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    Goldman Sachs, partner in deal to buy LVH hotel-casino.
    BY: Steve Green/www.vegasinc.com

    The operator of the LVH hotel-casino in Las Vegas today said its chief creditor and a partner intend to buy it out of foreclosure in November and then continue operations.

    LVH workers today received a WARN ACT notice under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. Such notices are typically issued to warn of layoffs or a planned business closure.

    But LVH spokesman Kurt Ouchida said the WARN Act notice in this case is only notifying employees and union representatives of the upcoming foreclosure sale.

    "In many ways this is good news for everyone at the LVH as it will soon provide more clarity to the future direction of the property," he said. "It is important to note that the foreclosure sales process takes time and unfortunately many assume that a 'foreclosure' means that the property is closing its doors. That does not appear to be the case at the LVH."

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    Financially troubled LVH to get new management.
    BY: Howard Stutz/Las Vegas Review Journal.

    The financially troubled LVH will gain new management under an agreement reached between the 3,000-room hotel-casino's largest creditor and a court-appointed receiver who has been operating the property since January.

    Employees of the off-Strip resort were notified Wednesday through the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act that a foreclosure sale of LVH would be held in November. The federal act requires companies to notify employees and union representatives of an impending plant or business shut down.

    However, the LVH operators are not planing to cease operations. The notice was termed a "technical step" by one source because it will allow the property's employees will be rehired under new management.

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    Caesars Palace beefs up its resort dining options with a new buffet.
    BY: Ron Sylvester/Las Vegas Sun.

    Photo credit/Steve Marcus

    Las Vegas buffets have always been gluttonous affairs. In their early years, quantity trumped quality with institutional displays of food piled into stainless steel bins covered by sneeze guards.

    Years later came serving stations, where food types were grouped in islands by cuisine and chefs carved prime rib and flipped omelets to order.

    Now, Caesars Palace hopes to take the concept to a new level by adding in gourmet goods, prepared fresh in front of diners' eyes by chatty chefs who want to explain what they're doing.

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    The Palms, which is currently underway with the first phase of a property-wide transformation, is closing Little Buddha in order to make room for the pan-Asian restaurant XISHI, (pronounced “zai-she”). Expected to open in December, XISHI will offer traditional and contemporary Asian dishes in a modern vibe-driven space with a feminine twist.

    The new venue, located next to The ONE Group's recently announced sports restaurant and lounge, Heraea, will be nestled between both the casino floor and the Palms Pool & Bungalows. XISHI's appealing design aesthetic will center around a chic lounge bar and have a deejay spinning nightly.

    Culinary Dropout, the first Las Vegas restaurant by five-time James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurateur semi-finalist Sam Fox, just opened at the Hard Rock Hotel. The hip- and rebel-style gastropub with pub fare is located near the casino floor and adjacent to the pool, and has more than 6,000 square feet with an additional 3,000-square-foot patio, seating more than 320 guests.

    “Crazy Horse Paris” will close on Oct. 1 at the MGM Grand and expand its brand by moving on to other cities. The show first opened at the hotel in 2001 as “La Femme” and replicated the notable Paris cabaret's interior design, picture-frame stage and kaleidoscopic patterns of light that envelope the dances. The show's makeover came in 2009 and included the name change.

    The Stratosphere Casino will turn back time on September 14 and 15 to celebrate the “Totally 80’s Weekend Party” throughout the property with gaming, entertainment, drawing and drink specials.

    A couple highlights will include free viewings of “Ghostbusters” and “Back To The Future,” a Lookalike Contest at 6 p.m. both days, and karaoke in the Images Lounge daily from 7-10 p.m.

    In recognition of the Prince Harry's recent royal shenanigans, i♥burgers at The Shoppes at The Palazzo has unveiled a brand new gourmet burger: “The Exposed Prince.”

