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Sunday, February 12, 2006 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
World's First Hooters Casino Hotel Opens, Dragapella! Engagement, Racejam For Race Fans, Joy Behar Headlines, 'La Femme' Under New Ownership, Reggae Duo Perform, Red Rock Resort Readies, Titanic Exhibit Adds Artifacts, Monterey Wine Country Makes Stop, Epicurean Award Highlights, Sonny King Dies, "Desperate Housewive" A Pussycat Doll, "Folies Bergere" Replaces Act, Craig Ferguson On Stage, More...


Jackie Brett
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What began in 1983 as an impulsive idea between six friends - eventually growing into a wildly successful international restaurant chain and even airline - has made history with its biggest HOOT yet: the opening of the world's first Hooters Casino Hotel in Las Vegas.

The Florida-casual resort features the famous Hooters Restaurant décor including tin ceilings and 15 miles of cedar wood throughout the entire 30,000-square-foot casino. Each of the 696 guest rooms are "Hooterized" with matching cedar headboards and armoires and a high-top cocktail table with four bar stools and a Hooters calendar hanging on the wall. The property offers a "hooterific" mix of dining, gaming and entertainment options, with the biggest attraction, of course, being the more than 200 beautiful Hooters Girls employed as cocktail and restaurant servers, bartenders, dealers and more.

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Other highlights include: a casual, beach-themed Hooters Restaurant with a full bar serving up the "nearly world famous" chicken wings; Hooters wings available for delivery to every guest room; a Pete & Shorty's Book & Bar for sports fans; The Dam Restaurant, a 24-hour dining café and mealtime buffet; The Lobby Bar at the main entrance; The Bait Shoppe - featuring a fresh sushi bar at the tropical pool area; Dan Marino's Fine Food and Spirits featuring seafood and steaks; a "13" Martini Bar with an eight-piece band playing nightly from 9:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m., and a DJ from 1:30 a.m. until closing; the Casino Center Stage also with music nightly from 4 - 9 p.m.; Porch Dogs with its nightly Dueling Guitars from 8 to 11 p.m. and Pianos from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. followed by a DJ from 2 a.m. to closing.

In March, the Nippers Pool Bar will make its debut and feature acoustical reggae music and welcome guests for live entertainment Monday through Sunday, from 12 - 5 p.m. (weather permitting). Hooters offers S.A.S.S. (Salon and Spa Services) that's open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and a fully equipped health club open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Hooters has approximately 670 machines, 32 table games, Keno, a Hooters Calendar Girl Party Pit, and each month, the calendar's featured Hooters Girl will be at the hotel for 10 days to hang-out with guests, participate in ClubOrange promotions, sign Hooters calendars, etc. Average room rates are approximately $110 per night, and top dinner checks ring in around $45.

There are more than 15,000 Hooters Girls worldwide perpetuating the all-American girl look. Hooters Hot Lines are currently in more than 80 restaurants and allow customers to pick up the Hooters phone labeled "Casino Connection" and plan a trip with instant "VIP status."

"Dragapella!™" starring The Kinsey Sicks™, will debut in the Shimmer Cabaret at the Las Vegas Hilton March 3. Producers Rich Super and Paul Reder featured the show at the resort in September and, based on fan reaction, have booked it for an unlimited engagement. "Dragapella!™" will be presented Tuesday-Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $42.50 plus tax and service charge, call 702-732-5755 or 1-800-222-5361.

The Kinsey Sicks™ combine award-winning a cappella singing, biting wit and over-the-top drag. Their Off-Broadway show, "Dragapella!™" at the legendary Studio 54 in New York City, was called "riotously funny" and "sublime" by "Variety," and earned them a Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Lyrics and two Lucille Lortel nominations, including for Best Musical.

The Kinsey Sicks™ have been profiled on national television in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan. They were featured in the "New York Time" and recognized by the "Hollywood Reporter" as a breakout hit at the 2002 Montreal Comedy Festival. They have recorded four CDs: "Dragapella," "Boyz 2 Girlz," "Sicks in the City," and "I Want To Be A Republican."

