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‘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.”
Meet ‘Stifler,’ the all-star, open-mic, no-rules Vegas party (where anything can happen)
Inside Frankie Moreno's unstoppable entertainment showcase
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014
It has the casual air of a parlor party, the slap-dash coordination of a barn dance and the frenetic pace of a rock show at Whisky a Go Go. It is Frankie Moreno's Stifler, and you never know who'll take the stage.
Holly Madison to perform a shear act at New York-New York; L.V. Phil to honor Siegfried & Roy with ‘Meditation’
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
Holly Madison is shaving the head of this scribe in an effort to raise money and awareness for St. Baldrick's Foundation. Events at New York-New York begin at noon Saturday and run through 11 p.m. in the fight against childhood cancer.
Revitalized and amped-up ‘Jubilee!’ sets March 17 return to Bally’s
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014
Director Frank Gatson Jr. has built his creative team for the challenge of bringing “Jubilee!” “into this time.” Known as the choreographer for Beyonce, Gatson says he is not performing such an overhaul that the legendary showgirl production will be unrecognizable.
Paul Shortino reclaims Duke Fame for AMC; Human Nature says, ‘Hey, we can jam with Philharmonic’
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014
As a trio of Strip headliner performers unleashed their offshoot projects in Broadway Rocks Vegas at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel on Monday evening, I undertook another intensive raking of the jam-packed VegasVille scene.
Celebration of life for Jeff Ray of ‘Jersey Boys’ set for March 23 at the Hard Rock Hotel
Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
“Jersey Boys” band member Jeff Ray, a highly accomplished and respected guitarist, is to be honored at a celebration of his life, music and legacy at Vinyl by many of the artists with whom he collaborated before his tragic death in March.
Jackie, Jermaine, Tito and Marlon still groove with best in ‘Rocktellz & Cocktails’
Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
Financial and artistic investment is evident in everything. The show’s set was designed by crafty Brit Andy Walmsley (who is having quite a successful run here in VegasVille, as reflected by the happy posts on his Facebook page), with the famous “Jacksons” logo at the back and searing, colored lights flashing over the performers.
Kerry Simon’s intensive rehab program is the walk of his life
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014
Kerry Simon, dubbed the “Rock ’n’ Roll Chef,” has been diagnosed with multiple system atrophy, which shares many characteristics with Parkinson’s disease and for which there is no cure. Slow body movement, muscle rigidity and impaired balance are symptoms.
‘KWTD’: Film critic Josh Bell breaks it down (by ‘it,’ we mean the Oscars, of course)
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014
Josh Bell writes TV and film criticism for Las Vegas Weekly, but his really challenging task is appearing on our radio show, “Kats With the Dish,” partly because co-host Tricia McCrone somehow finds a way to bait Bell into an argument.
Surgery doesn’t put Criss Angel in straitjacket; Terry Fator returns to Letterman in media blitz
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
Criss Angel’s shoulder surgery has shelved “Believe” at the Luxor, but a clip of the operation is now in “Magic Jam” in the same theater. After undergoing the major procedure Jan. 9, Angel was told to take it easy for six months.
Oscar Goodman is eager to pass the puck with the Wranglers at the Plaza
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
Former Mayor Oscar Goodman spent the balance of his three terms in office trying to lure a major-league franchise to Las Vegas. Now the restaurant with his name is sharing space with the Wranglers.
Comedy maverick Tom Green is comfortable with a Vinyl format
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
Tom Green has interviewed Dan Rather and Carrot Top and also can rap and tell jokes that draw laughs from Las Vegas to Edinburgh. “I’ve noticed how universal our sense of humor has become, and it’s kind of a sad thing, really,” he says.
Jason Alexander sweeps George Costanza under the rug with new show at Hair-rahs
Monday, Feb. 17, 2014
Jason Alexander’s new show at Harrah’s, “An Evening With Jason Alexander and His Hair,” hints to the status of his scalp. Alexander often refers to this new hairpiece he’s been sporting over the past couple of years as “revenge hair.”
Golden Gaming CEO's secret to success: Never stop growing
Blake Sartini believes in expansion, not only in the number of taverns his company runs but in the scope of their demographics
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014
Growth, development, expansion — all are ways to map success, chart fulfillment, and validate the business and personal decisions of Blake Sartini, who has overseen the rapid expansion of the PT's Pub and Sierra Gold brands. The number of Golden Gaming taverns in Southern Nevada has doubled since Sartini took over 15 years ago.
