Access Vegas Insider Vibe – August 12, 2009 InsideráVibe

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Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas! We are well into the dog days of summer. Funny… every year the heat is a bit of a shock to the system come late June and July. By mid-August I’m finally used to it and enjoying that fact that it never gets cold… only to see cooler weather on the horizon.

For those whose systems aren’t programmed to take the heat (and who are facing a quick end to beautiful summer weather where you live), there isn’t better time to plan an October vacation here when daytime average temperatures are a perfect 81 degrees (F) and both NFL and College Football are in full swing!

Terry Fator’s Show On CMT – Terry Fator no longer needs any introduction as his show at The Mirage has been a nice success and he’s got a long term contract that will keep him in Las Vegas for years to come. But for those wondering if he’s worth seeing, CMT (Country Music Television U.S.) will be airing his show on August 28. Check local listings. Click for Terry Fator Tickets

Station Casinos Bankruptcy Won’t Affect Visitors – While the majority of our readers are oriented toward staying on The Strip, near Strip or downtown, we know that some of you do enjoy staying at the “locals” properties. Station Casinos (all those hotels with Station something or other in their name {except Main Street], plus Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock) has declared bankruptcy in order to reorganize their company. They specifically note that none of the hotels are part of the filing and business will continue as usual. If you have a reservation at one of their properties, I wouldn’t sweat it.

However… Boyd Gaming (Cal, Main Street, Sam’s Town, Orleans, Fremont, Suncoast, Gold Coast, Stardust… oops) are making a play for pieces of the company to expand their local empire. With their Echelon project dead for the foreseeable future, they have some cash and credit to go on a modest buying spree if the price if right.

Beyonce – was a big hit on her four night run at Wynncore (Encore Las Vegas). Much talk of her having a sit-down run here a la Cher, Bette Midler, Celine Dion (who is still the subject of continuing rumors regarding a possible return).

Speaking Of Celebs… – Mel Gibson recently attended a 7 PM Blue Man Group show. Sometimes it seems that Blue Man Group flies under the radar (IE, they don’t generate scandals or big splashy news) but this very unique, quirky (and quite fun) show experience continues to draw a-list attendees and has been entertaining Las Vegas visitors for years. Click the Blue Man Group graphic in the right sidebar to find out more (and save some money on this must-see show)!

Local Cell Phone Sim Cards? – 25% of our readership is from outside the U.S. (with around 12% from Europe alone) and we recently were asked something that stumped us:

When visiting from outside North America, is there a way to buy and put a local (Las Vegas) sim card in your phone while you are here instead of having to pay international roaming? Most of us take it for granted that we use our phones to stay in touch with our travel-mates, and it sure beats trying to say “let’s all meet at 6 PM” or whatever.

If anyone has some help on this topic, please do drop us a line at

Construction Job Losses – The Review-Journal notes that construction jobs are down nearly 20% here in Las Vegas. These probably won’t be coming back. CityCenter will be wrapping up at the end of the year, no restart time noted for Plaza (The Frontier) or Echelon, and Fountainbleau (Fblu) only needs some a few months of finishing work.

Also, until new homes can be built for less money than it costs to buy existing homes on the market, new home building will be minimal.

As someone who has lived here over 16 years, it was obvious that the house-of-cards was going to fall at some point. Las Vegas’ non-gaming economy was a ponzi scheme. Growth was driving the economy. People were kept busy building and selling houses to people who were new to town, who in turn got jobs fueled by the continued spending on new construction. Everybody is talking about how Las Vegas is going through a huge economic downturn and recession. However… we really just have a thinning of the herd. People who were probably ill-advised to move here here in the first place are moving back home.

At the end of the day, the core of Las Vegas (tourism) is still doing pretty well, and would be doing just fine if some of the resort companies hadn’t torched their “credit cards” in building just a bit too much. We were out on The Strip this past Thursday afternoon and the casinos were full, plenty of action at the games and slots, and strong crowds on the streets. We’ve noted similar results downtown.

Civic leaders spent the past decade thinking we need to diversify our economy here. Why? How about we stick to selling all of you an unmatched good time like we (as a city) have done for 75+ years! And how about the majority of the people living here work in that industry (and have the camaraderieáá and pride that working in hotels/tourism used to breed) so we provide you the most amazing experience of your life when you visit our neon-lit slice of high desert!

Bridge Across Hoover Dam – The beautiful, new arch bridge across the Colorado River just south of Hoover Dam is expected to open June 2010.


