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    LVH hotel-casino in Las Vegas sold at foreclosure auction.
    BY: Steve Green/www.vegasinc.com

    The 2,973-room LVH hotel-casino in Las Vegas was sold during a foreclosure auction today. As expected, it was purchased by a joint venture between Gramercy Capital Corp. and Goldman Sachs Mortgage Co. LLC.

    Goldman Sachs’ affiliates were both investors in and lenders to the old Las Vegas Hilton, now called the LVH or Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

    The property was foreclosed on after defaulting on its mortgage, which had a balance of $309.6 million as of Oct. 10.

    The amount of the Gramercy/Goldman bid for the property wasn’t immediately disclosed, but it was likely a credit bid in which the mortgage amount due far exceeds the value of the property. The mortgage initially was for $250 million, but the amount owed grew with missed payments and interest.

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    In revamped Monte Carlo show, Blue Man Group shows no signs of turning gray.
    BY: John Katsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun.


    It was 13 years ago, almost to the day, that Blue Man Group was introduced to Las Vegas as a trio of muted performance artists wearing skullcaps, their heads and faces painted a gooey blue.

    The Luxor was the venue back then. The question was how this heretofore untested (at least on the Strip) performance-art troupe would fill a 1,200-seat theater.

    That’s not entirely accurate, actually. There was another question: What the hell is this? In one memorable act during a 45-minute preview in October 1999, a Blue Man tossed 30 marshmallows from a distance of about 20 feet into the awaiting mouth of his blue-hued partner until marshmallows seeped from his face. Then the receiving Blue Man methodically regurgitated the white glop onto a black board, creating a glistening 2-foot-tall tower of marshmallows, and slapped a big $4,000 price tag on the front.

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    The rumors have been confirmed; Ovation Showroom at GVR, one of the coolest rooms in town, will be closing at the end of the month.

    In more news from the south-of-south-Strip property, the South Point casino is currently undergoing a half-million dollar renovation and is set to open Dec. 1, reports the LV Sun. The Costa Del Sur Spa & Salon will feature new treatment sections and new treatments, a couples-relaxation lounge, and sauna steam Jacuzzi. The grand opening period will feature a promo offering a free day's use of the spa and gym with the purchase of a $50 service, while Las Vegas residents will receive an ongoing 20 percent discount on services.

    Aliante Casino & Hotel, formerly a Station Casinos brand, has announced that the completion of its transition to total new management will be complete Nov. 1. The theme "A Brand New Day" has been chosen to mark the property's new identity, which sees the introduction of three new dining options, including: the European-style Bistro 57; The Salted Lime a margarita bar and restaurant; and the Medley Buffet. Nov. 1 will also see the launch of the brand-new players club, with 10X play all day. Players may pick up their new loyalty cards at the Rewards Center beginning at 10 a.m.

    Meat & Three, the new Henderson cafeteria from Chris Herrin, the acclaimed baker behind sister cafe/bakery Bread & Butter, is now officially open for business, serving up a menu of hearty Southern fare. Located at 10940 Eastern Ave., the casual eatery offers a choice of meats and sides, such as beef brisket, fried chicken, and a dozen different puddings. Mention you're a fan of the bakery for a free dessert.

    Honey Salt, which debuts today at 1031 S. Rampart Blvd. in Summerlin, is an independent venture from culinary couple Elizabeth Blau and Chef Kim Canteenwalla. As founder of hospitality consulting group Blau & Associates, Blau is widely credited with the transformation of Las Vegas into the world-class dining destination. The menu features bistro-style fare, comprised of local produce from regional growers and other sustainable sources and restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner, with a weekend brunch coming soon.

    There have seemingly been a lot of changes to the culinary lineup at Wynn since it opened, starting with the early closure of Corsa Cusina, the demise of both Alex (closed) and Stratta (renamed), and the rebranding of Okada amidst the legal wranglings between its namesake and his former friend Steve Wynn, among others. Now Norm! Has announced in the R-J that the novelty Switch, which recently closed, will be reopened and renamed Andrea's in honor of Wynn's wife. The former restaurant got its name from the various novelty transformations that took place to the interior and the staff uniforms throughout the evening.

