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Sunday, November 13, 2005 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
Andrea Bocelli Live On Lake, Black Eyed Peas Perform, LA Cult Band Rings In NYE, Max's Café Opens, 'Forever Plaid' Goes Holiday, Retro Bunnies Return, "We Will Rock You" Rocks Last, "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" Extended, Sirens Turn Two, Barry Manilow Headlines Benefit, "American Experience" Airs, World Series of Poker Announced, Hofbräuhaus Brings Bavarian Music, Great Santa Run Fundraiser, "American Casino" Season Debuts, DKNY Unveils New Concept, SNORE Joins 400 Desert Race, More...


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Grammy-nominated Italian pop and classical singer Andrea Bocelli, and 14-time Grammy Award-winning producer / songwriter David Foster, will reunite with Emmy-winning producer / director David Horn for a nationally televised concert special starring Bocelli. The television special, which will be a live outdoor performance and Bocelli's first full contemporary music concert, will air on Thirteen/WNET New York's GREAT PERFORMANCES on PBS in March 2006.

The concert will be performed on Lake Las Vegas Resort's floating stage, a venue that sits on the resort's signature 320-acre lake, and taped on Dec. 9 and 10. The Tuscan-born Bocelli will perform popular music from his forthcoming album, such as "Autumn Leaves" and "It's Impossible." His new album, due out in February 2006, will feature collaborations with a number of contemporary pop artists. Several guest artists are expected to perform with Bocelli on stage for the television special.

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This production will be Horn and Foster's fourth concert with Bocelli since his debut special with them in 1997.

The Black Eyed Peas, one of the most popular hip-hop bands, will headline at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Friday, Dec. 30. Tickets are $45, $85 and $125 plus tax and service charges, call 702-632-7580.

The Black Eyed Peas made a dent in the hip-hop scene in 2003 with their third album, "Elephunk," which sold seven-and-one-half million albums worldwide and won a Grammy and four nominations. The group consisting of a quartet of musicians is celebrating the release of their fourth and most recent album, "Monkey Business."

We just released news that The Dan Band will be headlining the Aladdin Showroom on Nov. 25 and 26, and now they are booked again on Dec. 30 and 31 to ring in the New Year. Tickets for their holiday shows are $49.50, plus applicable service charges and tax, call 877- 333-9474.

Dan Finnerty, dressed as a mechanic with two accountant-styled back-up singers complete with suits and glasses, form The Dan Band and have quickly become the hottest ticket in Los Angeles.

The Dan Band has been entertaining hip, in-the-know audiences in Los Angeles since lead singer Finnerty first experimented with "I Am Woman" while singing karaoke. The audience found the rendition hilarious and Finnerty founded the idea of a masculine band singing '80s and '90s diva pop hits. This past August, The Dan Band was celebrated with an hour-long special on Bravo produced by Steven Spielberg and McG of "Charlie's Angels."

Florida-based bar and grill, Max's Café, has opened inside Desert Passage. The eatery offers a full lunch, dinner and cocktail menu of classic café options, favoring a wide variety of American-Italian and Asian specialties, including starters, sandwiches, salads, pastas and grilled selections.

A couple favorites items include Max's famous "lollipop" wings, seasoned with scallions and sesame seeds and the Bourbon barbeque salmon accompanied with leaf spinach, sweet potato raviolis and pecan brown butter. Also popular is the extensive list of over 10 signature Max's Mega Martinis, including the tangy Max's Ruby Slipper, the smooth Almond Joy and the fruity Hawaiian Cosmopolitan.

A Special Holiday Edition of "Forever Plaid" at the Gold Coast will open on Nov. 17, and run through Dec. 31. The boys will be coming back to earth to spread "Plaid Tidings" in the Gold Coast Showroom. "Forever Plaid - The Heavenly Musical Hit!" will return on Jan. 3, 2006.

