Vegas Seven


  • Green Felt Journal

    Vegas for Everyman (and Woman)

    By David G. Schwartz

    Our city’s values are changing

  • Dishing With Grace

    Where to Eat When Food Really Does Equal Love

    By Grace Bascos

    Here are three spots for which I’d leave my lair on one of the biggest restaurant nights of the year.

  • Scene Stirs

    Happy Hours With a View

    By Lissa Townsend Rodgers

    There are spots in Sin City where you can drink in the view and a cocktail—both of which go down smoother during happy hour.

  • Dining

    Seven Stellar Brunches For Mom

    By Ian Caramanzana

    We love Mom. We love her so much that we dedicate a few precious hours in our busy schedules to eat with her, and it’s sort of special because it generally only happens once a year. Here are seven delicious ways to knock out that thing we do for love every second Sunday in May.

  • Showstopper

    MJ Live Still Thrives After Moonwalking to Stratosphere

    By Steve Bornfeld

    Despite Cirque’s worshipful "Michael Jackson ONE," "MJ Live" remains a more down-to-earth evocation of Jackson’s performance power, its far lower production values cementing that appeal.

  • Stage

    Frankie Moreno’s Stratospheric Ending

    By Cindi Reed

    After nearly 600 performances at the Stratosphere, “singer, songwriter and showman” Frankie Moreno is looking to move up in the world of entertainment.

  • Showstopper

    Pin Up Finally Focuses on Star Claire Sinclair (and Her Breasts)

    By Steve Bornfeld

    Sinclair amps up the sexual electricity by doing what she inexplicably didn’t for much of the first year: flaunting those twin titans, sparkly pasties maintaining the tease effect.

  • Ask a Native

    Ask a Native: Predicting Our Architectural Future  

    By James P. Reza

    Many people think that buildings define cities, and there’s been much hand-wringing over the way Las Vegas implodes its past in pursuit of its future. But our young metropolis remains informed more by its slap-dash frontier past than any connection to the great and “permanent” cities of Europe.

  • Dining

    Seven Places to Find Gourmet Game Grub

    By Al Mancini

    Score a taste touchdown at these local restaurants.

  • Stage

    Blood(suckers) on the Dance Floor

    By Jarret Keene

    I hadn’t watched the undead dancers heat up the Stratosphere showroom in years. But since Bite had been recently reimagined, I wondered what the show offered post-Twilight audiences. Not a whole lot, it turns out, save for fiercer choreography, and a new lead, vampire queen Ashton Joseph, who brings formally trained flair to the glitzy gutter of a topless show.

  • Valentine's Day

    Eat Your Heart Out

    By Natalie Holbrook

    Looking to wine and dine your Schmoopie, CuddleBum or BooBear? Be a hero this Valentine’s Day by showing the one you love that you know the way to his or her heart is a lavish, multi-course prix fixe dinner. And drinks. And dessert … Here are just seven of our favorites. Let the stunning view from Alizé at the top of the Palms take your Valentine’s Day experience to the highest level with a prix-fix menu and optional vegetarian menu. In the Palms, $125 per person, 951-7000,

  • Green Felt Journal

    Leap of Faith

    By David G. Schwartz

    It’s not often that a CEO becomes a hero by jumping off a building, but most CEOs aren’t like Frank Riolo. And most companies don’t operate observation towers attached to a Las Vegas casino. Since May 2008—just about the start of the current economic slide—Riolo has helmed American Casino & Entertainment Properties, the company that operates the Stratosphere, Laughlin’s Aquarius and Arizona Charlie’s East and Decatur for Whitehall Properties, an investment arm of Goldman Sachs.

  • Society

    Hot Competition

    The Tower Climb Benefit, a combined effort on Nov. 13 by firefighters from Clark County, North Las Vegas, Nellis Air Force Base, Henderson and Las Vegas, was a rousing success. With nearly 150 firefighters and emergency personnel participating, the fundraiser on behalf of the Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation was a friendly competition between local agencies. Each participant climbed the 108-floor, 1,455-step tower in the competition sponsored and hosted by the Stratosphere hotel-casino.

  • The Latest

    Free Falling

    As if the prospect of dangling and spinning high atop the Stratosphere wasn’t scary enough, you can now jump to your racing heart’s content thanks to the addition of SkyJump Las Vegas. The “controlled freefall,” opening April 20, allows daredevils to safely (or relatively safely) jump from the top of the skyscraper and plummet 855 feet at speeds of up to 40 mph. The price of tempting fate: $100 per jump. This is the latest thrill-filled screamer at the Strat, joining X-Scream, Insanity and Big Shot.