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Welcome to Las Vegas By Bill Schafer Publisher, Las Vegas Gay Guide The holidays are nearly upon us and Las Vegas is a great place to spend some vacation time – or just a long weekend. You can get away from the family or meet the relatives here. Can you think of a better place to spend the winter holidays or New Year? There’s lots of memorable special feasts planned for Christmas, and if you celebrate some other holiday, Vegas is famous for making any day special. And the biggest day of all – New Year’s eve is just around the corner. There’ll be fireworks up and down the Strip at midnight. You’ll make your friends green with envy when they see that display on television. And there are many hotels with spectacular views of the fireworks so you won’t have to fight the crowds on the Strip.
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But if you’re like so many people and get great enjoyment out of celebrating in a crowd, then by all means venture to the Strip (Las Vegas Boulevard) or the Fremont Street Experience – downtown – and mingle with the hardy partiers. Visit the Arts District while you’re in town. There’s lots of creativity on display and for sale. And each month there’s a huge street festival in the Arts District on First Friday. Wear comfortable shoes and plan on walking. There’s a map on page 12 to guide you. Don’t forget the local bars. Most have slots that are looser than the casinos, and we all appreciate your spreading a little money among the small businesses which help support our community. Party smart while you’re in town. The Las Vegas police budget is pretty tight and they would certainly like to nail you for driving under the influence – so be careful. We want to see you here for many years to come.
Palms celebrates New Years Eve in four venues It’s out with the old and in with the new and there’s no better way to ring in the New Year than with 9 Group as they host an electrifying celebration on New Year’s Eve. 9 Group is enticing revelers to commemorate the arrival of 2011 at Palms Casino Resort’s premier nightclubs where guests will indulge in unparalleled entertainment. Rain Nightclub presents Paul Oakenfold, 9 p.m. – 4 a.m. Paul Oakenfold, world’s most iconic DJ, resident and producer for Perfecto Vegas, spins his internationally-acclaimed remix at Rain Nightclub. The extravagant musical experience features cutting-edge design and visual art elements, including full audio-visual system integration, multi-screen content and computer graphics, all conceptualized specifically for the venue. Rain represents the ultimate contemporary nightclub and concert venue. Tickets start at $75 and include general admission into Rain Nightclub. Moon Nightclub presents LMFAO, 9 p.m. – 4 a.m. Party rock music group LMFAO performs their popular electro-hop mixes at Moon Nightclub. The club’s main room features what is arguably the most spectacular architectural feature in Las Vegas — a massive retractable roof that offers the crowd an unparalleled view of the stars. When closed, the roof serves as a large video screen, exhibiting giant images of the action on the dance floor. Tickets start at $150 and include general admission into Moon Nightclub. ghostbar boasts best place to watch fireworks, 8 p.m. – 4 a.m. High above the glittering expanse of Las Vegas, ghostbar offers the best place in all of Las Vegas to watch the fireworks on New Year. Resident DJs Mark Stylz and DJ Exodus spin their mash-up all night long. The 8,000 square foot venue is a sultry and sophisticated indoor-outdoor lounge and sky deck on the 55th floor of the Palms Casino Resort. The dramatic outdoor deck provides almost a 360-degree view of the Vegas skyline, with a glass inset in the floor offering a jaw-dropping view straight down. ghostbar admission starts at $125 and includes general admission into the venue. Playboy Club hosted by Playboy Playmates, 9 p.m. – 4 a.m. The sexiest nightclub venue in town, Playboy Club, entices partygoers to welcome the New Year in the company of the world-famous Playboy Bunnies and Playboy Playmates, including: Shanna McLaughlin (July 2010), Kassie Logsdon (May 2010), Jaime Edmondson (January 2010), Kimberly Phillips (September 2009), and Jennifer Pershing (March 2009) and Kara Monaco (June 2005). Playboy Club once defined an era and now serves as the perfect complement to the Las Vegas scene. Design details reflect the iconic image of the Playboy logo, giving guests an unrivaled experience and look into the lifestyle that the Playboy Club has always represented to the world. Tickets start at $125 and include general admission into Playboy Club. VIP all-venue access is $375 and includes express admission into Rain Nightclub, Playboy Club, Moon Nightclub and ghostbar. VIP all-venue access with hosted bar is $475 and includes express admission into all venues and access into designated hosted bar areas inside each venue, featuring Ketel One Vodka, 1519 Tequila, Harlem Kruiden Liquor, Red Bull, and Fiji Water from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. For additional information including complete ticket pricing, visit www. PalmsNewYears.com.
LMFAO (above) and Paul Oakenfold are just two of the attractions at Palms Casino Resort. Moon Nightclub is shown at left.
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Celebrate the holidays at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas with enticing food and beverage specials Indulge with the city’s best food and wine offerings from Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, Mozen Bistro and Mandarin Bar Experience the holidays in style this year at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas. As the season kicks off in late November, rejoice with an array of experiences offered at this chic, sophisticated and festive holiday destination in the heart of the fabulous Las Vegas Strip. Two of the city’s top restaurants Mozen Bistro and Twist by Pierre Gagnaire will offer special menus featuring traditional and contemporary twists on holiday favorites. Throughout the month of December, the hotel’s 23rd floor Mandarin Tea Lounge and reception area will be made festive by the addition of a gingerbread house, piping hot Glüwein and cider to warm the soul, and Las Vegas’ finest high school choirs filling the brilliant open space with traditional carols.