‘KWTD’: John Payne, Paul Shortino still banking on success of ‘Rock Vault’ at LVH
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014
John Payne, who has developed a beyond-credible interpretation of the vocal stylings and stage manner of AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, co-wrote the original template for "Raiding the Rock Vault," which is still playing with gleeful power at LVH.
Wranglers’ search for a new home in Las Vegas ends at the Plaza
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
Wranglers President Billy Johnson said today that Las Vegas’ entrant in the ECHL has reached an agreement with owners of the downtown Plaza to play home games in a leased facility to be built on that property for five years beginning with the 2014-15 season in October.
Melody Sweets is looking forward to her guest-singing gig in ‘MDQ’
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
Melody Sweets is known as a burlesque performer who inhabits the role of the songbird Green Fairy in “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace. But on Feb. 25, she will join the throwback, 1956 rock ’n’ roll musical “Million Dollar Quartet” at Harrah’s.
Live Frankie Moreno taping shakes the Strat; BBR burns as resort officials take notice
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014
Frankie Moreno is planning to put his show recorded Tuesday night at the Stratosphere in front of a national TV audience. One interested party is PBS. The idea, too, is for the performance to be issued as a live DVD.
The Red Zone: Las Vegas history simmers at classic Italian restaurants
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
A river of marinara runs through Las Vegas, where the famous and rich convene to deal and pitch. Deals are made, relationships are cemented, and news unfolds (eventually) at throwback Italian restaurants in Las Vegas.
Crazy Horse Too rides again after judge reins in past ruling
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
All this craziness turned into some serious business, as a pair of Las Vegas strip clubs have tussled for months over the application of the word “crazy.”
Holly Madison looks to the Skye to cast her show; Trop makes room (and time) for ‘Mamma Mia!’
Monday, Feb. 10, 2014
Holly Madison and her new artistic director, former "Viva Elvis" director Gene Lubas, are busy prepping for her new show at Mandalay Bay. Lubas held that title in the Cirque du Soleil partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises.
‘KWTD’: Steve Rossi on The Beatles’ debut on ‘Sullivan’ featuring nude photos and at least one wig
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014
Las Vegas’ Allen & Rossi (Marty Allen and Steve Rossi) were featured during The Beatles’ first run through the U.S., as the comedians were popular guests on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
Cirque has lofty plans for The Tenors in ‘One Drop’; Dispensary’s swanky jazz hang turns 2
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014
The Tenors have rehearsed with the Cirque du Soleil creative team for "One Night for One Drop" and are particularly interested in the hoist process.
How one Las Vegas headliner received an immaculate reception; Stirling Club still being courted
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
Franco Harris and Lydell Mitchell took in an intimate performance last weekend, much to the surprise of the performer.
Brody Dolyniuk: If he keeps on playin’, the levee’s gonna break
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
Brody Dolyniuk founded Yellow Brick Road in Las Vegas and brings a classic-rock spectacle to Smith Center on Friday night with Zeppelin USA. This is far more adventurous a performance than a mere recitation of Led Zep’s biggest hits.
Frankie Moreno working with Joshua Bell on PBS special; Carrot Top in line for Jay Leno’s sendoff
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014
Carrot Top welcomed Toby Keith to his headliner show at the Luxor on Saturday night — then drew the crowd's attention back to the stage: “Hey! The shows up here! Eyes here!”
Wranglers’ Billy Johnson: ‘I was assaulted’ by Las Vegas magician Seth Grabel
Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
Billy Johnson is filing a civil suit against Seth Grabel, who allegedly assaulted Johnson after a show by The Amazing Johnathan in January 2010.
Ben McKee of Imagine Dragons can’t wait to share famous ‘Saturday Night Live’ stage
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014
Imagine Dragons make their first appearance on “Saturday Night Live” tonight, and bassist Ben McKee is eager to perform on the same stage where Sean Connery (played famously by Darrel Hammond) chided Alex Trebek (in one of Will Ferrell’s great roles on the show).
The Great Britney Debate: Her No. 1 fan is not in sync with a true skeptic
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014
Britney Spears is a pop-culture icon who has a high volume of hits and multitudes of loyal fans, but does that mean she puts on a great show at Planet Hollywood? You decide.
‘KWTD’: Billy Johnson says ECHL’s ‘confidence is high’ in Wranglers’ capacity to find suitable home
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014
Given five weeks to find a new home for the Las Vegas Wranglers, President Billy Johnson plans to issue a memorandum of understanding to the ECHL on Wednesday.
