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Billy Johnson on Boyd and the Orleans: ‘If the Wranglers are not part of their plan, we respect that right’
Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014
I met up with Wranglers President Billy Johnson in a UNLV parking lot on Wednesday afternoon, and gosh if he didn’t show the wear and tear of trying to save a minor-league hockey team.
Billy Johnson talks Boyd Gaming and Orleans: ‘If the Wranglers are not part of their plan, we respect that right’
Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014
I met up with Wranglers President Billy Johnson in a UNLV parking lot Wednesday, and gosh if he didn’t show the wear and tear of trying to save a minor-league hockey team. His hair was a little tousled, maybe showing a few more streaks of gray than even two weeks ago.
The Cosmopolitan opens ’14 with a cascade of cool
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014
The much-anticipated Rose. Rabbit. Lie. opened with its first dinner sitting, followed by Spiegelworld's "Vegas Nocturne," as the Cosmopolitan blasted into the New Year.
Wranglers being jettisoned from Orleans Arena after this season; future in Las Vegas at risk
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013
The Las Vegas Wranglers have played exclusively at Orleans Arena since its inception in 2003 but will be out after its home finale in April.
The Britney Spears spectacle is an audiovisual — if not visceral — experience
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013
Britney Spears is boosted technically, and by a superior team of dancers and a great production, in her “Piece of Me” show in the Axis at Planet Hollywood.
Cosmopolitan’s Rose. Rabbit. Lie. is to be Hip. Retro. Mysterious.
Monday, Dec. 30, 2013
Rose. Rabbit. Lie. opens New Year's Eve at the Cosmopolitan. The hotel has effectively kept the social club's early mystique intact.
Judge Goodman might not have been attacked, Metro Police say
Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013
Eric Goodman's father says a trauma surgeon who treated Goodman told the family that a pair of head injuries show Goodman likely was assaulted Dec. 15 at South Tower Park.
Year-end extras from Vegas stages, showrooms and the celebs who play them
Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013
At the end of another year of entertainment in VegasVille, John Katsilometes finds his bag is still full of interesting facts about the people, music and venues we knew and loved in 2013.
Goodmans’ son Eric recovering after assault in Summerlin park
Friday, Dec. 27, 2013
Metro Police said "the victim's injuries have prevented him from assisting with the investigation," noting that he had a head injury.
Holly Madison on Hef years, plans for her new Las Vegas show, advice for Britney Spears fans
Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013
Five years ago, we would not have referred to Holly Madison as a show producer, a songstress, a wife or a mother. But in the days since she co-starred in the Playboy Mansion-centered “The Girls Next Door,” Madison has become all of that.
Christmas card from Idaho: The new store has Lava Hot Springs abuzz
Monday, Dec. 23, 2013
Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, is filled with natural hot baths for visitors from all over the place. Now, they can find hammers and saws in the middle of town.
What to know as Jeff Beacher preps to open his latest Madhouse at MGM Grand
Monday, Dec. 23, 2013
Jeff Beacher has a certain number of little people in his production Beacher's Madhouse at MGM Grand, and the phone booth is used for a specific reason (think superheroes).
Huge names, the best music, one epic night in Las Vegas
Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013
Last week, I joined hundreds of other partyers in celebrating the 15th anniversary of Las Vegas Weekly, sister publication of the Sun. It was an amazing buffet of great music, best explained by John Katsilometes, our entertainment columnist and the Sun’s Editor at Large.
A blast of Beacher: What to know as he preps to open the latest Madhouse at MGM Grand
Friday, Dec. 20, 2013
Jeff Beacher has a certain number of little people in his production, and the phone booth is used for a specific reason.
At age 87, the legendary Jerry Lewis still knows how to entertain an audience
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013
The eyes still dance, the voice booms and the hands are quick to snare the little Chihuahua Paulie (named for Dean Paul Martin) as the pooch races across his lap. Jerry Lewis seems remarkably unchanged in what he calls “the autumn of my life.”
At age 87, comedy legend Jerry Lewis still knows how to entertain audiences
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013
The eyes still dance, the voice booms and the hands are quick to snare the little Chihuahua Paulie (named for Dean Paul Martin) as the pooch races across his lap. Jerry Lewis seems remarkably unchanged in what he calls “the autumn of my life.”
