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Check-Out Folio: Hot, Grumpy Craig Ferguson Headed To Vegas, And More

January 23, 2015 at 9:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements and happenings around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of January 19:

Dirk Arthur will bring even more Wild Illusions to Riviera beginning February 21. That's when matinee performances of his magically cheesetastic production will be added. Look for 4 p.m. shows to take place Saturday and Sunday. Tickets begin at $40. Children must be at least five years old to attend and anyone under 15 will need to be with an adult. Call 800.634.3420 to purchase. The show also runs at 7 p.m. Saturday through Thursday.

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Weird Al's Back And This Time It's Mandatory

Where: 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
January 21, 2015 at 7:39 PM | by | Comment (1)

Weird Al Yankovic finally managed to top the charts (Billboard’s top comedy albums and top 200) with his newest album, Mandatory Fun. Despite this being his first chart-topping album, the kooky comedic singer has been cranking out silly and beloved hits for the better part of the last four decades. New videos released last summer made waves on the interwebs including "Foil," his parody of Lorde’s “Royals.”

Now that their accompanying album has come out, Weird Al is hitting the road in support of it with his aptly named tour, the “Mandatory World Tour.” If you missed his previous Vegas shows at The Cannery, you’ll have to cough up double or triple the price to catch him this time around at Planet Hollywood. He'll kick off his world tour in Las Vegas May 12-16 with showtimes at 8 p.m.

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From The 'That Didn't Take Long' Department: Menopause To Return To Strip

Where: 3475 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
January 21, 2015 at 2:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just when you think the hot flashes have ended and menopause is over, it pops right back up again. We’re talking about Menopause The Musical, of course, and fans will likely be happier to hear of the show’s return than they would be the actual condition.

After closing up shop Sunday at Luxor, Menopause will reopen soon at The Improv at Harrah’s. Preview performances kick off February 3 and a grand opening is scheduled for February 20. The same cast from the Luxor version of the production will appear in the new Harrah’s production. The updated version will feature an expanded stage, upgraded sound and lighting plus a new set and costumes. Despite the new venue being more “intimate” (read: smaller), it sounds like this will actually be an upgrade for the show that’s nearing a decade in Las Vegas.

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On The Vegas Strip, Two Shows Close Their Doors

Where: 89109
January 19, 2015 at 5:43 PM | by | Comment (1)

Defending the Cavemen was set to celebrate its fourth anniversary in the showroom at Harrah’s, but instead has closed its doors. The show’s star, Kevin Burke, announced the news to friends and family via social media today.

Burke was at the helm of the one-man show for most of its time in Vegas, taking a year off in the middle to spend time with loved ones. In the summer of 2013, Chris Allen took over for a year, but Burke returned last year to reclaim the role he seemed so comfortable in. After refreshing the show upon his return, it appears the show has just run its course.

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NASCAR Weekend Will Be Here Before You Know It

January 16, 2015 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (4)

The annual NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Las Vegas is more than just a race. A week-long celebration leads up to a race weekend set for Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8 this year.

Reader Ryan K. asked if we could keep him up-to-date on NASCAR week events. Since most won't be announced until after the Big Game we’ll start today and continue to update this list as driver appearances, specials and other events are announced.

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At Tropicana, 'Illusions' Is Bigger And Better

Where: 3801 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV [map], 89109
January 13, 2015 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

He’s dark, mysterious and speaks in a distinct accent. Known for Goth eye makeup, wild hairstyles, frequent shirtlessness and making things (and himself) disappear, he surrounds himself with sexy dancers and often performs on TV. His magic show at the south end of the Strip is pretty terrific (so you know it's not performed at Luxor). He’s Jan Rouven, the handsome master illusionist from Germany. And, his New Illusions show at Tropicana is taking on Criss Angel head to head. Or, wand-to-wand, if you will.

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Palazzo's Trying To Do It His Way With New Sinatra Show

Where: 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
January 7, 2015 at 3:28 PM | by | Comments (3)

Over the course of many years of writing about Las Vegas entertainment, this VegasChatter writer has often been asked something akin to, “where can I find a good Frank Sinatra act?” Since the legend passed in 1998, the best we can hope for is a solid tribute act. As with most tribute acts, there is a wide variety of quality, degree of physical and vocal similarity and, of course, overall production value.

