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Note: This is a past column from April 17, 2009
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Las Vegas - April 17, 2009

Society of Seven

Here's a news flash...Beginning on May 16th, the Society of Seven will, once again, have a permanent home in Las Vegas. No surprise that some clear thinking property bigwig wisely put this multi-talented group back to work, the only surprise is that it took 13 months to do it. SOS, with Lani Misalucha and Martin Nievera, closed at the Flamingo one year ago (April 13th, to be exact). Why? We don't know. The last time we saw the cast of characters perform at the Strip property, it was on a Tuesday afternoon, and the 700 plus-seat showroom was full. Obviously, SOS has a fan base, as their just completed weekend at the Suncoast was a sell-out. For those three nights, the seven gentlemen - Tony Ruivivar, Bert Sagum, Hoku Low, Wayne Wakai, Vince Mendoza, Mike Laygo and Roy Venturina - were joined by special guest, third season American Idol finalist, Hawaii's own, Jasmine Trias. Next month, the Society of Seven will take over the afternoon spot in the showroom at the Stratosphere, with performances at 3 p.m., Sundays through Wednesdays, and Saturday shows at 1 and 3 p.m. In addition to the seven merry men, SOS will have a lineup of rotating guest stars join them. For the first three months of their upcoming gig, Trias will be featured. Look for one of our personal favorites, the amazing Mr. Nievera, to spend some time on stage with the Society of Seven during their run at the Stratosphere.

As for Lani Misalucha, she joins Earl Turner in a show called Voices, opening in the Shimmer Cabaret at the Las Vegas Hilton on Wednesday, April 22nd.

Martin Nievera

Earl Turner

Brent Barrett & Angela Acosta

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As we mentioned in an earlier column, on Sunday (April 19th) at 2 p.m., Dancing With the Las Vegas Stars will take place in the Rain nightclub at the Palms Casino Resort. Hosted by The Caring Place, and presented by the Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, the dance competition will feature the following celebrities, each representing a specific Las Vegas cancer-related charitable organization: City of Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman, with dance partner Dana Delgado (choreography by Tony Delgado), for the American Cancer Society; World Champion boxer Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, with partner Mandy Kuhn (choreography by Eric Cyr) for The Caring Place; KLUC radio personality Chet Buchanan, with Jennifer Atlas (choreography by Tony Delgado) for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure; Zowie Bowie singer Chris Phillips, with Carrie Cone (choreography by Tony Delgado) for the Candlelighter's Childhood Cancer Foundation; radio personality Steph MacKenzie, with Lupe Martinez (choreographed by Tony Delgado), for the Speedway Children's Charities, and singer/actor Brent Barrett, with Jeanne Bavaro (choreography by Vartan Zakhariants), for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Master magician Lance Burton will serve as the master of ceremonies, while TV host Robin Leach, Channel 13 weatherman Brian Scofield, comedian Louie Anderson, female impersonator Frank Marino, and professional ballroom dancer Tony Delgado, will roast the competitors. Tina Walsh from Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular and Travis Cloer from Jersey Boys will perform while the final votes are tallied. Mrs. Nevada, Tiffany Comstock, will also be on hand as the celebrity hostess. Must be 21 years or over to attend. General Admission tickets are $50 and include the show, appetizers, one drink and gratuity. They may be purchased through Ticketmaster. To vote online (each vote costs $1, use the Web site at Proceeds go directly to the charities, with your votes deciding the winner. First prize is $10,000, second and third are $5,000, and fourth, fifth and sixth are $2,500. All of the prize money will be awarded to the competing charities.

Late breaking news...We have just learned that Broadway star Brent Barrett's professional partner, Jeanne Bavaro, has a clinical fracture of the 10th rib, a relatively common injury of past participants of TV's So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars. At our Friday deadline, Scott Pensivy, of S.P.O.R.T.S physical therapy, had still not been determined whether Bavaro would be healed enough to participate in the dance competition. If it is up to the very determined Ms. Bavaro, she will be on the dance floor come Sunday afternoon, come hell or high water. In the meantime, Barrett, the original star of Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, performs in a sold-out concert in Annapolis, Maryland, tonight. He returns here on Saturday, one day before the fundraising event at the Palms. There is a dress rehearsal planned, with Jeanne's daughter, pro dancer Angela Acosta (Angela's father is well-known singer/impressionist, Bill Acosta), stepping in for her injured mother. Fortunately for Barrett, Jeanne and Angela have similar dance styles (thanks to the coaching of Vartan Zakhariants, owner/operator of the VZ Ballroom). There are even talks of choreographing the two women in and out of the number leaving the lifts and tricks to Angela. Says Bavaro, "This is really about raising money for six local cancer charities and not about the dance ability or technique. Opportunities like these are rare. All the other pros are currently working as ballroom teachers and dance daily. I'm kind of the ‘used to be‘ pro, so for me, I cannot remember when I have had so much fun and wanted anything so badly. I've been behind the curtain for the past 20 years. This was my chance to be in the spotlight and do what I've loved all my life." Your prayers and votes are officially hereby solicited. Please vote for Brent Barrett and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society!" Jeanne can be reached at (702) 336-8471, or Executive Director, Sylvia Wolf, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at (702) 540-5455. Photo of Brent Barrett and Angela Acosta by Brad Zucroff