This along with the four-laning of significant stretches of road between Kingman, AZ and Hoover Dam should shave a good 30 minutes off the drive from Arizona, New Mexico and points southwest to Las Vegas.

Enjoy This Issue!

Ted Newkirk
CEO/Managing Editor

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Vegas Hot Shots

Rhumbar At The Mirage – Part of The Mirage’s major remodel (in preparation for their 20’th anniversary this year) was the addition of Rhumbar. Part-owner Michael Frey is also a principle in the Casa Fuente cigar store next door in the Forum Shops and also involved in Montecristo (brand) Rum. Hence, a cigar-friendly bar with around 40 types of rum right on The Strip seemed like a natural fit.

Rhumbar - New at The Mirage

View from Rhumbar patio close to sunset. It looks even better once the hotels all light up at night!

The Mirage’s Love marquee towers over Rhumbar.

Rhumbar isn’t just for lovers of rum and mojitos (the house specialty). A comprehensive menu of beer, wine, spirits, and house specialty drinks is available, with prices starting in the $8-10 range. Those seeking beer and margaritas for $1 (and don’t mind the frat party atmosphere) need only to go across the street to Casino Royale instead.

What you will find is a very nice, upscale, comfortable surroundings with lounge (acid) jazz* playing at volumes you can talk over, attentive cocktail waitresses, and an atmosphere that doesn’t make those over 30 feel out-of-place. *Acid jazz doesn’t mean you need to be on acid to enjoy it. Acid jazz is a more downbeat, groove oriented cousin of smooth jazz.

Rhumbar is cigar-friendly, and we aren’t talking Swisher Sweets. You are welcome to bring your own, but their humidor features many of the top-name premium cigar brands including the highly prized, hard-to-find Fuente Fuente Opus X ($27). If you are worried that their patio is overrun with smelly cigar smoke, think again: Las Vegas almost always has a gentle breeze blowing, and the premium cigars they sell for consumption (brands like Ashton and Montecristo) are grown and aged with the same care given to fine wine to produce aromatic notes of woods and spices. (Think of the pleasant aroma of burning oak or cedar in your fireplace). Dime-store cigars (which are not encouraged at Rhumbar) tend to be the cigars with a smell everyone turns their nose up at.

My suggestion? Next time you are in the Center Strip area and have some time to kill before dinner or your show (or if you are getting killed at the tables and need to just need a respite from gaming), stop in for a cocktail. Rhumbar is located just inside the street entrance to The Mirage (where the moving walkway used to take you to the tiger display). Hours vary by season, but currently Noon to around 1 AM.

Vegas Hot Shots will be a regular feature starting later this fall featuring reports on the most enjoyable, comfortable, upscale places to enjoy a cocktail in Las Vegas along with accompanying video reports.

Superstar Mariah Carey To Perform Special Engagement At The Pearl At The Palms – With worldwide sales of more than 175 million albums, Mariah Carey û the most successful female recording artist in history û is set to perform the most intimate shows of her career in a special engagement at The Pearl inside the Palms Casino Resort. These performances will take place on Friday, September 11; Saturday, September 12; Friday, October 9 and Saturday October 10, 2009. These once-in-a-lifetime, up-close-and-personal performances at The Pearl are the first of its kind and surround the highly anticipated release of Mariah’s latest album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel which features the current hit single “Obsessed.”

Las Vegas Celebrates The Music Of Michael Jackson – Live From The Pearl Concert Theater Inside The Palms Casino Resort – Fundraiser to benefit Music Education in Clark County Public Schools. For one performance only, Las Vegas’ top entertainers will come together for a special performance Las Vegas Celebrates the Music of Michael Jackson on Saturday, August 29, 2009, at 3 p.m.

In this multi-artist production celebrating the many hits of The King of Pop, entertainers including cast members of Jersey Boys, Lion King, Peepshow and Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular will perform the hits of the Jackson songbook, all in celebration of what would have been the entertainer’s 51st birthday. This unique show will also include video montages throughout from those who knew Michael or were inspired by his work.

Las Vegas’ CityCenter To Be One Of The World’s Largest Green Developments – CityCenter Emerges as Leader of Sustainable Urban Development, Driving Green Economies of Scale in Multiple Industry Segments. Created with a vision to bring a new level of environmental consciousness to the world-famous Strip, CityCenter will be one of the world’s largest sustainable developments, from design and construction to operations and guest amenities. An extraordinary urban resort destination brought to life by eight world-renowned architects, the 18-million-square-foot development is set to achieve a combination of gold and silver LEED« ratings by the U.S. Green Building Council throughout its distinctive hotels; residences; dining, retail and public spaces. Using cutting-edge solutions, CityCenter has been able to grow responsibly without sacrificing the quality of materials or guest experience.

