Access Vegas Insider Vibe – October 25, 2006

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Hello From Las Vegas! Happy Birthday to me, celebrating my 41’s wild ride around the sun from the real sunshine state of Nevada. Spending it with you as we have an unusually large amount of late-breaking and important Las Vegas information you need to know!

Did you know that Halloween is a State Holiday here in Nevada? No, it’s not to honor “Sin City” as one would think. October 31 is Statehood Day, and schools and state government have the day off. It is also a great night to be out on the Las Vegas strip as many visitors are on costume, and many of the nightspots are doing special events.

Apologies to those who had a hard time getting through to our message boards to read or post comments about the possible Nevada smoking ban. Our ancient software and servers are struggling under the weight of our explosive growth, and we are putting in an entire new system to handle it at the end of the year. You can get through now, but some pages on our site might take a few seconds to load for the next couple of months. Thanks in advance for your patience.

To those who missed the comments (or haven’t heard about the story), here are the links:

The monorail continues to tank. Originally, it was blamed on the rough start (mechanical problems that kept it shut down for weeks at a time), but now they have to face the music: The high price, non-service to the airport, and inconvenient route make it unattractive to most.

Many ask if a bus route serves The Strip from the airport. Yes and no. There is no one-bus service (and there should be). You can grab a bus at the airport (Route 108) south from the Airport for a five minute ride to a transit station, where you can catch The Deuce double decker buses that run The Strip.

However, your time is valuable when you factor in what you spent on air and hotel just to get here. If cost is an issue, catch one of the shuttle services for about $5.00 a person. Shuttle info and stops are well marked in the baggage area at the airport.

Enjoy This Issue!

Sting Debuts in ‘Legends’ at Imperial Palace – Tribute Artist from German ‘Stars in Concert’ – German native Andreas Krumkuhler makes his U.S. debut as legendary rocker Sting in “Legends in Concert” at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino. The Berliner will perform a medley of “Message in a Bottle,” and “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” plus “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic,” “Every Breath You Take,” “Desert Rose” and “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free.” Click to Read The Full Story …Las Vegas Getting a new Water Park–Becoming Family Friendly? Las Vegas Wet, LLC has plans to build the largest indoor water park in North America right here in Las Vegas. In this water park the company plans to include an indoor snow park called the Snow Dome. A determined park attendee could “snow ski” in the morning and “surf” in the afternoon. Click to Read The Full Story

It’s ‘Scary-Okee’ at Imperial Palace Karaoke – Third Annual Halloween Party for Guys and Ghouls – It’s time to sing “Love Potion Number Nine.” And if you’re a gypsy with a gold-capped tooth, the place to sing the fright night favorite is the Karaoke Club at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino. Click to Read The Full Story …

Harrah’s looks at bridge, expansion at Paris-Las Vegas – Although it is officially noncommittal on its plans for the Four Corners area — pending a much-anticipated master plan — Harrah’s Entertainment has mapped out substantial changes for Paris-Las Vegas. If realized, these would entail a significant rerouting of pedestrian traffic in front of the Parisian-themed resort. Click to Read The Full Story …

Reinventing The Wheel – People love “Wheel of Fortune,” the TV show and the video slot machines. How about “Wheel of Fortune” on steroids?” The Las Vegas Hilton is looking to October 30 as the date when it introduces Wheel of Fortune — Super Spin Video Slot Machines. Nine machines are centered around a super spin wheel that features custom wide seats at each machine for a player and a friend (love seats?). The entire machine is more than 15 feet in diameter and will be located at the foot of the new steps into SpaceQuest across from the Manilow Store.

Third Annual Las Vegas Parade of Homes Opens To Public – 2006 Home Tour Highlights Unique Builders, Designers And Architecture In Luxury Living – The third annual Las Vegas Parade of Homes highlighting never-seen-before, unique and diverse multimillion dollar houses throughout the Valley takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Friday, October 20 and continuing every weekend through Sunday, November 5. This installment of the Parade of Homes features 10 spectacular examples of luxury living for the public to tour in some of the most exclusive communities in the area. Click to Read The Full Story …

$15 Billion Purchase of Harrah’s faces Challenges – On October 2, 2006 two hedge funds, Apollo Management and Texas Pacific, together made an unsolicited, all-cash offer to buy Harrah’s Entertainment, the world’s largest casino company, for $15.05 billion or $81 per share, which was a 22% premium above its price of $66 a share on that Monday. Click to Read The Full Story …

