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Thank you for choosing Allegiant! Whether you’re headed to Las Vegas, Phoenix or California, we always work hard to get you the best travel deals. With our industry-low fares and exclusive rates on hotels and rental cars, fun in the sun has never been more affordable. This summer is shaping up to be our busiest yet as we offer expanded service from Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa, Los Angeles and San Diego. Allegiant also recently became the first-ever “Official Passenger Airline Partner” for NASCAR. This new partnership will allow race fans to take advantage of Allegiant’s ultra-low fares in more than 20 NASCAR race markets. Our Sunseeker travel experts explore our most popular destinations for their top activities and discover places to sip a cool one and enjoy delectable dining. Read up on downtown Las Vegas’ newest dining hotspots on page 18. Meet some of Las Vegas’ funniest people on page 31. On page 76, discover Mesa’s night sky and then explore Monterey on California’s Central Coast on page 84. We hope you continue taking advantage of our low fares and nonstop flights for your travel needs. Thanks again for choosing Allegiant and have a great trip!
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Fremont Street Experience is heating things up in downtown Las Vegas this summer with the return of its popular concert series, Rock of Vegas. Running from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend, guests can see some of their favorite acts performing free concerts on the 1st and 3rd Street stages select nights starting at 9 p.m. Rock ’n’ roll royalty Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will kick off the eighth annual summer concert series on May 28. Other artists performing as part of this year’s rockin’ lineup include 3 Doors Down, Melissa Etheridge and Smash Mouth. For more information, visit vegasexperience.com.
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The 2015 Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas
ate spring/early summer is always an exciting time to visit Las Vegas. Each June the city transforms into a sea of neon, attracting hundreds of thousands of electronic music fans for the Electric Daisy Carnival. Ticket holders can literally dance the night away while listening to some of the world’s best DJs and then spend the day soaking up sunshine at one of the Strip’s popular pool clubs. While it’s easy to spend all day (and night!) enjoying the beautiful weather, there are several indoor events people will want to check out, too. From concert tours to “The Greatest Show on Earth,” there’s sure to be something for every Allegiant passenger to enjoy this May and June in the Entertainment Capital of the World.
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MAY Pop star Selena Gomez (“Come & Get It”) kicks off her Revival Tour, May 6, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. mandalaybay.com Jennifer Nettles, lead vocalist for the chart-topping country duo Sugarland, brings her solo show to the Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort May 7 at 8 p.m. palms.com POP STAR SELENA GOMEZ
German rock band Scorpions (“Rock You Like a Hurricane”) start their five-night limited engagement, “Blacked Out in Vegas,” inside The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino May 13 at 8 p.m. with special guest Queensrÿche (“Silent Lucidity”). Additional concert dates include May 14, 18, 20 and 21. hardrockhotel.com English rock band The Who (“My Generation”) wrap up their highly anticipated The Who Hits 50! North American tour in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace May 29. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. thecolosseum.com
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Step inside the infamous Kit Kat Klub when Roundabout Theatre Company’s “Cabaret” comes to The Smith Center June 14-19. Show times are Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. performance on Saturday and Sunday. thesmithcenter.com Blending traditional circus elements with contemporary spectacles, “Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME” stops by Thomas & Mack Center June 16-19 for seven performances: June 16 and 17 at 7 p.m., June 18 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and June 19 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. unlvtickets.com North America’s largest music festival, the Electric Daisy Carnival returns to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway June 17-19 to celebrate “20 years Under the Electric Sky.” Gates open at 7 p.m. vegas.electricdaisycarnival.com
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The picturesque pool at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa
A SURE BET FOR A GREAT TIME DISCOVER SOUTH POINT HOTEL, CASINO & SPA By Heather Turk
ne of Las Vegas’ most extravagant resorts isn’t found on the Strip. A vacation destination unto itself, South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa has its own 16-screen movie theater, 64-lane bowling center, spacious bingo room, 400-seat showroom and one of the finest event facilities in the country: the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center and Priefert Pavilion. Offering something for everyone, guests will find everything, from delectable dining options to soothing spa treatments, under one roof. With 11 restaurants to choose from including Las Vegas’ only Steak ’n Shake, even the
most finicky of palates will discover something to savor at South Point. Not only is the resort home to arguably the city’s best Mexican restaurant, Baja Miguel’s, but it also boasts one of Las Vegas’ most exquisite dining experiences: Michael’s. A favorite for more than 30 years, this intimate gourmet room serves some of the most succulent steak and seafood dishes around (try the tender Filet Mignon) as well as sumptuous sides like the to-die-for Michael’s Cream Corn. Many of its dishes, such as the delightful Peach Melba, are prepared or finished tableside resulting in a memorable fine dining experience. South Point also houses one of Las Vegas’ most luxurious spas, Costa del Sur, which has a private couples retreat area in addition to separate men’s and women’s hot tubs, cold plunge pools, waterfall showers, steam rooms and saunas. Guests can book a wide range of services including one of the most heavenly treatments they’ll ever experience: the Goddess of the Sun Ritual. Perfect for summer, this 80-minute service uses products from Pure Fiji and includes a full-body exfoliation under a Vichy shower, hydrating body wrap, cool stone facial and warm oil scalp massage. Guest will literally be pampered from head to toe.
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Inside Michael’s, a favorite for more than 30 years
The women’s wet room at Costa del Sur
Since it’s likely visitors will never want to leave the resort, South Point offers more than 2,100 guestrooms. Not only are the rooms spacious (a deluxe room is 500 square feet), but also comfortably appointed with Serta mattresses, 42-inch LED televisions and toiletries from the spa. The picturesque pool area comes complete with a wading pool and lushly landscaped hot tub with a palm tree in the center of it! For more reasons why South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa is worth the trip off-Strip, visit southpointcasino.com. ENTERTAINMENT
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The back terrace at Jardin
PRIME PATIOS THREE OF LAS VEGAS’ BEST AL FRESCO DINING EXPERIENCES By Heather Turk
Photo of Jardin terrace by Barbara Kraft; Herringbone by Anthony Mair; Mon Ami Gabi Las Vegas courtesy of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
ith temperatures in Las Vegas slowly creeping toward the triple-digit mark, there’s no better time than the present to dine on one of the Strip’s primo patios. When you find yourself hungry for a restaurant where the environment is just as remarkable as the fare, check out one of these awesome al fresco dining experiences.
Mary’s Roasted Chicken, during the evening hours as well as one of the most diverse cocktail menus in town. Try the It’s Still Hot in Mexico: a mix of Herradura Reposado tequila, Thai chili, agave, lime, cilantro and cucumber juice. Lunch and Saturday/ Sunday brunch menus are also available. herringboneeats.com/las-vegas
HERRINGBONE AT ARIA RESORT & CASINO
JARDIN AT ENCORE LAS VEGAS
Feast upon California-inspired coastal cuisine while soaking up the poolside view at this latest outpost of chef Brian Malarkey’s acclaimed ocean-to-table eatery. Guests can dine on the plush, 111-seat patio surrounded by lush landscaping as they dig in to such delightful dishes as the pan-seared Barnegat Bay Scallops for dinner. The restaurant also boasts delicious “Land” items, like the juicy
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this relaxed American restaurant offers guests two covered terraces on which to dine so they can enjoy the picturesque poolside view and manicured greenery in cool comfort. The Beet Tartare with nori chips and Margherita Flatbread (available for lunch and dinner) are perfect starter selections, while the succulent Grilled Kurobuta Pork Chop makes a great dinner choice. Whatever you decide on, be sure to order a drink from the Moscow Mule Cart (Sunseeker recommends the citrus and lavender) and don’t forget a “Fleur” Chocolate Cake for the table—this decadent dessert actually comes in an edible chocolate flowerpot with real flowers on top! wynnlasvegas.com/dining/casualdining/jardin
MON AMI GABI AT PARIS LAS VEGAS
The plush patio at Herringbone
The Strip-front patio at Mon Ami Gabi
One of the city’s best patio dining experiences, the Strip-front patio at this classic French bistro is a true Las Vegas treasure. Guests can enjoy phenomenal French bistro fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner—including arguably the finest Steak Frites in town—along with incredible views, whether they’re watching the Fountains of Bellagio across the street or people passing by. Prices are reasonable and the experience is priceless. Other scrumptious selections include the Onion Soup Au Gratin, Baked Goat Cheese in tomato sauce (lunch and dinner service only) and, for early risers, the Breakfast Potatoes made with caramelized onions. monamigabi.com DINING
The Chicken ‘N’ Watermelon ‘N’ Waffles at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
LET’S DO BRUNCH THREE OF LAS VEGAS’ BEST BRUNCH EXPERIENCES By Heather Turk
runch isn’t just for Easter and Mother’s Day anymore—at least not in a culinary city like Las Vegas. Many of its restaurants offer brunch on the weekends, so visitors don’t have to worry about waking up early to enjoy all of their breakfast and lunch favorites after a night on the town.
the shopping center’s live entertainment stage. Prices are reasonable and portions are generous with the majority of the menu dedicated to breakfast fare (though there are a few salad and sandwich options). Be sure to order some Monkey Bread for the table—it’s a real palate pleaser! theperchlv.com
THE PERCH AT DOWNTOWN CONTAINER PARK
STK AT THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS
This lively steakhouse recently began hosting Sunday Brunch Club every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Boasting a menu of re-envisioned brunch items divided into fun cinematic-themed sections—Previews, Featured Presentations and Encores—guests can dig in to such delectable dishes as the Brunch Club made with avocado, heirloom tomato and herb mayo while sipping a drink from the strolling coffee cart and enjoying live music. Not surprisingly, the STK n’ L’eggs—a 6-ounce filet served with two eggs and breakfast potatoes—is a must, as is a visit to the bottomless Bloody Mary Bar. Mimosa bottle service is available, too, served by pajama-clad waiters. stkhouse.com
YARDBIRD SOUTHERN TABLE & BAR AT THE VENETIAN The delicious Monkey Bread at The Perch
The popular Steak n’ L’eggs at STK’s Sunday Brunch Club 12
Serving a menu of Southern favorites, this farm-fresh eatery offers brunch every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nothing on its menu disappoints, from the flavorful Fried Green Tomato BLT, made with house-smoked pork belly, to the flaky Cinnamon Apple Hand Pies. The restaurant also arguably features the best chicken and waffles in town: its Chicken ‘N’ Watermelon ‘N’ Waffles. While the fried chicken and Vermont sharp cheddar cheese waffle are plenty flavorsome, the honey hot sauce and bourbon maple syrup served with the dish truly takes it to another level. One bite and you’re sure to be hungry for more! runchickenrun.com
Photo of chicken & waffles courtesy of Yardbird Southern Table & Bar; Monkey Bread courtesy of The Perch; Steak ‘n L’eggs by Anthony Mair
One of Las Vegas’ most unique brunch experiences, this relaxed restaurant located in a series of locally manufactured Xtreme Cubes offers brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests can choose from a menu of mouthwatering items, like the tasty Steak & Egg Tacos topped with avocado mousse and queso fresco, and dine inside the restaurant or out on its patio overlooking
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Guy Fieri at the opening of his LINQ restaurant
HEY, GUY! MEET GUY FIERI By Grace Bascos
Photo of LINQ Restaurant opening by Ethan Miller; Chef Guy Fieri and bacon mac-n-cheese burger courtesy of The LINQ Hotel & Casino
ith a myriad of “Food Network” shows that include “Guy’s Grocery Games” and the ubiquitous “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”, there’s barely a moment when the self-proclaimed Mayor of Flavortown’s bleach blond head and grinning mug isn’t gracing your screen. But before the chef/author/TV host became one of the most recognizable culinary personalities in America, known both for his huge personality and bold yet approachable fare, he got his start in Las Vegas. Fieri calls the University of Nevada, Las Vegas his alma mater, as he graduated
from the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration in 1990 (his oldest son Hunter is following in his UNLV footsteps as well). Believe it or not, he was a starving college student just like the rest of us, so he got creative when it came to eating on a budget. One of his go-to favorites was to dress up some thick-cut fries with hot sauce and blue cheese for a faux-Buffalo snack. Visitors have been flocking to his first Las Vegas restaurant at The LINQ, Guy Fieri Vegas Kitchen and Bar, since it opened in 2014, clamoring for Fieri-esque signatures such as his award-winning bacon mac-n-cheese burger. The Vegas Fries are a nod to Fieri’s college creation, except fancier, made with sidewinder fries tossed in buffalo seasoning and blue cheese crumbles, served with house-made buffalo sauce and blue cheese wasabi (that’s blue-sabi in Guy parlance). Fieri’s newest endeavor is as cheeky as he is: El Burro Borracho (the drunken donkey, en español), which recently opened at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Fun is the name of the game at the Mexican eatery, but Fieri also emphasizes that he’s offering “really good ingredients cooked in a very authentic manner with strong discipline in seasoning and composition.”
