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Philharmonic Ends Season on High Note with Mahler

Philharmonic Ends Season on High Note with Mahler

The Las Vegas Philharmonic opens its next season in November.

Works by Gustav Mahler "are like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and Superman, rolled into one and on crack," according to one conductor.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

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FAA Approves Skyvue Observation Wheel

LAS VEGAS -- The FAA has approved plans to build a giant observation wheel on the Las Vegas Strip.

Developers held a groundbreaking Monday for the 500 foot Skyvue wheel. The FAA found that the wheel will not have an adverse impact on air space.

The Skyvue Las Vegas Super Wheel which will be on the southeast corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Mandalay Bay Dr. is expected to be completed in 18 months. Developers are still working on financing for the project.

Groundbreaking Day for Las Vegas' Latest Attraction

LAS VEGAS -- It's groundbreaking day for the latest attraction on the Las Vegas Strip. The Skyvue Las Vegas Super Wheel will giver riders a sky high view of the city.

The wheel will be  on the southeast corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Mandalay Bay Dr. and should be completed in 18 months. The wheel will be a 500-foot observation wheel that will be able to accommodate more than 800 riders for a great view of the Strip. It will be larger than the London Eye. The middle of the wheel will be 50,000 square feet of LED lights for advertising.

"I know a lot of people have talked about wheels -- doing observation wheel projects in Las Vegas -- but no one's ever been willing to give up their really valuable Las Vegas Strip frontage to do a wheel," said Howard Bulloch, one of the Skyvue developers.

Local Musician Sings for Record and Charity

Local Musician Sings for Record and Charity

A Las Vegas musician is turning his effort to break a world record into a charity event.

Jefferson Montoya will be attempting to put on the world's longest continuous solo concert from Wednesday, June 1 through Friday, June 3. Under the rules set out by the Guinness Book of World Records the artist can have only 30 seconds between songs and only five minutes of rest for every 60 minutes of playing time. Which means Montoya will play 44 hours straight from Wednesday night through Friday morning. And he will also try to beat the world record for the most pieces of music performed by a solo artist in a 24 hour period. The current record stands at 139 pieces of music.

The singer has also decided to turn the event into a fundraiser for the American Red Cross. The money raised at the event will benefit the charity's efforts in areas hit by the devastating tornadoes in Missouri. 

The concert and fundraiser will be held at Tommy Rocker's Cantina and Grill. 

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Military Members Get Free Burgers on Memorial Day

Military Members Get Free Burgers on Memorial Day


Smashburger is honoring military members and their families with a free one-third pound Smashburger of their choice from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. this Memorial Day.

During those designated hours, anyone showing a valid military ID card at any of the four Las Vegas Smashburger locations will receive a free burger of their choice (one free Smashburger per person per valid military ID.)

Las Vegas Smashburger locations:

  • 7541 W. Lake Mead Blvd. (Lake Mead and Buffalo)
  • 9101 W. Sahara Ave. (Sahara and Ft. Apache)
  • 5655 Centennial Center Blvd. (Centennial Center and Ann)
  • 4725 S Maryland Pkwy. (Maryland Parkway and Tropicana)

Smashburger is open daily from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Let’s TWIST Again, Around the Pride of Glenmorangie

Let’s TWIST Again, Around the Pride of Glenmorangie

Restaurant Critic John Curtis says strip eatery pleases with eclectic menu. 

Is Twist the best restaurant in town? It certainly is the most interesting on any given night.  Everything about the place seems designed to make your senses pop as you partake of Chef-Proprietaire Pierre Gagnaire and Chef de Cuisine Pascal Sanchez’s extraordinary cuisine. That cuisine both soothing and challenging, familiar and cerebral — no easy feat — and it leaves everyone from seasoned gastronomes to neophyte noshers scratching their heads in wonder and patting their tummies in satisfaction.

Fashion Show Adding 15 New Tenants

LAS VEGAS -- There are signs the retail economy is starting to rebound in Las Vegas. The Fashion Show on the Las Vegas Strip announced Monday that it will add 15 new tenants before the end of the year.

The mall's business is made up of 70 percent tourists and 30 percent locals. It offers more than 200 stores and restaurants. One of the newest tenants, the Red Velvet Cafe, is a local restaurant that dishes out healthy fare.

"Giving you the choices of being vegan or vegetarian or non-vegetarian," said Sunil Tolani, owner of the Red Velvet Cafe.

The cafe has been doing a brisk business since it opened on W. Sahara Ave three years ago. Tolani' wife, Aneesha, is the chef. She is also a born and raised Las Vegan.