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Pete Rose says kids belong in baseball

March 22nd, 2016

Baseball legend Pete Rose is on Team LaRoche, with one exception.“It’s not hard to support a guy who is battling for his son,” Rose told the Review-Journal.Rose said he supports Adam LaRoche’s decision to walk away from a $13 million contract with the Chicago White Sox. The drastic step came after a team executive wanted to reduce the amount of time LaRoche’s 14-ye...Read More >>

Intellectual property intersects with show business

March 22nd, 2016

You marvel at the magic trick. You dance to the killer guitar riff. You laugh at the stand-up comic’s punchline or watch in awe as the chorus line moves as one.That’s what you’re watching. What you’re also watching but don’t see is the complex legal infrastructure that underlies all of those things and helps to ensure that your favorite entertainers will not only e...Read More >>

International music swings at Winchester Cultural Center

March 22nd, 2016

All the world may be a stage, but the stage at the Winchester Cultural Center is the world.From globe-spanning musical mashups to Spanish-language theater, the center — operated by Clark County’s Parks & Recreation Department — presents a wide world of performances that reflect Las Vegas’ increasing cultural diversity.This weekend, the center hosts a recital by balle...Read More >>

Get ready for Las Vegas Restaurant Week

March 22nd, 2016

Las Vegas’ annual restaurant week will be June 6-17. During the 12-day event, residents and visitors will be able to partake of special discounted menus at participating restaurants, with a set amount for each special menu sold donated to Three Square food bank. About two weeks before the event, the restaurants and their menus will be posted at helpoutdineoutlv.org. …The Joy of Sake Mor...Read More >>

Mother-daughter duo nail dysfunction in ‘Becky Shaw’

March 22nd, 2016

We all know about families that play together.But what about families who do plays together?Include Charlene and Rozanne Sher in the latter category.Mother (Charlene) and daughter (Rozanne) share the stage in the dark comedy “Becky Shaw,” which continues at Art Square Theatre through April 10.They’ve been acting together since they did “Fiddler on the Roof.”Rozanne...Read More >>

‘Batman v Superman’ premiere in London canceled after Brussels attacks

March 22nd, 2016

NEW YORK — The London premiere of “Batman v Superman” was scaled back Tuesday following the terrorist attacks in Brussels.Warner Bros. said in a statement that “our hearts go out to the victims” and others affected by the deadly explosions at the Belgium city’s main airport and subway. But the studio said it would go forward with the Tuesday-night premiere &l...Read More >>

It’s not just Kenny G’s music that soars

March 21st, 2016

Kenny G isn’t just a great saxophonist and golfer who occasionally hits under par. He’s also “an excellent pilot” who has landed his amphibious plane on Lake Las Vegas.G will perform April 1 at The Venetian ($50-$150) after flying from Los Angeles to Las Vegas for two hours and 20 minutes (70 gallons at $4.50 per gallon; roughly $315).People frequently rib G about his pl...Read More >>

Sinatra Jr never forgot comfort given to father during kidnapping

March 20th, 2016

Frank Sinatra Jr. never forgot the Nevada district attorney who comforted his legendary father during his son’s kidnapping ordeal.Former Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt Bono said Sinatra Jr. later met with Bill Raggio on many occasions while the latter was Nevada’s longest-serving state senator.“He loved Sen. Raggio,” said Hunt Bono. “Bill was district attorney in Reno when...Read More >>

Disney’s ‘Zootopia’ continues to dominate weekend box office

March 20th, 2016

LOS ANGELES — “Zootopia” continues to run wild over its rivals in its third weekend in theaters, stomping all over the launch of “Allegiant,” the third film in the “Divergent” series.The animated Disney film featuring the voices of Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin earned $38 million this weekend to take first place once again, according to comScore es...Read More >>

Live interview something new for both Sophia Loren and Las Vegas

March 19th, 2016

It’s not like Sophia Loren had an unexamined life.The screen legend released her autobiography, “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow,” two years ago, and may be the only actress to have played her own mother — twice.The first was in 1980, a TV miniseries, “Her Own Story,” based on the previous year’s biography, “Sophia Loren: Living and Loving.” She ...Read More >>

