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Photo: Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Christia
‘KWTD’: Film critic Josh Bell breaks it down (by ‘it,’ we mean the Oscars, of course)
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Josh Bell writes TV and film criticism for Las Vegas Weekly, but his really challenging task is appearing on our radio show, “Kats With the Dish,” partly because co-host Tricia McCrone somehow finds a way to bait Bell into an argument.
Photo: The Tempest by William Shakespeare.
Q+A: Teller reveals secrets of his William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ at Smith Center
Thursday, February 20, 2014
When the Smith Center unveiled its Season 3 of Broadway productions Tuesday night, magic master Teller dazzled attendees with an advance look at his upcoming version of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” which isn’t in the new nine-show lineup.
Photo: Myron Martin, president/CEO of the Smith Center fo
Q+A: Myron Martin reveals Smith Center’s Broadway Season 3, including three debut U.S. tours
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
In addition to the Tony Award darling “Kinky Boots,” the series includes other Tony-winning productions and celebrated new shows: “Ghost: The Musical,” “Pippin,” “Newsies,” “Cinderella” and more. Patrons who missed “Wicked” two seasons ago will get another chance to see it.
Photo: Tims Vermeer by Rio headliner magicians Penn & Tel
Q+A: Penn & Teller’s ‘Tim’s Vermeer’ attempts to solve one of the great art mysteries
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Rio headliner magicians Penn & Teller have made movie magic capturing video-technology magic in an attempt to solve one of the world’s greatest art mysteries. It has all wound up in a unique film produced by Penn Jillette and directed by Teller.
Local playwright Ernie Curcio talks reflecting Vegas onstage—and theater’s future here
Local playwright Ernie Curcio talks reflecting Vegas onstage—and theater’s future here
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Weekly Q&A:
It’s a constant uphill battle with theater in Las Vegas. I think it’s a constant uphill battle with theater anywhere. It’s almost like a defunct art form.
Photo: Louise Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun
Bellagio showcases female artists in 'Painting Women'
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Mary Stevenson Cassatt, Georgia O'Keefe and more are featured in Painting Women.
Photo: Painting board illustration
Las Vegas turns neighborhood blight into a thing of beauty
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The city of Las Vegas commissioned an artist to create paintings on plywood that will board up abandoned houses.
Photo: In this November 1936 file photo, 8-year-old U.S.
Shirley Temple, iconic child star, dies at 85
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died, according to publicist Cheryl Kagan. Temple was 85.
Photo: Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate pose near the end of
‘Entourage’ and ‘Athena Project’ enlist Ronda Rousey as film star
Friday, February 7, 2014
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Four local production companies you need to know
Four local production companies you need to know
Thursday, February 6, 2014
The Film Issue:
Downtown filmmaking studios are producing some pretty awesome work--And one is currently producing Bionic Cholo. You know you're intrigued.
Local filmmaker Neil Breen's unique (and terrible) movies earned him a cult following
Local filmmaker Neil Breen's unique (and terrible) movies earned him a cult following
Thursday, February 6, 2014
The Film Issue:
"Neil is a serious filmmaker not in on the joke of how bad his films are."
Photo: The start of a mural by Los Angeles artist Christi
Before the burn: Downtown's Life Cube an inviting canvas for artists
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Joe Downtown:
Downtown’s Life Cube is taking on a, well, life of its own. The 24-by-24-foot wooden cube was built last week on a poured concrete slab in the middle of the “llama” parking lot on the north side of Fremont Street between 9th and 10th streets. As soon as it was done, artists and non-artists started to paint its whitewashed walls. The upper half is being reserved for muralists, perhaps as many as 20 of whom will add their own flourishes to the cube.
Photo: Jubilee! at Bally's photographed by Denis
Q+A: Frank Gatson Jr., the man behind the makeover of 32-year-old ‘Jubilee!’ at Bally’s
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Before the final performance of “Jubilee!” at Bally’s last Thursday night, I sat with Frank Gatson Jr., who has been charged with transforming the legendary 32-year-old spectacular and bringing it up to date for a new generation of fans.
Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in NYC apartment
Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in NYC apartment
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Law enforcement officials say Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead with a syringe in his arm, and a drug overdose is suspected as his cause of death.
Photo: Imagine Dragons, left to right, Wayne Sermon, Dani
Ben McKee of Imagine Dragons can’t wait to share famous ‘Saturday Night Live’ stage
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Imagine Dragons make their first appearance on “Saturday Night Live” tonight, and bassist Ben McKee is eager to perform on the same stage where Sean Connery (played famously by Darrel Hammond) chided Alex Trebek (in one of Will Ferrell’s great roles on the show).

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