Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 2, 2008

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Hello From Las Vegas! We are running just a bit late this week and letting the dust settle on another mind-blowing Las Vegas New Years Eve. Every year, it just gets bigger and more amazing. Almost 5 miles of the Las Vegas Strip closed to traffic and filled with people, every nightclub jammed, every hotel ballroom full of life, private parties in thousands of rooms… there is simply nothing like it!

The Vegas celebration is called America’s Party, but it really should be called the World’s New Years party both in size, scope, and to reflect the participation of visitors from almost every nation.

In our last issue, I lamented that the local TV coverage of the event wasn’t available worldwide. The celebration isn’t just about 8 minutes worth of fireworks at midnight, but a party that starts at dusk and continues into the early morning.

Guess what? KVBC actually put an archive of their entire coverage online including “Your Vegas is Showing” slogan, interesting costumes, interesting characters, Hawaiian Tropic Zone, Pussycat Dolls, 40/40, Pure, celebs, and (of course) The Fireworks. Very cool of them, and all of it well worth watching if you ever wondered “should we really do Vegas for New Years or is it all hype?” Check it out: America’s Party 2008 Highlights Video

Years ago, we used to go out try to cover New Years ourselves, but it has gotten so big that no one outlet can begin to cover it. Enjoy these links to various stories and streaming video from this past week:

Top 10 Shows Of The Year – Las Vegas Review-Journal show critic Mike Weatherford has picked his top 10 shows of 2007:

Too Much News? The news links section in the second half of each newsletter continues to get longer and longer. When I moved here almost 15 years ago, I never dreamed of the information explosion and Las Vegas one of the most followed cities on earth. We are tossing around better ways to organize our news links either by section/topic or by moving them to a blog.

If you regularly use/enjoy the news links, we want your feedback. We go to a significant amount of work to collect the info, and we’d like to see you get the best enjoyment out of it. Suggestions regarding this or any part of our publication are welcome. Email us at [email protected]

Enjoy This Issue!

Ted Newkirk
CEO/Managing Editor

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


Marquez And Pacquiao To Battle For World Title At Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, March 15 – The debate about which fighter is the best will finally be settled when World Boxing Council (WBC) super featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez defends his title against three-division world champion Manny Pacquiao in a 12-round battle for pound-for-pound supremacy. (Tickets) Promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, in association with Romanza Boxing Productions and MP Promotions, Marquez-Pacquiao II will take place Saturday, March 15 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Click to Read The Full Story …

Kevin Burke, star of “Defending the Caveman,” performing the show for his 1,000th time to a packed house. (Tickets) The performance also marked Burke’s 227th performance at the Golden Nugget.

Kim Vo Salon Made December Debut at The Mirage – Kim Vo, considered the “King of the TV Makeover,” has brought his talents to Las Vegas with the December opening of his salon at The Mirage. The salon offers the latest in hair trends and treatments as well as manicures, pedicures and personalized makeup services. Providing a variety of wigs and hair extensions, an interactive Beauty Bar will allow guests to preview new looks before making the “ultimate” commitment. Vo, whose clients include Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn, Teri Hatcher, Kirsten Dunst and Jenny McCarthy, will train all stylists and colorists to ensure his high standards are maintained.

Thrill of Throwback at Mandalay Bay – A hot nightclub trend mashes retro songs with Top 40 hits. Now, Mandalay Bay is taking the return of classic beats to a new level. Here’s how you can rock to a brand new sound:

  • Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce puts a new spin on burlesque with Royal Jelly. The Thursday night addition features hot classic rock by three musicians who shred and pound through two shows nightly.
  • eyecandy sound lounge & bar, located in the center of Mandalay Bay’s casino, not only features DJs spinning the best beats of hip-hop, soul, funk and rock, it also offers a touch-activated, light-up dance floor and interactive tables that display pre-selected visuals that pulsate to the beat of the music. Open nightly.

Stay Warm This Winter at The Adventuredome at Circus Circus – Set on five climate-controlled acres, The Adventuredome is the perfect place to escape chilly temps. Featuring 25 rides and attractions, it’s the largest indoor theme park in Nevada. From the world’s only indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew roller coaster and “Marvin the Martian” Special Effects Ride in 4-D to 18 holes of miniature golf and the 70’s themed ride Disk ‘O, The Adventuredome offers plenty of exciting ways to stay warm this winter. Click to view Circus Circus Adventuredome Photos

Bellagio Gallery Of Fine Art’s ‘American Modernism’ Opens February 2008 – Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art will showcase the best of “American Modernism” February 8 through October 15, 2008. Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the exhibition will feature masterworks by American modernists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Stuart Davis and Marsden Hartley. Hours of operation for Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art are Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.


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Reader Submitted Photos:

Dear Ted,

Love your newsletter. Can’t wait till you get the wall paper up and running again. You are always getting great pictures, I thought I would send this one of a fantastic sun set in June.

Thanks,
Dee Clark

We’ll have our new wallpaper area up again soon, with plenty of new photos. In the meantime, a little insider tip: We have them all archived both at Flicker and Webshots in the meantime.


We are planning our next trip to Vegas and plan to be there in March 2008, however, I need to know how I can find out everything that’s going on in the month of March so I can pick which weekend we are going to go.Can you help?

I withheld the name of the writer because this is one of the most common questions we get asked so let’s set the record straight:

We publish everything as soon as it comes in. We have a comprehensive concert and event calendar at http://entertainment.accessvegas.com and publish much of that information in the right sidebar of every newsletter. We publish or link to articles about new coming events weekly.

If you are reading every week, you’ll be the first to know!


I would like to know about the Lady Luck is it going to reopen? Also the land next to Circus Circus is it ever going to be a Casino?Jerry Price

Lady Luck continues to be in limbo. It appears that a new group is buying it but with no stated plans yet. This is unfortunate as it was a favorite of many. The staff was friendly, and the gourmet room was a best-kept secret.

I mocked the plans of the Maxim Magazine themed hotel next to Circus Circus (announced in 2006) and it looks dead. MGM owns the empty land to the north and has not announced plan specifics. They are pretty busy building MGM CityCenter right now.


Just returned from LV last week. Stayed at the Paris. The taxi ride from McCarran airport to the Paris cost $21, $25 including tip! He took the I-15 route instead of the short Paradise Rd route. The trip back to the airport cost only $11, $15 including tip! Why the big difference? The first cabbie just ripped us off!Thanks for the newsletter!

Paul Woodall
Idaho Falls, Idaho


Gentlemen:I believe that you have one of the two best Las Vegas web sites and look forward to opening your news letter.

Sincerely,
Bob Pease


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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:

  • New Year’s Day, U.S & Canada January 1
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day January 21
  • Chinese/Lunar New Year February 7
  • Lincoln’s Birthday, U.S February 12
  • Valentine’s Day February 14
  • President’s DayFebruary 18
  • Washington’s Birthday, U.S February 22
  • St. Patrick’s Day March 17
  • Easter Sunday March 23
  • Cinco de Mayo May 5
  • Mother’s Day May 11
  • Victoria Day, Canada May 19
  • Memorial Day, U.S May 26
  • Father’s Day June 15
  • Canada Day, Canada July 1
  • Independence Day, U.S July 4
  • Civic Holiday, Canada August 1
  • Labor Day, U.S September 1
  • Labour Day, Canada September 1
  • Grandparent’s Day September 7
  • Jewish New Year September 30
  • Yom Kippur October 9
  • Columbus Day, U.S October 13
  • Thanksgiving Day, Canada October 13
  • Halloween October 31
  • Veteran’s Day, U.S November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day, U.S November 27
  • Hanukkah Dec. 22 – Dec. 29
  • Christmas December 25
  • New Year’s Eve-Day December 31 – January 1

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – December 26, 2007

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


Book Online or over the phone! Call (toll free) 800-696-5721 to book all Las Vegas Hotels, Shows, Nightlife, Tours and Golf. We live here. We know Las Vegas!

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

Hello From Las Vegas! Christmas was sunny but on the chilly side. We hope you and yours had a great holiday. New Years Eve is in the air and slated to be another huge year. Winds permitting, The Strip with light up with fireworks from the MGM to Stratosphere. The Plaza downtown is putting on their own fireworks show at 12:30 AM as to not conflict with the massive celebration taking place under the Fremont Street light show canopy.

Local TV station KLAS has streamed the fireworks show live in years past. No indication if they are going to do so this year, but you can try their link just before midnight Pacific and see.

It is unfortunate that most of you can’t watch the full 2-3 hour coverage that our local stations do. Short of being here in person, there is really no way to describe the excitement and festivities. The ball drop in New York City is about as exciting as watching paint dry in comparison.

