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Sunday, August 12, 2007 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
Tangerine Closes For Renovation, Fremont Street Experience Unveils Stunt Performances, Gary Sinise & Lt. Dan Band Salute Troops, Entertainment Lineup Announced, 'Antiques Roadshow' Tapes In Las Vegas, "Arctic Tale" Opens, Blue Man Group Changes Times, 'Mamma Mia!' Adds On, The Used On Stage, Mr. Olympia Competition Returns, J.C. Wooloughan Irish Pub Celebrates Eight, BOA Steakhouse Produces Winners, More...


Jackie Brett
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Rock star Dave Navarro will host the closing party for the Tangerine Lounge & Nightclub at TI. After more than three years as one of the top nightlife destinations on the Las Vegas Strip, Tangerine will close its doors with a star-studded Labor Day weekend party on Saturday, Sept. 1.

Pure Management opened the club on July 4, 2004. Tangerine will close its doors for a major renovation during which time the venue will be expanded, redesigned by the New York design firm Seed, and reborn on New Year's Eve 2007 as an entirely new, top-tier nightlife escape.

The Fremont Street Experience downtown is now offering more free entertainment options with the addition of the Real Action Stunt Stage. Located at the 1st Street intersection near the Golden Nugget and Binion's, the stage features live action performances nightly including the Russian Bar, cube balancing and a flying silk act. Performances are nightly at 8:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.

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The Russian Bar is a gymnastic act that combines the elements of balance, aerial and acrobatic techniques. A thin, flexible bar, suspended between the shoulders of two sturdy holders, is used to propel a flyer high into the air. Executing a series of flips, twists and somersaults, the flyer in perfect balance will land back on the bar.

Cube balancing consists of an artist working with an enormous metal cube to create enthralling visuals. Spinning and propelling the cube around the head, body and the palm of the hand, the artist's dizzying dexterity is not to be believed as the cube itself catches the light and transforms into a shimmering whirlwind of rainbow colors.

A flying silk act is where the aerialist is actually suspended from the 90-foot Viva Vision canopy. Soaring in graceful circles, high above the heads of the crowd, the aerialist and the silk blend together in a series of beautiful twists and turns.

Award-winning television and movie star Gary Sinise will show off his hard rockin' musical side when he and his group, the Lt. Dan Band, pay tribute to the men and women of our nation's armed services at the Cannery in North Las Vegas on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m.

The Lt. Dan Band covers everything from Springsteen to Linkin Park and Aretha to Hendrix.

Tickets are $25, $15 and $10 with discounted tickets for military, call 702-617-5585 or 866-287-4643.

Sinise is an internationally acclaimed actor, director and producer. A founding member of the famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Sinise has starred in numerous movies such as "Apollo 13," "Of Mice and Men" and "Mission to Mars." The role of Lt. Dan in "Forrest Gump" garnered him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He also earned an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Harry S. Truman in the TV movie "Truman," and won an Emmy for his starring role in the TV movie "George Wallace." He is currently the star and producer of the CBS hit series "CSI:NY."

The Lt. Dan Band was formed as a collaboration between Sinise and Chicago composer Kimo Williams. Impressed by Sinise's bass playing and his extraordinary commitment to the USO, the two formed "The Lt. Dan Band." The name comes from the character Sinise portrayed in the 1994 film "Forrest Gump."

The updated show lineup at the Hard Rock has added Rilo Kiley, Modest Mouse and Classic Albums Live performing The Wall.

Rilo Kiley will headline on Oct. 13 and feature special guests The Bird and the Bee and Grand Ole Party. Based in Los Angeles, Rilo Kiley is an Indie band that has released three albums, all of which include rock, folk and Indie-inspired sounds, and sold nearly 75,000 records. The band's fourth album Under the Blacklight is scheduled to be released this month. The Bird and the Bee is an Indie/pop music duo and Grand Ole Party is a San Diego group. Tickets are $20.

Modest Mouse will perform on Sept. 15. The American Indie rock band from Washington had their debut album, This is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Talk About, released in 1996 and by 2000, the band had attained significant popular success. Tickets are $30.

The highly acclaimed and innovative concert series, Classic Albums Live will present The Wall, a concept album and rock opera originally performed in 1979 by the legendary English rock band, Pink Floyd, on Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. In 1999, The Wall reached platinum 23 times and sold more than 23 million albums in the United States, making it Pink Floyd's best-selling album in the United States. Internationally the album sold an estimated 30 million copies, which makes it the best-selling multiple-disc album of all time. Classic Albums Live is an engagement where tracks from The Wall will be played note for note to capture the originality of the album masterpiece.

The Antiques Roadshow, now in its 12th year, will be in Las Vegas on Saturday, Aug. 18, as part of a six-city 2007 appraisal event tour. More than 70 appraisers and antiques dealers from major auction houses across the country will appraise approximately 10,000 objects brought to the Roadshow at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition, a Roadshow production crew will visit locations in and around Las Vegas, capturing stories about special community antiques and collectibles. Three episodes will be produced from the Las Vegas event and air in 2008 on Vegas PBS.

The Las Vegas Tenors, a vocal group assembled by Bill Fayne, Clint Holmes' musical director and stage singing pal, will be playing the main showroom at the Hilton on Sept. 7 and 8. It's an act that's great like the big name international tenor groups. Tickets are $29.95-$39.95.

Twin Creeks inside the Silverton off I-15 at Blue Diamond is undergoing interior and exterior renovations that began on Aug, 1 and will take approximately 16 weeks to complete. Every Friday and Saturday night during the construction period, Silverton patrons requesting steak and seafood may visit Mi Casa Grill Cantina, Seasons Buffet or Sundance Grill, all of which will feature a special steak, wine and seafood menu.


