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Sunday, September 17, 2006 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
Tony Bennett On Stage, Seal On The Lake, 'Legends In Concert' Changes it Up, Mayweather vs Baldomir Coming, Oktoberfest Brewing, 'La Femme' With A Meal, Nevada Palace Under Remodel, Rita Rudner Moves, Menopause The Musical® Performs 300th Show, Echelon Plans Major Entertainment, Elvis Book Released, Commander's Palace Gets Award, Diane Ford Headlines , The Wine Guy Adds Gal, Hooters Offering Travel Packages, Snow Patrol At Joint, Bösendorfer Pianos On Key, Lowell Covers 'Strip Las Vegas', 'Think Pink' Next Month, Muscle Cars & Jay Leno, More...


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Tony Bennett, who has more than 100 recordings to his credit and has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, will headline at the Las Vegas Hilton on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20 - 21 at 9 p.m. The 13-time Grammy winner celebrated his 80th birthday on Aug. 3 and will have a new CD out on Sept. 26, "Tony Bennett Duets: An American Classic."

The Legendary Tony Bennett

Grammy®-award winning artist Seal will unleash his soulful vocal stylings on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. at the season's final Stars on the Lake concert at the MonteLago Village on the floating stage. Tickets are $100 for VIP seats and $49.95 for general admission seats, call 702-795-7469.

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Emerging from England's house music scene in the early '90s, Seal went on to become the most popular soul British vocalist of the decade with his distinctive fusion of soul, folk, pop, dance and rock.

Seal got his true start creating lyrics and vocals for the 1990 No. 1 hit, "Killer." Following its success, Seal signed a solo contract and recorded his first album, "Seal," with the first single "Crazy," which became a No. 15 hit in the U.K. and No. 7 in America upon its release in 1991. Seal took three years to develop his next self-titled album, which peaked at No. 20 and sold a million copies in the first several months. The album was catapulted to incredible heights when "Kiss from a Rose" was featured in the blockbuster movie, "Batman Forever." At the 1995 Grammyr Awards, Seal won "Record of the Year," "Song of the Year" and "Best Pop Vocal Performance."

Seal's newer CDs such as "Human Being," "Seal IV," and the career-spanning "Best: 1991-2004" have delivered similar followings and continue to expand his global fan base.

"Legends in Concert," the famous full-production tribute show at the Imperial Palace, periodically changes its multi-cast headliners, which keeps the show now in its 24th year fresh. Art Vargas as Bobby Darin has replaced the Jay Leno impersonator. Vargas is reliving the late '50s and '60s by belting out Darin classics "Beyond the Sea," "Dream Lover," "Splish Splash" and "Mack the Knife."

Bobby Darin portrayed by Art Vargas

Another addition is country superstar Garth Brooks replacing Tina Turner. Two tribute artists Steve Fairchild and Dean Simmons are sharing the engagement and singing a medley. Fairchild is currently playing the role for two months and Simmons will follow for two more months.

Garth Brooks portrayed by Steve Fairchild

Garth Brooks portrayed by Dean Simmons

The current cast is rounded out by Prince, Britney Spears, the Temptations and Elvis Presley tributes.

Known as boxing's "Pretty Boy," and universally recognized as the pound-for-pound king of the ring, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., 29, is set to face what most believe is a pretty risky fight against the World Welterweight Champion Carlos Manuel "Tata" Baldomir Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. "Pretty Risky" will be distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Tickets are $750, $500, $300, $150 and $75, call 702-632-7580.

Mayweather, the 1996 Olympic Bronze Medalist, has captured world titles in four weight classes en route to his rise to the top of his profession. Argentinean Baldomir, whose size and power will be the real challenge for Mayweather, is the boxing world's most recent and best "Cinderella" story.

