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Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay 

From traditional off-Broadway plays to unrivaled edgy comedy like "Cannibal: The Musical", the Insurgo Theatre at the Plaza Hotel is an intimate venue for independent productions. It's music to your ears as the English heartthrob Matt Goss performs in the elegant Gossy Room at Cleopatra's Barge at Caesars Palace. Enjoy music with a view from the private Foundation Room high atop Mandalay Bay. Cirque du Soleil presents an intimate and ultra-sexy variety show with Zumanity at New York-New York Hotel.  Enjoy this sensual show with your partner in a unique two-person love seat.

Forget the big chain restaurants while vacationing in Vegas! Bring out the culinary god or goddess for the ultimate in fine dining at MGM Grand's Joël Robuchon restaurant. Take in the breathtaking view at Mandalay Bay's MiX, where hostesses will direct you to your own private cocoon booth, surrounding you and your guest on three sides for a more intimate dining experience.  Downtown Vegas is home to two legendary and cozy restaurants - Hugo's Cellar at Four Queens, and Binion's Ranch Steakhouse at Binion's Casino.

Leave the crazy pool parties beyond and allow yourself to be kissed by the sun at Vdara's private retreats or Wynn Las Vegas' exclusive cabanas; or lounge the afternoon away in the private cabana and pool area at The Palazzo's pool.

Bathe in luxury at some of Vegas' more intimate spas for an afternoon of complete relaxation such as the Westin Hibiscus Spa; reserve a Swedish massage at the Bathhouse at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, or whisk your troubles away in one of 17 treatment rooms at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental.

Vegas has it all, big and small.

Imagine yourself at a Vegas magic show

 

Dirk ArthurSit back, relax and prepare to be mesmerized by world-renowned magicians and illusionists in the entertainment capital of the world.

Two of the most well-known magicians of their time, Penn & Teller, draw large crowds with a unique mix of comedy and magic involving knives, guns, fire, a showgirl and so much more at the Rio Hotel.  Known as the "Bad Boys of Magic" for supposedly revealing secrets to their tricks, these magicians still manage to leave you guessing.

Planet Hollywood's Miracle Mile Shops theaters play host to a plethora of comedians and entertainers. One eccentric magician whose strange sense of humor and unusual stage antics have earned him recognition by the International Magic Awards for "Best Comedy Magician," The Amazing Johnathan tantalizes audiences with his adult-themed show at the Harmon Theater.  New to Vegas, illusionist Michael Turco, who had a recent stint on NBC's America's Got Talent, is set to bring his new show to the Saxe Theater on February 16; he'll team up with Dancing with the Stars dancer Lacey Schwimmer, who choreographs the show!  Finally, back after a 10-year hiatus, the first female magician to have her own headlining magic show on the Strip during the 1990s, Melinda - First Lady of Magic, launches her comeback as an act in V - The Ultimate Variety Show.

Nathan Burton is sure to turn a few heads in his production at the Flamingo that offers an action-packed magic show that's great for the entire family. Criss Angel's BELIEVE by Cirque du Soleil at Luxor takes you deep inside the creative and mythical world of imagination in this fairy tale performance. Mind reader and prankster Mike Hammer will leave you on the edge of your seat with his double-edged razor-blade swallowing trick at the Four Queens Hotel and Casino, while Mac King will have you laughing out loud at his quirky sense of humor and visual gags at Harrah's.

Don't miss Magic of Paris at the Paris Hotel and Casino to see (or not see) illusionist Stephane Vanel. Also, the new Vegas Magic Theatre at Gold Coast features magician Ben Stone and a variety of entertainers ranging from illusionists, comedy magicians and variety acts - every week is a different show! Finally, catch a glimpse of Dirk Arthur's show, Wild Magic, at O'Shea's Casino for the rare opportunity to see him interact with 400- to 600-pound Siberian tigers!

Get ready to be amazed and ask yourself "How'd they do that?!" Book your trip today and see the world's greatest magicians day and night, only in Vegas.

Vegas Weekend: Setting the scene -- ringing in the New Year!

     New Year's weekend in Vegas is about much more than just watching a ball drop and waving goodbye to one year to usher in another -- it's about celebration, revelry, and a lineup of entertainment that you won't find anywhere else in the world.

