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Note: This is a past column from December 23, 2011
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Las Vegas - December 23, 2011


Travis Cloer & Kristen Hertzenberg by Tom Shergiadis

POPS II Holiday Celebration at UNLV

Last Saturday afternoon, we attended a musical Holiday Celebration in Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall at UNLV. Even before the two guest stars stepped into the spotlight, you knew you were in for something special. The Las Vegas Philharmonic, made up of 59 musicians, led by David Itkin, were backed by almost 90 vocalists, called the Master Singers. We were delighted to see such a good turnout for this beautiful program, featuring Kristen Hertzenberg from Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, and Travis Cloer, who stars as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys. There were just under 800 attendees for the 2 p.m. matinee, with plenty of advance reservations for the evening performance. Among the selections were, Travis singing "This Christmas," "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "Grown Up Christmas List," and "Mary, Did You Know?" Kristen soloed on "Some Children See Him," "Hard Candy Christmas" (from Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), "Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King," and "O Holy Night." The two combined their beautiful voices on "The Virgin's Lullaby," and "The Prayer." There were instrumental and/or choral versions of "I Saw Three Ships," "Joy To the World," "Fum Fum/March of the Three Kings," "Hallelujah," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," and "Bring a Torch/We Wish You a Merry Christmas." The program ended with a Beatles medley of "Happy Christmas/All You Need is Love," leaving everyone in a festive mood.
A great big thank you to the Philharmonic's Doug Van Gilder for helping put this song lineup together. If there are any mistakes, they are ours, not his.

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Vita Corimbi

Elizabeth Taylor Diamond

Pianist/singer/songwriter, Vita Corimbi, who filled in for the talented entertainer, Wes Winters, at last Sunday's Mimosas & Music musical brunch at Envy The Steakhouse, will do so again for the next two Sundays - Christmas Day and New Year's Day - while Wes takes off for the holidays. The Sunday brunch, presented from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., offers a delicious array of foods, including breakfast items, seafood, a carving station and desserts. For $29.95 (half-price for children under 12), in addition to the delicacies, guests can enjoy unlimited mimosas and wine. For an additional $10, have as many Bloody Marys as your conscience will allow. Envy The Steakhouse is located in the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel, on Paradise Road. For brunch reservations, call (702) 784-5716.

Wes Winters also performs in the Grandview Lounge at the South Point, Fridays and Saturdays, from 6 to 9 p.m.

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If you had planned to add a shiny little bauble to your holiday jewelry collection, and would have liked it to have some Elizabeth Taylor connection, you are too late...at least for this Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza. Many of Taylor's sparkly treasures were auctioned off earlier this month, bringing some astronomical prices. Her 33.19-carat diamond ring, a gift from her two-time husband, Richard Burton, sold for $8.8 million, and her necklace with the 55.95-carat pearl brought $11.8 million at the sale. The total for all her jewelry sold during the four-day auction: $115.9 million. Elizabeth Taylor died on March 23rd, at the age of 79.

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Bernie Blanks, Brent Barrett & Boris

We received some fun holiday greeting cards over the past few weeks. In the spirit of the season, we are sharing some of them with Claire Voyant readers. Among our favorites are photos (some including "furry children") and/or artwork from Larry Atello and Fred Reyes; Brent Barrett, Bernie Blanks and Boris; comic impressionist, Gordie Brown, performing at the Golden Nugget; John Byner and Annie Gaybis Byner; Colleen Custer, Jonathan Potenciano and Joey, Pogi & Magi; Wendy Edmead; Diane Ellis and her mom, Gloria Calderone from Boston; Dick Feeney's Rat Pack is Back; juggler/comic/artist, Charlie Frye, and co-star wife, Sherry (Charlie is responsible for Cousin Claire's lifelike portrait at the top of this column); pop artist Martin Kreloff and Tim Olsen; Steven Lee, Brenda Leonard Cowart and Debo, Sasha and Ice; and Dana Satterwhite, Phantom's Kristen Hertzenberg Satterwhite, and Shea Satterwhite.


