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March 6, 2015

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Myron Martin (Mar. 3)

John Katsilometes and Tricia McCrone talk to Myron Martin, president of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, about the new 2015-16 Broadway season. Listen »

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Journey embarks on nine-show escape at the Joint; Hakkasan bolsters DJ roster

Journey and a series of EDM artists are set to perform at major Las Vegas resorts this year. The Hard Rock Hotel is bracing for Journey. MGM Grand is prepped for a lineup of DJs at Hakkasan.

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Strong to the finish on the Strip, Steve Wynn’s Popeye moving to Massachusetts

This Popeye sculpture is no ordinary statue. It is made of stainless steel, weighs 2,000 pounds and stands 6-feet-5 inches. And last spring, Steve Wynn paid $28.2 million for the gleaming piece of pop art by Jeff Koons.

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Monday By the Numbers: New rooms at Westgate, John Legend’s birthday, and Boyz II Men add dates

As someone once said, you can’t take it with you, and we believe that was in reference to otherwise useless numerical information. So, we’re test-driving this new feature.

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J.T. plays to cameras at MGM Grand; Marie Osmond announces D&M world tour; Felice Garcia leaving ‘MDQ’

During an appearance on NBC’s “Today” on New Year’s Day, Marie Osmond told affable co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford that she and brother Donny (preach it, Brother Donny!) will take on a world tour in 2015.

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Three to Watch: Outdoor festival visionary, would-be Strip resort mogul and Las Vegas radio star

Ever since 2011, we have compiled and shared a Three to Watch list of newsmakers for the upcoming year. Jonathan Segal, Myron Martin, Jeri Crawford and Mayor Oscar Goodman have been past subjects. So has a nonliving entertainment legend …

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Offered free limo ride, stranded Slotzilla rider says he’d rather walk

It was a Las Vegas hangover of a different order, as the tourist who hung high over Fremont Street while stuck on the Slotzilla zip line ride on New Year’s Day was returned to Earth unscathed.

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It started on Super Bowl Sunday for Paul McCartney bandmade Brian Ray

The song was “Freedom,” quickly written by Paul McCartney in the aftermath of 9/11. He performed it on tour and in the 9/11 tribute concert in late 2001 at Madison Square Garden.

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It’s the J.Lo show as the Colosseum sets the stage for something big

This was a one-night-only production that was not built for one night. It’s very title, “The Best Is Yet to Come,” is practically an announcement that Jennifer Lopez is in the plans for 2015 — and perhaps beyond — at Caesars Entertainment.

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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga swing across the ages at the Cosmopolitan

For a moment, you have to wonder if he’s still got it. Is he still great, or has he become a figure from an era long passed? Then Tony Bennett sings, really sings, at times so forcefully that in the rows closest to the stage, you …

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The pairing of Lipshtick comics and the Venetian is a social thing

It’s funny how social media can help fill a showroom with comediennes. Ed Huckfeldt, director of entertainment marketing at the Venetian whose very surname reminds of laughing, has found the funny on Twitter …

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2014 in Review: Triumphs, closings and litigation

We’re gearing up for a thunderous opening to 2015 with the Jennifer Lopez performance at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace. This is a full-scale production, and the feeling is that it is a prelude to something residential …

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Holly Madison splitting from 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque at Mandalay Bay

A burlesque club at a major Strip resort has lost its star attraction. The club in question is the former 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque by Holly Madison at Mandalay Bay.

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Events boss: 40 million visitors is not enough

Pat Christenson talks about the tourism record broken in 2014 and the opportunity Las Vegas has to set the mark even higher.

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In 2014, the Word of the Year in VegasVille was …

Activation” was mentioned at every groundbreaking and rendering unveiling in the city in 2014. It was used most frequently to reference unused parcels on the Strip and downtown that became the site of festivals and special events.

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Billy Johnson, Las Vegas Wranglers team president, exits after 11 years

About a year ago, Billy Johnson announced that the Las Vegas Wranglers were leaving Orleans Arena. Today, Johnson, the team president, said that he has left the Wranglers.

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