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Sunday, January 29, 2006 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
Planet Hollywood Tower Breaks Ground, Charity Show With Heart, 'Hairspray' Ready, Little River Band Headlines, Mac King Debuts At Toy Fair, World Series Of Poker Lifestyle Show On Track, 'KA' Celebrates One, Neville Brothers On Stage, "Jubilee!" Turned 25, Las Vegas Top Destination, Secret Garden Events, Queer Eye Casting Call, Lush Puppy Unleased, More...


Jackie Brett
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The Planet Hollywood Towers by Westgate will be located on the corner of Harmon Avenue and Audrey. The $750 million condominium and time-share project will include 50-story, red and blue glass towers as part of the expansion and re-branding of the Aladdin. The project will include more than 1,200 units and 28 on the top four stories will be luxury condominiums ranging in price from $4 to $10 million and 4,000 to 10,000 square feet in size.

The remaining units will be time-shares that start at $2,500 a week. They will range in size from one to four bedrooms.

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Golden Rainbow will premiere a new special nightclub charity event "Naked Hearts" on Valentine's Day and feature the sexiest performers from shows up and down the Strip. The night will feature live performances by cast members of Las Vegas production shows including "A New Day," "Chippendales," "Fantasy," "Folies Bergere," "La Cage," "Mamma Mia," Culture Shock, Missy Cochran Entertainment, MGM Grand Productions, The Vamps Girlie Revue and more.

In addition to the steamy performances, the dance floor will be writhing with tempting bodies and there will also be a kissing booth, chocolate massages and cupid aerialists. Tickets for Naked Hearts are $20 in advance; booth and bottle service reservations are also available. Doors open at 11 p.m. For tickets and information, call 702-384-2899.

Excitement is building as the musical "Hairspray" gets ready for its February launch at the Luxor. Opening with the same Tony-winning, one-two punch that made the show a knockout on Broadway, "Hairspray" Las Vegas is bringing legendary Broadway stars Harvey Fierstein and Dick Latessa back to the roles they originated - Edna and Wilbur Turnblad - in this all new production. The celebrated duo will be part of the production for the first 12 weeks of the show's multi-year engagement.

Preview performances begin Feb. 6. "Hairspray's" regular performance schedule will begin on Feb. 17 with shows Thursday through Tuesday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. performances on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $85 and $65, call 800-557-7428.

The whimsically fun musical opened on Broadway in August 2002 to rave reviews, and won eight 2003 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Las Vegas' own Susan Anton will be opening in the show as Velma, a wicked stepmother. She is committed to six months with an option.

Acclaimed rock group Little River Band will perform at the off-Strip Silverton resort on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30, call 702-914-8557 or 1-866-946-4373.

During the band's 30-year career, they've released 23 albums, scored nine top 10 hits and 13 top 40 hits on the U.S. charts and have sold over 20 million albums worldwide. The band has weathered two continents and an ever-changing member lineup.

The members of Little River Band got their start as rock stars in Australia after the group released its self-titled debut album in November 1975. The following May, the group released its acclaimed second album, "After Hours," and toured the U.S. with Queen and the Average White Band in support of its two albums. The band's eight-minute epic, "It's a Long Way There," resonated with American audiences and became the band's first U.S. hit.

Harrah's afternoon headlining comedian and magician Mac King has paired with toy maker Fundex to create a series of magic tricks based on his nationally syndicated comic strip, Mac King's Magic in a Minute. The colorful line of 11 fun and easy magic tricks will debut at the International Toy Fair Feb. 12-15, in New York City, where King will appear in person to speak about his latest venture and demonstrate the tricks.

The tricks, designed as a creative tool for learning the art of entertaining with magic, will be available under three series titles and price points, The Befuddling Series ($2.99) offers tricks such as "Pea Brained Monkey" and "Where's the Dang Quarter." The Flabbergasting and Colossal series ($4.99 and $9.99) offer an instructional DVD where King visually teaches the trick to the viewer and presents more elaborate tricks such as "Cereal Thriller," "Monkey Guts" and the "Confoundingly Crazy Crate-O-Mystery."

Each trick comes with a comic book, where colorful illustrations offer explanations to each trick as well as a Magic in a Minute trading card that lists an additional trick encouraging the user to enlist common items from around the house as props. In addition, each trick comes with a secret code that can be used to access another trick inside the Vault-O-Magic at Beginning in February, will feature Mac King in QuickTime video performing each of the tricks in the series.

The Rio's 2nd annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) Lifestyle Show, scheduled July 27-31, will offer a wide selection of poker merchandise and promotional giveaways from more than 200 poker and gaming lifestyle booths in the 55,000-square-foot Pavilion Convention Center. Less than 20 percent of vendor space is still available. The show, which is open to the public (21 and over), will be held during the first week of the $10,000 buy-in, no-limit, World Series of Poker Texas Hold 'em Championship, which some poker enthusiasts predict will draw more than 7,000 players.

