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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. Starting today and continuing each Friday, we'll take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of January 5:
All of the Lights: XS Nightclub at Wynn has stepped up the oohh, dropping $10 mil on new, state-of-the-art technology, from a new pyro system and lasers to movable LED screens.
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After officially opening at the Golden Nugget on January 21, Pawn Shop Live! -- the Pawn Stars parody -- is already moving. Beginning April 21, the show will call the Riviera home with performers taking to the stage daily at 4:30 p.m. inside the Starlite Theatre (where illusionist Jan Rouven performs at night).
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What happens when you produce a Vegas stage spoof of a television program that’s already a fabricated portrayal of real life? Well, in the proper hands, it could be something brilliant. Or, it winds up being the steaming pile of juvenile humor and grade C acting that gets barfed up onto the stage in Pawn Shop Live.
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A downtown community theater posted a casting call early last year for Pawn Shop, the Live Show. The live stage production was to be an unauthorized parody of the familiar Pawn Stars TV show and would include "highly produced film clips, hilarious live parody performances -- and even a Puppet!" In what likely isn't a surprise, the project never happened. The real surprise is that Pawn Shop Live! debuts at the Golden Nugget Tuesday, January 21.
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this year 2014 restaurant may still be nameless, but that didn't stop Saturday Night Live from breaking out the wristband, bleach, and bling to pair their Guy Fieri impersonator with some Las Vegas connections.
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hasn't watched SNL since 1997 missed the weekend's John Goodman hosted episode. "Kid Rock" co-hosted the holiday dinner party titled Guy Fieri's Full Throttle Christmas Special. And, while we need to chase down the recipe for Bud Light Gazpacho, Fieri's (impersonated) Vegas friends are what, of course, caught our attention the most.
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Ever since the History Channel hit a home run with the hit show Pawn Stars, visitors have been flocking to the strange, yet charming part of Las Vegas located just north of the Stratosphere and south of Fremont Street.
To the annoyance of many of the show's fans that form a lengthy queue in front of the shop daily, the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. Although the show features the many interesting items the cast buys, the store itself is more Pawn Stars gift shop than a treasure trove of antiques and rarities. For those that make the trek for more than a Chumlee tee shirt, there are plenty of other options in downtown Las Vegas.
Just a half block north of Gold and Silver and on the other side of the street sits Swag Antiques.
Swag opened in October of 2012. Thankfully, the shop gets its name from the vintage swag light fixtures that the owner, Shawn, is fond of collecting rather than a Soulja Boy lyric. Both Shawn and her fiance R.J. are legitimate pickers. R.J. told us that one of the most rewarding parts of the job is the seach for unique items, and a chance to learn about the American history each piece represents. Many of the items have labels on them describing where they were purchased. We personally watched them skillfully, but fairly haggle with a woman who had brought in a vintage costume jewelry collection that Gold and Silver passed on. Swag made a fair offer and bought the collection.
When we told you about the new awesome Aria pylon that's now lighting up The Strip, we mentioned how hardcore Las Vegas can be when it comes to keeping up the standards of all those flashy signs around town. We discovered they really aren't kidding, even when it comes to celebrities.
The Harrison family over at the world famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop want to mount a new sign. Sounds simple. It would direct customers trying to pawn goods, to head over to an entrance on the left side of their property. This property being the locale of the insanely successful TV show, Pawn Stars. The long lines outside the store, full of tourists and casual shoppers, is making it harder for the real pawning to actually take place.
Would you like to be the one to tell the Pawn Stars they can't do something? We recently told you about plans to change up the signage outside the truly world famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop. We've now discovered exactly what the store is hoping to do and, don't worry, it won't change the look of the place.
The Harrison family want to mount a new sign that would direct folks away from their main door to a separate "express" window if a visitor wants to actually pawn something. Not sell their antiques, or check out Chumlee, or buy a T-shirt and take a photo. No, actual customers that currently wait patiently in line to get inside. And, if you've been down there, you know the line can be slow. Or, not moving at all if they are filming scenes on the property.
With the Downtown Las Vegas revival visually tidying up the neighborhood is the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop next in line for a sign sprucing? When not digging around to discover such pressing issues as how many dog parks will be coming to Fremont East, you sometimes uncover the next curious development.
Case in point, news of a proposal by the Harrison clan of Pawn Stars fame to upgrade their signage. We don't yet know for sure if this remodel affects the huge, now famous sign seen at least five times per TV episode, but plans are creating a big enough issue for the shop to present their proposal to an Architectural Review Committee later this month.
It's Rick, Chumlee, The Old Man and Big Hoss as you've never seen them before. Because it's not them. But, yet, all about them.
Downtown's Theater 7 has put out a casting call for Pawn Shop, The Live Show! And, quickly notes the production is an unauthorized parody. The title (and disclaimer), of course, a nod to the mega-hit TV series, Pawn Stars.
The stage show, written by Troy Heard and Derek Stonebarger, "will be a mix of highly produced film clips, hilarious live parody performances -- and even a Puppet!" Their exclamation point. We'll reserve that level of excitement for now. Slated for a June run, the hunt now begins for:
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We've talked plenty about our local Pawns Stars over the past few years. We told you what it was actually like in the store, called them out for their ridiculous debit card, and advised you on what "open 24 hours" means in real life, among other
There is once again plenty of new energy surrounding the shop now that the show is in the midst of new episodes. What's amazing is that a simple show about selling garage clutter has produced three spin-offs on the History Channel, including American Restoration, Cajun Pawn Stars, and Counting Cars -- two of which are based here in Vegas.
The success of Pawn Stars brought a new avenue for tourism to Las Vegas and brought attention to locally-owned businesses. With the new shows about Vegas shops now currently on-air alongside Pawn Stars, we expect the trend to continue in 2013. As you'll see, even those who haven't developed separate television shows are seeing their businesses benefit greatly from their appearances on Pawn Stars.
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"Vegas Strip" is great on many levels and that's why it's our fave of 2012. Its semi-staged reality tickles our need for Vegas scenery while capturing an average weekend on the Vegas Strip for many of us. While Travel Channel and its sister station, Destination America, are still airing TV shows about Las Vegas from 20 years ago, "Vegas Strip" takes place on today's (or last year's) Vegas Strip.
"Vegas Strip" is hidden on TruTV and is in its third season. If you're not familiar the show, it is essentially a less serious version of the show "Cops" that takes place on the, wait for it, Vegas Strip. This makes sense since the show is produced by the co-creator of “Cops,” Morgan Langley.