The networks would love to do New Years from Las Vegas. The problem? Midnight on the east coast is only 9 PM here, a time when the party is barely getting started.

Do you have a few people you missed giving holiday Best Wishes to? Co’mon… we all had a couple of people we heard from that we didn’t get a card or note to. It isn’t too late: Pick one of the great holiday photos from our Bellagio Gardens Christmas 2007 Pictures area and send it as an E-Card right now!

Flying Etiquette – Delta Airlines has created a number of short online videos about air travel etiquette called Planeguage. Frequent fliers will find them all too humorous. Those that fly less regularly will enjoy the travel tips.

Mac King Is Everywhere – If you’ve been to Applebees during this season and had kids with you, odds are they were handed a “Holiday Hocus Pocus” with crayons and a little color book with simply magic tricks kids can do. Your local Applebees may still be handing them out. Give them a call and take the kids!

He’s also put out a couple of cool products perfect for kids (of all ages) who want to have fun with magic. Mac King’s Great Big Book-o-Magic contains over 50 very cool (and mystifying) tricks that are easy to learn and available at Barnes and Noble (stores or online). Also available is his Magic In A Minute Truck-o-Tricks with monkeys, cards, balls, strings and other props, jokes, and gags. Available at toy stores nationwide or Mac King Magic Shop. We just may be giving some sets out in the near future.

Also, you can’t go wrong checking out Mac’s afternoon show at Harrah’s. By far the best bargain and a show everyone will enjoy. Check out Mac King Tickets

New Las Vegas Photo Sets – We took a trip down Las Vegas Blvd. South recently. And we mean South. Starting at the west side of the airport at the Las Vegas sign… and heading SOUTH. Everyone is watching the massive construction on The Strip, but the next wave of resorts, gaming, and development is already in planning and progress. Get a good look now. It won’t look like this much longer. (Click photo for complete photo set)

We also added a few photo to reflect the remodeling and upgrades at the Golden Nugget. (Warning… these were taken in early fall when the weather was still very warm. Don’t bring your swimsuit this time of year).

Passing along a couple of “must know” tips…

  • Skip the casino ATM fees. You know that pulling money out of a casino ATM is obnoxiously expensive. Fees for casino ATM’s are approaching $5, then your bank hits you for another few bucks.The solution? Buy something negligible at one of the drug stores along The Strip and use your ATM debit card to get cash back. A pack of gum or bottle of water will cost around a dollar (cheaper than any ATM fee) and most stores will give you up to $100 cash back. This also may work at the many independent sundry/liquor stores. We haven’t tried it yet at hotel gift shops, but never hurts to ask if they will give you cash back with a debit card.

    Do all fellow readers a favor: If you find a certain hotel gift shop or independent sundry store on The Strip or Downtown that lets you use your debit for cash back, drop us a line at [email protected] and we’ll start creating a list for all members to access.

  • Avoid the car rental traffic jam. The new car rental facility guides everyone out of the building and sends them south on Gilespie, west on Warm Springs, then north on Las Vegas Blvd. The problem? An almost constant traffic jam once you turn on to Las Vegas Blvd. because you are just south of where it intersects with our Beltway freeway and a major shopping area.Simple solution? Make a left turn out of the car rental lot. Take that road (Gilespie) north until it ends at Sunset. A quick left (west) on Sunset leads to Las Vegas Blvd. and you just zoomed past the entire traffic mess. Google map of suggested route. You’ll save yourself 10-15 minutes. We know. We use this shortcut all the time doing our local business in the area.

Enjoy This Issue!

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


Ultimate Fighting Championship Presents UFC 81: Breaking Point; Showdown Set Between Brock Lesnar And Frank Mir Saturday, February 2 At Mandalay Bay – Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir will put former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Champion and world-renown superstar Brock Lesnar to the ultimate test as Lesnar makes his move from the ring into the OctagonÖ to prove that he is “for real.” This will be a feature fight of the night at UFC 81: BREAKING POINT (Tickets) set to take place live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, Feb. 2. Click to Read The Full Story …

War At The Flamingo – Multicultural Crossover Phenomenon With Comedian George Wallace January 15-26 – The legendary funk band WAR has been tapped by resident comedian headliner George Wallace to share the stage for two weeks in January 2008. (Tickets) Following up the hugely successful visit by Sly and the Family Stone earlier this year Wallace personally chose WAR to extend an invitation to continue the excitement on stage at the Flamingo Showroom. Performing January 15-26 at 10:00 p.m. WAR will rock audiences with their eclectic fusion of rock, funk, jazz, Latin music, R&B and even reggae. This combination has given the band an enduring musical career and sales in excess of more than 50 million records. Click to Read The Full Story …

Sonny Charles & The Checkmates To Ring In 2008 At The Rampart Casino – New Year’s Eve Performance Will Honor Sweet Louie – The Rampart Casino will ring in the new year with a New Year’s Eve concert by Sonny Charles & The Checkmates. This show will pay tribute to the late, great Sweet Louie. The show will be held at Addison’s Lounge inside the Rampart Casino on Monday, December 31. The show begins at 9 p.m. $10 admittance at the door. Click to Read The Full Story …

Sassy And Brassy Babes Of Hogs & Heifers To Host New Year’s Eve 2008 Bash – Hogs & Heifers Saloon will ring in 2008 with live entertainment provided by rockers Southern Stue on Monday, December 31, 2007 Doors open at 1 p.m. There is no cover for the biggest party on Third Street that includes midnight champagne toast and party favors. Valet parking and on-street motorcycle parking is available. Guests must be 21 years of age or older. Click to Read The Full Story …

Golden Nugget Completes $60 Million Expansion – The Golden Nugget has raised the bar again with the opening of its newest addition. The Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino unveiled its $60 million expansion at First and Fremont Streets just in time for the New Year’s Eve festivities. The addition, just west of the current property location, offers a large multi-purpose events center, expanded gaming floor, new sushi restaurant and an exciting nightlife venue unheard of on Fremont Street. Click to Read The Full Story …



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Reader Submitted Photos:

This was taken on Jan 14th 07 – the Tropicana’s water fall, yes its frozen. It was real cold the entire 4 days we were there. We were married on the 15th. The other picture is of the Stardust (well the sign) I know it came down a few weeks later.

Enjoy the pics!
Sandy & Steve

Thanks for the great photos! I saved them for the end of the year because losing The Stardust was certainly a big story of 2007. Also, a good reminder for people coming during the winter: It is sunny almost every day here, but not always warm. Average highs for January are 57 degrees, but average is the key word. As this newsletter goes out, we are facing 2-3 days where the low will be around freezing.

(Note to self… dig out really warm coat). Bring on summer… I so hate the cold…


Well I never made it to Vegas this past weekend. My daughter was sick and I felt I couldn’t leave her, but she’s fine now and it wasn’t serious. I have to say that South Point was great in that they didn’t charge me the requisite 1 night cancellation fee. The rest of the group went so I thought I’d let you know their reviews. They had good things to say about the hotel.The staff at the hotel were very pleasant and check in was no problem. They had reserved King beds and were given double beds but when they called the desk, she promptly found them rooms with Kings and also all on the same floor next to each other. The rooms were spotless, and huge. The casino wasn’t smoky and the pool was good. The only complaint about the pool was it could’ve been a little more secluded. Maybe more lush greenery(ala Mirage pool). The Del-Mar Deli was good and the breakfast buffet was good…especially at $6 with the discount coupon.

The liquor store on-site was a hit with reasonable prices. There is construction going on but the men in the group actually enjoyed watching the crane doing it’s thing while they had cocktail in hand by the pool. They used the shuttle to and from Mandalay Bay frequently, but the complaint was that it stopped running too early. They got tickets to Love. 2 from the group thought it was absolutely the best show they’ve ever seen, the other 4 thought it was just good…not being huge Beatles fans and there was also a 45 minute delay due to technical difficulties.

They did a Red Rock Jeep tour which they all enjoyed. They had dinner buffets at the Mirage and Bellagio with Bellagio getting a slightly better review than the Mirage based on food quality. Dinner at Canaletto at the Venetian was just OK…the food and also a less than pleasant waitress. However, they thought the surroundings were great, along with the gondola ride they took. They spent a little time in the bar at Kahunaville which they thought was fun. And one person won $250 on a slot machine at Bellagio with a $5 chip they found on the floor. So overall they had a good time with lots of laughs -and I was home wishing I was there.

So, thank you for all your info, and I will be checking out the newsletters and planning my trip whenever that may be…hopefully sooner rather than later. Take care!

