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January 26, 2015

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Benjamin D. Hale (Jan. 23)

John Katsilometes talks to Benjamin D. Hale, who plays Jonny Cash in "Million Dollar Quartet" at Harrah's. Listen »

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Monday By the Numbers: NBT’s live-music outlay; ticket targets for ‘Showstoppers’ and ‘Frank’

The latest data culled from our scrambling around the scene. This week’s Monday By the Numbers column touches on ballet and a helicopter. Enjoy this stat parade:

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Goodman: Black Book is unconstitutional

Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman will dedicate the next of his dinner series talks to the infamous book that bans people from casinos in Nevada.

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VIP tickets flying fast at Rock in Rio; Michael Grimm expands his playground

The Season 4 champion of “America’s Got Talent,” Michael Grimm has always said he just wants a place to play, and he has found that.

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No ‘Mr. Roboto’ for Santana; Brad Garrett turns cool in ‘Fargo’; ice follies at Sin City Theater

Carlos Santana, given the Key to the Strip during a ceremony at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay on Wednesday, said work is continuing with the long-anticipated album “Santana IV.”

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A royal meet-and-greet: ‘ENTSpeaks’ producer Andy Walmsley and Queen Elizabeth II

Ever have one of those text exchanges where a friend and you are playing “top this,” and you suddenly receive a photo of your friend shaking hands with Queen Elizabeth II?

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1923 edges back toward Ivan Kane vibe; Gold Coast pulling apart showroom

The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is Yard House at Town Square, just a handspring from Baobab Stage Theater, where the venue’s proprietor, Wassa Coulibaly, is heading up another of her “Midnight Cabaret” burlesque shows.

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Monday By the Numbers: Wynn and Encore’s half-billion profit haul; what ‘Sexxy’ jams into an hour

The latest data culled from our scrambling around the scene in Las Vegas. It’s a column called Monday By the Numbers. Enjoy these statistical synapses:

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Sports book, typically ahead of its time, is due for an update

There is a lot of wasted space above the crowd at the Westgate Superbook. That will change.

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Hits keep coming for ‘Showstoppers’; Michael Grimm unveiled at Silverton

Two numbers have been added to “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” beginning Thursday night. Michael Grimm is opening a new autobiographical music showcase, titled aptly “Grimm,” at the Silverton’s Veil Showroom beginning Saturday night.

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Mariah Carey: Facts and figures as she sets up to play the Colosseum

Mariah Carey has been a top-selling singer since the release of her self-titled album in 1990 and is recognized as the bestselling female artist ever.

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John Payne, ‘Rock Vault’ settle it down; 1923 summons DJ duo in official ‘relaunch’

The lawsuit filed by John Payne against his former “Raiding the Rock Vault” collaborator Sir Harry Cowell and officials with the former operators of LVH has been settled.

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Sam Smith, Charli XCX in latest wave of Rock in Rio USA acts

The great block on the Strip party just jacked up the volume. Sam Smith, Charli XCX, The Bleachers, Jessie J, Magic!, The Pretty Reckless, Hollywood Undead, Foster the People, Gary Clark Jr., Saints of Valory and …

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BBR’s ‘Alice’ to open its trunk of surprises at Hard Rock Hotel

The famous lyric talks of a world of pure imagination, and at first blush the production “Alice — A Steampunk Concert Fantasy” seems just that.

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Monday By the Numbers: Alice Cooper’s golf handicap and lapse in shows at Versailles Theater

The latest installment of our Kats Report Monday By the Numbers column culled from our scampering in VegasVille. Ring ’em up.

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Live music gets boost with Lon Bronson-David Perrico; Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s $6.2M rides; ‘Showstoppers’ summons ‘Grease’

The Kats Report Bureau over the weekend was stationed at two Station Casinos hotels on opposite ends of the valley, Sunset Station’s Club Madrid on Friday and Red Rock Resort on Saturday.

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