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Downtown's Inspire Theater Showcases Free 'Boozy Movies' Series

Where: 107 Las Vegas Blvd S Las Vegas, Nevada [map], 89101
July 1, 2015 at 5:37 PM | by | ()

There have been plenty of new additions to the Fremont East scene for us to crow about. Want a new Urban Market? You got it. A Downtown gay nightlife event? Round two is coming up. An assortment of new restaurants and nightclubs? Ta-da, they're everywhere. And right under our nose is a sorta-free weekly screening of fun films that apparently nobody felt the need to tell us about. For the price of a drink, you can experience "Boozy Movies".

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A Cure For Your Monday Morning Vegas Withdrawal: More News About Vegas

June 1, 2015 at 1:05 PM | by | ()

Mondays. Case of them. We got 'em. And we're sure you do too. But hold on tight to your morning squeeze coffee. Here's a bunch of newsy tidbits that are bound to perk you back up. Wink, wink.

Bally's Has a New Restaurant With Odd Hours: Tequila Taqueria, the newest pizza and beer joint from "restauranteur" Robert Earl of Earl Sandwiches is now officially open at Bally's. Christening the first slice and pour is everyone's favorite Italian actor, Mario Lopez. Er, whoops. Wait, this is a Mexican eatery serving premium tequila, 10 different Mexican beers, and dishes such as tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, tortas and guacamole (made tableside.) Sorry, the name had us confused about what sort of cuisine was on the menu. Anyhoo, the joint is now open Sunday-Thursday from 3pm to 5pm and then again from 10pm to 12am. Which are odd hours but hopefully those will get extended to real times when people want to eat tacos. noon to 6am.

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Poker Player Profile: Tim 'The Trooper' Watts

May 1, 2015 at 3:10 PM | by | ()

What is it like to be a professional poker player in Las Vegas? What it is like to make your living on the felt, doing battle with tourists and locals alike, fighting and clawing for fiercely contested chips in pot after pot, suffering through the bad beats, basking in the glow of making your opponents fold their superior hands, raking in the spoils of your victories, shrugging off the hands that got away, then racking up your soldiers and doing it all again the next day?

Tim "The Trooper" Watts (the nickname is a reference to one of his favorite Iron Maiden songs) knows exactly what it's like.

Since moving to Las Vegas from Jacksonville, Florida last June, Watts has been living the life that many poker players from all over the world have only fantasized about. It is in the poker rooms up and down the Strip where Watts goes about the business of grinding out his living by playing a card game.

Although he did line-up a part time job at a restaurant when he first came to town, Watts recently took a leap of faith and said goodbye to the day job so that he could concentrate fully on poker.

Now with no bosses to answer to and no schedules to follow, each day is an open book. Whether his office is Caesars Palace, the Venetian, or perhaps downtown at the Golden Nugget, Watts enters each day in full control of his own destiny.

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In Fremont East, PublicUs Is The Epitome Of Hip

Where: 1126 Fremont St. [map], 89101
April 3, 2015 at 4:53 PM | by | ()

Downtown is not only growing up, but also growing out. As the area becomes safer, cleaner and filled with more resources, businesses are becoming more and more comfortable with their general distance from the epicenter that is the Fremont Street Experience. PublicUs is pushing that boundary, and is doing so with some of the hippest food off the Strip.

PublicUs is located on a very nondescript corner of Fremont East, "way" down at Maryland Parkway (Google map here). From the outside, it is very minimal; inside, it is a palace dedicated to hipness. Custom-warped wood benches, modernist wall treatments, and a centerpiece of a giant, beautiful espresso machine. This machine and all things coffee are manned by Cole McBride, one of the most awarded competitive baristas in the world. This man practically has a PhD in coffee. The restaurant even boasts laboratory-grade water treatment equipment.

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At El Cortez, A First Taste Of Siegel's 1941

Where: 600 East Fremont Street [map], 89101
March 10, 2015 at 7:39 PM | by | ()

Sometimes you just happen to be at the right place at the right time. Last Wednesday afternoon, while nursing a hangover enjoying a nap at Oasis at Gold Spike, I was awakened by an email alert with a tempting offer. It was an invitation to head over to El Cortez for a taste of the menu to come for the not-yet-open, mobster-inspired Siegel's 1941.

