Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 17, 2007 Insider Vibe

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Hello From Las Vegas! We are running late this week, and my how time flies when you don’t know what you are doing. I could blame it on the very unusual bitter cold. Most of the United States was slammed by unusually cold weather, and we were no exception with lows in the 20’s (F) for a week.

Truth be told is that we’ve been hard at work implementing the first stages of a major upgrade to the look, feel, and usability of The first step was to get all of the computer stuff running faster, and you should especially notice the difference. Remember the frustrating, incredibly slow wait for some of our news stories and message board posts to appear? Fixed. Click away on all the links with no more waiting time!

Where Is The Podcast? – Not a week goes by without people writing and asking when we are going to revive our podcast. I’m flattered that the demand is still there (the last podcast was in July of 2006). Here’s the deal: I’m (unfortunately) not just a figure-head CEO. I’m actively involved in all aspects of including our soon-to-debut major upgrades, and there are only so many hours in the day. Our projections are to have the upgrades done by April, and that should free up time to get back to stuff like the podcast.

In the meantime, I recently did an intro for the Living In Las Vegas Podcast in celebration of their one-year anniversary! Living In Las Vegas is a really fun, informative podcast by a couple who moved here a little over a year ago, and talk about the entire process from buying a home, to landscaping, to getting around town, what they go do and see, you name it.

If you want to hear my intro, you can check out Living In Las Vegas #38 but I highly suggest starting with Episode #1 and listening to them in order. Then you’ll understand what I am yapping about!

The Calendar Giveaway has ended. We’ll be notifying the winners by email this week. If you want to jump the gun and peek to see if you won, go back to our December 20, 2006 issue and click on the entry links (which now display the winners). That was just a taste. We are already lining up more cool giveaways! (Hint to PR people: Contact us at so you can get in line to promote your clients with some stuff for our readers).

Enjoy This Issue!

Shooting Stars Will Collide – Tickets To Witness Stars From Across Entertainment World Compete In McDonald’s NBA All-Star Celebrity Game – Top Acting and Musical Talents Including David Arquette, James Denton, Taye Diggs and Michael Clarke Duncan Will Team Up with NBA and WNBA Players for the Game Airing on ESPN Friday, Feb. 16. Tickets for the McDonald’s NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by 2K Sports, showcasing the athletic skills of some of the most recognized stars in the entertainment world are on sale. The game will take place on Friday, Feb. 16, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Center Court inside NBA All-Star Jam Session and will feature a star-studded cast of celebrity players. Click to Read The Full Story and Purchases Tickets …

Gear Up For An All-Star Fashion Weekend – Get geared up for NBA All-Star action, live in Las Vegas this February, with a stop at The Mirage. The Mirage Shop now offers official paraphernalia from the Los Angeles Lakers. Fans and team admirers can purchase assorted items such as clothing, decals, plush bears and more for $3 to $240. The store also features a display of championship rings from the Lakers’ long and successful history. The shop is located next to Carnegie Deli and across from the Royal Tiger Habitat at The Mirage.

The Review-Journal Names Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular Number One Show Of 2006 – The Las Vegas Spectacular has been named Las Vegas’ number one show of the year by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada’s largest newspaper. With dazzling special effects, a breathtaking $40 million theatre inspired by the Paris Opera House and a Broadway caliber cast, this all-new production of The Phantom of the Opera is a 95-minute awe-inspiring experience unlike any other. Click to Read The Full Story and Purchase Tickets …

UFC 67: All Or Nothing Saturday, February 3 At The Mandalay Bay Events Center – The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) organization announced UFC 67: ALL OR NOTHING featuring the UFC Middleweight Championship bout between Anderson “The Spider” Silva and Travis Lutter. The evening also will be highlighted by the debut of two fighters new to the UFC, but definitely not new to the world of mixed martial arts. Mirko “Cro Cop” and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will step into the Octagon for their UFC debuts and will face Eddie Sanchez and Marvin “The “Beastman” Eastman, respectively. Silva (17-4), fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil, defeated Rich Franklin by first round KO at UFC 64 to become the new UFC Middleweight Champion. Click to Read The Full Story and Purchase Tickets …

