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Today is the official start of Life Is Beautiful 2014.
As Downtown Vegas gears up for a weekend of music, art and gourmet food, a whole other group of people are making it happen behind the scenes. We attended last year and loved it, but wanted to see what was new this time around. For that, we had a chat with Craig Nyman, Head of Music and Live Performances for Life Is Beautiful (LIB).
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Ice skating rinks are Vegas' pumpkin spice lattes. And, it's almost time to enjoy this seasonal treat once more.
Last year saw not one, but four ice skating rinks around Las Vegas with three on The Strip at Caesars Palace, Venetian and The Cosmopolitan and one in Downtown Vegas at the Gold Spike. There's no reason not to expect all four to offer visitors a way to glide through the holiday season once again, with the Cosmo being the first to make it official.
Wonder how many High Roller pod costumes this contest will inspire?
The final table of the 2014 World Series of Poker will take place in the Penn & Teller theatre at Rio November 10-11. The designation of favorite belongs to chipleader Jorryt van Hoof, whose odds were set at 57/20 (roughly 2.85 to 1) by online sportsbook Bovada this week.
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An investment and management group is reportedly deeply involved in discussions to bring a Formula 1 Grand Prix race to Las Vegas in 2016 or 2017. Discussions have gone so far that Formula 1 track designer Hermann Tilke has apparently already visited Las Vegas several times to work on the layout of the course.
Preliminary discussions have two layout concepts. One idea is that the race would take†place on and around the Vegas Strip. Another idea is to have the race around Downtown Vegas. The last street race in Las Vegas was the Champ Car series in 2007. The course went from the Fremont Street area to the north end of the Vegas Strip.
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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:
It's impossible to walk through Bellagio's always exquisite Conservatory and not wish to have a similar experience right out your back door. But, if your pockets are deep enough or you're just plain lucky, you can take the first steps to creating your own, over-the-top backyard paradise tomorrow, Tuesday, October 21. That's when the resort will auction off more than 100 props once used within its botanical gardens.
BMA Liquidators will oversee the auction which will take place as a live web event beginning at 11 a.m. PT tomorrow morning. Among the items up for bid are boring things like rubber mats, columns and planters, but once you get past that, things get a lot more interesting. And, a lot more oversized, too.
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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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The photos are breathtaking. The experience was gasp-worthy, too. Both the good and the bad kind.
The Rise Lantern Festival took place in the desert outside Las Vegas Saturday night and was attended by an estimated ten thousand. While the launch ceremony itself was described as beautiful, spirtual and moving, both getting and leaving there was the complete opposite with one attendee, Anissa C., equating it to a scene from a movie:
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NASCAR and Las Vegas have a deeper relationship than most realize. One of the first few races of the season is held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) every year. When there's not an event, visitors can even drive around LVMS at†the Richard Petty Experience. While the last race of the season may take place in Homestead, Florida, it really draws to a close in Las Vegas. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Championís Week takes place around the valley December 2-5.
An annual celebration, NASCAR Championís Week is a chance for racing fans to see and (maybe) meet their favorite drivers. Thereís also a very candid event thatís open to the public called After The Lap. The event is a tell-all conversation with the top 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers. In previous years, this off-the-cuff discussion has gone from interesting chatter and laughter to WTH when Tony Stewart dropped down to do push-ups or when Jeff Gordon decided that heíd break dance.
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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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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.