhood into one of the hot spots to live/work/play. The new Moulin Rouge owners are taking a gamble that may very well pay off in the long run.

    At Least One Politician “Gets It” – I’ve chronically complained over the years that (it seems like) neither our county commissioners nor hotel/casino upper management has had a clue what you as visitors face night after night on The Strip. (At least until now… we’ve chronicled how this issue has come to the forefront). It should be mandatory for all of them to go out on a Saturday night a few times per year and drink their way up and down The Strip. Just like you do. So they can see the good and the bad.

    It is fair that I note we have an exception! Someone who represents The Strip in the Nevada Assembly. Joe Hogan (D-Las Vegas Strip) was recently arrested for drunk driving just a few blocks behind The Stratosphere! (Disclaimer: He’s my Assemblyman, and he’s a joke. He’s the only local or state politician who has failed to give any response to correspondence directed his way). Now, I don’t condone drunk driving. If you live here, keep it in moderation, have a friend drive, get a room, or call a cab. But hey, maybe he parked at The Strat and boozed his way down the Wynn and back, surveying the blight that is the North Strip!

    For what it is worth, the guy can’t be that bright. The neighborhood behind The Strat is a quick short-cut back to West Sahara for those of us who live in the general area. (We avoid the traffic light and bunched up traffic at Sahara and The Blvd). But it is also a BAD neighborhood, and saturated with cops. Not exactly a smart place to drive through tipsy.

    Wall-To-Wall Walgreens – A few weeks ago, we noted destruction starting to take place at the former Holy Cow Brewery and Casino just across Sahara from The Sahara. The structure is not gone. We were hoping that it was being quietly cleared for some kind of gaming project. (I have to imagine they took the steps to keep the license alive). Unfortunately, everything is pointing toward it being yet another Walgreens. It will be the fourth Walgreens on The Strip (plus the one downtown on Fremont Street), so obviously it’s working well for them. And ironically will be the closest to my house, making it my “neighborhood” Walgreens. But, I’d rather see a casino in the spot…

    More, More, More – Visitor numbers were up 3.7% in March, a continued sign that last year’s near-record count wasn’t a flash-in-the-pan. However, the glut of rooms opened the past few years has kept room occupancy rates at around 88%. Just about every other city would kill for an occupancy rate that high. However, Las Vegas has traditionally enjoyed rates in the 90’s. This “glut” of rooms will help keep room rates from rising, so this is good news for visitors. I continue to remind everyone that barring something unfortunate, Las Vegas occupancy will get back to traditional numbers and we’ll see room rates go up. The smart money is to book any Vegas trip you are thinking about well in advance.

    Elvis impersonators Fremont Street Experience Downtown Las Vegas

    Viva Las Elvis – Every year, downtown Fremont Street Experience holds a big Elvis impersonator contest, and this year was no exception. Las week brought contestants from all over the world to the free downtown performances.

    Vegas$, Las Vegas, And Now Simply “Vegas” – CBS has picked up the pilot for the TV show “Vegas” for the fall season. Not to be confused with the 1970’s Robert Urich show “Vega$” (now available on Netrlix) or the show from last decade called “Las Vegas” (remember The Montecito), this drama is set in the 1960’s and is based on our legendary cowboy sheriff Ralph Lamb who fought quite a battle with the mobsters and anyone else who dared step on his toes.

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    Frank & Sammy Davis Jr. Died Almost On Same Dates May 14-16 – 8 Years Apart – Frank Sinatra died 14 years ago while Sammy Davis Jr died 22 years ago. ‘The Rat Pack is Back!‘ plays tributes to late superstars nightly in the Crown Theater.

    It seems like yesterday when “The Rat Pack” was playing at the Sands and now the best re-creation of them pay tribute to them nightly in the Crown Theater at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

    The Austin American Statesman’s travel writer Helen Anders just called them the show that best reflects “Old Vegas” after experiencing “The Rat Pack is Back!” starring Frank, Sammy, Joey and Dean in last Sunday’s travel section. The anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s death was May 14 and he has been dead for 14 years. Brian Duprey plays Frank Sinatra nightly at the Crown Theater.

    PBR Rock Bar & GrillÆs Memorial Day Weekend Patio Party Will Be Loaded With Beer, BBQ, And BikinisPBR Rock Bar & Grill inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will celebrate Memorial Day Weekend by highlighting two of AmericaÆs favorite things: BBQ and beer.

    PBR Rock Bar & Grill is the hottest spot in Las Vegas offering beers, bulls and plenty of babes in its sprawling, 16,800-square-foot venue. Open daily from 8 a.m. until the early morning hours, PBR Rock Bar & Grill offers guests hearty, American comfort food and barbeque around the clock. Beautiful babes and bad ass bull riders are dared to attempt to defy gravity on PBR Rock Bar & GrillÆs daunting, hydraulic mechanical bull.

    Cabo Wabo Cantina Offers Last Fling Before The Ring Bachelorette Packages – The premiere spot on the Las Vegas Strip for bachelorettes to wine and dine before tying the knot, Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, offers exciting party packages for the bride-to-be and her gal-pal posse.

    For only $25 each, the bachelorette and her closest friends can indulge in delicious food and receive a complimentary Cabo shot and entry into Chateau Nightclub & Gardens and Gallery Nightclub. Plus, with the purchase of a Cabo Wabo souvenir glass, the party will receive unlimited refills on frozen daiquiris including the signature pi±a colada and margarita throughout dinner.

    Legendary Entertainer Bill Cosby Returns to Treasure Island May 25 – Iconic funny man Bill Cosby, who has been making audiences laugh for decades with his keen insight into everyday existence, brings his signature comedy to the Treasure Island Theatre May 25 at 8 p.m.

    Las Vegas Epicurean Affair Returns May 24 At The Palazzo – On Thursday, May 24, many of the best restaurants of Las Vegas will unite again poolside at The Palazzo Las Vegas for the Las Vegas Epicurean Affair. The event, sponsored by the Nevada Restaurant Association (NvRA), gives guests a taste of the gourmet offerings that have elevated the city to an international dining destination.

    Tacos & Tequila Celebrates Memorial Day With Weekend Fiesta – In honor of Memorial Day, Tacos & Tequila (T&T) at Luxor Hotel and Casino will offer holiday specials for the ultimate three-day weekend in Las Vegas from Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28.

    T&T will feature their signature mariachi brunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Created by Executive Chef Saul Ortiz, the menu includes delectable items such as traditional Huevos Rancheros, Albondigas Soup, T&TÆs signature Chilaquiles and Breakfast Burritos. Guests looking to celebrate the holiday with lively libations will enjoy two-for-one Bloody MariaÆs and top shelf house margaritas in addition to half-price daiquiri refills, $10 Dos Equis beer mugs and Patr¾n shot specials. Keeping the fiesta atmosphere alive will be DJ Larry Lynx spinning the hottest beats every night from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

    Jimmy BuffettÆs Margaritaville Restaurants Celebrate National Hamburger Month Throughout May 2012 – While National Hamburger Month may not be a Federally recognized holiday, it certainly is one that is gaining notoriety amongst burger lovers. ItÆs suggested that each American consumes, on average, 3 hamburgers every week. With songs, movies, books and more dedicated to the amazing sandwich, itÆs no wonder the American food staple seems to grow in popularity year after year. In honor of National Hamburger Month, Jimmy BuffettÆs restaurants nationwide will be celebrating all things burger throughout the month of May.


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    Las Vegas Show Reviews

    Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas by Terri DÆRichards

    Can We Talk? Frank Marino’s “Divas” Honors The Legends With Humor

    What do you get when you put together: a virtual whoÆs who of pop divas throughout the decades, 6 male back-up dancers and a jaw-dropping collection of Diva-esque couture, all presided over by Joan Rivers? û Can we talk?!

    Frank MarinoÆs ôDivasö stirs these ingredients together with a little twist. The spot-on impersonators with all the right looks and moves, wearing to-die-for costumes are all female impersonators extraordinaire! Specially created background tracks weave in live recordings from legends such as Madonna, Lady GaGa, Tina Turner, Dolly Parton, Janet Jackson, Celine Dion and Diana Ross, just to name a few, making for a near seamless juxtaposition between the ôDivasö show performers and their real-life counterparts.


     

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

    • Las Vegas Buffet Tour – Enjoy this video tour with chef interviews. First, see what the famed Bellagio buffet offers, how they do it, what you can enjoy, and how much food they serve. Then over to the Gold Coast to find out about one of the best wallet-friendly buffets which caters to locals but it just close enough to The Strip for all to enjoy.
    • The Neon Museum In Las Vegas, Nevada – When the plug is pulled at casinos, chapels, restaurants and other businesses, Sin City’s iconic art form û the neon sign û used to get sent to the scrapyard. That was until The Neon Museum, a 501c3 non-profit, began collecting and preserving these timeworn signs, ensuring the treasures won’t be forgotten. Wander around and find dead casino marquees, unlit wedding chapel signs and bygone used car billboards scattered about like noodles in alphabet soup.
    • Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas Now Open – With the opening, Gordon Ramsay brought his unique style and culinary flair to Las Vegas with the opening Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas, marking the award-winning chefÆs first restaurant in Las Vegas. Enjoy sights of the new restaurant and interview clips with Ramsay and others connected with the opening.
    • Las Vegas’ Most Extreme Adventure Takes Flight – Sky Combat Ace invites thrill-seekers to experience aerial joyrides high above Nevada desert. Enjoy the adventure-of-a-lifetime with Sky Combat Ace (SCA), as you suit up for a wild aerobatic flight of non-stop spins, barrel rolls, hammerheads and loops high above Las Vegas. With the glittering Strip and desert mountains as a backdrop, SCA is the nationÆs ultimate flight experience.

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    We were wondering what is going on with Wayne Newton? A search of various sites and even Wayne’s Homepage yielded nothing. The last news I recall was the preparation of his Museum.

    John and Cathy Schmalstig

     

    Ted Responds:

    Things have been awfully quiet on the Wayne Newton front as of late. If we had any info, we certainly would have passed it along. I know we have a fair number of Newton fans in our readership so if a few more weeks go by without any news, I’ll start poking around. His place isn’t that far from my chiropractor, so I’ll make sure to swing by on my next visit and see if any development is visible.


    I am not a good letter writer,so here is my best shot. I look forward to reading your newsletter every week, just love all the information you write. My husband and I vacation in Las Vegas once a year, for the last 25 years, I would not go anywhere else.

    This year we visited the 28’th April until 5’th May. We always rent a car, that way we go somewhere everyday, we have seen the same places over and over but we never get tired of the sites: The Grand Canyon, The Hoover Dam, Primm Valley, Pahrump, Lake Las Vegas, and highways are so beautiful.

    We always stay at The Golden Nugget and with every year that place gets more beautiful and the service is great, and the entertainment on Fremont Street is great, especially the girl that was the DJ. I have seen many dancers in my years, but she was great, the Sax player has to be the best I have ever heard.

    I could go on and on, the weather was wonderful. Everything was wonderful, cant wait to come back.

    Anne

     

    Ted Responds:

    You’re letter was great, thanks for sharing your excitement! 25 years of Vegas vacations certainly makes you loyal. One of the great things about visiting here regularly is that you never run out of great things to do and see.

    Hoover Dam and The Grand Canyon are a couple of things that people typically dismiss. They’ve seen photos, they have seen it from the air flying in. But absolutely nothing compares to the awe of seeing each in person.

    Lake Las Vegas is a beautiful area to stroll around, get something to eat, or just relax with a glass of wine. The fact that it is maybe 30 minutes from downtown or The Strip (if that) makes it an easy venture. We’ve talked about Pahrump before (especially the winery), and I’m a fan of Primm. Love the outlet mall and Buffalo Bill’s has some decent food values and table limits. Plus one of the fastest roller coasters in the U.S.

    Here’s a couple of other day trips those of you who rent a car might want to check out:

    Traveling through Virgin River Gorge,Az

    1. Mesquite and the Virgin River Gorge – Head north on I-15 past Mesquite to Littlefield, Arizona and stay the course. From there, you’ll enter the incredibly scenic Virgin River George for 15 spectacular miles of some of the more scenic interstate highway in the nation. If you reset your odometer when you leave downtown, you’ll come upon Black Rock Road at the 110 mile mark where you’ll turn around, reverse course and do it again on your way back to Mesquite. Home to three hotel/casinos, Mesquite makes a nice place to breathe some fresh air and get something to eat before the relatively quick 70 miles back to Las Vegas.

    Valley of Fire: Balancing Rock

    Valley of Fire State Park ( Elephant Rock )

    2. Valley Of Fire State Park – This can actually be combined with the above trip and something you can swing through and check out on your way home from Mesquite (give yourself a couple extra hours). The red hues are literally out-of-this-world (parts of one of the Star Trek movies were shot there) and the scenery is ever changing as you take the comfortable drive through the park.

    Important Note: Both of these adventures are on well-traveled roads, but you are getting out there in the “middle of nowhere” to some extent. Keep your car gassed up when you get a chance, carry some snacks and plenty of bottled water, and I’d avoid doing this in June, July, or August do to the heat. Believe it or not, these areas are actually a few degrees HOTTER than Las Vegas is!

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    Access Vegas Insider Vibe May 9, 2012

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    Serving Las Vegas Visitors and Residents Since 1999

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    Hello From Las Vegas! – The sun is shining and it looks like we’ve just seen the end of overnight low temps in the 60’s. Thankfully, we’re still a few weeks away from regular triple-digit high temperatures. Here’s an interesting little fact: It takes less energy to cool than to heat. Of course, remind me of that when I see my July power bill later this year!