Siegel's 1941 -- replacing the old school (and sorely missed) Flame -- once targeted a winter opening. Unfortunately, it's still under construction and playing catchup after various delays. A May 28 opening is now in the crosshairs, and the staff I spoke to seem to think they'll make it this time. Siegel's Executive Chef Aaron Neeley (who honed his skills inside restaurants at Caesars Palace, Venetian and Monarch Bistro of Houston, TX) is using the down time to try out some new dishes on diners at Cafe Cortez.

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Checking In On Whatever's Happening Next To Pioneer Club

March 4, 2015 at 12:04 PM | by | ()

We've been wondering what's going on at downtown's Pioneer Club since last spring, even as we've watched its skin peeled off, as documented by Vital Vegas.

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Travel Channel 'Time Traveling' To Fremont Street Past

February 27, 2015 at 12:35 PM | by | ()

If a genie popped out, what Vegas era would you wish yourself back to?

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens might be good enough for Gaga, but two of our favorite things (besides pinball... it's a long list) are Vegas on TV and flipping through the pages of Lost Vegas. Put that lost Vegas on TV and our mind is blown quicker than a Clarion implosion.

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Radio City Pizza Rebrands With Ambitious New Menu

Where: 508 Freemont St. [map], 89101
February 25, 2015 at 8:31 PM | by | ()

It has been quiet news among the food and beverage crowd and downtown citizens that the great minds behind The Goodwich are the new management of Radio City Pizza (now Radio City Pizzeria but still RCP, for short) on Fremont Street. Where once there was little more than a simple sports bar-slash-pizza place, now there is some of this city's most adventurous Italian fare and craftiest beers.

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Denny's On Fremont Now Has Three Ways To Make Matrimony A Grand Slam

Where: 450 Fremont St. [map], 89101
February 18, 2015 at 12:45 PM | by | ()

Couples in search of an unconventional way to say 'I do' have found it for years in Las Vegas. Here, you can exchange vows on a pirate ship, while dressed in medieval garb a la Game of Thrones, with Elvis at your side, or even aboard the world's tallest observation wheel. Back in 2013, lovers in love received another spot for matrimonial bliss -- Denny's on Fremont.

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Magical Mondays: Greg Dow And Sean Scott

January 26, 2015 at 5:57 PM | by | ()

Magician Greg Dow in action.

Wizard Wars, a magical reality competition series, returns to SyFy January 29 and the first episode will feature a pair of Vegas street performers. Going up against the "wizards" will be Greg Dow and Sean Scott, two performers who make their living entertaining tourists for the most part. While both do corporate and private events, they can also be found regularly on the Strip at The LINQ and Fremont Street. Read on to find out more about their careers before you tune in on Thursday night, or decide to track them down in real life.

VegasChatter: How did you get your start in magic?

Greg Dow: I got a magic set when I was a kid and couldn’t figure it out and got frustrated and then went to video games and didn’t pick it back up until I went to college. I always liked magic. I liked watching it. I bought some magic tricks and brought them back to my friends in college and they started getting impressed. After a few months of doing that, someone asked me to do a show. I did a pretty bad show but it was fun. I learned more magic and, when I moved back to Chicago, I started doing magic in restaurants and enjoyed doing that for awhile while I was working day jobs. I moved out to Vegas about 12 years ago and I started working for one of the big magic shops. I sold magic tricks and taught people how to do magic tricks for about 10 years. About three years ago I stopped that and went to performing full time which makes me much happier.

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NASCAR Weekend Will Be Here Before You Know It

January 16, 2015 at 12:30 PM | by | ()

The annual NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Las Vegas is more than just a race. A week-long celebration leads up to a race weekend set for Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8 this year.

Reader Ryan K. asked if we could keep him up-to-date on NASCAR week events. Since most won't be announced until after the Big Game we’ll start today and continue to update this list as driver appearances, specials and other events are announced.

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Perspective On 'Looser Slots' In Downtown Vegas

January 15, 2015 at 7:15 PM | by | ()

Visitors doing Vegas on a budget often head downtown to get more for their money. There’s no denying that when compared to the Strip, downtown is full of bargains. Average room rates are about half of what you’ll find ($66 vs. $126 in 2014). Dining downtown is easier on the wallet as well, with the priciest downtown buffet coming in at just over $20. That’s a deal when compared to the more than $50 you would spend on The Strip. A commonly repeated piece of advice suggests that in addition to these savings, downtown offers better returns than the Strip when gambling, especially at slots. That seems to makes sense, given that everything else downtown is cheaper, but is it true?

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