Access Vegas Insider Vibe July 24, 2013

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Food & Wine All-Star Weekend Returns To Bellagio, Aria, And MGM Grand October 4-6, 2013 – The fourth annual FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend, hosted by Bellagio, Aria and MGM Grand, returns to Las Vegas October 4-6 with new programming and even more talented culinary superstars. Renowned sommeliers and mixologists, along with celebrity chefs such as Joel Robuchon, Michael Mina and Shawn McClain, will collaborate on epicurean events as they engage guests in an agenda full of culinary fun. The action-packed weekend includes an educational wine class on Syrah with a Master Sommelier, a cooking demo on how to make sushi ten ways, a once-in-a-lifetime dinner with a Michelin-starred chef, a lively pizza party and more.


Las Vegas Attractions


Las Vegas Shows, Headliners, And Concerts

Do You Have That “Burning Love” For Elvis? Caesars Entertainment Vegas Resorts Have Just What You Need – Nearly 60 years ago, on July 30, 1954, Elvis Presley, at the age of 19, performed his first concert, and it didnÆt take long for him to become an international sensation.

Clear Channel Announces The 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival Line-Up And Adds New Daytime Festival Village – Clear Channel today announced the artist line-up for the biggest live concert event in radio history, the iHeartRadio Music Festival, taking place in Las Vegas on September 20 and 21. This yearÆs extraordinary line-up includes Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, J. Cole, Elton John, Muse, TiÙsto, Chris Brown, Keith Urban, fun., Miguel, Bruno Mars, Phoenix, Zedd, Maroon 5, Tim McGraw, Ke$ha, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Benny Benassi, plus a rare live appearance by legendary rock band Queen + Adam Lambert, this year’s Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star winner, The Summer Set and other special surprise guests to be announced later. Ryan Seacrest, host and producer of the top-rated nationally syndicated LA Morning drive-time show – ôOn Air with Ryan Seacrestö on Clear ChannelÆs 102.7 KIIS-FM, will return for a third record-breaking year to host the Festival, kicking off the two-day event on the evening of Friday, September 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.


Las Vegas In August


Dining In Las Vegas

Paris Las Vegas Welcomes Steve Martorano’s Italian Restaurant – ItÆs Official! Steve Martorano is partnering with Paris Las Vegas to bring his restaurant to the Las Vegas Strip. The popular cook, DJ and cookbook author will bring his brand of Italian American fare to a second Las Vegas location in early 2014. In addition to his popular restaurant at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, MartoranoÆs will join the dining roster at Paris Las Vegas, fast becoming Las VegasÆ next culinary destination.

The new location at Paris Las Vegas, joining MartoranoÆs Rio spot which will remain open, will serve lunch and dinner and have a projected 200+ seats, including a large bar area and patio dining reminiscent of MartoranoÆs original restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Immortal Burger Honors Michael Jackson At Slice Of Vegas Inside Mandalay PlaceSlice of Vegas at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place has dedicated its latest burger to the King of Pop himself, welcoming the official debut of Michael Jackson ONE to its new home at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. For $16.95, the Immortal Burger features a brioche bun spread with SliceÆs “Secret Sauceö and a half-pound short rib/chuck patty topped with provolone, roasted tomato, basil, grilled onions, sautÚed mushrooms, bacon, ham, capicola and salami. Perfect for a pre-show bite, the massive burger is then finished with a spicy marinara and sealed with a second slice of provolone.

Emeril Lagasse’s Restaurants Celebrate Lobster Week July 29 – August 4 – Emeril Lagasse’s Las Vegas restaurants, Delmonico Steakhouse, Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House and Table 10, have created special lunch and dinner menus to celebrate Lobster Week. The menus run July 29 through Aug. 4 and feature Chef Emeril’s signature flair on classic and re-imagined lobster dishes.


More Las Vegas News

Vegas Downtown Brew Festival Returns In September 2013 With Local Craft Beer, Food, And Music Artists – Motley Brews is hard at work culling local talent to create a more immersive and fulfilling experience during the Downtown Brew Festival to truly celebrate the beer, food and music created by the Las Vegas community. The Nevada Craft Brewers will return with more specialty one-off beers, local celebrity chef Christian Dolias of Cutthroat Culinary will treat VIP’s with four courses in the Brewers Lounge and local indie rock artists Rusty Maples and American Cream will hit the stage for a full night of entertainment.


Upcoming Las Vegas Events And Holidays

  • Labor Day Weekend Las Vegas 2013
    (August 30 – September 2)

People view the grand canyon on the Skywalk on the Canyon Celebration Sky High Fun TourCanyon Celebration Sky High Fun Tour û Man-made wonders and natureÆs spectacular beauty collide when you visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Through this Grand Canyon West Rim Helicopter Tour, witness landmarks that people journey to see from all over the globe. Tours take to both the air and ground for an all-encompassing voyage of a lifetime. Guests will stroll along the Skywalk, a glass-bottomed bridge that suspends 4,000 feet above the mighty Colorado River. The Grand Canyon Skywalk is one of the finest examples of how man and nature can create awe-inspiring beauty and intermingle them as one.

Click To Book Your “Canyon Celebration” Sky High Fun Tour Now!


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Newkirk’s Notes: The Boss Speaks…

Newkirk’s Notes are comments and insight from AccessVegas.Com publisher and 20+ year Las Vegas resident Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas! – A week after the unbelievable July 19’th storm that pounded the Las Vegas Strip, much has returned to normal. Although, I had a brief power loss a couple of days ago and all I could think of was “here we go again” as losing power for 5 hours during that one evening well into nighttime in July wasn’t exactly the highlight of my month. In our What We’re Watching segment, we’ve linked to three storm videos that I’m sure you’ll want to check out.

No “normal” Newkirk’s Notes and no Members Mania this week. I’ve been hard at work on some amazing new projects! Some of which we can hint at, some of which we need to keep under wraps. Some of which we’ll make available to everyone, some only to our (future) paid subscribers that will really give them the inside track, including saving time and money on each and every visit.

I can say that we’re also getting ready to totally revamp and upgrade our Las Vegas Photos area. We’ve been around a long time and the old software we’re using simply can’t keep up. Also, we used to have a spectacular area of Las Vegas computer wallpaper and we need to sort that out and repost it so you can enjoy it.

Yes, we realize that you can go to Flickr or a search engine and search for Vegas photos. And often end up seeing some really lousy ones. (Why don’t people toss the crummy ones before posting to these sites)? We have thousands of really great, professionally shot, full-size Vegas photos that we want to make available to you. And… once get them all up, we’re going to get someone out taking new ones on a regular basis so that you always have great, new Vegas photos at your fingertip!

That and much more coming in the next few weeks and months as strive to bring you what you want.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


What We’re Watching –
Videos Of The Las Vegas Flooding July 19, 2013


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Access Vegas Insider Vibe July 17, 2013

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Chill Out! Brisk Summertime Refreshments In Las Vegas – As the blazing summer sun turns up the temperature in Las Vegas, everyone tries to find ways to beat the heat. These tasty delights are sure to provide relief for anybody looking to stay cool and refreshed.

Rhumbar Celebrates National Tequila Day With Cocktail Specials – Rhumbar at The Mirage Hotel & Casino will double the fun on National Tequila Day with two-for-one tequila libations Wednesday, July 24. Priced at $12 each, guests will have their choice of two cocktails: Spicy Lover, made with Cuervo Platino Tequila, English cucumber, Mexican cilantro, lime juice, sweet agave nectar and a dash of spicy Tabasco pepper sauce or the Pineapple Chipotle Margarita, served on the rocks, and made with Ambhar tequila, Dutch Orange Curaþao, fresh lime juice, pineapple juice and Monin Pineapple Chipotle Syrup, spiced up with a dash of Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce.

Cabo Wabo Cantina Rocks National Tequila Day With Tequila Specials – ôM┴S TEQUILA!ö will be heard from all around as Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino celebrates National Tequila Day with a week of half-priced tequila specials and buy-one-get-one margaritas from Monday, July 22 through Friday, July 26.

All week long, guests will enjoy buy-one-get-one margaritas featuring 10 different, exotic flavors including banana, spicy mango, coconut and sangarita. Tequila lovers may also celebrate with half-priced selected tequila shots such as Cabo Wabo, Milagro, Cazadores, Tres Generaciones and many more.


Celebrate Your Wedding (and before) In Las Vegas


Dining In Las Vegas

Bacchanal Buffet At Caesars Palace is Once Again Named Best Buffet In Las Vegas – Three Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas resorts’ dining venues have earned recognitions in the 2013 Las Vegas Weekly Awards. Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace was named Best Buffet in Las Vegas by yet another group, Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace earned Best Room Service and Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas‘ sticky toffee pudding was named Best Reason to Save Room for Dessert.

The highly-acclaimed Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace was chosen by Las Vegas WeeklyÆs readers as the Best Buffet in Las Vegas.


Las Vegas Attractions

Celebrate American Artist Appreciation Month In August – While art may not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering Vegas, itÆs not uncommon to experience, even unknowingly, masterpieces by many of the art worldÆs biggest names right on The Strip. Celebrate American Artist Appreciation Month in August and be immersed in the artwork offered throughout MGM Resorts.


More Las Vegas News


Upcoming Las Vegas Events And Holidays

  • Labor Day Weekend Las Vegas 2013
    (August 30 – September 2)

Exotics Racing Driving Experience TourExotics Racing Driving Experience Tour û Calling all gear heads! If you have a thing for fast, exotic cars we have the experience for you! Located just 20 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, Exotics Racing packages give you the original super car driving experience! It is a top rated attraction with the world’s largest and most impressive fleet of cars. They have pro-racing instructors that coach you, lap after lap, to the limit on the 1.2 mile exclusive racetrack! Prior to hitting the track, you will receive detailed driving instructions in a classroom environment and ride along in a Porsche Cayenne GTS for your track discovery lap. Then meet your personal driving instructor who will be by your side during your exotic driving experience.

Click To Book Exotics Racing Driving Experience Tour Now!


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– Dallas Cowboys Tickets Bruno Mars Tickets
– New Orleans Saints Tickets Dave Matthews Band Tickets
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– Green Bay Packers Tickets Jason Aldean Tickets
– Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets John Mayer Tickets
– Seattle Seahawks Tickets Justin & Jay-Z Tickets
Baseball Tickets Justin Bieber Tickets
– New York Yankees Tickets Justin Timberlake Tickets
– Los Angeles Angels Tickets Luke Bryan Tickets
– San Francisco Giants Tickets New Kids on the Block Tickets
– Boston Red Sox Tickets One Direction Tickets
Ultimate Fighting Championship Taylor Swift Tickets
College Football Tickets Vans Warped Tour Tickets

Newkirk’s Notes: The Boss Speaks…

Newkirk’s Notes are comments and insight from AccessVegas.Com publisher and 20+ year Las Vegas resident Ted Newkirk:

UPDATE – We were already running behind this week with the newsletter as we’ve been busy with new AccessVegas.com projects. (Hey, we have to pay the bills). Just as we were finishing up on on Friday night and preparing to send, I noticed that The Weather Channel (which was on by happenstance) was burping a LOT of alters.áI went online to see the alert details, only to find out that the area around the Stratosphere (about 1.5 miles northeast of us as the crow flies) was going to get pummeled. As were other selected areas around the valley.

The Strip flooded, near hurricane force winds had pouring rain going sideways, Caesars casino had standing water indoors, and the roof of Gilly’s in front of Treasure Island (also about 1.5 miles away as the crow flies) had the roof cave in. You can view that video here: Roof caved in at Gilley’s in Las Vegas! (No, that is not a cute water feature).

Us? We lost power. For 5 hours. Fortunately, The Strip did not (although I’ve seen various reports that Fremont Street did, everything is still being sorted out). Here was the cool part (if there is anything “cool” about losing power for 5 hours in Las Vegas in July): Because of the cloud cover, the lights of The Strip reflected off the sky and illuminated our area pretty nicely.

This storm ironically was pretty much a duplicate of the 1994 storm which tore down the Hilton sign (then the largest in the world), outing power and causing damage on The Strip and around the valley. Oddly enough, we recently linked to that video in our What We’re Watching segment. KTNV Las Vegas: News On The Bad Storm of July 1994

Hello From Las Vegas! – We’re 2/3 of the way through the hottest month of the year, but fortunately after tying records just a few weeks ago, things have really mellowed into the average range with highs in the low 100’s F. For those thinking we cool down in September like many places do, the average for that month is still 94. October falls down to 81 and by November, we’re in the upper 60’s. So, plan accordingly.

