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No matter which side your opinion falls in the great debate, it's hard to argue against the fact that Tony Hsieh has had a large part in defining the current and future states of Downtown Vegas. His interest in community and transforming the area into more than what Fremont has traditionally offered earned him runner-up in VegasChatter's Favorite Celeb category in 2011
before others jumped on the bandwagon.
Between inspiring theaters, investing in nachos, land grabs, or Spiking Gold into shuffleboard, bean bags and beers (among a host of countless other Downtown Project ventures), Hsieh keeps tirelessly busy. And, all while readying to move 1,500 Zappos employees into their new downtown digs before year's end.
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You've just won six Tony awards what are you going to do? Go to Vegas, of course!
The new toast of Broadway, Kinky Boots, will kick off a national tour in September 2014. And, in quite a coup, its first stop will be downtown's Smith Center. Right now, there's no word on the specific date or dates of the run, nor when tickets will go on sale. In fact, it's not even known what the other stops will be on the reportedly 'coast to coast' tour. You can probably count on it being a city near you, though.
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Fourth of July virgins may not know what to expect in Vegas from the holiday, but for the rest of us, things can get a bit ho hum. Even most Strip resorts pass on firework displays. But, The Smith Center in downtown Vegas has us jazzed about the Fourth all over again.
The cultural center is inviting all to spend the 4th with the Phil, pairing an indoor concert by the Las Vegas Philharmonic with an outdoor fireworks celebration. The Phil will perform at 7:30 p.m. while fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. Tickets will be sold separately so you can chose to do one, the other, or both.
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Love Downtown Vegas so much you find yourself returning to certain offerings, time after time? Or, want to return again and again, but don't have the unending cash for that? Now, you can save some bills while becoming a regular fixture by considering annual memberships, especially if your fave spots include the Neon Museum, Discovery Children's Museum or Smith Center.
When we turned 21 in 1999, we celebrated with our bestest girl friends by getting loaded at the bar down the street from where we lived. It was a school night but that didn't matter. All that mattered was that we could finally use our real ID to get into a real bar that served real alcohol (not Zima). The night was glorious and the last thing we remember was face-planting on the sidewalk in front of our house while our friends blamed one another for letting us try to walk on our own. We woke up the next morning bruised, but happy. We were 21!
Clearly, that was a much simpler time. For the generation that grew up throwing "Super Sweet 16" parties complete with a brand-new car at the end of the bash, celebrating at a townie bar in a college town will not do. Celebrating at Tao Las Vegas inside the Venetian, however, is clearly the better option.
The mega club has launched a new 21st birthday club which gives the birthday boy or girl complimentary admission, a round of shots for them and their friends, a custom birthday invite, a photo on TAO's famous red carpet, an "I turned 21 @TaoLasVegas" T-shirt and a special tweet shout out from @TaoLasVegas."
Available for add-ons are appetizer platters in the TAO lounge, a dessert platter with a dinner reservation at the Tao restaurant, special VIP table reservations and even a birthday message on the LED screen in the nightclub and a shout-out from the DJ. (Not sure if there's an add-on that has a bouncer prevent you from face-planting, but you could ask!)
Pricing varies from case to case, depending on whether the party includes dinner or a table in the nightclub along with the number of people in the party. So email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit taolasvegas.com to start your bday planning.
Happy Birthday, Smith Center.
It's been a full year since its taped for PBS, star-filled debut hosted by Doogie Howser and official first performance by Bela Fleck. It was love at first sight for us, making the Smith Center the easy winner of our Best New Opening of 2012 award.
Bean counters confirm we weren't the only ones to welcome The Smith Center with open arms. 420,000 others did, too, according to ticket sales and not counting special events. 5,575 people were interested enough to take a free tour of the grand old gal.
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Next month, Cirque du Soleil won't be the only band of really athletic, bendy, super-coordinated artistes in town. Circus Oz will only be in Vegas for a long weekend in February, but they'll be going hard with four shows in three days.
The Australian crew of aerialists, jugglers and live-wire musicians will perform February 21-23 at downtown's Smith Center and, from what we've seen in videos of past performances, you should expect fire, smoke machines, strobe lighting, and lots of "ooooh" and "aaaah" evoking feats of athleticism. Check it out for yourself down below.
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This VegasChatter writer loves the Las Vegas Strip. It’s high profile, glamorous, ever-evolving and over-the-top, just like her. Going to Downtown Vegas after partying on The Strip is like downgrading from a high-end department store to a swap meet. Sure, you’ll find similar things, but they won’t be as nice or expensive and it smells. But, if you can get past that, and all the homeless people, you’ll end up having a good time in a much less pretentious atmosphere!
Here are 10 reasons why even the prissiest of girls should visit Downtown Vegas:
1. Casual Atmosphere
This VegasChatter'er loves her stilettos and sparkly dresses, but for those nights when you feel more like flats and (cringe) wearing leggings as pants, there’s always downtown. No judgment or heel rats, just fun.
This is one of the places that made Downtown worth the trip. Recommended by one of our hipster BFFs (read: bike-riding, PBR-drinking writer), the nearly hidden spot is dark, plush and serves artfully crafted cocktails with ingredients we’ve never heard before.
The one constant in Las Vegas is change and downtown Las Vegas has been the biggest benefactor of progress in recent history. Fremont has continued to expand east with exciting new restaurants, bars, and shopping. Yet it's the opposite side of the tracks that was marked for a new performing arts center.
When plans for The Smith Center were announced way back in 2009 many wondered how demand for such a facility would stack up against existing theatres, showrooms and arenas that were already home to many permanent and touring productions. Not to mention those existing options were located on The Strip and not in an unknown darkness named Symphony Park.
As construction neared completion, Broadway familiar shows by the name Wicked, The Color Purple, Million Dollar Quartet, and Memphis were announced for the Smith Center. The Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Nevada Ballet Theatre decided to move their permanent homes there. At the same time, a major shift in entrepreneurial and monetary mindsets were re-focusing on downtown. Was a perfect storm brewing that could quite possibly create a new cultural center for Las Vegas?
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The Book of Mormon is headed to Vegas, but not to the Vegas Strip as once was rumored.
The Smith Center announced today that the popular Broadway production will swing by in the summer... of 2014. (No, that's not a typo.) At one time, the Vegas rumor mill had pegged Book of Mormon for a run at Venetian/Palazzo. Whether or not that still might happen is unknown.
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In a few days, Vegas visitors will have the choice of new Cirque on the Strip or an Italian circus downtown.
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There's another new way to scare up some top-notch fun this Halloween season. If you're willing to motor 45 minutes outside of Vegas to find it.
The Chamber Haunt, picked as one of the top five scariest places on earth by Travel Channel
but which we've never heard of before, will creep you out even more than usual when you happen to stop at Primm. (We kid, Primm, we kid.)
We're actually not quite sure what Chamber Haunt is exactly, but it looks like a mobile haunted house experience (see below) with
creepy guys skilled actors drenched in fake blood, zombified and ready to scare the crap out of you in the dark.