Note: This is a past article from February 17, 2012
You can find the current Las Vegas Entertainment Tidbits article HERE
FEBRUARY ENTERTAINMENT TIDBITS
by Z.Z. Zorn
David Saxe does it and does it again and again. His Ultimate
Variety Show at the V Theatre in the Miracle Mile Shoppes at PLANET HOLLYWOOD is
a top notch show with some of the best specialty acts you will ever see.
David Saxe with Z.Z.
the comedic M.C. and the fastest juggler in the world, comes in and out of the
show with new routines and comedy; Joe Trammel creates characters
with props, costumes and music that are outrageously hilarious; Ukrainians Youri & Nikolai are incredible acrobats; The Crazy Gauchos
fantastic comedy drummers/bolos/dancers (formerly The Argentine Gauchos who have
played in all the major extravagant production Vegas shows since 1977);
Melinda, The First Lady of Magic (and sister of David Saxe) is back after
a 10 year hiatus becoming a mother to her two daughters. She looks
and performs as if she never left the stage; Tamara, rhythmic gymnast does an
amazing act with Hula Hoops;
Skater- Jennie Arata Melinda – First Lady of
Magic Tamara – Gymnist
Russ Merlin, uses 4 audience volunteers to create characters using masks,
gestures and comedy that makes your stomach hurt from laughing.
While all these
talented acts create a spectacular variety show, the best is yet to come. The
ARATA SKATERS, husband and wife Victor and Jennie, perform the most spectacular,
dangerous skating feats that are beyond description on a small round stage very
close to the audience.
The Skating Aratas
this talent together in one show, one can’t help but give it a rave review and I
recommend it is a must see.
FIRST FRIDAY LAS VEGAS has been a mainstay of arts and culture in
downtown Las Vegas for nine years. In 2011, just shy of the October nine year
anniversary, the arts and culture festival welcomed a new ownership group, First
Friday Las Vegas, LLC, comprised of Zappos.com executives Tony Hsieh, Fred
Mossier and Steve Hill, as well as downtown developer Andrew Donner and
marketing executive Joey Vanes. The outdoor event features several areas
throughout Downtown Las Vegas that showcase artists of all calibers and genres,
supplementing with live music, food and other festive events.
NOW, FIRST FRIDAY LAS VEGAS Arts
festival in downtown Las Vegas, is pairing up with the Lucky Lady Lucy team and
the city of Las Vegas to hold the city’s first public burn, inspired by the
annual Burning Man Festival, on Friday, March 2.
FIRST VEGAS BURN! the FLAMES of CHANGE will feature “Lucky Lady Lucy,” a 20-foot
tall wooden showgirl sculpture, which will be ceremoniously blazed in the first
public burn in Las Vegas history at 8 p.m.
Mirroring the spectacle featured at the
Burning Man Festival, FIRST
FRIDAY will wow the downtown crowd and give a taste of the energy and community-
building that Burning Man is
known for. Fire art performances by Flame logy, Nytronix and The Brotherhood of
the Flame will bring the energy of the public burn to crowds throughout the
festival. Cast members from the Los Angeles-based production “The Burning Opera:
How to Survive the Apocalypse” will perform during this high-energy event. The
theatrical performance combines rock opera and vaudeville. An Art Car
Extravaganza will be headlined by The Dancetronauts, a performance group that
provides top-of-the-line sound system technology, world-renowned DJs, cutting-
edge stage lighting and visual effects and an array of professional dancers,
fire performers, artists and the infamous Dancetrohotties who will add to the
After the March 2 First Friday event,
the new PLAZA HOTEL will host an Art Car party with the Dancetronauts as well as
the world’s most unique and artfully designed vehicles. Following the Art Car
event the after-party will move into the Plaza Theatre where guests can dance
into the wee hours of the morning.
The festivities will extend beyond FIRST
FRIDAY and over the weekend with Art Car parades, after parties and programmed
events throughout Downtown.