Due to its size and purchasing power, CityCenter is driving green economies of scale in multiple industry segments, paving the way for other entities to build and operate sustainably. CityCenter has moved beyond existing green practices to empower industry-wide innovations.

Tickets On Sale Now For Country Superstar Tim McGraw At M Resort Spa CasinoM Resort Spa Casino is proud to welcome American country superstar Tim McGraw to the Villaggio Del Sole Entertainment Piazza. Tickets are on sale now for his performance on Friday, October 23. The Grammy-award winning McGraw will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. and perform his chart-topping hits including “Live Like Your Were Dying,” “Something Like That,” “I Like It, I Love It” and more. McGraw has had eleven consecutive albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard albums charts.

Hawaiian Tropic Zone Features THE EXOTIC Wild Orchid Cocktail This August – This August, Hawaiian Tropic Zone inside Miracle Mile Shops invites patrons to experience the succulent Wild Orchid cocktail. The sweet nectar is a smooth concoction infused with Cruzan Guava Rum, TY KU liqueur and pineapple juice. Boasting a glowing yellow hue, Wild Orchid is served in a Collins glass and garnished with a cherry.

Nevada Ballet Theatre Names Marie Osmond As Its ‘Woman Of The Year’ For The 2010 Black & White Ball – Nevada Ballet Theatre is honored to announce singer, author, television personality, Broadway performer and philanthropist Marie Osmond as its ‘Woman of the Year’ for the 2010 Black & White Ball. As one-half of the beloved singing duo “Donny & Marie,” this all-around entertainer will be honored on Saturday, January 23, 2010 at Paris Las Vegas. Born into an internationally known entertainment family, Osmond emerged on the country music scene at the tender age of 13 with her hit “Paper Roses,” making her the first female in country music history to debut with a number one record.

Air Supply ‘Live on the Road 2009’ Tour Stops At The Orleans Showroom September 3-6 – Australian soft-rock group Air Supply quickly became a staple of early ’80s radio after their first smash hit, “Love and Other Bruises.” Performing together for more than 30 years, Air Supply returns to The Orleans Showroom September 3, 4, 5 and 6 for four 8 p.m. performances. Englishman Graham Russell and Australian Russell Hitchcock met in 1975 while performing in the Australian production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Later that year, the duo formed Air Supply and released their first smash hit and self-titled debut album, reaching gold in Australia.

ENVY Presents A Touch Of Hope Breast Foundation Dinner – From August 15 through September 15, Envy The Steakhouse, located at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel, will present A Touch of Hope Breast Foundation Dinner. With a portion of the proceeds benefiting A Touch of Hope Breast Foundation, Envy The Steakhouse is offering a $95 Prix Fixe, four-course meal paired with complementing wines. Reservations are recommended. For reservations or more information about A Touch of Hope Breast Foundation Dinner, please call 702.784.5716 or visit

“The Mac King Comedy Magic Show” Nearing One-Millionth Audience Member – Milestone Guest to Win the Ultimate Mac King and Harrah’s Las Vegas Prize Package – “The Mac King Comedy Magic Show” will celebrate its one-millionth guest this summer with the ultimate prize package giveaway in partnership with Harrah’s Las Vegas. All guests that attend a performance of the show between August 7 and August 29, 2009, will have the chance to win the ultimate prize package. Recently dubbed in the Las Vegas Review-Journal 2009 “Best of Las Vegas” poll as “Favorite Male Las Vegan,” and voted “Best Bargain Show” six years in a row, Mac King has performed his family-friendly routine at Harrah’s Las Vegas since January 2000.

Journey To Perform At The M Resort Spa CasinoM Resort Spa Casino is proud to announce that Journey will perform in concert at the Villaggio Del Sole Entertainment Piazza on Saturday, October 3. Journey – Neal Schon (guitars, backing vocals), Jonathan Cain (keyboards, backing vocals), Ross Valory (bass, backing vocals), Deen Castronovo (drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Arnel Pineda (lead vocals) – plays with a passion and commitment that wows both longtime fans and new generations of listeners alike.

