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Claire Voyant  

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


Bart Williams Receives Friars Club Award

Irving Benson

Our friend, actor Bart Williams, and his producing partners, John C. Brown, Davyd Daniels and Tyler St. Mark, are very excited. Their documentary, The Last First Comic (LFC), is now two for two, having just won their second award in a film festival. In August, the LFC, won the Best Feature Documentary in the Backlot Film Festival in Los Angeles. Two weeks ago, The Last First Comic won the Audience Award for Best Documentary, receiving a perfect five out of five at the Friars Club annual Comedy Film Festival. Eric Johnson, Director of Programming for the festival, said of the win "It's the first time in our festival's history that a film has received a perfect score! An unrepeatable feat!" About 75 people attended the screening on Sunday, October 16th, at the Core Club in Manhattan. The awards ceremony was held that same night at the Friars Club. It was attended by many festival film makers, including producers Brown, Daniels and Williams. Filmed on location in New York's historic Palace Theatre, The Last First Comic explores Burlesque, a dynamic chapter in the history of our country and its popular entertainment. It's a humorous and heartfelt story of a bygone era; a celebration of a life, well-lived, both on stage and off. At age 97, comic Irving Benson stands alone as the oldest living link to a largely forgotten and uniquely American art form. For more than half a century, Irv was a "first comic" - in show business terms, that's the featured comedian. He was the contemporary of all the great funny-men who emerged from the heyday of Burlesque: Abbott and Costello, Red Skelton, Phil Silvers, Jackie Gleason, and so many more. And now, Irv is the last one left. What was Burlesque? Where did it come from? Where did it go? And what did it mean to a generation of comic performers? Benson headlines a cast of fellow surviving Burlesque and Vaudeville veterans, many of whom have known and worked with Irv on-stage. Together with a team of theatre historians, they uncover the roots of American comedy and take us inside the colorful world of the Burlesque show. The Last First Comic also spotlights the final film appearance of legendary straight man, Ed McMahon. Benson, and his wife of almost 75 years, Lillian, live in Long Island, but were unable to travel to Manhattan and attend the film viewing or award ceremonies at the Friars Club due to their ages (he will be 98 on February 1st, and she is 96). More than a dozen members of Irv's immediate family were there, as was Bart‘s friend, entertainer Eric Michael Gillett. As usual, the film got big laughs and generated a few tears. The Friars Club Comedy Film Festival was launched in 2009 to showcase the best and funniest comedy films from around the world. Introduced to fill a void in the film festival world when it comes to comedy, the festival celebrates comedy and independent filmmakers, featuring the best in comedy including feature films, shorts and panel discussions. In its debut year, the festival featured the US premiere of Joel and Ethan Coen's Academy Award-nominated film, A Serious Man, while highlights of the 2010 festival included screenings of Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture, Chris Morris' Four Lions and the 2011 Oscar-winning short, God of Love, directed by Luke Matheny. The Friars Club is the legendary show business institution home to comedians, musicians, actors, producers and celebrities from all walks of entertainment. Since their inception in 1904, the Friars have become famous for their roasts where they choose an individual and rake his or her ego over the coals with their sarcastic wit and sharp-tongued barbs. Their clubhouse, a six-story Renaissance mansion located in New York City's mid-town area, has been the Friars headquarters for half a century, offering a gathering place for members to meet, greet and strut their jokes. The Friars are always in motion, producing various comedy and musical in-house events as well as a dedication to charitable giving through their own charities and Foundation.

Both Bart Williams and Eric Michael Gillett have a history in Las Vegas. Eric was a principal singer in Hallelujah Hollywood! at the MGM Grand/Bally's, the Singing Ringmaster in Bill Moore and George Arnold's Bal du Moulin Rouge at the Las Vegas Hilton, and in a number of Maynard Sloate productions at the Union Plaza. Bart appeared in Top Banana (with Irving Benson), Gypsy, Anything Goes, and A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum, all at the downtown Plaza, and Guys and Dolls, with Jack Jones, Maureen McGovern and Frank Gorshin, at the Desert Inn.


Don Hill

Pete Barbutti

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Friends and fans will help Don Hill celebrate his 90th birthday (which occurred on November 2nd), with a party/show at the Ovation in Green Valley Ranch on Tuesday, November 8th from 7 to 10 p.m. During his long career, sax man Hill played with Louis Armstrong in the '40s, and spent 55 years with The Treniers. Presented by RagTag Entertainment, the bash honoring Don Hill will feature one of Johnny Carson's favorite comics, Pete Barbutti, and other guests. Tickets are $15. Join the party!

