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Hello From Las Vegas! What a wild, wacky, weird week in weather. This past Monday we hit 108 degrees (F) with Tuesday checking in at 101. The 108 was one degree shy of an all-time May record.
However… as I write this on Friday afternoon we’re experiencing scattered showers and a “balmy” 63. Average high for May? 88 degrees.
Free Wi-Fi and slots for fun are two of the things that make Las Vegas’ McCarran Airport the second highest airport in a recent J.D. Power survey. Actually, the survey really studies cleanliness, ease-of-use, parking, and similar. But the free Wi-Fi and plenty of slot machines (plus a pretty decent restaurant selection) doesn’t hurt!
Unlucky $50 bills – NASCAR Racer and Las Vegas native Kyle Busch turned down a $50 bill from the outgoing speedway president of Charlotte Motor Speedway this past week. Speedway president Humpy Wheeler was handing out personally signed $50 bills to various drivers as a going-away souvenir.
So what’s the big deal? Long time Las Vegas gamblers have always been superstitions about $50 bills, considering them bad luck. I’ve personally seen people sit out a hand of blackjack or call their craps bets off when a $50 bill has been placed on the table.
I’m not sure of the origins of this notion, but I’ve always made it a point to change a $50 at the casino cage if I was going to play a table game. Bottom Line: Next time you put down a $50, now you’ll know why if some funny looks come your way!
Thinking of moving here? Paying cash for your house will get you a great deal, but don’t expect any easy mortgages out there. Lenders got burned so bad here in Nevada that experts guess it will be early 2010 before lenders lighten up on Nevada home loans. Plus, during tight times when hiring is light, new residents find themselves at the bottom of the job heap.
Thinking of visiting? Plenty of deals to be had! However, don’t expect an empty Las Vegas. áThe lower room rates are keeping the rooms full and that money you save on the room helps offset the gas costs or airfare to get here. Check out all the current special prices that ouráfriends at Las Vegas Hotel Deals are offering right now.
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Associate Editor: Amy Rayner-Cooley
News Researcher/Editor: Mark Jacobs
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NBA Playoffs, Tina Turner, Madonna American Idols Live, New Kids On The Block, Bon Jovi, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Stevie Wonder, Widespread Panic, Cold Play, Carlos Mencia , Melissa Etheridge, Music Build Tour, Ringling Bros B&B Circus, Major League Baseball, NFL Football, College Football
Mamma Mia! Keeps You On The Edge Of Your Seat
by Denise Almas
With your toes tapping until the very end, the story is both delightful and, at times, mysterious.
As told through the energetic music of Abba, this big fat Greek island wedding is a comical look at how the women’s liberation movement affected two generations. Though the audience is warned of the large amounts of spandex and late 70’s garb, the music and talented performers bring to life a contemporary view of a culturally interesting time.
Having no information about the true identify of her father, Sophie, the blushing 20 year old bride-to-be, invites the three men her mother had written about in her 1979 diary to her upcoming wedding. This is the backdrop to the captivating musical Mamma Mia, a story of a young woman who attempts to find her father and her own identity at a pivotal moment in her life. Sophie’s mother, Donna, who is also unsure of the identity of her daughter’s father, is upset by the unexpected arrival of all three men the day before the wedding.
Click to Read Entire Mamma Mia! Las Vegas Review…
Trent Carlini Is… Elvis In Las Vegas
by T. Feld
A shoe-polish black forelock dangles precariously over his forehead. The hips gyrate and swivel with unerring accuracy. His eyes beckon the crowd with a knowing twinkle. The upper lip curls into a familiar quiver. Showcasing a powerful vocal range throughout all the standard hits, you may think Elvis really is in the building after seeing Trent Carlini do his thing at the Sahara Showroom.
More than just an impersonator or tribute performer, this son of Italian immigrants breathes life back into the King himself by uncannily recreating the music, mood and moves of an authentic Presley performance. An audience spanning generations filled the 800 seat venue nearly to capacity at a recent Saturday night show that evoked the spirit of a genuine Elvis Presley concert, complete with screaming, swooning women rushing the stage for a chance to touch their idol.
