Access Vegas Insider Vibe – March 28, 2001

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This Issue: Blue Man Group

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EDITORS NOTE: You complained and we listened! Our tours page at http://www.accessvegas.com/tours was too confusing to use, making you click through three pages to book. Now, click on the booking link for a tour, enter your dates, and immediately see a list of all tours available for your dates with prices and availability posted.LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

THE PALMS – is the name of the new boutique hotel / casino going in across the street from The Rio. With a combination of trendy dance clubs and high end dining, they are looking to challenge The Hard Rock, The Rio, and Mandalay Bay as the “in” spot for the young, trendy crowd with deep pockets. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Mar-08-Thu-2001/news/15588366.html

STORM – The delays in Mandalay Bay’s new show is attributed to additional building inspections following some design changes during the construction of the set as well as the production not being completely ready yet. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Mar-20-Tue-2001/living/15666596.html

BETTING BAN – Your US Senators and Congressmen are working on legislation to outlaw all betting on college sports (something only legal in the state of Nevada). They are doing this at the urging of the NCAA, who are absolutely positive that once legal college sports betting is killed, all college sports betting will cease to exist.

If you enjoy betting college sports under the safe, controlled atmosphere that Nevada provides, drop your US legislators a quick note letting them know you oppose the federal government telling Nevada what they can offer wagering on. Story at http://news.excite.com/news/uw/010328/university-68 and you can find your representatives email addresses at http://www.webslingerz.com/jhoffman/congress-email.html

WE’VE GOT POWER – Regarding the possibility of The Strip going dark this summer, Mark Shank, Nevada Power Co.Æs director of regional transmission, said the difference between keeping the lights on here and California’s rolling blackouts comes down to paying the bills, something California has been struggling with for months. ôWe’ve already secured our contracts for this summer. We’re well prepared for the peak operating hours facing us in the coming months.ö Full story at http://news.mywebpal.com/news_tool_v2.cfm?show=localnews&pnpID=779&NewsID=69202&on=0

How much juice does a casino use? The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinal had an interesting story on that at http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/sfl-zvegas28mar28.story?coll=sfla%2Dbusiness%2Dheadlines

MORE CASINOS – A Las Vegas legislator has proposed a bill that would allow Strip-area time share projects to have casinos, but knowledgeable sources say the bill will likely face opposition from the gaming industry. The hotel/casinos will probably oppose it, not wanting any competition. It would allow places like The Jockey Club and Polo Towers (among others) on The Strip to offer gaming.

The customer usually wins with more casino opportunities. Some of the best blackjack rules and loosest slots in the US are in Nevada because of competition. Story at http://www.hotel-online.com/Neo/News/2001_Mar_22/k.LVT.985328040.html

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CONCERTS AND SHOWS:CATCH A RISING STAR – The comedy club has debuted in Las Vegas at The Excalibur. This version of the popular comedy club promises to continue their tradition of bringing in nationally known comics and seasoned professionals. Shows are twice nightly at 7:30 PM and 10:00 PM and priced at $16.95. Guests must be 21.

SHOW REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* De La Guarda (Rio) – http://www.channel2000.com/sh/travel/lasvegas/stories/travel-lasvegas-55891920010326-090339.html

SHOWS – See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?amid=3230&cscheme=1

SHOWS AND HEADLINERS – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-shows.htm
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RESTAURANT REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* P.F. Chang’s (Aladdin) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Mar-23-Fri-2001/weekly/15682076.html

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LAS VEGAS WEATHER – This 5 day forecast is courtesy of Weather.Com:

Thursday – 82 ░F / 53 ░F Partly Cloudy
Friday – 85 ░F / 52 ░F Mostly Sunny
Saturday – 81 ░F / 48 ░F Mostly Sunny
Sunday – 79 ░F / 49 ░F Mostly Sunny
Monday – 84 ░F / 52 ░F Mostly Sunny

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FEATURE STORY: Blue Man Group

If you are at Luxor in the evening and see people walking around covered in (what looks like) toilet paper, don’t assume they lost a fight in the restroom. They were just at Blue Man Group. While I hate to give away too much about shows like this, the finale is each night is a celebration that must single-handedly keep a paper mill in business.

Blue Man Group is theater, but not the kind you might expect. After success in New York, Boston, and Chicago this troop pulled out all the stops for Las Vegas, where the Luxor gave them twice as many seats to fill.

What is Blue Man Group? Space aliens from Nevada’s notorious Area 51 “secret” military base? Were the sent here to study us or overwhelm us? Perhaps a little of both.

Blue Man Group consists of three men in skullcaps and cobalt blue face (and head) paint which stays wet, giving them an eerie “alive from the inside out” look. They never speak. They do act and react.

The show is artistic and colorful, but in a very abstract way. It opens with them beating on drums as they squirt neon colored water on the other’s drum in amazement at the colorful splash.

From there, a simple game of catch is played across the stage, with one of the members tossing colored food objects at the other two for them to catch with their mouths. One of them paints a pretty canvas using colored fluid projected from his mouth, while the other creates a “sculpture” from the foodstuff and finishes this act with what is insightful commentary on modern art.

This progresses to more entertainment with food, where Cap’n Crunch cereal is consumed and crunched to the beat of the heavily rhythmic music performed by a live band. Not any band, mind you, but one that performs dressed in bright neon outfits far above the stage. The multitude of colors that make up the cereal blend with in with the constant color themes we continue to be exposed to.

The food theme is retained for one more segment that is the most comedic of the show. Imagine how someone who has never seen a twinkie before would get it out of the wrapper, let alone eat it. They seem mystified with each other and what they are doing, but that only serves to set the audience up. We get lulled into a mellow, curious, slightly comedic mindset — then our senses are attacked full force.

Fortunately, they balance this assault with more musical segments that rely on a multitude of instruments which it appears they have created. These are adaptations of age-old percussion instruments except that they are made from PVC pipe. They have become quite adept at playing these, and in conjunction with the live band they produce some great electric music. So much so, that their debut CD (the soundtrack to the Vegas show) was nominated for a Grammy this past year.

There is more drumming, more neon, more interesting interaction with the audience, and more bizarreness (in a good way), but I’ve held back to not ruin the fun. This is not your typical “sit there and watch someone sing and tell jokes show,” but it isn’t as off-the-wall (no pun intended) as De La Guarda.

If you are mildly adventurous, have your finger on the basics of the pop culture of the past couple of decades, and don’t mind being visually and sonically assaulted to a degree, this is a show you will not only tell your friends about, but want to come back and see again. Like a good movie, I can only imagine all I missed the first time around.

It is an all-ages show, but much of it would be lost on preteens and while containing no language or vile acts, the show might overwhelm children. The Grammy nominated soundtrack is available at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000038A2S/invegascom Click on the Blue Man link to hear free samples — “Rods and Cones” is my personal favorite!

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EDITORS NOTE: Not since the “Kids in Vegas” (should you bring them or not) has a topic generated as much controversy. While space doesn’t allow me to print every letter, the ones below are a representative sample regarding the strong feelings on this topic. Because of that, I’m leaving the “Smoking in Casinos” poll up an extra week at http://www.accessvegas.com On another note, a sampling of readers were kind enough to share what activities they do to maximize romance in Las Vegas.LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Regarding Smoking in Casinos:

Ida Koo of San Jose, California wrote:

> Unfortunately, one of the most annoying, disgusting and smelly parts
> of casinos prevents me from going more often. And that’s “smoking.”
>
> I voted in the poll for “smoking” in casinos. I voted for banning it
> entirely. And I also checked out the results so far. I see that
> requiring casinos to have Nonsmoking areas is up front for the time
> being.
>
> Requiring Casinos to have nonsmoking areas just doesn’t work.
> Casinos in Reno have tried this before. It means being confined to
> one tiny little area that is allotted for nonsmokers with very little
> variety and frankly, what is perceived as very little prospects of
> winning large jackpots. I like to move around and scope out a slot
> machine and then sit down and settle in. Nonsmoking areas would
> probably work for crap tables because they could have one in the midst
> of all the other tables. It helps but its not great. But there’s
> usually only one and its always packed.
>
> Thank you for giving me a place to go to voice my opinion.

Kim and Dave Paterson of Concord, Ohio wrote:

> Ted, A friend told us about your newsletter several months ago and
> since that time we have been receiving and enjoying your newsletters.
> Regarding the smoking in the casinos issue, as nonsmokers and Las
> Vegas visitors 2-3 times a year for the last twenty-five years, we
> have encountered many situations where smoking has disrupted our
> pleasure of enjoying our visit to certain casinos. We have noticed
> the emergence of nonsmoking areas in casinos but this is not a
> cure-all because it limits the full scope of a casino. We feel (our
> suggestion) is that casinos provide better ventilation systems so that
> smokers and nonsmokers can enjoy the same areas and not offend each
> other. Keep up the good work.

Olivia Wilkin of Dayton, OH wrote:

> Hi there! I really enjoy the newsletter.
>
> I just returned from my first visit to Las Vegas and I was THRILLED to
> find one place left in the US that actually values freedom. It was
> wonderful to be able to smoke in almost every area of the city. I was
> a little surprised to see the response to your poll; so many
> indicating that smoking should be banned. I spoke with several
> nonsmokers in Vegas who said that they were surprised that the smoking
> didn’t bother them; that the casinos were well ventilated. I will
> refrain from going into my usual three hour rant about the way that
> nonsmokers feel that they have rights and that smokers do not. I am
> actually considering moving to Vegas partly due to this freedom. I
> can see the higher end strip hotels creating more smoking policies,
> but I think that the smaller and downtown hotels will stay true to
> customers!
>
> Thank you!

Regarding Romance in Las Vegas:

Linda wrote:

> I would have to say it was room service. Their you are in the morning
> with a great meal delivered to you both practically in bed. We
> happened to enjoy the time at the Imperial Palace due to the fact we
> could open the door and look out over the balcony.

I recently read an article on an airplane magazine noting that women enjoy and are more likely to indulge in room service. I’m not singling out women, and when I am tired and don’t want the hassle I enjoy ordering room service myself. But men take note — your lady might appreciate the pampered privacy of a quiet meal with you in your room!

Maureen Cullen wrote:

> For cocktails, the best romantic spot I’ve been to is The Peppermill,
> on the strip toward downtown. Though it’s pretty well-known, it never
> seems to be that crowded, and the tourist masses don’t seem to know
> about it. The lounge is very quiet, dimly lit, with really cool,
> kitschy “rat pack” era design, cocktail waitresses in evening gowns,
> and fireplaces. There’s a restaurant adjacent, with great food, huge
> portions, cheap prices, but it’s not quite as romantic as the lounge.
>
> Looking forward to others’ responses too!

Peppermill is across from Stardust (just up the street a couple hundred yards). It is indeed a special spot that is usually frequented by locals even though it has a Strip location.

Down toward the other end of the Strip, Polo Towers (behind and just down from the Harley Cafe) has a 19’th floor lounge open to the public with a great view after dark (otherwise the sun blinds the view). Not quite the atmosphere or Peppermill, but the view makes up for it. It is truly a local’s secret, as the lounge is rarely crowded. Free and worth checking out. Just head through the strip mall in front of the resort, head in, grab an elevator, and punch the top floor button.

Sam Profio wrote:

> I have a few suggestions some of which could be combined:
>
> 1. Dinner on the balcony at Olives in the Bellagio. Make reservation
> for after dark. You will have an incredible view and sound of their
> spectacular fountains. Since there are something like 6 to 8
> different consecutive fountain shows, you enjoy the fountains during
> your entire meal.
>
> Making reservations is a little tricky when I did it last May. They
> only take them beginning at 5:00 PM and then only in person. You must
> go to the hostess stand at 5:00 PM and get in line. It was not a long
> wait and we got our reservation for that evening.
>
> 2. Go to the Stratosphere tower just before dusk. Watch the sunset
> over the desert & mountains. Stunning. And then watch the strip
> lights come alive, as it gets darker. While you are there anyway, you
> could also make a reservation for dinner just after dusk one deck
> lower in the Stratosphere’s revolving restaurant. Great view all
> night. Turns slow. You won’t get sick.
>
> 3. Later, you might want to
> have an after dinner drink at Rio’s Voodoo Lounge outside on their
> patio. It is 52 floors up and also has a very impressive but totally
> different view of the South end of the strip. Their restaurant on the
> 51st floor is also very good and also has an outdoor patio with
> basically the same great view.
>
> 4. There’s always the Gondola ride at
> the Venetian before dinner to get things rolling. Make a reservation!
>
> 5. Women love to shop. Take her through the canal shops at the
> Venetian prior to the Gondola ride. Buy her some jewelry. She can
> admire it and you while you cuddle together in the boat.
>
> Enjoy!

It sounds like Sam has a happy lady, and I will “second” everything he just said.

Edward N. Brothers wrote:

> My girlfriend at the time (now my fiance) and went to Emeril Lagasse’s
> at the Venetian, and had the best meal of our lives. We had a waiter
> named Troy who was knowledgeable and helpful without being arrogant.
> It really was the perfect evening.

I reviewed Delmonico at http://las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-06-21.htm and agree wholeheartedly. To sum this all up, I think it’s tough NOT to have a romantic time in Las Vegas with so many fun things to do, elegant restaurants, and various vistas.

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March 28, 2001 ISSN: 1529-2770

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – March 21, 2001

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This Issue: Imperial Palace

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EDITORS NOTE: I’m doing some traveling this week, so I’m happy to present a guest review submitted by readers Russell and Gail Howard. Next week, the long awaited review of Blue Man Group. After that, WB Stage 16 Restaurant (if they ever get me their press kit — I like the place) and Excalibur Tournament of Kings. As always noted at the end of the “Letter’s To The Editor” section, guest reviews are gladly considered.

LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

V-BAR – at The Venetian continues to be a “best kept secret” hot spot, although it won’t be a secret for long. I am often asked where to go to spot celebrities, and with all of the upscale hotels and activities in town, I’d generally say “don’t waste your vacation time searching.” However, the V-Bar has probably become your best bet. Their staff notes recent visits by Julio Iglesias Jr., Charles Barkley, A.J. of the Backstreet Boys, and various actors in the past couple of months.

V-Bar is open from 4 PM to 4 AM daily. It is a somewhat intimate, upscale bar. The action doesn’t pick up until later in the evening, and a relaxed dress code is enforced (look nice). Even if you aren’t celeb hunting, it is a nice spot to take a date or just relax away from the tables for a while.

