"Motor Trend" magazine will present the Motor Trend International Car Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Nov. 24-26. The automobile extravaganza will be the first of its kind in the city featuring the latest model cars, trucks, minivans and sport utility vehicles, plus concept cars and reproduction models. More than 20 domestic and import manufacturers will present dramatic displays showcasing the latest in auto comfort, performance, safety and style.
The show also will feature exotic vehicles, NASCAR exhibits and family-oriented promotions, including a Beanie Day and a Kids Day.
Show hours will be 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. on Nov. 24 and 25, and until 6 p.m. on Nov. 26. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (62 and over) and free for children 12 and under. Discount coupons can be downloaded from the official Auto Show website at www.autoshowusa.com.
The Kings of Comedy Tour with Steve Harvey, Bernie Mac and Cedric the Entertainer will appear at the MGM Grand Garden on Nov. 4. The open acts are the Queens of Comedy, featuring Adele Givens, Mo'nique and Sommore. Tickets are $39.75, $49.75 and $59.75, call TicketMaster at 702-474-4000.
Ground will be broken this month on a $650 million private monorail project that will link the MGM Grand with the Sahara Hotel. The four-mile monorail route will include five new stations along with the existing two stations that connect the MGM Grand and Bally's. A 36-car fleet of nine four-car driverless trains will be built. Completion is planned for January 2004.
Staying with building forecasts, a developer is planning to build 5 million square feet of showroom space for wholesale furniture in the downtown area. Las Vegas could become a "furniture hub," where furniture makers from around the world display their products to retailers. The first phase, still in the design stage, likely will be a 10 story building with 1-million square feet of space.
The Venetian has announced that it is evaluating the possibility of adding 1,000 additional guest rooms. The added rooms would give the all-suite Venetian mega-resort 4,036 rooms, placing it third behind the MGM Grand (5,034) and Luxor (4,404) in room count.
The "Blue Man Group - Live at Luxor" will add two new performances, extending the show schedule to 12 shows weekly as of Oct. 9. Show times are 10 p.m. nightly and at 7 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday through Sunday.
The unusual production, featuring three enigmatic bald and blue characters that take the audience through a multi-sensory experience combining theater, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville, opened in the 1,200-seat Luxor Theater last March. Tickets are $55 and $65, call 800-557-7428 or 702-262-4400.
The music of the late trumpeter Harry James will be revived next Saturday Oct. 7, when the orchestra bearing his name plays dance music at the Stardust Ballroom from 7-10 p.m. The orchestra officially licensed by the James' estate is led by Art Depew, a one-time prot‚g‚ to James. Admission is $15.
Interesting note, James was a Las Vegas resident from 1960 until his death in 1983.
The rich history of Oktoberfest is being celebrated at the Monte Carlo Pub & Brewery this month with the introduction of its signature Oktoberfest brew and authentic German lunch and dinner specials. The Vienna style Lager is malty and amber-colored.
The Monte Carlo Pub & Brewery is open daily with entertainment beginning at 9 p.m. Bands start performing at 9:30 p.m. and there is no cover charge, call 1-800-311-8999 for information.
The sixth annual benefit dinner and auction, "Playhouse 2000 Goes Hollywood" will take place on Saturday, Oct. 14, at The Mirage. Very elaborate and imaginative child size playhouses are built for the auction and are on display in the malls around town for the two weeks leading up to the dinner. Some are designed like buildings while others may take on the shape of stagecoach, bus or bug. Tickets are $150 per person and help the Nevada Association for the Handicapped, call Angie Wallin at 702-870-7050 for reservations.
Comedian Pablo Francisco will headline at the Improv Comedy in Harrah's, Oct. 10-15. He's been a regular cast member on Fox's "Mad TV" and been seen on many other television shows. Francisco has also been the national spokesman for Churches Chicken and did a pre-movie commercial for Coca Cola, which was shown in more than 3,500 theaters. Tickets are $24.95 plus tax.
It never fails, the stars come out to see Siegfried & Roy's sold-out performances at the Mirage. Recent photos show the dynamic duo with Academy Award winning actor Anthony Hopkins, retired talk show host and author Mike Douglas, and singer Melissa Manchester. The show is approaching 5,000 performances.
Construction continues on the Terrible's hotel-casino going up at the corner of Flamingo and Paradise Roads. It's the site of the former Continental. The Herbst family bought the Continental and started renovating it after the Continental went bankrupt and closed in 1998.
There may be a change coming "At the Copa," which stars Sheena Easton and David Cassidy. Look for Easton to go her own way.
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