Pole Position Raceway
Opens In Las Vegas
Las Vegas is all about "cool" things to do and now not far off the Strip
at Flamingo Road and Arville is where Pole Position Raceway is located.
Four of us took got to experience the assimilated race course and we can
tell you the faux race is very realistic.
Position Raceway was founded in September 2005 in Corona, Calif., by
Jason Williams and Ken Faught. Now there's a facility in Murrieta,
Calif., as well as Las Vegas, and the group is working on more indoor
karting centers around the country.
Williams began racing motocross in 1984 and raced briefly as a
professional in the early '90s. Faught is the former editor-in-chief of
Dirt Rider magazine and is a three-time land speed record holder at the
famed Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. He was the co-host of Motorcyclist
TV on Speed Channel and Dirt Rider Adventures on OLN.
The new 6,000-square-foot Las Vegas karting center has one track that is
approximately 1,100 feet long. The Formula EK 20 custom electric
competition karts can go up to 45 miles an hour on a track that is
changed every three months and has some tough turns to keep you fully
alert especially with faster racers passing you. A race can have up to
12 competitors. At the end of the race, you're given your very detailed
The requirements are that all racers need to be a minimum of 48" tall
and must be able to safely operate the karts. You are also required to
wear a helmet with eye protection, which is supplied, and closed-toe
Adult pricing for a race is $25 and $20 for an annual member. There are
also group racing package prices and membership fee options. In
addition, the facility is available for private parties. Hours are
Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to midnight, and Friday and
Saturday from 10 am. to 1 a.m. For information,
call 702-227-RACE (7223)
While you're waiting you turn at a spin, there are approximately 10,000
square feet of public viewing area and more than 25 plasma and LCD TVs
throughout the facility to watch the action. There's also memorabilia
throughout featuring some of the top racing memorabilia in the world
including a race driven Target Chip Ganassi Indy Car, the bike Mike
Metzger jumped the Caesars Palace Fountain with in 2006, race worn suits
of NHRA Star Hot Rod Fuller and NASCAR Superstars Kyle Petty, Kurt Busch
and Jeff Gordon. Jason Beam, one of the premier motorsports helmet
painters in the world, has a portion of his personal collection on
display including race worn helmets of NASCAR champions Dale Earnhardt
Sr., Tony Stewart and Jimmy Johnson.
Hannah Montana Will
Appear At Galaxy Cannery Theatres
Beginning Feb. 1, 2008, Las Vegas' first all-digital movie theater,
Galaxy Cannery Theatres will be showing Hannah Montana and Mile Cyrus:
Best of Both Worlds, a 3D concert film event. Tickets are $11 at the
Galaxy Cannery, located at 2121 E. Craig Road in North Las Vegas. The
filmed version of the sold-out Hannah Montana concert features
performances from Cyrus' 54-city tour, captured in state-of-the-art 3D
and shown in Galaxy's Real 3D technology. For more information, call
UFC® FIGHT NIGHT™ Will Be Live From The Pearl On Jan. 23
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® brand is the world's leading
professional mixed martial arts organization. The UFC® and Spike TV
will return to The Pearl at the Palms on Wednesday, Jan. 23 for the
first UFC® Fight Night™ of 2008, featuring a elterweight battle between
Mike Swick and Josh Burkman. Also signed for the show are what should
be explosive bouts between middleweights Drew McFedries and Patrick
Cote, and lightweights Thiago Tavares and Michihiro Omigawa. Tickets
are $350, $200 and $100, call 702-474-4000.
Springs Preserve Adds
New Exhibit to Oriogen Experience
The Springs Preserve, which is a new 180-acre national historic site
located three miles from the Strip, is presenting an enlightening look
at the landscape of Nevada with its
newest art exhibit, Playground of the Gods by internationally acclaimed
photographer Nicholas A. Price. This one-of-a-kind exhibit showcases
more than 30 traditionally hand-printed photographs of untouched rock
displays that depict faces and scenes portrayed in the rocks, clay and
mountainsides of the Valley of Fire. Playground of the Gods will be
located in the Big Springs Gallery of the ORIoGEN Experience building at
the Springs Preserve from Jan. 7-April 30, before embarking on a
national tour in 2009. The Springs Preserve Gift Shop will also be the
first retail store in Southern Nevada to showcase examples of Price's
original fine art photographs, quality prints and posters that capture
the natural beauty of Nevada.
The M Resort Partners
With Galaxy Theatre
Resort, Spa and Casino is a $1 billion resort being built on 80 acres of
Las Vegas Boulevard South and St. Rose Parkway with completion expected
in the spring of 2009. The new resort has struck a partnership
agreement with Galaxy Theatres, the privately-owned, award-winning movie
theatre company widely known for its advanced digital technology and
customer service philosophy. The 63,000-square-foot movie entertainment
theatre will feature 14 screens and 3,100 seats. Digital and 3-D movie
projection, spacious auditoriums, over-sized movie screens, all-stadium
luxury seating, digital sound and premium concession selections,
including popcorn with real butter, will be offered at the movie
entertainment theatre. The Cannery in North Las Vegas already has
The CatHouse at the Luxor is open and offers something completely new
to the Las Vegas Strip. In the style of an opulent 19th century
Parisian bordello, the 'loungerie' combines performance, dining and
nightlife. CatHouse offers two intimate rooms for dining and nightlife
enjoyment and focuses on a high-end, jet-set clientele inspired by the
lifestyles of partners Kerry Simon, world-renowned chef, Australian
nightlife and music impresario Billy Cross and Mick Doohan, a five-time
world Formula One motorcycle racing champion.
