Access Vegas Insider Vibe – April 11, 2007

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Hello From Las Vegas! From a cloudy, windy, and rainy Las Vegas. April is notoriously windy here, but rain is rare.

I Goofed – last week and we ran a couple of unfinished, un-edited, not-yet spell checked sections. For the record, this is the proper link to the Bellagio Botanical Gardens 2007 Chinese New Year Display.

Meet Your Favorite Vegas Celebs – Ben & Jerry’s at the Galleria Mall will be serving free ice cream cones to benefit the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum April 17, 2007. Local celebrities that will be at Ben & Jerry’s at the Galleria Mall include Mark and Mercedes from Mix 94.1, Norm Clarke from the Review Journal, Amazing Jonathan and Penny, Mosaic and The Scintas. I can state from personal experience that those donating their time are some of the nicest, most approachable people in town. Full details and directions here.

The Police Tour Tickets – Just a reminder that we have great tickets available not only for their June 15, 2007 show here in Las Vegas, but for their shows around the country! The Police Reunion Tour Tickets

Mac King At White House – Huge congratulations to Harrah’s headlining comedian magician (and all around good-guy) Mac King who performed at the Annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn on April 9, 2007. Mac has one of the few Las Vegas shows that almost all ages (perhaps 10 and up) will enjoy. We are wondering what the Secret Service thought of fig newtons and goldfish…

Prince Is Outta Here… Almost – Prince finishes performing here in Las Vegas at the end of this month (April 2007). We do still have a few tickets left. They aren’t cheap, but this is seriously a last chance deal. If you are in town this month and want to catch the end of this historical run, check out our Prince at Rio Las Vegas Tickets.

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Sushi Roku Japanese at
The Forum Shops (Caesars) Review

By Zabrina Rodriguez-Rapozo

Dimly it, bamboo trees and sexy black accents. Sushi Roku is everything you would expect of a hip and swanky strip restaurant. With black booths backed up to a magnificent view of Las Vegas Blvd twinkling below, this place is as elegant as it is earthy.

Our server suggested the Rock Shrimp which arrived piping hot and coated in a delicious semi sweet citrusy sauce. Wow! This is probably one of the best appetizers I have ever had. The tempura batter stayed crisp and light and the sauce that clung to the tender shrimp was both addictive and satisfying. Click to Read The Full Review …

Tim McGraw And Faith Hill Bring Their “Soul2Soul Tour 2007” To The MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, August 4; Jeep Signs On As The Tour’s Presenting Sponsor – Selected as Pollstar Magazine’s “Major Tour of 2006” ahead of industry powerhouses such as Madonna and The Rolling Stones, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill (Tickets) bring their Soul2Soul Tour back to Las Vegas Saturday, Aug. 4. Due to overwhelming demand from fans who didn’t get a chance to witness history in the making, and for fans hungry to be a part of the experience yet again, the duo will perform at the MGM Grand Garden Arena with the concert scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Click to Read The Full Story …

Stomp Out Loud Lands In Las Vegas At Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino – New Production From The Creators Of The International Sensation Stomp – STOMP OUT LOUD (Tickets), the extraordinary new production from the creators of the international sensation STOMP, comes to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas this spring with a cast double the size of the original production and performed inside a new, $28 million theater specifically created for this production. Directed and created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, STOMP OUT LOUD began performances on March 24, 2007 with a grand opening slated for early April. Click to Read The Full Story …

Rita Rudner Extends Her Stay At Harrah’s For Three More Years – The Acclaimed Comedian Will Continue As The Strip Resort’s Headliner Until 2010 – Rita Rudner (Tickets), the accomplished actress, screenwriter, best-selling author and comedian, has announced an agreement in principle to extend her stay as headliner at Harrah’s Las Vegas until January 2010. “I love working here,” said Rudner. “I love all the people at Harrah’s, the theater is beautiful and the audiences have been fantastic. When they say I’ve been extended, does that mean I’m taller?” Click to Read The Full Story …

International Singing Sensation Martin Nievera Scheduled To Serenade Audiences At The New Steve Wyrick Entertainment Complex – World-class pop music performer Martin Nievera (Tickets) is proud to announce the opening of his show Martin Live performing daily, beginning February 14, inside the new Steve Wyrick Entertainment Complex in Desert Passage at the Aladdin/Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Martin Live is a show for children and adults. Nievera’s performance includes songs ranging from Broadway to Buble and a number of his own hits, all backed by an 11-piece band. Nievera also pays tribute to Las Vegas’ most famed crooners including Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis and more. Click to Read The Full Story …

Bon Jovi And Tiger Woods Reunite In Las Vegas To Celebrate 10 Years Of Tiger Jam – Rock Superstars Bon Jovi To Join Golf Legend Tiger Woods At Tiger Jam X – Two powerhouses, Tiger Woods and Bon Jovi, will reunite for the 10th annual Tiger Jam (Tickets), presented by AT&T Saturday, May 26 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Marking 10 years of unforgettable concerts, Tiger Jam X will be a fitting tribute to the estimated 10 million young people Tiger Jam has helped by raising funds for the Tiger Woods Foundation. A decade in the making, this celebration will begin with exclusive live and silent auctions and a gourmet dinner. Following the dinner and auctions, Woods will welcome Bon Jovi to the Mandalay Bay Events Center stage for what promises to be an amazing show. Click to Read The Full Story …

Dr. Buzz Aldrin Leads Ceremony For Historic First Walk At Grand Canyon Skywalk – Apollo 11 Astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin, known for making historic first steps on the moon, lead the “First Walk” on the Grand Canyon Skywalk on Tuesday, March 20. During the private ceremony, Aldrin made history again by taking the first steps onto the U-shaped glass walkway suspended 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. Members of the Hualapai tribe lead by Chairman Vaughn and Native American Astronaut John Herrington will walk simultaneously from the opposite side of The Skywalk and join Aldrin in the center for a momentous event as the Hualapai nation unveils the vision of their future.á Click to Read The Full Story …

Dean Mauro Plays Tony From Long Island At ‘Sopranos;’ – After 15 Years In Las Vegas Thespian Joins ‘Most Fun Dinner Theatre Experience In Las Vegas’ – Where else would you find the perfect Tony Soprano actor but in “The Sopranos Last Supper” (Tickets) at The Empire Ballroom on The Las Vegas Strip. His name is Dean Mauro and his uncanny resemblance to James Gandolfini is remarkable take away an unhealthy weight problem. He said, “I grew up in Long Island until I was age 14 and we moved around a bit. I lived in Los Angeles and then Texas and now I’m in Las Vegas. I’ve only been here less than two years to do a film called `The Casino Job.’ I want to live in Las Vegas for now.” Click to Read The Full Story …

The Wings of Freedom Tour of the WWII Vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, and North American B-25 – The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour Brings Extremely Rare Bomber Aircraft for Local Living History Display as Part of 130-city Nationwide Tour Participating in the Collings Foundation’s WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” WWII Heavy Bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” WWII Heavy Bomber, and the North American B-25 Mitchell WWII Medium Bomber, will fly into North Las Vegas Airport in Las Vegas, NV for a visit from April 18 to April 20. Local citizens will have the opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history. Click to Read The Full Story …

Manilow Fund Helping Las Vegas – The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope will be a presenting sponsor of the 2007 AIDS Walk Las Vegas, an annual fundraiser for AFAN (Aid for AIDS of Nevada). The Walk will be held in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15. All the money raised will go directly to educational outreach, housing assistance, transportation, the Lisa B Grocery Center, and other AFAN services and programs. Barry Manilow headlines with Manilow: Music and Passion (Tickets) at the Las Vegas Hilton through 2008.

