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Al Pacino and Angel Salazar, who were in Scarface together, pose backstage after PAcino's Mirage show
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On the face of it – make that the “Scarface” of it -- last Saturday night at the Mirage proved to be a real mob-pleaser.

Hollywood icon Al Pacino, who was doing his one-man show at the hotel, and comedian Angel Salazar, who was going to be appearing at the Laugh Factory at the New Tropicana the next week, first worked together in the historic movie, Scarface, in 1983 and then 10 years later (1993) appeared in the Golden Globe- nominated film, Carlito’s Way in which Salazar played the character Walberto.But this night, Angel once again took his shot and made it an even more special evening for the crowd as he engaged his old gumba from his seat in the audience where he was sitting with some friends enjoying Pacino’s one-man show.

During the Q&A portion of Pacino’s show in the packed Terry Fator Theater, Angel took to the microphone and said, “Mr. Pacino, ‘Sheck it out!’…. It’s Chi-Chi, your little sidekick from Scarface!” A big smile came across Pacino’s face as he peered out into the audience. “Who is that? Chi Chi?! The audience immediately recognized Angel as one of the co-stars from the cult movie and erupted into applause. Angel responded, “I just wanted to tell you, man, I GOT THE YEYO!!! The crowd went nuts when he said that quotable famous line from the hit movie as he pulled out a huge plastic bag filled with white powder.

Angel then jumped up onstage with Al and moderator John Katsilometes. Al immediately gave Angel a big hug while the audience applauded, and called out, “Chi Chi get the Yeyo!!!” Angel took this moment to plug his upcoming Vegas engagement. “Hey everybody, ‘sheck it out!’ On Monday, I open at the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana hotel!” The audience applauded as he jumped back down into the crowd. After the show, Angel posed for at least 50 photos with Scarface fans before going backstage to see Al and posed for some photos with him in the green room.

Celine Dion has canceled all scheduled performances, including those at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, through March 22, 2015, in order to focus 100% of her attention on her husband Rene, their family, and recent health issues. Since Rene's surgery last December to remove a cancerous tumor, it's been a very difficult and stressful time for the couple as they deal with the day-to-day challenges of fighting this disease while trying to juggle a very active show business schedule, and raise their three young children.

Celine has also been fighting an illness that has caused inflammation in her throat muscles, and has not been able to perform any of her scheduled shows in Las Vegas since her last show on July 29. She has still not recovered from this condition.

"I want to devote every ounce of my strength and energy to my husband's healing, and to do so, it's important for me to dedicate this time to him and to our children,” Celine said. “I also want to apologize to all my fans everywhere, for inconveniencing them, and I thank them so much for their love and support. I also appreciate the understanding of my long-term partners AEG and Caesars Entertainment during this difficult time.”

Besides canceling her shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace until further notice, Celine will also cancel her tour of Asia, previously scheduled for the fall of this year.

Comedian, actress, author, mother and cat-lover Paula Poundstone will return to The Orleans Showroom September 26-27, bringing her wry observational humor and a fresh stand-up act. Poundstone is a regular panelist on NPR’s weekly quiz program Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me, where her impeccable timing is key to the show’s format. She has also appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and written several magazine articles, including five years of writing the back page column in “Mother Jones,” and has authored multiple books.

LIPSHTICK – THE PERFECT SHADE OF STAND UP has announced a new show to the all-female comedy series. Hosts of MTV’s late night show Nikki & Sara Live, Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer are set to co-headline the Lipshtick stage Friday, Sept. 27. The series is also excited to welcome TV’s Queen of all Media, Wendy Williams back to the stage following her sold-out show in July. Williams will return to The Sands Showroom for two special performances, Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1. Williams made her comedic debut in July and kicked off the LIPSHTICK series with her first-ever stand-up performance. After the shows, she said, "My jokes aren't really jokes, they are humorous takes on serious things that have happened in my life and I feel if I have been through things that other people have been through, too.”

