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Story Archive

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2013

    Mike Galam's effort to resurrect the name Crazy Horse Too was thwarted today by a judge in Las Vegas.

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2013

    Justin Bieber spent 57 seconds in silence as fans booed him after he won the Milestone Award at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night.

  • Monday, May 20, 2013

    Penn Jillette was uncertain about returning to "Celebrity Apprentice" but has won nearly $1 million for Opportunity Village on the NBC show.

  • Sunday, May 19, 2013

    The 2013 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena kicked off with a great performance by Bruno Mars and some jokes from host Tracy Morgan.

  • Sunday, May 19, 2013

    Together for a decade, Jabbawockeez continue to develop their act and have developed a wide-ranging show with "Prism."

  • Friday, May 17, 2013

    Penn Jillette and Trace Adkins have become close friends during NBC's all-star season of "Celebrity Apprentice."

  • Friday, May 17, 2013

    "Raiding the Rock Vault" is a classic-rock production show, but Led ZepAgain is in town this weekend.

  • Thursday, May 16, 2013

    The famous gentlemen's club on Industrial opens next week, but what will it be called?

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2013

    In the first week of "Raiding the Rock Vault" at LVH, Heart guitarist Howard Leese landed one of his greatest hits.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, May 15, 2013

    There are plenty of exciting things happening, on and off the Strip.

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2013

    Chad Collins topped a field of 19 Elvis Tribute Artists, but the brother-sister combo of Sam and Linda Thompson picked up some cash, too.

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    "Model Employee" is a contest among eight models competing to be the spokeswoman for Mandalay Bay.

  • Monday, May 13, 2013

    Jerry Lewis appeared solo, without musicians, but made ample use of humor and clips at South Point.

  • Sunday, May 12, 2013

    The Rolling Stones' aura was never more powerful than during a hits-loaded show Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

  • Sunday, May 12, 2013

    Clint Holmes had never met Gloria Bullard and her family before May 3, but it was an unforgettable night.

  • Friday, May 10, 2013

    In 1970, the Stones asked Santana for permission to use his performance from Altamont in "Gimme Shelter." He said no thanks.

  • Thursday, May 9, 2013

    Jerry Lewis is performing at South Point for the first time since leaving the Muscular Dystrophy Association in 2010.

  • Thursday, May 9, 2013

    When Elvis was alive, those dressed as Elvis showed up to his shows at the Las Vegas Hilton. He chuckled at being honored that way.

  • Wednesday, May 8, 2013

    Mike Turnbull is a favorite among Las Vegas musicians, who are organizing to help him pay medical bills from his throat cancer surgery.

  • Wednesday, May 8, 2013

    The Scintas opened at Shimmer Cabaret in 2000 and quickly became a fan favorite. Fronted by Frankie Scinta, the family act is now at The D.

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2013

    The first rollout of "Michael Jackson One" at Mandalay Bay revealed inventive sets and a great sound system.

  • Sunday, May 5, 2013

    Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a great fighter — too great to ensure that his fights at MGM Grand will be suspenseful or packed with action.

  • Thursday, May 2, 2013

    Andre Agassi and Gil Reyes constructed a version of the C.O.D. Machine during Agassi's playing career. Now it's for the public.

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    Shellee Renee is a former "Crazy Girls" performer and is still close friends with "X Burlesque" co-producer Angela Stabile.

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2013

    Claire Sinclair is a one-time Playboy Playmate of the Year, which is what lures many fans to the nonetheless covered "Pin Up" at Stratosphere.

  • Monday, April 29, 2013

    Leigh Zimmeran, late of "The Producers" at Paris Las Vegas, came away with an Olivier Award for "A Chorus Line" on Sunday.

  • Monday, April 29, 2013

    Mary Wilson saw Human Nature at its opening at Imperial Palace four years ago — and now might share the same Venetian theater.

  • Monday, April 29, 2013

    Siegfried & Roy are the focus of international attention as the 10th anniversary of the Montecore biting of Roy approaches.

  • Saturday, April 27, 2013

    Holly Madison has made repeated appearances at "Best in Show" and in 2011 adopted her pooch Louis at the event.

  • Saturday, April 27, 2013

    "Frank & Friends" features Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn, jazz great Jane Monheit and Cabaret Jazz headliner Clint Holmes.

  • Friday, April 26, 2013

    Steve Sadove was in town last week for the 10th annual Vegas Dozen, his first visit to the event at Saks at Fashion Show mall.

  • Thursday, April 25, 2013

    The Electric Daisy Carnival is back at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in June, but LET concerns have jeopardized its future in Las Vegas.

  • Thursday, April 25, 2013

    Donna Grantis saw Prince in concert in Toronto in November 2011. A year later, she was in his band.

  • Thursday, April 25, 2013

    David Perrico premiered Pop Evolution last May at South Point. The band now has a home at the Stratosphere.

  • Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    Vinnie Favorito closed the show with a sometimes uncomfortable flourish at the first "Showbiz Roast" at Stratosphere.

  • Monday, April 22, 2013

    The Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway has proven such a boon to business in Las Vegas that tourism officials want more.

  • Monday, April 22, 2013

    Hakkasan is the most ambitious club project ever in a Strip hotel. Is its marriage to EDM going to last?

  • Saturday, April 20, 2013

    The "Power of Love" is set for rebroadcast tonight on Vegas TV, and "Larry King Now" focuses on the gala next week.

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    Doug "Lefty" Leferovich performs an act in Murray Sawchuck's show at the Tropicana, but he does so much more.

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    Jerry Lewis last performed in Las Vegas in November and is returning to the site of his final MDA Telethon appearance: South Point.

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2013

    "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert — The Musical" is at once warm and mainstream — and flamboyant and outlandish. It comes to the Venetian Theater for an 11-week run beginning June 18.

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2013

    Keith Thompson and Michael Brennan started The Composers Showcase seven years ago at Suede restaurant. That business closed, but the Showcase is prospering.

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2013

    Steve Wynn offered a week on his yacht, Aquarius, at Saturday's "Power of Love" gala. He wound up raising $1.3 million.

  • Monday, April 15, 2013

    Gold Spike opened in 1976 and was operated for years by Jackie Gaughan. Its days as a hotel-casino ended on Sunday afternoon.

  • Sunday, April 14, 2013

    Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Lion, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock and Whoopi Goldberg helped make the "Power of Love" gala at MGM Grand Garden Arena a night to remember.

  • Saturday, April 13, 2013

    He’s not finished. That is important to note, or remind, about Quincy Jones: His artistic passion didn’t stop in the 1980s. It seems only to be reinvigorated as he enters the 80s — his own. At age 80, Quincy Jones is a legend-at-work, not a legend-in-retirement.

  • Thursday, April 11, 2013

    The star-studded lineup for this year's Keep Memory Alive "Power of Love" gala is another example of Larry Ruvo's high-powered connections.

  • Thursday, April 11, 2013

    What might transpire in a conversation between casino executives over how a new resort should be themed.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, April 10, 2013

    Rocking performances, tired jokes (we're looking at you, Luke Bryan) and more!

  • Tuesday, April 9, 2013

    A show long-rumored to be heading to Las Vegas, "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," rolls into The Venetian in June.