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Spend A Hot Vegas Day At Hot Vegas Nites

Where: 4500 West Tropicana Avenue [map], 89103
July 31, 2014 at 12:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) may be the top car show in town (next wheeling into Vegas November 4-7) but if you aren't able to score entry into the industry only event, there's another way to get your motor runnin'.

Head to the Orleans Arena Saturday, September 6 for the Hot Vegas Nites Car Show. The show's organizers, Strictly Muscle Car Club, hope to draw "the biggest gathering of muscle cars Las Vegas has ever seen!" (Validity of exclamation point to be determined.)

The show, featuring all years of muscle cars, will take place in the arena's east parking lot. Things will rev up starting at 11 a.m. Tickets are just $5 (plus tax and fees) and can be purchased online.

(PHOTO: american-classicmusclecars.com)

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Go Here, Not Here: FIVE50 vs. Pizza Rock

July 30, 2014 at 5:59 PM | by | Comments (16)

A common occurrence for Vegas lovers is seeing novice friends going to the same ill-advised spots while ignoring the amazing food scene the city has cultivated. It's as if they do not consult the experience of extremely handsome food critics! In this new series of articles, we bring you two restaurants, both alike in dignity. One will be good, the other, not quite as good as the first.

Pizza places seem to be the go-to for many who are asked the cliched questions regarding dining out on a budget in Vegas. Does that mean no more than $30 a person? Three for a dollar hot dogs? Who knows! Pizza is a fairly good way out of this conversation without being drawn into it like a fly on a monkey. It rarely goes above $20 a head (without drinks), no one really dislikes pizza, yet not all are created equal.

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Inaugural Box Fan Expo Coming To Vegas

Where: 3150 Paradise Road [map], 89109
July 30, 2014 at 3:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Taking a page out of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's playbook for the purpose of breathing some much-needed life into a dying sport, the inaugural Box Fan Expo will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center Saturday, September 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If that date looks familiar, it's because later that evening MGM Grand Garden Arena will play host to the WBA/WBC welterweight title rematch between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Marcos Maidana.

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Sugar Highs For Everyone At Suncoast

Where: 9090 Alta Dr. [map], 89144
July 29, 2014 at 4:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Pack your insulin! The Suncoast will be keeping it sweet next weekend with the third annual Las Vegas Cupcake Bake-Off Sunday, August 10. Perhaps this is the year we actually attend this delicious-sounding event rather than just drool over the idea of it.

The bake-off is just what the name indicates: a cupcake baking contest. Hosted by 102.7 The Coyote, the event will crown the “Best Cupcake Baker in the West.” Total kitchen bragging rights are nice, but the grand prize is also $1,500. Imagine how many fancy stand mixers you could buy with that! You can finally get one in every color like you secretly always wanted. Ok, maybe just your top two colors. Those suckers are expensive! Prizes will also be doled out to second through fifth place winners. If you think you have the right (baked) stuff, the deadline for entry is this Friday, August 1.

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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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VORE: A True Off Road Experience

Where: 12801 US Highway 95 [map], 89005
July 25, 2014 at 3:22 PM | by | Comments (3)

Calling all adventure junkies! We have found a challenge for you. An off road challenge that might be the most dirt turnin', tire spinnin', shock absorbin' off-Strip adventure we have come across thus far. These trucks are no average everyday street 4x4... no, they are fully equipped $160,000 Baja racing trucks. They are fast, mean and pack one helluva punch!

How better to experience Vegas than by tearing up a small piece of it? Well that's exactly what you're in for with VORE (Vegas Off Road Experience). They will accommodate as much tearing around as you can cram into their variety of sessions, with two-hour packages all the way up to a full three-day experience.

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You Can Get Meat Gelato In Las Vegas

Where: 1616 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89104
July 25, 2014 at 2:09 PM | by | Comment (1)

Since opening last summer, Art of Flavors has been wowing downtown locals and pilgrims alike with quality gelato and unique flavors. Where once the specials of the day would consist of nothing more adventurous than Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Avocado, the wheels have officially come off the bus (in a good way) with the introduction of savory flavors.

