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Sunday, July 29, 2007 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
The Empire Grows, Marshall Sylver Opens Show, Dining South Of The Border Planned, 'Ooh La La' Is Ooh So Topless, New Sports Gaming Venue Coming, Relive The Summer of '69, 'Hats' On 2008 Calendar, Barry Manilow Returns, MTV Video Music Awards Hit Town, Billy Bob Thornton Headlines, Vince Neil & Slaughter & Quiet Riot On Stage, Hot Air Balloon Fest Rises Up, Baggage-Claim Gets Upgraded, More...

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Construction will begin on a $1 billion Caesars Palace expansion that's intended to keep the 41-year old property in the evolving high-end Strip market. The project will include a new, $375 million, 23-story Octavius Tower with 665 rooms, 71 suites and three new 10,000-square-foot pool villas on the second floor. Completion on the tower is expected in early 2009 and will increase the room inventory to more than 4,000 rooms.

The expansion project will also include remodeling the existing Forum Tower, adding a 263,000-square-foot convention area, enlarging the front entrance and valet parking area, building three new swimming pools and enlarging and modernizing the sports book.

Marshall Sylver is now bringing his one-of-a-kind production to Harrah's. "Marshall Sylver Presents: The World's Funniest Hypnotists" will open on Aug. 10 and feature a rotating lineup of amusing hypnotists from around the globe. Shows will be nightly at 10 p.m. in the showroom. Tickets are $39.95, $59.95 and $99.95, call 702-369-5222 or 1-800-392-9002.

The 90-minute show will blend a full-scale production with moments of mesmerizing audience interaction, resulting in a totally distinctive scene. Interspersed between sets of comical antics by the hypnotists is an engaging fusion of dance, sexy costumes and the seductive resident "Hypnotic Hotties."

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Sylver has gained national notoriety from appearances on popular television shows including: The Late Show with David Letterman, Howard Stern, Dr. Joy Browne and Montel Williams. During his recent appearance on "The Big Idea" with Donny Deutsch, he used the power of influence to have the host eat fire.

The Light Group has hired Noé Alcalá as executive chef for Diablo's Cantina that will open in September at Monte Carlo. He was formerly the executive chef at Pink Taco at the Hard Rock. Diablo's Cantina, which is the company's third restaurant venture, will serve "cross-the-border" Mexican, Southwest and American cuisine in a fiesta-like atmosphere.

Diablo's Cantina will be a 10,000-square-foot multi-level entertainment complex with an open-air design for a "people-watching" hot spot. Mixing "Old World" style with modern technology, Diablo's d‚cor will feature vibrant colors with rustic tile and furniture as well as 10 large plasma screens throughout for sports and entertainment viewing. Exotic tequilas and libations will be served by a staff of sultry se¤oritas.

The Light Group's properties include: Light Nightclub, FIX Restaurant & Bar and Caramel Bar & Lounge at Bellagio; JET Nightclub, STACK Restaurant & Bar and Bare Pool Lounge at The Mirage; and Mist at Treasure Island.

The Light Group is currently developing SpaLofts, a mid-rise, luxury loft community, and will operate The Harmon Hotel and Residences, a boutique hotel and residential experience at MGM MIRAGE's CityCenter that's under construction.

"Ooh La La," is the latest sexy topless female revue to hit the Strip. It is now open at Paris Las Vegas and plays nightly in the Anthony Cools Experience showroom. Unusual for a topless show, there will be early performances Sunday through Saturday at 7 p.m., with 11 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday, which is the norm. Tickets are $49.95, call 877-374-7469.

Taking the form of a topless variety show, "Ooh La La" features comedy, magic, acrobatics, singing, artwork, photography and much more. The women in the show each have different characteristics from hair color to body type and they are up-close-and-personal in an intimate showroom, where provocative images adorn the walls.

An interesting aspect, "Ooh La La" features not only an all-female cast, but also an all-female crew.

