The Golden Nugget's front parking lot will host the "Back-to-Back World Qualifier Chili Cook-offs" on Jan. 5 and 6. The ICS-sanctioned cook-offs: red chili, green chili and salsa categories will take place each day along with live music, food booths and chili sampling.
The Saturday "Laughlin Regional Cook-off" will start cooking at 10 a.m. and the Sunday "Nevada State Cook-off" will begin at 9 a.m. There are $1,000 first place prizes for red chilies. For entry information, call 775-727-9790.
The Comedy Shop at the River Palms continues to rotate a noteworthy lineup of three stand-up comics weekly. Tickets for the 8 p.m. shows, Monday through Saturday, are $14.95 and $19.95. Scheduled for Dec. 26-31 are Carlos Oscar, Dennis Blair and Marc Patrick as host.
Carlos Oscar, who is known for his charming, witty and energetic stage persona, fully acts out his jokes by telling stories and metamorphosing into various characters and voices. He jokes most often about the humorous side of family, pop-culture and everyday mishaps.
Carlos was born in Manhattan, N.Y., on the 4th of July in Bellevue Hospital. After high school, Carlos enlisted in the U.S Air Force, and after that, he returned to Los Angeles and attended UCLA for an acting class. It was during this class that he came to realize that comedy was his gift.
Dennis Blair's act combines music, standup and topical observation, and can be tailored to the tastes of any audience he works with. As a result, he is equally at home in comedy clubs, corporate venues, cruise ships and concert halls. He has performed on The Tonight Show and HBO, and has co-hosted the Stephanie Miller Radio Show with Elayne Boosler.
Out on the casino floor on New Year's Eve, Harrah's guests will be showered by a brilliant whirl of color as balloons drop at the stroke of midnight. Minutes prior to midnight, guests will receive party hats, horns, noisemakers and serpentines to help kick off the celebration.
The celebration continues with special New Year's Day menus at the Range Steakhouse and the Fresh Market Square Buffet. A special New Years Day Brunch will be offered at the Range Steakhouse. For information, call 702-298-4600.
On Dec. 31, partygoers will experience twice the fun with a multitude of dining options at the Edgewater and Colorado Belle, as well as a variety of live entertainment.
Guests will have the opportunity to celebrate in the city's only Micro-Brewery, the Boiler Room at the Colorado Belle, as DJ Bambu spins a mix of hits from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and there is no cover charge. Another option is visiting the Edgewater to hear today's favorites and yesterday's classics by the crowd-pleasing band, Common Ground. The group will perform in Kokopelli's Showroom from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. There is a cover charge of $20 per person and it includes a champagne toast and party favors.
Each of the two casinos will provide a celebratory atmosphere with DJs spinning the hits from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. at both properties.
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