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Get Freaky at these 2011 Halloween Hotspots

Where to be on All Hallow’s Eve…

1_fangtasia393x293Thursday, Oct 27

FANGTASIA

  • Sink your teeth into Fangtasia, at EDGE Nightspot. EDGE will be giving away $1,000 in Cash Prizes to their favorite outfits of the night to kick off the $10,000 Halloween Giveaway Weekend. “True Blood” themed attire is encouraged.

Friday, Oct 28

FREAKIN’ WEEKEND

  • 294565_298548630172180_168802109813500_1253800_260115406_nFreakin’ Weekend is spread over venues, honoring only 1 cover and giving away over $6,000 in costume contests. The kids might have to wait until Monday for Halloween tricks and treats, but adults can get their party started early at the Eldorado Hotel Casino.

FRIGHT FEST HALLOWEEN PARTY

Saturday, Oct 29

RENO ZOMBIE CRAWL

  • Rise from the crypt in your best zombie attire and join the flesh eating masses at the Reno Zombie Crawl to enjoy drink specials at more than 30 bars. Featuring multiple start locations, this year’s crawl promises to be all about the brain eating fun so forget about the long lines of the past.

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  • Come with your smoothest moves to Boogieman’s Ball at the Knitting Factory! $1000.00 First Place for Best Costume and DJ Kos mixes today’s best dance/party music videos on their massive video screens!

SKIN & SCARE INFERNO

  • Things will heat up at EDGE for their Skin & Scare Inferno party $6,000 Costume Contest, where EDGE will give away $2,500 for the Sexiest costume, $2,500 for the Scariest costume, and an additional $1,000 in Cash Prizes. This is the second night of thier $10,000 Halloween Giveaway Weekend!

FREAKIN’ WEEKEND

  • Freakin’ Weekend is spread over venues, honoring only 1 cover and giving away over $6,000 in costume contests. The kids might have to wait until Monday for Halloween tricks and treats, but adults can get their party started early at the Eldorado Hotel Casino.WILD EROTIC BALL

WILD EROTIC BALL

  • Scary and sexy collide at the Wild 102.9 11th Annual Wild Erotic Ball at Silver Legacy. Saturday, October 29 there are dueling parties at Aura Lounge and Rum Bullions, cover at each night club is $10 or you can get in on both for only $16! Beginning at 9:00 p.m., both lounges offer Costume Contests, with 1st prize receiving $300 and 2nd prize receiving $200, in cash.

1_wild-erotic-ballSunday, Oct 30

HALLOWEEN JAM FEST

  • On the Eve of All Hallow’s Eve, join the Knitting Factory as they rock the house at Halloween Jam Fest.

Monday, Oct 31

MONSTER BASH

  • The kids aren’t the only ones who deserve treats come Halloween night, Monster Bash . Enter the $2,500 Costume Contest, where EDGE will award $1,000 for the Sexiest costume, $1,000 for the Most Creative costume, and a $500 Cash Prize for their Favorite costume of the night. This is the last night of the $10,000 Halloween Giveaway Weekend, so don’t miss out!

If you’re looking for a fright night with your family, check out  Costume Contests, Mayhem and a Hoedown?… An Unforgettable 2011 Halloween Weekend.

MEruelo Group to invest more than $25 million IN RENOVATIONS at Grand Sierra Resort AND CASINO

2358651633_494bfef237_zAlex Meruelo, CEO and Founder of the Meruelo Group, and owner of Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (GSR) announced a $25 million investment in upgrading the GSR campus. This facility’s improvement will focus on areas that most impact guests’ quality of experience including but not limited to guest rooms, dining venues and entertainment spaces.

Construction begins 4th Quarter 2011. Renovations will include:

  • Updated guest rooms and suites, which will showcase classic contemporary furnishings, linens and flooring.
  • The Cantina, a new and authentic Mexican dining venue that will boast Northern Nevada’s largest tequila collection.
  • The casino floor will boast a brand new complete ultra lounge, featuring floor to ceiling sheers and hidden coves with plush furniture.
  • GSR newest club will be a contemporary country western dance hall. With more than $1 million allocated for this portion of the project the new space will feature a larger dance floor, additional seating and a country crossover look and feel.
  • To compliment all of the additions to the property the casino will also be remodeled and renovated to reflect the updated look.
  • The last elements of the renovation will include improvements to existing on-site amenities such as the convention center, heath club and spa as well as new and upgraded carpet and lighting throughout the property.

