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Sunday, May 27, 2007 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
New Frontier Being Sold, Wayne Brady Extended, 'Matsuri' Opens, Fest For Beatles Fans Planned, 'Simon Super Chefs Live!' Returns, JC's Irish Pub Launches Outdoor Concerts, "Hypnosis Gone Wild" Changes Name, Dave Koz Cancelled, "Crazy Horse Paris" Dark Days, Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon's Back, Silverton And Children's Charity Partner, Desperado Tributes Eagles, Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival Here, 7-7-7 Special Cocktails, Neal McCoy And Jaime O'Neal Headline, More...

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An Israeli-owned real estate investment group, El Ad Properties, is buying the New Frontier on the Strip and its 36 acres for more than $1.2 billion. The transaction should be completed in 90 days and the 984-room New Frontier will be demolished. In its place, the company will build a replica of New York's landmark Plaza Hotel and a $5 billion hotel-casino development.

After an overwhelming response, Wayne Brady's new show, "Making It Up," at the Venetian has been extended. Originally scheduled to appear only through April, Brady has become a Venetian fixture with shows now through July 1. Appearing every Thursday - Sunday at 9:30 p.m., tickets are $69 and $89, call 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469.

Brady creates full-blown scenes out of nothing, on any topic, so no two shows are alike as he displays his uncanny improvisational skills. Audience members get involved volunteering words and being manipulated into on-stage props. Brady is backed by an ensemble band and dancers, and proves his versatility with musical tributes to some of his favorite musicians and Las Vegas legends.

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"Matsuri," the No. 1 musical production in Japan that previously had a short run at the Riviera, will open at the Sahara on May 29. The stage show, which mixes elements of Japanese culture, features Olympic medalists and world-class athletes performing to high-energy music. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Monday - Saturday. Tickets are $75.90, 86.90, and $108.90, call 702-737-2515.

With more than 18 acts, "Matsuri" incorporates extreme sports, gymnastics, comedic routines and vibrantly colored costumes throughout the show. Japanese earth and foot drum dances are blended into the show and are performed by tapping, clapping and stomping to create heart-pounding rhythms. The talented cast consisting of 28 performers includes world champion German wheel gymnast, world champion mountain biker, world-class Yo-Yo champion, world record hula hoop champion, a karate expert specializing in sword fight action stunts and a world record bungee jumping act. The revue continually evolves as the newest world-class athletes from Japan are integrated into the show.

Matsuri creator and famed Japanese producer Ushio Higuchi originally created a musical sports variety program for Japanese television called "Kinniku-banzuke" and then developed the live stage show. In Japan, the stage production is called "Muscle Musical" and opened in 2001. "Muscle Musical" was the first stage production to have a permanent theater built specifically for the show and it continues to play to sold-out audiences. In Las Vegas, the show is called "Matsuri," which means 'festival.'

The inaugural Las Vegas Fest will be a three-day, all-things Beatles festival taking place July 1-3 at The Mirage and it will feature live music, art, memorabilia, special guests, contests and much more.

The Fest for Beatles Fans began in 1974 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Beatles arrival in the United States. That first year, John Lennon donated a signed guitar and fellow band mates also donated items for a charity raffle and The Fest landed on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

The Fest for Beatles Fans 2007: Las Vegas Fest will feature headline concerts from rock duo Peter & Gordon, whose repertoire includes songs written by Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney. Also performing will be former Beatles drummer Pete Best and his band, three members of McCartney's former rock supergroup, Wings, and Beatles tribute band Liverpool. Additional appearances will include Victor Spinetti, actor and co-star in three Beatles movies, and Ringo Starr's former producer Mark Hudson and broadcaster Larry Kane who toured with the Beatles in 1964 and 1965.

The event's master of ceremonies will be leading Beatles scholar, humorist, writer and producer Martin Lewis. Other announcers will include Dennis Mitchell host of radio show "Breakfast with The Beatles," Tony Perkins formerly from "Good Morning America," and Joe Johnson from the nationally syndicated radio show "Beatle Brunch."

