Access Vegas Insider Vibe – April 19, 2006

In This Issue: New Cirque Show Love, Clint Holmes Review, Madonna Concert Dates, Blind Juggler At Crazy Girls, Jon Secada At Caesars, Football Betting Is On, Ansel Adams Exhibit, Historic Steve Wynn Video, more ….

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Hello From Las Vegas! Big week here with the announcement that the new Beatles-themed Cirque du Soleil show at The Mirage will be named “Love.” Love will bring the magic of Cirque du Soleil together with the spirit and passion of The Beatles music to create a vivid, intimate and powerful entertainment experience. It will be presented in a custom-built theatre at The Mirage featuring 360-degree seating and advanced high definition video projections with 100-foot digital, moving images. The panoramic surround sound system features speakers in each seat!

Last month, I was in the line at the grocery store about midnight and struck up a conversation with a couple in front of me who just so happened to be in this new production. They were very, very excited (although exhausted) about how rehearsals were coming along! When the performers are that excited, you know it should be a great show! Ticket info coming very soon.

Latest Insider Vibe Broadcast/Podcast Is “On The Air” – I keep you updated on the latest news, events, and exclusive commentary so you can have the true scoop on what is happening in Las Vegas.This Week On The Radio.AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe:

  • Cher replacing Celine?
  • New buyers plans for the Riviera
  • New Frontier going bye-bye, replaced by $2 billion Montreux
  • Free “Air Play” show moves to The Riviera
  • Rita Rudner to Harrah’s
  • Desert passage makeover
  • Curfew on The Strip
  • Downtown condos rise – others fail
  • New tower at Caesars?

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Giveaways! We have two different giveaways currently running, and we encourage you to enter both of them:

International Visitors: Later in this newsletter we highlight a recent news story about the drop in international tourism to the United States. Are you visiting less? Is it more of a hassle? Read the story in this issue, then feel welcome to comment on our message boards with your thoughts.

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Tickets For All U.S. Cities Available!

Soul2Soul:
Tim McGraw – Faith Hill

Jimmy Buffett

Michael Buble

Kenny Chesney

Billy Joel

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Clint Holmes at Harrah’s

Reviewed February, 2006
by Nancy Hruska

clint holmes harrah's las vegas hotels Though Vegas is known for shows where nearly anything goes, few entertainers would dare to mix musical genres such as Opera, Salsa, Broadway, and Jazz. Clint Holmes, however, has taken that road less traveled and the result is revolutionary enough for Rolling Stone to call it, “One of the most complex musical shows ever.”

Any recognition such as that could cause a performer’s head to swell, but Clint Holmes views his talent a little differently. He constantly attributes the success of his show to his cherished (and most dynamic) band, his family, and the cultural diversity of his upbringing. His energetic and deeply personal show is a journey through music that takes even Las Vegas by surprise. Click To Read The Complete Review

Madonna Coming For Two Nights To Las Vegas – The “Material Girl” is bringing her Confessions Tour to The MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas on May 27 and May 28, 2006. We have great premium seats available for all the stops on her tour, including here in Las Vegas. Click for Madonna Confessions Tour Tickets

“Billy Idol” Imperial Palace Dealertainer Computer Wallpaper – Every couple of weeks, we give you a Vegas-related free computer wallpaper download. We’ve featured lots of pretty girls (including the Crazy Girls in a recent issue) and the ladies want to see some men to balance it out! So we are starting with the “Billy Idol” Dealertainer from Imperial Palace. Also coming soon (for the ladies), American Storm (male revue) and others along this line. Everyone is welcome to click and download “Billy Idol” Dealertainer Computer Wallpaper

MSNBC just did a story regarding the drop in international tourists visiting the United States. In part, the story reads:

US tourism industry leaders and top government officials on Tuesday urged collaboration between the public and private sectors to stem shrinking US market share of international visitors.

Business leaders have voiced deep concerns over a decline in international visitors due partly to more bureaucratic US visa policies and a battered image overseas September 11, 2001.

US market share of international tourism is at an all-time low, dropping 35 per cent between 1992 and 2004, which translates into $286bn in lost revenue, according to the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA).

We know that many AccessVegas.com readers come to Las Vegas from around the world to enjoy our city, and we want your input. Are you traveling here less? Is it more of a hassle? What changes would you like to see be made?

We have devoted space on our message boards to this story. Please click over there to read more, and post your thoughts. We are very interested in what you have to say!

Caesars Palace Celebrates Cinco de Mayo Weekend With A May 6 Concert Featuring Three-Time Grammy Award Winner, Jon Secada With Special Guest Joey Daniels – Three-time Grammy Award winner Jon Secada will celebrate the Cinco de Mayo holiday weekend with his Pop, Latin and R&B grooves in the Roman Plaza Amphitheatre at Caesars Palace on Saturday, May 6, 2006. Click to Read The Full Story, Ticket Info …

World’s Most Amazing Juggler Nino Frediani Works In Crazy Girls – Legally Blind, Speaks 7 Languages; often Converses With Japanese In Audience – Nino Frediani performs as the comedic juggler who interacts with the audience nightly in the world famous “Crazy Girls” at the Riviera Hotel & Casino. The most amazing thing is that he’s 66 years old and has the reflexes of a champion athlete while being legally blind. Nino also speaks seven languages. The Japanese love ‘Crazy Girls‘ and love it even more when I speak their language. I will spot them and say, ‘Where are you from?’ during some of the hoop tricks and I will respond in Japanese to their delight. I know I just made there night. They love it!” Click to Read The Full Story …

Deep Sea 3-D at Luxor Gives Guests a True Undersea Experience – á Now through the magic of IMAX 3D, guests can experience the sea in a whole new way. Dive into Deep Sea 3-D where audiences are transported deep below the ocean surface, to swim with some of the most exceptional, dangerous and colorful creatures. With crystal clear images up to eight stories high and wrap-around digital surround sound, IMAX takes guests to places they have only imagined. Tickets are $11.99 per person. Discount tickets are available if purchased in combination with other Luxor Attractions. Call (702) 262-IMAX for show times. Click to Book The Luxor Las Vegas

Talking Football in April – The Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook is ready to kick it off in the spring. As soon as the football schedules were released, the Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook jumped on the opportunity, posting all the lines of the first week of the season. “It also gives our players the opportunity to wager on the first week throughout the summer, even though they might not be in town for the opening weekend.” Some of the highlights of the first week include: Sept. 7 (Thursday) defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers -6 over the Dolphins, Sept 10th games worth mentioning are Seattle -4 at Detroit, Denver -3 1/2 at St. Louis, Chicago -3 at Green Bay, and Indianapolis -4 at the NY Giants. The first Monday night games (that rightàtwo Monday night games) include Washington -6 over visiting Minnesota and San Diego -2 1/2 at Oakland. All the odds and props are available at the SuperBook. Click for Las Vegas Hilton Rooms and Info

The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art Presents Ansel Adams: America to Open May 3, 2006 – “We are excited to be bringing yet another groundbreaking exhibition to Las Vegas,” commented Andrea Glimcher, President of the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. “This show will be the first major exhibition in Las Vegas dedicated to one of the masters of fine art photography and represents yet another important milestone in the gallery’s programming.” Important selections from Adam’s archive will also be on view. Among them: album pages of some of Adams’ earliest photographs (1916), the 8 x 10 Kodak camera Adams used to create his iconic photographs, an album of negatives from 1932, Adams’ Swiss compass used on his photographic expeditions, and more. Click to Read The Full Story …

Gambling Talk: Video Slots – Texas Tea – with Victor H. Royer. This is a terrific game. I have played this game many times and it is not only great fun, but it also pays very well. It is a five reel 9-line video slot machine with just about the craziest, zaniest and most fun characters you will ever find in a video slot machine. I just can?t say enough about the loads of fun that you will find in this game. You will just never tire of playing it, it?s that much fun. Click to Read Complete Article

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – Steve Wynn Comments On Bellagio Construction (1996). Steve Wynn interviewed about The Bellagio while it is under construction during the December 31, 1995 New Year’s Eve celebration at The Mirage. Steve Wynn Comments On Bellagio Construction: Broadband (only)



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Readers WriteTed, a big thanks to you for all the information on your website. I just returned from a trip to Vegas with a group of co-workers. We had the best time! We used many of your tips and hope to visit again soon.

Thanks again, Terri Culver

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Have a Vegas comment or question? Post To Our Message Boards!

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

  • Post a trip report to our brand new Trip Report Message Board section! (Simply click on the New Thread option. You may be prompted to register if a fist time user. That keeps our boards safe and spam-free)!
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Coming Hot Holidays – The following dates are huge times to be in Las Vegas, and rooms are in high demand. Booking in advance is the best way to save. Visit our friends at Las Vegas Hotel Deals and spend one of the following hot dates having fun in Las Vegas:

  • Cinco de Mayo May 5 (falls on a Friday)
  • Mother’s Day May 12-14
  • Memorial Day May 26-29 (3 day weekend)
  • Father’s Day June 16-18
  • Independence Day June 30 – July 4 (4 day weekend)
  • Labor Day September 1-4 (3 day weekend)
  • Grandparents Day September 8-10
  • Columbus Day October 6-9 (3 day weekend)
  • Halloween October 31
  • Veterans Day November 10-12 (3 day weekend – Friday off)
  • Thanksgiving November 23-26 (4 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 22-25 (3 day weekend – Christmas on Monday)
  • New Year’s Eve/Day December 29 – January 1 (3 day weekend – New Years on Monday)

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Vegas Comments and Questions? Post to our message boards and get great advice from people who have been here and done it. And don’t forget our comprehensive Las Vegas Frequently Asked Questions area.

For comments or questions regarding our content or this newsletter write us at [email protected].

New to the list? See our Newsletter Archives for back issues and subscription info. Don’t hesitate to forward this newsletter to friends and associates.

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April 19, 2006 ISSN: 1529-2770 About Us

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – April 12, 2006

In This Issue: Girls Night Out (American Storm/Tryst), Giveaways, $1.1 Million Jackpot, Dennis Miller, Tom Jones, Star Trek, Bellagio Spa, Melissa Ethridge, Historic Streaming Video, more ….

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

Book Online or over the phone! Call (toll free) 800-696-5721 to book all Las Vegas Hotels, Shows, Nightlife, Tours and Golf. We live here. We know Las Vegas!

This newsletter is published exclusively for visitors to AccessVegas.Com and can only be signed up for there. We do not buy or rent lists, and this information is only for our members and guests. If you feel you have received it in error, click the unsubscribe link at the bottom. To subscribe, visit our Newsletter Site.

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

Hello From Las Vegas! Weather was in the 80’s this past week, with a storm (cooler and very windy … no rain) blowing in for the weekend. Goes to figure … doesn’t it? It has passed, and we are still looking at temps in the 80’s (F) for the rest of the month. The pools are open!

Girls Night Out – Our entertainment calendar editor Amy (who works so hard to keep all the concert listings updated) called me a while back and said “Ted … I have nine friends coming out from Michigan … all girls I grew up with. Can you set us up?” Amy does a great job, so set her up, I did. We sent them all to American Storm then on to Tryst (nightclub) at Wynn Las Vegas for a great girls night out. She reported back and you can read it in this issue.

Giveaways! We have two different giveaways currently running, and we encourage you to enter both of them:

Enjoy This Issue!



Amy’s “Girl’s Night Out”

American Storm

by Amy Rayner-Cooley

Las Vegas has a new “strip” show thanks to VH1’s, “StripSearch”. American Storm features the talented boys-next-door turned dancers who won their coveted positions on the hit reality show.

It was girl’s night out and although it may have been a little chilly outside, the sexy men of American Storm had things sizzling at the Riviera. These boys get our unanimous HOT! HOT! HOT! vote.

Performing in the intimate Le Bistro Theater, it’s obvious this show is new, but considering the number of screaming women who attended the show … Click To Read The Complete Review

Tryst at Wynn Las Vegas

by Amy Rayner-Cooley

The sensuously gorgeous, Tryst nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas is one of the newest and hottest clubs on the Strip.

