Access Vegas Insider Vibe January 25, 2012 Insider Vibe

Serving Las Vegas Visitors and Residents Since 1999

Welcome to the Insider Vibe! This is the official newsletter of AccessVegas.Com. We talk about the Las Vegas activities you really care about. Quick Info Menu:

Las Vegas Essentials
Featured Shows

Coming Events Listings û WeÆve created a new site just for listing specific events at WeÆll always be adding to it and linking the events in each newsletter:

Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas! – After a couple of chilly days and scattered showers, we’re looking at 70 degrees F through Friday and 60’s for the weekend. The weather service predicted above-average temps for this time of year, and they haven’t disappointed.

So Long Phantom – After an amazingly long run, Phantom – The Las Vegas spectacular is coming to a close on Labor Day weekend (first weekend of September). If you’ve always pondered checking it out (or want to see the Las Vegas version one more time), the clock is ticking.

Some of you are thinking “I can see it in another city”… but not this version. The theatre was constructed specifically for the show with some special effects that you simply won’t find anywhere else. And most likely never again after Labor Day. We’d like to thank Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular for being a longstanding advertiser on and in our newsletter. Please support us by using the ticket graphic in the right sidebar to find out more about the show or to purchase tickets.

The D? – A couple of months ago, we were the first to come to you with the inside scoop on the second floor renovation plans for Fitzgeralds downtown. Rumor is now floating around that the hotel’s new name will become “The D” (presumably standing for downtown). Unfortunately, we can’t yet get a confirmation on that yet but we’ll keep an eye on it. Doesn’t exactly roll of my tongue, but what do I know?

Fitzgeralds was recently purchased by the owners of the Golden Gate, and they plan to renovate the casinos and all rooms. On the down side, they have already started to raise beverage prices and we can’t help but thinking the end of some of the Fitz’s amazing food specials ($1.99 breakfast, $9.99 full order of ribs with all trimmings and salad, etc) might have seen their day. On a related note:

Bye, Bye World Famous $1.99 Shrimp Cocktail – The Golden Gate has closed their deli to accommodate their expansion. While they are still serving the shrimp cocktail in their Dupar’s restaurant 24/7, guess what: The price has been quietly raised to $2.99. This is NOT the only change. The recipe of the cocktail sauce has been altered! It is less sweet and much more spicy. Not “hot sauce” spicy but certainly plenty of tang.

I don’t mindáspicy food, but there was something special about the ketchup-based recipe that they’ve used for as long as I can remember. That special taste that is so embedded in many, many of our memories with having the shrimp at Golden Gate. A couple times a month, I’ll actually crave it and go down and enjoy it! I can deal with the $2.99 — it is still a bargain — but bring back the sauce that we all know and love!

Interstate 11 On Track, Hopefully – When the interstate highway system was built, Phoenix and Las Vegas were towns of relatively modest size. And hence, connected by a dangerous two lane highway even into the most recent years. Arizona only recently completed four-laning Kingman to Hoover Dam (and Nevada is finishing up the same our our side as we speak). Cranking it up to Interstate standards would require four lanes of divided the entire way and controlled access (overpass and on/off ramps) at intersections, which are few and far between most of the way. We’ll keep you posted.

Don’t Text In Your Car Here – Nevada has joined the list of states not allowing texting while driving. If you get ticketed, you’re out $50 (plus I assume court costs which can run into the hundreds). Hands-free devices are allowed. I don’t even touch my phone when driving in the resort corridor. It takes enough work to watch for other drivers who are sight-seeing and pedestrians who don’t understand “Don’t Walk” signs (like they have to hurry to the next hotel before it closes or something).

Least Delayed Airport – According to Travel + Leisure, Las Vegas had the fewest number of airline flight cancellations in 2011. This was followed by Phoenix, Portland (OR), Salt Lake City, and Seattle. Pretty impressive when you figure that McCarran Airport is the 7’th busiest in the nation! Five worst? La Guardia, Newark, O’Hare, Washington-Reagan, and Boston. Simple reason? The top 5 (all in the west) simply don’t get the snowstorms and the wide-open spaces between major cities don’t get as clogged up with air traffic.

Enjoy This Issue!

Associate Editor: Amy Rayner-Cooley
News Researcher/Editor: Rick Ziegler

Skip the airport taxi hassles and arrive at your hotel in style: Check out driver and limo service availability now!

Book A Las Vegas Limo Today!

Internationally Acclaimed Chef Gordon Ramsay to Open First Las Vegas Restaurant – Gordon Ramsay Steak – at Paris Las VegasParis Las Vegas is pleased to announce internationally-renowned Chef Gordon Ramsay will open his first Las Vegas restaurant, Gordon Ramsay Steak, in the spring of 2012 in the heart of the picturesque resort. The new restaurant will replace Les Artistes Steakhouse. Michelin Star Chef Gordon Ramsay, known not only for his refined cuisine, but also his TV personality on several hit programs including ”HellÆs Kitchen,” ”MasterChef” and ”Kitchen Nightmares,” has generated world-wide attention and entertained viewers on six continents.

Octavius Tower at Caesars Palace to Offer Innovative In-Room Guest Technology – Exclusive web application and multimedia hub put guests in control – Octavius Tower, the sixth hotel tower at Caesars Palace, opened Jan. 2, 2012, raised the industry standard with an innovative technology package. The exclusive Octavius Tower web application and in-room technology featuresácreate a unique, interactive and high-touch service experience for hotel guests, unlike any other on the Las Vegas Strip.

PBR Invites Wine Lovers To Get Uncorked For National Wine Day Plus Drink Specials – Wine aficionados can unwind and celebrate their favorite beverage at PBR Rock Bar & Grill in honor of National Wine Day on Saturday, Feb. 18, with half-priced bottles of wine from 3 until 6 p.m. The popular Strip-side eatery features an array of wine selections including everything from Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, White Zinfandel, Riesling, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir.

Cabo Wabo Cantina Celebrates Two Years In Las Vegas With Week Long Bash -Celebrate SammyÆs Two Years on the Strip January 23 Through 29 – After two years of not being able to drive 55, Sammy HagarÆs Cabo Wabo Cantina will celebrate its birthday with a week-long extravaganza. Starting Monday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, Jan. 29, the popular Mexican restaurant and bar will offer guests food and drink specials, live entertainment and plenty of prizes, including an autographed guitar from Sammy Hagar himself.

