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Entertainment Tidbits  

ENTERTAINMENT TIDBITS

by Z.Z. Zorn



Terry Fator and his group

Terry Fator marks a decade as the winner of America’s Got Talent by launching the Terry Fator Foundation. This is now the 10th year that Terry Fator has been performing for audiences around the world as the winner of Season two of America’s Got Talent. The entertainer and Las Vegas resident marked the anniversary by launching the Terry Fator Foundation.

Since winning America’s Got Talent in 2007, Terry has been a continuous supporter of many charities ranging from military focused organizations including Airpower Foundation and Snowball Express, to the Arthritis Foundation, in which Terry has a family connection. As most fans know, 100 percent of profits from Terry’s merchandise sales at The Mirage performances in Las Vegas, his out-of-state touring shows throughout the year, and even purchases made at the Terry Fator online store, benefit multiple military charities.



Headliner Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles joins the exceptionally talented Southern Nevada Doctors in Concert event on Friday, October 20 at The Smith Center. “Serenades of Life – Doctors in Concert event raises funds for the non-profit Nathan Adelson Hospice. Musical numbers will range from soul to rock’n roll to pop. News 3 Las Vegas anchor Dana Wagner will serve as Master of Ceremonies with a special appearance by actor/comedian Brad Garret.

Don Felder New York Times best-selling author and four-time Grammy® Award winner—released his second solo album (and first since 1983), ROAD TO FOREVER, on October 9, 2012 and has been on tour throughout the U.S. ever since. “STYX & DON FELDER: RENEGADES IN THE FAST LANE” will be performing in Las Vegas for the second consecutive year at VENETIAN January 26, 2018 - February 3, 2018. Tickets are now on sale.



From live comedy to live music, Hard Rock Live at Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas Strip offers entertainment for everyone along with daily Happy Hour drink specials. Guests 21+ can enjoy the special Happy Hour menu everyday between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and again Thursday – Sunday from 9 p.m. until midnight, which features $4 draft beer, $5 house wine and $6 call drinks.

Thurs., Sept. 21 – Sun., Sept. 24 Comedy: Kathleen Dunbar 8 p.m. Cost: GA: $15
Thurs., Sept. 28, Sat., Sept. 30 and Sun., Oct. 1 Comedy: Carla Rea
Thurs., Oct. 5, Fri., Oct. 6 and Sun., Oct. 8 Comedy: Erik Myers
Sat., Oct. 7 HIP hop: Insane Clown Posse “The Great Milenko” 20 Year Tour with R.A., The Rugged Man, LYTE and Donnie Menace at 8 p.m. Cost: $27-$30
Wed., Oct. 11: Hard Rock BarRocker Flair Competition with DJ Silla tha Thrilla 3 – 5 p.m. Cost: No cover Age: All ages / 21+ at the bar
Thurs., Oct. 12, Sat., Oct. 14 and Sun., Oct. 15 Comedy: Dean Napolitano: GA: $15
And, Hard Rock Live keep entertainment going on and on.




Las Vegas Philharmonic

The Las Vegas Philharmonic features Austro-German works in its Oktoberfest – Cabrera Conducts Beethoven, Mozart & Bruckner Concert on Saturday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts . Music Director Donato Cabrera will host a pre-concert conversation in Reynolds Hall one hour prior to the performance (6:30 PM) for patrons who want to learn more about the history and meaning behind the music to be performed.

The Philharmonic begins with Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture. The Coriolan Overture is one of the most frequently performed and recorded of Beethoven's orchestral works. Following, the orchestra performs Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major, featuring the Philharmonic’s Principal Clarinetist, Cory Tiffin.

To close the evening’s program, the Philharmonic will perform Bruckner’s Symphony No. 1 in C Minor. The symphony opens with a gallant march and in the final fourth movement ends triumphantly in C major.

Starting at 6:00 PM, The Philharmonic will host its first Oktoberfest “Beer Garden” in The Smith Center Courtyard. Patrons will have the opportunity to sample a selection of craft beers and German-inspired hors d’oeuvres for $35 per person.

Concert tickets can be purchased online through lvphil.org or The Smith Center Box Office at 702.749.2000. Also, $35 tickets to the pre-concert Oktoberfest Beer Garden reception (reservations required) can be purchased through the box office.

