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From E! To The D: 'Men Of The Strip' To Heat Up Downtown Vegas

Where: 301 Fremont Street [map], 89101
August 14, 2014 at 1:14 PM | by | Comment (1)

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.

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Las Vegas Marathoners Should Be Prepared To Drop It Like It's Hot

August 12, 2014 at 2:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon will be smokin' this year with the just announced addition of Snoop Dogg -- or is it still Snoop Lion? -- as its headlining act. (Yes, we went there.) This year's race weekend is set for November 14-16. Snoop will pump runners up at 3 p.m. that Sunday with a pre-race set. All-American Rejects headlined last year, if you were wondering.

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Tired Of Traditional Boxing? Try Big Knockout Boxing

August 12, 2014 at 1:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Boxing has its ups and downs, but it still has its fans as we can see every time there’s a big fight in town. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has its fans, too, and now there’s a new form trying to capture the attention of both sets of fans. It's called Big Knockout Boxing.

Even though Big Knockout Boxing is positioned to grab the attention of MMA fans it is still boxing. Rounds last only two minutes, with five rounds for non-championship bouts and seven for championship match-ups. You won't find a traditional boxing ring here. Instead a round, rope-less fighting space is dubbed “The Pit." Just 17 feet in diameter, the space is much smaller than traditional rings. The smaller space is meant to force fighters into confrontation.

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Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Adds New 5K Sponsored By SLS

August 11, 2014 at 5:43 PM | by | Comment (1)

If a full marathon is a bit too much for you as is a half-marathon and a half of a half, the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon now has something right up your jogging path. The popular annual race has added a 5K sponsored by SLS Las Vegas to its roster.

Set for the night before November's main event, this race will start and end at SLS on Saturday, November 15. The full marathon on Sunday, November 16 starts at Mandalay Bay and finishes at The Mirage.

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Trek Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself: Best Dressed At Rio's Star Trek Convention

Where: 3700 W. Flamingo Rd [map], 89103
August 8, 2014 at 1:36 PM | by | Comments (2)

Another Star Trek Convention at Rio has come and gone, and with it the hundreds of dedicated fans who "assimilated" (a Trek term) the off-strip property from July 31st through August 3rd. The annual sci-fi gathering is famous for celebrity meets-and-greets, entertaining presentations, parties, concerts, film screenings and vendor booths. This year’s event even had a first-time-ever Star Trek-themed wedding, presided over by a convincing "Lt. Commander Data." But, the one thing Star Trek conventions are most famous for? Those wild and elaborate costumes worn by attendees.

Yes, Star Trek fans are a dedicated lot. As so wonderfully spoofed in the Sigourney Weaver comedy, Galaxy Quest, Trekkers proudly wear their geek-dom on their sleeves... and Starfleet tunics, Borg implants, blue antennas and Klingon ridges. While this writer, a lifelong Trek fan, has yet to participate in the regalia (a logo tank or “Starfleet Security” T-shirt have gotten me by so far), some fans spend weeks, months and sometimes years perfecting their creations.

Star Trek conventions always have a Best Costume contest, and this year was no exception. Leading up to the competition were presentations by various experts in the fields of makeup and costuming. Exhibitors in the vendors area offered tips and supplies for next year's hopefuls. It's estimated that nearly 1,500 costumed enthusiasts filled the halls last weekend, hoping to catch the attention of celebrity and expert judges alike.

Star Trek: Voyager star Garret Wang (right) was impressed by "Lt. Ilia."

Several photo-op stations were set up in the promenades amongst the various halls (even a red carpet with the Official Convention Logo backdrop), and they kept flashbulbs popping. I spotted a few party-crashers from the Star Wars universe muscling in on the action, like Wookies, Storm Troopers and lightsaber-wielding Jedis. This may be due to the fact that director J.J. Abrams is now actively involved in both the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises.

This year's competition took place last Saturday, with a $1,000 prize winner crowned that evening. Naturally, I sat in on the prejudging to note audience reactions, but it was much more fun to stroll through the Rio Convention Hall to pick my own favorites. How else would you get to share Klingon Warnog beer (which made its world debut at the convention) with a Romulan or plot to pillage a planet with the Cardassians (no, I didn’t mean “Kardashians,” although they're known for doing the same).