Chef Guy Fieri
Award-winning bacon mac-n-cheese burger
Growing up in California—and eventually owning property in Mexico—has helped shape Fieri’s taste of regional fare. There are classic versions of dishes such as grilled street corn and al pastor, but the true Fieri touch can be found in others such as lava rock shrimp tacos and the physics-defying stack of Trash Can nachos. Fieri’s has earned his reputation for being a regular guy, the one you’d want to watch the game and have a few drinks with, but who’s got chops at both the tailgate party and in the kitchen—and he’s learned some of those chops right in the heart of Las Vegas! DINING
Yucatan Egg Benedict from Border Grill
A TASTE OF OLD AND NEW MEXICO SAY ADIOS TO YOUR PLAIN TACOS AND BURRITOS! By Grace Bascos
TACOS EL GORDO, 3049 S. LAS VEGAS BOULEVARD
While this late-night favorite’s offerings of piledhigh nachos, quesadillas, burritos and tacos are pretty standard, it’s the fillings and toppings that piqued our interest. The al pastor, marinated pork slow-roasted with pineapples on a spit, is at once spicy and a little sweet. The carne asada is tender and juicy, ideal for tacos or atop a mountain of French fries with nacho toppings that make the hybrid carne asada fries. You’ll also run into the offal offerings that are more traditional of taquerias in Mexico City including lengua (tongue), sesos (brains) and tripa (tripe). tacoselgordobc.com
MESA GRILL, CAESARS PALACE
Bobby Flay’s flagship is about as New Mexican as it gets—both in cuisine and regional origins. The “Food Network” chef’s trademark bold flavors and love of spice derive specifically from Southwestern cuisine. It’s not knock-your-socksoff heat (though there are a few habañeros found on the menu), but rather smoky, subtle notes from chilies such as anchos and Cascabel along with tangy green varieties direct from New Mexico. For a taste of Flay’s signature fare in a nutshell, don’t miss the Tiger Shrimp Roasted Garlic Corn Tamale topped with a corn cilantro sauce. caesars.com/caesars-palace/ restaurants/mesa-grill
BORDER GRILL, MANDALAY BAY AND FORUM SHOPS AT CAESARS
There happen to be two Borders on the Strip. Both outposts, by Too Hot Tamales’ Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, are devoted to their modern take on regional fare from Mexico City, Oaxaca and the Yucatan. Expect bright notes on dishes such as achiote rubbed pork shoulder braised in banana leaves, or Veracruz-style red snapper deep-fried and dressed with white wine oregano butter and olives. The two locations offer the famed Border Brunch on weekends featuring unlimited small plates with crossover appeal such as Peruvian Shrimp and Grits with green chilies and Yucatan Egg Benedict: achiote roasted pork atop a manchego cheese biscuit and dressed with Hollandaise. bordergrill.com 16
Pescado Veracruzano from Border Grill
Tiger Shrimp Roasted Garlic Corn Tamale from Mesa Grill
Photo of Yucatan Egg Benedict courtesy of Border Grill; Pescado Veracruzano courtesy of Border Grill; Corn Tamale from Mesa Grill courtesy of Caesars Palace
f you’ve traveled across the border to our neighbor to the South, you know that traditional Mexican fare is so much more than tequila, quesadillas and crunchy tacos. Luckily, Las Vegas is home to restaurants that emulate both classic styles and new takes on the boldly flavored fare. The only thing that might taste the same? The tequila!
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The dining room at the Las Vegas MR CHOW
NEW & NOTEWORTHY
THREE TASTE BUD TEMPTING LAS VEGAS RESTAURANTS By Heather Turk
aste buds never get tired of Las Vegas. The culinary destination always has something new for palates to enjoy, whether it’s a fresh concept from a beloved chef or a celebrity favorite making its Vegas debut!
ALDER & BIRCH COCKTAILS AND DINING AT THE ORLEANS
HARVEST BY ROY ELLAMAR AT BELLAGIO
The first restaurant concept by Las Vegas chef Roy Ellamar (Sensi), this New American eatery showcases seasonal menu items inspired by regional farms—including a variety of unique farmer’s market cocktails. Guests can watch as their dishes are being prepared thanks to the open kitchen at the heart of the restaurant, with such marvelous selections as the Fishermans Stew in a tomato saffron broth and Slow Roasted Porchetta made with rosemary, parsley and garlic. There’s also a Snack Wagon that travels from table to table offering delicious finger foods and a Sweet Wagon featuring a spread of bite-sized desserts. bellagio.com/en/restaurants/harvest.html
Alder & Birch Cocktails and Dining steakhouse experience
MR CHOW AT CAESARS PALACE
Already a star in Beverly Hills, London, New York City, Miami and Malibu, the newest location of this famed Beijing cuisine eatery has attracted such celebrities as Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez 18
The Slow Roasted Porchetta at Harvest by Roy Ellamar
Photo of MR CHOW dining room courtesy of Caesars Palace; Alder & Birch courtesy of Boyd Gaming; Harvest Porchetta courtesy of MGM Resorts International
Foodies don’t have to dine on the Strip for a steakhouse experience that’s well done. This sophisticated steakhouse offers a range of succulent cuts of beef cooked to perfection, like the house dry-aged Wagyu Coulette Sirloin and Signature A&B Porter, as well as a selection of savory seafood dishes and enticing entrées. Guests can pair their main course with an array of sharable sides, including the tasty Grilled Cream of Corn with a birch syrup crust. Other dishes that don’t disappoint include the Three Onion Soup, made with Gruyère and apple cider, and the Beef Carpaccio topped with arugula, Parmesan, lemon mustard and capers. alderandbirchlv.com
to its tables since opening in December. Offering a true feast for the senses, from the kinetic sculpture at the center of the restaurant to the live demonstration of how MR CHOW’s famous noodles are made, guests are sure to be wowed by their dining experience. Menu items explode with flavor; the Chicken Curry Puff pairs perfectly with MR CHOW’s house chili sauce and the Sweet & Sour Pork simply can’t be beat. Although items are meant to be enjoyed communally, each dish is so delicious you’ll want them all to yourself! caesars. com/caesars-palace/restaurants/mr-chow
Inside Twist by Pierre Gagnaire at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
THE ART OF FINE DINING JOIN CELEBRATED CHEF PIERRE GAGNAIRE FOR DINING WITH A TWIST
By Heather Turk
ierre Gagnaire might not recall the first dish he ever made, but the Michelinstarred chef behind one of Las Vegas’ most esteemed French restaurants, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, does remember the moment he realized he had a gift for cooking. “I was about 17 or 18 years old,” Gagnaire told Sunseeker. “I was with friends and there was almost nothing in the fridge. It just had a few ingredients and I was able to create something with those. To this day, that’s when I felt I had the touch.” Named Le Chef magazine’s most influential chef in 2015, Gagnaire opened Twist by Pierre Gagnaire—his first and only restaurant in the United States—in 2009. Located on the 23rd floor of Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, the
stunning restaurant features a menu of classic French cuisine with a modern “twist” that changes seasonally, showcasing the Frenchborn chef’s impeccable flair in the kitchen. “It’s important to offer dishes that agree with the season,” Gagnaire explained. “During the summer I like to incorporate fruits—cherries, strawberries, blueberries—as much as possible, and not just in desserts. I also like more seafood in the summer: lobster, shrimp, eel, trout.” While menu items change often, there are a few favorites that remain from season to season. “Guests love the Langoustine (crispy langoustine with Terre de Sienne spice, Feuille de Brick, green lentils, bean sprouts, yellow mango, coconut foam and salpicón with green peppercorns), so we like to keep that on our menu,” Gagnaire said. “In Las Vegas, you have to offer meat (steak), too. It’s impossible to avoid, but we make it elegant.” Gagnaire credits the restaurant’s continued success on the Strip with having a menu and environment that’s both “comfortable and joyful.” Clearly he knows what he’s talking about: Twist by Pierre Gagnaire recently received Forbes Travel Guide’s coveted Five-Star award for the fifth consecutive year.
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Twist by Pierre Gagnaire is open Tuesday through Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 to 10:30 p.m. For more information, visit mandarinoriental.com/ lasvegas/fine-dining/twist-by-pierre-gagnaire.
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“Twist is more than just a restaurant to dine in,” Gagnaire concluded. “It’s an experience from the moment you arrive to the second you exit, with memories of exquisite service and surroundings along with unforgettable dishes and flavors that stay with you long after you leave.”
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DINE LIKE A LOCAL LATE-NIGHT DINING FAVORITES IN LAS VEGAS By H. Wadowski
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as Vegas may have plenty of delectable dining options open ’round the clock, but not all of them can lure locals to their tables late at night. The extensive menus at these three eateries, however, are true locals’ favorites, dishing out quality fare at any hour.
THE BOOTLEGGER BISTRO
Celebrating its 15th anniversary, this family-run bistro at 7700 S. Las Vegas Blvd. offers a menu of classic Italian dishes from chef Maria Perry, Nevada’s first Restaurateur of the Year, who began serving Las Vegas in 1949. Although a Night Owl menu is offered from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. featuring such popular items as the
The Carne Asada at El Dorado Cantina
The colorful dining room at Peppermill Restaurant and Lounge
Seafood Diavolo—clams, calamari, shrimp and mussels served cioppino style over linguine in a spicy tomato sauce—and Lasagna, guests can also enjoy Bootlegger’s full menu 24/7 by request. Be sure to stop by on Monday night to see some of the Strip’s most popular performers come in to sing and play during Kelly Clinton’s “Celebrity Cabaret.” The open mic begins at 9 p.m. and runs until midnight. bootleggerlasvegas.com
EL DORADO CANTINA
This upscale Mexican restaurant at 3025 Sammy Davis Jr. Dr. boasts a menu of authentic regional Mexican dishes that are free of antibiotics, pesticides and steroids, with an array of GMO-free and organic dishes available, too. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 24 hours a day, late-night diners can feast upon such palate-pleasing selections as the three-cheese Queso Fundido with chorizo or mushrooms, grilled Mexican Corn coated with organic mayonnaise, queso fresco and cayenne pepper powder and citrus-marinated Carne Asada. Portions are large but make sure to save room for dessert. The gluten-free Flan is arguably the best you’ll find north of the border. eldoradovegas.com
PEPPERMILL RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE
One of the few restaurants on the Strip that can attract locals at any hour, this Las Vegas staple serves its entire menu 24 hours a day, so guests can dig in to anything from omelets to burgers. Late-night favorites include the New York Steak and Eggs and the Conquest sandwich: a towering combination of roast beef, cheddar cheese, tomato, sautéed peppers, onions, mushrooms, Thousand Island dressing and bacon on grilled Parmesan sourdough. Keep your eyes peeled while you eat, as you never know which celebrity might stop by to cure their hunger pangs or enjoy a cocktail in the adjoining Fireside Lounge. peppermilllasvegas.com DINING
Enjoy West Coast oysters for only $1 each during DB Brasserie’s Oyster Happy Hour
COME ON, GET HAPPY! ENJOY FLAVORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD AT THESE LAS VEGAS HAPPY HOURS By Heather Turk
ith an abundance of happy hours on the Strip, guests can truly take their taste buds on a culinary journey around the world during their Las Vegas vacation. From fabulous French fare to mouthwatering Mexican cuisine, there’s sure to be a happy hour to please every palate and pocketbook.
