Thursday, December 28, 2006
The AVN Expo at the Sands...the Oscars for the porn industry.
And the Internext Expo at Mandalay Bay...all things for web-based porn.
And, of course, lots of private parties, including Lure, Sapphires and more.... here's info on attending the BLISS / PURRFECT AVN Weekend Parties. They have 3 great parties lined up at 3 HOT clubs. To get your tickets, go to... http://www.wantickets.com/?req=event&e_id=21385 . P.S. you can get tix for only 1 party, just email Bliss...they're great people. Can't wait to meet them and Iman of Purrfect!
Have a fun New Years Eve, and get ready for reading about our HOT times in Sin City with the stars of the Adult Industry.
Nevada High Court Upholds Law Restricting Lap Dancing
By: Carlos Martinez
Posted: 11:39 am PST 11-10-2006
CARSON CITY, Nev. - Those who like their Las Vegas lap dances with some fondling and caressing will have to go elsewhere after the Nevada Supreme Court banned dancers from getting too hands-on with their customers. In a 5-2 decision, the high court upheld a Las Vegas ordinance that bans exotic dancers from fondling or caressing patrons to sexually arouse them, the Review-Journal reported.
The law also bars touching by customers. Although a lawyer for some dancers said the measure effectively bans lap dancing, the city says strippers can continue to grind on their customers but must keep their hands to themselves. Las Vegas police had cited 14 dancers for violating the ordinance for such activities as rubbing their breasts on customers’ faces and grinding their buttocks on customers’ groins.
A number of Las Vegas dancers challenged the law and a lower court agreed, saying the measure was too broad and unconstitutional, prompting the high court to step in and adjudicate the matter. Although Justice Nancy Becker said the measure was aimed at banning lap dancing, City Attorney Brad Jerbic said lap dances are still legal but minus the touching. Jonathan Powell, a lawyer representing the dancers, said the law makes it unclear about what kind of conduct is prohibited in strip clubs. He added that the patron is now just as liable as the dancer.
Allen Lichtenstein, a lawyer for the Nevada chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said that the law makes lap dancing illegal in Las Vegas. The ACLU, however, is not involved in the case. The ruling, however, would not affect a Clark County ordinance on clubs which allows erotic dancers’ clothed pubic region and anus to make contact with a patron’s legs during performances. Las Vegas is located in Clark County.
The ruling threw out a January 2005 ruling by District Judge Sally Loehrer who ruled the ordinance was illegal and unconstitutional. Loehrer said the law made it unclear just what is allowed in strip clubs. The dancers said they are weighing their options about on whether to proceed further with their case.
Now what will we do????
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Where in the world is our favorite place? LAS VEGAS, baby! And, now here's the WHO, WHAT, WHEN and HOW...
According to a 2006 survey by Las Vegas City Life http://lvcitylife.com/, check it out. And for the hottest Vegas pics and information, check out: http://vegas.napkinnights.com/
NOTE: for our favorite place to find ALL THINGS VEGAS: www.American LowLife.com
Enjoy LV City Life's Best of the Valley poll, whether you take it as harmless fun or as a serious guide to the city.
Best Live Music Venue
House of Blues
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South
For 2005, House of Blues Las Vegas continued to put on every kind of show under the sun -- from Blood Brothers (screamo) to Tenacious D (comedic butt-rock), from Rainer Maria (alternative) to Black Dahlia Murder (black metal). Which probably explains why, year after year, this casino-encased club wins in this category. And with more than a few concerts going at the two-for-one price these days, you can sometimes wait to buy your tickets until the week before and save money. Walloping sound, dynamic lighting and pretty bartenders? That's what we like to call in this business a "plus three."
Best Local Band
It's hard to say who should be most proud of this distinction -- local music fans, who finally have a globally beloved band to call their own, or The Killers, who have often wondered aloud if they're truly appreciated in their own hometown. On one hand, the quartet is an obvious choice, given its penchant for writing crossover pop hits, its open celebration of all things Vegas, its willingness to play here as often as possible and it being a local act even your mom can name check. And yet, one might understandably ask: Are The Killers too big to be a "local" band? Perhaps, but given the distance that can come between a multiplatinum band and its home base, it's still endearing to see how well connected the two remain.
Pure (inside Caesars Palace)
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South
No matter how critical of the megaclub we've been, there's one thing we can't take away from it: People fucking love this place. Just check the line, an undulating mass of looky-loos and eager-beavers dressed to impress -- or just to show off their pecs and tits. Lorded over by resident DJs Hollywood, AM and Frank Richards, Pure continues to attract a rich tapestry of rich celebs to its pearly gates, while maintaining a Tuesday night soiree dedicated to us golden locals, a tough balancing act the club manages with a surprising ease.
Worst Club Line
To our mind, all club lines suck the holy life shining inside your body out your anal pore. Seriously, have you seen Body English on a Sunday night? What about Tao on a Thursday? Both are, like, nine people thick in spots. Still, we sympathize with your anointment of the Caesars Palace megaclub's heathen gathering outside its doors, if for no other reason than there's more than one line. Last count, we spotted three -- one of which was devoted exclusively to women. So, yeah, Pure's line sucks. But so does everyone else's.
Best Club Event
Rehab (inside Hard Rock)
4455 Paradise Road
While not technically a club event, the Hard Rock's feral poolside luau has all the makings of a nightlife soiree. Only it's outside. During the day. And people are half-naked. Unhinged though it may be for revelers, "Rehab" is actually a well-oiled money-machine run by Chad Pallas, Jack LaFleur and Adam Nixon, a trio of promoters-innovators whose suntanned baby is often imitated but never duplicated. Lots of tweaks were made this year to the pool area's layout, with possibly even more coming next year, says LaFleur. Adding of the Sunday party, "It's an entirely different animal. Vegas people understand that about it." As do a lot of others.
Best After-hours Party
Drai's (inside Barbary Coast)
3595 Las Vegas Blvd. South
We might as well not even ask readers to vote on this category next year. Despite increased competition in the blue-dawn hours party market from Empire Ballroom and Seamless, the basement club still holds a special place in the blackened hearts and addled minds of local late-nighters. Although Jesse Waits, the longtime face of Drai's, has been spending the bulk of his time at Tryst, the rowdy yet cozy joint keeps banging. Your eardrums. Your fists. Your synapses.