Mozen Bistro For the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day holiday, Mozen Bistro presents a four-course dinner priced at $85 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) with poached lobster medallions with black truffle puree and Juniper-roasted turkey breast with chestnut and orange stuffing. Toast to 2011 with an unforgettable New Year’s Eve dining experience at Mozen Bistro, featuring a special four-course menu priced at $95 (excluding tax and gratuity). This tasting adventure begins with Mozen tapas, then a choice of Maccheronchini Gateaux, 72-hour Kobe short rib, or grilled Chilean sea bass. Finish with a dessert homage to Champagne. Includes access into the Mandarin Oriental Tea Lounge festivities. The Tea Lounge party is for everyone who dines in one of the Mandarin Oriental restaurants that evening. It is free. Mozen Bistro is also the place to nurse the grogginess of New Year’s Day with its Hangover Brunch priced at $65. To make a reservation call +1 (888) 881 9367 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Twist by Pierre Gagnaire For the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day holiday, Twist will offer a palate pleasing five course menu which includes grilled and glazed terrine of foie gras and pea soup with saffron dry fruits marmalade, immaculately fresh Loup de mer, sliced and cooked on aromatic sea salt and twisted olive oil. The grand dessert presentations including classic French buche de Noel cake Those looking for amazing food-and-wine to be part of their 2011 New Year’s Eve festivities will want to experience Twist’s one-of-a-kind dining and champagne celebration. The first seating offers a three course menu priced at $195 (excludes tax and gratuity) and includes access to the Mandarin Tea Lounge party. The second seating features a five course menu priced at $395 (excludes tax and gratuity) and includes a complimentary welcome glass of champagne, a special signed menu by Chef Pierre Gagnaire and full access to Mandarin Bar for the evening. Legendary Chef Pierre Gagnaire will host this exceptional evening at his highly acclaimed restaurant. To make a reservation, call + 1 888 881-9367 or email email@example.com.
Mandarin Bar & Tea Lounge Bid farewell to 2010 and ring in 2011 with sophistication and elegance by spending New Years Eve in the Mandarin Bar & Tea Lounge. Amazing Las Vegas strip views are the backdrop to the city’s most talked-about bar and lounge. The festivities begin at 9 p.m. with live musicians playing long into the night. Bottle service is available, and the $100 cover includes a champagne toast at midnight. The Mandarin Bar party is $100 for entry, and then bottle prices apply for tables. Guests who dine during the last seating at Twist will receive free admittance to the Mandarin Bar party. Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas is a sophisticated sanctuary of modern elegance prominently situated at the entrance of CityCenter, a magnificent urban resort destination in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Rated as a five-star property by AAA 47-story, non-gaming hotel and residences bring fine-dining, a relaxing Spa, spectacular accommodations and the personalized service of the world-renowned hotel group to Las Vegas. Designed entirely by interior designer Adam D. Tihany and architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas sets a new standard of style with stunning suites, amenities and architectural design. For more information, please visit www.mandarinoriental. com/lasvegas/ or contact (702) 590-8888.
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Ring in the New Year at the M Resort Spa Casino Resort celebrates property-wide with a celebration to suit every taste Officials at the M Resort Spa Casino are inviting guests young and old to enjoy the Forbes Four-Star resort their way on Friday, Dec. 31 with a celebration to suit every taste and all price points. With no cover charges or pre-fixe menus, guests are free to dine at their leisure, dance the night away or enjoy the thrill of red-hot gaming action and a champagne toast at midnight. The M Resort will offer complimentary party favors and cake and champagne stations throughout the property’s 92,000 square foot casino and live entertainment in its Lobby Bar, entertainment lounge, Ravello, where the standard two drink minimum will apply, and popular wine bar, Hostile Grape, which features more than 160 wines by the glass. A designated area outside Hostile Grape in Villaggio Del Sole pool piazza will be set-up for guests who want to leisurely party by the pool. With a vantage point 400 feet above the Las Vegas Strip properties, guests are invited to view the fireworks from the M Resort’s six terraces including its 16th floor restaurant, Veloce Cibo. All three of the property’s fine dining restaurants, Marinelli’s, Terzetto and Veloce Cibo, will
accept reservations for the evening and will offer standard menus. Hash House A Go Go will add special items to its popular “twisted farm food” menu for the evening. Restaurant hours are: Veloce Cibo – 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. or later; Terzetto – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. or later; Marinelli’s – 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. or later; and Hash House A Go Go – 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. M Resort Spa Casino is located on over 90 acres at 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. S. on the southeast corner of St. Rose Parkway and Las Vegas Boulevard. Situated higher in elevation than other resort-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, the M Resort provides optimal views of the world-famous Las Vegas skyline from its guest rooms, suites, conference center and restaurants. The resort offers 390 guest rooms and suites, over 92,000 square feet of gaming, nine restaurants and five destination bars, more than 60,000 square feet of meeting and conference space, a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center and a 100,000 square foot events piazza. For more information, visit www.theMresort.com.
