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Hello From Las Vegas! Running a few days late here. I’d love to tell you it was because of lounging around the pool in flip-flops with Jimmy Buffet playing, but I was a little under the weather. Doing better, and looking forward to enjoying our unusually warm weather.
Las Vegas Kings? – This weekend is the crescendo of the NBA All-Star game hype, which has driven intense speculation of Las Vegas getting an NBA team. The biggest buzz is the possibility of the Sacramento Kings moving to town. Kings owners are the same family that own The Palms and the city of Sacramento has been loathe to give them a new arena.
My take? I grew up in an NBA city loving the game. But the very reason that most cities chase a pro sports franchise is for the validation of being a “major league” city. It brings an identity, and gets your city lots of TV mention during the sports season.
People already know where Las Vegas is and what we are about. We don’t struggle for recognition! Add to that the fact that most people living here are transplants, and already have allegiances to their team from “back home.”
Would every game sell out? Absolutely. Probably with 40% locals and 60% visitors from the other teams’ city. This would add another 500,000 tourists a year (provided that every visitor was taking a trip here outside of their normal visiting pattern), but are the Las Vegas team players going to enjoy playing in front of a hostile crowd on their home court night after night? Just something to think about that no one has yet brought up.
Bottom Line: The longer Las Vegas begs for any major league team regardless of sport, the more it makes us look like a second rate city begging for a team to help our identity. Not needed.
Every Breath You Take – I’ve rarely seen a buzz like the one surrounding the Police reunion tour. They are stopping in Las Vegas on June 15, 2007. Tickets have sold out quickly but we do have limited tickets available for shows in most cities (not just Las Vegas): Police Reunion Tour Tickets
Enjoy This Issue!
The Mel Brooks Musical Comedy The Producers Sells Out First Preview Performance At Paris Las Vegas – Following in the tradition of the Broadway production, the MEL BROOKS musical comedy THE PRODUCERS (ticket link) at Paris Las Vegas announced today, yesterday’s first preview performance was a sell out. “When The Producers opened on Broadway they performed to sold out audiences in New York,” said Michael Weaver, vice-president of marketing for Paris Las Vegas. “We are thrilled the Las Vegas production is following the same pattern.” Based on Mel Brooks’ Academy Award-winning 1968 film of the same name, the show tells the story of down-on-his-luck theatrical producer, Max Bialystock (Brad Oscar) and Leo Bloom (Larry Raben), a mousy accountant. Together, with the help of their flamboyant director, Roger DeBris (David Hasselhoff), they hatch the ultimate scam: raise more money than you need for a sure-fire Broadway flop and pocket the difference. Click to Read The Full Story …
“Forever Plaid” Returns To The Gold Coast Casino For Encore Performances – Feb. 6 Through April 1 – The boys in plaid are, once again, heaven-sent to perform “‘Forever Plaid’-The Heavenly Musical Hit!” (ticket link) in the Gold Coast Showroom for eight more weeks, beginning Feb 6 through April 1, 2007. “Forever Plaid” is a story about an endearing harmony group whose dreams of musical glory ended suddenly one fateful night en route to their professional debut in 1964. The group was slammed broadside by a school bus of Catholic teens on their way to see the Beatles make their television debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. Click to Read The Full Story …
Keith Urban’s “Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy World Tour” Lands At Mandalay Bay Saturday, June 9 – Keith Urban’s (ticket link) much-anticipated return to the concert stage is set for the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, June 9 at 8 p.m. The electrifying show will feature hits from Urban’s recent multi-platinum album, Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing, as well as many of the No. 1 hits that have defined his career. The Wreckers, featuring Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp, will open the evening’s performance. “I am looking forward to getting back on the road, reconnecting with everyone and to doing what it is that I love to do,” said Urban. Click to Read The Full Story …
Jay’s White Hot Diamond! – Since 2002, dozens of shows in Las Vegas have opened and closed each year. During this same period, Jay White as Neil Diamond (ticket link), with his powerful band, has continued to heat up the Riviera’s Le Bistro stage with a concert style performance that captivates all ages. Rumors seem to spread quickly in this town and the word is that Jay White is “Truly Amazing!” At least that’s the quote from Leeza Gibbons of “Entertainment Tonight” and the reviews are the same from Jay Leno to Neil Diamond’s mother. Even Diamond himself was quoted saying; “Jay’s tribute is my favorite!” and upon meeting, the original signed their photo; “Jay keep singing, so I can stay home and relax,” a true testament to White’s talent. Click to Read The Full Story …
Mural, Mural On The Wall – The Las Vegas Hilton is now home to the largest hand painted mural in Las Vegas, a 128′ X 56’10’ image of Hilton headliner Barry Manilow (ticket link) on display on the property’s main tower (South facing). The mural was installed over a five day period using a grid system to prepare the image and three painters using brushes and rollers Sky Tag, the company responsible for the mural, specializes in spectacular images in metropolitan areas. This is the biggest superstar mural the company has painted in Las Vegas.
Sorrentino Headlines ‘Legends in Concert’ At IP – Comedian Performs ‘Voices in My Head,’ Elton John Impersonation – “The Bitch is Back” û and with him are voices in his head. For the first time ever in its 24 years, “Legends in Concert” (ticket link) at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino will headline a comedian to host the show. Click to Read The Full Story …
Carlos Mencia To Perform At The Pearl Concert Theater At The Palms March 23 – Comedy Central Favorite To Bring Spice To Las Vegas With His Unique Brand Of Comedy – Carlos Mencia (ticket link) makes audiences laugh each week on Comedy Central’s “Mind of Mencia” with his unique blend of political, man-on-the-street, physical and sometimes racial humor. On March 23 Mencia will bring his melting pot of wit to The Palms Casino Resort with a performance at the newest hotel addition, The Pearl. Both provocative and thought provoking, Mencia takes comedy one step beyond socially acceptable and uses his point of view to express to diverse audiences the absurdity and humility found in our everyday lives. Click to Read The Full Story …
The 2007 Entertainment Book – $5 Off – This book has has great coupons and discounts for restaurants, cinemas, shopping and sporting events. This month the deal is for $5 off the regular price of the book. Get $5 OFF any 2007 Entertainment book!
