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The Vegas Soulcialite Learns A Lesson

  Sometimes as a parent I forget to talk to my children. I can blame my old school upbringing—children should be seen and not heard and only answer when spoken to, or I could blame it on a lack of patience. Maybe it’s a nebulous mixture of those things…plus, sometimes I just can’t find the words suitable for children that accurately describe the feelings I have. About a month ago a good friend of mine was doing [ ... ]

The Vegas Soulcialite Does Venice Beach

  Well doesn’t that title sound like a pornographic flick? Sheesh. Thursday afternoon I spontaneously packed a bag and headed west to Pasadena to catch Val Kilmer’s play ‘Citizen Twain’ at the Pasadena Playhouse. Kilmer wrote and starred in this one man show about one of the most famous American writers to date. The piece showcases some of Twain’s best quotes and snippets of dialogue from his books “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “Tom Sawyer”. The audience must [ ... ]

The Vegas Soulcialite Goes to the Hoodies

So the Hoodie Awards made it’s appearance in Las Vegas for the 12th time earlier this month, and it was my 3rd time covering. This time they came bearing a new name, The ‘Neighborhood Awards’. Last year Steve Harvey said the reason for the name change had to do with sponsorship. He of course wants to make it bigger and better every year, and maybe the name ‘hoodie’ turns some larger companies off? He already has [ ... ]

The Vegas Soulcialite Meets Her First Playboy Playmate

  I finally had the chance to see the Stratosphere Hotel’s newest residency show, ‘Pin Up’ last Friday night. It’s a retro burlesque-style show, which is pretty common for Vegas right now (well, always). You know, pretty girls in tight corsets and garter belts with 1940’s style swooped up hair and pouty red lips. This one takes you on a journey through every month in the year with a different song and dance routine to match the seasons and [ ... ]

The Vegas Soulcialite Chats With A Well Dressed Man

I love a sexy man. But what makes a man “sexy”? His walk, his smile, his arms, maybe his conversation…the way he dresses? It’s really a mixture of all of those, but one of the first things we notice is what he’s wearing. I for one don’t like the baggy jeans, snapback hats and jersey style.  Nothing wrong with it, but I’m over thirty, and I want my man to dress like he is too. There are a few really, I mean really [ ... ]

The Vegas Soulcialite Tells a Bedtime Story

  Do you remember the story of the Velveteen Rabbit? The children’s book about the stuffed toy that longs to be loved by his owner, but he isn’t fancy or expensive like the other toys, so he gets looked over and passed up, over and over and over.   I’m not sure about the real story behind the naming of the Arts District’s newest bar (opened just over a month), but for me the two really parallel, so we’re going to go [ ... ]

The Vegas Soulcialite’s Memorial Weekend Wrap-up

  For the long holiday weekend I decided to leave the comforts of my downtown neighborhood and head for the ‘burbs…man was I nervous. Outside of downtown Las Vegas and the areas surrounding the Strip everything looks the same. Lots of tan, light brown, dark brown and dirt brown buildings. Sometimes I wonder how anyone tells anything a part. Not that there’s anything wrong with brown, I love brown. I just like a little variety in my [ ... ]

The Vegas Soulcialite Loves the Red, White and Blue

  Memorial Day is one of my favorite holiday weekends. Maybe it’s because I’m so patriotic—I do vote and I love a man in uniform. Or, it could just be that I love barbeque—which you already know, and lounging around the pool….whatever it is, I love it. So besides hanging out on an inflatable raft eating burgers and potato salad all weekend, I plan to spend a little time tonight at one of my favorite supper clubs, [ ... ]

The Vegas Soulcialite Peeks Through the Looking-Glass

    I don’t watch a lot of television—at least not in the reality shows, make-over, or dance competition category. So when I had the opportunity to catch the Jabbawockeez show, ‘MUS.i.C’ at the Monte Carlo hotel back in 2010 with my friend Kanette, I wasn’t really all that excited. I was informed by my friend that they were the winners of ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’ and that they were really good. I believed her, she has great taste, but nonetheless, [ ... ]

The Vegas Soulcialite Licks Her Fingers

We have more than 300 sunny days and warm nights here in the desert, but for some reason the words barbeque and Las Vegas just don’t mix. It really is hard to find good ‘que in this town. You would think it would be easy with all the southern transplants—I believe most of the southern immigrants must have had to leave their recipes and secrets at the Nevada state border. However, my friend Downtown Steve recently told me he [ ... ]

The Vegas Soulcialite Honors Class

For some reason the theme of the last week has been ‘class’. I watched one of my favorite movies, Chicago last weekend and one of the songs that was actually cut from the film is called “Class”. Velma (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Mama (Queen Latifah) sing about how there was a lack of it in the 1920’s… “Oh, there ain’t no gentelmen to open up the doors, There ain’t no ladies now there’s only pigs and whores And even kids’ll [ ... ]