    Girls Night at Tabú: MGM Grand's boutique nightclub introduces "Girls Do It Better Sundays" tonight, featuring the hottest, up-and-coming female DJs from around the country rocking the turntables each Sunday. Tonight features Las Vegas resident DJ Dezie, who's been named on the SheFM Top 100 Female DJ list.

    This weekend marks the end of KRAVE nightclub's tenure on the Strip, and you can be sure the LGBT club will go out with big-bang celebrations tonight and Sunday. Weep not, as it reopens as KRAVE Massive in the Neonopolis complex on Fremont Street this New Year's Eve and is being billed as the biggest gay club in the world.

    Magician Murray Sawchuck celebrates his six-month anniversary at the Tropicana on Thursday and gets prime marquee space with his picture at one of the busiest intersections in all of America. Murray, still honeymooning with new bride “Fantasy” dancer Chloe Crawford, is the only headliner at the hotel and just received word that his children’s TV series “The Jadagrace Show” starts airing on CBS in early February. Murray also just filmed a guest spot on “Top Gear USA” and is shooting a hit French series similar to MTV’s “The Real World.”

    The first British Airways flight from London’s Gatwick Airport to our McCarran International new terminal arrived Monday with a traditional water cannon salute. The 272-seat, Boeing 777 will fly here three times per week; the new service is estimated to provide a nongaming economic impact to Southern Nevada of nearly $41.5 million annually. Britain is the No. 1 source of overseas travelers to Las Vegas, nearly 420,000 visitors in 2011, accounting for nearly 9 percent of all international travel to our desert destination.

    It’s four years tonight that magician Criss Angel opened his Cirque du Soleil illusions show “Believe” at the Luxor, and it’s still going strong. Happy anniversary, and congratulations from everybody at Vegas DeLuxe. Criss is busy editing a new TV commercial about the show to launch in tandem next year with a new levitation illusion described by magicians as “the ultimate.”

    Based on the fact that Sammy Hagar can’t drive 55, his Cabo Wabo Cantina at Planet Hollywood has come up with one extreme dish. The “I Can’t Drive 55” Dollar Nachos features tortilla chips with some 20 toppings. Sammy is challenging any solo diner to finish the 8-pound dish within 55 minutes. If successful, not only does the winner get inducted into the Macho Nacho Hall of Fame, but Sammy also picks up the check and provides an autographed Cabo Wabo T-shirt.

    It’s true that in Vegas, you can eat at the fanciest restaurants and dine on dishes from around the world, but sometimes, you just crave a burger paired with a shake and fries. Stripburger in front of the Fashion Show mall has the power to satisfy that craving with a menu of eclectic burgers, from the traditional cheeseburger topped with your choice of cheese to the green chili cheeseburger and the veggie burger made with vegetables, brown rice, sesame and sunflower seeds and cashews. Add on a creamy shake—butterscotch, banana, vanilla and mango-coconut are among the options—and a wild side, such as the atomic cheese fries or fried onion strings, and you’ve got a unique and hearty meal.

    The great event at the Riviera was the celebration of 25 years of Crazy Girls. There was food, cake, drinks, presents, the media out in full force and a mayoral declaration of Oct. 4 as "Crazy Girls Day in Vegas." Those lovely, limber ladies dressed all alike in slinky little dresses and long blonde wigs worked the room before the show. The Riviera has the Society of Seven, Andrew Dice Clay, The Comedy Club, the magic of Jan Rouven and they are about to embark on a refurbishing of the property. That end of the Strip needs a new facelift and a reason to bring the crowds down to the northern end of the Strip.

