Steve Wyrick entertainment complex to open by years end

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Magician Steve Wyrick signed a $30 million, multiyear agreement with the Shops in Desert Passage at the Aladdin to develop the Steve Wyrick entertainment complex.

Slated to open by the end of the year, the 22,000-square-foot, multilevel complex will include a 500-seat theater, a lounge and a magic shop.

Plans call for the first floor to include Triq, a lounge with deejay performances nightly, signature drinks, appetizers and desserts. The second level will house Wyricks new theater, complete with stadium seating.

The facility also will include Flavour, where visitors can get a quick bite to eat, and Magiq, where fans can buy easy-to-learn magic tricks and items from Wyricks signature line of clothing.

Madame Tussauds adds Speed exhibit

Speed, an interactive attraction dedicated to auto racing, opened at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas with a $200,000 life-size figure of the late Dale Earnhardt, seven-time Winston Cup champion.

Clad in an official driving uniform, cap and sunglasses, the figure of Earnhardt, who died Feb. 18, 2001, after he crashed on the final lap of the 43rd running of the Daytona 500, is shown in a Victory Lane setting.

For more information about the new exhibit, call (702) 862-7800 or visit www.mtvegas.com.

Harrahs Fresh Market closed for refit

Beginning Sept. 5, Harrahs Fresh Market Buffet at Harrahs Las Vegas will be closed temporarily for renovations.

Buffet-lovers, take heart, though: Andreottis, another restaurant at the property, will take over the daily buffet business, offering a breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Hotel to hold Hooters promo

The Hotel San Remo is celebrating its transformation into Hooters Casino Hotel with a Block Party Vacation Giveaway promotion from noon to 8 p.m. daily through Sept. 22.

The promotion aims to make the renovation process entertaining for guests and educate them about the transition, which is expected to occur early next year.

Guests checking into the Hotel San Remo during the promotion hours will receive prizes and gifts at the Block Party Vacation Giveaway area located south of the hotels front desk.

Participants can spin a prize wheel and receive gifts as well as don a hard hat and construction belt to have their photographs taken in front of a mock Hooters Casino Hotel construction site complete with sawhorses, a toolbox, yellow construction cones and a Hooters Girl in construction attire.

For more information, call (702) 739-9000.

Mamma Mia! has a new schedule

Theres a new schedule for Mamma Mia! at the Mandalay Bay Theater in the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

Starting Oct. 1, the show will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays, as well as 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information, phone (702) 632-7580 or visit www.mandalaybay.com.

Paris-L.V. show features Queen tunes

We Will Rock You, which features the music of Queen, is marking its first anniversary at Paris-Las Vegas with a new, 90-minute show.

The production, which debuted Sept. 8, 2004, includes 20 of the bands greatest hits, such as Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are the Champions, Another One Bites the Dust and Crazy Little Thing Called Love.

The show is performed in the 1,450-seat Le Theatre des Arts at 8:30 p.m., Mondays through Wednesdays and Fridays; 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets, which range in price from $55 to $100, plus tax, are available at the Paris box office or by phone at (877) 762-5746 or (702) 946-4567.

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ew show for Riviera Hotel

American Storm recently premiered at the Riviera Hotel & Casino. The production features Adam Wynne, Ryan Westerburg, Josh Hall, Rick DeJesus, Sean Cassidy, Terry Cress and Tony Cress, the seven finalists from the VH1 reality series StripSearch.

The show takes audience members through the nations history, beginning with the voyages of Christopher Columbus, through the days of cowboys, Al Capone and the 1960s, and ending with a patriotic salute to the armed forces.

American Storm is performed in the Crazy Girls Showroom at 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays through Mondays, with additional shows at 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Tickets, which are $39.95 plus tax for general admission and $49.95 plus tax for VIP admission, can be purchased by phone at (877) 892-7469, in person at the hotel box office or on-line at www.american-storm.com.

Club Estrellas adds three Vegas shops

General Growth Properties, which owns Americas Premier Shopping Places, a collection of 40 tourism-oriented centers located throughout the U.S., expanded its Club Estrellas shopping program to include several other destinations, including Las Vegas Fashion Show Mall, the Boulevard Mall and the Grand Canal Shoppes.

The program provides special offers and amenities at participating centers to visitors from Mexico and Latin America.

Club Estrellas offers are available three ways: tour operators and travel agents can provide printed vouchers with their clients confirmation documents before departure; Mexicana Airlines passengers can receive a voucher from select ticket offices throughout Mexico; or travelers can visit www.americasshoppingplaces.com to print a voucher directly from their computer.

Travelers must present their vouchers at guest services or a designated retailer to receive their Club Estrellas packet.

For more information, see www.americasshoppingplaces.com.

Northwest adds more nonstop flights

Beginning Oct. 30, Northwest Airlines will add more nonstop flights between Las Vegas and Des Moines, Iowa; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Madison, Wis., and Sioux Falls, S.D. On Aug. 20, the carrier inaugurated nonstop service between Las Vegas and Flint, Mich.

Northwest customers holding tickets for travel Oct. 30 and beyond on connecting service from Des Moines, Grand Rapids, Madison and Sioux Falls to Las Vegas can change their itineraries to one day earlier or one day later than originally booked and switch to the new nonstop service without paying an administrative change fee if they meet fare requirements and make all changes by Sept. 13.

For more information, call (800) 225-2525 or visit www.nwa.com.

Spa introduces belly dancing class

Thanks to the Aquae Sulis Spa, which added belly dancing to its fitness schedule, guests at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa can bare their bellies at 1 p.m. every Sunday, all in the name of exercise.

The class is free for guests who have purchased a spa treatment; otherwise, each class costs $15 per person. Classes are on a first-come, first-serve basis, and group or private lessons can be arranged on request.

For more details, contact the spa at (702) 869-7056.

Mile Hi Tours offers Venetian deal

Denver-based Mile Hi Tours is offering discounted prices for a mid-week stay at the Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino.

Prices start at $216.95 per person for roundtrip air from Denver (other departing cities available), a two-night stay and hotel tax.

For more information, call (800) 777-8687 or (303) 758-8246 or visit www.milehitours.com.

To contact reporter Amy Baratta, send e-mail to [email protected].

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