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Note: This is a past column from February 04, 2011
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Las Vegas - February 4, 2011


Lindsay Lohan

Charlie Sheen

To quote Dr. Phil McGraw (who probably borrowed the saying from some other wise philosopher), "The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior." In the cases of Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen and Vince Neil, that certainly seems to be the case. Regarding Miss Lohan, she seems to be in a continual self-destruct mode. In her 24 years of life, she has managed to rack up an unbelievable amount of, well deserved, negative publicity. In addition to more than one DUI conviction, being in rehab five times and in jail three times (always released in a very short time), this much troubled young woman has also been accused of assaulting a Betty Ford Center employee. Lohan spent three months at the center under orders from Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elden S. Fox, who spared the actress jail time in October after she tested positive for drugs. And, just this week, the actress was accused of stealing a valuable one-of-a-kind necklace from a Southern California jewelry store (this is not the first time that Lohan has been accused of taking things that didn't belong to her). According to law enforcement sources, Lohan was seen in a store video wearing the necklace before it was reported missing. She was also photographed wearing the gold with semiprecious stones necklace while she was out and about in public. After detectives began looking into the case, and preparing a search warrant, a Lohan associate showed up at the Pacific Division police station with the missing piece of jewelry. The actress could face grand theft and second-degree commercial burglary charges if evidence supports that the necklace was stolen, prosecutors said. A conviction could result in probation, jail or prison time. It could also be deemed a violation of her probation for a 2007 driving-under- the-influence conviction. Let's see what kind of punishment will be handed out this time around.

Sheen, the son of actor Martin Sheen, has been playing bad-boy roles in real life since he was a teenager. Just a few weeks before graduation, he was expelled from Santa Monica High School for poor grades and bad attendance. In 1990, Sheen accidentally shot his then-fiancée, Kelly Preston (now the wife of John Travolta) in the arm, after which she ended the relationship. In 1995, Charlie was named as one of many clients who visited brothels owned by Nevada resident, Heidi Fleiss, and also had long-term relationships with porn stars, Ginger Lynn and Heather Hunter. In 1998, Sheen was hospitalized after tried injecting cocaine, accidentally giving himself an overdose. His father publicly pleaded with fans to pray for Charlie, and then reported him for violating his parole. A warrant was issued for his arrest, and the younger Sheen was sent to rehab. In March 2005, while his wife, actress Denise Richards, was still pregnant with their daughter Lola, Richards filed for divorce from Sheen, accusing him of abusing drugs and alcohol and threatening her with violence. On May 30, 2008, Sheen married real estate investor, Brooke Mueller. In December of 2009, Sheen was arrested on charges of domestic violence, including second- degree assault and menacing, against Mueller, who was his third wife. He was released from jail after posting an $8,500 bond. In 2010, Charlie plead guilty to misdemeanor assault as part of a plea bargain where the other charges against him were dismissed. According to an Associated Press story, Sheen was "sentenced to 30 days in a rehabilitation center, 30 days of probation, and 36 hours of anger management." In February of last year, Sheen announced that he would take a break from the popular TV series, Two and a Half Men, to voluntarily enter a rehab facility. His rehabilitation was considered "preventive." Last May, Sheen signed an agreement to return to the sitcom for another two years for a reported $1.8 million per episode. In the early morning hours of October 26, 2010, the police removed Sheen from his suite at the Plaza Hotel in New York, after he had reportedly caused $7,000 in damage. According to the NYPD, Sheen admitted to having been drinking and taking cocaine. The woman who was with him had locked herself in the bathroom, reportedly out of fear. Sheen was taken to a hospital for observation and released. On November 1, 2010, Sheen filed for divorce from Brooke Mueller. Last month, following a brief hospitalization for severe abdominal pain, Sheen was back in rehab, but not for long. He has chosen to do his rehab from home, which, according to the Today show, is "a setup unlikely to produce long-lasting results." In the meantime, the star is taking a break from Two and a Half Men. Stay tuned for the continuing saga of Charlie Sheen.

