I’m back! For those of you who read my column, you will have noticed that I have not written one for the past three weeks. The reason being that my mother passed away and I have been back east during this time. She was 89, had led a great life and passed quietly in her sleep, so no regrets from her. It was just the way she wanted it to be. We should all be so lucky.
Anyway, there are things happening in Las Vegas, despite the state of the economy and I will start with some good news for those of you who frequent any of the Coast Casinos (Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam’s Town, The Orleans, Main Street Station, Fremont and California) where you have always been able to use your single players club card (Players Gold) to redeem rewards at the three downtown locations.
Now, Boyd Gaming, owner of the Coast Casinos, has introduced B Connected, a new players club card that not only replaces your Players Gold card, but can now be used at all of the Boyd Gaming-owned properties throughout the country. Your Players Gold card automatically switches to the new B Connected card, so you don’t have to worry about making any changes yourself.
Other Boyd Gaming properties outside Las Vegas are: Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel in Vinton, La.; Treasure Chest Casino in Kenner, La.; Sam’s Town, Shreveport La.; Sam’s Town Tunica, Miss.; Blue Chip Casino Hotel in Michigan City, Ind.; and Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino in East Peoria, Ill.
Get ready for some laughs as The Comedy Festival returns November 20-22 to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for its fourth year. Scheduled to appear at this year’s event are headliners Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Dane Cook, Katt Williams, Tracy Morgan and Jeff Dunham, who will be joined by Mike Epps, David Alan Grier, The Kids in the Hall, Russell Peters, Jim Breuer, Andrew Dice Clay, Jim Norton and John Oliver. In addition, Caliente Comedy will feature comedians Gabriel Iglesias, Pablo Francisco and Anjelah Johnson.
In addition to the comedy stars appearing in The Colosseum, the Palace Ballroom and the Augustus Ballroom, the Festival will showcase more than 25 up-and-coming comedians in the LOL Lounge (located in the Emperors Ballroom).
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased for individual shows and packages online at thecomedyfestival.com, by phone at (877) TCF-FEST or in person at the Box Office at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Exclusive VIP packages are available online or by calling The Colosseum box office at (702) 866-1409.
One of the best shows in town is undoubtedly Jersey Boys, performing at the Palazzo, the Venetian’s sister property in Las Vegas. And now the hit musical about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, is offering what it calls the ABSOLUT BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE VIP Package.
Here’s what you get if you purchase the package: a complimentary ABSOLUT specialty cocktail and access to a private entrance into the theater through a VIP hallway that features memorabilia from The Four Seasons and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; a full-color, oversized Jersey Boys Las Vegas souvenir program to remember their special night; and a seat in the front orchestra section. Not too shabby, but it’s gonna cost ya. The package runs $235 per person, plus tax. OUCH!!!
Good news if you’re a fan of The Smashing Pumpkins. As part of their 20th Anniversary Tour, they will make their way to The Pearl at the Palms on Saturday, Nov. 29. Don’t know what the ticket prices are at this writing, but I’m sure it won’t stop you from going.
The Smashing Pumpkins has been one of rock’s most forward-thinking, influential, and often misunderstood musical forces, and has enjoyed great success over the years. This year, as they begin their North American “20th Anniversary Tour” November 1, the group is not only celebrating the milestone anniversary of their 1988 formation, but will release a precedent-setting new single G.L.O.W. and a revealing two-DVD set “If All Goes Wrong”, filmed at their residencies last year in San Francisco and Asheville, N.C. Should be another big hit for them.
Here’s something for all you golfers. It’s time again for the 17th Annual Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge – the only professional golf tournament that pits three players from the PGA, LPGA and Champions tours against each other in a head-to-head competition for tour bragging rights and a share of the $1 million dollar purse.
Each threesome consists of one player from each tour competing in two separate, nine-hole stroke-play matches. The teams shape up like this: PGA: Stewart Cink, Rocco Mediate, Kenny Perry; LPGA: Helen Alfredsson, Natalie Gulbis, Cristie Kerr; Champions: Fred Funk, Jay Haas, Nick Price. Quite a lineup.
It all takes place at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Rio Secco Golf Club located at 2851 Grand Hills Dr. in Henderson. And the best part is that it’s open and free to the public. You can get your complimentary tickets at the Rio Secco clubhouse. For more information, call Rio Secco at 702-777-2400.
Support a great cause by attending the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation (NCCF) 15th Annual Profiles of Courage: "A Hero’s Journey" Dinner Gala and auction honoring several children and supporters of the foundation. The gala will be held at The Mirage Hotel on Saturday, November 22 and all proceeds will benefit NCCF’s Project ARK (Aids & Resources for Kids), a social, psychological, emotional, educational and financial support service to families of children suffering from life threatening and critical illnesses such as cancer, HIV/AIDS and hemophilia, to name a few. Tickets are $250 per person. For more information or to reserve tickets call 702-735-8434.
Hats off to our community’s servicemen and women. To show your appreciation for them, plan to attend a special ceremony that begins the 6th Annual Military Appreciation Ball on Nov. 15 at the East Las Vegas Community Senior Center. A buffet dinner and dancing to big band music by the Gene White Orchestra will complete the event that goes from 6 to 9 p.m.
Tickets are only $20 per person and you have to buy them by Nov. 13. Call 702-229-1515 for information and tickets. Dress uniform or evening attire is recommended. The center is located at 250 N. Eastern Ave. on the southeast corner at Stewart Avenue. It will be a fun time and our brave men and women will welcome your support.
Good luck and I’ll see you on the Strip. And don’t forget to check out eNeon each Thursday by subscribing (free of charge) to the Review-Journal’s weekly newsletter. If you have a question or a Las Vegas experience you would like to share with my readers, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your full name and the city or town where you live.