Access Vegas Insider Vibe – May 28, 2008

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Hello From Las Vegas! As usual, both the Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street were jammed over Memorial Day weekend. The cool weather (partly cloudy, mild temps) keep the mood slightly more subdued than usual but hey… 70 degrees (F)á beats the 108 we had the week before!

A big congratulations goes to Mac King for being named the top Comedy Magician in the world according to Magic Magazine (April 2008 issue). I have the actual issue and was very impressed that this wasn’t just some “award” but a careful, scientific, peer-chosen determination.

He actually beat out both Penn and Teller and The Amazing Johnathan, two names which have had far greater media exposure. Plus, the price is right. Mac King is an afternoon show that will be both easy on your wallet and get you our of our pending summer heat.

Tickets for Las Vegas’ top comedy magic shows:

Las Vegas Rio Sky ShowThe new Rio “Show in the Sky” has just (and I mean JUST) launched. We haven’t even had time to pop over and see it, but the press stuff they sent out notes it is much more sexy and sensual, including three different shows:

With three different shows, guests are encouraged to stay a while for an all new experience to see a unique show each time. The bedroom style performance will feature a 17 foot-long bed with high-energy performers of seduction. The bath/spa style performance will encompass a glamorous stage with sexy girls in towels. The modern-day club performance brings the feeling of old Hollywood glamour meets classic burlesque with accents of rhinestones and feathers throughout.

Shows play nightly on the hour from 7 PM to Midnight.

Las Vegas Second Most Digital Savvy – I never thought I’d see this day, but Las Vegas recently ranked second (behind Austin, TX) as the nation’s most digitally savvy city. This is a huge turn-around. When I launched AccessVegas.com in 1997 (and the predecessor two years earlier) as strictly online publications, casinos didn’t have websites and it seemed rare to find someone in upper management who knew what the internet was.

The Scarborough Research study cited the relatively young average age of residents, median household income of $53,000, higher tech penetration of warm, Western (US) cities, and the transient nature of the residents. This makes sense as people in their 20’s and early 30’s move here thinking they’ll have some fun, make some cash, then move back home (or move on to Southern California, Phoenix, or San Francisco). More of this story available here: Digital Savvy In Sin City

On the party front…

Dick’s last resort is brewing up beer pong, putting a silly spin on this infamous drinking game. They note:

DickÆs Last Resort invites you to test your skills at Bar Pong, the restaurantÆs very own rowdy rendition of the popular past time that is beer pong. With DickÆs entertainer extraordinaire Taco acting as the rambunctious referee, the game has never been this fun.

A touch of truth or dare is tossed in to add a twist as missed shots result in kooky challenges that will have everyone laughing. Whether flying solo or with friends, pick one of DickÆs 18 draft beers and join in the everlasting excitement where everyone is a winner.

Where: DickÆs Last Resort at Excalibur. When: 7 pm û Late, Wednesday û Sunday.

June 5 brings another edition of “Cinco de Taco” at the Pink Taco inside the Hard Rock Hotel offering $2 Coronas and Corona Lights, $3 Sauza Hornitos shots, $3.75 Sauza Hornitos margaritas as well as half-off appetizers from 4 p.m. until closing. “Cinco de Taco” features a live Mariachi band beginning at 6 p.m., and girls dressed in lingerie will be participating in three unique Pinata bashings filled with Love Jones lingerie. Click the above photo for previous “Cinco de Taco” photos.

Enjoy This Issue!

Ted Newkirk
CEO/Managing Editor

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Featured Review:
Take a Plunge Into The Mystical World Of Cirque du Soleil’s Mystere

by Denise Almas

The circus is coming. The circus is coming! Don’t be late or you may find yourself following an unconventional looking clown instead of an usher to your seat — or perhaps someone else’s seat. Thus begins the stunning and surrealistic Cirque du Soleil production of Mystere. As soon as the doors close, the ringmaster takes over and the true action begins with a baby playing ball and looking for his “papa”. After finding a “papa” in the audience, the story begins to unfold in a vibrant and visually stimulating performance.

With the exit of the ringmaster, the performers come alive with unusual costumes, dancing, and death defying acts that only highly trained professionals could deliver with poise, grace, and beauty. As music heightens the performances, these athletes fly through the air, balance on top of each other, and bring to life the mysteries of human emotion and capabilities. Without missing a beat, these international athletes perform feats such as the aerial high bar, bungee, and Chinese Poles.

Click to Read Entire Cirque du Soleil’s Mystere Las Vegas Review…


Featured Review:
Elton John Songs Improve With Time In Red Piano

by Lincoln Hudson

Stepping out onto the stage at Caesars Palace one can only gasp at the enormous enigma that Sir Elton John has become. Clearly older and wiser this superb and universal entertainer has lost none of the talent and passion that makes him easily one of the worlds greatest performers.

Red Piano is a magnificent show that beautifully uses the technology of both multi-media and film to tell the story and sub text of his songs. Elton John is not just a talented rock star but he is also quite clearly an Artist whose talent also includes writing hit musicals and adapting opera’s. Most amazing of all I find is the forever deepening sub text of his songs that go back almost thirty years.

Click to Read Entire Elton John Red Piano Las Vegas Review…


Harrah’s Hosts World’s Most Esteemed Flair Bartending Competition June 3 – 5 – Bartenders vie for cash and the coveted Ultimate Flair Bartending Championship Title. Harrah’s Carnaval Court welcomes the world’s most skilled flair bartenders June 3 -5, for the fourth annual international bartending competition, Ultimate Flair Bartending Championship (UFBC). The outdoor, Strip-side venue has earned the reputation as the world’s premier flair bar, thus it is fitting that the best-of-the-best flock to Carnaval Court to compete for the title of UFBC champ. Click to Read The Full Story …

Legendary Entertainer Wayne Newton Will Perform At MGM Grand July 31 – August 6 – “Mr. Las Vegas” Wayne Newton will light up the stage inside MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theatre for a seven-night engagement July 31 û August 6. (Tickets) Show time is 8:30 p.m. nightly. Additional performances will go on sale later this year. This appearance marks Newton’s first performance at MGM Grand since 1999. Newton has been entertaining audiences worldwide for more than 60 years having started at the age of four years old. After several appearances on ABC’s popular hit series “Dancing with the Stars,” Newton returns to MGM Grand to perform alongside a 22-piece orchestra. Click to Read The Full Story …

Love Bites at Shark Reef Aquarium – Imagine tying the knot as sharks and other dangerous predators float by. Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay offers couples the chance to say “I do” in this unforgettable setting. Coordinated by the professional staff of “THE wedding chapel” at Mandalay Bay, the Shark Reef Wedding Package includes a bouquet and garter for the bride, boutonniere for the groom, minister, pianist, a wedding album and more. Priced at $1,175, tax excluded. Call 702-632-4555 for more details.

Star-Studded Lineup Gathering For Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Poker Event June 8 At The World Series Of Poker – Stars Teri Hatcher, Joely Fisher plus Cheryl Hines, Camryn Manheim and Mindy McCready among Celebrities Scheduled to Participate at Rio Las Vegas. While poker continues to grow worldwide, one of the biggest areas of growth is coming from female participation. Thus, the anticipation for this year’s World Series of Poker female-only event, the $1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em World Championship, is greater than ever before. Click to Read The Full Story …

The Time Reunite At Flamingo Las Vegas – All-Time Greatest Party Band Together Again For The First Time In 18 YearsFlamingo Las Vegas presents special limited dates of legendary Minneapolis funk band, The Time, June 24 – July 5 and July 29 – Aug. 2. (Tickets) These exclusive performances mark the first time the original band members have performed together in 18 years, following their acclaimed appearance at this year’s Grammy Awards. The master of cool, Morris Day, will reunite with his original band mates, valet Jerome Benton, drummer Jellybean Johnson, bass player Terry Lewis, guitarist Jesse Johnson and keyboard artists Jimmy Jam and Monte Moir to perform all of their classic hits. Click to Read The Full Story …

Gambling Talk: The King and I Part Two – with Victor H. Royer. Neither Lady M nor the King ever had to worry about announcing themselves, or about reservations. They just showed up whenever they felt like it. In this case, the King had a problem with Lady M, and so the casino thought they had a problem. But the King was very well adjusted. He wasnÆt fretting about it. He simply did whatever it was that he did in his suite, and when Lady M finally left, he came down to play his machines.á

Me being there must have, at first, seemed like it was going to be another problem for everybody, but the KingÆs graciousness and understanding resolved the situation and rendered a potential problem totally moot. I was actually quite impressed by him, the way he acted, and his royal persona. Click to Read Complete Article…


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Just reading your news letter and especially the part about the planes. This bit made me smile: “However, many of you are flying 12-16 hours to get here and that commitment to come visit isn’t lost on us either.”á

Not lost on you but for many of us Brits who used to come over regularly ( I came at least once a year ) we’ve decided that enough is enough and we are no longer prepared to queue for two hours or more once we get off the plane at Chicago or Atlanta or Washington, as we crawl towards the Immigration desk where we are finger printed and photographed.á

12 hours on a plane, then two hours to pass thru Chicago. Normally you miss your connecting flight to Vegas and then have to kill another 3 or 4 hours before making the next 3 hour leg of the journey.