Denise

Denise had asked about the South Point and ended up not being able to make the trip with her group, but she did report on the experience her group had and we appreciate the trip report!


As our daughter is in Graduate School at UNLV, my wife and I (we live in San Diego) consider Las Vegas our second home (Love Las Vegas and the people). Having mentioned that, I would like your help.I have a birthday coming up and will be in town to celebrate. I have been looking at many of the hotels gift shops for a embroidered black silk jacket or something else, that has the “Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas” sign that is on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Love the newsletter and look forward to it every week. Keep up the excellent work.

Regards and thank you for your help in advance.

Paul Wittmann
San Diego, CA

Heck of a question. I’m not sure I’ve seen one. The Las Vegas sign isn’t trademarked, so anyone can use it or variations of it. The hotels pretty much want to sell only stuff with their name on it. When in town, I’d check the Bonanza Gift Shop… it is huge. You might find something there.

Also, you may try Ebay. Try a search for

las vegas jacket

or similar.

Hope this helps!


I would just like to say what a great magazine you have, It is really great to read and it brings back at lot of memories as we came to Las Vegas last year and the year before.Keep up the good work.

Thank you,

Sylvia Worden,
Lancaster, Lancashire.
England.


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:

  • 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)

Link To Us! – Have a home page, web page, or blog? Link to us, and give yourself and your friends a quick link to find us from your site. Simply link to http://www.accessvegas.com and name the link Access Vegas!

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http://www.accessvegas.com/xml/whats-hot.xml

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – December 19, 2007

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


Book Online or over the phone! Call (toll free) 800-696-5721 to book all Las Vegas Hotels, Shows, Nightlife, Tours and Golf. We live here. We know Las Vegas!

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

Hello From Las Vegas! Christmas is in the air, New Years Eve is getting close, and this newsletter is jammed with amazing info and photos. Let’s get started!

New Years Eve, New Years Eve, New Years Eve, New Years Eve…

The fireworks are set, the concerts ready to roll, and the nightclubs all trying to top each other. The theme is “The Best Is Yet To Come” and the fireworks show will reach from the MGM Grand to The Stratosphere with an display lasting more than eight minutes! (As always, sustained winds at the top of the hotels could put a damper on the display, but so far it has always gone off).

We have an extended listing of New Years Eve events running down the side of the newsletter this week or you can go direct to http://www.accessvegas.com/new-years-eve-2007

Bellagio’s Holiday Display is attracting droves of visitors and features some new twists not seen in years past:

Click on either of the above photos to enjoy the entire amazing holiday photo set for a taste of the season from Las Vegas. Don’t forget to spread the Christmas cheer: All photos in our Bellagio Gardens Christmas 2007 can be sent as a free E-Card. Send friends and family members some holiday E-Cards on us!

We say goodbye and a big Thank You to Celine Dion. Her five year run just wrapped up at Caesars, lasting far longer than originally anticipated. 3 million people saw the 717 shows. Whether you love or loathe her, no one can deny the amazing track record (4000 seats nightly) for a single headliner in the modern Las Vegas era.

What’s more, she adopted Las Vegas as her “hometown” and was very active in the community with charity and other events. She even occasionally was spotted shopping at the Henderson Walmart (closest to her Lake Las Vegas home)! If you missed her here, we do have tickets various dates of her pending tour: Celine Dion World Tour Tickets

Bette Midler is Celine’s replacement, and everyone will be watching to see how she does. Elton John will also be playing his selected Ceasars dates. Here are related links:

Hannah Montana Hits Las Vegas – With Las Vegas now having more than two million residents, Miley “Hanna Montana” Cyrus’ two tour dates here sold out in a matter of minutes. A third date was added, and sold out immediately. If your kids are old enough to visit and young enough to enjoy Hanna Montana (and you understand that sold-out concert resale tickets are going to be a bit expensive), you can check out Hanna Montana Las Vegas Concert Tickets

Vegas On TV – The Las Vegas Bowl (Tickets) airs on ESPN at 5:00 PM Pacific Time on December 22, 2007 with BYU looking for revenge over a struggling UCLA team. Again this year, NBC’s Holiday On Ice airs on Christmas Day (check local NBC listings). The event was taped a couple of weeks ago at The Orleans.

Goodbye Sweet Louie – Checkmates singer Marvin “Sweet Louie” Smith passed away last week while performing aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean. If you have visited Las Vegas for more than a few times, you probably saw The Checkmates performing somewhere. It would be easier to list the places they didn’t play over the decades!

The past few years they alternated between The Sahara, Casino Montelago (Lake Las Vegas) and Arizona Charlies East. Sweet Louie was fond of saying that every night was a Saturday night when they were performing, and I saw them light up more than one casino lounge over the years. Video, photos and other info is still online at http://www.thecheckmates.com

Enjoy This Issue!

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


UFC Fight Night Live From The Pearl At The Palms Casino Resort – The UFC and Spike TV will return to The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday, January 23 for the first UFC Fight Night of 2008,(Tickets) featuring a welterweight battle between Mike Swick and Josh Burkman. “Mike Swick and Josh Burkman, two tough veterans of The Ultimate Fighter will be facing each other for the first UFC Fight Night of 2008,” said Dana White, UFC President. “Swick is dropping down to 170 pounds for this fight. He has always had speed and power, so this will be an exciting new look at him in a lighter weight class. Burkman is a great wrestler, and he brings it every time he fights. This will be an explosive main event and real test for both fighters.” Click to Read The Full Story …

Orleans Arena Hosts Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Classic – The Orleans Arena will host the third round and championship round of the sixth annual Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Classic college basketball tournament. The competing teams are Iowa State, Purdue, Alabama, Missouri State, UT Pan American, Wofford, Bethune Cookman and Texas Southern. Click to Read The Full Story …

Lance Burton & Friends Entertain At Zelzah Shrine Temple Christmas Party For Kids – Lance Burton (Tickets) finished up “The Vanishing Birdcage” at the Zelzah Shrine Temple for over 300 children on Sunday, Dec. 9. The Shriners invited the children’s families for a Sunday brunch and their annual show. This tradition began with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in the early 1950s. Special Guest Star Michael Goudeau entertained at the show for The Shriners’ clients. The comedy-juggler Goudau has performed with Lance Burton at the Monte Carlo since it opened in 1996. Gabriella Versace sang a couple of Christmas songs and comedian Magician Fielding West also performed his act at the event.

Holiday Season Computer Wallpaper – One of the big questions the past few weeks has been What happened to all the great computer wallpaper you used to make available? We’re in the process of revamping and expanding that area of AccessVegas.com. In the meantime, a couple of great wallpapers to hold you over and help out the holiday spirit.

Click on the photo of your choice to view full size and see computer wallpaper simple instructions to make the selected photo your desktop wallpaper:

Atrium at Sam’s Town Hotel Casino decorated for Christmas. The atrium features free laser light and water show. At 2:00 PM, 6:00 PM., 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM daily all year.

Bikini Greetings from the Crazy Girls (Ticket Link) at Riviera Las Vegas.

2 Million And Still Going Strong Mamma Mia! To Record Its 2 Millionth Guest At Mandalay Bay Resort And Casino – After breaking every rule on the Las Vegas Strip, MAMMA MIA! (Tickets) raises the bar again as it prepares to welcome its 2 millionth guest at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Thursday, December 13, 2007. Based on the songs of ABBA, MAMMA MIA! continues to be the longest-running and most successful full-scale Broadway musical to ever hit Las Vegas. Currently in its fifth year, MAMMA MIA! sets the precedent for Broadway musicals in Las Vegas. Click to Read The Full Story …



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:

  • 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)

Link To Us! – Have a home page, web page, or blog? Link to us, and give yourself and your friends a quick link to find us from your site. Simply link to http://www.accessvegas.com and name the link Access Vegas!

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – December 20, 2006

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!



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

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

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



More Las Vegas News – Concerts – Events

Special Section: Nevada Smoking Ban Stories Updated

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

  • 2006

  • Christmas December 22-25 (3 day weekend – Christmas on Monday)
  • New Year’s Eve-Day December 29 – January 1 (3 day weekend – New Years on Monday)
  • 2007

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

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – December 13, 2006

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy This Issue!



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Readers Write:

Really enjoy the newsletter, finding it very informative.

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

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

Thanks

Jim O’Hara

Chicago

Ted Responds:

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

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

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

Couple of interesting quick notes:

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

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


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

Thanks,

Sara

Ted Responds:

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

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

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

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

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

  • 2006

  • Christmas December 22-25 (3 day weekend – Christmas on Monday)
  • New Year’s Eve-Day December 29 – January 1 (3 day weekend – New Years on Monday)
  • 2007

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

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – November 29, 2006

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


Book Online or over the phone! Call (toll free) 800-696-5721 to book all Las Vegas Hotels, Shows, Nightlife, Tours and Golf. We live here. We know Las Vegas!

