Access Vegas Insider Vibe – August 6, 2008

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Hello From Las Vegas! Publishing a little late this week. With so much construction news happening (resorts on hold, resorts topping off, boozing construction workers) we wanted to sort it all out. For those just reading to find out what is hot to see on your next visit, we won’t disappoint you either!

Echelon Flops and M Resort Tops – tops out, that is. Boyd Gaming’s Echelon resort was abruptly put on hold last week because of market conditions. If Echelon doesn’t ring a bell, that is the complex they knocked down the Stardust to build. Echelon was to have 5 hotels, clubs, shopping and more. They intend to re-start construction in about a year.

The real losers in that one? All of those who enjoyed The Stardust. Even back when Echelon was announced, many wondered why they didn’t try to keep atáa piece of the Stardust or at least some use of the iconic name that is legendary in so many movies and Las Vegas lore.

I’m not sure how so many thought that Las Vegas could absorb a CityCenter, Echelon, and Plaza (complex to go where The Frontier was) even in good times. Unlike a beach destination where you sit on your hotel balcony and watch the waves, few use their Las Vegas hotel room for much more than sleeping. Even people who could afford a really nice hotel often stay in a mid-range property and save the money for top shows and celeb restaurant dining.

M Resort Casino Las Vegas

While other Las Vegas hotel casino projects get put on hold (or never break ground) the Marnell Company M Resort is topped off and on track to open. The M Resort, Spa and Casino will feature 390 guest rooms and suites, over 92,000 square feet of gaming, a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center, and more. Click to see more photos and read entire M Resort, Spa and Casino Las Vegas Tops Off Tower, Open Early 2009 story.

Impressionist (and newsletter member) Larry G. Jones is back. For his newly restructured show, Larry has added a number of new singing impressions and song parodies.áSome of newest voices include Tina Turner, Axl Rose and Randy Travis.á

YouÆll also get a taste of many of Las Vegas top shows like The Jersey Boys, Phantom of the Opera, The Rat Pack, Cher, Elton John, Tom Jones, Barry Manilow, The Temptations, Wayne Newton, and Neil Diamond to name a few. He’s playing the Royal Hotel showroom (corner of The Strip and Convention Center Drive). Larry G. Jones Tickets

CityCenter Construction Employees Living It Up During Work? – Big news came out of an investigation by the Las Vegas Review-Journal regarding MGM CityCenter construction workers drinking and then going to the job site. The construction site has been the focus of worker safety concerns because of the number of deaths to date on the site.á

The paper observed construction workers boozing it up at various bars adjacent to the job site. So far, three of the workers have been fired. Full Story: CityCenter Construction Site Safety issues raised

Win A Scooter At Mint Mondays – During the month of August, Tropicana Las Vegas is partnering with Mike’s Hard Lemonade during all upcoming Mint Monday events (public welcome at no charge) and giving away one cooler scooter each Monday of the month directly following the live band performance.

Guests will receive one raffle ticket for the cooler scooter drawing by purchasing any Mike’s Hard Lemonade product at the pool. Happy hour pricing still applies from 5-7 p.m. as well. The Tropicana’s Happy Hour drink prices are available anywhere on the property, both at indoor bars and at the free pool parties on Mondays.

A big tip of the hat toward a legendary hotel that is bringing people in the doors the old fashioned way… great deals! PS Our own Mark Jacobs will be shooting a Mint Monday photo set this coming Monday. If you see him in our logo shirt, make sure to say hello. The Carnival Court photo set shot last week will be up soon.á

Great Locals Dining Secret (Close Enough For Tourists To Enjoy) – The Blue Martini restaurants of South Florida opened a Las Vegas location earlier this year in Town Square, just 1.5 miles south of Mandalay Bay. Their entire food menu (think a tapas menu with big portions) and all martinis are 1/2 off, 7 days a week from 4-8 PM.á

My pick? Hit Blue Martini for appetizers and a cocktail, then head over to Brio for some amazing Italian food, or Louis’s Las Vegas for southern low-country fare that defines “comfort food.”

Something Fun For 8/8/08: Shemaryah Monique Rothmeyer was born at 8:08 a.m., weighing 8 pounds, 2 ounces on 8.8.08 at Sunrise Children’s Hospital here in Las Vegas. That is pretty cool. PS August 8 is also our own Mark Jacobs birthday, so if you see him at Mint Monday this coming week, wish him a happy belated birthday.

Enjoy This Issue!

Ted Newkirk
CEO/Managing Editor

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


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Featured Review:
Bette Midler’s Is “The People’s Diva” In The Showgirl Must Go On

By Mara M. Mannella

“I am, after all, the People’s Diva!” Yes she is, and it shows in The Showgirl Must Go On taking place at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace. Bette Midler takes the audience on a wild ride through her career, all beginning with her rocky arrival via tornado to the showroom. For 90 minutes the Divine Miss M captivates the audience with a stage presence that is the perfect mix of Vegas glitz and genuine emotion.

Set in a plush and spacious venue, there is plenty to admire before the show even begins. The stage is set for Bette with a large video image of a billboard featuring the star erected in what looks like a rural Las Vegas desert scene.

Click to Read Bette Midler The Showgirl Must Go On Las Vegas Review…


George Wallace Welcomes Jennifer Holliday As Co-Headliner August 19-30 – Singing sensation to perform at the “Best 10 p.m. Show” in Las Vegas. Broadway headliner and two-time Grammy winner Jennifer Holliday will be co-headlining the “Best 10 p.m. Show” in Las Vegas with George Wallace at the Flamingo Hotel, August 19-30, 2008. (Tickets) Jennifer Holliday has been making music for more than twenty years but is remembered most notably for her 1982 hit single “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” Holliday revived the song later when she delivered her show-stealing performance in the musical “Dreamgirls.” Her performance in the Broadway musical “Your Arm’s Too Short to Box with God” was what led to her famous performance in “Dreamgirls,” an adaptation of The Supremes’ saga. Click to Read The Full Story …

From Ow! To Ahhh – Spa Solutions For Stress And Strain – Suffering from BlackBerry thumb? Computer eye? Desk chair strain? Too much work and not enough relaxation can cause a myriad of unwanted kinks, aches and pains, but soothing relief can be just one spa treatment away. MGM Grand Spa’s Hand and Foot Samadhi is ideal for soothing tired soles and strained wrists. The 100-minute Avurvedic treatment, which includes a full Manicure and pedicure, uses aromatherapy oils and herbal crystals to regain balance and harmony.á

The Royal Treatment Spa at Excalibur features a Reflexology Massage perfect for relieving tension. Offered in 25- and 50-minute sessions. the relaxing service uses reflex points in the hands and feet to achieve a respite from stress. At The Spa at The Mirage, the over-worked can indulge in a soothing Relaxation Moor Mud Wrap. The 50-minute experience, legendary for its therapeutic powers, uses several thousand-year-old moor mud to revitalize tired muscles and dull skin.

Tiger Cubs at Play at The Mirage – Siegfried & Ray’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat is the new home of five golden, white-striped and snow-white tiger cubs. Guests are invited to watch these adorable felines, expected to weigh up to 575 pounds each when fully grown, as they pounce and play in a specially built nursery. The cubs can be seen daily from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat also features the Royal White Tigers of Nevada, the White Lions of Timbavati and a family of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.

