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In Brief: Czechoslovakian glass concert venues, missing pets and more

Horrifying news

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Blockbuster Video is closing its Bonanza and East Centennial Parkway locations. We at Las Vegas Weekly have absolutely no idea what to do now. I mean, how the hell are we supposed to watch our favorite movies?! Imagine them? Ask our friends to reenact them? Buy second-run movie theaters and screen them every night? BREAKING: Okay, a tech-savvy friend just told us about something called Netflix or Hulu or iTunes or torrents or ... Phew, all hope isn’t lost. –Rick Lax

Glass house

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Our reviewers are tired of complaining about the Cosmopolitan’s Chelsea Ballroom, and soon, hopefully, they won’t have to anymore. The hip Strip property has announced plans for a more permanent Chelsea that will mix “a visionary aesthetic with a functional design.” A press release also described the room as a “working theater dropped into a Czechoslovakian glass factory.” We have no clue what that actually means, but if it brings better sound and sightlines (and hopefully, a non-rippling floor) to the kind of concert calendar the Cosmo is already famous for, consider us there. –Spencer Patterson

Criss Cross

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If you were to name the criminal scourges plaguing Las Vegas, chances are pet-napping wouldn’t rank. And yet, I just spent 90 good seconds watching grainy surveillance video of two thieves breaking into a pair of local pet stores this week and making off (gently) with high-priced pups and exotic birds, including a teacup Yorkshire terrier puppy that belongs to magician Criss Angel. Angel has offered $5,000 for its safe return. Wouldn’t it be cheaper to just make it reappear? –Sarah Feldberg

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