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    by Published on 05-09-2016 07:17 AM
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    Everything Las Vegas:Issue # 890
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    Steve Wynn plans ‘fantasy island’ in Crystal Lagoons beachfront paradise
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Hotel tycoon Steve Wynn plans a centerpiece “fantasy island” in the new Crystal Lagoons beachfront paradise he is building from his Wynn and Encore golf club. Steve told me that he’d been up nights unable to sleep trying to deal with the “problem of scale” at the 38-acre lagoon.

    Steve thinks he’s now solved it with another entertainment attraction within the overall 130-acre entertainment attraction, hotel, casino, nightlife and restaurant zone behind Wynn and Encore.

    Steve met Monday night in Los Angeles with his Disney-centric team of designers led by Miami-based Crystal Lagoons and WET Design, the California company that created Steve’s Bellagio Fountains and also the world’s largest performing fountain in Dubai.

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    Flamingo’s $100M-plus makeover for 75th anniversary
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    The oldest resort still in operation today on the Las Vegas Strip is set to get a $100-million-plus makeover in time to celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2021. I’ve learned exclusively that work on the top-to-bottom renovation of the Flamingo starts in December, and architects have begun work on drawings, with designs already submitted.

    I am reliably told that the Flamingo will be a modernized, state-of-the-art version of the original classic, which opened Dec. 26, 1946, at a cost of $6 million financed by Chicago mobster Bugsy Siegel and his partners. In June 1947, Bugsy was shot to death at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., and there is a memorial to him on the 40-acre Flamingo grounds.

    It is said that the pink flamingos that strolled the gardens were his tribute to his long-legged girlfriend Virginia Hill. Organized crime-king Lucky Luciano wrote in his memoir that Bugsy viewed the flamingos as good luck. It also is said that Bugsy had a secret ladder in his presidential suite to an underground garage where he kept a limousine waiting.

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    New Jewel nightclub at Aria ‘will deliver unparalleled experience’
    BY: Don Chareunsy/Las Vegas Sun

    The main takeaway from the hard-hat tour Tuesday afternoon of the new nightclub Jewel, the latest nightlife offering by Hakkasan Group scheduled to open May 19 at Aria, is that the venue will be intimate.

    If one can call a 24,000-square-foot nightclub intimate, but consider this: Three Jewel nightclubs could fit into Hakkasan at MGM Grand, now 3 years old, and 1-year-old Omnia at Caesars Palace, mega-clubs also owned by Hakkasan Group.

    Before the hard-hat tour of the former space of Haze nightclub, media took part in a panel discussion and Q+A with James Algate, vice president of music ...
    by Published on 04-13-2016 01:51 PM
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    Dramatic changes continue in Cirque’s ‘The Beatles Love’ at the Mirage
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Dramatic changes are continuing in Cirque du Soleil’s “The Beatles Love” at the Mirage in advance of the now-set 10th anniversary celebration July 14 with Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and widows Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison. Tickets are on sale now.

    I wrote about the first wave of new acts, costumes, choreography, technology and music designed to bring the vibrant and culture-shifting sounds and settings of The Beatles’ musical revolution to a renewed life here at Vegas DeLuxe in a story posted March 2.

    Many of them are now in place, but the show will continue to evolve until the final unveiling at the anniversary show this summer.

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    19 Things You Need To Know About T-Mobile Arena
    by Susan Stapleton/www.vegas.eater.com

    Take a look at the dining and drinking options at T-Mobile Arena, the new 20,000-seat venue that anchors The Park is now ready for concerts, sporting events and more. The arena from MGM Resorts and AEG debuted with The Killers and Wayne Newton serenading the crowd. When those fans get hungry or thirsty, here’s where they’ll head.

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    Everything You Need To Know About The Park and T-Mobile Arena


    The Park delivers as the Strip’s new playground
    By John Katsilometes/Las Vegas Sun

    Having put T-Mobile Arena and The Park to the test over the weekend, I can first say the place is gorgeous and furnished to handle any arena-styled event.

    A stunner, I know.

    As I noted in advance coverage, it is important to plan for parking at the facility, and I’d get there an hour ahead of the opening of doors and hang at The Park until the venue allows ticket holders inside.

    As I found Friday night, the entertainment options at Toshiba Square and The Park are great for those nights when doors are late to open, such as when the announced 8 p.m. opening for Guns N’ Roses was pushed to 8:45.