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Several friends and I just returned from Vegas, and we noticed a trend at many strip casinos. Minimums going up and up for craps. Even Sunday at noon when historically one could find low minimums, casinos had $10 minimum craps tables with no one playing. We went to several casinos that had more than one completely empty $10 table while a smaller casino right next door had $5 tables that you couldn’t get near because so many people were trying to play.á

Are we missing something, or at some point doesn’t it make financial sense to have overflowing $5 tables rather than empty $10 tables? I know that these casinos don’t do anything unless it makes them money, maybe you can have a gaming professional explain how this works for me.á

Thanks,á

Brian from Ocala, Florida

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Ted Responds:

A very valid question. The $5 tables at Casino Royale will be jammed but higher limit tables at the places surrounding it will have soft action.

The problem is that “gambling professionals” no longer call the shots. I remember the days when a Floor Supervisor would glance around at the tables as a way do decide whether to raise or lower limits.

Part of it may that a couple of $10 and up craps players will end up being more profitable than a table full of $5 bettors. The people betting the bigger chips are also likely to have numerous bets in action. The budget bettor isn’t as likely to spread action all over the table.

However, craps (for most people) is more fun on a full table. You think they would take that into account.

It also may be a sign of how many in the gaming industry have forgotten the way things were in Las Vegas for decades: Keep the games and rooms affordable and people will spend all they have. They got spoiled the last few years when they could get away with higher room rates and tighter games.á

The current economy is a wake-up call and I think you will see some operators (especially private owners like the guy who owns The Sahara) really move back into the “old school” way of doing things and will benefit greatly. If they do, corporate Vegas may follow suit.


Myself and my husband are coming to vegas for the first time on the 7th July can you give us any advice? á

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Ted Responds:

You could spend a month in Las Vegas without ever doing the same thing twice, and everyone has different tastes and preferences on what they enjoy. Best advice is to just keep reading this newsletter every week.á

You may also want to check out our back issues for the previous few months. Go to http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com
and scroll down the right-hand sidebar to access archive links (separated by month). Important Note: Lots of great info in our back issues, but they are archives. Some of the material will be out-of-date the farther back you go.


Ted, can you tell me when and where Trans Siberian Orchestra will be playing for the Holiday season? My wife and I will be coming to Las Vegas in November and as of now TSO does not have its schedule out. Any help will be appreciated.

Thanks,

Jim

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Ted Responds:

One of the most common questions we get are inquiries about who is going to be playing many months away. If we have not published the info, we have no clue. We can’t list shows, concerts, or events until we’ve been informed about them.

Many headliner runs are set up late in the year and we’ll them get a pretty extended schedule for them. Concerts are rarely booked and publicized more than a week in advance.

My suggestion to everyone? Check our concert calendar weekly for the dates you are visiting. If looking for when a specific artist will play, watch the newsletter every week and scan through the list of artists.


Hi, Always enjoy reading the newsletter. I just returned from another trip to Vegas. I stayed one night at Harrah’s which was great. I also stayed 3 nights at Marriott Grand Chateau. It was fantastic. These two hotels were so much better than the Imperial Palace from last month’s visit. Harrah’s need to upgrade Imperial Palace immediately!á

I also saw “Jersey Boys” and really enjoyed the music. They could leave out the “F” word and it wouldn’t be missed. I ate at many fantastic restaurants.

Sincerely,

Joan Cornell from Illinois


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  • Jewish New Year September 30
  • Columbus Day October 11-13 (3 day weekend)
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  • Veteran’s Day November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day November 27-30 (4 day weekend)
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  • 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
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  • Mother’s Day May 10
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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – November 07, 2007

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Hello From Las Vegas! Daylightá Savings Time is over and the sun is dipping behind the mountains before 6 PM local time here. The sunsets are still spectacular, just way too early.

Robert Goulet’s funeral will be this Friday and is open to the public. There is also a big push to have the Strip Hotel marquees honor him on Friday. This issue is already way too jammed, so I’ll simply link you to the local news story about it: Marquee tributes urged for Goulet

David Copperfield’s run at the Hollywood Theater (MGM Grand) isn’t presently being affected by his legal troubles. While MGM officials have noted that his contract does have a “moral’s clause” (allowing them to cancel the contract for morally inappropriate behavior), I’m happy to see that Copperfield is pretty much universally being given the benefit of the “innocent until proven guilty” clause that is at the heart of U.S. justice.

It would be different if Copperfield had a long list of run-ins with the law of if obviously damning evidence existed (a video of the alleged offense or similar). Certainly if he is proven guilty, it could put an end to his career. However, I think we are all wising up when it comes to allegations of rape or similar crimes of violence. High profile cases the past couple of years have taught us to keep an open mind until and unless he is convicted.

When is what movie shooting in Las Vegas and how do I spot my favorite star? A common question and one I’ll answer later in the newsletter.

Another Implosion? You know I try to steer far clear of rumor, but we’ve heard from a pretty justifiable source that a certain tropical-themed casino may actually be doing away with one of their towers after all. We’ll be following up and letting you know if we can substantiate it.

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Featured Review: Blush at Wynn Las Vegas

by Harley Van Hyning

A hot new club recently opened at the Wynn over Labor Day weekend. What was once Club Lure, is now Blush! Blush is descriptive in its name. The well-lighted dance floor and illuminous lantern shapes that hang above the dance floor create the intimate vibe of Blush. The dance floor is the centerpiece of the club. It stretches from the entrance all the way back to the open air patio. The dance floor illuminates red lights that glow beneath your feet and the luminous lanterns above come together creating a unique atmosphere. This definitely draws the attention to the dance floor where the life of the party can easily be found. Unlike many dark clubs, Blush illuminates an intimate energy.

Blush has many lounging areas to choose from. You can get a table right along the dance floor with bottle service and be only a step away from the party. If you want to have a comfortable distance from the dance floor and still view the party, there are tables in a sensual booth-like setting. The open air patio in the rear of Blush offers a view of the sky and fresh air if a breather is needed.

Blush is not a large club, but packs a great nightlife experience! One great thing about Blush is the very accessible bar. The bar takes over the left side of the club allowing lots of room to comfortably order your beverage. Unlike a much larger nightclub such as, Pure, Blush is much smaller. Nightclub operator Sean Christie described it perfectly as “the boutique nightclub”. The name and experience are unique in itself and a must when in Las Vegas!

Harley Van Hyning is a graduate of the University of West Florida with interests in marketing, communications, and surfing (not in that order). He’s currently the host of Destin Florida Podcast.


