Friday, August 28, 2015

The Golden Tiki Las Vegas Grand Opening

by Branden Powers
I’m just catching my breath now from the incredible Grand Opening party we had Wednesday night at The Golden Tiki. Just one month in from our doors opening and it has already been an incredible ride! 

To celebrate formally, I brought in the legendary King Kukulele to host and entertain everyone, along with our house DJ Rex Dart, and a couple of gorgeous hula dancers to greet the crowd and perform a traditional blessing.

Our Bar Manager Jeffrey Alexander created a fantastic Sailor Jerry spiced rum Grog just for the occasion, we had a cool volcano cake by Showboy Bake Shop, some solid ribs and fried rice, and our lovely servers passed out Dole Whip for everyone too. 

Some of my favorite local luminaries came out to wish us well, including Dirk Vermin from AnE’s Bad Ink, who showed me his Hunter S Thompson tattoo, the legendary Monti Rock III, Burlesque star LouLou D’Vil and my favorite mermaid Ms. Redd. 

Billy the Crud even decided to carve a new tiki right there, by hand, and the son of Lord Baltimore was wandering around showing guests his father’s shrunken head and other hidden secrets around the place.

Oh, did I forget to mention, we got a Proclamation from the Clark County Commissioner? That was pretty cool too. But the coolest part is how great all of my staff has been in supporting this crazy dream. 

The drinks here aren’t easy to make—they take time and TLC—but they are worth it to see the smiles on our guests’ faces, both during the Grand Opening, and every night. Come visit our enchanted island! We're always open!  

The Golden Tiki
3939 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 222-3196
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Friday, August 21, 2015

MUFON Nevada - The Scientific Study of UFOs

by Bea Taylor
This week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Donna Carbone, MUFON State Director for Nevada, for an exclusive interview. 

MUFON is a worldwide organization that is a run mainly by volunteers. The acronym means Mutual UFO Network. The organization is the world's oldest and largest UFO phenomenon investigative body, seeking answers to that most ancient of questions, "Are we alone in the universe?"  

MUFON consists of experts in the UFO field - government officials, entertainers, scientists, medical doctors, and everyday people that have had experiences. 

"MUFON Nevada has over 250 members in the entire State, and holds a monthly meeting here in Las Vegas bringing in professional speakers in the UFO field," Donna says.

"Everybody is welcome to join the group, and if you have seen a UFO, or you are an experiencer (someone who has been taken aboard a craft or had a close encounter), then MUFON Nevada is a safe place to talk about and discuss your experience."   

"A lot of our members [MUFON Nevada] get together to go out to view the night sky, and - yes they have seen UFOs!  Several members are published authors who have written books about their experiences and are always willing to speak to anyone who has a sincere interest in UFOs. To join MUFON Nevada, please go to .  Then just join the group and you will receive all information relating to our meetings and locations. There is no charge to join the group.”  

UFO means Unidentified Flying Object. It doesn't mean an alien spacecraft necessarily. It just means something is in the sky that is not identifiable. That’s why I dislike the term “UFO" as it can relate to so many things,” Donna says.  

MUFON is contacted by hundreds of people reporting UFO sightings on a monthly basis. Some of them reported seeing a UFO "while smoking outside," others report them while traveling or vacationing. People send recorded videos of "suspicious lights flying around, along with still photos.”  Here in Las Vegas many of the videos we receive end up being helicopters on the way back from the Grand Canyon tour, and can fool a lot of vacationers who are not use to our very busy skies. We have McCarran International Airport, Nellis Air Force Base, and all the tourist helicopters and small planes. At night our skies are lit up with so many lights coming and going that sometimes it’s hard to tell what is actually up there.

"If you have a sighting of something strange, please do a report at, so MUFON can start an investigation on your sighting. Anything that is out of the ordinary we are more than willing to investigate! Structured craft, orbs of light, an actual alien encounter, and anything in-between. If you have videos or photos there is a place to attach them at the bottom of the report".

All reports that are sent to are forwarded to the MUFON State Director for investigation and follow-up, and are assigned to Field Investigators who will contact the witness and proceed with the investigation.  

