April 26, 2017 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Las Vegas Shows

The Strip’s newest high-powered headliners, TENORS OF ROCK have opened their first-ever resident production in the Showroom at Harrah’s Las Vegas. The five burly Brits, backed by a shredding band and a bevy of beautiful dancers from famed Sunset Strip burlesque troupe, Little Miss Nasty, were met with countless standing ovations from the packed theater throughout the evening, as they delivered reimagined renditions of the most beloved rock anthems and biggest songs of all time.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

Las Vegas-based fine art photographer Jon Rouse will premiere his collection “PRIMER: Art of Weaponry”, a study of power vs. beauty, to the public for the first time since its recent Hollywood film debut in box office hit John Wick 2. The ultra-high-resolution modern art collection of rare firearms, ammunitions and explosives opens a new dimension of creativity on the Fine Art spectrum by showcasing unorthodox subject matter that is photographically-translated into a visually-stunning opus.

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Las Vegas Hotels

The fully renovated rooftop pool and recreation deck at the Plaza Hotel & Casino that opened July 4th weekend last year to rave reviews has even more to offer guests this summer with an additional $25,000 upgrade to its furnishings, a $300,000 renovation to five hotel suites with direct access to the pool deck, and various special events, including a Hawaiian Luau and the debut of “Plaza Pool Nights.”

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Las Vegas Nightlife

A new nightlife offering has opened at downtown’s Neonopolis, The Nerd. The Nerd nightclub takes up residence in the former Drink & Drag space and offers bowling, pool and frosty beverages. No drag queens, but you’ll survive.

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Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – The winds are (mostly) dying down, the days are lengthening, and cold nights are a thing of the past. Pack a bathing suit, not a jacket!

I’m pleased to report that we’re making major progress on our new password-protected members area. We project to have it open for you in two weeks. (Keep in mind, the transition of getting everyone set up may take just a little longer. Moving everyone to the new system is a major undertaking).

The bottom line is that you’ll eventually be able to not only access any back issues you desire, but we’ll have a special section with years worth of helpful tips, sorted for easy reference. It will be perfect for those of you in pre-trip planning to bone up on things you have forgotten, or tips we gave out before you may have become a member. We’re excited!

So, About Our New Stadium – The NFL Raiders are indeed headed to Las Vegas, and construction will soon begin on a badly-needed 65k seat stadium. Most likely across the freeway from Mandalay Bay (although downtown is still lobbying hard, and willing to donate Cashmen Center, which would save the stadium construction around over $200 million in land acquisition costs).

We’ve been over most of this (and soon will be able to direct you to specific archives in the members area). However, I want to firmly correct the gibberish the national media spreading about the stadium financing.

We need this stadium. We’ve needed this stadium. A tourism destination of our magnitude is undeserved in this area. (35k seat Sam Boyd stadium is way out on the edge of town, and does not have a roof). We need it for everything from traveling concerts which will only play stadiums to major sports events (the kind you always see broadcast from Glendale, Arizona and Dallas, Texas) to convention meeting space where the many huge conventions we garner each year can put everyone in the same venue for an evening pep-talk and entertainment event.

The national media continues to decry that we’re subsidizing an NFL team with the largest amount ever for stadium construction. Actually, it is the other way around. This stadium was in the early planning stages, without mention of an NFL team. We needed the stadium. We were going to build the thing one way or another. The reality is that The Raiders are bringing around 60% of the construction costs to the table, despite only using the facility 10 times per year (not including playoff games). Their prospected usage is 20% of stadium event dates, while kicking in 60% of the cash.

Let me ask you: Who got the best of who?!?!?!?

February, Not So Good – February’s numbers, ranging from gaming win to room rates to airport flyers, wasn’t so good. Especially with all the news about tourism records and similar. Could it be an anomoly? Possibly. Could it be the tip of the “we’re reducing our number of yearly Vegas visits?” Might be. We’ll keep our eyes on it,

As I’ve noted, we’re going to continue our quest to make sure no matter how many (or few) times you visit, you’ll know what is going on and be able to get the best bang for your buck. Downtown is booming. Near-Strip casinos are upgrading. Ride-sharing services (Uber, Lyft) are making it affordable to visit properties who still care about offering you great value and welcome you with open arms!

