Access Vegas Insider Vibe – July 19, 2000

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JULY ROOM SPECIALS – Harrah’s from $59.95 a night, Frontier from $55.95 a night. Details at http://www.180096hotel.com/cgi-bin/hotdeals?SID=IVC (scroll down that page for all specials)

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This Issue: Crazy Girls

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



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LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

COCKTAIL WAITRESS CONTROVERSY – We have one week left in our poll “Do you believe a cocktail waitress job involves there looks?” As noted last week, a judge ruled in favor of waitresses who were transferred to other jobs at the Imperial Palace, but a letter to the editor of the Review-Journal at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jul-20-Thu-2000/opinion/13991785.html seems to reflect they way most of you are voting in the poll.

$25 HOTEL REBATE – Our partners at Hotel Reservations Network are giving you $25 back on any 2+ night stay in Las Vegas or any major city they reserve! Claiming your cash is simple:

1. Go to http://www.accessvegas.com/100-rebate.htm and print out that page
2. Book a room online at http://www.hoteldiscounts.com/cgi-bin/pickcity?SID=IVC&LKF=IVC by July 31
3. Send in for your rebate when you get home.

It doesn’t get any easier than that, and you get their low price guarantee to boot!

AIRLINE HOTEL CHECK IN – IF you are flying America West, Continental, Delta, Southwest and Sun Country and staying at Bally’s Las Vegas, Paris, Flamingo Hilton, Las Vegas Hilton, Luxor, Mandalay Bay or the Sahara Hotel you can not only check in for your flight but check your bags at the hotel for a modest $6 fee. Full story at http://news.excite.com/news/r/000706/09/column-travel

SET YOUR VCR – for this Saturday night as the Travel Channel (cable) has 3 hours of great Vegas specials: Rat Pack, Las Vegas Uncovered, and King of the Strip. They first ran last Sunday night and every one is fantastic.

THE ALADDIN – is set to open on schedule Aug. 17. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jul-17-Mon-2000/business/13969979.html We will not be publishing an Aug 16 issue, but will have a special issue a couple days later highlighting the hotel opening. Discount Aladdin room reservations are already available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Aladdin link).

XFL – The new no-holds-barred football league kicks off this February. Brainchild of infamous World Wrestling Federation owner Vince McMahon, the league has chosen Las Vegas as one of it’s eight cities to field a team. Story on the Las Vegas franchise at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jul-13-Thu-2000/sports/13959472.html and general Q&A about the XFL at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jul-13-Thu-2000/sports/13959728.html

END OF LEGAL PROSTITUTION? – Contrary to popular belief, prostitution is very illegal in Clark County (the New Jersey – sized county containing the Las Vegas Metro area, Laughlin, Primm, and Mesquite). However, it has thrived for decades 60 miles away in Nye County. With its quieter lifestyle, inexpensive housing, and close proximity to Las Vegas, Nye County is growing like mad and community residents are circulating a petition to ban legal prostitution. Full stories at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jun-15-Thu-2000/news/13777729.html and http://lvcitylife.com/News/stories/00062901n.html

SCENIC BYWAY – The Las Vegas Strip is now an official, national scenic byway. Yes, right up there with historically beautiful roads like San Juan Skyway in the Colorado Rockies. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jun-16-Fri-2000/news/13789410.html



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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

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?cscheme=5&amid=143

Brian Evans — the crooner who performed at The Desert Inn last year to rave reviews and whom debuted as a headliner at the sold out Tropicana Hotel in December, has inked a deal to perform at the venue once again on October 5th. The show will be taped for broadcast on Bravo!, and in the process will create “Brian Evans — Live in Las Vegas” on DVD for distribution in Taiwan, ROC, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Full story at http://news.excite.com/news/pr/000714/nv-crooner-tropicana

Hard Rock Hotel – L.A. Guns, Ratt, and Warrant on July 22, “Weird Al” Yankovic on July 27, Lenny Kravitz on July 28, No Doubt with Black Eyed Peas on July 31, B-52’s on Aug. 5, K.D. Lang Aug. 11, Deftones on Aug. 13, Jimmy Page plus The Black Crowes on Aug 16, and Culture Club on Nov. 14. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and Hard Rock discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).

Las Vegas Hilton – Tim Conway and Harvey Korman in their “Together Again” tour July 28-29, Reba McEntire Sept. 14-17, Kenny Rogers Sept. 22-23, Face To Face Sept. 30, Steven Wright Oct. 7-8, and Tim Conway and Harvey Korman in their “Together Again” tour Oct. 19-21 (return engagement) and Jeff Foxworthy Nov. 30 – Dec. 3. Tickets are available at (800) 222-5361 and Las Vegas Hilton discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Las Vegas Hilton link).

Mandalay Bay – Hall and Oats on July 21, The Fixx on July 22, LeAnn Rimes on Jul. 28, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill on July 29, the BB King Blues Festival 2000 on Aug. 1, Kiss with Ted Nugent Aug. 2, Psychedelic Furs Aug. 5, D’ Angelo Aug. 7, Brian Setzer on Aug. 8, Paula Cole Band Aug. 9, Rollins Band Aug. 11, Unwritten Law Aug. 12, Earth, Wind, and Fire on Aug. 16-19, Ziggy Marley Aug. 19, Duran Duran Aug. 25-26, Isaac Hayes Aug. 25-26, Jethro Tull Aug. 27, Godsmack on Aug. 31, Static X Sept. 1, Savage Garden Sept. 10, Steve Miller Band Sept. 17, Luther Vandros with Boyz II Men Sept. 22, Little Feat Sept. 22, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Sept. 29. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and Mandalay Bay discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Mandalay Bay link).

MGM – Penn and Teller July 27 – Aug. 9, Sting on Aug. 19, Carrot Top Sept. 7 – 13, Pearl Jam on Oct. 22, and Tina Turner with Joe Cocker Nov. 18. Tickets available at (800) 929-1111 and MGM discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (MGM link).

Riviera – Rich Little on Oct. 6 and 7, Tony Orlando on Oct. 13 and 14, Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling on Oct. 20 and 21. Tickets at (702) 794-9433 and Riviera discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Riviera link).

Station Casinos – Paula Poundstone on July 28 at Sunset, and Southside Johnny & the Asbury Dukes Aug. 4 at Sunset. Tickets at (888) 464-2468 and Station Casinos discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (various Station Casinos links).

The Orleans – Lorrie Morgan July 21-23, Smothers Brothers July 25-30, Marty Allen and Karon Kate Blackwell now through Aug. 7 (Fri. – Mon. nightly): one drink min., The Little River Band on Sept. 1-3, and The Everly Brothers Oct. 25-29. Tickets at (702) 365-7075 and Orleans discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (The Orleans link).

Thomas & Mack – Korn, Powerman 5000 and Papa Roach on Aug. 9, Up In Smoke tour featuring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, and Eminem on Aug. 11, Red Hot Chili Peppers with Stone Temple Pilots on Sept. 13, AC/DC on Sept. 14, and Phish on Sept. 29. Tickets at (888) 464-2468. The Hard Rock hotel is within walking distance of the Thomas and Mack and Hard Rock discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).

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FEATURE STORY: Crazy Girls

crazy-girls-02.jpg (11569 bytes)This is an hour of old style burlesque and raunchy comedy that doesn’t pretend to be anything else. The costumes and sets change as the dancers “sing” (the voices are taped) and dance to both modern hit songs as well as a couple of vintage “tongue-in-cheek” numbers. Except for the first set, they are topless throughout the entire show.

Carole Montgomery is the MC and also performs short comedy pieces during set and costume changes. Her style? Think of a female version of the shock comedian Andrew “Dice” Clay. The talk is all sex, and nothing is sacred. It was “revenge” of a sort, with many of the jokes having the women howling with laughter poking fun at men.

crazy-girls-03.jpg (11802 bytes)If you are coming to town, you promised your wife you wouldn’t go to a strip club (probably a good idea — those places are designed to part you with your money faster than the roulette table), and you and the guys are looking for something a little racy, this fits the bill. There were also a significant number of couples who seemed to be enjoying the show quite a bit. In an age of “child friendly” Las Vegas and production shows for all ages, this does put some of the sin back in “Sin City.”

Crazy Girls is presented at the Riviera twice nightly (extra late show on Saturday) except dark Monday. Tickets are $19.25 plus fees. More info and online ticket purchase available at http://www.vegasguide.com/detail_shows.cfm?ID=10&amid=143&cscheme=5


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:

This week, a letter from the editor!

Because I make my living online, people regularly express concerns and ask me about purchasing things on the internet. In fact, a recent national publication poll noted that 41% of all people online don’t buy online because they are scared their credit card number and info will be stolen. I answer by saying …

Let’s look at two purchases — one online and one off:

1. Offline – You see an infomercial on TV, something you like in a catalog, or book a hotel room over the phone (after spending hours on the phone checking rates, the time on hold, the processing time, etc.). You call up and talk to a near minimum wage employee whom you will never meet, and you reveal your name, address, phone number, credit card number and expiration date to this live human.

2. Online – You go to a site like http://www.mysimon.com (not an advertiser, just an example) or our partner Hotel Reservations Network at http://www.hoteldiscounts.com/cgi-bin/pickcity?SID=IVC&LKF=IVC where you can compare the lowest prices for a product in one click. A computer confirms availability instantly. You enter your sensitive information and it is securely delivered to another computer (not a human) who confirms it with a third computer at the credit card company, approves the purchase, and confirms your purchase about 90 seconds after clicking the “buy” button.

I realize that many will say “you are biased because of your business,” but it’s actually the other way around. A number of years ago, I worked for a shipping company who fired an employee for using customer credit card info to call phone sex numbers. Besides the speed and ease, I doubt that a computer somewhere is going to run off and commit fraud with your credit card! Also, I was booking all my airline flights online well before I signed any deals to offer online reservations.

I have met people who have been victims of credit card fraud, but none from an online transaction. I comfortably have purchased books, office supplies, furniture, sundries and more online the past year without a glitch. Just food for thought next time you worry about online security!

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Your input is welcome. Write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected] 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!


ONLINE POLL – “Do you believe a cocktail waitress job involves there looks?” Let’s hear your opinions at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published next week! This is controversial — remember you are anonymous when you vote. I’m simply going to report the results.

FREE CONTESTS:

Rules (unless otherwise noted or link to outside contest): You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Please note the expiration date and only enter if you will be in town and can use them. The 20’th entry in each contest will be the winner. Just sent 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.

Coming soon … free tickets to Viva Las Vegas at The Sands. No misprint here. I have two mint condition tickets to this long-running Las Vegas show from back when it was at The Sands. (For those new to Las Vegas, The Sands was imploded in Nov. 1996 to make way for the Venetian, and is the hotel that the Rat Pack made famous). I’m working on a good contest to give these rare collectibles away.

On-line Video Poker Tournament – Primadonna Casino in Primm is holding a free online tournament and giving away room, food, and more. Details at http://www.primadonna.com/poker/

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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.accessvegas.com You get secure ordering with the convenience and savings of booking online!

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July 19, 2000
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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – July 12, 2000

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews, the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com This is the newsletter that talks about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about. This is not spam. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Please forward this to friends who may enjoy it!

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

JULY ROOM SPECIALS – Harrah’s from $59.95 a night, Frontier from $55.95 a night. Details at http://www.180096hotel.com/cgi-bin/hotdeals?SID=IVC (scroll down that page for all specials)

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

Read Opinions: http://boards.accessvegas.com
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This Issue: Shark Reef



LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:HILTON SALE – Silverton Casino owner Ed Roski, Jr. has agreed to buy the Las Vegas Hilton. Rosky is a part owner of the L.A. Kings, Lakers, and Staples Center has plans to change the target audience from higher end players to convention visitors. Stories at:
http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jul-12-Wed-2000/news/13951032.html
http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jul-12-Wed-2000/news/13950896-a.html
http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jul-13-Thu-2000/business/13956709.html

SUNDAY NIGHT PARTY – If you are a weekend warrior here who enjoys our “mega-clubs,” you are used to the long lines and crowds. So what happens the rest of the week? Many of those dealers, cocktail waitresses, and other service workers that worked so hard all weekend serving you have Mon. and Tue. off, and there is an all-out war for their business on Sunday night among the hot clubs. Book yourself a Sunday arrival and enjoy the club hopping on the night they go all out. Story at http://lvcitylife.com/art_lit/stories/00062901a.html

COCKTAIL WAITRESS LAWSUIT – Six Imperial Palace cocktail waitresses sued after being temporarily given other, lower paying positions during their pregnancies. Settlements ranged from $21-30,000 and they waitresses continue their employment at the resort. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jul-11-Tue-2000/news/13939127.html and this weeks poll asks what you feel the role of a cocktail waitress is. See our poll section.

HIGH ROLLERS – Ever wonder what your Las Vegas vacation would be if you had a gambling credit line of a million dollars or more? The R-J just did a great story with photos on some of the many high roller suites these big players are housed in at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jul-11-Tue-2000/lifestyles/13855105.html

REAGAN NATIONAL – America West and Las Vegas’ own National Airlines just got approved for new nonstop flights from the central D.C. airport to Las Vegas, and America West was approved for two flights from Reagan National to Phoenix, giving our friends in the nation’s capital more (and hopefully cheaper!) nonstop and one-stop options to Las Vegas. Full story at http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20000711/2443208s.htm

WAYNE – Las Vegas Magazine has a nice write-up on the Mr. Las Vegas at http://www.lasveganmagazine.com/lvn_issues/issue_0500/newton.html

ALADDIN PREVIEW – Gaming today is running a two-part series previewing the soon-to-reopen Aladdin Hotel at http://www.gamingtoday.com/current/cover/top_story.asp#top We are booking Aladdin rooms at discount at http://www.accessvegas.com/striphotels.htm (Aladdin 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


Quick Concert and Show Notes: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?cscheme=5&amid=143

Nebulae – The European hit show has opened at The Venetian. The R-J’s review is at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jul-07-Fri-2000/weekly/13899348.html and general show details and tickets available at http://www.vegasguide.com/detail_shows.cfm?ID=62&amid=143&cscheme=5

Hard Rock Hotel – L.A. Guns, Ratt, and Warrant on July 22, “Weird Al” Yankovic on July 27, Lenny Kravitz on July 28, No Doubt with Black Eyed Peas on July 31, B-52’s on Aug. 5, K.D. Lang Aug. 11, Deftones on Aug. 13, Jimmy Page plus The Black Crowes on Aug 16, and Culture Club on Nov. 14. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and Hard Rock discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).

