When Amit “Duvdev” Duvdevani and Erez Eisen got out of the Israeli military in the mid-’90s and formed a musical duo, they didn’t anguish over a name; instead, they just appropriated one from some old friends – Infected Mushroom.

Tribal factions agree to a binding general election to settle the question of who controls a $100 million-a-year casino in Corning, averting a long legal fight.

Happy Independence Day!

A few changes in the routine promise plenty of holiday fun.

On Season 16 of “Dancing With the Stars,” Val Chmerkovskiy came close to hoisting the mirror-ball trophy with his partner, Zendaya, but they ran into the Derek Hough/Kelli Pickler juggernaut and came in second.

With only one pause – for a solo cover of “Greatest Love of All” – the Eldorado’s “Dance Inferno” serves up non-stop, rapid-fire, sometimes-exhilarating, sometimes-exhausting disco.

Casino entertainment this week is a veritable nostalgia buffet, with appetizing acts from several different decades under the heat lamps.

Memorial Day has come and gone, and now warm-weather festival and special-event season is upon us. While the casinos are bringing in major artists, there’s plenty to do outside as well, with some of it slightly off the beaten track.

When Wilson Phillips released its eponymous first album in 1990, the success was instantaneous and phenomenal.

Fans of Con Funk Shun have been waiting for the group’s new album, “The Sound of Grown Men,” but several years have passed since it was announced and a full record has yet to be released.

It has not always gone the way they expected, but it’s gone well nevertheless.

Divas dominate the casino-entertainment scene this week. In fact, some true “Funky Divas” are set to play Cache Creek on Saturday.

The ‘SNL’ and ‘30 Rock’ veteran has new stand-up special and will appear Saturday at Thunder Valley

It may be hard to believe that “Achy Breaky Heart” is 22 years old. Actually, it’s a bit older, since shortly after it had been passed over by the Oak Ridge Boys, it was recorded in 1991 by the Marcy Brothers (their version was titled “Don’t Tell My Heart”). Billy Ray Cyrus then took it to stratospheric heights in 1992 by adding tight blue jeans and some countrified Elvis-esque hip swivels.

Taj Mahal doesn’t fit the strict definition of “blues musician.”

Fans of Filipino entertainment have some choices to make Friday, as both Harrah’s Tahoe and Thunder Valley feature performers beloved by the island nation.

When Maurice Sendak was in high school, his English teacher, well aware of his shyness, offered to let him skip an oral presentation of his reading assignment if he were to accompany his essay with illustrations. Eight of his “Macbeth” drawings are on the display at the Nevada Museum of Art, and they clearly show the young artist’s talents and the wisdom of that teacher.

Evidently, it was the discovery of South-African guitarist Terence Reis that made the Straits a reality.

It’s a show worthy of the Man in Black.

“I suppose what I miss most about the way things used to be would be the way people dress,” says Florence LaRue of the 5th Dimension, appearing Saturday at Cache Creek. “I remember when people were expected to dress up to go to a concert, and if the gentleman didn’t have a jacket, the maitre d’ would loan him one.

Drag entertainment was once considered scandalous at worst, naughty at best.

“A lot of standup comedians want the next thing. They want to become actors or have sitcoms. I’m just the opposite. I pretty much started with the sitcom.”

If after all the coverage of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in this country there remains a thirst for more, Thunder Valley is hosting a concert Saturday called “Brit Beat: Tribute to the Beatles.”

Kellie Pickler is looking forward to her Harrah’s Tahoe performance Saturday, not only because the South Shore Room has hosted “good company, for sure,” as she said, over its decades of featuring top talent, but also because it gives her a chance to showcase songs from her album “The Woman I Am.”

The music may seem a little strange to the venue. The MontBleu Theater, usually the place for electronic music, rap and adult comedians, will be the site for some bluegrass Saturday when The Devil Makes Three makes its Tahoe debut (the band plays at Sacramento’s Ace of Spades Friday night).

In what’s become her breakout comedy routine, comedian Anjelah Johnson impersonates a Vietnamese manicurist – an edgy caricature complete with phony praise and oblique criticism served with a smile and foreign-language asides.

Usually, casino showrooms are occupied by the hit makers, not the hit writers, but Burt Bacharach has become so associated with his music, he’s an exception.

The inept among us have always marveled as cocktail servers load little round trays with an array of drinks – large and small, bottled and iced – and then set forth across a busy casino floor where people are always stopping or making abrupt turns. The servers steer their way through the throng with seeming ease and usually no spillage.

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