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If Seinfeld’s Festivus didn’t refer to a specific day that’s more or less become an accepted parody holiday, it would surely refer to this third week of July where more Las Vegas festivals were announced than new Weird Al songs.
Almost true. We’ve known about the lineup for late October’s Life is Beautiful Festival for a bit now, but in the past week, details have emerged on two popular returning festival events and one brand new one coming to Sin City this fall.
This is Vegas. Things open and close. And, oftentimes, both are greeted with the same level of enthusiasm. This closure, however, may go in the VegasChatter annals as the shittiest.
Saturday, Vegas Nocturne -- the entertainment portion of Rose.Rabbit.Lie.'s "grand social experiment" -- marked its final performance. Rumors of its closure were already in the wind so it wasn't a surprise. It was, however, a disappointment of horror scream proportions, especially to those who had experienced it and recognized it among the best of Las Vegas.
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If you just can’t get enough of the Green Fairy from Absinthe, get excited to see sultry star Melody Sweets in a different type of costume. On July 22, grab your boots and spurs and hit the tent in front of Caesars Palace for Melody Sweets’ Wild Wild West Burlesque Show.
The show (and music video premiere) features Absinthe’s vocalist as well as other cast members from the show including The Gazillionaire and Penny as Cowboy Summerlin Sam and his trusty steed, Phallus. It would be hard to imagine raunchier, rowdier dialogue than the two exchange in Absinthe, but if Penny’s character is named Phallus, our guess is this will be at least equally over-the-top.
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If you ask most what the defining cuisine is for our lovely metropolis, you will start a fierce debate on whether that lofty crown goes to steakhouses or buffets. To the rest of the world, and for good reason, Las Vegas is the city of buffets.
In fact, the modern concept of an "all-you-can-eat" buffet is said to have been created in 1950s Las Vegas by Herbert "Herb" Cobb McDonald, a publicity and entertainment manager. He is also credited with cementing Vegas as a national convention destination, the key to early Vegas success. In the 1956 novel The Muses of Ruin, William Pearson wrote in apt words his feelings on the new phenomenon:
At midnight every self-respecting casino premičres its buffet — the eighth wonder of the world, the one true art form this androgynous harlot of cities has delivered herself of.... We marvel at the Great Pyramids, but they were built over decades; the midnight buffet is built daily. Crushed-ice castles and grottoes chill the shrimp and lobster. Sculptured aspic is scrolled with Paisley arabesques. They are, laid out with reverent artistry: hors d'oeuvres, relish, salads, and sauces; crab, herring oyster, sturgeon, octopus, and salmon; turkey, ham, roast beef, casseroles, fondues, and curries; cheeses, fruits and pastries. How many times you go through the line is a private matter between you and your capacity, and then between your capacity and the chef's evil eye.
Today, the Vegas buffet has evolved into a generally homogeneous entity, but there are a few that go above and beyond the norm.
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A common predicament in Las Vegas is the necessity of a late night meal. Luckily, in this 24-hour town, you are not limited to Waffle House (not that we have one). Though, there’s nothing wrong with Waffle House, amirite, East Coasters? With so many options, it may be difficult to choose which restaurant should satisfy your cravings after midnight. Here are a few of our favorites:
“Secret Pizza”: A hallway nestled next to Blue Ribbon Sushi at The Cosmopolitan, this "hidden" pizza joint serves late night pie until 5 a.m. It’s the perfect spot to grab a slice after an all-night dance party at Marquee or a concert at Boulevard Pool. Especially delicious is the white pizza, which is making this writer wish she hadn’t chosen to pen this story around lunch time. The pepperoni and the meatball are also solid options.
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While one Vegas hotel project proudly touts that it's on the fast track to completion another continues to quietly work towards its deconstruction.
As we first told you last week, demolition has finally begun of the failed Harmon Hotel, once destined to be a condo/hotel operated by The Light Group within CityCenter and now the site of disbelief as it slowly fades away into Vegas obscurity.
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Time for another VegasChatter Question! This one comes from Richard B. who needs help planning the perfect Vegas vacation with friends. Do you have a question about Vegas, too? We bet you do. Send it to us and you just might see it here on VegasChatter!
Hi guys and gals, I am coming August 17th to get married, staying at MGM for 15 nights. We are from the UK, a group of oldies aged 50 and upwards. Can anyone recommend places to visit, shows, restaurants? Also have not booked a place to get wed yet, so any recommendations for that? Thanks."
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The VegasChatter staff is super appreciative of resident shutterbug Greg Clarke and, hopefully, as a reader you are, too. Whether
bizzare bazaar construction updates or carefully planned before and after comparisons, the long reach of his lens has kept us all up-to-date while connected to the city's past. And, Las Vegas is full of personal perspectives. From Las Vegas Boulevard looking straight up at the glory of the Harmon Corner marquee, standing on a pedestrian bridge looking across at Cosmopolitan, staring out at the city lights from the Foundation Room, or from peering out of your pod while riding The High Roller, it's all spectacular. Even the latter examples provide multiple contexts, depending on the time of day or night. Well, Greg Clarke has once again pulled out his telephoto lens to provide yet another perspective that could otherwise be missed.
Not all Vegas casino apps are created equal for some reason. Some apps have just about every feature you’ll ever need while others provide little more than pictures to make you crave your next Vegas vacation. The Cosmopolitan recently released an app that probably isn’t worth the 34 megabytes of space it will take up on your device. To be frank, you can do more on the Cosmo’s mobile website than you can with the app.
The Cosmopolitan markets itself differently than most Vegas casinos so you’d expect a different experience. You might expect a special one at that with features you won’t find anywhere else and cutting edge technology. Well... this app does offer some different features, but overall, is different than most casino apps in the worst way.
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The last four Wednesdays have been most rewarding to the locally linked-in as word has been spreading about the “Burger Brasserie” at Comme Ca at The Cosmopolitan. Every week until sometime in July (when even at midnight the mercury won’t dip below 100F), they open up the patio, start shucking some oysters on a barrel, and throw a fun little party.
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Tucked away behind the many doors of Rose.Rabbit.Lie. at The Cosmopolitan is The Study. A room that easily seems to have been transported from any number of stately manors across the pond. That is, however, until the magic dragon and his dog show up. Then, you're pretty sure you're in a room transported from any number of stately manors across Tim Burton's filmography.
It's in this intimate venue where you'll find the best free Vegas attraction on The Strip, Breakfast at Piffany's. Offered at midnight Wednesday through Saturday, the late-night production is like knowing in advance when that hilarious drunk guy is going to climb atop the bar and cause a spectacle. Except, the guy's not drunk. He's a dragon. With a chihuahua.