On Saturday, March 3 in El Cortez’
Jackie Gaughan Parkway, the Dancetronauts and other art cars will be at it again
with performances from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. before party-goers make their way to
the bars and clubs of Fremont East. Hotel packages are available; visit www.firstfridaylasvegas.com for
A fundraising event to help build “Lucky
Lady Lucy” will be held at InsertCoin(s) on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 9 p.m. until
11 p.m. Donations can also be made online at www.Indiegogo.com/LuckyLadyLucy.
Renowned funnyman Norm Crosby returns to the SUNCOAST Showroom, March 3
and 4. With a knack for intelligent wordplay, Norm Crosby is known as “The
Master of the Malaprop” for his ability to substitute words for similar sounding
words to create an amusing phrase that ultimately makes little sense. His use of
malapropisms and quick wit became lucrative as he began a stand-up career in the
‘50s as part of a comedy act with Ethan Eichrodt. Following a smash run with
Eichrodt in Las Vegas, Crosby found success going solo, then went on to become a
staple on the talk, variety and game show circuit in every decade since the
Opening for Crosby is legendary comedian Sammy
Shore, founder of the Comedy Store on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip. A fixture on
the standup comedy circuit for decades, Shore is renowned as “The Man Who Made
Elvis Laugh,” a title earned after Colonel Parker hand-picked him to open for
the King during his 1969-72 Comeback Tour in Las Vegas.
about Sammy Shore, he will hit a funny bone for animals with his third annual
Funny Bones comedy at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 inside the PALMS Key West Ballroom.
The Funny Bones comedy jam boasts an all-star cast emceed by the
impressive talents of Sammy Shore, with
Louie Anderson, George Wallace, Vinnie Favorito,
Zowie Bowie, Marty Allen, Doug Starks, Reggie Griffin, James P. Connolly, Geechy
Guy, comedy rock band, The Thunder Nuggets and additional
The funds raised from the comedy jam will go to the Funny Bones
Foundation whose purpose is to provide financial support to abandoned animals in
need of advanced medical and surgical assistance that are under the care of
established non-profit animal rescue organizations in Clark County.
Funny Bones is
made possible due to the dedicated people who believe in helping the local
animal community: Dr. Matthew Brooks, Sammy and Suzanne Shore, show producer and
director James D’Arrigo, Jean McCusker, Catherine Luce, Jocelyn Arter, Samantha
Ratcliffe-D'Arrigo and many volunteers. Tickets for Funny Bones are $29.95 plus
additional fees and can be purchased at the PALMS Pearl Box Office.
Mickey Gilley and renowned comedians Bill Engvall and Carlos Mencia open a year
of entertainment at TREASURE ISLAND, beginning in February.
February 18 -
Mickey Gilley The original Urban Cowboy began
performing in Houston nightclubs before scoring a string of No. 1 hits during
the mid- 70’s. TREASURE ISLAND is home to his namesake, Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & BBQ, paying homage to
the very successful Gilley’s Club in Pasadena, Texas, which was known as the
“world's largest honky-tonk.”
March 9 - Bill
Engvall Stars and serves as executive
producer for “The Bill Engvall Show” on TBS and currently hosts one of the top-
rated shows on CMT, “Country Fried Home Videos.”
March 23 - Carlos Mencia Mencia
began his stand-up career performing at The Laugh Factory during amateur
night and quickly rose to superstar status. Mencia’s latest comedy special, “New
Territory,” premiered on Comedy Central in December 2011.
Tickets for each
show can be purchased at 1-866-712-9308 or 702-894-7722.
KING’S ROOM at the RIO has great performers doing
their thing at hours to please all audiences. BETHANY OWEN, the`Woman of 1,001 Voices and Faces’ performs her
celebrity impressionist show, ONE VOICE.’ Bethany performs her
one-of-a-kind high-energy 90 minute show doing 50 characters blending music,
comedy and voice impressions along with audience interaction at 2:30 p.m.
pays tribute to Elvis Presley and
Michael Jackson with Charlie Franks playing the “King of Rock” and Chris Gardner
who impersonates the “King of Pop.”