Fantasy Celebrates ValentineÆs Day By Teaming Up With Tacos and Tequila And Rice and Company – Patrons Can Purchase Dinner for Two and Show Tickets Package Throughout February – Love is in the air this February as The StripÆs hottest adult-revue FANTASY partners with Tacos & Tequila (T&T) and Rice & Company offering couples dinner and show packages at Luxor Hotel and Casino. Valid February 1 û 29, patrons purchasing the ôGet a Heart Onö package will receive a full night of entertainment with a prix fixe menu at either restaurant, two tickets to FANTASY and a 2012 Ultimate FANTASY calendar. The ôGet a Heart Onö package includes:

Cabo Wabo Cantina Hosts Karaoke – ValentineÆs Day Edition – Celebrate ValentineÆs Day with Jimmy Z and Brandy BeaversCabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino is ready to rock out this ValentineÆs Day. The bodacious Brandy Beavers will accelerate heartbeats as she teams up with Jimmy Z to host a very special loverÆs edition of ôStar Search Celebrity Karaokeö on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Colorist To The Stars Michael Boychuck To Offer Lavish ‘ValentineÆs Day Package’ At His World-Renowned Salons – Leading beauty expert and colorist to the stars, Michael Boychuck, will offer an indulgent ‘ValentineÆs Day Package’ at his salons in honor of the most passionate holiday of the year. ”It doesnÆt matter whether my clients are celebrating with someone special or having a fun night out with their single friends, ValentineÆs Day is the one day of the year that ladies want to look their best,” says the hair extraordinaire.

Cuddle Up With A Cocktail And A Loved One At RHUMBAR This ValentineÆs Day – Enjoy Specialty Cocktails Under the Warmth of a Snuggie at RHUMBAR – Nothing gets lovers in the mood like curling up together with a warm cocktail to enjoy a classic romantic movie. This ValentineÆs Day, RHUMBAR at The Mirage will showcase love stories on the patio while guests sip weather inspired concoctions and cuddle with their Valentine under a specially made RHUMBAR Snuggie«. Tuesday, Feb. 14, the stylish cocktail lounge will transform into a ValentineÆs Day themed wonderland for a special holiday experience. Patrons will enjoy classic romantic movies such as ”Casablanca,” ”Breakfast at TiffanyÆs” and others, while they cuddle up under RHUMBAR Snuggies«.

Spice Up Relaxation with Romance this ValentineÆs Day at Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Resort Spas – Celebrate the romantic holiday with sweet, sultry and singleÆs treatments this ValentineÆs Day at Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas resorts. Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace will offer sweet treat facials and sensual couplesÆ massages. For those solos, Rio Spa & Salon at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino will be celebrating Singles Awareness Day with its take on anti-ValentineÆs treatments including a makeover for revenge. Spa by Mandara at Paris Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will offer lavish romance and luxury couplesÆ treatments in private suites.

Grand Canyon Western Territory TourGrand Canyon Western Territory Tour û Experience the thrill of the Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, on a flight with Maverick Airlines. Fly in Maverick style on a Beechcraft 1900D aircraft to Grand Canyon West as you enjoy spectacular views along Eagle Point. At the Indian Village you will receive a brief introduction to the Hualapai Indian legends and culture, and then proceed to Guano Point, where you’ll observe a breathtaking view of the canyon.

Click To Book Grand Canyon
Western Territory Tour Now!

Members Mania – We Love Our Readers!

MGM closing the lion habitat is sad and foolish. I know the single reason I go to MGM is to see the lions but with them going away, there is absolutely no reason to walk in and spend any time there. It seems that MGM is buying into the new Las Vegas myth they have created with their City Center monstrosity, that people only care about how fancy places are. If they want to make their swiftly alienated customers happy, move them to their sister property Circus Circus, where they would fit right in with the circus theme.

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that MGM is sacrificing their other properties uniqueness to keep City Centers carcass breathing. That place is an answer to a question that was never asked, and no amount of public cheering is going to turn it into a place that people want to go to. I hope I’m wrong, but I can see them closing the shark tank at Mandalay Bay, the Secret Garden at Mirage and completely sterilizing their other properties, just to give the appearance that City Center is where everyone should go.

It didn’t surprise me that Viva Elvis didn’t make it, as an Elvis fan I can tell you I was very unhappy with the way they changed his music. If they wanted a hit, they should have brought in Elvis the Concert, instead of letting acrobats jump around to music that was changed to the point that it became something completely different.

When I read about them wanting to implode the Harmon, my only reaction is why stop there?



Ted Responds:

Tell us how you really feel, Jerry! I’m a bit dubious myself on the effort to monetize every square foot of every hotel property these days. One of the joys of walking into The Mirage used to be the tiger habit. Now we’re seeing the iconic lions go. Certainly Circus would have been a great place to incorporate them (and been an added draw to the property).

19% of Las Vegas visitors were first-timers last year. One could certainly argue that maybe most had seen the lions so they were no longer a draw. BUT, let’s remember that you must visit Las Vegas multiple times before you come close to seeing 1/2 of what there is to do and see. Something like that gets on someone’s “to do” list that they may not knock off on their first visit, but gets them into the MGM (often for the first time) on subsequent visits.

You certainly aren’t alone in disliking CityCenter. Famed casino designer Paul Steelman (Harrah’s Atlantic City, Foxwoods, Beau Rivage, Hard Rock Biloxi, etc) took an indirect pot-shot at it in an interview with UNLV Gaming Studiesásaying (and I paraphrase) “You don’t design a gaming resort to look like the building that people go to work in”. Those who stay at CityCenter love it. But the icy cold steel blue look certainly is on contrast with the whites, oranges, golds, and browns of the rest of The Strip. This leads many to find if foreboding and something they are not willing to take the hike to see.

Ted Newkirk
CEO, Managing Editor

I’ve seen a few stories about certain casino owners making huge political contributions related to the presidential election. I’d be curious to know which casinos and casino owners have made such contributions, and to which candidates or political action committee.

Would it be possible to compile such a list and include it in a future newsletter? I don’t expect that the coverage I’m seeing is comprehensive. I’ll bet a lot of your readers would steer their business toward certain properties and away from others if they knew some of their money was funneling to candidates they oppose.

Scott from Dimondale, MI


Ted Responds:

Venetian/Pallazo owner Sheldon Adelson made big nes by donating $5 million to a Political Action Committee which helped Newt Gingrich win South Carolina, and his wife has just kicked in another 45 to the campaign. If Newt continues to do well, word is that more will be coming. The Adelson’s are long-time friends of Gingrich and are both very pro-Israel.

After the last election, we also had reader interest in this topic and I covered which side of the political aisle the heads of the major gaming companies tend to donate to in my blog post Why Did All The Las Vegas Casinos Support Harry Reid Last Election?

Of interesting note: Democrats hold a 50,000 voter edge over Republicans, but that is half of what the edge was on 2008. A fair amount of conjecture exists as to why, but here is what I’m seeing: Construction workers (most of them union and registered Democrats) have had to pack up and leave in light of the fact that virtually no new construction is on the horizon.