Wendy Edmead

Gordie Brown

John Byner & Annie Gaybis Byner

Larry Atello & Fred Reyes

Marty Kreloff tells us that the painting of "Hanukkat" (our name for the beautiful white feline, not his) was done several years ago, when he and Tim celebrated their late cat, Sondheim's, Cat Mitzvah. Back in the 1990s, Marty had a chance to meet Stephen Sondheim and gave him a photo of Sondheim's Cat Mitzvah...which the composer really loved. "I hear it wound up on his refrigerator, and he sent me the loveliest note," says Kreloff.


Steven Lee, Brenda Leonard Cowart, Debo, Sasha & Ice

Sondheim by Martin Kreloff

Santa's Village 2011 by Charlie Frye

And speaking of Jonathan Potenciano, he and his musical ensemble, JAMM (known for many years as Jonathan and MusicMagic) are the house band at Bally's, where they have been entertaining customers for more than three years. The group takes off a week for the holidays and returns to their post in the Indigo Lounge on December 27th.


Dick Feeney's The Rat Pack Is Back

Jonathan Potenciano, Colleen Custer, Joey, Pogi & Magi

Diane Ellis & Mom Gloria Calderone

Shea Satterwhite

Colleen Custer is the owner of Class Acts Talent Agency, and currently books, or has booked, folks and acts such as JAMM, Martin Nievera, Darcus, Tony Tillman, Serena Henry, and Earl Turner ...all definite class acts.

We will share more of the holiday cards with readers next Friday, as there were too many good ones to show in one week. Stay tuned for Part II.

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On Tuesday, the 27th, Jacquelyn Holland-Wright (former lead of the Vegas production of the Broadway hit musical, Mamma Mia!), and Dolly Coulter (singer, songwriter and owner of Dollhouse Studios), both veterans of the Las Vegas stage, join forces to spearhead A Canine Christmas, a benefit in honor of Gus, and all the other beloved pets who have lost the battle against cancer. A Canine Christmas will held at Green Valley Ranch's Ovation Showroom, thanks to RagTag Entertainment and Station Casinos. The concert will feature 14 performers/headliners from the Strip, and guest speaker and veterinarian, Dr. Jon Pennell. All proceeds will go towards a new Helical Cat Scan machine, or MRI machine, in the amount of $500,000 to WSU's State of the Art school of veterinary medicine to continue the cutting edge cancer research/treatment program. Rev. Elias Parker will be flying in from Hawaii to bless the event, which will feature a five-piece band, made up of Las Vegas' finest musicians. Help celebrate the unconditional love of pets, and celebrate the holidays through music. Tickets are $15. Doors open at 7 p.m., with show at 7:30. There will be a raffle for some amazing art by local artist, Karen Ritter, a membership from Kidville in Tivoli Village, and gifts from "The Dog Barks." For updated news of the event, please go to: A Canine Christmas on facebook.


Dolly Coulter

Jean Pierre Francois & Brian Burton

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Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill restaurant at Caesars Palace was recently recognized for great community service. On December 15th, Mesa Grill was awarded the top Gold Plate donor for the fifth annual Las Vegas Restaurant Week. For a two week period,, that started August 29th, locals and tourists had the opportunity to dine at some of Caesars Entertainment's most popular restaurants while also helping to end hunger in Southern Nevada. All participating restaurants prepared specially designed menus of at least three courses, and donated either $3, $4 or $5 from every meal purchased to the Three Square Food Bank. Gold Plate donors, including Mesa Grill, committed the maximum amount of $5 from every meal, which translated to $12,240 from a total of 2,448 meals sold. Las Vegas Restaurant Week began in 2007 as a way to give locals and tourists the opportunity to help out by dining out. This year, the two week-long celebration of fine dining included more than 80 participating restaurants, from popular mid-level eateries to the city's premier and celebrity-chef restaurants, all offering pre-fixe meals at special prices. Proceeds from Restaurant Week benefit Three Square Food Bank, established to end hunger in Southern Nevada. A national model project, inspired by Eric Hilton with a grant provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Three Square is a community collaborative partnership with the gaming industry, businesses, non-profit agencies, food distributors, UNLV, the CCSD, governmental entities, the media and hundreds of volunteers to efficiently and effectively serve hope to those in our community struggling with hunger. Three Square currently provides 17 million pounds of food – the equivalent of 13 million meals – per year to more than 300 non-profit and faith-based organizations, 200 schools and multiple food service sites throughout Southern Nevada. Three Square is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks.
Shown in the accompanying photo is Jean Pierre Francois, Mesa Grill General Manager, and Three Square CEO, Brian Burton.