Voice of Disney’s Belle didn’t expect to fall in love with Las Vegas

March 19th, 2016

Vegas Voices is a weekly question-and-answer series featuring notable Las Vegans.Stepping inside this particular Henderson home, it’s instantly apparent that whoever lives here has a definite Disney hang-up.The evidence hangs on every wall, from a “Bambi” watercolor to multiple paintings depicting the major characters from “Beauty and the Beast,” the 1991 Disney cl...Read More >>

There’s plenty of room to party on the Strip for March Madness

March 18th, 2016

The madness that is March has it raining basketballs on Las Vegas.Even if you don’t like sports, it’s still better than navigating the Strip in actual rain, right?Your favorite college team may be done for the season, but that doesn’t mean you have to be.Preparing for what is consistently one of the most tourist-packed seasons in town, casinos and sports bars are lacing up the...Read More >>

Joe Jonas can kind of thank DJing in Las Vegas for his latest hit

March 18th, 2016

For the last few years, Joe Jonas has been DJing in Las Vegas and around the world, and it has paid off in the form of a new hit song that puts him in the record books.Jonas came to fame with his siblings as part of the Jonas Brothers. Then he sang a few hit songs as a solo artist. Now he’s got a hit, “Cake by the Ocean,” with his new band DNCE (“Dance” minus the &...Read More >>

Billy Idol still pulls off punk look, crooner voice

March 18th, 2016

OK, ladies and some gents, qualified good news: You only have to wait a half-hour for Billy Idol to take his shirt off.Alas, it’s just a tease. The once-and-future chest-bearer turns his back on you and not only puts his jacket back on, but — after a theatrical stage grunt to accompany a brief flash of the still-taut abs — straps on an acoustic guitar to conceal them.And in th...Read More >>

The best of SXSW so far —PHOTOS

March 18th, 2016

Photos from the second day of the SXSW music festival in downtown Austin, Texas. Read More >>

Is this an early Warhol painting?

March 17th, 2016

It’s the kind of thing that always happened to other people — until the day it happened to blackjack dealer James Samaniego.The amateur art collector bought a box of artworks at a 2012 Las Vegas estate sale for $200 — the same sale where British businessman (and poker player) Andy Fields bought some paintings and found, tucked behind one of them, an early Andy Warhol sketch of...Read More >>

Santana reunion ‘like riding a bicycle’

March 17th, 2016

In Las Vegas, like the rest of the world, “Santana” has become synonymous with one cosmic guitar wizard, not a whole band.Carlos Santana has been a Las Vegas headliner (off and on) since 2009, and a Las Vegas resident most of that time.And that all commenced 10 years after “Supernatural,” the album that paired Santana’s guitar with vocals from the likes of Rob Thom...Read More >>

Strip casinos to go dark Sunday night for Earth Hour

March 17th, 2016

Las Vegas Boulevard will be a little less bright for 60 minutes on Saturday night in celebration of “Earth Hour.”In an effort to raise climate change awareness, casinos including Caesars Palace, MGM Grand, Luxor, Planet Hollywood and Excalibur will dim their exterior lights between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. It’s the seventh time Las Vegas will take part.The Strip resorts are joi...Read More >>

Cameo reintroduces funk to those who only know ‘Uptown’

March 17th, 2016

Thanks to “Uptown Funk,” a younger generation may be on the brink of discovering killer grooves as played by men in codpieces, platform boots, silver masks and royal crowns.Sure, 1.4 billion people have watched the video of the instant classic by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. But Mars working a studio backlot in white hat and purple blazer is more like “Suburban Funk” comp...Read More >>

Photographer Karsh’s portraits of 20th-century icons on display at Bellagio

March 17th, 2016

More stars than there are in heaven.That’s how MGM — the movie studio, not the Strip megaresort — used to describe its lineup of luminaries during Hollywood’s golden age.But the motto also applies to the lineup of luminaries now at Bellagio’s Gallery of Fine Arts, which extends beyond reel-life legends (from Humphrey Bogart to Audrey Hepburn) to real-life giants, i...Read More >>

