Claire Voyant's Las Vegas Gossip Column

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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from December 05, 2008
You can find the current column HERE

Las Vegas - December 5, 2008

Kristen, Shea & Dana Satterwhite

Mark Kalin & Jinger Leigh

Ed Alonzo

It's a beautiful baby girl for Kristen Hertzenberg Satterwhite (Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular) and her husband, Dana Satterwhite. The newcomer, Shea Mitchell Satterwhite, was two days late for Thanksgiving, entering this world on Saturday afternoon and weighing in at 6 lbs. 12 oz. We doubt that any Christmas package that the Satterwhites might get this month will generate as much joy as the one that they received on November 29th. Congratulations to all.

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While Rosie O'Donnell was debuting her new NBC variety show, Rosie Live, the night before Thanksgiving, at the very same time, Neil Patrick Harris was hosting The 2008 World Magic Awards on another channel. Although this didn't appear to be a big budget production, it was leaps and bounds better than the turkey that Rosie served up for her foray into primetime. One thing that both shows had in common was a number of Southern Nevada-associated guests. Former Las Vegas Academy of International Studies Performing & Visual Arts student, recording artist Ne-Yo (real name Shaffer Smith) was one of Rosie's guests, as were occasional Las Vegas acts, Liza Minnelli and Kathy Griffin.

And speaking of upcoming R&B star Ne-Yo, his latest album, Year of the Gentleman, recently earned the former Las Vegan Grammy Award nominations for Album of the Year and Best Contemporary R&B album, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the single Closer, and Best R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song for Miss Independent. Ne-Yo, 26, wasn't the only Vegas musician up for a Grammy. Panic at the Disco, a Las Vegas group, is also nominated for a Grammy. The award show will take place in Los Angeles on February 8th and will be broadcast live on CBS.

As for the World Magic Awards, many magicians associated with Las Vegas had TV face time. Among those honored and/or performing on the special were Hans Klok (late of Planet Hollywood), Lance Burton (Monte Carlo), Jeff McBride (recently performing at Palace Station), Amazing Johnathan (Harmon Theater at Krave), and Dan Sperry (most recently at the Greek Isles in Dick Feeney's World's Greatest Magic Show). Also appearing on the show were Franz Harary, Greg Gleason, Mark Kalin and Jinger Leigh, Florian Zimmer, Kirby and Bambi Van Burch (Kirby was a onetime Las Vegan, who now lives and works in Branson.), Kyle Eschen, Sos & Victoria and Topas & Roxanne. It was also nice to see old friend Ed Alonzo, who used to perform in Las Vegas, on the 2008 World Magic Awards.

And speaking of Rosie O'Donnell, her show was supposed to be a "pilot" for a weekly variety series for 2009. One has to wonder what on earth NBC decision-makers were thinking when they agreed to this idea. The smartest thing they did was to dump the show after only one episode. Rosie Live is now dead in the water following its debut the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving. New York's Little Shubert Theater will probably have to be fumigated after this stinker. And what's the story with David Friedman, best known as a film and theater composer and lyricist (Listen To My Heart, We Can Be Kind, I'll Be Hear With You, If You Love Me, Please Don't Feed Me, My Simple Wish and We Live On Borrowed Time among others)? How did the talented Mr. Friedman wind up as co-Executive Producer, with O'Donnell, on this mess of a television special/pilot? Only five million people were even interested enough in Rosie and/or variety to tune in to the show. Even worse than the pitifully small number of viewers, were the abysmal reviews. We have to wonder what comes next for Rosie.

As for the New York-based Mr. Friedman, he was the conductor of scores for Disney's animated features, including Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He also worked on the Broadway musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He was also music supervisor for the Broadway version of Song and Dance. In September, Family Promise presented an all-star cast singing Friedman's revue, Listen to My Heart: The Songs of David Friedman, at the Community Lutheran Church in Las Vegas.

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On a more positive TV viewing note...This year, the Kennedy Center Honors will pay tribute to Barbra Streisand, actor Morgan Freeman, singer George Jones, choreographer Twyla Tharp, and musicians Pete Townshend and Roger Daltry of The Who, on December 7th. Among those scheduled to honor Streisand, are Queen Latifah, Ne-Yo (he's everywhere), and Beyonce Knowles, who will sing The Way We Were. The special, always a winner, will air on CBS, December 30th.

Barbra Streisand

Wes Winters

Spencer Baker

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It's hard to believe that December is already here. How the years fly by...especially once you pass 50! Anyway, holiday entertainment is popping up all around our city (and other cities as well). Here are some of the upcoming events in Las Vegas...

At 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 7th, the Performing Arts Society of Nevada Brown Bag Concerts will present their Holiday Celebration concert at the Clark County Library Theater, 1401 E. Flamingo. Holiday Celebration is PASNV's annual tribute to the joys of the season. Artists from Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, Jubilee!, and a number of other Las Vegas productions, will donate their talents for this special event. The lineup of entertainers runs the gamut from "A" (Domenick Allen) to "Z" (Lloyd Ziel), with Bert Anderson, Tony Arias, Laurie Caceres, Cayleigh Capaldi, Dolly Coulter, Phillip Fortenberry, Thomas Gallagher, Lou Garcia, Randy Hendrickson, Jim Hodge, Cyndi-Lee Mack, Harold Meeker, Gary Oakes, Randall Patterson, Nicole Pryor, Tim Searcy, Joan and Laurence Sobel, Lenny Talarico, Tina Walsh, Wes Winters, and Kelli Wright filling in between. Accompanying the vocalists on piano will be Greg Bosler. The holiday program will include T'was the Night Before Christmas (Gallagher), Daddy's Little Girl/Toyland/Ordinary Miracle (Allen and Capaldi), Frosty the Snowman (Anderson), It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Wright), Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (piano solo by Meeker), It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (Mack), Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow (Talarico), Silver Bells (Oakes and Garcia), Count Your Blessings (Walsh), The Christmas Waltz (Searcy), Silent Night (Ziel), Holiday Arrangement (piano solo by Fortenberry), It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Arias), I'll Be Home For Christmas (Hendrickson), Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Pryor), Oh Holy Night (Coulter), The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) (Hodge), No Place Like Home For The Holidays (Caceres), Winter Wonderland (Patterson), Ave Maria (the Sobels), White Christmas (Arias and Lloyd Ziel), and a holiday piano medley (Winters). Join these wonderful purveyors of joy and reminisce with the PASNV. As December 7th marks the 67th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, there will be a brief acknowledgement of that historical day. Tickets for Holiday Celebration are $15 per person. For further information or to make 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, beginning at 1 p.m. the day of the show. The performance begins at 2 p.m., with doors opening for the unreserved seating at 1:30.

And speaking of Wes Winters, his five Winters Wonderland luncheon shows at Carluccio's (December 2nd, 9th, 16th, 17th and 18th) sold out almost as soon as they were announced. Winters travels to Denver to do a December 3rd Christmas Show at The Boulder Theater, before coming right back to Vegas for the rest of the Carluccio's gig. If you were shut out of the luncheon shows, don't despair. The talented pianist/entertainer will be performing his Musical Tribute to Liberace shows at 7:30 p.m. in the showroom at the Suncoast on January 16th, 17th and 18th. In addition, Wes has some pretty terrific things coming up over the next few months. We will keep his fans posted as the dates are confirmed.

