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CineVegas 2006.2: Know When to Fold ‘Em

CineVegas 2006.2: Know When to Fold 'Em

Our brief jaunt to Las Vegas has ended, and we had a great time. Jarren and I did the total couples’ weekend in Vegas thing: dinner at Nobu, a morning of spa treatment, the Bellagio water show, and more. I also, predictably, spent just about two hands too long at a blackjack table, going from a considerable amount of money up… to losing it all. Oh well, it wouldn’t be Vegas without that bitter reminder that money is actually worth something back home. Meanwhile, the CineVegas Film Festival continues till June 17… with premieres and parties raging on every day. I highly recommend anyone do what we did: if you’re thinking about a weekend in Vegas, time it with the festival, and you’ll maximize the fun. We had a blast taking turns between “typical Vegas” and CineVegas. Here are some pics:

(The view from the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay, where the festival hosted a party on Sunday night.)

(Jarren and I, hanging out at the Foundation Room party… after two solid days of wine, dining, and sensory overload. Photo by Erik Childress.)

(CineVegas chief Trevor Groth, right, and actor/director Bobcat Goldthwait, hang out at a festival party held at the Caesar’s Palace pool. Bobcat, who directed Sundance favorite ‘Stay,’ was in town to sit on the “Outlaw Cinema Panel,” which included Gregg Araki, Abel Ferrara, and more.)

(The Film Threat gang reporting from CineVegas, having a few cocktails at a filmmaker reception.)

(‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’ host Robin Leach, center, poses with festival folks at the Caesar’s pool party. Leach arrived to the party with a pair of very friendly women.)

(Austin filmmaker Nathan Zellner belts out a song during a karaoke night at dimly-lit dive bar Golden Palm. A group of festival attendees, led by programmer Mike Plante, ventured off the Strip to sing some tunes. The Zellner brothers, who also crafted some of the festival’s great trailers, were among the best with renditions of Queen and Eagles songs.)

(The water show at the Bellagio, which is way more entertaining than you would think. It’s also the subject of a CineVegas premiere documentary by Rebecca Romijn, entitled ‘Wet Dreams.’ I couldn’t make that up if I tried.)

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