Monthly Archives: July 2009

‘Entourage’ Star Jeremy Piven to Host WWE Raw with Shaquille O’Neal

WWE reports that Emmy-winning Entourage star Jeremy Piven is set to host the August 3rd episode of Monday Night RAW from Connecticut.  Piven, who plays Hollywood agent Ari Gold on the HBO series, will share hosting duties with NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal. Each week, celebrities from the world of sports, television, music, and film host Monday Night Raw, which airs live episodes each week at 9 p.m. on the USA Network.JeremyPiven

Other than Piven and O’Neal, WWE is still considering booking wrestlers as guest hosts, with Dusty Rhodes lined up as a possible host and The Godfather confirmed for the upcoming Las Vegas show. 

WWE stated that its primary focus for getting the Entourage star is to use its entertainment/media relations department to grab recognizable celebrities for the ongoing hosting angle.

Piven is also set to star in an upcoming comedy flick The Goods: Live Hard Sell Hard which comes to theaters on August 14.

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Bikini Blackjack Offers Las Vegas Eye Candy to Boost Revenue

There is now an added incentive to want to double-down in Las Vegas.  Everywhere you turn,  more and more Las Vegas casinos are changing out their neatly dressed dealers, replacing with scantily clad ones to boost revenues.  For one, the Stratosphere is bringing gambling outdoors for the summer, featuring bikini-clad blackjack dealers who are overseeing a gambling pit on the resort’s eighth-floor pool deck. bikiniblackjack

The pit with the mostest is available for customers from noon to 7 p.m. Fridays through Sundays during the summer months.  Eye tests are free. 

The Stratosphere recently completed a renovation of its pool area, including its swimming pool, by adding a hot tub and upgraded cabanas.

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V Bar at the Venetian in Las Vegas Starts Three New Events

The V Bar located inside the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas starts three new events in their Ultra Lounge:  Willing Wednesdays, Open Spin Thursdays and Evolution Sundays.  

In addition to the TAO Beach already operating their Beach Party on Sunday afternoons, these new events are designed to aid the Venetian attract a greater weekend party crowd. 

V Bar has been twice voted the best Las Vegas hotel bar by users of CitySearch.Com.  Virtually no entry lines and no entry lists are plusses for their entertainment offering. 

NetworkingVegas.Com is sponsoring Willing Wednesdays, a business mixer with the likes of Spearmint Rhino Ladies to corporate lawyers attending. With one of the hottest DJ/VJ’s in Las Vegas, Freddie B will be spinning the music. 

With a new twist and a chance for up-and-coming DJs to have a chance at stardom, V Bar will host Open Spin Thursdays. Resident DJ Andrew B along with special guest DJ’s will be giving up-and-coming DJs a chance to show their spinning skills on the first Thursday of every month. 

Ark Vegas venues Latin Nights offerings are such a hit, they decided to extend it to a late night party on Sundays at V Bar. MAS Entertainment provides hot DJ’s spinning the latest Electronic mash-ups, Pop and Rock sounds. 

The party begins at 10 p.m. all three nights. Please contact Ark Vegas at ArkVegas.Com for more information.

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Camelot Selects Las Vegas for New Film Studio Complex

Camelot Entertainment Group, Inc. has selected Las Vegas as the site for its next studio project. Negotiations for the acquisition of the proposed studio site are underway. Further details are expected to be released during this quarter. 

“Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world,” Camelot Chairman Robert Atwell stated. “It already is one of the top states in film and television production activity. We feel it is the perfect place to build a modern, state of the art, major studio complex.” 

Camelot Entertainment Group, Inc. has three major divisions: Camelot Film Group, Camelot Studio Group and Camelot Production Services Group.

Camelot is building a different kind of motion picture studio infrastructure by redefining the development, financing, production, and distribution process.

For information about Camelot Entertainment Group, Inc., please visit www.camelotfilms.com

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Millionaire Matchmaker Plans Las Vegas Wedding

Many people get a vicarious thrill from watching reality show host Patty Stanger work her magic on super-rich men, matching them with a bevy of eligible ladies.   Now, the Millionaire Matchmaker is getting her own turn at love and wedding planning – Stanger is engaged, Usmagazine.com reports. PattiStanger

The 48-year-old received a proposal from her boyfriend, real estate executive Andy Friedman, while the two were vacationing in Hawaii.

According to the website, a black swan named Raymond delivered the 4-carat engagement ring on Stanger’s birthday.

The host of the popular Bravo matchmaking show said that she and her fiancé are still deciding where to wed, but she’s partial to a destination wedding in Las Vegas in 2010.

“I want to elope, and he wants a big wedding. I’m like, ‘Let’s go to Vegas!'” Stanger told Usmagazine.com.

Stanger founded the Millionaire’s Club in Beverly Hills in 2000 as a way to find partners for extremely wealthy men. On her reality show, part of the fun is that she gives the men makeovers (both physically and emotionally) before they are considered “date-ready.”

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Crime Scene Tourism Sprouts in Las Vegas

Crime Scene Tourism is on its way to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.    

The upcoming attraction, “CSI:  The Experience,” is based on the popular CSI television series and is licensed by CBS Products, which also licensed the now defunct “Star Trek:  The Experience” exhibit at the Las Vegas Hilton. 

Not only are the myriad CSI series among the most popular programs on television, the original version of the show is set in Las Vegas.  It was also created, written and co-produced by Las Vegan Anthony Zuiker. 

The exhibit is expected to open this summer, with tickets priced at $30.

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Dance in the Desert Festival in Las Vegas

The 11th annual Dance in the Desert Festival is coming to Las Vegas.  The roster includes local and visiting dance artists presenting cutting edge choreography and stirring works to delight every dance aficionado.

In 1999 the first annual Las Vegas Dance in the Desert Festival was co-founded and co-directed by Kyla Quintero and Kelly Roth, with the ambition to restore dance to a primary position in the artistic life of the city of Las Vegas. The Festival offers a broad spectrum of choreographic visions and approaches, from expressionism to post-modernism to neo-romanticism, and a diverse selection of genres drawing on traditions from Africa, Europe, and American original and hybrid forms, featuring companies from around the world, across the United States, neighboring states of California and Arizona, as well as Nevada’s own exceptional talent.

Participants tentatively scheduled to appear in this year’s festival include: Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre, Metropolitan Ballet Company, and Moving Arts Dance from California; Desert Dance Theatre, Junk Funk, and Canyon Movement Company from Arizona; Solaris Dance Theater;  Catherine Schaeffer from Georgia; Matthew Farmer from Michigan; Cathy Allen, Freedom Dance Company, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater, Kravenko Youth Ballet, Debra Lacey Teresa Martinez, Ballet Mink Colbert, Petrina Olson, Cooper Rust, Westwood and Dancers, Concert Dance Company, CSN Dance Ensemble, and Kelly Roth & Dancers– all from Las Vegas.

The Dance in the Desert Festival is on July 31 at 7:30 p.m. and August 1 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre, located on the CSN Cheyenne Campus in North Las Vegas.  Prices are $10 for general admission; $8 for seniors/students.

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Hard Rock Café in Las Vegas Starts Huge Job Fair Today

The Hard Rock Cafe is preparing to open its new Las Vegas Strip location and it’s looking for workers- lots of them. 

It is holding a nine day job fair to fill about 500 positions. The job fair starts Tuesday, July 28 and ends at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 5. The fair will be at the Las Vegas Hilton from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. 

Candidates must bring a valid government issued ID, state issued health card and any other documentation pertaining to the position being applying for.

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Michael Jackson Used Drugs like Alarm Clock, Las Vegas Doc Offices Raided

A large and ever growing crowd of media has gathered this morning outside the Las Vegas office and home of Dr. Conrad Murray.  Multiple officers from the DEA and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department have entered his offices and his home at approximately 9 a.m. (PT) – and few officers have come out.  Dr. Murray appears to be cooperating with the officers. 

Though final toxicology and autopsy reports are pending later this week, the case is ramping up against Dr. Conrad Murray, the personal doctor of Michael Jackson who gave the King of Pop a powerful drug on the day he died on June 25 at his rented Holmby Hills mansion in Los Angeles. 

On Monday, The Associated Press reported that Dr. Murray, administered a dose of the powerful anesthetic Diprivan, the drug authorities believe killed the singer. 

Dr. Murray, who has since closed his Las Vegas medical practice, has received numerous death threats and reportedly remains cloistered in his sprawling Red Rock Country Club estate in Las Vegas. 

Found inside Jackson’s rented mansion upon his death was a bedroom outfitted with many oxygen tanks and an IV drip.  Another of his bedrooms was left in shambles, with clothes and other items strewn about and handwritten notes on the walls.  One read: “children are sweet and innocent.”   In a security guard’s shack, 15 oxygen tanks were found. 

TMZ reported that during an interview with police two days after Jackson’s death, Murray himself told Los Angeles Police Department detectives that he had given the intravenously administered drug to his client just hours before his passing. Citing unnamed multiple law enforcement sources, the site claims that Murray allegedly hooked Jackson up to an IV drip of the drug — typically used for sedation during medical procedures in doctor’s offices or hospitals — and apparently either wasn’t paying attention, fell asleep or left the room when the singer’s heart stopped beating. 

TMZ also reported that there was no EKG machine or pulse oximeter found in Jackson’s home, though those machines are always used in a hospital setting to monitor the pulse of a patient being administered Propofol (also known as Diprivan). 

