Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: August 9, 2005

BARRY MANILOW,  who began starring in a long-term engagement at the Las Vegas Hilton in February, will perform another 150 shows, taking Manilow: Music and Passion through 2006 and into 2007. Tickets for the added shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 13. Manilow, his cast and band of 14 take to the stage in the Hilton Theater at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and at 10 p.m. Saturdays. Stage tickets cost $225, while rear orchestra seats cost $115. Main orchestra tickets are $145, $155 after September and $165 in 2006, and balcony seats cost $85, rising to $95 beginning in 2006. Tickets can be purchased at the Las Vegas Hilton box office. For more information, visit www.lvhilton.com or phone (800) 222-5361 or (702) 732-5755.

SPLASH AT THE RIVIERA HOTEL & CASINO has premiered a brand-new show with a centennial theme to celebrate the citys 100th birthday, the 50th anniversary of the Riviera and its own 20th year in existence. Since its beginnings in 1985, Splash has featured showgirls, dancers, motorcycle stuntmen and a slew of specialty acts. The new show, which includes dance numbers inspired by the music, movies, shows and personalities that have made up the past 100 years of Las Vegas entertainment, pays tribute to stars ranging from Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret to Usher and Outkast as well as the Broadway productions of Mamma Mia and Phantom of the Opera. Splash is performed at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in the Splash Theater at the Riviera. Admission is $65, and audience members must be at least 18. For tickets or more information, call the Riviera box office at (702) 794-9433 or visit www.splashlv.com.

TRAVELERS CAN SAVE up to $50 per reservation when they book an MGM Mirage Vacations air-hotel Las Vegas getaway by Aug. 14 for travel through Dec. 27.  The promotional code for the deal is LASFALL50; the code must be used at the time of booking. For travel this month and next, travelers can save $25 per reservation using the promotional code LASFALL25, while a savings of $10 per reservation is offered for travel in October. The promotional code is LASFALL10. The offer is valid for bookings made via VAX VacationAccess or the VAX VacationAccess technology via Amadeus AgentNet, Sabre Vacations and Vacation.com AgentNet.

 

NAMBE, A LIFESTYLE company based in Santa Fe, N.M., has teamed up with the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group to teach participants new cooking techniques and recipes. Executive Chef John LaGrone will lead the first classes at Postrio on Aug. 20 and 27, followed by Terence Fong on Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29 at Chinois. Eduardo Perez will lead classes on Nov. 12 and 19 at Spago. Classes begin at 10 a.m. and cost $45 per person with a limit of 30 people. Participants will receive a $25 gift card for Nambe along with a Wolfgang Puck baseball cap. Space is limited, so to reserve in advance or request more information, call (702) 369-0360 or e-mail [email protected].

THROUGH SEPT. 5, the Ritz-Carlton is offering the Reconnect Package. Priced from $199 per night, single or double, the plan includes a one-night stay in resortview accommodations, breakfast for two at the Medici Cafe & Terrace, a summer-themed welcome gift and unlimited smoothies for two during the pool restaurants operating hours (11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Labor Day, weather permitting). For families, the resort features two packages valid through Sept. 7. The Vegas Family Vacation, priced at $249 per night for a resortview room, includes a three-night stay for the price of two, free breakfast and lunch for children under age 12 at Medici Cafe & Terrace when meals are ordered from the kids menu, 50% off two spa treatments and resort fee. The Good Things Come in Twos plan offers a resort-view room rate of $189 per night weekdays or $209 per night weekends, single or double, plus a second room at 50% off. The propertys resort fee also is included. For more information or to make reservations, call (800) 241-3333 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com.

LAS VEGAS will host the 2007 National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Game, the first city without an NBA franchise to do so. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority will serve as the host organization for the weeklong celebration, which will culminate on Feb. 18, 2007, with the playing of the 56th NBA All-Star Game at the Thomas & Mack Center. The NBA All-Star festivities will begin Feb. 16 with the Rookie Challenge, followed on Feb. 17 by NBA All-Star Saturday featuring the Shooting Stars, Skills Challenge, the Three-Point Shootout and the Slam Dunk Contest. The All-Star weekend also will include the 14th NBA All-Star Jam Session, which will be open to the public and held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

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