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    Center-Strip resort receives new moniker as it enters major renovation period.

    Caesars Entertainment revealed plans today to re-name the company’s center-Strip resort currently known as Imperial Palace to The Quad Resort & Casino. Although guests will begin to see the brand transformation on property as early as November, the official conversion will be completed by Dec. 21, 2012 with renovation plans scheduled for finish by late 2013.

    Interior and exterior renovations to the property are already under way. The renovations are scheduled to be completed in phases and will bring improvements to the exterior façade, porte cochere, front desk, bell desk, hotel lobby, casino floor, retail promenade and dining levels.

    “As we renovate and modernize the property, it was only appropriate that we also update the name,” said Rick Mazer, the resort’s president. “This property has always been known as a hub of social activity, where anyone can come relax and have a good time. As we update our offerings we want to further enhance that feeling of fun and connectivity. We think the name, The Quad, really embodies those sentiments.”

    In addition to revealing plans for renovation, the resort is also unveiling a new brand look and feel to accompany the name. With its central location on the Las Vegas Strip, The Quad is literally in the middle of the action and a hub of activity for guests who share an enthusiasm for the eclectic. The Quad logo and creative were developed to evoke a sense of the unexpected with a playful and whimsical touch. As one of the quirkier letters of the alphabet, the “Q” becomes a distinctive brand icon and is a perfect starting point for the symbol within The Quad logo.

    “Historically, this resort has had a very lively, welcoming appeal and we want to continue to build upon those qualities,” said Tariq Shaukat, chief marketing officer for Caesars Entertainment. “The Quad will be a social and spirited environment where our guests, dressed up or dressed down, will find what they need.”

    Caesars Entertainment is working with Las Vegas-based Klai Juba Architects for the exterior and structural renovations, while internationally renowned firm Friedmutter Group is heading up interior design. The interior renovation will complement the new brand’s inviting and whimsical spirit featuring modern décor with rich fabrics, multifaceted textures and contemporary fixtures.

    The casino floor will expand an additional 15,000 square feet engulfing the former Imperial Palace porte cochere and a nightclub and gift shop. The first phase of casino renovations will include 35,000 square feet, including the expansion, and is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2013. The second phase will include an additional 30,000 square feet of gaming space with a centralized promenade bar featuring state-of-the-art integrated audio-visual technology. This phase is scheduled for completion in late 2013.

    While the original resort’s main entrance was Strip-facing, the main entrance and porte cochere to The Quad will be located on the north side of the building with access via Koval Road or the Harrah’s tunnel off Las Vegas Blvd. A pedestrian walkway, offering a safe pathway for guests on foot, will make its way from the adjacent Harrah’s Carnaval Court through to the south side of The Quad into The LINQ, Caesars’ $550 million retail, dining and entertainment district slated for opening late next year. Plans also include a dual-sided lobby bar, Starbucks, a retail promenade and a series of restaurants and eateries.

    Construction timeline:
    •Phase I: Front desk and bell desk - Complete
    •Phase II: Valet entrance/porte cochere – Fall 2012
    •Phase III: Casino expansion – Spring 2013
    •Phase IV: Completion of casino, lobby bar and front façade – End of 2013

    The resort will remain open throughout the duration of the construction period with maximum precaution taken to minimize guest disruption. During the renovation phase, the resort’s most beloved attractions will remain open including Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas, The Auto Collections and the ever-popular Hash House A Go Go.

    For more information on The Quad Resort & Casino, visit QuadLV.com.

    Steve's Las Vegas Quickies:

    Some powerful buzz is building for the upcoming Ralph Lamb-inspired CBS drama "Vegas."
    The Hollywood Reporter heaped high praise on the real-life story of Lamb, the ex-rancher who tamed a wild town.

    There's "a lot to recommend," according to the publication. "But perhaps the best thing is that nothing has looked like a sure-thing lock on television in years. It would be stunning if 'Vegas' - despite the overused and bland name - doesn't become yet another CBS drama hit."

    MGM Resorts International announced Tom Colicchio, star of the popular Bravo cooking competition show and commander of a restaurant empire that includes Craftsteak and 'Wichcraft at MGM Grand, will open a new steakhouse at the Mirage next summer.

    Taking over the space currently occupied by Kokomo's, Colicchio's new 250-seater will "focus on meats prepared entirely over an open flame—from wood-burning ovens to charcoal grills," according to a press release. Bentel+Bentel will be designing the space. Kokomo's will close in early 2013 to make way for the new project, so it's too early to start drooling.

    Estiatorio Milos at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is serving a special "Eat Like a Top Chef Master" menu in honor of the show's most recent season, filmed at the resort and currently broadcasting. The four-course prix-fixe dinner menu (with wine pairings) is $150 through the end of October.

    The D Hotel finally hoisted its name/logo over its main entrance earlier today. The rebranded property will mark the end of the changeover with a week-long party bookmarked by two concerts in mid-October. Bret Michaels will jam on the Fremont Street concert stage located right next to the D on October 13 while OneRepublic will take the stage on October 20. Both Saturday night concerts will be free to the public and will begin at 10 p.m.

    Closing dates for Garduno’s and Little Buddha at the Palms have now been set. The One Group, who is taking over the properties, will shutter the Mexican restaurant Sept. 30 and the Asian restaurant Oct. 22. As we previously reported Aug. 24, Garduno’s will transform into Heraea, a ladies-themed sports bar, and Buddha will become Xishi. Both will reportedly open before year’s end.

    Hot off the grill! Even in advance of opening his second Las Vegas restaurant, a gastropub in the former space of Bradley Ogden in Caesars Palace, star chef Gordon Ramsay is expanding further on the Strip. Vegas DeLuxe has learned exclusively that he will open a third restaurant at Planet Hollywood next year.

    The expansion for the “Hell’s Kitchen” reality TV rebel comes because of booming business at his Gordon Ramsay Steak in the Paris and increasing advance reservation inquiries already for the gastropub. Some reservations at GRS now extend three months.

    Country star Trisha Yearwood’s new Food Network series will debut Oct. 20 and run for 13 weeks, and Wynn headliner and husband Garth Brooks will be making regular appearances to help cook and issue a verdict on her kitchen creations.

    Lawyers for the new Public House restaurant that opened last week at the Luxor are trying to resolve the issue of the same-name Public House in the Venetian. Although the Venetian restaurant opened here first, Public House is a group from Philadelphia and New York who have operated its brand for many years longer.

    Problem is, “public house” is a generic name and in England it’s been abbreviated down to “pub” from centuries ago. The servers at the Luxor outlet are hot, hot, hot, BTW, and even the gorgeous“Fantasy” headliner dancers also at the Luxor who attended the opening applauded the plunging blouses and thigh-high stockings.

    LUXURY SPORTS: The new sports bar and ultra lounge Ainsworth at the Hard Rock Hotelopened complete with a DJ and ceiling chandeliers.

    Cirque’s magic show, “Believe,” at the Luxor with headliner Criss Angel, won a unique contest against Flamingo headliner and fellow magician Nathan Burton. The friendly rivals challenged each other on Criss’s Internet TV series “Uncensored,” which has racked up more than 300,000 viewers each episode. Criss and Nathan each took an equal amount of sleep-inducing medication to see who could stay away longer. At stake: The loser had to pay the winner $10,000.

    John Avello, manager and oddsmaker for the race and sports book at Wynn, officially opened the casino's 2013 Kentucky Derby future book Wednesday morning, making unbeaten Canadian star Uncaptured the 30-1 favorite. The 2012 winner, I'll Have Another, originally opened at 200-1.

    Is this going to be Vegas' biggest Halloween ever? It looks to be that way, although we're not sure why. Whatever the reason, the latest news is that Amazing Johnathan will share the scare this year, with the announcement that his annual but-until-now private Halloween fright fest will be open to the public and take place inside his private warehouse at the Las Vegas Club (who even knew he had a private warehouse there?)

    The SCREAMont Experiment -- "a multi-level haunted hotel, featuring 35,000 square feet of themed rooms, optical illusions, and special effects" -- kicks off Oct. 6 and will operate tours nightly, starting at 7 p.m. General Admission tix are $20 ($30 for front-of-the-line access), with a twofer deal for
    locals on Tuesday.

    Now through Nov. 30, Wynn is holding a "Lucky 8 Daily Drawing and Luxury Car Giveaway," with the chance for members of the players club to earn points for entries by playing any table game or slot at Wynn and Encore. There's a daily Grand Prize of $5,000 in free credit or promo chips, with a Bonus Grand Prize of a luxury car valued at $250,000, or $250,000 cash. The earning period for points is daily from 12:01 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. abd daily drawings begin at 6 p.m. at the Encore Red Card desk. Check with the players club for more details. s. For more info visit www.thescreamont.com.

    The Venetian has launched the new Sands Poker Room as a part of a total upgrade of the casino floor. The new poker room is more than 14,000 square feet and houses 59 tables that can accommodate up to 600 players, making it the largest poker room on The Strip.

    Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon has announced that its steakouse closed yesterday. That's the first we'd heard of the demise of this long-established restaurant, and there's no word as yet as to what might take its place, but it'll likely be another restaurant. We'll keep you posted.

    Café Cortez inside El Cortez Hotel and Casino now offers a take-out menu, offered daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Menu items available for take-out include chicken quesadilla, chicken wings, shrimp cocktail, salads, burgers, and deli sandwiches.

    “FANTASY‘s” “Barely Bejeweled” calendar is the show's sexiest calendar yet featuring the stunning ladies from the Luxor's sultry revue. The 2013 calendar is scheduled to be released Tuesday, Oct. 16, and incudes November and December 2012. Shot by renowned photographer Oscar Picazo, “Barely Bejeweled” showcases “FANTASY’s” gorgeous dancers draped in opulent jewelry and little else. The $20 calendar will be available at retail outlets in the Luxor and there will be a series of calendar signings leading up to the holiday season.

    LAVO's Saturday Champagne Brunch will return for a second season on Oct. 13. The afternoon soiree from 2 – 6 p.m., which originated at LAVO’s sister location in New York City, blends food, 15 types of champagne and European house music during fall and winter when the pools are closed for the season. Confetti showers, costumed hosts, gold painted dancers and sounds by DJ Jason Lema provide the backdrop for the daytime affair. For Saturday brunch and bottle service reservations, call 702-791-1818 or brunch@lavolv.com.

    Today's USA Today has their "Travel" guru Kitty Yancey picking the top five buffets in town, with the new $17 million Bacchanal at Caesars coming out on top.

    The Chapel of the Flowers free-standing wedding chapel has been named Best Destination Venue: United States and No. 2 Best Destination Venue: Worldwide by the Wedding Industry Experts Awards 2012.