"We use special video software, and scientific methods to check the validity of videos and photos," she says.  “With all the available photo technology nowadays, in 5 minutes people can draw a fake UFO, and insert it into photos or videos for the sake of their 5 minutes of fame. There are so many fake videos and pictures on the Internet now and a lot of people believe everything they see and are told.”

"If investigators cannot establish the validity of a photo, we forward it to headquarters for validation by a team of professional photography specialists."

"You can join MUFON by logging into You'll also receive the MUFON monthly journal, or get an online eJournal, which is filled with terrific information regarding Ufology". 

"I want to talk about an important issue. It's about personal information. A witness of a sighting will never have any personal information released to the public, unless they allow it to be released by signing a statement stating it is ok that their name becomes public. It’s crucial that a witness understands this as so many witnesses are afraid to allow their name to be used."

Donna also told me about how people can become Field Investigators. "It's almost like being a detective. Training is involved before anyone is turned lose to investigate a case, and you are given different websites in order to look-up the weather at the time of the sighting, to check on rockets and the International Space Station to see if anything was in the sky during the sighting, and a website to help calculate the latitude and longitude of the sighting. There are many procedures that we must adhere to in order to become a field investigator and advance to another position within MUFON.” 

"To become a field investigator you will need to become a member of MUFON, purchase a copy of the MUFON Field Investigators Manual, study it, and pass the exam. After that, investigators have to be apprentices and work on several cases with experienced investigators before they can do any investigations independently.”

"We are always looking for new members and for those who want to become Field Investigators to join our team. MUFON chapters are available in every state and are reachable through the MUFON website."  

MUFON will be holding it’s 2015 MUFON Symposium: Expanding Ufology, in Irvine, CA, September 24-27, 2015, and will have some amazing speakers!  Please see MUFONs website for further information.

Donna really loves to research, and being up-to-date on information relating to Ufology. She talks with great enthusiasm and it's contagious! She states that she has met some remarkable people through MUFON and admires them for the time and effort they have put into making MUFON the leader in UFO research.  Donna says, “Now is a terrific time to be involved in Ufology as so many people are finally coming forth and relating what they know to be the truth about UFOs. Astronauts Gordon Cooper, Buzz Aldrin, and Edgar Mitchell have all come forward and shared their experiences with the American public, and also Paul Hellyer, former Canadian Defense Minister, has written books on the subject. There are so many brilliant people speaking on this subject now that all one needs to do is Google UFOs and pick a “reliable” source for information.”

At the end of the interview she looked at me and said, "I would love for them to come by and take me for a ride.”   Wouldn't that be awesome?"

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HANGAR 1 - The UFO Files
Vast archive of over 70,000 files gathered over nearly half a century. MUFON investigations within Hangar 1 have turned up evidence of amazing otherworldly technological powers, like tractor beams, teleportation, and invisibility. Witnesses who have encountered UFOs have also experienced physiological aftereffects, including x-ray vision and telepathy. 

You can also watch full episodes at  and at

2015 MUFON Symposium 
Expanding Ufology: Opening New Doors in Academia, Industry and the Media
Paul Hellyer, Former Defense Minister for Canada. "Universal Control and Dominance"
Aaron Judkins, Biblical Archaeologist. "Return of the Nephilim"
Cheryll Jones, Former CNN News Anchor. "ETs, UFOs and the Media....Past, Present and Future"
Jaime Maussan, TV News Journalist. "Real UFOs Caught on Video"
Linda Zimmermann, Research Chemist and Author. "Hudson Valley UFOs: A Century of Sightings"
Marc d 'Antonio, CEO FX Models, MUFON Chief Photo Analyst. "Light Years to Earth"
Nancy du Tertre, Princeton Graduate and Attorney. "Exolinguistics: How to speak to an alien"
Preston Dennett, UFO Researcher. "Is there an Undersea UFO Base off the California Coast?"
Robert Schroeder, Hewlitt Packard,  Physicist. "How Modern Physics is Revealing the Technology of UFOs"
Stanton Friedman, Nuclear Physicist. "Making Ufology Respectable"
Greg V. Meholic, The Aerospace Corporation. "Advanced Space Propulsion for Interstellar Travel"
Master of CeremoniesJohn Greenewald, Host: and TV producer-The Discovery Channel. 

