Access Vegas Insider Vibe – May 9, 2007 Insider Vibe

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Hello From Las Vegas! We took last week off (scheduled off-week) and are you kidding? The heat is here, May 5 was one of the biggest weekends in a long time with the big fight, Kentucky Derby, and Cinco De Mayo… all on the same day!

Exclusive Planet Hollywood Casino Photos – Everyone has been talking about the unique, amazing interior of the new Planet Hollywood gaming floor. If you remember the old Aladdin, you won’t recognize the place. I pride myself on knowing just about every hotel in town like the back of my hand, but I got “lost” in the new design! Check out our brand new exclusive Planet Hollywood “Inside The Casino” Photos
Casino Security – By now, many of you have heard about the parking lot murder at The Luxor which was accomplished with a small bomb. This is a local issue, not terrorist related and just happened to take place at a hotel instead of (for example) a local shopping mall. However, it does prompt us to remind you that casino security is there to serve you, even if you aren’t staying at that particular property:

  • Never hesitate to contact security if you notice anything remotely suspicious, ranging from a person or group of people to a package, purse or suitcase left unattended. They want to know, and can address the situation.
  • If someone or a group of people are bothering you, creating problems, or simply unruly, do report them to security. Even if the people in question move on or bolt, they can be watched on cameras both inside and outside the casino. Security will appreciate keeping an eye on them.
  • Casino security will walk you out to your car if desired. You may have just hit a nice jackpot and have some cash on you, or used the parking garage and for some reason are concerned because of the hour or seeing suspicion activity.

Bottom Line: Casino properties are amazingly safe and secure. Live humans monitor (and record) virtually every square foot of the hotel’s public areas, inside and out. I’ve never had a worry or concern in 15 years of living here and covering Las Vegas. However, don’t hesitate to contact security if needed. They are there to help!

More “Screw The NBA” – Amazing how we just had a weekend (May 4-6) of convergence of cultures, interests, people of all backgrounds and races… (HUGE boxing match, Cinco De Mayo and Kentucky Derby) and no violence to note. After the NBA All-Star fiasco, the “we don’t want an NBA team” chant has reached a crescendo.

MGM Mirage Chief Executive Officer Terry Lanni recently noted that tourists stayed in their hotel rooms instead of playing slots and blackjack during the Feb. 17 and 18 (All Star) weekend, when two separate shootings left three people in critical condition (according to the Bloomberg story MGM’s Lanni Says NBA All-Star Weekend Was Bad for Las Vegas).

Someone tell Mayor Goodman (who is otherwise among the top ambassadors Las Vegas has ever had) to trash can the “bring an NBA team” here idea. We are already on the map, and don’t need a pro sports team to make us an “important” city.

Bette Midler is replacing Celine Dion at Caesars and tickets are now available. More on this as it develops.

Enjoy This Issue!

Pamela Anderson To Join Celebrated Illusionist Hans Klok In “The Beauty Of Magic” At Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino – International television and film star Pamela Anderson will join illusionist Hans Klok û the world’s fastest magician — in The Beauty of Magic (Tickets), the new show at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Theater for the Performing Arts. The stage spectacular will combine the illusions of Klok, fresh off his sold-out European tour with brand new illusions created just for Las Vegas, with the electrifying Anderson in a completely new and unique production. Click to Read The Full Story …

Gwen Stefani “Sweet Escape Tour” Lands At The MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, June 30 – Gwen Stefani will bring her “Sweet Escape Tour” to Las Vegas (Tickets) and the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, June 30. The show is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. with special guest Lady Sovereign opening the evening’s performance. In 2004, Stefani released her first solo album Love. Angel. Music. Baby., which sold seven million copies worldwide, including nearly four million in the United States. A number of smash hits were released including “Hollaback Girl” (No. 1 for four weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100), “Rich Girl” (which featured Eve), “Cool,” “Luxurious” and “What You Waiting For?” Click to Read The Full Story …

Lance Burton To Appear On CBS “The Late, Late Show” on May 14’th – Stay up or set your DVR/VCR’s… Lance Burton (Tickets) the magic star of the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino will appear on “The Late, Late Show” with Craig Ferguson on Monday, May 14th. The master magician who was chosen by Variety Magazine as one of the top 10 magicians of all-time will perform some of his magic and do his first interview with Craig Ferguson. “The Late, Late Show” With Craig Ferguson airs on CBS, check your local listings for air time.