Many enjoy visiting in October because that’s when large parts of the U.S. are really feeling fall kick in. Plus, football season is in full swing, and the husband can spend the day in the sportsbook while the wife shops or takes a spa treatment.

Many assume that Thanksgiving (U.S.) is dead in Las vegas, and that was the case many years ago. But now, you have far-flung families meeting in here and others simply treating it as a four-day weekend. Every restaurant from the buffets to the ritzy celeb chefs put on Thanksgiving fare for the holiday.

Britney, Britney, Britney – The buzz surrounding Britney Spears doing a residency show at Planet Hollywood continues to heat up. It appears that the show will be a concert, but with a nightclub feel.

Here’s what will be interesting to watch: Club-going twenty-somethings tend to eschew “live” entertainment (singers and musicians) and instead prefer DJ’s. As this group gets into their 30’s, will we see residency concert “shows” like this transition them into consumers of live music, or will that generation make it into their 40’s and 50’s still bopping to electronic music? The future of the kind of entertainment Las Vegas offers will hand in the balance.

It’s Not Easy Being Green – Or maybe it is for Mandalay Bay. They have 20 acres of flat-roof convention space sitting around and doing absolutely nothing. They are going to cover it with solar panels, which will provide around 20% of the energy needed for the resort during high demand periods. This also helps them get in good with convention planners who (more and more) won’t book facilities unless they meet certain green standards.

If You Are Thinking About Moving Here – Have a job lined up or plan to be financially independent (retired without the need to work, independently wealthy). Las Vegas unemployment actually recently inched back up again, and local employers have always been wary about hiring new arrivals. They want someone who can handle living here, whether that be the temptations or the weather.

I’ve always suggested that if you want to move here, come for a couple of weeks, stay in an extended stay property away from The Strip, rent a car, and really get to know the area. You’ll have a much better idea of what regular life is here. I love it, but it’s not for everyone.

Good News On The Airline Front? – The second half of this year, the number of airline seats available for flights into Las Vegas will see a small rise. Generally, more capacity creates more favorable fares. Keep in mind that where you are flying from and how busy Las Vegas is during a certain week are going to be the key factors determining how much your airfare is going to be.

I’ve actually thought up a proprietary software we’re going to make available to future paid subscribers that will let you look at any month and instantly see a “heat graph” of when rooms and flights are projected to be higher or lower (once again, using a proprietary formula I’ve developed). This would allow you to look at your available vacation days and instantly see which ones stack up with the times Las Vegas is going to be the cheapest instead of just punching in some dates and getting sticker shock because you didn’t know the rodeo was in town or it was a Mexican holiday.

Light Rail To The Airport? – For those hoping for a non-taxi, mass transit option to get between the airport and The Strip, don’t hold your breath. One isn’t even on the drawing board. However, a long-term plan for Maryland Parkway does make mention of light rail.

Who, what, where (and why should you care)? Maryland is a major north-south street paralleling The Strip which runs from the airport all the way to downtown and beyond. It is one of the most highly trafficked streets in town, making it an attractive option for something like light rail.

For those of you who are starting to prefer staying downtown, the ability to get off your plane, jump on a train and comfortably and quickly ride downtown would be a nice concept. If it did well, we could see extensions running over to The Strip. We’re in favor of anything that gives us all more transit options so we aren’t tied to taxis.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


What We’re Watching – Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy


Members Mania – We Love Our Readers!

Absolutely love this newsletter. I just wanted to tell you, I had my fill of cab drivers years ago after witnessing a horrible accident right outside McCarran. airport A cabbieáwasn’t paying attention and smashed into another cab. The cab flipped and the newly arrived tourists were takenáto a hospital insteadáof their hotel. I decided,i would take the bus.

$5.00 bought me a 24 hour pass,and took me down Maryland Parkway to a stop right across from The Stratosphere. Not for everybody, but at least I knew what I had to fork out.

The Deuceáis a good way to get around, but not on weekend nights unless you use itáfor short trips. Not Mandalay Bay to downtown!

I agree with you,about the limos. Again, a flat fee and you won’t get the runaround. Years ago, I grabbed a cab at the airport. I told the driver I have twenty bucks. Take me to the Stratosphere. He turned off the meter and zipped me thereáin ten minutes. Just like anything in Vegas.It’s all about negotiation.

Keep up the good work.

Jim from San Diego, Ca.

 

Ted Responds:

As noted in our light rail story, I’m all for looking at the various options to get around. No longer will the bus get you from McCarran airport to The Stratosphere, but relatively new Westcliff Airport Express (click for schedule and route) does stop at The Strip and Tropicana before taking a non-stop run up the freeway to downtown. For newer readers, you can go to the shuttle and limos area at the airport and hire a town car or limo on the spot and they will give you a set fee for where you are going.


I rent a car each time I vacation in LV. However, it seems that the fees are beginning to equal the cost of rental. ItÆs very discouraging since hotels charge fees etc. Another reason to look elsewhere closer to New England to spend my vacation dollars! Any comments?

Thanks,

Jim from Mass.

P.S. I also have changed to hotels with no fees or low fees (SamÆs Town). No Station Casinos ever and no longer South Point since they have added fees.

I am also against having to pay up to $40 extra for services that I have no use for. I also agree with the statement ôjust raise the room ratesö since these fees are not an option. In your list of places to stay that do not have resort fees, I think Orleans in also one of them, unless they just changed. It is off the strip, but a decent place to stay with clean rooms.

Keep up the good work with all your up to date information.

Doris Osborne

 

Ted Responds:

Unfortunately, exorbitant taxes and fees are part of the rental car game in any city. Back when the rental car tax was raised to pay for our new performing arts center, I spoke out against strongly. We’re well aware that many of our readers like to come here for 10-20 days at a time, which means you are really contributing to our economy. This often includes a car rental so you can explore everything you want to do and see, whether on The Strip, downtown, or at other area casinos.

Unfortunately, both Sam’s Town and The Orleans have instituted fees. However, both Arizona Charlie’s Boulder and Eastside Cannery are about a stone’s throw from Sam’s Town and do not have resort fees.

On our to-do list is creating a map of Las Vegas to show where the fee-less properties are. For example, The Clarion is 1/2 block off The Strip on Convention Center Drive (just a block or so up from Wynn/Encore) and they do NOT charge a fee. We’re also looking at building a proprietary resort fee analyzer software for future paid members that will let you get the most bang for your buck when it comes to resort fees.

Short of federal legislation aimed at airline and hotel fees, our hands are tied beyond that. We don’t profit from them, and we realize how irritating and deceptive they are.

We love to hear from you, and value your feedback! Here’s how to participate:

  • Want to comment on a current reader post? Use the comment box on that particular web page. Many of the stories we post also have comment boxes at the end of the story. Make your voice heard!
  • Drop us an email at [email protected] – We read them all!
  • Call our recorded comment line at 702-507-0055. We listen to every call.

Access Vegas Insider Vibe July 10, 2013

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Pamela Anderson Takes In Absinthe At Caesars Palace – The StripÆs hottest show Absinthe at Caesars Palace just got a little sexier as blonde bombshell Pamela Anderson was spotted enjoying the hilarious antics from the eccentric cast recently. The temperature in the Spiegeltent continued to rise as the former Baywatch babe stayed to meet the Absinthe cast following the show and snapped a few photos with the showÆs foul-mouthed host, The Gazillionaire and his raunchy sidekick, Penny Pibbets.


Gambling And Gaming

Las Vegas Live TV – Great Casino Slots – Episode 9 – Season 1 – Cleopatra Video Slots – Take a trip down the Nile to ancient Egypt and learn about the powerful bonus plays that will leave you spellbound!


Dining In Las Vegas

Old Homestead Steakhouse, Payard PÔtisserie & Bistro, Serendipity 3, And Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers Introduce Delicious New Menu Items – The heat is on this summer and Caesars Entertainment resortsÆ restaurants are embracing the season with cool new menu items. Fresh, tasty, summer-inspired dishes are now being offered at Old Homestead Steakhouse, Payard PÔtisserie & Bistro and Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace as well as KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers at Harrah’s Las Vegas.

KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers, known for ultimate burger selections with Chef Kerry Simon flair, is offering special monthly burger and shake combos this summer, keeping the menu fresh and fun. Each flavorful burger and shake creation is only available for one month and is specially priced at $18. This summerÆs combinations include:


Las Vegas Hotels


Las Vegas Attractions

Bellagio Gallery Of Fine Art Extends “Warhol Out West” Through Years End – Andy WarholÆs 15 minutes of fame sustains in Las Vegas as Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (BGFA) announces the extension of its current exhibition, ôWarhol Out West,ö through January 2, 2014.


More Las Vegas News


Upcoming Las Vegas Events And Holidays

  • Labor Day Weekend Las Vegas 2013
    (August 30 – September 2)

Dalton Gang Adventure Horseback Riding TourDalton Gang Adventure Horseback Riding Tour û The courteous and knowledgeable staff of this Las Vegas horseback riding tour will insure you have a safe and memorable ride, surrounded by a gorgeous view of the mountains and blue sky. Plus, a western style BBQ lunch too, partners!

You’ll wish you had spurs on as you travel down a bridle path surrounded by native trees of Nevada with a chance of catching a glimpse of wild horses, burros and other desert wildlife. You just may ride on the same dusty trails once ridden by some infamous outlaws. You will certainly come away with a whole new appreciation of the Nevada desert.

Click To Book The Dalton Gang Adventure Horseback Riding Tour Now!


Top Tickets For All United States Events

Did you know that we not only sell premium concert and event tickets for Las Vegas, but also for the entire United States as well? If you can’t make it to Vegas, treat yourself to some great seats for something near you:

Most Popular Sports Tickets Most Popular Concert Tickets
US Open Tennis Tickets Beyonce Tickets
NFL Tickets Blake Shelton Tickets
– Dallas Cowboys Tickets Bruno Mars Tickets
– New Orleans Saints Tickets Dave Matthews Band Tickets
– San Francisco 49ers Tickets Eagles Tickets
– Green Bay Packers Tickets Jason Aldean Tickets
– Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets John Mayer Tickets
– Seattle Seahawks Tickets Justin & Jay-Z Tickets
Baseball Tickets Justin Bieber Tickets
– New York Yankees Tickets Justin Timberlake Tickets
– Los Angeles Angels Tickets Luke Bryan Tickets
– San Francisco Giants Tickets New Kids on the Block Tickets
– Boston Red Sox Tickets One Direction Tickets
Ultimate Fighting Championship Taylor Swift Tickets
College Football Tickets Vans Warped Tour Tickets

Las Vegas Show Reviews

The 80’s Show by Sarah Jane Woodall

80’s Show – Light-Hearted Nostalgic Fun – If you survived the 80s, youÆll want to check out this fun, new, interactive musical at Planet Hollywood. The 80s Show is an hour-long trip back in time to everyoneÆs favorite decade, featuring the crazy fashions, the unforgettable dance moves, and the amazing tunes that made the 80s such a fun, memorable era. ItÆs like stepping into a time machine û youÆre instantly transported back to the days of parachute pants and synth-pop!


Newkirk’s Notes: The Boss Speaks…

Newkirk’s Notes are comments and insight from AccessVegas.Com publisher and 20+ year Las Vegas resident Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas! – Wow… have we seen a change in the weather. We went from 8 straight days of 110+ (and often 113-115 during that stretch) to a series of days that are cloudy, humid (at least for us), scattered rain, and temps not even brushing the 100 F mark. This coming week, we are back to normal, which is around 105 for a high and the high 80’s as the overnight low. (Or as we like to call our nights “beautiful summer days… minus the sunshine”). Good time of year to be nocturnal.

Priscilla Closing Soon – The much lauded Priscilla – Queen Of The Desert packs up and move on from Vegas in just a couple of weeks. We had emails asking if it would be playing this fall, but it was a limited run. If you are coming to town soon, look for the Priscilla ad in the left sidebar. Click on it and you’ll save $50 per ticket during the remainder of the run! (We’re always looking out for you).

