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Hello From Las Vegas! – Well, we’re back in the saddle. I had a great week last week with my parents here. They aren’t really into the “Vegas” side of things, but do enjoy Bellagio Fountains and similar. Plus, coming down from Portland, OR they really enjoyed the sun and warm weather. Rick enjoyed time with family and friends back in Connecticut. But on the 10 day trip, he started getting that “Vegas itch” about halfway through it.
Don’t get me wrong: It is always great to get back to the hometown and see everybody. But once you’ve lived here more than a while, you get really, really bored really, really easy in most “normal” places. What, you can’t just go hit Fremont Street because you have nothing to do? Is it ever going to stop being cloudy? Why do they roll up the sidewalks at 6 PM on a weeknight?
Interestingly enough, I’ve run into a fair number of people over the years who lived here a while, moved away, and ended up moving back because they just couldn’t stand how “normal” other places were!
Goodbye O’Sheas – I’m devoting much of my section to the demise of Las Vegas’ favorite Strip dive casino. Now, O’Sheas wasn’t for everybody. It was a little on the dirty, beat up side. No high limit pit here. Those trendy 20 and 30-somethings who prowl the Cosmopolitan in 60’s era suits with their eyes permanently glued to their iWhatever (because they think that they are so important, that they can’t ignore their phone for even three seconds)? None of that at O’Sheas.
The significance is that we lost one of the final low roller, “real people” places on The Strip. Already gone are the Boardwalk, Silver City, and Frontier. San Remo became Hooters. The Hacienda was blown up to make way for Mandalay Bay (YouTube implosion video). Pretty much only Casino Royale remains.
O’Sheas owners Caesars Entertainment have vowed to rebuild it as part of their Linq project (which we’ve covered extensively in previous issues). As you can see by the artist rendering above, the new O’Sheas looks more like something that belongs in CityCenter. It is going to take a lot of spilled booze and general abuse to get it looking like the O’Sheas we all knew and loved!
Last night of O’Sheas
Last night of O’Sheas
Of minor note was the implosion of the parking garage about a day later. Obviously, not one of Las Vegas’ more noteworthy implosions. But the first one we’ve had in quite some time. True personal story: I had forgotten about the 2:30 AM planned implosion time. I live just over 1.5 miles from O’Sheas (as the crow flies). I was sitting on my back patio (beautiful, warm late evening) watching some Netflix and all of a sudden, this super-loud “Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom…” was coming from The Strip.
It completely freaked me out and I thought that we’d be hit by a terrorist attack! After being jolted up out of my chair and spinning around to note if I could see anything, I realized that it was the implosion and my heart rate immediately started dropping back to normal!
Photo Credit: Denise Truscello / WireImage
Photo Credit: Denise Truscello / WireImage
Project Linq Construction Continues
Between Carnival Court And Imperial Palace
On A Completely Unrelated Note – The porte-cochÞre at Golden Gate is basically done. Given that the former lobby entrance to the property was a “15 Minute Parking” loading spot on the curb of Main Street outside the hotel, this is quite a change.
Boo Hoo Hoo (Lying, Cheating Cab Drivers) – In protest to more cabs being allowed in Las Vegas, cab drivers are claiming that they can’t make a go of it. So, they are long-hauling more and more and more to bump up fares. We’ve linked to a video detailing the latest in our What Were Watching area later in the newsletter.
Once we go to a membership model and have the finances and staff, we plan to aggressively pursue this issue on behalf of you and all Las Vegas visitors. We’ll take the rides (and turn in every cabbie who long-hauls us), we’ll post detailed (for members) charts of how much it should cost to various areas from the airport, and create a little “cheat sheet” you can print out on how to handle it when you’ve been long-hauled. In the meantime, check out the video when you make your way down to that section.
Sahara Gets Financing – The company owning the shuttered Sahara actually got the $300 million in financing they need (roughly half the projected total renovation cost) to redo the property a la The Tropicana. I’m a little surprised and not particularly bullish on it (read previous issues), but will be happy to see the first domino fall on the revitalization of the North Strip. The owner seems bullish on the North Strip. Perhaps theyáare also expecting some of the new energy from downtown to waft down the street and help that area pick up.
One work of caution: The completion date isn’t until sometime in 2014. So, don’t look for ground breaking tomorrow. They are claiming that they want to finish hotel projects they have in other cities to create a group of customers they can market to. I think they are hedging their bets and playing a “wait and see” game regarding how well and quickly Las Vegas recovers. As always, we’ll keep you posted.
Enjoy This Issue!
Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler
Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley
Skip the airport taxi hassles and arrive at your hotel in style:
Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino Front Drive Closed – Detour Route Map – There will be additional road closures at Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino for construction of The LINQ. Vehicle traffic will no longer be able to access Imperial Palace from the Las Vegas Boulevard entrances.
