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Ted will return next week. He was last seen muttering something about sunny 75 degree days, March Madness, his cabana by the pool…

Actually, he’s finishing getting everything in order to resume his Las Vegas podcast and arranging all the great new content we’ll debut over the next few weeks. However, visitors have been enjoying 75 degree days, March Madness, and hitting the pools.

Special Note: In the next few weeks, we bring you brand new show reviews of Stomp Out Loud, Rita Rudner, Lance Burton, Mac King, Crazy Girls, American Superstars, Blue Man Group, Wayne Brady, and many more!

Please enjoy these new show reviews and great Las Vegas information prepared by staff!

Associate Editor: Amy Rayner-Cooley
News Researcher/Editor: Mark Jacobs

Featured Review:
Monty Python’s Spamalot

By Guy Chapman

For those who consider themselves a Monty Python fan, there is a special breed of humor found within the absurdity of the British comedy troop. While the classic film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” carried its fair share of catchy tunes, it would have never been considered a Broadway-scale musical… until now. “Spamalot” takes the troop”s second film and turns it into a full tour de farce that showcases a spectacle that is “lovingly ripped off from” the Python”s parody of the Arthurian Legend.

So is “Spamalot” simply an adaptation of the film? Monty Python fans know that nothing is ever as it seems when it comes to comedy, and to always expect the unexpected. While “Spamalot” lifts primarily from the original film, it also serves up a buffet of classic Python songs from past “Flying Circus” skits, and includes them into the story in clever and seamless ways. The rest of the production adds new extended scenes into the story that fit well with the absurd sense of humor the film is known for. Click to Read Entire Spamalot Review…

Featured Review:
Tony and Tina’s Wedding

By Sarah Steinberg

“Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding” at the Calypso Room at the Rio Hotel & Casino is a must-see! It pulls you in immediately. Literally the actors, in character, pull you in the minute you walk through the door. You will be ushered to your table and then greeted by your emcee for the evening, the obnoxious, loud Vinnie Black and his tacky wife Loretta. Vinnie is like a shock to the system, but in a good way, pulling you right into the fun. “Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding” is the story of two crazy Italian families, the Vitale’s and the Nunzio’s, coming together for an evening of mayhem and shenanigans. Don”t think you’ll be just sitting back and watching the show. This is an interactive experience and you will be a part of it.

Before the wedding ceremony even begins, the macho groomsmen with attitude will make you feel like you”re part of the family, but not just any family. Everyone, including the bride and groom-to-be, make their rounds greeting the guests. That would be you and me folks, so get prepared to experience two hours of zany fun. Family “issues” delay the start of the wedding while Sister Albert Maria is appalled by the certain behavior of the sleazy Italian men. With the help of Father Mark, the mild-mannered priest, they try to get this motley crew under control and get through the wedding ceremony. Click to Read Entire Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding Review…

Ultimate Fighting Championship« Presents UFC 84: Ill Will Live From MGM Grand May 24 – The war of words between UFC Lightweight Champion “The Prodigy” BJ Penn and former champion Sean “The Muscle Shark” Sherk is about to end and the fighting is set to begin. (Tickets) On May 24 both men will step into the UFC Octagon to determine, once and for all, the undisputed king of the 155-pound division. Also, in back-to-back light heavyweight superfights, “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz will face undefeated Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva will battle Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine. The Ultimate Fighting Championship organization presents UFC 84: ILL WILL live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, May 24. Click to Read The Full Story …

Tiger Woods To Host Rock Icons Van Halen At Tiger Jam XI Presented By AT&T Saturday, April 19 – The Tiger Woods Foundation announced today that Tiger Jam XI presented by AT&T will take place Saturday, April 19 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. (Tickets) Golf legend Tiger Woods will welcome rock icons Van Halen to Tiger Jam XI to raise funds for the Tiger Woods Foundation and select Las Vegas-based charities. Saturday evening’s highlights will include top-notch epicurean fare as well as an exclusive live and silent auction featuring unique items. Click to Read The Full Story …

