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Fremont East Cleaned Up and Becoming More

If you haven’t noticed please come up from under the rock and get out more, downtown Las Vegas is beginning to become a hot spot for locals and tourists alike. Tony Hsieh, founder of Zappos, plans to redesign and draw more people into the area is working. He has invested a lot of his own money for the project and has focused on downtown. Although, he is not the only contributor he seems to be the most passionate one. He has been able to draw in business owners with original ideas to make Fremont East a new experience for all involved.

Lately, there is more then just the Fremont Street Experience to enjoy on Fremont street, it has become okay to spill out onto the East District nowadays as well. Several new bars have opened up and it is starting to resemble a downtown college town where you have weekend bar crawls which includes hopping to and from an array of bars with different vibes. Except this is Las Vegas, the great city of entertainment and with that comes the responsibility of having the most unique ideas.

What’s down there you ask? Well for starters, Insert Coins is a bar for gamers to get their drink on and still enjoy their video games, Griffin has a unique experience as if you are being lured into a lair of Dracula’s chambers and one of my personal favorites, Don’t tell Mama, a piano bar that employs talented singing bartenders and waitresses which also offers open mic night for patrons 6 days a week.

It doesn’t end there either, Commonwealth has just opened up and allows bar goers to access a fabulous patio up top to enjoy drinks, music and downtown scenery. They are so new that they haven’t even had their grand opening yet which actually happens to take place this Wednesday on the infamous date of 12/12/12. I’ve heard it will be a red carpet event that starts at 6pm, so if you are going to make an appearance be sure to be wearing your finest.

Most recently Backstage Bar and Billiards aka Triple B has become the perfect addition to the city.  Not only is it conveniently located downtown, it gives players a breath of fresh air from the local run down pool halls around the Valley. It is only equipped with 7 Diamond tables that are rented by the hour but pool isn’t the only entertainment in there. At the back end of the room a brand new stage equipped with a brand new system that awaits to rock your night away in the spacious environment.  Also, there are whispers they will be expanding for an even greater experience.

Last but not least rumor has it that right next door to the Triple B another place will be opening up within the next month. Who knew that 6th and Fremont would be so exciting?  One thing is for sure though, the constant change of scenery has given locals and tourists a chance to intermingle, see something new and enjoy this great city together. That my friends it what it is all about.

What are your thoughts about the new downtown scenery leave your comments below.

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Hey Locals, Wanna Know What’s Going On In Vegas

Wednesday already? It’s already time to think about what to do this weekend. As always be sure to make it out to our friendly farmers market Bet the Farm, Downtown3rd or Fresh 52 Farmers and Artisan Market, Buy Fresh, Buy Local

THIRSTY THIRD THURSDAY PUB CRAWL Begins at Hennessey’s Tavern, 425 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89109 Kicks off at 7pm and is $20 per person. Comes with 6 drinks and 2 half price entree vouchers also there will belive music to enjoy For more information and to RSVP for the Pub Crawl call (702) 382-4421

Free admission for locals on Nov. 15 to the Mob Museum as they will commemorate the anniversary of the Kefauver Committee hearings, which took place in its building in 1950, with a day featuring special programming. See website for more info

Benefit for ALS of Nevada Art The Third Annual Wreath Festival November 15th presented by Las Vegas Design Center. Funds raised help provide much-needed services for Nevada ALS patients and their families. The festival takes place in the Atrium of Building A at the World Market Center Las Vegas. Tickets are $50 per person online and $60 per person at the door. The event features a silent auction of the art wreaths, a live auction of special packages, gourmet appetizers, a hosted bar, a jazz band (Mike Candito and Friends) and is open to the public. We look forward to seeing you!

This weekend Springs Preserve will be hosting a cooking workshop called Killer Hors D’oeuvres. “Be the hit of your holiday party or office potluck with inspired recipes developed by the chefs from the Springs Cafe by the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas” this Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Visit the Springs Preserve website for more information

There is plenty going down at the Smith Center this weekend.

Betty Buckley Starring in “Ah, Men! The Boys of Broadway” on November 15-17, 7:00pm, November 18, 3:00pm “features men’s songs from Broadway shows that Buckley has always wanted to sing, including numbers from Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Pippin, The Fantasticks and more. The centerpiece of the show is “A Hymn to Her,” a rewrite of My Fair Lady’s “A Hymn to Him” in which Henry Higgins asks “Why Can’t a Woman be More Like A Man?” The prolific singer reverses the question in a witty retort complete with musical references to iconic male Broadway roles including Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Harold Hill in A Musical Man and Jean Val Jean in Les Miserables.”

