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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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Ho Ho Holiday Happenings

The Holiday Season is in full force now and I’m sure your wallet is coming out for the purpose of giving. So what are you going to give? You could stick with those corporate stores that offer the same mass produced products or realize it is the most wonderful time of the year and the best time to put some money into your local economy and buy some spectacular gifts.  So this weekend happens to be a perfect weekend to buy local and enjoy some Las Vegas culture all at the same time.

The first Friday of this month will be on the same weekend as the Second Saturday, which means the popular First Friday Festival and the StrEATS Festival are happening on the same weekend. First Friday has become a large event over the years which means there is plenty of opportunity to buy local as there are a plethora of artistic vendors that participate in the festival. It’s perfect for the holidays, you can go out enjoy the community and find unique cool stuff for your giftees. What you are going to see out there is an array photography art, paintings, and even sculptures. You can also find threads from local fashion designers and my personal favorite, fashion accessories to add finishing touches to your looks. If you can’t make it to First Friday, the StrEATS Festival is on Saturday and although it is still in its beginning stages there are several local vendors to check out.

One of the newest vendors that I adore and they just happen to make appearances at both events is A Girls Glitter. They are a local company that is online and sells at local events as well. They specialize in bling and originality of fashion accessories. It’s hard not to buy at least one of their unique fashion accessories with all that sparkle reeling a girl in. Besides every girl needs a new accessory and of course, so does her friend, right?  Be sure to hit them up online if you don’t make it out and see them this weekend.

Of course at both events there will be plenty of those delicious food trucks to help tame the appetite you work up. Just remember to grab a jacket and maybe some gloves as it will be chilly outside this weekend. Hey and even if you don’t buy anything at the festivals get some ideas and grab some business cards to follow up later on that unique gift idea. Save the corporate stores for buying your paper towels and remember keep it real by buying from local businesses for your gifts this season.

One of the best traditions for the Holidays are those beautiful light displays and of course our awesome city has got that covered as well. Take the family out this weekend and enjoy some displays our city graciously offers. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts an annual light show called, Glittering Lights and it is open now until January 6th from 5:30 till 9 pm,Monday Thru Thursday and till 10 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays. It’s $15 per carload during the week , $20 on holidays and weekends so be sure to pack all your friends and family in the vehicle and split the cost.

Also, the Springs Preserve is hosting the Holiday Light Spectacular this weekend on December 8th and 9th from 5 to 9 pm,  it will also be open from December 15 thru the 23rd at same time in the evening. This event will be, “bathed in the glow of thousands of colorful, eco-friendly LED lights, the family-friendly celebration will feature tasty treats, holiday arts and crafts, reindeer (pony) rides for the little ones, photos with Santa, and much more”.

One of the most talked about holiday events for this weekend is the 12th annual Lakes Festival of Lights, located just South of West Sahara and West of Durango Drive. The event is free to attend and there will be many festive holiday family happenings to enjoy like arts and crafts, live entertainment and even a boat parade. It starts at noon on Saturday, December 8th and runs until 6p.m.

Oh, one last thing just to let you know the Mob Bar is celebrating it’s 1 year anniversary tonight offering drink pricing from back in 1933. If you’ve been looking for something to do tonight this is it. So stop downtown tonight at the Mob Bar after 5pm to enjoy some of their delicious cocktails basically a buy one get one free opportunity (buy one get one free should always be taken advantage of…just an FYI).

Whatever you do be sure to get out there this weekend, enjoy and support this fabulous city we live in. Happy Holidays Las Vegas!