On the flip side, entrepreneurs (the kind who can make money and run their business from just about anywhere there is internet and FedEx) and who tend to be anti-tax and anti-regulation have been choosing to relocate here from less business friendly states, and small business hiring for 2012 is actually looking up here because of it.

Will it flip Nevada from Blue to Red? Not likely in the new future. The Culinary union still represents a high percentage of hotel/casino employees. The union seems to have a very strong influence over who they vote for.

HAPPY NEW YEAR from the Big Apple! To refresh your memory, a number of years ago, we communicated back and forth after I took exception to your comment about New Year’s Eve in New York.

I have to remark about your comments with the New Years Eve in New York this issue. Although only 17 blocks are closed off, there are many restaurants, hotels and office buildings facing the “ball drop” which allow people in for the festivities — so they need to be counted in addition to the brave hearts on the street.

What you never mentioned was the hours of live entertainment by major stars that are performing on a raised platform in the middle of the crowd. This year, because of Dick Clark’s record breaking anniversary, the show began several hours before midnight.

I watched it all — and thought New York did a hell of a job entertaining everyone who braved the hours waiting in the street. Fortunately, the weather was quite nice which was a tremendous bonus. Lady Gaga, Pit Bull, etc. put on amazing performances and did not disappoint the crowd.

I truly think each city has its own personality and everyone makes a choice as to where they want to be that night.

I love your newsletter (fyi — I’m moving to LV this year — hopefully by the end of August).

My best advice is hype Las Vegas while not dissing other cities and how they celebrate.

Best regards and warm wishes for a very happy and healthy New Year.

Shelli from New York


Ted Responds:

This was regarding the remarks I made in our New Years issue about comparing the New York City celebration to the Las Vegas event.

First of all, please note that I wasn’t dissing New York. If that were my goal, I’d say the kind of stuff that people from Boston say about New York! (Sounds like a Super Bowl to me… talk about two cities who don’t like each other). Example: Someone commented to me that the London fireworks are better than ours. They may be. That’s not a knock on Las Vegas as a city.

No question, New York has the major performers out performing for the public (and primarily the TV cameras… I guarantee you that 80% of the attendees couldn’t see the stages). Las Vegas has a slew of major performers, but they were ticked events inside. The Stevie Wonder show at Marquee was shown on The Strip, displayed on the Cosmopolitan’s huge LED marquee.

Since I do promote Las Vegas tourism and will stick to my comparisons:

  • Here, you are allowed to roam the four miles of The Strip (sans the incredible congestion center Strip) starting at 6 PM, making it a 7 hour street party. In New York, you are penned up.
  • Here, there are porta potties. I heard from numerous sources that once you are in the pens in Times Square, you are not allowed out again even to use the bathroom.
  • New York? Liquor not allowed. Las Vegas? You can buy it on the street.
  • Ball Drop? 60 seconds in one spot. Fireworks show? Over 8 1/2 minutes stretching 3.5 miles.

I’m still extremely dubious on the million-plus number New York claims. Lets say that 250,000 people are in buildings surrounding Times Square. (a stretch, but they are tall buildings). That would leave just under 45,000 PER BLOCK in each of the 17 blocks they close off. That’s a big baseball stadium full of people crammed into each and every city block. I’m just not seeing it!

Here in Las Vegas, we noted 314,000 visitors occupying right around 150,000 hotel rooms (a very plausible number as the high new years rates invite multiple people to share rooms). Las Vegas and New York have had a friendly competition for a number of years now regarding which is the better place to do New Years Eve. I’m just asking New York to be honest about the numbers like we are!

At the end of the day, if one of the great New Years Eve celebrations is on your bucket list, I’m obviouslyágoing to suggest and promote Las Vegas. If we have a reader who has done both celebrations, I’d be more than happy to hear the comparison.

We love to hear from you, and value your feedback! Here’s how to participate:

  • Want to comment on a current reader post? Use the comment box on that particular web page. Many of the stories we post also have comment boxes at the end of the story. Make your voice heard!
  • Drop us an email at – We read them all!
  • Call our recorded comment line at 702-507-0055. We listen to every call.

More Las Vegas News – Shows – Events

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – April 25, 2007 Insider Vibe

Welcome to the Insider Vibe! This is the official newsletter of AccessVegas.Com. We talk about the Las Vegas activities you really care about.

Book Online or over the phone! Call (toll free) 800-696-5721 to book all Las Vegas Hotels, Shows, Nightlife, Tours and Golf. We live here. We know Las Vegas! Quick Info Menu:

Las Vegas Essentials
Free Photos, Wallpaper, and Streaming Videos

Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas! Summer is here to stay, and temps are unlikely to dip below 60 (F) for a low until sometime in September. Pools are open, pool parties at various resorts are launching (details coming soon) and the party atmosphere is in full swing!

Did you know… Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art offers an annual membership? – Available for $45, the Blue Card grants a full year’s access to its holder and one guest. The card also provides a 10% discount on all purchases. Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is currently showcasing the master works of legendary photographer Ansel Adams through May 6, 2007. The gallery’s newest exhibit, “In the Master’s Hands: Picasso’s Ceramics” will debut Memorial Day weekend.

The Ultimate “Mancation” – Our local paper recently ran an interesting article titled No Girls Allowed – Guys discover fun of bonding in Las Vegas while on ‘mancation’ about getting the guys together for a Vegas trip. We are just a week away from what could be the Mancation of the Decade and you still have a chance to set this one up if you get your friends on board right away:

  • Las Vegas Hotel Deals while a few are still left.
  • Saturday mid-day golf in what is shaping up to be highs in the 80’s.
  • Oscar De La Hoya vs Floyd Mayweather Jr. the most talked about fight in years and years, happening on Cinco De Mayo.
  • Post-fight drinks, celeb spotting, cigars, and insanity at the craps table.
  • Sunday nursing a bloody mary and hangover while betting on basketball and baseball.
  • Returning home with a story that makes you the envy of your friends for life.

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Expand Soul2Soul Tour Dates – We have prime seats for the August 4, 2007 concert at the MGM Grand plus all their other tour dates in a city near you. This is one of the huge concerts of the year! See if they are coming near you or better yet, plan to see them here: Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Expand Soul2Soul Tickets

Enjoy This Issue!

Announcing Planet Hollywood – After having fun with the Planet Ho concept last issue, we promised their PR people we’d play nice and actually run the stuff they were nice enough to send. Bruce Willis joined Planet Hollywood co-chairman Robert Earl for a toast this past month celebrating the name change from Aladdin to Planet Hollywood.Construction on various aspects (including the facade — see recent photos) are still underway and the actual grand opening dates are September 28 and 29. The inside is pretty much done and well worth a look. Gone is the Moroccan theme which has given way to a very modern, high tech feel.