Las Vegas Hilton – Engelbert Humperdinck July 11-16, Tim Conway and Harvey Korman in their “Together Again” tour July 28-29, Reba McEntire Sept. 14-17, Kenny Rogers Sept. 22-23, Face To Face Sept. 30, Steven Wright Oct. 7-8, and Tim Conway and Harvey Korman in their “Together Again” tour Oct. 19-21 (return engagement) and Jeff Foxworthy Nov. 30 – Dec. 3. Tickets are available at (800) 222-5361 and Las Vegas Hilton discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Las Vegas Hilton link).

Mandalay Bay – Dan Folgelberg on Jul. 14, Hall and Oats on July 21, The Fixx on July 22, LeAnn Rimes on Jul. 28, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill on July 29, the BB King Blues Festival 2000 on Aug. 1, Kiss with Ted Nugent Aug. 2, Brian Setzer on Aug. 8, Earth, Wind, and Fire on Aug. 16-19, Duran Duran Aug. 25-26, Little Feat Sept. 22, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Sept. 29. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and Mandalay Bay discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Mandalay Bay link).

MGM – Penn and Teller July 27 – Aug. 9, Sting on Aug. 19, Carrot Top Sept. 7 – 13, and Pearl Jam on Oct. 22. Tickets available at (800) 929-1111 and MGM discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (MGM link).

Riviera – Rich Little on Oct. 6 and 7, Tony Orlando on Oct. 13 and 14, Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling on Oct. 20 and 21. Tickets at (702) 794-9433 and Riviera discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Riviera link).

Station Casinos – Paula Poundstone on July 28 at Sunset, and Southside Johnny & the Asbury Dukes Aug. 4 at Sunset. Tickets at (888) 464-2468 and Station Casinos discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (various Station Casinos links).

The Orleans – The Little River Band on Sept. 1-3, and The Everly Brothers Oct. 25-29. Tickets at (702) 365-7075 and Orleans discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (The Orleans link).

Thomas & Mack – Korn, Powerman 5000 and Papa Roach on Aug. 9, Up In Smoke tour featuring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, and Eminem on Aug. 11, Red Hot Chili Peppers with Stone Temple Pilots on Sept. 13, AC/DC on Sept. 14, and Phish on Sept. 29. Tickets at (888) 464-2468. The Hard Rock hotel is within walking distance of the Thomas and Mack and Hard Rock discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).

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FEATURE STORY: Shark Reef

mandalay-bay-shark-reef-2.jpg (24789 bytes)Have you ever been to one of those seaside aquariums? “Baby, this ain’t one of those.” Mandalay Bay’s new Shark Reef features some of the most exotic and dangerous aquatic animals in the world and puts you right in the middle of it. They have built one of North America’s largest displays of sharks and other salt water predators.

The first part of the tour is through a tropical jungle, complete with lush green surroundings. You weave your way through a maze of a number of reptile displays, giving you possibly the closest ever safe look you’ll ever have at these intimidating creatures.

From there, you continue to walk through what looks like an ancient temple that has been claimed by the sea, eventually ending up underwater in part of a wrecked ship, surrounded by 1.6 million gallons of ocean water right here in the middle of our desert. These dangerous sharks, schools of fish, and displays of some of the most exotic marine life known to man aren’t just beside you, but above and below you as you walk through clear walls, floors and tunnels. (For the claustrophobic, let me note that the central rooms in the aquarium are very large — this isn’t like being stuck in an elevator).

mandalay-bay-shark-reef-3.jpg (27099 bytes)Shark Reef includes almost 100 different species including:

Sharks: Include blacktip reef sharks, bonnethead sharks, nurse sharks and lemon sharks. Some species of sharks at Shark Reef will grow to be more than 12 feet long.

Tropical and Fresh Water Fish: Include several species of angelfish, puffer fish and tang fish. Venomous tropical fishes include such species as the radiated lionfish and coral catfish.

Reptiles: Crocodiles, green sea turtles and ravenous water monitors are among the reptile species displayed at Shark Reef.

mandalay-bay-shark-reef-4.jpg (27925 bytes)Eels/Marine Invertebrates/Rays: Eels, invertebrates and rays each have exhibits to showcase their species at Shark Reef Moray eels, southern stingrays and hundreds of moon jellyfish are among these creatures.

We have a few minor complaints. Shark Reef is quite a hike from the main casino area (past the pool, the arena, convention area and then a little farther). They are looking to expand the resort in that part of the property, which will eventually feature a duplicate of their guests-only swimming area that will be open to the public. We hope they have some airport style people movers in the plans also.

mandalay-bay-shark-reef-5.jpg (15684 bytes)There are flat screen monitors throughout the display but they don’t say much. Perhaps more informative multimedia displays are planned. Also, the $12.95 price was drawing a few grumbles from people at the ticket booth (although none once they were inside). Perhaps a $10 ticket price in line with the Secret Gardens of Siegfried and Roy would be in order. (Our Secret Garden review with photos is available at http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com/99-12-01.htm ).

Still, it is a pretty captivating experience and if you have even a remote interest in natures more exotic displays, it will be money well spent. There were plenty of children and teens who were thoroughly enjoying it but it left us adults just as much in awe.

Shark Reef is at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. Open daily from 10 AM until 11 PM, admission is $12.95. Children 12 and under and Nevada residents with ID are $9.95.



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:Dina Pellatier wrote:

>The “Dr.á Naughty Comic Hypnotist” show at Bourbon Street is a
>terrible waste of money.á He and his staff are rude and physically
>abusive to those on stage.á For the sake of all those who come after,
>please do not promote the show — it should be closed.

We have yet to receive any requests to review it, and it’s not on our long term calendar. For those who want more info on Dr. Naughty the X-rated Comedy Hypnotist, you can find it at http://www.vegasguide.com/detail_shows.cfm?ID=59&amid=143&cscheme=5

>Hi Ted,
>
>I enjoy getting your e-mails about Las Vegas! á My friends and I go
>fairly often.
>
>We just got back yesterday evening & had a somewhat disappointing
>time.á We wanted to go salsa dancing but no one knew of any place.
>Although, we were recommend Rum Jungle at Mandalay Bay.á When we got
>there they weren’t playing anything in Spanish.
>
>HELP!

Good question and I have no answer offhand. Readers, if you can help, please drop us a line at [email protected]

James R. Clayton wrote:

>Hi ….á I understand the reason for the casinos wanting to go
>coinless …á reduction of personnel in the cages, the floor cashiers,
>and their money handlers in nearly every aspect.á Also, just the
>removal of all of that coinage they have to mess with is a relief to
>them and I’m certain to their banking institutions.á And on, and on,
>and on ……
>
>HOWEVER!á ….á We have a relatively large “Indian reservation casino”
>near here and it is 100% coinless.á It sucks!á It is nearly no fun at
>all to go there and play.á We immediately miss the clank and clatter
>of the LV style of casinos when we enter there.á In fact, we have
>nearly abandoned going to play anything there in the past 18 months.
>
>It may be a pain for the LV casinos, but, that’s what makes it Las
>Vegas!
>
>I suspect that most of the people who voted in your survey “for
>coinless” have never been in such a casino.á They will be the first
>and the loudest to cry when the casinos go “silent”!á Believe me: it’s
>like going to shop for a black suit at a funeral parlor.
>
>P.S.: Last words for you Las Vegans: There have been a couple of
>recent articles about “rowdies” and “rude players” in the LV casinos.
>Most of the time they are drowned out by the casino background noise
>(coins!).á When they go coinless, your nerves will be shot in ten
>minutes from the whooping and drunken yelling which will carry
>throughout the casino!

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ONLINE POLL – “Do you believe a cocktail waitress’ job involves their looks?” Let’s hear your opinions at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published in two weeks! This is controversial — remember you are anonymous when you vote. I’m simply going to report the results.Results from last weeks poll “If offered, would you prefer coinless slots?”

Give me coins — I love the “ping, ping, ping”! 67%
I’m not particular as long as I get paid. 10%
Coins are dirty and heavy — coinless is for me! 22%

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ISSN: 1529-2770

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – July 5, 2000

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews, the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com This is the newsletter that talks about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about. This is not spam. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Please forward this to friends who may enjoy it!

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

JULY ROOM SPECIALS – Harrah’s from $59.95 a night, Frontier from $55.95 a night. Details at http://www.180096hotel.com/cgi-bin/hotdeals?SID=IVC (scroll down that page for all specials)

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This Issue: Steve Wynn: Running Scared (book review)

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LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

HOTEL POOLS – Summertime is here, and many of the resorts have some magnificent pool areas to take the sting out of the heat. The R-J just did a great story (with 8 photos online) of many of the top resort pools at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jun-29-Thu-2000/lifestyles/13786135.html

VEGAS ON TV – The History Channel has an hour long special called Las Vegas Hotels this Friday evening. Check local listings for time. A couple of new prime-time TV shows set in Las Vegas debut this fall. “C.S.I” on CBS will be a cop show airing Friday nights before Nash Bridges (which had a great 2-part Vegas season finale) and the WB’s “Nikki” will be about an aspiring showgirl whose husband is trying to become a professional wrestler. (It sounds like a fun show, but I personally put the over/under on that one at about 13 weeks.) Other show pilots are being shot here and full story on all is at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/May-22-Mon-2000/lifestyles/13616137.html

ELVIS – RCA is releasing the three-CD Elvis Presley box set “That’s The Way It Is,” which features 66 live and unreleased tracks, including a full Las Vegas concert from August 1970 that was the subject of the documentary film of the same name. Plus, disc three sports tracks taped during rehearsals for that and other Las Vegas appearances. Full story at http://www.billboard.com/daily/2000/0628_06.asp Even though the release is a few days away, you can order it at discount now from Amazon:

Long Box – http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00004TZCI/invegascom
Box Set – http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00004TZCK/invegascom

MIRAGE DOLPHIN HABITAT – There is a nice article about marine biologist Julie Wignall from the Mirage Dolphin habitat at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jun-08-Thu-2000/lifestyles/13637798.html It’s a great read for those who want to know about the habitat and it’s background. The habitat is a wonderful place, as well as somewhat of a best kept secret. Our review (with photos) is at http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com/99-12-01.htm

SOUTH CAROLINA – has decided to end all video gambling. Full story at http://vh60009.vh6.infi.net/business/docs/video062900.htm To our friends in South Carolina, we want to extend a warm invitation to come to Las Vegas where we continue to give you great deals on room, food, and drink, and much higher percentage payback video poker than virtually any state-run game anywhere.

TEACHING JOBS – We’ve noted here and there that it’s not easy to move here right away and find a great job. Companies prefer to hire people who have shown a dedication to moving and staying here. However, the Clark County (Las Vegas and surrounding) school district is now the 6’th largest in the nation and every year they hire teachers from all over the country. Job info is at http://www.ccsd.net/jobs/jobs.html



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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

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?cscheme=5&amid=143

JIMMY HOPPER is back in amore intimate setting after his brief run at The Luxor ended. Word is that he was offered an extension, but refused because of the 7:30 PM start time. The great news? He went (prior to that) from one of our favorite lounges in the Voodoo Lounge at The Rio to now playing the Fontana Lounge at Bellagio. Show runs from 10 PM to 2 AM and the price is right with no cover, two drink minimum. Don’t miss him!

SAHARA HOTEL-CASINO officials have announced that the show ôThe Rat Pack is Backö closes August 13th. Story at http://www.msnbc.com/local/kvbc/40337.asp

Hard Rock – Don Henley on July 10, “Weird Al” Yankovic on July 27, Lenny Kravitz on July 28, No Doubt with Black Eyed Peas on July 31, B-52’s on Aug. 5, K.D. Lang Aug. 11, Jimmy Page plus The Black Crowes on Aug 16, and Culture Club on Nov. 14. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and Hard Rock discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).

Las Vegas Hilton – Engelbert Humperdinck July 11-16, Tim Conway and Harvey Korman in their “Together Again” tour July 28-29, Reba McEntire Sept. 14-17, Kenny Rogers Sept. 22-23, Steven Wright Oct. 7-8, and Tim Conway and Harvey Korman in their “Together Again” tour Oct. 19-21 (return engagement) and Jeff Foxworthy Nov. 30 – Dec. 3. Tickets are available at (800) 222-5361 and Las Vegas Hilton discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Las Vegas Hilton link).

Mandalay Bay – Dan Folgelberg on Jul. 14, Hall and Oats on July 21, The Fixx on July 22, LeAnn Rimes on Jul. 28, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill on July 29, the BB King Blues Festival 2000 on Aug. 1, Kiss with Ted Nugent Aug. 2, Brian Setzer on Aug. 8, Duran Duran Aug. 25-26, Little Feat Sept. 22, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Sept. 29. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and Mandalay Bay discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Mandalay Bay link).

MGM – Diana Ross and the Supremes Aug. 5, Penn and Teller July 27 – Aug. 9, Carrot Top Sept. 7 – 13, and Pearl Jam on Oct. 22. Tickets available at (800) 929-1111 and MGM discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (MGM link).

Riviera – Rich Little on Oct. 6 and 7, Tony Orlando on Oct. 13 and 14, Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling on Oct. 20 and 21. Tickets at (702) 794-9433 and Riviera discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Riviera link).

The Orleans – The Everly Brothers on July 12, the Little River Band on Sept. 1-3, and The Everly Brothers Oct. 25-29. Tickets at (702) 365-7075 and Orleans discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (The Orleans link).