STORM – The delays in Mandalay Bay’s new show Storm is attributed to additional building inspections following some design changes during the construction of the set. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Mar-20-Tue-2001/living/15666596.html In the wake of the 1980 fire at Bally’s (then called the MGM Grand, not to be confused with the huge green hotel now at Trop and The Strip), not only are building standards tighter but inspections are very comprehensive. Similar inspections delayed the openings of both The Venetian and The Aladdin.

BON JOVI WEDDING – Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea are going to renew their vows in Las Vegas at the same wedding chapel they married at 11 years ago. This time, they are turning it into a promotion with 75 couples in tow who won various radio station and other contests taking the plunge for the first time. The wedding will take place at the Graceland Wedding Chapel after Bon Jovi’s April 21 concert here. Full story at http://www.canoe.ca/JamMusic/mar21_bon-ap.html

LANCE BURTON’S – new special “Master Magician On The Road” airs March 31, 2001 on the Fox Family Channel. Check local listings for channel and time.

OSCAR ODDS – The “Vegas Line” on the Academy Award winners is up. You can’t actually bet on them, because Nevada law prohibits betting one anything where the outcome is known but they make a fun read at http://www.nypost.com/03222001/entertainment/27069.htm

CONVENTIONS – Chicago has long been the convention capital of the world, but Las Vegas and Orlando are after their business. The Las Vegas Convention Center is almost finished with construction that will double its size and both cities are touting themselves to convention planners as warm weather, resort alternatives to Chicago’s cold winters. Story at http://www.suntimes.com/output/business/conv16.html

CULT VEGAS – is the new book by Review-Journal entertainment writer Mike Weatherford. It combines his odd fascination with both Las Vegas and American pop culture. It includes both the standard icons like Sinatra and Elvis and the more offbeat and unusual. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Mar-18-Sun-2001/living/15631075.html and the book is available from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0929712714/invegascom

SMOKING – Nevada has the highest death rate from smoking-related diseases in the country and some of the weakest tobacco laws in the United States, allowing smoking just about everywhere except public elevators and school buses. Hearings are underway to tighten those laws on a statewide level, but many are wary of the harsh restrictions of neighboring California, where smoking is even prohibited in bars. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Mar-14-Wed-2001/news/15637012.html In relation to that, this week’s poll at http://www.accessvegas.com asks you “How do you feel about smoking in casinos”?

NO GRIZZLIES – As conjectured here a couple weeks ago, Las Vegas’ bid to land the NBA’s Vancouver Grizzlies was stymied because we refuse to give up legal sports betting. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Mar-16-Fri-2001/sports/15657023.html

OFFICIAL? – You may have seen these “official” Las Vegas tourist info centers along the Strip, but many are just fronts for time-share pitches that prey on people overwhelmed with wondering what to do or see. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Mar-13-Tue-2001/living/15593603.html

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CONCERTS AND SHOWS:

SHOW REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Legends of Comedy (Frontier) – http://excursia.bestreadguide.com/lasvegas/stories/20010226/sho_comedylegends.shtml

SHOWS – See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?amid=3230&cscheme=1

SHOWS AND HEADLINERS – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-shows.htm
CONCERT – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/entertainment/index.htm

DINING RESERVATIONS – For a small service fee, you can now guarantee reservations for that “special night out” during your visit at http://www.bookvegasdining.com/dvpricing.cfml?amid=143&cscheme=5

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LAS VEGAS WEATHER – This 5 day forecast is courtesy of Weather.Com:

Friday – 84 ░F / 58 ░F Partly Cloudy
Saturday – 85 ░F / 54 ░F Partly Cloudy
Sunday – 85 ░F / 52 ░F Partly Cloudy
Monday – 86 ░F / 51 ░F Mostly Sunny
Tuesday – 84 ░F / 51 ░F Partly Cloudy

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FEATURE STORY: Imperial Palace

by Russell and Gail Howard

We just returned from our third Vegas trip in three years, in fact our
second since last July, and were once again very, very pleased by the
Imperial Palace.

I know that opinions range widely on this older denizen of The Strip,
but our experiences have been quite fine there. Let me break down
why:

First, the rooms themselves. We have stayed in the standard rooms
(nothing to complain about at all, and a killer price), as well as the
mini-suite (“luv tub” rooms), which are oversized rooms with ENORMOUS
bathtubs, mirror canopy beds, balconies, and what feels like a lot of
extra room, also a great price at about 60 bucks a night. Our room is
mostly our headquarters for crashing when we’re in Vegas, and these
work great.

Second, the Casino. My wife is a slot player, and has done well. I
am a video poker player, and I vastly prefer 9/6 machines, which are
getting harder and harder to find for under a buck, but IP comes
through with several quarter machines. I can play for a long, long
time for ten bucks on a 9/6 quarter machine!

Third, one need not be a “high roller,” which I clearly am not, in
order to feel welcome / well treated at IP. For example, I perceive
that I get as many free cherry cokes (the teetotaler thing, again)
when I’m playing nickel video poker as I do when I decide to go hog
wild (for me) and play dollar video poker.

Fourth, the staff. I get to know a lot of the change booth folks and
the waitresses. Never, once, in three stays at IP have I had anything
less than a great experience with an employee. They actually seem to
enjoy what they are doing. I don’t know how you train folks for
friendliness, but something is working here. I seek to be polite, of
course, and try to tip enough that I am acknowledging people’s
efforts, though not exorbitantly, but I have found the team to be
first rate.

Fifth, the show. The most significant show at IP, in the winter when
the Luau thing is not happening, is “Legends in Concert,” which we
caught for the first time this past Wednesday night. I really don’t
like maitre’d seating, preferring reserved theatre seats, so I viewed
the seating setup as a minus. However, the show itself, which varies
from time to time, included dead-on “tributes” to Tina Turner,
Madonna, Rod Stewart, The Temptations (easily the crowd’s favorite),
Liza Minnelli, and Elvis. All the musicians do their own singing. The
dancers were attractive and well choreographed. We really enjoyed
this show. We would repeat it, though we would repeat it all the more
enthusiastically if the seating were theatre-style.

Sixth, the location. Absolutely unbeatable. Within three blocks of
Venetian, Treasure Island, Mirage, Harrah’s, Caesar’s, Bally’s, Paris,
and Bellagio. All are easy walking distance, if you like to
casino-hop. And if you catch the tram from Bally’s, you’re at MGM
with Monte Carlo, New York New York, Excalibur, Luxor, and the
Tropicana all with easy walking distance. You will not top IP’s
location.

We are a married couple, upper thirties. On this trip, we took my Mom
and dad along, upper sixties. We plan to take some other relatives
out to LV this fall, and look forward to another fun stay at the
Imperial Palace. We have become loyalists.

We just returned from our third Vegas trip in three years, in fact our
second since last July, and were once again very, very pleased by the
Imperial Palace.

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Russell and Gail Howard hail from Lexington, Kentucky and enjoy visiting Las Vegas on a regular basis. You can contact them at (click) mailto:[email protected] Legends In Concert is reviewed at http://las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-11-01.htm and more info on the Imperial Palace is available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-strip-hotels.htm (Imperial Palace link).


Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

David Humphrey wrote:

> My wife and I will be in Las Vegas at the end of March. I would like
> to get your opinion and the opinions of your readers of how they
> spent their most romantic evening in Las Vegas (i.e., what shows did
> they see, what restaurants did they go to, what night clubs did they
> visit, any special attractions ….)

I’ll skip my opinion for now because I don’t want to influence what you readers might say. Take a minute and jot down where you take that someone special here in Las Vegas and email it to (click) mailto:[email protected] (David: I don’t have your email address my laptop here. If you are headed to town before next week’s issue, email me again and I will forward the responses to you before publishing them).

Lynette from Palmyra, WI wrote:

> It is really unbelievable how un-objective the readers are in regards
> to your review of EFX. I liked Rick Springfield when I was younger too, but for
> cryin’ out loud, we all have a right to our own opinion. I thoroughly
> enjoy your newsletter and greatly appreciate your honesty, and
> furthermore, he is 20 years older now, so I’m sure your review is
> accurate. I wasn’t planning to go to EFX anyway, but I’m glad you
> saved me the time of even debating about it. We are coming to Vegas
> in July and are going to see BMG at the Luxor. We can’t wait; have
> you seen the show? How is it? I don’t recall seeing a review. Keep
> up the excellent work, this is very enjoyable reading. Love the
> reviews!!

Blue Man Group review is next week. I enjoyed it, but it is very stimulating to all the senses.

Bob and Barb wrote:

> I appreciate your review of the show (EFX Alive), since we already received
> tickets through the mail. Now I know exactly what to expect, and I
> can go into the show with the right attitude, and not be disappointed.
> P.S. I really enjoy your website, and the Rick Springfield fans —-
> get over it.

The show is still reasonably impressive overall, with the effects and involved cast. With any good fortune, Mr. Springfield will be in better health and settling more comfortably into the show.

Steve wrote:

> Hi Ted, I subscribe to your newsletter & find it well written and
> informative. Having just read the EFX letters you received, I find it
> a little disappointing that you received so many negative letters.
> You call ’em like you see ’em, & we are all entitled to our opinions.
> Sometimes I think people lose sight of that. I think looking at
> several sources of info is the best way to be informed and I count
> your newsletter as one of them when it comes to Las Vegas. Thanks
> again for all your time & effort.

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Your input is welcome. Write us a “letter to the editor” at mailto:[email protected] While space doesn’t permit publishing every letter, we do certainly read them all and they help shape our content. Please include your name if you wish to have it published (stating your city is optional). Also, guest article submissions are welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc., if accepted.



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ONLINE POLL – How do you feel about smoking in casinos? Let’s hear your opinion at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published next!

Results from our last poll “Who (if anyone) do you come to Las Vegas with?”* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Have a request for a review? Boggled when you come to town and see the hundreds of dining, attraction, and show opportunities? Let us know what you’d like to hear about! Unlike the tourist magazines where all of the “articles” are really paid ads, we give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us at http://www.lodging.com/affiliates/us_reservations.cgi?remote=tedinvegas You get secure ordering with the convenience and savings of booking online!

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March 21, 2001 ISSN: 1529-2770

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – March 14, 2001

WELCOME to Access Vegas News and Reviews, now with subscribers in over 50 countries around the world! This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com We talk about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about.

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This Issue: Viva Las Vegas

Curious about a show, restaurant, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at: mailto:[email protected]



EDITORS NOTE: I just checked, and we now have readers in over 50 countries around the world! Some of those readers are Rick Springfield fans, and were very upset about my review last week. We’ll feature their comments in the Feedback section.Good News! We’ve been able to bring back the $25 rebate for booking rooms online — details at the bottom of the news section. The weather is going to be pushing into the mid-80’s Sun. – Wed. of this coming week. If you live in a cold weather climate, might be a good time to sneak in a quick Vegas trip!LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:MARCH MADNESS – is here, and combined with Spring Break the town is hopping with excitement! If you want a little “behind the scenes” look at what goes into coming up with the sports book numbers for all of the tournament games, the story is at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Mar-12-Mon-2001/news/15623678.html

ALWAYS PLAY LOADED – No, not drunk. That option is up to you. But you don’t want to be like the Utah man who lined up all of the Megabucks symbols a few days ago with only two coins in the machine when the maximum bet is three coins per pull. Instead of winning the $8 million jackpot, he walked away with $10,000. Not a bad chunk of change, but every day for the rest of his life he has to wake up knowing he could have been a millionaire. With rare exception, standard slot and video poker machines pay much more when you hit the top jackpot with full coins in. If you can’t afford to play a machine “loaded,” move down to a lower denomination machine.

MEGABUCKS HITS! – This JUST came in before I got ready to send this. A New Hampshire man who was playing with three coins in hit the $8 million jackpot at The Orleans earlier today.

NO STORM YET – Last week, we reported the debut of this new show was set for March 22. The debut has been delayed, with no new date set.

BABY’S – Night Club at the Hard Rock hotel is growing in fame for their celebrity visitors as well as hosting events like Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s recent birthday party. They are allowing us to offer you E-vite Tickets for upcoming events at Baby’s. They will send you an E-vite ticket via E-mail that will be PRINTED OUT BY YOU and have your Name, Date of attendance, and amount of guests (+3 max.) which will be checked at the door.

Requests MUST come from attendee. E-vites are good for free admission and Line pass on Thursday’s and $5 off admission and line pass for Fridays and Saturdays. These Tickets are only good for the date on the ticket. Reply to (click) mailto:[email protected]m and send your *Name, *Date you want to attend, and *Amount of Guests (+3 Max). No other info is needed.

THUMP – This Friday night dance show aired nationwide on WGN (12:30 AM Pacific) is now shooting at Club Rio inside The Rio hotel on the first Friday of each month. They tape all the episodes for the month on one night, so this is a good chance to get your mug on TV and let your friends see a little of your Vegas vacation.

GROWTH – Nevada’s population since 1990 grew by nearly 800,000 to nearly 2 million last year and the Las Vegas area has ballooned to more than 1.3 million people. Story at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/aponline/20010313/aponline213045_000.htm Before you rush to move here, you might want to read a recent Christian Science Monitor article which compared Reno and Las Vegas and highlighted Southern Nevada’s problems in a stark manner. Story at http://www.csmonitor.com/durable/2001/03/13/fp12s1-csm.shtml

THEME WEDDINGS – In Las Vegas, you can get married dressed as the Phantom of the Opera, Merlin the Magician, the Godfather, Dracula, Mr. Spock from “Star Trek,” King Tut, King Arthur, and of course the king of kings in Vegas, Elvis Presley. “Do you agree to adopt each others’ hound dogs, not to wear your blue suede shoes in the rain? Then, by the powers vested in me, the king, I pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss. Thank you, thank you very much.” Full story at http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/daily/detail/0,1136,38000000000106245,00.html

WINNERS! – Maureen Smithson of the Canary Isles and Suellen Reed of Las Vegas won the autographed Mac King T-shirts. Karen Chatsfield of Queensland, Australia won the PR photo set.