Best Strip Club
3344 South Highland Drive
What to say about the Rhino, as it's known far and wide across the valley to any and all who enjoy lap dances and lurid tales of strippers' ex-boyfriends, except that you, sprung readers, can't pull yourself away long enough to visit one of our city's many other gentlemen's clubs, like Scores, Minxx or, oh hell, any one of the other houses of unholiness dotting our roadways and back alleys? We guess the answer is simple: Once you fall in love, no matter how many times you're rebuked, the feeling is always strong enough to make you drop another $20 at the same place you did last week.
Best Sex Club
The Green Door
953 E. Sahara Ave.
See a pattern? Bigger is better, at least in the Vegas-ized minds of CityLife readers. Five hundred beers in their favorite bar, 39 tables in their favorite pool hall and 18,000 square feet in their favorite safe haven for consenting adults -- take your forced and coercive sex somewhere else -- to "meet with friends or make new ones." Making friends can be hard, but as the largest sex club in the country, The Green Door boasts a slew of fetishy rooms -- the "Doctor's Office" and the "Pussywhip'd Dungeon" included -- that can help smooth the process a little for new members who are shy, yet know what they like in a person when they see it.
Best Local MySpace Page
Green Door www.myspace.com/greendoorlv
Judging by the MySpace page for the Green Door, the place is just exploding with pure fuck! OK, it isn't quite that naughty, but, judging by the comments and pics posted by would-be regulars (and regularettes), swing culture has come a long way from being dominated by swarthy '70s porn gorillas in bath towels. The site's not just, er, intriguing, but useful, too, offering generous pics of the swing club's various rooms and all their glossy, easy-to-clean surfaces. So that's what's behind the Green Door!
Best Place for Men to Pick Up Women
953 E. Sahara Ave., Suite B-27
Here you can meet a genuine Suckling White Tigress, fellas. According to her testimonial on the Green Door's online forum, she learned the ancient sexual art from Madame Hoang the Immortaless in Vietnam. It's a rosy practice, to be sure, but, unfortunately, the environment in which she trained wasn't always so. "Often, for days on end, the only nourishment I had was the semen of the Green Dragons I was able to seduce," she writes of her life during the post-American invasion period. Although she may not be on the verge of starvation anymore (at least so her picture indicates), her need for Green Dragons and their pearly gifts probably hasn't subsided. Which has gotta be why the Green Door took this prize.
Best Place for Women to Pick Up Men (too!)
Your husband is fat and hairy, his penis flaccid and wrinkly. You need a real man, one who knows how to treat a lady. So you go to the Green Door and find an abundance of well-trained sex-mechanics ready to service you, not the remote control. Your oil needs changing, your brake fluid needs replacing and your headlights need turning on -- now. Not when he discovers that Internet porn isn't interactive. Oh, yeah, it's always ladies night at the Green Door.
Paymon's Hookah Lounge
4147 S. Maryland Parkway
Your days of taking a rip of kind bud out of an old liter bottle of Coke may be over, but not that old-timey urge to fill your lungs with flavored smoke. So you go to Paymon's Hookah Lounge. Once there, you collapse into a plush couch or post up on a soft stool, order a beer and pretend to be a wealthy sheik by inhaling the pure goodness of burnt cherry or ... whatever. Given that the place is connected to Paymon's Mediterranean Cafe, you're actually performing your old smoking ritual in reverse. You inhale your humus and pita bread, and then you inhale your smoke. No, it ain't the good ol' days, but it sure is good.
4700 S. Maryland Parkway
Adam Carmer's place across from UNLV is expanding. Again. The hydroponics shop next door is gone now, along with the interior wall that once kept it separate from the Freakin' Frog, a locally beloved hipster haunt featuring 500-plus beers from around the whole drunken world. New plasma screen TVs, neon, a grand piano, frequent live music and the enigmatic, retro-austere Whisky Attic upstairs (featuring the biggest whisky selection in the United States) make for a scene that, if it gets any more eclectic, may become intolerably disorienting even without help from a sea of exotic booze.
Double Down Saloon
4640 Paradise Road
Sometimes you wanna go where everybody doesn't know your name. Where the Ass Juice and Bacon Martinis flow freely. Where there's really only one rule: "You puke, you clean." In addition to being Las Vegas' official Beer Napkin at the End of the Universe, the Double Down Saloon is also this year's Best Dive. When there's not a hardcore band like, say, Vlad & the Impalers skewering your eardrums, you can always opt to slip a buck into the chock-full-of-punk-rock jukebox, punch in a Link Wary rumbler and stare at the demonic murals on the walls until your eyes roll back into your skull. Ah, Vegas.
Best Brew Pub
3987 Paradise Road
Being stalked by a Nevada GOP gubernatorial candidate? You know where to go -- into the warm, comforting embrace of Gordon Biersch where, unlike other dining establishments, flirting is just flirting and not an invitation for a parking-garage grope. GB's food is awesome. The Meatloaf is a yummy blend of ground beef and Italian sausage; the Cornmeal Dusted Crab Cakes will make your tongue slap your brains out; and the Barbecue Salmon is fresh and seared just right. The beers -- Golden Export, Hefeweizen, Märzen -- are tasty and never "over-hopped." Chrissy Mazzeo knows where to run, and so do you, dear readers.
Best Place to Shoot Pool
Las Vegas Cue Club
953 E. Sahara Ave., #A15
The best game you'll ever have will still be the one you shot on some nameless dive's solitary Pabst-stained table and witnessed only by an affable semi-autistic named Ronnie, but you can still tell that tale in the most receptive environment around for all things pool. Cue Club features a bar, cafe and 39 tables, including a snooker version and one of those monster slabs made for three-cushion billiards. That's an intense way to play; only three balls are used, but the shot angles require an advanced physics degree -- either that or Ronnie's monotonal, mathematically precise coaching.
