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Sunday, May 13, 2007 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
Mystery Over: Bette Midler Replaces Celine Dion, Jewel Perform At Las Vegas Springs Preserve, 'Imperial Hawaiian Luau' Is Back, Kenny Loggins On The Lake, Paulina Rubio Plays Pearl, "Jersey Boys" In 2008, Gino Vannelli Starts In May, Paris Hilton Prison Or Hosting, MTV's Video Music Awards Scheduled, Academy of Country Music Awards Returns, Dick's Last Resort Sets Opening, First International Fight League Event Coming, Nude Sunbathing Gains Momentum, The Studio Presents Music Fantasy Option, More...

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Bette Midler will take over Celine Dion's spot at Caesars Palace beginning next year on Feb. 20. She has signed a two-year contract to do 100 shows a year, five nights a week for 20 weeks each year. However, it's still believed Cher will sign on to alternate dates with Midler in the 4,100-seat Colosseum. Tickets for Midler are on sale for $95, $140, $175 and $250, call 877-723-8836.

The 61-year-old Midler said she is enraptured with the theater, but does plan to return the stage floor to a flat position verses its current sloped design for Dion's "A New Day." In addition to the production show she's put together, Midler plans to be funny and she always is.

Midler's first appearance on the Las Vegas Strip was long ago when she opened for Johnny Carson at the Sahara in 1972. She was in her mid-20s.

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Three-time Grammy nominee, singer, lyricist and environmentalist Jewel will mark the official grand opening of the Las Vegas Springs Preserve with an acoustic concert in its 1,800-seat outdoor amphitheater on Saturday, June 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 for general admission, call Ticketmaster at 702-474-4000.

Jewel is also one of the founders of Project Clean Water. Founded in 1997, Project Clean Water organizes teams of scientists and engineers to bring safe, clean drinking water to impoverished communities worldwide from Mexico to Africa and India to Tibet. The project is funded by Jewel through ticket sales and donations.

The first attraction of its kind, the Preserve is designed to set new standards in "green building," while teaching visitors the importance of sustainability and conservation through 180 acres of green museums, galleries, botanical gardens and trails.

As Las Vegas' new cultural hub, the Preserve will feature a variety of concerts and theater performances beginning in fall of 2007. The Preserve's amphitheater will serve as the ideal setting for visitors to be entertained, while also appreciating nature's beauty and learning the importance of eco-friendly efforts in everyday life.

The Preserve is a national historic site commonly known as the "birthplace of Las Vegas." Upon completion, it will feature a series of historic museums, galleries, outdoor concerts/events, the Nevada State Museum & Historical Society, an interpretive trail system, a botanical garden and more. The Preserve is located at 333 S. Valley View Blvd, approximately five minutes from the Las Vegas Strip.

The popular seasonal outdoor attraction, the "Imperial Hawaiian Luau," has returned by the Shangri-la pool on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings through Sept. 29. Luau guests are greeted with an island lei and then feast at an authentic all-you-can-eat Hawaiian buffet featuring roast suckling pig and prime baron of beef. Unlimited mai tais, pina coladas and fruit punch accompany the meal and signature fruit and vegetable carvings decorate the event.

The feast is followed by the romantic call of the conch shells, and then an exhilarating and colorful Polynesian music and dance tour through Tahiti, Samoa, Hawaii, Fiji and New Zealand. The revue has colorful new Tahitian and hula costumes, and this season's audiences will have the opportunity to participate in a Tahitian dance contest. Tickets start at $34.95, call 702-794-3261 or 888-777-7664.

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Kenny Loggins will show he's "Footloose" on the floating stage at Lake Las Vegas on Saturday, June 16 at 8 p.m. as part of the resort's annual "Stars On The Lake" concert series. For tickets, call Ticketmaster at 702-474-4000.

Through the course of his more than 30-year career, Loggins has enjoyed extraordinary commercial success, with 12 albums going platinum, hit songs in four straight decades, million-selling solo albums and even a Best Male Pop Vocal Grammy for his 1980s hit "This Is It."

Known as the king of movie theme songs, Loggins wrote and recorded smash hits such as "Danger Zone" (from Top Gun), "I'm Alright" (from Caddyshack) and "Footloose" from the movie of the same name starring Kevin Bacon.

By the time Paulina Rubio was 20, she had debuted her first solo album in 1992 called "La Chica Dorada," which went platinum by the following year. She became a recognizable face in the Latin pop scene by 1996. Rubio will be playing at The Pearl at the Palms on June 29, at 9 p.m. Tickets are $32, $37 and $47; call Ticketmaster 702-474-4000.

In 2000, Rubio had a No. 1 hit on the Latin Billboard Chart and received a nomination for a Latin Grammy award. Her first English language album "Border Girl" was released in 2002 and expanded her fan base beyond her Spanish audiences that refer to her as "The Golden Girl."

The hit musical "Jersey Boys" will open next year at the new Palazzo resort currently under construction on the Strip next to the Venetian.

Gino Vannelli, who played at the Suncoast in March, has signed on to do 12 shows over three engagements at the Flamingo starting May 23. The 54-year-old Canadian singer returned to pop music in 2005 signing a new deal with Universal Music. "These Are The Days" is the first CD to be issued in this new phase of his career.

Paris Hilton is suppose to host "Beacher's Madhouse" at The Joint at the Hard Rock on June 30; however, with recent developments, she may be doing a little prison time.

MTV's Video Music Awards show will be held in Las Vegas for the first time on Sept. 9 at The Pearl at the Palms.

Los Tigres del Norte, one of the most popular Mexican norteño bands, will perform at the Orleans Arena on May 25.

