BY BART TORRES
May 7, 2012
Celebrate Mother’s Day with Dining, Massages and Entertainment
If travel plans include spending Mother’s Day weekend in Vegas, you will find plenty to do. From fine gourmet dining, going through the line at one of the resorts buffets, grabbing a quick bite in a coffee shop or indulging in a relaxing spa treatment or perhaps taking in one of the top shows in town; it is all here. Every property in town will be laying out the red carpet for moms. Chefs from Comme Ca at The Cosmopolitan will prepare a gourmet 3-course prix-fixe dinner for $55 throughout the day. Each mother will receive a bouquet of flowers upon being seated. Call (702) 698-7910. Central Michel Richard at Caesars Palace will serve a 4-course Mother’s Day menu priced at $50 per person from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Call (702) 650-5921. Luxor’s TENDER Steak & Seafood will create a special 3-course prix-fixe menu for $49. All mothers will take home a decadent box of chocolates. Call (702) 262-4852. A special Mother’s Day feast is being offered at various JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa and Rampart Casino Restaurants. Mother’s Day Brunch will be available at the Marriott’s Ceres eatery from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $52 per adult and $24 for children. Call (702) 869-7381. At the Rampart Buffet, brunch will be served from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. for $18.99 per person with a $2 discount when presenting your rewards card. Tacos and Tequila at Luxor will celebrate Dia Las Madres with brunch listed at $25. For a more casual Mother’s Day, all moms and grandmas visiting PBR Rock Bar & Grill at Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops will not only enjoy hearty American food but will get free rides on the mechanical bull all day long. Another plus at PBR is kids eat free off the Rookie menu with the purchase of one regular entrée. Moms who are members of Club Cortez will eat free on May 13 with a paying adult at The Flame Steakhouse inside downtown’s El Cortez. For a day of pampering, the ARIA is offering 80-minute Mother’s Day Massages for $265. A New-Mother-to-Be Experience can be booked at Rio Spa & Salon with a customized prenatal massage. For reservations, call (702) 777-7779. For Mothers Day weekend entertainment, Cannery Casino Hotel delivers with an appearance by five-time Grammy award and country music artist Wynonna and her band The Big Noise at The Club on Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m. Gold tickets are priced at $64.95, Prime, $49.95 and reserved, $34.95, plus tax and fees. Call (702) 507-5700 or visit www.cannerycasino.com. Over at Eastside Cannery, here’s your chance to see members from the original ABBA group performing in ABBA The Concert on Sunday, May 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets for Prime are $24.95 and $17.95 for reserved seating. Again, tax and fees are extra. All guests must be at least 5 years old. Call (702) 856-5470 or log on to www.eastsidecannery.com
The Palazzo and Southwest Airlines Team up to Support “Salute Our Troops” for Armed Forces Day
In honor of Armed Forces Day, The Palazzo and Southwest Airlines have partnered with the Armed Forces Foundation and Omaha Steaks to salute wounded veterans with a fun patriotic weekend of entertainment, dining and relaxation from May 16-19. Southwest will jet the wounded warriors from military hospitals in San Antonio, Texas where they will be met by a police motorcade to transport them in style to The Palazzo. During their stay they will take part in poker and blackjack tournaments; grand tasting buffets; dinner at Lagasse’s Stadium; spa and nail services; tours of the Strip; tickets to Blue Man Group and Madame Tussauds and a nightlife experience at TAO. Omaha Steaks will host an all-star outdoor cookout for service members and their families and will present them with gourmet gift packages to take home. A welcome reception will be held at 11 a.m. at the resort’s Waterfall & Atrium Gardens and is open to the public.
Celine Begins Next Run of Performances at Caesars
If you were one of the Celine fans who were disappointed when she had to withdraw from her scheduled shows at Caesars Colosseum a few months ago due to illness, things are looking good. Following her full recovery she will be back on stage for her next run of performances June 9-August 19. Tickets range from $55 to $250 (plus tax and fees). For reservations, call (877) 423-5463 or visit www.colosseum.com or www.ticketmaster.com and use keyword “Celine Dion.”
“Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza” and Comedian Rodney Carrington Return to MGM Grand
Returning to MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theatre are two comedy icons. Drew Carey, master of stand-up, comic, producer, writer and host of “The Price is Right” brings back his “Drew Carey’s Imrov-A-Ganza,” an hilarious audience participation show May 24-27. Show time is 9 p.m. with tickets running $49, $59 and $69 (plus tax and fees). Guests must be 13 and older to attend. For reservations, call (800) 929-1111.Next up, Rodney Carrington entertains with his famous stand-up comedy routine June 14-20. Tickets are priced at $69.99 and $89.99 (plus tax and fees) with $2 from the sales of each ticket going to the Rodney Carrington Foundation. Reservations may be made by calling (800) 745-3000.
