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  • Comedy

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

    There is more comedy being performed in Las Vegas today—at any and every level—than in any other time during the city’s history. From new clubs to resident headliners and touring names, comedy is booming here. The wealth of options is great for fans, but for the comedians plying their trade around town, competition is heating up.

  • Saturday, June 8, 2013

    Sammy Shore is a famed comic and dog lover and has recruited a host of performers for Sunday's Funny Bones charity show at The Orleans.

  • Friday, June 7, 2013

    Ian Ziering is showing he can take on risque roles as his stint with Chippendales at The Rio proves.

  • Noise

    Friday, June 7, 2013

    The window of opportunity to purchase the least-expensive tickets to the Life Is Beautiful festival was about as narrow as a mail slot. The $99.50 tickets for the two-day festival offered today at 10 a.m. were listed as sold out almost instantly.

  • Features

    Thursday, June 6, 2013

    The former mayor and Mob lawyer talks wiretaps, fame and life after office.

  • Wednesday, June 5, 2013

    Jabbawockeez have grown up considerably since opening at MGM Grand five years ago.

  • Wednesday, June 5, 2013

    Carlos Santana was asked by The Rolling Stones to be in "Gimme Shelter," an offer he turned down.

  • Sunday, June 2, 2013

    Tennis legend and Las Vegas native Andre Agassi returned to Nike after a personal overture from company chief Phil Knight. “We talked it out. We shared many tears together, talking to each other across a desk,” recalls Agassi.

  • Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    Oscar Goodman follows Zowie Bowie in the throne for "Showbiz Roast" at the Stratosphere in July.

  • Saturday, May 25, 2013

    Oscar Goodman has been busy promoting "Being Oscar," but the former Las Vegas mayor also has found time for Broadway and fine dining.

  • Friday, May 24, 2013

    The Scintas bring a family vibe to The D, replacing the old Irish vibe of Fitzgeralds.

  • Thursday, May 23, 2013

    Debbie Reynolds has just a few significant scenes in "Behind the Candelabra" but relished the chance to play Liberace's mother, Frances.

  • 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.