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Tips On Attending The Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational

March 18, 2013 at 2:17 PM | by | ()

The super-exclusive Shadow Creek golf course will open its gates to the general public once again for the 12th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational April 4-7.

Tickets are still available and general admission pricing is holding steady at last year's rate of $30 a day. Keep an eye on Travelzoo, though, as it has offered 2-for-1 deals in the past. Now, as part of a VegasChatter Flashback, we remind you of the seven things you need to know before showing up on the greens:

1. You don't need to cab it. Shadow Creek isn't located anywhere close to The Strip. In fact, it's about a 25-30 minute drive from Bellagio. Instead of forking over the cab fare, take MGM Resorts up on complimentary shuttle service. You'll have to get to the pick-up/drop-off point at ARIA's North Valet (that's in the back, off of Harmon Ave.), but they'll take over from there. On Thursday and Friday, shuttles will take guests to Shadow Creek from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, shuttles will run guests to the course from 7 a.m. to noon. Continuous return service from Shadow Creek to ARIA will be provided until 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Whether leaving or returning, shuttles will run on a 30-minute schedule.

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On The Smith Center's First Birthday, VegasChatter Flashes Back

Where: 361 Symphony Park Ave [map], 89106
March 13, 2013 at 1:25 PM | by | ()

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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Hotel Room Tours: Inside VegasChatter's Video Vault

March 8, 2013 at 5:24 PM | by | ()

With St. Patrick's Day, March Madness and the further out Electric Daisy Carnival coming up, lots of folks are scoping out where they'll call home for a Vegas weekend. And, with resort fees popping up faster than pregnant reality stars for a TV special, many Vegas veterans are rethinking their hotel loyalty.

VegasChatter does its best to bring readers inside hotel rooms by painting taking a pretty picture as often as we can, before they're open to the public even when possible. Sometimes, we even remember to flip it to the video setting to tell the story.

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What's Happening With That Beretta Range At Palazzo, Anyway?

January 15, 2013 at 3:02 PM | by | ()

Last summer, news broke that Beretta wanted to build a four-story shooting range-slash-gun store inside the Shoppes at Palazzo. Palazzo and Venetian tried to distance themselves from the WTF nature of the news by reminding us all that the Shoppes are actually run by an independent group. They even joined Wynn to speak out against the idea to local government officials who greenlighted it, anyway.

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Du-Par's Not Coming To Strip (Soon), After All

December 5, 2012 at 5:44 PM | by | ()

Today, we heard some news that made us feel the same way we do when we get down to the last few bites of Du-Par's fluffy gold pancakes -- wanting more, but appreciative of what we had.

Back in August, our favorite downtown diner thrilled us with news that a second location was headed to Vegas, this one on the Strip and by year's end. After the announcement, the Internet blogsphere was abuzz with rumors that Du-Par's would land at the Riviera, but that's not to be. In fact, a second Vegas location isn't in the immediate future for Vegas, at all, anymore.

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How To Prepare For A Frightfully Good Time In Vegas

October 18, 2012 at 7:14 PM | by | ()

Downtown rocks this Halloween.

Will you choose Heaven or Hell at Senor Frog's or Cowboys or Zombies at Gilley's? Maybe you'd rather see an American Psycho at The Mirage or be Bloody English at Hard Rock? Or, perhaps, a Fright Dome, a Goretorium or an Asylum is more your speed?

However you choose to spend Halloween in Vegas, don't set it in stone until you check out VegasChatter's Ultimate Guide to Halloween 2012. Since creating it just over a month ago, our comprehensive guide has expanded to 50 events, from adults only to family friendly and from haunted houses to costume contests.

Make sure you have a scream in Vegas by scrolling through our guide first!

Click here for: VegasChatter's Ultimate Guide to Halloween 2012

(PHOTO: Instagram)

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Catch All That's New Downtown Before It Changes Again

October 11, 2012 at 7:17 PM | by | ()

VegasChatter's 2012 Guide To Downtown Vegas was published just six months ago and, oh my, what has changed already. The D has completed its transformation of erasing the Fitz. New spots to Eat have opened while construction continues on future locations to drink, dance, and throw down eggs over a wedding.

Vegas's oldest hotel has been revamped and Rosemary's announced it will re-emerge downtown from the 'burbs. The future calls for eating, drinking and shopping in park made from shipping containers, allegedly stolen from GregRio by a fire breathing praying mantis.

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Your A to Z Guide on Vegas Resort Fees

August 13, 2012 at 8:32 PM | by | ()

Even though resort fees are nothing new for Vegas, there are still quite a few visitors out there who are shocked to find dozens to hundreds of extra charges on their bill upon check out. And, even if you do know, it's hard to keep up with just which hotel is charging how much. (Unless, of course, you're staying at one of Caesars Entertainment's no resort fees properties.)

Back in January we compiled the ultimate guide to resort fees in Vegas, listing every resort with a, erm, resort fee (as well as those without). We also noted which properties were a bit shady with their disclosures and how comped rooms do not necessarily mean comped resort fees, among other you-should-know-this observations.

So, without ado, a reminder to check out our complete 2012 guide to resort fees when considering a visit to Vegas. And, if you know of a resort fee that has been added, hiked or dropped (but who are we kidding?), let us know in the comments below!

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When Pool Season Will Start To Dry Up in Vegas

July 30, 2012 at 5:12 PM | by | ()

We know. It's sweltering in Vegas. Why on earth do we want to throw a wet towel on the pool scene? Trust us, we don't. But, we do want to make sure you get out here before it's over. Either for the first time or one more time.

While we don't know specific closing dates for Sin City's hottest adult pools (and won't for weeks), we do know when they started to shut down last season. In '11, WET REPUBLIC was the first party pool to pull the plug with one last hurrah during the last full weekend of September. From there, Vegas' adult pools dried up every few days with some, like Encore Beach Club, cutting back days of operation first.

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A Reminder On Where To Satisfy Those EDC Munchies

May 31, 2012 at 12:56 PM | by | ()

In just a few days, Electric Daisy Carnival (June 8-10) will sate your cravings for EDM and will quench your thirst, too, with complimentary H₂O. But, what happens when the EDC munchies strike, either on the way to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway or on the way back?

In this VegasChatter Flashback, a reminder on how to satisfy those not quite fourth meal, not quite first meal hunger pains. With four low-cost options in Downtown Vegas and five choices within a few minutes of the Speedway.

Got some other suggestions? Give a shout out to your favorite budget, off-hour eats down below! And, don't forget to check out our EDC survival guide for great tips on, err, how to survive EDC, including why you probably won't care when that stranger dry humps your butt!

(PHOTO: Rukes/Insomniac)

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BTW, Where's Our Stripper Pool?

May 18, 2012 at 12:35 AM | by | ()

First, we're to be denied Bagatelle this May and, now, must we be denied our stripper pool, too?

We just happened to flashback to November of last year when the Las Vegas Sun told us that Sapphire Gentlemen's Club was building its own pool after an attempt to partner up with the Rio went bust. (Literally.)

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To Answer A Question From Down Under, We Go Back

May 11, 2012 at 1:00 PM | by | ()

Time for another VegasChatter Question! Already? Yes, our amazing readers have great questions! Do you have a question about Vegas, too? We bet you do. Send it to us and if we deem it clean enough, we'll post it here on VegasChatter!

Often the questions we receive revolve around milestone celebrations: the Vegas Virgin, an anniversary or the last hurrah. Today's question comes from a soon-to-be-30 down under. Michelle M. writes:

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