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    ‘Ka,’ technical marvel of entertainment and acrobatics, celebrates 10 years
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    The athleticism and gymnastics are extraordinary. The agility is more than amazing. The computer technology and machinery to bring Cirque du Soleil’s “Ka” to life twice nightly at MGM Grand are exceptional.

    It’s all about fearless courage and tenacity in a unique family of performing artists. They’ve been defying the laws of gravity for 10 years and are still climbing.

    Tonight is the start of the 10th anniversary celebration shows, and it’s good to take a look back at the spectacular that still has audiences confounded and wondering if what they saw was real.

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    Even at its implosion, plan goes awry at the Clarion Hotel Casino
    BY: John Katsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun

    Photo Credit: Steve Marcus

    The building was never known for its cooperation.

    From when it opened in 1970 as the Royal Inn to its days as the Paddlewheel, Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel, WWF hotel-casino and Greek Isles, nothing ever worked out as planned at the old Clarion Hotel Casino.

    Monday night and early this morning brought more of the same from the hotel just west of Piero’s on Convention Center Drive. Doomed for implosion around 3 a.m., the Clarion is still not totally destroyed.

    The elevator tower on the west side of the building, the strongest component of the structure, stood tall after owner Lorenzo Doumani hit a ceremonial plunger to set off the explosives designed to drop the old hotel.

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    With a few final tugs, the Clarion Hotel is history

    After a post-implosion delay lasting nearly 12 hours, the final piece of the Clarion Hotel and Casino collapsed into Las Vegas history on Tuesday afternoon.

    Originally scheduled for a 2:30 a.m. implosion, most of the 200-room Clarion came down in 10 seconds, tossing up a cloud of dust as 1,100 pounds of dynamite sent the 44-year-old resort crumbling to the ground at 2:57 a.m.

    But the remains of an elevator shaft and stairwell withstood the blast. The demolition crew eventually brought in a crane that attached cables to the tower and then trucks. With some hard tugs, the rest came down around 2:30 p.m.

    VIDEO HERE: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/la...-hotel-history

    Seven of Top 10 U.S. nightclubs are in Las Vegas; XS is No. 1 again
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    For the fifth consecutive year, XS at Steve Wynn’s Encore Las Vegas has been ranked as the top-grossing nightclub in the country based on $100 million-plus annual revenue in Nightclub & Bar’s new Top 100 list for 2015.

    XS’ claim on No. 1 for the fifth year in a row is a first in industry history. Hakkasan at MGM Grand is right on its heels with $100 million in revenue.

    Here’s the Top 10 with Las Vegas with seven of the largest-grossing nightclubs in America, with The Tao Group owners hitting $150 million-plus in revenue at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan, Tao in the Venetian and Lavo in Palazzo, although add another $30 million-plus from sister club Lavo in New York, and they come out the big dogs in the nightlife fight.

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    ‘Jubilee’ dancers join Rod Stewart to toast his 100th show at Caesars
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    It’s a major milestone when you amass 100 shows on the Strip, and British rocker Rod Stewart accomplished it this weekend as he continues with the fourth year of his residency of sellout shows “Rod Stewart: The Hits” at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.

    Eight of the gorgeous, leggy dancers from “Jubilee” at Bally’s across the Strip made a surprise appearance onstage at the Colosseum to congratulate the 70-year-old superstar who has sold more than 200 million ...
    by Published on 01-28-2015 11:26 AM
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    Here's When White Castle Opens on the Las Vegas Strip
    BY: Bradley Martin/www.vegas.eater.com

    Photo credit: Troy Herbst

    Nine months since Eater Vegas first broke the news White Castle was bringing their first Nevada outpost to Strip, the chain has officially announced it will open for slider sales at 2 p.m., Jan. 27. From then on, it will be serving around the clock 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Located at the front of the Best Western Plus Casino Royale, next door to the nation's number one earning Denny's restaurant, this will be the furthest west location for the cult East Coast burger favorite.

    The castle's signature sliders come in original beef, chicken breast, fish and, as of this month, the new "Veggie Slider." They are also noted for their crinkle cut fries and the ability to buy the sliders in a "crave case" of 30 mini-burgers.


