Monday, March 31, 2014

Tour at Dirk Vermin's PussyKat

Tour at Dirk Vermin's PussyKat Tattoo Parlor Las Vegas

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

Dirk Vermin website
The Vermin

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Friday, March 28, 2014

2014 Great Vegas Festival of Beer

Las Vegas’ largest handcrafted beer festival will take place April 26, 2014 near the revitalized Fremont East Entertainment District of Downtown Las Vegas

In addition to the most extensive beer list yet, with over 80 breweries representing more than 250 brews, the Great Vegas Festival of Beer will feature new focus areas for beer-inspired culinary menus, mixology, educational elements, interactive exhibits, and live music entertainment.

April 26, 2014 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm @ Fremont East District
450 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV, 89101
(877) 827-5017

KISS by Monster Mini Golf Las Vegas, NV

Live Music By Lust Of KISS & Danny "Count" Koker's "Count's 77" Band of History Channels Hit TV Show "Counting Cars"

KISS by Monster Mini Golf 2nd Anniversary Bash with Live Music, Rock n Roll Swap Meet and more.

The FREE party begins at 10 am outside with our Rock & Roll Swap Meet Collectibles, Vintage Instruments, Autographed Memorabilia From All Music Genres, Not Just KISS. 

Live Music By Lust Of KISS & Danny "Count" Koker's "Count's 77" Band of History Channels Hit TV Show "Counting Cars" Featuring Bruce Kulick (from KISS) & Grand Funk Railroad.  Compete in the "Rock Or Dare" Music Trivia contest for fun prizes.
Great Prices On Outdoor Table Space.

Sunday, March 30 10:00 am

Kiss By Monster Mini Golf 
4503 Paradise Rd. 
Las Vegas, NV 89169 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Rock in Rio, the largest gathering in the history of Las Vegas (or not)

RockinRio USA
The biggest Vegas event ever will be the largest gathering in the history of Las Vegas: +RockinRio, the world biggest music festival.

Las Vegas City of Rock
For that to happen, Vegas is building the Las Vegas City of Rock in the heart of Las Vegas, and it will be ready for the RockinRio USA which will open in in May 2015 and will last 4 days over 2 weekends.  

RockinRio USA attractions 
Las Vegas City of Rock, Rockland, will be filled with attractions bringing the best of the U.S., Brazil and UK. Some of the attractions: concerts on the Main Stage, rousing beats on the Electronic Stage, unique rhythms on the Rock Streets. There also will be bars, shops, rides, dance battles and delicious food. 

RockinRio by numbers
Rock in Rio's inaugural event broke music festival records with 1.38 million attendees. Since that monumental concert, 13 RockinRio festivals have taken place across three countries with more than 7 million people attending and 1 billion more watching at home around the world. The City of Rock, an area of 250 thousand square meters was built especially for the RockinRio. Last year's festival in Rio sold out all 600,000 tickets in just four hours. RockinRio is also the world's biggest music festival on facebook with over 10 million followers.

RockinRio USA website:

Rock in Rio USA

RockinRio USA Powered by iHeartRadio

Rock in Rio USA. "If you build it, they will come" (?)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Extreme Thing Sports & Music Festival

Desert Breeze Park

The 2014 Extreme Thing Sports & Music Festival is back for its 18th year at the Desert Breeze Skate Park (
8275 Spring Mountain Road, Las Vegas, NV 89147 )  in Las Vegas March 29 from 10 am to 10 pm.

The event has four stages with a lineup of 24 bands and 10 DJs. Two main stages are featuring 7 top national acts and three side stages featuring 9 hot up and coming bands, among others, Taking Back Sunday, The Used, Killswitch Engage, Bring Me the Horizon, Emmure, Of Mice & Men, Thy Art is Murder, Volumes, Issues.

What NOT to bring: 
None of the following will be allowed at the festival:  cans or bottles, alcoholic beverages, coolers or food, glass, paraphernalia, weapon (with or without a permit) sticks, balls, bats, chains or clubs, blow horns, balloons, bikes, skateboards, pens, markers, umbrellas, lawn chairs, small stadium seat or low-back chairs, video equipment, squirt or water guns, unauthorized vending, concessions, merchandise, literature of promotions, or live animals.