Footwear Designer Donald J Pliner To Appear At His Signature Store Inside The Forum Shops At Caesars Palace – Event To benefit The Public Education Foundation – Shoe designer Donald J Pliner and The Public Education Foundation have partnered up to sponsor a fundraising event in association with Pliner’s upcoming appearance in Las Vegas. The event will be held on Thursday, March 15 inside the Donald J Pliner boutique at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Pliner will make a personal appearance from 1:00 p.m. û 4:00 p.m. to introduce his spring/summer collection and meet and greet his customers. Click to Read The Full Story …
Crazy Superbowl Bets That Paid Off – The Colts beat the Bears 29-17 this to claim the world title as Super Bowl champions. The Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook was jammed with fans for all the exciting action. There was a couple of ‘firsts’ in this year’s game. It all started right from the opening kick: The first time ever a team ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown. The SuperBook has already posted the odds for next year’s champion. Some of the favorites include: San Diego 6-1, Indianapolis 7-1, Chicago 8-1, and the Patriots at 10-1. Visit the SuperBook for all the current odds.
Gambling Talk: Playing Internet Tournaments — Part 3 — Sit-n-Go – with Victor H. Royer. The other alternatives are the very popular Sit-n-Go tournaments. These take the form and structure of usually only one table tournaments, which in the game of Texas Hold’Em will mean a table of 10 players, and that is all that there will be for that tournament. This is the same structure that is usually used in the brick-and-mortar casino poker rooms and card rooms for satellite tournaments, usually referred to as one table satellites. These are also offered on the Internet in precisely the Sit-n-Go format, and they also can qualify players to other tournaments, including many of the land-based tournaments on the WPT and WSOP circuits. Click to Read Complete Article
Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: Artisan Hotel and Spa Las Vegas – The Artisan Hotel is Las Vegas’ first luxurious, non-gaming boutique hotel. Experience the Artisan Hotel where you’ll find an elegant atmosphere with exquisite fine art adorning the lobby, hallways and ceilings. View artworks from both contemporary and classic artists such as Cezanne, Chagall, Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Renoir, Van Gogh, and more. They have 64 finely-appointed rooms of which all are non-smoking rooms. Smoking rooms are not available at the Artisan; however, smoking is allowed in the lobby and the Artisan Cafe.
Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week: KA – Cirque Du Soleil – KA, the unprecedented new theatrical show from Cirque du Soleil at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, brings together astonishing acrobatic performances, the thrills and action of martial arts from all over the world, plus astonishing innovations in puppetry, multimedia and pyrotechnics. Together, they tell the epic story of a set of twins on a perilous journey to fulfill their shared destiny. KA brings the visual language of cinema to a dazzling live event that is more about storytelling than any previous Cirque production.
Click To View KA – Cirque Du Soleil: Broadband (only)
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Dear Las Vegas Newsletter Editor,
My husband will be in Las Vegas for about four days from in 24- out28 March 2007. It is part of a 40th wedding anniversary holiday we are taking. We are staying at the Bellagio Hotel and have heard that Cirque De Soleil O is very good to see.
We are very interested in hearing some good jazz and as it doesn’t feature in any of your newsletters so far, can you tell us if there is anything good on in jazz at that time? Also, we both like swimming. I am assuming there will be indoor pools. Is there any aquacize classes available in the Bellagio pool if there is one? Sorry to be so ignorant, but have no real information on Las Vegas at all. We are also interested in the desert and its features.
Las Vegas is a great place to spend an anniversary, and congratulations on your 40’th. What a milestone!
You didn’t mention whether you were interested in traditional jazz or smooth (modern) jazz. We do have a traditional jazz radio station KUNV 91.5 FM which you may want to tune to when you hit town. If smooth jazz is more your taste, 105.7 FM Smooth Jazz website lists a number of events. Sorry… neither stations stream at this time. An updated list of all jazz related events usually appears here: Smooth Jazz Hotspots
No indoor pools at any of the major resorts last time we checked. Pools in Las Vegas are geared toward relaxation and recreation, not so much exercise. While I certainly applaud your commitment to exercise, this is a special occasion and it is OK to come here and enjoy letting yourself go for a few days! If anyone
Is there anyway you can create your links to articles so that they do not hijack the web page? When I click on most of your article links they go to your web site for the article which is fine, but when I am finished reading the article and I hit the back button, most of the time the article will re-appear rather than sending me back to the newsletter.
If I go to the history for the back button and click on the occurrence before the article link, it takes me completely out of my email account and I have to re-log in.
I’m guessing you are among the growing number of people who read their email online (on a web page, not using an email program) and certainly more and more people are doing so. While most of these services open up links to other web pages in new browser windows, yours evidently doesn’t. There is a simple solution:
When putting your mouse arrow (on your screen) over a web page link, click the link with your RIGHT mouse button, not the usual left button. A small menu will appear. Choose “Open In New Tab (or Window) or similar command depending you your setup. This will open the story link without closing your email!
We don’t purposely create our newsletter to “hijack” any web pages. What is happening is that when you click to read the stories, you are simply “surfing” to the page with the story and away from your email. We will consider what we can do in the future to rectify this on our end. In the meantime, the above tip is useful in any internet surfing situation where you don’t want to completely leave the present page you are on.
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