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Sunday, December 31, 2006 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
Trent Carlini 'The Dream King' Extended, CityCenter's Sales Pavilion Opens, 'Forever Plaid' Sets Closing Date, Wyrick Entertainment Complex Ready, Miss America Pageant Returns, "Simply Ballroom" Schedule Change, Josh Groban Headlines, New Year's Eve Chips Issued, Rascal Flatts Coming, Las Vegas' Tops Nightclubs, La Concha Motel Lobby Relocates, Celine Dion's Last Year, Neil Leifer Opens Gallery, Springs Preserve Launches In May, Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge Remains, More...


Jackie Brett
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The new live concert production "The Musical History of the King" starring Elvis impersonator Trent Carlini opened this weekend at the Sahara. Shows are at 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and ticket prices start at $49, call 702-737-2515.

Trent Carlini as Elvis

Carlini has signed a one-year deal for his musical show portraying the singing career of Elvis Presley. "The Musical History of The King" has songs from the '50s era when Presley's first big hits were on the radio, then from his movies, followed by his "comeback years" at the sold out Las Vegas concerts. A couple years ago, Carlini had a run with his show at the Las Vegas Hilton.

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The MGM Mirage will open CityCenter's 28,970-square-foot Residential Sales Pavilion to the public at 2 p.m. on Jan. 2. The Pavilion is located on the Strip between New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts with parking and the entrance situated on the west side of the building.

With the opening of the Pavilion, three of CityCenter's four residential developments will be released to the public for reservations: Vdara Condo Hotel, designed by RV Architecture LLC led by Rafael Vi¤oly; Veer Towers designed by Helmut Jahn; and The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, designed by KPF Architects. Residences at The Harmon, designed by Foster and Partners, will be released later in 2007.

The Pavilion will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and boast the most technologically advanced design capabilities available to give visitors an intimate understanding of CityCenter's approximately 2,700 luxury residences. The Pavilion will showcase full-scale models, unit locations, floor plans and the multitude of interior design options available.

CityCenter is MGM Mirage's $7 billion city-within-a-city that will open on the Las Vegas Strip in November 2009. It's the largest privately financed project in the history of North America and has been designed by seven of the world's foremost architects. CityCenter combines private residences, boutique hotels including Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, a resort casino and a retail and entertainment district into a single urban core.

The original play, "Forever Plaid - A Heavenly Musical Hit" will return to the Gold Coast on Feb. 6, and will close on April 1. Since opening at the Gold Coast in Jan. 2005, "Forever Plaid" has been a hit highlighting '50s and'60s music through a wholesome story with never-ending comedic banter.

Prior to opening at the Gold Coast, the Las Vegas production had a successful six-year run at the Flamingo from 1995 to 2001. The long-running off-Broadway revue featuring four bow-tied harmonizing young men has given over 4,000 performances in Las Vegas. It is the first "Forever Plaid" production to reach this many performances. "Forever Plaid" first opened in New York on May 20, 1990, and ran for more than four years.

Illusionist Steve Wyrick has announced that the Steve Wyrick Entertainment Complex inside the Aladdin/Planet Hollywood will open in early January. The multi-million dollar complex will house the Steve Wyrick Theatre, Magic Shoppe, and TRIQ Ultra Lounge.

The 33,000-square-foot four-level complex will encompass the 500-seat Steve Wyrick Theatre that will feature daily performances from renowned ventriloquist Ronn Lucas at 3 p.m., internationally recognized crooner Martin Nievera at 5 p.m., master illusionist "Steve Wyrick: Real Magic" at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and the one-man Broadway hit "Defending the Caveman" at 10:30 p.m.

After "Defending the Caveman" on Friday and Saturday nights, the entire complex will transform into the TRIQ Ultra Lounge, a four-level nightclub with the theatre stage serving as a dance floor. The new nightclub will feature an ultra modern atmosphere with a rich chocolate and warm red dec˘r, plush Italian furniture and cracked glass backlight. TRIQ will include a top-secret celebrity entrance and numerous VIP tables with a personal stripper pole and plush lounge seating with elevated views of the facility. There will be bottle service and attendees of the Wyrick's show will receive free entrance to TRIQ.

Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort, which was formerly the Hyatt, has opened the Marssa restaurant that used to be the Japengo eatery. The new dining establishment features a fresh mix of Osaka style cuisine and western flavors. Executive Sushi Chef Fuji has created a menu offering sample dishes that reflect his distinct approach to Pacific Rim cuisine served in the dining room or at the sushi bar. The restaurant also offers an extensive wine and sake list.

Over the holidays, Palace Station opened a completely redesigned Feast Buffet. The newly designed buffet features seating for 340 and five live action food stations including American, Asian, Italian bistro, South of the Border (Mexican) and traditional BBQ. The buffet's new look incorporates modern elements such as curvilinear silver and glass light fixtures with warm accents such as orange mosaic glass tiles and granite countertops. There's also lower pricing. Children between the ages of four and ten receive $1 off the regular price, and children three and under are free.

From Jan. 15 - 21, ENVY The Steakhouse in the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel will honor South American Cuisine with a food and wine pairing from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. each night. The cost for dinner and wines is $82; dinner only $67; and wines only $28, call 702-784-5716. In its second year of operation, ENVY has already received the prestigious Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its outstanding wine list.

The Miss America Pageant will return on Jan. 29 to the Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts for the second straight year and be broadcast again by CMT.

Due to increasing demand, the ballroom dancing production show "Simply Ballroom" appearing in the Golden Nugget's newly-renovated, 600-seat showroom has a new schedule for the new year. The dance show is being performed nightly at 8 p.m. and will have Tuesdays as the new dark days beginning Jan. 2. Starting Jan. 6, Saturday and Sunday matinee performances will be added. Tickets for the 3 p.m. performances start at $24.95.


