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SLS boss giving resort’s ‘tribe’ a place to go
Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014
After three years of renovations, SLS Las Vegas is ready to open its doors to the public. The owner of the old Sahara insists he is not concerned about the resort’s location on the north end of the Strip. Here's why ...
Fright Dome fires up ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’
Friday, Aug. 15, 2014
In the horror-film genre, the most exciting form of massacre is, of course, a chainsaw massacre. Preferably achieved in the great state of Texas. Fright Dome is teaming with the great ...
It’s a return to ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ and ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ on the Strip
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
I first caught The Fab at the late swill house Mad Dogs & Englishmen and also at the late lounge at Palace Station, spending quite a few addled evenings shouting such requests as “Rocky Raccoon!,” “Revolution No. 9!” and “Anything By The Rutles!” ...
From Las Vegas Convention Center to ‘Love,’ it’s a Beatles life
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
“Unbelievable,” says Stuart Pitz, who was in the audience at the Convention Center for The Beatles on Aug. 20, 1964. “Deafening. Crazy. And what I remember at the start of that show was poor Jackie DeShannon, who was basically booed off the stage.” ...
‘Sydney’ might not go dark; Cheaza headed to China; fetching notes at Nevada SPCA charity event
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is Starbucks on Sunday at Planet Hollywood, where upstairs the new adult revue “Sydney After Dark” from SPI Entertainment is performing its final show later at the old “Peepshow” showroom. ...
In Las Vegas, Robin Williams remembered as ‘one of the most beloved and respected comics ever’
Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
Jerry Lewis learned the news of the death of comic great Robin Williams this afternoon while Lewis was watching CNN. A phone call to Lewis at his Las Vegas home was ...
Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame gala is a champagne wishes and caviar dreams affair
Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
On Saturday night, I was glad to be present as the man I refer to as Ubiquitous Robin Leach (URL for short) was honored with the inaugural Mark Smith Ambassador Award by the Nevada Broadcasters Association at the Four Seasons Las Vegas.
After updated Facebook post, Beauty Bar owner drops lawsuit
Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
The lawsuit issued by Beauty Bar co-owner Darin Feinstein against club patron Megan Trivette has been withdrawn. The settlement was reached as Trivette, a customer who had posted on her personal Facebook page ...
Latest purchase of Frontier land is a sober deal
Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014
On Wynn mocking the 2007 purchase of the Frontier land, how Beauty Bar's new owners fit in (or don't) downtown, and a street name change on the Strip. ...
Can a musical from Las Vegas make it in New York? Richard Oberacker is finding out with ‘Bandstand’
Friday, Aug. 8, 2014
Maybe the most apt way to describe Richard Oberacker’s emotions at the moment are “mitigated excitement.” His new musical “Bandstand: A Musical,” co-created with lyrics-writing partner Robert Taylor, could become "something extraordinary." ...
Spiegelworld takes the Cosmopolitan to court over ‘Vegas Nocturne’
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
On the night “Vegas Nocturne” closed at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Spiegelworld founder and self-styled impresario Ross Mollison raised a champagne glass and proclaimed, “ ‘Vegas Nocturne’ is a hit!” Since that night on July 12, the show has not been heard from ...
Old Vegas crooning at Wynn/Encore; Old Vegas oratory from Oscar Goodman
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014
Oscar Goodman is getting worked up for his next monologue and (at times) standup appearance at the Plaza on Thursday night. This is the “Oscar’s Monologue” series; the topic is a favorite of the former mayor. ...
A snit, a post and a bizarre lawsuit at Beauty Bar
Monday, Aug. 4, 2014
Inside of a week of owning Beauty Bar, Darin Feinstein found himself in a verbal tiff with one of his patrons. Inside of a month, he has filed a lawsuit against that patron in a case ...
Lady Gaga tears it up during her return to MGM Grand
Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014
Of all the lavish lighting, costumes and multimillion-dollar stage effects, including what seemed to be an outcropping of psychedelic mushrooms on the stage extending into the audience and a piano encased in a fake ice formation, I was impressed most by ...
Cosmopolitan still forging its own Vegas vibe
Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014
The closing of the "Vegas Nocturne" show at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. has been confusing for some people, who think the nightclub has closed. It hasn't. The hotel has used Las Vegas and national agencies to recruit performers to populate the entertainment lineup. But there is little in the way of specifics as to who is actually appearing on a given night. That is intentional ...
Palms’ sign change is a sign of the times; Franky Perez soars with strings
Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
When you spend as much time as I do at the Palms, you take note of even the subtlest changes. Such as, the removal of the Maloof family name from ...
‘Spider-Man’ is out, but something is brewing at Wynn/Encore
Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
Philip William McKinley’s name — all three of them, in fact — certainly surfaces with great frequency at Wynn and Encore Las Vegas. ...
