The Las Vegas Connection

LAS VEGAS CONNECTION

BY BART TORRES

June 4, 2012

Special Premier Kicks off Carnevale at The Venetian and The Palazzo 

Carnevale, a summer-long festival designed for all ages officially kicks off at The Venetian and The Palazzo Monday, June 11 at 7 p.m. The special event will feature all facets of the season-long Italian-inspired celebration with food, wine, music, art and many surprises. The grand opening will take place at The Venetian’s grand Doge’s Palace plaza showcasing speed painting by artist Salvador Live!, while he creates his one-of-a-kind masterpieces to the beat of music while break dancing and interacting with the crowd. Pop Violin trio Alizma will also perform, along with a cast of Carnevale “lighted” characters mingling with visitors. Specialty food and beverages will also be available. To end the opening celebration there will be a secret celebrity to the Grand Finale: an inaugural showing of the “light of Venice” 3D light spectacular, during which the clock tower will illuminate in light performance that brings the building to life. Carnevale remains at the resorts through September 9.

 

Caesars Entertainment Properties 

An affordable summer special being offered by Caesars properties is one that should be seriously considered if you are planning a trip to Vegas in the next few months. Each participating resort is inviting guests to take advantage of a stay and play pool package which includes a two-night stay and a $25 poolside food and beverage credit. Caesars Palace rates begin at $103; Paris Las Vegas begins at $78; Planet Hollywood from $68, Flamingo Las Vegas and Rio both have deals from $58; with Harrah’s and Bally’s offering the stay and play pool package beginning as low as $48. To book your choice of hotel and see all the amenities for these incredible deals, log on to www.caesars.com/total/las-vegas/pools/.

 

Suncoast Hotel & Casino Hosts Gourmet Food Truck Block Party 

Plenty of eats and family fun is headed to Suncoast Hotel & Casino who have partnered with Cluster Truck Events for a Gourmet Food Truck Block Party set for Saturday, June 9 from noon to 6 p.m. More than 25 food trucks from Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County will be participating. A $5 admission will be charged with all proceeds going to Special Olympics Nevada.

 

South Point and Suncoast Movie Theaters Screening Restored Classics 

If you are a true movie buff, check out South Point and Suncoast movie theaters. The two resorts have teamed up with Warner Brothers for a series of flicks that have been digitally restored. Starting this week you can catch the terrifying 1973 blockbuster “The Exorcist” with other classics including “Citizen Kane on June 13; “Cool Hand Luke” on June 20; John Wayne’s “The Searchers” on June 27; “That’s Entertainment” on July 4; “A Clockwork  Orange” on July 11, and Cary Grant’s thriller “North By Northwest” on July 18. The series wraps up with “Cabaret” on July 25. Contact the movie theaters for times and ticket prices. For a little gaming incentive at South Point there is a good discount on filling up your tank. Through June 30, simply redeem $25 in points for a gas card valued at $50. To take advantage of the “Pump With Your Points!” promotion you must be a member of their player’s club.

 

Charity Cruisin 4 Hope Poker Run and Brewfest at the Gold Spike 

Downtown’s Gold Spike Hotel & Casino is putting the final touches on their Cruisin 4 Hope Poker Run and Brewfest set for Saturday, June 16 with proceeds going to Hopelink of Southern Nevada whose goal is to build a better community by preventing homelessness, keeping families together and encouraging self-sufficiency.  The Gold Spike will be the end point for the five-stop poker run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the headquarters for the Brewfest where patrons can sample 15 different beers from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Food trucks and live entertainment will also be available. For some added fun, there will be Beer Pong and Tattoo Contests as well as several raffles. It’s $40 to participate in both events, and $25 for the Brewfest alone. Registration and check in for the poker run begins at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. at Kiss Monster Mini Golf Course.

 

“Kiss The Sky” Summer Pool Parties on Tap for Binion’s Gambling Hall

Beginning Friday, June 8 and continuing through August 31, Binion’s Gambling Hall kicks off a series of “Kiss The Sky” summer pool parties with some of the hottest DJs in town spinning the latest hits, dancing and drink specials. The weekly event will be held on the 25th floor, poolside and there is no admission charge. The doors open at 9 p.m.

 

Seasoned Performers Back in the Limelight in Vegas Showrooms 

Several seasoned performers will be back in town in the next few weeks.  Actress, singer and dancer Mitzi Gaynor, still going strong at 80 years old, will perform one night only, Saturday, June 16 at Sam’s Town Live! Showtime is 8 p.m. with tickets priced from $30, plus tax and fees. For reservations, stop by any Coast Casino Box Office, call (702) 284-777, or by visiting www.samstownlv.com. Discounts are available for B Connected members for in-person sales only. On the same evening, June 16, former teen idol, Bobby “Roses Are Red” Vinton plays at the Eastside Cannery Events Center at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $39.95 for Gold, $29.95 for Prime, $19.95 for Reserved and just $9.95 for Select seating. Taxes and fees are extra. Tickets are available at www.eastsidecannery.com or by calling the box office at (702) 856-5470. The legendary doo-wop group from the 60’s, The Manhattans will take center stage at the Suncoast Showroom, June 16-17. The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. with seats a steal at $15.95, plus tax and fees. Contact any Coast Casino box office or call (702) 636-7075. Due to overwhelming response, LVH-Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is extending Rich Little’s “Jimmy Stewart & Friends” production through July 4, 2012. Performances are Saturday-Wednesday inside the intimate Shimmer Cabaret at 8:30 p.m. with tickets available for $53.90, $63.90 and a VIP package offered at $73.90. Tax and fees are additional. Nevada residents and registered guests staying at LVH are entitled to a 2-for-1 ticket deal for Little’s show. For reservations, call (800) 222-5361 or visit www.thelvh.com. Guests must be at least 21 years old to attend.

