Michael Jackson’s death has caused Las Vegas impressionists and comedians to scurry and quickly alter their acts, turning satirical scenes into sincere tributes.
Mirage headliner Terry Fator said he would cut a segment where he dresses up as Jackson and asks a cowboy puppet named Walter for country music lessons, where the cowboy is a little wary of the superstar.
Golden Nugget headliner Gordie Brown is changing his Jackson impression of the “Billie Jean” song that has a parody of jokes about the singer having body parts fall off after too much plastic surgery.
“American Superstars,” which features Frederick Henry performing at the Stratosphere, is looking for a way to pay a serious tribute to Jackson.
Carrot Top’s publicist, Steve Flynn, said the Luxor comedian’s crew has already started editing the show-closing rock sequence which features Jackson’s music. The comedian has removed all jokes that made fun of Jackson, but kept in a moment where he strikes a Jackson pose in front of an industrial fan, repositioning it as a tribute.
Las Vegas tourists and residents alike enjoy splashing around in pools and trying to cool off as temperatures hit the triple digits. But with our economy languishing in the doldrums, it’s sometimes hard to find enough dough to pay for the experience. So, here’s our Las Vegas Backstage Access listing of the most sneak-friendly pools in Las Vegas. Enter at your own risk!
Tropicana – 3801 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Start at the Reno Avenue entrance at the southwest side of the Tropicana. It’s maybe not the classiest place, but it’s gigantic, including a swim-up bar, blackjack tables, and two separate hot tubs.
Flamingo – 3555 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Go in the parking garage, walk down the metal staircase, go across the street and head directly into the extremely crowded pool area. Could be there is staff members at entrance, but usually not a problem to enter.
Riviera – 2901 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Their very deep pool isn’t fancy with waterfalls, bars and such, but very relaxing. They don’t ask to see a room key to get a beach towel, just think of a name and room number and write ‘em down before you enter.
Artisan – 1501 W. Sahara Ave. Valet park your cark and saunter through the lobby. Features a cool grotto with foliage and comfy lounge furniture. Not a bar at the pool, but you can use the pool phone to call the bar and a bartender will bring your cocktails poolside.
Golden Nugget – 129 Fremont Street Security guards stand sentry at the door, but just look like you’re going swimming, bring your own towels, and wait for families to go through and follow them. Huge waterslide that goes through a shark tank. Very luxurious with cushioned deck chairs and VIP areas.
Las Vegas may not be the first place you think of when you’re considering attending a top notch wine tasting event. However, the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino is betting that you’ll be interested in blending fine wine with a sampling of Fremont Street jazz when they host The Spring Wine and Jazz Fest on March 27 through March 29.
The three-day event begins Friday night with a Champagne and Wine Reception under the beckoning desert sky at the hotel aquarium and pool. Guests will join winemakers and wine owners, sampling wines while listening to jazz.
Saturday night you have the opportunity to sample wines from 60 California and Washington wineries – current vintage releases and barrel samples – alongside food from the hotel’s award winning chefs accompanied by more local jazz.
Then it’s off to a champagne brunch with a side of jazz on Sunday served with Laurent Perrier,Taittinger, and more that will conclude with a live auction.
By booking for all three events prior to January 31 the total cost is $249 per person. Individual event tickets may be purchased. And for an additional fee you could attend a Napa Valley Red Blend Showdown and a Blind featuring tasting of Opus One, Duckhorn Paraduxx and BV Dulcte. There will also be a Blind Tasting that would let you compare your skills against the Masters through a five bottle tasting that will include training on insider methods of deduction.
Participating wineries include William Hill, Beringer, Gallo Estates, Geyser Peak, Rutherford Hill, Sawnson, Mount Veeder, Conn Creek, Twomey, Willamette Valley Vineyards and Hugo Family Cellars.
The Golden Nugget is also running a Winery Club Room Package that includes two nights, a spa credit and 25% off any bottle of wine at the Grotto Ristorante that starts at $179 http://www.goldennugget.com/specials/winerypackage.asp Reservations may only be booked by phone at 800-634-3454 and use promo code WINE09.