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Come On Down! – The latest incarnation of Let’s Make A Deal is now airing on daily on CBS (check local listings). Wayne Brady is the host and the show tapes at the Tropicana. And yes… you can put on a goofy outfit and try to get on TV. (If any of you do, make sure to write and let us know how it went). Ticket info plus a video of a recent episode available at http://www.cbs.com/daytime/lets_make_a_deal/
New Photo Sets As Promised! – Photographer Greg McFalls has been busy, busy, busy. First we had him over to shoot the latest Bellagio Gardens Fall Botanical display. If you’ve never enjoyed it, the gardens are open to the public at no charge inside the Bellagio. Click on photo for entire photo gallery set:
If you prefer pretty girls over pretty flowers, we caught the recent MMA Xplosion bikini model search from the Hawaiian Tropic Zone. If you can’t be in Las Vegas right now, we are bringing Las Vegas to you! Click on photo for entire photo gallery set:
Hawaiian Tropic Zone MMA Xplosion Bikini Contest
Friends In High Places – Garth Brooks may sing about friends in low places, but having Steve Wynn as a friend can’t be that bad either. Unless you’ve been in a cave somewhere, you probably know that Garth Brooks is coming out of retirement to play five years worth of shows (on selected weekends) at Encore Las Vegas. Tickets on sale starting October 24 at wynnlasvegas.com
Gay Day – May 1 is known as May Day. October 1 may well be remembered in Nevada as Gay Day, the first day legal domestic partnerships were made available. Unless the couple has no kids, no joint property and a few similar stipulations, dissolution of the domestic partnership follows the same proceedings as an actual divorce. Straight couples may (and have) filed as well. No word yet on whether this is a boon to wedding chapels, many of which have offered a gay ceremony option for quite some time.
Former Inside Vibe staffer Zig (now feeling very chilly back in his home state of Connecticut after a number of years in the desert) was in town recently as the “best man” for a gay wedding (Note: Zig is straight) and gave the following report:
They got their certificate of domestic partnership, and held a ceremony in a church. The pastor was also gay. About 30 people showed up. First me and the best man (or woman in this case) walked down the aisle and lit the two candles. It was actually a very nice ceremony. I learned that in a gay ceremony the bride is not given away. Instead the couple walks down the aisle together.
Gaming Revenue Down Again – Gaming revenue (the money you are kind enough to donate at the tables and slots) is down for 20 straight months as of latest available numbers. Note to gaming executives: How has that “let’s tighten up the slots and institute lousy table game rules” stuff working out for you? Were any of you around 10+ years ago when casinos advertised 99% payback slots, full pay video poker, and fought over who had the most liberal blackjack rules? Seems like we didn’t have a gaming revenue problem back then. Visitors could actuallyáplay more than a few minutes on a $20 bill.
Blue Man Group Mega-Giveaway
Blue Man Group is one of the most exciting, over-the-top shows in Las Vegas, and we’re proud to offer this exclusive giveaway to our readers:
Two tickets to see Blue Man Group at the Venetian Hotel & Casino including a meet & greet plus a special Blue Man Group paint can and a Blue Man Group DVD.
Two tickets to see the Blue Man Group plus a Blue Man Group logo hat.
Blue Man Group merchandise consisting of the following items:
- Blue Man Group white logo t-shirt size XL
- Blue Man Group refrigerator magnet
- Blue Man Group mints
- Blue Man Group hand sanitizer
- Blue Man Group lip balm
Enter: Blue Man Group Mega-Giveaway
Remember, you still have a few days to enter to win dinner for two at Alize French Restaurant at the top of The Palms Las Vegas. Click over to Alize French Restaurant Dinner Entry
Event Updates – We’ve added even more football parties (most of which offer food and booze specials) at Las Vegas Football Parties 2009 plus a slew of Halloween events at Las Vegas Halloween 2009 Events. Make sure to check them both out.
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Associate Editor: Amy Rayner-Cooley
News Researcher/Editor: Mark Jacobs
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Las Vegas Show Reviews
Blue Man Group û A Rare Gem Everybody Can Enjoy
It may not seem likely that a show which features three blue, mute men can provide not only live music, skillful comedy, more than a few tidbits of interesting information, and social commentary regarding contemporary issues, but it is true, and can be found in the Blue Man Group at The Venetian.
