Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Most Entertainment On The Smallest Stage

While some wonder what to do after seeing some of the biggest names in Las Vegas entertainment, Stirling Club members know many post-concert shows and stopovers begin and end at The Stirling Club. For several years, The Stirling Club has become the place for entertainment greats to enjoy live entertainment four nights a week.

On occasion, big names and bright stars don't settle for just making an appearance inside the piano lounge. Many of them take to the stage for a song or an unscheduled set, much like they would at an impromptu jam session at each other's homes. What's the allure? The Stirling Club is already home to several headliners who set the stage for summer nights where anything is possible.

Scheduled Entertainment For June At The Stirling Club.

Wednesdays — Carmine Mandia
As a featured performer in Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and New York, Carmine Mandia has wowed audiences as Frank Sinatra in "The Rat Pack Is Back" and "Frank & Barbra - The Show That Never Was." According to BWW News Desk, Mandia will also be opening for Don Rickles at the Orleans as part of his "Shades of Sinatra" act that never tries to impersonate but always includes signature Sinatra favorites with the most beloved sounds from his era.

Thursdays — Stephanie Calvert
Most people know Stephanie Calvert joined Starship after playing for the popular Las Vegas band Love Shack. But what many don't know is that when Calvert isn't busy touring with the legendary Mickey Thomas, she makes her home at The Stirling Club. You can catch a vault video with Calvert and Starship performing White Rabbit.

Fridays — Ronnie Rose
Ronnie Rose, the smooth-voiced blues and pop singer who fell in love with Las Vegas a few years ago, attracts audience members like Motown legends Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy. He shares the stage with legends too. In 2002, Rose opened for for Earth, Wind and Fire.

Saturday — Kelly Clinton and friends
Las Vegas entertainer Kelly Clinton, who also serves as director of entertainment, headlines every Saturday night. On most nights, it's anybody's guess who might share the stage with her. However, even when Clinton is on her own, it's impossible to forget her performances. Here's one clip from a show two years ago.

In recent weeks, The Stirling Club has also hosted Konrad Brook, Elisa Fiorillo, and special guest Joey Gian. Members can expect more surprise visits during the summer months.

For visitors and area residents hoping for an invitation inside the most exclusive destination in Las Vegas, contact Kathleen Gustafson, executive director of membership, at 702-784-4603 or by e-mail via The Stirling Club Web site. Prospective members are sometimes extended a visitor pass to attend special events and/or try select services within the club.
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Joey Gian Surprises Stirling Club Members

A few weeks ago, Joey Gian surprised Stirling Club members with an impromptu performance in the piano lounge. After enjoying Lena Prima and Kelly Clinton's performance, Gian joined in to sing several songs with the band.

The room was jumping as he belted out a blues song," said Clinton. "Then he jammed with singer Prima and yours truly."

If you're unfamiliar with the name, Gian is bet known for his role on the hit television series "Knot's Landing." But while he has also appeared in more than 25 television series and films, Gian's break came as singer in his early 20s on "Star Search." In between acting, he has toured the world as soul, blues, and rock/pop singer.

With Memorial Day weekend ahead, it seems fitting to share the music video "Here I Am" from his 2009 album of the same name. While the song highlights his rock/pop talents more than his more soulful hits "What If I Loved You" and "Return To Me," Gian is nothing less than amazing.

“When I’m onstage and the music takes over, I am in a state of true bliss," says Gian. "When I am singing, what you hear is the essence of who I am."

At the Stirling Club, everyone agrees. You can soon too. Gain recently wrapped a voice role along with Richard Gere, Chazz Palminteri, Luis Gomez, and Cyndi Lauper for the upcoming animated film "Henry and Me." The film is currently in post production.

Gian was happy to join the line-up in piano room, Clinton added. Members can expect more surprise appearances in May and June. Currently, Clinton is also auditioning members for an upcoming talent show on Friday, June 18. Members may call and schedule an audition by June 1.

The Stirling Club hosts live entertainment in the intimate setting of the piano lounge every Wednesday through Saturday. Live entertainment begins at 6 p.m. on weekdays; 8 p.m. on the weekend.
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend Means Pool Time In Las Vegas

Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off the summer in Las Vegas, typically drawing more people than any other weekend other than New Year's Eve. It also marks the official opening of The Stirling Club's outdoor lagoon-sized pool.

You might not find the pool listed among the most lavish or known for having the biggest parties. What you will find is a a much more private and discriminating experience with the pool's opulent mosaic tile, whirlpools, and and chaises.

Memorial Day Pool Party at The Stirling Club.

Beginning at noon on Sunday, May 30, The Pool Pavilion will be serving complimentary hotdogs, fresh lemonade, snow cones, and cotton candy. There will be a live DJ, and plenty of room to swim and socialize. The Pool Cafe will also be open.

Five More Pools To Explore In Las Vegas

Mandalay Bay. Frequently rated the number one pool in Las Vegas (and best in the U.S. in 2006 by TripAdvisor), Mandalay Bay delivers an 11-acre tropical lagoon with a sandy beach plus three pristine pools and a lazy river.