    Jabbawockeez dance crew, whose show MÜS.I.C. was due to close at the Monte Carlo at the end of this month, pending a move to the Luxor, has just announced that the production will now perform at its temporary Monte Carlo home through the end of October. Their all-new production will debut at its new home next spring.

    "LegWarmers - An 80s Musical" Opens next week at Planet Hollywood!

    The 80s return to Las Vegas when LegWarmers – An 80s Musical opens at V Theater inside Miracle Mile Shop – Planet Hollywood Resort on September 27th.

    LegWarmers is jam-packed with your favorite 80s hits and a storyline straight out of a John Hughes’ film. The show tells the story of six friends and the night that changed their lives forever. Audience members can sit back and enjoy the show or sing along with their favorite songs. It’s part comedy, part love story, and ALL fun!

    As for the music, there is no shortage of hits! From one-hit wonders and new wave sensations to rock & roll classics and pop masterpieces, this show features the very best of the 80s!

    “If you’re looking for a unique experience with songs you know and love, a story you can follow, and enough fun to last your entire time in Vegas, LegWarmers is for you,” said Sirc Michaels, director and producer of the show.

    The musical will take the stage at V Theater, home to 8 other stage productions including V The Ultimate Variety Show, Evil Dead the Musical, and the world-famous Stripper 101 classes.

    V Theater owner David Saxe is proud LegWarmers is joining his stellar entertainment roster. “Audiences love interactive shows,” said Saxe. “LegWarmers combines all of the best music and styles of the 80s with a great storyline and audience participation that’s perfect for the whole family.”

    LegWarmers – An 80s Musical opens September 20th at V Theater inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and runs nightly at 9pm.

    Golden Gate, Vegas' Original Casino, Celebrates Completion of Expansion.

    Golden Gate Hotel & Casino – the Vegas original, which opened in 1906, will celebrate the completion of its first major expansion and renovation in more than 50 years Thursday, September 20.

    Staying true to its roots, the Golden Gate’s new contemporary look draws inspiration from its colorful past spanning the roaring 20s, Prohibition, Rat Pack era, rise and fall of the Vegas mob and now the 21st century.

    Its new 35,000-square-foot, five-story luxury tower boasts 14 hotel suites designed as a tribute to notable guests like Frank, Sammy and Dean; while two vintage showgirl-inspired penthouses encompass the entire fifth floor. A new lobby is lit by a traditional neon “Hotel” sign that previously adorned Golden Gate’s Main Street exterior, and features hotel artifacts ranging from a replica of Vegas’ first telephone to Prohibition-era whiskey bottles found in the walls during construction. An expanded casino floor features a new 1920s flapper-inspired high-limit gaming room, complemented by Golden Gate’s playful dancing dealers. The tower’s exterior is accented with illuminated pinstripes juxtaposed against a modern digital marquee and Golden Gate’s first porte-cochere, offering the most convenient parking in downtown Las Vegas.


    What happens in Vegas, started at Golden Gate Hotel & Casino. The history of Las Vegas’ original casino, which opened its doors at One Fremont Street in 1906, spans the roaring 20s, Prohibition, Rat Pack era and now the 21st century. The landmark boutique property is celebrating the completion of its first major expansion in 50 years; it’s the rebirth of a classic.

    Staying true to its roots, the Golden Gate’s contemporary look draws inspiration from its colorful past:

    Its new 35,000-square-foot, five-story luxury addition boasts 14 hotel suites designed as a tribute to notable guests like Frank, Sammy and Dean;

    Two vintage-showgirl-inspired penthouses encompass the entire fifth floor;

    An expanded casino floor features a new 1920s flapper-inspired high-limit gaming room, complemented by Golden Gate’s playful dancing dealers;

    A new lobby is lit by a vintage “Hotel” sign that previously adorned Golden Gate’s Main Street exterior, and features hotel artifacts including original 1907 gaming ledgers, an authentic model of Vegas’ first telephone and Prohibition-era whiskey bottles found in the walls during construction;

    The building’s original façade has been restored with the addition of a modern digital marquee and contemporary LED lighting accents representing pinstripes from the roaring 20s. Golden Gate’s new porte-cochere offers the most convenient parking in downtown Las Vegas.

    “The expansion and renovation of the Golden Gate preserves and enhances a Las Vegas legacy – not only this classic 106-year-old building, but the Las Vegas spirit and the mystique it embodies,” said President and Co-owner Mark Brandenburg. “Throughout the renovations, our goal was clear: remain true to our vintage Vegas character and deliver an experience that is original, people-centric and bursting with energy.”

    A Look Inside Golden Gate:

    The Suite Life. The hotel’s new luxury suites present a fresh and contemporary feel, blended with styling that spans the decades. Each is themed with Swing era-inspired pinstriped carpeting; Art Deco accents; and a photograph of an iconic Las Vegas celebrity, many of whom frequented Golden Gate. All suites are climate-controlled with motion sensors and boast a 50-inch HD flat-screen TV, California king bed and sectional sofa with a queen-size pullout. The Golden Gate also features 106 recently remodeled rooms that date back to the 1906 opening.

    For the High Roller. Encompassing the entire fifth floor, two premium penthouses invite big bettors to relax, play and entertain. The rich, exclusive style reflects the elegance of the vintage Vegas showgirl from custom carpeting inlaid with a feather motif to unique artwork on the walls, complemented with rich wood countertops and beaded chandeliers. Each boasts a spacious layout with two bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, plush living area with three giant flat-screen TVs and a kitchen area with island bar. A rare feature in Las Vegas hotels, the penthouses include a large outdoor patio with comfortable lounge seating, a state-of-the-art gas grill, wall-mounted fireplace, full wet bar and 50-inch flat-screen TV.

    Up the Ante. A new high-limit gaming area is wrapped in rich colors and styling from the Roaring 20s, including fringe-lined walls inspired by flapper dresses. The setting is intimate, offering gamblers a semi-private environment to bet big with a prime view of the casino and signature dancing dealers. The casino’s new credit program and higher table limits appeal to high-end players looking for a boutique gaming experience with traditional odds. The expanded casino floor continues to offer the highest “free play” reward in town and features the latest in slots and video alongside craps, blackjack and newer table games. Blackjacks always pay 3 to 2 and you can still find 10 times odds on dice.

    Tech Savvy. Delivering a unique in-suite entertainment experience, Golden Gate has partnered with Tangerine Global to provide digitally streaming content to its HD TVs, complete with crystal-clear picture quality and surround sound in each suite. Guests will enjoy a rich fusion of HDTV offerings spanning everything from adventure, sports and travel, to fashion, food and wine. The property is also home to the first fully digital HD surveillance system approved by the Gaming Control Board in Nevada. Back in the day, Golden Gate’s “high tech” security included two-way mirrors above the casino floor. These can still be seen above the original gaming pit today.

    Going Green. The Golden Gate strives to maintain energy efficiency across the property. Golden Gate features Nevada’s first Gen2 elevator (the 16th in the world); using re-gen technology, the elevator generates power as it travels down thereby reducing electrical usage by 40 percent. Closed loop geothermal wells are used for refrigeration and domestic hot water (10 wells – each 475-feet deep), saving energy and reducing gas bill costs on heating water to almost nothing. This is what keeps those frozen drinks at OneBar frosty and delicious even in Vegas’ hot summer months.

    Drink and Dine. With three dynamic bars on property, guests can choose to take in beautiful bikini-clad bartenders at OneBar, be dazzled by flashy tricks at Flair Bar or tip their glass where Frank and Sammy once drank inside the casino. For those with a craving for home-style cooking, Du-par’s Restaurant and Bakery is open in the casino 24 hours a day. Golden Gate founding partner Italo Ghelfi introduced shrimp cocktail to the casino scene in 1959, starting a Las Vegas tradition spanning several decades and more than 40 million shrimp cocktails. Still the best tail in town!

    Lights, Party, Action. The first paved street in Las Vegas, now known as the Fremont Street Experience, is just a few easy steps outside the Golden Gate and is home to the world’s biggest video screen – Viva Vision – that towers over four neon blocks of party action. With free entertainment and old-fashioned hospitality, this is where vintage Vegas meets contemporary Vegas in a high-energy street scene.

    The Vegas Original. This landmark property has been a major part of the history that shaped Las Vegas into the city it is today. The Golden Gate’s land was purchased for $1,750 in the historic May 15, 1905 land auction that signaled the birth of Las Vegas. When the hotel opened, room and board was just $1 per day. In 1907, it became home to the city’s first telephone, and the phone number was 1! In 1927, the property welcomed one of the city’s first neon signs – now synonymous with Las Vegas. Heralded as “first class” by the Las Vegas Age upon opening, Golden Gate’s 2012 renovations restore it to first-class status by 21st century standards. Take a stroll through Golden Gate’s colorful history: http://goldengatecasino.com/history/.

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    PRESS RELEASE: Wynn Las Vegas Introduces All New Luxury Wine by the Glass Program.

    Tower Suite Bar, located in the lobby of the Forbes Five-Star Tower Suites at Wynn Las Vegas, introduces an all-new luxury wine by the glass tasting program, providing guests the opportunity to sample five of the world’s greatest Bordeauxs, two rare Cabernets and a classic Champagne, housed in a state-of-the-art Enomatic wine dispensing and preserving machine.

    Exclusive to Wynn Las Vegas, the luxury wine by the glass program offers fine wine by one, three and five-ounce pours, and also by the bottle. Labels currently available include Château Mouton-Rothschild, 2005 ($76, one-ounce, $175, three-ounces, $905, bottle), Château Lafite-Rothschild, 1999 ($92, one-ounce, $184, three-ounces, $1,105, bottle), Château Margaux, 1982 ($88, one-ounce, $210, three-ounces, $1,060, bottle), Château Latour, 1996 ($82, one-ounce, $185, three-ounces, $985, bottle) Château Haut-Brion, 2003 ($41, one-ounce, $95, three-ounces, $485, bottle), Screaming Eagle, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 ($110, one-ounce, $250, three-ounces, $1,594, bottle), Wynn, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008 ($68, one-ounce, $150, three-ounces, $1,688, bottle) and Champagne Dom Pérignon, 2003 ($35, three-ounces, $60, five-ounces).

    “Wynn Las Vegas is renowned for offering guests luxury experiences that are unmatched by others,” said Mark Thomas, Wine Director for Wynn Las Vegas. “With the new luxury wine by the glass selection in the Tower Suite Bar, we are providing our guests yet another unparalleled amenity. Whether you are a wine connoisseur or a novice, this program allows you to experience the world’s finest quality wines without having to purchase an entire bottle.”


    A new discovery from the hands of Leonardo da Vinci, “Horse and Rider” is on display to the public for the first time at Da Vinci – The Genius at The Venetian in Las Vegas, presented by Imagine Exhibitions. Visitors to the exhibition now have the rare opportunity to see the mold and original bronze cast of the only known Leonardo da Vinci sculpture surviving today.

