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Sunday, December 18, 2005 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
Gordie Brown Extends Contract, Air Play Grounded, Westin Goes Smoke-Free, South Coast Readies, Rick Thomas Adds Show, Lady Luck Closing, "Legends" Star Enters Awards, Hootie & The Blowfish On Stage, Chef Palmer Goes Downtown, Pooch Boutique Opens, Sin City Brewing Beer, Hofbräuhaus Parties On, New Year's Eve News, Carole Montgomery Returns, More...


Jackie Brett
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Entertainer Gordie Brown will continue to headline in the Theatre Ballroom at the Golden Nugget through March 2006, with his blend of engaging comedy, music and mastery of impressions. Brown writes his own material, which consists of more than 50 voices, original song parodies, jokes, and signature impersonations. He is backed by a live band Saturday through Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and also at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $45 plus tax, call at 866-946-5336.

Air Play, the popular free variety show at the Tropicana will perform its final shows on Dec. 31, 2005. The show featuring specialty acts from around the world performing right in the main casino above the patrons enjoyed 6,900 performances and an estimated 2,788,800 visitors viewing the extravaganza since it debuted in September 2002. The hotel's marketing department is developing a brand new promotion that will be interactive.

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The upscale Westin hotels will become the first 100 percent smoke-free hotel chain In January 2006. All 77 Westin hotels in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean including the one in Las Vegas, will go smoke free in all guestrooms and public areas because of a clear demand resulting from customer data showing 92 percent of its guests request a non-smoking room. All Westin hotels will offer a designated outdoor area for guests who smoke and in areas not owned or operated by Westin Hotels & Resorts there may also be designated areas.

In preparation for implementation of the new policy, smoking rooms will undergo an extensive cleaning process replacing all soft goods, deep cleaning and treating all hard surfaces, walls and carpets to eliminate allergens, replacing air filters and deep cleaning all air conditioning units.

Westin Hotels is responsible for the renowned Heavenly Bed® and the brand's signature WestinWORKOUT® lifestyle guestrooms.

The $600 million South Coast Hotel and Casino will open on Dec. 23. The new property with 1,350 rooms and 54 suites is located near Intestate 15 on Las Vegas Boulevard South, four miles south of Mandalay Bay.

In the gaming department, the South Coast will feature an 80,000-square-foot casino, a race and sports book, and a 600-seat bingo parlor. There will be many dining outlets including the Garden Buffet, Silverado Steak House and Don Vito's Italian Restaurant. Amentias will include a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sand volleyball court, spa and fitness center, gift shop, business center and Kid's Tyme Child Care facility.

What makes this resort truly different is the 4,400-seat South Coast Equestrian Center equipped with 1,200 climate-controlled horse stalls. The National Reining Horse Association has signed on for its meeting in February and in March the American Quarter Horse Association's Silver Dollar Circuit will follow.

Magician Rick Thomas, who is an afternoon-show headliner at the Stardust, will be adding a third show to his schedule during the holiday season. He'll perform a 7 p.m. show, Dec. 19-24, 26-27, and 29.

The Lady Luck will be closing in February to do a thorough remodeling job and to make many changes. It may be closed as long as a year.

"Love Is A Pain" is a new musical comedy opening at the La Cage Theatre at the Riviera on Dec. 26. Show times will be nightly except Tuesday at 9:30 p.m.

The look-and-sound alikes in the "Legends In Concert" show at the Imperial Palace are so good that Doug Brewin, who portrays country superstar Alan Jackson, walked the red carpet at the Billboard Awards with a fake camera crew and got into the auditorium with no problem. When Brewin signed autographs, he only used his own name.

Dame Edna will appear at the Luxor Theater for a limited 16-show engagement beginning today. Tickets are $65 and $75 plus taxes and service charges. For the New Year's Eve performance, tickets are $100 and $125; call 702-262-4900.

Hootie and the Blowfish will be performing at the Silverton on New Year's Eve at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $99.

Construction on the second of three towers to be built at The Residences at MGM Grand has surpassed the 12th floor. The first tower is also under construction and slated for completion in June 2006. A two-bedroom model is open for viewing in the sales office in the MGM Grand's Studio Walk from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The 77th Royal Variety Performance was presented on Nov. 21, 2005, in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, at Wales Millennium Center. The Blue Man Group, as well as Charlotte Church, Andrea Bocelli and Ozzy Osbourne, performed to the sell-out crowd of 1,800 people. The benefit performance aired in the UK on Dec. 11.

Renowned Chef Charlie Palmer will be contributing to Downtown Las Vegas when he opens his first food and wine market at Club Renaissance, a 62-story high-rise residential condominium tower. He will also oversee the food and beverage for the condominium's private club level. When Club Renaissance is built, it will be a skyscraper in addition to one of the tallest residential towers in Nevada, reaching 705 feet. In Las Vegas, Palmer is no stranger to the restaurant business, as he has presence in two of the city's premier hotels with Charlie Palmer Steak at the Four Seasons Hotel and Aureole at Mandalay Bay.

Harrah's introduced a new buffet called Flavors on Dec. 16. The flavorsome fare is offered in a 21,000 square foot space designed by Friedmutter Group of Las Vegas. The bright, contemporary setting features an American motif of clear skies, rich earth tones, exotic woods and multi-tonal accents. Flavors features continuous live cooking stations and selections carefully prepared in small amounts to assure freshness and of course, flavor.

Breakfast is offered from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. for $12.99, lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $14.99, dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for $18.99 and on Saturday and Sunday a Champagne Brunch is available from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for $18.99.