And then, there's Vince Neil (birth name, Vince Neil Wharton). On February 15th, the Mötley Crüe front man is scheduled to start serving his 15-day jail term for a driving under the influence conviction. In June, Neil, who has/had some interests in Las Vegas ( Feelgood's Rock Bar & Grill, Vince Neil's Ink tattoo studio, and local TV personality Alicia Jacobs), was arrested for speeding and driving drunk. As part of a deal with prosecutors, the singer - who faced up to six months behind bars if convicted - pleaded guilty in exchange for the more lenient sentence. He will also serve 15 days under house arrest following his release, attend alcohol awareness lessons and pay a $185 fine. Neil, who initially denied the charges, now accepts that he was at fault, and says he has "learned his lesson," and wants to complete the punishment so he can put the incident behind him. Punishment? This seems like a slap on the wrist, considering... Personally, we could more easily believe that Neil, who turns 50 next week, has "learned his lesson," if not for the fact that he was previously convicted on DUI charges in 1984 for his part in a car crash that claimed the life of Hanoi Rocks star, Nicholas Dingley. The two occupants in the other car were seriously injured. Neil was charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with the crash. His blood alcohol level was 0.17, well above the California legal limit at that time of 0.10. In July 1986, Neil was sentenced to 30 days in jail, five years probation, $2.6 million in restitution to the victims of the crash and 200 hours of community service. He was released from jail after 15 days for good behavior.
From the D&T (Death and Taxes) Web site comes this article, written by Carmel Lobello and published on January 19th. We are not editing out the adult, possibly offensive, language.
The headlines reads...Vince Neil: Still Drunk After All These Years. The Mötley Crüe lead singer will start serving jail time on January 15th for speeding in Las Vegas in his Lamborghini while under the influence of alcohol. The famed rocker has a pretty disastrous penchant for combining reckless driving and alcohol, but at least he's beginning see the error of his ways. "I have recognized that you can't drink and drive at all," said a enlightened Neil in a recent statement. Given Neil's well-documented history with alcohol and automobiles, this quote is both absurd and tragic. There's Neil's obvious transgression: infamously committing vehicular manslaughter in a drunk driving accident that killed Razzle from Hanoi Rocks in 1984, of which he got off shamefully easy (one month in jail and $2.6 million in restitution). But since then he's made a slew of career choices that could have only been made by a drunk person. First there was the Indy race car obsession which ended abruptly in 1992 after he totaled his car during a race in Long Beach, CA. Then there was his winemaking venture from 2003-Vince Vineyards-a decidedly off-color choice for someone who once killed a man while under the influence of alcohol. And of course, his recent foray into writing and reality television, that resulted in an almost unreadable autobiography, "Tattoos and Tequilla," and an impressive, though still embarrassing performance on ABC's "Skating With the Stars." I can almost see how all this happened. Alcoholism is obviously a terribly destructive disease for the common man (See Ted Williams item below), and when combined with the access to endless supplies of booze and drugs that must have been available to Mötley Crüe, and the tragedy of losing his daughter, and I can see how drinking lead to a whole range of bad choices. I also think it's sad that Neil had to shoulder most of the guilt for the behavior the whole band was engaging in. They were all bitter, fucked up outcasts that made it on their terms (or Nikki Sixx's terms) from day one; placing obsessive importance (on) hair spray, lipstick and eyeliner, and completely disregarding everything that bugged them, from girls and cops to STDs. As drug addicts, assholes, and borderline drag queens, they were flawed individuals, but as 80s rock stars they were perfect. As chronicled by Neil Strauss in "The Dirt," the band partied with reckless disregard to anything other than coke and pussy. If Razzle hadn't died, the tragic 1984 accident may have seemed like divine intervention. Instead, Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars all got off scot-free, and for the most part carried on, while Neil became Motlëy Crüe's redheaded, frighteningly puffy stepchild. Hopefully Neil will really learn his lesson this time, and stop drinking and driving. For now, if you ever need a poster child to warn your kids against drowning themselves in the bottle, a good place to start would be showing them a picture of Vince Neil.


Vince Neil

Ted Williams

One would think, hope, that having caused the death of someone due to driving under the influence would have caused the four times wed rocker, Vince Neil, to learn his lesson 26 years ago. Now, he says, he gets it. In the cases of these three celebrities, it seems that theirs are examples of the best punishment that money (and fame) can buy.

