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December 19, 2014

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Mark Shunock (Dec. 15)

John Katsilometes and Tricia McCrone talk to Mark Shunock, who is celebrating a full year of "Mondays after Dark" performances Monday night at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel. Listen »

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Mark of ‘Mark & Mercedes in the Morning’ leaves; J.C. Fernandez steps in Jan. 5

Half of the long-running and market-topping KXMB 94.1 “The Mix” morning radio team has announced a departure. Mark DiCiero, who teamed with Mercedes Martinez for 18 years …

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Human Nature heats up, cools off for holidays; Extreme Thing dumped for ’15; ‘Mondays Dark’

The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. I am positioned on the actual floor seating area of the music hall, in which The Killers played on opening weekend and Imagine Dragons …

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Hakkasan’s takeover of Light Group is another step toward company’s dominance of the Strip

Well, it seems as if Hakkasan Group has finished its holiday shopping. The entertainment conglomerate that seems to want for nothing has produced an embarrassment of riches …

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Theater scene feels ripple as ‘Rat Pack,’ ‘MJ Live’ move to Riviera

They may have been given a later checkout time, but the shows “MJ Live” and “The Rat Pack Is Back” are leaving the Rio and headed to the Riviera.

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Fired by Gaz and leaving ‘Absinthe,’ Penny Pibbets takes shot with her own show

Penny Pibbets is done as the assistant in “Absinthe,” having performed for the final time as a full-time cast member last week. Her energy is now directed to “The Penny Pibbets Show” …

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Wayne Newton is making a return to Casa de Shenandoah

Mr. Las Vegas is ending 2014 by making some major news in his Old Vegas neighborhood. Returned to the corner of Sunset and Pecos roads is the famous Casa de Shenandoah sign …

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Flexibility key to ‘Showstoppers’ setlist; Frankie Moreno has scant shows left at Strat

Those who have seen “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers,” and read early accounts of the lineup of numbers to be performed in the show, have noted some famous shows not represented.

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Piff the Magic Dragon fires up Rose. Rabbit. Lie.; Brian Wilson without pier at Venetian

A member of “Vegas Nocturne” performed at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. last week. Lest you get all giddy over this concept, it was actually a former member of that wildly imaginative production, Piff the Magic Dragon, along …

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Jeff Dunham, Terry Fator in voice-throwing throwdown on the Strip

“I started doing this when I was 10 years old, and I really had an obsession with it. When I was about 15, I told myself that I wanted to be one of the greatest ventriloquists ever,” Terry Fator once said …

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Oscar Goodman hungry to celebrate pre-Venetian Venetian Pizzeria

One could argue, and Oscar Goodman would, that the spine of Las Vegas’ history is the pork neckbone recipe of Angie Ruvo.

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The PRCA strategy: Rope ’em while they’re young

Karl Stressman finished his annual NFR Week news conference. Stressman has been the PRCA commissioner for seven years now, and I’ve only known him during the times when his organization was bulldogging …

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Sarah Guillot-Guyard’s family ‘has been taken care of’ as Final Battle Scene returns to ‘Ka’

The Final Battle Scene is the great, deceptive moment in “Ka” at MGM Grand. The Cirque du Soleil artists appear to be fighting, the Good Guys vs. the Bad Guys, in the production’s epic, …

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Flowery praise for Bellagio Conservatory; Andrea Bocelli asks for tender love at MGM Grand

During his chilling performance at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night, the great tenor Andrea Bocelli was backed by singers from one of the city’s longest-running arts organization. Appearing onstage …

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Change afoot backstage at infamous Las Vegas strip clubs

Club Paradise will reopen in January, and Crazy Horse Too may have to change names if it wants to do the same …

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A-ha: Dolyniuk embraces ’80s, adds symphony for Smith Center show

I’m a workaholic,” says Brody Dolyniuk, but there is a lot of fun mixed with this show that evokes The Tubes, Oingo Boingo, INXS and other ‘80 acts at Reynolds Hall.

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