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Note: This is a past column from July 10, 2009
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Las Vegas - July 10, 2009


Kenny Ortega

Larry Edwards at Julien's Auction

Samantha Harris

And yet more on Michael Jackson and other members of the Jackson family. How many longtime Las Vegans or Vegas visitors remember when the Riviera was the home of a very good musical revue called The Latin Quarter? The show was housed in one of the upstairs showrooms, in a space that had been cleverly redone to look like a street in Mexico or another Latin country. There were building facades and balconies created on the walls, giving the room a very comfortable and "authentic" feel. Who was the chorographer for this production, heavy on dance? None other than Kenny Ortega, the same talented man who was working with Michael on his much anticipated, upcoming concert tour. Ortega has a long history with the Jackson family. As a matter of fact, at the media opening for The Latin Quarter, both the matriarch of the family, Katherine Jackson, and her daughter, LaToya, were present. We were quite impressed (as were our Vegas friends), when both of the Jackson women recognized Cousin Claire, after more than 10 years since they had last seen each other.

For those not familiar with Kenny Ortega, the Emmy-winning producer, director, and choreographer worked with actor/dancer/choreographer, Gene Kelly on Xanadu, the 1980 film starring Olivia Newton-John. Ortega went on to choreograph 1987's Dirty Dancing, and has won awards for his choreography in music videos, such as Madonna's Material Girl. Together with Michael Jackson, Kenny created and designed the Dangerous World Tour (1992-1993), and the HIStory World Tour (1996-1997). In addition to choreography, Ortega has directed the three High School Musical films, and is set to direct the new Footloose remake, starring Chace Crawford of TV's Gossip Girls fame.

And still on the subject of Michael Jackson...At the July 26th Julien's Auction, held at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas the day following Michael's death, a Swarovski crystal-studded shirt, worn onstage by the King of Pop during the 1984 Victory Tour, sold for $52,500. A painting of Mickey Mouse, done by a young Michael Jackson, went for $25,000. Before Jackson's death (the auction was planned months ago), the 21 items, formerly owned by David Gest, the producer and promoter once married to Liza Minnelli (Michael, who introduced the couple, served as best man at their wedding), were expected to bring between $6,000 and $10,000. Instead, they generated more than $200,000 in a bidding war by fans and collector/investors who wanted to take home a piece of Jackson memorabilia. One of those fans in attendance was Las Vegas entertainer, Larry "Hot Chocolate" Edwards. Edwards came to the auction hoping to become the new owner of an African-American Mickey Mouse, signed by "Mike Jackson." "It's so unique, and it means even more to me that it's so soon after his passing," the female impersonator said. Larry was prepared to spend $1,000 but was shut out immediately by an opening bid of $1,500. The painting wound up selling for $20,000, plus a 25 percent commission for the celebrity auction house. Glenn Johnson, a real estate developer and amateur collector from Houston who paid the big bucks for that shirt, stated "I see Elvis Presley costumes go for a quarter of a million these days. I'm hoping this will be an investment."

It is doubtful that anyone who has watched the last two weeks of news coverage following the death of Michael Jackson could deny his talent. Michael Jackson was a genius...a tortured genius. He may have been the best visual entertainer ever. When he danced, or even moved, it was almost impossible to look away. The odd behavior, his drastically changing appearance, the unsubstantiated accusations about his personal life (Was Michael, in fact, a Smooth Criminal?), all pales when assessing Jackson as an artist. The poignant lyrics to Michael's beautiful song, Gone Too Soon, are almost prophetic...

