Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: June 21, 2005

ELTON JOHN will continue performing in the Coliseum at Caesars Palace through 2008. The acclaimed singer/songwriter's show, "The Red Piano," originally was scheduled for 75 shows over a three-year period beginning Feb. 13, 2004. Citing popular demand, the property accelerated the planned 25 shows per year, and John completed the original commitment in fewer than 18 months. The new agreement provides for an additional 150 shows through 2008. This year, "The Red Piano" will be presented July 26 through 31 and Oct. 4 through 23. Tickets can be purchased by calling (888) 435-8665 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com or in person at the Caesars Palace box office.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the inaugural Las Vegas Marathon, which will be run Dec. 4. A fireworks display set to Elvis Presley's rendition of "Viva Las Vegas" will kick off the 26.2-mile race, which is expected to attract elite athletes from around the world with its $400,000 in cash prizes and appearance fees. The event also will offer the world's largest cash bonus, $2.5 million, which will be split between any male and female runners who break the world records. The race will begin and end at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the official property of the event. The course will include the Strip as well as downtown's Fremont Street area. Finishers will receive a specially designed medal as well as a personalized certificate and official results book. Those who register before Sept. 1 also will receive a personalized bib for race day. Events leading up to race day include a marathon expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on Dec. 2 and 3 and a pasta party buffet the night before the race. To register, visit www.lvmarathon.com. For more information, contact race director Terry Collier by phone at (702) 731-1052 or by e-mail, [email protected].      

DENVER-BASED MILE HI TOURS features packages to Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and THEhotel at Mandalay Bay for midweek travel booked by June 24 and taken through Sept. 8. Two-night plans start at $236.95 per person for accommodations at Mandalay Bay and $296.95 for a stay at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay. Prices include nonstop air from Denver (other departing cities available) and hotel tax. In addition, at check-in, guests will receive a "Taste of Mandalay Bay" bonus, which includes a wine pairing with purchase of tasting menu at restaurant rm, dessert with after-dinner drinks at Mix Lounge, appetizer with before-dinner cocktails in Fleur De Lys lounge, two-for-one breakfast at the House of Blues, wine flight with the purchase of an entree at Red White & Blue and house wine at THEcafe with dinner. For more information, call (800) 777-8687 or (303) 758-8246 or visit http://www.milehitours.com.

VISITORS TO THE MGM GRAND can tour a free exhibition of original artwork by actor Tony Curtis from noon to 5 p.m. on June 26. The display, in honor of Curtis' 80th birthday, will feature more than 130 pieces, including sketches, still-life paintings, boxed collages, hand-painted sculptures and painted vases. Private collectors will be able to view the artwork, which will be offered for sale to benefit Shiloh Horse Rescue and Sanctuary, by appointment June 24 and 25.

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