Ellis Island Casino & Brewery
4178 Koval Lane
Singing over canned music never sounds as good as it does every night starting at 9 p.m. inside Ellis Island. The casino's karaoke scene consistently wins the Review-Journal's "Best of Las Vegas" distinction, and a lot of that is due to master of ceremonies Timmy Welsh, who never flinches or shows any sign of grief, no matter how out of tune some fat dude's caterwauling rendition of a Swing Out Sister song might be. This place gets packed on weekends, when you're more likely to find talented singers. Sure, there are other flashier karaoke experiences on the Strip proper, but for a good time, it's hard to beat Ellis Island.
Best Gay Bar
3663 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Showtime's groundbreaking series Queer as Folk featured a gay club called Babylon that was so celebratory and creatively envisioned in each episode, it was too good to be true. Even Los Angeles and San Francisco can't claim a gay fantasia like Babylon -- but Vegas can. The Krave experience is different from night to night, whether due to its DJ talent -- the best of any gay nightspot in town (and apparently, you agree; see the DJ winners above) -- its varied local and touring stage performers, its creatively themed Saturdays, or its demographic-spanning attendees (most of which are easy on the eyes). The one thing that remains consistent, however, is how much fun you'll have there.
Best Lesbian Party
If you've ever been on the local lesbian party circuit -- or know someone who has -- you know Krave's oft-packed Saturday party is a slam-dunk choice over its Fruit Loop competitors. Girlbar, imported from L.A. but made local in Krave's intimate lounge (separate from the main club), boasts both a contagious, jubilant vibe and a babe-heavy patronage that even elicits stares from the homos next door. The party is also refreshingly welcoming; straight couples are occasionally spotted and gay men are (usually) tolerated. That said, Girlbar is first and foremost a ladies' night, and that's probably why you voted for it.
Either gay men and straight women banded together to bestow the only Strip-side gay club this well-deserved honor, or there just aren't enough women bartenders staffed at mainstream clubs. No matter -- anyone who's been there knows Krave employs some of Vegas' most beautiful human specimens, and its bar staff is no exception. Some locals have grumbled about the club's drink prices, but given that Krave's hunky booze mixers pour drinks far stiffer than their chief competitors while also providing (often shirtless) eye candy, we think the extra buck or two a cocktail is entirely worth it.
You might catch SnakeBabe, a.k.a. Maria Gara, performing at your favorite jiggle joint, but make no mistake: She's no stripper. Call her instead an erotic performance artist who employs live reptiles and magic into her non-nude show. Different? Yes. Hot? Definitely. And that was more than enough for her to slither to first place in this category. It all gives new meaning to the request, "Take off the boa!"
Best Non-Chain Restaurant
Otto's Malt Shop
4440 S. Maryland Parkway
Our readers and our staff certainly see eye-to-eye when it comes to Otto's. Between the retro sci-fi décor, random bowling memorabilia and great grub, this tiny UNLV area hangout has garnered plenty of fans here in our offices, and clearly many more out in the real world. In all honesty, it's a concept that seems ripe for being spun off into a soulless corporate chain. But there's no way to reproduce the friendly service and cool stories provided by proprietors Otto Miller and Ruthie Cosgrove, which is why Otto's will likely remain one of a kind -- just the way we like it.
Best Cheap Eats
Otto's Malt Shop
4440 S. Maryland Parkway
Once again you're throwing your support behind Otto's, and once again we couldn't agree more. Jut try spending $10 at Otto's and managing to finish everything on your plate. Alexander Hamilton is more than enough to purchase a monstrous baked beef patty infused with eggs, breadcrumbs, milk and spices and drenched in the toppings of your choice, along with a baked potato loaded down with another huge batch of toppings and one of Otto's incredible hand-dipped malts. Being broke never tasted so good or felt so filling.
Best Place to Take a Date When You Really Want to Get Laid
Otto's Malt Shop
OK, we've already made it clear we love Otto's just as much as you do. But if a cheap burger and a malt is all it takes to get lucky these days, college girls must be a lot easier than they were when we were in school. That's good to know. Rock on, Otto's!
Best Pricey Eats
Ruth's Chris Steak House
3900 Paradise Road
4561 W. Flamingo Road
We have to admit it's a little confusing to see Ruth's Chris take the prize for Best Pricey Eats while the more expensive N9NE beat it out in the Best Steakhouse category. But apparently, Ruth's is where plenty of you like to indulge when you've got some money burning a hole in your wallet. And with great cuts of steak served in a pool of melted butter, it's understandable. Better yet, their west side location offers the full menu until 3 a.m.
N9NE (inside The Palms)
4321 W. Flamingo Road
Packed with celebrities virtually any night of the week, N9Ne is clearly the place for the Hollywood set to grab themselves a slab of beef when they're partying here in Las Vegas. But apparently its high energy, cool décor and great steaks have struck a chord with you as well. None of that comes cheap, however, which makes us wonder how N9NE was beaten out by Ruth's Chris steakhouse in the Best Pricey Eats category. But apparently when you're partying at the Palms, you're not thinking about the price tag.
Best Mexican Restaurant
2655 E. Desert Inn Road
Need a reason to support organized religion? Just try some of the incredible recipes Lindo Michoacan's owner Javier Barajes learned from the nuns while studying at a seminary in the Mexican state of Michoacan. Running the gamut from the familiar to the exotic, they're good enough to land the restaurant the top spot in this category for the second year in a row. And all we ever got from the nuns at our Catholic school was an introduction to the business end of a ruler.
Best Chinese Restaurant
In most major cities, the idea of seeing a huge national chain take the Best Chinese Restaurant honors would be scandalous. But you just can't seem to resist P.F. Chang's familiar cuisine, honoring it in this division once again. To be honest, we thought about chastising you on this one, but we were so happy to see that you've finally moved beyond The Olive Garden in the Italian category that we decided to let you slide. This time.
Best Italian Restaurant
6020 W. Flamingo Road
Last year's choice of The Olive Garden in this category prompted us to demand you get off your asses and find yourself some real Italian cuisine, and apparently you took that advice to heart and discovered Nora's. That might explain the long wait for a table the last time we decided to stop by. But with great food that ranges from basics like lasagna and veal parmiagiana to sublime creations like Crazy Alfredo, topped with chicken, sausage, shrimp, porcinis, roasted peppers, sun-dried tomatoes and jalapenos, word was bound to get out.