    We Can Agree With This – Way too often, reporters from out-of-town slip in and do a really shoddy job on articles about what some of the better things in a given category are. Fortunately, Fox News (via Gayot.com) came out with an article titled Top 10 all-you-can-eat Las Vegas buffets and I’m happy to say they nailed it. You can’t go wrong at any of the buffets they listed.

    However, important note: Breakfast buffets are pretty pedestrian no matter where you eat. (Even Palace Station’s $5 breakfast buffet has an omelette station where they are cooked to order). These ratings really come into play for lunch and especially dinner, where the better buffets have a real chance to shine.

    Best Wishes To Monti Rock – Reader Jim Dougherty has notified us that Monti Rock III was “performing a marriage ceremony, didn’t hydrate, and suffered heat exhaustion” and is currently in the hospital with a blood infection. Monti played the DJ in Saturday Night Fever and was infamous for appearances on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show in the 70’s.

    For the past decade-plus, he’s been a Las Vegas gadfly and news/gossip columnist writer locally. Although not a close acquaintance, I’ve met him at press events and always found him very affable. Jim said that the prognosis is good and we hope to see Monti back on his feet and returning to his old self again very soon.

    Airport Liquor Store – Back in the stone ages (OK, well over a year ago), we reported about the pending new liquor store at McCarran airport. It is to be located in the baggage claim area so you can grab your bags and a couple of bottles for your room in one fell swoop. The original company awarded the contract never got around to building it. (Why, we don’t know. The company is a well-known chain of discount liquor stores around town with plenty of resources). A new contract has been awarded and supposedly the store will finally be open in September.

    iWhatevers – Last issue, I expressed near disbelief at the 20-somethings who are in Las Vegas and have their smart phone in their hand 100% of the time, eyes glued to it instead of taking in all of the “Vegas” surrounding them. For the record, I bought a Droid EVO shortly after they came out a couple years ago and still love it. (I’m agnostic about Droid vs. Apple. At the time, the EVO’s 4G and ability to play flash media audio and video made it a no-brainer for me) So, it wasn’t a stab at Apple devotees or smart phone users.

    But is your friend’s Facebook posting about his dog throwing up more interesting than The Bellagio? Are you really getting so many important texts and calls that you can’t bear to put the phone in your pocket and enjoy The Strip or the amazing property you are in? I’m just asking…

    CityCenter Condos Reduced – Veer Tower Condos (the ones in front of CityCenter that look like they are about to fall over lean slightly by architectural design) have reduced prices to $315k for a one-bedroom. Will they sell? Time will tell. In my opinion, much better deals are out there for the money. Two examples (neither of which I’m affiliated with):

    Just behind CityCenter, you can get 1500 sq. ft. with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths featuring spectacular views of much of The Strip for $319k: 4525 Dean Martin Dr 800 (click to view, make sure to check out the photo tour). If you don’t mind living a quick 3 miles from The Strip on a golf course, $315k will get you 3100 sq. ft. with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms: 2058 Ottawa Dr (this house is stunning, do the photo tour).

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    Rice & Company Celebrates MotherÆs Day With ôHot Mamaö Sushi Roll – Treat Mom To A Memorable Dining ExperienceRice and CompanyÆs Executive Sushi Chef, Danny Chen, has created the spicy ôHot Mama Rollö to make moms feel special this MotherÆs Day, Sunday, May 13, at Luxor Hotel and Casino.

    Hot mamas will devour the sizzling roll, priced at $18, made with salmon, asparagus, spicy shrimp, spicy tuna and puff rice served with a tasty spicy mayo sauce. Guests will give mom a sweet kiss with the ôMama SonÆs Kissö specialty cocktail made with Ketel One Oranje Vodka, Yuzu liqueur, muddled strawberries and sweet lemon juice, priced at $11.

    The Barrymore Introduces Wine, Sangria, and Tapas Happy Hour On The PatioThe BarrymoreÆs spacious, private patio now offers guests an after-work or post-convention retreat to enjoy select $5 cocktails, wine and beer, as well as small bites and appetizers as a part of its new happy hour. Available from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Monday through Friday, The BarrymoreÆs new happy hour will feature an array of refreshing cocktails and small plates.

    Johnny Fortuno winner of 2011 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Fremont Street Experience Las VegasLas Vegas Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Returns To Fremont Street Experience – For the third year, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE), Las Vegas’ famed Fremont Street Experience and the celebrated tribute artist production “Legends in Concert,ö host the official Las Vegas preliminary round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. The Elvis competition will take place on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 from 8 p.m. to midnight on the 3rd Street Stage. Elvis Tribute Artists are competing for a chance to proceed to the semifinals during Elvis Week 2012, the 35th anniversary celebration in Memphis.

    “Las Vegas has a very special place in its heart for Elvis and with the indelible mark he has left on this city it is only natural to look for best tribute artist in Vegas. The level of talent is incredible here so the audience is in for a real treat,ö said Jeff Victor, President of Fremont Street Experience.

    Soldiers applauding Armed Forces Foundation Armed Forces Day Las VegasThe Palazzo Las Vegas And Southwest Airlines Join With The Armed Forces Foundation To Celebrate Armed Forces Day With ôSalute Our Troopsö – In celebration of Armed Forces Day, The Palazzo Las Vegas and Southwest Airlines have joined with the Armed Forces Foundation and Omaha Steaks« to salute our nation’s wounded veterans with a weekend of world-class entertainment, dining and relaxation in Las Vegas from May 16 to 19.

    ôThe sacrifices our service members and their families make for our country cannot be overstated,ö said Patricia Driscoll, president and executive director of the Armed Forces Foundation. ôThey rise to the occasion each and every day, so when corporations like The Palazzo Las Vegas, Southwest Airlines and Omaha Steaks unite to recognize that sacrifice by rolling out the red carpet to treat these service members to a VIP weekend in Las Vegas, that is truly special.ö

    Lauren SanchezôGood Day LAö Anchor, Lauren Sanchez, To Perform At Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Saloon – Sunny CaliforniaÆs own ôGood Day LAö host, Lauren Sanchez, will trade in her bikini for a glamorous get-up while taking center stage with VegasÆ very own Dolls, at Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Saloon inside Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Saturday, May 19.

    The bubbly brunette, who was featured in US WeeklyÆs ôHottest Bodiesö issue and People MagazineÆs ô50 Most Beautiful Peopleö in 2010, also hosted the premiere season of FOXÆs global smash hit, ôSo You Think You Can Dance.ö

    OscarÆs Steakhouse Celebrates MotherÆs Day With Special Dinner Menu – To celebrate MotherÆs Day on Sunday, May 13, OscarÆs steakhouse inside the dome of the Plaza Hotel & Casino is offering a special three-course dinner menu that the whole family can enjoy and that is sure to show Mom just how much you appreciate all that she does everyday.

    The MotherÆs Day dinner begins with a flavorful baby greens salad topped with pecans, blue cheese and raspberry vinaigrette. Mom can then enjoy a succulent surf and turf entrÚe that features a juicy 6-ounce filet mignon and a half grilled lobster tail accompanied by baby vegetables and roasted fingerling potatoes. For dessert, treat Mom to a decadent chocolate lava cake with truffles.

    Brew UNLV Comes To Hard Rock Hotel On May 11th – The UNLV Beverage Club and Hard Rock Hotel have joined forces to bring the second edition of Brew UNLV entitled ôRock and Brew,ö an event that is half beer festival and half music experience. The festival organizers hope that one day, Brew UNLV will be just as big, if not bigger, then itÆs counterpart UNLVino. This year, the festival hopes to draw over one thousand people to the Hard RockÆs breathe pool to taste over sixty different local and national beers.

    Nobhill Tavern By Michael Mina Celebrates National Burger Month With Tasty Weekly Burger Specials Inspired By AmericaÆs Train Lines – Taste your way through American history this National Burger Month at NOBHILL TAVERN at MGM Grand. Every week throughout May, NOBHILL will present a specially crafted burger inspired by early American train lines and the regions through which they traveled. Juicy eight ounce Kobe beef burger patties sandwiched between brioche buns, baked daily in-house and topped with the finest ingredients are sure to evoke warm nostalgic images of the culinary diversity of AmericaÆs past and present.

    Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas Opens Friday, May 11, 2012 – Today internationally-renowned Chef Gordon Ramsay announced that Gordon Ramsay Steak, his first restaurant in Las Vegas, will open Friday, May 11 at Paris Las Vegas. Gordon Ramsay Steak will offer guests a fresh, high-energy modern steakhouse environment that playfully transports guests from Paris to London.

    ôThe space is bold and innovative, and we’ve put together a strong team who together created a contemporary and fresh menu,ö says Chef Ramsay. ôI can’t wait to open and start welcoming guests to my very first Vegas-based restaurant.ö

    Las Vegas to Host First-Ever World Food Championships – Adam Richman, host of the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food: Nation, and the upcoming Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America, and Trybe Targeting, America’s premiere food enthusiast marketing agency representing over 700 food competitions, have teamed up to produce the inaugural World Food Championships in Las Vegas, the culinary and entertainment capital of the world.

    Annual Las Vegas Helldorado Days Celebration May 17-20, 2012 – Enjoy The Rodeo, Carnival, Parade, Exhibits, Food Vendors And More.

    The annual Las Vegas Helldorado Days will be celebrated downtown May 17-20 with community and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeos, carnival, parade, exhibits and food vendors. The downtown rodeo grounds are located from Las Vegas Boulevard east to Seventh Street and from Stewart Avenue north to Mesquite Avenue.


    Maverick Helicopter Grand Canyon TourMaverick Grand Canyon Landing Tour û You will start your experience with a breathtaking flight over Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and Fortification Hill, an extinct volcano, as well as many other awe-inspiring views. After descending 3,500 feet inside the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, you will enjoy a light snack, a cool beverage and a champagne toast 300 feet above the Colorado River.

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    Las Vegas Show Reviews

    Las Vegas Mob Attraction by Sarah Jane Woodall

    Getting Whacked Las Vegas Mob AttractionIf I hear one more crusty old-timer in Vegas ramble on about how much better this town was ôwhen the Mob ran Vegas,ö IÆm going to puke. What exactly is so idyllic about a bunch of murderous thugs running a city? But, love it or hate it, the history of Vegas is inextricably linked with the history of the Mafiaàand in finest opportunistic Vegas fashion, the city has figured a way to capitalize on this rampant nostalgia.

    Brian HoffmanÆs Red Skelton Tribute Show by DW Grant

    Clem and Freddy Brian Hoffman's Remembering Red Skelton Las VegasSeeing this show is like blowing the dust off an old favorite photo album, bringing back the thrill of rediscovery. Brian Hoffman brings Red Skelton back to Vegas in a valuable rediscovery of the late great movie, radio, and TV comedian. Even if you never knew Red Skelton youÆll find you have a new friend by the end of the evening. Recreate a celebrity, imitate their mannerisms and mimic their voice, Brian Hoffman does all of that very well.


     

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

    • Aureole Wine Angels – With all the unique structures in Las Vegas, like the Luxor and Stratosphere, weÆve uncovered what may just be the ultimate in the theatrics of dining out at Aureole inside Mandalay Bay. They have flipping, flying wine angels to put on a show and a menu to die for.
    • History of Las Vegas: Casinos and Crime – Learn more about the history of Las Vegas.
    • Famous Food at Serendipity 3: Egg White Shrimp FrittataSerendipity 3’s Chef Michael Wolf demonstrates how to make one of the restaurant’s signature breakfast dishes, Egg White Shrimp Frittata, made with wild shrimp,asparagus & roasted tomatoes in an egg white frittata, topped with mixed green salad.
    • California’s Gold Road Trip: Las Vegas – Legendary California PBS fixture Huell Howser leaves the Golden State and heads for the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas to find some of the “hidden” gold in this historic town. From the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park (accompanied by Mark Hall-Patton of Pawn Stars fame), the Atomic Testing Museum, and Red Rock Canyon, there’s a lot to see and do.

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    What is happening to the Las Vegas Club? We were there last weekend and the casino which I absolutely love, was less than half full, machines that had once been my favorite (coin operated) were removed and put into the back room with other slot machines that were now part of storage. At one time the was a Sport’s Book and Live Keno–no more.

    Our last night Tuesday May 1st, quite a few of the machines were tagged to say non operational after 1:30am. Tinocos at the Las Vegas club was vacant except for my husband and myself. The food is always excellent with some of the best pasta dishes I have ever had except for Florence Italy. The restaurant is no longer accepting Comps.

    I love the friendly staff in the casino who make our gambling experience fun (even though I may be losing). I am worried that when I go back this summer the Las Vegas Club will no longer be operational.

    Teresa Sherman

     

    Ted Responds:

    For a number of months, the hotel portion of the Las Vegas Club has only been open weekends and selected weeks of high demand. As it is the sister property to the newly refurbished Plaza, they don’t currently feel the need to run Las Vegas Club at “full speed”. You got to Tinoco’s just in time. They have temporarily closed. Las Vegas Club guests are encouraged to take in the dining options across the street at The Plaza.

    On a recent visit, we didn’t see any really empty (of slots) areas of the casino floor, but did see a bank of progressive video poker games all with the same sign noting they would be not working after 1:30 AM.

    Pretty serious rumors are afloat regarding a serious overhaul and upgrade of the property. This makes sense as work on The Plaza is coming to a close and the ownership company has indicated that they’d turn their attention to the Las Vegas Club next.

    No need to worry about its demise. Casinos just don’t close, especially in an improving Vegas tourism economy. (Yes… The Sahara closed — due to bad management from what we could tell — but other than that, everyone is sticking it out and/or making improvements).

