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ALLEGIANT'S GUIDE TO THE BEST DESTINATIONS UNDER THE SUN

MAR-APR 2019

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COVER Allegiant passengers traveling to Las Vegas in early March have the unique opportunity to see one of the Entertainment Capital of the World’s most beloved acts perform— but not in their long-running Las Vegas residency. March 1 through 7, Penn & Teller will be filming the sixth season of their hit TV series, “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” inside Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Once Penn & Teller finish filming the new season, they will resume performances of their Las Vegas production. Regardless of if you attend a free TV taping or purchase tickets to see Penn & Teller’s Las Vegas show, you are in for a priceless experience. caesars.com/rio-las-vegas

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Welcome aboard and thank you for choosing Allegiant. It’s springtime and along with better weather comes more opportunities for a nice long vacation. Whether you’re heading to the beaches of southern California, the sunny deserts of Arizona or to enjoy the glitz of Las Vegas, know we’re constantly striving to offer more opportunities for travel at the lowest prices. We recently announced new routes to: Charleston, South Carolina; Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Florida; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Phoenix/Mesa and new service to Anchorage, Alaska, giving travelers even more opportunities to get away. Let Sunseeker be your guide to the latest in local deals and tips on the hottest spots to visit in our destinations. Learn what to do in Phoenix beyond Major League Baseball spring training on page 60. See the top spots to catch a game (like during March Madness) in Las Vegas on page 20. If you’re traveling with kids, learn what shows the whole family will enjoy in Las Vegas on page 41. Finally, discover why Las Vegas’ LINQ Promenade isn’t your typical shopping and entertainment district on page 43. As always, we hope you take advantage of the convenience and great deals we offer on our nonstop flights, hotels, car rentals and more to make your trip a great one. Thanks again for choosing Allegiant and have a great vacation. Maurice J. Gallagher

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LAS VEGAS

Photo of NASCAR courtesy of Las Vegas Motor Speedway; Ring of Honor courtesy of Boyd Gaming; "The Play That Goes Wrong" by Jeremy Daniel; Sarah McLachlan by Kharen Hill

ON THE CALENDAR MARCH/APRIL 2019

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NASCAR races into Las Vegas Motor Speedway March 1-3 with the NGOTS STRAT 200 & STRAT Qualifying sessions on Friday, the Boyd Gaming 300 Xfinity Series on Saturday and the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday. lvms.com

See your favorite Ring of Honor stars in action when the professional wrestling promotion comes to Sam’s Town for two televised events March 15 and 16, the 17th anniversary pay-perview on Friday and a TV taping on Saturday. Both shows start at 6 p.m. samstownlv.com

“THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG” Broadway’s longest-running play, the murdermystery comedy “The Play That Goes Wrong” comes to The Smith Center April 18-24 for eight hilarious performances. Showtimes are Thursday, Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. thesmithcenter.com

SARAH MCLACHLAN Marking her long-awaited return to the Las Vegas Strip after more than eight years, multiplatinum singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan (“Angel,” “I Will Remember You”) performs at Wynn Las Vegas April 24, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. wynnlasvegas.com

Read on for Sunseeker's suggestions on how to enjoy your Las Vegas vacation. explore las vegas

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The NoMad Restaurant’s 80-day dry-aged Ribeye for two with sides

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NEW & NOTEWORTHY RECENT ADDITIONS TO LAS VEGAS’ RESTAURANT SCENE SURE TO WOW TASTE BUDS By H. Wadowski

Photo of ribeye by Dylan + Jeni; wings courtesy of Station Casinos

There’s always something new to enjoy in Las Vegas—especially when it comes to the city’s diverse dining scene. Whether you’re hungry for an exquisite fine dining experience or you want to savor some flavorful fare in a more casual environment, there’s sure to be a new restaurant nearby to satisfy your cravings. B.B.D.’S AT PALACE STATION Offering so much more than just its namesake beers, burgers and desserts (b.B.d.’s) for lunch and dinner, this New York-based restaurant truly raises the bar for casual dining spots in Las Vegas. Guests walk past its butcher room while they’re being seated so they can see that the kitchen’s USDA-certified Prime beef has never been frozen. The fresh beef is actually hand butchered on site to make one of three different types of burgers: a thick Steakhouse Burger, a succulent Griddle Burger or—Sunseeker’s favorite—a White Castle-like Steamed Burger. An assortment of other scratch-made items is available, too, including several styles of chicken wings (try the Naked Confit Wings cooked low and slow in rendered chicken fat until crispy) and some of the tastiest vegan and vegetarian dishes in town. palacestation.sclv.com/dining/bbds CIPRIANI AT WYNN PLAZA SHOPS This iconic Italian restaurant’s first West Coast location doesn’t disappoint. Not only can guests experience a true taste of Venice with Cipriani’s Bellini—a concoction of Prosecco and white peach purée that was created at Harry’s Bar in 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani Sr.—but they can also relish a variety of signature Italian dishes for lunch or dinner. Must-try classics include the Baked White Tagliolini with Praga Ham and the Risotto Primavera. Whatever you decide on, be sure to start your meal with the famed Carpaccio D e s t i n at i o n ▪ L a s V e g a s

“alla Cipriani,” which Giuseppe Cipriani Sr. created for Countess Amalia Nani Mocenigo in 1950, and don’t forget a slice of the Vanilla Meringue Cake for dessert. cipriani.com THE NOMAD RESTAURANT AT NOMAD LAS VEGAS One of the Strip’s most striking restaurants, this delectable establishment features hundreds of colorful books on its walls and soaring 23-foot-tall ceilings. Known for its cool cocktails and crowdpleasing communal courses, the restaurant boasts an array of shareable appetizers and entrées for dinner, like the impeccable Steak Tartare prepared tableside with nearly 10 different ingredients and the foie gras, black truffle and brioche-stuffed NoMad Roast Chicken. Individual-sized entrées are available, too, like the palate-pleasing black truffle, ricotta, sausage and Parmesan Cavatelli or the pan-roasted Branzino. nomadlasvegas.com/en/restaurants/the-nomadrestaurant.html

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Savor some sushi during Corner Market Buffet’s Champagne Brunch

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EAT (AND DRINK) UP! W E E K E N D B R U N C H E S WO RT H TOA S T I N G TO By H. Wadowski

Photo of sushi courtesy of Treasure Island; fresh-carved meats courtesy of Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas’ lavish buffets are known for cooking up an assortment of delicious dishes throughout the day, but it’s usually only during brunch that guests get to sample an array of morning and afternoon favorites at the same time. Several buffets in town are known for their savory weekend brunches, with many of them offering a selection of all-you-can-drink alcoholic beverages to enjoy with your meal. CARNIVAL WORLD BUFFET AT RIO ALL-SUITE HOTEL & CASINO Every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., this off-Strip smorgasbord hosts Champagne Brunch, featuring complimentary champagne and mimosas at its bar. Sure to have something for everyone, the scrumptious spread offers everything from succulent fresh-carved ham, roasted turkey and beef (both top round and strip loin) to chilled green mussels and peel-and-eat shrimp. There’s also a made-to-order omelet station, a live teppanyaki station and French toast and pancake stations where guests can choose from an assortment of toppings to go on their dish, like Oreos or strawberries. A variety of Asian soups and sandwiches are available as well, and there’s a Hawaiian Food Corner featuring such tasty items as Loco Moco and Spam Fried Rice. caesars.com/rio-las-vegas/ restaurants/carnival-world-and-seafood-buffet CORNER MARKET BUFFET AT TREASURE ISLAND The Strip’s newest buffet offers Champagne Brunch each Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. where guests can enjoy a variety of complimentary flavored mimosas with their meal, including pineapple and cranberry. Perfect for breakfast fans who want to sleep in, the smorgasbord features almost every breakfast dish imaginable—even Breakfast Meat Pizza—as well as an assortment of luscious lunchtime items. Must-try selections include D e s t i n at i o n ▪ L a s V e g a s

the Grilled Flank Steak, the Korean Beef and Pork Dumplings, the Maple Pepper Pork Belly and sushi. There’s also a made-to-order omelet station and a variety of fresh juices to choose from. treasureisland.com/restaurant/13/cornermarket-buffet CRAVINGS AT THE MIRAGE Already known for including select beers and Liberty Creek wines with each meal, this popular Strip buffet also offers unlimited complimentary champagne at its bar every Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. during its Champagne Brunch. In addition to featuring an array of seasonal selections, the bountiful brunch offers such staples as crab legs, chicken and waffles, fresh-carved prime rib and turkey breast. Other flavorful favorites include the Brisket Eggs Benedict, Corn Beef Potato Hash and Blackened Mahi Mahi. mirage.com/en/restaurants/cravings.html

Feast upon fresh-carved meats at Carnival World Buffet’s Champagne Brunch

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Shaquille O’Neal’s Big Chicken is Las Vegas’ newest celebrity-owned restaurant

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BIG MAN, BIGGER FLAVORS S H AQ U I L L E O ’ N E A L O P E N S N E W O F F - S T R I P C H I C K E N R E S TAU R A N T By Heather Turk

Shaquille O’Neal will always be known as one of basketball’s legendary big men. However, the retired NBA center who won four championships during his time with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat is now making a name for himself as a restauranteur thanks to one of Las Vegas’ newest restaurants, Big Chicken. Located across the street from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the fast-casual eatery opened in October 2018 to much fanfare, as O’Neal documented the process of opening the restaurant with his own Facebook Watch series, “Big Chicken Shaq.”

Savor bold, Shaq-sized flavors at Shaquille O’Neal’s Big Chicken

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“The food really is the star,” O’Neal said. “We focused on bringing the best quality product at a price point that is lower than most of the other celebrity-driven restaurants.” Big Chicken’s NAKED TRUTH Premium Chicken is not only preservative free, but also humanely raised with no cages, hormones or antibiotics. Guests can enjoy the chicken either crispy or grilled in an assortment of tasty sandwiches—like the bold Shaq Fu BBQ topped with house kimchi, pork belly and Korean BBQ sauce—or lightly breaded as chicken strips. A variety of sides and salads are available, too, including O’Neal’s favorite childhood dish, macaroni and cheese, made just the way his mom makes it: with a CheezIt crust. O’Neal plans on expanding Big Chicken to several more cities across the nation, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be at the Las Vegas location often. In fact, O’Neal said he recently got a place close by so fans will be seeing him there “more and more.” bigchicken.com d e s t i n at i o n ▪ L a s V e g a s

Photo of Shaquille O'Neal courtesy of Turner Sports; meal courtesy of Big Chicken

“I wanted to bring the fans in on the process and make it feel like it was something we built together,” O’Neal told Sunseeker. “At the end of the day, they will be the ones judging the experience, so why not get their input from the beginning?”

O’Neal noted that his time in the NBA taught him that people always need a team to be successful, so not only did he implement some of the fan feedback he received while filming the series when opening Big Chicken, but he also surrounded himself with the best restaurant operators, designers, chefs and staff members he could find. That doesn’t mean O’Neal wasn’t very hands-on during the decision-making process, as he was a part of as many meetings and phone calls as possible, especially when it came to the food.


