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Stories published May 21, 2009

Lead Photo As Danny Gans is remembered, we’re reminded to grasp the moment

John Katsilometes | Thu, May 21, 2009 (10:34 p.m.)

“There never could be a better moment, than this one,” Paul McCartney sang and said. The sudden passing of Danny Gans reminds us how true that is.

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Lead Photo Love Festival 101: Your guide to this weekend

Deanna Rilling | Thu, May 21, 2009 (6:02 p.m.)

Once upon a time in a former Long Beach swap meet, people came to party. They called it Love Festival, and it was good. Now the dance music event is coming to Vegas and bringing Paul van Dyk, Carl Cox, Robbie Rivera, DJ Reza and more.

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Lead Photo Exclusive: Suzanne Somers on the secrets to great sex and living to be 100

Robin Leach | Thu, May 21, 2009 (2:56 p.m.)

Sexy actress Suzanne Somers believes she’ll live to be 100 and go on enjoying a renewed sex life for a long time to come. I know they say it’s impolite to ask a woman her age, but the anti-aging advocate freely admits she’s 62 -- and her husband, Alan Hamel, thinks she looks like she’s in her early 40s. Hard to believe that nine years ago, Suzanne was diagnosed with breast cancer, and the former Las Vegas headliner reveals that it would have eventually killed her. Instead, she says it changed her life and started her on the road to being younger and healthier. She is the prettiest picture of good health as you can see in these photos by Caroline Somers. Suzanne, a best-selling author of 18 books and an entrepreneur with a booming health business (go to www.suzannesomers.com for more information), heads into Las Vegas this Memorial Day ...

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Lead Photo Sweating it out with Dave Kaplan

Allison Duck | Thu, May 21, 2009 (1:21 p.m.)

Local UFC Fighter Dave Kaplan hopes to beat down fellow reality show alum George Roop this Saturday. Either way, their joint afterparty is a sure bet.

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Lead Photo Strip Scribbles: The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel is now The Rogue Joint

Robin Leach | Thu, May 21, 2009 (12:34 p.m.)

Executives at the Hard Rock Hotel have decided to rename their brand new The Joint as The Rogue Joint! It’s part of a branding and co-marketing deal with Relativity Media, who owns Rogue Pictures, which has specialized in horror movies including The Unborn and Last House on the Left. Relativity has financed or produced more than 60 movies that have racked up $7.4 billion in worldwide box office revenue. Fifty of those have been Top 10 box office releases within the past two years and include Fast & Furious, Mamma Mia! and Hancock. Relativity’s movies have earned 29 Oscar nominations for such films as Frost/Nixon, American Gangster and 3:10 to Yuma. The first moves in the new affiliation include a new in-room TV channel programmed with Rogue’s films and trailers and a select slate of Rogue film premieres and screenings with details to be announced soon. The Joint, now The ...

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Lead Photo The price we pay for having nightlives

Team Hangover | Thu, May 21, 2009 (12:30 p.m.)

Partying all the time is hard work. Team Hangover makes some serious sacrifices in their personal lives to keep the booze flowing through their veins.

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Lead Photo Excitement begins for Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s return to the boxing ring

Robin Leach | Thu, May 21, 2009 (11:26 a.m.)

This is a heads-up for what might well turn out to be the biggest boxing event of the summer and sets up the ultimate clash. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. for the Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. fight against Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. High-priced ducats will sell for $750 and $1,000 for the July 18 event, but tickets start at $150. Move fast tomorrow morning because they’re predicting a sell-out, and that means scalpers will be tripling the prices within days! Our hometown hero Floyd has given up his retirement from boxing and will put his undefeated record of 39-0 with 25 KOs on the line. His challenger, nicknamed “Dinamita,” defeated Oscar de la Hoya in May 2007 for the World Junior Middleweight title and is a highly touted and dangerous fighter. After winning a bronze medal in the 1996 Olympics, Floyd won ...

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Lead Photo Photo Galleries: In the front row at the Styx and .38 Special concert

Robin Leach | Thu, May 21, 2009 (10:21 a.m.)

It was a double-header of rock excitement at our Thomas & Mack Center with two blasts from the past. Instead of Cher, Tommy Shaw and James Young turned back time to play the memorable string of hits by Styx -- “Come Sail Away,” “Mr. Roboto,” “Lady” and “Renegade,” among others, and our contributing photographer Tom Donoghue was up close from the front row for this exciting photo collection. He also shot Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zant as .38 Special fired up their guitars for the memorable night of music and the band’s hits “Second Chance,” “Caught Up in You,” “If I’d Been the One” and “Like No Other Night.” Said Tom: “This was powerful rock, and the crowds adored them. It was great to get this opportunity to photograph them right at the front of the stage.” Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and ...

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Lead Photo Like, OMG, The Cheetah Girls’ Kiely and Sabrina are big Criss Angel fans!

Robin Leach | Thu, May 21, 2009 (9:46 a.m.)