Jinx, Frankie, Smudge and Sparky were to have their first gig on Feb. 9, 1964, but a bus full of anxious teenage girls hit their car on the way to see the Beatles make their debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. The girls survived without a scratch, but the boys in plaid were killed.

In the original play ("Forever Plaid-A Heavenly Musical Hit!"), the four-man harmonizing group was brought back to life for one night to perform the show they never got to perform in life. In "Plaid Tidings" they announce that they have been resurrected once more and soon discover a strong urge to break into holiday songs. With a little help from above and a heavenly phone call from Rosemary Clooney, the group discovers that they must perform the ultimate holiday show or be doomed for all eternity.

Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings

"Forever Plaid: 'Plaid Tidings'" is playing y at the Gold Coast at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with matinees on Saturday and Sundays at 3 p.m. The show will be dark on Mondays, and Dec. 2 through Dec. 12. Ticket prices start at $39.95.

At a recent private party, Hugh Hefner and his daughter Christy unveiled the new retro Bunny costumes that the ladies will wear when the Playboy Club opens next May in the Palms' new Fantasy Tower. It has been 22 years since a Playboy Club opened in the United States in Omaha, Neb., and the last one closed in Lansing, Mich., 17 years ago.

"We Will Rock You," the musical at Paris, will end a 13-month run at the resort on Nov. 27.

The Monte Carlo Resort's headlining magician Lance Burton will appear on NBC's hit series with James Caan and Molly Simms called "Las Vegas" on Monday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. playing himself, a Las Vegas magician. Two days later you can see the master magician on "E!" with Jenny McCarthy on "Party at the Palms" at 10 p.m. and again at 10:30 p.m. McCarthy and her entourage did a four-camera shoot at the Lance Burton Theatre and Lance Burton turned her into a magician and floated her offstage.

"Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" at the Tropicana is being extended through January 2006. The Exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Recently a local second grader won the Titanic Student Contest by entering an artistic rendering of the famous ship.

There's some rumor that the Miss America pageant may relocate to Las Vegas.

The Sirens of TI recently celebrated their second anniversary with a party.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) has launched its new DEUCE, a premium Double Decker transportation service on the famous Las Vegas Strip. The DEUCE makes a 17.25-mile loop along the Strip, from the South Strip Transfer Terminal at the south end of the Strip to the Downtown Transportation Center at the north end. It makes 73 stops along the route.


Superstar Barry Manilow, who headlines at the Las Vegas Hilton with "Manilow: Music and Passion" through 2007, will perform a special benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in the Hilton Theater on Dec. 16. For benefit tickets and special room rates call 800-732-7117.

The BOA Steakhouse located on the third floor at the Forum Shops at Caesars has started offering Happy Hour with signature favorites at tempting prices, Monday through Friday from 5-7 p.m.

Las Vegas Centennial's Official Documentary "American Experience" will air on PBS Nov. 14 - 15. The show traces the often surprising, endlessly entertaining history of the country's most outrageous playground. From a dusty railroad town, Las Vegas has grown to one of the world's premier tourist destinations.

The "great poker cover up" in the Las Vegas Hilton's poker room is a seasonal promotion. Any poker player who plays 40 hours during 30 days from Nov. 15 to Dec.15 will receive a softball navy blue jacket with a Las Vegas Hilton logo.

The World Series of Poker has announced a June 25 - Aug. 10 run for next year's 'all-in' festivities.

The Lee Canyon Ski Resort is expecting to open Nov. 18.

Lama Ole Nydahl will be giving a lecture titled Buddhism in the Modern World at 8 p.m. on Nov. 22, at the Lee & Thomas Beam Music Center Doc Rondo Hall located on the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus. This marks the first time a fully qualified lama and meditation teacher in the Karma Kagyu Buddhist tradition will be giving a public lecture in Las Vegas.

The Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is the first authentic German-Bavarian restaurant in Las Vegas and the first reproduction of the world's most famous beer hall from its hand-painted ceilings to its food and drink. The Hofbräuhaus' tradition of offering Bavarian music continues nightly in November with Mostlandstürmer and in December with Auner Alpenspektakel (Alps Spectacle).

