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This Saturday, April 26, Downtown Vegas will be overrun by craft beer nerds. You should probably go. The Great Vegas Festival of Beer is the brainchild of Motley Brews owner Brian Chapin. I sat down with Brian over a couple beers at Atomic Liquors on Fremont to get all the details.
The festival is more than just a tasting, but a celebration of craft brewing. Eighty breweries, including 15 local brewers, will set up around 7th Street and Fremont to show off their wares. Similar to last September’s Life is Beautiful festival, The Festival of Beer will be both indoor and outdoor. It will take over Commonwealth and La Comida, turning them into VIP lounges. The Fremont Country Club will be utilized as an arcade, featuring a variety of games for festival-goers to play. The venue will also feature a silent disco. DJs will be spinning, but unless you have a pair of headphones, you might miss out.
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Once upon a time, MGM Resorts (or MGM MIRAGE as it was known at that time) had hoped to bring two new mega-resorts to Las Vegas. CityCenter arrived, but plans to turn a vacant plot of land next to Circus Circus (and across the Strip from what is soon-to-be SLS Las Vegas) into a second tourist destination died when the economy went south. That multi-billion dollar mega-resort was to have been a partnership with Kerzner, the company best known for its Atlantis resorts.
If everything had gone as planned, that resort would have debuted in 2012. It didn't. Fast forward seven years and that acreage is still a wasteland. But, not for much longer. MGM Resorts plans to custom build a $20 million, 33-acre "City of Rock" on the site as part of plans to host the US debut of Rock in Rio (RiR), one of the world's biggest music festivals.
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Is your friend raving non-stop today about how amazing the Lorde concert was last night at The Cosmo? Don't fret. There are more than enough ways to rock out in Vegas not only this spring, but throughout the summer.
The Cosmopolitan's Valley to Vegas music series still has a few more acts for the people to enjoy and, beyond that, there are concert lineups by Mandalay Bay, Red Rock Resort, Fremont Street Experience and others to jam into your schedule. Here's a rundown of who's on tap, when and where:
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Everyone seems to adore Olivia Newton-John. Her image and personality are as treasured as the songs she’s shared. Through decades of stardom (and bouncing back from numerous personal tragedies), Olivia continues to hold a place in our hearts. That was clear on the opening night of her Summer Nights residency at Flamingo.
Olivia Newton-John has been eyeing the Donny and Marie Showroom for quite some time. A previously announced April 2013 opening date was postponed after another sad event in her life. But finally on April 8 last week, she triumphantly strolled onstage with elegance and a voice that has never been stronger. For anyone who’s ever enjoyed an Olivia Newton-John song, Summer Nights will be a perfect evening of entertainment.
One of the things Las Vegas gets criticized for is its lack of culture. It is a relatively new place without the historical roots of New York or Chicago, and culture takes time. While big Strip casinos occasionally showcase a Broadway production like Avenue Q or Jersey Boys, we are usually stuck with some variation of French Canadian sky ballet.
In Downtown Vegas, 2012 saw the introduction of The Smith Center, providing the valley with a guaranteed spot for live theatre to reach a new audience. It is here that Las Vegas legend Teller (of famed magic act Penn & Teller), working with longtime theatre partner Aaron Posner and Harvard’s American Repetory Theatre, has brought a new twist on a famous production to a town that has probably never seen it.
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It's such a fascinating topic that even Hollywood can't resist it -- cheating the casino. Odds are you've never done it, but have you wondered about it? The answer is likely yes. And, if that's you, the Mob Museum's next speakers series has your
fingerprints name all over it.
On May 21, the downtown attraction will host, "Beating the Odds, An Inside Look At Casino Cheating." The title pretty much says it all, but it becomes even more interesting when we hear that a "former card counter, a casino surveillance director and (the) Nevada Gaming Control Board Chief" will all take part. Here's a brief look at the panelists:
The South Point is back with another free event for families to enjoy. The arena presents the 2014 Arabian Breeders World Cup this Thursday, April 10 through Sunday, April 13. The event opens to the public starting at 9 a.m. each day.
