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How I grew to love the monorail
Sunday, April 20, 2014
John Katsilometes discovered a great deal for locals, who might have good reason to start riding the rail ...
Guy Fieri opens Strip restaurant in hair-raising fashion
Friday, April 18, 2014
Guy Fieri is playing the Strip, and this is all too appropriate. The UNLV graduate (he has a degree in hospitality management) is a spicy figure, to put it mildly. Adorned with a lot of good ink up and down his arms, his ...
O’Sheas’ booze sales are intoxicating; Sebastian De-Bachery at Mandalay Bay
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Former Planet Hollywood headliner Holly Madison is opening her burlesque-themed speakeasy 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque on Thursday evening at Mandalay Place, but she’s still holding the remote for a TV project ...
Olivia Newton-John’s round at Flamingo is par (or birdie) for the course
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Olivia Newton-John, on Friday evening at the grand opening of her Flamingo show “Summer Nights,” rolled out her hits and a couple of nifty covers and closed not with a rousing number but with something delicate ...
Cowboys’ stadium is big, but it’s not Vegas
Sunday, April 13, 2014
The Academy of Country Music Awards couldn’t resist the lure of Jerry Jones’ giant TV screen for one year, but they’ll be back.
Blog: Manny Pacquiao gets the decision this time, beats Timothy Bradley
Scores were 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112 in favor of Pacquiao
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Hold the thoughts on winding down and retirement; Manny Pacquiao is not done yet.
The 35-year-old Filipino boxing superstar avenged one of the two losses in his last three fights Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, defeating Timothy Bradley by unanimous decision (118-110, 116-112, 116-112).
UNLVino boosted by all that jazz; Vegas violinists prepping for a disco-rama
Saturday, April 12, 2014
The UNLVino is in full swing at the moment at Caesars Palace. Often this event is a true blowout – the winds have been a problem. But what blew me away ...
It’s good times for Brad Garrett as his Comedy Club turns 2 at MGM Grand
Thursday, April 10, 2014
When he was a kid, Brad Garrett once performed an impression of a television star. The results were mixed, to put it mildly. This was in 1974, Garrett was age 14 at the time, and the hot sitcom of the moment was ...
Now starring on the Strip: Manny Pacquiao?! Plus, Holly Madison, Melody Sweets
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
This is one of those subjects bound to spark skepticism among boxing devotees, but we’re going there anyway: Would immensely popular Manny Pacquiao be a credible headliner in a Las Vegas stage show? ...
After the fall, George Wallace to close standup show — and hints at TV project
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Longtime comedian George Wallace opened at the Flamingo Las Vegas 10 years ago, but, after winning $1.3 in damages from Bellagio on Tuesday afternoon, the Strip headliner has decided to shutter his live show April 26. ...
In UNLV jacket unveiling, Brandon Flowers is a Runnin’ Rebel with a cause
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
A big fan of the UNLV squad who won the 1989-90 national championship, Brandon Flowers of The Killers wore Rebel red during a recent performance at Reunion Park at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. ...
In UNLV jacket reveal, Brandon Flowers is a Runnin’ Rebel with a cause
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
A big fan of the UNLV team who won the 1989-90 NCAA national championship, Brandon Flowers of The Killers wore Rebel red during a performance Saturday at Reunion Park at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Inside Strait: Country icon takes top prize at 2014 ACM Awards at MGM Grand
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Former Wynn resident headliner Garth Brooks, himself a legend, introduced Merle Haggard for a special Academy of Country Music Award at MGM Grand Garden Arena tonight and led the crowd in a special song ...
Photos: George Strait wins Entertainer of the Year at 2014 ACM Awards
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Former Wynn resident headliner Garth Brooks, himself a legend, introduced Merle Haggard for a special Academy of Country Music Award at MGM Grand Garden Arena tonight and then led the crowd in a special singalong of “Happy Birthday.”
The unconventional percussion of Kenny Wollesen; boxer becomes a ‘sox’ symbol
Saturday, April 5, 2014
The instruments being used in “The Tempest” at Symphony Park are a mix of traditional music-making devices and such household items as coffee cans, hand cranks, shoes, wooden boxes, aged dress shoes and vacuum hoses ...
Olivia Newton-John gets a fast start on summer lovin’ in Las Vegas
Friday, April 4, 2014
Olivia Newton-John was welcomed to Las Vegas officially on Wednesday afternoon, cruising up the Linq corridor between Flamingo and the Quad in the black, flame-painted ’49 Mercury convertible that was dusted by Greased Lightning in “Grease.” ...
A Holmes-coming for Bill Fayne at the Smith Center; Teller’s take on venues is theatrical
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Drummer Ronnie Vannucci of The Killers was honored by UNLV’s College of Fine Arts as Alumnus of the Year, but it likely won't be his last award from his alma mater. This is the first step in the school awarding ...
