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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. ...
‘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.
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. ...
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 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.” ...
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.” ...
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: 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 ...
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.


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.
Sinatra returns to the Strip as Bob Anderson signs for a year at Palazzo
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
Bob Anderson’s “Frank, The Man, The Music,” opens Jan. 24 for a scheduled yearlong run at Palazzo Theater. The schedule is Tuesdays through Saturdays with all shows set for 8 p.m. aside from the Friday performances, ...
What’s ‘Shakin’? Eric Jordan Young’s fiery show at Sin City Theater
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
Where driven and talented Eric Jordan Young resides today is the home where all artistic streets meet. ...
Iron Mike’s latest adventure is ... a cartoon
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
Mike Tyson, as he talks, is forever animate, still moving like a champion boxer. His hands fly fast, and he bobs his head as if ...
As mass gatherings go, Las Vegas is the place to be
Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
The theme this weekend is crowds, mass gatherings as they are now known, and how to lure and entertain such. I am reminded of this as waves of people ...
Dress up, sit down and settle in: Jerry Lewis is playing the Smith Center
Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
As usual, Jerry Lewis is wearing the famous red shirt with the cursive “JL” stitched into the pocket. He’s fired up on this particular afternoon, lively and forceful, and he seems not to have shaved for at least one day. ...
Rock in Rio, the ‘City of Rock,’ lures Taylor Swift, Metallica, No Doubt, Linkin Park to L.V.
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
If the Rock in Rio festival staging is anything like what we saw in Manhattan today, this should be a remarkably impressive event. Efficient, too. The Rock in Rio team built a fully functional, LED screen-backed stage with a booming sound system ...
Mike Tyson makes a scene — as a Good Samaritan and animated TV star
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
On Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Las Vegas, Mike Tyson came to the assistance of a motorcyclist who was injured on I-15 after being cut off by a taxicab. And, no, this was no cartoon.
Mike Tyson makes a scene — as a Good Samaritan in L.V. and animated TV star in L.A.
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
On Sept. 16 in Las Vegas, Mike Tyson came to the assistance of a motorcyclist who was injured on I-15 after being cut off by a taxicab. And, no, this was no cartoon. ...
Taylor Williamson talks ‘Last Comic Standing’ and ‘America’s Got Talent’
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Taylor Williamson is one quirky individual. He’s even quirky on the phone. You wonder, “Is this quirkiness an act?” and the answer would be, “I feel it is not.” ...
Funnyman Taylor Williamson talks ‘Last Comic Standing’ and ‘America’s Got Talent’
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Taylor Williamson is one quirky individual. He’s even quirky on the phone. You wonder, “Is this quirkiness an act?” and the answer would be, “I feel it is not.” Williamson is the comic star of Season 8 of “America’s Got Talent.”
Jerry Lewis is no fan of rent in Las Vegas showrooms
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
We’ll be running a lengthy piece about J.L. over the next few days, but one of his many memorable and pointed comments: “If I owned a joint, there would be a star in the showroom, and I would pay for it.” ...
Jerry Lewis: ‘If I owned a joint, there would be a star in the showroom, and I would pay for it’
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
We’ll be running a lengthy piece about J.L. over the next few days, but one of his many memorable and pointed comments: “I think when you ask an entertainer to rent a showroom, you’re cutting into the spine of the industry.”
In one magic stroke, Trop lures ‘Rock Vault’ and Jan Rouven
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
In a sweep affecting three hotel-casinos — so far — “Raiding the Rock Vault” is vacating the theater at Westgate Las Vegas and moving to Tropicana Theater. ...
Elvis meets Jerry Lewis, Wayner talks of the Fremont, Cirque bounds, and Sinatra returns at 150th anniversary show
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
The night opened with a greeting from Penn & Teller and a burst of artistic acrobatics from Cirque. It ended with Clint Holmes’ ascending version of “Hallelujah” backed by the Las Vegas Mass Choir and Wayne Newton remembering ...
‘Georgia on My Mind’ deserves a full house, but will it get one?