Also on December 7th, but at NIGHT (which means you can do both if you are anywhere near the 89101 zip code), the Mountain View Presbyterian Church Concert Series Presents Spencer Baker at the piano. Last month's concert series featured an all Brahms program presented by Philip Fortenberry. It was very well received. Last year, Spencer performed
the Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Concert at Mountain View. On Sunday, Baker will be joined by The New Las Vegas Men's Choir (formerly the Las Vegas Gay Men's Chorus), directed by Greg Davis. Soloists Lance Taubold, Shannon Cangey, Shelley Martinsen, and Dan Frank, from the Nevada Opera Theater, along with two of Mr. Baker's students, Lacey-Rose Bruce and Michelle Barszcz, will also participate. The program will include Holiday Music (Hebrew, Carols, and Secular), Solo Classical Piano, an American Music Tribute in honor of Pearl Harbor Day, and the Full Length Solo piano version of Gershwin's beautiful Rhapsody In Blue. Tickets are only $15 for the concert AND Christmas dinner. For the concert without dinner, the cost is $8. Tickets can be purchased at the church or by calling (702) 341-7800. The church is located at 8601 Del Webb Blvd. in Sun City Summerlin. Baker's newest CD, Standards and Favorites, will be available for sale at $10, before and after the concert.

We have just learned that all of the 170 dinner tickets have been sold, so eat before or after the 7 p.m. concert.

Patricia Welch

Joe Williams by Merryl Jaye

Artie Butler

And on the subject of holiday music comes this recommendation from fellow columnist, Norm Johnson. Johnson directed us to Patricia Welch's new recording, Christmas in Your Eyes, written by Edgar Arens and Johnny Blue Star. You can hear the song by going to Check it out.

And still speaking of music, and another event taking place on Sunday (so many decisions, so little time)...A celebration, in honor of what would have been the late jazz great Joe Williams' 90th birthday, will be held in the 300-seat Summerlin Library Performing Arts Center, 1771 Inner Circle Drive. Presented by the Las Vegas jazz Society, music will be provided by the Vince Falcone Quartet, featuring Falcone on piano, bassist Chris Gordon, drummer Tim Pratt, and guitarist Joe Lano. For those that don't know, Falcone was Franks Sinatra's longtime pianist/arranger. Marlena Shaw, Ronnie Rose and The Cunninghams will supply the vocals.
General admission tickets for the 2 p.m. concert are priced at $20. Seniors and Las Vegas Jazz Society and Guitar Society members, are admitted for $15. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Joe Williams Foundation. Prior to his death on March 29, 1999, Joe Williams, his wife Jillean, and some of his closest friends and collaborators, created the foundation. Its aim is to provide support for music and musicians, especially those in jazz, and to create career opportunities for deserving young talent. In 1989, Dr. Tom Ferguson, of the College of Southern Nevada's (then known as Community College of Southern Nevada) music program, contacted Joe Williams about doing a benefit concert for the establishment of a scholarship fund in his name. Not only did Joe accept the invitation, but he also donated a sizeable sum to get the fund off the ground. In the years following, the annual scholarship fundraiser became an anticipated gala event in the Las Vegas area. Many great talents, including Pete Barbutti, Carl Fontana, The Four Freshmen, Gary Marshal and Ms. Shaw, donated their time and talent to help the fund grow. In 1994, the college opened its new Performing Arts Center, and the Joe Williams Music Scholarship Fundraiser featured its namesake in a grand opening concert. The concert featured a 40-piece studio orchestra, and Joe sang songs from his wonderful Here's to Life CD. The concert was such a hit, Joe vowed to return each year to sing for the occasion. He stayed true to his promise until his death in 1999. No one will ever replace Joe, but the outstanding fundraising concerts continue in his honor. The annual concerts have become much more than a scholarship fundraiser; they have grown into an opportunity for the entire community to remember the great Joe Williams. In more recent years, the late Ruth Brown and Robert Goulet, Bill Acosta, Bob Anderson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Artie Butler, The Cunninghams, Victor Fields, Buddy Greco, Clint Holmes, Jack Jones, Barbara Morrison, Cork Proctor, Frankie Randall, Roz Ryan, Jimmy Wilkins and others have contributed their talent to the cause. Since 1989, the Joe Williams Music Scholarship Fund has raised well over $150,000. The music program has grown from about 300 students to more than 2,700. The Fund helps 30 to 50 music students each semester, with the level of assistance based on musical ability and financial need. Jazz students at CSN have the opportunity to study with many of Las Vegas' finest musicians, and to practice and perform in outstanding ensembles. The jazz program features two big bands, a jazz vocal ensemble, and several combos, many of which have been in existence for more than 20 years. Many of Las Vegas' finest musicians have directed these bands and combos over the years, including Walt Blanton, Walt Boenig, Matt Carr, Ferguson, Dick McGee, Jack Montrose, Herbie Phillips, Tom Snelson, Matt Taylor and Mark Wherry. Tickets for the Joe Williams 90th birthday celebration may be purchased at the Summerlin Library, beginning at 11 a.m. on the day of the performance. Seating is limited, and a sellout is anticipated. For additional information, call (702) 507-3860.
On an interesting note, blues singer Joe Williams shared the same December 12th birth date as blue eyed Frank Sinatra, with Frank born in 1915, and Joe born in 1918.