Best Thai Restaurant
Lotus of Siam
953 E. Sahara Ave.
Located in a sprawling commercial center on East Sahara better known for its collection of sex clubs than for fine dining, Lotus of Siam might not look like much. But its incredible selection of Thai food has garnered it plenty of national press over the years, and apparently a large local following among our readers. Make sure you request the Northern Tai menu, which contains some of the chef's best dishes.
Carnival World Buffet (inside the Rio)
3700 W. Flamingo Road
With a buffet full of all-you-can eat goodness in every casino in town, you might expect the competition to be intense in this category. But year in and year out, you put the feast at the Rio at the top of the list. Make sure you get there early, however, because as the monstrous lines testify, the place certainly isn't a well-kept local's secret.
3200 Las Vegas Blvd. South (inside the Fashion Show mall)
Just in time for its two-year anniversary, it seems this Fashion Show mall hotspot has finally caught on among the locals. It might have something to do with the attractive wait staff, cool décor and DJs spinning hot music seven nights a week. But in the end, the great raw fish and Japanese fusion cuisine are probably what keep you coming back for more. If you haven't been there for a while, make it a point to check out the brand new menu, with choices like mango ceviche, salmon skewer salad and king crab dynamite.
Best Looking Wait Staff
Forget about Hef and his overly-hyped bunnies at the Playboy Club. Your tastes clearly run a bit more lowbrow. Once again the ladies in the bright orange shorts have won your hearts. And now Las Vegas has an entire casino dedicated to their blue-collar appeal, so once you've finished your Buffalo wings and beer, you can continue drooling over them while playing a few hands of blackjack.
Best Wine Selection
Aureole (inside Mandalay Bay)
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South
While some wine may be displayed traditionally -- underground, with plenty of brick and oak, the way it's done at The Wine Cellar at the Rio -- it's the presentation that wows guests at Aureole. Wine is stored in a multi-story, transparent vertical shaft that "wine angels" ascend and descend to retrieve your choice. (See? It's a restaurant and entertainment, all at once!) The computerized wine list on notebook computers is also cool: Search by name, region, vintage or match the wine to your food. Aureole gets rave reviews for its selection, which is huge. If you can't find it there, you can safely consider yourself a fan of the extremely rare.
Best Un-Vegas Spot
Sure, Mount Charleston is unlike Las Vegas. Our biggest fear, however, is that may soon change. As development sprawls to the north (and south, east and west), the highest peak in the Spring Mountains range is becoming more and more threatened by growth and overuse. In fact, the mountain was recently included on Scenic Nevada's "13 Last Chance Scenic Places" list, which spotlighted places that are being compromised by neglect, development, bad public policy and a lack of funding. The goal of the list, said Scenic Nevada Chairman Doug Smith, is to protect these places. A noble goal, indeed. Let's help them achieve it.
Best View of Las Vegas
If nothing else, our readers are nostalgic. They tend to cling to tradition like Gov.-elect Jim Gibbons to a cocktail waitress (allegedly). For example, they continue to vote the Stratosphere as the Best View of Las Vegas -- despite newer and more dynamic entries, including Mix, the Foundation Room and the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas. But, we have to admit, there's something to be said for the Stratosphere's panoramic and straight-down views. Who knew the "Naked City" could look so pretty at night?
Best Reason to Flee Las Vegas
Located in the heart of the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas is devastatingly hot and dry. Its average high temperature in the months of June, July and August is 102 degrees. It once suffered through 66 consecutive days of triple-figure temperatures. And its average yearly rainfall is only 4.5 inches. Indeed, the city is hotter than hell's kitchen. So what's a person to do? Well, our readers recommend Mount Charleston (see Best Un-Vegas Spot) and San Diego (see Best Road Trip Destination). See you there.
Best Road Trip Destination
San Diego has won this category, like, 20 years in a row -- and it's easy to see why. It has awesome beaches, cooperative weather and it's a short distance from the donkey shows of Tijuana. SeaWorld and the Gaslamp District are pretty interesting, too, though not nearly as interesting as the donkey shows. We also recommend L.A., Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and Death Valley (but not in the summer, of course).
Best Place for Outdoor Sex
Red Rock Canyon
There's just something about nature -- sunshine, vast blue sky, desert flora, the majestic red earth -- that seems to make you, dear readers, very horny. Perhaps it's the refreshing trip away from stucco cities in the valley that does it for you. Or maybe you are just that desperate to get a little dirt where the sun don't shine. It seems a bumpy spot, but Red Rock wins every year.
Best Place to Spot Celebrities
4321 W. Flamingo Road
Not much of a surprise here. We're not sure but at this casino it seems like they must require a TV show deal just to guarantee a lease agreement. Celebrity publicists probably have the Palms number on speed-dial for just those times when they need to get their client a little gossip column mention or magazine ink. It's all about the buzz. And all those TV show deals and movie premieres don't hurt. (and the new Playboy Club doesn't hurt either!)
Best Strip Hotel-Casino
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South
It's no surprise that Bellagio takes this category -- when it opened in 1998, it marked the second revolution Steve Wynn had instigated on the Las Vegas Strip. Easily one of the most luxurious hotels anywhere, Bellagio actually encourages the fanny-pack set to get culture. Beautiful music scores the dancing water fountains fronting the Strip, the hotel is home to some of the city's best restaurants and an art gallery has featured works from Ansel Adams to Claude Monet. When Wynn finally opened his signature hotel, Wynn Las Vegas, one wag remarked that the mogul had built a "Bellagio-themed casino." The fact is, competing against Bellagio for luxury in Las Vegas is going to be difficult, even for the man who built it.
Best Art Gallery
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Only in Las Vegas can a small grouping of rooms buried deep in the belly of a Strip casino be considered the best art gallery in town. If you want to see a small traveling collection of famous art works that have been turned into easily digestible culture nuggets like coffee mugs and T-shirts (available in the gift shop, of course), then the Bellagio is the place to get your fix. No offense, dear readers, but have you ever been downtown? Even the small galleries in downtown Henderson have more varied and interesting work on display. True, it's not all diamonds, but the gems you do find are far more precious and often made right here.
