Daily Archives: April 5, 2009

NASCAR Award Ceremonies Planned for Las Vegas

Although some minor details need to be ironed out, it’s almost a done deal that Las Vegas will be the new home to the NASCAR Sprint Cup banquet, awards ceremonies and postseason celebrations in the first week of December, most likely December 4. nascarawards

The event honors the top 10 NASCAR drivers from the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. 

A major event acquisition coup for Las Vegas,  for the past 27 years the prestigious event was held in New York City. 

Planning has been in the works for the past two years by Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) president Rossi Ralenkotter and his team.  Speedway Motorsports Inc., owner of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, has lobbied for the event. 

The LVCVA would reportedly pay NASCAR between $500,000 and $1 million for each year of the contract, which may be for three to five years. 

NASCAR would be the second major professional sport to shift its awards ceremony to Las Vegas this year.  Ralenkotter negotiated a three-year deal to bring the NHL awards to the Palms Casino & Hotel on June 18.

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Another Las Vegas Burlesque Show Bites the Desert Dust

On the heels of Las Vegas burlesque show closures, including the recent Folies Bergere that closed on March 28 after ivan-kanetheir 49-year-run, Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce also called it quits, succumbing to the ongoing ravages of the economy last weekend after more than four years of being in the retail shops area adjacent to MGM Mirage’s Mandalay Bay. 

Kane fueled the retro burlesque revival with Forty Deuce in Las Vegas and his Hollywood nightclub.  Now both are shuttered. Kane’s name only remains on the subdued Café Was.

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Cure for Recession Blues?

Most everyone to some extent has or is being touched by our economic recession blues.  A new prescription for those ills is debuting at 7:30 p.m. on April 6 on KLVX-TV, Channel 10 (Vegas PBS) when they air “Recession Rx,” and also show it on their Web site (www.VegasPBS.org/rx), YouTube and as an Internet stream and podcast. 

All of our recession’s biggest aches and pains – the mortgage crisis, home foreclosures, unemployment, bankruptcy, health care, job searches and training, legal problems, even psychological issues – will be diagnosed on “Rx,” a half-hour, 13-week series. 

“We’re not solving everybody’s problems, but we’re setting out to say what’s out there,” says Cathy Hanson, host of the television show.

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