The Shops In Desert Passage At The Aladdin Becomes Miracle Mile Shops – Modernized Interior And Exterior Renovations And Continued Influx Of Brand-Name Retailers To Continue While Operating Under The New Name – The Shops in Desert Passage at the Aladdin will begin operating as Miracle Mile Shops in May 2007. With rapidly advancing exterior and interior reconstruction throughout the center, Boulevard Invest, the joint venture of Tri Star Capital and RFR Holding, and owners of The Shops in Desert Passage at the Aladdin, are proud to celebrate the shopping center’s new name: Miracle Mile Shops. Click to Read The Full Story …

From the Vine to the Glass: Uncork New Worlds of Flavors – Ordering wine can be intimidating, but learning more can be as simple, and enjoyable, as an evening of wining and dining. Check out these fun ways to tap into a wealth of knowledge:

  • Sip in Style at Onda Wine Lounge in The Mirage – Each month, Onda Wine Lounge at The Mirage explores a different region of the world. On April 25, Director of Wine Mark Thomas will toast the great wine estates of South Africa from Lanzerac to Landskroon. This delectable tasting experience is available for $15 per person and includes a plate of artisan meat and cheeses. Featuring a striking dÚcor of sleek white marble and dark rich woods, Onda Wine Lounge is open daily from 4 p.m. to midnight.
  • 55 Degrees Wine + Design Offers Optimum Experience – Inside Mandalay Place (Mandalay Bay shopping area), 55 Degrees Wine + Design now hosts a weekly wine tasting event. Every Friday afternoon from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., wine lovers are invited to relax and mingle as they discover new vineyards from around the globe. Named for the ideal temperature at which to serve fine wine, 55 Degrees Wine + Design features a hip wine bar and seductive wine inventory.

Direct From The Sunset Strip, Metal Skool Unleashes An Eleven Week Run At The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino April 26 – Celebrating its seventh year of performing to sold-out crowds on the Sunset Strip, METAL SKOOL is set to rock Las Vegas during a kick-ass weekly residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Hollywood’s famous 80’s heavy metal comedy act takes the stage in Body English starting Thursday, April 26 at 10 p.m. Then they take over every Thursday night through the first week of July. Impatient types can catch a special preview performance this Sunday April 22. METAL SKOOL now brings their 80’s styling, outrageous antics and power rock to the desert. Rock out to your favorite 80’s hits by Warrant, Bon Jovi, Guns N Roses, Poison and every other legendary metal band that made the Sunset Strip famous. Click to Read The Full Story …

Stomp Out Loud Performances Begin – Grand Opening At Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino In Las Vegas – A unique combination of percussion, movement, and visual comedy, STOMP has created its own inimitable form of musical entertainment. With STOMP OUT LOUD (Tickets), creators Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas have transformed their show for Las Vegas with new sequences and choreography, a dynamically expanded cast and a completely new environment that will immerse the audience from the moment they enter the $28 million, 1,500-seat theatre. STOMP OUT LOUD is a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday, and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and percussion. Click to Read The Full Story …

American Storm Computer Wallpaper – Billed as America’s Hottest Male Revue, the cast of American Storm is made up of the seven remaining finalists from the VH1 hit series StripSearch. Millions of fans across the country followed the progress of the show’s 15 contenders as one by one they were eliminated, leaving the seven most talented performers. click and download American Storm Computer Wallpaper

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: Stratosphere Tower Las Vegas – The Stratosphere Hotel and Casino has 2,444 guestrooms and suites feature light-wood furnishings, custom entertainment armoires and decor in russet, gold and forest green. Each includes satellite television and wireless Internet access for a fee. Select rooms feature marble entrances, wet bars, desks and desk-to-ceiling windows with views of the Strip. Select suites include separate sitting areas, bedrooms, powder rooms and kitchens.

Gambling Talk: Playing Suited Connectors In Tournaments– with Victor H. Royer. Now it’s time for us to consider how to play perhaps some of the most troubling hands in all of tournament poker. These are the many varieties of suited connectors. Any two cards of the same suit next to each other in rank can be considered as suited connectors, although most of the time this general description applies primarily to hands that do not contain an Ace. Click to Read Complete Article

Members Mania – We Love Our Readers!

Reader Submitted Photo – Austin and Jo from Brighton in the UK submitted these two great photos. They write:

Hi there!

We are ‘Austin and Jo Constant’ from Brighton in the UK, we were in Vegas last October …… when there was some interesting weather…one day it snowed…and whilst visiting the Canyon we saw a thunderstorm inside the canyon whilst we were stood in full sunshine!!!

Cant wait to come back….we will be back in June to stay at Wynns …. thought we send u a couple of pics as we love your newsletter for all the info on what’s happening in Vegas….keep up the good work, thank you!!

Anyway, we took this amazing photo from our room in the Mirage of Harrah’s across The Strip when this rainbow appeared to disappear into the casino tower…. of course we then rushed over looking for the pot of gold …. but…….

…..and here’s an ‘arty’ one of Caesars Palace taken on a slow shutter speed at night as we drove past. I love this one as you can really feel the movement and I think it captures crazy night time feel of Vegas!

Thanks for your time, all the best from your British readers !!

Jo and Austin

If you have a great photo of Las Vegas to share with our readers (can be artistic or just a really enjoyable photo), send them to us at Click to more Photos of Harrah’s Las Vegas and Photos of Caesars Palace.

Hi Ted!I will be in Las Vegas over the 4th of July holiday, and was wondering what really goes on for the 4th? I have heard different things from different people, such as, the strip gets closed off to traffic and each hotel does a fireworks display in sequence, the Stratosphere has the best display, and Red White and Boom is definitely worth checking out.

Can you let me know if any of this is true, and what you suggest to check out on the 4th of July in Vegas?

Lynsie Wiese

Ted Responds:

As always, we talk about and list events as soon as we are given the information. To date we have received no July 4 information.

Stratosphere Tower has traditionally had the only display on The Strip, but with the pending sale of the property I wouldn’t bank on that yet. The biggest displays are spread around town where the rest of us live and we will publish info on those when we get it.

New Years Eve is when the entire Strip is closed to traffic and a unified fireworks display is set off from the tops of various properties. We have streaming video from previous New Years Eve available:

I’d find the person who told you that The Strip closes down for fireworks on July 4 and politely suggest they subscribe to this newsletter… so they will know what they are talking about next time!

With the volume of free information we constantly pump out, we feel our readers are among the most informed about Las Vegas on the planet. Share the wealth and tell your friends to subscribe!