The AB Tuna Tacos at Kumi

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NO PASSPORT REQUIRED A TASTE OF JAPAN ON THE LAS VEGAS STRIP By Heather Turk

Photo of tacos courtesy of Hakkasan Group; dessert by Jeff Green; booths courtesy of Caesars Palace

Foodies visiting Las Vegas can easily take their taste buds on a culinary adventure, as the city is home to several restaurants that showcase different types of cuisine from around the world. In fact, visitors will find arguably the best Japanese food outside of Japan served at some of the Strip’s stylish Japanese restaurants. KUMI AT MANDALAY BAY Serving modern Japanese cuisine with a KoreanAmerican twist for dinner, this delectable establishment is the second restaurant on the Strip to showcase the impeccable creations of chef Akira Back (Yellowtail at Bellagio). Regardless of what you order, every item on the menu explodes with flavor, from the Salmon Sashimi topped with hot oil, yuzu soy, garlic, sesame and micro cilantro to the Crispy Pork Belly rolls topped with Brussels coleslaw. Other must-try selections include the warm Japanese Eggplant topped with sweet miso and fresh mozzarella, the AB Tuna Tacos and the juicy Jidori Chicken. Just remember to save some room for dessert: the Strawberry Soufflé might just be the best soufflé in Las Vegas! kumilasvegas.com MIZUMI AT WYNN LAS VEGAS As stunning as it is tasty, this elegant restaurant looks out over a koi pond with a shimmering 90-foot waterfall surrounded by lush Japanese

Mizumi’s signature dessert, the Mizumi Chocolate Mask

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gardens. Guests can soak up the view while dining on several innovative Japanese dishes, like the tender 72-Hour Yakitori Braised American Wagyu Short Rib or the signature Mizumi Roll made with Maine lobster, romaine lettuce and brown butter aioli. There’s also a selection of robatayaki items to relish (try the Mugifuji Pork Belly) and a teppanyaki room for those who want some theatrics with their dinner. Whatever dining experience you decide on, be sure to end your meal with the Mizumi Chocolate Mask—it’s truly a work of art! wynnlasvegas.com/dining/finedining/mizumi NOBU RESTAURANT & LOUNGE AT CAESARS PALACE The famed Japanese-Peruvian restaurant’s second Las Vegas location just happens to be one of the largest Nobus in the world, and the only U.S. location with teppan tables. Although best known for its selection of sumptuous sushi and seafood, like the delightful Salmon Tartare with Caviar, the dinner menu features several mouthwatering meat and vegetarian items as well. Flavorful favorites include the sweet and spicy Edamame cooked in a chili sauce made from gochujang and agave, the succulent Beef Tenderloin toban-yaki and the decadent Wagyu Gyoza served with a butter ponzu sauce made with momiji oroshi and green onion. caesars. com/nobu-caesars-palace/restaurants/nobu

Semi-private booths inside Nobu Restaurant & Lounge

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DW Bistro’s Pesto Torte is a real crowd pleaser

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DINE LIKE A LOCAL L U N C H T I M E FAVO R I T E S P E R F EC T FO R BUSINESS OR PLEASURE By Heather Turk

There may be plenty of delectable places on the Strip to have lunch, but Las Vegas visitors shouldn’t forget the many restaurants around town that are also known for their luscious lunchtime fare. Whether you’re looking to impress a client or you simply want to enjoy a memorable meal off-Strip, there’s no shortage of local favorites that mean business when it comes to cooking up a delightful lunchtime dining experience.

HONEY SALT The first collaborative venture for restaurateur Elizabeth Blau and her husband, chef Kim Canteenwalla, this popular farm-to-table

Honey Salt’s Backyard Favorite Burger topped with egg and bacon

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SHIRAZ Located three miles west of Circus Circus, this striking restaurant is sure to wow taste buds with its fresh, preservative-free halal Persian, Indian and Pakistani fare. Guests can order off of the regular menu throughout the day or from a more limited lunch menu, which offers smaller (though still very generous) portions of select salads, sandwiches, wraps and entrées every Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. While nothing disappoints, the Chicken Kabob marinated in a blend of fresh yogurt, saffron, onion juice, salt and pepper for 24 hours is not to be missed, nor is the filet mignon Koobideh Kabob or the Fattoush salad made with fresh greens, tomato, cucumber, radish, onion and za’atar pita chips. shirazrestaurant.com

Shiraz’s Chicken Kabob is made from boneless chicken breast

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Photo of torte by Adam Frazier; burger courtesy of Honey Salt; kabob by Madison Freedle

DW BISTRO One of Las Vegas’ most flavorful restaurants, this southwest hotspot at The Gramercy is known for its Jamaican-meets-New Mexican cuisine. Serving lunch every Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the bright eatery offers an assortment of shared plates, soups, salads, sandwiches and bowls sure to please even the most discerning diner. Its Chicken Flautas are easily some of the best flautas in town, and every bite of its Jamaican Chicken Curry Soup bursts with flavor. Other must-try menu selections include the New Mexican Pork bowl and the beautifully presented goat cheese Pesto Torte. dwbistro.com

restaurant near Summerlin serves an assortment of tasty dishes for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests can relish everything from flatbreads to salads and sandwiches, with such mouthwatering selections as the succulent Backyard Favorite Burger topped with aged cheddar, tomato jam and butter pickles and the seasonal Burrata appetizer. Of course, no trip is complete without ordering a Brookie for dessert: a salted caramel chunk ice cream-topped treat that’s part chocolate chip cookie, part fudge brownie and completely delicious! honeysalt.com


Black Tap Crazyshakes pile on the extras

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OVER-THE-TOP DESSERTS IT’S TIME TO INDULGE YOUR SWEET TOOTH By Stacey Zable

Photo of shakes courtesy of Black Tap; edible flowers by Jeff Green; Spiked Lemon courtesy of MGM Resorts International

Ditch the diet while in Sin City and enjoy the decadence of Las Vegas dining with a delightful dessert. CHOCOLATE GOLD FONDUE, SUGAR FACTORY FASHION SHOW If you win super big while in Las Vegas, head to Sugar Factory at Fashion Show shopping center where you and up to five of your friends can enjoy the Chocolate Gold Fondue for $1,000. It includes gold coated dark chocolate truffle melted tableside served with gold chocolate nuggets, gold and chocolate truffles, gold dusted gummy bears, chocolate gold studded strawberries, gold leaf chocolate cupcakes, gold dusted homemade chocolate bars and any toppings that you desire. It all comes with a bottle of Dom Perignon and a glass of Hardy Noces d’Or 50yr Cognac. The group also gets gift bags of sweets filled with hand crafted chocolates, homemade macaroons and a two-pound chocolate bar. sugarfactory.com CRAZYSHAKEs, BLACK TAP CRAFT BURGERS & BEER Just how many goodies can you pile on a milkshake? At Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer at The Venetian, Crazyshakes like the Cotton Candy Strawberry Shake add on such extras as blue, pink and pearl chocolates, a pink lollipop, rock candy, whipped cream and cotton candy, and on the Sweet n’ Salty Peanut Butter Shake, chocolate gems and peanut butter cups are topped with a Sugar Daddy, pretzel rods, chocolate covered pretzel, whipped cream and chocolate drizzle. Shakes start at $15 each. blacktapnyc.com/locations SIGNATURE "FLEUR" CAKE, JARDIN Executive pastry chef Patrice Caillot said that Wynn Las Vegas wanted to create a dessert that represented its restaurant Jardin, which means D e s t i n at i o n ▪ L a s V e g a s

garden in French. From that, the idea of a flower pot dessert was born. The Fleur Cake features edible flowers, layered dark chocolate mousse, raspberry jam and chocolate cake in an edible chocolate flower pot. Bring a friend for this one, as it serves two to three guests. Price is $20. wynnlasvegas.com/Dining/CasualDining/Jardin SPIKED LEMON, SPAGO BY WOLFGANG PUCK Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck opened his flagship restaurant in 2018 at Bellagio and among its offerings is the Spiked Lemon dessert. A lemonshaped shell covers a chiffon cake with Japanese yuzu cream and a citrus mousse. And, if all that was not enough, its meringue spikes are topped with edible gold, all for just $18. bellagio.com/en/ restaurants/spago-by-wolfgang-puck.html

Edible flowers and flower pot are part of Jardin’s dessert experience

Spago by Wolfgang Puck offers the Spiked Lemon featuring edible gold

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Enjoy upscale bar food with a twist at The Still

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GAME ON! S P O RT S B A R S S U R E TO S CO R E A S L A M D U N K DURING MARCH MADNESS By Heather Turk

LAGASSE’S STADIUM AT THE PALAZZO Las Vegas’ most luxurious game-day hangout, this spacious sports bar has more than 100 HD screens to catch every play on, including a 9-by-16-foot screen over its sports book. It also features plush stadium-style seating and a menu of game-time classics and gourmet

The plush stadium-style seating section at Lagasse’s Stadium

The Pub inside The Shops at Crystals’ Roast Prime Rib

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dishes by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. During March Madness, several specialty items will be offered. Basketball fans can dine like a champion by ordering the Tomahawk Bone-In 32-ounce Ribeye topped with a variety of sumptuous options, like seared foie gras or the Chilled Alaskan King Crab Legs. emerilsrestaurants.com/lagasses-stadium THE PUB INSIDE THE SHOPS AT CRYSTALS Regardless whether their team wins or loses, sports fans always walk away feeling like a winner when they watch a game at this sophisticated pub. Guests can catch the action on one of 18 televisions inside or, if the weather is nice, on a mobile TV on the patio while dining on such impeccable items as the Roasted Beet salad drizzled in a honey vinaigrette or the grilled Steak Frites. There’s even Roast Prime Rib available after 5 p.m. The pub also boasts an extensive selection of brown spirits guests can savor during a game, like the rare Mars Maltage 3 Plus 25, a 28-year-old pure malt whiskey from Japan that goes down very smooth. aria.com/en/restaurants/ the-pub-at-the-shops-at-crystals.html THE STILL AT THE MIRAGE With 27 TVs, more than 50 craft beers and a refurbished Airstream trailer in the back cooking an assortment of delicious dishes, this man cave is the perfect place to catch a game. Taste buds will be left cheering thanks to acclaimed chef Brian Massie’s menu of upscale bar food with a twist, which includes such flavorful options as the Tuna Poke Bowl and the Crispy Style Chicken Wings. During March Madness, guests can actually reserve their own seat in advance for a reasonable food and beverage minimum and come and go as they please by participating in the bar’s annual Brackets and Beer event. thestillvegas.com d e s t i n at i o n ▪ L a s V e g a s

Photo of upscale food courtesy of The Still; seating courtesy of The Venetian Las Vegas; Roast Prime Rib courtesy of MGM Resorts International

With all of the sports books and bars on the Strip, there’s never a shortage of places to watch a game when you are visiting Las Vegas. There are a few venues, though, that consistently score points with sports fans thanks to their lively atmospheres and mouthwatering fare— especially during March Madness.


La Comida’s Prickly Pear Margarita

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COME ON, GET HAPPY! D I V E R S E H A P P Y H O U R S S U R E TO P L E A S E PA L AT E S A N D P O C K E T B O O KS By H. Wadowski

Whether you’re in the mood for a cool cocktail, some south of the border fare or you want to treat your taste buds to some celebrity chef cuisine, there’s sure to be a happy hour in Las Vegas to satisfy your cravings. The city is home to countless happy hours that offer an array of delectable drinks and dishes at an affordable price. JUNIPER COCKTAIL LOUNGE There’s no better time to check out Park MGM’s chic gin joint than during its happy hour, offered daily from 5 to 8 p.m. Guests can enjoy select specialty cocktails for $10 as well as a selection of premium cocktails for $8, glasses of red and white wine for $5 and local draft beers for $5. On certain evenings, there’s even live entertainment by local DJs. Be sure to try the specialty Carnival cocktail,

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LA COMIDA One of the city’s newest happy hour spots, this vibrant Mexican eatery downtown hosts happy hour Tuesday through Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. Visitors can enjoy an assortment of alcoholic beverages for $4 to $5, including $4 draft beers and $5 specialty shots. There’s also a selection of $5 house margaritas regularly priced from $10 to $12, like the flavorful Prickly Pear Margarita. While guests can order some savory street tacos to enjoy with their drinks, there are a couple of appetizers available during happy hour, too, for just $5. Guests can either get a trio of Chicken Flautas served with queso fresco, sour cream, tomato, cilantro and guacatillo salsa or a plate of Nachos where almost every chip comes topped with guacamole, Oaxaca cheese, jalapeños, pico de gallo and beans. lacomidalv.com LUPO Wolfgang Puck’s Italian restaurant inside Mandalay Bay hosts happy hour at its bar daily from 5 to 7 p.m. In addition to enjoying a menu of drink specials featuring a selection of local beers, Wolfgang Puck Wines and classic cocktails for $6 to $8, guests can relish a menu of palate-pleasing bar bites ranging from $5 to $12. Highlights include the Saffron Arancini stuffed with mozzarella and Bolognese, the Grilled Oysters and the Crispy Cannaloni made with sausage, ricotta and arrabiata. There’s also a featured StrawberryBasil Mule cocktail available for $10 that’s sure to delight taste buds. wolfgangpuck.com/ dining/lupo-by-wolfgang-puck-las-vegas d e s t i n at i o n ▪ L a s V e g a s

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Crispy Cannaloni, one of the happy hour selections at Lupo

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Wayne Newton’s hit show takes fans on a nostalgic journey

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The entertainment scene in Las Vegas is constantly changing. Not only are there new shows opening on a regular basis for audiences to enjoy, but some Las Vegas headliners occasionally move their acts to new venues. Frequent Vegas visitors will discover that several of the Strip’s most beloved performers have resort-hopped in recent months, so don’t be alarmed if your favorite performers aren’t where they used to be—chances are, they’re just somewhere else on the Strip!

