Access Vegas Insider Vibe – September 20, 2000

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This Issue: Fielding West, Comedy Magic

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LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

WINE SPECTATOR – magazine has recognized six Las Vegas restaurants in their September awards issue, with Aureole at Mandalay Bay taking one of the magazines coveted Grand Awards. The other winners were Piero Selvaggio Valentino (Venetian), Renoir (Mirage), Charlie Palmer’s (Four Seasons), Dragon Noodle (Monte Carlo), and Delmonico (Venetian). You can read our review of Delmonico at and the full story on the awards is available at

SEXIEST BACHELOR – My sources tell me that Tom from Virginia won the “Sexiest Bachelor Contest.” This sequel to “Who wants to marry a millionaire” was taped last weekend at the MGM for broadcast next month.

FOOD TV – Emeril Lagasse is gone, but the Food TV specials including the entire week of Emeril Live and many other famous chefs which taped last week air on the Food TV cable channel Sept. 25-30. 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

HELLO DODGERS! – The AAA Las Vegas Stars dumped their longtime affiliation with the San Diego Padres, and are now the farm club for the Dodgers. It is a perfect fit for a city that in many ways is a distant suburb of Los Angeles. Full story at

SANTA FE STATION – formerly just known as the Santa Fe Hotel Casino, and located in NW Las Vegas, is hiring for all positions. They are accepting applications over the phone 24/7 at (702) 221-6789

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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

BOXING – Lennox Lewis vs. David Tua meet for the world heavyweight championship on Sat. Nov. 11. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and Mandalay Bay discount rooms are available at (Mandalay Bay link).

BOOGIE KNIGHTS – The infamous disco send-up had just moved from Club Rio to C2K when that club closed. In no time flat, they have resurfaced at The Beach Nightclub (2 blocks from the Stardust on Convention Center Dr. every Wednesday night starting at 10 PM.

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 – 101/69 Sunny
Thursday – 99/64 Partly Cloudy
Friday – 94/59 Partly Cloudy
Saturday – 90/56 Mostly Sunny
Sunday – 89/55 Mostly Sunny

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FEATURE STORY: Fielding West, Comedy Magic

Fielding West doesn’t have any tigers or lasers. He’s also not charging $100 a ticket! If you are the budget Las Vegas visitor, you can’t go wrong with this downtown evening show. For the price of one $5.95 drink, you get to enjoy a pretty funny blend of comedy and magic.

He doesn’t levitate a car, but he does crush a live bird with his bare hands! (The bird lives.) He doesn’t have a line of dancing girls, but he does have an attractive assistant who ends up in her undies in a “trick gone awry”. He also mixes somewhat close-up magic with a good dose of humor as well as doing a bit of painful looking fire breathing (all with a smile on his face).

The hour-long show still leaves you plenty of time to catch the light shows and other fun of downtown. None of the humor is disgusting, but a little raunchy. Leave the preteens at home. Buy your ticket at the cage, and enter early for best seats. There aren’t many bad seats in that showroom, but they are first come, first served (no maitre d’). Fielding West: Hocus Pocus plays Sun. – Thurs. evenings at 8:00 PM downtown at The Lady Luck.

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Judy Grimm wrote:

>It seems, we are unable to get tickets “O” at Bellagio.á I see my sons
>once a year and looked forward to it so much, and it is sold out.
>Is there any chance, we could still get tickets some way?
>We heard Legends was good; is it?

I’ve heard good things about Legends. I see it in about 3 weeks. “O” is the hardest ticket in town. About the only way to “beat the system” is to book through a ticket agency like BookVegas at I just did a random check for Nov. 15-17, and they still have balcony seats available. Bottom line: use an online service and book entirely as far ahead as possible for “O.”

SPAS AND SALONS – Thanks to all of the readers who weighed in on the various spas and salons they have used while here in Las Vegas. Julia from Frankfurt, Germany wrote about the SPA at Luxor: “It costs around USD $100, but it depends what kind of treatment you are going to choose. Afterwards I went to the Kristina’s Beauty Shop, where I got a manicure and my hair done.” Sam Profio wrote: “I bought my wife a $200 package at Venetian’s spa which is Canyon Ranch (national chain). It included a variety of skin and body treatments and massages, lunch, and general use of the facilities which are considerable. It is a beautiful place with a great reputation nationwide.”

A reader names Lauren wrote: “I have lived here for four years now and the best salon is DIVA. They are located off the strip off Industrial Road but near the Rio. The prices are great compared to strip salons and they have a full spa with massage, waxing, facials, etc. Their number is (702) 736-2011 or website ” Nichole Garza wrote: “Bellagio without a doubt has the best spa. And decent prices. They treat you like a queen.” Margo from Michigan wrote: “You will get an excellent hairdo and at a cheap rate. It’s strictly a locals salon located in a small strip mall on the corner of Valley View and Charleston. Alana’s Hair Salon 702-870-8470 ask for Alana. Tell her Margo from Michigan sent you.”

HORSE RACING – Linda Sauntmon wrote: “My husband spends 75% of his time on every trip to Vegas playing the horses. In his opinion, Caesar’s Palace has the best sportsbook, followed
by the Hilton.”

Zira from Wayne, NJ wrote:

>Hi Ted:
>Just got back from Las Vegas and I want to thank you for leading your
>readers to Hugo’s Cellar in The Four Queens, downtown Vegas.á We do a
>lot of “gourmet” dining and I can say this was one of the best meals
>I’ve had.á The service is outstanding, waiters terrific, the menu
>offers so many good choices for all tastes.á Intermezzo sorbet in
>miniature cones, complimentary chocolate-dipped fruit and, of course,
>a red rose for all the women….they sure have the complete dining
>experience down pat.á Thanks for this super suggestion.

Geno wrote:

>I am visiting Vegas in a couple of weeks, for the first time in 20
>years and really appreciate your newsletter.á I have heard a lot about
>coupon books and other “deals” but don’t know how to find them.á A
>little info in your news letter would be great!á !

Coupon info is at

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September 20, 2000
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