Once again Siegfried & Roy are award recipients. The French Academy of Illusionists, which was created in 1990 as an organization to honor and maintain the list of top 40 illusions acts in the world, has recognized the Las Vegas entertainers as the world's greatest magicians with their highest honor, the "Mandrakes d'Or." Siegfreid & Roy's award presentation aired on a major French television special entitled "Le Festival la Magie."
Comedy legend Bernie Allen will lead a trio of comedians at the Riviera Comedy Club for four nights, Nov. 26-Dec. 2. Allen has been a Las Vegas name on the Strip since he opened at the Sands on Sept. 15, 1966. He detailed his life in his autobiography, "Have A Clown On Me." In addition to performing stand-up comedy, Allen has appeared on television and in numerous films including "Raging Bull" with Robert DiNiro and "The Producers" starring Zero Mostel.
Piero's Trattoria on Flamingo Ave. in the Hughes Center is an offshoot of Piero's on Convention Center Drive. A happy hour has been instituted with drinks specials and DJ music.
The Palms developer George Maloof Jr. has confirmed that MTV will film 22 episodes of "The Real World" in the Palms starting in January. Seven participants will stay in a "tricked-up" 4,500-square-foot suite, and the Palms swimming venue called the Skin will garner attention.
Over the Christmas holidays, Bruce Fine will headline along with two other comedians at the Improv Comedy Club at Harrah's, Dec. 25-30. Tickets are $24.95 plus tax.
Fine was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He pursed a wrestling career in college until an injury ended his athletic career. Then he switched to Theatre Arts and landed a small role on the television series "Spencer For Hire."
Fine has performed his stand up routine throughout the United States and has won the grand prize on the television program "America's Funniest People." He's made numerous television appearances and created characters while writing for "The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show" and late night's "VIBE-TV."
Paul May is the new male lead singer in the "Folies Bergere" at the Tropicana. He joins the cast after an extended run as the understudy to stars David Cassidy, Tommy Tune, and Rick Springfield in "EFX" at the MGM Grand. Shows are performed nightly except Thursday at 7:30 and 10 p.m. The early show is covered for audiences of all ages and the late show is topless in the traditional Las Vegas style.
Latin American magician Ayala, the former star of "Spellbound" at Harrah's Las Vegas, is performing at Caesars Magical Empire, in the Sultan's Palace Theatre through Dec. 8. Ayala and assistant lTanya have recently returned to Las Vegas after a seven month engagement at Harrah's in Laughlin and a trip to France where they were selected "Magician of the Year" and presented the "Mandrake d'Or" award, France's highest magic award.
"Ayala, The Time Is Now!" is his new show using aspects of ancient Mexican culture with state-of-the-art special effects. Masks, spears, fire, comedy, dance and swords all play an integral part in the magic that is Ayala.
Tickets to Caesars Magical Empire are $75.50, Tuesday through Saturday, with dinner, all entertainment, gratuity and tax included. Free tours of the Magical Empire are offered from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday.
Bally's has a completely remodeled spa after investing more than a million dollars and adding 5,500 square feet. The spa has many treatment rooms, saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools and relaxation lounges. Spa admission fees include the use of Bally's fully equipped fitness area, steam room, wet and dry saunas and spa. Lockers, towels, mineral water and juices are also included. Hours are 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily. For appointments, call 702-967-4366.
The first fully interactive multi-kiosk workgroup on the Las Vegas Strip was unveiled earlier this month at the Riviera Convention Center. TouchNSurf is the provider for the 5-kiosk workgroup termed, "Internet Corner & More." The units provide the hardware and their proprietary software which consists of user-friendly interface enabling users to check/receive web based or pop email, surf the web, send video email, print web and email content to laser printers, and many other accessible features.
The units consist of one stand up unit embedded in a column structure, and four modular sit down cubicle units with space for two occupants and vast desk space next to the keyboard and mouse. These modular cubicles are seamlessly arranged to make a community of kiosks for convention attendee use. The kiosks are connected to a T-1 circuit, which provides high-speed Internet access. Two high quality Laser printers, a color and a black and white, are placed in the Business Center where users can pick up printed web content.
The interface includes an on-screen agent who assists and guides users through each session. Cash, credit card, or Surf Points can initiate each session. Surf Points are TouchNSurf's user loyalty program, which enables users to earn points as they use the kiosk. Accumulated points can be redeemed for free usage time. For more information, contact TouchNSurf at 1-877-7-TOUCH-O (786-8240), or click on www.touchsurf.com.
The Castaways (formerly the Showboat) on the Boulder Strip has a promotion running through Dec. 26, where you can earn free entry tickets for a weekly drawing held at 8 p.m. every Wednesday night to win free gas for a year. Plus Club Castaways offers points for discounted City Stop gas. Rules are posted at Club Castaways.
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