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Sunday, January 20, 2008 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
Sammy Hagar Performs, Toby Keith Gaming Pit, Conservatory Exhibits Chinese New Year, Psychic John Edward Crosses Over, LA Sunset Tan Opens, Favorito and Lacroix Conduct Humor Boot Camp™, Palazzo Grand Opening Set, Hooters Girls Autograph Calendars, Sopranos Get New Digs, American Superstars Adds On, Tangerine Nightclub Closes, Menopause The Musical® Celebrates 1000th Show, Velvet Revolver & George Clinton Headline, Sushi Roku & Boa Steakhouse Win Honors, More...

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Sammy Hagar, the singer who replaced David Lee Roth and became a household name in the mid '80s when he fronted the already formed Van Halen for several years, will headline at The Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. over the Big Game weekend. Tickets are $50 and $75, call 702-474-4000.

After leading multiple bands throughout the '60s and '70s, Hagar went solo for some time before joining the rock group Van Halen. In the late '70s, he released a self-titled album which went gold. In 1981, he released Standing Hampton, followed by 1982 Three Lock Box - the albums reached platinum and gold status respectively. His most recent solo album is 2006's Livin' It Up!

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Inspired by the "Big Dog Daddy" of country music, Toby Keith, Harrah's has put honky tonk on the casino floor by adding the country-themed Toby Keith gaming pit. The area features eight gaming tables and offers a mix of games including Casino War, Triple Shot and Blackjack.

The pit, which is adjacent to "Bill's Bar," a watering hole that also incorporates country elements in its d‚cor, is open daily from noon. to 4 a.m. The Toby Pit is adjacent to the casino entrance and features the sounds of contemporary country music. The gaming tables have custom felts, leather "TK" branded chairs, and dealers in Wild West uniforms. Female dealers wear western-themed, whiskey girl outfits complete with a Toby Keith belt buckle and a bustier, while male dealers sport more classic country wear. Rustic barrels and guitar-lined walls round out the country-themed décor while high-definition televisions play continuous country music videos.

Toby Keith has been a part of the Harrah's family since May of 2005 when he opened his famed restaurant, Toby Keith's: I Love This Bar & Grill, inside Harrah's.

Through March 15, the Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is celebrating the 2008 Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat, with a display filled with hidden meaning guided by the ancient practice of Feng Shui - the art of using surroundings to attract harmony, balance and positive life energy.

The dramatic centerpiece of this exhibit, a botanical, 5-foot-tall rodent, is perched atop an oversized, flowering branch. Legend has it that Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came. The rat is revered for its place as first in the Asian zodiac and is a symbol of renewal.

Near the rodent ambassador, an 18-foot-tall Chinese God of Wealth and Fortune is found amidst gleaming I-Ching coins, a traditional Chinese money symbol. The God of Wealth and Fortune is flanked by two Ming Dynasty-styled dings, ancestral vessels that protect against bad luck.

There's also a zigzag bridge leading to a deep red lacquer wing-tipped gazebo with shimmering gold trim and green-tiled roofs. A majestic mountain, seen as a pillar between heaven and earth, serves as a dramatic backdrop.

From a tranquil Koi pond to a shimmering waterfall, water will denote the larger world we live in while carp will signify good luck and everlasting good fortune.

Author, lecturer and psychic medium, John Edward, will appear throughout 2008 in the Flamingo showroom. His first visits are Feb. 12-14 and March 11-16. Tickets for his 11 a.m. shows are $181.55 including tax and fees, call 702-733-3333 or 800-221-7299.

Known for his popular internationally syndicated television shows, Crossing Over with John Edward and John Edward Cross Country, Edward has become notable for his unique ability to connect with those who have passed on and his compelling, down-to-earth approach to his work.

Anyone attending an Edward seminar should anticipate and feel as if they are part of a large "Crossing Over" or "Cross Country" television gallery. Each two-hour seminar consists of a Question and Answer session and an exciting opportunity to witness messages from the other side.

Edward, who has appeared on many network television shows, is author of the several New Times best sellers, including Crossing Over: The Stories Behind the Stories and After Life: Answers from the Other Side.

LA Sunset Tan, the ultra-modern sun spa, will open its first Las Vegas location and sixth outlet inside the new 47-story condominium-suite hotel and spa Palms Place in late February. The LA Sunset Tan brand is known internationally from its 12-epipsode hit E! reality series. The salon's signature LA Sunset Tan Cocktail will be offered, in which clients receive VIP robe service and complimentary beverages as they slip from the high-pressure bed into a spray booth in order to achieve the perfect golden glow. Most recently, LA Sunset Tan launched a nationwide franchise business resulting in more than 1,300 requests.

The luxurious tanning and star-treatment salon will feature eight treatment rooms and the latest in tanning technology including five state-of-the-art high pressure tanning beds.

LA Sunset Tan will also offer in-room custom air bronzing. Mobile air bronzing misters with a certified trained staff member.

Veteran comedian Vinnie Favorito, who stars in his own show at O'Sheas, will conduct additional Humor Boot Camp™ classes with public speaker Darren LaCroix on Feb. 20 and 21 and March 29 and 30, inside the showroom at O'Sheas.

Humor Boot Camp™, developed in 1998 by LaCroix, is designed to teach everyone from sales people to top-level executives how to use humor as a means to deliver a message. Tuition is $895 and includes two full-day seminars with professional feedback, a VIP ticket to the Favorito's show and a money-back guarantee. Early bird and buy-one, get-one half off discount specials are also available, call 888-528-4451.

LaCroix, author, keynote speaker and corporate comedian, was named the Toastmasters 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking after competing against 25,000 people from 14 countries. Prior to his success, LaCroix struggled with public speaking and sought professional help from comic Favorito, who taught LaCroix the art of humor.