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Hello From Las Vegas! We have a freeze advisory tonight. It might get down to freezing the next couple of nights, and highs have only been in the 50’s. Brrrrrrrrr! It has been sunny, but I’ll tell you what: I’ll take our 100 degree summers where we can enjoy the air conditioning in the day, and hang out by the pool all night long instead of freezing overnights. We very rarely dip this low.

Nevada Southern Railway – Riding a tourist train isn’t what most people think of when they think of Las Vegas, but part of the railroad track originally built to haul supplies to Hoover Dam is alive and well running as a tourist railroad in Boulder City (about halfway between Las Vegas and Hoover Dam). The Nevada Southern Railway even offers cab rides and the opportunity to be an “Engineer for an Hour.” Might be worth checking out for train buffs, those with kids, or anyone wanting to enjoy a fun piece of history.

Special American Express Offer To Our Readers: Earn 15,000 Delta Skymiles with A New Delta American Express Card plus Double Miles on qualifying purchases and one mile for virtually every other dollar you spend! I’ve carried the Delta Skymiles AmEx Card for years and enjoy using it as my credit card of choice. Now you too can get the benefits and prestige of an American Express card along with earning miles toward your next trip to Las Vegas (or anywhere Delta flies).

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With Christmas less than a month away, we have a special video for you of Blue Man Group playing Jingle Bells. That, plus all the latest Las Vegas news, events and fun stuff you expect from us every week so let’s get to it.

Enjoy This Issue!



Show Review:
Zumanity – Another Side of Cirque Du Soleil

Reviewed November 2006
by Nancy Dickinson

Cirque du Soleil has always enlightened the spirit with brilliant expeditions celebrating life, beauty, and humanity. It is then only natural that the sultry free-flowing-love show “Zumanity” be born. After all, what is one of humanity’s undoubtedly favorite and essential functions?…sex of course. Love is limitless at the New York New York heating up a giant Las Vegas bedroom cabaret style. Zumanity is peeling away the glorious layers of intimacy and sexuality with a story about personal freedom and acceptance, beauty in all it’s facets, and the celebration of the mysterious, wonderfully convoluted…love. Click to Read Complete Review

Beatles’ LOVE Album Celebrates New Cirque du Soleil Show at The Mirage -á Beatles lovers rejoice! Apple Corps Ltd. and Capitol Records have released the Beatles LOVE album. The much-anticipated album contains the music featured in the Cirque du Soleil/Apple Corps collaborative production, The Beatles LOVE at The Mirage. After being asked by the remaining Beatles to make experimental mixes from their master tapes for a collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, Sir George Martin, The Beatles’ legendary producer, and his son Giles Martin have been working with the entire archive of Beatles’ recordings to create LOVE.

Barry Manilow Trivia Question: When did Barry Manilow (resident headliner at the Las Vegas Hilton) begin his first solo tour? Answer: Barry began his own first solo tour in 1974 and the release of “Mandy” started an unprecedented string of 25 consecutive Top 40 hits, including “Even Now,” “This One’s for You,” “Weekend in New England,” “I Write the Songs” and “Tryin’ to Get the Feeling Again.” Four years later, five of Barry’s albums were on the charts at the same time, a record equaled only by Frank Sinatra and Johnny Mathis. Barry’s current album, BARRY MANILOW’S THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE SIXTIES, is tearing up the charts.

Mamma Mia!, The Smash Hit Musical Based On The Songs Of ABBA, Will Celebrate Its 1500th Show At Mandalay Bay Resort And Casino On November 29. – Now in its fourth triumphant year, MAMMA MIA! has been the most successful full-scale musical ever to play on the Las Vegas Strip. Named the Number #1 Show in Las Vegas by Mike Weatherford of the Las Vegas Review Journal, MAMMA MIA! has not only experienced success in Las Vegas — it has been seen by over 27 million people around the globe and has more productions playing worldwide than any other current Broadway musical. Click to Read The Full Story …

Thanksgiving Day Begins Month Long Las Vegas Show Specials! All Military are Free & Las Vegas Locals get ‘2 for 1′ at Larry G. Jones’ Impressionist show – ‘Tis the season to be entertained and Larry G. Jones — The Man of 1002 Voices helps keep the jingle in your pockets & get the joy in your heart! Starting November 23, and continuing through December 25, 2006: All military (including police and firefighters) get in free and all Las Vegas Locals get ‘2 for 1′ Show tickets at Jones’ Singing Impressionist/Comedy show at Fitzgeralds Casino Showroom, 9pm nightly (except Tues,Wed). “In appreciation of their service and as a thank you to the locals for all the support during my last 4 years as a Las Vegas impressionist I just wanted to offer something in return” Jones said. Click to Read The Full Story …

Hot Drink Recipes to Spice up the Holiday Season – Cold weather calls for hot drinks and what better way spice up the holiday season than a hot toddy!? These recipes, straight from Bellagio’s own Master Mixologist Drew Levinson, are guaranteed to make you feel warm and cozy right down to your toes.

Tequila Toddy — a fun variation on the standard
¥ oz Gran Centenario Anejo Tequila
¢ oz Fresh Agave Nectar
¢ fresh lime juice

Add ingredients to hot water in heated coffee mug and stir well with a spoon.
Garnish with a lime wheel and cinnamon stick

Hot Buttered Rum – made to order from scratch

1 ¢ oz. Cruzan Single Barrel Rum
2 heaping teaspoons hot buttered rum mix***

Mix ingredients with small amount of hot water in heated coffee mug and stir well with a spoon. Once mixed thoroughly, top off mug with hot water.
Serve with a swizzle stick.

***Hot Buttered Rum Mix***

1 lb. light brown sugar
1/2 lb. salted butter
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon high-quality vanilla extract
Yields approx. 1 1/2 lbs.

“Texas Hold ’em” Hits The Links As World Series Of Golf Reinvents Amateur Tournaments With Innovative New Play Format – NBC Televised Event Tees Off In Las Vegas May 13 – 17 With A Dream Team Of Partners Including The Mirage Hotel & Casino And Octagon – The World Series of Golf will tee off May 13 — 17 in Las Vegas, introducing the most exciting golf wagering tournament since the Skins Game. To be played at the Tom Fazio designed Primm Valley Golf Club, the tournament combines the skill of golf with the wagering savvy of poker and gives amateur players the thrilling opportunity to compete for $750,000 in prize money on NBC national television. The World Series of Golf will be played in a patent-pending method of play that allows for high stakes to ride on each and every shot of the tournament. Click to Read The Full Story …

Kristofer’s Steak House At The Riviera Provides Relaxed Setting – With an emphasis on fine steaks and fresh seafood, Kristofer’s, nestled in the venerable Riviera Hotel and Casino, has been heralded as one of the finest steak houses in Las Vegas. “Only the best for our guests,” says Executive Chef Sam Chong. Among the inventive entrees are aged, midwestern prime ribs of beef, broiled fresh salmon or Mahi Mahi, double-rib spring lamb chops, and Kristofer’s classic Surf and Turf. For serious steak connoisseurs, there’s the challenge of a 20-ounce, succulent Porterhouse steak. Click to Read The Full Story …

Las Vegas Monorail Demoted To Junk Status – Moody’s Investors Service cut the credit rating on the Las Vegas Monorail Co. deep into junk status Tuesday and said the tourist train will default on its debt by 2010 if it continues its current rate of losses. The rating on $445.8 million in debt was cut five notches to B3 from Ba1, and the outlook was negative, meaning the company could be in for another downgrade. The move follows a downgrade by Fitch Inc. in March, also to junk grade. Moody’s analyst Maria Matesanz said the monorail company’s revenue needed a dramatic boost to keep from depleting its $60 million in cash reserves over the next three years.Click to Read The Full Story …

Gambling Talk: Evel Knievel Video Slots – with Victor H. Royer. In keeping with the heart-pounding thrills of IGT’s new series of video slot machines, this brand new game features a host of Evel’s best jumps and bonuses. This is a five-reel 15-line game which will thrill you just as Evel Knievel’s stunts did. If you are a slot thrill-seeker, then this is the game for you. State-of-the-art 3-D video animation and actual film footage of Evel’s famous stunts will keep you spellbound in this great game. Click to Read Complete Article

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: Las Vegas New Years Eve – New Years Eve is closing in on us fast, but it isn’t too late to book now and still be here to enjoy this spectacular, nowhere-else-on-earth-like-it event! View all the photos then book while rooms are still available, they are going very fast:

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – Blue Man Group Performing Jingle BellsBlue Man Group is best known for it’s award-winning theatrical productions which critics have described as “ground-breaking,” “hilarious,” “visually stunning,” and “musically powerful.” These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else.