- Full story/details/info: Imperial Palace Front Drive Closed
An Intimate Evening With Santana: Greatest Hits Live û Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow – The legendary Carlos Santana will perform An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live û Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow.
For 40 years and as many albums later, Santana has sold more than 90 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. To date, Santana has won 10 GRAMMY« Awards, including a record-tying nine for a single project for 1999Æs Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for ôSmoothö). In 1998, the group was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Barrymore Hosts Kentucky Derby Fans – Popular New Restaurant to Televise Kentucky Derby and Serve Traditional Cocktails – Mint juleps and bourbon smashes will set the mood for Kentucky Derby fans at The Barrymore on Saturday, May 5. The contemporary new restaurant at The Royal Resort will showcase the hand-crafted cocktails for just $5 and televise the Kentucky Derby on the flat screen TVs in the lounge and dining room.
In-between races, patrons can take the southern party outside on the patio and enjoy the traditional cocktails on the oversized couches and cozy chairs. Plus, guests can pair their cocktails with tasty new spring items from The Barrymore menu including the Kentucky Hot Brown or Monte Christo; a roasted turkey, aged ham, jalsberg Swiss cheese and brioche.
- Full story/details/info: The Barrymore Hosts Kentucky Derby Fans
Comme Ãa To Captivate Guests With Patio Launch Of Riviera Nights – Introduce Seasonal French Small Plates Menu – Comme Ãa at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will launch Riviera Nights, an unparalleled dining and lounge party experience on Thursday, April 26. Set on the restaurantÆs stunning patio, the weekly soiree will introduce a selection of French small plates and a signature sangaree.
Available from 8 to 11 p.m. every Thursday night, patrons will enjoy the striking views of the iconic Las Vegas Strip showcased from Comme ÃaÆs breathtaking patio. A French house DJ will be on-hand to spin the hottest tunes under a canopy of neon red lights glimmering from the ceiling.
- Full story/details/info: Comme Ãa To Captivate Guests With Patio Launch Of Riviera Nights
A top performer in FANTASY, the adult revue at Luxor Hotel and Casino, Koree shows off her sexy dancer physique in the calendar, tantalizing fans in a silky, see-through nighty that shows off her pink bow tattoo. The gorgeous Pittsburgh native stays in tip-top shape by working out daily, taking Pure Barre classes and regularly taking her dog to the park.
Maverick Grand Canyon Explorer Plane Tour û Fly aboard Maverick’s Beechcraft 1900D aircraft on a 40-minute flight to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim where your ultimate adventure will begin. Enjoy the awe-inspiring vistas, panoramic overlooks and trails that can only be accessed from inside the park as your journey continues with ground transportation into the Grand Canyon National Park.
Jersey Boys by Guy Chapman
For anyone looking for a true musical journey that will provide an evening of non-stop hits, one would be hard pressed to find a better or more satisfying experience than ôThe Jersey Boysö, a musical send up of the life and times of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. From their humble beginnings in New Jersey, to their meteoric rise to fame, and their eventual split careers, this is an ear-pleasing spectacle that any music lover wonÆt soon forget.
Having recently opened in the Paris Hotel and Casino, ôJersey Boysö is a fine addition to the ParisÆ theater. Part biography and part documentary, the production is a two-hour time machine that starts with the origins of the Four Seasons (including the many and multiple names and music genres the group went through before settling on their distinctive sound), and the discovery and emergence of a teenaged Frankie Castelluccio, who would later become Frankie Valli.
Human Nature – The Ultimate Celebration of Motown by T. D’Richards
WARNING: Attending a performance of Human Nature can lead to serious hand-clapping, foot-stopping, dancing-in-your-seat and aisles behavior û not to mention, singing along.
At a recent performance, audience members succumbed to all the above as Human Nature served up their unique brand of classic Motown with a subtle, yet distinct modern twist.
What We’re Watching – Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy
- Robbie Maddison’s 2008 New Year’s Eve Jump – Relive daredevil Robbie Maddison jumping his motorcycle to the top of the Arc de Triomphe at the Paris Las Vegas, and then jumping straight back off it 10 stories up.
- Going the long way: Costly cab trips grow into ‘epidemic’ – “Long hauling is becoming truly epidemic,” said 14-year driver Stephen Lenett with Whittlesea Blue Cab/Henderson Taxi. “Originally, you saw it from the airport to the hotels, but now it’s just as prevalent going back to the airport. People are coming up with more creative ways to take people on longer rides.” Read More…
- Gold Spike Hotel – By definition, an oasis serves as a pleasant change from what is usual: a haven or retreat. Hence, Oasis at Gold Spike, the name for Stephen SiegelÆs newest creation in the heart of Las VegasÆ famed downtown area. The re-developed, 50 room boutique hotel connected to Downtown Las VegasÆ just renovated, Gold Spike Hotel & Casino, offers Las Vegas locals and tourists with a distinctive option.
