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Sunday, April 1, 2007 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
Criss Angel Plans New Cirque Show, Lucky Cheng's Drag Cabaret Opens, Charlie Daniels Band Plays Vegas, Café Martorano Serving, 'Stomp Out Loud' Previews Running, Pure Aloha Festival Set, Vegas Grand Prix Video At FSE, Scintas Closing, Ricky Martin On Stage, Aerosmith Headlines, Roger Waters Performs "Folies Bergere" Goes Topless, Barry Manilow Returns, Lake Las Vegas Egg-stravaganza, More...

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"Mindfreak" magician Criss Angel and Cirque du Soleil are planning a new stage production that will open in the summer of 2008. A collaboration between the 39-year-old illusionist and Cirque has been in negotiations since "Hairspray" closed at the Luxor's 1,500-seat theater last June. The show will have a vague story line, magic, and acrobats serving in the illusions. The Luxor theater will get new seating, but it won't be gutted.

"Mindfreak" is one of A&E cable networks' strongest shows. The third season is now in production and will air in June.

Tickets are now on sale for "Hans Klok - The Beauty of Magic," a new show combining the illusions of European sensation Hans Klok, known as the fastest magician on the planet, with international guest star Carmen Electra at the Theater at Planet Hollywood.

Special sneak-peek preview performances will be held April 20 - 22 and May 10 and 11 at 7 p.m., with tickets specially priced at $35. Regular performances will commence May 17, with performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 and 10 p.m. Ticket prices range from $35 to $105, call Ticketmaster at 702-474-4000 or 1-877-307-8667.
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The creative director for the production is Anthony van Laast, who has choreographed the musical "MAMMA MIA!" and helped Siegfried & Roy create their show at The Mirage. Executive producer is Jan Verveer, who is responsible for several hit productions in Europe.

Krave Entertainment LLC. has acquired the Las Vegas rights to own and operate the nationally acclaimed Lucky Cheng's Drag Cabaret Restaurant. In early March, Lucky Cheng's closed its location at the Gold Key Shops across from the former Stardust and has opened its new permanent home inside Krave, the 17,000-square-foot entertainment venue at Harmon Avenue and the Strip.

Famous for its outrageous drag queen entertainment, colorful atmosphere and world-class Pan Asian cuisine, Lucky Cheng's Las Vegas serves up the interactive nightly show, "All That Drag," featuring a drag hostess, comedians, cabaret performances, and participation from any audience member who dares share the stage with sassy diva drag queens. Lucky Cheng's cabaret bar opens at 5 p.m. and the dinner show begins seating at 6:30 p.m. with a nightly show at 8 p.m. Three-course dinner show tickets are $59.95. A la carte dining and bar service are also available. For reservations, call 702-836-0836.

Lucky Cheng's first opened in New York's East Village in 1993. A well-known celebrity hang-out, the drag cabaret restaurant has been featured on many national television shows.

Legendary fiddler Charlie Daniels, leader of the Charlie Daniels Band, will bring the "Volunteer Jam 2007 Tour" to the Aladdin/Planet Hollywood Theatre for the Performing Arts on Sunday, June 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $65; call Ticketmaster at 702-474-4000.

The Volunteer Jam started back in 1974 when Daniels wanted to record "Fire On The Mountain" in front of a live audience. The War Memorial Auditorium in downtown Nashville set the stage as Daniels' friends joined in on a "jam" that year. The jam has been going ever since.

This year's jam tour will feature The Marshall Tucker Band along with The Outlaws and kick off on April 27 in Greenville, S.C.

Daniels' career as a professional musician began in the 1950's with the Misty Mountain Boys and he went on to form The Charlie Daniels Band in 1970. He has recorded countless hits and sold more than 18 million albums.

Steve Martorano's restaurant / nightclub Café Martorano has opened at the Rio in the Rio's Masquerade Village. The new 150-seat, 7,000-square-foot restaurant features white walls, black granite, stainless steel and evocative lighting with wide screen plasma televisions surrounding the room playing scenes from gem mob movies. The Café Martorano Las Vegas is more than twice the size of its famous Florida venue.

Netting top Zagat ratings, Café Martorano Florida is as widely known for its celebrity clientele as its South Philadelphia-style Italian-American cuisine. The dining experience highlights Martorano's famous homemade meatballs and South Philly home-style cheesesteak.

Café Martorano Las Vegas at the Rio is open for dinner Tuesday - Sunday 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Reservations are not accepted. For information, call 702-221-8279.

Preview performances to "Stomp Out Loud" at Planet Hollywood run through April 16 and the grand opening will be April 17. Tickets range from $50 to $110, with VIP seating options available, call 702-785-5000 or 877-333-9474.

"Stomp," which originated in Brighton, UK, opened in New York in 1994 and has since played more than 10,000 shows around the world. A unique combination of percussion, movement, and visual comedy, "Stomp" has created its own inimitable form of musical entertainment. With "Stomp Out Loud," creators Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas have transformed their show for Las Vegas with new sequences and choreography, a dynamically expanded cast and a completely new environment that will immerse the audience from the moment they enter the $28 million, 1,500-seat theatre.

Vizzun Entertainment will present the sixth annual Pure Aloha Festival at The Club at the Cannery in North Las Vegas, April 20 - 22. The three-day festival will feature food and crafts from the Hawaiian and Pacific islands, and family entertainment.