Watch out, Vegas: 'Beacher's Madhouse' is back
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013
An elephant blasting little people out of its butt? Yeah, it has that.
Las Vegas ready to sweep out Wrangler NFR, but PRCA says, ‘Hang on there, cowboy’
Monday, Dec. 16, 2013
On Sunday, Las Vegas Events said it was planning to replace the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2015. At that, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association said, “Wha-a?”
Las Vegas sweeps out Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, but PRCA says, ‘Hang on there, cowboy’
Monday, Dec. 16, 2013
On Sunday, Las Vegas Events said it was planning to replace the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2015. At that, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association said, “Wha-a?”
Carlos Santana rolls out ‘Corazon,’ startles first lady and revs up for ‘Santana IV’
Monday, Dec. 16, 2013
Just this month, Carlos Santana startled the first lady in Washington, D.C., and wowed a capacity crowd near his hometown in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Photos: Carlos Santana rolls out ‘Corazon’ in Mexico, startles first lady and revs up for ‘Santana IV’
Monday, Dec. 16, 2013
Just this month, House of Blues at Mandalay Bay headliner Carlos Santana startled the first lady in Washington, D.C., and wowed a capacity crowd near his hometown in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Rodeo bucks Las Vegas from saddle as host city
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013
In the end, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association opted for more money and a bigger arena for its National Finals Rodeo. Left to watch the cowboys hit the trail is Las Vegas, home to the sport’s prize event for 29 years. The rodeo is heading to Central Florida.
After 29 years, National Finals Rodeo bucks Las Vegas from saddle as host city
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013
In the end, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association opted for more money and a bigger arena for its National Finals Rodeo. Left to watch the cowboys hit the trail is Las Vegas, home to the sport’s prize event for 29 years.
The Marc Savard Holiday Spectacular is a hypnotic experience
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013
Marc Savard spent 18 days putting up his first holiday display three years ago. He's trimmed that to five, and the attraction has become a Vegas tradition.
How the Bellagio Conservatory boss dug up the scoop on Santana’s percussionist
Friday, Dec. 13, 2013
Carlos Santana is using one of Las Vegas’ best drummers in his show in Guadalajara on Saturday night.
We're having an anniversary party and you're invited
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
Expect a soaring, unscripted night for Las Vegas Weekly's 15th Anniversary Party!
Will Wrangler National Finals Rodeo up and get all Miss America on us?
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013
The annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV brings nearly $100 million to Las Vegas, but is it about to time out? To use Wild West parlance, we may have us another Miss America situation right up in heah.
Will National Finals Rodeo up and get all Miss America on us?
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013
The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo brings nearly $100 million to Las Vegas, but is it about to time out?
Shania Twain sleighs ’em at 2013 Great Santa Run as leader of the pack
Monday, Dec. 9, 2013
Caesars Palace superstar headliner Shania Twain took notice of one of Las Vegas’ great philanthropic figures, tennis legend Andre Agassi, before taking on charitable projects herself in town.
Shania Twain sleighs ’em as leader of the pack at Great Santa Run
Monday, Dec. 9, 2013
Shania Twain took notice of one of Las Vegas’ great philanthropic figures before taking on charitable projects herself.
Beyond ‘Absinthe,’ Spiegelworld’s Ross Mollison has great intent
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013
Ross Mollison is eager to open "Vegas Nocturne" at Rose.Rabbit.Lie at Cosmopolitan. Just don't ask him to describe it.
Clint Holmes is happy to chill (indoors) at Smith Center; ‘MDQ’ bids farewell to its ace on bass
Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
The idea of Clint Holmes performing outside on Sunday at Symphony Park always depended on the weather. And, baby, it’s cold outside.
It’s been a long ride for the Wrangler NFR to renew its commitment to Las Vegas
Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
Before the 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, officials representing the event and the city said a new contract was in the offing. None has been signed.
Holly Madison in fine form in return to stage with ‘Million Dollar Quartet’
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
Holly Madison sang with Justin Shandor as Elvis, reviving a “Viva Las Vegas” classic as she preps to bring her own show to the Strip.
Photos: Holly Madison in fine form in her return to stage with ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ at Harrah’s
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
Reality TV star, newlywed and new mother Holly Madison sang with Justin Shandor as Elvis, reviving a “Viva Las Vegas” classic as she preps to bring her own show to the Strip in the spring.