    Created more than 500 years ago from a block of solid beeswax, “Horse and Rider” was authenticated by the foremost authority on the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci, Dr. Carlo Pedretti. Based on Pedretti’s verification, a mold was created from the delicate wax sculpture to preserve Leonardo’s work and intent as the beeswax began to deteriorate, which was then cast in bronze.

    “‘Horse and Rider’ could not find a better place to call home than Da Vinci – The Genius,” said Tom Zaller, CEO and President of Imagine Exhibitions Inc. “We are honored to be hosting this incredible find through the remainder of the exhibition’s run in Vegas.”

    An early maquette for an apparently unfinished monument, “Horse and Rider” features a rider in full military regalia on horseback. Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519 before he could complete the larger project, leaving Horse and Rider to his star pupil, Francesco Melzi. It is believed that the piece remained with Melzi’s family in Italy until the 1930s, when it was taken to Switzerland for safekeeping through WWII.

    In 1985, world-renowned Leonardo expert, Dr. Carlo Pedretti was called on to verify its authenticity. After his in-depth analysis, Pedretti declared that he believed it was from the hands of Leonardo da Vinci himself. Photos of the model appear in the Catalogue Raisonne of Leonardo’s drawings known as the Queen's Collection at Windsor Castle, Horses and Other Animals. The beeswax model is also well documented in the scholarly work "Leonardo da Vinci: Scientist, Inventor, Artist" by Otto Letze and Thomas Buchsteiner.

    It was the desire of Richard A. Lewis, the current owner of the original mold taken from the model, to share this incredible find with the world. Limited edition casts of the sculpture were created in four different finishes: Leonardo Classic, Classic Bronze, Verde and Silver. These casts are on display at Da Vinci – The Genius and available for purchase. Lewis will be making a $1 million dollar donation from the sales of “Horse and Rider” to The Salvation Army Rehabilitation Program of Southern Nevada.

    “Horse and Rider” will be on display at Da Vinci – The Genius through the rest of its limited engagement. The exhibition is open daily to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and tickets are available to purchase at The Venetian box office and venetian.com.

    Visa and MGM Resorts Partner to Provide Unprecedented Loyalty Program.

    MGM Resorts International’s premier loyalty program, M life (www.mlife.com), has announced two new relationships to help personalize the way it rewards members for the use of mobile technology and social networking. M life is working with Visa Inc., a leading global payments technology company, and Topguest, a product of Switchfly, Inc. that enables loyalty programs to reward members for sharing on social networks.

    By rewarding M life members with Tier Credits for social engagement and with timely, pertinent offers when using their enrolled Visa card, M life delivers even more reasons to sign up for free and start enjoying VIP access and experiences within the “Astonishing World of MGM Resorts International.”

    M life Mobile Offers with Visa

    With Visa’s real-time messaging technology, M life Mobile Offers provide personalized offers from MGM Resorts’ destinations in Las Vegas for Visa account holders who opt into the program. Visa account holders may visit www.visa.com/mlife and enroll their eligible Visa account and mobile phone number. Once enrolled, members may receive offers to enhance their Las Vegas experience via SMS text to their mobile phones. For example, when members make a hotel reservation via online or phone for Excalibur using their enrolled Visa account, they may receive an SMS text with a special show ticket offer and link for advance purchase. While shopping in Las Vegas with their enrolled Visa card, members may receive offers relevant to their interests. Ticket purchases for Bellagio’s exquisite “O” by Cirque du Soleil may trigger an offer for a pre-theatre dinner at the resort’s renowned restaurant Le Cirque; a retail purchase at ARIA could result in an unbeatable deal on designer jeans at ARIA Men’s, or rejuvenating at the spa may prompt an offer to use that new-found energy at a nightclub. M life Mobile Offers put the offers in hand.

    M life Mobile Offers will launch later this year at Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Miss.; Gold Strike in Tunica, Miss.; and MGM Grand Detroit.

    M life Social Rewards with Topguest

    Through a relationship with Topguest, a product of Switchfly, Inc, M life now rewards members for sharing their MGM Resorts’ adventures via popular social networks. Members who link their social media accounts will receive 500 M life Tier Credits when they virtually check in with Facebook Places or Foursquare, post a location-tagged tweet to Twitter, or share an Instagram photo from participating MGM Resorts’ venues on the Las Vegas Strip; in Biloxi, Miss.; Tunica, Miss.; or Detroit. Members can earn 500 Tier Credits per resort per day. In Las Vegas, they can earn up to 6,000 credits if they visit all 12 participating properties in a day, allowing members to advance more quickly to the next Tier Level, each level providing additional benefits. Note, a maximum of 7,500 Tier Credits per quarter, with a possible total of 30,000 each year, may be earned through social engagement.

    “Through these strategic marketing relationships, we’ve enabled M life to identify and reward engaged members, whether they are at one of our resorts or interacting with us on their mobile phones and social networks,” said Bill Hornbuckle, Chief Marketing Officer for MGM Resorts International. “These new relationships enhance members’ travel experiences, recognize their loyalty and reward them for it.”

    Working with Visa and Topguest underscores M life’s recently announced enhancement to reward members for enjoying its resorts, restaurants, shows, spas, nightclubs and more. No longer just for casino customers, M life now provides all guests with high roller treatment simply by joining.

    Travelers ready to plan a trip should visit the redesigned mlife.com to create the ultimate vacation. The site allows for easy bundling of favorite experiences across MGM Resorts’ 15 properties into a single itinerary, which then can be booked all at once, or any portion of it, with one click. Leveraging the growing trend of social sharing, mlife.com integrates a new functionality to create a shareable virtual itinerary with friends and family so they easily can book the same trip or provide suggestions for additional activities. For example, a maid-of-honor planning a “last fling before the ring” can build an epic Vegas trip and e-mail it to friends across the country. Attendees can simply “join” the trip to easily book the same itinerary. Those who join M life for free are able to take advantage of exclusive offers and experiences.

    After years of ridicule, Neonopolis is poised to become a must-visit destination.
    BY: J. Patrick Coolican/Las Vegas Weekly.

    Neonopolis, the behemoth mall-ish structure at Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont, has collected a number of inventive descriptions and nicknames. Its own developer, Rohit Joshi, compared it to barracks. A reviewer on Yelp tagged it “Necropolis” (as in, burial grounds). CityLife writer Amy Kingsley inventively compared it to a bank vault.

    I’m going with Supermax Fremont because of its likeness to a federal prison, complete with concrete yard for an hour of daily exercise.

    Neonopolis was a project that everyone loved to hate. Conservatives saw it as a boondoggle because the city spent $32 million to build a two-story underground parking garage beneath it. People like me hated that it was a massive blight and a waste of valuable urban space.

    The air conditioning went out in 2009, which helped drive away the movie theaters, and then its only prospects seemed to be as a location for an apocalyptic movie.

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    Taylor Hicks settles in for yearlong run in Indigo at Bally’s.
    BY: John Katsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun.

    This finding-a-niche-in-Las-Vegas approach seems to be working well for Taylor Hicks.

    Formally and finally announced this morning is Hicks’ return to Indigo at Bally’s, the venue of his well-received summer stint and entry point to a Strip residency. In what is specified as a yearlong commitment, Hicks is back Oct. 17-Nov. 12 and Dec. 3-16, with dates next year to be announced.

    Ticket prices are unchanged from Hicks’ appearances over the summer, $39.99 and $69.99 (absent fees). Tickets are on sale Monday at 10 a.m. by calling (888) 746-7784 or (702) 777-7776. Or hit the Bally’s website. Hicks’ show is staged Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays (dark Tuesdays and Fridays).

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    Cirque’s ‘Zarkana’ by Robin Leach.
    From: The Las Vegas Sun.

    Following up on my story about Cirque du Soleil’s incredible new show “Zarkana” moving to the Strip, it took 65 trailer trucks to load it out of its New York home at Radio City Music Hall. But it was completed four days ahead of schedule, and the fleet is on its way here. The first truck with cast costumes will arrive here today.

    The loud-out of “Viva Elvis” at Aria is done, and “Zarkana” rigging has begun. I’m told that everybody involved is relieved that they’re on or ahead of schedule in the time-crunch swap. “Zarkana” previews start Nov. 1, and the show begins with the Nov. 9 premiere.

    Having seen it in New York last month, I can say it’s a visually stunning, modern acrobatic spectacular combining rock, opera and circus arts. It’s played limited runs in the Kremlin theater in Moscow, Radio City and Spain’s Madrid Arena before the full-time residency here.

    “Zarkana” is the story of a magician, Zark, who is on a quest to regain magical powers and find lost love. His journey starts in an abandoned theater of diverse, off-beat characters and incomparable world athletes; 75 artists transport audiences to a fantastical world trying to discover what is real and imaginary.


    FOOD & WINE EXTRAVAGANZA by Robin Leach.
    Las Vegas Sun.

    Expect the official announcement today of the full final program rundown for MGM Grand’s Oct. 4-6 Food & Wine magazine extravaganza hosted by “Top Chef” judge and critic Gail Simmons. VDLX has learned some exciting details:

    There will be an all-star chefs’ Surfside Soiree at Mandalay Bay on the Saturday, with an extraordinary lineup of culinary kings and queens posing for the kickoff photo the Friday morning before the events start. Taking part: Susan Feniger, Charlie Palmer, Hubert Keller, Michael Mina, Rick Moonen, Julian Serrano, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jean-Philippe Maury and Joel Robuchon’s chefs.

    The three-day weekend at MGM, Mandalay Bay and Bellagio is packed with great culinary events including a tequila tasting at Diego in MGM Grand with “Chopped” winner Christina Olivarez and a champagne and sashimi sabering with “Iron Chef” star Masa Takayama in his Aria restaurant.

    Once banned from MGM, Jeff Beacher heads to ‘Crazy Horse Paris’ theater?
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Ringmaster Jeff Beacher has been in discussions to return his wild, wicked and wanton “Beacher’s Madhouse” to Las Vegas, and reliable showbiz sources here tell me it’s likely that the negotiations will conclude successfully for him to take over the about-to-close “Crazy Horse Paris” burlesque theater at MGM Grand.

    Ironically, the producer was banned from MGM Grand the day he arrived in Las Vegas -- Dec. 11, 2003 -- and pulled off a publicity stunt during a Billboard Music Awards weekend by stripping down to his Speedo and diving his 260-pound body into the 10,000-gallon fish tank at MGM Grand’s Rainforest Cafe.

    Since then, he has gone on to rack up “Madhouse” appearances in 81 cities in the U.S. including New York, Chicago and Atlantic City, selling more than five million tickets, with a long run at the Hard Rock Hotel here and the continuing twice-weekly run for five years in LA.

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    ‘Zumanity’ celebrates 9 years of the sexy, sensual side of Cirque du Soleil.
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun.