New Year’s Weekend is Covered Top to Bottom at Stratosphere Casino The Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower plans a variety of New Year’s weekend festivities and events on the Las Vegas Strip… and high above it. Guests can enjoy their choice of fabulous New Year’s Eve parties at the top of the Stratosphere, each with breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip and fireworks. There are early and late seatings in the acclaimed 360° rotating Top of the World restaurant, a party in Level 107 Lounge featuring the live music of Afterglow, a rockin’ party with DJs and go-go dancers on Level 108, and a VIP party on Levels 103 and 104. Parties start at just $129 per person, and a 15% room discount is available for guests who book parties. For detailed information and to book parties and rooms, visit www. StratosphereNewYears.com. For guests who prefer to party on the casino floor, options abound with live musical entertainment in Images Lounge, video DJ entertainment at C Bar and a dance music DJ in the Back Alley Bar—all with no cover. On New Year’s Day, college football fans can enjoy NCAA bowl games in the Theater of the Stars Showroom from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., featuring the same top-notch amenities found in Pro Football HQ every Sunday throughout the season: nine 9’x12’ big screens, live betting stations, wonderful food & drink specials, unobstructed views, blackjack tables with entertainer dealers, free Wifi, and the only football showroom on the strip with table seating.
Additional New Year’s Day Specials: Top of the World will feature a Grand Buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Prices are $49.99 for adults ($52.99 with champagne) and $29.99 for children 12 and under. Full menu will be available after 3pm. The Buffet on the casino level will also feature a Holiday Champagne Brunch from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Prices are $20.99 for adults and $11.99 for children 10 and under. The American Superstars and Bite shows will be dark on New Year’s Eve, although extra shows are being added on Thursday, Dec. 30 to kick off the holiday festivities. New Year’s Weekend rooms and parties are filling fast, so guests are encouraged to book early by visiting www.StratosphereNewYears.com or calling 800-99-TOWER. Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower is a Las Vegas Strip resort with an 80,000-square-foot casino. The 1,149-foot Stratosphere Tower is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States, featuring the Top of the World restaurant and highest view of the Las Vegas Strip from the Observation Deck as well as SkyJump Las Vegas and thrill rides Big Shot, X-Scream and Insanity. Known as a great value to gamblers, Stratosphere is located close to the Convention Center at the gateway to downtown Las Vegas. It features 2,427 guest rooms and suites, uniquely themed restaurants, the Tower Shops and the American Superstars and Bite shows.
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Stars come out for New Year’s at Station Casinos New Year’s Eve with Yellow Brick Road at The Railhead at Boulder Station at 11 p.m. Yellow Brick Road (YBR) is a Las Vegasbased classic rock tribute band. Unlike most tribute bands that generally pay homage to one artist only, YBR takes on the entire classic rock/ pop spectrum. With an emphasis on details and inflections, the band is able to mimic a wide variety of artists, with the correct sounds and voices needed to recreate some of the biggest acts in classic rock history. Bands in YBR’s repertoire include Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The
Who, Queen, Rush and Journey, to name a few. Ticket Prices: $25 plus tax and applicable fees – in advance, or $35 plus tax and applicable fees – day of show. Must be 21 years or older
New Year’s Eve with Phil Flowers at South Padre at Texas Station at 9 p.m. R&B singer Phil Flowers grew up surrounded by music, eventually following in his dad’s footsteps. Throughout the course of his career, he has performing at several presidential inaugural balls, toured extensively for Royal Caribbean
cruises, among other noted gigs. Flowers has also opened for the likes of Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Patti LaBelle and many more. His love of R&B is emulated through his soul, into his voice and onto the dance floor. At midnight, guests will enjoy a champagne toast and balloon drop to ring in the New Year. Ticket Prices: $15 plus tax and applicable fees – in advance, or $20 plus tax and applicable fees – day of show. Includes party favors, champagne toast and balloon drop. Must be 21 years or older.
New Year’s Eve with Jerry Tiffe at Texas Station’s Dallas Events Center, 6 p.m. Station Casinos’ favorite Jerry Tiffe is known for getting folks out of their seats and onto the dance floor for a swinging’ good time. The legacy continues as he rings in the New Year with adult standards’ favorites, such as “Luck Be a Lady,” “Mack the Knife,” “Night & Day” and “Girl From Ipanema,” among others. Ticket Prices: $39.95 plus tax and applicable fees. Includes buffet dinner, open bar and party favors. Must be 21 years or older.
Local favorite Yellow Brick Road (above) plays New Years Eve at the Railhear at Boulder Station. South Padre at Texas Station (below is the venue for Phil Flowers (inset). L:pon Bronson (right) performs with his band at Gree Valley Ranch
Green Valley Ranch Ovation – Lon Bronson Band performs with doors at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $24.95 and guests must be 21 years or older.