And we can't help but wonder what the future holds for Ted Williams, "The Man with the Golden Voice." The onetime homeless person, started getting a flood of work offers a couple of days after a video of him, shot by the Columbus Dispatch, became a hit on YouTube. The viral video shows Williams panhandling along a Hudson Street ramp near I-71 in Columbus, Ohio, while holding a handwritten sign that tells about his "God-given" voice. Williams says in the video that he is a former radio announcer who lost everything because of drugs and alcohol. He, however, says that he has been sober for two years. In the video, Williams speaks with a smooth, baritone voice as he delivers lines such as "When you're listening to nothing but the best of oldies, you're listening to Magic 98.9!" Williams' voice did not match his bedraggled look, but it sure made people notice as the video quickly became an Internet sensation with more than 4 million views to date. Within a short time, a cleaned up Williams had made appearances on numerous national television shows, including the Today show, Entertainment Tonight, and Dr. Phil. He received job offers from Oprah, the NFL and Cleveland Cavaliers, and did a television commercial for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Williams was reunited with his mother, his children and his e-wife. Dr. Phil has devoted a number of shows to Williams, where it was disclosed that the man who had been embraced by the country had relapsed from his supposed two year sobriety. Like Lohan and Sheen, Ted Williams entered rehab, and like Lohan and Sheen, spent very little time in treatment, leaving against doctor's recommendations. We hope Williams doesn't blow his second, and probably last, chance to turn his life around. Based on what has happened in the last month or so, things do not look encouraging for the smooth talker with the Golden Voice.

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Mac King

Mac King's Magical Literacy Tour kicks off with a book drive to raise 2,100 books for Nevada Reading Week. Patrons who attend the Las Vegas Wranglers hockey games, at the Orleans Arena, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. (off Arville St. between Tropicana Blvd. and Flamingo Blvd.), and donate a minimum of three new or slightly used books, will receive two complimentary Mac King Comedy Magic Show tickets and one ticket to a future Las Vegas Wranglers game of their choice. All donations will benefit Clark County READS an initiative of The Public Education Foundation. Good guy King headlines The Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah's. We have seen the show a number of times, and strongly recommend it for the entire family - from the kids to grandma and grandpa. Show times are at 1 and 3 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. Tickets are $24.95 plus taxes and fees. Call (7020 369-5111.

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In Mike Weatherford's column in yesterday's Las Vegas Review-Journal, the journalist broke the news of the closing of a one- year-old downtown café and showroom. Although, thanks to a reliable source, we got word of this on January 7th, we held of writing about it for a few reasons. Number one...It is no secret to regular readers that we have no respect for the no-talent part owner of the now closed place. If we would have broken the news that the lights were out on the establishment, and that it appears to be padlocked, it would look like we were gloating. We would never do that. Interestingly, we don't hear anyone saying, "too bad," or feeling sorry about this turn of events. Instead, they are surprised...surprised that the facility stayed open as long as it did. The male half of the team that ran the business, located on the northwest corner of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Blvd., in the space that formerly housed Jillian's, should never have the word entertainer or host attached to his name, as he is neither. As an "entertainer," he is a joke. As a "host," he has no clue what the word means. Number two...We were most curious to see how the owners would announce the closing. For weeks, they didn't. In fact, well into January, the answering machine at the restaurant said something like, "If you are calling to make show or New Year's Eve reservations, leave your name and number..." The story that Mr. Big Ego was/is telling is that he is negotiating for a new lease and fighting to get the air conditioning fixed. As stated in Weatherford's column, the owner (who we don't mention by name) is citing "his landlord's continued inability to guarantee air-conditioning for the 20,000-square-foot facility," as the reason for the closing, and goes on to say that he and his female partner "lost a lot of money." The fellow blames the lack of air conditioning as the reason for the failure of the business. We can pretty much guarantee that the air was not the issue. Neither was the economy, or the location, or any other number of lame excuses he could come up with. The failure was because of him. When even popular headliners, such as comics Norm Crosby and Louie Anderson, can't get people in the building, that sends a loud message. Apparently, some people just don't hear it.


Corner of Fremont Street & Las Vegas Blvd.

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On January 29th, Philip Fortenberry (Jersey Boys' associate conductor) and Rebecca Spencer (original Madame Giry in Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular) showcased their musical collaborations at the Montana Performing Arts Consortium (MPAC) in Great Falls, Montana. This is a convention of presenters looking to book talent for the country's 2012 season. Two days later, Philip, and Obie Award-winning actress, Brenda Currin (In Cold Blood, The World According To Garp), performed A Fire Was In My Head, an adaptation of Mississippi author, Eudora Welty's short story, Music From Spain, from her collection of short stories, The Golden Apples. In June, look for Fortenberry and Currin to be the featured performers at the Performing Arts Society of Nevada's Brown Bag concert at the Clark County Flamingo Library. We will have details on this closer to the date.


