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Week in Review: No Fantasy, Epic Enclave, Ghostly Mobster

In Christine on The Scene by Christine McKellar

 —–Week in Review—-

Not My Fantasy This Year

dancers in purple stageThis was a first. I missed the 18th Anniversary of Fantasy and the unveiling of the 2018 calendar due to a bum toe and a broken pedestrian bridge at the Luxor. Had I but known the bridge was out, which necessitated a half mile hike around and through the casino to get to the showroom, I would have swallowed my fashion pride and worn a pair of flipflops instead of dress shoes. I had forgotten to wrap the offending digit, so I was SOL from the get go. I made it almost halfway to Photo cred: tom Donoghuethe casino, then gave up the ghost and hobbled back to the car.  No doubt it was a fabulous event as always. Producer Anita Mann was recognized as this year’s recipient of the Joe Tremaine World Legacy Award.

Check out this previous episode of That’s So Vegas@! featuring Fantasy comic relief Sean E Cooper and you’ll understand in part why I was so bummed to have missed this year’s event.


An Enclave of Epic Proportions

ribbon cuttingManaging Partners Keith Conrad, Eli Stearns and Jay Curiel commemorated the grand opening of Enclave, a 75,000-square-foot luxury special events facility, with a ribbon cutting and party hosting nearly 2,000 guests on Thursday, Oct. 19. And a fabulous party it was indeed.

Joined by Clark County Commissioner James Gibson, who presented the partners with a proclamation, and Art Goldberg from the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, the partners cut a traditional grand opening ribbon. They also received proclamations from the State of Nevada signed by Governor Brian Sandoval, U.S. Representative Ruben Kihuen and Senator Catherine Cortez Masto.

Backed by decades of experience via sister-company, 3G Productions, Enclave was built with modern engineering and state-of-the-art sound and lighting to deliver event capabilities unlike any other venue in Las Vegas and throughout the United States. The event showed off Enclave’s capabilities, starting with the striking foyer where Cirque du Soleil performers dangled from the 30-foot-tall ceiling, accompanied by champagne and spirits from the full-service built-in bar.

A bourbon room featured samplings of Jim Beam and cognacs, while another nearby room gave guests the opportunity to renew their vows bartender and guestswith a ‘mini Elvis’ impersonator officiating the ceremonies. Hair and makeup were provided by Makeup in the 702 and Glammed Up in the full-service dressing room, plus guests were treated to an outdoor beer garden.

Attendees noshed on bites and treats provided by STK, Cut & Taste, Donut Mania, Tropical Crust and Las Vegas Custom Cakes.

roof with viewEnclave’s full production offerings were on display with live concerts by Brittany Rose and Mike Xaiver in the 9,000-square-foot Signature room, while a rooftop party showed off 360-degree views of the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding mountains.  Each room and the rooftop demonstrated Enclave’s audio and visual capabilities with full-color, oversized projections of logos, video and imagery. The huge entertainment venue is only one mile from the airport and 3 miles from the Las Vegas Strip

Notable attendees included mixed martial artist Frank Mir, Las Vegas entrepreneur Jonathan Fine, Miss Asian North America, Lan Do and Miss Korea, Emily Jung.

More information is available at an and  by calling 702.747.9900.


A Haunting We Will Go With Local Vegas Author


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Christine McKellar and columnist Jackie Brett

Local author Brian Rouff is having a good time with his latest novel, The House Always Wins: A Vegas Ghost Story. At a recent launch party, guests appeared in costume and posed for spooky photos. Timing is everything and this ghostly tale is tailored for a Halloween debut.

A whirlwind romance leads an unlikely pair of newlyweds to Las Vegas, home of every dream and nightmare they can imagine—from predatory developers to a friendly ghost.-Kirkus book coverReview

Author Brian Rouff has dreamed up a fun little tale, which he describes in a release as “part coming-of-age saga, part mystery and part ghost story.” When it comes to Nevada stories, Rouff knows his stuff. He has lived in Las Vegas for more than 35 years and has also written the Las Vegas-based novels Dice Angel and Money Shot. -Las Vegas Weekly

Meet the author Barnes & Noble on Stephanie in Henderson, Saturday, Nov. 4 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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