Another highlight will be the Giant International Beatles Marketplace comprised of more than 75 tables of memorabilia. The Fest will be celebrating four major Beatles anniversaries: the 40th anniversary of the band's "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album; the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Beatles, honoring the day in July 1957 when Lennon and McCartney first met; the 40th anniversary of the first-ever global TV satellite link-up in which the Beatles gave a live performance of their new Summer of Love anthem "All You Need is Love" to 400 million TV viewers; and the one-year anniversary of The Beatles "LOVE" by Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage.

The Las Vegas Fest will be held in the Grand Ballroom complex. Show hours will be 2 p.m. to midnight on Sunday and noon to midnight Monday and Tuesday. Advance tickets are $45 per day. Special combination advance prices are available until June 15, at $80 for two days or $100 for all three days, visit www.thefestforbeatlesfans.com.

The free "Simon Super Chefs Live!" day-long celebration of food, cooking and entertainment will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, at The Forum Shops at Caesars and headlined by a celebrity TV chef soon be announced. Additionally, top local chefs will be on-hand to showcase their culinary skills.

Emmy award-winning emcee Bill Boggs will host the event that will include live cooking performances and demonstrations, a segment on entertaining, food and beverage sampling, cookbook sales, autograph signings and a round-robin cook-off between local celebrity chefs.

The authentic Irish pub shipped directly from the Emerald Isle, J.C. Wooloughan's at the JW Marriott in northwest Las Vegas, is introducing a summer concert series in its outdoor arena, The Backyard. Tickets are sold at the pub for $10 and include a complimentary pint of Guinness, Harp, or Smithwick beer.

The series will begin on June 1 and 2 at 9 p.m. with the Joshua Tree, a Southern California renowned U2 cover band that will be putting on concerts throughout scattered weekends in July and August. The concert series will continue with a run July 13 and 14. The final weekend, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 will include a bonus celebration when J.C. Wooloughan celebrates its 8th anniversary.

"Hypnosis Gone Wild" will be changing the name of the late night comedy hypnosis show starring Terry Stokes and Michael Johns at The Empire Ballroom to "Hypnosis Unleashed" because of possible identity problems with "Girls Gone Wild."

The Dave Koz show planned for July 27 at The Pearl inside the Palms has been cancelled due to circumstances and scheduling.



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The MGM Grand's "Crazy Horse Paris" will be dark from June 1 through 14, and will return on Friday, June 15.

The third season of "Hell's Kitchen" will take place at Green Valley Ranch and the winner will get their own Italian restaurant to run that will replace II Fornaio.

The Jerry Lewis annual Labor Day telethon will return to Las Vegas again this year. It will air Sept. 2-3 from the South Point.

Although TAO Beach is open all day, Sunset Sessions festivities now take place every Sunday at 5:30 p.m., with a transition to a sexy, soulful, global house format that pumps on into the early evening. Dress code is relaxed, welcoming both pool and nightclub attire and there is no cover charge.

The Silverton will partner with the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities to present a charity golf tournament on Monday, June 11. The tournament will be held at The Falls Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas. It will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start and conclude with a luncheon and awards ceremony. Participants will also receive a ticket to the Hootie & The Blowfish concert on Saturday, June 9, at the Silverton. Band members, including lead singer Darius Rucker, are scheduled to participate in the golf tournament. To register, contact Janae Melvin at 702-632-8242 or jmelvin@lvms.com.

"Direct from the Strip" will present two talented performers, who have each headlined Strip properties, with back-to-back shows at the Starbright theatre in Sun City Summerlin. Lisa Donovan will take center stage on June 23 at 7:30 p.m., and Denise Clemente will follow on June 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15, call 702-367 9805.

One of the best-known Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970's, The Stylistics featuring original lead singer Russell Thompkins Jr. will headline the Silverton's 8 p.m. outdoor poolside concert series on June 2. Tickets are $20, call 702-914-8557 or 1-866-946-4373.

