Access Vegas Insider Vibe – February 28, 2007

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Hello From Las Vegas! Our thanks to reader Mike Jauken who found the source of the “hit you three ways” quote in our last issue. It was part of a routine by Christian comedian Mike Warnke during the 70’s.

Mamma Mia! Celebrates Four Years – A big congratulation to Mamma Mia! on four successful years in Las Vegas. Many shows have come and gone during that time, and Mamma Mia continues to draw rave reviews. In celebration, we have added some new Mamma Mia photos to our online photo gallery this week. We want to celebrate and hook you up: Save $30 right now on Mamma Mia tickets!

St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness – start at the same time on March 15-18 with St. Patrick’s day on Saturday March 17, 2007!

Combined with some spring break dates around the country, this is already shaping up to be one of the big-time fun weekends of the year. Check your schedule, put in for the time off, get a friend who will call you in sick… whatever it takes. Get your friends together, check with our friends at Las Vegas Hotel Deals and get your rooms before they are sold out. This is a guys weekend not to be missed.

NASCAR UAW Daimler-Chrysler 400 – The March 11, 2007 Las Veags race is sold out at the box office, but we have tickets available for what is one of the premier (and most viewed) races on the cup circuit: NASCAR Nextel Cup Series: UAW Daimler-Chrysler 400 Tickets

Correction On PokerIn our last issue we posted a note from Rita Hawn of Ultimate Poker Challenge about how you can all go down and watch the show film downtown, and even have a chance to sign up and play. The good news? We printed the URL just as they sent it. The bad news? Then sent a wrong web address. The correct one is http://www.ultimatepokerchallenge.com

Insider Tourist Traffic Tips – Our local “Road Warrior” traffic columnist Omar Sofradzija wrote an article called Survival tips for NBA fans a couple of weeks ago. It was to help the NBA All-Star fans get around (car, cab, public transportation), but has tons of good info for any visitor coming at any time.

Canadian Correction – Our apologies to our Canadian readers as we had Canadian Thanksgiving incorrectly listed in our “Hot Holidays” at the end of the newsletter.

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Celine Dion – A New Day

Celine Dion - A New Dayby Amy Rayner-Cooley

Celine Dion in “A New Day…” is, in one word amazing! After only one song, I was not only completely enthralled, but I could see why “A New Day…” is one of the hottest tickets in town.

Featuring many of Celine’s most recognizable songs including, “The Power of Love”, “Because You Loved Me”, “I Drove All Night” and “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now”, no one will walk away from this masterpiece disappointed. Celine’s powerful voice is even more beautiful in person than I could have imagined and completely explains why this show sells out weeks in advance. Click to Read The Full Review…

Two Cases Of Mistaken Elvis Identity ‘Legends’ Impersonator On Two Mag Covers, Each Wrong Name – In a town with nearly as many Elvises as there are buffets, those who impersonate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll with style, grace and real talent stand far and above the rest of the sideburned wannabes in jumpsuits. At the top is Matt Lewis, featured performer of Legends in Concert (Show Ticket Link), the celebrity tribute spectacular now in its 24th year at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino. Lewis first impersonated Elvis for a school talent show when he was 12 years old. Now, six nights every week, two shows per night for the past four years, Lewis leaves the ladies swooning in the aisles with his charm, boyish good looks, commanding voice and dead-ringer compelling impersonation of the truck driver from Tupelo. Click to Read The Full Story …

Sahara Sold To California Businessman: Resort Facing ‘Tremendous’ Renovation – A Hollywood movie producer, restaurateur and nightclub owner has bought the aging Moroccan-themed Sahara, the Review-Journal learned Friday night. Sam Nazarian, through his Los Angeles-based SBE Entertainment Group, agreed to purchase the Sahara from the family of late casino pioneer William Bennett. No purchase price was disclosed, but sources said the transaction was between $300 million and $400 million for the 17.45-acre parcel on the Strip that includes the 1,720-room hotel-casino. Click to Read The Full Story …

Indulge in a Decadent Tequila Toast – Take your taste buds on a decadent journey south of the border inside Isla Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar at Treasure Island. For $99, a beautiful and seductive Tequila Goddess will come to your table and create your very own “Goddess Elixir” right before your eyes. This indulgent yet tasty concoction features Herradura Seleccion Suprema, one of the world’s finest aged tequilas, 100-year old Grand Marnier, Cointreau and fresh citrus syrup.

Inspirada, One of the Largest New Urbanist Communities in the U.S., Officially Opens in Southern Nevada – Inspirada, a precedent-setting nearly 2,000-acre master-planned community in the southern foothills of the Las Vegas valley, will open its information center on Saturday, February 24. The Information Center will allow prospective homebuyers to get a firsthand glimpse of the design and vision for the community which features progressive architectural design and the integration of residential, commercial and recreational areas within the master plan. In conjunction with the opening of the Inspirada Information Center, KB Home’s 17 model homes and sales office will open. Click to Read The Full Story …

Fred Leighton Bellagio Celebrates Women with Rare American History Exhibit – March is WomenÆs History Month and what better way to celebrate women than with fine jewels! Join Fred Leighton Bellagio now through April 5 as they offer a rare chance to view and own extraordinary, collectible pieces of American history. Many of these acclaimed works of art have graced dignitaries, historical figures and legendary celebrities such as Joan Crawford, Loretta Young and Georgia OÆKeefe. All the jewelry was crafted by American artists and each design is reflective of the year it was created. Fred Leighton is located among the luxury retailers of Via Bellagio and is the only Nevada location to feature the display.

Gambling Talk: Playing Internet Tournaments — Part 5 — Faster Play – with Victor H. Royer. Real world poker players, especially those used to land-based poker tournaments, tend to be comfortable in sitting around for many hours without actually playing any hands, because they understand that the real world poker tournaments are marathons that usually take many hours, and often many days to complete. As a result, they pace themselves differently compared to the world of the Internet poker tournament. Therefore, when they now find themselves sitting in front of their computer and playing on Internet poker tournament, they tend to be overwhelmed by the very nature of the game, and its accompanying speed. Click to Read Complete Article

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian – Whether it’s a stroll along a cobblestone walkway, or a relaxing ride in an authentic Italian gondola, The Grand Canal Shoppes offers a shopping experience like no other. Enjoy world class dining, shopping and elegance in an atmosphere of sophistication and refinement. Enjoy all that life has to offer… indulge in the uniqueness of The Grand Canal Shoppes. Benvenuto!

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week: MonteLago Village Resort at Lake Las Vegas – The theme of this mega-resort is unmistakably Mediterranean. If you’re looking for a resort away from the electricity of the Vegas strip, yet want everything that Vegas has to offer, the MonteLago will surpass your expectations. The MonteLago Village Resort is located about 18 miles from the Vegas strip, on the shores of Lake Las Vegas. Not that you’ll want to leave the resort..

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Hi Ted,I was wondering if you could email the newsletter to my home email as well as my office? My home email address is (redacted for privacy).

Great newsletters by the way. My fiance and I love Las Vegas and would love to live there, not just for the strip, but for everything including it’s proximity to other attractions. We’ve been twice in the last two years and getting regular newsletters makes be feel better about not being there.

Thanks again.

Linda Clifton

Ted Responds:

Linda, Not a problem! Everyone is welcome to subscribe both with a home and work (or secondary) address so they get enjoy reading wherever they are. Anyone wishing to subscribe a first (or second) email address can use the form on our main newsletter page.

Most people who live here generally don’t go near The Strip (unless they work there or for a special night out). Las Vegas is a very different place being in the desert and with the mix of new residents from all over the world. People who move here with the attitude of enjoying the entire area as a place to live enjoy living here the most!


Hi Ted,Love the newsletter. Have a question for you. I like to rent a vehicle while we stay in Las Vegas. I’ve heard a lot of rumors about the new central rental car facility but haven’t been able to pinpoint when it opens and exactly where it’s going to be. Do you have any updates?

Thanks and keep up the good work.

Rich

Ted Responds:

Rick, I drive by it a couple times a month. It is at 7200 Gilespie Street, Las Vegas, 89123 (Google Map Link). It is on the left side of the street. I don’t have a definitive date, but it is getting close. Certainly will be sometime this year.

Special personal tip when using it:

From the looks of the traffic set-up already in place, it looks like they will encourage people to head south out of the facility, and use Warm Springs over to Las Vegas Blvd. Screw that. Turn north out of the rental car facility, and take Gilespie north up to Sunset. Left (west) on Sunset to Las Vegas Blvd. You’ll miss a lot of traffic and the intersection of Las Vegas Blvd. and I-215 (our beltway).

Or for you who enjoy using Paradise to avoid Strip traffic, north on Gilespie, turn right (east) on George Crocket Rd which will directly put you into the airport tunnel onto Paradise. Just for fun, don’t miss glancing at the Harrah’s World Headquarters at George Crocket and Bermuda if you take that route. Hope it helps and makes it more fun to look forward to your next trip!


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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:

  • 2007

  • St. Patricks Day March 17 (Falls on a Saturday)
  • March Madness (NCAA Basketball Playoffs) March 15-18, March 22-25, Final Four March 31-April 2
  • Victoria Day (Canada) May 19-21 (3 day weekend)
  • Memorial Day May 26-28 (3 day weekend)
  • Mothers Day May 13
  • Fathers Day June 17
  • Independence Day July 4
  • Civic Holiday (Canada) August 6 (3 day weekend)
  • Labor Day September 1-3 (3 day weekend)
  • Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada) October 6-8 (3 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 25 (4 day weekend – Christmas on Tuesday)
  • New Year’s Eve-Day December 29 – January 1 (4 day weekend – New Years on Tuesday)

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – February 21, 2007

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


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

Hello From Las Vegas! Someone once said in a movie (or maybe a boxer from years gone by) the following: “I’m going to hit you three ways… Hard, Fast, and Continuously!”

Well, that is what we have in store the next 10 days or so. Huge amounts of info coming out of Las Vegas, and we know that you all read for different reasons and have varied interests, so we don’t want to leave anything out. So… We are going to publish three issues in the next 10 days or so. Hang tight, lots of great stuff! Always remember that many of our readers keep our emails for weeks to enjoy them all and go back to read what they missed the first time!

Jimmy Hopper Returns – Long time Las Vegas headliner Jimmy Hopper is coming back for a couple nights in May. Seems like every few weeks, someone still asks about him and when/if he’ll be playing again. He returning May 12 and 13, 2007 at the Suncoast Hotel Casino in Northwest Las Vegas. Tickets available by calling 702-636-7075 and more info about Jimmy and his current projects at http://www.jimmyhopper.com

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.You can listen online right now at your computer (streaming audio). Choose your connection to listen now: Dial-Up or Broadband.Podcast users: MP3 Download, iTunes link, and RSS info at Radio.AccessVegas.com

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Marco Antonio Barrera Puts His Title On The Line Against Juan Manuel Marquez Saturday, March 17 At Mandalay Bay – World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Featherweight Champion, Marco Antonio Barrera will meet World Boxing Organization (WBO) Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel Marquez Saturday, March 17 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino (Barrera vs. Marquez Tickets). Boxing fans have been waiting a long time for this battle between two of the most recognized Mexican fighters in the world. The 12-round WBC Super Featherweight Championship, Barrera vs. Marquez, “Fearless,” is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Romanza Boxing and will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST. Click to Read The Full Story …The Falls Golf Club Presents a Golf Equipment Demonstration Day – The Falls Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas Resort invites golf enthusiasts to an equipment demonstration day, featuring the latest in sporting gear, accessories, outerwear, nutrition supplements and more. Representatives from Titleist, FootJoy, Nike, Callaway, Taylor Made, Oakley, Red Bull and more will allow the public, golf members and hotel guests to test drive their equipment free of charge. Click to Read The Full Story …

Celebrate the Luck of the Irish at Nine Fine Irishmen – Find your pot of gold at Nine Fine Irishmen inside New York-New York. The hotel’s annual Celtic Feis (festival) will feature a rolickin’ indoor/outdoor party offering the best in traditional Irish fare and toe-tapping jigs. A three-day party inside Nine Fine Irishmen and outside on New York-New York’s Brooklyn Bridge will follow beginning at 2 p.m. The merriment will continue throughout St. Paddy’s Day weekend until the wee hours of March 18. Entertainment will be provided by Sin E RiRa, Nine Fine Irishmen’s house band, and Elevation, a U2 cover band, among other performers. Tickets are $20 per day; a three-day pass is available for $60.