Beacher’s Madhouse is risque freaks and geeks; Rose. Rabbit. Lie. takes risks
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014
The night begins with Skye Dee Miles and her new Tropicana Nights show at Tropicana Lounge. It is important to note that Miles kicks off this coincidentally aligned weekend of entertainment on the Strip because she unleashes a consistently entertaining show.
Pia Zadora rocks out with ‘MDQ’; Patrick Duffy hangs at State of the Union; Floyd Mayweather Jr. seeking $10.4 million taker?
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014
Pia Zadora knows how to rock it out, and she'll get a shot with the cast of "Million Dollar Quartet" next Tuesday night at Harrah’s.
Brooklyn Bowl’s first strike: Elvis Costello & The Roots
Monday, Jan. 27, 2014
Elvis Costello & The Roots are the first in an impressive list of acts set to open the 2,000-seat music venue at Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq. The 80,000-square-foot bowling and live-music venue wonderland is throwing a heavyweight opening party March 15-16.
Florence Henderson splashes color over NBT’s Black & White Ball
Monday, Jan. 27, 2014
Florence Henderson joked about Viagra, dusted off a joke about George Burns and sang a cappella at Saturday's NBT fundraising gala at Aria.
The dust settles, and Las Vegas keeps Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
Friday, Jan. 24, 2014
A little more than a month after it seemed the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo was leaving Las Vegas for the backyard of Disney World or even Dallas, it was formally announced that the rodeo would remain in Las Vegas through 2024.
For a night, it’s ‘The Ballet Bunch’ as Florence Henderson is honored by NBT
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014
Nevada Ballet Theater’s 2014 Woman of the Year has taken many voyages on “The Love Boat,” played at every famous Strip hotel and even worked with Shecky Greene.
High Roller passengers to be tied in knots; Carlos Santana snares Las Vegas great; Cheaza fails to tackle Richard Sherman
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
Jon Gray of the Linq has taken dozens of wedding reservations for the High Roller already, and the attraction is several weeks away from opening.
Who owns this lake? Carlos Santana has the answer
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
Guitar great and world-renowned artist Carlos Santana is rejuvenated by his reunion with Marcus “The Magnificent” Malone, new dates at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay and a pair of new albums, including "Santana IV," planned for this year.
The Liberace experience hits a sour note as Brian ‘Paco’ Alvarez steps down as chairman
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014
Brian "Paco" Alvarez took over as chairman of the Liberace Foundation in 2011 but resigned abruptly today after three years of service when a no-confidence vote was taken among his fellow board members.
Wranglers weighing three options for a new home for 2014-’15
Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014
Left without a home in December, the Las Vegas Wranglers are likely staying in Las Vegas for the 2014-’15 season.
Jeff Ray, member of ‘Jersey Boys’ band, dies after being hit by train near Seattle
Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014
Jeff Ray played multiple roles as a musician in “Jersey Boys.” He died, tragically and inexplicably, after being struck by a train Saturday afternoon in Washington state.
The Jacksons at Planet Hollywood is as easy as 1-2-3
Friday, Jan. 17, 2014
Give The Jacksons any sort of stage plot, and they’ll figure out how to make it work. The surviving members of The Jackson 5 are in promotional mode to generate buzz about their 40 appearances beginning Feb. 20 at PH Showroom.
Holly Madison’s contact with Anita Mann is solid gold; Matt Goss makes waves with new dates at Caesars
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014
Anita Mann has for decadess danced in, choreographed and produced shows onstage and on television. She's fond of Holly Madison.
Las Vegas hypnotists shaken by Scott Lewis’ death; Perez-Moreno in ‘Frankie squared’
Monday, Jan. 13, 2014
Marc Savard was stunned at the news over the weekend that his friend and fellow Las Vegas hypnotist Scott Lewis had died after a fall from a balcony in Sydney, Australia.
Rodeo’s future in Las Vegas entering (another) crucial phase
Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014
The future of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas hinges on a counteroffer from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association to local tourism officials set for Tuesday.
A Strip production starring a panda isn’t too much to bear
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014
“Panda!” has Olympican pedigree and Olympic-quality talent. And, it has many guys dressed as pandas.
The Jacksons to perform 40 dates in ‘Rocktellz’ beginning Feb. 20
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014
The Jacksons — brothers Jackie, Marlon, Jermaine and Tito — will alternate performances in "Rocktellz & Cocktails" beginning Feb. 20 at PH Showroom in Planet Hollywood.

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