    For nine years, “Zumanity” has been a cutting-edge, provocative and adult-themed cabaret production unlike any other Cirque du Soleil show that’s come before or after. It’s still going strong with its 46 artists who proudly romp in all shapes, sizes, ages, genders and ethnicities.

    Tonight under the watchful eye of the Mistress of Sensuality played by drag diva Christopher Kenney, the daringly erotic exposition celebrates its 9th anniversary at its home in New York-New York. Congratulations to all: Happy Anniversary!

    The seductive and stimulating spectacular plays to all sexual senses and emotional freedoms. “Zumanity,” of course, has the Cirque traditions of acrobatics, aerial stunts and contortionists, but bathed in extraordinary lighting and the edgy and naughty costumes of French designer Thierry Mugler.

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    Tourists beware: The biggest scams, tricks and cons of the Las Vegas Strip.
    BY: Andrea Domanick/Las Vegas Sun.

    Spend a weekend gambling in Vegas, and losing money is part of the territory; for some, it’s even part of the thrill. But in this tourist-heavy town, hitting the slots and tables aren’t the only risky ways Vegas can separate visitors from their cash. Over the years, conniving criminals have crafted endless ways to scam unsuspecting travelers out of their hard-earned dough. From the oldest tricks in the book to the latest cons, here’s a look at some of the biggest scams, schemes and tricks on the Strip to watch out for:

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    Dining Pick of the Week: Goodfellas.

    Dining Pick of the Week: Whiskey Dick's.

    Dining Pick of the Week: Cuba Cafe.

    The Early Word On Caesars' Bacchanal Buffet.
    From: www.vegaschatter.com

    After the media previews, the new Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace opened up for a weekend of sampling from Caesars staff -- and to excited reviews from the dealers we spoke with. But, the theoretical doors were ceremoniously swung open to the ultimate judges of the paying public last week. And, in our observation, there was no shortage of those clamoring to be among the first to taste the new dishes.

    Saturday afternoon, we spotted a snaking line stretched from the buffet entrance past Rao's and Payard and stopping near the doors of Empress Court. Tipsters reported waits of over 90 minutes mid-week. One Yelper was turned away opening day after the buffet maxed its capacity at 10 a.m. Other Yelpsters report varying waits of two hours at lunch, no line at 4 p.m., ten minutes at 4:30 and an hour at 6 p.m. in the first week. Which means your mileage may vary.

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    Lose A Hundred, Get It Back At The Plaza (Asterisk)
    From: www.vegaschatter.com

    The Plaza is bringing one of our favorite gambling promotions on The Strip to downtown. The hotel-casino is offering a $100 rebate for $100 in gaming losses at the machines. Last year, the Tropicana and The Cosmopolitan offered this promotion and many of us took them up on the opportunity. This offer is even better for the player than those Strip promotions.

    Generally, your gambling dollar stretches farther downtown because there are usually better odds than offered at most Strip casinos. Well, that's the case with this promotion. According to vpFREE, there are numerous video poker selections available with at least 99% payback at The Plaza. These games are available in denominations as low as a quarter which allows you to play $1.25 per game. This should allow you to endure any cold streaks a machine may hit to extend your playing time.

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    Australian Bee Gees Are Next Best Thing (And That's No Jive Talkin')
    From: www.vegaschatter.com

    So you say you've got a case of Saturday Night Fever? It happens to the best of us. Sometimes even on a Tuesday. Just hopefully not on a Friday. The Australian Bee Gees are dark that day.

    The Bee Gees tribute band formed in 1996 and has performed all over the world. Now, they are a permanent fixture in the Australian Pride Theater/Thunder From Down Under Theater at Excalibur.

    Performers Michael Clift, David Scott and Wayne Hosking portray the brothers Gibb -- Barry, Robin and Maurice. Though, the night we attended (from what we gather), Barry was portrayed by an understudy. The trio masterfully recreates the trademark three-part tight harmonies, signature sound and look of the Bee Gees during the 75-minute show.

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    15 Vegas Spots That Are (Surprise!) Still Open.
    From: www.vegaschatter.com

    A lot of new sh*t opens and lot of old sh*t closes each month in Las Vegas. Sometimes even new sh*t closes. There are so many openings and closings even your favorite know-it-alls had to start keeping track. Seriously, did you see how much stuff happened last month?

    Sometimes when we're wrapping up the comings and goings around town we stop to think wow, that's still open? Some revelations are pleasant surprises while others seem to break every law of economics and common sense we ever did learnt. Time to get in our head and discover which spots we're surprised are still open:

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    Palms now owns its nightclubs and biggest restaurants.
    BY: Ron Sylvester/Las Vegas Sun.

    Since it opened in 2001, the Palms has been a hangout for celebrities and the host of pool parties for MTV. It's also suffered explosive battles between partners.

    Now, the casino, hotel, nightclubs and its most well-known restaurants are finally under one owner.

    F.P. Holdings, majority owners of the Palms, announced Friday it has purchased restaurant and entertainment group N.M. Ventures and N.M. Ventures II. That gives the Palms sole ownership of the Ghostbar, Rain and Moon nightclubs, the Palms Pool & Bungalows, the Nove Italiano and N9NE Steakhouse restaurants and the Stuff Store gift shop.

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    Bring on the beer: Oktoberfest 2012 in Las Vegas.
    BY: Jose Labrador/www.blogvegas.com

    Ready for Oktoberfest? The 16-day festival originating in Munich is celebrated all around the world with varying versions and in different parts of autumn. Some even take place in Las Vegas. We’ve gathered some of the biggest celebrations, but you can always have your own Oktoberfest at any of these Vegas bars.

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    10 new must-try restaurants in Las Vegas.
    BY: Rene LiButti/www.blogvegas.com

    As fall approaches, it seems Las Vegas is in the midst of a restaurant renaissance. Innovative eateries are popping up on the Strip and in downtown. In fact, just since August, a plethora of palatable places have opened – and there are more to come in the near future. To help narrow things down so you can decide where to indulge your taste buds, here’s a list of 10 of the most talked about new culinary hotspots this season.

    Now open!

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    Comedian John Pinette Returns to The Orleans Showroom November 9 and 10.

    Following a successful engagement earlier this year, comedian John Pinette returns to The Orleans Showroom November 9 and 10.

    Pinette, a former American Comedy Awards Stand-up Comedian of the Year, received his big break in 1991 when he was asked to tour with the legendary Frank Sinatra. Since then, Pinette has starred as Edna Turnblad in the hit Broadway musical “Hairspray,” opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in the movie “Duets,” alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Junior,” and with John Travolta in “The Punisher.”

    On the small screen, Pinette has guest-starred on numerous television shows, including “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose,” “ALF,” “Seinfeld” and “Vinnie & Bobby.”

    In January 2007, his Comedy Central stand-up special and DVD, “I’m Starvin,” was released as a follow-up to his successful CD, “Show Me The Buffet.” His most recent one-hour Comedy Central special, “John Pinette: Still Hungry,” premiered in July 2011 and is available on DVD.

    Showtime each evening is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Coast Casinos Box Office, by calling 702.365.7075, or visiting www.orleanscasino.com.

    Crazy Girls Invite Public to "Show Us Your Assets" for Famous Pose Re-enactment - Oct. 2.

    “Show Us Your Assets” and recreate the iconic Crazy Girls pose as the longest running topless revue on the Strip celebrates its 25th Anniversary with Las Vegas’ Longest Butt Lineup on Oct. 2. Arm-in-arm and hip-to-hip, women 21 years of age and older are invited to make history at the Riviera Casino & Hotel. Craig, Al and Andy from KOMP 92.3’s morning show, who will broadcast live from the event from 1 – 3 p.m., are giving away a host of fabulous prizes, including staycations, dining and entertainment packages. All participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt as well as access to food and drink specials and entertainment passes.

    Take home a titillating memento as you’re placed in the historic “No Ifs, Ands or…” photo, with help from a green screen and Las Vegas Entertainment Productions. Commemorative photos are $5 and all proceeds benefit American Cancer Society as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Slidin’ Thru food truck will park by the famous Crazy Girls statue on Las Vegas Blvd. and the Le Bistro Lounge is offering $2 beer specials and PBR for 92 cents.

    Registration begins at 11 a.m. by Le Bistro Lounge, located on the Riviera casino floor, and the lineup will take shape beginning at 12:30 p.m. Interested women over 21 can pre-register by sending their name and phone number to Butts@CrazyGirlsLV.com.

    Crazy Girls celebrates its 25th Anniversary throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month by donating a portion from every show to American Cancer Society. For ticket information, visit www.RivieraHotel.com

    Wine Country Welcomes the Spirit of Autumn at Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

    The sights, scents and sounds of the harvest season have arrived at Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. On display through Nov. 24, the captivating fall exhibition takes guests on a romantic journey through wine country, without leaving Las Vegas. This year’s show boasts a bevy of seasonal visuals including an authentic cider mill, a vintage wine press and an aged stone face.

    Upon entrance to the Conservatory’s stunning display sits a covered bridge surrounded by flora dressed in traditional harvest colors: green, red and orange. Visitors are encouraged to walk across the bridge as large ginger leaves float silently overhead. Lying in the South Garden is a 6-foot-tall moss-coated aged stone face emerging from the grassy ground. A floral pumpkin made of 3,000 orange carnations and moss-covered boulders creates an intoxicating autumn atmosphere.

    Also in the South Garden and surrounded by birch trees, the sounds of the harp, violin and cello will entertain guests daily from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. as they travel through wine country.

    Steps away, in the West Garden, a 40-foot-tall authentic cider mill gently flows into a rocky pond protected by a 15-foot-tall, traditional scarecrow. Hand-blown wine bottles, demijohns and petite and plentiful pumpkins awaken the spirit of autumn at every turn.

    The North Garden is home to a 1920s vintage-aged wine press and 20-foot-tall talking tree showered with wine grapes. On each side of the tree, grape and gourd-filled cornucopias spill onto the grassy earth while inviting guests to explore the wonder of wine. In conjunction with the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art’s exhibit “Claude Monet: Impressions of Light,” the Conservatory has created a floral interpretation of Claude Monet’s Grainstack (sunset). Located in the Giardini corner, the recreated painting is fitted within a 6-foot tall elaborately carved frame.

    The fall exhibit within Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is complimentary to the public and open daily, 24 hours a day.

    Get Your Scream On During the Fourth Annual Oktober FrightFest At Fremont Street Experience.

    Get your scream on at Fremont Street Experience this Halloween as the Asylum comes downtown for the Fourth Annual OktoberFrightFest. The wildly popular, nationally ranked haunted house Asylum, now in its 14th year of operation, will have a new home beginning Sept. 28 on Fremont Street Experience’s 3rd Street North area.