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Downtown Grand Tries Luring Patrons With Drink And Dining Discounts

Where: 206 North 3rd Street [map], 89101
July 24, 2014 at 8:33 PM | by | Comments (14)

A new players club desk on the Downtown Grand casino floor.

Downtown Grand is hoping price cuts will lure the hungry (and thirsty) to its off-Fremont establishments.

The re-named and renovated property once known as the Lady Luck has been busily announcing dining discounts this July. Its lobby lounge, Art Bar, now knocks 50 percent off its menu from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. nightly. Most cocktails are priced around $10.

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Elvis Re-Entered The Building... At Least For One Weekend

Where: 3000 Paradise Rd. [map], 89109
July 23, 2014 at 3:20 PM | by | Comments (2)

VegasChatter reader Barbara E. is a big Elvis fan and a regular Las Vegas visitor from California. After visiting an Elvis Festival in San Diego, she knew she had to experience one in the city Elvis helped make famous.

With 837 performances since 1969 in the hotel now known as Westgate Las Vegas (formerly LVH, formerly the Las Vegas Hilton, formerly the International Hotel when Elvis performed there), Barbara knew this would be the spot to meet up with other Elvis-minded fans. She submitted the tale of her trip to VegasChatter so read on to hear more about her experience.

I’ve been an Elvis fan since I was 16 in 1956. I remember a radio host announcing “a new and controversial singer,” or some such phrase that got my attention, before he played “Heartbreak Hotel.” Those were the days when there were portable radios in the bedrooms, not TVs. I bought all his records and still have them. Unfortunately, termites ate Elvis’ first album–the little buggers.

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Renovations At Palace Station Bring Upgrades To Its Sportsbook

Where: 2411 West Sahara Avenue [map], 89102
July 22, 2014 at 7:56 PM | by | Comments (2)

It’s great to see older casinos become more modern. Last week, this writer checked out Palace Station to see what their new steakhouse, Charcoal Room, was all about. I was pleasantly surprised with the food, decor and level of service. The restaurant, however, felt like an anachronism compared to the rest of the casino. I'm happy to report the Charcoal Room won’t be the only updated destination inside the off Strip property.

Palace Station has recently renovated their sportsbook, too. There are two key features to the upgrade. New, large-screen TVs have the ability to feature one game across a number of monitors or the screens can be split so patrons can watch multiple games at once. The other change is the addition of 85 new plush, faux leather chairs. The chairs are among the nicest you’ll find in any Vegas sportsbook. VIP booths have been added as well.

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It Turns Out The City That Cried IKEA Wasn't Kidding This Time

July 14, 2014 at 2:07 PM | by | Comments (2)

With all the chatter (pardon the pun) over the past few years about Las Vegas’ lack of IKEA, this writer has come to immediately dismiss any rumors of the arrival of the much coveted and pined for Swedish furniture store. It seemed Las Vegans had come to accept the fact they weren’t going to get one of their own and had even figured out ways to make it easier to obtain IKEA items from Covina, the nearest California location, via ModernLV.com.

It now looks like the city that cried IKEA is sounding a false alarm no longer. In a press conference at Clark County Government Center in downtown Las Vegas this morning, representatives for the international retailer announced plans to build a store at Sunset Road and Durango Drive (that's about a 15-20 minute drive from the center Strip). Rumored Las Vegas locations included downtown and the upcoming Downtown Summerlin project. The store is expected to open in summer of 2016 and will employ 300 people. The project is expected to create 1,000 construction jobs and will be the chain's 39th location (unless another city gets their wish before ours fully comes to fruition).

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The WSOP Don't Mean A Thing If You Ain't Got This Bling

July 9, 2014 at 5:25 PM | by | Comment (1)

The big event of the 2014 World Series of Poker is well underway at the Rio. Not the Big One for One Drop which netted one player $15 million and over $4.5 million for charity. The big one in this case is the Main Event which is currently on the second of two Day 2's that will eventually play down to one winner going home with $10 million dollars. And, if that hasn't sufficiently confused you yet, we're going to throw some facts and figures out now for what has been a bigger and better record-breaking year for the WSOP:

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