Last week officials carted away evidence from the doctor’s Houston office and a nearby storage locker in connection with their manslaughter probe. 

In the days after Jackson’s death, his nurse/nutritionist Cherilyn Lee also said Jackson was desperately seeking Diprivan in the weeks before his death, despite the dangers of the drug. Lee was also subpoenaed to hand over medical documents regarding Jackson, however she is not a suspect in Jackson’s death. 

Meanwhile, the offices of dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein — Jackson’s friend and the rumored biological father of Jackson’s two eldest children — was also asked to hand over medical records. 

The investigation has been made more complex by the fact that Jackson often used aliases when procuring prescriptions. 

Dr. Zeev Kain, who heads the anesthesiology department of the University of California, Irvine Medical Center, said he has never encountered a situation in which propofol was given in a home to help someone sleep, adding that such a situation would constitute malpractice. 

Should the Jackson investigation officially turn into a manslaughter case — no charges have been filed to date — prosecutors would have to provide clear evidence that his doctor, or other health care providers, acted in a reckless or negligent manner, thereby causing the singer’s death. 

Dr. Murray, who has already been identified in court papers as the subject of a manslaughter investigation, confessed he likes “being in the limelight, meeting all the celebrities,” and also has left a trail of legal and financial troubles amounting to a liability of about $450,000 during his 10 years in Las Vegas.  Two other pending lawsuits seek additional judgments totaling more than $366,000. 

Reportedly, Dr. Murray was charging $150,000 a month for being the personal physician concierge to Jackson.

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Eva Longoria Brings Beso Restaurant to Las Vegas

The City Center in Las Vegas is in full development and Las Vegas is pulling in Hollywood’s hottest entrepreneur, Eva Longoria to bring her favorite culinary delights. EvaLangoria

With the success of her Hollywood restaurant Beso, Eva will be bringing it to the Las Vegas Strip inside Crystals, CityCenter’s planned retail and entertainment district

Last week, Eva took some time off of her hit TV show Desperate Housewives and headed to Las Vegas to meet with Bobby Baldwin, CityCenter’s President and CEO; and Frank Visconti, President of Crystals at CityCenter, to discuss the highly anticipated Las Vegas debut of her famed restaurant and nightclub, Beso Las Vegas

Beso will take a Latin approach to classic steakhouse cuisine, featuring an eclectic and contemporary dinner menu for which Eva shares her own recipes. Since Beso’s Hollywood grand opening in 2008, it has become the stomping ground for Hollywood stars attracting such names as David Beckham, Justin Timberlake, Zac Efron, among others.

Located at the forefront of CityCenter, Crystals will combine dramatic architecture with exclusive offerings from the world’s most elite brands to become a key Las Vegas shopping destination.  Large-format luxury retailers Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Prada, Christian Dior will be among its brands. Additional retailers will include Tom Ford, Miu Miu, Paul Smith, Porsche Design among others.

Looks like Hollywood will be finding a new home in Sin City this December.

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Government Agencies Shun Las Vegas

With agencies like the FBI moving conferences out of destinations like Las Vegas, the U.S. Travel Association recent release of a comprehensive study of the ROI of business travel couldn’t come at a better time.

It’s not just corporate meeting planners that are afraid to hold events in beach, resort or entertainment destinations. Now government agencies are saying that both formal and informal policies have them avoiding destinations like Las Vegas and Orlando, FL., to avoid any criticism that their business meetings are really junkets.

“What’s going on is a lot of fear in the marketplace,” says Geoff Freeman, senior vice president of public affairs of the U.S. Travel Association (USTA). “That started in the corporate world and has shifted to government agencies. Folks from different agencies are admitting this is going on.”

It has gotten so bad, Freeman adds, that planners arranging meeting for government agencies “are willing to spend more money—taxpayer money—to avoid the perception of wastefulness.” Among those who agree is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), whose state relies upon Las Vegas as a major economic engine.

Noting that the director of the FBI recently ordered an agency conference relocated away from Las Vegas because it is a “vacation and leisure destination” as well as “an unmatched location for conducting business in terms of cost and availability of convention and related space,” Sen. Reid recently wrote to Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, asking for his “assistance to reverse the current informal federal policy which prohibits and/or discourages government meetings and conferences in Las Vegas and other cities on the basis that they are too leisure oriented to be awarded such business.”

Last week came the reply from White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel: Viva Las Vegas! 

The federal government has no business forbidding government meetings and conferences from taking place in communities “known for attracting vacationers,” Emanuel wrote. “For me, the test of government travel is what will be accomplished by that travel and whether the cost to the government is reasonable as opposed to other options.”

No word on how the “what happens/stays” formulation might be affected by the federal Freedom of Information Act.

“What’s really going on here is most people don’t think other people’s meetings are necessary,” says Freeman. “We must fight that as an industry.”

So far, he adds, the meetings, incentive, conventions and events (MICE) industry has failed to present the business case or defend the value of meetings and conventions. To that end, on July 28, the USTA will unveil a comprehensive study on the ROI of business travel—the quantifiable impact of business travel on business bottom lines.

But that’s only one step, Freeman warns. The MICE industry must continue along that path by continually making this point to the government, to the media, to business executives and to the general public if the message is to get through.

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Shock Rocker Marilyn Manson Craves New Las Vegas Gig

Shock rocker Marilyn Manson may have been out of the spotlight for the past few years but he will take center stage at The Joint next month. Manson, 40, whose real name is Brian Warner, will appear at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on August 21. MarilynManson

The controversial actor-musician, who was once both married to burlesque star Dita Von Teese and engaged to actress Rose McGowan, is best known for his 1996 hit, “Beautiful People,” from his second and controversial major release, “Antichrist Superstar.”

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140 Teams Converge in Las Vegas for National Softball Tournament Today

110-degree temperatures and sweltering humidity doesn’t phase a field of 140 fastpitch softball teams from around the United States, including five from Las Vegas, that begin play today at Majestic Park in Las Vegas in the USA/ASA 18-under Class A national tournament.  Nearly every state is represented. 

It’s such a high-demand and competitive tournament that Las Vegas won’t be permitted to bid on hosting the tournament again for seven years. 

Each team will play two pool games today and Tuesday with a double-elimination bracket play starting Wednesday.  Games begin at 8 a.m. daily.  Tournament concludes Sunday.

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Sammy Hagar to Open New Cabo Wabo Cantina in Las Vegas

Sammy Hagar will open a new Cabo Wabo Cantina on the Las Vegas Strip this fall.  Planet Hollywood Casino & Hotel will be the new home for the Red Rocker’s famous Cantina, replacing Trader Vic’s in the Miracle Mile shops. SammyHagar

Hagar plans to bring a 15,000 square foot, split-level bar, nightclub and restaurant combination, uniquely styled after the original located in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  Just as his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo helped transform the city from a tired, Mexican desert town to the most popular tourist attraction in Mexico, Hagar hopes to bring the same hard-rocking, laid-back style to this new Las Vegas venue. 

Cabo Wabo will feature a coastal Mexican menu along side live music in an ‘all-day, all-night party’ that promises it won’t break your wallet. The spirit menu will be centered around Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Tequila, with ‘Caboritas’ and ‘Cabo Bombas’ as far as the eye can see. Contemporarily-enlightened Mexican seafood dishes will highlight the dining menu including lobster burritos and shrimp enchiladas. 

“I am ecstatic to finally introduce Las Vegas to the Cabo Wabo lifestyle,” says Cabo Wabo founder Sammy Hagar. “The cantina’s fun-loving, fiesta atmosphere will bring a rock and roll vibe to the heart of the Strip like people have never seen before. We are going to rock the Vegas Strip!” Look for Sammy’s new band Chickenfoot, with Michael Anthony from Van Halen, hanging out and regular jamming in the venue.

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Hard Rock to Open New Café in Las Vegas

Hard Rock International will open a new 41,000-square foot flagship cafe in Las Vegas. The new Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas will be located on the Las Vegas Strip, dominating the new Showcase Mall development. The existing, smaller Las Vegas cafe located on Paradise Road at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino should benefit from the increased development in the area, including the planned expansion of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino complex.

“The Las Vegas Strip location can best be compared to New York when we moved the Hard Rock Cafe New York from 57th Street to Times Square, where we have tripled sales, and Boston, where we recently relocated the cafe to the Fanueil Hall area and enjoyed incredible success,” said Hamish Dodds, president and CEO, Hard Rock International. “Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world, and there is no better location than our new home on ‘The Strip.'”

Scheduled to open in summer 2009, the new Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas plans to be one of the city’s premier dining and entertainment destinations, with three floors and more than 41,000-square feet of space, including a 700-seat restaurant, live concert venue and Hard Rock’s largest Rock Shop. In addition to a state-of-the-art facility, the cafe will also feature rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia from Hard Rock’s unmatched collection. The Showcase Mall Phase III is being developed by City Center Retail, LLC, a San Francisco-based development company, and Angelo Gordon & Co., a New York-based investment firm.

As guests approach the new Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas, the first sight to grab their attention will be a larger-than-life guitar on the exterior of the building, reaching more than three stories tall. Upon entry, the first level of the new Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas will include a 3,364-square-foot Rock Shop featuring the brand’s iconic merchandise. The second level will boast a rockin’ bar and main dining area with more than 7,000-square-feet of space, as well as a 1,642-square-foot outdoor dining area with a deck overlooking the sights of the city. The third floor will include a live music area for concerts and special events, and will also be used for banquets, corporate events and more, and another main bar area.

