Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: April 26, 2005

TITANIC: THE ARTIFACT EXHIBITION, featuring hundreds of articles recovered from the wreck site of the Titanic, will be at the Tropicana Resort & Casino through Oct. 31. The 25,000-square-foot display, which extends through the Tropicana Pavilion, takes visitors on a chronological journey of the White Star Line ship, from its construction to life on board what many thought until it struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912 was an unsinkable ocean liner. The exhibit includes the big piece, a portion of the ships hull that measures approximately 23 feet by 12 feet and weighs about 15 tons, as well as a suitcase, postcards from passengers, a felt bowler hat, the ships whistles and glassware etched with the White Star Line logo. The show also features interactive elements, including authentically re-created first- and third-class cabins that visitors can walk through as well as an iceberg that visitors can touch to get a sense of what passengers experienced when they were thrown into the frigid water. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission prices are $16.95 for those ages 12 to 61; $15.95 for visitors ages 62 and older; $13.95 for Nevada residents and $9.95 for children ages 4 to 11; group rates also are available. For more information or to reserve tickets by phone, call (702) 739-2411.

REMEMBER THOSE 50,000 free centennial concert tickets that we told you about in last weeks e-letter? They were snapped up in 15 minutes, according to officials at Ticketmaster, which managed the online distribution via www.vegasrocks100.com. Those who still have hopes of seeing the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Weezer on July 2, however, will have one more chance at tickets. A limited number of freebies will be available starting at noon Pacific time on May 16 at these Las Vegas-area Ticketmaster locations: Ritmo Latino, 2320 E. Bonanza Road; Tower Records/WOW Superstore, 4580 W. Sahara Ave.; and at the following Smiths Food & Drugs locations: 6130 W. Tropicana, 3850 E. Flamingo Road, 450 N. Nellis Blvd., 2540 S. Maryland Parkway, 232 N. Jones Blvd., 850 S. Rancho, 4440 N. Rancho, 2211 N. Rampart, 8555 W. Sahara Ave., 9851 W. Charleston, 5564 Camino Al Norte, 9750 S. Maryland Parkway, 9350 W. Flamingo Road, 4840 W. Desert Inn Road, 4600 E. Sunset Road, 830 S. Boulder Highway, 2385 E. Windmill Lane, 1000 N. Green Valley Parkway, 10616 S. Eastern Ave. and 601 S. Highway 160 in Pahrump. 

TO MARK LAS VEGAS 100th birthday and its own 10th anniversary -- the Fremont Street Experience, one of downtowns premier attractions, plans to debut five shows on its Viva Vision canopy, which is billed as the worlds largest big screen. One show, Speed, Smoke and Spinning Wheels, first aired last month during the weekend of the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400. Next to be seen will be Lucky Vegas, a tribute to the old and new Vegas, which will make its debut next month. Downtown Divas, a salute to the ultimate girls night out, will first be seen in July, while Fahrenheit at Night, set to premiere this fall, will feature sultry, sexy, adult-oriented themes. The last show to debut will be Novembers Flight, a tribute to the aeronautics industry. For more information and show schedules, visit www.vegasexperience.com.

IN ANOTHER PIECE of centennial news, this city of stars now has its very own heavenly body. Thats right, in honor of Las Vegas 100th anniversary, the International Astronomical Union named an asteroid, discovered in June 2001 by the California Institute of Technologys Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., after the city. To make it official, a citation naming the asteroid has been submitted to the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, which catalogs asteroids. For those with their eyes on the skies, the asteroid Las Vegas orbits the sun between Mars and Jupiter, its orbital period is 4.1 years and its closest distance to the earth is 149 million miles.

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