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Sunday, October 19, 2003  
Roy Horn's Condition Major Concern, Steve Wyrick's New Home, More Strip Magic, Michael Flatley's Irish Ways, Natalie Cole Sings, Fitzgeralds Entertains, Authentic Oktoberfest Prelude To Hofbrauhaus, "Be A Legend" Amateur Celebrity Impersonator Karaoke Contest, Last Comic Standing Is Live, Ba-Da-Bing Adds Nights, Air Force Thunderbirds Will Fly, Orleans Arena Goes Equine, Halloween Haunts, Monorail On Track, Audi Art On Display , More...


by Jackie Brett
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The severe life-threatening tiger attack suffered by magician Roy Horn in a recent Siegfried & Roy performance at the Mirage still has everyone extending their hopes and prayers. The duo has been an integral part of Vegas' entertainment scene since they began playing Vegas in 1967. In chronological order they performed at the Tropicana, Stardust, MGM Grand, Stardust again, and the (New) Frontier.

At the Mirage, the famous duo headlined more than 5,700 sold out shows since opening their 1,500-seat showroom in February 1990.

With the cancellation of the Siegfried & Roy show, their merchandise has become a hot commodity.

Additionally, out of respect for Roy Horn, Jay Leno has moved his two-day gig on Nov. 7 and 8, from the Siegfried and Roy Theater at The Mirage to the smaller Danny Gans Theater.

The "Society of Seven" variety act show at the Aladdin will be closing tonight and the sexy girlie production "X" will be looking for a new room after Oct. 21.

Magician Steve Wyrick, who closed his show at the Sahara on Aug. 31, will open in his new theater at the Aladdin in late November after some renovations take place to make room for his big illusions. Tickets will go for $49.95 plus tax for the twice-nightly shows, call 702-785-5000. In addition, he will reopen his magic shop.

The "World's Greatest Magic Show" made its debut this week in the Sahara's main showroom. In a variety-style format, the show features between eight to 10 different magicians performing their best trick or illusion. Magicians on the roster include Kevin James, Sylvester the Jester, Jason Byrne, The Majestix, Joseph Gabriel, Zieda Lavavootnish - the Latvian Mistress of Magic, Billy Ferguson and Kenneth Harvard. Shows are nightly except Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $55.95 plus tax and ticket fee, and $65.95 for VIP seats in the first three rows, call 702-737-2515.

The famous Irish high-steppin' dancer and producer Michael Flatley was in town last weekend to celebrate the fifth anniversary of his "Lord of the Dance" show in Las Vegas and first year run at the Venetian, after a long gig at New York-New York before "Zumanity" took over. Many Celebs showed up for the event including Ben Vereen and Shari Belafonte, who presented proclamations from the stage, Robert and Vera Goulet, impersonator Bill Acosta, singer Frankie Randall, the Scintas, songstress Patricia Welch, singer / TV host Tony Sacca and Robin Leach.

There's talk that Flatley wants to open an Irish-themed casino on the Strip.

The versatile and talented Natalie Cole will appear in Le Théâtre des Arts at Paris, Oct. 30 -Nov. 1 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $75 with tax included, call 702-946-4567 or 877-374-7469.

In the past three decades, Natalie Cole has become one of the most treasured female vocalists of our time. Perhaps her most significant album was "Unforgettable With Love," which honored the legacy of her father Nat King Cole.

Fitzgeralds has a never ending list of entertainers rotating through its showroom. Singing comedy impressionist Larry G. Jones "The Man of 1002 Voices" performs at 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Steve Connolly does his Elvis Tribute "Spirit of the King," at 7:15 p.m. Thursday through Monday, Comedian Wild Billy Tucker goes for laughs at 9:15 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Paul Casas provides music and comedy at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. There's no admission charge for these shows, just a one drink minimum.

Performances of Bobby Ruffin's Tribute to the Drifters takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $12.95.

The new Hofbrauhaus under construction and across the street from the Hard Rock won't be opening until December. In the meanwhile, the owners are holding an Oktoberfest celebration in a tent in Terrible's parking lot at 4100 Paradise Road. From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday, you can enjoy a Bavarian menu, Hofbrau beer and the oom-pah band from Munich. Admission is free.

The Flamingo has installed two high-speed check-in and check-out kiosks at the end of the front desk registration area. Guests can register, get their room keys cut, get directions to elevators. make dinner reservations and print out rooms statements when guests check out. Ultimately, the machine will be able to communicate in different languages. Each kiosk costs $20,000.

Here we go again. Now the Hard Rock is trying to outdo the Palms by unveiling "The ultimate high roller suite." This 5,000-square-foot suite that rents for $7,500 a night has the world's first bowing alley in a hotel room, a karaoke sound system, a 500-square-foot master bath, a 24-hour-on-call butler, a six-person hot tub and two plasma TVs wired for a live feed of performances emanating from The Joint on the main floor. Sounds impressive!

The Imperial Palace, home to the long running celebrity tribute show "Legends in Concert," is holding the first "Be A Legend" - Amateur Celebrity Impersonator Karaoke Contest in Tequila Joe's on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. First prize is $500 and an audition with "Legends." For information, call 702-794-3114 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The Sahara will host "Last Comic Standing Live!" featuring rotund comedian Ralphie May, Sean Kent and Rob Cantrell from Oct. 21-Nov. 16. Other comedians from last summer's hit reality show and talent contest are expected to be booked as part of an open-ended engagement.

