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July 24, 2016

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Kats Report Radio Show — Melody’s Suite (Jul. 21)

The Spiegelworld Tent is once more the site of a variety show hosted and produced by this week’s guest, “Absinthe” star Melody Sweets. Set for midnight July 30 is “Call of the Wild: Jungle Burlesque,” featuring a freewheeling rollout of such side acts as crossbow artists Mr. and Mrs. G (also joining the radio show); ex- “Zumanity” performer Wassa Coulibaly; high-wire artist Lijana Wallenda and her Wire Walking Wonders, Andrew Adams and Will Howard; Scotty the Blue Bunny and 2015 Miss Exotic World Trixie Little. The show benefits Siegfried & Roy’s SARMOTI Foundation, dedicated to the protection and preservation of endangered animals around the world, with focus on the big cats: tigers, lions, cheetahs, panthers and leopards. Listen »

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Review: Clint Holmes turns Palazzo Theater into a playground for grown-ups

Early this week, Clint Holmes made the off-handed remark, “Everyone’s shows are closing while mine is opening.”

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Deepak Chopra set to headline Reynolds Hall; Cabaret Jazz stocks lineup

Deepak Chopra is playing the big room at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 28.

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Bourne, ready: Matt Damon talks movies and politics at his Vegas premiere

I have been making these movies most of my adult life. I’m really proud of them and was really thrilled to come back and play him again.”

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Seeking a new ‘backyard,’ Santa Fe closes out run at South Point

The Monday night performance was the band’s final show at South Point after opening in the showroom Labor Day weekend. The reason for leaving is simple: Fan support for the band was not strong enough …

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Monday By the Numbers: J.Lo’s dates, a legendarily rich magician … and puppets

This week, Monday By the Numbers hits on Jennifer Lopez (wait, that came out wrong) and her added added dates at Planet Hollywood, David Copperfield and his untrammeled wealth and some puppet action at …

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Hot-selling ‘Absinthe’ plotting a move out of Caesars Palace

The future of one of the Strip’s most successful and celebrated productions has spun into uncertainty.

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I spied a rarity: An original stage show

“Spy Escape” mixes the components of a convention seminar — which can be sort of boring — with live re-enactments and demos of famous spy tactics. These include how-to segments on escaping rope, duct tape, zip ties and handcuffs in 30 seconds or less; how to pick locks; how to hotwire a car (yes, that is still a thing in spy culture); and my favorite, “tactical pen techniques.”

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Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers’ to end run Sept. 30

A project inspired by the great numbers of some of Broadway’s legendary musicals, “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” has abruptly set a closing date of Sept. 30.

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Downtown Las Vegas takes on a Boston hue in rockin’ DLV show

The night was a celebration of Boston’s 40th anniversary and DeYoung’s remarkable verve even as he is now DeOld — 69, as he happily told the crowd early in the evening.

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‘Raiding the Rock Vault’ sets July 31 closing at Tropicana

The Las Vegas rock musical that has outlasted a series of ownership and venue changes is set to pull the plugs and pack the amps July 31. “Raiding the Rock Vault” is ending its residency at Tropicana Theater at the end of the month.

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In ‘Love’ celebration, Cirque plans for tomorrow and revamps ‘Yesterday’

Cirque’s stage shows opened 20 years ago with “Mystere” at Treasure Island, and with the most recent activity on the Strip completed, there is a feeling the company has finally settled on the right amount of “content” (or, shows) in Vegas.

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Giles Martin reshapes, and protects, the Beatles’ legacy

Giles Martin was seated on a director’s chair onstage at the Love Theater at the Mirage when he was unexpectedly upstaged by an underdressed interloper.

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Review: ‘Baz’ opens with a little party — and now the real fun begins

Stop me, or not, if you have heard this one: A terrifically talented show boasting an innovative concept and fueled by generous investment has opened on the Strip.

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Strip entertainment notes: Matt Goss’ show times out, Penn Jillette’s new book and more

The VegasVille scene is once more a veritable cornucopia of news nuggets. It is time to impart.

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Review: ‘Idaho! The Comedy Musical’ ain’t no rectangle

The musical production of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts has formally opened at Reynolds Hall and plows ahead to a Sunday closing.

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