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Hello From Las Vegas! Our thanks to reader Mike Jauken who found the source of the “hit you three ways” quote in our last issue. It was part of a routine by Christian comedian Mike Warnke during the 70’s.
Mamma Mia! Celebrates Four Years – A big congratulation to Mamma Mia! on four successful years in Las Vegas. Many shows have come and gone during that time, and Mamma Mia continues to draw rave reviews. In celebration, we have added some new Mamma Mia photos to our online photo gallery this week. We want to celebrate and hook you up: Save $30 right now on Mamma Mia tickets!
St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness – start at the same time on March 15-18 with St. Patrick’s day on Saturday March 17, 2007!
Combined with some spring break dates around the country, this is already shaping up to be one of the big-time fun weekends of the year. Check your schedule, put in for the time off, get a friend who will call you in sick… whatever it takes. Get your friends together, check with our friends at Las Vegas Hotel Deals and get your rooms before they are sold out. This is a guys weekend not to be missed.
NASCAR UAW Daimler-Chrysler 400 – The March 11, 2007 Las Veags race is sold out at the box office, but we have tickets available for what is one of the premier (and most viewed) races on the cup circuit: NASCAR Nextel Cup Series: UAW Daimler-Chrysler 400 Tickets
Correction On Poker – In our last issue we posted a note from Rita Hawn of Ultimate Poker Challenge about how you can all go down and watch the show film downtown, and even have a chance to sign up and play. The good news? We printed the URL just as they sent it. The bad news? Then sent a wrong web address. The correct one is http://www.ultimatepokerchallenge.com
Insider Tourist Traffic Tips – Our local “Road Warrior” traffic columnist Omar Sofradzija wrote an article called Survival tips for NBA fans a couple of weeks ago. It was to help the NBA All-Star fans get around (car, cab, public transportation), but has tons of good info for any visitor coming at any time.
Canadian Correction – Our apologies to our Canadian readers as we had Canadian Thanksgiving incorrectly listed in our “Hot Holidays” at the end of the newsletter.
Enjoy This Issue!
Celine Dion – A New Day
by Amy Rayner-Cooley
Celine Dion in “A New Day…” is, in one word amazing! After only one song, I was not only completely enthralled, but I could see why “A New Day…” is one of the hottest tickets in town.
Featuring many of Celine’s most recognizable songs including, “The Power of Love”, “Because You Loved Me”, “I Drove All Night” and “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now”, no one will walk away from this masterpiece disappointed. Celine’s powerful voice is even more beautiful in person than I could have imagined and completely explains why this show sells out weeks in advance. Click to Read The Full Review…
- Celine Dion – A New Day Picture Gallery
- Celine Dion – A New Day Streaming Video Preview
- Celine Dion – A New Day Show Tickets
Two Cases Of Mistaken Elvis Identity ‘Legends’ Impersonator On Two Mag Covers, Each Wrong Name – In a town with nearly as many Elvises as there are buffets, those who impersonate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll with style, grace and real talent stand far and above the rest of the sideburned wannabes in jumpsuits. At the top is Matt Lewis, featured performer of Legends in Concert (Show Ticket Link), the celebrity tribute spectacular now in its 24th year at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino. Lewis first impersonated Elvis for a school talent show when he was 12 years old. Now, six nights every week, two shows per night for the past four years, Lewis leaves the ladies swooning in the aisles with his charm, boyish good looks, commanding voice and dead-ringer compelling impersonation of the truck driver from Tupelo. Click to Read The Full Story …
Sahara Sold To California Businessman: Resort Facing ‘Tremendous’ Renovation – A Hollywood movie producer, restaurateur and nightclub owner has bought the aging Moroccan-themed Sahara, the Review-Journal learned Friday night. Sam Nazarian, through his Los Angeles-based SBE Entertainment Group, agreed to purchase the Sahara from the family of late casino pioneer William Bennett. No purchase price was disclosed, but sources said the transaction was between $300 million and $400 million for the 17.45-acre parcel on the Strip that includes the 1,720-room hotel-casino. Click to Read The Full Story …
Indulge in a Decadent Tequila Toast – Take your taste buds on a decadent journey south of the border inside Isla Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar at Treasure Island. For $99, a beautiful and seductive Tequila Goddess will come to your table and create your very own “Goddess Elixir” right before your eyes. This indulgent yet tasty concoction features Herradura Seleccion Suprema, one of the world’s finest aged tequilas, 100-year old Grand Marnier, Cointreau and fresh citrus syrup.
