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April 24, 2014

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Lisa Marie Smith and 'Pin Up' (Apr. 18)

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Angel Porrino tapped out of balloon act in ‘Absinthe’

Angel Porrino was a friend of Holly Madison and a featured subject on “Holly’s World” when she joined “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace, but she is now out of the show. As those who have been tracking social media have learned over the past several days, her …

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Left fleeced and unconscious, John Popper’s traveling blues could have been far worse

Blues Traveler frontman John Popper says he was lucky that he wasn’t “cut up and served as a cannibal meal” the night last week he walked into Mandalay Bay …

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Magic set is larger as Teller’s passion, ‘The Tempest,’ prepares to open at Smith Center

Headliner magician Teller’s fascination with changing reality has not ebbed over the years, and William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” is a heartfelt project that built steam years ago at the Rio.

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‘KWTD’: Jeff Timmons on a bare hunt with his new show Men of the Strip

Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees once guest-hosted Chippendales at the Rio, and from there an idea was sparked. One of our favorite guests in the three-year history of “Kats With the Dish,” Timmons visited …

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Holly Madison’s speakeasy 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque sets April 11 opening at Mandalay Bay

The 1923 venue is offering custom whiskeys and cigars and a tucked-away VIP room, and Holly Madison herself is planning to sing when the adult venue opens next month next to RM Seafood. …

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Decades ago, Las Vegas was a Circus (Maximus) for Bill Maher

A longtime Strip performer — for more than 30 years — Bill Maher opened for Diana Ross in 1982 at Caesars Palace and calls himself “the alternative” to such comics as Carrot Top, George Wallace and even somebody like …

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Holly Madison reaches back to 1923 for new project; Jacksons cutting out, but Meat Loaf to return at PH

Holly Madison’s new show and venue at Mandalay Bay is titled 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque. The Jacksons’ shows at Planet Hollywood have been trimmed by three weeks, and the reason for the early departure is …

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The Earth Globe: 12 feet of painstaking craftsmanship from Team Cirque

Facing an entryway that was half the size of the Earth Globe to be used in the annual fundraiser “One Night for One Drop” this Friday night at Mandalay Bay, Cirque du Soleil workers faced the obvious task …

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Cruisin’ with Peter Shapiro: A breakneck night at Brooklyn Bowl with Elvis, The Roots and a Wynn

Peter Shapiro hustled away to meet up with Elvis Costello, then returned to find his brother at the bar with his friend, a member of the Wynn family, at the new Brooklyn Bowl in the also new the Linq on Saturday night …

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‘KWTD’: Eric Jordan Young, the affable janitor Ernie in ‘Vegas! The Show,’ looks to clean up solo

Eric Jordan Young left “Vegas! The Show” in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood on Wednesday as his contract with David Saxe timed out. But he has designs on other projects in Las Vegas …

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Family, friends say goodbye to a Las Vegas legend

Long before most of the guests at the funeral of Jackie Gaughan began streaming into St. Viator Catholic Church, Gaughan’s Irish heritage played out in the church parking lot. There, a solitary musician tuned his bagpipes. The sound carried over the church’s asphalt expanse as a fitting tribute to …

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‘Pin Up’ ups its game, but is it enough to move tickets? Jimmie ‘J.J.’ Walker remembers David Brenner

With 2011 Playboy Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair cutting the dialogue and dancing more, “Pin Up” at the Stratosphere has advanced artistically, but as far as selling tickets goes …

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‘A sad day’: Comedians lament loss of irreverent legend David Brenner

“He was my hero,” Flamingo headliner George Wallace said when asked about David Brenner, who died today in New York of pancreatic cancer. He was 78. “We dined together frequently. He was the first, young, flashy dresser in the ’70s, and we …

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Peppermill summit lures Jim Caruso, ‘MDQ’ and Carmen Miranda’s hat; Vinnie Paul’s 50th is a real deaf jam

Felix Rappaport makes an appearance in this column, which also includes Fright Dome founder Jason Egan. Rappaport resigned from the Mirage in December after spending more than 20 years in Las Vegas in positions with Station Casinos and MGM Resorts.

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Mukhtar Mukhtar’s passion for ‘One Night’ is more than a drop in the bucket

The man who has been charged with creating the second-annual water-themed “One Night for One Drop” benefit at Mandalay Bay on March 21 knows all about the importance of water conservation.

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