Best Downtown Hotel-Casino
The Golden Nugget
129 Fremont St.
Why are we not surprised? It turns out, the Golden Nugget is, has been, and will probably always be, the nicest hotel downtown. That's thanks to Steve Wynn, who before he made and re-made the Strip with The Mirage and Bellagio, turned the downtown spot into a real-life nice hotel. Not only is the Carson Street Cafe a see-and-be-seen hangout for the city's power elite (it's the unofficial courthouse cafeteria) the place still exudes the Wynn touch, although it's been through a succession of owners since he was bought out by MGM, and that company dumped the Nugget. Add the final historical footnote -- it's actually expanding, which is almost unheard of in downtown -- and you've got yourself a winner.
Best Neighborhood Hotel
Red Rock Casino
11011 W. Charleston Blvd.
Ah, readers. So fickle. And so enamored of the new. But why not? Station Casinos' Red Rock Casino is a property so nice, you could plunk it down next to Mandalay Bay and it would be right at home. (Plunk it down next to Excalibur, and they'd be calling the demolition experts to get rid of the castle.) Not only does the hotel feature a beautiful and striking interior design, it blends with its natural environs -- nearby Red Rock Canyon -- perfectly. Toss in a bevy of great restaurants (the Salt Lick is a must for any barbecue fans), a Randy Gerber club (Cherry), and a beautiful pool area, and its little wonder why Red Rock Casino has captured the fancy of readers.
Best Sports Book
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South
You can install all the high-tech gadgets you like. You can put more screens up on the wall than in NORAD. You can make a sports book so vast, a telephone call from one end to the next would require punching in a new area code. But you can never shake Las Vegas' firm belief that Caesars Palace has the best sports book in town. We're not saying you're wrong about that. This is a very sweet sports book. We are surprised, however: With all the neighborhood casinos in town, you'd think a new kid on the block could wrest this title away among local CityLife readers. Not so much. Caesars, you're still the Olympus of sports books.
Best Hotel-Casino Theme Not Yet Used
On the contrary, dear readers. This theme was used, by one Bob Stupak, in a casino formerly known as Vegas World. Who could forget the cheesy space man floating on the side? (Apparently, readers.) Alas, the bad news is this: It's time to retire this category, because the days of "themes" for hotels are long gone. Now, it's all about fine dining, high-end shopping, clubs, pools and luxury stays at nice places. Blame Steve Wynn: He started the themes with The Mirage, and ended them with Bellagio. It's Wynn's Strip, people. We just get stuck in traffic on it.
Best Lounge Band/Casino Act
Zowie Bowie is "purely a state of mind, [an] explosion of joy, fun and good times," says one-half of the singing duo, Chris Philips, on the group's website. And that explosion happens every Friday and Saturday at the Red Rock Casino in Summerlin, where the group plays, in addition to a gig at the Sunset Station on Thursdays. A Scottsdale, Ariz. transplant, Zowie Bowie has four CDs, all titled Hit It. They sure look like they're having a good time in photos posted on the site. And we've learned never to second-guess our readers (or Station's talent bookers, for that matter).
Best Amusement Rides
New York, New York
3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Oh, yeah, baby. The Manhattan Express is one of the wildest roller coasters ever, with huge, sweeping curves above the Las Vegas Strip, loops and that stomach-lifting, 144-foot main drop right out of the gate. (For thrills similar to this, you'd have to trek down to Primm, home of the Desperado, reportedly the highest coaster anywhere.) But even Desperado can't boast -- as the Express does on its website -- of "negative Gs." We're not sure what that means, but it took us awhile to regain our footing after we tried this bad boy for the first time. It's a great time, and hey, when you're done, you'll certainly appreciate the proximity of Nine Fine Irishmen, the upscale pub that fronts onto the Strip. Just remember: Coaster first, then drinks. Write it down if you must.
Best Casino Shopping
Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
3500 Las Vegas Blvd. South
We're not entirely sure, but we think it might be possible to live at this mall. There's plenty of food (ranging from upscale eateries like Spago, The Palm, Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab, and Il Mulino New York), clothing (Gap, Polo Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers and Tommy Bahama's), and diversions (Brookstone, Callaway, Field of Dreams, not to mention Casa Fuente) that you'd never need to leave. While things are a bit more pricey than say, the Fashion Show or Galleria malls, this is what high-end Las Vegas shopping is supposed to be. And despite the fact that every new casino these days seems to come with a mall attached, the barbarians have yet to sack this mall from its perch.
Best Hospitality to Locals
Station Casinos (multiple locations)
Technically, a neighborhood casino doesn't really have to be nice to you. It's either their way, or a long trip down to the Strip. But Station bucks the trend, having long ago ringed the valley with player-friendly spots. Whether its the new upscale Red Rock Casino, the equally nice Green Valley Ranch, or older entries like the Sunset or Boulder stations, this company seems to offer what people like: Someplace close to home, with plenty of free parking, good restaurant choices, perhaps a movie theater, bowling alley or both, a sweet sports book and -- most important of all -- a place for the mother-in-law to stay that's not your house. Score!
Best Tattoo Parlor
Studio 21 Tattoo Gallery
6020 Flamingo Road, 2B
Locals have a wealth of places to choose from but for the past two years the winner has been family-owned Studio 21. The ink shop and art gallery has moved to a new location this year from its old digs on Arville Street. While fads come and go ink lasts forever and at Studio 21 tattoo art is as meaningful and important as art you can hang on the walls. Thankfully, here you can get both.
Best Play/Theater Company
Flamingo Las Vegas
3555 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Screw hanging out on the sidelines -- our entertainment-saturated readers like to be part of the show! This year, the improvisational impresarios over at the world famous Second City Las Vegas have risen from last survey's red ribbon status to take the blue among our vote casters. And why not? Who doesn't dig a cocktail-friendly, lounge act featuring clever wit, zappy political zingers, and Saturday Night Live-style sketch comedy? The Strip version pokes plenty of fun at Vegas cliches, and, given its improv nature, depends on each audience to help provide a different show every time. Do your part and come equipped with clever contributions.
Best Movie Theater
Brendan Theatres (at the Palms)
4321 W. Flamingo Road
Not enough beautiful people in your cinematic experiences? Head over to Brendan at the Palms and you'll get your fix. The Maloof brothers have done everything they can to turn their little piece of Las Vegas into a mini-Hollywood. Playboy Bunnies? Check. Hilton sisters? Check. Movie premiers? Check. A-listers and heartland tourists alike have devoured the goods like so much catnip. And you can be a part of it any night of the week and catch a flick, too.
