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October 22, 2014

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Jerry Lewis: ‘If I owned a joint, there would be a star in the showroom, and I would pay for it’
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
We’ll be running a lengthy piece about J.L. over the next few days, but one of his many memorable and pointed comments: “I think when you ask an entertainer to rent a showroom, you’re cutting into the spine of the industry.”
In one magic stroke, Trop lures ‘Rock Vault’ and Jan Rouven
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
In a sweep affecting three hotel-casinos — so far — “Raiding the Rock Vault” is vacating the theater at Westgate Las Vegas and moving to Tropicana Theater. ...
Elvis meets Jerry Lewis, Wayner talks of the Fremont, Cirque bounds, and Sinatra returns at 150th anniversary show
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
The night opened with a greeting from Penn & Teller and a burst of artistic acrobatics from Cirque. It ended with Clint Holmes’ ascending version of “Hallelujah” backed by the Las Vegas Mass Choir and Wayne Newton remembering ...
‘Georgia on My Mind’ deserves a full house, but will it get one?
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
The sound of singers is fueled by the band behind, and the artists turn to one another as if carrying on an animated conversation rather than singing a song in the Ray Charles tribute show “Georgia on My Mind” at ...
Eclectic cast will share stage with Oscar Goodman at Life Is Beautiful
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
Las Vegas' former mayor predicts a significant moment not only for the festival, but for the city ...
Fire it up — like Usher and Motley Crue — on Night 1 of iHeartRadio Music Festival
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014
The first night of the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival has ended, and the evening closed with an impromptu dance-off at the back of the arena floor just off the MGM Grand Garden Arena soundboard.
Fire it up — Usher and Motley Crue sure did — on Night 1 of iHeartRadio Music Festival
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014
The first night of the iHeartRadio Music Festival has closed, and the evening ended with an impromptu dance-off at the back of the arena floor just off the MGM Grand Garden ...
Jaymes Vaughan takes a turn for the dramatic; Lacey Schwimmer reunites with ‘DWTS’
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
What is especially groovy about Jaymes Vaughan at the moment is he is to be featured on the CBS soap “The Young and the Restless” on Sept. 30. ...
Pia bemoans ‘Louboutin separation anxiety’; Newton to cap 150th anniversary all-star show
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
In the days since Pia Zadora was injured in a golf cart accident, the entertainer has regained her sense of humor, if not her actual footing. She is to undergo surgery to repair her ankle on Tuesday at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. It ...
MGM Resorts Village is the playground for iHeartRadio Music Festival
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
The stage at the Village for the iHeartRadio Music Festival might be bigger than the event requires, but so what? ...
Michael Monge, Steve Wynn’s handpicked crooner, extended through ’15 at Encore
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
In February, Michael Monge was singing at Bice Italian restaurant and lounge in Boca Raton, Fla. Steve Wynn happened to be in the audience that night and noted the vocal and even physical similarities between Monge and Wynn’s old friend ...
Jeff Leibow to leave ‘Jersey Boys’ for role with NF Network
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Entertainer Jeff Leibow told the sold-out crowd at Composers Showcase in Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center on Wednesday night that he will be leaving “Jersey Boys” when his contract expires in November. ...
Felice Garcia’s career spans Aguilera, ‘MDQ,’ Betty Boop and Laughlin — and she’s not finished yet
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Felice Garcia is a little bit country, rock ’n’ roll, pop, showgirl and now even burlesque, and she is keeping busy all over the city (Harrah’s and Plaza) and beyond (Laughlin). ...
Keith Evans, the city’s lion king, still working to keep his habitat alive
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
It was in July 1999 when I met Keith Evans and a few of the big cats he had just led into the then-new MGM Grand Lion Habitat. The attraction was about a week old then, a $9 million operation just off the casino floor. ...
It’s a cabaret doubleheader this week as ‘Cast Party,’ Composers Showcase give Cabaret Jazz a workout
Monday, Sept. 15, 2014
In the vicinity of these two showmen, no open mic is safe. We talk of the esteemed Jim Caruso and the similarly esteemed Keith Thompson, both of whom are bringing showcase performances to Cabaret Jazz this week. ...
Tiesto wades into new spectacle with show at Bellagio Fountains
Monday, Sept. 15, 2014
On Wednesday, a customized medley of three songs from “A Town Called Paradise,” the new release by Tiesto, will be unveiled along with a new choreographed water show on the Strip in front of Bellagio.