Thomas & Mack – Korn, Powerman 5000 and Papa Roach on Aug. 9, Up In Smoke tour featuring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, and Eminem on Aug. 11, Red Hot Chili Peppers with Stone Temple Pilots on Sept. 13, AC/DC on Sept. 14, and Phish on Sept. 29. Tickets at (888) 464-2468. The Hard Rock hotel is within walking distance of the Thomas and Mack and Hard Rock discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock 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


FEATURE STORY: Steve Wynn: Running Scared (book review)

While our newsletter appeals to hard-core Vegas visitors wanting to keep up on the latest, our feedback indicates that a number of you have subscribed in anticipation of your very first trip. You might read each week, going “What is all the fuss over this Steve Wynn guy, and who cares”?

Mr. Wynn is the man many feel responsible for inventing the new, high class Las Vegas. He was the brains and the CEO behind the Golden Nugget downtown, then built The Mirage at a time when Las Vegas was a town of cheap buffets, cheap rooms, smoky casinos with low ceilings — much more “Sin City” than it is today.

He has had his share of ups and downs, the latest being the buyout of Mirage Resorts company he built and his latest venture, the purchase of the Desert Inn. The book doesn’t cover the Bellagio era, nor the recent happenings.

Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John L. Smith set out to write Running Scared: The life and Treacherous Times of Casino King Steve Wynn in 1994, and two lawsuits have resulted. The interesting thing is that the book in nowhere near as damning as one would think would bother the casino mogul, although it doesn’t paint him as a choirboy.

Alleged are friendships and close business relationships with people who are one step away from the mob and / or have had a history of very serious trouble with the police. His temper is chronicled, as well as purported sexual conquests running into the thousands with women ranging from celebrities to keno runners. It is a keen look at what it’s like to be what many consider (at least had up until recently) “the most powerful man in Nevada.”

The downside is that some there isn’t the in-depth analysis of how he pulled off some of his bigger business deals, but more of a “he knew these people that introduced him to these people who financed him” kind of thing. However, those details were probably kept to a minimum to provide an interesting read, and interesting it is. You get a pretty complete feel for how he grew up, developed his charm and ego, and how he is possibly the greatest salesman ever to step foot inside the state.

For those of you who long for stories on the old mob days, the alleged connections to organized crime figures provides quite a backdrop, dating back to the days of his father who ran bingo halls all over the eastern seaboard. If you love to soak up Las Vegas, especially the flash and dash, and hear about how one man took his “over-the-top” vision and made it a reality in everything he built, you’ll enjoy this. From his revamp of the Golden Nugget to the ostentatious Shadow Creek golf course (which had a membership of 1 — Mr. Wynn himself), it is covered.

If you are familiar with him, this book isn’t going to change your mind. Those that love him see it as a terrible account of the man who made Las Vegas what it is, and those who hate what they feel are his many abuses of power and being “above the law” will find plenty to fuel their fire.

Running Scared; The life and Treacherous Times of Casino King Steve Wynn is 330 pages, hardback and sells for $24 — not cheap, but less than 2 1/2 rolls of quarters (in Las Vegas terms). It’s a riveting read that I had trouble putting down, and I’d suggest it as a great way to get hyped on that next long car ride or plane flight here. It is available immediate shipment (24 hours) from Amazon.Com at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1569800391/invegascom


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Rob writes:

>What is the best way to obtain quantity discounts on hotel packages?
>I have potentially 15-20 people who would like to make their way done
>in October 19th to October 22nd.á It would be great to stay at the
>same hotel.

For discount group hotel rates, call Hotel Reservations Network at 1-800-666-5268. Stay on the phone and talk to an operator — they don’t book group rates online.

>Amber Pelletier wrote:

>Dear Mr. Newkirk
>Every time I try to click on an address in your newsletter I get
>” There is an error in the link”
>Can you help me?
>Thank you in advance.

>Barb wrote:
>
>I’m a big fan of this email but what happened this week, at least half
>of the articles will not come through and I wanted desperately to
>write you about the coinless slots and instead of access news I get GE
>access.á Post it again so I can tell you opinion.

Unfortunately, I don’t have control over expiring or changing links. This
week there happened to be quite a few (The Sun articles, the jackpot
articles). In the future, I am going to try to just use Review-Journal
links as much as possible as they don’t expire. Also, the link to the online poll about coinless gaming has been corrected and is below in our Polls section.

Louise Fedoruk wrote:

>I thoroughly enjoy your newsletter.á There are 4 of us coming to Las
>Vegas in Oct and it has been really helpful.á Could you please let me
>know if there are any special events the week of Oct 8-12.á Some of
>the hotels are sold out already.á Thank you.

Spring and fall are prime times here with the great weather (often pool weather while the rest of the country is burning heating oil). When you add in events and conventions, the demand drives up the price. We strongly suggest adding http://www.accessvegas.com/events.htm to your favorites (AOL / WebTV) or bookmarks so you see which days or weeks have less convention traffic.

Paul Milsom wrote:

>I live in England UK and will be visiting Las Vegas in
>August 2000.
>
>I know that all cities in the world have areas with
>higher crime rates which people should avoid or take
>extra care in, yet no one volunteers this information
>in case they frighten the visitors off.
>
>Can you add a piece in your next news sheet to inform
>visitors of the Las Vegas areas to avoid and general
>safety tips.

The tourism areas of Las Vegas (as well as the city in general) are very safe. Casinos have both uniformed and plainclothes security inside and out. Plus, cameras are aimed at virtually every corner of the property, from the front door (including outside) to the back. The general safety precautions you take on any vacation should suit you well here. The only problem I have ever encountered in any tourist areas are the panhandlers downtown, and I just ignore them and keep walking. There is too much security for them to start yelling at you, or get in your face.

I would suggest not walking more than one block from the Fremont St. Experience downtown. Trust me, there is nothing to see outside the very safe casino areas, and once you get a few blocks from the tourist areas, downtown isn’t the most crime free. I also wouldn’t suggest wandering off down side streets on the Strip more than a block or two. While not a high crime area, there is no reason to take chances. The exceptions are generally Convention Center Drive from Stardust to the convention center, Flamingo Rd west to The Rio or east to The Maxim and Ellis Island, and Tropicana east to San Remo and Motel 6.

I’m not saying that everything else is a high crime area, but it’s always safer to stay in the tourist areas where there are lots of people around when in an unfamiliar city.

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ONLINE POLL – “If offered, would you prefer coinless slots?” Let’s hear your opinions at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published next week!

FREE CONTESTS:

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SNAP LAS VEGAS – Trip for 2 to Las Vegas, including two round trip coach class airline transportation from the closest major airport to the winner’s home, 3 days/2 nights accommodations at the Luxor hotel, 2 day rental car and entertainment package, which includes Stratosphere Tower pass, Stratosphere lunch buffet, admission to The American Superstars and admission to Viva Las Vegas. Enter at http://nbci.webstakes.com/lowestfare/index.html

RACING – Win a weeks trip for 2 to this years Las Vegas Motor Speedway Trans Am Series Race, Oct. 27-Nov. 3. Prize is 2 first-class, round-trip Delta Airlines tickets, overnight accommodations at AmeriSuites in Las Vegas, 2 tickets to the race (Oct. 29), plus other race giveaways. Enter at http://www.amerisuites.com/racing/05.htm

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All contents copyright MM Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
July 5, 2000
ISSN: 1529-2770

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – June 28, 2000

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews, the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com This is the newsletter that talks about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about. This is not spam. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Please forward this to friends who may enjoy it!

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* Discount Las Vegas Rooms : http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-discounts.htm
* 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

JUNE ROOM SPECIALS – Harrah’s from $59.95 a night and The Sahara from $49.95 a night. Details at http://www.180096hotel.com/cgi-bin/hotdeals?SID=IVC

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

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This Issue: Show Reports

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LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

DI CLOSURE – Steve Wynn has moved the closing date of the DI up to Aug. 30, 2000. His future plans include the lake with day and night shows originally envisioned for the Bellagio but which didn’t fit the final plan. The R-J has a great special online section devoted to the hotel’s past and it’s closing at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/news/packages/di/index.html

COINLESS SLOTS – Casinos continue to be very interested in coinless slot machines, including games that let you choose to be paid in coin or paper voucher, and games that issue a voucher which can be used for credit in another machine. Story at http://vh60009.vh6.infi.net/business/docs/pearson062500.htm What are your thoughts? Do you love to hear the coins ping? Would you rather go coinless? Does it matter? Take part in our poll at http://www.accessvegas.com

JACKPOTS! – A 67-year-old Washington man hit a $4.2 million dollar jackpot Monday morning on a quarter Wheel of Fortune machine at the Sahara — story at http://www.msnbc.com/local/kvbc/38282.asp A Truckee, California man was considering calling in sick Monday after winning more than one million dollars at a North Lake Tahoe casino — story at http://www.msnbc.com/local/kvbc/38176.asp

DINING – Outside dining is the newest “rage” on the Strip. Despite the scorching summer days and windy transition months, evening temperature here is suitable for outdoor dining much of the year. Restaurants ranging from Olives to Mon Ami Gabi to Smith & Wollensky and even the new Carnaval Court Bar & Grill at Harrah’s are getting into the act. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jun-07-Wed-2000/lifestyles/13699089.html Speaking of Olives, the R-J recently reviewed this Bellagio eatery at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jun-07-Wed-2000/lifestyles/13682411.html

After our visit to Delmonico, we took a peak at the WB Stage 16 in the Venetian and were pretty impressed. City Life just reviewed it at http://www.lvcitylife.com/dining/stories/00061501d.html Not hungry? By all means go upstairs to the lounge, a true lounge with plush leather chairs, modern decoration, and high ceilings both inside and out. That is right — half the lounge sits outside in a covered area overlooking the strip. Warning: they play heavy “house” type music non-stop. If that’s not your thing, head to Voodoo Lounge at Rio (reviewed http://las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-01-26.htm ).

PT’s CRUISERS – Owners of this unique new car are headed to town July 27-30 for a Las Vegas gathering which will include a cruise to Hoover Dam and displays of custom versions of this car. Full story at http://www.theautochannel.com/news/press/date/20000620/press018642.html

MILLENNIUM ENTERTAINMENT CENTER – This $20 million, 60,000 square foot, two-level dome housing a revolutionary entertainment venue is proposed to be build just south of Mandalay Bay. It will accommodate 2000 people with a nightclub, disco, and special events center and will feature terraced, unobstructed 360 degree views of computerized light and laser projection shows featuring interior fireworks, falling snow, lightning, twisters, and a host of other computer graphic and holographic effects. Full stories at http://news.excite.com/news/pr/000605/ca-mmmc-las-vegas and http://news.excite.com/news/bw/000615/ca-millennm-multi-media


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


Quick Concert and Show Notes:

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?cscheme=5&amid=143

Hard Rock – Destiny’s Child on July 2, Don Henley on July 10, “Weird Al” Yankovic on July 27, No Doubt with Black Eyed Peas on July 31, B-52’s on Aug. 5, K.D. Lang Aug. 11, and Jimmy Page plus The Black Crowes on Aug 16. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and Hard Rock discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).

Las Vegas Hilton – Sinbad on June 30 and July 1, Engelbert Humperdinck July 11-16, Tim Conway and Harvey Korman in their “Together Again” tour July 28-29, Reba McEntire Sept. 14-17, Kenny Rogers Sept. 22-23, Steven Wright Oct. 7-8, and Tim Conway and Harvey Korman in their “Together Again” tour Oct. 19-21 (return engagement) and Jeff Foxworthy Nov. 30 – Dec. 3. Tickets are available at (800) 222-5361 and Las Vegas Hilton discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Las Vegas Hilton link).

Mandalay Bay – Mickey Hart Band on June 30, Bill Maher June 30-July 1, Ween on July 1, Kottonmouth Kings on July 2, The Young Dubliners on July 3, Cheap Trick on July 3, Boz Scaggs on Jul 8, Dan Folgelberg on Jul. 14, Hall and Oats on July 21, LeAnn Rimes on Jul. 28, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill on July 29, the BB King Blues Festival 2000 on Aug. 1, Kiss with Ted Nugent Aug. 2, Brian Setzer on Aug. 8, Duran Duran Aug. 25-26, Little Feat Sept. 22, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Sept. 29. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and Mandalay Bay discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Mandalay Bay link).

MGM – Carrot Top Now – July 5, Nickelodeon’s All That Music & More Festival featuring LFO, Blaque, and B*Witched on July 1, Diana Ross and the Surpremes Aug. 5, Penn and Teller July 27 – Aug. 9, and Carrot Top Sept. 7 – 13. Tickets available at (800) 929-1111 and MGM discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (MGM link).

Station Casinos – Sammy Kershaw June 30th at Sunset, Loverboy & Night Ranger June 30 at Sunset, and Joe Walsh plus a fireworks extravaganza July 1 at Sunset. Tickets at (888) 464-2468 and Station Casinos discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (various Station Casinos links).

The Orleans – Robert Goulet June 29 – July 2. Tickets at (702) 365-7075 and Orleans discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (The Orleans link).

The Venetian – Andrew “Dice” Clay June 30-July 1. Tickets available at (702) 414-4100 and Venetian discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Venetian link).

Thomas & Mack – Up In Smoke tour featuring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, and Eminem on Aug. 11. Tickets at (888) 464-2468. The Hard Rock hotel is within walking distance of the Thomas and Mack and Hard Rock discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).

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Hello from my beautiful (and unusually warm) hometown of Portland, OR where I’m up enjoying a week with my family. And yes, even I miss Las Vegas after being away a few days.

Don Budlong of Winnipeg, MB Canada was kind enough to send us in his thoughts on the shows he saw on his recent Las Vegas trip. While we can’t print all input, we enjoy hearing from you — your feedback and reports help us make this a better newsletter for all!

FEATURE STORY: Show Reports

Hi: Returned home last week from a 10 day visit to Las Vegas. Was a
winning trip, so the cash flow resulted in seeing 6 shows. Thought I
would share my personal opinion with your readers.

Lance Burton (Monte Carlo: $50): This was a show I was really looking
forward to, it came highly recommended and I love magic.
Unfortunately, I can’t say that it was worth the money. The illusions
are the same as you will see in just about any magic act, except for
his trademark opening. It may have been an off night, but there was
no personality from Mr. Burton as it appeared he as just walking
through the act. It may be time for a refreshing of the production to
keep things interesting for him. With the variety of magic to choose
from in Las Vegas, and the fact that there really are only 5 or 6
illusions, it is packaging and personality that will lead to one
rising above the others.