Philip Fortenberry & Rebecca Spencer

Brenda Currin

And speaking of Mr. Fortenberry, we got a note from one of our East Coast readers (we have readers everywhere), H. Read Evans. Mr. Evans reports that he braved the cold Manhattan night to see Philip Fortenberry's at the famed Metropolitan Room. Evans says, "I had a super seat where I could even see Philip's hands on the keyboard. Blew me sky-high, off the map and into the heavens. SEN-SA-TION-AL! FANTASTIC! His talk between numbers about his life growing up was fascinating, and his playing was Staggering! Shattering! Stupendous! God in heaven, I'll never get over it! I hope Philip will perform in NYC off and on in the future, and that I get to most of such performances" We might be wrong, but we think H. Read Evans liked the show.

And, by the way, Mr. Evans also had high praise for the husband and wife team of Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, saying that their show at the Algonquin was "wonderful." We don't expect anything less from these two award-winning cabaret artists, which is why we frequently mention them in this column. Thank you for your critique, Mr. Evans.

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John "Kats" Katsilometes

Keith Thompson

Great news for all you Las Vegas Composers Showcase fans...they're back!!! If anyone, other than Greenspun Media journalist John Katsilometes had broken this story, we would have probably been dabbing tears from our eyes, as we would have liked to be the first to make the announcement. But we really like Kats and we know that he, like us, is a big fan of the, too long dormant, Composers Showcase. When the 30-year-old Liberace Museum closed in October, the showcase lost what had been their home for a couple of years. Here is what Kats had to say about the resurrection of one of the city's best kept musical secrets...
The Liberace Museum might be sitting silent, but the Composers Showcase that graced the museum's cabaret refuses to be muffled. Latent since its final show in October, just a week before the museum closed, Composers Showcase of Las Vegas is being resurrected Feb. 24 at Creative Studios at 6415 S. Tenaya Way, Suite 140, long a home for inventive theatrical showcases (Cockroach Theatre among the companies to take the space). Creative Studios is located in a new commercial development called Loft Works, which is a little difficult to spot but worth the effort. Showcase co-founder Keith Thompson, who also is music director of "Jersey Boys" at the Palazzo, says the first showcase is being treated as a one-off performance to see how the revamped space will work for the Showcase's cabaret-style staging. The Showcases have always been a monthly affair. What is new is the donation cost of $10, double what it was at The Liberace Museum. The operation is more expensive than it was at the old Liberace cabaret (largely because it is a new venue with fresh expenses), and those putting on the show might be seeking sponsorship for the series. Several venues were explored in the search for a new home for the series, including 5th Street School, Copa at Bootlegger Bistro, Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip and Stirling Club. None have been ruled out as a possible future venue for at least occasional Showcases, but for now, Creative Studios is being called upon to help restore the series' artistic momentum. "We don't know if this venue will be a perfect fit for us, but we have agreed to let them host us for this month and see how it goes," Thompson says. "It's a black box-type experimental theater/loft-type space that is being converted into a cabaret space just for us." Blue Line Studios is donating materials to build sets for the Composers Showcase of Las Vegas (which, the acutely observant will note, is a new title). Ticket revenues will go to Creative Studios, which is a nonprofit theater company. Composers Showcase has for years been one of the true hidden treasures in Las Vegas entertainment, to the point where I've been reluctant to write about performances for fear of it outgrowing its charm. The first Showcases were held in 2006 at the since-closed Suede restaurant, just a few doors down from Double Down Saloon on Paradise Road. It then moved to The Liberace Museum, where it thrived until the museum itself went dark. The format is simple and, frequently, joyous: Las Vegas composers, songwriters and performers unveil original songs, usually with only a piano accompaniment, to a friendly but discriminating audience made up mostly of their entertainment peers. For the revival show, Thompson and his co-founder, Michael Brennan (the conductor of "Le Reve" at Wynn Las Vegas) will be joined by "The Lion King" music director Wayne Green, "Ka" conductor Richard Oberacker, and an entity known as The Apple Sisters, featuring Sarah Lowe as Seedy Apple, Katie Gatewood as Cora Apple and Rebekka Johnson as Candy Apple. The Apple Sisters are said to be at once "comic" and "messy." Given the fruitful history of the Composers Showcase, they'll be a perfect fit.