Country Superstar George Strait Returns To MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, February 2, 2008 – Multi-platinum-selling country superstar George Strait returns to Las Vegas for a Big Game weekend performance live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008. (Tickets) The in-the-round concert, allowing him to perform to all sides of the arena throughout his show, is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Singer and songwriter Josh Turner also is scheduled to perform as the evening’s special guest. During his 2007 arena tour, Strait continued his streak of sold-out shows while setting attendance records. Click to Read The Full Story …

Larry G Jones.com The Man of 1002 Voices Show – Medicine For The soul: Military, Fire, And Police Get Month+ Of Free Vegas Show Tickets – ‘Larry G Jones û The Man of 1002 Voices Show’, is offering free tickets to his Singing Impressionist-Comedy performances in his Las Vegas showroom for our men and women in uniform now through at least Dec. 10, 2007! (Tickets and Offer Info) (Including all army, navy, air force, marines, coast guard, reserves, law enforcement, and firemen) “Everyone loves to laugh; people need it today more than ever! It’s good for your health! Our Veterans deserve more than just one day for special benefits, I’m finally in a position to give back something to them,” Jones said. Click to Read The Full Story …

Siegfried & Roy Take Big Strides For Opportunity Village’s 2007 Las Vegas Great Santa Run – Magicians Of The Century Encourage Runners To Participate In The 5k Race And Sign Up With Team Siegfried & Roy – Siegfried & Roy and Opportunity Village unite forces for the second year in a row in an attempt to break the World Record for the Largest Santa Gathering at the third annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007. Siegfried & Roy serve as Honorary Team Captains for the 2007 event, giving participants a chance to be a part of something truly magical during the season of giving. The Las Vegas Great Santa Run is a fundraising effort benefiting Opportunity Village and serves as a light, spirited warm-up run for participants in the Las Vegas Marathon the following day. Click to Read The Full Story …

Famed illusionist Hans Klok Unveils Magical Good Luck Tiki As He Welcomes New Trader Vic’s Restaurant To Las Vegas – To mark the opening of the Polynesian-themed Trader Vic’s restaurant, famed illusionist, Hans Klok, performed a magical welcoming gesture. With the aid of his beautiful divas, the world’s fastest magician conjured a tiki as part of his renowned fire-spikes illusion. The hand-carved tiki stands 6-feet tall by 3-feet wide and was unveiled on stage at the Planet Hollywood Theatre for the Performing Arts. Click to Read The Full Story …

Fremont Street Experience Lights Up Red, White and Blue When It Hosts The Annual Patriot Party November 10 and 11 – Las Vegas’ famed Fremont Street Experience invites all to come out and salute America with a weekend of free concerts and a Veterans Day parade. The festivities include an exciting line-up of renowned Air Force performers and headline acts by country music stars David Lee Murphy and Halfway To Hazard. The Patriot Party kicks off an all-American good time when the Singing Sergeants take to the stage at the 1st Street intersection between Binion’s and the Golden Nugget. Click to Read The Full Story …

Vegas To Receive Fresh Selection Of Designer Wares At Exclusive Shopping Experience – Fashion Elements Brings Hottest Los Angeles Designers To Las Vegas For One-Day Event Sunday, December 2 – Fashion Elements, an exclusive designer shopping experience showcasing the hottest new and established designers, is bringing the event to Las Vegas from Southern California for the first time on Sunday, December 2. The one-day only event features current overstock from more than 30 designers at discounts of up to 60% off retail prices. Fashionistas will not want to miss out on an unbelievable selection of designer clothing, jewelry, accessories and beauty items. Click to Read The Full Story …



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Hint: Click on the photo to see photos of Las Vegas At Dusk

This was a picture that I took on the bridge between MGM and NYNY.

Sami Forrest, Rosemount, MN


I applaud your article on the cab situation in Vegas. On our last trip there we went to a restaurant off the strip that had been recommended by Rachel Ray on her food program. We took a cab over from our strip hotel in the early afternoon and really enjoyed the restaurant and it’s friendly staff and good food.

The problem came in the return trip. The restaurant called a cab for us and we were told a cab would be there in twenty minutes. Fourty-five minutes later and still no cab came. We tried to no avail for twenty more minutes to hail a cab and decided to walk to Sam’s Town which was a considerable distance away. As we were walking we tried to hail a cab and finally a very nice cab driver heading in the opposite direction turned around and picked us up right after we started walking.

If I had known we were going to have this much problem we would never have ventured off the strip. This was my 21st trip to Vegas and really wanted to try the hidden gems of Vegas as presented on TV. Needless to say I was disappointed. Too bad these establishments are not able to attract tourist business because of the messed up cab situation.

Keep up the good work!! I really enjoy your newsletter.

Michael T. Lewis
Indiana

Ted Responds:

Michael is referring to my comments about the local cab drivers in our August 22, 2007 Issue. We did receive a very well written rebuttal by a cab driver that we will give adequate time to in the future. But the bottom line is this: Cabbie issues continue to be the #1 complaint we get from readers year after year after year. This isn’t about me being on a soapbox. This is an ongoing, real issue that needs to be addressed.


We are going to be in Vegas. Can you please tell me if there are going to be any films being made at this time or TV shows being taped. We’d love to see that in person.

Thank you,

Darlene

Ted Responds:

Film and TV companies go out of their way to keep their shooting schedules under wraps. The last thing they usually want are crowd control problems or having to pay for additional security. Although long shots, there are two ways to try to catch shoots in action:

  1. Check the paper each day. Sometimes Norm Clarke will have a tip about a pending shoot in his daily column. Also, every Friday you can check a column called Shooting Stars. It will often have tips about what is headed to town to shoot, and sometimes locations and details.
  2. Get lucky. I’ve happened to be downtown a couple different times when a made-for-TV movie was being shot. I was downtown late one evening when they were shooting the Puff Daddy and Mase video Feel So Good (YouTube Link) and enjoyed watching it for a couple hours. I’ve also seen a couple of car commercials shot downtown that I later saw on national TV.

    I played craps next to Matt Sorum of Guns and Roses a few years ago at the Hard Rock, and it is pretty usual to spot 80’s metal stars (and local residents) Vince Neil and Kevin Dubrow around town. A few weeks ago, friend and business partner Harley Van Hyning (see the Blush write-up in this issue) spotted rapper Lil Jon at The Mirage.

    I think the most notable was one evening when I was at the (now shuttered) Klondike at the very south end of The Strip having one of their infamous cheap meal specials. Movie crews were setting up for scenes from Vegas Vacation. These were the scenes where Clark Griswold plays (and loses) at all those crazy casino table games no one has ever heard of.

I could go on and on, but the bottom line is just to keep your eyes open. Celeb spotting is easier than one might guess, especially in some of the more trendy hotels.


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  • New Year’s Eve-Day December 29 – January 1 (4 day weekend – New Years on Tuesday)

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – June 7, 2006

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Hello From Las Vegas! A very lucky lady won the latest Megabucks jackpot and is now over $20 million richer. I donated a few dollars myself to that pile of cash by playing a little as the number rose … but without the same luck. Oh well .. .there is always next time!

Maxim Hotel and Casino? You’ve probably heard that the men’s magazine Maxim (along with partners) are going to spend $1.2 billion to build a hotel-condo just north of Circus Circus but they don’t plan to open until 2010. In this week’s streaming broadcast/podcast I’ll tell you what is wrong with this picture plus all the other hot news:

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

July 4 Fireworks On The Strip? – The Stratosphere has announced they will again be shooting fireworks off for the Independence Day holiday. However, July 4 falls on a Tuesday this year, so they are doing it on July 2, 2006. If you can scam Monday off of work, join us all in Las Vegas for a fireworks fantastic four day weekend!

Enjoy This Issue!