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Billy Joel

Neil Diamond

Britney Spears

If your sweetie is a Billy Joel fan, you might want to get tickets for his upcoming Vegas concert. Tickets are now on sale for The Piano Man, who comes into the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, February 14th (that's Valentine's Day, well as columnist Norm Johnson's birthday). Since his return to the stage in 2006, more than one million people have seen Billy Joel in peak form, delivering more than two hours of hits at each performance. Tickets are $183.75, $131.25, $78.75 Inclusive of LET (plus $8 handling fee) and are available at the MGM, ticketmaster, through, or by calling (702) 474-4000. And don't forget, it's Neil Diamond at the MGM on January 2nd, and Britney Spears there on April 25th.

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Obviously Gerry McCambridge is doing something right over at Hooters. Since he opened at the East Tropicana hotel/casino in June of last year, The Mentalist's shows have grown from a two night a week schedule to seven nights a week! Through January 4th, McCambridge will be performing TWO shows a night, one at 7 and the other at 9 p.m., seven nights a week. Since moving to Southern Nevada three years ago, Gerry has chalked up more than 650 Las Vegas performances. Prior to moving to Hooters, McCambridge was a headliner at the legendary Stardust until the casino closed two years ago. Gerry then started performing at Hooters Casino Hotel in June of 2007, filling in two nights a week when comic Bobby Slayton's show was dark. Due to overwhelming ticket demand, Hooters added a third, fourth, fifth, and eventually sixth night to Gerry's performing schedule, making him a full-time headliner in the Hooters Casino Hotel Night Owl Showroom. In addition to competing on NBC's reality show, Phenomenon, in 2004, McCambridge had his own special, The Mentalist on NBC (the show continues to air around the world), and has appeared on countless talk/variety shows, including Late Night With David Letterman, the Today show, and The Best Damn Sports Show Period. In 2005, McCambridge was awarded Mentalist of the Year by the Psychic Entertainers Association. The same year, Gerry was also voted Best Lounge Act in a Las Vegas Review-Journal readers' poll. In 2007, Gerry was nominated as Best Magician in Las Vegas by the R-J's readers. In 2008, he won the prestigious Merlin award for Mentalist of the Decade from the International Magicians Society.