The Apple Sisters

Domenick Allen by Ed Foster

And here is what the press release that we received had to say...
One night only! PK Music and Creative Studios LV present The Composers Showcase of Las Vegas. Las Vegas composers unite for a night of original songs and new works. Musical directors Keith Thompson (Jersey Boys) and Michael Brennan (La Reve) will return to the stage with the much anticipated Composers Showcase of Las Vegas which they co-founded in 2006; Hailed as "Las Vegas' best kept secret," this performance will be the first since the closure of The Liberace Museum in October 2010. Thompson and Brennan will be joining forces with local producer, Will Adamson (Cockroach Theatre) and the evening will benefit the non-profit, Creative Studios LV, a new home for the development of live performance in Las Vegas. Enjoy an intimate cabaret setting among some of the finest and most creative musical talent from the City of Entertainment. Seating is limited for this one-night engagement. The date is Thursday, February 24th, and performance will begin at 10:30 p.m. (after theater). The Creative Studio LV is located at 6415 S. Tenaya Way (near Sunset), suite 140. A donation of $10 is requested. Advance ticketing will be available at www.thecomposersshowcase.com.

You can also contact Keith Thompson, PK Music, at kthomlt@aol.com, or call (917) 705-6899. To reach Will Adamson, Creative Studios LV, e-mail to William.m.adamson@gmail.com, or call (702) 510-4082. Seating is limited.

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Clinton, Holmes, Mrs. Nevada, Allen & Brown

F.I.O.R.E. Valentine's Party

It was All About the Music, and the Suncoast showroom was really rocking last weekend, thanks to entertainer Domenick Allen and his amazing bunch of musicians - Brian Czach, Jozef Bobula, Dave Marinelli, Rich Taylor, Jim D'Arrigo, Garret Hypes, Mike Robb, Eric Sande, Steve Meyer and special guest Ginger Bruner. The group covered quite a spectrum of music, including works made famous by Stevie Wonder, Michael Buble, Glenn Miller, Chicago, Stray Cats, Anthony Newley, Aerosmith, Elton John, the Beatles, and, of course, Foreigner, a group that Allen performed with. Adept at many instruments, Domenick added a number played on a beautiful banjo, a gift from Liberace, presented during the years that he and Mr. Showmanship toured together. A highlight was Domenick singing Newley's "The Man Who Makes You Laugh," dedicated to the late comic, Charlie Callas, who in his early days as a drummer, played with Domenick's parents, who were also entertainers. Some of the familiar faces we spotted in the audience were singer, impressionist, comic, Gordie Brown, currently headlining at the Golden Nugget; veteran comic, Cork Proctor; bass player extraordinaire, Toni Sandoval; Jerry Ritholz-Jarvis and friends Connie Solazzo and Dee Mormon; Nunsense cast members, Kelly Clinton-Holmes and Diane Ellis; photographer, Ed Foster; entertainer, Clint Holmes; Cadillac of Las Vegas West marketing man, LJ Harness; pediatric optician, Joseph Carbone, of Eye Care 4 Las Vegas Kids; and Mrs. Nevada 2011, Deborah Ashton-Cooke. Allen's booking at the Suncoast was sponsored by Cadillac. During the show, it was announced that Domenick has stepped up to help Eye Care 4 Las Vegas Kids, an organization that provides eye exams and glasses for at risk school children. Earlier last Sunday, the community-minded Mr. Allen was one of the volunteer performers at the Funny Bones fundraiser, held at the Palms, and in December, he and his band performed at the Hard Rock Café in a Toys For Tots drive.

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It's that time of year again...time for the F.I.O.R.E. group's annual Valentine's Party. The 2011 event will take place this coming Friday, February 11th, at the Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara. The festivities start at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30). The evening includes live music by Grammy-winning Gary Anderson and the Usual Suspects, a delicious buffet dinner, no host bar, flowers and chocolates for the molls and flappers (those presidents sure know how to treat their ladies), somewhat professional entertainment, raffles and gift giveaways (including cash), Best Costume prizes, and the chance to rub elbows with special guests from the Secret Witness Protection Program, all for the reasonable price of $35 a person. This is a place to have fun...and it's all legal. President Nelson Sardelli (he is one of many, many presidents) tells us that if you come in costume, you can save five bucks. (You got a problem wit dat?) Reservations are a MUST. RSVP to babyeue@aol.com...or else! Small arms must be checked at the door.


