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We've been so engrossed with
what's not happening at the SkyVue Las Vegas Super Wheel that, on a recent drive down Las Vegas Boulevard, we failed to see what's starting to occur next door. It took a recent article in the RJ by Vegas gossip Norm Clarke to make us stop craning our necks upward and swivel our heads to the north instead.
Above is a photo of the Luxor Festival Grounds; right now, a fancy name slapped onto what's basically a 15-acre parking lot across from everyone's favorite pryamid. Recently, though, MGM Resorts gained government approval to convert the area into true event space, for everything from concerts to food fests. You may already be familiar with the plot of land if you attended the 48 Hour Festival or Redbull Soundclash in years past. Scaffolding and rigging for a future event now can be seen amassing across the way in another vacant lot.
The masked and silent Jabbawockeez dance team jumps from the Monte Carlo to Luxor with a purpose built theater and a purpose built show called PRiSM. The premise is that Luxor's white beacon is diffracted into seven spectrum-colored performers and, with them, a "world of imagination" is created. It's America’s Best Dance Crew meets the Blue-Red-Orange-Yellow-Green-Indigo-Violet Man Group. When their imagination runs wild, it works. When they run out of ideas, depending on your affinity for this sort of dance, your patience might be stretched.
The rather loose concept includes the introduction of color into a dull world. Brother characters, Black And White, will fight off some sort of monochrome dance ninjas and the prism-born brothers will return order to the world and bring color back to the universe. We think. It gets abandoned along the way. When the show does abandon itself to pure imagination it does win. The first transformation from black and white to color characters blows up video paint splatters and laser light staging that we bet will be ripped off by nightclubs for years to come. A truly inspired visual creation.
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Oh, that minty fresh new theater smell. The Jabbawockeez dance crew have unveiled their new Luxor theater and theatrical concept, PRiSM. So new, it was the first time they had performed in their revamped costumes and so new that the paint wasn't dry on a mural by "Performance Painter" David Garibaldi. He finished it off in front of local media.
We'll have a review of this new show following their official opening on May 31. We are promised it is very different from their Monte Carlo production. But, for now, here is an early peek at what Luxor has helped create for their new residents.
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Vegas is the sh*t! Until it goes to... well, you know. For as much as we love us some Sin City, sometimes we have experiences that we hate. But, it's nothing a good old-fashioned rant can't cure. That's why we invite you to vent to us, get it off your chest, and move on. The doctor is now in for VegasChatter fan Brenda:
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There's seeing a show in Vegas and then there's being among the first ever to see it. Soon, three new productions will make their Strip debuts and, for two of them, you can still scoop up opening night tix. And, while opening night is sold out for a third, tickets are still available for its second night of life.
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A spate of new show announcements may have you making some changes to your Vegas list. Or, not.
At Luxor, we finally know when Jabbawockeez will break it down in a new, built just for them showroom. Their also new production, PRiSM, will launch May 18. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, April 19 and will start at $55. Purchase via luxor.com. A whole new show is promised. This will be Jabbawockeez's third home in Vegas having performed at Monte Carlo and MGM Grand previously.
Last year around this time, we wondered whether Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at Luxor would auction off its collection and close its doors in the spring. Well, guess not -- here we are a year later and not only is the exhibit still open after a much touted mass auction by its parent company fizzled out, but it's brought in some new booty, too.
Fifteen artifacts referred to as the Jewels of Titanic will be on display March 22 through May 31 as the newest addition to the popular exhibit. It will feature diamonds, sapphires, pearls, and gold jewelry that once belonged to some of Titanic's wealthiest passengers.
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Recently, we looked at some low roller gaming options on The Strip in light of the closing of Bill's Gambling Hall and Saloon. While cheap blackjack can be found from one end of The Strip (Stratosphere) to the other (Luxor), they may not come with the best odds.
More often then not, if you play $5 blackjack on The Strip, you will encounter a game that pays 6:5 for blackjack and has a house advantage of about 1.8%. If you play a $5 blackjack game, like the game at Casino Royale, that pays 3:2 for blackjack the house advantage is about .44%. The 1.4% difference may not seem like a lot, but it's almost 5 times more of a house advantage for the casino.
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The closure of Bill's Gambling Hall makes Casino Royale one of the last low roller casinos remaining on The Strip. Whether you want $1 beer or you're in the mood for a Cinnabon or if you just want to play $5 craps, Casino Royale has it all. While many casinos on The Strip offer poor odds for most casino games, Casino Royale has some of the best inexpensive gaming. That said, they're not the only place you can gamble for cheap, nowadays.
You won't find low roller limits on The Strip at newer casinos like Aria or Cosmopolitan, but you will find $5 and $10 blackjack at a variety of other casinos up and down The Strip. Availability on these games depend on the day and time you visit, but $5 or $10 blackjack can be had at Luxor, Excalibur, New York-New York, Bally's, Harrah's, Treasure Island, Circus Circus, Riviera and the Stratosphere.
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Even though Electric Daisy Carnival isn't until the end of June (June 21-23), hotel rates are already significantly higher than they were for EDC this time last year.
If you're planning on attending this year's party, be sure to act quick! We've collected the initial rates below from some of the hotels we recommended last year. EDC also did everyone a solid when they partnered with a few of the bigger hotels, including Luxor, New York-New York, MGM Grand, Aria, and the Bellagio. You can check the discounted rates here. As of now, some of them are cheaper than the hotels below. For example, Circus Circus is cheaper if you go through the EDC website at $87/night, and a room at the Luxor is $135/night.
By the way, three-day passes to EDC are still available. They're priced at $500 for those over 21. Single day admissions aren't being offered this year, but a lay-a-way plan is!
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All the way back in May of last year we accidently discovered the Jabbawockeez dance group would be moving into the former Luxor "Motion Ride Theater" that used to host the "In Search of the Obelisk" attraction. Last year, this writer didn't know it it was actually a former ride theater. Pointy pyramid-y space was more our assessment. But, yes, the Jabbawockeez will be moving there in the spring. The fancy construction plywood we found on a recent walkthrough negates any doubts. We have no new date details, but we do have an update on the space itself.
The Jabbawockeez crew have been on hiatus from Las Vegas since their Monte Carlo tenure ended last summer. They've been touring the country. When they arrive back at Luxor, the former motion ride apparatus will be gone and 17,171 square feet of theater will have been built for 16 dancing feet. (See, there's eight members in the group.) Still got your tape measure out? Look for 1,000 square feet of retail space, 1,500 square feet of lobby and a 350-square-foot bar. Which sounds small. But it is a family friendly show.
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The mega-hotel chain is working to make complimentary WiFi available in all the common areas of each of its hotels, "including pools, casinos, lobbies, and restaurants." It's also upgrading the WiFi systems at all its resorts. If they have them. If not, it will finally bring WiFi to its properties which have only offered guests wired Internet service until now. Yes, wired.