I Know I Came In Here For Something on November 17, 2:00pm & 7:00pm “the smash New York summer theater hit has audiences raving, laughing and calling this show the best show about aging. Dr. Carole Altman and the Gateway Arts Foundation.org bring this hilarious musical comedy revue to the Smith Center-Troesh Theater.”

Las Vegas Philharmonic – An American Portrait happens on November 17, 8:00pm “The Las Vegas Philharmonic offers a rich cornucopia of American music this Thanksgiving season. Aaron Copland captured the American spirit with his stirring Fanfare for the Common Man and arrangements of American folk songs. This Fanfare is closely connected to The Smith Center, represented in the vibrant Symphony Park sculpture and Reynolds Hall foyer painting by local artist Tim Bavington. This will be the first performance of the work in Reynolds Hall. Tony Hsieh—CEO of Zappos.com, best-selling New York Times author and Las Vegas resident—narrates Copland’s iconic musical portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Leonard Bernstein’s infectious dance rhythms in the film West Side Story captured the music of New York immigrants as we celebrate the musical spirit of America at Thanksgiving time”.

You can purchase tickets to any of these events online here

Looking for some comedy? If you haven’t gotten a chance to see the Mineola Twins by Paula Vogel and directed by Joe Hynes at the Cockroach Theatre this weekend is your chance. There is only two more weekends left so don’t miss out.  A comedy in six scenes, four dreams and seven wigs. Myrna and Myra, almost identical twins (played by the one actress), battle each other through the Eisenhower, Nixon and Reagan/Bush years over virginity, Vietnam and Family Values. [October 26–November 18]
Tickets start at $15 you can purchase online here
If you would like to tell us about an event do so. Please leave comments on our Facebook page or this website. Hope you have a chance to get out there and enjoy the city.

Derek Stevens tries to bring a bit of Detroit downtown with the D – VEGAS INC

Just as people from Hawaii view the California casino as “the ninth island,” Derek Stevens wants people in Detroit to look at the D in downtown Las Vegas— like a second home.

He is advertising throughout the Great Lakes region to attract customers from Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. He has brought a beloved Detroit eatery, American Coney Island, to his Fremont Street casino. Even the name “the D” is a nickname among Detroit residents for their city.

It’s also the hometown of Stevens and his brother Greg, who came to Las Vegas when the automotive industry began to crumble during the recession. After making it big selling nuts and bolts for cars, they bought the old Fitzgerald’s last year and began to rebuild it from the inside out.

The Stevens brothers also are part owners in the Golden Gate, which unveiled its own renovation last month.

This weekend, the Stevens debut the new D.

The brothers rebuilt the casino to fit in with changes taking place on Fremont Street, which over the past few years has been reincarnated as a new hipster place to party. Other casinos that have undergone recent face lifts include the El Cortez, Golden Nugget and Plaza. Even Neonopolis, on the verge of emptiness a year ago, is coming back to life with new tenants.

Stevens gave VEGAS INC the first look at the culmination of a year of construction and explained how he’s bringing hints of the Midwest downtown:

via Derek Stevens tries to bring a bit of Detroit downtown with the D – VEGAS INC.

Summer Camps

Who is sending their kids to camp this year? Read this article regarding summer camps for the kiddos. It has information on websites to explore if you are considering sending them.

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/jun/19/fund-helps-send-kids-camp/

Farmers Market

Buy local to practice sustainable living. This is a great little market place with  several types of vendors. It’s a fun and exciting time for the family. Go and take a look. Tomorrow they have one from 8:30 am to 1pm at Sansone Parkplace 9480 S. Eastern Ave 89123.

For more info visit their website at http://www.fresh52.com/

 

Introducing Off the Strip

Hello Las Vegas my name is RD Tokken. My family and I started this blog to help keep people in touch with the Las Vegas community. As a local I know how you probably feel about the Strip. You avoid it right? I have noticed that advertisements for community events are sprinkled in among the many things going on at the Strip. Well my friends we are here to give you up to date information about the “everything” but the Strip. This is a great source to find information on current events, local changes, and ideas for the Valley.  Now that I introduced myself please also do so. While you’re at it share thoughts and ideas concerning our community. If you are a business owner, event holder, or have something that you want to get out to the public let me know. I’m open to hear anything about the community outside of the Strip. I will investigate, report, and keep you updated.

~RD

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