The new Harrah's Sports Pit will debut on Aug. 9, just in time for the kickoff of football season. It will feature high-definition screens at every turn, continuous betting action and a full-service bar and deli. When the last big game is over, the venue becomes a sports-themed lounge allowing fun to continue late into the night.

"The combination of a race and sports book and a gaming pit will allow players to be in action while watching the action," said the hotel's president Don Marrandino.

Players will literally be in the center of it all with televisions surrounding the gaming area. State-of-the-art 3-D video technology will be shown on 40 high-definition plasma screens, and two 100" high-definition projectors will showcase the biggest games of the day. Television screens built into every table will ensure that fans never need to choose between playing their favorite table games and catching a sporting event. The pit will include blackjack tables, craps, an LCD keno board, several video poker stations and eight full-service betting stations.

The décor will boast a sleek and modern décor with granite bar tops, zebra-wood accents and textured walls in rich metallic shades of burgundy, green and orange. There will also be lounge-style seating and multiple games on large plasma screens.

The Cannery in North Las Vegas will host Cannerystock, a tribute to Woodstock. The festival will feature performances by three artists from the original 1969 music festival - The Original Family Stone, Johnny Winter and Canned Heat. It will be held at The Club on Saturday, Aug. 18 with doors opening at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 and $25, call 702-617-5585 or 866-287-4643.

The Original Family Stone, still featuring four of the original band members, continues the legacy created by Sly and the Family Stone.

As a result of his fresh take on classic blues, Johnny Winter has been a guitar hero without equal for the last 30 years. Winter is known for his musical style that shifts between simple country blues to all-out electric slide guitar blues-rock.

Famous for their blues-rock sound and improvisational ability, Canned Heat secured their place in the pages of rock 'n' roll history with their 1969 performance at Woodstock. They will perform some of their well-known hits including "Going Up the Country," the tune that became the unofficial theme song for the film "Woodstock."

A proposed arena development downtown at Main Street and Charleston Boulevard now has a Michigan-based developer approved by the city. The project planned for 85 acres would have a $500 million arena and surrounding retail space as the first phase of an eventual $90.5 billion plan.



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"Hats," which is an original musical comedy about a 49.999 year old woman who reluctantly faces the BIG Five-O, will be opening at Harrah's on Jan. 12, 2008, with 6 p.m. shows. The show was successful at Harrah's in New Orleans and ran for months. The show will get the Las Vegas treatment with more lavish costumes, gut-grabbing comedy and stylized choreography. The band will be comprised of musicians who have performed with some of the biggest headliners in the world. Tickets are $49.95, call 702-369-5111.

Barry Manilow, who headlines at the Las Vegas Hilton and will return Aug. 7-11, revisits the songs of the decade that launched his career with a new album scheduled for release on Sept. 18. "The Greatest Songs of the Seventies" is his next release in a best-selling series of tribute albums of popular music which includes "The Greatest Songs of the Fifties" and "The Greatest Songs of the Sixties," that combined with "Ultimate Manilow" have cumulative sales that have surpassed five million units.

Britney Spears will make an appearance and host the opening of the LAX Nightclub at the Luxor.

The MTV Video Music Awards will take place at the Palms on Sept. 9.

R&B jazz artist Jeffrey Osborne will headline at The Railhead at Boulder Station on Boulder Highway on Aug. 17. The Australian group, the Little River Band will also play at The Railhead on Aug. 31. Tickets range from $22.50 to $47.50.

Rock / Country artist Billy Bob Thornton will headline at the Ovation at Green Valley Ranch on Aug. 3. Tickets are $22.50, $32.50 and $42.50. In addition to his music career, he's well known for his Oscar nominations for acting in and writing the screenplay for "Slingblade."