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High Strung Cabaret, starring puppeteer Anthony Rais, songstress Denise Clemente and some of Rais' high strung characters, originally scheduled for tomorrow, November 5th at the Italian American Club, has been canceled due to a bronchial infection by Ms. Clemente. We are told that the dinner and show will be rescheduled. We will let readers know the new date when we get the information.


Anthony Rais & Sweetie

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Next Friday, November 11th, from 10 a.m. to noon, downtown Las Vegas will be the site of a Veterans Day Parade. The route will travel on Fourth Street, from Hoover to Ogden Avenues. The parade will be presented by VFW Post 1753. Road closures along the parade route will be from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take the family and have a great outing (hopefully, the weather will be beautiful). For more information, call (702) 218-4321 or (702) 384-4161, or e-mail to vfwpost1753@gmail.com.

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Also next Friday, getting a jump on Thanksgiving, the Onyx Theatre will host Candy, Cora and Seedy, the outrageous Apple Sisters in Thanks for the Stuffing. From their hit podcast on Earwolf, to live on the stage in fabulous Las Vegas. Franklin Delano Roosevelt is President! There's a war going on! Food is being rationed! It's 1943! It's America's favorite singing and dancing trio, The Apple Sisters - Rebekka Johnson, Kimmy Gatewood and Sarah Lowe - paying homage to the most patriotic Turkey of a holiday, Thanksgiving! The gals will serve up a delicious Turkey Day show, stuffed with basted songs and dripping dances. Special guest appearance by the President himself, FDR! And the sexiest singing and dancing turkey in America, Gobbly! Unbuckle your belts for a yummy dose of history with the gals hit song "Pilgrims and Indians"; work off the extra pounds with the newest new dance craze "The Turkey Jerky"; and be prepared to take home leftovers after the sultry hit "Stuff Me." So bring over those side dishes and prepare for a feast of show! Sponsored by Drippins, the Champagne of Gravy. The Critics Respond to The Apple Sisters: Best Things to Do in LA - A bunch of Funny, Smart Women - LA Weekly (Pick of the Week); "It's Sarah Silverman meets the Shaggs." - LA Times; "I might have laughed more at the trio's Friday night show, but only if my jaw hadn't kept dropping at the brilliance of the concept and writing and the happy audacity of its execution." - The Oregonian; "Think The Andrews Sisters crossed with The Three Stooges but with the subversive wit of an Amy Sedaris." - The Portland Mercury; "Fireside chats ain't got nothing on the Apple Sisters... a tongue-in-cheek mix of patriotic naiveté and gut-churning sight gags." - Flavorpill; and "There's something gut-funny and satisfying about watching gorgeous, leggy ladies inexplicably make themselves unattractive, as tenet Amy Sedaris proves again and again." - Time Out NY. Show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15. Purchase online at: http://www.onyxtheatre.com/boxoffice/index.php?event_id=549, or call (702) 732-7225 to order by phone. The Onyx is located at 953 E. Sahara #16 in the northeast corner of Commercial Center. These girls are a hoot!

A bit of interesting (at least, we think so) trivia...Actress/singer/dancer, the late Ruby Keeler, was the paternal grandmother of Sarah Lowe, who was in the original Las Vegas production of Mamma Mia!, and is a cast member of Jersey Boys.


Ruby Keeler

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RagTag Entertainment is pleased to announce open auditions for Stephen Sondheim's Assassins. "Bold, original, surreal, disturbing, thought-provoking and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written. This most American of musicals lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical "revusical" that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish rollercoaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and in an intense final scene inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the "American Dream." Auditions on Saturday, November 5th at 7 p.m., will be held at 953 East Sahara, inside Commercial Center, next door to Suite 101. The space will be clearly marked.