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Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman’s 70th Birthday Party

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman will celebrate his 70th birthday in grand style on Friday evening, July 31 with a public birthday gala street party on Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas. OscarGoodmanbirthday
 
“It’ll be a blast!” Goodman said, whose enroute to completing his third and final four-year term as mayor. “I’m inviting everyone to leave their worries behind and join me for a one-of-a-kind evening that will benefit three local charities.  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than to share it with the citizens of fabulous Las Vegas!”
 
Mayor Goodman’s 70th Birthday Celebration will be a Fremont Street Experience “street party” at the First Street Stage plaza next to Golden Nugget from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, July 31.  There will be special entertainment and appearances from performers throughout Las Vegas and a ceremony on stage with Mayor Goodman will take place from 8:30-9 p.m.  Admission is a $20 donation and will be sold at the entrance gate. 
 
Charities will receive 100 percent of money donated with funds raised going to Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Opportunity Village and Three Square.
 
Bombay Sapphire Gin, the Mayor’s gin of choice, will be the drink of choice at Goodman’s 70th birthday party.  In celebration of the occasion, special “Good-Man Martinis” will be served inside the party on Fremont Street Experience.  With the $20 charitable donation, street party participants will receive two “Good-Man Martinis” or other gin mixed drinks made with Bombay Sapphire, plus a commemorative T-shirt and button.
 
Fremont Street Experience is producing a special tribute to Mayor Goodman that will play during the ceremony on Viva Vision, arguably the world’s largest video screen.

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Burners Circle Mutant Wagons in Las Vegas

As a prelude to the huge Burning Man event in Black Rock City in Nevada on August 31 through September 7, the Southern Nevada burners on the First Friday event on August 7 in Las Vegas will be setting up their wild and crazy mutant vehicles that they’ve designed and built to cruise the dusty and scorching playa during Burning Man. mutantvehicle

They are planning to set up their tricked out cars in a circle on Casino Center between Colorado and California.  Then, in the inner circle, local artists will be hooping and poi spinning. 

Despite a down economy, an estimated 48,000 people are anticipated to participate in this year’s Burning Man.  The annual art event is all about the power of community, and to celebrate shared values of radical self-expression and self-reliance through art activities.   Participants express and relying on themselves to a degree that is not normally encountered in one’s day-to-day life. 

As a by-product, one can only hope that Whirlygig, the First Friday organizer, will get a much needed boost to bolster their sagging revenue.

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Ludacris to Perform Free Show in Las Vegas

In a special promotion with Miller Lite, the Palms Casino Resort and N9NE Group in Las Vega, hip-hop superstar and R&B favorite Ludacris will perform a special concert at the Palms Pool & Bungalows Friday, August 21 at 8 p.m. Complimentary tickets will be given away with specially marked packaging of 18-packs of Miller Lite. Ludacris

Grammy award-winning artist Chris “Ludacris” Bridges remains one of the top visionaries of the hip-hop world. His latest album Theater Of The Mind (2008) continues to push the Atlanta-based entertainer to the top of the charts. His latest venture is a collaboration album with Disturbing Tha Peace member Shawnna called Battle of the Sexes (due out Summer 2009).

In addition to his success as a rapper, Ludacris’ acting career remains strong with appearances on the NBC drama Law and Order SVU, the Oscar-winning big screen film Crash, the independent sensation Hustle & Flow and 2008’s Max Payne and Rocknrolla. 

Beginning Friday, July 24, 2009 through August 20, 2009 or while supplies last concert goers can stop at any Food 4 Less, 7Eleven, Rebel, Green Valley Grocery or wherever you buy beer and look for specially marked 18-packs of Miller Lite to acquire a sticker redeemable for one free ticket to the concert. The consumer will then take the sticker, along with the receipt showing proof of purchase, to The Pearl Box Office between the hours of noon and 7:00 p.m. to receive their tickets. 

For more information, as well as a list of retail locations to purchase specially marked 18-packs of Miller Lite, please visit www.palms.com.

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Michael Jackson’s Music to be Celebrated in Las Vegas ‘Birthday’ Performance

For one performance only, Las Vegas ’ top entertainers will come together for a special performance Las Vegas Celebrates the Music of Michael Jackson on Saturday, August 29, 2009, at 3 p.m. from The Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. 

6W Entertainment in partnership with VegasHappensHere.com will present this multi-artist production celebrating the many hits of The King of Pop, entertainers including cast members of Jersey Boys, Lion King, Peepshow and Phantom:  The Las Vegas Spectacular will perform the hits of the Jackson songbook, all in celebration of what would have been the entertainer’s 51st birthday. This unique show will also include video montages throughout from those who knew Michael or were inspired by his work. The multi-faceted acts will be backed by a 10-piece band comprised of musicians led by Las Vegas ’ own Joey Melotti. Additional performers and event details will be announced in coming weeks. 

This special event will commemorate and celebrate Jackson ’s life while raising funds to help kids across the U.S. and right here in Nevada keep music alive in the schools.  All proceeds from ticket sales of this event will benefit Music Education programming in Clark County Public Schools. 

“I can’t think of a better way to pay tribute to the person who inspired me and a whole generation of performers. This event helps keep the music of Michael Jackson alive, while raising money to make sure music education stays alive in schools in our community,” said show host and co-producer Erich Bergen.  

Tickets for Las Vegas Celebrates Michael Jackson go on-sale Saturday, July 25, 2009, at noon. Ticket prices are $29, $54, $79, $104 & $129, plus applicable box office fees.  A VIP package is available for $504 and includes VIP seating, admission to the exclusive after party with the cast, gift bag and limited edition autographed poster. Please visit any Ticketmaster location, call 1-800-745-3000, visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.livenation.com to purchase tickets. The Pearl Box Office is open from noon – 7 p.m. daily. Doors will open at 2 p.m. and show time is 3 p.m. 

For more information about this event, please visit www.vegaslovesmj.com.

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Final Table Revealed for World Series of Poker in Las Vegas

The original field of World Series of Poker (WSOP) began with 6,494 competitors.  Now, after nearly 11 hours of play in the Rio’s convention pavilion, the nine-player final table is set for the World Series of Poker’s $10,000 no-limit hold ‘em world championship.  

The final table, a mixed bag of experienced poker professionals and amateurs ranging in age from 21 to 51, are now on a four-month break. 

The World Series of Poker resumes November 7, this time inside the Rio’s Penn & Teller Theater.  The nine players will compete until a heads-up table of two is reached.  The pair will come back November 9 and play for the title.  ESPN will broadcast it the next evening. 

The chip leader going forward is Darvin Moon, a logger from Cleveland, Md.. The other eight players in the final table are Eric Buchman of Valley Stream, N.Y., former Bear Stearns executive Steven Begleiter of Chappaqua, N.Y., Card Player magazine editor Jeff Shulman of Las Vegas, Joseph Cada of Shelby Township, Mich., Kevin Schaffel, Coral Springs, Fla., Antoine Saout of France, standout poker player Phil Ivey of Las Vegas and James Akenhead of London.

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Roethlisberger: Rape Claims “Outrageous”

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said a Nevada woman’s claims of sexual assault are “reckless” and “outrageous” and said he would fight the civil lawsuit filed in Washoe County. BenRoethlisberger

“I would never, ever force myself on a woman,” he said during a Steelers practice Thursday. 

Roethlisberger’s accuser, 31-year-old Andrea McNulty, also claimed she was pressured by Harrah’s co-workers to drop her case. 

The casino company denied those claims in a statement released to the Web site TMZ.com

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‘Mafia Princess’ Plans Las Vegas Museum

Former mob lawyer and now Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman has added competition for his planned $50 million downtown mob museum.  It comes from none other than the daughter of murdered Chicago mob chief Sam Giancana, Antoinette Giancana, who is also now planning a mob shrine. 

Giancana, 74, was in Las Vegas over the weekend at Capo’s restaurant on Sahara Ave. for a meeting with backers of the proposed museum, Las Vegas investors Jay Bloom and Charlie Sandefur, who reportedly are in negotiations with Las Vegas Strip properties for their joint business venture. AntoinetteGiancana

She’s moving to Las Vegas this summer to take a hands-on role in the project and is excited about “following in the shadow of [her dad’s] footsteps.” 

Her father controlled the Chicago mob in the late 1950s and 1960s and was killed at his Chicago home on June 19, 1975, four days before her birthday. 

Some say Las Vegas hit man Tony Spilotro was the top suspect for her father’s death, but she is convinced the culprits were the CIA.   

In 1984 Giancana wrote a book titled “Mafia Princess,” that was a made-for-TV movie in 1986, starring Susan Lucci as Giancana and Tony Curtis – currently a Henderson, Nevada resident – playing her father. 

Then, in 2005, she co-wrote the book, “JFK and Sam:  The Connection Between the Giancana and Kennedy Assassinations,” which made the case that her father ordered the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. 

The exhibit is “going to be a first,” Giancana said.  Bloom, she said, is “bringing in millions of dollars [worth of stuff] from various [crime] families that have never, ever been seen” by the public.

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Lose Your Clothes; Join Pajama Parties in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is all about being kitschy- dancing like no one is watching you.  Now you can translate that rhetoric into reality by joining in on a unique Pajama Party like no other.pajamaparties

Don your cutest nightie, feetsie pajamas, or wear your best Hugh Hefner robe and go bar hopping at many of the hottest clubs in Las Vegas, arriving with no pain on a luxury bus.  Imagine partying without the hassles of waiting in long nightclub lines, avoiding driving the Strip- and without the risk getting a DUI.  