Arriving at nearly midnight on a Sunday evening, the party was already well under way inside the club. The dance floor was full and the 2 bars each had a crowd around them. However, it was the pure beauty and elegance of the club that stunned me.

The 12,000 sq. ft. nightclub features a central dance floor which opens to the amazingly spectacular 90 ft. waterfall cascading into the club’s private lagoon … Click To Read The Complete Review

Southern Californian Wins $1.1 Million Wheel of Fortune Slot Jackpot at Imperial Palace: Weekend Trip With Friends Pays Off – Charlo Vanlian of Glendale, CA was ready to head to bed in the wee hours Saturday morning after playing $20 at a Wheel of Fortune slot at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino. But, since he “had been feeling lucky” and his friend was still playing nearby, Vanlian played a little more – and won $1,152,883.61 on a dollar machine. Click to Read The Full Story …

Comedian Dennis Miller Returns To MGM Grand – Tickets Now On Sale – Emmy Award-winning comedian Dennis Miller will perform in the Hollywood Theatre at MGM Grand April 13 – 17 at 9 p.m. For almost 20 years, Dennis Miller has challenged audiences with his decidedly intellectual brand of comedy. Miller first rose to national prominence in 1985 as the Weekend Update news anchor on “Saturday Night Live.” He left “Saturday Night Live” to start his own late-night television talk show and later wrote and produced the Emmy Award-winning HBO series “Dennis Miller Live.” He landed on best-seller lists The Rant Zone, I Rant Therefore I Am, and Ranting Again. His upcoming HBO Comedy Special, “Dennis Miller – All In,” debuts Saturday, Jan 21. Click to Read The Full Story And Purchase Tickets …

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Legendary Tom Jones Returns to MGM Grand – Tickets Now On Sale – Tom Jones, one of music’s most enduring personalities, will bring his legendary style back to the Hollywood Theatre May 1 – 10. Jones, one of the Hollywood Theatre’s regular performers, has been an industry icon for more than four decades. A tireless worker on stage, Jones has made numerous television appearances on ABC, VH-1 and ITV Network in Great Britain. Click to Read The Full Story And Purchase Tickets …

Package Me Up, Scotty – Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton is now offering a “Latinum Package,” which includes a dual admission ticket (Klingon Encounter and BORG Invasion 4D), ticket to “The Experience: Secrets Unveiled” exclusive behind-the-scenes tour, and two free photos – the Captain’s Chair and Borg Regeneration Chamber. The package is priced at $75.99. In case you didn’t know, Latinum is a Ferengi form of currency. Just don’t try to use it when purchasing the package. Cash or plastic only. Click for Star Trek BORG Invasion 4D Pictures

Celebrate Mom at Salon Bellagio with the Special Mother & Daughter Package – Treat Mom to far more than a simple manicure and pedicure this Mother’s Day at the newly expanded Salon Bellagio. The salon in Bellagio, located in Las Vegas’ only AAA Five Diamond casino resort, has created a distinct package designed to help daughters celebrate Mom’s special day. Enjoyed in one of the salon’s private suites, the two-hour treatment uses opulent creams and lotions for exfoliation, masques and moisturizers to create a manicure and pedicure that is truly a facial for the hands and feet. As a special treat during the treatment, there’s even tea and scones to share – with cream of course! The Mother & Daughter Package is priced at $350 for the 120-minute treatment.

Caesars Palace Announces June 17 Concert With Grammy Award Winning Artist Melissa Etheridge – Melissa Etheridge, a two-time Grammy Award Winning artist, will perform in the Roman Plaza Amphitheater at Caesars Palace on June 17, 2006. The concert is part of the “Concerts Under the Stars” series of performances in the 3,000-seat Caesars Palace Roman Plaza Amphitheater. Click to Read The Full Story And Purchase Tickets …

New Retail Outlets Sell Sleek Summer Fashions at The Mirage – Guests seeking a sultry new bikini to showoff poolside or sleek pair of jeans to wear out to the hippest hotspot need look no further than The Mirage. Swim Bikini Boutique carries designer swimwear, fashions and sportswear for her. Pick out the perfect new swimsuit for your “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” experience! Blue, a contemporary women’s fashion store for high-end denim jeans, fashion tops and accessories, features jeans and tops from Sean by Sean Combs, as well as jeans from D.A.D.S. Denim, Inc., People for Peace, Blue Cult and Switch, U.S.A. and tops from Stone Junkie. Blue makes sure you’re set to make the scene at Jet, the new nightclub at The Mirage. Both stores are located on The Mirage’s shopping promenade.

Las Vegas Hilton And Barry Manilow Celebrate Chart Success By Announcing Extension Of Manilow’s Successful Long-Term Engagement – In a special ceremony during Manilow’s performance, Nicholas L. Ribis, president & CEO of Resorts International and co-owner of the Las Vegas Hilton, announced the extension to a packed showroom. Ribis presented the superstar with a ceremonial “key” to the Las Vegas Hilton, which has been the exclusive home of Manilow’s show “Manilow: Music and Passion” since it opened in February 2005. Click to Read The Full Story And Purchase Barry Manilow Tickets …

Gambling Talk: Video Slots – Texas Tea – with Victor H. Royer. This is a terrific game. I have played this game many times and it is not only great fun, but it also pays very well. It is a five reel 9-line video slot machine with just about the craziest, zaniest and most fun characters you will ever find in a video slot machine. I just can?t say enough about the loads of fun that you will find in this game. You will just never tire of playing it, it?s that much fun. Click to Read Complete Article

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – New Year’s Eve 1994-1995. Broadcast TV footage of 1994 Las Vegas New Year’s Eve Celebration from The Mirage and Treasure Island Las Vegas featuring the Pirate Show, Mystere, Siegfried and Roy plus additional footage from other West Coast cities.. New Year’s Eve 1994-1995 Historical Video: Broadband (only)


Tickets For All U.S. Cities Available!

Soul2Soul:
Tim McGraw – Faith Hill

Jimmy Buffett

Michael Buble

Kenny Chesney

Billy Joel

See All Concerts/Sports

Sold Out and Preferred Seats!


Members Mania – We Love Our Readers!

Readers WriteDear Sir/Madam,

I have just recently returned from a ten night holiday to my favourite city, if not place ever – Vegas!

This trip was my eighth and it just keeps getting better and better. As well as the rounds of all the glamorous hotels and casinos, we also took in a few shows Rick Thomas, and Mac King.

Over the years I have found Imperial Palace suits my budget the best and is also in the best location on the strip, one tip though if you are considering staying you can never get anywhere quickly inside as the elevators are always very busy. This year we were on floor 11 and some times we could be waiting for 15 to 20 minutes for one. On the casino floor the wait is sometimes just as long so always leave plenty of time if you have places to go.

My favourite places in Vegas are Voodoo Lounge at the Rio and the Peppermill Inn, great locations, great looking staff (both male and female) and very tasty cocktails.

During my stay I walked into Joan Rivers in The Stardust, queued up for Slyvester Stallone’s autograph and also saw Sly and Sugar Ray Leonard walking through Cafe Lago in Ceasars ( they were going to the final of The Contender). This is the first time I have seen anyone famous in Vegas and it was cool. I will definitely be going back next year to do some more star spotting.

Yours,

Miss Lorna Ballantine

Ted Responds – Lorna … what a great letter! Rick Thomas and Mac King are both well worth seeing … and are two Vegas show that continue to be reasonably priced. Many love the Imperial Palace because it has a fantastic location for the money. Fortunately, it looks like they won’t be tearing it down very soon. We’ll go into all of that in our next streaming broadcast/podcast (which is coming very soon)!

Voodoo Lounge is amazing … a perfect view of The Strip. For those who have never been, we have a streaming video preview that they can enjoy of Voodoo Lounge at The Rio: Broadband or Dial-Up.

We love to hear about everyone’s great Las Vegas experiences. Readers … Tell us about yours by using the information below!

Have a Vegas comment or question? Post To Our Message Boards!

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

  • Post a trip report to our brand new Trip Report Message Board section! (Simply click on the New Thread option. You may be prompted to register if a fist time user. That keeps our boards safe and spam-free)!
  • Drop us an email at [email protected] – We read them all!
  • Post a comment, Vegas suggestion, or question to the appropriate category of our Message Boards.
  • Call our recorded comment line at 702-507-0055. We listen to every call, and use some of them on our Radio.AccessVegas.com Streaming Broadcast! (Don’t worry … we never broadcast your personal information. All calls used are edited to insure caller privacy).

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More Las Vegas News – Concerts – Events

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Coming Hot Holidays – The following dates are huge times to be in Las Vegas, and rooms are in high demand. Booking in advance is the best way to save. Visit our friends at Las Vegas Hotel Deals and spend one of the following hot dates having fun in Las Vegas:

  • Cinco de Mayo May 5 (falls on a Friday)
  • Mother’s Day May 12-14
  • Memorial Day May 26-29 (3 day weekend)
  • Father’s Day June 16-18
  • Independence Day June 30 – July 4 (4 day weekend)
  • Labor Day September 1-4 (3 day weekend)
  • Grandparents Day September 8-10
  • Columbus Day October 6-9 (3 day weekend)
  • Halloween October 31
  • Veterans Day November 10-12 (3 day weekend – Friday off)
  • Thanksgiving November 23-26 (4 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 22-25 (3 day weekend – Christmas on Monday)
  • New Year’s Eve/Day December 29 – January 1 (3 day weekend – New Years on Monday)

Do you need to get away from it all? Fill out a short survey and a 3 day 2 night hotel stay is yours! We’ve partnered with top companies who want to give our readers some hot freebies. This and other Great Free Stuff, Bargains, and More on our AccessVegas.com Advertiser Deals page. Click there now!

Link To Us! – Have a home page, web page, or blog? Link to us, and give yourself and your friends a quick link to find us from your site. Simply link to http://www.accessvegas.com and name the link Access Vegas!

RSS Feed – We now have an RSS/XML feed! Most RSS programs let you visit AccessVegas.com and automatically pull the feed. For those who want to enter it manually, the feed is:
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For comprehensive regular updates of Las Vegas news concerning visitors, events, entertainment, hotels, gambling, real estate, and tourism, please visit our Las Vegas News Update Site and enter your email address there to subscribe and stay informed!

Vegas Comments and Questions? Post to our message boards and get great advice from people who have been here and done it. And don’t forget our comprehensive Las Vegas Frequently Asked Questions area.

For comments or questions regarding our content or this newsletter write us at [email protected].

New to the list? See our Newsletter Archives for back issues and subscription info. Don’t hesitate to forward this newsletter to friends and associates.

All contents copyright 2006 Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.

April 12, 2006 ISSN: 1529-2770 About Us

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – April 5, 2006

In This Issue: Rich Little, New Giveaways, Free Crazy Girls Wallpaper, Chocolate Easter Sculpture, Louie Anderson, Historic Treasure Island Pirate Show Video, Bellagio Photos, more ….

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

Book Online or over the phone! Call (toll free) 800-696-5721 to book all Las Vegas Hotels, Shows, Nightlife, Tours and Golf. We live here. We know Las Vegas!

This newsletter is published exclusively for visitors to AccessVegas.Com and can only be signed up for there. We do not buy or rent lists, and this information is only for our members and guests. If you feel you have received it in error, click the unsubscribe link at the bottom. To subscribe, visit our Newsletter Site.

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Free Online Games!

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

Hello From Las Vegas! Spring Break and March Madness fell at the same time this past month, and it was beyond insane. Las Vegas is not only becoming the new hot spot for New Year’s Eve, but for Spring Break as well!

If your spring break years are behind you, have no fear. Did you know that the average age of the Las Vegas visitor is 47 years old? No matter what your age, tastes in food, entertainment or fun … Las Vegas continues to offer something for literally everybody.

Giveaways! We have three different giveaways currently running, and we encourage you to enter all of them:

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Las Vegas For The Spring Breaker On A Budget

General Advice – Las Vegas is very, very strict about 21 and over. No clubs are 18 to enter, 21 to drink. Casinos and clubs/bars have seen ID from every state and nation in the world. A nice smile and that half-assed fake ID isn’t going to work.