Click to Read Entire Trent Carlini Dream King Las Vegas Review…
CityCenter Commemorates Construction Milestone With “Topping Out” Of First Tower, Vdara Condo Hotel – CityCenter today commemorated the “topping out” of its 57-story Vdara Condo Hotel, the first of six distinctive high-rise towers that will be topped within the coming months. The completion of Vdara’s structure is a milestone for the construction progress of CityCenter as it moves toward opening in late 2009. “CityCenter commenced in 2004 as a blank canvas imagined by a diverse group of people. With the topping out of Vdara, we see our vision of creating one of the world’s most ambitious developments coming to fruition,” said Bobby Baldwin, president and CEO of CityCenter. “In less than 20 months, we’ll open the doors to CityCenter and introduce the world to this urban metropolis that will redefine Las Vegas.” Click to Read The Full Story …“America’s Got Talent” Million-Dollar Winner Terry Fator Lands Gig On Las Vegas Strip At The Mirage – Ventriloquist, Singer, Comedian and Impressionist Signs Multi-Year Contract to Perform at Resort Renowned for Extraordinary Entertainment Offerings. Terry Fator, winner of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” and The Mirage announced Fator signed a five-year deal, with an option for an additional five years, to perform at the iconic resort. (Tickets). Click to Read The Full Story … Slip Into A Sexy Two-Piece With Hawaiian Tropic Zone’s Bikini Punch Cocktail – Hawaiian Tropic Zone, located inside Miracle Mile Shops, offers the perfect liquid libation for swimsuit season û the Bikini Punch cocktail. A sweet concoction of passion fruit juice, Bacardi light rum, Malibu coconut rum, fresh lime juice, pineapple syrup and orange juice, the Bikini Punch cocktail reflects the sexy and flirtatious atmosphere of Hawaiian Tropic Zone. Served up by one of the beautiful and bikini clad Hawaiian Tropic Zone girls, the mixture is refreshing, tantalizing and ideal for the summer heat. The Bikini Punch cocktail is garnished with a delicious strawberry, making it the perfect treat to enjoy while soaking in a sunny afternoon on Hawaiian Tropic Zone’s strip-side patio. Click to Read The Full Story …
Gambling Talk: The King and I – with Victor H. Royer. Back in the days of grand and glorious Hollywood, there was once a famous motion picture made, based on a Broadway play, starring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr. It was the title of my story here — The King and I. As much as I would have liked to be either a King, or at least Yul Brynner — I actually always fancied myself either as Elvis, or Jerry Lewis, or perhaps Jack Benny — I did once have a close encounter with royalty. This was many years ago, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, back in those days when Las Vegas was still considered ôold Vegasö. This was a time when you still could drive up and down the strip at two oÆclock in the afternoon at 55 mph, and barely see three or four other cars. Click to Read Complete Article…
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Hi There Ted,We have just returned to U. K. after 14 days in Vegas. What a place, had a fantastic time saw some great shows, we got The Deuce and went up and down strip. everyone there are friendly helpful and they offer you a seat if your a bit of a an old codger [used to do that in UK once]á
Even the free shows were great especially T.I. Pirate Show we are planning a return in September.Denny Brown
Always happy to hear great trip reports! We’ll be sending a writer to check out Steve Wyrick soon. I saw him years ago at The Sahara and had a lot of fun.
If you want to relive a few memories, check out our Sirens of T.I. Pirate Show photo gallery!
Hi Ted,Just wanted to say i love your newsletter! i went to Las Vegas two years ago with two of the girls from work, and am returning this fall with my youngest daughter who is 35.When can we find out if Elton John will have dates the end of October? We arrive on the 28th and leave for home November 1. Thanks and keep up the good work.Marsha
We always post concert and event dates when we get them and we add new concert dates every week. Just scroll down the right side of the newsletter every issue to see what is playing.
Also, don’t forget to tell friends and family that enjoy Las Vegas to go to AccessVegas.com and subscribe. We rely on word-of-mouth, and the more subscribers we have the better we can continue to providing the kind of info we do!
My husband and I just returned from our yearly vacation to Vegas. We always stay downtown at the 4 Queens, this may not be for the upper class folks but let me tell you, they have been good to us. Service is good, staff is friendly and the video poker there is our favorite.áWe both hit a royal flush while we were there. The strip is nice to see but there’s nothing like “Ole Vegas” I have been going there since 1977 and look forward to it every year as much as I did the first trip. Keep up the good work, I look forward to your newsletter!!! Thanks so much Jeanette from NYTed Responds:
Thanks for the great note and congratulations on the royal flush! I still love downtown, and the Four Queens has undergone some great renovations. For all of the doom-and-gloom predictions about the future of Las Vegas tourism, the reality is that things are really picking up downtown. News Editor Mark Jacobs had his parents in town last week, and everyone couldn’t believe how busy downtown was on a Wednesday night.
Because times are tight for many in the United States, visitors are rediscovering the value offered downtown. Plus, it is a little easier on the feet. For those who have never been downtown, imagine four main blocks (plus a number of side blocks) with casinos, restaurants, and bars side-by-side-by-side.
Even though your trip is done, certainly feel free to stay subscribed. Many do just to glance through and keep up on what’s happening here.
Three or four years ago I enjoyed seeing Rick Thomas the Magician at the Tropicana. Then the next year I saw him at the Stardust. Last year I again was able to see him at The Orleans. This year (In February) I was unable to find any performances by Rich Thomas.áDo you know if he will ever be back in Las Vegas again (or was he there in February and I couldn’t find his performances)? I really enjoyed his act and his performances were very reasonable compared to other more famous magicians. Thank you. Mike HeadyTed Responds:
No clue. His siteáwww.rickthomas.com has nothing new on it. We enjoyed his show also. As usual, we’ll publish info right away if he gets a new show here.