Yesterday marked the official start of Oktoberfest at the Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas, the authentic reproduction of the world's most famous beer hall in Munich, Germany, which is located across from the Hard Rock on Paradise. Legendary entertainers Siegfried & Roy® tapped the ceremonial first keg of Oktoberfest beer (a rich, flavorful seasonal brew made in strict accordance with Bavaria's centuries-old Purity Law) with the wooden Bürgermeister's mallet. Oktoberfest runs until Oct. 31.

Hofbräuhaus' other celebrity keg tappers will include: "Las Vegas Entertainment Ambassador" Tony Sacca on Sept. 23; magician Lance Burton on Oct. 1; Love Shack (local '80s cover band) on Oct. 5; columnist Norm Clarke on Oct. 6; and Beatles tribute band The Fab Four on Oct. 20. For information, call 702.921.5577.

The new pairing at the MGM Grand is an opulent dinner at L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, the first United States outpost of culinary master Joël Robuchon, and the adult show "La Femme," direct from Crazy Horse in Paris. Available nightly except Tuesday, the package features a three-course set menu.

The La Femme dinner and show package is $94 with dinner between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. "La Femme" performs at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

As a reminder, comedienne Rita Rudner will open at Harrah's on Oct. 2, after a successful five year run at New York-New York. Her plans are to headline half the year in eight-week increments. She will be sharing the theater with Wayne Newton, who will probably make his debut at the hotel with his Christmas show that he performed at the Flamingo last year.

As a note, Rudner and her husband of 18 years, Martin Bergman, are among the writers working on the musical "Natural Woman," based on the music of Carole King and Gerry Goffin.


Plans are in the works to replace Nevada Palace, which opened on Boulder Highway in 1980, with a new 307-room proper called Eastside Cannery. While the new resort is under construction, the current Nevada Palace will continue to operate.

Menopause The Musical® recently celebrated its 300th show at the Las Vegas Hilton. The show, which debuted at the hotel Feb. 1 this year, is so successful that two casts rotate.

Galaxy Cannery Theatres in North Las Vegas is presenting televised football in high definition on Monday nights. The games are projected via DLP Cinemar technology in Galaxy's largest 500-seat auditorium on a 60-foot screen. The event begins each Monday at 4 p.m. Entry is complimentary and seating is general admission.

Boyd Gaming Corp. has signed a deal with the company that owns and manages The Colosseum at Caesars Palace and Staples Center in Los Angeles, AEG Live, to oversee two major entrainment venues planned for the $4 billion Echelon Place project being built where the Stardust now stands. Plans call for a 4,000-seat production theater and a 1,500-seat performance venue.

Jerry Schilling has written a new book about his friend Elvis Presley called "Me And A Guy Named Elvis."

The poker room at the Las Vegas Hilton is offering Sit n' Go tournaments at $30, $60 and $110 levels every Saturday and Sunday throughout the football season. The top three players from every table win cash prizes.

Commander's Palace, the Creole-style fine dining restaurant inside The Shops in Desert Passage, has been named a recipient of "Wine Spectator" magazine's Award of Excellence, in the publication's 2006 Restaurant Awards.

Diane Ford, a comic who has been described as an implicitly funny feminist, will headline the award-winning Riviera Comedy Club for seven nights, Sept. 25 - Oct. 1. She has received eight nominations as "Best Female Stand-up in a Comedy Club" from the American Comedy Awards Council.

Nambé, the award-winning home d‚cor, giftware and accessory store at the Forum Shops, has crafted a holiday collection of gifts ranging from the Mother and Child sculpture for $300 to the crystal Planar Votive for $25.

The Wine Guy, a sommelier no less, offers a wine experience at Fortuna, a 24-hour coffee and wine experience at the Las Vegas Hilton. He offers a variety of eight selected wines to taste, along with cheese and French bread. Now, The Wine Gal has been added to the daily experience, 4 p.m.-9 p.m. The regular Fortuna wine list is available by the bottle and by the glass. A variety of 36 wines also is available for purchase at wine store prices.

