Access Vegas Insider Vibe – November 7, 2001

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THE PALMS – opens November 15’th!

The much anticipated Palms casino opens soon. The 265 million dollar property with its 42-story tower offers unparalleled views of the Strip. This hotel offers an eclectic mix of restaurants and bars, a spa, salon, magnificent pool area, a 1200 seat entertainment venue, movie theaters, banquet and conference facilities and 95,000 square feet of casino action.

On Friday, Nov. 16, join Rain in the Desert at the Palms Casino Resort for a very special music showcase-an evening with Macy Gray. This evening combines the best in Vegas nightlife-lights, sounds, special effects and magical moments-and begins at 7 p.m. with a cocktail reception and an 8:30 p.m. show time. And as with all of the live shows at Rain in the Desert, the party continues long after the live entertainment with inspired deejays, dancing and creative cocktails. Tickets are $100 each and are on sale at 702-474-4000.

We have more info and Special Internet Rates to this great new property at (Palms link).

LAS VEGAS DEALS – for November:

* Harrah’s Las Vegas From $49.00 until 11/30/01
* Paris Las Vegas From $75.00 until 11/30/01
* Suncoast Hotel & Casino From $59.00 until 11/30/01

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Fremont Street Experience New Year’s Eve Celebration features Classic Rock All Stars, Rare Earth, The Bangles, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Tickets go on sale Monday, November 26. Order by calling 1-800-249-3559 — tickets are $30 per person.

The real “event” (for those who want something less structured) is 500,000 people on The Strip (which is completely closed to traffic that night). You can view photos from last year at We still have Special Internet Pricing for New Year’s Eve rooms: Details front and center at http://www.accessvegas.comáá Don’t let another year go by without experiencing a Las Vegas New Year’s Eve!

GUGGENHEIM LAS VEGAS – now open at The Venetian:

The inaugural exhibition of the Guggenheim Las Vegas is The Art of the Motorcycle, which was first presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 1998. With more than 130 motorcycles on display, the exhibition chronicles the most compelling moments in motorcycle design and technology-from its humble beginnings as a steam-powered vehicle to the sophisticated state of motorcycle production today.

The exhibition both explores and celebrates the motorcycle as a quintessential symbol of the Modern age. The installation, designed by architect Frank Gehry, responds both to the scale of Koolhaas’s Guggenheim Las Vegas and to the materials of the motorcycles themselves. Gehry’s building-within-a-building features enormous, curved polished stainless steel walls, towering chain-link curtains, glass floors and partitions, large-scale graphics, and a sophisticated interpretation of the curators’ narrative.

Museum Admission:ááá $15 adults, $11 students, $7 children ages 6-12, free children under 6 and museum members.
Museum Hours: 9 am – 11 PM daily
Tickets:ááá Timed tickets are required for admission. Advanced tickets may be purchased toll free at (1) 866-GUGG TIX

CHEVAL – Cirque du Soleil Co-Founder Brings Dazzling Equestrian Production to Las Vegas:

From the Director of Creation of Cirque du Soleil’s “O” and MystÞre comes CHEVALÖ, a magical entertainment experience where 30 extraordinary horses lead an international cast of acrobats, actors, dancers and musicians to create a celebration of equestrian and human potential. CHEVAL (French for horse) will be performed from Nov. 21 to Jan. 6, 2002, under the hand-painted big top on Harmon between Bellagio and Monte Carlo.

CHEVAL features 17 different breeds of horses and a cast of 27 in an enchanting and uplifting performance. Horses and humans perform together inside the intimate 46-foot center ring as the captivating music of live musicians and singers provide the original score.

“This show presents the combination of the strength and grace of the horse with the acrobatic artistry of humans,” said Ste-Croix. “Imagine a space where horses and humans respect each other, interact and create magical moments. Its an homage to the relationship between humans and horses.”

Tickets are $56 and $49 (adults), $35 and $30 (children 12 and under) and $51 and $44 for seniors (55 years and older) and students (with valid identification). Tickets may be purchased at any Bellagio, Golden Nugget, NY-NY, Mirage or Treasure Island ticketing outlet or by calling (702) 693-7722 or (888) 488-7111.

CALVIN BROOKS – at Harrah’s Range Lounge:

If Harrah’s Range Steakhouse isn’t one of your favorite places, it should be. You don’t have to be in the mood for a meal — just go up and enjoy the restaurant’s lounge which overlooks The Strip. The view and nice atmosphere are complimented by the smooth jazz stylings of guitarist Calvin Brooks and keyboardist Michael Helm. More about Calvin on his site at and we have two of his CD’s to give away later in the newsletter.