September 24, 2015 at 8:00 AM PDT to September 27, 2015 at 6:00 PM PDT
17900 Jamboree Road
Irvine, CA 92614  
Symposium website

Monday, August 17, 2015

Las Vegas Chinatown, Off the Eaten Path

by Cynthia Hakopian
There is a Chinatown in Vegas. It might not look like a typical Chinatown but once you start to walk around the several plazas and shopping centers that make up Chinatown, you start to get the feeling you might just be there. 

Food from all over with choices like Korean BBQ, Sushi, Filipino, and Vietnamese and sweets like Boba, Gelato (from Gelato Bar) and pastries and coffee at Lee's will keep you busy and coming back to try and try and try until you've tried everything Chinatown has to offer. 

Please note, you will be busy as Chinatown does have several choices and many options to choose from. But Chinatown is not only about food. Check out the activities and events around Chinese New Year. Some of the best celebrations for the Year of the Horse were held in Chinatown. 

Some of my favorite places in Chinatown:

Open 24 hours, Pho Kim Long is a great place to eat. Whether you want pho (they have a special combo #8 that is really delicious) or don't want pho (try the pork steak with baked egg #36). Even if you don't eat meat, there are many veggie options and of course, it is always open.

Handcrafted specialty cocktails made to order from scratch. Live DJ's Fri-Sun 10pm till late spinning great tunes. There's always something going on at the Golden Tiki. Look out for surprise guest DJ's, remember to hang out in the pirate room, check out all the fun decor, get a drink and always have a good time. Click here for more about The Golden Tiki. Website:

Have a vegan doughnut in Vegas at Ronald's Donuts. It's not inside the Plazas but it's near enough to walk. Try their delicious apple fritter, bear claw, chocolate wheel, glazed, chocolate cinnamon twist, and much more.

Capital Seafood Restaurant (金都海鮮酒家), Southern Chinese Style Seafood. Open from 10 am to 10 pm
Harbor Palace Seafood (食為先海鮮酒家), Dim-Sum and Cantonese Seafood. From 10 am to 5 am
Mother's Korean Grill (阿媽妮韓國烤肉), traditional Korean BBQ. Hours: 8 am to 12 am

Las Vegas Chinatown
4255 Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 221-8448

Sunday, August 16, 2015

El Cortez, The Original Sure Thing

by Cynthia Hakopian
El Cortez Hotel and Casino is a fun place to go if you want a feeling of what old Vegas is all about. Located on Fremont Street in the heart of downtown bars and eateries, you can find a lot of places within walking distance such as the Beauty Bar, Park on Fremont and Fremont Street Experience. If you book a room in advance, you can get a pretty good rate and if you ask for the Cabanas across the street from the main building, you can stay in their newly renovated boutique style rooms. 

The El Cortez has the mood of a vintage Las Vegas casino with gold lighting and a staff that can be friendly. The rooms at the main building are clean, spacious and offer nice city and mountain views from the top floors. The hotel offers free wifi for all your connection needs. You can also get a smoking room if you like. 

The rooms at the Cabana building across the street are quiet, stylish and modern. They are not as roomy as the original hotel but do offer nice street views and a more boutique style hotel experience. Also, the concierge at the Cabana Rooms was extremely helpful in suggesting places to go for a night out as well as giving her experience of living in Las Vegas. 

The El Cortez offers one restaurant that is open 24 hours and also has a Subway at  the front entrance for some food to go. The drinks at the bar are good and reasonably priced. The parking is free and is located next to the main building. If you park on the top floor, you can catch a nice sunset view over downtown Las Vegas and the North side of the Strip. 

The original sign for the El Cortez Hotel boasts a coffee shop. But the El Cortez coffee shop is currently closed. You can however get a coffee at the main bar across from the reception desk, unless of course you sit down at the 24 hour restaurant. 

