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Las Vegas - October 24, 2008

Burt Bacharach

Tommy Tune

David Loeb

And speaking of talented musicians, on Sunday, October 26th, the Performing Arts Society of Nevada's Brown Bag Concerts presents The Music of Burt Bacharach, featuring vocalist Tina Walsh, with Philip Fortenberry on piano. Of course most people are familiar with the songs of Burt Bacharach. He and his writing partner, Hal David, are responsible for most of Dionne Warwick's (or is it Warlock?) hits, as well as a number of Johnny Mathis, Gene Pitney, Bobby Vinton, The 5th Dimension, Dusty Springfield, Jack Jones and BJ Thomas chart toppers. Do You Know the Way to San Jose, Walk On By, Alfie, The Look of Love, Anyone Who Had a Heart, That's What Friends Are For, One Less Bell To Answer, Wives and Lovers, Make It Easy On Yourself, Any Day Now, What the World Needs Now Is Love, Promises, Promises, I Say a Little Prayer, I'll Never Fall in Love Again, Don't Make Me Over, You'll Never Get To Heaven, Message To Michael, Raindrops Keep Falling On Your Head, and Cousin Claire's favorite Bacharach song, A House Is Not a Home, are only SOME of 80-year old Burt Bacharach's hits. As for Tina Walsh, her Las Vegas history includes co-starring in the original EFX with Tommy Tune and Michael Crawford at the MGM Grand. She also co-starred with Rick Springfield in the new Broadway version of EFX ALIVE! That was followed by a two-year run in the lead role of Donna Sheridan at the Luxor's Mamma Mia!. Currently she is Madame Giry at The Venetian's Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular. Philip Fortenberry is a virtuoso pianist who is currently the associate conductor/music director for the Palazzo's Jersey Boys. Previously he held the same positions at the Luxor's Hairspray and at the Paris Las Vegas musical We Will Rock You. His original one-man show Now Just Me was premiered at the Clark County Library Theater. Tickets for The Music of Burt Bacharach are $15 per person. For further information or ticket reservations, call the Performing Arts Society's office at (702) 658-6741. Concert tickets will also be available at the Clark County Library Theater box office, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, the day of show. The performance begins at 2 p.m., with doors opening for unreserved seating at 1:30 p.m. We look forward to hearing what new spin Fortenberry and Walsh put on the Bacharach songbook.

And speaking of Tommy Tune...
We probably spend way too much time surfing YouTube, but it's fun, informative and gives us the chance to see (and hear) things we either never saw before, or forgot about and now have another opportunity to enjoy. One of the things we saw a few days ago was a brilliant production number from the Tony Award-winning Will Rogers Follies. It reminds us just how talented a dancer/choreographer/director Tommy Tune is. If you even remotely like dancing, we suggest checking out the Our Favorite Son number on YouTube. (Using Las Vegas dance pioneers, Our Favorite Son has been recreated in Golden Rainbow's annual Ribbon of Life show on more than one occasion - always generating a standing ovation from the audiences.) Will Rogers Follies won the 1991 Tony Award for Best Musical, while Mr. Tune won two Tony's that year, as both Best Choreographer and Best Direction of a Musical.

And speaking of the Will Rogers Follies, Las Vegas residents Leigh Zimmerman (late of The Producers) played multiple roles in the Broadway production, while Susan Anton portrayed "Ziegfeld's Favorite" on the Great White Way. Anton was a recent headliner at the Suncoast. And speaking of the Suncoast, it's Clint Holmes and Friends, tonight through Sunday (October 24th though 26th) in the cozy Suncoast showroom. Clint Holmes has many friends, so you never know who might turn up on his stage. One thing is guaranteed, however, is that whoever those friends might be, they will be talented. Tickets start at $29.95 plus taxes and fees. For reservations, call (702) 636-7075.

