Announcements, openings and finding new things to do in and out of house are always part of the week for anyone that lives in Las Vegas. With the temperatures reaching 100 degrees for the first time this year there was a good excuse to find some quality time inside. While there is a lot happening this summer inside and outside the casinos there’s a lot happening to satiate Vegas cravings from home.

- Fill your craving for Las Vegas with “Model Employee” which started airing on VH1 last week. The show takes models and puts them to work at Mandalay Bay. The show may not be anything new but any day Vegas is on TV is a good day. Another way to fill your cravings for Vegas tales is former Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman’s new memoir. The book looks at his life from Mob lawyer to mayor. Besides filling Vegas desires it will be a good way to kill some time in the air conditioning when the temps get into the 120’s this summer.

- Speaking of Mandalay Bay and staying cool the Shark Reef Aquarium is a great way to beat the heat. Mandalay Bay is bringing “dragons” to the Vegas strip. Las Vegas is one of seven cities selected to show off two rare Komodo Dragons. You can read more and see a picture of one of these bad boys at the Las Vegas Sun.

- The good news if you’re in Vegas this weekend is that it won’t be very hot so you can enjoy some time outside without the sweat. The better news is that the Blue Man Group will be marching through the Monte Carlo casino floor at 6:15 every day they have a show. This is free and fun.

- Vegas makes people do crazy things and getting married sits pretty high on that list. If you’re looking for a quick hitch or an Elvis impersonator to oversee your wedding you can visit one of the small off strip chapels. If you’re looking for something more presentable to the family you may want to choose the new wedding chapel at Aria. Vegas Chatter has a lot of pictures and information.

- If you’re a baseball fan you may know that Las Vegas is home to the New York Mets minor league AAA team called the Las Vegas 51’s. They currently play downtown at Cashman Stadium. That may change soon as the team was sold this week to a group that would like to move them to the Summerlin area near Red Rock Resort and the beautiful Red Rock Canyon. No move is set just yet but you can read more details at the Las Vegas Review Journal.

- Last year Fremont Street offered free concerts from 80’s hair metal bands. This was awesome and a great excuse to head to downtown Vegas for a little fun. This year they step 10 years forward with concerts with some of the best bands of the 90’s. The free concert series on Fremont Street begins May 19 with Theory of a Deadman and goes throughout the summer. KNTV has more details on shows throughout the summer.

- If 90’s rock bands aren’t your thing a slew of concerts in Vegas with bigger name artists including Ne-Yo, Blink 182 and Jimmy Buffett were just announced. Las Vegas Weekly has details on these and other concerts just announced.

- Foodies can rejoice as two new restaurants with celebrity chefs will be opening soon. Chef Rick Moonen who you may know from “Top Chef” will be opening Rx Boiler Room at Mandalay Bay this summer while Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto announced that he will be opening a Japanese restaurant at The Mirage in 2014. Las Vegas Weekly has more details on Rx Boiler Room which is interesting if nothing else.


Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.
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