Two Big Winners Clean up with Huge Jackpot and Pricey Sports Car
Talk about two players being in the right place at the right time! A Pai Gow poker table game at the Eastside Cannery Casino paid out a whopping $260,682 to a lucky local player who drew a seven card straight flush for the progressive payout. Picking out the right penny slot machine paid off for a New York lady visiting the Cosmopolitan for the first time. She took a gamble and after playing for a short time she hit the message saying “Jackpot Telsa Roadster.” To her surprise, she won the zero-emission car which is valued at $150,000! The casino has been featuring the car jackpot to entice the public to use the free charging station while at the property.
Dust Stirring up on Las Vegas Strip
A few big construction projects are underway on the Strip; the first being the tearing down of the old Flamingo parking garage behind the now closed O’Sheas casino. This is in preparation of the $550 million Project Linq, a retail, dining and entertainment center, being built by Caesars Entertainment Corp. The main focus upon completion in 2013 is the 550-foot observation wheel. A traffic advisory has been issued to help you maneuver your way around the area during the development of The Linq. There will be additional road closures at Imperial Palace Hotel during construction. Vehicle traffic will no longer be able to access the IP from the Strip entrance. A detour route has been set up to bring all traffic through the east end of the property and cars may also use the Harrah’s Las Vegas entrance from Las Vegas Blvd. A temporary pedestrian area for customers will open from Las Vegas Blvd. on the north side gated area until construction of the new pedestrian entrance at Harrah’s Carnaval Court is complete. Pedestrians may also use the bridge between Harrah’s and the IP located at the rear of the properties. All detours are clearly marked. A couple of things are going on at the defunct Sahara where they are transforming it into SLS Las Vegas. According to plans, the three existing hotel towers will remain, and a low-rise structure will be removed. The SLS Las Vegas, with a boutique concept, expects to have 1,600 rooms when it opens sometime in 2014. A landmark at the Sahara has always been their roller coaster, well, that will remain but in a different location. It will be moved just across from Mandalay Bay where they will rebuild it on an empty parcel of land.
Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest at Fremont Street Experience
It’s all about Elvis at downtown’s Fremont Street Experience May 11-12, where for the third consecutive year, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. and “Legends in Concert” will host the official preliminary round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. The competition will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight both days on the 3rd Street Stage with contenders hoping to get their chance to move on to the semifinals during Elvis Week 2012, the 35th anniversary celebration in Memphis. VIP seating for the performances is $20 and limited seating will be on a first come, first served basis. Both nights, Elvis Karaoke will be featured immediately following the event.
Cash in on These Promotions
Here’s your chance to win a new car in South Points “Chevy A Day” giveaway going on throughout May. A total of $800,000 in vehicles and gas will be awarded during the month-long promo. The nightly first place winner can select a Chevy Malibu, Equinox, or Silverado and 2nd -5th place receive a Chevron gas card worth $250. One Entry can be earned for every point with a maximum of 250 entries per day. Activate your entries by swiping your club card at the designated kiosk before 8 p.m. for the 8:20 p.m. drawings. Players do not have to be present to win, but if you are on the premises during the drawings you will take home an additional $2,000 in gas money for your new ride and South Point will even take care of your registration and dealer fees. All cars won must be claimed within 24 hours of the nightly drawings. Over at Silverton, Rewards Club members are invited to try their luck in the May “$265,000 Swipe into Summer & Win” giveaway. Rack up 250 points and swipe your card from 7 a.m. to midnight each day for a chance to collect up to $5,000 in free slot play, free food, gift cards and other prizes. No points will be deducted from your account. There is a limit of one swipe per day. On Mother’s Day, May 13, the Gold Coast is the place to play because they will be giving 11X points for reel slot play and 4 X points for video poker action.
Downtown Ready for Vegas StrEATS Festival
Downtown’s El Cortez Hotel will host the monthly Vegas StrEATS food-truck, arts and music festival next Saturday, May 12. All the activities are held on the Jackie Gaughn Parkway from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. with local art and clothing vendors participating. Affordable drink specials are available throughout the evening. El Cortez also continues their “Midweek Munch” with food trucks serving from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday throughout the summer.
Beer Drinkers Unite for Hard Rock’s 2nd “Rock and Brew” UNLV
A fun event for music lovers and beer drinkers, Rock and Brew, will be going on at the Hard Rock’s Breathe pool on Friday, May 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Over 60 beers are ready to be tasted while you are kicking back listening to the live bands. Proceeds from the $20 charge will benefit the UNLV Beverage Club. Grab your tickets by logging on to http://www.brewunlv.com
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