The Cannery Casino & Hotel Presents T.G. Sheppard And Exile On April 7 – The Cannery Casino & Hotel presents T.G. Sheppard and Exile on Saturday, April 7 at 8 p.m. inside The Club. T.G. Sheppard has always had an unstoppable passion for music. That passion, combined with a steadfast dedication to entertainment, has made him one of the most popular live performers in country music today. With a show full of chart-topping hits like “Last Cheater’s Waltz,” “I Loved ‘Em Every One” and “Do You Wanna Go To Heaven,” it’s only natural that Sheppard has developed a reputation as a solid performer who delivers exactly what audiences want. Click to Read The Full Story and for Ticket Info…

Embrace the Blues and Nothing But the Blues – House of Blues Las Vegas now presents “Nothing But The Blues” every Wednesday night inside Mandalay Bay. Each week, guests are invited to experience an evening of the blues in the intimate House of Blues concert venue. The weekly three-hour showcase will include notable blues artists, emerging talent and surprise musical guests. “Nothing But The Blues” offers the very music on which House of Blues built its foundation. House of Blues is at Mandalay Bay.

Boys Of Summer Are Warming Up! – With Spring approaching, baseball is soon to follow. The Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook is already in mid-season form, with oddsmakers posting the first over/under regular season wins for each major league team. Patrons can either bet over or under these posted numbers. This bet gives guests “action” for the entire year and their team doesn’t even have to win the World Series. Leading the way are the New York Yankees at 96 1/2, Boston is posted at 90 1/2, St. Louis is 84 1/2, and Dodgers are 88 1/2. All the numbers and rules are posted at the SuperBook.

Horsing Around At The Imperial Palace Colt Visits Casino, Race Book Before Miniature Enthusiasts Meet – A horse is a horse, of course, of course. That is, of course, unless the horse is an American miniature. The 29th annual meeting of the American Miniature Horse Association recently met at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino. AMHA is the world’s leading miniature horse registry with nearly 160,000 horses and more than 12,000 enthusiasts in 37 countries. Click to Read The Full Story …

20 Years And Still Going Italian – The Las Vegas Hilton‘s Andiamo restaurant, which features the peerless flavors of Italy and the Mediterranean coast, celebrated its 20th anniversary. Four of the original chefs are still with the restaurant, which showcases a unique exhibition kitchen. Andiamo is open 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (10:30 p.m. last seating). For reservations, call 702-732-5755.

Las Vegas, Nascar Cafe Announces Drivers Appearances – The NASCAR CafÚ at the Sahara Hotel and Casino will, once again, offer race fans an exciting line up of NASCAR Drivers during the 2007 race week. Mark Martin, Regan Smith, Matt Kenseth and Todd Kluever will hold separate autograph sessions on Thursday March 8, 2007 and Friday March 9, 2007. Click to Read The Full Story …

Gambling Talk: Playing Internet Tournaments — Part 4 — Real vs. Internet – with Victor H. Royer. Of course, if you are players such as myself, who has first learned to play poker in the real world, because at the time that we were so learning there not only weren’t any computers, but the world of the Internet had not even been conceived, sometimes it may be difficult for us to transition from the real world to that of the Internet. Fortunately, I am not that old as to be technologically challenged in this way, and I have actually found the world of technological innovations, and lately the world of Internet poker tournaments, to be exceptionally beneficial, interesting, entertaining, and actually quite profitable as well. Click to Read Complete Article

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: Mamma Mia! Las Vegas – the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA is now playing at the Mandalay Bay Theatre. A mother, a daughter, 3 possible dads and a trip down the aisle you will never forget! This hilarious show has dazzled over 10 million show-goers around the world and is now one of the biggest hits on the Strip.

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week: Lillie’s Noodle House at Golden Nugget – Lillie’s Noodle House fuses the sumptuous flavors of traditional Cantonese, Szechwan and Pan Asian Flair in a contemporary, yet casual ambiance. Step into an ultramodern scene and inhale the scintillating aroma of far East dishes. Achieve a striking balance between entertaining and authentic dining at Lillie’s at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas

  • Click To View Lillie’s Noodle House at Golden Nugget: Broadband (only)


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Reader Submitted Photo – Kathy Glober submitted this great photo of Excalibur Las Vegas:

If you have a great photo of Las Vegas to share with our readers (can be artistic or just a really enjoyable photo), send them to us at [email protected]. Click to more Photos of Excalibur Las Vegas.


Hi, I wrote to you last year looking for Bobby Barrett, the Sinatra impersonator, but no on knew what had happened to him. I am planning another trip to Vegas and wondered if he is performing anywhere now that you know of. I would appreciate any info you might have. He sang to us on our wedding night and this trip is an anniversary. Thank You.Angela Giglio

Ted Responds:

Bobby played here for years and was a favorite of many. However, we have seen no word on his whereabouts. If anyone knows, please email us at [email protected]


Hello,I am the Production Manager for “The Ultimate Poker Challenge” televised poker show. We are currently filming our third season here at Binion’s Hotel. (Previously we filmed at the Plaza Hotel). Visitors are welcome to come down anytime and sit in our audience. You can also register to play, just check the website for details.

We are televised internationally on WGN Superstations.

Thank you,

Rita Hawn
Production Manager


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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:

  • 2007

  • St. Patrick’s Day March 17 (Falls on a Saturday)
  • March Madness (NCAA Basketball Playoffs) March 15-18, March 22-25, Final Four March 31-April 2
  • Victoria Day (Canada) May 19-21 (3 day weekend)
  • Memorial Day May 26-28 (3 day weekend)
  • Mothers Day May 13
  • Fathers Day June 17
  • Independence Day July 4
  • Civic Holiday (Canada) August 6 (3 day weekend)
  • Labor Day September 1-3 (3 day weekend)
  • Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada) September 6-8 (3 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 25 (4 day weekend – Christmas on Tuesday)
  • New Year’s Eve-Day December 29 – January 1 (4 day weekend – New Years on Tuesday)

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February 21, 2007 ISSN: 1529-2770 About Us

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – February 14, 2007

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!

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

Hello From Las Vegas! Running a few days late here. I’d love to tell you it was because of lounging around the pool in flip-flops with Jimmy Buffet playing, but I was a little under the weather. Doing better, and looking forward to enjoying our unusually warm weather.

Las Vegas Kings? – This weekend is the crescendo of the NBA All-Star game hype, which has driven intense speculation of Las Vegas getting an NBA team. The biggest buzz is the possibility of the Sacramento Kings moving to town. Kings owners are the same family that own The Palms and the city of Sacramento has been loathe to give them a new arena.

My take? I grew up in an NBA city loving the game. But the very reason that most cities chase a pro sports franchise is for the validation of being a “major league” city. It brings an identity, and gets your city lots of TV mention during the sports season.

People already know where Las Vegas is and what we are about. We don’t struggle for recognition! Add to that the fact that most people living here are transplants, and already have allegiances to their team from “back home.”

Would every game sell out? Absolutely. Probably with 40% locals and 60% visitors from the other teams’ city. This would add another 500,000 tourists a year (provided that every visitor was taking a trip here outside of their normal visiting pattern), but are the Las Vegas team players going to enjoy playing in front of a hostile crowd on their home court night after night? Just something to think about that no one has yet brought up.

Bottom Line: The longer Las Vegas begs for any major league team regardless of sport, the more it makes us look like a second rate city begging for a team to help our identity. Not needed.

Every Breath You Take – I’ve rarely seen a buzz like the one surrounding the Police reunion tour. They are stopping in Las Vegas on June 15, 2007. Tickets have sold out quickly but we do have limited tickets available for shows in most cities (not just Las Vegas): Police Reunion Tour Tickets

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The Mel Brooks Musical Comedy The Producers Sells Out First Preview Performance At Paris Las Vegas – Following in the tradition of the Broadway production, the MEL BROOKS musical comedy THE PRODUCERS (ticket link) at Paris Las Vegas announced today, yesterday’s first preview performance was a sell out. “When The Producers opened on Broadway they performed to sold out audiences in New York,” said Michael Weaver, vice-president of marketing for Paris Las Vegas. “We are thrilled the Las Vegas production is following the same pattern.” Based on Mel Brooks’ Academy Award-winning 1968 film of the same name, the show tells the story of down-on-his-luck theatrical producer, Max Bialystock (Brad Oscar) and Leo Bloom (Larry Raben), a mousy accountant. Together, with the help of their flamboyant director, Roger DeBris (David Hasselhoff), they hatch the ultimate scam: raise more money than you need for a sure-fire Broadway flop and pocket the difference. Click to Read The Full Story …

“Forever Plaid” Returns To The Gold Coast Casino For Encore Performances – Feb. 6 Through April 1 – The boys in plaid are, once again, heaven-sent to perform “‘Forever Plaid’-The Heavenly Musical Hit!” (ticket link) in the Gold Coast Showroom for eight more weeks, beginning Feb 6 through April 1, 2007. “Forever Plaid” is a story about an endearing harmony group whose dreams of musical glory ended suddenly one fateful night en route to their professional debut in 1964. The group was slammed broadside by a school bus of Catholic teens on their way to see the Beatles make their television debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. Click to Read The Full Story …

Keith Urban’s “Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy World Tour” Lands At Mandalay Bay Saturday, June 9 – Keith Urban’s (ticket link) much-anticipated return to the concert stage is set for the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, June 9 at 8 p.m. The electrifying show will feature hits from Urban’s recent multi-platinum album, Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing, as well as many of the No. 1 hits that have defined his career. The Wreckers, featuring Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp, will open the evening’s performance. “I am looking forward to getting back on the road, reconnecting with everyone and to doing what it is that I love to do,” said Urban. Click to Read The Full Story …

Jay’s White Hot Diamond! – Since 2002, dozens of shows in Las Vegas have opened and closed each year. During this same period, Jay White as Neil Diamond (ticket link), with his powerful band, has continued to heat up the Riviera’s Le Bistro stage with a concert style performance that captivates all ages. Rumors seem to spread quickly in this town and the word is that Jay White is “Truly Amazing!” At least that’s the quote from Leeza Gibbons of “Entertainment Tonight” and the reviews are the same from Jay Leno to Neil Diamond’s mother. Even Diamond himself was quoted saying; “Jay’s tribute is my favorite!” and upon meeting, the original signed their photo; “Jay keep singing, so I can stay home and relax,” a true testament to White’s talent. Click to Read The Full Story …

Mural, Mural On The Wall – The Las Vegas Hilton is now home to the largest hand painted mural in Las Vegas, a 128′ X 56’10’ image of Hilton headliner Barry Manilow (ticket link) on display on the property’s main tower (South facing). The mural was installed over a five day period using a grid system to prepare the image and three painters using brushes and rollers Sky Tag, the company responsible for the mural, specializes in spectacular images in metropolitan areas. This is the biggest superstar mural the company has painted in Las Vegas.

Sorrentino Headlines ‘Legends in Concert’ At IP – Comedian Performs ‘Voices in My Head,’ Elton John Impersonation – “The Bitch is Back” û and with him are voices in his head. For the first time ever in its 24 years, “Legends in Concert” (ticket link) at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino will headline a comedian to host the show. Click to Read The Full Story …

Carlos Mencia To Perform At The Pearl Concert Theater At The Palms March 23 – Comedy Central Favorite To Bring Spice To Las Vegas With His Unique Brand Of Comedy – Carlos Mencia (ticket link) makes audiences laugh each week on Comedy Central’s “Mind of Mencia” with his unique blend of political, man-on-the-street, physical and sometimes racial humor. On March 23 Mencia will bring his melting pot of wit to The Palms Casino Resort with a performance at the newest hotel addition, The Pearl. Both provocative and thought provoking, Mencia takes comedy one step beyond socially acceptable and uses his point of view to express to diverse audiences the absurdity and humility found in our everyday lives. Click to Read The Full Story …

The 2007 Entertainment Book – $5 Off – This book has has great coupons and discounts for restaurants, cinemas, shopping and sporting events. This month the deal is for $5 off the regular price of the book. Get $5 OFF any 2007 Entertainment book!

Footwear Designer Donald J Pliner To Appear At His Signature Store Inside The Forum Shops At Caesars Palace – Event To benefit The Public Education Foundation – Shoe designer Donald J Pliner and The Public Education Foundation have partnered up to sponsor a fundraising event in association with Pliner’s upcoming appearance in Las Vegas. The event will be held on Thursday, March 15 inside the Donald J Pliner boutique at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Pliner will make a personal appearance from 1:00 p.m. û 4:00 p.m. to introduce his spring/summer collection and meet and greet his customers. Click to Read The Full Story …

Crazy Superbowl Bets That Paid Off – The Colts beat the Bears 29-17 this to claim the world title as Super Bowl champions. The Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook was jammed with fans for all the exciting action. There was a couple of ‘firsts’ in this year’s game. It all started right from the opening kick: The first time ever a team ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown. The SuperBook has already posted the odds for next year’s champion. Some of the favorites include: San Diego 6-1, Indianapolis 7-1, Chicago 8-1, and the Patriots at 10-1. Visit the SuperBook for all the current odds.