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Tonight at 7:30 p.m., spend A Night at the Movies, via familiar music such as Night Fever from Saturday Night Fever, As Time Goes By from Casablanca; It Could Happen To You from And the Angels Sing; Invitation from the film of the same name; Body and Soul from Body and Soul; You've Got a Friend In Me from Toy Story; You Made Me Love You from Love Me or Leave Me; Happy Trails from Spoilers of the Plains; Unchained Melody used in a number of films including Ghost; The Way We Were; Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid, Where the Boys Are; Teddy Bear from Elvis Presley's Loving You; Round Midnight; Georgia from Ray, and Footloose. All of these great songs, and more, will be performed tonight at the Community Lutheran Church (3720 E. Tropicana, just west of Sandhill), by the 17-piece UNLV Jazz Ensemble, conducted by David Loeb, director of Jazz Studies at UNLV, and the 65-piece Las Vegas Master Singers, directed by Jocelyn Jensen. The singers are accompanied by organist/pianist Douglas C. Wilson. Tickets are $20 and available at the door. All proceeds will go to the UNLV Jazz Studies Area Scholarship Fund and The Susan L. Johnson Scholarship For Choral Studies

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Robert Spencer and Mr. Blackwell with Martin Kreloff portrait

Don Hill

Golden Rianbow's Beaux Arts Ball

The famed Mr. Blackwell (real name Richard Selzer) died in Los Angeles on October 19th at the age of 86. A onetime actor, Blackwell's greatest claim to fame came as the result of his annual Worst Dressed List, where he dissed the fashion sense (and nonsense) of the rich and famous. Blackwell's "critiques" did not always win him fans, especially among his victims. Here are some examples of why that was the case. About Madonna, Mr. Blackwell referred to her as "The Bare-Bottomed Bore of Babylon." He stated that Barbra Streisand looked like "a masculine Bride of Frankenstein," Christina Aguilera is "A dazzling singer who puts good taste through the wardrobe wringer," and Meryl Streep "Looks like a gypsy abandoned by a caravan." He described Sharon Stone as "An over-the-hill Cruella DeVille" and stated that Lindsay Lohan went "From adorable to deplorable." Ann-Margret was called "A Hells Angel escapee who invaded the Ziegfeld Follies on a rainy night," while Camilla Parker-Bowles was "The Duchess of Dowdy." The critic acknowledged he had mixed feelings about appearing so publicly mean. Most of the women he put through the wringer, he said, were people he genuinely admired for their talent if not their fashion sense. Mr. Blackwell is survived by Robert Spencer, his partner of almost 60 years. Artist Martin Kreloff, a relatively recent Vegas transplant, captured the essence of Mr. Blackwell in a portrait (seen in accompanying photo) done in the 1990s. Kreloff said about Blackwell, "He was a bright and savvy man, and very often "on target" with his amusing fashion and life observations."

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Here's the positive news...After the sudden closing of Bugsy's Supper Club, with only a couple of weeks to try to find a new location, host Jeanne Brei was able to locate another establishment where she could hold Don Hill's 87th birthday party. Caylix Jazz Supper Club, at 4760 W Sahara Blvd.(at Decatur), Ste 13 (where the old Café Nicole used to be) is celebrating musician Hill's birthday on Saturday, November 1st. We have talked about saxophonist extraordinaire Mr. Hill in earlier columns, but in case you missed it, we will repeat the information. Mr. Hill's amazing career began at Alabama State College where he roomed with Claude Trenier. When Don left college, he joined Tiny Bradshaw, one of the most prominent jump-blues bandleaders of the '30s and '40s. Tiny led jazz-trained musicians into the developing and more commercial field that came to be known as rhythm and blues. After working with Bradshaw, from 1944 through 1946, Don played, toured and recorded with Louis Armstrong. In 1947, Hill started his own band, and the following year joined forces with his old college roommate, Claude Trenier to form The Treniers. The Treniers, with Claude and his twin brother, Cliff Trenier, at the front of the band, performed continuously for 55 years. They signed with the legendary Okeh label and produced a remarkable string of rock 'n roll sides, including Rockin' Is Our Business, Rockin' On Saturday Night, and It Rocks, It Rolls, It Swings! The group appeared on various TV shows, including Jackie Gleason's and Red Skelton's programs, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis's Colgate Comedy Hour, and through a number of movies, including Don't Knock the Rock and The Girl Can't Help It, appearing with Alan Freed, Little Richard and Bill Haley. After Claude passed on in 2003, Don Hill found himself playing with Ms. Brei, a vocalist who had frequently been invited to sit in with The Treniers. Don Hill was once again a founding member of yet another band, The Speakeasy Swingers. The Speakeasy Swingers had performed at Bugsy's for the last three months, until the club's unexpected closing. They will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hill's party, followed by Phil Flowers and his band. As part of the festivities, in addition to swing dancing by the Vegas Swing Dancers, there will be videos of early Trenier television and movie appearances, a "This Is Your Life" segment and birthday cake. Here's the (little bit of) negative news...Instead of buying Don Hill a tie for his birthday (he probably has too many ties anyway), plan on spending about $20 to pay your way into his birthday party. This is not Don's doing. The owner of Caylix feels it is necessary to charge the attendees a $10 cover charge, plus is requiring them to buy two drinks (minimum). We feel this is very shortsighted thinking by the owner of a new, to her, business who is getting the entertainment at no cost and will have a crowd of people at Caylix that would normally have no reason to be there. At any rate, don't punish Don Hill for the errors of the club owner. Come, have a good time, and help a fine gentleman celebrate his special day in high style. Reservations are recommended. Call the club (702) 645-5299.