Extreme Thing Sports & Music Festival

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Vegas by taxicab

Long-hauling practice by some cabbies is not too rare in Vegas.
Hotel shuttles run regularly and may be free

The cost of a taxicab from the McCarran International Airport to the Las Vegas Strip hotels is between $10 and $20, depend upon the exact hotel location. 
Drivers supposed to take the route stated by the customer, so next time you come to Vegas and need to take a cab, just click on the maps below and print the route. It will give you an idea on how long will take from McCarran 
Airport to your hotel, the route and also will help you to avoid being long-hauled by a cabbie. It can happens; long-hauling practice by some cabbies is not too rare in Vegas. Hotel shuttles run regularly and may be free. 
Options from the McCarran to your hotel: Transportation from and to the McCarran

                   From the McCarran International Airport to

Las Vegas Strip

Mandalay Bay: 3.6 mi - 7 min

Luxor: 3.5 mi - 7 min

MGM Grand: 2.7 mi - 5 min

Aria™ Resort & Casino - 4.7 mi - 10 min  - 4.3 mi - 9 min

Bellagio Hotel: 3.9 mi - 9 min

The Quad Resort & Casino:  4.0 mi - 9 min 

Circus Circus Hotel: 4.6 mi - 10 min

Downtown Las Vegas

Main Street Station Hotel: 10 mi - 15 min

Golden Nuget: 9.9 mi - 14 min

Lady Luck Hotel & Casino: 9.8 mi - 14 min

Plaza Hotel & Casino: 6.8 mi - 15 min

The D Las Vegas: 6.7 mi - 15 min

Local / off Strip hotels casinos

Sunset Station Hotel: 8.5 mi - 15 min

Boulder Station: 7.2 mi - 13 min

The Orleans Hotel & Casino: 4.1 mi - 8 min

Green Valley Ranch Hotel: 8.5 mi - 11 min

The Palms Casino Resort - 5.7 mi - 11 min

Rio Hotel and Casino: 4.5 mi - 9 min

Gold Coast Hotel and Casino: 4.8 mi - 10 min

From the MGM Grand to

Best Buy: 2.9 mi - 7 min
3820 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Fry's Electronics: 3.3 mi - 8 min
6845 Bruce Woodbury Beltway, 
Las Vegas, NV 89123.

For hotels phone numbers, addresses and websites click here

Friday, March 14, 2014

A Rootin’ Tootin’ Shoot-‘Em-Up Good Time

by Ned Barnett

While Las Vegas is seen as an oasis in the desert, in the Far West but not really part of it –   that’s not entirely true. There are a number of Western attractions that  are worth checking out.

At Spring Mountain Ranch – down Charleston just to the west of Red Rock Canyon and not 20 miles  from downtown Las Vegas – you  can find a daily live-action old-  fashioned western shoot-out at  high noon (though the shows run several times daily). Spring Mountain Ranch was a private ranch dating to before Las Vegas, but it’s been turned into a state park and fascinating attraction giving you a sense of what the West was like before there was Las Vegas.

Closer to town – just half a mile down the hill from Glitter Gulch and the Fremont Street Experience and right off of Las Vegas Boulevard (which is what The Strip is officially called) is the  Old Mormon Fort. More than 50 years before what is now Las Vegas was created by the Acheson Topeka and Santa Fe  Railroad in 1905, a hearty band of  Mormons tried to create a trail from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles, following a path that later became I-15, the Interstate that runs from Los Angeles, through Las Vegas to Salt Lake City and from there to Canada. The Mormons were 50 years ahead of their time, and the Fort remains, a memorial to hearty pioneers who tried to settle the bleak desert before railroads or telegraphs.   

But setting aside real and made-up history, Las Vegas has also become a Mecca to another attribute of the Far West. Guns. Here, at a number of locations, you can rent and shoot guns in a safe and controlled environment – and, for the right price … which really isn’t very much, all things considered … you can even shoot a machine gun.

