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Note: This is a past column from October 28, 2011
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Las Vegas - October 28, 2011


John Meren by Mary Millard

Priscilla Presley

Here's a good example of a "failure to communicate" ("What we've got here is... failure to communicate," is a famous line by the domineering prison warden, played by Strother Martin, in the film, Cool Hand Luke, starring Paul Newman)...
If you are a regular Claire Voyant reader, you are probably familiar with the name of John Meren. John, and his partner Tom Gallagher, started the Performing Arts Society of Nevada series of entertainment events more than two decades ago. Sadly, John passed away on October 5th. Ten days earlier, one day after returning from a more than weeklong cruise, John suffered a major stroke. As a result, a member of John's family opted to cancel the upcoming shows that had already been scheduled at the Clark County Flamingo Library Theater through the end of the year. Among the cancellation casualties was Philip Fortenberry's piano concert, supposed to take place last Sunday, October 23rd. There was no way to contact those who planned to attend, and nothing was mentioned in the paper (of course, Cousin Claire did have something in her column). That afternoon, about 300 people showed up to see Philip's concert at the library. It was then that they learned the program had been canceled. Many of the show goers, some who had been attending PASNV events for many years, also did not find out about Meren's death until that time. Those who knew John well, feel that he would have wanted Philip's program to go on as planned. Unfortunately, those who could have, and would have, taken care of making that happen, were not consulted. Too bad...for lots of reasons.

In an eerie note...almost two weeks after John Meren's passing, we received a postcard in the mail from he and Tom, sent from St Petersburg Russia during their trip.

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What would Elvis think? Rumor has it that Priscilla Presley is seriously considering joining a convent. Well, sort of. After seeing Nunsense at the Las Vegas Hilton about a month ago, Presley was so enamored with the musical comedy, she made it known that she would like to join the Little Sisters of Hoboken in a touring company version of the show. Nunsense recently celebrated their one year anniversary at the Hilton, where the show was nominated as 'Best Book Musical in Las Vegas,' along with some pretty heavy-hitters, such as Jersey Boys, The Lion King and Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular. Some of the top performers in Las Vegas have been part of this successful show, including Diane Ellis, Kelly Clinton Holmes, Janien Valentine, Michelle Johnson, Kathryn Arianoff, Robin Berry Vincent, Natalie Carson, Lisa Donovan, Ina Jo Donovan, Tymara and Amanda Kaiser (hope we didn't leave anyone out). Director/choreographer, Nancy Gregory, reports that, "everyone misses Diane Ellis and her great take on the Mother Superior role, but Lisa Donovan (who took her place) is wowing the audiences too." Although nothing has been signed yet, two top agents from ICM were here last week, discussing the possibility of Priscilla taking on the role of the Mother Superior in a tightened 'casino' version of Nunsense, starting next year. Gregory would also direct and choreograph the National tour. We will keep you posted.

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Paul Stone's Vegas Magic Theatre opens in the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino Showroom, on Thursday. Stone will launch a series of ongoing shows, with a new lineup of entertainers - delivering magic, comedy, escapology, illusions, mind reading and more - each week. Lined up for opening week, November 3rd through 6th, are magicians, Fielding West and Mike Douglas. November 10th through 13th, magic men Dimmare and Jason Andrews, along with master puppeteer, Scott Land, take to the stage. Singer/magician, Ben Stone, serves as show host. Show times are Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at 7 p.m., and Saturdays at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are amore than reasonable $14.95, plus taxes and fees. The room previously hosted Society of Seven, Forever Plaid, Marty Allen and Karon Kate Blackwell, and Debby Boone, among others. At this point, Vegas Magic Theatre is scheduled to run through Saturday, December 31st. If things go well, and we think they should, expect the variety show to be extended.