Ted,Rob Hammons from Kentucky. I had a great time in Las Vegas back in December. I really appreciated your advice. I truly had an excellent time. I had a great room at the Paris and everything was awesome. I look forward to a return visit. I was really impressed.Best regards and good luck in the future.

Rob Hammons

Have a Vegas comment or question? Post To Our Message Boards!We love to hear from you, and value your feedback! Here’s how to participate:

  • Post a trip report to our brand new Trip Report Message Board section! (Simply click on the New Thread option. You may be prompted to register if a fist time user. That keeps our boards safe and spam-free)!
  • Post a comment, Vegas suggestion, or question to the appropriate category of our Message Boards.
  • Call our recorded comment line at 702-507-0055. We listen to every call.
  • Drop us an email at – We read them all!

More Las Vegas News – Concerts – Events

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:

  • 2007

  • Cinco de Mayo May 5 (falls on weekend)
  • 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)

Link To Us! – Have a home page, web page, or blog? Link to us, and give yourself and your friends a quick link to find us from your site. Simply link to and name the link Access Vegas!

RSS Feed – We now have an RSS/XML feed! Most RSS programs let you visit and automatically pull the feed. For those who want to enter it manually, the feed is:

Share the info: Click to Email this newsletter to a friend!

For comments or questions regarding our content or this newsletter write us at to the list? See our Newsletter Archives for back issues and subscription info. Don’t hesitate to forward this newsletter to friends and associates.

All contents copyright 2007 Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.

April 25, 2007 ISSN: 1529-2770 About Us Privacy Policy

Proud Member:
Las Vegas Internet Chamber of Commerce

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – August 20, 2005

Welcome to the Insider Vibe! This is the official newsletter of AccessVegas.Com. We talk about the Las Vegas activities you really care about.

In This Issue: Transformation Of The Mirage, Win Dirk Arthur Tickets Plus Dinner At The Tropicana, Sirens Of TI Drink Launch, PowerPass and Vegas Passport, Jimmy Buffett Returns, Sixth Annual Wine Tasting Extravaganza, more ….

Book online or over the phone! Call (toll free) 800-696-5721 to book all Las Vegas Hotels, Shows, Nightlife, Tours and Golf. We live here. We know Las Vegas!

This newsletter is published exclusively for visitors to AccessVegas.Com and can only be signed up for there. We do not buy or rent lists, and this information is only for our members and guests. If you feel you have received it in error, click the unsubscribe link at the bottom. To subscribe, visit our Newsletter Site. Quick Info Menu:

Las Vegas Essentials
Free Photos, Wallpaper, and Streaming Videos
Free Online Games!

Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas! Been a busy couple of weeks. We’re giving away tickets to Xtreme Magic Starring Dirk Arthur plus dinner at Tuscany Italian Cafe from The Tropicana. Click to our Las Vegas Contests and Giveaways page to enter this and other current promotions. And stay subscribed … my office is stacked with comps, passports, and all kinds of coming giveaways only for our readers!

Passports – In this issue, we feature two “must have” passports: PowerPass and Vegas Passport. Both let you pay one price to access the hottest things to do in Las Vegas. PowerPass is for activities and Vegas Passport is for clubs. Each is worth every penny, especially Vegas Passport which gives you time-saving VIP access to what are seriously the hottest clubs in town. Hey, we don’t like to wait in line and they don’t want you to either.

Sirens of TI – Photographer Tom takes us behind the scenes at the tryouts for Sirens of TI and for their Sirens Mist drink launch at Mist. The revamped pirate show at TI (Treasure Island) celebrates it’s second anniversary in November. Nobody is taking you behind the scenes like we do!

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!

Transformation Of The MirageThe Mirage, the hotel that introduced the concept of destination resort to the Las Vegas Strip in 1989, today announced details of a transformation intended to maintain its preeminent position in what has become an increasingly competitive tourism market.

To recapture its leading-edge position, The Mirage will introduce new amenities including restaurants created by the world’ most acclaimed designers and featuring menus by renowned chefs, a dynamic nightclub, a stunning lounge, a modern gaming area featuring Dale Chihuly sculptures and a Cirque du Soleil production celebrating the musical legacy of The Beatles. Additionally, the resort’ volcano, the iconic Mirage feature recognized around the world, will undergo a fiery enhancement.

“At its opening, and for years following it, The Mirage set the standard for Las Vegas resorts. The changes we’re introducing will ensure that the resort remains at the forefront of the city’ contemporary scene,” said Scott Sibella, president and COO of The Mirage. Read full story …

New Giveaway! – Win Dinner And A Show At The Tropicana including Show Tickets To Xtreme Magic Starring Dirk Arthur, and Dinner For Two at Tuscany Italian Cafe!

Xtreme Magic Starring Dirk Arthur – Monstrous cats … heart-pounding illusions. It’s magic to the extreme, as beautiful blue-eyed Bengals, African black leopards, even a pure white snow tiger appear out of nowhere!

Tuscany Italian Cafe – Spend an evening in the Mediterranean at Tuscany Italian Cafe, the Tropicana’s brand new Italian-style bistro. You’ll feel right at home in the casual, friendly atmosphere of a Florence cafe, where we pour on the service as much as the sauces!

Enter To Win Dirk Arthur Tickets And Dinner For Two At Tuscany Italian Cafe Tropicana Las Vegas

Sirens Of TI Drink Launch – To create the sultriest must-have cocktail this summer, toss in a splash of sass and a shot of fun and “shake it up” with the Sirens of TI. Sirens Mist is sure to delight the senses with a blend of Skyy Citrus Vodka, Stoli Raspberry Vodka, Sour Apple Pucker and Seven Up.

Created by Emmy award-winning director and choreographer Kenny Ortega, the Sirens of TI features a musical score by award-winning record producer and songwriter Emilio Estefan. From daring swordplay to high-diving acrobatics and eye-popping pyrotechnics, the show is packed with countless thrills. Experience music, dance, excitement and seduction nightly at 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino.

Mist Bar and Lounge at Treasure Island is a relaxing and inviting nightspot. This hip bar and lounge attracts a lively mix of cool Las Vegans and hotel guests seeking a stylish yet casual setting. A tasteful blend of rock music and popular hits fills the room, giving a fresh energy to Treasure Island. If drinking, conversation and people watching are what you are looking for, then Mist is the perfect destination.

Show Review – Xtreme Magic Starring Dirk Arthur

Reviewed July 20, 2005
Nancy Hruska

The Tropicana’s very own Dirk Arthur lives up to his “extreme” reputation in the most outrageous ways a Las Vegas magic show could dream: big cats, helicopters, trains, and heart pumping theatrical effects. Dirk Arthur has added some extra quality ingredients to the already renowned mind-boggling illusions. His fast paced show is also capable of reminding his audience of the mystery of magic through timeless, classic tricks and humor suitable for all ages. In addition viewers get a sneak peek into the humanitarian side of Dirk Arthur: It looks as though his cats reserve the right to upstage anyone. Click to read the complete review …

PowerPass and Vegas Passport – are the two best new opportunities for the Las Vegas visitor. In Las Vegas, the price of fun can add up fast. But not for you! You get to do all of the top activities or nightlife (do both!) for one very affordable price that let’s you do everything YOU want to do without busting your budget!

