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A Conversation With Life Is Beautiful Performer And Vegas Native Sabriel

October 21, 2014 at 1:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

With just a few days left until Life Is Beautiful rocks Downtown Vegas October 24-26, we caught up with DTLV native and up-and-coming songstress Sabriel about the big gig.

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:

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Frankie Moreno's Run At Stratosphere To End This December

Where: 2000 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89104
October 20, 2014 at 7:22 PM | by | Comment (1)

Youíve only got a few more months to enjoy the Tangerine Honey of Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno. (Minds out of gutters, people.) In case youíre unfamiliar, thatís an original track by the ivory-tickling performer who is among the first to bring a headlining show with original tunes to the Strip in the modern era.

After nearly 600 shows in his three years at Stratosphere, the north Strip casino will part ways with Moreno about a year ahead of when his contract was supposed to end. After a successful first year, the showís contract was extended through October 2015, but his final show will be December 20 of this year.

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Rock In Rio's City Of Rock Begins To Arise

October 20, 2014 at 2:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Less than seven months from the US arrival of Rock in Rio, its City of Rock at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds (a.k.a., that currently still desert lot at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara) has begun to arrive.

The popular mega-concert event will come to America for the first time next year, holding two weekends of events in Las Vegas May 8-9 and 15-16. Six stages will host a myriad of big names from across the world of pop and rock, including No Doubt, Linkin Park, Taylor Swift, the Deftones, Metallica and John Legend. Some 85,000 are expected to be in attendance each day.

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Dirk Arthur Returning To The Vegas Strip

Where: 2901 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
October 8, 2014 at 9:25 PM | by | Comments (7)

If youíre wondering what will be taking Jan Rouvenís spot at Riviera, the wait is over. Dirk Arthur's Wild Illusions! is the second show with an exclamation point to hit the Strip. Opening December 1, Arthur is no stranger to the Las Vegas stage, having headlined at Tropicana and OíSheaís in the past.

This version of his show promises dancers, comedy, magic and, of course, tigers. In a press release, Arthur joked that heís happy Riviera is a pet-friendly hotel since heíll be bringing in some big cats. Just this spring Arthurís own pet friendliness was questioned as the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited the performerís shows in Reno and Laughlin for declawing large cats and for the poor conditions in which his animals resided, like rusty cages and dwellings that were too small. Arthur corrected the issues, but PETA is still not on board.

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Purple Reign Opens At Westgate

Where: 3000 Paradise Rd. [map], 89109
October 8, 2014 at 7:18 PM | by | Comments (3)

Prince tribute act Purple Reign continues its rule of Las Vegas from a new home at Westgate. Itís hard to name a casino this show hasnít been in during its 15-year run. Most recently at The D and at Planet Hollywood before that, tribute artist Jason Tenner and his almost too convincing act have now set up shop in the Shimmer Showroom at Westgate. His falsetto could rival Mariah Carey's dog whistle, likely aided by his incredibly tight pants.

This intimate showroom is a great venue for the show. The sides donít extend much past the stage so there are no awkward angles and the tiered seating means thereís a good view, even from the back by the bar. The drum kit is up in the air too, so you literally can see every performer easily. With costumes as flashy as these, you surely wouldnít want to miss any details.

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Vegas Nocturne Is Back For Two Nights Only, But Not On The Strip (Or In Nevada)

October 8, 2014 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (2)

If you're bummed you never got the chance to experience Vegas Nocturne at The Cosmo (abrupt closure and subsequent lawsuit detailed here and here) or just miss it, here's another way to make it appear again (although, not out of a saucy gal's merkin.)

For two nights only on October 15-16, the Slipper Room in New York will host a reprisal of the short-lived but certain to be long-remembered (if we have anything to do about it) production:

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Will Wynn's New 'Broadway-Style' Show Get Under Our Skin?

October 7, 2014 at 2:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

Performers are excitedly reporting to Wynn this week for what a casting call described earlier this year as a 'Broadway-style' production. Wynn ID badges are now being proudly shared on social as the cast assembles ahead of the show's debut.

Actress/singer Lauren Molina -- who has been seen on Broadway in Sweeney Todd and Rock of Ages, according to Wikipedia, and is known for her role in The Skivvies (best explained by watching the video below) -- has been sharing her enthusiasm for being part of the production on social, describing it as featuring "4 other fabulous singers, 28 dancers, a 30 piece orchestra and so much sparkly jewelry that there will need to be strobe warnings." Even more interesting is that her commitment seems to only be six months, indicating the show will likely boast a revolving cast of featured singers.