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Next Thursday, April 23rd, in the Liberace Museum's Cabaret Showroom, the Las Vegas Composer's Showcase will celebrate its third anniversary! We are sure that when Keith Thompson (currently musical director for Jersey Boys at The Palazzo) and Michael Brennan (musical director for Le Reve at Wynn Las Vegas) held the first showcase at Suede nightclub on Paradise Road in April of 2006, they never anticipated how popular the monthly late night (performances start at 10:30) musical program would become. This proves the old adage, "How time flies when you're having fun." The showcases are more than just fun (although they certainly are that), they are inspirational and educational. It is amazing to see (and hear) just how much hidden talent there is in this community. On Thursday, songs written by local composers The Apple Sisters, Erich Bergen, Michael Brennan, Vita Corimbi, Rylan Leo Helmuth, Christopher Lash, Richard Oberacker, Rebecca Ramsey and Keith Thompson will be presented. They will be performed by Travis Cloer, Kimmie Gatewood, Christine Hudman, Rebekka Johnson, Greg Kata, Sarah Lowe, Joan Sobel, Ali Spuck and other special guests. Instrumentation will be provided by the amazing Jim Belk, Patricia Diaz, Keith Hubacher, Don Meoli, Tyler Williams and Drew Zingg, with sound is handled by Mary McFadden. There is a $5 cover charge at the door (free with show or student ID), a cash bar (no credit cards, please), and a $5 hors d'oeuvres buffet, provided by Carluccio's Restaurant and the Liberace Museum. The mission of the Liberace Foundation is to help talented students pursue careers in the performing and creative arts through scholarship assistance. The Liberace Cabaret Showroom is located inside the now 30-year-old museum, at 1775 E. Tropicana at Spencer, next door to Carluccio's Tivoli Gardens Restaurant. Happy anniversary, to both the Liberace Museum and the Composers Showcase!

Joan Sobel

Chris Morris & Philip Fortenberry

And speaking of the Liberace Museum, we were back there on Tuesday afternoon to, once again, see and hear the wonderful pianist, Philip Fortenberry, do his Liberace & Me performance (show times are at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, through the end of June). This particular afternoon had a special guest in the audience. The Las Vegas Sun's amazingly talented, not to mention award-winning, Art Director, Chris Morris, was seeing Fortenberry for the first time. At least it was his first time seeing him perform. Last October, Morris' caricature drawing of Philip Fortenberry was utilized in conjunction with a Jerry Fink story printed in the Sun. Morris used photographs to capture the likeness and personality of Fortenberry, a man he had never met until this week. Philip loved the likeness! The first time, face-to-face meeting of the two gentlemen was a site to see...two fine artists, of different but similar genres, connecting. After watching his show, Chris presented Philip with an autographed copy of the enlarged drawing, while Philip happily personalized a copy of one of his CDs for Chris. We call this "mutual admiration" at its best.

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We have lived here for more than three decades - not because we had to, but because we love this city and it is where we choose to be. Years ago, there was a group of volunteers who called themselves the Las Vegas Ambassadors. Meetings were held at the Hotel Continental, now Terrible's (what an awful name for a destination spot), at the corner of Flamingo and Paradise. The purpose of the Ambassadors was to encourage welcoming and friendly treatment of visitors to the community. Maybe it's time to re-establish the organization. Maybe it's also time to remind those who still have a job in the "hospitality" industry, just what that job entails. We recently experienced some less than hospitable treatment (or lack of treatment) at two properties. How long should it take to get a beverage, or an attendant at a slot or video machine, after turning on a light for service? In a not too busy off Strip property on a late Sunday night, we feel that 10 or 15 minutes is much too long to wait. That is what happened to us at the Suncoast recently...not once, but three times. A group of five friends were treated badly during a visit to Hooters. Not only did their "VIP" show tickets get them seats far from the stage (after being told at the box office, "You won't have to stand in line, just go to VIP") and have them split up into three groups, the "hostess" in the showroom was downright rude to the customers. Will the four who were visitors from a nearby state be anxious to return to our city following this kind of experience? Who can say. Chances are, though, that they won't be telling their friends back home about the kindness and good service they received at Hooters. In spite of what the ad campaign says about "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas," that isn't true. Word of bad service can and will travel quickly. Does this community, especially in these troubled economic times, need that kind of publicity? We think not.