There are still things to do and see in Las Vegas for those under 21, and obviously your older friends may be insuring that the entire groups has liquor available (in the room). But to do “The Vegas” that you see on TV (bars, gambling, hanging out in casino areas), you really need to be 21. Oh … and you need to be 21 to book a room.

Gambling: What is your advice for those would like to gamble on a limited budget? – You are coming to Las Vegas. You are going to gamble. 1. Divide up your gambling budget by day. If you are bringing $200 to gamble with on a 4 day trip, you’ll be miserable if you blow it all the first day. 2. Don’t play games you don’t understand (except for some of the basic slots where you simply push a button over and over).

Blackjack and craps have a very low house edge (win percentage for the casino) if you know what you are doing. If you don’t, you might as well just hand them your money and walk away. If you plan to play table games or video poker (a skill based game), buy one of those basic “how to gamble” books in a bookstore and a cheap Vegas games software program (bargain section of any department or computer store). Practice on your computer until you get the feel of it.

Specific Games? – Don’t play roulette or the big money wheel. Both look fun and easy … and they should. They are cash cows for the house.

Don’t expect to win, but when you do, it is OK to quit! It is not just a pile of chips or credits, it is your money. If you get ahead on a good run and then the machine or table takes back 1/3 of what you have won, walk. Go have a drink, get something to eat, take a walk and people watch. If really late, go to bed (Vegas will be there when you get up). All of those options are cheaper than losing all your money back to the casino right away.

Once again, money won is your money. They don’t feel bad about taking your money when they win. You should feel great about taking their money and being able to tell your friends “I got on a good roll and left $40 (or $400) up!” You can’t brag about giving it all back.

Ways to spend a good deal of time and have a good time with a small bank roll? – The Las Vegas Strip is about five miles long and by itself is one of the most incredible experiences on the face of the earth. Just spend some time walking through as many casinos as possible (which will take hours and hours … and is fun)! One of the main, huge mistakes first time visitors make is acting like they are chained to their hotel or their little part of The Strip or downtown. Get out and explore!

Double Decker buses run up and down The Strip (and all the way to downtown Fremont Street Experience) every few minutes, 24/7 and an all-day pass is $5.00. So no reason to limit yourself. If you walked way too far down The Strip, just hop a bus back!

Any suggestions for finding low priced cocktails? – Boozing is important in Las Vegas … part of the experience! It can be expensive if you buy drinks at most hotel bars. You can have an open container anywhere on the Las Vegas Strip or Fremont Street Experience (where all the hotels are downtown).

My four tips for boozing:

1. Stock up at a convenience store and/or liquor store. Much, much, much cheaper than buying drinks out and about. However, you’ll often find yourself nowhere near your hotel room. So …

2. There are convenience and sundry stores both downtown and every few blocks along The Strip. Virtually all have huge beverage sections with a wide variety of ice cold booze. The prices are a little jacked up (think $3.00 for a 24 once ” tall boy” beer that will cost you $1.29 at the grocery store), but 24 ounces of beer is going to cost you $7-12 at the hotel bar.

It is 100% allowed to walk right into a casino with beer you bought at the store somewhere (or bought at another hotel). Not a problem. Even if it is a 24 once beer. They might have a problem with a 40 just because it is a big piece of glass. But 24 once can of Bud, Fosters or similar … not a problem.

3. Only buy your drinks at a hotel bar as a last resort. Except for a couple of exceptions (which I’ll get to in a minute), drinks at hotel bars are expensive. Usually $5.00 and up. Way up. If you are in a hotel and need booze, instead go to the gift/sundry shop in the hotel. Most sell cold beer, wine, Mikes (and similar), and hard liquor.

4. Even though spring break features moderate temperatures here (generally in the 70’s or low 80’s*), we have a dry climate. Combine that with booze and you get dehydrated quickly without realizing it. Which compounds your hangover and general energy level. Have a few bottled of water throughout the day and night in between the cocktails or you’ll hate life the next day.

* The weather is rarely “average” here. Look up the 10 day forecast online the day before you come so you can pack properly.

Food: Are there any cheap buffets left in Vegas? – Few and far between. Cheap now means $10 for dinner. When you are walking through the other hotels close to yours, scout out the buffet entrance. A sign with prices will be posted.

A buffet is much more preferable than the coffee shop. Even if there is a line to get into the buffet, once you are in you chow right away. And on decent to very good food. Except for the celeb restaurants, hotel kitchens usually service the buffet, coffee shop, and room service. So the food is all the same decent stuff.

Does someone always have to sacrifice quality for low cost? – Quality is a relative term. Not much in Las Vegas is really, really lousy. And some of the really high end stuff is over-priced. So when it comes to Las Vegas, no. Provided that you don’t go overboard gambling, you are going to have a great time for the money!

Where are the deals and how do you find them? – Las Vegas rooms are booked and sold a little differently than in other places simply because of the sheer number of rooms (130,000) that need to be sold each night. So just hitting one or two major travel sites isn’t going to find you the best deal. We keep a list of some of the current Las Vegas Discounts on and here is the real secret to that page:

Scroll down past the current discounts and you will see our exclusive information on how Vegas rooms are sold as well as multiple links to booking sites you should check and compare, including some of the bigger Vegas room companies that move large numbers of rooms a year here, but aren’t a national travel site brand name. Sometimes the best deals are Vegas specific companies!

Drink: If you’re a low roller, will you actually get free drinks? – Yes … if you are gambling. Here is the Catch-22: If you are sitting and playing a machine (and I mean actually playing it, not simply keeping the chair warm and hitting the play button once every 10 minutes), you will get a free drink from the cocktail waitress. Even if you are playing a penny or nickel machine. You are expected to tip the waitress $1 per drink when she returns with your free drink. Tip her more, you might see her more. Stiff her and it might be a while.

This is especially true if you are playing penny or nickel machines, as these players usually are the worst tippers and yet the most demanding with their drinks. (Vegas is going high-end for a reason: People buying $500 a night suites get what they pay for, and don’t bitch). So you already have one strike against you. Also, you can ask for whatever drink you want, but they won’t be pouring you the good stuff in the nickel area unless you are tipping big time.

Waitresses tip out their bartender at the end of the shift and they have all the control in the world. They can say “vodka and cranberry” or they can say “Grey Goose and cranberry.” And … they can say “I need a good rum and coke.”

Vegas is about cash, even with budget travel. If you are tipping the waitress well, the bartender gets more from the waitress at the end of the night. So the bartender works with the waitress to make sure the best tippers are getting the best drinks (within reason).

Couple of things: You can’t order two drinks at one time for one person. Don’t even try. Also, be nice to the waitress. You can be tipping her well and if you are a jerk, it won’t mean a thing.

Having said all of that, losing $20 (or a lot more) at a machine just turned your drink into a $20 drink. Plus tip.

How Free Is That Drink? Think about it: You sit down and start playing. Unless you start winning right away, you are losing money. Plus, you might not see a waitress for 10-20 minutes. Then she comes and it will be another 10-20 minutes before she gets back with your drink. Remember, she has a large area of the floor to cover, has to get orders from everyone, has to wait while her drinks are made, then has to deliver to everyone.

If you are winning or even breaking even, that is fine. But if you are losing, that gets expensive. Let’s say you start winning and you are up when you order. You are conveniently (for the casino) stuck playing until your drinks arrive. Giving the machine or table plenty of time to take back all of your money. And then some.

My advice? Buy your booze at a convenience or sundry store (whether on the street or the one in the hotel), then go sit down and play. If you are winning, you can enjoy that drink while you order up a new one from the waitress.

It is fine to order another before you finish your first one (even if it is a tall boy you bought at the store). But you can’t order two drinks per person from the waitress. And at table games, you are often allowed to have only one drink on hand. So when you see her coming, finish your first drink.

Hotels: Is it always best to book in advance from a travel website? – Las Vegas sells hotel rooms the way airlines sell plane tickets. The further ahead you book, the better the price you are going to get, within reason. Some hotels don’t release rooms for normal dates (except big events like New Years, NASCAR, big conventions) more than six months ahead. When possible, target 3-6 months out, but even 2-3 week ahead of time beats booking the week you want to visit under most all circumstances.

Can you haggle for room prices or free upgrades? – No and Yes. The prices are all computerized. Heavy gamblers and high rollers get cheap or free rooms. The rest of us simply pay the price listed.

But … there is the “$20 Trick” for room upgrades. Many Las Vegas hotels charge a premium for a Strip view or similar upgrade. Front desk staff have some latitude on upgrading guests. Place a folded up $20 bill on the counter partially under your ID and/or credit card so that the denomination is visible. As you slide them across when asked for your credit card, ask if a room with good view or something slightly nicer is available.

If they can’t accommodate you or insist on an extra charge you can simply retract the bill. If they accommodate you, this is a small price to pay!

AccessVegas.com has these and many other helpful tips at our Las Vegas Frequently Asked Questions page.

What hotels are the best bargains? – The cheapest hotels are flea-bag motels blocks away from the action downtown. And guess what … they aren’t always going to be cheaper than some of the more inexpensive hotel casinos. Remember, the casinos are thinking you’ll lose a few bucks so they try to keep the rates reasonable.

What is more important is what hotels are good for Spring Breakers and in general for 20-somethings on a budget!

1. The Plaza downtown always goes after the Spring Break crowd. Rooms are usually very moderately priced, and downtown Las Vegas is the best place to do Las Vegas on a budget. Hotels are older (anything over 15 years old is “old” by Vegas standards), but in good shape.

Anywhere on the Fremont Street Experience downtown will usually be cheaper than The Strip. You get much more of a party atmosphere (not quite Mardi Gras, but close sometimes) because all these hotels are on the same few blocks. Drinks are cheaper. $5.00 you can buy 24 hour bus pass to get you to The Strip (about 4 miles away … and don’t walk it … your time is valuable in Las Vegas … much more valuable than saving $5.00). Plus remember, the bus runs 24/7. See Fremont Street Las Vegas Photos

2. The Stratosphere is at the top of The Strip and tends to go after the Spring Break crowd with moderate hotel rates. The hotel is only a few years old, so it is nice for the money. And the tower is cool! 1000 feet above The Strip. (You don’t stay in the tower, but as a guest you get to go up to at discount). Plus, cool rides at the top of the Tower.

3. Imperial Palace is in the heart of The Strip, a fun party place, and right next door to Harrah’s Carnival Court (best outdoor party spot with live music all afternoon and night). Moderate rates, absolute best location on The Strip. Reference our Las Vegas Strip Map.

4. New Frontier has the best location … across from Wynn Las Vegas and in the heart of The Strip. Gilley’s in in the hotel with bikini bull riding, female mud wrestling, and similar. Place to party even if you aren’t country although I wouldn’t walk in dressed all hip-hop. It caters to a more middle-of-the-road and country crowd.

Honorable mention strictly based on price and being on The Strip: Sahara and Circus Circus. Probably won’t be party central, but will keep you closer to the Strip action than staying downtown.

Hotels to avoid for the budget Spring Break traveler:

1. The Palms. Yes … it is as cool as it looks on TV. And as expensive as it looks on TV. The women the ones Kanye West talks about in Gold Digger (with looks and fake body parts to match) and you guys have to compete with a bunch of rich Californian’s. Plus, it is too far from The Strip to really walk.

2. Hard Rock. See above, except that the guys are a bunch of “Vinnie’s” from Philly and the Hard Rock is almost two miles from The Strip.

3. Hooters. Unless you want to be hanging around 90% guys (most of whom are over 40). Yes, the Hooters girls are cute. But the cocktail waitresses at places you’ll want to visit like The Venetian and Mandalay Bay are much smoking hotter. And ladies … do you really want to stay at Hooters with all those cute girls in shorts running around? Stay somewhere the attention will be on you!

Please … no hate mail if you are a wealthy Californian, a “Vinnie” from the east coast, or a female hottie with a good plastic surgeon. If you can afford to stay at the trendy places, that rocks! And hotties … we are looking for calendar girls. But this article is for budget minded travelers, specifically spring breakers.