Electra will host a sexy DVD launch party at Studio 54 on Jan. 4 to
celebrate the release of her newest aerobic striptease video, Vegas
Strip, which was shot exclusively at Studio 54 in the MGM Grand. The
first 100 guests will receive both "Vegas Strip" and "In the Bedroom"
striptease DVDs. "Vegas Strip" combines body-sculpting dance moves and
burlesque sets with sultry stretches and toning exercises to help
viewers take off those extra pounds while taking it all off in routines
by Electra set to a mix of club-style music.
Rich Little has resumed his six-month gig at the Golden Nugget. The
majority of the couple hundred impressions that the 69-year-old voice
master performs are deceased or older, but they're classic characters.
Veteran producer Paul Stone will bring Variety Live! Direct from the
London Palladium to the Suncoast, Jan. 31-Feb. 2. A former Mystere
acrobat, who revolves inside a giant wheel, and the juggler, Kris Kremo,
who was in the Stardust's Lido de Paris show for 11 years are part of
The Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is currently featuring
its holiday scene with a 42-foot-tall Shasta White Fir, flying reindeer,
animated penguins, and a 230-pound chocolate Santa wearing a sugar icing
BODIES…The Exhibition and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition are
continuing at the Tropicana
through February 2008. Since opening at the Tropicana Resort & Casino
in June 2006, hundreds of thousands of visitors have been entertained,
educated and intrigued by these must-see Strip attractions.
Seasoned comedic stage actor, playwright and star of "Defending the
Caveman," Kevin Burke, did his 1,000th performance of Defending the
Caveman this month at the Showroom inside the Golden Nugget. It was
also Burke's 227th performance at the Golden Nugget.
Entertainment Tonight's co-anchor Mark Steines, will host the 2008 Miss
America pageant on Jan. 27 at Planet Hollywood.
Ethel Merman's Broadway starring Rita McKenzie will be playing a
pre-Broadway tour at the Suncoast, Jan. 4-6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are
from $19, call 702-636-7075.
Special events at the South Point's arena in January include the Extreme
Monster Truck Nationals 2008, Jan. 11-13, and the CBR World Championship
Riding, Jan. 25-26.
Spiedini's restaurant located in the J.W. Marriott in northwest Las
Vegas will hold its January wine dinner on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2007 at
6:30 p.m. and feature Raymond Vineyards. Cost is $68, call
JLLV Hosts Design
Legend And Invites Public To Historic Morelli House
The Junior League of Las Vegas (JLLV) will host Vladimir Kagan, the
"grandfather of modern furniture design" for a public reception on Jan.
31, 2008, from 4 to 6 p.m. for his book The Complete Kagan signing and
open house at the JLLV's downtown historic 1959 Morelli
House, 861 Bridger Street. The general public is invited to attend.
There is no charge, but reservations are required by calling the JLLV
office at 702-822-6536 by Jan. 25.
Kagan, designer of the Serpentine Sofa, volunteered his services as the
lead interior designer for the Junior League of Las Vegas' Mid Century
historical preservation project, the Morelli House. In addition, Kagan
donated items such as a Cubist Dining Table and Beech Wood walnut
stained barrel chairs covered in an Italian wool fabric.
Kagan will be visiting Las Vegas to kick off the new Design Icon lecture
series at January's Las Vegas Market at the World Market Center, where
legends share their stories and experiences in order to inspire
Clinton Jackson To Headline Riviera Comedy Club, Jan. 7-13
Clinton Jackson, who was best known as the science teacher, Mezz Crosby,
on the Warner Brothers Network sitcom Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher, will
headline the Riviera Comedy Club, Jan.7-13. He will be joined by funny
gals Rob Magnotti and Arthur Gaus. Showtimes are 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.,
and tickets are $24.99, call 702-794-9433.
Jackson received his professional training in San Francisco's
thriving comedy community and was soon appearing on television specials
including A&E's Caroline's Comedy Hour and Comedy on the Road, VH-1's
Stand Up Spotlight, Fox's Comic Strip Live, and MTV's Half Hour Comedy
Hour and Comikaze.
In 1996, Jackson's career hit a turning point, beginning with an
invitation to perform in HBO's prestigious Aspen Comedy Festival.
Following that success,
he landed a guest-starring role on CBS' Cybill, and was then cast as
Mezz Crosby. Jackson appeared on the season finale of CBS' Cybill.
New Year's Eve News
Rampart Casino will ring in the New Year with a concert by Sonny Charles
& The Checkmates. This show will pay tribute to the late, great Sweet
Louie, who passed away this month. The show will be held at Addison's
Lounge inside the Rampart Casino on Monday, Dec. 31. The show begins at
9 p.m. Admittance is $10 at the door.
At the Riviera, there's a Top of the RIv Dance Party in the Monaco Tower
from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. with an open bar. Tickets $99.99; call
For the third year in a row RnR Wine will be hosting its New Year's Eve
bash at Cafe Ba Ba Reeba on the Strip directly across from the Wynn
Resort. The package includes a four-course dinner and live
entertainment with two and a DJ. Alcohol is extra. Price is $90,
The new Stoney's Rockin' Country with an elevated 2,500-square-foot
hardwood dance floor will hold the largest country New Year's Eve 2008
party. Special guests Western Underground will perform. This group,
the driving, rodeo rock 'n' roll sound behind the legendary Chris LeDoux,
has created their own identity, paying special tribute to their longtime
friend and mentor. Tickets are $19.95, call 702-797-9079. There will
be midnight balloon drop, champagne toast and party favors.
Downtown at Hogs & Heifers Saloon on Third Street, there will be live
entertainment provided by rockers Southern Stüe. Doors open at 1 p.m.
There is no cover for the party.