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How one performer can alter the Las Vegas Skye-line
Thursday, June 5, 2014
One of the city’s most electrifying performers, Skye Dee Miles learned that she has lost one gig and is on hiatus from another just in the past week. Oddly enough, Miles’ travails at least peripherally involve venues and shows at three hotel-casinos. ...
Tara Palsha of ‘Vegas! The Show’ leaving Las Vegas to roll the dice in the Big Apple
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
One of the most dynamic and accomplished dancers here is leaving, at the end of this month, for parts uncharted in New York City. Tara Palsha arrived here in 2003, winning a part in “Jubilee!” at Bally’s and spending 12 months learning something new.
Tara Palsha of ‘Vegas! The Show’ leaving the Strip to roll the dice in New York
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
One of the most dynamic and accomplished dancers in VegasVille is leaving, at the end of this month, for parts uncharted in New York City. Tara Palsha arrived here in 2003, winning a part in “Jubilee!” at Bally’s and spending 12 months learning something new. ...
Caesars Palace star Matt Goss, overcoming his mother’s death, is still sticking and moving
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Matt Goss has been firing in combinations over the past several weeks to overcome the illness and death of his mother, Carol. She died after a long battle with cancer, on Memorial Day in Los Angeles, with Matt and his twin brother Luke at her side.
Overcoming his mother’s death, Matt Goss is still sticking and moving
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Matt Goss has been firing in combinations over the past several weeks to overcome the illness and death of his mother, Carol. She died after a long battle with cancer, on Memorial Day in Los Angeles, with Matt and his twin brother Luke at her side. ...
Business dispute ices John Payne in ‘Raiding the Rock Vault’ at LVH
Monday, June 2, 2014
During a phone conversation, “Sir” Harry Cowell said that he could not say much about why John Payne, a longtime friend, was removed from the show. But it is clearly a business dispute within the band that does not directly involve its relationship with LVH. ...
‘Scariest place on Earth’ fearlessly expanding
Sunday, June 1, 2014
The terror of Fright Dome can no longer be confined to Circus Circus.
At 25,000 shows and counting, Frank Marino’s career is lesson in fabulous
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Frank Marino keeps beating back the effects of aging. He had a face-lift just after turning 50 last November, a procedure that tightened the skin on his face and during which he had implants screwed into ...
A pair of 8s is a winning hand for Jerry Lewis
Friday, May 30, 2014
He keeps returning to that number. Eighty-eight. The number of keys on a piano, as it turns out. The double-snowman. It would be a hard 16 on a craps table, if the dice had more sides. “I just passed 88,” Jerry Lewis says, as if looking back at a car he’s left in the dust. “That’s a pretty good number.” In his hands, it is. Lewis wears 88 quite well, remaining as kinetic as ever and enlivened during an hourlong chat this week in his Las Vegas home. He’s...
Clint Holmes’ home is being jazzed up by top Las Vegas acts
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Clint Holmes and the Composers Showcase are the anchors, but such artists as Lon Bronson and David Perrico have been invited to jam at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center for the Performing Arts downtown. ...
Laugh Factory’s Harry Basil recalls stint with unprecedented comic lineup at Dunes
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
One night 30 years ago, Harry Basil opened in Las Vegas as part of a comedy show at the Dunes. It was no ordinary lineup. Basil was sharing the hotel’s 500-seat showroom with a handful of other rising young comics.
Guest at Oscar Goodman’s dinner talk at the Plaza gets his just desserts
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
During former Mayor Oscar Goodman’s entertaining presentation, based loosely on prostitution in Las Vegas, a guy who had “gotten an early start,” as his table mates reported, repeatedly and loudly interrupted Goodman’s monologue.
With Sabina Kelley, ‘Pin Up’ exhibits some Vegas ink
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Sabina Kelley and Claire Sinclair are close friends, one of the many reasons Kelley is subbing for Sinclair in "Pin Up." Kelley is no doubt a major figure in the inked-up, rockabilly world of burlesque and a highly popular pinup model who serves as a judge on the Oxygen show “Best Ink.” ...
South Point probably won’t wrangle hockey
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Equestrian events and ice hockey are an odd mix, and that’s precisely why the suddenly vagabond Las Vegas Wranglers won’t ...
MGM Resorts says fans to be ushered to ‘underutilized’ exits at Grand Garden Arena
Saturday, May 24, 2014
MGM Resorts International officials have reviewed safety measures at MGM Grand Garden Arena after the crush of spectators led to a scene of panic following the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Marcos Maidana fight May 3. ...
Saga of a lost ring, panic and a stroke of luck
Saturday, May 24, 2014
A ring with incalculable sentimental value went down the chute ... but it is back home now. On Christmas Eve of 2005, I was seated next to my grandfather at dinner. Without a word, he nudged me with an elbow and placed a little gold object into my hand. ...

Appetite for Comparison: GNR and ‘Mamma Mia!’ still rock the house
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Guns N’ Roses and “Mamma Mia!” have again touched down in town. These two “entertainment experiences,” as the suits call them, seem unalike, but that isn’t so. Both lean on familiarity in their respective performances. ...
For a week, Claire Sinclair turns ‘Pin Up’ calendar over to Sabina Kelley
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Sabina Kelley, celebrity judge on “Best Ink” on the Oxygen Network, will step into the central role as the production’s host for a week from July 24-31. The guest-star performances are set for when Claire Sinclair attends Comic-Con in San Diego.
DJ Ashba watchin’ for the boom-booms as GNR sets up again at the Joint
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
DJ Ashba has been a member of the latest version of GNR for a half decade. Thus, he is tight with his fellow bandmates. “We have been around,” said Ashba, who swaps leads with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and Richard Fortus on guitar.
Wranglers ice plans to play in 2014; taking a shot at return in 2015
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
In professional hockey, as in life, sometimes you just need to stop the clock. That is the case for the Las Vegas Wranglers, whose odyssey to secure a home venue for the 2014-’15 season has led to a “voluntary suspension” of operations for the upcoming ECHL season. ...
Frank Marino toasts 25,000th show on the Strip; Frankie Moreno’s show to air on PBS
Monday, May 19, 2014
Frank Marino is celebrating his 25,000th show on the Strip on May 31. He is the longest-running continual headliner on the Strip, ever, and has had a street named for him and two stars on the Las Vegas Walk of Fame placed in his honor.
Live from the Billboard Music Awards: Michael Jackson hologram blows minds
Sunday, May 18, 2014
At the 2014 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena, the Michael Jackson song "Slave to the Rhythm," replete with 104 dancers and a hologram M.J., rose to the hype from the past week leading up to the awards hosted by Ludacris. ...
2014 BBMAs: Imagine Dragons win first, Justin Timberlake dominates, Michael Jackson astounds
Sunday, May 18, 2014
At the 2014 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena, the Michael Jackson song "Slave to the Rhythm," replete with 104 dancers and a hologram Jackson, is rising to the hype from the past week leading up to the awards hosted by Ludacris.
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?

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