This Labor Day, End your Summer Right with BBQ, Bikinis and Boisterous Comedians

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What better way to kick-off your Labor Day weekend than hitting The Beach? Grab your board shorts and bikinis and head over to the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino for Plunge Thursday. Relax next to the pool while enjoying drink specials from Skyy Vodka and Coors as guest DJs spin the hottest tracks.

If you’re hungry for one last summer BBQ, join the thousands that gather every year at Victorian Square in Sparks for the country’s most prestigious rib eating festival, The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. Enjoy finger-lickin’ ribs prepared by top cooks from across the nation as well as live music on the Main Concert Stage every night. This Labor Day favorite takes place August 31 – September 5.

Get your last laughs for the summer with comedians Dante Nero and K-von at Silver Legacy’s Catch a Rising Star. Funny man Dante Nero has been featured on Chappell’s Show and had a role in the hit movie Fighting, while K-von, star of the MTV’s “Disaster Date” has been featured on SHOWTIME and recently came off a two-year comedy tour. Performing August 30 through September 4, these comedic up and comers will have you in tears from laughter.

Enjoy this last holiday weekend of freedom in Reno-Tahoe!

Written by, Cody Haener

Live Stream: Burning Man 2011

August 29 – September 5, over 50,000 participants gather to create Black Rock City in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having created unbelievable artistic experiences, and having left no trace whatsoever.



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BURNING MAN 101

If you’re heading to the playa for Burning Man and need to know what to bring and where to get it we have you covered. Here is a list of tips and shops in the Reno-Sparks area where you will find the essentials to make your visit to Black Rock City smooth and memorable.

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Weather

For those of you who don’t know desert weather, the days are hot and the nights are cold.

Daytime temperatures routinely exceed 100º F. Sunscreen, lip balm and skin lotion are your three best friends on the playa. Drinking up to one gallon of water per person per day is the rule of thumb. Remember to eat proper salty foods to prevent electrolyte imbalance.

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  • You don’t carry a water bottle with you at all times.
  • You swill instead of drinking deeply.
  • You wait to drink until you’re thirsty – too late!
  • Your urine is anything but clear and abundant.
  • You become cranky.

Overnight lows in the 40’s can seem exceptionally cold after extensive daytime sun, so you’ll want to bring warm clothing and a good sleeping bag.

High recommendation: bring goggles. Dust storms can prowl the playa in packs or sweep in a broadened front across the plain at any moment.

Clothing

Outfits are crucial on the playa. Burners are encouraged to express themselves and wear what may not normally be accepted around town and at the office – so get creative.  By visiting these clothing stores and costume shops, you will find everything you’ll need from EL-wire kits to exotic fabrics to create the perfect ensemble:

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PolyEsther’s Costume Boutique

Junkee Clothing Exchange

Chocolate Walrus

Prism Magic Clothing & Imports

Bikes

A bicycle (with a bike light) is vital for enjoying the vast and burgeoning metropolis. Remember, Black Rock City turns into a decent size “town” with over 50,000 people. Here are a few shops where you can pick up your playa transportation:

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Bicycle Bananas

Reno Bike Project

Great Basin Bicycles

Food

It is crucial to bring plenty of food and water with you on your Burning Man journey so stop by these great retailers to stock up before you head out:

Save Mart Supermarket – 525 Keystone Ave.

Trader Joe’s – 5035 South McCarran Blvd.

Whole Foods Market – 6139 South Virginia St.

Simply Water- 1070 Gentry Way

Gear

The only thing sold on the playa is ice and coffee, so don’t forget any camping necessities such as tents, flashlights, batteries, shade, and water containers. Check out:

Cabelas

Scheels

Twin City Surplus

Sierra Trading Post

For more tips, check out the Survival Guide.

Check out our pictures from last year on Flickr.