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Don’t let the name fool you. Although this pizzeria serves some of the best pies in town, it also boasts a menu of delectable Italian dishes that are featured prominently during happy hour. Offered Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m., guests can enjoy 50 percentoff cheese slices, house wines by the glass, draught beers and select appetizers, like the deconstructed Bruschetta and Toasted Cheese Ravioli. Portions are plentiful, and with items ranging from only $2.50 to $5.50 you can splurge! Be sure to try the Chicken Wings, which come in eight different flavors including Cajun and Atomic. sliceofvegaspizza.com
TACOS & TEQUILA (T&T) INSIDE LUXOR The Toasted Cheese Ravioli at Slice of Vegas
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Taste buds will be shouting, “Olé!,” after experiencing this Mexican-American eatery’s happy hour offered Monday through Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. Guests can indulge in a menu of Mexican favorites, like the tasty T&T Cheese Sauce made with Velveeta cheese, tomatoes and chipotle spice or the savory Chicken Quesadilla, priced from $3 to $7. T&T’s happy hour drink specials include $6 frozen Jose Cuervo margaritas. With such yummy flavors as Pink Lemonade and the mango and orange Coral Crush, chances are you’re going to want more than just one! tacosandtequilalv.com
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This contemporary French restaurant from chef Daniel Boulud offers happy hour twice daily in its bar and lounge. Available from 3 to 6 p.m. and then again from 10 p.m. to close, guests can relish a menu of French-American brasserie eats, like the flavorful DB’s BBQ Chicken Flatbread topped with avocado and serrano
peppers, with most items costing only $6 or $9. A menu of specially priced beers, wines and cocktails ranging from $4 to $9 is available as well, featuring the refreshing DB’s Knees: a mixture of New Amsterdam Gin, honey syrup and fresh lemon juice. Make sure to stop by from 5 to 6 p.m. when guests can also enjoy “Oyster Happy Hour” and feast upon West Coast oysters for just $1 each while supplies last. dbbrasserie.com
Barri Griffiths as Chief Archer in one of “KÀ’s” more physically demanding fight scenes
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FORMER WWE SUPERSTAR LEAVES HIS MARK ON CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S “KÀ” By Heather Turk
he cast of Cirque du Soleil’s “KÀ” may be comprised of many superstar athletes, but it wasn’t until recently a former WWE Superstar joined the cast. Barri Griffiths, better known to wrestling fans by his ring name, Mason Ryan, debuted in Cirque du Soleil’s mesmerizing martial arts spectacular last December. The coming-ofage story of a Twin Brother and Sister who embark on a perilous journey to fulfill their destinies, Griffiths plays the villainous Chief Archer—a role he surprisingly learned about from his former employer.
“When people hear there’s a wrestler [in ‘KÀ’] they think I’m doing gymnastics or the high wire, but my role is the tough guy,” Griffiths explained. “Cirque was constantly asking me to put my own stamp on the character, so we developed the character to be more active and have more brutal fights.” During one of the rechoreographed fight scenes, Griffiths actually picks up another cast member over his head and throws him from the stage into an acrobatic net below. Griffiths credits his wrestling background for making the fights look so believable. While Griffiths enjoys being a villain, he knows there’s more to Chief Archer than just being “brutally barbaric.” “He has a good side,” Griffiths stated. “He has a daughter who he loves dearly, so it’s interesting to show both sides of the character.” For fans wondering if Griffiths ever plans on returning to the ring, Griffiths said his main focus right now is on being the best Chief Archer he can be—although if there’s anything this experience has taught him, it’s that you never know what the future holds. “I find myself in the training room watching all these amazing athletes workout and wonder, ‘How on earth did I end up here?’” Griffiths said. “This is just a dream come true.”
Barri Griffiths as Chief Archer and Noriko Takahashi as Chief Archer’s daughter in Cirque du Soleil’s “KÀ” 26
“KÀ” runs Saturday through Wednesday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. inside MGM Grand. Tickets start at $69. For more information, including dark dates, visit ka.com.
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“When I left WWE, I left on good terms so we still kept in touch,” Griffiths, who continued to wrestle independently, recalled. “One day I got a call out of the blue from WWE about a job opportunity, so naturally I thought it was wrestling related. When they asked if I wanted to audition for a role in ‘KÀ’ it blew my socks off. That was the last thing I expected.”
Griffiths beat out three other wrestlers he knew for the part, which was then reworked to show off his unique skill set.
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Reba and Brooks & Dunn sharing the stage during “REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: Together in Vegas”
LAS VEGAS’ HOTTEST TICKET THE COLOSSEUM AT CAESARS PALACE WELCOMES BACK THREE HIT RESIDENCIES By Heather Turk
he Colosseum at Caesars Palace continues its reign this May and June as one of Las Vegas’ hottest venues with three resident shows heating up the stage.
including “Fancy” and “Boot Scootin’ Boogie.” A concert experience unlike any other, “REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: Together in Vegas” is not to be missed!
Up first is The Colosseum’s most unique residency, “REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: Together in Vegas.” Performing May 3, 6, 7, 10, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m., the show marks the first residency in The Colosseum’s history to feature two acts sharing the spotlight. Country music fans will see two of the genre’s most beloved acts performing together as well as separately during the 90-minute production. More than 30 of the country superstars’ biggest hits will be featured
Once Reba and Brooks & Dunn two-step on out of The Colosseum, Celine Dion returns to the stage she calls home to resume her second hit residency, “Celine.” Performing May 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28 and 31 as well as June 1, 3, and 4 at 7:30 p.m., the show features a mix of the “Because You Loved Me” singer’s biggest hits as well as some timeless covers as she pays tribute to such legendary artists as Prince and the Bee Gees. Backed by 31 musicians consisting of a full orchestra and band, Dion proves she’s still at the top of her game during the elegant production, which continues to set the bar in the Entertainment Capital of the World.
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Tickets to see “REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: Together in Vegas” range from $59.50 to $205 while tickets to see “Celine” and “MARIAH #1 TO INFINITY” range from $55 to $250 (“Celine” also has a $500 ticket price point). For more information or to reserve your seats, visit thecolosseum.com.
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Celine Dion performing in “Celine”
After Dion wraps up her spring concert dates, another vocal powerhouse will take The Colosseum’s stage: Mariah Carey. Performing her hit-filled residency, “MARIAH #1 TO INFINITY,” June 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, 24 and 25 at 8 p.m., Carey’s must-see show features all 18 of her No. 1 singles. Everything from 1990’s “Vision of Love” to 2008’s “Touch My Body” as well as her most recent single, “Infinity,” will be performed together for the first time live. Carey truly gives her all during the unforgettable production, even interacting with one lucky ticket holder during one of the show’s sexier numbers.
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FUNNY PEOPLE SEE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE STARS DO STAND-UP COMEDY IN LAS VEGAS
he Entertainment Capital of the World may be known for its many A-list music residencies, but some of the funniest comedians working today perform regularly in Las Vegas, too. Whether they’re doing stand-up at one of the city’s top comedy clubs or as part of a resort’s all-star comedy lineup, it’s not uncommon to see some of your favorite stars performing sidesplitting sets on the Strip.
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ACES OF COMEDY
Boasting the Strip’s most impressive comedy lineup, this ongoing series at The Mirage features some of comedy’s biggest names. Upcoming acts include Tracy Morgan May 6 and 7, Jay Leno May 13 and June 4, Tim Allen May 14, Jim Norton May 27, Gabriel Iglesias May 28 and 29, Wayne Brady June 3, Ron White June 10 and 11 and Jim Jefferies June 24 and 25. Guests can also see two superstar comics share the stage when Ray Romano and David Spade perform May 20 and 21. Both Spade and Romano perform individual sets before taking the stage together to do a Q&A session with fans. Whether Spade’s cracking jokes about Las Vegas or Romano’s talking about the importance of having doctor friends when you’re in your 50s, audiences are sure to be in stitches regardless of which funnyman is onstage. mirage.com
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LIPSHTICK – THE PERFECT SHADE OF STAND UP
Now in its fourth season, Las Vegas’ first and only all-female comedy series can currently be seen inside The Venetian’s Sands Showroom before it moves into a more spacious theater at The Palazzo on July 16. Featuring a lineup of new and returning comediennes, season four headliners include former “View” co-host Sherri Shepherd (May 21), Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean Lisa Lampanelli (May 28) and “Girl Code” stars Carly Aquilino and Jamie Lee (June 25). venetian.com/lipshtick
Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club inside MGM Grand
BRAD GARRETT’S COMEDY CLUB
One of the Strip’s best comedy clubs, this 250seat venue inside MGM Grand features a lineup of established stand-up stars and up-and-coming comics handpicked by the “Everybody Loves Raymond” actor himself. Garrett hosts the show on select nights, interacting with audience members as he unleashes his hilarious brand of insult comedy. Fans can see Garrett perform May 9-15 with Mike Pace and Kermet Apio; May 23-29 with Tom Rhodes and Tony Baker; June 6-8 with Greg Hahn and Sam Fedele; June 9-12 with Dom Irrera and Sam Fedele; and June 27-July 3 with Shaun Jones and Michael Malone. bradgarrettcomedy.com
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During Blue Man Group’s Behind the Blue experience participants get the chance to play the Drumbone
BEHIND THE BLUE EXPERIENCE BLUE MAN GROUP’S INTERACTIVE BACKSTAGE TOUR By Heather Turk
efore you check out Blue Man Group’s exciting new show at Luxor Hotel and Casino, go behind the scenes of one of Las Vegas’ longest-running productions with the Behind the Blue experience. Available for $55 with any ticket purchase, the 75-minute tour takes place each night before Blue Man Group’s first performance. Participants will meet up with their tour guide in the theater lobby two hours before show time to sign a waiver and pick out their complimentary luminescent souvenir from the gift shop before
After learning some of the show’s secrets, including what Blue Man Group’s grease-based face paint feels like, guests will briefly be taken back outside of the showroom so that they can see some past photos from Blue Man Group posted on the theater’s walls. It’s interesting to hear which photos are from other Blue Man Group productions and which images are of Blue Man Group’s founders, Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton. One photo that’s particularly noteworthy is of the original Blue Men walking through New York City with a casket—signifying the death of the ’80s as a way to welcome the ’90s. The bit was filmed by MTV News, thrusting Blue Man Group into the national spotlight for the first time. The Behind the Blue experience concludes with participants sitting in on that evening’s soundcheck, where the cast and crew warm up and prepare for the night’s performances. Not only will guests get to see the Blue Men run through a few songs, but they’ll also get to watch them practice one of the show’s signature bits where one Blue Man throws gumballs and marshmallows into the other two Blue Men’s mouths.
