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Sunday, May 6, 2007 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
Pamela Anderson Joins Illusionist Hans Klok, Goo Goo Dolls On Stage, Picasso's Ceramics On Display, Magician Encased In Ice Block, John Legend Performs At Lake, Eastside Cannery Breaks Ground, Poolside Concerts Planned, Joe Grushecky And The Houserockers Debut, "ICE" Opens, "Shag with a Twist" Closes, David Copperfield Reappears, Kenny Loggins Added, Roy's Celebrates Lei Day, More...


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International television and film star Pamela Anderson will be joining illusionist Hans Klok - the world's fastest magician -- in "The Beauty of Magic," the new show opening at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Theater for the Performing Arts.

The new stage spectacular will combine the illusions of Klok, fresh off his sold-out European tour, with brand new tricks created just for Las Vegas, and "Baywatch" star Anderson as a magician's assistant.

After performing his first magic trick at age 10, Klok went on to win a number of magician championships as a young man, including the European Youth Magician Champion Trophy, the Tommy Cooper Trophy and first prize at the Grand Prix of The Netherlands. He soon began to appear on television specials in both Europe and the United States, including "The World's Greatest Magic" on NBC and "The Masters of Magic" on ABC. Now hailed as the fastest magician in the world and "The Dutch Copperfield," Klok's live stage shows have been selling out large arenas throughout Europe and Asia for the past decade.

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Preview performances will begin May 24 with opening night scheduled for June 2. Tickets range from $35 to $105, with a special all-seats price of $35 for all preview performances.

The multi-Grammy nominated group, Goo Goo Dolls will perform at The Pearl at The Palms on June 16, with pop-rock quartet Lifehouse as the opening act. Tickets are $47, $52 and $72; call Ticketmaster 702-474-4000.

Goo Goo Dolls' smash hit, "Iris" from the movie, "City of Angels," spent 18 weeks at No. 1 and almost a year total on the Billboard chart. The hot hit gave the band explosive national exposure in 1995. One of their hits, "Better Days" became so powerful CNN adopted it as an anthem of sorts during the recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina.

Lifehouse's hit single "Hanging by a Moment" put the group on the pop-rock charts and was the most played radio track of 2001. In early 2005, Lifehouse released their third album which was self-titled.

The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art has announced the opening of an important and rare Picasso exhibition. Five years in the making, "In the Master's Hands: Picasso's Ceramics, Treasures from the Estate of Pablo Picasso" features more than 30 unique ceramic objects by the legendary 20th century artist. The exhibition will be on view from May 25 through Jan. 14, 2008. Tickets are $17, $14 for 65 and older, and $12 for students, call 702-693-7871 or 877-957-9777.

Just as famed artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) revolutionized painting at the turn of the 20th century through Cubism and sculpture in the 1920s and 1930s, he also transformed another art form: ceramics. Picasso created many of his masterpieces in the South of France and for more than two decades, beginning in the late 1940s, he pursued an intense artistic exploration with ceramics at Madoura, a celebrated workshop in Vallauris, a town known for its ceramic tradition since Roman times.

The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art's current exhibition, "Ansel Adams: America" closes on May 11.

Magician Nathan Burton, who stars in his own show in the "V" Theater and gained national recognition as the most featured magician on NBC's hit "America's Got Talent" with six prime-time performances, will encase himself in a gigantic M-shaped ice sculpture for 24 hours in front of Miracle Mile Shops' north Las Vegas Boulevard entrance on Monday, May 21 beginning at 10 a.m.

Even with warm temperatures, the frozen 'M' is so massive it can last up to three days in 100-degree weather. Weighing nine tons and having 10-inch thick walls, Burton will not escape until he is set free at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22.

Burton will be joined by 96 showgirls rotating in and out of the ice to keep him company. Visitors cruising the Strip will be able to touch and inspect the 'M', which is shaped as such to celebrate Miracle Mile Shops' ongoing multi-million dollar makeover focusing on de-theming the center's original design.

Burton's "frozen in ice" spectacle will take place during the International Council of Shopping Center's (ICSC) 50th anniversary spring convention, which is being held in Las Vegas May 20 - 23.

R&B superstar John Legend will perform as part of the Stars on The Lake concert series on May 18 at 8 p.m. There's also a gourmet dinner option prepared by Executive Chef Cat Cora. Tickets range from $55 - $250 depending on seating and dining selections, call 702-795-SHOW (7469).

Legend will perform on the floating stage in his first headlining performance in the Las Vegas area. Earning an astounding eight Grammy nominations for his 2004 debut album "Get Lifted," singer-songwriter-pianist Legend quickly became a critical and commercial success. His chart-topping single "Ordinary People" earned him a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and sky-rocketed his swiftly budding career.

In addition, special guest and live artist Malcolm Farley will be creating an artist painting during all Stars on the Lake performances to be auctioned after each concert. America's premier sports and entertainment artist, Farley has painted live at the U.S. Open, Super Bowls, and on stage for musicians such as B.B. King, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and Carlos Santana, and was commissioned to paint the Sopranos cast party.

The two local Arizona Charlie's casinos on Decatur and Boulder Highway are simultaneously running a "Win a Lincoln" promotion through June 29, when at 8:15 p.m. each property will draw for a new 2007 Lincoln MKZ. Prior to giving away the cars, there will also be a drawing for five $1,000 cash prizes.