    Mi Casa Grill Cantina at the Silverton will turn into your Monday Night Football headquarters for the season with giveaways, weekly prizes and food and drink specials such as $2 tacos and quesadillas and $2 Jägermeister shots, $3 Skyy Vodka cocktails and $12 Corona and Corona Light buckets.

    Michael Douglas will be duplicating Liberace's spectacular flying act - suspended by wires a la Peter Pan - during filming this week in Las Vegas.

    The scene will be part of a weeklong shoot for the HBO film "Behind the Candelabra," which co-stars Matt Damon as Liberace's young lover, Scott Thorson.

    Burlesque performer and Las Vegas Strip star Holly Madison has announced she's going to be a first-time mom.

    The 33-year-old star of "Peepshow" told Us Weekly she and her boyfriend of nine months, party promoter Pasquale Rotella, are expecting.

    Rampart Casino will offer $2 Bud and Bud Light drafts at all casino bars 24/7 during football season and $1 Vienna beef hot dogs in the sports book every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and every Monday night from 4 to 9 p.m. A weekly “Second Chance” drawing for all losing tickets will be held in the sports book at halftime during every Monday Night Football game with a $100 first place prize and a $100 bonus prize if the winner is present.

    Rampart’s JC Wooloughan’s Irish Pub will offer the following specials every Sunday during football season starting at 9 a.m.: $2 Bud and Bud Light drafts, $8 domestic pitchers and $10 import pitchers. Liquor specials include $5 Bloody Marys. Food specials include a $6 wings basket, a $5.99 Angus Burger and a hearty $8 All-American breakfast.

    Pinkberry, America’s #1 tart frozen yogurt brand, has landed on the Strip, and to celebrate Thursday’s opening of the first store here atCrystals in CityCenter near Mandarin Oriental, there is be no charge for yogurt from 5 to 8 p.m. Expect local celebrities there for the VIP celebration.

    Production is underway on Flamingo headliner Marie Osmond’s debut daily, one-hour fall daytime TV talk show for the new-look cable channel Hallmark, and we’re learning advance details. After shooting the first weeks of episodes in L.A., the singer returns to her hit Flamingo show with brother Donny Osmond today.

    Following a prior extended run at Planet Hollywood in 2009, and three gigs at Caesars in 2010, America's Got Talent Live! will commence an 8-week residency at Palazzo, commencing Sept. 26. The show will peform Saturday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., with tickets starting at $45.

    We just learned via Mike Weatherford's column in the R-J that as of last weekend, Crown Nightclub at the Rio is no more. The venue will focus on its other incarnation, as a theater.

    Jon Taffer’s Rescue Tour, featuring the host of the popular Spike TV series "Bar Rescue," plus experts, including Chef Brian Duffy and mixologists Elayne Duke and Peter O'Connor, is coming to Las Vegas this Nov. 8. The event, hosted by Treasure Island, will feature workshops identifying problems and offering solutions, plus a complimentary one-hour networking reception with operators, speakers and sponsors. For more information and to register, visit www.ncbrescuetour.com.

    The weekend of Sept. 21-23 will be a huge one, even by Las Vegas standards, with both the sold-out I Heart Radio concert taking place, and "The World's Largest Bachelorette Party." Hosted by TAO and LAVO, the mass bridal party will take place at the two clubs, and at TAO Beach pool, and will involve $20,000+ in prizes, including a honeymoon in Mexico, spa services, private performances by the Chippendales dancers, and pole-dancing classes. Attempts will also be made to shatter two world records: for largest Champagne toast and largest bouquet toss. Tickets start at $100 a person, including an open bar. For more info visit the TAO website.

    Nevada may want to re-evaluate its position on taking bets on the Olympics, as the games produced a strong handle for foreign and offshore sports books that accepted wagers. The London-based bookmaker Sporting Index Group reported that betting was up 900% from the previous Olympics and that 70% of its active customers made at least one bet on an Olympic event.