MURRAY THE MAGICIAN Magicians are famous for disappearing and reappearing somewhere else, so it should come as no surprise that this TV favorite recently disappeared from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino after three-and-a-half years of performing there and reappeared in October 2018 at the Laugh Factory inside Tropicana Las Vegas. Known for performing on more reality shows than any other magician, “Pawn Stars’” famed magic expert puts on a show that’s both 2 4 ▪ E n t e rta i n m e n t

WAYNE NEWTON Two Las Vegas legends came together in January when Mr. Las Vegas himself moved his acclaimed show “Wayne Newton: Up Close and Personal” to Caesars Palace after performing it for two-and-a-half years at Bally’s Las Vegas. Fans will learn all about the iconic entertainer during the engaging tell-all, which features the consummate showman sharing some of his personal career highlights through songs, film clips, anecdotes and even an audience Q&A. One of the Strip’s best shows, the intimate production inside Cleopatra’s Barge is not to be missed! caesars.com/caesars-palace/shows/waynenewton-up-close-and-personal

Murray the Magician’s show mixes magic and comedy

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CRISS ANGEL After 10 years at Luxor Hotel and Casino, the most watched magician in television and Internet history moved to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in late 2018 with an all-new show, “Criss Angel MINDFREAK.” A production Angel told Sunseeker is beyond anything he’s ever done before, the ambitious show boasts more than 75 jaw-dropping illusions and effects, including several illusions never previously performed on stage. It also features more cutting-edge technology than any show of any kind in the world, creating an immersive experience filled with mind-blowing visuals, pyrotechnics and interactive lobby installations that’s unlike anything else on the Las Vegas Strip. crissangel.com

mesmerizing and hilarious. The spiky-haired star frequently relies on objects from the audience for his head-scratching illusions, leaving ticket holders even more bewildered. Whether he’s magically pushing someone’s cell phone through an inflated balloon or escaping from Houdini’s handcuffs, Murray is sure to leave audiences of all ages wondering, “How did he do that?” troplv. com/entertainment/murray-the-magician


“Purple Reign: The Prince Tribute Show!”

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Revere the Bee Gees, Elvis, Michael Jackson and Prince? In Las Vegas you can hear and see a variety of stellar stage shows celebrating these legends by remarkable musicians in their own right.

presence. He’ll have you up and dancing to hits like “Little Red Corvette,” “Raspberry Beret” and “Purple Rain.” You’ll also enjoy tributes to Morris Day & The Time and Vanity 6 during the show. purplereign.net

"THE AUSTRALIAN BEE GEES SHOW" AT EXCALIBUR Fans of ’70s disco should put on their flares, feather their hair and head to the medievalthemed resort’s Thunder Showroom for this tribute to the Bee Gees. Musical history comes alive on stage as Wayne Hosking, David Scott and Michael Clift embody the style and smooth moves of the Brothers Gibb. There’s nothing like experiencing iconic hits such as “Saturday Night Live,” “Stayin’ Alive,” “You Should Be Dancing” and more in this unforgettable concert setting. abgshow.com

"SPIRIT OF THE KING" AT FOUR QUEENS Listen to Elvis stylist Steve Connolly, who’s logged over 4,500 Las Vegas performances, croon some of the most beloved songs ever written. He’ll take you back in time to the early ’50s through the ’70s to relive highlights from The King of Rock ’n’ Roll’s career. Donning a sexy head-totoe black leather suit, Connolly also recreates Elvis’ 1968 NBC television appearance that came to be known as the “Comeback Special.” With accolades from critics and fans—including Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler—“Spirit of the King” is not to be missed. spiritoftheking.com

“MJ LIVE” AT THE STRAT HOTEL, CASINO AND SKYPOD This show captures all the magic and energy of the King of Pop complete with a live band and back-up dancers. Starring rotating tribute artists Jalles Franca and Santana Jackson, MJ Live showcases all of legendary superstar Michael Jackson’s signature hits and electrifying routines in full. From “Bad,” “Beat It” and “Billie Jean” to “Dangerous,” “Thriller” and more, don’t stop watching ’til you get enough! “MJ Live” even includes a Jackson 5 segment inspired by their “Soul Train” TV appearances. mjliveshow.com “PURPLE REIGN: THE PRINCE TRIBUTE SHOW!” AT TROPICANA Get ready to go crazy while you take in the awesome contributions to music made by one of the greatest artists of our time. From voice, mannerisms and appearance, Jason Tenner perfectly emulates Prince’s charismatic D e s t i n at i o n ▪ L a s V e g a s

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The Bronx Wanderers’ toe-tappin’ production entertains guests young and old

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ON THE MOVE THE BRONX WANDERERS BRING THEIR HIT SHOW TO A NEW VENUE ON THE STRIP By Heather Turk

When former record producer Vinny Adinolfi followed the advice of his friend, actor Chazz Palminteri, to start a band with his two musically gifted sons, Vin A. and Nicky, the talented vocalist had a game plan. “I told my kids Las Vegas would be the endgame,” Adinolfi said. “We would play every little restaurant or show we were offered for five years, then tour for the next five and lose as much money as we could afford trying to become a national act people knew about. Then we’d play Las Vegas.”

Although Adinolfi was losing on average $2,000 a gig while touring, the gamble paid off. In September 2016, he and his sons—better known as The Bronx Wanderers—landed their own show in the 250-seat Windows Showroom at Bally’s Las Vegas. One of the Strip’s hidden gems for more than two years, the nostalgic concert production, which celebrates the music of acts like Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons and Dion and the Belmonts, moved to the more spacious 650-seat Mat Franco Theater at The LINQ Hotel & Casino in January after the Windows Showroom closed to become a magic-based venue. “We could have moved to a smaller room, which would have been a sure bet, but the kids wanted the larger room,” Adinolfi stated. “Truthfully, we’re used to bigger crowds, having played at 1,000-seat performing arts centers on the road.”

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The larger venue not only gives The Bronx Wanderers the space onstage to put the family trio front and center, but also does more for the show’s production value thanks to a video wall. Adinolfi said he hopes the new videos take audiences on a journey with each song the group plays, like transporting them to the beach for The Bronx Wanderers’ fun surf medley. Since the new show schedule includes a matinee performance on Sunday, Adinolfi is hoping to switch up the set list a bit, too, playing more to the demographic at each show. Regardless of whether the guys are playing Bruno Mars or Billy Joel, audiences of all ages are in for a great time.

Vinny Adinolfi with his sons, Nicky (left) and Vin A. (right)

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Penn & Teller’s engaging sleight-ofhand routine, Looks Simple

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HARD TO FOOL M AG I C I CO N S PEN N & TE LLER CO N T I N UE TO MY S TI FY O N S TAG E— AND ON TV By Heather Turk

Magic aficionados visiting Las Vegas in early March might be disappointed to learn that Penn & Teller’s long-running show at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino will be dark through March 8. However, visitors are in for a special treat, as they can still see the legendary magicians perform live when they film their hit TV series, “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” inside the Rio’s Penn & Teller Theater March 1 through 7. Available on a first come, first served basis through the Rio box office, tickets to attend the tapings are free for those who want a sneak peek at the upcoming season of “Fool Us.” For, even though the show will be filming new episodes in March, they won’t start airing on the CW until early July. Now entering its sixth

season, Penn Jillette credits part of the series’ success with the fact that it’s not based on whether or not the magicians on the show can impress Penn & Teller with their skills, but on whether or not they can fool them. “Unlike many other talent competition shows on TV, we are not judging contestants based on talent or on our own personal tastes—they’ve already made it on proving they are some of the best magicians around,” Jillette told Sunseeker. “It’s whether or not they can fool us. We have no idea who is booked on the show— we have no say. We are seeing [the magicians] for the first time the exact same moment as the audience. I think that format coupled with some of the best magic ever performed on TV is part of its success.” Jillette said he and Teller got the idea for the series years ago when talent competition shows first started becoming popular and thought that the idea of contestants being judged not by their talent but instead on the element of skill to fool the judges was “different and kind of nice.” The result is a show that’s not only entertained millions of viewers, but also ranks high with Jillette among the many TV shows he and Teller have done. “It’s probably the best show I’ve ever worked on, and I’m not saying that just because I produce it, star on it and created it," Jillette said.

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Photo of Looks Simple and 18th anniversary by Joan Marcus; 44 years together by Frances George; Coins illusion courtesy of Penn & Teller

each episode by trying to fool the audience with an illusion of their own. The duo often comes up with inventive new illusions just for the TV show, which is quite impressive considering the arsenal of tricks they have at their disposal. Jillette has said in the past that he and Teller have eight hours of material for their 90-minute Las Vegas production, so even six seasons into “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” they are in no danger of running out of illusions to film. One of the new tricks Penn & Teller have been working on for the upcoming season is actually an interactive illusion where audiences decide whether or not they want to see how the trick is done. Guests (and viewers at home) are simply told to close their eyes if they want to maintain the mystery. Fans who get tickets to see Penn & Teller’s Las Vegas production after “Fool Us” tapes its next season are still likely to see the revealing new illusion, as well as some of the other new illusions filmed for the series, as the duo tends to add them to the show to rehearse the tricks prior to filming. Ticket holders will see several other new bits introduced to the show in recent years, too, including a trick six years in the making where Penn & Teller make an African pigmy spotted elephant disappear. Never ones to rest on their laurels, the longtime Las Vegas headliners, who just celebrated their 18th anniversary at the Rio, continue to challenge themselves 44 years into their career by constantly working on astounding new illusions for the show that Jillette called “the hardest stuff anyone has ever done.” “The only reason to do anything new now is because it’s hard,”said Jillette, who first met Teller in 1975 when they and a mutual friend started to perform together as the Asparagus D e s t i n at i o n ▪ L a s V e g a s

Penn & Teller have performed together for 44 years

Teller performing his mesmerizing Coins illusion

Valley Cultural Society. “When Teller and I get to talking about something new, if either one of us pitches something that’s easy and fast it’s immediately off the table.” Tickets to see Penn & Teller’s mesmerizing production at the Rio start at just $84.30, plus taxes and fees. The show runs Saturday through Wednesday at 9 p.m., with additional 9 p.m. performances on April 18 and 19. There will be no performances March 1 through 8 and 17 through 31. For more information, visit caesars.com/rio-las-vegas. f e at u r e s to ry ▪ 2 9


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Carrot Top’s show features a variety of jokes involving music

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LAUGH UNTIL YOUR SIDES HURT H OT T I C K E T S S U R E TO T I C K L E YO U R F U N N Y BONE IN LAS VEGAS By Heather Turk