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    by Published on 03-30-2016 02:24 PM
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    Red Rock Resort Turning 10. Celebration planned

    On April 18, 2006, thousands of guests stood outside the entrances lining the casino resort, clamoring to get the first look inside at what was being hailed as the “premiere locals’ luxury entertainment destination” set to redefine how locals’ casinos were perceived and enjoyed.

    In the days leading up to and through opening, media-grabbing headlines read “Category Killer,” “Breaking the Mold,” “Billion-dollar find off the Strip,” and “Red Rock Resort is going to set a new standard.” Ten years later, Station Casinos’ crown jewel has not only lived up to that ambitious billing, but continues to exceed it by continuously evolving to offer its guests the highest quality entertainment and hospitality offerings.

    In honor of its milestone birthday, several events and initiatives have been planned throughout April, including a dazzling fireworks show on April 16.


    Fireworks show: Saturday, April 16 at 9 p.m. World-renowned pyrotechnicians Fireworks By Grucci will produce an incredible spectacle in the sky.

    Silent Sundown Savasana: Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at the Sandbar pool area. Enjoy complimentary yoga poolside followed by half-priced martinis at Lucky Bar until 9 p.m.

    Comedian Rita Rudner performs inside Rocks Lounge: Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 at 8 p.m. Ticket prices begin at $34. Taxes and applicable fees apply.

    Rock Shot Birthday Bingo: Thursday, April 28 at 9 p.m. The late-night Daubing After Dark is an energetic bingo session that features a party-like atmosphere with a DJ, dim lighting and Jello shots for bingo winners and their tablemates, along with fun prizes such as pool cabanas and hotel stays.

    10-times Boarding Pass points on all slot machine games: Throughout April.

    $250,000 Birthday Wishes Drawing: Saturday, April 30 at 8:15 p.m. 11 winners will be called by ticketless drawing to play the Birthday Wishes game, with one player having the opportunity to win up to $250,000. Ten additional players will win $500.

    Birthday Wishes Kiosk Game: Thursdays in April. Guests must first earn five Boarding Pass base points to participate each Thursday. Guaranteed prizes include cash winnings up to $1,000, free slot play, Boarding Pass points, dining and more.

    Video Poker Machine Giveaway: Sundays in April beginning April 10. 10 guests every Sunday have an opportunity to win their very own video poker machine by participating in a ticketless drawing every Sunday at 6:15 p.m. Entries into the weekly contest will be based on video poker play only.

    Commemorative gaming chips: Available in April in $5, $10 and $25 denominations

    TBones Chophouse: Throughout April, guests may enjoy a T-bone steak special for $100 per person that includes a shared bottle of wine and a signature 42-ounce T-bone steak, steakhouse salads, two sides and a chocolate soufflé. A two-person minimum is required to enjoy this special.

    $10 special menus: Throughout April in the Grand Cafe, guests may enjoy an open-faced meatloaf sandwich with fries; a half rack of ribs with sweet potato and corn on the cob; or Red Rock Red Velvet Waffles. At 8 Noodle Bar, chive dumplings will be available.

    Commemorative 10th anniversary martini glasses: Take home a commemorative martini glass when you purchase any signature martini in April at Lucky Bar and Tbones Chophouse.

    At the time of its opening, the $1 billion Red Rock Resort was the most expensive casino resort ever built off the Las Vegas Strip.

    More than 20% of its existing 2,300 team members helped to open up the property back in 2006.

    At its grand opening party, VIP’s were surprised with a poolside concert by Sting followed by an incredible fireworks show that ushered in the official opening of the property.

    There are more than 3 million Swarovski crystals featured throughout several dramatic chandeliers at the resort including Lucky Bar, with1.6 million crystals dripping from its ceiling.

    Red sandstone, indigenous of neighboring Red Rock Canyon, was utilized throughout the interior and exterior design of the resort to bring the natural beauty from outside in.

    Red Rock Resort was one of the first casino resorts to feature natural light throughout its casino with floor to ceiling window doors, which defied traditional Las Vegas thinking of casinos being enclosed.

    The second season winner, Heather West, from Gordon Ramsey’s popular “Hell’s Kitchen” television show served as head chef inside Terra Rossa Italian (today the home of Salute Trattoria).