Giovanna Sardelli

Jazz Utopia

And more on members of the Sardelli clan... Nelson just returned from New York, where his daughter, Giovanna Sardelli‘s latest production opened for previews on January 29th. The official opening date for Lynn Rosen's comedy, Apple Cove, is this Sunday, February 6th. This is a production by the Women's Project, the 33-year-old non-profit theater dedicated to producing plays written and directed by women. The premiere of Rosen's Apple Cove, is directed by Ms. Sardelli, and stars Cassie Beck, Paul Carlin, Erin Gann, Allison Mack and Dion Mucciacito. Single tickets are $60, with premium seats at $75. They may be purchased by calling (212) 239-6200, or through www.Telecharge.com. Apple Cove performs through March 6th, with show times Tuesday, Wednesdays and Sundays at 7 p.m.; and Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. Matinees are Sundays at 3 p.m. The show is dark on Mondays. The theater is located at 424 West 55th Street.

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If you are reading this early enough, Jazz Utopia, made up of Marlane Coker on piano, Enrico Santarelli on bass, Henry Uechi on guitar, and Vladi Popangelov on drums, will be playing at Mama Leone's Restaurant, 5875 So. Rainbow Blvd., tonight, Friday, February 4th, from 7:30 through 9:30 p.m.

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Bob Anderson

Sally Struthers

Over at the Rampart Casino, it's the Larry Liso Band, tonight and tomorrow night at 8; and Carmine Mandia, next Friday and Saturday, February 11th and 12th, also at 8. Friday through Sunday, February 18th, 19th and 20th, Las Vegas favorite, Bob Anderson, makes an all too rare appearance in the city he once called home. The celebrated Anderson, who has been named by People Magazine as "America's Greatest Singing Impressionist," will perform his classic re-creations of vintage Las Vegas entertainers including, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Mel Torme', Jack Jones, Johnny Mathis, Ray Charles, Tom Jones, Boz Scaggs, Bobby Darin and others. Anderson is not just a singer and impressionist, he is the consummate entertainer. According to the Los Angeles Times Calendar, "Bob's comedic timing and his extemporaneous exchanges with his audience are reminiscent of the golden days of show business when glamorous supper clubs had their heyday. Audience members feel as though they have been transported back to a time when showmanship was an art, and music's greatest entertainers sang songs from The Great American Songbook. Bob is one of the few entertainers in show business, who can convey the style, substance and spirit of that era with such skill." Joe Delaney, of the Las Vegas Sun stated, "In our book, Bob Anderson rates right up there with Sinatra and Bennett as a saloon singer." Anderson is backed by three outstanding musicians, Vince Falcone on piano, Kenny Seiffert on bass and John Nasshan on drums. Anderson's appearances have taken him to top venues around the world from Monte Carlo to Sydney to Dubai as well as the Plaza Hotel in New York City for eight years and every major resort in Vegas, Reno, Tahoe and Atlantic City. In addition, he has appeared on more than 100 national television shows from David Letterman to Johnny Carson. Throughout his career, Anderson has performed at many of the most elegant black-tie events in show business, The Kennedy Center Awards, Friar's Club Roasts for Kirk Douglas, Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck, President Ford, Henry Kissinger and many others. He headlined the Friars Club's 50th Anniversary in Beverly Hills. In 2000, Las Vegas Review-Journal readers voted for their all-time favorite performers over the last 50 years. Anderson came in at number 12, smack in between Barbra Streisand and Ray Charles. In 2002, he was inducted into the Casino Legends Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. Guests are invited to share an intimate experience in the tradition of old Las Vegas with Anderson. 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. The Rampart Casino is located at 221 N. Rampart Blvd., near Summerlin Parkway.

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At the time of our deadline on Friday, February 4th, Troy Adams, or Obaloc Phillips (or whatever name he chooses to call himself), of the very questionable Colabo operations, Youth Theater or otherwise, had not signed any contract or paid any deposit to the Cashman Center Theater, yet tickets are being sold for productions of The Wiz and Patsy, being touted as The World Premiere of The Patsy Cline Story, supposedly taking place a week from now (February 11th through 13th) at that 1,922-seat state-of-the-art facility. We strongly suggest before you purchase any tickets, or head over to Las Vegas Blvd. No., for next weekend, you call the Cashman to see if, in fact, these shows are taking place over there. The phone number is (702) 892-0711.