Gambling Talk: Playing Internet Tournaments — Part 3 — Sit-n-Go – with Victor H. Royer. The other alternatives are the very popular Sit-n-Go tournaments. These take the form and structure of usually only one table tournaments, which in the game of Texas Hold’Em will mean a table of 10 players, and that is all that there will be for that tournament. This is the same structure that is usually used in the brick-and-mortar casino poker rooms and card rooms for satellite tournaments, usually referred to as one table satellites. These are also offered on the Internet in precisely the Sit-n-Go format, and they also can qualify players to other tournaments, including many of the land-based tournaments on the WPT and WSOP circuits. Click to Read Complete Article

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: Artisan Hotel and Spa Las Vegas – The Artisan Hotel is Las Vegas’ first luxurious, non-gaming boutique hotel. Experience the Artisan Hotel where you’ll find an elegant atmosphere with exquisite fine art adorning the lobby, hallways and ceilings. View artworks from both contemporary and classic artists such as Cezanne, Chagall, Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Renoir, Van Gogh, and more. They have 64 finely-appointed rooms of which all are non-smoking rooms. Smoking rooms are not available at the Artisan; however, smoking is allowed in the lobby and the Artisan Cafe.

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week: KA – Cirque Du Soleil – KA, the unprecedented new theatrical show from Cirque du Soleil at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, brings together astonishing acrobatic performances, the thrills and action of martial arts from all over the world, plus astonishing innovations in puppetry, multimedia and pyrotechnics. Together, they tell the epic story of a set of twins on a perilous journey to fulfill their shared destiny. KA brings the visual language of cinema to a dazzling live event that is more about storytelling than any previous Cirque production.

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Dear Las Vegas Newsletter Editor,

My husband will be in Las Vegas for about four days from in 24- out28 March 2007. It is part of a 40th wedding anniversary holiday we are taking. We are staying at the Bellagio Hotel and have heard that Cirque De Soleil O is very good to see.

We are very interested in hearing some good jazz and as it doesn’t feature in any of your newsletters so far, can you tell us if there is anything good on in jazz at that time? Also, we both like swimming. I am assuming there will be indoor pools. Is there any aquacize classes available in the Bellagio pool if there is one? Sorry to be so ignorant, but have no real information on Las Vegas at all. We are also interested in the desert and its features.

Penelope Toltz.

Ted Responds:

Las Vegas is a great place to spend an anniversary, and congratulations on your 40’th. What a milestone!

You didn’t mention whether you were interested in traditional jazz or smooth (modern) jazz. We do have a traditional jazz radio station KUNV 91.5 FM which you may want to tune to when you hit town. If smooth jazz is more your taste, 105.7 FM Smooth Jazz website lists a number of events. Sorry… neither stations stream at this time. An updated list of all jazz related events usually appears here: Smooth Jazz Hotspots

No indoor pools at any of the major resorts last time we checked. Pools in Las Vegas are geared toward relaxation and recreation, not so much exercise. While I certainly applaud your commitment to exercise, this is a special occasion and it is OK to come here and enjoy letting yourself go for a few days! If anyone


Is there anyway you can create your links to articles so that they do not hijack the web page? When I click on most of your article links they go to your web site for the article which is fine, but when I am finished reading the article and I hit the back button, most of the time the article will re-appear rather than sending me back to the newsletter.

If I go to the history for the back button and click on the occurrence before the article link, it takes me completely out of my email account and I have to re-log in.

Gail Heverly-Smith

Ted Responds:

I’m guessing you are among the growing number of people who read their email online (on a web page, not using an email program) and certainly more and more people are doing so. While most of these services open up links to other web pages in new browser windows, yours evidently doesn’t. There is a simple solution:

When putting your mouse arrow (on your screen) over a web page link, click the link with your RIGHT mouse button, not the usual left button. A small menu will appear. Choose “Open In New Tab (or Window) or similar command depending you your setup. This will open the story link without closing your email!

We don’t purposely create our newsletter to “hijack” any web pages. What is happening is that when you click to read the stories, you are simply “surfing” to the page with the story and away from your email. We will consider what we can do in the future to rectify this on our end. In the meantime, the above tip is useful in any internet surfing situation where you don’t want to completely leave the present page you are on.

Hope This Helps!


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  • St. Patricks Day March 17 (Falls on a Saturday)
  • March Madness (NCAA Basketball Playoffs) March 15-18, March 22-25, Final Four March 31-April 2
  • Victoria Day (Canada) May 19-21 (3 day weekend)
  • Memorial Day May 26-28 (3 day weekend)
  • Mothers Day May 13
  • Fathers Day June 17
  • Independence Day July 4
  • Civic Holiday (Canada) August 6 (3 day weekend)
  • Labor Day September 1-3 (3 day weekend)
  • Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada) September 6-8 (3 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 25 (4 day weekend – Christmas on Tuesday)
  • New Year’s Eve-Day December 29 – January 1 (4 day weekend – New Years on Tuesday)

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – February 7, 2007

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


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Hello From Las Vegas! My condolences to our friends in Chicago, who not only had to deal with the loss of “Da Bears” but only with below zero temperatures over the weekend. (For our international readers, freezing is 32 F here. Zero here is -17 C)! We in Las Vegas had 65 on Super Bowl Sunday, and the past couple of days have been in the low 70’s. If you are a Bears fan, let me suggest a trip our way to drown your sorrows and warm your bodies.

Maverick for Valentines Day In Vegas – One of the hottest, most unique Valentines Day activities here in Las Vegas is a night flight over the stunning lights of the Las Vegas Strip on Maverick Helicopter Tours. These flights are a full flight up an down the entire Las Vegas Strip from the very bottom of The Strip all the way to downtown and back, and you can spice it up with an actual wedding (or wedding vow renewal) high above the Las Vegas Strip if desired! Enjoy this preview video (broadband) and reach more info on Maverick Las Vegas Night Flights.

Slot Machine Concerto – Every been mesmerized by the fun, colorful sounds that come out of your favorite slot machine? A very funny video on YouTube features an orchestra playing in concerto with four “slot players” which ring in appropriate slot machine sounds. This is a must watch: Slot Machine Concerto

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The Mel Brooks Musical Comedy The Producers At Paris Las Vegas Casts Glamorous Broadway And West End Star Leigh Zimmerman As “Ulla” In The Production’s Vegas Premiere – The MEL BROOKS comedy The Producers, at Paris Las Vegas, announced today that critically acclaimed actress Leigh Zimmerman has been cast as the seductive Swedish secretary, “Ulla.” Zimmerman has garnered rave reviews for her work as “Ulla” in the Broadway version of The Producers and is an Olivier Award nominee for originating the role, alongside Nathan Lane, in London’s West End version. She made her New York debut as an original cast member of the Tony Award winning musical, The Will Rogers Follies. Zimmerman’s other Broadway shows include Chicago, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Crazy for You. Zimmerman will join television legend David Hasselhoff for the Las Vegas debut of The Producers in February of 2007. Zimmerman has won over critics with her portrayal of “Ulla” in The Producers. Click to Read The Full Story …

David Copperfield’s An Intimate Evening Of Grand Illusion Returns to MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theatre in February 2007 – Master magician and illusionist David Copperfield (Ticket Link) brings his 2007 tour back to MGM Grand’s intimate 740-seat Hollywood Theatre with scheduled performances February 5 through February 18. David Copperfield, whom the New York Times calls “our era’s giant of magic,” is touting An Intimate Evening Of Grand Illusion as his most spectacular stage show ever. Dazzling new illusions include “Lottery,” one of the most incredible predictions in the history of magic. Click to Read The Full Story …

Last Of The Breed Tour Featuring Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard & Friends Aladdin/Planet Hollywood Theatre For Performing Arts Saturday, March 10 – Country Outlaws Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard headline the Last of the Breed Tour with special guests Ray Price and Asleep At The Wheel at the Aladdin/Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Theatre for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 10 at 8pm. (Ticket Link). Willie Nelson is one of the most iconic artists in music history; most popularly known as the king of the “Outlaw Music” era in the 70s. At age six Willie taught himself how to play the guitar and dreamed of a career in music. Willie Nelson is not just a singer but a songwriter, actor, humanitarian and political activist. Willie Nelson is now 74 years old and is as popular now as he was in his prime. Click to Read The Full Story …

Get ‘Nasty’ with Janet Jackson in ‘Legends’ – Karin Lawson Impersonates the Diva in the IP’s Celebrity TributeLegends in Concert at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino is about to get “Nasty.” Beginning Monday, Jan. 22, Karin Lawson returns to the celebrity tribute show to perform as Janet Jackson, the youngest of the nine Jackson family children and one of the most successful artists in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. Click to Read The Full Story …

De La Hoya vs. Mayweather Super Fight May 5 At MGM Grand In Las Vegas – MGM Grand Garden Arena To Host Championship Title Bout – It will be an unprecedented super fight between two boxing superstars and former Olympians. It will be an event poised to shatter records many believe would never be broken. Golden Boy Promotions is pleased to announce six-division world champion Oscar De La Hoya will meet unbeaten, four-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Saturday, May 5 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, in the biggest fight to hit the sport in decades. “This is what boxing is all about and fighting Floyd Mayweather is the type of fight that truly gets me motivated to go through a hard training camp and make the sacrifices I have to make to be the best,” said Oscar De La Hoya. “We’ve talked about it, the press and the fans have asked for it, and now we’re going to put it all on the line and fight. I can’t wait for May 5.” Click to Read The Full Story …

La Femme Renamed MGM Grand’s Crazy Horse Paris – MGM Grand’s acclaimed cabaret production La Femme changes its name to MGM Grand’s Crazy Horse Paris. The original Crazy Horse in Paris has been an illustrious night spot for the past 55 years and has drawn international and U.S. celebrities over and over again, including Madonna, Warren Beatty, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, President John F. Kennedy, Christina Aguilera, Prince, Jean Paul Gauthier, Dita Von Teese and Pink. Click to Read The Full Story …

And The Winner Is – Shortly after the Academy Award nominees were announced, Jay Kornegay — the Las Vegas Hilton’s Superbook odds-master — calculated each nominee’s odds of winning, which he will begin sharing in his first blog entry on Moviefone.com (Predictions made by Jay Kornegay are for entertainment purposes only. This information should not be used for any wagering, betting, gaming or gambling in any form or manner). Movie fans can check out Jay’s blog postings on Moviefone.com for regular updates, tracking the nominees’ progress until Oscar night on February 25. According to Jay, below are the current odds of winning for each nominee in each of the six major categories:

Best Picture: Babel 3-1, The Departed 5-2, Letters From Iwo Jima 4-1, Little Miss Sunshine 10-1, The Queen 6-1.

Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio – Blood Diamond 3-1, Ryan Gosling – Half Nelson 8-1, Peter O’toole — Venus 6-1, Will Smith – The Pursuit Of Happiness 10-1, Forest Whitaker – The Last King Of Scotland 6-5.

Best Actress: Penelope Cruz – Volver 6-1, Judi Dench – Notes On A Scandal 6-1, Helen Mirren – The Queen Even, Meryl Streep – The Devil Wears Prada 9-5, Kate Winslet – Little Children 4-1.

Best Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin – Little Miss Sunshine 5-2, Jackie Earle Haley – Little Children 4-1, Djimon Hounsou – Blood Diamond 3-1, Eddie Murphy – Dreamgirls 8-5, Mark Wahlberg – The Departed 6-1.

Best Supporting Actress: Adriana Barraza – Babel 4-1, Cate Blanchett – Notes On a Scandal 2-1, Abigail Breslin – Little Miss Sunshine 8-1, Jennifer Hudson – Dreamgirls 7-5, Rinko Kikuchi — Babel 6-1.

Best Director: Babel 3-1, The Departed (Martin Scorsese) 5-2, Letters From Iwo Jima (Clint Eastwood) 2-1, The Queen 6-1, United 93 10-1.