Dream Package: Ultimate SCUBA Experience at Wynn’s Le Rêve Wynn Las Vegas’ breathtaking show, Le Rêve, will give certified SCUBA divers the opportunity of a lifetime with the Diver’s Dream Package. Become part of an elite group of people that have experienced SCUBA diving during a live performance of Le Rêve! For those craving the ultimate SCUBA experience, the Diver’s Dream Package offers a weekend of excitement, including a two night stay in a luxurious Resort Room at Wynn or Encore, VIP Indulgence tickets to Le Rêve, a private backstage tour, SDI Certified SCUBA training session with the Le Rêve diving team and the unparalleled opportunity to dive the live show! Le Rêve is the only staged production in Las Vegas to offer this exclusive access to guests. Packages are priced from $2,000 for one diver and from $3,000 for two divers. For more information please visit www.wynnlasvegas.com or call 702-770-SWIM (7946). Le Rêve redefined the traditional theatrical experience with an evocative aqua spectacle inthe-round. The show features an ambitious blend of aerial acrobatics, provocative choreography, powerful performances and elaborate effects. Le Rêve is created and directed by Franco Dragone of Franco Dragone Entertainment Group.
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Wynn, Encore eateries plan special New Year’s Eve menues Alex At his namesake restaurant, award-winning chef Alex Stratta will offer a five-course prix fixe menu of flavorful, refined dishes such as oyster and tapioca gratin with caviar; foie gras with sweet potato hash, caramelized onions, pancetta & butternut squash sauce; turbot with abalone, and wagyu beef with white truffles. Pastry chef Jenifer Fournier will present a festive dessert finale: “Ten ‘til Midnight—A Chocolate Resolution.” $450pp. Reservations from 9 p.m.
Lakeside Grill At Wynn’s new dining destination, chef David Walzog will prepare a prix-fixe menu of imaginative takes on classic American dishes. The festive meal will begin with smoked salmon and confit potato Napoleon with Spanish caviar, followed by seared scallops with celery root puree and foie gras jus; wild mushroom risotto with white truffles, and dry-aged prime rib with potato pave. Pastry chef Kimberly Valdez’s creative desserts are perfect for ringing in the new year. $325pp. Reservations from 9 p.m.
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Guests of Okada can celebrate New Year’s Eve with chef Masa Ishizawa’s fine Japanese cuisine served in a modern Zen oasis. A fivecourse prix fixe menu will include a toro tuna, kampachi and salmon sashimi platter; foie gras and Japanese eggplant salad; Maine lobster with sesame sauce, and tenderloin of Kobe beef with black truffle sauce. The restaurant will also offer a multi-course teppan yaki dining experience. $195pp. Reservations form 9 p.m. $150pp. Teppan Yaki.
Sinatra Chef Theo Schoenegger will offer a meal worthy of the Sinatra namesake with dishes such as Maine lobster salad, handmade pennette pasta with asparagus and caviar as well as beef tenderloin with braised short rib, butternut squash puree and glazed brussel sprouts. The celebratory meal will conclude with a decadent Valhrona chocolate truffle. $250pp. Reservations from 9 p.m.
Alex at Encore Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare Revelers can ring in the new year with award-winning chef Paul Bartolotta’s authentic Mediterranean cuisine served in four-course, fivecourse and six-course prix fixe menus. Music and dancing can be enjoyed along with Bartolotta’s various seafood dishes, homemade pastas and entrees. $125pp. Four-course prix fixe dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. $150pp. Five-course prix fixe dinner from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. $325pp. Six-course prix fixe gala dinner with DJ, music and dancing from 9 p.m.
Botero Chef Mark LoRusso’s creative steak and seafood cuisine will be presented in a prix fixe menu comprised of Maine lobster salad with winter citrus and curry vinaigrette; ricotta agnolotti with white truffles and parsnips; phyllo-crusted Dover sole with crab brandade, and filet of beef Rossini with potato cake, spinach and black truffles. A tasting of whimsical, childhoodinspired desserts from pastry chef Sara Steele will provide a sweet close to the meal. $250pp. Reservations from 9 p.m.
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Country Club At the steakhouse on The Green, chef Carlos Guia will offer a prix fixe menu of celebratory dishes such as Russian and California estate Osetra caviar with potato crisps and smoked salmon; King crab and lobster ceviche; pheasant, foie gras and black truffle ‘pot pie’; pan roasted sea bass and shrimp, as well as filet mignon with porcini mushroom crust. $250pp. Reservations from 9 p.m.
At Society Cafe Encore, guests can enjoy chef/partner Kim Canteenwalla’s modern takes on American classics in a four-course prix fixe and standard a la carte menus. Tasty options include a shellfish platter for two with Alaskan King Crab, Kumomoto Oysters, and tiger shrimp; a choice of lobster bisque or roasted beet salad; white truffle or chanterelle risotto as well as Land and Sea -- filet mignon and butter poached lobster with baconspiked mashed potatoes. Baked Alaska with dark rum flambé will offer a dazzling finale. $95pp for prix fixe menu. Reservations from 9 p.m.
Stratta This New Year’s Eve, guests of Stratta can dig into approachable Tuscan fare from star award-winning chef Alex Stratta. Stratta will serve a four-course prix fixe menu of spinach and ricotta ravioli followed by grana padana and toasted hazelnuts, sea scallops with roasted cauliflower and wild mushrooms, and surf and turf -- a filet of beef and Maine lobster tail. An option of amaretto cheesecake or a chocolate & caramel bar will be offered for dessert. $120pp, Reservations from 9 p.m.