The Illusionary Magic of Rick Thomas (Tropicana: $16): An afternoon
show well worth the price. Mr. Thomas doesn’t have a lot of fancy
sets, but he tries hard and his personality radiates from the stage.
You will enjoy the Birds and the Big Cats. And, his skill becomes
very evident when he performs the often seen “Chinese Rings” with
grace and class. I have to give this one 2 thumbs up.

Siegfried & Roy (The Mirage: $90): More Magic. Yes … I paid the price
to see “The Magicians of the Century.” As I said, there really are
only 5 or 6 illusions, and it’s all in the packaging. Well, what
packaging! The show really does defy description. Don’t try to
understand it, just sit back and enjoy it. The price tag is high, but
I don’t think anyone will feel they paid too much by the end of the
show. If you get the chance … go … especially since there is a rumor
that they may only be performing 1 or 2 more years.

Footloose (Rio: $50): I am a big fan of musicals, but unfortunately
found myself looking at my watch a few times (and the show only runs
90 minutes). There are problems with the acting (sort of like a high
school production) and the sound (“Let’s Hear it for the Boy” was
absolutely painful to sit through). Save your money and skip this one
(enjoy the free “Show in the Sky” at the Rio instead)

Stars of the Strip (Lady Luck: $5): Another afternoon delight starring
The Walkers. Humorous impressions of Sonny and Cher, Elvis, Barbra
Striesand, etc. You will enjoy this show and it is real value for the
price. The only draw back is the show room … really just a big
Quonset hut that gets a little too hot when the temperature reaches
100.

Boylesque (The Plaza: $35): I first saw this show about 16 years ago.
It is still a gas. You will laugh and be amazed at the
transformations the guys go through. Yes they lip synch, but that
isn’t all that important. The jokes can be a wee bit blue, but if you
are in that frame of mind you will laugh yourself sore. That’s it.
Just my opinion.

PS. Several weeks ago I wrote asking if anyone knew of a good place
for a Fried Chicken Dinner … similar to the dearly departed “Green
Shack” Well, I can now answer my own question. The Hill Top Supper
Club on Rancho is fantastic. I had the chicken dinner and was smiling
for days. This place is a throw back to the 60’s but it the best way.
The waitresses treat you like family, and the food is plentiful.
Enjoy.

Editor’s note: Advance ticket purchase and show info for the above shows:

Lance Burton – http://www.vegasguide.com/detail_shows.cfm?ID=21&amid=143&cscheme=5
Rick Thomas – http://www.vegasguide.com/detail_shows.cfm?ID=38&amid=143&cscheme=5
Siegfried & Roy – http://www.vegasguide.com/detail_shows.cfm?ID=25&amid=143&cscheme=5
Footloose – http://www.vegasguide.com/detail_shows.cfm?ID=60&amid=143&cscheme=5
Boy-lesque – http://www.vegasguide.com/detail_shows.cfm?ID=30&amid=143&cscheme=5



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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Karen Chatfield of Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia wrote:

>Just a note to let all know of my two week trip to Las Vegas from
>Australia.á Most of my information and subsequent planning came from
>you newsletter.á From Australia is cheaper to get a package which
>obviously goes to L.A.áfirst, so then I caught to bus to Las Vegas,
>which was a great little trip and only $ 49.00.á I stayed at the old
>Debbie Reynolds Resort, which has lovely rooms, but at this stage,
>very little else as it as it is in the process of resale.á On
>Convention Center Drive, half way between the strip
>and the convention center itself, it was handy to most things.á Close
>to the Hilton to visit “Star Trek ” and must thing to do and easy
>walking up to the strip to visit all the casinos.
>
>Harrah’s have a great show as you walk past, go in its worth it with
>TJ and John and most of the music being beach boys style.á The Kokomo
>Show has no entry charge and drinks are very reasonable.á They get
>lots of audience participation and its lots of fun.á Look for the La
>Playa Lounge.á Tuesdays through to Sundays 4 – 8 PM
>
>Tropicana has the Bird Man of Las Vegas, I found him from your
>newsletter, and he is great.á Again a free show, and he is fantastic.
>Trainer Joe Krathwohl’s show features unique and rescued birds from
>around the world flying through hoops held by audience volunteers,
>huge eagles that fly overhead, beautiful parrots and cockatoos that
>talk and sing.á Show times are 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, and 2:00 PM in the
>Tropics Lounge.á And if you go and see him say hi from Karen in
>Australia !!
>
>The trip out to Laughlin is another great day out and again its FREE
>with most bus companies, Check those information booklets, but I found
>Superior Bus Company great and helpful, picking me up at the hotel and
>dropping me off again, and of course don’t forget that Bus Driver that
>takes you all the way out there and give him a nice tip.á Lunch and
>casino booklet was included and they suggested to check out all the
>town not just the Edgewater that they take you too.á So the young can
>still gamble if they want or ride a ski do down the Colorado River,
>some of the ladies went shopping at the outlet store, and some looked
>at the Ramada, Flamingo or the Riverside or enjoyed the walk along the
>waters edge.á A GREAT DAY OUT.
>
>The new casinos that are constantly going up will keep everyone busy
>checking them out from Paris to Mandalay Bay and I will be returning
>in two years time again to see all the new things that Las Vegas has
>to offer.
>
>Keep up the good work with the newsletter and I found my two weeks NOT
>enough time to do all that I wanted.á There was a lot a restaurants I
>hadn’t had the time to go and more shows that I wanted to see, but I
>am afraid there are only so many hours in a day and my time there was
>spent having a LOT OF FUN.
>
>email address – [email protected]

Glad to hear you had a great trip, and that our info was helpful. We also enjoyed Star Trek: The Experience. For those who missed it, our review is at http://las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-02-23.htm One of the fun things about the The Kokomo Show at Harrah’s is that they give out quite a few free room nights to the audience!

Scott from Henderson, NV wrote:

>Any idea what’s happening with the former Debbie Reynolds Hotel?á The
>last I heard, the WWF was trying to sell it and/or possibly demolish
>it.á My father and mother own a timeshare there and I would hate to
>see them lose it.

The latest word is that the WWF is abandoning their plans, partly because they didn’t have a good plan to deal with the timeshare obligations.

Colin wrote:

>Just wondered if you could advise if any hotels offer waterbeds?
>Preferably one of the major hotels on the strip.

That is a new one on me. Readers — if you know, let us know at [email protected]

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – June 21, 2000

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This Issue: Emeril Lagasse’s Delmonico

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


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


LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:BYE-BYE, DI – Breaking news today — Steve Wynn is closing the Deserted Inn at the end of September. Yes, I can read your mind: No word of any implosion at this time. Wynn plans to build a 59 story, 3000 room hotel that will be nicer than Bellagio. We wish him well, but keep in mind that initial visions often give way to economic reality. Full story at http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/sun/2000/jun/22/510417686.html

SHARK REEF – This new exhibit just opened at Mandalay Bay and we’ve already heard great things. You walk through a 20-foot long acrylic tunnel under part of a main tank holding 1 million gallons of water. Shark Reef features one of North America’s largest displays of sharks and other sea predators.

Much more than a conventional aquarium, Shark Reef is a diverse cross-section of magnificent aquatic creatures, including close to 100 different species of sharks, exotic fish, reptiles and turtles. The press release is at http://www.travel2vegas.com/mbayreef.html and you can view stunning photos at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jun-20-Tue-2000/news/13810832.html

THE MEXICAN – Staring Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini has been filming in and around town. The early buzz is that this is going to be one of next year’s biggest movies. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jun-19-Mon-2000/lifestyles/13748609.html

POOL WEATHER – If you enjoy hanging by the pool here, you’ll appreciate this photo of visitors enjoying the Paris Las Vegas pool: http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jun-21-Wed-2000/news/13820184.html

RITZ-CARLTON – is planning a $500 million Mediterranean-themed hotel-casino, commercial and residential complex in Lake Las Vegas, an affluent community a few miles east of downtown Henderson, NV (about 30 minutes from Las Vegas). Titled The “Village at MonteLago”, this destination resort won’t be for the t-shirt and fanny pack crowd. Full story at http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/sun/2000/jun/21/510412450.html

BREWPUBS – Two more microbreweries have opened up in the last 6 months here in Las Vegas. Just think — between that and people in this city actually starting to embrace the internet, Las Vegas is catching up to the more sophisticated parts of our country! (3 years ago, the hotels saw no reason to have a website and when I told people I did internet work, they looked at me like I just told them I was from Mars).

Both are in the suburbs, but not a bad time to remind everyone that Southern Nevada has a number of pretty fine microbrews on or new the tourist areas. Among them Ellis Island Casino (the best deal at $2.25 for a 22 oz. glass), Gordon Biersch (Flamingo and Paradise), Holy Cow (across from The Sahara), Monte Carlo Hotel, and the Triple 7 downtown in Main St. Station. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jun-14-Wed-2000/lifestyles/13740986.html

FORTH OF JULY FIREWORKS – http://www.lasvegas.com/events/4thofjuly

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

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?cscheme=5&amid=143

NEW SHOW – According to R-J columnist Norm, the Rio is unveiling a new Cirque du Soleil type show called De la Guard next month, and will be one of the most unique ever. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jun-19-Mon-2000/news/13796400.html and we’ll give you more details as they become available.

Hard Rock – Anthrax on June 28, Destiny’s Child on July 2, Don Henley on July 10, “Weird Al” Yankovic on July 27, No Doubt with Black Eyed Peas on July 31, B-52’s on Aug. 5, K.D. Lang Aug. 11, and Jimmy Page plus The Black Crowes on Aug 16. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and Hard Rock discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).

Las Vegas Hilton – Sinbad on June 30 and July 1, Engelbert Humperdinck July 11-16, Tim Conway and Harvey Korman in their “Together Again” tour July 28-29, Reba McEntire Sept. 14-17, Kenny Rogers Sept. 22-23, Steven Wright Oct. 7-8, and Tim Conway and Harvey Korman in their “Together Again” tour Oct. 19-21 (return engagement) and Jeff Foxworthy Nov. 30 – Dec. 3. Tickets are available at (800) 222-5361 and Las Vegas Hilton discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Las Vegas Hilton link).

Mandalay Bay – Megadeth on Jun. 23, Bob Dylan on June 27, Mickey Hart Band on June 30, Bill Maher June 30-July 1, Ween on July 1, Kottonmouth Kings on July 2, The Young Dubliners on July 3, Cheap Trick on July 3, Boz Scaggs on Jul 8, Dan Folgelberg on Jul. 14, Hall and Oats on July 21, LeAnn Rimes on Jul. 28, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill on July 29, the BB King Blues Festival 2000 on Aug. 1, Kiss with Ted Nugent Aug. 2, Brian Setzer on Aug. 8, Duran Duran Aug. 25-26, Little Feat Sept. 22, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Sept. 29. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and Mandalay Bay discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Mandalay Bay link).

MGM – Carrot Top June 22 – July 5, Blink-182 and Bad Religion on June 24, Nickelodeon’s All That Music & More Festival featuring LFO, Blaque, and B*Witched on July 1, Diana Ross and the Surpremes Aug. 5, Penn and Teller July 27 – Aug. 9, and Carrot Top Sept. 7 – 13. Tickets available at (800) 929-1111 and MGM discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (MGM link).

Station Casinos – Sammy Kershaw June 30th at Sunset, Loverboy & Night Ranger June 30 at Sunset, and Joe Walsh plus a fireworks extravaganza July 1 at Sunset. Tickets at (888) 464-2468 and Station Casinos discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (various Station Casinos links).

The Orleans – The Righteous Brothers now through June 25, and Robert Goulet June 29 – July 2.. Tickets at (702) 365-7075 and Orleans discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (The Orleans link).

The Venetian – Andrew “Dice” Clay June 30-July 1. Tickets available at (702) 414-4100 and Venetian discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Venetian link).

Thomas & Mack – Up In Smoke tour featuring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, and Eminem on Aug. 11. Tickets at (888) 464-2468. The Hard Rock hotel is within walking distance of the Thomas and Mack and Hard Rock discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).


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This is the third and final installment in a three week series on some of the more notable steakhouses in town. I’ll have a quick comparison at the end.FEATURE STORY: Emeril Lagasse’s Delmonico

“Bam, Bam, Bam” — If you don’t know who Emeril is, just talk to someone who is into cooking or enjoys the Food TV cable channel. He’s taken “celebrity chef” to a new level with his “macho” cooking style with his signature “Bam” and “Let’s kick it up a notch” verbal stylings.

He is also one of the cooks credited with bringing truly fine dining to Las Vegas. And, fine it is. Rich modern decor, extensive wine availability, servers who call you by name — Las Vegas has come a long way since the days of the $2.99 buffets.

As with many fine restaurants, much is a la cart. Various servings of vegetables and potatoes run from $6 – $7.50. Soups and salads start at $6.50 for the New Orleans Gumbo of the day. Besides your typical selections such as French Onion Soup ($6.50) Caesar Salad (for two, $20.00), Sliced Tomato Salad ($12.00) and Composed Anti-Pasta Salad (market price), more unique items like Organic Baby Greens ($8.50), Baby Arugula, Cheddar Cheese and Apples ($9.00), Creative Soup of the Day (market price) and Wilted Spinach and Fried Mozzarella ($13.00) are available.

Filet Mignon, N.Y. Strip Steak, Ribeye, and Bone In Rib Steak run $28.00 – 36.00. My N.Y. steak was a healthy cut cooked to unbelievable perfection. As expected at this level, the presentation and the service were second to none.