Karma Donations – No, not to us! We appreciate your support with your yearly subscription. As some of you know, “Karma Donations” are something good you can do prior to a Las Vegas visit to help improve your luck. We don’t know if they work or not, but for those of you who want to give it a whirl, we have two suggestions:

1. The Las Vegas Rescue Mission does great work with feeding and housing the homeless. Despite how much it may tug at your heart strings, many of the panhandlers on The Strip and downtown are in no way homeless. You can make a good-enough tax free living doing this to afford a rent-by-the-week apartment (most of which come with free cable and wi-fi), food, clothes, and enough to Uber or ride the bus to The Strip every day.

The Las Vegas Rescue Mission actually provides services to the truly down-and-out. You can donate online at http://www.vegasrescue.org/ways-to-give/; and then walk by the “homeless” on The Strip and downtown guilt free.

2. If you have an issue with giving to a faith-based organization, consider Three Square Food Bank. They help provide food to needy persons and familier in the Las Vegas area. While you are enjoying your visit, you know that a family just a couple of miles from you is able to cook up dinner because of your generosity. You can reach them at https://www.threesquare.org

Hope that you are enjoying this issue!

Ted Newkirk

Ted Newkirk, Publisher

Editor: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler

Associate Editor, News Researcher, Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


What We’re Watching! Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy

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Lucky Dragon New Casino Sculpture Installation Time-Lapse

Watch the installation of beautiful dragon glass sculpture being installed over the course of two weeks at the new Lucky Dragon casino. The Lucky Dragon is across the corner, as viewed, from the SLS Casino at The Strip and Sahara. Las Vegas’ newest hotel casino!

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How To Check For Bed Bugs In A Hotel Room

Some vacation memories are better left behind – bed bugs, for example. Consumer Reports’ experts show you simple ways to check for signs of bed bugs in your hotel room and what to do if you spot them.

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First Friday Las Vegas And Floyd Lamb Park Tour

In today’s Vlog the family and I take Kaydence to Floyd Lamb Park in Las Vegas to feed the birds and let her have a horse ride. Floyd Lamb Park has a petting zoo, horse ride and bounce house all for $10.00. Later that night Christa and I go downtown Las Vegas to First Friday which is down near Fremont Street Experience on the first Friday of each month. First Friday Las Vegas has food trucks, arts and crafts, art and much more to check out.


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April 5, 2017 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Las Vegas Shows

I went to see Human Nature for the third time on my last trip, and I would have no problem going again; it is that entertaining. It is one of those shows that you never get tired of. Their Motown show was great, but their new show “Jukebox” is equally wonderful.

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Las Vegas Dining

Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book at SLS Las Vegas has introduced a limited-edition burger and beverage combo as part of its Artist Series: Cindy’s Casa Burger, inspired by fashion icon Cindy Crawford, and Rande’s Spicy Margarita, created by her husband, Rande Gerber.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

Celebrating Japan’s rich and vibrant culture, the spring display at Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens features traditional elements reimagined in a fresh way, taking visitors on a stunning journey of the senses.

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Las Vegas Hotels

Hey, all! BigAZMarty here with another new room review, the new Burgundy Room (End of Hallway version) at Paris, Las Vegas so here goes: After hemming and hawing about needing another quick trip to Las Vegas to accommodate the new Badges (Quest for Rewards) promotion from Total Rewards with my wife, we looked online via her Total Rewards and found, to our surprise, an end of the hallway Burgundy Room at the Paris Las Vegas.