Airport Slots – That money you risk as your first (or last) bet at the airport contributes nearly $70,000 a day to help fund operations. The airport is public and run by the county. This revenue helps keep down the fees they have to charge the airlines (and you), keeping airfare here as in-check as possible in these days of permanently high oil/gas prices.

Our suggestion? The airport slots have a reputation for being really tight. Play video poker if you are just killing time and Megabucks (which is statewide with the same chances to win) if you are trying to get rich before they call your flight.

Wayne Newton Update – As we previously noted, Wayne has moved down the road to a new estate after losing his famed Casa de Shenandoah. An effort to turn it into a western Graceland went sour, essentially leaving Newton unable to maintain ownership. The current owners are evidently still looking to follow through with those plans, but without Newton’s involvement. We believe that will be a tough row to hoe. Speaking of Vintage Vegas celebs…

New Owner For Liberace’s Home – Just about a week ago, Liberace’s home went on the market. $529,000 was the asking price and as of right now, there is a contingent offer. 22 photos of the property are online at the listing site, for those of you who are curious. We understand that it needs quite a bit of work (leaking roof and similar) and hope that the purchaser has the ways and means to bring it back into its glory.

Clark County Wetlands Park – A couple of months ago, a reader wrote about what a great time they had at our wetlands park. (Unfortunately, the email vanished when our Mozy.com subscription failed to properly back up our email and we had some file corruption take place).

While some of you wouldn’t dream of venturing off-strip, you’d be surprised at the number of our readers who visit regularly enough to want to rent a car and enjoy the scenery. If that is you, check out the story Nature Center opens in Clark County Wetlands Park or point your GPS toá7050 Wetlands Park Lane. You’ll find wildlife, comfortable trails, and plenty of green wetlands. Right here in Las Vegas!

Visitation Stagnant – Las Vegas visitation is up by just a hair this year and it is going to be a struggle to reach that magical 40 million mark that we just fell short of last year.

This should be a wake-up call for the industry. Long-hauling, resort fees, de-theming, expensive drinks, tight slots, poor blackjack rules and the like are taking some of the “Vegas” out of Vegas. Many of you are finding that entertainment, dining, tours, and shopping here are starting to be a better “bang for your buck” then the tight slots.

Downtown really has a chance to step up to the plate. Most hotels around Fremont Street don’t have resort fees, have better odds and games, lower limits, cheaper drinks and food, and Fremont Street still has that “old Vegas” theme (by default)! Time for them to make hay while the sun shines and really promote what they offer.

Don’t Trip A Horse On Your Visit! – The Nevada legislature (which only meets every other spring) passed a few new laws this year. One of them prohibits tripping a horse outside of a rodeo-type of event! More notable ones are tax credits for the film industry (which means you should see more Las Vegas on the silver screen, or in your Netflix queue), and the legalization of pot dispensaries to meet the demand for previously legalized medical marijuana. No word if those with a California pot permit are going to be allowed to buy from Nevada dispensaries. The legalization of marijuana for general use was defeated.

Also, a law was passed prohibiting employers or potential employers from asking for your email and social media passwords. I’m an employer, and I’m in favor of that. Look… just show up, get stuff done, and you are good with me. It isn’t my business who you date, what you consume, and I don’t care who your favorite band is! Granted, we’re not exactly a Fortune 500 company…

Paid Subscriber Update – Reaction to what we’d like to do has been mostly positive and (knock on wood) next week I’ll create a short audio segment to better explain what we want to do. I’ll tell you right now that with the ability to hire more help, we’ll be able to do the kind of research that will make the membership price pay for itself (and then some) in terms of time and money saved.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


What We’re Watching –
Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy


Members Mania – We Love Our Readers!

I look forward to reading your letter. I love all the information you put in your letter. We have been going to Las Vegas since my 39’th birthday, and I just had my 65’th (don’t know where the years went).

We spent a week in May in your beautiful, wonderful friendly city, We always rent a car on arrival at the Airport and stay at the Golden Nugget. With every year the Golden Nugget gets more beautiful. The staff there is wonderful, and the entertainment on Fremont Street is wonderful, from Lady Go Go, Carl Ferris (the Sax Player) and all the other entertainment on every corner.

We went to The Dinner Show at The D, ( Marriage can be Murder). Those actors were great, and they work so hard, and the dinner was delicious. We have been before to the Mob Museum before, but we went again. I can’t believe all the information in there.

We also took in two shows at New York New York: Abba and Broadway Celebration. so entertaining. I could go on and on!

We took the Double Decker Bus from one end of the Strip to the other, and also went on the Open Top sightseeing tour. Did a couple of “Day Trips” to Laughlin, Pahrump, The Hoover Dam, and can’t wait to come back.

Anne

 

Ted Responds:

Thanks for the great note: 25+ years of visiting Las Vegas is a great milestone. Visiting Las Vegas keeps you young! I know that we all (myself included) like to grumble about some of the changes but Las Vegas still offers more to do and see and more value than just about anywhere else. You can spend your afternoon at the pool, spa, shopping, gambling, seeing a show or visiting places like Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon!

The Golden Nugget continues to be the class of downtown, although the Downtown Grand (former Lady Luck) may be giving it a run for its money. In the next week or two, we’ll have a video update to run from the people doing Downtown Grand, and we understand that they are getting close to announcing an opening date and taking reservations.

I too am a huge fan of all the entertainment options on Fremont Street. 3-4 musical acts playing at any given time in the evening ranging from dancing DJ’s to rock to country to smooth jazz sax. Carl “Safe Sax” Ferris has been performing down there for years and always draws a good crowd. Which reminds me that we talked to him about doing a giveaway of some of his CD’s. We need to get on that!

Maybe about a year ago we talked about Pahrump and the vineyards and winerys over there (2 of them). Pahrump is still “wild west” Nevada in many ways.

I encourage EVERYONE who has visited more than a couple of times to at least visit Hoover Dam (if not the Grand Canyon). I’ve heard people say “I’ve seen it on TV and I saw it on the plane flying in”. That doesn’t even come CLOSE to the live, jaw-dropping experience. We’ve upgraded our tours area and added something for literally everyone. I’d invite all of our readers to click over to our Access Vegas Tours page.

Thanks for the great report!

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe July 3, 2013

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Let Rock Of Ages Pick Up The Tab During ôDrink Us Dry Saturdaysö – Las VegasÆ best party just got better with ôDrink Us Dry Saturdaysö beginning Saturday, July 6. Every Saturday, Rock Of Ages ticket holders for the 10 p.m. show are invited to ôDrink Us Dryö at Zebra Lounge at The Palazzo Las Vegas from 8-10 p.m. Guests will be served unlimited domestic beer until the kegs go dry. For the high maintenance rock stars that prefer a different adult beverage, an upgrade to an unlimited open bar is available for only $25. The open bar upgrade includes well drinks and wine.

Both offers are valid for Saturday 10 p.m. Rock Of Ages show ticket holders only and are only valid on the Saturday date printed on the ticket. Guests must be 21 or older to partake in ôDrink Us Dry Saturdays.ö


Las Vegas Shows, Headliners, And Concerts


Las Vegas In July

PBR Rock Bar Goes Crazy For Coladas On National Pi±a Colada Day Open Bar – Thirsty partygoers will celebrate National Pi±a Colada Day at PBR Rock Bar & Grill, inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, on Wednesday, July 10.

Patrons will receive a complimentary shot with the purchase of any Pi±a Colada cocktail at the Strip-side destination. Revelers will also enjoy Patr¾n XO shots, priced at $5, along with $50 all day open bar access. Additionally, the hot spot will offer all day Pabst Blue Ribbon open bar, priced at $30 throughout the summer months.


Gambling And Gaming


Dining In Las Vegas

Emeril’s Table 10 Celebrates Summer With A Taste Of Table 10 $45 Tasting Menu – Chef de Cuisine Tim Doolittle of Emeril Lagasse’s Las Vegas restaurant Table 10 has created a Taste of Table 10 menu which gives dinner guests the opportunity to taste an array of dishes and experience the American eatery with a New Orleans twist.

The $45 four-course tasting menu includes some of Table 10’s signature dishes, such as the candied bacon with Noble Tonic #1; pea tortellini with mushrooms and three cheeses; scallops with Marcona almonds, parsnips, grapes and capers as well as Emeril’s banana cream pie.


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The Eagle Airplane TourAirplane Eagle Tour û Soar into the sky aboard a Cessna Grand Caravan for the ideal Grand Canyon airplane tour. The Cessna offers large windows and individual leather seating to create the perfect atmosphere to enjoy spectacular views. Flying in the Cessna you will enjoy aerial highlights including Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Fortification Hill, Temple Rock, historic Boulder City and the Colorado River in transit to the Grand Canyon. Experience views of the Grand Canyon from a unique perspective capturing the depth and magnitude of this national treasure.

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Pin Up by Sarah Jane Woodall

Pin Up: Classic, Colorful, Lighthearted, and Sexy! – Vegas buffets arenÆt the only place to find cheesecake anymore! Fans of classic vintage pin-up style can now head over to the Stratosphere, where a new music and dance stage show called Pin Up is bringing sexy back, with a modern twist on a timeless style.

Stockings, garter belts and sky-high heels are back in a big way as the girls of Pin Up strut their stuff in a series of sexy numbers showcasing classic femininity. 2011 Playmate of the Year and pin-up model extraordinaire, Claire Sinclair, presides over this fun romp through the seasons of the year, vintage pin-up style.


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

Hello From Las Vegas! – We’ve been having some super-hot weather, with temps in the mid-teens (one hundred and teens, not the freezing cold teens that some of you are used to in the winter). We’re pretty used to it and Phoenix and Laughlin were warmer than we were on some days.

If you follow us on our Access Vegas Twitter or Access Vegas Facebook pages, you can see that we live-posted the Las Vegas sign streaming cam and plenty of people were out in the afternoon heat taking their picture with it. But yes, even for us locals, it was HOT. Temps return to normal (104 F for a high) after July 4.

We tend to get low readership during holidays and as this goes out, we’re up against our United States Independence Day holiday on July 4. We do appreciate that you are taking the time to read, but with so many tuned out, we’ll get back to the ever-popular Newkirk’s Notes and Members Mania next week.

To our international friends, go ahead and celebrate July 4’th anyway. (OK, except maybe our friends in the UK)! Grill up some hamburgers and hot dogs (frankfurters), enjoy some American-style chips, some coleslaw, and a couple of beers.

Me? I’m getting a root canal (oh joy) on July 3. I had the misfortune of a good-sized 25 year old filling crack and now need a serious fix. So while you enjoy your favorite libations over the long holiday weekend, I’ll be popping pain pills. Oh well.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


What We’re Watching – Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy


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Access Vegas Insider Vibe June 26, 2013

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Summer Bucket List at MGM Resorts – Go Big Or Go BIGGER!Summer is here and guests looking to add more adventure and excitement to their Vegas vacation can check these MGM ResortsÆ favorites off their bucket lists.


Las Vegas Shows, Headliners, And Concerts


Las Vegas In July

Rhumbar Inside The Mirage Celebrates Fourth Of July With Weekend Party On The Patio Specials – Rhumbar at The Mirage Hotel & Casino will celebrate Independence Day with a weekend party filled with cocktails, cigars, hookahs and a DJ spinning the hottest tracks Thursday, July 4 through Sunday, July 7.


Party In Las Vegas

Savor Summer With Refreshing New Cocktails At Hyde Bellagio – Just in time for summer, Hyde Bellagio introduces tasty new libations perfect for sipping on the terrace overlooking Las VegasÆ most-celebrated landmark, the Fountains of Bellagio.

Hyde invites guests to enjoy these summery concoctions while snacking on delectable small plates such as Caprese Crostini, Ahi Tuna Tartar ôConesö and Kobe Sliders from neighboring Circo beginning every evening at 5 p.m.

Rockhouse Shows Some Skin With Open Bar Specials On National Bikini Day – Swimsuit enthusiasts will show off their tan lines during National Bikini Day at Rockhouse, located at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Hotel & Casino, on Friday, July 5.

Patrons who purchase a Rockhouse bikini on National Bikini Day will receive complimentary all day open bar access. Bikini-clad partygoers who start the party early will enjoy the ultra-dive barÆs $10 ôBottomless Bikini Bar,ö open bar available every day from 6 until 10 p.m.

