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Las Vegas - October 10, 2008
The Lion King
It appears to be official. The Lion King will be the next production to grace the 1,600-seat theater at Mandalay Bay, after Mamma Mia! closes in January. Mamma Mia!, featuring the music of ABBA, will have completed a six-year run at the Luxor when it ends its successful run early in 2009. We will have more details on The Lion King as they become available.
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Brent Barrett hasn't had much time to relax since leaving his role in Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular four months ago. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts; Bernstein's Broadway as part of Barbara Cook's Spotlight Series at the Kennedy Center; special guest with Anna Bergman at Feinstein's Loews Regency; and Romantic Journey: The Broadway Concert with the Akron Symphony, have kept Barrett busy. His next gig keeps him busy AND racking up the frequent flyer miles. Next Friday (October 17th), Barrett and Kim Criswell will perform in Dublin with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. With John Wilson conducting, Barrett and Criswell will sing selections from the Rodgers and Hammerstein songbook. With 34 Tony Awards, 15 Oscars, a Pulitzer Prize, and two Grammys to their credit, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein were undoubtedly one of the greatest creative partnerships in history. Sing-along with the stars and guests in an evening dedicated to the re-creation of this golden age of musical theatre. Featuring favorite songs from The Sound of Music, The King and I, South Pacific, Flower Drum Song, Oklahoma!, State Fair, Carousel, Cinderella, and lots more classics. Show time is 8 p.m. at The Helix...if you happen to be in the neighborhood.
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For the 15th year, a medieval kingdom will take over Sunset Park in the southeast Las Vegas with lavishly attired knights, knaves, fine ladies and wenches, as Clark County Parks and Recreation presents the annual Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival, tonight through Sunday. Several stages will feature entertainment, with costumed performers presenting more than 50 shows per day along with historical re-enactments, jousting tournaments, medieval pageantry and more than 100 artisans, including blacksmiths, stained glass designers, jewelers, wood workers, toy makers, perfume blenders, stone carvers and sword, dagger and armor craftsman demonstrating and selling their wares. A wide assortment of food and beverage vendors will be on hand. Everything from fish and chips, meat pies to bangers and mash, to a whole English feast will be available. Your favorite beers and ales will be sold to adults with proper identification. Don't forget to tip the beer wenches! There will also be Shakespeare in the Park. The shows will be performed at the appropriately named Old Globe Stage. Today (Friday), Romeo and Juliet will play at 2 p.m. and Hamlet at 9 p.m. On Saturday, it's Romeo and Juliet at 12:15 p.m., Much Ado About Nothing at 3:30, and Hamlet at 6:15. Sunday, Much Ado About Nothing starts at 10:30 a.m. Weekend concerts will feature local acts such as Killian's Angels along with nationally known acts such as Tempest and The Tossers. There will be a royal parade with kings, queens, warriors and peasants, taking place on Saturday and Sunday. The festival offers full-contact jousting tournaments; no-holds-barred gladiator battles; black powder demonstrations, strolling minstrels, contortionists, magicians, storytellers, jokers, jugglers, flame eaters, belly dancers, trained parrots and pirates. Additional attractions include rides, bow and arrow and axe target games, medieval barber and surgeon demonstrations and Renaissance guilds. In the 16th Century Village, German, Italian, Ottoman Turk, French, Celtic, Polish and British military encampments meet on the Field of Honor for battle. Visitor hours are Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No admittance after 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, or after 4 p.m. on Sunday. There are two entrance gates to the Fair, with one located next to the Sunset Administration building on the north side of the park, and the other on the south side of the park, next to Area F. Sunset Park is located in southeast Las Vegas at 2601 E. Sunset Road at Eastern. Admission is $10 per day, or $25 for a three-day pass for adults, and $5 per day or $10 for a three-day pass for seniors (55+) and children (6-12). Children 5 and younger are free. Tickets are now available through Ticketmaster or at the park ticket booth. Security will be enforced, so no cans, drinks (one plastic bottle of water is OK), bottles, alcoholic beverages, coolers, firearms (with or without permit), sticks, balls, bats, chains or clubs, bullhorns, animals (except service dogs), lawn chairs, squirt or water guns or unauthorized vending, concessions, merchandise, literature or promotions. No re-entry will be enforced throughout the day. Once you leave, you will have to purchase another ticket for admission. Alcohol sales will begin Friday at 2 p.m. and will cease at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Alcohol sales will cease at 4 p.m. Sunday. No exceptions. For more information about this and other events, please call (702) 455-8200.
