January 16, 2009 · 11:24 PM
Barack Obama is now a permanent part of the Las Vegas experience. On January 15 Madame Tussuad’s unveiled their Barack Obama wax sculpture at five locations, including their museum at the Venetian in Las Vegas. The highly detailed sculpture shows the president-elect smiling with his arms casually crossed.
The artists at Madame Tussuad’s were prepared to update their presidential exhibit regardless of who won the election. Clay molds were designed for both Senator McCain and then-Senator Obama. Unlike most real-person sculptures that require meticulous measurements, photographs and video were used to create the best representation of both men.
Obama’s arrival didn’t mean the end of President Bush. While it’s true that at the Amsterdam Madame Tussuad’s, George W. Bush was left on the sidewalk surrounded by luggage, in most cases, the current president’s image will be carefully preserved in the museum archives.
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January 16, 2009 · 1:56 PM
On Saturday, January 17 a history-making train will depart the Philadelphia station with President-Elect Barack Obama about for his inauguration in Washington D.C.. But this time, it’s different: Guests being referred to as “ordinary Americans” will be riding along with Obama. These are the folks who wouldn’t be able to pay the costs of attending an inauguration- but they are the exact same folks who made the inauguration of Barack Obama possible.
Invitations to the expense-paid event went out nationwide and one of those invitations was sent to Las Vegas resident Rosa Mendoza.
Mendoza, a teacher and Vice Chair of the Nevada Hispanic Democratic Caucus, helped organize Nevada Latino support of Obama from the beginning of the 2008 presidential campaign. During her years as a single mother, working as a waitress while she earned her college degree, Mendoza believed in the possibilities for her and for her daughter in the “Land of Opportunity”. And in candidate Obama, Mendoza found someone who had lived her life and understood her world.
So in September 2008 when Mendoza had the chance to introduce then Senator Obama to 12,000 cheering supporters at Cashman Field, she told her story and invited the Nevada voters to choose Obama as the 44th President of the United States.
When Barack Obama takes his oath of office on January 20, becoming the first black president of the United States, Rosa Mendoza will be there front and center- a witness to the history in making she helped create.
Rosa Mendoza never dreamed her actions would lead to selecting a dress for the presidential inaugural ball.
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January 16, 2009 · 12:30 PM
For the past 49 years the “Folies Bergere” revue at the Tropicana in Las Vegas entertained and delighted visitors and residents alike. Since opening on Christmas Day in 1959, the show was an immediate hit and soon became an iconic entertainment symbol- the feathered showgirls embodying the style and very spirit of Las Vegas.
On March 28 Folies Bergere will go dark- forever.
The cast, which are direct employees of the Tropicana’s in-house production, were notified after their January 14 performance, before their current contract was set to expire on January 24.
No Las Vegas show is likely to surpass the Folies Bergere phenomenal track record. “Lido” closed in 1991 after 32 years; “Jubilee!” which opened in 1981, would have to stay open until 2031 to surpass the record.
The Tropicana show will reportedly be replaced by another production, but hotel management are mum, saying they don’t have a signed contract and so aren’t ready to announce the new headliner.
The Tropicana’s parent company is feverishly trying to reorganize and restructure their $3 billion in debt.
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January 16, 2009 · 11:42 AM
In our Las Vegas Backstage Access blog posts we’ve given you information on how to register your new inaugural dress on-line to prevent the embarrassment of being seen wearing the same one as other women. And we’ve given you the inside scoop on where all the Las Vegas inauguration parties will be. But don’t just stop there.
Now, you can top it all off and be morphed into Shepard Fairey’s iconic style print of President-elect Barack Obama with your own mug. Just surf on over to http://obamiconme.pastemagazine.com (no .www) and upload your beaming photo, choose the word you’d like to have placed underneath it, and – Viola! – you’ll be visually transformed immediately and effortlessly into Barack. You can e-mail your work of art to all your family and friends. Or just place in their gallery.
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Tagged as art, Barack Obama, entertainment, inauguration, Las Vegas, photography, president, Shepard Fairey
January 16, 2009 · 8:30 AM
What’s a woman to do? The 44th President of the United States walks into the inaugural ball and across the room – she’s there, another guest is wearing your dress and she’ll be introduced to the first couple before you! Oh no!
Or worse yet, imagine you are the First Lady, on the arm of the Commander-in-Chief, and as you make your grand entrance, you see three other women wearing the same red Oscar de la Renta gown. Unlike Laura Bush at the 2006 inaugural ball, most of us wouldn’t have a spare evening dress waiting in the limo, or the grace to carry off a quick change for such an obvious reason.
To avoid this embarrassing faux pas moment on the dance floor, your best bet is to register your inaugural gown at http://www.dressregistry.com. Whether you’re going to the Washington D.C. bashes or going to the Palazzo in Las Vegas, this website allows woman to upload an image of their personal selection for evening attire as well as the event they will be attending.
Considering the time spent to find the perfect dress, it’s worth it to take a few minutes to ensure that you’ll be the only designer disco diva at THE party of the year!
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January 16, 2009 · 8:03 AM
The eighth annual Jewish Film Festival starts on January 17 and runs through January 25 at the Adelson School Performing Arts Center, 9700 Hillpointe Road; January 22 and 29 at Cinemark’s Century South Point 16, inside the South Point, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South; and Feb 1 at the Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. Complete festival schedule of events: www.desertspce.org/film_festival/index.html, the festival official Web site.