SW Steakhouse At Wynn’s signature steakhouse, chef David Walzog will serve a festive five-course menu of dishes including Maine lobster with white truffle; Moscovy duck with foie gras croquette, bourbon maple and pear compote; and a choice of Wagyu sirloin with parmesan gnocchi or King prawn Thermidor. $375pp. Reservations from 9 p.m.
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At the restaurant that marries dinner and theater, chef Rene Lenger will offer his standard a la carte menu of classic steakhouse fare, regional seafood and seasonal specials. Reservations from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.
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Eastside Cannery celebrates with Kool & the Gang Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel will ring in the New Year with many exciting performances and parties happening throughout the entire property. There is something for everyone this New Year’s Eve with Kool & the Gang on the main stage, One Six Sky Lounge with music spinning all night long and Super Boogie in Marilyn’s Lounge.
Casablanca Event Center Kool & the Gang will perform on New Year’s Eve at the Casablanca Event Center. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 8:30 p.m. A musical sensation, Kool and the Gang has 31 gold and platinum albums and two Grammy
‘Tis the season to feast on Christmas specials at Aquarius Casino Resort Aquarius Casino Resort in Lauhglin will celebrate Christmas with dining specials at The Vineyard Ristorante, Windows on the River Buffet and Café Aquarius on Saturday, December 25. The Vineyard Ristorante will serve the Christmas dinner special from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Day. Guests start with an appetizer of coconut shrimp lightly battered with spicy pepper aioli and choice of lentil soup or a salad of mixed field greens tossed with roasted tomato vinaigrette. For the entrée, diners choose from turkey breast stuffed with cranberry sage stuffing and served with garlic mashed potatoes, a baked seafood and panko crusted halibut or a 14ounce rib eye smothered with wild mushrooms and served with Yukon mashed potatoes. All entrées are accompanied by seasonal vegetables. A succulent choice of crème brulee or molten chocolate tart follows the meal. The Vineyard Ristorante Christmas dinner special is $31.46 per person with an ace | PLAY card and $34.95 per person without an ace | PLAY card. Reservations are encouraged. Windows on the River Buffet will feature a delectable spread of hot holiday items including carved crusted pork loin, carved prime rib with au jus, sliced ham with bourbon fruit sauce, roast turkey with giblet gravy, blackened salmon with roasted pepper aioli and steak with sundried tomato béarnaise sauce. A feast of traditional holiday dishes will also be served including toasted pine nut stuffing, red B mashed potatoes, candied yams, fresh broccoli and salad bar additions of Waldorf salad and fresh cranberry salad. Additionally, there will be two sauté stations with the first serving red rub catfish, hush puppies, black beans and white rice, and the flambé dessert stations serving cheese crepes, bananas foster and cherries jubilee. Black forest cake will also be served as a dessert addition. The Christmas Buffet is $15.99 per person with an ace | PLAY card and $21.32 per person without an ace | PLAY card. In addition to its regular menu, Café Aquarius will offer Christmas guests a choice of roast tom turkey or honey baked ham with all traditional side dishes and dessert for $12.95 per person with an ace | PLAY card and $14.39 per person without an ace | PLAY card. Café Aquarius will serve the Christmas special from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Aquarius Casino Resort is the largest 24-hour gaming resort in Laughlin providing 1,907 newly renovated rooms and suites and a 57,000-square-foot casino offering 1,250 state-of-the-art slot machines, the widest variety of favorite table games, a modern race and sports book, keno and live poker. The Aquarius Casino Resort offers multiple amenities including restaurants to serve every taste from fine dining to casual dining. For more information, please call (800) 662-5825 or (702) 298-5111. For further information visit www.AquariusCasinoResort.com and check out the special offers and packages section.
award wins and hits that include “Jungle Boogie,” “Get Down on It,” and “Celebration.” Kool and the Gang have sold over 70 million albums and have been a smash hit for decades with their music inspiring three generations. New Year’s Eve packages: • Room and show package - Includes a deluxe room on New Year’s Eve and two show tickets for $229.95 • Dinner and show package - Includes two Cannery Row Buffet dinners featuring steak night with champagne and two show tickets for $152.68 • Show tickets - Tickets can be purchased in three levels: $64.95, $74.95, and $84.95. Tickets can be purchased by calling (702) 856-5470, visiting www.eastsidecannery.com or at the sales counter located at the front desk. Ticket prices do not include tax and applicable fees.
One Six Sky Lounge Dance the night away at Eastside Cannery’s One Six Sky Lounge. Music will be spinning all
night long with entertainment provided by DJ Marco A. Delgado. For only $45 guests can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Las Vegas Skyline, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast and party favors. From 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. experience an unforgettable New Year celebration from the 16th floor of Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel complete with awe-inspiring views of the famed Las Vegas Strip and America’s Party-New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show. Tables with bottle service are also available and can be reserved by calling 702.856.5432. After midnight, cover charge is $15.
Marilyn’s Lounge Super Boogie, playing all your favorite dance hits, will help celebrate the New Year at Eastside Cannery’s Marilyn’s Lounge from 8:30 p.m.- 1:00 a.m. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and with only two-drink minimum ring in the New Year dancing the night away. The Eastside Cannery is located at 5255 North Boulder Highway in Las Vegas.
