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Vegas Mob Museum to present 'Hot Havana Nights'

Memories of 'Hot Havana Nights.' Photo by Bob Schulman
Memories of 'Hot Havana Nights.' Photo by Bob Schulman

Here’s your chance to experience the pre-revolution decadence of Havana – back in the days when scofflaws like Bugsy, Lucky, Al and Meyer ruled the roost there. Fittingly, it’s all going to happen on Aug. 7 at the Las Vegas Mob Museum’s “Hot Havana Nights.”

On tap for festivities celebrating Havana’s bad old days will be Cuban-flavored gambing; tango and conga dancing; the blazing sounds of Latin jazz; tropical drinks and cuisine; a cigar bar; and artifacts from infamous Havana hotels and casinos such as the Nacional, Tropicana, Sans Souci, Casino de Capri and Hotel Habana Riviera.

The event will be presented by the museum – known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement -- in collaboration with the Cuban Heritage Foundation and the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce. Officials say: “The evening is inspired by the decadent Havana resorts of the first half of the twentieth century, which attracted everyone from celebrities and scions of industry to middle-class vacationers. Visitors were drawn to Havana by its permissive, sun-soaked, indulgent atmosphere -- comparable to the one eventually associated with Las Vegas.

“By the 1940s, all Havana’s major resorts and casinos were run by U.S. mob families from Chicago and New York, representing another dynamic replicated a few years later in Las Vegas.”

Tickets for the event, set for 6 p.m.-10 p.m. on Aug. 7, are $40. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1-(702) 229-2734.

Opened in 2012, the Mob Museum describes itself as “a world-class destination in downtown Las Vegas dedicated to the thrilling story of organized crime and law enforcement. It presents an exciting and authentic view of the Mob’s impact on Las Vegas history and its unique imprint on the world. True stories of Mob history are brought to life in a bold and contemporary style via engaging exhibits, high-tech theater presentations and more than 600 artifacts, the largest collection of Mob and related law enforcement memorabilia under one roof.”

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