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On Thursday, October 30th, Studio 54 at the MGM Grand will once again be the site of the Golden Rainbow sponsored Beaux Arts Ball. The annual Halloween costume party is now in its 42nd year. Started by the late journalist Mark Tan as a private event, the Beaux Arts Ball took on a life of its own, outgrowing anyone's private residence. Over the years, at one time or another, the ball was held in just about every hotel in Las Vegas. This was not only a place for the local show folk to attend, but the headliners on the Strip would also participate in the festivities, either as costume competition judges or as spectators. At Halloween, the Beaux Arts was THE place to be. After Mark Tan's death in April of 1997, with the blessing of Mark's daughter, Tracey, Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) became the sponsor for a few years before Golden Rainbow took it over. The Beaux Arts Ball is open to everyone who dares to enjoy. The night features live performances by cast members from many of the Las Vegas production shows, along with dancing, costume contests offering cash prizes totaling more than $3,000, and the most outrageous costumes seen anywhere in Las Vegas. This year's event will also feature the winners of MTV's second season of America's Best Dance Crew, Super CR3W. Doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. They may be purchased by calling Golden Rainbow at (702) 384-2899. Table and bottle reservations are available. Golden Rainbow is a uniquely caring and responsive non-profit organization that exists to ensure that the fundamental needs of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS are met. On a personal note: We feel, and always have felt, that this event should be known, now and forever, as Mark Tan's Beaux Arts Ball.

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Levi Stubbs, lead singer with The Four Tops, died last Friday, October 17th, at 72. Stubbs, who possessed one of the most dynamic and emotive voices of all the Motown singers, had been ill recently and died in his sleep at the Detroit house he shared with his wife. The Four Tops dominated the charts in the mid-'60s, selling millions of records. The group performed for more than four decades without a change in personnel. Stubbs' death leaves one surviving member of the original group, Abdul "Duke" Fakir. The Four Tops began singing together in 1953 under the group name the Four Aims and signed a deal with Chess Records. They later changed their names to the Four Tops to avoid being confused with the Ames Brothers. They also recorded for Red Top, Riverside and Columbia Records and toured supper clubs. The Four Tops signed with Motown Records in 1963 and produced 20 Top 40 hits over the next 10 years. Their biggest hits were recorded between 1964 and 1967 with the in-house songwriting and production team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland. Both 1965's I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) and 1966's Reach Out (Ill Be There) went to No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart. Other hits included Baby I Need Your Loving (1964), It's the Same Old Song (1965), Shake Me, Wake Me (1966); Bernadette and Standing in the Shadows of Love (both 1967), and Aint No Woman (Like the One I've Got) (1973). In 1986, Stubbs provided the voice for "Audrey II," the man-eating plant, in the film Little Shop of Horrors. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Four Tops appeared in Las Vegas over the years. Stubbs is survived by his wife, five children and 11 grandchildren.
Levi Stubbs is the second from the right in the accompanying photo.