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Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


CONCERTS AND SHOWS:COOK E. JARR – The Las Vegas lounge icon brings his show back to the outdoor Carnival Court at Harrah’s for another season. Singing everything from the 70’s to the present, Jarr has been featured on MTV, VH-1 and Comedy Central and must be seen to be believed. When he performs, it is an instant party. Performances are Friday and Saturday night at midnight, with no cover and a two drink minimum. More information on Jarr is available at http://www.accessvegas.com/jarráSHOW REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:* Crazy Girls – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Mar-09-Fri-2001/weekly/15583886.html
* Second City – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Mar-09-Fri-2001/weekly/15579509.html

SHOWS – See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?amid=3230&cscheme=1

SHOWS AND HEADLINERS – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-shows.htm
CONCERT – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/entertainment/index.htm

DINING RESERVATIONS – For a small service fee, you can now guarantee reservations for that “special night out” during your visit at http://www.bookvegasdining.com/dvpricing.cfml?amid=143&cscheme=5

RESTAURANT REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Blue Note (Aladdin) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Mar-14-Wed-2001/living/15586082.html

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LAS VEGAS WEATHER – This 5 day forecast is courtesy of Weather.Com:

Friday – 69 ░F / 48 ░F Windy
Saturday – 68 ░F / 51 ░F Windy
Sunday – 85 ░F / 53 ░F Partly Cloudy
Monday – 84 ░F / 54 ░F Partly Cloudy
Tuesday – 82 ░F / 52 ░F Partly Cloudy

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FEATURE STORY: Viva Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas is about as close as you can come to a generic budget Las Vegas show. Fortunately, the price is modest and it doesn’t claim to be any more or any less. Las Vegas’ longest-running afternoon show combines singing, dancing, and comedy into an entertaining little mix.

Principal singer Natalie Carson opens the show and performs a number of songs throughout Viva accompanied by five sexy female dancers. It makes good entertainment and pleasant eye candy.

The comedy lineup is subject to change, but they manage to always have a couple of pretty good talents. The emcee (who’s name I failed to record — my apologies) had a few new twists on the standard Vegas jokes (losing at craps, the all-you-can-eat buffets) and kept everyone entertained.

Big John” Bruce Mickelson appeared later with his special brand of southern humor, playing the “good ole’ boy” that he probably is, and building up a great comedy performance with his comments on the way things are between men and women today.

Viva Las Vegas shares the showroom with American Superstars (reviewed http://las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-11-08.htm ). While a little bit boxy, the room has the latest in lights and sound and is large enough that you are seated around tables with plenty of elbow room. This helps contribute to the over quality feeling for a somewhat no-frills show.

The closing act is “Golden” Joe Baker who does an Elvis impression that is like none other. Kind? No. Entertaining? Not bad.

Viva Las Vegas performs daily except Sunday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in Stratosphere’s Broadway Showroom. Tickets are $13.95 plus tax and may be purchased at the Stratosphere. Check by the casino cage first, as they have a rack of coupons that allow you to get the show free with the purchase of two drinks ($9.95). The show is “all ages,” but there are bare bottoms on the dancers and a few swear words and slight raunchy jokes in the comedy bits so bring children at your discretion.

Because the Stratosphere is located at the far north end of The Strip, it is wise to spend a few hours and take it all in. This time of year, you can catch the 4:00 PM Viva Las Vegas, head up to the top of tower for happy hour in the lounge (which lasts until 6:00 PM) enjoying cocktails with the view, and get to watch the sunset shortly after. Seeing both The Strip and downtown morph from day to night with that panoramic view is a fantastic experience. Also, you can buy a discounted ticket at the box office which includes tower admission and a buffet, getting both at a savings.

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Editor’s Note: I received more negative email regarding last week’s review of “EFX Alive” starring Rick Springfield than I have ever received regarding any topic. While some of it was from subscribers, it appears that some was also orchestrated by fan club members (or similar). Guess what, Springfield fans: I grew up listening to Van Halen and Def Leppard and playing heavy guitar. If there was any guy I wanted to say nice things about, Springfield is one of them.

Unfortunately, the fans missed a very large point: I don’t write reviews to make a certain casino happy, nor someone’s fan base. My obligation is to the regular readers who spend hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars to come to Las Vegas. Their time is valuable and my goal is to present honest information that helps them make the most of your precious time here.

I am going to devote the letters section this week to their comments as my responses might provide a little insight into the “how” and “why” of my reviews. Because many of the letters echoed the same comments, and some weren’t signed, I will not be acknowledging specific writers.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

>I would like to offer explanations as to your
>other observances.á Firstly, please remember that at
>the time of your review this show has not even run a
>full six weeks.á During this initial period, Rick has
>been hit not once, but twice, with extremely bad colds
>and throat problems — to the extent of cancelling two
>days of shows and barely making it through another two
>performances.

Given that terrible bouts of cold and flu have been going through town the first two months of the year, this might explain some of the vocal problems and even the uninspired acting in the first act. I have been invited back to take another look at the show, and will do so in two months then file an updated report.

>The review of the FX ALive show in Vegas was very poorly done.á He
>claimed that the fan in the audience that Rick Springfield talked to,
>and talked on a cell phone was staged.á Well he obviously hasn’t been
>to any Rick’s concerts.á Nothing Rick does with the fans is staged.

It is staged. Mike Weatherford of the Review-Journal noted the same at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-09-Fri-2001/weekly/15392334.html I was informed that on tour he takes a phone from an audience member during “Don’t Talk To Strangers” and calls one of their friends. But I felt that staging it made for a very weak part of the show, and one that people outside of a star’s fan base wouldn’t find very interesting.

>I hope that your company provides health insurance.á Obviously this
>man is in need of medical attention for his ears.á His hearing must be
>fading.á Anyone that thinks Rick Springfield has limited range has
>some type of problem.á You have never heard Inside Silvia then either.
>He is a very talented musician, and has brought a renewed energy to
>EFX.

Many wrote similar to the above, noting the renewed energy Springfield brought to the show. Interesting, considering that Tommy Tune did about 10 straight minutes of tap dancing as well as dancing his way through much of the show. I’m not much of a Broadway nor a Tommy Tune fan, but I can’t say that the Springfield version had more energy.

>Maybe you shouldn’t be so quick to rip on him.á He was approached for
>the show many times before he finally agreed so obviously someone
>other than you knows talent when they see it.á I have seen nothing but
>positive reviews of Rick in EFX except for you and one other, but the
>positive FAR outweigh the negative.

Many sent me the list of positive “EFX Alive” reviews. A number of them were from publications that rely strictly on hotel advertising for their revenue. If a hotel is spending $10,000 on a full page ad, you think the publication is going to run a negative review? Just for kicks, I should put a big reward up to ANYBODY who can find a negative review of ANYTHING in the glossy tourist magazines you find in hotel lobbies or hotel rooms. They don’t exist.

Interestingly enough, my comments that the show is pretty spectacular but that Springfield struggled in areas were noted by Mike Weatherford (link noted earlier) and Erin Auerbach of Las Vegas Weekly at http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/departments/2001_03_08/stage.html

>Opinions are Great, everyone has one.á It is just a shame some people
>get paid to publish theirs.

I don’t get paid a dime to publish this newsletter. In fact, it eats up 15 hours of my week. I own http://www.accessvegas.com, http://www.accessvegas.com, http://www.accessvegas.com and other tourism websites. I started this newsletter because there were so few unbiased sources to help Las Vegas tourists. Instead of having to cozy up to hotels that buy advertising, I make my money from commissions. I can recommend one hotel over another, or one show over another because I’m making the same rate of commission no matter which you decide to book.

I only ask people that if they find this newsletter helpful, please compare our rates next time they need to book a hotel room or rental car not just here in Las Vegas, but anywhere they travel. (If you usually book by calling hotels directly, you might be surprised at how much less expensive Internet rates sometimes are). If we offer the same or better rates, we appreciate your support which you show by booking through the travel partners we link at the top of the newsletter.

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ONLINE POLL – How do you feel about smoking in casinos? Let’s hear your opinion at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published in two weeks!

Results from our last poll “Who (if anyone) do you come to Las Vegas with?”

Mate (significant other) 35%
Usually alone 26%
Relatives 13%
Close friends 13%
Immediate family 9%
Travel group 0%

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Have a request for a review? Boggled when you come to town and see the hundreds of dining, attraction, and show opportunities? Let us know what you’d like to hear about! Unlike the tourist magazines where all of the “articles” are really paid ads, we give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us at http://www.lodging.com/affiliates/us_reservations.cgi?remote=tedinvegas You get secure ordering with the convenience and savings of booking online!

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All contents copyright MM Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
March 14, 2001 ISSN: 1529-2770

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – March 7, 2001

WELCOME to Access Vegas News and Reviews, now with subscribers in 45 countries around the world! This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com We talk about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about.

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This Issue: EFX Alive

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EDITORS NOTE: It is a beautiful 74 and sunny here today after two weeks of mostly clouds and a number of days of actual rain. Two huge sporting events brought the spotlight to Las Vegas again this weekend: The NASCAR race as well as Holyfield vs. Ruiz made for a crowded weekend and sold out hotels.

LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

RED DRAGON – If you have been in town past couple of weeks, you might have seen the new marquee of the Desert Inn aglow in neon reading “Red Dragon,” new red paint of the front of the building, and a flurry of activity out front looking like a casino grand opening. Truth be told, the film “Rush Hour 2” starring Jackie Chan has been shooting. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Mar-05-Mon-2001/living/15561779.html

STORM – Billed as a “combination live concert event, Broadway theatre experience, and Las Vegas dance spectacular,” this new show at Mandalay Bay opens March 22. The creative mind behind the show has worked with Britney Spears, American Music Awards, Ricky Martin, Madonna, Prince, and more. Band members have played with Ricky Martin and others. We saw 3 numbers at a media preview Tuesday, and the show looks like it has quite a bit of potential. One number features rain on stage, and actual (very light) snow falls on the audience later.

If you go see storm, I suggest sitting toward the back left side (as you face the stage) as one number has the singer suspended over the right side of the audience and another has extensive acrobatic action taking place over the most of the lower section. Until a full show review, I can’t say whether it is worth the $55 / $65 ticket price, but the show is heavily Latin influenced (including at least one number all in Spanish) so take your music and culture tastes into consideration.

NASCAR – Jeff Gordon took the lead with 20 laps to go at last weekend’s race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Stories about the race at:

http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Mar-05-Mon-2001/sports/15572223.html http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Mar-05-Mon-2001/sports/15573697.html http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Mar-05-Mon-2001/sports/15573720.html http://www.suntimes.com/output/racing/nascar05.html http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20010305/3111284s.htm http://seattlep-i.nwsource.com/motorsports/auto053.shtml

THE MEXICAN – the new movie release (both partially shot and set in Las Vegas) is drawing some pretty nice reviews, one of which is at http://news.excite.com/news/uw/010301/entertainment-film-106

JOHN RUIZ – defeated Evander Holyfield to become the new World Boxing Association champ last Saturday night at Mandalay Bay. Word is that he will fight Mike Tyson next. Stories at:

http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Mar-05-Mon-2001/sports/15571168.html http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Mar-04-Sun-2001/sports/15569525.html http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Mar-04-Sun-2001/sports/15570334.html http://www.sltrib.com/03042001/sports/76587.htm

BRITNEY – Ms. Spears is going to turn her Nov. 18’th concert (much later this year) into a live HBO concert. Story at http://www.billboard.com/daily/2001/0302_05.asp No ticket info available yet.

PLAYGROUND IN MY MIND – I’d tell you that this #1 hit from 1974 sung by (now) Harrah’s showroom entertainer Clint Holmes is readily found on Napster, but that would be wrong of me to encourage downloading it for free. However, if you can’t find it for sale anywhere, and are curious …


 


CONCERTS AND SHOWS:

SHOW REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Blue Man Group – http://www.reason.com/0103/cr.sr.big.html
* De La Guarda – http://www.latimes.com/news/asection/20010304/t000019008.html

SHOWS – See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?amid=3230&cscheme=1

SHOWS AND HEADLINERS – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-shows.htm
CONCERT – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/entertainment/index.htm

DINING RESERVATIONS – For a small service fee, you can now guarantee reservations for that “special night out” during your visit at http://www.bookvegasdining.com/dvpricing.cfml?amid=143&cscheme=5

RESTAURANT REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* India Oven (just west of The Sahara) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Mar-02-Fri-2001/weekly/15529699.html

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LAS VEGAS WEATHER – This 5 day forecast is courtesy of Weather.Com:

Friday – 68 ░F / 46 ░F Mostly Cloudy
Saturday – 62 ░F / 38 ░F Partly Cloudy
Sunday – 65 ░F / 40 ░F Scattered Showers
Monday – 70 ░F / 42 ░F Mostly Sunny
Thursday – 74 ░F / 45 ░F Mostly Sunny

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FEATURE STORY: EFX Alive

“Jesse was a friend …” sang Rick Springfield all over the radio during my high school years, and I was a fan of guitar driven rock. I think I still have a couple of his tapes somewhere. Almost 20 years later, Springfield is the latest star of the MGM’s spectacular EFX show taking over the reigns from Broadway legend Tommy Tune (who replaced teen idol David Cassidy, who replaced Michael Crawford). I’m sure they were after the very positive response David Cassidy got from audiences during his two year stint, but they goofed.

The show itself is still spectacular and one of the better staged shows for the money. Sal Salangsang does a hilarious pre-show warm-up (get seated 15 minutes early) and they have added him in a couple small parts throughout the show for comic relief. The trapeze artists in the P. T. Barnum act have been replaced with a dazzling act called “The Sphere” where a number of athletic circus performers hang and twist from a giant rotating sphere.

The Merlin act with the large animatronic dragons, fire, explosions, and great stunt work are still fantastic. The Houdini segment (the one act where Springfield shines as the infamous magician coming back from the dead for a momentary reuniting with his wife) contains the thrill of a great magic act woven into a touching story. And, the H. G. Wells act continues to contain the best 3-D film performance I have ever viewed.

The problem? Springfield. He practically sleepwalks through the first part of the Merlin act, where the lead flashes back to his childhood reminiscing about the expanse of life as well as bad dreams. Previous performers brought a contemplative, childlike feeling to it. Springfield might as well have been reading it off of cue cards. His acting throughout the rest of this act gives us an indication why his movie career never took off.

He redeemed himself in the Houdini segment. His soap opera experience served him well in the love scene and he played it in a heartfelt manner that would have been nice to see earlier. Maybe a rocker can’t play out a child’s fantasy. Unfortunately, we now know that a rocker can’t sing show tunes. Springfield’s voice is great for guitar heavy, rough singing but his limited range and raspy vocal qualities struggle on many of the songs (many of which have stayed with the show regardless of who plays the lead).

