The Vegas Weekender: Movie mania and a hot pink suite

Where else can you experience all-out movie festivities, roller skating inside a bar and reggae in the desert? Vegas, of course!

This weekend, Sin City is the place to be. We’ve come up with a list of events guaranteed so suit everyone’s taste.

Through June 15, the 11th annual CineVegas Film Festival is sure to heat things up. From indie movie premieres and celebrity spotting to wild, all-night parties, there are plenty of reasons to come join in all the fun.
Barbie at the Palms

The Brenden Theatres at the Palms feature the majority of this year’s indie movies, with genres ranging from drama, comedy, thrillers, documentaries, shorts, Vegas-related flicks and so much more.

If you plan on staying at or visiting Mandalay Bay, catch an outdoor screening of the animation classic, “Yellow Submarine” at Mandalay Beach Saturday, June 13th at 9:30 p.m. CineVegas will also feature “Attack of the 50-Foot Woman” at Fremont Street Experience, Monday, June 15th at 9 p.m.
With so much going on in Vegas, you’ll definitely need to start planning now to make the most of your trip. This is one weekend you won’t want to miss.


Lavo, Rain and Playboy Club among festival party venues

In celebration of the film festival, CineVegas will host parties you don’t want to miss:

June 11: The Jackpot Premieres party will be held at Lavo in the Palazzo. There will also be a party at Sapphire Gentleman’s Club that night.

June 12: Official CineVegas party at Rain in the Palms. Just a short walk from CineVegas headquarters and some of the screenings, there’s no excuse for missing this one.

June 13: Official CineVegas party at Moorea Beach Club at Mandalay Bay. Here’s where holding a festival in Vegas gets great – partying poolside.

June 14: The closing night party will be at the Playboy Club in the Palms.

For a complete list of all the films being featured at CineVegas, see the official website:

Grab some popcorn and dive in to a movie

On top of all the CineVegas movies and festivities, there are so many other events going on this weekend, it’ll make your head spin. In the spirit of movies, you can also enjoy these:

This Friday’s Dive-In Movie at Mandalay Beach is “Role Models.” For just a two-drink minimum per guest, visitors 21 and older can watch this comedy flick while floating in the wave pool or lounging beachside. Gates open at 8 p.m. Showtime begins at 9 p.m.

Inside Planet Hollywood’s Hawaiian Tropic Zone, catch a free movie 10 p.m. every Sunday and Tuesday. See the biggest blockbusters and beloved classics at the bar’s 36-foot tall plasma screen while munching on free popcorn. Guests must be 21 or older.

High socks, short shorts and roller skates

If you’re looking for something more active, get your groove on at Beauty Bar’s Down and Derby’s retro roller skating event Saturday, June 13. The “funk-tastic” party will feature music from DJ Nugget and DJ OB-One. In the spirit of ’70s roller disco, matching ’70s roller disco attire (think high socks and short shorts) is strongly encouraged. Entry fee is $5 with RSVP and $10 at the door. Skate rentals are available for an additional $5. Guests must be 21 and older.

Palms hosts a Sterling Night of Fights on Friday

Into more of a grueling type of action? Former world champion Clarence “Bones” Adams and title contender Almazbek “Kid Diamond” Raiymkulov duke it out during Sterling Night of Fights. Catch the fight at The Palms this Friday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m.,


Have a Barbie Girls’ night in a sweet hot pink suite

Ladies: If you plan on watching all the movies during the CineVegas festival and partying at Rain and Playboy Club, you might want to consider staying at the Palms’ brand-new Barbie Suite.

Designed by Jonathan Adler, who also designed Barbie’s iconic mansion in Malibu, the 2,350-square-foot Barbie Suite features the following amenities:

• Skirted, corseted dress chairs

• Sunburst mirror made from 65 reproduction 1959 Barbie dolls

• Several pieces from the Barbie Loves Jonathan Adler home décor collection

• Custom wall coverings and one-of-a kind artwork

• Extra-large spa tub

• Two-way fireplace

The suite, located on the 26th floor of the Palms Fantasy Tower, can be reserved for $4,000 per night. Movies, parties and Barbie – talk about the ultimate chick trip!


Dude, check out Pauly Shore at Mandalay Bay

If live comedy is more your thing, check out Pauly Shore at Mandalay Bay. Appearing on MTV and starring in roles in “Encino Man,” “Son-in-Law” and “Jury Duty,” Shore became famous for his “California dude” persona. The comedian will perform at House of Blues on Saturday, June 13 at 9 p.m.

Jamaican spirit hits the Las Vegas desert at festival

Last but not least, Sin City celebrates the spirit of summer with Reggae in the Desert on Saturday, June 13. Reggae in the Desert is the largest festival in Las Vegas with some of Jamaica’s most legendary performers including Gregory Isaacs, Yellowman, Third World, Jah Fusion, Ky-Mani Marley, One Pin Short and other musical acts.

Enjoy Caribbean-style food and conveniently located beer gardens. Reggae in the Desert will be held at the Clark County Amphitheater. Gates open at 2 p.m. and tickets are only $25.


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