Levi Stubbs and The Four Tops

Dee Dee Warwick (circa 1969)

Terrence Flannery, Judge Judy and Michael Feinstein

Dee Dee Warwick, a noted soul singer who won recognition for both her solo work and her performances with her older sister Dionne Warwick, died Saturday. She was 63. Warwick died at a nursing home in Essex County. She had been in failing health in recent months. Dee Dee Warwick had several hits on the soul and R&B charts in the 1960s and 70s, including Foolish Fool, She Didn't Know (She Kept on Talking), and a version of I'm Gonna Make You Love Me, that was later covered by Diana Ross and The Supremes. Warwick also was a two-time Grammy Award nominee and sang backup for Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and others before starting her solo career. A member of a musical family, Warwick was the niece of noted gospel singer Cissy Houston and a cousin of pop star Whitney Houston. Born in Newark, Warwick was a teenager when she began singing with her older sister in the late 1950s. The two performed as The Gospelaires and collaborated and sang with the Drinkard Singers, a long-running gospel group that also featured some of the Warwicks' aunts and uncles and was managed by their mother.

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Last Friday, on October 17th, pianist/singer Michael Feinstein and his partner of 11 years, Terrence Flannery, were married at their Los Angeles estate by TV's Judge Judy Scheindlin and Gabriel Ferrer (the son of Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney). Among the 100+ attendees at the ceremony were Warren Beatty; Annette Bening; Alan and Marilyn Bergman; Mrs. Gabriel Ferrer, Debby Boone; the former Mrs. Johnny Carson, Joanna Carson; Gary Collins; Joan Collins (who is not related to the aforementioned Gary); Florence Henderson; Anne Jeffreys; Michele Lee; Lorna Luft; Ginny Mancini (widow of Henry Mancini); Barry Manilow; Tony Martin; Nolan Miller; Liza Minnelli; Freda Payne; David Hyde Pierce; Stefanie Powers; Doris Roberts; Barbara Walters; Paul Williams and Henry Winkler. There was a special performances by Minnelli and Manilow in honor of the couple's special day. In spite of the much opposed Proposition 8, the initiative measure currently on the 2008 California General Election ballot entitled 'Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry,' the couple firmly believes that their blessed union will be legally recognized as long as they both shall live. Michael Feinstein, best known as the ambassador of the American Song book, began his career at the age of 20 when he was introduced to the great lyricist, Ira Gershwin, by the widow of the legendary concert pianist-actor, Oscar Levant. Feinstein became Gershwin's assistant for six years, archiving the extensive Gershwin works and gaining unprecedented access to numerous unpublished Gershwin songs, which he has since performed and recorded. Discovered by Liza Minnelli, Michael's career took off after his Broadway show, Isn't It Romantic, which opened in 1986. Through his live performances, recordings, film and TV appearances, and his song writing (in collaboration with the Bergmans, Lindy Robbins and Carol Bayer Sager, who was married to the above mentioned Burt Bacharach from 1982-1991), Feinstein has become one of the premiere interpreters of American popular song. Last month, he released his 24th album, The Sinatra Project, a tribute to "The Chairman of the Board" himself, Frank Sinatra.

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Happy birthday wishes to our Scorpio celebrants, including Chris Hudson, Greg Smith, John Wertz, Roseanne Barr, Elliot Ames, Rick Smith, Charlette Krane, Kid Cary, Frank Marino and Don Hill. And anniversary greetings to Ron and Nancy Lee Andrews, and Clint and Kelly Clinton Holmes (who are celebrating their first as Mr. and Mrs.).

Kelly Clinton Holmes & Clint Holmes

Kenny Kerr

Phillip Officer

And speaking of birthdays...Entertainer Laurence T is celebrating his with two, count them, TWO, parties. On Tuesday, October 28th, his actual birthday, party No. 1 will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. in The Orleans Mix & Mingle Lounge. Party No. 2 (also referred to as an "After Party Party") happens from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Tom Peter's Gaming Bar, located at 465 S. Decatur (at Alta behind McDonalds). There is no admission charge. Mr. T reminds readers that he and his band host a 5 to 9 p.m. fish fry and jam session at Tom Peter's, on Fridays.

