When the competition makes a move to better itself, you can either change along with it or get left in the dust. A few years back, Fantasy (“Energetic Upgrades”) chose the former when it added powerhouse vocalist Lorena Peril to its already established arsenal of talented dancers. Peril might not be a household name across the country, but it only takes a few moments of hearing her belt “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” or any number of other songs to realize that Luxor’s long-running topless revue (13 years and counting!) scored a major coup by signing her on and making her the voice of Fantasy.
Las Vegas is not particularly known for its Indian food, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a number of restaurants turning out superlative versions of dishes from the subcontinent. Tamba (“Breathe in the Flavor”) is certainly one. On a visit there a few years ago, the table was littered with curry after curry, tandoor-baked meats and enough vegetarian dishes to leave my dining companion—Las Vegas Magazine staff writer and avowed veggie Kiko Miyasato—wondering why the restaurant hadn’t made it on her radar sooner. And if you’re wondering where it is, it’s right across the street from CityCenter and just a stone’s throw from most of the major resorts on the Strip.
In December, our sister publication, Las Vegas Weekly, set out to rank the city’s all-time most important and influential headliners. While the actual order is ripe for debate, what can’t be denied is that we’ve been fortunate to have some truly legendary performers call Las Vegas home. For me, there’s no one more iconic to Las Vegas than the King, Elvis Presley (see where he ranks on the list on page 52), whose run of 837 consecutive shows at the International and Las Vegas Hilton (now LVH) is a testament to his legacy and his endurance. Thirty-five years after his death, the King lives on in some small way in just about every live performer on the Strip.