Located on Fremont Street, right at the gateway to the Fremont East Entertainment District, Don’t Tell Mama is well situated to attract downtowners looking for live entertainment. A black and white checkerboard floor sets the tone, with ample tables and half-booths lining the walls, plus red velour drapes that hang around the large space. But the bar’s real draw is the grand piano, elevated on a small stage, from which singing bartenders and accompanists perform nightly. Patrons can make song requests and sing along with the waitstaff if they so choose. Or, better yet, get onstage themselves to perform renditions of Broadway show tunes, pop, rock, country, cabaret or any other song that comes to mind (and can be cued up from Don’t Tell Mama’s voluminous music files). There’s no cover but an enforced one drink minimum, so be prepared to spend some cash.
Halloween is a time for the zombies, ghouls, and werewolves of the world to shed their everyday human disguises and proudly walk hand in hand with their living counterparts. The Las Vegas Halloween Weekend Urban Obstacle Run honors this ghastly evening with a slew of spine-tingling activities. The 5K obstacle course is the main attraction, pitting participants against a variety of eerie physical challenges, including abandoned cars, corn fields, and barricades, as a cast of zombies tries to thwart their every move. As a reward for surviving the race without becoming infected, the after-party rolls out live music, food, drinks, prizes, and the occasional Elvis sighting. Those who arrive in Halloween attire are invited to compete in a costume contest, and at 8:30 p.m., Michael Jackson’s "Thriller" will fill the air as visitors line up to break the world record for the most people zombie dancing, which is currently held at 14,000.
Fremont Street Flightlines sends aerial daredevils on a zip-line ride through the kaleidoscopic canopy of the Viva Vision light show at Las Vegas' Fremont Street Experience. The five-block long Fremont Street Experience is a pedestrian mall made up of a 90-foot-tall canopy displaying the world's largest big screen, Viva Vision. An hourly light show, bevy of attractions, and frequent performances make the area a veritable feast of visual and auditory stimuli. Flightlines’ customers are harnessed to the zip line and soar through the space at speeds of up to 30 mph, whizzing as close as 14 feet from the ground on their parabolic trajectory. Up to four can zip simultaneously, making an endearing start to a double date or an awkward end to the remains of a quadruple date.
The Life Time Turkey Day 5K jump-starts Thanksgiving celebrations with a healthy, full-body feast of exercise, with proceeds benefiting local food organizations. Starting on the world-famous Fremont Street, pavement stompers weave past the historic downtown vistas lining Las Vegas Boulevard, home to myriad celebrities, reality television shows, and retired slot machines. After coasting to a finish beneath the Fremont Street Experience, participants gather for a postrace party, where refreshments, music, and chances to win prizes from sponsors accompany huffs and puffs of accomplishment. Additionally, strollers are permitted during the race but must line up behind individual runners and must not be equipped with nitrous.
Vegas Stripper University’s pole professors hail from seasoned pole-dancing backgrounds, sharing their saucy techniques with fledgling shimmiers through classes and private parties. The instructors choreograph moves for dancers of all sizes, shapes, and experience levels, and the studios equip each student with her own pole, where she'll learn to perfect spins, inversions, and flag-pole-sitting strategies. Solo or group dancers can choose their session’s degree of difficulty, ranging from basic to advanced pole and lap dancing. Vegas Stripper University’s instructors also help gals fine-tune heel-clad moves in stiletto sessions and teach homebodies without in-house poles to perform a sassy dance using basic furniture. Private classes reserve studio space for added comfort, where participants may enjoy their own provided beverages. After completing their session, graduates receive a take-home diploma to prove their pole prowess to friends and open-minded shoe shiners.
After a lifetime of martial arts, rock climbing, snowboarding, and biking, Jake Soteros discovered one system that prepares him for all kinds of intense activities. That’s CrossFit’s system of varied functional-movement exercises designed to enhance performance in every kind of physical enterprise, from scaling a boulder to carrying a bag of dog food. So, he opened Free Style CrossFit to teach others the effective method that also promotes healthy diets and lifestyles. He also appreciates CrossFit for its scalability, easing the uninitiated into the system with a seven-session intro program before unleashing them into the high-intensity routine of ever-changing daily workouts.