All in all, the El Cortez has it's charm. It's history and location make it one of the most interesting places to stay in downtown Las Vegas. Even if you stay somewhere else, go to the El Cortez, to have a look at the architecture and style of one of the oldest hotels in the city. 

El Cortez Hotel and Casino 
600 E. Fremont Street 
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: 702 385 5200
Toll Free: 1 800 634 6703

Saturday, August 15, 2015

TAGZ1 The Showcase Gallery Grand Opening Party

by Charity Griego
Friday, August 14, 2015 marked the celebration of the Grand Opening of TAGZ1's Showcase Gallery located at Downtown Spaces & Naked City Studios, 1800 Industrial Rd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89102. The event displayed all new handmade works by Las Vegas artist and Industry Supporting Industry (ISI) participant, Robert Low Perez aka TAGZ1

As about 100 guests arrived, "president of TAGZ1 fan club" and girlfriend, Jeri, served as the door greeter and handed out tickets to raffle off two of TAGZ1's paintings. TAGZ1's biggest fan Lisa Perez (mom) says that Robert was painting and drawing since he was a child and states that "he has his own style that is unlike anyone else's and is constantly evolving".  Other guests commented that TAGZ1's work is "dynamic" and that they attend any event that his work is featured in.

The evening was open to all ages of art enthusiasts and was hosted by Art Saenz of Campfire Records. The night's performances showcased the talents of Mr. Ebranes, Omino Jakku, Late for Dinner and Zach Saucier of Payola Presley. Special music by Jason Marquez (JayOne), Edoc and Shane Godfrey (Shanestream). 

Local Las Vegas restaurant, Bachi Burger, and its general manager and brother of Robert Perez, Joe Perez, provided delicious and free, tasty menu items of Hawaiian Limu Poke, Lamb Meatballs, Chicken/Turkey Tsukune with yakatori glaze. Joe catered the grand opening as a way of celebrating and congratulating his brother's new endeavor and promote return visitors.  

Although there are some risque art pieces throughout the gallery, like the art series entitled "The Elegant Nude", the gallery is open to all ages for most show events. Still it is wise to call in advance for particular shows, prior to bringing anyone under 21. 

In case you missed this event, the TAGZ1 gallery is planning to have monthly parties, with new art series every two months. You can always catch the talents of TAGZ1 on Tagz1TV (youtube) and watch the artist turn a blank sheet of paper into an amazing work of art. Check out and follow the artist on instagram; #TAGZ1. Also watch the  Fox5 story on the downtown art project "The Life Cube" that serves as a structural canvas for locals and visitors to express their creative side and paint and draw their visions. Tagz1's art is featured 2 minutes and 20 seconds into the story. As stated by Fox5, "The Life Cube began at a 'Burning Man' event and allows local artists to change the art from day to day" and will eventually be burned at the next Burning man festival.

You can also find the art of TAGZ1 on the strip and places such Excalibur, Caesar's PalaceStratosphere, Legends in Concert. Off the strip strip Casino/hotel sites are The Orleans, Suncoast, Gold Coast, Holiday Inn, Sam's Town, Fitzgerald's, California and Main Street Station. Along with art designs for major companies like Nike and Coca-Cola. Many of the downtown art and music show fliers are also designed by the artist as his contribution to the art community.

So if you are an artist or an art lover and searching for some expressive and raw craft then come visit the Tagz1 Showcase Gallery, a great reason to Come2Vegas

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Zombie Burlesque

by Charity Griego

Zombie Burlesque show, located in the V Theater in the Miracale Mile of Planet Hollywood. The theatre is intimate and small, which adds to that little theatre thespian nostalgia. It accommodates seating for 200 and over half of the seats are considered VIP spots.  The show is a tantalizing and lively performance, despite the fact that the cast is dead.  It opens with a B-movie screen style backdrop that introduces both the cast and the crew that get hacked by the zombie dancers. Among the crew members mentioned were the band members, the music director, stage director and choreographer as an innovative way of paying homage to the people behind the scenes that make the magic happen. 

