Monthly Archives: February 2009

Monster Hunger? Try the 2-foot, 6-pound Las Vegas “The Bomb” Burrito!

Call it a stimulating stomach bailout…a Las Vegas casino café,  the NASCAR Café at the Sahara Hotel & Casino, is burritorewarding patrons who can put away their 2-foot, 6-pound burrito with a most logical prize – free unlimited rides on their roller coaster that runs in both forward and reverse.  Talk about an upchucking experience…

The offer comes with one caveat, though: Those who accept the challenge but can’t finish “The Bomb” burrito have to take a picture with an extra small, pink T-shirt that says “Weenie.”

The NASCAR Cafe at the Sahara Hotel & Casino began selling their cheese-and-guacamole slathered monster burritos on February 26 for $19.95.   No word on when the offer will end, so hurry on down there when you haven’t eaten in a week.

Those who can finish the monstrous entree get it for free, along with two unlimited coaster passes and a T-shirt proclaiming they “Conquered the Bomb.”


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Is Michael Jackson going to perform in Las Vegas?

Money-hurting music pop star Michael Jackson, on and off again Las Vegas resident, has got rid of his white gloves and is now in talks to mount a concert comeback with up to 30 live shows in either London or Las Vegas later this year.michaeljackson

If it happens, it would be Jackson’s first major performance since his 2005 acquittal on child molestation charges.

London’s O2 arena is said to be competing with a few hotels in Las Vegas to lure the 50-year-old “King of Pop” back to the stage he once ruled.  This effort has been launched in the past, but now it’s in earnest.

Even though his bizarre behavior has wrecked his image, some insiders think the shows could net him $215 million, according to published reports in British newspapers.

“It will be the greatest comeback in the history of pop and there would be no problem selling out the O2 every night,” one source told London’s Daily Mail. “No one is concerned about his reputation and people don’t feel it is a risk. Organizers are confident people will come from all over the world to see him.”

There’s one fact for certain:  Jackson really needs the work.  Once one of the richest entertainers in the world, he’s in severe dire financial straits these days.  Last year he had to fight a $7 million lawsuit by a son of the King of Bahrain over an unpaid debt. In April, he’s auctioning off thousands of his possessions, including the sequined white glove he famously wore in the “Billie Jean” videos.

Jackson has said he is working on a new album, but nothing has materialized.  An adaptation of his video “Thriller” is supposedly headed for Broadway.  Released into 1982, “Thriller” is the best-selling album of all time and launched Jackson’s career into the stratosphere.

He’s largely been a mysterious recluse in recent years while his reputation has been battered by sex scandal, strange illnesses, plastic surgeries and other odd and eccentric behavior.

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Criss Angel’s Girlfriend Holly Madison ‘Disappears’

Criss Angel, 41, magician extraordinaire performing at the Luxor in Las Vegas, and his girlfirend Holly Madison, 29, are no longer a couple.    Word is that they broke up when Madison moved back into her parent’s home.   According to Angel’s publicist, Steve Flynn: “They remain very close friends and wish each otherhollymadison the very best.”

Madison is best known for her work on the reality TV show “The Girls Next Door.” She had been dating Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner until last October.

“All she’s doing is following Criss Angel around to all of his magic shows, with no legitimate job to speak of,” a source told “She’s still heartbroken and regretful about how things went down with Hef.  Then she ran into the arms of Criss Angel, but then it’s like, ‘This is not everything I thought it would be.'”


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Danny Gans Performs at Wynn’s Encore Theatre

It was first Danny Gans, “The Man of 200 Voices,” performing at the Mirage in Las Vegas in 2000 with Steve Wynn as dannygans1his backer.  And now, not much has changed:  “Danny Gans, the Man of More Than 200 Voices,” is regularly entertaining at the Encore in 2009.  And Steve Wynn is once again watching him from the wings. 

Gans one-man Vegas show began at the Stratosphere in 1996, moved to the Rio in 1998 and then to the custom built Danny Gans Theatre at the Mirage in 2000.   He brings new material and an expanded repertoire to the Encore Theatre which is sure to earn him further recognition in the local entertainment industry.

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Naomi Arin Contemporary Art Gallery in Las Vegas Presents “Yo Mama: Sheila Pepe and Friends”

On the first Friday of each month, the Las Vegas downtown art district hosts a celebration of local Las Vegas artists called First Friday.  As the past board vice-president for First Fridays, Naomi Arin continues to be an active leader in the development of the Las Vegas downtown art community.  Her gallery, Naomi Arin Contemporary Art, formerly known as Dust Gallery, is located at 900 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Suite 120B.  Past exhibits have included Israeli Art Now which featured works by Israel’s top contemporary artists,  Adi Nes and Ori Gersht, and ‘MARKED’ with paintings by Chad Brown and Etsuko Ichikawa. 

Through March 29, from Tuesday through Saturday from Noon until 5 p.m., the Naomi Arin Contemporary Art sheilapepeGallery will present “Yo Mama: Sheila Pepe and Friends,” an exhibition of work by artist Sheila Pepe.  

Knitters from New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas have knitted individual pieces expressing their own matriarchal background.  The artist, Pepe, gave the participants a formula to instruct them how to incorporate references to their mothers, grandmothers, and other maternal relatives into the knitted work. The pieces are being joined together into one installation at the Naomi Arin gallery, 702-880-3878

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Coming up this weekend on Las Vegas Backstage Access

Las Vegas Backstage Access is preparing articles to be published this weekend on Danny Gans, Naomi Arin Art Gallery exhibit, Tiger Jam XII, “Men of X,” and, yes, even Michael Jackson- and more.  Stay tuned.

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Country Music & NASCAR Rev Their Engines in Las Vegas

More than 10,000 NASCAR fans are expected to swarm the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas this weekend.   The sixth annual RaceJam will bring entertainment highlighted by country star Trent Tomlinson and former Lynrd Skynrd drummer Artimus Pyle in Saturday night performances from 9 to 11 p.m.   Also, from 6 to 8 p.m, on Saturday, Southern Stue, Tony Marques, and T.J. Weaver will be performing.  Still not having your music fill?  If so, come back on Sunday from 8 to 11 p.m. to listen to the Highwire Band and Speaks Brothers.

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