The show begins once you enter the theater, with the stylishly cool atmosphere and the sardonic yet humorous disclaimers. Before the Blue Men come out, the audience is instructed to follow a few verbal cues to get everyone in an appropriate state of mind. And, if you happen to be one of the rather late arrivals, you may end up blushing a bit.
Following Rick Thomas And His Magic To The Edge Of His Dreams
Follow Magician Rick Thomas to the edge of his dreams just for the thrill of it. Its more fun than just another magic show. ItÆs a trip into a world of imagination and the very art of dreaming itself.
First there are white 500 pound tigers roaring across the stage, birds appearing as singles and doubling into pairs before your eyes, napkins turning into birds, and girls turning into tigers. ItÆs a classic show full of disappearing motorcycles, beautiful women being levitated and sawed in half, old silver ring tricks, and even some great card tricks. But wait, thereÆs more!
Sultry Siren Aubrey O’Day Has Taken The Stage As The “Peep Diva” In Peepshow – O’Day, who appeared in the hit Broadway production Hairspray, is a Playboy Cover Model (March 2009) and former member of the girl group, “Danity Kane.” She takes the Las Vegas stage as the mistress of ceremonies, the “Peep Diva,” which is currently played by Broadway star and recording artist, Shoshana Bean, and previously played by pop superstar, Mel B. With a plan to feature rotating headliners, PEEPSHOW constantly reinvents itself by bringing in today’s hottest stars. O’Day will perform alongside a sizzling ensemble of sexy PEEPSHOW GIRLS, showstoppers from film, TV, Broadway and beyond, who were handpicked to perform in this multi-million dollar production which features today’s best-known hits and original songs created especially for PEEPSHOW.
Click to read full Aubrey O’Day Has Taken The Stage As The “Peep Diva” In Peepshow story.
Peepshow Las Vegas Tickets
Neil Sedaka Returns To The Orleans Showroom November 12-15 – For more than four decades, Neil Sedaka’s timeless standards have influenced the sound of popular music. Renowned for his work as a singer, performer, producer and songwriter, Sedaka will perform at The Orleans Showroom November 12, 13, 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. With countless hit singles, platinum and gold records, Sedaka is recognized as one of rock and pop music’s legendary pioneers, with songs that continue to stand the test of time.
Click to read full Neil Sedaka Returns To The Orleans Showroom story.
Neil Sedaka Las Vegas Tickets
BITE Celebrates 5 years On The Las Vegas Strip At The Stratosphere Hotel – Creative, Classic Rock And Vampire Show A Proven Success With Locals And Tourists Alike – Launched in 2004, BITE has become one of the most iconic and successful shows in Las Vegas today. At more than 1,500 performances and nearly a half-million audience members since it first began, the undeniably powerful combination of sexy dancers, amazing acrobatics, high-energy rock ‘n roll and the darkly mysterious allure of vampires have proven to be a formula for success. “There are so many factors that have contributed to making BITE a success,” said Tim Molyneux, producer and writer of the show. “The world has always had a fascination with vampires – they’ve been a part of popular culture for hundreds of years and we are once again experiencing a real resurgence in television, film and print. Some people come to see BITE simply because it’s a vampire show, but ultimately they are always blown away by the production.”
Click to read full BITE Celebrates 5 years On The Las Vegas Strip story.
Bite Las Vegas Tickets
Wayne Newton’s Limited Engagement Production Once Before I Go Begins Preview Performances At Tropicana Las Vegas – Previews for the all-new, limited engagement production, Once Before I Go, at Tropicana Las Vegas run October 14 – October 27 with a Grand Opening slated for October 28. Tickets to this once-in-a-lifetime production are currently on sale. A celebration of 50 storied years as told by the man who shaped them, Once Before I Go is a rare opportunity to experience an iconic career through the entertainer’s own lens. No other performer has seen 50 years from center stage in the ever-changing city of Las Vegas and it’s likely none other ever will.
Click to read full Wayne Newton’s Limited Engagement Production Once Before I Go story.
Minus 5 Sizzles During One Year Celebration – Holly Madison and Carrot Top Are Crowned Ice King And Queen – The first Minus 5 ice lounge in the country celebrated its one year anniversary on Friday, September 25 by crowning the first “Ice King and Queen.” Peepshow star Holly Madison was crowned Queen while comedian Carrot Top was proclaimed King of the arctic lounge. Madison and Carrot Top bundled up in their faux fur coats to accept their new titles. They officially became the first “Ice King and Queen” during a special coronation in which they received ice crowns.
