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Claire Voyant
Note: This is a past column from August 03, 2012
You can find the current column HERE


Las Vegas - August 3, 2012 (it’s actually the 4th, one day late)


Babe Pier (1930-2012)

Boxing Babe "The Italian Windmill" Pier

Early on Tuesday morning, at the age of 82, our friend of 35 years, Leon Pierfederici, passed away at Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas. Readers probably knew him better as comic impressionist, Babe Pier. Babe may have been one of the youngest octogenarians we have ever known. Until he broke his arm a couple of months ago, Babe never really had to deal with health issues. This injury, plus some recent back problems, took a physical and emotional toll on the man. For decades, he was very active - playing senior softball, sparring in the boxing ring with any willing partner, or jogging around Paradise Park. Being incapacitated in any way was not Babe’s style. His goal was to make people laugh…which he did at the drop of a hat, or the drop of a hint.

We found this article on the Internet, and have permission to use it (or parts of it), so we will...
He claims to be the only act making a comeback who never had a career. It might get a laugh, but it's not the case. What may be partially true, though, is that Babe Pier started out in the main rooms in Las Vegas and worked his way down to the lounges. The comic/impressionist first came here in 1955, as a member of The Vagabonds and later joined The Happy Jesters. Those comedy acts, among the pioneers of that genre, played the Sahara, Desert Inn and Stardust showrooms many times during the history-making years of this city's development. Babe (along with Vegas lounge mainstays such as The Treniers, Mary Kaye Trio, Tommy Deering, Gus Mancuso, Fay McKay, Sonny King, Carme Pitrello, Peter Anthony, Freddie Bell, Blackie Hunt, and Joe Mayer) is included in the Tim Onosko/Beth Abrohams documentary, Lost Vegas: The Lounge Era. Babe Pier has never stopped working. At an age where he is eligible for AARP membership and senior discounts at Denny's, this guy has not slowed down at all. After the Vagabonds and Jesters disbanded, Pier continued to perform, working with saxophone virtuosos Jay Orlando in lounges around Las Vegas, and as a featured specialty act in production shows such as Ice Fantasy at the Hacienda (now Mandalay Bay). The rubber-faced funnyman has opened for or co-headlined with the likes of Pete Barbutti, Chuck Berry, Foster Brooks, Cris Connors, Dick Contino, Bill Cosby, John Davidson, Freddie Fender, Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop, Al Martino, Lou Rawls, Frankie Avalon, and Bobby Rydell, among others. In more recent years, Babe guest starred with the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, a lavish, long-running production show made up of a cast of mature singers, dancers and changing headliners (everyone is 50+).

Some of our fondest memories of Babe include taking him, as a "mystery guest," to the 80th birthday party of a unique lady friend. At a point during the evening’s festivities, the MC, comic Joe Pellegrino, asked it there were any attendees who had something they would like to say about the celebrating Audrey Hood. When a mic was stuck in front of Babe, he "confessed" that he did not know the lady, and had wound up at the wrong party. Luckily, though, he had brought along some friends who DID know her and they had things they wanted to say. He then proceeded to "introduce" people like Lawrence Welk, Joe Pesci, Kirk Douglas, Robert DeNiro, and other celebrities who all had funny stories (made up, of course) to tell about Ms. Hood. Babe and his cast of characters were a hit!

Just a little over a year ago, we, along with Babe Pier and Nelson Sardelli, went to see Connie Stevens and John Byner in a show at the Riviera. After the show, we were invited to the suite at the Riv, where legendary impressionist Byner, and his entertainer wife, Annie Gaybis, were staying. They ordered in dinner, fed the group, and Cousin Claire played a fly on the wall as the pros told great showbiz stories from their decades in the trenches. What a great night!

We never heard anyone say anything negative about Babe. Anyone who knew him, liked him. He was always there to lend a hand for a worthwhile charity event, and was an active member of the local F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) club. Upon learning of Babe’s passing, Nelson Sardelli, one of the Presidents of the group, had this to say about Pier... "It is a sad day, not only for the show business community but for Las Vegas. Babe was a great friend. A great talent. A true gentleman. And a major Las Vegas Icon. We, were lucky to have met him, and enjoyed and shared his friendship. We will miss him terribly. Our hearts go out to Cindy. May the Good Lord, receive his soul and may he rest forever in peace."