Smokey Robinson to bring his legendary sound to Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel, Jan. 14
Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel will present legendary singer, songwriter, and producer Smokey Robinson in the Casablanca Event Center on Friday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. With classic hits like “The Tracks of My Tears”, “I Second That Emotion”, “Ooo Baby Baby” and “Tears of a Clown” come see the man who helped perfect the Motown sound. Tickets are on sale now and available in three levels: Gold $84.95, Prime $74.95, and Reserved $64.95. Tickets can be purchased by calling (702) 856-5470 or by visiting www. eastsidecannery.com or the Eastside Cannery box office located at the front desk. Ticket prices do not include tax and applicable fees. Smokey Robinson recently celebrated 50 years in the music industry and is still popular with various audiences today. Between the years 1960-1987 he had 37 songs reach the Top 40. With his internally smooth and instantly recognizable falsetto Smokey Robinson is a Motown legend. As one of the first singers to sign with Motown records he later served as vice president of the record company for 28 years. His music career began with Motown band the Miracles where he served as their lead singer for over ten
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years but eventually went on to create a successful solo career. Robinson, a natural songwriter also wrote hit songs for other Motown groups such as “My Girl” for the Temptations and “When I’m Gone” for Brenda Holloway to name a few. With hits like “Love Machine,” “Just to See Her” and “Crusin” he is a pop culture icon. Over the years Smokey Robinson has been the recipient of many awards. In 1987 Robinson won a Grammy for the hit “Just to See Her”, in 1988 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a 1991 recipient of the Soul Train Music Award for Career Achievement, a 1999 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a 2006 Kennedy Center honoree, a recipient of a Doctorate of Music degree from Howard University, a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate degree from Berklee College of Music, a Songwriter’s Hall of Fame honoree. Robinson is truly a rarity as he is one of the only celebrities to have double stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame one for his solo career and one for the Miracles. Currently, he is working on his next album Time Flies When You’re Having Fun where he will be collaborating with Carlos Santana, India Arie, and Joss Stone. His new album is a combination of smooth R&B and pop music.
Where locals meet, shop, party & worship Laughlin-area Bars Lariat Saloon 1161 Hancock Road, Bullhead City, AZ 86442 10 a.m to 2 a.m. daily (928) 704-1969 • Toll Free: (866) 670-4114 www.lariatsaloon.com
Las Vegas Nightclubs & Bars Back Door Lounge 1415 E. Charleston Blvd. 702.385.2018 A neighborhood bar known for its Latin clientele especially on Saturday Nights. Badlands Saloon & Dancehall 953 E. Sahara Ave. #22, (Inside Commercial Center) 702.792.9262 Open 24 hours a day. One of Las Vegas’ oldest bars. Country Western Themed Bar. Buffalo 4640 Paradise Rd. 702.733.8355 A Levi Leather bar with Pool Tables and Videos, Video Poker, Darts. Open 24 Hours. Popular for its $5 beer busts on Friday Nights at 9 and Sundays at 4. Charlie’s 5012 S. Arville Rd. 702.876.1844 It is a country western bar about 1 mile west of the strip just off Tropicana Ave. The best time to visit The Charlie’s is on Sunday afternoons around 4 the beer bust draws a huge crowd. Home of the Men of Charlie’s. Crews’n 1000 E. Sahara Ave., #105 702.731.0951 • CrewsnLV.com Intimate piano bar, pool table. 8½ 4633 Paradise Rd. 702.791.0100 An intimate, comfortable lounge decorated in rich, warm ambers, reds and browns. The lounge features a pool table, dance floor, and stage. Eagle 3430 E. Tropicana 702.458.8662 Levi-leather bar located about 4 miles east of the strip. Video poker. Underwear nights every Wednesday and Friday. If you’re in your underwear wells or drafts are free 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Good Times 1775 E. Tropicana Ave. 702.736.9494 A classy watering hole. The Monday Liquor Bust makes this popular with the college crowd. Krave Nightclub 3663 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.836.0830 Krave is a 17,000 square foot entertainment venue that is home to the Krave Lounge, Krave Nightclub and Harmon Theatre. Las Vegas Lounge 900 E. Karen Ave. 702.737.9350 Las Vegas’ only transgender bar.
The Rack 953 E. Sahara 35B, in Commercial Center 702.732.7225 Clothing, leather & accessories for men and women.
Spotlight Lounge 957 E. Sahara Ave. 702.696.0202 A working class bar, located at the entrance to Commercial Center. Free appetizers nightly. Video poker, pool, charity drag shows.
Spas and Health Clubs Blue Moon Resort 2651 Westwood Dr. 702.361.9099 deluxe rooms & suites, Jacuzzi grotto, pool/sundeck, steam room. Entourage (Men’s) Spa & Health Club 953 E. Sahara A19 (NW corner of Commercial Center) 702.650.9191
Gay & Lesbian Community Center 953 E. Sahara Ave. Suite B-25 702.733.9800 Information, resources, meeting space.
Fun Hog Ranch 495 E. Twain 702.791.7001 Las Vegas’ newest gay club. Levi, leather, fetish. A fun and friendly drinking spot.
Erotic Heritage Museum 3275 Industrial Rd. (Across from Trump Tower) Explores human sexuality with educational exhibits and large collection of literature.