Photo of Carrot Top by John Knopf; Tape Face by Colin Boulter

If laughter is the best medicine, Allegiant passengers traveling to Las Vegas have come to the right place. Not only is the city home to quite a few sidesplitting headliners, but it also boasts several hilarious comedy clubs—including one run by the man behind television’s favorite oftneglected big brother, Robert Barone. BRAD GARRETT’S COMEDY CLUB AT MGM GRAND Featuring comedy-inspired artwork on its walls, this 250-seat club boasts a lineup of established stand-up stars and up-and-coming comics handpicked by the “Everybody Loves Raymond” actor himself. Garrett actually hosts the show on select nights, too, interacting with ticket holders as he unleashes his hilarious brand of insult comedy. Even when he’s not at the venue, though, guests can expect an evening of nonstop laughs from three topnotch acts. Through March 3, audiences can see comedians Ralph Harris, Chas Elstner and Katrina Pope perform nightly at 8 p.m., with Garrett scheduled to return March 13-16 and 18-26. bradgarrettcomedy.com CARROT TOP AT LUXOR So much more than just the king of prop comedy, this longtime Las Vegas headliner is the very definition of must-see entertainment. One of the Strip’s funniest performers, the former “Star Search” contestant (he lost, as he reminds audiences during the show) keeps ticket holders gasping for air throughout his fast-paced act, which features a mix of both stand-up and prop comedy. While the parade of inventive props is hilarious, the production is at its best when its star brings to light how absurd the lyrics are to some of country music’s greatest hits. By the time the show is over, audience members will D e s t i n at i o n ▪ L a s V e g a s

likely leave the showroom with tears in their eyes from laughing so hard! carrottop.com TAPE FACE AT HARRAH’S LAS VEGAS That rare performer who can make audiences laugh without saying a word, this modern-day mime has one of the Entertainment Capital of the World’s most unique productions. Using an assortment of everyday items like tape measures and balloons to bring his comical routine to life, the former “America’s Got Talent” finalist relies heavily on audience participation throughout the show so that no two performances are ever the same. The only thing ticket holders can count on is leaving the interactive production with a smile on their face. For even though its star may be silent, the show’s uplifting message to be true to yourself always comes through loud and clear. tapeface.tv

Tape Face launched a multiyear residency at Harrah’s last March

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Music legends Daryl Hall (left) and John Oates (right)

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Celebrating its 16th anniversary in March, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace has hosted some of the world’s most acclaimed entertainers since opening in 2003. However, Daryl Hall and John Oates may be the only artists to perform at the venue to have their own hotline, Callin’ Oates, where fans can call a phone number to hear one of four songs by the legendary duo at the press of a button. “It’s a funny thing,” said Oates when asked about the hotline, which was created by two friends in 2011 when one of them needed to create an app for his new job at the cloud communications company, Twilio. “At first I didn’t understand it and was like, ‘Who is this Silicon Valley guy using our name?’ But, living in a digital world where everything moves so quickly, anything that brings notice to you helps.” The hotline is a testament to the rich catalog of music Daryl Hall and John Oates have put out together, which includes such timeless tracks as “Rich Girl,” “Maneater” and “Private Eyes”—all well-crafted songs that, as Oates pointed out, “not only resonated with the generation that heard them initially, but also future generations.” Fans will get to hear those hits as well as many others when the best-selling duo in music history returns to The Colosseum March 20, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. 3 2 ▪ h e a d l i n e r E N t e rta i n m e n t

“It’s a big world out there, and you can only tour so many dates,” Oates replied when asked why he and Hall haven’t performed at The Colosseum since 2014. “We’ve been playing Las Vegas for years, though, and it’s a great entertainment destination. There’s no other city in the world where you get to play for such an international audience. You don’t ever want to wear out your welcome, though you want people to anticipate you coming. We’ve toured the U.S. so much recently that we wanted to concentrate on venues outside of the country this year, so that makes the three Las Vegas dates even more exclusive.” While Oates has also been busy performing several solo concert dates this year, fans shouldn’t expect to hear any of his solo material at The Colosseum. “Daryl and I just have too many songs together, which is this huge, amazing problem to have,” Oates said. “We stick to playing what the fans want to hear—the big hits—then add in a few deeper cuts we like here and there. If a song ever feels long in the tooth, we’ll drop it. We have 400 songs to choose from, so we only put numbers in the set that we like.” That being said, Oates wants fans to know that coming to a Daryl Hall and John Oates show isn’t like watching a “human jukebox.” d e s t i n at i o n ▪ l a s v e g a s


Celine Dion

MUST-SEE MUSIC ACTS PERFORMING THIS MARCH AND APRIL

Photo of music legends by Stuart Berg; music sensibility by Mick Rock; Celine Dion by Denise Truscello; Aerosmith by Zack Whitford

The Colosseum at Caesars Palace isn’t the only place to see some of the music industry’s biggest stars perform on the Strip for multiple nights.

“We have an amazing band that brings a lot of vitality and energy to these old songs,” he stated. “We bring new life and arrangements to our old music while still honoring the original [compositions]. It’s a fine line to walk, but if you like our music, you’re going to be very happy after the show.” Tickets to see Daryl Hall and John Oates at The Colosseum start at just $59.95, plus taxes and fees. The Colosseum will also welcome back longtime resident artist Celine Dion in March. Fans can catch some of the final performances of her second residency at the venue, “Celine,” March 1 through 16. Show times are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. thecolosseum.com

Backstreet Boys will be wrapping up their record-breaking Las Vegas residency this April at Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Showcasing the group’s greatest hits, including “The Call” and “Incomplete,” “Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life” puts on its final performances April 10 through 27. Showtimes are Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. backstreetboys.com Over at Park Theater inside Park MGM, Cher’s hit concert production, “Classic Cher,” is scheduled to return for another extended engagement March 13 through 30. Featuring the icon’s greatest hits as well as some of her recent Abba covers, the show runs Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Then in April, Aerosmith kicks off their highly anticipated residency, “AEROSMITH: DEUCES ARE WILD.” Performances run April 6, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 21, 23 and 26 at 8 p.m. parktheaterlv.com Music fans can also catch the bestselling R&B group of all time at The Mirage March 8 through 10 and April 26 through 28 when Boyz II Men performs inside the Terry Fator Theatre at 7:30 p.m. themirage.com

Oates said he shares a “similar music sensibility” with Hall

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Stefani wants fans to leave her show with “great memories”

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One of Las Vegas’ most entertaining resident productions, “Gwen Stefani – Just A Girl” returns to Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for eight can’t-miss performances March 1 through 16.

there’s no word yet on whether she’ll extend her residency past this November. The ageless blonde beauty said that having a Las Vegas residency has left her creatively inspired, so fans should make time to see the production while they can.

Featuring nearly all of Stefani’s hit singles as both a solo artist and the lead singer of No Doubt, the 90-minute spectacle is unlike anything the threetime Grammy Award winner has done before.

“It’s hard to brag about your own show, but I feel like I’m at a place where I don’t know how much longer I’m going to be able to do it and this is the moment,” Stefani concluded. “I really hope people come out to see it because it’s definitely my favorite thing I’ve ever done onstage.”

“With the residency, I’ve been able to be more theatrical and create a different type of production,” Stefani told Sunseeker. “It took my whole career to build up to a show like this and to build a story like the one we’re doing in Vegas. It’s really the story of my entire life journey and the songs that built up to this moment.”

“Gwen Stefani – Just A Girl” performs Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. gwenstefani.com

Photos by Todd Stefani and Robb Dipple

Stefani admitted that even though some time has passed since she penned some of her most personal songs, like 1995’s “Don’t Speak” and 2015’s “Used to Love You,” for the most part she still goes back to wherever she was emotionally whenever she performs the numbers. While that may sound tiring, Stefani actually enjoys reliving each moment. “I feel like it’s unbelievably therapeutic to be able to put my life onstage and have people come out and have a really emotional kind of nostalgic night with me,” she said. “There’s a magic to a hit that you just can’t even imagine. It’s hard to put in words what it feels like to be up there and have a song that means so much to somebody you don’t even know and is your life at the same time.” Although Stefani feels blessed to be able to connect with her fans in such an intimate environment as the 4,600-seat Zappos Theater, D e s t i n at i o n ▪ L a s V e g a s

Stefani is very interactive with the audience during her show

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See the Hulkbuster suit on display at Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

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ONE SUPER ATTRACTION TRAIN TO BECOME AN AGENT AT MARVEL’S AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. By Heather Turk

With approximately half of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s superheroes having fallen victim to Thanos’ deadly snap at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War,” Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk and the rest of the Avengers need some help now more than ever. Luckily, Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is located inside Treasure Island, so Allegiant passengers traveling to Las Vegas can go through the transformational process of becoming a Station Agent.

Photos courtesy of Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

Featuring state-of-the-art technology and digital special effects, the exciting exhibition brings to life the popular film franchise with an extensive range of authentic “Avengers” props, sets and operational equipment. Visitors will see several of the Avengers’ uniforms up close—including Captain America’s, Hawkeye’s and Black Widow’s—and get the chance to take photographs with Captain America’s shield, in front of the Hulkbuster suit and even sitting on Captain America’s motorcycle. While reading through intelligence files and classified studies, guests can also participate in several fun interactive experiences. One such experience in Bruce Banner’s laboratory actually shows guests how their own strength measures up to various characters from the films, including members of the evil organization, Hydra. Another interactive experience has participants playing a video game where they shoot targets by blinking their eyes, making players feel like they’re inside the iconic Iron Man suit. The self-guided tour concludes with guests being assigned an Avenger at random and fighting off Ultron alongside other agent trainees in a multiplayer video game. D e s t i n at i o n ▪ L a s V e g a s

Learn about the Tesseract at Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

In addition to the immersive exhibition, Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. features 8,000 feet of retail space. Guests will find everything from T-shirts and toys to jewelry and collector’s items inside the Avengers-themed store. Visitors can also dress up like their favorite Marvel superhero for a picture they can purchase or buy their own custom Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. agent identification card. Each ticket to the exhibition also includes a collectible commemorative badge. Guests get to choose from five different Marvel superheroes: Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk or Black Panther. Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the last tour at 6 p.m. Complimentary round-trip shuttle service is available at Excalibur and Circus Circus and can also be reserved for large groups. Special fan events are held throughout the year, so be sure to check the Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. website for more details—especially near the March 8 release of “Captain Marvel”. stationattraction.com at t r ac t i o n s ▪ 3 9


Jabbawockeez’ “JREAMZ” features some exciting new dance numbers

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KID-FRIENDLY ENTERTAINMENT IN SIN CITY S E N S ATI O N A L S H OWS TH E WHOLE FA MI LY WI LL LOVE By H. Wadowski

Photo of Jabbawockeez courtesy of JBWKZ Productions; Blue Man Group by Lindsey Best

Las Vegas may be known as a Disneyland for adults, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things in town for families to enjoy—especially when it comes to the city’s many must-see productions. Some of the Strip’s best shows are actually kid friendly, so Vegas visitors young and old can enjoy some quality entertainment together as a family. BLUE MAN GROUP For 19 years, this bald and blue trio has been delighting kids and adults alike in Las Vegas with their inquisitive nature and impressive drumming skills. Whether the Blue Men are dealing with annoying pop-up ads on their GiPads (i.e., gigantic iPads) or trying to woo a lucky audience member with a sweet and silly Twinkie feast, their euphoric production at Luxor Hotel and Casino is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. While the show is oftentimes hilarious, it’s also a toe-tappin’ treat, as the music performed is really quite catchy. Don’t be surprised if your little one leaves the showroom inspired to create some inventive drum sets of their own! bluemangroup.com JABBAWOCKEEZ’ "JREAMZ" Another musical production that hits all the right notes, this jaw-dropping show at MGM Grand features the incredible dance moves of the Season One champions from MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew.” Although the production features several familiar songs the talented dancers perform to—including Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”—it’s the show’s message to stop living life on autopilot that parents hope resonates with D e s t i n at i o n ▪ L a s V e g a s

their children the most. The inspiring production recently introduced a couple of dazzling new dance numbers for repeat ticket holders to enjoy, too, including a new intro to The Bangerz’ “Jabba Ngo” and a new finale to Soulsonic Force’s “Looking for the Perfect Beat.” jbwkz.com "XAVIER MORTIMER’S MAGICAL DREAM" The first Cirque du Soleil performer with his own headlining residency in Las Vegas (Mortimer previously performed in “Michael Jackson ONE”), this French export recently moved his spellbinding production from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino to Bally’s Las Vegas. Joined onstage by his dream girl, Belle, Mortimer puts on a charming 70-minute performance that features stunning sleight of hand, mind-blowing mentalism and even a few disappearing acts sure to leave tickets holders of all ages with their mouths agape. Due to the larger showroom, the interactive production now boasts astounding new visuals as well, giving audiences even more to love! xaviermortimer.com