    Hang tight. I’d bet that in the next year or so, we’ll see a revitalized Las Vegas Club back at full steam!


    Love your newsletter!

    Myself and my wife have just had a few days in San Francisco (great place) and then moved on to Vegas where I celebrated my 60th birthday. I first visited Vegas in 1997 after a few days in LA for the Breeders Cup. This was the best thing that I have ever done in my life. Since then I have been coming back to Vegas at regular intervals, sometimes alone because my wife isn’t smitten the same as I am.

    I have always stayed on the strip at a different Hotel each time, all are good but some are better than others. This time we stayed at the Bellagio which was magnificent but maybe its because it is part of OLD VEGAS my preference must be Caesars.

    In the past I have done the Grand Canyon and the Sky Walk and all of the other attractions which were great but this time we visited the Mob Museum which was simply the best.

    The restaurants/food are still of the highest standard as well as the service, but this is where I am going to have a slight criticism. I am sure that there where a lot more drunken people walking around the casinos using strong language and making nuisances of themselves, at all times of the day and night. I’m sure it didn’t used to be like that, or maybe its me that’s getting old.

    It didn’t spoil our holiday and we will be back. I really enjoy your newsletters and all those photos of old Vegas are great.

    Thanks again Ted

    John from York England

     

    Ted Responds:

    No question that Las Vegas has become more and more about heavy partying than it used to be. Don’t get me wrong… alcohol has always helped “grease the skids” here, but the whole “What Happens Here, Stays Here” campaign has definitely attracted people who tend to get a little more out-of-control.

    Obviously, the properties have a fine line to walk between letting people do their thing and stopping people who are out of control. At the table games, you are still expected to keep the cursing to a minimum. But to a point, it is something that has become pretty prevalent in an adult atmosphere.

    It certainly is common for people traveling as far as you do to make more than one stop on the West Coast, and San Francisco is certainly a beautiful city to see. For those thinking of a multi-city swing, keep in mind how big the western U.S. is. A drive from San Francisco to Las Vegas is over 9 hours. Up to Reno from here? Nearly 8 hours. Los Angeles? 5 hours or so (although it can really vary depending on traffic). Even a drive to the west rim of the Grand Canyon to the Skywalk is over three hours (and not suggested for a low clearance vehicle).

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    Access Vegas Insider Vibe May 2, 2012

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

    Hello From Las Vegas! – Well, we’re back in the saddle. I had a great week last week with my parents here. They aren’t really into the “Vegas” side of things, but do enjoy Bellagio Fountains and similar. Plus, coming down from Portland, OR they really enjoyed the sun and warm weather. Rick enjoyed time with family and friends back in Connecticut. But on the 10 day trip, he started getting that “Vegas itch” about halfway through it.

    Don’t get me wrong: It is always great to get back to the hometown and see everybody. But once you’ve lived here more than a while, you get really, really bored really, really easy in most “normal” places. What, you can’t just go hit Fremont Street because you have nothing to do? Is it ever going to stop being cloudy? Why do they roll up the sidewalks at 6 PM on a weeknight?

    Interestingly enough, I’ve run into a fair number of people over the years who lived here a while, moved away, and ended up moving back because they just couldn’t stand how “normal” other places were!

    Goodbye O’Sheas – I’m devoting much of my section to the demise of Las Vegas’ favorite Strip dive casino. Now, O’Sheas wasn’t for everybody. It was a little on the dirty, beat up side. No high limit pit here. Those trendy 20 and 30-somethings who prowl the Cosmopolitan in 60’s era suits with their eyes permanently glued to their iWhatever (because they think that they are so important, that they can’t ignore their phone for even three seconds)? None of that at O’Sheas.

    The significance is that we lost one of the final low roller, “real people” places on The Strip. Already gone are the Boardwalk, Silver City, and Frontier. San Remo became Hooters. The Hacienda was blown up to make way for Mandalay Bay (YouTube implosion video). Pretty much only Casino Royale remains.

    New O'Sheas Artist's Rendering

    O’Sheas owners Caesars Entertainment have vowed to rebuild it as part of their Linq project (which we’ve covered extensively in previous issues). As you can see by the artist rendering above, the new O’Sheas looks more like something that belongs in CityCenter. It is going to take a lot of spilled booze and general abuse to get it looking like the O’Sheas we all knew and loved!

    Closing of O'Sheas

    Closing of O'Sheas
    Last night of O’Sheas

    Closing of O'Sheas
    Last night of O’Sheas

    Of minor note was the implosion of the parking garage about a day later. Obviously, not one of Las Vegas’ more noteworthy implosions. But the first one we’ve had in quite some time. True personal story: I had forgotten about the 2:30 AM planned implosion time. I live just over 1.5 miles from O’Sheas (as the crow flies). I was sitting on my back patio (beautiful, warm late evening) watching some Netflix and all of a sudden, this super-loud “Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom…” was coming from The Strip.

    It completely freaked me out and I thought that we’d be hit by a terrorist attack! After being jolted up out of my chair and spinning around to note if I could see anything, I realized that it was the implosion and my heart rate immediately started dropping back to normal!

    Implosion of Osheas Parking Garage
    Photo Credit: Denise Truscello / WireImage

    Implosion of Osheas Parking Garage
    Photo Credit: Denise Truscello / WireImage

    Link: O’sheas Parking Garage Implosion Video

    Construction of Project Linq
    Project Linq Construction Continues
    Between Carnival Court And Imperial Palace

    On A Completely Unrelated Note – The porte-cochÞre at Golden Gate is basically done. Given that the former lobby entrance to the property was a “15 Minute Parking” loading spot on the curb of Main Street outside the hotel, this is quite a change.

    Construction at Golden Gate Hotel

    Boo Hoo Hoo (Lying, Cheating Cab Drivers) – In protest to more cabs being allowed in Las Vegas, cab drivers are claiming that they can’t make a go of it. So, they are long-hauling more and more and more to bump up fares. We’ve linked to a video detailing the latest in our What Were Watching area later in the newsletter.

    Once we go to a membership model and have the finances and staff, we plan to aggressively pursue this issue on behalf of you and all Las Vegas visitors. We’ll take the rides (and turn in every cabbie who long-hauls us), we’ll post detailed (for members) charts of how much it should cost to various areas from the airport, and create a little “cheat sheet” you can print out on how to handle it when you’ve been long-hauled. In the meantime, check out the video when you make your way down to that section.

    Sahara Gets Financing – The company owning the shuttered Sahara actually got the $300 million in financing they need (roughly half the projected total renovation cost) to redo the property a la The Tropicana. I’m a little surprised and not particularly bullish on it (read previous issues), but will be happy to see the first domino fall on the revitalization of the North Strip. The owner seems bullish on the North Strip. Perhaps theyáare also expecting some of the new energy from downtown to waft down the street and help that area pick up.

    One work of caution: The completion date isn’t until sometime in 2014. So, don’t look for ground breaking tomorrow. They are claiming that they want to finish hotel projects they have in other cities to create a group of customers they can market to. I think they are hedging their bets and playing a “wait and see” game regarding how well and quickly Las Vegas recovers. As always, we’ll keep you posted.

    Enjoy This Issue!

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


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    Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino Front Drive Closed – Detour Route Map – There will be additional road closures at Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino for construction of The LINQ. Vehicle traffic will no longer be able to access Imperial Palace from the Las Vegas Boulevard entrances.

    An Intimate Evening With Santana: Greatest Hits Live û Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow – The legendary Carlos Santana will perform An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live û Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow.

    For 40 years and as many albums later, Santana has sold more than 90 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. To date, Santana has won 10 GRAMMY« Awards, including a record-tying nine for a single project for 1999Æs Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for ôSmoothö). In 1998, the group was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    The Barrymore Hosts Kentucky Derby Fans – Popular New Restaurant to Televise Kentucky Derby and Serve Traditional Cocktails – Mint juleps and bourbon smashes will set the mood for Kentucky Derby fans at The Barrymore on Saturday, May 5. The contemporary new restaurant at The Royal Resort will showcase the hand-crafted cocktails for just $5 and televise the Kentucky Derby on the flat screen TVs in the lounge and dining room.

    In-between races, patrons can take the southern party outside on the patio and enjoy the traditional cocktails on the oversized couches and cozy chairs. Plus, guests can pair their cocktails with tasty new spring items from The Barrymore menu including the Kentucky Hot Brown or Monte Christo; a roasted turkey, aged ham, jalsberg Swiss cheese and brioche.

    Comme Ãa To Captivate Guests With Patio Launch Of Riviera Nights – Introduce Seasonal French Small Plates MenuComme Ãa at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will launch Riviera Nights, an unparalleled dining and lounge party experience on Thursday, April 26. Set on the restaurantÆs stunning patio, the weekly soiree will introduce a selection of French small plates and a signature sangaree.

    Available from 8 to 11 p.m. every Thursday night, patrons will enjoy the striking views of the iconic Las Vegas Strip showcased from Comme ÃaÆs breathtaking patio. A French house DJ will be on-hand to spin the hottest tunes under a canopy of neon red lights glimmering from the ceiling.

    2012 Fantasy Calendar Cover Girl Koree Is May æShowgirl Of The MonthÆ – Summer sizzles with the ôUltimate FANTASYö 2012 calendar cover girl Koree, who has been named MayÆs ôShowgirl of the Month.ö

    A top performer in FANTASY, the adult revue at Luxor Hotel and Casino, Koree shows off her sexy dancer physique in the calendar, tantalizing fans in a silky, see-through nighty that shows off her pink bow tattoo. The gorgeous Pittsburgh native stays in tip-top shape by working out daily, taking Pure Barre classes and regularly taking her dog to the park.


    Maverick Grand Canyon Explorer Plane Tour South RimMaverick 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

     

    Jersey Boys by Guy Chapman

    Jersey Boys, Las Vegas, Paris HotelFor anyone looking for a true musical journey that will provide an evening of non-stop hits, one would be hard pressed to find a better or more satisfying experience than ôThe Jersey Boysö, a musical send up of the life and times of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. From their humble beginnings in New Jersey, to their meteoric rise to fame, and their eventual split careers, this is an ear-pleasing spectacle that any music lover wonÆt soon forget.

    Having recently opened in the Paris Hotel and Casino, ôJersey Boysö is a fine addition to the ParisÆ theater. Part biography and part documentary, the production is a two-hour time machine that starts with the origins of the Four Seasons (including the many and multiple names and music genres the group went through before settling on their distinctive sound), and the discovery and emergence of a teenaged Frankie Castelluccio, who would later become Frankie Valli.

     

    Human Nature – The Ultimate Celebration of Motown by T. D’Richards

    WARNING: Attending a performance of Human Nature can lead to serious hand-clapping, foot-stopping, dancing-in-your-seat and aisles behavior û not to mention, singing along.

    At a recent performance, audience members succumbed to all the above as Human Nature served up their unique brand of classic Motown with a subtle, yet distinct modern twist.


     

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

    • Robbie Maddison’s 2008 New Year’s Eve Jump – Relive daredevil Robbie Maddison jumping his motorcycle to the top of the Arc de Triomphe at the Paris Las Vegas, and then jumping straight back off it 10 stories up.
    • Going the long way: Costly cab trips grow into ‘epidemic’ – “Long hauling is becoming truly epidemic,” said 14-year driver Stephen Lenett with Whittlesea Blue Cab/Henderson Taxi. “Originally, you saw it from the airport to the hotels, but now it’s just as prevalent going back to the airport. People are coming up with more creative ways to take people on longer rides.” Read More…
    • Gold Spike Hotel – By definition, an oasis serves as a pleasant change from what is usual: a haven or retreat. Hence, Oasis at Gold Spike, the name for Stephen SiegelÆs newest creation in the heart of Las VegasÆ famed downtown area. The re-developed, 50 room boutique hotel connected to Downtown Las VegasÆ just renovated, Gold Spike Hotel & Casino, offers Las Vegas locals and tourists with a distinctive option.
    • The Mob Museum: The Inside Story – Learn all about the new Mob Museum downtown and what to expect when you visit.

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    Access Vegas Insider Vibe April 18, 2012

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

    Hello From Las Vegas! – What a difference a week makes. Last weekend, Saturday was a rainy 55 degrees F. Early this week, we’re looking at a couple of days sneaking up on the 100 degree mark! The average high for April is only 78 and this just goes to show you that our high desert weather can be very unpredictable. Average is not the norm.

    Junk (Bonds) For The Sahara – Standard & PoorÆs has rated the $300 million loan The Sahara owners want to take out (as part of a $744 million face lift) as a more risky debt in the “junk bond” category. They basically cited all of the reasons I’ve cited over time as to why turning the legendary property into an upscale hotel centered around nightlife and dining probably won’t work (period) and absolutely won’t work in that location. Listen… I live in that general area (within 2 miles of the property, which I can see from my front lawn). I drive by The Sahara running errands. The north Strip is a disaster.

    One can argue that the upgrades at Stratosphere are paying off, but The Strat only spent $20 million to spruce the joint up. They aren’t dreaming of catering to the trendy club crowd.

    Now in their defense, we must note that the same was said about The Mirage. It was also financed by junk bonds and people laughed at the thought of that kind of upscale property working in Las Vegas (at the time). Note that I’m not rooting against The Sahara remodel. It would be great to get it open again. Even if they ended up defaulting on the loans, we’d have the hotel up and running and helping revive the north end of The Strip. But I’ll take on all comers who want to bet on the success of the project. In related news…

    The Sahara Roller Coaster Is Moving – Just across from Mandalay Bay sits an unassuming little strip mall (Google maps) that is home to McDonald’s, Panda Express, a liquor store, and a radio station. I’m super familiar with it because it used to be the Panda (of which I’m a fan) I’d patronize when I lived down on the “South Strip” not too far from the outlet mall down that way. Big plans are in store: They are going to rebuild the ride, wrapping it around the mall. In addition, they are building a 26,000 sq. ft. nightclub/concert venue and 6000 sq. ft. worth of restaurant space. We’ll keep you posted.

