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  • 'Oktober' starts right now in Vegas

    'Oktober' starts right now in Vegas

    Can't make it all the way to Germany for Oktoberfest? Although it's the polar opposite of Munich in just about every possible way, Las Vegas is a pretty good place to quaff beer, munch German cuisine and shout "Prost" during the month of October, from The Strip and Downtown, and in local bars,...

  • Enigmatic: Lady Gaga's Vegas star is born

    Enigmatic: Lady Gaga's Vegas star is born

    Las Vegas is unmatched among entertainment destinations with its sheer level of talent. World-class acts come from everywhere to fill the city's auditoriums, stadiums and intimate venues. Still, The Strip feels collectively starstruck to receive Lady Gaga. Gaga, 32 and already a six-time Grammy...

  • Magicians in Vegas disappear (and reappear at new venues)

    Magicians in Vegas disappear (and reappear at new venues)

    Magicians have called the Las Vegas Strip home for years. Resident headliners like Siegfried & Roy and Lance Burton have entertained generations. But as magic shows often have an appearing-disappearing-reappearing nature, the same is often true for their home base. Goth-style magician Criss Angel...

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  • Reach for the 'Sky' ... and get on The Mansion's ground floor at MGM Grand

    Reach for the 'Sky' ... and get on The Mansion's ground floor at MGM Grand

    There are plenty of "suite" accommodations in Las Vegas, but only one place includes access to the Strip's only mansion. Boasting breathtaking views of the Vegas skyline through 24-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, the Skylofts at MGM Grand include a range of luxurious amenities. Guests of the Skylofts...

  • 4th of July in Vegas is explosive excitement

    4th of July in Vegas is explosive excitement

    No matter when you arrive, Las Vegas offers a pretty combustible atmosphere. But it’s especially explosive during Independence Day, when it becomes one of America’s finest places to see fireworks. The great thing about celebrating the 4th in Las Vegas is the fact that it’s a weeklong affair, the...

  • ‘Just’ a Legend: Gwen Stefani’s Zappos Theater residency allows for intimate performances

    ‘Just’ a Legend: Gwen Stefani’s Zappos Theater residency allows for intimate performances

    The endearingly down-to-earth Gwen Stefani – who’s always proudly presented herself as “just a girl” from Orange County — seems both excited and humbled to find herself headlining a Las Vegas residency. “I’ve never done anything in my entire career that I wasn’t passionate about,” said Stefani....

  • Vegas’ Silverton Casino gives a view of the deep blue sea — free

    Vegas’ Silverton Casino gives a view of the deep blue sea — free

    Vegas has just about everything you never knew you wanted: a zipline that shoots out of a slot machine, a Hooters-themed hotel — and a free-to-see 117,000-gallon reef aquarium, complete with mermaids. The Silverton Casino’s aquarium is mesmerizing, with more than 4,000 tropical fish, stingrays...

  • Elite Vegas concierge has all the ‘keys' to the city

    Elite Vegas concierge has all the ‘keys' to the city

    Nancy Nitsche, Aria Resort and Casino’s director of concierge services, finds a way to unlock any door in Las Vegas. As one of nine Les Clefs d’Or members on property, Nitsche is part of an elite concierge group with more than 4,000 members worldwide. Translated from French to “keys of gold,” Les...

  • Vegas’ new retro-variety spectacular ‘Opium’ achieves ‘escapist’ velocity

    Vegas’ new retro-variety spectacular ‘Opium’ achieves ‘escapist’ velocity

    Spiegelworld founder Ross Mollison, whose raunchy acrobatic spectacular “Absinthe” has been one of Las Vegas’ hottest tickets since opening in 2011, wants everyone to know that his production company “isn’t just doing the same thing down the Strip” with its new variety show “Opium,” inside The...

  • A special place in 'Hell' for hungry Vegas visitors

    A special place in 'Hell' for hungry Vegas visitors

    “Hell’s Kitchen” restaurant has set Las Vegas ablaze! Inspired by chef Gordon Ramsay’s popular reality program, the restaurant marks the TV personality’s fifth Vegas eatery. “It’s the perfect blend of entertainment and culinary in a modern contemporary setting,” Ramsay told the Vegas Guide. “We’ve...