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: Jubilee! at Bally’s – There’s A-1 tune-crooning, million-dollar sets, and the most glitter this side of Hollywood with costumes by Bob Mackie. Jubilee! is one of the longest running extravaganzas in Las Vegas. It continues to rate as one of Las Vegas’ finest production shows. With incredible sets, costumes, and special effects, Jubilee! is a must-see attraction for any Las Vegas visitor.

Gambling Talk: with Victor H. Royer will resume next issue. In the meantime, please enjoy the Victor H. Royer Casino Gambling Archived Articles.



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Hi Ted!Love the newsletter, my boyfriend and I went to Vegas for the first time last year and we absolutely loved it! We’re going back again in May for his birthday and we have a feeling it’s going to be a yearly event for us =).

We’re from Massachusetts, and as you may or may not know, we on the east coast live by the slogan “America Runs on Dunkin” (Dunkin Donuts, that is). So you can imagine our shock when we couldn’t find any out in Vegas. We were wondering if there are any plans to put a Dunkin Donuts anywhere on/near the Strip anytime soon, as that was my boyfriend’s one (and only) complaint about our trip.

I’m sure all of us East-Coasters would be thrilled with the addition of one in Vegas…and it offers a cheaper, and just as delicious (if not more!) alternative to Starbucks when searching for your caffeine shot. Thanks and keep up the good work!

Kristen

Ted Responds:

I checked a couple of different sources and found no Dunkin’ Donuts here in Las Vegas. Believe it or not, Krispy Kreme (which is struggling in many parts of the country) continues to do amazingly well here, with locations in Excalibur, Venetian, and Circus Circus on The Strip.

I do understand how Dunkin’ Donuts is revered in other parts of the country, and with a large contingent of east coast visitors and transplants, I agree it seems strange that we have no locations here. We know a number of hotel management types read our newsletter. Consider your request delivered!


My wife is very upset with the new anti-smoking laws in Nevada and swears she will not go back to Vegas because of them.Is anyone fighting for smokers rights out there? If smokers stop coming there will be a drop in revenue – maybe Nevada will have to impose a State income tax like everybody else? Sorry to complain but I am a non-smoker but I don’t mind people smoking around me. And I LOVE VEGAS!

Thurman R. Reed Jr.

Ted Responds:

We have continued to post links regarding the latest news in our “More News” section in the second half of each newsletter, but I will summarize where things are at this point:

Our local police department (Metro) is not charged with enforcing the ban. With our fast-growing population, they have more important things to do. The task has fallen to the County Health Department which doesn’t have the funds or manpower to enforce it. Many bars and other similar establishments have posted “no smoking” signs but basically turn a blind eye to smokers. Basically, a white flag has been raised regarding enforcement until 2009 when various legal entities will revisit the issue.

What does this mean to our visitors?

Click to read the rest of my response in our forums (too detailed to fit in the newsletter) and feel free to post your own thoughts as well!


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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

  • 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 – January 31, 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! 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

Enjoy This Issue!




Photo Courtesy MissAmerica.org

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.

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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 – December 6, 2006

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

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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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – September 17, 2003

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews! This is the official newsletter of AccessVegas.Com. We talk about the Las Vegas activities you really care about.

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Featured Story:
Vegas Nights Helicopter Flight

Also In This Issue – Sept. 17, 2003: Newkirk’s Notes, Jimmy Buffet, Beer Bash, Crazy Girls, The Scintas, Welcome AOL, more

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

Hello from Las Vegas! I was one of the privileged guests at a gaming writer’s party put on by Compton-Dancer Consulting this past week. What made it special? This exclusive event was held in the Sky Villa’s of the Las Vegas Hilton. Yes, the same ones you have seen on the Travel Channel.

No, they aren’t as nice as they look on TV. They are 20 times nicer! Mind-bendingly luxurious almost beyond earthly compare. I understand you can stay there is you have close to $20,000 a night, or a few million to gamble.

Great writers with great books that I met and can recommend first hand:

Hello AOL Users! – If you use AOL, you haven’t seen us for a few months (or not at all if you’ve signed up the past few months). In AOL’s quest to block spam, they blocked the vast majority of email newsletters, across the board.

Our biggest complaint the past five months? AOL subscribers saying “I’m not getting your newsletter anymore.” Once we found this out, we applied for accepted status. They were great about getting it taken care of, and we are thrilled to see so many new and old friends again.

What is a Scinta? – Only one of the longer running acts in town now! And with good reason: This family act is a must-see. In fact, see a streaming preview for yourself: Dial-Up or Broadband

New Year’s Eve – From last week, many asked about what various organized events happen for New Year’s Eve. We’ll start receiving that info soon, and let you know. The “big” party is actually in the middle of The Strip, totally closed to traffic as a four mile long fireworks display goes off! We have the scoop at Las Vegas New Year’s Eve. Fireworks streaming video: Dial-Up or Broadband


Hypnolarious – The Most Crazy Show In Las Vegas!
See World Famous Hypnotist Terry Stokes and “Hypno-Pup” Deogee
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Las Vegas News: Of Interest To Tourists

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Featured Story:
Vegas Nights Helicopter Flight

Maverick Helicopter Vegas Strip – I recently took the opportunity to ride with Maverick Helicopters for one of their stunning night tours over The Las Vegas Strip. On board were a small group of great people from all over, two of whom were celebrating their second anniversary!

Don’t wait for a special occasion to try this out. Even though I live here, and am pretty jaded to the brightly lit strip, my jaw drops on this ride.

This isn’t like being on top of the Stratosphere, or craning your neck toward the airplane window as you fly in. The wrap-around windows of the helicopter give every rider a spectacular, unparalleled view of our beautiful Las Vegas Strip.

The ride takes you all the way: From the very bottom of The Strip (south of Mandalay Bay), past the Stratosphere, to the Fremont St. Experience experience downtown and over the light show and hotels of “Old Vegas.” You fly about 1000 feet off the ground, high enough to see everything smoothly move before your eyes but close enough to enjoy the details.

As you move past all of the brightly lit hotels and the beauty of their entire properties, the odds are you’ll catch the Mirage Volcano, Bellagio Fountains and maybe even the Fremont St. Light Show … from overhead!

Worried about heights? This isn’t a thrill ride, nor designed to be one. Maverick has a perfect safety record, the best helicopters, and most experienced (but informative and fun) pilots. Leather seats, heat and air, elbow room, and a wrap around vista make this a highlight of your trip.

Beware; some companies sell discounted Strip helicopter tours and they basically take you up in a small circle and you are done before it started. You get what you pay for, and Maverick gives you your money’s worth. Whether a first time visitor, your “once in a lifetime” Vegas trip, or you drive in every month, this should be a “must do” on your next trip.

Reserve early. This popular sightseeing flight can fill up well in advance.

Information and Reservations:


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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – July 23, 2003

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews! This is the official newsletter of AccessVegas.Com. We talk about the Las Vegas activities you really care about.