    In the neverending search for innovative buffet ideas, here's a new one. The Red Rock buffet now includes a large glass bottle of Vero water at your table. The water comes in addition to whatever additional beverages you want.

    Bonkerz Comedy is set to open up at Primm Valley Casino Sept. 14. Shows will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings but times and prices have not been announced yet. Bonkerz is one of the United States' longest-running comedy clubs.

    Las Vegas is about to be home to yet another TV reality show, with production underway on a new TLC series tentatively titled "Vegas High Rollers," reports today's LV Sun. The show profiles five powerful local women, including: local fashion designer and entrepreneur Lana Fuchs; professional poker player Jennifer Harman; Amy Hanley, daughter of reputed mobster Tom Hanley; Alicia Jacobs, former television reporter for KSNV Channel 3; and Lori Montoya, owner of Rain Cosmetics. Kimberly Friedmutter, whose husband Brad is the architect who designed the Cosmopolitan, Red Rock Resort and Aliante Station casinos, is also expected to make appearances on the program. So far eight shows have been commissioned for the series.

    The Price Is Right: Live! at Bally's has been canceled without notice, and indefinitely.

    Chippendales’ Jaymes Vaughan, James Davis to compete on ‘Amazing Race’
    BY: Don Chareunsy/Las Vegas Sun.

    Hunks Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis of Chippendales at the Rio are competing in Season 21 of CBS’ Emmy Award-winning “The Amazing Race” premiering Sunday, Sept. 30.

    CBS has released the new cast photo and the official race photo of Vaughan and Davis in trademark Chippendales cuffs and collars -- and shirtless, thankfully -- plus, official race back packs and matching khakis and cross-training shoes.

    Vaughan is the host and singer in the nightly Chippendales show, and Davis is the adult male revue’s guitar player and a dancer.

    CBS has released a meet-the-cast video and introductory videos for Vaughan and Davis.

    Emmy Award nominee Phil Keoghan is the host of “The Amazing Race.” “The Amazing Race” has won every Emmy for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program since the award was introduced in 2003; Bravo’s “Top Chef” won in 2010, but “The Amazing Race” was first across the finish line again last year.


    Events guide: Labor Day Weekend 2012.
    BY: Allison Duck/Las Vegas Sun.

    The summer is coming to a close even though the thermometer holds steady at 100 degrees. That can only mean one thing: it’s time for one more big party weekend before the pools begin to wrap up their seasons.

    In addition to blowout pool parties, all the area nightclubs, concert and comedy venues will pull out all the stops with top names like Paul Oakenfold, Kaskade, Tony Bennett, Dee Snider and P. Diddy. Read on to plan your ultimate Labor Day weekend.



    Just in time for the first day of school, Da Vinci – The Genius, in the Imagine Exhibitions Gallery at The Venetian in Las Vegas is offering a discount to all students with a valid school ID. For $17, local and visiting students ages 13 and over can enjoy the most comprehensive exploration of Leonardo da Vinci’s work ever created.

    Da Vinci – The Genius demonstrates the full scope of Leonardo da Vinci’s remarkable genius in ways that cannot be taught by a textbook or in the classroom, alone. Inquisitive minds can observe more than 200 unique pieces, including 75 life-size machine inventions that portray the groundwork da Vinci laid for modern inventions such as the helicopter, airplane, submarine, parachute and bicycle. Whether the guest is starting his or her first day of high school or last year of college, students will love pushing, pulling, cranking and interacting their way through 13 themed exhibits, offering hands-on demonstrations of da Vinci’s breadth of work as an inventor, artist, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician and architect.

    For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, students have the opportunity to see a da Vinci original: the mold and bronze statue of “Horse and Rider” are now on display at Da Vinci – The Genius. Created more than 500 years ago from a block of solid beeswax, the model was an early step in an apparently unfinished sculpture-casting process by da Vinci himself.