It's been announced that the Klondike located on the far south Strip will be shutting its doors after 45 years of operations. The Klondike is probably best known for its 99-cent breakfast and 10-cent roulette tables.


"KA," Cirque du Soleil's latest creation at the MGM Grand, will celebrate its first anniversary with a special appearance at the newest Tower Records location in Henderson at 611 Mall Ring Circle next to the Sunset Galleria Mall on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 4 to 4:30 p.m. The recently released KA Soundtrack, which is currently Top 10 on the Billboard World Music Chart will be featured along with an acrobatic martial arts demonstration followed by an autograph and photo session with customers.

The Neville Brothers will perform at the Golden Nugget downtown, Feb. 17-19, at 9 p.m. Tickets are $45 plus tax, call 866-946-5336, or 702-386-8100.

Donn Arden's "Jubilee!" at Bally's kicked off its 25th Anniversary by helping the local United Blood Services. For a week, they offered a pair of free tickets to blood donors. "Jubilee!" is set in seven acts with a $3 million, 16-minute opening number. The show is famous for its special effects: "The Sinking of the Titanic" and "The Destruction of the Temple by Samson."

Jake and Elwood Blues - the Blues Brothers - captured in tribute by Dan Meisner and Joe Messina, respectively, returned to the "Legends in Concert" lineup at the Imperial Palace. The duo last appeared in Legends in January 2005.

Meisner and Messina are dynamic actors and accomplished musicians. Meisner began his Jake impersonation at a high school lip-sync show. Messina began his impersonator career as Beetlejuice while working as a sound technician at Universal Studios in Florida. The Blues Brothers replace the Rolling Stones in the current show, which also includes Prince, Shania Twain, Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion and Elvis Presley. "Legends in Concert" is in its 23rd year.

Sarah Todora, an 18-year-old songstress from New Orleans, has been signed for a week of performances in the Sahara's Casbar Theatre, Feb. 1-6, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., with a special evening show at 8 p.m. on Feb. 4. Todora and her father have been stranded in Las Vegas since there home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

The Tropicana started a new Free Spin & Win game where up to 50 guests daily have a free chance to win up to $1,000 cash and other prizes including dinners and show tickets. Each day, 10 Spin & Win players are selected at one of five drawings held at 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 p.m. on a stage in the middle of the casino. For contest details, call 702-739-2711.

The Wine Amplified "Live!" @ Plush party will be held Friday, Jan. 20, from 7-10 p.m. at the Plush Nightclub inside the JW Marriot in Summerlin. The event will feature eight wines from all around the world and the acoustic jams of rocker Shawn Eiferman on the indoor stage. Eiferman has opened for such bands as the Goo Goo Dolls, Barenaked Ladies and Hootie & The Blowfish. He's won numerous songwriting awards and was voted Best Guitar Player in town by Las Vegas Weekly readers in 2001. Cost is $30 prepay and $35 at the door and includes all the wines and light hors d'oeuvres, call 702-561-3498.

Readers of "Travel Weekly," a top travel trade magazine, and travel agent consortium Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates that polled 363 travel agency owners, managers and frontline agents have named Las Vegas the top U.S. destination.

The Sahara's famous pylon sign is coming down.

Plans are underway for a massive blowout weekend, Feb. 16-18, to celebrate what would have been the 10th Anniversary of Club Utopia, the former operator of the Empire Ballroom space.

The sounds of nature are setting the stage for a new event offering at The Mirage. The backdrop of Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat creates a thrilling new opportunity for those looking for a one-of-a-kind event. The spectacular setting of the animal care facility can comfortably accommodate cocktail receptions of up to 650. For those wanting a dinner soiree, groups for up to 400 may dine in the dramatic jungle setting.

Home to some of the world's most exotic and rare animals including the Royal White Tigers of Nevada, the White Lions of Timbavati and a family of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, this popular Las Vegas destination now is available for private functions for a $10,000 facility fee that includes the services of the facility's tour guides.

Guests may enjoy the tempting creations of The Mirage's talented culinary staff for an additional fee of $150 per person for receptions or $185 per person for dinners. For information, contact The Mirage Catering Department at 800-939-9389.

Bravo's hit show, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, hosted an open Las Vegas casting call looking for sloppy, straight men to receive the "Fab 5 Make-Better" treatment. The casting call brought out teems of Las Vegan's looking for a change. We tried to nominate LVFBM Publisher Michael Politz for the show but unfortunately he was deemed "not sloppy enough". At least that's better than the opinion coming out of the Beacher's Madhouse back office these days, nice try, right Chad?

Lush Puppy store opened in Mandalay Place Shopping Mall. LUSH PUPPY'S extensive apparel line includes coats, sweaters, tees, hats, sports jerseys, boots, feather boas and more for the fashion-conscious dog or cat. Collars, leashes, toys, treats, beds, bowls, mats, spa products, jewelry and carriers will be anything but ordinary. LUSH PUPPY will offer designer accessories and apparel at a wide range of prices, so even beagles on a budget can afford to dress in style.

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