    Photos Of Vegas From When The Mob Ran Vegas – We recently published a note from a reader who has been visiting Las Vegas for 60 years. I myself am 19 years into living here and have been reflecting on all of the changes I’ve seen over that time. If you remember parts of Las Vegas as they used to be (or are just curious about how different the town looked decades ago), check out the photo slide show Photos of Vegas when the Mob ran Vegas

    Moody’s (Investor Services) Notes Las Vegas Recovery – Wall Street has just figured out what I’ve been telling you for the past year: Las Vegas is back. Now, I’m not a stock analyst. This isn’t what I’m writing about. My only question is “What took them so long!!!” Last year, Las Vegas nearly set a record for the number of visitors. The Strip and downtown are often packed, and have been for a long time now. Talk about old news…

    Don’t Feel Guilty – One of my pet peeves is when I read an occasional blog post or even newspaper article noting how unsustainable, non-green, wasteful, and similar that Las Vegas is. How a city shouldn’t be in the middle of a barren desert. About all the water the resorts “waste”. On and on and on…

    Let’s clear the air on a few things, so next time your snide friends turn up their nose at you for visiting Las Vegas, you have some answers:

    • The Las Vegas Strip sits 20 miles from the Colorado River, one of the major great tributaries in North American. Anywhere else in the world, a city taking water from a river 20 miles away would be considered normal. But for Las Vegas, it is somehow considered evil.
    • We’ve been criticized that everything we consume has to come in by truck or train. That we don’t grow anything locally. However, A significant amount of the nation’s agriculture occurs in California and even Arizona because of the year-round growing weather. States which are our next door neighbors.

      So… it is bad for us to get our food one state away, but OK to sit in South Dakota and eat California oranges? (I’m not slightingáSouth Dakota. These are just examples). By the way, we have agriculture in Southern Nevada. Just not enough water rights to really do some serious growing.

    • The hotels are wasteful, right? Actually, not really. Most properties have green initiatives. (They are doing it to actually save money, just like I use those new light bulbs not because I like them, but they are cheaper to leave on all the time… as many visitors often do). But, green is green.

      Most have extensive recycling programs. In fact, an architectural masonry company here in town takes an enormous number of empty beer bottles from the hotels and uses them in their product. That food you don’t finish at the buffet or restaurant? It is taken to feed pigs at a pig farm in North Las Vegas.

    • People think the resorts waste water. Not true. Many of the big water features (Bellagio Fountains, Treasure Island Pirate Show) use recycled water that was originally first used inside the property (no, not the sewage). How about all those pools? Actually, a handful of pools serving many, many thousands of hotel guests at once is very efficient. What about all of the lush landscaping? Same story. It is being enjoyed by thousands of people per day.

    Next Week – Next week is a scheduled week off for us. Rick has already headed back to his hometown in Connecticut for 10 days and my parents are in town all next week. So, we’ll see you in a couple of weeks.

    Enjoy This Issue!

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


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    Mike Tyson Debuts Las Vegas Show “Undisputed Truth” – Boxing icon Mike Tyson hosted a star-studded grand opening event for his one-man show ôMike Tyson: UNDISPUTED TRUTH û Live on Stageö at MGM GrandÆs Hollywood Theatre. Tyson along with wife/producer/co-writer Kiki Tyson, producer/creator Adam Steck and director/co-writer Randy Johnson welcomed a packed house of friends, family, celebrities and VIPs. Photo credit: Erik Kabik/erikkabik.com

    Mark Ruffalo and Chris Browning film scenes for “Now you See Me” at Golden Gate Casino – Mark Ruffalo and Chris Browning headed to downtown Las Vegas for a night at the Golden Gate û Las VegasÆ original casino û to film a scene for the upcoming movie ôNow You See Me.ö

    The movie, scheduled to hit theaters in early 2013, pits a crack FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against a super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists, who pull off a series of daring bank heists during their performances, showering the profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law.

    The Barrymore To Offer MotherÆs Day Brunch – Treat Your Gem To A Memorable Dining ExperienceThe Barrymore at the Royal Resort will take care of the cooking on MotherÆs Day with a Sunday brunch dedicated to the women that take care of their families.

    An array of refreshing libations including mimosas, champagne and bloody marys will set the tone for a relaxing brunch with mom. Savory selections include MeidenbauerÆs delicious lobster eggs benedict; a freshly baked English muffin topped with poached eggs, Maine lobster asparagus, and bernaise sauce, along with a side of crispy hash browns and traditional steak nÆ eggs featuring an eight-ounce hangar steak with two eggs any style, roasted tomato and hash browns. French toast served with whipped butter and a choice of maple syrup, fruit compote or banana-raisin compote will appease any momÆs sweet tooth.

    Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer Introduces Rock æNÆ Roll BrunchLynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer introduces a new Rock æNÆ Roll brunch menu featuring traditional breakfast items and griddle specialties with live performances from rock bands every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Excalibur Hotel & Casino.

    Rockers will wake up with a choice of traditional egg-style combos like the Scramble of the Day, Steak and Eggs, Chicken Fried Steak or a Build Your Own Omelet all served with breakfast potatoes and toast. For specialties on the griddle, guests will enjoy breakfast favorites like French toast, waffles or biscuits and gravy with sides including bacon, sausage and toast.

    Mother’s Day Brunch And æMomosaÆ Drink Special At Sugar Factory Las Vegas – Every mom deserves an extra sweet day and there will be no better place to treat her well this MotherÆs Day than at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas. The whimsical eatery will feature an unlimited ômomosaö drink special, priced at $15, to go along with their dozens of delicious brunch menu items on Sunday, May 13.

    The dayÆs special term for a classic mimosa cocktail is just the beginning of the creative cuisine moms and families will get to experience at Sugar Factory American Brasserie. Original dishes include the Red Velvet Pancakes topped with cherry syrup, white chocolate shavings, candied orange and maple syrup, priced at $12. Another favorite is the Chocolate Decadence French Toast, which features rich, dark chocolate-stuffed brioche piled with strawberries and drizzled with a choice of white, milk or dark chocolate syrup, priced at $14.

    Tender Steak & Seafood Celebrates MotherÆs Day With Special Dinner Menu – K.C. Fazel, executive chef of TENDER Steak & Seafood at Luxor Hotel and Casino, has created a special prix fixe menu priced at $49 per person in honor of MotherÆs Day, Sunday, May 13.

    The elegant 12,000-square-foot restaurant features warm cherry wood walls and soft mood lighting for an upscale dining experience. Highlighted by leather seating and antler-crusted chandeliers, the interior offers guests a luxurious ambiance combined with a classic and intimate feel. TENDER has a relaxing main dining room, bar and lounge and two smaller private dining rooms for meetings and small parties accommodating 15 to 30 guests, respectively.

    Comme Ãa Features Specialty Prix-Fixe Dinner In Celebration Of MotherÆs Day – Acclaimed Chef David Myers will treat mothers to an exquisite dining experience at his esteemed restaurant Comme Ãa at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for MotherÆs Day on Sunday, May 13.

    Chef Myers and Executive Chef Brian Howard have created a specialty prix-fixe menu priced at $55, which will be available all day. Guests may enjoy the French brasserieÆs sweeping views of the Las Vegas Strip while indulging in a decadent, three-course dinner that includes a glass of rosÚ wine. A bouquet of flowers will be presented to mothers upon being seated, adding a special touch to the holiday festivities.

    Tacos & Tequila Celebrates Cinco De Mayo With Sexy Las Vegas Latina Lorena PerilTacos and Tequila (T&T) at Luxor Hotel and Casino will be the spiciest spot in town as singing starlet Lorena Peril from the steamy, adult revue, FANTASY, hosts a Cinco de Mayo fiesta Saturday, May 5 at 7 p.m. Following PerilÆs appearance, DJ Larry Lynx spins party beats from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. as a few of FANTASYÆs sexy dancers meet fans and ôsalud!ö the holiday.

    Fiesta-goers looking to start the party early can do so by enjoying T&TÆs signature Mariachi Brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The midday feast will feature a high-energy Mariachi band, two-for-one house margaritas and Bloody Marias, the Mexican version of a Bloody Mary. The T&T signature Bloody Maria is made with Jose Cuervo Especial Tequila and Chipotle Tabasco, topped with fresh cucumber and olive juice, and served with a green olive, Panela cheese and tomato skewer in a Gusanos salted rim glass.

    PBR Rock Bar & Grill Serves Up $5 Small Plates Menu For Cinco De MayoPBR Rock Bar & Grill at the Miracle Mile Shops inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will treat patrons to a specialty menu in honor of the Cinco de Mayo holiday on Saturday, May 5.

    Five will be the lucky number in Sin City as patrons will score some of the Strip-side eateryÆs most popular food and drink selections that will be served as small plates and priced at only $5 all day. The affordable menu will feature PBR Rock Bar favorites including BBQ Potato Chip Nachos, Queso Con Carne Dip with Tortilla Chips; Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas; Fresh Corn on the Cob, garnished with mayo, parmesan, butter and chili powder; and Cheese Quesadillas.

    Rockhouse Announces Plans To Relocate To New Strip Venue – Free Drinks On Closing Night – After six successful years of rocking out all day and night at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, the iconic hotspot Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub has announced plans to close its doors on Saturday, May 5. The Cinco de Mayo bash will be the ultra-dive barÆs final night of hard partying until its reopening at a new venue on the Strip later this year.


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    Las Vegas Show Reviews

    David Copperfield by Guy Chapman

    David Copperfield, Las Vegas, Magician, show review, MGM, Guy ChapmanThere are few entertainers that can boast the longevity and widespread appeal of master illusionist David Copperfield. His career has spanned decades with Broadway shows and Emmy winning television specials that have showcased everything from walking through the Great Wall of China to making the Statue of Liberty disappear. And now he brings that talent and wonder to reside in the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, in a 90-minute spectacle that will leave the audience breathless.

    Country Superstars by Nicole Acevedo

    Country Superstars, Las Vegas, show review, Golden Nugget, Nicole AcevedoOut in the country, theyÆre always ready to have a good time. The same is true for Las Vegas, so kick on yer leather boots, strap that silver buckle and top that nogginÆ with that good olÆ cowboy hat and get ready to sway those hips and kick them heels to the top hits of the todayÆs hottest country music superstars. This isnÆt a fancy karaoke, and certainly not a lip-syncing look-alike contest. These tribute artists rock the stage with an amazing five-piece band singing and performing to you live. They are so talented that you quickly forget you are watching a tribute show.


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

    • Peepshow – Mail lead Josh Strickland tells you about this Las Vegas entertainment staple, takes you inside Holly Madison’s dressing room, and introduces you to the dancers.
    • NASA: What Doesn’t Stay in Vegas? Sprawl – When Landsat 5 launched on March 1, 1984, Las Vegas was a smaller city. This image series, done in honor of the satellite’s 28th birthday, shows the desert city’s massive growth spurt since 1972. The outward expansion of the city is shown in a false-color time lapse of data from all the Landsat satellites.
    • Las Vegas’ Competitive Adult Pool Party Market – The creative marketing efforts of Las Vegas adult pools heats up in an effort to attract more customers in an increasingly competitive market. Check out the pools, parties, and what makes it all happen.
    • Clark County Shooting Park – If you take Decatur north until it runs out, youÆll be at the Clark County Shooting Park. This park is a safe, fun and family friendly range with everything from archery and pistol to shotguns and rifle ranges. They have state of the art technologyàjunior and womenÆs programs, and family fun days to get the whole community involved.

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    I have gone to Las Vegas 32 out of the last 33 years. The earlier years, it seemed like nothing ever changed. BUT then starting 10 or more years ago what a change!! Giant mega casinoÆs a long ways to walk to get to from the strip, etc. But the excitement was and is still there. I enjoy going to Las Vegas more than anywhere in the world that I have been.

    For a while it seemed like it was going to be just for the younger crowd but that seems to have changed some. And then back to when MGM Grand had the carnival atmosphere out back that isn’t there any more and I think û good riddance. I never thought Las Vegas was a æfamily townÆ and that proved to be correct.

    I have always enjoyed your wonderful newsletter!

    Clearnce from Garden City, KS

     

    Ted Responds:

    Always great to hear the excitement of a long-time visitor. I too debate the “new” and “old” Vegas. I miss The Boardwalk (super easy, close parking and the casino sitting right on The Strip) and will miss O’Shea’s. Seems like a visitor almost has to hit the treadmill before their trip just to prep for the miles of walking they are going to do every day. In fact, part of the popularity of downtown is that you can bop from casino to casino to casino in a concentrated space.

    The old amusement park at MGM is indeed long gone. That area is now their massive pool complex and their “Signature” Towers. We’re better at leaving that stuff to Disneyland, and parents with children (that aren’t old enough to gamble) are probably better off vacationing elsewhere. Very few things make me more sad then to see a young couple pushing a stroller along The Strip or downtown on a super-hot summer night at 11 PM. I’m sorry, but that just isn’t right.

    Hopefully you enjoyed the old Vegas photos we linked to earlier in this issue. I know they certainly brought back some memories for me!


    Love your newsletter!

    Why doesn’t some group come out with a card that says NO MORE ILLEGAL CARD SNAPPERS ALLOWED TO LITTER AND LOITER! I will buy some of those.