    Students will also be able to dive into history’s most elusive painting in the illustrious “The Secrets of Mona Lisa” exhibit. Featuring 25 secrets of “Mona Lisa,” as discovered by French scientific engineer and examiner of fine art, Pascal Cotte, visitors can “crack the Da Vinci Code” as they observe 40 super-magnified, high-resolution sectional images exploring every aspect of the work. Aspiring scholars will continue to enhance their art history knowledge through 3D renderings and in-depth analyses of other famous da Vinci works, including “The Last Supper,” the “Vitruvian Man,” and the “Sforza Horse.”

    “An afternoon at Da Vinci – The Genius is a great way to get a student’s mind in gear for the first day of school,” said Tom Zaller, CEO and President of Imagine Exhibitions. “We are excited to offer this in-depth look into the most revered mind of all times to students who live in or are visiting Las Vegas.”

    Da Vinci – The Genius is Produced by Imagine Exhibitions Inc., was developed by Grande Exhibitions, Australia, the Anthropos Association, Italy, under the kind auspices of the Commune di Roma, Commune di Firenze and Citta Di Venezia and with the assistance of Pascal Cotte of Lumière Technologies, France.

    Da Vinci – The Genius is open daily to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for a limited engagement through October 15. Tickets are available to purchase at The Venetian box office and venetian.com.

    Wildfire Sunset to Open Its Doors September 1.

    Wildfire Sunset, at 1195 W. Sunset Rd. in Henderson, will open its doors to the public on September 1 at 7 p.m. following a three month extensive makeover and transformation from Gold Rush. Updates include the addition of a sports book lounge, a fourth location of Wildfire Gaming’s signature restaurant Wildburger, and new games on the floor. The renovations and rebranding efforts demonstrate Wildfire Gaming’s commitment to providing a comfortable neighborhood casino for Las Vegas area locals who prefer a more intimate environment.


    Interiors were completely overhauled and now incorporate design elements from current Wildfire Gaming casinos that include new carpeting with darker tones, contemporary light fixtures, a wrap-around bar with attractive backlighting and stained glass, and more comfortable and modern furniture. The mood will be sleek and inviting.


    The sports book has relocated on the property and now features a full lounge environment with plush leather chairs and three 60” flat-screen monitors lining the wall. Guests at the sports book may now also order food from Wildburger that will be delivered to their seats in the lounge area.

    The location will offer 150 state-of-the-art slot and video poker machines that will be available both on the casino floor and at the casino bar. Games new to the location include Megabucks, Texas Tea and new video reel machines. Video poker players will enjoy the new Wildfire Gaming Wild Spin Bonus. Players who hit four-of-a-kind with the card of the day hit a bonus button that triggers a wheel with prizes up to $500 in free play.

    All Wildfire Gaming properties are part of the Station Casinos Boarding Pass rewards program. Guests who played at Gold Rush will be able to continue earning and redeeming the same points at Wildfire Sunset, or any Wildfire Gaming, Station Casinos or Fiesta property.

    Once Wildfire Sunset opens its doors, guests will be able to make their picks for the Station Casinos’ football contests, including picks for Great Giveaway contest, which offers $2,000,000 in cash and prizes, including two new houses and cars, and has the popular “no lose” guarantee. Players may also pick up their weekly cards for “Last Man Standing,” which up to $200,000 in cash prizes for football season. The card will be available in sports books beginning Monday, September 3. The deadline for signing up is September 8 at 7 p.m. for the college football contest and by September 9 at 9 a.m. for the professional football contest.


    Wildburger, the new restaurant, is a new casual burger joint created by Station Casinos that offers build-your-own burgers with a wide variety of proteins and toppings, chicken wings with 10 sauce choices, breakfasts, indulgent desserts and an extensive bottled beer selection. Wildburger is a newly launched and already popular choice at Wildfire Rancho, Wildfire Boulder and Wildfire Lanes. The location at Wildfire Sunset will offer the same high-quality food for a great value as the other Wildburgers.

