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Linq not yet made between rival executives
Sunday, May 18, 2014
The Linq’s Jon Gray weighs in on comments made by the Park’s Jim Murren that the two projects are not comparable, plus an update on the Stirling Club and so much to love about Andres Garcia ...
Life is good and ‘Love Is Strange’ for HRC honoree John Lithgow
Friday, May 16, 2014
Golden Globe- and Emmy Award-winning actor John Lithgow is back in Las Vegas to accept the Human Rights Campaign's Equality Award. Before we talk of his new movie and the honor he is to receive at the ...
Standup meets makeup as Venetian launches all-female ‘Lipshtick’ comedy series
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Joy Behar, Rita Rudner and Lisa Lampanelli are among the comediennes appearing in the “Lipshtick: The Perfect Shade of Stand Up” lineup announced today by Whitney Cummings, co-creator of the CBS sitcom “2 Broke Girls,” at the Venetian.
It’s still a nutty, and busy, world for Jerry Lewis; ‘Tempest’ spins magic in Cambridge; Frankie (Scinta) goes to headliner
Thursday, May 15, 2014
The Jerry Lewis film series tied to his photo exhibit “Painted Pictures” opens tonight at UNLV and runs through the summer. Lewis is a busy man, at age 88, as he reinforced during a phone chat Monday by saying, “I’m a busy man.”
Caesars exec Jason Gastwirth: ‘We’ve built a great show and a great business with Britney’
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Britney Spears is a hot ticket in Las Vegas. “Britney: Piece of Me” has delivered sold-out audiences every night since it opened Dec. 27. “It’s been a huge success,” says Jason Gastwirth, Caesars Entertainment senior vice president of marketing and entertainment.
Matt Goss is shaken onstage at Caesars; Anthony Cools stacks the deck at Paris
Monday, May 12, 2014
The mother of Caesars Palace headliner Matt Goss has been battling cancer, and the night before Mother’s Day, the British singer wavered before closing his show with an Otis Redding classic.
Britney Spears is offered $12 million one-year extension at Planet Hollywood; 30+ shows added
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Caesars Entertainment has reportedly offered pop singer and Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears $12 million to extend her residency at the renovated, 4,500-seat Axis Theater through December 2016.
Event center: ‘A reason to come to Laughlin’
Sunday, May 11, 2014
The star entertainer hits the outdoor stage just as the sun is setting. Behind him and on either side is a grandiose stage standing several feet tall, with video screens on either side beaming his image to thousands of fans. The whole scene is framed in shiny steel; in the distance you see a cluster of resorts that have funneled guests to this performance. Sounds like a great night in Vegas. But it isn’t. This is...
Don Marrandino might get his chance to shake things up at Hard Rock Hotel
Saturday, May 10, 2014
We can expect former Caesars Entertainment executive Don Marrandino to transition back to a top-level position at the Hard Rock Hotel soon. Marrandino lived and worked in Las Vegas for 20 years before heading back to Atlantic City in 2009.
Burton Cohen and the Howard Hughes ‘Ice Cream Saga’; Brooklyn Bowl reps are really digging Las Vegas
Friday, May 9, 2014
Burton Cohen was president of the Desert Inn when Howard Hughes set up at the hotel on Thanksgiving of 1966. That doesn't mean the two ever met, though.
Veronic lends her voice, and a guest star lends her hands, in fundraising campaign
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Bally’s headliner Veronic DiCaire has launched her "Lend Your Voice" philanthropic campaign, and the vocal impressionist is inviting a new friend to join her onstage in her show in Jubilee Theater.
No hockey at the Plaza; Wranglers seek another venue
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
The ice-in-the-sky concept to turn the pool deck at the Plaza into a hockey facility for the Las Vegas Wranglers has proven too costly to complete. The Plaza announced in a news release today that the Wranglers will not move their home games to the downtown hotel-casino. It cited ...
Kirk Kerkorian: Recently married and ‘continues to move forward’
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Trailblazing resort mogul Kirk Kerkorian, 96, considered by many to be the Father of Las Vegas, has been romantically linked to his new wife Una Davis before, and the couple reportedly lived together years ago.
Guitar in tow, Carlos Santana drops by Rod Stewart’s place
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Rod Stewart and Carlos Santana had not performed live together before Tuesday night but will be touring the U.S. and Canada as co-headliners soon.
Bob Anderson plays among the stars at the Venetian, but what’s next for his Sinatra show?
Monday, May 5, 2014
Evoking the image of Frank Sinatra, Bob Anderson donned the makeup and the tux and sang with chilling perfection Sunday night at the Venetian. Now he awaits Las Vegas suitors for his ambitious production. ...
Dozens of injuries reported in stampede after Mayweather-Maidana bout
Sunday, May 4, 2014
The post-bout action Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena did not end with Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s majority decision over challenger Marcos Maidana. A stampede of fans...
