Access Vegas Insider Vibe – August 02, 2006

In This Issue: Sopranos Last Supper Review, Top 100 Strip Restaurants, Coming Concerts, $199,195 Elvis Slot Winner, Mandalay Bay Expansion, Comedy Pet Theater, Price Is Right Slots, Flamingo Photos, more…

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Hello From Las Vegas! One more month of summer left, but we are in the middle of a weird “cold” snap with highs barely reaching 100 F with the same for the next 7 days. We hope those of you in “warmer climates” dealing with the record U.S. heat wave are keeping cool.

Fall and football are just around the corner, and while it may be hot where many of you live right now, cool fall temperatures will soon come. October is a great month to be in Las Vegas. Temperatures are moderate (under 90 F), pools are still open, sports and sports betting are in full swing, and the weather is perfect for outdoor dining. Visit our friends at Las Vegas Hotel Deals and check out their discount rates for your fall Vegas getaway. Remember, prices only go up as rooms fill up, so booking early is the way to go!

Had an long, interesting talk with a local cab driver which I’ll go into in our next podcast. Changes are in the air as Vegas cab drivers realize how bad of a reputation they are getting. More and more people are taking shuttles or limos around town just to avoid being ripped off. Don’t take our word for it. Check out this very recent article from our local paper: Old Vegas lives on in shady cab acts.

The cab driver I talked to (and many others) are starting to get fed up with their colleagues who are screwing people over by taking them the long way. Perhaps we’ll see positive changes in the future.

We have a jam-packed newsletter so I’ll get out of the way and let you…

Enjoy This Issue!

See the Grand Canyon in a Jet Helicopter! For years Maverick Helicopters has been providing a true VIP Helicopter experience of the Grand Canyon. We do things a little different than any other helicopter Company. We give you an adventure of a lifetime and not just another tour of the Grand Canyon. Las Vegas Strip tours plus Helicopter Weddings also available!

Show Review: Sopranos Last Supper Dinner Show

After being ushered into the “club” by a thick New York accented, rough around the edges, probably seen a little too much family business girl, it’s obvious; we’ve left Las Vegas and entered the old neighborhood. This is no average show, you can fugghedabout dat. Krave, inside the Aladdin, is letting America’s favorite Mafiosa family, the Baritones AKA Sopranos, hideout and eh, just take care of a few things. Everyone is there, Tony, Bobby Bacala, Christopher, Pauly Walnuts, Johnny Sack, and Uncle Junior. Click to Read The Full Review …

Top 100 Strip Restaurants – It was just 1992 when Wolfgang Puck opened his first restaurant in Las Vegas, and Las Vegas has not been the same since. It has become one of the top cities in the world for restaurants. It has been the celebrity chefs, starting with Wolfgang Puck, that has set Las Vegas apart. Click To Read The Full Story…

Jazz Under the Stars – Smooth Jazz 105.7, The Oasis welcomes the last outdoor “Jazz Under the Stars” of 2006. Join us at Spring Mt. State Park on Sunday, September 3rd at 7.30 PM with multi-award winning trumpeter Rick Braun and the mystical jazz sounds of Hiroshima. Tickets are available now at all four Mr. Bills Pipe and Tobacco Stores, the UNLV Performing Arts Center Box-office or charge by phone at 1-800- 969-VEGAS. Low back chairs and picnic baskets are welcome and kids 12 and under are free! For additional information and directions visit

July Fourth Holiday Visitor Hits Elvis« MegaJackpots at Imperial Palace – Los Angeles-Area Woman is $199,195 Instant Winner – Liana Hovhannisyan of Eagle Rock, Calif., was never much of an Elvis fan — but she is now. She won $199,195.99 on an Elvis MegaJackpots Instant Winners quarter slot machine at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino. Click to Read The Full Story …

TI Creates Intimate New Poker RoomTreasure Island welcomes the newest addition to the contemporary resort, an intimate poker room with a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for both amateur and professional poker players. The non-smoking poker room is located steps away from the TI parking garage and features eight tables of non-stop poker action. Eight LCD plasma screens line the room showing the latest sporting events while upbeat music plays throughout the room creating a sense of energy. The poker room also provides 24-hour complimentary beverage service. The non-traditional table felts feature images of Tangerine, the burlesque nightspot and the tempting Sirens of TI.

Mandalay Bay Expansion Could Include Condo Tower – When it comes to real estate, you can’t find better land than on the Las Vegas Strip and even if you’ve built the most popular hotel or casino, there’s always a way to top yourself. We’ve got your first look at another tower, this one part of an expansion at Mandalay Bay. The tower would sit adjacent to the existing Luxor and Mandalay Bay resorts and include more than 1,300 condos for sale. Click to Read The Full Story …

The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater Brings Family Entertainment To The Las Vegas Strip – 23 Amazing Pets Rescued From Animal Shelters Flaunt Their Comedic Chops At The V Theater – The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater (Pet Theater) is the most unique and hilarious show this summer featuring 15 talented cats and eight amazing dogs. The ringleader, Gregory Popovich, leads an extravaganza of juggling and European-style comedy with furry friends performing astounding tricks. It’s a family friendly show that both adults and kids of all ages will enjoy. Click to Read The Full Story …

Elvis Has Returned To The Hilton – The Elvis Presley statue, dedicated at the Las Vegas Hilton on Friday, September 8, 1978, then temporarily removed from the lobby in late 2005 when the property was undergoing renovation, has been returned to a place of honor in the courtyard at the front of the property. Los Angeles sculptor Carl Romanelli created the bronze statue, which was initially on display outside the showroom in a glass case before being moved to the lobby. Elvis debuted at the Las Vegas Hilton (then called the International) on July 31, 1969. He performed 837 consecutive sold-out shows, performing before 2.5 million people. His final show was December 12, 1976.

