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Sunday, June 10, 2007 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
Gerry McCambridge "The Mentalist", Stoney's Rockin' Country Sets Opening, Magician Hans Klok Appears, Springs Preserve Like Central Park, Outdoor Concerts Highlight Rock & Country, Joey Kola Headlines, Michael Buble In Concert, Rita Rudner Adds Shows, More Beach Entertainment, Wine Tasting Dinners Announced, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Rolls In, Children's Birthday Wishes A Party, Summer Golf Packages Available, Firefighter Bachelors On Auction Block, Gilcrease Orchard Ripe For Picking, More...

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Beginning June 19, Gerry McCambridge - "The Mentalist" will headline his own show at Hooters in the Night Owl Showroom. During the 70-minute show, McCambridge will perform classics from his NBC Prime time special and unleash never before seen mind-bending routines. McCambridge has been on dozens of television shows including "The TODAY Show" and "The Late Show with David Letterman." He's been performing around Las Vegas the past couple years appearing at the Suncoast and former Stardust. His shows will run on Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. and on Saturday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $36.95, call 866-LVHoots (866-584-6687).

Scheduled to open in late July, Stoney's Rockin' Country will be a western foot-stomping spot located on Las Vegas Boulevard between the Mandalay Bay and South Point resorts and open daily from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. The one-level nightlife spot will have more 20,000 square feet dedicated to country fun and feature weekly live entertainment on a 45-foot by 25-foot main stage and an elevated 2,500-square-foot hardwood dance floor flanked by two long full-service bars. Other bar highlights will include three 44-foot mini bowling lanes and four pool tables. Situated in the corner will be a western staple, a mechanical bull with bleacher seating for optimal viewing. In the center of the action will be two raised VIP seating areas with access to bottle service.

Owner Stoney Gray was the main operator behind the successful Gilley's in the New Frontier Hotel known for their popular bikini bull riding nights and line dance classes.

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Dutch illusionist Hans Klok, known as "the fastest magician," has introduced a big show at the Planet Hollywood's Theatre for at the Performing Arts. When you enter the theatre, there is a gigantic hand on each side of the stage holding an oval video screen with Klok's picture. Immediately, you think of a young Siegfried Fischbacher.

Like a one-liner comedian, Klok's show is a shotgun approach with one meticulous illusion following another at rapid speed. He has a big cast with about 14 well-costumed dancers and some big set pieces helping tell the show's thin plot of his father helping him realize his dream of becoming a magician.

One thing folks need to know is Pamela Anderson who is the name draw in the show doesn't appear until the last third of the program. Klok is a fine magician and vibrant showman. His "The Beauty of Magic" shows are at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and at 7 and 10 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $68-$108, call 702-785-5000.

Officially opening this weekend, the Las Vegas Springs Preserve is a $250 million non-gaming cultural attraction located a few miles off the Las Vegas Strip. With 180 acres of green museums, botanical gardens, galleries, trails and concert venues, the Preserve is designed to set new standards in "green building" while becoming a new cultural hub.

As the largest commercial straw-bale construction project in the United States, the Preserve has erected seven new green buildings, which translates into creating some of the most energy efficient commercial buildings in the country and the first ever Platinum certified buildings in a visitor attraction.

Having recently attended an invited guest pre-opening event, this reporter can tell you this project is totally amazing. It is visually stunning with inviting trails and intriguing buildings and offers 10 primary educational, recreational and entertainment components: Orientation Plaza, Origen Experience, Guest Services, Desert Living Center, Nevada State Museum, The Trails, The Gardens, The Cienega, The Commons and Open Air Amphitheater.

The Origen Experience is comprised of two historic museum galleries, a children's gallery, and an indoor theater. As the interpretive focal point for history at the Preserve, the Origen Experience galleries convey the natural and cultural history of the site and its common designation as the "birthplace of Las Vegas."

The open-air amphitheater, which is a 2,000-seat outdoor venue in the center of the Preserve, will be presenting seasonal concerts under the stars and feature an eclectic mix of theater and musical genre.

TAO Asian Bistro, located on the Grand Canal Shoppes level of the Venetian Hotel, has been awarded the No. 1 spot on "Restaurants & Institutions" magazine's annual list of the top 100 grossing independent restaurants in the country with a staggering $55.3 million in food and beverage sales in 2006.

The 42,000-square-foot entertainment complex was opened in September 2005, and it includes a restaurant, lounge, nightclub and banquet room and just recently debuted TAO Beach, a European-style beach club by day and exotic nightclub by night.

Visually the complex has a soaring space with exotic Asian antiques, art and symbolism balanced against contemporary sensibilities. Antique Buddhas, a vertical rock garden, a bar top made out of ancient Asian coins and a wall on which over 50 antique opium pipes are suspended inside brightly-colored individual insets are just some design elements. The focal point of the 400-seat restaurant is a spectacular hand-carved 20-foot high Buddha.

Primm Valley is only 25 minutes south of Las Vegas and big names are drawn to the Buffalo Bill's flexible 6,500-seat arena and the 700-seat showroom at Whiskey Pete's. The nice thing is tickets usually range from $25 to $35. Acts coming up at Buffalo Bill's include David Cassidy on June 16; Engelbert Humperdink on June 23; Lee Greenwood and Crystal Gale on July 7; and at Whiskey Pete's Diamond Rio on July 13.

Throwback crooner Michael Buble will be performing in concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 14. Tickets are $65 and $85. Pop diva Beyonce is set to follow with a concert on Aug. 25, with Robin Thicke. Tickets range from $70.75 to $150.75.

