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Secret’s out: LVH will be sold, and soon
Sunday, June 22, 2014
John Katsilometes gets the scoop on who is buying the old Hilton nee International.
Maverick’s top guns deliver a high-flying experience at EDC
Saturday, June 21, 2014
At 4 a.m. the text flashed on the iPhone, a message from a friend of mine on the Las Vegas entertainment scene. It read, “Besides the cool helicopter ride, maybe you can explain ...
It wasn’t the Jeff Bridges show, but the surprise Jazz Spider Tour event was a roaring success
Thursday, June 19, 2014
In early April, Jerry Jones suffered a serious infection in his right leg. He was singing backup for Clint Holmes at Cabaret Jazz during the first weekend of that month. After the show on April 6, he was in such pain that he checked into the emergency room. ...
Ace Wayne Newton takes the mound at Wrigley Field as part of team LVCVA
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Las Vegas resident and entertainment legend Wayne Newton is taking the mound at the Cubs-Pirates game Friday afternoon in Chicago amid a busy promotional schedule on behalf of the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority.
LVCVA starts its ace as Wayne Newton takes the mound at Wrigley Field
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Wayne Newton is taking the mound at the Cubs-Pirates game Friday afternoon in Chicago amid a busy promotional schedule on behalf of the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority. ...
Jeff Bridges and The Abiders are ready to roll through Rocks Lounge
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
During a recent phone conversation with Jeff Bridges, I asked him a question that had been preying on my brain for several years: Is it true that whenever he comes across “The Big Lebowski” on TV, he watches at least until the moment when ...
Jeff Bridges and The Abiders ready to roll through Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Resort
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
During a recent phone conversation with Jeff Bridges, I asked him a question that had been preying on my brain for several years: Is it true that whenever he comes across “The Big Lebowski” on TV, he watches at least until a certain moment?
Weekly Q&A: 'Jersey Boys' star Erich Bergen on leaving Las Vegas and how Clint Eastwood made him a better actor
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
He's really looking forward to a movie role where he doesn't sing.
‘Jersey Boys’ at Paris Las Vegas and Clint Eastwood’s ‘Jersey Boys’ are not in sync
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
“Jersey Boys” from director Clint Eastwood is a general retelling of the tale of the Tony Award-winning musical at Paris Las Vegas with far more emphasis late in the film on Frankie Valli’s family life and the death of his daughter, Francine. ...
Celine by the numbers: How 917 turns into half a billion
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
When AEG Live/Concerts West and Caesars Entertainment were entertaining the concept of bringing Shania Twain into the Colosseum as a recurring resident headliner, they took a look at who bought tickets to Celine Dion’s shows in Las Vegas ...
Some true and false pretenses as Lon Bronson’s All-Star Band blasts back into the Smith Center
Monday, June 16, 2014
Lon Bronson and the All-Star Band he describes as “industrial strength” has been performing in Las Vegas for 24 years, from the Riviera to Golden Nugget, Green Valley Ranch, M Resort, Boulder Station, Aliante and, if memory serves, the Paddlewheel Inn. ...
Media mogul Jim Rogers’ passion for classic cars never idled
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Longtime philanthropist and media mogul Jim Rogers and my family in Idaho were connected by a shared affection of old vehicles and the restoration of such. My uncle was Rogers’ mechanic and property manager at the latter’s Indian Hills estate.
Jim Rogers’ passion for classic cars never idled
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Jim Rogers and my family in Idaho were connected by a shared affection of old vehicles and the restoration of such. My uncle was Rogers’ mechanic and property manager at the latter’s Indian Hills estate. ...
Recharged Ian Ziering plugs in once more with Chippendales at the Rio
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Ian Ziering, 50, is an actor who seems electrically charged, rejuvenated by a jolt of volts as he enters his second run as a guest host of Chippendales at the Rio. Ziering returned to the production Thursday night and fronts the show.
Venetian headliners Human Nature take on the Apollo: ‘I think we earned their respect’
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Human Nature, the spinning, sweet-voiced Aussie quartet who performs Motown hits at the Venetian, was in the all-star lineup for the 80th Apollo Spring Gala fundraising production of the storied music hall in New York City on Tuesday.
Human Nature take on the Apollo: ‘I think we earned their respect’
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Human Nature, the spinning, sweet-voiced Aussie quartet who performs Motown hits at the Venetian, was in the all-star lineup for the 80th Apollo Spring Gala fundraising production of the storied music hall in New York City on Tuesday. ...
Rebirth of resort starts with the right name
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Naming hotels and hovels in downtown Las Vegas requires a special sense of environment. Downtown Grand, which for a time was named something else, is the latest example. A bundle of names were tossed around to reflect the building’s classic décor and familiar position in the heart of the city, on 3rd and Ogden streets. At one time, Seth Schorr, who presides over the property as CEO of ownership company Fifth Street Gaming, was swayed by...
