Access Vegas Insider Vibe – November 07, 2007 Insider Vibe

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Hello From Las Vegas! Daylightá Savings Time is over and the sun is dipping behind the mountains before 6 PM local time here. The sunsets are still spectacular, just way too early.

Robert Goulet’s funeral will be this Friday and is open to the public. There is also a big push to have the Strip Hotel marquees honor him on Friday. This issue is already way too jammed, so I’ll simply link you to the local news story about it: Marquee tributes urged for Goulet

David Copperfield’s run at the Hollywood Theater (MGM Grand) isn’t presently being affected by his legal troubles. While MGM officials have noted that his contract does have a “moral’s clause” (allowing them to cancel the contract for morally inappropriate behavior), I’m happy to see that Copperfield is pretty much universally being given the benefit of the “innocent until proven guilty” clause that is at the heart of U.S. justice.

It would be different if Copperfield had a long list of run-ins with the law of if obviously damning evidence existed (a video of the alleged offense or similar). Certainly if he is proven guilty, it could put an end to his career. However, I think we are all wising up when it comes to allegations of rape or similar crimes of violence. High profile cases the past couple of years have taught us to keep an open mind until and unless he is convicted.

When is what movie shooting in Las Vegas and how do I spot my favorite star? A common question and one I’ll answer later in the newsletter.

Another Implosion? You know I try to steer far clear of rumor, but we’ve heard from a pretty justifiable source that a certain tropical-themed casino may actually be doing away with one of their towers after all. We’ll be following up and letting you know if we can substantiate it.

Enjoy This Issue!

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

Featured Review: Blush at Wynn Las Vegas

by Harley Van Hyning

A hot new club recently opened at the Wynn over Labor Day weekend. What was once Club Lure, is now Blush! Blush is descriptive in its name. The well-lighted dance floor and illuminous lantern shapes that hang above the dance floor create the intimate vibe of Blush. The dance floor is the centerpiece of the club. It stretches from the entrance all the way back to the open air patio. The dance floor illuminates red lights that glow beneath your feet and the luminous lanterns above come together creating a unique atmosphere. This definitely draws the attention to the dance floor where the life of the party can easily be found. Unlike many dark clubs, Blush illuminates an intimate energy.

Blush has many lounging areas to choose from. You can get a table right along the dance floor with bottle service and be only a step away from the party. If you want to have a comfortable distance from the dance floor and still view the party, there are tables in a sensual booth-like setting. The open air patio in the rear of Blush offers a view of the sky and fresh air if a breather is needed.

Blush is not a large club, but packs a great nightlife experience! One great thing about Blush is the very accessible bar. The bar takes over the left side of the club allowing lots of room to comfortably order your beverage. Unlike a much larger nightclub such as, Pure, Blush is much smaller. Nightclub operator Sean Christie described it perfectly as “the boutique nightclub”. The name and experience are unique in itself and a must when in Las Vegas!

Harley Van Hyning is a graduate of the University of West Florida with interests in marketing, communications, and surfing (not in that order). He’s currently the host of Destin Florida Podcast.

Country Superstar George Strait Returns To MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, February 2, 2008 – Multi-platinum-selling country superstar George Strait returns to Las Vegas for a Big Game weekend performance live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008. (Tickets) The in-the-round concert, allowing him to perform to all sides of the arena throughout his show, is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Singer and songwriter Josh Turner also is scheduled to perform as the evening’s special guest. During his 2007 arena tour, Strait continued his streak of sold-out shows while setting attendance records. Click to Read The Full Story …

Larry G The Man of 1002 Voices Show – Medicine For The soul: Military, Fire, And Police Get Month+ Of Free Vegas Show Tickets – ‘Larry G Jones û The Man of 1002 Voices Show’, is offering free tickets to his Singing Impressionist-Comedy performances in his Las Vegas showroom for our men and women in uniform now through at least Dec. 10, 2007! (Tickets and Offer Info) (Including all army, navy, air force, marines, coast guard, reserves, law enforcement, and firemen) “Everyone loves to laugh; people need it today more than ever! It’s good for your health! Our Veterans deserve more than just one day for special benefits, I’m finally in a position to give back something to them,” Jones said. Click to Read The Full Story …

Siegfried & Roy Take Big Strides For Opportunity Village’s 2007 Las Vegas Great Santa Run – Magicians Of The Century Encourage Runners To Participate In The 5k Race And Sign Up With Team Siegfried & Roy – Siegfried & Roy and Opportunity Village unite forces for the second year in a row in an attempt to break the World Record for the Largest Santa Gathering at the third annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007. Siegfried & Roy serve as Honorary Team Captains for the 2007 event, giving participants a chance to be a part of something truly magical during the season of giving. The Las Vegas Great Santa Run is a fundraising effort benefiting Opportunity Village and serves as a light, spirited warm-up run for participants in the Las Vegas Marathon the following day. Click to Read The Full Story …