Talented Friends Perform In Tropicana’s Celebration Lounge – Talented lounge group, Friends, takes the stage every Tuesday through Saturday in the Celebration Lounge at the Tropicana Resort & Casino. Friends consist of six gifted musicians and singers that enjoy working and playing together. Lead vocalist Susan McDonald possesses not only considerable vocals, but also the ability to engage and entertain audiences. Click to Read The Full Story …

Amplify!! Music Comp-Fest – AMPLIFY!! 2006 will be set on Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas featuring over 100 showcasing acts in over two days. A unique twist on the music conference atmosphere sets this festival apart by the selection of 4 artists who will receive their portion of $25,000 in cash and gear due to their standout performances during the first two nights of the festival. Select music industry reps will be present at each venue reviewing all performances.á A panel of industry professionals will issue the prizes based on the performances that evening. In addition, industry panels, late-night parties and a Music Biz Poker Tournament will all take place during the festival. Click to Read The Full Story …

Hot Trend Helps Guests Savor the Taste of Summer – Move over vanilla, chefs and ice cream creators across the nation are scooping up innovative flavors. These soothing creamy creations pack a zesty punch of flavor, adding a new dimension to a traditional sweet treat.

  • Rick Moonen’s rm seafood – Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas Can’t decide on just one flavor? At Rick Moonen’s rm seafood, celebrated chef Rick Moonen offers 16 different scoops of savory iced concoctions. The assorted “Ice-Cream Tasting” serves up the following flavors (one scoop of each) for $18: basil, foie gras, nori, uni, black truffle, white truffle, rhubarb, corn, pumpkin or squash, black pepper, tomato, spicy carrot, jalape±o, salsa cruda, wasabi tobiko, and lobster roe.
  • Sensi – Bellagio, Las Vegas At Sensi, Chef Martin Heierling turns to the pandan leaf to add a Southeast Asian flair to his savory pandan ice cream. Chef Heierling pairs this exotic and creamy delight with Sensi’s Chocolate Temptation – a Java coffee and Valrhona chocolate tart served with spiced roasted cashews. Sweet and savory never tasted so good!

Fire-Knife Dancer Stops Show at IP Luau – Intense Training, Samoan Cultural Pride Make It Look Easy – Fo’i Tuitama plays with fire. And knives. And his parents are as proud as they can be. Three nights every week, the 41-year-old Samoan performs the showstopping fire-knife dance in the Polynesian revue during the Imperial Hawaiian Luau at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino. Click to Read The Full Story …

Razzle Dazzle Las Vegas with a Whole New Look – Whether you’re dolling up for one special Las Vegas night on the town or looking to take a fabulous new look home, fake eye lashes offer a finished look to any make-up application or hairstyle. Batting eyes at fans and cameras alike, trendsetters such as Paris Hilton and Jennifer Lopez have incorporated fake lashes into their red-carpet wardrobe, turning super glamorous eyes into a hot new trend.

Fake lashes are applied by a certified technician using one of two separate techniques, both of which can be found in the salons of MGM MIRAGE including Cristophe Salon at MGM Grand, A Robert Cromeans Salon at Mandalay Bay and Salon Bellagio. They come in fun colors, rhinestones, lengths and textures with price ranges for every beauty budget from $20 to $250.

Tom Jones Computer Wallpaper – Hello Ladies … Tom Jones is coming to the MGM Grand this month for an extended run. Click for Tom Jones Tickets! To commemorate the event, we have this Tom Jones computer wallpaper you can put on your computer for free! Tom Jones fans are welcome to click and download Tom Jones Computer Wallpaper

Gambling Talk: Video Slots – The Price is Right – with Victor H. Royer. This is a progressive video slot machine. The Price is Right machines are based on the IGT Megajackpots system. There are two versions of this game, one with the Cliff Hanger Bonus and the other with the Plinko Bonus. Both games also feature the Showcase Showdown Bonus as well. The base game is the 9-line video slot machine based on the Price if Right theme which has already been established. Click to Read Complete Article

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: Flamingo Las Vegas – From the moment you arrive . . . Let The Flamingo pamper you with warm greetings and friendly service that will bring you back again and again and again. With over 3,600 luxurious rooms and suites, the Flamingo lets you relax and float your cares away. Whether your trip is for business or pure pleasure, you’ll find Flamingo has the accommodations, privacy and service that will make your visit memorable.

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – Part 2: Siegfried and Roy Highlights 1996. The new Cirque du Soleil “Love” Show now occupies the amazing theatre at The Mirage that was home to Siegfried and Roy for so many years. As Love opens, let’s look back in time 11 years to what was Las Vegas’ premiere show. Siegfried and Roy Highlights 1996: Broadband (only)

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I’m a long time subscriber and enjoy receiving your newsletters as I visit Vegas 3 times a year. I work for Creation Entertainment and they’re hosting the 40th Anniversary of Star Trek Convention at the Hilton 8/17-20/06. They’re bringing in about 40 Star Trek celebrities.

We’re expecting about 5,000 attendees a day at this event and people can find out more at Also, we have a site

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