Access Vegas Insider Vibe – November 14, 2007 Insider Vibe

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Hello From Las Vegas! The Frontier went boom with one of the better implosion shows in recent memory. Things have come a long way from the attempt to make a big show out of the Hacienda Implosion (Broadband Video Link).

We had various invitations (both official and unofficial) to cover it. However, we couldn’t hold a candle to what some of the local TV stations did (including 12 camera coverage in HD by KLAS Channel 8). Here are some great links to stories, photos, and video of the implosion:

The old saying notes “Out With The Old, In With The New” and our photographer Mark Jacobs captured this telling photo of The Frontier (as it is prepared for implosion) and of the new Wynn Las Vegas Encore Tower, which sit across the street from each other:

See more of Mark’s photos of the construction of Palazzo Las Vegas.

A quick follow up on my speculation last week of a future implosion at The Tropicana: I have a good source that The Tropicana is getting very serious about imploding their rear tower. This after months and months of The Tropicana publicly noting that their expansion would be built around (and incorporating) the existing towers.

This makes an immense amount of sense when you look at The Tropicana’s lack of interest in cutting a new contract with their workers union. Also, this would accomplish two other goals: 1. Give them much greater options about the design and layout of the new expansion and 2. Let them keep the casino and one tower open so they can continue to service guests and bring in revenue.

Monty Python’s Spamalot has a very cool V.I.P.P. (Very Important Person) Package that is pretty much unique to the Las Vegas show scene. For $159 per person plus tax, you get the following:

  • Premium Seating
  • A 45-minute “Secrets of the Grail” backstage tour right after the show
  • A commemorative Grail cup (filled with your beer or soft-drink)
  • Once-in-a-lifetime photos with cast and crew, set pieces and props.

As I noted, this is unique among Las Vegas shows (especially a show of this caliber). The tickets are extremely limited and well worth grabbing if you can get one during your visit. Visit the official Monty Python’s Spamalot Las Vegas show site for details and availability.

Enjoy This Issue!

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

Cast Members Of Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular Celebrated The Holiday Season By Sponsoring A Tree In The Magical Forest At Opportunity Village – In support of Opportunity Village’s annual holiday celebration, The Magical Forest, Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular (Tickets) cast members decorated a tree and took a tour of the beautiful campus. The Magical Forest, featuring hundreds of trees frosted with millions of lights, incredible holiday displays, rides and a visit with Santa, opens its doors to holiday revelers November 22 – December 30. Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities by providing them with vocational training, employment and social recreation services that make their lives more productive and interesting. Click to Read The Full Story … From Sugarplums To Snowflakes… Nevada Ballet Theatre Brings It All Together For Locals And Tourists Alike – Guests And Surprises Add To The Excitement Of This Year’s Nutcracker – Colored lights, hot cocoa, parties, shopping.and The Nutcracker! A Las Vegas Valley tradition for over twenty years, a joyous and jubilant season begins with Nevada Ballet Theatre’s tale of warmth and wonder. The most famous holiday fairytale of all brings Clara, Fritz and all of their friends to life at UNLV’s Judy Bayley Theatre, from December 14 – 27, 2007. Sugarplums will be dancing in the heads of children – from thousands who live here to the almost one-hundred that are in the production! Click to Read The Full Story …

Legendary Performer Wayne Newton Brings His Holiday Show Back To Harrah’s Las Vegas – Fresh from appearing on television’s “Dancing with the Stars,” Wayne Newton, whose voice and singing style are synonymous with great Las Vegas entertainment, returns to the stage at Harrah’s Las Vegas with his exhilarating Holiday show (Tickets). “Mr. Las Vegas” will perform an exciting compilation of his classic hits, holiday tunes and favorite songs of the season on a winter wonderland set. Click to Read The Full Story …

Lance Burton, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Barry Manilow, Lyle Lovett & His Large Band And Wayne Newton Are Among The Acts Lined Up For Ellen’s Really Big Show, TBS Comedy Variety Special Presented By Ellen DeGeneres – Ellen’s Really Big Show (Tickets) Premieres on TBS Monday, Nov. 19, at 9 p.m. with an encore immediately following at 10:30 p.m. and will be taped during HBO and AEG Live’s The Comedy Festival at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Recording artists Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Barry Manilow, Lyle Lovett & His Large Band, and Wayne Newton are among the stars on tap for ELLEN’S REALLY BIG SHOW, Emmy«-winning talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres’ throwback to the beloved variety shows of years past. Click to Read The Full Story …