The second Wine Amplified Festival featuring award-winning multi-Platinum group Sugar Ray will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the newly-renovated, 11-acre Mandalay Bay Beach. The evening's festivities will kick-off at 7:30 p.m. with an opening set by RnR Wine house musician Jeremy Cornwell followed by San Francisco phenom Chris Clouse. At 9:30 p.m., Sugar Ray will take the stage. At 11 p.m. the party will keep going with an official after-party at Moorea Beach Club. Tickets are $65 and $70 day of show, call 702-632-7580.

The 88 band, who are signed with Island Records, will be headlining with the Smashing Pumpkins at Pearl at the Palms on Sept l3. Babyface produced their first four songs for their new CD and Grammy Award winner with U2 from England, Steve Lillywhite, is producing the rest of the CD.

Five Las Vegas acts were among the 10 finalists on ABC's "The Next Best Thing" impersonators contest show. The local entries included Elvis tribute artists Donny Edwards and Trent Carlini, who has been headlining at the Sahara, Sharon Owens as Barbra Streisand and Sebastian Anzaldo as Frank Sinatra, who together have had a long-running show at the Riviera, and Cookie Watkins as Tina Turner.

Jerry Young of Temecula, Calif., took home $8.25 million when he won the World Series of Poker Championship at the Rio this month. He outlasted a field of 6,358 players in the $10,000 buy-in no-limit Texas Hold 'em event.

A heartwarming World Series of Poker story was Hal Lebarsky, who made history as the first blind player to cash in during the main event. He finished in the top 200 and won $51,000.

Rockers Vince Neil, Slaughter and Quiet Riot will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Henderson Pavilion, 200 S. Green Valley Parkway. Tickets are $30, $40 and $50, call 702-267-4TIX (4849).

Headliner Neil, singer of the legendary heavy metal band Motley Cr¨e, is one of rock's most recognized front men. In addition to recording 10 albums with the band, including the platinum-certified "Dr. Feelgood," Neil has also released three solo CDs.

Hard rock band Slaughter, which was formed in Las Vegas by singer Mark Slaughter and bass player Dana Strum, has been recording and touring for more than a decade. The band is best known for the hits "Up All Night," "Spend My Life," and the power ballad "Fly To the Angels."

Rounding out the performance is Quiet Riot, one of the most popular metal bands of the Eighties. The band's "Metal Health" album sold millions of copies and was the first record by a heavy metal band to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Their most recognized songs are the arena rock anthems "Bang Your Head" and "Cum on Feel the Noize."

BalloonaPalooza II, which will include a full-size carnival, food, craft vendors and entertainers on two stages, will take place in North Las Vegas at Craig Ranch Golf Course, Sept. 21-23. The free event with free parking will feature a variety of activities, including balloon glows, flights and awe-inspiring special shaped balloons. BalloonaPalooza also will feature "Reach for the Stars," a hot air balloon uniquely designed to board passengers who use a wheel chair and an interactive balloon tent where ballooning questions can be answered. The hot air affair hours will be 5-10 p.m. on Friday, 5 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, and 5 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. For information, call 702-633-2650.

The baggage-claim area at McCarran Airport is undergoing a $12 million expansion project that will increase the capacity of eight of 16 Terminal 1 baggage carousels by 18 percent. The upgraded carousels will each be able to handle up to 3,128 bags at a time instead of the current 2,640 capacity. In addition, the space around the baggage claims will be broadened and brightened with new flooring and the removal of the rental car counters that were abandoned earlier this year when the new rental car center opened near the airport. There will also be new monitors that should make it easier to identify the appropriate bag carousel. Completion is expected in early 2009.

"Golf Digest Magazine" ranked the top 40 golf courses in the United States owned by casino companies. Shadow Creek in North Las Vegas, built by Steve Wynn and now owned by MGM Mirage, was considered the No. 1 casino course. Cascata between Henderson and Boulder City now owned by Harrah's ranked third.

The three other area courses in the top 20 include the Wynn Golf and Country Club at 12, Reflection Bay Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas tied at 15, and the Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson tied at 19.

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