House specialties (most of which include appropriate side dishes) are as follows: Chateaubriand (for two, $65), Charred Dry Aged Beef Sirloin ($30.00), Roasted Double Cut Pork Chop ($26.00), Grilled Creole Marinated Rack of Lamb ($36.00), Pan Roasted Creole Chicken Cordon Blue ($25.00), Maine Lobster (fresh from their tanks, market price), Creative Fish of the Day (Market Price), Saute of Gulf Shrimp and Fresh Pasta ($28.00), Grilled Sweet Barbecued Atlantic Salmon ($27.00), Seared Beef, House Cured Bacon and Maytag White Cheddar En Croute ($28.00), and New Orleans Veal Piccata ($28.00).

This popular restaurant in The Venetian seems to have no slow period. Reservations are a must at (702) 414-3737. They are open daily for lunch from 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM and open for dinner from 5:30 – 10:30 PM (11:00 PM on weekends). The lunch menu varies from dinner and is just slightly less expensive. The full menu is available at the bar, but are you crazy? Save eating at a bar for some corner joint in your city. Enjoy the dining room for a taste of the exquisite food, service and surroundings.

THE VERDICT: In the past three weeks, I have visited Harrah’s Range Steakhouse (reviewed http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-06-07.htm ), Binion’s Ranch Steakhouse (reviewed http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-06-14.htm ), and Delmonico.

If I had to pick a clear winner, it would be Delmonico. One of the very best meals I have ever been served in my life, but with a price to match. If you are on an average budget, save this one for truly special occasions. If you have no intention of heading downtown, or want the most plush and intimate surroundings, Harrah’s is your stop and probably the best for a romantic dinner and leisurely drinks. Binion’s is a little more down-home — still nice but not as pretentious as the others, and it’s top-floor view of the entire Strip and the Las Vegas Valley makes it a relaxing spot to savor great food.

Next week I’ll be out of town so we are devoting next week’s issue to news and some great reader feedback. In two weeks, I’ll be reviewing the new Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. Now about that exercise program I need to start …


 

 


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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – June 14, 2000

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This Issue: Binion’s Ranch Steakhouse

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LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

FIREWORKS – LVCVA has authorized a half-million dollars for New Year’s Eve fireworks this year. We’ve been sitting on this one for a few weeks, as we didn’t want to get anyone’s hopes up, but it’s now a done deal! Full story at http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/business/2000/may/22/510288532.html New Years Eve discount rates already available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-discounts.htm are as follows:

GOLD COASTáááááááá 199.95 (5 minutes from Strip, free shuttle)
SAM’S TOWNáááá 159.95 (15 minutes from Strip, free shuttle)
EXCALIBURáááááááá 239.95
BARBARY COASTáááá 189.95
LUXORáááááááá 275.95
ORLEANSááááááá 219.95 (10 minutes from Strip, free shuttle)

And if you have your own car and want to book now and book cheap: BOULDER PALMS LUXURY SUITES (20 minutes from Strip) is going at 59.95 an night. No, that’s not a misprint, and the place is nice!

All rooms booked at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-discounts.htm come with a low price guarantee. Find it cheaper, they refund the difference or let you cancel, no penalty.

WAYNE NEWTON, JIMMY HOPPER – Catch a Las Vegas legend as well as a possible future legend who will be special guests at a June 22 fund raiser for Nevada GOP U.S. Senate candidate John Ensign. The entertainment and a BBQ are included in the price: $50 per person or $75 for couples. Location: 8320 Black Brothers Court (near Sahara and Durango, 20 minutes from the Strip). To purchase your tickets today or for more information, visit http://www.ensign4nevada.com or call (702) 880-1000.

MIRAGE BOTANICAL GARDENS – According to R-J columnist NORM!, the botanical gardens as well as the Dale Chihuly glass flower sculpture over the lobby are staying put for now. With the MGM in control, I personally give the gardens 6 months and expect a decline in quality. Pictures from the gardens (Christmas theme) are available in our Bellagio Buffet review at http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com/99-12-15.htm The NORM! column was at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jun-11-Sun-2000/news/13743258.html

DODGERS? MAYBE NOT – The mayor and the city refuted last week’s L.A. Times report that we are going to pay the Dodgers a big bonus to relocate their spring training here. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jun-09-Fri-2000/sports/13743678.html

LION HABITAT UNDER FIRE – An animal rights organization is condemning the MGM’s Lion Habitat (reviewed at http://las-vegas-news-reviews.com/99-07-28.htm ), calling it exploitation. The MGM has countered, noting that the lions are kept on an 8-acre facility when not in the habitat, and portions of the proceeds go to animal preservation organizations. Full story at http://www.spokane.net/news-story-body.asp?Date=061000&ID=s813447&cat=

WINNERS! – Don DeLay of Elkhart, IN won the Las Vegas T-shirt.

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

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?cscheme=5&amid=143

Hard Rock – Ringo Starr on June 17, Violent Femmes on June 19, Anthrax on June 28, destiny’s Child on July 2, Don Henley on July 10, No Doubt with Black Eyed Peas on July 31, and B-52’s on Aug. 5. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and Hard Rock discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).

Las Vegas Hilton – Sinbad on June 30 and July 1, Engelbert Humperdinck July 11-16, Tim Conway and Harvey Korman in their “Together Again” tour July 28-29, Reba McEntire Sept. 14-17, Kenny Rogers Sept. 22-23, Steven Wright Oct. 7-8, and Tim Conway and Harvey Korman in their “Together Again” tour Oct. 19-21 (return engagement) and Jeff Foxworthy Nov. 30 – Dec. 3. Tickets are available at (800) 222-5361 and Las Vegas Hilton discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Las Vegas Hilton link).

Mandalay Bay – Megadeth on Jun. 23, Queensryche on June 16 and 17, Bob Dylan on June 27, Mickey Hart Band on June 30, Ween on July 1, Kottonmouth Kings on July 2, The Young Dubliners on July 3, Cheap Trick on July 3, Boz Scaggs on Jul 8, Dan Folgelberg on Jul. 14, Hall and Oats on July 21, LeAnn Rimes on Jul. 28, the BB King Blues Festival 2000 on Aug. 1, and Brian Setzer on Aug. 8. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and Mandalay Bay discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Mandalay Bay link).

MGM – Penn and Teller now through June 21, Marc Anthony on June 16, Rodger Waters on June 17, Carrot Top June 22 – July 5, Blink-182 and Bad Religion on June 24, Nickelodeon’s All That Music & More Festival featuring LFO, Blaque, and B*Witched on July 1, Rodney Dangerfield on July 6-12 and again on Aug. 24-Sept. 6, Penn and Teller July 27 – Aug. 9, and Carrot Top Sept. 7 – 13. Tickets available at (800) 929-1111 and MGM discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (MGM link).

Mirage – Paul Anka now through June 20. Tickets available at (702) 792-7777 and Mirage discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Mirage link).

Station Casinos – Todd Rungren & The Motels June 16 at Sunset, Jean-Luc Ponty June 17 at Palace, Sammy Kershaw June 30th at Sunset, Loverboy & Night Ranger June 30 at Sunset, and Joe Walsh plus a fireworks extravaganza July 1 at Sunset. Tickets at (888) 464-2468 and Station Casinos discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (various Station Casinos links).

The Orleans – The Righteous Brothers now through June 25, and Robert Goulet June 29 – July 2.. Tickets at (702) 365-7075 and Orleans discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (The Orleans link).



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FEATURE STORY: Binion’s Ranch Steakhouse

Unfortunately, Binion’s Horseshoe Casino hasn’t been in the news for it’s long time reputation of good food and fair gaming lately. The Binion Murder trial has been watched all over the United States.

Others (including us) have grumbled over the loss of many of the great specials like the late night $3 steak special. But the place that family patriarch Benny Binion founded still keeps alive the spirit he brought to his downtown property.

Binion’s Ranch Steakhouse is part of that tradition. This is upscale dining with prime beef and a view to die for while still maintaining that friendly down-home feel you’ve come to expect from Binion’s. If those trendy places where they put more importance on choosing the decorator instead of the chef bug you, this is your place. The decor is nice, reasonably plush, but understated.

Look up to the very top of Binion’s and you see two-story glass wrapped around the top of the building. I used to think those were the high-roller suites. But NO, that is the steakhouse! The view is unique, letting you see over the rest of downtown to the Strip and far beyond.

Service is down-home also. Helpful, but not at all pretentious. Hate those guys at the high-end places with the fake accents and waiters with foreign names (co’mon — they can’t all be Pierre from Paris), you’ll enjoy the “real” feel of the wait staff. Good service, but relaxed and with a smile.

Between generous portion size and the items served with the main course, appetizers aren’t really necessary. However, they are available: Jumbo Gulf Shrimp Cocktail, Scampi A Las Maison, Oysters on the Half Shell, Oysters Rockefeller, and Escargot Bourguignonne. They range from $9.95 to $12.95.

All main courses are served with soup of the day or salad, rice pilaf, baked potato or roasted garlic mashed and warm sourdough bread — a personal favorite. You can order soups or salads: House Salad ($4.95), Caesar Salad ($6.95), French Onion Soup ($4.75), Greek Salad ($9.95) and Crab Chowder served in a sourdough bowl ($5.75)

Specialties are meat, meat, and more meat. A regular cut of prime rib runs $27.00, but splurge for the “Benny Cut” at $32.00 and see if you can eat it all! Other specialties are Broiled Spring Lamb Chops ($28.50), Veal Marlala ($24.00), Broiled Chicken Breasts ($22.00), Steak Diane ($25.00) and Binion’s famous Pepper Steak, a 16 oz. New York Steak rolled in cracked peppercorns, sautÚed and topped with Brandy cream sauce for $30.00.

Steak lovers rejoice! I had the Filet Mignon. 12 oz. that I could almost cut with a fork despite my insistence that they cook it medium well ($28.00). Also available are the New York Steak (16 oz., $27.00), Ribeye (16 oz., $25.00) and the Porterhouse (21 oz. extra-thick cut, $30.00).

Seafood includes Australian Lobster Tail (market price), Alaskan King Crab Legs (2 pounds, $42.50), Scampi A La Maison ($28.50), Braised Halibut Filet ($25.50), and Broiled Salmon ($22.50). Both Surf and Turf (petite filet and rock lobster) and the Petite Filet Mignon and Crab Legs are market price.

You aren’t paying for just the view — the food is excellent also. Go right around sunset. Nothing compares to an unobstructed view, watching the Strip and the entire Las Vegas valley light up while a piece of prime steak dissolves in your mouth. Although we had no problem getting a table at about 8:00 PM on a weeknight unannounced, we suggest reservations at (702) 382-1600 and they are open 5-11 PM.



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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Jimmy Jones wrote:

>Hi, We are visiting Vegas on the 4th of July. Do you
>have a big fireworks show?

Good question! Yes and no. We really don’t have one of those huge, “The sky never goes dark for 45 minutes” shows. The Stratosphere is having fireworks again this year. Last year was a let-down as they shot them off from behind the building (not from the Tower) and most people were too close to see them properly. If you go to the Strat, the best view is a couple of blocks down the Strip or back aways in any direction (avoid the neighborhood behind the casino — it’s a high crime area).

There are some pretty good displays around town in the suburbs. They are listed at http://www.lasvegas.com/events/4thofjuly If you have a car, I’d suggest the one at Desert Breeze Park put on by the County. We’ll have more details on the New Years Eve fireworks as they become available.

Lonna Durand wrote,

>What is going on with the El Rancho? When are they going to tear this
>eyesore down?? Is there a hold-up in selling a valuable strip
>property? I haven’t see anything on it in years. It was closed 12
>years ago when we started coming to Las Vegas . What’s the story?

Good question. We’ve been following the fate of the El Rancho (shuttered property in the north end of the Strip) on http://www.accessvegas.com but I failed to mention anything here.

The company building the high-rise condos behind the El Rancho bought it for $45 million just to get rid of the eyesore for potential buyers, and they are having a “fire sale” before demolishing it. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jun-03-Sat-2000/business/13703431.html No word on an implosion yet. This one might be done by wrecking ball as it’s not that big.

As long time readers know, we tend to shy away from idle speculation and rumor and only print things when the ink on the deals are dry so you don’t run into any disappointments. However, if you are interested in something like this that we haven’t mentioned here, do drop us a line. Info is directly below.

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Results from last weeks poll “What kind of casino atmosphere do you like?”

Comfortable Midrange (Harrah’s, Flamingo, Ballys, etc.) 46%
Cheap Drinks and Low Limits (Downtown, Circus Circus, etc.) 21%
Young and Trendy atmosphere (Hard Rock, Rio, Mandalay, etc.) 18%
Fine Surroundings (Bellagio, DI, Mirage, etc.) 13%

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Free Circus Tickets – The “Greatest Show on Earth” returns to the Thomas & Mack Center July 5–9 and Channel 8 is giving away two family four packs for VIP seats for opening night of the Circus, Wednesday, July 5th. Enter at http://www.klastv.com/contests/circus/circuscontestindex.html

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June 14, 2000

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – June 07, 2000

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This Issue: Harrah’s Range Steakhouse

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LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

DESERTED INN – is what Steve Wynn referred to his new hotel as in his licensing hearing, and he said that it’s up to him to change all of that. In true Wynn fashion, he’s already outlining plans for a 3000 room, 5-star hotel for the site. He plans to “one-up” Bellagio with a property that centers on elegance instead of a specific theme. How he will finance this remains to be seen, but Wynn has indicated that he will always have 60% or better control and that success won’t necessarily be measured in the bottom line. Two stories with full details are available at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jun-08-Thu-2000/news/13733515.html and http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jun-08-Thu-2000/news/13736035.html

CELEB WATCHING – will be at a peak at the Orleans the afternoon of June 16 for the Las Vegas Bowling Bash Benefiting the Urban Youth Scholarship Fund and Children’s Miracle Network. Scheduled to appear are Charles Barkley, Tracy McGrady, Drew Bledsoe, Allyah and Joey McIntyre among many others. Story and full details at http://news.excite.com/news/bw/000602/nv-las-vegas-bowling-bas

“LAS VEGAS” DODGERS – According to the L.A. Times, we are prepared to toss an extra $5 million bonus at the Dodgers to move spring training here. The yet-to-be-built spring training complex would be constructed in Henderson (SW Las Vegas suburb) and also include the Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays. Full story at http://www.latimes.com/sports/times/20000608/t000054295.html

FRONT SIGHT, NV – is the new gun-friendly community in the building process about 45 minutes SW of Las Vegas. Featured will be 12 shooting ranges, an assault tower, 400 yards of training tunnels, 177 home lots, a convenience store and a private K-12 school. This is a town where law abiding gun owners can live among those who share their beliefs, and is conjectured that it will be the safest town in America. Full story at http://www.usatoday.com/life/travel/leisure/2000/ltl222.htm

MGM AIRPORT CHECK-IN – Just a reminder that the MGM now offers hotel registration right at the airport. You can get your room key while you wait for your luggage! This desk is located in the south baggage claim near the exit from the C and D gates and is open 10 AM to 2 AM daily. As always, you can book discount MGM rooms at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (MGM link).