Gambling Talk: Playing Internet Tournaments — Part 2 — Multiple Poker Tournaments – with Victor H. Royer. Multitable tournaments generally mirror precisely the kind of tournaments with which you may be familiar in the real-world brick-and-mortar type casino and poker rooms and card rooms that feature and offer them. Such multitable tournaments usually take the form and structure of the well-known WPT and WSOP tournaments, and consequently they are easily understood by anyone who has already played in a land-based poker tournament. For those who are familiar only with the Internet, playing multitable poker tournaments is very easy. The word “multitable” clearly indicates that this is a tournament that will be played on several tables, and that therefore there will be many participants. Click to Read Complete Article

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: Alexis Park Resort Las Vegas – The non-gaming Alexis Park resort is a gem to be discovered in Vegas, amidst all the excitement of the gaming resorts, if you’re looking for a peaceful getaway to Vegas. The lush landscaped surroundings will relax you. If gaming is not a necessity, the resort leaves nothing to be desired! The Alexis Park is located just east of the strip, across the street from Hard Rock Hotel which means that you’ll miss none of the action the strip has to offer. Also close the University of Nevada, Fashion Show Mall, Sands Expo Center, and much more!

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – Fremont Street Las Vegas History – Historical retrospective of the Fremont Street Experience (Downtown Las Vegas) from the early casinos to the modern light show.

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Reader Submitted Photo – Sheena Foster submitted this unique photo of New York, New York:

If you have a great photo of Las Vegas to share with our readers (can be artistic or just a really enjoyable photo), send them to us at [email protected]. Click to more Photos of New York, New York Hotel Casino.


Dear Ted,

I just received your newsletter for the first time today. I have to gasp and try to catch my breath after just skimming over it very quickly. My first impression was to say hey (WHAT A BUNDLE OF INFO). I want to take my time going over all you have provided,so I will close now.

Thanks Again,

Bob Ashline

Ted Responds:

Bob, With so much happening in Las Vegas, no question the newsletter is always jammed. What most people tell me the do is leave the issues in their email inbox so they can enjoy referring back to them again and again to pick up anything they missed the first time.

Glad you enjoy it and thanks for reading!


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  • 2007

  • Valentines Day February 14
  • Presidents Day February 17-19 (3 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 22-25 (3 day weekend)
  • St. Patricks Day March 17 (Falls on a Saturday)
  • March Madness (NCAA Basketball Playoffs) March 15-18, March 22-25, Final Four March 31-April 2
  • Victoria Day (Canada) May 19-21 (3 day weekend)
  • Memorial Day May 26-28 (3 day weekend)
  • Mothers Day May 13
  • Fathers Day June 17
  • Independence Day July 4
  • Civic Holiday (Canada) August 6 (3 day weekend)
  • Labor Day September 1-3 (3 day weekend)
  • Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada) September 6-8 (3 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 25 (4 day weekend – Christmas on Tuesday)
  • New Year’s Eve-Day December 29 – January 1 (4 day weekend – New Years on Tuesday)

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 31, 2007

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Hello From Las Vegas! Where did January go? I think most of us are glad to see it go. Way too cold! Things look good for a stunning Super Bowl weekend here in Las Vegas. Temperatures brushing 70 F are going to make it an amazing guys weekend for hitting the links and watching the game. Where to watch it? Anywhere and everywhere. Every TV (including many brought in just for the game) will be tuned to it in every corner of every casinos.

If you can get here, we might still have some rooms and tee-times open. Call us (toll free) 800-696-5721 and see if we can still hook you up. Short of actually having a ticket to the game in Miami (big game tickets still available here as of press time), being in Vegas for Super Bowl weekend is the next best thing!

Stardust Implosion – Local gossip writer Norm Clarke is suggesting a March 12, 2 AM implosion of The Stardust. However, no date is yet set in stone and likely not to be noted until the week of the implosion. If you were already thinking about coming for a few days in March, take the gamble and book that week and keep your fingers crossed. But don’t book based only on this early rumor. We will let you know the minute we know (provided it is more than a couple of days in advance), so please… no more “when is the implosion” emails!

Send A Postcard To Spread Cheer – Many of you send postcards from Las Vegas (and many of you enjoy sending our online postcards). Here is a chance to send one for a good cause: 8 year old Luci LaMonica of Las Vegas is fighting leukemia. She is an honor student who loves to study and her new favorite subject is geography. A recent local TV news story encouraged all Las Vegans vacationing in other cities to send her a card from that city. I’d like to take it one step further:

We have readers all over the world, and wouldn’t it be fun if she received postcards from the many wonderful cities and towns, big and small that you are reading us from! Just tell her where your city is, tell her hello, and that you hope she feels better. For a few cents and a minute of your time, you can really brighten up her day. More info on her and the address to send the cards is available at: Postcards giving hope to local girl

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Miss Oklahoma Wins The 2007 Miss America Pageant – Miss Oklahoma Lauren Nelson from Lawton, Oklahoma was crowned Miss America 2007 tonight at the Aladdin, soon to be Planet Hollywood, Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The Miss America 2007 final night of competition was broadcast live from Las Vegas, on CMT. Nelson, age 20, is a student at the University of Central Oklahoma. Her personal platform issue is Be NetSmart — Protecting Kids Online. Her scholastic ambition is to obtain a Master’ Degree in Musical Theatre and her career ambition is to become a Broadway performer. With the title, Nelson won a $50,000 scholarship to continue her education. She was crowned Miss America during the final night of competition, which aired live from Las Vegas on CMT. Nelson sang “You’ll Be in My Heart” as her talent selection for the evening. Click to Read The Full Story…

“Sugar Shane” Mosley Will Face Former Welterweight Champion Luis Collazo Saturday, February 10 At Mandalay Bay – Boxing superstar and three-time world champion “Sugar Shane” Mosley will make his long-awaited return to the ring Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. A new opponent will be in the opposite corner but Mosley will have the same desire to kick off the new year with a resounding bang. Looking to defeat Mosley will be former welterweight champion Luis Collazo, an exciting, upset-minded boxer eager to topple the three-division champion. Click to Read The Full Story and Purchase Tickets …

‘Legends’ Rocks With Rod Stewart, U2 – John Anthony, 2U Tribute Band Impersonate Superstars at IP – “Some guys have all the luck” and so will you when Rod Stewart joins “Legends in Concert” beginning Monday, Jan. 15, at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino. And you, too, can see U2 when 2U also joins the cast of the longest-running independently owned production show on the Las Vegas Strip. John Anthony has never looked back after making his mark in 1991 with his tribute to Rod Stewart. An amazing look-alike and sound-alike, Anthony thrills audiences with his dynamic, soulful and energetic performance covering a wide repertoire of the legendary superstar. Click to Read The Full Story and Purchase Tickets …

Pamper Your Valentine Las Vegas Style – Valentine’ Day, that yearly celebration of love, is just around the corner. While many think of Vegas as the quintessential singles spot, the city has a wealth of romantic ways to pamper you and your loved one. Check these out:

  • Spoil Your Sweetheart at the Spa – This Valentine’ Day, give your sweetheart the ultimate in indulgence — reserve a decadent spa treatment at WET, The Spa at TI (Treasure Island). Pamper your loved one with a Cupid’ Crush Body Wrap or make sure your sweetie only has eyes for you with a Love Spell Manicure and Pedicure. Cupid’ Crush features a luxuriant strawberry body buff and chocolate wrap, soothing vanilla scalp massage and rich application of chocolate body butter while the Love Spell mani/pedi includes a fragrant star jasmine mask. Both treatments are 75 minutes in length. With easy access via Spring Mountain Road, Nevada residents receive a 10% discount on all WET spa services.
  • Languish Your Love with LOVE – Treat your love to The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage then splurge on lavish gifts from the LOVE Boutique featuring fashion and souvenir apparel, accessories and gifts inspired by the show. For the truly extravagant, the boutique carries rare autographed items such as an autographed edition of The Beatles’ White Album – a double album originally released in 1968 featuring the signatures of all four principals for $15,500 or a framed photo collage featuring images of Beatles milestone performances and appearances for $14,500.
  • Seduce Each Other with the Maximum Sweethearts PackageMGM Grand has the ultimate romantic offer for the season of love. The Maximum Sweetheart’ Package includes:

    • One-night stay in a Celebrity Spa Suite
    • A couple’ Amazon Rainforest Ritual treatment at Grand Spa
    • Dinner for two at SEABLUE
    • Tickets for two to MGM Grand’ Crazy Horse Paris
    • Complimentary VIP Passes to Studio 54 and Tabu Ultra Lounge

    The package is priced at $1,135 per couple, taxes included, and is available February 1 — 28, except Tuesdays. For information/reservations, call (800) 929-1111

  • Sample the Seductive Offerings of the Eroticafe at ZumanityZumanity introduces the seductive tastes of Eroticafe, a menu based on ancient aphrodisiacs. Served exclusively at the Zumanity Theatre inside New York — New York, these tempting treats awaken the palate and stroke the senses — what better way to celebrate Valentines with the one you love!? Indulge in the succulent threesome of Menage a Foie which includes; Florets of Champagne Pate with hazelnut oil and saffron & vanilla poached pear, Truffled Duck en Croute with fig marmalade and Chasseurs Pate with licorice honey. Ignite passions with the Tuna Sutra, deliciously spicy tuna on a crispy wonton, served with wasabi honey and pickled kumquat. Inspire a libido with a Horni Margarita featuring Sauza Hornitos tequila or tickle the tongue with a Silk Panty profiling the innocence of peach vodka and Schnapps.

“U” Shaped Steel Structure of The Skywalk at Grand Canyon West Prepared for Placement – Structure Jacked Seven Feet in the Air Just 20 Feet from the Canyon’s Edge – The “U” shaped steel structure, which will support the glass floor and side rails for The Skywalk, was lifted off the ground seven feet during the phase of the construction that prepares the walkway for placement. The construction team jacked up the structure eight inches at a time and it took two days to complete. The structure was lifted to allow for the x-ray evaluation of the welds and to make room for the concrete runways for the “rollout” process. Click to Read The Full Story …

A Taste Of Wine – The Fortuna Wine Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton features Wine Guy Juan and Wine Gal Melony. The affable hosts offer guests assistance with wine selections and tastes of four featured wines free of charge (plus a little cheese and bread). A variety of wines are available by the bottle and by the glass. 36 wines are available for customers to purchase at wine store prices. Hours are 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily at Fortuna.

Gambling Talk: Playing Internet Tournaments — Overview – with Victor H. Royer. Most of the poker tournaments that you will play either on the WPT or WSOP circuits will be Texas Hold’Em no limit tournaments, and very few — if any — of the remaining land-based brick-and-mortar casino or poker room type tournaments will offer any of the other games, such as Seven Card Stud, Stud/8, Omaha High, Omaha/8, as well as some of the other interesting poker games. But you can play games like this, and tournaments featuring these games, on the Internet, and I have chosen PartyPoker.com has an example because that’s where you can find so many players participating in these tournaments that makes it worthwhile, definitely from the prize money perspective. Click to Read Complete Article

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: Westin Casuarina Las Vegas – The ultra-modern Westin Casuarina Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa resort in Vegas lives up to the expectations created by the Westin name. Come enjoy the luxury, fun, excitement, and great location. Guest Rooms The more than 800 modern luxurious guestrooms at the Westin Casuarina Feature The Westin Heavenly Bed, Heavenly Bath, contemporary furniture, elegant granite bathrooms complete with double head shower and deluxe spa amenities including large towels and robes, hair dryers, 27′ television w/remote, iron/ironing board, dual-line cordless telephones, data ports, in-room safe, coffee makers, in-room video games and movies and much, much more!

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – David Copperfield – Master magician and illusionist David Copperfield brings his 2007 tour back to MGM Grand’s intimate 740-seat Hollywood Theatre with scheduled performances February 5 through February 18. Enjoy this David Copperfield interview from December 2005.

  • Click To View David Copperfield: Broadband (only)


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Hello there,

We may need some help booking an upcoming anniversary trip in March. Should we just follow your advice in the newsletter? We’ve never been before but are very excited about it! At least two other couples are going.

Thanks for any advice,

Lorie Schultz

Ted Responds:

With so much to do and see in Las Vegas, don’t over-plan. You won’t be bored for a minute.

However, if you want to see a concert that will happen while you are in town, or one of the more popular shows, you’ll want to take care of those arrangements ahead of time. You can keep your eyes on our newsletter to see what is coming up in the next few months.

Important Note: Some shows don’t put tickets on sale more than three months in advance. (On the other hand, some like Celine are available right now through the end of her run in December). If you want to see a show and don’t yet see tickets for your future dates on sale yet, check back every couple of weeks, and especially check once you get inside that three month window. Then grab them!