Naomi Giannopoulos, better known as Vegas Nay, is the #1 followed beauty blogger. She began blogging online as a hobby and quickly became an Instagram sensation, attracting over 2.5 million followers. She is known for her beautiful makeup pictorials. Naomi is a self-taught makeup artist. Her online blog Vegas Nay has become a beautiful network of sharing talent from all over the world. Naomi has over 20 years of experience and is the official beauty blogger for Cosmopolitan for Latinas. She will head up the Stardust Tour, which will be held at the M Resort August 31, 2014, from 11am – 7pm. Attendees will have the chance to meet the Industry Celebs of Instagram and Youtube as they share their beauty secrets. Celebs include: MaryamNYC, Miss Ellarie, Doe Deere, Denise Sanchez, Ely Marino, Teni Panosian, Jackie Gomez, Loren Ridinger, Photographer Israel Marino, and Cosmo for Latinas Beauty Editor Milly Almodovar Thompson.

Vegas Music Summit presents punk rockers Hot Water Music with special guests The Flatliners and Dave Hause on Thursday, November 13 at the Fremont Country Club (601 E. Fremont. St. Las Vegas.) The Gainesville, Florida-based post-hardcore quartet Hot Water Music were formed in 1994 by bassist Jason Black, drummer George Rebelo, and singer/guitarists Chuck Ragan and Chris Wollard.

Multi-platinum recording artist and seven-time GRAMMY nominee Joan Osborne will headline at the M Resort Spa Casino’s 2,300-seat M Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 20. The special, one-night-only performance of Osborne’s “Soul Revue” will take audiences on an expressive journey with powerhouse vocals and soulful ballads. Her endless list of songbook favorites will include classic Motown renditions from her albums Breakfast In Bed and Bring It On Home, including “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Midnight Train To Georgia,” “What Becomes Of A Broken Heart” and “I Don’t Need No Doctor.”

The Downtown Las Vegas Events Center invites guest to experience live music under the desert sky with its first headlining concert featuring Capital Cities with special guest Joywave. The hit indie bands will take the stage at Downtown Las Vegas’ newest concert and events venue for an energetic live show Saturday, September 20.

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Miguel will heat up Labor Day Weekend in Las Vegas with a headlining performance at Hyde Bellagio, Saturday, Aug. 30. Guests are invited to kick off the weekend-long party at Hyde with an intimate set by sbe’s “Sayers Sessions” on Friday, Aug. 29.

American actor, comedian and writer, Charlie Murphy will bring his hilarious stand-up routine to the Suncoast Showroom on September 26. Murphy has a history in Hollywood comedy, having worked with his younger brother, Eddie Murphy, in movies and comedy as well as spending time as a cast member and writer on the celebrated Comedy Central sketch series, Chapelle’s Show. Murphy's first major role in a motion picture was in the 1993 film CB4, in which he portrayed the antagonist, Gusto.

Beloved comedic genius Bill Cosby brings his signature comedy back to the Treasure Island Theatre on Friday, September 26 at 8 p.m. Known the world over for The Cosby Show, which ran from 1984 to 1992 on NBC, Cosby broke racial barriers and sent a powerful message to viewers – the family unit and raising children matters most. The No. 1 rated sitcom earned six Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes and 10 People’s Choice Awards.

Superstar Juan Gabriel has announced that he will add a special Las Vegas El Grito show to his acclaimed VOLVER 2014 tour with a Sept. 15 performance at The AXIS Powered by Monster at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

As part of a world tour to celebrate 275 years of history, Jaquet Droz brings the Enchanted Journey Exhibit this fall to The Shops at Crystals in Las Vegas. The exhibit, open to the public from September 30 to November 12, will showcase an outstanding selection of the brand’s antique and contemporary timepieces. Exclusively on the opening day, a Jaquet Droz’ master artist will be demonstrating the skillful artistry of hand engraving and miniature painting on watch dials.

PANDA! has announced additional performance dates at The Palazzo Las Vegas through December 28, 2014. Meeting popular demand, the first-ever Chinese show to take up a Las Vegas residency combines high-flying acrobatics, mystifying martial arts, music, and dance.

Whimsical and charming; delightful and fanciful, William Shakespeare’s classic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, embodies all of these feelings and more as George Balanchine’s masterful ballet brings this story to life on the Reynolds Hall stage--giving audiences a chance to experience Shakespeare’s complete tale as told in one act by New York City Ballet’s legendary Co-Founder George Balanchine. Mischievous spells and mistaken identities abound as the theme of reality versus illusion is explored in this captivating, hilarious and romantic adventure about a pair of mortals and immortals.