Larry The Cable Guy To Bring His Comedy Routine To Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, December 12 – Larry The Cable Guy, the American stand-up comedian and actor known best for his signature catch-phrase “Git-R-Done,” will bring his hilarious routine to Las Vegas and make a stop at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, Dec. 12. The performance is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Larry continues to sell out theatres and arenas across the United States. On July 4 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., Larry performed in front of more than 50,000 fans, a show that was a ‘thank you’ to his fans as well as the entire state of Nebraska for their long-time support.

Las Vegas Deals

These are only a few of the many Easy Vegas Deals we find each and every week (many of which happen too quickly for newsletter deadline). For a complete and constantly updated listing:

Members Mania – We Love Our Readers!

I should be back with Members Mania next week (where we answer reader questions). As much as I’d love to tell you that I just sit around sampling shrimp cocktail and eating large steaks 24/7, I’ve had a rather heavy load of responsibilities in my Managing Editor (and overall visionary) of this little outfit. We’re just about to launch an email newsletter for our Easy Vegas Deals blog (finally), I’m working on a slew of new giveaways for fall, and an upgraded tours section. Fall is the perfect time to take one of those scenic tours and really see the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and other area sights.

Plus… in response to significant reader requests for information where someone who is just a little past the “clubbing” age (IE, you don’t want people throwing up on you or tramping your feet when you party) but still want nice, fun places to enjoy cocktails here in Las Vegas, we’re working on our Vegas Hot Shots series.

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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:

  • Labor Day, U.S September 5-7 (3 day weekend)
  • Labour Day, Canada September 5-7 (3 day weekend)
  • Jewish New Year September 19
  • Halloween October 31
  • Veteran’s Day November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day, U.S November 26-29 (4 day weekend)
  • Hanukkah Dec. 2 – Dec. 9
  • Christmas December 25
  • New Year’s Eve-Day December 31 – January 2 (3 day weekend)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, U.S (Observed) January 18-20 (3 day weekend)
  • Super Bowl Sunday February 7
  • Lincoln’s Birthday, U.S February 12
  • President’s Day, U.S (Observed) February 13-15 (3 day weekend)
  • Chinese/Lunar New Year February 14
  • Valentine’s Day February 14
  • Mardi Gras February 16
  • Washington’s Birthday, U.S February 22
  • St. Patrick’s Day March 17
  • Easter Sunday April 4
  • Cinco de Mayo May 5
  • Mother’s Day May 9
  • Memorial Day, U.S May 29-31 (3 day weekend)
  • Father’s Day June 20
  • Independence Day July 4
  • Civic Holiday, Canada July 31-August 2 (3 day weekend)

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – November 28, 2007 Insider Vibe

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Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas! We usually like to start the newsletter on a happy note, but the past couple of weeks have brought us the death of two long-time Las Vegas locals from completely opposite sides of the musical spectrum. We recently reported on the loss of Robert Goulet, and this past week Quiet Riot’s Kevin Dubrow passed away at the age of 52 inside his east Las Vegas home. I didn’t know him personally, although we had numerous mutual acquaintances. His band kick-started what became the “hair metal” craze of the 1980’s that led to the popularity of bands like Bon Jovi and Motley Crue.

Kevin was the co-host of the KOMP radio morning show here for a year in the mid-90’s. The show did well, and co-host Craig Williams noted that there were talks of national syndication. However, it was well known that Dubrow wasn’t fond of the early mornings required and went back to re-form Quiet Riot on the hopes that his genre would make a come-back.á Grunge music pretty much skipped Las Vegas (only a fool is going to wear flannel in the summer) and Las Vegas was still very much a hard-rocking town through the 90’s leading people like Dubrow and Motley Crue singer Vince Neil to move here permanently during that time.

Neil has kept himself in the local spotlight at various events around town plus the opening of his Vince Neil Ink tattoo shop. Dubrow seemed to keep a lower profile, focused on Quiet Riot’s touring and was somewhat settled down for a number of years (until recently) with local radio and TV personality Lark Williams (who was credited for helping Dubrow get clean and sober). Cause of the death is not yet known.

I often receive emails like this one: Hello, we are coming to Vegas and would like to know which casinos you would recommend for more winnings. Thank you.

Over the years, slots at “local’s” casinos tend to be the loosest, followed by downtown with The Strip being the worst. When it comes to table games, it all depends on the variations in the specific rules. Any blackjack game paying 6:5 for a blackjack is worst than one paying 3:2 (7.5:5). Single zero roulette is better than double zero roulette. Craps with higher odds limits are better.