Entertainment Diet: La Luz’s Shana Cleveland

March 17th, 2016

Singer-guitarist Shana Cleveland, who leads the terrific, recently transplanted Los Angeles-based band La Luz (formerly of Seattle), has an intriguing set of inspirations, influences and inclinations.We recently chatted with her ahead of her band’s show Wednesday at the Bunkhouse Saloon. While we had Cleveland on the line, we asked her about what she’s been listening to lately, what...Read More >>

Shana Cleveland talks about the satisfying surf rock of La Luz

March 17th, 2016

If you knew the sounds that first shaped Shana Cleveland, it would surprise you.Based solely on listening to the music she makes with her band La Luz (“the Light” in Spanish), it would be natural to assume that Cleveland subsisted solely on surf rock and songs from the Eisenhower era early on. Turns out, though, that’s actually a lot closer to what she listens to now. Her most...Read More >>

Your 5 best bets for music in the week ahead

March 17th, 2016

It’s a hell of a week for shows in Las Vegas. There are so many to see that you’ll have to make some tough choices. Sorry to add to your agony, but here’s another: New Order is set to play the Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Monday. Tickets start at $30.The DwarvesThe Dwarves are bringing their punk perfection back to Vegas for a show at the LVCS with the equally e...Read More >>

Your 5 best bets for arts & culture in the week ahead

March 17th, 2016

HarryPotter WeekStarting Saturday, the Hogwarts Express leads directly to the Discovery Children’s Museum, where wizards and muggles of all ages will enjoy special spring break activities through March 26, including a Platform 9¾ photo op, Potion Class with Prof. Snape and design-your-own-wand (additional $3 charge). Visitors are encouraged to dress up as favorite Potter characters, or y...Read More >>

Your guide to Easter restaurant specials in Las Vegas

March 17th, 2016

As the Easter Bunny gets ready to go hop-hop-hoppin’ down the bunny trail, Las Vegas-area restaurants also are hopping to it, with special menus, dishes and cocktails for Easter.This is not intended to be a complete listing. Unless otherwise noted, the specials are available on March 27, and prices are per-person, plus tax and tip.Also note that most buffets will add special dishes for th...Read More >>

Watch the first official ‘X-Men Apocalypse’ trailer — VIDEO

March 17th, 2016

LOS ANGELES — The first official trailer for “X-Men Apocalypse” promises death and destruction.Mutants clash in the new footage, released by 20th Century Fox on Thursday, as they become divided once Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse, the very first mutant — once worshipped as a god in ancient Egypt — awakens after thousands of years.“Doesn’t it ever wake y...Read More >>

Nonprofit gives kids with special needs artistic experiences

March 17th, 2016

Life Long Dreams started simply enough: with one child and one mother. Today, the nonprofit hosts scores of children and brings kids with special needs together to express themselves artistically and find the confidence to share that expression.Cathy Warriner knew her child, Zach, was having a hard time in school and that he tried to keep a low profile for fear of being picked on or bullied. It...Read More >>

Roseanne says her candidacy was ahead of its time

March 16th, 2016

Kanye/Roseanne 2020?Hey, look, any famous rich people can run for president with confidence now, obviously. Kanye West has already announced his intention to run. And Roseanne Barrran in 2012, lasting longer than Donald Trump’s unofficial 2012 trial run by finishing in sixth place.“If Kanye does run, I’m going to run against him,” Roseanne tells me while prepping to perf...Read More >>

Check out the first night of the South By Southwest music festival — PHOTOS

March 16th, 2016

The first night of South By Southwest in Austin, Tex. featured performances from Golden Dawn Arkestra, Leopold and His Fiction, Stonefield and Las Vegas’ own Rusty Maples.Check out the photo gallery above.Read More >>

What do women have to do with these signs?