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Home to the world’s tallest observation wheel and the only zipline on the Las Vegas Strip, The LINQ Promenade isn’t your typical open-air retail, entertainment and dining district. Since opening in December 2013, The LINQ Promenade has become one of the Strip’s most popular destinations. Located between The LINQ Hotel & Casino and Flamingo Las Vegas, it features more than 30 unique retail, dining, nightlife and entertainment venues—including Nas’ stylish sneaker boutique 12amrun and the Strip’s only In-N-Out Burger. Its list of tenants also includes some of the city’s most talked about attractions, like Las Vegas’ newest thrill ride, FLY LINQ. Able to accommodate up to 10 guests at a time, the Strip’s first zipline sends riders soaring 1,121 feet over The LINQ Promenade. Participants will launch from a 114-foot-tall tower in either a seated or superhero position and travel eastward, disembarking near the base of the High Roller observation wheel. Offering even more sky-high thrills, the High Roller lets riders take in 360-degree views of the Las Vegas Valley and the Strip. Each ride takes 30 minutes to complete, with passengers 550 feet in the air during the highest point of the revolution. While the views are remarkable by themselves, guests can purchase tickets to experience several unique offerings available on the High Roller as well, including Yoga in the Sky, a chocolate tasting with Ethel M Chocolates and Happy Half Hour where guests age 21 and older get to ride in a cabin with an open bar.

of $2 billion goggles and be transported to an immersive 3D virtual world at VR Adventures. Gamers can choose from four different virtual reality experiences, including the chilling House of Horrors. The LINQ Promenade also boasts one of the Strip’s coolest nightlife venues, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, where guests can bowl, dine and see a concert or comedy show. Upcoming acts visitors won’t want to miss include Blues Traveler on March 1, Steep Canyon Rangers on March 15 and Brothers Osborne on April 12. Visitors to The LINQ Promenade will soon to be able to see a comedy show at Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club, too, which is scheduled to open in April. For more information on The LINQ Promenade, visit caesars.com/linq. Brooklyn Bowl is one of the Strip’s coolest concert venues

Drink, dine, shop and have fun at The LINQ Promenade

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Lorena Peril performing a number in Luxor’s female revue, “FANTASY”

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Downtown Las Vegas has changed so much throughout the years and has a lot of diversity. I love the restaurants and vintage shops, and walking down Fremont Street can be quite entertaining!

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A locals’ favorite, Town Square Las Vegas is located right by the Strip and is great for shopping and dining with friends. It also has a great movie theater!

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I love Burger Bar at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place. My hubby and I don’t eat burgers often, but if we do, we know that Burger Bar is the place to go. Its Ultimate Build Your Own Burger Experience rocks!

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My husband and I love to go to the movies and Eclipse Theaters in downtown Las Vegas is great for date night. It offers live music in its lounge and also has a full bar. During the film, you can order from a full-service menu with just the press of a button. You can literally order steak and fries during the movie!

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My favorite Mexican restaurant in all of Las Vegas is Lindo Michoacan. It’s the best of the best!

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I love to support One Night for One Drop with my “FANTASY” family. The annual show benefits the One Drop Foundation, an international non-profit organization created by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté that strives to ensure that safe water is accessible to all.

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I love my job at “FANTASY”, and I don’t just recommend the show because I’m in it. With beautiful, talented dancers and a hilarious comedian (Sean E. Cooper), the show is great for everyone—couples included! Plus, we just celebrated 19 years at Luxor and are excited for many more. “FANTASY” runs nightly at 10:30 p.m. inside Luxor’s Atrium Showroom. Tickets start at $39, plus taxes and fees. fantasyluxor.com

“O” inside Bellagio is one of my favorite Cirque du Soleil shows. It’s so magical!

The Springs Preserve is an incredible place to explore the history of the Las Vegas Valley through interactive science and nature exhibits, trails, a botanical garden and more—all fun activities to do with the family!

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The Grand Canyon Skywalk extends 70 feet past the canyon’s edge

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A Las Vegas vacation just isn’t complete without a day trip to the Grand Canyon. Located just 120 miles away, the Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and offers not only awe-inspiring views but the opportunity to experience Native American culture. From Las Vegas, there are three main ways to experience the Grand Canyon: by bus (or car), by helicopter and by boat. Each way has its own advantages, but don’t worry! If you can’t decide, some companies offer packages combining all three.

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BY BUS Bus tours from Las Vegas to the West Rim are one of the easiest—and most popular—ways to explore the Grand Canyon. Most, like Canyon Tours, provide complimentary hotel pick up and drop off, narration as you pass points of interest and lunch during your four hour stay at the West Rim. Depending on the tour you book, you may be able to add a helicopter ride or the Skywalk to your visit for an additional fee. If you have the opportunity, don’t miss the Skywalk, an open-air, glass walkway that extends 70 feet from the edge, allowing you to look 4,000 feet below to the canyon floor. Other highlights at the West Rim include the views from Eagle Point and Guano Point, Native American performances and cowboy fun at Hualapai Ranch. canyontours.com BY HELICOPTER For those who want to see the Grand Canyon but don’t have an entire day to spend on the road and at the rim, exploring by helicopter is the way to go. 5 Star Helicopter has several tour options, all with inflight pilot commentary, and on its general tour, boasts 30 miles of flight above and below the rim of the Grand Canyon. D e s t i n at i o n ▪ L a s V e g a s

Other flight options include the Eagle Point Rim Landing Tour with transfers to Eagle Point, where you can simply enjoy the views or venture out over the canyon on the Skywalk for an additional fee. The Floor Landing Tour lands inside the canyon and includes a picnic lunch with champagne. 5starhelicoptertours.com BY BOAT To get a different perspective, book a rafting trip through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River. You can drive yourself or ride with a tour company from Las Vegas. Either way, all oneday whitewater rafting adventures begin at Hualapai Lodge and are operated by Hualapai River Runners. On the river, you’ll face Class 3 and 4 rapids (safe for beginners but with enough thrills to keep things exciting), breaking only to hike to Travertine Waterfalls and lunch on the riverbank. After 12 miles, helicopter out of the canyon or continue rafting another two hours to the shuttle. grandcanyonwest.com

Fly above and below the rim on a helicopter tour

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Got a stomach that can handle huge portions? If you’re a fan of food that literally fills your plate, Downtown Las Vegas has dishes that are big in both size and taste! BRIGHTSIDE BREAKFAST & BURGERS AT PLAZA HOTEL & CASINO This casual eatery boasts mountainous sandwiches—the kind you’d find in a quintessential Big Apple deli. Try Brightside’s Classic NY Pastrami Sandwich which contains ¾ pound of smoked Canadian pastrami and Swiss cheese, piled sky-high on traditional marbled rye bread. Just loosen your belt before you tuck in! plazahotelcasino.com/dining/ brightside-breakfast-burgers CLAIM JUMPER AT GOLDEN NUGGET With a medley of large down-home dishes, you won’t go hungry at this popular restaurant chain. Claim Jumper features one of America’s “top five most decadent desserts,” according to the Food Network—the Chocolate Motherlode Cake. Imagine this: six layers of moist chocolatey cake and rich fudge icing, topped with walnuts. It’s so good you’ll feel like you’ve struck gold! goldennugget.com/las-vegas/restaurants/ claim-jumper HEART ATTACK GRILL AT NEONOPOLIS Known for its hospital theme and whopping calorie counts, this irreverent restaurant allows guests to weigh themselves on an electric cattle scale before they gorge. Everything on Heart Attack Grill’s menu comes in mammoth portions, from the Coronary Dog to the Flatliner Fries, which are cooked in pure lard. However, the Bypass Burgers, ranging from ½-4 pounds of beef, pose the toughest challenge—even for those with big appetites. With eight patties (each topped with cheese), 40 slices of bacon and nearly 20,000 calories, the Octuple Bypass Burger is not for the faint of heart! heartattackgrill.com D e s t i n at i o n ▪ D ow n tow n L a s V e g a s

RICK’S ROLLIN SMOKE BARBEQUE & TAVERN You’re sure to have a gut-busting experience at this BBQ joint from Rick Harrison of TV’s “Pawn Stars.” Located in Pawn Plaza at 725 S. Las Vegas Blvd., everything they slice up—from the hickorysmoked beef, St. Louis and baby back ribs to the chopped brisket, pulled pork and chicken— is juicy and lip-smackingly delicious. If you can manage it, sink your teeth into the Rib Platter Combo, “Biggin” sandwich or Smoked Meat Loaf, which comes on a bed of mashed potatoes topped with sweet sauce, pork rinds, Carolina vinegar sauce and green onions. rrsbbq.com

Classic New York Pastrami at Brightside Breakfast & Burgers

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Gnocchi de Peste con Gamberi at Andiamo Italian Steakhouse

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PERFECT PASTA D I S COV E R D E L I C I O U S N O O D L E D I S H E S I N D OW N TOW N L A S V E G A S By Yvonne Newman

ANDIAMO ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE AT THE D LAS VEGAS Trying to select the best pasta at Joe Vicari’s fine Italian restaurant is a truly impossible task. All handmade with award-winning sauces, the Pasta della Casa section of Andiamo’s menu is packed with delights. Order the Gnocchi de Peste con Gamberi with colossal shrimp, asparagus, sun-dried tomato and basil pesto crème. Or, if you crave beef, indulge yourself with the Veal Osso Bucco, which features one of Strauss’ a superb cut atop a mound of fettuccine covered in a decadently rich tomato sauce. thed.com/dining/andiamo-steakhouse CHICAGO JOE’S This residence-turned-restaurant at 820 S. 4th St. has been serving traditional Italian dishes based on family recipes in downtown since 1975. Mix and match an array of madefrom-scratch pastas and sauces. Choose from spaghetti, linguine, fettuccine, angel hair and penne—or there are gluten-free and whole wheat options, too. Plus, Chicago Joe’s sauces run the gamut from marinara and mushroom to white clam, eggplant and calamari. chicagojoesrestaurant.com POP UP PIZZA AT PLAZA HOTEL & CASINO This modern pizzeria prides itself on using artisanal ingredients, including mozzarella directly from Brooklyn and tomatoes from California. While Pop Up Pizza’s pies are to die for, chef Michael Vakneen also unveiled a cool pasta dish: Baked Rigatoni alla Vodka. His creation is something like a vertical lasagna. On a layer of homemade marinara, the tube-shaped noodles are stood up, filled 50 ▪ Dining

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with garlic cream sauce and then topped with more marinara, provolone, mozzarella, basil and grated Parmesan. The result looks and tastes so good you’ll be shouting, “Bellisimo!” popuppizzalv.com TOP OF THE WORLD AT the strat hotel, casino and skypod Everything is extraordinary here from the 360-degree panoramic view to the pasta. Situated more than 800 feet above the city on the 106th floor, Top of the World offers a couple of unforgettable options. In this atmospheric setting, savor the Lobster Mac and Cheese with its creamy mascarpone béchamel sauce. Or, enjoy a heaping plate of Spaghetti Squash prepared with marinara and vegan truffle Parmesan—it’s full of fresh veggie flavors without the carbs. topoftheworldlv.com d e s t i n at i o n ▪ D ow n tow n L a s V e g a s

Photo of gnocchi courtesy of The D Las Vegas; rigatoni courtesy of Plaza Hotel & Casino; mac and cheese courtesy of The STRAT Hotel, Casino and Skypod

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A variety of cannabis plants at Cannabition Cannabis Museum

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UNCONVENTIONAL MUSEUMS U N U S UA L C U LT U R A L I N S T I T U T I O N S I N D OW N TOW N L A S V E G A S By Yvonne Newman

Who says visiting a museum has to be a boring experience? If you’re someone who shies away from marble walls and lots of text, you’re sure to be inspired by some of the unique exhibitions in and around downtown Las Vegas.

