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Women on the Las Vegas stage: ‘Fantasy’ dancer Tracey Gittins

Women on the Las Vegas stage: ‘Fantasy’ dancer Tracey Gittins

In the photos she took for the cover of the 2013 “Fantasy” Calendar, Tracey Gittins’ toned, beautiful body glistens. But if we were to visit her at home, we might find her covered in baking flour. Tracey takes off almost all her clothes on stage, but the seductive solo she dances only shows off half [...]

Las Vegas’ crown prince of magic: Jan Rouven follows in the footsteps of masters

Las Vegas’ crown prince of magic: Jan Rouven follows in the footsteps of masters

The magic show voted Best of Las Vegas by a local newspaper in 2013 has lots of secrets and more than a little danger. How does the illusionist switch places with his assistant in the blink of an eye? How does he escape his shackles and break out of a tank of water? How can [...]

Women on the Las Vegas stage: Comedian Rita Rudner

Women on the Las Vegas stage: Comedian Rita Rudner

I called Rita Rudner at home on a Thursday morning. I had already seen her show, so I knew I wanted to ask her about making jokes about marriage — something she does well and that is a trademark of her comedy. She tells me that a lot couples come to her show, and I [...]

Women on the Las Vegas stage: Introduction

Women on the Las Vegas stage: Introduction

Jan Laverty Jones, the first woman mayor of Las Vegas, was recording a political ad for a local TV station when an entertainment manager was overheard saying, “Isn’t it amazing that only in Las Vegas could you find a mayor who, in her past life, had been a showgirl?” Jones had never been a showgirl, [...]

‘Michael Jackson ONE’ brings namesake’s spirit to the stage

‘Michael Jackson ONE’ brings namesake’s spirit to the stage

More than a tribute or a memorial, “Michael Jackson ONE” carries forward its namesake’s vision of peace and global oneness and makes the audience enthusiastically a part of the effort. The show’s simple plot — four friends’ good-versus-evil battles and their journey through inspiration and self-discovery — is a backdrop for weighty motifs that touch [...]

‘Rock of Ages’ offers free beer for ticket holders

‘Rock of Ages’ offers free beer for ticket holders

Beginning July 6, the hit musical “Rock of Ages” will host “Drink Us Dry” every Saturday at Zebra Lounge at The Palazzo. The lounge will serve free unlimited beer from 8 – 10 p.m. to guests who have tickets to the 10 p.m. showing of “Rock of Ages.” Only 10 p.m. show ticketholders are invited, [...]

Fireworks displays will light up Vegas for the 4th

Fireworks displays will light up Vegas for the 4th

From the suburbs to the Strip, Las Vegas will be alight with fireworks this 4th of July, celebrating the 237th birthday of the U.S.A. Sporting events will kick off the celebration July 3. After they trounce the Fresno Grizzlies in a 7:05 p.m. game, the Las Vegas 51s will celebrate with a fireworks extravaganza at [...]

Jeff Civillico can juggle Stonehenge (five balls) … in space (at The Quad)!

Jeff Civillico can juggle Stonehenge (five balls) … in space (at The Quad)!

Jeff Civillico rides a unicycle on the back of the elephant in the room. While juggling a plunger, a chainsaw, a 95-pound bowling ball, the Lincoln Memorial and a “razor-sharp juggling club.” And balancing Mount St. Helens on his chin. And making jokes about wedgies. And rehearsing for his career in television. Yes, it’s hard [...]

With help from ‘Divas’ star, burlesque dance class now open to men

With help from ‘Divas’ star, burlesque dance class now open to men

Hey family! Get ready to dance! Vegas’ sexiest school is adding a new class to teach gay guys how to flaunt their fabulous. Night School 4 Girls, a pole dancing and burlesque class held Fridays and Saturdays at the Hard Rock Café on Las Vegas Boulevard, now welcomes male participants. Vegas gay icon Frank Marino [...]

The making of a ‘Legend’: A journey from the street to the Vegas stage

The making of a ‘Legend’: A journey from the street to the Vegas stage

Chuck Rite had been unemployed for about a year. He was playing guitar under one of the escalators on the Las Vegas Strip and hanging out at pools. But he said he “put it out into the universe” that he wanted to perform on stage one day. Rite describes him self as a spiritual person. [...]

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