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The Palm Springs club, Copy Kats (previously known as Atlas)), closed on Monday, October 13th (13 being an unlucky number for former employees of the establishment). No notice was given to the staff, some who are owed back wages. One of the victims of the sudden closing is longtime Las Vegas entertainer, Kenny Kerr, who had been performing at the club for almost two years. You cant keep a good man down...even if he's wearing a gown and high heels. Look for the clever, caustic comic/female impersonator to do his one-man/woman show, Kenny Kerr Uncensored, at 10 p.m. on two Fridays in November - the 7th and the 21st - at that Italian joint on Las Vegas Blvd. South. If we weren't boycotting the place, both in print and in person, we would surely attend the late night show. Since we don't patronize the place anymore - due to extremely poor customer (non) relations - we will wait for Kenny, the star of the long-running Boy-Lesque, to show up at another, more user-friendly establishment. In the meantime, for those that haven't had an unpleasant experience at the bistro, go, enjoy yourself and tell Kenny that Cousin Claire sent you.

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The 2008 Mabel Mercer Foundation's New York Cabaret Convention (now in its 19th year) takes place from Wednesday, October 29th to Saturday, November 1st, at the Frederick P. Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, produced by Donald Smith.
The opening Wednesday night gala, beginning at 6 p.m., features powerhouse cabaret performers Karen Akers, Adam Alexander, Judy Butterfield, Jason Graae, Karen Mason, Phillip Officer (who now makes his home in Las Vegas), Paula West, and additional surprise guests. Making their auspicious NY Cabaret Convention debuts on opening night are Matt Cavenaugh, Shelley MacArthur, and Gregory Moore. The Julie Wilson Award will be presented to Judy Butterfield, and The Dorothy Loudon Foundation Award will go to Gregory Moore. On Thursday, the 30th, its Hats Off to Liz Smith! night. Beginning at 6, the cabaret world cheers Liz Smith, as they celebrate the famed syndicated columnist who has championed this vital and exciting world of song. Performing will be Klea Blackhurst, Ann Hampton Callaway, Christine Ebersole, Jeff Harnar, Marilyn Maye, Sidney Myer, Catherine Russell, Jennifer Sheehan, Tommy Tune, and additional surprise guests.
Daniel Reichard will make his NY Cabaret Convention debut.
On Friday, starting at 6 p.m., We Hear America Singing, a glorious roster of some of the best performers in cabaret salute the great American Songbook. Nancy Anderson, Barbara Brussell, Eric Comstock, Tony De Sare, Barbara Fasano, Mary Cleere Haran, Justin Hayford, Steven Lutvak, Craig Rubano, Stacy Sullivan, Lumiri Tubo, and Julie Wilson. Tony DeSare will be presented with The Dick Gallagher Award.
On closing night, November 1st, A Lovely Way to Spend An Evening will feature some of the greatest songs ever written. They will be sung by Barbara Carroll, Mary Foster Conklin, Baby Jane Dexter, former Las Vegan Eric Michael Gillett, Todd Murray, Karen Oberlin, Julie Reyburn, K T Sullivan, and making their Cabaret Convention debut, Barb Jungr, Steve Santoro, and Olivia Stevens. KT Sullivan, who has appeared with Mark Nadler at the Charleston Heights Arts Center a number of times, will be presented with The Mabel Mercer Award. Of course, all artists are subject to availability (as in, if they get a paying gig...).
Box Office is at Broadway at 60th Street (Ground Floor), and is open Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or 30 minutes past curtain), and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m. (or 30 minutes past curtain). To order by phone, call CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500.

And speaking of Mark Nader, he is currently performing (through November 16th) his Broadway bound Russian on the Side at the Marines Memorial Theatre at 609 Sutter Street in San Francisco. The show is written and performed by Mark Nadler and directed by Mark Waldrop. Last Monday, Mark appeared on the TV show, View From the Bay, where he joined the hosts to prepare his own creation, Salmon a la Russian (on the Side). If you don't live in the Bay Area, you can see the segment by logging on to the site at If you are in Northern California, and want to see the amazing Mr. Nadler REALLY cook, go see his show that irreverently explores the lives, loves and legacy of the world's great composers, with songs from Gershwin, Berlin, Sondheim and others. Russian on the Side is a laugh out loud look at who got to live forever....and who didn't. Stephen Holden, of The New York Times, describes Mark as "A comic spark plug touched with brilliance!" Performances are Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 and 7 p.m. On Saturday, November 8th, the evening performance will be at 9 p.m. Tickets are $39 and $49 and are available through