    Location & Hours

    Wildfire Sunset is conveniently located at the corner of Marks and Sunset near U.S. 95. It is open 24 hours daily. For more information, head to http://www.wildfire.sclv.com/en/Wild...re-Sunset.aspx.

    Cirque to open Mandalay Bay nightclub ahead of Michael Jackson show.
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun.

    Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte is reportedly opening a nightclub in February at Mandalay Bay ahead of his new Michael Jackson residency show starting there in the spring. It confirms our previous Vegas DeLuxe story, but because there is no official announcement yet, it’s unclear if this will take the place of the long-vacant nightspot Rumjungle.

    It would be Cirque’s first standalone nightclub, and Andrew Sasson’s Light Group will manage it as Guy’s partner. Cirque launched Revolution at the Mirage in tandem with the casino resort and its show there, “The Beatles’ Love.”

    Guy promises that the Mandalay Bay space will be a unique nightclub: “It’s an opportunity to materialize what we have been doing for 20 years with Cirque’s special projects,” he said.

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    Resurgent Diceman sees himself as Rocky of comedy.
    BY: Doug Elfman/Las Vegas Review Journal.

    And now it's time for tender moments with Andrew Dice Clay.

    "I don't know what would be harder to quit - cigarettes or chicks. I'd have to go with the cigarettes. Nah, I'd go with the chicks. I could live without the cigarettes, but not without the chicks."

    We're sitting in the Starlite Theatre in the Riviera. Dice headlines Starlite. Before showtime, the room is empty and quiet except when we talk, and except when Dice fires up three cigarettes in a half-hour.

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    Dining Pick of the Week: Mint Indian Bistro.

    Dining Pick of the Week: The King of Wings.

    Dining Pick of the Week: China Star.

    I was right, but wish I wasn't ...
    BY: Mike Weatherford/Las Vegas Review Journal.

    Told you so. Sorry.

    A columnist/reviewer's license to predict and pontificate allowed me to raise doubts about three big-budget ventures on the Strip, one already closed and two headed into their final days.

    No gloating, though. I roll with the stand-up comedy and magic, but enjoy this gig a lot more when big bets pay off with shows people will plan trips to Las Vegas to see. Too bad three such bets didn't.

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    Top Ten Las Vegas Values: September 2012 from the Las Vegas Advisor.

    1. Room Rates - Four Queens - - $23 and up

    As we head into the discounting summer months, room rates are still found at multiple casinos with rack rates in the $20s on weekdays

    2. Steak Dinner - Ellis Island - 24 hours - $7.95

    The Ellis Island steak dinner is served in the Café, and consists of a filet-cut sirloin, soup or salad, potato, vegetable, and a beer. This special is available around the clock.

    3. Stations Buffets - Station Casinos - All locations - Daily - $4.99-$13.99

    Station buffets are priced at $4.99 for breakfast, $7.99 for lunch, and $9.99 for dinner and Sunday brunch at Palace, Boulder, Texas, Sunset, Santa Fe, and Aliante Stations, while at Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock, dinner is $13.99. You must show a Boarding Pass card.

    4. All Stage Pass - Caesars Palace - Daily - $104

    Caesars Entertainment’s All Stage Pass entitles you to see as many shows as you can in 48 hours for $104 complete; there are 20 to choose from and if you manage to attend two in the afternoons and two in the evenings, you’ll pay less than $13 apiece per ticket.

    5. Oysters - Forum Shops PJ Clarkes - 2:45-6 pm - $1

    The oyster happy hour at P.J. Clarke’s in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace runs from 2:45-6 pm.

    6. Shrimp Cocktail - Skyline - 24 hours - $1.49

    The shrimp cocktail at Skyline is served at the main bar.

    7. Beer - Casino Royale - Daily - $1

    Michelobs and frozen margaritas are $1 and a Coors Light draft is 75¢ at Casino Royale.