Life can’t get better than that. 

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Starbucks to ‘Barbucks’?

Today, some Starbuck lattes will take on a whole new distinctive flavor offering- – brewskies and wine.  

Adding to the intrigue, their distinctive logo is also being dropped- and even their name. 

Three Seattle Starbuck stores are closing today and being rebranded as “15th Avenue Coffee & Tea,” in an effort to give their profits a boost in a tepid economy, according to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. 

The haute coffee general is attempting to use these pilot stores as a means to craft methods to get closer to their dwindling customer base.  More than just offering liquor options, they are also expanding their service mix to include art events and poetry reading.  Anything goes to bring in the business.

It’s anticipated that if this pilot test is successful, Starbucks around the U.S. will soon take on a whole new look and feel.

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Father & Daughter Tillis Duo Performs in Las Vegas

Pam Tillis, 52, daughter to country music legend Mel Tillis, didn’t always think that country music was cool.  In fact, she went the opposite way, preferring to sing pop rock and R&B with her jazz band in San Francisco in the 1980s.  

As her songwriting career advanced, her country roots were rediscovered.  Now, to her credit, she has sold a few million records and had several No. 1 hits, and won a couple of Grammy’s and a few Country Music Awards. 

Rarely does she perform with her legendary father, but this Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Cannery in North Las Vegas will be one of those memorable gigs. pammeltillis

“Whenever somebody can afford both of us we’ll work together,” Pam Tillis says.  “We enjoy it but it’s a little different front when I’m out on my own and don’t play second banana.  We hit the highlights.  Between us we have 50 years of hits.”

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J.P. Losman to be Face of UFL Football in Las Vegas

It’s just J.P. Losman– he had a 62.3 quarterback rating last year, a statistic in which he’s actually managed to get worse with every year he’s been in the league — but, nevertheless, this could be a significant moment for the UFL and for Las Vegas.  Losman has put pen to paper and officially become a member of the Las Vegas franchise on a one-year contract. JPLosman

Unless Michael Vick signs, Losman is probably the UFL’s marquee player. That may sound sort of like being named the coolest guy camping out in line for Star Wars tickets, but everybody’s got to find a home somewhere. At the end of the day, J.P. Losman is still getting paid to play professional football, and that’s still pretty sweet. 

Jim Fassel, the coach in Vegas, seems pretty psyched about the move. 

“Listen, if he’d have went back to the NFL and sat on the bench this year, then he’d have been no better off next year. Whatever anybody thought about him, they’d still say the same thing. Nothing would’ve changed. Instead, you go in this league and you play. The risk you take is you don’t play well. But if you’re an aggressive person, you say ‘I’m going to play well, people are going to see me, and maybe I can erase some of those negatives that were in the past, and a lot of people will say, wow, look at him play now. He’s a new guy.'” 

The UFL’s inaugural season will last six games and conclude on Thanksgiving weekend. Say Losman plays well over those six games, and an NFL team is looking for someone to fill in for an injured or ineffective quarterback, then Losman could look pretty good, or at least less rusty than someone who’s been doing nothing since last season. 

And if Losman doesn’t play well, then he probably ends up sitting at home, unemployed, which would leave him exactly where he was when he started. So why not take a chance, get coached up by Jim Fassel, and learn by playing, rather than sitting?

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Blink 182 Kicks Off Reunion Tour in Las Vegas

It’s been four years since Blink 182’s extended hiatus, but now the time is ripe, according to singer and guitarist Tom DeLonge, bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker to breathe new life into Blink 182 and kick off their reunion tour in Las Vegas.Blink182

Possible talks of a new tour occurred at the 51st annual Grammy Awards in February, and now, five months later, Blink 182 is back.  The band has already started a new album and spent three months preparing for a 52-date reunion tour, which kicks off this week with back-to-back nights at The Joint this Thursday and Friday at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas.

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Michael Jackson Breaking News

Feverishly following up on leads, eight Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) vehicles arrived this morning looking for Michael Jackson medical records at the offices Armstrong Medical Clinic in Houston, one of the clinics used by Michael Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, who performed CPR on the pop star just before he died.  Two LAPD detectives also arrived on scene along with uniformed members of the Houston Police Department and 10 members of the DEA’s Tactical Diversion Team. There were another dozen or so DEA agents on hand. 

The law enforcement agents, armed with a search warrant, entered the property and began going through the property.

The LAPD asked the DEA for help in serving the warrant on the Armstrong Medical Clinic in Houston. The warrant is sealed. 

Murray, who has a medical practice in Las Vegas, since closed, is also licensed to practice in California, and is one of the central figures in a widening dragnet of physicians and personnel at medical facilities, based on results being uncovered from Jackson’s autopsy. 

With results from Michael Jackson’s second autopsy now in, the findings are no different from what the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office found, E! News reports. Both procedures revealed needle marks and traces of a potentially lethal amount of Propofol, an anesthetic administered via IV that leaves people in a largely comatose state, in the self-proclaimed King of Pop’s system. 

The private autopsy was performed June 27, two days after Jackson died and the day following the coroner’s examination of the body. 

Meanwhile, it has been learned that Jackson could have a secret fourth child according to reports. It has been alleged that Norwegian dancer Omer Bhatti is seeking a DNA test to see if he is in fact the son of the legendry King of Pop. 

The Sun newspaper has reported that Jackson told friends that Bhatti, looking strikingly similar to Jackson, was born after a one night stand in 1984 and the 25 year old is now said to be seeking whether Jackson is indeed his biological father. 

Katherine Jackson has formally filed a petition with the court to be appointed as administrator of her son Michael Jackson’s estate. She is petitioning under the Independent Administrations Estate Act. 

Court papers surfaced Wednesday and were filed in the matter by both Katherine and Joe Jackson, but only Katherine is requesting to be placed in charge of Michael Jackson’s estate. 

A hearing is set for August 3rd, to determine who will be executor of Jackson’s estate. 

Sony Pictures is also in the midst of finalizing a deal to acquire rehearsal footage from Michael Jackson’s This Is It concert run, with hopes of releasing it in theaters just in time for Halloween, according to Variety magazine. 

Sony is reportedly paying close to $60 million for the 80 hours of rehearsal footage shot at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The footage is currently owned by AEG Entertainment, who were promoting Jackson’s run of 50 shows at London’s O2 Arena. 

Finally, Las Vegas is being mentioned as an option as opposition grows to having Jackson’s Neverland Ranch turned into a Graceland-like memorial.  Bob Field, former Santa Ynez Valley Planning Advisory Committee chairman, is proposing that Neverland Ranch be dismantled and moved to Las Vegas.

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The Big Green Bus Rolls Into The Springs Preserve in Las Vegas

The Big Green Bus from Dartmouth College will be rolling into The Springs Preserve on Thursday, July 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. to present a unique “go green” educational opportunity. 

Fifteen students from the college are traveling across the United States to teach people about climate changes and how to practice environmental conservation at home and at work. 

The Big Green Bus itself has been converted to run on waste vegetable oil, such as leftover french fry grease. The tour of the bus and “green” presentation are free to the public. 

For more information, visit www.thebiggreenbus.org

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Batting Gorgeous Eyelashes Becomes Fashionable Trend in Las Vegas

It’s no secret that smoldering glances and flirtatious flutters lose a lot of firepower when your eyelashes are on the floor. That’s one reason Latisse, the first, FDA-approved, prescription treatment for growing longer, thicker eyelashes has created such a whirlwind.  The other reason?  Our stifling economy. Latisse

Many have probably heard of Latisse, but now its use is becoming increasingly trendy, especially in large metropolitan U.S. cities.   Some say the sagging U.S. economy is a major contributing factor for the popularity.  Spas and skin clinics report brisk sales, even without advertising, to women who have lost eyelashes and those who never had many to begin with. 

Las Vegas usage reportedly leads the pack, being an economical alternative to other more costly body enhancements including breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, liposuction, hair extensions and all other cosmetic nips and ticks. 

Commercials like Brooke Shields’ pitch for Latisse have graced television airwaves since 1997, when a change in Food and Drug Administration policy first made it feasible for pharmaceutical companies to hawk their products in explicit fashion, instead of just mentioning a product’s name and encouraging consumers to ask their doctor about it, such ads remain controversial. (The U.S. is the only nation in the world that allows this kind of advertising.)  

The medication results are apparently not hype.  The prescription drug medication grows your eyelashes longer and thicker.  It contains brimatoprost (0.03%), a prostaglandin that has been used for several years to treat glaucoma. During treatment, some glaucoma patients noticed their eyelashes getting thicker and longer. Someone smart at Allergan put two and two together, and behold, a treatment for thinning lashes was born.  

Latisse goes on like eyeliner, applied directly to the upper eyelid at the base of the eyelash. It is applied once a day, usually in the evening. Using it more often will not increase eyelash growth. It usually takes about a month to see results. 

The results, however, are not permanent. If you stop using it, your lashes will eventually return to their previous appearance. 

If you have a history of eye pressure problems or are using eye medications, you should consult an ophthalmologist before using Latisse. The most common side effect is itching or redness of the eyes. This occurred in about 4% of patients in a large clinical trial. 

