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September 4, 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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‘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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Review: Reba, Brooks & Dunn scoot and boogie at Colosseum

Some middle-of-the-road music fans will say what Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn perform at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace is a lot like rock. Heck, at one point the backing band and Brooks & Dunn are playing a half-dozen guitars. They rock it so effectively …

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Holly Madison signs off on ‘Rabbit Hole’; numbers crunch led to Grimm decision at Vinyl

Holly Madison is to promote her new book “Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny” on July 1 with a book signing at …

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Final notes being played at famed Center Bar in Hard Rock Hotel

That Hard Rock Hotel’s Center Bar is long overdue of an overhaul, and this week hotel officials announced plans to redesign that space beginning June 29.

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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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