Mark Nadler

Liz Larsen

George Wallace

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And if you are in or around New York...
Producer Sharon Carr is over the moon, as one of her many projects, Glimpses of the Moon, a new Jazz Age musical based on Edith Wharton's 1922 novel, returns to the Oak Room by popular demand. Glimpses of the Moon delighted theatre audiences and reviewers last winter and is back for a long-term engagement. In January, when the original musical first played the famed Oak Room, the critics hailed Glimpses of the Moon, describing it as "One of the best new musicals I've seen in ages...A well-crafted, witty musical comedy...a sparkling valentine to the Jazz Age. The cast of six is flawless, all singing and acting to perfection. Composer John Mercurio captures the jazzy-flair of the 1920's...glorious music...well-suited to book-writer Levis' marvelously clever lyrics." Duncan Pflaster, BroadwayWorld; "Clever and intelligent...a droll comedy...creative and very funny...A novel way to fill winter Monday nights." Steven Suskin, Variety; "Glimpses of the Moon has already bested most of the current crop of musicals for civilized entertainment." Michael Dale, Showtime!; "I loved it...a dizzy delight of a musical.. a champagne flute of sparkling songs!" Bixby Elliot, Yahoo's Broadway Blog; "Glimpses of the Moon is delightful!" Eugene Paul, TheatreScene; "Exploding with charm and infectious evening of classy, frothy entertainment... Glimpses of the Moon offers a whiff of honesty that takes musical theater back where it belongs." Amy Krivohlavek, OffOffOnline. With plenty of friends, but little money, Susy Branch and her friend Nick Lansing devise a clever scheme to live beyond their means. They'll marry and live off the wedding gifts, while they help one another trade up to suitable millionaires. The plan works perfectly - until they fall in love. Glimpses of the Moon features Jane Blass, Autumn Hurlbert (the MTV runner-up for "Elle" in Legally Blonde, who actually has played the lead and other roles in the show on Broadway in the past few months), Laura Jordan, Daren Kelly, Chris Peluso (who is currently playing "Sky" in the Broadway version of Mamma Mia!), and Glenn Peters, with Russell Arden Kaplin and Matt Lutz. Special guest stars will play roles over the weeks, with Liz Larsen on October 27th, and Tamara Tuni on November 3rd and 10th. Additional performers will be announced. Tajlei Levis and John Mercurio wrote this new musical. Lisa Zinni, associate costume designer for Rent, created a look, which instantly evokes the Jazz Age world of the wealthy. It wouldn't be a musical without dancing. Choreography is by Denis Jones (Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels). There is no stage, yet scenic consultant, Ted leFevre (Country Girl, Rock 'n' Roll, Grease, Coram Boy, Sweeney Todd) has created a deceptively simple scheme which transforms the Oak Room into eight different locations over the course of the show. Glimpses of the Moon features lighting by Jim Milke (Grease). Start the evening at 6 p.m. with an elegant dinner or cocktails before the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $65 plus a $30 food and beverage minimum. (A prix fixe dinner is available for $60.) Glimpses of the Moon plays every Monday at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6 and seating is general admission. Final seating for dinner service is at 6:30. Doors close at 7:30 and there will be no late seating. Tickets are available by calling (866) 468-7619 or online at The Oak Room is located in the Algonquin Hotel, at 59 West 44th Street.

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George Wallace, headliner of "Las Vegas' Best 10 p.m. Show," is offering one complimentary ticket for his show to all patrons who present an "I Voted" sticker at the Flamingo box office. Early voters may redeem their "I Voted" sticker for a George Wallace show ticket any time between now and November 11th. This offer can't be combined with any other offer, and the "I Voted" sticker must be surrendered upon receiving the complimentary show ticket. Wallace is in his fifth year as a headliner at the Flamingo Las Vegas and has packed the showroom every night with thousands of laughing fans. Known best for his "Yo Mama" jokes and his infamous "I Be Thinkin'" lines, Wallace creates a one-on-one atmosphere with his audiences, including them in the show and giving away a multitude of prizes during each performance. George Wallace performs at 10 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday at The Flamingo Hotel & Casino. All ages are welcome. For ticket information please call (702) 733-3333. We be thinking' that this is a dandy thing for Mr. Wallace to do. Anything that will encourage folks to get out and vote is a very good thing to do.

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