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For OJ Simpson, the number 13 and Las Vegas proved to be very, very unlucky. On September 13th of last year, Simpson and five others were charged with armed robbery and kidnapping after they burst into a room at the off-Strip Palace Station hotel to confront and threaten some sports memorabilia dealers. OJ claimed that the dealers had items that had been stolen from him. The robbery victims claim that Simpson left their hotel room, taking more than $75,000 in collectibles with him. Simpson was tried here during a trial that lasted 13 days. It took the jurors about 13 hours to reach their unanimous verdict. The 61-year-old former football player was found guilty on all charges against him. In a strange twist of fate, the guilty verdict came in exactly 13 years to the day after a Los Angeles jury acquitted Simpson of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. Simpson is scheduled to be sentenced on December 5th. He could spend from five years to life in the Nevada state prison.
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And speaking of the Palace Station, magician Jeff McBride hosts Wonderground, an interactive club experience, following his Magic at the Edge show at that very hotel. Tonight, McBride's special guest will be veteran magic man, Johnny Thompson. Thompson, also known as The Great Tomsoni, has been performing comedy magic since the '70s and has made appearances all over the world. He has been honored with numerous awards, including the very prestigious Masters Fellowship award from the Academy of Magical Arts. In recent years, Thompson has served as a consultant to many magicians, including Lance Burton, Penn & Teller, and Criss Angel. Wonderground is a magical club experience that features interactive close-up magic, uncommon variety acts, performance art, a psychic sideshow and DJ Leo Diaz spinning house, mash-ups and down-tempo techno. The guests are different every week, and you never know who might appear. Past celebrity guests have included Burton, Angel, and Sophie Evans from the BBC television series, The Sorcerers Apprentice. Entrance to Wonderground, which runs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., is $10 at the door, or half price for patrons showing up in magical costumes before 10:30 p.m. Those who have attended McBride's Magic at the Edge show in the Sound Trax Showroom earlier in the evening can show their ticket stub for free admission. Palace Station is located at 2411 W. Sahara. For more information, go to www.vegaswonderground.com.
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On October 17th, the Orleans Arena will be the site of Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew LIVE. In case you have been hiding under a rock in the Mojave Desert, dog, you probably already know that this show's executive producer, Randy Jackson, is one of the three judges on American Idol (the other two being Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell). Due to the demand for tickets, the dance show added additional dates to its 2008 North American tour, expanding across 25 cities this to now include Las Vegas, San Diego, Phoenix, and Grand Prairie and Houston, Texas. The top-rated smash MTV program, which attracted more than six-million fan votes on its last episode, recently won the Teen Choice Award for Best Reality Dance Show as broadcast on FOX TV. Beginning in Miami on September 18th, and running for five weeks through October 23rd, the tour will feature five of the hottest dance crews from the show's first two seasons as they battle it out, live on stage each night. The electrifying tour will feature the return of America's Best Dance Crew Season 1 winners, the incredible masked men of JabbaWockeeZ. They will be joined by the amazing b-boys on wheels, BrakeSk8, an equally exciting crew full of surprises. America's Best Dance Crew was ranked No. 4 on the Top 10 Dance Shows of All Time, as listed in the August 4th issue of TV Guide. Tickets to Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew Live are available at Ticketmaster.com.
David Engel & Larry Raben
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We are saddened to report the death of Louis Papp. Papp, who passed away on October 1st at the age of 86, was born in Cleveland but had lived in Las Vegas for more than 50 years. A veteran of World War II, Papp was the recipient of the Purple Heart medal. An accomplished bassist, Lou was a longtime member of the Musicians Union. For many years, Papp provided accompaniment for his wife, pianist Mafalda, as part of the Mafalda Trio. A memorial service was held for Lou Papp earlier today at Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic Church. Our sympathies go out to Papp's family and many friends.