Note: This was sent to us on New Year’s Day, 2007 from a visitor who was here in town. If you have your laptop or access to the internet while visiting, drop us a line at [email protected] and let us know how things are going!Dear Ted,From the lobby of the Luxor, we would like to wish you, your family and colleagues a very happy New Year. We are having a whale of a time in LV, having seen in 2007 on The Strip last night. Everyone was so well behaved and we had had a super meal in the Italian restaurant in New York New York. We were so impressed with the good behaviour of the crowd with the inconspicuous police presence, although very much in the background having made a vast amount of preparation for a successful night.We had a very relaxing coffee in The Wynn yesterday morning and today we’re off to the Stratosphere. Thank you for all your advice and we can only very highly recommend, thanks to your advice, The Maverick Helicopter tour over and into The Grand Canyon. The pilot, Paul, was superb at keeping us novices at our ease. It was a wonderful experience. Las Vegas is wonderful; we are taking back such wonderful memories plus plenty of snaps.

Thanks,

Pam and Mike French


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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:

  • 2007

  • Valentines Day February 14
  • Presidents Day February 17-19 (3 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 22-25 (3 day weekend)
  • St. Patricks Day March 17 (Falls on a Saturday)
  • March Madness (NCAA Basketball Playoffs) March 15-18, March 22-25, Final Four March 31-April 2
  • Victoria Day (Canada) May 19-21 (3 day weekend)
  • Memorial Day May 26-28 (3 day weekend)
  • Mothers Day May 13
  • Fathers Day June 17
  • Independence Day July 4
  • Civic Holiday (Canada) August 6 (3 day weekend)
  • Labor Day September 1-3 (3 day weekend)
  • Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada) September 6-8 (3 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 25 (4 day weekend – Christmas on Tuesday)
  • New Year’s Eve-Day December 29 – January 1 (4 day weekend – New Years on Tuesday)

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 17, 2007

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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!

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

Hello From Las Vegas! We are running late this week, and my how time flies when you don’t know what you are doing. I could blame it on the very unusual bitter cold. Most of the United States was slammed by unusually cold weather, and we were no exception with lows in the 20’s (F) for a week.

Truth be told is that we’ve been hard at work implementing the first stages of a major upgrade to the look, feel, and usability of AccessVegas.com. The first step was to get all of the computer stuff running faster, and you should especially notice the difference. Remember the frustrating, incredibly slow wait for some of our news stories and message board posts to appear? Fixed. Click away on all the links with no more waiting time!

Where Is The Podcast? – Not a week goes by without people writing and asking when we are going to revive our podcast. I’m flattered that the demand is still there (the last podcast was in July of 2006). Here’s the deal: I’m (unfortunately) not just a figure-head CEO. I’m actively involved in all aspects of AccessVegas.com including our soon-to-debut major upgrades, and there are only so many hours in the day. Our projections are to have the upgrades done by April, and that should free up time to get back to stuff like the podcast.

In the meantime, I recently did an intro for the Living In Las Vegas Podcast in celebration of their one-year anniversary! Living In Las Vegas is a really fun, informative podcast by a couple who moved here a little over a year ago, and talk about the entire process from buying a home, to landscaping, to getting around town, what they go do and see, you name it.

If you want to hear my intro, you can check out Living In Las Vegas #38 but I highly suggest starting with Episode #1 and listening to them in order. Then you’ll understand what I am yapping about!

The Calendar Giveaway has ended. We’ll be notifying the winners by email this week. If you want to jump the gun and peek to see if you won, go back to our December 20, 2006 issue and click on the entry links (which now display the winners). That was just a taste. We are already lining up more cool giveaways! (Hint to PR people: Contact us at [email protected] so you can get in line to promote your clients with some stuff for our readers).

Enjoy This Issue!



Shooting Stars Will Collide – Tickets To Witness Stars From Across Entertainment World Compete In McDonald’s NBA All-Star Celebrity Game – Top Acting and Musical Talents Including David Arquette, James Denton, Taye Diggs and Michael Clarke Duncan Will Team Up with NBA and WNBA Players for the Game Airing on ESPN Friday, Feb. 16. Tickets for the McDonald’s NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by 2K Sports, showcasing the athletic skills of some of the most recognized stars in the entertainment world are on sale. The game will take place on Friday, Feb. 16, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Center Court inside NBA All-Star Jam Session and will feature a star-studded cast of celebrity players. Click to Read The Full Story and Purchases Tickets …

Gear Up For An All-Star Fashion Weekend – Get geared up for NBA All-Star action, live in Las Vegas this February, with a stop at The Mirage. The Mirage Shop now offers official paraphernalia from the Los Angeles Lakers. Fans and team admirers can purchase assorted items such as clothing, decals, plush bears and more for $3 to $240. The store also features a display of championship rings from the Lakers’ long and successful history. The shop is located next to Carnegie Deli and across from the Royal Tiger Habitat at The Mirage.

The Review-Journal Names Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular Number One Show Of 2006 – The Las Vegas Spectacular has been named Las Vegas’ number one show of the year by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada’s largest newspaper. With dazzling special effects, a breathtaking $40 million theatre inspired by the Paris Opera House and a Broadway caliber cast, this all-new production of The Phantom of the Opera is a 95-minute awe-inspiring experience unlike any other. Click to Read The Full Story and Purchase Tickets …

UFC 67: All Or Nothing Saturday, February 3 At The Mandalay Bay Events Center – The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) organization announced UFC 67: ALL OR NOTHING featuring the UFC Middleweight Championship bout between Anderson “The Spider” Silva and Travis Lutter. The evening also will be highlighted by the debut of two fighters new to the UFC, but definitely not new to the world of mixed martial arts. Mirko “Cro Cop” and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will step into the Octagon for their UFC debuts and will face Eddie Sanchez and Marvin “The “Beastman” Eastman, respectively. Silva (17-4), fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil, defeated Rich Franklin by first round KO at UFC 64 to become the new UFC Middleweight Champion. Click to Read The Full Story and Purchase Tickets …

Marilyn, Blues Brothers Join ‘Legends in Concert’ Popular Impersonators Return to IP Celebrity Tribute Show – “Legends in Concert,” the celebrity tribute show at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino, kicks off 2007 with the return of two popular acts — Marilyn Monroe and the Blues Brothers. Beginning Monday, Jan. 8, Stacey Whitton performs as the blonde bombshell, and Dan Meisner and Joe Messina once again bring audiences to their feet as Jake and Elwood Blues, respectively, as they fill the showroom with a jumping, toe-tapping, fun-loving frenzy. Click to Read The Full Story and Purchase Tickets …

Nurture Yourself At The Spa At Luxor – Featuring a new name and treatment menu, Nurture, The Spa at Luxor offers a chance to unwind amid the exciting hustle and bustle of Las Vegas. Relax in this intimate facility with treatments designed to soothe tired bodies and calm weary minds. Innovative services include a Peppermint Foot Therapy, a stimulating foot and leg massage complete with warm peppermint towel wrap; Citrus Marine Detox Body Toner, a three-stage treatment that includes a sea salt and seaweed scrub, Mediterranean marine mud body mask and a toning and firming gel; or Escape to Sonoma with a full-body, grapeseed oil massage followed by a sea salt scrub and a wine body wrap to nourish dehydrated skin.

‘Sopranos Last Supper’ Moves To Empire Ballroom – “The Sopranos Last Supper” is moving to The Empire Ballroom on Thursday, Jan. 11th with their show along with a free Sopranos bus and being featured guests on Chopper’s “King of Cars” hit infomercial. The Empire Ballroom is across from the Monte Carlo; behind Fatburger. Click to Read The Full Story …

Gambling Talk: Poker Is Not Gambling — Part Two – with Victor H. Royer. A successful and steadily profitable poker player should never allow himself or herself to experience such highs and expose themselves to such lows. Making steady profits in poker, regardless of whether you are playing professionally, semi professionally, or only casually, requires you to have discipline of mind, body, and soul, and in particular the ability to avoid becoming angry over bad beats, or becoming overly exuberant in times of great good luck and good fortune. Click to Read Complete Article

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: MGM Mirage Project CityCenter Preview – CityCenter is an unprecedented architectural paradigm for the ideal modern city that has the potential to redefine contemporary urban design throughout the world. The mixed-use development, built on 76 acres along the Las Vegas Strip between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts, confirms a cultural and lifestyle revival of city living. The groundbreaking design introduces a dazzling vertical city in the heart of Las Vegas’ sprawling horizontal grid.

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – American Storm Male Revue – The temperature in Las Vegas is going from hot to downright steamy as American Storm plays at the Riviera Hotel and Casino. From the same producers of the Internationally acclaimed Australia’s Thunder From Down Under comes the newest male revue with a definitively All-American flair.

  • Click To View American Storm Male Revue: Broadband (only)


Members Mania – We Love Our Readers!

Readers Write:

Ted, I thought you might appreciate the “Emerald City” effect, the morning it had snowed. My daughter and I are early riser’s (4am) and by the time we got out she took some really “wicked” shots. We have a few more, but I think this was the best at showing the low ceiling clouds and the reflection.

Have a great New Year, and keep, keeping us informed. I enjoy your letter,

Thanks,

Chet

Ted Responds:

Chet,

Thanks for sharing such a great picture! One of the very rare and special sites in Las Vegas is when we have low clouds (and even more rare fog), setting this scene that so few get to see.

Attention Readers: Don’t be shy about sharing some of your great Las Vegas photos with us. Simply drop them our way at [email protected] so we can share them with everyone.

Note: Sending them our way does imply permission to use them in the newsletter or in other association with AccessVegas.com so we can share them with readers and site viewers. However, you retain all other original ownership rights. IE, we can’t pass them along commercially.


Ted,I was in Las Vegas from Dec. 14. thru Dec. 18. I had a great time and will definitely return in the future.

I found the people friendly, the hotel and service workers very friendly, and the quality of the Paris Hotel to be excellent. It was a great time.

Rob Hammons


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More Las Vegas News – Concerts – Events

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:

  • 2007

  • Valentines Day February 14
  • Presidents Day February 17-19 (3 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 22-25 (3 day weekend)
  • St. Patrick’s Day March 17 (Falls on a Saturday)
  • March Madness (NCAA Basketball Playoffs) March 15-18, March 22-25, Final Four March 31-April 2
  • Victoria Day (Canada) May 19-21 (3 day weekend)
  • Memorial Day May 26-28 (3 day weekend)
  • Mothers Day May 13
  • Fathers Day June 17
  • Independence Day July 4
  • Civic Holiday (Canada) August 6 (3 day weekend)
  • Labor Day September 1-3 (3 day weekend)
  • Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada) September 6-8 (3 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 25 (4 day weekend – Christmas on Tuesday)
  • New Year’s Eve-Day December 29 – January 1 (4 day weekend – New Years on Tuesday)

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January 17, 2007 ISSN: 1529-2770 About Us

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 10, 2007

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!

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

Hello From Las Vegas! Everyone’s hangover from New Year’s Eve is starting to subside. Even presumably Britney Spears’, whose passing out or falling asleep (depending on which source you believe) overshadowed the fireworks, all the other celebs, and the 300,000 revelers that jammed our fine city.

For those who want a recap, enjoy the following:

Is it just me, is the conversion of The Aladdin to Planet Hollywood taking forever? Doesn’t it seem like this things started about the time they started building Wynn Las Vegas (which is already well underway on their second tower)? They actually are making headway, and we have brand new photos later in this issue.

In the biggest non-news of the week, Celine Dion is wrapping things up on December 15, 2007. Her run was scheduled to end this year, and there was no indication otherwise. But the clock is ticking, so don’t keep putting it off if interested.

In more interesting news, Mamma Mia! will be closing at Mandalay Bay in about 18 months. Lots of speculation that yet even another Cirque du Soleil show will take its place. But, 18 months is a LONG time. Two years ago, predictions of Las Vegas turning into Broadway West were all the rage based on the success of shows like Mamma Mia. (Anyone remember Avenue Q or Hairspray)? Now the predictions are Cirque. My opinion? Fun, entertaining shows have awesome, long runs here in Las Vegas.

With the nightclub scene stealing patrons away from the traditional shows, I’d be inclined to bet more investors start exploring combining those two activities. Steve Wyrick is giving it a shot (see story in news links).

Because we didn’t publish last week, we have extended our calendar giveaway! You still have a chance at Fantasy at The Luxor and Thunder From Down Under calendars as we have 15 of each for lucky readers. Missed the details? They are in our December 20, 2006 Insider Vibe issue.

NBA All-Star weekend is in just about a month, and we have tickets to the game and all the secondary events. If you are a local, or you are going to be in town the weekend of February 18, 2007, you need to check out our NBA All-Star Tickets Section. Can’t make it to Las Vegas? Grab yourself some NFL Playoff Tickets.

Enjoy This Issue!


Important Note: During peak times, some of our news and event story links may take extra time to load. We are working on significant upgrades to handle this increased demand. In the meantime, we appreciate your patience during the extra few seconds a story may take to appear when you click on it.

