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Sunday, September 21, 2008 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
Comedy Duo Cheech & Chong Add Show, Gordie Brown Moves Back Downtown, Iconic Volcano Plans Unveiled, LBS:Commits Organic Meals, Starship Starring Mickey Thomas Headlines, The Comedy Festival Creates Laughs, Another Dolphin Is Born, Jason Mraz Performs, World's Championship Chili Cookoff Hosted, McFadden's Plans Flip Cup Tournament, Islands Of The Pacific Cultural Festival Coming, The Gin Blossoms On Stage, Holiday "Suite" Escape Shopping Package Offered, Shakespeare Plays In The Park, More...


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The infamous comedy duo Cheech & Chong who will bring laughter to The Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. and have added a second show at 10:30 p.m. These two classic comedians will reunite as part of their first tour in 25 years, Light Up America.

Comedy singer impressionist Gordie Brown will return to Las Vegas as a headliner after his six-month North America tour with Celine Dion ends on Jan. 31. He'll start his two-year contract downtown at the Golden Nugget, where he headlined in 2004 and 2005, on Feb. 3 and perform one show, five nights a week for 44 weeks a year in The Gordie Brown Showroom being named in his honor. He will perform with a four-piece band.

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The 600-seat Golden Nugget's Showroom completed a major expansion and renovation in October 2006. This Dec 5-12, the showroom will host Miranda Lambert, Pat Green, Ronnie Milsap and The Charlie Daniels Band during NFR.

The one-man show, Defending the Caveman will close in January.

The Mirage has announced details of a $25 million redesign to its signature Strip-front volcano that first erupted in 1989. The resort has joined forces with legendary Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, Indian tabla sensation Zakir Hussain and Fountains of Bellagio design firm WET, to create an all-new, seven-minute, audio/visual spectacle that will be completed later this year.

Hart and Hussain will create and perform a one-of-a-kind soundtrack arranged exclusively for the iconic blast. Further enhancing the overall experience, the volcano will feature a new Meyer Sound state-of-the-art sound system with more than 60 sound cabinets placed throughout the lagoon.

WET will introduce the latest innovations to the project and mesh a primal volcanic environment of sound, light, music and heat. WET's choreographed FireShooters™ will send massive fireballs more than 12 feet into the air using the latest developments in flame-expression technology and feature eruptions of fiery "lava" flowing down the mountain's fissures in a series of lively flames.

The overhaul scheduled for completion later this year is the final step in the property's ongoing transformation that began in 2006 and most recently included a $110 million room and suite redesign.

To discover more about the volcano visit and also enter The Mirage Volcano Memories Contest and to win a trip to The Mirage.

LBS: A Burger Joint, slated to open Sept. 23 at the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa, will reinvent the classic American burger joint by offering home-style items prepared with organic, never-frozen ingredients and join nine other restaurants at the resort. Chef Anthony Meidenbauer, formerly of Wynn Las Vegas, will feature fresh, homemade pickles daily in a variety of ways including his specialty, fried pickles.

The meat will come from cattle raised naturally and the 18-21 day dry-aging process will make the meat exceptionally tender and flavorful. LBS will also offer fresh, all-natural veggie burgers with more than 22 farm fresh vegetables and grains. Additionally, LBS will make fresh sauces to top all of its burgers.

LBS Burger Joint will strive to be as "eco-friendly" as possible even using reclaimed building products during construction and custom to-go packaging made from 100-percent recycled products that can be recycled after being used. Even the drinking straws will be 100-percent bio-degradable.

Starship starring Mickey Thomas, who has the soaring voice that propelled Starship through the 80s and 90s, will headline at the Hilton Theater on Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. Thomas has revamped his band and show, added female vocalist Stephanie Calvert and expanded the set list. Tickets are $29 and $39, call 702-732-5755 or 800-222-5361.

Thomas is currently celebrating his 30th anniversary with Starship since he joined Jefferson Starship as lead vocalist after the departure of Grace Slick and Marty Balin and scored a No. 1 hit with Jane. He made his first big career mark in 1976 as lead vocalist on the mega-hit Fooled Around And Fell In Love with The Elvin Bishop Band.

TBS, television's No. 1 comedy network, and AEG Live, one of the largest concert promotion and touring companies in the world, will present the 4th annual edition of The Comedy Festival at Caesars Palace, Nov. 20-22, and feature performances and special events. For information on the three-day event that will feature more than 70 performances and events, visit

Ellen DeGeneres, who presented Ellen's Really Big Show from last year's edition of The Comedy Festival, has once again signed up to present another variety special that will air on TBS. Three prime-time specials were developed from last year's festival.

This month a female bottlenose dolphin was delivered at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage. The not-yet-named calf is a third generation dolphin and the eighth to be born at the habitat. The mother is 8-year-old Huff N Puff. The grandmother is 32-year-old Dutchess that has given birth to eight babies and has a 1-year-old calf, Sgt. Pepper that is an uncle to the newborn.

Since April 3, the Springs Preserve has offered concerts on Thursday nights at the Springs Cafe by Wolfgang Puck from 6 to 9 p.m. The final season concert with twilight jazz, drinks, and specialty foods will be held on Oct. 9. The final acts are: Sept. 25 - Alan Macintosh; Oct. 2 - Boy Katindig Trio; and Oct. 9 - The Bobby Cottonwood Trio. For information, call 702-822-8716.

The Forum Shops at Caesars has welcomed several new tenants: Balenciaga with its first Las Vegas store; Just Cavalli with a complete remodel of its only Las Vegas store; and Juicy Couture Intimates that will open its first Las Vegas store later this year.