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If you are reading this early enough on Friday, let us give you a quick heads up on something happening this's the Community Production of The Vagina Monologues at the downtown Celebrity Theatre, 201 N. 3rd Street (across from the shuttered Lady Luck). If you miss the Friday night performance (doors open at 6 p.m., with pre-show at 6:30 and show at 7, worry not, as there are two more performances on Saturday night - one at 7:30, and the other at 11:30 (for the night owls). Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or through reservations at [email protected]. V-Day Las Vegas 2009, a benefit production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, raises funds for the Family and Child Treatment of Southern Nevada and unites the community in ending sexual violence.

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At 3 p.m., on Sunday, the Garold Gardner Scholarship Foundation will present An Afternoon of Disney at the Mountain View Presbyterian Church, 8601 Del Webb Blvd. in Summerlin. The afternoon will include music from Walt Disney's Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, 101 Dalmatians, The Lion King, Dumbo, and Aladdin, performed by (in alphabetical order) Michelle Barszcz, Sherry Burnett, Stormi Caprice, Dan Frank, Kelli Lacoff, Allen Merritt, Enoch Scott, Cindy Stock and Kim Watanabe. There will be performances by the Saving Grace Dancers, under the direction of Solinea Isbell. Music director/pianist, Spencer Baker, will present a special arrangement of music from Disney's Fantasia, as well as accompany the performers. Mr. Baker has played at UNLV, a number of leading churches, and for performers at the monthly Las Vegas Composers Showcase. The Scholarship Foundation, helping young dancers achieve their goals, was founded by dancer Garold Gardner in 1992. The non-profit, all volunteer organization began with several of Gradner's students at the North Las Vegas Dance Theatre Studios. Today, the foundation has students all around the United States and Canada, many of whom have gone on to study at prestigious schools, and participate in ballet companies, the Broadway stage and television. If you can't be at the Happiest Place on Earth this Sunday, the Mountain View Presbyterian Church may be the next best thing. There is no set ticket price for this musical afternoon, but a free will offering will be graciously and gratefully accepted.

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Neil Berg

Bobby Dickerson

Jack Lawrence

The UNLV Performing Arts Center is proud to present Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 25th, as part of the New York Stage & Beyond series. Like a night of speed-dating for musical theater lovers, this revue takes the audience through a century of Broadway in just one evening. Songs such as Some Enchanted Evening (South Pacific), Think of Me (Phantom of the Opera), All That Jazz (Chicago), This Is the Moment (Jekyll and Hyde), The Impossible Dream (Man of LaMancha), Old Man River (Showboat), Something's Coming (West Side Story), Seasons of Love (Rent), and more, will be performed by an ensemble of Broadway pros. Neil Berg is the composer/lyricist of the hit off-Broadway musical The Prince and the Pauper, which ran for two years at the Lambs Theater in New York City. He also is the composer for the Broadway musical, Grumpy Old Men, based on the 1993 movie classic starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ann-Margret. Berg's musical, Tim and Scrooge, opened at The Queens Theater in the Park in December of 2006, and was followed by a tour, and finally a production in Austin, Texas, in 2008. Tickets to Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway are $35, $50, and $80, and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 895-ARTS (2787) or by visiting Student rush tickets are $13 each and available one hour prior to each event, based on availability and with valid student I.D. UNLV faculty and staff discounts also are available. A $1 facilities fee, in addition to the ticket price, is charged on all Performing Arts Center tickets. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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In memoriam...
The very talented and soulful Bobby Dickerson, who for the past seven years was a regular featured performer at the Rampart Casino, died last Friday after being hospitalized a few days earlier. Over the years, the self-taught pianist/singer, a New Jersey native, had the opportunity to work with a number of music legends, including Chicago's lead singer, Bill Champlin; Patti LaBelle, Kenny Loggins, Manhattan Transfer's Janis Siegel, Dionne Warwick and Edgar Winter. Dickerson spent two years at Caesars Boardwalk Regency in Atlantic City before moving to Northern Nevada in the early 1980s. He found a home in the Pompeii Lounge at Caesars Tahoe, entertaining customers in that room for almost 13 years. During a break in 1987, Dickerson headed to the southern part of the state, where he spent a month performing in the Sands Winner's Circle Lounge. In the summer of 1994, while performing for crowds in the, then, new MGM Grand's Santa Fe Lounge, Dickerson was approached by longtime fan, and the Las Vegas Hilton's VP of Marketing, Tom Willer, who asked the genial gentleman to come to work at the Paradise Road property‘s Crystal Bar Lounge. Dickerson's response was, "I'm ready to sign." Bobby entertained at the Stratosphere's Top of the World, from 1996 to 2000, after which he moved into the Round Bar at the Rampart. He remained there until his very recent illness, Concerning his talent, Bobby Dickerson told us in 1994, "God gave me a gift to share with others, and it allows me to pay my bills." Thank you for sharing that gift with us, Bobby. A memorial service was held in the Rampart's Addison Lounge on Wednesday afternoon. .