Free Jazz Fridays Series Poolside At The Orleans – Join us for the launch of our Free Jazz Fridays Series Poolside at The Orleans. The Oasis air staff will kick off every weekend with free concerts by the pool. It’s the best way to escape the stress of your work week. Click to Read The Full Story …

The Best Thing About A Las Vegas Summer Is Here… Mandalay Bay Presents 2007 Concerts On The Beach – Some new names, a few old favorites and a couple of “must sees” make up this year’s outstanding lineup for Mandalay Bay’s “Concerts on the Beach” series (Tickets). The beach concert season runs May through September on the Mandalay Beach Stage, which rises over the Four Diamond resort’s signature sand and surf wavepool. Concert-goers are invited to bring their blankets, sit on the beach or wade in the surf and listen to the music from the cool confines of Mandalay Bay’s 1.6 million gallon wavepool. Click to Read The Full Story and Artist Line-Up …

David Copperfield’s An Intimate Evening Of Grand Illusion Announces Spring And Summer Dates At MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theatre – Master magician and illusionist David Copperfield (Tickets) continues his 2007 tour at MGM Grand’s intimate 740-seat Hollywood Theatre. David Copperfield, whom the New York Times calls “our era’s giant of magic,” is touting An Intimate Evening Of Grand Illusion as his most spectacular stage show ever. Dazzling new illusions include “Lottery,” one of the most incredible predictions in the history of magic. Click to Read The Full Story …

Spring Ahead, Enjoy a Taste of Summer Now – Spring may be just beginning, but the tastes of summer are just a refreshing cocktail away. Whether you’re dreaming of a lazy day in the sun or a sizzling night on the town, these seasonal libations are sure to please any palate:

Bellagio Mist (created by Bellagio Mixologist Drew Levinson)

  • 2 oz. Monchhof Riesling
  • 1/2 oz. Amaretto Disarrono
  • 2 oz. fresh sour
  • 1/2 oz. orgeat syrup
  • In a shaker, combine all ingredients. Shake and strain into ice-filled cup. Top with soda, stir, garnish with Star Fruit and enjoy!

Orange Colada (created by TI Mixologist Kay Kolbo)

  • 2 oz. Cruzan Orange Rum
  • 2 oz. Pina Colada mix
  • 2 oz. orange juice
  • 2 oz. pineapple juice
  • Combine all ingredients with ice and blend until smooth. Serve in a Hurricane glass, garnished with orange wheel.

Lavender Cucumber Mojito (created by Fleur de Lys’ Rebecca Anhert)

  • 1/8 fresh European cucumber
  • 1/2 lime
  • 15 mint leaves
  • 1 oz. Bacardi Light Rum
  • 1/2 oz. Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz. Trader Vic’s Rock Candy Syrup
  • Combine all ingredients, shake and strain over ice into tall glass before topping with club soda.