HOT AUGUST NIGHTS “DO NOT MISS” EVENTS SCHEDULE

During Hot August Nights, Reno Tahoe has more events happening around town than anyone could ever dream of attending. We know this can be a bit overwhelming, so we’ve made a list to highlight a few of our “do not miss” events each night. For the full event schedule, click here.

HAN2TUESDAY, AUGUST 9

2 pm to 6 pm              Summit Racing Equipment Show-n-Shine – 960 E. Glendale Ave., Sparks

3 pm to 5 pm              Local’s Classic Car Show-n-Shine Competition – Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Reno

Entertainment

Eldorado Hotel Casino

7 pm                            Hairspray – Tickets start at $24.95 – Dinner & Show. Packages Available. To order tickets call 775-786-5700 or 800-879-8879 or go to www.eldoradoreno.com.

Grand Sierra Resort

8 pm                            Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo – Tickets from $25, $45, $65. Call 800-648-3568 or go to www.grandsierraresort.com.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10

9 am to 4 pm              Grand Sierra Resort Daily Classic Cherry Shown – Shine - Awards presented nightly at 7 pm on the venue stage.

5 pm to 10 pm            Cruise of Champions – Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

6 pm                            Jelly Donut Eating Contest – Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

7 pm to 10 pm            Official Kick-off Cruise- Downtown Reno

7 pm to 10 pm            Controlled Cruise – Downtown Sparks

Entertainment

Eldorado Hotel Casino

7 pm                            Hairspray – Tickets start at $24.95 – Dinner & Show. Packages Available. To order tickets call 775-786-5700 or 800-879-8879 or go to www.eldoradoreno.com.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11

12 pm to 10 pm          Hot August Nights Drags & Burnouts Presented by John Ascuaga’s Nugget & Full Throttle Performance – John Ascuaga’s Nugget. West Parking Lot

3 pm to 5 pm              Peppermill Night Life Show-n-Shine Competition – Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Reno

8 pm to 11 pm            Hot August Nights 25th Anniversary Prom – “Evening Under The Stars.” Sponsored by Circus Circus. Entertainment by Ronny & The Classics. Mandalay Ballroom. Tickets $15 in advance/$20 at the door- Call 800-648-5010 or 775-789-5604.

Entertainment

Grand Sierra Resort

8:15 pm                       HERMAN’S HERMITS STARRING PETER NOONE

Victorian Square – Sparks

8:15 pm                       “OH WHAT A NIGHT” A TRIBUTE TO FRANKIE VALLI AND THE FOUR SEASONS – Stage Presented by John Ascuaga’s Nugget & The City of Sparks.

Eldorado Hotel Casino

7 pm                            Hairspray – Tickets start at $24.95 – Dinner & Show. Packages Available. To order tickets call 775-786-5700 or 800-879-8879 or go to www.eldoradoreno.com.

Harrah’s Reno

8 pm                            Sammy Davis Jr. Tribute Show. Tickets are $25/$29, call 775-778-2900 for reservations or go to www.harrahsreno.com.

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2 pm                            Free Classic Film Festival - Rebel Without A Cause. John Ascuaga’s Nugget.  Celebrity Showroom.

7:30 pm to 8 pm         Kids Show-n-Shine Competition – All Ages Welcome. Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Reno.

9:45 pm                       Hot August Nights Fireworks Spectacular – Silver Legacy Resort Casino.

Entertainment

Eldorado Hotel Casino

7 pm                            Hairspray. Tickets start at $24.95 – Dinner & Show. Packages Available. To order tickets call 775-786-5700 or 800-879-8879 or go to www.eldoradoreno.com.

Harrah’s Reno

8 pm                            Sammy Davis Jr. Tribute Show. Tickets are $25/$29, call 775-778-2900 for reservations or go to www.harrahsreno.com.

Silver Legacy Resort Casino

8 pm                            DOO WOP. The Flamingos featuring Terry Johnson, Barbara Harris & The Toys, The Marcels, The Safaris, Kathy Young, Joe Jones & The Pentagons, & The Olympics. Tickets from $50, $69.50. Call the Silver Legacy Resort Casino at 800-MUST-SEE or ticketmaster.com or silverlegacy.com.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13

8 am to 10 pm            Hot August Nights Official Classic Car Auction – Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

10 am to 3 pm            John Ascuaga’s Nugget Peoples Choice Award - Pick up judging ballot at John’s Club booth.

