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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.
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With Bunkhouse reopening August 25 in Downtown Vegas after a extensive remodel, much speculation and interest has surrounded the new dining menu of our favorite place for a dependable ruckus. Would it be strictly bar food? Should we expect it to be skimpy?
While the menu was formed by the Downtown Project food and beverage team (the mysterious, formless, defacto shadow government/illuminati of downtown), the kitchen itself will be helmed by former Herbs & Rye chef Robert Henderson. Robert recently left his position -- to which he was credited with really turning the off-Strip bar's food program around -- and, before that, had worked his way up to sous chef at STACK at The Mirage.
Sometimes, the best entertainment is when it's stripped down to its bare necessities, amirite?
While the Men of the Strip can now be termed reality stars thanks to a docu-soap on E!, Las Vegas -- the city these sexy sexersons have aligned themselves with since the start -- has only had one brief moment to
ogle see them in the flesh. That will change for the upcoming holiday weekend when Men will labor away at The D as part of a limited engagement.
When Life Is Beautiful announced its lineup earlier this year the big names prevailed. Self-described god Kanye West is, perhaps, the biggest and most polarizing draw, but Outkast’s first Vegas show in years is no small announcement. Other huge acts -- Foo Fighters, Skrillex, and Flaming Lips, among them -- also top off the festival, keeping the bill well-rounded.
With the Downtown Vegas festival quickly approaching (October 24-26), it's important to note there's a lot of talent in the smaller and less well-known acts. Here are the Life Is Beautiful acts not to be missed:
When Downtown Grand opened last year, its casino had both good (blackjack) and bad (video poker) gambling. Since then, the former Lady Luck has seen some ups and (more) downs so execs have been changing things up in an effort to generate more traffic. Most recently, discounted dining was offered to locals and tourists alike.
When Downtown Grand first opened, it had video poker pay tables you might expect to see on the Vegas Strip. Those pay tables were downgraded shortly after opening to the kind nobody would play away from a bar. There is a lot of good video poker in Downtown Vegas and Downtown Grand was the worst. New casino management understood they had to do something and they did.
You’ve heard the story of the little fish in the big pond. You probably heard the line about there being many fish in the sea. Well, have you heard the one about the Little
Engine Fish That Could?
Around the time soccer fan Jon Fish was relocating his family to Las Vegas from Louisville, KY, he had been working within the local Louisville community to generate interest in a USL Pro Team for the city. (That's United Soccer Leagues for all of you without a soccer team in your cit... d'oh!) Three days after he moved, the formal announcement was made signaling Orlando City’s USL franchise was moving to Louisville. While he was looking forward to his move to Vegas, this made his soccer efforts bittersweet. What happened next will shock you! (Really. It’s pretty cool.)
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Would you get married at a Denny’s? We’ve heard you can do the marriage trifecta in Las Vegas: get your marriage license, get married and get divorced all at one intersection. But, can you go for the Grand Slam? If you could pick up your marriage license and get a divorce there, Denny’s would truly be a grand slam because you can certainly order your own customized menu item of the same name there, all while celebrating your nuptials.
reception inception, Denny's on Fremont -- which opened late 2012 -- has held 33 weddings. So that’s about two marriages a month, on average. John Miller, Denny’s President and Chief Executive Officer, reported on an earnings call that he was pleased with the number, especially in light of the fact Denny’s hasn’t advertised its chapel outside of the restaurant's opening.
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With all due apologies for the absurd amount of alliteration in the title, I just couldn't help myself because everyone's favorite seven-foot-tall singing clown is coming back to Vegas. On Tuesday, August 26, the cult comedy/vaudeville/burlesque/lounge show known as Puddles Pity Party will be one of the very first acts to debut in the new Bunkhouse Saloon in Downtown Vegas (reopening August 25).
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The lineup is changing once more inside the Four Queens showroom. The Elvis/Sinatra mashup we told you about that never actually happened? It's now going to happen. Minus Sinatra. Confused? We were, too, so we got to the bottom of the matter. Follow the bouncing Elvis and try to keep up.
Remember That’s Life? The little slice of vintage Vegas (insert sarcasm) that had to be seen to be believed? We certainly do and shared our thoughts here. What was meant to be a collaboration between respected Elvis impersonator Steve Connolly and Dakota Horvath (as Sinatra) never actually came together (for reasons unknown) and Horvath resorted to sharing the stage with an unbearable performer this writer dubbed Street Elvis.
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iHeart Radio. Amplified. Desert Hops. Route 91. Life is Beautiful.
Music lovers. Grape lovers. Beer lovers. Downtown lovers.
No matter your tastes or your interests, it seems as if Las Vegas will have a festival just for you before year's end. And, we've three more options for you to ponder while trying to decide which events are can't miss and which should be shuffled over to the 'maybe next time' pile. We've already mentioned a few here on Chatter, but have compiled them all together in an at-a-glance format before. The three fests we've yet to mention have been highlighted in blue.
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A common occurrence for Vegas lovers is seeing novice friends going to the same ill-advised spots while ignoring the amazing food scene the city has cultivated. It's as if they do not consult the experience of extremely handsome food critics! In this new series of articles, we bring you two restaurants, both alike in dignity. One will be good, the other, not quite as good as the first.
Pizza places seem to be the go-to for many who are asked the cliched questions regarding dining out on a budget in Vegas. Does that mean no more than $30 a person? Three for a dollar hot dogs? Who knows! Pizza is a fairly good way out of this conversation without being drawn into it like a fly on a monkey. It rarely goes above $20 a head (without drinks), no one really dislikes pizza, yet not all are created equal.