Quiz time: Did FLOLVJ really receive her high school diploma at pyramids in Egypt?
Thursday, July 31, 2014
For this column, we’re focusing on FLOLVJ (the acronym I like to use for the First Lady of Las Vegas Jazz), long a favorite performer and a woman of vast aptitude, experience and education. Catch her most Saturday nights at the Dispensary ...
‘Star Trek’s’ Walter Koenig still secure playing Chekov (with a V)
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Walter Koenig is an easygoing sort — until you question the Russian accent, which he exaggerated on a famous TV show a long time ago. ...
Tara Palsha’s teary departure; SLS finds fast friend in Monorail; ‘MDQ,’ ‘Jersey Boys’ represent on tavern scene
Monday, July 28, 2014
Tara Palsha cried her way through her final performance at “Vegas! The Show” on Friday night. Palsha is leaving this week for New York, to start a new life with her fiance, model Scott Moats, and to take a shot at ...
Westgate owner climbs high again; Agassi stays grounded in Reno
Sunday, July 27, 2014
David Siegel was raising crane again, while Andre Agassi was raising money for UNR and Greg Maddux was being praised in Cooperstown, N.Y. ...
‘Miss Dorothy’ ushers in her 90th birthday at Caesars; Pavel Chekov muses about brushes
Friday, July 25, 2014
The week was brightened by the smile of 90-year-old Colosseum usher Dorothy Brooks. “Miss Dorothy,” as she is uniformly known, celebrated that birthday Wednesday before the Shania Twain performance. Miss Dorothy still pulls three shifts a week at ...
A thunderstruck John Payne takes ‘Rock Vault’ to court
Thursday, July 24, 2014
As predictable as a rock fan shouting “Free Bird!” at a Skynyrd show, the dispute between John Payne and his former mates at “Raiding the Rock Vault” has wound up in court. That Payne sought a legal avenue in the wake of his departure from the show was ...
Nevada 150th all-star show is one to be remembered, if not recorded
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Thus far, the Nevada 150th event has snared an impressive lineup. Acts, individuals and productions to be represented include Las Vegas entertainment legend Jerry Lewis, Cirque du Soleil, “Jubilee,” “Jersey Boys,” ...
‘This place hasn’t changed’: John Katsilometes on his 30th high school reunion
Thursday, July 24, 2014
“I am not surprised you ended up there,” she says, and I know she’s not kidding. “You always were kind of a Vegas guy.”
‘Scoring irregularities’ might send two Nevada contestants to national teen pageant
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
On June 1, Las Vegas Academy of Arts student Amy Smith was crowned Miss Nevada Outstanding Teen. Smith is representing our state at next week’s national competition in Orlando, Fla. If it were only that simple ...
‘Mamma Mia!’ closes in less than three months at Tropicana
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The return of “Mamma Mia!” at the Tropicana lasted about six years less than the show’s original run at Mandalay Bay. The show is closing, effective ...
Lorena Peril’s next Vegas show is ‘Vegas! The Show’
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Lorena Peril has experienced the thrill of performing for tens of thousands of fans in an open-air arena and 10 fans in the cozy confines of Rush Lounge at the Golden Nugget. She knows Las Vegas showrooms, too. ...
Powerhouse stars, acts lining up for Nevada 150th anniversary show at Smith Center
Monday, July 21, 2014
Smith Center President and CEO Myron Martin was around for one of the greatest events ever in Strip entertainment, the USO benefit show from November 2001 titled “Las Vegas Salutes the Spirit of America.” ...
Melody Sweets to debut ‘Shoot ’em Up’ video with a bang
Monday, July 21, 2014
The purpose of this party and performance is to promote a video. And the purpose of the video is to produce a party and performance. If that all makes sense. The video is for Melody Sweets’ song “Shoot ’em Up.” ...
Return of the man known as ‘Rockin Don’ is not very noisy — yet
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Five years ago, Don Marrandino left Las Vegas after 20 years to return to his hometown, Atlantic City. But now he's back in Nevada, helping manage a hotel in Lake Tahoe and reshape the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.
Rockie Brown, Sand Dollar and Tuscany forge an unplanned symmetry
Friday, July 18, 2014
As we say, all roads lead through Tuscany Suites. Unless they all lead through the old Sand Dollar, which over the years also has been called Bikini Bar, Bar 702 and is now once more known as the Sand Dollar. ...
Andre Agassi takes center court at Governor’s Mansion
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Sometimes the nuttiest ideas also are the most inspired. Turning a common pair of tube socks, something you’d buy in a three-to-a-pack plastic bag at Target, into pure genius in a Strip production show is such an example ...