10 am to 5 pm            Big Boy’s Toy Store - Reno-Sparks Events Center, Downtown Reno – Presented by the Silver Legacy Resort Casino and the Eldorado Hotel Casino.

Entertainment

Eldorado Hotel Casino

7 pm & 9:30 pm          Hairspray. Tickets start at $24.95 – Dinner & Show. Packages Available. To order tickets call 775-786-5700 or 800-879-8879 or go to www.eldoradoreno.com.

Harrah’s Reno

8 pm                            Sammy Davis Jr. Tribute Show. Tickets are $25/$29, call 775-778-2900 for reservations or go to www.harrahsreno.com.

Silver Legacy Resort Casino

8 pm                            DICK FOX’S GOLDEN BOYS STARRING FRANKIE AVALON, FABIAN & BOBBY RYDELL. Tickets from $65 & $80. Call the Silver Legacy Resort Casino at 800-MUST-SEE or ticketmaster.com or silverlegacy.com.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14

10 am                          Official Parade – Downtown Reno

Entertainment

Eldorado Hotel Casino

7 pm                            Hairspray. Tickets start at $24.95 – Dinner & Show. Packages Available. To order tickets call 775-786-5700 or 800-879-8879 or go to www.eldoradoreno.com.

Harrah’s Reno

8 pm                            Sammy Davis Jr. Tribute Show. Tickets are $25/$29, call 775-778-2900 for reservations or go to www.harrahsreno.com.

SUPERHEROES AND VILLANS WILL SAVE THE WORLD, ONE DRINK AT A TIME

The only thing Superheroes, Super-zeros and Villains can agree on: a giant pub crawl. On July 16, identities will be masked, evil will pause and good times will prevail.

We know you have to get to making your unarguably awesome costumes, so we’ll keep the details short:

$2 and $3 drink specials

17 participating bars

Cash and other prizes! (How often are you paid to drink with your friends?)

Cost: $5 gets you a cup and a map

Upgraded VIP Cup: Only $40 buys you admission and one $5 drink at each of the 17 stops. FYI: that’s $85 worth of booze!

Be Safe, don’t drive. The Silver Legacy Resort Casino has discounted hotel rooms exclusively for Crawlers. Enter code SUPER11.

Start time: 8pm

End time: You make the call. You’re in Reno.

Start Location: Biggest Little City Club at 188 California Avenue

The Superhero Crawl’s mission is to save the World, one drink at a time. So, just in case you needed one more reason to party, a portion of the proceeds is donated to support the Washoe County School District.

Check out the costumes from last year and let your imagination decide your pseudo-character for the night.

SIZZLING SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT HARRAH’S RENO

Plaza imageWe know good music and Harrah’s Reno is bringing it to you, free. We’re not talking about the stuff that’s tweaked on computers to the point where anything can sound good. We’re talking about bold music, live music, rock and roll that takes real musical talent and powerful vocal chords to rock a stage.

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Centered on Bill Harrah’s Centennial Birthday Celebration, Harrah’s Reno is offering a special summer concert series with performances every Saturday night. With a lineup of talented bands, go-go dancers and raffle prizes, Saturday nights at Harrah’s Plaza will heat up fast.

A list of highlighted performers, to name a few:

July 16 – XFEST 2011 featuring ROY ROGERS AND THE DELTA RHYTHM KINGS, 4-11p, $10*
Four bands take the stage for this alternative rock weekend.

*All other shows are FREE.

July 23 – THE JACKS, 9p-11pCrowd
AC/DC music at its best from this rockin’ tribute.

July 30 – HOT FOR TEACHER, 9p-11p
A salute to the music of Van Halen will keep the plaza rockin’ all night.

August 13 – 60s SUMMER OF LOVE, 9p-11p
Enjoy the best music from the decade of love.

August 20 – MOTOWN SOUL FEATURING NATHAN OWENS, 9p-11p
Incredible R&B and Motown performances from this experienced big band.

