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Justin Timberlake’s ‘20/20 Experience’ winds back to MGM Grand for New Year’s Day
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
Justin Timberlake’s shows will be directed and recorded by Jonathan Demme, who won an Oscar for “The Silence of the Lambs” and also directed “Philadelphia” and “Rachel’s Getting Married.” ...
‘ENTSpeaks’ promises to be more than just a lot of talk; Travis Cloer is lit up over Rise Lantern Festival
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
Andy Walmsley’s “ENTSpeaks” speaker series is set for 10 p.m. Tuesday at Inspire Theater at Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. In a rarity on that corner, a red-carpet walk is set for 8:30 p.m., and ...
New development’s rise from dust of Clarion’s impending implosion could come at right time
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
The recently shuttered resort is scheduled for implosion in January, and its new owner is planning to open a mixed-use development in its space, making for an exciting time in that corridor.
Pop Evo picks up a pound of power from Danny Seraphine
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
There was a reason David Perrico injected the word “evolution” into his band’s name back in 2012. ...
Stratosphere ending Frankie Moreno residency this year
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
As of Dec. 20, Frankie Moreno and the Stratosphere are finished. Announced today in a news release, the hotel said Moreno would be ending his run ...
Jeff Leibow delivers another dash of hope with NF all-star show at Venetian
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
“The NF Hope Concert” has been around long enough that it has developed a genuine tradition. ...
Frankie Moreno plays cabin for ‘Live at 35’; SLS cuts include Griddle, buffet hours; ‘Mondays Dark’ targets Joint
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is the Stratosphere, where on Tuesday the hotel’s resident headliner asked, “Coffee, tea or medley?” We are speaking, in an altitudinal sense, of showroom standout ...
Fright Dome’s Jason Egan specializes in scaring people, but he remains fearless
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
Jason Egan, the ghoul-oriented master of the fear fortress Fright Dome at Circus Circus, is known to wince and draw back on occasion. Show him a cat, and he’ll do that.
He specializes in scaring people, but Fright Dome’s Jason Egan remains fearless
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
Jason Egan, the ghoul-oriented master of the fear fortress Fright Dome at Circus Circus, is known to wince and draw back on occasion. Show him a cat, and he’ll do that. ...
Lorenzo Doumani takes over Clarion: ‘We’re blowing it up,’ creating something ‘very cool’
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
Lorenzo Doumani is looking to make the ratty Clarion the happiest place on earth, or at least on Convention Center Drive. Eager for the neighborhood to develop around him ...
Music festival generating excitement on north Strip
Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
The north side of the Strip stands to gain from Rock in Rio, which is expected to draw 300,000 fans across the street from SLS Las Vegas. ...
Frank Marino, Alex Schechter moving forward ‘regardless of idiots’; ‘Vegas Nocturne’ (kind of) plays N.Y.
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
Frank Marino and Alex Schechter have watched the week’s crisscrossing rulings on same-sex marriage with acute interest. ...
‘Wicked’ elicits erupt-tastic response at Smith Center
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
At the end of Thursday’s matinee performance of “Wicked” at the Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall, the show’s cast was greeted by the requisite standing ovation. This was another sellout performance, another standing ovation, ...
Brimming with vino and music, Wine Amplified barrels into MGM Resorts Village
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
Wine Amplified is the first music festival in Las Vegas to go entirely cash free. This is made possible through wristbands embedded with RFID chips. Festival attendees will load Festival Bucks ...
Wine Amplified barrels into MGM Resorts Village brimming with vino and music
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
Wine Amplified is the first music festival in Las Vegas to go entirely cash free. This is made possible through wristbands embedded with RFID chips. Festival attendees will load Festival Bucks onto these wristbands in advance or onsite.
Reckless in Vegas, alt rock with a Rat Pack vibe, takes a swing at Downtown Grand
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
It is serendipitous, and appropriate, that a band named for Las Vegas with a Vegas attitude is playing a hotel in downtown Las Vegas run by a guy who is all about classic Vegas. ...
Alt rock with a Rat Pack vibe, Reckless in Vegas takes a swing at Downtown Grand
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
It is serendipitous, and appropriate, that a band named for Las Vegas with a Las Vegas attitude is playing a hotel in downtown Las Vegas run by a guy who is all about classic Las Vegas.