All roles are available. Character Breakdown: Balladeer - A Woody Guthrie/Pete Seeger-style folk singer. Should be able to play guitar, folk tenor. Bartender. Billy - Sara Jane Moore's son, age 9. Bystanders. Charles Guiteau (1841-1882) - Assassinated President James Garfield in the waiting room of the Baltimore/Potomac Railroad Station, Washington, D.C., July 2, 1881. Dashing but mad. Baritone or Tenor. David Herold - One of John Wilkes Booth's confederates; aided Booth in his attempted escape. Emma Goldman - Turn-of-the-century Anarchist agitator and feminist. Giuseppe Zangara (1900-1933) - Attempted to assassinate President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt greeted well-wishers in Bayfront Park, Miami, February 15, 1933. Angry, heavily-accented immigrant. John Hinkley (1955-) - Attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan as he left the Washington Hilton, March 30, 1981. Depressed college student. Baritone/Pop Voice. John Wilkes Booth (1838-1865) - Assassinated President Abraham Lincoln during a performance of "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theater, Washington D.C., April 14, 1865. Baritone. Lee Harvey Oswald (1939-1963) - Assassinated President John F. Kennedy from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository, Dallas, Texas, November 22, 1963. Dejected shipping clerk planning suicide (killed Kennedy, 1963) Non-singing. Leon Czologosz (1873-1901) - Assassinated President William McKinley during public reception at Temple of Music Pavilion at the Pan American Exposition, Buffalo, N.Y., September 6, 1901. Poverty-worn young radical (pronounced Chole-gosh). Baritone or Bass. Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme (1948- ) Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford as he left the St. Francis Hotel, Sacramento, CA., September 5, 1975. Pixie hippie in love with Charles Manson. Mezzo-Soprano. Photographers. Presidents Garfield and Ford. Reporters. Samuel Byck (1930-1974) - Attempted to assassinate President Richard Nixon. Hijacked a commercial jetliner which he intended to crash into the White House, Baltimore-Washington International Airport, February 22, 1974. Hysterically irate schlep in a Santa Claus suit. Sara Jane Moore - With "Squeaky" Fromme attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford. Frazzled housewife. Soprano. The Proprietor of shooting gallery at a carnival. Tourists. Please bring a headshot and resume. Please prepare: (1) A musical selection of 16 bars that best displays your voice. Please have your cuts clearly marked and be sure to bring sheet music in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided. CDs or tracks are acceptable; but must be cut to the 16 bars. A second piece is strongly recommended. (2) Two contrasting monologues of 1 minute each. Please note, you may not be asked to perform both monologues. Callbacks are by invitation only; and will be Monday, November 7th at 7 p.m. Please keep these dates available. Director is Sean Critchfield, Assistant Director is Andrew Wright, and Musical Director is Nancy West. For more information, or to schedule an audition appointment, e-mail RagTagEnt@Yahoo.com. If unable to attend auditions, video submissions may also be sent to the above e-mail address.

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Clint & Audrey Holmes, by Ed Foster

Nelson Sardelli

Services for Audrey Holmes, mother of entertainer Clint Holmes, will take place tomorrow, Saturday, November 5th at 1 p.m. at Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, 8425 W. Windmill Lane (near Durango) in Las Vegas. Ms. Holmes passed away on October 12th, the day after Clint opened a two-week run, in Remembering Bobby Short, at New York's Café Carlyle. In addition to her son, Audrey is survived by her daughter, Gayle Steele, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Audrey Holmes was 95 at the time of her death. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be made to the Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas.

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When it comes to kids and Halloween, politics don't usually enter into the equation...unless little Jimmy is dressed as President Obama or Jenny looks like a miniature Hilary Clinton, OR if they go knocking on doors in a particular northwest Las Vegas neighborhood. Children who rang the bell at the estate of Nelson Sardelli might not have gotten the message, but chances are, the adults accompanying them did. Those with republican leanings got brand name "good" candy, while the others got a lump of coal in their stocking. Ooops. Wrong holiday for a lump of coal. Okay, so we are exaggerating a wee bit, but we have a feeling that someone wearing a Reagan or (any) Bush mask would be treated royally. As for Sardelli, once a comic, always a comic.

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Frank Marino

Society of Seven

Frank Marino took a little time off from his starring role in Divas Las Vegas at the Imperial Palace, to attend his 30 year high school class reunion in New York. While he was away, Cashetta, "The Extra Large Medium," played host to the cast of Merry Men in the female impersonator revue. Hope you caught Marino in the pages of the November 7, 2011 National Enquirer. If you missed him on paper, you can see him Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Bravo TV's Millionaire Matchmaker, and/or on stage at the IP, 10 p.m., Saturdays through Thursdays.

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Favorite variety act, Society of Seven, joined by season three American Idol finalist, Jasmine Trias, returns to the Suncoast Showroom, Saturday and Sunday, November 12th and 13th with shows at 7:30 p.m. SOS, the famed Hawaiian-bred group, offers an energetic show that combines comedy sketches, celebrity impersonations, dance and live music performances, including popular standards, Top 40 hits and Broadway showstoppers. In what has been called an entertainment experience that rolls a classic Hollywood movie, Broadway show and Vegas spectacular into one, Society of Seven has been entertaining fans for more than 40 years. Having performed to more than 10 million fans, these seven elite performers and one American Idol finalist make this show a must-see. Tickets are available starting from $15.95, 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. See you there!


