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The glory days of the WWF and WCW are behind us, but it's good to see that Hogan and Sting are still running things. If you're anything like us
dorks, you may have spent the better part of your sixth grade lunch period debating whether or not wrestling was "real." Later this summer, you'll have the chance to debate it all over again.
For nine years, the now mainstream Impact Wrestling made its home in Orlando, broadcasting the weekly program live from Universal Studios. But, that relationship ended at the beginning of 2013. On January 31, Impact Wrestling announced it would begin taping from venues around the States. It started March 14 in Chicago and, later this summer, Vegas will get its turn as the Orleans will host the event on June 29.
Events / Memorial Day Weekend / Comedy / Music / Pools / Pool Scenes / Eating / Drinking / → All Tags
Our favorite time of the year? When it's nothing but one holiday after another! Memorial Day Weekend. Fourth of July Weekend. Labor Day Weekend. Pure (party time) bliss. And, with the first holiday weekend coming up fast, we couldn't wait any longer to check out what's on tap for Vegas May 24-27:
LIGHT nightclub opens May 24
DAYLIGHT Beach Club debuts May 24
Michael Jackson ONE launches May 23 (starting at $69)
Snoop Lion performs at Mandalay Bay Beach May 25 ($50)
Bell Biv DeVoe performs at Mandalay Bay Beach May 26 ($32.50)
Just when we were considering a trip out to Vegas' only drive-in, the Cosmopolitan has come through with a much better way to enjoy an outdoor movie -- poolside. The resort will bring back Dive-In Movies soon, but with a new twist. This summer will be all about the double feature.
Starting May 27, The Cosmopolitan will again host weekly Monday movie viewings at Boulevard Pool. Films will be a mix of classics and family friendly flicks, ranging from Ghostbusters to Despicable Me. But, the best part will be the two separate showtimes, one at 7:30 p.m. and the other at 10 p.m. which will give us double
the reasons to keep on drinking the selection.
Dive-In Movies are free to attend for hotel guests. All others will need to fork over three bucks. (Another change from last year when it was gratis for all.) Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Monday, May 27
7:30PM | Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
10PM | The Goonies
Monday, June 3
7:30PM | Ghostbusters (1984, PG, 105 minutes)
10PM | The Sixth Sense (1999, PG-13, 107 minutes)
Monday, June 10
7:30PM | Ri˘hie Ri˘h (1994, PG, 94 minutes)
10PM | The Great Gatsby (1949, PG, 92 minutes)
Monday, June 17
7:30PM | The Pursuit of Happyness (2006, PG-13, 117 minutes)
10PM | To Kill a Mockingbird (1962, NR, 129 minutes)
Monday, June 24
7:30PM | The Sandlot (1993, PG, 101 minutes)
10PM | Moneyball (2012, PG-13, 113 minutes)
Monday, July 1
7:30PM | Despicable Me (2010, PG, 95 minutes)
10PM | From Here to Eternity (1953, NR, 118 minutes)
Monday, July 8
7:30PM | Little Giants (1994, PG, 102 minutes)
10PM | Friday Night Lights (2004, PG-13, 117 minutes)
Monday, July 15
7:30PM | The Breakfast Club (1985, R, 95 minutes)
10PM | Rebel Without a Cause (1955, NR, 111 minutes)
Monday, July 22
7:30PM | Lord of the Flies (1990, R, 90 minutes)
10PM | Stand by Me (1986, R, 98 minutes)
Monday, July 29
7:30PM | The Karate Kid (1984, PG, 127 minutes)
10PM | Rocky (1976, PG, 119 minutes)
Monday, August 5
7:30PM | When Harry Met Sally (1989, R, 98 minutes)
10PM | My Fair Lady (1964, G, 170 minutes)
Monday, August 12
7:30PM | The Little Rascals (1994, PG, 82 minutes)
10PM | Tommy Boy (1995, PG, 98 minutes)
Monday, August 19
Monday, September 2
7:30PM | Clueless (1995, PG, 97 minutes)
7:30PM | Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009, PG, 90 minutes)
10PM | Ocean's Eleven (1960, NR, 148 minutes)
Monday, September 2
Many people come to this desert oasis to live a life they can’t at home. You can be anyone you want in Las Vegas. High roller, playboy, fashion icon, and now rock star. When we were given the opportunity to attend Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp (RRFC), we jumped. We literally jumped when we saw the email. In the upcoming week, we would have the chance to jam with Jeff Beck, witness a private concert by Brian Wilson, and play a concert at the MGM Grand with a newly formed band.
With pricing ranging from $299 to $8,500, the adult campers of RRFC are generally well-to-do folks. Our band was comprised of a surgeon, financial advisors, the former CFO of a very famous clothing company, and a bank vice president. These guys would be given the opportunity to work with, write with, and learn from famous successful musicians. The all-star staff for this camp would be Kip Winger, Spike Edney (Queen), Scott Bennett (Brian Wilson, Flaming Lips), Teddy Andrealis (Guns and Roses), Joe Vitale (Eagles, CSNY), Danny Seraphine (Chicago), Billy Hinsche (Beach Boys), and blues guitar virtuoso Johnny A. The camp kicked off with a jam session by the counselors who were joined by Las Vegas’ own Bella Strings.
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By now, after witnessing it finance and organize a record skydive from space, Red Bull ought to have earned our respect as a prominent entertainer and promoter (how you feel about its energy product is up to you). And, as Vegas will experience when Red Bull brings its BC One Cypher to the Fremont Street Experience on May 18, its parties are not limited to high risk and booze-fueled events.