Best Place to Buy or Rent Porn
Las Vegans have one of the best kinds of super stores on the planet and they are plentiful as well. Day or night, you can find your bachelorette party supplies, favorite porn movies and general kinky shit at the Adult Superstore. The stores are well-lit and their staff are knowledgeable. Go ahead, you know you want to.
Worst Strip Attraction
Circus Circus, Sirens of TI, Excalibur (tie)
OK, we get Circus Circus. (You know, how the whole hep world would spend Saturday night if the Nazis had won ... you've heard it? Right.) And we get Excalibur. (Gaudy even when having a casino theme was cool.) But Sirens of TI? Hot pirate chicks leaping to and fro on ships? Who couldn't love that? We'll make you a deal: Take Circus Circus. Other than its well-regarded steakhouse, that place has been begging for implosion for years. Take Excalibur. MGM Mirage can think of something cool to put in its place. (We're thinking .... um, condos?) But leave us the sirens, people!
Worst Lounge Act
Big (Fat) Elvis, Clint Holmes, the Scintas (tie)
What an interesting development! Two of the three winners in this category no longer perform on the Strip. Bloated Elvis left the building many years ago, and Holmes recently ended his six-and-a-half-year run at Harrah's. But the Scintas continue to -- judging from the ballots -- plague audiences with their blend of music, impressions and comedy. What did siblings Joe, Frank, Chrissi (and "adopted" brother Peter) ever do to you, CityLife readers? Did they break your mind with a Jerry Lewis bit? Crush you soul with a soulless version of "The Way We Were"? We take it back; maybe we don't want to know.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
(more on condoms, click HERE)
"Oh I see, " replied the boy pensively. "Yes, I've heard of that in health class at school."
He looks over the display and picks up a package of 3 and asks, "Why are there 3 in this package? " The dad replies, "Those are for high school boys, ONE for Friday, ONE for Saturday, and ONE for Sunday." "Cool" says the boy.
He notices a 6 pack and asks, "Then who are these for?" "Those are for college men, " the dad answers, TWO for Friday, TWO for Saturday, and TWO for Sunday."
"WOW!" exclaimed the boy, "then who uses THESE?" he asks, picking up a 12 pack!
With a sigh and a tear in his eye, the dad replied, "Those are for the married men. ONE for January, ONE for February, ONE for March....etc."
Then, the little boy notices a full case of condoms at the end of the aisle. "Who would buy a whole case of condoms?" the now wide-eyed little boy questioned his dad. The couple standing just behind the dad perked up and beating the little boy's dad to an answer exclaimed, "SWINGERS"!
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Oral Sex Is Not Considered Safe Sex
Studies show that oral sex CAN result in transmission of HIV and other STDs. HIV- the virus, which can cause AIDS, is carried in blood, breast milk, vaginal fluid or semen of someone with HIV, so you're at risk if you get any of these fluids in your bloodstream.
In fellatio (cock-sucking) and cunnilingus (pussy-licking) , there is risk of transmission for the person who is licking and/or sucking because infected pre-ejaculate ("pre-cum") fluid, semen or vaginal fluid and blood can get into the mouth. (This includes, but is not limited to, menstrual blood.) For the person who is being sucked or licked, there is a risk of infection because infected blood from a partner's bleeding gums or an open sore could come in contact with a scratch, cut, or sore on the penis or vagina and blood can get in the mouth. And, nearly every man experiences "pre-cum" whether he notices it or not.
Although the risk is smaller than anal or vaginal sex, HIV has been transmitted to receptive partners through fellatio and cunnilingus, even in cases when insertive partners didn't ejaculate ("cum").
Anilingus (ass-licking) carries a risk of transmission for the person who is licking or sucking the anus/ass-hole if there is exposure to infected blood, either through bloody fecal matter (bodily waste) or cuts/sores in the anal area. Anilingus carries a theoretical risk to the person who is being licked/sucked if infected blood in saliva comes in contact with anal/rectal lining.
If you're really concerned about becoming infected with a STD, you should use a condom when giving oral sex to a man or a dental dam (latex square) when giving oral sex to a woman. And, make sure that if the recepient is allergic to certain materials (usually latex), use a different type of condom, such as natural lambskin. And, in orgy situations, you MUST change condoms with every new person whether you've "cum" or not.
Herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, genital warts (HPV), intestinal parasites (amebiasis), and hepatitis A are examples of other STDs which can be transmitted during oral sex with an infected partner.
You can't pass on or become infected with an STD as a result of kissing. However, you could pass on cold sores (herpes simplex, HSV1) to your partner through kissing.
Any sexual activity, which can lead to bleeding or cuts/breaks in the lining of vagina or anus, is considered risky, including 'fisting' or certain S&M activities.
The only "safe sex" is sex that doesn’t allow any infected body fluid to enter your body – and doesn’t allow you to infect your partner, either. Activities that are safe include hugging, touch, massage, masturbation. Sex toys are fine, too – just put a condom over them to be truly "safe", and if you switch them from one person’s body to another’s – change the condom.
For couples that do require condoms to avoid STDs (as opposed to your birth control method), it's important to understand the other "risks" you might be subjecting yourself.
More importantly, if you're sexually active with more than one partner IN ANY WAY (including soft swap!), get tested regularly for all STDs. That's what we do...and, every two (2) months.
But in case you still feel the need to use a condom, here's how they're installed:
Monday, December 18, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
If so, just wanted to let you know that VA Friends' and other regional groups' parties are now listed. It's a great way to RSVP to a party and see who else is attending, too. On the SLS homepage, just below the pictures, you'll see a list of "5 Nearest Events".
Just click on DETAILS next to each party. You can see the current RSVP list and add yourself, too. There's also a forum for each party! What a great way for people to meet and make plans.
And BTW, www.Swingercast.com is now on YouTube.com ! Check 'em out:
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Circumcision Halves H.I.V. Risk, U.S. Agency Finds
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
Published: December 14, 2006
Circumcision appears to reduce a man’s risk of contracting AIDS from heterosexual sex by half, United States government health officials said yesterday, and the directors of the two largest funds for fighting the disease said they would consider paying for circumcisions in high-risk countries.