The Las Vegas Philharmonic will offer a shuttle bus service to the concert from the Anthem Center at Independence Center in Henderson and the Starbright Theater in Summerlin. A roundtrip bus ticket costs $20 per concert and can be purchased in conjunction with the patron’s concert tickets through the box office.




Z.Z. with Raza & Jarrett

Jarrett & Raja “Magic vs Music” the critically acclaimed magician and pianist duo will make their debut in an amazing new show with a unique blend of magic, music and comedy at the Stratosphere Theater on October 18.

JARRETT & RAJA were the sensational magic act on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” (Season 7 as Howie Mandel’s Wild Card pick). They were one of only 5 popular AGT acts chosen to headline in the 2013 “America’s Got Talent LIVE” at the Palazzo Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas). Since then, they continue to shoot TV shows in LA, NYC, and London. Other national TV appearances include The CW’s “Masters of Illusion”, SyFy’s “Wizard Wars”, BBC’s “The Slammer”, and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”.
Chosen from a field of 43,000, JARRETT & RAJA appeared as entrepreneurs on ABC’s “Shark Tank” where they debut the (world’s first) Piano Aquarium.

Jarrett Parker was mentored by the creative mind behind Doug Henning. Pianist Raja Rahman is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

Jarrett & Raja “Magic vs Music” will perform five nights a week, Wednesday through Sunday at 4p.m with tickets starting at $39.99.



For the second consecutive year, Oktoberfest at The Park will awaken Las Vegas’ German spirit as the fun festival returns September 28 – October 1.

No admission required. Located at The Park, dining and entertainment district between T-Mobile Arena and New York-New York, the event will offer merrymakers the opportunity to revel in Bavarian tradition with flowing beers, savory bites, entertaining games and cheerful folk sounds in celebration of the world’s largest beer festival.
Upon arrival, guests may purchase a commemorative liter stein – available at Beerhaus, The Park’s festive beer hall. Ticket booths in the venue will sell the stein for $15 empty and $25 filled; refills will be available for $14. Quintessential Bavarian snacks will be served at tents throughout The Park, as well as at Beerhaus. Whether a spectator or participant, amusing games will be offered in tents throughout The Park’s lush beer garden space for guests’ enjoyment including tricycle racing, ring toss, a beer can challenge and more. Each day, guests who successfully complete all games will be entered into a drawing for worthy prizes.
No Oktoberfest is complete without the Chicken Dance, a noble tradition rumored to date back to the original Volkfest’s commencement. Those looking to shake their tail feathers may join the silent chicken dance competition in which guests will break out their best dancing birdie impersonation while wearing wireless music-playing headphones in an effort to be named Oktoberfest Chicken Dance Champion.
Revelers can enjoy live folk music daily by HofBrau Boys. As the party continues throughout the evening, attendees can keep the party alive while listening to live entertainment by local bands such as The District and Generations.Oktoberfest at The Park festivities takes place 1 p.m. to late night, Thur. Sept. 28 – Sun. Oct. 1.




Dondino

The DREAM AWARDS and performances will honor legends that have not only made an impact to the Las Vegas entertainment community but have also made a dream possible for many entertainers. This will be happening at the Suncoast Hotel/Casino on Sunday October 22 at 7p.m. The event will be hosted by actor, director Antonio Fargas and KNTV Action 13 news anchor, Tricia Kean. The Las Vegas legends being honored are: honor Las Vegas Legends; Earl Turner, Gregg Austin & Second Wind, Sonny Turner, Sonny Charles, Loretta Holloway, Jeneane Marie, Darcus, Janis Carter, Freddie Empire, Dondino, Copeland Davis and Next Movement. Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient - LaMonte McLemore and Visionary Recipient Award - Kathie Spehar.

Although I would like to write about the wonderful talents and resume of each of the honorees, it would take my entire column. However, one of the honorees Dondino is a special friend of mine, so I will tell you a little about him. Dondino captures audiences with his wonderful singing style and humor. Vibrant and handsome as ever and dressed in his signature tuxedo, he first performed in Las Vegas from 1979 to 1984. Michael Gaughan hired him to play in the Royal Inn, which later became the Royal Americana and onto the 4 Queens Hotel & Casino where he headlined for 11 years. Another calling came in Iowa where he opened a country club with many years of success. In 1994 Dondino opened up his theater in Branson but Las Vegas was calling, so back home again to Las Vegas where he will now live permanently with his lovely wife Donna.

