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Sunday, December 2, 2007 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
Tony Danza Stays In 'The Producers', Fremont Street Hosts Ice Skating Show, James Blunt Performs, Riviera Plans Remodeling Project, The Association Headlines, Johnnie Walker Scotch Tasting Planned, Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort Opens, New Year's Eve Activities, 'Stars Of Country' Music Concert Coming, 'Walking With Dinosaurs' Looming, Studio 54 Celebrates 10, Dom Irrera Laughs It Up, More...

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Tony Danza will continue his run as the famous Broadway theatrical producer Max Bialystock in Mel Brook's musical comedy "The Producers" at Paris through Feb. 9, 2008, when the Las Vegas engagement ends. The show opened at Paris on Feb. 9, 2007.

Prior to Las Vegas, Danza performed the Bialystock role in the Broadway production. Danza is best known for his sitcom personas having starred on some of television's long-running series from "Taxi" to "Who's the Boss." He has also established himself as a stage and screen star, as well as a respected entertainer. His theatrical debut in "Wrong Turn at Lungfish," earned him an Outer Critic's Circle Award nomination.

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The Fremont Street Experience will be hosting a live ice skating show, "Bright Lights on Ice," Dec. 11-22. The free seasonal spectacular will feature an ensemble cast of professional figure skaters and gymnasts in a combination of winter athleticism and artistry on the outdoor promenade of Fremont Street. "Bright Lights on Ice" show times are 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Amidst the illusion of falling snow, the skaters will perform solo routines with lifts and spins from the iced platform of the 3rd Street stage while trampoline acrobats defy gravity from the ground below. Cheerful holiday music and glittering costumes will evoke the festive season spirit.

The cast includes former Canadian National and World Team members and 1995 Skate Canada bronze medalists, Jodeyne Higgins and Sean Rice; 22-year skating veteran, soloist and choreographer, Meegan McDonald; 2003 United States Championships competitor, Samira Banna; and four other skaters with experience in competitions, shows and instruction.

Melodic British singer / songwriter James Blunt will be performing as part of his Lost Souls Tour at The Pearl Concert Theater on Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, at 8 p.m. Presented by Andrew Hewitt and Live Nation, tickets are $58, $68 and $78, call 702-474-4000.

Blunt released his first album, "Back to Bedlam" in 2004, which spawned the No. 1 single "You're Beautiful" and brought him international fame. The album reached No. 1 in 18 countries and Blunt was subsequently nominated for five Grammys. Blunt, whose music is a mixture of pop and acoustic rock, toured for most of 2005 and 2006 before releasing a live album, "Chasing Time: The Bedlam Sessions."

Blunt's sophomore effort, "All the Lost Souls." consists of a combination of songs he wrote on the road and at his home in Ibiza, Spain. Released in September 2007, the album's first single "1973" reached No. 1 in seven countries.

The Riviera has confirmed plans for a 30-month significant remodeling project. A major portion of the $25 million renovation will include the new Signature and Deluxe Rooms.

The 980 Signature Rooms will be located in the Monaco Tower. Renovations are scheduled to begin in April 2008 with 45 rooms per week slated for remodel. Each room remodel includes Euro beds, flat screen plasma television, work desk, club chair and ottoman, IPod MP3 alarm clock radio and renovated baths. All the rooms will be non-smoking. Additional remodeling in the Monaco will include corridors and elevator landings. All suites will be remodeled once the guest rooms are completed.

Additional renovations scheduled for completion by March 2008 include: new casino carpet and ceiling paint; Royale Ballroom carpet replacement and ceiling paint; and a new Sports Book and Bar.

The Grammy® nominated and Golden Glober winning band, The Association will bring their versatile collection of folk rock hits to The Club at the Cannery Casino in North Las Vegas on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $19.95, call 702-617-5585 or 866-287-4643.

With No. 1 hits like "Never My Love," "Windy" and "Cherish," The Association became a cornerstone of American pop music and one of the most popular and successful bands to have come out of the sixties. The group has sold more than 70 million records, earning them six gold discs and one platinum disc.