Best I can tell, the first place to offer this service is, appropriately known as The Gun Store, on East Tropicana just three or four miles from the MGM Grand. It was here that I fired my first machine gun – a real high-energy adrenaline rush – and it is here where literally hundreds of visitors to Las Vegas come every day to rent and fire one of a wide range of modern and classical machine guns and sub-machine guns. The Gun Store is owned by Bob Irvin, a former Las Vegas police officer, and he led the way in Las Vegas. 

More recently, a number of other ranges have created indoor shooting experiences – some of them priced at well over $1,000 – and I’m sure they’re a rush, too, but for my money, whenever I have guests in town who might want to try their hand, I take them over to the range at the Gun Store and watch them blast away with real, legal, machine guns.

Old West or new west, Vegas has more than casinos.

Barnett’s Insider’s Guide to Las Vegas
An ongoing blog about 
What Those Who Live in Las Vegas Do in Las Vegas

Coming to Live in Vegas
Four Seasons Are Just an Hour Away
Off-Strip Excitement
A Rootin’ Tootin’ Shoot-‘Em-Up Good Time

Off-Strip Excitement

by Thereza Eugenia

by Ned Barnett

People who come to Las Vegas for “the action” generally think of The Strip, which technically isn’t even in Las Vegas. The City Limit stops at Sahara Avenue, and that’s where The Strip begins – the big casinos there were all built in unincorporated Clark County to avoid city taxes, paid by the Stratosphere Tower – the tallest building west of the Mississippi – and the downtown “Glitter Gulch” Fremont Street Experience-area casinos.

There are also what are called the “local” casinos – an insider’s term for off-strip casinos which are usually found closer to residential neighborhoods, in the city and in the county. Initially, those weren’t much to write home about, but some of them now cost a half-billion dollars or more to build, and they have charms to rival the most spectacular on-Strip pleasure palaces. 

One, Green Valley Ranch, is perhaps best known as the place where Michael Jackson hid from the press during his child molestation trials, while the Palms Casino has $50,000 per night suites that attract Britney Spears, Madonna and Lady Gaga, just to name a few.

But there is more to do off-strip than just stay in an off-strip casino. There are some real attractions to Las Vegas that often get overlooked, and one that sadly failed just because it wasn’t on The Strip. More on that in a moment.

While Vegas is best known as a gambling and world-class show entertainment Mecca, it was also the closest inhabited city to the now infamous Nevada Test Site, where the US government detonated above-ground atom bombs from the late 40s through the early 60s – blasts that were clearly visible from the casinos patronized by the Rat Pack. Today, on Flamingo near the campus of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV), there is a cold war-era National Atomic Testing Museum that brings that era to life. It doesn’t look like much on the outside, but for history buffs it is well worth the visit.

Another nearby historic treasure is the Hoover Dam. Built as the Boulder Dam in the early 30s and later named for President Hoover – best known for bringing about the Great Depression because of his ill-conceived protectionist trade policies – it is one of the largest hydro-electric dams in existence, with perhaps only China’s Three Rivers Gorge hydro-electric operation being larger. The Dam created Lake Mead, the world’s largest man-made lake – so large that it is easily naked-eye visible to astronauts in earth orbit. It is also a National Recreation Area, and a place well worth visiting for its beauty and recreational opportunities.

The dam itself is now tricked out as a remarkable tourist attraction, and yes – you can go down into the very heart of the dam, a truly remarkable experience. The sheer magnitude of this largely hand-built concrete colossus has to be experienced to be believed. Highly recommended. Inside, I swear that you can feel the weight of 700 feet of concrete over your head pressing down on you – it’s all “in your head,” of course, but the sensation is nonetheless very real. 

Finally, I’d like to mention a couple of off-Strip features that are sadly no longer here. Moulin Rouge was, back in the day, one of the great after-hours entertainment venues in Las Vegas. During the Rat Pack era, when segregation still ruled, Sammy Davis Jr. could entertain at the Strip casinos, but he couldn’t stay there – so he stayed at the Jim Crow Moulin Rouge, a casino hotel catering to blacks. 

Not in the best part of town, the Moulin Rouge nonetheless tended to attract the best talent. For instance, whenever Sammy Davis was in town, it wasn’t unusual to see him jamming after hours with whatever band was playing at the Moulin Rouge – and if Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford or other members of the Rat Pack were in town, too, they’d drop by for some of the most remarkable music to be found anywhere.