A month supply of Latisse and the applicators are reportedly sold for a little over $100 dollars. However, some patients have found that by applying less it can last significantly longer, up to 10 weeks, many report.

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Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Opens Gigantic New Meeting Space

Bad economy be darn.  Caesars Palace opened 110,000 square feet of new convention and meeting spaces on July 13, despite an economic downturn that has Las Vegas convention attendance dropping double digits, equating to 2,441 fewer meetings held this year than last. 

The convention area was part of a $1 billion expansion project of Caesars Palace that boosts the property’s total meeting space to 320,000 square feet. 

Harrah’s Entertainment in January announced it was postponing construction of the planned 660-room Octavius Tower, but would work to continue the convention area. 

The new space is the largest in Las Vegas for Harrah’s Entertainment.  The company’s other properties range in size form 160,000 square feet at the Rio, where the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is held annually, to 25,000 square feet at the Flamingo in Las Vegas. 

Caesars Palace officials expect the new space will permit it better to compete with similarly sized high-end space at the Bellagio, Encore, and Wynn Las Vegas.

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Sea Creatures Invade Las Vegas

Getting tourists to brave the scorching heat and temptations of sin and hang out in Las Vegas is a challenging enough proposition in our economy.  But don’t tell that to the millions of party going mussels that somehow got landlocked in Lake Mead in Las Vegas. 

The first quagga mussels turned up at the lake from their secretive Great Lakes sojourn in August 2005.  Since then their numbers have mushroomed to an estimated three trillion, according to University of Las Vegas professor David Wong, who says they’re “arguably the largest invasive species of freshwater systems in North America.” 

With female mussels capable of reproducing one million offspring in one reproductive season, it’s no surprise the numbers have grown geometrically. 

Apparently, the little buggers don’t pose any inordinate danger to the Las Vegas water supply.   J.C. Davis of the Southern Nevada Water Authority simply says they’re “an operational headache that has to be managed,” adding that screens on the intake pipe at Lake Mead have to be cleaned three times a year. mussels

But stepping on them is like walking on broken glass, Davis says. 

Will they leave the lake when their Vegas winnings dwindle?  Nobody knows.  Some experts say the pests will grow, and then suddenly collapse because they have no food to sustain them.  Others theorize that at some point they’ll sustain the population. And others yet say the quagga population will cyclically rise and fall- the latter is the scenario most supported by authorities. 

So, don’t expect the critters to really go away.  And, besides, they filter the small particles from the water, increasing the lake’s clarity.  Think of the water as natural sake?

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Ritzy Foundation Room in Las Vegas Opens to the Public

The bad economy can bring good things- with time.  The Foundation Room – the very ritzy, exclusive, expensive members-only hot spot at the top of Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas – is now open to the public seven days a week. foundationroom

All week long, members and their guests will continue to get in free, while the rest of us will pay $20- a very small price to pay when you see their haute digs for social gatherings, business meetings, or just plain impromptu fun.

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Drunken Debauchery in Las Vegas Lands $500,000 Casino Fine

Do you think what happens in Las Vegas, stays there?  Think again. 

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas found themselves in hot water with Nevada gaming officials this week over illegal activity that has been taking place outside a nightclub. The club is privately owned and leased from Planet Hollywood, but the resort is being hit with a large fine nonetheless. drunkendebauchery

The club is accused of hiring employees with criminal records, allowing minors inside the club and permitting underage drinking, drug use, taking dangerously drunk customers and dropping them off unattended in the casino. Physical and sexual assault by nightclub employees has also taken place at the club, according to officials. 

Apparently, the level of prostitution increased around the club and no one did anything to discourage or change the situation, according to Gaming Control Board officials.  

Planet Hollywood, as a result, has agreed to pay $500,000 to Nevada gambling regulators for failing to police and control problems at the Prive nightclub inside of Planet Hollywood.   They have also agreed to pay out an additional $250,000 in a year’s time if changes are not made in the operation of the nightclub.  The Nevada Gaming Commission must still vote on whether or not to approve the fines. 

Planet Hollywood is the first Las Vegas resort to ever acknowledge it was at fault for problems inside a nightclub that it doesn’t own. 

The trendy resort is now being used as an example by regulators for the rest of the gaming industry. Hopefully, the sanction will send a strong message up and down the Las Vegas Strip for casinos to exercise stronger control over their party venues, even those operated by outside vendors. 

The fine is large, even by gaming industry standards, but Planet Hollywood feels the penalty fits the crime. 

“We didn’t execute proper supervision and we’re the message being sent to the rest of the industry,” said Planet Hollywood’s lawyer, Frank Schreck 

Meanwhile, the current property lease between Planet Hollywood and Prive has had to be changed and rewritten and the Planet Hollywood security officers can now enter the nightclub without being accompanied by a club employee. This is done in an aim to reduce illegal activities in their own property. 

Jacqueline Hollaway, Director of Business License for Clark County, released a statement that reads in part: 

“…Privè has been operating on a limited license, which expires July 28. We are evaluating whether to extend that license or not. If there is no extension, Privè will be forced to close its doors since it cannot legally operate without a business license…” 

Planet Hollywood’s fine is large but is not the largest issued by the Gaming Control Board. In 2003 MGM Mirage was fined $5 million for a problem with currency transaction reporting. In 1988 Imperial Palace was fined $1 million for building a private suite celebrating Hitler. 

Now, the added kicker:  Many other Las Vegas hotel-casinos are also now under active investigation over the activities happening inside their nightclubs and other entertainment venues. 

Perhaps it is best to take some checkers and other board games with you when traveling to Las Vegas- just in case.

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Jubilee! Celebrates 28 Years of Classic Las Vegas Glitz, Glamour & Glitter

JubileeAs one of the longest-running shows on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, the retro -glam showgirl extravaganza Jubilee! at Bally’s Las Vegas has entertained more than 11 million guests. On July 31 the show celebrates 28 years of gorgeous showgirls, lavish costumes, dazzling scenery, world -renowned specialty acts, dynamic music and graceful pageantry.

Conceived, staged and directed by the legendary Donn Arden, who brought the spectacular French-style revue “Lido de Paris” to Las Vegas, Jubilee! is an elaborate stage production.
 
Critics from the Travel Channel/BBC, New York Times and Las Vegas Review Journal have hailed Jubilee! as the best showgirl show noting that “in an era of high -tech productions the timeless musical of Jubilee! is the last of its kind.” Iconic showgirls from Jubilee! have been seen on “The View,” NBC’s ‘The Today Show,” “Last Comic Standing,” “The Tyra Banks Show” and “The Montel Williams Show.”

To commemorate the anniversary Bally’s Las Vegas is offering a special hotel package. The glamorous getaway includes a minimum two-night hotel stay in a Bally’s deluxe room appointed in an art deco style, two tickets to Jubilee!, 2-for-1 Bally’s Spa entrance and $50 dining credit. Reservations can be made online at http://www.BallysLasVegas.com.

Jubilee! is performed twice nightly, six days a week at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., dark on Fridays. Ticket prices are $52.50, $72.50, $92.50 and $112.50 and can be purchased online at http://www.BallysLasVegas.com or by calling the Bally’s box office at 702-967-4111. In appreciation of local support, residents can purchase $28 tickets with valid Nevada ID during July and August, limit of six tickets per purchase.

A limited-capacity backstage tour is also offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, giving guests a once-in-a-lifetime behind the scenes look at both the historical and technical aspects of the show.

As the only showgirl show standing, Jubilee! embodies the very essence of sexy, classic Las Vegas. Earlier this month the show kicked off a new creative campaign. Tag lines reading “The headdress weighs 35 lbs. but the rest of the costume could fit in a teacup,” and “The grandest entrance in Vegas isn’t at the front of a hotel” remind audiences about the glamour and spectacle of 85 women wearing little more than feathers and rhinestones.

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Need a job with the show? 

To maintain the highest show quality, auditions are held every January and July for dancers and singers.  Auditions are in Orlando, New York and the entertainment capital Las Vegas. Aspiring female and male dancers are required to have strong ballet and jazz technique while singers are required to have range between up-tempo classic Broadway to ballads.

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Kids Free at Blue Man Group in Las Vegas

Las Vegas locals have another reason to hit the Strip for a little summer entertainment.  BlueMan

The Blue Man Group at the Venetian has a locals-only offer – just mention “Kids Free” when buying your full-price ticket and get one children’s ticket free.  This offer is valid for children 3-12 (children under 3 are also free and would sit on the lap of the adult) and is good through December 9, subject to availability.

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Vandals Graffiti-Tag Famed Las Vegas Welcoming Sign

A sad chapter has been literally etched into Las Vegas tourist annals this week:  The famed “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada” sign greeting visitors to the vacation destination of the world on the Las Vegas Strip had red graffiti scrawled across the bottom of it and on the supporting legs on Monday. VegasSign

Almost everyone visiting Las Vegas for the first time has made the sign a key stop in their pilgrimage. 

Needless to say, the tagging of the historic Nevada landmark has made many Las Vegas residents, tourists and Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman fighting mad when the graffiti was discovered and cleaned up later in the week. 

Mayor Goodman said he was furious over the vandalism, saying, “When they graffiti’d my tortoise [new artwork on Las Vegas freeway walls], I said, ‘Off with their thumbs!’ This deserves ‘Off with their head!’”  Though reconsidering -applicable retributions later during a radio interview, he said – not jokingly – that he would be content if the perps could be placed in public pillories, letting passerbys paint the offenders’ faces. 

