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Zowie Bowie’s Red Rock, Bally’s and Fremont Street shows are familiar, but Heraea is a new thing
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Zowie Bowie is charging $39.99, a record for the act, at Windows at Bally's.
Woody Allen breaks Andrew ‘Dice’ Clay’s mold in comic’s career revival
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Andrew "Dice" Clay has been hopping around Las Vegas clubs for years. Today, he's enjoying a remarkable rejuvenation.
From Base Entertainment's Scott Zeiger: Shows close because ... shows close
Sunday, July 28, 2013
The company that produces "Peepshow" and many other Strip shows has seen a number of productions close recently.
Energized Jeff Civillico tosses and turns in juggling showcase at the Quad
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Jeff Civillico is a rising star on the Strip, starting with his specialty act in Nathan Burton's comedy-magic show at Flamingo.
Oscar Goodman revels in his ‘Roast,’ even if jokes sometimes miss the mark
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Oscar Goodman delivered two great lines Tuesday night. One was from the stage during “The Showbiz Roast” at the Stratosphere. The other was afterward during a party at sky-high Level 107 lounge.
Sapphire Comedy Hour's sleight-of-hand approach mixes style and shtick
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
The Sapphire Comedy Hour is a big idea in a big place, and it does not lack for variety.
Bagatelle Beach Club renamed Havana Room and Beach Club; closes to public in favor of private events
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Bagatelle Beach Club is becoming a private matter. The pool, restaurant and club connected to Tropicana and operated by The One Group has closed to the public and will exclusively host private functions.
Cirque's Wassa Coulibaly puts on a party at midnight to benefit Guillot-Guyard family
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Members of the Strip's Cirque du Soleil shows attended and performed in "Cabaret" late Thursday night at Baobab Stage.
The Laugh Factory models in L.A. and Las Vegas are not quite alike
Sunday, July 21, 2013
A visit to "El Lay" reveals a difference in approach at two Laugh Factory comedy clubs.
The Killers throw support behind Huntridge Theater: 'Our beginnings happened on that stage'
Friday, July 19, 2013
Las Vegas superstars The Killers played Huntridge Theater on their way to international fame.
Sarah Silverman on her start in comedy, performing in casinos and Sheldon Adelson
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Sarah Silverman has no overarching strategy about her live performances. She doesn’t seem to have any strategy, actually. “This opportunity just kind of came up, and I went, ‘Yeah!,’” Silverman said.
Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Ka’ marks a triumphant, and poignant, return at MGM Grand
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
On the night the circus returned to MGM Grand, a man and his two daughters were spotted standing, hugging, near the theater exit at the end of the show. “We were good friends, and she taught my daughters,” said the man, who declined to give his name as tears streaked his face.
Warren family backs Huntridge Theater and asks, ‘Who else wants in?’
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Jonathan Warren has lived in Las Vegas since age 5 and graduated from Basic High. His family is dedicated to preserving the city's history.
Marie Osmond is daring as Donny rests his derriere
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Since Tuesday, Marie Osmond has performed primarily as a soloist as her brother Donny recovers from a tear to his gluteus maximus.
Cirque’s ‘Ka’ to resume performances Tuesday night at MGM Grand
Sunday, July 14, 2013
The Final Battle scene in “Ka” has been replaced as the show resumes performances after the June 29 death of performer Sarah Guillot-Guyard.
It's all about booking (and the book) as Louie Anderson opens new chapter at Plaza
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Louie Anderson left Palace Station in March and has opened at the classically appointed Plaza Showroom.
By the numbers: Gatsby Gamble rolls up $15,000 in $15 million penthouse
Friday, July 12, 2013
It was an evening of opulent philanthropy at the Gatsby Gamble at One Queensridge Place.
Jeanie Linders’ ‘The D* Word’ filling dates at Shimmer Cabaret
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Jeanie Linders is hoping to re-create the success of "Menopause The Musical" with "The D Word," a new show at Shimmer Cabaret.
Sarah Guillot-Guyard benefit show scheduled; no ‘Showbiz Roast’ for Vinnie Favorito
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
A fellow Cirque du Soleil performer is setting up a $20-per-ticket show at Town Square to benefit the family of late "Ka" artist Sarah Guillot-Guyard.
‘Peepshow’ to end Sept. 1 after 4 years at Planet Hollywood
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
It’s bye-bye, Coco Austin, and bye-bye, “Peepshow.” The city’s grandest striptease production is ending its run at Planet Hollywood on Labor Day Weekend, Base Entertainment announced late Tuesday night.
Mad dash by L.V. Phil's concertmaster; Nick Hissom caked in adoration; salute to America at Cannery
Sunday, July 7, 2013
L.V. Philharmonic concertmaster De Ann Letourneau barely made both ends of a holiday doubleheader at Smith Center on the Fourth of July.
Cirque du Soleil ticket discounts helped shorten 'Priscilla's' trek
Sunday, July 7, 2013
"Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" has played 30 dates in Las Vegas, but its summerlong stay is being trimmed by a month.
Scholarship fund, ways to donate being organized in Sarah Guillot-Guyard's memory
Friday, July 5, 2013
The investigation into the "Ka" tragedy reportedly includes a review of the show's rigging apparatus.
'Michael Jackson One' puts a new spin on familiar themes and scenes
Friday, July 5, 2013
"Michael Jackson One" is an aggressive show that bobs and moves at Mandalay Bay.
