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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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Surgery doesn’t put Criss Angel in straitjacket; Terry Fator returns to Letterman in media blitz

Criss Angel’s shoulder surgery has shelved “Believe” at the Luxor, but a clip of the operation is now in “Magic Jam” in the same theater. After undergoing the major procedure Jan. 9, Angel was told to take it easy for six months.

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Oscar Goodman is eager to pass the puck with the Wranglers at the Plaza

Former Mayor Oscar Goodman spent the balance of his three terms in office trying to lure a major-league franchise to Las Vegas. Now the restaurant with his name is sharing space with the Wranglers.

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Comedy maverick Tom Green is comfortable with a Vinyl format

Tom Green has interviewed Dan Rather and Carrot Top and also can rap and tell jokes that draw laughs from Las Vegas to Edinburgh. “I’ve noticed how universal our sense of humor has become, and it’s kind of a sad thing, really,” he says.

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Jason Alexander sweeps George Costanza under the rug with new show at Hair-rahs

Jason Alexander’s new show at Harrah’s, “An Evening With Jason Alexander and His Hair,” hints to the status of his scalp. Alexander often refers to this new hairpiece he’s been sporting over the past couple of years as “revenge hair.”

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‘KWTD’: John Payne, Paul Shortino still banking on success of ‘Rock Vault’ at LVH

John Payne, who has developed a beyond-credible interpretation of the vocal stylings and stage manner of AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, co-wrote the original template for “Raiding the Rock Vault,” which is still playing with gleeful power at LVH.

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Wranglers’ search for a new home in Las Vegas ends at the Plaza

Wranglers President Billy Johnson said today that Las Vegas’ entrant in the ECHL has reached an agreement with owners of the downtown Plaza to play home games in a leased facility to be built on that property for five years beginning with the 2014-15 season in October.

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Melody Sweets is looking forward to her guest-singing gig in ‘MDQ’

Melody Sweets is known as a burlesque performer who inhabits the role of the songbird Green Fairy in “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace. But on Feb. 25, she will join the throwback, 1956 rock ’n’ roll musical “Million Dollar Quartet” at Harrah’s.

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Live Frankie Moreno taping shakes the Strat; BBR burns as resort officials take notice

Frankie Moreno is planning to put his show recorded Tuesday night at the Stratosphere in front of a national TV audience. One interested party is PBS. The idea, too, is for the performance to be issued as a live DVD.

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The Red Zone: Las Vegas history simmers at classic Italian restaurants

A river of marinara runs through Las Vegas, where the famous and rich convene to deal and pitch. Deals are made, relationships are cemented, and news unfolds (eventually) at throwback Italian restaurants in Las Vegas.

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Crazy Horse Too rides again after judge reins in past ruling

All this craziness turned into some serious business, as a pair of Las Vegas strip clubs have tussled for months over the application of the word “crazy.”

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Holly Madison looks to the Skye to cast her show; Trop makes room (and time) for ‘Mamma Mia!’

Holly Madison and her new artistic director, former “Viva Elvis” director Gene Lubas, are busy prepping for her new show at Mandalay Bay. Lubas held that title in the Cirque du Soleil partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises.

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‘KWTD’: Steve Rossi on The Beatles’ debut on ‘Sullivan’ featuring nude photos and at least one wig

Las Vegas’ Allen & Rossi (Marty Allen and Steve Rossi) were featured during The Beatles’ first run through the U.S., as the comedians were popular guests on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

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Cirque has lofty plans for The Tenors in ‘One Drop’; Dispensary’s swanky jazz hang turns 2

The Tenors have rehearsed with the Cirque du Soleil creative team for “One Night for One Drop” and are particularly interested in the hoist process.

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How one Las Vegas headliner received an immaculate reception; Stirling Club still being courted

Franco Harris and Lydell Mitchell took in an intimate performance last weekend, much to the surprise of the performer.

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Brody Dolyniuk: If he keeps on playin’, the levee’s gonna break

Brody Dolyniuk founded Yellow Brick Road in Las Vegas and brings a classic-rock spectacle to Smith Center on Friday night with Zeppelin USA. This is far more adventurous a performance than a mere recitation of Led Zep’s biggest hits.

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