Innovative Dining Group's Sushi Roku and BOA Steakhouse, inside The Forum Shops at Caesars, offer complete off-site catering and special event planning. On site, Sushi Roku can accommodate 200 for seated service and 1,000 for a cocktail reception. BOA can seat parties from two to 220 and 1,000 people for cocktail parties.

Hooters Casino Hotel is offering travel packages for visitors through November. The package includes three days / two nights' accommodations, $40 dining credit at Dan Marino's Fine Food & Spirits, a AAA three-diamond award recipient, and casino perks. Packages are $159 on weekdays and $259 Friday and Saturday, call 1.866.LVHOOTS.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and Z'Tejas' Chile Festival, Chef Saul Garcia from Z'Tejas will be presenting a free "Hot! Hot! Hot! Cooking Class" at some local libraries: Sahara West at 7 p.m. on Sept. 19 and 27, call 702-507-3630; and Enterprise on Sept. 24, at 11 a.m., call 702-507-3760.

The Hard Rock will present Snow Patrol at the Joint on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $30, call 702-693-5583.

Snow Patrol has been making waves in the U.K. since they signed with Jeepster in 1998 and released their debut album "Songs for Polar Bears." "Final Straw" in 2004 was their first album to appear stateside. In 2005, the band opened up for U2 on the European leg of their Vertigo Tour. Snow Patrol's new album this year is "Eyes Open."

Bösendorfer Pianos, the most distinguished and exclusive piano line in the world has arrived in Nevada. Located in the heart of Summerlin, the showroom and retail store is home to the country's largest collection of B”sendorfer grand pianos under one roof. Each year only 200 B”sendorfer pianos are built for U.S. allotment.

Bösendorfer, the gold standard of concert pianos favored by emperors, royalty, and artists such as Stevie Wonder and Billy Joel since the company's founding in 1828, are painstakingly handcrafted in Vienna, the music capital of the world. B”sendorfer is the world's slowest piano builder, drying each piece of wood for up to seven years before the creation process of the company's signature pianos begin.

Purchasing a Bösendorfer piano is an experience. Clients who live outside Nevada are provided transportation and accommodations that go towards the piano purchase. If the client chooses a custom-designed piano, B”sendorfer will fly them directly to the factory in Vienna.

Known to her fans as "The Natural," blonde bombshell Andrea Lowell who spent the sixth season of "Surreal Life" defending herself against Brady Bunch mom Florence Henderson, is a cover model for "Strip Las Vegas" magazine's October issue with a pictorial and interview inside.

Lowell has been featured in 17 "Playboy" magazines and three calendars. She will be in Las Vegas today to host "Strip Las Vegas" magazine's October cover party tonight at Light inside Bellagio at 10:30 p.m.

Earlier this year, Lowell filmed "Surreal Life Fame Games" - a competition where VH1 brought back well-known lifers to battle in various games in Las Vegas for a grand prize of $100,000. The Surreal Life spin-off is set to air in January.

On Oct. 7 at 8 a.m., people will gather at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa in Summerlin to take part in a four-mile fundraising walk for The American Cancer Society. Last year, 4,000 supporters raised more than $250,000.

In addition during the month of October, Aquae Sulis Spa at the resort is offering 'Think Pink' Manicures and Pedicures with 10 percent of the profits from each treatment going to The American Cancer Society. The 25-minute manicure is $35 and the 50-minute pedicure is $65, call 702-869-7807.

Project Sunshine of Nevada and the Brett Torino Foundation will co-host the third annual Art & Innocence Celebration next Saturday, Sept. 23, at the new World Market Center downtown to raise money to operate recreational camps for critically ill and disadvantaged children.

This year's celebration focuses attention on the art of the American Muscle Car with the first public exhibition of 50 cars from The Torino Car Collection, comedy by Jay Leno and live music by World Classic Rockers featuring founding and former members of Santana, the Eagles, Toto, Journey, Lynyrd Skynard and Steppenwolf. Tickets are $250 and can be reserved by calling 702-434-3699.

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