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Conductor Donato Cabrera appreciates ‘Las Vegas’ of Las Vegas Philharmonic
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Las Vegas Philharmonic Music Director Donato Cabrera was in the audience at the most recent Composers Showcase of Las Vegas at Cabaret Jazz on March 4, and he loved the performance.
The Somers sizzle at Westgate is a revival of classic Vegas
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Just as Suzanne Somers is talking about bringing her throwback show to a throwback hotel run by a throwback figure, David Siegel makes a throwback move.
Monday By the Numbers: Another shot of ‘Absinthe’
Monday, March 23, 2015
This week, Monday By the Numbers zeroes in on “Absinthe” in Roman Plaza at Caesars Palace. The show celebrates its fourth anniversary on the Strip on April 1, and it is as hot as ever.
More Cheese in Las Vegas? Grate! And P&T have Big Apple appeal
Monday, March 23, 2015
Over the weekend, The Kats Report Bureau was customarily mobile, spending ample time at Cirque du Soleil’s “One Night for One Drop” and the return of Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine.
Cirque takes ‘One’ shot and makes it count
Sunday, March 22, 2015
More than 100 artists soared over the stage in the show’s many aerial acts. The Korean Plank and the springy mat used in “Michael Jackson One” at Mandalay Bay were rolled out in separate scenes.
Fascination with old Vegas mob tales endures
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Notes compiled, and now imparted, from across the urban landscape we call VegasVille ...
Brad Garrett gets real with ‘Balls,’ third anniversary at MGM Grand
Friday, March 20, 2015
Brad Garrett seems the quintessential club comic, the way he adroitly works the room from his own stage at MGM Grand. One of his more effective icebreakers: “Ma’am, the Titanic exhibit called. They have your luggage.”
Remembering Greg Brady at the Riv; the secret is out about Penn & Teller’s magic pasture
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
To be constructed into the Penn & Teller Theater is the Secret Pasture of Penn & Teller, a none-too-oblique take on the Secret Garden of Siegfried & Roy.
Want Cheese with that? In Las Vegas, the answer is yes for Lounge Against the Machine
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Richard Cheese is developing a tribute album to The Beatles to be released in 2016. The title: “Let It Brie.” The man has not lost his penchant for puns.
Chadwick Johnson steers his passion from rodeo to supper-club singing
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
A singer of great merit, Chadwick Johnson has long dreamed of performing in Las Vegas — in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. As a contestant. A team roper, specifically.
Hakkasan Group’s relaunch of Omnia shows company’s ability to cross party lines
Monday, March 16, 2015
Over the weekend, Omnia opened at Caesars Palace, showing off its high-performance horsepower in a four-night spree as Justin Bieber celebrated his belated 21st birthday and several thousand partiers flooded the club.
Monday By the Numbers: Jerry Lewis’ age (and long-ago sleeping habits); Omnia at Caesars; wax figure Miley Cyrus
Monday, March 16, 2015
This week, Monday By the Numbers marks the birthday of Jerry Lewis, breaks down Omnia at Caesars Palace and notes an anniversary worth noting for Matt Goss. Read on, stat geeks.
Theater being reborn just in time to die again
Sunday, March 15, 2015
On bad timing for the Versailles, Vegas Uncork’d and a shakeup at Three Square Food Bank ...
Baby, Mukhtar O.S. Mukhtar’s family and career are a 2-for-1 package
Friday, March 13, 2015
In September 2013, Sylvia Mukhtar called her husband, Mukhtar Omar Sharif Mukhtar, with a twin-pack of important news involving the couple’s pregnancy. A member of the Cirque du Soleil family as a performer, choreographer and director ...
In the end, Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao was destined for Las Vegas
Thursday, March 12, 2015
“I am always proud to fight for the great city of Las Vegas,” Floyd Mayweather Jr., a native Las Vegan, said during Wednesday’s media event announcing the May 2 bout at MGM Grand. “MGM Grand is the best hotel on the planet.”
‘Genital origami’ is headed for—where else?—the Erotic Heritage Museum
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Puppetry of the Penis hopes to expand the brand in the U.S.
It’s Palms Sunday for Ringo Starr in his latest trip to Las Vegas
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Ringo Starr finds VegasVille a groovy place and has proven such during his frequent tour stops with his All Starr Band. Over the past two-plus decades, Starr has performed in a variety of showrooms and theaters across the city.
