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Sunday, November 20, 2005 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
'Beauty And The Beast' Returns, Loveless & Travis Play NFR, 'Hypnosis Gone Wild' Opens, Tony Bennett Headlines, 'Have A Heart' Raises Funds, 'Walk Of Fame' Slabs Promo, Holiday Carolers Sing Out, Festival Of Lights At The Lakes, Rolling Stones Roll In, "Menopause The Musical®" Starts, Burton In Bowl Parade, New Radio Show Airs, Putting On The Ritz-Carlton, More...


Jackie Brett
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Disney's Tony Award®-winning hit musical "Beauty and the Beast" will return and bring the beloved animated film to life on stage at the Aladdin Theatre for Performing Arts, Feb. 1-5, for seven performances. Tickets range from $31 to $100, call 702-785-5000.

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" features the animated film's Academy Awardr-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, plus an additional song by Ashman and Menken, "Human Again," not heard in the film. The musical also includes seven brand new songs with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Wolverton, who also wrote the screenplay for the animated film.

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In celebration of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR), the intimate 400-seat Theatre Ballroom at the Golden Nugget will showcase acclaimed country artists Patty Loveless and Randy Travis this December. For tickets, call 702-386-8100, or toll-free 866-946-5336.

Loveless will make her first Golden Nugget appearance Dec. 2-4. Tickets for her 9:30 p.m. performances are $45 plus tax. Randy Travis will return to the Theatre Ballroom, Dec. 7-10. Tickets for his 9:30 p.m. performances are $85 plus tax.

Loveless has been entertaining audiences nationwide throughout her nearly 20-year career. This highly acclaimed musician/singer/songwriter has won accolades from both the recording industry and her peers, and has been named "Female Vocalist of the Year" by both the Country Music Awards and the Academy of Country Music.

Marking his return to downtown, Travis will feature an ever-changing set list including many of his classic number one hits and a selection of his gospel material. Travis has sold more than 24 million albums. During his career, he has garnered five Grammy Awards, five Country Music Association Awards, nine Academy of Country Music Awards, 10 American Music Awards and six Dove Awards.

"Hypnosis Gone Wild" is an R-rated-show starring hypnotist Michael Johns or Terry Stokes in the Hypnotic Lounge (an intimate showroom) at the Stardust. Johns or Stokes never cross the line but keep their adult-oriented show fun and full of laughter. When Johns is on the road, Stokes performs, and visa versa and they are able to provide nightly 10 p.m. shows. Admission is $39.95.

Tony Bennett, the Golden Nugget's "Ambassador of Cool," will return to the Golden Nugget downtown for his final 2005 three-night engagement, Dec. 16-18, in the 400-seat Theatre Ballroom. Tickets are$150 plus taxes and fees, call 702-386-8100 or toll-free 866-946-5336.

Twelve-time Grammy winner, Tony Bennett will entertain audiences with his personal favorites from the "Great American Songbook" and selections from his latest CD, "The Art of Romance."

Bennett's daughter Antonia will start her first set at 9 p.m. in the Oasis Lounge and showcase her melodic jazz vocal styling. She has been entertaining since age four, and graduated from the prestigious Berklee School of Music. Patrons must be 21 and there is no cover charge.

H.E.A.R.T. - Harrah's Entertainment Artists Rally Together will hold a benefit performance on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 2 p.m. in the Penn & Teller Theater at the Rio to help support the 9,000 Harrah's employees displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Tickets are $65, $50 and $25, call 702-702-777-7776.

The show will be hosted by Earl Turner, a frequent Harrah's New Orleans performer. This special concert will feature Clint Holmes, Erocktica, George Wallace, Jubilee!, Mac King, Max Alexander, The Scintas, The Second City, Skintight, Society of Seven and Tony n' Tina's Wedding. This is an incredible opportunity to see all of these extraordinary performers on one stage.

Continuing through December, the Riviera is promoting its largest, or should we say heaviest giveaway, a 280-pound chunk of cement sidewalk complete with a celebrity icon's footprints, handprints and signature. An original photograph of the performer authenticates the prize.

Due to the sheer size and weight of the block, only one is on display. Interested guests may look at recent pictures of the other "slabs" at either of the Players Clubs, the Platinum Club or the Host Office. Celebrity hand and footprints, once part of the Riviera's 'Walk of Fame' along Las Vegas Blvd., can now be yours for the playing. Details on participating are available at the Riviera Player's Club booth.

Celebrity Imprints include: Phyllis Diller, Jim Stafford, Michael Jackson, Tom Smothers, Sugar Ray Leonard, Quincy Jones, Tito Jackson, Andy Gibb, and Steve Rossi.

This holiday season, the Lamplight Carolers, a renowned a capella quartet, will again perform their music at The District at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson. Dressed in Victorian costumes, the group will stroll and sing holiday classics along The District's main street every Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., from Nov. 25 through Dec. 23. The District will be decorated in the style of an old-fashioned town. For information, call 702- 564-8595.

The Lakes Festival of Lights kicks off the holiday season each December in The Lakes area just off West Sahara Avenue with a free event that is open to the public. This officially sanctioned Las Vegas Centennial Event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, from noon until 6 p.m.

The family holiday event will include food, games, face painting, car show, craft show, pet adoption, a Toys for Tots collection, a visit from Santa as well as a display celebrating the 20th year of the lake itself. There will be an electric light boat parade set to music with 25 boats filled with holiday carolers and decorated to the max. Entertainment will include singer and comedian Stephen Sorrentino and some talented local school choirs.