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Readers Write:Dear Mr. Newkirk:Some very close party friends and I are attending a wedding and will be in Las Vegas December 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18. We all work in the various fields of engineering, medical, animal medical, accounting and architecture. I guess some of the crowd would be semi-geeks, but we all party pretty hard and are know to stay up late doing it too.I am 43, single, straight, and it’s my first time to visit Las Vegas, so I am really trying to maximize my itinerary. I really want to soak up this experience. I have a degree in Geography and my profession is in city planning, so I have a wide variety of interests. Sexy women, pretty women, and other women close to pretty interest me greatly. 🙂 Anyway, if there are any tips that are “have to things to do or see” please let me know. I used to work in research, so I’ll be checking everything like a city planner would. I am detailed oriented too.

Any information and TIPs you could provide me would be greatly appreciated. If this is something you don’t do, I’m really sorry I wasted your time.

Best regards,

Rob Hammons

Ted Responds:

Rob,

I’m around your age, straight, single. Some advice:

You are going to get here and go nuts, and you couldn’t see or do everything here in three months. So your homework, get hyped, but get ready to just hang loose. You will be back. Trust me. Be very happy going “that looks great, we can do it next time.”

Per clubbing: At our age, skip spending huge piles of cash on my friend, but neither you nor I are going to go home with Paris Hilton, and they like to keep the girl-to-guy ration high which necessitates buying bottle service if you are a group of guys.

Instead, Voodoo Lounge at Rio. Get there before 10:00 PM, earlier is better to get in. Very comfortable, awesome view from the top of The Rio, nice mix of very nice looking ladies from 25-40’ish. And if that isn’t your cup of tea, Palms is a very short walk.

Very much do appreciate you reading, and telling your friends about this newsletter and AccessVegas.com!


What goes on in Dec in Vegas anything worth going to see.? From the 12 through the 23.Thanks,TerryTed Responds:

Slowest time of year. Rodeo is gone and many shows are on vacation.

You can use our shows search on our shows page to see what shows will be playing, and Bellagio indoors always does a huge Christmas display in their gardens.

Take the good with the bad: won’t be as much going on, but you’ll have some elbow room and lines will be shorter than peak weeks.


To whom it may concern,My brother and I will be coming into Vegas on Saturday 12/16 and leaving on Tuesday 12/19 in the afternoon. This is our first time coming out, so we wanted to really do it up.Can you provide me any information on reserving a table at the following clubs (i.e. how much $$ per table, minimum bottle requirement, entrance to VIP areas, and dates)?> Ghostbar
> Tao
> Lure
> Red Square
> V Bar
> Mix
> Pure
> Playboy Club
> Tryst
> Ava
> Social House
> Tangerine

Thank you for any information you can provide.

Ted Responds:

There is no set price for any and every night. Like hotel rates, it depends on weekday or weekend, what club, what celeb might be making an appearance to celebrate their birthday/divorce/magazine layout/new movie and similar.

You can call our reservations hotline at 800-696-5721 or you can visit Travelnice Nightlife to check things online. If calling, you can talk to someone who can help you with all that info, give you all the details, what clubs will be open or might have something special happening, etc.

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – October 11, 2006

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Hello From Las Vegas! With the exception of a day of drizzle last week, the weather has been incredible. Highs in the 80’s, warm evenings, and construction along the strip booming.

Weekend construction on the freeway linking Las Vegas to Southern California may be keeping tens of thousands away over the next few weekends. The bulk of the construction is scheduled over the weekends.

Moral of the story? If you fly in from other parts of the country and usually avoid weekend trips here due to higher weekend rates, poke around at some of the weekend rates our friends Las Vegas Hotel Deals are offering the next few weeks. Enter your dates and get yourself to Vegas!

Our readers are among the best informed Las Vegas Visitors! Just by reading this newsletter, you know more than most cabbies and dealers (many who simply spew crazy rumors or just plain make things up to try to impress you or get a tip). If you are new, don’t forget to go back and check out our seven-plus years worth of newsletter archives. This issue is jammed, so I’ll get out of the way and let you get your fix of Las Vegas.

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Review: Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill

by Karen Plowden

Love great food? How about Toby Keith? Now located on the second floor of the Harrah’s restaurant is the all famous Toby Keith’s “I Love This Bar and Grill”. This restaurant has it all: from great atmosphere, to great food, and incredible entertainment!

As soon as you walk up to the restaurant, you’ll notice that this isn’t your regular bar and grill. You can either go to the restaurant area, or the guitar shaped bar area; where free shots are served to you by one of the bartenders. The only thing you have to do is get up and dance your way to the bar when you hear Toby Keith’s multi-platinum hit selling “I love this bar”. Click to Read Complete Review

Poker Radio – The Las Vegas Hilton launches “Poker-Straight From The Hilton” featuring host Rodd William Stowell and appearances by poker experts and Hilton Poker Room Manager Marc Nelson. The show airs every Monday, 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Pacific Time on KLAV, the talk of Las Vegas, 1230 on the AM dial. Streaming worldwide is available at klav1230.com. Stowell brings a wealth of poker knowledge and broadcast experience to the new show, which will feature news about the world of poker.

Riviera’s Splash Has Final Curtain – The Riviera Hotel and Casino announced the closing of longtime Las Vegas extravaganza “Splash”á with the final show on Saturday evening, September 30. Since its debut at the Riviera on June 21, 1985, “Splash” has been wowing audiences with an amazing union of the grand showgirl performance with intense rapid-fire variety acts.

We have special Splash promo photos Las Vegas computer wallpaper to commemorate the closing of this historical, long-running Las Vegas show just for you. Simply click on the photo of your choice above and follow the simple instructions to bring Las Vegas to your computer!

Yes, We Have Baseball Playoff Tickets – Can’t make it to Las Vegas to bet the game and watch it on a big screen? Go one step further and check out our great prices on Prime Baseball Playoff and World Series Tickets! (Click on the home team’s name to find ticket availability). We have college football and pro football tickets as well!

Hip, Hip Hooray For Barry – Who else but Barry Manilow could salute Dick Clark with a musical number, win an Emmy for “Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program,” and then head into arthroscopic surgery on both of his hips? Barry’s recovering nicely and will be back headlining at the Las Vegas Hilton on November 8. Tickets for the first four months of Barry’s 2007 schedule at the Las Vegas Hilton are on sale now. Click for Barry Manilow Tickets

Big Winner at the Cal!

Zeny Agas of Honolulu, Hawaii, won $77,217 while playing Pai Gow Poker at “The Cal” (California Hotel) in Downtown Las Vegas. Zeny celebrates her exciting win with a smile on her face, proudly displaying her winning check.

Evening Entertainment Redefined at WET – The Spa at TI – WET — The Spa at TI (Treasure Island) is the only spa on the Las Vegas Strip to offer specialized evening treatments. The unique WET PM menu is designed to rejuvenate guests for an exhilarating night out or pamper and prepare them for a relaxing night in; from the heiress, a 24-karat sexy treatment that wraps guests all in gold for a night on the town (including a final sprinkling of real gold dust!) to the sleepy town massage, guaranteed to help anyone drift off to dreamland. Late-night hours allow spa-goers the flexibility to enjoy numerous spa offerings on their schedule. Open to the general public as well as hotel guests seven days a week, WET’s hours of operation are Sunday through Wednesday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tempt Your Taste Buds with Wine and Cheese at Onda Wine Lounge – Located at the entrance to Onda Restaurant, the new Onda Wine Lounge at The Mirage provides a perfect casual spot for a pre- or post-theater cocktail. The Italian-inspired lounge features a large selection of wines available by the glass, bottle or individual flights. Providing the perfect accompaniment to a classic Chianti or crisp Chardonnay, guests also may choose from an assortment of artisan cheeses and meats to round out their experience. The 58-seat lounge features family-style seating in a classic Italian-kitchen dÚcor.

Lance Burton Taps Keg – Lance Burton became mayor for a day in a tradition that goes back over 500 years in Germany. On October 1st the first keg is tapped by an official. Lance was joined by magicians Fielding West, Nathan Burton, Mac King, Bob Massey, Bill Smith, Norm Nielsen and Peter Reveen at the Hofbrauhaus. Click to Buy Lance Burton Tickets

Did You Know – Pho, (pronounced “fuh”) newly opened inside The Coffee Shop at Treasure Island, is the only Vietnamese restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip. The restaurant is named for a signature Vietnamese dish, Pho, a rich beef broth with vermicelli noodles infused with spices and fresh herbs. The 30-seat restaurant specializes in noodle soups and traditional Vietnamese dishes and is open Sunday — Thursday, 11 a.m. — midnight and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. — 3 a.m.

