Threading is an ancient technique for shaping eyebrows that is natural, safe, organic, and effective. Instead of slathering on harsh hair-removal creams loaded with chemicals and nickels or hot wax that can burn and abrade sensitive face skin, let the friendly eyebrow and upper-lip artists at Diva Beauty safely craft elegant arches and smooth mouths that will frame, define, and brighten a whole face. The results don't invite bumps or irritation, and a threaded mug is also less likely to experience local swelling or redness. The treatment frames, defines, and brightens the entire face until it shines like a lighthouse made out of glow sticks.
Located just three miles from the Las Vegas Strip, more than 1,200 species of native-Mojave and desert-adapted plants take root along the gardens and trails at The Springs Preserve, a 180-acre refuge for flora and fauna including decades-old trees and native cacti and Yucca saved from residential and commercial development projects. As cottontails, gila monsters, and foxes dart between the plants at their new home, a faculty of guides and instructors lead tours and interactive workshops throughout the interactive exhibits, botanical gardens, and hiking trails located in the certified wildlife habitat. Indoor exhibits include art galleries, on-site learning centers, interactive museum exhibits, and the Springs Cafe. The centerpiece of the Preserve is the Desert Living Center. All seven buildings are LEED-certified Platinum for energy-efficient design and showcase a variety of preservation techniques in action, including a house made out of sustainable material and displays on how to shop intelligently. Guests can explore the botanical and herb gardens while also learning about composting or how to enhance their homes with water-smart landscaping. The Springs Preserve also hosts a number of seasonal events including concerts and art shows.
Las Vegas doesn't necessarily have a reputation for high culture, but the founders of the Las Vegas Philharmonic showed they were serious from their very first concert. In 1999, the orchestra debuted with Mahler's Resurrection Symphony, a demanding work with unusual instrumentation that can stretch up to 90 minutes in length. "As far as we know, this is the largest staging of a classical music piece in the city's history," cofounder Harold Weller told the Review-Journal of the 260-musician production. In the decade-plus since then, the Philharmonic has continued its record of accessible ambition with a pops series, live accompaniment to silent films, and collaborations with superstars such as Sarah Brightman, Placido Domingo, and Andrea Bocelli.
In 2012, the orchestra moved into The Smith Center, a brand new cultural center built from 2,458 tons of Indiana limestone and crowned by an art-deco-style carillon tower that holds 47 bells. Inside the theater, streamlined chandeliers evoke 1920s elegance, and a wide, palm-tree-flanked lawn frames the massive building with enough space for outdoor spectacles and double dates with other orchestras.
Coffee Pub's cozy wallpapered dining room and sunny outdoor patio fill with the sounds of diners supping on fresh, California-style fare. Early birds can focus in on the café's menu as if it were a morning newspaper scribed by scholarly worms, and read about the latest in spanish omelets ($9.25) and smoked salmon's upcoming appearance in a benedict show ($9.55). Ingredient-rich sandwiches commandeer plate space during lunch, including the Marin, stuffed with roast beef, black-forest ham, and horseradish ($7.95), and the Burns and Allen ($7.25), planting avocado next to soy baco-bits and sprouts to cultivate a gourmet, meat-free garden. While sipping on fresh and fruity smoothies such as the Peach Pizazz ($5.45 for 16 oz.), diners can surf the web using Coffee Pub's free WiFi and the computer mouse with the strongest abdominals.
"Don't play games" might be classic dating advice, but Wildfire Gaming upends this adage, with gaming complexes ideal for a date night?or any type of night out, really. Couples can wink at each other across the blackjack table, or bet on their favorite team and cheer wildly at the Sportsbook TVs. For a friendly slots contest, there's more than 1,200 machines to try out, ranging from penny slots to high limit games. At one location, there's even a bowling center with a full bar, ideal for showing off excellent form or learning why people don't play kickball with bowling balls.
Most states have made drinking alcohol at home illegal due to the proliferation of home facial-tattoo machines. Enjoy alcohol in public with today's deal: for $10, you get $20 worth of food and drinks at Blue Ox Tavern, Blue Ox Central, or Blue Ox East, Minnesota Vikings–themed bars dedicated to the westward expansion of Midwestern hospitality. Choose from the following Blue Ox locations:
Wager dessert money on video poker or catch a Vikings game while perusing Blue Ox's menu. Heavy on finger-ready fare and appetizers, Blue Ox offers fried, battered, and basket-dwelling basics. Try an order of extra-long fries ($3.75) or beer-battered onion rings ($5.75) as a starter, before delving into dinner with six fried jumbo shrimp ($14.25), a grilled chicken-breast sandwich ($6.75), or the Minnesota Twin Burger ($7.50), which stacks two 1/3-pound Angus patties atop each other in meaty might. Pabulum-seeking Paul Bunyans can swing appetite axes into a juicy 6-ounce steak ($11.75) or enjoy their beef roasted and sliced with the Minnesota Timberwolves French Dip ($7.50). Breakfast and lunch are also served, along with an extensive selection of beer and wine.
Open 24 hours a day, all Blue Ox locations provide nourishment for night owls, early birds, and afternoon albatrosses alike. In between courses, kill time with video-gambling gaming, including poker, keno, blackjack, and slot machines. Misplaced Midwesterners will appreciate familiar football programming, a cheerful staff, and the comfort of knowing that they've yet again escaped the cold steel claws of an Iron Range winter.