A recharged Ian Ziering plugs in once more with Chippendales
Friday, June 13, 2014
Ian Ziering is an actor who seems electrically charged, rejuvenated by a jolt of volts as he enters his second run as a guest host of Chippendales. Ziering returned to the production Thursday night and fronts the show ...
‘The Book of Mormon’ at the Smith Center: Do you know the way to Sal Tlay Ka Siti?
Friday, June 13, 2014
The concept of sending two apple-cheeked Mormon missionaries to Uganda (especially when one, Elder Price, has made Orlando his own promised land since age 9) is hilarious because we know that is the place where LDS lads would fit least. ...
Nicolas Cage, Andrew Dice Clay and Carrot Top: How GNR closes a run at the Joint
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Guns N’ Roses attracted an impressive array of celebs in their latest stint at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel, including Andrew Dice Clay, who surprised GNR fans with an unannounced standup set. ...
Long after ‘Bat Night,’ Frankie Moreno is still having a ball
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Frankie Moreno’s run at the Stratosphere opened in November 2011 and hits the 500-show milestone Thursday. The show arrives amid a year of great percolation for Moreno, a subject of interest as fans wonder when he will leap from being a showroom headliner. ...
Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno is still having a ball long after ‘Bat Night’
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Frankie Moreno’s run at Stratosphere began in November 2011 and hits 500 shows Thursday. The show arrives amid a year of great percolation for Moreno, a subject of interest as fans wonder when he will leap from being a showroom headliner.
Who wants ‘The Book of Mormon’? Myron Martin had to raise his hand
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Myron Martin has been on a mission on behalf of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. But instead of the Book of Mormon, he’s packing his Tony Award voter’s card. And he played it expertly to land ...
‘Piano Man’ Billy Joel shows at MGM Grand that this music vocation is a pretty cool job
Monday, June 9, 2014
Billy Joel gazed at the thousands in attendance at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night and leered mischievously, as if he’d just been given a paycheck for doing what he loved instead of doing work. And that was the case, naturally.
Billy Joel shows that this music vocation is a pretty cool job
Monday, June 9, 2014
Billy Joel gazed at the thousands in attendance at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night and leered mischievously, as if he’d just been given a paycheck for doing what he loved instead of doing work. And that was the case, naturally. ...
Women fitting into influential roles on the Strip
Sunday, June 8, 2014
With women occupying the top three executive posts at the Cromwell, and three women serving as presidents of major resorts on the Strip, girl power is on the rise in Las Vegas.
Clint Holmes writes sequel to ‘Great American Songbook’; Penn & Teller spend $250K on elephant/cow trick
Friday, June 6, 2014
Clint Holmes is back at Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The theme of his show is “The Contemporary American Songbook” filled with songs that might well be the classics of tomorrow. ...
Cultivating Success
Singer Frankie Moreno celebrates 500 energetic performances at Stratosphere
Friday, June 6, 2014
Singer Frankie Moreno finds opportunity keeps growing.
How one performer — a fabulous diva — can alter the Las Vegas Skye-line
Thursday, June 5, 2014
One of the city’s most electrifying performers, Skye Dee Miles learned that she has lost one gig and is on hiatus from another just in the past week. Oddly enough, Miles’ travails at least peripherally involve venues and shows at three hotel-casinos.
How one performer can alter the Las Vegas Skye-line
Thursday, June 5, 2014
One of the city’s most electrifying performers, Skye Dee Miles learned that she has lost one gig and is on hiatus from another just in the past week. Oddly enough, Miles’ travails at least peripherally involve venues and shows at three hotel-casinos. ...
Tara Palsha of ‘Vegas! The Show’ leaving Las Vegas to roll the dice in the Big Apple
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
One of the most dynamic and accomplished dancers here is leaving, at the end of this month, for parts uncharted in New York City. Tara Palsha arrived here in 2003, winning a part in “Jubilee!” at Bally’s and spending 12 months learning something new.
Tara Palsha of ‘Vegas! The Show’ leaving the Strip to roll the dice in New York
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
One of the most dynamic and accomplished dancers in VegasVille is leaving, at the end of this month, for parts uncharted in New York City. Tara Palsha arrived here in 2003, winning a part in “Jubilee!” at Bally’s and spending 12 months learning something new. ...
Overcoming his mother’s death, Matt Goss is still sticking and moving
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Matt Goss has been firing in combinations over the past several weeks to overcome the illness and death of his mother, Carol. She died after a long battle with cancer, on Memorial Day in Los Angeles, with Matt and his twin brother Luke at her side. ...
Caesars Palace star Matt Goss, overcoming his mother’s death, is still sticking and moving
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Matt Goss has been firing in combinations over the past several weeks to overcome the illness and death of his mother, Carol. She died after a long battle with cancer, on Memorial Day in Los Angeles, with Matt and his twin brother Luke at her side.