This special evening will include live performances by; Ken Young, Melanie Moore Seals, Shelly Hickson- Spruill, Phil Flowers and Honorees performing are: Loretta Holloway, Darcus, Jeneane Marie, Janis Carter, Dondino, Copeland Davis. Next Movement and Surprise Guests Performances. Musical Director is Mariano Longo.

The Dream Awards are presented by HARRISON ENTERTAINMENT. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society and The West Las Vegas Art Center. The Dream Awards are recognizing individuals who have achieved their dreams in the Art & Entertainment, Corporate, Government and Community Affairs. Tickets from $29.95 Call:702-284-7777 / 877-636-7111.



BRET MICHAELS is one of my favorite performers and he will be performing at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday November 3 at 9 p.m. Bret Michaels, has turned his passion for music into a multi-faceted brand that encompasses record breaking touring sales, Reality TV stardom, legendary songs that have sold over 35 million records, product endorsements and philanthropy, all supported and followed by three generations of loyal fans.



Seth Grabel brings you an underground magic show in an evening of magic and libations. Alchemy Magic & Libations starring Seth Grabel will be set in an intimate setting at celebrity photographer's, Mario Basner, gallery “World Heritage Collection” in Tivoli Village 400 South Rampart Blve.#150. Seth Grabel is an entertainer both live on stage and in front of national cameras. Seth was a finalist on NBC-TV’s America’s Got Talent and crowned “The Showman” by Pierce Morgan where he received a standing ovation by the judges.

All this will be happening October 7 with seating at 6pm. showtime at 7-8pm, mingling & Libations from 8-9pm.

The night will feature wines from Freak Show, Seven deadly Sins and Inkblot direct from Lee’s Liquor and Breakthru Beverage.

Seating will be limited. Ticket are $39.95 at http://sethgrabel.com/product/alchemy.



Can you believe, Halloween will soon be here and The Plaza Hotel & Casino will host a Halloween bash on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 7 to 11 p.m. Guests are encouraged to “dress to impress” and wear their spookiest Halloween costumes to the party that will feature a DJ playing popular hits and outdoor bars with drink specials. The night will culminate with a spectacular fireworks show at around 10:30 p.m. shot off to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The party is free and open to guests 21 years of age and older.



While Crazy Horse III features hundreds of gorgeous female entertainers, stages in every room, a main room framing an enormous dance platform and lush VIP rooms, Crazy Horse III will also warm up sports fans this upcoming National Hockey League (NHL) season with "Hockey at the Horse" viewing parties from Wednesday, Oct. 4 through Saturday, April 7. In celebration of the first professional team in Las Vegas, the Vegas Golden Knights, the award-winning gentlemen’s club will unveil exclusive game day specials. The new “Bucks for Pucks” deal will offer $1 admission for any guests arriving via their own transportation. Visitors from out of town are encouraged to take advantage of the club’s complimentary limo service, including free entry to the venue, by using the Crazy Horse III signature app or by calling 702-673-1700.

During all NHL games, Crazy Horse III will offer $20 beer bucket specials, with an open bar on weekday games throughout the hour ahead of each game. Throughout the season, guests with a game-day ticket stub to a home game will receive a complimentary drink. On weekday games, hockey fanatics with a ticket stub will also free parking and a complimentary shuttle to and from the T-Mobile arena. Sports fans can take in all the hockey action amidst the club’s massive 70-inch and 100-inch HD televisions.



FANTASY calendar 2018 Black & White & Nude all Over

FANTASY channels the timeless glamour of the ladies of FANTASY with the show’s 2018 calendar, “Black & White and Nude All Over,” on Tuesday, Oct. 24. “This year’s calendar is classically sexy,” said Anita Mann, producer and director of FANTASY. “Oscar Picazo beautifully styled each of our show’s performers like glamorous Hollywood movie stars, and the photographs are absolutely mind blowing.”

The release of the calendar coincides with the show’s 18th anniversary of FANTASY at Luxor Hotel and Casino. Approaching 18 successful years on The Strip, FANTASY was named “Best Female Adult Show in Las Vegas” by InVegas in 2016 along with many other Best Show awards.