A panel of international judges will include the best of the best from the Arabian horse world including several notable breeders and horsemen. Vico Rocco from Brazil, Peter Gamlin from the United Kingdom and Irina Stigler from Russia will all be judging. Judges from the United States include Eileen Verdieck, Shannon Armstrong and Steve Lieblang. If you don’t happen to be an Arabian horse aficionado and these names mean little to you, you probably understand free and something to entertain the family just fine.
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Downtown is where it's at, or would be, if it were easier to discover what was happening where. For many, learning about events takes a bit of luck and being in the right word-of-mouth chain.
This writer heard about so many events after the fact that it wasn't until I set up my own downtown dragnet that I managed to turn that around. I signed up for the Downtown Project newsletter and liked Downtown Project, Inspire Theater, Fremont Street Experience and Container Park on Facebook (as well as made sure I set it so I would be notified of every posting) and I even created some Google alerts, too. (I'm also cyber-stalking the D and Downtown Grand.) But, really who else would do that besides this gal? Likely, not many.
Tickets are on sale for the 2014 Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con at the South Point. The ever-growing event takes place June 20-22 with Kid’s Day being June 22. This year's edition showcases the best in pop culture with the creators of X-Men, Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy, Harley Quinn, Disney, and more. Guest of Honor will be George Pérez, writer and illustrator of comic books, known for his work on titles including The Avengers, Teen Titans, and Wonder Woman.
The overall program hasn’t been finalized, but there will be a variety of panels, exhibitors and artists throughout the weekend. Kid’s Day includes free sketches (for children 10 and under), cartoons, video games and costume contests. The writer and artist of the hit TV show and movie franchise, Phineas & Ferb, Mat Nastos will draw the P&F character of each child's choosing. Other Kid’s Day highlights include:
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Initially created by Steve Wynn back in 1989, Shadow Creek is the course of choice for VIPs and was once only open to a chosen few. Even now, not just anyone can tee off. Only guests of MGM Resorts can play for a whopping $500. Don't have that much cash? You can walk the course during Michael Jordan's charity tournament which runs today, April 3 through Sunday, April 6. Tickets start at $30 for a daily pass or $100 for a four-day pass.
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The actual event is sold out, but there are lots of ways to get a
little bit whole lotta country in Las Vegas leading up to the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards airing live from MGM Grand Sunday, April 6.
The ACM week kick-off party will take place Thursday, April 3 at The Linq and is free to the public. Hunter Hayes will headline the event which will also feature a country market, food trucks, a fun zone, and more. Rock out starting at 6 p.m. that evening. Hunter won't perform until 9:45 p.m., but Sasha McVeigh (6:55 p.m.), Cole Swindell (7:35 p.m.) and David Nail (8:25 p.m.) will perform before then.
The newly opened High Roller observation wheel will also serve as a dramatic backdrop for the ACM Party for a Cause set for newly created festival grounds just east of The Linq promenade. The music event, starring Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban, will take place April 4-5 and tickets are still available. The only catch is that there are no single-day entries available anymore. Folks looking to jam must now purchase a two-day general admission or VIP pass priced at $73.50 or $275, respectively and including fees. Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, and Cadillac Three will perform Friday while Keith Urban, Jerrod Niemann, Joe Nichols, and Chris Young will perform Saturday. Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday and noon on Saturday.
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When you hear Sheryl Crow is coming to Las Vegas you might wonder if she’s playing the MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay or maybe even Caesars' Colosseum. All would be wrong in this case because she’s actually coming to the Container Park of all places on April 4.
The First Friday Foundation is presenting “An Intimate Performance by Sheryl Crow” and by intimate, they really mean intimate. More used to selling out large arenas, the folksy rocker will play to a much smaller crowd in downtown Vegas.