Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 4, 2006

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In This Issue: Le Reve, Wheel Of Fortune Hits, Stardust To Come Down, Reba At Hilton, Fireworks Streaming Video, Hypnosis Gone Wild, Hot Holiday Dates, MTV Vegas Casting Call, Readers Rants and Raves, more ….

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Hello From Las Vegas! And a very, very Happy New year to all! As usual, the entire Las Vegas Strip was closed to traffic with $500,000 worth of fireworks going of the rooftops of hotels from Excalibur to Stratosphere, assuring that everybody had a spectacular show. We’ll link to streaming video later in this issue.

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Show Review – Le Reve

Reviewed December 2005
Nancy Hruska

la reve wynn las vegas cirque soleil dragonAn escape from consciousness to the more colorful subconscious joined by love, hate, joy, pain, and all the bizarre characters a less than perfect world has to offer… This is Le Reve. Oh Franco, this one really hits home.

Le Reve, created by former Cirque du Soleil creative heavyweight Franco Dragone, is thoughtfully built upon a premise every human can embrace- The Dream. The show’s subtitle, “A Small Collection of Imperfect Dreams,” becomes apparent not only scene to scene, but for the real world as well- a reflection of our own imperfect or impeccable dispositions. Click to read the complete review …

Ohioan Wins Wheel of Fortune at Imperial Palace – Thanksgiving vacationer hits quarter Megajackpot for $448,714.95. Five spins of a Wheel of Fortune machine at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino and Jennifer Peculis was in shock: she had just won $448,714.95. The 28-year-old Ohioan and her fiance, Ben, had enjoyed a long Thanksgiving weekend at the Imperial Palace and had already checked out Monday morning. But their flight was not until late afternoon, so Peculis was trying her luck at a Wheel of Fortune Megajackpot quarter machine.

She had already played two others before trying the third with $10. Less than five minutes later, she won the progressive jackpot on the most popular slot machine game of all time. “I saw the first Wheel of Fortune symbol, then up came the second and by the time the third came up it was a blur,” Peculis said. She was so excited, she didn’t even realize at first how much she had won. Peculis said she plans to pay off her house, her car and student loans, “And still have a lot left over,” she added. Imperial Palace Las Vegas Info

Stardust Go Boom? – Boyd Gaming Corp. unveiled plans on Wednesday for a $4 billion hotel, retail and casino development in Las Vegas to open in early 2010. The development, Echelon Place, will be built on a 63-acre site on the Las Vegas Strip, the company said. It will include four hotels featuring 5,300 guest rooms and suites. The Las Vegas site is currently occupied by the Stardust, which the company said it will operate through 2006.

The $4 billion Echelon Place development will feature the $2.9 billion wholly-owned Echelon Resort, which includes a tower with 2,600 rooms, another tower 700 suites, a 140,000 square foot casino and 25 restaurants and bars. The development will also include deals with partners for other hotels and entertainment facilities.

Reba Plays The Hilton, Multiple 2006 Dates – The Las Vegas Hilton has signed Reba McEntire to a multi-week engagement in 2006. The superstar begins the first part of her engagement on Wednesday, May 3, 2006.

“The Las Vegas Hilton, home of Barry Manilow, now welcomes another legend to our resort, continuing entertainment as a key element for this classic property,” said Ken Ciancimino, executive vice president of the Las Vegas Hilton. “This agreement with Reba McEntire, a superstar with great crossover appeal, enhances our outstanding entertainment lineup for 2006, solidifying the Las Vegas Hilton brand and the Resorts International brand overall.” The formal announcement of the agreement was made today at a news conference at the property featuring McEntire. The “Key to the Heart” concert series is presented by Whirlpool to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Reba has helped to raise awareness for Habitat on a personal and professional level for some time. Read full story …

Playboy Feb. 2006 Playmate To Sign At Palms – Cassandra Lynn will do a meet and greet and autograph signing Saturday, January 14, 2006, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Palms sportsbook. She will also introduce Playboy’s Hollywood Comedy Tour on January 14, 2006, in The Lounge. Tickets for Playboy’s Hollywood Comedy Tour will also be available for purchase (cash only).

