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July 29, 2015

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Michael Shapiro (Jul. 20)

John Katsilometes and Tricia McCrone talk to Michael Shapiro, founder of the band Reckless in Vegas. Listen »

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Despite slow start, SLS boss confident in future

Having worked as an executive at MGM Resorts International and Station Casinos, Scott Kreeger understands the Las Vegas market. He also knows about struggling resorts, having taken over SLS Las Vegas after leaving the now-closed Revel in …

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Penn & Teller debut on Broadway as Ben Hale makes million-dollar decision, Matt Goss explores not-so-new horizons

The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is Crossroads lounge at the Marriott Marquis hotel. The resort is home to Marquis Theater, where tonight Penn & Teller celebrate the premiere of their first series of shows on Broadway …

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Stone of Blarney, meet head of Lenin

People pilfer anything in Las Vegas, especially when they’re a little besotted. There has been a recurring problem with visitors making off with the tip cup at Fuel coffee bar near the Paradise entrance of the Hard Rock Hotel. Five years ago …

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The One Group orders a double: Katsuya and Cleo at SLS Las Vegas

It’s fitting that Jonathan Segal heads up a company with “one” in its title given that he is a comparatively confident individual.

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Holly Madison has photographic memories of life with Hef; SLS Las Vegas is feeling funny

SLS Las Vegas is presenting standup comedy at the Sayers Club. Kathleen Dunbar, a veteran of most Las Vegas comedy clubs in operation and a few that have closed, headlined the first shows from Thursday through …

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Monday By the Numbers: How winning ‘Next Travel Star’ vote didn’t help Ricky Moreno; Amazing Johnathan’s heartfelt display

This week, Monday By the Numbers examines how a fan vote in a national TV contest mattered little to the contest’s outcome, touches on the announced residency of superstar Diana Ross at the Venetian and swings by …

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A story of Ralph Lamb, Steve Wynn and how Las Vegas used to be

One of my favorite yarns about how Las Vegas used to be was unspooled most unexpectedly one afternoon at Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas. And the revered Sheriff Ralph Lamb, who died Friday at age 88, wound up at the center. It was in October 2009, and it started as an offhand comment from …

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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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