What made Las Vegas Cool in 2012

By Joe Buda and Debbie Hall, contributing writers

The Informer Media Group

A year is a long time and there were more events, openings, happenings and news stories than can possibility be covered in one article. But cool is a good thing and below is our picks for what made Las Vegas a cool place in 2012.

Zarkana at Aria

When “Zarakana” opened at Aria in November, it was a return of Cirque Du Soleil to its roots.

The show is a visual masterpiece, both stunning and beautiful.  “Zarkana” revolves around Zark, a magician who searches for his lost love and lost powers.

Throughout the course of the show we meet several characters from Zark’s life, including both a snake woman and a spider woman. I mention these two specifically as they utilize some of the most impressive set designs in the show.  The visual effects are big in “Zarkana,” but that does not detract from its charm.

And in true Cirque fashion the acrobatics are second to none. Daring acts highlight the show.

One notable part of the show to look out for is the sand painting where an artist tells the story of the show using sand on a light table.

With “Zarkana” the audience is transported to another world, one that seems like a dream.

For more information on “Zarkana,” visit the Zarkana website.

Photo Credit: Joe Buda

Bagatelle Restaurant and Supper Club at the Tropicana Las Vegas

The Tropicana has been experiencing a rebirth lately.  While the remodeling effort is ongoing, the property is continually being upgraded.  Bagatelle takes the property to a new level.

While the “at the Tropicana” part is important to know for the address of the club, it is a separate entity that happens to reside on Tropicana land and has its own entrance.

Bagatelle is part restaurant, part lounge and part day club. According to Bagatelle management, the space is designed to morph as the evening goes on.  The theory behind this is to prevent diners from having to travel across town to visit a club when they are done with their meals.

Its pool area houses a stage for musical acts and promises to add something that is missing from much of Las Vegas, easy access. Guests will be able to park in the back of Bagatelle and enter the pool area within a few feet from where they park (depending upon parking conditions, of course.)

For more information on Bagatelle Restaurant and Supper Club, visit the Bagatelle website.

Photo Credit: Tom Jones IV

The Wranglers went to the ECHL Kelley Cup Finals

The Las Vegas Wranglers gave fans a thrill last season.  The team went to the ECHL Kelly Cup finals in 2012 for the second time.

While they ultimately lost out to the Florida Everblades, the Wranglers proved that they are a force to be reckoned with, having gone to two Kelly Cup finals in a four year timespan.

The Wranglers finished the 2011-2012 season with a 42-22-1 record and a 12-4-2 record in postseason.

Downtown Las Vegas

From revitalizing the old to debuting the new – Downtown Las Vegas has become the new place to live, work, shop and have fun.

The Smith Center, which opened March 10, 2012, offers cultural events including music, touring Broadway shows, art and events. Almost 20 years in the making, it will be the new home for the Lied Children Discovery Museum with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and Nevada Ballet Theater already established there.

the D Las Vegas

The D Las Vegas debut Oct. 10 with a big celebration. Photography by Joe Buda

The D Las Vegas (former The Fitz/Fitzgerald’s) debuted its new look including outdoor bar and 21 pit with go-go dancers, remodeled rooms and energized atmosphere with a celebration Oct. 10. It was named the D honoring downtown, co-owner Derek Stevens’ name, and the owners’ hometown of Detroit. During the grand opening, owners and brothers, Greg and Derek Stevens came on stage with Derek Stevens telling the crowd how he and his brother are excited to be part of the redevelopment of downtown.

Speaking of the Steven Brothers, with a 60 percent stake in the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino, the oldest and smallest hotel (106 rooms) on the Fremont Street Experience, the Golden Gate began its first major renovation in more than 50 years. The $12 million project includes a 35,000-square-foot, five-story hotel tower with 14 new suites and two penthouses; a porte cochere; the casino floor expansion and a high limit gaming area.

The Fremont East Entertainment District is thriving with a mix of art galleries, bars, clubs and restaurants along Fremont Street bordering Las Vegas Boulevard to Eighth Street, one block north of Fremont Street to Ogden Avenue and one block south to Carson Avenue. Along with being included as part of First Friday, new businesses open in 2012 included Commonwealth and Backstage Bar and Billiards.

And Zappo’s is a big part of revitalizing downtown including its purchase and operation of First Friday, bringing jobs to the downtown area along with a young, urban workforce seeking to live in the downtown area. Add the new City Hall which includes the city government and a showcase for events that can be held in its spacious lobby and Downtown Las Vegas became the new cool for 2012.

Interjet adds route to Las Vegas

Photo Credit: Nikki Artale

With the influx of Mexican nationals visiting Las Vegas, Interjet debut its inaugural flight from Toluca Airport in Mexico City to Las Vegas on Nov. 15, 2012. Interjet became the fourth Mexican airline to fly to McCarran International Airport.

The carrier, a 150-seat Airbus A320s, has scheduled flights on Thursday and Sunday, the two most heavily traveled days for foreign airlines in Las Vegas. President Miguel Aleman said Interjet projects that 30 percent of its passengers will be Las Vegas locals due to Southern Nevada’s large Hispanic population and introductory incentives that with a ticket purchase to Mexico City, the ticketed passenger will be able to fly to Acapulco for free.

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