Aaron Kwok, one of Hong Kong and Asia's most prominent pop stars, has won over a hundred music awards. As a solo performer, he's played more than 200 concerts in Hong Kong, China, and around the world, and the choreography for his stage performances has won him international acclaim. Aaron Kwok Dancing Nation will headline at the Orleans Arena on May 27.

Marciano, the new runway-inspired, upscale fashion retailer, is now open inside Miracle Mile Shops. The store offers a variety of fashion-forward collections and pieces for the contemporary girl.



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The 42nd Academy of Country Music Awards will return to Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden on May 15 with superstar host Reba McEntire. There will be live performances by country stars Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Brad Paisley and many more. Tickets are $300, $150, $100.

Kip Addotta, who began his apprenticeship in 1972 under the tutelage of Richard Pryor, Steve Martin and Redd Foxx, will headline at the Riviera Comedy Club with fellow comedians Tommy Drake and Dick Crandall, May 21-27. Addotta has toured with top stars and produced four comedy albums such as Dr. Demento's "No. 1 Most Demented." Tickets are $19.95, 702-794-9433.

A new nightclub called the Speakeasy will be opening on the 24th floor of Binion's downtown on Fremont Street. The club will have a great view and operate from 11:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. on weekends after diners clear out from Binion's Ranch Steakhouse.

ASIA will be a new dining and nightclub destination opening next month at the Miracle Mile Shops with the sensory elements of the Far East and Japanese cuisine.

The DAM Restaurant located in Hooters now offers Owl Rewards Club members a fresh shrimp cocktail served in a chilled martini glass accompanied with chunks of avocado, zesty sauce and a slice of lime for only 99 cents. Regular price is $4.99.

Dick's Last Resort is a new outrageous bar and restaurant opening in June at the Excalibur and it is now hiring.

Donald Trump announced his plans to build Trump Tower II in Las Vegas on "The Apprentice" and quickly more than 400 units were reserved. The second tower will be located northeast of the existing high-rise and mirror image the 64-story gold glass building Tower I that will open early next year. The towers will include 1,282 units each.

The digging currently taking place on the west side of the Golden Nugget downtown will be the property's addition of 11,000 square feet of meeting space and parking.

Sweet Water Prime Seafood, a brand new fine dining restaurant and seafood market, has opened in Henderson at 9460 South Eastern Avenue, just south of the 215. The 200-seat restaurant is 6,800 square feet with two show kitchens designed to allow guests to appreciate every step of preparation. Additional features include a luxurious bar with deep purple velvet booths, granite countertops and Swarovski crystal starfish lanterns, an enclosed patio and a room with a fireplace available for private functions. The menu is inspired by Asian, French and Pacific Coast cuisine. All the seafood served has been caught and flown in within the previous 48 hours, and no trans-fat is used. In addition to being a restaurant, it is also a market. Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight call 702-588-5400.

Las Vegan Robert Balent is the third bingo player in a month to win tens of thousands of dollars at the off-Strip property Terrible's. He won $30,000 at Terrible's Bingo Center, which seats up to 195 people and features Double Action Progressive Bingo, which grows every seven days, along with Super Bonanza Bingo $100,000 Progressive. Bingo starts at 11 a.m., with new rounds starting every two hours from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Most recently, Terrible's opened a 500-space parking garage and new hotel tower.

The International Fight League™ (IFL), the world's first team-based professional mixed martial arts league that began last year, will hold its June 16 MMA event at the Las Vegas Hilton for the first time.

The event at the Hilton will be the final of nine regular season IFL events, with at least one of the four playoff berths on the line. There will be a 10-bout card. Tickets are $35-$200, call 702-732-5755 or 800-222-5361.

The new pool theme catching on in Las Vegas is "European style" with nude sunbathing. The newest attraction will open this week at the Flamingo. It will be called the Go Pool, which will complement the hotel's new "Go" luxury rooms, and be open exclusively to hotel guests. The Go Pool will sit atop the hotel's roof.

Other nude sunbathing opportunities are available at: Bare at the Mirage; the Tao Beach Club at the Venetian; Morrea Beach at Mandalay Bay; the Sunset European pool at Wynn; Venus at Caesars Palace: and Club 25 on the 25th floor at the Stratosphere.

Developers of Paxton Walk recently broke ground on the initial phase of construction for 175 condominiums, 22 town homes and a 9,000-square-foot clubhouse with cinema, billiards, indoor cabana, party rooms and business center. Located in Centennial Hills, Paxton Walk will be a mixed-use development on 31 acres and will include 782 condominiums and town homes, tranquil courtyards, lush landscaping and sparkling pools. A centrally-located town center will feature 96,000 square feet of retail, restaurants and offices surrounding a 27,000-square-foot interior courtyard of abundant gardens, pathways and outdoor dining. Amenities will include multiple clubhouses, fitness centers and pools.

The Studio at The Palms is offering The Palms' Music Fantasy as a Father's Day present option. This is an opportunity for dad to live out his musical fantasy and sing alongside his favorite artist. Custom packages are available for a range of budgets at the 8,000-square-foot, multi-room studio.

Packages offer music buffs the chance to spend a day at The Studio with their favorite artist and record alongside their favorite musician or even producer. You can pick the band, and the instrument you would like to play - from your voice to a drum set, and the Palms takes it from there, creating a custom package of band members, producers and the like that have either worked with the artist chosen or they are group members of the chosen band.

Other additional options include private jets, first-class airfare, hotel accommodations in one of the Palms' signature themed suites, and just about anything else a rock star could desire. For information, call 702-944-3400.

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