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Sunday, February 10, 2008 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
'Toxic Audio' Opens, 'Mega Bubble Show' Hits The Stage, 'Crazy Horse Paris' Holds Auditions, Pauly & Sammy Shore Create Family Affair, 'Defending The Caveman' Launches Contest, Pole Position Raceway Celebrates Grand Opening, O'Hurley Returns To Spamalot, Amazing Jonathan Plans Re-opening, Jamie Foxx Unveiled, David Bowie Tribute Set, LOVE Performs At Grammys, Valentine Tandem Jumps, Nevada Palace Bids Farewell, More...

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The award-winning off-Broadway show Toxic Audio, an a cappella sensation, has opened at the V Theater located at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood and is performing nightly.

Toxic Audio's five-member group uses no instruments and only the human voice to create a complete theatrical a cappella experience. They are the winner of the Drama Desk Award for "The Most Unique Theatrical Experience in America" and were voted No. 1 in the Wall Street Journal / Zagat Theater Survey surpassing Lion King and Beauty and the Beast.

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Fresh off an appearance on Oprah's show, Fan Yang and his Mega Bubble Show has burst onto the Las Vegas scene with 13 shows a week in the $35 million Steve Wyrick Theatre at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Tickets for the "unbubblievable" off-Broadway hit are $32.50, $42.50 and $69.50 for Bubble Zone VIP seating, call 702-777-9974. Shows are Saturday - Thursday at 1 and 3 p.m., with an additional show on Saturday at 11 a.m.

The interactive stage production has lighting effects, lasers, and awesome displays of bubble mastery by Yang, the production's creator and 14-time Guinness World Record holder.

Yang has been featured on every major talk show. Over the past two decades, Yang has explored the fragile and wondrous world of soap bubbles and has emerged with a completely new form of entertainment. He is a world-renowned Bubble Scientist and international performer. Fan has created "The Ultimate Bubble Toy" and with a special bubble solution - "the secret formula" -he can create stunning bubble elements such as bubbles inside a bubble, bouncing bubbles, mega-bubbles, etc.

The MGM Grand's Crazy Horse Paris will hold the first American auditions, March 3-6, in the Crazy Horse Group's history that began in 1951, to select three ladies to join the Parisian dance troupe. To perform a Crazy Horse routine, dancers must have formal dance training, a certain body type and a natural sophistication.

The audition process will last four days. Concluding the open casting call, 12 finalists will be selected for the remaining audition process in the show's cabaret room to narrow the finalists down to three.

The winners will be announced at Tabú Ultra Lounge on Thursday, March 6 at a public party hosted by the celebrity guest judge. After the celebration, the winners will be flown to Paris, France, where they will receive formal training for two months. For information, call 702-334-4518.

Pauly Shore will be co-headlining with his dad Sammy Shore at The Orleans, March 7 and 8. Tickets for the 11 p.m. shows in the 827-seat showroom are priced from $29.95, call 702-365-7075.

Over the past few years, Pauly has completed a myriad of movie and television projects. Last year, he was seen as comedy legend Lenny Bruce in the television movie Hefner: Unauthorized. He also made an unpredictable documentary Spooge: Two Months in the Life of..., best described as Roger & Me meets Truth or Dare. Pauly was most recently seen in the TBS hit series Minding the Store which he produced and starred in.

Comedian Legend Sammy Shore is the man who made Elvis laugh. An American legend who founded The Comedy Club Store on the Sunset Strip was hand-picked by Colonel Parker to be Elvis' opening act during the King's infamous 1969 - 1972 Comeback Tour in Las Vegas.

Sammy's comedic talents are featured on a CD entitled, A Senior Sensation features "70 Sucks: You're OK, I'm Decaying." The CD also features Sammy's touching hit song Young Again.

Defending the Caveman, the comedy show about men and women at the Golden Nugget, has announced a nationwide wedding contest, "I Now Pronounce You Hunter and Gatherer," to hunt down America's most "cave-like" couple. The deadline for submission is Feb. 29, and all contest details can be found at www.goldennugget.com.

Adventurous couples who have dreamed of a Las Vegas wedding or those who would like to renew their vows are encouraged to submit a creative three-minute video explaining why their relationship is similar to that of cave people. The winning "Hunter and Gatherer" will be flown to Las Vegas for a VIP weekend where they will be treated to a luxurious two-night stay in a newly renovated Golden Nugget suite, a complimentary wedding conducted by the show's star Kevin Burke on stage after a performance of Defending the Caveman, spa treatments at The Spa, dinner at Red Sushi, round trip air fare for two, limousine service, a wedding day photo package, bridal bouquet and boutonnieres and a wedding cake.

Having recently attended the new Pole Position Raceway's grand opening party, it's unquestionably a fun indoor track located on Arville across the street from the Palms featuring electric karts that can go 45 mph on an indoor course. This night was special with many racing celebs in attendance and some even competing in a 12-lap race.

Sam Schmidt, who won an Indy race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway before having a crippling accident, was among the notables. There was also NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Kurt Busch, Robbie Gordon and Jason Leffler, ESPN / ABC reporter Jamie Little, former Indy 500 Champion Al Unser, Jr., Indy Pro series driver Al Unser III, X-Games Gold Medalist Ken Block, four-time World Hill Climb Champion Kerry Peterson, Steve Harwell, lead singer of the band Smashmouth, and motorsports helmet painter Jason Beam.

