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Sunday, December 24, 2006 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
"Hitzville The Show" A Hit, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Perform, Loews Takes Over Hyatt Regency, Eric Clapton Headlines, "Viva Las Vegas" Closing, Sonny Turner Releases Christmas CD, Legends in Concert Plays Neon Garage, Spago Remodeled, New Year's Eve News, Turban Cowboy On Stage, Chippendales Offer New Show Times, Great Seats Opens Office, More...


Jackie Brett
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Caught the new Motown tribute show in the Shimmer Lounge at the Las Vegas Hilton. It's a wonderful journey through a musical time zone with medleys of songs by the best groups and singers such as The Supremes, Four Tops, Drifters, Tina Turner and Martha Reeves who made the sounds of the era famous. The upbeat show is scheduled to play again on Dec. 25, Jan. 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, Feb. 4-5 and 11-12 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $29.95, call 800-222-5361.

The show highlights a live four-member band, plus four male and three female lead singers, who are each powerhouse talents in their own right. One singer, Jin-Jin Reeves is truly outstanding and her credentials verify her remarkable talents.

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Reeves started singing, dancing and writing songs at a young age and earned a scholarship to Julliard. As a singer, she has shared the stage with greats such as Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Barry White and Luis Miguel and been featured on the Emmy Awards and in movie soundtracks.

As an actress, Reeves has been featured in plays "Ain't Misbehavin'," "A Raisin In The Sun," "Madam Lily," in movies such as "Amistad," "Beverly Hills Cop III," and on television series such as "Seinfeld," and "Roseanne."

In "Hitzville," Reeves never stops moving which explains why she has also had a solid career as a dancer and graced the stage with the "American Music Awards' Tribute to Prince," the "Soul Train Music Awards," "Star Search," etc.

Legendary rock band, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, will perform at the Tropicana on Saturday, Jan. 13, in the Tiffany Theatre. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $49, call 702-739-2411.

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts recently completed a world concert tour launching her long-awaited new CD "Sinner." With nine Top 40 hit singles and eight Platinum and Gold LPs including the Grammy nominated "Up Your Alley," Joan Jett & The Blackhearts continue their eclectic punk rock 'n' roll reign.

Not only is Jett a singer and entertainer but she's also an actress. She's appeared in movies like "Light of Day" with Michael J. Fox and Gena Rowlands, and in the indie films "Boogie Boy" and "The Sweet Life." On Broadway, Jett was in the original cast of "The Rocky Horror Show." One of her proudest accomplishments is the 25th anniversary of her record label, Blackheart Records.

International hotelier Loews Hotels has taken over operations of the Hyatt Regency at Lake Las Vegas and has changed the name to Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort. Another change includes renaming Japengo - the property's Japanese fine-dining outlet - which will be known as Marssa. Other alterations include the addition of 42-inch plasma screen televisions in all guest rooms, renovations of the property's 13 suites and casbahs, and a renovation of the hotel's ballroom space. Loews will also integrate its standard first-class amenities, such as turndown service, and the Loews Loves Pets, Loews Loves Kids and Loews Breakfast service programs. Right now, the property currently is offering special introductory rates of $199 for a resort- view room until Dec. 31.

Las Vegas' newest resident headliner, Prince, will be performing during the Super Bowl halftime next year.

Eric Clapton will be headlining at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, March 10, with Robert Cray as the opening act. Tickets are $150, $85 and $45; call Ticketmaster at 702-474-4000.

The afternoon "Viva Las Vegas" show that has been at the Stratosphere since 1996 will be closing on Dec. 30 and looking for a new home.

Las Vegas resident and Platters legend Sonny Turner has a new Christmas CD "An Inspirational Christmas" being released with traditional tunes. This is the first Christmas album released by a member of "The Platters" in years. Turner joined the Platters in 1959 after a lengthy search to replace the original lead singer Tony Williams. After singing lead for the Platters for 12 years and recording a number of top 10 hits, Turner went solo in 1970. The truth is there are only three "real" Platters remaining today: Sonny Turner, Herb Reed, who founded the group in 1953, and Zola Taylor, female singer in the original group.

Now through Jan. 6, visitors can enjoy the free whimsical winter wonderland at Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. The holiday season display features a towering festive tree, flower-clad polar bears, flying reindeer, and a soaring, 45-foot-tall Shasta Fir that is surrounded by candy-cane stripes of pink and red poinsettias.

OPM Nightclub at the Forum Shops has completed a $1 million renovation just in time for the busy holiday season.

"The King of Rock and Roll" and "The Material Girl" will take center stage next March 9-11 at the Neon Garage at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway during NASCAR weekend when musical impersonator acts perform from "Legends in Concert," which can be seen nightly at the Imperial Palace. These legends of the music industry will join Blue Man Group and the Sirens of the TI among other acts. Passes for the Neon Garage and pre-race activities as well as race tickets are available by calling 1-800-644-4444.

A Touch of Mystery will present murder parties "Music Can Be Murder" on Jan. 19 at the Liberace Museum and Carluccio's Tivoli Gardens restaurant and "Lethal Libations" at Cheflive on Feb. 7. For information, call 702-497-7936.

Urban Outfitters, the trendsetting clothing and apartment furnishings retailer, has opened its second and largest Las Vegas location, a multi-level, glass front store inside Desert Passage. Conveniently located directly off Las Vegas Boulevard, this store has a large glass front and three levels of trendsetting clothing. Urban Outfitters currently operates more than 81 stores.

Jax Restaurant has closed its doors at the Riviera. A new restaurant will be announced shortly.

