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A strong wind blew through Las Vegas during the first weekend of September, and it wasn’t just carrying the desert dust with it. This time, those strong gusts picked up glitter, rhinestones, and probably a few oversized wigs. The Las Vegas' annual LGBTQ (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered/queer or questioning) PRIDE Parade brought plenty of outrageous glitz (and chiseled male torsos) to Downtown Vegas and, for one night, a Fourth Street stage would have made Broadway proud. At the same time, it was a march for LGBTQ equality and a call for the removal of Nevada's same sex marriage ban.
As we mentioned in our pre-PRIDE primer (try saying that three times quickly), every year thousands of spectators line the area between Bridger Avenue and the Fremont Street Experience to take in the parade. For the casual tourist, it is an outrageous spectacle like no other. And best of all, it's free!
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The trouble with approaching anything with any sort of expectation is you’ll often be let down. Even if your own preconceived notions are all you’re battling, a good show might not live up to expectations based on your past experiences with the venue, a given performer, director, etc. It’s always nice to be pleasantly surprised and even better to be (borderline) blown away!
Limelight opened this past weekend at Plaza in Downtown Vegas. With it came the stigma of the venue’s failed productions and the challenge of getting people to go see a downtown show in the first place. Luckily, this isn’t your average burlesque revue. For starters, it’s from LA producers so it’s literally bringing a fresh perspective to Vegas.
After the Las Vegas City Council recently voted 4-3 to delay its vote on a proposal to build a Major League Soccer stadium in downtown until October 1, the push has been on to hear public comment through community meetings and in the social media world, too.
In addition to six public town halls, anyone can get in on the debate by commenting on social media using the options below:
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Downtown's dining scene is still in its infancy, trailing behind the already mature cocktail scene. Among the many openings of the last few months, Bunkhouse -- which has grabbed headlines as a live event venue -- has been under-appreciated as a food spot. You don't usually hear about it unless some hip band or seven-foot tall clown is doing a show, but when you do make it down there (there being Fremont & 11th), check out the outdoor take-away counter. And, even when there's not live entertainment, you should consider heading here for some of the best bar bites in town.
The space is quite different without the entertainment, quiet and much brighter. It almost looks like it's still an underground-ish locals bar, something like a cleaner Double Down Saloon. The inside is less hip and Instagram-y than the outside (which hosts a 59' Dodge D100 truck turned into booth seating and a "music listening tree"), but at least it comes off as very authentic.
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You won't, however, find what's being described as an urban grocery under the Fremont Street Experience canopy. You'll need to venture beyond Slotzilla into Fremont East if you're in search of "traditional groceries, fresh produce, exceptional coffee and pastries, gourmet sandwiches, craft beer and wine, a carefully curated hot and cold salad bar, and a selection of enticing grab-and-go meals, sides, and snacks prepared daily."
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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a drunken tourist! You might catch a Superman busker working for tips under the SlotZilla zipline on Fremont Street on any given day, but now you can be your own superhero and fly down the newly opened “zoomline!” The $17 million attraction over downtown Las Vegas’ Fremont Street Experience is now fully functioning with the 77 ft. “zipline” ($20) option on the lower level and the higher 114 ft. “zoomline” ($40) above.
The additional line opened August 31 and has been gaining new riders through word of mouth and the obvious wow factor of pedestrians looking up to see excited (or, occasionally, terrified) riders fly through the air above them. Aside from the obvious higher height, riders of the zoomline will be able to fly through the air in prone position, a.k.a. superhero-style. The kicker is, the higher zoomline starts out over the Fremont Street Experience canopy, adding yet another layer of why-did-I-do-this?!
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Editor's Note: This event was cancelled.
The outdoor stage at Downtown's Container Park is usually home to local and regional talent. The first exception was earlier this year when Sheryl Crow held a concert there with proceeds going to charity. The next exception will be September 4 when award-winning country music star Travis Tritt follows in her footsteps.
Tritt is counted as part of the “Class of ‘89” which saw the music debuts of Tritt, Garth Brooks, Clint Black, Alan Jackson and Mary Chapin Carpenter. He marks his 25th anniversary in the industry this year.
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The era of the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) is about to begin. You may remember last year when Derek Stevens, owner of The D and Golden Gate, purchased an old Vegas courthouse. Now, after its demolition and the creation of an outdoor festival lot, DLVEC is about to hold its first events.
The venue, located behind the D on South Third, will become home to everything from live entertainment to themed festivals. It's capacity, however, might surprise you. The lot is capable of hosting around 15,000 so there will be plenty of room for big concerts, food fests and even fights. The first three events touch on each of those categories:
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Ridicula Imitatio is cashing in on the post-Great Gatsby remake buzz and lingering Roaring Twenties nostalgia by presenting a show by that name -- also the name of one of Charlie Chaplin's films -- starting next month at Plaza. Limelight’s website promises the production will take “the audience on a journey where contemporary burlesque meets old time ‘flicks.’” Think black-and-white silent films juxtaposed with modern burlesque and music... with a Chaplin and a Betty Boop impersonator thrown in.
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In Downtown Vegas, The Smith Center is a very classy place, known for bringing the stage to Sin City. Whether it be a hilarious, but blasphemous comedy, a Broadway show that brought kinky boots to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade or just something that can only be described as "Shrektacular," the venue's Art Deco halls offer something for everyone, but are rarely graced by high-profile fine arts. Despite our image as a city of wild abandon and debauchery, we do have stunning jazz, philharmonic orchestras, and the incredible Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) troupe.
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Las Vegas is ready to show its colors once more as the city's annual PRIDE celebration will blanket the valley in rainbow hues September 2-7. This year’s gathering of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning community features a slimmed-down roster and a new host hotel.
If you happened to catch our wrap-up of last year’s PRIDE events, you may remember this writer remarking on the chaotic presentation. Three separate organizations (Las Vegas PRIDE, Orlando’s GAY DAYS, and MGM's FABULOUS) were all vying for the pink dollar, consequently stepping on each others’ kinky boots (I’ll explain that reference later).
The dream isn't dead for soccer fans in regards to a downtown arena, but it is postponed.
A grassroots march to show support for a plan to bring a MLS team to Vegas was due to take place tomorrow, Wednesday, August 20 right before a city meeting to decide its fate. The proposal, however, has been tabled meaning marchers must stow away their cleats for another day, too.
Findlay Sports & Entertainment wants to place a $200 million MLS arena near downtown's Smith Center with the mentality of 'if they build it, they will come.' A strong inflection should be placed on if. Financing is still questionable and the group has to come up with a plan by September 1.