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Jack White keeps one foot in past, one in present ahead of Brooklyn Bowl gig
Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
A solo career and new record label suit the former White Stripes frontman just fine.
Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias unite for power-packed show
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
Together, is there a Latin music fan they don't reach?
Alt-rockers Guster keep it light and fun
Band rolls out the on-stage antics and jam-friendly sets
Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
Even as the band evolves, they never lose sight of their roots.
Film review: 'Predestination' is a twisty but emotional sci-fi story
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
And it's a reminder that sci-fi doesn’t need overblown action to keep audiences intrigued.
'American Sniper' offers a superficial look at the life of Chris Kyle
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
The film focuses on a streamlined, crowd-pleasing story that celebrates Kyle’s life while failing to offer any insight about it.
Rickey Smiley answers the call for clean comedy
Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
Entertainer's history of creating tall tales and crazy characters pays off in dedicated following.
Hilly & Hannah Hindi, sister web sensations
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
15 to Watch in 2015: Do your YouTube videos get 25 million views? Theirs do.
‘The Woman in Black 2’ is a redundant horror sequel
Friday, Jan. 2, 2015
The spooky original boasted an impressive cast and a simple but effective story, but the sequel features a B-level cast, a recycled story and a relative lack of scares.
Grand Funk Railroad keeps sound on track
Band brings classic rock to The Orleans
Friday, Jan. 2, 2015
The "American Band"'s greatest hit doubles as its statement of purpose.
Slow-riding Foghat eases into Golden Nugget’s 52 Fridays lineup
Friday, Jan. 2, 2015
The rockers make downtown Las Vegas their home on Jan. 9.
It’s all about The Roots in 2015
Friday, Dec. 26, 2014
Hip-hop juggernauts welcome the new year with a trio of shows at Brooklyn Bowl.
‘The Interview’ is a dumb comedy that became an international incident
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014
No movie could live up to the amount of controversy that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s dopey comedy has been subject to recently.
All hail Lisa Lampanelli as the Queen of Mean returns to The Venetian
Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
Slimmer, trimmer and newly single, the caustic comic readies her barbs.
Concert review: Smashing Pumpkins mix old and new at Brooklyn Bowl
Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014
For an artist who often seems to delight in denying audiences what they want, Billy Corgan was remarkably accommodating.
Take a little trip with War at Brooklyn Bowl
Funk band's sound has far-reaching appeal
Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
War puts on a show for longtime fans and listeners-by-proxy alike.
Holiday Havoc: ’Tis the season to sound off
Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
Two nights mean fans from all sides of rock spectrum get in on the goodwill.
Before Swift, Underwood and Lambert, there was Sara Evans
Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
Country singer is characteristically independent in both music and life.
Rodeo roundup: Highlights of NFR week’s country concerts
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
Plenty of great acts, plenty of venues.
Lady Antebellum hits downtown Las Vegas with a new approach
Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
The Las Vegas performance by Lady Antebellum scheduled for Dec. 5 at the new Downtown Las Vegas Events Center during National Finals Rodeo is its only U.S. headlining show currently scheduled.
The Temptations take a career-spanning musical journey
Motown icons come to The Orleans for two nights
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
Legendary group explores old hits while breaking new ground
Ever-present Justin Timberlake readies for third ‘20/20’ go-around at MGM Grand
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
The pop showman just can’t seem to get enough of Vegas on his latest tour.
A Proper Vigilante: Katie Holmes as prim murderer ‘Miss Meadows’
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
Over-the-top camp or disturbing psychological thriller? The movie never succeeds at either.
Basking in cinephile paradise at LA’s AFI Fest
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
Weekly's film editor takes in a weekend of flicks at this year's fest, including a vampire mockumentary from Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi.
Film review: ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ is even more painful than the original
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
The effort comes across as desperate and sad, with meager laughs and sloppy storytelling.
Two decades later, Usher still dominates R&B and pop music
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
The singer gets back to his musical roots with his UR Experience tour.
Pitbull, Santana among 2014 Latin Grammy Awards headliners
Latin music's best return to Las Vegas
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
Puerto Rican band Calle 13 leads the nominations with 10.
Katherine Heigl seems ill-equipped to star in 'State of Affairs'
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
It's a poor man's version of Homeland.
Kiss delivers the expected hit parade in its Vegas residency launch
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
There were constant explosions, huge video screens and music, although not as much of it as you might expect from a band whose catalog spans four decades.
Band Keeps the Jam On
“Send Me on My Way” was just the beginning for Rusted Root
Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
A long ways from 1995, Rusted Root keeps its blend of world music intact.
Without A Filter
Roseanne Barr is The Venetian's latest comic
Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
Speaking her mind helped secure her place as one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time.
Sailing Through
Three decades later, pop duo's still got it
Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
Vince Clarke and Andy Bell's catalog runs deep
Film review: 'Dear White People' is often funny, but tries too hard
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Still, why can't more movies try to be this ambitious?
Film review: Revenge thriller 'John Wick' gets by on impressive style
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
The plot is simplistic in the extreme and more than a little silly, but John Wick is delivered with style and energy.
TV review: 'Constantine' is a generic approach to supernatural drama
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
The third new fall drama based on a DC Comics character, Constantine is neither as fun as The Flash nor as grandiose as Gotham.
Q&A: Kacey Musgraves
Country up-and-comer joins Life is Beautiful stars
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
The critically acclaimed country singer is Nashville's lone representative at the Life is Beautiful Festival.
Local fans bring superhero Nightwing to life online
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
The biggest complaints from fans? It's too short.
Film review: 'The Book of Life' takes all the life out of a rich cultural tradition
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
And the animation sucks, too!
Who Can It Be Now?
Funnyman Frank Caliendo delivers impressions with the best of them
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
Funnyman Frank Caliendo brings his cast of characters back to Las Vegas.
Breaking Boundaries
Zac Brown Band stretches its style in multiple directions
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
For the Zac Brown Band, country music makes perfect base for eclectic experimentation.
Film review: Overwrought emotions spoil 'The Judge'
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
The strain for respectability can be felt in virtually every moment of David Dobkin’s hokey dramedy.
Film review: 'Dracula Untold' fails at both horror and spectacle
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
And this is supposed to launch a franchise? Good luck, guys.
Film review: 'Alexander' is very, very, very mediocre
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Based on a great children's book—and that's about it.
Get a Little Love
Loni Love latest female comedian in The Venetian's Lipshtick series
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
Comedian Loni Love keeps it real with her lighthearted lessons on love and laughter.
Drink It In
Train and Blink-182 headline the two-day Wine Amplified festival
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
Wine Amplified celebrates with two days of music and more than 150 varieties of wine.
Film review: Fincher racks up another riveting movie with 'Gone Girl'
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
It contains some fantastic performances to boot.
Film review: 'Annabelle' is a completely unnecessary prequel
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
Stop with The Conjuring. Trust us.
Concert review: Katy Perry drowns her music in kitsch
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
The biggest musical makeover came in an ill-advised cabaret-jazz version of “Hot N Cold.”
Rising to the Top
Teen sensation Lorde comes up from Down Under for return Vegas appearance
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
A hitmaker three times over, Lorde returns to Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel.
The Start of Something
Inaugural Route 91 Harvest pulls in some of country's biggest names
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean in the festival saddle for Route 91 Harvest.
TV review: 'How to Get Away With Murder' revels in hysteria from the get-go
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
Let's put it this way: It makes Scandal look tame.

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