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Shows in Downtown Vegas often seem to close faster than the time it takes to get from the ticket window to your seat. For the ever-changing 9 p.m. roster at Four Queens, that hasn't necessarily been something to cry over. We’ve endured some real disasters there for the sake of our readers (exhibit A and exhibit B). The current late-evening offering is an Elvis tribute, Spirit of the King, starring Steve Connolly. Will it make you want to stick around after the 7 p.m. Mike Hammer Comedy Magic show? You bet your blue suede shoes.
Tribute artists rarely receive the praise they deserve. In an era where some Vegas performers can get away with lip-synching and stumbling their way through a hit residency, the lowly celebrity impersonator has to wow you with genuine musical or comedy talents while simultaneously trying to convince you they’re somebody else. Even when impersonators use pre-recorded audio tracks (as is the norm for drag performances), they’re sometimes more entertaining than the real deal. If you doubt that, check out Derrick Barry’s stunningly convincing Britney Spears impersonation at Divas Las Vegas or Share Nightclub.
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Next month, Fremont East's newest dining experience, Glutton, is expected to open on the corner of Carson and 7th near the Container Park. Hungry patrons will find New American cuisine here (if that means anything to you, if not, think lamb ragu, charcuterie plates and sweetbreads). A bar menu will feature playfully named cocktails like the Glutton for Punishment, a mixture of Seagram's gin, Cointreau and Krogstad aquavit.
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Miranda Sings is YouTube famous so, if you've never heard of her, that's probably why.
I'd never heard of her, either, until this week's webisode of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee hit the Internet. Since seeing her special brand of, umm, comedy, I'm not sure if I actually "get it" (this is the moment I turn "old"), but it did spark my interest when I discovered she's headed to the Plaza for a two-day run in January.
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HE WILL RETURN.
A coulrophobic's worst nightmare is coming back to Vegas for a very special performance this New Year's Eve. Puddles Pity Party will perform three shows at downtown's Commonwealth bar at 11 p.m., 11:45 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. December 31.
Already boasting some 150 brands (really? someone count that out for us..), an expansion underway for downtown's outlet mall will add at least 25 new stores. The exact number seems to be in flux as we've seen reports citing 25, 30, 34 and 35 new retailers on the way. Regardless, Las Vegas North Premium Outlets aims to debut an increased lineup by May 2015.
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Those lamenting the loss of highly themed Vegas resorts can dry their eye, at least a little. The newly reopened Oasis At Gold Spike offers something that Vegas visitors have been missing for years: a fully immersive experience in one resort, albeit on a small scale. However, instead of a balloon flight to the Emerald City (MGM Grand of the 90s) or a ride down the Nile to ancient Egypt (a pre-modernized Luxor), guests at downtown’s newest boutique hotel can journey back in time to their free-wheeling college years.
If a certain mid-Strip resort hadn’t already bastardized the name, Oasis At Gold Spike could have easily been called The Quad. From the moment you're buzzed through the entrance (now on the east side at Las Vegas Boulevard) and pass the bicycles parked along the patio (available to rent, BTW), you’ll have flashbacks to your dorm days. If you've never attended college, here's your chance to experience the fun.
Golden Gate wants you to know it really dishes out the rewards through its Club 1906 players club. If you didn't realize it, all slot machine players earn 1 players club point for every $1 played. Additionally, they earn $1 of free play for every 100 points earned.
This is the most free play you’ll earn from a casino anywhere in Vegas. The second highest return on free play is .67% of what Golden Gate now offers. That makes its free play rewards 33% better than any other players club.
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Downtown Vegas will once again be overrun this May by the mohawked, safety-pinned, pierced and tattooed when the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival (PRB) returns May 22-25 for its 14th consecutive year.
Tickets will go on sale in next month for the fest which features live music, a two-day bowling tournament, and a punk rock poker tournament. Festivalgoers can expect nine bands to play each day, as well as dozens of small club shows and after-parties featuring some of punk rock’s finest. Crowd favorite, Rancid, will count among 2015's headliners. They last played PRB in 2012.
The New Year will bring new admission rates for downtown's Mob Museum. As of January 1, pricing will increase for adults as well as for seniors, military, law enforcement and teachers.
While only a bump of two bucks for each category (adults will see a hike from $19.95 to $21.95 while seniors, military, etc. will see rates go from $15.95 to $17.95 per person), there is a way to keep 2014's pricing. For adults, at least. Just buy your admission online to keep it just under twenty bucks.
Five years after the Golden Nugget added the Rush Tower to their downtown room offerings, the hotel has turned its attention to upgrading some of its other accommodations. The mid-tier Gold Tower recently received a renovation that would make its big brother, Rush, proud. Our 2012 stay in a Gold room was found to be similar in layout to entry-level Carson rooms, but more than cozy enough.
Gold Tower renovations have discarded the floral curtain patterns and introduced a Rush-like, chocolate-toned scheme to distinguish itself itself even more from the Carson rooms. The new Gold rooms still feature upgraded pillow-top mattresses, feather down comforters, upgraded linens, goose down pillows and 42-inch plasma TVs. Gone are two gold corner chairs, replaced by an L-shaped chocolate leather couch, with white footstool.
There was no refrigerator in our room, but a familiar Keurig machine was on the desk with a four-pack of K-cups available to purchase for $10. Two 16.9-ounce water bottles were also available at $4 a piece.
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For much of the country, Thanksgiving is a Norman Rockwell affair. Casseroles, cranberries, turkeys of various levels of quality... you know the picture. But, for those that can't be part of that or would rather not spend six hours cooking, there is an option that will put your crazy aunt's Pinterest recipes to shame. A fine dining prixe-fixe with the family could be the holiday everyone wished they'd have. Here are some options to consider: