Access Vegas Insider Vibe – April 19, 2006

In This Issue: New Cirque Show Love, Clint Holmes Review, Madonna Concert Dates, Blind Juggler At Crazy Girls, Jon Secada At Caesars, Football Betting Is On, Ansel Adams Exhibit, Historic Steve Wynn Video, more ….

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Hello From Las Vegas! Big week here with the announcement that the new Beatles-themed Cirque du Soleil show at The Mirage will be named “Love.” Love will bring the magic of Cirque du Soleil together with the spirit and passion of The Beatles music to create a vivid, intimate and powerful entertainment experience. It will be presented in a custom-built theatre at The Mirage featuring 360-degree seating and advanced high definition video projections with 100-foot digital, moving images. The panoramic surround sound system features speakers in each seat!

Last month, I was in the line at the grocery store about midnight and struck up a conversation with a couple in front of me who just so happened to be in this new production. They were very, very excited (although exhausted) about how rehearsals were coming along! When the performers are that excited, you know it should be a great show! Ticket info coming very soon.

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  • Cher replacing Celine?
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  • New Frontier going bye-bye, replaced by $2 billion Montreux
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Clint Holmes at Harrah’s

Reviewed February, 2006
by Nancy Hruska

clint holmes harrah's las vegas hotels Though Vegas is known for shows where nearly anything goes, few entertainers would dare to mix musical genres such as Opera, Salsa, Broadway, and Jazz. Clint Holmes, however, has taken that road less traveled and the result is revolutionary enough for Rolling Stone to call it, “One of the most complex musical shows ever.”

Any recognition such as that could cause a performer’s head to swell, but Clint Holmes views his talent a little differently. He constantly attributes the success of his show to his cherished (and most dynamic) band, his family, and the cultural diversity of his upbringing. His energetic and deeply personal show is a journey through music that takes even Las Vegas by surprise. Click To Read The Complete Review

Madonna Coming For Two Nights To Las Vegas – The “Material Girl” is bringing her Confessions Tour to The MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas on May 27 and May 28, 2006. We have great premium seats available for all the stops on her tour, including here in Las Vegas. Click for Madonna Confessions Tour Tickets

“Billy Idol” Imperial Palace Dealertainer Computer Wallpaper – Every couple of weeks, we give you a Vegas-related free computer wallpaper download. We’ve featured lots of pretty girls (including the Crazy Girls in a recent issue) and the ladies want to see some men to balance it out! So we are starting with the “Billy Idol” Dealertainer from Imperial Palace. Also coming soon (for the ladies), American Storm (male revue) and others along this line. Everyone is welcome to click and download “Billy Idol” Dealertainer Computer Wallpaper

MSNBC just did a story regarding the drop in international tourists visiting the United States. In part, the story reads:

US tourism industry leaders and top government officials on Tuesday urged collaboration between the public and private sectors to stem shrinking US market share of international visitors.

Business leaders have voiced deep concerns over a decline in international visitors due partly to more bureaucratic US visa policies and a battered image overseas September 11, 2001.

US market share of international tourism is at an all-time low, dropping 35 per cent between 1992 and 2004, which translates into $286bn in lost revenue, according to the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA).

We know that many readers come to Las Vegas from around the world to enjoy our city, and we want your input. Are you traveling here less? Is it more of a hassle? What changes would you like to see be made?

We have devoted space on our message boards to this story. Please click over there to read more, and post your thoughts. We are very interested in what you have to say!

Caesars Palace Celebrates Cinco de Mayo Weekend With A May 6 Concert Featuring Three-Time Grammy Award Winner, Jon Secada With Special Guest Joey Daniels – Three-time Grammy Award winner Jon Secada will celebrate the Cinco de Mayo holiday weekend with his Pop, Latin and R&B grooves in the Roman Plaza Amphitheatre at Caesars Palace on Saturday, May 6, 2006. Click to Read The Full Story, Ticket Info …

World’s Most Amazing Juggler Nino Frediani Works In Crazy Girls – Legally Blind, Speaks 7 Languages; often Converses With Japanese In Audience – Nino Frediani performs as the comedic juggler who interacts with the audience nightly in the world famous “Crazy Girls” at the Riviera Hotel & Casino. The most amazing thing is that he’s 66 years old and has the reflexes of a champion athlete while being legally blind. Nino also speaks seven languages. The Japanese love ‘Crazy Girls‘ and love it even more when I speak their language. I will spot them and say, ‘Where are you from?’ during some of the hoop tricks and I will respond in Japanese to their delight. I know I just made there night. They love it!” Click to Read The Full Story …

