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Event Tip Sheet
Star Gazing
Las Vegas Trivia
Sin City News
What's Ahead
Event Tip Sheet
 May 20: Seal at Green Valley Ranch
 May 21: Lenny Kravitz at Hard Rock
 May 26-29: Air Supply at the Orleans
 May 27: Erasure at Hard Rock
 May 27-29: Alicia Keys at MGM Grand
 May 27-29: Tony Bennett at Golden Nugget
 Jun. 2 - Jul. 15: World Series of Poker at Rio
 Jun. 2-8: Chris Isaak at MGM Grand
 Jun. 3: First Friday, Downtown Las Vegas
 Jun. 3: Black-Eyed Peas at Hard Rock
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Las Vegas Trivia
How many cities in the United States are named Las Vegas?

A) One
B) Three
C) Five
D) Nine

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Britney SpearsBritney Spears dined at Sushi Roku at Caesars, and later went to ZUMANITY.

George Clooney celebrated his 44th birthday at Green Valley Ranch.

Pamela Anderson was spotted in a VIP booth at Rain nightclub in the Palms.

Martin Sheen was seen in the east wing of Caesars Palace.

Jay LenoJay Leno swapped vintage car stories with Las Vegas entertainer Danny Gans.

Peter Gabriel dropped in at O at Bellagio, and the next night saw KA at MGM.

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Damon Wayans attended a showing of KA, and later turned up at La Bete in the Wynn and Light at Bellagio.

Stevie WonderStevie Wonder performed at a private party at Wynn Las Vegas.

Drew Carey made an appearance at Body English.

Michael Jordan was seen at Light nightclub at Bellagio after trying his luck at the gaming tables.

South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker dined at Craftsteak in the MGM Grand.

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs partied at OPM.

For more celebrity news, see Norm Clarke's column in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Sin City News
Hotels
The merger of Mandalay Resort Group and MGM Mirage was completed recently. MGM Mirage agreed to purchase Mandalay Resort Group for $4.8 billion in cash, $2.5 billion in debt, and $600 million convertible debentures. We don't know what "debentures" are either, but we're looking into it.

Hard Rock Hotel and CasinoThe Hard Rock, in honor of its 10th anniversary, has announced plans for a $1 billion expansion. The expansion will include a 24-acre apartment complex, as well as an expansion to the concert venue, The Joint.

The South Coast Hotel & Casino, being constructed on 60 acres in the southern part of Las Vegas, has expanded even before it's opened. The hotel is adding 700 rooms, bringing its total up to 1,350. The hotel will open in early 2006.

On Apr. 20, the Riviera held a Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting, marking the 50-year anniversary of this casino.

On May 20, the Rio will host a grand opening ceremony for its recent $39 million expansion of the Rio Pavilion Convention Center. The expansion brings the total amount of meeting space to 160,000-sq.-ft., making it the eighth largest hotel meeting space in the nation.

The Plaza, downtown, will soon introduce Hispanic-themed slot machines, and will have more Spanish-speaking dealers, in an attempt to attract more Hispanic customers.

Wynn Las VegasSecurity pros at Wynn Las Vegas went all the way to Europe to acquire eight security dogs to augment its security force. The two Labrador retrievers and six German shepherds are specially trained in detecting dangerous materials.

Dining
Neros at Caesars is undergoing remodeling, and the popular restaurant will be closed until Aug. 1.

The Nevada Restaurant Association has named Tom Kaplan, of the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group, this year's "Restaurateur of the Year."

Spas
Spa Vita di Lago, at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas, has been named one of America's top spas in the Mobil Travel Guide's "America's Best Hotel & Resort Spas." Spa Vita di Lago is the only off-Strip spa to receive Mobil stars.

Nightlife
Voodoo LoungeOn May 3, the Rio airlifted into place a new outdoor staircase that connects the 50th and 51st floors at the hotel's Voodoo Lounge. The 20-ton, winding staircase was built in Colorado, and was hauled into place by a Sikorski S-64 helicopter. The full installation is expected to take about eight weeks.

OPM at Caesars Palace will celebrate its two-year anniversary on May 19.

Gambling
The Tropicana's famed swim-up blackjack re-opens May 27. Swimmers can play from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily.

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Shows
Celine DionCeline Dion's special show on Mother's Day raised more than $1 million for UNICEF's Tsunami Recovery Fund.

Las Vegas will soon host the first Grand Sumo Tournament held in the U.S. in more than 20 years. The event will be held at the Mandalay Bay, Oct. 7-9.

Rumor has it that a 40-week deal is in the works for rockers Motley Crue to appear in the Aladdin (soon to be Planet Hollywood) showroom as resident headliners. Nothing official so far.

Wayne NewtonWayne Newton will perform a limited, six-week engagement at the Las Vegas Hilton starting Jun. 14. The show will include Delisco, featured in Newton's talent search show, The Entertainer.

Splash at the Riviera is revamping its production and will unveil an all-new version on May 31. The new show will mark the show's 20th anniversary.

Danny Gans announced he will extend his contract with the Mirage through Apr. 2008. Gans has been voted "Best All-Around Entertainer" eight times.

On May 24, Snoop Dogg will perform at the opening of Skinny Dip, the seasonal Tuesday night event at Skin, the pool area at the Palms.

Attractions
Fremont Street ExperienceThe Fremont Street Experience continues to unfurl new shows on Viva Vision, the light and sound show that appears on the massive canopy downtown. Upcoming new shows include "Lucky Vegas" (Jun.), "Downtown Divas" (Jul.), "Fahrenheit at Night" (fall), and "Flight" (Nov.).

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman recently unveiled the first four (of 100) murals being created around town to celebrate the Las Vegas Centennial. The murals can be viewed at the Golden Gate, the Fremont, the Fremont Street Experience, and at the Ice House.

Shopping
The second phase of The District at Green Valley Ranch has commenced. The project includes six new buildings, encompassing an additional 104,500-sq.-ft. of retail space and 51,300-sq.-ft. of office-above-retail space.

Desert PassageA new batch of variety acts has debuted at Desert Passage. The acts include Joe Krathwohl, known as the "Birdman of Las Vegas," Lilia, a contortionist, and an acrobatic duo called Spirit. They're joined by other acts such as Duality, a body-balancing acrobatic act, and Jason Bird, who combines magic and comedy. The entertainment is free.

Misc.
City officials have approved a marathon to be held on the Strip. The New Las Vegas Marathon will be a 26-mile race starting at Mandalay Bay and going through Fremont Street, downtown. The event will take place Dec. 4.

Caesar's PalaceCaesars Ent. announced it has entered into a long-term agreement with a Miami Beach-based publishing company to publish Caesars Player, a lifestyle/gaming magazine. The premiere issue is set for release in July.

A doll exhibit, "100 Years of Blacks in Las Vegas Celebration," will highlight the contributions of African-Americans to the history and development of Las Vegas. The exhibit will be held Jun. 11 at Fitzgeralds.


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The World Series of Poker kicks off on Jun. 2. On Jun. 12, ArenaBowl rocks the Thomas & Mack Center, with singer Bryan Adams slated as the halftime entertainment. Maroon 5 does ArenaBash on Jun. 11 at the MGM. Father's Day is Jun. 19, so treat the Old Man to some golf or a tour.   Las Vegas fills up fast as the Fourth of July weekend approaches, so book your room and show tickets early. Sin City can get a little, uh, warm in July, but that just means the sun worshippers will be in all their glory. Check out our list of the coolest pools in town and work on that tan.  
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