Monday, November 23, 2009

New CityCenter an Architectural Wonder

Despite the economy, Las Vegas is about to experience a huge tourism boost thanks to the latest addition to the Strip: CityCenter. This enormous complex looks like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. The entire center took over 9,000 construction workers and 8 world-renowned architects to construct it. People are already claiming this will be an architectural wonder similar to famous structures like the Guggenheim in Spain and other breathtaking buildings in locations like London and Hong Kong—except this one belongs to the people of Sin City!

Spanning more than 80 acres, the CityCenter features dining, nightlife and accommodations to suit all sorts of Las Vegas travelers. The ARIA Resort and Casino will join the lineup of Las Vegas hotels once the establishment opens. The theatre at the hotel, simply called the ARIA Theatre, will be the host of Cirque du Soleil’s latest show Viva Elvis!, which will celebrate the life of the King of Rock and Roll. Viva Elvis! is the latest addition to the incredible Cirque du Soleil shows here in Las Vegas, and one that is sure to be as popular as it will be unique.

On the dining forefront, CityCenter will feature celebrity restaurants from Eva Longoria (Beso) and Todd English (The Pub) along with a tree house-style restaurant by Wolfgang Puck. Most of these restaurants will feature patio seating in order to get a view of the Las Vegas streets below. Due to the massive size of the CityCenter, you can plan to see the appearance of the Las Vegas skyline changed forever, but it will only bring more jobs and more entertainment to Sin City so it can shine on. A tram will be connecting the CityCenter from both The Bellagio and The Monte Carlo hotels, providing easier access to the magnificent building which is both modern and environmentally-friendly.

As for the shopping in CityCenter, it is already being called the largest world retail district. The complex has yet to open so only a few choice details have been revealed, but we’re sure this location will offer entertainment options like no other Las Vegas establishment has before. You can expect CityCenter to open before the end of 2009!—Provided by

Monday, November 9, 2009

Broadway Comes to Reno

For the last 15 years, The Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts has brought some of Broadway's most loved musicals to Reno. Last Friday, November 6, the 15th season of the Pioneer Center's Broadway Comes to Reno opened with a three-day, five-show performance of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic, "Cats." To celebrate my mother's birthday, my brother, sister, and I took her to the opening performance of the play she had not seen in more than 20 years.

Not your typical point-to-point storyline, "Cats" is based on the 1939 collection of whimsical poems, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, by T.S. Eliot. Through the loose story, the audience is introduced to various Jellicle Cats and their individual quirks and eccentricities. Characters include the incorrigible Run Tum Tugger, wise Old Deuteronomy, the trouble making Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer, and of course, the most clever and cunning, Mr. Mistoffelees.

Exceptional dancing and singing defined the performance, and tasteful special effects were a nice surprise. The standout performance was, with little surprise, the ubiquitous "Memory" by the outcast, former glamour cat, Grizabella.

While Sunday, November 8 was the last day of "Cats" in Reno, Pioneer's Broadway season features five more musicals: "The Wedding Singer," January 15-17; "Avenue Q," February 26-28; "The Drowsy Chaperone," March 26-28; "Stomp," April 16-18; and "The Wizard of Oz, May 14-16.