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Last week, we gave you a primer on the upcoming LGBT events in Las Vegas, then scurried off to the gym to prepare for the requisite pool parties. This week, we’re back with some details, several photos, and our dignity intact. (Thank you, steamed vegetables and chicken.)
This year’s PRIDE festivities have come and gone, but it was hardly a 'blink and you’ll miss it' event. In fact, there may have been too many things to do. Las Vegas PRIDE had teamed up with Orlando’s Gay Days and MGM Resorts’ FABULOUS events to make 2013 the biggest year yet. But, the end result was somewhat chaotic.
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Ladies, we've all been there, haven't we? (Men, don't get scared away by the women talk.) Digging out of the rubble of an imploded relationship with the help of our girlfriends and a music list of the greatest break-up and move on songs? The cast of The D*Word at the LVH sure hopes so.
For those who can't guess from the the tag line of "ditched, dumped, divorced, and dating," The D*Word is all about women and the pursuit of love. Sorry, guys, this one really isn't for you, although, you may
get dragged to see it.
Written by Jeanie Linders, who also wrote Menopause the Musical which is currently lighting the stage at Luxor, The D*Word seems like a natural progression for a woman who found much success in delivering a tongue-in-cheek send-up of "the change." While this writer hasn't seen Menopause yet, the rave reviews for it made me excited to see what exploits I'd be taken on during The D*Word's 90-minute run time.
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We told you about our first time... visiting Vegas, that is. And, some of you have told us about yours. Now it's time for another of VegasChatter's writers, who pens stories under Jproz, to tell us about his.
My first visit to Vegas was doomed to be an absolute gong show and disaster from the minute we departed! First off, this trip was orchestrated as my birthday celebration and involved about 14 people. We found a discounted trip out of an airport about 4.5 hours from home and decided to take it. (Home is Canada.) The problem was that the flight left at 6 a.m. so midnight found us all piling into cars and fleeing from our better judgement. Oh, and did I mention we were all virgins?
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My first trip to Vegas was in January of 2010. After graduating from the University of Missouri just a month earlier, it seemed like the perfect pat on the back to take the much needed virgin voyage to Sin City.
Due to the requirements of the awesomely cheap deal found on Southwest Vacations, I needed to find someone to be the other half of my "couples' vacation." My brother was already booked with his soon-to-be fiancé (he would get engaged on this trip) and -- with all of my friends from school being broke -- it was suggested I split the price with my soon-to-be sister-in-law's best friend. Slightly confusing, really boring, but all of this will become much more interesting later in the story.
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Sometimes, working from the desk of a Las Vegas hotel room just doesn't work. And, for a recent Luxor guest who needed to get online, a working Internet connection just wouldn't work. Christian T. took to the hotel's Facebook page to write:
It's pretty pathetic that this is what I need to do in order to get internet in my room at the Luxor - 2001 called and asked for their network cable back. Tomorrow I'm getting a room at the Mandalay bay and checking out of here...I will never again stay here.
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The resorts of MGM, erm, Resorts will make Las Vegas twice as fabulous again this year with the return of Fabulous Las Vegas. The now annual LGBT celebration has been moved back a few months, though, to run concurrent with Las Vegas' also annual PRIDE parade and festival. Fabulous was held in July last year (and August before that), but will run September 3-8 this time around. PRIDE's festivities typically occur in September and are set for September 6-7 this year.
Fabulous Las Vegas -- which attracts hundreds of participants -- will see events up and down The Strip, from PRIDE Family Bingo at Circus Circus to Temptation Sundays at Luxor. (Psst, you can experience both outside of this week, too, if you can't make it but still want to be, you know, fabulous.) Deals will also be offered for Zarkana at Aria, Zumanity at New York-New York and stand-up comedy shows by Margaret Cho and Kathy Griffin at The Mirage. At least a half dozen restaurants will discount dining as well.
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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.