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March 7, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
It's no wonder that Luis Buñuel wanted to turn "The Monk" into a movie. Once banned, now merely cherished, the 1796 novel is a lurid amalgam of religious devotion and sin, earthly temptations and supernatural doings. Buñuel never made his movie, but there have been numerous adaptations. The latest, from French director Dominik Moll, is a work whose elegant atmospherics ultimately overwhelm the story, even with the terrific Vincent Cassel in the title role. Moll's version, arriving stateside almost two years after it opened in France, is a decided change of pace for the director of "With a Friend Like Harry" and new territory as well for Cassel.
February 26, 2013 | By Jay Jones
A singer, a comedian, two magicians and some acrobatic animals are among the performers taking to the stage for seven weeks as “ America's Got Talent Live in Las Vegas ” opens at the Palazzo resort. The first- and second-place finishers from 2012's Season 7 of the TV talent contest are among the entertainers in the seven-week stint that began Monday. Olate Dogs , the performing pooches that wowed fans and took home the $1 million top prize, will headline the show in the Palazzo Theatre . On television the dogs, trained by the father-and-son team of Richard and Nicholas Olate, delighted audiences with their backflips and other stunts.
February 14, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Visitors to the Mob Museum can now savor downtown Las Vegas ' colorful history beyond the unsavory side represented by gangsters. The third floor is now home to the “Fabulous Downtown” exhibit, which displays various black-and-white images, mostly from the 1950s. The images, shot by photographers from the Las Vegas News Bureau, capture the city's core as it appeared long before Las Vegas Boulevard - then known as Los Angeles Highway - was developed into a world-famous resort corridor.
February 8, 2013
Re "Archdiocese weighs huge fund drive," Feb. 6 I have been following the L.A. Archdiocese sex abuse scandal from the very beginning. Like many Catholics, I am shocked and appalled at what has happened recently. I have not donated any money directly to the archdiocese since this scandal became news. Though I will continue to support my parish, I encourage all Catholics not to contribute one penny to any fund-raising activities of the archdiocese. We need to send a strong message to Archbishop Jose Gomez that this type of conduct by our leadership is unacceptable.
February 6, 2013 | By Jay Jones
This Valentine's Day, a variety of special events in Las Vegas will cater to couples, but singles can mingle (in search of that special someone) at activities created just for them. And, on what's the busiest day of the year for marriages in the world's wedding capital, there's the chance to ditch the chapels and get hitched amid Sin City's historic neon. In search of a romantic Valentine's Day dinner? Dozens of restaurants will offer special menus. The Michelin three-star Joel Robuchon Restaurant   at MGM Grand will be offering a 13-course meal, starting with spiced strawberry gazpacho and ending with “an assortment of succulent sweets.” The “Lovers Experience” costs $435 a person.
January 25, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Las Vegas will celebrate the Chinese New Year next month, replete with dragon dances, firecrackers, fabulous food and stunning floral displays  along the Strip and in downtown Las Vegas. The fun gets underway at the Fremont Street Experience at 6 p.m. on Feb. 8. Dragon dancers will perform as virtual firecrackers explode on the Viva Vision canopy overhead. Through Feb. 10, the pedestrian mall will be alive with cultural performances and vendors selling Asian food. At 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9, a dragon dance will wind its way through the Venetian . The performers will eventually make their way to the resort's Waterfall Atrium, which is already bedecked in a colorful display featuring “Sophie Chow,” an animated, 98-foot-long blue snake that welcomes the arrival of the Year of the Snake.
January 11, 2013 | By Jay Jones
“Rock of Ages,” the Broadway musical that's also been made into a movie starring Tom Cruise, has landed in Las Vegas as the latest in a line of productions to be formatted for the Sin City stage.  Its website says the two-hour performance celebrates the "great rock music of the '80s. " It's set along the Sunset Strip and tells the tale of two young people -- Drew (Justin Mortelliti) and Sherrie (Carrie St. Louis) -- who move to Los Angeles in 1987 to pursue their dreams.
December 17, 2012 | By Jay Jones
Sugar craving or stocking stuffer? No matter, really.  Las Vegas confectioners who have whipped up holiday-themed candies are at the ready this month. Jean Philippe Patisserie in Bellagio and Ethel M Chocolates in suburban Henderson, also have displays to put you in the holiday mood. The Jean Philippe Patisserie features a variety of Santa-themed boxes of chocolates, of course, but what might put that twinkle in your eye is a nearly-life-sized sculpture of Old St. Nick that looks and is good enough to eat. The 5-foot-tall Santa, seated in his chair and surrounded by wrapped gifts, is made from 230 pounds of dark chocolate and 50 pounds of fondant.
December 4, 2012 | By Jay Jones
Wolfgang Puck, the man many credit with turning Las Vegas dining from a vast wasteland into a culinary happening, will celebrate two decades in Sin City with specials and a special appearance. Puck opened his first Vegas eatery, Spago at the Forum Shops at Caesars , on Dec. 11, 1992. To mark the milestone, Puck will spend this Dec. 11 at Spago, greeting guests, posing for photos and cooking in the kitchen. From Dec. 10-14, Spago will be offer  a “throwback” menu featuring some of his favorite dishes at retro prices.
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