    Scenes from the 2008 movie “21” starring Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne and Kate Bosworth were filmed on property.

    About Red Rock Resort
    Located 10 miles west of the Strip, Red Rock Resort is a four diamond AAA-rated resort that features more than 800 guest rooms and suites, a 25,000 square foot spa, a variety of restaurants, a spectacular pool area, movie theatres, bowling at Red Rock Lanes and a full array of gaming. To learn more about Red Rock Resort, please call 702-797-7777 or visit https://redrock.sclv.com.

    T-Mobile Arena makes a Titanic first impression
    BY: John Katsilometes/Las Vegas Sun

    You never forget your first impression, and mine after my maiden voyage into T-Mobile Arena was of the Titanic.

    Not that one. This vessel will sail just fine. But ...
    by Published on 03-02-2016 02:25 AM
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    Rebirth of the Cosmopolitan
    New ownership has refined some aspects of the resort, and the results are showing.

    BY: J.D. Morris/vegasinc.com

    The casino at the Cosmopolitan looks much different today than when the Blackstone Group took over the resort in late 2014.

    In just the past few months, the casino debuted a high-limit slot space, a chic cocktail lounge called Clique, a relocated race and sports book, and a revamped Bond lounge. And there are more changes to come.

    For instance, a Starbucks is slated to open soon by the resort’s eastside entrance to Las Vegas Boulevard. CEO Bill McBeath also plans to make changes to the iconic Chandelier Bar and move the location of the resort’s Identity loyalty program.

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    TO OPEN IN 2016
    The highly anticipated arrival of Beauty & Essex serves as the next culinary chapter of The Cosmopolitan’s ever-evolving story and is a partnership with TAO Group and acclaimed chef personality and restaurateur Chris Santos. When Santos introduced the first location of Beauty & Essex to the Lower East Side in 2010, this multi-level restaurant and lounge revolutionized dining in the neighborhood with his unique brand of communal and innovative share plates and stylish design.

    Efforts are already underway to re-energize the casino floor. In the past 10 months more than 100 machines have been replaced with the newest themed and classic title machines, all offering higher priced jackpots and limits. Additionally, plans are in the works to update everything from the lighting and carpet to chairs and felts to ensure that the flow of the space is inviting and full of energy and personality.

    Eggslut’s chef-driven, gourmet food concept was hatched in Los Angeles in 2011 by Chef Alvin Cailan. Inspired by a true love for eggs, Cailan’s menu is a balance of comfort and innovation with unique twists on breakfast sandwich favorites. At The Cosmopolitan, Eggslut will continue to celebrate food that appeals to all food lovers all while utilizing its key, namesake ingredient – the egg. Eggslut at The Cosmopolitan will be the brand’s first expansion outside of the Los Angeles market, serving beloved breakfast items day and night.

    A newly custom-designed High Limit Slot Lounge was built with the guest in mind, featuring premium service, dedicated cage, luxurious lounge, exclusive Fastpay Jackpot processing and the most popular slot machines. With a total of 65 games in the lounge, bets higher than $1,000 per spin are available along with the opportunity for a jackpot of more than $1.25 million on a single spin. To celebrate the lounge’s grand opening over New Year’s weekend 2016, the resort held a $50,000 giveaway for Identity Membership & Rewards players.

    Now open, the resort’s Race & Sports Book powered by CG Technology has relocated to the casino floor and is more than double the size of the original. The new book features state of the art LED video walls for both sports and race, dozens of hi-definition television screens, the latest in mobile wagering technology and a combination of lounge style seating areas, traditional betting stations and VIP areas where guests can view their own 90-inch high-definition television. Betting windows open at 8:30 a.m. Monday – Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. A new 24-hour Race and Sports bar anchors the space and features 23 video poker machines and multiple hi-definition televisions showing live sporting events. Guests at the bar can enjoy unimpeded sightlines to the main LED video walls.