The low point? While he is in the audience during one number, he meets a “fan” whom he invites down on stage. This isn’t new — it has been a staple of EFX for quite some time. The “fan” is an audience plant who is “thrilled” to be meeting the star. In this case, the “fan” even has Springfield use her cell phone to call a friend at home who couldn’t believe what was happening. This bit plays on too long this time around and is so phony that a number of colleagues who were seeing the show for the first time could see it is fake. If you go, this is a perfect time to take a restroom break. Any time would be a perfect time for them to toss this bit and have Springfield take a little concert break and perform two or three of his hits. He does perform “The Human Touch” earlier in the show.

All is not lost. The basic tenants of the show are still spellbinding, from the huge stage sets to the amazingly creative “circus of the future” costumes to the effects which the show derives it’s name from. I last reviewed the show almost a year ago (archived at http://las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-04-26.htm ), and my comments about the core show still hold true. At the basic price, EFX still delivers the most bang (literally) for the buck in it’s category. And, the standing ovation that Springfield received from women in the audience who probably went to high school about the same time I did suggest a dimension that I am not equipped to appreciate.

EFX Ticket Info

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Julie wrote:

>My fiance and I are trying to plan a wedding for November of 2001 in
>Vegas.á Anyone out here have any tips as to chapels included in a
>hotel?á We will be coming from Wisconsin, with about 20 couples and
>still have not found decent airfare.á We were told November is the
>least expensive month in Vegas.á I would appreciate any help I can get
>to pull this off.á Thanks a lot.

November is the month of Comdex (usually second week of the month) and Thanksgiving weekend, both bringing sold out hotels and high prices. Plus, with the winter months really kicking in up north, many are looking to escape the cold. If you are still flexible, try every different set of arrival and departure days you can make work in your quest for low airfare. Obviously, the sooner you book the better. While I hate to turn away business, a travel agent might be able to arrange a group rate for hotel and air for a party that large and do your research for you.

A few months ago, we queried our readers who got married in Las Vegas, and were flooded with responses which we posted at http://www.accessvegas.com/wedding-stories.htm With so many thousands of new readers on board, this is a good time to point that page out!

Patricia and Doug Davis wrote:

>Can you tell me where we might find the Las Vegas Show Girls (the ones
>like you used to see on TV way back when)?á This is our first trip and
>we would like to see the costumes and pretty ladies dancing on stage.
>I can’t find anything like what I’m thinking about on the web.á I can
>find “ladies in drag,” but we would like to see something like the
>original Vegas Ladies, with their pretty clothes, headdresses, etc.

We have you covered! The two traditional Las Vegas shows left featuring what you describe are Jubilee at Bally’s and Follies Bergere at the Tropicana. Splash at the Riviera and American Superstars (one of the best show values in town) both feature showgirls but not to the same extent. We have archived newsletters with reviews of each:

Jubilee – http://las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-07-26.htm
Follies Bergere – http://las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-03-29.htm
Splash – http://las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-09-27.htm
American Superstars – http://las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-11-08.htm

Zachary Lee wrote:

>First off, thanks for running a great newsletter, it’s given me a lot
>of great ideas for my upcoming visit to the city of lights.á I just
>had a few questions before i go out there on the 16’th of march thru
>the 21st.á My friend and I love a good blues club- y’know dark, good
>ambiance, and a great blues band to top it off.á We heard about
>Aladdin’s blue note, but I was wondering if you thought it was best.
>If not, how about some suggestions?á Also, we plan to go to a few
>nightclubs.á We heard the voodoo lounge, drink, and Rumjungle were
>good, but again we were wondering what you thought.á Any tips you’ve
>got are well received here.

I have not yet been to Blue Note, but hear it is worth checking out. They have name acts virtually every single night, so expect to pay a concert ticket price. Let us know your impressions if you go! As for nightclubs, The Drink caters to a younger, crazier crowd, Rumjungle has the “beautiful people” (and a line to match at the door) and Voodoo lounge is upscale and a little more subdued but with possibly the best view in town. All are worth checking out — go to the one or two that would be the best fit for you.

Lorrie wrote:

>I hear there is a restaurant designed by Steven Spielberg called the
>Dive.á Supposed to look like a submarine and every so often they’re
>supposed to have pretend submerges.á My husband was a submariner.á We
>are going to Las Vegas in 2 weeks.á How is the food, etc.?á Lorrie

The Dive sunk (closed) last December. Interesting surroundings, great location, but overpriced food (that wasn’t very good).

Tony Padula wrote:

>Hi, Just returned from my annual 2 week stay in Vegas, and had the
>unpleasant experience of getting ill, thought I too had the flu, and
>when not able to shake the feeling decided to visit the emergency room
>at the University Hospital on Charleston.á What an experience that
>waiting room was at 11 o’clock at night.á I wouldn’t recommend it to
>anyone who can afford to see a private doctor.á The wait was an
>experience, but I must say once I got inside, the doctor, who turned
>out to be a practicing nurse (whatever that is), and the other staff
>members were very pleasant and comforting.á I guess I’m getting too
>old to handle 2 weeks in Las Vegas, probably not being a big gambler,
>got sick losing the little bit of money I did gamble away.á They must
>find a way to eliminate the traffic problems they are experiencing
>there.á A bus ride on the strip is an ever ending adventure of stop
>and go, with red lights, jay walkers, and cars.á You really get a long
>ride (time wise), for your $2.00.á Speaking of good buys for your
>money, Stardust has a $2.00 off coupon on 4 very good meal items.
>Westward Ho has a nickel cup of very good coffee, plus a 75 cent foot
>long hot dog, plus other great items, Klondike has a very inexpensive
>food menu, with 10 cent roulette.á As you can see as a visitor with
>limited spending ability, I was able to find all the better deals that
>the normal 4 or 5 day tourist isn’t looking for.
>
>áá I enjoy your newsletter.á Keep up the good work.

University Medical Center is a highly rated hospital, but it is also a public hospital which can mean long waits for illness that isn’t life threatening while they treat the latest gangbanger who got shot. As for transportation, the monorail is coming but for now you have a tradeoff: the bus is cheap, but very slow. Taxis aren’t cheap at all. Rental cars are a good option when time is more important than money plus you can take all the back roads.

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March 7, 2001 ISSN: 1529-2770

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – February 28, 2001

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This Issue: Mac King

Curious about a show, restaurant, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at: mailto:[email protected]



EDITORS NOTE: It has been raining for 3 straight days here in Las Vegas (much needed, but I know it dampens a usually sunny Las Vegas vacation). However, that is child’s play compared to the earthquake that shook Seattle Wednesday morning. My brother and his family live in the area, and I fly through Sea-Tac on a regular basis getting a connecting flight to my hometown of Portland, OR.

From my talks with people flying SEA-LAS on my return trips, I know that people in the Seattle area love Las Vegas and assume we have pretty serious readership in that area (all we have are email addresses — except for tracking country domains, I have no clue where anyone who subscribes lives). To our friends in the Pacific Northwest, we are happy to hear that the loss of life and injuries was very minimal, and wish you and those around you the best over the next few weeks of cleanup and recovery.

LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

SIEGFRIED & ROY – have signed their new “lifetime” contract at The Mirage. The new contract stipulates a 44 week per year schedule, and eight shows a week (down from the 10 they were doing). Stories at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-23-Fri-2001/weekly/15489863.html and http://news.excite.com/news/ap/010227/18/ent-siegfried-roy

NEW CAESARS TOWER – Caesars Palace is seeking permission to build a new 30-story, 864-room tower which will include restaurants, shops, meeting rooms, showrooms and underground parking. This would bring the resort’s room total to 3,300 rooms. Full story at http://news.excite.com/news/r/010222/20/leisure-parkplace

DANCE CLUBS – The Aladdin and Caesars are working to throw their hat into the latest casino trend to build high-end nightclubs. The quest is on to make Las Vegas the “clubbing” capital of the world, and people from all over the world are taking notice and counting the clubs among their reasons for visiting. Stories at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-27-Tue-2001/business/15497157.html and http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-25-Sun-2001/living/15496445.html

OUTLAWS – Despite ratings problems on NBC and predictions of sure demise, Las Vegas has embraced their XFL team in a huge way. The home games are selling out, the cheerleaders are turning into local celebrities, and ratings for all XFL games are high in the Las Vegas market. Stories at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-28-Wed-2001/sports/15537947.html and http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-27-Tue-2001/living/15498081.html

LIBERACE – The Las Vegas estate once belonging to the flamboyant entertainer is now open for corporate gatherings and weddings. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-23-Fri-2001/weekly/15457773.html and booking info at http://www.lasvegasvilla.com

VANCOUVER GRIZZLIES – Las Vegas is one of the cities said to be in the running for the relocation of this NBA team. Don’t bet on it: Despite being the 39’th largest media market in the country (larger than NBA cities Indianapolis and Orlando), the NBA wouldn’t agree to bring a team to town unless NBA sports betting was banned. Story at http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20010227/3096596s.htm

JUST A REMINDER – Prostitution is illegal in Clark County, Nevada (the New Jersey sized county that contains Las Vegas). A Minnesota man was recently found dead in his Tropicana hotel room, the suspected victim of a robbery by a prostitute. Full story at http://www.pioneerplanet.com/seven-days/sun/news/docs/035204.htm



CONCERTS AND SHOWS:

SHOW REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Kenny Kerr – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-23-Fri-2001/weekly/15486245.html

SHOWS – See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?amid=3230&cscheme=1

SHOWS AND HEADLINERS – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-shows.htm
CONCERT – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/entertainment/index.htm

DINING RESERVATIONS – For a small service fee, you can now guarantee reservations for that “special night out” during your visit at http://www.bookvegasdining.com/dvpricing.cfml?amid=143&cscheme=5

RESTAURANT REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Tremezzo (Aladdin) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-28-Wed-2001/living/15496117.html

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LAS VEGAS WEATHER – This 5 day forecast is courtesy of Weather.Com:

Thursday – 60 ░F / 42 ░F Mostly Cloudy
Friday – 65 ░F / 40 ░F Partly Cloudy
Saturday – 67 ░F / 38 ░F Partly Cloudy
Sunday – 70 ░F / 43 ░F Scattered Showers
Monday – 75 ░F / 45 ░F Partly Cloudy

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FEATURE STORY: Mac King

I’m pretty happy. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a bad show. The odds are in my favor as I tend to review only established shows so we know they will be here when you get here, and if a show has been around a while (with few exceptions) it usually is making its target audience happy.

Mac King has been playing Harrah’s for over a year, shouldn’t need an introduction. He has appeared on television shows ranging from “An Evening At The Improv” to all five of NBC’s “World’s Greatest Magic” specials. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, upon seeing him you will remember him as “the guy who did the funny magic on TV.” And funny, Mac King is!

He takes the stage in a vintage plaid suit (vintage early 1900, not vintage disco era) with a story about a rope trick his grandfather taught him. You’ve seen rope tricks before? Not presented quite this way. From the first moment, you can tell that despite his sometimes silly demeanor, he has the craft of magic down.

King brings out an old fashioned chest containing his props and you never know what he is going to pull out of it next. Unlike Carrot Top, whose props are the joke themselves, Mac uses everything from worms to goldfish to a box of cereal to a stuffed tiger to perform “how did he do that” magic while leaving you laughing in the aisles. The finale is a “tribute” to Siegfried and Roy in which he makes both himself and a stuffed tiger disappear that reappear in a funny but spectacular way.

Eschewing assistants, King interacts with members from the audience using volunteers to help him in a couple of his more impressive illusions in this one-man show. It is pretty clear these aren’t audience plants. In fact, if you see this show the day or two after your wedding, you might end up on stage helping in the “Cloak of Invisibility” trick where Mac puts on a yellow rain coat, tells us to pretend he is invisible, then moves cards from the new wife to the new husband without touching either of them.

This is the best show deal in town. Period. You can’t go wrong paying $14.95 for the hour plus show, and the hour flies by. Plus, it is a perfect way to break up your afternoon gambling or sightseeing (or just recover from that “all-I-did-eat” buffet), give your feet a rest and your mind some refreshment.

Mac King Ticket Info

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Last week, Cindy Hoplamazian asked if there are any good Chinese or Thai restaurants in Las Vegas. We appreciate all who responded. P. F. Changs (with a location in The Aladdin) was suggested by a number of people. Others had the following favorites:

Tom Maher wrote:

>Some of the best Asian food in town is at the China
>Town complex off of Spring Mtn. Rd. It is wonderful
>authentic food, not your Mall variety garbage. Plan to
>spend a couple of hours, the shops are very
>interesting. I buy all of my herbal medications from
>the health food store here. Very inexpensive.

China Town shopping area is on Spring Mountain, about a mile (maybe two) west of Treasure Island.

Rita Hawn-Muldoon wrote:

>One of my favorites is P.F.á Changs.á There is one on the strip near
>Paradise and one on the west side of town.á They are nicely decorated,
>busy and the food is great.
>
>I also like China Grill at Mandalay Bay.á It is very upscale and
>pricey however, but very hip.

David Feldman wrote:

>That’s easy.á It’s the best Thai restaurant in North America according
>to Gourmet Magazine, and I concur.á Lotus of Siam on 953 E.á Sahara.
>Although they have a luncheon buffet, I strongly urge your readers to
>order a la carte off the extensive menu.

Lotus of Siam is a few blocks east of The Sahara Hotel.

Jim of Madera California wrote:

>We just returned from another “week plus” split between Las Vegas and
>Laughlin.
>
>This time we took the tour through the Shark Tank at the Mandalay Bay
>Casino.á For those of you who have not been there, it is well worth
>the modest $14 or so, as well as about an hour plus of your time.á We
>have been through the Monterey Bay Aquarium (CA) several times as well
>as others around the nation.á This live display is one of the best.
>Billed as the largest collection of sea predators, it contains
>numerous varieties of sharks, eels, etc., in their natural habitat and
>lighting.á A “station-to-station” radio player and a complete
>identification chart is provided to each person while you walk through
>and past the tanks.á Yes, THROUGH!á A Plexiglas tunnel is provided at
>one point so that you may walk “inside” the tank and sit on benches
>with the fishes swimming around you.
>
>For those of you who have already been to the exhibit (and are
>curious!), the brash sounds you hear periodically while visiting the
>last display (the sunken ship) are underwater recordings of what
>”creaking planks” sound like from a sunken wooden ship (bet you didn’t
>know that one!).
>
>A must see attraction!

Jim included the Shark Reef website at http://www.mandalaybay.com/entertainment/sharkreef.html and you can read our review (with photos) at http://las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-07-12.htm Note: They didn’t have the “radio players” yet when we were there (something we suggested in the review) and I’m sure that adds immensely to the experience now.

