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Hello From Las Vegas! Running just a little bit late this week. We published a couple of days late last week to include the ramifications of the election results, and that tossed us a little behind for this week. We’ll be back to our usual mid-week release soon.
With so much “serious” coverage of everything happening in Las Vegas, we sent Larry G. Jones – The Man of 1002 Voices to the grand opening of the residential preview center for Project CityCenter (across from the Aladdin, south of Bellagio) for a more humorous look at this huge new project. Click To View
Lots of stuff so I’m going to get out of the way quickly this week. We’ll have an expanded reader response section in the next couple of newsletters to address some common questions we frequently get.
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Show Review: Folies Bergere
by Amy Raynor-Cooley
What’s a night on the town in Las Vegas without seeing a show? Folies Bergere at The Tropicana provides a fun, entertaining diversion from gambling while giving you the feel of a classic, Vegas evening of days past. The opening sequences feature the dancers in traditional showgirl apparel with large feathered headresses and sequined costumes in an exciting display of lights, music and dance. From the lighted staircase to the ladies being lowered from the ceiling on ornamental swings, the props were as amazing as the dancing. Click to Read Complete Review
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The Beatles Revolution Lounge Opens December At The Mirage, Las Vegas – Inspired by the spirit of The Beatles and created by Cirque du Soleil, The Beatles REVOLUTION LOUNGE is set to open this December at The Mirage. Opening its doors only six months after the high-profile launch of The Beatles LOVE, REVOLUTION will offer an extended experience before and after the show. Click to Read The Full Story …
The Boys Come Back to Spread “Plaid Tidings” In The Gold Coast Showroom! – Jinx, Frankie, Smudge and Sparky are again sent back to Earth to bring “Plaid Tidings” to all in the Gold Coast Showroom beginning Nov. 15 through Dec. 31, 2006. The group was to have their first gig on Feb. 9, 1964, but a bus full of anxious teenage girls hit their car on the way to see the Beatles make their debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. The girls survived without a scratch, but the boys in plaid were killed. Click to Read The Full Story …
Pro Hoops Ready For Tip – The pro basketball season starts this week and the Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook is ready for all the action. Odds to win the Championship are up and ready. Defending champs Miami are 9-2 to win it all but are not the favorites. The leading candidates to hoist the trophy are residing in San Antonio. The Spurs come in at 4-1, followed by Phoenix and Dallas both at 9-2. The Las Vegas favorites, Los Angeles Lakers are a whopping 40-1 to win the Championship. All the current odds are available at the SuperBook.
Free Music Happenings: To celebrate the release of Smooth Jazz 105.7 The Oasis’ CD Collection Volume II, Smooth Jazz saxophonist Mindi Abair will be putting on a free show this Sunday, November 19th at Best Buy Store located at 611 Marks Street in Henderson, NV at noon. Mindi and The Oasis’ on-air personalities will then be autographing copies of the CD Smooth Jazz 105.7 The Oasis’ CD Collection, Volume II which will be on sale for $12.99 with a portion of the proceeds from the CD going to benefit Child Focus.
Also, for those of you who enjoy contemporary jazz, David Van Such plays the Omaha Lounge (no cover) at The Plaza Hotel downtown through November 19 from 9 PM to 1:30 AM.
Fiamma Trattoria Turns Simple Spud into Decadent Side Dish – With the onset of cold weather comes the craving for comfort foods. Step into Fiamma Trattoria & Bar at MGM Grand where they have just the thing to feed your hunger – a baked potato like no other – the Yukon Gold White Truffle Potato. This $70 side item is the largest potato available on the market. Simply seasoned with salt, pepper and high quality olive oil then wrapped in foil paper and baked, the sublime spud is removed from its casing while still warm and folded with bacon, sour cream, imported Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and two grams of fresh Alba truffles from Italy. After mixing, the potato is placed back into the skin and topped with an additional seven grams of shaved Alba white truffles. Pure potato decadence! Available for a limited time only.
