Travel Weeklys Las Vegas E-letter: March 28, 2006

BIG LEAGUE WEEKEND, featuring three Major League Baseball exhibition games, will kick off at 7:05 p.m. March 30 at Cashman Field when the Los Angeles Dodgers play the Seattle Mariners. The Chicago Cubs then will face the San Diego Padres at 7:05 p.m. March 31 and again at 12:05 p.m. April 1. Tickets, priced at $25 for reserved seats, $40 for plaza seats and $45 for field seats, can be purchased at the Cashman Field box office or through TicketMaster at (702) 474-4000 and www.ticketmaster.com.

 

WORKS BY LEGENDARY PHOTOGRAPHER Ansel Adams will take up residence for a year at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. Ansel Adams: America will be on view from May 3, 2006, through May 6, 2007, and will include well-known works such as Monolith, Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California; Rose and Driftwood, San Francisco; and Aspens, Dawn, Autumn, Dolores River Canyon, Colorado. Also included in the exhibit will be album pages featuring Adamss earliest photographs, his 8 x 10 Kodak camera and an album of negatives from 1932. Tickets are priced at $15 per person; discounts are available for students, seniors and Nevada residents. Tickets can be purchased by phone at (702) 693-7871 or (877) 957-9777 or at www.bgfa.biz and www.ticketweb.com.

THE 14TH ANNUAL Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz & Rhythm & Blues Festival will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 21 and from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 22 at Hills Park in Summerlin. The festival kicks off the first night with R&B artists like the Ohio Players; on April 22 the all-day jazz lineup includes sax player Boney James. For prices and more information contact the jazz festival hotline at (702) 228-3780 or visit www.yourjazz.com; for tickets call (800) 969-VEGAS (tickets for children 18 and under can only be purchased at the on-site box office).

THERES A MUSEUM FOR EVERYTHING, as evidenced by the opening this month of the Museum of the American Cocktail, located inside Commanders Palace restaurant at The Shops in Desert Passage at the Aladdin. The new attraction -- established by a group of mixologists, historians, restaurateurs, chefs and writers on the subject of drink -- traces the history of the cocktail through the past 200 years and includes vintage cocktail paraphernalia ranging from shakers, advertisements and barware to music and Prohibition-era literature.

TO CELEBRATE ITS DEBUT, the museum is hosting a yearlong series of cocktail-related seminars, including Great Classic Cocktails at Home, which will be presented from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 14 by Tony Abou-Ganim, who is billed as a modern mixologist. The presentation will teach participants how to start and stock their personal at-home bar, how to use the tools of the trade and how to mix a great drink. In conjunction with the seminar, Abou-Ganim and Carlos Guia, executive chef at Commanders Palace, will offer a six-course, Bacardi rum-pairing dinner at 7 p.m. April 13. The seminar is priced at $45 per person, and the dinner is $100 per person;  registration for the seminar and dinner is required. To register or for more information, call (702) 892-8272 or log on to www.museumoftheamericancocktail.org.

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