Park On Fremont Launches Happy Hour Specials – Afternoons in Downtown Las Vegas will get a whole lot happier as Park on Fremont introduces affordable happy hour selections Monday through Friday from 3 û 7 p.m.

The menu features unique fare perfect for an after work meal or snacks to kick-start a night out in Fremont East.


Las Vegas Attractions


Dining In Las Vegas

The Plated Canvas: Culinary Arts Month Hits Vegas – Celebrated as Culinary Arts Month, July is an appropriate time to recognize the artistry and craftsmanship of eye-catching dishes. As with any art form, it takes dedication to make sure each element complements one another to create a true masterpiece. The culinary artists at Sage, Aureole, and LÆAtelier de JoÙl Robuchon are dedicated to satisfying the palate in a creative fashion û sure to leave a lasting (and tasty) impression.

Park On Fremont Introduces “Taco Tuesday” Specials And Coronitas – Tuesdays in Downtown Las Vegas will get beefed up at Park on Fremont with savory tacos and drink specials during ôTaco Tuesdayö every week from 3 û 7 p.m. Whether unwinding after a day at the office or fueling up for a night out on Fremont Street, guests can enjoy $2 carne asada tacos and $1 Coronitas in Park on FremontÆs rustic dining area and blossoming outdoor patio.

Michael Mina’s PUB 1842 At MGM Grand Puts A Whimsical Spin On Classic American Pub Fare – Michael MinaÆs PUB 1842 at MGM Grand introduces a casual tavern-style eatery that playfully blends unexpected flavors and textures into classic American pub favorites. The restaurant boasts an extensive selection of beers and cocktails for guests to enjoy while they play favorites such as darts and ping pang pong in the energetic bar area. A lively soundtrack complements the restaurant atmosphere, which encourages socializing and spirited fun. The restaurant is open daily for lunch, dinner and late night.


Las Vegas Hotels


Gambling And Gaming


Shopping In Las Vegas

The World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop And NGC Present A Signature Series Medallion In Commemoration Of “The Old Man” – Home of The History Channel’s Pawn Stars, Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, has joined forces with Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) to present a signature series medallion to commemorate Mr. HarrisonÆs 71st birthday. ôThe Old ManÆs 71st Birthday Medallionö has been encapsulated in a NGC EdgeView Holder with a custom label that has been personally autographed by ôThe Old Manö in gold Sharpie.

HersheyÆs Chocolate World Retail Experience Inside New York-New York To Be Unwrapped On The Las Vegas Strip – The Las Vegas Strip will get a whole lot sweeter when Hershey’s Chocolate World retail experience opens at New York-New York Hotel & Casino this winter.

The flagship store will occupy two floors, boast an eye-catching 70-foot faþade and provide guests with an experiential concept that will immerse them in the candy brands they love: HersheyÆs, HersheyÆs Kisses, ReeseÆs, Ice Breakers, Jolly Ranchers, Twizzlers and more.


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Upcoming Las Vegas Events And Holidays


Celebrate Your Senses Helicopter TourCelebrate Your Senses Helicopter Tour û Embark upon a helicopter tour in Las Vegas for the flight of your life. This tour goes for the glamour shots û we know which areas of Las Vegas will take your breath away. Each Vegas Night helicopter tour is designed to ôwowö our guests. Prior to your departure from our Las Vegas terminal, you will be served champagne to toast your night flight as you experience breathtaking sights from inside an ECO-Star helicopter, nicknamed the “limousine of the sky”.

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Las Vegas Show Reviews

Seth Grabel by Terri D’Richards

Seth Grabel – Magic With A Serious Fun Factor – Is he an acrobat? Is he an illusionist? Is he a dancer? Take your pick! Seth Grabel shows us all of the above and more in his Las Vegas show. Settled in at the intimate (with super comfy seats!) Wolf Theatre at The Clarion, Grabel shows off feats of amazement and grace presented with charismatic personality and style.

The multi-faceted performer gained notoriety as a finalist on season six of ôAmericaÆs Got Talentö where he wowed audiences and judges alike with impossible escapes, grand scale illusions and acrobatic flash. Working within the confines of his current venue, Grabel makes the most of more up-close magic, such as sleight of hand and levitation. He even pulls off some nifty metamorphosis (when one person gets substituted out for another in a seemingly enclosed trunk), and other illusions.


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

Hello From Las Vegas! – We don’t keep records, but this may be one of the longer, most packed issues we’ve ever done. A month ago, we quietly passed our 14’th anniversary, and if you go back into the archives and look at our Access Vegas Insider Vibe û May 20, 1999 issue, you can see that we’ve come a long way! I’m not one for making huge events out of milestones, but next year for our 15’th, we’ll do something special and hopefully be able to involve you in it as well.

Triple Digits – Temps over 100F are the norm this time of year, but going into this weekend, we’ll be flirting with record highs. I mean ALL-TIME record highs, not just for a day or month. Saturday is predicted to be 117 with Sunday 116. The all-time record is 118.

Yes… you’ve probably heard people say that they’ve been in Las Vegas when it was in the 120’s, and if you are outside walking in it, you probably feel like it is the 120’s. This is a good time to revisit our last issue where I discussed staying hydrated.

Silver Sevens (Formerly Terrible’s) $7.77 July Specials – To kick off the Silver Sevens celebration, guests can devour a $7.77 steak and lobster dinner inside The Sterling Spoon CafÚ every day in July from 2 to 10 p.m. In addition, CafÚ guests can enjoy seven entrÚes under $7 offered 24 hours a day throughout July, including signature items: steak salad, chicken lettuce wraps, Mandarin chicken salad, pulled pork sandwich and eggplant parmesan. Silver Sevens is one two-minute cab ride east of The Bellagio on Flamingo.

July 4 Fireworks – Caesars Palace will once again be sparking a fireworks display at 9 PM (weather/winds permitting as we are in the desert). In previous years, the southbound lanes of The Strip have been temporarily closed leading up to the display to accommodate everyone who wants to enjoy it. We expect the same this year. For you locals, Red Rock and Green Valley Ranch casinos will have fireworks. Me? I can see the Caesars show plain and clear from the end of my block, so I’ll be enjoying that one!

MGM Officially Set To Build Arena – Although the project was previously announced, the plans to build a 20,000 seat arena behind New York-New York. Construction starts next year and runs through 2016. MGM (the company) already owns the Mandalay Bay Events Center and MGM Grand Gardens, both a stones throw away. This larger venue is expected to help provide the space to bring even more big-name events to Las Vegas.

This doesn’t seem to be an effort to bring a major league team to town. Some see it as a pre-emptive strike against Caesars Entertainment’s planned, but unfunded, arena behind the Linq project. My guess is that the Caesars arena simply won’t happen, especially in light of the push to bring an even bigger major events arena to the UNLV campus just a few minutes east of The Strip.

Membership Questions – We’re received quite a few questions about our pending move to a paid subscriber model in order to both 1. Keep the newsletter at the quality (and quantity) of information and 2. Provide specific, extra helpful information to members that takes time and research (which costs money). We’ll answer those next week via a short audio I’m going to record, but essentially we’re going to ask that readers basically buy us a relatively cheap cup of coffee just once per month (we’re not even asking for Starbucks). In return, we’ll use those funds to bring some great new information and benefits plus be able to maintain what we’re doing.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


Members Mania – We Love Our Readers!

First of all I have to tell you how I look forward to each copy of Access Vegas. You do a great job. Love it all.

My sister and I got back from 3 weeks in Las Vegas. This is our second year, and I always drag my sorry butt to the airport in disbelief that we have to return home. I usually stay a week off the strip at a condo, a week on the strip and the third week off the strip.

This year we sprouted our wings with bus passes and loved it. My sister seems to think I am addicted to buses as each morning the bus route map would come out as I would ask, “and where are we going today?ö I Expect next year even more bussing. Loved the off the strip bus catching stops. We got to meet the local people going to work and for a few short weeks you really begin to feel part of the community. We would often say have a good shift and they wished us the same.

The condoÆs all have apartment set us and barbecues. My very favourite grocery store is Whole Foods market at the Town Square.. The freshness of the produce, great meats. I didnÆt know walnuts could actually taste that great and it was because they were fresh.

We live in a community in northern Ontario, so except for the short season local farmers market that lasts about a month or 2, our food is shipped in from a distance, so fresh is a word we read but with not a lot of meaning behind it.

We met a lovely lady at the Bill Mahar concert at the Palms. She lives in Vegas, and invited my sister to join her and one of her friends to dinner at the Palms buffet, and then a concert that started at 3 in the afternoon featuring a female impersonator. A truly delightful day. It really makes me smile as I can almost hear my grandfatherÆs words. A stranger is just a friend you havenÆt met. How true that is. We met so many nice people everywhere.

I have to say the staff at the Desert Paradise Resort are second to none. I was just amazed when the gal at the desk emailed to the Polo Towers, another Diamond resort and arranged for an early check in for us, and the driver at that resort took us to our next resort. We hadnÆt asked for all this kind extra arrangements on our behalf, but how nice was that? We were treated like queens.

Every year, I love my time in Vegas, I never want to come home. I love meeting new folks, love walking the strip, hopping on a bus. people watching, love the flowers, the fountains the great food. I just want it all. IÆm a pretty healthy almost 69 yr old, and hope my sister and I continue our Vegas holidays for many years. We are already planning next year.

I also loved the day trip to Laughlin. We have done that twice. Next year I plan to try out the water taxi on the Colorado river. It is all good.

Thank you for all the great editions of Access Vegas.

Yours truly,

Marjorie from Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada

Ted Responds:

Usually we use this section to answer various reader questions, but this was such a great letter that I wanted to run it in its entirety! Because of the price of airfare, I’ve been suggesting fewer trips here but staying longer each time. It really gives you a chance to relax, enjoy your visit, not feel rushed, and experience those things you may put off each trip thinking “we just don’t have the time”.

Renting a condo or time-share for an extended stay is really gaining in popularity because you have a small kitchen, decent refrigerator/freezer, and can really save (as compared to eating out meal after meal after meal). One of the many, many things we’d like to do when we go to a paid membership platform is to research and highlight all those options and make that information available to those subscribers.

While many choose to rent a car, many of our major east/west streets have bus routes that actually run 24/7, so the system is pretty easy to use!

One of the fun things about Las Vegas is the ease of meeting people and just going with the flow. As with any travel destination, do take normal precautions for the safety of yourself and your possessions. But, there is something really fun about just setting out to have fun!

We get asked about Laughlin quite often and hope to do a little better job with Laughlin information down the road. The water taxis run along the Colorado River taking you from casino to casino and across the river to sister city Bullhead City, Arizona.

Town Square is a beautiful large outdoor shopping, dining, and retail area one mile south of Mandalay Bay. Probably not a “must see” for your first visit, but for those Vegas veterans who have not checked it out, shame on you! It is a relatively quick cab ride and also served by the double-decker buses that run The Strip. And yes, for those interested, it has a full-sized Whole Foods.

I looked up Kapuskasing, which is a modest-sized town about 800 km north of Detroit (as the crow flies). It looks like a beautiful area, but we’re happy to be able to give you our “sun and fun” escape for a few weeks per year. Thanks for the great report!

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe June 12, 2013

AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

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Air Force Captain Returns From Active Duty And Boards Pirate Ship At Treasure Island To Surprise Family – United States Air Force Captain John ôArrowö Costa surprised his family earlier this evening by walking onto the pirate ship at the conclusion of the Sirens of TI show at Treasure Island. Captain Costa was not scheduled to return from his one-year deployment in Qatar for another week.

His wife, Lori, helped coordinate the surprise for the coupleÆs daughters, Ally, 10 and Tally, 6.

After the surprise, the family was treated to dinner at GilleyÆs Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que and the evening performance of Cirque du SoleilÆs Mystere.


Las Vegas Shows, Headliners, And Concerts


Wine And Cocktails

CharlieÆs Wine Angels Light Up Aureole With New LED Designer Outfits – The wine angels of Chef Charlie PalmerÆs Aureole at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino recently unveiled a new designer outfit during an exclusive Las Vegas Fashion Week event. Created by eco-friendly fashion designer Bunker Hill Bradley, the bold, fashion-forward attire is adorned with 20 feet of LED ôangelicö lights each displaying more than 100 shining bulbs.