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Blue Man Group performs nightly at 7 and 9:30 p.m., dark May 4. On June 12 there will also be a special sensory-friendly performance at 4 p.m. benefiting the Grant a Gift Autism Foundation. Allegiant passengers receive special offers when they purchase their show tickets onboard. Ask your flight attendant for details.
Photo of drumbone and drumming skills by Lindsey Best; pre-show warm up courtesy of Blue Man Group
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being escorted into the showroom. Guests will then be led onstage where they can see Blue Man Group’s inventive instruments up close, even getting the chance to play a few of the pieces, like the Drumbone and PVC. Be sure to bring your smartphones along to capture some fun footage, as you’ll surely want to show off your drumming skills to your friends. (You’ll at least want a Facebook photo!)
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Colt Prattes as rock star Stacee Jaxx (center) and the company of “Rock of Ages”
JUKEBOX HEROES THREE MUST-SEE MUSICALS IN LAS VEGAS By Heather Turk
hile jukebox musicals may appeal to a broader audience than traditional musicals, it takes more than a soundtrack comprised of popular songs to entertain ticket holders—you need an engaging story, too. Allegiant passengers will find three of musical theater’s most well-written jukebox musicals currently playing in Las Vegas. Whether they’re using their radio-friendly hits to recount a true tale or weave an exciting new yarn, these shows always leave audiences cheering for more than just their familiar score.
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This Tony Award-winning production uses the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons to tell the incredible true story of four blue-collar guys who “put Jersey on the map.” Although the show features 30 of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers’ timeless hits, including “Sherry” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” what really keeps audiences glued to their seats is the captivating rags-to-riches story. A tale filled with humor and heartache, “Jersey Boys” is sure to have audiences saying “Oh, what a night!” by the time it’s over. jerseyboysinfo.com/vegas
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Tony Award winner “Million Dollar Quartet”
Boasting hit songs from Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, this Tony Award winner sheds light on one unforgettable night at Sam Phillips’ Sun Records in December 1956. Audiences get to be a fly on the wall for one of the greatest rock ’n’ roll jam sessions in history and watch as events unfold that forever changed the course of four legends’ lives. While audiences may initially be drawn to “Million Dollar Quartet” for its music, it’s the true story at the heart of the show that ends up leaving the biggest impression. mdqvegas.com
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Set on the Sunset Strip in 1987, this rockin’ musical has audiences singing along to some of the decade’s biggest hits—like Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” and Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again”—as it tells the story of a smalltown girl and a city boy who move to Los Angeles in search of fame and love. Having recently moved from The Venetian to a more intimate theater at the Rio, audiences are now even closer to the action. Plus, with actors occasionally performing among the audience, ticket holders feel like they’re a part of the show. As Poison would say, “It don’t get better than this!” rockofagesvegas.com ENTERTAINMENT
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From left to right: Phil Burton, Toby Allen, Andrew Tierney and Mike Tierney, the members of Human Nature
HUMAN NATURE’S “JUKEBOX” TAKES AUDIENCES ON A MUSICAL JOURNEY By Heather Turk
ustralian vocal sensations Human Nature have much to celebrate this spring. Not only does the month of May mark the group’s seventh anniversary of performing on the Las Vegas Strip, but the acclaimed quartet also recently debuted a new show at The Venetian, “Jukebox,” which will run through 2018.
2014 album, Jukebox, a collection of covers from the 1950s and ’60s that was released in Australia and ultimately inspired the Las Vegas show. The album is scheduled for release in North America later this year and Human Nature is already planning on recording a second volume that showcases additional covers performed in the Las Vegas production.
A departure from the hit Motown show that made the group one of the Entertainment Capital of the World’s most beloved acts, “Jukebox” features Human Nature’s foursome—Toby Allen, Phil Burton and brothers Andrew and Mike Tierney—performing a wide range of music, from early doo-wop to songs from today.
In honor of the production’s name, an actual jukebox has been installed in the showroom’s foyer featuring 20 to 30 songs. Each night during the show, Human Nature performs their own unique version of the song that gets picked the most by ticket holders.
“The Motown show was a great start for us, but this show shows audiences more of what we can do,” said Andrew Tierney. “Singing Motown music is just a part of our career—it’s not all of it.”
“Jukebox” runs Tuesday through Saturday at 7 p.m. inside The Venetian’s Sands Showroom. Tickets start at just $49.50, plus tax and fees, with VIP options available. For more information, visit humannaturelive.com.
Featuring a seven-piece band and world-class dancers, the 90-minute production showcases a set list of songs that connect to Human Nature in some way.
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“Since we’re a big boy band in Australia, we sing some songs from boy bands that influenced us,” Tierney said. “There’s some New Kids on the Block and a little *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, but we also broaden the term ‘boy band’ to include groups like The Beach Boys and The Beatles.” Naturally, Human Nature peppers in a few Motown classics throughout the production as well, including songs by The Temptations and The Jackson 5. Fans can also expect to hear a couple of the group’s original numbers, like “End of Days” and “He Don’t Love You.” “End of Days” was featured on Human Nature’s
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Jennifer Lopez performing in “JENNIFER LOPEZ: ALL I HAVE”
A STAR IS BORN THE AXIS AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO By Heather Turk
as Vegas’ most talked about new star isn’t a person—it’s actually a place. Home to three of the Strip’s hottest residencies, The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is quickly becoming one of Las Vegas’ most popular venues. Not only is it the home of Britney Spears’ hit residency, “Britney: Piece of Me” (now in its third year), but it’s also home to two of the city’s newest must-see residencies: “Lionel Richie – All the Hits” and “JENNIFER LOPEZ: ALL I HAVE.” Currently in the midst of its debut run, “Lionel Richie – All the Hits” lives up to its name, featuring a set list of the four-time Grammy Award winner’s biggest hits. Audiences are sure to be singing and dancing “All Night Long” as the former Commodores singer performs such timeless songs as “Say You, Say Me,” “Dancing on the Ceiling” and “Hello.” A high-energy show fans won’t want to miss, “Lionel Richie – All the Hits” runs May 1, 4, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15 and 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $57 to $190, excluding service charges, with VIP packages also available.
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“JENNIFER LOPEZ: ALL I HAVE” runs May 22, 25, 27, 28 and 29 as well as June 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11 and 12 at 9 p.m. Tickets range from $59 to $416, plus tax and fees, with VIP packages also available. For more information on The AXIS’ star-studded lineup, visit caesars.com/planet-hollywood.
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Jennifer Lopez shows off her dancing skills in “JENNIFER LOPEZ: ALL I HAVE”
Photos of Jennifer Lopez performing by Denise Truscello; Lionel Richie by Alan Silfen
After Lionel Ritchie finishes his premiere engagement inside The AXIS, the venue will welcome back its other new resident performer, Jennifer Lopez, for her second run of shows. Seamlessly interweaving different aspects of the global superstar’s life—actress, dancer, pop star—“JENNIFER LOPEZ: ALL I HAVE” premiered at The AXIS in January to deservedly rave reviews. Lopez joked while on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in February that she doesn’t know why she made the show so hard, but fans wouldn’t expect anything less from one of the hardest working women in show business.
the Floor” and “Get Right.” Highlights include the New York-inspired set Lopez performs “Jenny from the Block” on, which features a subway train and two giant New York Yankees hats, and a seductive burlesque-inspired dance number Lopez performs on a couch to “Girls.”
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REAL STEALS THREE LAS VEGAS SHOWS WELL WORTH EVERY PENNY By H. Wadowski
ou don’t have to spend all of your hard-earned cash to see some of the Entertainment Capital of the World’s top productions. There are quite a few shows on the Strip that offer reasonably priced tickets, so audiences can experience Las Vegas entertainment at its best—and keep some cash in hand.
Photo of “Tournament of Kings” by Erik Kabik; Mac King courtesy of “The Mac King Comedy Magic Show”; “Menopause The Musical” by Devin Block
“THE MAC KING COMEDY MAGIC SHOW” AT HARRAH’S LAS VEGAS
The old saying “You get what you pay for” is typically true—unless, of course, you’re talking about this long-running afternoon show. One of the city’s best bets for a good time, comedy-magician Mac King’s inventive illusions and impressive sleight-of-hand skills are sure to wow ticket holders just as much as some of the more extravagant illusions audiences can see in Las Vegas. With ticket prices starting at only $31.95, plus tax and fees, ticket holders will find this quirky production to be well worth every penny. mackingshow.com
“TOURNAMENT OF KINGS” AT EXCALIBUR
What’s better than show tickets at an affordable price? How about dinner and a show at a great price? This medieval-themed dinner show lets guests enjoy an action-packed production plus a delicious three-course dinner starting at just $58.23, plus tax and fees. Audiences can feast upon a meal fit for a king (the “Dragon’s Blood” is the best tomato soup in town and the Cornish game hens are always juicy) while watching knights joust, fair maidens dance and even some pyrotechnics. Great for kids and bringing out the kid in adults, even the shyest ticket holder will be shouting “Huzzah!” by the time the evening is over. excalibur.com/en/ entertainment/tournament-of-kings.html
“MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL” AT HARRAH’S LAS VEGAS
Having just celebrated its 10th anniversary in Las Vegas, this hilarious musical is one of the Strip’s hottest shows. A celebration of women and The Change, the 90-minute production features parodies of classic songs from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s as the show’s four stars—the Iowa Housewife, the Professional Woman, the Soap Star and the Earth Mother—sing about “The Silent Passage.” Ticket holders will not only leave the musical feeling empowered, but thanks to the show’s intimate setting inside The Improv Showroom that allows cast members to perform among the audience, they’ll also feel like they’re a part of the production. Tickets start at $49.95, plus tax and fees. Mention code MMALL and receive two tickets for $89 (additional fees may apply). caesars.com/harrahs-las-vegas/ shows/menopause-the-musical
Mac King, star of “The Mac King Comedy Magic Show”
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Magician Mat Franco headlines his own show, “Mat Franco – Magic Reinvented Nightly”
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When friends are in town to see my show, this is the place we swing by afterwards for tasty cocktails right in the middle of the action at The LINQ Hotel. Be sure to try The Franco cocktail—a mixture of raspberry vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry juice and banana liqueur with a splash of sour—if you stop by!
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It’s free, it’s amazing and a Vegas trip is never complete without seeing it. “Mat Franco – Magic Reinvented Nightly” performs inside The LINQ Hotel & Casino Thursday through Tuesday at 7 p.m. with an additional 4 p.m. performance on Saturday (dark May 2-8 and June 13-19). Tickets start at $40.45, plus all applicable fees. To reserve your seats, call 702.777.2782 or visit matfranco.com.
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T-Mobile Arena opened with an amazing evening featuring The Killers, Wayne Newton and post-show fireworks
THE T-MOBILE ARENA LAS VEGAS’ NEWEST SHINING STAR By Brian Hurlburt
Photos of T-Mobile Arena fireworks and Garth Brooks courtesy of MGM Resorts International; East Club courtesy of T-Mobile Arena
he new T-Mobile Arena is a joint venture between AEG and MGM Resorts International, and key stakeholders in both companies are stressing that this new project is for all-comers, not solely for MGM Resorts properties. This shiny, new and completely state-of-the-art arena, located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip behind New York New York, just opened this spring. Fans have been wowed, to say the least! “It’s important for fellow Las Vegas resort operators, in addition to event promoters worldwide, to know that we have specifically created the T-Mobile Arena to be very welcoming for the entire resort community,” said Mark Prows, senior vice president, Arenas, for MGM Resorts International, in a recent article in Sports Business Journal. The T-Mobile Arena is a $375 million performance center that features 20,000 seats and is expected to host more than 100 events annually. Those events will include UFC fights, boxing, hockey, basketball and other sporting events, major headline entertainment, awards shows, family shows and special events. The schedule kicked off on April 6 with a dazzling pairing of hometown rockers—The Killers and Vegas legend Wayne Newton.
