Access Vegas Insider Vibe – October 18, 2006

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Hello From Las Vegas! Our best wishes go out to all those in Hawaii affected by the earthquake over the past week. About one million Hawaiian’s visit Las Vegas each year (out of some 40 million total visitors), so we know you are reading and wish you all the best in recovering putting life back together for those affected.

I need to stop jinxing the weather! It seems like every time I mention it, the next weekend results in lousy weather here. Last issue was no exception: For the first time in a long time, I mentioned the weather and Friday night a strong thunder and rain event rolled into town, dousing us for about 24 straight hours. Sorry! (BTW, weather for this weekend? Predicted to be around 80 with sunshine).

The names Steve Wynn and Le Reve are usually associated with the show Le Reve at Wynn Las Vegas. However, as many of you have heard, Mr. Wynn accidentally put a hole in the actual Picasso painting named Le Reve with his elbow as recounted in this story. Steve Wynn suffers from an eye disease that has been limiting his peripheral vision for years, most likely the cause of this boo-boo.

Costly mistake? Might be. He had just agreed to sell the painting for $139 million USD. The sale is off for now as the painting needs restoration. On the flip side, paintings with a story behind them are often more valuable, and this masterpiece now has even more allure. Time to re-write those art history books!

Nevada might have a smoking ban soon, and I’m surprised that this has received such little attention in the tourism media! As usual, we keep you informed on subjects others may overlook, with all the facts plus my commentary. Later in the newsletter, we’ll get you up to speed and give you a chance to make your voice heard, pro or con.

Enjoy This Issue!

See the Grand Canyon in a Jet Helicopter! For years Maverick Helicopters has been providing a true VIP Helicopter experience of the Grand Canyon. We do things a little different than any other helicopter Company. We give you an adventure of a lifetime and not just another tour of the Grand Canyon. Las Vegas Strip tours plus Helicopter Weddings also available!

Review: The Capital Grille

by Zabrina Rodriguez-Rapozo

As we entered the Capital Grille for a cozy Saturday lunch, the hostess asked if we had a reservation which seemed odd for a place gleaming with empty tables. After gathering some menus and seating us at a beautiful table overlooking the Wynn resort, the question seemed more like a formality and not a requirement for a weekend lunch. I have always been impressed by steak houses’ stark white layers of table cloth and waiters using the popular “crummer” utensil to dust ubiquitous crumbs of bread on to the floor. Such was the case at the Capital Grille. . Click to Read Complete Review

Dean Mauro Plays Big Tony From Long Island At ‘The Sopranos’ – After 15 Years In Las Vegas Thespian Joins ‘Most Fun Dinner Theatre Experience In Las Vegas’ – Where else would you find the perfect Tony Soprano actor but in “The Sopranos Last Supper” at the new Harmon Theater in KRAVE? His name is Dean Mauro and his uncanny resemblance to James Gandolfini is remarkable take away an unhealthy weight problem. He said, “I grew up in Long Island until I was age 14 and we moved around a bit. I lived in Los Angeles and then Texas and now I’m in Las Vegas. I’ve only been here less than two years to do a film called ‘The Casino Job.’ I want to life in Las Vegas for now.” Click to Read The Full Story …

Something Brewing In October – Tempo, the Las Vegas Hilton’s hip new lounge, is celebrating Oktoberfest every day in October with souvenir beer steins, two-for-one Beck’s Beers (4 p.m.-2 a.m. daily), complimentary sampling of traditional German sausages (4 p.m.-7 pm. daily) and dancing bevtainers (4 p.m.-2 .a.m.). Leiderhausen not required.

Alex Fox will be performing live on Friday and Saturday nights at Cafe Ba Ba Reeba (Fashion Show Mall, across from Wynn Las Vegas) this weekend starting at 7:30 pm. Alex is a legendary guitarist from South Beach. His wife is a world famous Flamenco dancer and will be performing alongside him.

Glendale’s Halloween Scary Corn Maze Opens Friday The 13th At I-15 Exit 90 – Clark County’s largest Halloween celebration featuring the Broken Spoke Saloon 20-acre haunted corn maze opens on Friday the 13th and will culminate with a barbecue, a country music band from 4-10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27th. The big news is that in two years there will be a ground-breaking for a community of homes for clean air and family living. It’s beautiful hilly desert living will attract the masses who want out of the congested freeways and high crime rate of Las Vegas. Click to Read The Full Story …

