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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from April 29, 2011
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Las Vegas - April 29, 2011
(We passed on THE wedding, just so we could do this column.)


Martin Nievera

Martin Kreloff and Sumo Egg

The amazingly talented Martin Nievera will appear in concert at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Friday, May 6th. ABS CBN Foundation International will host the one night performance by Nievera, acclaimed balladeer and "Concert King of the Philippines." Martin Nievera: The Knockout Concert will take place at 7 p.m. in the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand Hotel. Presented in partnership with Codinera-Chua Productions and PAE Live!, the fundraiser is part of a weekend of Filipino-related events which includes the shows of Filipino-American comedian, Jo Koy, and the much anticipated Manny Pacquiao/Sugar Shane Mosley fight on May 7th. Martin Nievera: The Knockout Concert will benefit Sagip Kapamilya sa Japan (Saving Family Members in Japan), a relief and assistance program directed to Filipinos who were affected by the recent tsunami and earthquake disasters in Japan. "I heard from my kapamilya how the Filipinos who have made Japan their second home were affected and I wanted to help," shared Nievera. "Thank God Sagip Kapamilya and my producers had the same idea and moved quickly to make a difference." The homecoming performance for Martin Nievera at the MGM promises great music and special guest performers. On March 11th, a magnitude 8.9 quake unleashed a 23-foot tsunami. A few hours later, the Pacific Rim was blanketed with tsunami warnings. The Japanese government alerted residents near a nuclear power plant in Onahama City to evacuate, for fear of a radiation leak. On April 7th, a 7.4 magnitude tremor hit once more. More than 50 aftershocks have followed. The Philippine embassy in Japan reports that there are 305,972 Filipinos living in Japan. "Many Filipinos in Japan lived within and around the Fukushima area and were affected by the recent disasters," says J. Robbie Fabian, President of ABS CBN Foundation International. "We created a special hotline for them to call. There are requests for food, bottled water, medicines, temporary housing, and even assistance to relocate back to the Philippines." Tickets to the Martin Nievera event are $100 and $75, and available at any MGM Grand ticketing outlet. To charge by phone, call (800) 929-1111 or (702) 891-7777. Purchase online at www.mgmgrand.com, www.ticketmaster.com or www.abscbnfoundation.org. Direct donations to Sagip Kapamilya sa Japan can also be made through the same foundation Web site or sent to ABS CBN Foundation International at 150 Shoreline Drive, Redwood City, CA 94065. ABS CBN Foundation International is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged Filipino children and their families in the Philippines and around the world. Its flagship program, Bantay Bata (Child Watch), is a child abuse rescue operation that responds to an average of 15,300 calls for assistance a year. The program helps more than 21,000 children and families in relocation communities, and feeds at least 4,400 severely malnourished children a year. Its education program serves 4.2 million elementary school children and their teachers. In the United States, the organization partners with Filipino-American organizations and associations in addressing community issues--youth truancy, housing, issues affecting the elderly, health, and emergency needs. For more programs and information, visit www.abscbnfoundation.org.