Authorities have still not arrested anyone for the vandalism and it’s unknown whether the graffiti is gang-related. 

The Las Vegas sign designer Betty Whitehead Willis would probably roll over in her grave, too, if not for the fact that she is still living in Las Vegas after completing the project in 1959.  Willis came up with the design after Western Neon was contracted by the Clark County Commission. The county offered the company $4,000 to build a sign to welcome visitors to Las Vegas. 

The sign is currently owned by Young Electric Sign Co. (YESCO) and is leased by Clark County. 

Last December, a $400,000 project to add parking spaces and a paved walkway on the traffic median holding the sign was finished.  The improvements made accessing the sign easier for tourists — and, apparently, for vandals. 

Tourists are beside themselves, saying they think  the vandalism is a slap in the face, appalled by the actions of few, while  racing to find people with Photoshop skills to make the red marks digitally disappear from their souvenir photographs.   

More than just complaining about it all, some tourists provided potential solutions to prevent future eyesore acts, including ideas like making the sign a hologram like in the Sci-Fi movies, or just adding a security camera to the site.  Currently, there are no security cameras on the site. 

Sadly, this is not the first time the sign has received a historic pock mark.  The site has also been the target of vandals in the past, according to the Clark County Department of Public Works. 

“We just repaired that sign a couple weeks ago,” a YesCo sign spokeswoman said. “A couple weeks ago, somebody threw a rock through it.” 

This new incident, though, marks the first time the sign itself has fallen victim to taggers. 

In Nevada’s continuing fight against taggers, the Clark County Commission recently launched a Turn-In-A-Tagger program to combat graffiti, which costs the county millions of dollars a year. Adult taggers who are caught by Metro Police, North Las Vegas or Henderson Police officers could be sentenced to help clear up graffiti, officials said. 

In May the sign was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Mandarin Oriental Provides Las Vegas Step Down to Haute Luxury at CityCenter

The check-in lobby for the Mandarin Oriental at CityCenter in Las Vegas will actually be on the building’s 23rd floor, causing guests to go down to their rooms at the boutique nongaming hotel that offers customers a panoramic view of the Strip and the rest of the $8.5 billion CityCenter through floor-to-ceiling windows inside the property’s Sky Lobby. MandarinOriental

After years of planning, Hong Kong-based Mandarin Oriental is removing the wrapping from the company’s first luxury resort in Las Vegas. The company operates 41 hotels in 25 countries. In the United States, Mandarin Oriental has hotels in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Miami and San Francisco.

The 47-story Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas has 392 rooms and suites, ranging in size from 600 square feet to 3,000 square feet. The building also has 227 residences, which will be accessed by a separate entrance and elevator from the hotel side. 

Hotel rooms will offer numerous technological enhancements including keyless door locks and automated control panels that allow guests to manage the lighting, room temperature and entertainment systems. Mandarin Oriental will have a 27,000-square-foot spa and fitness center and several restaurants and bars. 

The Sky Lobby serves as a sort of buffer zone. The floors beneath the lobby are for hotel guests and the 24 floors above house the residential units. The 23rd floor is also home to The Mandarin Bar, the Tea Lounge, and the property’s signature restaurant, the first U.S. offering from celebrity chef Pierre Gagnaire.

One thing Mandarin Oriental lacks is a casino. 

Gaming at CityCenter will be exclusive to Aria, the centerpiece 4,004-room hotel-casino operated by MGM Mirage. That shouldn’t concern Mandarin Oriental’s guests, said Jhingon, who spent five years as the general manager of the Mandarin Oriental in Singapore. 

“We’re in walking distance to all the activities at CityCenter,” he said. “Our guests come here for our personalized service and experience.” 

The Mandarin Oriental is scheduled to open Dec. 4.. The property will begin accepting hotel room reservations on Aug. 17. Room rates have yet to be established, but Jhingon said the luxury property will set prices at levels that will be considered reasonable in a market that has seen hotel room prices decline to their lowest levels in over two decades because of the sour economy. 

“I believe it’s the perfect time for us to open,” Jhingon said. “We’re a boutique hotel by Las Vegas standards and we’re very visible. I believe we will be a choice for a lot of people from Day One.”

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Dan Henderson Wins UFC Fight & Award, But Loses Car

Remember that sweet Range Rover that the UFC gave to Dan Henderson to thank him for coaching “The Ultimate Fighter?”  Henderson, who lives in Temecula, California was driving back home after UFC 100 and couldn’t even make it out of Nevada before the car broke down. Henderson sent a message to UFC president Dana White on his Web site saying, “Thanks for the car, Dana, hope it comes with a warranty!” DanHenderson

Henderson had a highlight reel win over British UFC star Michael Bisping on Saturday night, knocking Bisping out in the second round with a powerful right hand.  Henderson caused some controversy by following up the right with an additional punch when Bisping was on the ground before the referee stopped the fight. Afterward, Henderson said that the extra punch was to “shut Bisping up.” 

Prior to their bout, the two men coached on “The Ultimate Fighter,” and Bisping spent much of the show badmouthing Henderson.  

Edmunds, a Web site that reviews automobiles, claims that the British-born Range Rovers have a poor reputation for reliability, and that was proven true, at least with Henderson’s car. Henderson won the $100,000 Knockout of the Night bonus on Saturday; he should be able to buy himself another car. Or, perhaps he could use the bonus to waste some time at Whiskey Pete’s, the low-rent casino at the Nevada state border.   

UPDATE: Henderson reported that the Range Rover is back up and working, and he later drove it to the ESPY awards in Los Angeles, an hour and a half from Temecula.  Let’s hope that it can handle the drive home.

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Peepshow in Las Vegas in Talks with Aubrey O’Day to Play Peep Diva

Aubrey O’ Day, late of “Danity Kane”, Playboy and Hairspray is now in talks to make her Las Vegas debut in the sexy song and dance extravaganza Peepshow at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, playing the role of Peep Diva. AubreyODay

The axed “Danity Kane” singer is being primed to take over the role of Peep Diva and if it all goes according to plan she will most likely start performing in Peepshow this Fall. 

Former Spice Girl Mel B ended her four-month run as the Peep Diva in Las Vegas’ Peepshow on June 21, the same day her counterpart Kelly Monaco, 33, finished her four-month run.  Holly Madison, 30, replaced Monaco in the role of “Bo Pee”. Broadway and R&B songbird Shoshana Bean is currently headlining as Peep Diva having replaced Brown. 

O’Day fell in love with the stage at age four, performing as Molly in Annie. Numerous musical productions in theatre followed, including: Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz; Carmen in Fame; Sandy in Grease; Liesl in The Sound of Music; Val in A Chorus Line; and Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof. Aubrey traveled the world serving international charities, and recently founded an AIDS educational charity, F.A.N. and a clothing line, heartonmysleeveshop.com. She entered an MTV reality show contest, “Making the Band 3,” succeeding in the formation of the platinum selling group, Danity Kane; the first female group in Billboard history to have both their debut and sophomore albums enter the main charts at number-one. She made her Broadway debut in Hairspray in the role of Amber Von Tussle. 

The sexy Peepshow production has also recently launched its new website, www.LasVegasPeepshow.com. You’ll find updated information there, as well as exclusive photos and video.

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Las Vegas World Series of Poker Impervious to Economic Woes

Once again, poker has seemingly proven impervious to these difficult times. The World Series of Poker (WSOP) “Stimulus Special” tournament in Las Vegas (with a lower-than-normal $1,000 buy-in) sold out, drawing 6,012 players. It was the fourth-largest field of all time, trailing only the main events in 2006 (8,773 players), 2008 (6,844) and 2007 (6,358). The winner was 24-year-old Steven Sung, who pocketed $771,106.

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Carmen Electra Goes Topless in Las Vegas

When Carmen Electra bared all on the “Crazy Horse Paris” stage in Las Vegas last week, it wasn’t because she was told she had to, and it wasn’t because she had been asked to, either. 

Electra tossed her pasties to the side and went completely topless because she wanted to. 

“It felt so good,” Electra said. “No one was expecting it. It was a completely last-minute decision,” she explained, noting the full reveal was not part of the model-actress’ original plan. CarmenElectra

“I started off with a bra – a big bra – and a larger-sized panty,” Electra said, “(But) once I got here and had a chance to try on some of the costumes and get into some of the numbers, I decided to go with pasties, and then just yesterday right before the show … I was just backstage and they put the pasties on and I thought, no, let’s go without it, and I took them off and decided to just completely go for it.” 

“I thought I would’ve been a little bit more nervous about showing so much,” the 37-year-old former Playmate said, “(But) it was very easy to decide (to do) … I felt really comfortable.” 

Electra said her impulsive action had nothing to do with fellow topless show guest star Holly Madison’s decision to go topless during her stint as a guest star in “Peepshow.” 

Like Electra, Madison’s pasty-free premiere at Planet Hollywood was subject of much will-she-or-won’t-she speculation before her debut last month. Rather than competition, however, Electra views Madison as a fellow entertainer and friend. 

“There’s room for everyone,” the non-competitive and uncatty former Pussycat Doll said. “I’m such a girls’ girl; I support women and I think it’s great that she’s doing a show.”

 Electra said joining the “Crazy Horse” cast has been a thrilling experience. “I’m just having a blast so far doing this,” she said. 

“The dancers are so amazing, they’re so lovely,” the former “Baywatch” babe gushed. “They have the most perfect bodies and attitudes and they’re so much fun to work with.”