Attractions: What are the best ways to enjoy free entertainment? How about low prices/discounts? – In your hotel room will be a magazine (or two … or three) with plenty of ads for attractions, many with coupons. That is a good place to start. But don’t fall into the coupon trap! The “coupon trap” is where you spend two hours of your time going out of your way to do something just to save $5.00. Remember … your time is valuable!

You are paying all that airfare and hotel costs to be in Las Vegas, and you only have so many hours. If you spot a coupon for something you really want to do, that is great. But the quickest way to piss off your group is to drag them somewhere for something marginal just because you saw a coupon for it.

And think about it: The stuff really worth doing and seeing sells out ahead of time. If there is something you really want to do like seeing a certain show or getting a limo, book online ahead of time.

Anything that simply must be included in a Vegas trip regardless of cost? – Outside of a Cirque show, dinner at a celeb chef restaurant, or something high-end like that (which may not be something everyone appreciates anyway), here are a couple of things you should try to scrape up the money to do:

1. Get a limo. Either from the airport to your hotel, or just to ride up and down The Strip in for an hour or two. If you get it for two hours, have them take you over to Palms, go in for a lap around the hotel and a quick, expensive drink at the bar, and then say in front of all the gold digger women (or cute but snobby rich guys) … “We gotta go! The limo was supposed to be waiting for us out front 10 minutes ago!” Do remember that you are paying for the limo by the hour, so don’t start wasting time at the hotel you are visiting. Have them get back to cruising you up and down the entire Strip where the real party is!

Limos only seem expensive until you realize that you are splitting the cost with your friends. But due to availability and the problem with getting everyone on the same page after you have arrived, you should book one online in advance of your trip. We have some of the best limo rates and packages: Las Vegas Limos

2. Take a helicopter tour of The Strip at night. Cost is about $85 which includes transportation to and from your hotel and is money well spent. Don’t go with a company located on middle of The Strip. You aren’t doing this to go around the block. We suggest Maverick Helicopter Tours. You fly from the very bottom of The Strip (starting well past Mandalay Bay and the Welcome To Vegas sign, which you will see on your way to their private terminal) all the way up The Strip, past the Stratosphere Tower, all the way downtown to see the Fremont Street Experience from the air, and then all the way back again.

Maverick Helicopter Tours can be reached at 800-571-6037 or online at Maverick Helicopter Tours. They are the company that many hotel concierges recommend to their clients. Maverick has a perfect safety record, and some of the most comfortable and modern aircraft. This is a memory of a lifetime.

Things you should do even though they are cheap or free?

1. The Bellagio Fountains play every 15 minutes after dark until midnight. Must be seen, and the price is right: Free. View Fountains of Bellagio Photos

2. Sirens of TI (Treasure Island) pirate show. Hot lady pirates battle buff guy pirates in this over-the-top spectacle which features stunts and plenty of pyro. Times vary depending on season, so call over to Treasure Island when you arrive to see when show times are. Insider tip: Get out there in front of the hotel 30 minutes before the show, or most of what you see will be the back of someone’s head in front of you. See Sirens of TI Photos and special bonus: Sirens of TI Computer Wallpaper

3. Stratosphere Tower (if not staying there). $10.00 to get up, but pay the $30 for unlimited rides on top of the tower if you are a thrill seeker. Rides that hang you over the edge or shoot you high above the top of the 1000+ foot tower and you’ll want to go more than once.

If not a thrill seeker, the $10 is well worth the incredible view. Try to time your arrival for about an hour before sunset and watch The Strip light up. Great way to relax for a short while (drinks are available in the lounge) and watch Las Vegas come alive. You will get chills just seeing it happen. See Stratosphere Hotel and Tower Photos

Where To Party An Night – Stay out of the clubs. Sure, they look great on The Travel Channel and MTV. But you will wait in line for hours, pay $20-30 to get in, pay $10 for a beer, and it will be so noisy you can’t meet anybody (which is why you went on spring break, right)?. The clubs are full of rich guys buying $500 bottles of liquor in hopes of attracting the hot women (who are usually locals getting in for free to create atmosphere, but aren’t planning on going home with anyone). Once again, unless you guys want to compete with really wealthy guys for the girls, skip it, Ladies … unless you want to compete with a bunch of women are are an 11 on the 1-10 scale and spent more on body enhancements than your tuition costs this year, stay away.

But then where to party? Right in the dead center of The Strip is the best party scene around, and it is very budget conscious. Start off at Casino Royale (between Harrah’s and The Venetian) where they have $1.00 bottles of beers (brand varies), $1.00 margaritas, reasonably priced shots and mixed drinks (think $4-6 instead of the $7-10 at other hotels), cheap table limits, and a great party atmosphere. Get your buzz on there, at these prices.

Head next door to Harrah’s and catch a little bit of the dueling piano show. Hilarious and fun … and free. But keep moving along .. remember … this is Vegas, baby! Always more to do and see and you can always come back to something that looks good. Walk out (south) towards Imperial Palace, passing Carnival Court on your left. Great party atmosphere later at night, flair bartenders, live bands … just one of the best places to party. But don’t go in there yet.

Just past the Imperial Palace is O’Sheas. Inexpensive and strong drinks, decent table limits, a fun Irish theme … just a great place to party and meet people. In fact, Casino Royale and O’Sheas are famous as fun, bargain places for college and 20-somethings all year long. Always happening on any evening and well into the night.

Just past O’Sheas is Margaritaville. Now … this is no budget place. Drinks are not cheap. But a great atmosphere and there will probably be someone in your party who wants to check it out. Take a swing through it. Head up to the very top floor for a great laid-back view of The Strip, and maybe even get a drink if you need to kick back or chill out for a few minutes. The drink won’t be cheap, but you are paying for the view and vibe in a laid-back atmosphere. After 10:00 PM, a live band cranks up for a party vibe.

Now you’ve checked it all out and you can just work your way back, stopping where you are inspired to. Want to save on liquor costs? Between the Carnival Court and Imperial Palace is (drum roll please … you guessed it): A sundry store that sells cold beer and liquor! If you are losing that buzz from Casino Royale and don’t want to pay the drink prices at the dueling piano bar and/or Margaritaville, simply stop and and reload. Just don’t open the booze in the store! Even Vegas has pesky little laws like that. Or … head right back over to Casino Royale for a few more dollar beers and margaritas! Then off to Carnival Court!

Do the above over and over and over and over and over and over … you get the picture!

Tipping Your Bartender -á Just because beers and margaritas are $1.00 at Casino Royale and you are on a budget doesn’t mean that you should stiff the bartender. They are your friend. You are probably going to be in town for a few days. The better memory they have of you, the better your cocktails will be. I don’t care how tight you are with money: Tip $1 a drink at any bar ($5 is fine for a round that is bigger than five drinks). And the bartender might just pour a little extra liquor in your mixed drinks next time as his way of saying thanks.

Special Note About Strip Clubs – Guys, leave those to the old dudes who have hundreds of dollars to spend and no game (or are married). Here is why this is important: Strip clubs pay taxi and limo drivers $20-50 per person that they deliver to a strip club. These clubs are off the Vegas Strip, and think about it: If these places were the hot party spot, they wouldn’t have to bribe drivers to take you there.

When getting into a taxi anywhere (if you are a group of guys), the driver will try to get you to go to a strip club no matter where you are headed! Don’t! You’ll pay a cover charge, expensive drinks, and … you’ll be facing a pretty expensive cab ride to get back to your hotel on top of it!

Even if you have a couple hundred dollars burning a hole in your pocket to spend on women, you just take that to the Carnival Court at Harrah’s, or the bar at places like O’Sheas or Casino Royale, or even Shadow Bar at Caesars (not cheap, but nice … fun and happening bar). Spot a cute group of girls. Have a little conversation and if they aren’t dissing you … buy them a round for drinks.

Think about it: you will never go home with any of the strippers (and frankly … you may not want to … there is a reason they keep the lights so low in those places). But you may hit it off with one of the cool women that hang at the fun party bars and casinos!

Getting Advice From Cabbies -á Don’t do it. Las Vegas has almost 2 million people. The suburbs stretch as far as the eye can see. Only a small handful of us actually hit The Strip like a tourist on a regular basis. (Hey … it’s tough work, but somebody has to do it). Virtually everyone who works on The Strip (hotel workers, taxi drivers, etc.) gets the hell out at the end of their shift. They put in their 8-12 hours and want to go home, not keep mingling with tourists. Asking a taxi driver about anything you want to do or see is like asking Donald Trump what it is like to drive a Hyundai. They have no clue. They will tell you anything just to seem helpful and get a bigger tip.

Bottom Line: Las Vegas is a great place for Spring Break. Enjoy your stay! Oh … and the minute you get back home, start making plans for Las Vegas New Year’s Eve!

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 22, 2005

In This Issue: Latest From Las Vegas, Limos Are Hot, Dirk Arthur and Tigers Wallpaper, Barry Manilow Is #1, Free Internet Poker Advice, Photo of Rio Las Vegas, Members Mania, more ….

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Hello From Las Vegas! The Tropicana may or may not be a victim of an implosion later on this year, but Dirk Arthur is celebrating his one year anniversary there with no signs of letting up. Catch it while you can! Who would have thought that Barry Manilow would have a #1 selling CD? And the only place to see him is Las Vegas! We’ve got a great, free audio clip from our Gaming Expert Victor H. Royer in this issue, filling you on on how to win.

After a few cold and windy days (including some light rain last Sunday), the week ahead is looking good with highs in the 70’s!

Limos Are Hot and I mean red hot. I was sifting through some of the reservations we’ve taken just today, and you would be surprised at how many are flying on on Southwest or Allegiant or similar discount airline, then kicking off your vacation with a limo ride from the airport to your hotel.

An airline seat is an airline seat, but nothing rocks your vacation from the very first minute like being whisked away in a limo, and the grand entrance you make at the hotel is priceless! The cost? Not much more than a cab. Seriously. Click to check our our limo rates and see for yourself!

Last Chance To Win the book Powerful Profits At Internet Poker by our gaming expert Victor H. Royer. If you are new to internet poker, interested in it, or playing and not getting the results you want, you need this book. And we are giving away five copies! Enter Drawing For Powerful Profits From Internet Poker. We also have a link to a free 14 minute expert audio segment on this topic later in the newsletter.

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Xtreme Magic starring
Dirk Arthur

Xtreme Magic Starring Dirk Arthur celebrates its first year at the Tropicana Resort & Casino this month. The success of the afternoon production show in the Tiffany Theatre has led to an extension through April 1, 2006. Magician Dirk Arthur continues to amaze audiences with his “Xtreme Magic.” He is known for his grand illusions, which include the appearance of a Robinson helicopter and an Amtrak train. He is also recognized for showcasing the largest number of exotic cats ever to appear in an afternoon show on the Las Vegas Strip. Click for Xtreme Magic starring Dirk Arthur Tickets

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Charting Manilow To The TopBarry Manilow, who headlines at the Las Vegas Hilton with “Manilow: Music and Passion” released his new The Greatest Songs of the Fifties. How’s this for fast? It debuted in the top spot on the Billboard Top 200, giving Barry his best sales week since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. The songs of the best-selling album? “Moments To Remember,” “It’s All In The Game,” “Unchained Melody,” “Venus,” “It’s Not For Me To Say,” “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing,” “Rags To Riches,” “Sincerely/Teach Me Tonight (Duet with Phyllis McGuire),” “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” “Young At Heart,” “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” “What A Difference A Day Made,” and “Beyond The Sea.”

