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PRIDE 2014: Equal Parts Civil Rights March And Over-The-Top Spectacle

September 19, 2014 at 9:14 PM | by | Comments (2)

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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Glass Bottles Banned From Sidewalks Along Vegas Strip

September 16, 2014 at 5:47 PM | by | Comments (28)

While we were busy the last few months shaking our heads at the confusing and borderline obnoxious changes to downtown Vegas drinking laws, the Clark County Commission voted today to ban glass bottles on the Strip, from Sahara Avenue (around SLS Las Vegas) to Russell Road (around Mandalay Bay). While this certainly isn’t Prohibition, it will be a big change, one that will be even more difficult to enforce due to the geographical expanse of the Strip.

We get it. Officials are seeking measures to increase safety and decrease litter. Glass bottles are inherently hazardous and especially so in the hands of mobile and likely possibly inebriated Strip-goers. They can be used as weapons and that presents a danger to the rest of the crowds happily sipping from their plastic half yard-tall Eiffel Towers or footballs. It’s unfortunate that a few bad apples are ruining the bunch, or at least the bunch’s chances of drinking from their desired containers. Metro Police have been handling an increased number of violent crimes involving glass bottles, hence the ban.

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The Plaza Might Push Other Vegas Burlesque Shows Out Of The Limelight

Where: 89101
September 15, 2014 at 10:10 PM | by | Comments (4)

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.

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Yea or Nay? Speak Out On Plans For A Downtown Soccer Stadium On Social Media

September 12, 2014 at 10:21 PM | by | Comments (14)

If we build it, will they come?

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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Chowing Down at Bunkhouse

Where: 124 S 11th St. [map], 89101
September 11, 2014 at 12:14 PM | by | Comments (2)

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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Fremont East Will Have A Grocery Store This October

Where: 611 Fremont St. [map], 89101
September 8, 2014 at 5:49 PM | by | Comments (3)

If you've ever wished for a grocery store on Fremont Street, it's in the bag. The Market will open October 8.

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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SlotZilla Opens Zoomline For Superhero-Style Flights Over Fremont

Where: 425 Fremont St. [map], 89101
September 5, 2014 at 5:45 PM | by | Comments (4)

We hope you have your superhero theme music pre-selected.

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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First Sheryl Crow, Now Travis Tritt Is Coming To Downtown's Container Park

Where: 707 Fremont St. [map], 89101
August 28, 2014 at 9:42 PM | by | Comments (2)

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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Downtown Las Vegas Events Center Is Ready For Action With Food, Music And Fighting

Where: 200 S. Third St. [map], 89101
August 28, 2014 at 12:29 PM | by | Comments (2)

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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Plaza Is Ready For 'Limelight'

Where: 1 Main Street [map], 89101
August 26, 2014 at 5:14 PM | by | Comments (7)

Sex sells and burlesque seems to sell even better at the moment with Vegas resorts all looking for their moment in the “limelight.” And soon, at downtown's Plaza, that will be with a capital "L."

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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Dream Away The Time In Downtown Vegas

Where: 361 Symphony Park Ave. [map], 89106
August 26, 2014 at 4:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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2014 PRIDE To Be Sleeker, 'Kinky'-er

August 21, 2014 at 2:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

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).

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