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See The Avengers Assemble At Marvel Universe Live

Where: 4505 S Maryland Pkwy. [map], 89154
March 3, 2015 at 10:22 AM | by | Comments (3)

Las Vegas has officially gone to the geeks! First, we let you know about Wizard World Comic Con coming in April along with the already established Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con over EDC weekend in June. Then, we filled you in on the Nintendo Legend of Zelda symphony concert series coming to Venetian. Now, it’s time for Marvel fans to assemble.

Marvel Universe LIVE! is coming to the Thomas & Mack April 23-April 26 for seven performances.

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With The Riviera Closing, Will The Silver Ball Keep Rolling On The Strip? Or Will It Tilt?

Where: 89109
February 27, 2015 at 11:39 AM | by | Comments (6)

One of our favorite non-gambling Vegas activities is to play at the Pinball Hall of Fame (1601 Tropicana Ave., about two miles east of The Strip). There are few places in the world where you can play over 250 pinball machines, from the 1950s to the present. And as an added bonus, all the profits go to charity.

This VegasChatter writer in particular was delighted when Tim Arnold, owner of those machines, was able to create a second mini Pinball Hall of Fame in the Riviera. About fifty pinball and video arcade machines located on The Strip... such convenience!

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Vegas To Get A New Way To Beat The Summer Heat?

February 9, 2015 at 4:06 PM | by | Comments (5)

In recent years, Vegas got Wet ‘n Wild again, but this summer we may be able to cool off in another fun way. Slide the City, a.k.a. a giant slip ‘n slide, is reportedly coming to Las Vegas in June. From the looks of pictures on the event’s website, it will be a giant 1,000-foot slide laid out on asphalt. That’s over three football fields.

The point of it seems to be taking a fun and refreshing slide, but also dousing those who come to watch. With paid admission, you’ll be given a mouthguard and a water gun. Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices like water guns and buckets to get bystanders wet, too. Participants are also urged to bring some sort of inflatable tube. There will be some available on-site for purchase, but why not save a few bucks?

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Catch 'Game Of Thrones' In Vegas On IMAX

Where: 4321 West Flamingo Road [map], 89103
January 15, 2015 at 8:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, chances are you’re already attending viewing parties at whichever friend’s house has the best/newest TV situation. Well, it’s time to up the ante and the screen size.

To get you out of the between-seasons doldrums, the folks behind “Game of Thrones” will be showing the two final episodes of season four on the gigantic IMAX screens around the country, including the Brenden Theatres at Palms.

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More Ways, Good And Bad, To Catch A Movie In Vegas

November 20, 2014 at 5:05 PM | by | Comments (5)

Over the summer, we brought you some great options for enjoying a movie in Vegas. Based on your comments, it seems we’re not alone in our love for a flick, even while on vacation. We’re back now with more possibilities, as well as details on how you can see the blockbuster film Interstellar the way it was meant to be seen.

If high-priced theater tickets aren’t your thing, then Regency Tropicana Cinemas is your best bet. All shows here are just two bucks. Better yet, swing by on a Tuesday and get in for half off. Trade-offs? There are plenty. The screens are smaller, the movies are older, they don’t have stadium seating, and it occasionally seems like parents use the place as a daycare. Concessions are just as expensive as at any other theater, but when you can get five tickets for the price of one, it’s OK to splurge a bit. The Regency is located about four miles east of The Strip on Tropicana. It’s way too far to walk, but not a bad drive if you’re at the southern end of The Strip.

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SlotZilla Opens Zoomline For Superhero-Style Flights Over Fremont

Where: 425 Fremont St. [map], 89101
September 5, 2014 at 5:45 PM | by | Comments (5)

We hope you have your superhero theme music pre-selected.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a drunken tourist! You might catch a Superman busker working for tips under the SlotZilla zipline on Fremont Street on any given day, but now you can be your own superhero and fly down the newly opened “zoomline!” The $17 million attraction over downtown Las Vegas’ Fremont Street Experience is now fully functioning with the 77 ft. “zipline” ($20) option on the lower level and the higher 114 ft. “zoomline” ($40) above.

The additional line opened August 31 and has been gaining new riders through word of mouth and the obvious wow factor of pedestrians looking up to see excited (or, occasionally, terrified) riders fly through the air above them. Aside from the obvious higher height, riders of the zoomline will be able to fly through the air in prone position, a.k.a. superhero-style. The kicker is, the higher zoomline starts out over the Fremont Street Experience canopy, adding yet another layer of why-did-I-do-this?!

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When The Adventuredome Is A Fright (On Purpose)

Where: 89109
August 27, 2014 at 4:16 PM | by | Comments (2)


While the masses of excited children and quasi-drunk tourists who regularly pass through The Adventuredome at Circus Circus are a tad scary, it’s time for something truly frightening as the metallic pink dome shifts into Halloween mode with Fright Dome. Opening Friday, October 3, Fright Dome will celebrate the 40th anniversary of classic horror flick The Texas Chainsaw Massacre by dedicating one of its six haunted houses to the theme.

Horror director Tobe Hooper and writer Kim Henkel are teaming up with Fright Dome to, hopefully, deliver quite the terrifying haunt. Attendees will see scenes from the flick as well brave the over-the-top sets and eerily accurate actors Fright Dome has become known for.