    8. Lunch Special - Cosmopolitan, The - Mon.-Fri. - $20.12

    The lunch special at Cosmopolitan is a three-course meal in Estiatorio Milos that runs from noon to 2:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

    9. Mac King - - Tues.-Sat. - $9.95

    The rack rate for The Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s has risen steadily over the years and now stands at $42.95. But the reality is, you should almost always be able get tickets for $9.95 on a special offer that also includes one drink. At that price, this show should be penciled into everyone’s itinerary.

    10. Football Contests - Coast Casinos - Weekly - Free

    It’s football season and the big “Pick the Pros” contest at Coast Casinos is back. Play at Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam’s Town, California, or Fremont. Swipe your BConnected card in a kiosk and get at least three entries. Must submit picks before the kick-off of the first Sunday game.


    Beso at The Crystals Has Closed for 'Renovations'; Will Turn Into SHe Steakhouse By Morton's.
    From: www.vegaschatter.com

    Eva Longoria's Beso restaurant at The Crystals inside City Center has been struggling pretty much since it opened back in late 2009.

    By August of 2011, Landry's Restaurants had stepped in to help manage the Mexican hotspot after its adjoining nightclub Eve closed down. Beso also filed for bankruptcy at the start of that year. When we checked out the place a month after the Landry's lifesaving operation, it was just so-so. Since then, the restaurant has been limping along offering tons of promos and specials like a "happy hour" from 9pm until close.

    Now today, it looks like Beso, and Eva herself, have received the final beso de muerto. A tipster tells us the restaurant closed down business today without any advance warning for their employees.

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    Could JLo Be Vegas' Next Big Residency?
    From: www.vegaschatter.com

    Jennifer Lopez could spice up a Vegas residency circuit that is turning decidedly country of late with Shania, Faith and Tim all set to launch engagements before year's end.

    Hollyscoop says a rep for Jenny (you know, from the block) has "confirmed" that she "may be considering setting up a semi-permanent performance" in Vegas. Yes, it's confirmed that it may or may not actually be happening.

    That aside, we'd actually love to see JLo get loud on The Strip for longer than a one-night engagement. Even more, we'd be thrilled to see added diversity on The Strip. Especially since its been way too long since Beyonce rocked a four-night run at Wynn. (Three years, for inquiring minds.) And, almost a full year since Gladys Knight's run at the Trop came to an abrupt end. And we can't forget the way Toni Braxton ended her run at the Flamingo in 2008. Fortunately, we still have Carlos Santana at The Joint.


    Restaurant Roundup: Little Buddha Closing, Javier's Could Be Here Next Month, And More.
    From: www.vegaschatter.com

    After getting into a Twitter dust-up with the Palms over service at Little Buddha earlier this year, Vince is probably delighted to hear that the Asian restaurant is being closed. (Note to self: Don't anger Vince Neil.)

    Little Buddha will be shuttered to make way for, wait for it, another Asian restaurant -- XISHI. (Look hip by pronouncing it right, "zai-she.") The resto is another step in the Vegas takeover of ONE Group which brought us STK at Cosmo, is waiting for permits to bring us Bagatelle at Trop and is building Heraea, a sports restaurant also at Palms.

    XISHI will debut this December right alongside all the other big changes happening at Palms.

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    Touring Goretorium With Eli Roth.
    From: www.vegaschatter.com

    “I want it to be the gold standard. The scariest, top of the line, most intense haunted house in the world.”

    Film director Eli Roth is enthusing, tour-guiding and trying not to lean against the wet plaster of his under-construction, sixties-themed Baby Dolls Lounge. The third floor libation room sits on the balcony of the Harmon Corner complex, across the bridge from CityCenter and The Cosmopolitan.