  • Downtown Vegas is cooler than ever this summer at these bars

    Downtown Vegas is cooler than ever this summer at these bars

    Big frozen drinks meet prime people watching With summer temperatures often in the triple digits whenever the sun is out, it’s only natural to want something cool and refreshing to drink when you’re outside. Luckily, one of downtown Las Vegas’ most popular outdoor bars is known for its flavorful...

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  •  ‘Absinthe’ roars into seventh year with new acts

    While “Opium” offers a truly out-of-this-world experience, returning audiences will discover something new to enjoy over at “Absinthe.” The show recently extended its performance schedule and added several new acts to its lauded lineup. Included is an oddly sensual burlesque number involving a...

  • Artist in residence: New music acts bring multiple shows to the Las Vegas Strip

    Artist in residence: New music acts bring multiple shows to the Las Vegas Strip

    Barry’s Back After 10-plus years, singer Barry Manilow returns to the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino for shows May through in October. “Barry Manilow is an icon and one of the world’s greatest performers,” said Westgate founder and CEO David Siegel. “Our guests will be delighted by his repertoire...

  • Dogs allowed: These Vegas resorts have everything for Rover or Rex

    Dogs allowed: These Vegas resorts have everything for Rover or Rex

    The worst part about going on vacation is leaving behind your best friend, right? No matter how much fun you’re having while you’re away, there always comes a point where you find yourself eager to get back home because you miss your dog so much. Fortunately, several Las Vegas resorts offer dog-friendly...

  • The Hot List: Burlesque, Star Wars, Speakeasies

    The Hot List: Burlesque, Star Wars, Speakeasies

        Burlesque Hall of Fame Perfect for “Sin City,” the Burlesque Hall of Fame is the world’s only museum giving visitors a peep into the late 1800s beginnings and the future of the art of striptease. The exhibit features thousands of artifacts and memorabilia, over-the-top costumes, rare images,...

  • Step into it: Zappos Elevates Vegas' Theater Experience

    Step into it: Zappos Elevates Vegas' Theater Experience

    When the popular The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino reopened this spring as Zappos Theater, this state-of-the-art, intimate auditorium will host the innovative, rotating A-list residencies that have become its signature over the past four years and add major new headlining performers...

  • Reigning Supreme: Drag Diva Frank Marino is Vegas' Longest-Running Headliner

    Reigning Supreme: Drag Diva Frank Marino is Vegas' Longest-Running Headliner

    He’s Las Vegas’ longest-running headliner, so it’s hard to imagine Frank Marino not performing center stage. That said, the superstar drag queen and diva was originally studying to be a doctor. While working as a junior pharmacist, fate intervened, in the form of a makeup counter at his pharmacy....

  • A Perfect Pair: Zuma's Eclectic Cuisine and its Masterful Sommelier

    A Perfect Pair: Zuma's Eclectic Cuisine and its Masterful Sommelier

    Daniele Tavernaro was practically born to be a sommelier. Currently pouring at Zuma, the Japanese izakaya restaurant inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Tavernaro said he’s been studying the art of wine his whole life. “It was part of my upbringing,” the native Las Vegan, whose father was also...

  • Sarah Jessica Parker Puts Some Spring in Vegas' Step

    Sarah Jessica Parker Puts Some Spring in Vegas' Step

    Move over, Manolo, and get a clue, Choo. Sarah Jessica Parker is the new coveted shoe designer in town! The “Sex and the City” actress has opened her first West Coast standalone: the SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker boutique at Bellagio Resort & Casino. It’s one of only two locations in the country...

  • 'New School' Vegas Buffets Hone in on Foodie Cravings

    'New School' Vegas Buffets Hone in on Foodie Cravings

    There was a time when Las Vegas buffets shared Strip marquees with production shows. Comedians joked about these bland, questionable buffets, especially the “Plate of Plenty” at Circus Circus and its low, low prices: breakfast $1.40, brunch $2.49 and dinner $3.49. Today buffets still promote endless...

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