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Las Vegan ‘Leverage’ Actress Beth Riesgraf Stars as World’s Best Cat Burglar – & More!

Las Vegas Cimarron-Memorial graduate Beth Riesgraf stars as Parker in TNT’s highly popular “Leverage” TV show, playing a cat burglar with unmatched prowess for stealing priceless works of art, a room full of orphans, and even the Hope Diamond- and putting it back, just because she was bored. BethRiesgraf

She’s back for a second season of “Leverage” that debuts 9 p.m. (PT) this Wednesday, along with her co-stars Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane and Aldis Hodge. 

Born in Minnesota, Riesgraf moved to the Las Vegas Valley while she was in junior high.  Her parents have two construction companies, and once her dad began working in Las Vegas and in California, it only took one visit for her mom to move the rest of the family away from the frigid winters. 

Riesgraf was a member of the Cimarron-Memorial high school class of ’96, with a list of extracurricular activities longer than your arm, including being the student body president, prom queen, and voted the most admired senior. 

She also was involved in photography and sports in high school- pretty much everything but acting.  “Acting I always loved,” she said during a phone interview from Portland, Oregon, the locale for this season’s show, “but I think I was always kind of a character in real life.  I was always goofing off and having fun.” 

Riesgraf is also an accomplished photographer, sponsored by Swedish clothier WeSC, and her work has been exhibited in London, New York and Los Angeles and published in the likes of GQ, Jane and Nylon magazines.  She moved to Los Angeles when she was 20 and took up modeling to learn more about photography from the other side of the camera. 

Eventually, her agents started sending her on commercial auditions, and she found her calling, making the leap to movies and TV. 

She works almost non-stop, taking a brief time out to chat while scrambling for some caffeine to help recover from her 19-hour days. “We’re working hard, working long hours. It’s a lot of work, but it’s awesome. It’s fun.”

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Michael Jackson Benefit Concert & Jackson 5 Show Planned for Las Vegas

A Michael Jackson benefit concert is reportedly being held August 29 at the Palms, on what would have been Jackson’s 51st birthday. 

Talent planned will “run the gamut from cast member of current shows on the Strip to the big guys, along with some bands,” according to Las Vegas “Jersey Boys” star Erich Bergen. 

All proceeds will go to the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, with a focus on music education in Nevada public schools. 

The event will be held in The Pearl, the Palms’ 2,500-seat concert venue. 

A Twitter feed has also been set up @VegasLovesMJ for fans who want to keep up with the latest developments. 

Meanwhile, Las Vegas KVBC-TV, Channel 3 entertainment reporter Alicia Jacobs reported Saturday, citing an informed source, that Jackson’s body has been moved out of music producer Berry Gordy’s crypt to an undisclosed location. 

Jacobs also confirmed that Jackson’s brother, Jermaine, could be meeting with Wynn Las Vegas executives this week to discuss a show featuring most of the Jackson 5.

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MGM’s CityCenter in Las Vegas Announces Huge Retail Lineup

CrystalsCityCenter, the multi-use development opening later this year on the Las Vegas Strip, announced a collection of unique luxury retailers and restaurateurs that will join the lineup at Crystals, a 500,000 square-foot retail and dining district.

Planned to open December 3, Crystals will showcase a large and varied array of the world’s most exclusive retailers including many flagship stores.  For many of these brands, the Crystals’ location will represent their largest business in Las Vegas, the United States, or in some cases, the world.

Large-format luxury retailers that are planning to establish Crystals as a preeminent international shopping destination include Prada, Christian Dior, Bulgari, Carolina Herrera, Hermes, Roberto Cavalli, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Versace. These brands will join previously announced retailers Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co. and Ermenegildo Zegna. 

Unique-to-the-market retailers opening their first locations in Las Vegas include Tom Ford,  Assouline, Kiton, Miu Miu, Paul Smith and Porsche Design, along with the previously announced de Grisogono, H. Stern, Marni, Boutique Tourbillon and Mikimoto.  Restaurants opening their first Las Vegas locations at Crystals include Eva Longoria Parker’s Beso and Mastro’s Ocean Club Seafood House.  These upscale restaurants will join an exciting new Pub concept by Todd English and two previously announced new concepts by Wolfgang Puck.

Other prestigious retailers joining Crystals’ lineup include Bally, Emilio Pucci and Ilori.  Additionally, Dale Chihuly will introduce a stunning new gallery.

The Taubman Company, the world’s leading developer of upscale shopping centers, is responsible for the leasing of Crystals.

 “We’ve assembled an extraordinary collection of retailers and restaurateurs to make Crystals one of the world’s most unique shopping and entertainment districts when it opens this December,” said Frank Visconti, president of retail for CityCenter.  “Crystals will delight guests with its unique architecture, awe-inspiring interior design, brilliant art and intriguing water features.  These experiential offerings, coupled with exclusive items from the industry’s most celebrated brands, will make Crystals a premier social and cultural environment in the heart of CityCenter.”

An architectural achievement that integrates the talents of world-renowned artists, architects and designers, CityCenter plans to attract visitors from around the world, being a landmark for global taste and style.  In addition to Crystals, CityCenter will feature ARIA Resort & Casino, a 4,004-room gaming resort; three luxurious non-gaming hotels including Las Vegas’ first Mandarin Oriental, Vdara Hotel and The Harmon (slated to open in late 2010); Veer Towers, the development’s only strictly residential buildings; and a Fine Art Collection. 

Mandarin Oriental, Vdara and Veer Towers will include approximately 2,400 residences.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship More Than Human Cockfighting

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was once brashly branded by U.S. Senator John McCain as “human cockfighting” and the sport was scorned by many, even banned from television networks. 

Fast forward, MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighting is now sanctioned in every state with an athletic commission, except New York. 

What was once a fledging sport trying to survive when it first appeared at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on the Las Vegas Strip in late September 2001, is a booming multibillion dollar industry. 

Las Vegas brothers Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta and a street-smart former boxing promoter named Dana White were riding the tide to something big back then– less than eight years later, the UFC staged the biggest, most lucrative event in its history: UFCs 100th contest last night at the Mandalay Bay. 

Tickets for Saturday night’s championship were snapped up in minutes, and some ringside seats sold on StubHub this week for $45,000 each. The UFC’s pay-per-view audience surpassed boxing and World Wrestling Entertainment for the first time in 2006. 

The pugilistic contest saw heavyweight champion Brock Lesna unmercifully pummel Las Vegas Frank Mir with staccato right hands in the second round and emerge victorious in the octagon, avenging his only prior professional loss, which came against Mir last year. UFC2

The sport has worldwide appeal and is experiencing unprecedented growth. The UFC organization has expanded to England and Germany, and is poised to take on France and Australia next. There is even an unquestionable fever for it in Canada, and a palpable sense of momentum for a company that just five years ago was more than $40 million in debt. 

“All the things going on right now, whether it’s UFC 100 or going to Germany for the first time, it’s really the way it’s been for us the last nine years,” White told The Associated Press recently. “The great thing about this sport, it transcends all cultural barriers, language barriers, because I don’t care what language you speak, what color you are, what country you’re from, at the end of the day we’re all human beings. Fighting is in our DNA.” 

The UFC began in 1993 as a tournament to crown the world’s best fighting style, featuring everything from boxers to a sumo wrestler. There were no weight classes, gloves or rounds. There was no judging and virtually no rules. The only way to win was by knocking out your opponent or making them quit, which is precisely what a scrawny jujitsu expert named Royce Gracie did. 

Dozens of states quickly enacted laws banning “no-holds-barred” fighting, abhorred by the thought of humans fighting inside an eight-sided cage. Even though limited rules and gloves were introduced, the organization stood on the brink of bankruptcy. 

That’s when White brought the concept to the Fertittas, a pair of casino executives he’d known since high school. They purchased the UFC for $2 million in 2001 and immediately went to work getting the sport sanctioned. Universal rules were put in place, allowing shows to be held for the first time in casinos in Nevada and New Jersey. 

“When we bought this company, especially my partners, they had a lot of people working for them and they thought this was probably the dumbest business investment ever,” says White, the UFC president. “We believed in it. We were passionate about the sport.” 

But passion only goes so far. By 2004, parent company Zuffa LLC still couldn’t climb out of the red. The Fertittas nearly gave up, and White frantically tried to secure funding to press on. 

Everything changed when the trio came up with “The Ultimate Fighter,” couching the sport in a reality TV format. The cable show was an instant hit, and the sport quickly began to slice into boxing’s fan base, which had long grown stagnant.

Stars like Las Vegans Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture were born, and an entire industry sprouted nearly over night. Nearly ever major event is now sold out, and a sport that corporate American once refused to touch has credibility with mainstream sponsors like Harley-Davidson and Budweiser. 

The new “UFC: Undisputed” video game sold a 1 million copies its first week.

“Having ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ was the thing that did it for us, live fighting on TV,” says Liddell, who was recently inducted into the UFC’s Hall of Fame. “That’s what we had to do, was get a live fight on TV. It couldn’t have worked out better.” 

Each of the Fertittas now own 45 percent of Zuffa LLC, while White owns 10 percent. Before the recession hit, the company was estimated to be worth close to $1 billion. 

Business advisory firm Applied Analysis in Las Vegas recently completed an economic impact study of the UFC on Las Vegas, which has been severely affected by the crumbling economy, and found it generated $86.2 million in nongaming revenue for six events held last year and early this year. 

