Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: May 3, 2005

WYNN LAS VEGAS resort, which opened its doors to the public last week, added Liberty Travel to its list of preferred partners. Three-night vacation packages, available for travel from July 4 through Aug. 27, start at $539 from New York, $599 from Miami, $645 from Houston, $565 from Chicago (OHare) and $425 from Los Angeles. Per-person prices include midweek air, accommodations, ground transfers and hotel taxes. To book, call (888) 271-1584 or visit www.libertytravel.com.

NOW THAT THE NEW Wynn property is open, Las Vegas is looking to its next big event. The citys centennial, officially May 15, now has a wine sponsor: Napa Valley vintner Beaulieu Vineyard. In this role, the vintner will support both local and national festivities, including the Road to Vegas tour with Collective Soul and the July 2 centennial concert featuring the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Weezer. In addition, Beaulieu Vineyard plans to host its annual reserve wine release event in Las Vegas this October. For more information about the vineyard, visit www.bvwines.com.

THE CENTENNIAL also has an official oil painting. Commissioned by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the LeRoy Neiman work, titled Celebrating 100 Years in Neon, features such Las Vegas icons as a showgirl, Vegas Vic and classic hotel signage, all done in vivid neon colors. The painting is not a first for Neiman, who, over the years, has captured the spirit of Las Vegas through works depicting boxing matches, casino action and the citys entertainment offerings. Poster reproductions as well as other official Las Vegas Centennial souvenirs are available to purchase for $45 at www.lasvegas100merchandise.com.

STARTING MAY 6, The Amazing Johnathan will bring his mix of comedy and magic to the 550-seat Congo Room at the Sahara Hotel & Casino. Performances are scheduled for 10 p.m. Fridays through Wednesdays. General admission tickets are priced at $44.95 plus tax, and VIP seats cost $54.95 plus tax. To reserve or purchase, call (702) 737-2515 or visit www.saharavegas.com.

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