With the economy being so bad, some really good offers for locals are being presented. Here are a few examples:
"Lance Burton: Master Magician" at the MONTE CARLO will offer a $35 show ticket to residents of Nevada from December 1 thru December 13. If you buy your tickets at the Lance Burton Theatre Box-Office you can avoid the $3 service fee otherwise call (702) 730-7160.
The FLAMINGO and comedic-magician Nathan Burton (no relation to Lance Burton) invite locals to bring their Nevada ID to the FLAMINGO box office to purchase entry to the Paradise Garden Buffet and a ticket to “Nathan Burton Comedy Magic” for $19.95 (plus tax). Offer good for breakfast, lunch or dinner at Paradise Garden Buffet and expires Feb. 28, 2009. “Nathan Burton Comedy Magic” combines unique, in-your-face magical illusions blended with comedy and beautiful showgirls, all tied together with Burton’s energetic and mischievous personality. “Nathan Burton Comedy Magic” performs inside the FLAMINGO showroom at 4 pm, dark Mondays and Thursdays.
Hawaiian Tropic Zone inside PLANET HOLLYWOOD offers STOMP OUT LOUD ticket holders the opportunity to experience David Burke’s eclectic menu before the show with a buy one entrée, get one free offer now through Nov. 26. Anyone purchasing or picking up tickets to the show at PLANET HOLLYWOOD Box Office will receive a voucher good for one complimentary entrée at Hawaiian Tropic Zone with purchase of a second entrée
STOMP OUT LOUD, the high-energy production, will end its engagement at PLANET HOLLYWOOD on January 4, 2009. By January 4, 2009, the cast will have performed more than 600 times in the custom-built, 1,500-seat theatre. Ticket prices range from $59 to $99, but locals have the opportunity to take advantage of a two-for-one ticket offer on the top two tiers ($79 and $99) for the remainder of the run.
Though STOMP OUT LOUD is exclusive to PLANET HOLLYWOOD, its popularity has swept the nation. Over the past 19 months the cast of STOMP OUT LOUD has performed at Las Vegas events such as the NBA All-Star Game, Latin Grammy Awards and Professional Bull Riders World Finals. The cast has been seen on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Planet Green’s “Battleground Earth.” The show was also named one of Las Vegas’ Top Ten Shows of 2007 by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Jersey rock veteran John Eddie brings his working-class style of rock to Toby Keith’s: I Love This Bar & Grill at HARRAHS on November 10-16 at 9 p.m. Eddie is widely known for his tours on the club circuit, but is most often praised for sharing the stage with fellow performer Bruce Springsteen. Eddie’s hit song “LowLife” was recently released on Kid Rock’s newest album Rock n Roll Jesus. Admission is free.
I’m sure many more special offers will be coming up, so watch for them! When I arrived in Las Vegas in 1982, monetarily things were not too good for the casinos, although not as bad as it is now. Goodies such as shows and food were given away gratis to locals to lure them into the casinos.
TERRIBLE’s PRIMM VALLEY CASINO RESORTS now presents ‘Sin City Kitties,’ a unique topless cabaret show in the really lovely WHISKEY PETE’s Showroom. ‘The Sin City Kitties’ are a bevy of beautiful and athletic professionally trained dancers who tease and titillate the audience with their sultry moves. This is a very entertaining show that is not only sexy with singing and dancing, but also includes some specialty acrobatic sensual acts and an exciting flying ribbon act. Orchestrating the action, queen of the Kitty Play-Parlor Mistress Lily is terrific as she sings her heart out while divulging the fantasies and secrets of each of her kitty counterparts. The beautiful and seductive Kitties include Mistress Lily, Champagne, Dazee, Siren, Summer, Gigi and Roxy. Serving as play toys for the Kitties are the TomKats, two chiseled male strip artists and dancers. The Kitties frolic and play, tease and taunt and dance with sensual and seductive dance moves. Show times are: Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 and 10 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $24.95 and are available by calling 1.800.FUNSTOP or by visiting www.primmvalleyresorts.com.
The ORLEANS presents Bill Maher, November 21-23 at 8 p.m. For the past 15 years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny political talk can go on American television. Bill is one of the most politically astute comedians in America today. His unflinching honesty and commitment to never pulling a punch have garnered him the respect and admiration of millions of fans.