MAGICAL HOMES – This Sunday evening, HGTV (Home and Garden cable channel) is doing a special on the homes of magicians. Scheduled are the homes of Las Vegas magicians Lance Burton and Mac King. Check local listings for time.

WINNERS! – Don DeLay of Elkhart, IN won the Las Vegas T-shirt.

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

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?cscheme=5&amid=143

Hard Rock – Ozzy Osbourne on June 15, Ringo Starr on June 17, Violent Femmes on June 19, Anthrax on June 28, destiny’s Child on July 2, Don Henley on July 10, No Doubt with Black Eyed Peas on July 31, and B-52’s on Aug. 5. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and Hard Rock discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).

Las Vegas Hilton – Dwight Yoakam with special guest Keith Urban June 9-10, Sinbad on June 30 and July 1, Engelbert Humperdinck July 11-16, Reba McEntire Sept. 14-17, Kenny Rogers Sept. 22-23, Steven Wright Oct. 7-8, and Tim Conway and Harvey Korman in their “Together Again” tour Oct. 19-21. Tickets are available at (800) 222-5361 and Las Vegas Hilton discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Las Vegas Hilton link).

Mandalay Bay – Megadeth on Jun. 23, Queensryche on June 16 and 17, Bob Dylan on June 27, Mickey Hart Band on June 30, Ween on July 1, Kottonmouth Kings on July 2, The Young Dubliners on July 3, Cheap Trick on July 3, Boz Scaggs on Jul 8, Dan Folgelberg on Jul. 14, Hall and Oats on July 21, LeAnn Rimes on Jul. 28, the BB King Blues Festival 2000 on Aug. 1, and Brian Setzer on Aug. 8. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and Mandalay Bay discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Mandalay Bay link).

MGM – Carrot Top now through June 13, Penn and Teller June 15-21, Marc Anthony on June 16, Rodger Waters on June 17, Carrot Top June 22 – July 5, Blink-182 and Bad Religion on June 24, Nickelodeon’s All That Music & More Festival featuring LFO, Blaque, and B*Witched on July 1, Rodney Dangerfield on July 6-12 and again on Aug. 24-Sept. 6, Penn and Teller July 27 – Aug. 9, and Carrot Top Sept. 7 – 13. Tickets available at (800) 929-1111 and MGM discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (MGM link).

Mirage – Paul Anka now through June 20. Tickets available at (702) 792-7777 and Mirage discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Mirage link).

SJ2K – KLUC Summer Jam 2000 features SisQo, Nu Flavor, Kumbia Kings, Pink, Voice V, Angelina and more on June 10 at the Thomas and Mack Center. Tickets available at (888) 464-2468. The Hard Rock hotel is 2 blocks from the Thomas and Mack and Hard Rock discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).



 


FEATURE STORY: Harrah’s Range Steakhouse

Harrah’s really spruced up their great center-strip location with a major remodel over the past two years, and our favorite new areas are the outdoor Carnival Bar (to be reviewed at a later date) and The Range Steakhouse. While a quick, one floor elevator ride from the middle of the casino, it is a world apart from the pounding noise and bright colors designed to separate you from your money.

Two story glass windows wrap around the dining and lounge areas providing a panoramic view of The Strip including Caesars and The Mirage. Plenty of lush, dark wood and fine comfortable surroundings pamper the senses without being arrogantly disturbing. Seating is on tiered levels, giving you an unobstructed view regardless of where you sit. Table spacing is surprisingly pleasant … you won’t have to worry about backing your chair into your neighbor’s or having to listen to every conversation around you.

The lounge features gentle live jazz from a pianist or guitarist and is a perfect place to unwind while waiting for your reservation, or a pleasant place to enjoy desert after your meal. It is cigar-friendly, and the high ceilings and swift ventilation assure you won’t offend others.

Bring your appetite, your wallet, and get ready to try something a little out of the norm. Appetizers range from $7.95 for the “Half and Half” of Fanny Bay oysters and half littleneck clams to $13.95 for a traditional shrimp cocktail. Their Southwest Artichoke & Crab Dip is a signature item featuring lump crab, grilled pita chips, and soft pretzels ($11.95). Also available are Roasted Corn Crab Cakes ($12.95), Escargot ($9.95), and Smoked Chicken Quesadilla ($8.95).

Entrees come with salad and a side of their “famous cabernet mushrooms” (quite good) but soups are extra. You can choose between their signature Five Onion Soup with bagel chips and lamented gouda ($5.75) or Brandied Lobster Bisque with Maine lobster and creme fraiche ($7.25).

Their fortes are the steaks, prime rib, and chops ranging from the Double-Cut Pork Loin Chop ($19.95) to the Lamb Rack Chops ($32.95). The 16 oz. Veal Shop with caramelized pearl onions is a treat ($34.95) and the Blackened Rib-Eye Chop ($25.95) is served with pistachio salsa butter. Smaller appetites might prefer the 8 oz. Filet Mignon ($26.95) or the 14 oz. Bone-In Filet ($31.95).

You can add seafood to any entree: 7 oz. Lobster Tail ($19.95), Fried Giant Shrimp ($14.95), or 1/2 lb. King Crab Legs ($13.95).

Seafood and Poultry, while not their specialties are offered for those who’s taste runs away from red meat. Prices range from $18.95 for the Free-Range Grilled Chicken to $53.95 for the Australian Twin Lobster Tails (two 7 oz. cold water tails).

I enjoyed their signature 20 oz. Bone-In New York Strip ($29.95) and a side of Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes. Side orders offered also include Garlic Steak Friens, Asparagus, Giant Baked Potato, “Colossal” Onion rings, Creamed Spinach, or Wild Rice. All sides run $5.25

Service was prompt but not overbearing. My only complaint was that my steak was undercooked. I ordered it medium-well (the waiter confirmed that I was requesting it cooked with just a little pink left) and it was delivered on the medium-rare side. Granted, many of you true steak connoisseurs might be saying “Serves you right to ask for that done to a fine cut of meat”! I was hungry, it tasted fine and I enjoyed it, noting the error later to the wait staff.

We suggest going around or after sunset. Unfortunately, the large picture windows face west and while they have tinted windows and sun-blocking screens in place (retracted after sunset), it doesn’t make for the best view trying to look into the sun.

While no bargain, you get what you pay for, and it’s a nice retreat from the hustle and bustle of the center Strip. Plus, remember the my Vegas adage: Eating is cheaper than losing. If you are on a run of bad luck, toss your money on the dinner table and enjoy yourself!

Harrah’s Range Steakhouse is open daily from 5-11 PM. Reservations are recommended at (702) 369-5000

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Hans Lenski wrote:

>A friend of mine said to try and see a show at Treasure Island called
>Circus Se’La. Is there still this show there and what is the cost?
>Thanks

>Have A Great Day !!

It’s called Mystere – A Cirque Du Soleil Production

It’s one of the top shows in town — it typically sells out well in advance so you might want to get your tickets early and pay the online surcharge. Info on the show as well as ticket purchase is available at http://www.vegasguide.com/detail_shows.cfm?ID=23&amid=143&cscheme=5

Barb wrote:

>Any word on the Frontier == is it being remodeled, imploded or left?
>We like that old hotel and wondered where its going.á Thanks Love your newsletter

The implosion has been put off at least until the end of the year. The owner is noting higher interest rates which put a damper on more immediate plans to build his San Francisco themed resort. The other San Francisco themed resort that was being planned for where the shuttered Silver City Casino sits (across from the Stardust) has apparently been scrapped. A Walgreens is scheduled to go in that spot.

Cindy Tomasi from Italy wrote:

>Hello there!!!á Your newsletter is super and I love to get it, so keep
>up the good work!!!á We will come to Vegas in September, and planning
>to stay at the Excalibur during the week and Circus Circus during the
>weekend (they have cheaper rates during the weekend..!!).á We’ve been
>at the Excalibur already but never been to Circus Circus, so I was
>wondering if someone who’s been there can tell me if the rooms are
>nice and if the area is nice too.á I’ve heard bad things about the
>Westward Ho’s area, and the Circus Circus is almost attached to the
>HO, so I was wondering if it’s a dangerous area of the Strip or
>what???á Can someone give me some info???á Thanks a million!!

Both hotels are owned by the same company and offer run-of-the-mill rooms. Nothing special but adequate. While not one of the newer parts of the Strip, the police have gotten better at enforcing curfew laws. The “bad area” rap has mostly come because a lot of bored teens were hanging out and Slots-of-Fun does sometime have a younger, rowdy crowd. There isn’t anywhere between Circus and Mandalay Bay that I would caution people to avoid. Each hotel has security cameras aimed at the street (not good business is people got mugged before the casino could get your money!) as well as both uniformed and plain clothes security at and near casino entrances.

As always, I would caution against walking more than a couple blocks away from the Strip or Fremont St. Experience. The exceptions are perhaps Convention Center (over to The Beach Nightclub and the convention center) and Flamingo Rd. (west to The Rio and east to The Maxim and Ellis Island).

Mark Carrothers of New Philadelphia, OH wrote:

>Hey Ted, My wife & I have visited Vegas twice within the past year &
>our favorite place in town is the Voo Doo Lounge on top of the Rio.
>This place has the best view in town & the 21$ “What the Witch Doctor
>Ordered” drink is a must for all.á I heard recently that they have now
>started a cover charge at the door.á Any truth to that?á If so how
>much & why.

Supply and demand. I don’t like it either, but guess what: I still pay it for the view and the ambiance (which is about all that there is to see now that Jimmy Hopper has moved on from performing).

When you are up there, you aren’t gambling and even with the spendy drinks (domestic beer starts at about $5), they would rather have you spending more time on the casino floor. Which is also my guess as to why they close down at 3 AM despite an often full house at that hour (especially on weekends).

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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


ONLINE POLL – “What kind of casino atmosphere do you like?” Let’s hear your opinions at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published next week!

FREE CONTESTS:

Note: You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Please note the expiration date and only enter if you will be in town and can use them. The 20’th entry in each contest will be the winner (unless otherwise noted or link to outside contest). Just sent 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.

Free Circus Tickets – The “Greatest Show on Earth” returns to the Thomas & Mack Center July 5–9 and Channel 8 is giving away two family four packs for VIP seats for opening night of the Circus, Wednesday, July 5th. Enter at http://www.klastv.com/contests/circus/circuscontestindex.html

$100 Food Gift Certificate – Everything Las Vegas is happy to announce it will be having a contest with a $100.00 gift certificate to Manhattan of Las Vegas as the prize. Everything Las Vegas is a free, twice weekly newsletter packed with Las Vegas stories from the media — send your subscription request to [email protected]

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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.accessvegas.com You get secure ordering with the convenience and savings of booking online!

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June 7, 2000

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – May 31, 2000

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews, the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com This is the newsletter that talks about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about. This is not spam. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Please forward this to friends who may enjoy it!

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

JUNE ROOM SPECIALS – Harrah’s from $59.95 a night and The Sahara from $49.95 a night. Details at http://www.180096hotel.com/cgi-bin/hotdeals?SID=IVC

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

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This Issue: Las Vegas News

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


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


LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

YOU DID IT AGAIN – If you visited during March, you helped set an all time record for monthly visitors! You were one of 3.13 million to come to try your luck, eat too much, and get a neon tan. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/May-29-Mon-2000/business/13658048.html

GEN X – The success of the Hard Rock and to a lesser extent the Rio and Mandalay Bay has tuned in casino executives to how lucrative it is to market to the 21-34 year old age group. The MGM has announced preliminary plans to replace the Holiday Inn Boardwalk (which they acquired with surrounding land in the Mirage Resorts purchase) with a high tech, internet oriented casino. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jun-01-Thu-2000/news/13689922.html

In a related story, the Hard Rock is introducing a new theme (to Las Vegas) called “Giant” at it’s Baby’s nightclub on Sundays. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/May-26-Fri-2000/weekly/13633066.html Our poll this week asks what kind of casino atmosphere you like — let us know at http://www.accessvegas.com!

SHOPPING – Forget losing your money at the machines — Las Vegas is building and expanding your shopping opportunities at an alarming rate! The Aladdin is opening in a couple of months and all reports are that their Desert Passage themed shopping area is a unique must see with exotic fragrances of manufactured breezes, artificial fog and claps of thunder. Full story and photos at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/May-25-Thu-2000/business/13645347.html

The Forum Shops are expanding yet AGAIN (like it’s already tough to get lost in the place). Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/May-22-Mon-2000/business/13616921.html The Fashion Show mall is going to double in size. They have already cut deals with new undisclosed anchor tenants from around the world, and are going to turn the entire Strip frontage into a plaza of restaurants and sidewalk cafes. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/May-22-Mon-2000/business/13609679.html

STEVE WYNN’S ART – If you missed it, you’ll get another chance. Mr. Wynn is buying up most of the art that was owned by the company (some was his on lease to the company, some was his personal possession) and moving it over the the DI. Final plans for display have yet to be finalized, but we will keep you posted. Full story at http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/sun/2000/may/30/510319013.html

RESTAURANT REVIEWS – Cash may be kind in Las Vegas, but it’s no fun to play on an empty stomach. Here are some recent restaurant and bar reviews from the local media:

Mon Ami Gabi – http://lvcitylife.com/dining/stories/00052501d.html
Tillerman – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/May-26-Fri-2000/weekly/13637676.html
Morton’s Steakhouse – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/May-24-Wed-2000/lifestyles/13606976.html
Red Square – http://www.lvcitylife.com/dining/stories/00060102d.html

NATIONAL AIRLINES – Our hat is off to upstart National Airlines, headquartered in Las Vegas. No, they aren’t a sponsor, but any airline offering lower fares and more leg room to get you here more often is O.K. in our book! They are having a fare sale (act quick) — details at http://news.excite.com/news/bw/000522/nv-national-airlines and there is a nice story about them at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/May-27-Sat-2000/business/13663375.html

PHOTOS – The following past stories are now archived online with photos:

EFX – http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-04-26.htm
Cook E. Jarr, Jimmy Hopper – http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-05-17.htm
Elvis-A-Rama Museum – http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-05-24.htm

WINNERS! – Sandra Flansburg of Voorheesville, NY and Tannie Meyer of Gabriola, BC won the Elvis-A-Rama T-shirts. Christopher of Worcester, MA won the Klondike free food coupons. Congratulations to all!