    When we went to Vegas in February, there was a section of the sidewalk near Harrah’s that barely had enough room for one person to pass in either direction. These damn card snappers were clearly hindering and blocking pedestrian traffic. What does that have to do with freedom of speech? And please don’t tell me they do not litter. I watched them trying to place the cards in shrubs and on a fence on a windy day.

    Am I allowed to drop trash and put my empty drink containers in the shrubs? Sorry, but I feel my rights are violated when I have a walk on a litter-covered sidewalk and see nothing but their trash strewn everywhere. Why have I never seen these dirt bags downtown?

    John from Swanton, VT

    Hi Ted. I read with interest your thoughts on cleaning up the strip.

    With regards to the porn slippers I think one way is to move them from the tight sidewalk areas they usually ply their wares to the wider sidewalk areas where you can walk more freely to avoid them. The argument the city can use is for safety. The areas they currently occupy are restricting people traffic flow in a safe manner. I find it very unsafe where they currently stand and it also allows for tighter confines for pickpockets.

    Not sure but this would allow them to continue (ugh) and allow for safe pedestrian traffic flow.

    Thanks,

    Jack

     

    Ted Responds:

    Plenty of fantastic points. áPinch points are under study. One of the worst is right in front of Margaritaville. I’m a fan of the joint, but whoever approved the design left way too little sidewalk.

    I also have seen the pornslappers sticking their cards in bushes, to parts of light poles, you name it. As we’ve noted before, they way it works is that each card has a little code on it noting why gave it out. When someone avails themselves of the “service”, the person handing the card out gets a commission. I think the problem is that police would actually have to be catching these guys in the act.

    The good news is that this issue is that upper casino management and the county commission are finally sobering up long enough to finally realize we have a serious problem here. I’m just in shock that this has been a top complaint for years and years and years and years and years now, and it is finally seriously in the spotlight. They say that when there is a will, there is a way. At least the issue is on the front-burner now.

    The Fremont Street Experience is a completely different beast than The Strip. It is private property essentially “owned” by the main group of casinos which fund the Experience. It is considered a public thoroughfare in to a point, but they can (if they so choose, as on New Years Eve) to close it off or charge admission if they wish.

    A suggestion has been made to privatize the sidewalks on The Strip, giving the various properties control over who steps onto their property and what they do when on it. However, think of the uproar which you’d see in your town if they decided to give the business district sidewalks to the business owners! It would be an unprecedented move. One suggestion I’m going to hit my county commissioner with is to see if the hotels could lease the sidewalks from the county for $1 per year (on a year-to-year deal). The citizens would not give up their property, the deal would be easy not to renew if it created issues, and the hotels could better control detrimental activity.


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    Access Vegas Insider Vibe April 11, 2012

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    Hello From Las Vegas! – Spring is giving us the typically unpredictable weather it always seems to. We’re starting out the weekend with clouds and bands of rain, which will give way to highs in the mid-to-upper 80s as the coming week wears on.

    Lots and lots to get to this issue (possibly the longest and most packed issue we’ve had in some time) so let’s just dive right in:

    $20 Less In Gambling – A recent report noted that you budgeted about $20 less per trip in gambling money, but were spending more on dining, shopping, and tours. I’m sure the casino companies will cite the recession regarding gambling numbers. I continue to cite the tighter slots (penny slots are notoriously tight and often even an “win” is where you’ll win less than it costs you to play the hand, which gives you an actual loss).

    Lower pay blackjack isn’t exactly helping either. If your money is going to be gone in a flash at the tables or slots, you’re much better off seeing a show, going on a tour, or getting a really great meal. At least you know what it will cost, and will have a experience in return for the dollar spent.

    Hangover Heaven – Many of you saw news of a new Las Vegas company which will give you an IV to help combat your Las Vegas hangover. They have a bus which drives around to your hotel to pick you up and they treat you on board (starting at $90). I have a better (and far cheaper) suggestion, something which I’ve noted over the years but not very recently: Have some water between each drink. There is no charge to ask for an ice water when you order a drink.

    Our climate is very deceiving: Because it is (usually) so dry, you don’t feel yourself sweat. (It dries off your skin so fast you can’t feel it). Between the low humidity and the booze, you dry out very quickly. Dehydration = Hangover. Down that ice water between drinks, down a good glass of water before you go to bed (hotel tap water is safe to drink despite the fact that our local water isn’t the best tasting), and you’ll find yourself in much better shape the next morning.

    Where’s The Shrimp Cocktail – I was at Binion’s a couple of months ago and encountered a couple of guys near the old coffee shop looking lost. I told them that I live here and wondered if I could help them. They were looking for the famous shrimp cocktail and weren’t even sure what hotel it was in. (Obviously not our readers as we’ve highlighted news about the Golden Gate shrimp cocktail recently). Fortunately, I was able to point them in the right direction and note that they would have to obtain it in the coffee shop (Du-Par’s) due to construction on the deli. Oh, and gave them a card with the newsletter info.

    With so many people returning to Las Vegas who have not visited in years (too expensive during the boom, they couldn’t afford to visit during the bust) and 19% of 2011 visitors as newbies, I’m seeing a record number of people literally walking around with a lost look. They pay good money to be here, then burn so much time trying to figure out what is going on and what they should do and see.

    Many of you have friends thinking about coming or maybe even planning a trip. At the very least, send them over to http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com where they can read all of our archives and get up to speed! (It is a complicated web address… click over to it then copy and paste it into an email or IM to them)

    Really Putting The Sin In Sin City – Lots of rumbling about the porn industry continuing to invade Las Vegas. Los Angeles has always been the adult film capital, but a recent law requiring condom use in adult films shot in L.A. has the industry looking for a new home, and Las Vegas’ libertarian live-and-let-live attitude and lack of regulation seem to be just what their looking for.

    I’ll be honest: If you are in a business where location is agnostic (you make widgets that could be manufactured just about anywhere) and you are doing it in Southern California, I have one little exercise for you: Go to Realtor.com and see what kind of house $250k will get you in So Cal. Then do the same search and see what it will get you in Las Vegas. OK, I know… we don’t have the beach. But with the much lower cost of housing, labor, and no state income tax, you can afford to fly over and enjoy the beach probably more often than you do now!

    Train To Nowhere Looking Even More Dead – With a terminus in beautiful Victorville, CA, the expectation that 2/3 of Las Vegas visitors from Southern California would have to be riding for it (not going to happen) to work out financially, and a projected cost that has almost doubled, it appears that the high speed train is headed for the grave. I doubt that even influential Nevada Sen. Harry Reid (a big proponent of the project) will be able to revive this one.

    For a fraction of the cost, I-15 can be six-laned all the way to Las Vegas from Southern California. And/or a partnership between Union Pacific and a mix of public or private money could be used to increase capacity and speed on the existing rail line between the two areas. A rail line that happens to run all the way into downtown L.A. (not Victorville) with connections to Metrolink and Amtrak all over the region. Let’s not forget that airfare from Southern California to Las Vegas is currently running in the $140 round-trip range. The train to Victorville is looking at an $89 round-trip ticket.

    Most Popular College – UNLV came in 12’th on U.S. News and World Report’s list that ranked colleges on a basis of what percentage of students that get accepted actually end up going to a particular school. Harvard, BYU, and Stanford topped the list. Although much maligned over the years as a “basketball school” and the red-headed stepchild of University of Nevada (Reno), UNLV has really come into its own as a vibrant place to study.

    While somewhat on the back burner, we’re still hearing plans to transform the adjacent Maryland Parkway area into a walkable arts and culture corridor. Outside of downtown (which I’ve previously discussed), I predict that the general UNLV area is really going to pop in the next few years as a place to live. You’re in relative proximity of the college, Thomas and Mack, Strip, and airport.

    However, a word of warning: This area sits just off the north/south runways at McCarran. When the winds dictate takeoffs to the north, the planes are buzzing your head . So, living in this area won’t be for everyone. If you are thinking of buying here, McCarran has a noise map (PDF) you may want to consider.

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


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    The Gazillionaire Welcomes Tony Hsieh to the Gold Shoe Club – On Friday, April 6, The Gazillionaire and cast of Absinthe attended First Friday arts celebration to donate Bar Vendome to the monthly event. At the unveiling at Beauty Bar, Gaz presented zappos.com founder Tony Hsieh with the first pair of gold shoes ever to be bestowed to another person thus making him the very first member of ôThe GazillionaireÆs Gold Shoe Club.ö

    Jerry Springer Hosts ôThe Price Is Right Liveö At BallyÆs Las VegasThe Price is Right Live Stage Show at BallyÆs Las Vegas welcomes back special celebrity host, Jerry Springer, for an exclusive engagement April 25 û May 6 and May 16 û June 3. The show, from FremantleMedia, producers of ôAmerican Idolö and ôThe Price Is Rightö TV shows, features such fan-favorite games as ôPlinko,ö ôCliffhangers,ö the ôBig Wheelö and, of course, a fabulous ôShowcase.ö Springer will enlist audience members to play for a chance to win thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.

    First Look Inside Gordon Ramsay Steak At Paris Las Vegas New Contemporary Steakhouse To Open Mid-May – Photos were released that give the first look inside Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas, the celebrated chef and television starÆs first Las Vegas restaurant. The images reveal the centerpiece of the 7,500 square foot, two-story restaurant: the Union Jack painted on the ceiling and the energy inducing neon sculpture that will hang directly below it.

    Set within the Paris Las Vegas resort, which is whimsically modeled after the “City of Lights,” the restaurant design will celebrate Chef Ramsay and the city of London, where he lives. This innovative concept will reflect edgy, exciting and bold designs and will bridge the resortÆs Parisian theme with RamsayÆs British heritage.

    Public House Springs Forward With New Menu Items – Executive Chef Anthony Meidenbauer has developed an array of new selections for spring at Public House, the celebrated new gastropub at The Venetian.

    Starting with small bites, the delectable new offerings include the truffle arancini fondue, the Scotch egg, made with barley wine sausage and bacon mustard sauce, and foie gras, or crispy frog legs, made with tomatoes, brown butter, lemon, herbs and croutons.

    Rock of Vegas Summer Concert Series Coming to Fremont Street Experience – Fremont Street Experience announces its summer concert series Rock of Vegas with an entertainment lineup of legendary rock ænÆ rollers from the 1980s. The free concert series in Downtown Las Vegas will kick off Memorial Day Weekend with Vince Neil, legendary singer of M÷tley Cr³e, and runs through Labor Day Weekend with a performance by the ultimate glam metal rocker, Dee Snider, legendary singer of Twisted Sister.

    Historic California Hotel Celebrates May Day With 15th Annual Lei Day Polynesian Festival May 5-6California Hotel and Casino hosts the 15th Annual Lei Day Polynesian Festival on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

    The annual Polynesian festival brings together musicians, dancers, artists, craftsmen and food and beverage vendors to showcase the very best of Hawaii. Entry to the two-day event is FREE.

    Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer Now Offers Barbecue LickinÆ And Beer TappinÆ Happy Hour Specials – The new rock ænÆ roll-inspired restaurant, Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer, now offers tourists and locals alike the ideal Happy Hour spot with barbecue smokinÆ and drinks pourinÆ from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Excalibur Hotel & Casino.

    Vegas UncorkÆd By Bon AppÚtit Reveals Chef Line-Up For Celebrity Chef Poker Tournament – Vegas UncorkÆd by Bon AppÚtit announces a line-up of world-renowned chefs including Bruce Bromberg, Scott Conant, Jose Andres, Stephen Hopcraft, David Myers, Anthony Meidenbauer, Jason Smith, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger for the highly anticipated Celebrity Chef Poker Tournament May 11 starting at 10:30 p.m. Taking place at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, a first-year resort partner at the epicurean festival, the event presents a rare opportunity for players to enjoy a world-class poker tournament alongside everyoneÆs favorite celebrity chefs and culinary personalities from Bellagio, Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitan and Mandalay Bay in an incredible outdoor setting overlooking Las Vegas Boulevard.

    Country Superstars At The Golden Nugget Las Vegas Celebrates New Show Format Featuring Headliner Cody CollinsCountry Superstars, formerly known as Country Superstars Tribute, located inside the Golden Nugget Las Vegas, launched its new show format with the addition of Cody Collins, former lead singer of Lonestar, as its headliner during their Opening Night held on March 29, 2012.


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    Las Vegas Show Reviews

    Absinthe by Erika Bayer-Polak

    Absinthe, Las Vegas, show, Caesars PalaceAs soon as you enter the tent in front of Caesars Palace, the peculiar carny atmosphere initiates the sneaking suspicion that ôAbsintheö is not your standard fair.

    One of the finest characteristics of ôAbsintheö is that it is difficult to pin down; it is a true variety show complete with acrobats, dancers, tightrope walkers, and singing. While there is something for everyone, being prudish will most certainly thwart your enjoyment.

    Fantasy by Guy Chapman

    Fantasy, Lorena Peril, LuxorDeep within the Luxor Casino, eager visitors looking to add a little bit of spice in their evening will not have to travel much farther than the little showroom theater that houses one of the StripÆs sexiest shows: Fantasy.

    But make no mistake: Within that smaller-sized theater is allowed a level of personal intimacy to the events happening on the stage, all of which is complimented by the eye-pleasing ensemble cast that makes up this production. ôFantasyö is here to entertain, in a very attractive, and often very witty package. And alongside all of those genuinely beautiful women that dance to a variety of sexy musical numbers and styles, is the eveningÆs very attractive and talented Lorena Peril.