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Singer Ronnie Rose will entertain on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Louis's in the Town Square Mall. Cocktails will be served on the patio. Town Square Mall is located at 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. So. Rose will also entertain at Mandalay Bay's House of Blues on October 15th and November 5th (both Wednesdays), from 9 p.m. until midnight. On Tuesday, October 21st, and Wednesday, the 22nd, Ronnie will perform in the Rampart Casino's Lounge, from 7 to 9 p.m. You can also see him on Tuesday, October 14th, at the Square Apple, 1000 E. Sahara, from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Busy, busy, Mr. Rose.
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Lee Roy Reams, who played the outrageous Roger DeBris in the Las Vegas version of The Producers, reports that he went to see Keith Thompson and Buddy Sheffield's musical romp, IDAHO! (part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival) at the 37 Arts Theatre in New York, and "laughed himself silly." In addition to having a great time, Reams had the opportunity to visit with some of his former Producers cast mates - Bill Nolte, who played Franz Liebkind, and Jessica Sheridan, who played multiple roles (Shirley, Kiss Me, Feel Me, and the Jury Foreman), and who both had roles in IDAHO! Sheridan is currently appearing in Mary Poppins on Broadway.
And speaking of The Producers, Larry Raben, who played Leo Bloom in the Las Vegas production (and understudied the roles of Carmen Ghia and Leo on Broadway), is a 2008 Ovation Award nominee as Best Director of a Musical for Singin' in the Rain. David Engel is also an Ovation nominee as Lead Actor in a Musical for his role as Don Lockwood in the same show. Now in its 19th year, the LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards will celebrate the 168 theater companies, 390 registered productions, and more than 2,000 individual artists who participated during the September 1st, 2007, through August 31st, 2008, season. Of course, it's an honor to even be nominated, but we want these fellows to win! If you have voting privileges...well, you know what to do. The awards ceremony, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will take place at the Harriet & Charles Lackman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State, 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 17th. For ticket information (they start at $40 for balcony seating), call (213) 614-0556.
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The Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino is proud to announce that Kevin Burke, star of Defending the Caveman, was honored as "Entertainer of the Year" by a local group. This organization pays tribute to talented entertainers, members of the press, chefs, sommeliers, entrepreneurs and many others who have helped make Las Vegas into the entertainment capital of the world. "Kevin Burke is an accomplished and hilarious actor, and has been a wonderful asset in our entertainment lineup," said Amy Chasey, vice president of marketing for the Golden Nugget. "We are very happy to see him receive this well-deserved award for his entertainment contributions to Las Vegas." Despite the club-wielding sound of its title, Defending the Caveman is a funny, even sentimental, celebration of the relationships between men and women. It has been performed to more than 8 million people worldwide and mines the heterosexual relationship with razor sharp comedy. Show times are at 8 p.m. Sunday through Saturday, with additional matinee shows on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets for Defending the Caveman are on sale at the Golden Nugget Ticket Office, starting at $39.95 for matinee performances and $47.25 for evening performances. VIP tickets are available for $49.95 for matinee performances and $57.25 for evening performances. Tax and service charges are additional. Tickets can be purchased in-person at the Golden Nugget Ticket Office, toll free at (866) 946-5336 or online at www.goldennugget.com.
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We know she WAS good - after all, she's one of only nine people who has captured every major entertainment award - an Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy during her career. But at 76, what kind of show would Rita Moreno put on during her last Friday night's show at UNLV? The answer is, one helluva show! The lady is amazing! She can still belt out a tune with the best of them or deliver a ballad with just the right amount of sincerity and drama. She moves as well as a woman half her age, and is still a sultry spitfire (as confirmed by her Fever number, aided by a very happy piano top), even in her mid-70s. The material was varied, including a couple of Cousin Claire's personal favorites, the very funny Class from John Kander and Fred Ebb's Chicago, and Artie Butler's beautiful Here's To Life, which was Moreno's encore song. The trio accompanying Ms. Moreno - Russell Kassoff on piano, Jon Burr on upright bass, and Ted Sommer on drums - was wonderful. The only criticism we have is that there weren't more people in the audience to witness and enjoy this remarkable performer. We are not sure why the Artemus Ham Concert Hall wasn't sold out. Ticket prices too high ($45, $60 and $90)? The general public isn't familiar enough with Rita Moreno? Not enough pre-show hype? Whatever the reason, the problem should be remedied. Las Vegas needs and deserves this type of entertainment. If it isn't supported, it will go away, and that would be very sad.
