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October 30, 2014

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Choudhry and Baldizan: A couple of Las Vegas insiders who have taken it outside
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
Rehan Choudhry and Chris Baldizan are two kings of the asphalt jungle in VegasVille, Choudhry as founder of the Life Is Beautiful festival and Baldizan as a high-level entertainment exec with MGM Resorts. ...
Rock in Rio founder Roberto Medina says of Las Vegas: ‘This is the place’
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
Rock in Rio USA is an extended engagement on the Strip, and this is no understated operation. Six stages will be in play during the festival, with the main acts on the Main Stage and Sunset Stage. ...
Michael Jeffries, Pia Zadora’s husband, files suit against Metro over standoff, termination
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
Michael Jeffries, the husband of Pia Zadora and a former member of the Las Vegas Metro Police force, has filed suit against Metro for allegedly violating his civil rights by firing him over a standoff at the couple’s home ...
Love is here, there and everywhere at Cirque/L.V. Phil performance
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014
The Las Vegas Philharmonic, teaming with artists from the Cirque show “The Beatles Love” at the Mirage, all happily converged on LIB’s main stage. Never had these artistic institutions collaborated in such a way. The idea bloomed ...
Downtown Project breathes life into run-down Oasis
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014
John Katsilometes gets the scoop on downtown’s recent hotel opening.
The story, and backstory, of ‘The Last Five Years’ is exceptional
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
It’s not often that Dr. Keith Boman himself takes the stage at Boman Pavilion, but that was the scene at the most recent Composers Showcase at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center for the Performing Arts ...
Rehan Choudhry says of Life Is Beautiful: ‘We’re already talking to headliners about 2015’
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
On Day 2 of Year 2 of Life Is Beautiful, the festival he founded, Rehan Choudhry meets with a group of downtown Las Vegas officials near the Fremont Street entrance in the shadow of the recently opened downtown grocery store the Market. The group holding an impromptu confab includes LIB partner Tony Hsieh devouring a burrito as he confers with Choudhry ...
Pussy Riot, Oscar Goodman and ‘picnic at the disco’ fire up first night of Life Is Beautiful
Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
A general rule to follow around LIB is to understand that this is a loosely framed, freewheeling life experience. It is asphalt Woodstock, and you should just go with it. That goes for whatever snag ...
EJY summons Flip Wilson, but ‘Shakin’’ is no flippant effort
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
Eric Jordan Young has talent that spans all time. His goal today is to both remind and indoctrinate fans of what a multitalented entertainer looks and sounds like onstage. ...
The Amazing Johnathan stuns ‘ENTSpeaks’ audience: ‘I have a year to live’
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
The Amazing Johnathan is the last in line on this night after a series of five speakers at Inspire Theater on Fremont East in downtown Las Vegas. Before him, we have been regaled in ...
Weekly Q&A: Mike Tyson on having an action figure and seeing himself in cartoon form
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Chatting with Mike Tyson: “I want to stay home and stay away from all the bullsh*t because I’ve been there before. I know what that fall feels like, and I don’t want to ever experience that again.”
Rock strikes 12 at Fremont Street with a dozen tribute bands lined up for NYE
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
Freddie Mercury would have loved Fremont Street on New Year’s Eve. ...
‘Henri’ plays a powerful melody at the Smith Center
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
Henri plays the piano, but he is not really a pianist. He used to be. But today he runs his hands across a dining table at an assisted-living facility. ...
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.
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.
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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
‘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.
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 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. ...
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.
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.

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