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May 7 Boxing: Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan June 24-25 Garth Brooks – Garth Vegas July 2-4 Garth Brooks – Garth Vegas July 9 UFC 200 July 16 Dixie Chicks Sept. 9-10 George Strait Oct. 21 Keith Urban Nov. 2-6 Professional Bull Riders World Finals Dec. 2-3 George Strait For more info, visit tmobilearena.com.
The East Club in the new arena features VIP style and flare
Las Vegas’ newest landmark features 50 luxury suites, more than two dozen private loge boxes, complete broadcast facilities, and other specially designed exclusive hospitality offerings and fan amenities destined to create a guest experience second to none. Plus the Toshiba Plaza in front of the arena will feature pre, during and postevent parties and other surprises. There are some epic shows coming to the T-Mobile Arena including Garth Brooks in a show dubbed Garth Vegas, George Strait, UFC 200 and a University of Nevada, Las Vegas vs. Duke college basketball game, among others.
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Drai’s After Hours is now joined by Drai’s Beachclub, the only rooftop pool party in Vegas
PARTIES BY THE POOL THESE DAYS, THE VEGAS ACTION GETS STARTED EARLY! By Brian Hurlburt
wim-up bars. Bikini clad bodies. Worldclass DJs. The pool scene, Vegas-style, is unmatched and legendary. Here are some of the best hot—both literally and figuratively—afternoon spots on the Las Vegas Strip for a little day drinking and dreaming.
a “sick day” on a Friday! Party curator and social media tycoon, Kirill Bichutsky (a.k.a. Kirill Was Here) will host the first eight weeks before a complete schedule of other notables completes the summer. palms.com
REHAB BEACH CLUB AT HARD ROCK HOTEL AND CASINO LAS VEGAS
Foxtail Pool Live! kicks off May 7 and runs each Saturday throughout the summer, with live performances featuring world-famous pop and hip-hop artists. Beginning June 5, guests can keep the action going with Foxtail’s Sunday pool party, which will feature high-energy performances, playful themes and vibrant colors. foxtailpool.com
DRAI’S BEACHCLUB AT THE CROMWELL
Perched atop The Cromwell, Drai’s Beachclub takes partygoers to new heights with the Las Vegas Strip’s first and only rooftop dayclub. Guests are invited to make a splash by diving into one of the multiple pools, basking beneath one of the 10 towering palm trees atop a luxurious daybed, taking in the breathtaking, panoramic views of the Strip and so much more. The 2016 pool season will feature highcaliber sets by some of the most sought after DJs, including Party Favor, Mija, Bassjackers, Brody Jenner, Devin Lucien, DJ Esco, Morgan Page and others. draislv.com
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DITCH FRIDAY’S AT THE PALMS
Ditch Friday’s, like Rehab at the Hard Rock, has also become a standard bearer among dayclubs. The 2016 season kicks off on Friday, May 6, and will feature nonstop entertainment—offering a sweet excuse to have 46
Saturdays at SLS is the place to be in Las Vegas
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This is the party that started the dayclub craze in Las Vegas. This spot has been going strong since 2004 and shows zero signs of slowing down. In fact, it has secured legendary status and is a bucket list experience for several generations of partiers. The season kicked off in late April and includes an influx of electronic dance music artists in its lineup in addition to exclusive DJ residencies with Bingo Players, Flux Pavilion, Knife Party and R3HAB. The popular dayclub will also be bringing back DJs Crystal Hefner and Pauly D for exclusive show engagements. rehablv.com
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BEAUTIFUL WEATHER, FABULOUS FINDS SHOP AT THESE OPEN-AIR LAS VEGAS RETAIL DESTINATIONS By H. Wadowski
as Vegas may boast some of the world’s most striking indoor shopping centers, from The Forum Shops at Caesars to the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian I The Palazzo, but the city is home to several picturesque outdoor retail destinations, too. Next time you’re in the mood for a little retail therapy, head to one of these open-air retail centers. After all, there’s no better time to shop in the warm desert sunshine than late spring/early summer!
This 21st century bazaar located adjacent to Bally’s Las Vegas is the Strip’s newest outdoor shopping experience. Spanning more than two acres, shoppers will find an array of first-to-market retailers alongside such well-known merchants as Swarovski, LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, Swatch and Alex and Ani. Must-stop shops include LoLo Exotic Home Goods & Jewelry, which sells
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In May 2015, this downtown shopping destination unveiled a 150,000-square-foot expansion. Now housing 175 outlet stores and eateries, shoppers will find a mix of designer and name brands including Armani, Ann Taylor, Polo Ralph Lauren, Diane von Furstenberg and Furla. Other popular retailers include Lululemon Athletica, the Disney Store, Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio and the West Coast’s first Michael Kors Shoes. In addition to saving from 25 to 65 percent daily, guests can join the free VIP Shopper Club at premiumoutlets.com/vip in advance for access to exclusive online coupons at select retailers. premiumoutlets.com/vegasnorth
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Located just south of Mandalay Bay, this lushly landscaped 93-acre shopping center is a favorite with locals and tourists alike. Shoppers will find an eclectic mix of retailers in 24 buildings, detailing a collage of Old World and contemporary architectural styles, including Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Apple, H&M, The Container Store, Old Navy and Guitar Center. There’s also a GameWorks, 18-screen AMC movie theater and children’s park on site. When it’s time to refuel, shoppers have several delectable eateries to choose from including familiar favorites like BRIO Tuscan Grille and Claim Jumper. Other mouthwatering options include recent restaurant additions Killer Shrimp, Loco Cantina and La Bella Napoli Pizzeria. mytownsquarelasvegas.com
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Inside one of The Mirage Villas
AWESOME ACCOMMODATIONS A LOOK AT SOME OF LAS VEGAS’ MOST LUXURIOUS LODGING OPTIONS By Heather Turk
onsidering Las Vegas is home to some of the world’s most famous hotels, it should come as no surprise that the city offers several luxurious lodging options for those who want to make the most out of their trip to Sin City. From themed suites to private villas, here’s a peek behind the doors of some of Las Vegas’ coolest places to stay.
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THE MIRAGE VILLAS
Perfect for those searching for some serenity on the Strip, The Mirage has eight elegant two- and three-bedroom private villas. A private gated entrance leads guests to a secluded wing of The Mirage, where they’ll be pampered by a 24-hour staff of chefs, butlers and concierge representatives. Unique amenities include a putting green, heated pool and Jacuzzi in the backyard and a whirlpool tub in the master bath. Guests also receive complimentary access to 1 OAK Nightclub and Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat during their stay. mgmresorts.com/mirage/thevillas/#home/index
NOBU VILLA AT NOBU HOTEL CAESARS PALACE
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Various celebrities including Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Johnny Depp and Robert De Niro have stayed in this beautiful 10,300-square-foot villa, which features an expansive 4,700-square-foot outdoor terrace overlooking the center of the Las Vegas Strip. Designed by Rockwell Group, other standout features include a signature omakase sushi bar that divides the game and media room; an oversized 7.5-foot-by-7.5-foot bed in the master bedroom; an art gallery; massage room; and 24-hour butler service with in-room dining from Nobu Restaurant. There’s even a custommade Japanese-inspired onsen tub on the terrace featuring adjustable hydro massage positions that can be used as either a hot tub or a mini plunge pool for a cool dip depending on the weather. anthologysuites.com
Photo of The Mirage Villas courtesy of MGM Resorts International; outdoor terrace courtesy of Caesars Entertainment
Offering something for him and her, the Palms’ Fantasy Tower boasts two of the coolest suites in town. The two-story, 10,000-square-foot Hardwood Suite is great for bachelor parties and comes with its own indoor basketball court, professional locker room, billiards table, Jacuzzi and 24-hour butler service. Guests can even see who has stayed in the suite before them, as there’s a wall by the basketball court that countless celebrities have signed—everyone
from Hulk Hogan to George Clooney. The 3,000-square-foot Real World Suite, meanwhile, has a communal bathroom that’s perfect for girls getting ready for a night on the town as well as the original “Confessional” room seen on MTV’s hit reality series. palms.com
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REPLENISH YOUR BODY GET THE HOOK UP AT REVIV By Heather Turk
ost people’s idea of a good time in Las Vegas probably doesn’t involve being hooked up to an IV at some point during their trip, but REVIV inside MGM Grand is changing that. The wellness spa opened in August of 2013 to help replenish guests with a variety of intravenous and vitamin hydration treatments. Developed by a group of experienced emergency room physicians, REVIV features a wide range of hydration treatments to combat dehydration, whether it’s from time in the sun, a late night out, a strenuous workout or even before or after a long flight. Not surprisingly, its hydration treatments have become very popular with professional fighters after a bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, while vitamin drip infusions in general are gaining popularity thanks to celebrities like Rihanna and Simon Cowell who are doing them.
will also constantly check up on guests to make sure everything is going smoothly. Several types of IV infusions are available, including the MEGABOOST vitamin wellness cleanse ($149) that includes multivitamins, antioxidants and immunity support and the ULTRAVIV recovery infusion ($149) that has vitamin B12 and anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory medications. A ROYAL FLUSH deluxe infusion ($239) is available as well that combines both treatments. REVIV also recently introduced two new IVs: a pure hydration saline infusion called HYDROMAX ($99) and an anti-aging infusion called VITAGLOW ($149) that’s packed with glutathione. Booster shots are available, too. For more information, visit revivme.com or call 702.644.4466.
“Not to sound chic,” said REVIV’s medical director, Raanan Pokroy M.D., “but it really works. People are overwhelmed afterwards by how good they feel.”
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The process is fairly simple. After choosing what type of IV infusion a guest wants, visitors are asked to fill out a quick questionnaire to make sure they don’t have any medical problems that might affect the treatment. Then, guests are brought back to the prep room where some vital signs are taken (blood pressure, pulse, temperature). Once they get the okay from the resident nurse, they are escorted into a private room where they are hooked up to the IV of their choice. While the treatment is being performed, guests will be given an iPad to help pass the time as they relax in a soothing full-body massage chair. Since the fluids are kept at room temperature, guests may get a little chilly as the IV drip enters their veins, but blankets are provided to keep visitors nice and cozy. The resident nurse
The treatment rooms at REVIV feature full-body massage chairs
The bunker near hole 1 at Las Vegas National Golf Club
LONG SHOTS TRICKY PAR 5 HOLES AWAIT AT SEVERAL LAS VEGAS GOLF COURSES By Yvonne Newman
ANGEL PARK GOLF CLUB
This multifaceted golf experience is located at 100 S. Rampart Blvd. and offers stunning views of Red Rock Canyon. Both of Angel Park’s championship courses possess three par 5 holes. On the Mountain Course, take care on holes 2, 13 and especially 17, which can be played for up to 557 yards. Also, holes 6, 11 and 14 on the Palm Course all top 500 yards. angelpark.com
ridge set diagonally across the green. Holes 10 and 15—named Not So Right and Mandalea, respectively—are endowed with tough hazards and bunkers. 888.427.6678
LAS VEGAS NATIONAL GOLF CLUB This historic golf course designed by Bert Stamps in 1961 sits east of the Strip at 1911 E. Desert Inn Road. Known fondly as The National, it kicks off with a par 5 hole and there are three more that follow: holes 4, 15 and 18. Be mindful of the bunkers surrounding the tiered green at hole 4. The finishing hole is difficult because it meanders around two lakes. lasvegasnational.com
ROYAL LINKS GOLF CLUB
Situated on the Las Vegas Strip just south of Mandalay Bay, this South Pacific-themed golf club is famous for its lush grounds. The course at Bali Hai is dotted with 4,000 mature palm trees. It’s also got four par 5 holes. You’ll encounter the first one, called The Castaway, at hole 2. Dubbed Bali Beach, hole 7 has a
Positioned west of the Strip at 5995 Vegas Valley Dr., Royal Links boasts replicas of holes from 11 different British Open rotation courses—including five par 5 holes. Hole 4 is intimidating because it stretches 621 yards. Legendary Scottish golf clubs have inspired holes 9, 10, 15 and 18. In fact, holes 10 and 18 were re-created from St. Andrews Links, which is considered “The Home of Golf.” 888.427.6678
Hole 2 on the Mountain Course at Angel Park Golf Club
Hole 10 at Bali Hai Golf Club
BALI HAI GOLF CLUB
Photo of Las Vegas National Golf Club courtesy of Las Vegas National Golf Club; Angel Park Golf Club courtesy Angel Park Golf Club; Bali Hai Golf Club courtesy of Bali Hai Golf Club
here are risk and reward tradeoffs every time a golfer takes a shot at a par 5 hole. If you do it well, you’ll come in under par. But if you make mistakes … well, that could spell disaster. Here are four golf clubs in Las Vegas that feature challenging par 5 holes.