50th Anniversary Of Famous Liberace-Elvis Photo – Tribute Artists Re-Create Photo To Celebrate Entertainers – It was 50 years ago when a popular piano player and a young up-and-coming rock ‘n’ roller posed for a publicity photo in Las Vegas. Who could have predicted then that both performers not only would become worldwide legends but would continue to attract thousands of devoted fans decades after their respective deaths. On Nov. 14, 1956, Liberace and Elvis Presley posed for a publicity photo taken by the Las Vegas News Bureau in which they switched jackets and instruments. To commemorate the golden anniversary of this picture seen around the world, tribute artists Wes Winters as Liberace and Matt Lewis as Elvis re-created the famous photo at the Liberace Museum. Click to Read The Full Story …
Announcing Mandalay Bay’s All You Can Bite Buffet Deal – As North America’s only predator-based aquarium, Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay knows great food is worth the hunt. But in honor of modern society, Mandalay Bay is offering a specially discounted Bay Side Buffet Dinner and Shark Reef admission package. Now you can explore the deep-blue depths of Shark Reef and leave the fishing to the predators! Enjoy a delicious dinner at the Bay Side Buffet and one admission to Shark Reef, all for one low price. At $39.99 for visitors 13 years and up, $27.99 for children ages five -12 and children four and under free, the All You Can Bite Buffet Deal makes for one heck of a catch! Shark Reef is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; the Bay Side Buffet serves dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The All You Can Bite Buffet Deal begins November 1 and can be purchased at either venue.
Joel Robuchon At MGM Grand Receives Mobil Five-Star Rating From Mobil Travel Guide – One Of Only Two Las Vegas Restaurants To Receive Recognition – Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand was honored with a Mobil Five-Star Award by Mobil Travel Guide, originators of the prestigious Five-Star rating system and providers of one of the most comprehensive evaluation systems of hotels, restaurants and spas. This rating recognizes Joel Robuchon as among the top restaurants in the United States and Canada for 2007. “We are thrilled to receive this recognition from the Mobil Travel Guide,” said MGM Grand President & COO Gamal Aziz. “Joel Robuchon was designed to be a special and extraordinary experience. The Five Stars tell us we are delivering on that promise.” Click to Read The Full Story …
Roll Into Sushi Roku On Mondays And Have A Ball – New All Night Happy Hour Features Sushi Rolls, Sake, Beer And Football – Innovative Dining Group’s Sushi Roku presents All Night Happy Hour Mondays, offering outstanding food and drink specials all day long from 4 û 10 p.m. in the bar and Red Sun Lounge. Guests can meet with friends to watch Monday night football while enjoying Sushi Roku’s specials. Diners will delight in hand rolls for $3 such as Spicy Rock Shrimp and cut rolls for $4, such as Roku’s famous Albacore & Garlic. Happy Hour at Sushi Roku also includes beer, sake and well drinks for $3 all evening, every Monday. Click to Read The Full Story …
Cavalia Horses Arrive First-Class – Four-legged Stars Of Cavalia Arrived At Las Vegas McCarran Airport – The 50 horses that star in Cavalia, the spectacular acrobatic & equestrian odyssey, arrived at McCarran airport in preparation for their Las Vegas debut. The horses, half of which are stallions, were flown in a Boeing 747 from Montreal. Normand Latourelle, President and Artistic Director of Cavalia is delighted to bring his production to Las Vegas and said, “Las Vegas’ mild autumn weather is ideal for the horses, and we are excited to see them welcomed so graciously.” Michael Weaver, vice president of marketing for the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino said, “Cavalia is incredibly unique, taking the equestrian genre of entertainment to a level that has charmed top critics and delighted audiences across the country. We are pleased that this spellbinding live show has accepted our invitation.” Click to Read The Full Story …
Gambling Talk: Poker People – with Victor H. Royer. We called her Diamond Lil. Not because her name was Lil, or because she wore any diamonds, but because she always caught it on the river. She reminded us of those famed Belle’s of the Mississippi gambling ships of yesteryear.