    Extensive food and beverage options offer an unexpected surprise, including numerous wines by the glass, draft and bottle craft beer selections and custom cocktails such as “Hail Mary,” “Full Court Press,” and “By A Nose.” Guests can enjoy a number of new interactive experiences including shuffle board, foosball and billiards. Adjacent to Race & Sports Book powered by CG Technology is a new sports-themed table game area that features seven blackjack tables and a roulette table. Ensuring that guests don’t miss a minute of the action, the space also houses numerous ...
    by Published on 02-19-2016 01:41 PM
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    End of an era: 34-year-old ‘Jubilee’ concludes — what’s next?
    By: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    photo credit: DENISE TRUSCELLO

    Tonight the nearly 35-year history of “Jubilee” at Bally’s comes to an end as the curtain rises for the last time at 9:30. An amazing feat: It will mark 18,720 shows for more than 18 million guests. Incredible! There will be tears among the dancers for sure. There will be reunions among several of the more than 1,000 dancers — wearing the trademark bright red lipstick and fishnets — over the years who will attend the final show.

    Caesars Entertainment execs had hoped to make a new announcement about what’s next for the showroom, but plans have not been fully locked up. One of the entertainment team members told me: “We’re not ready to go there yet. We’ve been looking at shows to bring in, but no new announcement yet. We’re still hoping in some way to integrate some of the past of ‘Jubilee’ into the future. We just don’t have anything concrete or solid for tonight.

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    Final ‘Jubilee’ performance: ‘What an amazing journey … we all love the show’
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    They came from around the world as far away as China and England. They dressed in tuxedos, jewels and gowns as if it was a Hollywood gala premiere.

    However, it was a closing night, the end of the 34-year run of the “Jubilee” spectacular at Bally’s. They wanted to go out in the same fashionable style of yesteryear Las Vegas in which they ushered in the show in 1981.

    Original costumer Bob Mackie, who created the amazing crystal costumes and feathered headpieces when “Jubilee” began, traveled to Las Vegas for the final show.

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    The End of the Showgirl Era by Rick Garman

    The curtain came down on "Jubilee" at Bally's last week after a 34-year run. That's notable in and of itself, but the bigger story here is that it is, in many ways, the end of an era in Vegas entertainment.

    "Jubilee" was the last of the Las Vegas showgirl productions, that category of entertainment that featured a bevy of beautiful women in sparkly costumes and giant head dresses parading across the stage. For a long time they were the core of the Las Vegas show scene, with every hotel trying to outdo the others with lavish multi-million productions.

    The showgirl was not a Las Vegas invention. Revues featuring dancers in elaborate costumes got their start in Europe in the late 1800s at places with famous names like Moulin Rouge and the Lido. The first of these showgirls started showing up in the United States in the early 1900s as part of the legendary Ziegfeld Follies in New York, and later became popularized ...
    by Published on 02-04-2016 09:40 AM
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    BY: John Katsilometes/Las Vegas Weekly

    David Saxe has been holding onto a couple of show concepts that, independently, would never seem to work here. One is a full-scale Las Vegas satire he’s long felt was too “insider-ish” to appeal to a theater full of tourists. The other is a send-up of pop culture, under the working title That’s So Wrong, rooted in the gross/inventive humor employed in Family Guy and Monty Python’s Life of Brian.

    Today, Saxe reasons that intertwining these disparate concepts will make a hit show. In the final stages of rehearsals, undergoing final revisions even as we speak, is Spoofical—A Musical. The show is scheduled to open February 8, having been delayed by a week for changes to the script and production components.

    That’s So Wrong would have been an apt title for this one. After watching an afternoon of rehearsals at Saxe’s V Theater fortress at Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops, I can safely report that this is one of the most boundary-testing productions ever in Las Vegas. It might top the list, considering the high measure of content that is at once aggressively vulgar and hard-focused on Vegas entertainers.

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    Oscar Goodman says Raiders-to-Las Vegas talks are ‘serious,’ but don’t give up NFL wagering
    BY: John Katsilometes/Las Vegas Sun

    We’ve been down this road before: A professional sports franchise on unsteady footing in its home facility starts poking around Las Vegas.

    When Oscar Goodman was mayor of this city, he talked to several major league organizations about moving to Las Vegas. Time after time, those teams wound up staying put, as owners were able to hasten agreeable lease deals with their home cities.

    We might call it being used as a bargaining chip or being a “political football.” Whatever the case, Las Vegas officials often felt gamed, justifiably, in its unending hunt for a major professional sports team.

    The list of pro franchises to talk with Goodman included the San Diego Chargers, Montreal Expos, Florida Marlins and Chicago White Sox.

