March 18, 2009 |
We're off to Vegas tonight for the annual father-daughter bet every single game the first four days of the NCAA tournament and ignore everything else in life extravaganza. In some ways this trip will be different, the daughter no longer required to walk around between games wearing a sandwich board to advertise her availability. That's right, the contest was a success and I've found a son-in-law I just love.
January 18, 2009 |
Last year at this time, the answer to the question "What makes Vegas so special?" was self-explanatory. Now, it is likely to be: nothing. After all, you can gamble almost anywhere these days, and, in this economy, you can get a nice hotel room at a good price in a lot of places besides Vegas. The city's dining and shopping draws are not working out so well either. In the Internet Age, great boutique shopping is hardly the rarity it was even a few years ago. Vegas has celebrity chefs, of course, but so do New York and Los Angeles, not to mention Paris (the real one, not the casino)
September 27, 2009 |
Hal Prince, unlike many, was absolutely expecting a hit from "Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular" at the Venetian. Opening in June 2006, the show, along with "Jersey Boys" and the recently opened "Lion King," are the survivors of what was once a faith that a Broadway-to-Vegas nexus would transform the Strip into Broadway West. To my knowledge, no one is planning any more such shows on the Strip. But from the beginning, Prince, 81, the Broadway legend known for his record 21 Tony Awards (which interests him so little that he was in Vegas rehearsing "Phantom" when he won his Lifetime Achievement honor)
December 11, 2012 |
If you've ever been in Italy in the late fall and early winter, you know how amazing the perfume of really fresh olive oil can be -- artichokes, green beans, call me crazy but I get something deeply floral, like roses and, oh yes, olives. The problem is, fresh oil doesn't last very long and it rarely seems to ship well. All of those vibrant grassy aromas and flavors mellow into something that's quite delicious, but nutty rather than vegetal. But I've just found the first California oil so far that delivers that remarkable olio nuovo pungency.
November 19, 2010 |
Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel has long been synonymous with glamour. The first Oscars were held there at 7000 Hollywood Blvd. in 1929. Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift were residents at the historic hotel in the 1950s. Aspiring rock stars began hanging poolside during the 1990s, and in the last few years bona fide celebrities have again been flocking to the place ? especially since New York-based Thompson Hotels began managing the iconic 300-room property in 2005 ? transforming it into a nightlife anchor for the area.
July 24, 2004
Linda RONSTADT mentions a movie and its director during her performance, the Vegas crowd boos, throws drinks and defaces posters, and it is the artist who is escorted off the premises ["Ronstadt Causes Ruckus in Vegas," July 20]. Glad to see that free speech is appreciated and valued in Sin City. John Zavesky Riverside This is not a free speech issue! Ronstadt is free to make political speeches when she is not being paid to sing. What if airline pilots were to include personal political speeches during their in-air announcements?