Babe Pier is survived by his wife, Cindy Raft Pier; a brother, Rollie Pier; a daughter, Italia "Tali" Pierfederici; an "almost daughter," eight-year-old Sabrina; and many, many friends and fans.

Memorial Services for Babe Pier have been scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, August 10th, at the Palm Mortuary, 1325 North Main Street. The public is invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations be sent to any Wells Fargo Bank Branch, in the name of Leon Pierfederici, account #8632730290. Any and all help would be very much appreciated.

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Diane Ellis & Tish Amador

Diane's Divas - Dolly C, Janice S, Karin M, Kathryn A & Lisa V

It was just a little more than a year ago that singer, actress, voiceover artist Diane Ellis left her Las Vegas digs of more than 32 years to return to the Boston-area, where much of her family still lives. In order to say goodbye to many of the friends she had made during three-plus decades in the same community, a group of pals got together at a local restaurant to share memories and music, and say "so long for a while." Last Sunday evening, at the same establishment where the going away party was held, friends got together again - this time to see Diane during a too short Vegas visit. Among the attendees were Steven Lee, Stan Stahl, Mark Barrett, Steve Golden, Joni Illi, Janice Sands, Lisa Viscuglia, Nancy Gregory, Jay Harvey, Dolly Coulter, Peggy Williams, Joni James, Tom and Tish Amador, Kathryn Arianoff, Bob and Corrie Sachs, Suzanne Lane, Paul Stevenson, Joan Lomelo and daughters Alex and Tori, Danny and Jaye Colica, Corky DiFini, Susan Haller, Shawn Martin, Lynda Israel, Andy DiMino, Karin Miller, Joey Ugarte, Mike Tramontana, Dr. Wilfred Krom, Anne Marie Gill, and Alan MacIntosh. Come back again, soon, Di.

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Peggy Williams tells us that on Monday, August 6th, a Celebration of Life will be held from 7 to 10 p.m., in the Dallas Room at Texas Station in memory of longtime Las Vegas musician, Wilson (Tex) Richardson. Richardson passed away in Virginia recently, the victim of pancreatic cancer. Tex was the onetime musical director for Lola Falana. Over the years, Tex provided piano accompaniment for the likes of Darcus Speed, worked with Kathy LaMar as Tex & Kathy, and with Paris Red as Tex & The Killa Band. In more recent years, Tex was the musical director and arranger for both Radiance and Spectrum. Tex Richardson is survived by his fiancé, Christina Collins.


Tex Richardson

10,000 Maniacs

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Alternative pop band, 10,000 Maniacs, will be making its South Point Hotel & Resort debut, with a rare appearance this weekend, in the property’s main showroom. The band is winding down its 30th anniversary with a summer tour throughout the United States. A staple of college rock in the ‘80s, and the darlings of the MTV era, 10,000 Maniacs have sold more than 10 million records worldwide. Steven Gustafson, bass player, and keyboardist, Dennis Drew, are the only two original members of the group that are still touring. Co-founder Robert Buck passed way in 2000. Singer Natalie Merchant left the band in 1993, and was replaced by back-up singer, and viola player, Mary Ramsey, who remains today. In addition to Drew, Gustafson and Ramsey, the current members of 10,000 Maniacs are, Jeff Erickson, on guitar, and Jerome Augustyniak, on drums. The Maniacs just completed recording their first album in 13 years. The as yet-to-be-named recording is scheduled to be released in January, 2013, on the bands’ own label, Ruby Wristwatch Records. The album was recorded this year in Jamestown, New York, where the band originated in 1981. The audience can expect to hear a few new songs, along with such staples as "Don’t Talk," "Hey Jack Kerouac," "Like The Weather," "These Are Days," and "What’s The Matter Here?," which was voted one of the 100 most important releases of the decade by Rolling Stone Magazine in 1987. Many recordings have followed, including in November, 1997, when the band released Love Among The Ruins for Geffen Records, featuring the single, "More Than This," which went to No. 24 on the Billboard charts. The Chicago Tribune noted in a review, "If the 11 new singles rolled out are any indication of things to come, the new incarnation of 10,000 Maniacs may eclipse the old," and the Chicago Sun Times simply said, "Natalie who?" Show times for The Maniacs will be 7:30 p.m. through Sunday. Tickets range in price from $35, $40 and $45, and may be purchased at the South Point box office.