Oscar-nominated songwriter, Jack Lawrence, died on March 15th, following a fall at his home in Connecticut. If the name isn't familiar, we are sure that some of his songs will be. Among the New York-born Lawrence's creations, Dinah Shore's Yes, My Darling Daughter, that made the singer an overnight star; big band singer Frank Sinatra's first solo hit, All Or Nothing At All; Rosemary Clooney's Tenderly, The Ink Spots' If I Didn't Care, and Bobby Darin's Beyond the Sea. Among the other artists who recorded Jack Lawrence songs, The Andrews Sisters, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan. After he graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, Jack enrolled in the First Institute of Podiatry, where he received a doctoral degree in 1932. The same year, his first song was published and he immediately decided to make a career of songwriting rather than podiatry. That song, Play, Fiddle, Play, won international fame and he became an ASCAP member in 1932, at the young age of 20. Lawrence joined the Merchant Marines during World War II, and wrote their official song, Heave Ho! My Lads, Heave Ho! in 1943, while he was a lieutenant stationed at Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn. Linda, a popular song written by Jack and published in 1946, took its name from the then five-year-old daughter of his attorney, Lee Eastman. Some years later, Linda Eastman would become the first wife of Beatle, Paul McCartney. With Richard Myers, Lawrence also wrote Hold My Hand, sung by Don Cornell in the 1954 Debbie Reynolds/Dick Powell film, Susan Slept Here. The song was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song. Among Jack Lawrence's Broadway credits are Follow Thru (1929), in which he played the role of "Country Club Boy"; 1951's Courtin' Time (co-composer and co-lyricist; Ziegfeld Follies of 1957 (featured lyricist for Bring on the Girls and Music for Madame; 1958's Maybe Tuesday (co-producer); 1964's I Had a Ball, starring Buddy Hackett, Richard Kiley and Karen Morrow (co-composer and co-lyricist); 1981's Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music (co-producer); 1982's Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (co-producer); and 1984's The Golden Age and Quilters, and 1986's So Long on Lonely Street (owner of the Jack Lawrence Theatre). He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975. Jack Lawrence would have turned 97 on April 7th. He is survived by his adopted son, Richard Lawrence. If you would like to learn more about Mr. Lawrence and his life and career, he has two books available, They All Sang My Songs (2004) and last year's Between the Sheets: The Stories Behind My Songs.

And Marilyn Chambers, who went from the pretty lady on the Ivory Snow box, to the star of hard-core adult films such as 1972's Behind the Green Door, has died at 56. Chambers' 17-year-old daughter found her mothers' body on Sunday (April 12th) at her Southern California home. Marilyn Chambers, also known as Marilyn Ann Taylor, had a bit of Las Vegas history. In the 1970s, she appeared in two different book shows at the downtown Union Plaza - Mind With the Dirty Man and Last of the Red Hot Lovers. In 1979, Chambers was back onstage for a short-lived engagement in her one-woman show, Sex Surrogate, at the Jolly Trolley casino, located on the northwest corner of Sahara and the Strip. The first totally nude show on the Las Vegas Strip drew the ire of local officials as full nudity is banned in casinos with unrestricted gaming. Chambers refused to wear a g-string, saying it would "compromise the artistic integrity of her performance." In the 1980s, she and her then-husband/manager, the late Chuck Traynor (who had previously been married to another adult film star, Linda Lovelace, of Deep Throat fame), invested in The Survival Store, a gun store and shooting range at Interstate 15 and Spring Mountain Road.