I tried going direct last time ( not a lot of cheap direct flights for those of us living in the North of England ) and the wait to pass thru Immigration at McCarran was nearly two hours as well. I love Vegas but I just can’t do the immigration- Homeland security bit any more.

Regards,

Dave Kendall

Ted Responds:

I appreciate the note and understand the hassle. We call the TSA here the Transportation Screw-Up Administration. And something should be done to speed up the immigration lines here, especially with the number of international flights.

May I suggest sending the same note you sent me to our local paper as a letter to the editor? They have even an bigger voice than I do (politicians generally don’t read tourism publications like ours, but they read the newspaper). You can even submit it online at
http://www.reviewjournal.com/about/print/press/letterstoeditor.html

In fact, I suggest all of our international readers frustrated about this to spend just a couple of minutes doing so. A barrage of complaints will have to be noticed by our newspaper and it might even create extra coverage (or a feature story) that the politicians can’t ignore.


My husband and I have been coming to Vegas for the past 15 years and if you can believe it our latest trip in April/08 is the first time we have been to Fremont Street and we fell in love with it.

My questions is this-is Fremont Street a safe place to stay for a few days at one of their hotel/casinos? This concern for safety has been the reason we have never ventured downtown before now but we spent 3 days of our trip playing/eating/shopping/enjoying the shows during our latest visit and really enjoyed the atmosphere. Keep up all the wonderful work you all on the newsletter, we look forward to it and have learned so much from it. Thanks so much,

Wayne and Sandy M.
Rochester, NH

Ted Responds:

Downtown is as safe as The Strip provided you stay in the tourism areas. But one should never wander off (on foot) well away from normal tourism areas anywhere unless they specifically know the area. The upside of downtown is the more reasonable priced rooms, food, and entertainment. Also, the casinos are all right next to each other. No long walks when you want to change scenery.

The downside is the bus or cab right to The Strip. What many do is buy an all day pass on The Deuce (bus running from downtown to The Strip every few minutes, 24/7). For those looking at the price of airfare and Strip hotel rooms and cringing but still really wanting to come visit, I suggest this: Stay downtown where you’ll still find the Vegas that everyone used to talk about where prices are much easier on the wallet.


Do you have any insight into valet parking at Las Vegas hotels? Reason, we were in town a week ago and valet parked at every hotel. Our camera and GPS unit were stolen from our car and the only time it was unlocked is when we valet parked.á

We didn’t discover they were missing until a couple of days later when we went to use them and there is no damage on the car. Is this a problem in Las Vegas? Any ideas of what can be done? Any help would be appreciated.

Evelyn Dotson

Ted Responds:

This is the first time we’ve had anyone bring this issue up in the 9 years of the newsletter so it probably isn’t widespread. Valet parkers make really good money and would be stupid to jeopardize it. Also, they have casino surveillance cameras on them pretty much at all times.

However, it is a good reminder for people to check their stuff after they valet. If something is missing, security can roll back all the cameras that your car was on and probably catch who did it. If you know the license plate on the car you were driving, you can write the property and tell them your problem. Don’t delay as I don’t know how long they keep surveillance video.

In the future… for any theft on a casino property (purse/wallet theft or anything): Keep track of your stuff the best you can (so you know when it is missing) and report any theft as soon as possible. Pretty good chance they can roll some video back and try to see who did it. At the very least, they can then keep an eye out for the thief.


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  • Civic Holiday, Canada August 2-4 (3 day weekend)
  • Labor Day, U.S August 30-September 1 (3 day weekend)
  • Labour Day, Canada August 30-September 1 (3 day weekend)
  • Grandparent’s Day September 7
  • Jewish New Year September 30
  • Columbus Day October 11-13 (3 day weekend)
  • Thanksgiving Day, Canada October 11-13 (3 day weekend)
  • Halloween October 31
  • Veteran’s Day November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day November 27-30 (4 day weekend)
  • Hanukkah Dec. 22 – Dec. 29
  • Christmas December 25
  • New Year’s Eve-Day December 31 – January 1
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, U.S (Observed) January 19-21 (3 day weekend)
  • Chinese/Lunar New Year January 26
  • Lincoln’s Birthday, U.S February 12
  • Valentine’s Day February 14
  • President’s Day, U.S (Observed) February 14-16 (3 day weekend)
  • Washington’s Birthday, U.S February 22
  • St. Patrick’s Day March 17
  • Easter Sunday April 12
  • Cinco de Mayo May 5
  • Mother’s Day May 10

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – March 5, 2008

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Hello From Las Vegas! NASCAR weekend came and went with a big bang… as in a number of top drivers plowing into the wall with a flat tire or simply “getting loose” with the high winds. It wasn’t cold, but our desert can have unpredictable high winds in the early Spring.

One of the highlights everyone could enjoy was the parade of these huge NASCAR “haulers” right down The Strip! These oversized vehicles (even by truck standards) haul two race cars plus all the crew gear from race-to-race.


You can click on the above photo to see our complete photo gallery set of this unique event!

My favorite driver is Las Vegas native Kurt Busch, who pilots the Miller Lite #2 Dodge car. I moved here before Kurt was old enough to drink and have enjoyed watching both he (and his brother Kyle’s) rise through the ranks of racing.

I couldn’t pass up the chance to be front-and-center at the Kurt Busch autograph signing at the Sierra Gold “ultra-lounge” last week. Close to a thousand people (maybe more) lined up around the building to wait their turn. Inside, the Miller Lite and Jack Daniel’s girls were handing out free beer and swag in probably one of the most festive atmospheres ever for a NASCAR driver signing. We have the pics:


Las Vegas Native NASCAR Driver Kurt Busch

Click on above photos to view this entire photo set!PT’s Pubs (a chain of bars around the Las Vegas area) owns Sierra Gold and is a sponsor of the Kurt Busch car, so they went all out to do it up right. You can view the PT’s/Kurt Busch commercial (YouTube) that has been in heavy rotation on local TV here in Las Vegas.OK… OK… hold the emails and complaints. We realize everyone isn’t a NASCAR fan. This is a once-a-year deal. As always, we have our usual huge newsletter with everything you need to know about all the latest happenings in Las Vegas, plus our regular Members Mania and News sections.

Enjoy This Issue!

Ted Newkirk
CEO/Managing Editor

Associate Editor: Amy Rayner-Cooley
News Researcher/Editor: Mark Jacobs


Featured Review – Hooray for HATS!

Reviewed March 2008
by Terri Feld

A life-affirming musical review inspired by the The Red Hat Society. Founded 10 years ago in California, the RHS is a diverse network of women 50 years and older who meet for outings dressed in colorful purple clothing crowned with red hats. Today nearly 40,000 chapters exist throughout the U.S. as well as 30 other countries. HATS! the show promotes the organizations’ mission of maintaining a positive outlook on aging, by emphasizing sisterhood and the empowerment of maturity.

At least a dozen genuine Red-Hatters in full regalia comprised part of a recent Sunday matinee audience dominated by fellow female fifty-somethings. The intimate venue consists of floor seats and table banquettes, giving audiences optimal accessibility to the performances throughout this one-act production. Ushers point out the bar located at the rear, however, purchasing drinks is not required. In fact, despite signage to the contrary, they gallantly wave me and my Starbucks to our seat. Click to read the entire review…

Comedy Superstar David Spade Returns To Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino – After successfully completing his first two shows to a packed house, comedy superstar and long-time Las Vegas headliner, David Spade, will continue his 2008 series at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino from March 14-15, with two more nights of hysterical comedy. (Tickets) A Las Vegas favorite, Spade joined the Planet Hollywood entertainment line up for a series of weekend dates through 2008: March 14-15, April 11-12, July 25-26, August 30-31, October 10-11, October 24-25 and November 28-29. Click to Read The Full Story …

‘La Cage’ Plays Celebrity Judges For ‘Next Best Food Star’ – CELEBRITY JUDGES – From left Crystal Woods as Diana Ross, Frank Marino as Joan Rivers along with Steven Wayne as Cher were selected as judges recently for the Food Network’s next big show “Next Best Food Star” to begin airing this coming August and September. The gentlemen from “An Evening at La Cage” (Tickets) at the Riviera Hotel & Casino judge the finale held in Las Vegas by taste testing the various dishes. Frank Marino is on a self-proclaimed mission to become the next wax figure in Madame Tussaud’s. Marino is photographed with his mannequin but says, “Rue Paul is in NYC and Dame Edna is in London. Why not?”

Banned for Decades, Forbidden Cocktail Now Available at Luxor – Nicknamed the “Green Fairy” for its occasionally milky green color and mythical hallucinogenic effects, absinthe is legal in the U.S. after a 95-year ban. Patrons of LuxorÆs new center bar, Liquidity, now can experience the once-forbidden liqueur for themselves. Available for $300, “Absinthe Envy” is served in an elaborate tableside presentation that offers a modern take on the tradition of serving the illicit concoction with a sugar cube and chilled water.