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On Sunday, August 5th, multitalented impressionist, Bethany Owen, performs her Las Vegas show at the Arthur Newman Theatre at the Joslyn Center in Palm Desert, California. Bethany captures the voice, look, and mannerisms of some of the biggest female stars from the world of music, film, television, and comedy. She uses dozens of costume changes over the course of her show to capture classic and contemporary musical icons from Madonna and Tina Turner, to Patsy Cline and Ella Fitzgerald. Screen legends, including Liza Minnelli, Marilyn Monroe, and countless others, also get the Owen treatment. Bethany Owen in One Voice is scheduled for one show only on Sunday, at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m. For more information, phone (760) 325-2731, or visit www.LesMichaels.com/joslyn, or www.bethanyowen.net.


Bethany Owen

Angela Chan

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This Wednesday’s Composers Showcase will be bittersweet. On August 8th, we will sadly be saying farewell to many of our talented friends at Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, who have been such a staple and core of the Showcase for the last six years. This will be the last Composers Showcase before the scheduled closing of Phantom on September 2nd. Many of the cast and crew members will be performing for, probably, the last time (unless they wind up here in another production). The Showcase will go on, but this extraordinarily gifted group of artists will be missed. Participating this month will be composers Jolana Adamson, Angela Chan, Uli Geissendoerfer, Wayne Green, Rylan Leo Helmuth, James Matteson, David Mauk, Danny Roque and Keith Thompson, who also serves as host. The performers include John Paul Almon, Megan Arnoldy, Tony Blosser, Kris Coleman, Sarah Elizabeth Combs, Douglas Crawford, Pascale Elia, Mike Erickson, Bruce Ewing, Ben Hale, Kristen Hertzenberg, Joe Hynes, Randal Keith, Brianne Kelly Morgan, Brenda Mandabach, Lawson Skalia, Joan Sobel, Nikka Wahl, Tina Walsh, Danielle White and John Leslie Wolfe. The musicians are Jim Belk, Tish Diaz, Philip Fortenberry, Keith Hubacher, Derek Jones, Charles McNeal, Geoff Neuman, Rebecca Ramsey, Ryan Rose, Eric Tewalt, Joe Thomasula and Moonlight Tran. Sound is by Mary McFadden, and Lights by Jeremy W. Hodges. Presented by PK Music and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Composers Showcase of Las Vegas will take place in the Cabaret Jazz club, inside the Boman Pavilion at the Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, in downtown Vegas. Show time is at 10:30 p.m. (after theater), with doors opening at 9:30. Tickets are $20. They may be purchased at the theater box office. Call (702) 749-2000 for reservations, or go online at www.thesmithcenter.com. Walk-ups are welcome. Cash Bar and Late Night Menu available. See you there!