Changes are happening at the Hard Rock. Simon Kitchen & Bar has closed there and will be replaced by the South Beach Italian-style restaurant AGO. Popular A.J.'s Steakhouse will be replaced by a new dining concept by the owners of Los Angeles Les Deux Café. A lounge at the resort will be changed into a rock and roll bar called Wasted Space.

Note that chef Kerry Simon will move to the new Palm Place and open a dining experience there next spring.

The Ritz-Carlton at Lake Las Vegas will host a Johnnie Walker scotch tasting event with master of whiskey, Edward Adams on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Firenze Lobby Lounge. Each guest will receive a personalized engraved bottle keepsake, dine on hors d'oeuvres, and enjoy the resort's resident saxophonist, George Butts at 9 p.m. Cost is $140, call 702-567-4600.

The Company American Bistro, which has celebrity investors Nicky Hilton, Wilmer Valderrama and Nick Lachey, opened inside the Luxor last month. It's located adjacent to LAX Nightclub and boasts a rustic feel in a chic organic environment.

It turns out Wayne Newton may do the "Dancing With The Stars" tour that will include a Dec. 30 stop at The Orleans Arena. However, his holiday shows for six weeks at Harrah's are definitely off his schedule.

The Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort located on the way to Mount Charleston on Highway 156 is opening this month through next April. The recreation destination, which now has more than 70 percent of its visitors wanting to snowboard, made some changes during the off-season to favor the popular sport.

Spiedini located in the J.W. Marriott Resort will be holding a wine tasting dinner featuring Beringer Vineyards on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $63, call 702-869-8500.

Kevin Federline will ring in the New Year at the Tangerine Lounge & Nightclub inside TI on Dec. 31. He will count down the final seconds of 2007 and raise a glass to toast the start of 2008. Tangerine has a patio providing a view of the Strip's fireworks. For information, call 702.894.7580.

All the MGM Mirage properties are offering special New Year's Eve packages that include rooms with added incentives like shows, dining, etc.


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Centerfold Pamela Anderson will play hostess at the PURE Nightclub New Year's Eve party at Caesars Palace. The actress, model and Vegas showgirl will spearhead a club-wide champagne toast and countdown to midnight as fireworks flash above the Las Vegas Strip. For table reservations, call 702-289-2002.

All the MGM Mirage properties are offering special New Year's Eve packages that include rooms with added incentives like shows, dining, etc.

Station Casinos is hosting today's leading country music stars for a concert series in conjunction with the National Finals Rodeo. The concert series will take place Dec. 7-15 at multiple venues including the 500-seat Ovation at Green Valley Ranch Resort, The Railhead with 650 seats at Boulder Station, and the 550-seat Chrome Showroom at Santa Fe Station.

The concert series features headlining artists Keith Anderson, Rodney Atkins and Phil Vassar.

Rodney Atkins will headline at Boulder Station on Dec. 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $29.95, $37.95, $44.95 and $49.95. Atkins has released two albums, "Honesty" in 2003 and "If You're Going Through Hell" in 2006. That same year, he won an Academy of Country Music award for the 2006 Top New Male Vocalist.

Phil Vassar will perform at Green Valley Ranch on Dec. 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $27.50, $34.95 and $47.50. Vassar's career first took off as a songwriter for Nashville artists who patronized the bar and restaurant he owned. For EMI Recording, he wrote songs for other artists including Collin Raye ("Little Red Rodeo"), Alan Jackson ("Right on the Money") and Tim McGraw ("For a Little While"). His songwriting ability earned him the prestigious title of Country Songwriter of the Year by ASCAP in 1999. The following year, Vassar released his debut album as a singer.