Fielding West & Bob the Bird

Shades of Sinatra

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On Saturday, November 5th, Shades of Sinatra will celebrate its 100th show at the cabaret-like (80 to 100 seats) Wolf Theater, in the Clarion Hotel & Casino, and everyone is invited to the party! Relive the music of the legendary Frank Sinatra with Shades of Sinatra. This exciting musical production pays tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes, as four dynamic performers lend their voices to more than 30 of Sinatra's biggest hits. From touching, heartfelt solos, to rousing group numbers, this non-stop, high-energy show is loaded with zany humor and off-the-cuff, good-natured ribbing, as well as poignant stories about the man and his music. Experience favorite, timeless classics, performed by "The Shades," Carmine Mandia, Lisa Smith, Larry Liso, and Ryan Baker (and/or their occasional sub/swings, Craig Canter, Jeff Celentano, Lou De Meis, Bruce Hammond, Betsy Holm, Sandra Huntsman, and Nik Mastrangelo), at the Clarion. For a limited time (at this point, through November), reduced priced tickets will be offered via the theater website for 1/2 price (only $23.99, plus box office and convenience fees). VIP and dinner packages are also available. On November 5th, the 100th anniversary show will begin at 8 p.m., with a celebration party held in the Clarion Bar/Lounge immediately following. The Clarion Hotel & Casino, formerly the Greek Isles, is located at 305 Convention Center Drive, between the Strip and Paradise Road. For Shades of Sinatra reservations, call the Clarion box office at (702) 990-1524, or go to www.WolfTheaterLasVegas.com.

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On Wednesday, November 2nd, Don Hill turns 90. Don was with the fabulous Treniers show band for more than 50 years. The saxophone player is still blowing that horn, and sounds as good as he did a half century ago. We wish this fine gentleman a very, very happy birthday.


Don & Gloria Hill

Leigh Zimmerman & Cayleigh Capaldi by Ed Foster

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Yesterday, we took our always stress-filled, busy busy Thursday away from home and computer, seeing When Dreams Come True at the Suncoast in the afternoon, and the Composers Showcase at night (which explains one of the reasons that we are running late today).

Thursday afternoons at the Suncoast, it is usually Ed Mathews' Hot Parade variety offering in the Showroom. Yesterday, it was something quite different...the World-Premiere of a new play, When Dreams Come True. The piece is set in 1939, and takes place in a radio station, where a live broadcast of the play, Circle Of Serpents, unfolds. The Suncoast audience experienced how it used to be in the Golden Age of Radio, when actors, sound effects people, and musicians came together to bring exciting stories to life over the radio airwaves. Written by Mathews and Owen Delman, and directed by Domenick Allen (who also appears on stage during the show, with a very different look than the one most show goers around here are used to seeing), When Dreams Come True featured 11-year-old Cayleigh Capaldi, her mother Leigh Zimmerman, Nate Tannenbaum, Ellen Lawson, James Doucette, Lou De Meis, Danny Walten, AJ Fleuridas, Jessica Vannick, Emily Arena, J.R. Thompson, Jud Salas and Erwin Flacks. Scenic Design and Sound Effects were handled by Yale Yandel and Zimmerman, and Musical Director was Lionardo (Ned Mills). We will write more about this next week, when we have more time.


Yes, It's Domenick Allen by Ed Foster

Tyler Williams

Last night's Composers Showcase, at Garfield's Grand Atrium, at the Lake at Desert Shores, featured the songs of local songwriters, Kelly Clinton, Bill Fayne, Elisa Furr, Natalie Hill, Michelle Johnson, Nicole Pryor, Keith Thompson,and Tyler Williams; vocalists Megan Arnoldy, Nikka Wahl and others, plus instrumentalists Mike Clark, Tish Diaz, Dan Ellis, Dan Falcone, Keith Hubacher, Dirk K, Mike Mechem, Jeff Ray, Kevin Stout, Matt Taylor and Eric Tewalt. Mary McFadden, who handles sound for the showcase, celebrated her birthday last night. The performers and audience members sang happy birthday, Mary was presented with a birthday cake, and a beautiful song, written and performed by Keith Thompson, called "Make a Wish." Now in its sixth year, the Composers Showcase was launched by Thompson, conductor for Jersey Boys, at Palazzo (but moving to Paris Las Vegas after the first of the year), and Michael Brennan, conductor of Le Reve at Wynn Las Vegas. The entertainment forum, hosted by Thompson, allows local composers, lyricists and songwriters the opportunity to present original material to a supportive audience in an informal cabaret-style setting. This is not an "open mic" showcase. All participants and material is screened, in order to provide the best and highest quality entertainment, while being respectful of the artists and audiences as well as the host venue. Talk is that the Composers Showcase could wind up in the Jazz Cabaret at the Smith Center. The venue, which seats 258, already has Branford Marsalis, Clint Holmes (who will appear one weekend a month), Andrea Marcovicci, Jane Monheit and Barbara Cook, scheduled to appear. The Smith Center, almost three years in the making, will open in March.