Deep Sea 3-D at Luxor Gives Guests a True Undersea Experience – á Now through the magic of IMAX 3D, guests can experience the sea in a whole new way. Dive into Deep Sea 3-D where audiences are transported deep below the ocean surface, to swim with some of the most exceptional, dangerous and colorful creatures. With crystal clear images up to eight stories high and wrap-around digital surround sound, IMAX takes guests to places they have only imagined. Tickets are $11.99 per person. Discount tickets are available if purchased in combination with other Luxor Attractions. Call (702) 262-IMAX for show times. Click to Book The Luxor Las Vegas

Talking Football in April – The Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook is ready to kick it off in the spring. As soon as the football schedules were released, the Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook jumped on the opportunity, posting all the lines of the first week of the season. “It also gives our players the opportunity to wager on the first week throughout the summer, even though they might not be in town for the opening weekend.” Some of the highlights of the first week include: Sept. 7 (Thursday) defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers -6 over the Dolphins, Sept 10th games worth mentioning are Seattle -4 at Detroit, Denver -3 1/2 at St. Louis, Chicago -3 at Green Bay, and Indianapolis -4 at the NY Giants. The first Monday night games (that rightàtwo Monday night games) include Washington -6 over visiting Minnesota and San Diego -2 1/2 at Oakland. All the odds and props are available at the SuperBook. Click for Las Vegas Hilton Rooms and Info

The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art Presents Ansel Adams: America to Open May 3, 2006 – “We are excited to be bringing yet another groundbreaking exhibition to Las Vegas,” commented Andrea Glimcher, President of the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. “This show will be the first major exhibition in Las Vegas dedicated to one of the masters of fine art photography and represents yet another important milestone in the gallery’s programming.” Important selections from Adam’s archive will also be on view. Among them: album pages of some of Adams’ earliest photographs (1916), the 8 x 10 Kodak camera Adams used to create his iconic photographs, an album of negatives from 1932, Adams’ Swiss compass used on his photographic expeditions, and more. Click to Read The Full Story …

Gambling Talk: Video Slots – Texas Tea – with Victor H. Royer. This is a terrific game. I have played this game many times and it is not only great fun, but it also pays very well. It is a five reel 9-line video slot machine with just about the craziest, zaniest and most fun characters you will ever find in a video slot machine. I just can?t say enough about the loads of fun that you will find in this game. You will just never tire of playing it, it?s that much fun. Click to Read Complete Article

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – Steve Wynn Comments On Bellagio Construction (1996). Steve Wynn interviewed about The Bellagio while it is under construction during the December 31, 1995 New Year’s Eve celebration at The Mirage. Steve Wynn Comments On Bellagio Construction: Broadband (only)

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – March 26, 2003

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This Issue: Foreign Travel? Who Needs It When You Have Vegas, Baby!

Also In This Issue – March 26, 2003: Newkirk’s Notes, Hotel/Show Giveaway, News Of Interest To Tourists, Hoover Dam & Lake Mead Cruise, Stallion Mountain Country Club Man O’ War



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Las Vegas News: Of Interest To Tourists

Megabucks Hits – The largest slot machine jackpot in gaming history — $39,713,982.25 — was won on a Megabucks machine at the Excalibur. The winner, who requested anonymity, is a 25-year-old software engineer from Los Angeles. He had been visiting family members in Las Vegas and keeping track of college basketball’s “March Madness” with some friends. Read More …

Free Cerviche May 1-10 plus Cinco de Mayo – Tequila Joe’s, Imperial Palace’s mild by day, wild by nightclub, will feature free Cerviche May 1-10, live music, a 2-for-1 Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m., other great appetizers and themed promotions in an outrageous sidewalk scene. Read More …

Best Golf CourseAngel Park Golf Club was recently named Best Las Vegas Golf Course by the readers of the Review-Journal (local morning paper). You can enjoy the challenge and beauty of two Arnold Palmer-designed 18-hole championship golf courses, experience the thrill of the game’s most famous par-threes on the Cloud Nine Short Course, and test your mettle against the intriguing putting course.

Room Rates Down – Rates have fallen due to travel concerns, although we saw demand start to pick back up the past couple of days. If you want in on the cheap rates, you might want to make those Vegas Vacation plans now.

Real World Cast Makes Live Appearance at Palms Finale – Cast members of the Real World Las Vegas will make an appearance at a season finale party to commemorate the last show of the seven-and-a-half month series. Read More …

Celine, Celine, Celine, Celine, Celine, Celine, Celine, Celine, Celine, Celine, Celine, Celine – You can’t avoid the hype! She debuts tonight as we go to press. Dates and ticket info are available on our headliners calendar.