     This year, Las Vegas has three new club experiences opening around New Year's Eve -- 1OAK at The Mirage and Hyde at Bellagio. And that's just the beginning. Here's a look at the weekend scene:

     Get your weekend started early on Thursday with Fedde LeGrand spinning at Tryst inside Wynn Las Vegas and Benny Benassi at TAO at The Venetian.

Guns N' Roses performs Dec. 30-31 at The Joint inside the Hard Rock.     On Friday, rock icons Guns N' Roses play the first of two nights at the Joint inside the Hard Rock.

     You've also got plenty of nightlife options to fit every musical taste. Get "crunk" with Lil Jon and Steve Aoki & Lil Jon at Surrender inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas; enjoy a taste of SHM with Sebastian Ingrosso at XS inside Wynn Las Vegas; catch Laidback Luke at Haze at ARIA; witness Tinie Tempah performing at The Bank inside Bellagio, rock out with Good Charlotte & The Situation at Chateau Nightclub and Gardens inside Paris Las Vegas; DJ Pauly D spins at the Hard Rock's Vanity; Dirty South spins at TAO; or party at the Palms with T-Pain at Rain or Clinton Sparks at Moon.

     On New Year's Eve, the stars come out all to ring in 2012! Keep up with the Kardashians -- Kim will be at TAO, Rob at Tryst and Kourtney and Scott Disick will host at Chateau Nightclub and Gardens  -- or celebrate with "Peepshow" star Holly Madison at Gallery inside Planet Hollywood.

John Legend plays at Pearl Theater on New Year's Eve before hosting the afterparty at Moon Nightclub.     The biggest names in music are hosting and performing, too, including: Black Eyed Peas members Will.I.Am at Surrender and Fergie at the opening of 1OAK; Chris Brown at Pure inside Caesars Palace; B.O.B. at Luxor's LAX; Bruno Mars at The Bank, John Legend follows his show at Pearl Theater with an after party at Moon and Iyaz at Revolution Lounge inside The Mirage.

     LMFAO brings some party rock to Haze; Kaskade spins at Marquee at the Cosmopolitan; Steve Angello is on the turntables at XS; Robbie Rivera is at Vanity; Samantha Ronson is at LAVO at The Palazzo and Paul Oakenfold rings in the new year at Rain.

     Other parties include the Cirque du Soleil NYE at Gold Lounge inside ARIA; The NYE Spectacular Spectacular at the Palms' Playboy Club and Foundation Room NYE Gala at Mandalay Bay and Rhumbash at Rhumbar at The Mirage.

America's Party: Las Vegas New Year 2012 will include a fireworks spectacular from the rooftops of resorts up and down the Strip.     There's even more revelry at America's Party Las Vegas 2012 with fireworks launched from the rooftops of hotels up and down the Strip!

     The fun doesn't end on New Year's Eve, however. On Sunday, kick off 2012 with Drake at the Joint, with an afterparty at Vanity, Afrojack spinning at XS an Akon at The Bank.

     You can also take advantage of the extended weekend and witness the debut of Deadmau5's residency at XS, or party with Avicii at Marquee.

Fans treated to exclusive content during Cirque Week

 

Have you ever wondered howCirque Week Cirque du Soleil artists are chosen and train for a particular show, or how state-of-the-art technology is used to enhance a performance? These questions and many more were answered for hundreds of Cirque fans during behind-the-scenes special events held Dec. 1-10 as part of Cirque Week in Las Vegas.

Those who purchased an event package were invited to enjoy behind-the-scenes Q&As, meet and greet opportunities with performers, technology demonstrations, exclusive dress rehearsal viewings and more. For those interested in learning more about the Cirque du Soleil lifestyle, the company hosted a "business side of Cirque" seminar, to teach fans how performers are recruited and train for various shows.

The week started off with an "O" workshop at Bellagio Hotel, where participants learned how to mime and clown their way across the stage by an "O" performer. Did you know that the onstage pool at "O" holds 1.5 million gallons, takes eight hours to drain and is set at 88 degrees? That's one big hot tub! Cirque fans were also invited to sit in on a live rehearsal for Zumanity at New York New York Hotel, and had the opportunity to meet Criss Angel after his performance at the Luxor Hotel.

