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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 as a full report. 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 March 30:
Four Years Later...: You don't have to tell us Absinthe is worth seeing. We've awarded it as the Strip's best show each year of its existence. The Spiegelworld production celebrated its four-year anniversary and 2,000th show April 1. Here's to four more years, and then some.
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Winning money in a poker tournament is always a good thing, but winning money and contributing to a great cause is even better. Folks will be doing just that next weekend when the Poker for Hope charity tournament comes to Planet Hollywood Saturday, April 11.
The event, hosted by World Series of Poker bracelet winner Antonio Esfandiari, benefits Tia's Hope, which provides gifts and uplifting experiences to children who are hospitalized. The charity currently works with the City of Hope in Los Angeles and Golisano Children's Hospital in Rochseter, New York, and is in the process of expanding to more hospitals.
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It's time for the fifth annual VegasChatter Awards! Today, we begin bringing you the best and worst of the year. All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over 2014 -- the good, the bad and the mind-boggling.
Can a show set in the ever-changing landscape of Las Vegas performing for today's immediate gratification and 'what have you done for me lately' crowd really land a Best Show award for the fourth year in a row? A year ago we thought another Spiegelworld production would at least give Absinthe a run for its money, but the demise of the super but short-lived Vegas Nocturne eliminated that debate.
VegasChatter revisited the tent long-term parked in front of Caesars Palace this month in the interest of fairness and to ensure Absinthe wasn't resting on its
lack of competition laurels at this point. Was Absinthe still fresh or had it gotten stale?
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If you’ve seen Absinthe, you’ve likely fallen under the spell of the quirky and wonderfully irreverent Penny Pibbets. If you haven’t seen Absinthe, GO SEE ABSINTHE! It’s consistently ranked one of the top shows on the Strip and Penny is a big reason behind that. Her raunchy sock puppet routine is unlike anything you’ll ever see.
When we heard she was putting on her own show, The Penny Pibbets Show, downtown at Art Square, we were excited. After checking out the show, we definitely think she shines the brightest in her role in Absinthe, but her entertaining solo show is a fun and dirty romp. If you thought Absinthe wasn’t PC, hold on to your codpieces because Penny’s show is even raunchier. Let’s just say we never thought of using a canister of baby powder for that.
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Star of Absinthe and sock puppeteer extraordinaire Penny Pibbets recently took to crowdsourcing in search of cash to free herself from the Gazillionaire's clutches and launch The Penny Pibbets show. Her now closed campaign topped its nearly $20,000 goal, garnering support from the likes of Neil Patrick Harris and Holly Madison along the way (but, most importantly, prompting Penny to call Vegaschatter awesome
Which means the show will go on! The Penny Pibbets Show debuts this Sunday, December 21 at the Art Square Theater inside downtown's Art District. The show is billed as a live TV talk show with a variety of guests. "Like a stripper in a dollar bill cage, you'll never know when she's going to go nuts." For now, it runs through January 6, 2015 but we're, of course, hoping she gets an extension we can get behind. Especially, since she was "fired" from Absinthe.
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We don’t need much goading to get excited about a Melody Sweets project. When it has reasonably priced tickets and a charity component, well, that’s pretty much a slam dunk in our books. The sultry singer who performs as the Green Fairy in Absinthe will strip down to something that’s sure to be festive at her XXXMas: A Burlesque Christmas Spectacular.
The naughty holiday show set for December 23 will feature eccentric performer Johnny Fayva as St. Prick (no, not a mistake) and will include some of Melody’s co-stars from Absinthe as well as the dearly departed Vegas Nocturne. The 18+ show is slated to feature insanely talented tappers The Scott Brothers, bubble girl Charlie Starling, aerialists Ming & Alexa (all from Absinthe) plus Vegas Nocturne contortionist Candy Charlotte and Aya Fontaine and Buttecup Delight from Holly Madison’s 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque.
VegasChatter's fondness for Absinthe and its performers has been well documented. The multi-talented cast of characters has, luckily for us, been providing fans with additional opportunities to soak in their essence. Melody Sweets sang her own Slice of Heaven onto vinyl before cowboying up to the Wild Wild West. Gazillionaire recently launched a hilarious YouTube series and Fat Frank even had his own Halloween costume.
Now, another Absinthe performer is ready to step out into her own spotlight. Penny Pibbets, the singing, sock-puppet'ing ventriloquist assistant of the Gazillionaire is crowdfunding the launch of her very own live talk show. A Kickstarter campaign for The Penny Pibbets Show runs through November 20 with a goal of $19,990. If you're asking 'why not $20,000' then you don't yet understand the awesomeness that is Penny Pibbets.
If you love Absinthe anywhere close to the way we love Absinthe, you’re always keeping an eye open for something new from the show or its producer, Spiegelworld. Now, there's something we can all enjoy and you don’t even have to visit Las Vegas to do it.
Beginning September 23, the host of Absinthe, the incomparable Gazillionaire, will unleash a new YouTube series upon us. New episodes will begin airing Tuesdays at 7 p.m. PST. Gazillionaire's raunchy sense of humor is what really sets the tone for one of the most fun shows in town. Sure, Absinthe has a beautiful Green Fairy, a sock puppet-toting assistant and a slew of other artistic performers, but Gazillionaire is the richest and most famous character in the cast. His risque humor will also be on display in the web series Spiegelworld has put together.
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If you just can’t get enough of the Green Fairy from Absinthe, get excited to see sultry star Melody Sweets in a different type of costume. On July 22, grab your boots and spurs and hit the tent in front of Caesars Palace for Melody Sweets’ Wild Wild West Burlesque Show.
The show (and music video premiere) features Absinthe’s vocalist as well as other cast members from the show including The Gazillionaire and Penny as Cowboy Summerlin Sam and his trusty steed, Phallus. It would be hard to imagine raunchier, rowdier dialogue than the two exchange in Absinthe, but if Penny’s character is named Phallus, our guess is this will be at least equally over-the-top.
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Time for another VegasChatter Question! This one comes from Richard B. who needs help planning the perfect Vegas vacation with friends. Do you have a question about Vegas, too? We bet you do. Send it to us and you just might see it here on VegasChatter!
Hi guys and gals, I am coming August 17th to get married, staying at MGM for 15 nights. We are from the UK, a group of oldies aged 50 and upwards. Can anyone recommend places to visit, shows, restaurants? Also have not booked a place to get wed yet, so any recommendations for that? Thanks."
It wasn’t long ago that a Vegas performer was content to stand at a microphone, backed by a trio of singers doing the same synchronized hip-swaying. But, ever since Cirque du Soleil gained a foothold on the Las Vegas Strip, other shows have had to up their game. Today’s headliners are surrounded by dancers, acrobats and aerialists. Not only that, the traditional Las Vegas showgirl is almost a memory. Today's Vegas belongs to showboys, so to speak.
Smooth, chiseled to perfection and eager to bare their flesh, the supporting male performers of today’s Sin City are bachelorette party ready. They also appeal to the ever-increasing LGBTQ market. We’ll give gay icon Celine Dion credit for making the first move on this front as her A New Day! at Caesars Palace was bursting with male eye candy. Now, both new and revamped productions have gotten into the act.