Mulligans Landing A Vegas Karaoke Hot Spot

Karaoke fans please stand up, I need you. Is there a lack of decent karaoke places in this city or is it just me. In a city full of such stupendous local alent I am surprised to find that many bars who host karaoke either lack in KJ’s or their system? Maybe it’s both. Yes, yes, I know their are many places that host but the worst thing in the world is standing up to belt out your best version of Bon Jovi’s, Living On A Prayer and you can’t catch your melody because the system is echoing back at you. How about finally working up the nerve to try that ballad, only to be drowned out by the music with your voice not even able to be heard. I’m not sure if these issues are caused by the KJ not knowing what they are doing when balancing voice and music or maybe the equipment is not sufficient to handle the karaoke task. Either way problems like these tend to make the good karaoke singers go elsewhere leaving only the party goers singing silly songs and screaming into the mic leaving your ears with a hangover by the end of the night. So where are the good singers going?

After trying many places from Dino’s to PT’s Pub even taking a chance on the Brass Lounge in Hennesseys on Fremont street I always walked away disappointed. There is one bar I did find that is successful at reeling in the local Karaoke talent though and that is why Beyond the Strip has voted Mulligans Landing a karaoke hot spot. Tucked neatly off of  Rancho and Decatur the bar could easily be an unconscious vision in your periphery, don’t be fooled though. Pritchard Productions is responsible for running weekend karaoke there that brings an array of personalities and singers that helps the evening become a fabulous one. The KJ, Teresa Pritchard usually gets started around 10pm and keeps the party going until 2am, she really is one the best. What makes her so great? Well the simple fact that you don’t sound like a hound dog or music from a horror movie after working up the nerve to show your best. What can I say the girl knows what she is doing and will create a superb stage experience for you . Other good news for you is the karaoke party is branching out from Mulligans but they will continue to host karaoke party nights on Saturday from 10pm till 2 am and Sunday from 9pm till 1 am starting December 1st. The newest place to jump on the Pritchard Productions bandwagon is Foothills Tavern Vegas, who will be hosting Karaoke with our fab KJ on Friday nights from 10pm till 2am at 2343 W Gowan Rd.

If you are not a karaoke fan maybe you would be interested in checking out Mondays at Mulligans for Mark and Mike’s comedy night starting at 10pm every week. Don’t miss out on a good time and a chance to support our local bars/taverns by making them your spot for a night out. Mulligans also offers great food, stiff drinks and awesome staff. For questions about karaoke nights contact Mulligans Landing at 702-395-2470 and/or if you are interested in having Pritchard Productions host for you, you can contact them at 702-426-0189. Remember to like Mulligans Landing Facebook page here.

If you have any karaoke hot spots outside the Strip please let us know we would love to check them out.

A Chance To Meet People, Experience Downtown And Get Your Drink On

Las Vegas Mob Bar

If you haven’t tried the Thirsty 3rd Thursday Pub Crawl it is a must. This my friends is an opportunity to try new bars and meet new people. It starts at Hennesseys Tavern Located on the Fremont Street Experience, you know the giant Pint of Beer sitting off of Las Vegas Boulevard, you can’t miss it. Here’s the deal you pay 20 bucks and receive 7 drink tickets, a coupon for 1/2 off an entree at Hennesseys, and 1/2 off an appetizer at Mickie Finnz which just happens to be the second to the last stop. I’m sure this was done on purpose as you will probably have worked up an appetite by the time you get there.  So that gives you a chance to munch, chill and listen to some live tunes. There are two appointed captains that are suppose to get the party started and help lead the way. Although, it just so happens our woman captain seemed disinterested and was not friendly. Maybe she was having a bad day but that didn’t stop our independent group from getting the party started on our own. Even more good news was the bars that we visited were more then welcoming and provided outstanding service.

The crawl itinerary has you spend about 25 minutes in each bar which gives you enough time to order your drink and finish it before moving on to the next stop. There are 7 bar stops and each is very different from the next so be ready to open your mind to new places. For instance, Hogs and Heifers has always been a spot that I would not normally check out on my own. So since it was a stop on the crawl, mind as well check it out and see if my avoidance was warranted. It has a vibe of a raunchy Coyote Ugly, the dancers on the bar definitely kept their attendees entertained and truly filled the part of country girls having some down home fun. Actually, if you have been to the Coyote Ugly on the Strip and liked it, Hogs and Heifers is right up your alley, even better the downtown hot spot seems a bit more authentic. So If you love to be rowdy and party this is the place for you. Maybe you’re looking for a more laid back night, I found a great place for that too. The Gold Spike can offer you some serenity on your night out or even better seems like a perfect place for them lazy Football Sundays. Of course, it might be a bit busier on those days as it could draw a crowd with its
sports bar vibe it has. These are places that I would not tried without the pub crawl.