Next to me sat Dan Petrie Jr., writer and movie director (“Beverly Hills Cop”), a few seats to my right Rodney Dangerfield’s opening act (I never did get his real name), a few seats over Diamond Lil, then Texas Pete – an enormous man with a huge hat – then Fred the Fisherman, next to him one of the local professionals whose face I know very well, but whose name I no longer recall. And then there was I. Click to Read Complete Article
Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: Wynn Las Vegas – Imagine a resort designed to ensure that everything you need is always closer than you Think. where every room inspires you with views of cascading waterfalls or an 18-hole Championship golf course. and where every detail invites you to relax in an exclusive sanctuary right in the middle of the most exciting city on Earth. Every person has their passion. Wynn Las Vegas is be the most intimately imaginative resort experience anywhere in the world.
Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – Exclusive Look At MGM CityCenter Plans with MGM Grand VP Tony Dennis and Larry G. Jones – Las Vegas’ Man of 1002 Voices, Larry G. Jones attended the recent Grand Opening of the MGM Mirage’s CityCenter Residential Preview Center (now open at Bellagio Las Vegas) showing off their in-progress $7 Billion dollar CityCenter project. This is a humorous look at this huge new project!
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myself, my wife and daughter have planned a trip to Las Vegas from England for the Christmas period (23rd to the 28th December), I would like to surprise them with a stretch limo when we arrive at the airport for the short trip to the Luxor, can you recommend a good Limo company?.
Stewart, Gillian & Charlotte
We work with a company that only contracts with the top, more reputable and reasonably prices limo services and you can check out all the details on our limo rental area.
I agree that there is no better splurge, and it is more affordable than people think. No cab lines (or cab rip-offs with them talking you the long way), you can enjoy an optional 30 minute tour of The Strip (highly suggested), and there is nothing like pulling up in front of hour hotel in a limo.
In two years, we’ve had many words of praise and no complaints. Hope this helps and enjoy the trip!
What exactly is covered in the smoking ban? Can we still smoke in hotel rooms? The article mentioned malls. In Chicago we can smoke OUTSIDE but not inside. If, for example, I go to Fashion Show Mall, am I still allowed to smoke on the outside perimeters? I’m assuming we can still smoke in all casinos, correct? Quite frankly I’m fed up with all the no smoking rules. These idiot politicians should go after the bad guys instead. Was always happy to land in Vegas several times a year because we still had our freedom.By the way, I love your newsletter. As a person who loves Vegas and tries to keep up with the news, it’s a tremendous help. Have a great holiday.
The extent of the ban and how it will be enforced is yet to be seen.
A court had already decided that if measure 5 passed, it wouldn’t apply to hotel rooms. However, that won’t stop the proponents from trying to put that into court again.
Outdoor smoking is always permitted.
The politicians didn’t pass this. A vote of the people of Nevada did. Two many newcomers from restrictive states that legislate when and how you can even burp have moved here and want Nevada to be just like their home state. If their state was so great, they wouldn’t have moved here.
Side Note: I can’t count the transplants I have met who complain, complain, complain about living here. Everything from lack of bike paths and parks to not being able to get a “decent” pizza. But funny, you see them months later and they are still living here.
Back to the issue: I’m a non-smoker who and no one has ever put a gun to my head to go into a bar, club, or other establishment that allows smoking.
To those who are all for legislation banning smoking in businesses instead of letting the business and free market decide (I.E., a non-smoker choosing to patronize only businesses that are smoke-free), think about the move underfoot to restrict various unhealthy or fast food. Or booze. The shoe won’t fit so well when it is on the other foot.
By the way, smoking will continue to be allowed on the casino floors and the bars in casinos. If anything, this is going to cause people to do more smoking on the gaming floor area since they can’t smoke in restaurants, hallways, convention areas and the like. Hence, backfiring on those who approved of the ban in general hoping for a smoke-free gaming experience.