Tiesto wades into new production with Bellagio Fountains show
Monday, Sept. 15, 2014
On Wednesday, a customized medley of three songs from “A Town Called Paradise,” the new release by Tiesto, will be unveiled along with a new choreographed water show on the Strip in front of Bellagio. ...
The answer to a heavy query is the Rainbow Quarry
Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
As one hotel opens its doors and shows off a giant boulder in its lobby, another repurposes door handles to create a chandelier, and a third is holding a giant garage sale, of sorts. ...
Mayweather-Maidana rematch leads to another fan stampede at MGM Grand
Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
Fans streamed back into the arena about 9:20 p.m., as the crowd had largely emptied out of the venue. Hotel officials said initial reports of shots being fired and guns being drawn were false ...
Facing down the ’Zilla thrillas on Fremont Street
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
First, you merely stare in suspended belief. You stare at the crowd massed far below as you are harnessed into a contraption hooked to a metal wire more than 100 feet above Fremont Street Experience. And you stare at ...
Bingo! Life Is Beautiful sets its gallery, street program in downtown Las Vegas
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
Patrick Duffy sounds as if he’s on top of the world, and maybe he is, metaphorically. But in fact, he’s on top of an old hotel in downtown Las Vegas. “I’ve spent the day on the roof of the Western,” says the city’s great art collector ...
Pia Zadora suffers head injury in golf cart accident
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
Las Vegas entertainer Pia Zadora suffered a head injury Thursday evening when she fell from a golf cart near her home in Summerlin, her husband, Mike Jeffries, said. Zadora, 60, is in intensive ...
Need a few bath towels? Styrofoam stage props? A chandelier? Hit the Clarion
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
It’s the Crazy Clarion Liquidation Sale, one time only, happening at 10 a.m. today at the hotel on Convention Center Drive just west of the Marriott, east of the Royal Resort and … in the middle of our hearts. ...
Truck barrels through Stratosphere front entrance
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
In what officials believe is the first such incident at the hotel, a vehicle crashed through the glass doors at the front entrance of the Stratosphere late Wednesday. Witnesses said ...
The pit is closed for the Dealertainers at the Quad
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
The show’s closed for the Dealertainer lineup at the Quad. The approximately 30 dealers and performers who worked the Dealertainer pit at the hotel were reportedly told in a meeting Monday that the program would be ending ...
‘Purple Reign’ to shake up the scene at Westgate
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
:Purple Reign," one of the best and longest-running tribute acts in VegasVille, is moving to this neighborhood.
Like SLS, Delano Las Vegas seeks a new sense of self
Monday, Sept. 8, 2014
The objective at Delano Las Vegas is to be entirely unique from its former title. But it’s not as simple to achieve as it was at SLS. There is this niggling matter of a resort partnership with all of the other MGM Resorts properties, especially ...
Sole sisters come out in droves as ‘Kinky Boots’ opens at Smith Center
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
“Kinky Boots” is that kind of scene, a festival of drag not experienced in this fashion since the opening of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” at the Venetian last summer. Unlike that show, which struggled to sustain ticket sales and closed early, “Kinky Boots” has … legs. ...
Crazy Horse Too closed again: What went wrong?
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
One of the most famous, and infamous, gentlemen's clubs in Las Vegas reopened last year after a long hiatus, but on a temporary license. A mix of unexpected tragedy and bad behavior conspired to prevent the establishment from earning a permanent license — for now.
A night with ‘Elvis’ helped Cyndi Lauper embrace Las Vegas
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
Elvis changed Cyndi Lauper’s view of Vegas. It wasn’t really Elvis, of course. It never is. But the man in the jumpsuit braying “Suspicious Minds” was actually Lauper’s cousin Johnny Edwards ...
Joan Rivers’ influence is felt in the careers of Frank Marino and Clint Holmes
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
Frank Marino and Clint Holmes are stars in Las Vegas but otherwise seem not to have a whole lot in common. In his act, Marino dresses as a woman. Holmes … doesn’t. But the two longtime Las Vegas favorites were ...
David Perrico’s departure trumpets end of era at ‘Pin Up’
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
David Perrico, the highly regarded and extensively experienced music director of the production show at the Stratosphere, has told the show’s producers that he would be ...
Jerry Mitchell laces up ‘Boots’ in his return to Las Vegas
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
“Kinky Boots” won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Choreography (marking Jerry Mitchell’s second Tony Award in a 25-year career, the first being for “La Cage Aux Follies” in 2005) and also for Best Score. ...
Cosmopolitan fires back with $6M countersuit in ‘Vegas Nocturne’ fight
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
In all, The Cosmopolitan specifies a half-dozen claims against Spiegelworld and is seeking more than $6 million in damages — not including punitive awards and legal fees. Cosmopolitan reps are declining comment outside the language of the 39-page complaint.