Thirsty 3rd Thursday was absolutely a phenomenal time. You too can experience the fun as it happens every 3rd Thursday of the month. So take a chance and try something new. Bring your friends because the more people that come makes the party even better. Make a plan to meet at Hennesseys Tavern at 7 pm and ask about the Pub Crawl. Don’t be concerned about running a little late either as the party didn’t leave Hennesseys until after 8. For more information contact Hennesseys Tavern at 702-382-4421

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.

Bad Girls Club Star Takes On Fremont Street

Jennavecia Russo “Bad Girls Club” hanging with the most interesting man in the world, Downtown Las Vegas 2012

You may have noticed Downtown Vegas was hopping this year for Halloween. There was a block party that included a couple of stages with DJ’s, musicians and dancers that went into full swing after the downtown Halloween parade. Fremont street was not left out either, they had a haunted house, of course their three stages had performances and there were some parties rocking out on the East side of the district. The entire downtown area was pumpin’ and gave all of the attendees a great opportunity to show their best moves in their hottest costumes. There wasn’t a recognizable person in sight, well actually there was one.

The downtown atmosphere was cool enough to bring out Vegas Bad Girl and reality star Jennavecia Russo. You know the one from the hit show Bad Girls Club season two!  She made her appearance downtown dressed to kill, I mean that literally. Dressed in a mini camo with matching knee high boots, she commanded attention as she enjoyed the festivities. All heads turned as she walked by and that was for good reason my friends. Besides the fact she seemed to be the only female dressed in military fatigues, there was more boot then skirt and not even the most interesting man in the world could resist a look. Her costume was hands down the hottest of the night and she rocked it like the star she is.

So what’s the reality starlet been up to these days? Although, she is very private about her personal life we were able to find out a few things. She loves all of her fans, she was extremely open about that and tries to keep them in the loop on her Facebook page.  Outside of keeping things interesting at her local tavern she  spends her time with her beautiful daughter. For fun and relaxation she rides motorcycles like the true bad ass she is. Even if she is the ultimate bad girl she does have soft spot for animals, I think it’s genetic.

Her mom owns and runs Symphony Animal Foundation in Pahrump Nevada and she helps out there from time to time. This non profit, no kill animal shelter was opened in 2009 and saves all kinds of our four legged friends from living in desert misery.  You may be able to see our favorite bad girl on reality TV again but don’t expect any knock down drag out fights as there are rumors about a show based around the shelter. Now isn’t that sweet, we all knew that Jennavecia had to have a sweet side. I know, I know a more interesting question is does our girl have a special someone right now?  Kind of a disappointment as she wouldn’t come clean about her love life but what we do know is she did not seem tied down while she played General Russo for Halloween. Let’s all give her a shout out for being an ultimate bad girl!

If you would like more information about Symphony Animal Foundation click here.

Las Vegas PumpkinThursday & First Friday Events

It’s already October and First Friday is only a day away. It should be a more comfortable event this month now that the monsoon humidity has gone. I hope to see you out there tomorrow night. The event will kick off at 5pm in the Downtown Arts District, the hub is located an Colorado St. and Main St.

Oh but wait there is more. Do you like to carve pumpkins? If so First Friday is having a Pumpkin Carving World Record Breaking event today at Kids Zone on 1213 Casino Center. The event runs from 9 am till 9 pm. They provide the pumpkin, you provide your carving skills. You also get to take your piece of art home with you. Fun Right??? See the flyer below for more details.

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