THE LAS VEGAS MONORAIL,
originally scheduled to
debut last January, will begin operating at 8 a.m. July 15. The
$650 million, privately funded transportation system will run
between the MGM Grand and the Sahara on the east side of the Strip
and will connect nine properties and the Las Vegas Convention
Center. The four-mile route, which will be expanded in the future
to run to the city's downtown and to McCarran Airport, will make
stops at the MGM Grand, Bally's/Paris, Flamingo/Caesars Palace,
Harrah's/Imperial Palace, the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Las
Vegas Hilton and the Sahara. For the first 60 days, the monorail
will operate daily from 8 a.m. to midnight. After that, trains will
run from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. each day. Tickets, which can be purchased
at vending machines located inside each station and station
properties, will cost $3 each way.
OLIVER NORTH, best-selling author, Fox News
Channel war correspondent and television host, will speak about his
war-time experiences in Iraq on Aug. 28 in the South Pacific
Ballroom at the Tropicana Resort & Casino. North, a former U.S.
counter-terrorism coordinator, Freedom Alliance founder and
decorated Marine combat hero, recently published his fifth book,
"War Stories: Operation Iraqi Freedom." Tickets for the event cost
$150 per person and can be purchased at the Tiffany Theatre box
office or by phone at (702) 739-2411. The price includes a dinner
buffet, drinks and a signed copy of the book. The evening will
begin with dinner at 6:30 and will end at 8:30; North will speak
for about an hour.
CONSTRUCTION HAS BEGUN on the $20 million Tao
Las Vegas entertainment complex, which is expected to open early
next year in the Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino. Owners Marc Packer
and Richard Wolf, who opened the original Tao in New York more than
three years ago, are negotiating to dismantle a centuries-old Asian
temple and rebuild it in the Venetian's Grand Canal Shoppes.
Featuring a 20-foot-tall signature Buddha statue, the Las Vegas
version of Tao, which will be four times the size of the New York
location, will include a 400-seat restaurant whose menu will
include fare from China, Japan and Thailand created by chef Sam
Hazen; a 3,000-square-foot ultra lounge; a banquet facility that
can accommodate up to 2,000 guests; and a 10,000-square-foot
nightclub called the Temple at Tao.
TICKETS ARE ON SALE for "We Will Rock You,"
which makes its North American debut at Paris-Las Vegas on Aug. 16.
The lavish rock musical features 20 of Queen's greatest hits and is
coproduced by Robert DeNiro and Queen founding members Brian May
and Roger Taylor. Show times are 9 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, 7 p.m.
and 10:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and 5 p.m. and 9
p.m. Saturdays. Tickets are priced at $80.50, $97 and $113.50,
including tax and handling, and can be purchased at the Paris box
office or by calling (702) 946-4567 or (877) ROCK-SHOW.
MARIACHI PASSION & TRADITION, a
Latino-themed show featuring performances by 15 musicians and
vocalists, opened at the V Theater inside Desert Passage at the
Aladdin Resort and Casino. Show times are 10:30 p.m. Wednesdays
through Sundays plus Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Admission for the
10:30 p.m. performances are $55 and $66 while the matinee costs $45
and $55. Tickets can be purchased at the V Theater box office or by
phone at (702) 892-7790, (888) MLASVEGAS or (800) MARIACHI.