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You’ve only got a few more months to enjoy the Tangerine Honey of Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno. (Minds out of gutters, people.) In case you’re unfamiliar, that’s an original track by the ivory-tickling performer who is among the first to bring a headlining show with original tunes to the Strip in the modern era.
After nearly 600 shows in his three years at Stratosphere, the north Strip casino will part ways with Moreno about a year ahead of when his contract was supposed to end. After a successful first year, the show’s contract was extended through October 2015, but his final show will be December 20 of this year.
Events / NASCAR / Awards / Palms / Pearl Theater / Wynn Las Vegas / Encore Las Vegas / The Strip / The Linq / → All Tags
NASCAR and Las Vegas have a deeper relationship than most realize. One of the first few races of the season is held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) every year. When there's not an event, visitors can even drive around LVMS at the Richard Petty Experience. While the last race of the season may take place in Homestead, Florida, it really draws to a close in Las Vegas. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion’s Week takes place around the valley December 2-5.
An annual celebration, NASCAR Champion’s Week is a chance for racing fans to see and (maybe) meet their favorite drivers. There’s also a very candid event that’s open to the public called After The Lap. The event is a tell-all conversation with the top 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers. In previous years, this off-the-cuff discussion has gone from interesting chatter and laughter to WTH when Tony Stewart dropped down to do push-ups or when Jeff Gordon decided that he’d break dance.
Eating / Dining / Restaurants / Giada / Giada de Laurentiis / The Cromwell / The Strip / → All Tags
Giada plus three square meals equals a continued reservation backlog.
At The Cromwell, the eponymous restaurant of Giada de Laurentiis now serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Starting your day with the Food Network personality (or, at the very least, surrounded by her presence) may be your best route if your interest in the dining destination is still high but your patience for waiting is low.
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Is it just us or does the new club sound like a sleep aid? Omnia. Saying it just makes us want to take a snooze, not dance with booze. Not really the thoughts that should pop into mind when thinking about a high-energy nightclub. What was once home to one of the original mega clubs, Pure, will now be revamped by Hakkasan Group to become Omnia at Caesars Palace. The word supposedly means “all” though we’re just hearing Ambien competitor.
The 75,000 square-foot space used to have celebrity appearances as its bread and butter but now will return as a performance-focused space much like recent additions to the scene, Light at Mandalay Bay and Life at SLS Las Vegas. Luckily, the venue will still utilize Pure’s famous patio space. It will be turned into a rooftop garden. In addition to the large main area downstairs, the venue will also feature a lounge and mezzanine area. Because the old footprint just wasn’t big enough, Omnia will also spill over into the former Caesars poker room area, giving it plenty of room for performance space.
The Strip / Dining / MGM Grand / Emeril's / Renovations / Seafood / Eating / Restaurants / → All Tags
Sometimes you just have to yell “BAM!” and knock out a wall or two. Emeril Lagasse and his team at Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House decided to do just that and kick it up a notch when they revamped the restaurant that’s been an integral part of MGM Grand's dining scene for a whopping 19 years.
The redesign -- which recently called for the restaurant to close for a few days -- included knocking out a wall to create a more welcoming "patio" dining area at the dining spot's Studio Walk entrance. New custom upholstery in various shades of blue gives a water vibe to the seafood restaurant and definitely makes you forget you’re in the middle of the desert.
Breakfast dishes, served from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., include Dragon’s Breath Chili Cornbread Benedict, Chicken Fried Bacon Biscuits & Gravy and Maple Bacon French Toast. While those are all interesting options, we recommend the Carne Asada Chilaquiles.
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A 3.6 earthquake just outside Las Vegas on October 5 jolted quite a few residents in Southern Nevada and also served to shake loose a host of Harmon jokes, too. While the condo-hotel stood strong, the failed building -- deemed a hazard due to construction errors and -- will continue to come down, just in a more controlled and very precise way.
Demolition of the property began in May with the removal of scrap metal, construction materials and other debris from the interior. It was in June when most passersby registered the renewed activity on the site. That's when protective materials began going up, from coverings for the adjacent pedestrian bridge to netting around the building, and the facade's pretty blue-hued glass started coming down. In August, a crane was erected to assist in lowering materials to the ground.
A MGM Resorts representative tells us the project is now in the final stages of removing equipment from the roof of the building. The photos above and below detail the current state of the project as captured by VegasChatter photographer Greg C. earlier this week. The photo gallery details the demolition's progression so far.
Is it just us or do Big & Rich already kind of look like a parody of themselves? It only makes sense that their music video for “Look At You” would be a cheesy nod to Vegas. It shows off the suites at the relatively new Cromwell.
In a scene that doesn’t look super contrived, at all, a trio of hot ladies checks into The Cromwell and encounters an also attractive solo man who says he’s there on business. This will surely give false hope to many a tech nerd planning CES trips for January. What happens in music videos isn’t what usually happens in Vegas.
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If you’re wondering what will be taking Jan Rouven’s spot at Riviera, the wait is over. Dirk Arthur's Wild Illusions! is the second show with an exclamation point to hit the Strip. Opening December 1, Arthur is no stranger to the Las Vegas stage, having headlined at Tropicana and O’Shea’s in the past.
This version of his show promises dancers, comedy, magic and, of course, tigers. In a press release, Arthur joked that he’s happy Riviera is a pet-friendly hotel since he’ll be bringing in some big cats. Just this spring Arthur’s own pet friendliness was questioned as the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited the performer’s shows in Reno and Laughlin for declawing large cats and for the poor conditions in which his animals resided, like rusty cages and dwellings that were too small. Arthur corrected the issues, but PETA is still not on board.
Just over a year ago, we told you how Bellagio might do more remodeling soon, or not. The "or not" proved to be more the case as the resort is just now announcing the renovation of its main tower suites.
A 2011-12 project brought a new look for the deluxe (aka, standard) rooms in the Bellagio Tower as well as for all the accommodations in the Spa Tower. Just over 400 Bellagio Tower suites, however, were kept, umm, classic. Those suites will offer a whole new style (check the rendering above) in keeping with what's already been done to the Spa Tower suites.
Some remodeled suites will be available for stays as early as next month with a full project completion expected by February 2015.
(PHOTO: MGM Resorts)
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Somewhere along the line SLS Las Vegas decided they loved locals, theoretically putting them in competition for the attention of locals' love meter against another Vegas gambling conglomerate. More love being shot our way is fine by us. The first question this Vegas resident wondered was what benefits would be received by accepting SLS' advances? THE CODE, the resort's players club, lists them as:
· Preferred seating and restaurant reservations
· Preferred room rates and availability
· $5 happy hour drink specials Sunday-Thursday 5pm-8pm
· 2-for-1 admission to The SLS Buffet for breakfast, lunch or dinner Friday-Sunday 8am-9pm
· 25% off treatments in Ciel Spa Sunday-Thursday
· Skip the line on Industry Nights at LiFE & The Sayers Club on Sundays & Foxtail on Mondays
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Is it a Bad Romance or the perfect New Year’s Eve pairing? Lady Gaga will share the stage with Tony Bennett at Cosmopolitan's Chelsea venue. It’s not the first time the duo has paired up, but it still seems a little odd, to this writer at least. Perhaps it’s “just the right amount of wrong.”
This announcement is hot on the heels of the release of the duo's new album, Cheek to Cheek. Tony might want to be careful about getting cheek-to-cheek with Mother Monster as her costumes often have sharp spikes. Wonder what Lady Gaga will be sporting on NYE: classy or campy?