Jay-Z and Friends to Host New Year’s Eve 2008 Bash at The 40/40 Club Las Vegas – WHO: Legendary business mogul Jay-Z and celebrity friends from the world of sports, entertainment and music. WHAT: The ultimate New Year’s Eve bash at Jay-Z’s highly anticipated addition to the Las Vegas Strip – The 40/40 Club. WHEN: Monday, December 31, 2007 Doors open at 9 p.m. WHERE: The 40/40 Club Located inside The Palazzo 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas, NV. Tickets for the ultimate New Year’s Eve 2008 bash are on-sale now and available: 800-696-5721. Click to Read The Full Story …

Featured Book: Historic Photos of Las Vegas By: Jeff Burbank – (Amazon Review) Las Vegas is the most populous city in the State of Nevada and a hub for entertainment. Attracting millions of visitors each year, the Entertainment Capital of the World is the largest U.S. city founded in the 20th century. With nearly 200 photographs of this dynamic city like no other city, this coffee-table book like no other book is sure to be a hit with residents, visitors, and history buffs alike!

About the Author: Jeff Burbank is a longtime journalist and editor who has been writing about Las Vegas history since the 1990s. He has been published in many venues, including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Hartford Courant, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Las Vegas Review-Journal and Sun, Reno Gazette-Journal and Newsweek.

Book available for purchase: Historic Photos of Las Vegas By: Jeff Burbank

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: Palazzo Las Vegas Construction Photos – The Palazzo Casino Resort opens in late December and will include over 375 concierge-level suites. The hotel lobby will feature a 60-foot glass dome, multiple two story fountains, imported marble, bronze case columns and special custom wall finishes. Guests arriving from the street will enter the domed entry lobby. The landscape will be made up of palm trees, tailored paintings and exotically shaped topiaries.

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Reader Submitted Photos:

Hi Ted:

Here is a picture of the flamingos at the Flamingo. They are so pink and the sunlight makes them shine and shimmer! Can’t wait to return to Vegas.

Boston Sheena


Hint: Click on the photo to see photos of Flamingo Wildlife Habitat

Ted Responds:

Thanks for the great photo! Despite the Flamingo Wildlife habitat being so huge, beautiful, and free to the public… it is still continues to be a “best kept secret” in Las Vegas. Finding it is easy:

Head toward the back of the Flamingo Hotel and out the back doors. Let them blow up The Frontier, but I hope that Flamingo doesn’t do away with this incredible area anytime soon.

My husband and I love getting your newsletters and boy, how we love your lovely Las Vegas. We have been 13 (unlucky for some!) times now. Planning to visit again in October. My husband reckons he owns half a hotel now because of all the money he has left there….ha! ha! Great place.We look forward to receiving your next newsletter so we can get some of the fantastic offers you have advertised.Bye for now – see you in October hopefully and thank you for a brilliant newsletter.

Pat & Doug Johnstone – London – England

I am traveling to Vegas with a group of friends, both male and female. A few of them have never been to Vegas before.I would like to maybe get them to go dancing however the lot of them are not “club chic”. We are staying at South Point Casino/Hotel. Is there a club where us 40 somethings could go and not feel too out of place. Money is an object so paying for bottle service and such is out of the question. Help!


Ted Responds:

South Point actually has a fun atmosphere with various live bands coming through. One of our staffers is 40 and enjoys it on a regular basis. The first thing to do when you check in is ask what/who is playing there. Once in a while it will be a bigger act with a regular ticket price, but usually it is free or a small cover charge.

Mix at Mandalay (The Hotel) is usually free until 8 PM, and with the sun setting at 7 PM, a good place to kick things off. Also, South Point shuttle runs to Mandalay so your trip is free. Voodoo at Rio similar… go early and the cover will be free or cheap plus you get to watch the sunset and The Strip light up. Plus, a wide range of ages. Very important: Times and prices are subject to change. Ask the desk at South Point details on their club, and call ahead on other stuff so no surprises.

South Point is really nice for the money. Only downside is the shuttle ride to The Strip, but you might find yourself having quite a bit of fun right there on property. Also, the intersection it is located on has a mini-mall with really good (no frills) BBQ place, and the wine/liquor store in that mini-mall has free wine tasting on Thursday evenings plus a nice cigar selection for those inclined.

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