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Trek Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself: Best Dressed At Rio's Star Trek Convention

Where: 3700 W. Flamingo Rd [map], 89103
August 8, 2014 at 1:36 PM | by | Comments (2)

Another Star Trek Convention at Rio has come and gone, and with it the hundreds of dedicated fans who "assimilated" (a Trek term) the off-strip property from July 31st through August 3rd. The annual sci-fi gathering is famous for celebrity meets-and-greets, entertaining presentations, parties, concerts, film screenings and vendor booths. This year’s event even had a first-time-ever Star Trek-themed wedding, presided over by a convincing "Lt. Commander Data." But, the one thing Star Trek conventions are most famous for? Those wild and elaborate costumes worn by attendees.

Yes, Star Trek fans are a dedicated lot. As so wonderfully spoofed in the Sigourney Weaver comedy, Galaxy Quest, Trekkers proudly wear their geek-dom on their sleeves... and Starfleet tunics, Borg implants, blue antennas and Klingon ridges. While this writer, a lifelong Trek fan, has yet to participate in the regalia (a logo tank or “Starfleet Security” T-shirt have gotten me by so far), some fans spend weeks, months and sometimes years perfecting their creations.

Star Trek conventions always have a Best Costume contest, and this year was no exception. Leading up to the competition were presentations by various experts in the fields of makeup and costuming. Exhibitors in the vendors area offered tips and supplies for next year's hopefuls. It's estimated that nearly 1,500 costumed enthusiasts filled the halls last weekend, hoping to catch the attention of celebrity and expert judges alike.

Star Trek: Voyager star Garret Wang (right) was impressed by "Lt. Ilia."

Several photo-op stations were set up in the promenades amongst the various halls (even a red carpet with the Official Convention Logo backdrop), and they kept flashbulbs popping. I spotted a few party-crashers from the Star Wars universe muscling in on the action, like Wookies, Storm Troopers and lightsaber-wielding Jedis. This may be due to the fact that director J.J. Abrams is now actively involved in both the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises.

This year's competition took place last Saturday, with a $1,000 prize winner crowned that evening. Naturally, I sat in on the prejudging to note audience reactions, but it was much more fun to stroll through the Rio Convention Hall to pick my own favorites. How else would you get to share Klingon Warnog beer (which made its world debut at the convention) with a Romulan or plot to pillage a planet with the Cardassians (no, I didn’t mean “Kardashians,” although they're known for doing the same).

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Back In Vegas: What To Expect From The New GameWorks At Town Square

Where: 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89119
August 1, 2014 at 7:12 PM | by | Comments (3)

If you’re like us, you grew up in an arcade. If you’re like we still are, you may wish you could relive these video game glory days of your youth, now with an adult beverage in hand. While Downtown's Insert Coins and Henderson's Hi Scores Bar-Arcade have these offerings, the new GameWorks at Town Square has the latest technology (and the old school games you love) in a much more central location, a short cab ride from the Strip.

Locals and some Vegas visitors may remember the old outpost of GameWorks on the Strip near M&M’s World. While this writer only personally visited that location once, the seemingly general sentiment that it was a dark and slightly sketchy venue can be confirmed. Luckily, this new Town Square location is bright and cheery (except for the purposefully darker eSports Arena, but more on that later.)

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Hollywood Puppet Wizardry Comes To Vegas

Where: 6290 Harrison Drive, Unit 12, Las Vegas, Nevada [map], 89120
July 31, 2014 at 6:29 PM | by | Comments (2)

Vegas Puppeteer Sparks International Tensions.

Not the kind of headline you’d expect to see in the morning paper, but that’s what happened ten years ago when the creators of South Park released the R-rated feature film, Team America: World Police. That naughty marionette movie skewered dozens of famous actors with its unflattering caricatures, but it was now deceased North Korean leader Kim Jong Il who really blew his top. And, lead puppeteer as well as Vegas resident Scott Land is still in North Korea’s crosshairs today.

“We knew we were making something special. No one had ever done anything like this before. It was like working on The Wizard of Oz. That’s how Scott Land remembers his time on the set of Team America: World Police in 2004. But, we doubt Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion were ever condemned by North Korea. Then, a few weeks ago, the upcoming Seth Rogen comedy The Interview was called an act of war by North Korea’s U.N. ambassador, and Team America was thrust back into the spotlight.

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Why You Should Attend Rio's 2014 Star Trek Convention

Where: 3700 W. Flamingo Rd. [map], 89103
July 25, 2014 at 5:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

It’s warp speed once more as Star Trek fans from around the world beam into Las Vegas for the 13th Annual Official Star Trek Vegas Convention July 31-August 3. For the fourth consecutive year, it’ll be held at Rio.

You don’t have to be a Trekkie (or Trekker as some prefer to be called) to enjoy the four-day adventure. As an ardent fan attending for the third year, this writer can assure you that Star Trek conventions aren’t just for geeks and nerds. There are plenty of reasons to check it out, especially if you’ve never attended a fan convention before.

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Why We're Loco For The Adventuredome

Where: 2880 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
July 24, 2014 at 5:43 PM | by | Comments (3)

Here at VegasChatter, we love what’s new. It’s no surprise that we’ve covered El Loco, the most recent ride addition at The Adventuredome, quite a bit. But, what about the rest of the ‘Dome? It's been up and running for over twenty years, but is it worth your time? Or, is it a tourist trap better left for the Clark Griswolds of the world? This writer set out to answer these questions while conquering the new El Loco coaster during a recent visit to Circus Circus.

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