Show Review: Chippendales

Reviewed December 2006
by Nancy Dickinson

Attention all red-blooded healthy females (and surely males): Someone has gathered all the most beautiful men from all over the world and shoved them in a Theatre at The Rio for your viewing pleasure. Oh, and they’re not exactly clothed. And talented, too! Was it mentioned that they’re not really clothed? The Rio showroom is home to one of the most renowned male review shows this side of the six-pack… er… western hemisphere. Since 1981, Chippendales has been celebrating all that is MAN with the sexiest, most crowd pleasing party ever thrown. The secret to the show’s success lies in the magical mixture of the unparalleled chaos from a “girls night out” on steroids (the audience) and the impeccable pecs that flood the place.

Click to Read Complete Review

First Creative Session with Susan Stroman and David Hasselhoff as The Producers’ “Roger DeBris” – For Las Vegas, the legendary, eye-popping and drop-dead funny production will be reconceived as a 90-minute extravaganza (with no intermission), especially for the resort’s Paris Le Theatre des Arts. Like its New York counterpart, the production at Paris Las Vegas will feature music and lyrics by comedy icon Mel Brooks, book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (Hairspray, Annie) and direction and choreography by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (Crazy for You, Contact, The Music Man, Oklahoma). THE PRODUCERS has a Tony Award-winning book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, Tony Award-winning music and lyrics by Mel Brooks and Tony Award-winning direction and choreography by Susan Stroman. The musical also has scenic design by Robin Wagner, costume design by William Ivey Long and lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski (Tony winners all for their work). Click to Read The Full Story and Purchase Tickets …

Rod Stewart To Bring 2007 North American Tour To The MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, March 17 – Rock ‘n roll superstar Rod Stewart will roll his 2007 North American tour into the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, March 17 at 8 p.m. The tour, which will celebrate Stewart’s return to his rock roots, will highlight songs from his No.1 chart-topping album Still The Same… Great Rock Classics of Our Time. The album features a number of classic hits from his more than three-decade career. For the first time in more than a decade, Stewart’s stage will be designed in-the-round giving fans an intimate 360-degree view of his energetic performance. Click to Read The Full Story and Purchase Tickets …

2007 Grammy Award Nominee Jamie Foxx Brings His Unpredictable Tour To The Aladdin Theatre For Performing Arts Friday, February 16 – Academy Awards winner Jamie Foxx, nominated for three Grammy Awards including Best R&B Album for Unpredictable, Best Rap Duo/Group for “Georgia” with Ludacris and Best R&B Performance by a Duo/Group for “Love Changes” with Mary J. Blige, will be bringing his Unpredictable Tour a night of comedy and music – to The Aladdin, future home of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Theatre for the Performing Arts on Friday, February 16 at 9pm. Jamie Foxx won an Academy Award for Best Actor in 2005 for his portrayal of the legendary Ray Charles in the Taylor Hackford-directed biopic “Ray.” Click to Read The Full Story and Purchase Tickets …

Rascal Flatts Brings “Me And My Gang 2007” Tour To Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, March 10 – Rascal Flatts will bring their 2007 concert tour, “Me And My Gang 2007,” to the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, March 10 at 8 p.m. The concert will feature Jason Aldean as the opening act. Aldean performed on select Rascal Flatts dates during the 2006 tour. Rascal Flatts’ highly anticipated new album, Me And My Gang, was released earlier this year and debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen’s Soundscan Top 200 album chart and the country album chart, making it the highest-selling CD across all genres. Click to Read The Full Story and Purchase Tickets …

Slater Mario Lopez Dances His Way Into The Miss America Spotlight As Host Of The 2007 Miss America Pageant Live On CMT From The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino In Las Vegas – Television star Mario Lopez (“Dancing With The Stars,” “Nip/Tuck”) has been tapped to host the 2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT, airing live from The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino (Aladdin) in Las Vegas on Monday, January 29 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT* on CMT. Don Mischer Productions will produce the 2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT. Sarah Brock, CMT executive producer and vice president, production, music and events, notes: “Mario Lopez is a fantastic choice to host the 2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT. With his soaring popularity, his former hosting experience and his undeniable charm, he will certainly excel as this year’s host.” Click to Read The Full Story and Purchase Tickets …

Gambling Talk: Poker Is Not Gambling — Part One – with Victor H. Royer. The entire history of the United States, particularly the Western lore, were all about gambling, and in particular all about poker. Even though for many years playing poker was not considered something that nice people would want to do, the fact remains that many presidents of the United States going back to the Revolutionary war, and soon thereafter, and for all the years since, all played poker. Poker played well is not a gamble, but a game of skill and knowledge. Although there is a significant element of luck, such is present in all aspects of human life, and not relegated only to poker. Click to Read Complete Article

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: Aladdin/Planet Hollywood Construction – Slowly (amazingly slowly) and quietly, the changeover of The Aladdin to Planet Hollywood is taking place. If you haven’t been to town lately (or simply haven’t been inside the place in a while), we have great photos of both the continuing changes inside and outside. (Photo Credit Mark Jacobs)

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – Chef Live – Where else can you cook with glamour and glitz? No where! Cheflive is Cooking VEGAS-Style! FOOD and VEGAS û What else could you ask for? Cheflive presents a state-of-the-art exhibition kitchen and cooking demonstrations featuring chefs from around the world and Las Vegas. Experience the taste of the Strip. Cook like a Gourmet VEGAS chef. Take a little of VEGAS home with you as you will be able to watch and cook along with your VEGAS Chef at HOME!



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Readers Write:

Hi Ted,

6 of us are coming to Las Vegas 22nd January for a weeks holiday. We are traveling from Wales in the UK and we are wondering if you could tell us what the weather will like then eg. rough idea of the temperature so we know what to pack.

Thanks for your help,

Cheryl Morcom

Ted Responds:

Good question. We have the info at http://www.accessvegas.com/faqs/las-vegas-weather.htm and realize we should make that info easier to find!


We are going to be in Vegas l/11/07 thru 1/14, any suggestions for a show?Four of us all sisters for the first time ever in Vegas and we are sooooooooo looking forward to our trip, we thought we would do a show or something!

Thanks for the news and any suggestions,

Sarah Rosser

Ted Responds:

Celine (if you can get tickets). Or if Celine isn’t to everyone’s liking, you can’t go wrong with any of the Cirque shows (although keep in mind that Zumanity is R-rated, the rest won’t offend anyone).

Le Reve isn’t a Cirque show, but was created by some of the same people, and has been getting very good reviews the past few months. If you want Broadway, Phantom for something serious, Mamma Mia! for something fun.

Why do never suggest a certain specific show? Everyone’s tastes are different, and there is no “one best” show!

The best thing to do is go to our shows page: Do a search for your dates (left hand sidebar of that page) and see what is available at what price.

(Note: I personally wrote Sarah back on this last month, and even though she’ll be in town as you read this, I thought it was a great question).


Dear Ted,In November I completed my 14th Las Vegas vacation from England and have booked the 15th for Feb 07. I got to see several shows I would recommend to other Vegas lovers.

1) Fantasy @ the Luxor, highly entertaining dancing high energy show with fantastic looking girls and a good atmosphere created.

2) Jeff Trachta @ The Rio – a good afternoon cabaret style show, Man that guy can really sing. Totally unknown in the UK (sadly) but worth seeing.

3) Carrot Top – radical.

As stated in my letter to you Feb 06 regarding The Gold Coast Buffet, I would say it ranks top 3 in Las Vegas for value for money (where else can you eat Mongolian Ribs?) under $10. It took a 15 mile run to burn off what I’d eaten next morning.

Several more folk from NE England have booked Vegas vacations on my recommendation – more will follow.

Keep up the good work Ted.

Owen (South Shields, NE England)


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  • Martin Luther King Day January 13-15 (3 day weekend)
  • Presidents Day February 17-19 (3 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 22-25 (3 day weekend)
  • St. Patricks Day March 17 (Falls on a Saturday)
  • March Madness (NCAA Basketball Playoffs) March 15-18, March 22-25, Final Four March 31-April 2
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  • Fathers Day June 17
  • Independence Day July 4
  • Civic Holiday (Canada) August 6 (3 day weekend)
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  • Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada) September 6-8 (3 day weekend)
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  • New Year’s Eve-Day December 29 – January 1 (4 day weekend – New Years on Tuesday)

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – December 20, 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.


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

Hello From Las Vegas! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your families from Las Vegas this year. This slightly abbreviated edition (due to the holidays) still contains piles of the latest news you need to know, plus two new giveaways!

We have a great new photo set of the Bellagio Christmas display for those of you who can’t make it here this season. If you have have seen the display in the past will recognize a few familiar themes along with some great new ideas and themes in this spectacular display. Click to view Bellagio Gardens Holiday Display 2006

Forgot to send a few holiday cards this season? It is never too late! Any of the photos from our Las Vegas photo gallery including the Bellagio Christmas Display pictures can be emailed to friends and family with the click of a computer mouse. Surf to the photos of your choice in our gallery and use the Send As A Postcard link below a any photos you like. Click to view our AccessVegas.com Las Vegas Photo Gallery

The countdown to New Year’s Eve is going strong, and this is literally getting to be “last call” for booking rooms, tickets to the nightclub parties, or that special New Year’s Eve concert. Two words of advice:

  • Still need a room? Do not wait. Book now. End of story. The rates aren’t exactly going down as rooms get scarce heading into the final week. Let us suggest our friends at Las Vegas Hotel Deals where you can search your dates and what availability is left at the various hotels. Special Note: Most hotels are requiring a Friday arrival. If you try to check for a Saturday or Sunday arrival, it will limit your options and cost even more.
  • We have a huge listing of concert and nightlife events on our December 31, 2006 Concert Listings. Tickets are going quickly for the events not yet sold out. If you want expert help choosing which nightclub party is best for you, call our nightlife experts at 800-696-5721.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!



New Year’s Eve:
All The Details On The Coming Spectacle

Calendar Giveaway:
Fantasy at The Luxor and Thunder From Down Under

These two hot shows sent us a stack of Christmas cheer to spread with the rest of you in the form of 15 calendars per show that we are giving away! Unlike most contests, we let you increase your odds of winning by letting you enter once per day, per contest through January 5, 2007.



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Special Section: Nevada Smoking Ban Stories Updated

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:

  • 2006

  • 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)
  • 2007

  • Martin Luther King Day January 13-15 (3 day weekend)
  • Presidents Day February 17-19 (3 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 22-25 (3 day weekend)
  • St. Patricks Day March 17 (Falls on a Saturday)
  • March Madness (NCAA Basketball Playoffs) March 15-18, March 22-25, Final Four March 31-April 2
  • Victoria Day (Canada) May 19-21 (3 day weekend)
  • Memorial Day May 26-28 (3 day weekend)
  • Mothers Day May 13
  • Fathers Day June 17
  • Independence Day July 4
  • Civic Holiday (Canada) August 6 (3 day weekend)
  • Labor Day September 1-3 (3 day weekend)
  • Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada) September 6-8 (3 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 25 (4 day weekend – Christmas on Tuesday)
  • New Year’s Eve-Day December 29 – January 1 (4 day weekend – New Years on Tuesday)

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – December 13, 2006

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Hello From Las Vegas! Our best wishes to Celine Dion who is taking some unscheduled time off to recover from a severe respiratory virus. She’s taking the time needed to heal and rest in anticipation of her 2007 gigs at Caesars. We have Celine tickets on sale through June of 2007, and her replacements (Cher and Bette Midler) have already been signed. If you have been putting off seeing Celine or want to catch the show again, do not delay in getting tickets now. Celine Dion Tickets

The rumble for New Year’s Eve is heating up in a huge way and as now is the norm, $500,000 worth of fireworks will be shot off from hotels all the way up and down The Strip. If being inside at what are sure to be the hottest club parties on the planet, you need to be snapping up tickets or making your bottle/table reservations now. ASAP.

The huge party is the Nightclubs.com Party at the Empire Ballroom and we have that and information on all the New Years Eve Las Vegas Nightclub Parties or we’ll have people on hand to personally help you with the 411 if you call 800-696-5721.

We have a new section for links to stories about the smoking ban at the end of our usual news story links section later in this issue. For those who just want an executive summary:

A judge has temporarily halted enforcement of the new rules until a hearing on the constitutionality of the law has been heard. The anti-smoking forces who wrote the law exempted casinos (nobody would want to take on that fight). But in doing so, the law may unfairly discriminate against the local bar and grills all over Las Vegas (which are essentially min-casinos).

Mayor Oscar Goodman makes it no secret that he loves his martinis. So much that he’s going to teach a one-credit class at Community College of Southern Nevada this February on how to make the perfect martini. (No, this isn’t a joke). Gotta love Vegas!