Doug and Jaynie Hoerauf wrote:

>Hi!
>
>We were out in Las Vegas last weekend for a long weekend.á We found
>the Casino Royale very friendly.á Every time we were in there the
>staff was very friendly and the drinks were really cheap.á We played
>video poker for hours with very little cash lost.
>
>We did a Hoover Dam trip (on our own) and stopped in Boulder City for
>lunch at Toto’s Mexican Restaurant.á The food was really good and
>there was plenty of it.á The service was excellent and the beer ice
>cold.á What more can you ask for?
>
>We thought that the World buffet at the Rio was overrated.

I’m a big fan of Casino Royale. Their parking garage is a best kept secret (right behind the hotel, gives you quick access to Harrah’s, Venetian, Mirage), and when friends that like to booze come to town, I just tell them “Casino Royale: import beer and a shot of name-brand booze for $4.00 total.” Plus, the staff is very friendly.

The Rio buffet is really hit and miss. It was a novelty as the first “station” buffet in Las Vegas (different ethnic food stations) but pay the extra $3-4 and go to the Aladdin buffet where the food is topnotch and the decor colors don’t scream at you.

Nick Lubrano wrote:

>Dear Ted,I know it was an honest mistake or a typo
>but, in your article referring to Earnhardt you used
>the term “infamous” in describing him .I’m calling
>this to your attention before someone else makes a big
>deal out of it. Really enjoy your news letter.

Thanks for the heads up. One of the definitions of infamous is
notorious. I was attempting to find a word that described the
wide variety of emotions various race fans felt toward him
(he was either adored or despised) and looking back,
I could have used a better choice of words. I know that NASCAR fans are very passionate about their sport and certainly didn’t mean to offend anyone.

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Your input is welcome. Write us a “letter to the editor” at mailto:[email protected] While space doesn’t permit publishing every letter, we do certainly read them all and they help shape our content. Please include your name if you wish to have it published (stating your city is optional). Also, guest article submissions are welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc., if accepted.


Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


FREE CONTESTS:

RULES: (unless otherwise noted or link to outside contest): You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Send a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win. Also, please do not enter if you have won within the past month.

Mac King T-Shirt: We have two Mac King T-shirts (XL, one size fits all) to give away. Both have been autographed by Mac himself and are a fun piece of Las Vegas memorabilia. We’ll give one each away the entries #20 and #40 at (contest closed)

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AIRLINE SPECIALS – Purchase your Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air flight online at alaskaair.com or horizonair.com by March 9, 2001 and you’ll save 10% on travel. This discount is valid for travel between now and June 30, 2001. Alaska and Horizon serve Las Vegas from many destinations in the west. Buy at http://www.alaskaair.com

ONLINE POLL – Who (if anyone) do you come to Las Vegas with? Let’s hear your opinion at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published next week!

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Have a request for a review? Boggled when you come to town and see the hundreds of dining, attraction, and show opportunities? Let us know what you’d like to hear about! Unlike the tourist magazines where all of the “articles” are really paid ads, we give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us at http://www.lodging.com/affiliates/us_reservations.cgi?remote=tedinvegas You get secure ordering with the convenience and savings of booking online!

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February 28, 2001 ISSN: 1529-2770

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – February 21, 2001

WELCOME to Access Vegas News and Reviews, now with subscribers in 45 countries around the world! This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com We talk about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about.

This weekly newsletter is free and only sent to those who request it. If you receive this by mistake or wish off our list, simple unsubscribe instructions at the bottom. Feel free to forward this to friends and associates in its entirely. To subscribe, simply send a blank email to mailto:[email protected]

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* Best Tours/Rates for Grand Canyon, Hoover, more: http://www.accessvegas.com/tours

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This Issue: Clint Holmes

Curious about a show, restaurant, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at: mailto:[email protected]


 


LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

HITCHED ON VALENTINE’S DAY – As usual, Las Vegas was a very hot destination for Valentine’s Day. Couples pulled up in pickup trucks, 18 Wheelers, and limos. Some were planned, some were spur-of-the-moment. Philadelphia Inquirer staff writer Nita Lelyveld chronicled some of the more interesting ones at http://inq.philly.com/content/inquirer/2001/02/15/national/WED15.htm

VOTE FOR THE BEST – The Review-Journal is accepting votes in their online Best of Las Vegas 2001 poll at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/bestoflv/2001 Tens of thousands read these online results throughout the course of the year, and they let you vote for the worst as well as the best.

LATIN DANCE – clubs and nights have been all the rage the past couple of years, and Las Vegas has been no exception with Club Rio and Rumjumgle leading the way. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-20-Tue-2001/living/15420979.html

BAD INTERSECTIONS – Once again this year, the worst intersections for traffic wrecks are on The Strip. Tropicana and LV Blvd. (The Strip) was the worst, with Flamingo and LV Blvd. coming in second. The scenery is distracting, but keeping your eyes on the road and using your turn signal might just prevent you from driving home (or turning in your rental car) with a big dent in it.

CELEBRITY CHEF – Well-known local chef Les Kincaid’s 1.5 hour weekly show features famous restaurateurs, celebrity chefs, cookbook authors, winemakers, vintners, master sommeliers and all of the entertainers living or working in Las Vegas. This is a “must” for those of you who enjoy the top notch epicurean offerings that Las Vegas now offers. The show airs at noon Pacific time on Saturdays on KDWN 720 AM which you can listen to online at http://www.broadcast.com/radio/talk/kdwn/ The show is now also aired on the Cable Radio Network (check your cable listings for station).

DALE EARNHARDT – Thousands have showed up at the NASCAR Cafe (Sahara Hotel, see our restaurant review at http://las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-03-15.htm ) to pay tribute to the infamous driver who lost his life in last weekend’s Daytona 500. The replica NASCAR car at the cafe happened to be the #3 car of Earnhardt’s. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-20-Tue-2001/news/15482890.html


Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


CONCERTS AND SHOWS:

The Scintas – are moving from the Las Vegas Hilton to The Rio after a successful first year in Las Vegas. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-20-Tue-2001/living/15469475.html and you can read our review of The Scintas at http://las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-11-29.htm

George Strait – Country Music Festival featuring himself, Alan Jackson, Lonestar, Lee Ann Womack, Brad Paisley, Sara Evens, and Asleep at the Wheel comes to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday, April 1 at 12:20 PM. Tickets at (888) 464-2468

SHOW REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* EFX Alive – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-09-Fri-2001/weekly/15392334.html

SHOWS – See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?amid=3230&cscheme=1

SHOWS AND HEADLINERS – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-shows.htm
CONCERT – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/entertainment/index.htm

DINING RESERVATIONS – For a small service fee, you can now guarantee reservations for that “special night out” during your visit at http://www.bookvegasdining.com/dvpricing.cfml?amid=143&cscheme=5

RESTAURANT REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Chop Chop Buffet (Plaza) – http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/departments/2001_02_15/dining_taste.html
* Commander’s Palace (Dessert Passage) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-31-Wed-2001/living/15288739.html
* Isis (Luxor) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-21-Wed-2001/living/15457500.html

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LAS VEGAS WEATHER – This 5 day forecast is courtesy of Weather.Com:

Friday – 58 ░F / 41 ░F Partly Cloudy
Saturday – 60 ░F / 37 ░F Mostly Cloudy
Sunday – 63 ░F / 41 ░F Scattered Showers
Monday – 66 ░F / 40 ░F Partly Cloudy
Tuesday – 65 ░F / 37 ░F Partly Cloudy

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FEATURE STORY: Clint Holmes

Someone once joked that Las Vegas is full of headliners who are “the biggest names you have never heard of.” You get off the plane, drive down the Strip, and see names like Danny Gans or Clint Holmes and you see their faces in the tourist magazines and ask yourself “What do they do, and why are they worth some of my hard earned gambling money”?

Actually, Clint Holmes is no stranger to the music business. In 1974, he scored a #1 hit with “Playground In My Mind (My Name Is Michael)” and over the years appeared as Joan Rivers’ sidekick and announcer on “The Late Show” as well as work with both Entertainment Tonight and a successful run in Atlantic City.

You may enter the showroom not knowing who he is, but you won’t leave that way. His mother was a classically trained opera singer from England and his dad was a jazz musician from the US That left Clint blessed with not only an amazing technical singing ability, but the emotional flow to put with the pitch. Combined with his live 12-piece band and the modernized showroom at Harrah’s and you have every element for a great show.

Clint performs the work of other artists as well as original songs in a free-flowing expose of his life story. Not Broadway, but a little bit of background and banter here and there to weave it together. Fortunately, his life story is interesting, and the music is enjoyable.

His camaraderie with musical director Bill Fayne is sincere as their friendship dates back many years. While most stars want the spotlight to shine on them alone, he shares it with every member of the band, each extremely talented in their own right working together for a magnificent collaboration.

This show is “Old Vegas” style entertainment. The mood is upbeat, friendly, and warm. The songs range from jazz to soul and over the course of the show, Holmes creates a strong bond with the audience. If you want to hear techno and see people fly off the walls, try De La Guarda. If your tastes lean more toward sitting with a drink and enjoying and appreciating a fine artist and showman take the stage and entertain you, pocket a couple of chips from your first winning session at the tables and set them aside to see Clint Holmes.

Clint Holmes Ticket Info

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Cindy Hoplamazian wrote:

>I was wondering if there are any good Chinese or Thai restaurants in
>town?
>
>Do you know where Cook E. Jarr is playing these days?
>I used to see him 25 years ago in Wildwood, New Jersey.
>I heard he was in Vegas.
>Can you give me any info or where he is.
>The last sighting I know is that he was at
>the Sands Winner Circle.á Is that even still in Vegas?
>Thanks for your help!

Starting March 16, he plays Friday and Saturday nights at midnight outdoor at the Carnival Court at Harrah’s on the Strip. We have an authorized page about him at http://www.accessvegas.com/jarr

Readers, if you have a favorite Chinese or Thai restaurant on The Strip, let us know at mailto:[email protected] so we can share it next week.

Owen from South Shields, England wrote:

>Just got back a few hours ago from 7 wonderful nights (and days) in LV
>and already I am missing it badly – My 6’th visit but no way the last.
>Stayed at the excellent Sahara and enjoyed the best hospitality
>anywhere on Earth.á Roll on 2002 – Best wishes to all who love Las
>Vegas.

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Your input is welcome. Write us a “letter to the editor” at mailto:[email protected] While space doesn’t permit publishing every letter, we do certainly read them all and they help shape our content. Please include your name if you wish to have it published (stating your city is optional). Also, guest article submissions are welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc., if accepted.


Rental Cars – Don’t pay top dollar! Enter the dates of your visit and compare prices from virtually every major rental car agency (most US cities). Book the lowest price company or your regular agency. Save the hassle and some money – Car Rental Savings Search. Few regret renting a car. Free shuttles and city bus rides can be slow and smelly. Taxis can cost what a rental car costs. Your vacation time is valuable — make the most out of it!


FREE CONTESTS:

RULES: (unless otherwise noted or link to outside contest): You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Send a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win. Also, please do not enter if you have won within the past month.

PRESS PHOTOS – I have a stack of glossy 8×11 photos of the following: Little Richard, George Jones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Neil McCoy, Collin Ray, Gerald Levert, CCR, and Little Feat. The entire stack goes to the 20’th entry at (contest closed).

ONLINE POLL – Who (if anyone) do you come to Las Vegas with? Let’s hear your opinion at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published in two weeks!

Results from our last poll “How interested are you in online gambling?”

No interest — that is what Vegas is for. 38%
I’ve thought about trying it, but no real interest. 22%
I have gambled online here and there. 19%
I regularly gamble online. 11%
I will probably try an online casino sometime 8%

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Have a request for a review? Boggled when you come to town and see the hundreds of dining, attraction, and show opportunities? Let us know what you’d like to hear about! Unlike the tourist magazines where all of the “articles” are really paid ads, we give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us at http://www.lodging.com/affiliates/us_reservations.cgi?remote=tedinvegas You get secure ordering with the convenience and savings of booking online!

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February 21, 2001 ISSN: 1529-2770

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – February 14, 2001

WELCOME to Access Vegas News and Reviews, now with subscribers in 45 countries around the world! This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com We talk about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about.

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* Best Tours/Rates for Grand Canyon, Hoover, more: http://www.accessvegas.com/tours

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This Issue: The Dream King

Curious about a show, restaurant, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at: mailto:[email protected]



 

 


EDITORS NOTE: Coming reviews (all shows we have seen) include Blue Man Group (Luxor – funny and wacky, not a traditional Vegas show but well worth the money for those up to sensory overload in a good way), Mac King Comedy Magic (Harrah’s – this is a must see if you have even one ounce of humor in your body, best show value in town), Viva Las Vegas (Stratosphere – good afternoon budget traditional Las Vegas show), and Clint Holmes (Harrah’s – good jazz and soul influenced standards and originals tied together by a true entertainer and talented band).

Full reviews of each will appear over the next few weeks but I wanted to give a synopsis for those visiting sooner. Mini-reviews and ticket purchase info for each show available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-shows.htm

LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

THE VENETIAN – continues to be a huge success for owner Sheldon Adelson despite a rough opening (the hotel wasn’t quite ready), union pressure (it is non-union), and higher interest notes (construction funding) than a large corporation would have been able to garner. The hotel is showing a profit, and they are finally getting serious regarding the expansion that will double the hotel’s size. In addition, expansion and remodeling of high roller suites will place the hotel in competition for “whales” (the highest of the high rollers with casino credit lines starting at $1 million). Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-07-Wed-2001/business/15392620.html

MGM THEME PARK – is changing its focus and the name. Except for the Sky Screamer and a couple of other rides, the rides will be removed and the focus of the park will shift to hosting movie premieres, concerts, and TV shows. The new moniker is “The Park at MGM Grand”. The potential of the park was never fully realized, and ended up not fitting into the new “adults only” theme that many Las Vegas resorts are marketing. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-09-Fri-2001/business/15412185.html

SNOW – As recently reported, Mt. Charleston gets snow during the winter providing a winter wonderland less than an hour from Las Vegas. It is also a popular spot to live for those who want to be reletively close to Las Vegas but don’t want to deal with the summer temperatures and don’t mind the winter snow. Story and photos at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-04-Sun-2001/living/15339174.html

GUGGENHEIM – The infamous museum is on track to open a Las Vegas location at The Venetian by Sept. 15’th of this year. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-03-Sat-2001/news/15372702.html

HOLYFIELD VS. RUIZ 2 – Tickets for this much hyped March 8 rematch taking place at Mandalay Bay are on sale now at (702) 632-7580. Mandalay Bay discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Mandalay Bay link).