The expansive pool area also features nine private bungalows, 100 cabanas, and beachside lounges. It hosts several beach concerts and tends to be crowded. For Mandalay guests (ages 21+) without children, an additional admission charge will provide access to the Moorea Beach Club, which is a European-style pool area.

Wynn Las Vegas. It has taken the pool at Wynn Las Vegas some time to receive recognition, but online reviews have helped it gain more attention. It consists of two circular pools connected by a channel of water. Like Mandalay Bay, there is also a European-style pool area (behind the main pool).

Most of the attention has been lavished on its cabanas, which are well-constructed buildings with overhead fans, refrigerators, and personal servers. The more lavish VIP Tower Suite cabanas have WiFi, minibars, flat screen TVs, and access to quieter pools. Nearby, there has been some buzz centered on the new Encore Beach Club, which is a new pool complex for adults (ages 21+).

The Venetian. Centered inside The Venetian Gardens, there are two standard pools and one lounger pool typically described as being quieter and more relaxing than the most popular. What makes the pool stand out is its location behind zigs and zags of neatly trimmed hedges.

The Venetian is frequently given kudos for its cabanas, which include all amenities such as cordless house phones, flat screen televisions, DVD players, personal safes, refrigerators, and more. The Riva Restaurant by Wolfgang Puck is accessible poolside. The Venetian is also home TAO Beach, which serves as its adults-only (ages 21+) area with lively entertainment.

Caesars Palace. Since its expansion to add more pools for a total of eight in the 5-acre Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace has made great strides in providing guests with several different experiences. While areas around the Temple Pool are tiered, other pools are more secluded, more swim oriented, or more open for better sun. You can find one of the better write-ups here.

The Venus Pool Club is Caesars Palace's contribution to European-style (ages 21+) bathing. The club is known for lavish cabanas and vibrant entertainment. Unique services in The Venus Pool Club include frozen towels, Evian face spritzers, body massages, and Skyy Vodka-infused snow cones on the drinks menu.

MGM Grand. The MGM Grand frequently makes the top five of most pool lists, with its Grand Pool complex featuring five pools, including a river pool. The complex is also one of best landscaped and has three large whirlpools, tropical landscaping, fountains, and waterfalls. It typically has more lounge space than many others.

For a more vibrant party atmosphere and saltwater pools, Wet Republic is a hot spot favored by celebrities, especially among E! Entertainment Channel celebs. On Memorial Day weekend, pool parties will be full swing with dozens of entertainers that include Sharam, Freddie Le Grand, Dirty South and DJ Chuckie.

Almost all Las Vegas pools are reserved for hotel guests, with exception to scheduled entertainment. Likewise, The Stirling Club pool is open to members only. However, visitors may contact Kathleen Gustafson, executive director of membership, to arrange guest passes for membership consideration. She can be reached at 702-784-4603 or by email via The Stirling Club Web site.
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Join Stirling Club Members At Red Rock Canyon

While most people don't give it a second thought, hiking remains one of the most underrated fitness activities available. According to the American Hiking Society, hiking can stem heart disease, decrease hypertension by dilating blood vessels, decrease cholesterol levels while increasing HDL (the good cholesterol), and slow the aging process.

It's also the perfect fitness activity for burning calories. The average person weighing 135 pounds will burn as much as 1,200 to 1,300 calories during a four-hour hike, compared to only 960 calories on an elliptical trainer for two hours. (Based on a calorie count estimator at Fitness Today.)

Even better, hiking doesn't feel like two hours on an elliptical trainer. In the great outdoors with friends, time passes quickly while taking in the natural beauty. And at The Stirling Club, hiking excursions are a great way to meet people.

The Stirling Club Hiking Excursions To Red Rock Canyon.

The Stirling Club will be organizing guided weekend hikes at Red Rock Canyon in May and June. For specific times, dates, and routes, visit The Stirling Club Spa desk. Once the hiking schedule is set, reservations will be accepted 48 hours in advance.

If you are unfamiliar with the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, it is a 197,000-acre area best known for the images taken at Calico Springs or the Keystone Thrust (where the Cambrian Bonanza King formation folds over the red Aztec sandstone). However, there are more than 18 designated trails located throughout a variety of canyon openings.

Tips For Red Rock Canyon Hikers.

• Hiking boots or reinforced shoes make hikes more comfortable.
• Ventilated and/or layered clothing is generally the best bet for spring.
• Protective visors, sunglasses, and/or hats are recommended.
• Even when temperatures remain calm, sunblock is advised.
• Sufficient bottled water makes the hike more comfortable.
• Walking staffs and gloves are optional, depending on personal preference.

The Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association provides highlights of the most popular Red Rock trails in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management. Most hikes range from one hour to two hours, with easy to moderate classifications. Spotting wildlife is not uncommon, but the likelihood is dependent on which trails are included during the hike.

All of the tours organized by The Stirling Club are guided, which means there is an increased opportunity to see petroglyphs, creeks, and other natural wonders. For Ask about the spa treatment specials to enjoy immediately following a hike.
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