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Puddles Pity Party Performing Promptly, Predicating Perfunctory Patron Participation

Where: 124 S. 11th St. [map], 89101
August 6, 2014 at 2:29 PM | by | Comments (2)

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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Have Your Fantasy Football Draft In Vegas

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

We’re less than four weeks away from football season, the most wonderful time of year for many sports fans and an event that's amplified in Las Vegas. There’s more money bet on football in Las Vegas than every other sport combined. That’s serious biz. While the NFL and other leagues don’t consider fantasy football to be gambling, it’s pretty close since many fantasy leagues have fees and winnings associated with good gameplay.

Since Las Vegas is home to betting on football it might as well be home to fantasy football drafts. Here are our picks for getting your fantasy football season going in Las Vegas as well as a list of other special events.

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Classic Video Game Expo Coming to Riviera This September

Where: 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
August 4, 2014 at 5:18 PM | by | Comments (2)

The Classic Gaming Expo is coming to Riviera September 12-14. In Las Vegas, the term "gaming" has multiple meanings. Typically, when we say gaming we mean casino gaming like blackjack or slot machines. The Classic Gaming Expo (CGE) highlights the more traditional meaning of the word. The CGE is entirely made up of classic video games from the 1960s through today.

CGE is in its 15th year and you can see video games from the original Pong to the latest PlayStation and X-Box games. This year, CGE has expanded to include a third day and will showcase an expanded collection of over 100 playable arcade and console video games, including an impressive Pinball Hall of Fame coin-operated collection of over 40 classic games.

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Vegas Is Officially Festival Crazy

August 1, 2014 at 4:05 PM | by | Comment (1)

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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Sh*t You May Have Missed Anxiously Waiting For 'Step Up All In'

July 31, 2014 at 9:15 PM | by | Comment (1)

Paris, Bally's and another installment of Step Up? Aww, yea... it's on now.

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.

And, if you really are waiting for Step Up All In, it hits theaters August 8.

NOW OPEN

HOTELS-CASINOS
· Westgate Las Vegas (Former LVH formerly Las Vegas Hilton formerly Intercontinental)

RESTAURANTS, BARS AND NIGHTLIFE
· Giada's for lunch (The Cromwell)
· PGA Tour Grill (McCarran Airport)
· Japanese Cuisine by Omae (3650 Decatur Blvd.)
· Oak & Ivy (Downtown Container Park)
· Distill (Southern Highlands)
· Equalibrium (Tommy Wind Theater)
· Benny's Smokin' BBQ & Brews (Binion's)

SHOWS AND ATTRACTIONS
· Sydney After Dark (Planet Hollywood)
· Cowabunga Bay (Henderson)
· GameWorks (Town Square)
· Lion cubs (The Mirage)
· Animal Encounters (Shark Reef, Mandalay Bay)

SHOPPING
· Zippo (Luxor)
· AllSaints (Forum Shops)
· Pas de Deux Children's Couture (Tivoli Village)
· Collective Souls Fine Art (Tivoli Village)
· SprayTans (Tivoli Village)
· Dana Delgado Dance Studios (Tivoli Village)
· Michael Kors (McCarran Airport, Terminal 3)
· Ted Baker (Fashion Show Mall)

OTHER SH*T
· Priefert Pavilion (South Point)
· Jimmy Hopper residency (Laguna Champagne Bar, Palazzo)

BETTER NOT BE OPEN
· Bags of Liquor (Downtown)

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Spend A Hot Vegas Day At Hot Vegas Nites

Where: 4500 West Tropicana Avenue [map], 89103
July 31, 2014 at 12:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) may be the top car show in town (next wheeling into Vegas November 4-7) but if you aren't able to score entry into the industry only event, there's another way to get your motor runnin'.

Head to the Orleans Arena Saturday, September 6 for the Hot Vegas Nites Car Show. The show's organizers, Strictly Muscle Car Club, hope to draw "the biggest gathering of muscle cars Las Vegas has ever seen!" (Validity of exclamation point to be determined.)

The show, featuring all years of muscle cars, will take place in the arena's east parking lot. Things will rev up starting at 11 a.m. Tickets are just $5 (plus tax and fees) and can be purchased online.

(PHOTO: american-classicmusclecars.com)

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Inaugural Box Fan Expo Coming To Vegas

Where: 3150 Paradise Road [map], 89109
July 30, 2014 at 3:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Taking a page out of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's playbook for the purpose of breathing some much-needed life into a dying sport, the inaugural Box Fan Expo will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center Saturday, September 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If that date looks familiar, it's because later that evening MGM Grand Garden Arena will play host to the WBA/WBC welterweight title rematch between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Marcos Maidana.

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