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

    • Las Vegas Breaks Record For Simultaneous Uncorking – 308 chefs, sommeliers, and culinary professionals gathered February 29, 2012 to break the Guinness World Record for most simultaneously uncorked bottles of wine. Here’s a clip of what it’s like to participate in history! Remember, tickets for the epicurean affair of the year, Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit are on sale now at http://www.vegasuncorked.com
    • Lied Discovery ChildrenÆs Museum – The Lied Discovery ChildrenÆs Museum is full of creative, interactive exhibits designed for kidsàbut most times, the grown-ups are the ones who walk away having the most fun.
    • Golf & Other Fore-Letter Words #043: An InsiderÆs Look at Shadow Creek – Host Dennis Silvers is joined by co-host Mark Brenneman (General Manager, Shadow Creek) who reveals an insiderÆs look at the exclusive and world-famous Shadow Creek, from his favorite holes, to some of the celebrities that have played there in the past.
    • 360 Vintage Vegas: El Rancho (audio, not video) – Isolated gambling clubs existed on Highway 91 before 1941 but the concept of a full scale resort with overnight accommodations, gaming, dining, entertainment and shopping all in one vacation destination wasnÆt conceived as something anyone would want in the harsh desert climate. The El Rancho not only offered something Highway 91 had never seen, it set a precedent by creating a themed vacation destination that would shape what would later become the Las Vegas Strip. This is the story of the El Rancho Vegas.

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    Hi——having been visitors to Vegas every year for 60 years (we’re 84), my wife and I still get the itch to return. Of course our visits, as the years went by, became less strenuous and more nostalgic and required more “down time”. None the less, we still love to gamble. Craps, blackjack and video poker still give us a rush but has to be balanced with rest, relaxation and soothing beverages. (Did i mention Brandy Manhattan?)

    Which brings me to the subject line “balconies and palm trees”. For the last 20 years or so our very favorite place to stay was the garden rooms at Tropicana. At that time many considered it a dump and in many respects it was: dirty elevators, lousy service and long waits at check-in. So why did we like it?—–The garden rooms with balconies, over looking a garden area with palm trees. Quite and restful (especially with a Brandy Manhattan within arms reach) sheer heaven!!! And yet within walking distance of all the exciting action you could ask for. The “Trop” pool was, and still is, one of the best in Vegas.

    Unfortunately, the garden rooms were demolished as was the garden to make room for the younger generation. And so life goes on with the young replacing the old. But that’s OK!!! We lived our lives and now it’s their turn.——still would like to go back one more time!!! Don’t we all????

    Al from Milwaukee

     

    Ted Responds:

    What an incredible outlook on life! Those old Garden Rooms at The Trop were pretty popular even in their waning days for the reasons you mentioned. In a recent issue, I noted how much I enjoy outdoor living and it really does add to a hotel experience when you can step out of your room to some fresh air.

    The Sahara had some balcony rooms and I must assume those will still be available once the hotels is remodeled and re-opened (if and when… we’re not holding our breath). Most Imperial Palace rooms have balconies, but beware that the side of the hotel overlooking Carnival Court is subject to bands playing from Noon to 2 AM. You can request a room on the other side of the property (no guarantees) upon check-in, but you’ll lose the Strip view. The Cosmopolitan was originally designed to be condos and guests who stay there love the large balconies. However, be prepared to pay a nice chunk of change. No “Garden Room” prices there.

    Incredible to hear that after 60 years, Las Vegas never gets old. Nothing like rolling the dice to get the blood flowing, and never a shortage of things to do and see. Thanks for the great comments!


    Love your newsletter!

    We visit Vegas every year and have been doing so since 1996. We would prefer to get the Bell Trans Bus from the Airport but, as we are from the UK, we arrive in Terminal 2 and there only seems to be one option from this terminal, which are the Taxicabs.

    We have been longhauled many a time but didn’t know we could do anything about it. After a 10 hourish flight and standing in line at Customs, all we want to do is arrive at our hotel and chill out. It is most annoying when you know the journey is taking much longer than it should deliberately. Funny how the Taxicab from the hotel back to the Airport at the end of the holiday is so much quicker and cheaper. We always give a bigger tip if they are fair with us, so they are losing out when they longhaul us and charge more.

    Is it possible to get to Terminal 1 from Terminal 2 to enable us to get the Bell Trans or any of the other Transport that is available there?

    Thanking you in anticipation.

    Kind regards,

    Marlene

     

    Ted Responds:

    I have good news for you, Marlene. International arrivals are moving to the (soon to open) brand new Terminal 3. So, after decades of “banishing” those that fly the farthest to visit us to the aging and inconvenient Terminal 2, we’re finally going to roll out the red carpet for our international guests. Terminal 3 is a major terminal. (We drove by it the other day… it is huge). It will also serve a number of domestic carriers. I have to imagine that all of the shuttle bus companies will also serve Terminal 3. Local scribe Rick Velotta wrote a really great article Sneak peek: An inside look at McCarranÆs Terminal 3 that many of you may find of interest.

    No question that the nice thing about airport shuttles is the set fee. The downside is that they may stop at a few hotels dropping people off before they get to your hotel. But if traffic is bad (and it isn’t getting any better on The Strip now that visitor numbers are closing in on breaking records), you don’t have to sit there and worry that the meter is running. Or getting longhauled.


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    Hello From Las Vegas! – A big milestone for me as April 3 marked my 19’th year here in Las Vegas. I always like to say “Time flies when you don’t know what you are doing!” Having The Strip in my back yard is still pretty cool after all these years and I can’t imagine ever tiring of it. May will also mark another milestone with the 13’th anniversary of this newsletter and this summer will bring the AccessVegas.com 5.0 design upgrade. We still have in-use code dating back to the 90’s!

    With March Madnesss and Spring Break finally in the rear view mirror, things are seemingly returning to normal for Las Vegas. (If you can call Las Vegas normal)! Couple of breaking notes as we’re getting ready to send, both of which we’ll have plenty of coverage down the road:

    • Zip Lines On The Strip – Luxor and Excalibur have been floating around for a while the concept a series of three zip lines running between the two properties, including one from the top of the Luxor pyramid to the corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Tropicana (the street, not the hotel). Lots of permitting and planning left to do, so don’t make your plans to ride itáyet. But they are moving forward with government reviews.
    • Sahara Moves Toward Securing Funding – The owner has gotten a reasonably decent grade regarding the probable success of a loan he needs to redo the property. As of now, plans are still being touted to refurbish The Sahara (to be renamed SLS Las Vegas) into an upscale hotel priced a tier below the Wynn/Encore, Venetian/Palazzo and Aria/Bellagio’s of The Strip.

      Talks are of an 2014 opening. Given that the remodeling seemingly can’t take more than a year (if that), I repeat my previous conjecture that they are taking a wait-and-see attitude both in terms of the economy and whatever other development may be resurrected on the North Strip. At this point, I do not see a hotel of the caliber they are aiming for having success in that location period.

    Best Of Las Vegas – The Review-Journal arguably runs the most well-known “Best Of” balloting each year. You have to take it with a grain of salt because in previous years, only a few thousand people voted and this year they declined to print how many people participated. I mean, Outback Steakhouse won best steakhouse in a city brimming with some of the finest steak options in the world (even off The Strip). Still, some picks were worth noting:

    • HotelBellagio (I say Encore).
    • PerformerDonny and Marie (No real argument).
    • ComedianCarrot Top (I agree that he’s hilarious)
    • MagicianCriss Angel (Score one for the hype machine… I favor their editor’s choice of David Copperfield).
    • AttractionBellagio Fountains (No argument there).
    • Bargain ShowMac King (Still funny after all these years).
    • Resort ArchitectureVenetian (I concur and raised my eyebrows at the editor’s pick of Cosmopolitan, which simply looks like some nice hotel you’d find in any city).
    • Parking GarageCosmo (I’m with the editors who picked Bellagio, and the same thumbs-up to Encore. You can whisk your way directly up to the top floor of either and always find great open spots).
    • Hotel Coffee ShopEl Cortez (I’ve had my share of late night meals there in my day, no argument from me).

    We’re actually going to do our own Best Of starting this summer, so that you guys can have a say. I’ve wanted to do one for a long time, but most polls get few voters because voting is tedious. Our voting process will be easy and fun and very unique. (Can’t spill the beans… I’ve never seen a readers poll with this kind of process before). Can’t wait to unveil it!

    The World Is Not Enough – Venetian/Palazzo owner Sheldon Adelson has already successfully branched out to Macau and Singapore. Generally we don’t bother with global gaming expansion. But, we have a significant European readership and Mr. Adleson’s latest proposal is headed your way.

    He wants to drop $22 billion (2.5 times what CityCenter cost) on a complex with six casinos, twelve hotels, bars/restaurants, shopping, golf… kinda like Las Vegas. He wants to do it in recession-plagued Spain citing their high international visitation rate and nice weather. (Recession, international visitation, nice weather… kind of reminds me of Las Vegas).

    The deal is far from done. Adelson wants significant freedom regarding construction and architecture in a very image conscious country. He also wants Spain’s stringent anti-smoking laws altered to allow smoking in the casinos. If the project moves forward, it will be built in phases over the course of a decade. Any thoughts from our European readers? Drop us a line at [email protected]. Speaking of…

    Venetian Construction – The sidewalk in front of The Venetian is all torn up, as is part of the facade in that area. We were wondering if this was any indication of a possible re-start to the stalled tower they were building. The most answer we could get was that they are reconstructing the casino entrance in that area and they will let us know more if and when future projects are pursued.

    So, we’re highly unlikely to see the revival of any major construction on The Strip this year. Having said that, consider this “catch-up” time. I mean, have you really seen and done just about everything there is to do in Las Vegas? Last I counted, The Strip has 25 hotel/casino properties (I didn’t count non-casino properties, shopping, or attractions). I’ve been to them all, but have you? There is always something new to see and do no matter how many times you visit!

    Cleaning Up The Strip – Longtime readers know that one of my pet peeves has been that it seems like neither local politicians nor upper hotel management seem to spend any real time on The Strip (especially later in the evening when the party peaks) because year-after-year, many common visitor complaints have been neglected. Controversial* County Commissioner (remember, the Las Vegas Strip is not inside the Las Vegas city limits, so the county has jurisdiction) Steve Sisolak finally stepped up to the plate last year and spearheaded assembling a group to look into all of this and finally do something about it.

    * Sisolak has been in the news of recent regarding a tangled mess revolving around a former flame and previously, he was the guy who was behind stopping the “strippermobile” that used to run up and down The Strip. (Do a YouTube search for it).

    Among the suggestions: Empty garbage cans more often (DUH), power-wash the sidewalk numerous times per week (DUH), prohibit loitering on the pedestrian bridges (to eliminate the panhandlers who sit on them all day long), crack down the vendors and performers (who are generally doing business without the proper permits), and more police (not sure that will change anything as the police presence is already very noticable). The one thing no one can figure out how to tackle? The porn(card)slappers (which is the #1 complaint visitors have) The ACLU is adament about defending this “free speach”. (Whether you want to hand out escort leaflets or Bibles, you have the right to do so on public property).

    In an odd way, these suggestions will bring The Strip up to the level of downtown! If you’ve ever been on Fremont Street in the wee hours of the morning, you’d see them using machines to clean the entire mall surface. I can’t ever remember seeing an overflowing garbage can downtown either. Speaking of downtown…

    Downtown Real Life Monopoly – Zappos.com CEO Tony Hseih’s “Downtown Project” group recently bought the shuttered 7-11 building at the corner of Fremont and Las Vegas Blvd. (The Strip as it extends to downtown) for around $4 million. Then they turned around and plunked down more than $5 million for the Motel 6 on East Fremont (just a block up from the El Cortez). What on earth does he want with a Motel 6? He doesn’t. He’s tearing the damn thing down! What kind of hotel/casino is he planning on putting there? He isn’t.

    None of his major investments in downtown Las Vegas (which are getting to be significant) have anything to do with gambling. He’s moving his company downtown and wants to create a much more affordable miniture version of Silicon Valley where tech start-ups can thrive. Among the ideas he’s tossing around for the property are affordable housing units, something he’s pretty passionatly talked about in light of the company moving to downtown. I’m very interested in seeing how a “tech incubator” downtown meshes with the Fremont Street Experience that most of us know. We’ll keep you posted!

    Les Clefs dÆOr – One of the things we’re really happy and exited about is the expanding presence of Les Clefs dÆOr concierge members here in Las Vegas. Worldwide travelers know that members of this elite group are the gold standard of concierges (and interestingly enough, members wear a set of crossed gold keys on their lapel). Over the years, we’ve received complaints that Las Vegas “concierge” desks were often glorified ticket counters. Les Clefs dÆOr members are bringing a much higher level of professionalism to local concierge services, and it is a long time overdue. For more information, visit www.lcdusa.org

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    Peepshow Joins The Fight Against Aids With Third Annual Las Vegas Broadway Bares: BARE-lesque On April 15PEEPSHOW, Las VegasÆ mega-hit striptease spectacular is pleased to announce the Third Annual Las Vegas Broadway Bares: Barelesque on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 11:59 p.m., which will be held on the PEEPSHOW stage at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Hosted by ABSINTHEÆs dynamic duo The Gazillionaire and his assistant Penny Pibbets, the show will feature the sexiest entertainers from across the Las Vegas Strip, with a special performance by PEEPSHOWÆs Josh Strickland.

