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August 23, 2014

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Mark Shunock (Aug. 15)

John Katsilometes and Tricia McCrone talk to Mark Shunock, who plays Lonny in "Rock of Ages" at the Venetian. Listen »

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As it reignites north end of the Strip, SLS means Seeking Local Support

It’s difficult not to feel melancholy as SLS Las Vegas resurrects this famous parcel at the corner of Sahara and the Strip. It’s been the zombie apocalypse on this corner long enough, three years and change since the closing of …

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Cirque plans to spin ‘Zumanity’ and ‘Love’ anew

Cirque du Soleil put on quite a scene Thursday afternoon at McCarran International Airport, as artists from “Love” at the Mirage bounded about the baggage claim area to celebrate The Beatles’ performances at the Las Vegas Convention Center 50 years ago this week. …

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Can SLS Las Vegas bring life back to the north end of the Strip?

Sam Nazarian has created just what he thinks Las Vegas deserves with SLS: A shiny new playground (that locals might be able to afford!).

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AFAN fills an LMNT-al need with Black & White Party host Bryan Chan

Maybe LMNT was a big deal for boyband fans, but the troupe is but a memory today for Bryan Chan, who spent several years as the frontman for Chippendales at the Rio and Saturday night co-hosts the 28th annual AFAN Black & White Party at the Joint. …

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A frenetic, powerful and unforgettable night with Al Pacino at the Mirage

You watch everything until your mind is filled with Al Pacino’s image. Pick any scene — the retrieval of the pistol in “The Godfather” when he blows away Virgil Sollozzo and Capt. McCluskey in the diner, the improvised shouting of “Attica!” in “Dog Day Afternoon.” …

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Fright Dome fires up ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’

In the horror-film genre, the most exciting form of massacre is, of course, a chainsaw massacre. Preferably achieved in the great state of Texas. Fright Dome is teaming with the great …

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It’s a return to ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ and ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ on the Strip

I first caught The Fab at the late swill house Mad Dogs & Englishmen and also at the late lounge at Palace Station, spending quite a few addled evenings shouting such requests as “Rocky Raccoon!,” “Revolution No. 9!” and “Anything By The Rutles!” …

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From Las Vegas Convention Center to ‘Love,’ it’s a Beatles life

“Unbelievable,” says Stuart Pitz, who was in the audience at the Convention Center for The Beatles on Aug. 20, 1964. “Deafening. Crazy. And what I remember at the start of that show was poor Jackie DeShannon, who was basically booed off the stage.” …

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‘Sydney’ might not go dark; Cheaza headed to China; fetching notes at Nevada SPCA charity event

The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is Starbucks on Sunday at Planet Hollywood, where upstairs the new adult revue “Sydney After Dark” from SPI Entertainment is performing its final show later at the old “Peepshow” showroom. …

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In Las Vegas, Robin Williams remembered as ‘one of the most beloved and respected comics ever’

Jerry Lewis learned the news of the death of comic great Robin Williams this afternoon while Lewis was watching CNN. A phone call to Lewis at his Las Vegas home was …

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Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame gala is a champagne wishes and caviar dreams affair

On Saturday night, I was glad to be present as the man I refer to as Ubiquitous Robin Leach (URL for short) was honored with the inaugural Mark Smith Ambassador Award by the Nevada Broadcasters Association at the Four Seasons Las Vegas.

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After updated Facebook post, Beauty Bar owner drops lawsuit

The lawsuit issued by Beauty Bar co-owner Darin Feinstein against club patron Megan Trivette has been withdrawn. The settlement was reached as Trivette, a customer who had posted on her personal Facebook page …

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Can a musical from Las Vegas make it in New York? Richard Oberacker is finding out with ‘Bandstand’

Maybe the most apt way to describe Richard Oberacker’s emotions at the moment are “mitigated excitement.” His new musical “Bandstand: A Musical,” co-created with lyrics-writing partner Robert Taylor, could become “something extraordinary.” …

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Spiegelworld takes the Cosmopolitan to court over ‘Vegas Nocturne’

On the night “Vegas Nocturne” closed at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Spiegelworld founder and self-styled impresario Ross Mollison raised a champagne glass and proclaimed, “ ‘Vegas Nocturne’ is a hit!” Since that night on July 12, the show has not been heard from …

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Old Vegas crooning at Wynn/Encore; Old Vegas oratory from Oscar Goodman

Oscar Goodman is getting worked up for his next monologue and (at times) standup appearance at the Plaza on Thursday night. This is the “Oscar’s Monologue” series; the topic is a favorite of the former mayor. …

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