This week Stacy is in Las Vegas to speak to our guest, Shad Groverland, Spiritual Leader at Unity of Las Vegas, who is also a longtime sound professional for film and live productions. Together we’ll be examining the mysterious allure of Las Vegas, its checkered past and current illusions, its connection to Ancient Greece and Rome, and how winning may look different
What Does Las Vegas Represent?
- Do whatever all no restriction – good to visit, shake up expectations, wouldn’t wanna live there
- Normal Rules Don’t Apply –
- Too real in the day time, night time, illusion
- London Eye, rollercoaster , pirates (Treasure Island), Volcano and Dolphins, (Mirage) , circus, (Excalibur) castle
- Wedding chapels, quickie divorce if resident
- Easy, fast, cheesy – live gross to try it – as a lark hilarious dive bar, bowling
- Lack of laws concept — like the wild west
- Gambling – mob
- What happens in Vegas stays there
Movies and locations:
- Hangover – 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Leaving Las Vegas – Nicolas Cage, Elisabeth Shue Honeymoon in Vegas is a 1992 comedic movie which was directed by Andrew Bergman. Jack Singer, played by Nicolas Cage, encounters a group of “Flying Elvises” (skydiving Elvis impersonators) while trying to reunite with his fiancee. Also Bruno Mars cameos in the film as a young Elvis impersonator.
- Last Vegas (2013) – Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman,
- Ocean’s Eleven (2001) – Bellagio Casino & Hotel – 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; The Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Get Him to the Greek (2010) – Hard Rock Café; Liberace Museum & Foundation; McCarran International Airport; Planet Hollywood Resort and ; Plaza Hotel & Casino
- Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
- Casino (1995) – Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci
- Bugsy (1991) – The story of how Bugsy Siegel started Las Vegas. – Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel
- Viva Las Vegas – Elvis!
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – Greg wrote a book on Old Vegas
Greek God Dionysus (Roman Bacchus – Bacchanalia)
- Dionysus (/daɪ.əˈnaɪsəs/; Greek: Διόνυσος, Dionysos) was the god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness and religious ecstasy in Greek mythology.
- He is a god of epiphany, “the god that comes”, and his “foreignness” as an arriving outsider-god may be inherent and essential to his cults.
- His festivals were the driving force behind the development of Greek theatre.
- Dionysus is represented by city religions as the protector of those who do not belong to conventional society and thus symbolizes everything which is chaotic, dangerous and unexpected, everything which escapes human reason and which can only be attributed to the unforeseeable action of the gods. (Like games of chance? Gambling?)
- He is also called Eleutherios (“the liberator”), whose wine, music and ecstatic dance frees his followers from self-conscious fear and care, and subverts the oppressive restraints of the powerful.
- Bacchanalia is basically an orgiastic free for all
- (1872), the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said Dionysus was as a symbol of the fundamental, unrestrained aesthetic principle of force, music, and intoxication
And Spooky Vegas!
Talking on the Afterlife?
Haunted Vegas There are several supposedly haunted hotels in Las Vegas, here are a few :
- The Luxor Sightings of a ghost have been seen roaming the long room hallways that encircle the pyramid. Three men lost their lives during construction of the pyramid tower. Others say the place is cursed and will remain so until the image of an eye is installed at the pinnacle of the tower, outside.
- The Flamingo Some say they see Bugsy Siegel’s ghost wandering the gardens near the site of his (long ago demolished) suite, when the shadows grow long, before sunset. Bugsy was killed in LA, but some believe that spirits return to places they love.
- Bally’s During the fire of 1980 (when Bally’s was the MGM Grand), 84 people lost their lives. There have been many reports of sightings in the older buildings of this hotel.
- Las Vegas Hilton The ghost of Elvis has been seen lurking back stage in the showroom where he performed
- Bellagio Actor Justin Pierce committed suicide in 2000, by hanging himself in one of the Bellagio’s rooms.
- Hard Rock Legendary bassist for the Who, John Entwistle died there in 2002
- Stratosphere Despite alarms, fences, and security personnel, four people have leapt to their deaths from the top of the more than 1,000-foot tall tower. The most current was 2/3/2006 when a 27-year-old man from Bristol, England took his last big step.