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This Issue: Deals, News, Reader Questions Answered

Also In This Issue – July 23, 2003: Newkirk’s Notes, Cheap Rooms, Giveaway, News Of Interest To Tourists, More

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

Hello from Las Vegas! Lots and lots to get to this issue. If something doesn’t interest you, just scroll down. This issue is jam packed!

Platters, Coasters, Drifters – We now have a streaming video preview of this great show at The Sahara. Click to watch: Dial-Up or Broadband. Missed our review? Click to read.

Tropicana Photos – We have a bunch of great new photos of this classic Las Vegas resort:

Member Community – is fully functional and absolutely free! Signing up gets you Email ([email protected]), Games (play for fun and prizes), and the ability to post to our Message Boards. All are welcome to read the new boards. As reported earlier, the old boards didn’t mesh with our new community so we are starting over. Post Away!


See the Grand Canyon in a Jet Helicopter! For years Maverick Helicopters has been providing a true VIP Helicopter experience of the Grand Canyon. We do things a little different than any other helicopter Company. We give you an adventure of a lifetime and not just another tour of the Grand Canyon. Las Vegas Strip tours plus Helicopter Weddings also available!

Las Vegas News: Of Interest To Tourists

Travel Agents – We have a special offer of you. Please read it at the end of this newsletter.



Featured Story: Reader Questions Answered

Ken Pedersen from Maple Grove, MN wrote:

I think the new format is fantastic. It’s easy to navigate,too. I can’t wait to get back to Vegas. My wife and I were there a year ago, for the first time in our lives.(both are in late 50s) and we are going back again as soon as we can scrape up the money. Meanwhile, we look forward to the newsletter so we can keep up to date on things going on in your fine city. Thank you.

Message Board Member “maddisonchaos” wrote:

We opted to try the “downtown experience” our last trip and stayed at the Four Queens. Not the pick of the lot, I hope. In your opinion, which hotel has the nicest room…surely not the Queens…for our room left a lot to be desired. Thanks bunches!

I know we have fans of Downtown Fremont St. Experience (what many call “Old Vegas”). The rooms are less expensive and walking is much less, but not every hotel is a luxury resort. Tell us about your stays downtown (good or bad) in our Downtown/Fremont St. Experience Hotels forum.

Tom Wisner wrote:

My wife and I will be in Las Vegas on Sep 2-11 and again on Sep 14-16. I have read that the Celine Dion show is always sold out. Is that true? Do you have to purchase tickets before going to Las Vegas or can they be purchased after arrival? My wife said she has to see this show. And, after 42 years of marriage, I know that means we have to see this show, or else!!

These tickets continue to be in very high demand. As I write, only one day during that stretch is available. In general, tickets for all top shows should be purchased as far in advance as possible, but keep this in mind: Tickets are often not released for sale until 3-4 months before show date.

General suggestions for “hard to get” Vegas shows:

  1. Bookmark our Las Vegas Shows page and check back early and often. When the tickets become available, snap them up. In fact, if seeing a popular show, plan the trip around getting the show tickets if the show is a “must see”.
  2. Most Las Vegas shows are now reserved seating. Purchasing before you get here will simply get you better seats. The farther ahead the purchase, the better the seats!
  3. Info For Celine specifically:
    • Celine Tickets – This is the regular way to get them, at face value. Check back early and often.
    • Celine Premium Seating – These are great seats from a reputable, national ticket broker. You will pay more, but they have tickets for sold out dates and closer to the stage.More Celine:
    • Celine Dion Show Photos
    • Celine Dion Streaming Video Preview – Dial-Up Broadband

Message Board Member “highroller1” wrote:

I will be arriving in Las Vegas on July 28th, 2003 and will be present for 1 week. Any suggestions as to what I just have to do while here (besides gambling of course). The 28th is my 21st birthday. Thanks in advance to all!

No better place to spend your first week of legal drinking and gambling age than in Las Vegas! I’d say to check out Casino Royale and O’Sheas where the drinks are cheap and the crowd is young and fun (I mean generally under 30). The Beach nightclub is crazy just about every night. Stay away from some of the really upscale nightclubs unless you have deep pockets and a nice wardrobe. There will be future visits for that.

OK readers, this guy is 21 so keep that in mind share your suggestions in our Travel Questions / Trip Suggestions forum.

More 21’st birthday questions:

Message Board members “sandym” and “debwils” are both bringing their daughters here to celebrate 21’st birthdays. They want advice for restaurants and things to do. Ladies … help them out! What are your favorite great restaurants in Las Vegas? What did you do on “Girls Night Out” trip to Vegas? Share in our Fun and Thrill / 21st Birthday forum.

Message Board Member “snapper1” wrote:

Going to be in town the end of July, any reports on good low limit and green chip single or double deck games?

Also any Baccarat for less than green chip?

I know we have some avid blackjack and baccarat players reading. Help this guy out plus talk blackjack in our new Blackjack forum.



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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 22, 2003

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This Issue: New Year’s Eve Review and Photos

Also In This Issue – January 22, 2003: Newkirk’s Notes, News Of Interest To Tourists, Grand Canyon Helicopter Silver Cloud, Desert Pines Golf Club

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

Hello from Las Vegas! It is great to be back in the saddle after taking a month off from publication. I survived New Year’s Eve and a move. Most people move away from The Strip to avoid the traffic, commotion, and have a “normal” life. I moved closer so we can increase our great coverage of Las Vegas tourism.

Cold Enough? – Every summer, people say “I don’t see how anybody can live in Las Vegas … this heat is crazy.” I dunno … been near 70 here since the first of the year and most of the rest of the U.S. weather map looks bone chilling. I’d suggest a quick trip to Las Vegas to thaw out. Doesn’t wearing shorts sound more fun than layering clothes!

Write Down This Number! – A great new service for readers: Many within driving distance jump in the car for a “road trip” to Vegas, not giving any thought to which hotel, or just calling the usual one and taking whatever they have. Others plan a trip to town, but haven’t booked any shows, tours, or golf before arrival.

You can go hotel to hotel looking for a room, or hunt down a show and tour booth (without really knowing who you are dealing with). Or … you can use our new telephone reservations service!

Get on your cell or room phone and call (toll free) 800-696-5721 to book all hotels, shows, tours, golf, and even dining reservations! One number does it all to save you time. Plus, you can compare rates without even getting out of the car or calling multiple hotels. Print this out now and stuff a copy in your suitcase or glove box, and another in your pocket or purse!

Special Notes: This number is only for new reservations. To change or confirm existing reservations, use the contact information given to you when you reserved. Special internet rates offered in newsletter not available on the phone.

Las Vegas News: Of Interest To Tourists

Super Bowl Weekend – is always huge. Most hotels have one (or more) parties where a set fee buys you admission, food, and (sometimes) booze but co’mon … this is Las Vegas. Every TV in public view at every bar, lounge, sports book, and anywhere else in the resort and tourism areas will be tuned to the game. You can’t escape it!

The Raiders are a 3.5 point favorite as I write (if you bet the Raiders, they must win by 3.5 points or more, or Buc’s bettors win instead) and there is no excitement like having a nice bet on a big game and getting that start-to-finish thrill. Room availability is still good for this weekend: Check the rates! Remember that many hotels don’t allow Saturday night arrival and the game isn’t until Sunday evening so book an extra night and call in sick so you can get home Monday.

