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April 19, 2014

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Lisa Marie Smith and 'Pin Up' (Apr. 18)

John Katsilometes and Tricia McCrone talk to Lisa Marie Smith, the singer in "Pin Up." Listen »

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A woman of 50 voices, Veronic is at home on the range

Veronic DiCaire has won the praise and respect of Celine Dion, her mentor and her show’s co-producer, during her run at Bally’s. Dozens of voices populate the mind of Veronic, many more than the 50 or so she produces onstage every night.

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Be careful with Stifler — you could put an eye out!

Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno hosted the latest Las Vegas Weekly Unscripted/Stifler show Tuesday night in the Havana Room at the Tropicana, and it was (in a couple of instances) a blinding success.

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DJ Ashba: Taking flight was ‘innocent thing’; Dice Man applauds Cate Blanchett’s Oscar triumph

Las Vegas resident DJ Ashba is gearing up for another run at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel with Guns N’ Roses, but he did speak of his oft-publicized proposal aboard a Metro Police helicopter last August here in town.

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Getting buzzed with Holly Madison is actually good for the cause

Holly Madison took a pair of clippers, claimed that she was a novice at head-shaving, then shaved a head for St. Baldrick’s Foundation on Saturday at New York-New York’s Brooklyn Bridge.

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Andrea Wynn’s multimillion-dollar birthday party is ‘Gatsby’ themed, but hints to Spidey

Andrea Wynn’s 50th birthday party was directed by Philip William McKinley, who took over the troubled “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” on Broadway in 2011. The event starred Hugh Jackman and featured more than 70 dancers and musicians.

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‘KWTD’: Chloe Crawford spins magic in and out of ‘Fantasy’

Chloe Louise Crawford grew up in Britain, met her Canadian husband in Mexico and now works on the Strip. She also is the Playboy “Cyber Girl of the Month” for February and is a familiar figure year-round as a cast member in “Fantasy” at the Luxor.

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Growing up Trump means learning to thrive in two very different worlds

Recently, Eric Trump sat down to talk about Trump International Las Vegas, which is nearing its sixth birthday on March 31.

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Cirque-OSHA reach settlement in Guillot-Guyard case; Jerry Lewis’ legacy cemented by TCM and MDA

OSHA’s final rulings eliminated all but one citation issued against Cirque du Soleil in the death of “Ka” performer Sarah Guillot-Guyard last June 29 at MGM Grand. The fine issued by OSHA for the infraction and the formal investigation of the incident are now closed.

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‘Barry’ Simon’s grandiose MSA charity event boosted by Bill’s Murray-ment

Bill Murray worked with Kerry Simon at a Little Caesars and came up big in Las Vegas on Thursday. Throughout the evening, a fundraiser at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, emcee Murray referred to Simon as “Barry Simon” or “Jerry Simon.”

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Holly Madison to perform a shear act at New York-New York; L.V. Phil to honor Siegfried & Roy with ‘Meditation’

Holly Madison is shaving the head of this scribe in an effort to raise money and awareness for St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Events at New York-New York begin at noon Saturday and run through 11 p.m. in the fight against childhood cancer.

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Revitalized and amped-up ‘Jubilee!’ sets March 17 return to Bally’s

Director Frank Gatson Jr. has built his creative team for the challenge of bringing “Jubilee!” “into this time.” Known as the choreographer for Beyonce, Gatson says he is not performing such an overhaul that the legendary showgirl production will be unrecognizable.

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Paul Shortino reclaims Duke Fame for AMC; Human Nature says, ‘Hey, we can jam with Philharmonic’

As a trio of Strip headliner performers unleashed their offshoot projects in Broadway Rocks Vegas at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel on Monday evening, I undertook another intensive raking of the jam-packed VegasVille scene.

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Celebration of life for Jeff Ray of ‘Jersey Boys’ set for March 23 at the Hard Rock Hotel

“Jersey Boys” band member Jeff Ray, a highly accomplished and respected guitarist, is to be honored at a celebration of his life, music and legacy at Vinyl by many of the artists with whom he collaborated before his tragic death in March.

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Jackie, Jermaine, Tito and Marlon still groove with best in ‘Rocktellz & Cocktails’

Financial and artistic investment is evident in everything. The show’s set was designed by crafty Brit Andy Walmsley (who is having quite a successful run here in VegasVille, as reflected by the happy posts on his Facebook page), with the famous “Jacksons” logo at the back and searing, colored lights flashing over the performers.

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‘KWTD’: Film critic Josh Bell breaks it down (by ‘it,’ we mean the Oscars, of course)

Josh Bell writes TV and film criticism for Las Vegas Weekly, but his really challenging task is appearing on our radio show, “Kats With the Dish,” partly because co-host Tricia McCrone somehow finds a way to bait Bell into an argument.

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