Angel Porrino tapped out of balloon act in ‘Absinthe’
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Angel Porrino was a friend of Holly Madison and a featured subject on “Holly’s World” when she joined “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace, but she is now out of the show. As those who have been tracking social media have learned over the past several days, her ...
Behind the scenes, Rappaport was a star on the Strip
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Most wouldn't know it, but Felix Rappaport is responsible for a host of changes at resorts that enhanced tourists' stay in town.
Left fleeced and unconscious, John Popper’s traveling blues could have been far worse
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Blues Traveler frontman John Popper says he was lucky that he wasn't "cut up and served as a cannibal meal" the night last week he walked into Mandalay Bay ...
Magic set is larger as Teller’s passion, ‘The Tempest,’ prepares to open at Smith Center
Friday, March 28, 2014
Headliner magician Teller’s fascination with changing reality has not ebbed over the years, and William Shakespeare’s "The Tempest" is a heartfelt project that built steam years ago at the Rio.
Blues Traveler’s John Popper at the center of roofie-Rolex incident; how Minus 5 added up for Holly Madison
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Blues Traveler frontman John Popper, in town, in part, to attend “One Night for One Drop,” checked into Mandalay Bay on Thursday evening and grabbed a drink. Hours later, his life was detectably different ...
‘KWTD’: Jeff Timmons on a bare hunt with his new show Men of the Strip
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees once guest-hosted Chippendales at the Rio, and from there an idea was sparked. One of our favorite guests in the three-year history of “Kats With the Dish,” Timmons visited ...
Holly Madison’s speakeasy 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque sets April 11 opening at Mandalay Bay
Monday, March 24, 2014
The 1923 venue is offering custom whiskeys and cigars and a tucked-away VIP room, and Holly Madison herself is planning to sing when the adult venue opens next month next to RM Seafood. ...
The heart of Hakkasan beats in Las Vegas
Sunday, March 23, 2014
“If Las Vegas can be the headquarters of an international hospitality company, which will be offering daylife, nightlife, restaurants and hotels, that is a great thing for the city.”
Decades ago, Las Vegas was a Circus (Maximus) for Bill Maher
Saturday, March 22, 2014
A longtime Strip performer — for more than 30 years — Bill Maher opened for Diana Ross in 1982 at Caesars Palace and calls himself "the alternative" to such comics as Carrot Top, George Wallace and even somebody like ...
Holly Madison reaches back to 1923 for new project; Jacksons cutting out, but Meat Loaf to return at PH
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Holly Madison’s new show and venue at Mandalay Bay is titled 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque. The Jacksons’ shows at Planet Hollywood have been trimmed by three weeks, and the reason for the early departure is ...
The Earth Globe: 12 feet of painstaking craftsmanship from Team Cirque
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Facing an entryway that was half the size of the Earth Globe to be used in the annual fundraiser "One Night for One Drop" this Friday night at Mandalay Bay, Cirque du Soleil workers faced the obvious task ...
Cruisin’ with Peter Shapiro: A breakneck night at Brooklyn Bowl with Elvis, The Roots and a Wynn
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Peter Shapiro hustled away to meet up with Elvis Costello, then returned to find his brother at the bar with his friend, a member of the Wynn family, at the new Brooklyn Bowl in the also new the Linq on Saturday night ...
‘KWTD’: Eric Jordan Young, the affable janitor Ernie in ‘Vegas! The Show,’ looks to clean up solo
Monday, March 17, 2014
Eric Jordan Young left "Vegas! The Show" in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood on Wednesday as his contract with David Saxe timed out. But he has designs on other projects in Las Vegas ...
Family, friends say goodbye to a Las Vegas legend
Monday, March 17, 2014
Long before most of the guests at the funeral of Jackie Gaughan began streaming into St. Viator Catholic Church, Gaughan’s Irish heritage played out in the church parking lot. There, a solitary musician tuned his bagpipes. The sound carried over the church’s asphalt expanse as a fitting tribute to ...
‘Pin Up’ ups its game, but is it enough to move tickets? Jimmie ‘J.J.’ Walker remembers David Brenner
Monday, March 17, 2014
With 2011 Playboy Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair cutting the dialogue and dancing more, "Pin Up" at the Stratosphere has advanced artistically, but as far as selling tickets goes ...
Even if he didn’t have the best hand, if he was playing, Jackie Gaughan was winning
Sunday, March 16, 2014
“He played fairly loose and didn’t win very often, because to him money was no object. He was into the social aspect of it. He would stay in every single hand. Even when he was slipping at the end, he was a regular player and the people loved him. He was one of the legends,” an employee at the El Cortez says of Jackie Gaughan, who died last week at age 93.
‘A sad day’: Comedians lament loss of irreverent legend David Brenner
Saturday, March 15, 2014
“He was my hero,” Flamingo headliner George Wallace said when asked about David Brenner, who died today in New York of pancreatic cancer. He was 78. “We dined together frequently. He was the first, young, flashy dresser in the ’70s, and we ...
