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Hello From Las Vegas! We are running just a bit late this week and letting the dust settle on another mind-blowing Las Vegas New Years Eve. Every year, it just gets bigger and more amazing. Almost 5 miles of the Las Vegas Strip closed to traffic and filled with people, every nightclub jammed, every hotel ballroom full of life, private parties in thousands of rooms… there is simply nothing like it!
The Vegas celebration is called America’s Party, but it really should be called the World’s New Years party both in size, scope, and to reflect the participation of visitors from almost every nation.
In our last issue, I lamented that the local TV coverage of the event wasn’t available worldwide. The celebration isn’t just about 8 minutes worth of fireworks at midnight, but a party that starts at dusk and continues into the early morning.
Guess what? KVBC actually put an archive of their entire coverage online including “Your Vegas is Showing” slogan, interesting costumes, interesting characters, Hawaiian Tropic Zone, Pussycat Dolls, 40/40, Pure, celebs, and (of course) The Fireworks. Very cool of them, and all of it well worth watching if you ever wondered “should we really do Vegas for New Years or is it all hype?” Check it out: America’s Party 2008 Highlights Video
Years ago, we used to go out try to cover New Years ourselves, but it has gotten so big that no one outlet can begin to cover it. Enjoy these links to various stories and streaming video from this past week:
- Las Vegas Rings in New Year With Fireworks (numerous videos)
- Officials open Palazzo casino – Hotel rooms for newest Strip resort to debut later
- 300,000 Expected On Strip New Year’s Eve (with video)
- Las Vegas Lights Up – As usual, a colorful cast of characters rings in the new year
- Fireworks Prepped For Celebrations (with video)
- Police say New Year’s Eve crowd well behaved
- New Year’s pumps money into Las Vegas
- New Years Eve clean up (with video)
- Party line: Fun high, arrests low – Police characterize annual event as ‘orderly and safe’
Top 10 Shows Of The Year – Las Vegas Review-Journal show critic Mike Weatherford has picked his top 10 shows of 2007:
- Monty Python’s Spamalot
- Love – Cirque Du Soleil
- Ray Romano and Brad Garrett
- Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular
- Celine Dion – A New Day
- Penn and Teller
- O – Cirque Du Soleil
- Stomp Out Loud
- Blue Man Group
- The Second City
Too Much News? The news links section in the second half of each newsletter continues to get longer and longer. When I moved here almost 15 years ago, I never dreamed of the information explosion and Las Vegas one of the most followed cities on earth. We are tossing around better ways to organize our news links either by section/topic or by moving them to a blog.
If you regularly use/enjoy the news links, we want your feedback. We go to a significant amount of work to collect the info, and we’d like to see you get the best enjoyment out of it. Suggestions regarding this or any part of our publication are welcome. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy This Issue!
Associate Editor: Amy Rayner-Cooley
News Researcher/Editor: Mark Jacobs
Marquez And Pacquiao To Battle For World Title At Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, March 15 – The debate about which fighter is the best will finally be settled when World Boxing Council (WBC) super featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez defends his title against three-division world champion Manny Pacquiao in a 12-round battle for pound-for-pound supremacy. (Tickets) Promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, in association with Romanza Boxing Productions and MP Promotions, Marquez-Pacquiao II will take place Saturday, March 15 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Click to Read The Full Story …
Kevin Burke, star of “Defending the Caveman,” performing the show for his 1,000th time to a packed house. (Tickets) The performance also marked Burke’s 227th performance at the Golden Nugget.
Kim Vo Salon Made December Debut at The Mirage – Kim Vo, considered the “King of the TV Makeover,” has brought his talents to Las Vegas with the December opening of his salon at The Mirage. The salon offers the latest in hair trends and treatments as well as manicures, pedicures and personalized makeup services. Providing a variety of wigs and hair extensions, an interactive Beauty Bar will allow guests to preview new looks before making the “ultimate” commitment. Vo, whose clients include Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn, Teri Hatcher, Kirsten Dunst and Jenny McCarthy, will train all stylists and colorists to ensure his high standards are maintained.
Thrill of Throwback at Mandalay Bay – A hot nightclub trend mashes retro songs with Top 40 hits. Now, Mandalay Bay is taking the return of classic beats to a new level. Here’s how you can rock to a brand new sound:
- Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce puts a new spin on burlesque with Royal Jelly. The Thursday night addition features hot classic rock by three musicians who shred and pound through two shows nightly.
- eyecandy sound lounge & bar, located in the center of Mandalay Bay’s casino, not only features DJs spinning the best beats of hip-hop, soul, funk and rock, it also offers a touch-activated, light-up dance floor and interactive tables that display pre-selected visuals that pulsate to the beat of the music. Open nightly.
Stay Warm This Winter at The Adventuredome at Circus Circus – Set on five climate-controlled acres, The Adventuredome is the perfect place to escape chilly temps. Featuring 25 rides and attractions, it’s the largest indoor theme park in Nevada. From the world’s only indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew roller coaster and “Marvin the Martian” Special Effects Ride in 4-D to 18 holes of miniature golf and the 70’s themed ride Disk ‘O, The Adventuredome offers plenty of exciting ways to stay warm this winter. Click to view Circus Circus Adventuredome Photos
Bellagio Gallery Of Fine Art’s ‘American Modernism’ Opens February 2008 – Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art will showcase the best of “American Modernism” February 8 through October 15, 2008. Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the exhibition will feature masterworks by American modernists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Stuart Davis and Marsden Hartley. Hours of operation for Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art are Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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Love your newsletter. Can’t wait till you get the wall paper up and running again. You are always getting great pictures, I thought I would send this one of a fantastic sun set in June.