The Fremont Street Experience will host its 5th annual RaceJam event, which coincides each year with the Busch and NASCAR races at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Headlining this year's festivities for free public shows on Saturday, March 11, will be two country artists - up-and-comer Jason Aldean and party man David Lee Murphy.

Aldean, named a "Hot List" performer by "Country Music Today," has had two hit singles from his self-titled debut July 2005 album "Hicktown" and his follow-up single, "Why" is climbing like crazy. Aldean will play on the Fremont Street Experience's 3rd Street stage located between the Four Queens and Fitzgeralds casinos.

Murphy's new CD, "Tryin' To Get There," is the acclaimed rabble-rouser's first album since signing with Audium Records. Party goers can see Murphy on the 1st Street stage located next to the Golden Nugget and Binion's casinos.

The event includes free bands all weekend and interactive race fan activities including the Cingular Tire Changing Challenge, the Sharpie Interactive Hummer H2 display, and the Inmotion simulator that allows fans to test their racing skills on simulated tracks from around the country.

"La Femme" (pronounced "La Fahm") at the MGM Grand and its parent show "Crazy Horse" in Paris are under new ownership. Founded by French entrepreneur Alain Bernardin in 1951, Crazy Horse had been owned and operated by Bernardin's three children since his death in 1994. The siblings recently sold their rights to a group of shareholders led by Belgian businessmen Philippe Lhomme and Yannick Kalantarian.

Lhomme and Kalantarian plan to expand the Crazy Horse brand worldwide by launching a new production in Singapore with an integrated 450-seat theatre, restaurant, cocktail lounge and café and starting an international Crazy Horse touring troupe. While remaining true to the creative and ethic principles Crazy Horse has upheld for nearly 55 years, Lhomme and Kalantarian plan to explore all options in expanding the show's brand name.

Changes set for La Femme include the revival of an audience favorite group cabaret number "Chair Me Up" and the unveiling of a revamped solo routine "Teasing." La Femme is an exact replica of the acclaimed show Crazy Horse in Paris, famous for its productions celebrating beautiful women and the art of the nude since 1951.

Lhomme is an international businessman with more than 15 years experience in establishing and developing communications, media and events companies as well as cable television networks in several European countries. Kalantarian is founder and president of Puzzle Advertising, a European advertising, entertainment and events production firm.


Joy Behar, current co-host of ABC's "The View" and one of today's leading comic talents will perform Feb. 23 at the Flamingo. Tickets are $65 and $75 plus tax and handling fee, call 702-733-3333 or 800-221-7299.

A leading woman on both stage and screen, Behar has been part of a number of notable projects, including "The View," which has received 16 Daytime Emmy awards and has been nominated each year for "Outstanding Talk Show" and "Outstanding Talk Show Host." Behar has starred in her own HBO special and hosted a popular call-in radio show on WABC, where she discussed politics with a humorous edge. Still a frequent comedy headliner, she was chosen by TV Guide as a "Personality of the Year" nominee for the 3rd annual TV Guide Awards.

Aladdin Resort & Casino, future home of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, will host reggae artists Wisín y Yandel, born Juan Luis Morera, and Llandel Vegilla respectively, for one night only. The white hot duo will take over the stage of the 7,000-seat Aladdin Theatre for Performing Arts on Saturday, March 4. Tickets are $28.50, $38.50, and $48.50 plus applicable service charges and tax, call Ticketmaster at 702-474-4000.

In 2000, the duo released "Los Reyes del Nuevo Milenio" and their second solo album, "De Nuevos a Viejos," went gold and became the best-selling album in their homeland of Puerto Rico. In 2001 and 2002, a string of releases quickly became gold albums and chart singles followed as well as a Billboard Awards nomination and a "Tu Música" award as the "Most Important Rap and Reggae Duo."

In 2004, the duo decided to split and released solo albums. Last year, the duo returned to recording with each other, releasing their latest album "Pa'l Mundo" supported by the chart toppers "Rákat" and "Mayor que yo."