 

PBR Rock Bar & Grill Extends Dining Discount to Active Military Members 

Throughout June, all active members of the military showing their valid ID card may take advantage of PBR Rock Bar & Grill’s 20 percent discount off the total dining bill. Also military members coming in during the daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. will enjoy $3 draft beers and 2-for-1-well drinks. Located at Miracle Mile Shops inside Planet Hollywood, PBR Rock Bar & Grill, a spacious 16,800-square foot venue with a 3,000-square foot patio is open daily from 8 a.m. to the early hours of the morning. American comfort food and down-home BBQ favorites are served around the clock.

 

Bieber Fever Hitting MGM Grand Garden Area 

Wondering what to do with your teeny-boppers this summer in Las Vegas? How about a family trip to the MGM Grand Garden Arena where they can swoon and dance along with teen idol and heartthrob Justin Beiber? Justin, in the midst of his North America “Believe” Tour presented by AEG Live, will be headlining at the property one night only, September 30, with special guest star Carly Rae Jepson. Tickets are on sale for $39.50, $59.50, $79.50 and $89.50 plus tax and fees through Ticketmaster outlets.

 

Pool Hopping in Las Vegas 

Las Vegas resorts have become a lot more liberal when it comes to the usual policy of hotel guests only using their pools. Now you will find some of the premier properties in town allowing non-registered guests a chance to take a dip; for a small charge. Enjoy some pool time at Caesars Garden of the Gods for $20 (Friday-Sunday) or Planet Hollywood’s Pleasure Pool. It’s even cheaper at Bally’s BLU Pool and Luxor, both charging $10. For some free splashing, try Rio’s VooDoo Beach or the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan where showing your Identity Players Club card allows free access Sunday-Thursday. As far as renting a cabana, they are not cheap! Be prepared to cough up to $500 a day for the privilege of being treated like a VIP, but there is one way to possibly get around the pricy tab by simply keeping your eyes open. Don’t book your cabana in advance, instead wait an hour or so and see if they are filling up. If they are still empty after 1 p.m., just hike on over to the spa area where they are normally rented from and make an offer as to how much you are willing to pay. It won’t work at all hotels; but there is no harm in asking. Now if you have money to burn and don’t mind paying the big tariff you can normally make an advance reservation for a cabana about seven days in advance.

 

Buffalo Studio’s BINGO Blitz and Riviera Launch Social Gaming Partnership 

Buffalo Studios, the gaming studio behind BINGO Blitz, the #1 Bingo game on Facebook, and the Riviera, which happens to have the only Bingo room on the famed Strip, have formed a one-of-a-kind bingo partnership between an online social bingo game and a land-based casino. For a limited time, BINGO Blitz is featuring a special online Riviera Las Vegas bingo room within its Facebook game where players can enter the sweepstakes for free every day for a chance to win one of twelve trips to Vegas to compete in the $200,000 Riviera Superstar BINGO BLITZ tournament scheduled for July 14-15. The big event includes 56 games over two days, with a minimum payout of $3,000 plus a $25,000 Coverall game to end both sessions. For rules and regulations, log on to http://buffalo-studios.comriviera/riviera-rules-regulations/.  

 

California Residents Receive 50 Percent Discount to Mack King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s 

California visitors can save 50 percent off the price of a ticket to see Comedy-Magician Mac King playing at Harrah’s. The huge discount is valid through Labor Day Weekend by just showing your valid ID at the Box Office. With the half-off ticket price you are in your seat for just $14.95 plus tax. King, who recently signed an extension to his contract through 2015, plays twice daily, Tuesday-Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Showroom Theater.

 

Garth Brooks Adds New Concert Dates Through November 2012 

Tickets for a series of added concert dates for Garth Brooks playing at the intimate Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas since 2009 go on sale Saturday, June 9 at 10 a.m. PT. Concert dates on sale are 9/21-22, 10/5-6, 10/26-27, and 11/16-17. Seats are available for $225 plus tax and service charge. For tickets call (877) 65-GARTH or visit Ticketmaster.com Fans may also book the “Garth Weekend Package”, which includes a three-night stay in a Wynn or Encore Tower Suite King, two premium concert tickets, Garth merchandise valued at $100, dinner at Switch, choice of spa treatments for two and Sunday Jazz Brunch for two at The Country Club. To secure this package, which is priced from $839 per night, call (866) 770-7929 and ask for code: UNFGB.

 

Check with resorts for all current offers published. Hotels have all rights and may cancel or modify at anytime. On your drive up to Vegas tune your radio to The Highway FM 98 & 99 for my up-to-date Las Vegas reports. GOOD LUCK!

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