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Cue Carly Rae because VegasChatter's 2012 winner for Best Show is a repeat winner that gets stuck in your head (but in a good way). An award dedication could focus on the year's flops, misses, and same old, same old. We could be accused of being lazy or hard to impress. Detractors could point to our fondness of Sweets or a fat fetish.
But, that would detract from the spectacular that is Absinthe; a show for boys and girls of all ages - or at least those not afraid of f-bombs, sock puppets, sex, and titties. Absinthe is a repeat "Best Show" winner because it continues to be an innovative, hilarious, raunchy, fat-defying circus of a
shit puppet show worth every penny. Those that have seen the show know what we did there.
If you haven't seen it, go. If you have seen it, go again. The Strip's best dressed host named Gazillionare gets down and dirty twice a night Wednesdays through Sundays, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $89.
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VegasChatter's newest contributor is Will McGough or Wake and Wander, a writer who spends every waking moment wandering. (See what happened there?) For his first assignment, we threw him right into the deep end and he went, willingly, to report on swimsuit models, showgirls and Vegas.
We’re going to be hard pressed to find someone giving a greater gift to men-kind this holiday season. It’s been announced that the Sports Illustrated annual swimsuit issue in February will feature a blockbuster bikini battle between its swimsuit models and our Las Vegas showgirls.
Christmas, it appears, has indeed come early.
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Not content to wallow in his vast fortune and copious charm, Absinthe supremo, The Gazillionaire, has created a new show that's heading to New York City. Times Square! (-ish. It'll be on 45th St.)
Is this a sequel to Absinthe? A rival? A second show to see the world, then settle in Las Vegas? Too early to tell. But, a sneak preview was given by the team as part of First Friday, the monthly Downtown and Arts District fun fest. And what better place to preview one of the finest acrobatic acts in the world, than on a makeshift stage in a disused back alley?
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Fat Frank's first step on the high wire occurred in a dream. His Absinthe co-star and mentor, Tony Hernandez, suggested he join his team in attempting one of the most dangerous and deadly high-wire stunts -- a seven-man pyramid. (We’ve provided video below.)
Frank had never even been on a high wire, but Tony believed, instructed him on the considerable risk and gave him a month to think about it. One night, Frank had a dream of a long high wire heading off into a black abyss, with nothing but darkness below. In the dream, he took one step onto the wire, and then immediately woke up. He awoke with the knowledge that since he had already taken the first step, the next would surely be easier.
For three years, Fat Frank has lived on that wire. And, behind that character is a classically trained actor, clown and acrobat who’s the latest interview in our My Vegas series. Meet Paul Lopez. The unlikely sex-symbol of the cast of Absinthe. If you’ve seen the show and, you should, nightly he creates an indelible and lasting impression. We won’t give away his crowning glory. It’s for you to discover. Once seen, never forgotten. And, why Frank? Well, in a warped version of the Rat Pack…
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You know those cool Vegas moments you always hear about but never see? Another happened last night when Doogie Howser (yes, he'll always be Doogie Howser to us) actor Neil Patrick Harris stepped out at Abinsthe. And, onto the shoulders of high wire extraordinaire Tony Hernandez, or Tony Tightropes on Twitter.
Ooooohhh SHHHIT... DOOGY HOWSER IS IN THE FRONT ROW!!! @AbsintheVegas— Tony Tightropes (@TonyHernandez) February 20, 2012
Welcome to the second annual VegasChatter Awards! Today, we continue to bring you the best and worst of the year. All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over 2011 - the good, the bad, and the mind-boggling. Agree or disagree with us? We want to know! Air your thoughts in comments below.
Our favorite Vegas celebrity has nothing but our breast interests at heart. Err, best.
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Update at the bottom of this story!
While hotels from Caesars Palace to O'Sheas are being coyly clueless on Facebook as to why these gals are mad as hell, a media alert we received says nearly 50 showgirls of Jubilee will march down The Strip this Thursday "in a sign of solidarity with the American consumer." Hmmm. Could maybe a price cut be on the way? Or, something bigger as the presidents of Caesars, Rio, Flamingo, Imperial Palace, Harrah's, Planet Hollywood, Bally's and Paris -- ok, all of the Caesars Las Vegas properties -- will be present, too?
If you'll be in Vegas, the march will start in front of Bally's starting around 9 a.m. We'll tell you why the showgirls are so angry, once we find out. First, what's the best way to appease an angry showgirl? Maybe we should pick up some Buffet of Buffet passes as a peace offering.
UPDATE: The showgirls are angry over resort fees. Now, we're getting angry about something, too.
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We admit it. We met our long-time boyfriend over a bottle of then-illegal absinthe brought back from Czechoslovakia. Before you judge – let it be known the green fairy must have had some magical effect, because we’ve been together for six years.
The once illegal "hallucinogenic" spirit, is now available in the United States (since 2007) and Sage at Aria boasts the largest selection available on the Strip (tied with Fleur de Lys – GM Tobias Peach worked for Hubert Keller for 3 ½ years).
For a quick absinthe primer, read more about its history here.
It may be hard to believe but absinthe could actually get you a free trip to Vegas. And not the kind of trip that happens in your mind. Virgin America and its onboard green fairy, Le Tourment Vert have partnered up for a new contest where one random winner will get a weekend in Vegas in a Palms Fantasy Suite.
OK, so Le Tourment Vert is not the real potent type of absinthe that made Oscar Wilde go crazy but it's a cool way to relieve that anxiety when you're up in the air. Beats a boring old Chardonnay that's for sure.
Called The Suite Surrender, the promotion is painless. All you have to do is submit your name, email address and your ultimate Las Vegas fantasy at Flavorpill. Entering your info will also put you on the email list for Flavorpill and Le Tourment Vert, just FYI.
The contest closes on September 30 and the winner will be announced October 1. The prize is a flight for two from the nearest city that Virgin America flies to Las Vegas and a weekend stay in one of the Palms Fantasy suites. Needless to say, you must be 21 and older to enter and win this contest.
In the meantime, feel free to chase the green fairy onboard Virgin America for $8 a pop.