A secret Showcase, Monster Ham and Super Sours

I finally made it to Wonderground, the magicians’ showcase held every third Thursday of the month in the Olive restaurant at 3850 E. Sunset Road. This is another of those “secret” entertainment plays, a la the Vegas Underground on Mondays at the Tap House or the Lon Bronson gigs on Friday nights at Green Valley Ranch. It’s overseen and emceed by Jeff McBride, who’s renowned for his sleight-of-hand and card-throwing prowess. The entertainment is hit and miss, depending on who’s in that night, but McBride always takes a turn, so this is a good play for a $10 cover. The restaurant serves a good mezza sampler for $15.95 that will feed three or four. Make a night of it.

You can get a big ham & eggs at the Skyline casino on Boulder Highway, a bigger one at Irene’s on Spring Mountain Road, and probably the biggest I’ve ever seen at Home Plate on Blue Diamond Road. The Major League ham and eggs for $10.95 is a beast (with three eggs) that you won’t be able to tame in one sitting. That’s OK—they have to-go boxes, as well as a Minor League version for $7.95.

Speaking of beasts, have you tried the 22-ounce bone-in prime rib in the Cortez Room at the Gold Coast? It’s one of those huge slabs everyone in the restaurant checks out when it’s delivered. It’s just $23, and it comes with a choice of soup or salad, potato, and fresh bread.

How about sours? If eating sour candies is part of your movie-night routine, try to catch a flick at the Suncoast. I’ve been to movie theaters all over town, and none has a better selection of sour- and gummy-candies than Suncoast.

Are you voting next week? If you are and want to go to Madame Tussauds at the Venetian, admission is free on Election Day (Nov. 6) when you show an “I Voted” sticker. Also, past and active members of the military get free admission on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

It’s not a big discount, but you can see the new Cirque show, Zarkana, in preview performances at Aria in the ever-so-slightly-discounted price range of $62-$167. Regular performances begin Nov. 11, when the ticket range will rise to $69-$180.

Sometimes you can find high-end perks in unlikely places. Whereas most happy hours place rigid restrictions on the booze you can drink, that’s not the case at El Cortez, where from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, a top-shelf happy hour offers two-for-ones on Grey Goose, Crown Royal, Johnnie Walker Red, Patrón Silver, Bacardi Gold and all martinis. Or you could go to Old Homestead at Caesars Palace and pay $12.97 for a 16-ounce draft Stella Artois. Not!



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