Not a club, but a museum, there was until recently a tribute to one of the great and quirky Las Vegas icons – Liberace. Being off-strip, the Liberace Museum gradually faded from prominence as the memory of Lee Liberace also faded among the younger generation. It’s sad. He was as outrageously glittery as Vegas itself – the Elton John of his day – but now even his memory is gone.

However, the website claims that the museum will soon be reopened – I can only hope. And, if you want to catch a glimpse of the Vegas of long ago, you can hope, too.

Still, those who come to Vegas and focus all their attention on The Strip and Glitter Gulch downtown are going to miss a lot of real treats.

Barnett’s Insider’s Guide to Las Vegas
An ongoing blog about 
What Those Who Live in Las Vegas Do in Las Vegas

Coming to Live in Vegas
Four Seasons Are Just an Hour Away
Off-Strip Excitement
A Rootin’ Tootin’ Shoot-‘Em-Up Good Time

Four Seasons Are Just an Hour Away

For those who miss spring greenery, fall colors and winter’s icy chill, there are places you can visit, even places where you can ski, all within an hour of the nearest casino

by Ned Barnett

It’s been said with at least a little truth that Las Vegas has two seasons – Summer, and Thursday. In the nearly 25 years that I’ve lived here in Vegas, I’ve not seen snow even once, though some of the higher elevations in the valley have had snow, briefly, generally about once every five years. 

Perhaps I should point out here that while Las Vegas seems to be a rather flat valley surrounded on all sides by steep and rugged mountains, there is actually around 1,500 feet of altitude change between the low end of the valley to the East, and the high end of the valley to the Northwest. Those 1,500 feet difference generally mean a temperature variance of from 6 to 8 degrees, just enough to rule out snow where I live in the East, but ensure it every now and then at the high end of the valley.

However, it’s really only desert-summer-hot here in Vegas for five or six months of the year, generally from late April to mid October. The rest of the year is frequently very temperate, though we do often have a brief annual cold snap in December or January. Twice since I’ve lived here it’s been cold enough to wrap the pipes to keep them from bursting – that means twice in 25 years it’s gotten below 25 degrees on at least one night. 

But if you are from “back East,” and if you miss four honest-to-God seasons, the good
news is that those four seasons can be found just 50 miles away, on Mount Charleston which, at better than 12,000 feet, is the highest peak in Nevada. There, you can usually find snow from November through March. 

On the mountain’s Lee Canyon, there are even snow skiing runs, available for those who want to break their legs but who don’t want to drive North into Utah where Zion and Brice Canyon provide real leg-breaking skiing.

Back when my son was still living at home, we generally rode up to Mount Charleston once per winter to play in the snow for a half hour or so, just to get it out of our systems, before returning back to shirt-sleeve weather. We went there more often during the summer, where we could trade 110-degree summer heat for the bracing 80 degrees of the high mountain slopes. 

Mount Charleston isn’t the only place nearby where you can enjoy four seasons, on demand – Red Rock Canyon Park, just off Charleston Highway due West of downtown – has, at 5,000 feet altitude, a real change of seasons as well, along with some of the most incredible natural beauty you’re likely to find anywhere. So, for those who miss spring greenery, fall colors and winter’s icy chill, there are places you can visit, even places where you can ski, all within an hour of the nearest casino.

Barnett’s Insider’s Guide to Las Vegas
An ongoing blog about 
What Those Who Live in Las Vegas Do in Las Vegas

Coming to Live in Vegas
Four Seasons Are Just an Hour Away
Off-Strip Excitement
A Rootin’ Tootin’ Shoot-‘Em-Up Good Time

Coming to Live in Vegas

by Ned Barnett

I’ve been living in Las Vegas for going on 25 years now, and I’ve got to tell you, I never expected to live in Las Vegas. Until I suddenly had a need to come here – my late wife developed critical health problems requiring us to live in a high-altitude very dry climate, and Vegas was where I could find an employer who’d hire me and move me here – I’d never even been to Las Vegas, and honestly expected that, like Hawaii or the Grand Tetons, Las Vegas would be one more place in America that I’d never have reason to go to.

