Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: Dec. 28, 2004

LAS VEGAS MONORAIL: The Robert N. Broadbent Las Vegas Monorail, which postponed service Sept. 8 after experiencing mechanical problems, reopened Christmas Eve. Bombardier Transportation, the company contracted to build and operate the transportation system, began recommissioning the system last week after receiving permission from Clark County officials and officially reopened the four-mile route along the east side of the Las Vegas Strip to the public at 10 a.m. Dec. 24. Its hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, except on New Years Eve, when it will run until 3 a.m. A single ride is $3; a one-day pass is $10. Daily, multi-day and multi-ride passes are also available for purchase at participating hotels, at all monorail stations and at www.lvmonorail.com.

MANILOW: Tickets are now on sale for Barry Manilows show, Manilow: Music and Passion, at the Las Vegas Hilton, which begins Feb. 23. The singer, composer and musician will perform five shows per week for 24 weeks throughout 2005 and 2006. Performances will be at 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturdays in the Hilton Theater. Tickets, which are $145, $115 and $85 excluding tax and service charge, can be purchased at the Las Vegas Hilton box office, by phone at (800) 222-5361 or (702) 732-5755 or online at www.lvhilton.com.   

TUSCANY KITCHEN: The Bellagio last week unveiled the Tuscany Kitchen, a 1,170-square-foot exhibition kitchen outfitted with top-of-the-line Viking equipment. Billed as the first exhibition kitchen of its kind in Las Vegas, the facility has a long list of in-house culinary talent on which to draw the Bellagio is home to two AAA Five Diamond restaurants, one James Beard award-winning restaurant, four James Beard award-winning chefs and a gold medalist from the 2002 World Pastry Team Championship. Designed with meeting and convention groups in mind, the kitchen will offer a variety of cooking demonstrations that can be coupled with a reception, formal dinner or a tasting of food, wine or spirits. For wine enthusiasts, Rob Bigelow, a master sommelier who is the Bellagios wine director, will offer instructional classes such as how to pair wines with food and how to order wine in restaurants. Groups also will be able to use the kitchen for team-building activities, spouse activities, and cocktail receptions. For more information or to make reservations, contact April Black-Kreft in Bellagio catering at (702) 693-7155 or via e-mail at [email protected].

GIRLS NIGHT OUT: The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino yesterday opened its Ultimate Girls Night Out entertainment complex. The $7 million, 21,000-square-foot project features a 400-seat Chippendales Theater, an ultra lounge, retail boutique and ladies room complete with a gossip pit and minimakeover stations. The revamped 75-minute Chippendales production is performed in the theater at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Tuesdays. Through Jan. 28, tickets will be $34.95 Sundays through Thursdays and $39.95 Fridays and Saturdays. Beginning Jan. 30, Friday and Saturday shows will be performed at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and tiered pricing will be in effect. Tickets will cost $49.95, $44.95 and $34.95. All VIP sky lounge access will be priced at $75 per person. On New Years Eve, there will be one 8 p.m. performance. For tickets, call (702) 777-7776.

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