CHRIS GARDNER has mastered the dance moves and voice that
solidified Michael Jackson’s four decade career. He truly does justice to the
CHARLIE FRANKS impersonates Elvis aka “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,
Elvis Presley. The talented impersonator, with his deep soulful
voice and lip-curling swagger makes you think the King may not be dead after
all. Showtime at 5:30 p.m.
over at 7 p.m. with YOUNG GUNS
of COMEDY and others, and at 8:30
Michael “Wheels” Parise (opening act for
Andrew Dice Clay for 20 years) headlines KING’s
RESTAURANT WEEK RETURNS – February 27 through March
4 – the first ever spring edition of the
popular culinary event. Locals and tourists have the unique
opportunity to dine at many of the city’s best restaurants at affordable prix
fixe prices while helping to support THREE SQUARE FOOD BANK, Southern Nevada’s
only food bank.
Taking part in LAS VEGAS RESTAURANT WEEK is simple. Diners can
visit any participating restaurant during the specified dates and enjoy a multi-
course, prix fixe menu specially created for LAS VEGAS RESTAURANT WEEK. Each
restaurant will create their own menu offering at one of the following price
points: $20.12, $30.12 or $50.12, with a fixed portion of the proceeds
benefiting THREE SQUARE and the fight against hunger in Southern Nevada.
Diners have the unique opportunity to make their dollar
count twice. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation pledged $5 million towards THREE
SQUARE FOOD BANK’s 2011-2012 annual budgets. Three million
dollars of the pledge is specifically designated as matching funds, meaning each
dollar will be matched one-to-one by the grant, through April 30, 2012.
There are more than 70 participating restaurants and a
complete list of Las Vegas Restaurant Week participants and menu details can be
found at www.helpoutdineoutlv.org. The easy-
to-navigate site allows diners to search by type of cuisine, restaurant location
or donation amount.
THE SPRING PRESERVE joins forces with Comedy-Magician MAC KING, THE PUBLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION and the LAS VEGAS WRANGLERS
HOCKEY TEAM to host an
additional book drive during Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour: Nevada Reading
Week 2012. Las Vegans can make a donation of three new or gently used
elementary-school aged books at The Springs Preserve now through Mar. 2 to
receive a pair of complementary tickets to The Mac King Comedy Magic Show at HARRAH’s.
CABARET JAZZ at THE SMITH CENTER is an
intimate 258-seat venue where an urban jazz club meets an elegant cabaret
in a room made for live music. A little bit of Dizzy’s, a little bit of
Feinstein’s and a lot of sophistication will make this the club for grown-ups in
Las Vegas, and a place where artists will want to perform.
JAZZshowcases the biggest names and the most
hidden gems in cabaret and jazz from around the country, including our
sensational resident artist, CLINT HOLMES. Ten amazing acts are already scheduled and tickets
are now on sale. Because CABARET JAZZ only seats 258 be sure to purchase
your seats now, before they are gone.
And, our town is getting more
culture with the opening of THE SMITH CENTER and, I guess this is in the realm
for more culture for Las Vegas with the opening of THE MOB MUSEUM.
THE MOB MUSEUM’s mission is to preserve, not only the history of
organized crime and law enforcement in America, but to preserve a part of Las
Vegas’ physical history through rehabilitation of the Post Office and Courthouse
that was first listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The
building is significant not only for its neo-classical architecture reminiscent
of the period in which it was built, but also for the historic events that
unfolded inside the building. In addition to the Kefauver hearings, high profile
mobsters were tried there, including Tony Spilotro,
Moe Sedway and Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal.