March 16th, 2016

Every Neon Museum sign tells a story.This month, however, there’s a bit more to some of those stories.Because March is Women’s History Month, the museum’s tours include content honoring the notable females behind some of the 150-plus signs on display in the Neon Boneyard.Not that you’d necessarily associate the signs with the women behind them.Take the little, white-bear...Read More >>

With Vegas return, ‘Real World’ gets real awkward real quick

March 16th, 2016

The first time I heard about plans for “The Real World” back in 1992, it sounded insane.Regular people? On TV? How could MTV possibly have found seven people who would agree to live in a house full of cameras and be filmed around the clock?These days, it’s harder to find seven people who wouldn’t.But as the franchise enters its 31st season with the made-in-Vegas “R...Read More >>

Military precision, dance combine in color guard competition

March 16th, 2016

Another finals competition is coming to Las Vegas and the Thomas & Mack Center, but this one doesn’t involve basketballs or riding angry bulls. Instead, it features military precision, firearms, swords and … dance.The Winter Guard International is hoping to make Las Vegas the new home for its Western Championship event following a successful regular regional competition last year. A...Read More >>

Neon Reverb is truly downtown Las Vegas’ festival — PHOTOS

March 16th, 2016

Oh, man, that was a heck of a lot of fun.Now that I’ve had a chance to check out Neon Reverb myself after hearing so much about it, I see precisely why so many fans were bummed when the festival ended a few years back. The revised rendition had a heck of a lineup, which is particularly impressive considering organizers had only three months to pull the whole thing together.Why the rush? W...Read More >>

Those visiting McMullan’s only on St. Pat’s are missing out

March 16th, 2016

If you wait until St. Patrick’s Day to visit McMullan’s Irish Pub, you’re missing out. The pub is packed with constant action all year long.There’s John Windsor singing and playing harmonica from 8:30 p.m. to past midnight on Saturdays and performing alongside his friends from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays. And there’s bands such as Darby O’Gill and the Little Pe...Read More >>

What’s it like to be a bouncer on Fremont Street?

March 15th, 2016

Darkness replaces the last sunlight on Fremont Street as day turns to night. Then, as if the sun were rising again, brightness from neon letters begins to illuminate the east and the west.It’s 6 o’clock on a spring Saturday night, and Antwuan Sims is smiling as he removes a flailing man from Atomic Liquors.“Morning,” he’s ironically greeted by a regular after retur...Read More >>

Michael Jackson’s music catalog sold to Sony for $750 million

March 15th, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson’s estate has agreed to sell its remaining stake in a lucrative music catalog to Sony Corp. for $750 million, the entities announced Monday.The agreement for Jackson’s half-share of the Sony/ATV Music Publishing catalog will give the company sole ownership of works by The Beatles, Bob Dylan and other hit making musicians, including Eminem and Taylo...Read More >>

What it’s like to be a Las Vegas gigolo with a TV show

March 15th, 2016

Vegas Voices is a weekly question-and-answer series featuring notable Las Vegans.Brace Land is a riddle wrapped in an enigma inside a male prostitute.He’s back for the sixth season of Showtime’s “Gigolos,” which premieres at 11 p.m. Thursday, even though he says he no longer does much escort work. He doesn’t really even need the money, he says, thanks to his entrep...Read More >>

Billy Idol set to start Las Vegas residency

March 14th, 2016

Billy Idol is launching his first Las Vegas residency Wednesday and he seems relieved to be here instead of touring Europe as it struggles with humanitarian, political and European Union crises.“There’s a lot of disruption going on in some of the countries we play in — Germany and Austria. So I think just for this summer maybe, while it’s being sorted out, it’s not...Read More >>

Netflix’s ‘Kimmy Schmidt’ returns as an elf in Season 2 — VIDEO

March 14th, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Kimmy Schmidt is back in the first trailer for season two of Netflix’s hit series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and she’s still strong as hell.Ellie Kemper’s title character has a new job as an elf at the Christmas Tree Store, but the same old positive outlook as she continues to get her life back on track though GED classes and awkward first enco...Read More >>

What life is like as a leprechaun on the Strip

March 14th, 2016

At the old O’Sheas and the new, resident leprechaun Brian Thomas got lucky with a job that allows him to wear many green hats.As the face of the Las Vegas Irish-themed pub underneath the High Roller at The Linq Promenade, Thomas can be seen on billboards and advertisements throughout the city, or at the bar — managing the staff, greeting customers, playing beer pong and taking selfi...Read More >>