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Celebrate New Year's Eve Just Like Animals At Mandalay Bay

Where: 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
October 6, 2014 at 8:20 PM | by | Comments (5)

Snoop at TAO, Tony and Gaga at Cosmo and Adam at Mandalay. New Year's Eve in Vegas will, once again, require a Magic 8 ball when it comes to deciding whether you should grab tickets for a specific event now, or wait to see what else is in store.

This afternoon it was announced that Maroon 5 will ring in 2015 with not one, but two concerts at Mandalay Bay on Tuesday, December 30 and Wednesday, December 31. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, October 11 at 10 a.m. PT and range from $99.50 to $224.50 (tax and fees, of course, not included.) M Life members will be able to snatch up their tickets before anyone else with a pre-sale running Wednesday, October 8 at 10 a.m. til Friday, October 10 at 10 p.m.

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Everyone's Talking About Wynn's New 'Broadway-Style' Show (On Social)

October 6, 2014 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (5)

A casting call went out in July and now buzz is building for the mysterious Broadway-style production headed for the Wynn.

We're hearing that orientation begins today for the show; but, so far, not a peep has been said about it from official channels so we don't know what it's called, what it's about nor when it premieres. While we're sure its cast is under strict contract to keep a lid on details, we've seen quite a few excited posts on social media from people who aren't "allowed to say," but are expressing their joy about being involved.

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Tony Bennett And Lady Gaga: Cheek-To-Cheek At Cosmo This NYE

Where: 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
October 6, 2014 at 2:42 PM | by | Comments (4)

Is it a Bad Romance or the perfect New Yearís Eve pairing? Lady Gaga will share the stage with Tony Bennett at Cosmopolitan's Chelsea venue. Itís not the first time the duo has paired up, but it still seems a little odd, to this writer at least. Perhaps itís ďjust the right amount of wrong.Ē

This announcement is hot on the heels of the release of the duo's new album, Cheek to Cheek. Tony might want to be careful about getting cheek-to-cheek with Mother Monster as her costumes often have sharp spikes. Wonder what Lady Gaga will be sporting on NYE: classy or campy?

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Who's Ready To Form A Soul Train Line To The Orleans This November?

Where: 4500 West Tropicana Avenue [map], 89103
October 6, 2014 at 1:39 PM | by | Comment (1)

It's the Sooouulll Traiiinnn.....!

If just that phrase dredges up joyful memories of love, peace and soul from across the tracks of your mind, polish up your best moves and dance on down to the Orleans on November 7 for the 2014 Soul Train Awards.

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Sh*t You May Have Missed While At The MGM Festival Grounds

October 2, 2014 at 12:50 AM | by | Comments (2)

A lot of sh*t comes and goes in Las Vegas and some of it actually sticks. Since the flow of updates can come fast and furious, each month we'll point out Sh*t You May Have Missed as an easy way to keep score of what's new, who's coming soon, which doors may have closed and what you better catch now before it's gone forever.

NOW OPEN

RESTAURANTS AND BARS
· Pantry (Mirage)
· The Perch (Downtown Container Park)
· Pot Liquor CAS (Town Square)
· Fulton Street Food Hall (Harrah's)
· Martorano's and Yong Kang Street (Paris)
· Ciao Gourmet Market, Chili's (McCarran Airport, Terminal 3 and D concourse)
· Lao Sze Chuan (Palms)
· Chocolate Bar (NY-NY)
· CraftHaus Brewery (Off Strip)

SHOWS AND ATTRACTIONS
· TiŽsto three-song mix (Bellagio Fountains)
· Georgia On My Mind (Venetian)
· Guinness Live Music Record Attempt (Ri Ra) Now through October 17
· Limelight (Plaza)

SHOPPING
· UFC Retail Outlet (McCarran Airport, C concourse)
· Stein Mart (Sahara Center on West Sahara Ave.)
· Armani (Grand Canal Shoppes)
· American Federation of Arts Gallery (Forum Shops)

OTHER SH*T
· Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (Downtown)
· Butterfly Habitat (Springs Preserve)
· MyVEGAS Blackjack (Facebook, apps)
· B Connected sports betting app (Boyd Gaming)
· Game Room (Aria)
· Game Plane (Allegiant Air)
· .Vegas domains
· Gazillionaire web series

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