    “What better way to put the fright in OktoberFrightFest than to bring one of Las Vegas’ most terrifying attractions downtown,” said Jeff Victor, president of Fremont Street Experience. “OktoberFrightFest is about combining two great holidays, Oktoberfest and Halloween, creating the ultimate month-long celebration. With the addition of the Asylum, our guests can enjoy beer and drink specials, nightly ghoulish entertainment and a nail-biting, terrifying haunt all under one canopy. This is just the beginning of what we have planned for our guests this October.”

    Asylum will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30 p.m. – midnight and on Thursdays and Sundays from 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. on the following dates: Sept. 28-30, Oct. 5-7, Oct. 11-14, Oct. 18-21, and Oct. 25-28. In celebration of Halloween, Asylum will also be open on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. and on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 6:30 p.m. – midnight. General Admission is $15. A VIP ticket is also available for $20 and allows the ticketholder to bypass the line. Nevada residents receive a $3 discount.

    Known nationwide for pioneering the trailer-haunt concept, Asylum takes you on a terrifying journey through the story of the Meadview Asylum, headed by Dr. Vander and his son Adriane. Legend has it that Adriane Vander took on a friend of the family, Mortimer Feoray, as a patient. After deeming him cured, Feoray returned to the hotel his family owned only to kill everyone. Now he lurks in the shadows where he and the inmates have taken over the “Asylum,” terrorizing anyone who steps foot inside. Patrons must navigate the dark hallways alone through a terrifying series of fright-inducing rooms including: admitting area, nurse’s station, patients’ rooms, therapy room, the morgue and much more.

    For more information and updates on the Fourth Annual OktoberFrightFest go to www.vegasexperience.com.

    Carla Pellegrino on the roster for ‘Top Chef’ season 10.
    BY: Brock Radke/Las Vegas Weekly.

    Bravo’s Emmy and James Beard Award-winning cooking competition Top Chef returns to your TV for its 10th season on November 7, and Las Vegas will be represented by one of its most colorful and fiery chefs—Carla Pellegrino.

    Top Chef: Seattle will feature 21 cheftestants competing for the grand prize of $125,000, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, and a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Pellegrino, who commands the kitchen at Tropicana’s Bacio Italian restaurant and operates the Anthem-area Bratalian Neapolitan Cantina, is the only local chef set for season 10. But you can always expect a Vegas presence on Top Chef, including the addition of Wolfgang Puck as a judge for the Seattle season.

    TV is nothing new to Pellegrino, who has appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, and even bested Bobby Flay on his Throwdown show on the Food Network. She’s ready for Top Chef, but is Top Chef ready for Carla?


    Photos: Golden Gate celebrates first major renovation, expansion in 50 years.

    Photos: New theater nightclub ‘The Act’ at Palazzo plans to shock, excite.

    Photos: Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens welcomes autumn.

    Photos: Cee Lo talks ‘Loberace,’ takes over Rumor for private party.

    Photos: Playmate Jessica Burciaga hosts sexy soiree at Crazy Horse III.

    With bus-stop tragedy in mind, iconic Las Vegas sign may be due for safety upgrades.
    BY: Joe Schoenmann/Las Vegas Sun.

    The deaths of four people at a Spring Mountain Road bus stop still were fresh on the minds of county commissioners this week, leading to the postponement of one insurance decision and possibly more expense related to the famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign.

    The iconic sign always has been a popular backdrop for picture-taking tourists. But after the county improved accessibility almost four years ago by building a 10-space parking lot next to it, the sign is now a virtual mecca for tourists. Fairly soon, too, the county will add 20 more parking spaces after commissioners months ago approved $500,000 to pay for the construction.

    The problem is that the sign is also smack dab in the middle of a Las Vegas Boulevard median. According to a 2010 study, 50,000 vehicles pass that sign going north and south every day.

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    So, You Wanna Be a “Diamond in a Day”

    One of the perks of playing at Total Rewards casinos (at resorts in the Caesars Entertainment family) is achieving progressively higher tier levels as you rack up “Tier Credits.”

    Total Rewards “tiers” are Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Seven Stars. Each tier level has increasingly appealing benefits.

    See the details here.

    In most cases, achieving a new tier status takes time, but did you know there’s a way to become a Diamond player in one day?

    Becoming a Diamond player means you’ll have access to the sweet Diamond Lounges at Total Rewards casinos. There, you’ll find snacks and quiet and Internet access and friendly servers who will bring you complimentary cocktails. That’s just this blog’s favorite Diamond perk, but there are others. As a Diamond, you’ll also get priority hotel check-in privileges, and you can zip past lines at casino cages and at Total Rewards Centers. There’s even a VIP room reservation hotline for Diamond players.

    Here’s how you get to be a “Diamond in a day.”

    You can become a Diamond by earning 3,000 Tier Credits in one day at one casino. You can be a Gold or Platinum member to do this (sorry, no renewals for existing Diamond players).

    Pretty straightforward, right?

    “How does one earn Tier Credits?” you ask. Your petulance is duly noted.

    Here’s how it works: One Tier Credit is earned for every $5 (coin-in) played on a reel slot machine and every $10 (coin-in) played on a video poker machine. For table games, Tier Credits are based on one’s length of play, average bet and game type.

    More good news: Tier Credits can also be earned in ways other than gambling. You can also earn them when you make a purchase at a participating restaurant or entertainment venue. Earn a Tier Credit for every $5 spent on your entertainment and food purchases at participating outlets. Make sure to present your Total Rewards card. They’re not psychics. Probably.

    Some additional small print: If you achieve your Diamond status January through November, it’s valid through March of the following year. If it’s achieved in December, it’s valid for the following year through March of the year after.

    One word of caution. The “day” in question isn’t a calendar day, but more like a 24-hour period, so ask someone at the casino’s Total Rewards Center for details.

    We’ll see you in the Diamond Lounge!

    Total Vegas Provides the Biggest Stars and Hottest Entertainment.

    Below are updated listings for the entertainment options at each of the Caesars Entertainment resorts in Las Vegas:

    Bally’s Las Vegas


    Jubilee!, the longest-running show on the famous Las Vegas Strip, is the last production show of its kind and remains synonymous with Las Vegas. Conceived, staged and directed by the legendary Donn Arden, the elaborate retro-glam extravaganza features gorgeous showgirls, lavish costumes, dazzling scenery, world-renowned specialty acts, dynamic music and graceful pageantry.

    Showtimes: Nightly; 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. The 7:30 p.m. show on Saturday is the only covered show of the week. Dark Days: Friday.

    Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at the Bally’s Box Office or by calling 1-800-237-SHOW (7469). Groups of 12 or more, call (702) 967-4585. Must be 18 or older for regular show and 13 or older for the covered show.

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $57.50 to $117.50.

    Jubilee! Backstage Tour:

    The All-Access Backstage Walking Tour gives guests the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get behind the scenes of Las Vegas’ longest-running and most popular showgirl production. The tour is given by a Jubilee! showgirl or showboy.

    Showtimes: Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays; 11 a.m.

    Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at the Bally’s Box office or by calling 1-800-237-SHOW (7469). Bally’s also offers private backstage tours for groups of 25 or more. The private tours include a make-up demonstration and a more in-depth look at the show. Private tours can be arranged seven days a week and are priced at $20 per person. Guests must be 13 or older to attend.

    Pricing: $17 or $12 with the purchase of a Jubilee! show ticket.

    Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding

    This exciting and interactive show concept gives audiences a chance to attend an actual wedding in which there is a ceremony, reception, guests and a ton of improvisation. The theatrical performance satires an Italian-American wedding and the audience participates in all aspects of the fictitious event.

    Showtime: Nightly; 7 p.m.

    Tickets: Tickets are available at the Bally’s and Paris Box Offices, or by calling 702-967-4567 or toll free at 1-877-374-7469. Tickets can also be purchased via www.ballyslasvegas.com.

    Pricing: Tickets are $87.99 and VIP tickets are $119.12. Additional service fees apply.

    The Price is Right Live

    Just like the classic television game show, “The Price Is Right Live™” offers the chance to win cash and fabulous prizes by playing the beloved and popular games such as “Hole-in-One,” “Cliff Hangers,” "Punch-a-Bunch,” “Race Game,” and of course, “Plinko.” The show also features the “Contestant’s Row,” the spinning “Big Wheel” and “Showcase” where prizes include appliances, jewelry, vacation packages and a new car.

    Showtimes: Wednesday through Sunday; 2:30 p.m.

    Dark Days: Monday and Tuesday. The show will be dark through September 30.

    Tickets: Tickets are available at the Bally’s and Paris Box Offices, or by calling 702-967-4567 or toll free at 1-877-374-7469. Tickets can also be purchased via www.ballyslasvegas.com. There is no age requirement for ticket holders. Contestants must be 21 years of age or older.

    Pricing: Tickets are $56.25.

    The Amazing Johnathan

    The Amazing Johnathan is an eccentric comic magician whose bizarre humor and unscripted antics have earned him widespread recognition as one of the most original and successful performers today.

    Showtimes: Tuesday through Saturday; 10 p.m.

    Dark Days: Sunday and Monday

    Tickets: Tickets are available at the Bally’s, Paris, Rio, Harrah’s, Imperial Palace and Flamingo Box Offices, or by calling 702-777-7776. Tickets can also be purchased via www.parislasvegas.com and www.ticketmaster.com. Adult language, parents are strongly cautioned. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Pricing: General admission tickets are $59.95 and VIP tickets are $69.95. Additional service fees apply.

    Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon

    Bill’s Lounge
    Pricing: Complimentary.

    Regularly Scheduled Appearances:

    Blues Brothers Reborn

    An authentic revival of the thick rhythm sounds of the Blues Brothers. This realistic band even comes complete with a full horn section.

    Showtimes: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    Cook E. Jarr

    Cook E. Jarr’s show is a mixture of booming, booty-shaking music and plentiful patter from the motor mouth musician, punctuated by the Cookster’s dog barks, imitation engine-revving (which comes in handy during “Born to Be Wild”) and other trademark sound effects. While Jarr sings along to pre-recorded tracks of funky hits old and new, red and blue lights revolve, police car style atop speakers pumping out a nonstop beat.
    A strobe light fires up at random intervals, while a mirrored disco ball twirls overhead.

    Showtimes: Wednesday and Saturday; 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

    Karaoke at Bill’s

    Karaoke at Bill’s allows you to be the star. Sing the classics and hit songs of today center stage at the Bill’s Lounge.

    Showtimes: Sunday – Wednesday; 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

    Drai’s After Hours

    Drai's is one of Las Vegas' hottest nightclubs, with a full selection of fine wines, champagnes and cigars for your after-hours enjoyment accompanied by music and a resident DJ.

    Hours: Open Thursday through Sunday starting at 1 a.m.

    Phone Number: 702-737-0555

    Cover: $20 for ladies, $30 for men (prices are subject to change based on holidays or special events).