Admission is $5 at the door and $2 for children under 10, military, and seniors 65 and older. Daytime festival tickets are only available at the door. Tickets for evening concerts are currently on sale for $26 in advance and $31 the day of the show, call 617-5585 or 866-287-4643.

The festival will kick off on Friday at 6 p.m. with a concert hosted by Augie T. featuring Koauka, Pati and Natural Vibes. Saturday evening will also feature a 6 p.m. concert with Ho'aikane and Braddah Walter. Festival hours begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 with culture performances as well as Polynesian and Hawaiian specialty vendors selling food.



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The Fremont Street Experience is taking its Viva Vision show to the fast lane with the playing of a fast-paced, six-minute, action-packed video featuring footage from the Champ Car World Series, which kicks off its 2007 season April 6-8 through the streets of downtown Las Vegas. The video airs nightly at 10 p.m. through April 8 on a 90-foot high canopy space frame with 550,000 watts of concert sound quality.

The Vegas Grand Prix will mark the first time auto racing has taken place through the streets of Las Vegas. It is also is the first time since 1985 that a motorsports-related event has been featured on Fremont Street since the old Mint 400 Desert Race staged tech inspection there.

The Scintas are closing their headlining gig at the Sahara on May 12.

Rescheduled dates were announced for Tool performing live inside The Pearl at The Palms. The new show dates are Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28. The original dates were March 15 and 16.

Ricky Martin will head up the stage at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on April 21. Tickets are $45, $75 and $95.

Aerosmith will headline this year's "A Concert For Lili Claire" fundraiser on April 28 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Tickets are $85, $135 and $185.

Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters will perform the band's seminal "Dark Side of the Moon" in its entirety on June 16 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Tickets are $45, $85 and $150.

The eclectic "True Colors Tour," featuring Cyndi Lauper, Erasure, Debbie Harry, the Dresden Dolls, the Misshapes and the Gossip, with Margaret Cho hosting, will stop at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 8. Tickets are $50, $70 and $100.

At the Housie of Blues, the lineup includes "American Idol" champ Taylor Hicks on May 5, blues legend Buddy Guy on May 18, and Latin favorites the Kumbia All Starz on May 11. Tickets range from $30 to $45.

Stations Casinos have lined up swing revivalists Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Green Valley Range Lounge on May 18, R&B mainstays the Whispers at the Dallas Events Center at Texas Station on May 18, and classic rockers .38 Special and Kansas at the Sunset Station Amphitheater on May 19. Tickets range from $26 to $61.50.

Vladimir Kagan, regarded as the "grandfather of modern furniture design," has volunteered his services as the lead interior designer for the Junior League of Las Vegas' mid-century Morelli House preservation project. Due to Kagan's efforts, the Morelli House's primary areas are almost completely furnished. Kagan is internationally known for his innovative sculptured furniture including the "serpentine sofa," "barrel chair" and the "cubist dining chair."

The public debut of the Morelli House will be held April 9. The debut event will feature a lecture by mid-century architectural historian, Alan Hess. The event is free and open to the public but reservations are required, call 702-822-6536.

Antonio Morelli, longtime orchestra leader and musical director at the Sands Hotel built the house in l959 that was originally located on the Desert Inn Golf Course, now the Wynn Resort. In 2001, the Junior League saved it from demolition and relocated it to the corner of 9th and Bridger Avenue on the outskirts of the historical district in downtown Las Vegas. After years of hard work and fund raising, the Junior League is in the final phase of its restoration.

The "Folies Bergere" shows on Saturdays at the Tropicana will be topless until further notice. This means all shows are now topless except the 7:30 p.m. shows on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Barry Manilow, whose long-term engagement at the Las Vegas Hilton extends through 2008, will return April 3-7, 17-21, and 25-28. Meanwhile, he and the Manilow Fund for Health & Hope have committed $15,000 through the fund to the 17th Annual Las Vegas AIDS Walk scheduled for Sunday, April 15, along with a commitment to raise $10,000 through the Manilow Fund AIDS Walk team. This year's walk also features the Manilow Fund Challenge awarding tickets to "Manilow: Music and Passion" and other Manilow gifts to the top three fundraising teams or individuals.

The most recent person to receive the Brenden Celebrity Star outside the Brenden Theaters at the Palms was actor Cuba Gooding Jr. in mid- March 17.

Lake Las Vegas Resort will celebrate its Easter Egg-stravaganza with a variety of holiday activities on April 7 and 8. For information, call 702-564-4766.

The Easter bunny will be in the village on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Children may have their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny on Sunday for a $10 fee. Families can also enjoy a petting zoo and pony rides for a small fee from noon until 4 p.m.

The annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held four times at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Easter Sunday at the MonteLago Village. Children 12 and younger can hunt for the 25,000 hidden eggs for a $2 admission fee.

The location for the CineVegas Film Festival's screening series has changed to the Galaxy Neonopolis Theatres on Fremont Street downtown. The lineup of films is as follows: the Spanish language film "The Aura" and "Le Petit Lieutenant" through April 5; the Spanish language documentary "In the Pit" and "An Unreasonable" Man April 6-12; "Flannel Pajamas" and "El Topo" April 13-19; the Thai-language film "Tears of the Black Tiger" and "The Holy Mountain" April 20-26; and the French film "The Exterminating Angels" April 27-May 3. Tickets to all screenings are $6 for children, students, seniors, military and bargain matinees before 6 p.m., $8.75 for adults Sunday - Thursday and $9 for adults Friday and Saturday. For information, call 702-992-7979.

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