Famed illusionist Hans Klok Unveils Magical Good Luck Tiki As He Welcomes New Trader Vic’s Restaurant To Las Vegas – To mark the opening of the Polynesian-themed Trader Vic’s restaurant, famed illusionist, Hans Klok, performed a magical welcoming gesture. With the aid of his beautiful divas, the world’s fastest magician conjured a tiki as part of his renowned fire-spikes illusion. The hand-carved tiki stands 6-feet tall by 3-feet wide and was unveiled on stage at the Planet Hollywood Theatre for the Performing Arts. Click to Read The Full Story …

Fremont Street Experience Lights Up Red, White and Blue When It Hosts The Annual Patriot Party November 10 and 11 – Las Vegas’ famed Fremont Street Experience invites all to come out and salute America with a weekend of free concerts and a Veterans Day parade. The festivities include an exciting line-up of renowned Air Force performers and headline acts by country music stars David Lee Murphy and Halfway To Hazard. The Patriot Party kicks off an all-American good time when the Singing Sergeants take to the stage at the 1st Street intersection between Binion’s and the Golden Nugget. Click to Read The Full Story …

Vegas To Receive Fresh Selection Of Designer Wares At Exclusive Shopping Experience – Fashion Elements Brings Hottest Los Angeles Designers To Las Vegas For One-Day Event Sunday, December 2 – Fashion Elements, an exclusive designer shopping experience showcasing the hottest new and established designers, is bringing the event to Las Vegas from Southern California for the first time on Sunday, December 2. The one-day only event features current overstock from more than 30 designers at discounts of up to 60% off retail prices. Fashionistas will not want to miss out on an unbelievable selection of designer clothing, jewelry, accessories and beauty items. Click to Read The Full Story …

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This was a picture that I took on the bridge between MGM and NYNY.

Sami Forrest, Rosemount, MN

I applaud your article on the cab situation in Vegas. On our last trip there we went to a restaurant off the strip that had been recommended by Rachel Ray on her food program. We took a cab over from our strip hotel in the early afternoon and really enjoyed the restaurant and it’s friendly staff and good food.

The problem came in the return trip. The restaurant called a cab for us and we were told a cab would be there in twenty minutes. Fourty-five minutes later and still no cab came. We tried to no avail for twenty more minutes to hail a cab and decided to walk to Sam’s Town which was a considerable distance away. As we were walking we tried to hail a cab and finally a very nice cab driver heading in the opposite direction turned around and picked us up right after we started walking.

If I had known we were going to have this much problem we would never have ventured off the strip. This was my 21st trip to Vegas and really wanted to try the hidden gems of Vegas as presented on TV. Needless to say I was disappointed. Too bad these establishments are not able to attract tourist business because of the messed up cab situation.

Keep up the good work!! I really enjoy your newsletter.

Michael T. Lewis

Ted Responds:

Michael is referring to my comments about the local cab drivers in our August 22, 2007 Issue. We did receive a very well written rebuttal by a cab driver that we will give adequate time to in the future. But the bottom line is this: Cabbie issues continue to be the #1 complaint we get from readers year after year after year. This isn’t about me being on a soapbox. This is an ongoing, real issue that needs to be addressed.

We are going to be in Vegas. Can you please tell me if there are going to be any films being made at this time or TV shows being taped. We’d love to see that in person.

Thank you,


Ted Responds:

Film and TV companies go out of their way to keep their shooting schedules under wraps. The last thing they usually want are crowd control problems or having to pay for additional security. Although long shots, there are two ways to try to catch shoots in action:

  1. Check the paper each day. Sometimes Norm Clarke will have a tip about a pending shoot in his daily column. Also, every Friday you can check a column called Shooting Stars. It will often have tips about what is headed to town to shoot, and sometimes locations and details.
  2. Get lucky. I’ve happened to be downtown a couple different times when a made-for-TV movie was being shot. I was downtown late one evening when they were shooting the Puff Daddy and Mase video Feel So Good (YouTube Link) and enjoyed watching it for a couple hours. I’ve also seen a couple of car commercials shot downtown that I later saw on national TV.

    I played craps next to Matt Sorum of Guns and Roses a few years ago at the Hard Rock, and it is pretty usual to spot 80’s metal stars (and local residents) Vince Neil and Kevin Dubrow around town. A few weeks ago, friend and business partner Harley Van Hyning (see the Blush write-up in this issue) spotted rapper Lil Jon at The Mirage.

    I think the most notable was one evening when I was at the (now shuttered) Klondike at the very south end of The Strip having one of their infamous cheap meal specials. Movie crews were setting up for scenes from Vegas Vacation. These were the scenes where Clark Griswold plays (and loses) at all those crazy casino table games no one has ever heard of.

I could go on and on, but the bottom line is just to keep your eyes open. Celeb spotting is easier than one might guess, especially in some of the more trendy hotels.

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