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July 4, 2015

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Melody Sweets and Lijana Wallenda (Jun. 19)

John Katsilometes and Tricia McCrone talk to "Absinthe" performers Melody Sweets and Lijana Wallenda. The pair will appear in "Melody Sweets' Big Top Circus and Burlesque Show" June 26. Listen »

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For John Payne, it’s EDM and smile; ‘Baz’ performs quick change at Light

The Kats Report Bureau was set up for a time Wednesday night at Barnes & Noble at Rainbow Promenade, where Holly Madison hosted a book-signing event for her new tome, “Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures …

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‘Ace,’ an original musical, cleared for takeoff at UNLV

In Las Vegas, Richard Oberacker is known principally as the music director of the band in “Ka” at MGM Grand, among the most widely respected production ensembles in the city.

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No festival action set for MGM Festival Grounds until ’16; Michael Grimm resets Vinyl schedule

After speculation that a fall event would serve as a follow-up to Rock in Rio USA at MGM Resorts Festival Grounds, it appears that nothing will be staged at the parcel on Sahara Avenue and the Strip until next spring.

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Frank Marino relishes victory in ‘the fight’ for same-sex marriage

“What we have been fighting for, aside from the paper making it legal, is for people who are in gay relationships to have the same benefits of anyone who is in a straight relationship,” Linq Hotel headliner Frank Marino said during a phone conversation Sunday.

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Monday By the Numbers: Action at ‘Melody Sweets’ Big Top Circus & Burlesque!’ at Caesars

Monday By the Numbers focuses principally on the Spiegelworld Tent at Caesars Palace, where Melody Sweets of “Absinthe” performed her latest headlining show, “Melody Sweets’ Big Top Circus & Burlesque!”

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After Miss Nevada judging process, it’s time to toast

It was late Friday night at the Flamingo, after the judging panel for the Miss Nevada America and Miss Nevada Outstanding Teen competition had returned to the hotel from the Smith Center. The two pageants …

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‘The Mistress of Sensuality’ enlivens Golden ‘Ribbon of Life’ charity show

We know HIV/AIDS by that title, but there are millions of other names connected to the disease. For performer Edie of “Zumanity” at New York-New York, Joe is …

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New regime piloting Westgate entertainment; Somers shimmies back after summer

The Kats Report Bureau is reeling from a visit to Tuscany’s T Spot lounge where I encountered for the first time the metal band Tinnitus fronted by Jeff Tortora of the Blue Man Group band.

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Circus action with Incredible Shrinking Jeff Beacher at MGM and Flying Wallenda at Caesars

The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is bracing for a barnburner of a weekend, though the actual burning of a barn seems not in the offing.

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2015 EDC Las Vegas plays out as an imperfect spectacle

Fans who trudged to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday night talked of myriad methods to make future events more efficient and user-friendly. “They need to work on the organization of the parking lot. It took us three … ”

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Monday By the Numbers: Mac King’s total audience count at Harrah’s; Bryan Cranston’s set at EDC

The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is Beat Coffeehouse on Fremont East. I’ve written from here before, and will again, enjoying my freshly brewed coffee and the vinyl audio entertainment of “Slanted & Enchanted” by ’90s indie rockers Pavement.

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BMG, Jabbawockeez shuffle involves Beacher’s Madhouse; Recycled Percussion adds ‘V’ to schedule

We now understand that Blue Man Group is to move out of Monte Carlo and into the theater currently occupied by Jabbawockeez at Luxor, likely in August …

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With five minutes of fury, Skating Aratas wheel to fame on ‘I Can Do That’

The Skating Aratas are paired with Joe Jonas and Nicole Sherzinger on NBC’s “I Can Do That.” But can the celebs really perform the demanding and dangerous skating act? We’ll find out Tuesday …

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Kerkorian’s generosity will influence generations

On a night in 2011, Andre Agassi was about to tell the audience of about 1,000 dignitaries and supporters that Kirk Kerkorian had made a donation of $18 million to his foundation. “But before I tell you that gift, let me tell you that if it wasn’t for him and his kindness to my family, I wouldn’t be standing in front of you today. …”

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EDC Night 2: Who are these people, and what are they doing here?

Right now, the place is hopping, for real, with 130,000 or so energetic fans bounding to electronic dance music, flashing lights and exquisite staging. The arched Kinetic Field entrance, leading tens of …

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