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Stacey Nicole Brings Marilyn Monroe To Life In The Rat Pack Is Back At The Rio – Stacey Nicole performs as Marilyn Monroe taking the pressure off of The Rat Pack is Back! entertainers in the Crown Theater at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino nightly.
She said, “I was a dancer in `Legends in Concert‘ for eight years. I was in Nevada Ballet Theater until I joined `Legends.’ I was born in LA but grew up in Las Vegas. I was professionally trained in ballet, tap and jazz beginning at the age of 5. I majored in ballet at the University of Utah, then returned to Las Vegas to join Nevada Dance Theater.”
- Full story/details/info: Stacey Nicole as Marilyn Monroe In The Rat Pack Is Back
- Buy Tickets Now: Rat Pack Is Back
Jean Philippe Patisserie At Bellagio Chocolate Display Is Back – Jean Philippe PÔtisserie brings Santa Claus to the Bellagio that will delight naughty and nice onlookers. Jean Philippe PÔtisserie’s pastry team created a five-foot 230 pounds dark chocolate Santa that will sit the entire holiday season in his favorite chair. It is also made up of 50 pounds of fondant while Santa’s glistening suit is made up of sugar icing. Gifts in different shapes and sizes, with festive fondant ribbons on top, surround Santa’s chair. The team uses pure gold powder and cacao butter for the hand details of the intricate display.
- Full story/details/info: Jean Philippe Patisserie Chocolate Display
Cabo Wabo Celebrates 12/12/12 With $12 Food And Drink Specials – Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will toast to the number 12 with $12 food and drinks specials on Wednesday, December 12, 2012.
Guests may celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime date with $12 pitchers of Dos Equis Amber or Lager, 12 for $12 chicken wings with mix-and-match sauces including Hot & Spicy, BBQ or Mexiyaki and two house margaritas for $12. Patrons can fuel up for the festivities with Cabo Wabo’s signature Baja Mex dishes including Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, stuffed with goat cheese and cilantro pesto; and Chicken Taquitos made with shredded chicken, house cheese blend, pico de gallo, sour cream and guacamole.
- Full story/details/info: Cabo Wabo Celebrates 12/12/12
A captivating performer in Fantasy, the seductive revue at Luxor Hotel and Casino, the Portsmouth, England native enjoys her favorite British cuisine including Cadbury chocolate and bangers and mash.
When she is not expressing her creativity through choreography or gardening, ChloÚ loves to relax at home in her hot tub and cuddle with her chihuahuas, Ella and Kahlua. The knockout loves animals and hopes to get involved with PETA and the Nevada SPCA in the near future.
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Maverick Dream Catcher Sunset Grand Canyon Tour – Landing tour with beverages, snacks and Extra Flight Time in the Grand Canyon! Experience the journey of a lifetime. Your journey begins with a flight out of Las Vegas to Hidden Valley to see the arches. Continue your journey to the Valley of Fire, were you will see red rock formations and some of the most remote, desolate, and fascinating desert landscape.
Penn & Teller by DW Grant
Penn & Teller – Telling Lies and Revealing Secrets – “Magic is not really about the mechanics of your senses. Magic is about understanding-and then manipulating-how viewers digest sensory information,” says Raymond Joseph Teller in a recent issue of Smithsonian Magazine. And nobody manipulates the senses better than Jillette Penn and this Teller guy.
Their show, still drawing large audiences The Rio after 10 plus years, is a fun evening of manipulating and explaining and revealing and manipulating again, but you have to watch and listen carefully because they share secrets quickly and only once. To the duo’s credit, however, the tricks are still amazing and the show is lots of fun, especially when the secrets are outted.
Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:
Hello From Las Vegas! A great big thank you to our Canadian friends who have been holding on to that bitterly cold air mass and letting us have highs around 70F (21C) the past week or so. Evenings have still been jacket weather (although shorts are a thing of the past for this time of the year).
You talked, I Listened – As previously noted, we’re about to make some changes to this newsletter for the first time in quite some time. I worked my way thought the significant amount of email which resulted from my request for feedback. I want to thank everyone who wrote, and within days we’ll be drawing a winner at random from the group who wrote for the promised goody from our prize closet.