The Cheetah Girls’ Kiely Williams and Sabrina Bryan were mobbed by adoring fans when they turned up at the Criss Angel Cirque du Soleil show Believe at the Luxor last night. The Disney movie stars posed for photos with fans and then with their girlfriends and Kiely’s boyfriend ordered vodka sodas for the show. Kiely and Sabrina led the loud cheering squad for Criss as he performed the illusions. After the show, they met the Mindfreak star and told him they were his biggest fans! Criss unveils his wax figure at Madame Tussauds in The Venetian this afternoon before attending the memorial service for Strip headliner Danny Gans. Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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Lead Photo Criss Angel to unveil his wax figure at Madame Tussauds this afternoon

Robin Leach | Thu, May 21, 2009 (9:42 a.m.)

Youngsters from the Make-A-Wish Foundation that the magician quietly supports year-round will be his guests at The Venetian unveiling.

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Lead Photo Wolfgang Puck offers locals discounts and expands into downtown L.A.

Robin Leach | Thu, May 21, 2009 (8:42 a.m.)

Star chef Wolfgang Puck has had great success with his Bar & Grill in the MGM Grand here, and now he’s opening a spin-off branch at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. The MGM restaurant was opened in 2004, and Wolf didn’t expand from the one location until now. The new 8,000-square-foot Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill will be located near the Grammy Museum and Staples Center. “Over the past two years, we’ve opened numerous restaurants across the country, but it is most exciting to open my newest restaurant in Los Angeles, a city I consider my home, at this one-of-a-kind entertainment location at L.A. Live,” said Wolf, who has six Las Vegas restaurants. “It’s great to be a part of downtown Los Angeles’ revitalization by offering a new fine dining experience to our guests where they can find our quality cuisine at an affordable price in ...

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Lead Photo Celebrities and VIPs to pay tribute to Danny Gans at memorial service today

Robin Leach | Thu, May 21, 2009 (7:30 a.m.)

Although today’s gathering for the longtime Strip entertainer who died May 1 is described as a celebration of his life, there will still be a sadness and ...

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Lead Photo The Day After

Josh Bell | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

Stalwart local band The Day After returns from a dalliance with indie label Gotham Records to self-release its latest album, Black Heart Symphony, the first with new drummer Daniel Kloza.

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Lead Photo Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band

Julie Seabaugh | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

On his 2008 self-titled “solo” album, Bright Eyes mastermind Conor Oberst (and a ragtag band of wandering indie-folk minstrels) sought out south-of-the-border trails less traveled.

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Lead Photo Eminem

Ben Westhoff | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

Using a variety of half-crazed-sounding vocal styles and accents, Em describes drug overdoses, revenge plots, celebrity crushes and twisted sexual fantasies.

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Lead Photo Go ahead, rough the passer. Please!

Greg Beato | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

Hot women, clad in little more than panties, knee pads and a hard protective shell of spray-on tan. What’s not to like?

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Lead Photo This class is a joke

Sal DeFilippo | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

Bonkerz offers budding stand-ups a place to get started via a six-week workshop, where aspiring comics learn to write, develop and hone a five-minute routine.

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Lead Photo Is a promise a contract?

Richard Abowitz | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

Developer Jim Rhodes and his wife, Glynda, probably count the past couple of months as one of the worst periods in their lives.

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Lead Photo Not so Goode

Josh Bell | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

Judge’s latest animated series, The Goode Family (ABC, Wednesdays, 9 p.m.), co-created with Hill writers John Altschuler and David Krinsky, is a heavy-handed satire of political correctness that makes Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head look like a paragon of subtlety.

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Lead Photo All swine, no flu

Pj Perez | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

In the 1990s, “doom groove” quintet A Pig Named Jodi was a fixture on the Las Vegas metal circuit, playing just about every venue in the area and opening for national headliners such as Suicidal Tendencies, Social Distortion and Fuel.

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Lead Photo Searching for Little Green Men

Rick Lax | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

According to the Roper Center, most Americans believe extraterrestrials have visited our planet in UFOs and that the U.S. government is covering it up.

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Lead Photo Broken pencils

T.R. Witcher | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

Architects across the state are trying to stay afloat. No one's building - not offices, not hotels, not condos.

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Lead Photo Make time for the King

John Katsilometes | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

The artistic power of Disney meets the notoriously short attention spans of Vegas audiences: two acts and an intermission, clocking in at two and a half hours—an eternity for Vegas audiences.

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Lead Photo No more doubts about No Doubt

Josh Bell | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

At the kickoff of its first tour since 2004, pop-rock band No Doubt was in perfect form, showing no signs of atrophy from a five-year break.

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Lead Photo Jarvis Cocker

Annie Zaleski | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

After spending two-plus decades fronting reigning Brit-poppers Pulp, debonair beanpole Jarvis Cocker emerged as a solo artist in 2006.

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Lead Photo Time is (not much) money

Ken Miller | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

The good news: Las Vegans are stepping forward and offering to volunteer for the various charities around town. The bad news: Those same Las Vegans are being turned away in favor of donations.

