Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Las Vegas Sam Ash Open Mic

Lance P
Las Vegas +Sam Ash Open Mic Contest
October 30, 2013 
 Luke Anthony and Michael L
Event Hosting:  Michael Austin      

Sam Ash's weekly open mic night host amazing talented and creative musicians.  
Michael Stone
Video Contest
Byron Burns (R) and Luke Anthony (L)
Every week Sam Ash Music will choose the coolest, most original video. The winner will receive a $100 Sam Ash gift card and their video will be featured on their website & fb page

Danny Light

Every Wednesday  from 7 pm to 8:30 pm  
No covers
All originals

Today performers: Josh Reyes, Michael Stone, Byron Burns,   Luke Anthony, Danny Light, Kalen G., Lance P                
2747 S. Maryland Pkway
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702 734-00047

Monday, October 28, 2013

Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons is an American alternative rock band from Vegas. They gained exposure after the release of their debut studio album, Night Visions, in September 2012.

Since then, they have gone on a world tour, and gained exposure on major late night shows like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and many others. Billboard named them "The Breakthrough Band of 2013", and Rolling Stone called their single "Radioactive" "the biggest rock hit of the year."

Imagine Dragons’ full-length debut, “Night Visions,” has sold more than a million-and-a-half copies since its September 2012 release and is the third best-selling disc of the year only behind albums by Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars. Two singles from the disc, “It’s Time” and “Radioactive,” have sold 2 million and 6 million copies, respectively, and on the road, the band has been selling out bigger and bigger venues all year long.

In 2013, along with the family of Tyler Robinson, they started a charity named The Tyler Robinson Foundation, helping young people battling cancer ( In 2013, the band partnered with mtvU to help choose four Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship recipients

Imagine Dragons play their biggest Vegas show yet at the Life is Beautiful Festival.

Upcoming events:

International tour:

Oct 29 Tue

Oct 31 Thu

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Dirk Vermin, tattoo artist, painter, writer, musician and soccer mom

Dirk runs Pussykat his tattoo parlor, but you better book months in advance - Dirk is by appointment only and only does serious work

Tattoo artist, painter, writer, musician and soccer mom, Dirk Vermin is the king of damage control. He transforms horrible tattoos into artwork that people are proud to show off.

Dirk makes his own rules. He'll refuse to do any tattoo he doesn't like on the spot, no matter who's asking, especially when it comes to tribal arm bands.

Dirk runs Pussykat his tattoo parlor, but you better book months in advance - Dirk is by appointment only and only does serious work.

4972 S. Maryland Pkwy #12    Las Vegas, NV 89119  


To submit your BAD INK send a picture, and how you got it, why you got it, what it means to you, and why you want it gone to:

Dirk's band The Vermin statement:
Fucking up Las Vegas since the early 80's we Became The Vermin in 1995. Since then we've put out 6 cd's a few 45's, Been in a couple movies and Drank A LOT of Booze. We are The Punk Rock Rat Pack! Love us or Hate us, we've been keeping the Punk Rock Snot flying in this town (and every now and then LA, San Diego, and NYC) for longer then ANYONE!

Dirk Vermin website
The Vermin

PussyKat Tattoo Parlor
4972 South Maryland Pkwy #12 
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Friday, October 25, 2013

Las Vegas Life is Beautiful Festival

Life is Beautiful festival will bring an anticipated 20,000 to 30,000 people a day into downtown Oct. 26-27.
Most of Downtown will be closed to vehicles which means there won't be anywhere to park.

Organizers have offered shuttle bus rides at $40 for a weekend tickets, with parking at the World Market Center. Or a $40 shuttle ticket from Bally's, Caesar's Palace or Planet Hollywood will also be good for  the whole weekend. Probably some festival-goers will try to find cheaper or free parking elsewhere.
Ashley Goodhue, the festival’s chief operating officer, said organizers are encouraging attendees to use the official parking area because it’s the safest one.
Single day admission is $95 or $209.50 for VIP. Two-day general admission tickets are $159.50 or $349.50 for VIP. For more info, go to   Schedule

Life is Beautiful schedule

The Culinary Village features food from dozens of participating restaurants from noon to 11 p.m. Admission included with festival ticket


Festival KickOff Party

Grills & Guitars features performances by Dawes and Todd Rundgren and grilled food from chefs including Bruce and Eric Bromberg, Jonathan Waxman, Cat Cora,
Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon, Nancy Silverton, Jet Tila, Scott Conant and Aaron Sanchez from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Tickets are $175, or $225 for VIP.