BTW, the contests in our contest section are just that: A random giveaway of the noted prizes. We are not responsible for those who don’t read the rules, think it’s a giveaway to everyone, and then scream at us 2 weeks later wondering where there free stuff is when they were not the winner.

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

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?cscheme=5&amid=143

SHOW NOTES:

Rat Pack is Back – This show continues to pack them in at The Sahara and the Montreal Gazette just ran a nice review of the show at http://www.montrealgazette.com/travel/pages/000527/4168802.html As usual, advance tickets to this often sold out show are available at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143

Footloose – is already getting great reviews and you can read Mike Weatherford’s take on it at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/May-26-Fri-2000/weekly/13641242.html and advance tickets available online at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143

CONCERTS:

Hard Rock – Ozzy Osbourne on June 15, Ringo Starr on June 17, Destiny’s Child July 2, Don Henley on July 10, Lenny Kravitz July 28, No Doubt with Black Eyed Peas on July 31, and Slaughter, Dokken, Cinderella, and Poison on Aug. 7. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and Hard Rock discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).

Las Vegas Hilton – Dwight Yoakam with special guest Keith Urban June 9-10, Sinbad on June 30 and July 1, Engelbert Humperdinck July 11-16, Reba McEntire Sept. 14-17, Kenny Rogers Sept. 22-23, Steven Wright Oct. 7-8, and Tim Conway and Harvey Korman in their “Together Again” tour Oct. 19-21. Tickets are available at (800) 222-5361 and Las Vegas Hilton discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Las Vegas Hilton link).

Mandalay Bay – Pato Banton on Jun. 1, Cowboy Junkies on Jun. 3, Chaka Khan and The Village People on Jun 5, Megadeth on Jun. 23, Queensryche on June 16 and 17, Mickey Hart Band on June 30, Cheap Trick on July 3, Boz Scaggs on Jul 8, Dan Folgerberg on Jul. 14, Hall and Oats on July 21, LeAnn Rimes on Jul. 28, the BB King Blues Festival 2000 on Aug. 1 and Brian Setzer Orchestra on Aug. 8. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and Mandalay Bay discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Mandalay Bay link).

MGM – Louie Anderson now through June 5, Carrot Top June 6-13, Penn and Teller June 15-21, Marc Anthony on June 16, Rodger Waters on June 17, Carrot Top June 22 – July 5, Blink-182 and Bad Religion on June 24, Nickelodeon;s All That Music & More Festival featuring LFO, Blaque, and B*Witched on July 1, Rodney Dangerfield on July 6-12 and again on Aug. 24-Sept. 6, Penn and Teller July 27 – Aug. 9, and Carrot Top Sept. 7 – 13. Tickets available at (800) 929-1111 and MGM discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (MGM link).

SJ2K – KLUC Summer Jam 2000 features SisQo, Nu Flavor, Kumbia Kings, Pink, Voice V, Angelina and more on June 10 at the Thomas and Mack Center. Tickets available at (888) 464-2468. The Hard Rock hotel is 2 blocks from the Thomas and Mack and Hard Rock discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).

Station Casinos – Todd Rungren & The Motels June 16 at Sunset, Jean-Luc Ponty June 17 at Palace, Loverboy & Night Ranger June 30 at Sunset, and Joe Walsh plus a fireworks extravaganza July 1 at Sunset. Tickets at (888) 464-2468 and Station Casinos discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (various Station Casinos links).

Thomas & Mack – Red Hot Chili Peppers with Stone Temple Pilots on Sept. 13. Tickets at (888) 464-2468. The Hard Rock hotel is within walking distance of the Thomas and Mack and Hard Rock discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).

The Orleans – Average White Band June 2-3, and Doobie Brothers June 9-11. Tickets at (702) 365-7075 and Orleans discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (The Orleans link).


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!


FEATURE STORY: Las Vegas News

No review this week because of so many news stories. However, hang tight! Starting next week we do three weeks of the steakhouse trifecta: Harrah’s Range, Binion’s Ranch, and Emeril’s Delmonico.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

GARY DWYER IN EUGENE, OREGON writes,

>LAST SUMMER WAS 0UR SECOND TRIP TO VEGAS.
>ON BOTH TRIPS WE FOUND THAT THE TAXI CAB
>DRIVERS WERE RUDE AND ARROGANT.
>NOT ONLY THAT, BUT THE COST JUST TO GO FROM
>ONE CASINO TO ANOTHER WAS RIDICULOUS!!
>
>WEá PAIDá $15.á JUST TO GO FROM BELLAGIO TOá THE
>MIRAGE!!!???á WEá SATá FOREVER,á WAITING FOR THE
>TRAFFIC LIGHTS TO CHANGE.
>
>OURá FEELING IS TO EITHER WALK, OR TAKE THE TROLLEYS,
>OR THE PUBLIC BUS.
>
>DID WE GET RIPPEDá OFFá BY THAT CAB DRIVER????

You only got ripped off if he didn’t pull right on to the strip for the short ride. Bellagio has a side entrance off of Flamingo, but it’s not applicable in this case. I’m assuming that traffic was very, very, very heavy.

The walk from Mirage to the Flamingo / Strip entrance of Bellagio is a pretty short walk. Unless it’s 100+ degrees out or you have health issues, I would have walked it. I often park across from the Mirage at Casino Royale and walk to visit locations ranging from Treasure Island to Bellagio (when visiting multiple properties at one time). The Strip is probably one of the most fun streets to walk anywhere in the world, and if you have gone too far, you can always catch a bus or cab back if you have to.

It is unfortunate to realize that for a few more dollars than that one cab ride cost, you could have rented a car for the whole day. If you are coming on a weekend or during a busy convention season when there is heavy traffic, those cab meters can really run while you sit in traffic.

Keep in mind that there is no cost of obligation to punch in your dates at http://www.travelnow.com/cars/search.jsp?cid=2005 and compare the prices of every rental car company. From there, you can make the call!

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ONLINE POLL – “What kind of casino atmosphere do you like?”

Let’s hear your opinions at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published in two weeks!

Results from last weeks poll “Have you ever considered moving to Las Vegas?”

People live there? 6%
Only as a passing fancy. 9%
Maybe to retire. 13%
I’ve looked into it. 48%
I’m planning on doing so! 22%

FREE CONTESTS:

Note: You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Please note the expiration date and only enter if you will be in town and can use them. The 20’th entry in each contest will be the winner (unless otherwise noted or link to outside contest). Just sent 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.

Las Vegas T-shirt. Enter at (contest closed)

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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.accessvegas.com You get secure ordering with the convenience and savings of booking online!

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May 31, 2000

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – May 24, 2000

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews, the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com This is the newsletter that talks about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about. This is not spam. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Please forward this to friends who may enjoy it!

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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.

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This Issue: Elvis-A-Rama

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


 


 


LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY – to us! A year ago we had the crazy idea of a free weekly internet newsletter with our first-hand reviews as a companion to http://www.accessvegas.com We’ve come a way, as evidenced by our very first newsletter archived at http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com/99-05-20.htm In fact, to meet the demand for Las Vegas news on a daily basis, we started http://www.accessvegas.com and that site is now updated every 12 – 24 hours, 7 days a week with the best and latest stories that appeal to both tourists and locals alike!

We want to thank you for a great year, and for all the input whether bad or good! As our circulation grows, we garner more recognition from the hotels and gaming community. Over the next few months hope to offer a number of great contests and specials for free rooms, food, show tickets and more in conjunction with the hotels.

To help make this happen, we have a small favor to ask: We haven’t yet cracked the 10,000 subscriber mark and that is really the bulls eye we need to hit to offer the above. If you enjoy this newsletter, please forward it to one or two friends who may enjoy it right now while you are thinking about it with a note saying how much you enjoy it. We thank you, and if they like Las Vegas, they will thank you too!

BINION TRIAL – is finally over, and quite the spectacle it was! For those that haven’t been following it with our daily updates at http://www.accessvegas.com we have the final stories:

The Sentence: http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/May-23-Tue-2000/news/13629732.html
The Verdict: http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/news/packages/binion/charges.html
The Story: http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/news/packages/binion/verdict-story.html

HURRY – As noted last week, the Bellagio public gallery viewings are coming to an end, and they pull the plug this Sunday so if you are in town this weekend, get over there in the morning to get your reservations for later in the day. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/May-24-Wed-2000/business/13640142.html

HOT, HOT, HOT – Don’t even pack a sweater or a coat on your visit here until September or October. Monday we broke a record with 108 degrees and while it’s easing back a bit, it’s just not going to get cold for the next four months period. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/May-23-Tue-2000/news/13629732.html The good news for you? Hotel rates drop in the summer, and the action at the pools heats up!

SHRIMP COCKTAIL – I’ve always been partial to our cheap shrimp cocktails and the Review-Journal hit the Strip and downtown, testing 8 of them. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/May-24-Wed-2000/lifestyles/13606380.html We differ with them on the Golden Gate. Although infamous for it’s 99 cent shrimp cocktail, the quality has been terrible the past few months. They also failed to note The Plaza’s 50 cent shrimp cocktail right across the street. All shrimp, no filler, crackers included.

ELLIS ISLAND – just behind Bally’s on Koval is having a Memorial Weekend bash this Saturday with all you can eat barbecue from 2-11 PM. For $10.95 you get baby back ribs, barbecue chicken, corn on the cob, cole slaw, and all their micro brew beer you can drink.

POOLSIDE BBQ – every Thursday evening at The Plaza from 6-10 PM. Admission is $10 for men, $2 for women and includes 1 free hot dog or hamburger and all you can drink free draft beer plus live music and a $500 cash drawing.

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

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?cscheme=5&amid=143

Thunder from Down Under – the male review makes it’s yearly visit to the Stardust Wed. – Sun. at 8 PM (additional later shows on weekends). Tickets available at (702) 732-6325 and Stardust discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Stardust link).

Hard Rock – Robin Trower on May 26, Ozzy Osbourne on June 15, Ringo Starr on June 17, Don Henley on July 10, and No Doubt with Black Eyed Peas on July 31. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and Hard Rock discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).

Junefest – This annual classic rock festival is the party of the year for many locals and tourists alike. This year’s lineup: Sammy Hagar, George Thorogood, Pat Benatar, Paul Rodgers, BTO, and Mark Farner plus a “huge fireworks display” after the show. Tickets are only $25.96 and available at (888) 464-2468.

Mandalay Bay – Toto on May 26, Jerry Lee Lewis on May 26, Jefferson Starship on May 27, The Young Dubliners on May 28, Pato Banton on Jun. 1, Cowboy Junkies on Jun. 3, Chaka Khan and The Village People on Jun 5, Megadeth on Jun. 23, Queensryche on June 16 and 17, Cheap Trick on July 3, Boz Scaggs on Jul 8, Dan Folgerberg on Jul. 14, Hall and Oats on July 21, LeAnn Rimes on Jul. 28, and the BB King Blues Festival 2000 on Aug. 1. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and Mandalay Bay discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Mandalay Bay link).

MGM – Jay Leno June 1-3, Louie Anderson on June 1-5, Carrot Top June 6-13, Penn and Teller June 15-21, Marc Anthony on June 16, Rodger Waters on June 17, Carrot Top June 22 – July 5, Blink-182 and Bad Religion on June 24, Rodney Dangerfield on July 6-12 and again on Aug. 24-Sept. 6, Penn and Teller July 27 – Aug. 9, and Carrot Top Sept. 7 – 13. Tickets available at (800) 929-1111 and MGM discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (MGM link).

SJ2K – KLUC Summer Jam 2000 features SisQo, Nu Flavor, Kumbia Kings, Pink, Voice V, Angelina and more on June 10 at the Thomas and Mack Center. Tickets available at (888) 464-2468. The Hard Rock hotel is 2 blocks from the Thomas and Mack and Hard Rock discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).

The Orleans – Air Supply on May 26-28. Tickets at (702) 365-7075 and Orleans discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (The Orleans link).

The Venetian – Andrew “Dice” Clay May 26-28. Tickets available at (800) 283-6423 and Venetian discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Venetian link).


 


 


FEATURE STORY: Elvis-A-Rama

“Viva Las Vegas”! Few performers are as linked to this city as Elvis. You can still get married by “Elvis”, see performers doing Elvis tributes, and even catch the Flying Elvis jumpers made famous in the film “Honeymoon In Vegas.”

Now, thanks to Elvis collector Chris Davidson, you can actually get as close to the real thing as possible at the Elvis-A-Rama Museum. Just a couple of blocks from the Strip, this $3.5 million collection is like nothing else on earth.

elvis-1.jpgAfter being greeted by Elvis in voice, you enter the museum area to see the music wall, showcasing every commercially released 45, EP, and LP ever recorded by the King along brief year-by-year history of his life.

This isn’t some small “county fair” type of display. The permanent museum has 8200 sq. feet full of memorabilia, including 3 cars and Elvis’ first speedboat. Among the cars are his 1955 black Cadillac limo reportedly used to haul guitars and drums between tour stops and ElvisÆ Glastron speedboat.