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Vertical Horizon performing at the 2015 Rock of Vegas
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ROCK OUT IN DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS POPULAR SUMMER CONCERT SERIES RETURNS TO FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE By Heather Turk
elebrating its eighth season, Fremont Street Experience’s Rock of Vegas summer concert series returns to downtown Las Vegas on Memorial Day weekend with a starstudded lineup! One of the most popular summertime events in Las Vegas, the concert series attracts thousands of music lovers each year to Fremont Street Experience’s live music stages to enjoy free performances by some of the industry’s biggest acts. Artists who have performed as part of the Rock of Vegas summer concert series include such notable names as KC and the Sunshine Band, Spin Doctors, Bret Michaels, The Smithereens, Seether and Kansas.
Reputation,” “I Hate Myself for Loving You” and “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Jett has had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles. In addition to being the lead singer of The Blackhearts, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee co-founded the pioneering all-girl punk quartet The Runaways when she was just 15 years old. Following Joan Jett & The Blackhearts’ rockin’ performance, American rock band 3 Doors Down (“Kryptonite,” “When I’m Gone”) will return to Rock of Vegas with a can’t-miss show of their own on June 11. Other acts scheduled to perform throughout the summer include Cherry
“Downtown Las Vegas is known for providing great value, and where else can you see some of your all-time favorite bands for free?” asked Thomas Bruny, director of marketing at Fremont Street Experience. “Rock of Vegas supports our mission of providing great free entertainment as people enjoy the nightly street party on Fremont Street Experience. This year we have some popular returning bands, such as 3 Doors Down, as well as some exciting newcomers to the series, such as Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Melissa Etheridge.” Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will kick off this year’s Rock of Vegas summer concert series with what’s sure to be an unforgettable performance on the 3rd Street Stage Saturday, May 28 at 9 p.m. Best known for such classic songs as “Bad 56
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will kick off the eighth annual Rock of Vegas summer concert series
Photo of The Smithereens and Vertical Horizon by Tom Donoghue; Joan Jett by Roger Erickson; Slotzilla Zoomline by Scott Roeben
Poppin’ Daddies (“Zoot Suit Riot”) on July 2; Robby Krieger of The Doors (“Light My Fire”) on July 23; Vertical Horizon (“Everything You Want”) on August 6; and Melissa Etheridge (“Come to My Window”) on August 20. Smash Mouth will then close out this year’s “All Star” lineup with the season’s final concert, performing Saturday, September 3 over Labor Day weekend. All Rock of Vegas performances are scheduled to take place on either the 3rd or 1st Street stages beginning at 9 p.m. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for the best possible vantage point, especially during the big UFC International Fight Week concert on July 7 which will be announced at a later date. While you’re at Fremont Street Experience, be sure to check out its many other exciting attractions. In addition to direct pedestrian access to eight casinos and more than 60 restaurants, bars and specialty retail kiosks, the five-block entertainment district is home to Viva Vision: a 1,500-foot-long, 90-foot-wide video screen suspended 90 feet above pedestrians. Viva Vision features nightly light and sound shows boasting 12.5 million LED lights and a 550,000-watt sound system. More than 17 million visitors a year take in the performances, which run every hour from dusk until 1 a.m. during the summer and last about six minutes. Shows currently playing include musical tributes to Heart, The Who, Bon Jovi and Las Vegas’ own Imagine Dragons. Fremont Street Experience is also home to one of Las Vegas’ most thrilling attractions: the 12-story zip line SlotZilla. Boasting the world’s largest slot machine motif, approximately 1,000 flyers brave the towering attraction each day. Adrenaline junkies have the option of either “zipping” or “zooming” safely over Fremont Street Experience. Flyers on the lower Zipline take off from the lower tier of the SlotZilla tower, 77 feet above the street, and zip in a traditional
seated-harness position for a flight that’s half the length of Fremont Street Experience—850 feet in just 30 seconds! Flyers on the upper Zoomline, however, launch from 114 feet in the air, zooming in a horizontal Supermanlike position for 60 seconds traveling 1,750 feet down the entire length of Fremont Street Experience. Speeds of up to 35 miles per hour are reached—talk about a rush! Staying true to Fremont Street’s affordability factor, tickets to fly on SlotZilla are only $25 for the Zipline and $45 for the Zoomline. Guests can save $5 on either line by flying before 6 p.m. For more information on SlotZilla and Fremont Street Experience’s many other attractions, including Rock of Vegas, visit vegasexperience.com.
Vertical Horizon performing at the 2015 Rock of Vegas
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TREAT YOUR PALATE TO A DELECTABLE DINNER IN DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS By Yvonne Newman
ooking for some gourmet foodie fun? Downtown Las Vegas offers an abundance of fine dining opportunities, so prep your taste buds for an unforgettable meal at one of these top-notch restaurants.
Tomahawk, a 32-ounce rib-eye steak charred to seal in the juicy goodness. thed.com/dining/ andiamo-steakhouse
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Seeking over-the-top luxury, spectacular sky-high views and decadent dishes? Then the Top of the World should rise to the top of your list. Situated more than 800 feet high in the Stratosphere Tower, this restaurant revolves 360 degrees every 80 minutes—thus offering you a different jaw-dropping view with each tempting course. Featuring a menu by Executive Chef Rick Giffen, you can savor such divine items as Foie Gras “S’mores”, Kurobuta Pork Belly, Lobster Thermidor and Surf & Turf. topoftheworldlv.com
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This restaurant sources the very best ingredients (including Pat LaFrieda and Stock Yards premium beef) and uses them to prepare impeccable steaks and Italian classics. From the Andiamo Grande Meatball and Calamari Fritti to the signature house pastas and Veal Osso Bucco made with Strauss free-raised veal, everything surpasses your imagination. For those with a big appetite, there’s nothing quite like the Andiamo
A tried-and-true classic with a luxurious atmosphere, this steakhouse has chops—and not just the veal and lamb type. Expect a succulent selection of USDA Prime Midwest grain-fed steaks, served both on and off the bone, as well as delights like the Fried Lobster Mac & Cheese made with a 5-ounce rock lobster tail. You can also take advantage of Vic & Anthony’s three-course Distinctive Dining Deal menu. vicandanthonys.com/locations/las-vegas
Hugo’s Cellar has an intimate cellar vibe
The main dining area in Vic & Anthony’s
Photo of Stratosphere’s Top of The World by Francis + Francis Photography/courtesy of the Stratosphere Las Vegas; Hugo’s Cellar courtesy of The Four Queens; Vic & Anthony’s courtesy of the Golden Nugget
If a dark and romantic cellar ambiance—along with mouthwatering fare—is what you’re looking for, then Hugo’s Cellar is the place to go. At this brick-lined, dimly lit gourmet restaurant, every woman is welcomed with a long-stemmed red rose. Although the steaks are always superb, consider trying one of the more exotic entrées like the Duckling Anise Flambé or Queen’s Lobster. Salads prepared tableside and chocolate-dipped fruit bookend this perfectly palate-pleasing evening. hugoscellar.com
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hat’s the nicest way to spend time in the hot summer sun? Chilling out in the pool, of course! And there are several hotels in downtown Las Vegas where you can get your splash on.
Measuring 35,000 square feet, Citrus at the Grand Pool Deck resides on the rooftop above the resort’s casino. The skyline views of downtown are spectacular up here. Citrus at the Grand Pool Deck has an infinity pool, fire pit and grass area with games like foosball and table tennis. There’s even space for a DJ and live entertainment. You can relax amid fruit trees on bright green sofas. Plus, sip citrus-inspired cocktails from the bar and nibble on delicious fare that utilizes ingredients grown poolside in 12 organic herb gardens. Reserve a private cabana and stay even cooler! downtowngrand.com/pool
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The Golden Nugget boasts two unique pool experiences. The Tank is an aquatic oasis. At its center is a 200,000-gallon aquarium filled with several species of sharks and other exotic marine life. As if that’s not enough, The Tank features a three-story water slide—called the Shark Chute—that features a clear passage through the aquarium. There’s also a huge hot tub, the H2O Bar and gaming tables. The resort is also home to The Hideout, designed for adults who want to bask in the sun. Located on the third story, it offers a chic setting with a small infinity pool set beside a bar. goldennugget.com/lasvegas
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Stratosphere’s Radius° Rooftop Pool & Wet Lounge at night
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he best way to escape the summer heat is with a cool and refreshing beer. In and around downtown Las Vegas, you’ll discover four fine craft breweries— where you can drink right at the source!
original beers, you can enjoy several seasonal brews. Banger Brewing also offers free daily brewery tours, which can be booked online. bangerbrewing.com
In this industrial-style brewing facility at 1120 S. Main St., you’ll find a warm and friendly atmosphere. Eight delicious staple beers are served at the bar including the popular Green Mamba Double IPA. The 18b Pale Ale, named for the 18b Arts District where Hop Nuts is located, is always a good choice on a hot day. Seasonal specialties are available too. hopnutsbrewing.com
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Operating in Las Vegas since 1999, Tenaya Creek opened an expansive new facility in November 2015 near downtown at 831 W. Bonanza Road. In addition to six year-round brews, you’ll discover up to five seasonal options here—and the brewmaster regularly concocts one-off beers. Sip their awardwinning Pilsner and Bonanza Brown Ale in the contemporary, smoke-free taproom or on the patio. Plus, you can order a Tenaya Creek beer on your Allegiant flight! tenayacreek.com A look inside Banger Brewing
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Visitors and locals have been coming to Triple 7 in Main Street Station for almost two decades. The bustling brewpub features large windows through which you can see the shining serving tanks and brewing equipment. At least five craft varieties (including the monthly Brewmaster Special) are on tap. Triple 7 is best known for its flagship High Roller Gold and the Vienna-style Royal Red Lager. A menu of bar food favorites like pizza and burgers complements the beers—and there’s even a full sushi bar. mainstreetcasino.com/dine/triple-7-restaurantand-microbrewery
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ou don’t have to spend a lot to have a good time in downtown Las Vegas! Several activities are free of charge—and every bit as entertaining as big-ticket attractions. Here are a few favorites.