    Confirmed! Diana Ross returns to Las Vegas with start of mini-residency
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    The Supremes superstar singer Diana Ross has inked April dates for the first nine performances of her new mini-residency contract at the Venetian. Soon to follow in this new entertainment lineup set for the former “Phantom — The Las Vegas Spectacular” theater will be Janet Jackson, Lionel Richie and Ricky Martin, all exactly as we revealed in an exclusive story posted Jan. 5.

    The decade of the solo-superstar entertainer returning to the Strip is underway.

    Diana, named “Most Successful Female Vocalist of All Time,” takes the stage for her new show “The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade” as of April 1, and this ain’t no April Fools Day joke. Tickets go on sale Friday for three weekends of shows April 1, 3-4, 7-8, 10-11, 15 and 17-18.

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    BY SUSAN STAPLETON/Las Vegas Magazine

    Whether you want to watch the Super Bowl, NCAA Tournament action, your favorite football club or even horse racing, Las Vegas has a sports bar for you. Grab some suds and good grub at these bars, restaurants and entertainment meccas up and down the Strip.

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    BY: Jacob Coakley/Las Vegas Magazine

    After an early morning spent sketching outlines for an original production that will have audiences following military personnel, prostitutes and preachers through different rooms at a Downtown motel, Troy Heard has just enough time to grab a cup of coffee before heading to the dark theater to paint sets for his holiday show, A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant. But right now, he’s not thinking about edgy, new-form theatricalism. He’s talking about the old chestnut Harvey, with its invisible 6-foot-tall rabbit.

    “It’s beautiful. It’s so good,” Heard gushes. “First of all, it’s funny as hell. It’s totally screwball and has these great characters that are completely over the top. But the message—it’s a salute to the happiness in insanity and the blissful ignorance of a cynical, grasping world.” We pick up our coffees and head outside so he can enjoy the crystal-blue sky for a minute. Heard squints into the sun, and it’s as if his glare turns to the play. “But it’s dark, too. I mean, Christ, there’s Jimmy Stewart, about to receive shock treatments! If you’re starting out and trying to be all artistic in theater, the idea of Harvey leaves a bad taste in your mouth—it’s not edgy enough. But if you read it!”

    He shakes his head and dismisses the idea of producing it any time soon. “It’s a well-made play, but it’s not what audiences want right now. Audiences—especially younger, millennial audiences—want experiences. They don’t want to just plop their money down to be entertained. They want to be involved, they want to be a part of the story and feel it that way, not just by watching it. How do you take them to that point? Not everything can do that. Not everything lends itself to that. But whatever can is worth trying.”

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    by Published on 01-16-2015 12:29 PM
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    They belong together: Mariah Carey is newest Caesars Palace headliner
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Pop diva Mariah Carey made it official this morning that she will be the new headline star added to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace lineup filling in during Celine Dion’s prolonged and delayed absence.

    The 44-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and producer tipped her own hand Wednesday when she promised “big news” on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that aired first today on the East Coast. You can catch the syndicated talk show at 4 p.m. today here in Las Vegas on Fox 5.

    It’s exactly as we were first to report on Jan. 1 when we tipped that it would be Mariah and not Jennifer Lopez who would sign on as the next Colosseum superstar.

    Mariah will perform 18 shows this summer titled “Mariah Carey Number 1’s” starting May 6 and wrapping in July. The 18 dates: May 6, 9-10, 13, 16-17, 20 and 23-24 and July 8, 11-12, 15, 18-19, 22 and 25-26.

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    Palazzo's Trying To Do It His Way With New Sinatra Show
    From: www.vegaschatter.com

    Over the course of many years of writing about Las Vegas entertainment, this VegasChatter writer has often been asked something akin to, “where can I find a good Frank Sinatra act?” Since the legend passed in 1998, the best we can hope for is a solid tribute act. As with most tribute acts, there is a wide variety of quality, degree of physical and vocal similarity and, of course, overall production value.

    Matt Goss at Caesars Palace was sort of like the second coming of Sinatra on the Strip in that his voice could mimic Sinatra’s well and he has the good looks and swagger similar to Ol’ Blue Eyes. Steve Wynn produced a dance-centric “Sinatra: Dance With Me” back in 2011 featuring a live orchestra. “Shades of Sinatra,” last at the Clarion, was a well-received show that lived up to its title.