Here’s the bottom line: Unless you are coming here once or twice a month and want to take a few hundred hours to learn the nuances of perfect play for all table games (plus video poker), anything can happen anywhere on one trip. Play where you feel lucky and where things seem to be going well. No matter where you are playing, if you get on a cold streak, stop for a while. Take a walk, have a drink, get something to eat. Then try another casino and give your luck an chance to come back.

This Sunday (December 2, 2007) marks the running of the third annual Las Vegas Marathon. In an interesting twist, Blue Man Group is going to do a performance along the route for spectators and participants. The location is supposed to be secret, but the word “downtown” seemed to sneak out. The marathon starts at Mandalay Bay at 6 AM and heads north to downtown, so if you hear a lot of racket about 6:30 AM downtown, you’ll know what is up. If 6 AM is too early for your taste, Blue Man Group is well worth the regular ticket: Blue Man Group Tickets

As some of you have heard, The Royal White Tiger Habitat at The Mirage has closed to make way for a restaurant called BLT Burger. The restaurant is going to be run by some famous chef from New York and opens this spring. The bummer? No more tigers to look at when you enter The Mirage. The good news, you can still see them (and the rest of the animals) at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat (click for pictures). If you’ve never visited the Secret Garden, it is worth the price of admission and I’d plan to see it soon. The land it sits on is probably too valuable to leave undeveloped.

Bruce Springsteen doesn’t have a Las Vegas date set, but it seems like he’s playing just about everywhere else and we have great tickets. Check out Bruce Springsteen Tickets

Enjoy This Issue!

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

The Gold Coast Partners With “The World’s Largest Honky Tonk” To Host National Finals Tonight – The Gold Coast Showroom will be transformed into Billy Bob’s Texas Las Vegas Outpost from December 6 – 15, hosting the ultimate rodeo after-party. Adding to the excitement, eight-time World Champion and Hall of Fame Cowboy Don Gay along with TV Host Dan Miller will host the nightly National Finals Tonight, a wrap-up of each day’s rodeo events. They will be talking all things rodeo, featuring interviews with riders and a variety of rodeo celebrities. (National Final’s Rodeo Tickets). Click to Read The Full Story … Beyonce Returns To Las Vegas To Perform At The Mandalay Bay Events Center Sunday, December 30 – Superstar and cultural icon BEYONCE is set to return to Las Vegas to celebrate New Years Eve Weekend. (Tickets) BEYONCE will appear at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Sunday, Dec. 30 and the show is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Music World/Columbia Records recently released BEYONCE’s B’DAY Deluxe Edition, an expanded two-disc edition of the pop icon’s best-selling Grammy-winning solo album. The first single from the album, “Beautiful Liar,” an irresistible Latin/pop anthem of feminine empowerment, entered the Billboard Hot Digital Songs and Hot Digital Tracks charts at No. 1. Click to Read The Full Story …

Larry The Cable Guy Performs At The Orleans Arena- “Eat, Drink And Be Larry,” On Dec. 15th – The man who coined the catchphrases “Git-R-Done” and “Lord, I Apologize,” is coming to the Orleans Arena. Dan Whitney, better known as Larry the Cable Guy, has proven to be one of the most successful comics of his era and will be spouting his country wisdoms at the Orleans Arena on December 15, 2007 at 9 p.m. (Tickets) Larry’s one-liner filled act earned him appearances on “Evening at The Improv,” “Comic Strip Live” and the nationally syndicated “Bob and Tom Show.” His success with radio continued when he became a regular on “Jeff Foxworthy’s Country Countdown.” Click to Read The Full Story …

Merry Christmas Las Vegas Being Taped For Local And National Television – The producers of the award-winning weekly television show, Entertainment Las Vegas Style, presents the 22nd Annual “Merry Christmas Las Vegas” a joyful program of seasonal song and laughter. “Merry Christmas Las Vegas” is presented as a Christmas gift from the headliners of the Entertainment Capital of the World, in support of the children known as “Helen Joy’s Young Entertainers” through the Youth Foundation for the Performing Arts. “Helen Joy’s Young Entertainers” and Entertainment Ambassador “Tony Sacca” have once again been invited to perform at the White House on Saturday, December 8, at 7:00 pm, representing the City of Las Vegas. Click to Read The Full Story …

Goodman Meets With ‘Little Legends’ – Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman met with the “Little Legends” cast in his office Thursday, where the performers invited him to their grand opening show Tuesday at the Harmon Theater inside Krave nightclub. (Tickets) “Little Legends” performers Abdoul and Adam Kone, Terra Jole and her boyfriend, who impersonates Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee take a photo with Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman on Thursday at his office. Click to Read The Full Story …

