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Off Strip Clarion Prepares For Implosion

Where: 305 Convention Center Drive [map], 89109
November 14, 2014 at 3:45 PM | by | Comments (5)

Still firmly in our "we'll believe when we see it" file, it's hard to dispute that the off Strip Clarion seems to be readying for a bandied about January implosion. Namely because our photographer Greg C. keeps sending us photos of on-site construction workers and heavy equipment in use.

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You Can Run, But You Can't Drive: Marathon Road Closures

November 14, 2014 at 2:56 PM | by | Comment (1)

The annual Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon returns this weekend with an additional race, a new time, a lot of sweaty bodies and some headaches for those not participating. The marathon takes runners all over Las Vegas and that means lots of road closures to ensure the safety of participants. This year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon also has a half marathon for people who don't want to endure as much on their feet. With the additional race there will be a different course than previous years and there will be different road closures than in the past.

A 5k will take place tomorrow, Saturday, November 15 beginning at 6 p.m. and on Sunday, November 16 for the main marathon as well as a half marathon (both starting at 4:30 p.m.) and a half of a half (a 3:30 p.m. start). That's expected to cause closures from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Most of the marathon will take place on the Vegas Strip between Russell Road and Ogden Avenue while the 5k will do a loose loop around the SLS. Closures will extend well beyond the Vegas Strip. Here are road closures and approximate times to avoid or, if you'd like to watch, to line the streets for Sunday's marathon:

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Border Brunch Now At Forum Shops

Where: 89109
November 14, 2014 at 1:48 PM | by | Comment (1)

The newly opened Border Grill in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

After spending a few weeks settling into its second Vegas location, Border Grill is ready to shop its famed weekend brunch to the hungry masses of the center Strip.

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What's Up With The DJs, Yo?

November 14, 2014 at 1:19 PM | by | Comments (29)

Just as common a sight on the Vegas Strip as buskers and those $1 water guys are DJs. Once a faceless, nameless profession, it now comes with so much cache DJs capture top billing on marquees and some of the city's top salaries, too.

Outside of the Strip's mega clubs, DJs also remain standard entertainment fare at lounges and bars. You're much more likely to jam to a DJ than a live band. But, that's not to say everyone likes throwing their hands up. Just ask VegasChatter reader Donna M.:

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Bocho Brings Sushi To Downtown's Fremont East

Where: 124 S 6th Street [map], 89101
November 13, 2014 at 9:43 PM | by | Comments (2)

It is surprising that it's taken this long, but it has finally happened. Many downtown visitors and residents (this writer included in the latter) have been living in a veritable sushi desert, without a spider roll worth having (outside of a hotel) for 20 minutes in any direction. Now, after much waiting, Bocho Sushi is open in Fremont East.

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5-4-3-2-1… Blast Off At Cosmo’s P3 Studio

Where: 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
November 13, 2014 at 7:57 PM | by | Comments (2)

A mini version of what the finished product will resemble.

If you’re feeling artsy on the Strip, you can hit Cosmo's P3 Studio to make your mark on the newest collaborative art project brought to you by the hotel in partnership with the Art Production Fund. This month’s featured artist-in-residence is art professor Mark Brandvik who will be working with guests who want to add a layer to his project, 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1.

If you’re wondering what the title alludes to, think outer space. Come channel your inner space camp nerd as you build up color layers on Plexiglas to form an image of the Saturn V rocket on the Apollo 11 spacecraft. Brandvik uses the iconic image of the shuttle taking off to mirror the collective spirit of the many hands that will go into making this piece of art.

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The Nightly Happy Hour At Umami Burger Looks Like A Sweet Deal

Where: 89109
November 13, 2014 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (4)

Going back a year and half ago before SLS Las Vegas opened, we knew that Umami Burger Beer Garden and Sportsbook would be one of our favorite parts of the property. It wouldn’t be the traditional version of a burger joint, beer garden or sportsbook. The hybrid would, if nothing else, offer something different from other casinos in Vegas.

Since then, Umami seems as though it’s doing relatively well. Despite major cutbacks at other SLS restaurants, Umami Burger only snipped a few hours per night. If there’s been one major complaint about Umami, it’s been the beer prices which begin at $8. Well, they’ve taken some steps to fix that.

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Forgotten Vegas: Why Doesn’t Anyone Remember MGM Grand’s EFX?

Where: 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
November 13, 2014 at 2:26 PM | by | Comments (17)

Remember EFX? Back in MGM’s Wizard of Oz era, EFX was the spectacle of The Strip. Technical marvels KA and "O" didn’t exist and Cirque du Soleil’s first Vegas show, Mystere, was still brand new. MGM, not even two years old at the time, invested heavily in a special-effects driven show so ambitious that it dwarfed not only anything else in Vegas, but any other show in the world. Despite an eight-year run in a massive 1,800-seat theater, EFX seems to have been largely forgotten among the relics of Lost Vegas.

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Of Course, Duck Dynasty The Musical Is (Reportedly) Coming To Vegas

November 13, 2014 at 1:25 PM | by | Comments (6)

On the heels of the much raved about and successful Pawn Stars-inspired production, Pawn Shop Live, it's no surprise to hear another popular reality TV show is (possibly) making its way to the Las Vegas stage. (Yes, today is opposite day. Or, sarcasm day. They're interchangeable, regardless.)

The New York Times is reporting that the Duck Dynasty family is planning a musical for Vegas about, yep, Duck Dynasty.

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Murray Sawchuck To Reappear On Vegas Strip

November 13, 2014 at 12:24 PM | by | Comments (4)

After being bumped from Tropicana, comedian-slash-magician Murray Sawchuck looks to be having the last laugh.

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Sirio Closing, Maloof Family Linked To NHL Bid, And More

November 12, 2014 at 8:36 PM | by | Comment (1)

Aria isn't done shaking things up on the verge of its fifth anniversary.

The resort has announced that Sirio Ristorante (pictured above) will close December 6. The promenade-level restaurant will be replaced with another, as-yet-unannounced dining destination. The Italian restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. if you'd like to experience it all over again, or for the first time, before its final service. To check out the other changes happening around the resort, click here and scroll through our Aria archives.

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In Downtown Vegas, First Came EAT, Next Comes CHOW

Where: 1020 E. Freemont St. [map], 89101
November 12, 2014 at 6:47 PM | by | Comment (1)

Hopefully, CHOW's decor will be as quaint and eclectic as its sister restaurant.

The restaurateur who was at the helm of EAT, one of the earliest successes of Downtown Project, will be opening her second restaurant soon. Chef Natalie Young will open a late-night combination Southern fried chicken and Chinese takeout concept in former boxing gym space located at 1020 E. Fremont Street.

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