The striking uniform ensures that guests can easily spot the wine angels as they gracefully ascend and descend the iconic four-story wine tower for which Aureole is renowned. Photo: @BillyWardPhotography

Rockhouse Serves Up Electrified Specials June 21-23 With Open Bar And Food Specials – Flower-power partygoers and all Las Vegas visitors will enjoy psychedelic drink specials at Rockhouse, located at Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo, throughout the Electric Daisy Carnival, from Friday, June 21, until Sunday, June 23.

Cabo Wabo Cantina Rocks National Daiquiri Day With Buy-One-Get-OneCabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will host a rockinÆ National Daiquiri Day fiesta on Friday, July 19.

The Strip-side cantina will raise a toast to the date dedicated to the festive drink by serving up buy-one-get-one frozen daiquiris all day. Refreshing frozen daiquiri selections include Pi±a Colada, Strawberry, Margarita and Cherry Lemonade.


I like Las Vegas In June


Dining In Las Vegas

Chef Guy Fieri Opens First Las Vegas Restaurant At The Quad Later This Year – Restaurateur, Chef, Author and TV host Guy Fieri expects to open his first Las Vegas restaurant in late 2013 at the entrance of The Quad Resort & Casino. Located in the heart of the famous Las Vegas Strip, the 7,000 sq. foot restaurant will be a new restaurant concept from Fieri developed as part of The LINQ, Caesars EntertainmentÆs $500 million dining, retail and entertainment development next to The Quad.

ôThis is a true homecoming for me,ö said Guy Fieri, a University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) alumnus having graduated in 1990 with a bachelorÆs degree in hospitality management. ôI remember the beginning of the food revolution in Las Vegas, in the early 90Æs as a college student, and now I am finally opening my very own restaurant right in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. I am stoked.ö


Gambling And Gaming

Las Vegas Live TV – Great Casino Slots – Wheel of Fortune – Episode 5 – Season 1

From Live in front of The Flamino Las Vegas, “Vegas” Vic Royer give you an overview of the latest version of the ever-popular Wheel Of Fortune, what’s been added, and how to play!


More Las Vegas News


Upcoming Las Vegas Events And Holidays


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

Hello From Las Vegas! – The old saying is “If you don’t like the heat, get out of the kitchen” and we’ve been on the warm side the past week, no doubt about it. One record-setting day of 111 and another nearly record-setting day of 109 is quite the change from the really nice, moderate, flawless spring. And above the June average of 99 F.

Now… I’m used to it. Was out on my back deck a few nights ago, 96 degrees. Warm? Sure. But soothingly for a desert rat like me. Same with a Monday evening trip to Fremont Street. For the rest of you who don’t live here and aren’t used to it:

Everybody talks about sunscreen (and do use plenty of it), but I rarely — if ever — read articles and such about visiting Las Vegas that talk about hydration. Water is extremely essential. Because our climate is so dry, you do perspire but often don’t feel it. Then you wake up the next day wondering why you have such a bad hangover, when a huge part of a hangover is dehydration!

Solution – Order an ice water with every booze drink (there will be no charge). In fact, I prefer to ask for it in a beer pint, easy on the ice so I get plenty of water. Even if I’m moving on, I can down quite a bit of the water and stay hydrated as I move to my next location. At the games and slots, you can usually ask for a bottled water in addition to your cocktail.áAnd yes, even beer can dehydrate you because of the alcohol content.

Also, there is some kind of rumor out there that our tap water isn’t safe. Not so (or I’d be dead)! It simply tastes a bit like well water (high mineral content) because it comes from the Colorado River — just east of town — and the river has a high mineral content. As a side note, this high mineral content is what creates the “bathtub line” around Lake Mead.

If you have partied a bit too much and ignored my advice, at least guzzle yourself a glass (or two) of tap water when you get back to your room. Trust me, the so-so taste is a small price to pay for helping reduce your morning hangover level.

PS I follow my own advice. My friends have been surprised over the years that I rarely get a bad hangover, simply because I hydrate all through the evening, down some water before bed, and some more when I wake up in the middle of the night.

Hotel Oversupply Will Continue – Visitation looks to remain steady for the foreseeable future, which means that hotel rates should remain pretty much unchanged. We still have more rooms than visitors, which means the law of supply and demand is keeping rates in check. The caliber of a Las Vegas room compared to what you’ll pay in any other city is night and day. (Even with the dreaded resort fee added in).

Within a couple of years, the new Resort World (old Stardust property) and SLS (old Sahara) will bring thousands more rooms online. Unless visitor counts really jump over the next couple of years (highly unlikely in my book), Las Vegas rooms should continue to remain a relative bargain.

Let’s Blow Up The Harmon – CityCenter’s Harmon Tower (the stubby looking, half-finished one next to Cosmo) has been deemed to be beyond repair regarding the construction defects which halted the project. This brings us one step closer to seeing it imploded.

I’m completely in favor. Bringing it down would give The Strip some visual “breathing room” which is getting to be in short supply. Many of you have written suggesting that they blow up all of CityCenter, which with its cold blue color looks and feels so out-of-place on The Strip. Unfortunately, that isn’t in the cards.

Regular visitors know that it wasn’t that long ago you had a block or two here and there between resorts. The Strip felt less boxed in, and you could enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains that make the Southwest U.S. so special.

Unhappy Living Here – I always advise people to really do their research before moving here. If at all possible, come visit for a couple of weeks and live like a local. Stay off the strip at a locals hotel (or better yet, an extended stay non-casino hotel). Rent a car for the entire stay. Drive the entire area (including during rush hour). Stop in at local bars, restaurants, stores and the like in the area you are considering living in. Why?

If I had a dollar for every person I’ve met who lives here and doesn’t really like it, I’d have a pretty hefty roll of cash.

What is the #1 determination of whether you’ll be happy here or not? How you handle really hot weather. The happiest people I know who live in Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, Palm Springs and other areas of our Desert Southwest are people who actually like/enjoy the heat.

I’m one of them. Our average Dec./Jan. high of 57 is chilly for my blood. Don’t get me wrong: I wouldn’t want to stand out in 100+ weather for hour at a time or be digging ditches in it. But when it comes to lounging around, most who love it here think that 90 degrees feels great.

Final Note: Between all of the cities I mentioned above (plus smaller ones like Yuma, Laughlin/Bullhead and others), around 10 million people live in our Desert Southwest where summer temps average above 100. It is our trade-off for a spring and fall that feels like much of the nation’s summer, warm nights much of the year, and not owning heavy jackets or snow equipment. But, it isn’t for everyone.

International Air Traffic Up – We’re seeing a small uptick (year over year) in visitors from beyond our borders, which is good news for Las Vegas. We realize that many of you (especially those crossing oceans to get here) could spend your holiday in many other places around the world, and appreciate you choosing Las Vegas.

While the visitors authority hopes that someday Las Vegas visitation may be comprised of 25% international visitors, I’m continually proud to note that right around 25% of our readers are already from outside the U.S. and we’re happy to help you make the best of those precious vacation time and budget!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


What We’re Watching – Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy


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I’m taking a first timer to Vegas. Have been reading up on the place since I last visited two years ago and am a bit disappointed that I’ll not be showing him the Strip at it’s best.

I understand that the front of the Monte Carlo is a building site, the front of NYNY is also under construction. Bill’s is closed, the former Imperial is also being worked on.

Some how feel short changed that the stroll up and down the Strip is going to be more hassle than relaxation……

Dave Kendall from UK

 

Ted Responds:

The Las Vegas Strip is four miles long, and only a couple of spots (New York-New York/Monte Carlo and Bill’s to Quad) are construction areas. So, the vast majority of The Strip is intact. For those who worry about possible construction noise, I’d simply stay away from booking New York-New York, Monte Carlo, Flamingo or The Quad. You’ll be fine!

Having said that, the lack of construction you saw two years ago was an anomaly. In the 20 years I’ve been here, seldom has there NOT been something major under construction. Most of The Strip will be pretty quiet once Linq (Harrah’s) and Park (New York-New York) are done, sans the construction of the new arena behind New York, New York. The major action will be on the north end of The Strip with SLS (former Sahara) and Resorts World (former Stardust property).


Regarding our story Terrible’s Hotel & Casino Begins Transition To Silver Sevens With Removal Of Iconic Sign:

With the change over to the Silver Sevens, will your points with Terrible’s still be in effect or will they be lost.

Mary Ann Petit

 

Ted Responds:

This is simply a name change, not an ownership change. Back in the 90’s, Terrible’s used to be called The Continental. (In fact, as The Continental it was my first locals hotel, within walking distance of my first apartment here. Their lounge act? Cook E. Jarr, who still performs at Harrah’s piano bar Saturdays and Sundays at 4 PM).

It was bought out by the local Herbst family, who owns a significant number of “Terrible Herbst” convenience stores all over town. They simply renamed it Terrible’s because of the local name recognition. However, realizing that the name probably wasn’t a good marketing strategy, the present owners have given it the new Silver Sevens moniker.

By the way, for those driving in (or renting a car) and on a budget, absolutely nothing wrong with this property. As one that caters to locals, you’ll find much better food and drink prices, looser slots, lower limits, and we’ve always experienced a friendly staff. You are literally 3 minutes from The Strip by car (although probably a bit farther away than most of you would want to walk).

One more thing: The only time you need to really worry about your points is when two properties with two different sets of reward criteria merge. That’s when they have to figure out how to integrate them!

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe June 5, 2013

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Aria Hotel Finally Has A Marquee On The Strip – At 250 feet tall, the new Aria marquee is the tallest on the Las Vegas Strip. The majority of its surface area is comprised of LED display with nearly 11,000 square-feet of LED on each side. Designed by YESCO, the marquee stands at 65-feet wide as the unique design allows pedestrians to walk through its legs. The screens burst more than 11 million pixels as customized messaging featuring ARIAÆs amenities and experiences plays to the millions of visitors exploring The Strip.


Las Vegas Shows, Headliners, And Concerts


Party, Drink, Smoke, and Swim

Trevi Heats Up Summer With New Specials And Gelato Happy HourTrevi inside The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace will introduce tasty new $10 summer entrÚe specials and a gelato happy hour throughout the months of June, July and August.

To kick off the warmer season, Executive Chef Peter Scaturro will prepare a different $10 brick-oven-fired pizza each day throughout the entire month of June. The specialty pizzas of the day will include Chicken Marinato made with roasted chicken, pancetta, roasted garlic, spinach and mozzarella; Shrimp and Pesto made with Gulf shrimp, prosciutto, pesto sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella and Asiago cheese; Italian Sausage made with peppers, roasted garlic and mozzarella; Margherita made with Roma tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil or more. Photo Credit: Peter Scatturo


Dining In Las Vegas

Tacos & Tequila Inside The Luxor Stays Up All Night With New Late Night MenuTacos & Tequila (T&T) at Luxor Hotel and Casino will introduce a late night menu available 11 p.m. to close* throughout the summer. Night owls may enjoy late night specialty drinks and eats created by Corporate Executive Chef Saul Ortiz. The menu features mouthwatering items such as guacamole, queso fundido, flautas, nachos, cheese or chicken quesadillas, haba±ero chicken wings and a three-taco combo including shredded beef, shredded chicken and pork carnitas, priced at $6 each.


Gambling And Gaming

Las Vegas Live TV – Great Casino Slots – Megabucks – Episode 4 – Season 1

This week, “Vegas Vic” tells you about the ever popular Megabucks slots with jackpots starting at $10,000,000!


More Las Vegas News

Summer Arrives Early At BellagioÆs Conservatory & Botanical Gardens – The first official day of summer isnÆt until June 21, but the hottest season of the year has already arrived at BellagioÆs Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. The lush summer floral exhibition is filled with oversized sunflowers, polychromatic kites and live birds for guestsÆ enjoyment through September 8.


Upcoming Las Vegas Events And Holidays


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

Hello From Las Vegas! – I’m back in the saddle after dealing with some medical issues last week (nothing fatal!) and also dealing with a computer data loss that may happen to you, so I’ll fill you in on that in a minute. Summer is in full swing, as is the construction of both the Park and Linq projects we’ve detailed in the past. Next week, we’ll have updates on that including new photos. For those worried about noise, we continue to advise NOT staying at New York-New York, Monte Carlo, Quad and Flamingo.