    What is happening to Jonathan Segal and his opening of a new club at the Tropicana? It’s to be housed at the old Nikki Beach location. It remains to be seen, but I am patient. It is a beautiful property. The whites, pinks and Art Nouveau décor should make for a stunning venue.

    Dancing with the Stars is returning. Can’t wait!

    At the Luxor, we have Fantasy with Cleo, the new star and wife of Murray the Celebrity Magician, who is also an English bombshell. Have at it, girl! And, by the way, Murray's show has been extended until 2013 at the Tropicana.

    The D, formerly Fitzgeralds, held its special grand opening event last week with Mayor Goodman,celebs, hors d'eourves and the Detroit version of Coney Island hot dogs.The new owners have put about $60 million in refurbishing and upgrading. Another step in the rejuvenation of Downtown.

    Right here on our stage, ‘AGT’ resurrects Ed Sullivan’s spirit.
    BY: John Katsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun.

    Many readers might not remember “The Ed Sullivan Show,” as it went off the air generations ago. I never saw it in its heyday, but I do know (through the miracle of archived videotape) the show was famous for showcasing unusual acts and artists. These oddly fascinating guests included mouse puppet-sidekick Topo Gigio, hand ventriloquist (and likely the most famous of hand ventriloquists) Senor Wences, and The Skating Bredos (who followed the Doors, Yul Brynner and Rodney Dangerfield on a Sullivan show in 1967).

    Other specialty acts featured the likes of acrobatic dancers from Suriname or some far-off land, teams of unicyclists, one-man bands and two-person balancing acts. The intros by Sullivan were priceless, “And right here on our stage, dancing and drilling to your delight, the Danish Dancing Dentists!” If you had an act that could hold TV viewers for 2 ½ minutes, by gosh, Sullivan would find a spot for you on his show.

    That sort of variety show – the type that rolls out genuine variety – went dark for a while on American TV. But it is back for an eight-week run ending Nov. 17, in the form of the “America’s Got Talent” show that has taken over Palazzo Theater, the former home of “Jersey Boys.”

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    Las Vegas loves its neon, but will it again embrace Liberace?
    BY: John Katsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun.

    One of the signs at the Neon Museum sits unambiguously at the base of the old Aladdin magic lamp. You have to crane your neck to read its looping, blackened lettering -- and to notice the faded orange design is actually a tiny piano.

    It’s a sign rescued from the Liberace Museum, and you stumble upon it almost accidentally.

    The Neon Museum’s opening was marked by a series of invitation-only events last week leading to its public opening Saturday. Small groups of curious guests were led on advance walking tours of the attraction at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North, a bit north of L.V. Boulevard and Fremont Street and just south of Cashman Center.

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    Sprawling Las Vegas country bar scoots closer to the Strip.
    BY: Conor Shine/Las Vegas Sun

    The bar is stocked, the dance floor is polished and the mechanical bull is ready to ride at the new location of Stoney’s Rockin’ Country bar, which celebrates its grand opening Thursday night.

    A popular stop for those in search of drink specials and country tunes, Stoney’s packed up its old location near Las Vegas Boulevard and Serene Avenue last month and moved 3 1/2 miles north to a spot at Town Square. Stoney Gray, co-founder of the establishment, said the move was prompted by a desire to be closer to the action on the Las Vegas Strip and attract more tourists to the bar.

    “It gives an opportunity to reach out and touch that tourist base that we couldn’t do down (at our old location),” Gray said. “We want to be that country destination that I really believe is missing in this town.”

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    $300,000 is up for grabs in first World Food Championships on the Strip.
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    “This is one fast and furious whirlwind. This is speed at the rate of 450 calories a minute!”

    That’s Food Network star Adam Richman’s perfect description for his first-ever World Food Championships that start Thursday and continue to Sunday’s Final Nine dinner table and the crowning of the world food champion.

    Adam’s debut $300,000 contest for comfort food chefs is such a grand undertaking with kitchen kin and food celebrities, it’s stretched out at Paris and Bally’s, with the closing event in front of Caesars Palace.