La Femme and MGM Grand Welcome New Ownership of Famed Parent Show Crazy Horse in Paris – New Plans Set for Worldwide Crazy Horse Productions La Femme at MGM Grand and its parent show Crazy Horse in Paris are under new ownership. Founded by French entrepreneur Alain Bernardin in 1951, Crazy Horse had been owned and operated by Bernardin’s three children Didier, Pascal and Sophie since his death in 1994. The Bernardin siblings recently sold their rights to a group of shareholders led by Belgian businessmen Philippe Lhomme and Yannick Kalantarian. Click To Read Full Story …

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Internationally known band, Chuy & Company Featuring Danielle, take the stage in the Celebration Lounge at The Tropicana. The band has performed all over the world in places such as Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Mazatlan, and Belize. While on tour, Chuy & Company Featuring Danielle served as the opening act for such well-known headliners as Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, and Paul Anka. They entertain audiences with an eclectic mix of music ranging from top hits and classic rock to jazz, Latin, and Country, while adding some impersonations to their show. Performances are Tuesday and Thursday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., and from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. There are no performances Sunday and Monday nights. The show is Free to the public.

“Forever Plaid” Marks One Year Anniversary at the Gold Coast – “‘Forever Plaid’-The Heavenly Musical Hit” recently celebrated its one year anniversary at the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino . The show debuted in the Gold Coast Showroom on Jan. 15, 2005. Since opening night, “Forever Plaid” has been a sensational hit, provoking laughter and tears, sometimes at the same time. The showroom continues to be filled with sophisticated audiences who adore ’50s and’60s music, a wholesome story, and never-ending comedic banter. Loyal Plaid enthusiasts return to see the show over and over again. In addition to a year of packed houses at the Gold Coast, the Las Vegas production had a successful six-year run at the Flamingo Las Vegas from 1995 to 2001. They are the first “Forever Plaid” production to reach this many performances. Click To Read The Full Story …

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – 1994 Coming Resorts. This historical clip features the Dunes Implosion, Bellagio announcement, New York-New York announcement, Stratosphere construction update, Boomtown (now Silverton), Buffalo Bills, Fiesta and more Click To Watch 1994 Coming Resorts Historical Video: Broadband (only)

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week – Check out the fantastic photos of The Rio. The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, features spacious 600-square foot studio suite accommodations. Resort amenities include 14 award-winning restaurants, five pools including a lagoon and sand beach, full-service salon and spa including a complete fitness center, and the Masquerade Village, complete with Mardi Gras excitement and two floors of boutique shopping.


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Readers Write

Dear Ted, I’ve just got back from a 7 night vacation in Las Vegas today (Fri) and miss it already. I only lost $10 overall so I’m pleased. I stayed at the Stardust and was very sad to find this magnificent piece of LV history is to die at the end of 2006 – Is there some way to save it and incorporate the main West Tower into the new complex and save the beautiful name?.

Anyway my fave place was off strip – The Rio. It’s floor show in the afternoon is second to none with photo opportunities too – extremely professional and fun too. Long live The Rio. Also what few people in my group realized that some of the best eating establishments are off strip, esp. the Gold Coast Buffet – What a choice – lunchtime buffet only $7.45 – I came out rather heavier than I went in. – Any surveys you run please include me so I can rate the best of Beautiful Las Vegas. Ted keep up the good work.

Regards – Owen (South Shields, England)

Ted Responds – Owen, glad you had such a great time! I’m thrilled and flattered by our friends around the world who love Las Vegas, travel so far to see us, and enjoy our information. Because of the scope of the size of the Stardust replacement, the building will come down. But Radio.AccessVegas.com listeners know that I am no fan of the replacement name “Echelon Place”. At the very least, it would be nice if part of the new complex kept some of the Stardust name. Thanks for writing!

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  • March Madness (NCAA College Basketball Playoffs) March 16-19, March 23-26, and April 1-3
  • Mother’s Day May 12-14
  • Memorial Day May 26-29 (3 day weekend)
  • Father’s Day June 16-18
  • Independence Day June 30 – July 4 (4 day weekend)
  • Labor Day September 1-4 (3 day weekend)
  • Grandparents Day September 8-10
  • Columbus Day October 6-9 (3 day weekend)
  • Halloween October 31
  • Veterans Day November 10-12 (3 day weekend – Friday off)
  • Thanksgiving >November 23-26 (4 day weekend)
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  • New Year’s Eve/Day December 29 – January 1 (3 day weekend – New Years on Monday)

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February 22, 2006 ISSN: 1529-2770 About Us

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – February 8, 2006

In This Issue: Valentines Day Suggestions, Exclusive Radio Show, Win Lance Burton Tickets and Poker Books, Carrot Top, Mirage Volcano, Sirens Of TI Wallpaper, Luxor Photos, more ….

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Hello From Las Vegas! Super Bowl weekend was huge, with about 285,000 people in town, and it seems like everybody had a bet on the game. I have little interest in either team and simply bet for fun. In Nevada, we call it a “TV bet” when you bet on a game just to have some rooting interest. I lost my bet (Seattle to win +165 … that means I picked Seattle to win and would have been paid $165 for every $100 I bet … getting a bonus for taking the underdog) but had fun watching the game.

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Valentines Day is almost here. Guys … if you are like me, you forget about it until the last minute. Well … now it’s the last minute and if you want to bring that special lady to Las Vegas, don’t delay. Rooms are going very, very, very fast. I would do the following:

1. Visit our friends at Las Vegas Hotel Deals and lock up that room immediately.

2. She’ll forgive that you flew in coach on some discount airline (and almost forgot about Valentines) if you treat her with a limo ride from the airport. So book your Las Vegas Limo Reservation now. And if you can’t get the mid-week off to take her, make her day special with a card that says “We are going to Vegas soon!”

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Nothing Like A Hummer In Vegas! – Girls Go Wild and Boys Go Crazy! That’s what happens in H2 Hummers in Las Vegas on The Strip. Click To Cruise The Vegas Strip Like You Own It!

Flying Into Vegas? Get A Limo To Your Hotel or Special Event (dinner, show, etc): For only a few bucks more than a cab, arrive in style after cruising up The Strip. Be the one everyone else envy’s by booking your Las Vegas Limo Reservation now!


Carrot Top Review: I Can’t Believe I
Watched the Whole Show, and I Liked It!

By Phil Arnold
December 2005

Carrot Top las vegas hotels hiltonHow long has Carrot Top been around and how famous is he? I don’t have a clue about the answer to those questions, and his web site certainly didn’t help me find out information. Carrot Top may be a publicity hound, but what does that have to do with his show? Nothing I guess. I enjoyed watching this show and I was surprised.

Carrot Top does annoying commercials, kind of looks like the Wendy’s girl as he brings up in his show, but he is a unique type of comic. He is what I call a prop comic. I have seen this before in Las Vegas with a comic by the name of Joe Trammel. But Carrot Top is much more accomplished and has about four trunks of props he goes through during a show, maybe more. Click To Read The Complete Review

Volcano Time Change At The Mirage – The Mirage volcano now erupts at the top of each hour from 6 p.m. to midnight. Each night the explosive show transforms a dramatic waterfall in front of The Mirage into a spectacular, flame-throwing volcano with molten streams of lava. More than 3,000 computerized lights create this nightly optical illusion. The nightly show is free to the public.

Las Vegas’ Sultry Sirens Of TI
To Perform In Chicago

Leaving their ships and the Las Vegas Strip behind, the cast of the Sirens of TI will transform Chicago’s “reserve” ultra lounge into a steamy one-of-a-kind affair. The sultry Sirens and Pirates, who perform nightly at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, will present a special evening of seductive moves and sensual songs at the club Friday, Feb. 24 from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

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Sirens Of TI Computer Wallpaper!

The Shops in Desert Passage (Aladdin) Entertainment Schedule:

V Theater:

Laugh, sing and be amazed by the stunning shows inside the V Theater, located by the Desert Passage main stage. Reminisce with the Beatles tribute, The Fab Four, watch the sensual dancers of “X” – An Erotic Adventure and be dazzled by the stunning acts in “V” The Ultimate Variety Show.

Pianos:

Enjoy the music of talented solo pianists located near The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Jazz and Pop standards will serenade you on your shopping excursion.

Saturday – Sunday
Every hour 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Segways:

Helpful Desert Passage ambassadors scoot around the center on Segways, answering shoppers’ questions.

Daily
12 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Indoor Rainstorm:

One of the miracles not to be missed during your Desert Passage visit is Las Vegas’ only live, indoor rainstorm at Merchants’ Harbor, featuring thunder, lightning and pouring rain.

Monday – Thursday: Top of each hour
Friday – Sunday: Every half hour

Pedicab Rides:

Shop in style. Hail a pedicab at Customer Service or in the hall of lamps and rest your weary legs while you feast your eyes. Fares are $4 per ride.

Sunday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Valentine’s Day In Las Vegas – Something for the Body… Looking for some sensual attire for your sweetie? We have some shopping spots that offer the perfect solution:

  • Ranging from intimate apparel, tanks, tees, candles, accessories and more, the La Femme gift boutique at MGM Grand has a wide variety of ideas for that special someone. How about a red satin La Femme robe or a La Femme black mini skirt with ruffle? Ooh la la! Le Femme Show Info
  • Ivan Kane and Champagne Suzy, the royal couple of Hollywood and Las Vegas nightlife, brought the American art of burlesque back into vogue with their Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce nightclubs. Now the duo has opened their first-ever Champagne Suzy Boutique at Mandalay Bay, featuring the Forty Deuce and Champagne Suzy collections – sexy branded merchandise and a burlesque-inspired couture line. From signature Forty Deuce nude mesh bras with pasties to glamorous gowns that wrap your love in timeless elegance, the boutique has a fantastic selection of sensual attire.
  • Sirens Apparel at Treasure Island has a seductive selection of sexy women’s fashions, inspired by the sultry Sirens of TI.

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – George Wallace. George Wallace, who has been selling out comedy clubs and concert venues all over the country, derives his comedy from the everyday and simply shares moments of life. Among other comics, Wallace is known at “the guy who can roll the room over if it’s dead.” Click To Watch George Wallace At The Flamingo: Dial-Up or Broadband

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week – Check out the fantastic photos of The Luxor. A marvel of modern architecture, Luxor’s great onyx-hued pyramid has become the most distinctive landmark on the Las Vegas Strip. Rising 350 feet into the sky and crowned with the world’s brightest beam of light, Luxor guides you across the desert to experience the excitement and luxury of this Las Vegas oasis.

Readers Rants, Raves, and Questions – Great reader questions and comments from our Access Vegas Message Boards. Help someone out or post your own comment or question!

Coming Hot Holidays – The following dates are huge times to be in Las Vegas, and rooms are in high demand. Booking in advance is the best way to save. Visit our friends at Las Vegas Hotel Deals and spend one of the following hot dates having fun in Las Vegas:

  • Valentines Day February 14
  • Presidents Day February 17-20 (3 day weekend)
  • Mother’s Day May 12-14
  • Memorial Day May 26-29 (3 day weekend)
  • Father’s Day June 16-18
  • Independence Day June 30 – July 4 (4 day weekend)
  • Labor Day September 1-4 (3 day weekend)
  • Grandparents Day September 8-10
  • Columbus Day October 6-9 (3 day weekend)
  • Halloween October 31
  • Veterans Day November 10-12 (3 day weekend – Friday off)
  • Thanksgiving >November 23-26 (4 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 22-25 (3 day weekend – Christmas on Monday)
  • New Year’s Eve/Day December 29 – January 1 (3 day weekend – New Years on Monday)

RSS Feed – We now have an RSS/XML feed on the main page of AccessVegas.com! Not sure what that is? It’s a cutting edge way to see What’s New and What’s Hot all the time. Or you can simply visit AccessVegas.com often check out the What’s Hot section. Most RSS programs let you visit AccessVegas.com and automatically pull the feed. For those who want to enter it manually, the feed is:
http://www.accessvegas.com/xml/whats-hot.xml

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Vegas Comments and Questions? Post to our message boards and get great advice from people who have been here and done it. And don’t forget our comprehensive Las Vegas Frequently Asked Questions area.

For comments or questions regarding our content or this newsletter write us at [email protected].

New to the list? See our Newsletter Archives for back issues and subscription info. Don’t hesitate to forward this newsletter to friends and associates.