TAILGATE PARTY – Local NBC affiliate KVBC 3 is throwing a free tailgate party this Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium before the kickoff of the Las Vegas Outlaws vs. Los Angeles Xtreme game (5:00 PM tip-off, national broadcast). It is free to the public and will feature food and drink, classic cars, and a bungee run. If you are going to be in town from Southern CA this weekend and want to go, you might wish to buy your tickets online at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/EventInfo?pid=728720 as a sellout is expected.

BEST HOTEL – The Bellagio was picked as the #1 hotel with the most perfect settings and amenities for honeymooning couples by 100 travel agents. The survey was commissioned by Harlequin Enterprises (the publishers of the romance novels). Story at http://www.herald.com/content/today/living/travel/digdocs/065435.htm



 

 


CONCERTS AND SHOWS:

BROADWAY – The Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts is going to present a four-show subscription season featuring performances of “Forever Swing,” “Fame,” “Fosse” and “Les Miserables.” Dates are: “Forever Swing” March 21-24, followed by “Fame” April 18-22, “Fosse” May 22-26 and “Les Miserables” Sept. 19-22. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-10-Sat-2001/news/15402189.html

SHOW REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Kenny Kerr – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-09-Fri-2001/weekly/15387125.html
* Scintas – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-26-Fri-2001/weekly/15294181.html

SHOWS – See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?amid=3230&cscheme=1

SHOWS AND HEADLINERS – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-shows.htm
CONCERT – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/entertainment/index.htm

DINING RESERVATIONS – For a small service fee, you can now guarantee reservations for that “special night out” during your visit at http://www.bookvegasdining.com/dvpricing.cfml?amid=143&cscheme=5

RESTAURANT REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Elements (Aladdin) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-07-Wed-2001/living/15356830.html
* Kady’s Cafe (Riviera) – http://news.mywebpal.com/news_tool_v2.cfm?pnpID=789&NewsID=38885&show=localnews&om=11

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LAS VEGAS WEATHER – This 5 day forecast is courtesy of Weather.Com:

Friday – 59 ░F 41 ░F Partly Cloudy
Saturday – 62 ░F 41 ░F Mostly Cloudy
Sunday – 66 ░F 39 ░F Scattered Showers
Monday – 67 ░F 40 ░F Partly Cloudy
Tuesday – 68 ░F 39 ░F Partly Cloudy

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FEATURE STORY: The Dream King

Elvis has returned to the building. His legend never left Las Vegas, but now when we think “Elvis impersonator” we think of a guy with a bad dye job, gold sunglasses, and very long sideburns who has seen way too many trips to the buffet. If that is your impression of a “Vegas Elvis”, you have not seen Trent Carlini.

Carlini’s show starts with a video tribute to Elvis, mixing clips of Presley with a Carlini narraration that is part tribute to Elvis and part the story of Carlini’s devotion and love of the music. When Carlini hits the stage, you have to do a double-take because he is virtually a head-to-toe living replica of the younger Elvis.

Throughout the 70 minute show, Carlini takes you through a journey of the various stages of the life of Elvis in song, and does so in matching costume. He appears first as the young Elvis, then performs more work from his early career in a military uniform, after a short but insightful video montage of actual Elvis army footage and interviews. From there, he dons leis and a hawaiin shirt to sing hits from Elvis’ movies.

After another short video, he performs a tribute to the ’68 comeback “Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite” special complete with the black leather outfit. No tribute to The King would be complete without the “Vegas Years” with the big white jumpsuit and a lighthearted lauging version of “Are You Lonesome Tonight”. Elvis fans are probably familiar with the live Las Vegas version of said song done by Elvis where something got him going and he couldn’t stop laughing throughout a part of the song. This segement also included him handing out scarves to some of the lucky ladies in the audience.

If you are a big Elvis fan (or just learned quite a bit watching the many TV specials and documentaries shown on cable TV), you will appreciate many of the nuances like the laughing part that Carlini tosses in.

I’ve seen plenty of Elvis impersonators here in Las Vegas, and most of them get by on the look and moves, with vocal’s that are just in the general vicinity of Presley. Even if you are just a casual fan, you can’t help but to be impressed not just by the physical appearance and moves, but by the voice. Just for fun, I looked well away from the stage a couple of times and just listened. Carlini sounds like Presley. Every note, every cadence, every breath. This was confirmed as I popped his CD in my car during the drive home.

My only complaint? The Boardwalk Showroom is pretty intimate and I thought the sound was well mixed but a touch too loud (in fact, causing he microphone feedback a couple of times). Although Carlini tours the U.S. with a complete backing band (and a ticket price to match), this show is sung live to a backing track but Carlini’s stage presence makes you forget the lack of a band. On the flip side, there isn’t a bad seat in the room. In fact, I sat toward the rear and apprciated that aspect for taking in both the show and his interaction with the crowd.

Obviously, you are going to enjoy this show quite a bit more if you have even a remote interest in Elvis. It is a true tribute show, so don’t expect some guy up doing jokes or magic tricks. This show is Elvis. While there were plenty of couples and guys in the audience, it especially appeared to be a great “girls night out” show as the front row was filled with women doing a little screamng and hollaring.

The Dream King plays Tue. – Sat. evenings at 8:30 PM in the showroom of the Holiday Inn Boardwalk (between Monte Carlo and Bellagio). Tickets are $27.95 and available daily at the hotel box office. We are giving away one copy of both Carlini’s CD and video in our contests section. The Dream King ticket info at http://www.destination-guide.com/detail_shows.cfm?id=250&amid=143&cscheme=2

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Joanne P. of Groton, NY wrote:

>While on vacation in Las Vegas (2/4-7/01) I became quite ill and
>needed medical attention.á If you find yourself in the same situation,
>I highly recommend The Harmon Medical Center at 150 E.á Harmon St
>(between MGM and Aladdin).á It’s a bit of a walk down Harmon St.á so
>don’t think you’ve missed it.á I had to return a couple of times for
>treatments so I used taxi service….á fare was about $6.00 to the
>Excalibur.á The level of professional medical care (and caring) that I
>received from Dr.á Joe and his staff was far beyond all
>expectations….it was superb.á Unfortunately I didn’t get to see much
>of LV, so I hope to go back again!á Always remember to take your
>health insurance card and prescription card with you when you travel,
>even though you can’t imagine that you’d need it!!!!

Judy Reitz wrote:

>Hello Ted, Love your newsletter.á Sorry to hear that you had the flu
>and hope you are feeling better.á We went to Las Vegas Downtown last
>November and looked everywhere for an “all you can eat Filet Mignon”
>special because one of the people we were with said he read about it
>somewhere.á Would you know where such a special is offered and if so
>have you ever done a review on it?á We’re planning a return trip for
>the NASCAR race next month and we’d like to find it if it exists.

Thanks, I am indeed feeling better but as a “one man band” (I write this newsletter as well as editing, updating, and maintaining the websites) I fell behind on my schedule. I’m happy to say I’m getting caught up.

Fitzgeralds downtown has an “all you can eat” filet mignon buffet. Don’t waste your time. The quality of the buffet is sub-par, the offerings are meager, and the fillet isn’t that great. While I don’t believe they offer filet mignon, Main St. Station buffet downtown continues to be excellent with almost unlimited variety every night.

Linda & John wrote:

>We had a great time in Vegas last November and are returning in May.
>We just want to recommend Earl Turner to everyone (lounge performer at
>The Rio.á We are entertainers and have seen many big shows and stars
>in our lifetime, but we have never seen such a wonderful performer.
>
>We are not gamblers, but enjoyed Las for everything else it provides.
>
>Many thanks Las Vegas!

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Your input is welcome. Write us a “letter to the editor” at mailto:[email protected] While space doesn’t permit publishing every letter, we do certainly read them all and they help shape our content. Please include your name if you wish to have it published (stating your city is optional). Also, guest article submissions are welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc., if accepted.



 

 


FREE CONTESTS:

RULES: (unless otherwise noted or link to outside contest): You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Send a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win. Also, please do not enter if you have won within the past month.

“The Dream King” – We have a Trent Carlini CD and video to give away to the 20’th entry for each. The CD contains 20 Elvis classics done true to “The King”, some live from Carlini’s Las Vegas show. The video is a 90 minute concert featuring Trent performing Elvis favorates live and also includes the Jordanaires, Charlie Hodge, D.J. Fontana, Joe Esposito, and legendary emcee Al Dvorin joining him in this tribute. Enter by sending a blank email to (contest closed) IMPORTANT: Note the contest you want to enter (“CD” or “video”) in the subject line. You may only enter for one, not both.

ONLINE POLL – How interested are you in online gambling? Let’s hear your opinion at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published next week!

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Have a request for a review? Boggled when you come to town and see the hundreds of dining, attraction, and show opportunities? Let us know what you’d like to hear about! Unlike the tourist magazines where all of the “articles” are really paid ads, we give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us at http://www.lodging.com/affiliates/us_reservations.cgi?remote=tedinvegas You get secure ordering with the convenience and savings of booking online!

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All contents copyright MM Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
February 14, 2001 ISSN: 1529-2770

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – February 7, 2001

WELCOME to Access Vegas News and Reviews, now with subscribers in 45 countries around the world! This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com We talk about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about.

This weekly newsletter is free and only sent to those who request it. If you receive this by mistake or wish off our list, simple unsubscribe instructions at the bottom. Feel free to forward this to friends and associates in its entirely. To subscribe, simply send a blank email to mailto:below

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* Best Tours/Rates for Grand Canyon, Hoover, more: http://www.accessvegas.com/tours

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This Issue: David Copperfield

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LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

TERRIBLE’S HOTEL CASINO – This hotel which sits on the site of the old Continental Hotel at Paradise and Flamingo (about a mile from the Strip) is worth checking out if you drive to town or rent a car. The casino is very nice with a roomy sports book (for a smaller property) and both the buffet and coffee shop are located upstairs away from the casino noise. Plus, a number of food specials (posted both outside and throughout the casino) are available 24/7 in the coffee shop.

The big news? They are using coinless slots that let you take the paper voucher you receive when you cash out and insert it in another machine for play. My early complaint about coinless slots is that you had to go redeem the voucher every time you switched machines but that is a moot point here. Story on these latest coinless slots at http://www.bergen.com/region/slots2720010127.htm

FILM AND PRINT – If it seems like you can’t turn on the TV or check out the movie listings without seeing Las Vegas, you are right. Production companies are flocking here to shoot commercials and launch products, and rarely a week goes by without work on a major motion picture. Stories at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-25-Thu-2001/living/15275322.html , http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-05-Mon-2001/living/15370507.html, and http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-29-Mon-2001/living/15317157.html

LOW PAY – Las Vegas placed 82nd out of 125 metropolitan cities in a recent study of which cities are the best places to make and save money. Despite the growth, we ranked low in job quality, education, wealth, household income and housing costs. Despite low unemployment, many blue collar jobs don’t pay the big bucks and professionals can expect to start out at a lower rate of pay than the national average. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-30-Tue-2001/business/15323330.html

ART AND ARCHITECTURE – The Smithsonian is sponsoring trips to Las Vegas to explore an oft-ignored side of Las Vegas. No one is pretending that Las Vegas is a Mecca of culture, but there are a surprising number of things to see for the highbrow visitor. Story at http://www.latimes.com/travel/vegas/stories/20010126/t000007607.html

CRAPS LESSONS – A LA Times writer wrote a fun piece about his recent trip to Vegas, including what it was like to participate in one of those free casino gaming lessons. Story at http://www.latimes.com/travel/vegas/lat_vegas010204.htm

ROMP THROUGH DOWNTOWN – The Review-Journal just published an interesting article with photos about the Fremont St. Experience (better known to some as “downtown” or “Glitter Gulch”). They put together a simple walking tour of the casinos including interesting highlights to check out. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-04-Sun-2001/living/14746442.html

XFL and WWF – owner / promoter Vince McMahon seems to have a love affair with Las Vegas. The debut XFL game last Sat. night was broadcast live from Las Vegas, drawing 17% of all viewing households (about twice what they expected and more than the much touted NBA double-header the same day.) In addition, the WWF Feb. 25’th Pay-Per-View “No Way Out” will be broadcast from Las Vegas (4:45 PM Pacific).

The XFL was a big hit in the sports books as well, drawing much more wagering than expected. Las Vegas has embraced the team in a large way, but part of that is our way of lashing back at the NFL and NBA. Despite having a metro area population larger than Indianapolis, Orlando, or New Orleans, the leagues frown at owners even thinking about moving here (or awarding an expansion franchise) because of the legal sports betting.

Whether the XFL turns into a hit nationwide remains to be seen. We will report on the XFL when it brings Las Vegas to the spotlight as it did this last weekend, but not regularly.

WWF No Way Out Tickets – http://events.excite.com/event_info?id=731345

XFL Stories (related to the opener with the Las Vegas Outlaws):
http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-04-Sun-2001/sports/15378145.html http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-09-Fri-2001/sports/15413629.html http://www.msnbc.com/news/526131.asp?cp1=1&cp1=1 http://www.pioneerplanet.com/seven-days/sun/sports/docs/033463.htm http://dailynews.philly.com/content/daily_news/2001/02/06/sports/RATE06.htm http://www.pioneerplanet.com/seven-days/wed/sports/docs/028311.htm


 


CONCERTS AND SHOWS:

SHOW REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* EFX Alive – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-02-Fri-2001/weekly/15323289.html
* Steve Wyrick, Melinda The First Lady of Magic (separate shows, one review) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-02-Fri-2001/weekly/15338597.html

ESPY’s – The ESPN award show broadcasts from the MGM this Monday evening. Check local listings for time.

SHOWS – See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?amid=3230&cscheme=1

SHOWS AND HEADLINERS – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-shows.htm
CONCERT – listings available anytime at http://www.accessvegas.com/entertainment/index.htm

DINING RESERVATIONS – For a small service fee, you can now guarantee reservations for that “special night out” during your visit at http://www.bookvegasdining.com/dvpricing.cfml?amid=143&cscheme=5

RESTAURANT REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Smith & Wollensky (next to MGM) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-26-Fri-2001/weekly/15288729.html
* Tommy Rocker’s (one block from Rio) – http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/departments/2001_02_08/bar_fly.html

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LAS VEGAS WEATHER – This 5 day forecast is courtesy of Weather.Com:

Saturday – 55 ░F / 37 ░F Mostly Cloudy
Sunday – 54 ░F / 33 ░F Mostly Cloudy
Monday – 56 ░F / 32 ░F Showers
Tuesday – 60 ░F / 35 ░F Scattered Showers
Wednesday – 60 ░F / 35 ░F Scattered Showers

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FEATURE STORY: David Copperfield

by Sarah Swain

When you are going to see the show of the most famous illusionist
since Houdini, expectations are bound to be high, but I must confess that
David Copperfield lived up to my every hope.