And speaking of talented Martins...
On Wednesday, May 4th, in conjunction with his current exhibit at the Winchester Cultural Center Gallery, Martin Kreloff will share images and insights revolving around his prolific and colorful career when he speaks to the public in a 1 p.m. artist talk at the Winchester Theater. Kreloff will talk about his current Winchester Gallery exhibition, Martin Kreloff/Made in Vegas, and present projects from his prolific 50-year career. Martin first studied art in New York City in the 1960s, where he was drawn to and influenced by the work of pop art masters Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, as well as Walt Disney. Having worked across the US and abroad, in art centers such as New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Miami, Kreloff states that the renegade, frontier spirit of Las Vegas has had a profound impact on his art. Seduced by the convergence of desert cacti and neon, of stark, natural vistas and exquisite excess, the artist presents work made during his seven years in this truly unique and diverse city that he now calls home. The Winchester exhibit is a retrospective of Kreloff's portraits done in Las Vegas. They feature his signature vibrant, hard-edged paintings and more recent colored pencil drawings of family members, friends, patrons, and well-known Las Vegans, including Senator David Parks and Marilyn Gubler. Born in New York City, Martin Kreloff began his early studies at the Brooklyn Museum. He went on to do undergraduate work at Parsons School of Design, and earned his BFA and MFA degrees from the University of Miami. His brightly colored, witty canvases are in museums and public collections, including New York's Museum of Modern Art. With more than 20 solo exhibitions to his credit, Kreloff has also been commissioned to create artwork for such corporate clients as Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Burger King, Esther Williams Swimwear, Intercontinental Banks, Harley-Davidson, Bloomingdale's, and Miami Design Preservation League. Images from his Pole Dancer designs will be featured on a series of banners for the City of Las Vegas' Cultural Corridor Urban Trail, premiering this summer. The artist talk is free and open to the public, although RSVPs are requested. Martin Kreloff/Made in Vegas runs through June 3rd. The Winchester Cultural Center is located at 3130 S. McLeod, just north of Desert Inn. Hours of operation are Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed Sundays and Mondays). For additional information, contact Patrick Gaffey at (702) 455-7340. Listen to Martin Kreloff's KNPR's "State of Nevada" interview: http://www.knpr.org/son/archive/detail2.cfm?SegmentID=7770&ProgramID=2211.

Local publications have taken quite a fancy to Martin Kreloff and his work, using stories and photos in newspapers and magazines, most recently on Easter Sunday in a Las Vegas Review-Journal feature article on local artists using eggs as their "canvas."
See accompanying photo, above, by Jerry Henkel of Kreloff and his Happiest Sumo in the World.

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Philip Fortenberry

F. Gerard Errante

Last night, for only the second time in the past seven months, the Las Vegas Composers Showcase was up and running. The popular event lost its "permanent" home when the 30-year-old Liberace Museum closed in October. Since that time, what had been a monthly event, has had only two dates - in February and last night. Creative Studios LV, at LoftWorks near South Rainbow and Sunset, played host to what is one of the most impressive and creative things done in this city. Songwriter/composers from the community present their original material via some of the top singers and musicians currently living and working in Las Vegas. The brainchild of Keith Thompson (musical director for Jersey Boys at Palazzo) and Michael Brennan (musical director for Wynn Las Vegas' LeReve), the Composers Showcase made its debut at Suede, a local bar on Paradise Road, in April of 2006. In the past five years, attendance grew from a handful of local entertainers, to the approximately 150 (max capacity in the recent venues) music lovers that have made the late night pilgrimage (the program starts after 10:30 p.m.) in more recent months. Among the creative participants that have been involved in the showcases over the years are folks such as Jay Rogers, Clint Holmes, Brandon and Kelly Albright, Fred Watstein, Dana Allen, Frederic Kahler, musicians from the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and cast members from Mamma Mia!, Spamalot, The Lion King, Menopause The Musical, Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, Jersey Boys, The Producers, and We Will Rock You, among others. Participants in last night's event included Jolana Adamson, Travis Cloer, Vita Corimbi, Susan Haller, Christopher Lash, Danny Roque, The Yucca Mountain String Band, Jason Andino, Mackenzie Bell, Merissa Haddad, Christine Hudman, Reva Rice, Nikka Wahl, Jay Alger, Tish Diaz, Philip Fortenberry, Keith Hubacher, Derek Jones, Don Meoli, Joey Singer, Kevin Stout, Matt Taylor, Eric Tewalt, and Joe Thomasula. As soon as we know when it will take place, and where, we will provide information on the next Composers Showcase.