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A giant Viva Vision canopy composed of more than 12.5 million LED lamps towers 90 feet above the pedestrian district along Fremont Street. Each night free six-minute shows featuring a variety of themes and music are presented every hour on the hour starting at dusk. During the summer months, enjoy Fremont Street Experience’s free Rock of Vegas concert series. Now in its eighth year, the series kicks off on May 28 at 9 p.m. with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts performing on the 3rd Street Stage. For a full schedule of Viva Vision shows and Rock of Vegas bands, go to vegasexperience.com
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How much do you think the world’s largest gold nugget weighs? If you guessed 61 pounds 11 ounces, then you’re correct! Called the Hand of Faith and discovered in Australia in 1980, it’s part of a free exhibit located near the lobby and across from the resort’s gold ATM. This display also features a collection of smaller gold nuggets. goldennugget.com/lasvegas
A replica of Belgium’s famous Manneken Pis statue
The Hand of Faith gold nugget on display at the Golden Nugget
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With a Victorian-era theme, this resort is laden with splendid antiques. Pick up a free leaflet at the front desk to take a self-guided tour. The 64
A rail car once used by Buffalo Bill sits next to Main Street Station
Photo of Fremont Street Experience courtesy of Fremont Street Experience; Manneken Pis replica by Tom Donoghue Photography/courtesy of the D Las Vegas; The Hand of Faith courtesy of the Golden Nugget; Rail Car by A. Blanchard
For a wee bit of fun, head to the resort’s valet area to see a large replica of the Manneken Pis, one of the most famous statues in Brussels, Belgium. The name means “little pee man” and that’s what this bronze boy appears to be doing—peeing in a fountain. If you visit during a holiday or major sporting event, you may find the naked sculpture dressed in a fanciful costume. thed.com.
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A recent weekly eSports tournament at Downtown Grand’s Downtown Underground eSports Lounge
GAME ON! DOWNTOWN GRAND EMBRACES THE EVOLUTION OF GAMING WITH NEW eSPORTS LOUNGE By H. Wadowski
or all the millennials whose parents told them that playing video games would never amount to anything, now is your chance to prove them wrong. The future of gaming has arrived in downtown Las Vegas thanks to Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino’s new Downtown Underground eSports Lounge. Powered by local gaming technology company Leet, the 1,140-square-foot space is designed to house video game programs and platforms of all kinds with video game stations able to accommodate up to 50 players depending on the tournament. Although Downtown Grand is one of the first Las Vegas casino properties to embrace eSports, the worldwide phenomenon is expected to become a nearly $500 million industry by the end of 2016. Currently there are approximately 32 million eSports fans in the United States, and that number is expected to grow to more than 50 million by 2017 according to the research firm Newzoo. Downtown Grand has already hosted several exciting gaming events since the lounge opened last October, including the opening event for the 2016 Madden Community Championship powered by GamerSaloon this past March. The winning team walked away with $1,200. The property also hosted the Wargaming.net League North America Season 2 2016 Regional Finals for the popular multiplayer online video game
Additionally, Downtown Grand began hosting members of a newly created eSports league for the world’s top players of the first-person shooter game “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” last November. Named the LA Renegades, the five eSports athletes from Australia are currently on property not only training for eSports league competitions in a private practice room, but also hosting meet-and-greets and exhibition tournament events that are open to the public. Gaming events are held every Friday and Saturday night in the Downtown Underground eSports Lounge with pricing depending on the type of tournament. Winners are guaranteed at least a $250 cash prize. April eSports tournaments included such popular games as “Street Fighter V,” “Mortal Kombat XI,” “FIFA 16,” “League of Legends” and “Super Smash Bros.” Seating is arranged to include couches and single plush seats for lounging and spectator seating. Daily rates are also available for drop-in play 24 hours a day. Downtown Grand is located on 3rd Street between Ogden and Stewart Avenues. For more information on the property, visit downtowngrand.com and for more on its eSports offerings, visit facebook.com/esportsdowntowngrand.
Downtown Grand hosting the Wargaming.net League
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A guided full moon hike at Usery Mountain Regional Park - See page 76.
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llegiant passengers visiting the Valley of the Sun this May and June will discover that the Sonoran Desert’s arid climate keeps guests cooler and drier so that they can enjoy Greater Phoenix’s many outdoor activities—like attending a local festival. Of course, there are always plenty of exciting events happening indoors as well, so visitors will definitely find something they’ll enjoy!
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Schnepf Farms’ annual Peach Festival returns to Queen Creek May 14, 15, 21 and 22. Held from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., guests can enjoy hayrides to the orchards, live music and more—including sampling a variety of items in the Peachy Sampling Pavilion. schnepffarms.com
Photo of Peach Festival courtesy of Visit Mesa; Lisa Lampanelli by Dan Dion; Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo courtesy of Gila River Casinos; NEWSIES by Deen van Meer/© Disney
Enjoy performances by some of Greater Phoenix’s best music acts at the Music in the Garden spring concert series. Taking place on Desert Botanical Garden’s Ullman Terrace stage Fridays through June 24, shows begin at 7:30 p.m. except on May 6 when the concert starts at 7 p.m. dbg.org/ events/music-garden
“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” comes to Mesa Arts Center’s Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse May 21-29. Presented by Mesa Encore Theatre, Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller runs Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. with an additional 2:30 p.m. matinee on May 28. mesaartscenter.com Lisa Lampanelli brings her equal-opportunity insult comedy to The Salt River Grand Ballroom at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale May 29. Show starts at 8 p.m. talkingstickresort.com
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Phoenix Comicon returns to the Phoenix Convention Center June 2-5. Celebrity guests scheduled to attend this year’s event include “The Six Million Dollar Man” himself, Lee Majors, as well as horror icon Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees in four of the Friday the 13th films and “Hatchet’s” Victor Crowley). phoenixcomicon.com Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo bring their We Live For Love Tour to the Ovations LIVE! Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Greater Phoenix June 10 at 8 p.m. wingilariver.com Disney’s smash hit musical “Newsies” dances its way into ASU Gammage in Tempe June 14-19. Show times are Tuesday-Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. asugammage.com
Stray Cat Theatre presents the first local production of the Tony Award-winning rock opera “Green Day’s American Idiot” June 24-July 16 inside Tempe Center for the Arts. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. and Thursdays at 7 p.m., with an additional 7 p.m. performance on July 13. straycattheatre.org EVENTS
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Spicy, chunky ribs are a favorite at Los Dos Molinos
NEW MEXICAN CUISINE THESE PHOENIX AREA RESTAURANTS SERVE THE SPICY REGIONAL FAVORITE By Amy Young
ew Mexican cuisine is the regional fare of New Mexico that includes influences from Spanish, Mexican, Mediterranean, Native American and cowboy cultures. One of its prominent traits is the spicy sauce, made from red or green New Mexico chile peppers, that adorns many dishes. This style of food is known and loved for its heat levels, which vary based on the type and amount of chiles included in a dish. Phoenix obviously isn’t in New Mexico but several local restaurants carry the fiery torch.
LA RISTRA NEW MEXICAN KITCHEN Gilbert, Arizona, in Phoenix’s East Valley has become a hotspot for dining. La Ristra is a spicy part of that mix. Here, the Blue Corn Enchiladas are New Mexican-style, meaning stacked, not rolled. You pick the filling and the sauce(s) and the restaurant will serve it to you topped with a fried egg. The roasted, bone-in Pork Carnitas are another favorite; tender and piquant. laristraaz.com.
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Some like it hot; really hot. If you’re in that camp, the folks at Los Dos Molinos say that they “don’t know how to do mild,” so you’re in luck. Let red chiles dance on your tongue as you bite into menu items such as the Carne Adovada Ribs, a generous plate of country-style pork ribs resting in red chile. The menu is loaded with a variety of choices including burritos, tacos and flautas. Sopapillas for dessert are a wise choice—the pillow-y bites of light and crispy fried dough can be sweetened with honey, powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar or a combo of all three. Wash it all down with a Prickly Pear Margarita. losdosmolinosphoenix.com 72
Green chile pork and stew simmer on the La Ristra stove
Photos of ribs and margarita courtesy of Los Dos Molinos; Green chile courtesy of La Ristra New Mexican Kitchen
A long-running area hotspot, the combination of delicious food and hearty portions has patrons returning in droves, along with a steady influx of new guests. The menu gives you plenty of ways to find out if you have a red or green sauce preference. One example is the Carne Adovada, which finds chunks of smoky pork surrounded by tingly red sauce. Or order up the New Mexico Enchiladas with your choice of meat or cheese and top them with the zesty green sauce. Everything here has a kick, including their proprietary Green Chile Potato, which is a whipped spud stuffed into a roasted green chile pepper. richardsonsnm.com
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Guided cactus bloom walks are part of the summer programming at Boyce Thompson Arboretum
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BOYCE THOMPSON ARBORETUM
Just east of Mesa, at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, visitors can walk the state parkâ€™s gardens and keep eyes peeled at the tops of
saguaros, where the beautiful silk-like white blossoms pop open in bunches. The saguaro cactus is one of many plants in Arizona protected by the Native Plant Protection Act. With a living collection of more than 800 cacti, blooms representing all colors of the rainbow can be viewed on display here. ag.arizona.edu/bta
DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN
Hedgehog cactus blooms come in vibrant shades of fuchsia and deep purple and line the walking trails at Desert Botanical Garden. Through late May, ocotillo blossoms offer up a scarlet display across the garden, which is nestled into the foothills of Papago Park. Prickly pear cactus blossoms are also on display through late May. Orange, yellow and even purple flowers set the tasty fruit, which ripens later in the year. Experts are always on hand to answer questions about the unique flora found in the Sonoran Desert. Be sure to plan your visit during their Music in the Garden series through June 24. dbg.org
USERY MOUNTAIN REGIONAL PARK
The desert is in bloom at Desert Botanical Garden
East of Mesa, at Usery Mountain Regional Park, a wild display of cacti can be found in the 3,500-acre park bordered by the Goldfield Mountains. Nearly 30 miles of trails offer different perspectives from low to high vantage points, all lined with hundreds of species. Pay close attention to the cholla cactus flowers, which begin in mid-May and last until late August. Summer rains will prompt the barrel cactus to bloom by mid-June. Guided hikes focus on the colorful display including the parkâ€™s Saguaro Blossoms Walk (9 a.m., May 7). maricopacountyparks.net For information on these and other desert flora programming during the summer months, head to visitmesa.com.
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Photo of Boyce Thompson Flowering Cactus Garden courtesy of Boyce Thompson Arboretum; Desert Botanical Garden by Adam Rodriguez/Desert Botanical Garden; Saguaro Blossom by Gary Johnson /Visit Mesa
ature lovers can rejoice as Mother Nature continues to work her magic in the Sonoran Desert in the summer months, offering up vibrant desert blooms for visitors heading to the Southwest. The stretch of winter rains earlier in the year helped pave the way for a rich, verdant spring in Arizona. The last blooms to join the lush desert landscape are cactus blossoms, which are usually at their peak in May and June. There is no shortage of trails to wander and catch a glimpse of these colorful cactus blooms which signal the start of summer.