From the moment he appears on stage (from nowhere of course), till he
takes his final bow, the entire audience is on the edge of its seats.

The tour, titled Unknown Dimension is designed to allow the audience
to be involved — so watch out because there’s a good chance you might
be picked like I was!

So what did he do to me? Make me disappear? Levitate me? No, he
changed the colour of my pants.

In the cheekiest trick of the whole show, the man who vanished the
Statue of Liberty, levitated across the Grand Canyon, and walked
through the Great Wall of China, swapped the colour of my underwear
with another girl, in a trick which included his classy joke; Should
I do it the hard way … or the easy way. The hard? OK, I’ll take her
out to dinner first. Great.

You could be lucky though. Two members of the crowd were levitated
whilst sitting on a huge red sofa, others had a tissue changed into a
mouse in their hands. This is nothing though, compared with the
finale acts. One sees him picking thirteen members of the audience at
random, and making them disappear (some of them, apparently appear
miles, away, though I’m not sure if that’s all hype), and in the
other, he transports someone anywhere they want to be.

Tonight, he invites on to the stage a teenage boy, who, we are told,
has always wanted to go to Bali. And, believe it or not (literally),
he takes him there. A video screen appears. We see a beach, the sea,
and cameras and crew. A clock shows the time and Bali live is in
the corner.

Yeah, yeah, you’re thinking. That’s ridiculous. The piece in Bali is
all prerecorded. They went and filmed it. We thought the same.
Until he began throwing silver balls in to the audience, with his back
turned. If you caught one you had to go on the stage. He lines the
people up, and takes a Polaroid of them, which he gets one of them to
date and sign. Next, we gets one of then to think of two random
letters, and write them on his arm.

He puts the Polaroid in the boy’s pocket, and leads him to sit on a
throne-like chair. It is on an arm, which moves off the stage, and
suspends over the audience. He throws a silver sheet over them.
Flash. Bang. They are gone … all eyes move to the video screen. A
similar sheet is held over the sand on the beach. Flash. Bang.
There they are. David shows his arm to the camera … with the same
letters on it … the boy takes the Polaroid out … the same audience
members, and signature.

People around me start to scream Ahhhhh! Its raining!!! Spray
covers the audience. Flash. Bang. Mr. Copperfield stands on the
table in front of us, with a grin on his face, throwing sand from his
pockets. Wow.

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Sarah Swain is a 20 year old aspiring journalist from Sheffield, England who can’t wait for her next trip to Las Vegas. You can reach her with comments or questions at mailto:[email protected]

EDITORS NOTE: David Copperfield returns to The MGM Grand Feb. 22 to March 7. This show sells very well and advance ticket purchase is strongly suggested. You can purchase tickets online at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?amid=143&cscheme=1 Our entire listing of shows and upcoming headliners is at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-shows.htm

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Cathy & Curt Satter from Gardena, CA wrote (regarding last week’s poll, results in the Online Poll section):

>Last Tuesday evening (Jan.á30th) my husband and I had dinner at the
>Top of the World Restaurant (Stratosphere Tower).á I made reservations a week
>in advance as we were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary.
>
>The food and the service was excellent.á The atmosphere, along with
>the view was exceptional.á I was leery at first because I was told
>when we made reservations everything would be a la carte and our
>experience at other restaurants that serve a la carte have not been as
>good.á Sure the Steak & Australian Lobster (AKA Surf and Turf) was $58
>as was their two Australian Lobster Tails, but they also offered one
>tail at the price of $30 which was plenty of food.á The vegetables and
>potatoes that were served (extra charge) was large enough servings
>that we could split it between the two of us.
>
>Thank you for supplying this feedback page.á I would recommend this
>restaurant for someone that wants to celebrate a special occasion or
>have a real nice intimate dinner with special friends.

You just did!

Denny Ankomeus of Fort Atkinson, WI wrote:

>I didn’t vote in this subject’s poll because my reason
>for choosing a certain hotel is different than those
>listed.á Perhaps this is a bit unusual but I always
>stay at The Gold Coast.á Yes, the staff is very
>friendly, etc. but the main reason is the “Kinda Dixie
>Jazz Band”.á I’ve been following some of these superb
>musicians since they played at The Barbary Coast.á I
>know of absolutely no other place where a music lover
>can spend five and a half hours Mon. through Fri. for
>such a minimal cost.á These are some of the finest
>musicians in Vegas and I’ve witnessed many a well
>deserved standing ovation from a packed room after
>another great number.á I expect my reason for picking
>this particular hotel is different from most but there
>it is.á Thank you for allowing me this opportunity.

For those interested in visiting the Gold Coast, a free shuttle runs from the Barbary Coast on The Strip (departing at the side entrance) to the Gold Coast from 9 AM to Midnight every 15-20 minutes. (This is also a great way to get over to The Rio for free as you don’t have to be a hotel guest or produce any ID.)

Kevin Kuwahara wrote:

>Hi, Do you know of any casinos that are going to set up a
>large viewing area for the first weekend of the NCAA Basketball
>Tournament (March 15 thru 18)?á As most of the sportsbooks
>have a rather small seating area, we are looking to find
>accommodations somewhere where we will be able to comfortably view
>all the games.
>
>Thanks in advance

Every year, I hear stories about people who stake out their seats in the sportsbooks as early as 5 AM to make sure they have a spot for that weekend. I am not aware of any hotel that sets up a separate or expanded area showing all the games, but I don’t pretend to have visited every casino during March Madness. Readers, if you are aware of a property that accommodates the crowds in this manner, let us know at mailto:[email protected] I know a number of people in hotel and gaming management read our newsletter … so how about it, guys? Set up a tent with 50 TV’s and a satellite better area and you’ll gain a lot of happy new customers!

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Your input is welcome. Write us a “letter to the editor” at mailto:[email protected] While space doesn’t permit publishing every letter, we do certainly read them all and they help shape our content. Please include your name if you wish to have it published (stating your city is optional). Also, guest article submissions are welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc., if accepted.


Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


AIRLINE SPECIALS – Both America West and National Airlines have hubs in Las Vegas, and now both offer pass-through travelers the option to stay in Las Vegas without charging a stopover fee. Sounds like a great way to sneak a day or two in Las Vegas into that next business or pleasure trip! Also, America West is offering 5% off of ALL fares purchased online right now.

America West Airlines – http://www.americawest.com
National Airlines – http://www.nationalairlines.com/flash.asp

ONLINE POLL – How interested are you in online gambling? Let’s hear your opinion at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published in two weeks!

Results from our last poll “What most influences which Las Vegas hotel you stay in?”

Low Room Rates 27%
Location 25%
Amenities (restaurants, pool, spa) 22%
“Lucky” Games 15%
Friendly Staff 9%

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Have a request for a review? Boggled when you come to town and see the hundreds of dining, attraction, and show opportunities? Let us know what you’d like to hear about! Unlike the tourist magazines where all of the “articles” are really paid ads, we give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us at http://www.lodging.com/affiliates/us_reservations.cgi?remote=tedinvegas You get secure ordering with the convenience and savings of booking online!

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New to the list? Back issues and subscription info can be found on the web at: http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com

Don’t hesitate to forward this newsletter to friends and associates, or better yet click here: http://www.recommend-it.com/l.z.e?s=826126 to recommend it to friends with a chance to win $10,000!

Please ask for permission before reproducing the content in any
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All contents copyright MM Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
February 7, 2001 ISSN: 1529-2770

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 31, 2001

WELCOME to Access Vegas News and Reviews, now with subscribers in 45 countries around the world! This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com We talk about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about.

This weekly newsletter is free and only sent to those who request it. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Feel free to forward this to friends and associates in its entirely. To subscribe, simply send a blank email to mailto:[email protected]

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* Discount Rental Cars – All Cities: http://www.travelnow.com/cars/search.jsp?cid=2005
* Discount Hotel Rooms – All Cities: http://www.lodging.com/affiliates/us_reservations.cgi?remote=tedinvegas
* Best Tours/Rates for Grand Canyon, Hoover, more: http://www.accessvegas.com/tours

HOTEL MESSAGE BOARDS – Help others and share your Las Vegas hotel opinions!

Read Opinions: http://boards.accessvegas.com
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This Issue: America Restaurant

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EDITORS NOTE:

LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

XFL – The new football league kicks off here in Las Vegas this Saturday night. You can catch the game live Saturday night in the US on NBC and it is legit: the sportsbooks are taking bets on it. Most people are banking that this will succeed and there are no shortage of news and speculation on this new league:

http://www.sptimes.com/News/012901/Sports/Xciting_or_Xcessive_N.shtml
http://www.herald.com/content/today/sports/wrestling/digdocs/035804.htm
http://www.nypost.com/01292001/entertainment/22554.htm
http://www.nypost.com/01292001/entertainment/22554.htm
http://www.dispatch.com/news/sports01/jan01/580488.html
http://www.msnbc.com/news/524479.asp?cp1=1
http://inq.philly.com/content/inquirer/2001/01/31/sports/SMIT31.htm
http://www.ohio.com/bj/sports/docs/024331.htm
http://www.foxsports.com/wires/pages/85/spt118185.sml

JEOPARDY – Two weeks worth of the popular game show were recently filmed at the Las Vegas Hilton featuring special and celebrity guests. The shows have a lot of “Vegas” in them and air over the next two weeks. Check local listings for time and stations. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-28-Sun-2001/living/15296074.html

COLLEGE BETTING – The US Senate and House are getting one step closer to ban betting on college sports. The bill is squarely aimed at Nevada, as we are the only state with legal college sports betting. Given the close watch casinos keep on sudden shifts in bets on ANY game (a large amount of money on one side, especially from a small group of people), it keeps checks and balances on possible game fixing. The bill does nothing to address illegal sports betting. Story at http://espn.go.com/ncaa/news/2001/0130/1051772.html and Nevada legislative response at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Feb-01-Thu-2001/business/15356318.html

FOOD SPECIALS – The Stardust has thrown it’s hat into the late-night breakfast special ring. They serve two eggs, bacon or sausage, breakfast potatoes and dollar pancakes for $4.95 from 11 PM to 7 AM every night but Tuesday. You can substitute ham and eggs or buttermilk biscuits if you wish.

KIDS – We aren’t trying to beat a dead horse, but this topic continues to make news. If you are going to bring your kids to Las Vegas, writer Howard Shapiro just wrote a great guide to a family vacation in Las Vegas, with both what to do and what to expect at http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis/web/vortex/display?slug=feavegside28&date=20010128 In a related story he wrote about the pitfalls of bringing kids here at http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis/web/vortex/display?slug=feaveg28&date=20010128

HOWARD STERN – won his $100,000 bet at the Hard Rock Casino on SuperBowl Sunday evening during the taping of his Monday morning broadcast. E! Entertainment television was also there filming for future episodes of Stern’s TV show. The show was broadcast live on Stern affiliate X107.5 in Las Vegas, creating pandemonium inside and a line of people around the casino trying to get inside and catch part of the action. Stories at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-28-Sun-2001/living/15295648.html and http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-29-Mon-2001/news/15327871.html

FIRST FAMILY – Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman may have the reputation as the “Mob Lawyer,” but his wife has long been regarded as a pillar of the community. A recent story about this “opposites attract” couple gives us a little insight into the self-proclaimed “Happiest Mayor On Earth” at http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/features/sin_city_camelot.html

ARIZONA – Good news for our friends who visit up by car from Arizona and the rest of the Southwest and southern US. The Hoover Dam bypass is moving along, and the government has selected a bypass route that involves a straightening the route and a 4 lane bridge over the Black Canyon 1500 feet downstream from the Dam.

This is a double bonus, cutting about 30 minutes off of the trip for those passing through, and easing the congestion at the dam for those who want to visit the magnificent structure. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-19-Fri-2001/news/15263394.html and you can read our Hoover Dam info / review at http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-12-06.htm


Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


CONCERTS AND SHOWS:

SHOW REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Skintight – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Oct-17-Tue-2000/living/14603067.html

Rick Springfield – starts his run as the star of EFX this weekend, and the production has been renamed EFX Alive in honor of the switch from the dance numbers of former star Tommy Tune to the concert-like atmosphere of the new show. Story at http://news.excite.com/news/ap/010126/13/springfield

Sammy Hagar – (who penned Springfield’s hit “I’ve Done Everything For You”) recently played a free Las Vegas concert sponsored by KOMP radio and announced the future opening of his Cabo Wabo Cantina at Sunset Station Hotel / Casino (20 minutes southeast of the Strip). It is a real coup for Sunset Station as Hagar has rejected numerous multimillion dollar offers to franchise this infamous Cabo San Lucas establishment. It appears this will always be the only other location. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-26-Fri-2001/weekly/15191089.html

Lumiere – Rumors have been swirling for weeks about a Vegas show starring Carmen Electra. “Lumiere” will play the Aladdin (start date yet to be disclosed). Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-28-Sun-2001/living/15303088.html

SHOWS – See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?amid=3230&cscheme=1

SHOWS AND HEADLINERS – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-shows.htm
CONCERT – listings available anytime at http://www.accessvegas.com/entertainment/index.htm

DINING RESERVATIONS – For a small service fee, you can now guarantee reservations for that “special night out” during your visit at http://www.bookvegasdining.com/dvpricing.cfml?amid=143&cscheme=5

RESTAURANT REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Peppermill (next to Riviera) – http://www.vegas.com/nightlife/bars/peppermill.html
* V-Bar (Venetian) – http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/departments/2001_01_18/bar_fly.html

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LAS VEGAS WEATHER – This 5 day forecast is courtesy of Weather.Com:

Friday – 61/38 Partly Cloudy
Saturday – 63/41 Showers
Sunday – 73/42 Rain
Monday – 74/42 Scattered Showers
Tuesday – 72/39 Scattered Showers

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EDITORS NOTE: We have a guest review this week. I have not done a restaurant review in a while, and appreciate their contribution. America is in the New York, New York Hotel Casino and open 24 hours.

