Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Quiddlers at MGM Crazy Horse

The Quiddlers entertain between scenes of the Crazy Horse Paris show at MGM Grand. This video is of their performance at Monaco's Sporting Club, which is a slightly sanitized version of the Michael Jackson act they perform as part of the MGM Grand Crazy Horse review.

Bellagio Fountains: Sinatra & Luck, Be a Lady

The fountains at the Bellagio Casino and Resort is an expansive, choreographed water feature with performances set to special lighting effects and music. The fountain shows are visible from the street and neighboring structures, most notably from the top of the 540-ft. tall Eiffel Tower replica across the street at Paris Resort and Casino. The fountain show takes place every 30 minutes in the afternoons and early evenings, and every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight. The fountain display is synchronized to diverse pieces of music, including opera, show tunes and classical selections. Featured singers are Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Gene Kelly, Elton John and Celine Dion.

The fountains, set in a nine acre man-made lake, incorporate a network of pipes with more than 1,200 nozzles that make it possible to stage fountain displays coordinated with more than 4,500 lights. The fountain show, which debuted in 1998, came with a price tag of $50 million.

Three types of nozzles are used for the various effects:
Oarsmen - Jets with a full range of spherical motion
Shooters - Shoot water straight upwards
Super Shooters - Send a water blast as high as 250 ft into the air.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Mirage Volcano

This venerable attraction in front of the Mirage Resort debuted in a completely reworked form on December 8, 2008. Anyone who stands near enough to see it will feel the menacing heat, which is a factor that makes this new version so effective. The musical accompaniment is from legendary Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and Indian tabla sensation Zakir Hussain, who joined forces with "Fountains of Bellagio" design firm WET to create this audio/visual spectacle.

Note for the impatient: the eruption does not begin until the 42 second mark:

Hash House a Go Go: B-I-G food

6800 West Sahara Ave (about 4 miles west of the Strip)
Breakfast/lunch Hours: 7:30am-2:30pm

The logo is a tractor, the decor is industrial chic (think corrugated aluminum), and the food is B-I-G. Imagine the largest plate of breakfast food possible. Now double it. That’s about the size of things at this branch of the venerable San Diego classic. They could get by on the novelty of the portion sizes, but the prices are a bargain, and the food is top notch. A winner, and an unforgettable experience. Warning: each portion could easily feed four. Don’t believe me? Burgers are a full pound of ground beef, then stuffed with your choice of peppers, cheeses, etc. Did I mention the the serving plates are the size of small table tops? Check it out.

Breakfast in a 14" square iron skillet (the rosemary garnish is a foot tall):