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    Steve Wynn has plans for Encore Theater after Garth Brooks departs.
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Reliable inside word from Steve Wynn’s executive offices is that he’s not planning to sign another resident country star or entertainer after Garth Brooks ends his three-year run at Encore Theater on Nov. 17.

    The theater will remain dark for most of next year except for special concerts on some holiday weekends. But then in 2014, Steve will debut his own production that would start rehearsals next fall in the theater.

    He’s not revealing anything just yet but has plotted his own show for the venue, and preliminary plans for its production are underway. The pace of development will pick up in early 2013 as Steve shapes what’s in his mind to reality. I’m told that it’s a unique concept and a vision that only he could create.

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    Boyd Gaming Launches Penny Lane at The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast and Sam’s Town.

    More than 1,000 of the most popular penny games to be offered;
    In November, B Connected members can get 15X multiplier and earn chance to win 1 million pennies

    Beginning this November, all roads lead to Penny Lane – a new penny game destination at The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast and Sam’s Town.

    Starting this November, players looking for the hottest penny titles need look no further than Boyd Gaming’s four Locals properties, which will offer more than 1,000 popular games within a themed area on the gaming floor.

    “Penny slot games have become enormously popular over the last several years. With Penny Lane, we’ll offer Locals a fun, exciting and unique place to play these popular games at The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast and Sam’s Town,” said Steve Thompson, Senior Vice President of Operations for Boyd Gaming’s Nevada Region. “These new games will be a perfect complement to our video poker selection, with thousands of games offering payback of 99% or better. From video poker to penny slots, our gaming floor will be among the most competitive in Las Vegas.”

    To ensure Penny Lane is offering the best selection of penny games in town, new titles will be introduced on a regular basis. B Connected members can visit bconnectedonline.com and use the Slot Search function to check out Penny Lane’s current line-up at each of the four participating properties.

    To celebrate the launch of Penny Lane, members of Boyd Gaming’s B Connected loyalty program will receive 15X points on Wednesdays and Saturdays in November when playing select machines in Penny Lane. Penny Lane players can also earn entries into weekly drawings throughout November for 1 million pennies ($10,000). Containers holding one million pennies will be on display at each property’s Penny Lane during the month.

    For further information on Penny Lane, B Connected and Boyd Gaming, visit www.boydgaming.com, www.bconnectedonline.com, or visit any B Connected Club desk. Membership in B Connected is required to participate in all promotions and specials; membership is free and available to persons over the age of 21.

    The Top 5 Steakhouses In Vegas (That We've Tried This Year)
    From: www.vegaschatter.com

    We love steak and are always excited to try a new or different steakhouse. This year brought a few new steakhouses to Las Vegas. Some were winners and some weren't. We visited many of them, but we also visited many existing steakhouses for the first time, too.

    Here are our favorites among what we've tried out this year. You can see last year's favorite steakhouses here.


    Plaza Getting Old Timey With New Show.
    From: www,vegaschatter.com

    In a move that our first reaction to was WTF, the Plaza is adding a new show to its ever-changing lineup. But, after doing a bit of research we're quite curious (and hopeful) about what will soon be downtown's newest entertainment option.

    Grand Ole Vegas Revue will debut in Downtown Vegas on November 3, but the show may not be new to locals (or surprisingly well-performed" a compliment) with a run out at Bonnie Springs under a slightly different name, Old West Musical Revue. For those that just said 'Bonnie what?' in your heads, it's a remnant of Old Nevada located about 30 minutes from the Strip that offers a replica of an 1800s mining town.

    Another good sign for the show? Its creators worked on the now closed Phantom of the Opera at the Venetian.

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    Chuck Rounds' Las Vegas Entertainment News November 2012.

    November in Las Vegas is a wonderful time—good cheer and good weather abounds throughout the city. Convention business is bustling with several monster conventions coming into town that have a couple of hundred thousand attendees.

