Archive for April, 2011
This blog is nothing if not frugal, so we do what we can to let you know about cost-saving offers. This one’s a keeper.
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Use code “33OFF” when you book your room. Find rates here.
This spectacularly secret discount code is good for reservations through Aug. 31, 2011.
Bonus Imperial Palace shocker: Guess which hotel was recently voted “Favorite Las Vegas Strip Resort and Casino” in a highly-scientific KLAS poll? You got it: Imperial Palace. Fans of the Imperial Palace know a great value when they see it!
Expect the chortles to keep on coming at The Improv at Harrah’s. The famed comedy club announced its contract has been extended for five more years.
The contract extension means comedy’s best will continue to have a showcase center-Strip through 2015, at which time we’re also supposed to have flying cars and personal robots. (We just made up that last part.)
To mark the announcement of its new contract, The Improv also took the opportunity to announce the return of the irrepressible, Improv alum Jay Mohr. Mohr will return to The Improv at Harrah’s Jun. 24-26.
Jay Mohr fact: Many people know him from his role as a back-stabbing agent in “Jerry Maguire,” but did you know he’s also a frequent guest writer for Sports Illustrated magazine?
Opened in April of 1995, The Improv is the longest-running comedy club in Las Vegas.
The Improv at Harrah’s Vegas has been named “Best Comedy Club” in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” poll numerous times. Other accolades include “Best Comedy Club” by Casino Player Magazine and “Best Comedy Club in Southern Nevada” by Nevada Magazine.
We were there for The Improv’s 15th anniversary. See our stunningly inadequate coverage.
Get your yuck on and find out more about The Improv at Harrah’s.
Every watch “Unwrapped” on the Food Network? Well, in a recent episode of the show, there was a reference to Las Vegas. Of course, our ears perked up.
The episode featured a Nestle plant in Franklin Park, Illinois, that manufactures Butterfinger bars.
A worker states, “If we lined all the bars up end-to-end that we make on this line alone in one week, we make enough to stretch from Chicago to Las Vegas, which is 1,700 miles.”
Bonus Butterfinger fact: The factory makes 10 million bars each day.
If you’re looking for something sweet in Vegas, try a lick of the Sugar Factory at Paris Vegas. You know what we mean.
UPDATE: Sorry, this partnership ended Nov. 15, 2011. You’ll live.
Nine Las Vegas hotels in the Caesars Entertainment family have partnered with Silicon Valley company Topguest to give social network users sweet perks for their Sin City check-ins.
Guests who check in at participating resort venues will receive 50 Total Rewards Bonus Reward Credits just for using popular social media services like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram and Gowalla on their mobile devices.
Total Rewards is the gaming industry’s largest customer loyalty program, with more than 40 million members. Plus this blog. So, 40 million and one.
Reward Credits can be redeemed for comps or merchandise at many of the most popular casino destinations in Las Vegas and around the country. Find out more.
Making the whole process even easier is the new online sign-up for the Total Rewards program. Read more.
Topguest is also tied into other loyalty programs with companies like Virgin America, Holiday Inn, Avis and others.
Just visit Topguest.com or get the Topguest app to create and customize your Topguest account. (You select which of your social networks you’d like to link to your Topguest account.) Enter your loyalty program number(s) and you’re all set.
Bonus: Check in by May 9 and you’ll be entered to win an additional 500 Bonus Reward Credits. (They’re giving out a number of these prizes, by the way, so it’s not one of those smarmy, one-in-a-million marketing enticements we loathe so much.)
Small print: There’s a max of five check-ins per day. Also, it may take a few days for your Reward Credits to show up in your Total Rewards account, so don’t get riled up or post comments on certain blogs if you don’t see them right away. Chill. It’s social. It’s supposed to be fun.
Find out more about Topguest and how you can make the most of your next visit to Las Vegas.
“The Viper Vixens,” a racy new show, makes its debut at one of the wildest casinos on the Strip, O’Sheas Las Vegas, on May 5.
The new show is touted as being an “erotic revue like none other on the Strip.” The twist appears to be that the performers in the show, with names like Cottonmouth to Diamondback, utilize dangerous weapons in their sultry acts.