THE MOB MUSEUM Two blocks from Fremont Street Experience at 300 Stewart Ave. is where you’ll find this mustvisit attraction exploring the legacy of the mob. Learn about Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, Bugsy Siegel and other infamous figures while checking out exhibits spanning the birth of organized crime through to today’s headlines. Housed in a historic building where one of the Kefauver committee hearings took place in 1950, The Mob Museum also boasts the Crime Lab Experience, where you can analyze forensic evidence, and The Underground, a Prohibition display with a speakeasy and distillery. themobmuseum.org THE NEON MUSEUM Many of the iconic neon signs that once graced the city’s casinos and various businesses are at 770 N. Las Vegas Blvd. Tour the two-acre Neon 5 4 ▪ at t r ac t i o n s

ORIGEN MUSEUM With a name that comes from the words “original” and “generations,” this museum in the Springs Preserve at 333 S. Valley View Blvd. is full of wonderful stuff—and some of it is earthshaking, like the sand erosion table! Discover the power of flash floods when more than 5,000 gallons of recycled water comes rushing at you through a simulated canyon. Plus, gaze at an array of live critters (everything from gray foxes to scorpions), watch a fascinating film on the construction of Hoover Dam, immerse yourself in the famous 1905 land auction that gave birth to Las Vegas … and that’s just the beginning! springspreserve.org/explore/origen.html

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Photo of cannibus plants courtesy of Cannabition Cannabis Museum; Origen Museum courtesy of Springs Preserve

CANNABITION CANNABIS MUSEUM With recent progressive marijuana regulations being passed around the country, there’s never been a better time to explore the world’s first immersive cannabis museum. Cannabition covers the history, art and culture of the powerful herb. In this wonderland of weed, you can follow the journey from “seed to celebration” while enjoying multi-sensory experiences and checking out larger-than-life art installations including Hunter S. Thompson’s 1973 Chevrolet Caprice and a six-foot-tall CannAmerica gummy. cannabition.com

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52 Fridays welcomes Grand Funk Railroad in March

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AN ENJOYABLE EVENING BEYOND THE STRIP C A N ’ T - M I S S E N T E RTA I N M E N T I N D OW N TOW N L A S V E G A S By Heather Turk

There’s more to the Entertainment Capital of the World than just the Las Vegas Strip. Downtown Las Vegas is home to several mustsee productions as well and regularly welcomes some of the most entertaining names in music and comedy to perform on its stages.

JOKESTERS COMEDY CLUB AT THE D LAS VEGAS The only full-time professional comedy club downtown, this intimate venue features the comedic talents of a rotating group of resident headliners as well as a guest act and an opening act each night at 10:30 p.m. Celebrities frequently pop in to do surprise sets, too, so audiences never know who might perform unannounced. During the months of March and April, comedian Don Barnhart (“Finding the Funny,” “I am Battle Comic”) is scheduled to perform several nights, joined by such other hilarious acts as Rick D’Elia March 8 through 10, Keith Lyle March 11 5 6 ▪ e n t e rt i a n m e n t

"SPIRIT OF THE KING" AT FOUR QUEENS Every Tuesday through Saturday at 9 p.m., Steve Connolly puts on a tribute show fit for rock royalty. For 75 minutes, the acclaimed Elvis Presley impersonator will have audiences bopping and swaying along in their seats as he performs some of The King’s greatest hits, including “Hound Dog” and “Suspicious Minds.” During one point of the show, the charismatic performer’s talented son, Brandon, even joins him onstage to play guitar for a couple of numbers. Just like Presley, Connolly knows how to work a crowd and is sure to have everyone—even kids—cheering by the time the show is over. spiritoftheking.com

Elvis artist Steve Connolly, star of “Spirit of the King”

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Photo of Grand Funk Railroad courtesy of Golden Nugget Las Vegas; Steve Connolly by Steve Dempsey

52 FRIDAYS AT GOLDEN NUGGET LAS VEGAS There’s not a bad seat in the house for this weekly concert series, which has featured such notable acts as Lita Ford and the Gin Blossoms since premiering in 2015. Audiences can catch everything from topnotch tribute bands to Grammy-winning acts performing inside the resort’s 600-seat showroom, which has four TVs playing live videos of the concerts. Upcoming acts include The Marshall Tucker Band on March 1, Tommy James & The Shondells on March 8, Jeffrey Osborne on March 15, Grand Funk Railroad on March 22, Night Ranger on March 29, The Grass Roots on April 12, Sweet on April 19 and Last in Line on April 26. All shows start at 8 p.m. goldennugget.com/las-vegas/entertainment

through 17 and Oscar Ovies March 18 through 21. Regardless of who is onstage, audiences are guaranteed 75 minutes of side splitting comedy! thed.com/entertainment/showroom-at-the-d


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INNINGS FESTIVAL

SPRING TEMPE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

The second annual Innings Festival takes place at Tempe Beach Park March 2 and 3. In addition to featuring appearances by Major League Baseball legends, the two-day event will showcase more than 35 rock, pop and altcountry artists performing on three stages— including co-headliners Incubus and Eddie Vedder. inningsfestival.com

Celebrating its 42nd anniversary, the Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts takes over downtown Tempe March 29-31 from 10 a.m.5:30 p.m. The event features as many as 350 artist booths displaying unique, handmade artwork as well as live entertainment, wine and beer gardens and more. Admission is free. tempefestivalofthearts.com

POSTMODERN JUKEBOX

NIRVANA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

To usher in the upcoming Twenty-Twenties, famed time-twisting musical collective Postmodern Jukebox brings its Welcome to the Twenties 2.0 Tour to Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater April 17. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. with a pre-show happy hour taking place at 6 p.m. mesaartscenter.com

Enjoy informative conversations with celebrities from the world of food and wine during the Nirvana Food & Wine Festival April 24-28. Taking place at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, the food and beverage extravaganza features tantalizing tastings, sumptuous meals and more. nirvanafoodandwine.com

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THE RITES OF SPRING C AC T U S L E AG U E B A S E B A L L B L OS SO M S I N T H E D E S E RT By Charlie Vascellaro

Arizona’s Cactus League has been a rite of spring since 1947, perpetually drawing more and more fans from the cooler climes of their home cities to the desert dwellings of the 15 major league teams residing in the Valley of the Sun from mid-February to the end of March. While the spring exhibition games do not count in the regular standings, the competition is as fierce as ever. Hoping to reclaim the glory of their 2016 World Series Championship, The Chicago Cubs are playing their home games at Sloan Park in Mesa, the league’s popular and newest venue, opened in 2014. The Los Angeles Dodgers are entering the team’s 11th year as shared tenants of the sprawling and spacious Camelback Ranch facility in Glendale with their Chicago White Sox partners. The Colorado Rockies and NL West division rival Arizona Diamondbacks have shared the spectacular Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian

Community adjacent to Scottsdale and just across Arizona State Loop 101 from the Talking Stick Resort and Casino, since 2011. The feel good story of the 2018 season, the Brewers are optimistically entering the 2019 season at their recently remodeled Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix which the team has called home since 1998. Renovations to the ballpark facility include a new wide-open entry plaza located directly behind home plate providing a view of the ballpark that previously did not exist. Both the home team and visitor’s clubhouses have been renovated and all of the training facilities have been upgraded. Fans will appreciate newly refurbished and expanded parking lots, concession stands, restrooms and a wider concourse as well as newly landscaped exterior. While the rise of the Brewers proved to be the biggest story in the National League, the Oakland A’s were the most surprising

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contenders to emerge from the American League. After three consecutive last place finishes the A’s managed to win 97 games and capture the American League’s second wild card playoff spot, before losing the qualifying game to the Yankees. The A’s play their spring training games at Hohokam Park, formerly the home of the Chicago Cubs, located two miles north of downtown Mesa.

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The biggest individual story of last season was the signing of 24-year-old Japanese freeagent, two-way player (pitcher and designated hitter) Shohei Ohtani by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Ohtani made his spring training debut on Feb. 24, 2018 with the Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium, the Cactus League’s oldest ballpark located just off US 60. Looking like a perennial powerhouse, the Cleveland Indians won their third straight American League Central title in 2018 and seem to have all the pieces to make another run in 2019. The Indians share the Goodyear Ballpark in the fast growing west Phoenix enclave of Goodyear, Arizona, with their crossstate, cross league rival Cincinnati Reds. Also located on the Cactus League’s western fringe, Surprise Stadium has been the shared spring training facility of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers since 2003, and hosted the Arizona Fall League’s (MLB’s premier development league) Fall Stars Game in November of 2018. Back in 1994, the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners became the first major league teams to share a spring training facility at Phoenix’ Peoria Sports Complex and have remained partners there ever since. D e s t i n at i o n ▪ p h o e n i x / m e s a

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One of the Cactus League’s two founding franchises, the San Francisco Giants, came to Phoenix as the New York Giants in 1947, joining the Cleveland Indians, who set their spring camp in Tucson, as Arizona pioneers. The Giants have been holding down the fort at Scottsdale Stadium in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale since 1984, the longest running residence of any Cactus League team. This year’s Cactus League season begins earlier than ever with Opening Day scheduled for February 22. cactusleague.com r ec r e at i o n ▪ 5 9


Discover the wonders of the Sonoran Desert at the Desert Botanical Garden

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Phoenix catches baseball fever every March, but even then, there’s more to the Valley of the Sun than home runs and hotdogs. The city boasts outstanding museums, attractions and parks that you won’t want to miss in between games.

HEARD MUSEUM Founded in 1929 by Native American art collectors Dwight and Maie Heard, the Heard Museum displays a rotating selection of Native American artifacts and artwork throughout its 12 galleries. Much of what’s on display comes from Southwestern tribes, but you’ll also find pieces from those in the Midwest, Pacific Northwest and elsewhere. Highlights include the East Gallery Boarding School Exhibit and the roughly 1,200 katsina dolls donated by the late Senator Barry Goldwater and the Fred Harvey Company. heardmuseum.org

TALIESIN WEST Nestled in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains, Taliesin West is Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home, studio and still-operating school of architecture. You can tour the property on one of several tours. If you’re visiting for the first time, take the Insights Tour or the slightly longer Details Tour to see Wright’s private quarters, his drafting studio, the Music Pavilion and more. Or, reserve a spot on the Night Lights Tour to see the illuminated architecture and fire-breathing dragon. franklloydwright.org SOUTH MOUNTAIN PARK Nearly 17,000 square acres, South Mountain Park is one of the largest municipally-owned parks in the nation, boasting more than 50 miles of crisscrossing trails. For a scenic hike, consider the Holbert Trail. The 2.5-mile, sometimes challenging trek begins at South Mountain Environmental Education Center off of Central Avenue and ends at Dobbins Lookout, where you’ll be rewarded with one of the Valley’s best views of downtown Phoenix. You can also drive to Dobbins Lookout for a view without the sore muscles. The theater in the Musical Instrument Museum has impeccable sounds

DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN Opened in 1939, the Desert Botanical Garden introduces visitors to the beauty of the Sonoran Desert on its five major trails: the Desert Discovery Loop, Plants & People of the Sonoran Desert Loop, Sonoran Desert Nature Loop, Center for Desert Living Trail and Desert Wildflower Loop. While visiting the garden, be sure to stop by the seasonal butterfly pavilion, 6 0 ▪ at t r ac t i o n s

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MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM Arranged by geographical region, this unique museum showcases approximately 6,800 musical instruments and artifacts from more than 200 countries and territories. State-of-the-art audio and visual technologies allow you to see and hear many of the instruments being played. Don’t miss the see-through concert piano, which is played at scheduled intervals, and the Experience Gallery, where you can play instruments like a berimbau (a single-stringed, Brazilian instrument) or a djembe (an African healing drum). themim.com