Reunited After Eight Years, The Verve To Play The Pearl April 26 – British contemporary rock band, The Verve, best known for their hit “Bittersweet Symphony” brings their unique sound to The Pearl at the Palms on Saturday, April 26 at 8:00 p.m. (Tickets) After splitting in 1999, members of The Verve went their separate ways, some on to solo projects, until 2007 when they announced their return to the pop/rock scene. The announcement included information on a tour and a new album, their first original album since 1997’s Urban Hymns. Click to Read The Full Story …

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Weekend At Fremont Street Experience – Las Vegas’ legendary Fremont Street Experience will be the place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day when a weekend of live entertainment kicks off on Saturday, March 15. St. Patrick’s Day Weekend at the Fremont Street Experience brings three days of free concerts with Whiskey Galore and Wild Celts. The performance schedule is as follows: Saturday, March 15, Wild Celts , 6-8 pm, 3rd Street Stage; Whiskey Galore, 9-11 pm, 3rd Street Stage; Sunday, March 16, Whiskey Galore, 8-11 pm, 3rd Street Stage; Monday, March 17, Whiskey Galore, 8-11 pm, 3rd Street Stage. Click to Read The Full Story …

Boa Steakhouse Struts Its Stuff With Its Red High Heel, A Cocktail For The Ladies – A concoction sure to put a pep in any woman’s step, BOA Steakhouse’s Red High Heel blends Bombay Sapphire Gin, simple syrup, lime juice, fresh raspberries, rosewater and champagne to create a lovely mixture ù perfect for a night on the town.

Red High Heel Recipe

  • 1 1/2 ounces of Bombay Sapphire Gin
  • 1 ounce of simple syrup
  • 1/2 juiced lime
  • 8-10 fresh raspberries
  • 1 ounce of rosewater
  • 1 ounce of champagne

Combine all ingredients into a drink shaker and serve in a champagne flute garnished with raspberries and a lemon twist.

Sirens Of TI Sizzle Into Summer With New Late Hours – Dancing into their fourth year as Vegas’ most brazen beauties, the Sirens of TI will lure guests into Sirens’ Cove with new summer hours beginning March 10. The Sirens will perform nightly at 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. From daring swordplay to high-diving acrobatics and eye-popping pyrotechnics, the Sirens of TI is packed with countless thrills. Created by award-winning director Kenny Ortega, the music, dance, excitement and seduction in this modern musical-meets-action-movie spectacular has captivated the attention of more than 9.6 million spectators to date. Since 2003, the Sirens of TI cast has performed more than 4,250 shows.

Blue Man Group & Allegiant Air Announce Innovative Partnership – Launching March 13, this unprecedented partnership will focus on communicating the Blue Man Group message to the Allegiant customer at all phases of the experience û from booking the flight to experiencing the Blue Man brand inside the carrier’s aircraft on cups, napkins, overhead bins, service carts, and on in-flight crew uniforms. (Blue Man Group Tickets) The Blue Man Group iconic image will also be featured on the exterior of the Allegiant aircraft. In a mutual advertising relationship, the Allegiant brand will be incorporated into the Blue Man Group Las Vegas show, including the Allegiant logo on the aircraft featured during the show and an official Allegiant sponsored VIP room. Click to Read The Full Story …

New Days Of Operation At Monte Carlo Brew Pub – The Monte Carlo Brew Pub now is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. It remains open daily, Wednesday û Sunday, 11 a.m. û 11 p.m., with a DJ on Fridays and Saturdays, 11 p.m. û 2 a.m. In addition to live entertainment, the spacious pub also features 38 flat screen televisions, three big screen televisions and a 10-by-10 projection screen making the Brew Pub an ideal place to enjoy your favorite sporting events. The Monte Carlo Brew Pub provides a menu of freshly baked brick-oven pizzas, calamari, steaks, hamburgers, large salads, sandwiches and desserts accompanying refreshing signature cocktails, 21 bottled beers and a selection of draft beers.

Gambling Talk: Video Keno – Part Eight – with Victor H. Royer. Four Card Keno Continued – You must remember that each time you do anything, to the machine this is a “user command”, and it will do what it’s programmed to do with such commands. So, unless you start from the start, the machine won’t “know” you only wanted to make one change. It will take that as a “new event”, and if you don’t start at the beginning, nothing that you had been playing before will so remain.

