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Sunday, October 3, 2004 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
Hard Rockin' Condo, Lake Las Vegas "Wild About Alaska", Houdini Séance Planned, Sarah Brightman On Tour, "Bottoms Up" Ends, "Zumanity Turns 1, "Hypnosis Gone Wild" Debuted, Quicker than the Eye Magic, "Crazy Girls" Anniversary, John Padon Headlines, Hollywood Allstarz Rock, Eurasian Cuisine Hits Town, Las Vegas Named "Best Nightlife City", Lodge Celebrates Oktoberfest, More...

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The Hard Rock Hotel has announced plans to build four condo-hotel towers behind the resort at a cost of $1 billion. The towers will be built on a 24-acre site now occupied by the Paradise Bay Club apartments. Construction is expected to begin next year with the first phase to be complete in about a year after the groundbreaking.

The project will include restaurants, nightclubs, retail shops, a health club and spa and 1,500 units ranging from studios to one-and two-bedroom and 6,000-square-foot penthouses.

Next weekend, Lake Las Vegas Resort will bring Alaskan culture to Las Vegas for the first time with a free weekend festival at the MonteLago Village featuring authentic Alaskan cuisine, crafts, recreational pastimes, traditional Alaska Native dancing, entertainment and rare Alaskan artifacts that have been featured at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Event highlights will include the Alaska Native games' ear pull and high kick, as well as Alaskan artisan carving a totem pole.

On Oct. 29, at 1 p.m. in the Le Bistro Lounge at the Riviera, master mystifier and star of the "Escape" show at the hotel, Dixie Dooley will host and conduct the 20th annual "Las Vegas Houdini Seance," after first giving a demonstration of spirit tricks used by fraudulent spirit mediums of the 1920's.

Also on display will be part of Mr. Dooley's priceless original collection of Houdini memorabilia, including the original Margery spirit table that Houdini used to expose her tricks.

Dooley says, "the séance will take place under test conditions, with cameras posted at every angle to catch any activity that may occur." The event has become a part of the Las Vegas Halloween season. The séance is free to the public on a first come, first serve basis. For information, call 702-457-8448.

Sarah Brightman will bring her world tour to the MGM Grand on Nov. 20.

Breck Wall's popular "Bottoms Up" afternoon show will be ending its run at the Flamingo this month. It will most likely resurface at another property.

Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme recently sold out three shows again at the Stardust and have two engagements set early next year beginning with the first one, Jan. 12-15.

Harrah's recently renovated the space previously known as La Playa Lounge and re-opened it as The Piano Bar. The colorful, yet sophisticated music hall is reminiscent of a New York City tavern with upbeat bartenders, TJ's All-Star Karaoke nightly except Saturday and Monday from 6-9 p.m., and dueling piano players nightly at 9 p.m.

"Zumanity, Another Side of Cirque du Soleil" has celebrated its first anniversary at New York-New York. The risqué show unveils the tradition of European cabaret and displays uninhibited artistry and a bold sensual theme. This year alone, "Zumanity" has been featured on more than a dozen national television programs including "Entertainment Tonight" and it will be featured in a "Playboy" magazine in early 2005.

Some fun trivia statistics from "Zumanity" include that in one year 130, 000 strawberries were fed to the guests, 2,000 quarts of milk was used for the seductive "Midnight Bath" act, and 800 pairs of custom-made eyelashes were created in Paris.

"Hypnosis Gone Wild" featuring Terry Stokes has debuted at Bourbon Street. Tickets for the 11 p.m. shows on Fridays and Saturdays are $43.95.

"Dinner With Mama" has closed at the Royal and plans to resurface Nov. 22, at a venue TBA.

"Collin Foster: Quicker than the Eye" is a magic show at the Westin Casuarina.

The Cannery in North Las Vegas has the Vizzun All Stars Reggae Concert scheduled at 5 p.m. on Oct. 9 at The Club. Tickets are $25 plus tax and fees and $30 at the door, call 702-507-5868. Scheduled performers include Bonafide, Fiji, B.E.T., Mr. Tripp, Raw Sun, New Flavor, Lei, and D'Judge with an opening act by Trade Roots.

The topless "Crazy Girls" show at the Riviera made its mark on the Las Vegas Strip when it opened on Sept. 21, 1987. The sexy show is celebrating its 17th anniversary while its sister show "An Evening at La Cage" is celebrating its 19th anniversary.

"Crazy Girls" has had over 100 dancers in its lineup since its opening and a variety of emcees from Max Alexander to Jahna Steele to "Bambi" aka Mrs. Montel Williams, who is now his ex.

Oktoberfest is being celebrated every weekend, Friday-Sunday, through Oct. 24 at the historic Mount Charleston Lodge located about an hour from town in the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest. The traditional Oktoberfest menu is served buffet style. Lunch is $14.95 and dinner is $18. For information, call 702-872-5408.