And speaking of Broadway/cabaret artists, Linda Eder is back at the Suncoast this weekend, with shows at 7:30 p.m. tonight through Sunday. Ms. Eder, who was first discovered by the American public via Star Search, starred in the Broadway musical Jekyll & Hyde. She has recorded and released a dozen albums. Tickets for Linda Eder start at $29.95, plus fees and taxes. For reservations, call (702) 636-7075.
And just up the road from the Suncoast, the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin offers
I'll Be Seeing You - Hollywood Canteen: 1943, on Saturdays, October 11th and 18th at 7 p.m., and Sundays, October 12th and 19th at 2 p.m. Travel back 65 years to the pivotal war year of 1943. The tide was turning. America and her allies were slowly but surely going on offense. The home front, an important part of the war effort, was honoring our brave men and women with the musical magic that inspired a nation. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree, I'll Be Seeing You, Skylark, Pennsylvania 6-5000, Rum and Coca-Cola, This Is The Army, Mr. Jones, and many, many more of the greatest generations' most memorable wartime music in song and dance. Presented by SFS Entertainment, tickets are $15 for Sun City Summerlin residents, and $20 for non-residents. Call (702) 240-1301 for additional information.
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At 2 p.m., on Saturday, October 18th, and Sunday the19th, the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre, located on the East Cheyenne campus of College of Southern Nevada, will be the site of a staged reading of Dracula - A New Musical. A 15-piece live orchestra and more than 20 performers from the Las Vegas Strip will donate their time and talent to bring Dracula to the stage. Carmen Yurich, formerly of Spamalot, has taken up the creative task of directing the unique musical written by Michael Lazar and Richard Oberacker. "Oberacker's Dracula is all about the music," says Yurich. "His score, comprised of 23 songs, is highly visual and fills the imagination with pictures and movement. The foundation of a concert reading is to suggest the text rather than literally show an entire staging. The audience's imagination will let their mind's eye take them on the journey. In lieu of a reader, who usually gives stage directions in a staged reading, we are using projected headings and visual images to help convey the story. The orchestra, instead of just a piano, will accompany the actors' singing to help our audience experience as much of this visual ear movie as possible." The role of Dracula is being played by Ian Jon Bourg of Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular. He is joined by fellow Phantom cast members Doug Carfrae, Bruce Ewing, Jason Forbach, and Benjamin Hale. Other cast members are Rochelle Collins from KA, Ron McClary from Mamma Mia!, Aaron de Jesus from Spamalot, and Janien Valentine from The Soprano's Last Supper. The ensemble and dancers are all performers from Jubilee!, Mamma Mia!, and Phantom. The two shows, complete with silent auction and VIP reception, are being held as a benefit for the CSN Performing Arts Center and Family Promise of Las Vegas who have partnered to produce the show. Both non-profit organizations share the mission of a desire to build a stronger community and improve the quality of life for area residents. Family Promise assists homeless families in the Las Vegas valley to achieve lasting independence by mobilizing the community to provide safe shelter, meals, and support services for them. The Performing Arts Center, which provides artistic, cultural, educational and entertainment opportunities for the College and the community, receives no state funding for presenting, and will use its share of the proceeds to enhance productions by bringing in guest artists and more diverse programming. VIP tickets for each show are $50 and will include preferred seating and a post-show reception with the performers. Second tier seating is $30. Call the CSN Box Office at (702) 651-LIVE (5483) or visit www.FamilyPromiseLVTickets.com for reservations. The CSN Performing Arts Center is located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave. one mile east of I-15.
Ian Jon Bourg
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The Liberace Museum presents its new cabaret-style entertainment show, Liberace and Me, featuring pianist Philip Fortenberry. Fortenberry, who is currently the assistant musical director for Jersey Boys at The Venetian, will perform in the 75-seat Liberace Museum's Cabaret Showroom every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday at 1 p.m. Cousin Claire recommends this show to anyone who even remotely enjoys the piano. Fortenberry is a master. Watching him play is like watching a ballet - fluid and beautiful. Admission is $17.50 and reservations are recommended. Tickets can be purchased online at www.Liberace.org, by phone at (702) 798-5595, ext. 14, or at the Museum Store cashier, based upon availability. For group discounts of 15 tickets or more, please call (702) 798.5595, ext. 13.
