Harrah’s goes country route

Aug 31, 2004 5:10 AM

While a request for additional data will probably delay the Harrah’s/Caesars merger, an indication of the future direction of Harrah’s took place last week when it announced I Love This Bar & Grill!, a $9 million themed bar, restaurant and entertainment venue with award-winning country music star, Toby Keith. Harrah’s is the first major Strip venue to take a lesson from the LVCVA that brought the cowboy business into our city and eliminated the doldrums of December many years ago.

While other properties add a country flair during the rodeo, Harrah’s is making it a year-long celebration. Slated for a summer 2005 opening, the 17,000 square feet facility will offer American casual food and the bar/lounge will have Keith music and videos, a special recording studio, private dining area, stage and dance floor for live country acts and unannounced appearance by Keith.

The Crazy Girls topless revue at the Riviera is still going strong after nearly 20 years of bumping and grinding. The show has showed no sign of sagging in popularity (no pun intended). In fact, the femmes are more uplifting than ever before!

Studio 54 is celebrating Labor Day weekend, the final summer bash, with a party hosted by adult film star Houston, Sunday starting at 10 p.m. There’s an admission for gents, but ladies are free.

Lake Las Vegas Resort is taking the "endless summer" theme to the max when it has The Beach Boys perform on its 52 by 72 foot floating stage near the Reflection Bat shore on Friday, Oct. 15. Tickets are on sale at a reasonable $49.95 plus tax.

Brent Allen, who was an original member of the "An Evening of La Cage" cast in Los Angeles," has rejoined the Riviera version with his sensational tributes to Judy Garland and Bette Midler.

Krave, the alternative restaurant/nightspot at the Desert Passage, is scheduled to open Labor Day weekend. It’s supposed to be a high-end place for all types of locals and visitors and I may be involved”¦ only time will tell.

"Havana Night Club — The Show" at the Stardust is total energy. It was worth the wait and captivates the audience with its young and dynamic cast.

"Spirit of the Dance" has departed the Golden Nugget leaving Gordie Brown as its headliner though Joe Leone is bringing in epical acts.

Sorry to say that I missed Clint Homes receiving the Sammy Davis Jr. Foundation Award for all his contribution to the arts and our community. It was presented to him by Sammy’s widow, Altovise.

Actor and artist Tony Curtis will be inducted into the Nevada Entertainer/Artist Hall of Fame during an awards ceremony on Sept. 14 in Artemus Hall on the UNLV campus. The Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery will host an exhibition of Curtis’ works following the awards presentation. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will run through Sept. 24. Tickets to the event are $25 and can be purchased by calling 895-2787. The Nevada Entertainer/Artist Hall of Fame at UNLV was founded to honor residents of Southern Nevada who have made significant impact on the arts.

Heaven Can Wait Sanctuary, an independent, non-profit organization that helps homeless cats and dogs get a second chance at life, will receive the proceeds from "Main’s Best Friends" art show at Art encounter on Thursday, Sept. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. Las Vegas-based artist Jennifer Main has created two dozen new paintings dealing with cats and dogs for the event that will be offered in limited edition Giclees on paper, artist signed and numbered with each edition size 200. Art encounter is located at 3979 Spring Mountain Rd.