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Newkirk’s Notes

Editor’s Note: Due to technical issues this April 5th issue was not available until April 8th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Hello From Las Vegas! – Those of you who follow national news and weather know that we suffered (the equivalent of) a tropical storm last Thursday. I won’t lie: This one was scary. It didn’t set a record for maximum wind gusts. However, it was relentless. Four semi-trucks overturned in the valley. 40+ year-old trees were uprooted all over town. At the height of the storm, 44k people were out-of-power. Including Koval Lane behind The Strip (Ellis Island Casino area) due to major, huge utility polls all falling over. On TV, I even saw where the wind toppled a complete masonry wall!

I personally had a couple of bad scares: I looked out on my back patio and saw a huge chunk of thick roofing material (the all-in-one kind that includes insulation, tar paper, and the roofing surface). Then I went outside and saw another chunk hanging over the edge of my roof! (I have a 1960’s mid-century modern home and the roof has a very gentle slope to it). As you can imagine, this was freak out time!

A trip up a ladder (probably not the smartest thing in 60 mph gusts, although I had Assistant Editor Rick holding it), revealed — to my good fortune — that the materials were from my neighbor’s roof. I went over to check on them, and they were fine. The lady who owns the house rents to a couple of guys who are capable of doing a fix. I was also very blessed to not lose power even though the neighbors across the street did. Which was great: I could sit in front of the TV and watch the devastation in real time. Like that helped my stress level!

I had a wooden gate that got busted and shredded as well. (Hey, the hinges held up). So, I’m looking into that repair. Could have been worse. A number of people had trees fall into their homes!

Don’t Overlook Casino Royale – Keep in mind that — as of this writing — Casino Royale still does NOT charge resort fees. (I’m not sure if this is because they are a Best Western or what). You can’t beat the location, and the size of the property means that you are out the door and on The Strip in just a couple of minutes. If you usually stay at a mid-level property, you might do wise to compare the cost of your usual hotel plus the resort fee against Casino Royale.

BTW, they have reached out to us and while we’ve had no discussions yet, we may be working on some deals or savings for our readers. I’d be proud to support and do business with someone who is bucking the resort fee and paid-parking trends on The Strip!

Harry Reid International Airport – This is not a typo. With the Democrat party control of the City of Las Vegas, Clark County, and the state legislature, a serious move is afoot (hearings are already underway) to rename McCarran International Airport after Harry Reid. US Senator McCarran is not just a historical figure in Nevada history, but was very instrumental in major aviation legislation during his tenure.

Unfortunately, a review of history (according to some prominent current Nevada Democrats) indicates that McCarran had a history of racism and anti-Semitism. According to Wikipedia, “In June 1952, McCarran joined Francis Walter in instigating the passing of the McCarran–Walter Act, a bill that imposed more rigid restrictions on entry quotas to the United States. It also stiffened the existing law relating to the admission, exclusion, and deportation of “dangerous” aliens as defined by the McCarran Internal Security Act”. (Sound familiar)?

Both MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment have submitted letters in support of the name change. The fact that MGM Resorts did is absolutely no surprise. The construction on CityCenter was days away from shutting down due to the recession and tightening financial markets until Harry Reid got on the phone, made some calls to banks, and kept the money flowing. Murren — a self-proclaimed life-long Republican — also endorsed Hilliary Clinton during this election cycle.

I’m really not sure why the support from Caesars Resorts. It could be politically motivated. It could simply be that they seem to play “monkey see, monkey do” with some of what MGM does (resort fees, parking fees). It could be the fear of being labeled a racist company if they keep silent on the issue.

As you may guess, the this is a hot-button issue locally!

Taxi’s Exploring Short-Cuts – For those of you still taking cabs, we have some news: Taxi’s are actually exploring the possibility of taking parallel routes to The Strip to get you around. We locals never drive directly down The Strip unless we’re taking a very short hop. Cabs have been mandated by law to take the shortest routes (a law they routinely ignore anyway), which means unless they get your permission, a ride from (for example) Planet Hollywood to Wynn MUST go up The Strip. Which runs up the meter.

While we’ve been very critical of cabs over the years, and welcome the ride-sharing companies, this is a step in the right direction. If a cab driver suggests and alternate route, simply as them “Is it cheaper?”