The show includes a crossbow act by “Mr. and Mrs. G” who have appeared on “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” and toured with Britney Spears during her “Circus” tour.
Also featured in the show is singer Deena Cary who toured the country for two years as the lead singer of “Purrfect Angelz,” opening for artists like Big & Rich, Trace Adkins and Earth, Wind & Fire.
This new show is topless, so it’s for those 18 and older only. Tickets are $45, and shows are nightly at 9:00 p.m., dark Sundays. Tickets can be purchased at the Flamingo and O’Sheas box offices. Find out more.
Total Rewards is the most successful casino player loyalty program in the world, and for the first time ever, enrollment in the program can now be done online. Sign up now.
One of the biggest benefits of the new online Total Rewards sign-up is that players can now skip the longer, more involved sign-up process at their favorite casino. Once a membership number is issued online, it’s just a matter of presenting the number at a Total Rewards Center, and a new card is issued immediately.
Online enrollment also means you can start earning Reward Credits before ever setting foot in a casino. For example, if you use a Total Rewards Visa card, the purchases start accruing Reward Credits right away. Those Reward Credits can then be redeemed for merchandise, rooms, discounts and other perks of membership.
Bonus FYI: Signing up for a Total Rewards Visa card gets you 2,500 bonus Reward Credits after your first transaction. Cha-ching.
Handy tip: Use the Total Rewards app to locate a Total Rewards casino near you.
Members get special room rates as well as access to exclusive benefits, offers and deals from Total Rewards partners like Norwegian Cruise Line and Hawaiian Airlines.
It’s never been easier to sign up for Total Rewards! Sign up for Total Rewards online today, and let us know what you think in the Comments section.
National High Five Day falls on the third Thursday of April each year. That’s today, Apr. 21.
Unfortunately, as we reported on Apr. 1, this particular “holiday” will not be celebrated in Las Vegas. Read more about the high five ban in Las Vegas casinos.
The high five ban must be true, as it was also reported in the New York Daily News.
While this blog does not condone high-fiving, or knuckle-bumping for that matter, we do feel compelled to share the following video. By doing so, of course, this blog runs the risk of defying local ordinances. That’s just how we roll.
If you love Las Vegas as much as we do, you’re always looking for news, skinny, scoop, the inside track, the edge, the low-down, the frothy oyster. (We just make that last one up.)
If you’re not listening to Las Vegas podcasts, you might be missing out on some of the best, and certainly some of the most entertaining, free Sin City resources around.
Here are three Las Vegas podcasts we can’t live without, in no particular order.
The Vegas Gang Podcast
Four Vegas experts mix it up in a free, bi-weekly podcast about Vegas, the gaming industry and whatever else springs to mind. The cast of characters include regulars Hunter Hillegas from RateVegas.com; Chuck Monster from VegasTripping.com, UNLV’s Dave Schwartz and Jeff Simpson. Great interviews, lots of opinions, and humor, too (big plus with us). Visit the official site to find out more.
Five Hundy by Midnight
Charming hosts Tim Dressen and Michele Dressen adore Las Vegas, and their passion shows in their fun, informative podcasts. Catch up on all the latest Las Vegas news and lots more. This entertaining podcast has been around since 2005, and it’s always exciting to download the latest installment. Visit the official site.
The Strip Podcast
Podcasters and journalists Steve Friess (columnist for Las Vegas Weekly and other publications) and Miles Smith (executive producer for local TV station KVBC) hit all the right notes with celebrity interviews, tourist tips and Las Vegas trivia. These two have the greatest rapport, which makes their take on Vegas all the more enjoyable. Here’s the official site.
It’s worth noting the three aforementioned podcasts are all participants in the annual Podcast-a-Palooza gathering, the most recent of which took place at Flamingo Las Vegas. You can bet we won’t miss this fun event again.
“Pulse of Vegas blog,” you ask, “how can I listen to podcasts during my commute to work or while driving to Las Vegas?” Funny you should ask! There’s a cool gadget that plugs into your car’s lighter, then transmits the signal from your smartphone or iPod to your car’s radio. Podcast heaven. Check it out.