Like a comet
Blazing 'cross the evening sky
Gone too soon

Like a rainbow
Fading in the twinkling of an eye
Gone too soon

Shiny and sparkly
And splendidly bright
Here one day
Gone one night

Like the loss of sunlight
On a cloudy afternoon
Gone too soon

Like a castle
Built upon a sandy beach
Gone too soon

Like a perfect flower
That is just beyond your reach
Gone too soon

Born to amuse, to inspire, to delight
Here one day
Gone one night


Like a sunset
Dying with the rising of the moon
Gone too soon

Gone too soon

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Dancing With the Stars co-host, Samantha Harris, has taken over the role of "Roxie Hart" in the Broadway company of Chicago. Harris, a two-time Emmy Award-nominee, will perform at the Ambassador Theatre through August 16th, before joining the national tour at Greenville, South Carolina's Peace Center, August 18th through 23rd. Currently appearing with her on Broadway are Brent Barrett returning to his role as slick lawyer "Billy Flynn" through August 9th (Barrett starred in Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular at The Venetian for almost two years), Roz Ryan portrays "Matron Mama Morton" through August 30th (Roz played the same role in the Las Vegas version of Chicago the Musical at Mandalay Bay), Amra-Faye Wright as "Velma Kelly," Tom Riis Farrell as "Amos Hart," and R. Lowe as "Mary Sunshine." Harris previously appeared on stage in Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python and Reefer Madness. Her many television credits include The Insider, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, and Extra. Brent received an Olivier Award nomination for his role in the London company of Kiss Me, Kate. Some of his other theatrical credits include the Broadway productions of Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago, Grand Hotel, Dance a Little Closer, West Side Story and Candide. He received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for his work in the Los Angeles production of Chicago, and has been seen off-Broadway in Closer Than Ever, March of the Falsettos, The Death of Von Richtofen, The Time of the Cuckoo, and Portrait of Jenny. His television and film appearances include Hercules, Longtime Companion, All My Children, Another World, and Guiding Light. Roz Ryan made her Broadway debut in the Fats Waller revue, Ain't Misbehavin'. She also starred on The Great White Way in Dreamgirls and One Mo' Time, and in the national tours of Annie, South Pacific and Blues in the Night. Ryan's film credits include Went to Coney Island, Cotton Club, and Dark Indigo. Chicago features a score by John Kander and the late Fred Ebb, including such hits as "All That Jazz," "Mister Cellophane," "Razzle Dazzle," and "Nowadays." The production is directed by Walter Bobbie with choreography by Ann Reinking. The original production was directed and choreographed by the late Bob Fosse. The long-running musical (which celebrated its 12th anniversary and 5,000 performances on Broadway in November of last year) won six 1997 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Chicago plays the Ambassador Theatre, located at 219 West 49th Street. For more information, visit www.chicagothemusical.com.


Amra Faye-Wright, Samantha Harris & Brent Barrett in Chicago

Tommasino's in Pahrump

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All good things come to those who wait. Patience is a virtue. Well, you get the idea. The point is that Tom and Alice Saitta finally have their new dining venture/adventure up and running in Pahrump. Tommasino's Fine Italian Dining and All That Jazz, while being Pahrump's newest hot spot, is also it's coolest. After months of construction and a few delays, Tommasino's is open to serve Southern Nevada. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. Early Bird Dinner is from 4 to 6 p.m., with dinner being served late into the evening. They have a lovely nightclub and bar area, a beautiful stage, and a Grand Piano, with live music nightly, beginning at 7. There is also a dance floor. Tommasino's carries fine beers and wines and serves a complete array of cocktails. Menu prices are low to moderate for both lunch and dinner, and there is no dress code or cover charge. Very soon, there will be patio dining, complete with fireplaces for the winter and refreshing misters for the summer. The Interior is very much like a Plaza in Rome, with much to see. Everyone is invited to go out and join Tom and Alice for an intimate and beautiful experience, as they show Pahrump and Southern Nevada their "Italian Disneyland In The Desert." You don't have to have dinner or lunch to enjoy a visit to Tommasino's. Just go and hang out with them and enjoy the lovely bar and live music. Check them out at www.tomsaitta.com