The city of Henderson is teaming up with the Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club to present the 24th Annual Prince Jonah Kuhio Ho’olaule’a Festival. The event, which celebrates the Hawaiian and Pacific Islander culture, is Saturday, September 13 from 10 a.m-10 p.m. and Sunday, September 14 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 Water St., and the Water Street District. Admission is complimentary. This year’s event infuses some of Hawaii’s unexpected heritage, the paniolo or cowboy. There will be pony rides, a paniolo outfit and lei contest, ukulele music and a special performance by Melveen Leed, an award-winning Hawaiian and country singer who has performed at the Grand Ole Opry.

Ja-Makin’-Me Laugh, the hit ventriloquist comedy act starring Matilda and Patrick Murray, debuted its new residency at the D Las Vegas Tuesday, Aug.19, with daily performances at 2:30 p.m. Ja-Makin’-Me Laugh features the duo of vibrant comedy star and “Jamaica’s #1 Comedienne,” Matilda, along with her sidekick, Second City trained ventriloquist Patrick Murray. The fun-filled, multi-cultural show delivers the sassy, witty observations of Matilda, as jokes – and voices – are thrown around the showroom. The act combines classic standup comedy with the ancient art of ventriloquism and puppetry,

Celebrating Nevada’s 150th anniversary, a star-studded tribute to the state’s cultural heritage will take place on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 at The Smith Cemter. Scheduled to appear are cast members of Cirque du Soleil, Jubilee!, Jersey Boys, and Million Dollar Quartet; Penn & Teller; and singers Clint Holmes, Frankie Moreno, Bob Anderson, Las Vegas Mass Choir, Human Nature, Véronic, Earl Turner, Leigh Zimmerman & Domenick Allen, Broadway in the Hood and more! The Lon Bronson All-Star Band will do ributes to Frank Sinatra, Mark Twain and Liberace. There will be special appearances by Jerry Lewis, Susan Anton, Philip Fortenberry, Wayne Newton, Robin Leach, David Wise, Antonio Fargas and Mark Shunock from "Rock of Ages” as well as special reading by Nevada's cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell

The search for the next Miss Nevada USA and Miss Nevada Teen USA has begun as the countdown for the 2015 Miss Nevada USA Pageant has officially started. With the competition taking place on Friday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 23, young women from all over the state of Nevada will compete for the crown and title. The much anticipated event will take place at the Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Campus. The two new winners will be crowned by the previous titleholders, Miss Nevada USA 2014 Nia Sanchez, who was recently crowned Miss USA 2014, and Miss Nevada Teen USA 2014, Alexa Taylor.

Music pop star Joe Jonas celebrated his 25th birthday blowout at celebrity hotspot Beacher’s Madhouse inside MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The newly single birthday boy was joined by his closest friends, including his brother, Nick Jonas, and girlfriend, Olivia Culpo, as well as actor Alex Pettyfer and girlfriend, model Marloes Horst. Owner and legendary showman, Jeff Beacher pulled out all the stops for the party, which included a lap dance by the world’s smallest stripper, Little Spinner, a mini Miley Cyrus stripper performance, and a mini Jonas Brothers concert. The group partied the night away as they enjoyed Beau Joie Champagne and George Clooney’s own Casamingos Tequila all night. Before arriving at Beacher’s Madhouse, the group attended David Copperfield’s show where Joe was pulled up on stage by the illusionist.

Actress Kristen Wiig was spotted enjoying an evening at Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar at The LINQ in Las Vegas on a recent Friday night. The hilarious leading lady, known for her roles on Saturday Night Live and in the movie Bridesmaids, noshed on Chef Ernesto Zendejas’ signature house-made guacamole, topped with pomegranate seeds.

Actor and produce Nicolas Cage enjoyed lunch in the garden lounge at Michael and Jenna Morton’s La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway inside Wynn Las Vegas recently. Cage was joined by his wife, Alice Kim, and her family. The group shared three bottles of wine while enjoying an assortment of meats and cheeses. They also shared and noshed on a number of signature dishes prepared by Executive Chef Billy DeMarco, including the beef filet, diver sea scallops, Thai snapper ceviche, bacon-wrapped dates, ahi tuna and an assortment of flatbreads. The award-winning actor was pleased that La Cave still carried his favorite bottle of 2011 Gabriel Baja California Red Wine and enjoyed several glasses throughout the lunch.