If you are thinking of coming for New Year’s Eve, it’s time go book. Now. Room prices will only rise, and tickets to the hottest events are already starting to get very tight. We have a ton of links and information in this issue, and as always, your best bet for hotel reservations is Las Vegas Hotel Deals.

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Summer Ferguson Of ‘Crazy Girls’ In Ballet Number ‘The Heart’ – Summer Ferguson of “Crazy Girls” does “The Heart” the only ballet number in the revamped show that is in its 20th year at the Riviera Hotel & Casino. The 5-foot-9-inch statuesque dancer says, “Performing runs in my family. My mom and aunt were both Lakers’ cheerleaders with Paula Abdul.” I began my dance lessons at age two. I’d like to be a Victoria’s Secret model. After “Crazy Girls” I stay up all night.” With the recent press about the phasing out of shoeshine workers, Summer reports that she used to earn a good living when she was only 16 years old working at the hotels and once got a $2,500 tip. Click to Read The Full Story and Purchase Tickets …

Christina Aguilera At Mandalay Bay – Pop-music star Christina Aguilera launches her 41-city “Back to Basics” 2007 North American tour in February and will bring her high-energy show to the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, March 3. Special guests The Pussycat Dolls, as well as Danity Kane, are scheduled as the opening acts for the evening set to begin at 8 p.m. Click to Read The Full Story and Purchase Tickets …

The Cannery Celebrates Elvis Presley’s Birthday on January 5 and 6 – Friends of Elvis to Make Special Appearance – The Cannery Casino & Hotel celebrates Elvis Presley’s life with a 72nd birthday celebration on January 5 and 6, 2007 hosted by Elvis expert Steve Christopher with special performances by Johnny Fortuno and The Stamps Quartet as well as a meet and greet with friends and co-stars of Elvis Presley. Tickets are $10 at the door and the celebration begins at 8 p.m. Click to Read The Full Story …

Barry Manilow tickets for his long-term engagement at the Las Vegas Hilton are available for his May-through-December 2007 schedule. Click for Barry Manilow Tickets

Dr. Scott Lewis Takes Advantage – Las Vegas will be packed with holiday revelers and a packed town means packed Box Office. Riviera headliner Dr. Scott Lewis reminds, “while most shows are on vacation, I’ll be performing four extra shows between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, each night at 7 p.m. I hope I can mesmerize my holiday visitors on Wednesday through Saturday, December 27, 28, 29 & 30. I meet and greet every audience member after the show. Maybe one day, they’ll be an on-stage participant in my show!” Click to Read The Full Story and Purchase Tickets …

Music Legend Eric Clapton At MGM Grand – Music legend Eric Clapton will return to the United States for the second leg of his 2006-2007 U.S. Tour following a number of sold-out shows overseas. The MGM Grand Garden Arena will host Clapton’s performance Saturday, March 10 at 8 p.m., which will feature Robert Cray as the opening act. Click to Read The Full Story and Purchase Tickets …

One-of-a-Kind Baldwin Piano Painted By Peter Max Available To Highest Bidder For Charity – World-renowned artist Peter Max unveiled a one-of-a-kind Baldwin Baby 5’2″ Grand piano during Thanksgiving weekend at The Art of Peter Max Gallery in the Forum Shops in Las Vegas as part of a charity campaign to raise funds for The Gibson Foundation and Max’s Global Works Foundation. The piano is on display between the hours of 10am and 11pm PT daily. Click to Read The Full Story …

3121 Jazz Cuisine Expands Hours – 3121 Jazz Cuisine and Chef Lena Morgan invite guests to continue the party after experiencing a night on the dance floor in 3121 with a new late nite menu. The new menu will be offered from midnight until 5 am every Friday and Saturday night with Late Nite Snax including crispy plantains with seared diver scallops, Jamaican jerk jam and mango coulis; petite Kobe burgers with Vidalia onions, melted brie cheese and sweet potato fries; Creole spiced seared shrimp with avocado salsa in a tortilla cup; a selection of flat bread pizzas; and much more. Click to Read The Full Story …

Gambling Talk: Playing Big Pairs in Tournaments — Part One – with Victor H. Royer. Over the next series of articles, I am going to ask you to consider some of the big pairs in Poker and how you should (could) play them in poker tournaments. As odd as this may seem, there are many different ways in which you can (or should) play big pairs, including pocket Aces. This also includes hands like Ace-King.

Many players think (feel) that these are the kinds of hands that play themselves. While it may be OK for you to play like that at home, that’s not what you should (ought) to do in poker tournaments. Even big pairs like Aces aren’t always candidates for the same kind of consideration, and most certainly so for poker tournaments. So, here we are going to explore some of the possibilities, and some of the reasons for them. Click to Read Complete Article

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: Sirens of TI Pirate Show – The Sirens recently celebrated the third anniversary of their free show in from of Treasure Island (TI) Las Vegas. They are taking a couple of weeks but will return strong in time for New Years Eve. In the meantime, enjoy great photos from this popular show.

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – Jet Nightclub Grand Opening Preview (December 2005) – One year ago, Jet Nightclub at The Mirage opened to the public with Kid Rock at the turntables. This is Las Vegas and too much of a good thing is never enough, so Kid Rock is back fresh off of his split from Pamela Anderson and he’ll again be hosting the New Year’s Eve party at Jet! Jet Reservations, VIP Tickets and Bottle Service/Table Reservations call 800-696-5721.

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Members Mania – We Love Our Readers!

Readers Write:

Really enjoy the newsletter, finding it very informative.

The thing that bothers me, is, all the old names are dying. The Dunes, Sands and Hacienda have all been razed and the property rebuilt upon with the new properties having new names (not a bad idea when it comes to the Hacienda).

Now it’s Stardust. I used to be a frequent guest and would much rather it retain it’s name, rather than the proposed Echelon Place. This property isn’t changing ownership so a name change will do nothing but distance former patrons.

Thanks

Jim O’Hara

Chicago

Ted Responds:

Having lived here since 1993 (long enough to get used to the actual hotels you are referencing), I couldn’t agree more. In a few more years, most newer visitors and new residents will probably think the street names “Sands” and “Desert Inn” were some cute street names thought up by home developers.

I am pleased to see that Tropicana Ave. will continue to lead to The Tropicana for now (the upgrade of the property by new owners at this time doesn’t appear to involve a name change).

However, I do wish that Venetian owner Sheldon Anderson had done something more to let The Sands name live on (outside of keeping the convention center so named). It would be nice if the Encore addition to Wynn Las Vegas had a “Desert Inn Lounge” and similar with Stardust.

Couple of interesting quick notes:

  • I was among the first to note what a lousy, stupid name Echelon Place is, a comment that is echoed by many local pundits. They still have time to change it and I hope they do.
  • Of all the names you mentioned, The Hacienda actually lives on. A small hotel/casino between Boulder City and Hoover Dam now has the name, as a result of some of the former Hacienda parent company owners being involved the hotel by Hoover Dam.

Bottom line: The new Vegas is exciting, but some connections to the past would be welcome. If anything, the vibe people of all ages come here for is the swinging times that were originally made famous by the Rat Pack.


Hi Ted,Love reading your column. My friend and I (both in our 60’s) stayed at Wynn Resort recently. It was fabulous and spoils me for staying anywhere else! I have been going to Vegas since the 60’s and used to stay at the Sands…..then Harrah’s. By the way, what have they done to Harrah’s? We loved Rita Rudner’s show but the casino was awful and used to be so nice and low-key.

Thanks,

Sara

Ted Responds:

Harrah’s has “cranked things up a few notches” over the past few years to achieve a party atmosphere to attract a younger crowd. But that does raise some interesting questions to our readers near or in their retirement years:

1. With so many hotels wanting to be “hip” and cater to people barely old enough to drink, what hotels do you no longer visit, and more importantly, which hotels do you love and feel very comfortable at?

2. Now that are are at (or near) retirement, do you come to Las Vegas as much as you used to, more often, or do you feel that Las Vegas isn’t so much your cup of tea and don’t visit so much? If not so much, where else are you going on vacation (gambling city or otherwise)?

We have set up an area of our message boards for you to weigh in:
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Special Section: New Year’s Eve 2006-2007
Parties, Events, Dining
Special Section: Nevada Smoking Ban Stories Updated

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:

  • 2006

  • 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)
  • 2007

  • Martin Luther King Day January 13-15 (3 day weekend)
  • Presidents Day February 17-19 (3 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 22-25 (3 day weekend)
  • St. Patricks Day March 17 (Falls on a Saturday)
  • March Madness (NCAA Basketball Playoffs) March 15-18, March 22-25, Final Four March 31-April 2
  • Victoria Day (Canada) May 19-21 (3 day weekend)
  • Memorial Day May 26-28 (3 day weekend)
  • Mothers Day May 13
  • Fathers Day June 17
  • Independence Day July 4
  • Civic Holiday (Canada) August 6 (3 day weekend)
  • Labor Day September 1-3 (3 day weekend)
  • Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada) September 6-8 (3 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 25 (4 day weekend – Christmas on Tuesday)
  • New Year’s Eve-Day December 29 – January 1 (4 day weekend – New Years on Tuesday)

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – December 6, 2006

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Hello From Las Vegas! All kind of stuff this issue including some very recent photos of construction along The Strip including Palazzo Tower at Venetian, Encore at Wynn, and Trump Tower.

We have listed the Coming Hot Holidays for 2007. Now is a great time to plan your trip and book a room, especially if you want to come when things are really happening! You know the drill: the longer you wait, the more you’ll generally pay. Plus, it is always good to know that a Vegas trip is on the horizon!

Just when I thought we were done with the smoking issue, it lights up again (pun intended). Because the ambiguous wording of the ballot anti-smoking ballot measure passed by voters, McCarran (Las Vegas) Airport is going totally smoke free to error on the side caution and and a couple of hospitality companies have sued to get a temporary restraining order against enforcement of the new laws, citing the lack of fairness. )Here’s a link to the story Legal challenge targets smoking ban).

In a nutshell, here is the situation: Most bars in Nevada are not simply bars, but bar and grill type operations with a full-fledged restaurant serving a complete menu (bigger menu than most sit-down chain restaurants) 24/7. This law now prohibits smoking in these bar and grill operations. However, the law permits smoking in casino gaming floors, which often have restaurants sitting right next to (and in many cases open air to) a smoking permitted gaming floor. Laws can’t unfairly target one business but not another, and that is the basis of the lawsuit.

I was ready to let this issue drop, but have been pelted with email on both sides of the issue, and it has started to lean more to a smoking debate than a “smoking in Las Vegas” debate.

I’m doing this: Down in the Members Mania section, I answer a representative letter, and I give a couple of suggested resources for follow up to those strongly pro or con on this issue and a suggestion about how either side can take further action, as we will not continue to cover this issue outside of the specifics of the specifics on the smoking ban effect on Las Vegas visitors. If you don’t care, don’t worry: This issue is jammed with other great information to keep you up on what is hot and happening in Las Vegas!

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Show Review:Mamma Mia!

Reviewed November 2006
by Nancy Dickinson

Mamma Mia Las Vegas Sophie, an average twenty-year old bride to be, sits under the moon and sings of her dream. Next to the crystal blue Mediterranean, her wedding day anxieties, life’s ideals, along with her desire to discover who her real father is are belted across the showroom in powerful song. When her two friends stumble into the scene, drunk with pre-marital madness, it becomes obvious- this show is no circus act; here’s a story to which everyone can relate.