And speaking of Philip Fortenberry, he and clarinetist, F. Gerard Errante, will pool their respective talents in the Recital Hall of the College of Southern Nevada's Cheyenne campus at 2 p.m. this Sunday, May 1st, in a free, open to the public, concert. The varied program will feature the first performance of eight Art Songs by American and Latin American composers that have been transcribed for clarinet and piano by Errante. The composers represented are Carlos Guastavino, Alberto Ginastera, Samuel Barber, John Duke, Lori Laitman, and Stephen Sondheim. The centerpiece of the program will be Fortenberry's performance of the exquisite solo piano composition by Johannes Brahms, Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel. Errante and Fortenberry will join forces to begin the program with the ebullient Sonatina by Malcolm Arnold. They will end the program with a rousing work by the award-winning contemporary composer, Kenji Bunch, La ultima noche en la casa del Flamenco. In this rollicking work, even the page-turner gets into the act. F. Gerard Errante is a clarinetist of international stature, whose performances throughout the world have received critical acclaim. He has performed widely in the global community, presenting solo recitals and lecturing in countries from Australia to Zimbabwe and on every continent, save Antarctica. He now calls Las Vegas home after having relocated here several years ago. Philip Fortenberry is well known to Las Vegas audiences from his performances in Jersey Boys and his highly acclaimed one man show, Liberace and Me, at the now closed Liberace Museum. Philip began playing the piano at the age of four, and performed his first solo concert at the age of 12. His distinguished and varied career has included performing in many shows on Broadway, and in such esteemed venues as Carnegie Hall, the White House, and the United Nations. CSN's Cheyenne Campus is located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue in North Las Vegas. For further information, contact gerrante@cox.net.

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Coming To Smith Center

Sin City Burlesque

The still under construction Smith Center for the Performing Arts has just announced four new bookings for the 2012-2013 launch season. The downtown $502 million entertainment facility is scheduled to open in March of next year. Joining the already highly anticipated Wicked (August 29th through October 7th) in the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall, are Broadway musicals The Color Purple (April 3rd through 8th), Mary Poppins (May 22nd through 27th), Million Dollar Quartet (June 12th through 17th) and Memphis (July 18th through 22nd). Needless to say, we will have plenty more on the upcoming Smith Center doings, as we get closer to the opening.

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Anyone who has been to Laughlin, Nevada, in the summer, knows that it gets mighty hot there. Although summer has not officially arrived, two weeks of topless burlesque at Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino is getting a jump on the heat. In conjunction with the annual Laughlin River Run, the Riverside is presenting Biker Burlesque, an edgy revue, through May 1st, and the return of Sin City Burlesque, from May 3rd through the 8th. These two revues combine fantastic choreography and stunning costumes that are guaranteed to tease, while paying tribute to one of our country's most fabulous theatrical traditions - burlesque. The sexy, sensual, seductive and beautiful dancers - Jennifer Romas, Teri Corcoran, Kim Denmark, and Karen Fujimoto - will be joined in Biker Burlesque by special guest stars: direct from America's Got Talent, Michelle L'Amour; national headlining comedian, Kathleen Dunbar; the beautiful vocal sensations of Pilita Danesh; and the amazing aerial silk artist, Darla Davis. For Sin City Burlesque, guest performers are: comedian John Padon, Pilita Danesh and Darla Davis. Sin City Burlesque is produced by veteran Las Vegas dancer and choreographer, Carrie Proffitt of Haute Entertainment, along with performers and producers, Dan O'Brien and Jon C. Halbur of J & D Entertainment. Showtimes are tonight and tomorrow night (April 29th and 30th) at 9; Monday, May 1st through Friday the 6th at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 7th at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 8th at 8 p.m. Tickets are $32 per person, with special prices for groups of 35 or more. For reservations, call (800) 227-3849 or visit the Riverside Resort Box Office. www.RiversideResort.com. Must be 18 years old and older to attend.


Kathleen Dunbar

Brian Keith at Town Square

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Although auditions were recently held here, it seems that cable's Bravo TV is denying any involvement with a Real Housewives of Las Vegas series. We wonder what this means for Frank Marino? We think that having a female impersonator as one of the cast members on a show of this nature would be a hoot, especially coming from Vegas. Personally, we don't give a rats' ass what all this means to the unnamed "Las Vegas-based model agency," OR to the former local TV "personality"/wannabe, but we would like to see the star of Divas Las Vegas in a situation like this. We will keep on top of the subject.