Roy’s Is Filling All The Good Boys And Girls Glasses This Holiday With Roy’s Chocolate-Peppermint Kiss Cocktail – Making the holiday season bright, Roy’s is offering a Chocolate-Peppermint Kiss cocktail to sweeten even the grumpiest holiday-goer. Combining all the magical spirit of the holidays in a sweet concoction, Roy’s drizzles heavenly Godiva chocolate liqueur to the bottom of a glass and then mixes in CrÞme de Cacao, Peppermint Schnapps and Mt. Gay Vanilla Rum for a decadently divine, chocolate libation. This season be sure to spoil those who have been nice and even those who have been naughty with the below recipe.

Roy’s Chocolate-Peppermint Kiss

  • 1.5 oz of CrÞme de Cacao
  • .75 oz Peppermint Schnapps
  • .75 Mt. Gay Vanilla Rum
  • .5 oz Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • Splash of water

Method: Shake the first three liqueurs vigorously with ice. Then drizzle the chocolate into the chilled Martini glass (chocolate should be drizzled only on one side of martini glass). Slowly sink the .5 oz of Godiva chocolate liqueur onto bottom of the glass and garnish with a York Peppermint Patty. Visit Roy’s in Summerlin 8701 W. Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89117. Click to Read The Full Story …

It’s Time To Start Planning For The Holidays At The Magical Forest – Hundreds of trees frosted with millions of lights, incredible holiday displays, a ride on one of our two “Forest Express” passenger trains, a spin on an antique carousel, a windswept trip down the Alpine Slide, a visit to Santa, and finished off with a heaping holiday dose of hot cocoa and funnel cakes, the Las Vegas holiday classic, The Magical Forest, opens its doors to holiday revelers Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd through December 30th. Every year The Magical Forest reinvents itself with something new just around the next turn on the Forest path, and this year is no exception. Click to Read The Full Story …

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Reader Submitted Photos:

Hello, We are in Vegas 3 to 4 times a year and really enjoy all of it. Here are some pictures we have taken over the years. Hope to see some of them in your newsletter.

Jack & Caroline
Pinellas Park, Florida

Hint: Click on all photos above to see more.

Dear Ted:I visit Vegas 2 to 3 times a year and this is the first year that I will be there on New Year’s Eve. I am trying to find out what options are available for celebrating the new year in Vegas. Can you tell me how to find out what the hotels on the strip are offering for New Year’s Eve? Do they normally have dinner/party packages available for the evening? What about bands, dancing, etc? Are you going to be publishing this in an upcoming newsletter? Thanks for any help you can offer.Julie in Ohio

Ted Responds:

We’ve been adding them to our concert/event calendar to the right side of this page, plus we have pulled together a comprehensive list of everything we have (to date) at Please understand that it seems like the hotels would be making these plans and letting us know months in advance (especially for a huge date people plan ahead for). But realistically, most New Year’s Eve info only starts to roll into us starting late November each year. Hope this helps!

Hi Ted,I was wondering if you knew what happened to David Osborne. He used to play the piano at Cafe Lago at Caesar’s Palace. I was wondering if he was performing anywhere else in Vegas right now?I really enjoy your newsletter!

Jane Penny
Brady, Texas

Ted Responds:

I was able to contact David who got back to me with the following:

Hi Ted, I am still playing in Las Vegas, I moved to Bellagio after being at Caesars Palace for 12 years. I perform solo piano at the Petrosian 8pm-12:45 on Thursday’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s. I perform with a bass player at the Baccarat Bar from 8:45pm -1am on Sunday’s and Monday’s.

I have signed with Alkahest Artists and Attractions and travel with a bass player and a drummer, we are known as the David Osborne Trio. Here is some information on my upcoming performances.


  • Tuesday, January 8, 2008 1:30PM, South Florida Community College, Avon Park, Florida
  • Friday, March 28, 2008 8:00pm, Saturday, March 29, 2008 8:00pm, Center for Arts & Humanities, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tuesday, April 8, 2008, Hawkeye Community College, Tama Hall Auditorium, Waterloo, Iowa

I also might add that ifá you can listen to most of David’s music at his David Osbourne Rhapsody Page

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:

  • Christmas December 25 (4 day weekend – Christmas on Tuesday)
  • New Year’s Eve-Day December 29 – January 1 (4 day weekend – New Years on Tuesday)

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