This becomes even more important when it comes to the making of wagers, because many people habitually change one card or another, and forget to go through the procedure from the start, and then wonder why the machine either doesn’t play, or somehow doesn’t play all the cards or numbers they had previously marked. Click to Read Complete Article…

More Las Vegas News – Concerts – Events

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:

  • St. Patrick’s Day March 17
  • Easter Sunday March 23
  • Cinco de Mayo May 5
  • Mother’s Day May 11
  • Victoria Day, Canada May 17-19 (3 day weekend)
  • Memorial Day May 24-26 (3 day weekend)
  • Father’s Day June 15
  • Canada Day, Canada July 1
  • Independence Day July 4-6 (3 day weekend)
  • Civic Holiday, Canada August 2-4 (3 day weekend)
  • Labor Day, U.S August 30-September 1 (3 day weekend)
  • Labour Day, Canada August 30-September 1 (3 day weekend)
  • Grandparent’s Day September 7
  • Jewish New Year September 30
  • Yom Kippur October 9
  • Columbus Day October 11-13 (3 day weekend)
  • Thanksgiving Day, Canada October 11-13 (3 day weekend)
  • Halloween October 31
  • Veteran’s Day November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day November 27-30 (4 day weekend)
  • Hanukkah Dec. 22 – Dec. 29
  • Christmas December 25
  • New Year’s Eve-Day December 31 – January 1
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, U.S (Observed) January 19-21 (3 day weekend)
  • Chinese/Lunar New Year January 26
  • Lincoln’s Birthday, U.S February 12
  • Valentine’s Day February 14
  • President’s Day, U.S (Observed) February 14-16 (3 day weekend)
  • Washington’s Birthday, U.S February 22

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – October 18, 2000

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This Issue: Las Vegas News

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LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

PAY IT FORWARD – This film starring Helen Hunt follows the life of a single mother living in Las Vegas who holds down jobs as a small casino cocktail waitress and change person to survive. This film sounds like it is one of the more “true to life” stories about living in Las Vegas ever made, and full story is at

NEONOPOLIS – The food, movies theater, and retail complex downtown has been on hold because of financial difficulties, but it looks like they are ironed out and the project is full speed ahead, with plans to make it even larger than originally planned. This will be a welcome addition to the Fremont. St. Experience. Full story at

ROOM RATES – The intense hotel building of the past few years along with the opening of the Aladdin has started softening up the room rates, making you “Las Vegas fix” a little less straining on the budget. Full story at

VEGAS CALENDARS – Many of you enjoy keeping Las Vegas in mind by picking up a Las Vegas calendar or two while in town. Now, you can buy your 2001 Las Vegas Calendar and contribute to a worthwhile cause at the same time. These are the same beautiful, high-quality calendars you see in the gift shops at a comparable price. Order info as well as all 12 photos are available for viewing at and you can read more about the Shade Tree shelter they benefit at

HAWAII – Aloha Airlines today announced it will inaugurate service between Hawaii and Las Vegas starting February 14, 2001. Aloha’s new service will include two daily roundtrip flights: one between Honolulu and Las Vegas and the other between Kahului, Maui and Las Vegas. Full story at

SPORTS BOOK LIMITS – In at attempt to discourage illegal bookmakers and fixers from attempting to use Nevada’s legal sports books to place bets, Nevada regulators are proposing putting a limit of $550 on college sports bets. (Note: The “odd” number was arrived at because most sports bets need to be made in multiples of 11.) This is an attempt to get federal government to drop proposed legislation banning legal betting on college sports. Full story at


ARKANSAS – Southwest Airlines is inaugurating nonstop service from Little Rock to Las Vegas. Story at

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Winners! Perry L. Turner of Crossville, TN won the Review-Journal special golf section. Diane VanSach or Redford, MI won the Station Casinos coupon book.

Quick Concert and Show Notes:

SHOWS – See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at

Rita Rudner – continues to pack them in at the MGM and her run has been extended through November. Full story at

Paris – Don Rickles Dec. 29-31. Tickets available at (800) 237-7469 and Paris discount rooms are available at (Paris link).