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    ‘Sexxy’ toasts first anniversary At Westgate
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Photo Credit: JOE FURY

    It might be the best-kept show-business secret in Las Vegas: What’s in the bath water at “Sexxy” in Westgate Las Vegas that allows star, choreographer and producer Jennifer Romas to slither over the porcelain tub for four thrilling minutes of ecstasy?

    She’s not telling, and since Jennifer herself mixes up the ...
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    New ‘X Country’ is ready to shake it (off) at Harrah’s
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Six sexy dancers are about to change the face of line dancing with their country curves when “X Country” celebrates its grand opening Thursday night at Harrah’s. It’s the latest “X” production from husband-and-wife producing team Matt Stabile and Angela Sampras.

    They’ve recruited knockout beauties Emma Smith, Carrie Jean, Chloe Vashaw, Jill Reed, Nina Kane and Erin Green to fill the Daisy Dukes made famous by actress Catherine Bach on “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

    The girls kick off the new topless adult production with a warning: “Flirt’n With Disaster” by Molly Hatchet. They shake it off to Taylor Swift’s hit of the same name and really strut their stuff on a “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line. The other dances include Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats,” “Truck Yeah” by Tim McGraw and “Thunder Rolls” by Garth Brooks.

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    Garth Brooks Brings World’s Largest Ticket Selling Tour to New Las Vegas Arena

    The biggest selling solo artist in American history is bringing the biggest selling tour in the world to the Entertainment Capital of the World. Garth Brooks announced today he will return to Las Vegas for exclusive performances at the new Las Vegas Arena scheduled to open April 2016. Brooks, who in 2015 has sold more tickets than any other artist in the world, will create a live music experience unique to Las Vegas when he performs multiple shows for his fans July 2-4. The July 2 show is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., the July 3 performances are at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and the July 4 show will begin at 5 p.m. These concerts further enhance the strong lineup for the city’s newest entertainment venue.

    Brooks has committed to making the Las Vegas shows a fan experience unlike any other on his world tour. He will create artistic components for his performances utilizing the Las Vegas Arena’s advanced production elements while taking advantage of the venue’s many entertainment spaces, highlighted by the adjacent two-acre Toshiba Plaza. Additionally, the entire Las Vegas resort community will support Brooks’ return through a schedule of specially created promotional events to be announced in the near future.

    “We are truly honored that Garth Brooks will perform a unique series of live concerts during the Las Vegas Arena’s opening season,” said Rick Arpin, senior vice president of entertainment and development for MGM Resorts International. “Garth has delighted fans for years and we are thrilled that his loyal supporters in Las Vegas and around the world will have the opportunity to see this one-of-a-kind performance combined with a city-wide celebration. This announcement proves yet again that Las Vegas is the Entertainment Capital of the World.”

    Garth Brooks said, “Vegas HAS to be different. The city, the venue and the people demand it. With the help of the city, itself, this run of shows will be a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience.”

    Bob Newman, president, AEG Facilities, said, “We are excited to bring one of the world’s most iconic artists to what has already proven to be one of the world’s most sought after venues. Knowing that Garth is planning something very special as part of our opening season will truly make his appearances even more unforgettable.”

    Classic Las Vegas show, The Scintas, to open at the Plaza Hotel & Casino

    The Plaza Hotel & Casino is proud to announce that Las Vegas’ first family of entertainment, the Scintas, will bring their legendary and critically acclaimed music and comedy show to the property’s iconic showroom for a limited engagement beginning Friday, Feb. 19.

    The Scintas will perform at the Plaza at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 19, 20, 26 and 27, Mar. 11, 12, 25 and 26, Apr. 8, 9, 15 and 16, and May 6, 7, 13 and 14.

    The Scintas, brothers Frankie and Joe, “honorary Scinta” Peter O’Donnell and newest addition, Janien Valentine, bring refreshing wit, great music and endless talent to the highly regarded show. Having performed for hundreds of thousands of people over the years, the Scintas have become a fixture in Las Vegas for the past 16 years with their signature comedy, musical prowess, and knack for spot-on impressions. Valentine adds to the dynamic of this talented group with her powerful vocals and her ability to match wits with the boys.

    The show spans several generations, blending classic music of all styles from musical icons such as Dean Martin, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Bruno Mars with relatable humor that leaves the audience feeling like they’re hanging out with family.

    “The Scintas are the epitome of classic Las Vegas entertainers and a perfect ...

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