Retired Woman Wins $20.5 Million Megabucks Jackpot At The Cannery – A 64-year-old Las Vegas retiree won a Megabucks slot jackpot worth $20,519,025 today at the Cannery Casino & Hotel in North Las Vegas. It was the second Megabucks winner the Cannery has had in the last nine months. Elmer Sherwin won his second Megabucks jackpot — the only person ever to win it twice — at the Cannery in September 2005. Click to Read Full Story …

Blue Man Group at Venetian Las Vegas

Reviewed May 2006
by Nancy Hruska

blue man group venetian las vegas hotels showsWhy are the people in the front row wearing plastic covering over their clothes? Why is there an oversized DNA strand on stage? What are those brass figures in each corner of the showroom? These peculiar embellishments aren’t often found in top of the line Vegas entertainment so curiosity is peaked by even the most sedated audience members.

Far before the world renowned Blue Man Group show’s curtain slides, those waiting for God only knows what, share the same questioning cocked head…what in the world?…what on earth are they going to do with that? And this disorientation, this vacation from the norm, is exactly what the show celebrates: curiosity, experimentation, and the human condition. These three endearing blue men explore the world through witty comical and even thoughtful outbursts that can’t help but capture the hearts of everyone. Click to Read Complete Review

Siegfried & Roy To Be Honored At Golden Rainbow’s 20th Annual “Ribbon Of Life” Production Show – For the past 20 years, the entertainment community has rallied to Golden Rainbow’s mission of supporting Las Vegans with and affected by HIV/AIDS. In that time, two entertainers have donated more of their time and money in support of Golden Rainbow û the legendary Siegfried & Roy. Click to Read The Full Story …

“American Idol” Hopeful Trenyce Becomes Idolized In Las Vegas With A Headlining Role In “V” – Trenyce, Season 2 Finalist, Signs Multi-Week Engagement To Star In “V” The Ultimate Variety Show. Trenyce leaves no doubt she is ready to take on Las Vegas in one of the most popular productions in the city. The extremely gifted vocalist and “American Idol” finalist, will open as the headliner in “V” the Ultimate Variety Show on Tuesday, May 23rd. Trenyce was a second season finalist on Fox’s smash hit “American Idol” in 2003. She placed in the top five along side Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard. She is the first “American Idol” finalist to emerge as a headliner in a major Las Vegas production. Click to Read The Full Story …

Tao Las Vegas Wins Accolades at the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association Awards – Nightclub and Bistro Awarded “Best Nightclub” and “Best Fusion Restaurant.” Tao, Las Vegas’ most sought-after nightclub and dining venue, won awards for “Best Nightclub” and “Best Fusion Restaurant” in Las Vegas from the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association (SNHCA). The winners are chosen by the 100 members of the SNHCA, representing more than 40,000 hotel rooms and 19 properties. Members take into consideration when voting the quality of the cuisine, the service standards of the staff, the ambiance and the overall working relationship and level of support that each Concierge has experienced. Click to Read The Full Story …

I Say Soccer, You Say Futbol, Let’s Call The Whole Thing On! – World Cup Soccer (Futbol), the most prestigious sporting event in the world, begins Friday, June 9. Thirty two teams that have survived qualifying will compete for the world title in Germany. The Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook is ready, with odds available to win the title, each group, and each individual game and total now on its wagering boards. Because of the time difference, most games will be played early in the morning (Pacific Time) and each one will be on the big screens in the Hilton SuperBook. Some of the favorites include defending champion Brazil at 9-4, the host country, Germany, at 6-1, the popular Mexican national team, 25-1, and the USA a hefty 30-1. The final game will be played Sunday, July 9 in Berlin.

A Ship Notorious For Never Completing Her Maiden Voyage Sets Sail A Third Time For Las Vegas – The Tropicana Resort & Casino Is Pleased To Bring Back Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition For A Limited Engagement. Due to its tremendous previous success, the Tropicana Resort & Casino is pleased to announce the return of Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, opening May 26 for a limited engagement. The Exhibition has been re-designed for Las Vegas with a focus on her compelling human stories as best told through more than 300 new artifacts and more extensive room re-creations. Click to Read The Full Story …

Would You Like Something In A Manilow? – The expanded Manilow retail store at the Las Vegas Hilton debuted last Saturday, with Barry himself joining the staff at 6 p.m. for a champagne toast and a meet and greet. Barry also posed for photos. The expanded store offers (in addition to the previously popular items such as Barry bobble heads and Manilow calendars and towels) the new M Line of fragrances, which includes a womanÆs perfume, unisex cologne, and candles for the home. The fresh M Line will also introduce a new section for M Line Wine, which will include Cabernet, Zinfandel and Pinot Grigio wines as well as glassware, wine chocolates and accessories. And just in case fans still want more, the M Line will bring in to the Manilow Store a number of new pieces of jewelry. Barry Manilow Tickets

Ex-Las Vegas $hoe$hine Girl Shines Joins ‘Crazy Girls’ At Riviera – Dancer Summer Ferguson Joins Cast Of “Las Vegas’ Sexiest Topless Revue” – Summer Ferguson is the newest addition to the famous “Crazy Girls” revue at the Riviera Hotel & Casino. The 5-foot-9-inch tall dancer said, “My mom and aunt were both Lakers’ girls at the time when Paula Abdul was a cheerleader too. For two years I worked as a shoeshine girl and once a computer software inventor tipped me $2,500. I guess I did a pretty good job. Click to Read The Full Story …

Miracle Mile Shops Unveiled As New Name For The Shops In Desert Passage – Renovation Plans Include Modernized Interior And Exterior; Additional Brand-Name Retailers. It’s a new name and a new look for The Shops in Desert Passage at the Aladdin. Boulevard Invest, the joint venture of Tri Star Capital and RFR Holding, and owners of The Shops in Desert Passage, revealed the shopping center’s re-branding as the Miracle Mile Shops in conjunction with the previously announced exterior and interior reconstruction throughout the center. The renovation is expected to be completed in 2007. Click to Read The Full Story …

Lisa Loeb Computer Wallpaper – No … Lisa Loeb isn’t the latest signing a mega-deal to perform regularly on the Las Vegas Strip. But she is performing July 3, 2006 at a poolside concert at the Suncoast Hotel and Casino. Tickets are $25 plus tax and can be purchased by phone at 702-636-7075. To commemorate the event, Lisa Loeb fans (or anybody who simply thinks she is cute) are welcome to click and download Lisa Loeb Computer Wallpaper

Gambling Talk: Where Are The Hot Slots? – with Victor H. Royer. I have written 18 books on casino games and gaming, and over the past 20 years have written hundreds of various magazine articles. The question I am asked more often than any other is that one: So, where are the hot slots? In order to find the really HOT slots, you must first learn a few things about the slot machines that you will find in these casinos. Click to Read Complete Article

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – New Year’s Eve 1994 TV News Recap (Historical Video) See what Las Vegas New Years looked like in the mid-90’s from the perspective of local Las Vegas TV news stations. How times have changed! New Year’s Eve 1994 TV News Recap Video: Broadband

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: MGM Grand – When you arrive at the MGM Grand, you will be immediately struck by the hotel’s splendor, as well as the pulsation of the Vegas strip. Not only is the MGM Grand located on the strip. It is on one of the famous four corners, probably the most exciting intersection in the world. When you’ve been awed by the splendor of the MGM Grand, you will discover the finest gaming, shopping, dining, and entertainment within a short distance of your hotel room.



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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – May 17, 2006

In This Issue: Toni Braxton New Flamingo Headliner, Tropicana Sold, Playmate Autograph Signing, Blue Man Group Launches New Album, Siegfried & Roy To Receive Medals, Headlights & Tailpipes At Stardust, Celebrity Impersonators Convention, Le Reve Photos, more ….