And speaking of Tyler Williams, the upright bass player/songwriter performs in the Clark County Flamingo Library Theater, 1401 E. Flamingo, tomorrow at 2 p.m. A native of Anchorage, Alaska, since coming to Las Vegas in 1999, Tyler has performed with a number of artists and shows, including Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Beatlemania, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Walt Weiskopf, Ken Peplowski, Tommy Deering, and Bob Rozario. He is currently a member of the Le Reve orchestra at Wynn Las Vegas. The weekend concert, called Here Me Now, also the title of Williams new CD, will feature Dirk K on guitar, and Peter Erskine on drums. General admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

After last night's Composers Showcase, we think it might be necessary to post a sign outside the venue to read: Turn Off Your Cell Phones, Beepers, Pagers, Egos and. Mouths. Those that do not comply will be asked to leave the room. We were more than a little surprised at the rudeness displayed by some of the entertainers who talked while others were performing. If you want to carry on conversations, we suggest that you go to a noisy bar where you won't disturb anyone, be it entertainers or those trying to listen, or take your friends to your house, or even the parking lot, but, for goodness sake...SHUT UP! We are specifically talking about a table of six to eight people, three or more who performed, near the entrance to the show space, and talented singer, Elisa Furr. After getting a wonderful response from the attentive audience, Elisa (who we do not know) spent most of the rest of the night, talking to those around her. Mind your manners, kids. As grandma used to say, "Shame on you!"

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Las Vegas Magazine, found in most hotel rooms on the Strip and a sister publication of the Las Vegas Sun newspaper, asked some of the city's entertainers to dress in spooky costumes to re-create the feel of classic horror movie posters. They are having a contest to determine the public's favorite. On Monday morning, the winner's full-page poster will be printed in the Halloween edition of the Las Vegas Sun. Competing in the contest are Penn & Teller (The Silent Mummy), Terry Fator and Taylor Makakoa Fator (Frankenstein and the Bride), and Frank Marino and Alex Schechter (Vampire Serenade). To vote, go to http://www.lasvegassun.com/surveys/2011/poster-contest/. Voting ends Sunday, October 30th at 9 p.m. And speaking of the publicity shy Frank Marino, there is a story about him in the current National Enquirer (the one with Barbra Streisand on the cover) and you can see him on Bravo's Millionaire Matchmaker, Tuesday November 8th at 10 p.m.


Frank Marino & Alex Schechter

Supreme Reflections

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On Friday, November 4th, and Saturday, the 5th, Supreme Reflections will perform at Tibbies Center Stage Theater in Fontana, California. Supreme Reflections is a loving tribute to Diana Ross, and the most famous female singing group of all time The Supremes. This sparkling trip down Motown's Memory lane was written by Motown producer, George Solomon. The show features the true story and familiar classic hits of the actual Supremes. From "Baby Love" and "Stop in the Name of Love," to "Love Child," this show is packed with the original Supremes musical gems. Supreme Reflections features a cast of performers who recapture the style and grace as well as the hilarious anecdotes that tell the story of the Supremes. Fontana residents will receive a 25% discount off of any tickets purchased for the Friday, November 4th 7:30 p.m. show. Show Only tickets as low as $21.75, and dinner and show tickets for as low as $37.50. Guests must call the box office to redeem this offer. Restrictions apply. Shows are Friday, November 4th at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 5th at 7 p.m. The theater is at 8463 Sierra Avenue in Fontana. Call (909) 429-SHOW (7469).

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Puppeteer Anthony Rais and Denise Clemente will perform in the Sorrento Room at the Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara, on Saturday, November 5th. Dinner and show, with seating from 6 p.m. is $30, with children 12 years and under at $15. Show starts at 8. Cocktail and show, with seating from 7:30, is $15. For reservations, call (702) 457-3866.