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February 8, 2006 ISSN: 1529-2770 About Us

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – February 1, 2006

In This Issue: New Contests and Giveaways, Imperial Palace Dealertainers, David Copperfield Returns, Wynn Las Vegas Video, Splash Showgirl Photos Readers Rants and Raves, more ….

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

Book online or over the phone! Call (toll free) 800-696-5721 to book all Las Vegas Hotels, Shows, Nightlife, Tours and Golf. We live here. We know Las Vegas!

This newsletter is published exclusively for visitors to AccessVegas.Com and can only be signed up for there. We do not buy or rent lists, and this information is only for our members and guests. If you feel you have received it in error, click the unsubscribe link at the bottom. To subscribe, visit our Newsletter Site.

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

Hello From Las Vegas! Weather is in the low 70’s and the rumble in the distance is the roar of the 250,000+ people expected to be in town for the Superbowl this weekend! Hint to you single ladies: The guy-to-girl ratio on Superbowl weekend is about 5-1. Next year, grab your girlfriends and visit during the big game even if you don’t care about football!

Couple of great giveaways and contests in this issue, with more to come. Stay subscribed for your chance to win tickets to American Storm, Clint Holmes, and some great Vegas books as well. Just the tip of the iceberg to thank you for reading and listening!

January 29 Insider Vibe Broadcast/Podcast Is “On The Air” – The latest weekly edition of our new broadcast is available now! I’ll keep you updated on the latest news, events, and exclusive commentary so you can have the true scoop on what is happening in Las Vegas. Click over to Radio @ AccessVegas.com and listen now so you don’t miss a thing. I cover exclusive information in the broadcast that isn’t in the newsletter!

Current Contest – Win four tickets to see Lance Burton! Two (2) winners will be chosen at random to receive 4 complimentary tickets to see Lance Burton at the Monte Carlo Las Vegas.

Enter To Win Lance Burton Tickets!

Ted In The News – I want to give a shout-out to my friend Kimo Akane of Kimo’s Vegas and his mention in MidWeek: The Weekend, January 19, 2006 Las Vegas article reaching over 250,000 Hawaiians. Click to read the archived article. Kimo picked up on my Tropicana predictions from my January 14’th broadcast/podcast (listen to archive: dial-up or broadband). Kimo has a weekly radio show in Honolulu which is also archived as a podcast at Kimo’s Vegas.

Enjoy This Issue!


Flying Into Vegas?
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  • Get A Limo To Your Hotel or Special Event (dinner, show, etc): For only a few bucks more than a cab, arrive in style after cruising up The Strip. Be the one everyone else envy’s by booking your Las Vegas Limo Reservation now!
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Dealertainers Perform Miracles! Imperial Palace Celebrity Impersonators Rival Real Deal – Can Stevie Wonder deal blackjack? You bet. If he’s a “Dealertainer” at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino. Where else but in Las Vegas could you mix dealers who look like celebrities and entertainers who learn how to deal to create a winning combination of celebrity impersonator dealers. The IP’s signature gaming-entertainment concept has been so popular since its start in 2003 that Dealertainers work the casino daily from noon to 4 a.m.When the lights and music come on, all eyes in the casino — well, maybe not the pit bosses — turn to the Dealertainer stage in the middle of the pit. Suddenly Billy Idol, Gwen Stefani or Rod Stewart breaks into a song, and toes start tapping, bodies gyrate to the beat and occasionally you hear a hotel guest singing nearly as loudly as the superstar.

There are 29 Dealertainers, including two versions of Elvis, Louie Armstrong, Bette Midler, the Blues Brothers and Aretha Franklin. One Dealertainer performs as Janet Jackson — and also as Prince. So, just how does Stevie Wonder deal blackjack? Depending on who you ask — and how far their tongues are planted in their cheeks — either card players go by the honor system or the deck has been imprinted with Braille …

Click to Book The Imperial Palace Now

Gambling Talk: Win The Hot New Book “Powerful Profits From Internet Poker – by our gaming writer Victor H. Royer. The games are virtualùthe profits are real! Poker is hotter than ever, and these days, you don’t need to live near a casino to play! Internet poker offers the ideal solution for players who know the basics and are looking for a fun, easy way to get into a game. But with dozens of sites offering hundreds of games, how do you pick the ones that offer you the bestùand most lucrativeùgaming experience?

Powerful Profits from Internet Poker is the first book to answer the real questions posed by real Internet players, including:

  • What fees am I going to have to pay?
  • What are the applicable laws and how can they affect me?
  • How do I get to play in the big-money tournaments?
  • Can I be cheated? How?
  • How does “buddy play” affect me?

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Master Magician and Illusionist David Copperfield kicks off his 2006 tour at the MGM Grand’s intimate 740-seat Hollywood Theatre with scheduled performances on February 16 – March 1 and March 30 – April 12. Show times are 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. nightly, with additional shows on Saturdays at 3 p.m. Click to find our more and purchase David Copperfield Tickets

Something’s Brewing At The Las Vegas Hilton – The Las Vegas Hilton has opened another part of its construction and renovation project. Fortuna is the perfect contemporary gourmet coffee and wine bar. Warm and inviting (and open 24 hours), it is located right off the new lobby and features world-class Illy coffee, international bottled waters, boutique wines (select from a full wine menu by the glass or purchase a full bottle) and an array of breakfast gourmet pastries, fruit tarts, fruits, yogurt, and cakes. Express lunch also is offered with a choice of deli and Panini sandwiches. Wireless internet access is available as well. Click to Book The Las Vegas Hilton Now

Seablue at MGM Grand offers Classic Cocktails with an Extravagant Twist – Las Vegas libations get more creative every day as master mixologists compete to capture the taste buds of nightlife connoisseurs. But there is still something to be said for the classics; especially when Seablue’s Wine & Beverage Director, Gabrielle “Gibby” Whelehan, works with such lavish ingredients as caviar and Dom Perignon. Check out these fabulous new but classic offerings to Seablue’s beverage menu:

  • Manhattan – $35 Pappi Old Van Winkle
  • Margarita – $55 Don Julio 1942 Blue Agave Tequila, Grand Marnier 100
  • Martini – $275 Stoli Elite Vodka and 1oz. of Beluga Caviar
  • ‘Ladies Who Lunch’ – $375 4 Mimosas made with 1996 Dom Perignon and fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Sidecar – $825 Hardy’s Perfection, Grand Marnier 150, hand macerated Meyer Lemons

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – Wynn Las Vegas. It was one year ago on Superbowl Sunday that Steve Wynn unveiled his ad for his new hotel. Click To Watch: Wynn Las Vegas Commercial Debut

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week – Check out the fantastic photos of Splash, a classic Las Vegas variety in a true “Las Vegas Style” production show. The stage spectacular Splash captivates audiences with an amazing union of the grand showgirl performance with intense rapid-fire variety. Gorgeous showgirls and dynamic dancers performing high-energy numbers share the stage with modern tribute artists, hilarious comedy jugglers, world-class ice skaters, international specialty acts and motorcycle daredevils.

Readers Rants and Raves – Great reader questions and comments from our Access Vegas Message Boards. Help someone out or post your own question!

Coming Hot Holidays – The following dates are huge times to be in Las Vegas, and rooms are in high demand. Booking in advance is the best way to save. Visit our friends at Las Vegas Hotel Deals and spend one of the following hot dates having fun in Las Vegas:

  • Valentines Day February 14
  • Presidents Day February 17-20 (3 day weekend)
  • Mother’s Day May 12-14
  • Memorial Day May 26-29 (3 day weekend)
  • Father’s Day June 16-18
  • Independence Day June 30 – July 4 (4 day weekend)
  • Labor Day September 1-4 (3 day weekend)
  • Grandparents Day September 8-10
  • Columbus Day October 6-9 (3 day weekend)
  • Halloween October 31
  • Veterans Day November 10-12 (3 day weekend – Friday off)
  • Thanksgiving >November 23-26 (4 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 22-25 (3 day weekend – Christmas on Monday)
  • New Year’s Eve/Day December 29 – January 1 (3 day weekend – New Years on Monday)

RSS Feed – We now have an RSS/XML feed on the main page of AccessVegas.com! Not sure what that is? It’s a cutting edge way to see What’s New and What’s Hot all the time. Or you can simply visit AccessVegas.com often check out the What’s Hot section. Most RSS programs let you visit AccessVegas.com and automatically pull the feed. For those who want to enter it manually, the feed is:
http://www.accessvegas.com/xml/whats-hot.xml

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February 1, 2006 ISSN: 1529-2770 About Us

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 25, 2006

In This Issue: Miss America, Win Lance Burton Tickets, Hairspray Arrives, “Tip Of The Week” Contest, Superbowl Parties, Classic Implosion Video, Zumanity Photos, Reader Rants, Insider Vibe Broadcast/Podcast, more ….

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

Book online or over the phone! Call (toll free) 800-696-5721 to book all Las Vegas Hotels, Shows, Nightlife, Tours and Golf. We live here. We know Las Vegas!

This newsletter is published exclusively for visitors to AccessVegas.Com and can only be signed up for there. We do not buy or rent lists, and this information is only for our members and guests. If you feel you have received it in error, click the unsubscribe link at the bottom. To subscribe, visit our Newsletter Site.

AccessVegas.com Quick Info Menu:

Las Vegas Essentials
Free Photos, Wallpaper, and Streaming Videos
Free Online Games!

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

Hello From Las Vegas! Running a little late this week, always so much happening in Las Vegas! Couple of great giveaways and contests this issue, with more to come. Stay subscribed for your chance to win tickets to American Storm, Clint Holmes, and some great Vegas books as well. Just the tip of the iceberg to thank you for reading and listening!

Latest Insider Vibe Broadcast/Podcast Is “On The Air” – The latest weekly edition of our new broadcast is available now! I’ll keep you updated on the latest news, events, and exclusive commentary so you can have the true scoop on what is happening in Las Vegas. You can listen online right now at your computer (streaming audio) or download it as a podcast and listen anytime. Click over to Radio @ AccessVegas.com and listen now so you don’t miss a thing. And be sure to call our listener line at (702) 507-0055 and leave recorded questions or comments.

Miss America 2006 – was crowned last weekend and we congratulate Miss Oklahoma Jennifer Berry (pictured center – and at first glance, you thought that this was a picture of the cocktail waitresses at Venetian or Mandalay Bay)! After years of declining ratings and interest, the move to Las Vegas spiced up the show and was a huge success. This city embraced the pageant 100% and we hope to have them all back in 2007!

Enjoy This Issue!


Flying Into Vegas?
Take Advantage Of These Great Resources!

  • Get A Limo To Your Hotel or Special Event (dinner, show, etc): For only a few bucks more than a cab, arrive in style after cruising up The Strip. Be the one everyone else envy’s by booking your Las Vegas Limo Reservation now!
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Win Lance Burton Tickets! – From sleight-of-hand tricks to grand illusions, suspending disbelief is Lance Burton’s forte. The world champion magician, who headlines at the Monte Carlo Las Vegas, immerses audiences in his world – a world where gloves turn to doves and burning candles appear in his hands. Nationally recognized as one of the world’s greatest prestidigitators.

Two (2) winners will be chosen at random to receive 4 complimentary tickets to see Lance Burton at the Monte Carlo Las Vegas. Tickets are valid between February 20, 2006 and March 31, 2006.

Enter To Win Lance Burton Tickets!

A Night in Broadway Style – Help your love let their hair down, go back in time and dance the night away! Hairspray, Broadway’s musical comedy phenomenon, begins its multi-year engagement at Luxor Las Vegas featuring legendary Broadway stars Harvey Fierstein and Dick Latessa. Preview performances begin February 6 with the regular performance schedule starting February 17, making it a perfect Valentine’s gift. The fantastically fun musical opened on Broadway in August 2002 to rave reviews, winning eight 2003 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Hairspray tickets are moving quickly: Click to Book Hairspray Tickets Now or call 800-696-5721

Las Vegas “Tip Of The Week” Contest – Did you catch our “Tip Of The Week Contest” that we introduced January 14’th (two weeks ago) at Radio @ AccessVegas.com? If not, you still have until the end of the month to enter! Simply listen and find out how to win! Radio @ AccessVegas.com Streaming Broadcast: Broadband or Dial Up

Miss Oklahoma Wins The 2006 Miss America Competition In Las Vegas – Miss Oklahoma Jennifer Berry was crowned Miss America 2006 at The Aladdin Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Her walk across the stage marked her first steps on a journey that will take her from spotlight to spotlight, coast to coast, traveling approximately 20,000 miles each month during her upcoming year of service.

