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July 28, 2015

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Michael Shapiro (Jul. 20)

John Katsilometes and Tricia McCrone talk to Michael Shapiro, founder of the band Reckless in Vegas. Listen »

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If this is it for Rush, they leave on a high note

Rush-infused memories are so plentiful and indelible, we don’t always know where to begin or end. On Saturday night, the band took that task themselves, rolling in reverse from finish to start during its “R40 Tour” stop.

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Vegas needs its own pro sports team, not someone else’s

Just this month, talk bubbled out of Milwaukee that the Bucks might be willing to move to the under-construction Las Vegas Arena if the Wisconsin Senate could not approve funding for a new arena. Once more, the specter of Las Vegas as a home for a pro team clouded the reality of a franchise’s relationship with its home city …

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Fountains incident recalls night at Caesars Palace starring Shecky Greene

In a slice of Strip lore that might be lost to time for many visitors to Las Vegas, the greatest fountain crashing ever was the 1968 drive into the Caesars Palace fountains by venerable comedian Shecky Greene …

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On 40th anniversary, 40 reasons to still dig Rush

The timeless band Rush, my fave, fave, favorite for nearly all of its 40 years of existence, is back for its “R40” anniversary tour Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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‘Vegas Nocturne’ still alive — in New York; Mac King faces down Penn & Teller on ‘Fool Us’

The Spiegelworld Production “Vegas Nocturne” lives on, if in a scaled-back form. The show that closed a year ago at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is set for a one-off Thursday night at the Slipper Room in New York.

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Monday By the Numbers: Inside the David Saxe Productions empire

This week, Monday By the Numbers crunches the stats related to the shows in David Saxe Productions. Its signature production, “Vegas! The Show,” celebrates its fifth anniversary this month at Saxe Theater at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.

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CEO wants to bring downtown out of the ’70s

Jim Simms remembers the moment, about 16 years ago, when he was a newly hired casino marketing official at Paris Las Vegas. He was walking along Le Boulevard at the then-new hotel, just past …

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Lon Bronson trumpets reunion with Drew Carey; Penn Jillette has one word for The Donald

Lon Bronson’s All-Star Band played its latest sold-out show at Cabaret Jazz on Saturday night. During the performance, “The Price Is Right” host Drew Carey, a longtime friend of Bronson’s, strode onstage and sang …

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Return to Luxor adds years to lives of the timeless Blue Men

The Blue Men are timeless. They defy the advancement of age. There are no Blue Babies, Blue Teens or Blue Geezers. No Blue Man Group puberty or …

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Of Donald Trump’s Twitter onslaught, Penn Jillette says, ‘I’m embarrassed to say I like this’

Seemingly out of the dark, Donald Trump sent out a pair of acidic tweets this morning blasting Penn Jillette and the current version of the Penn & Teller show on Broadway at Marquis Theater.

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It’s ‘L.V. Live,’ and a new Monte Carlo, as MGM Resorts reshapes the Strip

The Monte Carlo theater is to be positioned adjacent to a gleaming arena (Las Vegas Arena) in the same way Microsoft Theater has been built adjacent to Staples Center. MGM Resorts also is developing the Park, an 8-acre entertainment …

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MGM sends ripples across Strip with 5,000-seat theater at Monte Carlo; shuffling of BMG, Jabbawockeez

MGM Resorts International has given its 20,000-seat Las Vegas Arena a little buddy. Announced today in a series of moves previously reported is a new theater planned for the Monte Carlo. This entertainment hub is …

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Call it magic, or not, but Penn & Teller are fired up in return to New York

NEW YORK — The nightly objective for Penn & Teller is to generate a mix of feelings. Through a blend of spectacle and silence, they concurrently hope to amaze and deceive but understand that the audience yearns to figure out what’s up their sleeves.

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Monday By the Numbers: Guy Laliberte’s final bow as head of Cirque du Soleil

This week, Monday By the Numbers marks the end of an era as the co-founder of the Strip’s predominant production company has formally stepped down. Or, to use the vernacular of his company, he has unbuckled the harness.

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Despite slow start, SLS boss confident in future

Having worked as an executive at MGM Resorts International and Station Casinos, Scott Kreeger understands the Las Vegas market. He also knows about struggling resorts, having taken over SLS Las Vegas after leaving the now-closed Revel in …

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