Megabucks – is topping $28,000,000 as I write. That is a lot of zeros behind a dollar sign! You can watch the numbers rise at the IGT Megabucks site and fantasize. Be interesting to see if it hits this Super Bowl weekend.

Green Valley Ranch – earned their first AAA Four Diamond award, joining The Venetian, Mirage, Treasure Island, Golden Nugget, and Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas. Of note is that Green Valley Ranch is the first “local’s” casino to earn the honor. The property feels like an upscale local’s casino to visitors just going to eat, drink, gamble, etc. but to guests it is a boutique resort in the hills with a great view of the entire Las Vegas Valley and The Strip.

Clang, Clang, Clang Is Done, Done, Done – MGM Mirage is the latest gaming company to make the move to “ticket in, ticket” out machines (as opposed to the old ones that pay out actual coins). How do you feel? Do you like the “no muss, no fuss” or is part of the thrill of winning hearing the coins hit the tray? Read the full story and give us your opinion on our Slots Message Board.

Palms Unveils Bachelor Party Suites – These two suites are the ultimate playrooms for bad boys and specifically designed for private bachelor (or bachelorette) parties. These bachelor suites are located on the 28th floor of the Palms Casino Resort, adjacent to the Real World Suite. Click for full story/details.

Cirque Replacing EFX (Details) – With the long running EFX at MGM Grand gone, the hotel is scheduled to open a new Cirque du Soleil production in 2004 that will shake the spectator’s perception of space, conception of the law of gravity and comprehension of the world in three dimensions. Click for full story.

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Featured Review: New Year’s Eve Review and Photos

Oh what a night! New Year’s Eve never fails to be a wild ride here in Las Vegas. With the entire Las Vegas Strip closed down, it turned into a massive pedestrian mall for the midnight fireworks.I was fortunate to attend with a couple of first-timers. They couldn’t get over what an amazing celebration it was. Ironically, this was one of the most tame I had experienced, partly due to January 1 falling on a midweek (many visitors needing to check out and leave the next morning).

Tame didn’t mean lame, though. An estimated 250,000+ were relishing in this unique experience, walking right down the middle of one of the world’s most famous streets, drink in hand, smiles on every face.

Something cool comes over people when they visit Las Vegas. You can see it and sense it, and the New Year’s revelers were definitely feeling it. You put 1/4 million people together and add booze in almost any other situation or city and you are asking for trouble. But police reported few problems and a very low arrest rate. The Vegas vibe kicks in and people just want to have fun!

On another note, Las Vegas is finally earning the “sin city” reputation and catching up with New Orleans, Key West, and other places where women trade a “look at these” for beads.

As always, we were in the heart of the action filming. You can click on any of the photos on the right, or view our specific photo categories below.

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – October 9, 2002

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Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:Hello from Las Vegas! This is normally an “off” week for the newsletter, but so much great reader feedback and questions came in the past week that we are working overtime. No rest in Las Vegas!

 

If you missed last weeks issue, click here to read it in the archives. If you are new to the list, hang tight. Your first regular issue will arrive next week.

We Were Featured: Las Vegas Review-Journal “Online Guy” columnist Al Gibes featured our New Year’s Eve Las Vegas site in his recent article. Check out the article!

Reader Feedback

VegasJules wrote:

I love the new format! I’ve enjoyed reading your newsletter for a while now, and I always love getting the scoop on my favorite city. Even though I don’t have a trip in the planning (at the moment, but I’m always hoping!), I can always count on you for some great info! Thanks!

Shanny Aitken wrote:

The new look your newsletter is sporting is great! Thanks for all the helpful information. Each trip to Las Vegas, we arrive better informed than the trip before!

I want to thank everyone for the nice words and great response to our spruced up format. Same great info, same “tell it like it is” philosophy, but with a little more visual spice to bring Las Vegas to you!

Message Board Member “nn23” wrote:

I don’t think kids belong in Las Vegas. Its an adult city, Alcohol, parties, gambling, adult entertainment… I would never bring kids to Las Vegas… I wish other people wouldn’t either. Take your kids to Disney, not Las Vegas… Let us adults have fun, an enjoy ourselves.

Readers, what do you think? Do you take your kids to Las Vegas or do you see it as an adult destination? Tell us your thoughts and experiences in our Kids In Las Vegas forum.

Jim O’Hara from Chicago wrote:

I have to agree with the poll, on the locals casinos, in the recent newsletter. About two months ago we visited the Gold Coast. How or why we went there I don’t know but we were pleasantly surprised. I had been in the Gold Coast a number of years ago ( a whole story in itself) and thought it to be rather shabby. We ate at the buffet, played for a number of hours and really enjoyed ourselves. It certainly didn’t hurt that I hit a royal.

If anyone missed it, go check out the poll results.

Richard and Barbara Paro wrote:

I just want to start off saying I love, love, love your news letter. I’ve only been getting it for a couple of months. I have two questions. One is on comped rooms. We are coming to Vegas in Nov. and are staying at the (name of casino withheld). We have been there before 2 times.

We get our room comped for three nights. We spend anywhere from a thousand to fifteen hundred a day. That’s our money not what we win in between. We would like to go to other places to see some of the things you talk about, and see if we could win at other casinos but feel obligated to spend our time and money where we get comped. How can we do both, and how much do we have to spend to still get comped?

Comps are the big question and source of confusion here in Las Vegas. I withheld the name of the casino involved here not because of any problems, but because this is a general issue.

First of all, casinos aren’t comping you because they are “nice guys.” They are comping you because they realize you will lose more than your comps cost them over time. Think about this: In return for giving you a room that probably would have gone empty and costs them a few bucks a day to maintain, you are giving them heavy play and not even leaving the place. That is no way to enjoy Las Vegas!

You have a number of options. One is to split your play on your next visit between this casino and another two or three that you are interested in. The odds are that the first casino won’t cut your free nights right away. If you were to visit time and time again and not gamble much there, then they would probably pull back the comp offers.

Play at other places and see if you win, and if they offer you anything. Or come to town and take $50-100 of that daily gambling budget and buy a room so you don’t feel obligated and you can go test the waters elsewhere.

Another new option that many take advantage of is the ability to see right away online what casinos are giving away what comps for what level of play. Playsis lets you enter the amount of your bet, how long you play, and they will offer you a comp level at various hotels right up front. No phone calls, no negotiating, no hoping that “Vinnie” at the casino will smile down upon you. So you might want to check out Playsis.

Message Board Member “mytrn41” wrote:

Glad to here you are not tiring of Vegas anytime soon. Hope to retire there some day. Not a gambler, but love the weather, mountains and the mystery of the dessert.

Look forward to your newsletters, keep up the informative mailings. Visit often, but for different reasons. Enjoy driving up to Mt Charleston, or to Red Rock Canyon. Even a trip to a local Wal-Mart with the beautiful Mountain setting behind, something you cannot experience in our town of Hebron, Illinois.

I could not agree with you more. I too like to see an area when I travel, and not just the resort areas. There is so much more to do here than gambling! Mt. Charleston and Red Rock are stunning and we have some great tours where you can see them in a few hours.

For those thinking of moving here, we have two new pages of info:

Message Board Member “fla5h2001” wrote:

My my favorite last fine dining experience was on VOODOO Cafe on top of the RIO! The service was superb and the food, OH my GOD is was truly to die for!