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Partygoers at Scottsdale's hottest pool party, RELEASE at Talking Stick Resort

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Scottsdale is a town known for its upscale dining, shopping and nightlife. From Old Town and Paradise Valley to Gainey Ranch and McCormick Ranch, the various neighborhoods of Scottsdale all give off the feeling of luxury and lavishness. Not to be outdone by the many options visitors and locals have in this desert oasis of a town, the various resorts in the area have been known to turn up the volume during the day and under the sun as spring rolls around. HOTEL VALLEY HO A unique property that opened in 1956 and continues to stay true to its mid-century modern roots, Hotel Valley Ho in Old Town Scottsdale really comes alive during pool season weekends with its Session Saturdays and Recovery Sundays pool parties. Visitors will enjoy live DJ performances, handcrafted cocktails and reserved daybeds and cabanas should they choose to partake. hotelvalleyho.com TALKING STICK RESORT While there are three pools on property at Talking Stick Resort, those looking for the party scene will want to head over to the Main Pool on all Saturdays and some Sundays (during holiday weekends) for the summer pool party series, RELEASE. Here, visitors will enjoy performances by some of the world’s most renowned DJs, specialty drinks and an all-around great time. releasevip.com

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Spring is in bloom on the trails at Usery Mountain Regional Park

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Photo of wildflowers courtesy of Usery Park Mesa; hidden trail by Sarah Robinson; family picnic courtesy of Visit Mesa

Outdoor adventure is plentiful in the Sonoran Desert, and family-friendly trails are easy to find when visiting Mesa. The city is surrounded by cactus-studded desert terrain meant for climbing and taking in Arizona’s sweet sunsets. Families will love hitting the trails by foot as they offer one of the best ways to experience the desert up close. Usery Mountain Regional Park Located in the eastern section of Mesa, this county park takes in more than 3,600 acres at the western end of the Goldfield Mountains and merges into the Tonto National Forest. Usery Park contains a large variety of plants and animals that call the lower Sonoran Desert home. Perhaps the most popular trek for families is the Wind Cave Trail. At the top of the 1.5-mile trail is the cave, is formed at the boundary between the volcanic tuff and granite on Pass Mountain, offering breathtaking views from the 2,840-foot elevation. Parents seeking out a barrier-free trail inside the park can enjoy the Merkle Trail, which is wheelchair accessible and stroller-friendly. The trail’s low elevation also lends itself to being one of the best to capture wildflowers each spring.

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Superstition Wilderness One of the most popular day trips for anyone visiting Mesa is up the historic Apache Trail, through the mysterious Superstition Mountains and into the foothills of the Tonto National Forest—the fifth largest forest in the United States. To this day, the area continues to pay homage to its Western roots, which took shape in the late 1800s. Be sure to plan a day hike to see the sights along the Hieroglyphic Trail, which you enter through the town of Gold Canyon. At the end of this 1.5-mile trail, families will find ancient petroglyphs etched into the rocks. While the hike is easy, there is very little shade throughout the entire trail, and it is not accessible to strollers. Lost Dutchman Arizona State Park History is alive and well in this state park. Rangers share the tales of the Lost Dutchman’s gold and lead a variety of family programming all season long. Families have so many trail choices here to choose from, but perhaps the most popular journey is along Jacobs Crosscut Trail. Under a mile, the trail runs along the base of the mountain range and connects to the popular Treasure Loop trail, which winds along further past the park. Enjoy views of the larger-than-life Superstition Mountains from every angle along this path. visitmesa.com

Stop and smell the flowers or plan a family picnic at Lost Dutchman State Park

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Different Pointe of View

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ELEMENTS The flagship restaurant at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa has some of the best views in the Valley. Appreciate them on the patio—warmed by heat lamps on chilly nights—or through the floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides of the restaurant. When the weather is perfect, glass walls slide open to bring the outside in. The food holds its own against the views. Executive chef Beau MacMillian, who beat Bobby Flay on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” often adds Asian flare to dishes like Ahi Tuna Tartare by adding cucumber, toasted pine nuts and green onion and serving it with a rice pancake. Popular dishes include Asian Oysters Rockefeller, Korean BBQ Short Ribs and Miso Glazed Salmon. sanctuaryoncamelback.com

your arrival to watch the sunset during your appetizers and you’ll see the skyline twinkling by dessert. compassarizona.com DIFFERENT POINTE OF VIEW One of the most popular restaurants for city views, Different Pointe of View at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort overlooks the Valley stretching from its perch on North Mountain to downtown Phoenix and beyond. Score a spot on the flagstone patio or reserve a table next to the floor-to-ceiling windows, and come early enough to watch the spectacular sunsets. There’s more to the restaurant than its views. Voted a “Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants” by Open Table, it has earned AAA Four-Diamond status for 35 consecutive years. Start with the house specialty, Lobster Bisque, followed by the Achiote Grilled Local Pork Tenderloin, and finish with a local favorite, the Tahitian Vanilla Bean Crème Brŭlée. tapatiocliffshilton.com

COMPASS ARIZONA GRILL Located on the 24th floor of the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, Compass Arizona Grill is Arizona’s only rotating restaurant, making a full turn every hour. As you imperceptibly move, watch for South Mountain, Chase Field, Camelback Mountain and other landmarks. Plaques indicate what you are seeing along the way and share historical tidbits. The menu pairs classic American fare with Arizona-inspired dishes. Opt for a grilled steak served with your choice of sauce, roasted chicken or salmon, or sample the flavors of the Southwest with dishes like Pork Carnitas Fry Bread or Poblano Monterey Jack Tamales. Time 66 ▪ Dining

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Photo of Different Pointe of View courtesy of Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs; Elements Sanctuary courtesy of Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa

While most of the country endures cold, dreary days, Phoenix usually enjoys clear skies, perfect for taking in its city lights from an elevated height at dinner. This spring, make a reservation at one of the few great restaurants known for their incredible city views and good food, too.


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DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival returns to Disneyland Resort March 1-April 23. The mouthwatering event features more than a dozen Festival Marketplaces serving California-inspired small plates, specialty wines and craft beers as well cooking demonstrations, celebrity chef appearances and more. disneyland.com

MUSE Widely recognized as one of the best live bands in the world, Grammy Award-winning trio Muse (“Supermassive Black Hole,” “Knights of Cydonia”) brings their highly anticipated Simulation Theory Tour to Oracle Arena in Oakland March 9. Concert starts at 8 p.m. oraclearena.com

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Napa Valley’s eighth annual Arts in April celebration takes place throughout the month at local wineries, museums and galleries. Guests can attend more than 50 events showcasing everything from art exhibitions to live music, as well as four central city events that celebrate each hosting town’s unique cultural landscape. artsinapril.com

The Broadway classic “Fiddler on the Roof” dances into the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles April 16-May 5. Showtimes are Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. hollywoodpantages.com

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Touring and regional acts take the stage at The New Parish

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Photo of Tyler Harlow courtesy of Tyler Harlow; The New Parish courtesy of The New Parish; The Bardo Lounge & Supper Club courtesy of The Bardo Lounge & Supper Club

There’s no shortage of opportunities to take in live music in the Bay Area. Just across the bridge from San Francisco, choices abound for lovers of most every musical genre imaginable. And, you can enjoy that music in a variety of settings, from small clubs to major concert halls. ELBO ROOM JACK LONDON An East Bay successor to the long-running Elbo Room in San Francisco, this Oakland music venue is housed in the city’s historic Jack London district. The two-story venue Name (311 Broadway, Oakland) is open every day from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. The 21-andover club features an eclectic and dazzling array of live music, showcasing everything from cumbia to death metal to tropicalia. elboroomjacklondon.com CALIFORNIA JAZZ CONSERVATORY Founded in 1997—but with a major physical expansion completed in 2018—the California Jazz Conservatory (2087 Addison Street, Berkeley) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of what it describes as “America’s national art form.” The new, intimate 100 seat Rendon Hall features local and touring artists plus occasional jam sessions. The ongoing Way Out West Concert Series continues with Rent Romus’ Life Blood Ensemble (March 12) and Tyler Harlow’s Traveler (March 26). Hours vary depending on performance. cjc.edu/concerts THE NEW PARISH Under new ownership by the talent agent who also books the Greek Theatre and Fox Theater, The New Parish (1743 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland) hosts live music several nights a week. Rock, soul, R&B and world music characterize the venue’s offerings. D e s t i n at i o n ▪ c a l i fo r n i a

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Modern funk heroes Orgone play an allages show on March 15; Scorpions’ founding guitarist Uli Jon Roth headlines a hard rock bill on March 28. Ticket prices and hours vary. thenewparish.com BARDO LOUNGE & SUPPER CLUB For a low-key evening, the Bardo Lounge & Supper Club (3343 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland) in the Grand Lake District is a space dedicated to “food, cocktails, conversation and music.” Featuring live music and local DJs, the lounge—designed to allow both listening and conversation—is open 5 p.m. to late every night E n t e rta i n m e n t ▪ 6 9


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Visit the set of TVs “Friends” and sit on the famed Central Perk couch

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The production studio behind some of America’s biggest blockbusters is giving guests a peak behind the curtain. Batman, Harry Potter, and even television’s “Friends” are all included on the docket for a revealing backstage tour. In fact, Warner Bros. Studios has a variety of tour experiences that give guests special behindthe-scenes access to one of Hollywood’s busiest studios.

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STUDIO TOUR This three hour tour offers a glimpse into the everyday working life at the 110-acre studio. Knowledgeable tour guides lead guests through backlot exterior sets, working soundstages and the extensive prop department before delving into the extensive history of Warner Bros. Studios. Guests will enjoy viewing the Batmobile collection, exhibits on DC Universe and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. After the guided portion of the tour, guests are invited to explore the interactive soundstage experience, Stage 48: Script to Screen, where guests can crash on the same Central Perk couch used on “Friends,” enter their favorite films through the magic of green screen and even view original cells from some of the golden era of cartoons. CLASSICS TOUR Starting with a champagne toast to the golden era of film, this extended tour focuses on the classic films and TV that were created on the lot. While it has everything from the Studio Tour, the Classics Tour includes a specialized guide with a love and appreciation for classic film and television, who leads guests through the storied history of the sound stages and backlots, all themed with iconic classic movies and television. D e s t i n at i o n ▪ c a l i fo r n i a

See the Batmobile in person on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Get sorted into a Hogwarts House on the self guided portion of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour

DELUXE TOUR The Deluxe Tour is perfect for cinephiles and television lovers everywhere. Taking guests through everything the studio tour offers, this tour also includes trips to the private screening room, the costume department, props department, an exclusive Post Production Tour and an exquisite lunch inside the Warner Bros. Commissary Fine Dining Room. At five hours, including time for the self-guided portion and meal, this tour is the ultimate backstage Hollywood experience. wbstudiotour.com at t r ac t i o n s ▪ 7 1


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We had an exceptional experience while flying from Punta Gorda with your flight attendant, Nadine. Today was our first experience traveling with two dogs. She was instrumental in ensuring we all could sit in the same row. It was nice to see someone act humanely and take a little pressure off our furry companions. This was our first flight with Allegiant, but with this experience, it will not be our last.

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The sand beach and “Big Gun Thunderfall” at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa

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Combine over-the-top, family-friendly resorts with over 300 days of sunshine and you get the perfect spot for a vacation that will please the entire family.