The Monet exhibit currently on display at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art showcases 16 masterpieces daily and will continue until January of next year. The exhibition, on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, has attracted nearly 250,000 art fans since the exhibit opened in January.



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Comedian John Padon will headline the Riviera Comedy Club, Oct. 18-24. According to his biography, Padon grew up as "a regular kid" in New Mexico. His dad sold life insurance for years and his mother was a Russian spy who sold atomic secrets to the Soviets. His older sister is a well-known actress in pornographic videos and his brother is a cross-dresser who was recently featured on "Donohue."

Padon In addition to club work and television comedy specials, has appeared with major stars including Jay Leno, Bobcat Goldthwait, Judy Tenuta, Kansas, Michael Murphy and Jerry Seinfeld. Show times at the Riviera are at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Ticket price is $17.95 plus tax and fee.

The Hollywood Allstarz will perform at The Club at the Cannery in North Las Vegas on Oct. 23, at 8 and 10 p.m. The band features musicians from legendary classic rock bands such as Dokken, Quiet Riot, Dio, Ike and Tina Turner, and Bonham. Admission is $9.95.

Jeff Pilson recognized worldwide as the bassist for Dokken was a major contributor to the band's gold and platinum-selling albums and successful tours. Pilson also served as musical director for the Warner Brother movie "Rock Star."

Carlos Cavazo, guitarist and vocalist, is an original member of the band Quiet Riot. His talent helped the band sell over six million copies of their album "Metal Health," and launch the legendary single "Cum Feel the Noise."

Vinny Appice drummed with bands such as Dio, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Axis, and many more. Krigger performed with artists such as Ike and Tina Turner, Carl Wilson, and metal band Guiffria. Chas West was a vocalist for the band Bonham, appeared in the film "Rock Star," and recently finished a tour with The Lynch Mob.

The Rio has opened the doors to the brand new I Bar and completely redone All American Café.

The I Bar is located in the central location that formerly housed the Iponema Lounge right off the front entrance. The trendy spot is a circular bar and lounge with its own specially designed sound system that allows patrons to watch the casino floor action while still feeling comfortable. Lovely scantily dressed servers take short timed breaks to dance and groove on small designed platforms that act as stages.

The I Bar is focusing on a nightclub / industry crowd later at night and to develop a small but well kept bottle service clientele.

The All American Café has adopted a completely different look and feel from its predecessor after a $3 million renovation project. The old look was cozy with a country feel. The new atmosphere is sleek and open and highlighted by a large display case set across from the meat locker that is used to dry age prime cuts of steak. A three tiered fireplace on the far back wall, a large balcony area and several plasma TV's help to enhance the new look.

The French eatery Fleur de Lys is opening at Mandalay Bay. Hubert Keller's restaurant features 30-foot walls of cultured stone and wood and leaf-shaped frames with fresh-cut roses. A small lounge near the entrance seats up to 20. Hours are 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. nightly, call 702-632-9400.

Chef Bobby Flay's dramatic Mesa Grill is open at Caesars Palace in the space formerly occupied by the buffet next to the Sports Book.

The bookstore The Reading Room at Mandalay Place will have a book signing on Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. Signing "The Art of Aureole" will be James Beard Award recipient Chef Charlie Palmer and autographing "Cooking with Too Hot Tamales" will be Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger.

The 40th Anniversary Celebration continues through Nov. 21 at Jerry's Nugget in North Las Vegas with great specials, anniversary gifts, and cash giveaways. The casino has also opened Uncle Angelo's Pizza Joint featuring a casual family atmosphere, open kitchen, and fully appointed bar. Uncle Angelo's has both dine in and carry out service and all the media is raving about the food.

Ever hear of Eurasian cuisine? The new Hue Tai's Sandwiches at 5115 Spring Mountain Road, #223 features the menu that has resulted from two cultures. When France colonized Vietnam decades ago, the French brought their breads and sandwiches with them. The two cultures had no understanding of each other's food, but soon they were able to merge the sophisticated rich taste of French cuisines and low fat healthy Vietnamese ingredients. The result is Eurasian cuisine.

"Travel Savvy" magazine in its September / October issue recently named Las Vegas as "Best Nightlife City" in its "Best of Awards" special feature. The magazine's readers specifically touted the destination's diverse "ultra-lounge circuit."

A six-page editorial feature titled "Bright Lights Party City," published in the same issue, provides an overview of some of the destination's hot spots as experienced on a girls' party weekend in Las Vegas.

"Travel Savvy" is a contemporary, bi-monthly. high-gloss magazine devoted to a broad base of readers who travel regularly for both business and leisure.

The Godt-Cleary Gallery at Mandalay Place is featuring photographs by Dennis Hopper through Nov. 30. The exhibition presents an introduction to his earliest photographic works from the 60's and continues through his career to today.

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