    Caesars Palace


    Named the “Best New Show” on the Strip by both Vegas SEVEN and Las Vegas Weekly, ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace is one part vivid imagination, two parts carnival and a shot of old world burlesque mixed with a heavy dash of decadence. Audiences are treated to a night of imagination and excess with performances that amaze and inspire. The cast of eccentrics evoke thrills and chills as they perform amazing feats of virtuosity within mere feet of the audience surrounding the intimate stage.

    Showtimes: Tuesday, Thursday – Saturday; 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m.

    Dark Day: Monday.

    Tickets: Tickets can be purchased in person at the Box Office at Caesars Palace, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or on www.Ticketmaster.com keyword: “Absinthe.”

    Pricing: Reserved seating tickets are $89, VIP tickets are $104 and VVIP tickets are $114 (inclusive of entertainment tax). The VIP package includes second and third row reserved seating and a complimentary split of Moët champagne. The VVIP package includes front row cushioned seating and a complimentary split of Moët champagne.

    Matt Goss

    Presented by Robin Antin, creator of The Pussycat Dolls, Matt Goss’ show offers a dynamic blend of musical talent. Backed by a 9-piece band and sexy female dancers known as The Dirty Virgins, Goss, who has sold more than 17 million albums worldwide, entertains guests with a production featuring a mix of his career hits, songs from his new album and popular covers.

    Showtimes: Friday and Saturday; 9:30 p.m. at The Gossy Room.

    Tickets: Tickets can be purchased in person at the Colosseum Box Office at Caesars Palace, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or on www.ticketmaster.com keyword: “Matt Goss.” For groups of 12 or more, call (702) 946-4799.

    Pricing: General admission tickets are $40 (inclusive of entertainment tax).

    PURE Nightclub

    Owned and operated by nightlife and dining pacesetter Angel Management Group, PURE nightclub is a collage of designs unlike any other in Vegas, with styles inspired by the hottest spots in Miami, New York and Los Angeles blurred together in one. Pure whites, elegant reds, and soft purple hues set the enchanting ambiance of PURE from the intimate interior to the open deck. The largest outdoor, year-round nightclub in Las Vegas, PURE features a captivating view of the Sin City glitter, The Las Vegas Strip.

    Hours: Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday; 10 p.m. – close; Thursday and Sunday (Terrace Only).

    Phone: (702) 731-PURE

    Cover: Varies per night.

    The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

    Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller

    Bolder and fresher than ever before … Bill O’Reilly, godfather of “no spin” and in-your-face television, and Dennis Miller, the king of references and rants, are teaming up to take the country by storm.

    Showtime: December 7; 8 p.m.

    Tickets: Tickets may be purchased in person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office, by calling 1-888-9-AXS-TIX (1-888-929-7849) or online by visiting www.thecolosseum.com or www.axs.com.

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $65 to $500, not including fees.

    Celine Dion

    Celine’s brand new show includes her biggest hits mixed with timeless classics and pays tribute to some of the most celebrated songs and artists of all time. The glamorous show features a full orchestra and band and is set to a visually stunning presentation designed exclusively for the 4,300 seat state-of-the-art venue.

    Showtimes: 2012 – December 28, 30, 31; 2013 – January 3, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18 – 20; February 19, 20, 22, 26, 27; March 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16; 7:30 p.m.

    Tickets: For tickets, call 877-4-CELINE (423-5463). Tickets may also be purchased in person at The Colosseum Box Office at Caesars Palace (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) or online at www.thecolosseum.com. For groups of 10 or more, call 866-574-3851.

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

    Elton John

    World-renowned singer, songwriter and performer, Elton John returns to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace with an all new show, “The Million Dollar Piano,” marking the beginning of a three-year residency at The Colosseum and his second as a Caesars Palace headliner. Elton is accompanied by his band, which includes Davey Johnstone on guitar, Bob Birch on bass, John Mahon on percussion, Nigel Olsson on drums and Kim Bullard on keyboards with a special appearance by percussionist Ray Cooper.

    Showtimes: October 10 – 13, 18 – 21 and 26 – 28; 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.) or online at www.thecolosseum.com. For groups of 10 or more, call 866-574-3851.

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $55 to $500, not including taxes and fees. There is an eight ticket limit per customer.

    Jeff Dunham

    Chart-topping comedic phenomenon, Jeff Dunham has proven himself a true entertainer, setting sales and TV ratings records, topping charts, consistently selling out shows and most of all keeping North America and the rest of the world laughing with his sharp, humane and lovable humor.

    Showtime: December 13; 8 p.m.

    Tickets: Tickets may be purchased in person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office, by calling 1-888-9-AXS-TIX (1-888-929-7849) or online by visiting www.thecolosseum.com or www.axs.com, keyword “Jeff Dunham.”

    Pricing: Ticket prices are $89.50, $69.50, $59.50 and $49.50 (all prices include 10% Live Entertainment Tax). Orders are subject to additional service charges and fees.

    Kim Bumsoo

    Korean Pop Superstar Kim Bumsoo is bringing the “Kim Bumsoo Get Alright Show with Orchestra" to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Since his debut in 1999 with his first album, “Promise,” Bumsoo is highly regarded as an iconic singer with outstanding vocals in which he was able to take the 51st spot on the U.S Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2003 with his hit, “Hello Goodbye Hello.” He made history by being the first Korean pop singer to ever be ranked on the chart.

    Showtime: November 3; 8 p.m.

    Tickets: Tickets may be purchased in person at The Colosseum Box Office at Caesars Palace (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) or online at www.thecolosseum.com. For groups of 10 or more, call 866-574-3851. Tickets are on sale August 10 at 10 a.m.

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $50 to $200, not including taxes and fees.

    Rod Stewart

    Rod Stewart: The Hits. is a concert celebration featuring a set list of the rock and R&B favorites which have defined Stewart’s unparalleled five-decade-long career. The spectacular, state-of-the-art production, presented by AEG Live, is a culmination of Stewart’s seminal hits like “Maggie May,” “You Wear it Well,” “Hot Legs,” “You’re in My Heart” and “Some Guys Have All the Luck” mixed with a few surprise rarities and sizzling covers. Rod Stewart: The Hits. gives audiences that intimate, only in Las Vegas concert experience – with no fan more than 140 feet from the magnificent stage.

    Showtimes: September 19, 22, 23, 26, 29, 30; October 3, 6, 7; 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.) or online at www.thecolosseum.com. For groups of 10 or more, call 866-574-3851.

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $49 to $250, not including taxes and fees.

    Shania Twain

    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.

    Showtimes: 2012 – December 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15; 2013 – 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.) or online at www.thecolosseum.com.For groups of 10 or more, call 866-574-3851.

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


    Char Margolis

    Char Margolis, a renowned Psychic Intuitive, has been mesmerizing audiences for more than 30 years with her uncanny ability to read for people and at the same time teach them to connect with their own intuitive gifts. The best-selling author has been a guest on “Dr. Phil” and “Live With Regis.”

    November 17 and December 1; 11 a.m. in Bugsy’s Cabaret.

    Tickets: Tickets are available beginning Monday, Aug. 20 at the Flamingo Box Office, by phone at (702) 733-3333 or (800) 221-7299 or by visiting www.flamingolasvegas.com.

    Pricing: Tickets are $75, not including taxes and fees.

    Donny & Marie

    Recently voted “The Best Show in Las Vegas” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Donny & Marie share five decades of entertaining in a non-stop, 90-minute show of live music, singing and dancing. America’s most-loved brother-sister performers feature some of their chart-topping hits, including: “Puppy Love,” “Paper Roses,” “Morning Side of the Mountain,” “I’m Leavin’ it (All) Up To You,” and “Soldier of Love.” This showcase of unmatched harmonies continues today with their recent #1, “A Beautiful Life,” from the new duet album, “Donny & Marie” (2011).

    Showtimes: Tuesday – Saturday; 7:30 p.m. in the Flamingo Showroom.

    Dark Days: Sunday and Monday. Show will be dark October 14 – 22, 31; November 22 – 30; December 1 – 24.

    Tickets: Tickets are available at the Flamingo Box Office, by phone at (702) 733-3333 or (800) 221-7299 or by visiting www.flamingolasvegas.com.

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $95 to $260, not including taxes and fees.

    George Wallace

    George Wallace, who has been selling out comedy clubs and concert venues all over the country, derives his comedy from the everyday and simply shares moments of life. He finds humor everywhere he turns, from media to relationships to dialogue clichés. At all costs, he avoids standard opening lines and is known to be an ace at reading an audience. Among other comics, Wallace is known as "the guy who can roll the room over if it's dead.” Opportunity

    Showtimes: Tuesday – Saturday; 10 p.m. in the Flamingo Showroom.

    Dark Days: Sunday and Monday. Show will be dark September 21, 24, 29; October 16 – 27; November 20 – 24 and December 25 – 29.

    Tickets: Tickets are available at the Flamingo Box Office, by phone at (702) 733-3333 or (800) 221-7299 or by visiting www.flamingolasvegas.com.

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $49.95 to $75, not including taxes and fees.

    Nathan Burton

    Nathan Burton has performed magic since the age of four, honing his act into a 60-minute whirlwind of unique, in-your-face magical illusions blended with comedy and showgirls, all tied together with Burton’s engaging personality. A veteran Las Vegas performer, Burton has also achieved nationwide fame for his performances on “America’s Got Talent” and “The Entertainer,” as well as appearances on “Miami Ink” and VH1’s “Surreal Life: Fame Games.”

    Showtimes: Tuesday – Sunday; 4 p.m.

    Dark Day: Monday.

    Tickets: Tickets are available at the Flamingo Box Office, by phone at (702) 733-3333 or (800) 221-7299 or by visiting www.flamingolasvegas.com.

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $34 to $44, not including taxes and fees.

    Vinnie Favorito

    Vinnie Favorito is known nationwide for his abilities as an infamous "roaster.” Unlike most comedians and roasters, Favorito does not have pre-planned skits or notes, but relies on his quick wit and stellar memory to crack impromptu jokes – “a modern-day Don Rickles (but funnier)." If you like the Roasts on Comedy Central, you'll love Favorito.

    Showtimes: Nightly; 8 p.m. in Bugsy’s Cabaret.

    Tickets: Tickets are available at the Flamingo Box Office, by phone at (702) 733-3333 or (800) 221-7299 or by visiting www.flamingolasvegas.com.

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $54.95 to $64.95, not including taxes and fees.

    X Burlesque

    The steamiest show on the Strip, X Burlesque showcases a variety of performances by six gorgeous dancers set to music by today's hottest artists. Some new additions include a feisty Latin number, a Country-Western medley set to Jessica Simpson's "Boots" and Toby Keith's "She's a Hottie" and a sexy performance to Aerosmith's "Pink." For 90 minutes, the burlesque beauties bare their assets all while teasing, seducing and playfully interacting with the audience.

