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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