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Note to Vegas: Stop playing it safe
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009
Why saving Las Vegas will come down to entertainment that's both cheap and essential.
Big Star
Keep an Eye on the Sky
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009
Keep an Eye on the Sky is the grail for Big Star diehards.
The fantastic journey of Angelica Bridges
To court and back to stay onstage in Vegas
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009
To court and back to stay onstage in Vegas for Fantasy at the Luxor.
Is poetry making a comeback?
The lack of expectations has actually helped a long-ignored art form survive
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009
The lack of expectations has actually helped a long-ignored art form survive.
Loving Leonard: The Cohen songs we’ll never get enough of
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009
Weekly editors weigh in on the Leonard Cohen selections we'd gladly keep on repeat.
George Wallace
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009
George Wallace has often been complimented for his marketing savvy, his skill as a promoter and his friends who jump up to guest with him. But lost sometimes is the amount of talent he has as a comedian.
Time to go for Wayne Newton?
Wayne Newton remains an iconic draw, but shaky vocals and a stubborn streak detract from his latest show
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009
Newton could be a great host of a Vegas variety show. But he prefers to keep his show focused on his singing and not on his legacy. The result is sad.
Fashion Rocks: Stylish clothing meets hard rock at Hard Rock
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009
John Varvatos believed there had to be a way to mix music, fashion and commerce together and keep it interesting.
New media hits the Strip for Podcast-a-Palooza
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009
The second annual Podcast-a-Palooza brought three of Vegas’ most popular podcasts together to question Gordon Absher, a vice president at MGM Mirage, who complained about the inaccuracies of new media.
Matt Goss and Zowie Bowie try to breathe new life into a Vegas oldie—with mixed results
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009
Matt Goss and Zowie Bowie are trying to reinvent and revive lounge for Las Vegas. Neither is a total pioneer.
Le Reve
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009
Le Rêve, against the odds, is a show with a distinctive quality—more than Cirque minus the corporate brand.
Introduction to obsession
In Baker’s The Anthologist, a poet is crazy about ... poetry
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009
If you don’t know anything about the poetry world, The Anthologist remains a fascinating if lightly plotted study in obsession, creative ambition and the quirks of the human mind.
After 23-year career, singer/dancer says farewell to the Strip
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009
Stephanie Dianna Sanchez has no hard feelings about leaving Fantasy. She understands: That's show business.
Peepshow: An erotic novelty
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009
It's not all T&A. Peepshow was created with production values and staging in mind, and from the start, compared amazingly well to a traditional Vegas topless show.
The real deal with Wayne Brady
Vegas-based performer adds another page to his resumé
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009
He's already an actor-singer-dancer-comedian, and Wayne Brady is determined to add even more hyphens to his description.
Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009
The show has survived the collapse of the Broadway West model, a nightclub revolution that pulled people’s money away from showrooms and, now, the recession.
Hanging with the phans
A Phantom of the Opera convention brings the devoted to Vegas
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009
Even in a recession, the first-ever Phantom convention was a moment true fans could not miss.
Magical Macbeth
With a foray into Shakespeare, Teller shows what Vegas stage chops can add to the Bard
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009
There are few opportunities to work a Las Vegas magician and Shakespeare into the same sentence—most probably involve trickery, irony or metaphor. This one doesn’t involve trickery, though there is a magician.
The Weekly Review: Human Nature
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009
With Smokey Robinson producing and fronting for them, Human Nature better be able to deliver the Motown goods at the Imperial Palace. And mostly, the four Australians do not disappoint.
Staking its claim
Stratosphere’s Bite rides vampire mania into sixth year
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009
Bite has all the elements common to Vegas shows - magic, aerialists, dancing, a singer - but it's got topless vampires, too.
Poetic license
Why a new novel, set in Vegas, isn’t concerned about the real city
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009
Novelist Ivy Pochoda doesn’t get Las Vegas literally correct in her new book, but she wasn’t trying to. It’s the latest entrant in the growing collection of literature set here.
Sin City in your hand
It took a Vegas-obsessed techie from California to create the killer LV iPhone app
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009
It took a Vegas-obsessed techie from California to create the killer LV iPhone app.
Getting (and sometimes making) her props
Emily Jillette doesn’t need the money—note the famous last name—but she’s still working her ass off on a super-risky venture: helping open shows in this economy
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009
Emily Jillette doesn’t need the money—note the famous last name—but she’s still working her ass off on a super-risky venture: helping open shows in this economy.
It's only money
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009
For his recent Las Vegas cover story in Time, writer Joel Stein scored a rare sit-down with Sheldon Adelson. Stein describes the interview as one of the strangest of his career.
Who’s that girl?
Meeting the mystery woman behind the sexy courtesan blog
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009
Meeting the mystery woman behind the sexy courtesan blog.
The curse of Elvis
Forty years on, looking back at a Vegas residency that spawned a stigma
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Forty years on, looking back at a Vegas residency that spawned a stigma.
Palms production
Matt Goss set to become hotel’s first resident performer, whether you’ve heard of him or not
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Since opening in November 2001, the Palms has never featured a regular headliner. In September 2009, that changes, with the arrival of English singer Matt Goss.