Anthony Rais, "Simone" & Denise Clemente

Josh Strickland

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Josh Strickland, a principal in Peepshow at Planet Hollywood, and Holly Madison's BFF, celebrated his 28th birthday on October 23rd. On some astrological charts, that makes him a Libra, while on others, he is considered a Scorpio. We listed him on last Friday's Libra birthday list, where he maybe didn‘t belong. To make up for the possible horrendous error, and because he is a cutie, we will list Josh, who played the lead in Broadway's musical, Tarzan, with the rest of the Scorpios, sometime near the end of November.

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Party goers and music lovers had big decisions on Saturday night...especially if they were Italian. Where to go? What to do? Over at UNLV, it was the Las Vegas Philharmonic, with singer/impressionist Bob Anderson (don't know if he is a Son of Italy), and Vincent Falcone at the piano and guest conducting (Vinnie is most definitely of Italian stock). The group was doing A Tribute to Frank Sinatra and the Great American Songbook (and we have a feeling Sinatra was Italian). At the same time, over at the 50-year-old East Sahara Italian American Club, it was the annual F.I.O.R.E. Halloween Party. There was a delicious buffet and Gary Anderson and his three musical cohorts did a fine job, but, we are pretty sure that most of the attendees would agree that the biggest entertainment hit of the evening was veteran burlesque queen, known on stage as Bambi Jones. The 80-year-young entertainer, whose off-stage name is Doris "Dori" Kotzan, recently returned to Las Vegas after living in Connecticut for a number of years with her daughter, Grace, who performed here as Bambi Jr. Gracie, her husband, Marc Coronel, and teenage children, Montel "Gootch" and Wyntergrace, and seven-year-old, Mace, are also back at home here. Unfortunately, due to his wife's health issues, Nelson Sardelli, who is the guts behind the F.I.O.R.E. group, was unable to attend the gathering. He was sorely missed.
Note: Shown with Dori Kotzan in the accompanying photo, is Roy Hammock, Willie Nelson tribute artist, currently appearing in the Country Superstars show at the Golden Nugget.


Dori (Bambi Jones) Kotzan & Roy (Willie) Hammock

Nannette DiMascio

Nannette DiMascio received her delayed honorary F.I.O.R.E. Friendship Award and plaque for her fine work taking care of the non-club club's Web site.

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For all you local Gleeks, do you know that Las Vegas has its own William McKinley performing arts high school? It is downtown, in what used to be the old Las Vegas High School (opened in 1931, it was the first high school in the city), and is now called the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies Performing & Visual Arts (those poor cheerleaders!). Located on South 7th Street, in the center of the Las Vegas High School Historical District, a historic urban shopping district, the Academy offers students, in grades 9 through 12, the opportunity to pursue a major in dance, vocal music, instrumental music, international studies, piano, theater or theater technology, and visual arts. In a typical Clark County high school, students spend 50 minutes a day in class. At the Las Vegas Academy, students are in class for 86 minutes daily. Some schools have no visual arts classes, while others have limited or no vocal music programs and have eliminated drama classes. When the school opened as the Academy in 1993, there were 725 students. The Fall 2011 enrollment reached 1,700. In a story in Wednesday's Las Vegas Sun, reporter, Paul Takahashi, wrote..."Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts is seeking the public's help to win $50,000 from the hit TV show "Glee" to help fund its music department. Glee Give a Note Foundation is a partnership between Fox, the show's creator Ryan Murphy and the National Association for Music Education. The group is awarding $1 million through an online contest to music programs in need throughout the nation. More than 400 schools across the country submitted videos to entice online visitors to the Glee website to vote for their school. In addition to Las Vegas Academy, two valley middle schools - Hyde Park and Rogich - are vying for the top prize of $50,000." Winning this would be a big boon to the award-winning Las Vegas school. To read more of Paul Takahashi's article, go to http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/oct/26/las-vegas-academy-hopes-win-50000-hit-tv-show-glee/.

