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  • A&E

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016

    Clint Holmes is a very good tennis player, one reason he is so fit at age 70. Naturally, the way to win at that game is to find the lines and fire shots at those boundaries. Holmes’ new show ...

  • A&E

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016

    An effort to revive Monte Carlo has been three years in the making and led to the announcement Friday that the resort is to be renamed Park MGM and NoMad Hotel, a $450 million deal in partnership with Sydell Group and MGM Resorts International.

  • Business

    Monday, June 6, 2016

    The emergence of festivals has changed the face of Las Vegas entertainment, making it more competitive than ever. But in a market where so much entertainment is already being staged, is it possible to oversaturate? What’s become abundantly clear is that in the effort to make the city a major festival destination — led by Las Vegas Events and MGM Resorts executives, ...

  • A&E

    Monday, June 6, 2016

    Life’s rich pageant flew through VegasVille this week and was capped Sunday night when a member of the U.S. Army won the Miss USA Pageant. Miss ...

  • Art

    Saturday, June 4, 2016

    We watched a lot of fights together in those days, many of them involving “The Greatest.” It was Ali vs. Jerry Quarry, Ali vs. Kenny Norton, Ali vs. Joe Bugner, Ali vs. Ron Lyle, Ali vs. Earnie Shavers, Ali vs. Leon Spinks. Always …

  • A&E

    Saturday, June 4, 2016

    When the elegant woman in the white dress knelt next to the man seated in the armchair, he smiled and said, “I sing, too.” ...

  • AP

    Friday, June 3, 2016

    Today’s announcement that Monte Carlo will be redesigned as two hotels — Park MGM Grand and NoMad Las Vegas — keeps a promise by ...

  • A&E

    Friday, June 3, 2016

    The information posted this week by my colleague Ubiquitous Robin Leach noting that Justin Timberlake is being reeled in as one of the resident headliners at the Park Theater at Monte Carlo seems ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 2, 2016

    The musicians for “Baz — Star Crossed Love” have been set, and they are all Las Vegas players of high aptitude. ...

  • John Katsilometes

    Thursday, June 2, 2016

    The free-admission series featuring throwback superstar acts complements a busy, three-stage schedule.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016

    The family of DJ AM yearned for the late DJ’s story to be told. Filmmaker Kevin Kerslake wanted to tell it. But how, exactly? What would such a documentary look like? ...

  • A&E

    Tuesday, May 31, 2016

    Rio headliner magician Penn Jillette performed an original song, “No Martyrs, No Saints,” a tribute to late author and social critic Christopher Hitchens. ...

  • A&E

    Tuesday, May 31, 2016

    Being a legend affords a certain latitude: You get to make fun of whatever and whomever whenever you like. Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend reminded of that status Sunday night at the Colosseum ...

  • Business

    Sunday, May 29, 2016

    How many arenas are too many? How many are enough? In Las Vegas, we’re about to find out. Announced last week was a partnership between Las Vegas Sands and Madison Square Garden for a 17,500-seat entertainment venue to be built on the …

  • A&E

    Saturday, May 28, 2016

    There are literary deadlines, and there are the deadlines of life. Holly Madison understands both. The due date for her second child and second book have been inconveniently aligned, with Madison initially facing a June release date for ...

  • A&E

    Friday, May 27, 2016

    The Kats Report Bureau once again was ensconced at Composers Showcase of Las Vegas on Wednesday night, and it was a genuine Hall of Fame experience. For the first time, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performed ...

  • A&E

    Friday, May 27, 2016

    Sometimes we refer to him as Zowie Bowie, other times just Chris, but regardless he always brings the party. Chris Phillips-as-Zowie Bowie filled ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Bob Arum knows weird. In 1973, he promoted Evel Knievel’s attempt at clearing the Snake River Canyon in Twin Falls, Idaho, in a rocket cycle. The entire spectacle ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Tommy Wind Theater is a cozy family operation housed in the 21,000-square-foot fortress that was once Club Utopia and most recently Boulevard Theater across from Monte Carlo in the strip mall ...

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Pin Up remains property of the Stratosphere and won’t close unless Strat officials authorize such a move. But with the success of MJ Live, and the ease with which hotels can turn a profit as a landlord versus a show producer, any outcome is possible for Pin Up.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    It was a uniquely Keep Memory Alive “Power of Love” Gala type of moment when the guy on the Segway custom-painted with metallic flames arrived on the red (or make that purple) carpet. ...

  • A&E

    Monday, May 23, 2016

    Monday By the Numbers is a mix of clipped hair, concrete, champagne and, most important from our friends at Cirque du Soleil, a healthy splash of water. ...

  • A&E

    Monday, May 23, 2016

    The Billboard Music Awards telecast is more than just an awards show. It’s a live-performance spectacle, fashion show, means to make a cultural/political statement and great arena spectacle. ...

  • A&E

    Monday, May 23, 2016

    The lineup of the 2016 Electric Daisy Carnival has been announced, and the field of artists rivals the great expanse of the host venue, Las Vegas Motor Speedway. More than 250 acts ...