    Lounge go-go dancers will be caged, including zombie groovers available for live feedings. This scene will play out as your view includes the Prada and Tom Ford boutiques across the street at Crystals. For Roth, a lounge was a must-have for this horror mini-theme park. Usually, after you wind your way through this kind of scare experience, it's all over. But here, Roth explains, “you can congregate, meet and interact.”

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    Hard Rock unveils Vinyl, an intimate new music venue.
    BY: Kristine McKenzie/www.blogvegas.com

    The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has always had its roots in music. The hotel is filled with display cases exhibiting memorabilia from the biggest stars in rock and it has also been a top venue for live music over the years with its concert hall, The Joint.

    Now the hotel has decided to complement its live music offerings with a more intimate space called Vinyl, which opened last weekend.

    Paul Davis, vice president of entertainment at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, describes Vinyl as “gritty, hip and music-friendly.”

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    From glow sticks to zombies, have fun on the run this Halloween in Vegas.
    BY: Caroline Fontein/www.blogvegas.com

    With pool parties and the blazing summer temperatures still in full swing, October seems like a long way away in Vegas. However, it’s never too early to start thinking about Halloween, especially when you may need to start training, and we’re not talking about your liver. This year Halloween in Vegas is getting physical with various fun runs taking place in October. From the inaugural Vegas Seven GlowRun at the start of October to the Las Vegas Zombie Run and the Urban Obstacle Run & Festival at the end of the month, there’s plenty of fast-paced fun to be had for Halloween in Vegas. Whether you’re downtown or on the Las Vegas Strip, you’re sure to run into a good time.


    New gaming machines bring thrill of video poker to keno, bingo.
    BY: Steve Green/www.vegasinc.com

    Photo credit: Steve Marcus.

    United Coin Machine Co., which operates slot machines in Nevada bars and stores, is adding new bells and whistles to its games to try to compete with full-fledged casinos.

    The company has developed and is manufacturing new PowerVision multi-game, multi-denomination machines that feature video poker, slot games, bingo and keno with new types of bonus rounds and graphics. The company hopes to liven up players' gaming experience to better compete with casinos.

    The Interactive Gamblers Bonus Advantage system, for instance, includes a large wall-mounted video screen that alerts everyone in a bar when someone hits a jackpot. Another system gives players a chance to compete in a bonus round that features spinning prize wheels, pig races, dog races and a balloon burst.

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    [B]Sports bettors turn out en masse, approve of LVH Supercontest Weekend.[/B
    BY: Case Keefer/Las Vegas Sun.

    Aside from the balloons adorning the tables and the mini bar set up in the back, LVH’s Ballroom G resembled a college lecture course Friday evening.

    About 500 people hungry for information took a seat and listened to a variety of speakers at the front of the room. Most of them stayed attentive, scribbling through notebooks like doctors writing prescriptions and flipping through pages of magazines or sheets that could have just as easily been textbooks.

    “I’m enjoying it,” said local construction worker Larry Knox. “I think I’ve learned some things. I’d come back next year. I hope they do this every year.”

    The inaugural LVH Supercontest Weekend was deemed a success. The turnout and response at Friday’s football handicapping seminar alone brought to life the vision of LVH Superbook director Jay Kornegay.

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    Shania Twain At The Colosseum.
    From: www.casinotravelnews.com

    Shania Twain, international superstar and the world’s best-selling female country artist of all
    time, returns to the stage and vocal spotlight with a two-year residency at The Colosseum. The music icon will bring all of her biggest hits in her new show SHANIA: STILL THE ONE exclusively to The Colosseum beginning December 1, 2012.

    An amazing and accomplished singer and songwriter, Shania Twain is a phenomenon. With more than 57 million albums sold in the U.S. and Canada, she is the top-selling female country artist of all time; has multi-platinum album sales in 32 countries; has the eighth-biggest selling album of all time in the U.S. and 18 top ten songs, eight of which reached #1. Most amazing of all, Shania has reached beyond all feasible music boundaries with just four studio albums – three of which have received Diamond certification by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for sales of 10 million copies in the U.S. She is the only female artist to have three consecutive albums sell more than 10 million copies.

