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Casinos: Penn and Teller bring illusions to Harrah’s Tahoe

Penn and Teller have a one-night engagement at Harrah’s Tahoe on Thursday.
Penn and Teller have a one-night engagement at Harrah’s Tahoe on Thursday.

With so much going on in Northern California and Northern Nevada hotel-casinos this week, you’d think it’s the middle of summer, even if it hardly feels like it. That’s because heavyweight entertainment is on the schedule, along with some new names, and a few who have not been around for a while.

Start with Penn and Teller. These two might have superpowers to be able to manage to run their regular show at the Rio in Las Vegas and still find time for one-on engagements. Harrah’s Tahoe has snared them for Thursday, March 3.

Audiences can check out their latest illusions (usually the geekier the better) and the new Penn Jillette, who has managed to drop more than 100 pounds and not through magic. He has said it is because he no longer “eats like an American.” More information is forthcoming in a book – “How I Made Over 100 Pounds Magically Disappear” – scheduled for the fall. He wants it to be inspirational and not a guide. For that he recommends a doctor, not a Las Vegas magician. (7:30 p.m.; $75; Ticketmaster)


Winter somehow feels like an appropriate time for a Three Dog Night appearance. After all, their name comes from a term for a bitter cold night – when one needs at least three dogs nestled close to keep warm. Their music is anything but frigid, however, as Jeremiah the bullfrog can attest. They’re at Thunder Valley Friday, Feb. 26. (8 p.m.; $49.75-$58.75; There’s another dip into the Thunder Valley nostalgia trunk Saturday when Bay Area impersonator Rick Torres performs his tribute to Elvis. (7:30 p.m.; $40-$50)

John Lennon gets a tribute as well as the Plastic Fauxno All-Star Band plays the MontBleu Friday-Saturday, Feb. 26-27. (8 p.m.; $25; Ticketmaster)

Freddie Jackson brings a good amount of soul to Cache Creek Saturday with “You Are My Lady” and “Love Me Down,” among his 11 No 1 hits. (8 p.m.; $35-$49; And the perfectly named Silver Moon Orchestra continues Cache Creek’s big band series Sunday, Feb. 28. (1 p.m.; $20 or free with club card)

Jackson Rancheria is featuring “Global Knock-Out 6” Friday, Feb. 26 with the mixed-martial arts competition set to crown both a middleweight and a flyweight champion. (7 p.m.; $45-$105;

And in Reno this week: Cheech and Chong perform their delayed concert on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Silver Legacy (8 p.m.; $59.50-$69.50;; Joe Satriani brings his “Surfing to Shockwave” retrospective tour Saturday, Feb. 27, to the Grand Sierra, celebrating his 15th solo album “Shockwave Supernova.” (8 p.m.; $22.64-$59.63;