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We will have lots more to write about regarding The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, opening in downtown Las Vegas, come March. Although it is more than four months away, we wanted to get this news out there NOW (in hopes of beating some of the other local entertainment columnists to the punch), and to give interested show goers a chance to buy their tickets early. On Friday and Saturday, May 11th and 12th, the Supreme Mary Wilson will star in Stormy Weather; The Lena Horne Project at The Smith Center. More details to follow.


Mary Wilson in Lena Horne Project

Sean Astin & Rudy Ruettiger

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While channel surfing at a little after 6:30 last Sunday evening, we paused at Channel 13, when we caught some young people singing Christmas songs as local personality, Frank LaSpina played piano at the Family Music Center. This appears to be a "pay to play" television show, with LaSpina more than likely getting advertisers to sponsor the half hour program. Among the commercial spots, there were pitches for the Family Music Center, International pianist/vocalist/composer/recording artist, Las Vegas resident Mafalda, and Rudy Ruettiger. Odd timing, as Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, around whom the movie Rudy was based, has been getting some publicity of a negative nature. Ruettiger is reportedly paying more than $380,000 to the Securities and Exchange Commission, because of charges that he artificially inflated the value of stock for Rudy Nutrition, his sports drink company.

Here are some interesting facts connected to Rudy. In the film about Ruettiger, actor Sean Astin (best known for his role as Samwise Gangee, in Lord of the Rings) played the title role. Sean is the son of Oscar-winning actress, Patty Duke, and Las Vegas Israelite editor and publisher, Michael Tell. (The 1970 marriage of Duke and Tell was shorter than that of the more recent union between Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries. It was annulled after less than two weeks.)


Michael Tell & Sean Astin

Losander

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Paul Stone's Vegas Magic Theatre at the Gold Coast, features a new lineup of performers every week. Through tomorrow, Saturday, December 24th, Jay Alexander, Losander, Adam Flowers and Mike Douglas perform, while Paul Stone serves as host. Master magician and comic, Alexander, is one of the top corporate and society entertainers in the country. He has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and MTV. Jay Alexander is the great grandson of the legendary vaudeville performer, Gentleman Ben Darwin. As a child, Jay found a trunk in his grandparents attic, filled with magic and escapes. His interest in magic took off from there. At the age of 14, Jay was honored to be the youngest recipient of the Society of American Magicians Gold Medal of Honor. For more than 25 years, Jay has lived his passion of creating unique live entertainment. Losander is renowned across three continents for his incredible magic. His name is particularly synonymous with the art of levitation. He has worked in the finest variety theatres around Europe, and his performances are as popular with magicians as they are with the general public. For the last few years, Adam Flowers has spent his nights performing, not on a stage... but downtown at the Fremont Street Experience. He entertains thousands with magic they have never seen before. His unique blend of eye-catching street magic, along with witty improvisational comedy, often involves his audience. Adam's unequalled floating cigarette routine is not to be missed...even marveling other magicians! Mike Douglas entertains the crowd with classic manipulation. Showtimes are Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at 7 p.m., and Saturdays at 5 and 7:30 p.m. (check for any schedule changes during holidays). Join performers in the Showroom Lounge one hour prior to the show for a FREE pre-show presentation of close up magic, card readings and other fun. Tickets for this family show are $14.95 plus tax and convenience fees.

