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March 21, 2013 | By Jay Jones
With Easter just around the corner, Vegas visitors won't want to miss the jaw-dropping holiday display at the L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon restaurant inside the MGM Grand resort. Made from more than 70 pounds of dark, milk and white chocolate, the display includes sculptures of about 150 flowers, 120 eggs and 60 hens. Completing the menagerie are bunnies, birds and butterflies, all of them literally good enough to eat. Executive Pastry Chef Kamel Guechida and a team of four spent eight weeks designing and crafting the elaborate celebration of Easter.
July 4, 2010 | By Jay Jones
Sunday Fireworks reggae-style Where: Mandalay Beach (Mandalay Bay) Highlights: Celebrate Independence Day to the blast of fireworks and the beat of Mystic Roots Band. Info: (702) 632-7580, Friday Lilith Fair Where: Mandalay Bay Events Center Highlights: Billed as a celebration of women in music, the headliners include Sara McLachlan, Miranda Lambert, the Bangles and Queen Latifah. Info: (702)
February 19, 2014 | By Nancy Rivera Brooks
Retail buyers from around the world have descended on Las Vegas for the twice-yearly Magic Market Week, the fashion industry's largest trade show. An estimated 80,000 people are in town for the collection of Magic events and associated smaller shows, at which thousands of brands will strut their clothing, footwear, jewelry and other accessories at multiple glittering venues. The show's scope is reflected in its slogan: See what the world will be wearing. The trade show began in much more modest style in 1933 by the quaintly named Men's Apparel Guild in California.
September 26, 2013 | By Jay Jones
The MGM Grand in Las Vegas is expanding the wellness program at its Strip hotel, offering healthful snacks, purified tap water and an air purification system, among other perks, to guests who choose those accommodations.   The entire 14thfloor of the MGM Grand's main tower now boasts rooms and suites embracing the hotel's Stay Well program . A total of 171 rooms - more than four times the number with which Stay Well began in October - offer various special features. Wellness experts at Delos created the 17 in-room enhancements.
September 10, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Visitors to the Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival will return to medieval times as a cast of knights, maidens, minstrels and more assembles Oct. 11-13 in Las Vegas. The festival , in its 20th year, brings together a roster of more than 50 shows each day, including historical reenactments, parades and artisans demonstrating skills such as blacksmithing, stone carving and toy making. The Knights of Mayhem will make their Las Vegas debut in a full-contact, professional jousting contest.
March 31, 2014
A woman with plenty of equine experience has become the first female horse rider in the cast of a long-running medieval-themed dinner show in Las Vegas.  Iranda Dyer is the newest "maiden" to join the cast of “ Tournament of Kings ” at the Excalibur . Unlike the other female performers, Dyer appears astride Nobilissimo as she leads him through dressage, a routine in which horse and rider make precise movements in harmony. Nobilissimo is an Andalusian, commonly called “the horse of kings.” During the daytime, the San Diego County native works as a sports massage therapist for horses at three equine centers in Las Vegas . Showtime is 6 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, with additional 8:30 p.m. performances on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
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