Great Seats Ltd., a New-York based ticket broker, has opened its first west coast operation in Las Vegas to provide customers with premium tickets for local, national and worldwide events. To purchase tickets and/or packages, call 866-939-0571.


After 14 successful years, The Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group's famed Spago restaurant at the Forum Shops has been remodeled. The new soaring interior space has a rich, white and chocolate brown contemporary setting for re-introducing the restaurant's significant collection of art. Different textures of white are explored in the surface and material selections, which include highly polished and peppered white plaster, white quartz stone and smooth white Corian. Creamy leather booths and chairs, dark walnut floors, zebra wood paneling and hand rails of stainless steel and frosted glass complete the vision.

The 100-seat enclosed private room has laminated foil glass walls, a highly reflective stretch ceiling system and iridescent mosaic tiles. Adjacent to the private room on the upper level is a new lounge area with plush couches, private tables and a custom-made RX music system that extends throughout the entire restaurant. The lounge offers full bar amenities, a partial menu and dedicated server. The space also includes a 50-inch plasma television for additional entertainment and remains open until midnight.

The new design is extended into a variety of details throughout the restaurant including new Bernardaud China, Sambonet flatware and Spieglau glassware. Additionally, newly designed apparel for the staff features chocolate tones complemented by black accents. Even the restrooms are updated.

Las Vegas is definitely on its way to becoming the restaurant capital of the world. A story on MSNBC in conjunction with "Forbes" magazine featured the "10 Most Expensive Restaurants in Las Vegas." The list included: Joël Robuchon at The Mansion (MGM Grand), Restaurant Guy Savoy (Caesars Palace), Fleur de Lys (Mandalay Bay), ALEX (Wynn Las Vegas), Aliz‚ (The Palms), Picasso (Bellagio), Nobu (Hard Rock Hotel), MIX (Mandalay Bay), Stripsteak (Mandalay Bay) and Delmonico's Steakhouse (The Venetian).

The Benihana Lounge, not Benihana Village, at the Las Vegas Hilton is looking for a new name. The person who comes up with a new name for the lounge can win a dinner for two in Benihana's. Contact Nori at 702-732-5334 with your suggestion.

Guitar superstar Dave Navarro and turntable legend Grandmaster Flash will host the New Year's Eve party at Tangerine Lounge & Nightclub on Sunday, Dec. 31. Tickets start at $100, call 702-894-7722.

It's official, Pamela Anderson has signed on to host the New Years Eve bash at Tao Nightclub - barely a dice throw away from JET Nightclub, where ex-hubby Kid Rock will be hosting the festivities. Tickets for the Tao party are ringing up to $250 per person, which includes a hosted bar and passed food from 8:30 p.m. until 11 p.m.

3121, an intimate live entertainment venue and home of Prince at the Rio, is offering 2 a night unlike any other 2 ring in 2007. With the Ultimate 3121 Xperience the journey begins in 3121 Jazz Cuisine where creative energies come 2gether 2 bring guests a six-course epicurean journey.

The ultimate treatment continues as partiers move to 3121 to see Prince in action from a VIP table while ringing in the New Year with a set of commemorative champagne glasses and a bottle of commemorative champagne. The Ultimate 3121 Xperience is available to a limited number of guests for $1,000 per person. 3121 general admission tickets are also available for $312.10 per person. The 3121 New Year's Eve six-course meal at 3121 Jazz Cuisine is $150 per person. For reservations, call 702-777-7776.

Dan Marino's restaurant at Hooters Casino Hotel will have two sit-down dinners on New Year's Eve. The first will be from 5-7 p.m. and the second from 8 p.m. to midnight. For $125 per couple, guests will indulge in a four-course meal with a bottle of wine from Dan Marino's 1,800 bottle wine room. There will be live jazz music throughout the evening and complimentary champagne for a New Year's Eve toast.

At midnight there will be a New Year's Eve party in the "13" Martini Bar at Hooters with live music by TKO. Entrance is $50 for Dan Marino dinner guests and $75 for regular entry.

At the new Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort (formerly the Hyatt Regency), Marssa, the resort's highly regarded Asian fusion restaurant (formerly named Japengo), will offer a four-course tasting menu priced at $75 per person and $95 per person with wine pairings. The resort's lobby lounge, Arabesque will feature a cocktail party ambience, with signature appetizers a la carte, specialty cocktails and a live band.

Fearlessly known as the "Turban Cowboy," self-deprecating comic Gerry Bednob will headline the Riviera Comedy Club for a week with fellow comedians Sam Kwasman and Steve Mittleman, who is making his Riviera debut, beginning Monday, Jan. 1. Tickets are $19.95 for the 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. shows, call 702-794-9433.

Bednob delivers a barrage of improbable Bangladesh jokes. He is a former school counselor and sociology teacher, who moved to Los Angeles, not realizing his inept exterior and sharp wit would land him in major motion pictures, television sitcoms and on comedy club stages across America. He has opened for Diana Ross, The Beach Boys, Willie Nelson and Joan Rivers.

The famous Chippendales at the Rio will have new show times going into effect on Dec. 26. Show times will be 8 p.m. nightly except Wednesday with 10:30 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday.

The rumjungle nightclub at Mandalay Bay has unleashed two new entertainment nights - Xotic Mondays and Rumba Wednesdays. On Mondays, world-class deejays spin 80's rock, re-mix mash-ups, R&B and hip-hop. Rumba Wednesdays invites all to dance the night away to salsa, merengue, cumbia, bachata and a bit of Latin Rock music. Latin DJ Urbin and special guest deejays from Miami along with the famous rumjungle go-go dancers entertain.

Open seven days a week, rumjungle serves lunch from noon to 5 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The nightclub is open daily from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. For information, call 702-632-7408.

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