- The Mob Museum: The Inside Story – Learn all about the new Mob Museum downtown and what to expect when you visit.
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Cinco de Mayo Las Vegas 2012 News – Shows – Events
- CarlosÆn CharlieÆs Hosts Its Inaugural Vegas Cinco De Mayo Party
- Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino May 5
- Go Coconuts First Cinco De Mayo Party, Contests, Food And Drink Specials!
- MGM Resorts Las Vegas Ready For A Fiesta On The Strip This Cinco De Mayo
- Silverton Casino Hotel Announces Cinco De Mayo Events And Specials
- Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With Festive Block Party at BallyÆs
More Las Vegas News – Shows – Events
- Jersey Boys – Ces SoirÚes-lÓ!
- Peep! Peep! æPeepshowÆ celebrates 3rd anniversary
- ôPeepshowö at Planet Hollywood Turns Three
- Style Profile: Phantom The Las Vegas Spectacular
- 10 years later, æX BurlesqueÆ still keeps audiences on their toes
- Las Vegas mayor touts downtown turnaround (with video)
- Miracle Mile Shops Las Vegas May Events, Deals And Promotions
- El Cortez May Promotions, Deals, and Events
- Celebrate ôthe Fastest Two Minutes in Sportsö at the D Las Vegas with $10,000 Giveaway and Mint Juleps
- Station CasinosÆ Free May House Entertainment
- Metro McDonald’s Launches on the Las Vegas Strip with After-Hours Grand Opening Event
- Tropical Smoothie CafÚ Opens Three Las Vegas Strip Locations
- First Friday Las Vegas Presents: The Art Of Science!
- Flamingo Introduces Exotic Summer Love Poolside Wedding Package
- Toby KeithÆs I Love This Bar & Grill Launches ôRed Cup Soloö Ladies Night Every Thursday
- With Temps Hovering Around 100, Last of Vegas Pools Make Their Debut
- Inside The Biggest Candy Store (Yet) in Vegas
- What is the definition of an authentic Las Vegas showgirl?
- A Last Look at RPM and An Un-Official Sneak Peek at Bagatelle
- Las Vegas pines for a little respect – It took a brutal tumble with the economy, but locals say the national media’s ‘worst city’ lists are overkill.
- Las Vegas #2 on business travel list
- From showgirls to vampires, the topless revues of the Strip
- Palms To Go All In With New Sportsbook
- Carlos N’ Charlies: To Si or Not To Si?
- Pete ôBig Elvisö Vallee Moves from BillÆs to HarrahÆs
- Drink & Drag Vegas is Dressed Up and Ready to Party
- CarlosÆn CharlieÆs Las Vegas Opens at Flamingo
- Can Vegas Sustain Even More Reality TV Shows? We Asked The Experts
- Coffee In Your Rio Room Will Wake You Up, But Maybe Not Until Checkout
- A Refreshed Food Court Arrives At Luxor (But, When Can We Score?)
- Jabbowockeez gets its own venue
- Plans for downtown club, bar advance
- It’s time to put an end to taxi cab long-hauling
- Wanted: More international visitors to U.S.
- McCarran flier count increases in March
- Las Vegas flirts with triple digits, settles for record 99
- With Allegiant shaking up Las Vegas-Hawaii air market, how will Southwest respond?
- WhatÆs behind Tony HsiehÆs unrelenting drive to remake downtown Las Vegas?
- The weirdness of the Strip is what makes it cool – leave it be
- Pub set to push revival forward for downtown
- TropicanaÆs Mob Attraction reopened its interactive displays in March
- Las Vegas cuisine is melting pot of world’s best
- Empty spaces filled by shows on Strip
- UNLV forecasts continued slow economic recovery for Las Vegas
- Popular shoes step out of the Cosmopolitan for time being
- Wetlands Safari: Exploring Clark CountyÆs desert oasis
- Slot makers preparing for Internet gaming
- Las Vegas tourism numbers continue steady climb
- Las Vegas tourism sizzles in February; visitor count surges 6.4 percent
- What can be done with the Vegas’ half-built corporate eyesores?
- CityCenter developers cut prices on high-rise condos
- Southwest Las Vegas in the spotlight
- LVCVA report provides snapshot of the prototypical Las Vegas visitor
- Magician Murray building brand, including new residency at Tropicana
- Week 1 lines keep NFL on front burner
- Nevada reports gaming revenues of $932 million for February
- Las Vegas, Nevada unemployment rates dips slightly
- Las Vegas new-home prices rise
- Former Luxe condos get Modern touch
- Can’t just stop Strip handbillers; that takes time and money
- Postal ServiceÆs money troubles to spread Las Vegas-style mail delivery