CONDO SPECIALS – Driving in or renting a car? Enjoy the luxury of a condo at prices that rival a hotel room:

Westgate Flamingo Bay features over 200 villas in a lush tropical oasis style complex. You’ll be only minutes from the world famous Las Vegas Strip. While on site, you’ll enjoy soaking in the hot tub or taking a swim in the outdoor pool. For your convenience laundry facilities are available on site.

Special Internet pricing and accommodations info for Westgate Flamingo Bay at

HOOTERS LAS VEGAS – Don’t bother:

Really, don’t waste your time. After visiting locations in Florida (many of which overlook the ocean, gulf, or bay), this was a double disappointment. Located on West Sahara, it is just another overpriced themed suburban eatery but without the view and “beach” atmosphere of the originals. Yes, the waitresses are hotties, but this is Vegas: head on over to The Rio, Mandalay Bay, Venetian, or Hard Rock (to name a few) and beautiful women in even more revealing outfits will serve you a free drink while you play.

Note to casino execs (especially Mandalay Bay): Many of you have beautiful pool areas, and a Hooters franchise (or knockoff) indoor / outdoor beach-themed restaurant of that type would overlook your pool areas beautifully! I continue to wonder why more Las Vegas resorts don’t take advantage of our weather with beach-style pool view dining open to the public.

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

Las Vegas weather has continued to be stunning. October saw highs in the mid-80 and daytime temps have been pushing 80 since November started. With the sun setting just after 5 PM, the night cools down and the action heats up in a hurry.

If you read all the articles about how tourism is hurting, you may still be shocked at the notion that hotel occupancy is back to normal here. But, for every person concerned to fly in, someone else is grabbing that room. Fear is a very personal thing, so we certainly aren’t going to judge those not flying, and there are other great gaming destination to check out.

However, I continue to get feedback from people asking if it is safe to come to Las Vegas. Having just having returned for a trip and getting ready to depart for another one later this week (both by air), I thought I’d share my notes on flying in and out of Las Vegas.

Let me say upfront that I enjoy flying in general. So, I’m not approaching this as someone who was looking for added reasons not to fly, but as a regular and comfortable flyer who is weighing the new inconveniences.

My Oct. 24 afternoon departure on Alaska Air went unbelievable smooth. Check in lines were a little long, but I bypassed them with electronic check-in. If your airline offers it, USE IT. Even if you don’t fly often, the screen makes it easy for even a first time user.

At security, measures are tighter. They examine laptops, sometimes run bags through multiple times, search more bags, ask people to remove jackets and other items for a run through the x-ray machine, and ask you to empty your pockets upfront (I assume because the metal detectors are set to their most sensitive setting).

The midday security wait on Oct. 24 (a Wednesday) was almost nonexistent and I had plenty of time to kill before my flight. However, don’t be to complacent regarding getting to the airport. The return trip from Portland (Oregon) to Las Vegas had long security lines at both airports because of the peak travel day.

Fights both ways were full, routine, and nobody seemed tense or any different. Just another day in the air. I depart for a vacation in Florida later this week, and safety is the last thing on my mind. The only two added inconveniences to air travel now are the earlier airport arrival and the security lines during peak times. A small price to pay for the connivance of air travel.

Do I feel more or less safe? More safe, but not for the reasons you may think. The new security measures are mostly for show. Anybody who has military or law enforcement knowledge will tell you that plastic weapons are easily concealed. What makes us safer are the new cockpit doors and the new attitude both commercial pilots and passengers have towards trouble.

Pilots were always told to obey hijackers, which usually just wanted to divert the plane. Now pilot can safely put a plane into dives and climbs that will violently throw everyone not belted in around the plane. (You are routinely asked to stay belted in on flights because “clear air turbulence” routinely does just that on rare occasion).

Passengers, with nothing to lose and knowing that a perpetrator can’t get into the cockpit, are much more likely to gang up on troublemakers pound them senseless. In August 2000 a (possibly) drug-induced passenger got violently out-of-hand on a Southwest flight and injuries he suffered from passengers restraining him caused his death. Both of the above should help detour troublemakers.

Bottom line: If you are concerned, stay away from airplanes, tall buildings, bridges, don’t open your mail … do what you need to do. We all handle things in the way we feel is best. For those curious about how safe things feel, or if anyone is traveling, tens of thousands are visiting Las Vegas every single day without incident and I’m not giving my journeys a second thought.

Next month, we’ll get back to news and views about Las Vegas!

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We have three Calvin Brooks CD’s to give away to three lucky winners! Enter by sending a blank email to (contest closed). One entry per person. Deadline for entries: Sunday, November 10, 2001. Winners will be chosen in a random drawing from all eligible entries received before deadline and be notified by email.

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All contents copyright 2001 Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
November 7, 2001 ISSN: 1529-2770

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