The CineVegas Film Festival will be honoring four more entertainment icons spanning two hemispheres. On Friday, June 15, the Marquee Award will be given to Sir Anthony Hopkins (whose film "Slipstream" is being screened at the festival), the Vanguard Actor Award to Sir Ben Kingsley, the Vanguard Director Award to Mike Newell, and the Half-Life Award to Charlize Theron at the Honorees Reception.



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The Summer Outdoor Concert Series at the Sunset Station's Amphitheatre in Henderson will host country star Clint Black on June 23, southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd on July 13, and country group Lonestar on Sept. 1. Cabana rentals are also available during amphitheatre performances.

The weekly "Summerfest at Sunset" series is also featuring entertainment highlighting three months of rock tribute bands performing at the revamped Sunset Station pool. The parties begin at 6 p.m. each week with a pre-party at the Gaudi Bar. Doors open at 7 p.m. and show time begins at 8 p.m. General admission is $7 which gives guests access to the pool, concert and their first drink free. The weekly parties are hosted by Marketing Director Wayne Shadd - nicknamed 'Shamu' - whom many will recognize from The Travel Channel's American Casino.

Some upcoming Summerfest at Sunset performances include: June 15 -The Original KISS Army (KISS); June 22 - Fandango (ZZ Top); June 29 - PUMP (Aerosmith); July 6 - The Long Run (Eagles); July 20 - Rattle & Hum (U2); and July 27 - Smokin' (Boston). For more information, call 702-547-7777.

Joey Kola, who has warmed up audiences for "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," "The Jon Stewart Show," as well as for VH-1's "Stand-Up Spotlight," will be starring at the Riviera Comedy Club with fellow comedians RC Smith and Mike MacRae, June 25-July 1. Show times for the Riviera Comedy Club are 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets for the 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. shows are $19.95, call at 702-794-9433.

Kola has also amassed television credits including "The Late Show Starring David Letterman," "That's Life," "TV-411," "Caroline's Comedy Hour," "Half Hour Comedy Hour" and "Showtime Comedy Club." He has appeared in two independent films, "Mixing Nia" and "The Deli."

Smith has done audience warm up for "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," "The Tony Danza Show," "The Caroline Rhea Show," "The Rikki Lake Show" and several television pilots.

Comedienne Rita Rudner has added some shows to her Harrah's headlining gig.

The extra dates are Saturday, June 23; Monday, June 25; and Saturday, July 7, with all shows starting at 6 p.m.

The Spice Market Buffet is back in its original spot downstairs at Planet Hollywood, after spending a few months in the ballroom during the redesign switch from the former Aladdin.

The 2007 NBA Summer League presented by adidas will feature 21 NBA teams and the Chinese National Team competing over 10 days, from July 6-15. A 55-game schedule will be played at the Thomas & Mack Center and the Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Tickets are on sale, call 702-739-FANS.

New shows have been added to the lineup at Mandalay Bay Beach: Tears For Fears July 27; Chicago Aug. 18; "Lost '80s Live," featuring General Public, Flock of Seagulls, Dramarama, When In Rome, Real Life and Gene Loves Jezebel Aug. 24; Asia Sept. 1; and Joss Stone Sept. 8. Other headliners already announced are: The Commodores June 22; LeAnn Rimes June 30; Pat Benatar July 3; The Bangles July 21; Blue October Aug. 25; and Los Lonely Boys Sept. 15. Tickets range from $35 to $55.

Future 2007 wine tasting dinners in Ceres Restaurant at the JW Marriott in the northwest part of the valley are scheduled for July 26, Aug. 30, Oct. 11 and Nov. 29 with a list of featured wineries to be published at a future date.

The Las Vegas Philharmonic will be providing music for the popular annual July 4 patriotic concert at Hills Park. The Star-Spangled Spectacular includes a fireworks display by Zambelli International. For tickets, call 702-895-ARTS (2787).

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® will present "Bellobration," a high-energy circus extravaganza featuring the mischievous, comic daredevil Bello, at The Orleans Arena from June 21 to 24. Tickets range from $16.50 to $81.50.

The new Birthday Wishes package at the JW Marriott, located just 20 minutes northwest of the Strip, includes a one-night stay for six children and a chaperone in a two-bedroom suite with early check-in at noon on arrival day. The kids get to spend the afternoon at the pool in their private cabana, then enjoy a birthday dinner with cake served by room service, and finally have a PJ party with a first-rate movie and popcorn. The Birthday Wishes package starts at $510 and runs through Oct. 15, call Therese Sam at 702-869-7717.

Lake Las Vegas Resort was recently named one of America's 10 Best Golf Resorts by "USA Today" for the resort's two renowned courses: Jack Nicklaus' signature Reflection Bay and Tom Weiskopf's The Falls. This summer, the Lake Las Vegas Resort is offering packages featuring unlimited golf and luxury accommodations at a special rate, forecaddie on first round, yardage guide, bottled water and unlimited range balls on day of play.

For accommodation / golf package information, contact the following hotels at Lake Las Vegas Resort: Lake Las Vegas Resort Vacation Villas packages from $209, 702-992-7368; Loews packages from $175, 702-567-6000; MonteLago Village Resort packages from $149, 866-564-4799; The Ritz-Carlton packages from $189.50, 702-567-4700. For golf specials without accommodations, the rates are only available when booked online at the www.lakelasvegas.com.

The 8th Annual "Sound the Alarm" Firefighter Bachelor Auction will be held on Friday, June 15 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Pearl Concert Theatre inside The Palms.

The Gilcrease Orchard is open for business, which means visitors picking fruits, vegetables and nuts from the trees and vines. There is a $2 entry fee for adults and $1 for children. The orchard will have its web site www.gilcrease.com up soon. Some upcoming crops include peaches and melons in mid-July; and eggplant and peppers later in the month.

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