January 16, 2014 |
Take a ride with a hit man and live to tell about it? It's now possible in Las Vegas. During the years when the mob ran Las Vegas , such a ride often would mean a one-way trip into the desert. Now, though, convicted killer Frank Cullotta promises to return guests safely from the Casino Tour that launches Feb. 11. The name comes from the movie “Casino,” which tells a fictionalized version of the era in which the Chicago Outfit, an organized crime gang led by Tony “The Ant” Spilotro, ran several Vegas casinos with an iron fist.
January 12, 2014 |
Thank you, Tom Bentley, for the article on the Pinnacles and the fantastic photos ["High Drama, Pure Wonder," Jan. 5]. My grandmother, who was born in 1866, lived near the village of Tres Piños in San Benito County, and she spoke often of the Pinnacles. I remember my parents taking me there as a child and going into a cavern. I must go back and relive that experience. Jean Koch Los Angeles Ropes and royalty I enjoyed the fascinating article about the dock areas of Chatham, England, which is inspiring me to learn more about rope making ["Learning the Ropes - Reluctantly," by Catharine Hamm, Jan. 5]
January 10, 2014 |
Britney Spears has just started luring younger crowds to her recently launched Las Vegas spectacle inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. But the pop star is about to gain some new neighbors at a smaller venue nearby. The Jacksons have inked a residency deal with Planet Hollywood that will see them perform 40 concerts, promoters for the show announced on Thursday. The group was tapped as the next act to anchor the hotel's "RockTellz & CockTails” concert series. They are scheduled to make their debut Feb. 20. CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat RockTellz & CockTails is pegged as a “high-energy, one-of-a-kind live show” built around a concert and “intimate, personal stories.
January 9, 2014 |
Americans love Las Vegas -- and apparently are prepared to love it even more this year. Las Vegas topped the list of 14 cities that travelers say they most want to visit in 2014, according to a survey by an online travel website. Americans seem to favor big cities, at least one theme park destination (Orlando, Fla.) and beach cities, according to the findings of online travel website Hotwire . "Along with exercising or eating right, traveling more is one of the most popular New Year's resolutions," company president Henrik Kjellberg said in a statement Tuesday. California was the only state to have three cities -- San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego -- make the cut. Besides Las Vegas , here's the rest of the most desirable destinations: 2. Honolulu 3. New York City 4. San Francisco 5. Orlando 6. Washington, D.C. 7. Miami 8. Los Angeles 9. New Orleans 10. San Diego 11. Chicago 12. Boston 13. Anchorage 14. Seattle Hotwire's average hotel prices in those cities include $181 in New York City and $59 in Orlando.
January 8, 2014 |
Detroit has invaded Las Vegas. With a dearth of eye-popping new gadgets coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show, attention has shifted to automobiles and all the cool electronics being stuffed into them. Nine automakers are at CES, and Jessica Naziri has been checking out many of them, including getting a test drive in a BMW i3 concept electric vehicle. Full CES 2014 coverage Join me, the Times' technology editor, and Naziri as we talk autos via Google+ Hangout at 1 p.m. PST today.
January 7, 2014 |
The USA Rugby Sevens tournament in Las Vegas later this month promises lots of excitement on the field and plenty of things to do in the run-up to the game. This relatively new form of rugby features seven players to a side, instead of the usual 15. Teams from 16 nations will square off in the competition Jan. 24-26. Forty-four games will be played at Sam Boyd Stadium , about 10 miles east of the Strip at 7000 E. Russell Road in Las Vegas . The festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 22 when members of Team USA will gather with supporters for a pep rally at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.
January 5, 2014 |
Check out all the latest electronic gadgets being previewed Sunday, ahead of the official kick off of CES on Tuesday, when 150,000 industry attendees are expected to invade Las Vegas for the nation's biggest consumer electronics show. Reporters from around the world -- including a team from the Los Angeles Times -- are already on the scene for two days of previews and news conferences that will include a look at what's hot and what's not. ...
January 2, 2014 |
Skating at an Alpine lodge. Playing beer pong around the clock. Shopping for the most-blogged-about gifts. Such dreams can now come true along Las Vegas Boulevard. Through Jan. 20, Caesars Palace is creating a winter wonderland at its Caesars Chalet . Overlooking the Strip, the chalet features an outdoor ice-skating rink, falling snow and hot drinks, with and without alcohol. Skating sessions are available 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m. The half-hour sessions cost $11, and skate rental is available for $5. Just across the Strip, the first properties at the Linq have opened.
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December 29, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- The show is called “Piece of Me,” and that's exactly what it delivers -- no more, no less. Clad in a version of the bedazzled bodysuit she wore a decade ago in the video for her song “Toxic,” Britney Spears launched her much-discussed two-year residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino by emerging from a giant metal globe suspended over the stage of the Axis Theater. “Work Bitch,” the lead single from her latest album, thumped through the venue's booming sound system as an army of masked dancers marched around her. Smoke swirled, fans hoisted miniature bottles of Moët & Chandon.
December 28, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - One down, 99 (or so) to go. Britney Spears on Friday night began her much-discussed two-year residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, in which the onetime teen-pop superstar will perform a scheduled 100 shows through 2015, with the possibility of adding more gigs if the production takes off. Singing -- well, sort of -- for what appeared to be a full house at the 4,600-seat Axis Theater, Spears led a show, called “Piece of...