    A friend of mine says that Halloween in Las Vegas is a full contact sport…so, providing that each of you has survived this Halloween, CONGRATULATIONS, it’s officially the Holiday Season!! Most stores have already put Christmas decorations up, and the ads for holiday merchandise are already flooding the airways. Holiday shows are starting to appear all over the city, and Christmas lights are being added to the neon. Thanksgiving has become a major event in town. Many people are taking advantage of the long weekend and spending in extra time in Vegas, and most restaurants have Thanksgiving offerings and specials, which will rival even the finest of home cooked meals. Las Vegas wants your business and has a lot of offer. Many of the Hotels are offering outrageous deals for you to come and stay here.

    November is one of the best months of the year.
    Turn your clocks back on the 4th…Daylight savings time is over.

    The largest free public event in Nevada returns to Nellis Air Force Base Nov. 10-11 when the U.S. Air Force hosts Aviation Nation 2012-- the Nellis Air Force Base Open House and annual Las Vegas air show. Aviation Nation celebrates 71 years of airpower in Las Vegas and the Air Force's accomplishments in air, space and cyberspace. Several military air demonstration teams, including the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Thunderbirds, will perform with other military and civilian acts. The two-day event will depict the history of American aviation and will salute the recent accomplishments of America's military in operations around the globe through numerous military and civilian ground displays. Approximately 100 aircraft covering everything from the earliest days of aviation to some of the nation's newest military aircraft are scheduled to be on display.
    Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil – Officially opens November 1st. Set your clock for the new and visually spectacular show coming to Las Vegas with stunning, colorful and modern acrobats set in a world where physical ability meets extraordinary in another spellbound extravaganza by Cirque Du Soleil. Follow Zark in a quest to regain his powers and the love of his life in an abandoned theatre populated by a motley collection of off-the-wall characters and incomparable acrobats.

    The gorgeous ladies of FANTASY celebrated the show’s 13th anniversary, and debuted their seductive 2013 “Barely Bejeweled” calendar. Voted “Best Showgirls” in the Las Vegas Review-Journal 2012 “Best of Vegas” poll, FANTASY has shaped itself into one of Las Vegas’ leading topless shows. Dynamic lead singer Lorena Peril adds an exciting and unforgettable element with her amazing powerhouse vocals as she takes center-stage alongside a talented cast of beautiful dancers. Great for singles and couples alike, the sexy production showcases 15 high-energy numbers set to a variety of today’s top music genres. While the gorgeous dancers lure guests into their wildest fantasies, comic relief Sean E. Cooper keeps audiences on its toes with his spot-on impressions of some of pop culture’s most recognizable personalities.

    A dramatic new American icon will soon rise above the sands of Las Vegas: the High Roller, the world’s largest observation wheel. Shimmering with light and movement, the High Roller will combine entertainment with spectacle while offering sweeping views of the Las Vegas skyline.

    To create an experience of such immense scale, which will instantly become an iconic international landmark, Caesars Entertainment Corp. selected The Hettema Group, an award-winning design team that specializes in creating and producing one of a kind, immersive experiences. Among enticing features, visitors will have the opportunity to reserve a cabin on the High Roller for special occasions complete with cocktails, music and entertainment as party-goers soar into the sky with the lights of Vegas sparkling below. Since the invention of the Ferris Wheel by G.W Ferris – the most popular attraction at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 – giant wheels have been popular throughout the world. Now state-of-the-art technology has made larger and more sophisticated observation wheels possible, from the London Eye to the Singapore Flyer, but at 550-feet, the High Roller will be the tallest wheel ever built.

    SPI Entertainment and Mills Entertainment are proud to announce the limited run of SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody at the Crown Theater inside Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, beginning in November. Part Second City, part Thunder from Down Under, SPANK! delivers big laughs, sexy fun and lots of surprises. The new show is a musical parody of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the risqué novel which recently surpassed “Harry Potter” to become the fastest-selling paperback of all time.

