Access Vegas Insider Vibe – March 7, 2007 Insider Vibe

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Hello From Las Vegas! March Madness and St. Patrick’s Day collide over the weekend in just one week (from publication date). The 10 day forecast is showing temps in the low 80’s (F) for March 16 – 18, 2007. Rooms are going quickly, so don’t delay. Check out our friends at Las Vegas Hotel Deals for the best deals still available!

Spamalot Opens Big – The amazingly successful Monty Python show based on the screenplay of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” is opening preview performances as we go to press, with the official show opening at the end of the month. John O’Hurley, (J. Peterman on “Seinfeld.” , “Dancing with the Stars” season one champion, “Family Feud” host) leads the cast which includes Nikki Crawford as The Lady of the Lake. We’ll have reports and reviews as things progress, but tickets are available now: Monty Python’s Spamalot Tickets

Stardust To Go Boom – Local TV station KLAS reported just a couple of days ago that the Stardust implosion will be in the early morning of Tuesday March 13. Earlier, the rumored date had been March 12. (Interestingly enough, KLAS pulled the story off their site, but we have the cached link).

Although historically a big deal and advance notice was made of implosions, the crowd and traffic control would get overwhelming. Now, implosions are usually announced only a few hours in advance. If you are going to be in town this coming week, keep your ear to the ground, maybe catch the evening local news both days, and cross your fingers that you get to see it!

Limos Are Hot and I mean red hot. I was sifting through some of the reservations we’ve taken just today, and you would be surprised at how many are flying on on Southwest or Allegiant or similar discount airline, then kicking off your vacation with a limo ride from the airport to your hotel.

An airline seat is an airline seat, but nothing rocks your vacation from the very first minute like being whisked away in a limo, and the grand entrance you make at the hotel is priceless! The cost? Not much more than a cab. Seriously. Click to check our our limo rates and see for yourself!

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American Superstars Show At The Stratosphere Casino Hotel And Tower Adds New Christina Aguilera Tribute – The American Superstars show (Tickets) at the Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower has added Lorena Peril as Christina Aguilera to its line-up of celebrity tributes to yesterday’s and today’s hottest music stars, announced American Casino & Entertainment Properties officials. “Christina Aguilera is one of the hottest performers today with the definitive voice of her generation. When Lorena Peril takes the stage she gives her all to create an amazing tribute that reminds us of why Christina Aguilera is a true musical superstar,” says Mark Callas, who produces American Superstars with his Springtime Productions partner, Donny Moore. Click to Read The Full Story …

Polly Esther’s Nightclub to Host Grand Opening Party March 16 – Totally Far Out Celebration to Feature Deborah Gibson and Danny Bonaduce – Polly Esther’s nightclub at the Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower is kicking off the party that lasts four decades with a celebration pulling out all the stops on Friday, March 16. The grand opening festivities will feature performances by ’80s pop star Deborah Gibson and a John Travolta impersonator, and ’70s icon Danny Bonaduce serving themed drinks from the Partridge Family Bus-Bar.

Also appearing that night will be David Boreanaz from Fox’s hit show “Bones” and former GUESS girl and Victoria Secret model Larissa Bond. Polly Esther’s will soft open on Thursday, March 15, with an appearance by Leif Garrett and performances by the ’70s band the Bay City Rollers and ’80s cover band Spandex. The celebrations continue on Saturday night with performances by ’80s pop star Tiffany and a John Travolta impersonator. Barry Williams from “The Brady Bunch” will be serving up “Brady Punch” and other themed cocktails. Doors open at 9 p.m. each night, and the cost for entry varies throughout the evenings. Click to Read The Full Story …

Kenny Chesney To Bring His 2007 Flip-Flop Summer Tour To Mandalay Bay Events Center May 3 & 4 – Country music star Kenny Chesney (Tickets) will heat up the summer concert circuit with his 2007 Flip-Flop Summer Tour presented by Cruzan Rum. The tour stops at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4 at 8 p.m. Country sensations Pat Green and Sugarland are scheduled to open both shows. Chesney, who owns the honor of having the single-most attended tour in North America last year with “The Road & The Radio Tour 2006,” places a strong emphasis on performing for the fans and bringing them not only the biggest show, but the best. Click to Read The Full Story …

Barry Manilow Celebrates Second Year At Las Vegas Hilton – Barry Manilow is celebrating the second anniversary of his hit show, Manilow: Music and Passion (Tickets) at the Las Vegas Hilton. “We congratulate Barry Manilow on a great year of success, not only at the Las Vegas Hilton, but in winning an Emmy award and his ‘Greatest Songs’ success on the charts,” said Ken Ciancimino, Las Vegas Hilton executive vice president. “Barry’s phenomenal appeal and his staying power as our long-term headliner make him an enduring symbol in this erratic Las Vegas entertainment market.” Click to Read The Full Story …

702 Series: Sush Machida Gaikotsu April 14 – July 8, 2007 LVAM Members’ Preview Reception: April 13, 7-8:30pm – The Las Vegas Art Museum is pleased to present an exhibition of recent paintings by Sush Machida Gaikotsu, April 13 July 8, 2007. The exhibition is the second installment in the Las Vegas Art Museum’s ongoing 702 Series. The 702 Series features solo exhibitions by artists who were born or raised in Las Vegas, who initiated their careers in Las Vegas, or who live and work in our city today. The series showcases works by artists who exhibit regularly in one or more major art centers, and have achieved national or international recognition for their accomplishments. Born in Maebashi City, Japan, Gaikotsu has been a Las Vegas resident since 1999. Click to Read The Full Story …