Escape Lounge & Café 4213 W. Sahara Ave. 702.364.1167 Where everything is loose, even the slots. Happy Hour 5 to 7 p.m. and 5 to 7 am daily. A great neighborhood gay bar.
Adult World Arcade/Mini Theaters 3781 Meade Ave. (at Valley View) 702.579.9735 24 hrs., video rentals/sales, bookstore.
Get Booked 4640 Paradise Rd. 702.737.7780 Books, videos, gifts, mags, t-shirts.
Price Video 700 E. Naples Ave. 102 702.734.1342 Gay video rentals and sales.
Snick’s Place 1402 S. Third St. 702.385.9298 They’re Partying 24 Hours a Day! The oldest bar in Las Vegas. Friendly bartenders and lots of drink specials.
Fantasy World Arcade/Mini Theaters 6760 Boulder Highway (between Sunset & Russell) 702.433.6311 24 hrs., video rentals/sales, book store.
Industrial Road Book & Video/Arcade 3427 Industrial Rd. 702.734.7667 24 hrs., video sales/rentals, book store.
Piranha Dancing, second-floor VIP section 4633 Paradise Road 702.791.0100 • 800.430.1105
Hawks Gym 953 E. Sahara Ave. (SE Corner of Commercial Center) 702.731.4295
Deja Vu Love Boutique 3247 Industrial Rd. • 702.731-5655 HD arcade with 200 channels.
Retro Vegas 1211 S. Main St. 702.384.2700 Antiques, furnishings, accessories, art.
Theatre Onyx Theater 953 E. Sahara 35B, in Commercial Center 702.732.7225
Religious Organizations Christ the King Catholic Church 4925 S. Torrey Pines Drive & W. Tropicana 702.871.1904 • www.ctklv.org A very accepting Catholic Church Metropolitan Community Church 1140 Almond Tree Ln. 702.369.4380 Christian Church with outreach to gays & lesbians. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Las Vegas 3616 E. Lake Mead Blvd. 702.437.2404 • uuclv.org Welcomes everyone regardless of faith or religious affiliation or sexual orientation.
Gay AA, NA Gay & Lesbian Community Center 953 E. Sahara Ave. Suite B-25 702.733.9800 Alcoholics Anonymous meets Sun. at 11 a.m.; Tues., Wed., Thur. and Sat. at 6:30 p.m. Spanish speaking AA meets Mon., 6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meeting is Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Flex 4371 W. Charleston Blvd. 702.385.3539 A neighborhood bar. Free Zone 610 E. Naples Dr. 702.794.2300 Catering mostly to lesbians. Gipsy 4605 Paradise Rd. 702.731.1919 A dance club which is popular with the younger crowd.
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Candy and the Canes brings the holiday spirit to downtown Las Vegas Free shows run through the holiday season at Fremont Street Experience Back by popular demand, Candy and the Canes will start spreading Holiday cheer in Downtown Las Vegas with free performances at Fremont Street Experience. Continuing through Dec. 26, Candy and the Canes will dazzle audiences Thursdays through Mondays, staging three shows a night at 7:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m., and 9:15 p.m. on the 3rd Street Stage. Candy and the Canes is a live musical revue that will perform some of the best known and favorite Holiday classics such as “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “White Christmas,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and many more. The cast is swirled with a little bit of naughty and a little bit of nice and is comprised of singers, dancers and live musicians. Candy and the Canes promise to be sweet, sexy, and fun and will leave audiences coming back for more. Candy and the Canes is produced by Face Productions and choreographed by Melden Steele. Long before Bugsy Seigel envisioned the Flamingo Hotel/Casino and long before the Las Vegas Strip was populated by pirates, volcanoes, castles or pyramids, there was downtown Las Vegas. Since the city was incorporated in 1911, downtown Las Vegas –Fremont Street, in particular – has been
an integral part of the community and in the gaming industry’s forefront. Fremont Street has been the site of numerous “firsts” in Las Vegas: the first street to be paved (1925); the first traffic light; the first elevator (the Apache Hotel in 1932); and the first high-rise (the Fremont Hotel in 1956). When
gaming was legalized in 1931, the first Nevada gaming license was issued to the Northern Club at 15 E. Fremont Street. Meanwhile, the Horseshoe was the first casino to install carpeting while the Golden Nugget was the first structure designed from the ground up to be a casino. The milestones of Fremont Street continued with the $70 million Fremont Street Experience (1995), a seven-block open-air pedestrian mall featuring permanent performance stages, live entertainment and a graphic light show unparalleled for its time.
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Another broad stride into the future has been taken with the 2004 installation of a $17 million digital video display system unlike any other in the world. The four-block long canopy now features state-of-the-art LED technology that creates a myriad of eye-popping color combinations, while 12.5 million bulbs ramp up resolution to deliver superb picture quality and clarity. And the 550,000 watts of concert quality sound pumped to speakers throughout the venue produce an incredible array of eye-popping imagery and heart pounding music. There is always something going on at the Fremont Street Experience located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas on the historic street that started it all. Viva Vision shows appear nightly on the hour beginning at dusk and are free and open to the public. The giant LED screen towers 90-feet above a pedestrian mall lined with unique retail shopping kiosks and two permanent performance stages. Ten legendary casinos line Fremont Street Experience with more than 60 restaurants and thousands of loose slots. Free concerts, special events, and roaming street performers entertain the nearly 17 million visitors who come to experience the vintage Vegas attraction each year.