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Hello From Las Vegas! Just as Celine joined the ranks of permanent Las Vegas headliners so she could be home every night to raise her child, Toni Braxton is doing the same with her new “permanent headliner” status at The Flamingo where she replaces Aretha Franklin.

After a fierce bidding war, The Tropicana has finally been sold. Just as I have predicted repeatedly in our free streaming broadcast/podcast (click to listen to all archives), the Trop is going to be around for a while. New owners Columbia Sussex Corp. hint at quite a bit of construction and upgrading, but no plans to implode and start over.

This is great news for budget travelers who have enjoyed the hotel’s great location and lower priced rooms. For those of you that prefer more upscale accommodations, don’t worry: Las Vegas has about 40,000 hot, new high-end rooms coming online in the next 4-5 years.

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Book Signing – Our good friend Brian Rouff, author of the best-selling Las Vegas novels “Dice Angel and “Money Shot,” will be signing books at Rejavanate Coffee Lounge, 3300 E. Flamingo Road, on Sunday, June 4, from 2 – 5 PM (Google Maps link). These are two great books. If you have a copy, stop by and get it signed. If you don’t, these are required Las Vegas based fiction reading.

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Toni Braxton The Flamingo’s New Headliner – Six time Grammy award winner Toni Braxton will soon be headlining at The Flamingo. The 37 year old R&B singer starts performing there August 3. She replaces long-time crooner Wayne Newton who wraps up his headlining run in the Flamingo Showroom next month. Click to Read The Full Story … (plus streaming video from KVBC Las Vegas).

Tropicana owner agrees to be sold to Columbia Sussex for $2.75 billion – Kentucky-based Columbia Sussex Corp. became the apparent winner of the two-month long bidding war for control of Aztar Corp. on Friday. The president of the privately held company, however, said he won’t be so quick to shut down the prize of the $2.75 billion deal, the Tropicana Las Vegas. Click to Read The Full Story …

Palms Casino Resort Hosts Playboy’s Hollywood Comedy Tour And June 2006 Playmate, Stephanie Larimore, Signs Autographs – Playboy Magazine’s June 2006 Centerfold, Stephanie Larimore will introduce Playboy’s Hollywood Comedy Tour on Saturday, June 10 and Saturday, June 17, in The Lounge at the Palms Casino Resort. Show times are 8:00 and 10:30 p.m. Meet and greet and autograph signing prior to the shows from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Palms Casino Resort is hosting Playboy’s Hollywood Comedy Tour on June 10 and 17, 2006 featuring the following: Click to Read The Full Story …

Siegfried & Roy To Receive Ellis Island Medals Of Honor – Famed illusionists Siegfried & Roy will accept their Ellis Island Medals of Honor recognizing their remarkable commitment to entertainment and conservation. The ceremony will be held Saturday, May 13, 2006 on Ellis Island. While their run of legendary performances on the Las Vegas Strip has ended, they remain the world’s most iconic entertainment figures whose work in charity and conservation continues as strongly as ever. Click to Read The Full Story …

Blue Man Group Launches New Album Live At The Venetian — Las Vegas In June – Blue Man Group Records will release Live at The Venetian Las Vegas in June 2006, with the single and video for “Rods and Cones” available in advance of the full album. Inspired by music industry advancements in distribution, the critically acclaimed Blue Man Group will digitally release the new live recording of their ongoing Las Vegas production at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino on iTunes. Click to Read The Full Story …

Playboy Playmates Lauren Anderson and Barbara Moore Featured in “Headlights & Tailpipes” at the Stardust Resort & Casino – ValCom, Inc. announces the inclusion of two Playboy Playmates, Lauren Anderson and Barbara Moore, in the red-hot adult revue, “Headlights & Tailpipes” at the Stardust Resort & Casino. The Playboy Playmates will heat up the stage in a show that beautifully celebrates fast cars, motorcycles and women. Click to Read The Full Story and Ticket Info …

Wanted In Las Vegas: More British Business – British vacationers have for years crossed the Atlantic to trade London fog for a brief run of Las Vegas sun and fun. And now that England’s leisure travel connection is thriving locally, Las Vegas leaders hope the buttoned-down lot of British businessmen and businesswomen will soon chart a similar course. Click to Read The Full Story …

Celebrity Impersonators Turn Heads in Las Vegas Imperial Palace Hosts 6th Annual Convention of Look-Alikes – Dean Martin is at the bar with cigar-chomping George Burns. Rodney Dangerfield laments how he gets no respect and Judy Garland belts out a chorus of “Swanee.” Double-take. Times four. Are you now suddenly a ghost whisperer? A person with The Sixth Sense? No, you’ve just seen some of the look-alikes attending the 6th annual Celebrity Impersonators Convention Sunday, May 28, to Wednesday, May 31, at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino. Click to Read The Full Story …

Pass This One Around – The Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook recently posted their ever popular NFL games of the year. This includes all the Sunday night, Monday night, and other marquee match-ups throughout the entire season. The SuperBook also posted the entire first week’s schedule just a month ago. More than 95 games were posted early. “This gives our guests the opportunity to wager on a particular game even though they might not be in Las Vegas on game day,” says Jay Kornegay, executive director of the Superbook.

These lines will remain open for wagering throughout the entire season with the SuperBook staff updating them every Sunday once the season starts. In this case, maybe the early bird does get the worm.

Staggering Teacher Shortage in Clark County (Las Vegas) – The teacher shortage in Clark County has reached staggering levels and now the school district is pleading for help. As of this week, the district has made more than 1,200 offers, more than 500 accepted. But even so, the school district believes they may start the next school year with more than a thousand vacancies. Click to Read The Full Story …

Gambling Talk: Video Slots – Regis’ Cash Club – with Victor H. Royer. It had to happen as well. “Mr. Showbiz” has his own slot machine. And what a game it is. Not only is this game a progressive, but it combines a multi-line reel slot machine with a video slot machine and video bonus screens – four bonus screens, to be exact! Plus, of course, the progressive jackpot which starts at a respectably “cool” $1 million. The machine itself is very tall and very distinctive and you can’t miss it. Here’s how the game works: Click to Read Complete Article

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – Steve Wynn Talks About The Vision To Build Bellagio (1994) Dunes implosion highlights with Steve Wynn talking about the plans to build Bellagio Las Vegas (originally planned to be named Beau Rivage) on New Year’s Eve 1994-1995 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Special appearance by Siegfried and Roy. Steve Wynn Talks About The Vision To Build Bellagio (1994) Video: Broadband (only)

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: Le Reve – An aquatic spectacular performed in a domed theater in the round, Le Reve Las Vegas. A small collection of imperfect dreams, is the first of its kind in Las Vegas. Uniquely intimate and spectacularly personal, no seat is more than 40 feet from the action. The show is a completely new form of staging and artistic performance, where the theater and water are alive with a translucent energy.


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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – March 24, 2004

Featured Story:
Las Vegas At Dusk: New Photos

Also In This Issue: Newkirk’s Notes, Major Concerts Including Madonna, Rush, Christina Aguilera, Gypsy Kings, Golf Vacations, Cinco De Mayo Boxing, more …
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Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello from Las Vegas! I’m under the weather, so we’ll be skipping my commentary this week, but still plenty to see and read, including some stunning new photos. Plus …

Important Reader Update – Last week, most of you didn’t receive your copy of this newsletter due to a technical glitch.