Jasmine Trias

Paul & Nancy Shevell McCartney

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Newlywed, Paul McCartney, has announced that he will be converting to Judaism so that he and his bride, Nancy Shevell, will be of the same faith. When Paul was married to the late Linda Eastman, who was also Jewish, he had planned to convert at that time. He never got around to it. This time, rumor has it, that he wants to have a second Jewish wedding. We want to see Paul in a yarmulke. And while on the subject of "the cute Beatle," McCartney has organized restoration work on a piano that was used by several Motown legends, including Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder. The former Beatle wanted to show off his musical skills on the 1877 Steinway grand piano during a visit to the Motown Historical Museum in Michigan over the summer. Officials told McCartney the piano was no longer working, so he offered to help get the historical piece restored to its former glory. McCartney got in touch with restorers at Steinway & Sons, who have promised to fix the instrument. The piano has been shipped to Steinway & Sons' New York headquarters, where the piano was built almost 135 years ago. It is expected to take four to five months to have it professionally restored. No changes will take place on the outside of the instrument; only the insides will be redone. Until the piano is totally checked over, it is unknown how much the restoration will cost.

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Who took the rest of our newspaper? The Monday edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal contained only 60 total pages. We can remember, years ago, when the classified section alone was almost that big.

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Cork Proctor, Las Vegas comedy icon and featured entertainer during the Rat Pack era of the Las Vegas Strip, will be performing his renown and award winning stand-up routine, in the Banquet Room at the Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino, Saturday, November 12th at 7 p.m. Proctor has opened for some of the biggest names in showbiz, including The Supremes, B.B. King, Joe Williams, Lee Greenwood, and Mel Tillis, to name just a few. Cork was a regular on TV shows, Vega$, and Crime Story, and received rave reviews for his one-man performance on Dick Clark's Live Wednesday, television show. Cork's comedy notoriety has taken him around the world, playing top venues. Proctor is a legend, having appeared at the famous Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas, and such clubs as the Comedy Stop (in both Las Vegas and Atlantic City), The Comedy Room at the Gold Coast, The Hilton Hotel, Clearwater Beach, Fl., and the Stirling Club at Turnberry Towers (Las Vegas). He was also a featured comedian on the Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Caribbean Cruise Lines for a number of years. Besides comedic skills, Proctor has appeared in many theatrical productions in Las Vegas and elsewhere, including Natalie Needs a Nightie at the Union Plaza. Cork also volunteered for the Peace Corp, serving for nearly two years in Suriname, South America. Tickets, priced at $10 plus tax, may be purchased at the Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino cashiers cage. There is limited seating, so purchase your tickets early. The Railroad Pass is offering a special $39, plus tax, room rate for Saturday night to those who let reservations know they are going to see Cork. We suggest having dinner, in the gourmet room or coffee shop, before or after the 7 p.m. show, seeing Proctor at work, spending the night at the historic property, and returning home sometime on Sunday. Call (702) 294-5000, or (800) 654-0877 for reservations. The Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino is located at 2800 S. Boulder Highway, on the way to Boulder City.


Cork Proctor

Michael Buble

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Regarding last week's criticism of some rude audience members at the Composers Showcase, we received a few comments from readers who were at the showcase, trying to enjoy the performances. Here are two of them...
One reader said, "LOVED the slam at the talkers at The Composers Showcase. Sure hope the guilty parties read it. One of the offenders, who also performed that night, laughed loud and talked through everybody's performance. I shushed them several times. It didn't help. When you're that rude, you don't get the picture," while another wrote, "I applaud you for pointing out rude audience members, who also happen to be performers, at the last Composers Showcase. Our table was very distracted and surprised by "chatting" during artists' performances. The organizers do such a wonderful job putting this showcase together. The artists as well as audience deserve respectful silence during the performances. In between, CHAT AWAY!!!!"

