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December 18, 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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With ‘Re-Animator’ at Smith Center, George Wendt is a member of the grateful dead

George Wendt was introduced to TV audiences as if he just happened to saunter into a neighborhood tavern. Actually, that is exactly how it happened. The trajectory of Wendt’s career …

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Brad Garrett, David E. Kelley lead a fast break back to network TV

Brad Garrett, proprietor and frequent headliner at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in MGM Grand, can act, and not just in comedic roles.

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Colosseum opts for real country in Reba and Brooks & Dunn booking

The conversation among the trio of superstars about playing dates in Las Vegas started several months ago. They agree on the environment, which was just before a concert at MGM Grand Garden Arena, but not exactly when …

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Our own 30 for the 30th anniversary of NFR in Las Vegas

National Finals Rodeo’s impact can be measured in the vast array of events in the valley, with more than 20 official sponsor hotels hosting events related to the rodeo and many more taking on a country theme.

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Las Vegas of yesteryear is revived every week with ‘The Dennis Bono Show’

Dennis Bono knows all the old tricks, as he should. He is both the pilot and navigator of one of the last remaining genuine Old-Vegas entertainment pleasures, “The Dennis Bono Show,” which is performed …

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Stevie Wonder takes the keys and leads MGM Grand crowd on a wild ride

Stevie Wonder was terrific, and his alter-ego, DJ Tick Tick Boom, wasn’t bad, either, on Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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This year, Las Vegas has a good grip on the rodeo

John Katsilometes talks to the head of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association about the wild ride that was 2014.

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Despite protests, Dirk Arthur debuting his own production of cats

The Kats Report Bureau this weekend has been ensconced at the Riviera, and that hotel is happening this weekend with a couple of conventions that helped fill the lobby with hundreds of guests on Friday afternoon.

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For keyboard master Ronnie Foster, reunion with Stevie Wonder is just human nature

Ronnie Foster is the cornerstone of Funk Foundation, the band who backs Human Nature at Sands Showroom in the Venetian. Foster is the band’s music director.

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‘Pippin’ effectively takes flying leap into land of Cirque

“Pippin” is not a Cirque show, of course, but it is dropping into the epicenter of acrobatic-infused performance, with Cirque the city’s predominant production vehicle. And if the company is looking for a way to incorporate gymnastics with musical theater, look no further.

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Deal-making done with country flair at the Colosseum and NFR

Human Nature, the embraceable quartet from Australia, which favors Motown classics and jackets shaded in crimson, just celebrated 25 years (together) and is soon to celebrate the lighting of …

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‘Ka’ set to return full version of Final Battle Scene to MGM Grand stage

Eighteen months after it was pulled down for a tragedy, the Final Battle Scene is returning to Cirque du Soleil’s “Ka” at MGM Grand. A formal unveiling of the new scene is set for Dec. 3 …

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Rob Riggle takes over Lagasse’s Stadium; Imagine Dragons go acoustic; Steve Wynn snaps up Kenny Rogers’ old estate

Imagine Dragons held a fundraiser and NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young bought a dog for $6,000 on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel. The “Goldendoodle” (a poodle and golden lab mix) was up for bid during …

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Fire and rain usher in ‘Le Reve’s’ 10th anniversary

This $3 million upgrade to the show is titled “Denouement,” itself a mini-production lasting about four minutes. Sixty designers worked 3,000 hours over 18 months, developing first an idea that has exploded …

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SLS off to rough start but looking forward to 2015

Scott Kreeger talks with John Katsilometes about the struggles experienced at the north Strip’s newest resort, as well as plans for next year.

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