And on the subject of Gerry McCambridge, the much talked about magician Criss Angel, and his latest main-squeeze, Hugh Hefner's ex, Holly Madison, recently made a surprise visit to Hooters to take in The Mentalists' show. (It was Holly's first time watching Gerry at work, but Criss co-starred with Gerry as a judge on the TV show Phenomenon.) In his show's finale, Gerry invited a couple on stage to assist him. Said Gerry, "A fan of my show at Hooters and my TV show had asked me if he could propose to his girlfriend during my show. I tricked her into "volunteering," and when they were both up there to help in my lottery routine, I told her that before I predicted the winning numbers, I sensed the man wanted to say something special to her. "He turned to his girlfriend, dropped to one knee and proposed in front of the sold-out crowd. Fortunately, she accepted, and then they both started crying and hugging. McCambridge told the audience it was a very special night, not only because of the proposal, but because Criss and Holly were in the audience. Gerry then invited the twosome up on stage to join the newly engaged couple. Criss made a joke and asked them if they'd proposed because of my mind tricks. The entire audience yelled out 'Congratulations' to the two loving couples. Gerry couldn't resist asking them if anyone else wanted to propose to their lady on the special night. That started people immediately wondering if Criss and Holly would be next! Only The Mentalist knows if that will happen!

Gerry McCambridge

Lorrie Morgan

Oscar De La Hoya & Manny Pacquiao

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The cowboys are in town for the National Finals Rodeo through the 13th, so there is plenty of country western entertainment in the city. Lorrie Morgan will perform at the Casablanca Room inside Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel on Saturday, December 13th at 8 p.m. Morgan is one of country music's most popular and successful female artists, having charted more than a dozen Top 10 hits including Five Minutes, What Part of No, and I Didn't Know My Own Strength, which all landed at No. 1. As the daughter of Grand Ole Opry star George Morgan, Lorrie spent many nights backstage at the Opry and made her debut there at the age of 13. By 21, she was opening shows for award-winning country singer George Jones. In 1989, Morgan topped the U.S. country charts with the hit single, Trainwreck of Emotion. Since then, she has charted more than 25 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and tracks charts. Other hits include Out of Your Shoes, Watch Me, Something in Red and Except for Monday. She has also recorded more than 15 studio albums. Morgan has earned nine industry awards including four wins as Female Vocalist of the Year. She has made countless appearances on major network television shows including The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Good Morning America, among others. Tickets start at $24.95 plus tax and fees and can be purchased at the Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel's ticket sales counter located at the front desk, or by calling (702) 856-5300. One of Cousin Claire's favorite holiday albums is Lorrie Morgan's Merry Christmas from London. We especially love her Blue Snowfall duet with Johnny Mathis, with the two accompanied by the New World Philharmonic.

Among the additional country acts appearing in Las Vegas during the next week are Sawyer Brown (Boulder Station, tonight), Brooks & Dunn (Las Vegas Hilton, tonight and tomorrow), Travis Tritt (Tropicana, tonight and tomorrow), Reba McEntire (Thomas & Mack Center, tomorrow, December 6th), Lee Greenwood (the Orleans, Sunday, December 7th), Ronnie Millsap (Thomas & Mack, December 10th, and Golden Nugget, December 9th and 10th), Charlie Daniels (Golden Nugget, December 11th and 12th), and others.

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Songwriter/musician/entertainer David Pomeranz's beautiful love song, Born For You (co-written with Tony-winner, David Zippel), has been featured throughout a month-long promotional campaign leading up to tomorrow night's highly-touted Oscar De La Hoya/Manny Pacquiao Pay-Per-View welterweight battle airing on HBO. See and hear Filipino boxing champ, Pacquiao himself, sing Born For You. The song is one of his favorites!

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A memorial service for the late Bea Fogelman will be held this Sunday, December 7th, in the Nevada Ballroom (second floor) at the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Since her funeral was held so quickly following her death, many of those that knew her did not have the opportunity to pay their final respects. Bea was a major part of the celebrity impersonator and tribute act industry. In addition to forming The Entertainment Network, Bea was involved with organizing and supporting a great many fundraising shows for victims of Hurricane Katrina and other worthy causes, the last being a fundraiser for the VFW that includes a tribute to the USO event which will also take place at the Gold Coast on Sunday. The tribute show will begin at 1 p.m. and is scheduled to end at 5. The memorial for Fogelman will follow and is expected to last for an hour. Everyone is invited to attend the tribute to the USO show at a cost of $15. Tickets will be available at the door. Monies will benefit the VFW and support many worthy causes, including the Veterans day parade. For those who do not or can not attend the USO tribute show, but do want to attend the memorial, there is no charge. Anyone arriving after 4:30 p.m., will be admitted at no cost. For information about the Tribute to the USO show, contact Fern Jennings at (702) 737-6664 or (702) 375-5155.