Venetian Headliner Wayne Brady Extends Hit Show Through August 2009 – Wayne Brady has captured the hearts of Las Vegas audiences with his one-of-a-kind show, Making It Up, at The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino. (Tickets) Due to the show’s success, BASE Entertainment and The Venetian are pleased to announce Making It Up has been extended for another year, which will keep Brady entertaining on The Las Vegas Strip through July 2009. “I couldn’t be happier being in Las Vegas doing what I do best, entertaining audiences,” says Brady. Click to Read The Full Story …

Nevada Ballet Theatre Set For Creative Exchange With The Seoul Ballet Theatre – Nevada Ballet Theatre continues its 2007-2008 season with the most cultural of all productions — the highly anticipated East Meets West. Nevada Ballet Theatre will host members of the Seoul Ballet Theatre of Korea for a unique exchange production — uniting dancers from two different continents on the same stage! This stylized and distinctive performance will take place on Friday, February March 21 at 8pm, and Saturday, March 22 at 2pm at UNLV’s Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall. Click to Read The Full Story …

Ago Officially Opens At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas – AGO, the elegant Italian trattoria named after its celebrated Executive Chef Partner, Agostino Sciandri, officially opened its doors at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, hosted by Robert DeNiro and Sciandri. The opening of the Las Vegas restaurant coincides with the tenth anniversary year of the landmark Los Angeles eatery. Click to Read The Full Story …

Circus Circus’ Carnival Midway Debuts New Acts In 2008Circus Circus’ hallmark is the wonderful array of circus acts that perform center stage at the Carnival Midway. Performers from around the globe grace the Midway stage under Circus Circus’ big top, comprising the world’s largest permanent circus. From the dazzling aerialists to the fearless trapeze artists to the amusing clowns, the performances on the Midway stage take place daily, twice every hour from 11 a.m. to midnight with complimentary admission. Several amazing new acts will entertain audiences at Circus Circus this year. Click to Read The Full Story …

Gambling Talk: Video Keno – Part Seven – with Victor H. Royer. Four Card Keno – This is currently my all-time favorite keno game, and the one on which I have won the vast majority of my most recent Video Keno jackpots. It was on this game that I have hit numerous 8 out of 9 hits, for $4,700 plus all the other pays, as well as solid 9s for $5,000 pays (2 coins) plus all the other pays in the “wheel”, many, many 8 out of 10 hits for $500 (2 coins) and $1,000 (four coins), plus all of the many other pays this provided for the combination hits. Click to Read Complete Article…


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Reader Rick Bobst submitted a number of amazing Las Vegas photos. Enjoy these, and see the rest in our AccessVegas.com Reader Submitted Photos Gallery!


Ted,
My nephew is going to Vegas in a couple of weeks for his 21’st birthday. He wants to go to clubs like Pure and Studio 54. What is his best chance of getting in? They are staying at The Palms. Is he better off trying to get into Rain or Ghostbar?

Thanks,
Bob

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We are going to get into a lot more club stuff this year. In the meantime, the best bet is to hit our friends at Nightclubs.com. Have him hit that link and punch in the dates to see what is happening and what is available.

Staying at a hotel is no sure way to get into their club. And… unfortunately if you are a group of guys, it makes it even more tough (as the clubs want plenty of women in the club also). Even if you are a mix of males and females, that won’t always speed things up.

The bottom line is that the non-VIP line can be 1-2 hours (or more). Purchasing VIP tickets usually cuts the wait substantially.. (A club can only hold so many people… virtually no one except celebs get in right away). Also, tell him NOT to club hop. Las Vegas is huge, traffic is a problem. He should pick the club he and his friends want and do the night there.


Hi Ted,My name is Ed Robinson from Manchester, Michigan and I read one of your articles about the traffic on the Vegas strip and the monorails design to help it. My question/comment is why I never hear or read anything about running the monorail right down the center of strip itself instead of behind the hotels. Being elevated, it would not take up much space and would be a hundred times more efficient and convenient.For starters, just being out front, people would see it and I am sure use it instead of driving. The way it is now, nobody in my family or any of our friends ever uses it because in the time it takes to walk through the casino and find the stop, we can just as easily and for free, walk to where we are going or use the bus system (which I think its the Best way to get up and down the strip for a small fee).

I am willing to bet that the monorail could be built to utilize the existing overhead crosswalks and maybe build some more to get people from crossing the side streets and further congesting traffic. Imagine walking out of the Mandalay Bay and having a monorail right there that could get you all the way downtown or just up to the Monte Carlo or any stop along the way and never have to worry about cars on the strip. It will never be that way with the monorail behind the buildings as it is now, never.

Right now it is just an inconvenience to use the system. Even when my wife and I stayed at the MGM last year, our one ride on the monorail was an expensive pain in the butt and probably won’t happen again.

I love going to Las Vegas but I always thought the monorail was a mistake and one that was not planned out enough to be worthwhile.

Thanks,
Ed Robinson

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I couldn’t have said it better myself. The monorail is on reserve funds and may face either a demise or an expensive local government takeover.

Rebuilding it down the center of The Strip (no matter how much sense it makes) may be cost prohibitive. Especially since people are gun-shy about the failure of the current one.

I keep touting an elevated cable tram, just like they have in Palm Springs and Albuquerque. Cars holding 50+ people, running above the traffic lanes, making stops at selected casinos with one car running after the other after the other. The cars would stop on (what amounts to) the third floor of various casinos and the ride above traffic would be scenic with great photo-opts without the need for an unsightly structure disrupting the center of The Strip.

Our local officials and the gaming companies better figure something out. If we can’t get our loyal visitors around when you are here, you might not want to come back so often.


More Las Vegas News – Concerts – Events

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

  • St. Patrick’s Day March 17
  • Easter Sunday March 23
  • Cinco de Mayo May 5
  • Mother’s Day May 11
  • Victoria Day, Canada May 17-19 (3 day weekend)
  • Memorial Day May 24-26 (3 day weekend)
  • Father’s Day June 15
  • Canada Day, Canada July 1
  • Independence Day July 4-6 (3 day weekend)
  • Civic Holiday, Canada August 2-4 (3 day weekend)
  • Labor Day, U.S August 30-September 1 (3 day weekend)
  • Labour Day, Canada August 30-September 1 (3 day weekend)
  • Grandparent’s Day September 7
  • Jewish New Year September 30
  • Yom Kippur October 9
  • Columbus Day October 11-13 (3 day weekend)
  • Thanksgiving Day, Canada October 11-13 (3 day weekend)
  • Halloween October 31
  • Veteran’s Day November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day November 27-30 (4 day weekend)
  • Hanukkah Dec. 22 – Dec. 29
  • Christmas December 25
  • New Year’s Eve-Day December 31 – January 1
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, U.S (Observed) January 19-21 (3 day weekend)
  • Chinese/Lunar New Year January 26
  • Lincoln’s Birthday, U.S February 12
  • Valentine’s Day February 14
  • President’s Day, U.S (Observed) February 14-16 (3 day weekend)
  • Washington’s Birthday, U.S February 22

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – February 27, 2008

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Hello From Las Vegas! Wow… what a huge week. We usually don’t publish over the weekend, but better late than never. NASCAR is rolling through town, and rolled right up The Strip (as we previewed last week). Numerous drivers did meet-and-greets around town, with the most lavish being Kurt Busch’s appearance at PT’s Sierra Gold Ultra-Tavern (also as previewed last week). We’ll have photos of both next issue!

We also have over 25 new writers and bloggers, many already out on assignment. A few weeks ago, we asked your opinion of how we were doing with the newsletter and virtually everyone said “Don’t Change Anything.” So we aren’t changing. We are expanding our overall coverage! The newsletter will basically stay the same, but new blogs will cover specific niche topics so you can better stay informed on exactly what you enjoy about Las Vegas!

I Want To Rock and Roll All Night – Norm! of the Review-Journal is floating the rumor that Paul Stanley of KISS may be joining Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular (Tickets). Unlike many gossip mongers who throw caution (and accuracy) to the wind, Norm’s info is usually sourced pretty well. This could be huge: KISS has a large, loyal fan base that spans generations and Phantom has some serious theatrics and special effects sure to please KISS fans and expand the reach of Phantom’s crowd. We’ll keep you posted!

How can anyone live here? This frequent comment is heard by visitors during the summer months when we can have day after day of temps pushing 110 degrees (F). Funny… we were sitting watching all of the snow, ice, freezing rain, cars sliding all over the road and people bundled up head-to-toe this past week in much of the northern parts of the U.S. and we were thinking the same thing: How do you live there? I was in shorts and a golf shirt most of the past week.

What are the best jobs in Las Vegas? The Las Vegas Business Press ran down some of the “I really get paid to do this” job in Las Vegas, including a casino host, helicopter tour pilot, and more. (Not sure how they left me off this list). A fun read at Las Vegas’ hottest jobs … and who has them Some of the city’s jobs are almost as cool as some of its guests

Enjoy This Issue!

