Friday, November 03, 2006

Desert Passage Mall Walking Las Vegas

With a natural circular indoor track, The Desert Passage has got to be one of the best places in Las Vegas for all you mall walkers out there. Great for people- watching while you walk. They also have a free show, an indoor rainstorm! (Indoor rainstorm, complete with thunder and lightening is every half hour on the weekends, every hour during the week.)

Especially in the summer months, it is just too hot to walk outside in Vegas! One caution: if you bring your wallet you may be tempted to dump some cash in the shops (170 of them) along with the pounds you are presumably walking off. I won't even mention the great restaurants(16 of them)!! Park for free in the parking garage just to the East, and jog down (and back up) the steps instead of taking the elevator to increase your heart-rate!

The mall circles the Aladdin Theatre For The Performing Arts, where I have attended such diverse performances as the Moody Blues concerts and a personal darshan moment with my then guru Sri Darwin Gross ( he used to be the Living Master of Eckankar, was kicked out, now in Oregon with a his new group ATOM ). But I digress... Anyway, the acoustic quality of the Theatre For The Performing Arts is much greater here than most Las Vegas showrooms. More digression...

The place used to be a big wooden barn with iffy acoustics, but it's amazing what a $25 million renovation can accomplish. The new Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts, open since August of 2000, earned the title of Best Concert Hall on the Strip from a major Las Vegas newspaper. The cosmetic makeover has brought comfortable new seats that match the royal purples in the decor, wide aisles and a shortened distance between the stage and the first row. Sight lines are clear from the high-roller seats to the balconies, and both the restrooms and the lobby have been expanded. But the theatre sounds even better than it looks, a result of state-of-the-art equipment and acoustic panels in place of windows. The sound system is so advanced that Prince, who's notoriously picky for toting along his own equipment, was so impressed he left said equipment at home. -- David Hofstede, editor, AOL City Guide Las Vegas

I'm lacing up my new Nikes now and I'll meet you there!



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