    Many have attempted to recreate the magic and now Palazzo is giving it a go with “FRANK -- The Man. The Myth.” The show will feature vocals from Bob Anderson and a 32-piece orchestra under the musical direction of Vincent Falcone, Sinatra’s own musical director.

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    by Published on 01-07-2015 09:53 AM
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    In 2014, the Word of the Year in VegasVille was …
    BY: John Katsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun

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    2014 in Review: Triumphs, closings and litigation

    Best New Hotel Of 2014

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    It’s the J.Lo show as the Colosseum sets the stage for something big
    BY: John Katsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun

    The great casino showed its cards right from the top. That’s how confident Caesars Palace was that it would win this hand and this night, New Year’s Eve, at the Colosseum.

    Flashing across the giant indoor LED screen that seems as big as the great outdoors were legends of yesterday and today. These were superstars who who have played the Colosseum or the famous showroom that stood for decades in the same spot, Circus Maximus. Lola Falana. Diana Ross. Celine Dion.

    And the next name, and the next star, to be ushered to the stage was Jennifer Lopez.

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    BY KIKO MIYASATO/Las Vegas Magazine

    The old man wanders through the halls of Graceland. Up on the walls, gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums framed and hanging, serving as a chronological history of success. More than 600 albums sold, 91 gold records, more than any other artist. The day is Jan. 8, and the old man takes a deep breath—today he turns 80. He casts a last glance towards his records, continues down the hall and into his bedroom to go to sleep. He’s lived a long life. The pelvis that belonged to Elvis is only a fond memory. He’s tired.

    Is that how it would be if Elvis Presley were still alive today—turning 80 this year, and living peacefully at Graceland? Would the King of Rock ’n’ Roll be shuffling in his slippers through his vast castle of luxury?

    Or would Elvis at 80 be in good enough physical shape to able to stage late-in-life Vegas performances a la Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett? After all, country singer Willie Nelson packs his concerts with fans (he plays Vegas this week), and he turned 81 last year.

    Nazarian out of day-to-day operations at SLS
    BY: J.D. Morris: www.vegasinc.com

    Sam Nazarian will no longer have any involvement in the day-to-day operations of SLS Las Vegas, the resort said Tuesday.

    Nazarian has been the driving force behind the property — his company SBE Entertainment bought it when it was still the Sahara in 2007 — but he encountered serious difficulty two weeks ago at a public hearing before Nevada gaming regulators.

    In a statement today, the private equity firm that owns 90 percent of SLS cited that hearing as motivating the change.

    “Sam brought the leadership, vision and creativity needed to revitalize the former Sahara into the new SLS Las Vegas,” said Terry Fancher, executive managing director of Stockbridge Capital, in the statement. “Following a recent hearing by members of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, we have made a collective decision to change the operating structure for the property, which Sam and I agree is in the best interests of the SLS Las Vegas.”

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    ‘Rock of Ages’ at Venetian toasts two years, is better than ever
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    A surprise, commemorative 1980s-themed cake replicating the set of the hit musical “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian was wheeled onstage after the finale to celebrate the show’s second anniversary and its renewal for a third year through December 2015.

    There was a standing ovation from the crowd, and raucous narrator Mark Shunock, who plays Lonny, thanked the audience and Las Vegas community for their continued support of the production.

    Carlo’s Bakery, made famous by TLC’s “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro, designed the monster cake, which featured members of the cast.

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    by Published on 12-19-2014 10:38 AM
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    The future of Las Vegas: See what’s coming on the Strip in 2015
    BY: J.D. Morris/www.vegasinc.com

    2014 was a big year for development on the Strip, as a number of big resorts and attractions — including SLS Las Vegas, the Cromwell and the Linq promenade — opened their doors.

    Next year isn't expected to bring any big new brands like that to the resort corridor, but 2015 development will be important in other, perhaps more subtle, ways. Several projects that are changing the Strip’s physical dynamic will finish or edge closer to completion.

    The mix of tourism attractions will continue shifting more toward nongaming — in some cases even outdoorsy — spaces. Brent Pirosch, director of gaming consulting at CBRE’s Global Gaming Group, said that was especially true coming on the heels of already-opened attractions like the Linq and the Rio ziplines.