We’ll have our new wallpaper area up again soon, with plenty of new photos. In the meantime, a little insider tip: We have them all archived both at Flicker and Webshots in the meantime.
We are planning our next trip to Vegas and plan to be there in March 2008, however, I need to know how I can find out everything that’s going on in the month of March so I can pick which weekend we are going to go.Can you help?
I withheld the name of the writer because this is one of the most common questions we get asked so let’s set the record straight:
We publish everything as soon as it comes in. We have a comprehensive concert and event calendar at http://entertainment.accessvegas.com and publish much of that information in the right sidebar of every newsletter. We publish or link to articles about new coming events weekly.
If you are reading every week, you’ll be the first to know!
I would like to know about the Lady Luck is it going to reopen? Also the land next to Circus Circus is it ever going to be a Casino?Jerry Price
Lady Luck continues to be in limbo. It appears that a new group is buying it but with no stated plans yet. This is unfortunate as it was a favorite of many. The staff was friendly, and the gourmet room was a best-kept secret.
I mocked the plans of the Maxim Magazine themed hotel next to Circus Circus (announced in 2006) and it looks dead. MGM owns the empty land to the north and has not announced plan specifics. They are pretty busy building MGM CityCenter right now.
Just returned from LV last week. Stayed at the Paris. The taxi ride from McCarran airport to the Paris cost $21, $25 including tip! He took the I-15 route instead of the short Paradise Rd route. The trip back to the airport cost only $11, $15 including tip! Why the big difference? The first cabbie just ripped us off!Thanks for the newsletter!
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Gentlemen:I believe that you have one of the two best Las Vegas web sites and look forward to opening your news letter.
More Las Vegas News – Concerts – Events
Renowned Talk Show Host Artie Lange Performs At Mandalay Bay Friday, February 1Artie Lange Tickets
“Toni Braxton: Revealed” – Playing to the crowd: Braxton lets audience steal best momentsToni Braxton Tickets
Dealers OK union – Caesars Palace workers vote by 3-to-1 ratio for representationCaesars Palace Hotel and Casino Info and Reservations
Cathouse Restaurant And Loungerie Opens December 2007 At Luxor
Old Vegas Neon Signs Coming Back To The Strip
Allure Las Vegas Completion at Forefront of North Strip Development
BYU beats UCLA in Las Vegas Bowl
Airline MAXjet files for bankruptcy
Allegiant drops flights from Knoxville to Las Vegas
Nevada Considers Tuition Increase For Students
Governor To Meet With Nevada Universities Over Budget Cuts
Las Vegas Wins Big
A Glance at Multibillion-Dollar Construction Projects Planned in Las Vegas in Next Few Years
Despite National Economy, Las Vegas Continues to Grow
In Vegas, a housing gamble
Vegas finds creative housing solution
Allegiant Air will end Fort Wayne flights to Las Vegas
The city of blinding lights is starting to see ‘green’
State Budget Crisis Could Impact Doctor Shortage For Years
The year of eating ravenously – Recapping the great, the bad and the ugly of 2007
Silver State again No. 1 – 2.9 percent growth rate propels Nevada
Small group of pro athletes stay fit at local gym
Siegfried & Roy may yet reappear
McCarran’s hidden treasure
Pioneer Saloon takes rightful place
Celine returning to Caesars? Stay tuned
Las Vegas close to getting franchise in fledgling UFL
Promoters see district as artwork in progress
Volunteer Spirits waning?: Las Vegas and Nevada Rank Last in country
City Center will get new hot spot
Rafting along the Colorado River provides action, chance to take in sights
How far can Cirque stretch dominance?
Making music their way – Street performers sell CDs to keep careers pulsing
Le Burger Brasserie leaves taste buds smiling with good food, service
Think only baseball has been juiced? Corruption leaves valley covered in asterisks
LV Valley housing still in the basement – Sales, median prices for homes tumble again
Harrah’s Buyout Clears Nevada – Largest buyout in gambling history waiting on tribal approval
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:
- New Year’s Day, U.S & Canada January 1
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day January 21
- Chinese/Lunar New Year February 7
- Lincoln’s Birthday, U.S February 12
- Valentine’s Day February 14
- President’s DayFebruary 18
- Washington’s Birthday, U.S February 22
- St. Patrick’s Day March 17
- Easter Sunday March 23
- Cinco de Mayo May 5
- Mother’s Day May 11
- Victoria Day, Canada May 19
- Memorial Day, U.S May 26
- Father’s Day June 15
- Canada Day, Canada July 1
- Independence Day, U.S July 4
- Civic Holiday, Canada August 1
- Labor Day, U.S September 1
- Labour Day, Canada September 1
- Grandparent’s Day September 7
- Jewish New Year September 30
- Yom Kippur October 9
- Columbus Day, U.S October 13
- Thanksgiving Day, Canada October 13
- Halloween October 31
- Veteran’s Day, U.S November 11
- Thanksgiving Day, U.S November 27
- Hanukkah Dec. 22 – Dec. 29
- Christmas December 25
- New Year’s Eve-Day December 31 – January 1
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