    The National tour of THE ADDAMS FAMILY will play at the Smith Center from November 20th to 25th. THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story and it's every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren't upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's "normal" boyfriend and his parents.

    Steve Winwood brings his undeniable blend of rock ‘n’ roll to the Pearl Concert Theater inside Palms Casino Resort on November 9, 2012 at 8 p.m. For more than four decades, Steve Winwood has remained a primary figure in rock ‘n’ roll. He burst into prominence in 1963 with the Spencer Davis Group releasing hits including “Keep On Running” and “Gimme Some Lovin’” and since that time his celebrated skills as a composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist have developed an impressive catalog of popular music.

    The pioneer of shock rock Alice Cooper will bring his theatrical music experience to the Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort on November 30, 2012 at 8 p.m. For more than 40 years, Alice Cooper has shocked audiences around the world with his live performances and wild stage antics. This unconventional style has made Cooper a staple amongst the list of “must see live” artists.

    Grammy Award winner Melissa Etheridge will rock the stage Saturday, November 12 at Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena at 8 p.m. The singer-songwriter is widely known for her mixture of pop-rock tunes accompanied by her signature smoky vocals and confessional lyrics. She has been nominated for 15 Grammy’s and took home two for her hit tracks Ain’t It Heavy released in 1993 and Come to My Window in 1995. Her most recent album titled Fearless Love was released April 2010 and debuted within the top 10 on Billboard Charts Top 200.

    Celebrated entertainer and Las Vegas mainstay Don Rickles brings his one-of-a-kind comedy back to The Orleans Showroom November 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. Known as “Mr. Warmth,” Rickles took his first step toward national fame in 1957, when Frank Sinatra wandered into the small Hollywood nightclub where Rickles was performing. The still-unknown Rickles eyed Sinatra and said, “I just saw your movie, ‘The Pride and the Passion,’ and I want to tell you, the cannon’s acting was great. And, make yourself at home, Frank. Hit somebody.” Sinatra doubled up laughing and became one of Rickles’ biggest boosters among Hollywood celebrities. Sinatra’s support helped Rickles become a regular in the showrooms of the Strip as well, beginning a long history as one of Las Vegas’ most renowned entertainers. Over the decades, Rickles’ unparalleled career has never missed a beat. While making his mark in movies, television, theater and recordings, Rickles has remained a master of nightclub comedy with a continuing love affair with live audiences.

    Opportunity Village…“The Magical Forest” opens November 21st and runs until January 6th. The Enchanted Carousel, the Forest Express Trains, live music, sweet treats, lavishly decorated trees, whimsical displays, millions of lights and visits with Santa Claus provide people of all ages with a winter wonderland each night during the holiday season. This season hold a truly magical surprise with new exciting attractions and an expanded Magical Forest that Las Vegas has never seen before. Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities by providing them with vocational training, employment and social recreation services that make their lives more productive and interesting. Once thought by society to be unemployable and unimportant in the community, people with severe disabilities are engaged, active residents who contribute to our society. Through Opportunity Village’s programs and services, hundreds of people with disabilities are learning vocational skills and being placed in jobs throughout the community.


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    Three new flavors of Vegas diversion.
    BY: Mike Weatherford/LVRJ

    Tired of the same ol' same ol'? It's encouraging to see the usually unrelated items in this column share an effort to offer something new and offbeat.

    At the Town Square shopping center, moonlighting artists led by a "Zumanity" performer reopen a theater with an original drama (though one with music and dance) about prostitution.

    Next week, the sex gets back to a lighter note with "Spank!" - a touring parody of "50 Shades of Grey," stopping for a limited run at the Rio.

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    Dining Pick of the Week: Island Flavor.

    Dining Pick of the Week: Leticia's Mexican Cocina.

    Dining Pick of the Week: Mundo, A Culinary Haute Spot.