Gambling Talk: Video Slots – I Love Lucy – with Victor H. Royer. In keeping with the other great IGT games based on popular themes and television shows, this is a five reel 12-line video slot machine which is also a bonus game as well as a progressive. All the popular characters from the TV show are represented in this game, but the most fun you will have is when you land on the Chocolate Factory Bonus. If you remember the TV episode on which this bonus is based, then you already know what I mean and what fun this is. Click to Read Complete Article

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: PT’s Pubs and PT’s Gold Las Vegas – Want to see how the locals live? Check out the hotties that serve us locals at the various PT’s Pubs and PT’s Gold (bars and lounges) around the Las Vegas Valley. (The “Vegas Valley” is the area you see when you fly in here over all those miles of houses, streets, malls, and grocery stores … going “how could anyone every live here”).

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – New Years Eve Fireworks 2003-2004. Missed being in Las Vegas this past New Year’s Eve? Every year, Las Vegas puts on a fireworks show like no other, all up and down every mile of the Las Vegas Strip! New Years Eve rooms are filling up fast, and the price rises day after day even with months to go. Visit our discount room partner Las Vegas Hotel Dealsand book now for this year!

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Readers Write:

Dear Sir;

We have visited Vegas 8 times now and still never get enough of it. Love the place, and love getting the insider news too. I heard that the Excalibur is being demolished. If so, why. It’s such a beautiful hotel/casino. I feel very sad that the Stardust is being demolished. Stayed there twice and found it very pleasant.

I read your article about taking cabs from the airport to the hotel via the tunnel. Unfortunately I was one of those people who had experienced that and I couldn’t believe the fare they had charged. But after reading your inside report about that I’ll know better when I visit Vegas again in June.Thanks for the tip.

You people are doing a wonderful job out there. Keep up the good work.

Regards,

Elizabeth McAllister

Canada


Ted Responds
:

Elizabeth,

Glad that we are helping you have great visits to Las Vegas. That is our goal!

Per the Excalibur, I keep hearing this floating around, and I’m either really missing the boat, or this is one of the most insane rumors I’ve heard in a long time. If nothing else, it seems official that Dick’s Last Resort (a popular tourist area bar and grill where the staff insults you and being messy is encouraged) will be finding a home at Excalibur in 2007, and they aren’t going to build a huge new restaurant attraction right before they demolish the place.

Long term prospects for Excalibur? Owners MGM Mirage Corp. will probably kick back and until they see what The Tropicana’s new owners are going to do. MGM Mirage is busy enough with their Project CityCenter and the new tower going up (soon) between Mandalay Bay and Luxor.

I’m just not seeing it, but if I have completely missed some pretty firm news of Excalibur implosion, drop me a line at [email protected]. If nothing else, this rumor is so strong, I’d like to see where it is coming from!

Hope this helps!

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  • Thanksgiving November 23-26 (4 day weekend)
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  • New Year’s Eve/Day December 29 – January 1 (3 day weekend – New Years on Monday)

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October 11, 2006 ISSN: 1529-2770 About Us

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – September 6, 2006

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

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Hello From Las Vegas! The Stardust has confirmed November 1, 2006 as their official closing date. They have been moving some employees to other company owned properties and are providing generous severance pay to those staying with the hotel until they end then retiring.

The plans for the building? Rumor is hot and heavy regarding a New Year’s Eve implosion, but nothing yet formally announced yet. As usual, you’ll know when we know!

Our friend Scott Whitney of the Living In Las Vegas Podcast got a nice mention in a recent news article: Hello out there! Podcasts can put your messages in the right ears. The article contains links to both of Scott’s great podcasts. Well worth a listen.

Enjoy This Issue!



CMT And Miss America Return To The Aladdin Resort & Casino For The 2007 Miss America Pageant – Two-Hour Pageant To Air Live On CMT, Monday, January 29, 2007 At 8p.m., ET/PT

The 2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT will return to the Aladdin Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The two-hour telecast will air live on CMT, Monday, January 29, 2007 at 8 p.m., ET/PT. “The Miss America Organization could not be happier to return to the host hotel, the Aladdin Resort & Casino…” said McMaster. “We are thrilled that the city of Las Vegas has embraced our Organization again and our legendary Pageant. This venue will be the perfect compliment to our 2007 show which will introduce a growing audience to the tradition, rich in history, of Miss America.” Click to Read The Full Story …

Jimmy Buffett And The Coral Reefer Band “Party At The End Of The World 2006 Tour” MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, Oct. 21 & Oct. 28 – Singer, songwriter and author Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band bring the “Party at the End of the World 2006 Tour” to the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28. The performances are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Buffett’s celebrated performances at Chicago’s Wrigley Field on Labor Day Weekend 2005 were recently released on Mailboat Records as a full-length show on two DVDs. The sold-out concerts made history in the Windy City as Buffett’s performances were the first at the 92-year-old ballpark. Click to Read The Full Story…

Diego Corrales And Joel Casamayor To Duke It Out One More Time For World Lightweight Championship – World lightweight champion Diego Corrales and former world champion and top-rated contender Joel Casamayor, with a combined record of 73-6-1 (53 KOs) and a winning percentage exceeding 91 percent, will step into the ring and go mano-a-mano for the third and final time to settle their fantastic trilogy live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Saturday, Oct. 7. The fight will begin at 9 p.m. EST/PST as part of a free preview weekend whereby the network will be available in more than 35 million homes nationwide. Click to Read The Full Story and Ticket Info…

Vizzun Entertainment Presents The Pure Aloha Fall Festival October 6 – 8 – Vizzun Entertainment presents The Pure Aloha Fall Festival at the Cannery Casino & Hotel on Friday, October 6 through Sunday, October 8. The three-day festival will feature food and crafts from the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands, as well as entertainment for the entire family. The Pure Aloha Festival will kick off on Friday, October 6 at 6 p.m. with an evening concert featuring Pati, O-shen, Koauka and Bonafide. Saturday evening, also starting at 6 p.m., will feature traditional Hawaiian music by the legendary Makaha Sons along with multi-Hoku winner, Raiatea Helm. Comedian Augie T will host both evenings. Click to Read The Full Story…

Barry Manilow’s Hits Of The 60’s – Barry Manilow, who is taking a few weeks off after this week’s schedule of shows at the Las Vegas Hilton to undergo outpatient arthroscopic surgery, was busy this week taping a promo video for his upcoming “The Greatest Songs of the Sixties” album. The taping took place in the Hilton Theater with a stunning set brought in just for the video. Barry will resume his long-term engagement (through 2007) at the Hilton on November 8. Barry Manilow Ticket Info

2006 Inaugural Concours d’Elegance Las Vegas Announced – ‘Las Vegas-The inaugural Concours d’Elegance Las Vegas will be held Sunday, October 22, 2006 at the picturesque TPC the Canyons PGA golf course. A full weekend of events including welcoming cocktail reception at Las Vegas Country Club, driving tour to Red Rock Canyon with picnic lunch, Dine in the Desert with renowned Las Vegas chefs, golf tournament and the concours will serve to generate funds for multiple charities. Click to Read The Full Story …

Retro-cool Musical Production “Shag With A Twist” Swings Into Las Vegas – The retro-cool musical production “Shag With A Twist” brings its groovy vibe, swinging music and sophisticated moves to Las Vegas at the Krave Theatre at the Aladdin. Set at a 1960s Tupperware party, “Shag With A Twist” was created by famed visual artist Josh “Shag” Agle and choreographer Cynthia Bradley. The show serves up an evocative cocktail of music, color and choreography that brings to life the campy, hip artwork of Shag, while capturing the carefree spirit of a retro era where big hair, Tupperware parties and pupu platters were at the height of fashion. The retro-theming extends off the stage with showroom dÚcor, frilly “birdbath” drinks, pupu platter appetizers, kitschy ushers and that will have audience members energized and on their feet. Click to Read The Full Story and Ticket Info …

Blues Storm is performing this Saturday night at a fabulous Italian Restaurant & Lounge. Rocco & Kim, new owners of the long established CAPOZZOLI’s invite ALL to join the party Saturday night. September 9th in the lounge from 9pm – 1am. The Restaurant is open 24 hours daily and is well-known for their sumptuous food. Capozzoli’s is located at 3333 S. Maryland Pkwy, LV, NV 89109 (corner of Desert Inn) For dinner reservations call 702-731-5311. Blues Storm Info

Pigskin On The Big Screen – Football fans can catch each Sunday’s action free on the big screen (actually 11 big screens) when Football Central kicks off exclusively in the legendary Las Vegas Hilton Theater beginning Sunday, September 10 at 10 a.m. The featured games will be on a 15′ X 20′ HDTV with state-of-the-art theater sound and can be clearly seen from any of the theater’s more than 1,100 comfortable seats. Football Central will also feature the Miller Girls. Prizes from Miller include “Beer for a Year,” monthly Pro Bowl Ticket giveaways including round trip airfare to Hawaii and hotel accommodations, and $250 MasterCard gift cards given away weekly. The Hilton is sponsoring a $10,000 weekly cash giveaway all season long, with the drawing at 5 p.m. every Sunday beginning September 10. Food and drink specials, including $1 hot dogs and draft beer, also will be featured in the Hilton’s exclusive Football Central.