Oscar Goodman remembers his ‘Mount Rushmore moment’; The Pointer Sisters pop up at Rose. Rabbit. Lie.
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Oscar Goodman resumes his speaker series Thursday night at Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza with a lotta mob talk. ...
‘Georgia on My Mind’ to close Oct. 15 at Venetian after less than one month
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
"Georgia on My Mind" is brimming with great artists, including Clint Holmes, Nnenna Frelon and Take 6, but struggled to fill a large theater.
After less than one month, ‘Georgia on My Mind’ to close Oct. 15 at Venetian
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
"Georgia on My Mind" is brimming with great artists, including Clint Holmes, Nnenna Frelon and Take 6, but struggled to fill a large theater. ...
The witch is back! ‘Wicked’ prepares for another clean sweep of the Smith Center
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
It is not at all shocking that “Wicked” is among the biggest hits to play the Smith Center. It was the first Broadway musical to play Reynolds Hall, selling every ticket of its run in August and September of 2012.
The witch is back: ‘Wicked’ is ready for another clean sweep of Smith Center
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
It is not at all shocking that “Wicked” is among the biggest hits to play the Smith Center. It was the first Broadway musical to play Reynolds Hall, selling every ticket of its run in August and September of 2012. ...
Big cats returning to the Strip with Dirk Arthur’s ‘Wild Illusions’ at Riviera
Monday, Oct. 6, 2014
“Dirk Arthur’s Wild Illusions” opens Dec. 1 and is tentatively scheduled to perform nightly at 7, dark Fridays. Over time, he’ll likely add matinee shows to the schedule on Saturdays and Sundays.
Big cats scrambling back to the Strip with Dirk Arthur’s ‘Wild Illusions’ at the Riv
Monday, Oct. 6, 2014
“Dirk Arthur’s Wild Illusions” opens Dec. 1 and is tentatively scheduled to perform nightly at 7, dark Fridays. Over time, he’ll likely add matinee shows to the schedule on Saturdays and Sundays. ...
Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert rock Night 2 of Route 91 Harvest
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
Garth Brooks’ shows at Encore Theater in the Wynn were pockmarked with references to, and samples of, Bob Seger and KISS. KISS even turned up at the ACM Awards a few years ago.
Route 91 Harvest festival at MGM Resorts Village is country without borders
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
Garth Brooks’ shows at Encore Theater in the Wynn were pockmarked with references to, and samples of, Bob Seger and KISS. KISS even turned up at the ACM Awards a few years ago. ...
Time-share mogul on lawsuit: ‘I don’t like being accused of stiffing anybody. It’s not true’
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
David Siegel responds to allegations that he failed to pay a real estate agent for work done on his purchase of the LVH.
Roy Horn’s 70th celebrated at 1923 and with ‘Michael Jackson One’
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
Siegfried Fischbacher has said it before, and repeatedly, for a very long time. “Always, I am waiting for Roy,” he says. “It is the story of my life.” ...
Roy Horn’s 70th at 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque and ‘Michael Jackson One’
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
Siegfried Fischbacher has said it before, and repeatedly, for a very long time. “Always, I am waiting for Roy (Horn),” he says. “It is the story of my life.” ...
Live from ‘iHat’ music festival: The Wayner joins real-deal Neal McCoy at MGM Village
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
Yessir, last month MGM Grand and MGM Resorts Village hosted the iHeart Radio Music Festival. This is the iHat Radio Music Festival. ...
The Wayner joins real-deal Neal McCoy at Day 1 of Route 91 Harvest
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
Yessir, last month MGM Grand and MGM Resorts Village hosted the 2014 iHeart Radio Music Festival. This is the iHat Radio Music Festival. ...
Piano great Philip Fortenberry is again a major player at Cabaret Jazz
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
Philip Fortenberry feels as if he’s already told his story. Problem is, he continues to add to that story. ...
Andy Walmsley hopes ‘ENTSpeaks’ will be the talk of the town
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Those who live and work in the Las Vegas entertainment industry have fascinating, and in many cases untold, stories. But don’t take my word for it. ...
Lewis Black’s week: He drops Tom Brady, preps for headlining gig at Mirage
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Lewis Black is a veteran of the Las Vegas stage, having performed at various venues in the city for better than 10 years, including Hollywood Theater at MGM Grand and House of Blues at Mandalay Bay.