And, speaking of Angela Chan (Legacy of the Tiger Mother), she and writing partner, Troy Heard (Trailer Park Musical), have a new show, Summer Camp!, premiering at The Onyx Theatre in Commercial Center, on August 10th. The talented twosome will be premiering the opening number, "We're Getting Laid," at Wednesday’s Composers Showcase. In Las Vegas, pianist, producer, co-writer, lyricist, and composer, Angela, has been associated with The Producers, Spamalot, Mamma Mia!, and Disney’s The Lion King, and is currently performing in Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, Jersey Boys, and KA by Cirque du Soleil. She is also a member of the Las Vegas Philharmonic. Table 8 Productions presents the World Premiere of the raunchy, rockin’ comedy Summer Camp! The Musical, with book by Heard, music by Chan, and lyrics by Heard and Chan. The run begins Friday, August 10th, and plays weekends through August 26th. The production is directed by Heard with musical direction by Chan. It’s Summer 1982: Reagan is in the White House, the Russians are building the bomb, and rustic Camp Tigglebitties is a hormonal hotbed where ubernerds Nolan and Dwight vow to lose their virginity to the gorgeous Lacey St. Clair...at the possible expense of their friendship. Serious questions are raised: Can Dwight enlist help from Obi-Wan? Who will win the Kotex 500? And what IS The Mook? "Summer Camp! is a musical homage to the classic genre of the early 1980s cinema popularly known as the Teen Sex Comedy," says Heard, who was selected Best Director of 2011 by NPR’s Desert Companion magazine. "I remember staying up late many Saturday nights to watch Porky’s, Meatballs and Revenge of the Nerds on HBO. And like any red-blooded, prepubescent male, I always thought there was way too much story between the shower scenes. This is my chance to fix that...while amping the awesomeness by adding musical numbers in different ‘80s rock-and-roll styles. We’ve also jumped on the audience interaction bandwagon with this one," Heard says. "There’s a splash zone, of course, but since this is a sex comedy and not a horror spoof like Evil Dead, Summer Camp! is definitely adults only!" Performances are Fridays through Sundays, August 10th through 26th at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15, and are available at the door or online at www.onyxtheatre.com. The Onyx Theatre is located at 953 E. Sahara Ave. #16 in Commercial Center, near East Sahara and Maryland Parkway.

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Reminder...
On Thursday, August 9th, that bunch from F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) gets together for their monthly luncheon meeting at the Italian American Club, 2333 East Sahara. Special guest will be Doris "Bambi Jones" Kotzan, sharing memories of her life and career in burlesque. Live music, for listening and/or dancing (this will be a co-ed meeting), will be provided by Gary Anderson and company. The attendees will probably offer a moment of silence and a toast to the late Babe Pier, an active F.I.O.R.E. President. Tickets are $25, and RSVPs (also known as REPLIES) are necessary. Contact President Gene Vitale at Babyeue@aol.com .


Doris "Bambi Jones" Kotzan

Rob Garrett

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For more than 45 years, Neil Diamond has unquestionably been one of the most popular and successful figures in pop/rock music. In the last few years alone, Diamond has received long overdue recognition and respect from peers and critics, some who forsook him when he seemingly shifted his attention away from his rock roots and directed it towards writing and recording more of the schmaltzy MOR tunes in the late 1970s/early 1980s - songs that most of his huge fan base possibly even loved him more for. In the summer of 1971, Diamond elevated himself from pop superstar to rock demigod by playing seven sold-out nights at the famed Greek Theatre in Los Angeles to a rapturous reception. The following August, he returned for ten more sold-out shows. It was this engagement that spawned the iconic (double) multi-platinum album entitled Hot August Night, forever connecting Diamond to that particular venue and month. This coming August 11th, the 71-year old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will return to the Greek Theater to perform the first of five consecutive concerts at the Greek Theater to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Hot August Night. Tickets for Diamond’s Greek Theater concerts run anywhere from $50 to $250 - assuming you are still able to purchase them at face value. However, if one is not able to attend any of the Diamond concerts, one might consider the option of going to see his No 1 emulator, Rob Garrett. Rob Garrett, whose physical and vocal resemblance to a "Jazz Singer" era Diamond is uncanny, has been a Las Vegas performer/resident for more than three decades. He has won awards ("Male Musical Tribute Act of the Year") and accolades from critics ("Best tribute artist in the business"), performing his tribute in the USA as well as around the world since 1995.