Inspirada, One of the Largest New Urbanist Communities in the U.S., Officially Opens in Southern Nevada – Inspirada, a precedent-setting nearly 2,000-acre master-planned community in the southern foothills of the Las Vegas valley, will open its information center on Saturday, February 24. The Information Center will allow prospective homebuyers to get a firsthand glimpse of the design and vision for the community which features progressive architectural design and the integration of residential, commercial and recreational areas within the master plan. In conjunction with the opening of the Inspirada Information Center, KB Home’s 17 model homes and sales office will open. Click to Read The Full Story …
Fred Leighton Bellagio Celebrates Women with Rare American History Exhibit – March is WomenÆs History Month and what better way to celebrate women than with fine jewels! Join Fred Leighton Bellagio now through April 5 as they offer a rare chance to view and own extraordinary, collectible pieces of American history. Many of these acclaimed works of art have graced dignitaries, historical figures and legendary celebrities such as Joan Crawford, Loretta Young and Georgia OÆKeefe. All the jewelry was crafted by American artists and each design is reflective of the year it was created. Fred Leighton is located among the luxury retailers of Via Bellagio and is the only Nevada location to feature the display.
Gambling Talk: Playing Internet Tournaments — Part 5 — Faster Play – with Victor H. Royer. Real world poker players, especially those used to land-based poker tournaments, tend to be comfortable in sitting around for many hours without actually playing any hands, because they understand that the real world poker tournaments are marathons that usually take many hours, and often many days to complete. As a result, they pace themselves differently compared to the world of the Internet poker tournament. Therefore, when they now find themselves sitting in front of their computer and playing on Internet poker tournament, they tend to be overwhelmed by the very nature of the game, and its accompanying speed. Click to Read Complete Article
Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian – Whether it’s a stroll along a cobblestone walkway, or a relaxing ride in an authentic Italian gondola, The Grand Canal Shoppes offers a shopping experience like no other. Enjoy world class dining, shopping and elegance in an atmosphere of sophistication and refinement. Enjoy all that life has to offer… indulge in the uniqueness of The Grand Canal Shoppes. Benvenuto!
Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week: MonteLago Village Resort at Lake Las Vegas – The theme of this mega-resort is unmistakably Mediterranean. If you’re looking for a resort away from the electricity of the Vegas strip, yet want everything that Vegas has to offer, the MonteLago will surpass your expectations. The MonteLago Village Resort is located about 18 miles from the Vegas strip, on the shores of Lake Las Vegas. Not that you’ll want to leave the resort..
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Hi Ted,I was wondering if you could email the newsletter to my home email as well as my office? My home email address is (redacted for privacy).
Great newsletters by the way. My fiance and I love Las Vegas and would love to live there, not just for the strip, but for everything including it’s proximity to other attractions. We’ve been twice in the last two years and getting regular newsletters makes be feel better about not being there.
Linda, Not a problem! Everyone is welcome to subscribe both with a home and work (or secondary) address so they get enjoy reading wherever they are. Anyone wishing to subscribe a first (or second) email address can use the form on our main newsletter page.
Most people who live here generally don’t go near The Strip (unless they work there or for a special night out). Las Vegas is a very different place being in the desert and with the mix of new residents from all over the world. People who move here with the attitude of enjoying the entire area as a place to live enjoy living here the most!
Hi Ted,Love the newsletter. Have a question for you. I like to rent a vehicle while we stay in Las Vegas. I’ve heard a lot of rumors about the new central rental car facility but haven’t been able to pinpoint when it opens and exactly where it’s going to be. Do you have any updates?
Thanks and keep up the good work.
Rick, I drive by it a couple times a month. It is at 7200 Gilespie Street, Las Vegas, 89123 (Google Map Link). It is on the left side of the street. I don’t have a definitive date, but it is getting close. Certainly will be sometime this year.