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
The sound of singers is fueled by the band behind, and the artists turn to one another as if carrying on an animated conversation rather than singing a song in the Ray Charles tribute show “Georgia on My Mind” at ...
Eclectic cast will share stage with Oscar Goodman at Life Is Beautiful
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
Las Vegas' former mayor predicts a significant moment not only for the festival, but for the city ...
Fire it up — like Usher and Motley Crue — on Night 1 of iHeartRadio Music Festival
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014
The first night of the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival has ended, and the evening closed with an impromptu dance-off at the back of the arena floor just off the MGM Grand Garden Arena soundboard.
Fire it up — Usher and Motley Crue sure did — on Night 1 of iHeartRadio Music Festival
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014
The first night of the iHeartRadio Music Festival has closed, and the evening ended with an impromptu dance-off at the back of the arena floor just off the MGM Grand Garden ...
Jaymes Vaughan takes a turn for the dramatic; Lacey Schwimmer reunites with ‘DWTS’
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
What is especially groovy about Jaymes Vaughan at the moment is he is to be featured on the CBS soap “The Young and the Restless” on Sept. 30. ...
Pia bemoans ‘Louboutin separation anxiety’; Newton to cap 150th anniversary all-star show
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
In the days since Pia Zadora was injured in a golf cart accident, the entertainer has regained her sense of humor, if not her actual footing. She is to undergo surgery to repair her ankle on Tuesday at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. It ...
MGM Resorts Village is the playground for iHeartRadio Music Festival
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
The stage at the Village for the iHeartRadio Music Festival might be bigger than the event requires, but so what? ...
Michael Monge, Steve Wynn’s handpicked crooner, extended through ’15 at Encore
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
In February, Michael Monge was singing at Bice Italian restaurant and lounge in Boca Raton, Fla. Steve Wynn happened to be in the audience that night and noted the vocal and even physical similarities between Monge and Wynn’s old friend ...
Jeff Leibow to leave ‘Jersey Boys’ for role with NF Network
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Entertainer Jeff Leibow told the sold-out crowd at Composers Showcase in Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center on Wednesday night that he will be leaving “Jersey Boys” when his contract expires in November. ...
Felice Garcia’s career spans Aguilera, ‘MDQ,’ Betty Boop and Laughlin — and she’s not finished yet
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Felice Garcia is a little bit country, rock ’n’ roll, pop, showgirl and now even burlesque, and she is keeping busy all over the city (Harrah’s and Plaza) and beyond (Laughlin). ...
Keith Evans, the city’s lion king, still working to keep his habitat alive
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
It was in July 1999 when I met Keith Evans and a few of the big cats he had just led into the then-new MGM Grand Lion Habitat. The attraction was about a week old then, a $9 million operation just off the casino floor. ...
It’s a cabaret doubleheader this week as ‘Cast Party,’ Composers Showcase give Cabaret Jazz a workout
Monday, Sept. 15, 2014
In the vicinity of these two showmen, no open mic is safe. We talk of the esteemed Jim Caruso and the similarly esteemed Keith Thompson, both of whom are bringing showcase performances to Cabaret Jazz this week. ...
Tiesto wades into new production with Bellagio Fountains show
Monday, Sept. 15, 2014
On Wednesday, a customized medley of three songs from “A Town Called Paradise,” the new release by Tiesto, will be unveiled along with a new choreographed water show on the Strip in front of Bellagio. ...
Tiesto wades into new spectacle with show at Bellagio Fountains
Monday, Sept. 15, 2014
On Wednesday, a customized medley of three songs from “A Town Called Paradise,” the new release by Tiesto, will be unveiled along with a new choreographed water show on the Strip in front of Bellagio.
The answer to a heavy query is the Rainbow Quarry
Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
As one hotel opens its doors and shows off a giant boulder in its lobby, another repurposes door handles to create a chandelier, and a third is holding a giant garage sale, of sorts. ...
Mayweather-Maidana rematch leads to another fan stampede at MGM Grand
Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
Fans streamed back into the arena about 9:20 p.m., as the crowd had largely emptied out of the venue. Hotel officials said initial reports of shots being fired and guns being drawn were false ...

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