If love isn't your thing and you dread the thought of Valentine's Day, the 4949 Lounge at Santa Fe Station has an alternative. It is hosting a "Cupid is Stupid" anti-Valentine's Day party on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. There will be anti-love music played by DJ Miss Joy, dancing, drink specials and tarot card readings. People who bring in a picture of their ex for the "burn box" get a free specialty drink. "Cranky Cupid" (the little person that often accompanies Motley Crue on tour) will be available for pictures and to make sure that no one is hit by a real arrow of love.
Admission is free and you must be 21 or older. Santa Fe, which happens to be one of my favorite places for gambling (and losing) is located just off I-95 north at the Rancho Road exit. Should be a lot of fun and who knows, maybe you'll meet someone and fall in love. Of course, that would defeat the whole purpose, wouldn't it?
ANTE UP FOR CELEBRITY POKER
Time to read up on all those "how to play poker" books. The Third Annual Celebrity Poker Tournament takes place at Caesars Palace on Saturday, Feb. 16, with a VIP reception at PURE Nightclub. All proceeds will benefit Opportunity Village. Initial celebrities scheduled to participate include magician Ronn Lucas, Frankie and Joey Scinta of The Scintas, the hotties from "Thunder from Down Under," and poker pro Oklahoma Johnny Hale, but you can bet there will be many more come the first bet. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. and the tournament begins at 1 p.m.
The No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em Tournament will offer a seat in the World Series of Poker plus additional cash and prizes. The tournament is open to the public with a $500 buy-in and unlimited re-buys available through the sixth round for $300. A second-chance tournament will be available to players who bust out of the main event before the sixth round. The buy-in for the second chance tournament is $200 and there are no re-buys.
The second chance tournament winner will receive a seat at the main championship table. For those not wanting to play, $50 gives you access to watch the tournament and attend a VIP reception at PURE featuring live entertainment, a silent auction, open bar and gourmet hors d'oeuvres. You must be 21 or over to enter and must present a valid photo ID the day of the tournament. Seating is limited, so call (702) 880-4038 or visit www.opportunityvillage.org to download a registration form.
DRAGON DANCERS AT PALACE STATION
I told you recently about "Pit 8" at Palace Station, an Asian table games area that offers tableside dining. Well, the Chinese New Year is upon us -- the Year of the Rat -- so the casino is offering entertainment from local dragon dancers on Feb. 9 beginning at 6:15 p.m. The dancers will perform throughout the casino floor and finish in Sound Trax, a 175-seat entertainment venue and lounge, where they will perform in a two-hour show. The show will feature traditional folk dancing, acrobats, magic and singing in Chinese and English.
By the way, if you are playing at "Pit 8" here's what's on the tableside menu: special Vietnamese rice noodle soup; wonton noodle soup; roast duck noodle soup; seafood noodle soup; beef noodle soup; beef chow fun; yang chow fried rice; Singapore pan fried rice noodles; chicken congee; mixed beef congee; and bee bim bop, a Korean dish featuring rice topped with meat, eggs and vegetables that is served with a spicy sauce. Not bad, huh?
RUDNER CELEBRATES 2,000
If you want to take a chance on seeing yourself on TV and to see a great show, Rita Rudner's 2,000th and 2,001st shows at Harrah's will be taped Feb. 22 for a first-ever PBS comedy special and a DVD. Harrah's theater will be transformed into a 1930's-style Hollywood nightclub and attendees are encouraged to dress according to the era. "I want it to be an elegant evening," Rudner says. "I'm even considering washing my hair."
Tickets for "Rita Rudner: Live From Las Vegas" are available for a special reduced price of $30 from Harrah's at www.harrahs.com or (702) 369-5222. The shows are at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
TAKING THE PLUNGE
This item is only for the hardy. The Desert Breeze Park aquatics staff is challenging Las Vegas residents to brave the cold during the Second Annual Polar Bear Plunge from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Feb. 9, by taking a dip in the Desert Breeze Outdoor Pool at 8275 W. Spring Mountain Road. The event is open to ages 16 and older and free with a donation of gently used or new blankets, children's clothes or arts and crafts or recreation supplies to be given to Clark County Child Haven, the emergency shelter for abused and neglected children. One donation per person is required for admission.
Prizes will be awarded for the most outrageous entry, original costume and best group plunge. Hot beverages and snacks will be served. Pre-registration is requested either in person at Desert Breeze Recreation Center or online at http://www.accessclarkcounty.com/parks/homepage.htm, registration code 2865.101. Those interested can call 455-7798, option 2, or call Desert Breeze Aquatic Facility at 702-455-7716. Should be a lot of fun and it's for a good cause.
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