  • PowerPass Las Vegas is your Free entry to top attractions in Las Vegas. VIP, Front of line access to many attractions. Map & guide book lets you plan BEFORE you go. Discounts to top restaurants & retailers! Click to Get Your PowerPass Now!
  • Vegas Passport is the only multi venue nightclub package available for Las Vegas! Vegas Passport contains over a THOUSAND DOLLARS of valuable Las Vegas Entertainment: VIP Line Cutting Passes Comp. Club Admissions Drink & Dining Specials Promotions and Specials. Click to Get Hooked Up With Vegas Passport

“Crazy Girl” From Poland Returns – The Polish “Crazy Girl” has returned to the show at the Riviera Hotel & Casino after a two-year hiatus and is surprised at the growth of Las Vegas.

She recently said, “I was in `Crazy Girls’ during 2001 and 2002. I’m a native of Bytow, Poland. I have a brother and a baby sister who is younger. She is in middle school. I went to one of the best ballet school in Poland. It is in Gdansk. I was in national competitions for ballet. My dance training is mostly classical. We train for nine years in school from ages 9-18.” Read full story …

Five O’Clock Somewhere – It’s always five o’clock in Las Vegas, and we are looking forward to the return of Jimmy Buffett for two dates in October, both on the 22’nd and the 29’th! I’m a big fan (parrothead) so this should be a lot of fun. Grab Your Jimmy Buffett Las Vegas Tickets Now! The pre-concert party is always out-of-control and I’m sure this year will be no exception.

Jimmy Buffett not your speed? Someone you love is probably playing Las Vegas during your visit. Check out our comprehensive Las Vegas Concert and Headliner Calendar.

Sixth Annual Wine Tasting Extravaganza – Nathan Adelson Hospice Foundation to host Sixth Annual Wine Tasting Extravaganza on Thursday, September 22 at 5:30 p.m. benefiting the Las Vegas-based non-profit hospice care program. Guests will be able to experience an assortment of tasty wines sponsored by Johnson Brothers and delicious foods provided by several top Las Vegas restaurants such as The Carmel Room at the Rampart Casino, Harley Davidson CafÚ, and Sammy’ Woodfired Pizza to name a few.

Participants will have a chance to bid for great prizes during live and silent auctions or donate up to $40 to the Opportunity Balloons – guaranteeing a prize. Open to the public, the event is located at Gaudin Jaguar – Porsche – Aston Martin of Las Vegas, 7200 W. Sahara Ave. Tickets are $40 inclusive. Please contact Nathan Adelson Hospice Foundation for more information or to purchase tickets at 702.938.3910 or 702.938.3959.

Readers Rants and Raves – Great reader questions and comments from our Access Vegas Message Boards. Help someone out or post your own question!

Free Email Addresses Ending – As of Sept. 1, 2005 we will have to discontinue the free email we’ve made available to our members for so long. Notice has been posted in the email section of our message board for the past few weeks. Call it a victim of our success. We’ve received word that people have shown up at events saying they were shooting for us, or that they knew me, and unfortunately the ability of everyone to get an email let’s someone pretend that they are working for us and request media passes to events. We apologize for the inconvenience.

RSS Feed – We now have an RSS/XML feed on the main page of! Not sure what that is? It’s a cutting edge way to see What’s New and What’s Hot all the time. (Click for a RSS primer). Or you can simply visit often check out the What’s Hot section.

Most RSS programs let you visit and automatically pull the feed. For those who want to enter it manually, the feed is:

Link To Us! – Have a home page, web page, or blog? Link to us, and give yourself and your friends a quick link to find us from your site. Simply link to and name the link Access Vegas!

Share the info: Click to Email this newsletter to a friend!

More … News – Concerts – Events … Scroll Down!

Quit Standing In Line At Nightclubs

We’ve seen you there. You come to Las Vegas, you want to cram as much action into every possible minute you are here. Hit all the top nightclubs! So what do you end up doing? Standing in line for hours, only to end up paying some serious cover charges. What are you, nuts???

Do it right this trip! Vegas Passport is your ticket to nightclub access in Las Vegas. Enjoy complementary admission and VIP line access at over 20+ of Vegas’ hottest nightclubs. Hit as many clubs as you want! Get Your Vegas Passport Now! (Insider Secret): If you and a friend buy two passports each, you can pull those hot women from the line at each club and VIP them in with you)

More Las Vegas News – Concerts – Events

Important Notice: This section will no longer be a part of this newsletter in the near future. For regular updates of Las Vegas news concerning visitors, events, entertainment, hotels, gambling, real estate, and tourism, please visit our new Las Vegas News Update and enter your email address there to subscribe and stay informed!

Click To Read Latest News:

Vegas Comments and Questions? Post to our message boards and get great advice from people who have been here and done it. And don’t forget our comprehensive Las Vegas Frequently Asked Questions area.For comments or questions regarding our content or this newsletter write us at

New to the list? See our Newsletter Archives for back issues and subscription info. Don’t hesitate to forward this newsletter to friends and associates.

All contents copyright 2005 Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.

August 20, 2005 ISSN: 1529-2770 About Us

Proud Member:
Las Vegas Internet Chamber of Commerce

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – August 11, 2004

Featured Story:
PT’s 2005 Calendar Girls

Also In This Issue: Newkirk’s Notes, Mandalay Bay Photos, September Travel Tip, Smooth Jazz Ticket Giveaway, David Copperfield, more …
Book online or over the phone! Call (toll free) 800-696-5721 to book all Las Vegas hotels, shows, tours, golf, and dining.

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews! This is the official newsletter of AccessVegas.Com. We talk about the Las Vegas activities you really care about.

This newsletter is published exclusively for visitors to AccessVegas.Com and can only be signed up for there. We do not buy or rent lists, and this information is only for our members and guests. If you feel you have received it in error, click the unsubscribe link at the bottom. To subscribe, visit our Newsletter Site.

Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello from Las Vegas! After a couple of 110 degree days, it looks to be a great weekend with highs only around 100. (Hey … it really is a dry heat … beats Florida in the 90’s). Speaking of, our best wishes for our Florida readers to see minimal impact from the hurricanes headed your way.

New Mandalay Bay Photos – Check out the great new Mandalay Bay photos added to our gallery.