Mostlandstürmer is the house band for Munich's Oktoberfest, the largest beer festival in the world. With an accordion, horns and guitars, the quartet entertains with traditional Bavarian music and a lively stage show.

Auner Alpenspektakel is back by popular demand after their visit in March 2004. With wit and charm, the band celebrates its Bavarian roots with the traditional alp horn - the long, wooden horn made famous in the cough medicine commercials. The band's performances include classic "schuhplatteln," or shoe-slapping songs. For information, call 702-853-BEER (2337).

The "Great Santa Run" fundraiser benefiting Opportunity Village will make an attempt to break the current world record for the largest Santa gathering and to provide a light spirited warm-up run for participants in the New Las Vegas Marathon the following day. The first 4,500 participants will receive a five-piece Santa costume complete with hat, belt and beard during registration. Participants may choose from the 5K race or the "Kris Kringle Jingle" one-mile fun run for the casual walker or jogger.

The event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 a.m. at the Freemont Street. Experience Registration fees are $25 before Nov. 30 and $75 on race day. The current world record was set in December 2004 with 4,260 participants in the Newton and District Dial-A-Ride in the UK. Opportunity Village expects at least 4,500 participants for the Great Santa Run. The Guinness Book of World Records will be present to witness and document the historic event.

The third season of the reality show "American Casino" will debut on Nov. 16 on the Travel Channel. The show chronicles the high pressure, high stakes world of brothers Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta and their staff tasked with running the day-to-day operations of their ultra-exclusive Green Valley Ranch Hotel and Casino.

The weekly series offers an inside glimpse into the Fertitta Brother's empire and follows the eclectic cast of characters that live, work and play at Green Valley Ranch. From high rollers and big name celebrities to chauffeurs and chefs, cameras capture the everyday stresses and struggles that go into operating this billion dollar resort.

Upcoming Episodes include: Big Raise Hold 'em about a new trial poker table game; The Tower and the opening of rooms in a new tower; Craps Tournament; High Limit Expansion; The New Spa: and The Final Touches featuring completed renovations.

The new DKNY store in the expansion of the Forum Shops at Caesars is the first-built expression in the United States of the new DKNY store concept. DKNY Las Vegas boasts the only large-scale video projection in a retail environment which transforms the space with moving and still images over 60' long and 15' high.

DKNY has collaborated with Mark van S, an installation artist who has designed and prototyped a digital photo booth in which customers and guests can create digital self-portraits that are automatically downloaded to a hard drive and moments later projected onto the store's screen.

The storefront is clad in grey limestone and features a white lacquer frame that is partially pushed through to the outside of the storefront glass. Floors are antique oak wood and polished concrete - a reinterpretation of a typical New York City loft floor. Merchandise fixtures inspired by flea market rolling racks and rough wood art production tables are reinterpreted in scale and finish.

The momentum continues to build for Henderson's Terrible 400 Desert Race as Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts, also referred to as SNORE, joins Best in the Desert (BITD) Racing Dec. 1-4 for the final and deciding race of the year. SNORE will introduce two new classes and over 50 race vehicles to the 200-plus cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs that will be competing in the largest Henderson's Terrible 400 Desert Race to date.

Henderson's Terrible 400 will mark the final and deciding race for both the Best in the Desert and SNORE series. The motorsport event will take place in the Eldorado Valley located between Henderson and Boulder City through the McCullough Mountain range. The 80-plus mile course poses challenges with five full laps. For information, call 702-267-2171, or 877-775-5252.

SNORE has a longstanding history in off-road motorsports, dating back to 1969. The membership-driven club originated as a grassroots effort to promote off-road racing to a growing fan base created by the legendary Mint 400. Shortly after the group's inception, they developed a series of races in the Las Vegas Valley including their crown jewel, the SNORE 250. Recently celebrating its 36th year, the SNORE 250 is undisputedly the oldest running desert race in the United States.

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