    Wynn switching restaurant's name.
    BY: Norm Clarke/Las Vegas Review Journal.

    Hotel developer Steve Wynn is naming one of his restaurants after his British wife. Switch restaurant, which opened in Encore in December 2008, will be renamed Andrea's, Vegas Confidential has learned.

    Switch closed recently without an announcement to make way for the new concept. The eatery got its name for its transformation throughout the evening, with the walls and chandelier disappearing into the ceiling. Even the wait staff changed uniforms at the beginning, before that was deemed unworkable.

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    All Your Hero's Are Cowboy's.
    From: www.whats-on.com

    Paying tribute to country music titans, downtown Las Vegas’ Country Superstars showcases the impressive pipes of a rotating impersonator cast that includes stars from Reba McEntire to Garth Brooks, Big & Rich, Wynonna Judd, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Willie Nelson and Brooks & Dunn. The only Vegas show of its kind to exclusively cater to a country crowd, Country Superstars is a full concert experience with a live band.

    When show producer and co-creator Leonard Quenneville, who also does double duty performing as Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn and John Rich of Big & Rich in the show, and co-creator/Ronnie Dunn impersonator Ron Keel got together to create Country Superstars it was this focus on developing a true concert experience that they knew would set Country Superstars apart.

    “When Ronnie and I sat down to create this show….we decided to try to be somewhat different than other tribute shows by creating a concert-like atmosphere,” Quenneville explains. “We understand the need for a production show to include dancers and showgirls, but if you attended any of our acts’ concerts, you wouldn’t see dancers, just real country music the way it was intended to be.”

    And real country music is all about showcasing talent, from live musicians to live singing. It’s a fact that makes Quenneville proud. Watching the music come alive from such talented musicians every night is amazing to me. The entire show is played live. No tracks. No lip synching. We are out there recreating the mixed and mastered music that you hear on the radio, fully live.”

    Of course, a successful impersonator show is a balancing act, mixing star appeal with staying power as well as showcasing the hits that will be stuck in your head long after they’ve topped the charts. Which means that while Quenneville admires modern stars like Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, Country Superstars leans towards featuring tried and true legends.

    “Longevity is key for me. Today’s country stars are awesome. They really are. However, where will they be in 10 years?” He wonders. “Brooks & Dunn, Reba, Garth, Tim McGraw, George Strait…some of the acts in our show have been chart-topping acts for 30 years. That’s a superstar.”

    And there’s no doubt that, like the icons Country Superstars showcases nightly, this pitch-perfect production can expect many, many more years of success.

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    Electric Daisy Carnival announces 2013 Vegas dates, November 7 on-sale.
    BY: Mark Adams/Las Vegas Weekly.

    It’s official: Electric Daisy Carnival loves Las Vegas. Insomniac Events, producers of the massive annual electronic-music festival, has announced 2013 dates that will bring EDC to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the third straight summer, June 21-23.

    “Electric Daisy Carnival 2012 was really special to us,” Pasquale Rotella, Insomniac’s founder and CEO, said in a press statement. “The energy, love and sense of community surpassed anything we have ever experienced. It was humbling and inspirational.”

    EDC 2012 drew more than 320,000 attendees over its three nights, with a single-night high of 115,000.
    Although limited information remains available about the months-away event, one new detail stands out: Single day passes will not be made available this year, so plan accordingly, EDM fans.

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    New supper-nightclub planned for Encore.
    BY: Ron Sylvester/www.vegasinc.com

    A new mega supper-nightclub is hitting the Las Vegas Strip.

    Andrea's, opening Dec. 28 at Encore, will feature a 155-seat dining room and terrace that will span more than 8,200 square feet. The club will serve Asian-themed cuisine, and its terrace will overlook Surrender Nightclub.

    Electronic dance music will provide the sound track for diners. Wynn Las Vegas resident DJ Steve Angello will direct the music program, and guest DJs will spin after 11 p.m.

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