Living the nightlife

Feb. 18, 2002

Las Vegas and humans—both are water-powered. The city of lights, however, has a bit of an edge with the world’s largest concrete dam churning out voltage nearby. Still, a steady stream of H2O is necessary if you want a piece of the action.

Las Vegas and humans—both are water-powered. The city of lights, however, has a bit of an edge with the world’s largest concrete dam churning out voltage nearby. Still, a steady stream of H2O is necessary if you want a piece of the action.

Las Vegas Boulevard, “The Strip,” is one of the most famous roads in the world. And, coincidentally, it’s the home of all walks of life. One can feel the heat of The Mirage volcano, the cannon boom during a pirate fight at Treasure Island or scream through a roller coaster ride at New York, New York.

It’s all there for the taking. As a bonus, Roads & Bridges offers a synopsis of the acts keeping this diverse entertainment venue running.


@ Bally’s; Reservations: 800/237-SHOW

Jubilee! is a dynamite display of sight and sound that features the sinking of the Titanic and Samson destroying the Temple of the Philistines. It was just voted “Las Vegas’ Best Dancers,” and critics rave about the incredible and dazzling sets that make it the experience of a lifetime. Show times are Saturday through Thursday, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.


@ Bellagio; Reservations: 888/488-7111

A project of Cirque du Soleil, “O” is a step into the surreal where basic elements of water, earth, fire and air are mixed into performances of dancing, swimming, acrobatics and clowning. There are two shows nightly Friday through Thursday, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.

The Bellagio also will amaze you with its dancing fountains outside and in front of the hotel. Sweetening the show are lights and the music of composers such as Copland and Strauss and vocalists such as Luciano Pavarotti.

Cajun Elvis

@ Bourbon Street; Information: 800/634-6956

Elvis impersonator Michael Conti shakes his act at Bourbon Street’s Comedy Theatre. Aloha Elvis! runs Monday through Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and Viva Elvis! takes center stage Monday through Saturday at 5 p.m.

The Second City

@ Flamingo Las Vegas; Reservations: 702/733-3333

Bugsy’s Celebrity Theatre holds The Second City, the well-known sketch comedy and improvisation company. The Second City originated in Chicago and has produced several who have gone on to Saturday Night Live and movie fame. Shows are Tuesday through Sunday, 7 and 9:30 p.m.

Freemont Street Experience

Information: 800/249-3559

The Freemont Street Experience carries five city blocks of street performers and live music. Street performers include a fire-eater and stiltwalker. FSE also is home of the most exciting light and sound shows in Vegas. The strip is covered with a canopy of over 2 million lights enhanced by 540,000 watts of sound and special effects. Shows run every hour from dusk until midnight.

The Mac King Comedy Magic Show

@ Harrah’s Las Vegas; Information: 800/392-9002

Laugh at the magic of Mac King, who performs at Harrah’s Comedy Cabaret. There are two shows daily Tuesday through Saturday, 1 and 3 p.m.

Clint Holmes

@ Harrah’s Las Vegas; Information: 800/392-9002

Clint Holmes combines singing and stories of his life onstage at Harrah’s Main Showroom. An 11-piece orchestra and an additional singer back him up. Shows run Monday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Houdini Lives Again starring Dixie Dooley

@ Jackie Gaughan’s Plaza; Reservations: 702/386-2444

This show follows the life of Harry Houdini from his early stage magic to the incredible escapes. Watch escapes from chains, ropes, handcuffs and straitjackets. Shows are Tuesday through Sunday, 4 p.m.

Le Cabaret

@ Jackie Gaughan’s Plaza; Reservations: 702/386-2444

Le Cabaret features vocal impressionist Larry G. Jones, singer/dancer Sarafina and magician Jenny Alexander. Shows are Tuesday through Sunday at 10 p.m.

Blue Man Group

@ Las Vegas Hilton; Information: 800/557-7428

Come watch the silent humor of a trio of blue, bald men at the Las Vegas Hilton’s Luxor Theater. The Blue Man Group uses one-of-a-kind “equipment” and ties it all into one bizarre performance. Two shows nightly at 7 and 10 p.m.

Danny Gans

@ The Mirage; Reservations: 800/374-9000

Labeled “one of the best shows in Las Vegas,” Gans’ ability to sing, act and impersonate is a true crowd-pleaser. Shows are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 8 p.m.

Siegfried & Roy

@ The Mirage; Reservations: 800/374-9000

These two Las Vegas icons have been named “Magicians of the Century” and “The Masters of Illusion,” were recently given a lifetime contract and even have a statue honoring them in front of the Mirage hotel. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday, 7:30 and 11 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

Lance Burton—Master Magician

@ Monte Carlo; Reservations: 702/730-7000

Master Magician Lance Burton thrills the crowd with his cast of 60 doves, a few ducks and Elvis the Parakeet. Juggler Michael Goudeau is a special guest star. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday, 7 and 10 p.m.

Lord of the Dance

@ New York, New York; Information: 702/740-6815

Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance” is a story based on old Irish folklore—good vs. evil. The dancing and music make this act a must see. Shows are Tuesday and Wednesday, 7 and 9:30 p.m.

An Evening at La Cage

@ Riviera; Reservations: 702/477-5274

Can I borrow your lipstick? Come watch a group of female impersonators strut their stuff. The cast is led by Frank Marino and Joan Rivers. Shows run Wednesday through Monday, 7:30 p.m.

Masterpieces and Master Collectors

@ Venetian; Information: 877-2VENICE

Come see Impressionist and Early Modern paintings at the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum. The inaugural exhibition presents 45 major examples of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Early Modern painting from two world-renowned collections. The museum is open from 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily.

The Art of the Motorcycle

@ Venetian; Information: 877-2VENICE

Get your motor running at the Venetian’s motorcycle paradise, which features more than 120 bikes. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily.

Sing a song

Names of musicians also light up the Vegas skyline. Gordon Lightfoot will play at The Orleans Showroom March 21-24 (7 p.m.). Chicago has a gig at the Stardust’s Wayne Newton Theater March 21-24 (8 p.m.).

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