Speaking of Frank Marino and Divas Las Vegas, on Wednesday afternoon, we spotted talented Brian Keith, who is filling in for the traveling Marino in the Imperial Palace revue, lunching on the patio at Brio Tuscan Grille in Town Square on Las Vegas Blvd. So. (A second Brio's is part of the newly opened Tivoli Village shopping and dining, located at Rampart and Alta, directly across from the Suncoast.) This is Brian's third time stepping in for Frank Marino. When he isn't in Las Vegas, wearing sexy gowns and beautiful wigs on the stage at the IP, Brian Keith is an emergency room nurse at a San Francisco hospital.

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It has been called to our attention that we put the wrong date for the next Las Vegas Media Group meeting. It will be on Monday, May 16th, NOT the 23rd, as we reported last Friday. The Las Vegas Media Group welcomes those who have an interest in preserving or learning more about the history of this city. They meet for lunch, 11:30 a.m., every third Monday, at the Wedding Room, located at 3601 West Sahara. Cost is $15, and RSVPs are required. To find out more, or be placed on the mailing list, contact info@lasvegasmediagroup.org. We will have additional information about the May meeting in a couple of weeks.

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S. Frank Stringham

Barbara Winters & Rod Russell

Did you know that April is National Humor Month? We didn't know either, until a few days ago, but once we got wind of this, we decided to do our part to support the cause. So, on Saturday evening, we went to see the Las Vegas Improvisation Players at work (and play). The nine talented performers did a great job of keeping the audience in the theater space at the American Heritage Academy entertained. To warm up the crowd, one of the group's players, and the music teacher at the Academy, one S. Frank Stringham at the piano, ran the folks through a little Name That Tune. It turns out that in addition to his teaching and musical skills, S. (that's the letter he goes by) is a comic and an amazing balloon artist. He even was part of the first season of TV's America's Got Talent. When we obtain some photos, we will show our readers that balloon art isn't just for kids and encompasses much more than balloon hats and wiener dogs.

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On Easter Sunday, we were at the fabulous Renaissance Mimosas & Music Brunch, with about 400 other foodies and entertainment lovers. An under-the-weather Wes Winters was at the piano (as he is for the regular, non-Easter, Sunday fests at Renaissance), displaying his "the show must go on" attitude (this man is a real trouper). Among the familiar faces we spotted in the beautifully pastel-decorated ballroom, were Rod Russell, Mary Millard, Barbara Winters, Carole Fishman, Arlene Bates, Jerry Ritholz, Tom Gallagher, John Meren, Bette Cook, Patty "Cash" Patzer, Maryann Caruso, and Cindy Doumani. The music was wonderful, the food delicious and the Easter Bonnet Contest a hoot. Barbara Winters, a vision in blue, took first place. Arlene Bates, celebrating her birthday a couple of days early, came in second with her "mile-high" Easter-themed creation. At one point during the afternoon, the crowd was treated to an improv dance display by 15-year-old Kurt Sedlmeir. Kurt, a freshman at the award-winning downtown Las Vegas Academy of International Studies Performing & Visual Arts (better known around these parts as the Academy), really worked the room. Kurt, who has had no real dance training prior to entering the Academy, is primarily a vocalist. When asked who his favorite singers are, he put Barry Manilow (whose show he has seen many times) at the top of the list. His other favorites are Josh Groban, Celine Dion, Rihanna and Greg London, who stars in his Impressions That Rock show at the Las Vegas Hilton. Kurt and his mother, Colleen Sedlmeir, are fans of Wes Winters, and are regular attendees at the Renaissance' ENVY The Steakhouse Sunday brunches.