For fans interested in the acrobatic side of Cirque du Soleil, many had the opportunity to learn how artists perform upside down in the VIVA Elvis show at ARIA Resort, and how artists are constantly changing up the famous battle scene in MGM Grand's resident Cirque du Soleil show "KA."  Did you know that the "sand" in KA's beach scene is made of granulated cork?

Next, attendees were treated with an up-close demonstration of the most technically advanced Cirque du Soleil stage in Las Vegas, the Beatles LOVE stage at the Mirage Resort. The 130 Beatles songs in the LOVE soundtrack are played through hundreds of speakers embedded in theater seats and walls. Plus, attendees could watch a bungee demo and see the one-of-a-kind costumes up close and personal during the Mystére Q&A at Treasure Island.

The week of events wrapped up with a tribute to the late King of Pop with the Las Vegas debut of Michael Jackson - The Immortal World Tour at Mandalay Bay Resort.  This new tribute production plays through Tuesday, December 27.

Spend December with Cirque in Las Vegas

 

     If you're a fan of Cirque du Soleil, here's your chance for the experience of a lifetime in Las Vegas - the exclusive access of Cirque Week, a fan festival featuring Michael Jackson memorabilia and the limited engagement of The Immortal World Tour. 

     It all begins with Cirque Week from Dec. 1-10 - a 10-day series of exclusive events that will put you up close and personal with Cirque du Soleil. It's your opportunity to get a rare look into how these extraordinary Las Vegas shows come to life nightly, and this year, it's bigger and better than ever, with a welcome reception, exciting new workshops and guest speakers.

     Events include a workshop given by select key characters in "O" at the Bellagio, a state-of-the-art sound demonstration at The Beatles LOVE Theater inside The Mirage, and a peek at the business side of Cirque as well as a chance to go behind the scenes with Zumanity at New York-New York.

     Cirque Week participants will also enjoy a Mystere bungee demonstration and costume Q&A session at Treasure Island, a Viva ELVIS Q&A at ARIA Resort, a KA "Battle 2011" Q&A at MGM Grand and a meet-and-greet with Criss Angel at the BELIEVE Theater at Luxor. For more information, visit: www.cirquedusoleil.com/cirqueweek

     If you're a fan of the King of Pop, head to Mandalay Bay from Dec. 3-14 for the first Estate-authorized Michael Jackson Fan Fest, which includes an up-close look at Michael Jackson memorabilia, items from Neverland Ranch, a behind the scenes look at the creation of Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour with Q&A sessions with members of the creative team, and more!

     From Dec. 3-27, see the riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael's creative world and literally turns his signature moves upside down with Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour at Mandalay Bay. You'll celebrate the legacy of the King of Pop as never before.

     It's your once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Cirque du Soleil in a whole new way! Come spend December with Cirque in Vegas!

See the majesty of Cirque du Soleil in Vegas!

      Lavish costumes. Breathtaking acrobatics. Unforgettable performances. They are all hallmarks of every Cirque du Soleil® show, and no place knows that better than Las Vegas. A variety of Cirque du Soleil artists amaze and dazzle audiences nightly in the Entertainment Capital of the World, so make plans to see these spectacles the next time you visit Vegas!
Cirque du Soleil's     From the aquatic masterpiece "O" at Bellagio, to the sensual "Zumanity" at New York-New York, to the nostalgic and vibrant musical tributes of "The Beatles LOVE" at The Mirage and "Viva ELVIS" at ARIA, to the magical CRISS ANGEL® BeLIEveTM at Luxor, and unprecedented "KA" at MGM Grand and, of course, the original "Mystere" at Treasure Island, Cirque du Soleil shows offer something for everyone.
     You can also catch a special Cirque performance at Mandalay Bay Dec. 3-11: Michael Jackson - The Immortal World Tour. THE IMMORTAL World Tour takes place in a fantastical realm where we discover Michael's inspirational Giving Tree - the wellspring of his creativity. The secrets of Michael's inner world are unlocked by his love of music and dance, fairy tale and magic, and the fragile beauty of nature.
    Be mesmerized by a Cirque show the next time you're in Vegas! 