Marilyn, Blues Brothers Join ‘Legends in Concert’ Popular Impersonators Return to IP Celebrity Tribute Show – “Legends in Concert,” the celebrity tribute show at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino, kicks off 2007 with the return of two popular acts — Marilyn Monroe and the Blues Brothers. Beginning Monday, Jan. 8, Stacey Whitton performs as the blonde bombshell, and Dan Meisner and Joe Messina once again bring audiences to their feet as Jake and Elwood Blues, respectively, as they fill the showroom with a jumping, toe-tapping, fun-loving frenzy. Click to Read The Full Story and Purchase Tickets …

Nurture Yourself At The Spa At Luxor – Featuring a new name and treatment menu, Nurture, The Spa at Luxor offers a chance to unwind amid the exciting hustle and bustle of Las Vegas. Relax in this intimate facility with treatments designed to soothe tired bodies and calm weary minds. Innovative services include a Peppermint Foot Therapy, a stimulating foot and leg massage complete with warm peppermint towel wrap; Citrus Marine Detox Body Toner, a three-stage treatment that includes a sea salt and seaweed scrub, Mediterranean marine mud body mask and a toning and firming gel; or Escape to Sonoma with a full-body, grapeseed oil massage followed by a sea salt scrub and a wine body wrap to nourish dehydrated skin.

‘Sopranos Last Supper’ Moves To Empire Ballroom – “The Sopranos Last Supper” is moving to The Empire Ballroom on Thursday, Jan. 11th with their show along with a free Sopranos bus and being featured guests on Chopper’s “King of Cars” hit infomercial. The Empire Ballroom is across from the Monte Carlo; behind Fatburger. Click to Read The Full Story …

Gambling Talk: Poker Is Not Gambling — Part Two – with Victor H. Royer. A successful and steadily profitable poker player should never allow himself or herself to experience such highs and expose themselves to such lows. Making steady profits in poker, regardless of whether you are playing professionally, semi professionally, or only casually, requires you to have discipline of mind, body, and soul, and in particular the ability to avoid becoming angry over bad beats, or becoming overly exuberant in times of great good luck and good fortune. Click to Read Complete Article

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: MGM Mirage Project CityCenter Preview – CityCenter is an unprecedented architectural paradigm for the ideal modern city that has the potential to redefine contemporary urban design throughout the world. The mixed-use development, built on 76 acres along the Las Vegas Strip between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts, confirms a cultural and lifestyle revival of city living. The groundbreaking design introduces a dazzling vertical city in the heart of Las Vegas’ sprawling horizontal grid.

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – American Storm Male Revue – The temperature in Las Vegas is going from hot to downright steamy as American Storm plays at the Riviera Hotel and Casino. From the same producers of the Internationally acclaimed Australia’s Thunder From Down Under comes the newest male revue with a definitively All-American flair.

  • Click To View American Storm Male Revue: Broadband (only)

Members Mania – We Love Our Readers!

Readers Write:

Ted, I thought you might appreciate the “Emerald City” effect, the morning it had snowed. My daughter and I are early riser’s (4am) and by the time we got out she took some really “wicked” shots. We have a few more, but I think this was the best at showing the low ceiling clouds and the reflection.

Have a great New Year, and keep, keeping us informed. I enjoy your letter,



Ted Responds:


Thanks for sharing such a great picture! One of the very rare and special sites in Las Vegas is when we have low clouds (and even more rare fog), setting this scene that so few get to see.

Attention Readers: Don’t be shy about sharing some of your great Las Vegas photos with us. Simply drop them our way at so we can share them with everyone.

Note: Sending them our way does imply permission to use them in the newsletter or in other association with so we can share them with readers and site viewers. However, you retain all other original ownership rights. IE, we can’t pass them along commercially.

Ted,I was in Las Vegas from Dec. 14. thru Dec. 18. I had a great time and will definitely return in the future.

I found the people friendly, the hotel and service workers very friendly, and the quality of the Paris Hotel to be excellent. It was a great time.

Rob Hammons

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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:

  • 2007

  • Valentines Day February 14
  • Presidents Day February 17-19 (3 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 22-25 (3 day weekend)
  • St. Patrick’s Day March 17 (Falls on a Saturday)
  • March Madness (NCAA Basketball Playoffs) March 15-18, March 22-25, Final Four March 31-April 2
  • Victoria Day (Canada) May 19-21 (3 day weekend)
  • Memorial Day May 26-28 (3 day weekend)
  • Mothers Day May 13
  • Fathers Day June 17
  • Independence Day July 4
  • Civic Holiday (Canada) August 6 (3 day weekend)
  • Labor Day September 1-3 (3 day weekend)
  • Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada) September 6-8 (3 day weekend)
  • 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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