Have to give a big plug for "Arctic Tale" from National Geographic Films, the people who brought you "March of the Penguins" and Paramount Classics, the studio that brought you "An Inconvenient Truth." "Arctic Tale" is an epic adventure that explores the vast world of the Great North and narrated by Queen Latifah. It's a must-see.

On Aug. 27, Blue Man Group at the Venetian will have new show times and cut down from 11 shows a week to eight in their brand-new, 1,760-seat theatre. Shows will be nightly Sunday through Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are $110, $85, and $65, call 702-414-9000.

Hacienda Margarita, the Mexican restaurant at the Las Vegas Hilton, is featuring an early happy hour from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. and a late happy hour from 9 pm.-11 p.m., with all appetizers, Mexican beers, tequila and margaritas at half price. Ole!

Coyote Ugly Bar & Dance Saloon at New York-New York now offers Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Patrons are offered two-for-one drink specials.

A "Got Talent Search?" will be held at the V Theater located inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood on Aug. 17. The prize is a contract up to $150,000 and a spot in "V" The Ultimate Variety Show. The talent search is for all sorts of talent: singers, dancers, comedian, magicians, acrobats, juggler, specialty acts, etc. Friends and family can watch for free. For information their web site.

The Jerry Lewis local Labor Day Telethon will once again broadcast from the Las Vegas Hilton, Sept. 2 and 3.

The longest-running Broadway musical to play on the Strip, MAMMA MIA!, has added four new, talented principals from film, television and the stage to the cast. The show recently celebrated its fourth anniversary at Mandalay Bay.

Actress Libby Winters, joins MAMMA MIA! in the lead role of Sophie Sheridan, the bride-to-be. With experience in film, television and stage including "The Like Girl," "Champs" and the New York musical White Noise, Winters brings new life to the show.

Directly from the Broadway company of Beauty and the Beast, Rob Sutton joins the cast of MAMMA MIA! as Sam Carmichael, the American architect. Sutton's recent credits include Off-Broadway's The Ark and regional performances in Camelot and Oklahoma! Gracing the stage as Bill Austin, the Australian traveler, Ron McClary comes to Las Vegas from New York City where he starred in Summer '69: The Musical and The Lightning Field. McClary's regional credits include Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest along with television appearances on "Law and Order" and "Ed." Joining Sutton and McClary is T. Scott Cunningham as Harry Bright, the British banker, with experience ranging from Broadway, film, television, and national tours. His credits include Broadway's Love! Valour! Compassion!, Design for Living and Tartuffe as well as television appearances on "Law and Order" and the role of Ryan in the major motion picture "Serendipity."

Fresh from a break, The Used is back with a powerful new album, Lies for the Liars, released in May, and they are set to perform at The Pearl at the Palms on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. with special guests The Bled, Army of Me and Josephine Collective. This is the pop punk band's first album-supported tour since 2004. Tickets are $24.50, call 702-474-4000.

The Used have sold in excess of three million albums worldwide since beginning their six-year career with a self-titled album in 2002. For the new album, a great deal of material for the 11 tracks was devised from front man Bert McCracken's experience living in the glamorous, yet gritty City of Angels.

Joe Weider's internationally renowned 2007 Olympia Weekend that includes Mr. Olympia, Ms. Olympia, Fitness and Figure Olympia will be held at the Orleans Arena, Sept. 27- 30.

Mr. Olympia is an international bodybuilding competition held annually by the International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB). Winning is considered to be the highest accolade in the professional bodybuilding field. There is a parallel contest, the Ms. Olympia, for female bodybuilders. In addition, the Fitness Olympia and Figure Olympia are held for fitness and figure competitors, respectively.

New defending champion, and local Las Vegas resident, Jay Cutler, will compete to keep his Mr. Olympia title from bodybuilding legend Ronnie Coleman, who returns for another attempt at a record breaking nine title wins.

Events that are free and open to the public include the Olympia press conference in The Orleans showroom at 1 p.m. on Sept. 27 and Meet the Olympians at 8 p.m. the same day in the Mardi Gras Ballroom. Tickets range from $54.50 to $212 for the other events, call 702-284-777.

J.C. Wooloughan Irish Pub at the JW Marriott will celebrate its eighth anniversary on Friday, Aug. 31, with an Irish party from 8 p.m. until the wee hours. The night will feature two musical stages: inside will have artist John Windsor at 8 p.m. performing many Irish favorites; outside in our "backyard" the Outdoor Concert Series Weekends will kick off with Joshua Tree back in town taking the stage at 9 p.m. for a rock evening of the music of U2.

The festivities will continue with day two of the outdoor concert series on Saturday, Sept. 1, with the final summer appearance of Joshua Tree.

BOA Steakhouse has a beverage program that was awarded "Best Cocktails" at the 2006 and 2007 Epicurean Awards presented by Las Vegas Life magazine. Last month, the restaurant's general manager, Brian Mongeon participated in the 42 BELOW Cocktail Competition and placed in the top three by creating an original cocktail recipe. He qualified for the 42 BELOW World Cup in New Zealand this year.

On July 28, five favorite chefs competed at the second Simon Super Chefs Live! food extravaganza in The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Jos‚ Aleman from BOA Steakhouse proved to be a top notch competitor when he shocked fans by producing six dishes in 12 minutes, beating out last year's winner Dave Simmons of Stage Deli. Chefs were given a mystery ingredient and a time limit to create their original dishes. The chef who produced the most food was pronounced the winner.

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