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Star-filled skies and a full moon light the path for hikers
BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON MESA’S NIGHT SKY IS A STAR-STUDDED MASTERPIECE By Kate Wallace
USERY MOUNTAIN REGIONAL PARK
Grab your flashlight and head out to Usery Mountain Regional Park to experience the sights of the desert at night while learning about the solar system. As part of their “Stargazing for Everyone” series, experts share insights into nebulas and giant stars and educate visitors of all ages about the moon, planets and galaxies. Several high-powered telescopes are set up pointing to the night sky’s brightest lights. Don’t miss out on the park’s other nighttime programming including their Full Moon Hikes (7:30 p.m., May 20 and June 18). Little travelers love the Animal Hide &
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Seek Walks with the ranger and Scorpion Hunts complete with black lights. All programs offer a well-rounded introduction to the diversity of the Sonoran Desert. maricopacountyparks.net
True night owls will want to sign up for a guided night vision trek across the desert floor with Stellar Adventures. The desert teems with life at night and with the help of night-vision goggles, visitors can view native fauna, such as coyotes, jackrabbits and even mule deer, with green-hued clarity. Visitors can also choose the stargazing adventure which features telescope viewing guided by a professional astronomer. Guests are picked up at their hotel in off-road vehicles including Blazers and Hummers and tours can last up to four hours. stellaradventures.com
Watch reflections of night stars twinkle across the water at Canyon Lake during a Twilight Dinner Cruise on Dolly Steamboat. For avid star hunters, be sure to reserve a seat aboard their monthly Astronomy Dinner Cruise, where passengers have use of onboard telescopes to view the breathtaking beauty of the solar system under the instruction of astronomy expert Dr. Sky. dollysteamboat.com
Peer into the night sky with Stellar Adventures
Photo of star-filled skies by Matthew Wheeler; Guided full moon hike by Ron Scott/Usery Mountain Regional Park; Stellar Adventures courtesy of Stellar Adventures
f catching an Arizona sunset was on the must-do list, try seeing the stars! Mesa’s night sky programming offers up popular outings for visitors in the summer months, when days are long and nights are cool. The city’s eastern edge is bordered by Tonto National Forest, taking visitors just far enough away from Phoenix’s city lights to open up their eyes to a star-studded masterpiece. Visitors have plenty of after-sunset options from off-road adventures to moonlit hikes into the Sonoran Desert. When the sun sets in these parts, the term nightlife takes on a whole new meaning.
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ver the last decade, Phoenix area restaurants have become dining destinations for a wide range of cuisine, especially sushi. In a desert region where temperatures often hover around 100 degrees and higher, you wouldn’t expect to find a seafood mecca, but with so many outstanding restaurants serving fresh and innovative sushi and Asian-inspired dishes, it became inevitable. Here is a sampling.
Located in Glendale, one of Phoenix’s west side suburbs, Tokyo Lobby offers sushi lovers a cozy and casual atmosphere in which to enjoy items from sushi and grill menus. The former boasts tasty and fresh choices like ahi tuna, yellowtail belly and red snapper served with rice or sashimistyle. The latter sizzles up goodies such as the shrimp lettuce wrap and the delectable Monkey Brain–a deep fried mushroom covered in crab and spicy tuna. Specialty rolls are a Tokyo Lobby favorite. Concoctions include the Aloha, which puts fresh tuna and pineapple with yogurt sauce atop a California roll. tokyolobbysushi.com
SAKANA SUSHI AND GRILL
This north Phoenix sushi bar offers an upscale dining experience in an intimate and laid back atmosphere. Chef and owner Yasu Hashino is exceptionally particular about the fish
With locations in Ahwatukee, Glendale, Mesa and Scottsdale, a meal at Sakana is always in range for metropolitan Phoenix residents and visitors. Each spot has a relaxed feel allowing guests to enjoy themselves whether donning shorts or a suit. If it’s hot food you’re craving, there are entrees such as the Ten Spice Salmon, White Fish Sauté and different ramen, udon and soups. Hand cut fresh fish options from the sushi menu include house smoked salmon, mackerel and eel. Sakana offers a Happy Roll menu, which includes specialty rolls like the Cajun Wild Fish Roll and the Omega 3 Roll (with salmon skin), throughout the week and limited times on weekends. sakanasushiandgrill.com
Tokyo Lobby’s fresh and floral sashimi platter
Sakana’s sashimi platter offers a sampling of what’s fresh
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awaiian culture is woven into the fabric of everyday life in the Islands. This is evident come spring and summer when three of Hawaii’s most colorful fetes take place.
Music has been described as the heartbeat of Hawaii; kamaaina love to sing, dance and play instruments. Launched in 2011 as a month-long musical celebration, Mele Mei (Music May) has expanded this year to include events through June. Enjoy the sounds of the ukulele and steel guitar, Island-style reggae and rock, traditional Hawaiian music and slack key tunes at restaurants, theaters and other venues. Sometimes those in the audience jump up spontaneously to share their talent! One of Mele Mei’s signature events is the Na Hoku Hanohano (Stars of Distinction) Awards. Known as Hawaii’s Grammys, recognizing excellence in the local recording industry, the awards are set for May 28 at the Hawaii Convention Center. (808) 593-9424 or check out melemei.com
KAMEHAMEHA DAY Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort’s Kani Ka Pila Grille is the site of many Mele Mei events
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Kamehameha Day, June 11, is an official state holiday honoring the great warrior king who united the Hawaiian Islands and established a ruling dynasty that endured for nearly 80 years. On Friday, June 10, long floral garlands will be draped over the arms of the Kamehameha statue fronting Aliiolani Hale, the Judiciary Building (417 South King Street). The following morning, a parade of floats, marching bands and equestrian units will delight spectators as it proceeds along Punchbowl Street, Ala Moana Boulevard and Kalakaua Avenue to Kapiolani Park. A festival featuring arts, crafts, entertainment and ono (delicious) local food will unfold from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. 808. 586-0333 or go to ags.hawaii.gov/kamehameha
Photo of 2015 Lie Queen and Court by Dave Miyamoto; band courtesy of Mele Mei; parade float courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority/Tor Johnson
Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations, promotions, welcoming visitors and saying goodbye to them—kamaaina (longtime Island residents) give leis to loved ones for just about every occasion. When you can’t find the right words, leis say it all beautifully. May 1 is Lei Day in Hawaii and this year marks Oahu’s 89th annual observance at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki. Events and activities are planned from
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., including entertainment, the investiture of the Lei Court and an exhibit of leis made from an array of fresh ferns and flowers. (808) 768-3041 or go to honoluluparks.com
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ate spring/early summer may be a great time to visit one of California’s beautiful beaches, but there are several other ways Allegiant passengers can bask in the warm weather. From fun festivals to live performances, the Golden State is hosting a variety of exciting outdoor events this May and June. Coupled with California’s usual year-round offerings—like its thrilling theme parks—it’s no wonder people are always dreaming about their next visit!
UPCOMING EVENTS MAY Ten Thirty One Productions wraps up their Great Horror Movie Night series at the old Griffith Park Zoo in Los Angeles on May 13, with a special screening of Friday the 13th. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. for live pre-show entertainment, and the film starts at 7:45 p.m. greathorrormovienight.com Beyoncé brings The Formation World Tour to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara May 16 at 6 p.m. levisstadium.com Sample cocktails created by some of Napa and Sonoma’s best mixologists at the 5th Annual TOP DRINK Cocktail Festival happening May 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. inside Napa Valley Museum. napavalleymuseum.org
Photo of Broadway Under the Stars by Rebecca Call; Cocktail Festival courtesy of Napa Valley Museum; Concours d’Elegance courtesy of the Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau; Sawdust Art & Craft Festival courtesy of Visit Laguna Beach
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Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder and Florence + The Machine headline the fourth annual BottleRock Napa Valley music, wine, food and craft brew festival May 27-29 at Napa Valley Expo. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. bottlerocknapavalley.com
JUNE San Francisco’s Union Street Festival celebrates its 40th year June 4-5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guests can enjoy live music, food, craft beer and wine tastings, arts and crafts exhibitors, the Union Street Fashion Show and more. unionstreetfestival.com
Transcendence Theatre Company kicks off its 2016 Broadway Under the Stars season June 17-18 and 24-26 with “This Magic Moment,” a mix of classic Broadway songs and dance numbers paired with pop music hits. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. in Sonoma wine country’s Jack London State Historic Park with pre-show picnicking beginning at 5 p.m. transcendencetheatre.org One of Southern California’s top destinations for Father’s Day, the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, returns to Beverly Hills June 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., showcasing rare automobiles and motorcycles from the past, present and future. Admission is free. rodeodrive-bh.com/events/ concours-d’elegance
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The 50th annual summer Sawdust Art & Craft Festival begins June 24 at 10 a.m. in Laguna Beach featuring fine arts and crafts from more than 200 local artists. Running daily through Aug. 28, guests can shop along sawdustcovered paths, attend art demonstrations, listen to live music and more. sawdustartfestival.org EVENTS
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Shop ’til you drop in this colorful assortment of buildings that honors John Steinbeck’s 1945 book Cannery Row. Instead of sardine canneries, however, there’s a collection of galleries and eclectic shops. Get a souvenir from Mackerel Jack’s Trading Co., quirky apparel from Sharky’s Shirts and artwork from Monterey Bay Artisans. Cannery Row is also home to numerous bars and restaurants including Cannery Row Brewing Company and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. canneryrow.com
MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM
This world-famous attraction situated on the ocean’s edge is dedicated to conservation and education. Housing more than 35,000 creatures, your face will be glued to the glass as you watch everything from sea otters and penguins to jellyfish and sharks. You’ll also be wowed by exhibitions that include a kelp forest, a rocky shore and a coral reef kingdom. montereybayaquarium.org
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Spend some time in the sun while partaking in activities such as swimming, surfing, fishing, kayaking, picnicking and much more. Monterey State Beach is the largest of Monterey’s beaches. It extends north from Fisherman’s Wharf all the way to the city of Seaside. You’ll often spot scuba divers emerging from the water and paragliders soaring through the sky. 831.649.2836
Experience Monterey’s unique waterfront from Fisherman’s Wharf. With roots dating back to 1846, it’s still part of the city’s thriving fishing industry. You’ll discover the freshest seafood here including delicious calamari at Abalonetti Bar & Grill and creamy clam chowder at Crabby Jim’s Seafood Restaurant. Enjoy shopping and book a whale watching tour or harbor cruise. montereywharf.com
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Located at 500 Church Street, this Spanish Colonial-style building with an exquisite stone facade is also known as The Royal Presidio Chapel. Founded in 1770 by Father Junipero Serra, it’s the oldest continuously functioning church in California and remains one of the state’s most historic landmarks. sancarloscathedral.org
Photo of Monterey Bay Aquarium courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium; Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. courtesy of canneryrow.com; Whale watching by Paul Ratcliffe/courtesy of seemonterey.com
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a farm in a small town south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I was always fixing things and tinkering around on the farm. I later went on to spend 21 years in the Air Force working on planes. To this day, I work on my cars and my motorcycle in my spare time. Sunseeker: What would you say is your favorite thing about being an aircraft mechanic? Harold: The best part is watching the plane “rotate and climb”, which means watching the plane take off. I also love my team members; everyone is thorough, professional and great to work with. Sunseeker: What has been your favorite part about working at Allegiant? Harold: I enjoy seeing and experiencing new things each day, especially while doing what I love the most. I also love to travel, so being able to fly to different states all over the country is also another great aspect of working for Allegiant. Sunseeker: If you could travel anywhere in the United States on vacation at this moment, where would you go? Harold: I love traveling anywhere and everywhere. There are so many different places to visit in the United State; every place is an experience. Between working for Allegiant and my previous work experience, I have been lucky enough to travel to all 50 states. Sunseeker: Do you have a “locals” tip for Allegiant travelers going to the Phoenix/Mesa area? Harold: Mesa is beautiful. We have a lot of parks, mountains and lakes. I love being able to ride my motorcycle through Mesa and seeing all of the amazing scenery. Arizona is unique because within three hours you can travel from a desert oasis to snowy ski resorts in nearby Flagstaff. SUNSEEKER
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