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In January, we tipped readers off to the addition of 1,200 renovated rooms at Westgate Las Vegas, many of which are now designated as the Signature class. Located in the central tower of the
Benihana Hotel former LVH (and, before that, Las Vegas Hilton), Signature accommodations promise “magnificent ambience and uncompromising quality.” Lured in by all of that boasting (and a very tempting price), I decided to celebrate my three-day birthday weekend in all of this supposed luxury. Did the Signature class live up to heightened expectations?
Riviera / Fun Vegas / Attractions / Pinball / The Strip / Off Strip / Pinball Hall of Fame / → All Tags
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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There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site as a full report. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of February 16:
One pool that will be rockin' hard: Hard Rock will dive back into pool season starting March 6 when Rehab as well as Nirvana and Breathe pools open once again. Entertainment on tap for Rehab includes 3OH!3 March 21 and Sammy Adams March 28. Tickets for both start at $20 for ladies, $30 for gents.
Music / Entertainment / Off Strip / Frankie Moreno / Shows / The Smith Center / Red Rock Resort / Nevada Ballet Theatre / → All Tags
If you missed his Dancing with Stars appearance a few seasons ago, are a fan that misses his recently completed residency at the Stratosphere or have missed the Las Vegas orig altogether, Frankie Moreno will once again lather that Tangerine in Honey next month.
The singer isn't yet headlining another Strip resort, but he is taking over two different venues that are bound to immerse audience in his high-energy style.
Westgate is starting to offer a novel amenity for all you fans of streaming. They’ve upped the ante for in-room entertainment options by partnering with Hotel Internet Services to install BeyondTV Wireless Streaming Players. This means guests can use the Internet, live TV, video-on-demand, personal media sharing, Internet radio and social media via their guest room TV or their personal mobile devices. It also grants guests access to personal accounts on Netflix, Pandora and Hulu.
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Last week, a Las Vegas icon passed away. Jerry Tarkanian, former UNLV Men’s Basketball coach, passed away at the age of 84. The beloved coach manned the sidelines for UNLV from 1973-1992 and led the team to a NCAA college basketball championship in 1990. His leadership produced an up-tempo style and stifling defense. Tark took UNLV from being called “Tumbleweed Tech” to the Running Rebels you see today. Jerry Tarkanian became a legend not just for his coaching on the court, but for his feistiness off the court where he often battled the NCAA.
His passing has led to a lot of reflection. I’ve lived in Las Vegas for just over three years and I never realized the attachment many people had with coach Tarkanian. A public memorial is set for March 1 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Just days after the Clarion fell, another Vegas tower has folded with a deafening roar. While the implosion of the off-Strip Clarion left its elevator shaft still standing, this time an unfinished residential tower at Gramercy, a multi-use project in southwest Las Vegas, fell as planned this morning.
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The adult pool season is heating up with Encore Beach Club and Temptation Sundays at Luxor announcing the dates of their return this week (March 6 and May 17, respectively). For families and those who remain kids at heart, Cowabunga Bay will open fire up the wave pool again March 28. The Henderson water park isn’t right near the Strip, but it’s just a 20-minute car ride away if you have the wheels (or cab fare).
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It’s been almost two years since the Hard Rock made any changes to its Backstage Pass players club so it’s time to shake things up. They’re kind enough to give a little warning so you can prepare for the changes and even jump a tier or two if you want.
Effective March 31, the invite-only Nirvana tier of Backstage Pass will be replaced with a tier called Multi-Platinum Access. The only way to receive an invitation to this level is to achieve a tier score of 300,000 in a calendar year. The General Admission, Entourage and Platinum Access tiers remain the same. New tier benefits will be announced later this year.
After a Tuesday implosion (and several tugs), the Clarion is just a pile of rubble now. If you missed it, another Vegas building is about to be brought down with a boom, too.
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Another popular reality TV series has set its sights on the Las Vegas stage.
The parody based on the Pawn Stars may have closed up shop at Riviera last year, but that's not stopping the off-Strip arrival of DUCK COMMANDER MUSICAL, based on a book about Duck Dynasty's Robertson family, at Rio this April.
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Westgate Las Vegas (most recently known as LVH and the Las Vegas Hilton) unveiled its newest show to the media February 4 with the grand opening of topless revue, Sexxy. The 65-minute show featured producer and choreographer Jennifer Romas who is also a dancer in Westgate’s Purple Reign production and has a long list of dancing credits on her resume.
Since it was a media night, the tiny Shimmer Cabaret theatre where the show takes place was packed to capacity. I had high hopes and was optimistic for this show since it's received a lot of local buzz. It only took two numbers for that optimism to diminish. I am not on #TeamSexxy.