When I first got here, with a car that had no air conditioning, I was beyond appalled by the heat (it got to 118 degrees that summer) and the incredibly dry climate. Imagine, a city that received 4.5 inches of rain a year – back in Florida, I could recall storms that dumped 7 or more inches of rain on me in a However, over time, I came to find real value in Las Vegas, a city unlike any other I’d lived in before, and I’ve lived in a lot in my time. Before finally settling in Las Vegas, I’d lived in Cleveland, Chicago, Atlanta, Athens, Chattanooga, Columbia, Nashville, Tampa, Atlanta (again), Palm Beach and Flint. And I’d worked in Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles, Washington and a lot of other places as well. 

However, Las Vegas was unlike any other, and – after nearly 25 years – I keep finding new things that are fascinating and remarkable. This blog will describe some of the things I’ve discovered about Las Vegas that others, visitors to Our Fair City – as well as those who, like me, move here to start a new life – might make their own experiences more fascinating. 

So buckle your seat belt and wade on in – hey, this is the desert, and the water's no deep.

Barnett’s Insider’s Guide to Las Vegas
An ongoing blog about 
What Those Who Live in Las Vegas Do in Las Vegas

Coming to Live in Vegas
Four Seasons Are Just an Hour Away
Off-Strip Excitement
A Rootin’ Tootin’ Shoot-‘Em-Up Good Time

Monday, March 10, 2014

VooDoo ZipLine @ Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

The rides will start from the VooDoo Lounge, atop the Rio's 50-story Masquerade Tower and the total ride covers nearly one-third of a mile and takes 1 minute and 10 seconds from start to finish.

Sugar Loaf Las Vegas Version: VooDoo ZipLine

Today was the test day for the new thrill ride, a zip line-like attraction called VooDoo ZipLine. It is expected to open in about two weeks at the Rio Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas and it will connect the resort's two towers.
Vale Simmons

The rides will start from the VooDoo Lounge, atop the Rio's 50-story Masquerade Tower and the total ride covers nearly one-third of a mile and takes 1 minute and 10 seconds from start to finish. 

Riders will have 360-degree open-air views of the Strip.

Today, Vale Simmons, co-owner, Kurt Morgan, installer, Bobby Espinoza, Maintenance Manager, and  Chris Lampa, General Manager were working very hard to make it happen in two weeks. 

Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf)
Rio de Janeiro

VooDoo ZipLine
Las Vegas


Van Kim came from Phoenix to be one of the first to ride the VooDoo ZipLine.

Bruce Buffer announces the official opening of the VooDoo ZipLine at Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Las Vegas Wetlands Park

Wetlands Park rules:   No bikes, scooters, or skateboards, or picnicking and also No dogs. Dogs disturb wildlife

In order to To control erosion at the Wetlands Park, as riprap along bank, or in weirs, low dams that are used to slow down the water, they use material from imploded casinos. Rocks and other material from the Aladdin, the Desert Inn, the Dunes, the Castaways, and the Stardust are all around the Wetlands Park providing habitat for shore and wadding birds.

Wetlands Park 210-acre Nature Preserve, has 13 miles of hiking trails and is home to more than 200 hundred species of birds and more than almost a hundred species of mammals and reptiles.Inside the Nature Center Exhibit Gallery-  Interactive learning experiences teach visitors how to create food chains, read animal tracks, smell of plants and animals. 

The Nature Center is open from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm every day except New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The Wetlands Park is a peaceful place to walk around before 3 pm.  After 3 pm, when the staff is gone, there are so many dogs and bikes and everything else around the park.  The ark rules are clear: No bikes, scooters, or skateboards, or picnicking and also No dogs. Dogs disturb wildlife. But, dog owners just don't care. Las Vegas if full packed of dog owners walking around where is not OK to walk with dogs. Like I said, they don't care. Don't walk around the park with little kids after 3 pm. It's very danger. You know who big dogs attack first.

Wetlands Nature Preserve Trails 
- Guided nature walks available for groups
- Open Dawn to Dusk
- Shade structures, a wildlife viewing blind, boardwalks, and

- Interpretive wayside exhibits
- Restrooms
-  Drinking fountains
 No bikes, scooters, or skateboards, or picnicking
- No dogs. Dogs disturb wildlife