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July 25, 2014

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Tara Palsha (Jul. 24)

John Katsilometes talks to Tara Palsha, formerly the principal dancer of 'Vegas! The Show'. Listen »

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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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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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On fight night, singer Amanda Avila also comes away with a split decision

Amanda Avila likens the experience to climbing into a roller-coaster. “You know it’s going to be fun and scary, all at the same time,” she says. “There’s so much energy. It’s amazing.” Avila gained national fame as a Season 4 finalist on “American Idol.” …

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Shout it, shout it, shout it out loud: KISS rolls into the Joint in November

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, and one of rock’s most enduring live acts, are celebrating their 40th year as an active band with a set of shows aptly titled “KISS rocks Vegas,” running Nov. 5-23. That’s a total of nine dates. …

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Its future uncertain, ‘Vegas Nocturne’ counts out its final canto at Cosmopolitan

Made official this morning with a release from the show’s host hotel, the Cosmopolitan, is that “Vegas Nocturne” indeed played its last shows Saturday night at the restaurant, lounge and entertainment fortress Rose. Rabbit. Lie. …

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Proposal at Hard Rock, separation at Cosmo and dalliance with Wendy Williams at Venetian

The Kats Report Bureau has been an uncommonly mobile unit today, starting with Rehab Pool at the Hard Rock Hotel and winding up at the Cosmopolitan. Rehab was a celebratory experience, as I’m helping judge the Ultimate Bikini Contest. …

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Frankie goes to Hollywood (Bowl) for a reunion with Joshua Bell

In a serendipitous quirk of scheduling, Las Vegas headliners Frankie Moreno of the Stratosphere and Clint Holmes of Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center performed on consecutive nights last week at the Hollywood Bowl. …

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Star-spangled banner yet waves for a host of Las Vegas performers

The Kats Report Bureau at the moment is the lounge at Loews Hollywood Hotel, where for the past three days I have been hanging with Frankie Moreno and Clint Holmes. In an odd piece of scheduling, the two …

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