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Studio 54 Welcomes Tito Ortiz To Host His Official UFC 84 After-Fight Party, Memorial Day WeekendStudio 54 Tickets
Best All-Around Performer, Wayne Brady, Continues To Entertain The Las Vegas Strip – Tickets On Sale Now For Performances Through October 2008Wayne Brady Tickets
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Toni Braxton’s Las Vegas show to remain dark until JuneToni Braxton Tickets
Cher settles into VegasCher Tickets
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Superstars Latinos Comes To Texas Station For One Night Only, May 30
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Green Valley Ranch Resort, KOAS 105.7 FM “The Oasis” And 10 Cane Rum Team Up To Host Free Poolside Jazz Series
Cannery Casino & Hotel’s Sixth Annual Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival Offers Up Treats For The Ears And Taste Buds
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Las Vegas Collects Contemporary Presented By Las Vegas Art Museum May 23 To October 26, 2008
Tenor Joins Las Vegas Tenors
Rio Offers Free Poker Lessons On One-Of-A-Kind Teaching Table
Brio Tuscan Grille At Town Square Las Vegas Utilizes Seasonal Delicates To Lighten Up Warm Weather Menu
Wet Republic – Las Vegas’ First Ultra Pool – Hosts A Sizzling Line-Up Of Celebrated DJ’s Memorial Day Weekend
Nevada Ballet Theatre Announces Its 2008-2009 Season
Peter And Gordon And Chad And Jeremy To Perform At The Club Inside Cannery Casino & Hotel
Southern Nevada Firefighters Suit Up For The 9th Annual “Fire And Rain” Firefighter Bachelor Auction
The 4th Annual Amplify Music Festival In Downtown Las Vegas Returns August 5-8
The Riviera Marks A Culinary Milestone – Kristofer’s Steak House Celebrates 20 Years Of Dining Excellence
‘America’s Got Talent’ ventriloquist winner gets Vegas gig
Mayor Goodman Says ‘Las Vegas’ Name Worth Big Money
Viva Las Vegas!
First trip to Las Vegas so enjoyable it started lifelong hobby
Las Vegas, Reno see double-digit drops in quarterly housing prices
Sink it, soak it, dip it: Nippon fondue at Shabu-Shabu
CityCenter Tops 1st Of 6 Towers
Former Showgirl Finds New Life in Unlikely Place
Barkley will repay $400K in Vegas debt
Vegas the new Ibiza?
Officials plan massive heliport south of Las Vegas Strip
Las Vegas marks anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s death
The Golden Greek shares its menu with Italian fare, to varying effect
Urban legends build or deflate image of Las Vegas
Off-Strip hotels push harder
For fans, things are just Cher-rific
CityCenter budget hits $9 billion
Jacko six degrees from LV Hilton
Casino tax revenues may mean more cuts
Las Vegas Valley’s faults different from China’s
Fator finds fame, fortune
Hilton Star Trek attraction may seek out new life elsewhere
Las Vegas looks to capitalize on cachet
Guggenheim’s closure makes some wonder whether high culture has a future on the Strip
Tropicana officials calm fears in wake of bankruptcy filing
‘For sale’ sign could be headed for Fitzgeralds
North Las Vegas neighborhood gets a makeover
Casinos, teachers discuss tax plan
Fusion for the Masses: Fusia’s menu reflects Luxor’s new ‘everyman’ approach
Cher’s new show a cross between one-night rock concert, permanent production
Model-home openings delayed for Coyote Springs
Long Gaughan: El Cortez owner sells stake in downtown casino
Less appetite for dining out
Las Vegas Is Not In A Recession… Puhleeeze
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:
- Memorial Day May 24-26 (3 day weekend)
- Father’s Day June 15
- Canada Day, Canada July 1
- Independence Day July 4-6 (3 day weekend)
- Civic Holiday, Canada August 2-4 (3 day weekend)
- Labor Day, U.S August 30-September 1 (3 day weekend)
- Labour Day, Canada August 30-September 1 (3 day weekend)
- Grandparent’s Day September 7
- Jewish New Year September 30
- Yom Kippur October 9
- Columbus Day October 11-13 (3 day weekend)
- Thanksgiving Day, Canada October 11-13 (3 day weekend)
- Halloween October 31
- Veteran’s Day November 11
- Thanksgiving Day November 27-30 (4 day weekend)
- Hanukkah Dec. 22 – Dec. 29
- Christmas December 25
- New Year’s Eve-Day December 31 – January 1
- Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, U.S (Observed) January 19-21 (3 day weekend)
- Chinese/Lunar New Year January 26
- Lincoln’s Birthday, U.S February 12
- Valentine’s Day February 14
- President’s Day, U.S (Observed) February 14-16 (3 day weekend)
- Washington’s Birthday, U.S February 22
- St. Patrick’s Day March 17
- Easter Sunday April 12
- Cinco de Mayo May 5
- Mother’s Day May 10
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