September Travel Tip – September (after Labor Day) is a great time to be in Las Vegas. A slow travel and convention month, the rates are surprisingly reasonable considering the perfect weather. Average high/low is 94/69 F. Click to check our rates and extend your summer another month. Oh, did I mention that football will be in full swing? Nothing beats the rush of betting on your favorite team!

Smooth Jazz Ticket Giveaway – Las Vegas Mercury Jazz Festival including The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, Down to the Bone, Kim Waters, Praful, Turning Point, and Sacred Groove plays this Saturday downtown Las Vegas. Click for ticket info and details.

We just got two pairs of tickets to give away right before newsletter deadline. No time to set up a fancy contest, so here’s the deal: If you live here or are going to be in Las Vegas this weekend and want to attend this show, send an email to (one entry per person) . You must: Put the word Jazz in the subject line, include your name, and (up to) two phone numbers you can be reached at Friday afternoon Pacific Time. We’ll pick at random until we reach someone. reserves all rights to this giveaway. All entries will be destroyed after winners have been picked. Information will not be sold or used in any other way.David Copperfield – needs no introduction. He’s been on TV specials and toured worldwide for years. We just found out there there are a few tickets left for his Aug. 26 – Sept. 8, 2004 engagement at the MGM Grand.Why see him in Las Vegas? He plays the intimate 740-seat Hollywood Theatre instead of the larger venues he plays when on tour. This amazing venue has no bad seats. It has no distant seats. No “nosebleed” section here. We’ve seen his show and find it breathtaking every time. If you are local or going to be in town, don’t miss David Copperfield. Call Toll Free (866)828-9849 x143 or Click To Purchase Tickets Online.Classic Rock Road Trip To Las Vegas:

Southern California Residents:
Win The Classic Rock Road Trip with the 95.5 KLOS Magnum
Click to hear Mark and Brian (famous 95.5 FM KLOS Los Angeles morning radio personalities) describe what you can win!
Listen to win this one of a kind KLOS Kar! Plus, you’ll qualify for the Classic Rock Road Trip to Vegas including:
KLOS Contest Information PageOfficial Contest Rules

Unfortunately, this is only open to Southern California residents. We realize have readers worldwide and don’t want you to be left out. We are cooking up Vegas giveaways that all can enter. Stay tuned!

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!

More Las Vegas News – Concerts – Events

Click To Read Latest News:

Travel Agents – We have a special offer of you. Please read it at the end of this newsletter.

Alaska Airlines End of Summer Sale

These sale fares start as low as $59 (USD) each way (round-trip purchase is required).
Seats are limited so book now for the best selection of flights.

Featured Story:
PT’s 2005 Calendar Girls

PT’s calendar girl, Brittney, to host a meet and greet to promote the new 2005 PT’s Calendar.

If you are driving in or will have a rental car this Friday, you want to hang with the locals for this one. PT’s Pubs is a famous chain of Las Vegas bars that the locals love. This Friday August 13, Calendar Girl Brittney (pictured left) hosts her party and it is convenient for tourists too!

PT’s Gold Sunset (1661 E. Sunset Rd) is not only close to The Strip, but has an amazing view of The Strip, a really nice, semi-upscale but fun atmosphere, and is our personal favorite place to watch our beautiful Las Vegas sunsets.

The event begins at 4 p.m. and includes happy hour specials such as a $2 wine, well drinks and domestic draft beer along with half off any pizza until 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public (must be 21). The 2005 PT’s Calendar is available for advance purchase for only $12.

From the publisher’s of MAXIM, Stuff Magazine features beautiful women, sports and the latest gadgets. Get it completely FREE with absolutely no commitments. Limited time offer!

FREE Stuff Magazine… click now!

Vegas Comments and Questions? Post to our message boards and get great advice from people who have been here and done it. And don’t forget our comprehensive Las Vegas Frequently Asked Questions area.For comments or questions regarding our content or this newsletter write us at From Las Vegas,

Ted Newkirk

Senior Content Editor

New to the list? Click Here for back issues and subscription info. Don’t hesitate to forward this newsletter to friends and associates.

Attention Travel Agents: Tired of fighting the airlines and internet travel eroding your business? Let us help! What if you were guaranteed respectable commissions on not just hotels, but Las Vegas shows, tours, golf, dining and more? One stop commissions for you, and better info and choices for your clients.No starting costs, maintenance fees, or minimums. Oh, and we won’t steal your customers. Our “customer for life” policy guarantees you get paid even if they book direct, time after time. Email us now: Subject line Travel Agent, include your name and phone number. We’ll get the details right to you.

All contents copyright 2004 Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
August 11, 2004 ISSN: 1529-2770 About Us

Proud Member:
Las Vegas Internet Chamber of Commerce

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – September 20, 2000

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews, the official newsletter of This is the newsletter that talks about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about. This is not spam. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Please forward this to friends who may enjoy it!

Book Online and Save – Easy and Secure with Instant Confirmation:

* Discount Las Vegas Rooms :
* Discount Rental Cars – All Cities:
* Discount Hotel Rooms – All Cities:
* Best Tours/Rates for Grand Canyon, Hoover, more:

HOTEL MESSAGE BOARDS – Help others and share your Las Vegas hotel opinions!

Read Opinions:
Post Opinions:

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

This Issue: Fielding West, Comedy Magic

Curious about a restaurant, event, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at:

Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours

LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

WINE SPECTATOR – magazine has recognized six Las Vegas restaurants in their September awards issue, with Aureole at Mandalay Bay taking one of the magazines coveted Grand Awards. The other winners were Piero Selvaggio Valentino (Venetian), Renoir (Mirage), Charlie Palmer’s (Four Seasons), Dragon Noodle (Monte Carlo), and Delmonico (Venetian). You can read our review of Delmonico at and the full story on the awards is available at

SEXIEST BACHELOR – My sources tell me that Tom from Virginia won the “Sexiest Bachelor Contest.” This sequel to “Who wants to marry a millionaire” was taped last weekend at the MGM for broadcast next month.

FOOD TV – Emeril Lagasse is gone, but the Food TV specials including the entire week of Emeril Live and many other famous chefs which taped last week air on the Food TV cable channel Sept. 25-30. Full story at

VEGAS CALENDARS – Many of you enjoy keeping Las Vegas in mind by picking up a Las Vegas calendar or two while in town. Now, you can buy your 2001 Las Vegas Calendar and contribute to a worthwhile cause at the same time. These are the same beautiful, high-quality calendars you see in the gift shops at a comparable price. Order info as well as all 12 photos are available for viewing at and you can read more about the Shade Tree shelter they benefit at

HELLO DODGERS! – The AAA Las Vegas Stars dumped their longtime affiliation with the San Diego Padres, and are now the farm club for the Dodgers. It is a perfect fit for a city that in many ways is a distant suburb of Los Angeles. Full story at

SANTA FE STATION – formerly just known as the Santa Fe Hotel Casino, and located in NW Las Vegas, is hiring for all positions. They are accepting applications over the phone 24/7 at (702) 221-6789

$25 HOTEL REBATE – you pick the hotel! Our partners at Hotel Reservations Network
are giving you $25 back on any 2+ night stay in Las Vegas or any major city
they reserve. Claiming your cash is simple:

1. Print out:
2. Book a room online at
3. Send in for your rebate when you get home.

It doesn’t get any easier than that, and you get their low price guarantee
to boot!

