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How Las Vegas, Once a Sports Desert, Became a Super Bowl-Hosting Sports Capital

Before the 2017 NHL season and the debut of the Golden Knights, Las Vegas had no professional sports franchises — in fact, the idea of allowing teams to play in a city where sports betting was legal seemed dicey at best. This year, the Knights and the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces both won championships. The […]

The 16-Year Saga to Build the Fontainebleau, Las Vegas’ Hottest New Hotel: “It Could Be a Very Good Movie” (Exclusive)?

The cinematic quality of the long journey to open the doors of Fontainebleau Las Vegas is not lost on Jeff Soffer, the resort’s chairman and CEO. “It could be a very good book or movie,” Soffer says of the dramatic sequence of events surrounding one of the greatest comeback stories in the history of the […]

Where to Go In the Hamptons for Labor Day Weekend and Beyond

Amid the goings on in the Hamptons — summer 2023 edition — Gwyneth Paltrow brought Italy to Amagansett with the first-ever Gucci/Goop collaboration, while Andy Cohen hung everywhere from Ed Sheeran’s performance at Stephen Talkhouse to Jimmy Fallon’s house to the ocean. While Michael Rubin’s Fourth of July white party is undoubtedly the biggest private […]

Beyoncé’s BeyGood Helped Ballroom Icons Put on First-Ever Equality Ball in Vegas

The legends and icons of LGBTQ+ ballroom culture converged upon Las Vegas Sunday, Aug. 27, to participate in the first-ever Human Rights Campaign Equality Ball at KAOS Nightclub in Palms Casino Resort. The timing of the event was planned in tandem with a two-night stop of Beyoncé’s Renaissance Tour at Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium — […]

The $560M Challenge of Turning the Las Vegas Strip Into an F1 Race Track

Revamping one of the most well-known streets in the world — the Las Vegas Strip — into a racing circuit might seem an impossible challenge. But the inaugural Formula 1 Heineken Silver Las Vegas Grand Prix, set for Nov. 16 to 18, is hustling to do just that in a $560 million civil-planning and engineering […]

Las Vegas Impresario Bets Big on Atlantic City with The Hook (Exclusive First Look)

It took Spiegelworld’s Ross Mollison more than a decade to agree to do a show in Atlantic City. The self-dubbed “impresario extraordinaire,” who holds the keys to three of Las Vegas’ most successful productions — Absinthe at Caesars Palace, neon-Western extravaganza Atomic Saloon at Venetian and salacious interplanetary odyssey OPM at The Cosmopolitan — was […]

The Best Las Vegas Residencies in 2023 and Beyond: Coming Soon, Now Playing and Final Curtain Calls

In a town — where on any given night — you can see the most downloaded pop artist of all time, the top Grammy-award winning country artist of the last three decades, or the first artist to reach over three billion views on a music video on YouTube, deciding who to see is the toughest […]

Tao Group’s Cathédrale Restaurant in Las Vegas Set to Open May 1

On the heels of CinemaCon wrapping up in Las Vegas with its headlining-making appearances from Oprah Winfrey, Harrison Ford and the cast of Barbie, Tao Group Hospitality (creators of Tao, Beauty & Essex and Lavo in L.A., NYC and Las Vegas) are putting the very final touches on their latest reveal, Cathédrale at Aria Resort […]

Burning Man-Inspired Outdoor Art Gallery Transfix Opens in Las Vegas

A 40-foot steel-mesh woman rises, gazing toward the eastern horizon with her back to the setting sun over the fiery hues of Red Rock Canyon. A monumental steampunk octopus breathes fire, raising and lowering to thumping bass. Hundreds of racing LEDs pave the way into the dark abyss of the desert night.  In a scene […]

Seen, Heard and Tasted: Behind the Scenes at South Beach Wine & Food?Festival with Alex Guarnaschelli, Giada De Laurentiis and More Celebrity Chefs

By the conclusion of the 22nd Food Network South Beach Food & Wine Festival (SOBEWFF), 450 chefs had participated in 110-plus events attended by more than 60,000 food and beverage industry professionals, foodie fans, fine-dining fanatics, lovers of burgers, tacos and fried chicken, and the culinary-curious masses on the hunt for tasty bites and sips […]

Hollywood-Famous Eateries Uncle Paulie’s Deli and Irv’s Burgers to Open in Las Vegas (Exclusive)

When Paul James opened Uncle Paulie’s Deli in L.A. almost six years ago, he never imagined one day he’d be getting his own sandwich shop in a Las Vegas casino.  Certainly the idea of opening up in southwest Las Vegas — at least 15 minutes from the Strip — didn’t cross his mind. But now […]

Casa Madera Opens at the Mondrian Los Angeles in Famed Asia de Cuba Space

In 1996, hotelier Ian Schrager, along with SkyBar’s Rande Gerber and designer Philippe Starck opened the 30-foot “doors to Wonderland,” as the Los Angeles Times put it, with the Morgans Hotel Group transformation of the Mondrian Hotel.  The L.A. Times described the vibe as “chilled glamour achieves a dreamlike sensuality. … Its public spaces … […]