Ted Newkirk
CEO/Managing Editor

Associate Editor: Amy Rayner-Cooley
News Researcher/Editor: Mark Jacobs


Fergie Set To Perform At Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, March 22 – Multi-platinum and three-time Grammy Award-winner Fergie hits the stage at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, March 22. (Tickets) The concert is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Fergie first joined The Black Eyed Peas in 2002 and was on hand when the release of their first disc together, Elephunk, went triple platinum, thrusting the group into the industry spotlight. The mega-single “Let’s Get It Started,” earned the group its first Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. Click to Read The Full Story …

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Pink Taco Hosts Grand Re-Opening And Launches New Monthly Festivity “Cinco de Taco” – After 12 years of offering guests a dining experience beyond the ordinary, Pink Taco celebrated its success with a grand re-opening party, a newly expanded bar and the launch of its new monthly affair known as “Cinco de Taco.” This monthly occurrence takes place every 5th of each month offering $2 Coronas and Corona Lights, $3 Sauza Hornitos shots, $3.75 Sauza Hornitos margaritas as well as half-off appetizers from 4 p.m. until closing. “Cinco de Taco” features a live Mariachi band beginning at 6 p.m., and girls dressed in lingerie participate in three unique Pinata bashings filled with Love Jones lingerie. Click to Read The Full Story …

Comedian Roseanne Barr Announces An Engagement At The Sahara Hotel And Casino – Grammy award-winning comedian Roseanne Barr brings her everyday humor and observations to the Sahara Hotel and Casino, beginning March 1, 2008. (Tickets) Barr will perform in the Sahara’s legendary Congo Room, a 520-capacity entertainment venue, with a 9:30 p.m. show time. “Fresh out of rehab and ready to PARTY! Seriously though, I’m thrilled to be back in Las Vegas for another run and cannot wait to see you all at The Sahara,” said Barr. Click to Read The Full Story …

Gambling Talk: Video Keno – Part Six – with Victor H. Royer. 3-6-9 – Among keno players, this ticket and game are known as “the three way kiss.” You figure it out. It is another version of the 9-spot way ticket that I have just shown you immediately above. On this ticket, however, you can only pick three groups of 3 numbers, making a total of three 3-spots, three 6-spots (although it really should be six 6-spots), and one 9-spot. Therefore, on the pay table there are only three possible winning combinations, and these are pays for the 3-spots, pays for the 6-spots, and the pays for the 9-spot. Click to Read Complete Article…


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I was wondering if you ever do stories about Vegas wedding chapels and reviews etc.? I love Vegas weddings and read everything I can find about the chapels and reception venues etc……I want to see it all the good and the bad. I love AccessVegas.com!

Sincerely,
Barbara Smith
Russell, PA

Interesting you bring this up. We’ll soon be assigning a writer who will review the various chapels and other wedding options (such as getting married in the Grand Canyon). I’m sure we’ll get some great wedding stories along the way.

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Hello and thank you for your newsletter. My friends and I visit Vegas 2-3 times a year and find access Vegas very helpful in keeping up with all that is happening. I just wanted to say that you mentioned doing a different format for the news links. I find them very useful the way they are.
Thanks,

Sharla
Columbus, Ohio

I thank everyone for the kind words. Rest assured that we won’t be cutting down on the type of information we do. However the newsletter is getting unbelievably long. It was only a couple pages long when we started in 1999 and now prints out at about 12-15 pages! What we may do is publish all of the news links in a secondary section which you can reach with one click. But rest assured, we’ll be providing as much (if not more) news and information as we ever have!


As a frequent visitor to Vegas, and a former cab driver, I would like to share a couple of stories about cab rides. A few years back I was out at MGM Grand. I had done pretty well on Blackjack and it was time to head back to the Plaza (where we were staying at the time) when I got in the cab the driver took a right on Tropicana and I asked him ” you’re not going to take Paradise Road?” He said no. I then said “Oh, your going to run the interstate to get the fare up?”His reply was “Are you from Vegas” When I replied no, he then asked “so what makes you an expert! I went on to explain that if he ran Paradise Road, the fare would be around 7 dollars to the Plaza and running the “SLAB” would more than double that. He laughed. I told to go which ever way he wanted, but the most he would get from me was the amount on the meter plus a tip to total $20. When I arrived at the Plaza, via the interstate, the fare was $19.85. I gave him a 20 and said keep the change. If he would have run Paradise road, he would have gotten a 13 dollar tip instead of 15 cents.

A few years later we were staying at the Nugget. There was a group of ten. We took two cabs. Our driver ran the downtown streets to Paradise Road and straight to the Airport. The fare was under 10 bucks so we each gave him a five for a $15 dollar tip. The other group’s driver ran the Interstate and the fare was $22 . He got a $3 dollar tip.

Since that time 11 years ago. I have been renting cars when I come to Vegas 3 times a year and have saved a ton of money on cab fares.

Chuck Merica

This long-hauling just doesn’t stop. Locally (away from The Strip), I recently needed to use a cab. The intersection I asked the cabbie to take me to was north of our location. The cabbie headed south. After about three blocks, I asked why we weren’t headed north to the cross-streets I asked for. He u-turned and noted that he doesn’t usually work that part of town. Funny… he could have asked me where to go, or got out a map.

Just a reminder about leaving the car rental lot: I was by that area today and traffic was stacked on Warm Springs Road (which runs from the rental car lot to Las Vegas Blvd). One again, you don’t have to turn south (to the right) when you leave the rental car facility. When exiting the garage, jog to the left a bit and turn LEFT out of the facility on to Gilespie (road rental facility is on). You’ll start to see the Strip Hotels about a block up the street. Keep driving north towards the hotels in the distance until you are forced to turn left on Sunset. Then a quick right on to Las Vegas Blvd. and you just saved yourself 10-15 minutes of sitting in traffic!


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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:

  • St. Patrick’s Day March 17
  • Easter Sunday March 23
  • Cinco de Mayo May 5
  • Mother’s Day May 11
  • Victoria Day, Canada May 17-19 (3 day weekend)
  • Memorial Day May 24-26 (3 day weekend)
  • Father’s Day June 15
  • Canada Day, Canada July 1
  • Independence Day July 4-6 (3 day weekend)
  • Civic Holiday, Canada August 2-4 (3 day weekend)
  • Labor Day, U.S August 30-September 1 (3 day weekend)
  • Labour Day, Canada August 30-September 1 (3 day weekend)
  • Grandparent’s Day September 7
  • Jewish New Year September 30
  • Yom Kippur October 9
  • Columbus Day October 11-13 (3 day weekend)
  • Thanksgiving Day, Canada October 11-13 (3 day weekend)
  • Halloween October 31
  • Veteran’s Day November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day November 27-30 (4 day weekend)
  • Hanukkah Dec. 22 – Dec. 29
  • Christmas December 25
  • New Year’s Eve-Day December 31 – January 1
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, U.S (Observed) January 19-21 (3 day weekend)
  • Chinese/Lunar New Year January 26
  • Lincoln’s Birthday, U.S February 12
  • Valentine’s Day February 14
  • President’s Day, U.S (Observed) February 14-16 (3 day weekend)
  • Washington’s Birthday, U.S February 22

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – October 24, 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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Ted is taking a well deserved rest and celebrating his birthday this week. Please enjoy this report prepared by staff:

Associate Editor: Amy Rayner-Cooley
News Researcher/Editor: Mark Jacobs



Good Luck Tikis Appear On The Las Vegas Strip To Mark Opening Of Trader Vic’s Restaurant – The famed four-mile stretch of the glittering Las Vegas Strip was reminiscent of Easter Island today, as one hundred tiki statues “mysteriously” appeared to mark the opening of the Trader Vic’s restaurant at the Miracle Mile Shops at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Origins unknown, the tikis are definitely friendly. Tourists are invited to take pictures with the tikis and rub them for good luck. Casino gamblers infused with tiki-power can expect much good fortune, and Trader Vic’s apologizes in advance to casino operators who can expect payouts of record jackpots today. Click to Read The Full Story …

David Copperfield’s An Intimate Evening Of Grand Illusion Announces Special Holiday Engagements At MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theatre – Master magician and illusionist David Copperfield will return to MGM Grand’s intimate 740-seat Hollywood Theatre for special holiday performances scheduled from November 15 through November 28, and December 20 through January 2. (Tickets) Copperfield will ring-in 2008 with a special midnight balloon drop following his 10:30 performance on December 31. David Copperfield, whom the New York Times calls “our era’s giant of magic,” is touting An Intimate Evening Of Grand Illusion as his most spectacular stage show ever. Dazzling new illusions include “Lottery,” one of the most incredible predictions in the history of magic. Click to Read The Full Story …

Tabu Presents Premier DJ, Aaron Lacrate, To Tear It Up With A Spine-Chilling Performance On The Spookiest Night Of The Year, October 31 – “Get Your Wig On” At The Hottest Hair-Raising Halloween Bash On The Strip – On Halloween night, October 31, DJ Aaron LaCrate will bring pure madness to the seductive Tab· Ultra Lounge. With his pulsating hard-dance beats, LaCrate will captivate the masses and rip-up the dance floor as club goers celebrate the fright-filled evening. (Table reservations/bottle service: 800-696-5721). All-star DJ and producer Aaron LaCrate has become the most envied talent in the industry threatening to take over with his distinguishable music. Click to Read The Full Story …