Arlene Bates

Kurt Sedlmeir

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As part of the Main Stage Season, the Nevada Conservatory Theatre at UNLV is presenting Michael Frayn's Noises Off, tonight, April 29th through May 8th in the Judy Bayley Theatre. Called by some "the funniest farce ever written," Noises Off returned to Broadway in 2001 with a cast that included Patti LuPone and Peter Gallagher as a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a PG-rated flop called Nothing's On. The NCT cast, directed by Kenn McLeod, includes Tracy Lore as Dotty Otley; Douglas Hill as Lloyd Dallas; Michael Thatcher as Garry Lejeune; Melody Wilson as Brooke Ashton; Nicole Unger as Poppy Norton-Taylor; Alan Dronek as Frederick Fellows; Dhyana Dahl as Belinda Blair; John Maltese as Tim Allgood; and Michael Tylo as Selsdon Mowbray. Performances are at 8 p.m. tonight, April 30th, May 5th, 6th and 7th, with matinees at 2 p.m. on May 1st and 8th. Tickets are $20 and $30, and are on sale at the UNLV Performing Arts Center Box Office. Special rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Box Office may be reached by calling (702) 895-ARTS (2787) or visiting pac.unlv.edu. The 2011-2012 Nevada Conservatory Theatre Season showcases A Streetcar Named Desire, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and many more. Yearly subscriptions are now available. Tickets are limited, and prices vary.

The name Michael Tylo is probably familiar to TV soap fans. Tylo, who has been a Southern Nevada resident for some time, had regular roles in The Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless, Guiding Light and All My Children. Tylo is currently a full time Professor at UNLV, where he teaches Theatre and Film Studies while pursuing acting in film and theatre.


Vintage Michael Tylo

The AFLAC Duck

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Ronnie Rose informs us that he will be performing tonight, from 5 to 9 p.m., during the Grand Opening weekend at the just launched Tivoli Village across from the Suncoast at Rampart and Alta. Also, the entertainer and his band have been held over for the month of May in the South Point Casino Showroom, Thursday nights from 7:30 to 10:30. There is a large dance floor for those that like to exercise while enjoying the music. Cover charge is $5. The busy Mr. Rose, joined by a three-piece horn section, is at the Mandalay Bay House of Blues Restaurant, Sundays from 8 to 11p.m., and performs in Addison's Lounge at the Rampart, May 6th and 7th from 8 to 11:30 p.m. As if that isn't enough, Rose will also be part of the City of Henderson Arts and Jazz Week-end on Mother's Day (Sunday, May 8th). The all-day concert will take place on Water Street across from the Henderson Town Hall. Whew!

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On Tuesday, it was announced that Aflac had found a new voice for its duck. After firing comedian Gilbert Gottfried from the job, the insurance company picked Daniel McKeague from Hugo, Minnesota, to replace Gottfried. The 36-year-old television advertising sales manager and father of three, was one of 12,500 contestants who sent Aflac voice samples.

Gottfried, who performed here at the Hilton in January, was terminated after making jokes on Twitter about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Aflac might have given him a pass if he had been talking about another country, but the company gets 75% of its revenue from Japan. Gottfried later apologized, but, as far as Aflac was concerned, it was too little too late.

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Bob Flanigan

Larry Braggs

Bob Flanigan, the familiar lead voice of the famed Four Freshmen vocal group, is ailing and currently at the Torrey Pines Care Center. For those who would like to drop him a cheery note, the address is 1701 S. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89146-2999.

Doing extremely well after recent surgery is vocal impressionist, Bill Acosta. In March, in an attempt to minimize the shaking caused by his Parkinson's disease, a Deep Brain Stimulation device was implanted in Acosta's skull. Jeanne Bavaro, Bill's former wife and manager, reports that since the device was turned on about a week ago, the improvement has been nothing short of amazing. For the first time in years, Bill can pick up a cup of tea with no sign of the tremors he has been trying to deal with. This is great news.

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Larry Braggs, lead singer of Tower of Power, was the special guest with the Lon Bronson All-Stars at the Green Valley Ranch Ovation showroom on Thursday night. In a rare Vegas appearance, Braggs delivered a full set of Tower, Sam Cooke and some originals, backed by the popular Lon Bronson band.

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New Yorker, KT Sullivan, who has appeared in Las Vegas at the Charleston Heights Arts Center with Mark Nadler, reminds us that spring has sprung! KT also reminds us that she will be performing tonight and tomorrow night at the First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St. in Cape May, New Jersey. Through a collaboration between East Lynne Theater Company, The First Presbyterian Church, and Arthur Shafman Artists International, KT will be trying out her new show, Rhyme, Women and Song, in Cape May before opening at The Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City, May 3rd through 28th. The New Yorker calls KT Sullivan "as vocally, comically and theatrically assured as contemporary cabaret performers get." With Jon Weber as musical director, and, the same named/different spelled, John Webber on bass (would we make this up?), KT's show times at the Oak Room will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 p.m., with added 11 p.m. shows on Fridays and Saturdays. Dinner for the 8:30 shows start at 6:30. An a la carte menu is available at 10 p.m. for the weekend late shows. The Algonquin is at 59 West 44th Street in Manhattan. For reservations, please call (212) 419-9331.