    Showtimes: Nightly; 10 p.m. in Bugsy’s Cabaret.

    Tickets: Tickets are available at the Flamingo Box Office, by phone at (702) 733-3333 or (800) 221-7299 or by visiting www.flamingolasvegas.com.

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $44.95 to $55.95, not including taxes and fees.

    X Burlesque University

    Guests of X Burlesque University (XBU) will learn a variety of tips to achieve the subtle and sexy art of burlesque. Taught by the same talented and beautiful women who perform in the adult revue, guests learn first-hand what goes into being a showgirl in Vegas. From artful showgirl choreography to effectively applying showgirl make up, guests at XBU will have more than just a good time to take home with them from a Vegas vacation. Upon completion of the 75-minute class, XBU students will receive a complimentary make-up kit, professional souvenir photo and official XBU diploma to proudly display.

    Classes: Saturday; 3 p.m. in Bugsy’s Cabaret.

    Tickets: Tickets are available at the Flamingo Box Office, by phone at (702) 733-3333 or (800) 221-7299 or by visiting www.flamingolasvegas.com. For more information, visit www.xburlesqueuniversity.com.

    Pricing: Tickets are $34.95, not including taxes and fees.

    Harrah’s Las Vegas

    Big Elvis

    Big Elvis performs all the hits of the King of Rock & Roll, as well as other popular tunes in the genres of rock, country, gospel, R&B and pop spanning six decades of music. Big Elvis interacts with his audience, invites them to participate in his show and performs requests, including both popular and obscure songs. During his renditions of Elvis ballads, Big Elvis shows his warm heart and bares his soul to the extent that there is not a dry eye in the room.

    Showtimes: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 2, 3:30 and 5 p.m. at the Piano Bar. Guests must be 21 years of age and older.

    Pricing: Complimentary.

    Defending the Caveman

    Defending the Caveman is the longest-running solo play in Broadway history and now a celebrated worldwide success. Caveman has won the hearts of millions across the globe. Its "outrageously funny and surprisingly sweet exploration of the gender gap" (Chicago Sun-Times) has made Defending the Caveman "a comic phenomenon" (New York Times).

    Showtimes: Nightly; 7 p.m. with additional 4 p.m. performances on Sunday and Monday.

    Tickets: Tickets are available at the Harrah’s Box Office, by phone at (702) 369-5111 or by visiting www.harrahslasvegas.com. For groups of 15 or more, call 1-866-462-5982.

    Pricing: Tickets are $39.95, not including taxes and fees.

    Improv at Harrah’s

    The Improv at Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino has been named “Best Comedy Club” in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s coveted “Best of Las Vegas” poll numerous times. Other Improv accolades include “Best Comedy Club” by Casino Player Magazine and “Best Comedy Club in Southern Nevada” by Nevada Magazine. The Improv is the longest-running comedy club in Las Vegas and the first standup comedy club ever created, with the opening of the first Improv in New York City in 1963.

    Scheduled Guest Appearances (Subject to change):

    September 18 – 23: Joel Lindley, Gene Pompa, David Gee

    September 25 – 30: Dat Phan, Graham Elwood

    October 2 – 7: Chris Porter, Alex Koll

    October 9 – 14: Heath Hyche, Erin Foley, Ahmed Baroocha

    October 16 – 21: Max Alexander, Marc Price

    Showtimes: Nightly; 8:30 and 10 p.m.

    Dark Day: Monday.

    Tickets: Tickets are available at the Harrah’s Box Office, by phone at (702) 369-5223 or by visiting www.harrahslasvegas.com. For groups of 15 or more, call 1-866-462-5982.

    Pricing: Tickets are $29.05 and $44.95, not including taxes and fees.

    Legends in Concert

    Featuring live re-creations of superstars of yesterday and today, backed by a live rockin’ band and the Legends singers and dancers, Legends in Concert is a one-of-a-kind experience. The show features such gone-but-not-forgotten greats as Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Liberace, Marilyn Monroe, Sammy Davis Jr. and many others. In late 1989, the show injected more pizzazz by also paying tribute to living superstars of the day with re-creations of Rod Stewart, Elton John, Steven Tyler, Stevie Wonder, Whoopi Goldberg, Cher, Madonna, and Britney Spears among others.

    Showtimes: Nightly; 7 and 9:30 p.m.

    Dark Day: Saturday.

    Tickets: Tickets are available at the Harrah’s Box Office, by phone at (702) 369-5111 or by visiting www.harrahslasvegas.com. For groups of 15 or more, call 1-866-462-5982.

    Pricing: Tickets are $49 and $69, not including taxes and fees.

    Mac King

    Named “Best Strip headliner” in the Las Vegas Weekly’s 2011 annual Vegas’ best awards, Mac King’s unique act contains an unusual combination of quirky humor, visual gags and astounding sleight of hand. King is known for his engaging personality and original magic creations, like making a live goldfish appear over an audience member’s head. Because of his quick wit and extensive audience interaction, no two shows are alike.

    Showtimes: Tuesday – Saturday; 1 and 3 p.m.

    Dark Days: Sunday and Monday.

    Tickets: Tickets are available at the Harrah’s Box Office, by phone at (702) 369-5222 or by visiting www.harrahslasvegas.com. For groups of 15 or more, call 1-866-462-5982.

    Pricing: Tickets are $32.95, not including taxes and fees.

    Imperial Palace

    Human Nature

    “Smokey Robinson Presents Australia’s Human Nature – The Ultimate Celebration of Motown” showcases the distinctive, dynamic harmonies of members Toby Allen, Phil Burton, Andrew Tierney and Michael Tierney. This quartet is known for outstanding concert and stage performances and has toured with Céline Dion and Michael Jackson.

    Showtimes: Nightly; 7:30 p.m.

    Dark Days: Thursday and Friday. Show will be dark September 19 – 22, 27 – 30.

    Tickets: Tickets are available at the Imperial Palace Box Office, by phone at (888) 777-7664 or by visiting www.imperialpalace.com. For groups of 15 or more, call 1-866-462-5982.

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $49.95 to $59.95, not including taxes and fees.

    Divas Las Vegas

    Presented by comedic icon and Strip headliner of more than 25 years, Frank Marino, Divas Las Vegas is a 75-minute energetic and over-the-top production featuring 16 male, lady look-alikes impersonating some of music and entertainment’s biggest superstars including Cher, Beyoncé, Diana Ross, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Celine Dion and Tina Turner.

    Showtimes: Nightly; 10 p.m.

    Dark Day: Friday.

    Tickets: Tickets are available at the Imperial Palace Box Office, by phone at (888) 777-7664 or by visiting www.imperialpalace.com. For groups of 15 or more, call 1-866-462-5982.

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $39 to $79, not including taxes and fees.

    Jeff Civillico

    Las Vegas-based entertainer and world champion juggler, Jeff Civillico, entertains and wows audiences in his show at Imperial Palace. A dynamic entertainer, Civillico’s show blends comedy with physical humor, stunts and juggling with friendly audience interaction and insane amounts of energy. Although he is a world champion juggler, it's his zany personality and youthful spirit that create this unforgettable entertainment experience great for all ages.

    Showtimes: Daily; 2 p.m.

    Dark Day: Tuesday.

    Tickets: Tickets are available at the Imperial Palace Box Office, by phone at (888) 777-7664 or by visiting www.imperialpalace.com. For groups of 15 or more, call 1-866-462-5982.

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $30 to $40, not including taxes and fees.

    Paris Las Vegas

    Anthony Cools

    Hypnotist Anthony Cools uses his skills for decidedly evil purposes, tapping into the carnal desires and subconscious naughtiness of his audience, shearing off all inhibitions. Signature stunts in his hilarious and interactive 90-minute show include handshakes that induce vocal, sexual responses, as well as several other shocking tricks.

    Showtimes: Nightly; 9 p.m.

    Dark Days: Monday and Wednesday. Show will be dark September 21, October 12 and December 17 – 24.

    Tickets: Tickets are available at the Bally’s and Paris Box Offices, or by calling 702-967-4567 or toll free at 1-877-374-7469. Tickets can also be purchased via www.parislasvegas.com

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $55.75 to $88.75, not including taxes and fees.

    Chateau Nightclub & Gardens

    Spanning more than 45,000-square-feet and sprawled across two-stories, the high-energy nightclub and Parisian gardens brings a new dimension to Vegas nightlife with its premium center-Strip location inside Paris Las Vegas, breathtaking terraces and lavish decor. The only nightclub located directly on the Las Vegas Strip, Chateau’s outdoor gardens showcase magnificent, open-air views for a nightlife experience unlike any other.

    Scheduled Guest Appearances (Subject to change):

    Wednesdays: DJ Hollywood hosts new industry night.

    September 21: Luke Wilson celebrates his 41st birthday.

    September 28: Rock n’ Brew III – A Beer and Music Festival.

    September 29: Scott Disick hosts the evening.

    Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 10:30 p.m. to 4 a.m.

    Reservations: For table reservations and VIP bottle service, call 702-776-7777 or email reservations@chateaunightclublv.com.

    Cover: Local ladies are always free, while general admission is $20 for women and $30 for men, excluding special events.

    Chateau Terrace

    Situated on the second story of Paris Las Vegas overlooking the Las Vegas Strip, the Chateau Terrace has direct access from Las Vegas Boulevard for the convenience of guests. Guests will enjoy their first drink for free and be welcome in anything from flip flops to stilettos. The Chateau Terrace will be a separate entity from Chateau Nightclub & Gardens’ main room and rooftop Chateau Gardens, where standard cover charges and dress code will apply.

    Hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 9:30 p.m. to 4 a.m.

    Cover: $10 per person

    Jersey Boys

    Winner of Best Musical accolades on Broadway, in London and Australia, this blockbuster phenomenon takes you up the charts, across the country and behind the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

    Showtimes: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday; 7 p.m., Tuesday; 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and Saturday; 5 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

    Dark Days: Monday.

    Tickets: For tickets, visit the Eiffel Tower Box Office, call 877-374-7469 or visit www.parislasvegas.com.

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $100.30 to $226.80, not including taxes and fees. Beginning September 1, tickets range in price from $48 to $157.32, not including taxes and fees.

    Planet Hollywood

    CeeLo Green is LOBERACE

    This truly unique, new show designed exclusively for Planet Hollywood will take fans on an electrifying journey into the world of CeeLo’s brainchild, “LOBERACE.” More of a spectacle than a show, CeeLo, the conductor/ringmaster “LOBERACE,” will take you on a ride through the colorful decades of music, stopping at legendary moments in time, from Prince to Blue Magic to The Rolling Stones, new wave to disco and beyond.