Special personal tip when using it:
From the looks of the traffic set-up already in place, it looks like they will encourage people to head south out of the facility, and use Warm Springs over to Las Vegas Blvd. Screw that. Turn north out of the rental car facility, and take Gilespie north up to Sunset. Left (west) on Sunset to Las Vegas Blvd. You’ll miss a lot of traffic and the intersection of Las Vegas Blvd. and I-215 (our beltway).
Or for you who enjoy using Paradise to avoid Strip traffic, north on Gilespie, turn right (east) on George Crocket Rd which will directly put you into the airport tunnel onto Paradise. Just for fun, don’t miss glancing at the Harrah’s World Headquarters at George Crocket and Bermuda if you take that route. Hope it helps and makes it more fun to look forward to your next trip!
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More Las Vegas News – Concerts – Events
Mamma Mia! – Oh, ‘Mamma’: After four years, musical still makes for a great gals’ night outMamma Mia! Tickets and Info or Call 1-800-696-5721
New Hours At Pharoah’s Pheast Buffet At Luxor
Don Rickles Signs Exclusive Contract At Golden Nugget – New Contract Marks “Mr. Warmth’s” 48th Consecutive Year Headlining In Gambling MeccaDon Rickles Tickets
Beyond the Neon — City of Las Vegas Performing Arts Division April 2007 Calendar Of Events
Whether You Two Step, Rock Out Or Rev Up, Fremont Street Experience Has It All During Race Weekend – Darryl Worley, Deep South And Riders Of The Thunderdome Perform For Free During RaceJam
Women Team Up At Lake Las Vegas For Charitable Triathlon – Resort To Host Sporting Event Benefiting Susan G. Komen Foundation
Bec Fin at Andre’s
Designer HomeTending Launches Service In Las Vegas To Help Vacant Homes Sell Faster – “Home Tenders” Enhance The Look, Feel And Value Of Homes For Sale
Hot Lava And Hawaiian Luau Nights Return To Riviera In March!
Kenny Rogerson Returns To The Riviera Comedy Club, March 19 – 25
Riviera Promotes No Trans Fat Cooking!
Palms Casino Resort Hosts Playboy Comedy Featuring Bobby Lee And Stephen Rannazzisi
Las Vegas puts on its kind of show for all-star pre-game festivities
Plenty of luxury condos available – Research indicates supply of high-rise units far outpaces demand in Las Vegas
Goodman shoots down arena talk
Food at 3121 Jazz Cuisine has influences from around the world
Officials say Union Park will change face of LV
The real reasons behind the mini-show
Renovations are fueling Aladdin’s identity change to Planet Hollywood
Clark County teacher shortage reaches 477 – District officials using substitutes to fill vacancies
Diddy’s Las Vegas helicopter stunt bites the dust
Sociology 101: Las Vegas, the NBA and Its All-Star Game…
Ratings for NBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas Fall to Record Low
Las Vegas Adapts to Reap Chinese New Year Bounty
Game belongs in Vegas
Money matters 2 night – Prince’s 3121 restaurant isn’t worth the high prices
Sheriff Gillespie happy with All-Star Weekend despite problems
Golden Palm Hotel to close next month
Ice Cream Maker Ben & Jerry’s is Going ‘Vegas’
Sexually Transmitted Diseases on the Rise in So. Nevada
Advocates Want a Standard Seatbelt Law in Nevada
Out of the boxes, into the public eye: Archive gathers images of city’s history
NBA visitors loud, rude and uncivil
Stern’s rebuke of Thomas & Mack shouldn’t be taken at face value
Three-ring circus of a weekend – NBA events, Chinese New Year, holiday combine to keep casinos hopping
Event an All-Star gain — or pain – Some point to exposure, but others say hassles not worth it
Prince chooses life on road over Rio
‘Le Reve’ to take breather during remodelingLe Reve Tickets and Info or Call 1-800-696-5721
Stern: Once is enough – He says arena inadequate for big event
Stern’s snub of T&M increases pressure on Goodman
ALL-STAR WEEKEND: Four shot in two incidents – Violence culmination of partying, LV police say
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:
- St. Patricks 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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