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Tangerine Peels Open, 'Saturday Night Fever' Heats Up, International Folk Fest Planned, Body English Cave In, Grand Desert Resort Grows, Algiers Leaves The Strip, Segways Roll Tower Of Power & Air Supply Play, Liberace's Villa Refurnished, Emeril's Closes, Celebrity Impersonators Coming, V Takes Ovation, Railway Rides History, "Dr. Vegas" Ends Taping, More...

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Tangerine Lounge & Nightclub will be Las Vegas' newest nightspot when it opens at Treasure Island (TI) over the Fourth of July weekend. It will feature an indoor lounge and outdoor deck overlooking Sirens Cove, plus a DJ spinning rock and dance with musical interludes highlighting the burlesque revue.

Leaving just enough to the imagination, Tangerine's burlesque performances will feature the speakeasy style of the 1920's. Bodacious one-song acts will captivate guests as bombshell performers spice things up, shimmying from evening attire down to barely-there garter belts.

Tangerine will be all about daiquiris and steel drums during the daytime - and then become a sexy nightclub and lounge at night. The décor highlights subdued orange, amber and earth-tone hues, blurring the line between lounge and nightclub.

Cover charges will apply, pending day of the week and special events. Bottle service will be available. For information, call 702-212-8140.

Tangerine is a partnership between TI and partners Jennifer Worthington and Robert Frey. Worthington moved to Las Vegas after leaving her position as a senior vice president with Jerry Bruckheimer Films to form a partnership with Frey to develop innovative nightlife concepts. Their first project, Coyote Ugly Bar & Dance Saloon, was inspired by Worthington's association with the film, and opened at New York-New York in November 2001. Next they opened BiKiNiS Beach & Dance Club at the Rio in October 2002.

A touring production of the musical "Saturday Night Fever" will move into the Sahara's 830-seat theatre for an open-ended run on June 14. The stage adoption of the 1977 movie was first produced in London in 1998 and played on Broadway in 1999 and 2000.

The Sahara is adding $500,000 worth of lighting and sound upgrades for the musical, which will be performed to recorded tracks. The schedule will call for eight shows per week with tiered pricing to be determined, but probably in the range from $40 to $70.

The current production, "The World's Greatest Magic Show," will close at the Sahara tonight and reopen at the Greek Isles on May 22.

The International Folk Festival of Las Vegas, sponsored by Fitzgeralds downtown, will take place on Fremont Street, June 18-20. The inaugural three-day event will provide artists with the opportunity to come together to celebrate dance, music, theater, workshops, food and the traditions of many countries. The public event will represent 12 nations: Spain, China, Mexico, Kenya, Thailand, Chile, Japan, Columbia, India, Brazil, Philippines and the United States.

Highlights for the festival include day and evening performances on two stages, children's area and cultural programs.

Entertainer / producer Tony Sacca has put together the first "Las Vegas Sings for America" live benefit concert that will be taped for local and national television. The 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, June 6, will be a tribute to America for our liberties, freedom and pride of our country. It will be open to the public and held in the showroom at the Stratosphere. Tickets are $25, call 702-889-3587. All proceeds will go to benefit The Youth Foundation for the Performing Arts.

The show will star singer/impressionist Bill Acosta, pianists Mark & Clark, lounge legend Cook E. Jarr, comedian Sandy Hackett, operatic singer Patricia Welch, singer Laurence T, Charlie Daniels impersonator Johnny Potash, the American Super Star Dancers, the Nellis Air Force Base Honor Guard and the Helen Joy's Young Entertainers. Musical director/drummer, Mike Tramontana and his orchestra will supply the musical accompaniment.

Greg Fitzsimmons, hailed by The New York Times as "New York Comedy's Golden Boy," will headline The Improv Comedy Club at Harrah's with feature comedian ANT, who starred in the NBC reality comedy "Last Comic Standing." Along with host Scott Kennedy, they will perform June 8-13, at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $24.95 plus tax.

Fitzsimmons began his comedy career in 1990, while he was a senior at Boston University. He got his big break performing at "Just for Laughs," a prestigious international comedy festival in Montreal, Canada.

Shortly afterwards, he made his television debut on "The Late Show with David Letterman," and has since appeared on numerous television programs and also performed his own standup comedy specials on Comedy Central and HBO.

He has been the recipient of the Cable ACE Award for "Best Game Show" for his work as the host of MTV's critically acclaimed game show, "Idiot Savants."

ANT starred in the NBC reality comedy "Last Comic Standing," co-hosts the "Ricki Lake Show" once a month, and is a celebrity panelist on the game show "To Tell The Truth." ANT also appeared in the Sundance feature film, "Twin Falls, Idaho."

Wynn Resorts has already unveiled plans for a $198 million expansion of its Wynn Las Vegas resort, just under a year before the $2.4 billion mega-resort's planned opening. Preliminary highlights include: an additional showroom; 18 additional fairway villa suites adjacent to the golf course; expanded parking facilities; and the demolition of the remaining structures of the former Desert Inn.