White believes it’s his responsibility to safeguard a sport that he has grown and nurtured almost from the beginning, and has given him so much in return: financial security, a 7,500-square-foot home, worldwide attention. 

“Is it going to become stale, are people going to become tired of it? Hell no,” he says. “Is there too much football on TV? Is there too much baseball on TV? People want to see great fights, and if we put together the best fights with the best fighters in the world, this is going to continue to grow and grow and grow.”

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Las Vegas Street Performers Ready Courtroom Act

It the not too distant past it was a common and welcome sight to see street performers performing their shtick along the Las Vegas Strip, serving as eye and ear candy for weary travelers traversing the Sin City byways in searing heat.  

Now the historic forms of grass roots entertainment have largely diminished, if not totally disappeared from the Las Vegas landscape. 

But the times may be changing. 

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against police and public officials on behalf of two Las Vegas Strip street performers after one was arrested in March. 

ACLU lawyer Maggie McLetchie says the federal lawsuit was filed last Thursday on behalf of guitarist Suze Banasik and Elvis Presley impersonator Bill Jablonski to support free speech and free expression rights for street performers on the resort-lined Strip. street

The 45-year-old Banasik was jailed for 12 hours on obstructing a sidewalk and operating a business without a license charges before Clark County prosecutors dropped the charges. 

The ACLU has fought and won similar First Amendment battles for handbill distributors, political activists and street preachers on the Strip and at the downtown Fremont Street Experience casino mall. 

“They think each new type of expression they can suppress, and we have to go to court for each of those, and the results are always the same,” Las Vegas ACLU attorney Allen Lichtenstein said. 

The new lawsuit accuses Las Vegas police of harassing street performers, also known as buskers, on the Strip.  The lawsuit names the Metropolitan Police Department, Sheriff Doug Gillespie and three other Las Vegas police officers, Clark County, District Attorney David Roger and Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto as defendants. 

ACLU attorney Maggie McLetchie said her group accepted the case “because street performers have free speech rights and the right to free expression, including on the Strip.” 

“Cases that were litigated have made clear that the sidewalks on the Las Vegas Strip are a public forum,” she said. “Despite this fact, we received a number of complaints from street performers that Metro was telling them they couldn’t perform.” 

Banasik and Jablonski both said they entertain tourists simply for the joy of it. They consider any tips they receive a bonus. 

ACLU attorneys say case law protects the performers’ activities even if they solicit money. 

“Lots of cases make clear that the only thing you could really limit is aggressive panhandling,” McLetchie said. 

Lichtenstein said such harassment has a “chilling effect” that keeps other performers away out of a fear that they will be cited or arrested. 

“For well over a decade, there’s been this attempt to make the sidewalks up and down Las Vegas Boulevard on the Strip the private domain of the hotel-casinos and their interests,” Lichtenstein said. “And the fact that the police continue to think that it’s more important to serve those interests rather than to protect the rights of free speech on those sidewalks as ordered by federal courts is disheartening.”

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Historic Boulder Dam Hotel & Museum Closes Today

Say sayonora to the 76-year old historic hotel in the heart of Boulder City, Nevada.  Apparently, there hasn’t been enough political momentum to rescue the hotel from its financial woes and keep the museum  and resturant open. BoulderDamHotel

The two-story, white-brick structure, with 20 rooms, restaurant and museum that originally opened in 1933, two years before the Hoover Dam was complete, served as ritzy lodging and a retreat for such famous guests as James Cagney, Bette Davis and Howard Hughes, is now three months behind on its mortgage and last-minute appeals for money from the local government have failed, leaving the property operators no choice but to shut down operations at midnight tonight. 

The closure will leave 22 workers without jobs and two on-site caretakers will need to take up lodging elsewhere. 

The Boulder City Museum, located inside the hotel, will also close.  Once the depository for Boulder City’s memorable past in journals, photographs, tools and supplies related to Hoover Dam’s construction– the Great Depression-era edifice that altered the flow of the Colorado River, brought electricity and reliable irrigation supplies to much of the desert Southwest and put Boulder City on the map. 

Some independent small businesses and offices inside the property, however, will remain open, at least for now. 

The hotel-museum has about $8,000 in monthly mortgage obligations and the occupancy rate has fallen from about 68 percent to 57 percent since the national economy went into a tailspin last year. 

The historical association sought to raise private money before turning, unsuccessfully, to Boulder City’s redevelopment agency earlier this week to ask for about $135,000. The redevelopment agency deadlocked 2-2 on a vote to provide a loan that would carry it through the summer. 

The group is also seeking grants from the federal government, but now that it is 90 days past-due on the mortgage, foreclosure appears imminent. 

“We can’t compare ourselves to a casino that can give away a room for $9 and make money from other things,” said innkeeper Roger Shoaff of the historic property’s niche in the marketplace. 

However, with any luck, the nonprofit association that owns the property hopes to raise $250,000 by September 10 to reopen the property.

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Hunt on for Michael Jackson’s ‘Doctor Death’

Doctors for hire which “freely” write prescriptions for the right price- willing pawns in an almost daily celebrity drama that is orchestrated expressly by and for entertainers and other high profile clientele for getting that legal high, which, many believe, contributed to Michael Jackson’s ultimate demise.  

Many doctors were apparently sucked into the scheme of coming when beckoned to numerous Jackson residences, supposedly to help the entertainer with this or that urgent personal malady, only to eventually find out the entertainer illnesses were largely feigned and dramatically orchestrated to merely try to get prescription drugs to make life and living more palatable. 

If one doctor didn’t play the game, it wasn’t a problem:  Michael Jackson’s handlers, it is alleged, merely went “doctor-shopping” anew, quickly filling the drug need vacuum. 

Drug and law enforcement detectives are now working day and night reviewing Michael Jackson’s prescription drug history and are feverishly on the hunt for his many former doctors throughout the world, especially in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. 

Dr. Conrad Murray from Las Vegas, with offices also in Texas and California, who regularly makes house calls to many high-profile clients, including those in Washingon and New York, is the doctor at the heart of controversy and who was admittedly administering care to Jackson in his Holmby Hills residence.   A lawyer for the physician said Dr. Murray did not administer Demerol or other life-threatening, powerful drugs and those reports were “absolutely false.” 

“There was no Demerol. No OxyContin,” Edward Chernoff, the attorney for Dr. Conrad Murray, told The Times. Murray had not “furnished or prescribed” Jackson with Demerol, the lawyer said. 

At least that’s the proper thing to say, since, according to federal drug regulations, Dr. Murray couldn’t legally prescribe even a powerful cough medicine for the King of Pop in California, and he couldn’t go to the pharmacy to get drugs for him, either. 

Federal authorities recently told FOXNews.com that Dr. Conrad Murray is not licensed to administer certain levels of controlled medications in the state, and that if he gave Demerol or Oxycontin to Jackson, as has been reported, it would have been illegal. 

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office removed two bags filled with prescription medications from Jackson’s Holmby Hills home. Among the drugs recovered were bottles of Diprivan, at least some of which were found without labels indicating where they came from, law enforcement sources told FOXNews.com. 

At least two of Jackson’s doctors – Dr. Arnold Klein and Dr. Conrad Murray – who were cooperative with authorities in the beginning are now hindering the investigation into Michael Jackson’s death, sources tell TMZ. 

They have turned over some of Jackson’s medical records but not his entire file, as sought by the L.A. County Coroner’s office. 

As the investigation unfolds, Michael’s drug usage is appearing increasingly grim. 

One of Michael’s drivers reportedly told Coroner’s office officials that the singer was visiting Dr. Klein more than once in a week, spending as many as 3-4 hours in his office and appearing disoriented while leaving. 

During Michael’s child molestation case investigation a bodyguard had similarly told the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies in 2004 that Michael appeared disoriented when leaving doctors’ offices, including those of Klien. 

Records of that investigation reveal that the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies recovered a large quantity of drugs from Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, including IV stands and oxygen tanks, consistent with the use of Diprivan. 

Amongst the documents recovered was a letter dated July 21, 2002 from a Dr. Alex Farshchian recommending that Michael use the drug Buprenex instead of Demerol because Buprenex was less addictive. 

A preliminary toxicology report submitted to the Coroner’s office says Michael Jackson had lethal levels of painkiller Demerol and heroin substitute methadone in his body at the time of his death, reports UK’s The Sun. 

It is likely that the investigation into the death of the singer on June 25 will ultimately result in manslaughter or homicide charges.

Michael also had very high levels of the OTC anxiety drug Xanax, high levels of Dilaud, a painkiller to numb post surgery pains and lower levels of other drugs such as the potent pain killer Fentanyl, Vicodin, Valium and Ambien.

Traces of Propofol, an anesthetic administered only in hospitals, were also found. The drug is rapidly absorbed by the body and is practically undetectable within 20 minutes of a single dose.

The drug levels found in his body could have killed any normal person instantly, but Michael was probably still walking around because he had developed some immunity following years of abuse.

Adding fuel to the speculative fire, Jackson’s’ outspoken father, Joe Jackson, recently told ABC New in an interview that he believed “foul play” was involved in his son’s death, but did not elaborate in the interview aired Friday on “Good Morning America.”

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Cher Returning to Big Screen

Caesars Palace headliner Cher is returning to the big screen, after a 10-year absence.  She will sing while playing Christina Aguilera’s mother in “Burlesque,” which starts filming in November.

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