Peppermill summit lures Jim Caruso, ‘MDQ’ and Carmen Miranda’s hat; Vinnie Paul’s 50th is a real deaf jam
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Felix Rappaport makes an appearance in this column, which also includes Fright Dome founder Jason Egan. Rappaport resigned from the Mirage in December after spending more than 20 years in Las Vegas in positions with Station Casinos and MGM Resorts.
Mukhtar Mukhtar’s passion for ‘One Night’ is more than a drop in the bucket
Thursday, March 13, 2014
The man who has been charged with creating the second-annual water-themed "One Night for One Drop" benefit at Mandalay Bay on March 21 knows all about the importance of water conservation.
Hakkasan hoping for some Pure genius; Cast Party casts net for Strickland, Anton ... and Osmond
Monday, March 10, 2014
Hakkasan chief Neil Moffitt strongly hinted that renovations were upcoming for one of his company’s newest clubs, Pure at Caesars Palace. His company acquired Angel Management Group, and that move was announced Feb. 19.
At five years, Terry Fator’s act is smokin’; Frankie Moreno makes tough call in band shakeup
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Comedy-impressionist Terry Fator’s headliner show at the Mirage has a family look and is loaded with puppets, but he also tosses out some pot humor. On Friday night, he toasted to five years on the Strip with a star-studded celebration.
Agassi: Everyone wants him in politics, and no one would want to run against him
Sunday, March 9, 2014
The text is from Andre Agassi, and it’s one of those messages that prompts the now-familiar “LOL” response ...
Clint Holmes meets the challenge of Ray Charles; a Ruvo birthday party revives the Venetian
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Writing from Mandalay Bay, the nexus for all sorts of happenings, we also touch on the Smith Center and Holly Madison’s ferret habitat. The reason I’m loitering-slash-typing at Mandalay Bay is that earlier, I visited with Cirque du Soleil artist Mukhtar O.S. Mukhtar.
A woman of 50 voices, Veronic is at home on the range
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Veronic DiCaire has won the praise and respect of Celine Dion, her mentor and her show's co-producer, during her run at Bally’s. Dozens of voices populate the mind of Veronic, many more than the 50 or so she produces onstage every night.
Be careful with Stifler — you could put an eye out!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno hosted the latest Las Vegas Weekly Unscripted/Stifler show Tuesday night in the Havana Room at the Tropicana, and it was (in a couple of instances) a blinding success.
Weekly Q&A: Tom Green returns to Vegas—with an eye on long-term commitment
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Comedian Tom Green talks his new show at Vinyl, why he loves performing in Vegas and how a universal sense of humor is "a sad thing."
DJ Ashba: Taking flight was ‘innocent thing’; Dice Man applauds Cate Blanchett’s Oscar triumph
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Las Vegas resident DJ Ashba is gearing up for another run at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel with Guns N’ Roses, but he did speak of his oft-publicized proposal aboard a Metro Police helicopter last August here in town.
Getting buzzed with Holly Madison is actually good for the cause
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Holly Madison took a pair of clippers, claimed that she was a novice at head-shaving, then shaved a head for St. Baldrick’s Foundation on Saturday at New York-New York’s Brooklyn Bridge.
Andrea Wynn’s multimillion-dollar birthday party is ‘Gatsby’ themed, but hints to Spidey
Monday, March 3, 2014
Andrea Wynn’s 50th birthday party was directed by Philip William McKinley, who took over the troubled “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” on Broadway in 2011. The event starred Hugh Jackman and featured more than 70 dancers and musicians.
‘KWTD’: Chloe Crawford spins magic in and out of ‘Fantasy’
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Chloe Louise Crawford grew up in Britain, met her Canadian husband in Mexico and now works on the Strip. She also is the Playboy “Cyber Girl of the Month” for February and is a familiar figure year-round as a cast member in “Fantasy” at the Luxor.
Growing up Trump means learning to thrive in two very different worlds
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Recently, Eric Trump sat down to talk about Trump International Las Vegas, which is nearing its sixth birthday on March 31.
Cirque-OSHA reach settlement in Guillot-Guyard case; Jerry Lewis’ legacy cemented by TCM and MDA
Friday, Feb. 28, 2014
OSHA's final rulings eliminated all but one citation issued against Cirque du Soleil in the death of “Ka” performer Sarah Guillot-Guyard last June 29 at MGM Grand. The fine issued by OSHA for the infraction and the formal investigation of the incident are now closed.
‘Barry’ Simon’s grandiose MSA charity event boosted by Bill’s Murray-ment
Friday, Feb. 28, 2014
Bill Murray worked with Kerry Simon at a Little Caesars and came up big in Las Vegas on Thursday. Throughout the evening, a fundraiser at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, emcee Murray referred to Simon as “Barry Simon” or “Jerry Simon.”

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