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April 23, 2014

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Lisa Marie Smith and 'Pin Up' (Apr. 18)

John Katsilometes and Tricia McCrone talk to Lisa Marie Smith, the singer in "Pin Up." Listen »

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Melody Sweets plays it cool in ‘MDQ’ rockabilly session

The Green Fairy in “Absinthe,” the latest guest star to join “Million Dollar Quartet,” upped the temp with a take on “My Boy Elvis,” closing tonight’s performance at Harrah’s. Sweets picked the 1956 rockabilly track from …

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L.V. Philharmonic’s new director is in a Nevada state of mind

San Francisco Symphony resident director Donato Cabrera has been appointed the successor to David Itkin at the Las Vegas Philharmonic. The 40-year-old Cabrera was formally introduced during an announcement event today at Las Vegas Country Club. …

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Guy Fieri opens Strip restaurant in hair-raising fashion

Guy Fieri is playing the Strip, and this is all too appropriate. The UNLV graduate (he has a degree in hospitality management) is a spicy figure, to put it mildly. Adorned with a lot of good ink up and down his arms, his …

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O’Sheas’ booze sales are intoxicating; Sebastian De-Bachery at Mandalay Bay

Former Planet Hollywood headliner Holly Madison is opening her burlesque-themed speakeasy 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque on Thursday evening at Mandalay Place, but she’s still holding the remote for a TV project …

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Olivia Newton-John’s round at Flamingo is par (or birdie) for the course

Olivia Newton-John, on Friday evening at the grand opening of her Flamingo show “Summer Nights,” rolled out her hits and a couple of nifty covers and closed not with a rousing number but with something delicate …

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UNLVino boosted by all that jazz; Vegas violinists prepping for a disco-rama

The UNLVino is in full swing at the moment at Caesars Palace. Often this event is a true blowout – the winds have been a problem. But what blew me away …

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It’s good times for Brad Garrett as his Comedy Club turns 2 at MGM Grand

When he was a kid, Brad Garrett once performed an impression of a television star. The results were mixed, to put it mildly. This was in 1974, Garrett was age 14 at the time, and the hot sitcom of the moment was …

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Now starring on the Strip: Manny Pacquiao?! Plus, Holly Madison, Melody Sweets

This is one of those subjects bound to spark skepticism among boxing devotees, but we’re going there anyway: Would immensely popular Manny Pacquiao be a credible headliner in a Las Vegas stage show? …

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After the fall, George Wallace to close standup show — and hints at TV project

Longtime comedian George Wallace opened at the Flamingo Las Vegas 10 years ago, but, after winning $1.3 in damages from Bellagio on Tuesday afternoon, the Strip headliner has decided to shutter his live show April 26. …

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In UNLV jacket unveiling, Brandon Flowers is a Runnin’ Rebel with a cause

A big fan of the UNLV squad who won the 1989-90 national championship, Brandon Flowers of The Killers wore Rebel red during a recent performance at Reunion Park at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. …

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Inside Strait: Country icon takes top prize at 2014 ACM Awards at MGM Grand

Former Wynn resident headliner Garth Brooks, himself a legend, introduced Merle Haggard for a special Academy of Country Music Award at MGM Grand Garden Arena tonight and led the crowd in a special song …

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The unconventional percussion of Kenny Wollesen; boxer becomes a ‘sox’ symbol

The instruments being used in “The Tempest” at Symphony Park are a mix of traditional music-making devices and such household items as coffee cans, hand cranks, shoes, wooden boxes, aged dress shoes and vacuum hoses …

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Olivia Newton-John gets a fast start on summer lovin’ in Las Vegas

Olivia Newton-John was welcomed to Las Vegas officially on Wednesday afternoon, cruising up the Linq corridor between Flamingo and the Quad in the black, flame-painted ’49 Mercury convertible that was dusted by Greased Lightning in “Grease.” …

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A Holmes-coming for Bill Fayne at the Smith Center; Teller’s take on venues is theatrical

Drummer Ronnie Vannucci of The Killers was honored by UNLV’s College of Fine Arts as Alumnus of the Year, but it likely won’t be his last award from his alma mater. This is the first step in the school awarding …

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Angel Porrino tapped out of balloon act in ‘Absinthe’

Angel Porrino was a friend of Holly Madison and a featured subject on “Holly’s World” when she joined “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace, but she is now out of the show. As those who have been tracking social media have learned over the past several days, her …

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