If you’re looking to have some fun this weekend, the Gold Coast< is a good bet. From Thursday, April 10, thru Sunday, April 14, the resort is hosting the 11th annual Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend featuring a classic car show; a trade show; a sale of vintage jewelry, clothing and memorabilia; artwork; and a burlesque competition. For you car buffs, the Shifters Car Show, with 450 pre-1963 cars, is open to the public on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located in the northeast parking lot.
‘BODIES,’ ‘TITANIC’ ON THE MOVE
I mentioned a while back that two very successful exhibits here — "BODIES…The Exhibition" and "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" — would be moving from the Tropicana to the Luxor. Although the exact opening date has not as yet been established, I was able to get more info on it. Premier Exhibitions, owners of the exhibits, says the deal to display them at the Luxor is for 10 years, with renewal options for an additional 10-year period.
The complex of almost 50,000 square feet,will include an all-new Titanic exhibition with at least one themed bar and restaurant, a "Photo Op" on Titanic’s soon to be constructed Ship’s bow, utilizing a moving lifeboat to gain access, the blockbuster BODIES exhibition and multiple expanded gift shops.
The Atlanta-based Premier Exhibitions, Inc. is a major provider of museum-quality touring exhibitions throughout the world. Last week Premier bought MGR Entertainment, a full-service entertainment merchandise company that manages sales for more than 1,100 events around the world and handles brand management for clients such as Michael Buble, the Monterey Jazz Festival, Los Lonely Boys, The Black Crowes, Ozomatli and The Red Letters Project. So it looks like we can expect some very good things happening at the Luxor in the near future to go along with the revamping of the property as it moves away from its Egyptian theme.
Most of us like movies, especially if they’re free, so listen up. The CineVegas Film Festival and Beauty Bar is giving us just that with the screening of the film "Super High Me" on Sunday, April 20, at 10 p.m. at Beauty Bar, located at 517 Fremont St. Only restriction is that you have to be at least 21. It is recommended that you bring their own lawn chairs as the screening will be in Beauty Bar’s back patio area. Free popcorn will be provided and drinks will be available, but you’ll have to pay for them. Hey, what more do you want?
The movie follows stand-up comedian Doug Benson as he documents his experience avoiding pot for 30 days and then smoking, eating and vaporizing medical marijuana for 30 days in order to get "Super High." Along the way, Benson undertakes a number of tests, both while medicated and while sober, in an effort to find out what marijuana does and how it really affects people. The film also explores the current situation with medical marijuana in California and the United States, specifically focusing on the conflict between federal and state law and the explosive growth in medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles over the past two years. This has become a real issue and one that Nevadans face as well, so will be interesting to see what’s going on.
DEALING FOR FUN
You all like deals, right? Here’s a couple from MGM Mirage and although they may not be free, they can save you some real money. The first is to pick up a "Power Pass," — $75 for adults and $42.50 for kids — and receive admission to more than 20 attractions including Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirag, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art and many, many more — a value worth more than $250. "Power Pass" can be purchased online at www.visiticket.com.
Or you can try The Adventuredome at Circus Circus, an indoor, climate-controlled amusement park with 25 rides and attractions, including the world’s only indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew roller coaster. You can buy an unlimited-ride wristband for only $22.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids — basic admission is free. If you’re pressed for time and can only fit in one ride, head over to The Rollercoaster at New York-New York and get the "Family Fun Flight." A $70 value, you can get four individual rides and two 5×7 souvenir photos for only $56. Not only do you save on the tickets, but just think how much you’ll be saving by not feeding the slots during the time spend having fun.
CHILL OUT AT ‘GROUP THERAPY’
If you want to kick back, enjoy a few drinks and listen to some great music, the Las Vegas Hilton has kicked off "Group Therapy" every Thursday in the resort’s Tempo Lounge. It features the Nova jazz group, drink specials by Sex Vodka, blackjack tables and drawings for cash and prizes for players. The intimate lounge is located off the main casino and features a private area in the rear portion.
Here’s the part I like. Nova will offer a variety of music, including all styles of jazz, standards, bossa nova, samba, cha cha, R&B, Latin and easy-listening favorites from Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Bobby Caldwell, Billy Joel, Elton John, Tony Bennett, gospel legend Steve Hess and sax recording artist Ron Monday. Special guests, including jazz legend Robert Conti, will sit in with the group as well. You can chill out at "Group Therapy" every Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. After 10 the music continues with a DJ.
‘JACKED UP’ WITH COYOTES
On the other hand, if you want to get wild and wasted, the Coyote Ugly Bar and Dance Saloon in New York-New York is inviting you to get "Jacked Up" with the sexy Coyotes every Thursday. Customers looking to quench their thirst can enjoy entry into the bar and a shot of Jack Daniel’s for only $5 with the purchase of any drink. A good deal to hear the Coyotes talkin’ trash and servin’ up Jack. The fun begins at 6 p.m. and rocks on til you either pass out or are thrown out.
PLAZA PROCEEDING AS PLANNED
Last week I mentioned that construction on The Plaza, which is replacing the New Frontier, might come to a halt — at least for a while — because of the downward shift in the economy and money being tight. Well, seems I was wrong. Miki Naftali, CEO of ELAD, the Israeli-owned company building the resort, says, "There is no credibility to the rumor that The Plaza project is on hold. We are forging ahead as planned … and are still on board for bringing one of the most luxurious mixed-use properties to the Las Vegas Strip." I’m happy to hear that as the last thing our town needs is to have construction halted on major resorts.
And finally, on a sad note, Francesco’s Italian restaurant, a fixture at Treasure Island since its opening, has closed. Named by Steve Wynn for Frank Sinatra, the space will undergo renovations for a new concept. I have fond memories of Francesco’s as it was the site of one my most memorable meals and where I drank the best white wine I had ever tasted. I am not a white wine drinker, but this offering from Sardinia was out of this world. Unfortunately I can’t remember the name of it, but no matter, as it is not sold here. The chef, from Sardinia, ordered it especially for the restaurant.
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