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Wynn a cheerleader for new Strip projects
Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
Anything would be better than the empty lot across the street from his properties, he said.
Golden Nugget sparks some Friday night lights; Harrah’s to remain Mac King’s magic castle
Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014
Golden Nugget also is adding to its schedule in the Grand, its renovated ballroom that fills out to a pretty healthy concert venue. Ending this year and entering 2015, the hotel has ...
A rocker from ‘Pin Up’s’ Lisa Marie; Martin Kaye a doctor on the keys; Jillette’s O.V. event worth a Reed
Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014
The party at Opportunity Village honoring Penn and Emily Jillette was spiced by some gritty rock from Lon Bronson, his band — and Jillette. ...
Living a ‘Fantasy,’ Anita Mann marks No. 15 at Luxor
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
The secret to the longevity of “Fantasy,” marking its 15th year at Luxor, can be found in Anita Mann's passion for choreography, creating and directing. ...
Murray Sawchuck’s new focus: Sin City Theater at Planet Hollywood
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
In the end, Murray Sawchuck had to be more than a poser. Not that it wasn’t a great deal of fun following Sawchuck canvas the valley mugging for photos in front of hotel-casino marquees with such self-written captions as, ...
Duck! The Robertsons are en route to the Rio in ‘Dynasty’ musical
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
The most famous bearded entertainers to hit the national scene since ZZ Top released “Eliminator” are beating a path to VegasVille. The gentlemen from the A&E reality-TV series “Duck Dynasty” are reportedly backing a musical.
Duck! The Robertsons are heading for the Rio in ‘Dynasty’ musical
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
The most famous bearded entertainers to hit the national scene since ZZ Top released “Eliminator” are beating a path to VegasVille. The gentlemen from the A&E reality-TV series “Duck Dynasty” are reportedly backing a musical based on ...
Talk has become the talk of Las Vegas; Penny Pibbets and Gaz focusing on solo scenes
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Fashioned after the TED Talks series of brief monologues, “ENTSpeaks” is part stage presentation, part party at Inspire. In each instance, it’s a groovy way to learn more about those among us who are ubiquitous, yet ...
Santana’s journey might well include Journey
Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014
Carlos Santana says, “Everything I do with my energy, regardless of the form, is about inspiring people. It’s about inspiring another human being to see an aerial view and the big picture.” ...
Uber’s first rider in Las Vegas sings its praises
Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014
We get the scoop on which of Las Vegas' favorite native sons has embraced the ride-sharing app right away, which Las Vegas shows are making appearances in Massachusetts, and what's wrong with that new Ickey Woods commercial ...
KISS gives away the house; Steve Wynn recalls the days of going full throttle
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
During a rare quiet moment in the KISS opening-night performance Wednesday night at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel, the band broke between “Detroit Rock City” and “Rock and Roll All Nite” to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. ...
‘Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers,’ a show full of encores, is headed to Encore Theater
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Steve Wynn is standing and performs something akin to a jig, kicking his heels and pointing his elbows out to his sides. He sings along, in low and laughing voice. He happily beams like a kid on a farm, gazing off in the distance.
‘Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers,’ a show full of encores, is moving into Encore
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Steve Wynn is standing and performs something akin to a jig, kicking his heels and pointing his elbows out to his sides. He sings along, in low and laughing voice. He happily beams like a kid on a farm, gazing off ...
You might not know who Jimmy McIntosh is ... but Ronnie Wood does
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Jimmy McIntosh once tracked down Mick Jagger, asking for something unexpected, and is collaborating with another Rolling Stone on his new CD. ...
Backstage pass? Paul Stanley needs no such pass
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
Then, as if drawing attention to a work of art, Franky Perez motioned to his face with his hand. “And Paul Stanley says, ‘This … is my pass.’ And walks in." ...
‘Mondays Dark,’ Mark Shunock’s charity juggernaut, to spotlight 24 charities
Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
Surviving an inauspicious start in which he scrambled to find a suitable venue for his monthly philanthropic shows, Mark Shunock is celebrating the first year of “Mondays Dark” on Dec. 15 with his largest show yet. ...
Once again, talk of racing on the Strip is revving up
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
In 1998, Bernie Ecclestone was one vote shy of bringing open-wheel racing to the Strip. Word is, he’s trying again, but can his idea gain any traction this time?
Criss Angel hits 6th anniversary at Luxor, expands empire with ‘The Supernaturalists’
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
Criss Angel navigates his career in the same way he rides the Skeleton or Insanity or any of the custom motorcycles lining the entrance of his show at Luxor. He’s full-throttle, focused on the road ...
‘The Dennis Bono Show’ airs it out; Sawchuck goes on his Murray way
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Popular among locals since it debuted 15 years ago at Sunset Station, “The Dennis Bono Show” has been buoyed by a new syndication deal Bono signed with the CRN Network. He now reaches 30 additional radio stations ...
Star DJ R3hab gives Life at SLS something to dance about
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
SLS Las Vegas is placing a lot of hope and emphasis on R3hab’s appearance this weekend, kicking off three nights of electronic dance music with Borgore on Saturday night and Richie Hawtin on Sunday. R3hab has ...
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.
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. ...
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.

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