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Vegas on TV / Syfy / Wizard Wars / Magic / Magicians / Penn & Teller / Rio Las Vegas / → All Tags
Debuting Tuesday, August 19, the SyFy show, Wizard Wars, will be the magic equivalent of Project Runway. The reality series, featuring Vegas magicians and Rio headliners Penn & Teller, will challenge the magically inclined to "come up with magic made from things you’d never expect.” Sounds like a fun "unconventional" challenge on a certain aforementioned show, right? Well, make it work designers.. umm.. magicians.
Penn & Teller serve as celebrity judges and executive producers of the competition-style show and the show's online description sums it up neatly:
It's probably something you've never even thought about doing and may not even after you read this, but if you want to dine at Tahiti Village's restaurant, you totally can now -- and not be a guest.
All these years of disinterest and we've never known that we actually weren't even welcome at 17° South (which we believe used to be called Tahiti Joe's). Until this week, the restaurant had only been available to guests of the property, located south of Mandalay Bay. Now, however, anyone can head here for lunch or dinner.
If you’re like us, you grew up in an arcade. If you’re like we still are, you may wish you could relive these video game glory days of your youth, now with an adult beverage in hand. While Downtown's Insert Coins and Henderson's Hi Scores Bar-Arcade have these offerings, the new GameWorks at Town Square has the latest technology (and the old school games you love) in a much more central location, a short cab ride from the Strip.
Locals and some Vegas visitors may remember the old outpost of GameWorks on the Strip near M&M’s World. While this writer only personally visited that location once, the seemingly general sentiment that it was a dark and slightly sketchy venue can be confirmed. Luckily, this new Town Square location is bright and cheery (except for the purposefully darker eSports Arena, but more on that later.)
In addition to seeing more than 2,000 animals, guests can now get up close and personal with select creatures such as stingrays, green sea turtles and zebra sharks. The new Animal Encounters include the Stingray Feed, Sea Turtle Feed and, if you’re brave enough, the Shark Feed.
Events / Entertainment / Wine / Festivals / Rock `n Roll Wine Amplified Festival / Luxor / The Lot / → All Tags
For fans of the Rock ‘n Roll Wine Amplified Festival who have been in years past, expect big changes October 10 and 11 as the fest crosses the Strip to The Lot (the parking lot turned events center across from Luxor) for the first time. Formerly held at Mandalay Bay Beach, the festival’s main event was a rock concert and wine tasting preceded by a special champagne and desserts night called Bubbles and Chocolate. While the bubbles night is no longer its own separate event, the owners of RnR Wine promise there will be plenty of champagne and sweet treats rolled into their new festival which has grown to two full eight-hour days of booze and music.
The event’s founders, Chris Hammond and Sonny Barton, took a few minutes to discuss the changes with VegasChatter. In response to the reason for expansion, Barton had this to say:
Eating / Dining / Openings / Restaurants / Bars / McCarran Airport / → All Tags
The PGA TOUR rolls through Silvis, Illinois this week for the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run prior to next week’s British Open at Royal Liverpool, but that hasn’t stopped golf’s governing body from taking up a more permanent residence here in Las Vegas.
VegasChatter Reviews / Openings / Mandalay Bay / Drinking / Nightlife / Bars / Lounges / Secret Vegas / 1923 Bourbon And Burlesque / Holly Madison / → All Tags
Shrouded in mystery due to both its "secretive" location and unique theme, 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque by Holly Madison officially opened with a bang on May 1 at Mandalay Bay. The Prohibition Era speakeasy with a creative cocktail menu, raucous jazz music and 25-person cigar bar has all the makings of something one would find in the HBO hit Boardwalk Empire, with a modern, Vegas-infused twist.
After missing touted return dates of November 2013 and March 2014, GameWorks has a such a bad case of the Vegas delays that it's fallen into Slotzilla mode and is just not committing to anything, anymore.
Drinking / Just One Drink / Bars / Lounges / Nightlife / 1923 Bourbon And Burlesque / Mandalay Bay / → All Tags
Sometimes a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe it's a restaurant we've written about before. Or a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish worth writing about. A new one, an old one. A newsworthy one or a memorable one (for better or worse). It might be the one dish, or drink, out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or, stay away. Now, another installment in our Just One Drink series.
The newest addition to the Las Vegas beauty scene isn’t located in a swanky Strip spa, it’s in Town Square, the outdoor mall south of Mandalay Bay. LOOK Style Society touts itself as “the most comprehensive beauty venue in Las Vegas” and it very well may be. When its Medspa opens in the coming months, it will truly be a full-service beauty bar.
Dr. Orna Fisher is a local plastic surgeon who won’t be doing full surgical procedures at LOOK but rather doing fillers and other non-surgical procedures to improve the look and texture of your skin. Located on the second floor of the venue, there will be a private elevator to allow guests privacy as they have their procedures done because nobody wants the world to know they’ve had work done.
The other components of the beauty smorgasbord are already open for business. The beautiful facility makes you feel like you’re at a trendy boutique and not a salon. Fun white leather furniture just begs for selfies to be taken. High fashion art on the walls gives inspiration for makeover looks.
McCarran Airport / TSA / Southwest / WestJet / → All Tags
Getting here to there via McCarran may become a lot easier for you by year's end.
LAS will open a TSA Pre✓ Application Center in Terminal 1 later this month. Travelers who go through the rigorous pre-screening process are allowed to skip the security steps other fliers typically face before boarding, like removing their shoes and taking out their laptops.
Another new car rental agency has landed at McCarran Airport.
Sixt, one of the biggest car rental companies in the world but known best to Europeans, has now added Las Vegas to its family of more than 4,000 locations worldwide.