    “It’s not CityCenter, it’s not Encore in terms of development dollars, but in terms of driving visitation and setting Las Vegas apart from every other gaming jurisdiction in the world, then yeah, I do find it pretty exciting,” Pirosch said about next year on the Strip. “These things we’ve been seeing have been right in that kill zone. Are they subtle? Yeah, but they’re also exciting in the things they’re trying to do and the customers they’re trying to attract.”

    Here’s a look at how the Strip’s biggest projects are predicted to progress next year.

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    NYE in Las Vegas: 80,000 fireworks
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Phot Credit: Steve Marcus

    More than 80,000 fireworks will explode into the night sky above the Las Vegas Strip for this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration. The lucky numbered 7-minute-11-second “America’s Party” performance will be fired from the rooftops of MGM Grand, Aria, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, the Venetian and Stratosphere.

    This morning, the pyrotechnic princes of Fireworks by Grucci joined with city leaders, officials from Las Vegas Events and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority at Voodoo Lounge in the Rio to unveil plans that have been a year in the making.

    At midnight Dec. 31, more than 11,000 electrical circuits will be initiated to fire the intricate sequences from the seven locations along the Strip. Each circuit is controlled to deliver split-second pulses of electricity to ignite more than 80,000 pyrotechnic devices loaded on the rooftops.

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    by Published on 12-12-2014 01:02 PM
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    2015 Vegas Uncork’d preview: Gordon Ramsay, new chefs and attractions
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Do you have what it takes to go up against “Hell’s Kitchen” tormentor Gordon Ramsay? Could you take his ferocious temper and abusive screaming while you cooked? Would you dare give him back as good (or bad) as he venomously dishes out?

    You will have that opportunity when Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit returns to the Strip from April 23-26. Star chefs including Michael Mina, Masa Takayama, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Guy Savoy will join Gordon. Julian Serrano also will debut his restaurant Lago at Bellagio.

    “This is truly the only weekend each year when world-class chefs gather in one destination to host intimate dinners where they push culinary innovation and mix and mingle with their fans and peers,” said Adam Rapoport, Bon Appetit editor in chief. First-ever auto sponsor Buick will join returning sponsor Chase Sapphire Preferred for the feasting festival now in its ninth year.

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    BY Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    When Steve Wynn officially opens “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” at Encore Theater in the Wynn on Dec. 20 with 34 jazzed-up singers and high-energy dancers and a blistering, onstage 30-piece orchestra, the remarkable show will have been put together in only six months. It’s a musical masterpiece that will have you singing along with the cast, and it all began on a private plane ride to New York.

    Steve commissioned a Broadway show tunes-styled birthday party this year for his wife Andrea. He was so impressed with the event that he decreed it would form the basis of “Showstoppers.” Steve gathered his troops to fly to New York and spent the entire time in the air having them all sing their favorite Broadway numbers.

    By the time they landed, he had down on paper all 30 hits he needed for the show from “A Chorus Line,” “Chicago,” “Cabaret,” “Guys and Dolls” and more. We’ll post our preview of the dazzling scenery, fabulous costumes and collection of showstopping songs next week. You’ll stand up, cheer and sing along just like all the concierges and limo and taxi drivers who saw the dress rehearsal Tuesday.

    Bellagio’s holiday display is a breathtaking winter wonderland
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    The annual holiday display at the Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is a breathtaking winter wonderland with its 42-foot-tall tree and decorations made with 28,000 poinsettias all lit up by thousands of twinkling lights.

    The majestic holiday tree is decorated with 7,000 warm white LED lights and 2,500 ornaments. Below it, a model locomotive runs past four chocolate houses and through two chocolate stations that were created by Bellagio’s pastry team.

    Two 12-foot-tall animated snow globes stand on each side of the tree showcasing classic winter scenes. In one globe, ice skaters glide across an ice pond, while in the other ...
    by Published on 12-05-2014 06:41 AM
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    ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ parody heads to Bally’s
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Even before the erotic romance movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” opens on Valentine’s Day, the scandalous film starring Dakota Johnson, the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, and hunky Jamie Dornan has kicked up controversy, just like the original 2011 book that set summer reading ablaze with previously taboo sex tales of bondage, domination and sadomasochism.