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Jerry Tiffe

Alpin Hong

Tomorrow night, beginning at 7, the Annual Halloween Dance, featuring vocalist Jerry Tiffe backed by his Big Band, will take place at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S Brush St., west of Decatur and north of Charleston. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Call (702) 229-6383.

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Juilliard-trained pianist, Alpin Hong, along with the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra, will entertain audiences of all ages, at the Henderson Pavilion tomorrow night at 8 (doors open at 7), with a show entitled Heroes & Villains, Might & Magic: A Musical Battle Royale for the Future. Hong will showcase a variety of classical works, while adding his hip twist to modernize the musical elements. The show serves as an annual fundraising gala for the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra, with tickets priced at $9, plus service fee. The performance is the finale to a two-week musical residency program, where Hong interacted with music students at a number of local high schools including Basic High School, the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing & Visual Arts, Nevada School of the Arts and the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra. As seen on ABCNews.com, Hong has a passion for influencing and educating youth on the fundamentals of music. Instrumentalists from the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra will demonstrate what they've learned while joining him on stage throughout the evening's performance. The Henderson Pavilion is at 200 S. Green Valley Parkway. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call (702) 267-4TIX (4849), go to HendersonLive.com, or visit the Henderson Pavilion Box Office, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Wayne Newton Estate

Jean Smart

Newton News...An Associated Press story by Cristina Silva, states that, following a yearlong effort to turn his sprawling southeast Las Vegas estate, Casa de Shenandoah, into a tourist destination, Wayne Newton's job is almost done. According to the AP story, a promotional tour is expected to begin next month. Newton said he hopes to offer the first public tours by February. Visitors will be able to see the singer's collection of European antiques and celebrity mementos, including Nat King Cole's watch, a Johnny Cash guitar and a champagne glass used by Frank Sinatra to toast Newton. Initially expected to open in December, Newton said the project was delayed because construction permits were not approved as quickly as planned. A museum, theater, visitors' center and other attractions are being added to the property. Revised building plans call for expanding the museum space and theater, where Newton will perform occasionally. Last year, in spite of objections from many of Newton's neighbors, the onetime "Mr. Las Vegas" received permission to turn Casa de Shenandoah into a tourist location. Newton's southeast Vegas neighbors don't want tour buses disturbing the mostly residential area where the onetime singer built his 10,000-square-foot home decades ago. The 40-acre estate features South African penguins, Arabian horses, paintings and 17th-century antiques collected from European castles (personally, we are most interested to know what is in that part of the collection). According to Newton, some of the items were gifts from Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin and Jack Benny. Newton, along with his wife and daughter, are expected to move into a smaller house on the property, leaving the main house open to the public. According to Newton, the tourist attraction is expected to employ more than 400 people. Why are we just a wee bit skeptical about all of this "information." Hmmm.

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We will be mighty surprised if actress Jean Smart, best known for her 1986 to 1991 role as Charlene on the series Designing Women, doesn't earn an Emmy (or at the very least, a nomination) for her guest turn as the bitchy prosecutor, Roseanna Remmick, on NBC's Harry's Law, starring Oscar-winner, Kathy Bates.

