Founded in the spirit of the late Dennis Hopper’s CineVegas festival, the Vegas Indie Film Fest! celebrates self-produced works from established directors and first-time creators alike. Whether their creations are feature-length, shorts, documentaries, or photo-realistic flipbooks, every director stands to win one of more than 100 Golden Bulb awards—which are made from actual lightbulbs from the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. Past events have been attended by the likes of Wayne Newton and Ted V. Mikels.
Performers feed off the energy of their audience, and when there is no audience, there is no energy. To stop this problem before it starts, venues turn to FillASeat, a business that supplies its members with tickets to events that still have seats to fill. Members enjoy a year of entry to popular shows, sporting events, and concerts, bulking up the audience more suitably than a litter of chihuahuas dressed in tuxedoes. Upon joining FillASeat, members receive access to a list of upcoming events, which range from concerts, comedy, sports, and dance to theatre, symphonic and classical music, expos, and miscellaneous events.
Today's side deal gets you one ticket to Jest Serendipity Improv for $8 (a $20 value). Jest Serendipity is the longest-running improv comedy show in Las Vegas. This Groupon is valid for one of the Sunday shows, at 4 p.m. or 7 p.m., in the Las Vegas Art House Theatre. Two teams of comedians compete for audience applause, which results in a sportslike atmosphere that is unrehearsed, unscripted, and completely reliant on audience participation. Kopy is the comedic DJ who hosts the show and acts as the referee of the "competition," awarding points to the funnier team and allowing the audience to decide the victor at the end of the performance.
Every aspect of the show is based on the audience's reactions and ideas. This creates a completely original masterpiece every night, and, by involving the audience, the comedians are able to connect with their spectators on a more personal level of absurdity. The shows are BYOB, which either means you can bring your own booze or bully your older brother, whichever is more satisfying.
Since its conception as a Hollywood street stand in 1939, Pink's Hot Dogs has served as a refueling station for celebrities. Jack Nicholson, Ozzy Osbourne, and Kim Kardashian have all eaten its signature franks, either at the original LA locale or the new Vegas venue in the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Today, two types of dogs populate the menu: classic dogs and Pink's special dogs. The first collection hosts traditional bun-and-beef offerings such as polish sausages, chili dogs, and Chicago-style dogs, onto which guests can pile their preferred toppings. The special dogs, however, defy convention. Inside the Three Dog Night's tortilla, american cheese, bacon, and chili surround a trio of hot dogs. Guacamole and jalapeños imbue the Spicy Mojave dog with southern zest, and the Showgirl dog adds sauerkraut and sour cream to its traditional fixings before wrapping itself in a bun or single fishnet stocking. Sodas, frozen pink lemonade cocktails, and a collection of domestic beers complement hot dogs of all kinds.
Vegas Painting Parties' mission is simple: to invite artists of all skill levels to try their hand at replicating a fanciful image while enjoying one another's company. Scheduled around lunch or happy hour, the social classes encourage participants to fuel their creativity with food and drinks as they embellish canvases with paints and grape-juice spit takes. Depending on the theme of each event, partygoers might paint still-lifes, animal portraits, or sweeping landscapes.