Click to read full Minus 5 Sizzles During One Year Celebration story.
Robin Williams To Bring Hilarious Comedy To MGM Grand Saturday, December 5 – Robin Williams, one of the most gifted actors and comedians of our time, returns to the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, Dec. 5. The show is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Academy Award and GRAMMY« winner Robin Williams began his career as a stand-up comedian and has created a repertoire of indelible characters, first in the hit series “Mork & Mindy” and then in numerous film roles. In 1997, Williams received Academy and Screen Actors Guild awards for his performance in “Good Will Hunting,” having been previously nominated by the Academy for performances in “The Fisher King,” “Dead Poets Society” and “Good Morning Vietnam.”
Click to read full Robin Williams To Bring Hilarious Comedy To MGM Grand story.
Robin Williams Las Vegas Tickets
CityCenter Reveals The Spa At Aria, Opening December – Innovative 80,000-square-foot Spa And Salon Brings Nature’s Elements Within – Synchronizing balance and beauty, The Spa at ARIA invites guests into a peaceful haven where nature’s healing properties take center stage. Salt, stone, earth, fire and water join to create a spa experience that will elevate guests to a meditative state for introspection and relaxation. Opening with ARIA Resort & Casino this December, the two-level Spa will feature 62 treatment rooms, a full-service salon, an advanced fitness center, boutique, poolside spa cabanas and Las Vegas’ first co-ed spa balcony, featuring an outdoor therapy pool and views of ARIA’s spectacular poolscape. In addition to skincare and massage rooms, The Spa will feature ashiatsu, couples’ massage, thai massage, hydro-therapy and vichy rooms, as well as three exclusive spa suites.
Click to read full CityCenter Reveals The Spa At Aria, Opening December story.
So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2009 Hits Las Vegas For One-Night-Only At The Orleans Arena November 14 – Audience favorites from the fifth season of the popular television program So You Think You Can Dance will appear live on stage at the Orleans Arena for a one-night-only event, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2009. Ade Obayomi, Brandon Bryant, Evan Kasprzak, Janette Manrara, Jason Glover, Kayla Radomski, Kupono Aweau, Melissa Sandvig, Randi Evans, and America’s Favorite Dancer Jeanine Mason are the Top 10 Finalists from the hit television show, performing the hottest routines from the program, as well as original pieces created specifically for the national tour*.
Click to read full So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2009 Hits Las Vegas story.
So You Think You Can Dance Las Vegas Tickets
“OktoberFrightFest” Brings Beer & Brats, Bats and BOOze To Fremont Street Experience – Fremont Street Experience unveils the ultimate Oktoberfest and Halloween combined street party with its first ever “OktoberFrightFest,” a festival through October 13-31. Fremont Street Experience transforms itself into the ultimate adult playground with Oktoberfest and Halloween festivities, including a haunted house attraction inside Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel, a Viva Vision light and sound show themed to “Time Warp” and “Monster Mash,” seasonal Oktoberfest food & drink specials, plus three free Halloween-themed stage shows never seen before in Las Vegas.
Click to read full “OktoberFrightFest” Brings Beer & Brats, Bats and BOOze To Fremont Street Experience story.