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In just one week, it will be out with the old and in with the new, as 2011 comes to an end to make way for 2012. This has been a very difficult year for many people. Hopefully the new one will be brighter. If you happen to be in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve, there will be much to do and much to see. Not only does this city put on an amazing outdoor fireworks display to light up midnight, hotel showrooms will be featuring an impressive lineup of stars, and local chefs will be outdoing themselves. Among the headliners helping to ring in the New Year are

Little Anthony & The Imperials in The Club at the Cannery in North Las Vegas. The list of hits by the rhythm and blues/soul/doo-wop vocal group from New York, include "Hurt So Bad," "Goin' Out of My Head," and "Tears On My Pillow." Active since the '50s, the lead singer, Jerome Anthony "Little Anthony" Gourdine, was, and still is, noted for his high-pitched falsetto voice, influenced by Jimmy Scott. Bring back memories, and create new ones, with Little Anthony & The Imperials in the 10:30 p.m. show. There are three ways to see the ensemble - dinner in the Cannery's Waverly's Steakhouse or Vino's Ristorante, with Gold Circle seating in the showroom for $89.95; the gourmet Buffet and reserved seating in the showroom for $69.95, or show only with reserved seating for $49.95 (taxes and tips not included). For reservations, call (702) 507-5757, or toll free at (866) 999-4899.


Little Anthony & The Imperials

Mary J. Blige

It's Mary J. Blige at the new RPM Nightclub inside the Tropicana. Welcome to the Revolution! New Year's Eve 2012 will arrive in style as RPM Nightclub is joined by the nine-time Grammy-winner and multi-platinum songstress. The "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul" will celebrate the New Year as well as the success of her latest release, My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1). The newly-renovated venue features significant aesthetic and cosmetic improvements within the interior and exterior, including the addition of fifteen plush party booths and upgrades to the club's lighting and audio/visual effects. General admission tickets to New Year's Eve featuring Mary J. Blige are $50 for women and $99 for men. VIP general admission tickets, including an open bar from 8-10 p.m., are $75 for women and $125 for men. All tickets are subject to tax and service fees. Call (702) 739-2411, or go online at www.troplv.com. For more info, or to make table reservations, please call (702) 739-3688, or email Nightlife@troplv.com.

The Commodores will provide New Year's Eve entertainment at the Eastside Cannery during a special New Year's Eve appearance. Their impressive music catalog includes the hits "Machine Gun," "Brick House," "Easy," "Three Times A Lady," "Sail On," "Slippery When Wet," "Still," "Oh No," "Lady (You Bring Me Up)" and "Too Hot To Trot" plus many more. As a group, The Commodores have true staying power as they have proven time and again. Their songs have put the group onto Billboard's Hot 100, Billboard 200, Top R&B, Adult Contemporary and Dance/Club Play charts throughout their three-decade existence and 30-plus albums. The Commodores got their start in Tuskegee, Alabama, and gained fame for their "smart" and "funky" musical interpretation. From there, the group was discovered after opening for The Jackson 5 when Motown Records founder Berry Gordy signed them. The Commodores would become Motown's most successful act through the 1970s and 1980s, selling 60 million records. The Commodores include Walter "Clyde" Orange, William "WAK" King and James Dean "J.D." Nicholas. The Commodores won its first Grammy® in 1986 for Best R&B Performance with the multi-platinum 'Nightshift." Tickets for the 8:30 p.m. show are available for $84.95 Gold, $74.95 Prime, $64.95 Reserved not including tax and fees. Tickets can be purchased 24 hours a day at www.eastsidecannery.com,or by calling (702) 856-5470, or in person at the Eastside Cannery's box office located at the front desk.

David Copperfield disappears and reappears at MGM Grand's Hollywood Theatre for New Year's Eve. Copperfield has been hailed by audiences and critics alike as the greatest illusionist of our time. In addition to decades of network television events, worldwide tours, and Dreams and Nightmares, the critically acclaimed Broadway show that set box-office records, he has been featured on the covers of Forbes, Architectural Digest and Esquire magazines.

Guns N' Roses will perform hard rock at the Hard Rock, hotel, that is, on New Year's Eve. The veteran band, with Axl Rose at the helm, will take over The Joint, as they help say goodbye to the closing year, and launch 2012, while winding down their 2011 U.S. tour. Tickets start at $95, plus fees, and are on sale through Ticketmaster and the Hard Rock box office. Guns N' Roses went 15 years between albums before releasing the long-awaited Chinese Democracy in 2008. Along with leader Axl Rose, the current GNR lineup includes DJ Ashba, Richard Fortus and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal on guitar, Tommy Stinson on bass, Chris Pitman and Dizzy Reed on keyboards and Frank Ferrer on drums. The Hard Rock Hotel promises "a two and a half hour show with all of their hits." Guns N' Roses' best-known songs include "Welcome to the Jungle," "Sweet Child o' Mine," "Paradise City," "Patience," "Don't Cry" and "November Rain."