Vegoose At Night Concert Series 2006 Features Special Acoustic Performance By Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds At MGM Grand Friday, Oct. 27 – Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment announced today the Vegoose at Night Concert Series 2006 will include a special acoustic performance by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Friday, Oct. 27. The concert is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. The Vegoose at Night Concert Series performances are events that will occur following the Sam Boyd Stadium shows Friday, Oct. 27 through Tuesday, Oct. 31 at a number of different venues throughout Las Vegas. The series’ concerts are scheduled to include Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Keller Williams, Maceo Parker, The String Cheese Incident, Trey Anastasio with Robert Randolph & The Family Band and others. Click to Read The Full Story …

Keep This On Ice! – The Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook, famous for offering a variety of proposition wagers, is getting set for the hockey season. Hockey gurus from the SuperBook recently posted over/under point totals for each and every NHL hockey team for the regular season. This wager which is similar to over/under season wins in football and basketball, gives guests the opportunity to wager on how successful their favorite hockey teams are going to be this year. Guests may wager over or under how many points their teams may earn over the course of the regular season. Some of the favorites include, Ottawa 108.5 points, Anaheim at 107.5, Detroit and Nashville both at 104.5. Defending champion Carolina comes in at 97.5 and the local favorite LA Kings are 91.5.

Gambling Talk: Video Slots – More Poker People – with Victor H. Royer. It’s the best game in town (Las Vegas). There’s Yukon Don and Muscle Mike. Dennis the Greek Menace, Hollywood, Big Harold and Little Harold, Ray the Pro, Darling Dolores, Sensuous Sabrina, Real Estate Dan, Jose the Nugget, Buffalo Bob, Booker, Quiet Ken, and a man who asked me not to mention his name in print but whose name is the same as that computer in the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey”. And, of course, then there are Aris the Greek and Harry (who doesn’t have a nickname I know of). And then there’s I – they call me Vegas Vic. Click to Read Complete Article

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: Cheflive – Your premier culinary daily entertainment option in the heart of Las Vegas! ChefLive showcases world-class chefs from Las Vegas and around the world with unique program lineups including wine pairings, health conscious cooking, international cuisine, kids’ cooking shows, and much more. ChefLive performs inside a state-of-the art exhibition kitchen in an intimate and comfortable setting. All audience members can take a picture with the chef and will receive a signed menu and recipe from the show.

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – Voodoo Lounge at The Rio. Enjoy one of the VooDoo Loungeā”¤s award-winning cocktails. Flair bartenders concoct specialty drinks like the award-winning “Witch Doctor,” a mix of four Rums and tropical fruit juices. Surround yourself in ambiance and take in the extraordinary views of the Las Vegas Strip from our comfortable inside seating or outside on our terrace. Open nightly at 5pm. Enjoy live music and dancing starting at 9pm nightly.

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Readers Write:

I was amazed to read that the citizens of Nevada are voting for a ban on smoking. Whilst I respect their rights (it’s their State) to express such an opinion the reality is that the majority of people frequenting the State are visitors.

These visitors provide the finance to manage the State and make the major contribution to the wealth (and job retention). Without the free spending Japanese and the Europeans, Vegas revenue will drop alarmingly and as such Casinos will close and jobs will disappear.

Have the citizens thought this through?

Allen B. Sage

Ted Responds


We have two competing anti-smoking measures on the ballot that will be voted on by the Nevada in about three weeks. For those wanting the specifics, I encourage you to read Smoking measures compete – Backers of both initiatives stress protecting children.

Personally, I don’t smoke. In fact, my grandfather died from a smoking-related illness. Having said that, smoking is a legal product at this time and I am very disturbed by those attempting to tell business owners what they can and can’t allow in their businesses. If non-smoking businesses are in demand, the owners will choose to prohibit smoking in their establishment on their own. In fact, and number of restaurants in the Las Vegas area have done so of their own accord.

Of the two anti-smoking measures on our ballot, #5 would pretty much ban smoking indoors anywhere, while #4 would allow it in bars, restaurants, casinos, and other similar places where smoking is already popular (continuing to leave it up to the business whether they want to allow patrons to smoke). If both measures pass, the one simply with the most votes becomes law.

Nevada is infamous as a state with more freedom and less regulation than other states. However, as people move in from other states, they bring their ideas and desire for their laws, which is very unfortunate. I may or may not choose to do things in my life, but it’s not my business to tell you what to do in yours. And while these anti-smoking campaigns are touted as “saving children from second-hand smoke,” perhaps parents simply need to refuse to take thier children to establishments which allow smoking (if the parent feels this a concern).

My opinion: If you move to Nevada, here’s a concept: How about you embrace Nevada and the freedoms we have here. If you are a “pleasure police” member who is out to force recycling, eliminate smoking, eliminate automobiles, dictate what others can eat and drink, and generally try to use the law to enforce your way of living on others, keep heading west… to California. Or go back where you came from.

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