Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: April 20, 2004

AUTHORITIES STILL HAVEN'T PINPOINTED the cause of last week's power outage at MGM-Mirage's Bellagio resort, but hotel and Nevada Power Co. officials said the problem most likely was internal to the Bellagio. The hotel reopened most of the 3,000-room property Wednesday, three days after it lost electricity. Although parts of the resort initially remained open after power was lost early Easter Sunday, MGM-Mirage officials the next day decided to completely close the property so damaged cables could be replaced, prompting the relocation of thousands of Bellagio guests to nearby hotel-casino properties. MGM-Mirage officials estimated the resort's three-day closure resulted in more than $3 million in lost hotel, gaming and restaurant revenue.

GATES OPEN AT 11 A.M. SATURDAY for the 11th Annual Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz Festival, which will be held from noon to 10 p.m. in Desert Breeze Park, on the corner of Spring Mountain Road and Durango approximately seven miles west of the Strip. The event is being sponsored by Michael Schivo Presents, Las Vegas Events, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Clark County Parks and Community Services and 105.7 The Oasis. Scheduled performers include Rick Braun, Norman Brown, Brian Culbertson, Mindi Abair, Michael Lington, Michael Manson, Bobby Lyle, Marcus Johnson, Nick Colionne and Lao Tizer Band. Advance purchase general admission adult tickets are $54.55 each, while VIP tickets, which include reserve seating, a private cash bar and executive toilets, cost $97.50. Tickets for children ages 11 to 18 are $15 each, and admission is free for kids 10 and younger. Tickets can be purchased in Las Vegas at all four Mr. Bills Pipe and Tobacco stores and at the University of Nevada-Los Vegas Performing Arts box office or by calling the jazz festival ticket hotline at (800) 969-VEGAS. In the Los Angeles area, admission is available through Inglewood Tickets at (310) 671-6400. For more details, visit the festival's web site, Recorded information also can be obtained by calling the jazz festival information hotline at (702) 228-3780.

VISITORS TO THE GODT-CLEARY GALLERY IN MANDALAY PLACE through May 31 can check out crooner Frank Sinatra's not-so-well-known passion for painting. Works created by the chairman of the board in the studio of his Palm Springs, Calif., home--he was influenced by such artists as Mark Rothko, Robert Mangold and Ellsworth Kelly--are on display along with personal memorabilia, including photographs, prints and albums, which also can be purchased. The gallery also is showing a selection of works, representing such artists as Walt Kuhn and Norman Rockwell, that were part of the personal collection of Sinatra and his wife, Barbara. For more information, contact the gallery at (702) 632-9378.

CAESAR PALACE'S BRADLEY OGDEN, the namesake restaurant of the famed San Francisco Bay-area chef, and Luciano Pellegrini of Valentino at The Venetian have been nominated for two of this year's James Beard Foundation Awards, which will be given out May 10 during a reception at the historic James Beard House in New York's Greenwich Village. Bradley Ogden, which opened in March 2003, is one of five restaurants nationwide to be considered for the annual Best New Restaurant award. Pellegrini is one of six chefs in the Southwest who were nominated for that region's American Express Best Chef award.

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