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If you’re a presidential trivia buff, Tropicana has you covered this winter. On display November 22 through January 3, The JFK Exhibition will show off iconic memorabilia and personal effects from John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy. Many of them are on display for the very first time so expect some unique items.
Like the Mob Experience before it, this exhibit includes some vehicles as well. The Lincoln Continental used to transport the Kennedys to their final flight to Dallas will be on display along with a 1960 Lincoln Continental from President Kennedy’s Washington, D.C. motor pool.
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We’re happy to report that Raiding the Rock Vault hasn’t lost its luster after a trip to The Strip, moving from Westgate (formerly LVH) to Tropicana. What could easily be seen as a rocker retirement home is, instead, a fun and upbeat trip through the hits of the past few decades.
If you didn’t catch it in its last incarnation, Raiding the Rock Vault is a show featuring rock legends performing the hits of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Buffered by a loose framework about rock fans and roadies, the show lets different rockers take the lead in the songs best suited to their voices.
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Raiding the Rock Vault has seen its ups and downs at
LVH Westgate. Las Vegas Sun’s John Katsilometes has followed the saga as one of the show’s creators, Asia frontman and bassist John Payne, was given the glam rock boot this summer by fellow Raiding the Rock Vault producer Harry Cowell. Other performers have come and gone over the show’s run. Of course, many of them were only contracted for short stints, but several of the more longstanding performers have had their contracts come to early ends.
Tonight will be the last performance of Raiding the Rock Vault, according to Westgate hotel officials. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, it’s a literal rock of ages, as in it takes guests through a rock’n’roll odyssey with a sampling of hits from the various eras. All the music is performed live by musicians and singers who used to make up the likes of bands such as Bon Jovi, the aforementioned Asia, LA Guns, The Offspring, Heat, Deep Purple, Quiet Riot, and many others. You might think it’s like a pre-retirement home for washed-up rockers, but this writer didn’t find that to be true. I’ve seen the show several times and was always impressed by the level of musicianship. The odd storyline the show struggled to incorporate seemed a little cumbersome, but the music was great. I’ll probably see it again at its new home at Tropicana where it begins November 1.
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Sure, you know all about match plays and “lucky bucks,” but have you ever used a WIN card?
These promotional cards and accompanying casino chips are the hidden secret for advantage gamblers seeking a little extra edge at the tables. (Just don’t ask us why WIN is in all caps as it doesn’t appear to be an acronym. Perhaps, they don’t want you to realize you can still LOSE.)
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It's another grand opening, grand closing for Tropicana.
After debuting May 8, Trop's version of the Broadway hit, Mamma Mia!, has turned into a big miss. It's been announced the show will close August 3. We once had high hopes that the production would finally turn things around for the WTF-plagued property, but that changed after we actually saw it and felt the vocals (kind of a major thing here) did not stand out.
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Las Vegas has been long known as the wedding capital of the world. With marriage licenses extremely easy to get (bringing a completed short form to the Clark County Marriage Bureau can get you a license within minutes), dashing to Sin City to tie the knot is an institution. But, with marriage rates dropping nationwide and campy Elvis-style ceremonies falling out of fashion, Vegas weddings may have peaked. By this fall, however, that could change.
You may have noticed an increase in the number of times we’ve mentioned the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning/Queer) community here in recent months. A new focus by hotel executives has resulted in LGBTQ-themed nightclub events, pool parties and social mixers, annual Pride and GayDays events, and Liason, the first gay nightclub in a Strip casino. And yet, Las Vegas is still playing catch-up to the rest of the country on the issue of same-sex marriage. (Note: the term "gay marriage" is largely frowned upon within the LGBTQ community as it reinforces inequality and separatism.)
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Before the show kicks off, a voice warns those of a “nervous disposition” that there will be platform boots and white spandex. Las Vegas: you’ve been warned! The upbeat musical that entertained audiences at Mandalay Bay is back with a brand new production at Tropicana.
Staged in the revamped and very comfortable Tropicana Theater, the fun and hilarious Mamma Mia will entertain all ages, though some of the racy jokes and language might not be appropriate for all audiences. Obviously, a musical based on the tunes of ABBA is going to be full of make-you-want-to-dance songs but this writer was unprepared for the amount of fun this show really brought to the table. The live band, though not visible to the crowd, really kicks it up a notch and heightens the overall experience. It’s a shame they’re not in a visible orchestra pit, but that would take out the primo seating in the front.
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The Las Vegas Strip has several new entertainment options, some of them within the gay community and more on the way. As the High Roller began spinning so did the DJs at Tropicana Beach Club and Savile Row. If you’re scratching your head and asking “where?”, you aren’t alone. Despite the failure of both Krave Massive and Drink and Drag to resurrect downtown's struggling Neonopolis, two Strip coldspots are heating things up with gay-themed events.
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Bally's will debut a new gay club on The Strip this summer. Tropicana is turning up the heat with "Saturgays" and a new LGBTQ-focused, Saturday only beach party, Xposed! opening March 29. And now, Luxor is expanding its own reach to the gay travel segment by launching Provocouture in addition to its long-running Temptation Sundays pool parties (which return May 18).
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Most of us are getting ready for March Madness or the first pitch of the Major League Baseball regular season. Football isn't front and center with most people that bet on sports, but that hasn't stopped Cantor Gaming (CG Technology) from looking forward to the NFL season. It's the first sportsbook operator to post season win totals for the next pro football season.
Over the past couple seasons, Cantor has become the first sportsbook operator to release NFL season win totals but this marks the earliest they've posted them to date. In fact, this is the earliest any sportsbook operator has released season win totals. Ever. Free agency hasn't begun yet and the NFL Draft is weeks away, but if you can see into the future maybe you're ready to place bets on how teams will perform. Take a look:
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VegasChatter readers continue to insure their amazing photos won't have the same fate as their subjects and fall between the cushions of Lost Vegas forever. And, we're finding out that some of you have no shame in showing off those Lost Vegas photos. Or just have no shame, at all.
Reader Jason G. sent in that classic Sahara shot above. We didn't ask but are going to go ahead and assume he was in the passenger seat while shooting. We also didn't get to ask if he went for the soda pop or beer. Soda pop! Nowadays, we have to head to Colorado for that stuff.