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November 23, 2014

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The Amazing Johnathan (Nov. 17)

John Katsilometes and Tricia McCrone talk to The Amazing Johnathan about his life, career and exit from the Las Vegas entertainment scene. Listen »

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Jeff Leibow delivers another dash of hope with NF all-star show at Venetian

“The NF Hope Concert” has been around long enough that it has developed a genuine tradition. …

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Frankie Moreno plays cabin for ‘Live at 35’; SLS cuts include Griddle, buffet hours; ‘Mondays Dark’ targets Joint

The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is the Stratosphere, where on Tuesday the hotel’s resident headliner asked, “Coffee, tea or medley?” We are speaking, in an altitudinal sense, of showroom standout …

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He specializes in scaring people, but Fright Dome’s Jason Egan remains fearless

Jason Egan, the ghoul-oriented master of the fear fortress Fright Dome at Circus Circus, is known to wince and draw back on occasion. Show him a cat, and he’ll do that. …

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Lorenzo Doumani takes over Clarion: ‘We’re blowing it up,’ creating something ‘very cool’

Lorenzo Doumani is looking to make the ratty Clarion the happiest place on earth, or at least on Convention Center Drive. Eager for the neighborhood to develop around him …

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Music festival generating excitement on north Strip

The north side of the Strip stands to gain from Rock in Rio, which is expected to draw 300,000 fans across the street from SLS Las Vegas. …

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Frank Marino, Alex Schechter moving forward ‘regardless of idiots’; ‘Vegas Nocturne’ (kind of) plays N.Y.

Frank Marino and Alex Schechter have watched the week’s crisscrossing rulings on same-sex marriage with acute interest. …

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‘Wicked’ elicits erupt-tastic response at Smith Center

At the end of Thursday’s matinee performance of “Wicked” at the Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall, the show’s cast was greeted by the requisite standing ovation. This was another sellout performance, another standing ovation, …

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Brimming with vino and music, Wine Amplified barrels into MGM Resorts Village

Wine Amplified is the first music festival in Las Vegas to go entirely cash free. This is made possible through wristbands embedded with RFID chips. Festival attendees will load Festival Bucks …

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Reckless in Vegas, alt rock with a Rat Pack vibe, takes a swing at Downtown Grand

It is serendipitous, and appropriate, that a band named for Las Vegas with a Vegas attitude is playing a hotel in downtown Las Vegas run by a guy who is all about classic Vegas. …

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Oscar Goodman remembers his ‘Mount Rushmore moment’; The Pointer Sisters pop up at Rose. Rabbit. Lie.

Oscar Goodman resumes his speaker series Thursday night at Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza with a lotta mob talk. …

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After less than one month, ‘Georgia on My Mind’ to close Oct. 15 at Venetian

Georgia on My Mind” is brimming with great artists, including Clint Holmes, Nnenna Frelon and Take 6, but struggled to fill a large theater. …

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The witch is back: ‘Wicked’ is ready for another clean sweep of Smith Center

It is not at all shocking that “Wicked” is among the biggest hits to play the Smith Center. It was the first Broadway musical to play Reynolds Hall, selling every ticket of its run in August and September of 2012. …

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Big cats scrambling back to the Strip with Dirk Arthur’s ‘Wild Illusions’ at the Riv

“Dirk Arthur’s Wild Illusions” opens Dec. 1 and is tentatively scheduled to perform nightly at 7, dark Fridays. Over time, he’ll likely add matinee shows to the schedule on Saturdays and Sundays. …

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Route 91 Harvest festival at MGM Resorts Village is country without borders

Garth Brooks’ shows at Encore Theater in the Wynn were pockmarked with references to, and samples of, Bob Seger and KISS. KISS even turned up at the ACM Awards a few years ago. …

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Time-share mogul on lawsuit: ‘I don’t like being accused of stiffing anybody. It’s not true’

David Siegel responds to allegations that he failed to pay a real estate agent for work done on his purchase of the LVH.

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