Not surprisingly, one of those who behaved badly, objected to our criticism of her rudeness, e-mailing...
"While you may feel a public flogging was necessary, I have to tell you that I don't feel I was being rude at all at the Composers Showcase. All at our table were there supporting every artist and doing it with love and respect. I did not get the memo that says that we are not allowed to converse with one another at our tables at a bar where libations and food are served. I think it is safe to say that the Composers Showcase, along with every other live music scene is created to support singers and musicians in a fun filled atmosphere surrounded by friends and supporters. I hardly think whispering in the ear to the people next to us garners such a literary spanking. I absolutely agree with you 100 percent that people should not be overly loud during a presentation like that and should absolutely be respectful of any and all entertainers that are performing. But I think it should be noted that this is also in a BAR SCENE and where there is a bar there is alcohol and there is going to be a free spirit and conversation. To expect people to sit in stone cold silence for two straight hours is unrealistic. If there were people that were particularly loud or disrespectful then I was not aware of that. I do know however, that I was NOT one of them. I have too much respect for people and am saddened that you would say that I was disrespectful. People that know me know the truth."

On a personal note, we have been attending and supporting the Composers Showcase since April of 2007. In four-and-a-half years, through rain and snow and sometimes very little sleep, we never missed one showcase since the move from Suede (a restaurant/bar in the Fruit Loop) to the Liberace Museum, on to Creative Studios in February of this year, and the most recent move to Garfield's in July. All of these places had liquor available, creating a bar/cabaret-type atmosphere, yet never was there the kind of rudeness we witnessed last week. In the past, except for applause, whistles, and shouts of approval after a performance, the audience was respectful and hanging on every note and lyric. You could hear a pin drop during the numbers. This showcase is not an open-mic night, with a bunch of people dropping in, just because they happen to be in the neighborhood. These are scheduled, rehearsed programs. Music-lovers mark their calendars and wait for these events...much like a night at the theater. The same respect should be shown for the Composers Showcase, as would be shown while attending Phantom, or Jersey Boys, or any other staged, ticketed performance. Hopefully, the guilty parties will rethink the evening, and show better manners next time.

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Kudos to world champion tennis player Andre Agassi. Once again, his Grand Slam for Children fundraiser, the 16th, was a smashing success. Held at Wynn Las Vegas on October 29th, the event, which featured entertainment by Michael Buble, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Martina McBride, Jimmy Kimmel and Train, raised $26.1 million, including $18 million donated by billionaire, Kirk Kerkorian. The money goes to support the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education and the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas.

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Mary Marcella Schwartz & Freckles

Roseanne Barr

Rumor Boutique Hotel is going to the dogs. The East Harmon property's Halloween Yappy Hour proved to be a howling success. Launched this summer, Rumor will continue through the end of the year with a series of special events. Following the great turn out for the Howl-o-ween Spooktacular, the event series, where dogs and their owners mingle, frolic and party at the boutique hotel will feature special celebrations for Thanksgiving (A Doggone Thanksgiving Dinner) and Christmas (A Canine Christmas). The Halloween event, held on October 27th, featured one-of-a-kind, pet-friendly events and activities, including a Doggie Cakewalk and a variety of canine costume contests. Winners of the costume contests included a standard poodle, colored as a bumble bee, which took the $500 first place award; a doggy dressed as a showgirl took second place; and Dolce, "disguised" as a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, came in third. (If we can get photos of the top three winners, we will print them next Friday). Guests and their dogs also walked the red carpet where the pet owners could purchase a paparazzi-inspired photo for $5. A portion of the photo proceeds was donated to the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. A number of local pet-rescue organizations were also on-hand for the pooch spooktacular. In addition to the tail-wagging fun, the Howl-o-ween Spooktacular featured creepy cocktail concoctions and drink specials. Sniffy & Company offered a Doggie Dining Menu so each pooch could eat with its owner. The Yappy Hour Thanksgiving event, will take place on Thursday, November 17th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and the Christmas event, will take place on Thursday, December 15th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The address for Rumor Boutique Hotel is 455 E. Harmon, just south of the Hard Rock Hotel, between Koval and Paradise. We thank friends, Mary Marcella Schwartz and Freckles (shown in accompanying photo), for providing information about this event.