Las Vegas Deals
- FarmerÆs Market Fresh-$59 Prix Fixe Menu At Alize At The Top Of The Palms
- Annual 76 Trombones + 4 Concert Celebrates 25th Anniversary – About 100 Trombonists Converge At UNLV On Nov. 8 For Musical Extravaganza For Trombone Scholarships
- Charlie Palmer Steakhouse Invites You To Experience Their New Small Plates Menu
- FIRST Food & Bar Announces Sunday Brunch Featuring Champagne Fountain, Live DJ Performance And Extensive Selection Of First Favorites
- Hawaiian Tropic ZoneÆs Aloha Hour Offers Sizzling Happy Hour Specials
- Try Out Tony Hawk: RIDE At Quiksilver Inside Miracle Mile Shops Before It Is Released
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More Las Vegas News – Concerts – Events
The Smothers Brothers Bring Double The Laughs To The Orleans Showroom November 5-8
Comedy Stop Holds Benefit For Las Vegas Rescue Mission Oct. 23
Feelgoods Rock Bar & Grill Is Ready For Some Football On Monday Nights
New Session Of Bonkerz Comedy Classes Begins October 24
BODIES. The Wellness Series Features “The Myths of Breast Cancer” In Honor Of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Hash House A Go Go Co-owner Jim Rees Named “Restaurateur Of The Year”
Jerry Cantrell And Scott Ian To Launch “Dead Man’s Hand” Rock Bar In Las Vegas
Blush Boutique Nightclub Vamps Up Halloween Week – The Sexy Side Of Halloween Is Unleashed With Themed Parties, Prizes And World-Renowned DJs
CityCenter dream ready to become reality (with video)
Mayor Goodman says Las Vegas could get a new zoo (with video)
Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort Now Open
United Football League team seeks success where others have failed (Las Vegas Locomotives)
Backstage in Las Vegas, a cirque du risque
Rush Limbaugh to be among 7 judges for 2010 Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas
Kylie Minogue Offered Las Vegas Residency
Las Vegas GirlFestival revs up for round three
Foodies will delight in the beefy seven-course deal at Vietnamese restaurant Bamboo Bistro
Las Vegas beats California in UFL debut
Funding secured for more restored neon signs
Gambling revenues drop 9.3 percent in August
Las Vegas New CityCenter is a haven for contemporary art
Poll: Nevadans split on high-speed train from So. Calif. to Vegas
Buyers Spend Big At Vegas Car Auction
Jamie Foxx Wants To Headline In Vegas
Foodies will delight in the beefy seven-course deal at Vietnamese restaurant Bamboo Bistro
Parma Pastavino offers tasty Italian fare in relaxed setting
Commissioner Wants Flexible Convention Rules
Las Vegas Real Estate Bust Gives Nevada Worst Foreclosure Rate
Garth Brooks’ new Wynn gig not your old Las Vegas
Can Brazil Brazil break the Silverado Ranch Restaurant Curse? You bet your beef
Mayor Still Considering Run For Governor
Could Dow’s Surge Boost Vegas Economy?
USA Sevens Rugby Tournament Coming to Las Vegas
Displaced ‘Folies’ showgirls reluctantly moving on from dancing
Late Las Vegas entertainer’s book reaches stores today (Danny Gans)
Many locals casinos choosing familiar chain brands over traditional coffee shops
Summer-tourism boost factors in September result
‘Government has never created a job’ – Steve Wynn offers TV audience a dose of economic reality
Report calls for better upkeep of state roads
Rory Reid kicks off gubernatorial bid with focus on jobs
Klingons embrace the dark side – Annual event draws fans to Valley of Fire
Nevada-Utah water pact weighed – Officials from both states reviewing agreement
What we’d like to see in the mob museum
Lettermen singer, Vegas go way back
Housing recovery isn’t as close to reality as some statistics suggest
Coming Hot Holidays – The following dates are huge times to be in Las Vegas, and rooms are in high demand. Booking in advance is the best way to save. Visit our friends at Las Vegas Hotel Deals and spend one of the following hot dates having fun in Las Vegas:
- Halloween October 31
- Veteran’s Day November 11
- Thanksgiving Day, U.S November 26-29 (4 day weekend)
- Hanukkah Dec. 2 – Dec. 9
- Christmas December 25
- New Year’s Eve-Day December 31 – January 2 (3 day weekend)
- Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, U.S (Observed) January 18-20 (3 day weekend)
- Super Bowl Sunday February 7
- Lincoln’s Birthday, U.S February 12
- President’s Day, U.S (Observed) February 13-15 (3 day weekend)
- Chinese/Lunar New Year February 14
- Valentine’s Day February 14
- Mardi Gras February 16
- Washington’s Birthday, U.S February 22
- St. Patrick’s Day March 17
- Easter Sunday April 4
- Cinco de Mayo May 5
- Mother’s Day May 9
- Memorial Day, U.S May 29-31 (3 day weekend)
- Father’s Day June 20
- Independence Day July 4
- Civic Holiday, Canada July 31-August 2 (3 day weekend)
- Labor Day, U.S September 4-6 (3 day weekend)
- Labour Day, Canada September 4-6 (3 day weekend)
- Jewish New Year September 9
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