Classical pop crooner Josh Groban will headline the MGM Grand Garden arena on April 7. Tickets are $65, $85 and $125.

The Imperial Palace has issued a limited edition New Year's $5 casino chip. The front of the chip shows a formally attired couple doing a step called a lunge as they dance a ballroom waltz. The flip side is a white-on-black illustration of the front exterior of the Imperial Palace.

Imperial Palace's New Year's Eve Chip

Tickets are on sale for the 2007 concert tour of Rascal Flatts "Me and My Gang." The concert will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on March 10, and feature Jason Aldean as the opening act. "Me and My Gang," is Rascal Flatts' newest album that debuted as No. 1 on the Nielsen's Soundscan Top 200 album chart and the country album chart.

Oxford Publishing, the publisher of "Nightclub & Bar Magazine," has announced the 2007 edition of the Editors Choice Top 100 Nightclub and Bars in the country. On the list,

Las Vegas leads with 14 nightclub outlets. In alphabetical order, the Sin City clubs include: Body English (Hard Rock), Cherry (Red Rock), ghostbar (Palms), JET Nightclub (The Mirage), Kahunaville (Treasure Island), Light Nightclub (Bellagio), The Playboy Club (Palms), PURE Nightclub (Caesars Palace), rumjungle (Mandalay Bay), Studio 54 (MGM Grand), Tabu Ultra Lounge (MGM Grand), Tangerine (Treasure Island), TAO Las Vegas (Venetian) and Tryst (Wynn Las Vegas). The Editors Choice list rates nightclubs and lounges all over the country on a variety of criteria, including popularity, originality, impact on the local and national scene, and creativity behind the outlet.

The Beatles REVOLUTION Ultra Lounge, the Fab Four-inspired watering hole, will hold a celebrity bash in celebration of its opening on Thursday, Jan. 18..

The annual Nightclub & Bar Convention will take place March 4-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This convention continues to grow and will have a boost in 2007 from the addition of two other conventions that are partnering for the first time: the International Las Vegas Restaurant Show and the Las Vegas Hospitality Expo.

Andrew Hewitt and Live Nation have been named as the official booking agents of The Pearl, a state-of-the-art concert theater currently under construction at The Palms that will open in the spring. The Pearl will provide the concert experience for a variety of music genres. Hewitt has booked acts such as the Rolling Stones, Madonna and U2.

The La Concha Motel lobby is being relocated to the Neon Boneyard on Las Vegas Boulevard North, next to Cashman Field. The lobby, designed by renowned architect Paul Revere Williams, will become the Neon Museum's visitors center, gallery and gift shop.

The Tabù Ultra Lounge at the MGM Grand will kick off the year with "it" - Industry at Tab£, a mid-week soiree every Wednesday night with a constant rotation of both local and national DJs. The January DJ line-up in order will be DJ Hope, Miss Lisa, ROB, Scooter and Bobby D & To Kool Chris.

Next December, Celine Dion will end her gig at Caesars Palace. Cher will move into the 4,000-seat Colosseum in the spring of 2008, followed by Bette Midler in the fall.

Over the holidays, longtime Caesars Palace pianist David Osborne performed during a farewell party for outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Osbourne has entertained presidents for the past five administrations and he performed at three White House holiday parties this year.

Disney's "High School Musical: The Concert" will stop at the Thomas & Mack Center on Jan. 28. Tickets range from $38.50 to $58.50.

The Adult Video News Awards Show will be at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Jan. 13 and tickets are available to the general public for $107 to $240.

Famed photographer Neil Leifer, who has taken thousands of pictures since his career began in the late 1950s, opened his only permanent gallery at Caesars Palace in the Augustus Tower. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and admission is free.

For years, Leifer was a staff photographer at "Sports Illustrated" and many of his boxing assignments took him to Caesars Palace, starting in the early 1960s. In the late 1970s, he went to work at "Time" magazine. For the past 10 years, Leifer has done occasional shoos for "Sports Illustrated," including a yearlong assignment last year in which he revisited the sports events of his youth. The photos make up a collection in his latest book, "A Year in Sorts."

The Nevada State Museum and Historical Society funded by a $35 million bond measure will move less than two miles from its current location in Lorenzi Park to the new Springs Preserve, which is Las Vegas Valley Water District land near U.S. Highway 95 and Valley View Boulevard. The 180-acre $250 million Springs Preserve will open in May and the new state museum will be completed about a year later. At 69,000 square feet, the museum will have nearly twice as much exhibit space.

The Springs Preserve will feature galleries on Southern Nevada's geology and its ancient and more recent history spanning American Indian life, the railroad and Hoover Dam.

The preserve will also highlight the environmentally friendly Desert Living Center, botanical gardens, a live animal exhibit, amphitheaters, concert venues, a restaurant, playground and eventually an interpretative trail system winding through the site.

Tournament officials have confirmed that the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge, hosted for the past 10 years at Lake Las Vegas Resort, will be officially sanctioned by the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, and Champions Tour through 2012. In the 15-year history of the event, more than $23 million has been raised for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

The Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge is the only professional golf tournament that pits three players from the PGA, LPGA and Champions Tours against each other in competitive, head-to-head threesomes for Tour bragging rights. Each threesome consists of one player from each tour competing in two separate, nine-hole stroke play matches.

In addition, the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge has signed a new three-year promotional agreement with The Golf Channel. The new agreement, extending through 2008, features a tournament Preview Show, Review Show and two 30-minute Big Break Clinic Shows each contract year.

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