Garrett names Diamond as one of his three musical idols (along with Elvis and The Beatles) while growing up as a child in New York City. He has accumulated quite a following that attend and help sell out his shows with the same loyalty and fervor that the real Diamond has been accustomed to – on a smaller scale, of course. On Friday, August 10th, Garrett, aka the "King of Diamonds," will perform his third consecutive Hot August Night - Vegas show in the 500+ seat Club at the Cannery Cannery Casino & Hotel, 2121 E Craig Road in North Las Vegas, in homage to Diamond’s Greek Theater legacy. Tickets are very modestly priced at $10 - but good luck with that as Garrett’s shows always sell out and people line up hours in advance just to wait in line to get tickets. Garrett performs his 90-minute show, beginning at 8 p.m., accompanied by his 8-piece Vegas band, which includes Keith Neal (electric/acoustic guitar), Daryl Slade (bass), Steve Gerard (piano/keyboards), John Grieco (keyboards), Tony Cobb (percussion/acoustic guitar), Jeff Borree (drums), with vocals by Christine Zellner and Elisia Tutt. Elisia just so happens to be the daughter of Diamond’s longtime, renowned, drummer, Ron Tutt.

It's now official...Neil Diamond will honored next Friday, August 10th, with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His star will be located in front of the Capitol Records Building at 1750 Vine St, Hollywood. The ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. Pacific time. The public is invited to attend, so if you are in Los Angeles for the Greek concerts, you may want to try to attend the ceremony - that is if you can get near it. They have already announced there will be no overnight camping allowed on the streets, and, as of this time, it is not known what time fans will be allowed in the area. Expect a lot of media coverage, including all the paparazzi.

It's expected that the event will be covered on entertainment shows, so you may want to set your DVRs for those shows on Friday and over the weekend of August 11th.

Footnote: Neil Diamond actually finalizes his current tour with a Las Vegas concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 1st. Rob Garrett will be in the audience watching his legendary alter ego...for the 15th time.

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It was a full house for Kenny Kerr’s Uncensored early show at The Onyx on Tuesday night. The female impersonator/comic/singer is scheduled to return to The Onyx on Labor Day weekend.


Kenny Kerr

Renee Hale & Frank DeVito

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Songstress Renee Hale reports that she and her keyboard player, Frank DeVito, have had a wonderful time for the past six months, "just singin’ and playin’ and packin’ the house" at Garfield‘s, every Tuesday night. The fun continues through August. Garfield audience members can expect the unexpected with Renee and Frank. One never knows who may drop by to join in the music, as these two have lots of talented friends. Among those musical gal pals who have raised their voices in song at Garfield’s over the past number of months are Joni James, Joni Illi, Janice Sands, and Ronnie Fabre. Crooners, Jay Joseph, TJ Mattaliano, and saxman, Steve Golden, have also graced the stage. If you have been out to visit on a Tuesday evening, you know how much fun they are having. If not, you’re missing a great time! Catch the action every Tuesday, from 6 to 9 p.m., with Happy Hour beginning at 5. Stop by and enjoy the delicious food and drinks, great music, and big fun. Garfield’s is located at 2620 Regatta in Desert Shores. Call (702) 925-8333.

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When Rich Little’s Jimmy Stewart & Friends opened in the LVH Hotel’s Shimmer Cabaret on April 30th, it was advertised as a "Limited Engagement." It might now be called an "UNLIMITED Engagement." The show, which is obviously doing good business at the former Las Vegas Hilton, has been extended a couple of times. We have it from a reliable source, that Little is now scheduled to continue, at least into October. Jimmy Stewart & Friends features the vocal impressionist doing more than 25 celebrity icon voices, including Cary Grant, George Burns, Ronald Reagan, Katharine Hepburn and John Wayne, among others. "In addition to being my first celebrity impression, Jimmy Stewart was a dear friend and a life-long inspiration of mine," said Rich Little. "Jimmy had no idea how he affected my life; but I did and you will too." Jimmy Stewart & Friends is performed Saturdays through Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $63.90 plus tax and applicable fees. A VIP package, which includes premium seating and a meet and greet with Rich Little following the show, is available for $73.90 plus tax and applicable fees. Nevada residents and LVH Hotel guests receive a $10 discount. Tickets can be purchased at the LVH box office, by logging on to www.thelvh.com or by phone at (702) 732-5755 or (800) 222-5361. Guests under 21 years must be accompanied by an adult.