  • A&E

    Sunday, May 22, 2016

    He kept saying it, in the run-up to the party, during and after: “This is overwhelming.” We know the feeling because when Tony Bennett closed “How Do You Keep the Music Playing” and hit the final, ...

  • News

    Sunday, May 22, 2016

    When we refer to the scene in VegasVille as a participation sport, the overnight opening-night party at Jewel is what we’re talking about. The club has overtaken the former Haze nightclub, closed 18 months ago, and ...

  • News

    Sunday, May 22, 2016

    Taking the lead from his legendary father, Bill Boyd, the founder and executive chairman of Boyd Gaming, continues to enrich the community with his vision and generosity. On Saturday night, he was honored at the ...

  • A&E

    Saturday, May 21, 2016

    Bobby Baldwin has long been a master at turning a profit at 2 p.m. Now he’s focused on 2 a.m. ...

  • A&E

    Friday, May 20, 2016

    Say this for Robert Irvine: When he hangs out at the Trop, he really hangs out at the Trop. The star chef who hosts Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible” made the ultimate delivery order Monday ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 19, 2016

    Lionel Richie’s initial run at Axis at Planet Hollywood sold well enough to spark speculation that he’ll extend beyond the announced dates this fall. ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 19, 2016

    The man who sings “Fire Woman” can be a flame-thrower onstage. But in conversation, Ian Astbury feels more like a candle, warm and calm. “I’m not the type who seeks the limelight, and I’m not all about accolades,” the frontman for The Cult said ...

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    “I did 21 shows per week—this was before SNL, so that was my schedule—and they actually offered to pay you in chips in those days.”

  • A&E

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    Tony Bennett recalls what it was like for singers in the early days of Las Vegas. Which is to say, there was not a lot of work for singers in the early days of Las Vegas. ...

  • A&E

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is Beach Cafe at Tropicana Las Vegas on Monday night. The news out of this building tonight is the announcement of a new restaurant fronted by ...

  • A&E

    Monday, May 16, 2016

    This week, Monday By the Numbers turns its spotlight on one of the year’s great philanthropic events — and events of any kind — the Keep Memory Alive “Power of Love” charity gala benefiting ...

  • A&E

    Sunday, May 15, 2016

    Once more the lineup of shows was uniquely VegasVille. Early in the night, it was ventriloquist Paul Zerdin with his “Mouthing Off” show at Planet Hollywood Showroom. Later, it was a scramble to the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel to catch veteran German rock band …

  • A&E

    Tuesday, May 10, 2016

    Caesars Entertainment is abuzz lately with new or updated shows, including Paul Zerdin’s “Mouthing Off” toggling with Frankie Moreno at PH Showroom and Wayne Newton’s “Up Close and Personal” at ...

  • A&E

    Friday, May 6, 2016

    A product of the Matt and Angela Stabile “X” empire, “X Burlesque” at Flamingo is advancing with new numbers and visuals. ...

  • A&E

    Friday, May 6, 2016

    I won’t say the man was nervous. He handled that himself Wednesday night. “Why am I so nervous?” Frankie Moreno asked everyone and no one in particular ...

  • A&E

    Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    The man who has long demanded, “Walk this way, talk this way,” will be doing some talking — along with singing — on the Strip in July.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    Primarily naked, dancing men are to descend on the Hard Rock Hotel. “Magic Mike Live,” starring Channing Tatum of the movie of the same name, is set to open at the hotel in March. ...

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    “We’ve been getting calls from arenas and things of that nature … But I am here to make sure his music, and his legacy, lives on in the right way.”

  • A&E

    Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    On Sunday, Lionel Richie was justifiably impressed by audience reaction to a show on the Strip — his own. “The crowd, last night, was crazy,” Richie said before taking the stage to close ...

  • A&E

    Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    Let’s take a look at the audience in the new T-Mobile Arena who turned out to see a man who has sold out Madison Square Garden for 35 consecutive shows. ...

  • A&E

    Sunday, May 1, 2016

    During Seth MacFarlane’s orchestral spectacle at Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas on Friday night, a gentleman seated near the stage in the middle of the venue sang in duet with the star ...

  • News

    Sunday, May 1, 2016

    When I explain to folks how long I have lived in Las Vegas, I tell them, “I have lived here as long as the Stratosphere.” True. I moved to Las Vegas from Redding, Calif., the weekend of April 30, 1996. I was …

  • A&E

    Saturday, April 30, 2016

    The Kats Report Bureau cut a swath through the Venetian/Palazzo and Wynn Las Vegas over the past two nights. The Palazzo porte-cochere was the unlikely venue for a sit-down dinner of 300 refined scenesters during the …

  • A&E

    Friday, April 29, 2016

    During opening night of their new production “Jukebox” at the Venetian’s Sands Showroom, the guys from Human Nature ask the audience to call out some of their favorite songs. At one point, the affable foursome ...

  • A&E

    Friday, April 29, 2016

    I visited Jewel at Aria on Tuesday, which was just a hard-hat tour amid a skyscape of LED lights, but it does represent a club experience. ...

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    But how many ventriloquists can the Strip absorb?