Check out more info on the Voodoo Cafe and tell us about your best (or worst) Las Vegas dining experiences in the dining forums at our Message Boards.

Live From Las Vegas,

Ted Newkirk

CEO
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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – July 31, 2002

WELCOME to Access Vegas News and Reviews, now with subscribers in over 80 countries around the world! This is the official newsletter of AccessVegas.com We talk about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about.

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THIS ISSUE: Summer Beat The Heat Issue


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


NEWKIRK’S NOTES – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello from Las Vegas! It’s been a little warm, but I’m going to say it: It is a dry heat. The past couple of weeks many U.S. cities have been sweltering under 95 degree temperatures with devistating humidity. I’ll take our 105 and bone dry anytime. Here’s a tip for you: Some of the lowest rates of the year here are in the summer. If you have to be hot, might as well be here on vacation by the pool!

For those who enjoy more moderate temperatures, now is the time to extend your summer this fall. Our average October high is 84 and this brings flocks of visitors from areas the weather has already chilled. That and betting on college football games! The key to locking in great fall rates here is to book NOW. The longer you wait, the higher the rates are going to climb. Check our rates at Rates

FLAMINGO FIESTA – Enjoy great food, beer and other beverages from Mexico in The Flamingo’s restaurants and bars and recieve a free scratch card to win instant prizes including beverages, merchandise or vacations to Mexico. Every card is a winner and the Flamingo Room, Lindy’s (coffee shop) and the buffet have special Mexican menus.

HAWAIIAN TROPIC – Western Regional Pageant semi-finals are being held every Saturday night poolside at Bally’s through Aug. 31. Tickets are $25 and includes two drinks ($15 with no drinks).

WIN SINATRA JR. TICKETS – If you have yet to enter, you have only a few hours left to enter to win Frank Sinatra Jr. tickets for his upcoming engagement at the MGM. He is singing his father’s songs with full 36-piece orchestra. Enter or learn more about this show at Sinatra Jr.

TAXI DRIVERS – finally got busted. I’ve been ranting here forever about how they are screwing you guys over with long rides (without your consent to the alternate routing). The Taxi Authority did undercover work and found that 60-80% of the rides from the airport to The Strip went south through the airport tunnel instead of north toward The Strip. This has been costing riders 35-60% more. A full story from the local paper is available at Taxi Driversl We continue to suggest renting a car, which costs about the price of a couple cab rides a day. Especially at this rate!

SPLASH SUMMER SPECIAL – See Splash at the Riviera through August 31, 2002 and eat at the buffet for free! Splash is the topless show with the most variety of entertainment: with gorgeous showgirls in glamorous costumes, world-class ice skaters, motorcycle daredevils, and the hottest specialty acts on the strip. Book now at Splash

HILTON BUFFET – changed it’s look a while back, but kept the quality. We stopped in for Sunday Brunch and really enjoyed it. $12.99 for champaign bruch featuring all of your breakfast favorites, ommelettes cooked to order, a full salad bar including cheeses, plenty of fresh fruit, peeled shrimp, lox, a nice variety of Asian delights and a full desert area. Well worth the money and then some, and the new decor is more modern and very comfortably upscale.

9/11 – I’ll be flying on 9/11 this year. I had a trip that was bringng me back September 10 and jumped at the chance to extend it a day. Crazy? No. Crazy is those who haven’t flown because of months old airport horror stories. If you are just plain scared to fly, I respect that people have various fears. If not, get on a plane. I’m spending far less time clearning security than before Sept. 11 of last year as are most travelers I talk to.

RESTAURANTS – Our Food Guide Chef John Guinivere continues to make the rounds and report on great Las Vegas dining opportunities. Recently reviews are Andre’s French Restaurant (one of the top restaurants in town, period) and Mr. Lucky’s at the Hard Rock. Those and more at Restaurants

ROCKIN’ UNDER THE STARS – Caesars Palace presents a weekend of music, dancing and celebration. This two-night All-Star Concert Series event will feature Dennis Quaid & The Sharks Saturday, Aug. 31, and Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts Sunday, Sept. 1, with opening act Vesica Pisces both nights. Reserved-seat tickets are priced at $25 (plus handling) and can be purchased by calling (702) 731-7333

POOL PARTY – The Plaza (downtown) has a free pool party on the sports deck of the Hotel on Thursday nights. The Party is for Adults only 21 or older and features wet T-shirt contests, water balloon tosses, limbo and hula hoop contests. There is a disc jockey, dancing as well as specially priced food and drink.

CREOLE HEAT – New show features a slice of life in New Orleans, Broadway-style served cajun hot featuring laughter, song, drama and delight! Get swept away in this alternative and refreshing production! 7:30 pm nightly except Wednesday in the Big Easy Showroom at the Bourbon Street Hotel & Casino. $29.95 plus tax & gratuity includes 2 free drinks. Dinner packages available. Creole Heat for tickets and info.

TEQULA JOE’S – Imperial Palace now has a nightclub. Tequila JoeÆs features a fabulous Daiquiri Bar, great food and a nightly dance scene that is far from the ordinary. The Center Strip location features state-of-the-art sound system, spinning the best of Top 40, house and hip hop, live DJÆs Friday and Saturday nights. It sounds like they are trying to give Harrah’s Carnival Court a run for their money and we’ll be down to check it out soon.

CHICK SINGER NIGHT – Female musicians looking for a venue to showcase their talent now have the perfect place at the Palms Casino Resort with Chick Singer Night (CSN). The Las Vegas debut of CSN takes place Monday, Aug. 5 at 8 p.m. in the Palapa Lounge. CSN will be held the first Monday of each month for the next three months at the Palms. CSN is open to the public and is free of charge. Singers of all levels of experience, from the aspiring beginner to the seasoned professional, are invited to sing any style of music.

MAGIC ALL-STARS – has opened at the Frontier. It appears they are taking a “comedy club” approach to magic. Host Paull Casas will feature a variety rotating magic acts, both known and unknown. The show plays every Friday at 2 PM. The price is right: $14.95 which includes two drinks. Suitible for all ages, children under five are admitted free.

LINK AND WIN – How do free show tickets sound? Maybe a stunning night helicopter flight over The Strip! How would you like to be automatically entered every quarter (4 times a year) into our drawing for these great prizes? If you have a website or homepage you can enter to win these are more just by linking to us! Full details at Link and Win

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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!


SHOW REVIEW:

Instead of a show review this issue, I thought I’d give you some ideas for great things to see this summer and early fall in Las Vegas. Both things to stay indoors and “beat the heat” as well as interesting outdoor activites and when to do them.

Stratosphere Tower — The tower has both indoor and outdoor viewing areas so this is a great thing to see no matter what time of day. However, we suggest getting there about an hour before sunset and enjoy watching the entire Strip light up from the lounge. You can enjoy a cool drink in climate controlled area with a million dollar view. Then after the sun dips, head out to the outdoor observation deck and experience the open-air view. To determine sunset for the days you will be here, click to http://www.weather.com/weather/climatology/daily/89121?climoMonth=8

Bellagio Fountains and Fontana Lounge – The Fountains of Bellagio go off every 30 minutes from noon until dusk and then every 15 minutes until midnight. The water creates a cooling effect for those watching it. You can view it from the street or from the Fontana Lounge in evening. The Fontana is one of the nicest lounges in the city, with an outdoor area overlooking the lake and fountains.