Actor John O'Hurley has returned to his role as King Arthur in Spamalot at Wynn. He left the show last September to do a 21-city tour promoting his new book, Before Your Dog Can Eat Your Homework, First You Have To Do It - Life Lessons from a Wise Old Dog to a Young Boy. He also hosted the National Dog Show.


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Comedy magician Amazing Jonathan, who has left the Sahara, plans to open his show again. He will resume performances at the Harmon Theater at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood on Feb. 12.

Paris Hilton will celebrate her birthday on Saturday, Feb. 15 by transforming herself into a burlesque bombshell and getting on stage as part of the Las Vegas Pussycat Dolls show at PURE Nightclub at Caesars Palace.

Actor Jamie Foxx is the newest wax figure to be unveiled at Madame Tussauds at The Venetian. His likeness kicks off the attraction's month-long "Madame Tussauds Black History" exhibit in the Spirit of America Room.

MOSAIC, the Las Vegas-based, six-member music group seen sharing stage time with comedian George Wallace throughout 2007 at the Flamingo was named the "Next Great A cappella Group" on The Early Show. The nationwide search was judged by Boyz II Men, the best-selling Motown group ever.

The Temptations tribute group from Legends in Concert recently performed live on the UK's prime time hit show The One and Only that debuted on Jan. 5 and runs for 14 episodes. The Nate Evans tribute group, which is appearing in Legends in Concert at the Imperial Palace through May 17, is the only international tribute act to make a guest appearance on the nationwide talent search competition from which will emerge the best UK tribute artist. The winner of the competition will receive a three-month performing contract in Legends in Concert as a grand prize.

The Barbra & Frank "The Concert That Never Was" show at the Riviera will be dark Feb. 26-March 23 and The Bay City Rollers will be filling in Feb. 26-March 16.

The Las Vegas Tenors will be back headlining at the Las Vegas Hilton on Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. They will be sharing the stage and the romance of Valentine's Day with three talented ladies: soprano opera singer Lorena Provencio, local favorite Denise Clemente, and Lorena Peril, who headlines at the hotel with Sunset Strip.

David Brighton will pay tribute to David Bowie at the Cannery on Feb. 22 and 23. Admission is $5 at the door.

Together, with The Space Oddity Band, Brighton recreates the greatest moments of Bowie's constantly metamorphosing career - a career that has bridged more than three decades. This stage production is complete with flamboyant costume changes, elaborate staging and perfectly vocal stylings.

Before entering the world of celebrity impersonation, Brighton replaced the legendary lead guitarist, Randy Rhoads in the hit arena rock band, Quiet Riot. Brighton's other credits include performing side-by-side with Bowie in the TV commercials for Vittel Mineral Water and for Reality - Bowie's new CD. The career spanning ads, in which Brighton portrays many of Bowie's most legendary personas, have been airing in the United States, Great Britain and throughout Europe. Brighton also recently appeared as David Bowie on VH-1 television as well as in international pop star Shakira's live concert multimedia video.

Cast members from The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage will perform live at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The 25 dancers and acrobats will be performing to a specially edited A Day in the Life from the LOVE album.

Black Diamond "The Ultimate Tribute to KISS," will perform at the Cannery in North Las Vegas on Feb. 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and portray the 1977 era of KISS wearing the Love Gun costumes. For the last seven years, Black Diamond has toured worldwide, and they also opened up for KISS in Dallas, Texas, before the original band decided to put their makeup back on. Admission is $5 at the door.

Casino'ssage has joined the Las Vegas Hilton and is offering on-site seated massage for casino players. The company has developed a technique that allows the guest to continue slot or table game play while receiving the massage. Massages are $2 a minute and there is no maximum limit.

Flyaway Indoor Skydiving is running a special for couples for the entire month of February. Couples can fly for just $100, which is a $50 savings. Just mention the special when you sign up.

The Las Vegas Motor Speedway has set a Feb. 15 deadline for race fans to purchase a weekend pass for the Neon Garage, which is a fan-interactive, entertainment area located in the center of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage. After that date, only single-day Neon Garage passes will be available for the Feb. 29-March 2 NASCAR Weekend. Race fans who purchase weekend passes can save up to $132. Weekend passes cost $275 while single-day passes are $129 on Friday and Saturday and $149 on Sunday, call 800-644-4444.

Brighton Collectibles inside the Miracle Mile Shops has created a bracelet to support the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women campaign that can be purchased through Feb. 15. For every bracelet sold, $5 is being donated to the campaign.

Nevada Palace will hold a farewell blood drive on Friday, Feb. 29 from 10 a.m. -3 p.m. before it closes its doors in order to re-open as the brand new Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel. Nevada Palace will be giving out a special commemorative medallion to everyone who gives blood while United Blood Services will be providing t-shirts. Additionally, donors can be among the first to eat at the brand new Eastside Cannery, which opens late this summer, with a meal voucher for two provided exclusively to donors. To schedule a blood drive appointment, call 702-228-8400 ext. 241, or for eligibility questions, call 800-289-4923.

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