A few minutes with Lance Burton
On retirement, magic and the Vegas audience
Thursday, July 23, 2009
After months of speculation that he would retire following the expiration of his contract, Burton recently announced a multiyear extension of his contract at the Monte Carlo.
Not in the cards
Celebrity Tarot Lounge makes for iffy improv
Thursday, July 23, 2009
For two nights recently, an interesting and confusing group of celebrities was brought together at Town Square’s Shear Madness theater to create an interesting and confusing entertainment experiment.
Topless, yes; crazy, not so much
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Crazy Horse’s stars are more natural than the silicone- and saline-sacked showgirls elsewhere. Otherwise, though, Crazy Horse Paris has not aged well.
Hot, wired
By chronicling their sex life online, can a local couple beat the recession?
Thursday, July 16, 2009
At the time, Amaryllis was 17, Matt 28. The two began to post their sex life on a website available to subscribers for $19.95. Matt and Amaryllis do not see themselves as pornographers.
Cocaine, porn stars and dissing Mariah
Weekly writer Richard Abowitz looks back at 10 years of Sin City memories
Thursday, July 9, 2009
From my dating life to my friendships, covering strippers, hookers and porn stars has changed me. Here, in chapters, is a look back at my decade working for the Weekly.
Dude hooks like a lady
Can male prostitutes legally work in Nevada? We may soon find out.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Can male prostitutes legally work in Nevada? We may soon find out.
Interview Issue: Dave Kirvin
Thursday, July 2, 2009
The Kirvin Doak Communications partner's firm handles some of the biggest accounts in town, but do his kids know the marathon runner has "juice"?
Interview Issue: Scott Zeiger
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Scott Zeiger, the co-chief executive officer of BASE Entertainment, chats about building a brand with Peepshow, compares Vegas audiences to Broadway, and why he has no need for a house.
Don’t stop till you get enough
What does it mean to grieve for a celebrity?
Thursday, July 2, 2009
There was a time when Michael Jackson’s statue at Madame Tussauds wax museum, in the Venetian, wore a red-and-black outfit and black loafers. No more; wax Jackson now wears a militaristic spacesuit of white and gold.
Interview Issue: Sunset Thomas
Thursday, July 2, 2009
The adult entertainer and reality-TV star spills the beans one her personal life, as well as her children's.
Red-carpet blues
The star-studded event in Las Vegas isn’t what it used to be
Thursday, June 25, 2009
To many in the press, what started as the media using the Vegas clubs for celebrity material quickly twisted into the clubs using the media to attract patrons.
Roll over, Ginsberg
At a local poetry reading, Howl returns to its roots, sort of
Thursday, June 18, 2009
When Allen Ginsberg first performed parts of his Howl manuscript in San Francisco on October 7, 1955, the rhapsodically incoherent poem was clear in one way: the announcement that the taboos and hidden things of American life were eating the nation’s soul.
A genius play
The World Series of Poker proves to be a smart investment for the Rio
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Whoever bought Binion’s to get the World Series of Poker for Harrah’s, and then dumped the casino, still looks like a genius—even in this economy.
Elvis Costello
Secret, Profane & Sugarcane
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Even at his worst, Elvis Costello is pretty competent.
Smartly, Supernatural aims to please casual Santana fan
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Legendary hippie rocker Carlos Santana and the Vegas tourist are on different wavelengths.
Final encore
A fleeting Roy, a key to the city, a fond farewell: at the Danny Gans memorial
Thursday, May 28, 2009
For years the Siegried & Roy shared a home with Danny Gans at the Mirage; now both of their shows have come to shocking and unexpected ends.
Is a promise a contract?
One high-profile nonprofit claims it is—to the tune of $11 million
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Developer Jim Rhodes and his wife, Glynda, probably count the past couple of months as one of the worst periods in their lives.
Two fantasies
Comparing the two most notorious documents connected to our city: Jay Bybee’s torture memos and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Comparing the two most notorious documents connected to our city: Jay Bybee’s torture memos and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Bob Dylan
Together Through Time
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Of course, it should not matter that Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter co-wrote all but one song on the new Bob Dylan record. But there is something unsettling about the greatest lyricist of all time going to the hippie Diane Warren.
Always bet on black and white
Anthony Curtis can gamble, but prefers to make his living writing about it
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Anthony Curtis can gamble, but prefers to make his living writing about it.
A hound dog in a bear market
Elvis impersonator Trent Carlini hopes the King’s appeal is impervious to the economy
Thursday, April 30, 2009
I just can’t help believing,” Elvis once famously sang. And that is how Trent Carlini is approaching launching his new show, Elvolution.
Rhinestones, pianos and Bicentennial short shorts
30 years later, the Liberace Museum's celebration of the gaudy still brings the crowds.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Long before Criss Angel called flying on a Vegas stage a magic trick, Liberace did it as showmanship.
If you build it, will they record?
Musicians have one more option in town with the opening of the latest recording studio
Thursday, April 23, 2009
When you enter the studio, everything is new and shiny except for the collection of vintage amplifiers from manufacturers like Marshall, which date back to classic rock.

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