Rob ‘Rocco’ Marrocco Plays Christopher In ‘The Sopranos Last Supper’: Bostonian Performs In Las Vegas’ No. 1 Dinner Show At The New Harmon Theater In KRAVE – Rob “Rocco” Morrocco is now playing Christopher in “The Sopranos Last Supper” at the new Harmon Theater in KRAVE at Desert Passage at The Aladdin. Tony’s nephew has some big shoes to fill but this Boston native does it with ease. He talks about his life outside of show business. Click to Read The Full Story …

Sushi Is Sushi, But Then There’s Monkfish – Leave it to Chef Shuichi Tsukada of Teru Sushi at the Las Vegas Hilton to offer monkfish at the popular sushi bar. Monkfish, always in demand in Europe and Asia, has become popular in the United States over the last several years. The tail is composed of firm, white flesh that holds up extremely well while being cooked and has a mild flavor. The livers are in high demand in Japan.

Should Nevada Legalize Marijuana? – The TV ads and billboards have a lot of people talking about legalizing marijuana, but advocates on both sides say you’re not getting all the facts. They’re very different arguments, but they both agreed on one thing, that people should not drive under the influence, and people that do should be punished severely. Click to Read The Full Story …

Sirens Of TI Hot As Ever With New Winter Hours – Celebrating three years as TIÆs sauciest vixens, The Sirens of TI will heat up Sirens Cove with new winter hours. (Please note that the show will be closed November 27 through December 20 for maintenance). From daring swordplay to high-diving acrobatics and eye-popping pyrotechnics, the Sirens of TI is packed with countless thrills. The music, dance, excitement and seduction in this modern musical-meets-action-movie spectacular captivate viewers nightly. The Sirens of TI can be seen at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino nightly at 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Click to view Sirens of TI Photo Gallery

Barbra’s Newsy “F” Bomb Attracts Business To The Riviera – “When Barbara Streisand laid the ‘F’ word on a heckler in her concert at Madison Square Garden recently, little did I realize she’d be helping the act,” crowed Sharon Owens, who portrays the famous singer in Barbra & Frank, The Concert That Never Was! currently playing to SRO houses at the world-famous Riviera Hotel and Casino. “Everyone knows how Barbra feels about President Bush, so when a Bush impersonator bantered on stage as part of the show and began a parody duet with Barbra, the audience felt uneasy. The comment made national news.” Click to Read The Full Story …

Gambling Talk: Video Slots – Marilyn Monroe – with Victor H. Royer. As the song says: “I wish I could’ve know you, but I was just a kid, your candle burned out long ago, your legend never did.” I’m not ashamed to say it, I was in love with Marilyn Monroe. Probably just like most boys and men the world over. I was eight years old when she died, and I only began to appreciate who she was much later in life, when I grew up and started to watch these great old films. Click to Read Complete Article

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: Rio Las Vegas – The Rio stands in a class by itself. The beautiful hotel-casino offers the extravagance of suite living, the excitement of first-class shows and lounges, the action of non-stop gaming, and the luxuries of the world’s top resorts. The Rio is one of Las Vegas’ hottest entertainment destinations, where you can find comedy, celebrity entertainment, afternoon amusement, and interactive theater…all in one great location just minutes from the Strip!

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – New Years Eve Fireworks 2003-2004. Missed being in Las Vegas this past New Year’s Eve? Every year, Las Vegas puts on a fireworks show like no other, all up and down every mile of the Las Vegas Strip! New Years Eve rooms are filling up fast, and the price rises day after day even with months to go. Visit our discount room partner Las Vegas Hotel Dealsand book now for this year!

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Members Mania – We Love Our Readers!

Readers Write:

Hi, Just returned from Vegas and want to say a big thank you I booked shows tickets and a limo through your site and I was thrilled with both so was my son who was celebrating his 21st birthday.
Madeline Alvey

Hi Ted,

As you probably have heard before, love your radio broadcast. Just one thing, just received your latest e-mail, but your broadcast is an old one for the 26 July How often do you update these?

Thanks again for the great work.

Manny Jung from Downunder

Ted Responds


Always happy to hear that we help our readers have a great time while in Las Vegas, especially for celebrating big birthdays and other fun life events! One of the best “bangs for the buck” is to rent a limo, either for your ride from the airport to your hotel, or to live it riding all up and down The Strip seeing the sights. Probably the best splurge in town!

I kind of jumped the gun by starting them this year at a time when we are expanding our core product.

The plan is to re-launch it later this year as a shorter weekly program. Outside of listing it in iTunes, we have done absolutely no promotion for the show and still consider it in beta stages.

We do appreciate all the great feedback from listeners, and I’m looking forward to bringing it back at full strength after the first of the year!

Live From Las Vegas,

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