CONCERTS and HEADLINERS – Our listing is available online anytime at

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LAS VEGAS WEATHER – This 5 day forecast is courtesy of Weather.Com:

Wednesday – 81/58 Partly Cloudy
Thursday – 87/53 Mostly Cloudy
Friday – 86/54 Mostly Cloudy
Saturday – 81/49 Partly Cloudy
Sunday – 74/45 Mostly Sunny

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No review this week because the World Gaming Congress 2000 is in town. We are looking forward to meeting many business colleges we correspond with throughout the year, as well as networking and getting a preview of what the next year holds in gaming (gambling) technology and gaming-related tourism. Full story at and info on WGE is available at

We’ll be back next week with a review of Legends In Concert. If you are new to list, or just have not availed yourself of our archives, we invite you to enjoy our back issues online at

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Max from Windsor, CT wrote:

>We are thinking about running away and getting married in Vegas.á Have
>you heard any feedback on couples doing this?á Our only “must have” is
>photographs.á We are looking for someplace short, sweet and

I am single, so this is out of my area. Readers, have you “run off” to Vegas to get married, or had a Vegas wedding? If your wedding fit the bill that Max is looking for, drop us a line at

RE: Kids in Vegas

Ellen in Los Angeles, CA wrote:


>IMO, Vegas is not for children.á 30 years ago, you would NEVER see kids in
>the hotels, then some marketing genius got the bright idea to market
>it to families and the town has gone to rack and ruin ever since.
>Families don’t gamble, consequently the hotels have to make their
>money in other ways, therefore, room rates and meals are higher now
>than ever, and comps are less, they have to meet the bottom line
>somehow.á I see TI has started charging $25 extra for more than 2 in a
>room, Rio has reduced their Sky Parade by 2 days, the MGM is selling
>off its rides, could it be, we will finally return to a town for
>adults?á I hope so.á Ted, I enjoy your letter and promote it every
>chance I get.á You do a wonderful job, thanks for your time!á Ellen –
>Los Angeles, CA.

RE: Jacuzzi Suites

Sherry wrote:

>The only place we have stayed at with a Jacuzzi was the Luxor.á We got
>married 2 years ago in Vegas and wanted a nice Jacuzzi suite.á The
>suite is in the pyramid and the Jacuzzi is at the window so you can
>look out very relaxing and private.á Our room overlooked where the
>Mandalay Bay is now (they had just started construction) and the
>airport area.á I would recommend it and can’t wait to go back.

Roy L. Flush (a pseudonym — he it a frequent Las Vegas visitor with a page at ) writes:

>Greetings; I was offered a room at the Las Vegas Hilton a
>couple of years ago and, since I had never stayed there, I accepted.á As
>I was trying to get my key in the door, a female voice, from INSIDE
>the room, says who’s there?!á I went back to the check in clerk and
>told him what had happened. He apologized profusely and gave me another
>room key.á When I opened the door I stood there with wide eyes. HUGE
>living room, 32″ TV, electric drapes, raised king size bed, mirrored
>ceiling and a bathroom out of a magazine. Glassed in shower, dual
>everything AND a Jacuzzi for two!á I have no idea what this suite
>should have cost but it was gorgeous.á Even better than the Venetian.

John from Washington, DC wrote:

>Hey Ted,
>I have been to Vegas several times and have only experienced the
>Jacuzzi suites at Luxor and Treasure Island.á The one at Luxor was a
>distant second to the comfort, cleanliness and appearance of the one
>at Treasure Island.á The staff was much friendlier at Treasure Island
>also.á Our view at Luxor was of the airport.á The view at Treasure
>Island from the top floor was to the Northwest giving a wonderful view
>of the mountains to wake up to in the afternoon and offered a great
>shot at sunset.

RE: Cheap golf near the Strip

Marc wrote:

>I would highly recommend the Las Vegas National course.
>It’s the old Sahara course and has been there for
>along time. American Golf owns it now. I played it
>back in September of 1999 and it was in good shape.
>Great staff.
>If money is not object, by all means go play the
>Desert Inn before Wynn turns it into a lake. God, I
>can’t believe he is going to bulldoze one of the great
>golf courses in the US, but he is.
>This is a fabulously designed course. Lots of history
>there and it won’t be there much longer. Play it in
>the next few weeks and it should be in terrific shape
>as the PGA Tour is there this week.
>I would skip Desert Pines if someone suggests that.
>It’s sorta in town, but I didn’t care for any aspect
>of that facility and I am in the golf business.

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October 18, 2000
ISSN: 1529-2770