St. Baldrick’s at New York-New York nets $165K; Joe Williams Scholarship Show
Monday, March 9, 2015
The Joe Williams Scholarship Fund Concert to benefit the UNLV Jazz Studies program drew 500 to Ham Hall at UNLV, a strong turnout for a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee.
Josh Strickland, Todd DuBail wed in Las Vegas; latter joins ‘Jersey Boys’
Monday, March 9, 2015
It’s been a pretty kinetic run for one of VegasVille’s most noteworthy power couples, Josh Strickland and Todd DuBail. The two were married Saturday at the Scotch 80s home of Holly Madison and Pasquale Rotella.
Felice Garcia cries it out in ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ at Harrah’s
Monday, March 9, 2015
Felice Garcia, an original member of the Las Vegas cast dating to the show’s premiere in February 2013, is headed to Southern California to pursue her solo recording career.
Monday By the Numbers: Diana Ross’s distance from the audience, and a full house at Ham Hall
Monday, March 9, 2015
This week, Monday By the Numbers welcomes Diana Ross to her string of shows at the Venetian and touches on the original performing arts center in Las Vegas, which is located on the UNLV campus.
Return of the King: Elvis back at Westgate
Sunday, March 8, 2015
New owners hope old showroom can succeed after being reborn as Graceland West.
Swinging from Rose. Rabbit. Lie., Stratosphere, Rock in Rio, swanky new lounge at Omnia
Friday, March 6, 2015
It was a crazy night, as anticipated, and wonderful to spend time with so many of the city’s great performers and people. I have no idea how many people were actually in that room.
UNLV’s jammin’ jazz program trumpeted at Joe Williams Scholarship show
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Amid its legacy as the home of The Rat Pack, haven for Elvis, hotbed for Cirque du Soleil and myriad other great entertainment options, Las Vegas also owns a robust jazz tradition.
Life is a Cabaret: Top local acts gravitate to the Smith Center’s jazz room
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Cabaret Jazz has bolstered its lineup of local headliners over the past year.
Slim Sam Nazarian; Rocks Lounge rocks with Moreno-Perrico; Rogers’ car collection yields $9.5M; ‘Puppetry’ all shook up
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau has once more turned hip-hop this week, with outposts at Piero’s Italian Restaurant, Westgate Las Vegas and SLS Las Vegas. A cruise around the scene.
Monday By the Numbers: Shear stats for upcoming St. Baldrick’s Day
Monday, March 2, 2015
Today’s Monday By the Numbers column is top-heavy with a little off the top as we push for support of the annual St. Baldrick’s Day events set for Saturday across the valley.
Razing of the Riv bittersweet for longtime locals
Sunday, March 1, 2015
John Katsilometes talks with Rossi Ralenkotter, who moved here in 1951 and is the man who ordered the demolition of a Las Vegas classic.
‘Duck Dynasty’s’ Phil Robertson fires another round as opening of Rio show nears
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
For barbed political, cultural and theological debate, check out the Rio. Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the family that is the focus of the “Duck Dynasty” reality-TV series on A&E and the in-development musical “Duck Commander Musical” at Rio’s Crown Theater, lit up ...
Las Vegas comedy musical gem ‘Idaho’ to be rooted at the Smith Center
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
Keith Thompson has never stayed a night in the Gem State. “I’ve driven through it,” says the music director of “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas and the host of the monthly Composers Showcase at Smith Center. “But I have to say, I’ve not spent a night in …
DJ Chumlee set for Palms spinfest; Elvis’ ceiling target practice at Hilton remembered
Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
Fulfilling a lifelong dream, or at least a decade-long dream, Austin “Chumlee” Russell of “Pawn Stars” is showing off his DJ skills at Ghostbar Dayclub at 1 p.m. Saturday. Chumlee is closing GBDC's season and hoping to vault into a second career.
Rockin’ Las Vegas with Elvis, Imagine Dragons, Roseanne and Jim Rogers’ cars
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
Fresh off a remarkably vigorous spree of performances tied to the Destination Dragons promotion with Southwest Airlines, Imagine Dragons is prepping for its upcoming tour beginning April 12 in Santiago, Chile.
Wings over America: Imagine Dragons jam on jammed Southwest flight; album debuts at No. 1
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
Wearing a grin and plain white T-shirt you’d buy three-to-a-pack at Target, Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds returned to the stage — which is to say he returned to his spot at the head of the cabin just in front of the cockpit.