    Showtimes: 2013 – February 27, 28; March 1, 2, 6 – 9, 13 – 16, 20 – 23, 27 – 30; April 3 – 6, 10 – 13; 11 p.m. on Wednesday – Friday and 12 a.m. on Saturday in the Showroom at Planet Hollywood.

    Tickets: For tickets, visit the Planet Hollywood Box Office, call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $49.50 to $149.50, not including taxes and fees.

    CeeLo and Friends

    Mega superstar CeeLo Green is teaming up with some of the biggest names in entertainment to deliver an early Christmas gift to the Las Vegas-based non-profit organization Keep Memory Alive. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit Keep Memory Alive, which raises awareness and funds in support of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s work towards enhanced treatments and research of neurocognitive disorders. CeeLo will perform songs from his upcoming Christmas album with past artists from NBC’s “The Voice,” as well as other performers to be announced at a later date.

    Showtime: October 10; 8 p.m.

    Tickets: For tickets, visit the Planet Hollywood Box Office or call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $125 to $500.


    PEEPSHOW, starring blonde bombshell Holly Madison, is Vegas' only star-studded striptease spectacular. PEEPSHOW is a highly stylized production accompanied by a sizzling ensemble of sexy PEEPSHOW GIRLS, showstoppers from film, TV, Broadway and beyond.

    Showtimes: Monday, Friday and Sunday; 9:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday; 8 and 10:30 p.m. in the Showroom at Planet Hollywood. Starting September 27, all shows will be at 9:30 p.m.

    Dark Days: Tuesday and Wednesday. Show will be dark September 24 and 30.

    Tickets: For tickets, visit the Planet Hollywood Box Office or call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $66 to $101, not including taxes and fees. A VIP package is available at $126 per person, not including taxes and fees. For an additional $100 per person, an exclusive Holly Madison Meet & Greet upgrade is available as an add-on to a ticket purchase in any price level and takes place following the Sunday, Monday and Friday performances and following the 10:30 p.m. performance on Thursday and Saturday.

    Gallery Nightclub

    Filled with oversized frames that adorn the walls, showcasing original photography depicting voyeuristic imagery, Gallery creates a playfully sexy backdrop for guests. Designed by burgeoning talent Amy Kim of AK DesignNETWORK, the 20,000-square-foot space fuses vintage gothic design with contemporary touches. The Main Room is the center of attention with a sprawling dance floor, two bars and an elevated DJ booth. State-of-the-art sound and lighting blanket every room of Gallery, where renowned DJs spin a mix of house, mash-ups, hip-hop and top 40 – an eclectic blend that will keep the crowds partying late into the night.

    Hours: Wednesday – Saturday; 10 p.m. to close.

    Reservations: For reservations, call 702-818-5700 and for more information call 702-818-3700 or visit www.GalleryLV.com.

    Cover: Local ladies are always free, while general admission is $20 for women and $30 for men, excluding special events.

    Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Saloon

    Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Saloon brings the talents and sex appeal of the Pussycat Dolls into an interactive setting complete with gorgeous bartenders pouring shots and non-stop performances. All ladies are welcome to showcase their “inner Doll” with bar-tops for dancing in an over-the-top burlesque setting. Pussycat Dolls fill the room with eye candy, dancing inside a rhinestone-encrusted bathtub and on raised platforms throughout the 4,500-square-foot venue. Joining the ranks of past celebrity Pussycat Dolls such as Kim Kardashian and Eva Longoria, beautiful A-list celebrities will showcase their talents with special guest appearances.

    Hours: Tuesday – Saturday; 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

    Reservations: Please call 702-818-5700 for reservations and for more information, call 702-818-3700 or visit www.PCDSaloon.com.

    Cover: Local ladies are always free, while general admission is $20 for men and $10 for women, excluding special events.

    PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

    Peter Gabriel

    Following a critically-acclaimed New Blood tour in 2011 that reignited Peter Gabriel fans across the world by reimagining his best known songs through stunning orchestral arrangements, Gabriel will return to U.S. stages to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his groundbreaking, iconic album So.

    Showtime: October 5; 8 p.m.

    Tickets: For tickets, visit the Planet Hollywood Box Office, call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $75 to $238, not including taxes and fees.


    Successful American rock group Journey returns to Las Vegas with a performance at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino with special guest Loverboy.

    Showtime: December 7; 8 p.m.

    Tickets: For tickets, visit the Planet Hollywood Box Office, call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $59.50 to $149.50, not including taxes and fees.

    A Perfect Circle

    Rock band A Perfect Circle will perform with special guest Neil Hamburger.

    Showtime: December 29; 8 p.m.

    Tickets: For tickets, visit the Planet Hollywood Box Office, call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $49.50 to $69.50, inclusive of taxes and fees.

    Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

    Penn & Teller

    Edgy, provocative and hilarious, Penn & Teller's live show on any given night can involve knives, guns, a fire-eating showgirl and a duck. Known as the "Bad Boys of Magic," for supposedly revealing the secrets to their tricks, they may show you how it’s done, but will still manage to leave you startled.

    Showtimes: Saturday – Wednesday; 9 p.m.

    Dark Days: Thursday and Friday; September 16 to 21.

    Tickets: For tickets, visit the Rio Box Office, call 702-777-7776 or visit www.riolasvegas.com. For groups of 10 or more, please call 702-740-4277.

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $75 to $95, not including taxes and fees.

    The Chippendales

    Named “Best Male Strip Show in Las Vegas” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and given 5-stars by Las Vegas Weekly, Chippendales has earned the reputation as the premier high-energy male revue production, featuring a cast of 12 magnificently sexy men. Capturing the perfect balance of sex appeal and tasteful teasing, the show’s steamy vignettes portray everything from men in uniform to dusty cowboys as the men perform and play out multiple fantasies in a full production show – there is guaranteed to be something for every woman.

    Showtimes: 8 p.m. nightly with additional shows Friday and Saturday at 10:30 p.m.

    Tickets: For tickets, visit the Rio Box Office, call 702-777-7776 or visit www.riolasvegas.com. For groups of eight or more, please call 702-382-9347.

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $39.95 to $49.95, not including taxes and fees.

    Show in the Sky

    With glamour, edgy choreography, vocal performances and an overall exciting atmosphere, the “Show in the Sky” at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is comparable to the upbeat music videos seen on TV. Once recognized for its Mardi Gras theme, the production features stunning dancers in eye-popping costumes entertaining the audience, as fantasy floats glide above the crowd, creating an energetic and dynamic musical celebration. Viewers have the chance to see three completely different productions all in one night. Catering to all tastes, “Show in the Sky” includes pop, Latin and burlesque numbers.

    Showtimes: Thursday – Saturday; every hour on the hour from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

    Pricing: Complimentary.

    Float Ride Tickets: Float ride tickets are available for $12.95 per person and may be purchased at the Rio Box Office.

    Crown Theater at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

    The venue’s 900-capacity unique, in-the-round design will feature intimate performances by some of the biggest, as well as upcoming, names in music as part of Crown Theater’s offerings.

    Rat Pack is Back

    Rat Pack is Back is a tribute to classic Big Band artists.

    Showtimes: Monday – Sunday; 7 p.m.

    Tickets: For tickets, visit the Rio Box Office, call 702-777-7776 or visit www.riolasvegas.com. For more information, please visit www.thecrownvegas.com.

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $65.75 to $100.75, inclusive of taxes and fees.

    MJ Live

    “MJ Live” pays homage to the King of Pop with star Michael Firestone emulating the moves and sound of Michael Jackson.

    Showtimes: Sunday – Friday; 7 p.m.

    Tickets: For tickets, visit the Rio Box Office, call 702-777-7776 or visit www.riolasvegas.com. For more information, please visit www.thecrownvegas.com.

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $41.49 to $61.49, inclusive of taxes and fees. Children ages 12 and under are free. One child per adult.

    Eddie Griffin in the King’s Room

    Eddie Griffin gets the crowd laughing with his irreverent stand-up act.

    Showtimes: Monday – Wednesday; 7 p.m.

    Tickets: For tickets, visit the Rio Box Office, call 702-777-7776 or visit www.riolasvegas.com. For more information, please visit www.thecrownvegas.com.

    Pricing: Tickets range in price from $77.75 to $100.75, inclusive of taxes and fees. Guests must be 18 years of age or older.

    'America's Got Talent Live' a pure variety show, producer says.
    BY: Mike Weatherford/Las Vegas Review Journal.

    Did you hear someone say "whew"?

    It's still a little vague about which was the chicken and which was the egg - or maybe we should say the dog and the bone.

    But it just so happens the producers of "America's Got Talent" dig in for another extended stay in Las Vegas during the show's year of the dog.

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    Magician Jan Rouven wins over audience with 'Illusions'.
    BY: Mike Weatherford/Las Vegas Review Journal.

    Jan Rouven has reminded us of a valuable Las Vegas lesson: Never bet against eccentric German magicians with amusing accents and weird jackets.

    When Rouven came to town last year, he was among a pack of magicians fighting their way to the middle.

    The top of the magic heap is clearly defined as David Copperfield, Criss Angel or Penn & Teller. But Lance Burton's retirement in 2010 left the value-conscious, family-friendly, cover-the-basics magic market up for grabs.

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    Danny ‘The Count’ Koker on reality show fame and a ride ‘so pimpy, it’s disgusting’
    BY: Kristen Peterson/Las Vegas Weekly.

    If you’ve ever wondered what happens to a guy who travels with his family in a Christian singing group as a child, grows up to host a local Saturday night horror program as a vampire Elvis (using an Eastern European accent learned from his immigrant grandparents), and turns his lifelong love of cars and motorcycles into a successful business, then you might tune into History Channel’s Counting Cars (Tuesdays, 10 p.m.), which starts filming its second season this fall.

    There you will find the 6-foot-2, long-haired biker Danny “The Count” Koker, whose extensive knowledge of cars and motorcycles matches his unbridled passion for them.

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    As part of renovation, MGM Grand to offer rooms that promote wellness.
    From: www.vegasinc.com

    The MGM Grand is including in its renovation 42 "Stay Well" rooms that, for a few bucks more, "optimize and support the physical and emotional health and well-being of guests."

    The rooms include features such as:

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    Adam Richman’s World Food Championships’ pot grows to $300,000.
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun.

    The lineup of chefs and food aficionados continues to grow for the World Food Championships from Nov. 1-4 on the Strip hosted by Food Network star Adam Richman, who says it will be the world’s biggest food contest. The prize money has grown to $300,000, which should spark a real food fight.

    Among the food notables: Nadia G., host of the Cooking Channel’s top show “Nadia G.’s Bitchin’ Kitchen”; Marc Murphy, star of the Food Network’s “Chopped”; Barbara Fairchild, former editor in chief of Bon Appetit; and Colman Andrews, founder of Saveur and editor in chief of the Daily Meal.

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    VegasChatter's Ultimate Guide To Halloween 2012.
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