Lewis Black’s week: Comedian drops Tom Brady, preps for headliner gig at Mirage
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Lewis Black is a veteran of the Las Vegas stage, having performed at various venues in the city for better than 10 years, including Hollywood Theater at MGM Grand and House of Blues ...
Master teacher Jerry Lewis is once more Nutty Professor at Reynolds Hall
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
I think Jerry Lewis performs these shows as a public service announcement to people who might have forgotten, or have never been exposed to, real entertainment. He’s the last of a generation of showmen ...
Giles Martin, Cirque and L.V. Phil ready for another Beatles ‘Get Back’ effort
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
George Martin’s son Giles is mastering the master recordings of The Beatles. And he’s performing his own version of cutting, flinging and reconnecting.
Sinatra returns to the Strip as Bob Anderson signs for a year at Palazzo
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
Bob Anderson’s “Frank, The Man, The Music,” opens Jan. 24 for a scheduled yearlong run at Palazzo Theater. The schedule is Tuesdays through Saturdays with all shows set for 8 p.m. aside from the Friday performances, ...
What’s ‘Shakin’? Eric Jordan Young’s fiery show at Sin City Theater
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
Where driven and talented Eric Jordan Young resides today is the home where all artistic streets meet. ...
Iron Mike’s latest adventure is ... a cartoon
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
Mike Tyson, as he talks, is forever animate, still moving like a champion boxer. His hands fly fast, and he bobs his head as if ...
As mass gatherings go, Las Vegas is the place to be
Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
The theme this weekend is crowds, mass gatherings as they are now known, and how to lure and entertain such. I am reminded of this as waves of people ...
Dress up, sit down and settle in: Jerry Lewis is playing the Smith Center
Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
As usual, Jerry Lewis is wearing the famous red shirt with the cursive “JL” stitched into the pocket. He’s fired up on this particular afternoon, lively and forceful, and he seems not to have shaved for at least one day. ...
Rock in Rio, the ‘City of Rock,’ lures Taylor Swift, Metallica, No Doubt, Linkin Park to L.V.
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
If the Rock in Rio festival staging is anything like what we saw in Manhattan today, this should be a remarkably impressive event. Efficient, too. The Rock in Rio team built a fully functional, LED screen-backed stage with a booming sound system ...
Mike Tyson makes a scene — as a Good Samaritan in L.V. and animated TV star in L.A.
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
On Sept. 16 in Las Vegas, Mike Tyson came to the assistance of a motorcyclist who was injured on I-15 after being cut off by a taxicab. And, no, this was no cartoon. ...
Mike Tyson makes a scene — as a Good Samaritan and animated TV star
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
On Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Las Vegas, Mike Tyson came to the assistance of a motorcyclist who was injured on I-15 after being cut off by a taxicab. And, no, this was no cartoon.
Funnyman Taylor Williamson talks ‘Last Comic Standing’ and ‘America’s Got Talent’
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Taylor Williamson is one quirky individual. He’s even quirky on the phone. You wonder, “Is this quirkiness an act?” and the answer would be, “I feel it is not.” Williamson is the comic star of Season 8 of “America’s Got Talent.”
Taylor Williamson talks ‘Last Comic Standing’ and ‘America’s Got Talent’
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Taylor Williamson is one quirky individual. He’s even quirky on the phone. You wonder, “Is this quirkiness an act?” and the answer would be, “I feel it is not.” ...
Jerry Lewis is no fan of rent in Las Vegas showrooms
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
We’ll be running a lengthy piece about J.L. over the next few days, but one of his many memorable and pointed comments: “If I owned a joint, there would be a star in the showroom, and I would pay for it.” ...
Jerry Lewis: ‘If I owned a joint, there would be a star in the showroom, and I would pay for it’
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
We’ll be running a lengthy piece about J.L. over the next few days, but one of his many memorable and pointed comments: “I think when you ask an entertainer to rent a showroom, you’re cutting into the spine of the industry.”
In one magic stroke, Trop lures ‘Rock Vault’ and Jan Rouven
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
In a sweep affecting three hotel-casinos — so far — “Raiding the Rock Vault” is vacating the theater at Westgate Las Vegas and moving to Tropicana Theater. ...

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