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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – July 19, 2000

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

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

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

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This Issue: Crazy Girls

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



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LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FEATURE STORY: Crazy Girls

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

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

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

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


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


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

This week, a letter from the editor!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Your input is welcome. Write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected] Please include your name if you wish to have it published (stating your city is optional). Also, guest article submissions are welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc., if accepted.


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


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

FREE CONTESTS:

Rules (unless otherwise noted or link to outside contest): You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Please note the expiration date and only enter if you will be in town and can use them. The 20’th entry in each contest will be the winner. Just sent a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win. Also, please do not enter if you have won within the past month.

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

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

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

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

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All contents copyright MM Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
July 19, 2000
ISSN: 1529-2770

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – July 12, 2000

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Quick Concert and Show Notes:See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FEATURE STORY: Shark Reef

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:Dina Pellatier wrote:

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

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

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

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

James R. Clayton wrote:

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

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

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

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ISSN: 1529-2770

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – July 5, 2000

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

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

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

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

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LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Rob writes:

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

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

>Amber Pelletier wrote:

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

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

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

Louise Fedoruk wrote:

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

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

Paul Milsom wrote:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – June 28, 2000

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

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

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

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

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This Issue: Show Reports

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LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Quick Concert and Show Notes:

See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FEATURE STORY: Show Reports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Karen Chatfield of Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia wrote:

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

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

Scott from Henderson, NV wrote:

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

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

Colin wrote:

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

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

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