Even though it took awhile, I read and responded to every single one. Plenty of great insight! I’d like to share some of the more common sentiments and fill you in on where we’re headed.
More Of This, More Of That – We had plenty of suggestions regarding the kind of information to you would like added. All good suggestions. So, I looked at them all and did the math and figured out that I’d have to contract out research, writing, and web help to the tune of about $200,000 per year.
I wish I was a zillionaire, but I’m not. Nor are we run, or funded, by a bigger entity.
I wish that I could get a grant from the Visitors Authority, but over the years they have been completely non-responsive. (Probably worried that if we had the money, we could do it better and cheaper than they could do it). For some reason, we’re persona non grata to them. Even basic emails have never been returned.
By the way, no one is doing much of the kind of information requested for the very same (financial) reasons. Which is sad… there is so much to know about Las Vegas and everyone has such varied interests. Unless one of you have an extra $200,000 per year that you simply have nothing else to do with, we have our limits!
Organization – We are going to start organizing the newsletter into sections. Dining, Shows, etc. Also, the link list at the bottom will be moved up and put into the appropriate sections as well. This way, you’ll have a much easier time skimming past what you don’t like and a much better time spotting the stories and links you’ll want to click on to learn more.
Social Media – This caused a LOT of confusion. We’re not changing to cater to social media. We are moving Newkirk’s Notes and Members Mania segments onto blog format so that people can click and read it, enjoy it, and comment on it regardless of where they are coming from. Whether from the newsletter or social media.
Shopping– We’ll look to cover more of it as many like to shop here! At the end of the day, we just don’t get fed much info on it and we don’t have the manpower to hunt it down. But we will contact all the shopping venues and tell them to better keep us in the loop.
Local News – Lots of requests to keep it (including some of the real estate news), so we will. Not so much as featured material, but with links to news stories and me occasionally piping up about something.
Girls And Booze – Two different people specifically suggested that we not carry the drink/cocktail specials we’ve been making a point to highlight, and also less about the risque (topless) Las Vegas shows.
While we do draw a strict line in the sand that involves no strip club, escort service, or porn convention type of involvement (all of which are lucrative), Las Vegas has been synonymous with showgirls (sans top or otherwise) and imbibing since well before I was born. We simply have too much demand for this information.
Local Events – A surprising number of people are interested in some of the “better kept secret” locals events. Certainly First Friday stands out (and something we can look into talking a bit more about). Our problem is that local events usually aren’t advertised that far in advance as they are targeted at locals. But, it is something we’ll look into. Once again, manpower is an issue.
Tune In, Tune Out – We had suggestions that we create a “digest” of material that people can read right before they come to catch up on what has changed. With Las Vegas changing daily and people departing for here all the time, this would be a monumental task to maintain at a cost we’d have no way of recouping.
We realize that some subscribers stay subscribed but only read the few issues prior to their visit, and that is fine. But, then they write us with questions we’ve already covered and we don’t have the time to personally coach everyone up to speed. So… they arrive and waste time attempting to visit something that is closed (or that we warned people was lousy). Simply put, not much we can do about that if you aren’t reading.
If you fall in this boat, let me make a couple of suggestions:
1. It only takes a few minutes to at least skim each issue when it arrives. Far fewer minutes than being uninformed in Las Vegas is going to waste!
2. Or, you can create an email folder to put our notifications in and when your trip gets close, you can work your way through the most recent few months prior to your trip. Working back through them maybe takes an hour, which is (once again) time very well spent when you think about how much money you spend to get here and just how little time you have once you arrive.
Time spent reading us at home and learning about what is new and interesting in Vegas is time well spent. Time wasted in Vegas because you “didn’t know” can’t be recovered.
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
- The Making of The Wynn and Encore Gingerbread Resort – Chef Flora Aghababyan starts the holiday season with the creation of her gingerbread replicas of Wynn and Encore. These sweet recreations will be displayed inside The Buffet all season long.
- FSE LIVE #003: Oh No SlotZilla! – What do you get when you combine the talents behind companies like Walt Disney Co. with the premiere developer of zipline tours?
We also practice some “safe sax”, take a trip to The Mob Museum (see discount offer!) and pet some Sick Puppies.
Members Mania – We Love Our Readers!
Returning full force next week with our new look and feel. You’ll be able to comment and interact in a much better way. We’re prepping right now!