Bill was born in New York City to an Irish Catholic father who was an NBC news editor and a Jewish mother who was a retired nurse. He was raised in River Vale, New Jersey and majored in English at Cornell University. In 1993, Bill created Politically Incorrect. He brought together some of the most interesting politicians, entertainers and journalists to participate in some of the most controversial, topical and comical discussions. Politically Incorrect survived for five years on ABC and received a total of 18 Emmy nominations. Tickets are priced from $54.95 plus tax. Call the Box Office at 702-365-7075 or online at orleanscasinos.com.
What a pleasant surprise! I have known Larry G. Jones for some time, having seen him at many social and media events. However, I never had the chance to see him perform. This guy is a dynamite entertainer. He has a great singing voice and he sings the major hits from different time period’s in the singing voices of the hit performers. He also takes on the demeanor of many different impersonations. (his George W. Bush is fantastic, as with only a wig his mannerisms become George W.). His energy belies the fact that although he is a young, cute looking man, he was at death’s door at one time. He told me he had been performing downtown for 7 years and now he is performing at the ROYAL CASINO on Convention Center Drive, just off the strip. It is a small room, however, the seats are very comfortable armchairs. At the media night, we were also treated to the Cosmo’s Restaurant in the Royal Casino and that too was a delicious treat. Make sure to see Larry G. Jones show that starts with a Red Skelton impersonator who opens the show for Larry. And, treat yourself to delicious food and drinks at Cosmo’s while you are there.
multi-talented Roslyn Kind will dazzle audiences at the CANNERY in The Club,
November 14 and 15. Lauded by critics from The London Times, New York Post,
Time Magazine and the New York Times, Ms. Kind has forged a
successful career in all facets of entertainment from critically acclaimed
recordings to sold-out performances on Broadway and in top concert venues and
nightclubs the world over. Los Angeles Times jazz writer Don Heckman once
said, “Forget that Roslyn Kind is Barbra Streisand's kid sister. She's too good
and too special to have to worry about comparisons.” Tickets are $10 and can be
purchased at the door.
Bette Midler appeared at KRAVE NIGHTCLUB at PLANET HOLLYWOOD in support of Barack Obama and she was a kick. Midler is currently starring in "The Showgirl Must Go on" at CAESARS PALACE. She has won four Grammys, four Golden Globes, a Tony award and has been nominated for two Oscars.
EPICUREAN CHARITABLE FOUNDATION Las Vegas officials announced that the Foundation will renew its partnership with the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) Athletic Department in support of the university’s men’s basketball program. The Foundation will sponsor UNLV Athletics with a contribution of $100,000, a significantly larger donation than last year’s $24,000. The funds will go toward providing the student-athlete of each of the 31 home games with scholarship dollars as well as other programs designated by the UNLV Athletic Department.
GALAXY CANNERY guests can now sit back, relax and enjoy beer with their popcorn. Beginning Friday, November 14 with the opening of the new James Bond film, “Quantum of Solace,” GALAXY CANNERY will be the first movie theatre in Clark County to serve beer. The beer will only be served in select theatres inside Galaxy Cannery daily after 6 p.m. Only guests age 21 and older will be permitted inside the theatres serving beer. Located inside the CANNERY CASINO & Hotel, GALAXY CANNERY THEATRE features 16 stadium-style auditoriums complete with luxury high-back plush rocker seats and wall-to-wall screens.
Also at the CANNERY, Jumping Jack Flash, a tribute to The Rolling Stones will rock out at on November 21 and 22. The tribute act will perform a vast selection of hit songs from what many consider to be the “World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band.” The concerts begin each night at 8 p.m. at The Club. Admission is $5 at the door.
Did you know there is now an EROTIC HERITAGE MUSEUM in Las Vegas? Situated on Industrial Road, patrons of the museum have the opportunity to behold and explore the vast array of socio-cultural perspectives depicting our erotic heritage, including a special emphasis on the unfolding of the American Sexual Revolution of the 20th Century. The Museum seeks to bridge the gap between that which is commercial and often misidentified as pornographic, with that which is aesthetic, often identified as folk, pop, and fine art through a common visual language. The Museum encompasses over 24,000 square feet of permanent and featured exhibits designed to preserve wonders of the erotic imagination as depicted through the artistic expression of acts of sex and love.