For when you need to get away from the Strip, without actually having to leave it
Sunday, May 4, 2014
The next Great Escape from the Strip is to be a vast, 8-acre park titled, conveniently, the Park. It will be a big walk-around experience for visitors and locals alike, replete with man-made pools and fountains, tall trees and towering sculptures built for art and shade. In the Park, you’ll be invited to...
Maidana vs. Mayweather color blog: Bieber, Lil Wayne again in Mayweather’s camp
Saturday, May 3, 2014
The Marcos Maidana-Floyd Mayweather Jr. bout has drawn a capacity crowd to MGM Grand Garden Arena and certainly many celebs are in the building.
Bob Anderson takes a shot (of Jack) with Frank Sinatra at the Venetian
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Bob Anderson is reviving the music and image of Frank Sinatra at the Venetian for a show he hopes to stage permanently on the Strip.
EDM collaborations? Penn Jillette says, ‘Crank it’
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Penn Jillette never rules out any possible artistic collaboration (as long as it doesn't involve a George Burns impression), and that includes working with electronic dance music artists.
It’s the Suncoast — but not the sunset — for Las Vegas great Earl Turner
Friday, May 2, 2014
Earl Turner, appearing Saturday and Sunday at Suncoast, opened a pair of famous Strip hotels in the 1990s and has long been a fan favorite.
Entertainers can park it at the Park; Broadway Bares braces for its fifth-annual performance at Planet Hollywood
Friday, May 2, 2014
The new pedestrian project the Park will be filled with wondrous effects and, we are told, a lot of live entertainment.
MGM Resorts arena will be a rockin’ venue in every which way
Thursday, May 1, 2014
At the groundbreaking of the new MGM Resorts arena on the Strip near New York-New York and Monte Carlo, speculation abounded about who would open the venue two years from now — and how. ...
Events for ‘Pawn Stars’ result in hardcore ‘Pawnography’
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Austin “Chumlee” Russell was presented a bobblehead and received a bat, Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison is nursing a broken hand and bike, and “Pawn Stars” cast members are to star in a new game show. ...
Success of ‘The Tempest’ was no illusion, but is it built for Broadway?
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Rio magician headliner Teller has seen a lot of Broadway productions. So how does he see his original play from William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" measuring up on the Great White Way?
From KMA Power Tables: Estefans set date for ‘On Your Feet’; Steve Schirripa has no plans to visit ‘the old neighborhood’
Monday, April 28, 2014
Steve Schirripa has not walked into the Riviera since he was the hotel's entertainment director and remembers the days of multimillion-dollar lounge budgets. ...
Real lives of reality TV stars
Chumlee, Holly Madison
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Las Vegas is fertile ground for reality television. Something about the city just attracts viewers, and several of TV's biggest reality stars make Las Vegas their home. Chumlee, Holly Madison and Dirk Vermin are among the most recognized faces on the small screen, but would fans recognize their real-life personalities?
Oscar’s next topic: Legalized prostitution
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Las Vegas' former mayor and his wife, the current mayor, agree on most subjects. But not this one ...
Rod Stewart feels like a guy who has all the luck
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Music legend Rod Stewart is returning to Las Vegas for another run at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The 69-year-old says that even though he's no longer playing organized soccer, he'll still be booting autographed balls into the crowd at all of his performances.
More to be revealed as Holly Madison’s show takes shape; Bob Anderson due for a makeover as Sinatra
Thursday, April 24, 2014
The new "1923 Bourbon & Burlesque" production at Mandalay Bay has already undergone changes in its creative team. Expect more, or less, very soon ahead of its grand opening night May 1. ...
The last lounge singer in Las Vegas?
The era of the lounge has been dying for decades, but Jerry Tiffe keeps vintage Vegas alive
Thursday, April 24, 2014
The lounge singer strides onstage for his 4 o’clock gig, and man does he look good. The light hits his tuxedoed, 6-foot-3 frame so that he appears in black and white.
Photos: Melody Sweets of ‘Absinthe’ plays it cool in ‘MDQ’ rockabilly session
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The Green Fairy in “Absinthe,” the latest guest star to join “Million Dollar Quartet,” upped the temp with a take on “My Boy Elvis,” closing tonight’s performance at Harrah’s. Melody Sweets picked the 1956 rockabilly track for the performance.
Melody Sweets plays it cool in ‘MDQ’ rockabilly session
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The Green Fairy in “Absinthe,” the latest guest star to join “Million Dollar Quartet,” upped the temp with a take on “My Boy Elvis,” closing tonight’s performance at Harrah’s. Sweets picked the 1956 rockabilly track from ...