In addition, each Arizona Charlie's property will offer customers a chance to guess the number of Lincoln pennies placed and displayed in a Plexiglas cube at each casino. Ten entry submissions will be drawn out of a drum just before the cash and car drawing, and the entrant who guessed the exact or closest number of pennies will win the value of the pennies, in cash.


Cannery Casino Resorts recently broke ground on their new Eastside Cannery project on the site of Nevada Palace on Boulder Highway and Harmon Avenue. The new Cannery is planned to have 65,000 square feet of casino space with 2,000 slot machines, 26 table games, a 400-seat bingo hall, live keno lounge, poker room and Race & Sports Book.

In addition the new property will have various amenities including 307 hotel rooms, seven restaurants, three bars, an upscale live entertainment lounge, resort spa, Jacuzzi, a half-acre pool area complete with cabanas and 20,000 square feet of ballroom and meeting space.

MGM Mirage has announced that it will invest in The M Resort, an 80-acre mixed-use development, currently being developed by Anthony A. Marnell III. The project is located on the southeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and St. Rose Parkway, approximately 10 miles south of Bellagio. Construction work is scheduled to begin over the upcoming weeks and The M Resort is anticipated to debut in mid-2009.

The M Resort will be developed in multiple phases, with the $700 million first phase located on approximately 40 acres consisting of an Italian contemporary designed resort, spa and 100,000-square-foot casino. The development integrates a customized collection of amenities including various culinary experiences, an outdoor canyon pool and entertainment venue, 400 oversized guest rooms, panoramic suites, a top-of-the-tower ultra lounge and a 70,000-square-foot convention center.

The Silverton will feature the Ozzy Osbourne tribute show, "Unauthorized Ozzy," on May 11 and 12, as part of the resort's Poolside Concert Series. The band's lead singer, Peter Marino, has branded himself "The Greatest Ozzy Impersonator on Earth" and has claimed to be mobbed by Ozzy's adoring fans." Tickets are $9.99.

Acclaimed rock group Little River Band will perform poolside at the Silverton, May 26 and 27. The members of the 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 United States with Queen and the Average White Band in support of its two albums. 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 more than 20 million albums worldwide. Tickets are $24.99, call 702-914-8557 or 866-946-4373.

Veteran heartland rocker Joe Grushecky is making his Las Vegas debut at the 252-seat Toby Keith's: I Love This Bar & Grill inside Harrah's, May 10 - 12. Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers will play twice nightly in the 17,000-square-foot restaurant/bar at 10 p.m. and midnight. Admission is free.

A highly-acclaimed musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, music arranger and recording artist, Grushecky leads what's been described in top music publications as "one of the best bar bands in America." In addition, a song he co-wrote with pal Bruce Springsteen, "Code of Silence," previously won a Grammy for best solo rock vocal performance.

"ICE" is the new show to open recently in the Versailles Theatre at the Riviera. It's a classic ice show direct from Russia. Tickets are $59.95 - $69.95, call 702-794-9433.

After more than 200 shows in 10 months, with the last 140 being in the showroom at the Plaza downtown, "Shag with a Twist" closed on April 30. "Shag with a Twist" hasn't left completely since the Viva Vision Show on Fremont Street continues to run a "Shag with a Twist" light show on the outdoor open canopy.

Eric Church, originally scheduled to perform at Santa Fe Station on May 4, has rescheduled his performance for Friday, Oct. 19.

Master magician and illusionist David Copperfield will be appearing at the MGM Grand's intimate 740-seat Hollywood Theatre May 23 - 27 and June 14 - July 4. His celebrated feats and sense of theater have won "The Magic of David Copperfield" dozens of Emmyr Awards and twice led him to be named "Entertainer of the Year."

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Kenny Loggins will be "Footloose" and fancy free on the floating stage at Lake Las Vegas on Saturday, June 16 at 8 p.m. as part of the resort's annual "Stars On The Lake" concert series.

Through the course of his more than 30-year career, Kenny Loggins has enjoyed extraordinary commercial success, with 12 of his albums going platinum, hit songs in four straight decades, million-selling solo albums and even a Best Male Pop Vocal Grammy for his 1980s hit "This Is It." Known as the king of movie theme songs, Loggins wrote and recorded massive smash hits such as "Danger Zone" (from Top Gun), "I'm Alright" (from Caddyshack) and "Footloose" from the movie of the same name starring Kevin Bacon. His latest release is "How About Now."

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas' Medici Café and Terrace's has planned a Farmer's Market Tasting Menu Dinner Series. The menu highlights one seasonal ingredient each month such as corn, tomatoes, pumpkin, mushrooms, etc. Chef de Cuisine Truman Jones' menu features a multi-course meal with wine pairing options. The price is $80 excluding wine or $110 with wine pairings, plus tax and gratuity, call 702-567- 4700.

Roy's restaurant at 8701 W. Charleston Blvd. in Summerlin is celebrating Lei Day through May 31 with an island feast and festitivies including Hawaiian music, flower leis and a special island-inspired dinner created by Chef Roy Yamaguchi. The special four-course prix fixe menu is $55 per person, call 702-838-3620.

Lei Day, which is now officially May 1, began in 1928, when Hawaiian locals noticed that most leis were being given to visitors, yet they were not adorning themselves with this valued symbol of Hawaiian culture, love and friendship.

The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities will hold its fifth annual golf tournament on Monday, June 11, at The Falls Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas. To register, contact Janae Melvin at 702-632-8242.

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