Clint Holmes sweeps through L.A.: The man is not done yet
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Clint Holmes was invited to “Jazz at the Bowl,” as he is very much a jazz singer these days, his continuing evolution as a singer having branched to that genre from his standards-driven period as a headliner at Harrah’s a decade ago. ...
Clint Holmes’ ray of sunshine is a Charles tribute at the Venetian
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
In his first residency on the Strip since leaving Harrah’s in 2006, Clint Holmes is part of the artistically robust lineup delivering “Georgia On My Mind” to the Venetian Theater from Sept. 18-Oct. 29. ...
On fight night, singer Amanda Avila also comes away with a split decision
Monday, July 14, 2014
Amanda Avila likens the experience to climbing into a roller-coaster. “You know it’s going to be fun and scary, all at the same time,” she says. “There’s so much energy. It’s amazing.” Avila gained national fame as a Season 4 finalist on “American Idol.” ...
Shout it, shout it, shout it out loud: KISS rolls into the Joint in November
Monday, July 14, 2014
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, and one of rock’s most enduring live acts, are celebrating their 40th year as an active band with a set of shows aptly titled “KISS rocks Vegas,” running Nov. 5-23. That’s a total of nine dates. ...
Its future uncertain, ‘Vegas Nocturne’ counts out its final canto at Cosmopolitan
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Made official this morning with a release from the show’s host hotel, the Cosmopolitan, is that “Vegas Nocturne” indeed played its last shows Saturday night at the restaurant, lounge and entertainment fortress Rose. Rabbit. Lie. ...
‘Vegas Nocturne’ closes at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Made official this morning with a release from the show’s host hotel, the Cosmopolitan, is that “Vegas Nocturne” indeed played its last shows Saturday night at the restaurant, lounge and entertainment fortress Rose. Rabbit. Lie.
Stratosphere has high hopes for its new neighbor SLS
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Sometimes, when a business opens across the street and offers the exact same product or service as yours, it's a bad thing. Other times, like with the opening of SLS Las Vegas, it's a very, very good thing ...
Proposal at Hard Rock, separation at Cosmo and dalliance with Wendy Williams at Venetian
Saturday, July 12, 2014
The Kats Report Bureau has been an uncommonly mobile unit today, starting with Rehab Pool at the Hard Rock Hotel and winding up at the Cosmopolitan. Rehab was a celebratory experience, as I’m helping judge the Ultimate Bikini Contest. ...
Frankie goes to Hollywood (Bowl) for a reunion with Joshua Bell
Saturday, July 12, 2014
In a serendipitous quirk of scheduling, Las Vegas headliners Frankie Moreno of the Stratosphere and Clint Holmes of Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center performed on consecutive nights last week at the Hollywood Bowl. ...
Star-spangled banner yet waves for a host of Las Vegas performers
Thursday, July 10, 2014
The Kats Report Bureau at the moment is the lounge at Loews Hollywood Hotel, where for the past three days I have been hanging with Frankie Moreno and Clint Holmes. In an odd piece of scheduling, the two ...
The Book of Myron: Outgoing musical ‘far, far exceeded’ expectations
Monday, July 7, 2014
Most touring musicals require a few performances to generate positive buzz in a community. But not “The Book of Mormon” in its boundlessly successful run at the Smith Center. ...
Rumors — and one report — have ‘Vegas Nocturne’ closing at Cosmopolitan
Monday, July 7, 2014
Amid chatter about the unsteady future of “Vegas Nocturne” at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan, an online report posted today says the show is effectively being put to sleep. The same story said the show might surface at the soon-to-open SLS. ...
Coolly confident Belinda Chapple is ready to throw a light on ‘Sydney After Dark’
Monday, July 7, 2014
Every one in “Sydney After Dark,” opening tonight at Planet Hollywood, is a classically trained dancer who has performed before being cast in the topless revue, and each stands taller than 5 feet 8 inches. Chapple is an ex-model and a ...
A new beginning for old LVH
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Westgate's owner has major renovation plans for the building that brought Elvis to Las Vegas.
Notes from the scene: Sammy (Shore) keeps the beat; Sammy (Hagar) pours it on
Friday, July 4, 2014
The Kats Report Bureau on this Independence Day is Terrace 1 (which is the only terrace) at our Newport Lofts office. Sirens have been blaring already today, and from our high perch, we feel the heat of another 110-degree ...
For Life Is Beautiful, Patrick Duffy has a great Western forum
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Patrick Duffy, one of the busiest art collectors anywhere, is hopscotching around Europe right now. But that has not stopped him from igniting the art program for the upcoming Life Is Beautiful festival. ...
No panic at this disco as Rehan Choudhry summons Lionel Richie
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Though Life Is Beautiful is entering just its second year downtown, it has achieved something of a rock identity. Highlights a year ago on the main stage included Las Vegas rock bands The Killers and Imagine Dragons and alt-rocker Beck. ...

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