Complete Coverage: AIDS/H.I.V. »
Q&A About the NIAID-Sponsored Adult Male Circumcision Trials in Kenya and Uganda (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
The announcement was made by officials of the National Institutes of Health as they halted two clinical trials, in Kenya and Uganda, on the ground that not offering circumcision to all the men taking part would be unethical. The success of the trials confirmed a study done last year in South Africa.
AIDS experts immediately hailed the finding. “This is very exciting news,” said Daniel Halperin, an H.I.V. specialist at the Harvard Center for Population and Development, who has argued that circumcision slows the spread of AIDS in the parts of Africa where it is common.
In an interview from Zimbabwe, he added, “I have no doubt that as word of this gets around, millions of African men will want to get circumcised, and that will save many lives.”
Uncircumcised men are thought to be more susceptible because the underside of the foreskin is rich in Langerhans cells, sentinel cells of the immune system, which attach easily to the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes AIDS. The foreskin also often suffers small tears during intercourse.
But experts also cautioned that circumcision is no cure-all. It only lessens the chances that a man will catch the virus; it is expensive compared to condoms, abstinence or other methods; and the surgery has serious risks if performed by folk healers using dirty blades, as often happens in rural Africa.
Circumcision is “not a magic bullet, but a potentially important intervention,” said Dr. Kevin M. De Cock, director of H.I.V./AIDS for the World Health Organization.
Sex education messages for young men need to make it clear that “this does not mean that you have an absolute protection,” said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, an AIDS researcher and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Circumcision should be used with other prevention methods, he said, and it does nothing to prevent spread by anal sex or drug injection, ways in which the virus commonly spreads in the United States.
The two trials, conducted by researchers from universities in Illinois, Maryland, Canada, Uganda and Kenya, involved nearly 3,000 heterosexual men in Kisumu, Kenya, and nearly 5,000 in Rakai, Uganda. None were infected with H.I.V. They were divided into circumcised and uncircumcised groups, given safe sex advice (although many presumably did not take it), and retested regularly.
The trials were stopped this week by the N.I.H. Data Safety and Monitoring Board after data showed that the Kenyan men had a 53 percent reduction in new H.I.V. infection. Twenty-two of the 1,393 circumcised men in that study caught the disease, compared with 47 of the 1,391 uncircumcised men.
In Uganda, the reduction was 48 percent.
Those results echo the finding of a trial completed last year in Orange Farm, a township in South Africa, financed by the French government, which demonstrated a reduction of 60 percent among circumcised men.
The two largest agencies dedicated to fighting AIDS said they would now be willing to pay for circumcisions, which they have not before because there was too little evidence that it worked.
Dr. Richard G. A. Feachem, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which has almost $5 billion in pledges, said in a television interview that if a country submitted plans to conduct sterile circumcisions, “I think it’s very likely that our technical panel would approve it.”
Dr. Mark Dybul, executive director of President Bush’s $15 billion Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, said in a statement that his agency “will support implementation of safe medical male circumcision for H.I.V./AIDS prevention” if world health agencies recommend it.
He also warned that it was only one new weapon in the fight, adding, “Prevention efforts must reinforce the A.B.C. approach — abstain, be faithful, and correct and consistent use of condoms.”
Researchers have long noted that parts of Africa where circumcision is common — particularly the Muslim countries of West Africa — have much lower AIDS rates, while those in southern Africa, where circumcision is rare, have the highest.
But drawing conclusions was always confounded by other regional factors, like strict Shariah law in some Muslim areas, rape and genocide in East Africa, polygamy, rites that require widows to have sex with a relative, patronage of prostitutes by miners, and men’s insistence on dangerous “dry sex” — with the woman’s vaginal walls robbed of secretions with desiccating herbs.
Outside Muslim regions, circumcision is spotty. In South Africa, for example, the Xhosa people circumcise teenage boys, while Zulus do not. AIDS is common in both tribes.
Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom,” contains an unnerving but hilarious account of his own Xhosa circumcision, by spear blade, as a teenager. Although he was supposed to shout, “I am a man!” he grimaced in pain, he wrote.
But not all initiation ceremonies are laughing matters. Every year, some South African teenagers die from infections, and the use of one blade on many young men may help spread AIDS.
In recent years, as word has spread that circumcision might be protective, many southern African men have sought it out. A Zambian hospital offered $3 circumcisions last year, and Swaziland trained 60 doctors to do them for $40 after waiting lists at its national hospital grew.
“Private practitioners also do it,” Dr. Halperin said. “In some places, it’s $20; in others, much more. Lots of the wealthy elite have already done it. It prevents S.T.D.’s, it’s seen as cleaner, sex is better, women like it. I predict that a lot of men who can’t afford private clinics will start clamoring for it.” (S.T.D.’s are sexually transmitted diseases.)
Male circumcision also benefits women. For example, a study of the medical records of 300 Ugandan couples last year estimated that circumcised men infected with H.I.V. were about 30 percent less likely to transmit it to their female partners.
Earlier studies on Western men have shown that circumcision significantly reduces the rate at which men infect women with the virus that causes cervical cancer. A study published in 2002 in The New England Journal of Medicine found that uncircumcised men were about three times as likely as circumcised ones with a similar number of sexual partners to carry the human papillomavirus.
The suspected mechanism was the same — cells on the inside of the foreskin were also more susceptible to that virus, which is not closely related to H.I.V.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
After hearing (well, reading) all about Danni's "fisting" experience last night, I was happy to be back with her and able to join her for the Saturday night party at Virginia Friends. After 8 hours of driving, I got to the hotel, grabbed a nap for a couple of hours, and we headed down to the party around 9pm.
This was the party between Halloween and New Year's, so it was a little lighter crowd than normal, maybe 80 or so couples. We're told that there were 20 couples at the newcomer session, which explained why there were so many new faces.
We were in the bar section of the party most of the night, catching up with old friends and meeting some new ones. Consuelo and Juan had told us that they'd be there after we had raved about VAF when we met for the first time. As soon as we entered the bar, I spotted Consuelo's beautiful smile.