KT Sullivan by Heather Sullivan

Ted Quillin

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Our deepest sympathy to Eve Quillin on the loss of her husband, Ted. Ted Quillin, a member of the Nevada Radio Hall of Fame, passed away at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas on April 20th. He was 81. Ted spent an amazing 60 years in radio, and helped put KFWB-AM (980) on the radio map when he was one of the "Seven Swinging Gentlemen," one of the famous DJ's of KFWB when it ushered in Top 40 music to Los Angeles. Ted got his start in radio while in high school, working as a runner for KEPO in El Paso, Texas. He moved up the ranks to announcer, moved to Corpus Christi and then Houston before he got the call from California to come to KFWB. The character of Ted Quillin in the movie La Bamba, about the life of Ritchie Valens, was played by Rick Dees. Following his radio career, Ted opened Quillin Country Advertising in Las Vegas. In addition to his wife, Eve, Ted is survived by his brother, Ray; daughters, Jo Williams and Janet Titus; son, Tim; four stepchildren; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, April 30th, in the Penthouse Suite at the Red Rock Resort & Casino. The family requests that any donations in Ted's memory be made to the Zelzah Shriners Transportation Fund at 2222 W. Mesquite Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89106.

And sincere condolences to Shirley Axler, long associated with the Liberace Foundation, on the loss of her husband, Alex Axler. Born in Montreal, Canada, Alex, a longtime resident of Las Vegas, passed away on April 24th at the age of 85. In addition to his wife, Shirley, Alex is survived by son, Daryl; and daughter, Lori. Services were private. Donations in Alex Axler's name may be made to Nathan Adelson Hospice.

Rosalie La Vigna, passed away in Las Vegas on April 22nd. Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1921,Rosalie had been a Las Vegan since 1989. A homemaker, Rosalie is survived by her son, Joseph R. La Vigna. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph. Services have already been held. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Rosalie's son, Joe, a onetime production show singer, is the owner of Affairs Catering in Las Vegas.

Richard Iborra, 67, passed away on April 12th. The Bronx-born drummer/percussionist came to Las Vegas, in 1971 to work with Pupi Compo at Caesars Place. After seven years with Campo, Iborra went on to work with numerous headliners, including Connie Stevens, Andy Williams, Mac Davis, and Paul Anka. Richard is survived by his wife, Suzan; daughter, Debra; granddaughter, Elyse; siblings, Nancy, Frank and Sandy; nephews, Eric, Azarial, Damon and Ramon; nieces, Gina and Nisa; beloved aunt, Marquita Golson: and many other loved family and friends. Service were held earlier today at St. Francis de Sales Church, 1111 Michael Way, in Las Vegas.


Phoebe Snow

Joe Locatelli (One More Time)

Singer, guitarist, songwriter, Phoebe Snow, passed away in Edison, New Jersey, on April 26th at the age of 60. Best known for her 1975 hit, "Poetry Man," Snow had been in declining health since suffering a cerebral hemorrhage in January of last year. Snow, who was nominated for a Grammy in 1975 as Best New Artist, gave birth that same year to a severely brain-injured daughter, Valerie. Snow resolved not to institutionalize her but instead care for her at home, which she did until Valerie died in 2007 at the age of 31. Snow's decision to care for Valerie herself, greatly and negatively affected her professional career, nearly ending it.