Details about the Phase II project haven't been revealed, but it is expected to include 1,300 to 1, 400 additional rooms and cost in the neighborhood of $500 million. To prepare for the future development of an additional casino, hotel tower and related amenities on the site, the existing 14-story Desert Inn's St. Andrews Tower will be imploded by the end of October.

The current construction is focusing on a 50-story, 613-foot first phase.

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The Hard Rock will be back in the nightclub scene on May 27, when a renamed club opens after a $6 million renovation. Baby's, which closed after Super Bowl weekend, is gone and in its place will be Body English. The new two-tiered 600-capacity club will include cave-like booths on the lower level.

Fairfield Resorts Inc. plans to add at third tower to its Grand Desert Resort at 265 E. Harmon Ave., just east of Koval Lane. Last year the timeshare property added a second tower that brought the number of units to 599.

The Historic Algiers Hotel that opened in 1955 on the Strip is being sold to a Florida developer who plans to tear it down to make way for a new 450-story high-rise condo hotel. The Krystle Sands condominium-hotel will be an estimated $400 million project. Plans are to begin construction this fall and open in the summer of 2006.

The 105-room Algiers is schedule to close between June and September. The property has been featured in films such as "Leaving Las Vegas" and the Austin Powers movies.

The $375 million Bellagio expansion currently taking place and expected to open in December will include a new 928-room spa tower and one new restaurant Sensi.

The Ritz-Carlton has expressed an interest in a second Las Vegas-area property on the Strip.

Larry Lambeth's Segways, the two-wheel motorized scooters, are currently being rented in front of the Fashion Show mall. Usage is $10 for five minutes or $20 for 20 minutes. Riders must weigh at least 75 pounds and no more than 250 pounds. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and until 8 p.m. on Sunday.

The scooter weights 84 pounds and can go 12.5 mph, but the Segways at the mall are set to go no faster than 6 mph. They run on batteries that can last 12 to 15 hours before needing to be charged for six hours.

The funk sound of Tower of Power will return to The Orleans Showroom, May 21-23, and international recording artists Air Supply will return with a new show, May 27-30. Tickets ranging from $34.95 to $54.95 pus tax, call 702-365-7075.

Tower of Power is a 10-piece outfit melding jazz, fun, rock and soul. The group was originally formed in 1967 in Oakland, Calif. as the Motown's Soul Band. After 25-plus years, Tower of Power has recorded some 15-plus albums. Their newest title is "Souled Out."

Air Supply's touring year has begun with a new show entitled, "For Lovers Only." Also in the works is a new live CD that will be released later this year and will include segments from this year's shows. Graham and Russell met in 1975 when they were performing in a production of "Jesus Christ Superstar." They went on to sign a record deal with CBS Records.

The Las Vegas Villa, which was formerly Liberace's home, has recently added some furniture pieces back into it. After the entertainer died in 1987, his possessions were auctioned to collectors all over the world. The villa's general manager said Liberace's famous four-poster canopy bed, several Louis XV dressers and two benches that sit at the foot of the bed have been purchased and returned to the performer's bedroom.

The mansion is being restored and some clothing items have also been retrieved. The Las Vegas Villa can be toured by appointment from noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Tuesday, call 702-759-8119. Cost is $15.

Emeril's New Orleans Fish House is closing this month for a major renovation that will include the addition of a wine tower. An early July opening is planned.

The 2004 Celebrity Impersonators Convention is planned at the Imperial Palace, May 30-June 2. One highlight will be a wedding between Lyndall Grant, who has been making a living impersonating Arnold Schwarzenegger for five years, and Dianna Paige, who has been playing Shania Twain for three.

The showroom at the Venetian is closed for an extensive refurbishing of the space. No timetable has been given for when it will reopen.

"V - The Ultimate Variety Show" that was at the Venetian has reopened at the Ovation Theatre in the Desert Passage mall. "V" has replaced the "Ovation" show.

The Nevada Southern Railway is offering monthly excursion rides from the Nevada State Railway Museum in Boulder City. Rides take place at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. The next scheduled rides are June 12, July 3, Aug. 14, Sept. 11, Oct. 2 and3 and Nov. 13. Tickets are $5, $4 for seniors 65 and older, $3 for children ages 6 to 11, and free for children 5 and younger. For information, call 702-486-5933.

Rob Lowe has wrapped up shooting of "Dr. Vegas," a CBS pilot with the star playing the role of doctor at a casino.

Brian Shortall, a cast member of "The Second City" at the Flamingo, has landed a part as an FBI agent in "Miss Congeniality II" starring Sandra Bullock. The movie has been filming around town.

The Robb Report's "Best of the Best" issue coming out on May 18 gives The Mansion at MGM Grand top honors in the Best of the Best Hotels category. The Mansion, which is available to the public for $5,000 to $15,000 a night, features four-bedroom villas and a level of service like you'd get at Europe's finest residential hotels.

Las Vegas was again named the nation's top convention destination for 2003. This recognition by Tradeshow Week extends the city's 10-year reign as the industry's No. 1 host market. Its 38 shows were 11 more than second-place Chicago and 21 better than last year's third-place finisher, Orlando, Fla.

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