Studio 54’s Legendary Spookfest, Nightmare On 54th Street, Haunts Again October 26-31 – Las Vegas’ Premier Nightclub Transforms Into A Haunted Haven For A Wicked Weekend Of Costume Parties, Spooktacular Performances And Cash Prizes – This ghoulish season, legendary nightclub Studio 54 inside of MGM Grand presents its 10th annual Halloween celebration: Nightmare on 54th Street. Beginning Friday, October 26 through Wednesday, October 31, Studio 54 will host the spookiest Halloween soirees on The Strip as the illustrious nightclub transforms into a frightful playground complete with scintillating devils and seductive angels. (Table reservations/bottle service: 800-696-5721). From spine-chilling costume contests and cash prizes totaling nearly $10,000 to eerie special live performances and acts, Studio 54 will be the place to party for the scariest time of year. Click to Read The Full Story …

REO Speedwagon Set To Perform At Buffalo Bill’s Star Of The Desert Arena – REO Speedwagon is best known for their classic hits such as “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Keep On Loving You,” “Time For Me To Fly” and “Take It On The Run.” REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million records and scored 13 Top 40 singles, two of which topped the charts. REO Speedwagon will perform at Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nevada on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. (Tickets) Click to Read The Full Story …

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino To Host 2008 Miss America Live! – Two-Hour Event Returns To Las Vegas And Will Air Live On TLC Saturday, January 26, 2008 – The 2008 Miss America Live! event returns to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for a week of preliminary competitions, culminating in a totally revamped live telecast on TLC, Saturday, January 26 at 8 p.m. ET. The announcement was made in a joint release by Planet Hollywood, the Miss America Organization and TLC. “We think it is only fitting that 52 of the most beautiful girls on the planet should be here at Planet Hollywood,” said Michael Mecca, president and CEO of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. “We are delighted to have the Miss America Live! event returning to our property and we look forward to wowing the contestants with the property’s complete transformation.” Click to Read The Full Story …

Inspirada Holds Fall Festival For People And Their Pups – The New Henderson Community To Hold Dog Walk To Raise Money For Henderson Police K-9 Organization – Inspirada, a new master-planned community in Henderson will hold its first Fall Festival and Howl at the Moon Dog Walk on Saturday, October 27, 2007 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. The free Fall Festival, which will be held throughout Inspirada’s first village, Solista, and its park, will include trick-or-treating at the community’s model homes, free pumpkins and decorating, professional pumpkin carving demonstrations, Halloween-inspired face painting, crafts, games, music and delicious food and treats. Click to Read The Full Story …

Dr. Constantine George Offers Experts Tips On How To Stay Healthy While Traveling This Holiday Season – With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, you may find yourself stranded in an airport with crowds of sneezing and wheezing travelers, enduring long commutes on a bus or train or having to touch the not-so-sanitary taxi door handle. Constantine George, MD of Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada advises travelers how to stay health during flu season while traveling. Q: What is my risk for acquiring the influenza during my travels? Click to Read The Full Story …

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Celebrates Halloween with Spooktacular Events – Body English is gearing up for Halloween by inviting partygoers to flaunt their best costumes and awarding prizes and cash giveaways to the best dressed individuals. (Table reservations/bottle service: 800-696-5721). Body English, along with sponsor Leg Avenue, will be giving away over 150 costumes. Ladies entering before midnight drink free champagne. Click to Read The Full Story …



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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:

  • 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 – May 10, 2006

In This Issue: American Storm Giveaway, Boardwalk Implosion, Hard Rock Sold, Weather To Hit 100, New Local Directory, Country Music Awards Coming, New Lance Burton Show, Cool Indoor Attractions, more ….

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

Hello From Las Vegas! A couple of regular features are missing this week due to staff vacations, weddings (congrats to our writer Nancy Hruska who just tied the knot) and similar, but this is still jammed with stuff you need to know. In addition, we had our biggest streaming broadcast ever (scroll down for links) because so much is happening in Las Vegas!

The weather is in the 90’s and is scheduled to hit 100 degrees during much of this coming week with lows in the 70’s (F). The next time we’ll feel anything remotely resembling cool weather here in Las Vegas (anything under 70 degrees at any time of the day or night) won’t be until sometime in September. Pack your swimsuit and your shorts and leave the coats and even windbreakers at home.

Latest Insider Vibe Broadcast/Podcast Is “On The Air” – I keep you updated on the latest news, events, and exclusive commentary so you can have the true scoop on what is happening in Las Vegas.You can listen online right now at your computer (streaming audio). Choose your connection to listen now: Dial-Up or Broadband.Podcast users: Download and listen anytime. Click over to Radio.AccessVegas.com for MP3 download.

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Local Directory – We have just launched Local.AccessVegas.com local directory from Las Vegas. What makes ours different? Most online “yellow pages” directories for Las Vegas are run by out-of-state companies. We are here in Las Vegas and have the opportunity to modify the directory to make it helpful both to the locals and those of you visiting.

#1 Tip For Using Local.AccessVegas.com: Search by zip code (replace the default Las Vegas, NV in the search box with a zip code). Las Vegas has almost 2 million residents and it usually takes an hour (or more) to drive all the way across the valley. The key to local search is finding businesses in your neighborhood (or near your hotel).

Visitors, if you might need to find a local business like Kinkos, bakery, florist, bank or any other business that you might need on your visit, search by the zip code that relates to where you are staying: If staying on The Strip, use zip 89109 (The Strip) and 89119 (the business district closest to The Strip). If staying downtown, use zip 89101.

Locals, search using your zip code for best results.

Local Businesses and Public Relations people, we will add or modify your listings if absent or not accurate. No fee for a basic listing for any business … we list them all. Search for your business name. If information is present but not accurate, click on the business name for that directory page, then click on Update this listing. If business can’t be found, use this Add New Listing link. While we are starting with a huge database, what sets us apart is that we can update and modify it!

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Boardwalk Hotel-Casino Comes Tumbling Down – The 16 story Boardwalk Hotel-Casino came tumbling at 2:30 Tuesday morning. The building was imploded in order to make way for the construction of Project CityCenter. The implosion made use of 170 pounds of explosives placed in 977 strategic locations throughout the building on the ground, 2nd, 4th, 8th, 10th, and 12th floors. Click to Read The Full Story including Streaming Video …Country Music & Television Superstar Reba McEntire To Host 41st Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards – The Academy of Country Music announced the return of Reba McEntire as host of the 41st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Biggest Party of the Year. The event, which honors country music’s top talent as well as the industry’s hottest emerging talent, will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena Tuesday, May 23 at 8 p.m. EST/PST on CBS. Click to Read The Full Story or Purchase Tickets …

If You’ve Seen Lance Burton – New Wonders Await! Three Years And $3 Million Later “Master Magician” Show Is Bigger And Better Than Ever. June 21st, 2006 marks the 10th anniversary for Lance Burton’s dream magic show at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino which is widely regarded by people coming from the four corners of the world as the best magic show that can be found bar none. After performing for a decade in the Lance Burton Theatre which is reminiscent of West End London theatres its been acclaimed to have revolutionized Las Vegas entertainment from the old-fashioned showrooms that were designed for dinner shows to traditional high-end comfortable classy theatres. Click to Read The Full Story or Purchase Tickets …

Hard Rock casino sold for $770 million – After a lot of speculation, The Hard Rock Hotel is getting a new owner. The price tag: more than $700 million. The buyer is Morgans Hotel Group, a company that has upscale properties in New York, and Miami. Hard Rock owner Peter Morton announced the sale Thursday of the property for $770 million. Morton himself will pocket most of that money. Click to Read The Full Story including Streaming Video …

Eleanor For Sale at The Auto Collections – Muscle Mustang Starred in ‘Gone in Sixty Seconds’ Movie – She’s fast, fun and fabulous. She’s Eleanor. And she’s for sale. Eleanor returns to The Auto Collections at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino tomorrow, Wednesday, March 15. Click to Read The Full Story …

Rascal Flatts Brings “Me And My Gang Tour” To Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, July 15 – Multi-platinum country sensation Rascal Flatts will launch the second leg of their “Me and My Gang Tour” in May and will perform at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, July 15 at 8 p.m. More than 160,000 fans attended the first portion of this 20-city tour. Gary Allan is scheduled to open the evening’s performance. Rascal Flatts’ highly anticipated new album, Me And My Gang, debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen’s Soundscan Top 200 album chart and the country album chart, making it the highest-selling CD across all genres. Click to Read The Full Story or Purchase Tickets …

Beat the Outside Heat with Cool Indoor Attractions – Enjoy the Las Vegas summer without getting scorched by the heat. While the sun is beating down outside, guests can scream with excitement at the Circus Circus Adventuredome, cooled to a constant 72 degrees and featuring more than 23 thrill rides. Or come face to face with the world’s most feared predators in Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. How about spending some time in the IMAX Theater at Luxor featuring the highly acclaimed Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3-D, produced and narrated by Tom Hanks?