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In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Caesars Entertainment's Las Vegas resorts raised $15,630 for the American Cancer Society with an employee competition called Battle of the Bras. The contest was a month-long initiative in which Caesars Entertainment employees, Strip headliners and local television anchors decorated bras that told a story linking to breast cancer. Intricately hand-crafted undergarment creations from celebrity choreographer Robin Antin, the cast of PEEPSHOW at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Human Nature at Imperial Palace Las Vegas, Nathan Burton at Flamingo Las Vegas and Big Elvis at Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon, were modeled. KVVU FOX 5 News anchors, Heidi Hayes and Olivia Fierro, also supported the cause with bedazzled brassieres boasting messages of faith, endurance, strength and hope. A total of 72 employees donated 28 bras, decorated with boa feathers, ribbon, pictures of loved ones, inspiring words and even poker chips. All vying for top honors, submissions were on display in the Employee Dining Rooms at Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas resorts. Employees were encouraged to vote on their favorite design and donate to the cause. The employee-crafted bras with the most votes were showcased alongside the media and entertainer designs in a rousing fashion show held at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, last Friday, October 21st. Cast members from PEEPSHOW and a showgirl from Nathan Burton Comedy Magic modeled the bras alongside more than 15 Caesars Entertainment executives. Some of the favorite designs were auctioned to the highest bidders following the fashion show. Nathan Burton's candy-clad design, comprised of Skittles, Mike N Ike's and Bubble Tape-shaped pink ribbons, auctioned for $150, and PEEPSHOW's rhinestone and glitter creation, signed by Holly Madison and the entire cast, raised $230! All monies were donated to the American Cancer Society. The Caesars Foundation, which works to strengthen organizations and programs in the communities where Caesars Entertainment employees and their families live and work, matched $5,000 of the $5,630 the employees raised in an effort to reach a $10,000 fundraising goal. Caesars Entertainment CEO, Gary Loveman, also personally matched $5,000 of the employee contributions to bring the final donation to $15,630. Earlier this year, Caesars Entertainment and The Caesars Foundation donated more than $129,000 to the American Cancer Society, in conjunction with the "Relay for Life" event, and is proud to support the organization again through Battle of the Bras.

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The Osmond Brothers

Tom Stevens as Dean Martin

Celebrating more than 50 years in entertainment, The Osmonds - brothers Wayne, Merrill, Jay and Jimmy - return to perform 8 p.m. shows at The Orleans Showroom, tonight, October 28th, and Saturday and Sunday, the 29th and 30th. Having thrilled millions with their signature brand of entertainment, the legendary brothers have mastered a range of musical styles, including barbershop, pop, rock, country and jazz. Known for such classic hits as "One Bad Apple," "Yo-Yo," "Down By The Lazy River" and "Love Me For A Reason," the brothers' close harmonies are unrivaled in the music world. The Osmonds have sold millions of albums over their long careers, and have several gold and platinum records to their credit. Five decades ago, the young Osmond boys made their first national TV appearance on The Andy Williams Show, in what was meant to be a one-time shot at the big time. That single appearance led the Osmonds to seven seasons as regulars on the show. The Osmond brothers enjoyed professional gigs at Disneyland and with The Jerry Lewis Show before signing with MGM Records and skyrocketing to worldwide recognition. Known for their versatility and for shaping musical styles to fit their talents - they mastered 28 musical instruments - the Osmonds gained further exposure with the 1976 advent of The Donny and Marie Show. With the Osmond brothers as executive producers, the show was a true example of their abilities to project the unified quality of their own family relationship. In 1979, the show transformed into The Osmond Family Show. Success continued, and, in 1982, the Osmonds transitioned their sound from pop to country music. Billboard magazine honored them with the "1982 Breakthrough Award," and acknowledged them as the "No. 1 New Singles Group of the Year." A decade later, after almost 40 years of concert tours, the Osmonds purchased a theater in Branson, Missouri, and began performing 12 shows a week at the Osmond Family Theater. They have been recognized as "Best Vocal Group" and "Best Show in Branson" numerous times. In 2003, the Osmond family was honored for their achievements in the entertainment industry with a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Osmonds keep the spirit of "America's favorite family of entertainment" alive by performing regularly in Branson and touring the United States and Europe. Tickets are available starting from $38.50, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Coast Casinos Box Office, by calling (702) 365-7075 or visiting www.orleanscasino.com.