Displays are tastefully full of every kind of memorabilia imaginable! Record contracts, identification (including his signed Social Security card), address books, clothing, scarves, guns, sporting goods and much more. There are also interactive displays where the touch of a button plays various clips from interesting and important events in his life, including a 1968 TV special.

elvis-2.jpg (23539 bytes)His Army years are chronicled with one of only two Army trunks that he shipped back from Germany containing a set of his fatigues and 8 pages of personal, hand written correspondence between Colonel Parker and Elvis dated 1959 and 1960. You can feel the presence of Elvis through the many and varied personally scripted items. Not just a few autographed record jackets, but things like car insurance applications, the address book containing names and phone numbers of the likes of Natalie Wood, Nick Adam, and Colonel Tom Parker, and even an autographed pair of blue suede shoes.

Rings and jewelry are featured, both from his early days and more flashy (and expensive) diamond studded gold bands owned and worn by Elvis later in life. Also displayed and chronicled were items relating to his TCB motto (Taking Care of Business) which was the rally cry for his “Memphis Mafia” whom took care of what he needed, and quickly.

The museum houses a number of Elvis’ trademark jumpsuits, including the “Cisco Kid” black and green leather-trimmed one worn in 1971 that was pictured on the “He Touched Me” album sleeve. A recent purchase (and only on display for the rest of the summer) is the dark blue two-piece sleeveless jumpsuit with jewel-studded jacket and ornate blue leather belt that Elvis wore during performances at the Las Vegas Hilton in 1975.

The museum is open 10 AM – 6 PM daily. It is located at 3401 Industrial Rd. just behind the Fashion Show mall. Admission is a very reasonable $9.95 (NV residents and seniors $2 off, children under 12 free). As an added bonus, an live Elvis tribute by one Las Vegas’ noted impersonators plays almost every hour at the top of the hour. Call ahead (702) 309-7200 for show times. The gift shop contains the largest and most diversified number of Elvis licensed merchandise and we are giving a away a couple of museum T-shirts in our giveaway section this week. Ticket info at Elvis-A-Rama Museum.


 


 


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Cra wrote:

>Just returned from Las Vegas and I must say all the information that I
>received from you really helped out. We stayed at the Paris las vegas
>and what a wonderful, romantic place. The staff so nice and helpful.
>Our room so tastefully decorated and just happen to look out over the
>dancing waters . We found the casino fun and exciting. The food,
>while a little more expensive than other hotels, was worth every
>penny. In short we can’t wait to return in august. So for a great
>time, great food, and all around great everything see Paris las
>vegas….
>
>Thanks for all the tips

Jane Beisner of Troy, Ohio wrote:

> Hi Ted, My husband and I just returned from a wonderful weekend in Las
>Vegas. We stayed at Treasure Island again because of our slot club
>rates .. penthouse room… beautifully decorated and never a bad view.
>Three other couples joined us and we all enjoyed our stay. We rented
>a car for our Grand Canyon road trip three days prior to our arrival
>in Las Vegas and it was worth every penny and every minute. We do
>suggest that for anyone thinking about renting a car for Las vegas
>driving only, then think again. It is simply not worth it (traffic is
>crazy all the time). Taxi’s are everywhere and the only way to get
>around quickly and easily. I have been to Las Vegas (5) five times in
>the past (4) four years and have never had a bad cab ride. Fast,
>efficient and very entertaining. The Venetian was our favorite
>gambling spot this year for we all had fabulous luck. All personnel
>were friendly and attentive. The long walk to the gondola ride was
>tiresome and as always, we were routed through the elaborate maze of
>expensive shops. However the entertainment of the Italian opera
>singers (staged throughout the day) was magnificent. Very impressive.
>The Gondola ride was fun and entertaining and highly recommended. We
>are anxious to start planning our next trip. We will continue to stay
>updated to all the news of Las Vegas with your newsletter. It is
>always full of great tips and info.

Glad you had a nice time. Renting a car is personal preference. I know people who refuse to do it (citing traffic, etc.) and others who won’t even think of going without (citing the easy valet parking, cost of cabs, and convenience). To help people decide if they should rent a car in Las Vegas, we have put some guidelines on our http://www.accessvegas.com/transportation.htm page (scroll down to the rental car section).

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Two Elvis-A-Rama Museum T-shirts (awarded separately). Enter at (contest closed) We have one L and one XL so you MUST note L or XL in the subject line.

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May 24, 2000

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – May 17, 2000

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This Issue: Cook E. Jarr, Jimmy Hopper

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


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!


LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

CONSTRUCTION – The Strip keeps growing and changing! Caesars Palace is tossing $60 million at the place to change the old facade (it’s about time), move some restaurants, and build a nightclub. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/May-15-Mon-2000/business/13555513.html Stratosphere owner Carl Icahn is thinking about spending $15 million to put another ride at the top of the tower. It also appears he’s finally finishing up the second tower and adding a decent pool and rec center which will be a welcome addition to an otherwise pretty nice property. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/May-15-Mon-2000/business/13569800.html Word has it that if the Venetian continues to show a profit through the end of the year, they will begin construction on their second tower.

DINING – There are no end to the stories highlighting the great dining opportunities here in Las Vegas. The Miami Herald recently published at article at http://www.herald.com/content/tue/living/travel/docs/086803.htm about the upscale Las Vegas restaurants of chefs like Wolfgang Puck, Julian Serrano, Charlie Palmer, and Emeril Lagasse. A recent Toledo Blade article at http://www.toledoblade.com/editorial/smith/0e16smit.htm talks about Le Cirque in the Bellagio.

Piero Selvaggio has brought Valentino to The Venetian. It’s extensive wine list has 1600 labels from the major wine making regions of the world. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/May-17-Wed-2000/lifestyles/13553376.html City Life reviewed the relatively new Pink Taco Mexican restaurant inside the Hard Rock at http://www.lvcitylife.com/dining/stories/00051801d.html

PLAYBOY – is hosting Club Rio’s Playboy Special Edition Party this Friday night at Club Rio. Playboy models will be present and women can sign up for interviews and casting calls to be held at a later date. Doors open at 10:30 PM. Admission is $10 for men, $5 for women.

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

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?cscheme=5&amid=143

FOOTLOOSE – The musical (adapted from with movie with all the hit songs) starts it’s run at The Rio. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and Rio discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Rio link).

Hard Rock – Robin Trower on May 26, Ozzy Osbourne on June 15, Ringo Starr on June 17, Don Henley on July 10, and No Doubt with Black Eyed Peas on July 31. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and Hard Rock discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).

Junefest – This annual classic rock festival is the party of the year for many locals and tourists alike. This year’s lineup: Sammy Hagar, George Thorogood, Pat Benatar, Paul Rodgers, BTO, and Mark Farner plus a “huge fireworks display” after the show. Tickets are only $25.96 and available at (888) 464-2468.

Mandalay Bay – David Sandborn on May 19, Kenny Wayne Shepherd on May 20, Motorhead on May 21, Toto on May 26, Jerry Lee Lewis on May 26, Jefferson Starship on May 27, The Young Dubliners on May 28, Pato Banton on Jun. 1, Cowboy Junkies on Jun. 3, Chaka Khan and The Village People on Jun 5, Megadeth on Jun. 23, Queensryche on June 16 and 17, Cheap Trick on July 3, Boz Scaggs on Jul 8, Dan Folgerberg on Jul. 14, Hall and Oats on July 21, LeAnn Rimes on Jul. 28, and the BB King Blues Festival 2000 on Aug. 1. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and Mandalay Bay discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Mandalay Bay link).

MGM – Rodger Waters on June 17, Blink-182 and Bad Religion on June 24,Rodney Dangerfield on July 6-12 and again on Aug. 24-Sept. 6. Tickets are $85 and available at (800) 929-1111 and MGM discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (MGM link).

SJ2K – KLUC Summer Jam 2000 features SisQo, Nu Flavor, Kumbia Kings, Pink, Voice V, Angelina and more on June 10 at the Thomas and Mack Center. Tickets available at (888) 464-2468. The Hard Rock hotel is 2 blocks from the Thomas and Mack and Hard Rock discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).

The Orleans – Peter, Paul, and Mary May 19-21 and Air Supply on May 26-28. Tickets at (702) 365-7075 and Orleans discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (The Orleans link).




FEATURE STORY: Cook E. Jarr, Jimmy Hopper

Las Vegas has seen a real trend away from production shows and back toward headlining entertainment, with performers like Danny Gans and Clint Holmes now lighting up the Las Vegas Strip. However, the one thing this city has always been known for are it’s lounges and lounge acts. For free (or the price of a drink), these musicians keep people entertained night after night after night. In fact, the Review-Journal just had a great piece on what it’s like to be a Las Vegas lounge act at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/May-16-Tue-2000/lifestyles/13439055.html

Two of Las Vegas’ most popular lounge acts have been the infamous Cook E. Jarr and Jimmy Hopper. Although their repertoire and styles have little in common, both are over-the-top entertainers in the true Las Vegas tradition. More interesting is that both have just attempted somewhat of a jump from being a lounge act to that of more of a headliner entertainer.

COOK E. JARR – No, that’s not his real name, but that doesn’t matter. He is known to the world as the “Jarr Man”. You have seen him on MTV, VH1, movies, and most recently in the A&E Las Vegas City Confidential that aired last week. People like Tom Jones, George Carlin, The Righteous Brothers, and more show up to see him when they are in town.

cook-e-jarr-jones.jpg (11634 bytes)Jarr (seen at left with Tom Jones) has performed in lounges on and off the Strip for years, and recently made the jump to the Improv room on the second floor of Harrah’s. We were pleased to see his opening show last Friday night along with about 30 crazies from the BigEmpire.Com ( http://www.bigempire.com ) crew. As always, Cook put on a solid 2-plus hours of standards, soul, funk and just about anything else you could dance to! Got a request? Just “Tip the Jarr” — he knows thousands of songs.

On the downside, we are a little disappointed at the new digs and feel it really detracted from all that is Cook E. Jarr. Seating is done my maitre d’, the only cocktail service is cocktail waitresses, and the room is just too big and dark. Great for a comedy show, not a performer. Cook is a “man of the people” and excels in places where there is foot traffic walking by, where people have the comfort of coming and going, and where you can hear the whoops from the craps table in the background. Where he can be a roving party!

While glad to see him at a big name casino where he belongs, I implore the staff at Harrah’s to move him to the new outdoor lounge area. With the new bar, the dancing area, and the foot traffic, Cook would be stopping everybody dead in their tracks!

Cook E. Jarr plays upstairs at the Improv room at Harrah’s at midnight on Friday and Saturday. Two drink minimum. You can see more of him and his famous fans at http://www.accessvegas.com/jarr

JIMMY HOPPER – is another guy we really like. He’s been tearing up the Voodoo Lounge high atop The Rio for the past couple of years, packing them in and making a name for himself. In fact, he’s been able to woo people away from the spectacular outdoor view up there and attract standing room only crowds.

jimmy-hopper.jpg (12397 bytes)Word spread quickly, and the Luxor was quick to give him a headlining shot in their RA nightclub. RA is perfectly suited to Jimmy’s eclectic look and style. This guy is John Tesh on acid, and his music is a melodious sonic assault in the very best way!

He and his 5 piece band profess a love for any and all music, and he proved it with a set list that went from Sinatra to Bocelli (“Time to Say Goodbye”, which many know as the Bellagio theme from their commercials and fountain show). He did a solid Neil Diamond, a comical Cher (always a highlight of his act), and a superb Motown medley. He is not an impressionist — you will recognize and enjoy the songs, but he and his band add their own touches and flair.

He is still getting his “stage feet”. He’s good with the crowd, but understandably not yet Wayne Newton or Cook E. Jarr when it comes to really creating that bond. We are sure that will come with time, and after a couple more months we’ll check him out again and give you an update.

Worth the $32.50? Mmmmmmm … yes if you enjoy a seeing a great vocalist front a very talented band. If you like instrumental jazz, Motown, and the standards “kicked up a notch” (thanks, Emeril), go. You’ll really enjoy the show. Otherwise, you might want to wait. The performance is great, the band is tight, but he is just getting that “headliner” experience.

Jimmy Hopper plays The Luxor Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 PM. Tickets are 32.50 plus tax. Seating is general admission, and much more comfortable than most showrooms. Drinks are available at the bar. Jimmy has a website at http://www.jimmyhopper.com




LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Karen Rodems wrote:

> On September 26,1999 my husband and I arrived for a 5 night stay
>at Lady Luck. We paid $105 each for 5 nights.
>Friends of ours planned to spend 7 nights in LV beginning Sept.
>30.2000. Fitgeralds is totally booked & Lady Luck seems to have
>increased their rates four fold. Why have the room rates Down town
>increased so much? Also why is it so difficult to get a room this
>year in September? We have visited LV five times , always at the end
>of September and we have never had a problem getting a room Down
>town. We wonder why it is so difficult now.

Hotels frown on Saturday arrivals. It usually means a room sits empty
on Friday nights. Also, fall is prime time here. While the rest of
the country is in the grips of fall, we still have pool weather.
There also appears to be some minor conventions in town at that time.

http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-discounts.htm is showing Fitgeralds at $59.95 for the
weekend dates and 49.95 for the weekdays (subject to change — rates fluctuate like airline ticket prices due to demand). If they can move their arrival back to Friday night, they can get Las Vegas Club (very
comparable to Fitz and Lady Luck) for $45.95 every single night.

While we do get a small commission on each sale (similar to what a
travel agent gets), we link to
http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-discounts.htm because they reserve blocks of rooms ahead of time and get a volume discount.
They can then turn around pass that discount along to you. This also
means that they are often sitting on rooms when the hotel is “sold
out”. On top of that, they have a low price guarantee. Not a bad
deal in our book!

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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


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Note: You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Please note the expiration date and only enter if you will be in town and can use them. The 20’th entry in each contest will be the winner (unless otherwise noted or link to outside contest). Just sent 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.

Klondike Casino coupon sheet with 4 free late night breakfast and 4 free pasta or chicken dinners (24 hours). Both require regular restaurant beverage purchase. The Klondike is a small, local’s casino 2 blocks south of Mandalay Bay. Expires 6/13/00 so please only enter if you can use it. Enter at (contest closed)

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