Business dispute ices John Payne in ‘Raiding the Rock Vault’ at LVH
Monday, June 2, 2014
During a phone conversation, “Sir” Harry Cowell said that he could not say much about why John Payne, a longtime friend, was removed from the show. But it is clearly a business dispute within the band that does not directly involve its relationship with LVH. ...
‘Scariest place on Earth’ fearlessly expanding
Sunday, June 1, 2014
The terror of Fright Dome can no longer be confined to Circus Circus.
At 25,000 shows and counting, Frank Marino’s career is lesson in fabulous
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Frank Marino keeps beating back the effects of aging. He had a face-lift just after turning 50 last November, a procedure that tightened the skin on his face and during which he had implants screwed into ...
A pair of 8s is a winning hand for Jerry Lewis
Friday, May 30, 2014
He keeps returning to that number. Eighty-eight. The number of keys on a piano, as it turns out. The double-snowman. It would be a hard 16 on a craps table, if the dice had more sides. “I just passed 88,” Jerry Lewis says, as if looking back at a car he’s left in the dust. “That’s a pretty good number.” In his hands, it is. Lewis wears 88 quite well, remaining as kinetic as ever and enlivened during an hourlong chat this week in his Las Vegas home. He’s...
Clint Holmes’ home is being jazzed up by top Las Vegas acts
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Clint Holmes and the Composers Showcase are the anchors, but such artists as Lon Bronson and David Perrico have been invited to jam at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center for the Performing Arts downtown. ...
Laugh Factory’s Harry Basil recalls stint with unprecedented comic lineup at Dunes
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
One night 30 years ago, Harry Basil opened in Las Vegas as part of a comedy show at the Dunes. It was no ordinary lineup. Basil was sharing the hotel’s 500-seat showroom with a handful of other rising young comics.
Guest at Oscar Goodman’s dinner talk at the Plaza gets his just desserts
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
During former Mayor Oscar Goodman’s entertaining presentation, based loosely on prostitution in Las Vegas, a guy who had “gotten an early start,” as his table mates reported, repeatedly and loudly interrupted Goodman’s monologue.
With Sabina Kelley, ‘Pin Up’ exhibits some Vegas ink
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Sabina Kelley and Claire Sinclair are close friends, one of the many reasons Kelley is subbing for Sinclair in "Pin Up." Kelley is no doubt a major figure in the inked-up, rockabilly world of burlesque and a highly popular pinup model who serves as a judge on the Oxygen show “Best Ink.” ...
South Point probably won’t wrangle hockey
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Equestrian events and ice hockey are an odd mix, and that’s precisely why the suddenly vagabond Las Vegas Wranglers won’t ...
MGM Resorts says fans to be ushered to ‘underutilized’ exits at Grand Garden Arena
Saturday, May 24, 2014
MGM Resorts International officials have reviewed safety measures at MGM Grand Garden Arena after the crush of spectators led to a scene of panic following the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Marcos Maidana fight May 3. ...
Saga of a lost ring, panic and a stroke of luck
Saturday, May 24, 2014
A ring with incalculable sentimental value went down the chute ... but it is back home now. On Christmas Eve of 2005, I was seated next to my grandfather at dinner. Without a word, he nudged me with an elbow and placed a little gold object into my hand. ...

Appetite for Comparison: GNR and ‘Mamma Mia!’ still rock the house
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Guns N’ Roses and “Mamma Mia!” have again touched down in town. These two “entertainment experiences,” as the suits call them, seem unalike, but that isn’t so. Both lean on familiarity in their respective performances. ...
For a week, Claire Sinclair turns ‘Pin Up’ calendar over to Sabina Kelley
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Sabina Kelley, celebrity judge on “Best Ink” on the Oxygen Network, will step into the central role as the production’s host for a week from July 24-31. The guest-star performances are set for when Claire Sinclair attends Comic-Con in San Diego.
DJ Ashba watchin’ for the boom-booms as GNR sets up again at the Joint
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
DJ Ashba has been a member of the latest version of GNR for a half decade. Thus, he is tight with his fellow bandmates. “We have been around,” said Ashba, who swaps leads with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and Richard Fortus on guitar.
Wranglers ice plans to play in 2014; taking a shot at return in 2015
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
In professional hockey, as in life, sometimes you just need to stop the clock. That is the case for the Las Vegas Wranglers, whose odyssey to secure a home venue for the 2014-’15 season has led to a “voluntary suspension” of operations for the upcoming ECHL season. ...
Frank Marino toasts 25,000th show on the Strip; Frankie Moreno’s show to air on PBS
Monday, May 19, 2014
Frank Marino is celebrating his 25,000th show on the Strip on May 31. He is the longest-running continual headliner on the Strip, ever, and has had a street named for him and two stars on the Las Vegas Walk of Fame placed in his honor.

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