‘Ka’ performer’s ex-husband and children’s father says kids are ‘our first priority’
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Sarah Guyard-Guillot's ex-husband, Mathieu Guyard, and his wife wrote a post on Facebook expressing gratitude in the face of Saturday's tragedy.
Alex Schechter’s onstage proposal to Frank Marino is a real showstopper
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Frank Marino never saw it coming — at least until Alex Schechter walked onstage wearing a tux.
Vigil for Sarah Guyard-Guillot comes to light as talk of a benefit show surfaces
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
"Ka" remains dark as OSHA investigates Saturday's tragedy that claimed the life of artist Sarah Guyard-Guillot.
‘Ka’ performer’s passion for acrobatic artistry lives on
Monday, July 1, 2013
Among the passions of Sarah Guyard-Guillot was teaching the art of acrobatics to children. Comments on the memorial website ForSasoun.com launched Monday morning bubble over with parents praising her gift for teaching.
With a new single release, it’s time to get to know Nick Hissom — as Nick Hissom
Monday, July 1, 2013
Nick Hissom has a lot going for him, and yet sings, "If I Die Young."
OSHA investigating death of 'Ka' artist; MGM Grand show closes at least through July 9
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Two days after "Ka" artist Sarah Guyard-Guillot died after a fall during a performance Saturday night at MGM Grand, OSHA is beginning an investigation as to why the 31-year-old artist plummeted from the show's stage in front of a stunned audience.
Terry Bradshaw's one-man show at The Mirage is another mad scramble
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Terry Bradshaw cannot tell his life story in four quarters without reliving The Immaculate Reception. “It was the play of my life,” Bradshaw says.
Reva Rice keeps bearings with performance on 'quads'; 'Fantasy' adjusting its top; Celine checks in with Veronic
Friday, June 28, 2013
Reva Rice laced up the "quads" during her run in "Starlight Express" at Las Vegas Hilton.
Artist in 'Michael Jackson One' injured after fall to the stage
Thursday, June 27, 2013
A performer on a "slack rope" fell and suffered a mild concussion in Wednesday's "Michael Jackson One" show at Mandalay Bay.
Terry Bradshaw is ready to air it out in his debut at the Mirage
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Terry Bradshaw has performed for stadiums full of football fans, but his gig in a Las Vegas theater is a different sort of challenge.
Veronic summons 50 voices for one big challenge at Bally's
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Veronic was a country/folk artist until expanding her list of impressions from five to more than 50.
It's girls' night out as Claire Sinclair goes rogue in 'Pin Up'
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Claire Sinclair wants to play a more revealing role in "Pin Up" at Stratosphere. On Friday night, she made it happen.
Notes: EDC bugs out, but LVMS all aglow about its return in 2014; Steve-O is surprisingly photogenic
Monday, June 24, 2013
EDC ended its third run at Las Vegas Motor Speedway early this morning, and LVMS officials are fairly electric about its return.
Gandolfini was a gracious, generous ‘man’s man’ who loved visiting Vegas
Thursday, June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini often enjoyed Vegas with his friend and "Sopranos" co-star Steve Schirripa, onetime entertainment director at the Riviera.
Andre Agassi: Jimmy Connors serves up 'narcissism' in 'The Outsider'
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The relationship between Andre Agassi and Jimmy Connors has always been terse, and Agassi is not happy with Connors' new book.
Even the 'ventriloquial' are welcome at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Jim Caruso has long sought a Vegas home for Cast Party, and seems to have found on at Smith Center.
KWTD: 'Naughty Mommy' is ready to rock the Riv
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Maria Walsh has never headlined in Vegas before, but won a national contest to earn her right to the Riviera stage.
Count on 'Priscilla' to be the queen of fabulousness
Monday, June 17, 2013
"Priscilla — Queen of the Desert" is, shall we say, unambiguous in its sensibilities.
Suit against Sunset Thomas offers new wrinkle in the oldest profession
Monday, June 17, 2013
There are few “firsts” left in the world’s oldest profession, but never before has Sunset Thomas experienced this: She is being sued for not having sex.
Planet Hollywood no longer in a Sylver state; 'DWTS' ends its tango with the Trop
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Marshall Sylver once professed to have a plan to make millions at PH Live. Instead, his comp-heavy show at Peepshow theater is closing.
In a case of he said/she said, Sunset Thomas says, ‘I did’
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Sunset Thomas has worked exclusively at Chicken Ranch since the fall of 2011. In her long career, she's never been sued.
Richard Cheese making a grate return to Sunset Station
Friday, June 14, 2013
Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine are bringing the swing back to Vegas, where they have headlined for 13 years.
Who would play Oscar Goodman in the musical? How about Clint Holmes?
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Oscar Goodman has been approached to make a musical of "Being Oscar."
With Funny Bones, Sammy Shore is still working doggedly to help the canines
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Sammy Shore is a famed comic and dog lover and has recruited a host of performers for Sunday's Funny Bones charity show at The Orleans.
It’s rally time for Ian Ziering as he links up with the Chippendales
Friday, June 7, 2013
Ian Ziering is showing he can take on risque roles as his stint with Chippendales at The Rio proves.
Life Is Beautiful's $99 tickets gone in a flash
Friday, June 7, 2013
The window of opportunity to purchase the least-expensive tickets to the Life Is Beautiful festival was about as narrow as a mail slot. The $99.50 tickets for the two-day festival offered today at 10 a.m. were listed as sold out almost instantly.

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