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Green Vegas / Luxor / Mandalay Bay / Vdara / MGM Resorts / → All Tags
It's hard sometimes to look beyond the surface of Las Vegas what with the shiny, bright lights and all. Most view our neon-laden hotels as beacons of excitement and possibility, but don't realize many of those glimmering lights have an energy efficient shine these days and that some of those buildings are so green they're among the most eco-responsible in the country. (See: Aria, Vdara, Crystals, Mandarin Oriental, Veer, Venetian and Palazzo.) Heck, even the famed Welcome to Las Vegas sign went solar if you hadn't noticed yet.
While those are the most prominent, the greening of the Strip also takes place in numerous other small ways, from turning used cooking oil into biodiesel to converting old linens into cleaning rags. There's more happening on the Strip than meets the eye and it's enough to swell a certain heart three sizes this day.
Name Changes / The Lot / Luxor / MGM Resorts Festival Grounds / MGM Resorts Village / City of Rock / → All Tags
The parking lot across from Luxor that went from hosting employee cars to fun-lovin' partiers has dropped its hipster moniker of The Lot to go with the much more
confusing official designation of MGM Resorts Village. (It also was known as the Luxor Festival Grounds for a brief moment, too.)
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Las Vegas is ready to show its colors once more as the city's annual PRIDE celebration will blanket the valley in rainbow hues September 2-7. This year’s gathering of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning community features a slimmed-down roster and a new host hotel.
If you happened to catch our wrap-up of last year’s PRIDE events, you may remember this writer remarking on the chaotic presentation. Three separate organizations (Las Vegas PRIDE, Orlando’s GAY DAYS, and MGM's FABULOUS) were all vying for the pink dollar, consequently stepping on each others’ kinky boots (I’ll explain that reference later).
Luxor / Carrot Top / Entertainment / Shows / → All Tags
If you've ever wanted to hang with Carrot Top (and have some cash to spare), your time is now.
Luxor now offers meet-and-greet sessions for the red-haired comedian who has been headlining at the pyramid-shaped
resort casino so long this writer tends to forget he's there. For $49, you can chat with Carrot Top and even take a photo with him about an hour prior to showtime Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Music / iHeartRadio / Festivals / Concerts / MGM Grand / Luxor / Events / The Lot / MGM Grand Garden Arena / → All Tags
In with the old and in with the new? This seems to be iHeartRadio's plan this year as the newly announced lineup reflects a few acts who have previously graced the stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena along with some first time performers.
This fourth edition of the two-day, multi-genre music festival includes performances by Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Motley Crue, Zac Brown Band, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Eric Church, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille and Steve Aoki. The acts will be spread out over September 19 and 20, with a detailed schedule still to come.
Events / Entertainment / Wine / Festivals / Rock `n Roll Wine Amplified Festival / Luxor / The Lot / → All Tags
For fans of the Rock ‘n Roll Wine Amplified Festival who have been in years past, expect big changes October 10 and 11 as the fest crosses the Strip to The Lot (the parking lot turned events center across from Luxor) for the first time. Formerly held at Mandalay Bay Beach, the festival’s main event was a rock concert and wine tasting preceded by a special champagne and desserts night called Bubbles and Chocolate. While the bubbles night is no longer its own separate event, the owners of RnR Wine promise there will be plenty of champagne and sweet treats rolled into their new festival which has grown to two full eight-hour days of booze and music.
The event’s founders, Chris Hammond and Sonny Barton, took a few minutes to discuss the changes with VegasChatter. In response to the reason for expansion, Barton had this to say:
Gay Vegas / Future Vegas / Vegas News / Weddings / Wedding Chapels / Tropicana / Luxor / MGM Resorts / Caesars Entertainment / Wynn Las Vegas / → All Tags
Las Vegas has been long known as the wedding capital of the world. With marriage licenses extremely easy to get (bringing a completed short form to the Clark County Marriage Bureau can get you a license within minutes), dashing to Sin City to tie the knot is an institution. But, with marriage rates dropping nationwide and campy Elvis-style ceremonies falling out of fashion, Vegas weddings may have peaked. By this fall, however, that could change.
You may have noticed an increase in the number of times we’ve mentioned the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning/Queer) community here in recent months. A new focus by hotel executives has resulted in LGBTQ-themed nightclub events, pool parties and social mixers, annual Pride and GayDays events, and Liason, the first gay nightclub in a Strip casino. And yet, Las Vegas is still playing catch-up to the rest of the country on the issue of same-sex marriage. (Note: the term "gay marriage" is largely frowned upon within the LGBTQ community as it reinforces inequality and separatism.)
Openings / Shopping / Luxor / Zippo / MGM Grand / Vegas Souvenirs / → All Tags
Luxor is ready to light up your, well, whatever you want. A few weeks ago, the country's only Zippo store opened in the resort's mostly under-utilized, still heavily Egyptian-themed retail promenade. (This is where some of you may realize you never knew Luxor had a retail promenade.)
Folks heading to Excalibur from Luxor (or vice versa) are the most likely to notice the area as they glide by on the moving walkway found on the north side of the property. It's here you will find Criss Angel merchandise, bargains for logo hounds, and now, Zippo. Just look for the oversized, flaming lighter. You can't miss it. And, may become slightly mesmerized by it.
Vegas Observations / Renovations / Room Renovations / Construction / Sad Vegas / Stratosphere / Luxor / Paris Las Vegas / → All Tags
This year, things are really moving on The Strip. The Cromwell and High Roller are off and running, Bally’s is getting Bazaar, and room renovations are (finally) underway at The Quad. And, that’s just center Strip. There’s action at the ends of The Strip as well; rooms are being revealed at The Delano and Resorts World is taking steps towards reality.
In all the excitement, it’s easy to forget about those places that haven’t changed. Here at VegasChatter, we’re keeping track. We think it’s time the three casino-hotels listed below wake from their slumbers and give us something to get excited about.
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The Las Vegas Strip has several new entertainment options, some of them within the gay community and more on the way. As the High Roller began spinning so did the DJs at Tropicana Beach Club and Savile Row. If you’re scratching your head and asking “where?”, you aren’t alone. Despite the failure of both Krave Massive and Drink and Drag to resurrect downtown's struggling Neonopolis, two Strip coldspots are heating things up with gay-themed events.
Just One Dish / TENDER / Luxor / Ice Cream / Desserts / → All Tags
Sometimes, a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe we just don't want to spoil it all. Or, a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish worth writing about. A new one, an old one. A newsworthy one or a memorable one (for better or worse). It might be the one dish, or drink, out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or, stay away.
TENDER steak and seafood at Luxor wants you know its known for steak and seafood so much that it's right there in the name. But, we want to inform readers of Just One Dish from the menu that stands on its own. And, it's neither steak or seafood.
Gay Vegas / Luxor / Tropicana / Bally's / Xposed / Provocouture / Temptation Sundays / → All Tags
Bally's will debut a new gay club on The Strip this summer. Tropicana is turning up the heat with "Saturgays" and a new LGBTQ-focused, Saturday only beach party, Xposed! opening March 29. And now, Luxor is expanding its own reach to the gay travel segment by launching Provocouture in addition to its long-running Temptation Sundays pool parties (which return May 18).