R&B sensation Usher is set to perform at The Pearl Concert Theater at the PALMS on Friday, November 21 at 9:00 p.m. After being signed by legendary L.A. Reid at the young age of 14, Usher Raymond, released his debut album Usher in 1994. His first single, “Think of You” reached the top of the charts and paved his way to be known simply as Usher and make his mark on the R&B charts. Usher’s sophomore album My Way was released in 1997 with Usher doing quite a bit of the writing and working with producers Jermaine Dupri, Babyface and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, who also worked with the artist on Usher.
Reunion tours seem to be the big buzz in the music industry lately and after reuniting in late 2007, another beloved band is hitting the road once more. The Backstreet Boys will make a stop at The Pearl inside the PALMS Saturday, November 22 at 8:00 p.m. It’s been 15 years since Backstreet Boys redefined the modern musical landscape, ushering in a chapter of pop culture that commandeered the world’s radio airwaves, broke music and concert sales records and launched a new generation of teen idols for millions of youth. Tickets for Backstreet Boys are $48.00, $58.00 and $78.00, plus any additional service fees.
And, celebrating their 20th Anniversary Tour, The Smashing Pumpkins make their way to The Pearl at the PALMS Saturday, November 29 at 8:00 p.m.
Yum, Yum, Yummy! Media was invited to the opening of Via Brasil Steakhouse at 1225 South Fort Apache Rd. and we were treated royally at this traditional authentic Brazilian “Churrascaria” (steakhouse). There is a full service bar in this 9,200 sq. ft. restaurant that has an interior inspired by Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach. Our fantastic meal started with a gourmet salad bar with an extensive array of hot and cold dishes. At your table you have a two sided circular chip which you turn when you want more of the 14 different types of meat, poultry and fish that are carved tableside. Side dishes are put on the table and a dessert cart offers decadent desserts to choose from. Make sure to be hungry before you go, as you will leave feeling you won’t need to eat again for a week. Quite a place!
The word is out and it’s official. Disney Theatrical Productions and Mandalay Bay have announced that the award-winning Broadway phenomenon THE LION KING will be coming to the Mandalay Bay Theatre May 2, 2009. Preview performances will begin April 20, 2009. This production will join the six other highly successful companies of THE LION KING around the world in New York, London, Hamburg, Paris, Tokyo and Fukuoka. Mandalay Bay’s production of THE LION KING will be virtually identical to the other companies seen around the globe and will be staged with all of the same spectacular music, sets, and costumes that have made it a worldwide phenomenon.
And, The GOLDEN NUGGET has announced the signing of Gordie Brown, the great singer/impressionist/entertainer to a multi-year contract. Gordie is currently touring North America with Celine Dion and will begin performances in February 2009, in the property’s Showroom, which will be renamed in his honor, The Gordie Brown Showroom. Starting in February, Brown will perform five nights a week with a four-piece band. He is well known for his amazing comedy and vast repertoire of celebrity impressions.
The Backstage Revue and the UNLV Senior Adult Theatre Program will present “Forever Pom-Poms”, an original script written by Ann Vizzaccero, on Saturday, November 22 at The Italian American Supper Club, 2333 E. Sahara. “Forever Pom-Poms” tells the story of five cheerleaders with one thing in common – they all dated Moose, the football quarterback, while in school. Getting together at their 50th class reunion reveals many changes and very interesting surprises. All of the characters have their own journey and story to tell, but none as funny or transforming as Sister Theresa and Moose. Directed by Bobby Rodgers, the cast features Ann Vizzaccero as Sister Theresa, Erik McMillan as Moose, Gail K. Romero as Gayle, Sandy Runkle as Monique, Helen Bagne as Baby Cakes, Carol Cravens as Trixie and Bobby Rodgers as Vince. This will be the first performance of “Forever Pom-Poms”. Admission is free with reservations. Call 878-2908 to reserve seats. Donations will be appreciated but not required.
‘Jewish Soul’ a four-person vocal group from Santa Barbara, CA, called ‘SoulAviv,’ along with a three-piece band performed at Temple Beth Sholom to a standing ovation audience. SoulAviv music is high-energy soul, gospel, and world-music grooves mixed with Jewish heritage, spirituality, and celebration. In describing their sound, ‘SoulAviv’ says, “If Debbie Friedman got together with Aretha Franklin, with The Mamas and the Papas sitting in on harmony, it would sound like ‘SoulAviv.’ The group was formed in early 2007and members include Erin Berkowitz Jamie Green, Liat Wasserman, and Rob Raede, music director for the group. ‘SoulAviv’ released their first CD in May of this year.