L.V. Philharmonic’s new director is in a Nevada state of mind
Monday, April 21, 2014
San Francisco Symphony resident director Donato Cabrera has been appointed the successor to David Itkin at the Las Vegas Philharmonic. The 40-year-old Cabrera was formally introduced during an announcement event today at Las Vegas Country Club. ...
How I grew to love the monorail
Sunday, April 20, 2014
John Katsilometes discovered a great deal for locals, who might have good reason to start riding the rail ...
Guy Fieri opens Strip restaurant in hair-raising fashion
Friday, April 18, 2014
Guy Fieri is playing the Strip, and this is all too appropriate. The UNLV graduate (he has a degree in hospitality management) is a spicy figure, to put it mildly. Adorned with a lot of good ink up and down his arms, his ...
O’Sheas’ booze sales are intoxicating; Sebastian De-Bachery at Mandalay Bay
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Former Planet Hollywood headliner Holly Madison is opening her burlesque-themed speakeasy 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque on Thursday evening at Mandalay Place, but she’s still holding the remote for a TV project ...
Olivia Newton-John’s round at Flamingo is par (or birdie) for the course
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Olivia Newton-John, on Friday evening at the grand opening of her Flamingo show “Summer Nights,” rolled out her hits and a couple of nifty covers and closed not with a rousing number but with something delicate ...
Cowboys’ stadium is big, but it’s not Vegas
Sunday, April 13, 2014
The Academy of Country Music Awards couldn’t resist the lure of Jerry Jones’ giant TV screen for one year, but they’ll be back.
Blog: Manny Pacquiao gets the decision this time, beats Timothy Bradley
Scores were 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112 in favor of Pacquiao
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Hold the thoughts on winding down and retirement; Manny Pacquiao is not done yet.
The 35-year-old Filipino boxing superstar avenged one of the two losses in his last three fights Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, defeating Timothy Bradley by unanimous decision (118-110, 116-112, 116-112).
UNLVino boosted by all that jazz; Vegas violinists prepping for a disco-rama
Saturday, April 12, 2014
The UNLVino is in full swing at the moment at Caesars Palace. Often this event is a true blowout – the winds have been a problem. But what blew me away ...
It’s good times for Brad Garrett as his Comedy Club turns 2 at MGM Grand
Thursday, April 10, 2014
When he was a kid, Brad Garrett once performed an impression of a television star. The results were mixed, to put it mildly. This was in 1974, Garrett was age 14 at the time, and the hot sitcom of the moment was ...
Now starring on the Strip: Manny Pacquiao?! Plus, Holly Madison, Melody Sweets
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
This is one of those subjects bound to spark skepticism among boxing devotees, but we’re going there anyway: Would immensely popular Manny Pacquiao be a credible headliner in a Las Vegas stage show? ...
After the fall, George Wallace to close standup show — and hints at TV project
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Longtime comedian George Wallace opened at the Flamingo Las Vegas 10 years ago, but, after winning $1.3 in damages from Bellagio on Tuesday afternoon, the Strip headliner has decided to shutter his live show April 26. ...
In UNLV jacket reveal, Brandon Flowers is a Runnin’ Rebel with a cause
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
A big fan of the UNLV team who won the 1989-90 NCAA national championship, Brandon Flowers of The Killers wore Rebel red during a performance Saturday at Reunion Park at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
In UNLV jacket unveiling, Brandon Flowers is a Runnin’ Rebel with a cause
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
A big fan of the UNLV squad who won the 1989-90 national championship, Brandon Flowers of The Killers wore Rebel red during a recent performance at Reunion Park at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. ...
Inside Strait: Country icon takes top prize at 2014 ACM Awards at MGM Grand
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Former Wynn resident headliner Garth Brooks, himself a legend, introduced Merle Haggard for a special Academy of Country Music Award at MGM Grand Garden Arena tonight and led the crowd in a special song ...
Photos: George Strait wins Entertainer of the Year at 2014 ACM Awards
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Former Wynn resident headliner Garth Brooks, himself a legend, introduced Merle Haggard for a special Academy of Country Music Award at MGM Grand Garden Arena tonight and then led the crowd in a special singalong of “Happy Birthday.”
The unconventional percussion of Kenny Wollesen; boxer becomes a ‘sox’ symbol
Saturday, April 5, 2014
The instruments being used in “The Tempest” at Symphony Park are a mix of traditional music-making devices and such household items as coffee cans, hand cranks, shoes, wooden boxes, aged dress shoes and vacuum hoses ...
Olivia Newton-John gets a fast start on summer lovin’ in Las Vegas
Friday, April 4, 2014
Olivia Newton-John was welcomed to Las Vegas officially on Wednesday afternoon, cruising up the Linq corridor between Flamingo and the Quad in the black, flame-painted ’49 Mercury convertible that was dusted by Greased Lightning in “Grease.” ...

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