If nature calls your name, check out The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio, where a historic banyan tree, which served as a famous Palm Beach, Fla. landmark for more than 100 years has become the focus of the conservatory for 2006. Maybe art is more up your alley? The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art presents exhibitions of paintings, sculpture and works on paper by the world’s most influential artists. Perhaps a visit to the wild kingdom? The Lion Habitat at MGM Grand and Siegfried & Roy’s Royal White Tigers at The Mirage provide guests with an up-close view of the king of beasts.

Wise Guide – History of Las Vegas boasts large cast of colorful — and dangerous — mobsters. Both the beginning and end of the mob’s famed influence in Las Vegas are marked by anniversaries this year. It has been 60 years since Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel opened the Flamingo, and 25 since Tony Spilotro’s Hole in the Wall Gang was busted during a burglary, the domino that would eventually topple the last organized-crime regime to rule the Strip. See a map of these famous Vegas mob landmarks and read the entire story …

VH1 Classic & Live Nation Present A Summer Of Rock When Def Leppard And Journey Visit The Mandalay Bay Events Center Friday, Aug. 18 – VH1 Classic and Live Nation are joining forces to bring one of the most high-energy, rockin’ summer tours to Las Vegas when rock legend bands Def Leppard and Journey perform at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Friday, Aug. 18. Click to Read The Full Story or Purchase Tickets …



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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:

  • Memorial Day May 26-29 (3 day weekend)
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  • Labor Day September 1-4 (3 day weekend)
  • Grandparents Day September 8-10
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  • New Year’s Eve/Day December 29 – January 1 (3 day weekend – New Years on Monday)

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – May 25, 2005

In This Issue: $1.1 Million Wheel of Fortune Jackpot, Wynn Backlash, Las Vegas Meal Deals, Playboy Store Opens, America’s Sexiest Pool Party, Peter Max Gallery Appearance, more ….
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California Woman Hits Wheel of Fortune Jackpot for $1.1 Million At Sam’s Town – Betty Cagle of Pioneer, Calif., didn’t need to buy a vowel to spell J-A-C-K-P-O-T. Cagle, 66, had been sitting at the 25-cent Wheel of Fortune machine at Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall for five minutes when she hit a progressive jackpot for $1.1 million on Monday night. Cagle had played just $20 when she hit the jackpot. She said her plans are to pay off her house and take a long-dreamed-of trip to Alaska.

Hot New Concerts – We’ve added a ton of concerts to the concert listings. See who is playing during your stay, or look for an excuse to book at trip! Check the sidebar for concert and headliner listings.

Wynn Backlash? – Possibly the biggest media rumble in the modern megaresort era have been quick to point out the problems with Wynn Las Vegas and the Le Reve show. Mr. Wynn had to really stick his neck out on this one to get the enormous financing needed, and people love to cut down what stands tallest. Resorts take 30-90 days to “shake down” after opening. Will things improve? We’ve collected stories from the press so you can decide for yourself.

Wynn Las Vegas Photos: Part Two – Photographer Tom took 50+ great photos of the new resort. We’ll run them in one week. Stay tuned!

Las Vegas Meal Deals – Back by popular demand for the first time in over a year: Our world famous listing of all the great meal and drink specials in Las Vegas! Click to our Las Vegas Cheap Food Deals and Specials page.

Playboy Opens First U.S. Based Boutique At Forum Shops – Playboy Enterprises, Inc. has opened its first freestanding Playboy Concept Boutique in the United States at The Forum Shops at Caesars in Las Vegas. The 2,000 square-foot upscale shopping destination offers a collection of Playboy apparel, accessories and lingerie.

The Las Vegas location also will offer one-of-a-kind Playboy memorabilia items, select artwork, and vintage product from Playboy’s vast archives. The Las Vegas store will be used as a template for Playboy’s future stores, as well as retail concessions and lingerie areas. Other design details that enable shoppers to immerse themselves in the Playboy lifestyle include a plasma-screen video wall featuring archival and contemporary footage and a customized pebble cash-point countertop inspired by rocks from the famed Playboy Mansion Grotto.

Evoking the sexiness of the Playboy brand a stand-alone lingerie area sells Playboy’s playful “Pink Label” and will house Playboy’s sophisticated “White Label” lingerie collections, showcased on the mirrored tile walls and complimented with satin quilted upper walls, mixing glam with softness. The memorabilia area of the boutique offers one-of-a-kind artifacts for sale from Playboy archives and Hugh Hefner’s personal memorabilia collection, including his pipe and slippers, vintage Bunny Costumes, and paintings and sketches from Alberto Vargas and LeRoy Neiman, respectively all showcased in museum-style cases.

Click To View: Photos from Playboy Store Grand Opening

Nirvana: America’s Sexiest Pool Party – at Green Valley Ranch this Sunday May 29! Hosted by Lizzie Grubman and the MTV Power Girls. Noon to 10 PM featuring Bad Boy Bill, DJ Rap, Steve Smooth, Ivano Bellini, Richie Malone, DJ Dakota, and Miss Joy Nirvana. Click for Info: America’s Sexiest Pool Party

Meet Famed Artist Peter Max at the Peter Max Gallery May 28 & 29 – Artist Peter Max will visit The Art of Peter Max Gallery at the Forum Shops at Caesars. Fans will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with Max as he personally dedicates his paintings for collectors on Saturday, May 28 from 7-10 p.m. and Sunday, May 29 from 1-4 p.m.

Since the late 1960s, Peter Max’s work has been an artistic symbol of American pop culture. His images form a scrapbook illustrating 40 years of Americana. Max’s imagination and vision can be found on a variety of canvases, including the Berlin Wall and a Boeing 777 jumbo jet, currently in use by Continental Airlines.

Max has been designated Official Artist of numerous international events, including six Grammy Award broadcasts, three World Fairs and six Super Bowls. The Art of Peter Max Gallery’s collection of original paintings, available for acquisition, range in price from $1,200 to an eight foot tall “Liberty” for $150,000.

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – December 3, 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:
New Year’s Eve Las Vegas: Biggest Ever

Also In This Issue – Dec. 3, 2003: Newkirk’s Notes, Cheap Rooms, Siegfried and Roy, David Brenner, Las Vegas Bowl, more

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Hello from Las Vegas! The snow in much of the US looks beautiful … especially from Las Vegas where it’s been 60-65 F all week! If you have ever visited in the summer and said “How do people live here” I have your answer: We never shovel snow or have an icy fender bender.

We are running late this week, so we’ll jump right in:

Cheap, Cheap, Cheap Rooms – National Finals Rodeo clears out on Dec. 15, leaving 10 days of pre-Christmas rock bottom room rates. You need an excuse to finish shopping early this year! Click to price Low Pre-Christmas Vegas Room Rates

Roy (Siegfried and Roy) Horn Update – We’ve been pelted with inquiries and frankly, there hasn’t been much word. Reports say that he may be home (out of the hospital) for Christmas, but that he is still in serious condition and not yet on solid food. He can write notes and is off the respirator. News is scarce to but we’ll let you know what we can.

NFR Tickets Available – Selected (many good and great) seats for National Finals Rodeo are available through our certified ticket broker. If you are coming to Las Vegas for the party, why not attend the actual event? National Finals Rodeo Premium Seating. As of press time, tickets are available starting at $45.00

Streaming Video Golf Lessons: Chipping – We’ve teamed up with Revere Anthem Golf Club Director of Instruction Chris Eastman (in conjunction with ChefLive.com) and put together a series of eight streaming video golf tips.

Chris starts with fundamentals like aim and grip, and works through some of the finer points of the game. This week: Lesson 3 – Chipping. Click to view lessons.

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David Brenner – is starting a one year run at the new Westin Casuarina. Click for Westin Casurina info/rates and Brenner show tickets.

Las Vegas Bowl – on Christmas Eve pits Oregon State vs. New Mexico. Tickets available by calling 702-895-3900. Premium seating is also available: Las Vegas Bowl Premium Seating. Can’t make it? 4:30 PM local start on ESPN.

Sports Betting Question – Yes, you can bet on a game while you are in town, then claim your winnings by mail at no additional cost (except certified postage fee). Ask at the sportsbook for details. Betting the bowl games: another great reason to visit Las Vegas for the next month!

Casino Construction News – The Bourbon Street Hotel has applied for an expansion including a 32 story hotel tower. An unrelated company intends to build a resort on the site of Wet and Wild (between The Sahara and Riviera). In Las Vegas, seeing will be believing.

Video Spotlight – We are always adding new streaming video to our All Vegas TV site, over 100 Las Vegas videos to date! This week, feature video is Rio Seafood Buffet. Check out a fun video preview: Dial-Up or Broadband


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New Year’s Eve Las Vegas: Insider Tips

This year will be the biggest Las Vegas New Year’s ever, and that is no hype. Pyro Spectaculars has been hired to do a 13 minute show simultaneously stretching all four miles of The Strip from Excalibur to Stratosphere Tower.