Photo of sand beach courtesy of Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa; Wigwam Arizona courtesy of Wigwam Arizona; Arizona Grand Resort courtesy of Arizona Grand Resort

Arizona Grand Resort An eight-story slide, a gigantic wave pool and a rolling river are just the highlights of the sevenacre Oasis Water Park. The Zuni River is the Valley of the Sun’s only side-by-side active river capable of double inner tubing with the rolling effect of an active river. The Oasis Wave Pool appeals to the surfer-in-training with its two-

The 25-foot waterslide and pool at Wigwam Arizona

foot swells as well as a cascading lagoon-style waterfall. But, the park’s centerpiece is the Slide Canyon Tower. Eight stories tall with three waterfalls­—two with dramatic 51-foot drops and a third that winds down along 300 feet. The resort received a $13 million complete renovation and offers a variety of dining options as well as a spa and 18-hole golf course with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Wigwam Arizona The historic resort has a couple of pools—one tucked away offering tranquil solitude and the other with a 25-foot tower at its center that includes two twisting waterslides. Cabanas can be rented at either location. The resort offers 331 spacious casitas and suites over 440 lush acres. It was originally built in 1918 as a desert retreat for Ohio-based executives of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and opened as a full-service resort in 1929 due to its popularity. The resort has received a number of renovations since, but it has never lost its charm with its elegantly crafted adobe buildings. Other amenities include a number of dining options, full-service spa, tennis, Bocce courts, volleyball and three 18-hole championship golf courses—two designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa The resort’s 2.5 acre waterpark includes a sand beach, 10 pools (one adult-only), 20 fountains, Grecian water temple, 45 waterfalls and a threestory waterslide—the “Big Gun Thunderfall.” But, the water-based activities are just the tip of the iceberg. There are also four authentic Italian gondolas providing tours of the resort’s gorgeous waterways, a rock climbing wall, tennis, fitness center and golf provided by Gainey Ranch Golf Club. Other activities include guided hiking and cycling tours, 4X4 rides and hot air balloon rides. The resort also has a number of award-winning dining options.

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Recognizing our team members’ hard work has always been important for us, but in 2018 we wanted to do something special for those who went way above and beyond to improve the customer’s experience (CE). Naming these team members as our CE Celebrities, each of the following (along with a guest) were invited to a two-night stay, full-course dinner and special presentation at our annual leadership conference in Las Vegas, Nevada to celebrate their achievements. We are proud to share a few examples of why they are being honored: “On Christmas Eve, we were a little early and James (Captain, Cincinnati) went into the terminal and had all the children gather around as he read “The Night Before Christmas.” He thought outside of the box on how to interact with our customers and go the extra mile. He also handed out candy to the children as they exited the aircraft and made the flight enjoyable for many.” “We had a customer and her husband fly with us in July and the flight attendant found out it was their 59th wedding anniversary and took a picture of them on the plane. Later, the customer called in asking for the picture because her husband passed away and that was their last photo together. Brenda (Corporate Operator, Headquarters) took it upon herself to contact the appropriate department and locate the photo for the customer.” These are just a couple examples of our team members going above what is required of them to help our customers have a great customer experience. We are so excited to honor each of them for their dedication and passion to providing outstanding customer service.

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As a proud partner of Make-A-Wish®, Allegiant has flown more than 1,500 children facing life-threatening illness to their dream destinations. For Nevada wish-kid Eric Jolley, we were also able to play a special role in granting his aviation-inspired wish. Eric was a senior in high school when he received life-altering news. He was diagnosed with leukemia and would undergo several rounds of chemotherapy before ultimately needing a bone marrow transplant.

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When Eric recovered enough to make a wish, he knew he wanted something that would last. After careful consideration, Eric wished to become a pilot. He was inspired by his grandfather, who was a pilot during World War II and died of stomach cancer a month before Eric received his own leukemia diagnosis. Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada turned to Allegiant to help with fulfilling Eric’s wish. Working with partners at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, we helped to identify a local flight school for Eric, Advanced Aviation. But first, we got him started on his wish with a special VIP experience at Allegiant’s pilot training facility near the Las Vegas airport. Eric took his first “flight” as an honorary first officer in a professional-grade Airbus simulator, with Captain Chris and copilot Jim of Allegiant. Eric was a natural, gracefully navigating the simulated flight, alerting passengers of their time of arrival, and going through in-flight checklists. Eric’s family sat in the flight deck with him as he “flew” over

Eric Jolley at the controls

the Las Vegas Strip, looped across the valley to Mount Charleston and took in the sights from 36,000 simulated feet above ground. Upon exiting the simulator, Eric was presented with Allegiant first officer “wings” and a custom pair of aviator sunglasses, giving him the gear he needed to look the part. He also received training posters modeling cockpit controls, which may prove helpful before taking his first flight school lesson in Reno. He’s well on his way to fulfilling his wish and honoring his grandfather’s memory. We can’t wait to see him take to the skies. And maybe one day, we’ll even welcome Eric to the Allegiant family full-time. Sunseeker ▪ 79


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We Always Guarantee the Best Vacation Package Price! If you find a lower price on a vacation package elsewhere, we will credit you 100% of the difference.

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Qualifying Packages Allegiant will match packages that include identical hotel and room type(s) and/or same rental car company, vehicle type and pick-up and drop-off times and location(s).

If you find a lower total price on your vacation package (air/hotel, air/car or air/hotel/car) and contact Allegiant within 48 hours of your initial Allegiant booking, Allegiant will issue you a dollar-off voucher for 100% of the difference. The lower total price must be an exact match to the itinerary booked with Allegiant. For full details see Allegiant’s terms and conditions at allegiantair.com/terms-and-conditions.


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BUY ONBOARD F e at u r e co m b o s p ec i a l

$10

Tito’s Handmade Vodka & Seagram’s Tonic Water

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Traditional Chex Mix

(Photos enlarged to show detail. Plastic drinking glass is provided.)

O R C H O OS E YO U R OW N CO C K TA I L CO M B O FO R J U S T $ 1 0 Easy as 1,2,3! #1 Choose your beverage. #2 Choose your mixer. #3 Choose your snack. ENJOY! BEVERAGE

MIXER CHOICES

Bacardi Rum

Coca-Cola

Tanqueray Gin

Diet Coke

Jack Daniel’s Whiskey

Sprite

Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Minute Maid - Cranapple Juice - Orange Juice

Dasani Bottled Water

SNACK Mr. & Mrs. T Bloody Mary Mix Seagram's Ginger Ale Seagram's Sparkling Seltzer Water

Kings Premium Nut Blend Chex Mix

Seagram's Tonic Water

FOR M O R E DE LI CI OU S SN ACK S AND BEV ERAGES, TAK E A LO O K AT OU R FU LL ME N U ON PAGES 86-87

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$5 D E L I S N AC K PAC K Pennysticks Brand Pretzels, White Cheddar Cheese Dip, Slim Jim Meat Stick, Lorna Doone Shortbread Cookies 4-pack (Includes all items shown)

$5 W I N G Z K I D S S N AC K PAC K Allegiant Wings, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers, Oreo 2-pack, Welch’s Fruit Snacks (Includes all items shown)

$1 from every Wingz pack purchase will benefit Make-A-Wish.® For more info, visit wish.org.

$10 F e at u r e d co m b o Choice of Mixed Drink Choice of Selected Snacks See page 85 for more details (Includes all items shown)

$4 h u m m u s s n ac k pac k Dipin Classic Hummus accompanied by Baked in Brooklyn Pita Chips (Includes all items shown)

$4

$3

I n d i v i d ua l s n ac ks

I n d i v i d ua l s n ac ks

Traditional Chex Mix, 3.75 oz.

M&M's Peanut, 3.1 oz.

King's Premium Nut Blend, 2oz.

Pringles, 2.36 oz.

The finest almonds and cashews gently roasted and lightly salted.

Size of items shown are not actual size and may have been enlarged or reduced.

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$4 S P EC I A LT Y

Pinot Grigio Merlot

Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee

Sales of Trinity Oaks wine help plant trees. Over 80 million trees planted since 1989.

$7

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$7 m i x e d d r i n ks Bacardi Rum Tanqueray Gin Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Tito’s Handmade Vodka

$2 B e v e r ag e s Coke Diet Coke Sprite Dasani Bottled Water Minute Maid Cranapple Juice Minute Maid Orange Juice Mr. & Mrs. T Bloody Mary Mix Seagram’s Ginger Ale Seagram’s Sparkling Seltzer Water Seagram’s Tonic Water

Allegiant gladly accepts most major credit and debit cards. Allegiant does not accept cash, check or money orders in-flight or at any airport location. We are pleased to serve alcoholic beverages to customers over the age of 21 and encourage responsible consumption. Only alcohol provided by flight attendants may be consumed onboard. Brand selection and products may vary based upon availability.

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ALLEGIANT AIRCRAFT AIRBUS A319

AIRBUS A320

Number of Aircraft: 37 Cruising Speed: 514 mph Range: 4,315 miles Maximum Take-Off Weight: 166,000 pounds Maximum Passengers: 156 Total Length: 111 feet Wingspan: 112 feet Pilots: 2 Flight Attendants: 4

Number of Aircraft: 46 Cruising Speed: 561 mph Range: 3,797 miles Maximum Take-Off Weight: 172,000 pounds Maximum Passengers: 186 Total Length: 123 feet Wingspan: 112 feet Pilots: 2 Flight Attendants: 4

TRAVELER INFORMATION SAFETY FIRST

Customer safety is Allegiant ®’s first concern. Please be advised that interference with the duties of crew members, including flight attendants, is a violation of federal laws. Our crews are thoroughly trained in all safety procedures. To ensure your own safety, we hope you take a moment to review the safety information card located in the seat pocket in front of you. Be aware of the following:

• Location of the nearest emergency exit • Location of your emergency oxygen mask, if needed • Correct procedure for exiting the cabin in an emergency SEAT BELTS

Seat belts must be fastened ANY TIME the seat belt sign is on, during taxi, takeoff and landing. Once the seat belt sign is turned off, you may walk around the cabin. Due to unexpected turbulence, it is strongly recommended that you keep your seat belt fastened any time while in your seat. Allegiant’s exit seating policy does not allow the use of seat belt extensions in the exit seats due to tripping hazards.

Unlabeled seats or seats manufactured before Jan. 1, 1981, are not acceptable. Child restraint seats are to be placed into a window seat and secured with an aircraft seat belt.

PHOTOS & VIDEOS ONBOARD

The use of small cameras or mobile devices for photography and video is permitted onboard provided you keep the purpose of your photography and video to capturing personal events. Photographing or recording other customers or airline personnel without their express consent is prohibited. Airline personnel reserve the right to prohibit photos and videos onboard the aircraft if it becomes a disturbance to them or other passengers.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

Allegiant is forbidden to serve alcoholic beverages to anyone who appears to be intoxicated or who has not yet reached the age of 21. It is a violation of federal regulations to drink alcoholic beverages during a flight unless they have been served by Allegiant personnel.

SMOKING

CHILD RESTRAINT SEATS

Federal Aviation Administration requires that all child restraint seats used on planes meet federal safety standards. Acceptable seats bear proper labeling

“THIS RESTRAINT IS CERTIFIED FOR USE IN MOTOR VEHICLES AND AIRCRAFT" from the manufacturer.

Smoking, the use of other tobacco products, e-cigarettes and other similar smoking devices are not permitted on any Allegiant flight. Federal law imposes fines of $1,000 for smoking and up to $2,000 for any attempt to disable an aircraft smoke detector.

PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES ALWAYS PERMITTED*

Pacemaker

Hearing Aid

Camera (digital/film/video)

Tablet

Handheld Game

Smartphone (in Airplane Mode)

E-reader

Wireless Mouse, Keyboard or Other Accessory

CD Player

Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Media Player

*Restrictions may apply when operating outside of U.S. Airspace. NOTE: Portable electronic device use on the ground, during takeoff and during landing should be limited to small, lightweight devices less than 2 lbs. These devices should be able to be easily secured in a seat back and not impede emergency access to the aisle.

PERMITTED AT GATE & IN FLIGHT

Laptop/Tablet

DVD Player

Using cellular network services (voice or data) to make or receive calls during the flight is not permitted by U.S. and International regulatory authorities. If you have other questions about the use of other portable electronic devices not shown here, ask your flight attendant.

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Personal Air Purifiers

Remote Control Toys

TV

Two-Way Radios or Transmitters


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