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First Sheryl Crow, Now Travis Tritt Is Coming To Downtown's Container Park

Where: 707 Fremont St. [map], 89101
August 28, 2014 at 9:42 PM | by | Comments (2)

The outdoor stage at Downtown's Container Park is usually home to local and regional talent. The first exception was earlier this year when Sheryl Crow held a concert there with proceeds going to charity. The next exception will be September 4 when award-winning country music star Travis Tritt follows in her footsteps.

Tritt is counted as part of the “Class of ‘89” which saw the music debuts of Tritt, Garth Brooks, Clint Black, Alan Jackson and Mary Chapin Carpenter. He marks his 25th anniversary in the industry this year.

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Downtown Las Vegas Events Center Is Ready For Action With Food, Music And Fighting

Where: 200 S. Third St. [map], 89101
August 28, 2014 at 12:29 PM | by | Comments (2)

The era of the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) is about to begin. You may remember last year when Derek Stevens, owner of The D and Golden Gate, purchased an old Vegas courthouse. Now, after its demolition and the creation of an outdoor festival lot, DLVEC is about to hold its first events.

The venue, located behind the D on South Third, will become home to everything from live entertainment to themed festivals. It's capacity, however, might surprise you. The lot is capable of hosting around 15,000 so there will be plenty of room for big concerts, food fests and even fights. The first three events touch on each of those categories:

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Plaza Is Ready For 'Limelight'

Where: 1 Main Street [map], 89101
August 26, 2014 at 5:14 PM | by | Comments (7)

Sex sells and burlesque seems to sell even better at the moment with Vegas resorts all looking for their moment in the “limelight.” And soon, at downtown's Plaza, that will be with a capital "L."

Ridicula Imitatio is cashing in on the post-Great Gatsby remake buzz and lingering Roaring Twenties nostalgia by presenting a show by that name -- also the name of one of Charlie Chaplin's films -- starting next month at Plaza. Limelight’s website promises the production will take “the audience on a journey where contemporary burlesque meets old time ‘flicks.’” Think black-and-white silent films juxtaposed with modern burlesque and music... with a Chaplin and a Betty Boop impersonator thrown in.

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Dream Away The Time In Downtown Vegas

Where: 361 Symphony Park Ave. [map], 89106
August 26, 2014 at 4:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

In Downtown Vegas, The Smith Center is a very classy place, known for bringing the stage to Sin City. Whether it be a hilarious, but blasphemous comedy, a Broadway show that brought kinky boots to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade or just something that can only be described as "Shrektacular," the venue's Art Deco halls offer something for everyone, but are rarely graced by high-profile fine arts. Despite our image as a city of wild abandon and debauchery, we do have stunning jazz, philharmonic orchestras, and the incredible Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) troupe.

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2014 PRIDE To Be Sleeker, 'Kinky'-er

August 21, 2014 at 2:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Las Vegas is ready to show its colors once more as the city's annual PRIDE celebration will blanket the valley in rainbow hues September 2-7. This year’s gathering of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning community features a slimmed-down roster and a new host hotel.

If you happened to catch our wrap-up of last year’s PRIDE events, you may remember this writer remarking on the chaotic presentation. Three separate organizations (Las Vegas PRIDE, Orlando’s GAY DAYS, and MGM's FABULOUS) were all vying for the pink dollar, consequently stepping on each others’ kinky boots (I’ll explain that reference later).

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For Soccer Fans, A March To The Meeting Postponed

August 19, 2014 at 8:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

The dream isn't dead for soccer fans in regards to a downtown arena, but it is postponed.

A grassroots march to show support for a plan to bring a MLS team to Vegas was due to take place tomorrow, Wednesday, August 20 right before a city meeting to decide its fate. The proposal, however, has been tabled meaning marchers must stow away their cleats for another day, too.

Findlay Sports & Entertainment wants to place a $200 million MLS arena near downtown's Smith Center with the mentality of 'if they build it, they will come.' A strong inflection should be placed on if. Financing is still questionable and the group has to come up with a plan by September 1.

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This Is What You'll Be Eating (And Drinking) When You're Jammin' At Bunkhouse

Where: 124 S. 11th Street [map], 89101
August 19, 2014 at 2:26 PM | by | Comment (1)

With Bunkhouse reopening August 25 in Downtown Vegas after a extensive remodel, much speculation and interest has surrounded the new dining menu of our favorite place for a dependable ruckus. Would it be strictly bar food? Should we expect it to be skimpy?