Sunrise Children's Hospital, Nevada's only children's hospital, is located near the Strip. The first phase of Sunrise Children's Hospital expansion recently officially opened with a new pediatric intensive care floor, a new general pediatric floor, a new maternal-infant floor and a new pediatric dialysis and outpatient area.


The Rolling Stones will return for another Las Vegas appearance in the spring on March 4. Tickets are priced the same as their gig last Friday - $125, $250, $350 and $450, call Ticketmaster at 702-474-4000.

Neil Diamond will perform at the MGM Grand Garden arena on Dec. 30. Tickets are $50, $100 and $175, call Ticketmaster.

There's a growing rumor that Bette Midler may end up as a steady Vegas headliner. That would be a smart move on someone's part.

Country singer Collin Raye will play Buffalo Bill's Star of the Desert arena in Primm on Nov. 26. Tickets are $17.50 and $27.50, call 702-386-7867.

"Menopause The Musical®" will open Feb. 1 in the Las Vegas Hilton's Shimmer Cabaret. Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, writer / producer Jeanie Linders created the show as a celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived "The Change." Since its first performance, the show has evolved as a "grassroots" movement of women who deal with life after 40 and all the challenges that result in the mental, physical and spiritual freedom of the post-World War II baby boomer generation.

Society of Seven's afternoon show will be closing at Bally's on Jan. 2.

Brian Boitano's Skating Spectacular will be taking place at Mandalay Bay on Saturday, Dec. 17. Joining him will be Olympic Medalist Nancy Kerrigan, special musical guests Chris Botti and Richard Marx, and special guest performers Jamie Sale and David Pelletier, current Olympic champions. In addition, there will be six-time US National Champion Todd Eldredge and many others. For tickets, call 702-632-7580.

The fabulous bi-level Crustacean restaurant at Desert Passage has closed after being open a couple years. Crustacean & Prana Lounge was another creation of the An family, whose restaurants also include Crustacean in Beverly Hills. The eatery had a supper club on the lower floor and an intimate second-story setting complete with opium beds and lots of antiques.

Downtown's newest watering hole is the sidebar (sic) next to the Triple George Grill on 3rd Street. The décor features white vinyl booths and chocolate brown covered chairs in an intimate bar setting for 42 patrons.

The Monte Carlo's headlining magician Lance Burton will be riding the 4.5 miles in the Rose Bowl Parade as one million spectators watch him wave and do his magic live on the FTD Float "Your Wish is My Command."

Magician Lance Burton's special guest star of some nine years in his show at the Monte Carlo, comedy juggler Michel Goudeau recently did the Food Network cable show "BBQ with Bobby Flay." It's supposed to air at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 6. They did the segment on high definition and filmed his act at the Monte Carlo and then did a piece at his home in Las Vegas.

"Le Rêve" at Wynn Las Vegas will be dark from Dec. 6 through Dec. 20 and will resume regular show schedule on Wednesday, Dec. 21

"Avenue Q" at Wynn Las Vegas has changed its show schedule. Performances are taking place at 8 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, dark Wednesday, at 6:30 and 10 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and at 4 and 8 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $99 with tax included.

"Lunchtime With Ira, Live from the Las Vegas Hilton," is a new weekly radio show being broadcast from the property's Shimmer Cabaret. It is airing on KDWN AM 720 TALK RADIO on Mondays at noon. The show features Ira David Sternberg hosting celebrities, entertainers, tourism executives, writers and others who make Las Vegas the entertainment capital of the world. The broadcast also will be streamed live on .

Professional poker player Mike "The Mouth" Matusow shocked the gambling world recently by outlasting the biggest names in the game to win the Tournament of Champions (TOC) and $1 million at Caesars Palace.

The second TOC began Sunday, Nov. 6, with a field of 114 players. The final table lasted more than 11 hours. ESPN, the official broadcast partner of the World Series of Poker, provided comprehensive coverage of the TOC, which is scheduled to be telecast from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time on Dec. 24, 2005.

The Las Vegas Hilton is in the middle of its multi-million dollar construction and renovation enhancement project scheduled for completion by the end of December. The lobby is part of that project with 24" x 24" stone floorings, imported from Italy and Spain, that sparkle, mixing light colored beige marble and black granite accents, plus four circular inlaid medallions add a dramatic touch.

AAA announced that The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas located 17 miles from the Strip has once more received the coveted Five Diamond award. The 349-room lakeside luxury resort was first awarded AAA Five Diamond status in 2003 during its first months of operation and has maintained its top rating since then. It is one of only three hotels in Nevada to receive the Five Diamond award.

Earlier this year, The Ritz-Carlton also received Exxon / Mobil's influential Four Star award for both the overall resort and its spa. Only four lodging properties in Nevada carry the Mobil Four Star rating.

A new business, Murphy Beds Elite offers an array of quality Murphy beds, entertainment centers, wall units, desks, rugs, décor and more. With the high-rise condo and loft expansion taking Las Vegas by storm with more than 100 projects being developed at this time, Murphy Beds Elite should do a great business offering space-saving furniture. The store is situated in the heart of the Southwest furniture district between Oakey and Charleston, at 1226 South Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89126. For information, call 702-870-6446.

Sammy's Woodfired Pizza will host its third annual charity Toys For Tots Collection Program from Nov. 25 Dec, 16 at both Las Vegas locations: 6500 W. Sahara Ave. and 4300 E. Sunset Rd. Each customer who brings in a new unwrapped toy donation to the restaurant will receive a free "Giant Messy Sundae®."

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