Hootie & the Blowfish, with lead singer Darius Rucker, guitarist Mark Bryan, bassist Dean Felber, and drummer Jim "Soni" Sonefeld, rocketed to stardom in 1994 with the release of their major label debut, "Cracked Rear View." In 2005, the band released its latest effort "Looking For Lucky." The group will headline on June 9. Tickets are $40.

Country music's honky-tonk hunk, Chris Cagle, will take the stage on June 16. Cagle was signed to the Capitol Nashville label in 2000. In 2001, Capitol released his debut album, "Play It Loud," which eventually went Gold. Tickets are $25.

Desperado - A World Class Eagles Tribute will be performed on June 22 and 23.

Desperado is an Eagles tribute band consisting of five talented and accredited musicians. Tickets are $10.

The Cannery in North Las Vegas will present their fifth annual Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival on June 15 and 16 at The Club indoor/outdoor festival grounds. Along with blues music, the two-day event will serve up various styles of barbecue from notable local restaurants along with craft-brewed beers and hard ciders. Festival hours are 4 p.m. to midnight and admission is $5 at the door. On June 15, there will be a BBQ rib-eating contest between local TV news personalities.

The entertainment lineup on Friday will highlight Bettye LaVette and Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials along with several other acts. Called "The Great Lady of Soul," LaVette is considered one of the greatest soul singers in American music history. Her career has spanned more than 30 years and includes numerous hit albums and songs. Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials are a house-rocking blues band and one of the premiere party bands coming out of Chicago in the 1980s. Their 1986 debut album, "Roughhousin'," garnered them international acclaim.

On Saturday, the festival will feature Coco Montoya and Bernard Allison along with several local blues acts. Montoya's explosive guitar playing and soul-driven voice have propelled him to the upper echelon of the blues-rock world. His recording career began in the mid-1970s and in 1996; he was nominated for four W.C. Handy Awards and walked away with the award for Best New Blues Artist. Allison is the youngest son of music legend Luther Allison. He started playing guitar at age 10 ten and eventually went on tour with his father. In 2004, Allison released his sixth album "Higher Power."

BOA Steakhouse, located on the third level of The Forum Shops at Caesars, is launching a signature drink, Trip Sevens, that is designed for what people are looking at as the luckiest day of the century _ July 7, 2007. The drink has seven ingredients combining Bakers Bourbon, which is 107 proof and has been aged for seven years, Pama Pomegranate Liquor, fresh lemon sour, vanilla infused simple syrup, Peychauds bitters and Campari into a mixing glass with ice. After being shaken, the $14 liquid concoction is rolled into a double old-fashion glass and topped with floating ginger beer.

The Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group has created a signature 7-7-7 cocktail, the Strawberry Hardway. It is cleverly named for the Blackjack hand where a player is dealt three sevens, totaling 21. This winning hand is often referred to as "The Hardway."

The summer cocktail is a blend of Chinaco Silver, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, fresh strawberries, balsamic crme and a dash of luck. Served on the rocks, the Strawberry Hardway will be available from June - August at five Wolfgang Puck restaurants: Spago and Chinois (Forum Shops at Caesars); Trattoria del Lupo (Mandalay Bay); Postrio (Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian); and the Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill (MGM Grand).

The Cannery and KWNR 95.5 FM will be hosting the County Summer Bash at The Club on Saturday, June 2 with doors opening at 5 p.m. The event will feature country music stars Neal McCoy and Jamie O'Neal, new country artist Donovan Chapman, other acts, food, drinks, and exhibitor booths. Tickets are on sale for $25, call 617-5585 or 866-287-4643.

McCoy started his recording career in 1988 and released his debut single "That's How Much I Love You." He's known for his freewheeling live shows and released his third album in 1994, which sold more than one million copies.

Female country artist O'Neal's debut love ballad "There Is No Arizona" earned her Grammy nominations and she's been an opening act for numerous country legends. O'Neal has also sung on the soundtracks of "Bridget Jones' Diary" and "When We Were Soldiers."

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