Tickets are sold out well in advance but premium seating (through our premium broker) is available for most of the sold out dates. Once the dust settles, we’ll have a full review of the show. They have noted it may take a few weeks of tweaking to reach the peak vision they have for it.

Safety – I am on the Las Vegas Strip 2-3 times a week. There are subtle signs of more security and police presence, and the hotels have noted much more security activity not visible to guest to provide optimum safety. I don’t even give it a second thought.

Besides, why would anyone do anything to Las Vegas? We are the center of … just about nothing. No major media. No important financial centers. Not a huge population center. Many would figure that “evil Sin City” got what it had coming and wouldn’t care! And terrorism is about making people care.

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Featured Story: Foreign Travel? Who Needs It When You Have Vegas, Baby!

Tired of war news and growing anti-US ranting overseas? Want to avoid outrageous prices, terrorism, 12-hour flights, customs hassles and interminable international airport security delays?Try Las Vegas as an all-inclusive alternative to taking your hard-earned US bucks through unfriendly skies to hostile foreign destinations. But if you still want a taste of world travel without leaving the good, old USA, you can do it all in just one city.

Paris – Do you need the original’s lousy attitudes, poor service, bad sanitation and smoke-filled, overpriced cafes and hotels? If you still remember when France was our friend, and you’d like to relive those memories, go to Paris Las Vegas.

This glitzy Gallic resort outshines the grungy French original in every way. It has great facilities, superb restaurants, a fake Eiffel Tower and a faux Arc di Triumphe. It isn’t the real Paris, but will you really miss the pervasive Parisian pretensions, pickpockets, pollution, paranoia and pigeon poop?

Italy – The attitude in Italy is a bit less obnoxious than in France, but its dirty, graffiti-smeared cities teem with sleazy characters always on the prowl to mug, hustle and hassle American tourists, particularly seniors. For a more enjoyable taste of Italy, try Las Vegas’ three magnificently phony palazzos.

  • Visit the glitzy Venetian, where instead of boating on the real Venice’s smelly, polluted canals, you can ride gondolas through clean waterways to within steps of exclusive shops and casinos.
  • Bellagio has exquisite Italian decor throughout, topped off with authentically faux Renaissance ceiling paintings. The resort has the best in Continental dining, and enough Italian marble to make Michelangelo drop his chisel and try his fortune at the tables.
  • And for ultimate Italian ambiance as experienced by Francis Albert Sinatra, Dino Crocetti and Anthony DiBenedetto, visit that venerable Vegas landmark, Caesars Palace. Where else can you slurp gelatto while watching a mechanical Bacchus and other plaster gods extol the virtues of wine, gambling and shopping in Caesars Forum Shops?

The Caribbean: Everyone knows the natives of these islands were oppressed and exploited for centuries by Europeans. But, hey guys, enough already! Your economy depends on tourism, so stop scaring away US tourists with angry discourtesy, frequent strikes, heavy street crime and political posturing.

For a more tranquil, no-attitude Caribbean vacation, try basking on the pristine imitation beaches and glitzy ambiance at the super-luxurious Mandalay Bay Resort.Gimme Shelter – With war and terrorism on everyone’s mind, here’s some emergency advice for Vegas visitors and residents. In case of enemy attack, everyone is urged to rush to The Bellagio (home to what some think are the world’s tightest machines) and just crawl under the slots. Those machines will never be hit! (Aw, just kidding!)

Ted Sherman is a self-described active retiree who lives with his wife Marilyn in Tucson, Arizona. He visits Las Vegas about once a month (65 minutes by air on Southwest). He is an accomplished artist, responsible for the accompanying graphics. For comments or to sign up for his new Seniors Monthly Las Vegas newsletter, contact him at

Featured Tour: Hoover Dam & Lake Mead Cruise

Hoover Dam & Lake Mead Cruise – Take a relaxing Cruise on Lake Mead aboard the Desert Princess. You will enjoy your boating experience on the largest man made lake in the United States while you delight in a light lunch in climate controlled comfort Have your camera ready to snap your picture of a lake side view of Hoover Dam.

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

Featured Golf Course:
Stallion Mountain Country Club Man O’ War

Stallion Mountain Country Club Man O’ War – Stallion Mountain Country Club is the trifecta of Las Vegas golf so bet big because the odds are with you here. The Man O’ War course was the first built at Stallion Mountain and was a host course in 1991 for the PGA Tour’s Las Vegas Invitational. Chip Beck shot a 59 that year, joining Al Geiberger (at the time) as the only men in history to shoot that score.

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March 26, 2003 ISSN: 1529-2770