A ‘proponent of spectacle,’ director Philip William McKinley goes organic in ‘Showstoppers’
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
The vast majority of audience members who file out of Encore Theater say that they would recommend “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” to their family and friends, and the recommendation here, too, is to check out this talent-laden effort.
Monday By the Numbers: How Rascal Flatts have sold, how they’ll need to sell; fair time at MGM Resorts; Imagine Dragons’ Target ad cost
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
This week, Monday By the Numbers targets Rascal Flatts, which is beginning its series of performances at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Wednesday night; the MGM Resorts International job fair; and, yes, Target.
After 60 years, a Las Vegas classic is folding
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
Take a long last look at the Riviera, a resort with a Las Vegas Boulevard address that doesn’t quite fit the Strip mold. The Riviera is headed for demolition as it celebrates ...
One little boy focus of support from Cirque, St. Baldrick’s and Children’s Specialty Center
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015
As he leads you to a small circle, the little boy grins as if revealing a secret treasure, maybe the meaning of life itself. And for Elann Saula, who has fought a mysterious array of illnesses for most of his young life, the port under his skin is …
Forever nimble, Frankie Moreno partners with NBT in Nancy Houssels tribute
Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
Frankie Moreno’s versatility has always served him well. He’s at home on the range, as it were, for his dexterous skills as a musician, composer and performer.
Approaching 30 years on the Vegas stage, Frank Marino remains a savvy showmaker
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
"You have to work to be noticed. ... Maybe I should change the name of my show to Cirque du So Gay.”
J.Lo still in the mix at Axis (for ’16); Rock in Rio USA sales still brisk
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
Jennifer Lopez performing a New Year’s Eve show in anticipation of a Strip residency in a Caesars Entertainment venue? Hasn’t that happened? Yes, on Dec. 31, at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.
No Elvis show at Elvis’ old hotel; ‘Shades!’ booked into ever-challenging Windows at Bally’s
Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
As I look across the floor toward what used to be Quarks, I see a painting of Elvis priced at $1,800. Around the bend are some Elvis artifacts — an Indian-style jumpsuit, a squash-blossom necklace from his arrival ...
Monday By the Numbers: An 80-foot snake, 110 flying arrows and more about ‘Ka’
Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
Today’s Monday By the Numbers focuses on the Cirque du Soleil spectacle “Ka” at MGM Grand celebrating its 10th anniversary this month. The show opened officially on Feb. 2, 2005.
NHL boss applauds our enthusiam, at least
Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015
Gary Bettman’s visit was as remarkable for what it didn’t represent as what it did ...
Attending events at MGM Resorts Arena might be a walk in the park
Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
The parking plan at the under-construction MGM Resorts Arena is thus far fairly simple to impart: Use the existing garages at the resorts near the facility. And there are several thousand spots available, if you don’t mind the …
Celebrating its 60th anniversary, Riviera focus of LVCVA purchase, implosion reports
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015
In a world where resort sales are not official until the involved parties sign documents, it’s safe to say that one famous Las Vegas hotel might not survive the summer. That hotel is the Riviera.
Frankie Moreno sets dates at Cabaret Jazz; Coastal Luxury still wants to run Rose. Rabbit. Lie.
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015
Coming off a quickie tour of Paris and Zurich, in which he was promoting the city on behalf of the LVCVA, Frankie Moreno has found a temporary venue. Well, it’s actually a permanent venue, but temporary for him as ...
Willie Robertson heeds the call of Las Vegas in ‘Duck Commander Musical’
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015
“Duck Commander Musical” charts the unlikely path to fame of the Robertson family of “Duck Dynasty” fame, the clan from Monroe, La., who parlayed a duck call — the Duck Commander — into a retail and entertainment empire.
Veteran Vegas rocker Franky Perez fights off his demons and returns to the road
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015
Perez leaves this month for a tour with Finnish cello/metal rock outfit Apocalyptica.
Tark’s original Runnin’ Rebels were the Globetrotters of college hoops
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015
The 1976-’77 Runnin Rebels, the university’s first Final Four squad, were a team that surpassed 100 points 23 times that season and averaged 107 points per game. This high-octane output was produced in the grainy era before the advent of a shot clock or 3-point line.
Even at its implosion, plan goes awry at the Clarion Hotel Casino
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
The building was never known for its cooperation. From when it opened in 1970 as the Royal Inn to its days as the Paddlewheel, Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel, WWF hotel-casino and Greek Isles, nothing ever ...

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