Quick Concert and Show Notes:

SHOWS – See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at

BOXING – Lennox Lewis vs. David Tua meet for the world heavyweight championship on Sat. Nov. 11. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and Mandalay Bay discount rooms are available at (Mandalay Bay link).

BOOGIE KNIGHTS – The infamous disco send-up had just moved from Club Rio to C2K when that club closed. In no time flat, they have resurfaced at The Beach Nightclub (2 blocks from the Stardust on Convention Center Dr. every Wednesday night starting at 10 PM.

CONCERTS and HEADLINERS – Our listing is available online anytime at

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

LAS VEGAS WEATHER – This 5 day forecast is courtesy of Weather.Com:

Wednesday – 101/69 Sunny
Thursday – 99/64 Partly Cloudy
Friday – 94/59 Partly Cloudy
Saturday – 90/56 Mostly Sunny
Sunday – 89/55 Mostly Sunny

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

FEATURE STORY: Fielding West, Comedy Magic

Fielding West doesn’t have any tigers or lasers. He’s also not charging $100 a ticket! If you are the budget Las Vegas visitor, you can’t go wrong with this downtown evening show. For the price of one $5.95 drink, you get to enjoy a pretty funny blend of comedy and magic.

He doesn’t levitate a car, but he does crush a live bird with his bare hands! (The bird lives.) He doesn’t have a line of dancing girls, but he does have an attractive assistant who ends up in her undies in a “trick gone awry”. He also mixes somewhat close-up magic with a good dose of humor as well as doing a bit of painful looking fire breathing (all with a smile on his face).

The hour-long show still leaves you plenty of time to catch the light shows and other fun of downtown. None of the humor is disgusting, but a little raunchy. Leave the preteens at home. Buy your ticket at the cage, and enter early for best seats. There aren’t many bad seats in that showroom, but they are first come, first served (no maitre d’). Fielding West: Hocus Pocus plays Sun. – Thurs. evenings at 8:00 PM downtown at The Lady Luck.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *


Judy Grimm wrote:

>It seems, we are unable to get tickets “O” at Bellagio.á I see my sons
>once a year and looked forward to it so much, and it is sold out.
>Is there any chance, we could still get tickets some way?
>We heard Legends was good; is it?

I’ve heard good things about Legends. I see it in about 3 weeks. “O” is the hardest ticket in town. About the only way to “beat the system” is to book through a ticket agency like BookVegas at I just did a random check for Nov. 15-17, and they still have balcony seats available. Bottom line: use an online service and book entirely as far ahead as possible for “O.”

SPAS AND SALONS – Thanks to all of the readers who weighed in on the various spas and salons they have used while here in Las Vegas. Julia from Frankfurt, Germany wrote about the SPA at Luxor: “It costs around USD $100, but it depends what kind of treatment you are going to choose. Afterwards I went to the Kristina’s Beauty Shop, where I got a manicure and my hair done.” Sam Profio wrote: “I bought my wife a $200 package at Venetian’s spa which is Canyon Ranch (national chain). It included a variety of skin and body treatments and massages, lunch, and general use of the facilities which are considerable. It is a beautiful place with a great reputation nationwide.”

A reader names Lauren wrote: “I have lived here for four years now and the best salon is DIVA. They are located off the strip off Industrial Road but near the Rio. The prices are great compared to strip salons and they have a full spa with massage, waxing, facials, etc. Their number is (702) 736-2011 or website ” Nichole Garza wrote: “Bellagio without a doubt has the best spa. And decent prices. They treat you like a queen.” Margo from Michigan wrote: “You will get an excellent hairdo and at a cheap rate. It’s strictly a locals salon located in a small strip mall on the corner of Valley View and Charleston. Alana’s Hair Salon 702-870-8470 ask for Alana. Tell her Margo from Michigan sent you.”

HORSE RACING – Linda Sauntmon wrote: “My husband spends 75% of his time on every trip to Vegas playing the horses. In his opinion, Caesar’s Palace has the best sportsbook, followed
by the Hilton.”

Zira from Wayne, NJ wrote:

>Hi Ted:
>Just got back from Las Vegas and I want to thank you for leading your
>readers to Hugo’s Cellar in The Four Queens, downtown Vegas.á We do a
>lot of “gourmet” dining and I can say this was one of the best meals
>I’ve had.á The service is outstanding, waiters terrific, the menu
>offers so many good choices for all tastes.á Intermezzo sorbet in
>miniature cones, complimentary chocolate-dipped fruit and, of course,
>a red rose for all the women….they sure have the complete dining
>experience down pat.á Thanks for this super suggestion.

Geno wrote:

>I am visiting Vegas in a couple of weeks, for the first time in 20
>years and really appreciate your newsletter.á I have heard a lot about
>coupon books and other “deals” but don’t know how to find them.á A
>little info in your news letter would be great!á !

Coupon info is at

++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Your input is welcome. Write us a “letter to the editor” at While space doesn’t permit publishing every letter, we do certainly read them all and they help shape our content. Please include your name if you wish to have it published (stating your city is optional). Also, guest article submissions are welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc., if accepted.

ONLINE POLL – Current poll: “Do the recent tragedies involving Las Vegas tourist (casino shooting and tour bus accident) make you more wary of coming to Las Vegas?” Make your opinion count at


Rules (unless otherwise noted or link to outside contest): You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Please note the expiration date and only enter if you will be in town and can use them. The 20’th entry in each contest will be the winner. Just sent a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win. Also, please do not enter if you have won within the past month.

VIVA LAS VEGAS – Collectors items! These tickets to the Viva Las Vegas show at the legendary Sands Casino. Enter by emailing us, in order, what five Las Vegas hotels have the most rooms. Winners will be chosen at random from correct entries. E-mail answers to Contest ends Sept. 30, 2000

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

New to the list? Back issues and subscription info can be found on the web at:

Don’t hesitate to forward this newsletter to friends and associates,
but please ask for permission before reproducing the content in any
form — we would just like to know who you are, that’s all. Thanks!

All contents copyright MM Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
September 20, 2000
ISSN: 1529-2770