    Vegas UncorkÆd By Bon AppÚtit Sets Guinness World Record For Most Wine Bottles Uncorked Simultaneously – Alain Ducasse, Bobby Flay And Nobu Matsuhisa Added To May Event – Chefs, sommeliers, mixologists and others from Bellagio, Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and Mandalay Bay set a new Guinness World Record by uncorking 308 bottles of Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon simultaneously. Amidst flying corks and free flowing wine, the crowd shattered the previous record of 252 in celebration of Vegas UncorkÆd by Bon AppÚtit. “Today weÆre making history with some of the worldÆs best chefs, sommeliers and mixologists,” said Adam Rapoport, Bon AppÚtitÆs Editor-in-Chief. “Setting this Guinness World Record is just the beginning of all the great programming and truly memorable moments youÆll see at Vegas UncorkÆd by Bon Appetit in May.”

    X Burlesque Celebrates 10 Years As Las VegasÆ Hottest Topless Revue, Adds New Dance Numbers To Celebrate A Decade On The Las Vegas Strip – The most provocative show on the Las Vegas Strip, X Burlesque, celebrates 10 years as the cityÆs hottest topless revue with the addition of sexy new dance numbers. X Burlesque will celebrate a decade in Las Vegas on Thursday, April 19 at Flamingo Las Vegas. “WeÆre thrilled and excited to be celebrating X BurlesqueÆs 10th anniversary on the Las Vegas Strip,” said X Burlesque Creator and Producer, Angela Stabile. “Flamingo Las Vegas has been an unbelievable partner and weÆre looking forward to another ten years as Las VegasÆ sexiest revue.”

    Caesars Palace Concierge Jasmin Vitale Honored With Prestigious Les Clefs dÆOr AchievementCaesars Palace concierge supervisor Jasmin “Jas” Vitale has received the prestigious honor of a Les Clefs dÆOr (pronounced “lay clay door”), which is French for “the keys of gold,” by the prestigious namesake concierge organization. Displayed on a conciergeÆs uniform lapels, the crossed gold key symbol assures travelers they are dealing with a seasoned professional who is dedicated to serving their every need.

    Las VegasÆ Hottest Chefs Cook To Fight Childhood Hunger In Las Vegas And Across America With $100 Dining Event – With a passion to fight childhood hunger, Las VegasÆ hottest chefs, restaurants, and mixologists will gather for Share Our StrengthÆs Taste of the Nation«, the cityÆs premier culinary benefit. Taste of the Nation Las Vegas will raise critical funds needed to support Share Our StrengthÆs efforts to end childhood hunger in the Las Vegas valley and across the nation. This yearÆs event will be Thursday, May 17 at Rain Nightclub at the Palms Casino Resort from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm, with a VIP reception beginning at 6:00 pm.


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    O by Cirque du Soleil

    Included on many peopleÆs “If you only see one show in Vegas see this one” list, “O” delivers as a classic Cirque production where theater, circus and surrealism combine on a lavish scale with breath-taking results. The title “O” derives from the French word “eau” (pronounced “oh”), meaning “water”, the showÆs central theme — from tiny droplets to torrential downpours. A 1.5 million gallon pool forms the centerpiece of this production, entertaining audiences in and of itself through an amazing series of technological transformations: from deep pool to shallow water to dry stage and back to pool again, playing host to one incredible act after another.


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    Hello From Las Vegas! – We had a little unscheduled gap in publishing. If you were sitting at home watching March Madness and wishing you could be experiencing it in Las Vegas… me too. Join the crowd. Oh, I was sitting in the city limits of Las Vegas, alright. At home with a double-whammy: First I experienced a nasty ankle sprain and then just as I was getting well enough to hobble around a little bit, I got creamed by a killer cold.

    I raised the white flag and for the sake of both (staying off me feet and getting over the drain from coughing my brains out), I took a little over a week to get plenty of bed and couch rest. No March Madness with the crowds and crazies on The Strip, no out-and-about enjoying our stunning “not too hot, not too cold” March weather. The way my luck was running, I didn’t even bother to send a friend out to bet some games for me!

    I’m fine, no pity party for me. But living in Las Vegas doesn’t guarantee life is going to be a bed of roses 100% of the time! Speaking of watching TV…

    Outdoor Living – If the temps are anywhere between 60 and 90 and I’m at home, you can usually catch me on my back patio. I love being outside and getting some fresh air. Simply something special about outdoor living. This isnt’ Vegas related (plenty of Vegas, just keep scrolling), but I’ve been asked about how I have it wired to watch TV outside. This is far more basic and obtainable than most think: I keep an old CRT TV (old school before HD flat screens) on the back patio. Why? They are cheap (you probably have one collecting dust or go get one cheap on Craigslist) and nobody is going to steal it!

    So do I have a cable and cable box out there? No way. I use an X10 Wireless Video sender (not a paid endorsement, nothing in Newkirk’s Notes is). Hook one of these little satellite dish looking gizmos to an output on your cable box and hook the other one into your outdoor TV. Withing minutes, you can watch anything on your cable box (including stuff you’ve DVR’d, pay channels, everything) out on your back porch or patio (or garage). So why watch TV indoors when the weather is nice!?! Warning: I have a covered patio (a must here in sunny Southern Nevada) so rain is no issue. If you don’t and you leave your set-up plugged in and unattended during rain, don’t hold me responsible for the damage!

    The D Hotel Las VegasTransformation Is Underway – Fitzgerald’s downtown has “officially” changed their name to The D (we had news and a first photo last issue) and they’ve put up a massive building wrap you can’t miss. This is an iconic photo of the changeover as we understand the Fitzgerald signs are coming down very soon. So, here’s a last look at the good ol” “luck of the Irish” Fitz and the sexy new motif they are looking to give the property.

    With the new performing arts center open, plans to fill in the few remaining vacant areas of Fremont East, and the Mob Museum, downtown is starting to pop with a real synergy. Dingy old downtown is under serious revitalization. Once The D (by fall) and Golden Gate (by summer) expansions/improvements are complete, our crystal ball sees the Las Vegas Club getting a complete Fitz-like overhaul and Binion’s refurbishing and re-opening their rooms.

    Speaking Of The Golden Gate – If you are thinking of the old shrimp cocktail joint, prepare to be surprised. The deli is being relocated and the former deli area at the end of the casino is not an expanded gaming area plus spacious (compared to the old ones) new restrooms.

    Significant changes clockwise from the upper left include 1. A retro Golden Gate display in the main entrance. 2. The huge new expanded rear entry (valet, cabs, limos) with a revolving door and the hotel’s longstanding vintage slot collection on display. 3. Entryway to the cozy check-in area featuring Las Vegas’ very first telephone (the hotel had the phone number 1) and other artifacts. 4. The actual check-in area. Compare that to the (seemingly mile long desk at MGM Grand) and you can see they are keeping their boutique property feel.

    las vegas smith center for performing artsSmith Performing Arts Center – Last issue, we promised you photos of this popular new venue. Unfortunately, these pics grabbed with my phone don’t quite to it justice, but they will give you some idea. I will say that the building’s retro art deco feel is really a nice change of pace from typical Las Vegas architecture and the “ode to Hoover Dam” design that inspired it was a good call. Hoover Dam is going to be here a few hundred more years, and they wanted to imply that this building will be here to serve Las Vegan’s (and our visitors) for hundreds of years as well.

    This is a building that would fit right into the mix of just about any major city downtown or arts district area in the United States. Well done!

    The lower right photo is of the adjoining Symphony Park and has a really nice feel to it. I can see people gathering pre-event to enjoy the park and also possible special occasions taking place. If you look closely, you can see a number of downtown hotel casinos in the not-too-distant background. As we reported last week, looks are a little deceiving. Yes, it is that close to the established core of downtown. However, pedestrian walkways must eventually be constructed to scale the Union Pacific multi-track mainline that dissects this area on the run from L.A. to Chicago.

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    ABSINTHE Welcomes To The Stage, Lijana Wallenda, Seventh Generation Member Of The Legendary Circus Family, The Flying Wallendas – The Gazillionaire and the cast of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace, Las VegasÆ hottest show, welcomes high wire heiress Lijana Wallenda-Hernandez to the stage now through May 1. Wallenda is a seventh generation member of the world-renowned circus family, the Flying Wallendas and great grand-daughter of the legendary Karl Wallenda. With her captivating charm and mass sex appeal, Wallenda embodies the vision of a Greek Goddess, adding fabulous tricks to ABSINTHEÆs death-defying act. Wallenda will take to the sky as she joins the Esteemed Gentlemen of the High Wire, temporarily filling in for her husband Tony Hernandez.

    Madame Tussauds Reveals Abbey Road Traveling Experience – The Beatles Interactive Exhibit On Display Through May 28Madame Tussauds Las Vegas located at The Venetian welcomed the Abbey Road Traveling Experience to its attraction. The exhibit, on display through May 28, features a recreation of The BeatlesÆ iconic ‘Abbey Road’ album cover.

    Dance Into Spring With Joy And Splendor At Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens – Spring has sprung at BellagioÆs Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, now open to the public through May 13. This yearÆs show debuts the enchanting musical sounds of the harp and violin, a rotating windmill and a floral exhibition showcasing tulips, azaleas, hibiscus and lilies. A carousel, waterfall and ceiling-hung hand-painted parasols invite the spirit of spring with open arms.

    Ice Performs As Michael Jackson ‘The King Of Pop’ In ‘2 Kings’ At The Rio – Ice may well be the youngest performing Michael Jackson on the planet at only age 26 and heÆs been performing as the legendary superstar since he was 14. He was born and reared in Gary, Indiana just like the late Michael Jackson. IceÆs talents are purely musical. He said, ‘I play the piano, drums, bass guitar and violin. My hobbies are limited to music and video games.’ He has toured the world performing as Michael Jackson. He exclaimed, ‘China was a culture shock. IÆve been to Brazil and Spain too doing my character and it seems like IÆm appreciated more by the audiences. They go wild.

    Public House Kicks Off National Beer Day With Week-Long Celebration – Beer drinkers will unite when Public House, an American gastropub located in The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, celebrates National Beer Day with a prix fixe menu and beer pairing as well as the introduction of the new ‘Pub Club’ from Monday, April 2 through Saturday, April 7. The three-course meal priced at $48 per person will begin with the Scotch Egg paired with a Firestone Double Barrel Ale. The main-course will feature Public HouseÆs mouthwatering Short Rib paired with a smooth Deschutes Black Butte Porter. To end the experience with something sweet, patrons will enjoy the Irish Coffee Cheesecake paired with a Uinta Labyrinth.

    Tender Steak & Seafood Introduces New Wine And Cheese Lounge Menu – With a sophisticated and upscale ambiance, TENDER Steak & Seafood at Luxor Hotel and Casino presents a new wine and cheese menu to offer guests an exquisite tasting experience. For smooth white or red tastings by the glass, guests will enjoy two glasses priced at $8 or four glasses priced at $15. For white wine pairing options, the menu features selections including Chateau St. Michelle Eroica Riesling 2008, Ravenswood Chardonnay 2006, Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2010, William Hill Chardonnay 2008 or a Cakebread Chardonnay 2008. For the red wine selection, guests will enjoy selections of a Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Mac Murray Ranch Pinot Noir 2008, Ferrari-Carano Merlot 2006, Beaujolais Georges Duboeuf 2008, Apothic Blend 2009 or a Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006.

    Cosmopolitan Teams Up With EA Sports To Bring Las VegasÆ First-Ever EA Sports Bar To The StripThe Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas transforms the traditional sports bar concept by partnering with EA SPORTS, one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, to create Las VegasÆ first-ever EA SPORTS BAR powered by Sharp opening March 31. Combining the excitement of a sports bar, the comfort of a living room and EA SPORTS video games, the one-of-a-kind experience will feature Sony PlayStation 3 game consoles, a selection of EA SPORTS games, high-definition televisions broadcasting the dayÆs sporting events and a lively bar set among nine living room style vignettes.

    Ben & JerryÆs 34th Annual ‘Free Cone Day’ Tuesday, April 3 Features Local Celebrity Scoopers For Charity – Ben & JerryÆs, the company that broke the mold for businesses demonstrating you could make a profit while giving back to the community, will commemorate its 34th Annual ‘Free Cone Day’ at Ben & JerryÆs Scoop Shops at the District at Green Valley Ranch and inside Sunset Station Hotel & Casino. The Scoop Shops enlist help from some of the cityÆs hottest entertainers who will scoop to benefit Lied Discovery ChildrenÆs Museum and St. JudeÆs Ranch for Children. All small cones are FREE with no purchase necessary but patrons are encouraged to make a donation to the storeÆs respective charity partners.


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    I know there has been a lot of discussion about a pay version of the newsletter. Being a small business owner, I understand the need to have a pay version. That said, I donÆt recall (I could have missed it, as well) a like to sign-up for the pay version. I would be a subscriber!

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    Hello … let me start by saying how much I appreciate your newsletter.

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    I went to Las Vegas for my first time in November and wrote my a very long email about it to say how much it was memorable, though i didn’t get publish, but I understand that you have many many to read. I just can’t wait to go back for a second time.

    We went for 6¢ days and we did the entire Strip from the South Outlets up to Fremont street. My soon-to-be wife and I are no gambler and those who says that LV has nothing else to see/do/ offer than slot machines and poker … man … THEY ARE SO WRONG!!!!

    We visit every casino, every casino/hotel pool backyard, every stores, went to every attractions each place offers, etc …. to resume, we saw everything the Strip & old downtown has to offer, free or not. Yes our days were loaded, not much rest from 8am ’till midnight but what a thrill !!!

    Of course we didn’t see all the shows you would have to be ultra rich to see them all and probably stay there a whole year but we went to see Rod Stewart at the Colosseum at Caesar Palace and we loved it!!!!

    We stayed at the Tropicana which was awesome. I know it’s been renovated recently which is kinda why we chose this place to stay, also the price were good! Though the hotel ain’t Strip Central, we wouldn’t mind going back for our second trip. Also we loved the coconut smell all around inside!!