And, who knows more about that period
than our esteemed former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, who played an integral
role as a Mob lawyer at the time the Mob was flourishing in Las Vegas.
Let’s hope it fares better than the Mob Experience did at the TROPICANA.
Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman officiates weddings at opening of MOB MUSEUM on
and all sorts of special accolades have their special day acknowledged.
Now there is NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY on February 22 and TACOS & TEQUILA inside LUXOR will celebrate
“NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY” as guests are invited to grab their sombreros
and serapes for a margarita fiesta as they salute NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY.
Party-goers will feel as if they’re south of the border at T&T’s
all-day happy hour with two-for-one
house margaritas on Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. T&T’s
signature house margarita is poured with Jose Cuervo Traditional, organic agave
nectar, Grand Marnier and house-made margarita mix, made from scratch daily with
fresh squeezed limes.
Named one of the best tequila bars of 2011 in America by USA
Today, Tacos & Tequila embodies the modernism of Mexico City while incorporating
traditional elements of Mexican style and Las Vegas flair. Tacos & Tequila,
8,000 square foot venue, a highly-stylized Mexican restaurant and bar with a
fun, high-energy vibe and flavorful menu is open daily from 11 a.m. until 11
p.m. for lunch and dinner, as well as for a Mariachi Brunch every Saturday and
Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
winning comedian LOUIE ANDERSON
gives back to United States military members with an invitation to attend
his show for free during the month of February. All active military members with
a valid military ID card will receive up to four free tickets to
Louie LOL at PALACE STATION, as well as a voucher for the “Beach
Party” appetizer platter at Cabo Mexican
Restaurant also at PALACE STATION.
My friend and
colleague from our Society of Singers days, performer
Michel has been touring nationally with his popular show,
“Drinkin’-Singin’-Swingin’ – a Salute to Frank
Sinatra-Sammy Davis, Jr and Dean Martin.
His Rat Pack-themed production starring Michel as Dean Martin,
Peter Pavone as Sinatra, and Bryan Clark as Sammy Davis, Jr. returns to the
RAMPART CASINO in Addison’s Lounge Feb. 17-19. Shows are at 8 p.m.
on Friday and Saturday, and 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $15 at the cage or
$20 at the door.
LV in the Fashion Show Mall, the leader in The Art of Mehndi® and The Art of Threading just celebrated its one-
year anniversary. SUMITA BEAUTY is the respected leader in ancient Eastern
beauty techniques. Since 1986, SUMITA BEAUTY has mastered the Art of Threading,
a non-invasive hair removal process used primarily for brow shaping with the use
of cotton thread and The Art of Mehndi, a
traditional art form using natural henna to give the body a temporary tattoo
and media were treated to the wonderful
experiences that are offered at SUMITA BEAUTY.
addition to the threading, I was able to show off my hand with The Art of Mehndi with glitter for a week after the event.
SUMITA BEAUTY also stocks its studio with dozens of
eye pencils, brow pencils, eye shadow pencils, eye cream, moisturizer, make-up
remover and more. I’ve enjoyed using
their great products that were given to guests in a gift bag at the
anniversary event. Continuing its philosophy of getting involved and giving
back, SUMITA BEAUTY has partnered with many local charities such as Opportunity
Village, The Shade Tree, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada and Nevada Cancer as
well as national charities including City of Hope Medical Center, American India
Foundation (AIF), Red Cross, Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy and more. SUMITA
BEAUTY also encouraged its customers to give with the introduction of Shukar bead bracelets. Any customer that purchased a
Shukar, which means gratitude in Hindu, are able to
direct 100 percent of the sale price to their charity of choice.
The stars will
shine bright on Sunday, February 26, when the
Nevada Princess Pageant and the Mrs.
Nevada-America Pageant will be held at the SUNCOAST Showroom.