Priscilla – Queen Of The Desert – This outrageous, feel-good show is here in Las Vegas for a limited run and if you are coming this summer, you’ll want to put this on your “to see” list. Everybody is raving about it! Click on the Priscilla button (toward the top of this issue) and you’ll be able to not only watch a free preview video, but also get a code to save you $30 per ticket, just for our readers. That isn’t loose change!

Getting A Little Warm – After an incredible spring of “summertime” weather, we are into our three hot months. June average is 99F, July is 104F, and August is 102F before we get to fall where Sept. is in the 90’s and October barely peeks into the 80’s.

Every year, visitors say “How can anybody live here” (in reference to the heat) but at the end of the day, if weather keeps me indoors much of the time, I’d rather walk out into the heat than the cold. My jackets collect dust in my closet all but the coldest months of the year!

On The Train To Flavortown – UNLV graduate Guy Fieri has announced plans to open a restaurant at the Imperial Palace Quad. Right out front with a great view of The Strip. I was a big fan of Guy back from when he competed on the Food Network series to find their next big star and both of his shows are on my DVR subscribed list. Food snobs hate him, but isn’t food supposed to be fun? Full details next issue!

Real Live “Hangover” Movie Scene – A Los Angeles attorney and his friends did nearly $100,000 worth of damage to two-story suite at Wynn’s Encore hotel. According to reports, the furniture was in disarray, broken glass abound, and it appears they had a food fight! More details here: Lawyer trashes Las Vegas luxury suite ‘Hangover’ style

Homeless Wayne Newton – Well, not quite. But with the failure of the plans to turn his long-time, famed Casa De Shenandoah sprawling estate into the western Graceland, Wayne Newton and family are being forced to relocate. He’ll still be living in style in a mansion in the same general area, but losing your lifetime domicile in this manner has to hurt no matter who you are. Wayne is playing Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria, VA in June 12 and a few tickets are still available: Wayne Newton Tickets

If It Is Listed, It Is Playing – If you’ll look to your left, you’ll see our concert and headliner calendar running down the page. From time-to-time we get questions about who is playing in such-and-such a month (usually many months down the road). If we have the info, we post it. If you aren’t seeing much listed for your month, just keep checking back every issue as your trip gets closer and you’ll see more and more information appear as events are scheduled!

Don’t Lose Your Data – This isn’t Vegas related, but may be important to some of you. (If not, just keep scrolling).

I’ve been using Mozy online data back-up for about three years, thinking my data was safe. This includes my email, as I use the very popular Thunderbird email client for business. (I’m not 100% comfortable with Google having access to every aspect of my business via Gmail. I’m sure they don’t peek, but still…). Using Mozy, I checked the appropriate folder containing my entire email program and went on my merry way, thinking that all was fine. After all, that is the way Mozy works. You check a folder and everything in that folder is automatically backed up by them twice per day. Perfect, right?

Not so fast. A Mozy glitch — one I learned that they have been aware of since 2010 — causes Mozy to NOT back up many any email subfolder files in Thunderbird. Despite those files being in a folder that was specifically check-marked by me for back-up! Some of my email files corrupted on my computer recently, and I couldn’t retrieve the data from Mozy because of this glitch. Both important business emails and irreplaceable personal files that had sentimental value. Gone forever

Mozy was completely unapologetic, claiming that it was my responsibility to go double-check that every single file in every single folder — including folders checked for complete inclusion — are checked. That means that if you are a Mozy user, you had better go manually check every single file (even if you have hundreds or thousands of files backed up through them) to make sure there is a check mark by each and every single file indicating back-up. You can’t just check a folder and assume they will back up the entire folder (even though that is how the service purports to work).

Bottom Line: If you are using Mozy, I’d switch to another service TODAY. Don’t get screwed like I did where their glitch lost me a ton of data, only to have them shrug their shoulders at it. They did not protect my data and when they failed, they did not care.

Correction: We mislinked the story regarding the attorney who filed a complaint about being long-hauled and was not happy with the response. Here is the correct link: Attorney alleges runaround after long haul

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


What We’re Watching – Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy


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This is regarding the cabs overcharging from the airport to the hotels. The only time we took the shuttles was the first couple of times going to Vegas, we have been taking cabs for close to 20 years and never had a problem before, plus having taken cabs so often, we know the approximate cost to most of the hotels.

Last October we took a cab from the airport to the Paris. Immediately we knew something was wrong as he was going a way that we had never been, my husband and I kept looking at each other and then we finally asked him where we were going. He said that this way was faster. Bare in mind this was at 10 a.m.

When we got to the Paris he said that we owed him $25.00. My husband told him that we knew he was screwing us, that it should have been approximately $12-13.00. The driver offered to give the money back but we said to keep it and that was his tip too!

When we got home I complained to the Nevada Taxi Cab Authority, It took them 2 months to reply but they said they would forward the complaint on to the cab company. 3 months after the incident we heard from the cab company wanting our correct address to send us a refund cheque, which we received a couple of weeks later…in full. It was Nellis Cab #626.

I would advise anyone heading to Vegas to Google the cost of the cab from the airport to the hotel that they are staying at. We really did appreciate receiving the refund, at least they were admitting that what the driver did was wrong.

Grant and Ronni from Essex, Ontario, Canada

 

We started renting a car in Vegas many years ago so itÆs been awhile since weÆve had to take a taxi, but we were long hauled once too. IÆm so tired of reading about it and even more tired of not seeing anything done about it. I think the Taxi Authority is an absolute joke.

I believe the solution to this problem is, if you are long hauled û donÆt pay!! (Wait until you get to your destination before you announce this). DonÆt just withhold their tip, donÆt pay them what you think the fare should have been û simply DONÆT PAY AT ALL!!

Sure the taxi driver will get angry and maybe threaten to call the cops. Yes, LetÆs call the cops û IÆll dial!!!

Thanks for letting me vent!

Linda in Texas

 

Ted Responds:

Lots of great points, and this is certainly a hot-button issue that we’re going to do as much as we can about. When we go to a paid subscriber situation (which I’ll discuss after the next letter), we’ve got some ideas on how to protect our subscribers from getting long-hauled and walking people through the situation of what to do. I know that by the time one gets to their hotel, they last thing they want to do is fill out paperwork, and when they get home, they just forget about it and let it go.

The Nevada Taxicab Authority has two great resources that you all should print out. At the very least, print out the first brief one, but the second one is really nice and detailed:

Approximate Minimum Rates – McCarran Airport To General Locations

Approximate Minimum Rates – McCarran Airport To Specific Hotels

Note: Do keep in mind that no matter what the route, if you are here while a big convention arrives or you fly in on a Friday night, the traffic is going to cause the fare to be higher.

Also, the “simply don’t pay” advice is great. I realize that some people don’t want to bring up any issues while they are in the cab. You don’t know the town and don’t want to create a fuss. However, once you arrive at your hotel, your ride is done and that is a great time to raise some hell. The cabbie is stuck, because to call in the police or taxi authority means that they will ask what the fare you owed was. And since you were long-hauled, it will be obvious that the fare was too high.

They cabbie will probably express his displeasure, but he’ll be on his way eating the cost of the ride. In fact, for you real cheapskates out there, you may want to catch a cab, keep your mouth shut, and HOPE that you get long-hauled so that your ride is FREE!


I absolutely love your newsletter and thoroughly enjoy reading it! My husband and I will be visiting Las Vegas during the 4th of July – and bringing some friends along!

I am opting for the economical route of taking the shuttle to and from the airport and was wondering if you can recommend any particular shuttle companies that may be better than others. The reviews typically are not very good, but in retrospect, I realize that people with good experiences don’t always take the time to write a review. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers,

Sonja

 

Ted Responds:

I wish I could! Living here, I confess that this is one area I’ve not experienced. This is another subject that we’re going to delve into deeper and do some “field testing” for once we go to a paid subscriber option.

At the end of the day, we’ve never heard (nor experienced) any horror stories. The only downside is that you’ll be on a shuttle with people going to various hotels and you may not be the first to be dropped off. BUT, to know you are getting a flat rate and not dealing with a questionable cab driver is worth it.

Plus, if you are not the first to be dropped off, consider the extra few minutes a free tour of The Strip!

A general note to everyone: We WILL be going to a paid subscriber model around the end of summer. As things stand right now, we can’t begin to answer every question, every email, or provide you 1/20’th of the kinds of helpful information that you often request (and that you’d find even more valuable in saving you time, money, and simply making your every stay a better one).

As per the cost, I noticed that a cup of coffee or soft drink at a convenience store costs $1.50 – $2.00 (sometimes a little more). For those who wish to “buy us a cup of coffee” just once per month, we’ll use that money to provide information, and do research on the many, many additional things that you all have indicated you want. This helpful, bonus information will only be available to paid subscribers.

In addition, we will GUARANTEE a response to paid-subscriber questions. We either KNOW the info or we know where to get it. We live and work in the shadow of the Las Vegas Strip (almost literally) and if push comes to shove, we’ll get someone in their car and get them to check out something first-hand if that’s what it takes. With everyone pitching in to help us with a cup of coffee each month, we’ll be able to help you in return!

Couple of notes: 1. We know that some of you don’t visit every year. If you don’t visit during your first year as a paid subscriber, we’ll give you another year on us to give you a chance to get the value you deserve. 2. For those of you who patronize our sponsors and partners, you’re membership will be comped if you spend $500 or more in a single year. Since our partners/sponsors include hotels, shows, concert tickets and the like, hitting that number could prove to be very easy!

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe May 29, 2013

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Rio Announces Plans For All-New Thrill Ride VooDoo SkylineRio All-Suite Hotel & Casino has announced it will develop an exciting new thrill ride, VooDoo Skyline, set to open late summer 2013. The exhilarating attraction will deliver a Las Vegas experience unlike any other û sending guests soaring higher than 400 feet in the air at electrifying speeds, offering 360-degree open-air views of the Las Vegas Strip.


Las Vegas Shows, Headliners, And Concerts


Party, Drink, Hangover


Father’s Day Las Vegas 2013

Central Michel Richard Celebrates FatherÆs Day With Prix-Fixe MenuCentral Michel Richard at Caesars Palace will celebrate dads this FatherÆs Day with a delicious prix-fixe menu, priced at $45 per person, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday, June 16.

Dads will take a break from their fatherly duties to enjoy a four-course meal, beginning with a choice of a delectable crab cake with leek tartare or fresh Asian tuna carpaccio. The second course will offer two savory soup options: crab soup with Yukon potato or onion soup with miso.

Rhumbar Celebrates FatherÆs Day With A Dashing Cigar And Cocktail Pairing – RHUMBAR at The Mirage Hotel & Casino will celebrate dads this FatherÆs Day, Sunday, June 16. For $20, fathers, step-fathers and grandfathers can enjoy any signature cocktail and a house cigar, fine-tuned to their specific taste.

Fathers will have a plethora of signature cocktails to choose from to complement their cigar including the Latin Manhattan made with Cruzan Single Barrel Rum, Caribbean spices, lime, falernum liqueur, a dash of bitters and a splash of Jamaican ginger beer.


Las Vegas Attractions


Dining In Las Vegas

Krispy Kreme Inside Excalibur Food Court Celebrates National Doughnut Day With Complimentary Sweet Treats – To commemorate National Doughnut Day, Krispy Kreme at Castle Walk Food Court inside the Excalibur Hotel & Casino will celebrate one of the sweetest days of the year with a complimentary doughnut for all guests on Friday, June 7, 2013

All doughnut lovers can enjoy the holiday at any local Krispy Kreme location and sink their teeth into a doughnut of their desire. No purchase is necessary for guests to receive a complimentary doughnut.


Las Vegas Hotels


Gambling And Gaming

Las Vegas Live TV – Great Casino Slots – Episode 3 – Season 1 : Welcome to our show: Great Casino Slots This is where we showcase the best and greatest of the world’s slot machines. We show you what they are, how to play them, and where to find them. Each episode features one or more games.

In this episode, learn about Cats Video Slots where you can be the King Of The Jungle in this bonus-filled 30 line slot game.

Golden Nugget Offers Unparalleled Gaming Experience With New Baccarat Pit – The Golden Nugget is bringing casino players a new reason to gamble downtown, with its brand new baccarat pit which just opened this May.