Uber Restrictions May Be Coming – Our State Senate has introduced a ride-share bill that could have a major effect on the growing numbers of you who are using Uber and Lyft to save money over taxis, take trips downtown and off-Strip which you may have not otherwise taken, check out the pinball museum and other area attractions, and similar. On the surface, the bill looks like a great thing. It mandates drug and other tests and measures to assure that ride-share drivers are as safe as possible. What’s the rub?

Buried in the bill is a mandate that you MUST make an appointment for a ride-share car, and must do it 15 minutes in advance of your ride. To put things in perspective: Right now, if you stumble out of a Strip property and want to go downtown, you punch up a ride on your phone, and a car is generally there within 5-7 minutes.

If this bill passes and gets signed, that wait time bumps up. Once you put in for your ride, the nearest drivers won’t even get notified for 15 minutes. THEN, your wait begins. Obviously, you can try to game the system by ordering a car while you are still walking toward the pick-up area. However, if the driver sees that you aren’t there yet, he may not take the ride.

Obviously, this is being introduced to carry the water for the taxi companies. If you have the choice of a 20-minute wait for a ride-share car, or an immediate cab, they figure you’ll cough up the higher rate and take a cab.

What are we doing about it? I’m personally contacting the upper management of Fremont Street Experience, Station Casinos, and Boyd Gaming as this is still flying so far under radar (and so new) that they may not yet be on top of how this will affect your opportunity to more easily and economically patronize them. Especially as they are all working hard to really reach out to the “Strip Scorned” visitor. I’ll keep you posted.

Hope that you are enjoying this issue!

Ted Newkirk

Ted Newkirk, Publisher

Editor: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler

Associate Editor, News Researcher, Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


What We’re Watching! Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy

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Las Vegas Magician Mac King Shows Us A Rope Trick

The longtime Harrah’s magician talks Fig Newtons, a severed finger and a surprising friendship at Las Vegas Seven Magazine

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The Lion Habitat Las Vegas (MGM Lions)

Remember the lions at the MGM Grand? Now they are back home on the Ranch. The Lion Habitat Ranch. We talk with Keith Evans who founded the Ranch with his wife.

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I-15 South Of Las Vegas

Follows I-15 Southbound from Primm Nevada to Barstow California (112 miles uninterrupted) through the Mojave Desert. If you fly to Las Vegas, count yourself lucky. Here’s just a part of the drive that hungover Southern Californians must drive on their return trip.


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  • Vegas Super Secret Specials Spreadsheet is available here:

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    Either click to view or right-click to download. It is growing each week, so always check out the latest edition!

    Keep in mind that specials are always subject to change. That is why we list the phone number for each restaurant or bar. Please DO call ahead to confirm the offer continues to be valid. Players Card May Be Required For Some Specials. If you find an offer that has ended, alert us at [email protected] and we’ll give you 50% off your membership dues next year for the help if you are the first to report it!

  • Our “Your Guy In Vegas” Feature – Got a Vegas question? Instead of spending too much time looking up information you might not be certain about, fire it to us! We live here, we know Las Vegas, and we’ll give you a professional answer! (Some restrictions apply). Email [email protected] and put Paid Subscriber in the subject line. That is also where to send us trip reports, Vegas feedback (good and bad) and more.
  • Members Mania! – We share the answers to great Vegas questions with all of our Premium Members, helping everyone who pitches in with a premium membership. Plus great visitor feedback that you can learn from. This will be right here in almost every issue.
  • The True Inside ScoopAccessVegas.com CEO Ted Newkirk has been writing “Newkirk’s Notes” for upwards of two decades, giving members the true inside guide to everything that is going on in Las Vegas. Valuable information from someone in the know to save you time and money!  This will be right here in almost every issue.

Latest Concerts Added
This Week!

There is no better place to see your favorite acts then in Las Vegas! You’re relaxed, can enjoy a fine meal, have some cocktails without the worry of driving, and no alarm is going to jar you awake all too early the next morning.

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