Hawaiian Tropic Zone at Planet Hollywood is tackling Monday Night Football action each week with game viewing on a 36-foot tall plasma screen wall, and drink specials including $25 all-you-can drink Coors and Coors Light. In addition, each week fans can sign up to win a trip to the 2009 Pro Bowl in Hawaii.


Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz will bring his funk and soul to The Pearl at the Palms on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 and $40, call 702-474-4000.

Mraz burst on to the adult contemporary and college radio scene in 2002 with the release of his debut album Waiting for My Rocket to Come. In 2005, he released his second studio album, the cleverly titled Mr. A-Z with fan favorites, and We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things was released in 2008 showcasing a duet with Colbie Caillat titled Lucky.

The Tropicana will present the World's Championship Chili Cookoff (WCCC), Oct. 10-12, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily in the northeast parking lot. The International Chili Society's (ICS) finest, nearly 400 pre-qualified cook-off competitors, will compete for the 2008 World Chili Champion title and a total of $45,000 in cash prizes.

There will be live music, chili tasting, retail vendors, food, drink, guest participation contests and more. WCCC is free and open to the public; however, to participate in the chili tasting between 1 and 3 p.m. each day and vote in the People's Choice Chili Competition, tasting tickets must be purchased. Cooks will compete in one or more of the following sanctioned categories: World's Championship Salsa, World's Championship Chili Verde and World's Championship Traditional Red.

The 2008 Flip Cup Tournament will begin Thursday, Oct. 2 at 10 p.m. at the 7,000-square-foot McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon inside the Rio. Thursday night will feature $5 pitcher and $2 pint specials as teams of five or less go head-to-head in a double elimination round. The winning teams will advance to the finals on Friday, Oct. 3 beginning at 9 p.m., where one team will win the coveted title, trophy and hefty royalties. But everyone is a winner for only $25, which guarantees unlimited beer on tap from 9 p.m. to midnight.

The Islands of the Pacific Cultural Festival, formerly known as the Pure Aloha Fall Festival, will take place at the Cannery in North Las Vegas, Oct. 10-12 at The Club, an indoor/outdoor festival venue.

The event starts on Friday at 6 p.m. with an evening concert of popular Hawaiian and reggae musical acts. The evening's lineup includes pop, rock and reggae band Natural Vibrations, also known as Natural Vibes or Da Vibes. In May 2007, their single From the Heart reached No. 5 on the Billboard reggae chart and won "Best Reggae Album" this year at Hawaii's prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. The concert will also feature performances by Pati, Bonafide and B.E.T. Tickets are $28 in advance and $33 the day of the show, call 702-617-5585 or 866-287-4643 (toll free).

Admission at the door to the daytime festival that opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 10, military, and seniors 65 and older. Daytime festivities will include cultural performances, amusement rides and Pacific island vendors featuring food and a variety of island arts and crafts.

A new half million dollar parking lot for 12 vehicles is under construction at the Strip's iconic Las Vegas Welcome Sign. It will be open by November and make it much safer for the thousands of people who stop daily to take photos.

This year's Wine Amplified Festival will be held at Mandalay Bay Beach on Saturday, Sept. 27. Tickets, which include all wine tasting, live entertainment and a $10 voucher good towards a wine purchase at local Lee's Discount Liquors and Khoury's Fine Wines are priced at $60 in advance and $65 the day of the show, call 702-632-7580. Food is available for additional charge.

The wine festival entertainment lineup will feature: The Gin Blossoms; Sherwood, an indie quintet from San Luis Obispo, Calif.; self-taught musician Jeremy Cornwell; a new group started six months ago, A Penny For Jane; and an acoustic duo The Bends.

The Celebrity Chef Tour benefiting the James Beard Foundation will once again make its way through Las Vegas. Ceres Restaurant at JW Marriott will be hosting this year's epicurean affair on Thursday, Nov. 13, beginning at 7 p.m. The event will showcase the talents of Executive Chef Mike Lata, co-owner of Fig Restaurant in Charleston, S.C. with Host Executive Chef Bruce Knapik and his team. Tickets are $175, call 702-869-7381 or visit

JW Marriott is offering the all-inclusive Holiday "Suite" Escape Shopping Package for two. Available Nov. 21 to Dec. 31, the package includes a stay in a one-bedroom suite, complimentary champagne and sweets on arrival, dinner in Ceres Restaurant, daily buffet breakfast, spa passes, and shuttle transportation to the Strip, which takes about 20 minutes, for shopping. Price is $259 per room, per night, based on double occupancy, call 877-869-8777.

The City of Henderson will present its annual Shakespeare in the Park series with three free productions of Romeo & Juliet at 7 p.m. on Oct. 3 and 4, and at 4 p.m. on Oct. 5 at Sonata Park, located at 1550 Seven Hills Drive. Romeo & Juliet will be performed by Shakespeare At Play, a national traveling theater company featuring award-winning actors, directors, writers and producers.

Hooters will hold a Forgetting Sarah Marshall promotion on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. The first 50 new Owl Rewards Club sign ups will get T-shirts, and the first 20 to sign up for the 1 p.m. poker tournament will get DVD copies of the movie.

Also on Sept. 30, the first 100 people to receive a suited Blackjack will get a free DVD.

Presented by Showtime Championship Boxing, Light Heavyweight Champion Antonio Tarver (27-4, 19 KO's) will battle undefeated former WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Chad Dawson (26-0, 17 KO's) for the IBF Light Heavyweight Championship title on Saturday, Oct. 11, at The Pearl at the Palms. Showtime will also present the WBC Heavyweight World Championship bout, matching Vitali Klitschko (35-2, 24 KO's) and Samuel Peter (30-1, 23 KO's). This bout will be shown on a tape-delayed basis from Berlin, Germany. First bout is at 4:15 p.m. Tickets are a$153, $303, $503 and $753, call 702-474-4000.

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