Planet Hollywood brandishes Britney Spears as premiere of ‘Piece of Me’ approaches
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013
Planet Hollywood is rolling out the arrival of Britney Spears in a grandiose fashion befitting one of the Strip’s most famous entertainers.
Battle scene edges its way back to ‘Ka’; a Flying Wallenda graces ‘Absinthe’
Monday, Dec. 2, 2013
Cirque du Soleil is gradually bringing back the Final Battle scene to “Ka” at MGM Grand after the June 29 death of artist Sarah Guillot-Guyard.
Final Battle scene edges its way back to ‘Ka’; a Flying Wallenda graces ‘Absinthe’
Monday, Dec. 2, 2013
Cirque du Soleil is gradually bringing back the Final Battle scene to “Ka” at MGM Grand after the June 29 death of artist Sarah Guillot-Guyard.
Photos: Jenny McCarthy talks Holly Madison, poor wardrobe decisions and her cousin Melissa McCarthy
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013
Jenny McCarthy premiered her comedy showcase “Dirty, Sexy, Funny” this weekend and talked of her first visit to Las Vegas, her friendship with Holly Madison and her cousin Melissa McCarthy.
Jenny McCarthy talks Holly Madison, poor wardrobe decisions and her famous cousin
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013
Jenny McCarthy premiered her comedy showcase “Dirty, Sexy, Funny” this weekend and talked of her first visit to Las Vegas, her friendship with Holly Madison and her famous cousin.
Less than one week after losing her father, Aubrianna Atwell loses her ‘best friend’ Paul Walker
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013
Aubrianna Atwell met actor Paul Walker in Los Angeles, and the two shared a tight bond for more than a decade.
Days after losing her father, David Atwell, Aubrianna Atwell loses her ‘best friend’ Paul Walker
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013
Las Vegas native and model Aubrianna Atwell met actor Paul Walker in Los Angeles, and the two shared a tight bond for more than a decade.
David Atwell, a man with a zeal for business and life, dies at 63
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013
David Atwell worked some major deals on the Strip, including the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and New Frontier transactions.
Real-estate broker David Atwell, a man with a zeal for his work and life, dies at 63
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013
David Atwell worked some major deals on the Strip, including the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and New Frontier transactions. But Atwell enjoyed working the mic as much as the phone. He really liked to sing.
Kats in Macau: Interviewing Brandon Rios post-fight, ‘back play’ and the adult ‘Crazy Happy Show’
Monday, Nov. 25, 2013
Earlier today, I ran into Brandon Rios in the airport in Macau. I actually ran into him outside the airport and also on our flight and again here in Taipei. I talked to Rios for a bit, and he is a forthright person.
Kats in Macau: Interviewing Brandon Rios, ‘back play’ and ‘Crazy Happy Show’
Monday, Nov. 25, 2013
Earlier today, I ran into Brandon Rios in the airport in Macau. I actually ran into him outside the airport and also on our flight and again here in Taipei. I talked to Rios for a bit, and he is a forthright person, grinning and posing for photographs with anyone who happened by with a camera.
Kats in Macau: ‘Clash in Cotai’ is a pummeling by Pacquiao
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013
We're entering the thick of the holiday season, and Manny Pacquiao showed his Christmas spirit by turning the face of Brandon Rios into Christmas-ornament red. Pacquiao looked polished in every facet of his performance, a dazzling show in the face of his most recent bout when he was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez.
Kats in Macau: Sifting through the figures of a major fight with the man who runs Venetian Macau
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013
Edward Tracy, who runs Venetian Macau on the Cotai Strip, trumpets Manny Pacquiao in one sentence and Alicia Keys in the next. Both stars factor into fight weekend at Venetian Macau.
Kats in Macau: Cotai Strip has become Mike Mecca’s mecca
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013
Mike Mecca worked for several hotel companies in Las Vegas, Australia and Detroit before landing in the middle of the resort boom in Macau.
Kats in Macau: Manny Pacquiao a hit in China; Alicia Keys opens fight weekend with Rounds 1 and 2
Friday, Nov. 22, 2013
Manny Pacquiao says he is looking forward to a return to Macau — but likes Las Vegas, too.

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