Vegas really lived up to the moniker Sin City this past week. Tons of porn stars and others in the sex industry flocked to the city for The AVN Adult Entertainment Expo, featuring the 27th Annual AVN Awards. The awards ceremony took place at The Pearl Concert Theater in the Palms on January 9th and comedian Dave Attell helped out adult stars Kirsten Price and Kayden Kross host the Oscars of porn. Baby Bash and Margaret Cho provided the entertainment, while Cho also acted as a presenter.
Atlantic City has tons to offer in the summertime with the beach and boardwalk, fishing, surfing, sailing, and swimming. The winter time, however, leaves the casual visitor with less options, especially if you don't want to be drunk before dinner time. So what do you do?
Right now I would suggest going to the IMAX Theater in the Tropicana Quarter. The Tropicana Quarter, home to 27 retail stores, 8 restaurants, and 5 nightclubs, is considered Atlantic City's one and only Las Vegas style dining and entertainment venue. It has so much to offer that the IMAX is one of the few amenities in the Quarter that most people overlook.
2009 was a banner year for buzzwords. After 365 days of "tweeting," "Obamacising" (?) "sexting," and "bromancing," the word police at Lake Superior University (I've totally heard of it before, too) concocted a list of popular words and phrases from 2009 they would like to eliminate from the common lexicon.
The words and phrases that inspired their ire seem split evenly among bro talk ("chillaxin"), brand coding ("app"), and the economic crisis ("toxic assets"). The use of "friend" as a verb also made the list. I appreciate the sentiment, but "befriended" just doesn't have the same ring to it. Notable nominations for the chopping block from last year include "maverick," appending the work monkey to the end of an internet screen name, and... "first dude." That one may be a Michigan thing. Who knows?
Tradition can be used to hide many things. Chief among them is madness. Every Sunday from November through April, the thick-skinned individuals of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club take to the sea in search of... cold water. They find plenty.
This New Year's Day, this intrepid group is inviting the public to join them in raising support for Camp Sunshine, an organization devoted to supporting children with life threatening diseases. Swimming starts at 1 PM, but participants and observers are encouraged to arrive early. Directions can be found here.
Asked about tips for first timers, one Polar Bear said, "It's a unique rush; hard to explain, but very cold. I take cold showers for a few days before to get myself ready. It'll make you forget about your hangover."
I'm originally from Illinois, so the phrase "world series" usually denotes feelings of shame and embarrassment as the Cubs drop the ball year after year. But this is a world series that I can get behind. I can't think of a better way to start 2010.
Starting January 1st and running through the 5th, Las Vegas is playing host to The World Series of Beer Pong. Contestants pay a registration fee of $599, which is a hefty price to pay for the legions of mainly college students who flock to the strip for this fifth annual competition. Luckily for them, the fee also includes a four-night stay at The Flamingo (home of the competition) and of course, the opportunity to play for the largest payout in the tournament's history with over $65,000 in prizes. Now that will buy you a lot of PBR.
With all the new nightclubs and pools that CityCenter's Aria is bringing to the strip, it makes sense that Steve Wynn has decided to refresh The Wynn's own amenities to keep up with the competition. With a budget of over $70 million (and possibly even up to $100 million), Wynn plans on opening up The Encore Beach Club and Surrender Nightclub Memorial Day weekend 2010.
Susannah Perlman and her troop of international (as far reaching as Canada) Jews hit the boards at the Bleecker Street Theater this Christmas for a rendition of their 7-year running play "Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad."
Before we discuss the play, we must discuss the notion of a nice Jewish girl gone bad. This could be so many things. Perhaps a girl who finally lost her matzah balls, or one too dosed up on valium? I thought perhaps it could refer to that period in most Jewish girls' lives when they subtly, yet irrevocably morph from sweet, lovely and well-mannered to unhinged, constantly in need of attention and validation, drama-loving women. Rumor has it, the proceeds from Perlman's play are currently funding research to ascertain which strand of DNA causes this transformation, and to remove it for the sake of future generations.
Ugo Wine Bar
3865 Cardiff Ave.
Culver City, CA 90232
Ugo Wine Bar in Culver City is revolutionizing wine tasting. For the wine enthusiast or the first time taster, there is something for every palate. The small wine bar, located in the trendy downtown Culver City adjoined with Ugo Italian Cafe, is a tucked away gem stored with wine galore and fun finger-foods to compliment any wine on the menu.
Santa Monica, CA 90401-2311
Give your typical weekend routine a night off and try something different this time around-There's a new bar in town and I guarantee you won't regret giving it a chance! In fact, it may even become your new favorite. Copa d' Oro's classy ambience and one-of-a-kind cocktails have been more than successful in keeping their customers coming back for more! This bar definitely appeals to all age groups, with the average customer being in their late-20s to early-30s. Its fun, yet sophisticated environment is perfect for both a relaxed conversation over drinks or a more upbeat evening out complete with tasty cocktails and dancing-They have live music or a DJ almost every night!