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Roseanne Barr is getting back to her blue-collar roots. Following her Lifetime reality show, Roseanne's Nuts, about her life running a macadamia-nut farm in Hawaii, Barr, who turned 59 yesterday, has landed a new sitcom, Downwardly Mobile, which will air on NBC. The series harkens back to Barr's hit sitcom, Roseanne, in more ways than one. Like the previous series, which ran from 1988 to 1997 on ABC, Downwardly Mobile will focus on a blue-collar family, this time living in a mobile-home community. The show will be co-created, written and executive-produced by Eric Gilliland, who also executive-produced and wrote for Roseanne. Johnny Argent, Barr's boyfriend of more than eight years, is also on board to write and executive-produce. Twentieth Century Fox TV will produce. Between Roseanne and Roseanne's Nuts, Barr starred on the syndicated talk show, The Roseanne Show, and the 2006 HBO stand-up special, Roseanne Barr: Blonde and Bitchin. In 2006, Roseanne alternated with the late Ed Sullivan's favorite comic, Jackie Mason, in the showroom at the, now closed, Stardust Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In 2007, Roseanne headlined for 14 weeks in, what was, the Rita Rudner showroom at New York - New York, and in 2008, performed an ongoing show at the, now closed, Sahara. The first time we ever saw Roseanne Barr perform live, was in 1987 at the Desert Inn (now the site of Wynn Las Vegas), where she co-headlined with Louie Anderson. It was very unusual for two comics to appear together, especially if they were virtual unknowns. At that time, for many television viewers, Roseanne was best known for her "grazing in the salad bar" Pizza Hut commercials. It was her 1985 appearance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson that launched Roseanne's national career. After 1988, and the debut of her Emmy-winning hit TV series, everyone knew who she was. As for Argent, in the '80s, he lived here and was a member of an excellent band called My Generation that performed in Southern Nevada at places such as the Hotel Continental (now Terrible's at Flamingo and Paradise), Silver Slipper (closed in 1988 and now a parking lot), Barbary Coast (now Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon), the Mint (now part of Binon's), Whiskey Pete's in Primm (then known as Stateline), and at the Riverside in Laughlin. Las Vegas - a city of constant changes.

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A new show by Mistinguett Productions is coming to Sun City Anthem's Freedom Hall on Friday, November, 11th at 7 p.m., to celebrate Veterans Day. Stand Up & Salute is a 75-minute patriotic extravaganza of music, dance, variety acts, laughs, heartfelt tears, and rousing recognition of all veterans and active military. Active and retired military personnel will be offered discount admission to the show. "This will be a night for all of us to connect and acknowledge how much we love our country, and to honor the Americans who served and are currently serving," says Mistinguett, creator and producer of Stand Up & Salute. "This show will have the entire audience celebrating and feeling proud to be American...so proud that they will Stand Up & Salute!" Singer, performer and songwriter, Bert Lynch, formerly with the United States Air Force Band, will star in, and host, the show. Other featured performers will be comedian Fielding West, singer Gabriella Versace, and the Mistinguett Dancers - Stacy Law, Andrea Avruskin, Guy Rendon and Oslavy. Mistinguett is a choreographer, director, costume designer, graphic artist and producer. Along with her previous partner, Greg Thompson, she produced and choreographed more than half a dozen shows in Reno/Tahoe, and nine shows on the Las Vegas Strip from 1981- 2007, including Erocktica, Showgirls, Skintight, Lipstick Cabaret, Follies, High Voltage and Bareback. She has choreographed more than 400 shows on five continents in the past 25 years. Mistinguett has been awarded "Show of the Year" eight times, and was inducted into the American Theatre Roundtable Musical Hall of Fame. She established Mistinguett Productions Inc. in 2010. Tickets for Stand Up & Salute are $18 general admission, $5 with military or veterans' ID shown at the box office. Tickets are available at Sun City Anthem Freedom Hall, 2450 Hampton Road in Henderson. For additional information, please call (702) 614-5860.


Bert Lynch

Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano

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The Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara, will be the site of a Dance Party on Sunday night, starting at 8 p.m. Hosted by Frankie Citro, the event will feature Flash Back, The Goodfellas and Birth of the Cool, with special guests, Cornell Gunter's Coasters, Sensations and DJ Sheila Del Monte. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased through Joie T. at (702) 524-2707, or Frankie C. at (702) 303-8254. For dinner reservations at the Italian American Club, call (702) 457-3866.

Reminder...Also taking place at the Italian American Club, tomorrow, Saturday, November 5th, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain or shine), is the Women's Guild Club's Annual Rummage Sale. They will be selling slightly used kitchen items, linens, jewelry, clothing, furniture, and more.

Homemade baked goods will also be for sale. Admission is free. The 50-year-old Italian American Club - current home of the F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) non-club club) - is located at 2333 E. Sahara.

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If you happen to be on that other coast, check out the talented Eric Comstock on piano and vocals, Barbara Fasano on vocals, with Sean Smith on bass, as they perform Helluva Town: A New York Soundtrack, one night only at The Triad, Monday, November 7th at 7 p.m. The Triad is located at 158 West 72nd Street, in Manhattan. For reservations, call (800) 838-3006, or go online to www.brownpapertickets.com.



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