Rich Little's Jimmy Stewart & Friends

Vintage Tony Martin by Maurice Seymour

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Tony Martin, the romantic singer who appeared in movie musicals from the 1930s to the 1950s, and sustained a career in records, television and nightclubs from the Depression era into the 21st century, has died. He was 98. Martin died of natural causes Friday evening, July 27th, at his West Los Angeles home. Among his hit recordings were "I Get Ideas," "To Each His Own," "Begin the Beguine" and "There's No Tomorrow." Although he never became a full-fledged movie star, he was featured in 25 films, most of them made during the heyday of the Hollywood musicals. A husky 6 feet tall and dashingly handsome, he was often cast as the romantic lead. He married two movie musical superstars, Alice Faye and Cyd Charisse. Martin‘s marriage to Charisse lasted 60 years, until her death in 2008. She had a son, Nicky, born of her first marriage to dance director Nico Charisse. Tony Jr. was born in 1950. Martin performed in Las Vegas for decades, the last times at Vegas World (now the Stratosphere) in the late ’90s. Longtime Vegas entertainer, Nelson Sardelli, who, like Tony Martin was a 32 degree Master Mason, both performed somewhere in New Jersey in the early ‘70s for a Brazilian convention. "I was his fan even before I came to the USA, and even thought he was Italian," says Sardelli, who goes on to state, "Tony Martin was a true mensch." Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City, California, was handling funeral arrangements.


Bob Stupak, Nelson Sardelli & Tony Martin at Vegas World

Michael Ziegfeld

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Mistinguett Productions presents comedian/ventriloquist Michael Ziegfeld at the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin for one show only - Saturday, August 11th at 7 p.m. Michael Paul Ziegfeld’s 20 year comedy career includes opening for James Brown, Joan Rivers and Wynonna Judd, headlining Las Vegas to New York, Chicago to Hollywood and on stages in more than 13 countries, performing for Prime Ministers, Senators and Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. He has appeared on The Tonight Show, was voted Atlantic City’s "Act of the Year" by Atlantic City Magazine, and has voiced and/or served as puppeteer for TV Funhouse, McDonald’s, The Muppets, MTV, and Pixar Studios, in addition to his acting roles in The Ten, opposite Winona Ryder, 27 Dresses with Katherine Heigl, and The Ventriloquist with Kevin Spacey. He has written editorials for The Huffington Post, and material for Real Time, The Friar’s Roasts, name stand-ups, actors and CEOs. Michael is back at the Starbright by overwhelming demand after his guest appearance in Showgirl Follies. Tickets are $15 for Sun City Summerlin residents, and $18 for non-residents. Call the box office at (702) 240-1301. The Starbright is located at 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd.

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Cheryl Bentyne & Mark Winkler

On August 10th and 11th, the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood, will host Cheryl Bentyne and the City of Hope's All Star Jazz Benefit and CD Release party. Celebrate with The Manhattan Transfer’s Cheryl and friends, as she performs the music from her new Summit CD, Let’s Misbehave. Celebrate life, benefit City of Hope, enjoy Cheryl’s new CD and do some finger snapping to a two night all star jazz line up. On Friday, performers include Bentyne, Charmaine Clamor, John Prioux, Richie Cole, Gina Eckstine, Tony Russell, Dolores Scozzesi and more. Saturday‘s list of talent includes Cheryl, Bob Mc Chesney, Lorraine Feather, Barbara Morrison, Mark Winkler, Dolores Scozzesi and others. The Catalina Jazz Club is located at 6725 Sunset Blvd. at McCadden. Tickets are going fast. Call (323) 466-2210.

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No shortage of things to do on First Friday in Vegas. If you're downtown and near Emergency Arts, feel free to stop in. Las Vegas' own contemporary realist Jelaine Faunce will be the featured artist at TastySpace this month with her newly created, boneyard-inspired paintings The Fractured Neon series is showing all month. If you're bringing kids, come earlier. We'll be there. TastySpace is located in Suite 150, at 520 Fremont Street and 6th.

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