Helicopter Flights – You probably have extra cash in your pocket because your room rate is so reasonable during the summer. Use that money to jump on one of Maverick Helicopter’s air conditioned jet helicopters for a beautiful flight over and into the Grand Canyon. If you choose a flight with a stop at the bottom of the Canyon, you will find it not only stunning on the eyes, but comfortably cool as well. Click to http://www.accessvegas.com/tours/las-vegas-grand-canyon-tours.htm

Go Shopping – Las Vegas has some of the most incredible shopping malls in the world with various free shows and events on a regular basis. Caesars Forum Shops have various shows occuring every hour. Desert Passage at Aladdin has Arabian music, belly dancing, and more. The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian is a taste of Venice with strolling performers and a canal down the middle of the entire mall. These malls have all been built with a nice “outdoor” feel to them and if shopping is not your thing, sit at one of the cafes or restaurants and just enjoy people watching.

Treasure Island Pirate Show – plays at 5:30 PM., 7:00 PM., 8:30 PM., 10:00 PM. and 11:30 PM. The show is free right out in front of Treasure Island. You’ll want to get a good viewing spot at least 30 minutes before the show starts, so plan to see one of the last two shows so you aren’t standing in the blazing sun. Because of the lights and pyrotechnics, the show is much more spectacular after dark.

MGM Lion Habitat — is free and indoors. Open starting at 11 AM, this is a great “beat the heat” activity and a chance to view live lions up close.

We have additional information on fun Las Vegas activities (many indoors) at http://www.las-vegas-shows-reviews.com/las-vegas-attractions.htm

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Show Review Criteria: We understand that Las Vegas attracts visitors of varied budgets and interests. Shows are reviewed on the basis of value for dollar spent as well as to present the reader enough knowledge of the content to make an informed decision.

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* Toll Free Discount Room Hotline: TOLL FREE 1-888-254-0637, USA and Canada. 561-845-8899, International. Give Promo Code 4558 when calling.

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July 31, 2002 ISSN: 1529-2770

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – June 26, 2002

WELCOME to Access Vegas News and Reviews, now with subscribers in over 80 countries around the world! This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com We talk about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about.

If you receive this by mistake, please note the simple unsubscribe instructions at the bottom. Feel free to forward this newsletter to others in its entirety. To subscribe, simply send a blank email to (click) mailto:[email protected]

THIS ISSUE: Bravo Starring Charo

LAS VEGAS DEALS:

* Bally’s from $54
* Caesars Palace from $100
* St. Tropez All Suite Hotel (across from Hard Rock) from $59

All of these deals and more available at (click) http://www.res99.com/nexres/search/specials.cgi?src=10004558&lang=ENG
Book Online or Call: TOLL FREE 1-888-254-0637, USA and Canada. 561-845-8899, International. Give Savings Promo Code 4558 when calling.

LAS VEGAS: Tours, Entertainment, Hotels, Packages, Weddings, Gambling, Golf, Nightlife, Dining, and Weather — get it all at http://www.accessvegas.com


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


NEWKIRK’S NOTES – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello from Las Vegas! Running a little late this time. I was out of town for a week at my sister’s wedding, and I thought it would be a good idea to get caught up on the stack of newspapers and press releases so I could pass everything along.

The long 4’th of July weekend is just about here, and there is still time to reserve your room and head to Las Vegas. Check at http://www.accessvegas.com and grab rooms while they are still available. This year both the Stratosphere Tower and The Venetian are featuring fireworks (approx. 9 PM for both).

Our deepest sympathy to the fans, friends, and family of Who bassist John Entwistle who passed away Friday June 28 here in Las Vegas, just one day before the start of their highly anticipated concert tour.

$1.83 BILLION – is the new price tag for Steve Wynn’s Le Reve (former Desert Inn site). Other reports place the cost closer to $2.5 billion. The billion dollar construction credit line is believed to be the biggest construction loan ever issued in the United States. How upscale is this property going to be? They are looking at having Ferrari and Maserati dealerships right on site. Completion is expected in 2005. We’ll tell you more as they actually get moving along. This is looking to be huge.

STRIKE LOOMING – Looks like we are going to have a hotel strike at a few selected properties that have not come to terms with the union. Word is that replacement workers are ready to go to minimize disruption. The strike is set for a few hours following our publication here, but we’ll keep a hotel list and details updated at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-hotel-strike.htm

CIRQUE DU TOO MANY? – Two more Cirque du Soleil shows are coming to the Las Vegas Strip. New York, New York will open one in 2003 and MGM in 2004. Details are scarce except that the New York, New York show will be sensual and erotic. Cirque du Soleil has been kicking around the idea of an adult (topless) show for some time. This just might be it. Add to that Celine Dion’s show (which is supposed to be Cirque style) and another Cirque style show at Le Reve and we’ll see if overkill is possible, even in Las Vegas.

$20 DISCOUNT – We have a special arrangement with Maverick Helicopters to offer $20 off on their spectacular Grand Canyon helicopter flights online. Maverick flies farther and deeper into the Canyon with some of the newest equipment and the best safety record. They are the company the concierges at many of the top Las Vegas resorts call when their guests request a Grand Canyon tour. By booking online through us, we can offer you $20 off these stunning tours. Tour info, photos, and booking details available at http://www.accessvegas.com/tours/las-vegas-grand-canyon-tours.htm

NICK’S – Our restaurant guide Chef John Guinivere just reviewed Nick’s On The Strip, a pleasant alternative to a hotel coffee shop for diverse 24 hour dining and a great night view. You can find it and other reviews at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-restaurants.htm

FREE BINGO, CHEAP BOWLING – The Westward Ho is having free bingo at 4 PM on Tuesdays and Fridays. Everyone is welcome for the eight games played at each session. $50 prize each game. The Gold Coast (next to Rio and Palms) has $1 bowling and $1 drinks Midnight to 4 AM, Mondays through Fridays.

TAXI SCAM – The cab drivers are at it again. If you are on your way down The Strip, they’ll tell you that the Bellagio Fountain show is about to start and will pull into the right lane of traffic sitting there with about 20 other cabs until the show starts while the meter is running (racking up both a higher fare and hoping you tip them extra for the “favor”).

Granted, the fountain show runs every 15 minutes after dark so it is never more than a 10 minute wait, but the view from a cab is lousy. You are behind trees and other people lining the sidewalk. Since the fountain shows do play every 15 minutes from dusk to midnight, and since they are well worth seeing, plan on seeing them up close from the sidewalk sometime during your visit.

SPIRIT AIRLINES – is starting to serve Las Vegas. This on the heels of Jet Blue announcing that they are entering our market October 10. This opens up new service from New York (Jet Blue) and Detroit (Spirit) as well as flights from multiple cities in Florida (heavily served by both airlines).

FABERGE: TREASURES FROM THE KREMLIN – opens at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art in September running through January 26, 2003. The exhibit will feature more than 100 of the world’s finest Faberge masterworks. Tickets are $15 ($12 for students and NV residents).

