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Events / Music / Life Is Beautiful / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Entertainment / Sabriel / → All Tags
Sabriel (pronounced shaw-bree-el) first popped up on our radar during the 2013 Life Is Beautiful fest, playing a semi-private show on the roof of Commonwealth. In an event loaded with top talent, her performance was this writer's favorite set. In an email exchange, I was able to ask her a few questions:
Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Fremont Street / Fremont East / Atomic Liquors / Drinking / Bars / → All Tags
The city's oldest liquor licensee is kicking their events program into high gear for the beer nerd in all of us. And, tomorrow, Tuesday, October 21, Atomic Liquors will team up with Green Flash Brewing Company in its latest Tap Takeover series.
Every year, Green Flash puts out a limited release beer called Treasure Chest to benefit breast cancer research. This year, Susan G. Komen of Southern Nevada will be the lucky recipient to the profit from each pint of this and Green Flash's other ringer, Serrano Chili Double Stout.
A year and a half later, the off-Fremont, now casino-less bar will finally open its accommodations to the public once again. In early 2013, curious rumors about the future included whispers that a boutique hotel could be on its way. That's now a reality.
Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Dining / Openings / Shopping / Expansions / → All Tags
What could be a better way to carbo-load for a full day of shopping than ridiculously large portions? We've already filled you in on the upcoming expansion, but now we know one of the restaurant tenants to expect.
Cheesecake Factory is coming to Las Vegas Premium Outlets North. The chain has been approved for a “supper club” permit which is legalese for a restaurant with alcohol. It is proposed to be a 8,861-square-foot space with a 1,613-square-foot patio.
Video Poker / Plaza / Downtown Vegas / Downtown / Gaming / Gambling / → All Tags
The Main Street hotel-casino announced it was downtown’s best place for video poker. There are a lot of great video poker games to be found downtown so this is a bold statement. But, is it true? That’s up for discussion, but they do have a great selection of video poker games, according to vpFREE2.com.
Eating / Dining / Restaurants / Cafes / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / El Sombrero / Mexican Food / → All Tags
Anyone who has made the turnoff from Charleston onto Main has surely seen the facade and spied the flashing sign from when neon flowed from the valley like water from a geyser. The bright pink tubing and teal backdrop proclaiming the location of El Sombrero Cafe.
Inside is a space that is fit for a 1950 lunch spot (the year it opened, in fact.) A cozy room with a kitchen that has seen a big share of restorations and expansions. Now that it's been passed on to new, creative hands, the eatery is ready to resurface in the public consciousness.
El Sombrero Café “closed” a few months ago, much to some food lovers' dismay. Through the various wheelings and dealings that have characterized much of Downtown’s revitalization, it was transferred to leadership who saw the turning of the tide, and had the moolah to get their boogie board and ride along with it. As such, it is once again open, with not only a hip new interior, but also a very unique menu to go along with it.
Downtown / Fremont Street / The D / Comedy / Afternoon Shows / → All Tags
When the cheesy title of a comedy show alone makes you laugh, it’s safe to assume you’ll at least be entertained. Ja-Makin’-Me-Laugh at The D certainly lived up to its corny name and did, indeed, make this writer laugh. All I knew going in was the show featured Matilda and Patrick Murray. Expecting a husband and wife comedy duo, this writer was quite surprised when I saw the promo materials featuring a puppet. In case you were also unaware, Matilda is Patrick’s Jamaican ventriloquist dummy. Murray is a Second City-trained comedian, but of course, he’s just the sidekick in this duo.
With her bedazzled dress, rhinestone-covered shoes and beaded hair, she could give any of Terry Fator's puppets a run for their money in the flashy Vegas outfit department. While not on the level of a Terry Fator show, it’s definitely an entertaining way to spend the afternoon.
The discussion over a possible Major League Soccer Stadium in Downtown Vegas heated up today as the Las Vegas City Council voted to approve the proposal, with some caveats. After developer Cordish Companies promised an additional $250 million for the development of adjacent parcels that would offer office space, retail and hotels, city officials seemed a little more interested.
Throughout the entire process, the biggest sticking point has been who will pay for the facility and today’s vote allowed the project to keep figuring out a way for developers to pay for it entirely with private funds so the city doesn’t have to foot the bill. Mayor Carolyn Goodman officially reduced the cap on the portion the city would be responsible for from $115 million to $50 million. The proposal was finally approved when a city councilman motioned for the developers to further reduce or eliminate the public funds portion before a final vote on the project set for December 8.
Halloween / Downtown Vegas / Fremont Street / Downtown / Fremont East / Parades / Events / → All Tags
Though one could argue that hungover or still-drunk tourists doing the walk of shame in the early morning hours mean Vegas has a daily Halloween parade, it’s nearing time for the official version. The Las Vegas Halloween Parade, celebrating its fifth year, will return to the downtown area and follow a route along Fremont Street East.
The Fremont East buskers like Bumblebee and Elmo have been trying out their costumes for months, but now it’s your turn to show off your costume-creating chops. Anyone in costume can join the parade. At 4 p.m. on Friday, October 31, the parade begins lining up at East Fremont and 13th Street. The actual parade doesn’t start moving until 7 p.m. so, while you might get an early spot in the lineup, you can still fit in a few more hands of blackjack at your favorite downtown casino before things really get underway.
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While it's great to see another new eatery in Fremont East, it's even better to see one that boasts "18 dishes priced at $10 or less." The Perch also ticks more boxes if you're a fan of light fare, love "farm fresh" cuisine, and enjoy eating as part of a flock (i.e., it's all about those trendy shared plates).
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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!
Openings / Downtown Vegas / Limelight / Plaza / Burlesque / Downtown / Entertainment / Shows / → All Tags
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.