Executives from Station Casinos, Inc., the premiere locals casino operator, announced April 18, as the opening date for its newest hotel-casino, Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa located in the master-planned community of Summerlin. Red Rock Resort marks the company's 15th property in Southern Nevada.

The $925 million Red Rock Resort will open with over 400 hotel rooms, approximately 3,000 slot machines, 94,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, a 35,000-square-foot spa, nine restaurants, a 16-screen movie theater complex operated by Regal Cinemas, a race and sports book, bingo room, a nightclub operated by Rande Gerber and parking for approximately 5,200 vehicles. Phase II of Red Rock Resort, which will add another 400-plus hotel rooms that will open by the end of 2006.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Tropicana has unveiled three new artifacts from the Titanic wreck site. Curators have installed a teacup never before seen by the public and two horse racing forms belonging to Howard Irwin whose luggage made it onto the ship, but for unknown reasons he never boarded. His personal belongings were recovered in a 1993 dive. More than 150,000 people have seen the Titanic exhibit at the Tropicana since its opening. The exhibition is extended through March 5.

The Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association (MCVGA) will be bringing more than 25 wineries from Monterey County to collaborate and showcase the fruit of their vines to the media, trade, and consumers during the annual Monterey Wine Country Spring Tour on March 9 at RM Seafood Restaurant inside Mandalay Place. The event will include a consumer tasting with appetizers from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $45; call 831-375-9400 for reservations.

At the recent Epicurean Awards (EPPY) presentation held at RAIN in the Palms, "Las Vegas Life Magazine," announced its top 2005 dining winners. Las Vegas has definitely evolved from a land of buffets to a world class dining destination.

The winners are: Best American - Tableau inside the Tower Suites at Wynn; Best Seafood - Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare inside Wynn; Best French - Alex inside Wynn; Best Chinese - China Spice at Green Valley Ranch Station; Best Italian - Valentino in the Venetian; Best Brunch - Bouchon in the Venetian; Best New Restaurant Off The Strip - ENVY inside the Renaissance; Best Steakhouse - Delmonico Steakhouse in the Venetian; Best Power Lunch - Spago in the Forum Shops; Best New Restaurant On The Strip and Best Cocktails - BOA Steakhouse inside the Forum Shops; Best Wine List - Prime Steakhouse in Bellagio; Best Japanese - Shibuya in the MGM Grand; Best Service - Fleur de Lys in Mandalay Bay; Best Desserts - FIX in Bellagio; Best Mexican - Isla Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar in TI; Best Lounge - Tabu Ultra Lounge in the MGM Grand; and Best Chef - Alessandro Stratta with Alex inside Wynn.

Aureole and Nobu are each five-time winners and now officially retired from competition in the Best Wine List and Best Japanese categories. They are now charter members of the Epicurean Awards Hall of Fame.

Everyone is saddened by the passing of entertainer Sonny King, who was a longtime sidekick of Jimmy Durante and dubbed "Lounge Giant" by Frank Sinatra. He was 83.

The Sirens of TI cast including the pirates who perform nightly at Treasure Island will be presenting a special evening of seductive moves and sensual songs at Chicago's "reserve" ultra lounge club on Friday, Feb. 24 from 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.

"Desperate Housewives" star Nicollette Sheridan will take the stage shortly after midnight as a Pussycat Doll for a special Valentine's performance inside PURE Nightclub at Caesars Palace. Following the saucy performance, PURE resident DJ and turntable phenom, DJ AM, will mix it up in the club's main room as host Cindy Margolis keeps the night going.

The MonteLago Village Ice Rink located on a floating stage at Lake Las Vegas Resort will be open through Feb. 28.

Effective Feb. 16, the legendary production show Folies Bergere" will feature two news variety acts replacing juggler Wally Eastwood. Comic juggler Michael Holly and talented pianist Zeidwig will be rotating every two weeks beginning with Holly on Feb. 16 and Zeidwig starting March 1.

Another Tropicana note is comedian and host of the CBS "Late Late Show" Craig Ferguson, will be performing one night only on March 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Tiffany Theatre.

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