SUBSCRIPTION “DUES” – This newsletter is absolutely free! We enjoy bringing you great Las Vegas information. If you enjoy our newsletter, we ask two small things: Consider booking your hotels, shows, and tours through http://www.accessvegas.com or the links in this newsletter. We have great rates and fantastic selection in every category. Also, turn your friends on to Las Vegas by forwarding a copy to them and suggesting they subscribe. They’ll thank you and we thank you.




SHOW REVIEW:

Bravo Starring Charo – The “Cuchi-Cuchi” girl has returned to Las Vegas. Charo made her Las Vegas debut at the Sahara in the mid-70’s, playing here often as well as making 45 appearances on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, guest star spots on shows like The Love Boat, and recording albums. After taking the better part of two decades off to raise her son in Hawaii, she is making a strong comeback in Las Vegas.

Bravo is an international variety show with contemporary Latin music, flamenco, salsa and samba dancing. While centered on Charo’s multitude of talents (she can do much more than jiggle), she doesn’t try to carry the show. Bravo contains a full cast of musicians, dancers, and specialty acts to create an enjoyable, well rounded show.

After the opening song and dance set, ventriloquist Sammy King and his wisecracking Mexican parrot Francisco do a very funny comedy bit. Sammy King has been performing since 1958 all over the world as well as a mainstay performer of Las Vegas shows. His act is seasoned by his years of performing, but hasn’t lost lost the edge. He is hilarious.

After the dance number “Freedom,” the aerial adage team of Cees and Cathy take center stage. For those not familiar with this art form, it combines dance, strength, and gymnastics performed while suspended high in the air. The male generally wraps his arms around leather straps and floats through the air while supporting, twirling, and twisting with the female in an artful way.

Later in the show, Charo took the stage to perform four classical guitar pieces. While known best for her “cuchi-cuchi,” few know that she trained and performed with classical guitar master Segovia in her birth country of Spain and continues to be a master of the instrument. This segment was long enough to be enjoyable without being an exercise in ego.

Bravo is more likely to appeal to those who know/remember who Charo is or who enjoy the very popular Latin music and dance (which the show has plenty of). The Sahara showroom is moderately intimate and very comfortable, providing the perfect venue for most aspects of this production.

Charo was recently inducted into the Casino Legends Hall of Fame and video highlights of the induction are available at http://tv.accessvegas.com/videos/news Video highlights of Bravo Staring Charo are available at http://tv.accessvegas.com/videos/shows

Bravo Starring Charo plays at the Sahara Hotel and Casino. For current times and ticket prices, please click http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?amid=143&cscheme=2&showid=299&cityid=1 and enter the dates of your visit to display prices and availability.

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Show Review Criteria: We understand that Las Vegas attracts visitors of varied budgets and interests. Shows are reviewed on the basis of value for dollar spent as well as to present the reader enough knowledge of the content to make an informed decision.

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

FEEDBACK:

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For comments or questions regarding the newsletter, write us a “letter to the editor” at (click) mailto:[email protected] We do certainly read them all and they help shape our content.

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* Tours – Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, More: http://www.accessvegas.com/tours
* Travel Packages (Hotel/Air): http://www.accessvegas.com/a-travel-center.htm
* Toll Free Discount Room Hotline: TOLL FREE 1-888-254-0637, USA and Canada. 561-845-8899, International. Give Promo Code 4558 when calling.

MESSAGE BOARDS – Help others and share your Las Vegas opinions! Our boards are new so let’s fill them up with the good, bad, and just general comments on your last visit. Ask questions before you go, help others with comments when you return! Plus, we now have a section for trip reports. New boards at http://boards.accessvegas.com

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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 2002 Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
June 26, 2002 ISSN: 1529-2770

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – April 24, 2000

WELCOME to Access Vegas News and Reviews, now with subscribers in over 80 countries around the world! This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com We talk about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about.

If you receive this by mistake, please note the simple unsubscribe instructions at the bottom. Feel free to forward this newsletter to others in its entirety. To subscribe, simply send a blank email to (click) mailto:[email protected]

THIS ISSUE: Midnight Fantasy

LAS VEGAS DEALS – for April / May:

* Palace Station Hotel & Casino from $26.00
* Castaways Hotel and Casino from $29.00
* St. Tropez All Suite Hotel from $59.00
* Paris Las Vegas Hotel from $84.00
* Caesars Palace from $116.00

All of these deals and more available at http://www.accessvegas.com/usa-vegas-specials.htm

LAS VEGAS: Tours, Entertainment, Hotels, Packages, Weddings, Gambling, Golf, Nightlife, Dining, and Weather — get it all at http://www.accessvegas.com !!!


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


NEWKIRK’S NOTES – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello from Las Vegas! After I sent out the last issue (April 6, 2002 – available in archives) I headed downtown to Fremont St. to have the Binion’s late night steak. (Whaddya think … I fly in to do this stuff? I’m live in Vegas 24/7)! Saw a print ad shoot for the new 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo right there next to Binion’s and the Golden Nugget, and yes they had the car out there. Bright red, with a blonde model sitting in it. You never know what you will see in Las Vegas!

Speaking of, Binion’s has reopened their original coffee shop downstairs from the casino after using the upstairs buffet area as a substitute for the past couple of years. They still have the full steak dinner for $4.99 from 11 PM – 7 AM and well worth stopping in for.

We are making a publication change. Nothing startling. This present twice-monthly, mid-length format has been unbelievably well received. However, breaking hotel specials and updates happen more than twice a month. So on the “off” week from the full newsletter, we will send our new Access Vegas Update:

A quick, simple one page bulletin of late breaking specials and updates to help you with your Las Vegas vacation planning that you can read in a matter of minutes.

E! MODEL SEARCH – Were we at the Maryweather / Castillo fight Saturday night? Maybe Tiger Jam? Heck no … E! invited us to Rain Nightclub at The Palms for the one of the casting calls of E! Wild On. They are looking for a replacement for Wild On host Brooke Burke. Hundreds of women from all over the West coast were interviewed in this hot new nightclub. Full details and info on coming casting locations at http://www.eonline.com/On/Wild/HostSearch We’ll try to keep you posted for when this casting special airs. In the meantime, E! airs all of the “Vegas Showgirls: Nearly Famous” episodes back-to-back May 4. Check local listings for time.

MAN OF 1002 VOICES – I’m proud to be one of the first touting comedic impressionist Larry G. Jones right here in this newsletter, and his accolades keep growing. The Las Vegas Sun (afternoon daily) just said “If you can’t afford Danny Gans go see Larry G. Jones.” That must be put in perspective as Gans’ tickets start at around $80. Jones’ talent is right up there and it’s nice of Fitzgeralds to offer this show at a one drink minimum. More info is on Jones’ site at http://www.lasvegasacts.com

For all the people who say there are no good deals left in Vegas … go enjoy Jones (Tue. – Sat. at 5 PM upstairs at Fitzgeralds), $1.25 beers at Las Vegas Club, 99 cent shrimp cocktails at Golden Gate, see the free Fremont St. Experience light show (top of every hour after dark), then finish off the night with Binion’s $4.99 complete steak dinner. Where else can you get a night of entertainment and food for less than a $20.00 bill all within 4 blocks?