Mandalay Bay is the proud home of the longest running and most successful full-scale Broadway musical ever to play on the Las Vegas Strip…Mamma Mia! With a total of 11 global productions, the show has managed to attract over 27 million people worldwide. And with good reason- the content of the show holds something special. It’s adventures into real-world family issues and life’s less than perfect idiosyncrasies, for audience members just, well, hits home. Click to Read Complete Review

Sky Villas In Las Vegas – Leyna Nguyen, anchor/reporter for KCBS/KCAL-TV, came up to Las Vegas to report on the Las Vegas HiltonÆs Sky Villa Suites. The story was featured during sweeps week on November 28. Some interesting facts: The Verona Suite opened Dec. 1, 1994. Conrad and Tuscany opened in January 1995. The Elvis suite was where the Tuscany suite is now (and a little of the Verona). Click to watch Hilton Sky Villa’s Streaming Video

World-Class Professional Dancers Prepare for Second Annual World Salsa Championships – With the finale of “Dancing with the Stars” having come to a close, dance enthusiasts won’t have to wait for next season to get their fill of dancing. Professional salsa dancers from around the globe are gearing up to take to the competitive stage at the Second Annual World Salsa Championships in Las Vegas on December 13-16 at the South Point Hotel and Casino. Thanks, in part to the popularity of shows such as “Dancing with the Stars,” which has become a pop culture obsession attracting 27.5 million viewers for the finale, the Championships look to attract professionals and mainstream fans alike. Click to Read The Full Story…

Cher, Bette Ready For Vegas Run – All the pieces of the post-Celine Dion era at Caesars Palace are falling into place: Cher’s deal is done, and Bette is set. Cher will move into the 4,000-seat Colosseum in the spring of 2008, and Bette Midler will follow in the fall. Click to Read The Full Story…

Get Jolly With Mayor Goodman And The Staff of Hogs & Heifers December 14th During Martinis With The Mayor – It’s time to get jolly as Hogs & Heifers Saloon, with partners Joel Jarvis and The Link, host this year’s holiday networking mixer Martinis with the Mayor alongside special guest Mayor Oscar Goodman Thursday, December 14th from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Join the Mayor and his merry elves from City Hall for a drink as he proposes the first official toast of the holiday season. Santa Claus will be on hand to collect new, unwrapped toys for Hogs and Heifer’s Second Annual Toys for Tots motorcycle run benefiting Sunrise Children’s Hospital and the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation. Donate a toy and your first drink is on the house! Click to Read The Full Story …

Married With Teppan – Everyone is familiar with Benihana, and the largest Benihana is at the Las Vegas Hilton. How many people actually get married there? One couple did last Saturday: Judy Campaigne married Douglas Malmstrom, right by the bridge in the center of Benihana Village. The nuptials were held among the realistic sounds of gentle rains, thunder and lightning storms surrounded by lush Japanese gardens, flowing ponds, and exotic statuary. Also located within Benihana Village is the Garden of the Dragon, featuring authentic Chinese cuisine, Teru Sushi offering an extensive fresh sushi menu, and the 888 Noodle Bar, featuring fresh Pan Asian noodle dishes prepared with entertaining flair.

“The Vinnie Favorito Comedy Show” Announces The Addition Of Sunday Performance To Weekly Schedule – Hilarious comedian and one of Hollywood’s top roasters Vinnie Favorito has just extended his weekly show schedule by adding one additional performance on Sunday nights at 8:30 p.m. With the popularity of “The Vinnie Favorito Show” among both tourists and locals, Favorito decided to meet the demand by adding an additional show. Favorito feeds off his audience with his edgy and cut-throat humor. Whether off the wall or off color, audiences are asked to “Buckle Up” with The Vinnie Favorito Comedy Show as he takes them on a comedic ride, where the crowd will learn all the stories behind their fellow audience members. Click to Read The Full Story …

MGM Grand Spa Caters to Guest Health with Cutting-Edge Treatment – Providing a new level of personal service, MGM Grand Spa recently added a new high-tech treatment to their expansive menu. SpaGen evaluates the physical well-being of guests through customized DNA analysis. The cutting-edge service begins with an in-depth health, diet and lifestyle questionnaire before a simple cotton swab captures DNA from the inside of the cheek. Then a careful, two-week lab examination of the guestÆs DNA reveals nutritional deficiencies.

An extensive summary sent to the guest provides the information needed to achieve wellness and beauty from the inside out. To help balance the body, a personalized package of nutritional supplements can be arranged for an additional fee. A 15-minute service, SpaGen is offered at $299, while supplements range from an additional $30 to $100 a month. Grand Spa is the first and only spa in Las Vegas to offer the new service.

New Aces Bar & Grill Offers High End Healthy Food For Low End Prices – The Famous ‘Randy Burger’ Made Of Two 10-ounce Trans Fat Free Burgers Near Rhodes Ranch – Master Chef Margaret Nugnes vows to make the Aces Bar & Grill a huge success in one of the toughest restaurant cities in the world it’s tucked away just up the road from Rhodes Ranch at El Capitan and Warm Springs. This chef’s resume reads like someone who should be hosting a show on the Food Channel and her cook came over from Rosemary’s Restaurant on Sahara It is just a matter of time before you can’t get a seat. The logo of Four Aces is appropriate because this bar’s food is not bar food and the atmosphere isn’t pleasant and smoke-free. Click to Read The Full Story …

Gambling Talk: Three Card Poker – with Victor H. Royer. Poker made simple. How easy can it get? Well, how about taking five card stud, and seven card stud, and all the hold’em games and reducing the “worry” of what to make out of these cards to just three cards total. Actually, it’s quite brilliant. Of course a few rule alterations need to be made. For example, a “straight” is now higher than a “flush”. And, there’s NO royal flush … just the “straight flush” for the top award. The rest of the card hierarchy remains (somewhat) the same: pair, then the flush, then the straight, then the three-of-a-kind and then the straight flush. Click to Read Complete Article

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: Grand Canyon – No matter how many times you have come to Las Vegas, you haven’t seen it all until you’ve seen the magnificent natural wonders of the Grand Canyon. For years, we have endorsed and enjoyed Maverick Helicopter Tours and the spectacular views their Grand Canyon Tours provide.

Avoid the bus tours, where you spend your entire day (and then some) traveling over bumpy back roads for only a short time at the canyon. Maverick flies you over directly and quickly and your time is spent viewing the Grand Canyon from above and down inside. Some tours even allow breakfast at the bottom of the Canyon!

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – Treasure Island Pirate Show 1997 – Broadcast TV footage of the entire Treasure Island Pirate Show shot on December 31, 1996. This was the original show that performed from the time the resort opened until the new Sirens of TI show replaced it in 2004.

  • Click To View Treasure Island Pirate Show 1997: Broadband (only)


Members Mania – We Love Our Readers!

Readers Write:

We are staying in Vegas for 7 nights commencing 29th Dec and are looking for parties or balls on New Years. We are hoping that the Stratosphere will do something like last year, Tower Party, but would be grateful for any help or advice you can give. There will be four adults in our group

Regards

Mrs Carrie Wilkinson

Ted Responds:

As always, we post info in the newsletter as soon as it come in on everything we hear about. Every week, we get people asking about coming events, holidays, implosions, and similar.

The simply truth is that the hotels rarely plan (or release plans of) events more than a few weeks ahead of time. Sometimes we are lucky if they get the information to us with days to spare!

I very much realize that many of you plan your trips months in advance (which is wise), and could use the information earlier. For some reason, casino event planners seem to think that if word of the event makes it to the local newspapers and TV stations with a few days to spare, all is well. In reality, we are reaching far more visitors and reaching them much earlier… while they are still in the early vacation planning stages.

I know we have a huge number of industry people reading this, and maybe they will take heed. Bottom line for us: We don’t keep info from you. If we have it, run it.


Dear Ted,My husband and I will be visiting Las Vegas towards the end of March 2007 and I subscribed really so that I can find out what types of shows will be on then and if there are trips to the desert at that time. I also wanted to know what the climate is at that time as it will be your spring but I know that the desert temperatures are far more severe both in heat and cold. I live in Australia, so I only know about Las Vegas what I have seen in film and read in the media.

Thank you.

Penelope

Ted Responds:

We have a weather page with the average temps and weather advice that should be helpful.

Per shows and events and stuff, please see above reply.

Bottom line: If you want a headliner entertainer like Elton or Celine or similar, book as early as possible. Use the search box on our shows page: to see what is playing while you are here..

For concerts and similar, just keep watching the newsletter. Some concerts and headliners are only booked a couple of months in advance.

April is about the most perfect month to visit, except a little windy and college spring break here brings more collage age students to town (but not over-run by them).

Thanks for reading!


Dear Ted,The people of Nevada have spoken and I applaud them for their wisdom. You conveniently fail to mention in your editorial that exposure to cigarette smoke has been absolutely proven to be a major health hazard. Banning of smoking in public places except for adults only, gaming areas is a terrific compromise. Why should I be forced to make a decision to expose my children to carcinogens or otherwise decide not to go anywhere in Las Vegas?

I would never take my children through a casino, but must I make the difficult decision to take them shopping where they may be exposed to chemicals that could affect their future health? Parents may choose to do this but they should not be forced to compromise the health of their children in order to enjoy the freedom of public access. Smoking is legal and any smoker should have the right to smoke, but I should equally have the right to a healthy environment in public places.

David and Eileen Hardy

Ted Responds:

Because most of the feedback regarding the smoking issue has gravitated away from smoking in Nevada to the general issues regarding second hand smoking, I’ll make a few notes and then direct you to where you can make a difference (pro or con). Keep in mind that I am a non-smoker who does not hold tobacco company stock, and we have no tobacco-related advertisers.

Much of the anti-smoking arguments either cite the Surgeon General’s report, or talk about “saving the kids” from second hand smoke.

1. No one will refute that smokers put themselves at significant risk for early death. But per second hand smoke, the Surgeon General’s original report was based on significant false (junk) science. A 1993 EPA meta-analysis of 30 studies has since been discredited, and ignores a World Health Organization large single study that showed a reduced association for children of smokers and no association for spouses and co-workers.

The largest single study (British Medical Journal) was a 39-year analysis of over 35,000 Californians published in 2003. It found no connection between passive smoking and mortality. Even in the smokiest of smoke-filled rooms, nonsmokers inhale only a fraction of one cigarette of exposure. Many EPA approved workplaces expose people to more carcinogens on a daily basis than being in a room with a smoker.

2. I’d like to ask those “saving the children” how often their kids eat a fast food? Trans-Fats are devastating, and while I don’t want laws to ban them (like smoking, the market should decide), I no longer touch them.

Want to have some fun? Go to McDonald’s Nutrition web page and look at the amount of fat (let alone trans fat) in their fries and some breakfast sandwiches, things that many parents don’t think twice about feeding their children. How many parents are up-in-arms about a few whiffs of cigarette smoke, yet have children whose arteries are are clogging before they even hit their teen years?

New York City just voted to ban trans-fats. I don’t agree with that. What is next? You may support a ban on smoking, may (or may not) support a ban on trans-fats, but how will you feel when government regulation of your job or legal rights comes under fire? Wait until the shoe is on the other foot.

Keeping kids away from smoke is simple: Don’t patronize establishments that allow smoking. As a non-smoker, there are times when I choose an establishment without smoke, and other times I choose to enter an environment where smokers will be. None of those environments I choose to enter are places that children absolutely have to be.

Whether you agree with me, or you think I am completely out-to-lunch, let me suggest an entertaining and informative recent segment from radio station WFNY 93.7 FM in New York City. Leslie Gold (aka The Radio Chick) did a really interesting segment on this topic, including mention of smoking in casinos: Click To Listen

In the meantime, here’s the smoking situation for visitors to Las Vegas: Smoking is permitted on casino floors, your hotel room (if a smoking room), and anywhere outdoors. It is not permitted in any restaurant or bar that also serves food. It is permitted in nightclubs and other bars and lounges that do not serve food. Smoking is now prohibited in all parts of Mccarran (Las Vegas) International Airport. (Note: This is in absence of the pending lawsuit which might delay enforcement of this law. As we go to press, we don’t yet have word on the outcome).

Finally, if you support or disagree with the new Nevada Smoking rules, I strongly suggest writing a letter to the editor of our main paper, Las Vegas Review-Journal. I’m thrilled with our volume of readership and the many people in the gaming and hospitality industry that read us each week. However, the mainstream politicians, judges, and voters that voted to ban smoking are more likely to read the editorial page of our city paper.

You can email Letters To The Editor of the Review-Journal at

[email protected]

You must put your address (including city, state, zip, and/or country) and a phone number. They reserve the right to edit or shorten letters, so letters under 900 words are suggested.

Let us know if they print your letter (pro or con) and we’ll note it and link to it here! You know that we’ve always been happy to echo our reader feedback whether it agrees with our editorial stance or not.


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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:

  • 2006

  • 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)
  • 2007

  • Martin Luther King Day January 13-15 (3 day weekend)
  • Presidents Day February 17-19 (3 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 22-25 (3 day weekend)
  • St. Patrick’s Day March 17 (Falls on a Saturday)
  • March Madness (NCAA Basketball Playoffs) March 15-18, March 22-25, Final Four March 31-April 2
  • Victoria Day (Canada) May 19-21 (3 day weekend)
  • Memorial Day May 26-28 (3 day weekend)
  • Mothers Day May 13
  • Fathers Day June 17
  • Independence Day July 4
  • Civic Holiday (Canada) August 6 (3 day weekend)
  • Labor Day September 1-3 (3 day weekend)
  • Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada) September 6-8 (3 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 25 (4 day weekend – Christmas on Tuesday)
  • New Year’s Eve-Day December 29 – January 1 (4 day weekend – New Years on Tuesday)

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