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July 31, 2014

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Jason Tenner and DeAndre (Jul. 31)

John Katsilometes and talks to Jason Tenner and DeAndre of the Prince tribute act "Purple Rain." Listen »

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Quiz time: Did FLOLVJ really receive her high school diploma at pyramids in Egypt?

For this column, we’re focusing on FLOLVJ (the acronym I like to use for the First Lady of Las Vegas Jazz), long a favorite performer and a woman of vast aptitude, experience and education. Catch her most Saturday nights at the Dispensary …

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‘Star Trek’s’ Walter Koenig still secure playing Chekov (with a V)

Walter Koenig is an easygoing sort — until you question the Russian accent, which he exaggerated on a famous TV show a long time ago. …

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Tara Palsha’s teary departure; SLS finds fast friend in Monorail; ‘MDQ,’ ‘Jersey Boys’ represent on tavern scene

Tara Palsha cried her way through her final performance at “Vegas! The Show” on Friday night. Palsha is leaving this week for New York, to start a new life with her fiance, model Scott Moats, and to take a shot at …

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Westgate owner climbs high again; Agassi stays grounded in Reno

David Siegel was raising crane again, while Andre Agassi was raising money for UNR and Greg Maddux was being praised in Cooperstown, N.Y. …

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‘Miss Dorothy’ ushers in her 90th birthday at Caesars; Pavel Chekov muses about brushes

The week was brightened by the smile of 90-year-old Colosseum usher Dorothy Brooks. “Miss Dorothy,” as she is uniformly known, celebrated that birthday Wednesday before the Shania Twain performance. Miss Dorothy still pulls three shifts a week at …

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A thunderstruck John Payne takes ‘Rock Vault’ to court

As predictable as a rock fan shouting “Free Bird!” at a Skynyrd show, the dispute between John Payne and his former mates at “Raiding the Rock Vault” has wound up in court. That Payne sought a legal avenue in the wake of his departure from the show was …

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Nevada 150th all-star show is one to be remembered, if not recorded

Thus far, the Nevada 150th event has snared an impressive lineup. Acts, individuals and productions to be represented include Las Vegas entertainment legend Jerry Lewis, Cirque du Soleil, “Jubilee,” “Jersey Boys,” …

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‘Scoring irregularities’ might send two Nevada contestants to national teen pageant

On June 1, Las Vegas Academy of Arts student Amy Smith was crowned Miss Nevada Outstanding Teen. Smith is representing our state at next week’s national competition in Orlando, Fla. If it were only that simple …

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‘Mamma Mia!’ closes in less than three months at Tropicana

The return of “Mamma Mia!” at the Tropicana lasted about six years less than the show’s original run at Mandalay Bay. The show is closing, effective …

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Lorena Peril’s next Vegas show is ‘Vegas! The Show’

Lorena Peril has experienced the thrill of performing for tens of thousands of fans in an open-air arena and 10 fans in the cozy confines of Rush Lounge at the Golden Nugget. She knows Las Vegas showrooms, too. …

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Powerhouse stars, acts lining up for Nevada 150th anniversary show at Smith Center

Smith Center President and CEO Myron Martin was around for one of the greatest events ever in Strip entertainment, the USO benefit show from November 2001 titled “Las Vegas Salutes the Spirit of America.” …

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Melody Sweets to debut ‘Shoot ’em Up’ video with a bang

The purpose of this party and performance is to promote a video. And the purpose of the video is to produce a party and performance. If that all makes sense. The video is for Melody Sweets’ song “Shoot ’em Up.” …

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Rockie Brown, Sand Dollar and Tuscany forge an unplanned symmetry

As we say, all roads lead through Tuscany Suites. Unless they all lead through the old Sand Dollar, which over the years also has been called Bikini Bar, Bar 702 and is now once more known as the Sand Dollar. …

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Clint Holmes sweeps through L.A.: The man is not done yet

Clint Holmes was invited to “Jazz at the Bowl,” as he is very much a jazz singer these days, his continuing evolution as a singer having branched to that genre from his standards-driven period as a headliner at Harrah’s a decade ago. …

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Clint Holmes’ ray of sunshine is a Charles tribute at the Venetian

In his first residency on the Strip since leaving Harrah’s in 2006, Clint Holmes is part of the artistically robust lineup delivering “Georgia On My Mind” to the Venetian Theater from Sept. 18-Oct. 29. …

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