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January 16, 2009 · 8:00 AM
Some mobsters are peacefully decomposing in corn fields; others are unwillingly lending their frames to help support the Hoover Dam. But for Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, an ex-mob lawyer, those resting places are merely a mobster purgatory. If the mayor has his way – and he usually does get his way – the City of Las Vegas will reincarnate the good ol’ trigger-finger-boys for their last stand- right into the annals of true Las Vegas history- or should I say folklore?
Mayor Goodman, in his last term of office, is definitely not a lame – or whacked – duck, rather he is fighting like a possessed madman on an energy drink I.V. to establish the Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement (translated: Las Vegas Mob Museum).
And it doesn’t matter one iota to headstrong Goodman when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, and others, like Newt Gingrich, recently said his idea is a shining example of a pork barrel project gone very bad- and one that should definitely not be part of Obama’s economic stimulus package.
Hizzoner fervently counters, saying the museum will attract 250,000 visitors a year to Las Vegas, adding, “Nobody’s going to come to downtown Las Vegas to look at paintings. They’re not going to look at watercolors. They’re not going to look at porcelain. They’re not going to look at miniature trains.”
Goodman steadfastly believes that Las Vegas and a mob museum marriage is a natural fit.
Perhaps, yes. Perhaps, no. But, regardless, it will be a tough upward climb to sell the idea in a sour economy if the $50 million mob museum project opens in 2010, as planned. Since 2001 the project has only coughed up $3.6 million- and that was composed only of federal grants, and from matching state and local money.
If you don’t believe there are enough “silent” mobsters still kicking around in Las Vegas that are rich enough to build their own museum, just wait until you see who digs deep in their pockets when the museum fundraisers kick off later this year.
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Tagged as Las Vegas, Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, Mayor Oscar Goodman, Mitch McConnell, mob, mob museum, mobster, museum, Newt Gingrich, pork barrel
January 16, 2009 · 7:00 AM
Unbenounced to throngs of Las Vegas casino denizens that seldom shift their gaze up from the one-armed bandits staring in front of them, a unique change of pace environment for fun and frolicking is emerging in Las Vegas. It is a radical – some say refreshing – departure from the blinding neon and glitz of our valley.
And it’s also that special kind of place where local Las Vegans wouldn’t tell their visitors about it, because then they’d have to pop them to insure the word about the good find doesn’t get out to others. But Bugsy Siegel is long dead. (He is, right?) Safely releasing the cat out of the bag – I hope – the alpine getaway is . . . drum roll . . .Mount Charleston, located about an hour’s drive north from downtown Las Vegas.
But the travel news is much more than just another scenic day trip. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the scenic 64-room Mount Charleston Hotel is being renamed to the Resort on Mount Charleston, and the facility, originally built in the 1980s, is getting a major facelift including the current building of a new gym that will face out to the canyon, and renovations to the bar, dining areas, and spa. The spiffed-up resort guest suites are planned to feature such amenities as kitchenettes, granite counters, mini-refrigerators, wine refrigerators, ovens, ranges, and even flat-screen TVs.
And you thought Las Vegas was just for gamblers? (But for those of you reading this and are getting a nasty flair up of gambling shakes, there are limited video poker machines on the property now with plans for expanding gaming.)
In our challenging economic times, it’s a business risk for Stephen Siegel, owner of the Resort on Mount Charleston, and Michael Crandall, the director of business for the Siegel Group. But they have an innovative – brilliant – marketing idea: In addition to expanding their traditional advertising methods to draw new clients, they want to link the Resort on Mount Charleston into listings on Las Vegas hotel-booking websites in search of new customers who want to visit Las Vegas but stay in a more serene or non-Strip setting. They also want to establish a rewards program that links their resort to their other Las Vegas properties – the Gold Spike apartment complexes and Barcelona hotel-casino – to draw even more potential visitors.
In tough times, the tough always get going. Godspeed to the Siegel Group.
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January 16, 2009 · 2:53 AM
Washington D.C. isn’t the only location to enjoy a proper inaugural celebration on Tuesday, January 20. Las Vegas is ready to welcome our new president with morning toast’s and evening gala’s. Get your new dress and polish your shoes now.
Watch the inauguration in real time at the Southern Nevada Inaugural Watch Party at the Porchlight Grille, 8416 West Desert Inn Road. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. Send an e-mail to “email@example.com” if you’d like to attend.
You can also dress in your cocktail best and watch a replay of the inauguration at the Porchlight Grille from 6 to11 p.m. for a $25 per person fee (includes one free drink; food may be purchased separately). RSVP to the Clark County Democratic Party Headquarters (702) 586-6402 or save your place at the inauguration party on http://www.clarkdems.com/content/view/682/71/
However, if you’re looking for a chance to wear an evening gown, The Las Vegas Black Historical Society is sponsoring The Las Vegas Obama Inaugural Ball, “The Party for the People”, at the Plaza Hotel on Main Street. The ball begins at 6p.m. and tickets are $44 – in honor of the 44th president – $55 and $75. Proceeds will benefit the Black Historical and Cultural Center. Tickets may be purchased at the Plaza Hotel or visit the event website: www.lasvegasobamaball.com
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