Don’t just sit there! Last week’s issue was jam-packed with all kinds of new and exclusive information. Before you read this issue, click now to read last week’s issue in our archives! Reminder, you can read all our archives from day one at our newsletter home page.

Other than that, the monorail has been delayed until hell freezes over (or until early summer, which is hot as hell here), Roy (Siegfried and Roy) Horn keeps improving, and Binion’s is close to re-opening. Enjoy last week’s issue then scroll down for News – Events – Concerts and some incredible new Las Vegas photos.


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The past couple of weeks have been exceptionally nice here in Las Vegas for March Madness and Spring Break. We took the opportunity to enjoy the sunset on separate days from both the Stratosphere Tower and Voodoo Lounge at The Rio.

If you like the above photo, treat yourself to plenty more in our Las Vegas At Dusk photo gallery. When you get there, simply click on one of the small (thumbnail) photos to see the full size version. Under any full-size version, click “Send As Postcard” to share with family or friends!

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – February 11, 2004

Featured Story:
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Also In This Issue – February 12, 2004: Newkirk’s Notes, NASCAR Las Vegas, NFL vs. Vegas, Ray Horn Update, Casino Merger, Donald Trump Licensed, Free Streaming Golf Lessons, more …

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

Hello from Las Vegas! I’m proud to announce a second newsletter coming in the next week or two. Trying to put everything in this one is walking too crazy of a tightrope.

Some of you want to hear every rumor, all the dirt, be informed right away about specials and events and similar. Others might find that overkill, and are very happy with getting the basics every week or two so you can plan a better vacation without being overwhelmed.

We’ll soon announce the new newsletter which will be much shorter, a little more edgy (opinion and commentary), and delivered almost daily. Current subscribers will not automatically be put on the new list. We’ll tell you how to get signed on when we debut it.

Lots Of Excitement – happening with plenty of great headliners on the way over the next few weeks:

Everybody stops and plays in Las Vegas. What a great excuse for a trip and the excitement of your favorite headliner or band here in Sin City! Click to our Concert Calendar for complete listings.

NASCAR Las Vegas – If you don’t know what “Boogity, Boogity, Boogity” means, skip to the next story. If you do, we are getting revved up for race weekend March 5-7. If you don’t get off your duff and decide to go now, you can deal with the pangs of watching it on TV while viewing all the special Las Vegas excitement that comes to our Nextel Cup race.

We have a limited number of tickets, packages (ticket and hotel to guarantee you are set), and special hotel deals for those already with tickets. Click to our complete NASCAR Las Vegas 2004 page. Me? I was a Rusty Wallace #2 fan until hometown guy Kurt Busch #97 hit the Cup. Gotta like #77 Brendan Gaughn, another hometown guy. One of the sales guys here lives and dies with the #20 Tony Stewart.

Remember, you can bet on the race every week at all the sports books, including betting the Las Vegas race before you go watch it live. Hot spots to watch all races? NASCAR Cafe at the The Sahara (of course) and Brendan’s Irish Pub, a large pub in The Orleans. The pub was named after casino magnate Michael Gaughn’s son Brendan. Same guy driving the Kodak #77 now.

No Fun League – The NFL pulled the plug on many Las Vegas Superbowl parties. This is part of a long-standing feud between the league and Las Vegas. They won’t let the Convention Authority (LVCVA) buy ads on the Superbowl broadcasts, claiming distance from gambling. (The proposed ad highlighted Las Vegas as a resort destination and did not mention gaming).

Taking it one step further, they sent legal letters to shut down many of the Superbowl parties, claiming copyright violation if the game is shown on a screen bigger than 55″. The Palms was going to show it in one of their movie theatres! The NFL also had a reported problem with hotels charging for admission to these parties.

Reality check: The game was on free broadcast TV and one could watch it for all over every casino for free: Sports books, bars, and some casinos had TV’s set up in gaming areas. The charge for the special parties covered food, booze, bikini girls, pro player appearances and similar arranged by the hotel for party attendees.

What’s next? The NFL won’t let you invite a few guys over to watch Monday night football if everybody is giving you a few bucks to take care of the food and booze for the evening? We got even. The LVCVA bought non-network time during the game in major markets like L.A., Dallas, Chicago, and others!

Roy Horn Update – Roy (Siegfried and Roy) Horn reportedly took a couple steps over the past weekend. We wish him well in his continuing recovery.

Huge Casino Merger – Boyd Gaming (Stardust, Main Street Station, Sam’s Town, etc.) merged with Coast Casinos (Barbary Coast, Gold Coast, Orleans, Suncoast) to form a major player in casino gambling. Coast will be operated as a subsidiary with Michael Gaughn continuing as the CEO, so don’t expect any major changes right away.

The power of the combined companies does clear the way for the Stardust to be expanded into a mega-resort without significant outside financing.

With Wynn Las Vegas being built across the street from Fashion Show mall (between Treasure Island and Stardust), we may see the “hot” part of The Strip moving back north after being concentrated at the south end of The Strip for the past few years.

Trump Licensed – The Donald got his ticket to run a gaming operation here in Las Vegas. No specifics yet, but he is also hinting at a Trump Tower. Not a bad move in a city where Turnberry (and Turnberry style) high end residential towers are sprouting up. (And I’m just one Megabucks pull away from buying one, damn it)!

Streaming Video Golf Lessons Part 7: Shadow Golf – 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 7 – Shadow Golf. Click To View All Streaming Lessons


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Featured Story:
David Brenner

Our not-so-young-anymore readers will remember David Brenner as the innovative comedian who made a record 158 guest appearances on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. Our “just turned 21” readers are probably going “someone hosted the Tonight Show before Jay Leno?”David Brenner was an inovator in observational comedy (“I read in the news the other day …”) and hasn’t lost his touch. His show should be required viewing for up-and-coming comedians.

Brenner has settled in for a year-long stint at the new Westin Casuarina, taking time off from the road to be with his family (a la Celine Dion) but it hasn’t slowed his work ethic. He combs the newspapers, cable news, reality shows, and just about everything else in news and pop culture assuring that his show has punch, is up-to-date, and doesn’t let up.

I won’t give away the jokes, and I couldn’t because you never see the same show twice. But I will tell you that I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time, literally being brought to tears twice!

This is a chance to see a famous legend still in his prime, and well worth the (very) short trip down Flamingo Road to the Westin Casuarina. (The Westin is closer to Bellagio than The Rio and Palms are, although in the opposite direction from The Strip).

Brenner is not a dirty comic but occasionally uses adult language to punctuate a point. I’d probably suggest 16 and over to view the show. The only people who should avoid it are those clueless about current events. If you don’t live in a cave somewhere, you’ll probably enjoy Brenner.

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February 12, 2004 ISSN: 1529-2770 About Us

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 28, 2004

Featured Story:
Lawry’s The Prime Rib

Also In This Issue – January 28, 2004: Newkirk’s Notes, Best Kept Secret – Flamingo Wildlife Habitat , Roy Horn Update, Free Streaming Golf Lessons, Super Bowl Parties, Martin Nievera, NASCAR Las Vegas, more

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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.

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

Hello from Las Vegas! Highs this next week will be in the 60’s (F) and the cold and snow in much of the US doesn’t look like it is letting up soon. Can’t say I’d trade places with those of you snow and icebound, but this is a great time to get away to Las Vegas and warm up.