As for the above mentioned Patsy Cline Story, we remember, in 2000, when a touring production called Always...Patsy Cline, starring Sally Struthers (Gloria Stivic of TV's All In the Family) and Rachel Ricca, played at the Silverton Hotel Casino. Always...Patsy Cline was written by Ted Swindley and played around the country. No writers' credit is given for Patsy.


Kellie Pickler

Steven Lee & Rocco Barbato

And, speaking of the Silverton, 3333 Blue Diamond Road at Las Vegas Blvd., former American Idol competitor, Kellie Pickler, will headline there on Saturday, February 19th, with a show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets for the award-winning country singer are $30, and may be purchased by calling the Silverton at (702) 263-7777.

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The Steven Lee Group, missing from the Vegas scene for too long, is back in action, performing at the Red Rock Station, from 8 to 10:30, on Sunday nights. The talented group is made up of Steven Lee on guitar, Rocco Barbato on saxes, Rochon Westmorland on bass, Joey Finger on drums and Billy T on keyboards. Featured guest vocalists are Tony Davich and Michelle Johnson. The Red Rock is at 11011 West Charleston.

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A close friend of the late impressionist, David Fry, e-mailed to let us know that we had gotten Frye's birth date wrong in our last week's column. In our defense, we have to say that there is very little information about the impressionist to be found on the Internet or in news stories of his January 24th death. For example, very few people even knew that Frye had been living in Las Vegas for some time prior to his passing. According to our source, the correct date of birth for David Frye was November 21st, 1933.


Jonathan Clark

Lynn Ross by Greg King

And speaking of impressionists, a new-to-Las Vegas vocal impressionist, by the name of Jonathan Clark, hopes to make a name for himself in this city and is seeking a stage on which to showcase his talents. The Brit recently created some positive buzz following a corporate gig at The Mirage. Although the competition in this city is heavy - i.e. Frank Caliendo, Babe Pier, Larry Jones, Trent Carlini, Greg London, and, on occasion, Bob Anderson, Rob Garrett, and Rich Little, not to mention groups such as the Beatles, Bee Gees, Rat Pack, Motown tribute artists, and shows like Country Superstars - Clark is ready to give Vegas a run for its money. This guy has some rarely seen (and heard) stars on the lineup of people that he mimics. Tossed in with some standards - James Brown, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Dean Martin, Johnny Mathis and Nat King Cole - are some ringers, including Donald Trump, Kid Rock, Prince Charles, George Michael and Dr. Phil. We will keep an eye on this fellow, and, when we see his act, we will tell you more.

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Last Saturday night, Lisa Marie Presley, who was in Las Vegas to see her mother, Priscilla Presley, honored as Woman of the Year at the Nevada Ballet Theatre's Black and White Ball, celebrated part of her 43rd birthday by seeing Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas at the Imperial Palace. Backstage, after the show Frank and the rest of the cast, in full regalia, posed with Priscilla and Lisa Marie; Motley Crüe singer Vince Neil, entertainment reporter Alicia Jacobs; and Holly Madison from Peepshow at Planet Hollywood.

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On Saturday, February 12th, from 3 to 7 p.m., Southern Nevada Public Television presents its 22nd Annual Splendor in the Glass Wine and Beer Tasting, benefiting Vegas PBS. The event, to be held at the Las Vegas Hilton, will feature 65 wineries and breweries, a live wine auction, a silent auction, and a guest appearance by one of America's most acclaimed chefs, Hubert Keller. Entertainment will be provided by the Lynn Ross Jazz Quintet, with Lynn Ross on vocals, Gary Anderson on saxophone, Gary Queen on guitar, Fred Watstein on upright bass, and John Plows on drums. Tickets in advance are $65, and at the door are $80. For additional information and/or reservations, call (702) 799-1010, ext. 5361. Must be 21+ to attend.

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Marlena Shaw by Alan Mercer

Although we weren't there, we heard good things about last Thursday's UNLV Tribute to Marlena Shaw, featuring the legendary Count Basie Orchestra, directed by Dennis Mackrel. A renowned jazz singer, Ms. Shaw, who makes her home in Las Vegas, is a regular guest at the annual Joe Williams Scholarship Concerts, and an asset to the community.



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