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July 1, 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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‘Unforeseen circumstances’ cut short Michael Grimm’s run at Hard Rock Hotel

Michael Grimm’s latest foray into a Las Vegas residency has been cut short. His run at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel was canceled effective today. A hotel spokeswoman who issued the announcement cited …

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Something Blue is brewing at Monte Carlo; venue-shuffling action with Frankie Moreno, YBR, Lon Bronson

The buzz is strong, and it’s been relatively sudden, about the activity at the Monte Carlo. Reported elsewhere is the fact that the hotel is due for some high measure of rebranding.

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Monday By the Numbers: Carrot Top and his 8 trunks, 300 sound cues and 3.25 stars

You know you’ve written something special when Steve Martin is e-mailing the link to Martin Short. A few weeks ago, Carrot Top met up with Short backstage at Terry Fator Theater in the Mirage.

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Latest stadium plan is visionary, but still a long shot

Someone far wiser than I — maybe it was Steve Wynn or the late Bob Stupak — once said to be wary of a man and his renderings. Regretfully, you could paper the Strip with the fancy and fruitless concepts proposed for our city through the years: the UNLV Now stadium, the downtown Las Vegas Arena, the downtown Las Vegas soccer stadium. So what to make of the Fusion Project, a project of F Group International, and its …

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Boosted by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion, Keep Memory Alive gala is equal parts power and love

This was a customarily Las Vegas-fashioned event, the style and scope of which happens only here. A festival of love, philanthropy and opulence, the 19th annual Keep Memory Alive “Power of Love” gala played out Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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Yuman linking Las Vegas to Broadway with Estefan musical; ‘Frank’ to run through Frank’s 100th birthday

Las Vegas meets Broadway by way of Chicago in the current run of “On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan.” Co-producing the show is Las Vegas entertainment manager Bernie Yuman, who was of course …

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Carrot Top is half-man, half-horse and all-in for Melissa McCarthy film

Given the choice between appearances in two surefire hit movies, “Zoolander 2” starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson and an upcoming comedy starring Melissa McCarthy, Carrot Top opted for … the centaur.

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1923 Burlesque lops burlesque as Holly Madison paints stark picture of ‘Rabbit Hole’

Less than two weeks before Holly Madison’s book about her tumultuous time at the Playboy Mansion is to be released, the club she helped launch at Mandalay Bay is announcing a “repositioning.”

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Dr. Cummings, Ruvo Center’s Babe Ruth, is still swinging for the fences

The quality of what is offered at what is considered one of the Top Five medical facilities in the country far outpaces the amount of revenue on hand.

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Monday by the Numbers: Hitting 140 mph in a Ferrari and 13 million on Broadway

This week, Monday by the Numbers touches on such vehicles as Ferrari and Lamborghini and Porsche as the crew at Exotics Racing celebrated the opening of a Welcome Center at the attraction’s Las Vegas Motor Speedway home.

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The Amazing Johnathan hosts watery celebration; Burlesque Hall teases with new exhibit space

As always, The Kats Report Bureau is between mani-pedi appointments. More will be explained here, of course. But a rare manicure-pedicure and interview at the salon Color, the Michael Boychuck groovy grooming fortress at Caesars Palace, highlighted the weekend.

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How much would you pay for a 50 Cent cocktail?

A famous rapper shakes things up downtown, big names prepare for EDM conference and more details announced about the nation’s biggest Hooters …

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Andre Agassi likes Novak Djokovic to join Grand Slam royalty at French Open

Andre Agassi called it. Or, he has called it so far. Agassi has consistently picked those to advance through the men’s side of the draw at the French Open, and he likes top seed Novak Djokovic to win Sunday morning’s final …

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The goal for ‘Baz’ at Light: Walk in and get cool

Shane Scheel remembers that moment when he felt his little production show might well become something grand and fantastic. That moment centered on Barbra Streisand, James Brolin and …

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In the end, guitar great Tony Drake did not play solo

The news of Tony Drake’s death hit our large pond in April, splashing down heavily like a boulder of bad news. Several weeks later, we are still feeling the ripples of sadness. The guitar great who was part of …

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