Reigning Miss USA Rima Fakih's views on Vegas

Note: This is the sixth and final in a series of blogs leading up to the Miss USA 2011 competition on June 19 at Planet Hollywood. In this entry, reigning Miss USA Rima Fakih gives us her views on Las Vegas.

Q: What are you most excited about seeing and doing in Las Vegas?
A: I'm mostly excited to go back to Planet Hollywood where my dreams came true. I'm also excited to see all the hot contestants.

Q: Who's your favorite Las Vegas icon?
A: Since this is the fourth consecutive year the pageant is being held in Las Vegas, would that make Miss USA a Vegas icon?

Q: If you had to pick five things to pack in your suitcase for a trip to Vegas, what would they be?
A: Five things I would pack for Vegas: three swimsuits, my iPod and sunglasses.

Q: What is the first thing you want to do when you get off the plane in Vegas?
A: First thing I want to do when I get off the plane in Vegas is run to the nearest slot machine at the airport. I hit $500 one time before I boarded a plane home to Michigan!

Q: Where do you love to shop in Las Vegas?
A: I love to shop at the amazing CityCenter. I also love Caesars Palace because they have Niketown.

Q: What might you wear in Vegas that you wouldn't wear back home?
A: I have a sparkly hot-pink tube top that I only wear in Vegas. It would be way too much anywhere else!

Q: If you had only one night in Vegas, which nightclub would you choose?
A: I haven't really experienced Vegas nightclubs, YET! When I do I would love to go to XS Nightclub at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas and reserve a cabana.

Q: Who would be your dream date(s) for a night out in Vegas?
A: My dream date in Vegas would be Frank Sinatra and I would ask him to sing me my favorite song, "New York, New York." My second choice would be Robert De Niro because one of my favorite movies is "Casino."

Q: What's the best pool in Vegas?
A: I haven't been there yet, but I would love to go to Hard Rock Hotel's pool and hang out in one of their Tahitian-style cabanas.

Q: What's the most unique experience you've had in Las Vegas?
A: Oh this question is easy! The most unique experience I've had in Vegas is the night I won Miss USA 2010!

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Las Vegas?
A: My favorite restaurant is Aureole at Mandalay Bay, which has a four-story wine tower and amazing food by Chef Charlie.

Q: What's the one thing in Las Vegas you can't miss?
A: I would not want to miss a Cirque du Soleil show. It always leaves me breathless!

Q: What are your must-see shows in Vegas?
A: My must-see show is "PEEPSHOW" featuring the beautiful Holly Madison at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Q: What is the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: The best advice I could give a first-timer in Las Vegas would be to BRING sunblock lotion because the sun is shining all day. Also, 5-hour ENERGY shots because you want to stay up all night and enjoy the Vegas Strip.

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: If I could choose one resort to live in, it would be the Palms. It is beautiful and exotic!

Images courtesy of Miss Universe Organization

Miss USA 2011: Across plains and terrains

Please note: Lion King at Mandalay Bay has since closed. 

 The contestants for Miss USA are used to answering questions, so we threw some Vegas-related Qs their way. Here are some selected answers:

MISS UTAH USA: JAMIE LYNN CRANDALL

Q: Where do you love to shop in Vegas?
A: Fashion Show Mall.

Q: What's the best pool in Vegas?
A: Tao Beach.

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: I'd love to live at the Wynn, The Cosmopolitan or ARIA.

MISS NORTH DAKOTA USA: BRANDI LYNN SCHOENBERG

Q: What's your favorite Vegas icon?
A: The "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada" sign is probably the most recognizable thing in Vegas.

Q: If you had only one night in Vegas, which nightclub would you choose?
A: Why stop at one? I'd try to go to as many as I could!

Q: What would be your date for a night out in Vegas?
A: I would want it to be a total surprise, but it should include a helicopter ride at night to see the whole city lit up from above.

MISS SOUTH DAKOTA USA: CHANDRA RAE BURNHAM

Q: If you had to pick five things to pack in your suitcase for a trip to Vegas, what would they be?
A: I would have to pack a fabulous swimsuit for all the amazing pool parties in Vegas, amazing dresses for clubbing, tickets to a one-of-a-kind Vegas show, a great pair of walking shoes so I can cruise up and down the Strip, and a big fat wallet so I have something to put all my winnings in on my way home.

