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The World's First Polaroid Museum Is Now Open On The Vegas Strip

Where: 89109
April 17, 2014 at 4:46 PM | by | Comments (3)

In this day and age, very few folks have a traditional camera, anymore. The overexposure of camera-equipped smart phones has changed how this generation captures memories. Even when folks do have a "real" camera, chances are it's seldom used for more than special occasions. And, printing photos? That's becoming a rarity too outside of compiling photo books online, at least for this writer. Lately, I can't even be bothered to update my digital frame.

So, it was a bit weird to hear that one of the tenants of The Linq would be Polaroid. Recently, Polaroid has begun opening a spate of Fotobars (all in Florida until now) where customers can print, you guessed it, photos and purchase products ranging from frames to shadowboxes for their, wait for it, photos, too. Naturally, there are accessories for sale for your camera phone, too.

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At Venetian, da Vinci Returns With Less Art, More Inventions

Where: 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
March 27, 2014 at 2:48 PM | by | Comment (1)

Two summers ago Venetian opened a Leonardo da Vinci exhibition that explored the mechanics, scribbles and fear of a genius. More than 200 pieces and artifacts filled several rooms comprising what sponsors labeled the "most comprehensive exploration of Leonardo da Vinci's work ever created." We labeled it an impressive museum/art gallery that opened up worlds of da Vinci previously unknown to us. And, we didn't have to venture to New York, Boston or San Francisco to see it. An exploration of da Vinci's inventions and creations had been brought right here to Vegas.

Now, da Vinci has returned to the Venetian for a second run. The current exhibit explores the various phases of the Renaissance man's life, taking guests on a focused journey through his studies of anatomy, art, science, mathematics and nature. Da Vinci: the Exhibition is presented through 65 of his inventions and machines. For those that visited in 2012, a handful of pieces will look familiar, complementing a deeper study of his fascinations with the subject of war, flight and robotics. His artwork is still a component, but on a smaller scale with just over 20 of his pieces on display.

Guests are first introduced to an overview of the life of Leonardo. A map details where in Italy he lived throughout his years and hints at how his surroundings may have influenced his various fields of study.

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Bellagio's Art Gallery Sends Warhol Back East, Welcomes 'Painting Women'

Where: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
February 25, 2014 at 1:21 PM | by | Comments (2)

Much like the changing of seasons at their Conservatory, Bellagio's Gallery of Fine Art has undergone another big transformation. And, while "Warhol Out West" had a lengthy stay in Sin City, Andy's pop-art collection has now been returned to its home in Pittsburgh.

On February 14, the door was opened to a new exhibit of paintings, on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This collection is called "Painting Women."

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Seeing Through The Lens Of Ringo Starr For Free

Where: 89109
November 22, 2013 at 2:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

Former Beatle Ringo Starr (or perhaps current Beatle if you're of the once a Beatle, always a Beatle crowd) plays two shows at the Pearl at the Palms this weekend (November 22-23, 8 p.m.). And, while tickets are still available from $70 to hear Mr. Starr seeing as he saw 50 years ago can be done for free.

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At Cosmopolitan, a Liberace Exhibit Will Be Glittering

Where: 89109
November 15, 2013 at 7:34 PM | by | Comments (2)

Ever since the Liberace Museum closed, Liberace lovers have come up short when attempting to revisit their favorite entertainer's golden age in Vegas. (Michael Douglas' turn in Behind the Candelabra was entertaining; CeeLo's Loberace was a disgrace.) But now, thanks to The Cosmopolitan, the over-the-top pianist's glizty presence can be see once more.

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At Bellagio, Fall In Love With 'Painting Women' Starting This February

Where: 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
November 12, 2013 at 4:50 PM | by | Comment (1)

Just from the images sent out with the press release (shown above and below), we're crushing hard on Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art's upcoming show, Painting Women. So, an opening date of February 14, 2014 seems apropos.