Dynamic lead singer Lorena Peril adds an exciting and unforgettable element with amazing powerhouse vocals, taking center-stage alongside the talented cast of beautiful dancers. While the gorgeous dancers lure guests into their wildest fantasies, comic relief Sean E. Cooper keeps audiences on its toes with his spot-on impressions of some of pop culture’s most recognizable personalities.

Popular among singles and couples alike, the always-evolving, sexy production showcases 15 high-energy numbers set to a variety of today’s top music genres.

The 2018 “Black & White and Nude All Over” calendar, priced at $20, will be available for purchase at various retail locations throughout Luxor, including the Atrium Showroom, and on FANTASY’s website, fantasyluxor.com. The ladies of FANTASY will host a series of calendar signings leading up to the holiday season, making the 2018 calendar the perfect gift.

With the release of the calendar, FANTASY will also be donating a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.



The American Gaming Association (AGA) will induct four honorees into the industry’s highest honor, Gaming Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017. The inductees are: Diana Bennett, a casino management luminary and renowned philanthropist; John Breeding, the visionary behind the electronic card shuffler and proprietary table games; Joe Kaminkow, the legendary slot game designer who pioneered the industry in licensing branded games; and Melvin B. Wolzinger , a prominent Nevada businessman and Las Vegas community leader. The Class of 2017 was instrumental in shaping the casino-gaming industry from revolutionizing the way games are seen and experienced, to reshaping employee operations and business development.

The ceremony honoring the inductees will be held the evening of Wednesday, October 4 at the Chairman’s Reception during the annual Global Gaming Expo (G2E), presented by AGA and Reed Exhibitions.



A great concert honoring the divas of pop benefiting Friends for Life Humane Society rescuing animals and getting them adopted will be held Sunday, October 15th in South Point Hotel, Casino’s main Showroom at 6p.m.
Linda Suzanne sings Legendary Divas of Pop” honoring icons: Donna Summer, Adele, Gloria Estefan, Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, Dusty Springfield, Linda Ronstadt, Gladys Knight, etc.
The show features a 5- piece band, dancers and backup singers. In addition, “The Rock Vault’s” Paul Shortino will make a special guest appearance and perform. The night will be a “magical” journey honoring remarkable women who changed the face of music.
Two dogs who are available for adoption will appear on the VIP/Celebrity red carpet pre-concert festivities 4:30pm-5:30pm- VIP Red Carpet and Pre-Concert Party. Come meet and pose with them.



The Bronx Wanderers

Congratulations to The Bronx Wanderers who just celebrated their first anniversary performing at Bally’s Las Vegas. Since opening on September 22, 2016, they have performed more than 360 shows for over 70,000 fans! Seven nights a week at 6 p.m., the trio, Vinny and his two sons - Vinny “The Kid” and Nicky “Stix” - flanked by their top-notch band, bring to life songs from the beginning of Rock ‘N’ Roll right through today’s greatest hits. The 90 minutes of America’s Rock ‘N’ Roll songbook on the Las Vegas Strip has attracted fans along with celebrity fans from all over the world who flock to see the group perform hits made famous by the likes of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Dion, the Beach Boys, Queen, Bruno Mars, Coldplay and many others.

When reminiscing about the past year, Vinny says, “One of my favorite memories is when Wayne Newton himself walked on stage during the show on my birthday and gave me a duplicate of the gold bracelet that Frank Sinatra had given Wayne on his 35th birthday. I remember him putting the bracelet on me and telling me that there are only three of those bracelets in existence – Frank’s, his and now mine. Wow!”



André Rieu known as The “King of Romance” will bring his award-winning music to the Orleans Arena on Friday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. Andre Rieu created his 60-piece renowned Johann Strauss Orchestra, known to be the largest private orchestra in the world. Since Rieu founded the Johann Strauss Orchestra in 1987, Rieu and his orchestra have been sharing classical music with fans across the globe.

Rieu has sold more than 40 million records and DVDs, released 30 No. 1 hits worldwide and has brought more than 600,000 fans to his live shows.
Andre Rieu performances offer memorable entertainment composed of world-famous, romantic and emotional melodies, filled with surprises, humor and top-class international soloists. Rieu’s charisma, passion and vibrancy make his appearance on stage a unique experience for his audiences. Together with his Johann Strauss Orchestra, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017, André Rieu has initiated a world-wide revival of waltz music. His shows draw people of all ages and nationalities, dancing during spectacular performances.





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