The Mandalay Resort Group is considering expanding its convention space due to heavy demand. Most likely the expansion would occur on vacant land next to the existing convention center. This project; however, would not exclude the proposed plans to put a mall between Mandalay Bay and the Luxor.
"The Private Collection of Steve Martin" featuring 28 works by 19 artists in a variety of mediums will be on display at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art through Sept. 3. He's been art collecting over the past 30 years, which is his biggest hobby, and this is the first time he has ever allowed his art pieces to be on view.
The collection is comprised mainly of Modern and Contemporary works spanning from the late 19th century to the present day. The oldest pieces are by Georges Seurat circa 1883 and '84. Included in the $12 admission price is an audio tour narrated by Martin with personal commentary and anecdotes. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, call 1-888-488-7111 or 702-693-7722.
An illustrated catalog written by Martin entitled "Kindly Lent Their Owner" is being sold exclusively at the Bellagio Gallery Store for $40. Net profits from the exhibit will be given to the Steve Martin Charitable Foundation, a privately run organization that assists the arts.
The legendary Village People with sing along tunes like "YMCA," "Macho Man," and "In The Navy," will take audiences on a nostalgic, hip-gyrating musical journey at the Riviera's Royale Pavilion on April 20 and 21. Tickets are $38 plus tax and fees, call 702-794-9280.
The Broadway series booked at the Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts is featuring seven performances of "Fame - The Musical," April 18-22. The show focuses on the hopes, dreams and aspirations of a group of students attending New York's High School of Performing Arts.
"Fame - The Musical" premiered 15 years after the MGM motion picture "Fame," which received four Academy Award nominations, was released. The film was followed by the hit television series.
Tickets are $20 and $70 for "Fame," call 702-785-5000. The next two scheduled musicals are "Fosse," May 22-26, and "Les Miserables," Sept. 19-22.
Strong demand in Las Vegas has prompted Hilton Hotels Corp. to develop four new lodging properties. Two Hampton Inns and Suites properties will be built. One will be near Nellis Air Force Base in North Las Vegas and the other in Henderson. The 100-room Henderson property will be built adjacent to another new property, a 100-room Holiday Inn Express, and have a 10 percent suite component. The Garden Inn and Homewood Suites properties, each with 150 rooms, will be constructed near Tropicana Ave. and Paradise Roads, pending zoning approvals.
There are new 36-passenger Viva Las Vegas Shuttle buses running from 10 a.m. to midnight daily between the Belz Factory Outlet World mall and the Fremont Street Experience downtown. The Las Vegas-themed buses make 14 stops mostly along the Strip. The cost is $20 for a five-day pass, which enables passengers to get on and off the bus as many times as they want.
The exhibit at the Las Vegas Art Museum, Dale Chihuly: The George R. Stroemple Collection featuring over 300 works from the artist who created the Bellagio's breathtaking floral sculpture is entering its final weeks and will close April 30. Admission is $10, call 702-360-8000. The museum is located about seven miles from the Strip at 9600 W. Sahara Ave.
The Dave Mason Band will perform in the showroom at the off-Strip Suncoast Hotel & Casino property on April 21 and 22. Tickets are $19.95, $24.95 and $29.95 plus tax, call 702-636-7075.
Mason's career spans over 25 years and includes producing, performing and songwriting. At age 18, the Worcester, England native was one of the founding members of the group Traffic. While with Traffic, and only 19 years old, Mason penned the rock and roll song "Feelin' Alright," which has since been recorded by over 300 artists.
Mason migrated to the United States and as a solo artist struck gold with four albums. In 1993, he formally joined the legendary group Fleetwood Mac, toured for two years and completed an album called "Time," that featuresy Mason's lead vocal on songs including "Blow By Blow" and "I Wonder Why."
Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage has switched to summer hours. The attraction opens at 11 a.m. on weekdays with the Secret Garden closing at 5 p.m. and the Dolphin Habitat at 7 p.m. On weekends and holidays, the attraction opens at 10 a.m. The Secret Garden is closed on Wednesdays. Admission is $10 and children under 10 are free.
The second annual Duck Derby fundraiser for the Foundation of Positively Kids is set for April 21 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Monte Carlo. The event will include appearances by Tony Curtis, Clint Homes and The Scintas.
To participate, people may "adopt" a yellow rubber duck for $5. Each duck will be labeled with an adoption number and anyone whose duck is plucked from the Monte Carlo's Easy River will receive a prize. Prizes include a chance to win $50,000, a trip to Hawaii, a trip to Mexico, spa packages, show tickets and gift certificates. "Adoption certificates" are available at the Market City Caffe inside the Monte Carlo and C2K at The Venetian. For information, call 702-262-0037.
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