After turning the resort's art space over to the works of Andy Warhol this past February, BGFA will be all about the ladies for its next exhibition. Painting Women, another in a string of partnerships with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will "showcase 34 paintings spanning 90 years (1860-1950), revealing the story of women artists, their activism and artistic achievements." Featured artists will include Georgia O'Keeffe, Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot.

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Basketball Memorabilia On Display At Wynn

Where: 3131 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
August 19, 2013 at 7:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tucked away in a back corner of Wynn is a little slice of heaven for the NBA basketball fan.

Just beyond the Tower Suites lobby in a somewhat secluded hallway is an impressive display of USA Basketball memorabilia. There are autographed jerseys, shoes, pictures, and even three gold medals from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. It's all cased behind a big glass window, but that didn't stop us from getting up close and personal with the incredible basketball relics (pardon the fingerprints).

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At Binion's, King's Ransom Not Quite Ready To Be Revealed

July 8, 2013 at 12:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

A King's Ransom awaits.. for those who can wait.

Binion's forthcoming Elvis Presley exhibit was due to open last Thursday. And, then on Friday. But, unfortunately, it has now become yet another Vegas delay. This message was shared with Facebook fans on the 5th:

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Just How Many World's Largest Gold Nuggets Are There?

June 20, 2013 at 5:04 PM | by | Comments (3)

Golden Nugget fans are likely familiar with the Hand of Faith, the 61-pound, 11-ounce gold nugget on display at the downtown resort across from, appropriately enough, a gold ATM. Underneath a sign proclaiming "World's Largest Golden Nugget," a plaque drives home its enormous point with dimensions and a little history behind the largest gold nugget on public display.

Our mama always taught us that when it comes to being the "world's largest" there can be only one. That's why we have playoff championships, pissing contests and measuring sticks. In the end, there is one trophy that is biggest and awarded to the best. You can, therefore, imagine our surprise when we saw the below display also claiming to be the biggest and baddest gold nugget in the world and it wasn't located in Las Vegas.

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Elvis Presley's 'King's Ransom' Returns To Vegas And Heads Downtown

June 11, 2013 at 6:32 PM | by | Comments (5)

We've previously mentioned The King's Ransom, the long gone Elvis Presley exhibit at the Imperial Palace, whenever we've pondered why there's so few local tributes to the King. Michael Jackson is our new king of pop culture. But, fear not, the King's Ransom is back. And, heading downtown.

Binion's will host an updated version of the former touring exhibit and the creators are talking like it'll become a permanent home for this collection. Where exactly in Binion's? We don't yet know. We'll need to talk a walk around.

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Authentic Michael Jackson Memories Arrive At Mandalay Bay

June 3, 2013 at 6:31 PM | by | Comments (6)

Michael Jackson ONE rushes closer to its official premiere night of June 29. And, with our ear to the ground, we've been hearing good things about the show from people we trust. When we were last in the Mandalay Bay theater neighborhood, there was still some construction to be finished. Now, it all looks ready to go. And, they've added some of Michael's personal possessions to the re-vamping. Here's a preview:

At Caesars, Shania Twain shares with her fans a very nice selection of personal items when you attend her concerts. We'd been expecting something similar at Mandalay Bay, but discovered it's much more smaller in scale. Surprising, as they are all on loan from the Michael Jackson estate. They can't be short of mementos.

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Artist James Turrell Transforms Crystals' Light And Space

May 31, 2013 at 4:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

American artist James Turrell's "light and space" art installation is now available for your puzzlement or contemplation at Crystals. “My art is about your seeing” is how Turell puts it.

Utilizing the upscale mall's monorail entrance and the mezzanine below, the already faux-futurist setting means most folks won't notice the change or additions. But, stop for a moment, let the people walk by and watch the continually shifting hues fill the space. Head to the new windows and see Crystals from another angle. And, note the visual illusion of light cutting through a wall.

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