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Lead Photo Cheese-free music, now with less la-la?

Deanna Rilling | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

Memorial Day weekend. Las Vegas. Famed German producer/DJ Paul van Dyk. ’Nuff said.

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Lead Photo AM’s reign, A.M. at Rain

Xania Woodman | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

Oh, DJ Adam Goldstein, I’ve come to Rain nightclub to pray at the foot of your booth, to rock out and lip-sync along with whatever tidbit of a song you deign to play before yanking it out from under me like a rug.

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Lead Photo Vegas’ Best 2009

Las Vegas Weekly Staff | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

The Weekly’s annual list of what’s really important— with a bunch of your own choices thrown in.

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Lead Photo A chat with Tiesto

Melissa Arseniuk | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

"The Vegas crowd is always a very beautiful crowd. There’s lots of hot girls everywhere, and guys are all pimps with lots of money ..."

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The Help Desk

Las Vegas Weekly Staff | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

Holly Madison joins cast of Peepshow.
Or as Hugh Hefner and Criss Angel will now call it, Old Home Week.
Las Vegas hosts world’s largest bikini parade to boost tourism numbers.
In addition, we’re immediately changing our nickname from “Sin City” to “Silicone Valley.”
Analyst improves MGM’s rating to “overweight.”
Only in America would that term be a sign that things are improving.

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Lead Photo Reggae Sunsplash

Xania Woodman | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

I used to cringe when my Nana would add ice cubes to her wine, but in this heat, I can’t imaging anything more refreshing. Saturday night I caught up with Progressive Bar’s Mark Kiyojima, about his Reggae Sunsplash, which he custom built around Rock ’n’ Roll Wine’s own Reggae Rhapsody Napa Valley white-wine blend.

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Lead Photo Just terminate it already

Josh Bell | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

James Cameron has long since departed this lumbering sci-fi franchise, and the vision clearly went with him. What we end up with instead is two hours of characters flailing about, with little resolution and even less sense of purpose.

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Peggy plots your planets

Peggy Allison | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

As the week moves forward, you may notice a change in your thinking. You will land on a positive note.

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Lead Photo Leaving Springfield

Jeremy Adams | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

Springfield is the home of Abraham Lincoln (Illinois), the Basketball Hall of Fame (Massachusetts) and the Simpsons. Yet apparently, it’s also a place where grown men make whiny punk-pop for the teenage masses.

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Lead Photo Dude City

Jeremy Adams | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

It’s always nice when artists try new things. In the case of Jack E. Johnson and Grant Turner’s Dude City, however, experimentation sometimes leads them astray.

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Lead Photo Sink your teeth into some movies

Josh Bell | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

The Sci Fi Center in downtown’s Commercial Center has been running its cult-movie nights for a while now, and this week comes up with a pretty ingenious double feature.

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Lead Photo Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Josh Bell | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

The sequel to the midly amusing 2006 family film suffers from a common follow-up ailment, so focused on upping the stakes that it loses most of the charm it had in the first place. Stealing plot elements from the Mummy franchise doesn't help either.

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Lead Photo NOMO

Spencer Patterson | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

Call NOMO a party band if you want, but the nine-man “post-afrobeat” gang proves it can do more than jam on its latest studio effort.

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Dream zone

Lauri Quinn Lowenberg | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

"I am in the lobby of a large, fancy hotel with my friends. I go to find the restroom, but there are no signs for any. I am getting really angry as I go looking for one."

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Lead Photo Diary of a mad Greek woman

Jacob Coakley | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

At the risk of spoilers on a 2,500-year-old play, a recap: lovesick, psychotic sorceress Medea does horrible things to help Jason capture the Golden Fleece.

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Lead Photo Ten shows that you absolutely have to see (or send your visitors to see)

Steve Friess | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

One show that everyone should see? I get this question a lot. I get it from Facebook friends when they’re about to visit and you readers ask about once a week by e-mail.

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Lead Photo Bex Marshall

Spencer Patterson | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

Advertised as a guitar hero in the Stevie Ray Vaughan mold, this British export reminds more of singer-songwriters like Melissa Etheridge and (early) Sheryl Crow.

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Amen Corner: “What happens here stays here” slogan is back!

“What happens here stays here” is being removed from the mothballs to further cement Vegas’ reputation as the Dirty Little Secret of America.

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Lead Photo Brewing up terrific flavors at BJ’s

Ken Miller | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

Seeing two police cars parked in front of BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse somehow gave me a real sense of comfort. After all, if cops are dining here, the food must be pretty good.

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Lead Photo Gimme shelters

Susanne Forestieri | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

Many cities have commissioned artists to enhance bus shelters; now, it’s Las Vegas’ turn.

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Lead Photo The Mapes

Spencer Patterson | Thu, May 21, 2009 (midnight)

This is easily the dumbest disc I’ve ever heard … which the members of The Mapes will no doubt be ecstatic to read.

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