    Showtimes: December 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15; March 19, 20, 23, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30; April 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10; 7:30 p.m.

    Tickets: Tickets may be purchased in person at The Colosseum Box Office at Caesars Palace (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.), by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or at ticketmaster keyword: “Shania.” For groups of 10 or more, call 866-574-3851.

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $55 to $250, not including taxes and fees.

    Chef Carla Pellegrino’s love at first sight with L.V., new restaurant, cookbook.
    BY: Carla Pellegrino/Las Vegas Sun.

    I have lived in Las Vegas since 2006 and moved here from New York -- where I used to own an Italian restaurant, Baldoria, at 49th Street and Broadway, the heart of NYC’s Theater District -- to open Rao’s. To be honest, at that time I had serious doubts about moving to Las Vegas. However, from the minute I landed in Sin City and saw the flashing neon lights, I fell in love with the city, and it seems that the reciprocity is just as true.

    Once I started work in the local culinary scene, I realized how serious Las Vegas had become with food. It is a booming culinary town with the potential to become one of the biggest culinary centers in the world. It’s no wonder that so many great and well-known chefs from all over the globe are moving here.

    I love the fact that in Las Vegas, I can be a queen with my peers, as I am one of a few well-known female chefs in town. I am proud of this title and encourage women who love to cook to strive to become chefs and own their kitchens.

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    Famed casino signs will be stars of the show when Neon Museum opens in October.
    BY: Conor Shine/Las Vegas Sun.

    A fenced-in lot near Las Vegas Boulevard in downtown Las Vegas has for years been the final resting place for some of the city’s historic neon signs, drawing only the occasional tourist, local or history buff inside for a tour. But come October, the sign graveyard will spring back to life with the grand opening of the Neon Museum.

    Tours of the Neon Boneyard, the heart of the Neon Museum, have long been offered on a by-appointment basis, but the leaders behind the nonprofit sought to make it more accessible to the public and embarked on a $1.5 million renovation last year.

    As part of the renovation, the historic La Concha motel lobby was moved and transformed into a visitors center, office space was added and the collection of more than 150 signs in the boneyard was reorganized to better illustrate how they fit into the development of Las Vegas.

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    First Venue Announced For The Linq Leaves Much To Be Desired.

    When The Linq opens in late 2013, it will feature up to 40 restaurants, bars, shops and nightlife venues. And, while we've talked about how it will change the Las Vegas shopping experience and waxed on about the stores we'd love to see there, its been anyone's guess as to what will actually land there. Until, most disappointingly, now.

    Eater Vegas has discovered that Yard House will open at The Linq next fall. To which we utter a very disheartened meh. The bar/restaurant chain is ok and all and is popular enough to boast locations across the US, but we were really hoping for so much more from The Linq.


    Dance revue 'iCandy Burlesque' short of actual burlesque.
    BY: Mike Weatherford/Las Vegas Review Journal.

    Eye candy? Yes indeed. No false-advertising issues (unless they are with Apple) for "iCandy Burlesque," a dance revue full of sparsely clad ladies (plus one dude) easy on the photoreceptor cells.

    And if you really want to stretch a metaphor, you can say this show is more cotton candy than jawbreaker: so ephemeral it quickly dissolves into a wash of stockings, heels, bustiers and red fedoras.

    If I wasn't taking notes, there would only be song clues to aid morning-after recall: "It's A Man's Man's Man's World" had the ladies in men's dress shirts with briefcases. "Poker Face" started off at a card table.

    More from the LVRJ here:

    Photos: Dragons and witches and neon, oh my! A behind-the-scenes look at ‘Wicked’.

    Photos: New Pussycat Dolls lineup revealed.

    Photos: ‘ICandy Burlesque: the Show’ opening night at Planet Hollywood.
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