Our pick for the best Super Bowl party this Sunday? AladdinÆs Big Game Party features gorgeous Hawaiian Tropic models, a chance to win $100,000, giveaways … oh, the game on huge screens.

Valentine’s Day – is right around the corner. Easy for us guys to forget (hey, Super Bowl is on tap, NASCAR is starting … ) and if you didn’t measure up last year, take her to Vegas this year and all will be forgiven. Plus, it falls on a Saturday so the odds are you have the day off.

Rooms aren’t going to be cheap on short notice, so use our expert advice that we give for New Year’s Eve bookings to nail that Valentines room in Vegas. She’ll be the envy of her friends (and you get to go to Vegas)!

Best Kept Secret – Flamingo Wildlife Habitat is among the best kept secrets in Las Vegas … and it is free! Home to a flock of live Chilean Flamingos, African penguins, swans, ducks, Koi, and turtles populating the grounds, this is a favorite of ours to unwind or take someone for a romantic walk. The carefully tended gardens, tropical plants, and waterfalls are amazing.

You can find the habitat at the Flamingo Las Vegas by heading back in the direction of the buffet. As noted, this is free and open to the public. Not visiting soon (or want a sneak peek before you get here)? Click to view our Flamingo Wildlife Habitat photos!

Roy Horn Update – Roy (Siegfried and Roy) Horn is progressing very well, according to Las Vegas gossip columnist Norm. Click to read the details

Speaking of … word is that Siegfried and Roy will be replaced with a Cirque Du Soleil show. That combined with the Cirque style show Celine Dion – A New Day and a Cirque style show scheduled for Wynn Las Vegas, and the one soon to come online at the MGM Grand will bring this unique show style to seven different venues.

Will supply outstrip demand? Probably not as these unique, high-end productions are sensory delights that make a lifetime impression. If you get a chance to see Cirque du Soleil shows O, Mystere, or Zumanity, grab it. Tickets are constantly in high demand.

NASCAR Weekend – Las Vegas NASCAR Nextel and Busch ticket packages including great seats and first-class hotels, plus our insider transportation tips to get you to the speedway quickly! Click for Las Vegas NASCAR Weekend DetailsSuper Bowl Parties Updates – Many of the hotels throw lavish Super Bowl parties, and if you can’t make it to Houston, you need to be in Las Vegas on Feb. 1, 2004. Check out the growing list of Las Vegas Super Bowl Parties.

Martin Nievera – Word is out that this Philippine-born entertainer is singing up a storm downtown at the Golden Nugget. We had to miss the press preview(I had the flu) but look forward to seeing him soon. In the meantime, don’t pass up this talented entertainer bringing back a taste of “old Vegas” with a new touch. Click for Martin Nievera show info

Streaming Video Golf Lessons Part 6: Impact – 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 6 – Impact. Click To View All Streaming Lessons


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Featured Story:
Lawry’s The Prime Rib

By Barbara Hendricks and Robert Waller

Lawry’s The Prime Rib is at first glance an elegant, simple and well known eating establishment. Located on Las Vegas’ famed “restaurant row” just a mile from The Strip, Lawry’s dramatic Art Deco design, rich woods and vibrant colors welcome you into a setting that has an extraordinary feeling of warmth and elegance.

The dÚcor is tasteful but doesn’t scream snobbery. The staff is very well trained and many have been with the company for decades. Their helpful nature and hospitable attitude defines the culture that is Lawry’s.

Let’s talk about the food. Wow! Bring your appetite. Good size proportions, and the entire menu from salads to entrees, and (of course) deserts are excellent.

Click to read the full review


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For comments or questions regarding Las Vegas, our content, or this newsletter write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected]. Include your city — we have readers worldwide!

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All contents copyright 2003 Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
January 28, 2004 ISSN: 1529-2770 About Us

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.

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

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

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

For comments or questions regarding Las Vegas, our content, or this newsletter write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected]. Include your city — we have readers worldwide!

Live From Las Vegas,

Ted Newkirk

CEO
Senior Content Editor
http://www.accessvegas.com

New to the list? Click Here for back issues and subscription info. Don’t hesitate to forward this newsletter to friends and associates.

Attention Travel Agents: Tired of fighting the airlines and internet travel eroding your business? Let us help! What if you were guaranteed respectable commissions on not just hotels, but shows, tours, golf, dining and more? Not just in Vegas, but resorts across the US including Hawaii!No starting costs, maintenance fees, or minimums. Oh, and we won’t steal your customers. Our “customer for life” policy guarantees you get paid even if they book direct, time after time. Email us now: [email protected] Subject line Travel Agent, include your name and phone number. We’ll get the details right to you.

All contents copyright 2003 Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
December 3, 2003 ISSN: 1529-2770 About Us

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – October 15, 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.

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

Featured Story:
Dueling Piano Twins At Harrah’s

Also In This Issue – Oct. 15, 2003: Newkirk’s Notes, Hot Rod Grille, Lance Burton Surprise, Zumanity Streaming Video

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

Hello from Las Vegas! Glad to report that Roy (Siegfried and Roy) Horn is stable and recovering. Medical news is limited, and he will have a long road to recovery, but things seem to look positive.

Been a fun week here! We enjoyed the opening of the Hot Rod Grille in Henderson, which drew a variety of revelers including The Amazing Jonathan, La Cage star Frank Marino, the ever-present Monti Rock, and a host of local celebs.

Wednesday night none other than Lance Burton turned up to see Twin Keys (see feature story) at Harrah’s La Playa Lounge. He signed a couple autographs, we said hello, and he settled in to enjoy the evening.

Soon after, two birthday girls got the special treatment as they sat on the baby grand pianos while all the men in the room were summoned to come to the state, get down on bended knee, and sing You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling a la Top Gun. Just part of the fun and wackiness of a dueling pianos show! Little did these lucky ladies know that one of their serenaders was Lance, down on a knee singing and having fun with everyone else.

Lance will be on Hollywood Squares the first week of December, and we’ll remind you as it gets closer.

Hot Rod Grille – just opened in the Hot Rod Plaza in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson and features:

  • Dining area designed in garage deco theme with elevated red and white vinyl booths and freestanding tables.
  • Bar features video poker, replicas of cars from American Graffiti, and a mural of a street scene car chase.
  • More than 30 televisions including five 61-inch big screens, including one imbedded in an authentic ’62 candy-apple red convertible Cadillac.
  • Restaurant interior is adorned with artwork by race car artist Kenny Youngblood.
  • Room for more than 200 cars for special events including Rod Runs and Cruise-ins.

Menu: Catering to every appetite, Hot Rod Grille features a variety of appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches, breakfast items, pizza, pastas, steak, seafood, and more. Executive Chef Charles Gruber has served as noted chef at a number of top Las Vegas resort properties.

Hours: 24/7 (hey, this is Las Vegas). Breakfast is served 7 AM – 1 PM, lunch from 11 AM – 3 PM, and dinner from 5 PM – 10 PM. A special menu offering appetizers and sandwiches is available at all other times.

Hot Rod Grille is easy to find at 1231 American Pacific Drive, Henderson, NV not far from Green Valley Ranch, Sunset Station and other Green Valley area attractions. Click to read more about this hot new spot.