Gambling Talk: The Million Dollar Pyramid – with Victor H. Royer. This game is based on a popular television game show of a similar name. It is a five reel 9-line game with a maximum bet option of 90-coins per spin. Along with the many recognizable and popular prizes from the game show, this video slot machine features a chance for you to become an instant millionaire. The jackpot is paid instantly, upon verification of the correct win. When you hit the “double” symbol, which features the face of the TV show’s host, your wins are doubled. Click to Read Complete Article

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: New York, New York Las Vegas – The Manhattan skyline is visible from Vegas. The architects of this fabulous Vegas resort, New York New York, have done a great job of recreating numerous Manhattan structures. When you arrive at the fabulous New York New York you will feel the pulsation of the heart of Vegas — the celebrated strip.

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – New Years Eve Fireworks 2002-2003. Missed being in Las Vegas this past New Year’s Eve? Every year, Las Vegas puts on a fireworks show like no other, all up and down every mile of the Las Vegas Strip! New Years Eve rooms are filling up fast, and the price rises day after day even with months to go. Visit our discount room partner Las Vegas Hotel Dealsand book now for this year!

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Readers WriteHello ,

I look forward to receiving your newspaper and finding out about all the changes in Las Vegas. My husband and I love going there for holidays the only complaint we have is that there are NO DIRECT FLIGHTS throughout the year from SCOTLAND. We only have direct flights for around 6 weeks in the summer which we did use last year. After that we either have to get a flight across to America then get an internal flight to Las Vegas or fly down to Manchester or London for a direct flight from there. By having to do this it adds a lot of journey time onto your holiday and especially on the return journey it is very tiring. Having to do this puts us off coming on holiday to Las Vegas. Even if there were to be one direct flight per week from Scotland I am sure it would be filled as we know a lot of people who do travel to Las Vegas and they also find it hassle with all the extra traveling.

I don’t know if you can suggest this to the holiday companies and see what type of feedback you receive. I know if the traveling was to be direct then we would visit oftener than we do.

I look forward to your reply and thank you.

Anne Rodger

Ted Responds – Anne,

Thanks for reading and visiting when you can. I know it is a LONG way to fly.

Airline flights are partially supply/demand and partially based on how many flights various governments allow between their countries. The best thing you can do is contact airlines that serve your area and specifically ask why you don’t have various direct flights to the U.S. that would be of interest.

Outside of a non-stop from London a few days a week (Virgin I believe), virtually everyone has to fly to the U.S. and then change planes. If you find out anything from airlines on your end that would be of interest to our readers, let us know. We have many readers in Europe.

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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:

  • Grandparents Day September 8-10
  • Columbus Day October 6-9 (3 day weekend)
  • Halloween October 31
  • Veterans Day November 10-12 (3 day weekend – Friday off)
  • Thanksgiving November 23-26 (4 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 22-25 (3 day weekend – Christmas on Monday)
  • New Year’s Eve/Day December 29 – January 1 (3 day weekend – New Years on Monday)

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 4, 2006

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

In This Issue: Le Reve, Wheel Of Fortune Hits, Stardust To Come Down, Reba At Hilton, Fireworks Streaming Video, Hypnosis Gone Wild, Hot Holiday Dates, MTV Vegas Casting Call, Readers Rants and Raves, more ….

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

Hello From Las Vegas! And a very, very Happy New year to all! As usual, the entire Las Vegas Strip was closed to traffic with $500,000 worth of fireworks going of the rooftops of hotels from Excalibur to Stratosphere, assuring that everybody had a spectacular show. We’ll link to streaming video later in this issue.

This newsletter has been on hiatus since fall as we prepare to launch some great new features. We have our AAA Vegas News and Media feed up and running, including an RSS feed. For those of you members of the media, travel agents, Vegas fanatics and anyone else who wants almost daily updates of Las Vegas hotel, gaming, real estate, and entertainment news and press releases, bookmark that site or (better yet) subscribe to the RSS feed on that page.

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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!

Show Review – Le Reve

Reviewed December 2005
Nancy Hruska

la reve wynn las vegas cirque soleil dragonAn escape from consciousness to the more colorful subconscious joined by love, hate, joy, pain, and all the bizarre characters a less than perfect world has to offer… This is Le Reve. Oh Franco, this one really hits home.

Le Reve, created by former Cirque du Soleil creative heavyweight Franco Dragone, is thoughtfully built upon a premise every human can embrace- The Dream. The show’s subtitle, “A Small Collection of Imperfect Dreams,” becomes apparent not only scene to scene, but for the real world as well- a reflection of our own imperfect or impeccable dispositions. Click to read the complete review …

Ohioan Wins Wheel of Fortune at Imperial Palace – Thanksgiving vacationer hits quarter Megajackpot for $448,714.95. Five spins of a Wheel of Fortune machine at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino and Jennifer Peculis was in shock: she had just won $448,714.95. The 28-year-old Ohioan and her fiance, Ben, had enjoyed a long Thanksgiving weekend at the Imperial Palace and had already checked out Monday morning. But their flight was not until late afternoon, so Peculis was trying her luck at a Wheel of Fortune Megajackpot quarter machine.

She had already played two others before trying the third with $10. Less than five minutes later, she won the progressive jackpot on the most popular slot machine game of all time. “I saw the first Wheel of Fortune symbol, then up came the second and by the time the third came up it was a blur,” Peculis said. She was so excited, she didn’t even realize at first how much she had won. Peculis said she plans to pay off her house, her car and student loans, “And still have a lot left over,” she added. Imperial Palace Las Vegas Info

Stardust Go Boom? – Boyd Gaming Corp. unveiled plans on Wednesday for a $4 billion hotel, retail and casino development in Las Vegas to open in early 2010. The development, Echelon Place, will be built on a 63-acre site on the Las Vegas Strip, the company said. It will include four hotels featuring 5,300 guest rooms and suites. The Las Vegas site is currently occupied by the Stardust, which the company said it will operate through 2006.

The $4 billion Echelon Place development will feature the $2.9 billion wholly-owned Echelon Resort, which includes a tower with 2,600 rooms, another tower 700 suites, a 140,000 square foot casino and 25 restaurants and bars. The development will also include deals with partners for other hotels and entertainment facilities.

Reba Plays The Hilton, Multiple 2006 Dates – The Las Vegas Hilton has signed Reba McEntire to a multi-week engagement in 2006. The superstar begins the first part of her engagement on Wednesday, May 3, 2006.

“The Las Vegas Hilton, home of Barry Manilow, now welcomes another legend to our resort, continuing entertainment as a key element for this classic property,” said Ken Ciancimino, executive vice president of the Las Vegas Hilton. “This agreement with Reba McEntire, a superstar with great crossover appeal, enhances our outstanding entertainment lineup for 2006, solidifying the Las Vegas Hilton brand and the Resorts International brand overall.” The formal announcement of the agreement was made today at a news conference at the property featuring McEntire. The “Key to the Heart” concert series is presented by Whirlpool to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Reba has helped to raise awareness for Habitat on a personal and professional level for some time. Read full story …

Playboy Feb. 2006 Playmate To Sign At Palms – Cassandra Lynn will do a meet and greet and autograph signing Saturday, January 14, 2006, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Palms sportsbook. She will also introduce Playboy’s Hollywood Comedy Tour on January 14, 2006, in The Lounge. Tickets for Playboy’s Hollywood Comedy Tour will also be available for purchase (cash only).

