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Oh boy! More hotel artwork begging to be touched that you're not supposed to touch! Like the Roark Gourley shoe sculptures pretty much everybody who has ever visited the Cosmopolitan has a selfie from inside of, the Delano now has a quirky bench art piece you're not supposed to sit on. Artist Zak Ostrowski created his sculptural bench out of concrete, mimicking desert sandstone.
The pieces in this exhibition, Gravitation, all tie in to the Las Vegas landscape which fuels the design philosophy behind the Delano's esthetic. The pieces will be on display until July 6. They feature ordinary objects that have been transformed through processes like wood burning and the application of automotive paint.
Off-Strip / Palms / Concerts / Free Vegas / → All Tags
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend that won’t break the bank, head to The Lounge at Palms on Saturday night to see local band Swingin’ Pedestrians. If you can’t tell from the name, the band specializes in swing music plus rockabilly and other classic lounge genres. The group is usually accompanied by several burlesque dancers, which adds another fun and scantily clad dimension.
Lead singer Tony Felicetta is no stranger to the Vegas stage. He’s Ringo in B- A Tribute to the Beatles at Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops. In Swingin’ Pedestrians, he takes a step out from behind the drum kit to croon his way through hits that will make you want to get out on the dance floor. The last time I caught the band at The Lounge, there were several couples basically putting on a swing clinic. Their dancing was as entertaining as the band and the combo made for a really memorable night. The best part is there’s no cover. The show starts at 10 p.m.
A Las Vegas summer tradition kicked off this past weekend when KC and the Sunshine Band took to the 3rd Street Stage at the Fremont Street Experience in Downtown. This is the seventh consecutive year that the Fremont Street Experience has offered free concerts. This year’s theme and title of the concert series is “Rock of Vegas”. The diversity in bands showcases many different kinds of rock music from 90’s alternative rock to swing and ska to classic rock.
There is free entertainment on the Fremont Street Experience stages all the time but not all are bands you may have grown up with or heard on the radio. Here’s a look at the "Rock of Vegas" concerts at the Fremont Street Experience this summer and which stage they’ll take place.
MyVegas / Free Vegas / Rewards / Comps / Tips / Aria / MGM Resorts / Station Casinos / → All Tags
Want to use your MyVegas rewards on your next trip to Vegas? Secure them BEFORE you roll into town.
MyVegas is an excellent way to supplement your trip to Las Vegas with a few discounted items and even some freebies. The rewards MyVegas offers today may have been better when the game first launched but that’s a story for another day.
When the game first launched many of the rewards, specifically from MGM Resorts, were geared toward tourists. Indeed, when you look at the MGM Resorts rewards offered for players in Nevada, you'll see that they're different than those offered to people playing MyVegas in other states.
But then last year MyVegas added rewards from Station Casinos, in part, to offer Nevada locals some rewards that they might find useful. Those are the only rewards that this Las Vegas local looks at regularly. It’s always nice to extend the weekend by a day with a complimentary room every now and again.
The rewards you can get from Station Casinos don’t differ based on where you play the game but the same isn’t true for the MGM Resorts rewards. Here’s a sample from Aria last night.
Contests / Free Vegas / Aria / → All Tags
Big events and busy weekends for Vegas are on the way. Events like this weekend’s fight and the rapidly approaching WSOP as well as holidays like Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day, mean hotel rates will be at their highest. Scoring a reasonably priced stay is still possible, but will require a bit more work than usual. Alternatively, you can sink a few minutes into entering the online contests below, cross your fingers, and hope to become a lucky winner. After all, a vacation on someone else’s dime really is the best way to do Vegas.
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MyVEGAS recently added a new partner and some pretty great rewards while removing other player perks.
If you haven't heard yet, MyVEGAS has partnered with Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air and is now offering a slew of rewards that will save some money to and from Las Vegas.
Above the Polaroid Fotobar (where we found ourselves lovin' things other than Polaroid pictures) lies a free museum that has been showcasing an Andy Warhol exhibit, but not for much longer. Our friends at Polaroid tell us the collection closes this Saturday, February 7. Swing by before then and see 50 original Polaroids by Warhol, a wax figure of him on loan from Madame Tussaud's (seen above), and a few of his cameras, too.
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.
MyVEGAS / Apps / Blackjack / Video Poker / Slot Machines / Station Casinos / MGM Resorts / Facebook / Free Vegas / → All Tags
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:
Off Strip / VegasChatter Reviews / Red Rock Resort / Free Vegas / Hotel Rooms / MyVEGAS / → All Tags
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.
Off Strip / Events / The Palms / Burt Reynolds / Auctions / Free Vegas / → All Tags
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.