Cosmopolitan fires back at Spiegelworld with $6M countersuit in ‘Vegas Nocturne’ dispute
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
In all, The Cosmopolitan specifies a half-dozen claims against Spiegelworld and is seeking more than $6 million in damages — not including punitive awards and legal fees. ...
What to know about The Other Hotel opening
Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014
The opening of SLS Las Vegas has overshadowed another Strip hotel unveiling set for this week. The debut of Delano Las Vegas is upon us. The property once known as The Hotel at Mandalay Bay is ...
Club kingpin Mike Galam is out as Crazy Horse Too sits dark
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
Um, maybe it’s the location? Maybe the parcel on which Crazy Horse Too is simply cursed? Not likely, but that enclave of debauchery ...
As Jerry Lewis accepts Australia’s top honor, rare MDA Telethon video surfaces
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
There was once a time when the entire country was tuned in to Jerry Lewis on Labor Day Weekend, but on Friday afternoon it was a handful of dignitaries who joined Lewis at Reynolds Hall in the Smith Center for the Performing Arts ...
Real rockers Arsenal fuel ‘Rock of Ages’ at the Venetian
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
“Rock of Ages,” which is deep into its second year at the Venetian, features a dynamite cast of Broadway-caliber performers but leans heavily on a live band at the back of the stage. ...
‘O’ artist released from hospital after suffering injury during Russian Swing act
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
An artist in Cirque du Soleil’s production of “O” at Bellagio was injured Wednesday night after hitting the stage while dismounting from the show’s Russian Swing act. Cirque officials have ...
Singing, joking and grooving to the end, Cook E. Jarr closes with a flourish at Harrah’s
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
What is to become of Cook E. Jarr, whose name brings to mind the heyday of Las Vegas lounge schmaltz? He arrived more than 30 years ago toting the act Cook E. Jarr & The Krums, ...
‘Absinthe’ is setting up for second, touring production
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
“Given the ever-growing demand for the production and its lauded reputation globally, we decided to engage in discussions with promoters in Europe, Canada, Australia and Japan about the ‘Absinthe’ tour,” Spiegelworld founder ...
Add The Wayner to the Nevada 150 all-star show; Cook E. Jarr closes run at Harrah’s
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts President Myron Martin landed Mr. Las Vegas for the upcoming sesquicentennial all-star show Sept. 22 at Reynolds Hall: Wayne Newton has agreed to ...
From downtown to Sunset Station, the creative among us are cranking it up this evening
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014
Rare is it in VegasVille that we are treated to such a spate of groovy events on a Tuesday night. Tonight is one of those rare nights, as some hyper-creative artists are performing downtown, in Green Valley and on the Strip. ...
On tap for ‘Absinthe’: Twin dancing tandem of Sean & John
Monday, Aug. 25, 2014
Sean and John Scott, more famously known as Sean & John, are premiering in “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace on Thursday night. The duo has most recently performed in “Vegas Nocturne” at the Cosmopolitan’s Rose. Rabbit. Lie. but were left without a stage ...
Clarion, the former Debbie Reynolds hotel, to close Labor Day Weekend
Monday, Aug. 25, 2014
The hotel opened by film legend Debbie Reynolds on Convention Center Drive seems to be fading to black. The Clarion Hotel Casino has reportedly announced ...
SLS opening draws some real players; Jewelers of Las Vegas accessorizes Fred Segal
Monday, Aug. 25, 2014
The fury of Friday night’s grand opening at SLS Las Vegas has subsided, when guests began waiting in line for as long as 4 hours before the requisite fireworks, ribbon cutting and flooding of the casino floor at midnight. ...
Lawsuit: Siegel stiffed old family friend
Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014
Business has gotten personal between the daughter of prominent real estate agent David Atwell (who died in November) and timeshare mogul David Siegel, who recently bought ...
As it reignites north end of the Strip, SLS means Seeking Local Support
Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
It’s difficult not to feel melancholy as SLS Las Vegas resurrects this famous parcel at the corner of Sahara and the Strip. It’s been the zombie apocalypse on this corner long enough, three years and change since the closing of ...
Cirque plans to spin ‘Zumanity’ and ‘Love’ anew
Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
Cirque du Soleil put on quite a scene Thursday afternoon at McCarran International Airport, as artists from “Love” at the Mirage bounded about the baggage claim area to celebrate The Beatles’ performances at the Las Vegas Convention Center 50 years ago this week. ...

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