Lladro To Unveil New $135,000 High Porcelain Sculpture With Exclusive Signing Event Featuring Maria Jose Lladro – Proceeds From The Tour To Benefit Operation Smile – As a part of a seven city tour, the exclusive Lladro boutique inside The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino will be unveiling a new 152 centimeter (5-foot) piece called the Queen of the Nile. Retailing at $135,000, the Queen of the Nile will be onsite for through the end of May. Queen of the Nile is a breath-taking piece recreating the look of an Egyptian boat. All the intricate details took five years to develop, 400 hours to paint and approximately 150 hours to assemble its many fragments. The complex composition is brought to life by 12 characters, creating a number of lively scenes. Click to Read The Full Story …

Midwest Gaming & Travel Magazine Takes Readers along for ‘A Day in the Life of Poker Diva Liz Lieu’ – Viewers have fallen in love with the final table suspense and million dollar payouts of major poker tournaments televised from casinos around the world. They are the quintessential reality show. Every bet, raise, bluff and fold in this high-stakes arena can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Top poker tournament players have achieved celebrity status and become household names. And as their popularity increases, so do questions about their personal lives. What do these men and women do in those “off-hours” when they’re not pitted against other top pros around a poker table vying for a multi-million dollar prize. Click to Read Complete Article

Mandalay Bay Redefines Casual Elegance with New Room DesignsMandalay Bay’s new room designs set a new standard in accommodations. With plush textiles, vibrant colors and luxurious amenities, five new room choices û Deluxe, Spa, Great Room, eXtra Bedroom or Sky View û combine modern comforts with chic sophistication. Ranging in size from 550 to 1,500 square feet, each room type assures a perfect night’s rest with pillow-top mattresses, triple-high-count sheets and down comforters. Guests also will discover floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious tubs, wireless high-speed Internet access, cordless phones with dual lines, iHome clock radios for iPods, in-room safes and his-and-her closets.

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: Planet Hollywood “Inside The Casino” Photos – Everyone has attempted to describe what Planet Hollywood looks like now that the casino remodel is pretty much completed, but we bring you our exclusive photos! Anything you remember about the old Aladdin is gone. A modern, rich high-tech feel permeates while giving incredible warmth with dark woods and bright accents. See for yourself:

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Reader Submitted Photo – Mark R. Chrusciel sent this awesome photo of Bellagio Fountains. He noted:

My favorite Las Vegas photo It was taken from the balcony of Olives.

Special Bonus For Our Readers – We’ve made newsletter member Mark’s photo our computer wallpaper of the week for everyone to enjoy on their computer at full quality size!

Bellagio Fountains with Paris Background Computer Wallpaper – A Leading Hotel of the World, Bellagio begins with approximately 1,000 fountains dancing to opera and classical music in front of the 37-story Tuscan-style hotel. Located on the Strip, Bellagio received the Conde Nast “Traveler Gold List” and “Travel + Leisure 500,” awards in 2006. Click and view Bellagio Fountains Computer Wallpaper.

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I love your newsletter.For the 9th year in a row, four of us girlfriends are meeting in Las Vegas 5/21-5/26/07. This year we would like to find the ôMust see Lounge Actsö So can you tell me which one’s we should not miss?

Sherry Miller

Ted Responds:

Lounge acts are often changing, both the location and time and place they play. Here are the pretty consistent ones that put on a great show, and at least one of them should suit almost any particular groups interest (click their links to find out more about them and when/where they are playing):

  • Sunset Strip at the Las Vegas Hilton. They are electric, amazing, look great (both the women and men) and regularly garner good feedback from our readers.
  • Cook E. Jarr at Carnival Court at Harrah’s. Cook E. is a Las Vegas legend, good friend of Tom Jones, and can belt out an “old school” song followed by the latest radio hit all with his unique style that millions love.
  • Twin Keys dueling piano show, also at Harrah’s in their own lounge inside. I’ve seen numerous dueling piano shows in various tourist areas (plus the many that play here), and these are tops. If one doesn’t have a good time at their show, one is not capable of having a good time anywhere.
  • David Van Such is our local king of smooth (light) jazz and his band is the perfect music for chilling with a cocktail while keeping you entertained with the perfect Las Vegas feel.

