Alex Skjong

Correspondent

  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Alex Skjong is a Forbes Travel Guide correspondent based in Atlanta. The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, nurtured his journalistic foundation and the Internet did the rest, as his interest in new media forms such as podcasts and videocasts has grown over the years. He’s contributed print and online content to luxury and lifestyle publications including Michigan Avenue Magazine and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, and social media content to the guitar website FRET12.com. When Skjong isn’t writing or tweeting, he’s recording music and tightly crossing his fingers for affordable commercial space travel.

  • On October 15, 2012
    Alex Skjong answered the question: Alex Skjong

    What can I expect to see at Zarkana?

    Zarkana stays very faithful to the Cirque du Soleil lineage, meaning that you’re sure to witness feats of almost super-human acrobatics and prop performances, and feast your eyes on visually stunning backdrops and costume design. The Las Vegas show involves a cast of more than 75 international performers who jump rope while balancing on tight ropes — as fire rages in the background — and flip and twist countless times from trapeze to trapeze, as well as juggle objects of all shapes and sizes.
  • On October 15, 2012
    Alex Skjong answered the question: Alex Skjong

    What time does Zarkana play?

    No matter the itinerary for your next Las Vegas getaway, the performance schedule for Zarkana, the latest Cirque du Soleil show to hit the Strip, is certainly flexible enough to enable you to squeeze in a show. Beginning with preview performances on Nov. 1, 2012, and the grand opening on Nov. 11, 2012, Zarkana will hit the stage at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star ARIA Resort & Casino Friday through Tuesday with 7 and 9:30 p.m. performances. There will be no shows on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • On October 15, 2012
    Alex Skjong answered the question: Alex Skjong

    How much are tickets to Zarkana?

    As is the case with almost any event, ticket prices for Zarkana depend heavily on where you choose to sit. The highest-tiered price range for the latest Cirque du Soleil incarnation at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star ARIA Resort & Casino tops out at $180, while the lower end of the spectrum starts at $69. Both prices are pre-tax and fees, so be prepared to add on about $10 extra per ticket.
  • On October 15, 2012
    Alex Skjong answered the question: Alex Skjong

    How can I get tickets to Zarkana?

    Securing tickets to Zarkana, the latest Cirque du Soleil show to hit the Strip, is as easy as clicking a mouse. Simply head over to http://arialasvegas.com/en/cirque/zarkana and choose your date, performance time, price tier and number of attendees, and the website will do the rest. After just a few clicks, you’ll have your tickets waiting for you at ARIA Resort & Casino’s will-call. Otherwise, head over to the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel and buy your tickets directly there or ask the hotel concierge to reserve some for you.
  • On October 15, 2012
    Alex Skjong answered the question: Alex Skjong

    How can I get tickets to Zarkana?

    Securing tickets to Zarkana, the latest Cirque du Soleil show to hit the Strip, is as easy as clicking a mouse. Simply head over to http://arialasvegas.com/en/cirque/zarkana and choose your date, performance time, price tier and number of attendees, and the website will do the rest. After just a few clicks, you’ll have your tickets waiting for you at ARIA Resort & Casino’s will-call. Otherwise, head over to the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel and buy your tickets directly there or ask the hotel concierge to reserve some for you.
  • On October 15, 2012
    Alex Skjong answered the question: Alex Skjong

    How much are tickets to Zarkana?

    As is the case with almost any event, ticket prices for Zarkana depend heavily on where you choose to sit. The highest-tiered price range for the latest Cirque du Soleil incarnation at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star ARIA Resort & Casino tops out at $180, while the lower end of the spectrum starts at $69. Both prices are pre-tax and fees, so be prepared to add on about $10 extra per ticket.
  • On October 15, 2012
    Alex Skjong answered the question: Alex Skjong

    What time does Zarkana play?

    No matter the itinerary for your next Las Vegas getaway, the performance schedule for Zarkana, the latest Cirque du Soleil show to hit the Strip, is certainly flexible enough to enable you to squeeze in a show. Beginning with preview performances on Nov. 1, 2012, and the grand opening on Nov. 11, 2012, Zarkana will hit the stage at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star ARIA Resort & Casino Friday through Tuesday with 7 and 9:30 p.m. performances. There will be no shows on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • On October 15, 2012
    Alex Skjong answered the question: Alex Skjong

    What is Zarkana about?

    While continuing the Cirque du Soleil tradition of jaw-dropping acrobatics and amazing demonstrations of balance and physical strength, Zarkana tells the tale of magician Zark, who is on a quest to regain his powers and a loved one. An abandoned theater sets the stage for more than 75 international performers’ seemingly super-human feats: Jump ropers teeter perilously on a tight rope while fire blasts in the background. And a colorful array of jugglers and acrobats perform in front of mesmerizing backdrops that seem to morph as each scene changes.
  • On October 15, 2012
    Alex Skjong answered the question: Alex Skjong

    Is there a discount for groups purchasing tickets to Zarkana?

