Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-Letter: Oct. 14, 2003

THE SIEGFRIED & ROY production at The Mirage is still closed indefinitely, according to a show spokesman. Performer Roy Horn was critically injured by one of the act's white tigers during the Oct. 3 performance. Meanwhile, the spokesman said, the production's cast and crew have either been let go or reassigned to other duties within the MGM-Mirage organization, and Mirage officials have started discussing other entertainment options for the 1,504-seat Siegfried & Roy Theatre. Meanwhile, Horn's condition remained critical, the spokesman said, but doctors at University Medical Center indicated that the 59-year-old performer "has turned the corner from survival to recovery."

MGM-MIRAGE, meanwhile, rolled out several new online features for its corporate Web site, www.mgmmirage.com, as well as for the Web sites of its Las Vegas properties. The sites have been streamlined, allowing easier navigation for visitors to make advance room reservations, view restaurant menus and book dinner reservations, and purchase tickets for shows. The online booking system for MGM-Mirage Vacations at www.mgmmiragevacations.com, a partnership between MGM-Mirage and The Mark Travel Corp., also was enhanced. The MGM-Mirage site offers links to the company's 14 properties worldwide, including newly remodeled sites for the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, at www.mgmgrand.com, and Bellagio, at www.bellagio.com. The MGM Grand site now allows members of large groups to book directly from a pre-assigned block of rooms, while the Bellagio site offers information in Spanish, Chinese and Japanese. The company also launched a new Web site for the MGM Grand's Studio 54 nightclub at www.studio54lv.com, which features an entertainment schedule and photo gallery of club events.

TICKETS TO SEE ILLUSIONIST STEVE WYRICK, the Aladdin Resort & Casino's newest headline act, will go on sale Oct. 21. Wyrick's show, which replaces the topless revue "X," will be performed at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. daily except Tuesdays in the property's new Steve Wyrick Theater. Wyrick, who just finished a three-year engagement at the Sahara Hotel and Casino, recently was named "Magician of the Year" by the Int'l Magicians' Society. Tickets will start at $49.95 each and will be available through the Aladdin Box Office or Ticketmaster.

THE GUGGENHEIM HERMITAGE MUSEUM, located at The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, will feature a new exhibit, "A Century of Painting: From Renoir to Rothko," starting Nov. 7. The show, which will run through May 2, includes 37 works from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation's permanent collection of late-19th- and 20th-century masterworks that range from Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism. Works represented will include those from Paul Cezanne, Marc Chagall, Paul Gauguin, Vasily Kandinsky, Oskar Kokoschka, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Robert Motherwell, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Mark Rothko and Vincent van Gogh. The museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Public exhibition tours are offered at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. most days. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and Nevada residents, $11 for students with ID, $7 for children 6-12 and free for those younger than 6. Reduced admission is available to groups of 10 people or more when reserved in advance through the group sales department, which can be contacted at (702) 414-2444. For general information about the museum, phone (702) 414-2440 or visit www.guggenheimlasvegas.org.

THE IMPERIAL PALACE HOTEL & CASINO, home of the 20-year-old "Legends in Concert" celebrity tribute, is looking for a few more good impersonators. The property will host the first "Be a Legend Amateur Celebrity Impersonator Karaoke Contest" Nov. 13 at Tequila Joe's. First prize is $500 and a guaranteed audition with OnStage Entertainment, which produces "Legends in Concert," to join the show's cast. The second-place winner will receive $250 and the third-place winner will receive an Imperial Palace tabletop karaoke jukebox. The contest, which will be limited to the first 20 applicants, is open to anyone 21 and older who is not a working celebrity impersonator. Entry forms can be obtained by contacting the property's public relations office at (702) 794-3114 or at www.imperialpalace.com.

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