GRAND CANYON – Contrary to popular belief, the Grand Canyon isn’t at 20 minute drive from The Strip. If you drive, you have just begun when you hit Hoover Dam (45 minutes from The Strip). Hence, we don’t suggest bus tours unless you want to spend the majority of your day on a bus, only to see a small corner of the Canyon. And save Hoover Dam for a visit when you can spend an hour or two enjoying it.

We do suggest helicopter tours and are proud to continue our affiliation with Maverick. We could have gone with anybody, but Maverick is simply the best. Unlike many companies quoting bargain prices (then tacking on substantial “taxes and fees”), Maverick quotes you the entire price right up front. They have the best safety record, most comfortable ASTAR Jet Helicopters, and they fly further and deeper into the Canyon.

Your vacation time is very valuable and seeing the Grand Canyon is worth doing right. Many of the concierges at top area hotels call Maverick first. Check out the Maverick difference at http://www.accessvegas.com/tours/maverick Like a good restaurant, Maverick flights fill up fast and early so consider booking online in advance of your visit. If you call, make sure to mention promo code “Access Vegas” to get our special rates.

FREE POOL PARTY – Join 105.7 FM Wednesday nights for Smooth Jazz at the Whisky Sky Bar by the pool in the Green Valley Ranch. The Oasis’ Gwen Abbott will be your host and have lots of Oasis prizes as well. Wednesday, May 1 features Turning Point including Native American, and Middle Eastern dancers. Wednesday, May 8th, Gregg Karukas will perform. His single, ôNight Shift,ö just spent two weeks at number one on the national Smooth Jazz charts. Parties are scheduled to continue on Wednesday evenings and the view from Whisky Sky Bar must be seen!

CABBIES – Just a reminder: Las Vegas cab drivers get kickbacks from various shows, clubs, strip joints and more. If you ask to go somewhere, they often firmly try to persuade you to go somewhere else by telling you that your selection isn’t as good. Also keep this in mind when asking them for general advice on what to go, see, or do. We have a host of show reviews online at http://www.las-vegas-shows-reviews.com so check with us first and make up your own mind!

CLINT HOLMES – launches his third year at Harrah’s. They have christened the showroom as the “Clint Holmes Theater” and it is a well deserved honor. He continues to rack up accolades with his mix of contemporary, pop, jazz, and calypso selections that make up a complete, fantastic performance. If you are sitting there going “who” or just wondering about his show, please read our archived review at http://www.las-vegas-shows-reviews.com/clint-holmes-las-vegas-shows.htm

TRAVEL TIP – Sun Country airlines has resumed service post 9/11 and are hubbing out of Laughlin, Nevada (90 miles south of Las Vegas) on the West Coast. If you are traveling between cities they serve you’d be wise to check out their fares. Using Laughlin as a hub is a great cost-saver because of the isolation of the area (little air traffic or military airspace to dodge which means less time in the traffic pattern).

Sun Country serves Minneapolis, Laughlin, Orlando, Ft. Myers, Miami, Phoenix, Las Vegas (from Minneapolis only), Denver, Seattle, Portland, and Dallas. Their number is 1-800-359-6786.

CELINE DION – Yes, she is coming for an extended run at Ceasars. Yes, she is already living in town. Yes, the show is said to be moving along well. No, we don’t have a launch date for it. Yes, we will let you know the minute we know and make tickets available.

TYSON / LEWIS FIGHT – isn’t going to be in Las Vegas. Memphis, TN gave it the green light. If you’ve never experienced a big fight live you can check out fight package pricing and availability at http://www.thereservationcompany.com/trceppricing.cfm?amid=143&eventid=3

MESSAGE BOARDS – A big thanks to those who are starting to participate and help fill up our new message boards. This is the place to post any questions you have, then post your comments when you return from Las Vegas! We already have some great people giving comments and I’m in there ever few days to help answer questions as well. Come visit and post at http://boards.accessvegas.com




ITCHING TO GAMBLE – and Vegas is too far but you still want to visit a REAL gaming destination? We offer the same great discounts, guaranteed lower rates, and the $100 Rebate Spectacular for rooms in Atlantic City, Gulfport / Biloxi, and Reno as we do in Las Vegas!

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* $100 Rebate Spectacular good on above rooms:
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SHOW REVIEWS:

MIDNIGHT FANTASY – Las Vegas seems to have a topless show on every corner now. The old standbys like Folies Bergere and Jubilee have it as part of a bigger production. Crazy Girls makes it the centerpiece of a bawdy production. La Femme features the “artistic value.”

Midnight Fantasy has taken a different angle. There is just about as much topless time as can be squeezed into a production show, and even the comedian jokes about it being a “t*ttie show.” However, the Midnight Fantasy title doesn’t describe male fantasies, but female fantasies.

Each vignette starts with narration setting up a scene of a breathless female fantasy that is played out through choreography, staging and costumes. Although the limited stage keeps the props to a minimum, this actually works as fantasy is more about the mind and acted out by the dancers.

They have avoided the traditional “showgirl” look, instead paying great attention to the unique and provocative wardrobe worn by the dancers and cast. Red leather chaps and cowboy hats, rhinestone bustiers, filmy negligees and business suits are a few of the elements that add to the storyline. As the fantasy story heats up in each vignette, the costumes become more revealing.

I’ve got to hand it to the cast which features vocalist Charidy Sullivan LaFontaine, dancer / impressionist Sean Cooper, and comedian John Padon plus nine beautiful dancers. When there is a weak spot, whether with the main performance or the specialty acts, it can bog down an entire show. LaFontaine has a nice voice and connects with the audience on a solid level. The crowd fell in love with Cooper, who’s comedic impression of Tina Turner was memorable, as was his entire routine.

John Pardon had the standard “Vegas” jokes mixed in with quick-paced comments on life. While no Andrew “Dice” Clay he does use some adult language. But like he said … “Hey … what do you expect … you are at a t*ttie show.” The cast of dancers and choreography was strong throughout the performance, something not always expected from a mid-priced show. Because the show delves into female fantasies from a woman’s prespective, Midnight Fantasy is a fine couples show (provided the lady is comfortable with this subject matter to begin with).

Midnight Fantasy is a production show running nightly (dark Monday) at the Luxor hotel. Pricing and advance reservations available at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?amid=143&cscheme=2&showid=197&cityid=1

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EVENT LISTINGS:

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

CONVENTION CALENDAR:

Your best hotel deals are the weeks when convention traffic is light. If you are flexible, check our convention calendar at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-conventions-hotels.htm before choosing the dates of your Las Vegas visit!

FEEDBACK:

We encourage you to post comments about specific Las Vegas hotels, shows, attractions, and general trip reports to our Comment Las Vegas message board at http://boards.accessvegas.com

For comments or questions regarding the newsletter, write us a “letter to the editor” at (click) mailto:[email protected] We do certainly read them all and they help shape our content.

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* Low Airfare: http://www.accessvegas.com/a-travel-center.htm
* Travel Packages (Hotel/Air): http://www.accessvegas.com/a-travel-center.htm
* Toll Free 24 Hour Discount Room Hotline: 1-800-666-5268

MESSAGE BOARDS – Help others and share your Las Vegas opinions! Our boards are new so let’s fill them up with the good, bad, and just general comments on your last visit. Ask questions before you go, help others with comments when you return! Plus, we now have a section for trip reports. New boards at http://boards.accessvegas.com

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All contents copyright 2002 Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
April 24, 2002 ISSN: 1529-2770

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