Jennifer Berry, 22, a resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a student at the University of Oklahoma. She is majoring in elementary education. With the title, Berry won a $30,000 scholarship to continue her education. She was crowned Miss America during the final competition, which aired live from Las Vegas on CMT. Berry performed ballet en pointe as her talent selection for the evening. Click to read full story …

Superbowl Parties – The N.F.L. (No Fun League) has outlawed the type of Superbowl parties thrown by Las Vegas in years gone by. Casinos used to set up multiple huge screens in a convention room, charge one door fee for all-you-can-eat-and-drink plus huge prize giveaways, the Miller/Bud/Coors girls … you get the idea. The N.F.L. has determined that charging admission to see the game in any form (even if the fee is to cover party essentials) is not legal, and has banned hotels from doing so.

However, with legal betting, Superbowl Sunday is the biggest sporting day of the year here and every hotel and bar shows the game on every screen in the place. In fact, many set up special screens in the gaming areas so you can roll the dice while you root on your team (or the team you bet on). Next week, we should have some details on specific events (game specials, etc.) various hotels may be having.

Rainbow Bar & Grill Unveils Famous Familiar Faces – Star-struck fans will enjoy dining next to rock n’ roll legends next time they visit the Rainbow Bar & Grill. For weeks, patrons have wondered what was lurking under the black curtain behind the main bar in the popular rock n’ roll restaurant. After working with designers from Las Vegas-based RECRE-ART, the likenesses of Ozzy Osbourne, Guns n’ Roses guitarist Slash (pictured), Jimi Hendrix and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler have emerged from the wall. Click to read full story …

Gambling Talk: Poker: The Man With No Tells – with Victor H. Royer. He’s a legend, quietly going about his poker career with little or no fanfare. He has never been noted by the media and never written about, yet he is as famous in poker circles as any champion. Perhaps this is because he has never played in any tournament. That is his choice. He is an extremely private man, and shies away from public exposure. He is quiet and unassuming. He plays his game and says little. He is a consummate professional and a thorough gentlemen, well respected and liked by all who know him. His game is high-stakes hold-em, and sometimes seven-stud … Click to continue reading The Man With No Tells

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – Aladdin Implosion. . With so many announced and pending changes (Boardwalk closing, Tropicana getting close to a huge make-over, Castaways/Showboat imploded), we thought it would be fun to look back at the implosion of the original Aladdin. As you may know, the new Aladdin never performed up to expectations, and is in the middle of a major make-over and conversion to Planet Hollywood. Click To Watch: The Implosion of The Aladdin Hotel

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week – Check out the fantastic photos of Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil, a show for lovers, would-be lovers, and anyone whose imagination has ever been sparked by the idea of love. The international cast, consisting of 50 eclectic and flirtatious performers and musicians awaken primal urges to a new form of eroticism blending movement, style, acrobatics, uninhibited costumes and beautiful bodies with the sensual caress of the human voice and insistent pulse of exotic rhythms.

Vegas Book Of The Week – Back in the day when gangsters ran Las Vegas, this was the surest bet in town: mention Frank Sinatra in the same breath with the mob and nasty things happened to knee caps. Friends of Frank likely won’t be happy to hear that entertainment icon Jerry Lewis is going public about Ol’ Blue Eyes’ wiseguy ties. Sinatra, who went to his grave denying any mafia association, was a mob courier, Lewis says in the new book “Sinatra: The Life.” Read full story …

Buy The Book – Sinatra : The Life

Read a great Vegas book? Tell us about it at [email protected]

Las Vegas Real Estate – Our new real estate experts will help guide you through the tricky Las Vegas real estate markets. Cotti.Chaney and Associates was founded in early 2005 by former top Pulte Homes Sales Associates Chris Chaney and Frank “Cotti” Endellicate, and Las Vegas residential real estate specialist Lenny Endellicate. Having a unique view on the ever changing Las Vegas market through the eyes of one of the largest builders in the nation, Pulte/Del Webb, they make a tremendous impact on how real estate transactions should be performed in Las Vegas. Read this week’s article 10 Biggest Selling Myths Uncovered

Readers Rants and Raves – Great reader questions and comments from our Access Vegas Message Boards. Help someone out or post your own question!

Coming Hot Holidays – The following dates are huge times to be in Las Vegas, and rooms are in high demand. Booking in advance is the best way to save. Visit our friends at Las Vegas Hotel Deals and spend one of the following hot dates having fun in Las Vegas:

  • Chinese New Year January 27-29
  • Superbowl Weekend February 3-5
  • Valentines Day February 14
  • Presidents Day February 17-20 (3 day weekend)
  • Mother’s Day May 12-14
  • Memorial Day May 26-29 (3 day weekend)
  • Father’s Day June 16-18
  • Independence Day June 30 – July 4 (4 day weekend)
  • Labor Day September 1-4 (3 day weekend)
  • Grandparents Day September 8-10
  • Columbus Day October 6-9 (3 day weekend)
  • Halloween October 31
  • Veterans Day November 10-12 (3 day weekend – Friday off)
  • Thanksgiving >November 23-26 (4 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 22-25 (3 day weekend – Christmas on Monday)
  • New Year’s Eve/Day December 29 – January 1 (3 day weekend – New Years on Monday)

RSS Feed – We now have an RSS/XML feed on the main page of AccessVegas.com! Not sure what that is? It’s a cutting edge way to see What’s New and What’s Hot all the time. Or you can simply visit AccessVegas.com often check out the What’s Hot section. Most RSS programs let you visit AccessVegas.com and automatically pull the feed. For those who want to enter it manually, the feed is:
http://www.accessvegas.com/xml/whats-hot.xml

Link To Us! – Have a home page, web page, or blog? Link to us, and give yourself and your friends a quick link to find us from your site. Simply link to http://www.accessvegas.com and name the link Access Vegas!

Share the info: Click to Email this newsletter to a friend!

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Vegas Comments and Questions? Post to our message boards and get great advice from people who have been here and done it. And don’t forget our comprehensive Las Vegas Frequently Asked Questions area.For comments or questions regarding our content or this newsletter write us at [email protected].New to the list? See our Newsletter Archives for back issues and subscription info. Don’t hesitate to forward this newsletter to friends and associates.

All contents copyright 2006 Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.

January 25, 2006 ISSN: 1529-2770 About Us

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 11, 2006

In This Issue: $5000 Hamburger, Sexiest Shows In Vegas, Elton John Red Piano Free Video, Implosions and Hotel Closings, Amazing Johnathan, “Celine” Joins Legends In Concert, Golden Nugget Photos, Reader Rants, Insider Vibe Broadcast/Podcast, more ….

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

Book online or over the phone! Call (toll free) 800-696-5721 to book all Las Vegas Hotels, Shows, Nightlife, Tours and Golf. We live here. We know Las Vegas!

This newsletter is published exclusively for visitors to AccessVegas.Com and can only be signed up for there. We do not buy or rent lists, and this information is only for our members and guests. If you feel you have received it in error, click the unsubscribe link at the bottom. To subscribe, visit our Newsletter Site.

AccessVegas.com Quick Info Menu:

Las Vegas Essentials
Free Photos, Wallpaper, and Streaming Videos
Free Online Games!

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

Hello From Las Vegas! So much happening in Las Vegas from hotels closing to implosions to sexy show news … you name it. So let’s get right down to business!

Insider Vibe Broadcast/Podcast Is “On The Air” – The latest edition of our new broadcast is available now! I’ll keep you updated on the latest news, events, and exclusive commentary so you can have the true scoop on what is happening in Las Vegas. You can listen online right now at your computer (streaming audio) or download it as a podcast and listen anytime. Click over to Radio @ AccessVegas.com and listen now so you don’t miss a thing. And make sure to call our listener line at (702) 507-0055 and leave recorded questions or comments.

Enjoy This Issue!


Flying Into Vegas?
Take Advantage Of These Great Resources!

  • Discount Airport Parking (Most US Cities): * Save Over Airport Prices * Enjoy Low Weekly Rates * FREE Shuttle to All Terminals * Safe and Secure! Book Now At Airport Parking Reservations
  • Get A Limo To Your Hotel or Special Event (dinner, show, etc): For only a few bucks more than a cab, arrive in style after cruising up The Strip. Be the one everyone else envy’s by booking your Las Vegas Limo Reservation now!

Show Review: Amazing Johnathan

by Nancy Hruska

Well, it looks as though conventional magic and traditional punch line comedy have viciously been tossed out a 20 story hotel casino. Their replacements? Shameful jokes, psychic strippers, humiliated audience members, bad karate theatre, and the revival of the lost art of foam magic. The perpetrator? The Amazing Johnathan.

When it comes to competitive top Las Vegas shows, a comic magician who is undyingly abrasive with absolutely no sense of shame could be a recipe for disaster. But in Johnathan&’s show, where nothing is sacred and no act too vile, this guy is just pure genius. Click to read the complete review …

Bye-Bye Boardwalk – After almost 40 years on the Las Vegas Strip the Boardwalk hotel-casino is now officially closed. The MGM-Mirage is tearing down the property to build Project City Center. The $5 billion development is expected to open in 2010. It will include a 60-story, 4,000-room hotel-casino, boutique hotels, a major shopping mall and more than 1,600 luxury condominiums. Click to Read Full Story (with streaming video)

Purple Reign Moves To Monte Carlo – In related news, Boardwalk regular performers Purple Reign (Prince Tribute Show) have moved to the Monte Carlo, where they recreate the sights and sounds of Prince at the Monte Carlo Pub and Brewery every Wednesday at 10 p.m. and 12 a.m. There is no cover charge and patrons must be at least 21 years of age.

Purple Reign takes the audience on a musical journey of some of Prince&’s greatest hits. The group&’s repertoire includes popular songs such as &”Let’s Go Crazy,&” &”You’ve Got the Look,&” &”Kiss,&” &”Take Me With You,&” &”Raspberry Beret,&” &”Little Red Corvette,&” &”1999&” and &”Purple Rain.&” One of Las Vegas’ hottest nightspots, the Monte Carlo Pub & Brewery is one of the largest microbreweries in the country.

A New Day For Legends in Concert – Celine Dion Joins Celebrity Tribute Spectacular – There’s a new day coming with Brigitte Valdez returning as Celine Dion in “Legends in Concert,” the award-winning celebrity tribute at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino. With an incredibly strong voice and fabulous costumes, Valdez transforms herself into the incomparable diva to perform “I Drove All Night,” “Because You Love Me,” “Power of Love,” “That’s the Way It Is” and “My Heart Will Go On.” Valdez last performed as Celine Dion in Legends in 2003. Click to read full story … or Legends In Concert Ticket Info

The Most Extravagant and Expensive Burger Experience Ever Conceived – In the land of $100 margaritas and $1,000 shots of whiskey, it should come as no surprise that Las Vegas is now home to an extravagant burger-eating experience to rival all others. Renowned Chef Hubert Keller of Fleur de Lys at Mandalay Bay presents FleurBurger 5000, a gastronomic jackpot. The fois gras and black truffle-topped Kobe burger is served on a brioche truffle bun and garnished with Chef Keller’s special sauce consisting of, you guessed it, more truffles.

To accompany this decadent burger, guests enjoy a bottle of Chateau Petrus 1990 poured in Ichendorf Brunello stemware, exclusively imported from Italy. After the meal, the team at Fleur de Lys ship the glasses to the guest’s home at no additional charge. This level of decadence can be savored for $5,000.