Marilyn Chambers

Dangerous Curves

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Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) has led the AIDS Walk Las Vegas for more than 18 years. Individual Walkers and Walk Team numbers have grown significantly, sponsorships by local businesses and organizations continue to increase, and public awareness rises with every walk. Last year, more than 7,000 people walked, raising in excess of $550,000. More than 250 corporate and community teams raised 70% of the total funds collected. Teams represent some of the leading corporations and organizations in Southern Nevada, including MGM Mirage, Macy's, Focus Property Group, M.A.C Cosmetics, UNLV, Wells Fargo, Penn & Teller and many others. Today, there is newfound hope in the fight against AIDS, but there is still no cure. Some people with HIV/AIDS are living longer, thanks to new therapies. Sadly, the new treatments do not work for everyone, and HIV continues to spread at an alarming rate. They will walk until that point in time, when AFAN's services are no longer needed and the purpose no longer essential to the solution. Join the community in sponsoring a team or choose to walk yourself and help raise money for a local cause. When? This Sunday, April 19th, with a start time of 8 a.m. (set your alarms) and an ending time of noon. The AIDS Walk will start at the World Market Center, at 495 S Grand Central Pkwy., near downtown Las Vegas.

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Las Vegas based Starr Pro Productions and Rack Media/Onyx Theatre announced they have acquired the rights for the Las Vegas production of the smash off Broadway hit Naked Boys Singing, and will be holding auditions this month. "The title says it all," says Starr Pro producer Jimmy Emerson, "and it's the perfect fit for Las Vegas. In a town where people come from all around the world just to let their hair down, what better way to do it than with a fun filled night of legitimate theatre that they won't find in Boise or Baton Rouge." The original New York City review, where caution and costumes are thrown to the wind, has been running for 10 years. The outrageous musical revue features an original score of 16 songs and a cast who display their special charms as they celebrate the splendors of male nudity in comedy, song and dance. Productions of Naked Boys Singing have played in Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Rome, Sydney, and even Cape Town, South Africa. The Las Vegas presentation, which will be directed by Hank Emerson and choreographed by Brad Barnes, opens at the Onyx Theatre on June 11th for 27 scheduled performances with a possible open-ended run. The producers are seeking 8 to 10 non-equity men (21 years of age or older) who can sing, dance, act, and who have no aversion to performing totally nude. For additional casting information, contact Hank at (702) 639-1776 or e-mail to [email protected].

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It's the ladies of Dangerous Curves, on stage at the Clark County Flamingo Library Theater on Sunday at 2 p.m. Presented by the Performing Arts Society of Nevada, the ladies will be accompanied by top musicians, Jeff Johnson and Michael Gonzalez on keyboards, Keith Nelson on bass, and Gary Olds on drums. Dangerous Curves - made up of Karen Merstik-Michaels, Margaret "Gret" Menzies, and Lisa Smith - will perform songs such as Natural Woman, Old Cape Cod, Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree, Smile, You Made Me Love You, The Girl in 14G, Is This Any Way To Fall In Love, I'm Not That Girl, Cloudburst, The Girl Who Used To Be Me, and Moon River. The Dangerous Curves CD will be available for purchase at the library, with a portion of the sales going directly to the Alliance for Lupus Research, to help in finding a cure. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the library box office and hour before the show. The library is located at 1401 E. Flamingo, east of Maryland Parkway.

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Donald Braswell

Julius LaRosa

Barbara Cook

From some of Donald Braswell's (he was one of the finalists on TV's America's Got Talent) many fans (mostly women), comes this...Scarlett in Florida e-mails, Donald Braswell will make guest appearances with Terry Fator at the Mirage on May 19, 20, 21, 22. I just happen to be a huge fan of Donald, and of Terry as well. Hope you will follow up and mention it here. I have seen Donald perform in concert. He is a very versatile entertainer and is so much more than just the extremely handsome opera singer we saw on AGT last season! Also I hear that AGT plans a televised concert in LA on May 30 featuring some of last season's finalists, including Donald Braswell, and other stars. Haven't seen that confirmed anywhere. We'll be waiting to read more about all this in your upcoming reports. Thanks. And Barbara, also from Florida (Hmmm. Is there a coincidence or connection here?) writes, I just wanted to let you know that Donald Braswell will be back in Las Vegas in May. He will be appearing as a guest artist on Terry Fator's show on May 19, 20, 21, and 22 in the Mirage at 8:00 at night. I would appreciate it if you would post this information, because, I am sure that Donald's fans would love to know about this. Thanks so much.
You are welcome, ladies.

