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Just when you think the exhibits at Cosmopolitan's P3 Studio couldn’t get any more out there, along comes a “meditation nightclub.” The full name of the newest P3 experience is The Octave of Visible Light: A Meditation Nightclub. When you think Cosmo, you probably think Marquee and a nightclub in the traditional sense, but this experience is anything but.
Lia Chavez is the artist-in-residence who has created this unusual pop-up nightclub. For this project, the painter and multi-media artist has teamed up with creative technology company rehabstudio to create a digital neurology system. Now, what exactly is that? Well, in short, it allows participants to hear and see what they’re thinking. Chavez fits one member of a group with a special headset that reads his or her EEG activity, as in the electrical activity in your brain. The other members can watch the show projected on the walls of the gallery.
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White Castle. Casino Royale. January 27. 2 p.m. Will never close. #SlidersRoundTheClock
Update: White Castle has revealed its menu and pricing on Twitter. Here's a look! Thanks to VC reader Reggie for the tip!
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In a culinary era where many chefs are boasting they specialize in classics with a twist, Tom’s Urban at New York-New York really is living up to the claim. With interesting small plates like Lowcountry Shrimp + Grits and Crispy Brussels Sprouts with red peppers and Asian vinaigrette, this fresh, south Strip eatery delivers on its promise of something different. Including the interior which is definitely different and a welcome change from the chain sports bar feel of the previous tenant, Sporting House. The decor features lots of interesting light features, pastel distressed wood and comfortable booths. And, there are still ample TVs in the bar area if you want to catch the game and a cute patio if you prefer dining al fresco.
During a recent media night, we'd heard the Xiangxiang Crispy Duck Wings were great so this writer pushed her cannibalistic qualms aside and decided to eat some not so lucky ducks. The hoisin glaze was a little spicy for my liking, but the flavor was delicious and the wings were tender and juicy. The accompanying Asian peanut slaw was a refreshingly cool complement. The small plate is $13 for four large duck wings.
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Until its recent transformation into The LINQ Hotel, the hotel-casino formerly known as Imperial Palace served an important role in Vegas. Sure, it was the smoky dump of a casino that people scoped out just for laughs. And yes, the rooms were so cheap and hilariously awful that they afforded broke college kids on spring break the opportunity to stay center Strip. But, we’re talking about its most important role: making the rest of The Strip look good.
For years, you could stay anywhere else on Las Vegas Boulevard, pay any price, even get the worst of rooms right next to the noisy ice machine with a view of an AC unit and still say “well, at least it’s not Imperial Palace.” And, you would be absolutely correct in doing so.
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Weird Al Yankovic finally managed to top the charts (Billboard’s top comedy albums and top 200) with his newest album, Mandatory Fun. Despite this being his first chart-topping album, the kooky comedic singer has been cranking out silly and beloved hits for the better part of the last four decades. New videos released last summer made waves on the interwebs including "Foil," his parody of Lorde’s “Royals.”
Now that their accompanying album has come out, Weird Al is hitting the road in support of it with his aptly named tour, the “Mandatory World Tour.” If you missed his previous Vegas shows at The Cannery, you’ll have to cough up double or triple the price to catch him this time around at Planet Hollywood. He'll kick off his world tour in Las Vegas May 12-16 with showtimes at 8 p.m.
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Just when you think the hot flashes have ended and menopause is over, it pops right back up again. We’re talking about Menopause The Musical, of course, and fans will likely be happier to hear of the show’s return than they would be the actual condition.
After closing up shop Sunday at Luxor, Menopause will reopen soon at The Improv at Harrah’s. Preview performances kick off February 3 and a grand opening is scheduled for February 20. The same cast from the Luxor version of the production will appear in the new Harrah’s production. The updated version will feature an expanded stage, upgraded sound and lighting plus a new set and costumes. Despite the new venue being more “intimate” (read: smaller), it sounds like this will actually be an upgrade for the show that’s nearing a decade in Las Vegas.
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With an anticipated official opening date of February 1, a sign up on its exterior and construction barriers down, we couldn't help but wonder what White Castle was looking like on the inside. So, our @sammasseur moseyed over to Casino Royale for a peek.
Inside the mostly finished interior, workers were putting together stools and tables while finishing up electrical tasks and completing some last-minute touch-ups when we walked by earlier today. Employee training seemed to be underway, too. Sam was told the target was to open sometime next week. That jives with what a Casino Royale front desk employee told us yesterday: that Super Bowl Sunday would be the official launch. We wouldn't be surprised, however, to see a soft opening a few days before.
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Rumors of a forthcoming drop of dinner service have proven true with the Paradise Garden Buffet only serving brunch as of January 11. The change was discovered today by our @sammasseur who also captured the images you see in this post. The new hours for the buffet are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The home of the "world's largest standard guest room" according to the Guinness Book of World Records may want to petition to add two more words to that accolade: newly renovated.
Venetian quietly undertook the massive task of renovating its 3,000 suites last summer. The remodel focusing on listening to guest requests for "brighter" rooms so executives made sure to increase light levels, both in accommodations as well as guest hallways. They did so by using new, energy-efficient bulbs that require less electricity while still increasing light output.
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Another poker room has folded in Las Vegas.
Just three days after we reported on its imminent closure, the poker room at The LINQ Hotel saw its last game.
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Defending the Cavemen was set to celebrate its fourth anniversary in the showroom at Harrah’s, but instead has closed its doors. The show’s star, Kevin Burke, announced the news to friends and family via social media today.
Burke was at the helm of the one-man show for most of its time in Vegas, taking a year off in the middle to spend time with loved ones. In the summer of 2013, Chris Allen took over for a year, but Burke returned last year to reclaim the role he seemed so comfortable in. After refreshing the show upon his return, it appears the show has just run its course.