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So who knows their Vegas shows? Wifey and I are headed there in March to visit some friends and we're hoping to catch a show. For whatever reason, the two we wanted to see (Cirque's Ka, and Mystere) aren't running while we're there. So the choices are:

Cirque's O (water)
Cirque's Zumanity (adult)
La Reve (by a former Cirque person)
Blue Man Group

I'm afraid I'll giggle the whole time during Zumanity :) Any others we should consider? I wouldn't go see Celine Dion if someone paid me and Wayne Newton ain't our thing.

Extra Credit: hotel recs? We're looking at $100 - $150/night. Which rules out Bellagio, Wynn, Paris, NY-NY, and MGM.

Thanks!!!

jg
 

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not sure on price, but the Paris hotel (on the strip) is pretty nice.

not sure on shows, but if yer a star trek fan, don't miss the ST hilton. all ST themed, plus they have two "shows" that are interactive walk-throughs, really cool, and a couple neat shops. and quark's bar. with people walking around in full costume, including extensive makeup.

fwiw, there's a new tram that runs from major hotel to major hotel to major site. look into that.

great sushi bar in the bellagio.

tattoos? five min off the strip, check out www.insanetattoos.com. Luc Zietec. tell him Jeff from Memphis sent you.

i'm jealous.
 

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Scotty2Hotty said:
Are you sure that rules out MGM? I think it's a little cheaper than people think. Or not...

I saw "O." It was pretty cool. I also saw George Carlin. He's crazy.

I've stayed at Bally's and The Flamingo. The Flamingo is pretty cheap... It looks pretty old, but it is the oldest hotel on the strip, I think.

My #1 Vegas tip: Forget cabs. Use the elevated train thing that runs behind all the hotels. It's way fast and cheaper than using cabs.
love the avatar.

agree, forget cabs. but then again, the train thingy only goes certain places, linear. if yer gettin' off the strip, cab it.

damn, i would have LOVED to see carlin.
 

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Are you sure that rules out MGM? I think it's a little cheaper than people think. Or not...

I saw "O." It was pretty cool. I also saw George Carlin. He's crazy.

I've stayed at Bally's and The Flamingo. The Flamingo is pretty cheap... It looks pretty old, but it is the oldest hotel on the strip, I think.

My #1 Vegas tip: Forget cabs. Use the elevated train thing that runs behind all the hotels. It's way fast and cheaper than using cabs.
 

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haiku d'etat said:
not sure on price, but the Paris hotel (on the strip) is pretty nice.

not sure on shows, but if yer a star trek fan, don't miss the ST hilton. all ST themed, plus they have two "shows" that are interactive walk-throughs, really cool, and a couple neat shops. and quark's bar. with people walking around in full costume, including extensive makeup.

fwiw, there's a new tram that runs from major hotel to major hotel to major site. look into that.

great sushi bar in the bellagio.

tattoos? five min off the strip, check out www.insanetattoos.com. Luc Zietec. tell him Jeff from Memphis sent you.

i'm jealous.
Paris is expensive. Bally's (connected to Paris) is not.

Tram gets a thumbs up, as I've already mentioned.

The sushi place in the MGM is amazing. Best I've ever had. Forget the Italian place across the hall from the sushi place.
 

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Scotty2Hotty said:
Paris is expensive. Bally's (connected) is not.

Tram gets a thumbs up, as I've already mentioned.

The sushi place in the MGM is amazing. Best I've ever had. Forget the Italian place across the hall from the sushi place.
paris is prolly expensive, i wasn't paying. we had a suite with a foyer, guest bath, sitting area, living room, kitchen, 12-chair dining/meeting table, bedroom with french doors and panorama window, closets, master bath with shower, bath, and jacuzzi. nice.

did you miss me when i was in SD, scotty?
 

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The Monte Carlo is not bad, and the price is usually good. I've never been disappointed staying there. It's pretty plain , but it is located in a good spot to get to other casinos.

Some other places to consider.
MGM
Excalibur
Treasure Island
Luxor
 

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FWIW, I just did a quick check--Paris might not be a whole lot more than Bally's. I always thought it was a lot more.
 

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wayneanneli said:
My ex saw O a few years ago and said it was one of the best Cirque du Soleil shows she had ever seen. Keep in mind that we come from Montreal and she's seen quite a lot of their shows, if that means anything. She said it was expensive, but worth the price if you're going to see one show. As for Celine Dion, what an embarassing diva she has become. We saw her Montreal years, paid a fortune for the tickets, and she played for one lousy hour. Never again will I see her. I think she is a fantastic singer with a beautiful voice, but way, way overpriced. Nothing like getting paid a fortune to sing for an hour.
Cheers, Wayne
EX??!?!?!?!?!?!? i thought you and Anneli were born and then got married.

