Access Vegas Insider Vibe – July 10, 2002

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THIS ISSUE: Mystere by Cirque du Soleil




NEWKIRK’S NOTES – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello from Las Vegas! You may have noticed no specials at the top of the newsletter anymore. Yes, there are plenty of great deals — that was the problem. People complained because some of the deals listed sold out pretty quickly, and assumed there were no others. In reality, we have tons of great rates all the time — all you have to do is visit AccessVegas.com and click on one of the discount room buttons or links to check rates for your next stay!

BEST BUFFET – Time to get your votes in. In this month’s AccessVegas.com poll we are asking you which buffet you prefer. Make sure to make your voice heard at AccessVegas.com Last months results are in regarding your favorite place to view the city: The Stratosphere Tower was #1 with 45% of the vote, Voodoo Lounge (Rio) at #2 with 19%, and the Paris Las Vegas Eiffel Tower #3 with 14%.

SINATRA JR. TICKET GIVEAWAY – We are proud to welcome “Sinatra Sings Sinatra” Aug. 15-21 at the MGM Grand. The concert, which originally debuted in May, features songs that Frank Sinatra sang in more than 40 years of performing in Las Vegas. The arrangements by such legendary musicians as Nelson Riddle, Billy May and Don Costa played by a 36-piece orchestra are the same incredible arrangements used by Sinatra throughout his career. We have two pairs of tickets to the Aug. 17’th 10:30 PM show up for grabs. You can enter and/or learn more about this event and purchase tickets at Sinatra Jr.

PARTY, PARTY, PARTY – Where do we start? E! Entertainment Television hosts the finals for Brooke Burke’s replacement July 12-13 at The Palms. This is open to the public! The finalists will have a shot at interviewing Skin Pool Lounge guests for possible future episodes during the party that takes place Friday, July 12 beginning at 8 PM ($10 cover). The weekend will end with a party at Rain in the Desert with Burke and the finalists. The party at Rain is scheduled for Saturday beginning at 11 PM ($20 cover, Nevada women free).

Venus Lounge in The Venetian has ladies night on Wednesday. Ladies drink free from 10 PM – Midnight, and they are giving away a prize of free airfare to Mexico. The Saloon Bar and Grill downtown (downtown at the entrance to Neonopolis) has happy hour 4-7 PM daily. $1.50 draft beer (including a nice import selection) and $2.50 house cocktails and frozen drinks. Howard Johnson’s Hotel Casino (on Tropicana, just over the freeway from The Strip) has Ladies Happy Hour Tuesday – Thursday with free drinks for the ladies 4-8 PM.

THE GREAT BALDINI — Starring singing impressionist T.J. Tyler in a fun off-the-wall show characterizing stars such as Tom Jones, Elvis Presley, Richard Simmons and James Brown. He is assisted by the beautiful Downtown Dancers and multi-instrumentalist Craig Keyes. Shows are Thursdays thru Sundays at 7:30 and 9 PM at Howard Johnson Hotel and Casino, 3111 W. Tropicana Av. at I-15 (798-1111). Tickets are two-for-one at $19.95 and include a free drink.

GOLDEN GATE STRIKE – has been settled. All Las Vegas union hotels have signed five year contracts.

BIG WINNER – Speaking of downtown, a Hawaii resident (who declined to release their identity) was staying at the California Hotel and headed over to Main St. Station to play the slots. With only $2 invested, they hit for $2,190,306.20 on Wheel of Fortune! I’m thinking they flew back home first class … you could be next. Main St. Station is a block off the Fremont St. Experience but one of the nicest properties downtown and well worth the visit.

99 CENT BREAKFAST – isn’t quite a thing of the past yet. Nevada Palace Casino (just south of Sam’s Town on Boulder Highway) is offering 2 eggs, hash browns, 2 bacon or sausage, toast or biscuit and coffee for only 99 cents Sunday night through Friday mornings, 11 PM to 6 AM. They also have $1 blackjack and Single 0 Dime Roulette (10 cent roulette) every day. We have info on all “Boulder Strip” hotels including Nevada Palace at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-hotel-reservations-valley.htm

BADGER FANS – We know planeloads of you are coming to town to watch Wisconsin take on UNLV August 31. If you have friends that are coming, make sure to pass our newsletter along and suggest AccessVegas.com to help them find all the great things to do in Las Vegas!

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NUKE WASTE – is coming to Nevada. Yawn. For those concerned, it isn’t going to be trucked down The Strip or anywhere near it. Plans call for a rail line to the site that runs far outside the Vegas Valley. The repository 90 miles northwest of town. Truck shipments will be transferred to rail far away from this area.

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SHOW REVIEW:

Mystere by Cirque du Soleil – December, 1993. Treasure Island Las Vegas. A city still best known for cheap buffets and cheap rooms. No Mandalay Bay, no Bellagio, no Venetian, no Paris Las Vegas. Cirque du Soleil was popular in art and theatre circles but few in regular walks of life were familiar with the French Canadian company and their unique brand of human-based circus theatre. Boy, did that all change!

Almost a decade later, Mystere is still one of the hottest shows on the Las Vegas Strip and with great reason. This troupe of highly skilled athletic actors combine drama, rhythmic music, and fantastic feats that devy gravity.

The “Aerial Cube” features Paul Bowler suspended high above, spinning in a glistening steel cube at amazing heights. In the “Chinese Poles,” highly costumed performers use amazing muscular strength and control to mimic what may be insects on stalks of grass or wheat. They cling to, climb, and spring between the poles in superhuman fashion using only their own power and balance.

Marco and Paul Larador (brothers from Portugal) perform “Hand To Hand.” This strength and balancing act done on a rotating dome must be seen to be believed. But just when you feel you can’t be more amazed, “Bungee” takes center stage. Six performers suspended high above spring deep from trapezes in an amazing choreographed routine.

Other segments include the traditional circus act “Korean Plank” performed in a new and more complex way, the “Aerial High Bar” (a gymnastics inspired swinging high bar routine), and the “Trampoline and Fast Track” where a huge winged trampoline set let’s performers fly sideways between upright trampolines.

So save some cash and catch Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey next time they hit your town, right? WRONG. The circus style acts are performed in a custom theatre with amazing costume, masks, color, and original live music that pulls at every sense and emotion. These acts just help paint part of a bigger canvas.

We are escorted through the show by a nontraditional clown. His disdain for the hoopla and childlike mischief (set off by the appearance of being an aged character) provide both comic relief and provoking thought. Babies (actors playing them) take us to the innocence and simplicity and hope for a bright tomorrow. Mysterious creatures remind us of childhood dreams, fantasies, and bedtime stories.

Mystere has earned worldwide respect and will leave you with lasting memories. This show was continually voted the best in Las Vegas until sister show “0” opened at Bellagio. Even then, it is well within the top five and a highlight of a Las Vegas trip.

Mystere by Cirque du Soleil plays Wednesday – Sunday at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino. Tickets are $80.00 plus tax and may be purchased up to three months in advance by clicking here: Myst√ěre by Cirque du Soleil

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All contents copyright 2002 Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
July 10, 2002 ISSN: 1529-2770

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