Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: November 15, 2005

A CADRE OF HARRAHS ENTERTAINMENT PERFORMERS will take to the stage in the Penn & Teller Theatre at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on Nov. 27 in a benefit for the companys Gulf Coast employees who were displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The event, hosted by Earl Turner, a frequent Harrahs New Orleans performer, will feature some of Las Vegas most popular entertainers, including Clint Holmes, George Wallace, Mac King, Max Alexander, the Scintas, the Second City, Society of Seven and the casts of Skintight, Tony n Tinas Wedding, Jubilee! and Erocktica. Tickets, priced at $25, $50 and $65, are available at all Harrahs Entertainment Inc. box offices or by calling (702) 777-7776.

LEGENDARY SONGSTRESS GLADYS KNIGHT ended her run Saturday at the Flamingo Las Vegas. Beginning Nov. 24 and continuing through Dec. 23, the Flamingo Showroom will host Wayne Newton and his holiday show. Tickets are priced at $65 and $75; in addition, a limited number of Golden Circle tickets are available for $100, which includes a meet-and-greet and photo with Mr. Las Vegas himself. Ticket prices include tax but exclude handling fee. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (800) 221-7299 or (702) 733-3333.

HBO AND AEG LIVE have teamed up to present The Comedy Festival, a three-day event featuring more than 50 shows as well as other special events and screenings at Caesars Palace and the Flamingo Las Vegas. Highlights of the TBS-sponsored event, slated for Nov. 17 through 19, include performances by Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart, George Lopez, Dennis Miller and Bill Maher as well as a tribute to Jerry Seinfeld, who will receive the first The Comedian award. Also on tap will be the Founders event, hosted by Larry King, which will take audience members on a trip through the history of comedy in Las Vegas through clips, performance and a question-and-answer session with Shelley Berman, Norm Crosby, Shecky Greene, Jerry Lewis, George Carlin -- all live on stage -- and Phyllis Diller and Don Rickles via satellite. Lena Prima and her band also will recall memories of Louis Prima and Sam Butera. For a festival schedule or to purchase individual show tickets, visit www.thecomedyfestival.com or www.ticketmaster.com; or phone (877) TCF-FEST. Exclusive festival travel packages also are available at www.vegas.com.

THE IMAX THEATRE AT LUXOR RESORT & CASINO was scheduled yesterday to debut a new 3-D film, Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3-D. Produced and narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks, the film transports viewers to the lunar surface to walk alongside the 12 astronauts who have traveled to the moon. The movie is shown at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.luxor.com.

AGENTS WHO BOOK TICKETS for either Le Reve or Avenue Q at Wynn Las Vegas will receive a 10% commission. In addition, the former will be dark Dec. 6 through Dec. 20. The 90-minute show will resume its regular schedule -- two performances at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturdays through Wednesdays -- on Dec. 21. For more information or to make reservations, call (899) 770-7919. For groups of 15 people or more, phone (702) 770-3724.

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