The price tag? $500,000. The cost to you? Absolutely zero! For the first time, the fireworks will include a three minute countdown so you know it’s just about time to scream, yell, kiss, jump up and down … and ring in the new year.

We are your New Year’s Eve experts. Other resources may devote a page or two with generic info. We are on The Strip year after year, enjoying it, gathering first-hand advice, and taking photos and video for you!

Our Las Vegas New Year’s Eve Insider Tips and Info:

  • Index – Main page with links to all information.

  • Concerts and Indoor Events/Parties – Listed at the bottom of our December Entertainment Calendar for those who prefer indoor events.

  • Photos – from the past three years. Fireworks, crowds, crazies, couples and (of course) the girls!

  • Streaming Video – no charge to view streaming video of just about every aspect of our great celebration here in Las Vegas.

  • Hotel Tips – How to get the best rates, where to stay (whether or not you have a car), minimum stay requirements to watch for.

  • General Tips – Where on The Strip to be, where to park, weather, crowds (where they are thick and crazy, where there is elbow room and calm) and more.

  • Party Tips – Drinking (booze) container restrictions, how to avoid any trouble with the law, Mardi Gras beads, and more.

Send An E-Card – Get your friends excited to go (or show them what they will be missing). Every photo in our New Year’s Eve Photo Gallery (as well as all photos in our Las Vegas Photo Gallery) can be sent as an online email card.

Pyro Spectaculars is the same company doing the fireworks at the Olympics in Athens next year, so you know this will be a memory of a lifetime. Don’t miss it.


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December 3, 2003 ISSN: 1529-2770 About Us

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – May 7, 2003

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This Issue: Ted Sherman’s Las Vegas Thoughts

Also In This Issue – May 7, 2003: Newkirk’s Notes, News Of Interest To Tourists
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Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello from Las Vegas! We realize that many of you didn’t get our last issue. If you have not heard from us in a while, click to check out our previous issue.

$100 for $30 Slot Play – Our ticket service said “Ted, AccessVegas.Com sells a lot of show tickets … what would it take to sell more”? I said “My readers are smart. You better toss in a hell of a value for them”! I wouldn’t let them skimp, and made sure they offered this with some of the most popular shows in town.

So for a limited time, when you book any of the following shows online through us, you will receive $100 in slot play at Casino Royale in the heart of The Strip (right across from The Mirage) for only $30 more (click a show): Blue Man Group, O – A Cirque Du Soleil Production, BRAVO Starring Charo, Folies Bergere, Jubilee, Splash, and V – The Ultimate Variety Show.

Book now as I can’t guarantee how long we can offer this, but everyone booking now gets to take advantage of it (even if your trip isn’t for a while). Don’t delay!

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Las Vegas News: Of Interest To Tourists

Aladdin – is in bankruptcy, but no need to worry about booking there. With a positive cash flow and very interested buyers (Planet Hollywood with Starwood Casinos have signed an offer to buy it), the Aladdin will be around for a long time.

Dolphin Birth At Mirage Dolphin Habitat – Duchess, one of 10 Atlantic bottlenose dolphins at Siegfried & RoyÆs Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage, gave birth to a male calf. The calf weighs approximately 30 pounds and is about three feet long. This is the fourth birth at The Mirage for Duchess, a Dolphin Habitat resident since it opened in October 1990. Read more (with photo) …

David Copperfield – is a must see show in your lifetime. Period. You can read our review and his Las Vegas schedule has been released for the rest of the year. 5/8-5/21 (right now), 6/12-6/25, 8/21-9/3 and 9/25-10/8. Click to buy tickets. You won’t be disappointed!

Treasure Island – is going to be officially renamed T.I. Yawn. On a more interesting note, they are hiring female dancers to spice up the free pirate battle out front. Another sharp nail in the death of “family friendly” Las Vegas.

Playboy Photo Search – for the 50’th Anniversary Playmate took place at Jillian’s Las Vegas two weeks ago, and we were there! Click for Playmate search info or to our Playmate search photo gallery.

Matt Lewis as Elvis In Legends – Are you lonesome tonight? Then get to the Imperial Palace and see Matt Lewis bring the charm and humility of a young “Elvis” to every Legends in Concert performance, while still exuding the electric excitement one would expect from the real Legend. Read More (with photo) …

Last Call With Carson Daly – filmed recently here at the Hard Rock. The episodes air May 9-22 in his regular late night time slot.

Epicurean Affair – Top chefs from Las VegasÆ finest restaurants will come together on Tuesday, June 17, at Caesars Palace to showcase their signature culinary cuisine and internationally-acclaimed wines at the 13th annual Epicurean Affair. The event is open to the public and will be held at 7:30 p.m. poolside at Caesars Palace pool area. Read More …

Zumanity – The new adult (18 and over) Cirque Du Soleil show opens at the MGM at the end of July. It is billed as “a stunning exploration of the hidden forces behind desire, and a celebration of human diversity. In an intimate theatre, beautiful performers beguile the audience with a never-before-seen blend of fashion, art, music, dance, circus arts, personality and sensuality.” We’ll keep you posted as things shape up.

Las Vegas Online Store Open – Visit our AccessVegas.Com Store, where you can get that “Vegas Feeling” by ordering our great logo products. Shirts, cold weather wear (for when you can’t come warm up here), coffee cups, teddy bears … even sexy undies bring Las Vegas close to you! á

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Note from Editor Ted Newkirk: Ted Sherman (great first name!) is the man behind our new Senior’s Las Vegas email newsletter which launches next week. As a regular Las Vegas visitor, he’ll both give his thoughts and hints on enjoying the present day Las Vegas as well as remembrances from the past.
You don’t have to be a senior to sign up for or enjoy this newsletter, and the price is right: Free! Simply sign up at AccessVegas.Com (left hand middle of page) or email Ted directly. His contact info is below his piece.

Featured Story: Ted Sherman’s Las Vegas Thoughts

Cabbie Savvy – Many senior visitors gripe about Vegas taxis. Some cabbies use the long way from the airport to Strip hotels. They take the airport tunnel to I-15, and 20 long minutes later arrive at the hotel. The cabbies may tell you it avoids heavy street traffic, but instead of a $10 fare through non-highway streets, the cost can be $20+.So, when you hop a taxi at the airport, just say, “Hey, don’t use the tunnel”. Also be aware that the extra fee added to your bill is for leaving the airport into Vegas. Don’t be charged an extra fee for returning to the airport for departure.

Vegas cabbies don’t look forward to later this year. New links in the city’s monorail system will connect MGM to many hotels four miles along the Strip to the Sahara. As if taxi guys don’t have enough to worry about, there’s talk of extending the monorail to the airport.

Remember When – Dick Smothers recalls his first Las Vegas job with brother Tom…would you believe…40 years ago! Then in their early 20s, and having only performed for high school and college audiences, the Smothers Brothers weren’t sure their material was sophisticated enough for Las Vegas.They were the opening act for star Juliet Prowse at the Flamingo, and were an instant hit. To this day, after decades of award-winning TV and live performance success, they’ve never had to change their off-the-wall concepts of comedy and music.

Dick says knew he had become a star when Frank Sinatra introduced him to the audience during Frank’s performance at Caesar’s Palace. The Smothers Brothers, popular as ever, star at the Las Vegas Hilton May 6 through June 1, August 26 through September 14, and October 28 through November 16. Click for tickets or call toll free 800-696-5721.

Ted Sherman is a self-described active retiree who lives with his wife Marilyn in Tucson, Arizona. He visits Las Vegas about once a month (65 minutes by air on Southwest). He is an accomplished artist, responsible for the accompanying graphics. For comments or to sign up for his new Seniors Monthly Las Vegas newsletter, contact him at [email protected]


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May 7, 2003 ISSN: 1529-2770

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – February 26, 2003

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This Issue: Dirk Arthur: The New Art of Magic

Also In This Issue – February 26, 2003: Newkirk’s Notes, Hotel/Show Giveaway, News Of Interest To Tourists, Hiking – Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas Golf Club
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Las Vegas News: Of Interest To Tourists

Megabucks Will Be World Record – Nevada Megabucks is currently at $34,955,600 and will continue to increase until someone wins it. That lucky person will also become part of history in the next edition of The Guinness Book of Records. Read More …

Fire Safety – In light of the tragic Rhode Island fire, many wonder how safe entertainment activities are. Especially in Las Vegas where many production shows use pyro and so many concerts and events roll through town. Clark County (Las Vegas) has 35 inspectors handling the roughly 200 special events that apply for the use of pyrotechnics. Paperwork is filled out weeks in advance and inspectors preview all effects. The depth of the staff insures that someone is on hand no matter what time of day an event happens.

Boogity, Boogity, Boogity – NASCAR’s UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 invades the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend and the event has been sold out for weeks. No ticket? Stuck home? Note the 11:30 AM Pacific start time and tune to your local Fox station. The best way to get to the race? Take the Cat Ride Race Shuttle (run by our local public bus service). This is the only way to go, as these busses use special routes that get you to the speedway in 45 minutes. I’m rooting for home-town boy #97 but the #2 is a sentimental favorite.