■ Family of the Year, 1-1:45 p.m.
■ ZZ Ward, 2:20-3:05 p.m.
■ Dawes, 3:45-4:30 p.m.
■ Alabama Shakes, 5:10-6 p.m.
■ Imagine Dragons, 6:45-7:45 p.m.
■ Beck, 8:30-9:40 p.m.
■ Kings of Leon, 10:30 p.m.-midnight


■ Alpine, 1-1:40 p.m.
■ Nico Vega, 2:05-2:45 p.m.
■ Poolside, 3:15-4 p.m.
■ Andrew McMahon, 4:30-5:20 p.m.
■ Capital Cities, 5:55-6:45 p.m.
■ Purity Ring, 7:20-8:10 p.m.
■ Childish Gambino, 8:45-9:45 p.m.
■ Pretty Lights, 10:30-11:40 p.m.


■ Wallpaper, 1:45-2:20 p.m.
■ Cayucas, 3:05-3:45 p.m.
■ Youngblood Hawke, 4:30-5:10 p.m.
■ Earl Sweatshirt, 6-6:45 p.m.
■ Cults, 7:45-8:30 p.m.
■ Portugal. The Man, 9:40-10:25 p.m.


■ Recycled Percussion, 1:30-1:40 p.m.
■ DJ Zo, 1:40-2:30 p.m.
■ Knocked Up Kids, 2:30-3 p.m.
■ DJ Zo, 3-3:50 p.m.
■ Dreamers, 3:50-4:20 p.m.
■ Shalvoy Music, 4:20-5:25 p.m.
■ The Dig, 5:25-5:55 p.m.


■ Ekoh, 2:45-3:15 p.m.
■ RNR, 4-4:30 p.m.
■ Tink, 5:20-5:50 p.m.
■ Children of the Night, 6:45-7:15 p.m.
■ Chancellor Warhol, 8:10-8:40 p.m.
■ Joey Bada$$, 9:45-10:25 p.m.


■ Turner, 1:05-1:35 p.m.
■ Same Sex Mary, 2:05-2:35 p.m.
■ Goldboot, 3:20-3:50 p.m.
■ Beau Hodges Band, 4:40-5:10 p.m.
■ Crazy Chief, 6-6:30 p.m.
■ A Crowd of Small Adventures, 7:25-7:55 p.m.
■ Rusty Maples, 8:50-9:20 p.m.


Some of the participating chefs: Bruce and Eric Bromberg,
Scott Conant, Jonathan Waxman, Hubert Keller, Cat Cora,
Michael Mina, Rick Moonen, Kim Canteenwalla, Jet Tila,
Donald Link, Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon, Aaron Sanchez,
Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger, David Myers, Akira Back,
Kerry Simon, Francois Payard, Nina Manchev, Marcel Vigneron,
Megan Romano, Frank Gorriceta, Gerald Chin, Jason Tuley,
Massimiliano Campanari, Shane McKnight, Nancy Silverton,
Todd English, Mike Minor, Elias Cairo, Josh Graves.

The Culinary Village’s “bazaar of epicurean delight” will
 feature food stations by dozens of participating restaurants
from 1 p.m. to midnight. Admission is included with festival
ticket. Gourmet dishes sold for $10 or less.

Admission to Chefs on Stage in the Culinary
Village is included with festival ticket. The schedule:


■ Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, 1:45-2:30 p.m.
■ Todd English, 3:15-4 p.m.
■ Jet Tila with Ben McKee, 4:45-5:30 p.m.
■ Grant MacPherson, 6:15-7 p.m.
■ Rick Moonen, 7:45-8:30 p.m.


■ Aaron Sanchez, 2:30-3:15 p.m.
■ Jonathan Waxman, 4-4:45 p.m.
■ Hubert Keller, 5:30-6:15 p.m.
■ Cat Cora with Youngblood Hawke, 7-7:45 p.m.
■ Jason Tuley, 8:30-9:15 p.m.

Culinary Crawl: dining tour from 5 to 8 p.m. will visit the
Flame Steakhouse hosted by Kim Canteenwalla and Sven
Mede, Park on Fremont hosted by Nicole Brisson and Jason
Neve and EAT hosted by Richard Camarota and Megan
Romano. Admission is a festival ticket and an a
dditional $130.

The Alchemy Gardens: featuring a la carte beer, wine, spirits and sake.
Flight tastings are available for $40 for nine tastings.


Performers from three Cirque du Soleil appear on a special stage:
“Zarkana,” 2:55-3 p.m.; “Mystere,”3:45-3:50 p.m.; and “The Beatles Love,”
 4:30-4:35 p.m.


The schedule for the speakers series:


■ David Daniel Hudson, 2-2:15 p.m.
■ David Uslan, 2:30-2:45 p.m.
■ Miki and Radha Agrawal, 3-3:30 p.m.
■ Jason Pollock, 3:30-3:45 p.m.
■ Will Travis, 4-4:15 p.m.
■ Steve Brown, 4:30-4:45 p.m.


■ Chris Culos, 1:15-1:30 p.m.
■ Aaron Sanchez, 1:45-2 p.m.
■ Rudy Lopez-Negrete, 2:15-2:30 p.m.
■ Marcia Wieder, 2:45-3 p.m.
■ Paull Young, 3:15-3:30 p.m.
■ Cirque du Soleil panel, 3:45-4:30 p.m.
■ Dr. Sean Stephenson, 4:45-5 p.m.
■ Tony Horton,5:15-5:45 p.m.
■ Cast of “The Buried Life,” 6-7 p.m.