Sexiest Shows in VegasFantasy at Luxor Tops the List AOL cityguide recently voted Fantasy at Luxor the &”Sexiest Show in Vegas!&” Set in Luxor&’s 350-seat Atrium Showroom, this provocative adult revue brings fantasies to life with the sizzling Fantasy dancers. Choreographed by Cris Judd and Eddie Garcia and produced by Emmy-award winner Anita Mann, Fantasy features sultry costumes and delicious dance numbers that tempt audiences with just the right amount of seduction.

Fantasy wasn&’t the only MGM MIRAGE show to make the list: La Femme at MGM Grand, straight from the Crazy Horse in Paris, holds the number three spot, while those sexy Aussies of Thunder From Down Under at Excalibur and Cirque du Soleil&’s Zumanity at New York-New York made #9 and #10 respectively.

New TI Bridge Gives Guests Easy Access – Shopping has become another great reason to visit Las Vegas, with easy access to many high-end luxury stores you would only find all together in Los Angeles or New York. Now a Las Vegas shopping excursion is even easier with Treasure Island&’s new pedestrian bridge connecting the AAA Four Diamond award-winning property to the Fashion Show mall.

An elegant rotunda entryway and large screen video display welcome guests traveling to and fro with escalators to the bridge conveniently located inside TI between Tangerine Lounge & Nightclub and Canter’s Deli. Fashion Show is one of the nation’s largest shopping malls featuring more than 250 specialty shops and restaurants as well as seven high-end flagship department stores including Bloomingdale’s Home Furniture Store, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, Robinsons-May and Saks Fifth Avenue. TI (Treasure Island) Las Vegas Info

Castaways Goes Boom – The old Castaways hotel-casino is no more. The 19-story off-Strip hotel — which used to be known as the Showboat — was imploded shortly after 7 a.m. this morning about three miles east of downtown Las Vegas. The casino had closed in January 2004 after changing hands in bankruptcy court. Click to Read Full Story (with streaming video) (Editors Note: There was virtually no advance warning to the media about this implosion or we certainly would have let you know).

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – Elton John: The Red Piano. The career of international singer/songwriter and performer Elton John has spanned more than three decades. By all measures, he is one of the world’s most successful touring artists and one of the top-selling solo artists of all time. The Red Piano 2006 Show Schedule: January: 31 February: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19 March: 28, 29, 31 April: 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9. Tickets sell out very fast. Elton John Las Vegas is a concert to be sure to see while in town. Click To Watch: Elton John – The Red Piano

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week – Check out the fantastic photos of The Golden Nugget. Comfort and luxury are hallmarks of the Golden Nugget as recognized by the AAA Four Diamond Award for 27 consecutive years. Relax in our beautifully decorated guest rooms and suites, which offer spectacular views of the the lights of Las Vegas, our pool terrace and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Click for more information on The Golden Nugget.

Vegas Book Of The Week – Las Vegas chefs are getting scrutiny in another new dining book, as well. It is “Reservations Required” by Henderson resident Sarah Lee Marks. Marks covers 26 chefs. She provides for each a brief biography, restaurant description and two of the chef’s favorite recipes. The mix is mostly chefs of restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip, but includes restaurants at Lake Las Vegas and outlying neighborhoods, as well. Read full story …

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  • Chinese New Year January 27-29
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  • Memorial Day May 26-29 (3 day weekend)
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  • Independence Day June 30 – July 4 (4 day weekend)
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  • Grandparents Day September 8-10
  • Columbus Day October 6-9 (3 day weekend)
  • Halloween October 31
  • Veterans Day November 10-12 (3 day weekend – Friday off)
  • Thanksgiving >November 23-26 (4 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 22-25 (3 day weekend – Christmas on Monday)
  • New Year’s Eve/Day December 29 – January 1 (3 day weekend – New Years on Monday)

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 4, 2006

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

In This Issue: Le Reve, Wheel Of Fortune Hits, Stardust To Come Down, Reba At Hilton, Fireworks Streaming Video, Hypnosis Gone Wild, Hot Holiday Dates, MTV Vegas Casting Call, Readers Rants and Raves, more ….

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Hello From Las Vegas! And a very, very Happy New year to all! As usual, the entire Las Vegas Strip was closed to traffic with $500,000 worth of fireworks going of the rooftops of hotels from Excalibur to Stratosphere, assuring that everybody had a spectacular show. We’ll link to streaming video later in this issue.

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Show Review – Le Reve

Reviewed December 2005
Nancy Hruska

la reve wynn las vegas cirque soleil dragonAn escape from consciousness to the more colorful subconscious joined by love, hate, joy, pain, and all the bizarre characters a less than perfect world has to offer… This is Le Reve. Oh Franco, this one really hits home.

Le Reve, created by former Cirque du Soleil creative heavyweight Franco Dragone, is thoughtfully built upon a premise every human can embrace- The Dream. The show’s subtitle, “A Small Collection of Imperfect Dreams,” becomes apparent not only scene to scene, but for the real world as well- a reflection of our own imperfect or impeccable dispositions. Click to read the complete review …

Ohioan Wins Wheel of Fortune at Imperial Palace – Thanksgiving vacationer hits quarter Megajackpot for $448,714.95. Five spins of a Wheel of Fortune machine at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino and Jennifer Peculis was in shock: she had just won $448,714.95. The 28-year-old Ohioan and her fiance, Ben, had enjoyed a long Thanksgiving weekend at the Imperial Palace and had already checked out Monday morning. But their flight was not until late afternoon, so Peculis was trying her luck at a Wheel of Fortune Megajackpot quarter machine.

She had already played two others before trying the third with $10. Less than five minutes later, she won the progressive jackpot on the most popular slot machine game of all time. “I saw the first Wheel of Fortune symbol, then up came the second and by the time the third came up it was a blur,” Peculis said. She was so excited, she didn’t even realize at first how much she had won. Peculis said she plans to pay off her house, her car and student loans, “And still have a lot left over,” she added. Imperial Palace Las Vegas Info

Stardust Go Boom? – Boyd Gaming Corp. unveiled plans on Wednesday for a $4 billion hotel, retail and casino development in Las Vegas to open in early 2010. The development, Echelon Place, will be built on a 63-acre site on the Las Vegas Strip, the company said. It will include four hotels featuring 5,300 guest rooms and suites. The Las Vegas site is currently occupied by the Stardust, which the company said it will operate through 2006.

The $4 billion Echelon Place development will feature the $2.9 billion wholly-owned Echelon Resort, which includes a tower with 2,600 rooms, another tower 700 suites, a 140,000 square foot casino and 25 restaurants and bars. The development will also include deals with partners for other hotels and entertainment facilities.

Reba Plays The Hilton, Multiple 2006 Dates – The Las Vegas Hilton has signed Reba McEntire to a multi-week engagement in 2006. The superstar begins the first part of her engagement on Wednesday, May 3, 2006.

“The Las Vegas Hilton, home of Barry Manilow, now welcomes another legend to our resort, continuing entertainment as a key element for this classic property,” said Ken Ciancimino, executive vice president of the Las Vegas Hilton. “This agreement with Reba McEntire, a superstar with great crossover appeal, enhances our outstanding entertainment lineup for 2006, solidifying the Las Vegas Hilton brand and the Resorts International brand overall.” The formal announcement of the agreement was made today at a news conference at the property featuring McEntire. The “Key to the Heart” concert series is presented by Whirlpool to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Reba has helped to raise awareness for Habitat on a personal and professional level for some time. Read full story …

Playboy Feb. 2006 Playmate To Sign At Palms – Cassandra Lynn will do a meet and greet and autograph signing Saturday, January 14, 2006, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Palms sportsbook. She will also introduce Playboy’s Hollywood Comedy Tour on January 14, 2006, in The Lounge. Tickets for Playboy’s Hollywood Comedy Tour will also be available for purchase (cash only).

Secret Shortcuts For Drivers – If you drive to town or rent a car, you know that trying to get anywhere on The Strip takes forever, especially on weekend evenings. Of course, we local’s don’t get stuck in it because we know the alternate routes, and you should too. Check out this article Know the Territory – Savvy drivers reduce time on congested Strip by using alternative routes

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – Watch it free right now! It is 2006 … Happy New Year … and the only thing we need to show you this week are the fireworks that brought in this Great New Year here in Las Vegas! Click on over to local TV station KLAS Channel 8 Las Vegas New Year’s Eve Fireworks!

Helpful hint: In the “Add To Playlist” box, check all four videos (all four parts of the show) and then hit Play. You’ll see the whole show wherever you are!

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week – Check out the fantastic photos of THE Hotel at Mandalay Bay. THE Hotel is the perfect compliment to our already-impressive property. At 43 stories, it rises above the Las Vegas Strip. Within, 1,120 suites with separate living and sleeping areas, hospitable meeting places and swank hotspots all combine to make an airy, cosmopolitan haven for those who appreciate life’s finer things. Click for more information on THE Hotel at Mandalay Bay.

Vegas Book Of The Week – A culinary tour of Las Vegas does not have to be laden with calories. You can meet up with top chefs and sample some of their recipes in “Personal Favorites, The Chefs of Las Vegas,” by Heidi Knapp Rinella, the Review-Journal’s restaurant critic and food columnist. It is a comprehensive look at the infusion of cooking talent into Las Vegas that began in 1992, when celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck staked his claim by opening Spago at the Forum Shops at Caesars. Read full story …

Buy The Book: Personal Favorites, The Chefs of Las Vegas

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More Streaming Radio and Podcasts – More and more local radio stations are streaming online to the world, and the list of Las Vegas podcasts grows as well. KJUL (Sinatra style music) and KSFN (Hot Talk) have added streaming feed, and we have a number of great podcasts listed. Check out our Las Vegas Radio and Podcast page and start listening!

Michael John’s “Hypnosis Gone Wild” – For an R-rated good time without the raunchiness see hypnotist Michael Johns in the Hypnotic Lounge (an intimate showroom) at the Stardust. Michael Johns never crosses the line but keeps his adult-oriented show fun and full of laughter. It was Art Linkletter who said, “People are funny.” When Johns brings this out in their subconscious mind it’s a big hit. When Michael Johns is on the road don’t be surprised if you see his world-renowned partner Terry Stokes. Show times are 10 p.m. nightly. Click for Hypnosis Gone Wild Show Tickets and Info

Coming Hot Holidays – The following dates are huge times to be in Las Vegas, and rooms are in high demand. Booking in advance is the best way to save. Visit our friends at I4Vegas Discount Las Vegas Reservations and spend one of the following hot dates having fun in Las Vegas:

  • Martin Luther King Day January 13-16 (3 day weekend)
  • Chinese New Year January 27-29
  • Valentines Day February 14
  • Presidents Day February 17-20 (3 day weekend)
  • Mother’s Day May 12-14
  • Memorial Day May 26-29 (3 day weekend)
  • Father’s Day June 16-18
  • Independence Day June 30 – July 4 (4 day weekend)
  • Labor Day September 1-4 (3 day weekend)
  • Grandparents Day September 8-10
  • Columbus Day October 6-9 (3 day weekend)
  • Halloween October 31
  • Veterans Day November 10-12 (3 day weekend – Friday off)
  • Thanksgiving >November 23-26 (4 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 22-25 (3 day weekend – Christmas on Monday)
  • New Year’s Eve/Day December 29 – January 1 (3 day weekend – New Years on Monday)

True Life Casting Call… New MTV Series: I’m Moving to Las Vegas – If the saying “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” is true for people who vacation there, what does it say about people who actually live there?? MTV’s True Life is looking to follow several young people over the next few months as they head out to live in one of the most hedonistic places on earth. Click for complete MTV Casting Call Details

Readers Rants and Raves – Great reader questions and comments from our Access Vegas Message Boards. Help someone out or post your own question!

RSS Feed – We now have an RSS/XML feed on the main page of AccessVegas.com! Not sure what that is? It’s a cutting edge way to see What’s New and What’s Hot all the time. Or you can simply visit AccessVegas.com often check out the What’s Hot section. Most RSS programs let you visit AccessVegas.com and automatically pull the feed. For those who want to enter it manually, the feed is:
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