    Gathering a group of 12 or more Cirque du Soleil fans to see Zarkana, the latest edition of the show to hit Las Vegas, will allow you to reap a couple of benefits. If you choose to attend any of the show’s preview dates beginning Nov. 1, 2012, your group will receive a 10 percent discount on tickets priced at $180, $150, $140 and $130. These tickets must be purchased more than 14 days in advance of the performance date. When the show kicks off its grand opening on Nov. 11, 2012, the group (again, of 12 or more) ticket prices of $180, $150, $140 and $130 are still in place, but a live entertainment tax of 10 percent will be charged. A one-time fee of $15 is also added on with group orders, but all other fees are waived.
  • On October 15, 2012
    Alex Skjong answered the question: Alex Skjong

    How can I get tickets to Zarkana?

    Securing tickets to Zarkana, the latest Cirque du Soleil show to hit the Strip, is as easy as clicking a mouse. Simply head over to www.cirquedusoleil.com/zarkana and choose your date, performance time, price tier and number of attendees, and the website will do the rest. After just a few clicks, you’ll have your tickets waiting for you at ARIA Resort & Casino’s will-call. Otherwise, head over to the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel and buy your tickets directly there or ask the hotel concierge to reserve some for you.
  • On October 15, 2012
    Alex Skjong answered the question: Alex Skjong

    What can I expect to see at Zarkana?

    Zarkana stays very faithful to the Cirque du Soleil lineage, meaning that you’re sure to witness feats of almost super-human acrobatics and prop performances, and feast your eyes on visually stunning backdrops and costume design. The Las Vegas show involves a cast of more than 75 international performers who jump rope while balancing on tight ropes — as fire rages in the background — and flip and twist countless times from trapeze to trapeze, as well as juggle objects of all shapes and sizes.
  • On October 15, 2012
    Alex Skjong answered the question: Alex Skjong

    How much are tickets to Zarkana?

    As is the case with almost any event, ticket prices for Zarkana depend heavily on where you choose to sit. The highest-tiered price range for the latest Cirque du Soleil incarnation at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star ARIA Resort & Casino tops out at $180, while the lower end of the spectrum starts at $69. Both prices are pre-tax and fees, so be prepared to add on about $10 extra per ticket.
  • On October 15, 2012
    Alex Skjong answered the question: Alex Skjong

    What time does Zarkana play?

    No matter the itinerary for your next Las Vegas getaway, the performance schedule for Zarkana, the latest Cirque du Soleil show to hit the Strip, is certainly flexible enough to enable you to squeeze in a show. Beginning with preview performances on Nov. 1, 2012, and the grand opening on Nov. 11, 2012, Zarkana will hit the stage at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star ARIA Resort & Casino Friday through Tuesday with 7 and 9:30 p.m. performances. There will be no shows on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • On October 12, 2012
    Alex Skjong answered the question: Alex Skjong

    How much notice do I need to give to fly with NetJets?

    You don’t have to give NetJets much notice to fly on one of its private jets. The aviation company can have a plane waiting for you with just four to 10 hours’ notice — and it doesn’t even matter what time of day you call. Since NetJets is available 24/7, you’ll get the same service whether you’re requesting a plane in the middle of the day or at midnight. So when last-minute business meetings or personal matters arise, NetJets helps make the trip go smoothly. And you can forget the typical travel delays; with NetJets, you skip security lines and check-ins. Just hop on your private jet, grab a glass of bubbly and enjoy the flight. 
  • On October 10, 2012
    Alex Skjong answered the question: Alex Skjong

    What events should we attend at the New York City Wine & Food Festival?

    The New York City Wine & Food Festival kicks off on October 11 with the first of four jam-packed days of, well, lots of wine, food and star chefs appearing at a wide range of events. We’ve picked the highlights for each day to make it easier for you to take a bite out of this Big Apple festival.
     
    Food Network and Cooking Channel star Giada De Laurentiis will be your guide for S. Pellegrino’s Meatball Madness, a walk-around tasting being served on Thursday. Chefs from all corners of NYC will put personal twists on classic and worldwide meatball recipes vying for the title of 2012 Master of Meatball Madness. But watch out, competitors — 2011 champions The Meatball Shop are back and ready to defend their juicy crown.
     
    On Friday, Los Angeles food mogul and Forbes Travel Guide Tastemaker Roy Choi teams up with Jean-Georges and Marja Vongerichten for an unreal feast called Bank of America Dinner Series: Coast 2 Coast Korean-Inspired Dinner. If the cuisine at the Wine Spectator-sponsored event doesn’t blow you away (and how couldn’t it?), the view from the 51st floor of the Bank of American Tower — the second-tallest skyscraper in the city — most certainly will.
     
    During Food Network’s Next Iron Chef competition on Saturday, challengers will brave the heat of Kitchen Stadium and face off against Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, Michael Symon and legendary Iron Chef Morimoto. Gastronomy is the theme of the battle so rest assured you’ll be able to sample some very interesting concoctions from the entire roster of participants. You might even be able to tie on an apron and become a culinary gladiator yourself. Beware — tickets for this Alton Brown-hosted showdown are tough to find.
     
    When it’s time for some Sunday supper, head on down to Chelsea Piers, settle into the gorgeous Pier Sixty and forget any thoughts you may have about notching your belt. For Paula Deen Brunch, the Southern cooking icon’s sons Jamie and Bobby will tweak their mama’s famous dishes into leaner and more-healthy fare, without removing any of the charm or flavor, of course.