The Vintage Burlesque Cabaret includes a mix of scantily clad eye candy of ever flavor including Talia Ambers as Carvin Miranda a spicy little pole dancing dish looking for the carne of a man. Alonzo Jones as Turf is more than sick and twisted, he is dead and contorted. His break-beat style body dislocations had the audience literally falling out of their seats and gasping in shock and amazement. The petite and lovely Erika Moul "Queen of the Zombies" sends chills up and down your spine with her vivacious song "I just want to make love to you". Patrick Leahy as Mikey gives a new spin to the evolution of a zombie with his character transformation that starts off with the song "Eating P**** doesn't make you Gay". And who could forget the long legs of Lora Kelsey as Lola Gangrene who's flawless body is featured in a "Date night at the Drive-In" segment of Attack of the 50 ft woman? The show is sexual in nature but the performers are tastefully semi-nude and their body types and mixed races and talents cater to every taste. 

The show is  hosted by Zenoch; Enoch Augustus Scott or I like to call, the Big Sleazy, who explains how rigamortis keeps a zombie stiff and gives them an appetite for brains and lots of sex. Zenoch's character is somewhat reminiscent of Beetle Juice with the bedazzled used car sales man type of jackets and sexual gestures through out the performance. However, there is no lack of class, talent or charm. Enoch's voice will make any living person's heart skip a beat with his sultry and robust tones and classic musical theatre belt voice. He recently celebrated his 42nd birthday but has all the zeal and energy of a fresh entertainer complimented by the experience of a seasoned professional.  

Saturday night's birthday boy was Steve Daly aka Tiny Bubbles. This Big Mama of the cabaret is dressed in a 50's poodle skirt  and brings a man from the crowd to draw a characature sketch of his face that comes to life and performs Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole's rendition of Unforgettable with Mrs. Bubbles.

The long walk to the theatre must keep the performers in shape and it is recommended to valet at Planet Hollywood, especially on a date night whether you are from out of town, like Krista and Travis Heinz, who traveled all the way from Seattle for a family member's Vegas style wedding and chose to check out the show because of their long time love of zombies and burlesque performance, or a Las Vegas local. Travis and Krista got more than they expected when Zenoch spotted Krista's bountiful boozum and brought her and Travis on stage to play the Couple's Game against two zombie spouses. Travis was placed in an isolation booth with the salivating zombie Mikey who sprinkled salt and pepper on Travis and wrapped a napkin around his neck, anticipating a dinner show. 

The show tickets can be upgraded to include dinner and you can find the list of restaurant choices at Locals just need to show their valid Nevada photo ID at the box office to receive the 50% off general admission seats. Tickets can also be booked in advance by calling 702.260.7200, please inform the clerk that you are a local on the phone. Regular price is for General Admission is 64.99 before taxes and 84.99 for VIP before taxes, the dinner vouchers are 19.99 per person on top of the price of the show. The drink special is $9.25 per drink and is an 18 oz mixed drink in a souvenir cup. Audience member get to choose from house liquors that include: Vodka, Rum, Tequila, Scotch, Bourbon  and Whiskey with a choice of mixer included. Refills can be purchased for the souvenir cups at a discounted cost,  depending on the drink. Top shelf liquors and frozen drinks are considered premium drinks and will cost extra; however, there is still a savings with the drink special.

With plenty of food and drink options  to satisfy you, the only thing left to consider is being eaten by a zombie. However, the zombies are provided with their own Meals on Wheels from a bus load of prisoner snacks. There are no photos or videos allowed during the show, but the cast does do a meet and greet following the performance and will pose for pictures with the guests.

V Theater Las Vegas
3663 Las Vegas Blvd. - Suite 360
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Inside the Miracle Mile Shops at the 
Planet Hollywood

(866) 932-1818

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Blow Stuff Up with This Las Vegas VIP Shooting Experience

by Bea Taylor
I was recently invited by Eric Brashear, the the owner of Shoot Las Vegas, to come check them out at their location approximately 20 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip

The day I visited the range it was very hot outside but I was relieved when they told me we would be shooting from their climate controlled mobile firing line. This is a trailer converted to a one-of-a-kind shooting platform.  Eric explained that since the summers can be brutally hot, the winters very cold, and windy at anytime of the year he wanted his guest to be comfortable as they shoot, so he created their mobile firing lines.  