    Gotta say that your newsletter help me a lot while planning that first trip

    Like I said, I just can’t wait to go back for a second time. Since we saw/did everything the Strip and downtown has to offer, except for the new stuff that will come out until then …. which is where your newsletter comes very practical …. our next time will concentrate on the outdoor fun. We fought the temptation to go see the Grand Canyon VERY HARD, to give us a good reason to come back.

    So our next time will be about an helicopter tour in Grand Canyon with Rafting on the Colorado river … Hoover Dam … dune buggy in the desert … Red Rock Canyon … Splash Canyon Waterpark … Bootleg Canyon Zip lines … Bryce Canyon … and much much more!

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    I’ve been happily surprised at the number of both emails and even phone calls to our comment line wondering about when we go subscriber based, the details, how to pay (we’ll offer everything from Paypaltgo old fashioned check), etc.

    While I appreciate so many who see the value of the newsletter as-is (and willing to help chip in to keep it at the current level), we want to offer more to subscribers as a way to thank them for helping out. Hence, we’re working on a huge behind-the-scenes overhaul and upgrade of AccessVegas.com to accommodate a subscriber area. That needs to be in place before we can really do anything.

    THEN, I’m hoping that we can develop the online app we’re going to include with subscribership. I can’t spill too many of the details, but we’re so sure that this app will save you as much as (or pretty close to) the cost to subscribe, that we’re going to offer a money-back guarantee. At the end of your yearly subscription if you don’t feel that you got your money’s worth, we’ll refund the entire amount.

    Regarding this app, don’t worry if you don’ have a smart phone or a tablet. Even if you don’t own a cell phone, you’ll be able to use it right on your computer before you head out here and get great value out of it. If you have a smart phone, you’ll be able to use it while you are here and we promise you’ll find it an incredible aid. (Once again, wish we could spill the details, but we can’t as this really has not been done before). If you can surf the internet on your phone or tablet, you’ll l be able to enjoy this app no matter who makes your phone or what system you are on.

    Another thing we’ll be doing for subscribers is guaranteeing (within reason) a personal answer toáVegas questions you submit. We don’t know everything, but we usually know how to find the answer. Right now, we do not have the staffing to do so.

    Per cost, we’re currently looking at $23.95 per year. Less than $2 per MONTH. The plan will only be yearly and here’s why: We work hard to put out great Vegas info all year. Even if you only read when you are getting closer to a trip, you have TONS of archived newsletters to go back and look through. If we provided a short-term option, we’d be face with people who only pay a few dollars for the couple of months before their vacation, they’d use the app (which is looking to be very expensive to develop and maintain), ask us questions with a guaranteed response and basically use more of our resources than they are paying for. The math simply does not work out.

    If you enjoy a certain hobby (whether motorcycle riding or knitting) and you subscribe yearly to a publication that covers it, you pay for the year even if you may go a few months at a time without being active in your hobby. That affords the magazine a stable financial base to provide all the great information they prepare for you all year.

    We’re going to be doing these special things for subscribers because the subscribers are the ones who are willing to really support what we’re doing! We do the “Vegas Homework” for you so that you don’t have to spend countless hours trying to hunt down all this info yourself. Just the time you save in vacation planning makes it well worth it even if you only visit once per year.

    In response to Jeff: Your English is fine and we really appreciate the great trip report. I’ve always said that if you had an entire month in Las Vegas, you couldn’t do and see everything. But it sounds like you almost tried! Absolutely, one can go from 8 AM until Midnight for a week and not even be close to getting board.

    Good for you that you weren’t scared to venture downtown or check out the outlet malls and really take it all in!

    I highly recommend seeing the Grand Canyon. It is one of those things people simply can’t begin to comprehend until they see it in real life.

    What great excitement. When I read letters like yours, it makes me so happy that we’re able to enjoy such an amazing and memorable vacation!

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    Access Vegas Insider Vibe March 15, 2012

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    Hello From Las Vegas! – If you are reading and just returned from a weekend visit, all I can say is “Uh-Oh”. Weather this past week was absolutely stunning with highs near 80 F, mostly sunny days, and nights that never got way too cold. That is, right up through Friday. Then came Saturday. I’m not sure what happened overnight, but Saturday brought some pretty hard steady rain andádownright cold temps that barely hit the mid-50’s. And to think that just the day before, I’d been kicking back watching TV on the back patio while enjoying dinner and a cocktail. Thankfully, The rain is supposed to be gone by Monday and we’re back into the 70’s where we usually are this time of year.

    This kind of hits home on a couple things I regularly remind you about: 1. The temperature here in the desert has some wild swings. Always assume that it could be 10-15 degrees warmer or cooler than average on any given day, and that the weather can vary dramatically from day-to-day. 2. I’ve talked about how everyone’s Vegas experience is unique. Come here on Memorial Day weekend and it is much different than the week before Christmas (both in terms of crowds and temperature). Those who were here midweek last week went home and told all their friends how incredible Vegas weather is in March. Those here this weekend are going to go home and say Never visit Vegas in March… it is cold and stormy!

    Viva No Elvis – Cirque du Soleil has announced the replacement for Viva Elvis at Aria in CityCenter. Not wanting to take any risks, they are bringing Zarkana here after hugely successful runs in both Moscow and New York City. The question is whether an already saturated show market (certainly saturated with Cirque shows) can absorb another production and whether CityCenter’s “way back off The Strip” location will be a hindrance to ticket sales.

    Harmon Update – The Harmon is the unfinished hotel which is part of the CityCenter project, sitting right next to The Cosmopolitan. Construction defects halted work on the project. The builder says that if it gets torn down, they’ll never be able to absolve themselves from responsibility for the defects. (Any evidence in their favor in a protracted court battle will be gone). Clark County wants it torn down as the defects evidently make it vulnerable to collapse in an earthquake. Next hearing is July 9. I’m guessing we’re going to see it imploded early fall.

    New Performing Arts Center – Thanks in part to $105 million in car rental taxes from you guys (funding slightly more than 1/5 of the project), downtown Las Vegas has unveiled the new Smith Performing Arts Center. It certainly is beautiful and the movers and shakers and local press are ga-ga over it. We were the largest city in the U.S. without such dedicated performing arts facility. Boy oh boy, we’re in the big leagues now!

    I confess to being just a tad bit snarky because for some reason, the people with the biggest inferiority complex about living in Las Vegas (and the biggest boosters of this project) are the exact people who have done extremely well here. Nobody every stopped them from picking up and moving to San Francisco or New York City. How about you quit being embarrassed of being a Las Vegan?

    A very pleasant addition to a city? Absolutely. A stunning venue that is a must-see? The few who have had the opportunity to attend an event there so far have raved about it. An awesome addition to the city and downtown? You bet. But something that changes the way the world sees us (in terms of arts and culture)? Not even close.

    Opening night was a star-studded event hosted by Doogie Howser Neil Patrick Harris and featured artists ranging from Willie Nelson to Joshua Bell to Jennifer Hudson (just to name a few of many). It was filmed for TV and is slated to appear on PBS (date not yet set, we’ll let you know).

    For those wondering which two Fremont Street hotels this venue sits between? It doesn’t. It is on the west side of the railroad tracks in the vicinity of the outlet mall, World Market Center, etc. At just about a mile from the Fremont Street hotel area by car or foot, I wouldn’t suggest the walk (especially if you are dressed up to see a performance) because parts of downtown are still pretty sketchy. But you are talking a cheap cab ride from Fremont Street and probably about $15 from The Strip.

    Talk is underway of walkways to connect the new Smith Center to the tourist part of downtown. As the crow flies, you’re only talking four blocks. I’ve expressed concerns that attendees to events won’t contribute to the downtown economy. Having to park downtown, eat, drive or cab to the venue, then back around again to downtown for after show drinks just makes no sense. Walkways over the railroad tracks need to be expedited. Once in place, a walk from Fremont East all the way to the Smith Center will be a very manageable and enjoyable 10 blocks.

    We’ll list performances for this venue in our Entertainment Calendar just as we do other concerts and headliners. Free walking tours of the venue are available at www.thesmithcenter.com/explore/tours

    What Is This Mess? – The opening salvo on the construction of Project Linq. To those familiar with Harrah’s, Carnival Court is on the left. Remember the ice cream store next to Carnival Court at the end of the mall-like walkway? Gone. You’re looking straight through to one of the Imperial Palace towers. To the right is what used to be stores lining the walkway from Imperial Palace to Carnival Court.

    Playboy Club Closing – It appears that the Playboy Club at The Palms is closing. Very strange indeed as it was deemed a great fit for Las Vegas and was the 35’th highest revenue generating dayclub/nightclub in the United States in 2010. With founder George Maloof no longer having the level of ownership in the hotel which he used to, one has to wonder if this is a “bean counter” move. The hotel may be getting out of a revenue sharing deal for use of the iconic brand. But without the Playboy name, will the club perform as well?

    Just Call Us Tournament Town – With the announcement of the PAC-12 moving their basketball tournament to Las Vegas next year, that brings the total number of tournaments we host to four. Unheard of for any other city. Besides the PAC-12, we also host the Mountain West Conference, West Coast Conference, and Western Athletic Conference tournaments. (OK, the last three aren’t the Big-10 or SEC, but still…). This occurs right around the same time we host NASCAR and just prior to March Madness making March one of the most chronically busy times of the year here. The PAC-12 event will take place at the MGM Grand Garden arena.

    Fitz Becomes The D – This past week, Fitzgerald’s downtown renamed itself “The D” (which stands for downtown and is also an homage to the city of Detroit, where the brothers that own the place come from). Pretty much everything that we’ve reported on here since late November is now official and underway. Downstairs, expect a Golden Gate (casino) style party vibe including an outdoor bar with go-go dancers and dancing dealers inside. (The D is owned by the same guys who own Golden Gate). If thump-thump music isn’t your thing, the upstairs casino will be retro-Vegas (including some popular vintage slots from decades gone by) and be more of a tame experience.

    They are going to remodel all the rooms, working two floors at a time. Although the tallest building in downtown Las Vegas, only a handful of the rooms at the south end feature a view of the Las Vegas Strip. (Might not hurt to see if you can ask for one upon check-in). An new one-way escalator will go from Fremont Street up to the second floor casino. They are also claiming that they’ll have the fastest wi-fi of any Las Vegas hotel. Of course, given how poor the wi-fi in many hotels can be (which is insulting because you are paying for it either as a separate fee or as part of a resort fee), that shouldn’t be hard to pull off.

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    Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

    Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


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    Payard Patisserie And Bistro At Caesars Palace Swings Into Spring With Fashionable Chocolate Decorated Easter Eggs – This spring, Payard Patisserie & Bistro brings the finest in French design to Caesars Palace with intricately adorned chocolate pastries. The confectionary is adding to the chocolate shopÆs imaginative, effervescent atmosphere, setting new trends this season with decadent Easter-themed pastries and chocolates. Beginning March 15, the pastry shop will present an assorted collection of chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies. As shown in the photos above and attached, specially featured will be the new cheeta and zebra-themed eggs offered for the first time this year, and the chocolate print eggs returning from their debut last year, among several other variations. Made with 72 percent dark chocolate and the rest milk and white chocolate, the eggs are created with a customized mold and painted with assorted patterns. Recipients who break open the eggs will be awarded with additional Easter goodies located inside each egg, including miniature chocolate and candied eggs.

    The Smith Center For The Performing Arts Opens In Las Vegas With Star-Studded Concert – History Making Night Featured Award-Winning Musicians And BroadwayÆs Best – An extraordinary line-up of performers from across the arts community ushered in a new era of culture as they graced the stage for the opening of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas on March 10. Led by quintessential host and award-winning actor, Neil Patrick Harris, the evening featured performances by the whoÆs who of music and BroadwayÆs brightest stars.

    Frank Marino Unveils First Ever ‘Divas Las Vegas’ Gaming Table At Imperial Palace – March marked another first for Frank Marino, Las VegasÆ longest-running headliner. The superstar female impersonator has two stars on the Las Vegas Walk of Fame, a street named in his honor, his own official day (February 1), a key to the city and his own building wrap on the famed Las Vegas Strip. The only thing missing was his own branded gaming table û until now. Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino recently welcomed to its gaming floor the first-ever Frank Marino and ‘Divas Las Vegas’-themed gaming table. The game puts a new spin on the typical betting wheel. Instead of betting on numbers, guests now have the opportunity to bet on impersonators from the show, including Cher, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Diana Ross, Liza Minnelli, Janet Jackson and, of course, Marino.

    $200,000 Superstar Bingo Extravaganza Returns to RivieraThe Riviera Hotel & Casino, home to the only bingo room on the Las Vegas Strip, brings back its $200,000 Superstar Bingo Extravaganza on Mar. 28 and 29. There will be 20 games played per day on both days with a minimum payout per game of $3,000 plus a $25,000 Superstar Coverall at the end of both sessions. Check-in and registration begins on Mar. 27.

    Aria’s March Menus Make Springtime In LV Even Better – This month only, ARIA Resort & Casino is serving up Signature Tasting Menus highlighting fresh ingredients, just in time for spring. Whether youÆre lounging by the pool, catching some March Madness, or hitting the links at a local golf course û whatever March means to you û round out your day with out-of-this world cuisine at AMERICAN FISH by Michael Mina, Jean Georges Steakhouse and Sirio Ristorante.


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    We’re closing in on the debut of AccessVegas.com 5.0 (hey, we’ve been around since 1997) and due to those time constraints we’re not running readers letters this week. Members Mania is a popular feature which unfortunatelyáwill be sporadic until our site upgrades are finished.

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