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My ex saw O a few years ago and said it was one of the best Cirque du Soleil shows she had ever seen. Keep in mind that we come from Montreal and she's seen quite a lot of their shows, if that means anything. She said it was expensive, but worth the price if you're going to see one show. As for Celine Dion, what an embarassing diva she has become. We saw her Montreal years, paid a fortune for the tickets, and she played for one lousy hour. Never again will I see her. I think she is a fantastic singer with a beautiful voice, but way, way overpriced. Nothing like getting paid a fortune to sing for an hour.
Cheers, Wayne
 

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haiku d'etat said:
EX??!?!?!?!?!?!? i thought you and Anneli were born and then got married.
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What, don't tell me you thought we've been together forever??? It'll be 10 years for us in October, and we'll be married 6 years in June. I guess that that's pretty long :). What a great journey it's been so far.
My ex is named Josée and we broke up a few years before I ever met Anneli. Actually, what is really cool is that we're all really good friends. Josée has someone else in her life now, and I'm married with kids, so no worries about jealousy or anything like that. We still get together every time I'm back in Montreal with Anneli and the kids.
 

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j-dawg said:
Extra Credit: hotel recs? We're looking at $100 - $150/night. Which rules out Bellagio, Wynn, Paris, NY-NY, and MGM.

Is it your first time? Then stay on the strip, someplace in the middle. Soak it all in.

How long are you staying? Sunday through Thursday you can get some really good rates... assuming no conference in the hotel that week.

Thus exhausts my vegas knowledge.
 

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Try the Flamingo...great pool...in the heart of the strip...and I mean smack dab in the heart of it (across the street from the Bellagio and Ceasers, the Palms is up street with the rio one way Hard Rock the other...you get the idea (the upscale part). Will save you a load on cab fare (since the monorail only works...intermittantly).

Shows...Blue man Group is a gas, Penn and Teller at the Rio, Rudner is funny at New York New York. Any of the Cirque shows are nice... Look for concerts that are around at the time you will be visiting. (Prince was in town at the Mirage when Mrs. Thatsmybush and I were in town last time).

Casino's ...head downtown to Binion's or others for some single shoe blackjack (for small rollers they have 5.00 tables). On the strip, New York New York I thought had the best fun vibe while Hard Rock had the most women wearing...well almost nothing.

Westward Ho...BEST phony Elvis complete with Thus Spake Zarathustra entrance for the blue hairs...take him in while washing down a dollar heinekan and a dollar foot long.
 

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wayneanneli said:
What, don't tell me you thought we've been together forever??? It'll be 10 years for us in October, and we'll be married 6 years in June. I guess that that's pretty long :). What a great journey it's been so far.
My ex is named Josée and we broke up a few years before I ever met Anneli. Actually, what is really cool is that we're all really good friends. Josée has someone else in her life now, and I'm married with kids, so no worries about jealousy or anything like that. We still get together every time I'm back in Montreal with Anneli and the kids.
i'm not surprised you can get back with your ex to share your life. i've never been able to do that, and don't see it happening. good on you tho, Wayne.
 

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Can't help with shows

since my wife and I seem to keep occupied with other things there. We have stayed at the Luxor, which is pretty far out rom downtown. The tram was starting the week we were there, so I have no clue about how efficient it is, but cabs sure can take away form GAMBLING money. We've also stayed at the Rio, and really enjoyed it. I think rooms, which are all suites, run around 100 or so. It's a bit of a walk to the main drag, but their are shuttles that take you to Cesars I think. There's also a few casinoes near the Rio, too.
Last time we were there I warned my wife ahead that I was going to have one night of over-indulging in my favorite other pastime, which is drinking Grand Marnier. Well, after not seeing it on the shelf in the bar, I thought maybe I was out of luck, but as it turned out, it was on a bar gun thingy!!!!!! I was in heaven. Or at least I think I remember that :(
I was surprised my wife was so easy going, all things considered. The next morning it turned out I had won several hundred dollars playing video poker and my wife had all the tickets, lol.
 

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my wife, mom, and I loved O. My 80 yo dad fell asleep, if that tells you anything. Creative music and the water allows them to do incredible acrobatics.
Zumanity sucked in just about every way.
Mystere was calm, I thought the music was the best part.
if I make it back O will be the first show I see, but the Bellagio reserves best seats for their guests.

I saw some good deals for Treasure Island and Mirage in the paper but they are further away.
I've enjoyed wandering through Ceasar's Forum, impressive.
 

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thatsmybush said:
Look for concerts that are around at the time you will be visiting. (Prince was in town at the Mirage when Mrs. Thatsmybush and I were in town last time).
Why would anyone pay to see him? The only way I would is if he guaranteed to set himself on fire at the start of the show. I did see him in a George Harrison tribute a few years ago on TV. George's son, Clapton and others were there too. Prince was very distant towards them. He can really play the guitar though. They finished with "While my guitar gently weeps" and he was great. I just can't stand the stuff he normally plays.
 

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Why would anyone pay to see him? The only way I would is if he guaranteed to set himself on fire at the start of the show. I did see him in a George Harrison tribute a few years ago on TV. George's son, Clapton and others were there too. Prince was very distant towards them. He can really play the guitar though. They finished with "While my guitar gently weeps" and he was great. I just can't stand the stuff he normally plays.
Okay...you have a wife...she likes Prince, you think his old stuff is good. You are in Vegas...your wife has offered to wear almost nothing to the concert (and has the kind of looks where that is a good thing)...Excuse me?

I could tell you the rest but what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
 
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