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August 30, 2015

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Melody Sweets and Eric Plante (Aug. 21)

Melody Sweets of "Absinthe" brings her latest production, "Melody Sweets Presents Coney Island Burlesque at the Beach," to the Spiegeltent at Caesars Palace at midnight Aug. 28. Eric Plante, the music director at "O" at Bellagio, is the show's bandleader. Listen »

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Las Vegas Club closing begins Sunday, may finish Thursday

For five years, owners of The D Las Vegas talked with officials of the Tamares Group, expressly GM Jonathan Jossel, about buying the Las Vegas Club. That back-and-forth finally intensified about a month ago, and Friday it was announced that Greg and Derek Stevens …

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‘Rick the Bartender’ might be worthy of ‘Pawn Stars’ spinoff

Rick Harrison will be bartending Fridays and Saturdays at the top-level bar at Rick’s Rollin’ Smoke Barbecue & Tavern when the complex opens Oct. 1. He won’t develop any “flair” bartending skills, so don’t …

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Shakeup in Zowie Bowie as Lydia Ansel departs; ‘Starry Starry Night’ has Cirque twist

The Kats Report Bureau is about to relocate to the home of Jerry Lewis. Time for an update from J.Lew as he prepares to film National Lampoon’s “Dead Serious” next month. Also on the film front, the Lewis …

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Penn & Teller making profits magically appear; David Perrico clears the wall at Rocks Lounge

Penn & Teller are leaving them wanting more in their run at Marquis Theater in New York. The latest “financials” are the most impressive yet for the duo’s first Broadway run in nearly …

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Monday By the Numbers: Dressing up ‘Zarkana’; Rod Stewart renews; free speech at Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame

This week, Monday By the Numbers charts the costumes in “Zarkana” at Aria, the stage attire conceived by Slovenian fashion designer Alan Hranitelj. Elsewhere, we statistically figure in Rod Stewart and …

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Hall of Fame event honoring Muhammad Ali, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a rare 15-rounder

The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame gala at Caesars Palace honored Lennox Lewis, Muhammad Ali, “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler, Felix Trinidad, Marco Antonio Barrera, Roger Mayweather, Johnny Tapia, Gene Fullmer and …

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Mike Tyson to ‘dig deep’ in presenting Muhammad Ali at Hall of Fame gala

Mike Tyson doesn’t need long to respond to this hypothesis: If Muhammad Ali and he had squared off when both fighters were at their athletic peak, how would the fight have turned out? “Nobody beats Ali in his prime. Nobody,” Tyson said during …

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Sean & John back in the saddle with Steven Tyler; Elvis residency in Las Vegas still a possibility

The ever-scurrying tap-dance tandem of Sean and John Scott were among the members of “Absinthe” to meet Steven Tyler on Sunday night after the show’s performance at Caesars Palace. This was not the first meeting among the twins and Tyler, but it was …

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Guitar great Doug Aldrich vaults from ‘Vault’; Wall of Sound encloses Rocks Lounge

“Raiding the Rock Vault,” still tirelessly churning out the classics at Tropicana Theater, is seeking to replace one of its real rockers in guitarist Doug Aldrich.

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Monday By the Numbers: ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ reaches a grand mark at Harrah’s

The Kats Report this week focuses on “Million Dollar Quartet,” the musical at Harrah’s that is celebrating its 1,000th performance Tuesday night. We met the cast in January 2013 during their first full rehearsal.

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Horsford out to make a difference, any way he can

Former U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford was forced to do some unanticipated soul-searching in November, after he was defeated by Republican Assemblyman Cresent Hardy in the race to represent Nevada’s 4th Congressional District. He would become managing director of the R&R Resources+ office in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia region …

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Steve Wynn looking for a ‘belter’ to fill void left by ‘Showstoppers’ singer

“Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” auditions are continuing for a principal female singer in the production at Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas. The departing cast member is Kerry O’Malley …

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Big-cat illusionist Dirk Arthur lands on his feet at Westgate Las Vegas

It’s not easy to pinpoint the number of lives for Dirk Arthur, but it is likely about the same number as a cat. One of the city’s great survivors, Arthur has lived through yet another hotel ownership change and closure and …

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First responder marks rapid-moving events of Cosmopolitan fire

It’s rare that a first call for a fire at a fire station is made by a firefighter running into that station. The front door of Station 32 is a little less than 500 feet from …

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Donny Osmond recovering from throaty concerns; ‘Absinthe’ joins the (night) club

Even the term sounds uncomfortable: bleeding polyp. It is the vocal condition from which Donny Osmond has been suffering for the past several weeks. At issue is a lesion on his right vocal chord that …

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