"Ba -Da-Bing," the interactive musical dinner show taking place in a private room in Gustav Mauler's Sazio's restaurant inside the Orleans will be extending its schedule to seven nights a week instead of five as of Nov. 13.


Good news! The Air Force Thunderbirds will be flying at next month's Aviation Nation air show at Nellis Air Force Base, Nov. 15-16.

One of the most recognized Elvis tribute artists of today, Trent Carlini, is continuing his headlining status at the Las Vegas Hilton through Oct. 26. He's appearing on the stage where Presley once performed 837 consecutive sold out shows.

"Golden" Joe Baker, who was best known for his comedic role as Elvis in the afternoon "Viva Las Vegas" revue at the Stratosphere until he fell ill in October 2001, has passed away. He was always a very memorable cast member in Dick Feeney's popular show and he is missed.

The National Horse Show will run from Nov. 19-25 at the Orleans Arena. Performances will take place Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and afternoons through Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Tickets arrange from $10 to $50.

The Rio has raised ticket prices on two of its shows. Ronn Lucas' afternoon ventriloquism act has been bumped from $21.95 to $24.95 and "Showgirls" has gone from $43.95 to $49.95.

The Four Seasons popular annual Teddy Bear Suite sponsored by subRosa and FAO Schwartz is scheduled to run from Dec. 12-23 this year.

Part of the TI's redesign includes a darker paint job on the outside of the building. Inside what was formerly Treasure Island, the signs are becoming pirate-free and the swashbuckling pirate show out front is changing to "Sirens of TI" featuring a sexed-up battle with scantily clad women.

You've probably seen the Segway Human Transporter on television. It is the two-wheeled upright scooter that has the potential to run more than 12 mph. By the end of the year, Fun Transport LLC hopes to open the Strip's first rental center for the vehicles at the Fashion Show mall. Each vehicle costs $4,495 and the proposed rental fee is $40 per hour.

The city of Henderson located about 20-minutes from The Strip is integrating building murals as a component for the redevelopment plan. The first mural that is 45 feet wide and 22 feet high on the downtown Sprint building has been unveiled depicting the city's beginnings in 1941 through 1953. As many as 10 murals are planned to cover later periods.

Circus-Circus has gone all out by transforming its Adventuredome into the "Fright Dome," tonight and again from Oct. 23-31 with doors opening at 7 p.m. The five-acre indoor theme park is converted into a high tech, large-scale haunted house featuring three haunted houses, two sinister stage shows, a haunted arcade, a monster midway and 14 rides and attractions of terror. There are also performances by Wildfire, a techno-tribal troupe. For ticket information, call 702-696-1999.

Lots of money will be at stake at the Halloween Masquerade Party that will be part of the first Las Vegas Comic-Con. More than $40,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center party on Oct. 31. Admission is $28 or $18 for those with a Las Vegas Comic-Con pass. For information, call 866-362-6642.

The Riviera will be hosting a Halloween party with American High Roller cigars and a men's magazine.

Lawry's the Prime Rib restaurant is presenting "A Wedding in Transylvania," a dinner theater mystery, on Oct. 30 and 31. Tickets are $65, which includes dinner, call 702-893-2223. Guests are invited to dress up.

Nightclubs are also getting involved with Halloween fun. At the Venetian's nightclub Venus, the Legacy Society will launch its inaugural "The Haunted and the Hip" party from 7 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 31. The fundraising event includes cocktail and hors d'oeuvres prepared by Wolfgang Puck's Postrio, a tarot card reader and a costume contest for a $1,000 grand prize. Admission is $45 in advance and $60 at the door, call the Boys & Girls Clubs, 702-367-2582, ext. 236.

Curve Ultra-Lounge at the Aladdin is celebrating Halloween with a "Haunted Mansion" at 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 31. The evening will feature dancing, DJs, and scenes from great horror movies. Admission is $20.

Studio 54 at the MGM Grand will host "Nightmare on 54th Street" with events running from Tuesday, Oct. 28 through Saturday, Nov. 1. The big events are the 37th annual fundraising Beaux Arts Ball at 10 p.m. on Oct. 30 and "Nightmare on 54th Street" at 10 p.m. on Oct. 31. For information, call 702-737-3100.

The Las Vegas Monorail project is 82 percent complete and five of the nine monorail trains have been received. All seven stations are under construction in different stages. The Sahara station at 95 percent done is the closest to completion. The other stations are in various stages of construction. Approximately 90 percent of the monorail track is in place and the project is currently on schedule to open to the public in early 2004.

If you visit the monorail site at, you can get detailed progress updates, check fares and purchase tickets, get a precise route map with the stations highlighted, learn the monorail's history, and get "fast facts."

The Audi Odyssey Masterpiece, an Audi A4 Cabriolet that's been transformed into a one-of-a-kind work of art, is finishing the last leg of a year-long journey in Las Vegas before its final appearance at the 4th Annual Las Vegas Odyssey on Nov. 8. Valued at $107,525, the sweepstakes automobile is making high profile appearances at the Green Valley Ranch, Oct. 21-30, Art d' Vignettes at the Fashion Show mall, Oct. 28-31, and the Ritz-Carlton at Lake Las Vegas, Nov. 1-8. The public is welcome to register for the drawing.



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