The Pearl To Hold The Venue’s First Ever UFC Fight Night Live April 5 – Main Event Will Air On Spike TV Featuring Lightweights Joe “Daddy” Stevenson vs. Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard – The first ever UFC Fight Night (Tickets) live from The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort is set to take place on April 5 and be telecast live to millions of fans on Spike TV. The UFC Fight Night series on Spike TV feature many of the biggest names in the world of mixed martial arts and this main event of the inaugural fight at The Pearl will be no exception featuring lightweights Joe “Daddy” Stevenson vs. Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard. “Having The Pearl host the April 5 Fight Night shows the versatility of the theater for live entertainment. Click to Read The Full Story …

Gambling Talk: Playing Internet Tournaments — Part 6 — Luck and Volatility – with Victor H. Royer. The third and final of those points that required a great deal of adjustment for real world poker players making the transition to the Internet tournaments, was the simple fact of the enormously atrocious play that you will find being committed by so many players, and in fact the vast majority of them entering all such tournaments. This is especially so for the small buy-in tournaments, because many are populated by absolute novices and complete amateurs. There is nothing wrong with that, because it is precisely this opportunity that allows many players to begin in this way, and then learn as they go along and progress to a point where they get better. Click to Read Complete Article

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: Candlewood Suites Las Vegas – Candlewood Suites is not your traditional hotel, and that is the best part! At the Candlewood Suites Las Vegas we put the amenities where they really count: in the rooms! That means a big suite with a full kitchen and plenty of space to stretch out! Each suite has a full kitchen complete with microwave, full sized refrigerator and all your utensils and pans to cook with. You can work efficiently at your oversized executive desk using high speed Internet as well as two separate phone lines, check email and talk on the phone at the same time.

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week: Luxor Las Vegas – Thousands of years ago-pharaohs reined supreme over limitless playground of lavish indulgence-fine food and drink and the best entertainment the world had to offer. Today this luxurious lifestyle lives on within the walls of the great pyramid at the Luxor Las Vegas. Voted one of the top 50 resorts in the world by discriminating readers of gourmet magazine Luxor offers an unparalleled travel and vacation experience.

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I am getting the impression that Las Vegas is becoming a vacation destination for the rich and famous, and that the average family would not be happy or rather they would be disappointed in a trip there. I thought Vegas was always affordable, but anymore I am thinking Disney is just as cheap. Any comments on the matter would be appreciated.

Thank You


Ted Responds:

Attention Readers,

I’m going to let you take over this question! Some people find Las Vegas too expensive, and some still find it reasonable compared to other destinations. Some may enjoy bringing their families here while others feel Las Vegas should be 21 and over.

I’ve posted the original question in our message boards here:
Las Vegas: Family Friendly, or For Rich?

Our message boards are once again operating at full speed, so now is a great time to get in and post your thoughts and answers on what you feel is happening to Las Vegas, and if it is a good family vacation!


On a recent TV show- the “Hungry Detective” off the strip restaurants such as Ellis island (behind super 8) were featured. He mentioned a discount coupon book that is available at some locations for the asking. We are traveling on a limited budget & would appreciate any coupons/ tips that you can share. Looking forward to visiting in 3 weeks!!!!



Ted Responds:

First I’m going to tell you where to get discount books and stuff, then I’m going to tell you pretty much not to use them, then I’ll tell you about the steak special (which doesn’t need a coupon).

  1. In your room will be one or more free magazines that will have quite a few coupons in it. Also, if you hunt down the “players club booth” in most hotels, they will often have one for the taking.á

  2. By all means use the coupons for things you already were thinking about doing, of that you feel would be very interesting to you. However, don’t get caught in what I call the “coupon trap:”Your time here is very valuable. When you take what you are spending to get here plus the price of a room and food and divide that into the 16 hours a day you won’t be in your room, you are going to find out that you might be spending $10.00 or more per hour just go actually be here.

    The Strip is over four miles long, traffic often makes it slow going even if you take the bus (let alone a cab) and you need to think twice about whether it is worth spending valuable time (and money unless you are walking) just getting somewhere to save a few bucks on something that only marginally interest you.

    I’ve never talked to anyone who was unhappy that they splurged on something they really wanted to check out here. But I’ve talked to plenty of said “We had a coupon and it was a hassle to get there and it wasn’t that good…”. You get the picture.


  3. Ellis Island has a complete steak dinner for $4.95. It is good. It is off the menu, so you need to ask for it. There is often a 25-45 minute wait at the coffee shop to get in to enjoy it so you have plenty of time to lose money in their casino before you sit down to eat. Still, it is close enough to The Strip to enjoy if you are staying near center strip. Here’s a Google Map to Ellis Island Casino.

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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:

  • 2007

  • St. Patrick’s Day March 17 (Falls on a Saturday)
  • March Madness (NCAA Basketball Playoffs) March 15-18, March 22-25, Final Four March 31-April 2
  • Victoria Day (Canada) May 19-21 (3 day weekend)
  • Memorial Day May 26-28 (3 day weekend)
  • Mothers Day May 13
  • 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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