Secret Shortcuts For Drivers – If you drive to town or rent a car, you know that trying to get anywhere on The Strip takes forever, especially on weekend evenings. Of course, we local’s don’t get stuck in it because we know the alternate routes, and you should too. Check out this article Know the Territory – Savvy drivers reduce time on congested Strip by using alternative routes

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – Watch it free right now! It is 2006 … Happy New Year … and the only thing we need to show you this week are the fireworks that brought in this Great New Year here in Las Vegas! Click on over to local TV station KLAS Channel 8 Las Vegas New Year’s Eve Fireworks!

Helpful hint: In the “Add To Playlist” box, check all four videos (all four parts of the show) and then hit Play. You’ll see the whole show wherever you are!

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week – Check out the fantastic photos of THE Hotel at Mandalay Bay. THE Hotel is the perfect compliment to our already-impressive property. At 43 stories, it rises above the Las Vegas Strip. Within, 1,120 suites with separate living and sleeping areas, hospitable meeting places and swank hotspots all combine to make an airy, cosmopolitan haven for those who appreciate life’s finer things. Click for more information on THE Hotel at Mandalay Bay.

Vegas Book Of The Week – A culinary tour of Las Vegas does not have to be laden with calories. You can meet up with top chefs and sample some of their recipes in “Personal Favorites, The Chefs of Las Vegas,” by Heidi Knapp Rinella, the Review-Journal’s restaurant critic and food columnist. It is a comprehensive look at the infusion of cooking talent into Las Vegas that began in 1992, when celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck staked his claim by opening Spago at the Forum Shops at Caesars. Read full story …

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More Streaming Radio and Podcasts – More and more local radio stations are streaming online to the world, and the list of Las Vegas podcasts grows as well. KJUL (Sinatra style music) and KSFN (Hot Talk) have added streaming feed, and we have a number of great podcasts listed. Check out our Las Vegas Radio and Podcast page and start listening!

Michael John’s “Hypnosis Gone Wild” – For an R-rated good time without the raunchiness see hypnotist Michael Johns in the Hypnotic Lounge (an intimate showroom) at the Stardust. Michael Johns never crosses the line but keeps his adult-oriented show fun and full of laughter. It was Art Linkletter who said, “People are funny.” When Johns brings this out in their subconscious mind it’s a big hit. When Michael Johns is on the road don’t be surprised if you see his world-renowned partner Terry Stokes. Show times are 10 p.m. nightly. Click for Hypnosis Gone Wild Show Tickets and Info

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 I4Vegas Discount Las Vegas Reservations and spend one of the following hot dates having fun in Las Vegas:

  • Martin Luther King Day January 13-16 (3 day weekend)
  • Chinese New Year January 27-29
  • Valentines Day February 14
  • Presidents Day February 17-20 (3 day weekend)
  • Mother’s Day May 12-14
  • Memorial Day May 26-29 (3 day weekend)
  • Father’s Day June 16-18
  • Independence Day June 30 – July 4 (4 day weekend)
  • Labor Day September 1-4 (3 day weekend)
  • Grandparents Day September 8-10
  • Columbus Day October 6-9 (3 day weekend)
  • Halloween October 31
  • Veterans Day November 10-12 (3 day weekend – Friday off)
  • Thanksgiving >November 23-26 (4 day weekend)
  • Christmas December 22-25 (3 day weekend – Christmas on Monday)
  • New Year’s Eve/Day December 29 – January 1 (3 day weekend – New Years on Monday)

True Life Casting Call… New MTV Series: I’m Moving to Las Vegas – If the saying “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” is true for people who vacation there, what does it say about people who actually live there?? MTV’s True Life is looking to follow several young people over the next few months as they head out to live in one of the most hedonistic places on earth. Click for complete MTV Casting Call Details

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