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Hello From Las Vegas! Christmas is in the air, New Years Eve is getting close, and this newsletter is jammed with amazing info and photos. Let’s get started!

New Years Eve, New Years Eve, New Years Eve, New Years Eve…

The fireworks are set, the concerts ready to roll, and the nightclubs all trying to top each other. The theme is “The Best Is Yet To Come” and the fireworks show will reach from the MGM Grand to The Stratosphere with an display lasting more than eight minutes! (As always, sustained winds at the top of the hotels could put a damper on the display, but so far it has always gone off).

We have an extended listing of New Years Eve events running down the side of the newsletter this week or you can go direct to

Bellagio’s Holiday Display is attracting droves of visitors and features some new twists not seen in years past:

Click on either of the above photos to enjoy the entire amazing holiday photo set for a taste of the season from Las Vegas. Don’t forget to spread the Christmas cheer: All photos in our Bellagio Gardens Christmas 2007 can be sent as a free E-Card. Send friends and family members some holiday E-Cards on us!

We say goodbye and a big Thank You to Celine Dion. Her five year run just wrapped up at Caesars, lasting far longer than originally anticipated. 3 million people saw the 717 shows. Whether you love or loathe her, no one can deny the amazing track record (4000 seats nightly) for a single headliner in the modern Las Vegas era.

What’s more, she adopted Las Vegas as her “hometown” and was very active in the community with charity and other events. She even occasionally was spotted shopping at the Henderson Walmart (closest to her Lake Las Vegas home)! If you missed her here, we do have tickets various dates of her pending tour: Celine Dion World Tour Tickets

Bette Midler is Celine’s replacement, and everyone will be watching to see how she does. Elton John will also be playing his selected Ceasars dates. Here are related links:

Hannah Montana Hits Las Vegas – With Las Vegas now having more than two million residents, Miley “Hanna Montana” Cyrus’ two tour dates here sold out in a matter of minutes. A third date was added, and sold out immediately. If your kids are old enough to visit and young enough to enjoy Hanna Montana (and you understand that sold-out concert resale tickets are going to be a bit expensive), you can check out Hanna Montana Las Vegas Concert Tickets

Vegas On TV – The Las Vegas Bowl (Tickets) airs on ESPN at 5:00 PM Pacific Time on December 22, 2007 with BYU looking for revenge over a struggling UCLA team. Again this year, NBC’s Holiday On Ice airs on Christmas Day (check local NBC listings). The event was taped a couple of weeks ago at The Orleans.

Goodbye Sweet Louie – Checkmates singer Marvin “Sweet Louie” Smith passed away last week while performing aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean. If you have visited Las Vegas for more than a few times, you probably saw The Checkmates performing somewhere. It would be easier to list the places they didn’t play over the decades!

The past few years they alternated between The Sahara, Casino Montelago (Lake Las Vegas) and Arizona Charlies East. Sweet Louie was fond of saying that every night was a Saturday night when they were performing, and I saw them light up more than one casino lounge over the years. Video, photos and other info is still online at

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

UFC Fight Night Live From The Pearl At The Palms Casino Resort – The UFC and Spike TV will return to The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday, January 23 for the first UFC Fight Night of 2008,(Tickets) featuring a welterweight battle between Mike Swick and Josh Burkman. “Mike Swick and Josh Burkman, two tough veterans of The Ultimate Fighter will be facing each other for the first UFC Fight Night of 2008,” said Dana White, UFC President. “Swick is dropping down to 170 pounds for this fight. He has always had speed and power, so this will be an exciting new look at him in a lighter weight class. Burkman is a great wrestler, and he brings it every time he fights. This will be an explosive main event and real test for both fighters.” Click to Read The Full Story …

Orleans Arena Hosts Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Classic – The Orleans Arena will host the third round and championship round of the sixth annual Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Classic college basketball tournament. The competing teams are Iowa State, Purdue, Alabama, Missouri State, UT Pan American, Wofford, Bethune Cookman and Texas Southern. Click to Read The Full Story …

