When Wayne Newton takes a break in November, Don Rickles will fill in from Nov. 15-18, followed by B.B. King, Nov. 23-25.
Rodney Dangerfield's performances at the MGM Grand's Hollywood Theatre from Nov. 16-28 have been cancelled.
The Las Vegas Hilton Buffet is closed through the end of December for remodeling. When it opens in late December, it will have an all-new look, seating for 450 guests and feature cooking stations.
The Amazing Jonathan has incorporated a Halloween theme into his performances through Oct. 31 at the Theatre Ballroom in the Golden Nugget downtown. Tickets are $35, call 702-386-8100.
The Amazing Johnathan and longtime friend and fellow comedian Kevin James have created ghoulish effects for the show. The stage and showroom have been transformed into a Halloween setting and contain characteristics of an old-time freak show.
Six-foot tall comedienne and actress, Pam Stone, will headline The Improv Comedy Club at Harrah's, Nov. 27-Dec. 2. Tickets are $24.95 plus tax.
Many people were first exposed to Stone's comedic skills through her work on the hit ABC television show "Coach," where she played the women's basketball coach Judy Watkins. Stone has also appeared on "The Drew Carey Show" and the "New Love Boat."
Stone won an American Comedy Award for "Best Female Standup Comic" in 1993, after being nominated five years in a row. Her comedy is a sophisticated blend of insights and satire; delivering punch lines with a twist. She'll share the stage with fellow comedians Greg Otto and open David Gee.
"Splash" at the Riviera will be dark from Dec. 7 through Dec. 24, to allow for work on the production's stage, sets, ice rink, lighting and the show itself. It also allows the entire cast to take a two-week holiday break.
Magician Steve Wyrick will return to his show at the Sahara on Monday, Oct. 29, after taking an unexpected month off for knee surgery. When he returns, he'll be performing one show only at 7 p.m. for three weeks.
Jack's Irish Pub at Palace Station has a happy hour, Monday through Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m. Drinks and appetizers are half priced. Plus you can earn one ticket with every purchase of a Guinness or Harp pint for a drawing to see U2 on Nov. 18. The Wild Cats, who are direct from Dublin, perform Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 6 to 10 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The Travel Channel is filming a pair of hourlong documentaries in town through Nov. 2. One is "Las Vegas: A Trip Around the World," which spotlights four internationally themed resorts: The Venetian, Paris, Luxor and New York-New York. The other is "Neon Secrets" focusing on the glowing lights that form a part of Las Vegas' readily identifiable image.
Binion's Horseshoe Club, founded by Benny Binion in 1951, is a landmark on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas and it turned 50 this year. One of the city's oldest casinos is well known for its annual World Series of Poker.
For years Binion's Horseshoe Club used to be noted for the $1 million cash display where visitors had their souvenir photos taken with a jumbo horseshoe containing 100 $10,000 bills.
Lawry's The Prime Rib is doing a silent auction for special dinners as a fundraiser. Up for auction are five dinners, four at Lawry's and one in the winner's home. The minimum bid for a Thanksgiving Day dinner for six is $450, with bids closing Nov. 1.
The minimum bid for the private-chef dinner for 10 is $1,000, with bids closing Jan. 2. In between are a Dickens dinner, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve dinners, all for six, with minimum bids ranging from $350 to $550. For information, call 702-893-2223.
Something new to look forward to in the technology arena is wireless devices and terminals for placing drink orders and better managing slot floors. For example, you may be lounging around poolside and want a drink. The cocktail waitress with a wireless device can expedite the drink order and it can be ready by the time she reaches the bar.
InfoGenesis' wireless terminals are being used already at Bally's and the Four Seasons in Las Vegas. The wireless POS (Point-Of-Sale) system can help improve efficiency for food and drink service at banquets. You can be sitting at a banquet table and call in the order and have it taken care of promptly.
Installing a central "access point" for the communication between wireless devices typically costs about $1,000. Each wireless device ranges in cost between $700 to $1,500, depending on various added features. A single access point could cover the area of a restaurant, while a 100,000-square-foot casino floor may need two or three access points.
For the slot department, the devices help to quickly research data on patrons they recognize as frequent guest. This system requires the use of digital cameras with facial recognition technology to identify patrons. The mobility of the wireless terminals allows casino managers to easily move them to busier areas as traffic patterns change.
It's anticipated that this new technology will become commonplace in casinos by 2002 or 2003.
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