Will those of you recent transplants to Nevada who don’t like our “live and let live” attitude toward vices please move back home and quit trying to change Nevada? What is next, a last call for serving booze?
Hello there,Can anyone help us?
We are coming from England in February to the scooter rally at the Gold Coast hotel (Vespa’s, Lambretta’s ect) and have been trying to find out if we can hire a Vespa or Lambretta for our stay? Any ideas?
Keren and Roy Russell
Great question, and with the demise of the Boardwalk (and the exotic car rental place next door to it), I honestly don’t know. Any reader suggestions to us at email@example.com would be appreciated. Beyond that, best I can suggest is a web search on it.
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More Las Vegas News – Concerts – Events
One-Hour Special The Jim Henson Company’s Puppet Up! û Uncensored Being Taped at The Las Vegas Comedy Festival in Las Vegas for Monday, Nov. 20, Premiere on TBS
Rock ‘N Roll Legend Van Morrison Kicks Off New Year’s Weekend At Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, Dec. 30Van Morrison Tickets and Info
IP’s Spa Director Named 2006 Best by LVSA Las Vegas Spa Association Honors Alice Bergendorff
Cruise The Aisles For A Toy Then Dance In The Aisles At The Third Annual Toys For Tickets All Star Jam – Surprise Performances Expected From Today’s Biggest Country Stars
Casino Gaming Signs National Agreement with Harrah’s Entertainment
“13” Martini Bar At Hooters Casino Hotel Shakes Up Nightlife With Intoxicating Experiences – “13” Introduces Vegas’ Sexiest Ladies’ Night, Industry Night And Much More
Celebrate In Elegance This Holiday Season When Morton’s Opens For Lunch During Select Dates
Commander’s Palace At Desert Passage Mixes It Up With Popular Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim
Commander’s Palace At Desert Passage Hosts A December Dinner With A Cocktail Twist – Executive Chef Carlos Guia To Prepare Cuisine To Accompany Original Cocktails By A Master Mixologist, Jeff Berry
Robbery On The Rise In Las Vegas
Prince Rocks Club RioPrince Tickets and Info
CityCenter could spell trouble for rival high-rise projects – MGM Mirage bullish in bear condo market
Spanish-language radio lead rankings in Las Vegas
Sloan Canyon Named National Recreation Area
Resorts find kids, Vegas don’t mix
A roll of the dice: dinner in Las Vegas
Las Vegas Sands Adds Condos to Palazzo Plan
Vegas Producers Will Be 90 Minutes Long
Las Vegas Big Smoke Saturday Seminars – Charlie Palmer Cooks Breakfast
Britney Spears To Make Her Comeback in Las Vegas?
McCarran’s Innovative Aviation Director Resigns
Executive says commercial real estate investors backing off of LV
Realtors: Median home prices flat – Sales continue to show significant declines from 2005
Golden Nugget: Downtown casino undergoing biggest renovation since ’64Golden Nugget Info and Reservations
Prince’s show at the Rio open (streaming video)Prince Tickets and Info
Barry Manilow returns to the Strip (streaming video)Barry Manilow Tickets and Info
Prince Chooses His Arena: Las Vegas
US Airways plans new Las Vegas-West Palm Beach flights
Prince Rocks Club Rio
In-N-Out keeps ’em coming back to Vegas – Family-owned burger chain continues to flourish, despite troubled succession
Steve Wynn to make $147 million off dividend payoutWynn Las Vegas Info and Reservations
Pahrump Debates ‘English Only’
The Hoffa Files: How This Tough Guy Made Las Vegas
Cab camera advocates lose battles, win war
Prince, Vegas get off to a steamy start – Singer performs, opens club at Rio
Election signals welcome demise of ‘live and let live’ Nevada
Las Vegas: No smoking, no touching, no drugs
Smoking ban a sign of the times for changing state – Analysts: Nevada no longer the Wild West
Haze heavy as ban nears – Many specifics uncertain about new smoking rules
Even in Nevada, Smokers’ Options Are Shrinking
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