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At 25,000 shows and counting, Frank Marino’s career is lesson in fabulous

Frank Marino keeps beating back the effects of aging. He had a face-lift just after turning 50 last November, a procedure that tightened the skin on his face and during which he had implants screwed into …

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A pair of 8s is a winning hand for Jerry Lewis

He keeps returning to that number. Eighty-eight. The number of keys on a piano, as it turns out. The double-snowman. It would be a hard 16 on a craps table, if the dice had more sides. “I just passed 88,” Jerry Lewis says, as if looking back at a car he’s left in the dust. “That’s a pretty good number.” In his hands, it is. Lewis wears 88 quite well, remaining as kinetic as ever and enlivened during an hourlong chat this week in his Las Vegas home. He’s…

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Clint Holmes’ home is being jazzed up by top Las Vegas acts

Clint Holmes and the Composers Showcase are the anchors, but such artists as Lon Bronson and David Perrico have been invited to jam at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center for the Performing Arts downtown. …

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Laugh Factory’s Harry Basil recalls stint with unprecedented comic lineup at Dunes

One night 30 years ago, Harry Basil opened in Las Vegas as part of a comedy show at the Dunes. It was no ordinary lineup. Basil was sharing the hotel’s 500-seat showroom with a handful of other rising young comics.

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Guest at Oscar Goodman’s dinner talk at the Plaza gets his just desserts

During former Mayor Oscar Goodman’s entertaining presentation, based loosely on prostitution in Las Vegas, a guy who had “gotten an early start,” as his table mates reported, repeatedly and loudly interrupted Goodman’s monologue.

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With Sabina Kelley, ‘Pin Up’ exhibits some Vegas ink

Sabina Kelley and Claire Sinclair are close friends, one of the many reasons Kelley is subbing for Sinclair in “Pin Up.” Kelley is no doubt a major figure in the inked-up, rockabilly world of burlesque and a highly popular pinup model who serves as a judge on the Oxygen show “Best Ink.” …

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MGM Resorts says fans to be ushered to ‘underutilized’ exits at Grand Garden Arena

MGM Resorts International officials have reviewed safety measures at MGM Grand Garden Arena after the crush of spectators led to a scene of panic following the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Marcos Maidana fight May 3. …

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Saga of a lost ring, panic and a stroke of luck

A ring with incalculable sentimental value went down the chute … but it is back home now. On Christmas Eve of 2005, I was seated next to my grandfather at dinner. Without a word, he nudged me with an elbow and placed a little gold object into my hand. …

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Appetite for Comparison: GNR and ‘Mamma Mia!’ still rock the house

Guns N’ Roses and “Mamma Mia!” have again touched down in town. These two “entertainment experiences,” as the suits call them, seem unalike, but that isn’t so. Both lean on familiarity in their respective performances. …

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For a week, Claire Sinclair turns ‘Pin Up’ calendar over to Sabina Kelley

Sabina Kelley, celebrity judge on “Best Ink” on the Oxygen Network, will step into the central role as the production’s host for a week from July 24-31. The guest-star performances are set for when Claire Sinclair attends Comic-Con in San Diego.

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DJ Ashba watchin’ for the boom-booms as GNR sets up again at the Joint

DJ Ashba has been a member of the latest version of GNR for a half decade. Thus, he is tight with his fellow bandmates. “We have been around,” said Ashba, who swaps leads with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and Richard Fortus on guitar.

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Wranglers ice plans to play in 2014; taking a shot at return in 2015

In professional hockey, as in life, sometimes you just need to stop the clock. That is the case for the Las Vegas Wranglers, whose odyssey to secure a home venue for the 2014-’15 season has led to a “voluntary suspension” of operations for the upcoming ECHL season. …

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Frank Marino toasts 25,000th show on the Strip; Frankie Moreno’s show to air on PBS

Frank Marino is celebrating his 25,000th show on the Strip on May 31. He is the longest-running continual headliner on the Strip, ever, and has had a street named for him and two stars on the Las Vegas Walk of Fame placed in his honor.

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Live from the Billboard Music Awards: Michael Jackson hologram blows minds

At the 2014 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena, the Michael Jackson song “Slave to the Rhythm,” replete with 104 dancers and a hologram M.J., rose to the hype from the past week leading up to the awards hosted by Ludacris. …

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Life is good and ‘Love Is Strange’ for HRC honoree John Lithgow

Golden Globe- and Emmy Award-winning actor John Lithgow is back in Las Vegas to accept the Human Rights Campaign’s Equality Award. Before we talk of his new movie and the honor he is to receive at the …

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