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Heidi Hegerich wasn’t your average showgirl. She was 16. Yep, you read that right. Back in 1958, Heidi was approached by her neighbor, a choreographer for Folies Bergere at Tropicana, and went on to dance in several Vegas productions including Minksy’s Follies and Ecstasy on Ice.
As you can imagine, a young girl quite literally thrust into the spotlight definitely has some stories to tell. Heidi recently published a book, Love Target, that tells the story of a fictitious young showgirl. The book, available in print and ebook format, is more or less a memoir of her times in Las Vegas and later in New York City. Below are several photos and some of Heidi’s stories, in her own words:
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It's going to be a long year because these hits just won't stop.
It hasn't even been a month yet since our 2015 resort fee guide dropped and already we've had to update it four times. Over the last few weeks, Golden Nugget has zinged guests with a $22.60 nightly charge, Cosmo's fee climbed to $30 before tax, and Hooters jumped to $15.95 pre-tax. The only good resort fee news we had (if that's not an oxymoron) was hearing TI was raising its future stay credit (offered as a resort fee amenity) from $20 to $25.
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There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of January 26:
March Madness: Yes, the Big Game isn't even over but folks have been talking about March Madness in Vegas since the end of last year. (Shout-out to the March Madness in Las Vegas Facebook group! Holla!) If you're dying for info, we can now share TI's plans. The resort will host basketball fans March 19-21 in its ballroom. Entry will be free and seating will be banquet-style (first come, first serve). There will be a cash bar, concessions and satellite betting stations so you won't miss a moment of action (unless you're in the restroom). Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. each day.
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He’s dark, mysterious and speaks in a distinct accent. Known for Goth eye makeup, wild hairstyles, frequent shirtlessness and making things (and himself) disappear, he surrounds himself with sexy dancers and often performs on TV. His magic show at the south end of the Strip is pretty terrific (so you know it's not performed at Luxor). He’s Jan Rouven, the handsome master illusionist from Germany. And, his New Illusions show at Tropicana is taking on Criss Angel head to head. Or, wand-to-wand, if you will.
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For the gay and lesbian community (more appropriately and inclusively known as LGBTQ), the Las Vegas of 2014 has become more appealing than ever. The opening of hit nightclub Liaison inside Bally’s, a PRIDE/Gay Days weekend that attracted thousands, and the legalization of same-sex marriage in Nevada has given the gay community plenty to celebrate. Some of our readers keenly noted that “Sin City” was way behind the rest of the country on this civil rights issue so, perhaps, it’s fitting the final gay event of the year has been named EVOLVE.
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The sportsbook operator formerly known as Cantor Gaming and now known as CG Technology has a pretty great cash back promotion. They’ll refund 5% (up to $5,000) of net losses from wagers of $100 or more. The caveats are that bets must be placed through your CG Technology account (not in person) and that only sports wagers will qualify. And no, it's not limited to new members only.
Here are specifics on how the promotion works:
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If you’re a presidential trivia buff, Tropicana has you covered this winter. On display November 22 through January 3, The JFK Exhibition will show off iconic memorabilia and personal effects from John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy. Many of them are on display for the very first time so expect some unique items.
Like the Mob Experience before it, this exhibit includes some vehicles as well. The Lincoln Continental used to transport the Kennedys to their final flight to Dallas will be on display along with a 1960 Lincoln Continental from President Kennedy’s Washington, D.C. motor pool.
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We’re happy to report that Raiding the Rock Vault hasn’t lost its luster after a trip to The Strip, moving from Westgate (formerly LVH) to Tropicana. What could easily be seen as a rocker retirement home is, instead, a fun and upbeat trip through the hits of the past few decades.
If you didn’t catch it in its last incarnation, Raiding the Rock Vault is a show featuring rock legends performing the hits of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Buffered by a loose framework about rock fans and roadies, the show lets different rockers take the lead in the songs best suited to their voices.
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Raiding the Rock Vault has seen its ups and downs at
LVH Westgate. Las Vegas Sun’s John Katsilometes has followed the saga as one of the show’s creators, Asia frontman and bassist John Payne, was given the glam rock boot this summer by fellow Raiding the Rock Vault producer Harry Cowell. Other performers have come and gone over the show’s run. Of course, many of them were only contracted for short stints, but several of the more longstanding performers have had their contracts come to early ends.
Tonight will be the last performance of Raiding the Rock Vault, according to Westgate hotel officials. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, it’s a literal rock of ages, as in it takes guests through a rock’n’roll odyssey with a sampling of hits from the various eras. All the music is performed live by musicians and singers who used to make up the likes of bands such as Bon Jovi, the aforementioned Asia, LA Guns, The Offspring, Heat, Deep Purple, Quiet Riot, and many others. You might think it’s like a pre-retirement home for washed-up rockers, but this writer didn’t find that to be true. I’ve seen the show several times and was always impressed by the level of musicianship. The odd storyline the show struggled to incorporate seemed a little cumbersome, but the music was great. I’ll probably see it again at its new home at Tropicana where it begins November 1.
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Sure, you know all about match plays and “lucky bucks,” but have you ever used a WIN card?
These promotional cards and accompanying casino chips are the hidden secret for advantage gamblers seeking a little extra edge at the tables. (Just don’t ask us why WIN is in all caps as it doesn’t appear to be an acronym. Perhaps, they don’t want you to realize you can still LOSE.)
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It's another grand opening, grand closing for Tropicana.
After debuting May 8, Trop's version of the Broadway hit, Mamma Mia!, has turned into a big miss. It's been announced the show will close August 3. We once had high hopes that the production would finally turn things around for the WTF-plagued property, but that changed after we actually saw it and felt the vocals (kind of a major thing here) did not stand out.