Secret Shortcuts For Drivers – If you drive to town or rent a car, you know that trying to get anywhere on The Strip takes forever, especially on weekend evenings. Of course, we local’s don’t get stuck in it because we know the alternate routes, and you should too. Check out this article Know the Territory – Savvy drivers reduce time on congested Strip by using alternative routes

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – Watch it free right now! It is 2006 … Happy New Year … and the only thing we need to show you this week are the fireworks that brought in this Great New Year here in Las Vegas! Click on over to local TV station KLAS Channel 8 Las Vegas New Year’s Eve Fireworks!

Helpful hint: In the “Add To Playlist” box, check all four videos (all four parts of the show) and then hit Play. You’ll see the whole show wherever you are!

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week – Check out the fantastic photos of THE Hotel at Mandalay Bay. THE Hotel is the perfect compliment to our already-impressive property. At 43 stories, it rises above the Las Vegas Strip. Within, 1,120 suites with separate living and sleeping areas, hospitable meeting places and swank hotspots all combine to make an airy, cosmopolitan haven for those who appreciate life’s finer things. Click for more information on THE Hotel at Mandalay Bay.

Vegas Book Of The Week – A culinary tour of Las Vegas does not have to be laden with calories. You can meet up with top chefs and sample some of their recipes in “Personal Favorites, The Chefs of Las Vegas,” by Heidi Knapp Rinella, the Review-Journal’s restaurant critic and food columnist. It is a comprehensive look at the infusion of cooking talent into Las Vegas that began in 1992, when celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck staked his claim by opening Spago at the Forum Shops at Caesars. Read full story …

Buy The Book: Personal Favorites, The Chefs of Las Vegas

Read a great Vegas book? Tell us about it at [email protected]

More Streaming Radio and Podcasts – More and more local radio stations are streaming online to the world, and the list of Las Vegas podcasts grows as well. KJUL (Sinatra style music) and KSFN (Hot Talk) have added streaming feed, and we have a number of great podcasts listed. Check out our Las Vegas Radio and Podcast page and start listening!

Michael John’s “Hypnosis Gone Wild” – For an R-rated good time without the raunchiness see hypnotist Michael Johns in the Hypnotic Lounge (an intimate showroom) at the Stardust. Michael Johns never crosses the line but keeps his adult-oriented show fun and full of laughter. It was Art Linkletter who said, “People are funny.” When Johns brings this out in their subconscious mind it’s a big hit. When Michael Johns is on the road don’t be surprised if you see his world-renowned partner Terry Stokes. Show times are 10 p.m. nightly. Click for Hypnosis Gone Wild Show Tickets and Info

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 I4Vegas Discount Las Vegas Reservations and spend one of the following hot dates having fun in Las Vegas:

  • Martin Luther King Day January 13-16 (3 day weekend)
  • Chinese New Year January 27-29
  • Valentines Day February 14
  • Presidents Day February 17-20 (3 day weekend)
  • Mother’s Day May 12-14
  • Memorial Day May 26-29 (3 day weekend)
  • Father’s Day June 16-18
  • Independence Day June 30 – July 4 (4 day weekend)
  • Labor Day September 1-4 (3 day weekend)
  • Grandparents Day September 8-10
  • Columbus Day October 6-9 (3 day weekend)
  • Halloween October 31
  • Veterans Day November 10-12 (3 day weekend – Friday off)
  • Thanksgiving >November 23-26 (4 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 22-25 (3 day weekend – Christmas on Monday)
  • New Year’s Eve/Day December 29 – January 1 (3 day weekend – New Years on Monday)

True Life Casting Call… New MTV Series: I’m Moving to Las Vegas – If the saying “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” is true for people who vacation there, what does it say about people who actually live there?? MTV’s True Life is looking to follow several young people over the next few months as they head out to live in one of the most hedonistic places on earth. Click for complete MTV Casting Call Details

Readers Rants and Raves – Great reader questions and comments from our Access Vegas Message Boards. Help someone out or post your own question!

RSS Feed – We now have an RSS/XML feed on the main page of AccessVegas.com! Not sure what that is? It’s a cutting edge way to see What’s New and What’s Hot all the time. Or you can simply visit AccessVegas.com often check out the What’s Hot section. Most RSS programs let you visit AccessVegas.com and automatically pull the feed. For those who want to enter it manually, the feed is:
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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – April 26, 2005

In This Issue: Wynn Las Vegas Preview, Free Show Tickets, New Year’s Eve Photos, Tropicana Swim-Up Blackjack, Skintight’s Darryl Ross, News – Deals – Events, more …
Book online or over the phone! Call (toll free) 800-696-5721 to book all Las Vegas hotels, shows, tours, golf, and dining.

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.


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Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:Note: Mr. Newkirk is recovering from severe toxic mold exposure and resulting complications. We expect him back in a few weeks. In the meantime, please enjoy the stories, photos, and news links that our staff has compiled!

Oh … Ted said to tell our friends in Michigan and Ohio (they had snow over the weekend) that it’s 76 and mostly sunny today here in Las Vegas. Also, he was very touched by the hundreds of emails pouring in with get well wishes. While he’s not up to answering them all yet, he is deeply appreciative and looking forward to getting back to doing what he does best: Make you a Las Vegas insider with each and every issue!


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!

Wynn Las Vegas Set To Open – The most anticipated casino opening in the history of Las Vegas takes place this week!á Enjoy these “hometown” stories in anticipation of the event.

New Year’s Eve 2004/2005 Photos – These great photos of the people and fireworks have been collecting dust for a few months while this newsletter was on hiatus. However … if you are thinking of coming for this New Year’s Eve, now is the time to plan and book. The rates only go higher as the room availability dwindles. Enjoy some New Year’s beauty and insanity in April:

Looking for the best deal on a New Year’s Eve room (or how to get the best deal any time of year for that matter)? Visit our Insider Secrets To Las Vegas Hotel Discounts page and scroll down to the “Insider Secrets” section!

Tropicana Swim-Up Blackjack To Open! – ItÆs the time of year when there is only one question on everyoneÆs mind – how do I cool off and still play my favorite casino table game? The answer is simple: TropicanaÆs Swim-Up Blackjack, located in the main pool surrounded by five acres of lush tropical grounds.

The aquatic card game opens for the season for Tropicana Las Vegas guests on Friday, May 27, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend. Located in the indoor section of the main pool, the area includes two separate blackjack tables that can accommodate up to seven players each. Players can dive in to this lively card game from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily. Bets from $5-$25 a hand are accepted. For the convenience of the game players, towels are on-hand to keep the playersÆ hands and chips dry. Click for Tropicana Las Vegas hotel and reservation info.

Free Singing Impressionist Comedy Show – We want to thank Larry G. Jones for filling in last week and extending this great offer to our readers:

Hey, Do you like oldies music? Do you like to laugh? Then you’ll love the experience of seeing Larry G. Jones – The Man of 1002 Voices show. This ‘make you laugh till it hurts’ Singing Impressionist/Comedian entertains you at over 72 Voices per hour with the voices of your favorite singers and celebrities from the 50’s,60’s, 70’s and beyond. 4 Octaves of ‘dead-on’ voices ranging from Sinatra to Cher to 4 Temptations and 7 Presidents. Great music, song parodies, physical comedy, and audience interaction make this show a must see show.

This show will soon be ticketed at $22.95 per person (no exceptions) and we’ll have to pull the free online coupon. However, if you have the coupon you can use it even after the show goes to the new ticket system. Seating first come, first served). Click to Larry G. Jones – The Man of 1002 Voices for coupon and streaming video previews.

Skintight’s Darryl Ross Is The Triple Threat of Vegas Adult Shows – He can sing, he can dance and he can act. He is Darryl Ross, a “triple-threat” entertainer, who since 2001 works the stage with the cast of Skintight at Harrah’s Las Vegas.

Starring in Skintight, alongside Shannon O’Keefe, Ross surely keeps this cast “skin-tight” by meshing his stunning looks with his off the charts octave range and his soulful and sensual jazz background.

As if excellence in the performance of the arts were not enough, Ross was also an accomplished wide receiver for the Dukes, of the James Madison University in Virginia. Ross has starred in the motion picture “Toy Soldiers,” performed in “A Chorus Line” and co-starred with Frank Gorshin in “New York, New York,” before finding a home with Greg Thompson’s Skintight in 2001.

Bearing his American pride, Ross has performed for the U.S. troops in South Korea, Japan, Iwo Jima and Pearl Harbor. Since his Las Vegas debut, Ross has also been featured in a number of Playboy revues, wrote and recorded albums and has performed alongside rap artists like Run DMC and Ludacris.

Ross performs nightly with the cast of Skintight in the Clint Holmes Theater at Harrah’s Las Vegas.

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Ted Newkirk

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April 26, 2005 ISSN: 1529-2770 About Us

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