As the Hotel San Remo continues a remodeling project to transform it into Hooters, the resort has opened The Dam Restaurant, which is a 24-hour coffee shop open daily.


Lush Puppy, Las Vegas' first dedicated designer pet fashion boutique, open its doors on the Strip last Friday inside Mandalay Place at the Mandalay Bay Resort. From canine couture to extravagant jeweled accessories, Lush Puppy allows posh pets to stride the streets in today's hottest trends and styles. The store includes specialty pet goods from favorite designers like Juicy Couture, Von Dutch, Donald Pliner and Lancel, and the boutique also carries its own exclusive private label. Lush Puppy opens at 10 a.m. daily and offers designer accessories and apparel at a wide range of prices, so even beagles on a budget can afford to dress in style.

Sin City Brewing Co., a unique microbrew bar and retail shop, opened last week at The Shops in Desert Passage at the Aladdin.

The new microbrew bar features four distinct beers - Sin City Amber, Sin City Light, Sin City Stout and Sin City Weisse, all brewed in small batches and distributed exclusively in the city for which it is named, Sin City Brewing Co. Already a hit in Las Vegas Strip resorts; this is the first stand-alone location.

In addition, the Sin City Brewing Co. pub features an expanded retail line for both men and women, including T-Shirts, bowling shirts, hats, visors, yoga pants, French cut T-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, thongs, camisoles, glassware and more.

The company's president, Rich Johnson, was the former Director of Brewing Operations at Gordon Biersch. He created the four distinct beer recipes and will feature limited edition specialty beers based on the season. The Sin City Brewing Co. opens daily at 10 a.m.

Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas' tradition of offering exceptional Bavarian music will continue into the new year with the Heidelberg Quartett in January and Didi's Hörmittel in February.

Beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas diners can party, sing and participate in traditional beer hall music.

Back by popular demand, the Heidelberg Quartett has a play list that is international in scope performing traditional Bavarian music, oldies, oom-pah music, and German volksmusik (folk music).

In February, Didi's Hörmittel mit Frauke takes the stage inside the "Schwemme" or main beer hall. With accordions, trumpets, horns, guitars and drums, the four musicians and Frauke (a lady), provide visitors with a lively performance of traditional oom-pah music and beer hall sing-alongs.

The Hofbräuhaus is the first authentic German-Bavarian restaurant in Las Vegas and the restaurant is the first reproduction of the world's most famous beer hall from its hand-painted ceilings to its food and drink. The beer is brewed in Munich under the 400-year-old purity law and shipped fresh to Las Vegas.

"Ring Out The Old; Bring In The New" is the theme for the two New Year's Eve parties planned for the Riviera as it nears the end of its 50th anniversary during the Las Vegas Centennial.

The Royale Pavilion will once again house live entertainment with surprise 'guest stars.' A gourmet dinner, open bar, dancing to live big band music and party favors are featured for $150 per person, plus tax and fee.

The Top Of The Riv Ballroom where the view of Las Vegas is breathtaking will transform into a dancing disco with a deejay and open bar with party favors, featuring dancing until 2 a.m. Tickets are $100 per person, plus tax and fee, call the Riviera Box Office at 702-794-9433.

You can ring in the New Year with the bald and blue men of Blue Man Group, newly opened at The Venetian, as they celebrate the holiday with special performances at 6 and 9 p.m. on Dec. 31. To purchase tickets, call 702-414-SHOW.

At the same time, folks can bid for the Blue Man Group New Year's Eve Package at The package includes: two VIP tickets to a special 9 p.m. New Year's Eve performance, two nights in a luxury suite at The Venetian, a backstage tour and private meet and greet with the Blue Men in the exclusive Blue Man VIP Lounge, an autographed Blue Man Group program, a Blue Man gift bag with an Audio CD, The Complex 5.1 surround sound DVD, and a selection of limited edition Blue Man merchandise worth over $200. Bids begin at $1,000. The proceeds from the auction will be donated to the non-profit charity of the auction winner's choice.

Carole Montgomery, "The Ivory Soap Girl With An Attitude," returns to familiar turf, having starred in the Riviera's production of "Crazy Girls" in 1998. Her one-woman show, which recently completed a successful run at a major Vegas hotel, is a sexual send-off leaving no stone unturned. She probes every aspect of boy/girl relationships in graphic detail.

Montgomery has been making people laugh since 1981. Prior to joining "Crazy Girls," she headlined comedy clubs and colleges across the country, as well as performed in Montreal for their "Just For Laughs" festival. When her engagement at the Riviera ended, she again returned to her first love 'stand-up' and toured the world.

Montgomery is also featured on the XXX-rated comedy CD, "Extreme Comedy, The Women." Montgomery's numerous television appearances include "Politically Incorrect" with Bill Maher, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and Showtime's "Comedy Club All-Stars 6."

Besides being a comedienne and writer, Montgomery is a wife and mother. She's been married to the same man for 23 years and has a 16-year-old son, Layne. Her onstage persona and offstage home life would seem to be on opposite sides of the totem pole, but she juggles both with ease.

Appearing with Montgomery is Bernie McGrenahan, who has been seen on "Star Search" and on David Letterman's show. He was groomed and mentored by the late comedy legend Steve Allen and is one of America's top corporate comedians.

The third talent is Dustin Chafin, who will be making his Riviera debut. Show times for the Riviera Comedy Club are 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $17.95 plus tax and fee, call 702) 794-9433.

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