August 27 – WEIRD SCIENCE, 9p-11p
Always popular, this band performs the best in 80s danceable classic tunes.

September 3 & 4 – BIG CITY REVUE, 9p-11p
This massive band takes the stage two nights over the holiday weekend. Not to be missed, this band will have the joint jumping with party songs from the 70s, 80s and 90s.

September 10 – DEPARTMENT OF ROCK, 9p-11p
Myriad rock and roll tribute bands mixed into one spectacular performance. You’ll hear the most popular classic rock tunes from 80s and 90s on this not to be missed special night.

September 17 – POP VINYL, 9p-11p
The L.A. dance band performs party favorites from the 80s and 90s.

September 22 – BUDDY EMMER BAND, 12p-3p
Special shows to celebrate Street Vibrations.

September 22 & 23 – UNAUTHORIZED ROLLING STONES
A rock and roll salute to the stones. Classic.

September 23 & 24 – CREAM OF CLAPTON
Hear a rock and blues tribute to Eric Clapton in this special daytime show.

September 24 – BUDDY EMMER BAND, 12p-3p
Special shows to celebrate Street Vibrations.

September 24 – SYYNNYN LYNNYRD, 9p-11p
The perfect finale, this tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd will blow your hair back.

For a complete list of FREE Plaza Concerts at Harrah’s Reno click here.

BuBinga is Back! A Whole New Shade of Cool at the Eldorado

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BuBinga Lounge at the Eldorado has reopened with a whole new shade of cool!  Located on the mezzanine level across from La Strada Italian Restaurant, this all new venue features state of the art lights and cutting edge digital music technology that produces premium sound for live music and DJ tracks. 

A re-designed stage, surrounded by the dance floor, is the center-focus in the new BuBinga, with elite theatrical lighting, including fifteen moving lights and one colossal multi-movement light that pulses color throughout the room.  This sleek new hotspot features plush surroundings with all new faux black crocodile and snake leather seating modules with lighted table tops that omit rhythmic bands of color across the venue. 

Elevated VIP areas are available for bottle service as well as an elevated party booth capable accommodating up to 20 people for celebrating that special occasion.  As an added bonus, the Eldorado now offers “Plan a Party,” the ultimate get-together planning service.  Want to throw the ultimate birthday party or the best Bachelor or Bachelorette event?  Email our professionals at planaparty@eldoradoreno.com for details.

The ultra hip atmosphere inside BuBinga is also enhanced with twelve large, 42 and 50-inch, video screens wrapping the room.  Liquid assets abound, two sexy bars heat up the atmosphere while the best mixologists pour your favorite libation. Each bar is back lit with geometrical hues of blue color and a serpentine-shaped bar die wall that projects soft color waves. 

With an open design throughout, the new BuBinga Lounge allows guests to see the entire venue from almost every point in the room.  Entertainment includes live DJ performances and bands every Friday and Saturday night beginning at 9 p.m. and Wednesdays starting April 16.  For more information and entertainment schedules call 775-786-5700 or visit the Eldorado online at www.eldoradoreno.com.

- Diana Rogers

New Aura Lounge Drink Specials + Free Lessons in Mambo, Cha Cha and More

Aura Lounge exteriorSilver Legacy Resort Casino is spicing up Sunday night with Salsa Etc. at Aura Lounge.  Enjoy great drink specials, free dance lessons and party all night long with DJ R Boogie every Sunday night!

The fun begins with the hottest happy hour in town; ladies drink free from 5 to 7 p.m. every Sunday night.  At 6 p.m. professional instructors and choreographers from Dancin! Performing Arts Center will give guests free dance lessons—from the mambo to cha cha, tango and more. Free lessons last until 7 p.m.

DJ R Boogie keeps everyone dancing all night long and Aura’s skilled flair bartenders pour delicious, south-of-the-border inspired drink specials including $4.50 Margaritas, $2 12 oz. Coronas and $2 tequila shooters all night long. 

VIP and Bottle Service are also available by request; learn more at www.silverlegacy.com or by calling 775-325-7401. Grab a dance partner and hit the floor at Aura every Sunday for Salsa Etc!

- Diana Rogers