Mondo atomic blast

Since I’m two-thirds of the way through the Global Gaming Expo, I’ve reached capacity on gambling-related news and notes. So, instead of talking about EBITDA or racinos, I’m taking a moment to talk about something decidedly non-gambling. For an all-too-brief weekend, Las Vegas (or at least a very, very small part of it) will be returning to those carefree days of the atomic age. Don’t believe me? Read this press release, and come along for the ride:

Lotta Living and Java’s Bachelor Pad are proud to present Mondo Lounge Atomic Frolic from FRIDAY – SUNDAY, January 26th-28th, 2007 at the Aruba Hotel (formerly the 1962 Thunderbird Hotel) on the Las Vegas Strip in the Downtown Arts District of Sin City.

Mondo Lounge Atomic Frolic is the Ultimate Retro Party and Conference. The event is themed around the lifestyle and culture of Americana from 1957 to 1963 and will bring together fans of
retro fashion – tiki – exotica music – car culture – Mid Century Modernism – pin-ups – burlesque – Atomic Age cocktails – Bachelor pad living – swing dance – vintage Vegas Rat Pack vibe…

and hopefully YOU!

Proceeds will benefit for the newly formed volunteer group Atomic Age Alliance ( dedicated to celebrating classic Las Vegas history. A self driven architectural tour (separate admission) of Las Vegas landmarks will also be held on this same weekend.

FEATURING LIVE IN PERSON – best selling author, Style Network star and NPR podcaster, Brini Maxwell!

Don’t MISS A MINUTE of a weekend full of TOP NOTCH entertainment including: the Martini Kings – Liberace tribute artist Wes Winters – Project: Pimento – Cherry Capri – Octobop – Maxwell de Mille – Robert Ensler as Dean Martin – Clouseaux – Lounge Scene Disc Jockeys from across the country (New York , San Francisco , Portland , Seattle , Los Angeles and of course, Las Vegas) – Kay O’Hara – Burlesque book author Michelle Baldwin – former Miss Exotic World: Kitten de Ville, Erochica Bamboo, award winning burlesque beauties, and slide shows on retro lifestyle, fashion, architecture, music and pop culture..

Retrolicious Vendors: Tiki Farm – Cinema Collectors – Coquette Faux Furriers – Go Go Amy – Falling Cocos – Mr. Swanky’s – Diva Pinups – Allyn Scura Eyeware – Bartiki – Suzanna Anna – Hep Cat PinUps – Lucky Loo Loo and more vendors being added!

Mondo Lounge Atomic Frolic is produced by M-M Stratton of and Jason Croft (aka Java) of Java’s

Mondo Lounge Atomic Frolic gives an opportunity for the people and businesses that keep Classic Las Vegas culture alive across the country to network.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, January 26-28, 2007

COST: Presales: $30
Tickets at the door: $40
Architectural Tour: $20

I just got this in my inbox–I don’t think I personally know the organizers or anything. It just seems like a cool thing to do. If you want to get a small tiki fix to tide you over, check this picture.

Anyway, this looks really neat, and seems like a great idea after spending the past two days in the middle of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Don’t get me wrong–it’s a fine place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there.

And, thanks to the magic of the Internet, you can see the great Las Vegas Strip dining exhibit without setting foot on Convention Center Drive.

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