Lance Burton & Friends Entertain At Zelzah Shrine Temple Christmas Party For Kids – Lance Burton (Tickets) finished up “The Vanishing Birdcage” at the Zelzah Shrine Temple for over 300 children on Sunday, Dec. 9. The Shriners invited the children’s families for a Sunday brunch and their annual show. This tradition began with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in the early 1950s. Special Guest Star Michael Goudeau entertained at the show for The Shriners’ clients. The comedy-juggler Goudau has performed with Lance Burton at the Monte Carlo since it opened in 1996. Gabriella Versace sang a couple of Christmas songs and comedian Magician Fielding West also performed his act at the event.

Holiday Season Computer Wallpaper – One of the big questions the past few weeks has been What happened to all the great computer wallpaper you used to make available? We’re in the process of revamping and expanding that area of In the meantime, a couple of great wallpapers to hold you over and help out the holiday spirit.

Click on the photo of your choice to view full size and see computer wallpaper simple instructions to make the selected photo your desktop wallpaper:

Atrium at Sam’s Town Hotel Casino decorated for Christmas. The atrium features free laser light and water show. At 2:00 PM, 6:00 PM., 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM daily all year.

Bikini Greetings from the Crazy Girls (Ticket Link) at Riviera Las Vegas.

2 Million And Still Going Strong Mamma Mia! To Record Its 2 Millionth Guest At Mandalay Bay Resort And Casino – After breaking every rule on the Las Vegas Strip, MAMMA MIA! (Tickets) raises the bar again as it prepares to welcome its 2 millionth guest at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Thursday, December 13, 2007. Based on the songs of ABBA, MAMMA MIA! continues to be the longest-running and most successful full-scale Broadway musical to ever hit Las Vegas. Currently in its fifth year, MAMMA MIA! sets the precedent for Broadway musicals in Las Vegas. Click to Read The Full Story …

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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:

  • 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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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – April 9, 2003

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This Issue: Zeffirino Italian At The Venetian

Also In This Issue – April 9, 2003: Newkirk’s Notes, Hotel/Show Giveaway, News Of Interest To Tourists, Valley of Fire – Logandale Trail, Painted Desert
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Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello from Las Vegas! The weather has been incredible, with highs in the low 80’s. Enjoyed watching some of the snow and rain on TV, but glad it isn’t here. Spring is in Las Vegas!

Travel 101 – Every few weeks, someone writes and say “I try to get your deals and it always gives me a higher price than you put in the newsletter.”

In the travel industry, prices are listed “From $$$.” For example, has a “Las Vegas From $25” commercial running on TV (where they say to check elsewhere, you’ll be back). If you are willing to travel on off days, no weekends, and stay downtown Las Vegas somewhere, you might get the rate they advertise. A search for May 4-7 Las Vegas on found no rates lower than $39.95, and this was the weekday.

Travel prices are subject to demand. Travel during peak periods costs more. We have a How To Get The Best Las Vegas Room Rates page that explains steps you can take to get the lowest rates. Hope it helps!


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Las Vegas News: Of Interest To Tourists

Celine Dion – tickets continue to be in good demand after a slight (possibly war related) lull. Early reports that it would be more “show” than Celine aren’t true, with her performing most of the show. You can check out a video preview and see what you think for yourself.

Gardu±os at The Palms Celebrates Cinco de Mayo – It’s fiesta time at Gardu±os at The Palms as the restaurant celebrates Cinco de Mayo. Mariachis will fill the restaurant with the sounds of Old Mexico on Sunday and Monday. Nueva Era will perform from 5 :00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. both evenings. Read More …

House Of Lords Back At Sahara – The tradition of legendary dining has returned to the Sahara Hotel and Casino. The House of Lords steakhouse offers tantalizing menu selections and a high standard of service in an intimate dining atmosphere. Beautiful waterfalls and plush seating highlight the cozy ambiance of the House of Lords steakhouse, located adjacent to the SaharaÆs casino. Read More …