John Legend will ring in the new year in style with a performance of his smooth, R&B sound at the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort on December 31st, at 10 p.m. Legend has sold more than five million albums worldwide, garnered multiple hit singles ("Ordinary People," "Used to Love U," "So High," "Save Room," "Heaven," "Another Again"), received countless awards (including five Grammys) and has wowed rapt audiences across the globe. Critics have called him a genius, one of the most compelling and important singer/songwriters of this generation and an elegant ambassador of soul. Legend's most recent release, Wake Up!, a collaboration with The Roots, was released in September, and features covers of "socially-aware" songs. Since its debut, Wake Up! has received widespread attention with its timely release. Evolver, Legend's 2008 studio release reached No.1 on The Billboard R&B chart, and topped The Billboard 200 peaking at No. 4. The album boasted the hit single "Green Light," which featured OutKast's Andre 3000. Other collaborations on that album included Pharrell and Kanye West. Millions heard the single, "If You're Out There," when Legend debuted the song during a historic performance opening the Democratic National Convention in August 2008 – a cry for social change and a great lead-in to the message of Wake Up!. Evolver came just two years after his Grammy award-winning recording of Once Again reached platinum status with the help of singles such as "Save Room," and his debut Get Lifted (2004) took home two Grammy awards for Best R&B Album and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. Tickets for the 9 p.m. show are Front Mezzanine $172.75, and Mid Mezzanine $144.05. To order by phone, call (866) 942-7770.

Tony Orlando entertains in the Grand Ballroom at the South Point on New Year's Eve Saturday night. For $175, guests will get dinner, and open bar, hors d'oeuvres, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 8 p.m. If the evening isn't already sold out, tickets are available by calling(702) 797-8055.


Vanessa Williams

Stevie Wonder

Vanessa Williams performs at the Riviera Hotel & Casino for New Year's Eve. The hotel is offering skyboxes for Williams' New Year's Eve concert. Each of the nine private viewing locations accommodates up to 36 people (24 seated plus 12 standing), and comes with unlimited drinks. The skyboxes are available to groups that purchase 20 or more VIP seats at $170.50 per person, all-inclusive. The one-night only performance begins at 9:30 p.m. inside the Riviera's Royale Pavilion. The Riviera is also offering special room and show packages for the concert. Two tickets to the show and a two-night stay at the hotel is only $530.88, all-inclusive, and a three-night stay with two tickets to the show is $676.48, all-inclusive. Tickets come in three separate price ranges, all inclusive of tax and fees – General Admission is $82.50, Preferred seating is $110 and VIP seating is $170.50, which includes unlimited drinks. Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting www.rivierahotel.com, calling the box office at (702) 794-9433, or through Ticketmaster and www.ticketmaster.com.

Stevie Wonder performs at The Cosmopolitan. Celebrate the arrival of 2012, with a one-of-a-kind New Year's Eve celebration, unlike any experienced before, featuring a performance by international music icon, Stevie Wonder. Among his many, many awards, acknowledgements and achievements, Stevie Wonder has received 25 Grammys, the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and an Academy Award. He has amassed 49 Top 40 singles, 32 No. 1 singles, and worldwide sales of more than 100 million units. Throughout his career, Stevie has demonstrated extraordinary humanitarian efforts, philanthropic leadership, generosity of spirit, and is universally recognized as one of the most influential musicians in the world. Join this legendary Wonder on New Year's Eve, in the heart of The Las Vegas Strip, for this unrivaled concert experience by one of the most influential musicians in the world. The event takes place in The Chelsea, beginning at 9:30 p.m. General admission price is $250 plus tax. Ticket price includes cocktails throughout the evening. Must be 21 years or older.
Room and ticket packages are available. Packages include a room and two tickets to the New Year's celebration.