Rio Abrupt Cocktail Change – When the Rio opened, it was famous for beautiful, young cocktail waitresses in outfits that weren’t much more than a one-piece thong swimsuit. Now they are scrapping the entire cocktail staff to hire drink servers who will perform singing and dancing choreographed routines throughout the gaming area.

Some feel this is a way to get rid of cocktail waitresses who may not look at good in the skimpy outfits as they did a decade ago. Others see it as part of a bigger world-wide resort trend toward performing bartenders and waitresses. You can read The Rio’s press release and let us know what you think in our Rio Replaces Cocktail Servers forum. Think this will fly? Sound like a good change or will you miss the current waitresses? Let us know!

Ticket Advice – We often get asked how to get tickets to the very popular shows like “O”, Mystere, Siegfried and Roy, Blue Man Group, and Danny Gans. Yes we have them (at face value). Yes, they go very quickly. The key is to buy well in advance, but keep this in mind: some tickets are not released for sale more than three months ahead.

Our advice? Once your travel dates are set in stone, visit our Las Vegas Shows page and check availability. If that hard-to-get show has tickets available, buy them. If not available yet, keep checking back every few days and specifically 85-90 days before your visit. Most Las Vegas shows are now reserved seating, so even if you aren’t trying for a tough ticket, buying in advance often insures better seats.

Cook E. Ain’t No Rookie – Infamous club and lounge performer Cook E. Jarr is back at his Harrah’s Carnival Court gig midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. Cook’s 30’th birthday is probably a couple decades behind him, but his audience keeps getting younger.We were at the outdoor venue Friday night as he played to a packed bar area and ripped through both “old school” and recent dance and R & B favorites in his inimitable style.

The dance floor was packed and while the crowd skews younger, no age group is out of place. With the weather warming up, Cook E. Jarr is a party worth checking out. Plus, the Carnival Court bartenders are some of the better “flair” bartenders around. Check out our Cook E. Jarr Carnival Court photo section.

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Featured Review: Dirk Arthur: The New Art of Magic

If Dirk Arthur’s name rings a bell, you may have seen the Bally’s Marquee over the past decade. Dirk was a featured act in Jubilee! and had his name in lights on the Las Vegas Strip. I’d seen him in the show, and he is good. His move to headlining status at The Silverton left people wondering if he could carry a show by himself and others wondering where The Silverton was!In an era with more shows than ever, trying their luck in just about every location and hotel you can try a show, it appears that Arthur’s gamble paid off. The Silverton’s showroom isn’t a converted lounge, but a full-sized, comfortable venue holding perhaps 400-500 people (my guess) and Dirk is filling it up on a consistent basis.

The show is aptly named The New Art Of Magic because Dirk’s specialties are huge scale illusions, the kind you often see with Lance Burton or David Copperfield. He levitates a Lamborghini and makes it vanish in mid-air. He puts a twist on the “saw the lady in half” by cutting her into nine pieces. He has an industrial size drill pierce right through him. And he makes white tigers vanish and switch places. Read More …

Featured Tour: Hiking – Red Rock Canyon

Hiking – Red Rock Canyon – We provide the transportation, water, and an interpretive guide. You choose from a selection of three of our favorite hikes in Red Rock, the White Rock/Willow Springs loop, Calico Hills, or Ice Box Canyon. For all hiking proficiency levels. Lunch is included.

Additional Tours Including Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, City, Scenic, National Parks, and Adventure

Featured Golf Course:
Las Vegas Golf Club

Las Vegas Golf Club – A traditional favorite of Las Vegas, this layout provides a great environment for all golfers. One of the oldest courses in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Golf Club features numerous trees and is just a few minutes from the strip.

Additional Las Vegas Golf Courses and Golf Vacations

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February 26, 2003 ISSN: 1529-2770

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – October 16, 2002

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews! 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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Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello from Las Vegas! It has been a busy week, seeing David Copperfield, Frank Sinatra, Jr., a Sunday trip out to Hoover Dam and Monday Night Football at the Hard Rock. Sinatra was fantastic, our Copperfield and Hard Rock football reviews are in this issue.

The weather has been stunning with highs in the mid-80’s and cool evenings that don’t get cold. I put the Rams/Raiders game on the car radio (my Raiders finally suffered a loss), put on the sun glasses, put down the car windows, and headed out to Hoover Dam on Sunday. Although a security checkpoint for cars, they wave most people through and the lack of truck traffic has made it easier and quicker to get to the dam. We’ll have that story soon.

We’ll be mentioning the Las Vegas Calendars for charity every couple of weeks until the end of the year. No excuses — these quality big photo calendars are only $5 including shipping with proceeds going to a great cause. We will not rest until every reader gets one!

Las Vegas News: Of Interest To Tourists

Hard Rock Football – The Joint at the Hard Rock was truly rocking this past Monday night for the Seahawks/49’ers game! Outside of the various parties held at local strip clubs, this is possibly the sexiest Monday Night Football (MNF) party in town. This is probably also your cheapest chance to check out the venue that has hosted The Stones, The Who, The Eagles and a laundry list of classic and modern rock shows.

Admission is free, and three huge screens show the game with the Michaels/Madden commentary and sound played over the concert quality sound system. Music is played during the commercials with scantily clad go-go girls dancing throughout the venue. Appetizers are available ($3-6) along with $1.50 Bud or Bud Light drafts to wash them down.

The event is always sponsored by a local radio station and not only draws plenty of locals, but a surprising number of women for a MNF event. While the Hard Rock is the place to see and be seen, this is serious football with plenty of loud cheering for both sides. Remember that MNF starts at 6 PM Pacific Time.

Club Rubber Halloween Costume Ball – Club Rubber and the N9NE Group presents a wicked party for the over 21 crowd. Costumes are mandatory.

  • Where: Rain in the Desert at the Palms
  • When: Oct. 31 at 9 p.m.
  • How Much: $25 (Women) $30 (Men)

Halloween Bingo Bash – Palms Casino Resort will host a special Halloween Bingo Bash on October 31 including cash giveaways.

Calendar For Charity – Now is the time to get a 2003 Las Vegas calendar and help a good cause. These are the same high quality Las Vegas calendars you find in hotels and gift shops at or below the gift shop price with all proceeds going to charity. See the beautiful photos and purchase info atá 2003 Las Vegas Calendar.

Screamers Haunted House – is in the fourth year in operation. Designed and built by some of Las Vegas’ top scenic designers and illusion builders for the big shows here in town. Click for details on this fun magic-based fright experience!

Best Magic Show – You still have time to vote for your favorite Las Vegas magician in our “Best Of’ poll. Simply head to the main page of AccessVegas.Com and vote. For those wondering the ommission of a deserving David Copperfield (who spends about half the year playing Las Vegas), this time around we only included magicians who regularly headline their own show here year around.

Sexiest Ladies Night – in Las Vegas is advertised at Wednesday nights at Venus at The Venetian. Ladies drink from 11 PM -1 AM. Click for more details.

Showroom Cancer Survivor – Our friend Larry G. Jones with the great free show at Fitzgerald’s recently got a nice write-up in the local paper regarding his show and earlier battle with cancer.

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Show Review: David Copperfield – Portal

Note: David Copperfield just finished a brief run at the MGM but returns at the end of the month to play Oct 31. – Nov. 6 and again Dec. 24 – Jan. 1. Due to the popularity of this show and high ticket demand, you may wish to reserve your seats as far in advance as possible.

I’d like to call David Copperfield a living legend. If you are old enough to gamble you have seen him do everything from walk through the Great Wall of China to make the Statue of Liberty vanish on his famous television specials. However, I won’t. “Living Legend” sometimes connotes a a respected performer, past their prime, churning it out for the buck. Mr. Copperfield is still very much at the top of his game.

He’s either a great actor or still loves what he is doing (probably a bit of both) because from the minute he hits the stage, he’s having fun and that makes you want to like him. He could be a nobody just starting out and you would like him. But he gets right into it with an illusion that has him floating upwards through a plate of steel.

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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.

Featured Tour: Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon Tour by Bus – Just minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip lies Red Rock Canyon – one of the Mojave Desert’s most beautiful outdoor areas. The tour takes visitors into Spring Mountain State Park, a working ranch nestled at the base of the dramatic Wilson Cliffs that was once owned by eccentric millionaire Howard Hughes. The trip continues to the Red Rock Canyon National Recreation area with a stop at the visitor center followed by a leisurely lap around the 13-mile scenic loop.

Additional Tours Including Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, City, Scenic, National Parks, and Adventure

Featured Golf Course: Royal Links

Royal Links Golf Club – Royal Links Golf Club was built to honor the rich history and tradition of the game of golf. This links style course features holes inspired by the British Open rotation courses such as the ôRoad Holeö from St. Andrews and the ôPostage Stampö from Royal Troon. Carnoustie, Turnberry, Royal Liverpool, Prestwick, Royal Lytham, Muirfield and Royal Birkdale also provided inspiration for this unique golf course.

Additional Las Vegas Golf Courses and Golf Vacations


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October 16, 2002 ISSN: 1529-2770

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