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September 17, 2014

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Matt Donnelly and Paul Mattingly (Sep. 16)

John Katsilometes talks to Las Vegas comedian duo Matt Donnelly and Paul Mattingly, who perform at the Scullery Theater downtown and produce a twice-a-week podcast called "Ice Cream Social." Listen »

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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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A snit, a post and a bizarre lawsuit at Beauty Bar

Inside of a week of owning Beauty Bar, Darin Feinstein found himself in a verbal tiff with one of his patrons. Inside of a month, he has filed a lawsuit against that patron in a case …

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Lady Gaga tears it up during her return to MGM Grand

Of all the lavish lighting, costumes and multimillion-dollar stage effects, including what seemed to be an outcropping of psychedelic mushrooms on the stage extending into the audience and a piano encased in a fake ice formation, I was impressed most by …

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Palms’ sign change is a sign of the times; Franky Perez soars with strings

When you spend as much time as I do at the Palms, you take note of even the subtlest changes. Such as, the removal of the Maloof family name from …

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‘Spider-Man’ is out, but something is brewing at Wynn/Encore

Philip William McKinley’s name — all three of them, in fact — certainly surfaces with great frequency at Wynn and Encore Las Vegas. …

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Quiz time: Did FLOLVJ really receive her high school diploma at pyramids in Egypt?

For this column, we’re focusing on FLOLVJ (the acronym I like to use for the First Lady of Las Vegas Jazz), long a favorite performer and a woman of vast aptitude, experience and education. Catch her most Saturday nights at the Dispensary …

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‘Star Trek’s’ Walter Koenig still secure playing Chekov (with a V)

Walter Koenig is an easygoing sort — until you question the Russian accent, which he exaggerated on a famous TV show a long time ago. …

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Tara Palsha’s teary departure; SLS finds fast friend in Monorail; ‘MDQ,’ ‘Jersey Boys’ represent on tavern scene

Tara Palsha cried her way through her final performance at “Vegas! The Show” on Friday night. Palsha is leaving this week for New York, to start a new life with her fiance, model Scott Moats, and to take a shot at …

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Westgate owner climbs high again; Agassi stays grounded in Reno

David Siegel was raising crane again, while Andre Agassi was raising money for UNR and Greg Maddux was being praised in Cooperstown, N.Y. …

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‘Miss Dorothy’ ushers in her 90th birthday at Caesars; Pavel Chekov muses about brushes

The week was brightened by the smile of 90-year-old Colosseum usher Dorothy Brooks. “Miss Dorothy,” as she is uniformly known, celebrated that birthday Wednesday before the Shania Twain performance. Miss Dorothy still pulls three shifts a week at …

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A thunderstruck John Payne takes ‘Rock Vault’ to court

As predictable as a rock fan shouting “Free Bird!” at a Skynyrd show, the dispute between John Payne and his former mates at “Raiding the Rock Vault” has wound up in court. That Payne sought a legal avenue in the wake of his departure from the show was …

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Nevada 150th all-star show is one to be remembered, if not recorded

Thus far, the Nevada 150th event has snared an impressive lineup. Acts, individuals and productions to be represented include Las Vegas entertainment legend Jerry Lewis, Cirque du Soleil, “Jubilee,” “Jersey Boys,” …

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‘Scoring irregularities’ might send two Nevada contestants to national teen pageant

On June 1, Las Vegas Academy of Arts student Amy Smith was crowned Miss Nevada Outstanding Teen. Smith is representing our state at next week’s national competition in Orlando, Fla. If it were only that simple …

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