FEATURE STORY: America Restaurant

by Glenn Thornton

My wife & I have been going to Vegas about 3 times a year for the last 4 years and we love to try different kinds of restaurants. On our last visit in November of 2000 we experienced an extraordinary one called America Restaurant. As you can imagine the employees are dressed patriotically, including American flag ties. In the dining area above your heads on the ceiling is an enormous statuesque map of the United States. Highlighting accomplishments, stereotypes, & comical attributes of each state in character or symbolic form such as: Mount Rushmore in South Dakota and Alien & Spaceships in New Mexico. It was quite a site; we were both overwhelmed. It really has to be seen, words don’t explain the intricacy and the grandeur of this awesome sight.

Beyond the fantastic ambiance was the phenomenal service. I’m not an easy customer; I usually inquire quite a bit about how the food is prepared and request modifications to the menu. Each question and adjustment was granted with excellence.

Let’s talk food!
I ordered:
Abondigas soup (soup du jour)
Lemon bake chicken
Baked potato
Salad

I’m not a huge meatball soup lover but it was so delicious I had my wife try it, who doesn’t like abondigas soup at all, after sampling it she didn’t want to give it back. We agreed that the fresh ingredients and especially the broth really went beyond our expectations.

The lemon chicken was quite a feast beyond the 2 huge chicken breast portions it was simply tasty. When I’ve ordered from other restaurants, usually lemon chicken means grilled chicken with lemon sauce or grilled chicken with herbs & lemon on the surface of the chicken breast but I savored the juiciness of herbs & lemon throughout this chicken.

Vegetables & Potato came with the chicken. The vegetables were steamed and fresh. If you like veggies these were great, didn’t even need to doctor them up they stood up on their own. The baked potato was huge; I’m talking stereotypically Idaho huge. I enjoy a baked potato with my meals but haven’t always been satisfied with the restaurants outcome i.e. shriveled like they should have been retired instead of served, russet potato as small as a red potato, have to pick out the dark portions etc. This was not so with America Restaurant’s potato, it was baked to perfection, creamy white inside and to emphasize again, fresh.

Side salad was crisp not a bit watery and not served with just iceberg lettuce. Also they had choices for low-cal dressings, a plus for me.

This restaurant didn’t have any cons — we’re going back and will be recommending it to everyone we know!

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Jessica Lehnert wrote:

>We just got back from Vegas .á We saw “O” , and I have to say that I
>thought “Mystere” is more amazing and absorbing.á My brother also
>bought us tickets to De La Guarda.á There were people of all ages in
>the audience.á At first it was scary because you leave the casino &
>you end up in a pit black room but then you experience the scattering over head like
>vampires or something.á I’m 47 but we ended up getting into it.á We
>were dancing and singing.á At the end we all looked like we had been
>in a giant spit ball fight!á I tried to save my glasses from the
>water but got a giant wad of paper in the face instead.á The only
>warning — I have asthma & all the fog & smoke was a little harsh on the
>lungs.á I don’t know if i would have paid for the show but it was so
>different, exciting and physical.á It’s something to experience.
Barbara Mazurowski wrote:

>My husband and I returned from Las Vegas last week.á We were
>disappointed that Siegfried and Roy had canceled their shows for over
>a week.á Some of the locals stated that both of them have aids and
>that Roy is dying.á Any truth to this?á If it is true, why is the
>Mirage still selling out their shows?

Actually, they canceled three weeks of shows due to Roy’s bad case of the flu. The While their alleged sexual orientation has sparked the AIDS rumor, Roy is 61 and it is entirely conceivable he was struggling with the flu. I’m straight, not more more than half his age, and was sidelined almost two weeks during this past month as were many others in town due to the severe flu that swept through.

If I had a dollar for every crazy rumor that circulates among the hotel break rooms that gets passed on to the public, I could have retired long ago. Certainly we wish Roy the best and hope that this is nothing more than a severe case of the flu.

Bruce Olsen wrote:

>Ted- It is unfortunate you mislead your customers the
>way you do. Regarding the Super bowl, I personally
>wish you would announce, as I have the over, to the
>entire world it will be raining and muddy as hell in
>Tampa the day of the big game… no let me refresh
>that in your words… it will be showers ALL
>weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!! in Tampa. What the HELL forecast
>are you looking at???? I do indeed believe the game
>will go over, but trying to get the “number” under a
>certain point for your your gratification is not
>right. A simple check of the “Weather Channel” or
>anyone else will tell you game day will be almost
>perfect. Where do you get off??

The newsletter is geared to the Las Vegas visitor, and as predicted, it rained here most of last weekend. People come to Las Vegas expecting some of the 310+ days of sun a year, and my point was that if you have to be here when it rains, at least it is SuperBowl weekend and there are plenty of indoor activities (including the game).

I personally did not bet a dime on the game. My friends that avidly bet sports liked the “under” bet, so I reported that. Congratulations on your win, as a series of freak touchdowns pushed the game “over.”

I’m not sure how any of my comments were perceived to be anti-Tampa but rest assured I think that Florida is a wonderful destination. So much so, that I am developing a website which will promote and allow people to book rooms in all parts of Florida.

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 24, 2001

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This Issue: Melinda – The First Lady of Magic

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EDITORS NOTE: It has been a generally quiet week leading up to Superbowl weekend, although an entertainment convention and athletic gear convention (both closed to the public) have brought more star sightings then usual.

The word on the Superbowl is to bet the “under” (wagering that the combined scores of both teams will be under a certain number). With rain predicted all weekend, it will be a good time to be indoors watching the game. We have the updated list of hotel Superbowl parties linked this week.

Finally, we are proud to add CompuBank to our list of advertisers. FDIC insured, access 24/7, interest checking, and free online bill paying saves you time and money. Link toward the end of this issue.

LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

WHO, WHAT, WHERE – A couple of writers from the UCSD Guardian came up with a great, compact list of most of the major Las Vegas casinos and what each offers to do and see. Good one to print out before you next trip at http://news.excite.com/news/uw/010119/university-2

HOWARD STERN – will be taping his Monday morning show live at the Hard Rock casino following the SuperBowl (Sunday night). E! Entertainment television will also be shooting it for future use, and Hard Rock employees featured in the upcoming April issue of Playboy are expected to be on hand.

Howard has experssed a desire to place a $1 million bet on one hand of Blackjack, but with no takers so far. Where are (former Binion’s owner, now deceased) Benny Binion and (former Vegas World owner) Bob Stupak when we need them? Both of those men would take just about any bet at any time, especially when it brought that kind of publicity. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-18-Thu-2001/living/15200105.html

MGM MIRAGE – has postponed their plans to turn the Holiday Inn Boardwalk into a Generation-X casino. The original idea was to have a high tech hotel-casino to appeal to the newly “dot-com” rich and those who have grown up with new technology. Instead, the company will focus on an Atlantic City casino they are building. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-18-Thu-2001/business/15252865.html

WIND FARMS – This is a little off topic, but interesting given the power shortages plauging California: The Nevada Test Site, 65 miles north of town and once the home of nuclear bomb testing, is going to be the new home for the nation’s second largest electric producing wind farm. When completed in 4 years, it will generate enough juice to feed 160,000 homes. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-18-Thu-2001/business/15255966.html

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CONCERTS AND SHOWS:

SHOW REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Folies Bergere – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-19-Fri-2001/weekly/15238357.html

SHOWS – See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?amid=3230&cscheme=1

SuperBowl – More hotels have listed their SuperBowl parties. List at http://www.lasvegas.com/events/superbowl2001

SHOWS AND HEADLINERS – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-shows.htm
CONCERT – listings available anytime at http://www.accessvegas.com/entertainment/index.htm

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RESTAURANT REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Golden Steer (near Sahara) – http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/departments/2001_01_18/dining_taste.html
* Olio! (MGM) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-24-Wed-2001/living/15256696.html

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LAS VEGAS WEATHER – This 5 day forecast is courtesy of Weather.Com:

Thursday – 54/40 Mostly Cloudy
Friday – 53/34 Partly Cloudy
Saturday – 54/34 Showers
Sunday – 57/34 Rain
Monday – 56/32 Scattered Showers

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FEATURE STORY: Melinda – The First Lady of Magic

Las Vegas has it all: exploding volcanos and pirate battles right on the street, German guys with white tigers, famous headliner entertainment, and now for the first time in some 5 years, the most-publicized female magician in the world.

I first saw Melinda play downtown at the Lady Luck almost 7 years ago. The room was packed, the price was right, and and it was a nice entertaining mix of basic magic and Vegas “show and dance”. Melinda has spend the past few years in locales ranging from Atlantic City to Branson and recently brought her show back to Las Vegas. She grew up here, and worked as a dancer in Siegfried and Roy along her way to showroom stardum.

Melinda’s 90 minute show is really the tale of two shows. The first part relies and reflects heavily on here older material, much of which she has been doing for years. Unfortunately, it comes off a little too cheesy and fluffy, with the dance numbers almost overshadowing the magic and not letting the crowd get into a dramatic mood needed to thrououghly enjoy the illusions. That is unfortunate because the magic, while standard magic show fare, is well done including levetation, mid-air vanishing, and reappearing in the back of the showroom.

About halfway through the show, we are given a change of pace with a 15 minute performance by 3 Argentinian’s who demonstrate talent and humor with traditional drum playing and bolo ball displays. One of the unfortunate aspects of an early show (this one started at 6:30 PM) is that the crowd isn’t in the late night party mood (i.e. 5 drinks into the night), but they really brought the crowd to life and it was a good warm-up for the bigger illusions.

The second half brought out the showstoppers. A full sized Lamborghini was suspended above stage and a number of audience volenteers were invited on stage to verify that it was a very real car. After the car was draped and reved to “200 miles an hour”, it simply vanished out of thin air. The other truly memorable illusion is her Drill of Death, where a huge drill screws through her body and lifts here high in the air.

Melinda has come a long way, both with her magic and now performing in the beautiful C2K showroom of the Venetian. There truly isn’t a bad seat in the house. If there is one drawback, the show is almost as much Britney Spears as it is spellbinding magic. Melinda could easily pass for the pop singer’s older sister, with her beauty, obvious devotion to fitness and dance, and bubbly personality . Unfortunatly, it is a thread doesn’t completely go away even during the most serious of illusions when we need to be biting our nails.

Overall, it is an enjoyable show combining magic flare with the dance numbers one expects out of a traditional Las Vegas show. Melinda is very personable, quick with wit and laughter, and interacts with the audience very well. The show leaves you with a nice, warm feeling. Although Melinda and her dancers wear some very “body conscious” outfits, the show contains no overt sexuality and is very suitible for children.

Melinda, First Lady of Magic plays every evening but Wednesdays. Show times vary by day of the week, but are in the early evening. Tickets run from $38 – $88, with childrens tickets (under 12) $22. Call ahead to the Venetian at (702) 414-1000 and ask for the box office to confirm times and prices. The show is selling pretty well, so reservations are suggested.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Janene Bahr of Moorestown, NJ wrote:

>Hello hello from cold and rainy New Jersey!!
>
>I must reply in reference to this issue’s feature story on De La
>Guarda.á My best friend Jen and I were in Vegas last month for our
>bi-annual trip.á We were indecisive as to which show we were going to
>see, and which show was even available at the time.á We just happened
>to be in the Rio feasting at their fantastic buffet, when we noticed
>all the signs for De La Guarda.á We went to check it out and bought
>tickets for that night on a whim.á We had no clue what to expect and
>we were totally in for a spectacular show!!á It was incredible.á The
>drama, the music, the skill of the actors was amazing.á It truly was
>like a roller coaster ride from start to finish.á We got rained on, we
>got hugged and we danced and jumped around and played with the
>balloons.á I really can’t say enough about the show.á On piece of
>advice: dress down.á Wear jeans because you will get wet if you choose
>to participate in the show.á Let loose and have a fantastic time!
>
>Thanks for the newsletter Ted!

Nita Vandermark wrote (about De La Guarda):

>Experienced it.á Save your $’s.á Standing for 90
>minutes with loud noises and eery, creepy wet people
>meandering through the crowd and pawing some of the
>attendees, or being grabbed by bungee jumpers and
>wisked up and away.á Not my idea of a LV “show”.

I printed both of the above letters to demonstrate the range of opinions regarding De La Guarda. It is not a typical Las Vegas show in any respect, but more of an experience. As we noted in last week’s review of the show (archived at http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com/01-01-17.htm ), “While not sexual in nature, it is primal and stretches your imagination. It is for the young or young at heart and requires an open mind.” Jubilee or Folies Bergere is more in order for someone interested in a typical Las Vegas show.

Sarah Swain wrote:

>Hello,
>
>Having visited Vegas twice, the last time being at Christmas, it is
>great to receive all the latest news about the place, if not a little
>depressing that I’m not there!
>
>While I was there I went to see David Copperfield at the MGM, on
>Christmas eve.á It was completely amazing.á Even more thrilling was
>the fact that I was picked from the audience to take part in the show!
>Don’t know if you’ve seen it, but he changed the color of my pants
>with another girl!!
>
>Being a Journalism student, here in England, I was wondering if I
>could write a review for the page, and add to it my experience.
>(though I can’t tell you how he did it as I had to sign a secrecy
>contract!) – or maybe you are going to review it?
>
>Viva Las Vegas!

As we note at the end of this section, guest article submissions are always welcome. It doesn’t hurt to ask ahead of time as this newsletter has a pretty narrow focus (we cover very little that isn’t on the Strip or downtown, and only review regular or recurring shows and events). While we don’t provide compensation at this time, we do give you full credit if used.

Cheryl Hopkins wrote:

>I came on holiday last June to Las Vegas and had a
>fantastic time. I stayed in Caesars Palace which was great
>we also saw Gladys Knight she was very good. We only
>stayed for five nights so we had to see as much as we could
>in that time, saw all the entertainment out side many of the
>hotels on the strip the best one being the fountains at the
>Bellagio.
>
>We are coming again for two weeks in September this year
>and i cant wait…

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ONLINE POLL – What most influences which Las Vegas hotel you stay in? Let’s hear your opinion at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published in two weeks!

Results from last weeks poll “If money were no object, which high end show would you go see?”

O 31%
Siegfried and Roy 22%
Danny Gans 18%
Blue Man Group 14%
Mystere 13%

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Have a request for a review? Boggled when you come to town and see the hundreds of dining, attraction, and show opportunities? Let us know what you’d like to hear about! Unlike the tourist magazines where all of the “articles” are really paid ads, we give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us at http://www.lodging.com/affiliates/us_reservations.cgi?remote=tedinvegas You get secure ordering with the convenience and savings of booking online!

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January 24, 2001 ISSN: 1529-2770

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