Q: What are your must-see shows in Vegas?
A: Any Cirque du Soleil show and The Lion King.

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: I would enjoy living at The Venetian.

MISS NEBRASKA USA: HALEY JO HEROLD

Q: Who's your favorite Las Vegas icon?
A: Frank Sinatra.

Q: What might you wear in Vegas that you wouldn't wear back home?
A: A fascinator headpiece.

Q: What is the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: Wear comfortable shoes!

MISS OKLAHOMA USA: KAITLYN SMITH

Q: What are you most excited about seeing and doing in Las Vegas?
A: I am most excited about just spending two weeks in Vegas and enjoying the whole atmosphere. Vegas is electrifying!

Q: Who's your favorite Vegas icon?
A: My current favorite Vegas icon is Garth Brooks! He's from Oklahoma.

Q: If you had only one night in Vegas, which nightclub would you choose?
A: XS at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas is a must visit!

MISS TEXAS USA: ANA CHRISTINA RODRIGUEZ

Q: What might you wear in Vegas that you wouldn't wear back home?
A: I'd rock an Elvis outfit if I had one.

Q: What's the most unique experience you've had in Las Vegas?
A: My first time in Vegas, I was able to experience a "Vegas wedding." My family and I had an amazing time.

Q: What's the one thing in Las Vegas you can't miss?
A: If you can't make it to the real Eiffel Tower in Paris, not a problem, because there's one in Vegas (at Paris Las Vegas), and it is beautiful.

MISS MISSOURI USA: HOPE DRISKILL

Q: Who would be your dream date for a night out in Vegas?
A: My dream date would be bringing all of my friends to Vegas for shopping, sun and a girls' night out!

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Las Vegas?
A: All of the buffets.

Q: What are your must-see shows in Vegas?
A: Elton John and Peepshow.

MISS LOUISIANA USA: PAGE PENNOCK

Q: Who's your favorite Vegas icon?
A: My favorite Las Vegas icon is Celine Dion. I am so excited she is back in Vegas and will definitely see her show while I am in Vegas.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Las Vegas?
A: My favorite restaurant in Las Vegas is the hot dog restaurant right down the street from Planet Hollywood called Pink's. They have the best hot dogs ever!

Q: What is the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: The best advice to give to a first-timer in Las Vegas is to definitely take a gondola ride at The Venetian and watch the water show at Bellagio. They are both unforgettable experiences.

MISS HAWAII USA: ANGELA BYRD

Q: What is the first thing you want to do when you get off the plane in Vegas?
A: Besides thanking the pilot for bringing the plane safely to Vegas, I want to experience what everyone has told me to be one of the best qualities about Vegas: the great food! Vegas, ready or not, here I come!

Q: Where do you love to shop in Vegas?
A: I look forward to checking out the great shopping at the Fashion Outlets! Williams-Sonoma Marketplace, Vogue Italia and Vanity Fair will be the first stores I run to! If I can find a Pottery Barn, this will complete my shopping list!

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: I would live at The Cosmopolitan if I had a choice to choose any Las Vegas resort to live at. The style, sophistication, interior and exterior design, (Marquee) Dayclub pool and their spa describes my personality and what I am comfortable with.

All Miss USA contestants surveyed are over 21 years of age.
Images courtesy of Miss Universe Organization.

Vegas Minute: Marquee attraction

 In this week's Vegas Minute, check out Marquee dayclub at the Cosmopolitan with its unique bungalows each featuring a cabana, a roofdeck with a hot tub, and a hotel room all rolled into one. You'll also feel the "Love" with Cirque du Soleil's show at The Mirage, and get ready for UFC 130 at MGM Grand and Joan Rivers at the Venetian. Plan your trip at http://www.lasvegas.com/. Vegas Minute produced by http://vegas.com. You can catch all of the Vegas Minute videos as well as other great Las Vegas commercial spots on our official YouTube channel.

Vegas Minute: See it to Believe

In this week's Vegas Minute, who you can see below or on our official YouTube channel, you'll have to see it to Believe as Criss Angel talks about the two-year anniversary of his Cirque du Soleil show at the Luxor. Also, don't miss the Black Keys at the Cosmopolitan. Vegas Minute produced by http://www.vegas.com.

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