New Specials At Imperial Palace Ribhouse and Seahouse – For the freshest seafood experience, Imperial PalaceÆs Seahouse Restaurant is a true fisherman’s paradise, featuring the freshest and tastiest seafood this side of Atlantis. If meat is more your style, the RibhouseÆs outstanding western-style entrees, will make you feel like youÆre home, home on the range! Read More …

Fine Irishmen Features Traditional Irish Food and EntertainmentNew York, New York will soon be home to America’s most ambitious Irish pub with the July 2003 opening of Nine Fine Irishmen. This authentic Irish pub will feature the best of Irish drink, food, music and entertainment. With a location overlooking the Las Vegas Strip, the interior of the 9,000 square-foot pub will be as genuine as the food, by replicating in fine detail the styles of pubs found across Ireland with Victorian bars, cottage areas and more. Read More …

Rampart/Marriott Host KQOL Karaoke Contest – Divas, non-divas, and other stars can show off their talents during the five-week KQOL (KOOL Oldies) Radio’s Kahuna Karaoke contest at Addison’s Lounge inside the Rampart Casino at the Resort at Summerlin. The contest continues each week between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. The finals will be Wednesday, May 7 when the grand prize vacation getaway will be awarded. Read More …

Kentucky Derby At Imperial Palace – Imperial Palace, famous for the Las Vegas Strip’s only weekly handicapping contest on a weekend — “Super Saturdays” — invites tourists, as well as locals, to enjoy the competition of a Saturday afternoon at-the-races, right up to one of the biggest events of the season, the Kentucky Derby! Read More …

Featured Shows!

V – The Ultimate Variety Show

Legends in Concert

Hypnolarious starring Terry Stokesá

Featured Review: Zeffirino Italian At The Venetian

By John Guinivere and Marianna Jones – ChefLive.Com

The staff who tend to the day to day operations of “Zeffirino”, inside the Venetian Hotel, located on the famous Las Vegas strip, invited a few of us to dinner as their guests. Downstairs, where the bar is situated, we began our evening with a cocktail. The bar is very intimate and has almost a cathedral ambiance. It was the perfect setting to relax, people watch and prepare for our wonderful dinner upstairs in the dining room.

Zeffirino is not just another restaurant in Las Vegas. It has a history that extends back to 1939, originating in Italy. The first Zeffirino is still known as the best restaurant in Genoa and was founded by Paolo Belloni. With BellioniÆs vision and Confucio BelloniÆs guidance, Zeffirino opened as a small pub, in a small fishing village in Genoa and through the years has become one of the most famous restaurants of the region.

It is not the food alone that makes a great restaurant. It is the people who cook, serve and greet the customer as well. The evening we went for dinner, we had the opportunity to take the time to sit down and talk with some of the individuals who keep Zeffirino ticking like a well oiled clock. I had one of my best dining experiences ever, listening to the stories and the rich history about the restaurant and the past careers of those who enable Zeffirino and itÆs traditions to continue. Read More …

Featured Tour: Valley of Fire – Logandale Trail

Valley of Fire – Logandale Trail (ATV) – Located just one hour from Las Vegas, the Logandale Trail System of the Valley of Fire is an off road rider’s paradise! This tour takes place on the north side of the Valley of Fire. The area is a scenic wonderland with towering, fiery red rock formations, sandstone cliffs, and Native American Petroglyphs carved into the Canyon Walls.

Valley Of Fire Photos

Additional Tours Including Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, City, Scenic, National Parks, and Adventure

Featured Golf Course: Painted Desert

Painted Desert – was the original desert-style golf course in Las Vegas, and the contrasts of the desert areas and lush green fairways lend beauty and challenge to the experience. Painted DesertÆs tee boxes and fairways are separated by native desert vegetation (cactus and mesquite), several lakes guard the landing areas and greens, and many bunkers dot the course.

Additional Las Vegas Golf Courses and Golf Vacations

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April 9, 2003 ISSN: 1529-2770