It was at New York's Bitter End in 1972, that a promotions executive for Shelter Records was so taken by the singer, he signed her to the label and produced her first recording. She released Phoebe Snow in 1974. The album went on to sell over a million copies in the United States, and became one of the most acclaimed recordings of the era. Snow is heard singing backup, along with Valerie Simpson and Patti Austin, on Paul Simon's hit song, "50 Ways to Leave your Lover." Snow also sang backup on Chicago's 1978 recording of "Take Me Back to Chicago." Throughout the 1990s, Phoebe made numerous appearances on the Howard Stern radio show, and performed at the his wedding in 2008. In 1997, Snow sang an a cappella version of the Roseanne theme song, during the closing moments of the series' final episode. Prior to her stroke, Snow planned to release a new album in 2010, and had been scheduled to begin touring with her band in March.

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Well, this is a first for Cousin Claire. Last Friday, we ran a photo of Joe Locatelli but neglected to put in why it was there, what he was doing and where, so here's the info...
On Tuesdays, from 7 to 10 p.m., it's Jazz with the Joe Locatelli Group at Daddy Mac's Bar & Grill in Henderson. Enjoy great jazz, food and libations in the establishment, located at 2920 N. Green Valley Parkway, just north of Sunset. Locatelli promises some of the city's top players, including favorites such as Adelaide Robbins, Fred Watstein, Steve Flora, Tom Hall, John Plows, and Locatelli, himself on vibes or drums. For additional information on Daddy Mac's new Tuesday Jazz policy, call (702) 272-0913.

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On Thursday nights, at The Onyx Restaurant, Lynn Ross presents, Singing Sensations! Singing Sensations is geared toward singers, and offers lots of ideas and opportunities to see some great entertainment. Audience members will have the chance to see more than just talented vocalists. They may also see musicians, magicians, comedians, ventriloquists, and dancers as well. It is kind of like an open mic night but with some bonus features. Each week there will be two drawings for prizes - one for the entertainers who come out to share their talent, and one for the customers who come to see and hear them. Hosts will change from time to time, with Ms. Ross handling things on May 5th, 12th and 26th. Show time is from 7 to 10 p.m. Come and enjoy the delicious cuisine while hearing all your favorite standards from the Great American Songbook, as well as some Great Vintage Pop tunes you'll know and love! There is also a beautiful bar for enjoying your choice of beverage, along with a dance floor. The Onyx Restaurant, in Bogey's Bar and Grill, is located at 7770 West Ann Road, just off I-95.


Lynn Ross

Poperazzi

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The dynamic trio, Poperazzi, will perform a delicate musical mix of opera with a modern twist in Viva Italia at the Suncoast Showroom, at 7:30, Saturday and Sunday, April 30th and May 1st. From rock to opera, classic Frank Sinatra to The Rolling Stones, and Pavarotti to Jersey Boys, Poperazzi's musical productions showcase hundreds of years of musical tradition in a fresh and contemporary format. Drawing on Poperazzi's Italian roots, Viva Italia explores the music of Italy through art, opera, symphonic literature, and songs popularized by Italian-Americans. Conducted and co-produced by Michael Krajewski, Principal Pops Conductor of the Houston and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras, the lively production has delighted audiences across North America. Created in 2009, by founder and tenor, George DeMott, Poperazzi is comprised of three talented and classically trained singers. DeMott has performed several classic tenor roles and has recorded two self-produced albums including Serenade and Two for My Baby. Fellow tenor and Las Vegas native, Cody Shawn Gay has a diverse range of skills and has played several title roles in Jekyll and Hyde and The Phantom of the Opera. Soprano Janien Valentine, began singing professionally at age 16 and has never looked back, starring in acclaimed musicals such as NotreDame De Paris; Men are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, Franco Dragone's Carmen production and Nunsense. She was named "Best Female Singer" and "Thespian" by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Together, the trio has inspired audiences across the United States and Canada, through Viva Italia and its performances with Symphony Pops Orchestras at major events such as Atlanta's 2010 New Years Eve Celebration. They have also been featured live in a PBS broadcast from Madison, Wisconsin. Tickets are available, starting from $15.95, plus tax and convenience fees and can be purchased by calling the Suncoast Box Office at (702) 636-7075 or visiting www.suncoastcasino.com. Save on convenience fees by purchasing the tickets in person at Coast Casinos.



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