Strip Teasers: A compilation of news from Vegas venues

gents with Internet access can book accommodations at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino via the property's updated Web site, at www.monte-carlo.com. The site enables agents to view special offers and check available dates as well as to book commissionable rooms with immediate confirmation. In addition, the site contains detailed information on the resort's rooms and suites, amenities, entertainment, dining, convention facilities and wedding chapel. To contact the property by phone, call (800) 311-8999.

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ick Springfield indefinitely extended his starring role in "EFX Alive" at the MGM Grand. Springfield, who took over the "EFX" production from Tommy Tune on Jan. 30, originally had a one-year contract to perform in the show. "EFX Alive" is performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays as well as at 10:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets cost $75 (preferred seating) and $55 (standard seating) for adults and $50 for children ages 5 to 12. To reserve tickets, call (800) 929-1111 or visit the MGM Grand's Web site, at www.mgmgrand.com.

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onn Lucas, a comedian and ventriloquist, signed a one-year contract to perform at the Rio Suites Hotel and Casino. Lucas will perform at 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Tickets are priced at $19.95 plus tax.

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he Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower opened the Crazy Armadillo Tex-Mex Grill and Oyster Bar. Reminiscent of a south-of-the-border cantina, the restaurant's menu includes fare from Mexico, Texas and the Southwest. The restaurant is located at the former site of Montana's Steakhouse, adjacent to the Courtyard Buffet. The grill opens for dinner at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays; the Oyster Bar is open seven days a week, beginning at 4 p.m.

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hrough Jan. 6, a hand-painted Big Top located south of Bellagio at Harmon Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard will play host to "Cheval." The production, whose name is French for "horse," features an international cast of 27 acrobats, actors, dancers and musicians led by 30 horses representing 17 different breeds. The show was created and directed by Gilles Ste-Croix, the director of creation for Cirque du Soleil's "O" and "Mystere." Admission is $56 and $49 for adults; $35 and $30 for children ages 12 and younger, and $51 and $44 for adults ages 55 and older and students. Tickets can be purchased at any of the box offices at the Bellagio, Golden Nugget, New York-New York, Treasure Island or the Mirage by calling (888) 488-7111 or (702) 693-7722, or on line at www.bellagio.com.

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