Showbiz icon David Hasselhoff took in “Absinthe,” the new “adult circus” at Caesars Palace, on Apr. 19.
The show marked the debut of Angel Porrino, occasional Peepshow at Planet Hollywood performer and co-star of TV’s “Holly’s World, who landed a part in the irreverent show.
Porrino’s part in the show is described as “topless striptease while tap dancing inside a balloon.” Only in Vegas, baby. Read more.
Learn more about Absinthe, the critically-lauded show at Caesars Palace.
Unrelated to anything, we were digging through some mementos the other night and came across this players club card from the now-a-memory Stardust hotel.
Ah, the memories.
The Stardust was the first hotel this blog visited in Las Vegas, way back when. It also marked the first place we played craps, a life-altering experience if ever there was one.
The Stardust closed on Nov. 1, 2006 after 48 years of operation. It was imploded on Mar. 13, 2007. Gone, but not forgotten.
We get a tad weepy-eyed when we watch this, but here’s video of the implosion, for what it’s worth.
Echelon Place was started on the former Stardust site, but construction was suspended in 2008.
Finding our players card has inspired our feeling a little sentimental today. We’d love to hear any of your memories of the Stardust, or perhaps another Las Vegas hotel for which you have a special fondness. Casinos like the Flamingo, arguably more vibrant than ever, or those going away, like the Sahara. Which Vegas hotel was your first? Post your memories in the Comments section.
A random photo from the most photogenic city on the planet.
We were going to Photoshop an apostrophe into the Bally’s Las Vegas sign, but we are a Las Vegas blog, not an apostrophe enforcer.
Nobody’s perfect, and from all reports, nobody’s better-equipped to prove it than the U.S. Postal Service.
It seems the good folks that design and produce U.S. postage stamps inadvertently used a photo of Sin City’s famed Statue of Liberty replica on its “Liberty Forever” stamps instead of the original Lady Liberty in New York. Oops.
Philatelic factoid: The photograph of the Las Vegas Lady Liberty (above) is by Raimund Linke.
As a Las Vegas blog, we’re kind of loving this “screw-up,” actually!
We were just checking out the iconic, half-scale statue at New York-New York the other night and grabbed this exclusive video which may be the biggest waste of 30 seconds of your day, ever.
Given that three billion of the new stamps have been printed, the Postal Service has said it will allow the stamps to remain in circulation. In a stroke of PR genius, the USPS is calling the mistake a “mischaracterization.” This blog, however, would characterize it as “awesome.”
The biggest downside for the unlucky stamp designer responsible for this epic gaff? Since they’re “Forever” stamps, the Las Vegas Lady Liberty stamps will be around for a long, long time.
On a related note, did you know you can put your Vegas photos on real postage stamps? At Zazzle.com, put your favorite shot of the Las Vegas Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, or even the original, on a stamp. We don’t get a piece of this action. We just think it’s cool.
Caesars Palace veteran and renowned singer-songwriter Elton John will return to the storied casino-hotel with an all new show, “The Million Dollar Piano,” beginning Sep. 28.
The music legend has has signed on for a three-year residency, his second as a Caesars Palace headliner. Elton John’s last stint at Caesars Palace was a five-year run of the critically-acclaimed, “The Red Piano.” That popular show ended in Apr. of 2009.
Elton John commented about his new show, “I’m going to have a fabulous piano that Yamaha has been working on for four years, and that’s the reason the show is called ‘The Million Dollar Piano.’”
John will be accompanied by his band, which includes Davey Johnstone on guitar, Bob Birch on bass, John Mahon on percussion, Nigel Olsson on drums and Kim Bullard on keyboards with a special appearance by percussionist Ray Cooper.
Elton John is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 35 gold and 25 platinum albums and 29 consecutive Top 40 hits. And, yes, we knew all that off the top of our heads, without the assistance of a news release. Probably.
Time for an Elton John flashback (a mere 26 million YouTube views later).
Tickets go on sale Apr. 25 and range in price from a surprisingly-low $55 up to $250. Get them at the box office at Caesars Palace or at Ticketmaster.