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Just when you think the exhibits at Cosmopolitan's P3 Studio couldn’t get any more out there, along comes a “meditation nightclub.” The full name of the newest P3 experience is The Octave of Visible Light: A Meditation Nightclub. When you think Cosmo, you probably think Marquee and a nightclub in the traditional sense, but this experience is anything but.
Lia Chavez is the artist-in-residence who has created this unusual pop-up nightclub. For this project, the painter and multi-media artist has teamed up with creative technology company rehabstudio to create a digital neurology system. Now, what exactly is that? Well, in short, it allows participants to hear and see what they’re thinking. Chavez fits one member of a group with a special headset that reads his or her EEG activity, as in the electrical activity in your brain. The other members can watch the show projected on the walls of the gallery.
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Late last year, MyVEGAS launched a slots app for mobile phones and tablets. Due to its popularity, a blackjack app was added this year. And, it won’t be the last for the franchise as a video poker app is already planned.
Social casino games, in general, are having a great year. Revenue is expected to be north of $3 billion. Sixty million of that will be earned by MyVEGAS alone. That sounds like a lot, but it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Here's what 2014 brought for MyVEGAS:
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Way back in September MyVEGAS started offering rewards at various Station Casinos giving Las Vegas locals midweek hotel rooms for a staycation. For me, the rewards are a good excuse to check out new and different hotel rooms I normally wouldn't visit. Most recently, I drove down the street to my local casino, Red Rock Resort, to see how things were from a guest point of view.
To lend some background, I visit Red Rock Resort once or twice a week so I know the property pretty well. Most of the time, I park near the sportsbook which is on the opposite side of the property from the hotel entrance. For whatever reason on my visit to Red Rock Resort as a hotel guest, I never even made it to the sportsbook. Being on the hotel side of things is almost being in a different casino and that was awesome.
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This week's auction is already making headlines, but probably not in the way the actor would have wished. He's felt compelled to publicly deny being in serious final need while publications have not held back in their descriptions of the event, from Vocativ.com heralding it as Reynolds "personal garbage fire sale" to Gawker terming the items up for bid as "insane garbage." Starting to see a theme? If you're in need of a good laugh, you should click on both of those hyperlinks as I dare you not to LOL at some of the commentary.
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Timeshares are all over Vegas, often hidden in plain sight among and around the massive towers owned by the casinos. Places like Elara, Desert Rose, Flamingo Hilton, Tahiti Village, and Club de Soleil go largely unnoticed by most, all while making a sizable contribution to the annual number of visitors to the city.
Timeshares get a bad rap for good reason, but that will never stop people from buying in. Offers for freebies bring them in the door. High pressure sales tactics close the deal. Those that don’t commit walk away with complimentary tickets, meals or cash. If you have a few hours to spare and you’re strong enough to resist the most hardened sales pros in Vegas, you, too, can beat the timeshare game.
Downtown Vegas tends to put it all out there. Want a free show? Look up at the five-football-fields long Fremont Street Experience canopy. Want to zipline? Just head to the 12-story-tall slot machine.
That's not to say, however, that there are no hidden gems to uncover. VegasChatter member @youstayclassyvegas stopped by downtown's Neonopolis recently to experience a not-so-widely known, behind-the-scenes tour of Banger Brewing. Here's his experience, in his own words:
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PlayStudios, known for its MyVEGAS Slots app and Facebook game, has announced the launch of its newest product, MyVEGAS Blackjack. MyVEGAS Blackjack is an entirely new and separate app from MyVEGAS Slots and is free to download and play on iOS and Android devices. Much like the MyVEGAS Slots app, you can sync your points between MyVEGAS Slots, MyVEGAS Facebook and MyVEGAS Blackjack.
The newest offering provides core table games players with the chance to earn real world casino, restaurant and entertainment rewards while enjoying a familiar blackjack experience. With the launch of MyVEGAS Blackjack, PlayStudios hopes to capture an entirely new segment of the gaming market. Blackjack players tend to skew male while slot machine players tend to be female.
What was once one of our favorite free attractions in Las Vegas has now gone the way of the Sirens show at TI and this fact has us feeling a little blue. The Blue Man Group processional that used to wind its way through Monte Carlo has run its course. According to a hotel official, the last procession took place less than two weeks ago.
About 40 minutes before the first show of the night, a procession of the show's musical props, robots and custom-built, light-up vehicles used to wind its way through the casino floor, stopping people in their tracks. The light spectacle was a great promotional opportunity to get the word out about the show so guests milling about who may have seen posters, marquees or other imagery finally had a clue what the show was actually all about.
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Yowza, MyVEGAS sure is popular. Any time we have news, there's a flood of comments, both good and bad. MyVEGAS is obviously polarizing and the freemium (free to play, but you can also buy chips to play more) social game by PlayStudios only continues to grow.
Often as a company expands, some moves are meant to attract more customers. Simultaneously, those moves may sometimes alienate the existing base. This happens with music all the time (i.e., "I used to like that band until they sold out/changed their sound/got all popular.") Right now, MyVEGAS is the big dog. Between MyVEGAS on Facebook and the MyVEGAS Slots mobile app, it's one of the top grossing social games. MyVEGAS isn’t just popular, however. It’s addictive. The average MyVEGAS player logs onto the game three times a day for somewhere between 45 to 90 minutes.
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From the alternate universe files: Bellagio will dive into The Strip's obsession with superstar DJs (albeit a few years late) with the debut of a new fountains production featuring an "exclusive three-song medley" by Tiësto.
The new show will premiere September 17 at 7 p.m. As a press alert details:
While art fans continue to duke it out over how much Sin City needs/deserves/should have/should support museums, lovers of fine art can still visit Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (about to get Fabergé with it) and see fun pieces at CityCenter, Wynn Las Vegas and The Cosmopolitan, among other spots on The Strip. Another fun art attraction is the Polaroid Museum above the Polaroid store at The Linq.
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Similar to Golden Nugget's free-play online poker site, this one lets you play cash games or tournaments for fun, with the chance to use the points you earn to buy in to tournaments offering real-world prizes.