The Nevada Princess Pageant, starting at 2 p.m
., includes divisions of Little Miss, ages 4 to 6; Young Miss,
ages 7 to 9; Pre-Teen, ages 10 to 12; and Teen, ages 13 to 16. In each division,
entrants will compete in the categories of evening gown, on-stage introduction
and interview with the judges. The winning Princesses will receive a prize
package including a sterling silver princess tiara necklace, a photo shoot with
Michelle Faithful and a rhinestone princess sash pin.
Later in the evening, 10 of Nevada’s
most accomplished and lovely married women will vie for the 2012 Mrs. Nevada-America crown, starting at 7
p.m. Contestants will be judged in the categories of
evening gown, swimsuit, overall beauty and a four-minute interview with the
judges. All of the contestants, from homemakers to business owners, represent
the brightest and best of Nevada’s married women. The newly crowned Mrs. Nevada-
America 2012 will receive a prize package valued at more than $30,000 and the
official crown of the Mrs. Nevada-America Pageant, presented by the reigning
Mrs. Nevada-America 2011, Amanda Kouretas. The winning lady will go on to
compete in this year’s Mrs. America Pageant, the only nationally televised
pageant for married women in America.
a local nonprofit dedicated to bringing Build-A-Bear workshops to pediatric
cancer patients to hospitals and chemotherapy centers throughout Las Vegas will
benefit from the Nevada Princess Pageant and the Mrs. Nevada-America Pageant.
Tickets for the Nevada Princess
Pageant start at $19.95, plus tax and convenience fees, while tickets for the
Mrs. Nevada-America Pageant start at $29.95, plus tax and convenience fees.
Tickets can be purchased at any Coast Casinos box office, by calling
702.636.7075 or visiting www.suncoastcasino.com.
landscape photographer PETER LIK
has announced the opening of his new gallery inside The Shoppes at
Mandalay Place. Lik will make a very rare public appearance, his first since
2009, at the grand opening of Lik
Mandalay on Saturday, Feb. 25. A total sensory experience,
Lik Mandalay is 3,266 square feet and features
55 of Lik’s world-famous photographs, including “Pele’s Whisper,” which is Lik’s
most-awarded shot, “Sacred Sunrise” and “Eternal Beauty.”
, a Master Photographer from both the Australian Institute of
Professional Photography (AIPP) and the Professional Photographers of America
(PPA), Lik has been awarded fellowships by the British Institute of Professional
Photographers (BIPP) and The Royal Photographic Society (RPS). Based in Las
Vegas, LIK USA has sold in excess of $300
million of fine art photography, has 13 galleries and counts Presidents and
celebrities among his many collectors. Lik sold his photograph "One," taken on
the banks of the Androscoggin River in New Hampshire, for $1 million, and had
his classic image "Ghost" included in an exhibition of Nature's Best Photography
in the SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM of NATURAL HISTORY in Washington D.C.
In 2012, Lik’s photograph “Inner Piece” was included in the SMITHSONIAN,
PETER LIK’s work will be featured on
the final episode of the highly-rated ABC television series, “Desperate
Housewives.” The final episode is scheduled to air in May
. More than 12 pieces of LIK’s work that will be featured were purchased from
CASESARS PALACE gallery.
Race fans will
be converging on Las Vegas and the RIVIERA is hosting a series of events as part
of NASCAR March Race Weekend, Mar. 8 – 11. The weekend officially begins on
Thursday, Mar. 8, with a slot tournament benefiting the Kyle Busch Foundation. A
group of drivers are signing autographs for fans on Friday, Mar. 9. NASCAR fans
can also get an up close and personal look at Casey Mears’ GEICO Sprint Cup Car,
on display on the Casino floor during race weekend.
Las Vegas has lost one of its own
great Showman, Producer/Manager from way back.
Bill Moore produced many of the big
production shows including the very popular NUDES ON ICE years ago and was
manager for Charo for quite some time. Everyone who knew Bill Moore loved him
and he loved everyone. Bye my dear friend.