First Friday Las Vegas has announced the winner of Wonderland’s open call for artists. Local visual artist Brock Nordstrom took home the top honor for his concept “The Most Beautiful Thing You’ve Never/Ever Seen.” Nordstrom’s new media technological exhibit explores the imagery of turning what appeared to be nothing into a beautiful piece of art before onlookers’ very eyes. For wowing the judges and the public at First Friday, Nordstrom received a $10,000 commission for a future installation at First Friday Las Vegas. This commissioned work is set to be unveiled at First Friday on September 5.

The “Vegas Dinner Show” returns to Sam’s Town Live Saturday, September 13 for another night of dinner and dancing, with a performance by the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, featuring vocalist Nancy Knorr. The orchestra will be directed by Bill Tole.

After a one year hiatus, Freakshow Wrestling returns to Las Vegas with its largest and craziest show yet on Friday, August 29, at Helltown Studios (6425 W. Richmar Ave., Las Vegas 89139). Presented by Smash Magazine, Freakshow Wrestling: The End of the World Party features freaky fun for all including helicopters, wrestling legends, a zombie invasion, explosions and a clown army. Freakshow Wresting: The End of the World Party is a 21+ event. Co-hosted by The Amazing Johnathan and Jenn O. Cide, the event features wrestling legends Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Gangrel, Chavo Guerrero, Sinn Bodhi, John Morrison and Brian Kendrick; with special appearances by GWAR’s Techno Destructo, the Ghost of Macho Man, Clownvis, Scorch the Clown and live music by the Radioactive Chickenheads.

Actor, playwright and comedian Lewis Black will return to The Mirage, on October 4, bringing his spot-on social and political humor to the Terry Fator Theater during his THE RANT IS DUE TOUR. The comedian is a four-time GRAMMY Award-nominee and two-time winner for his albums The Carnegie Hall Performance and Stark Raving Black. Saturday,

For the first time, the owners of Tahiti Village are introducing a new restaurant the public can enjoy. Previously the restaurants at the resort were for guests only. 17° South is helmed by Chef John Gremo, a graduate of UNLV and the university’s Executive Chef for 20 years prior to joining the Tahiti Village family. The diverse and affordable 17° South menu has starters ranging from Shrimp Cocktail to Chicken Wings that begin at just $8. Specialty pizzas include create-your-own options and begin at only $11. The specialty burgers, all made with incomparable beef from the famed La Frieda meat purveyors out of New Jersey, are $12 and include tasty garlic fries or regular fries.

However, if you’re looking for the absolute best Turkey Burger around these parts, my vote goes to the Tilted Kilt at The Linq. The happening place has an ample menu of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers and other fare along with a large selection of beers and other drinks.

The Australian Bee Gees Show – A Tribute to the Bee Gees will continue to celebrate five decades of memorable music written by the Brothers Gibb through January 2018. Capturing the look, sound and personality of one of the most successful groups in music history, the veteran performers have signed an extension and will call Excalibur Hotel & Casino home for an additional three years. Earlier this year, The Australian Bee Gees added new songs, arrangements, video projections and costumes to the multi-media concert event. Entering its 18th year as a group, the tribute band has performed more than 4,000 shows in more than 42 countries.

GRAMMY Award-winning jazz pianist and world renowned singer Diana Krall brings her Wallflower World Tour to the intimate Pearl Concert Theater inside Palms Casino Resort on Nov. 8, 2014 at 8 p.m. Krall’s latest U.S. Tour is in support of her stunning new album Wallflower, which will be released on Verve Records on Oct. 21, 2014. Produced by 16-time GRAMMY Award-winning producer David Foster, Wallflower finds Krall breaking new ground with her interpretations of some of the greatest pop songs of all time. The album features popular classics, from the late ’60s to present day, which inspired Krall in her early years, as well as an unreleased composition from Paul McCartney called “If I Take You Home Tonight.”

Legendary U.K. band Culture Club announced a handful of intimate club dates in the U.S. this fall, including a performance at the intimate Pearl Concert Theater inside Palms Casino Resort on Nov. 22, 2014 at 8 p.m. The band also confirmed that a new album is in the works and due for release in early 2015. Frontman Boy George made an appearance on Thursday, Aug. 14 on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers.

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