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YOU STURDY RAT!: The Venetian welcomes Chinese New Year of the Rat with feng shui — and a massive golden rodent — in iconic waterfall atrium

Encountering a scurrying rat is hardly a sign of good fortune. But absorbing the awesome beauty of a majestic, dare we say, noble, 2,000-pound golden rodent sculpture in feng-shui-inspired surroundings in the Venetian’s waterfall atrium for the Year of the Rat — which begins Jan. 25 — is another matter entirely.

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IRONY, MEET ARTISTRY: Exhibit of anti-consumerist artist Banksy comes to Fashion Show

Josh Breski spent his birthday with Banksy.

The Long Beach, Calif. resident, freshly 46, was delighted to discover that his birthday-week visit to Las Vegas coincided with the opening of the Banksy: Genius or Vandal? exhibition inside Immersion Vegas, a new venue at Fashion Show mall.

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AIRBORNE TO BE WILD: 2019 was a banner year for increased air travel to Las Vegas

The menu of flights to and from Las Vegas features plenty of tasty new options for fliers in the New Year, thanks to some big air travel developments in 2019. Savory new international offerings include nonstop flights between Las Vegas and Amsterdam and between Las Vegas and the City of Lights (Paris, that is). The first-ever nonstop flight between Tel Aviv and Las Vegas also took off in 2019. There was lots of action on the domestic front, too, which welcomed a sizable flock of additional flights, most of them through ultra-low-cost carriers. Overall, “it was a banner year” for air travel developments in Las Vegas.

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2020 PYRO-VISION: Take a blazing journey through the facts and fun of Vegas’ New Year’s Eve fireworks spectacle 

Officially, it’s America’s Party — our annual jumbo-size/souped-up/extra-energized entertainment extravaganza, this year ushering in that magically-numbered new year of 2020. 

And, ’natch, there’s the titanic topper: the massive, midnight Fireworks by Grucci display on the Strip. Join us as we wing it for a fly-by of the upcoming spectacle, aided by Newswire’s interviews with two experts: Tim Keener, LVE’s vice president/event and ticket operations (this is his 19th year coordinating our New Year’s Eve show); and the fire maestro himself, Phil Grucci, CEO/creative director of the generational family biz, Fireworks by Grucci and its manufacturing branch, Pyrotechnique by Grucci.

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A WOMAN’S PLACE IS IN THE KITCHEN … INDUSTRY: Achieving gender parity in culinary management/ownership propels new Vegas-based Women’s Hospitality Initiative

Never mind shattering the glass ceiling of gender disparity in the culinary industry when even the first one or two rungs of the ladder are broken. A startling fact supports that troubling notion: Although women make up about 50 percent of culinary school graduates, only 7 percent of head chefs and restaurant owners in the country are women, according to 2014 Bloomberg Research. Working to study the disparity and accelerate the development of women in the restaurant and hospitality industry is the newly formed Women’s Hospitality Initiative (WHI). The organization is made up of prominent entrepreneurs and executives from Las Vegas’ food and beverage industry, including cofounder Elizabeth Blau, a longtime restaurateur/consultant and founder/CEO of restaurant development company Blau & Associates.

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Tip of the Hat to the Year of the Rat

Oh RATS! — and we mean that in the most celebratory way possible because this Chinese New Year is the Year of the Rat. Every year, Las Vegas honors the Chinese New year in spectacular fashion with lush, ornate displays and colorful, exciting performances. So take a photographic journey through the city’s tip of the hat to the rodent that symbolizes the new Chinese New Year.

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Newly installed sculpture honors The Rat Pack 

It’s a fact, Jack — the Rat Pack is back. Permanently. And artistically. 

The legacy of Vegas’ iconic quintet — the late Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford — has been immortalized in bronze with the placement of the new statue titled “Spin Baby.”   

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Celebs, Gov. Sisolak spread the word on new global Vegas awareness campaign

Here — and ONLY here.

That’s the new word on the streets all over the world as Las Vegas has launched “What Happens Here, Only Happens Here” as its new slogan.

Building on the longstanding brand recognition sparked by its famous, oft-quoted predecessor, “What Happens Here, Stays Here,” the new “Only” campaign — hashtag: #OnlyVegas — advances the city’s reputation as the world’s premier adult playground.

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Chinese New Year to ring throughout Las Vegas

A guide to vivid displays and special entertainment among the many commemorations of the Chinese New Year in Las Vegas.

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TOUCHING DOWN IN VEGAS: Details revealed for NFL Draft on the Strip in April

Snap to, Vegas — we’ve been drafted. In fact, we’re the No. 1 Pick. Now the details of the April 23-25 NFL Draft — where daily visitation is expected in the stratospheric 350,000 range, topping the approximately 300,000 that New Year’s Eve brings to town — have come into sharper formation.

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Bally’s illusionist Xavier Mortimer is donating $1,000 to the nonprofit Opportunity Village in celebration of his 1000th show back in January. To mark the milestone, …

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Las Vegas heads Forbes list of 2020 travel destinations

We’re the city to see, enjoy and frolic in — a fact that’s regularly confirmed in travels lists and honors. The latest comes courtesy of the Forbes.com travel guide, which lists Las Vegas first in its “Top 20 Destinations for 2020” selections.

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Nevada Resort Association forms new Corporate Social Responsibility Coalition

There’s a new team on Vegas’ charitable scene. And it’s an all-star squad, courtesy of the Nevada Resort Association, whose members and partners have joined forces for a new Corporate Social Responsibility Coalition.

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