Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: April 3, 2007

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL has announced plans for a new production to feature magician Criss Angel at the Luxor Resort & Casino in summer 2008. This Cirque du Soleil creation, the company's sixth major Las Vegas production, will combine the radical illusions and imaginative style of Angel with the acrobatics, dance, puppetry, music, and poetry that have made the pioneering circus a household name. Show creators promise to reinvent the traditional magic show, taking audiences on what they deem "a bizarre and fascinating journey." Audiences may know Angel from the "Criss Angel Mindfreak" television show on A&E; he has been named Magician of the Year five times by the International Magicians Society. For more information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.

HILTON GRAND VACATIONS, Hilton's timeshare arm, agreed to manage a new  lakefront property with 200 timeshare units, plus a 50-unit, fractional ownership component under the Waldorf Astoria brand, at the Lake Las Vegas Resort in Henderson, Nev. The project is scheduled to break ground in early 2008, with an opening date projected for fall 2009. It will be developed on a 17.5-acre parcel on the shores of 320-acre Lake Las Vegas and will overlook the 17th hole and 18th tee of the resort's Jack Nicklaus-designed Reflection Bay Golf Course. Amenities planned for the Hilton resort include a full-service spa, golf course privileges and access to the lake. Hilton Grand Vacations also will assume responsibility for the sale of ownership interests. For more information, call (877) 558-5253 or visit www.lakelasvegas.com.

LAKE LAS VEGAS RESORT has announced the preliminary list of performers for this summer's Stars on the Lake concert series. The annual concert series features celebrated music artists performing on a floating stage in the lake. Artists scheduled to appear this year include Chris Isaac on May 11, John Legend on May 18, Lang Lang on June 2, Kenny Loggins on June 16, Three Dog Night on June 30, the Nevada Ballet on Sept. 8 and Kenny G on Sept. 29. For more information, call (702) 795-7469 or visit www.starsonthelake.com.

 

TAX DAY can be like a shark: Every year it sneaks up and bites us. Visitors to Las Vegas can stare that shark down at Mandalay Bay Shark Reef's sixth annual "Take a Bite Out of Tax Day" event. Forget the feeding frenzy at the post office: Shark Reef works in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service on to establish a mail station at the entrance to Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef on tax day, which this year is April 17. Guests who mail their tax form from Shark Reef between noon and 10 p.m. that day will receive one pass for free admission and a Shark Reef t-shirt. Postal employees will be on hand to assist with postage, and every envelope receives a special Shark Reef cancellation stamp. For more information on the hotel, call (702) 632-7777 or visit www.mandalaybay.com.

Las Vegas Editor: Dean Blaine

Phone: (650) 348-1752

[email protected]

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