Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, Las Vegas was one of the most fun places on the planet. And then this invisible thingy that can make you suffer and even die descended upon this town. Sadly, the bars, restaurants and show are closed for another two weeks as the city’s death rate inches upwards.
Ferraro’s is having a pinot noir wine dinner. DW Bistro is having a pop up dinner. (Neither are FREE and both are tomorrow night.) The city is trying to recover while dealing with this devastating virus.
So the safest thing is to stay put. Here are some fun things to do while not tempting the coronoa.
Perry Mason, both versions
My favorite TV show as a kid was Perry Mason. I’m sure I watched all 271 shows, stretching from 1957 until 1966. It was really the first legal procedural.
I was mesmerized. It was no coincidence my father was a trial attorney too, although he was a civil not a criminal litigator.
Perry Mason, the TV show, sprang from the books about him written by Erle Stanley Gardner. Today the book series still rank third in the top 10 best selling books series.
Now that there are no new show on TV (Yellowstone‘s finale is this week-end), I decided to head to CBS.com to revisit my childhood. The web site has all nine seasons, FREE.
I love the clothes! I love the cars! I, too, never left the house without my white gloves. My mother always had her choker pearls on too. Forget Mad Men. Perry Mason shows you what the 1950s and 1960s were really like.
There are irritating commercials that you can’t zap through. But that’s nostalgic too. There was no fast forward in 1958.
Yeah, I watch Bull now. And although I love the work of Matthew Rhys, I am not a fan of the Perry Mason prequel story on HBO. You?
P.S. The Perry Mason Company published Gardner’s favorite magazine he read as a kid. That’s where he got the name. Thought you’d like to know.
Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Arturo O’Farill has assembled 18 master musicians under the banner of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. It layers big band jazz on top of the syncopation of Latin music. The band has won numerous Grammys.
Covid ended the live performances (there are five saxophone players, four trombone players and five trumpet players–not good if you are avoiding a respiratory virus) at Birdland Jazz Club. You can’t hear them at their weekly Sunday sets at the West 44th Street club in New York City. But you can hear them online.
Just go to the band’s Facebook page: facebook.com/pianitis. There are plenty of FREE live concerts in addition to its Sunday night Digital Village show.
FREE Bacon Popcorn at Slater’s 50/50
Slater’s 50/50 is a sports bar at Silverado Ranch Road and Bermuda. There are a gazillion TVS but the real show is the food. All the meat for its burgers are 50 percent beef and 50 percent bacon. (Don’t tell your cardiologist. Or DO tell your cardiologist if he wants a new Tesla.)
There are over 50 craft beers to accompany your burger. I prefer the “adult mint chocolate Guiness shake.” It has an Andes mint crust and it arrives in a Guiness pint glass. But I digress.
If you purchase any meal now that the dining room is open, you get a FREE bag of bacon popcorn. Through next Thursday August 27.
Have a great week-end, Las Vegas.
((hugs)) BETH Ellyn
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