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  • 2007

  • Victoria Day (Canada) May 19-21 (3 day weekend)
  • Memorial Day May 26-28 (3 day weekend)
  • 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) October 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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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – September 10, 2003

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This Issue: Carrot Top, Greens of Las Vegas

Also In This Issue – Sept. 10, 2003: Newkirk’s Notes, Cheap Rooms, News Of Interest To Tourists, More

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

Hello from Las Vegas! It’s been a busy week, out doing and seeing so much. The weather has kicked down a notch. The days are pleasant and the evenings incredible. I’ve got the office window open as I write.

Mystere Show and Dinner Deal – If you pass this one up, you are crazy! We have available a special discount price on a VIP level package: Dinner at Smith & Wollensky with Cirque du Soleil’s Mystere after. Click For Details

Smith & Wollensky is on of the area’s top dining attractions, across from the Monte Carlo. Mystere is the legendary Cirque show that continues to be a top Las Vegas draw. Added Bonus: Watch Smith & Wollensky chef John Piccolino prepare their famous Angry Lobster dish: Dial-Up or Broadband

NASCAR Las Vegas – tickets are on sale! We suggest you go the Race and Hotel Package route so you don’t get the tickets then get stiffed, paying outrageous rates for a room. Race weekend is March 5-7. You want really great seats? Check out premium seating for the race.

What Happens Here, Stays Here – Local civic leaders are complaining that the Las Vegas tourism ad campaign is scaring off new companies who don’t want a Las Vegas address because of the negative association. Hello … this is Sin City!

Ray Brown Jr. & Uptown Attitude – The son of the legendary Ella Fitzgerald is performing in Las Vegas for the first time! Enjoy his mix of Adult Contemporary Pop, Rhythm & Blues, and Jazz September 2 û November 30, 2003, Tuesdays through Saturdays at 10 p.m. in The Riviera’s Le Bistro Theater. $34.95 + tax.

New Year’s Eve – Don’t forget to check out the great America West deal below, and for the inside scoop and all the advice for enjoying New Year’s Eve with us in Las Vegas, check out our Las Vegas New Year’s Eve site!

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Featured Story: Carrot Top, Greens of Las Vegas

Carrot Top – I finally checked out Carrot Top on the invite of his local PR staff. He’s been headlining here for years, and all I knew about him was his Jay Leno appearances and the phone commercials that seem to play non-stop. Was I ever happy to finally check him out live!

A prop comedian, Carrot Top’s stage is filled with trunks and trunks of gags. Sounds like it would get boring after five minutes? Not even. This skilled performer rarely let up, with gag after gag after gag that had the audience laughing non-stop for the entire performance. Nothing was off-limits, from politics to NASCAR to poking fun of the very hotel he was performing at.

The show is PG-13 because of a little bit of language, but nothing that will make anyone blush. And he pulls off his entire show without getting into raunchy humor, making this the perfect fun show to take your teenagers or even Grandma to. Carrot Top plays now through September 17 at the MGM Grand. Catch him this time, but if you can’t we’ll remind you before his next headlining run.

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Want to see who is playing during your next visit? Check out our Concert and Headliner Calendar

Greens Of Las Vegas – Want some golf, but don’t want to take up hours of your vacation time or travel miles from The Strip? We had a great time at the Greens of Las Vegas, close to The Strip and just south of the Hard Rock Hotel.

Imagine a top-notch golf course minus the fairways. Hole after hole of challenging but fun putting greens outdoors in a beautiful setting. This isn’t mini-golf, but carries a couple great advantages: You can enjoy the course in about an hour, and the non-golfers in your group can still play and enjoy this experience because no fairway driving is involved.

The greens has a full pro shop, and a comfortable, upscale “19’th hole” restaurant and bar called Bogee’s. A full golf experience that doesn’t eat up your entire vacation!

Check out the Greens of Las Vegas website for more information, and a couple of great money saving coupons. With the perfect, warm fall Las Vegas weather at hand, we had a great time and you will too on your next trip!

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Live From Las Vegas,

Ted Newkirk

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All contents copyright 2003 Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
September 10, 2003 ISSN: 1529-2770