Retro Vegas is home to vintage furnishings, classic decor Bill and Mark have a love for anything “old Las Vegas”. They live in a home once owned by a major casino owner in one of the historic neighborhoods in town. They own a store full of vintage furnishings and try to learn all they can about the treasures they deal in. Retro Vegas is the home of history, style and all that’s fabulous about Las Vegas. Retro Vegas is full of art and antiques. There are treasures and object d’arte to fit every budget and space. This is a Mid Century Modern museum in a cramped shop at 1211 S. Main Street. They display and sell many pieces that are full of historical significance from some of the most fabulous homes in town. From modern art to antiquities, the inventory changes all the time. If you’re into retro décor, you know that this is the season for pulling out your retro aluminum Christmas tree. What’s that you say? You don’t have one because it was thrown out decades ago? Then let Retro Vegas come to your rescue with a shiny, 8-foot tree. It’s slated to be their “Deal of the Week” in early DecemberIt comes complete with a color light wheel and rotating stand. You’ll get a feeling for the creative forces in present day Las Vegas with their monthly featured artist. This month it’s photographer Grant Riley. Originally from New Jersey and with no ‘local intelligence’ of the towns and cities that he moves to, Grant makes it his enterprise to become a ‘local’ and thus share his experiences with all, through his photographs. For glitz, glamour and fun, check out Retro Vegas.
Retro Vegas 1211 S. Main Street Las Vegas, NV 89104 702.384.2700 www.retro-vegas.com Hours: Mon - Sat 11 – 6
Retro Vegas – a shop, not a museum which one might expect.– is home to unique furnishings including this humongous MidMod amoeba shaped coffee table (center, right), a pair of Mid Mod cane tufted high back chairs (above) and the ceramic cockatoo TV lamp shown below.
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Ring in the New Year with Society of Seven at Cannery Casino & Hotel Cannery Casino & Hotel will celebrate the New Year with an electrifying performance by Society of Seven featuring Jasmine Trias in the Club at 10:30 p.m. Come join the excitement and ring in 2011 with Society of Seven, a multi talented band and Jasmine Trias, their featured guest who was the third place finalist on season three of American Idol. Society of Seven is certainly unique, with each of the seven members having their own set of talents and the ability to play just about any instrument. Hailing from Hawaii, Society of Seven is so popular they were voted “Best Show in Waikiki.” Having headlined with big time performers all around the world and appearing on many national television shows they are seasoned professionals. The band’s shows are colorful, ranging from dramatic ballads to Frank Sinatra to dancing Hawaiiana, with the humor always flowing to ensure that the audience always has a great time. Jasmine Trias, their special guest star is also from Hawaii. The third place finalist on season three of American Idol has garnered a major fan base in both the United States and Philippines. Since her stint on American Idol Trias has released two albums one in the United States and one in the Philippines. With her tremendous talent she is an excellent addition to Society of Seven. New Year’s Eve dinner and show packages are available which includes one show ticket and dinner at Waverly’s or Vino’s Ristorante for $84.95 or one show ticket and dinner at Cannery Row Buffet for $64.95. Tickets for the New Year’s Eve concert can also be purchased separately for $44.95. To purchase tickets call (702) 507-5757, visit www. cannerycasinos.com or go to the sales counter located at the front desk. Ticket prices do not include tax, applicable fees or gratuity.
The Cannery is located at 2121 East Craig Road in North Las Vegas.
Wynn and Encore resorts offer vegan culinary program Every fine dining and casual restaurant at Wynn and Encore now offers vegan menu items to cater to diners of various tastes and dietary preferences. As the first resort on The Strip with such extensive vegan offerings, Wynn remains on the cusp of a larger shift toward healthy eating.
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Special vegan dishes include Fava Bean Puree with sautéed hon shimeji mushrooms, snap pea salad and aged balsamic vinegar at Alex and the Market Chopped Salad with avocado, carrots, celery, pumpkin seeds, edamame and tarragon vinaigrette at Society Café Encore. Hearty entrée options – such as the Summer Vegetable Gratin at Botero, Risotto con Verdure di Stagione, risotto whipped with seasonal vegetables at Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare, and Napoleon of Savory Tofu with ratatouille and fried eggplant at Tableau – entice vegan and non-vegans alike. The Country Club excites palettes with a vegan version of their popular Watermelon Gazpacho with avocado, jicama, tomato, cucumber, cilantro and yucca crisp, while Stratta offers Whole Wheat Pasta Primavera, a vegan take on the Italian American staple. SW, Wynn’s signature steakhouse, serves crave-worthy vegan dishes such as Grilled Royal Trumpet Mushrooms with creamy polenta and shallot balsamic sauce. Wazuzu’s Vegan Crunch Roll with crispy asparagus, avocado, cucumber and arare, Okada’s Vegan Cold Soba Noodle and Wing Lei’s Crispy Tofu with sugar pea, water chestnut, carrot and bean sprout feature flavorful Asian ingredients. Decadent desserts such as Blueberry Cobbler with toasted almond ice cream at Sinatra and Banana Crepes with coconut ice cream, avocado mousse at Switch provide a sweet close to any meal.
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