Las Vegas Aki Matsuri pictures

The 4th Annual Las Vegas Aki Matsuri, Japanese Festival, was a huge success with an attendance of 8,024. Here are some pictures of the Festival. 

The 5th Annual Las Vegas Aki Matsuri will be hold Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino parking lot.

Las Vegas Aki Matsuri website

Las Vegas dog problem

In the City of Las Vegas you can have three adult animals. There are also more than 30 dog parks around Vegas, but, dog owners never get enough. They walk their dogs everywhere, including places they supposed not to. Most of dogs' owners just don't follow the dog parks rules and regulations. And don't you dare to say a word about it to these people.

PetSmart reports that one to two animals are adopted at each location each week. Just think with me. There is not an exact number, but it says there are about 1.5 m dogs in Vegas, where are 2 m inhabitants. It is unbelievable.

Another huge dog problem are the "foreclosure dogs".  Cats and dogs, among other pets, left behind by owners' house that are/were foreclosure, are walking the streets night and day.

With the help of Alaska Airlines, a rescue group, Foreclosed Upon Pets Inc, is shipping dogs to Canada for adoption. In my opinion it is not enough. Maybe this company needs money to do more. Just in case, please donate:

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

Madame Tussaud Wax museum roots dating back to the Paris of 1770, where Madame Tussaud learnt to model wax likenesses under the tutelage of her mentor, Dr Philippe Curtius.

At the age of 17, she became art tutor to King Louis XVI’s sister at the Palace Of Versailles. Madame Tussaud came to Britain in the early 19th century alongside a traveling exhibition of revolutionary relics and effigies of public heroes and rogues.

At a time when news was communicated largely by word of mouth, Madame Tussauds’ exhibition was a kind of traveling newspaper, providing insight into global events and bringing the ordinary public face-to-face with the people in the headlines. Priceless artifacts from the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars brought to vividly life events in Europe which had a direct bearing on everyday lives.

3377 Las Vegas Blvd South #2001  
Las Vegas, NV 89109 - 702 862-7800

Las Vegas Balloon Festival pictures

Las Vegas Balloon Festival pictures

by Bea Taylor

Las Vegas Child Care provisions @ the casinos

by Bea Taylor

The Orleans Kid's Tyme Child Care Center
Kid's Tyme Child Care Center is open 7 days a week, for children 2 1/2 to 12 years of age. Children must be completely potty trained and out of diapers or pull-ups. The center features a magnificent jungle gym, movie room, arts & crafts, interactive play and much more.
Kid's Tyme Child Care Center is open 7 days a week, for children 2 1/2 to 12 years of age. Children must be completely potty trained and out of diapers or pull-ups. The center features a magnificent jungle gym, movie room, arts & crafts, interactive play and much more.

Gold Coast Childcare
The Gold Coast is pleased to offer complimentary child care to hotel and casino guests. The child care facility offers a variety of activities to entertain your child including movies, games, crafts, puppet theater and painting. Its hours of operation are from 9:30 am to 12:30 am, seven days a week.

Sunset Station
Sunset Station also features a thirteen-screen movie theater, some good restaurants and an excellent buffet, childcare facilities, and a games arcade, plus free shuttle buses to the Strip.

The Gold Coast requires parents (or guardians) to remain on property while the child is in the child care center. Ages 2 thru 8. In addition, the child needs to be out of pull-ups and potty trained and may only stay in the facility for up to four hours per day.

Texas Station 

Texas Station 's buffet and conventional restaurants are top-notch, while fast-food outlets include every Southerner's favorite donut chain, Krispy Kreme , plus the much-loved Fatburger . There's also an eighteen-screen movie theater, an enormous play area for kids (prices from $8.50 per hour).

The Palms and Boulder Station operate Kids Quest Center - Off the Las Vegas Strip. Hourly childcare and entertainment center.

Bellagio Las Vegas pictures

Experience the most ambitious, commanding water feature ever conceived. Bellagio's world famous fountains will speak to your heart with opera, classical and whimsical music while flirting with your playful nature through their carefully choreographed                     


Just beyond Bellagio's gracious 
lobby lies the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, a kaleidoscope for your senses. You'll want to take a moment to appreciate the intricate detail blooming before your very eyes.

Downtown Las Vegas map of fun

Free performances of the Experience take place every night, hourly from sundown until midnight and last six minutes.

It's jointly sponsored by downtown casinos, which turn off all their external lights while it's happening. Each show lasts six minutes.

The first Life is Beautiful Festival will take place October 26th and 27th with 2 main stages with music, food, art and learning, wrapped by 10 miles fence.

Three music stages, one for performing arts and a block long culinary village.

Things to do and places to go downtown Las Vegas