While the menu was formed by the Downtown Project food and beverage team (the mysterious, formless, defacto shadow government/illuminati of downtown), the kitchen itself will be helmed by former Herbs & Rye chef Robert Henderson. Robert recently left his position -- to which he was credited with really turning the off-Strip bar's food program around -- and, before that, had worked his way up to sous chef at STACK at The Mirage.

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From E! To The D: 'Men Of The Strip' To Heat Up Downtown Vegas

Where: 301 Fremont Street [map], 89101
August 14, 2014 at 1:14 PM | by | Comment (1)

Sometimes, the best entertainment is when it's stripped down to its bare necessities, amirite?

While the Men of the Strip can now be termed reality stars thanks to a docu-soap on E!, Las Vegas -- the city these sexy sexersons have aligned themselves with since the start -- has only had one brief moment to ogle see them in the flesh. That will change for the upcoming holiday weekend when Men will labor away at The D as part of a limited engagement.

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Look Beyond The Big Names At Life Is Beautiful

August 11, 2014 at 3:12 PM | by | Comments (3)

But, always put your hands up.

When Life Is Beautiful announced its lineup earlier this year the big names prevailed. Self-described god Kanye West is, perhaps, the biggest and most polarizing draw, but Outkast’s first Vegas show in years is no small announcement. Other huge acts -- Foo Fighters, Skrillex, and Flaming Lips, among them -- also top off the festival, keeping the bill well-rounded.

With the Downtown Vegas festival quickly approaching (October 24-26), it's important to note there's a lot of talent in the smaller and less well-known acts. Here are the Life Is Beautiful acts not to be missed:

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Downtown Grand Increases Its Video Poker Pay Tables

Where: 206 North 3rd Street [map], 89101
August 8, 2014 at 2:51 PM | by | Comments (14)

When Downtown Grand opened last year, its casino had both good (blackjack) and bad (video poker) gambling. Since then, the former Lady Luck has seen some ups and (more) downs so execs have been changing things up in an effort to generate more traffic. Most recently, discounted dining was offered to locals and tourists alike.

When Downtown Grand first opened, it had video poker pay tables you might expect to see on the Vegas Strip. Those pay tables were downgraded shortly after opening to the kind nobody would play away from a bar. There is a lot of good video poker in Downtown Vegas and Downtown Grand was the worst. New casino management understood they had to do something and they did.

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March To The Meeting: Grassroots Support For Downtown Soccer Arena Proposal

Where: 495 S. Main St. [map], 89101
August 7, 2014 at 2:36 PM | by | Comments (3)

You’ve heard the story of the little fish in the big pond. You probably heard the line about there being many fish in the sea. Well, have you heard the one about the Little Engine Fish That Could?

Around the time soccer fan Jon Fish was relocating his family to Las Vegas from Louisville, KY, he had been working within the local Louisville community to generate interest in a USL Pro Team for the city. (That's United Soccer Leagues for all of you without a soccer team in your cit... d'oh!) Three days after he moved, the formal announcement was made signaling Orlando City’s USL franchise was moving to Louisville. While he was looking forward to his move to Vegas, this made his soccer efforts bittersweet. What happened next will shock you! (Really. It’s pretty cool.)

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Denny's On Fremont Proves To Be A Grand Slam For Couples In Love

Where: 450 Fremont St. [map], 89101
August 6, 2014 at 4:18 PM | by | Comment (1)

Would you get married at a Denny’s? We’ve heard you can do the marriage trifecta in Las Vegas: get your marriage license, get married and get divorced all at one intersection. But, can you go for the Grand Slam? If you could pick up your marriage license and get a divorce there, Denny’s would truly be a grand slam because you can certainly order your own customized menu item of the same name there, all while celebrating your nuptials.

Since its reception inception, Denny's on Fremont -- which opened late 2012 -- has held 33 weddings. So that’s about two marriages a month, on average. John Miller, Denny’s President and Chief Executive Officer, reported on an earnings call that he was pleased with the number, especially in light of the fact Denny’s hasn’t advertised its chapel outside of the restaurant's opening.

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