It’s hard to believe they pack so much into this space.  The walls are stained Oak with black accents along with an observation bench to sit on while waiting for your turn to shoot.  There is an outside observation deck, bottled water on ice, WiFi, and music in the background (the guests choice of music).

The first thing all guests (including myself) who arrive at the mobile firing line must do, is fill out a waiver answering questions, including whether they are intoxicated (don’t show up drunk or you can’t shoot).  Without signing this form, a guest cannot even stay at the range, even if he is not shooting (yes, they allow guests friends to just watch without shooting).  

After signing the form, I spent a few minutes choosing the guns I wanted to shoot, then there was a safety briefing, and I was given ear and eye protection to wear.

The first thing that I noticed when choosing my guns is there are a lot of guns to choose from, including some pink guns.  I witnessed women handling big colorful machine guns. And by the way girls, the ground outside the mobile firing line is like a golden carpet that is very difficult to walk on in stilettos because it is covered with bullet shells - so wear your comfy Vans.  

I don’t know much about guns, so I was really excited to see that they tie all the guns in with movies. They have these custom movie posters that show the gun in the movie, which made it much easier to pick guns based on the movies I like.  

The other thing I was happy to see on the posters is a “kick rating” which tells you if the gun is powerful or easy to shoot.  Once I chose my guns I took my list up to the Range Safety Officer at the shooting station and he loaded the gun for me and showed me how to hold it properly.  He also gave me an idea of what to expect when shooting and was right there the whole time making sure I was doing it right.  The company takes close-up photos and videos of you as you are shooting that you can tweet, facebook, google+, text, or email live, right there from the firing line.  But unlike some other ranges, Shoot Las Vegas pictures and videos are FREE.

Shoot Las Vegas features many of the guns you see in popular movies like Dirty Harry, The Godfather, and Terminator just to name a few. There is a wide variety of guns from fully automatic machine guns to western guns, big guns (including the largest production handgun in the world), and Sniper rifles.  Shooting the Sniper rifles is really fun because you were shooting at Tannerite exploding targets.  There are also steel targets that ping when you hit them (much more fun than putting a hole in a little paper target).  

You can also customize your own shooting experience from their wide selection of weapons.  The packages they offer are 6-Gun, 9-Gun, 12-Gun, all the way up to 30-Gun packages.  If you get a 9-Gun package, each person can pick their own 9 guns to shoot, which was great instead of being limited to only guns in a particular package like other ranges do.  

My previous experience handling guns was at a gun store inside a dark and narrow, almost claustrophobic environment shooting at a paper target. Can you imagine how I felt when one of the guests blew up an old taxi cab by shooting a Sniper rifle through the passenger door at 8 pounds of Tannerite exploding target.  BAM! I almost fell on the floor with my camera!

I felt the whole experience was a really good value with everything they include.  Prices start at $222.00 per person to shoot any 6 guns, $333.00 to shoot any 9 guns, $444.00 to shoot 12 guns, on up to their 30-Gun package.  Most ranges tell you what type of guns you can shoot in their packages, but not Shoot Las Vegas.  They let you pick any gun from the 55 on the firing line.  Want to shoot 6 machine guns for $222.00, you can do that!   You can also book after hours night shooting with advance notice. Ask about about upgrades like blowing up cars, .50 cal full-auto M2 and more. Complimentary transportation is available with most packages.   

Because they are a VIP service that only offers private and semi private shooting experiences, they require advanced reservations.  The only other requirement to book with them is that you must have a minimum of 3 people each book a 6-Gun package or a minimum of 2 people each book their 9-Gun and 12-Gun packages.
After seeing their elaborate set-up, I can see why they have a minimum and need advance reservations.  I also learned from my experience why all of their Yelp and Trip Advisor ratings are 5-Star.  I felt like a VIP without paying the VIP price.  Shoot Las Vegas is the best shooting experience I have ever done. 

P: (702) 634-GUNS(4867)
F: (702) 446-5320

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