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Although the lion and dragon typically dominate images of Chinese festivals, the 2014 Chinese New Year is the Year Of The Horse -- the seventh animal in the Asian zodiac and a symbol of nobility, class and perseverance. (It is said those who are born in the Year of the Horse tend to be intelligent, energetic and sociable.) To commemorate the occasion, hotels on and off The Strip will host traditional lion and dragon dances that you can witness in person.
MGM Resorts will put on a series of performances across its properties. Bellagio (Saturday, Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. at the main porte cochere), ARIA (Monday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the main porte cochere), Crystals (Friday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. at the entrance near Todd English P.U.B.) and MGM Grand (Friday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. inside the main lobby) will each host their own ceremony. Yau Kung Moon, known for its trademark gold uniforms and innovative routines, will perform the dances.
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Time to fill up your glass with another installment of our Sip or Pour series, suggesting awesome drinking spots on The Strip. Getting right to it, here's two more bar recommendations from our @jproz that'll either let you sip on something special or pour enough to get
you drunk the party started.
For an elegant drinking experience, it is essential to stop at Bellagio. This world-renown casino, with its Italian opulence and majestic fountains, has it all, including a bar that overlooks and incorporates everything it's known for.
Hyde Bellagio is a lounge in the early evening before transforming into a full-service club at night. But, the real value is the view. The nightlife venue is located right in the center of Lake Bellagio and offers a balcony perfect for toasting this Vegas landmark. Hyde's drink menu, it should be pointed out, is something special, too.
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The Walking Dead return to televison February 9, but you need only to shuffle into a Vegas casino to get your fix now.
The Walking Dead slot machine has finally begun its invasion of Sin City. The game can now be found at Bellagio, The Mirage, Arizona Charlie's West (on South Decatur) and the Palms. Keep an eye on this website to keep track of new locations to play dead (har) in Vegas.
Humorous head horticulturist spreads seasonal smiles.
Try saying that three times quickly. It does, however, help to have a sense of humor when tackling a large and important task. Whistle while you work, a spoonful of sugar... whatever it takes to get the job done. The man behind the enormous floral displays within Bellagio's Conservatory seems to have taken those kernels of advice to heart, and shared a wonderful sense of humor during this writer's recent visit to his “Merry Winter Wonderland."
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During its original ten year run, the swashbuckling performance served as one of the greatest examples of the city’s family friendly era. Its more recent rendition, full of scantily-clad women and poorly crafted jokes, could be viewed cynically as a representation of the party pits and 6:5 blackjack payouts that many Strip casinos are now known for. With one of Vegas’ most iconic attractions no longer in action, we thought it an appropriate time to check up on the remaining free Las Vegas Strip shows.
A lot of the movie was filmed around Bellagio. We'll start with two easy finds that simply require you arrive at the Las Vegas Boulevard entrance and not via the Vdara walkway or Flamingo Road. First, the scene in which Saul is sent to the casino to place some heavy wagers and get the attention of Mr. Benedict. True to form with the real hotel, Saul walks right through the main entrance, in front of check-in and onto the casino floor.
Unfortunately for us, it's going to be awfully difficult to look as spiffy standing under the glass flowers as Carl Reiner and Scott Caan do in the scene.
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Just from the images sent out with the press release (shown above and below), we're crushing hard on Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art's upcoming show, Painting Women. So, an opening date of February 14, 2014 seems apropos.
After turning the resort's art space over to the works of Andy Warhol this past February, BGFA will be all about the ladies for its next exhibition. Painting Women, another in a string of partnerships with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will "showcase 34 paintings spanning 90 years (1860-1950), revealing the story of women artists, their activism and artistic achievements." Featured artists will include Georgia O'Keeffe, Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot.
In 2012, Bellagio announced the completion of a multi-million dollar renovation of its accommodations. Specifically, the deluxe (read: standard) rooms in the Bellagio Tower as well as the deluxe rooms and suites in the resort's Spa Tower.
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Whenever someone has asked where to go for sushi on The Strip, this writer's answer has always been Yellowtail at Bellagio. But, a Vegas dilemma is imminent as Kumi, Yellowtail Chef Akira Back's second Vegas restaurant, prepares to open just down the road at Mandalay Bay.
Kumi will officially debut in the space that once housed China Grill this Tuesday, July 23. (Although, don't be surprised to see it operating a few days before as part of a soft opening.)
We couldn't get enough of Hyde when it first opened at Bellagio last year. We especially loved the drinks served during the daytime hours of the club (5-10pm), but after a recent visit on a Friday night, it's clear the only way to enjoy yourself is to pony up whatever it costs for a table and bottle service. In other words, be prepared to depart with at least a grand.
We strolled up to the club just before 11pm and, by the grace of God.. ok, never mind, because we were two chicks in cute dresses.. we were able to get in without waiting in line and without paying a cover. Normally, you will have to pay $20-$30 and wait in at least a 20-minute line, but if you manage to grab the eye of one of the club hosts, he can help you get in quicker. As always, that only applies to girls.
Once we got inside, it took a few minutes to orient ourselves. The club was wall-to-wall packed and ridiculously hot thanks to the heat wave. But, before we could even locate the bar and strategize about the quickest way to get there, a bouncer was waving a flashlight in our faces, telling us to move on and that we couldn't stand around in the hallway.
So, we just moved forward. Then we moved backwards. Then we turned left, then right and, finally, through throngs of sweaty people, glimpsed the bar. We pushed our way forward and, in about five minutes, we were there. Then we had to wait. And wait. And wait. Twenty minutes later, we walked away with the worst-tasting vodka sodas ever. ($15 a piece.)
We tried to walk around and find a spot to people-watch and maybe bust a few moves of our own, but the problem with Hyde is that it is pretty much all reserved seating and tables. There is a very small section of the dance floor that is for the "general public," but as you can imagine, it's a tight space. You need to be both totally drunk and totally ok with strangers grabbing you in all sorts of places.
While spring was focused on butterflies, this season it's all about birds. On the ceiling, perched around the displays, and real-life inhabitants in the greenhouse. You can spy them through the windows. It can be tough in bright daylight, but inside are parakeets and finches.
The $250,000 Package at Hyde Bellagio may be just a hair out of our wallet's reach, but that doesn't stop us from dreaming. Sure, popping the cork on the world's largest champagne bottle would be be sweet. And, securing the finest table at Hyde would be p-i-m-p. But, when (dreaming of) dropping that kind of green, we want to do more than just press the red button that starts a song of our choosing from a pre-set list. For $250K, we want to write that list.
Sinatra's great and all. Michael, too. Elvis even. But, when picturing pressing that Bellagio button, we're mixing it up and putting those fountains to the test. Close your eyes and picture the spray shooting to the screams of these songs.