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Next Friday, October 17th, the 2008 winner of the America's Got Talent TV reality show, Neal E. Boyd, will collect one his prizes when he performs in the 16,000-seat Garden Arena at the MGM Grand. In addition to the $1 million booty, Boyd, an insurance salesman from Missouri, won the opportunity to perform in Las Vegas. The 32-year-old opera singer will be joined by the other semi-finalists - Eli Mattson, Nuttin' But Stringz, Donald Braswell and "Queen" Emily Baloney (don't get us started). The 2007 AGT-winner, singer/impressionist/ventriloquist Terry Fator will make a special guest appearance. Also appearing and performing, Jonathan Burkin, Joseph Hall, Jessica Price and Paul Salos. Tickets are $39.50, $49.50, $57.50 and $99.50, plus taxes and fees, for the 8 p.m. show, and may be purchased at the MGM Grand box offices, or online through ticketmaster.com, mgmgrand.com., or AEGLIVE.com. Call (702) 474-4000 for additional information.
Also next Saturday, Katey Sagal, the star of TV's Married...With Children and 8 Simple Rules...For Dating My Teenage Daughter, will perform at the Henderson Events Plaza. For those that only know Sagal as Peg Bundy and Cate Hennessy, they might be surprised to learn that during the late 1970s and early 1980s, she was one of the Harlettes, the all-girl backup group for Bette Midler. Sagal is also an accomplished songwriter. In 1976, while a member of The Group With No Name, she contributed to their album Moon over Brooklyn. She also performed backing vocals on the solo album by Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, as well as background vocals on Olivia Newton-John's 1986 single Soul Kiss. In 1994, Sagal released her first solo album, Well... Ten years later, she released her second album, Room. Show time is at 8 p.m. The price? Free! For additional information, call (702) 267-4TIX or check the Web site at HendersonLive.com.
Neal E. Boyd
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Dancing and Mingling on the Sahara, featuring Nobody Famous and the Infamous Horns, will be performing for listeners and dancers at the Italian American Supper Club tomorrow night. The theme is the 1950s and Big Bop, featuring music made famous by Bill Haley and the Comets. If you are/were a fan of "The King," Chuck Berry, Frank Sinatra and others from the era, get out your dancing shoes and head to 2333 E. Sahara (near Eastern). Call (702) 220-6325 for ticket information and reservations, or go to the Nobody Famous Web site at www.nobodyfamouslasvegas.com.
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Regular Claire Voyant readers know how we feel about the "Las Vegas Walk of Stars." In case you are a new reader, or have not been paying close attention, let us give you our take (once more) on this operation. We feel (and many agree with us on this one), that anything you have to "buy" is not a true honor. At a minimum of $15,000 per sidewalk square, this is strictly business. The monies to pay for the small piece of Strip property come from fan clubs, possibly a hotel, or from the recipient themselves. None of the funds go to improve anything in Las Vegas or to a reputable charity. On the contrary. The money goes into the pockets of a few private individuals. That being said, we are going to congratulate producer Dick Feeney (that's with three "e"s), who, next Friday, October 17th, will become the 31st person to "earn" a star, joining the likes of Elvis Presley, Wayne Newton, Bobby Darin, Sammy Davis Jr., Rich Little, Siegfried and Roy, John Stuart, Trini Lopez, Frank Marino, and Liberace. (Note that as of this date, pioneers such the Mary Kaye Trio, Frankie Laine, the Treniers, Dean Martin, and Forrest Duke, among others, have not yet had their names imbedded in the sidewalks of Las Vegas). Dick Feeney has paid his Vegas dues, and deserves to be recognized, but he and his friends shouldn't have to keep paying for the "honor." After years of touring with the popular Boston-based band, the Lewis & Clark Expedition, Feeney formed his own group, Gemini. In 1981, he produced his first show, Lullaby of Swing in Honolulu. He then toured the production for successful runs in both Atlantic City at the Tropicana and Boston at the Bradford Theatre. Feeney first came to Las Vegas in 1985 as associate producer of An Evening at La Cage at the Riviera Hotel & Casino. In 1987, he produced Crazy Girls and won a prestigious ADDY award for producing his first television commercial. In 1991, Feeney opened Viva Las Vegas at the Sands Hotel & Casino. Now in its 19th year, Viva is playing at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas. The revue remains the longest running and most successful afternoon show in Las Vegas history. In 1992, Feeney organized the skydivers appearing in the hit movie Honeymoon in Vegas to form the now