The Vegas Soulcialite Loves Detroit

I’m a Detroiter at heart. I wasn’t born there and I’ve lived in other cities for long stretches but Detroit is the first place I remember. It’s where my memories begin and in some instances end. I met some of my dearest friends within the city limits of the Motor City and I’ve never owned a foreign car. When I go back—at least once a year, I pretty much stay in the city. Don’t get me wrong, I love Las Vegas and plan [ ... ]

The Vegas Soulcialite Likes Variety

  We are known for our over the top shows; bright lights, full bands and orchestras, feathers and dancers, aerialists flying through the air and acrobats tumbling across the stage. Everyone in Vegas, locals and tourists alike expect to be amazed. But just like any other job the workers can get bored with the same ‘ole-same ‘ole. Imagine having to flip and fly through the air 5-6 days a week! Jump and flip to this pole. Fly (gracefully) off [ ... ]

The Vegas Soulcialite Dances In The Pool

  I will start this post by saying I LOVE the Cosmopolitan Hotel. It’s hands down my favorite resort on the Strip. Plus, I like their commercials…they don’t make a whole lot of sense… but they’re pretty cool. The resort itself is fantabulously classy and chic but at the same time it caters to my age group—which, in my opinion helps it avoid the excess snoot factor that some high-brow spots can have. However, what I really [ ... ]

The Vegas Soulcialite Plays Dress-up

So the saying ‘be careful what you wish for’ has to come to pass in my life. Before I started this blog I didn’t know what I was going to write about. I mean I did stuff, but I didn’t feel like I had enough things to talk about to keep anyone interested in the ‘Vegas Soulcialite’. I’m a long haul type of girl. Well looky here, I have been so busy doing stuff I haven’ had time to tell [ ... ]

The Vegas Soulcialite’s Redbox Review

I’m a girl with discerning tastes. Some…well, many would say I’m picky and don’t really like much of anything. I don’t believe that’s true, it’s just the older I get the harder it is to please me. But I think that’s the way it should be. With every passing year we see more and more and I for one don’t want to keep seeing the same thing over and over again. I feel as though people—me [ ... ]

The Vegas Soulcialite Falls In Love With A Girl

The Annual Las Vegas Soul Fest was held over the weekend at the Thomas and Mack arena. There were concerts on both Saturday and Sunday featuring SWV, Lenny Williams, Joe, Kindred the Family Soul, Mary Mary, etc…all the performers I saw all put on an excellent show. Side note: Did you know SWV started as a gospel group? Yeah, me neither. **Continues on while scratching head and humming ‘Downtown’. ** Even with all that talent in one [ ... ]

The Vegas Soulcialite Needs A Cocktail

  Friday and Saturday’s are great nights for partying. But sometimes the work week requires a mid-week event to keep you from losing your mind; especially if your weekends are just as busy as your weekdays. **Raises hand** So a Wednesday night happy hour is exactly what the Doctor ordered. Neo-Soul Happy Hour has been the place to be for more than 2 years now. It recently moved locations to Bagatelle Supper Club inside the Tropicana Hotel, a [ ... ]

The Vegas Soulcialite Rocks The Rockhouse

So what exactly does a dive bar inside a 5 star resort on the Las Vegas strip look like? That was the burning question when the VIP invite to the official grand opening of the Rockhouse at the Venetian Hotel showed up in my email inbox. It was open bar, how could I not go? Besides this is work. People depend on me to write about Las Vegas shenanigans and I refuse to let my readers [ ... ]

The Vegas Soulcialite Stays Up Really Freakin’ Late with CeeLo

    “CeeLo Green is Loberace” opened about a week ago at Planet Hollywood. For months it’s been surrounded by buzz as being this over-the-top spectacle. And that’s what you’d expect from the man who is known for dressing like a peacock in heat…but it ain’t what you get. Great Expectations: When I heard he would be doing a nod to old school Vegas reminiscent of the Liberace era, I thought, okay, I can dig it. I expected big [ ... ]

The Vegas Soulcialite Kisses and Tells

“Everything’s good in the world tonight, when Smokey sings…”  Las Vegas has had more than its fair share of lounge acts. Some good, some well… However, being an old soul I do love a good show: Men in tuxedos accompanied by a live band and plenty of singing and synchronized dancing. So when I heard Human Nature was planning a media shindig to celebrate their new home at the Venetian I decided to crash the party. And [ ... ]

The Vegas Soulcialite’s Weekend Wrap-up

  Friday: I ordered pizza for me and my mini-me’s because cooking was just not an option. I’m finding that to be a running theme in my life. I will ponder that more over tonight’s to-go order. Pizza Hut is my usual go-to pizza spot because I love their crust and toppings. I like my pizza full and heavy, like a meal in itself.  Sausage, onion, green peppers, olives, ham–just about everything piled on a thick crust. ** Watch out, [ ... ]