Singer / songwriter Keith Anderson will take center stage at Santa Fe Station in North Las Vegas on Dec. 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22.50, $28.50 and $32.50. Anderson's career took off with the hit single he co-wrote "Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)," which was recorded as a duet by Garth Brooks and George Jones in 2001. Anderson then signed a recording deal with Arista Records and released his debut album, "Three Chord Country and American Rock & Roll," in 2005. This past October, he released the album "C'Mon," which includes the version of the song he wrote for country duo Big & Rich, "Lost In This Moment."

In addition, the five-member band Flynnville Train will perform free concerts on Dec. 14 and 15 at Green Valley Ranch. This country band formed in 2001, signed with country star Toby Keith's music label, Show Dog Nashville, in June 2006. The band was the opening act for Keith's recent tour. Their first album, "Flynnville Train," was released on Sept. 11 this year.

Dinosaurs will take over the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus, Jan. 9-13.

The show, "Walking With Dinosaurs - The Live Experience," is based on the award-winning BBC Television Series and brought to North America by Immersion Edutainment. Tickets range from $30.50 to $72.50, call 739-FANS.

Fifteen roaring, snarling "live" dinosaurs will be the stars of the show. They will include Tyrannosaurus Rex, Utahraptor, Stegosaurus, and the largest of them, the Brachiosaurus, which is 45 feet tall and 75 feet from nose to tail.

The show depicts the dinosaurs' evolution spanning their entire 200 million year reign. The history of the world is played out with almost cinematic realism, including scenes of the interactions between dinosaurs.

Studio 54 inside of MGM Grand will present its 10th anniversary celebration - 54 Below - a winter ball on Dec. 7 sponsored by KISS-FM Los Angeles, Rockstar Energy Drink, Frederick's of Hollywood and 944 Magazine. For this gala, Studio 54 will be transformed into an arctic play-land of music, fashion and decadence. As scintillating aerialists and go-go dancers seduce the crowd, DJ Dynamixx will keep the energy pumping as he ignites a fashion frenzy on the Studio 54 catwalk. Entertainment will include a sultry performance by the dancers from MGM Grand's Crazy Horse Paris. The temperature will rise in Studio 54's exclusive VIP area as models showcasing 'barely there' Frederick's of Hollywood lingerie mingle throughout the evening. The first 200 VIP guests will receive a 54 Below gift bag featuring items by Frederick's of Hollywood and more.

The CineVegas Film Festival will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2008, with the Festival being held June 12 - 21, at the Palms and Brenden Theatres in Las Vegas. Legendary actor, filmmaker and artist Dennis Hopper will continue to serve as Chairman of the Creative Advisory Board in 2008. Submissions will be accepted December 1 - March 15 through Withoutabox's International Festival Submissions System at www.withoutabox.com.

Cash prizes will be awarded for select films, including $10,000 for the Grand Jury Award for Feature Film, $1,000 for the Grand Jury Award for Best Short and $500 for the Best Nevada Filmmaking Short. There will also be a special award for the best film in La Proxima Ola, a section at CineVegas highlighting Mexican filmmakers and their films.

Comedian Dom Irrera will be joined by Bruce Clark and Lisa Mende when he headlines the Riviera Comedy Club, Dec. 10-16. Tickets are $19.95 for the nightly 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. shows, call 702-794-9433.

Irrera's comedic style has much of his material derived from his own experiences growing up in a three-floored, multi-generational, Italian household in South Philadelphia. Irrera tells an intricate mix of stories with his characters weaved together seamlessly. He's the winner of two CableACE awards and six American Comedy Award nominations as Best Male Stand-Up. Along with many network show appearances, his film work includes "The Big Lebowski" and "The Godson," and his voice is also very much in demand in the field of animation.

This will be comic Bruce Clark's first trip to the Riviera stage. He has co-starred with Drew Carey performing for hundreds of soldiers in Iraq.

New Jersey native, Lisa Mende, is probably best known for her recurring role on "Seinfeld" as Carol, the mother of the most hideous looking baby in sitcom history. Starting out as an actress, Mende has dozens of TV and feature film credits, including; "The Five Heartbeats," "Hollywood Shuffle" and "Honey, I blew up the Kids."

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