world-famous Flying Elvi skydive team. Based in Las Vegas, the Flying Elvi is the only such team officially licensed by the Elvis Presley estate. In doing so, Feeney actually invented the word 'Elvi' that has now become the accepted plural of Elvis. In 2002, Feeney produced The Rat Pack is Back, the tribute to Frank, Sammy, Joey & Dean currently playing at the Plaza Hotel & Casino. The show is the only Las Vegas created and based show with an award from the Congress of the United States and national touring theatre productions. In 2003, he conceived and produced the family-friendly World's Greatest Magic Show at the Sahara Hotel & Casino with a unique format of multiple award-winning magicians all in one show. The magic show moved to the Greek Isles where it ran for more than four years before its recent closing. Feeney has produced a number of other award winning shows worldwide, including Showgirls, The Great Gleason, Bottoms Up, Forbidden Vegas, and Playboy Girls Hit Parade. His television productions include The Entertainment Page, Las Vegas Tonite, and Karaoke Krazy. Outside of showbiz, Feeney has volunteered much of his time as coach and speaker for PSI Seminars. In 1993, he started the Annual PSI Seminars Charity Volleyball Tournament, which over the past 13 years has raised thousands of dollars for local Las Vegas charities. Feeney is one of only a dozen or so worldwide individuals to receive the Golden Eagle Award for outstanding leadership, contribution and service. With a wife, Melissa, and four children including Christopher, 26; Katherine, 7; Matthew, 5; and Samuel, 2, Feeney may seem busy, but he loves it all. His star will be placed in front of the New York, New York Hotel & Casino. A special ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. on October 17th in the New Copa Showroom at the Plaza Hotel & Casino located at Number One Main Street in downtown Las Vegas. Family, friends and dignitaries will join together for the celebration.
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David Pomeranz 'Gets the Feeling Again' on the season premiere of Boston Legal. Singer/songwriter/musician/entertainer Pomeranz's classic song, Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again, was prominently featured in the September 22nd episode of, ABC's Boston Legal. Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again, a No. 1 hit recording for Barry Manilow, is one of the most performed ASCAP songs of all time, and has sold in excess of 25 million records. Among his other musical contributions, David also wrote The Old Songs, another hit for Manilow.
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LBS, the classic American burger joint has chosen two local bakeries - Amatos Bakery and Layer's Bakery - to serve as suppliers of fresh and mouthwatering baked goods for the burger restaurant that opened on September 29th at Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa. Amato's Bakery is owned and operated by master baker Mike Amato. A Vegas hot spot since 2003, the bakery produces handcrafted high quality baked goods. With more than 50 years experience, Amato's will be producing the handcrafted challah style rolls and the seven-grain whole wheat rolls to accompany LBS' one-of-a-kind burgers. Layer's Bakery, voted the best pastry shop four years in row by the Las Vegas Review-Journal Readers' Poll, will supply pastries and desserts for LBS. The dessert selection will feature a different seasonal homemade pie each month. Layer's is owned and operated by Gregg and Jeanne Forrest and produces cookies, cakes, pies, tarts and many more succulent desserts without using artificial ingredients, preservatives or trans fats. "Bigger is not always better, so based on the high quality of these boutique businesses we have proudly selected local bakeries as our providers of burger rolls and desserts," said Billy Richardson, creator and operator of the restaurant "Our customers can expect the best quality food, and we feel that these bakeries represent the best of what Las Vegas has to offer." "Our menu items were scrutinized not only for the highest quality and taste, but whether or not they originated from a sustainable and local vendor," added Executive Chef, Anthony Meidenbauer. "The LBS executive team are long-time Vegas residents, so supporting the local community is very important to us." LBS will join nine other restaurants at Red Rock Resort, including T-Bones Chophouse, Terra Rossa Italian, Hachi modern Japanese, The Feast Buffet, The Grand Café, Turf Grill, Cabo Mexican restaurant, Salt Lick Bar B-Q, the Sand Bar poolside restaurant and a food court. Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa is located at 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. How come, all of a sudden, we have a craving for baked goods?
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