    Here are two trailers for the film posted on YouTube:

    Now our Strip entertainment scene is about to step up its sex quotient with the Las Vegas debut of “50 Shades! The Parody” and its 10-day jump on the steamy film’s release. The hilarious parody, which has played to sold-out audiences across the country, will move into Windows Showroom at Bally’s on Feb. 3.

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    Colosseum opts for real country in Reba and Brooks & Dunn booking
    BY: John Katsliometes/Las Vegas Sun

    Announced this morning is the real deal is playing the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, sharing the bill and the performance with a similarly famous country music superstar, Reba McEntire. The show is titled “Reba and Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas.”

    The news is now, but the dates are far off: June 24 and 26-27 and July 1-2 and 3. The trio returns Dec. 2, 4, 6, 9 and 11-12 of 2015. Tickets are $205, $155, $105, $85 and $59.95 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday at websites axs.com and thecolosseum.com and by calling (866) 320-9763.

    The conversation among the trio of superstars about playing dates in Las Vegas started several months ago. They agree on the environment, which was just before a concert at MGM Grand Garden Arena, but not exactly when it was or who they were going to see.

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    Las Vegas of yesteryear is revived every week with ‘The Dennis Bono Show’
    BY: John Katsliometes/Las Vegas Sun

    Bono knows all the old tricks, as he should. He is both the pilot and navigator of one of the last remaining genuine Old-Vegas entertainment pleasures, “The Dennis Bono Show,” which is performed 2 p.m. Thursdays and broadcast at 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. Saturdays and 8 p.m. Sundays on KDWN 720-AM, and also at 7 p.m. Sundays on KJUL 104.7-FM.

    Bono debuted the show 15 years ago, securing a locals crowd at Sunset Station’s Club Madrid even as he worried that the show would fizzle within two months. But the show soars right along, showing no signs of ebbing. He celebrates his sixth year at South Point, where the room is regularly at capacity, in January.

    In October, the classic crooner signed a syndication deal with the CRN Network. As a result, Bono now reaches 30 additional radio stations in 11 million more households across CRN’s 11 states, primarily those in California.

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    Behind-the-scenes of the Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan
    By Don Chareunsy/Las Vegas Sun

    Photo Credit: MIKAYLA WHITMORE

    It was quite a build-in this month before the Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan had its ice-skating area, fire pits, s’mores and warm cocktails in place for its grand opening to the public on Nov. 21.

    Las Vegas Sun photographer Christopher DeVargas captured much of the design, construction and work that went into building the Ice Rink with a visit on Nov. 13.

    Photo coordinator Mikayla Whitmore returned for the grand opening one week later to capture the finished product — and the joyful and fearful looks of ice skaters above the Strip at the Cosmopolitan’s remade Boulevard Pool.

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    Despite protests, Dirk Arthur debuting his own production of cats
    By John Katsilometes/Las Vegas Sun

    The Kats Report Bureau this weekend has been ensconced at the Riviera, and that hotel is happening this weekend with a couple of conventions that helped fill the lobby with hundreds of guests on Friday afternoon.

    Yes, the 59-year-old Riviera is positively bouncing with activity as we close out November. Soon to arrive at Versailles Theater, where the continuing renovation is apparent even at the vacuumed and polished entrance, are “The Rat Pack Is Back” and “MJ Live.”

    These satisfying, resilient and adaptable shows are being swept out of the Rio’s Crown Theater to make room for the new “Duck Commander” musical, and I am tapping my watch while wondering when the contract will be signed and we can get to planning for that proverbial call of the wild.
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    If it helps, we were there on the 17th at about 6:15.

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    July 4th Lunch Idea

    Sounds like fun but I plan to put a major hurt on the breakfast buffet and I dont think I would be ready to eat so soon after. I might go to hangout and

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    Pot Liquor C.A.S.

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    July 4th Lunch Idea

    That sounds like fun Bev and if I wasn't certain I would
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    July 4th Lunch Idea

    OK I won't make it for the early breakfast at the Gold Coast on July 4th but is anyone interested in meeting for lunch at the Gold Coast TGIF?

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