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April 2, 2015

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Sami Saula (Mar. 23)

John Katsilometes and Tricia McCrone talk to Cirque du Soleil performer Sami Saula about his new CD, "Awaken.” The proceeds from the CD will go towards medical costs for Saula's 3-year-old son, Elann, who has lymphangiectasia, a rare intestinal disease. The CD is available for sale at SamiSaula.com. Listen »

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MGM Resorts Festival Grounds is looking a lot less like a lot

The big-wow features of Rock in Rio USA are the Ferris wheel and zip line in the middle of the festival grounds’ footprint. The City of Rock blueprint has the same homey facades that have been used in Rock in Rio’s other cities.

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Imagine Dragons playing a Las Vegas festival would be … Beautiful

One of the hottest rock bands on the planet is from Las Vegas and as such has become a huge festival draw. Concurrently, Las Vegas has become a hotbed of festivals and is hungry for any huge festival draw.

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Monday By the Numbers: XS grows up and out; marshmallows fly at Blue Man Group

Jesse Waits and the sixth anniversary of XS at Encore Las Vegas top this week’s Mondays By the Numbers purging of data. The event was celebrated Saturday night with a splashy poolside extravaganza hosted by DJ Avicii.

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Famed Westgate venue shimmers with history; ‘Duck’ director drives Lincoln musical

Catching up while looking down on the city from The Kats Report Bureau at the SBP in Newport Lofts. Let’s gun it (in a figurative sense):

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Ownership changes, but strip club drama for Club Paradise remains

The management team was dismissed after an incident with a club promoter in which one party was holding a lead pipe. The promoter and promoter’s buddies were hanging out at the club after 8 a.m. on Sunday morning March 15 long past closing hours …

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‘Nocturne’ litigation nearly put to bed; Barry Manilow’s ‘Last’ tour is not the end

The lengthy and unseemly litigation between the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Spiegelworld over the closing of “Vegas Nocturne” seems to be resolved.

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Jerry Lewis nabs NAB honor; ‘Pin Up’ marks anniversary by doubling up the bombshells

Notes from across the scene in VegasVille in a week topped by a comment from a gentleman, who seemed about 70 years old, sitting next to me with his wife at Thursday’s early performance of …

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Conductor Donato Cabrera appreciates ‘Las Vegas’ of Las Vegas Philharmonic

Las Vegas Philharmonic Music Director Donato Cabrera was in the audience at the most recent Composers Showcase of Las Vegas at Cabaret Jazz on March 4, and he loved the performance.

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The Somers sizzle at Westgate is a revival of classic Vegas

Just as Suzanne Somers is talking about bringing her throwback show to a throwback hotel run by a throwback figure, David Siegel makes a throwback move.

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Monday By the Numbers: Another shot of ‘Absinthe’

This week, Monday By the Numbers zeroes in on “Absinthe” in Roman Plaza at Caesars Palace. The show celebrates its fourth anniversary on the Strip on April 1, and it is as hot as ever.

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More Cheese in Las Vegas? Grate! And P&T have Big Apple appeal

Over the weekend, The Kats Report Bureau was customarily mobile, spending ample time at Cirque du Soleil’s “One Night for One Drop” and the return of Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine.

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Cirque takes ‘One’ shot and makes it count

More than 100 artists soared over the stage in the show’s many aerial acts. The Korean Plank and the springy mat used in “Michael Jackson One” at Mandalay Bay were rolled out in separate scenes.

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Fascination with old Vegas mob tales endures

Notes compiled, and now imparted, from across the urban landscape we call VegasVille …

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Brad Garrett gets real with ‘Balls,’ third anniversary at MGM Grand

Brad Garrett seems the quintessential club comic, the way he adroitly works the room from his own stage at MGM Grand. One of his more effective icebreakers: “Ma’am, the Titanic exhibit called. They have your luggage.”

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Remembering Greg Brady at the Riv; the secret is out about Penn & Teller’s magic pasture

To be constructed into the Penn & Teller Theater is the Secret Pasture of Penn & Teller, a none-too-oblique take on the Secret Garden of Siegfried & Roy.

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