We also met CeCe and Peeb, a couple new to VAF that has been dating for a few months. They've been loving the lifestyle and were excited about their first party. CeCe was clearly feeling good as she hopped on a booth near the bar a few different times and flashed the entire party. She and Consuelo also enjoyed letting people suck on their nipples throughout the evening. Yummy!
After midnight, we headed up to the restricted floor. The owners of VAF had added a nice dance floor to the party suite, although we didn't spend much time in the suite this night.
Danni and I had gotten more comfortable (i.e. less dressed) and headed out to the hallway to see what was happening. We found Consuelo and Juan again. Danni and I were casually leaning against the wall near the food table chatting with them when Consuelo dropped to her knees in front of Danni and began kissing and fingering her pussy. Danni leaned back and enjoyed, eventually pushing Consuelo down on the hallway floor, so Danni could straddle her face and enjoy being eaten in front of a nice crowd.
After Danni was starting to get rug burn on her knees, she stood up to find Juan with a hard cock trying to get out of his pants. She pulled out his cock and started sucking him. At the same time, Liz, an old VAF friend came over to join the action. Consuelo was fingering her pussy as Liz unzipped my pants and began sucking my cock. Again, a crowd was standing in the hallway watching the action.
Liz had left, but Consuelo and Juan agreed to join Danni and me back in our room. Consuelo immediately told me that I hadn't "properly" experienced her oral talents, and she took my cock deep into her mouth. Damn she felt great. She expertly sucked my cock while Juan was fucking her.
Of course Danni was not to be denied and quickly got her share of Consuelo's pussy. Danni then began sucking Juan as I spent some quality time with Consuelo's cunt, eating her until she began squirting. Uh oh, this was going to be another wet night.
Danni had pulled her hitachi wand out. Danni loves to deep throat a cock while the wand is working on her wet cunt, and she did that often throughout the evening. Consuelo used the double-headed dildo on Danni, pounding her tight pussy with it, as Danni pressed harder and harder on her own clit with the wand.
In the middle of all this wet nakedness, there was a knock at the door. After agreeing that I should answer it, I looked through the key hole and saw that it was that sexy CeCe and her stud Peeb. I opened the door and invited them in. They saw that there were four people very much in the middle of some hot action. This was going to be Consuelo and Juan's first time in a party larger than four people!!
CeCe and Peeb imediately got undressed. Consuelo started sucking Peeb's cock while Juan began fucking CeCe. This gave me some time to fuck Danni and I enjoyed making her squirt a bunch of times.
The double-headed dildo was pulled out again and used between the girls, Consuelo and CeCe.
After a while, I noticed Consuelo's ass up in the air as she was working Peeb's cock. I moved around and began fucking her doggie style. Her tight cunt clenched onto my cock as I enjoyed her warm wetness while she had Peeb deep into her mouth. Danni had been rubbing CeCe's pussy when she decided to share the Hitachi (CeCe had never experienced one). Suddenly we all heard some serious waterfalls. CeCe was a squirter too!! Wow, three in the same bed. One would have been sufficient to soak the bed, so you can imagine what three serious squirters were like.
Danni was ready to get fucked some more, so I laid on the bed and she hopped on top of my cock and started fucking me cowgirl style. Consuelo then straddled my face as the girls began kissing. Juan, sharp guy that he is, moved into position so that his cock could be sucked by both girls at the same time. I couldn't see anything from this vantage point, but it sure sounded like he was enjoying things.
I noticed that CeCe and Peeb were getting dressed, and told CeCe that I needed to at least have a taste of her, since Juan had pretty much monopolized her. Wonderful woman that she is, she got undressed and took over Consuelo's position straddling my face. Damn, her freshly squirted pussy was tasting wonderful. We did eventually kiss them goodnight and continue on with Juan and Consuelo.
Danni was starting to feel sore, and I could tell she was soon going to cry uncle. So I flipped her on her back, pinned her knees behind her ears, and started to slam fuck her. At the same time, Juan grabbed Consuelo, put her into a chair, and started pounding into her.
We fucked our women hard like this for a while. I eventually blew my load deep into Danni, she loves that so much. Juan continued pumping into Consuelo as we appreciated the show. Got some great pics for them, too, as you can see.
Eventually, we were all spent and could barely walk and kissed goodnight.
Of course, I got the WET side of the bed, again. I should be used to that by now, lol.
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Danni: Hi, babe....quiet Fri at VAF without u
Danni: Missed u last nite, hun
B: Did u play?
Danni: In a way
Danni: Met a cute newbie couple only here for Fri party
Danni: Only in L/S 6 months
Danni: I kissed her
Danni: I kissed him
Danni: in the bar
Danni: They were very drunk
Danni: We danced a little, grinding
Danni: I think he likd me poundin him frm bhind like I had the strap-on! lol
Danni: Aftr the bar party we all went upstairs to the hall
B: Go on
B: Tell me more
Danni: They went to their rm; I gave them our email & blog address
Danni: I went back to my/our rm, got a drink
Danni: Went back to hall, ran into K&C
Danni: K said new cple was in their rm w/anthr cple, door wide open
Danni: So I led the group to go watch!
B: You didn't join?
Danni: It was quite a show
Danni: QUITE a show
Danni: I had a hard-on LOL
Danni: So did K
Danni: K jumped in to get his dick sucked
Danni: nice cock, btw
Danni: U know I cldn't just watch ;-)
Danni: I jumped in to work the girl's pussy
Danni: Her guy was fuckin her doggy
Danni: She loved it, I rubbed her clit really hard
B: What about him?
Danni: I grabbed his cock, balls
Danni: He pulled out, had her suck his cock
Danni: So I fingered her while workin her clit
Danni: She loved it
Danni: Begged for more
Danni: Very intense eyes
Danni: Grabbed my hand
Danni: Pulling me deeper
Danni: So I obliged
Danni: Ended up fisting her
B: Wow! You've never fisted a girl before!
Danni: Nope, first time
Danni: Slipped right in
Danni: All the way
Danni: Up to my wrist!
B: She like it?
Danni: Made her scream
Danni: Made her scream
Danni: Made her scream!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Danni: Worked her as hard as I cld
Danni: Til my hand went numb
Danni: My arm's still sore today lol
Danni: I'm all horned up for tonite's party, babe
B: I'm on my way! See you soon!