Daily Archives: August 23, 2009

Baseball’s Bryce Harper’s Frustrating Day at Work

The recent Sports Illustrated cover boy from Las Vegas (previously reported in Las Vegas Backstage Access article) is, apparently, facing hard times.  In an all-star baseball game last Sunday in San Diego, the high school turned college prep star grounded out twice and struck out three times in five plate appearances. 

“He could not catch up to a decent fastball and was fooled by every curve,” Dave Perkins of Baseball America wrote.  “Harper’s swing, sound previously, has gone backward.”

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Down Goes MMA Fighter Gina Carano from Las Vegas

Gina Carano, the Las Vegas-based mixed martial arts fighter lost her first women’s MMA championship bout a week ago Saturday in San Jose.  GinaCarano2  But, judging from her talents, she’s definitely not out for the count.

As previously reported by Las Vegas Backstage Access, her opponent was Christiane “Cyborg” Santos, who scored a mechanical TKO middleweight victory with a second left in the opening round.  

It was Carano’s first defeat in eight fights.

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Caribbean Fun in the Las Vegas Sun

Ah, yes, the hot, sweltering dog days of summer are blanketing Las Vegas.  Is this really a great time to pack a picnic for the grass and attend a show production at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park in the foothills beyond Red Rock in Las Vegas?  You bet it is! 

Until August 29, Las Vegas’ Super Summer Theatre is producing “Once on This Island,” billed as adding “catchy Caribbean flavor” to a Little Mermaid-esque fairy tale.    It’s the song-and-dance creation of Tony Award-winning team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime and Anastasia). 

For more information, please visit www.supersummertheatre.com

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Previously Imprisoned Singer Trina Johnson-Finn Performs in Las Vegas Tonight

Trina Johnson-Finn is back, thankfully, performing in Las Vegas this Sunday, Aug. 23.  It’s her first time on stage since her release after spending more than 100 days in South American jail, as previously reported by Las Vegas Backstage AccessTrinaJohnsonFinn

Johnson-Finn has a 90-minute show at the Bootlegger Bistro on Sunday, Aug. 23, starting at 8:30 p.m. 

She had been held in Suriname on charges that she impersonated past Las Vegas singer Toni Braxton to defraud a boisterous and demanding concert crowd.  She was acquitted in June.

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Boxer Floyd Mayweater to Host WWE Raw on Monday

Boxer Floyd Mayweather, who resides in Las Vegas much of the time, officially was announced the World Wrestling Entertainment Raw telecast as the host for this Monday’s event. FloydMayweather

Mayweather, who participated in WrestleMania XXIV in 2008, when he defeated Paul “Big Show” Wight in a match at Orlando, Fla., will host the Aug. 24 event at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. 

Mayweather is training for a Sept. 19 comeback fight against Juan Manuel Marquez.

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