Located directly off the Rush Tower main lobby and valet entrance, the pit features a friendly and exciting gaming atmosphere with an unmatched elegant ambiance. The baccarat pit features four tables capable of accommodating up to 32 players simultaneously and boasts three 60ö televisions and a small seating lounge.


Las Vegas Economy And Real Estate


Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman


More Las Vegas News


Upcoming Las Vegas Events And Holidays


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

Hello From Las Vegas! – I’m under the weather this week and instead of delaying this issue until I’m feeling a bit better for my parts, we’re putting this out with plenty of great Las Vegas information prepared by our staff this past week.

We had tremendous response to the long hauling situation we discussed last issue and we’ll have some great reader tips, notes, plus our advice on how to handle this situation next time around.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


What We’re Watching – Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy


We love to hear from you, and value your feedback! Here’s how to participate:

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe May 22, 2013

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TerribleÆs Hotel & Casino Begins Transition To Silver Sevens With Removal Of Iconic SignTerribleÆs Hotel & Casino began uninstalling its iconic TerribleÆs Cowboy neon sign in preparation for the propertyÆs transition to a new name with the launch of Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino in July 2013.


Memorial Day Las Vegas 2013


Las Vegas Shows, Headliners, And Concerts

No Shirt? No Shoes? No Problem For The Concerts At Mandalay Bay Beach This Summer! – With the sun shining and temperatures rising, beach season at Mandalay Bay is in full swing. In true Las Vegas fashion, the good time doesnÆt end when the sun goes down. On select weekends through September, the sandy sanctuary of Mandalay Bay Beach will host entertainmentÆs biggest names while concert-goers wade in the surf under the desert moon.


Las Vegas Attractions

Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort Opens For The 2013 Summer Season – Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort (LVSSR) kicks off its 2013 summer season on Saturday, May 25. The resort will be open Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Activities include: scenic chair lift rides, disc golf, hiking, mountain biking and lawn games. LVSSR welcomes tent and RV campers. This summer, the U.S. Forest Service is renovating its campgrounds so LVSSR is offering the only sites available in Lee Canyon.


Dining In Las Vegas

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto Set To Open New Restaurant At The Mirage – Masaharu Morimoto, renowned Japanese chef and star of Food NetworkÆs ôIron Chef America,ö will bring his passion for cooking to the Las Vegas Strip with the opening of Morimoto Las Vegas, a new Japanese restaurant at The Mirage. Slated to open in early 2014, Morimoto Las Vegas will feature the contemporary Japanese cuisine and signature sushi that has earned Chef Morimoto worldwide acclaim. The restaurant will take the location currently occupied by Japonais.

Humanitarian of the Year – Emeril Lagasse Honored by James Beard Foundation – Chef Emeril Lagasse, executive chef and owner of four Las Vegas restaurants, was awarded the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year for 2013 Monday night in New York. Lagasse received the award due to his devotion and service through the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, which he founded in 2002. To date, the Foundation has granted more than $5.5 million to children’s education and culinary arts programs in New Orleans, Las Vegas, and the Gulf Coast.

Photo: Chef Emeril and longtime friend, chef and restaurant owner Mario Batali, who presented him with his award Monday. Photo Credit: Paul Porter

Krug ChefÆs Table Debuts At Restaurant Guy Savoy Inside Caesars Palace – Acclaimed French chef, Guy Savoy and Krug Champagne, the worldÆs first luxury Champagne House, have joined forces to offer an unforgettable Epicurean adventure with the debut of the Krug ChefÆs Table at the two-Michelin-starred Restaurant Guy Savoy, located inside iconic Caesars Palace. Designed for lovers of fine wine and cuisine, the six-seat ChefÆs table affords guests an intimate view of the kitchen while enjoying a tasting menu curated to pair perfectly with KrugÆs prestige cuveÚ Champagnes.


Gambling And Gaming

Las Vegas Live TV – Great Casino Slots – Episode 2 – Season 1

Welcome to our show: “Great Casino Slots.” This is where we showcase the best and greatest of the world’s slot machines. We show you what they are, how to play them, and where to find them. This episode features the very popular Wolf Run and Wolf Run II – Into The Wild. These highly interactive games feature incredible wildlife photography and great bonus events showcasing natures beauty!


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Las Vegas Daylife And Nightlife

Wet æNÆ Wild Announces More Details In Advance Of Grand Opening – Wet ænÆ Wild Las Vegas is in the final stages of construction and today announces additional details regarding park operating hours, special days for Gold Pass and Season Pass holders, and information on other services being offered inside the park. Gold Pass and Season Pass holders will be among the first to try the more than 25 slides and attractions at the new water park beginning Memorial Day weekend. Wet ænÆ Wild Las Vegas is located at 7055 S. Fort Apache Rd., just west of the I-215 and W. Sunset Road exit.

Park On Fremont Launches Weekend Brunch – Bottomless Mimosas, Signature Bloody Marys And A Special Menu – Guests can kick their blues at Park on Fremont with signature Bloody Marys, bottomless mimosas and savory brunch selections during ôOrange Juice Bluesö Sundays from 11:30 a.m. û 4 p.m.

Park on FremontÆs rustic dining area and blossoming outdoor patio create a whimsical atmosphere complete with hopscotch, a seesaw and a unique art collection featuring works by Mark Ryden, Peter Gronquist and Mark Mothersbaughs. To really kick off the day, patrons can enjoy bottomless mimosas for $20 including traditional mimosas and a Bellini made with fresh peach purÚe. Guests can also sip on distinctive Bloody Marys served in mason jars such as Hunting Season, a blend of Absolut Mango Vodka, diced mangos and dehydrated mango; and The Derby Breakfast Club created with bacon-infused Old Overholt Rye Whiskey, hickory liquid smoke, bacon and a pickled hard-boiled egg.


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Las Vegas Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Crowned At Fremont Street ExperienceLas Vegas Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest û Contestants competing in the 4th Annual Las Vegas Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest at Fremont Street Experience pose underneath the Viva Vision canopy. Nineteen ôElvisö contestants competed and Las Vegas Resident Chad Collins was named the Las Vegas Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist and now qualifies to compete in the 2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest presented by EPE in Memphis, Tennessee during Elvis Week 2013, held August 10-17.


Las Vegas Events


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

Hello From Las Vegas – Hello from Las Vegas! We’re right up against the HUGE Memorial Day Weekend. Except for New Years Eve, both Memorial Day and Labor Day fill Las Vegas to the brim with happy visitors. But here’s our hint: Come during the week after each of these U.S. holidays and you’ll find more elbow room than usual. You’re arriving on Monday when everyone else is leaving!

Congratulations Mac King – The venerable comedy magician just celebrated 13 very funny years with his afternoon show at Harrah’s. According to the information provided to us, King has performed an unprecedented 6,760 shows to more than one million audience members at the main showroom at HarrahÆs Las Vegas. This translates to: 3,380 days of plaid suits worn, 20,280 feet of rope used for KingÆs famous rope trick, 351,520 playing cards, 20,280 magically appearing fig newton pastries, and 33,800 audience volunteers.

Tickets for Mac King and all the other great shows we have here in Las Vegas are available on our Las Vegas Shows page.

Round And Round You Go (Taxis In Las Vegas) – For years now, we’ve discussed “long hauling”, which is a practice where some cab drivers take you a longer-than-necessary route to our destination. The biggest offenders are those who take you though the airport tunnel on the way to The Strip. The cabbies have always cried that the cab companies “force” them to do this as a way to generate more revenue.

Now, an audit has found out that the long-hauling is costing visitors upwards of $15 million per year.

Here’s part of the problem: Visitors are generally very wary of calling a cab driver out when he takes the long way. You are in a different city where you don’t know anyone, and he’s your transportation. So, many just say nothing (or simply elect not to tip, which is appropriate when you are being being literally “taken for a ride”).

An attorney from the Baltimore area (and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was one of our readers) actually did speak up, filed a complaint and took action. And unfortunately, was frustrated with the way it was handled. You can read about it here: Attorney alleges runaround after long haul

You may ask why a flat rate for a certain distance isn’t in affect. Many cities have cab fares where (for example) you pay a flat fee from the airport to the downtown area. Unfortunately, this won’t work here. The amount of time it takes to get from the airport to a given hotel can be 3-4 times as long on Friday night as it is at 9 AM on a weekday.

Why is reform so hard to come by? The cab companies share in these excess profits and have little incentive to change anything. Most of the cab companies in Las Vegas are owned by a handful of operators. (In many cases, one parent company actually run multiple cab companies). The number of cabs allowed to be on the street is tightly regulated by the Taxicab Authority, eliminating the kind of competition which would make a certain company want to stand out for having exemplary service. The political power of the cab companies is also why we’ll probably never see the monorail service the airport. Even if the numbers penciled out, it wouldn’t see the light of day.

For years, we’ve been suggesting to either take an airport shuttle (cost effective if 1-2 travelers) or rent a limo. For not much more than the cost of being long-hauled, you can rent a limo for a one-hour flat fee. Limos are available at the airport — just follow the signs. Plus, it just looks really cool to pull up in your hotel in one!

Real Live Farmers Market – Here in Las Vegas? And actually visitor-accessible? Yes, if you are downtown. Each Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM, you can visit the market downtown just two blocks from the Fremont Street Experience. Find Casino Center Blvd. (where Binion’s and The Fremont (hotel) meet. Head north (the Binion’s direction) just over two blocks and you’ll find it on your right (you won’t miss it). More information at Downtown3rdFarmersMarket.com Note: I understand that it shuts down during the really hot summer months, so visit the site before coming to town (or just take the two block walk, it’s not that long).

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

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Note: Gary’s note is a couple months old, hence the temperatures he’s noting. Right now, we’re a pretty consistent 90/60 (high/low) everyday!

Made my yearly trip to Vegas and arrived on April 15th at 4:30 pm and decided to take a taxi from the airport to Terrible’s on Paradise and Flamingo.

Had a “Desert” taxi #4227, and arrived at my destination at 5:05 pm. When we pulled up to the Casino, he flipped a switch on the meter adding an additional $1.80, and said it was an airport tax, which sounded suspicious.

Being from Chicago, if it wasn’t shown on the meter when I first got into the cab, which it wasn’t I figure you have to eat it.

I had already pulled the original fare of $9.30 out with a nice tip, however, the additional amount brought the total to $11.10.

I thought there was a law about this kind of thing. Thought you might want to know.

Even though the weather was only 50 for 3 days and 80 the last two, had a nice time and have decided to move back to that area.(Over by the Boulevard Mall)

Gary From Chicago

P.S. Got back to Chicago and it was 37 and raining and my building had shut off the heat. And everyone wonders why I’m moving back. haha !!!!!

Ted Responds:

There is indeed an airport taxi tax. McCarran (Las Vegas airport) is owned by Clark County and offers airlines some of the lowest tenant/landing costs of any major airport to keep Las Vegas airfare as low as we can (there is only so much we can do). Hence, they have to make up the difference here and there. One of those ways is a fee on departing cabs.

The addition of the fare at the end seems a little strange. I believe that should be on the meter when you get in the cab at McCarran and he starts the meter.

One of the reasons we are going to establish a modest newsletter member fee before too long (I’ll have all the deals soon) is that there is so much that affects our visitors that we’d like to look into and we simply don’t have the money/manpower to do it. I’d like to have someone take 10 rides from the airport to Strip, document them, file complain forms when long-hauled, and report on what happens. Do some stories on the pros and cons of using a limo or shuttle and help walk you through the experience. Stuff the local papers and TV stations have little incentive to work on but if information our readers would find incredibly helpful!

The neighborhood behind Boulevard Mall is what I call “real” Las Vegas. No cookie-cutter homes way out in the suburbs. Nice, established neighborhood that remind one of certain areas of Palm Springs. With mature landscaping, the central location is close to The Strip, airport, shopping (of course), and all the new changes downtown. That pocket is on my short list as I’m currently home-hunting after spending some time renting in a similar area to see how I like it.

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Jersey Boys Drive The Frankie Valli Dream û American Muscle Car Driving Experience – On May 2, two of the things that defined the 1960s – Frankie Valli and the muscle cars – were brought to the 21st century as the Las Vegas cast of Jersey Boys got behind the wheel of the American Muscle Car Driving Experience.