And if you happen to be on the other coast, Feinstein's at Loews Regency presents a New Year's Eve celebration with the club's founder, five-time Grammy-nominee, Michael Feinstein, and his special guest, three-time Tony-nominated Broadway star, Kelli O'Hara, with two shows on Saturday, December 31st. The two star performers will join together for an evening of timeless standards and romantic pop classics, with shows, at 7 and 10:30 p.m. Feinstein's at Loews Regency, the nightclub proclaimed "Best of New York" by New York Magazine, and "an invaluable New York institution" by The New York Post, is located at 540 Park Avenue, at 61st Street, in Manhattan.

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Raise your glass of bubbly this New Year's Eve at Bacio by Carla Pellegrino inside the all new Tropicana Las Vegas, where Executive Chef Carla Pellegrino will host a special New Year's Eve Bacio Bash. The evening, featuring champagne, surprise DJs, party favors, a special four-course prix fixe menu and private viewing of the fireworks, will commence at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31. "Bacio means 'kiss' in Italian, and this New Year's Eve I will kiss 2011 good-bye and celebrate in style with my new friends," said Pellegrino. "We'll have music, noise makers, delicious food and champagne and watch the fireworks. It'll be a great party." The New Year's Eve Bacio Bash will allow guests to enjoy a delectable four-course Italian menu, specially created by Chef Carla, while being entertained by surprise DJs and provided party favors to ring in the New Year. Just prior to midnight, Chef Carla will escort her guests to a private viewing area where they will enjoy Tropicana Las Vegas' firework display. Chef Carla Pellegrino's classic Italian menu* will be accompanied by two flutes of champagne and will highlight:

Appetizers:

La Velluttata di Aragosta (Lobster Bisque)

Insalata di Barbabietola & Caprino (Baby Yellow and Red Beets with Micro Greens, Goat Cheese and a Champagne Vinaigrette)

Insalatina di Mare (Calamari, Shrimp, Lobster, Crab with Gaeta Olives, Celery and Red Bell Peppers in Citronette)

First Course

Le Pappardelle alla Selvaggina (Venison and Wild Boar braised Ragu over fresh Pappardelle noodles)

Rositto di Aragosta (Lobster Risotto with Carnerolli rice)

Caramelle di Pomodoro e Mozzarella al Pesto (Tomato and Mozzarella cheese stuffed Raviolis in Classic Pesto sauce)

Second Course

Puntine Brasate con Scalogno e Puree di Sedano (Braised Short Ribs in Barolo wine, served with Caramelized Shallots, Celery Root and Carrot Puree)

Branzino con Vegetali Grigliantti (Pan seared Sea Bass over grilled Fennel, Eggplant and Zucchini with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Lemon Juice and Garlic Emulsion)

Terrina di Zucchini e Melazzane (Zucchini and Eggplant Terrine with fresh Tomatoes, Buffalo Mozzarella and Parmesan)

Dessert

Torta di Cioccolatto Fondente (Mud Chocolate Cake with Hazelnut sauce)

Flambatto al Limone (Lemon Shortbread with Lemon Cream and Meringue served with Tuilles)

Crème Brulee (Traditional Vanilla Custard with Caramel Crust)

Torta di Melle Caramellate (Warm Puffy Pastry with Caramelized Apples and Cinnamon Gelato).

*Guests will have an option of one dish per course.

Guests are encouraged to dress to impress. The New Year's Eve Bacio Bash costs $120 per person plus tax and gratuity. For more information or to make a reservation, call 702-739-3561 or visit www.troplv.com.

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Michael Feinstein & Kelli O'Hara

2011 Kennedy Center Honors

Don't forget to tune into the Kennedy Center Honors, next week. Every year, Washington, D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts honors people who have contributed great things to the arts. This year, cabaret artist, Barbara Cook; singer/songwriter, Neil Diamond; cellist, Yo-Yo Ma; saxophonist/composer, Sonny Rollins; and actress Meryl Streep, will be recognized for their body of work. The actual ceremony took place on December 4th, with the gala to be broadcast on CBS, this Tuesday night, December 27th.

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