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Singer-impressionist and comedian, Tom Stevens, who recently performed his 500th show in Las Vegas, returns to the Suncoast Showroom for two performances, Saturday, November 5th and Sunday, the 6th, at 7:30 p.m. Stevens performs his one-man show throughout the country, paying tribute to more than 25 singers, including Tom Jones, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Anthony Newley, Willie Nelson, Julio Iglesias, Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong, Cher, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Along with his remarkable singing tributes, Stevens is renowned for impressions of such celebrities as Jerry Lewis, Jimmy Stewart, Bill Clinton, George Burns, Paul Lynde, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, Carol Channing, Bill Cosby, Robert DeNiro and more. To capture every nuance of his subjects, Stevens spends countless hours perfecting each impression, focusing on every vocal and physical aspect of the artist he's portraying. His characterizations are so uncanny, he's been accused of lip-synching - a criticism he takes as a compliment to his many years of hard work. A native New Yorker, Stevens began his career appearing in clubs on the East Coast. His incredible likeness of Dean Martin's looks and crooning abilities were put to the test when he performed at the fourth annual Dean Martin Festival in Martin's hometown, Steubenville, Ohio. The overwhelming response to Tom's impression -- not only Dino's fans, but the people who knew Dean Martin when he was Dino Crocetti -- provided Tom with return engagements to headline the festival. At the festival, Tom had the pleasure of meeting and singing with Dean Martin's daughter, Deana Martin-Griffeth, who enthusiastically approved Tom's portrayal of her father, saying she'd "never seen anyone look and sound more like my Daddy." Tickets are available for $10, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Coast Casinos box office, by calling (702) 636-7075 or visiting www.suncoastcasino.com.

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In conjunction with Nevada Day (which takes place on Halloween, but is celebrated today), the Nevada State Museum in Las Vegas has made a big move. As of today, the museum, which opened in 1982 and had been located in Lorenzi Park for many years, is located at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. The new space is twice as large as its former home. The new location will offer an interactive visitor experience that interprets the history of Nevada dating back millions of years to the present. Across a 13,000 square-foot permanent exhibit gallery, visitors will find how geology shaped the Great Basin and Nevada, learn of the early flora and fauna that roamed this once great sea. Hear the story of Native Americans, pioneers, early settlers, miners, railroaders, ranchers and entrepreneurs. Learn about the Hoover Dam, the atomic era and the rise of Las Vegas as the resort capital of the world. It will display the first dinosaur fossils documented in Nevada, minerals from Nevada mines, and Las Vegas showgirl costumes. The museum also features a research library, educational labs and a store. The Springs Preserve is owned by the Las Vegas Valley Water District. It promotes water conservation. The new museum space was completed in 2009, but its opening was delayed until this year, when lawmakers approved funding to complete the exhibits and hire staff. The Springs Preserve, now the home of the Nevada State Museum, is at 309 S. Valley View Blvd. The museum will be open Fridays through Mondays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The price of admission will be $9.95 and includes admission to the Springs Preserve. For additional information, call (702) 486-5205.

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Sinbad

Renowned comedian, Sinbad, returns to The Orleans Showroom with his unique comedic storytelling and wit, next weekend, Saturday, November 5th, and Sunday, the 6th. Show times are at 8 p.m. Sinbad is best known for various television and movie appearances throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including several HBO comedy specials. In 2010, he was a cast member on the third season of NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice. Sinbad's comedy is built more on stories than jokes, based on everyone he meets, everything he's seen and everything he does. As the son of a preacher man, he is committed to making his comedy proud but not profane. He also takes the trials and tribulations of audience members and throws it back in their faces, creating a unique comedy experience. Sinbad began his career as a seven-time contestant on Star Search. He spent four years on the television show, A Different World, and starred in his own series, The Sinbad Show. He made his film debut in Necessary Roughness, and also had leading roles in Jingle All the Way, Houseguest and First Kid. He recently appeared on the series, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, receiving critical acclaim for his guest spot. Sinbad was named one of Comedy Central's Top 100 comedians, and was featured in a special program on the network in 2010. He received a NCAAP Image Award two years in a row for his annual HBO special, Sinbad's ‘70s Soul Music Festival. Sinbad has also participated in several USO tours and performed at the USO of Hampton Roads 2006 Patriotic Festival. Tickets start at $55, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Coast Casinos Box Office, by calling (702) 365-7075, or visiting www.orleanscasino.com.

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Next Saturday, November 5th, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain or shine), the Italian American Club’s Women’s Guild will hold their Annual Rummage Sale. Donations of slightly used merchandise - kitchen items, linens, jewelry, clothing, furniture - are needed. Pick up is available by calling (702) 255-3591, (702) 242-2792 or (702) 3611-6206. Homemade baked goods will be for sale (we have it on good authority, these ladies are good cooks and bakers). Admission is free. The 50-year-old Italian American Club (current home of the FIORE non-club club) is located at 2333 E. Sahara.



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