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The date and the place have been set for the annual Joe Williams Music Scholarship Fundraiser Concert. This years‘ event will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 26th at the South Point (for the second year). Singer Julius LaRosa will be the special guest, with Bill Fayne's Voci Vegas popera quartet; songwriter (Here's To Life, I Don't Remember Ever Growing Up) and award-winning arranger, Artie Butler; pianist to the stars (Frank Sinatra, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, among them), Vincent Falcone; and comic Pete Barbutti also performing. Cork Proctor will once again serve as host. We will have more information on this event next Friday.

And speaking of Here's To Life, it's the title of Barbara Cook's new show at Feinstein's at Loews Regency in New York. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary season, Feinstein's presents the Tony Award-winning Ms. Cook, through May 2nd. The legendary lady will perform selections from the worlds of theater, swing, pop and jazz. Song selections include What A Wonderful World, Written In The Stars, I Want To Be Happy, and numbers from Cook's newest CD, Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder. The show will be featuring Lee Musiker heading an all-star quintet.

And speaking of Joe Williams...
Ed Foster, who is very involved in the annual Joe Williams events, wears a number of hats in his life (including his trademark cowboy hat). One of his chapeaus should be a fedora with a press card in the hat band, due to the many photographs he has taken of stars at work on the stage. Ed currently has an exhibit of some of his work hanging at the West Charleston Library, at 6301 W. Charleston. Cleverly called Shots In the Dark, among the subjects caught by Mr. Foster‘s camera are Bill Acosta, Domenick Allen, Bob Anderson, The Amazing Johnathan, Pete Barbutti, Ruth Brown, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Kelly Clinton, Clint Holmes, Shirley Horn, Jack Jones, Cleo Laine, The Las Vegas Tenors, Bill Medley, Barak Obama, Diane Schuur, Marlena Shaw, Ben Vereen, and, of course, Joe Williams. The exhibit will be up for viewing through June 2nd. You can call (702) 507-3940 for the library hours.

Joe Williams by Ed Foster

Richel Kompst

And speaking of Clint Holmes...We should have some good news for Clint fans very soon.

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Last Saturday night, we made a trip over to DeStefano's Old Style Las Vegas Supper Club, located on the northeast corner of Tropicana and Pecos. We went to see vocalist Diane Ellis and Joe Darro. Joe is not only is a fine singer, but plays a tasty piano as well. We got an unexpected bonus, as Doug Saleeby, who performed all around Las Vegas from 1975 to 1982, as one half of the piano-playing singing duo known as Hudson & Saleeby, and was visiting from Memphis, got up and sang a tune. We will let you know more about this place if they continue with the live music policy.

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Tomorrow night at 8 p.m., the talented Richel Kompst will perform in the theater space at the Family Music Center, located at 8125 W. Sahara, just east of Cimarron. The show, written by G.H. Lynch and Richel, is called Blame it on the Walleye...A Musical Journey Through the Neurotic Mind of a Norwegian Blonde. The performers consist of Cocho Arbe on piano, Gary Olds on drums, Steve Golden on sax, Richel's husband, Steve Kompst, on bass, and the Norwegian Blonde herself on voice...and in character(s). We are not sure what to expect of a show with this title, but we would guess it should be fun and, with Ms. Kompst's impressive resume, it should be good...and entertaining. The show runs around 75 minutes, and tickets are $10.

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Mark your calendars now, so you don't forget...On Sunday, May 17th beginning at 1 p.m., the 810-seat Orleans Theater will be the site of An Affair of the Heart...To Italy with Love, a show to raise money to aid the victims of the recent earthquake in Italy. The Las Vegas Italian Earthquake Relief Fund project is headed up by humanitarian, Nelson Sardelli. Calling himself the "Instigator/Organizer," Sardelli has put together a committee of community members, including Angelo A. Cassaro, Dominic Gentile, Vincent Ciminise, and Stefano Ribamonti, the Honorary Vice Counsel of Italy for the State of Nevada. We will provide more details and more names (of both the performers and the committee members), as we get them. Stay tuned.

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