On top of the many articles Las Vegas Backstage Access has provided related to Las Vegas, three more are coming:
Las Vegas-based Latin dancers Afroborike will compete this season on “Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew” (9 p.m Sunday, MTV).
The three remaining families visit Las Vegas, and see a special performance from Penn & Teller, on “Great American Road Trip” (8 p.m. Monday, KVBC-TV, Channel 3).
And “Zeke and Luther,” the Disney XD teen comedy starring Las Vegan Adam Hick, has been renewed for a second season.
Lots of high-energy political figures will be in Las Vegas on Aug. 10 at the National Clean Energy Summit 2.0, flapping their jaws in discussions on how to build a clean energy economy.
In addition to former President Bill Clinton (also rumored to be having a stag birthday in Las Vegas tomorrow- not on the taxpayers’ dime), former Vice President Al Gore and California ‘Terminator’ Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the event will also be a cornucopia of public officials, including Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the forum will focus on creating jobs through investments in green power.
Recent surveys, however, show Americans are turning a cold, if not freezing shoulder to global warming, and are especially irate when it comes to considering or enacting legislation that might result in higher power bills or contribute to the continuing erosion of jobs.
The event begins at 10 a.m. inside the Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Tickets for the event cost $150. For more information, visit www.CleanEnergySummit.org.
Mackenzie Warren, a Green Valley High School class of 2006 graduate, landed a summer dream job. She’s an intern at “NBC Nightly News” in New York City.
A senior at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, she’s majoring in convergence journalism. She interned at the Houston Chronicle’s Washington bureau last summer.
Her mother, Melissa Warren, is a partner in Faiss Foley Warren Public Relations in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Backstage Access extends our kudos and well wishes to Mackenzie!
After a hugely popular and well received Las Vegas concert, it was announced on Tuesday that Beyonce and Lady Gaga each earned nine nominations for next month’s MTV Video Music Awards– more than any other artist.
Reigning champ Britney Spears, another Las Vegas water-imbibing regular, continues her stiff musical comeback with seven nods for “Womanizer” and “Circus.”
For video of the year, Beyonce (“Single Ladies”) faces off against Spears, Eminem (“We Made You”), Kanye West (“Love Lockdown”), and newbie, but strong contender Lady Gaga (“Poker Face”).
Beyonce has only been nominated for video of the year once, losing her 2007 nod for “Irreplaceable” to, of all people, her husband, Jay-Z, and Rihanna for “Umbrella.” Beyonce does have six wins out of 14 nods in various categories to console her. She contends for a slew more this year, with “Single Ladies” earning nine nominations in total, including best female and pop videos as well as six technical nods.
Talks are on for Beyonce to return to Las Vegas to perform over the holidays.
In another bit of welcome good economic news, the Las Vegas City Council approved plans for a new casino and sign at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue by the end of this year.
Not just any usual Las Vegas sign, mind you, but a 98-foot, 11,200-square-foot electronic sign at a high-profile intersection where the city of Las Vegas meets the Strip.
On the site of the former home of the Holy Cow! brewery, which closed in 2002, plans now call for a 37,100-square- foot bulding with a 9,000-square-foot casino, a 6,000-square-foot restaurant and 4,000 square feet of retail space, including a Walgreens.
Bucking the construction tide (not suprisingly, with Las Vegas facing an excess of room inventory), no hotel rooms are planned for the property.
In 2004, the Las Vegas City Council approved plans for a 73-story building with 960 condominius on the site, but the lands was placed back on the market in 2005; new owners bought the property in 2007.
A group of Las Vegas casino operators are planning to pool their sports book bets so their books can handle heavier betting action.
South Point owner Michael Gaughan received preliminary approval from Nevada’s Gaming Control Board to pool sports bets with the Palms, both Cannery casinos and the Rampart Casino at the JW Marriott in Las Vegas.
Pooling will allow the books to accept larger bets on all sports, but the casino operators really want to capture a larger share of college and pro football bets when the season begins in September.
The arrangement will allow these casinos to compete more effectively against larger casinos that run multiple books, including Station Casinos, Boyd Gaming Corp., MGM Mirage and Harrah’s Entertainment.
The properties, however, can’t begin taking bets under the proposed system until the Nevada Gaming Commission approves the plan. They plan to consider the proposal at their Aug. 20 meeting in Carson City, Nevada.