World Series Tickets – If you can’t be here in Las Vegas to bet on the series, why not treat yourself to attending one of the actual games? Our certified ticket broker has some surprisingly affordable tickets that will let you say “I was there!”

Video Spotlight – We are always adding new streaming video to our All Vegas TV site, over 100 Las Vegas videos to date! This week, we feature video of the new Zumanity – Another Side of Cirque Du Soleil. Enjoy a streaming video peak at this adult Cirque du Soleil experience: Dial-Up or Broadband


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

Click To Read Latest News:

Roy Horn (Siegfried and Roy) Update:

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


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Featured Story:
Dueling Piano Twins At Harrah’s

Twin Keys is the only all-female dueling pianos show in the world. Even more amazing is that Twin Keys is identical twins blazing on identical grand pianos!

The twins, Kimberley and Tamara Pinegar, take the stage and have you laughing and singing along in no time. In keeping with the tradition of the ôdueling pianosö genre, the show is a high-energy, all-request, rocking, sing-along that incorporates audience participation and comedy (rated PG or R depending on the venue). Audience members are encouraged to get up and dance, as well!

The twins have been playing piano and singing since the age of six. They began touring as singer/dancers with a national corporate entertainment company. They fronted thirteen to fifteen-piece show bands at events and parties all over the world, including Super Bowl and Olympic events, parties in Barcelona, Maui, Cancun, Munich, Bahamas, Japan and Grand Cayman, not to mention most US states.

The twins have performed at parties for Reebok, Time, Sports Illustrated, Playboy TV NFL, NHL, Anheuser Busch, and the casts of televisionÆs Ally McBeal, The Practice, The Wonder Years and Picket Fences.

In 2000, Kimberley and Tamara decided to fuse their singing, dancing and comedy experience with piano to develop a dueling pianos show. Wonder Twin Powers Activate! Within six months, the brand new Twin Keys Dueling Piano Show was picked up by Disney Cruise Line and by dueling pianos clubs from the east to west coasts.

In February of this 2003, the show was brought to Harrah’s Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Twin Keys performs Tuesday through Saturday at 9 PM in La PLaya Lounge inside Harrah’s.

Kimberley and Tamara began playing piano duets at the age of six, but they had to share the family piano. Now they each have their own grand piano, so watch out ù ItÆs a duel you donÆt want to miss!

Website: Twin Keys


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October 15, 2003 ISSN: 1529-2770 About Us

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – October 8, 2003

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

Featured Stories:
Tabu Ultra Lounge, Shady Grove Lounge

Special Notes and Information: Siegfried and Roy

Also In This Issue – Oct. 8, 2003: Newkirk’s Notes, Other Tiger Shows, Fitzgerald’s Video Spotlight

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

Hello from Las Vegas. Usually I end that phrase with an exclamation point, but the serious injury of Siegfried and Roy’s Roy Horn has cast a dark cloud over Las Vegas this week.

I delayed this issue because so much uncertainly and conjecture surrounded this incident, Roy’s health, the future of the show, and more. The basics have been broadcast worldwide, but many questions have continued to pour in.

Instead of trying to relay this information, I have provided links to both print and video stories straight from local news sources so you can get the very best and latest information on this tragedy.

Other Tiger ShowsThe Illusionary Magic of Rick Thomas just celebrated six years at The Tropicana. We were pleased to be guests at this event, and treated to the latest version of this outstanding show which also features tigers. That review was to run this week, but we felt it would be tainted by the current events. We will publish it soon.

Dirk Arthur also uses the big cats in his act. We enjoyed his show a few months ago, and he has moved from the Silverton to The Plaza hotel downtown. Both are great shows and we encourage you to check one or more out in lieu of Siegfried and Roy.

Illusionary Magic of Rick Thomas
Dirk Arthur: New Art Of Magic
  • Toll Free Tickets Number: 800-270-2276
  • Streaming Video Preview: Dial-Up
  • Streaming Video Preview: Broadband

Video Spotlight – We are always adding new streaming video to our All Vegas TV site, over 100 Las Vegas videos to date! This week, we want to feature Fitzgerald’s Hotel Casino downtown. Enjoy a streaming video peak at this popular downtown property: Dial-Up or Broadband


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Las Vegas News: Of Interest To Tourists

Click To Read Latest News:

Regular News:
Siegfried and Roy:

More resources for those wishing to follow this story: KVBC, KVVU, KLAS

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Featured Stories:
Tabu Ultra Lounge, Shady Grove Lounge

Here’s a couple of brief stories on two relatively new local lounges. Tabu at MGM absolutely appeals to the upscale tourist crowd. Shady Grove at Silverton is a retro, fun, comfortable lounge aimed at the local’s crowd but worth checking out for tourists as well.

Tabu Ultra Lounge – What is an “ultra lounge?” This is something out of a James Bond movie … 10 years from now! This upscale lounge doesn’t have a bar band in it. We are talking about a classic comfortable feel with couches and tables combined with some incredible modern touches.

DJ’s spin modern dance music, but at a volume you can talk over. If you want to dance, go “next door” to Studio 54. A cool feature is the bar and tables. They look granite. No, they look tile. No … now there is a picture of a nude woman moving along the bar. Images are projected on these surfaces that seem real as life, but evolve before your eyes.

Nobody’s out front handing out coupons for this place. It is one of those “if you have to ask when it opens, when it closes, or how much anything costs … go elsewhere” establishments. For the record, it opens around 10 PM and goes all night long. Table service requires bottle purchase (and often reservations). Cover is $15 for men and free for ladies. While they claim dress is “casual” (saw a guy in a golf shirt and shorts), when you are spending for this kind of atmosphere, dress up.

Tabu Ultra Lounge is located inside the MGM Grand.

Shady Grove Lounge – “Gas, Food, and Lounging” is the motto of this new lounge at The Silverton. Just a few minutes south of The Strip, The Silverton Hotel Casino is undergoing a major renovation and upgrade. The former cowboy theme catering to the snowbird crowd is being changed to more of a retro, Route 66 Southwestern adventure feel.

When I moved here over ten years ago, the Silverton was called Boomtown and it was just off the freeway in the middle of nowhere. The growth of the valley now has the location surrounded by mid-level and upscale housing and the Silverton is making a strong grab at south Vegas Valley residents.

From the looks of it, they are succeeding nicely. Shady Grove is a combination upscale sports bar and lounge set in a faux hunting lodge setting with dark wood and stone features. While open to the casino, the area envelopes you and makes you feel like you’ve walked into another dimension.

Miniature bowling is housed in a vintage full-length Air Stream trailer complete with an Elvis bumper sticker on the back. The bar has the prerequisite huge flat screen TV’s not only over the bar but near the solo pool table, assuring that you’ll catch almost every play of every game simultaneously.

However, lounging areas away from the bars and TV’s let you sit down relax with a drink and friends. The female bar and cocktail staff sport sexy, skin and cleavage baring brown leather outfits and go out of their way to be fun, flirty, and friendly.

While strongly after the local’s crowd, tourists will enjoy the new sexy, retro, fun Shady Grove Lounge. Lounge is open 24/7 although food, cocktail waitress service, and miniature bowling may not be available at all hours inside the lounge. Happy hour specials are from 4-8 PM, Tuesday – Saturday.

Shady Grove Lounge is located in the Silverton Hotel Casino.


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