We love to hear from you, and value your feedback! Here’s how to participate:
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Latest Concerts Added This Week!
There is no better place to see your favorite acts then in Las Vegas! You’re relaxed, can enjoy a fine meal, have some cocktails without the worry of driving, and no alarm is going to jar you awake all too early the next morning.
- Tribute to Sir Elton John and Billy Joel – December 8, 2012 Click for Tickets
- Merry Christmas Las Vegas – December 8, 2013 Click for Tickets
- Las Vegas 10 Tenors – December 17, 2012 Click for Tickets
- Ralphie May – January 4-6, 2013 Click for Tickets
- Tom Wopat – January 11, 2013 Click for Tickets
- Las Vegas Philharmonic – January 12, 2013 Click for Tickets
- Of Mice and Men – January 17, 2013 Click for Tickets
- Jim Breuer – January 18-19, 2013 Click for Tickets
- Spectrum’s Motown Tribute – January 19, 2013 Click for Tickets
- Michael Cavanaugh – The Billy Joel Songbook – January 25-26, 2013 Click for Tickets
- UFC 156 – February 2, 2013 Click for Tickets
- Morrissey – February 9, 2013 Click for Tickets
- BBC Concert Orchestra – February 11, 2013 Click for Tickets
- Itzhak Perlman – February 13, 2013 Click for Tickets
- Paddy Maloney & the Chieftans – February 18, 2013 Click for Tickets
- Circus Oz – February 21-23, 2013 Click for Tickets
- Meshuggah – March 3, 2013 Click for Tickets
- Umphrey’s McGee – March 21, 2013 Click for Tickets
More Las Vegas News – Shows – Events
- Jersey Boys – A Boy For All Seasons
- It’s Coco’s World, And Planet, Now
- Peepshow – Vegas Loves Coco
- Coco tosses curves at new ‘Peepshow’
- Shania Twain, back in the spotlight in Las Vegas (with video)
- Shania Twain stuns with horses, violinists, flying motorcycle
- Shania Twain says Caesars Palace show reflects everything she is
- Public House Rounds Up NFR Specials
- Tacos & Tequila Welcomes National Finals Rodeo With Food And Drink Specials
- Tim McGraw and Faith Hill unite onstage in intimate Venetian performances
- Guns N’ Roses Film Vegas ‘Appetite for Democracy’ Residency Show in 3D
- Terry Fator Has A Suprisingly Adult Christmas Special At The Mirage
- ‘Mystere’ guitarist still playing strong after nearly 9,000 shows
- Human Nature begins residency at the Venetian in January
- ‘Rock of Ages’ cast rehearses at Palazzo for December 18th premiere
- Caesars to close Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon (with video)
- Rhumbar Rings In The New Year With Rhumbash 2013
- Seasonal Fare And Traditional Desserts Available At Many Fine Dining And Specialty Restaurants On Christmas Day
- Desert Pines: The Toughest Greens In Vegas?
- From the Ranch to the Table – Beef has many co-stars at Tender Steak & Seafood
- Denny’s Is Open Downtown And Ready To Surprise You
- Bootlegger old school Italian restaurant with classic food
- Day Trip from Las Vegas: Valley of Fire
- Broke & Thirsty: Sin City’s Best Dive Bars
- ‘Vegas’ actor Michael Chiklis on playing heroes and villains
- Ditch The Strip And Grab A Raft
- Winter in Venice features Culinary Clash with Emeril, Mario, more
- Excalibur’s New Food Court Is Really Quite Nice
- Southwest’s expansion will include a Caribbean destination among seven new cities
- Meeting with Zappos chief put chef on fast track toward becoming restaurateur
- The 10 Best Steakhouses in Las Vegas in 2012
- Las Vegas ski resort gives glimpse of future
- Las Vegas man works to get street named after Sammy Davis Jr.
- Five gifts you can get only in Las Vegas
- Report says UNLV stadium could add $400 million to local economy
- Nevada’s high school graduation rate lowest among states
- Many slot players more interested in killing time than winning big
- Denny’s on Fremont Street puts booze, weddings and Elvis on the menu
- Coming to downtown Las Vegas: SlotZilla, the world’s largest slot machine/zip line launch pad