Palazzo has held its official grand opening making it the first new Strip resort to open since April 1005 when Wynn made a big splash. Half of the stores at the new property are open.


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On Feb. 1 and 2, Hooters will be bringing in 10 Hooters Girls who are currently featured in the February 2008 issue of Playboy Magazine. The girls will be on hand at the property for an exclusive meet-and-greet and autograph signing in the casino: Friday 7-11 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 7-11 p.m.

Sitcom star Tiffani Thiessen, most recognized from her days on the hit television shows Saved by the Bell and Beverly Hills 90210, will celebrate her birthday at PURE Nightclub inside Caesars Palace on Friday, Jan. 25.

The Sopranos' Last Supper interactive dinner show mob comedy will open at the Riviera on Jan. 31 with 6 p.m. shows, Tuesday through Sunday. Show-only tickets are $65 and dinner and show tickets are $95.

The American Superstars show at the Stratosphere, which has played there since April 1996, has added veteran tribute artist John Anthony as Rod Stewart to its line-up of celebrity tributes. He joins Darren Lee as Elvis, Kristie Fisher as Britney Spears, Chad Givens as Tim McGraw, and Lorena Peril as Christina Aguilera. Anthony performs a set of some of Stewart's biggest hits including Infatuation, Hot Legs, and Maggie May.

The live performance of the Chinese New Year Spectacular at the Las Vegas Hilton Theater on Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. will feature a cast of classical Chinese dancers and international vocalists in a cross-cultural experience. Heroic legends will come to life, warriors will clash and divine goddesses will descend from above, as striking scenery and detailed costumes combine to summon 5,000 years of history in this show. The production is considered the largest lunar New Year celebration offered outside mainland China and will tour more than 70 cities worldwide in 2008. Tickets range from $70-$120; call 702-732-5151 or 800-457-3307.

Crazy Girls, billed as "Las Vegas' Sexiest Topless Revue," began its long run at the Riviera 22 years ago. The show's creator and producer Norbert Aleman said he started the show in 1987 with a 12-week engagement. The show has faced many controversies especially over the world's largest life cast bronze statue of seven ladies derrieres called "NO, Ifs ands OR..." that is literally attached to the Riviera Casino on the Strip. AOL has named Crazy Girls "Las Vegas' Sexist Topless Revue."

After more than three years, Tangerine Lounge & Nightclub has officially closed its doors at Treasure Island (TI). The club has already begun a major renovation and will reopen as an entirely new, top-tier nightlife venue this spring.

Chinois, located in the Forum Shops at Caesars, will feature a special Chinese New Year menu created by Chefs Terence Fong and Wolfgang Puck from Feb. 5-7.

Sunset Strip, the high-energy band that performs in the Shimmer Cabaret at the Las Vegas Hilton Tuesday through Saturday was recently chosen by Hilton-headliner Barry Manilow to open for him at several tour dates around the country. Manilow returns to the Hilton Theater March 5.

Menopause The Musical®, which debuted at the Las Vegas Hilton on Feb. 1, 2006, after playing in 40 cities and six countries, recently celebrated its 1,000th show at the hotel.

The CBR World Championship will have bull riders competing at the South Point on Jan. 25 and 26.

From now until Feb. 15, Peter Lik's Venetian, Caesars and Mandalay Bay galleries are offering $600 off two of his most passionate images, Angel's Heart and Eternal Flame. Lik is one of the worlds most innovative, prolific and awarded landscape photographers of this generation.

Paris Hilton was in Las Vegas recently to promote the opening of a new salon, Michael Boychuck's Color, at Caesars Palace and promised Frank Marino, who stars in An Evening at La Cage at the Riviera, that she would see the show the next time she is in town. Sounds like another photo op for Marino.

New headliners at the Hard Rock Hotel: Velvet Revolver, George Clinton, and Bubbapalooza and have been added to the Hard Rock's lineup at The Joint concert venue.

The Grammy Award-winning hard rock super group Velvet Revolver will perform on Feb. 3 at 10 p.m. In July 2007, Velvet Revolver unveiled their latest album titled Libertad and is now looking to release another album this June titled Melody and the Tyranny. Tickets start at $49.50, call 702-474-4000.

George Clinton will headline on Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. For more than 50 years, Clinton has been recognized as one of the greatest innovators of urban based soul, rock and funk. Currently he's focusing on his own label known as The C Kunspyruhzy and is preparing to release his first studio album in more than 10 years. Tickets start at $29.50.

Coming live to The Joint on March 1 at 9 p.m. is Bubbapalooza, the adult comedy and entertainment show hosted by some of the best national radio personalities that airs on Sirius Satellite Radio's Howard 101. The main host of the show is Bubba The Love Sponge. Tickets start at $49.50.

Sushi Roku and BOA Steakhouse inside The Forum Shops at Caesars have garnered two honors in the Interior Environment category by the AIA Nevada, the state chapter of The American Institute of Architects. With both restaurants featuring cutting-edge design by YWS Architects, the AIA Nevada Excellence in Design Awards Program recognizes exceptional architectural excellence throughout the state.

Sushi Roku embodies a minimalist style with bamboo, chiseled stone and dark wood décor. Luxurious interior with wood flooring, a leather bar top, steel bamboo accents and walls of concrete wood blocks give the restaurant its edgy sense of style. Large windows offer a view of the Strip.

BOA Steakhouse evokes a contemporary, modern feel and offers a second-story terrace overlooking the Strip. Beautiful two-way frosted glass, grey, slate toned walls, an 800-year-old driftwood centerpiece and stainless steel décor all showcase its modern design.

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