Matt Goss at Caesars Palace was sort of like the second coming of Sinatra on the Strip in that his voice could mimic Sinatra’s well and he has the good looks and swagger similar to Ol’ Blue Eyes. Steve Wynn produced a dance-centric “Sinatra: Dance With Me” back in 2011 featuring a live orchestra. “Shades of Sinatra,” last at the Clarion, was a well-received show that lived up to its title.

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A Journey Through Expected, And Rumored, Vegas Residencies

January 6, 2015 at 7:44 PM | by | Comments (5)

Las Vegas is quickly becoming festival central, but it’s also the place to catch some of your favorite performers in extended run residencies, too. The growing trend means even more top quality entertainment offers in a town that was never hurting in that department. On tap for this year is a laundry list of hitmakers to please a variety of musical palates.

Hard Rock took a country turn when it announced Rascal Flatts' Vegas Riot! (complete with exclamation point) residency last fall. That will bring the country stars to town for nine shows between February 25 and March 14. After recent Def Leppard, Guns ‘N Roses, KISS and Motley Crue residencies, Hard Rock is now getting back to its rock roots with a just-announced Journey residency.

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'Mondays Dark' Belongs On Your Vegas Radar

Where: 4455 Paradise Rd. [map], 89169
January 5, 2015 at 10:38 AM | by | Comment (1)

The lady behind me at the Tix4Tonight kiosk sounded disappointed as she gazed at the listings on the monitor. “Jeff Civillico's comedy show is dark? He must be spooky like Criss Angel". Chuckling slightly, I turned around and explained that “dark” is lingo to indicate when a show is “off” for the night. Maybe, I should have saved a chuckle for myself, because that's when this writer finally realized why a certain monthly event goes by the name of Mondays Dark.

You see, for many Vegas productions, Monday is typically the “dark” day. As weekend visitors return home and hotels empty out, show performers and crews typically start their own “weekend.” But, for some entertainers, the desire to keep performing is strong. Mark Shunock, a lead in Venetian’s Rock of Ages, had the idea to channel that extra energy into something new: a gathering of fellow Vegas performers for regularly scheduled spontaneity-fueled variety shows with proceeds donated to Vegas charities. And, that’s how Mondays Dark began.

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How Long Should You Stay In Vegas?

January 2, 2015 at 2:17 PM | by | Comments (34)

“How long should I stay in Vegas?” It might just be the most frequently asked question for first time visitors and it’s certainly on the minds of many now planning vacations for the new year. Even Vegas vets often struggle with the question, especially when trying to plan trips for groups with complicated travel schedules. Is two days enough time to fit everything in? Is a week too long? What’s the right answer?

The only correct answer is, of course, it depends on what you want to see and do. When planning, consider creating a list of your essential attractions and then work them into a rough itinerary. This works as a good starting point and, while including only the must-sees, allows for the flexibility that makes Vegas vacations so much fun. Shows, restaurants, and nightclub and lounge trips work great as these staples.

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Fave Vegas Celebrity Of 2014

December 31, 2014 at 1:13 PM | by | Comment (1)

It's time for the fifth annual VegasChatter Awards! Today, we continue bringing you the best and worst of the year. All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over 2014 -- the good, the bad and the mind-boggling.

Vegas passed out quite a few new "local celebrity" tees this year. And, while we honestly loved Olivia Newton-John at Flamingo and would be the first in line to see David O'Mer make a new splash on the Strip, we can't stop thinking about how one Vegas performer in particular fills those tight black pants from Express so many hearts with cheer, both on stage and off.

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The Best Tickets Of 2014

December 30, 2014 at 3:25 PM | by | Comments (4)

It's time for the fifth annual VegasChatter Awards! Today, we begin bringing you the best and worst of the year. All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over 2014 -- the good, the bad and the mind-boggling.

Can a show set in the ever-changing landscape of Las Vegas performing for today's immediate gratification and 'what have you done for me lately' crowd really land a Best Show award for the fourth year in a row? A year ago we thought another Spiegelworld production would at least give Absinthe a run for its money, but the demise of the super but short-lived Vegas Nocturne eliminated that debate.

VegasChatter revisited the tent long-term parked in front of Caesars Palace this month in the interest of fairness and to ensure Absinthe wasn't resting on its lack of competition laurels at this point. Was Absinthe still fresh or had it gotten stale?

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