BC One is a multi-layered competition that showcases a type of dance known as "B-Boying," or breakdancing, pitting contestants against one another in "battles" on the dance floor. When it started in 2004, the competition was by invitation only, but now the series is open all. The winner of the Vegas event will advance to the National Final in Houston in August. The National Champion will be flown to Seoul, South Korea to compete in the World Final this November.
Check out the video below for a preview of what to expect on May 18 on Fremont Street. It looks like a really fun event to drop in on and, considering it's free, we recommend doing so. With the date of the event being a Saturday, it might just inspire your own dance-floor performance later that night in the clubs. The competition kicks off at 8 p.m. under the Fremont Street Experience canopy. Find out more via RedBullBCOne.com.
We've finally found The Cosmopolitan's future 50,000-square-foot, 3,000-seat theater. Found it? Did we lose it? Kind of.
The Chelsea should open by the end of this year. It was originally planned to debut in sync with The Cosmopolitan back in 2010. It didn't. Instead, the resort mothballed the concept and has made do with the Chelsea Ballroom, a large convention space with a stage and temporary seating. Some locals hate it, but we've personally never had a problem with it just as we've enjoyed all the live events we've attended at the Cosmo. (The Chelsea Ballroom will naturally be changing its name.)
Over the last couple of years we'd heard a bunch of stories surrounding the abandoned ghost theater. Plans, negotiations, dreams. And, periodically, we'd go searching for where it might have been. And, there's not a hint of it. We were truly stumped.
VegasChatter Reviews / Events / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Fremont Country Club / Music / → All Tags
Hoping that downtown's newest live music venue just suffered from opening night jitters, we headed back recently to see Alkaline Trio, Bayside, and Off With Their Heads. As soon as we got out of the El Cortez parking lot, we saw the line of concert goers snaking around the block. Not ones for waiting in lines, we sauntered over to Park on Fremont for their incredible shot and a beer special. Sitting in the sun on their gorgeous patio while sipping on a Stiegl Grapefruit Radler started the night off perfectly. We left with a slight buzz and ready to rock out.
Vegas News / Shit You May Have Missed / Openings / Closings / Restaurants / Shows / Events / Shopping / → All Tags
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.
If you spent this month shacked up at Trump with a telephoto lens you probably
saw a lot of good sh*t missed a lot of sh*t! Our recap is below. In the event we still managed to miss some sh*t, remind us about it in the comments!
· Premium Guest Rooms (Gold Coast)
· La Comida (Downtown)
· Fremont East Studios (Downtown)
· Vic's (Anthem)
· Pizza Lounge (Tivoli Village)
· Las Vegas 51s Season (Downtown)
· PoshBurger (Summerlin)
· Bonkerz Comedy Club (Plaza)
· Snack Bar (Las Vegas Club)
· The Scintas (the D)
· Sapphire Pool and Day Club (Sapphire)
· The Wedding Chapel (Aria)
· Royal India Bistro (Rio)
· Mingo Kitchen & Lounge (Downtown) *Bar only
· Powerball Ticket Outlet (Primm)
· Starbucks (Aria, Crystals)
· Hakkasan Nightclub (MGM Grand)
Concerts / Music / Events / Mandalay Bay / Mandalay Bay Beach / Fremont Street / Fremont Street Experience / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / → All Tags
As the last of the Vegas pools prepare to open and the outdoor concert lineups start to roll out, we know we're getting pretty damn close to summer.
Mandalay Bay and the Fremont Street Experience have released their initial lineups, and there will no doubt be more shows announced as we get closer to Memorial Day (Fremont is apparently still working on their plans for July, for example). So, get your blankets and bathing suits, or in Fremont's case your flip flops and yard-longs, ready!
Here's the rundown on what's already booked, and we'll be sure to update the list as more shows pop up:
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They fight in a second-floor ballroom at the Treasure Island, a hotel-casino that spends working hours housing a percentage of the business conventions which descend upon Las Vegas each year. It's an intimate setting for an intimate sport. An opulent, gold-colored chandelier hangs from the ceiling in the center of the room, directly above the ring in which the combatants, shirtless and chiseled, will engage in the art known to many as the sweet science. The air is heavy with both anticipation and excitement.
It's a fight night in Las Vegas.
Turns out, adding alcohol and music to just about anything makes the activity more fun -- even a game as archaic as bingo.
What started in the basement of a church hall in London has grown into a popular underground event in both Great Britain and New York City, and now every old-timers favorite game gone wrong is coming to Vegas. But, don't think of it in the traditional style. In fact, the Cosmo's "Rebel Bingo" is nothing like it, according to the marketing material we've seen:
Rebel Bingo is not like the game traditionally known as "bingo." This is not a gambling event. The game is not fair and the numbers do not determine whether you win a prize. It is a game of skill. In purchasing a ticket you are not paying for the chance to enter any kind of lottery or bingo game or win a prize. You are paying to be entertained.
Events / UNLVino / BAR-b-q / Cleveland Clinic / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / → All Tags
Vegas locals, and in-the-know tourists too, have been celebrating the grape while supporting local college UNLV for 39 years now. UNLVino raises millions for scholarships just by offering phenomenal eats and, of course, plenty of vino.
For the first time, however, the epicurean affair will feature a mixology driven event, BAR-b-q, with the emphasis on the.. well, you see what they did there. It's set to take place this Sunday, April 21 at the Cleveland Clinic. That's the shiny metal building that seems to be melting in on itself in downtown Vegas, near The Smith Center, Discovery Children's Museum and Premium Outlets.