Steely Dan Announces Mini Residency

Venetian Bridge Las Vegas

Pop, jazz and r&b band Steely Dan has announced a mini residency starting in April at the Venetian Theater. Founding member Donald Fagen fronts the band which gets good reviews as a touring act in a the mini residency which is called “Reelin’ in the Chips 2.” The nine shows are on April 25, 26 and 27 and then in May at 1, 3, 4, 8, 10 and 11 with tickets starting at $142 up to $321 plus all the usual taxes and fees; For more information check with the Venetian Theater box office.



New Bridge Across Strip

Park MGM Las Vegas

Ground has been broken for a new pedestrian bridge that will span the Strip with the location between the Park MGM and the Showcase Mall. The new bridge will be the 17th over the Strip and will cost approximately $17 million with a scheduled completion date of next July.

The new bridge will partially obstruct the Strip during construction although when its down it will help especially people that want to cross the Strip for events at the T Mobile Arena or Park Theater. Before the bridges were built, crowds of people crossing the street  would often slow traffic and they have made it easier for pedestrians to get around.

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Equestrian Center Downtown

Plaza Hotel, Las Vegas

After last years temporary equestrian facility for the National Finals Rodeo at the Plaza became so popular it will return again this year for the rodeo in December but the difference is that it will stay up and become a permanent attraction. The new event center will be a space for outdoor equestrian and multipurpose center as well as having 80 horse stalls for year round use.

The addition of a permanent facility may seem unusual especially in downtown but the National Finals Rodeo does bring big crowds that like to gamble and, if you have the space why not keep the event center up year round. The main competition for this new event center with equestrian is the south strip South Point resort with its huge equestrian arena.

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Derek Stevens Buys Office Building

It looks like the owner of D Las Vegas is continuing his Downtown buying spree as he has purchased an 11 story office building at 302 Carson Ave which is across from the D Las Vegas as well as the Downtown Event Center which he also owns. The building and its adjacent parking garage where purchased for nearly 40 million dollars.

Derek Stevens recently announced plans to build a 777 room hotel and casino on the now empty site of the Las Vegas Club, Mermaids and the Girls Of Glitter Gulch; because of this project likely nothing will happen to the office building in near term as Derek Stevens and his team will have their plate full with that.

In the future the office tower could be used as additional hotel rooms for the D Las Vegas or part of a larger project but also there is a possibility that it could just be used for office space which Derek Stevens might need with all his projects Downtown.

What Happens Here To Return

The long running and popular Las Vegas ad campaign “what happens here, stays here” is returning. The campaign started in 2002 but was stopped after the tragedy last year, but the first ad in the new series of ads is already airing with more planned soon.

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The Screen Fades To Black

pool season

The Las Vegas Strip has lost its only movie theater with the recent closure of the Regal United Artists Theater at the Showcase Mall. The Showcase Mall near the MGM Grand has been getting a makeover and the movie theater has been has since 1998 but the space may be better used as restaurants or clubs instead. The movie theater here always seemed to me a little odd location as if you wanted to drive to see a movie there you would have to deal with Strip traffic and if you walked you would have to take elevators from the Strip. If you want to take a break from the casino floor to watch a movie there still are movie theaters nearby at the Palms as well as the Orleans.

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Xmas In LV: Winter Village

The Winter Village at Green Valley Ranch is open through January 7th and is located at the properties outdoor amphitheater and includes an outdoor ice rink. If you want to use the ice rink its open Thursday to Sundays with the rink opening at 4 pm during the week and 11 am on the weekends. The cost is $20 but that also includes your skate rentals and, tickets can be purchased in person at the ice rink.

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Good Time For Cheap Rooms

The end of the year in Las Vegas you might think is an expensive time because of all the holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and the huge crowds that come in to town for New Year’s Eve; The answer is yes for those dates the room rates can be expensive and in the case of New Years Eve very expensive but other days at year end can be inexpensive. Dates in November away from Thanksgiving can be reasonable and dates in early December as well as the few days after Christmas can be good bargains just shop around and if you can be flexible check out the monthly rate calendar. One thing to watch out for is the additional daily charge of resort fees, so don’t forget to add them in to your price when you are comparing room rates.

Monte Carlo Restaurants Closed

The transformation continues at the Monte Carlo as it gets ready for its transformation in to the Park MGM with two more restaurants closing today Diablo’s Cantina and Sambalate. Previously closed restaurants include 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria which closed a couple of days ago and Minus 5 Ice Bar. If you are looking for other food options you might want to check out the restaurants in The Park or walk over to New York New York.

Las Vegas Club Demolished

A piece of Las Vegas history in Downtown is vanishing piece by piece as the former Las Vegas Club is demolished to make way for a future resort property that most likely won’t appear until 2020 or later. The Las Vegas Club opened in 1930 a year before gambling was legalized in Nevada but over recent years the place suffered manny years of decline and the sports theme exterior looked tacky as well as dated. The property is now owned by Derek Stevens who refitalized the former Fitzgerald’s with a huge remodel after which he renamed it the D Las Vegas. Derek Stevens has also addded suites as well as sprucing up the Golden Gate across the street which he also owns with his brother. Construction on the new resort should begin early in the New Year but no word yet on the new properties name or theme which should take at least two years to compete.

Shell of former Las Vegas Club across from California