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In our November 7th column, we warned unsuspecting musicians and customers about the underhanded business practices going on at Caylix Jazz Supper Club (formerly the site of Café Nicole and Kiss). We are printing it again, in case you missed it and so the response from the club's owner will make sense (although it really doesn't). Here goes, chapter-by-chapter...
Don Hill's 87th birthday party turned out great, in spite of the unbelievably poor business tactics used by the owner of the site of the celebration, the six month old Caylix Jazz Supper Club (formerly Café Nicole) on West Sahara. About 100 of Don's personal friends and fellow musicians turned out to honor the half-century long, saxophone-playing member of the Treniers, last Saturday night. Among those in attendance to toast and roast Hill (some also performed), were 91-year-young Prince Spencer of the famous dancing Step Brothers, and his daughter Holly; Skip Trenier and "Cousin" Harry Walker, both former members of the famed Treniers show band; the multi-talented husband and wife team of Artie Schroeck and Linda November; trombonists Jimmy Wilkins (Count Basie and Clark Terry) and Brian O'Shea; musician/artist Gene Redden; entertainer Paul Stubblefield; drummer Joe Locatelli; and comics Peter Anthony and Cork Proctor. The big negative aspect of the evening was Regina Edwards, the owner of Caylix. Edwards created plenty of bad-will, doing everything she could come up with to financially take advantage of the group. The hostess/party giver, Jeanne Brei, was required to put up a $500 deposit, from which money spent on drinks by the party attendees would be deducted. Edwards was going to get $500 in bar business any way that she could. In a display of greed and gall, this woman did not deduct or credit the sales of the overpriced soft drinks, coffee or bottled water (at $3 a bottle) toward the $500 deposit/ guarantee. Brei paid the Speakeasy Swingers - Charlie Shaffer on piano, Merv Harding on trumpet, Bob Scann on trombone, Bruce Harper on drums (those would be, as it turned out, the rented-for-the-night drums), and Roy Shain (filling in for absent Ty Lemley) on bass - who not only entertained the expected party guests, but the handful of Caylix customers as well...all at no cost to the club owner. Although Brei was told that she did not need to have her musicians bring their own drum set, as there were drums at the club that could be used, Ms. Edwards added $50 to the group's bill for the use of those drums. We were also told that, although the hostess brought the birthday cake to the party, there may have been an attempt to charge a $15 "cake cutting fee" (our words, not theirs) for the use of a knife and dessert plates. From what we understand, there is very little chance that those who attended Mr. Hill's celebration will be returning to Caylix in the future. It is our suggestion that potential customers send a strong message to the proprietors of this establishment by spending their hard-earned dollars someplace else - someplace where they are appreciated and welcome, and not being ripped off and taken advantage of. With the recent/unexpected closing of Bugsy's (where Don Hill's birthday party was originally scheduled to be held), Sonny's on South Grand Canyon Drive, both Louis's Fish Camp and Louis's Las Vegas (owned by Louis and Marleen Osteen) at the Town Center Mall, one would think that people in the hospitality business would be doing everything that they could to attract and KEEP customers. It seems that Regina Edwards knows very little about hospitality. We won't be surprised, if within a few months, we learn that this establishment has an Out of Business sign on their front door. Yesterday, while telling the tale of Caylix to a local friend, we learned that six to eight weeks before the place opened, the owner hired a group of musicians to play at the club on Tuesdays. When they showed up for their first night of work, they were totally ignored for about half-an-hour before finally being acknowledged by an unknown employee. They were told that since the owner wasn't present, they wouldn't be playing that night, at which point they left the place. Needless to say, they never returned. Although the musicians did not want to be named in this article, they did say that, if needed, they would verify this story.