Cast members Travis Cloer, Jeff Leibow and Deven May went to World Class Driving to experience the countryÆs first open-road muscle car adventure where they drove AmericaÆs most powerful hotrods û a 2013 Shelby GT500 and a 2013 Corvette Z06 û in a 50-mile, adrenaline-pumping excursion through Red Rock Canyon. They were thrilled when World Class Driving surprised them with the opportunity to drive a selection of its exotic car fleet as well including a FERRARI 458 and a JAGUAR XKRS among others. Photo: Vik Chohan Photography


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Golden Gate Offers 50-Cent Shrimp Cocktails In Honor Of National Shrimp Day – In honor of National Shrimp Day, Golden Gate Hotel & Casino is rolling back the price of its famous shrimp cocktail to just 50 cents û the price it was in 1959 when the property introduced the ôOriginal Shrimp Cocktailö to Las Vegas. From 2 û 5 p.m. on Friday, May 10, guests are invited to stop by Du-parÆs Restaurant to enjoy the seafood snack at the special celebratory price.

Golden Gate founding partner talo Ghelfi was inspired to bring the San Francisco staple to Sin City in the late 50s, starting a tradition spanning several decades and 40 million shrimp cocktails (thatÆs more than a billion individual shrimp!)

Drink And Dine At Rockhouse With Delicious New Menu ItemsRockhouse, located at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, will be a one-stop-shop for hungry partygoers with the addition of mouthwatering new menu items.

The ultra-dive bar now offers an array of additional menu selections including: Grilled Chicken and Avocado Sliders, mini-chicken burgers topped with Swiss cheese, tomato, cucumber, avocado and Dijon mustard; and the scrumptious Classic Chili Cheese Dog, a 100 percent beef foot-long hot dog, smothered with chili, cheddar cheese and diced onions.


Gambling And Gaming

Las Vegas Live TV – Great Casino Slots – Episode 1 – Season 1

Join noted gaming author and Las Vegas veteran resident and expert Victor H. Royer in the first video of the series we introduced you to in last week’s issue. This time around, he’ll give you his expert run-down of the new Candy Bars 3-D slots. Learn what it’s all about, why it is fun to play, and see all the ways you can win!


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Caesars Palace Premium Wine On Tap Offers Guests An Economic Alternative To Traditional Wine By The Glass – Guests at Caesars Palace may enjoy barrel-fresh wine on tap — an innovative and virtually waste-free way to pour premium wines by the glass. Wine on tap enables restaurants and bars to maintain the freshness of wine compared to its bottled equivalent by utilizing stainless steel kegs that retain the quality and consistency intended by the vineyard pour after pour.

The primary benefit of keg wine for customers is freshness. In a standard wine-by-the glass program, it could take hours or days to finish an opened bottle, increasing the threat of oxidation, which damages the taste of the wine and leads to spoilage and waste.

Casa Fuente Launches New Website With Destination Las Vegas Trip Giveaway – Casa Fuente inside The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is giving cigar lovers the opportunity to win a trip for two to Las Vegas and to attend Cigar AficionadoÆs Big Smoke by visiting the brand new CasaFuente.com. Now through October 1 those visiting CasaFuente.com can fill out an entry form when checking out the new website of the cigar bar.


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Ermenegildo Zegna Presents A Passion For Silk At The Shops At Crystals – May 9 û June 3
The Shops at Crystals û Second Level (Between SHe- by MortonÆs and Todd English P.U.B.)

Ermenegildo Zegna, a leading luxury Italian menswear brand known for innovation in craftsmanship, fabric and design, will reveal its Passion for Silk in a runway-inspired exhibit at The Shops at Crystals. Visitors are invited to walk the runway with seven exceptionally well-dressed mannequins who have been outfitted in Ermenegildo Zegna Couture collection pieces. Chosen for its elegance and beauty, ZegnaSilk is the featured fabric in the respected labelÆs Spring/Summer 2013 Collection.


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

Hello From Las Vegas! – All is well here in “The Vegas”, the is getting hot-hot-hot (90-100 the next couple of weeks, little above average), and this issue is extra-triple-loaded so we’ll be jumping right in. We are taking a scheduled week off next week as Rick is having minor surgery on his wrist to help with carpal tunnel. He’s been “taking one for the team” the past year as he preps much of this work and stories that I select and edit. We’re looking forward to him feeling a lot better post-surgery.

Room Renovations At Imperial Palace The Quad and Bally’s (Finally) – Our friends over at Vegas Chatter took the time to pour over Caesars (the company, aka CET) first quarter report and confirmed something I brought up a with you a few weeks ago. Last year, Caesars announced that 2013 would bring room renovations. Then, they instituted resort fees to evidently help raise the money for those efforts. Now, it appears (according to their own reports) that they have commenced these renovations.

The downside? I’d expect room rate increases on the remodeled rooms once the makeover is done. Those dumpy rooms at the IP were cheap for a reason. Your new best bet for a cheaper room on The Strip will be Hooters, Riviera, or Circus. Or, say hello to staying slightly off-strip (Wild West, Terribles, Gold Coast) or park your behind downtown. The totally remodeled Plaza and The D are sporting rates around $30 for weekdays in July. Either way, you can take the savings, use it to rent a car, and have more mobility than you are used to.

What A Snob – Numerous sources quoted movie star Heather Graham as saying “I don’t like Las Vegas. People seem phony, they’re spending all their money and it’s sad. And it’s also so cold with permanent air conditioning everywhere.” This from someone whose prime Vegas exposure was filming the movie The Hangover. As for the “permanent air conditioning”, we only use it 5-6 months of the year. I run my heat all winter and there are periods in spring of fall when I use little of either heat nor air.

And… who is she to judge that people are “spending all their money”? How does she know how you budget for Las Vegas? In reality, spending per visit is down quite a bit the past few years. I could go on and on about stereotypes about Southern California (her presumed choice of residence). Or people and places in other parts of the country or world. Hey Heather, put a sock in it. You aren’t hired for your IQ.

Las Vegas And Terrorism – With Boston still somewhat fresh on our minds, many wonder how serious of a terrorism threat we’re under here. These lunatics certainly like to make the biggest scene possible, and our nearly 40 million yearly visitors, we’re pretty well known.

We’ve got a couple of things going for us:

1. We have more cameras than just about anywhere. Period. All recording 24/7. Short of a suicide bomber going after his 72 virgins, you are going to get caught and we are a death penalty state.

2. Both Metro (Las Vegas Police) and hotel security are on constant alert for anything strange or unusual. Long time visitors will notice that over the years, you’ve seen an increase in police presence along the Las Vegas Strip and downtown as well.

3. No one would care. Seriously. We’re not New York or Boston or Los Angeles. Much of the nation does not care about what happens on the west coast, and a fair amount of people would probably mock us and say that “Sin City” had it coming to them. The coverage would most likely fade away far more quickly than some of the “big city” incidents we see. These guys want to get the biggest exposure of their actions as possible and cause maximum grief. Hitting us simply isn’t going to accomplish either.

I have no fears out and about. Although, do be alert and don’t hesitate to report anything suspicious (whether it be a person or abandoned package of some kind) to either a police officer if one is in the vicinity, duck inside the nearest casino to alert security, or call the police non-emergency number of 311. They will get someone on it right away.

Speaking Of The Death Penalty – The pimp that (allegedly) shot the other pimp, creating that fiery early-morning crash we reported on a couple of months ago (killing the cab driver and a tourist from the Seattle area in a fiery crash) has been indicted. We noted at the time that this crime falls under the Nevada guidelines for seeking the death penalty.

Prosecutors have indeed decided to seek capital punishment for this crime. While I realize that in any readership this large, we’re going to have those against the death penalty no matter what, we’ll need to agree to disagree on this one. If convicted, this person deserves the fiery fate that he caused others.

Construction Noise – We’re received numerous emails concerned about all the construction taking place on The Strip. I’ll make it really simple: Until spring of 2014 (or when we report that the Linq and Park are completed), avoid staying at New York-New York, Monte Carlo, Bally’s, Flamingo, or The Quad. Simple as that! When MGM Resorts starts building their arena in earnest, we’ll update the noise situation.

RIP Kenny Kerr – If you’ve been coming to Las Vegas for more than a few years, you may recall the long-running (and groundbreaking) show Boy-Lesque, starting Kenny Kerr. We’re sad to report that he recently passed away at the age of 60.

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Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


What We’re Watching – Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy

  • Talktails #054: HarrahÆs Headliner, Mac King – Longtime Vegas headliner and funny man Mac King joins Kelly on this weekÆs episode of Talktails.Together they start with his funny family history, including the moment his Grandfather got him hooked on magic. Then, Mac reveals the story behind his quirky checkered suits, and the first time he swallowed a goldfish on stage. Closing out the show and at the request of the live chat, Mac conjures up a magic trick that hits below the belt.
  • Skylofts At The MGM GrandSkylofts embodies an ambiance of indulgence and understated elegance wrapped within neutral tones and graced by rich textural fabrics. Located on the top two floors of MGM Grand, each of the 51 lofts features 24-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows providing dramatic views of the world’s most famous skyline from every angle.
  • Nobu Cocktails – Watch Marcus Voglrieder from Nobu Restaurants (including the latest Las Vegas location) muddle up a Peruvian Caipirinha and a Yamasaki Sidecar.

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Note: This was in response to our story MGM Resorts Outlines Vision For Dynamic Entertainment District

This is too bad… Monte Carlo was one of the classiest resorts on the strip… I loved the European facade. The whole strip is now turning into a gauche retail environment reminiscent of a seaside boardwalk. I’ll be visiting in June…but will not be near The Strip. Overbuilt, too crowded, too expensive and too gaudy.

Deb

 

Ted Responds:

I absolutely share your concern. Part of the coolness of The Strip was that in every direction you looked, you could see some amazing architecture. While the changes to New York-New York won’t detract from the theme, Monte Carlo already was “dinged” by Diablos. By the way, I like Diablos. The food is good, and the view from the second floor is great! But the destruction of the rest of that beautifully themed Monte Carlo exterior is a bummer. I’ve been drawn in many times just walking by for the simple elegance of ascending from The Strip up the stairs into the casino.


First, let me say how much I enjoy your articles and information about Vegas. Nice to get a heads up before I go every year.

Just wanted to let you know The Plaza is having problems. I stayed there last year and was pleasantly surprised with the accommodations.

They were having problems with their ticket redemption machines last year, but assured me they were working on the problem. They have not fixed the problem, and itÆs even worse this year. When I complained to the cashier, he said they also have a problem with the computers and have to call the IT people daily… sometimes three times a day!

He was polite and said he understood why I was upset, but if I wanted to talk to his supervisor I could. Anyway, the response of his supervisor was appalling. No reason as to why they havenÆt fixed the problem… so sad. I told her they have lost a customer and I will not be back. To that, no response! I wonder how many customers they will lose before they get it.

I will try the new D Hotel next year. I walked through this year and thought they did a great job with the renovation. FYI…the Coney Island hot dog at the D Hotel is to die for!

Susan

 

Ted Responds:

I’ve always loved The Plaza, even when it was a dump. In the 90’s when I lived closer to downtown, it would be where I’d park, play some full-pay video poker (9/6 Jacks or Better with a $1199 royal payout), and have my first couple of drinks.

While I agree that the remodel (both the casino and rooms) are really nicely done, I agree that the management seems to leave a lot to be desired. It is one thing to run an aging hotel into the ground, but they are often having trouble getting players in the door to begin with (something we’ve seen first-hand on weeknights when the rest of downtown is pretty jumping but The Plaza is on the empty side).

I hope they can get it together and really provide a quality experience for everyone, and for that hung over downtown all-day breakfast, you can’t beat Hash House A Go go just inside the entrance. When downtown, crossing over Main Street to The Plaza is worth checking out.

The new 24/7 American Coney Island at The D really does hit the spot! Plus, the outside-entrance location under the escalator makes is really convenient. No trekking through the hotel when you are starved. We were there on opening day, and they emphasized that this is a branch of the original Detroit restaurant that invented the Coney Island dog. They also have chili-cheese fries and a few other quick munchables (burgers, salads, gyros, chilli, donuts, etc).

We’re only getting great responses from people who decide to stay or even play at The D. While I was sorry to see the old Fitz go (it was a dive, but one I enjoyed), owner Derek Stevens and his crew did it right. They maintained the old Vegas feel upstairs, hipped it up a bit downstairs (something for everyone), the rooms look great, and the service we’ve experienced is rally on-the ball.

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