We received this e-mail from the owner of Caylix on November 27th. We are leaving her poor spelling, punctuation and grammar exactly as she wrote it...
Claire, or whatever your name is, my name is Regina Edwards the owner of Caylix, let me start out by saying you are a lier, you have slander my business with lies and I will be sueing you for it. I also spoke to Jeanne Brei today about what you written about my business and she stated she never said any of this. Let me tell you the truth about the story, you can hear it now or in court. Jeanne called me one week before the date of Don Hill birthday, she asked to rent my place for his party, they had absolutly no money that they wanted to spend, she stated it was free at Bugsy's and it should be free at my upscale beautiful restaurant. I met with Mr Hill and his wife, they were a beautiful couple so I decided to allow them to have it there without charging them. The only thing that I asked Jeanne to do was to do a bar gaurntee of $500.00 which $350.00 was returned to her that same night, I have proof of that payment. Their band did not want to bring all of their music equipment in my club for two hours, so they asked the band leader of the band that was playing that same night if they could use his keyboard, and he said no, but he did say yes to the drums with a $100.00 fee, this was for the drummer to come in early and set up the microphones the drums, and the sound. How can I ask that man to do this for free. He told Jeanne the price, she agreed, I even paid half of it for her so that she would be happy. I bent over backwards for this party, and maybe Bugsy's and Sonny's went out of business because they dealt with customers like this. Oh by the way Jeanne told me how you got fired at the News Paper, I can see how, you probably wrote things that was not true about someone else. Just so you know you have 48 hours to remove your lies about Vox and I or we both will see you in court.

We forwarded Edwards e-mail to Brei for her perusal and this was her response...
When I see Regina on Tuesday, I'm going to take this email and ask her if I can get the $350 instead of the $171 for the check that bounced. As for the discrepancies in the story:

  1. Bugsy's closed on Oct. 14 and I started trying to call her by Oct. 15 & 16 & when I finally reached her, she said I had to ask Phil Flowers if I could have an hour of his set (which was supposed to start at 8 p.m.) I called Phil and left a voicemail and when he called back he said no problem -- so this was set up nearly two weeks prior to the gig on Nov. 1.
  2. I told her I didn't have the money to put on a private event (ie, I didn't want to pay to rent a room) which was why I was asking her to just let my band play for two hours on Saturday night - and I would pay them myself. It wasn't going to cost her anything and other than paying the band, it wasn't going to cost me anything. This was fine with her the first time I spoke with her.
  3. When I sent her the press release on Oct. 20 or 21, she replied that she needed a $10 cover and a two drink minimum (per person). I was very surprised since, as you told me, the ads for Caylix (and on their website it still says "No cover from 8:00 to 10:00pm") said 'no cover, no minimum'. I sent Mom and Don and Gloria to speak with her (since I was still in NYC) and she tried to talk them into doing a food buffet that she wanted us to pre-pay for ($15/per person for 40 people minimum). I called her back and AGAIN explained that we didn't want to do a private party/event - that we didn't want to pay for food - if people wanted to order off the menu that was their responsibility. Mom had talked her out of the two drink minimum reminding her that at an 80th birthday party, there would be a lot of elderly people there and it wasn't responsible to have them drinking so much and driving. Regina said if we weren't going to pre-pay for food, then we had to guarantee the bar at least $500. I tried to explain that the REASON we were doing this as a PUBLIC event in a PUBLIC restaurant that would already be open on a Saturday night from 7-9 p.m. was because we didn't want to pay private party expenses - but Regina insisted that if we wanted to play at her club during those two hours, we had to guarantee the bar. Regina wouldn't take a credit card or a check, she insisted on $500 cash that Mom took over to the club on Oct. 27.
  4. On Oct. 30th, when I got back from New York, I went to the club to meet Regina and the following night I took my drummer, Bruce Harper, to check out the sound system/instruments/ etc. Regina was on the phone with Phil Flowers' musicians and I did ask them if we could use their piano. Unfortunately, he said no, so then I asked him if we could pay to rent his piano and he still said no. At NO time did we ASK to use the other musicians drums - WE were asked if we could use Phil Flowers' drummers' drums so that the band changeover at 9 pm would go faster.
  5. On the night of the gig, I arrived at 6 pm and the first words out of Regina's mouth was that the drummer wanted $100 to "rent" his drums. I flatly said no way, I would just call Bruce and have him bring his own drums and they could set up side by side and we wouldn't slow down their setup (since they were still going to have to set up their piano anyway). When I tried to call Bruce, he had already left, so Regina said that she would split the $100 with me and only take $50 to rent the drums. I still said no -- that he would have had to say that the night before and then I would have just told Bruce to bring his drums. Unfortunately, at the end of the night, she just deducted $50 from the money she owed me on the bar guarantee so she got her drum rental money despite my saying no.
  6. At the end of the evening, she informed me that the bar only sold $221.10 (the word alcohol was written next to that amount). I then said that I thought the bar tab was supposed to include waters, sodas, lemonades and coffees too (Cork said the coffee was $6 and the lemonade was $3) but she said no. When I spoke with Mom, she disagreed but we didn't have it in writing so I was just going to take the loss. She then subtracted $279 from $500 and got $221 and then deducted the $50 for drums and then proceeded to write me a check for $171 -- which then promptly bounced. And I incurred a $5 check returned fee as well. When I spoke with Regina, she said to come down on Tuesday (12/2) and she'd make good on the check.
  7. Lastly, I DID NOT say you were fired - Regina called me up and asked how to contact you - I said to just use the email at the bottom of your column. She asked me who you were and I said you are on my press list.
  8. Sidenote: I heard from more than one party attendee that their check was incorrect - Helen told me that her bill had two extra martinis that they hadn't ordered on it as well as a $13 charge for spaghetti that should have only been $3. They had to send the check back TWICE to get both things corrected.

So, the primary difference is that she has "proof of payment" of $350 -- and I can't wait to see her on Tuesday to see if I can actually get $350 -- thanks again for forwarding the email. I'll let you know how it goes on Tuesday.
Not too surprisingly, the check (not for $350, as Ms. Edwards stated, but for $171) was NO GOOD. Edwards set up an appointment to meet Brei at Caylix on Tuesday evening to make good on the money. As we predicted, Ms. Edwards never showed up. From Brei update...
Well, you were right...I called her on Tuesday afternoon at 4 pm like she asked and not only did no one answer the phone, it didn't even go to voicemail -- after about 7 rings, it just disconnected.
Needless to say, the 48 hours have long passed and we have not removed ANYTHING that we said about this establishment, and we have absolutely no intention of doing so.
In fact, the story gets even uglier. It was learned that the money that the drummer supposedly wanted for the use of his drums, went not to him but to Regina Edwards. The owner of the borrowed drum set knew nothing about, and received no money for, allowing Bruce Harper to use his drums. Considering that Caylix had no lettuce for salads, or catsup available for their dining customers on November 1st (in spite of the fact that said the expected almost 100 patrons were charged a $10 cover at the door), and Edwards has yet to make good on Jeanne Brei's check, we have to wonder how this businesswoman would pay her attorney to sue us?

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We just received this bit of interesting news from one of our loyal readers...
Anthony Curtis, of the Las Vegas Advisor, writes, "Believe This or Not - Scuttlebutt on the Two Way Hard Three blog has it that Cirque du Soleil will fold its widely razzed Criss Angel showcase, Believe, and rotate touring Cirque shows through the customized Luxor theater, up to six months at a stretch. Curtis goes on to say, "It's only a rumor but it would put an interesting new wrinkle in Cirque's Vegas presence." We say...HMMMM.

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