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We attended a lovely wedding last Sunday, when Linda Glynn married Marvin Lashever in a ceremony at the Rainbow Gardens on West Charleston. Among the friends who participated in the festivities, were dealmaker Jack Wishna and his wife, Donna (the Wishnas stood up for the happy couple); the bride's closest friend, Gina Laino from Chicago; funny lady, Kathleen Dunbar; Candi Cazau and spouse, KJUL's Duke Morgan; the talented team of Linda November and Artie Schroeck; the musical duo of George and Mary Shriver-Bugatti; The Cannery's Director of Entertainment, Kathie Spehar and her sister, Barbara "Barbie" Spehar; Tony Orlando, wife Francine, and young adult children, John and Jenny Rose; Tony's mother, Ruth Schroeder; entrepreneurial Jeanne Bavaro; comic, Sammy Shore; former Entertainment Manager at the Golden Nugget, Dana Stern and husband, Eric Bogan; and Joyce Kessler, and her Marilyn Monroe-lookalike daughter, Stacey Nicole (Weir). Family members included Linda's children, Patrick, who walked his mother down the aisle, Ryan, from Florida, Haley from Illinois, and Corey who now lives in Las Vegas; the bride's sister, Mrs. Mary Burrell; her niece, Angie Ajroja, and Angie's two young sons, Julian (ring bearer) and Ashton (flower boy), all from Chicago. Also traveling to Las Vegas for the nuptials were Marvin's son, Jason, from Southern California, and his sister and brother-in-law, Sheila and Maurice Rosenthal from New Jersey. Mr. and Mrs. Lashever chose Karon Kate Blackwell's (Karon is married to comedian, Marty Allen) lovely song, "I'll Be There (Wedding Vows)," for their first dance as a married couple. The evening was both touching and fun, with short speeches of congratulations given by Orlando and Shore (who often work together). After the ceremony and reception, a select few of the wedding attendees headed over to Casa di Amore at 2850 East Tropicana for more visiting and more music.


Tony Orlando and Linda & Marvin Lashever

Jose Galvan at East Side Cannery

And speaking of George Bugatti and Casa di Amore, on Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 7 to around 10:30 p.m., you can see and hear the fine singer performing at the southeast Las Vegas restaurant. Casa di Amore has new hours. They now close at 5 a.m. and reopen at 4 p.m. (closed for business on Tuesdays). For more information, call (702) 433-4967.

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Talk about lucky and being in the right place at the right time...Last Friday, July 3rd, Las Vegan, Jose R. Galvan, hit the Loco Loot Primary Jackpot at the Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel, earning himself $60,110.62. Galvan had been playing for approximately 25 minutes before wagering 25 cents on his lucky penny game and hitting the jackpot.
In the accompanying photo, Galvan poses beside the winning machine after winning more than $60,000 playing the Loco Loot Primary Jackpot at the Eastside Cannery.

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Michelle Johnson, who, in the past, has sung with both Sheena Easton and Gladys Knight, is back singing after a three year hiatus following the sudden death of her 36-year-old husband. On Sunday night, Michelle will be performing at that restaurant on Las Vegas Blvd. South that we refuse to mention by name. There is a possibility that two of Cousin Claire's favorites - Martin Nievera and Clint Holmes - may join Michelle for a song or two. If you are a regular reader, you probably already know the drill at this joint. If you want to have ANY chance at all of sitting someplace where you can see and/or hear Michelle (or anyone else who performs there), make reservations. Get there early (by 7) and plan to have dinner at the joint. If not, and you arrive (with or without reservations) closer to 8, chances are you will either get no seat at all, or you will be quite a ways from the performance space. Based on Michelle's talent, we would say it's worth the effort and a little aggravation. Calling her show My Life in Music - a night of standards and popular music, the lady reflects on her life and career in music, from growing up overseas, to attending Yale, performing on the Broadway stage, touring with a myriad of recording artists, and starring on the Las Vegas Strip. Learn what you don't know about this eclectic and versatile vocalist while enjoying an evening of jazz, pop, opera and much more. If you have other plans for Sunday night, or don't want to patronize THAT place, you can catch Ms. Johnson singing the Canadian (in French) and US national anthems for the NBA Summer League on Monday, the 13th, at 5 p.m., when the Toronto Raptors play the Portland Trailblazers at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.


Michelle Johnson

Jack Jones

Denise Clemente

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It's one of our favorite boy singers at the South Point, tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30. The man that had us all humming along to TV's Love Boat theme, and listening to hits like "Wives and Lovers," "Dear Heart," "Lollipops and Roses," "Lady," "Call Me Irresponsible", and "The Impossible Dream," Jack Jones, will keep it mostly romantic for these two nights. Tickets start at $25. Call the South Point at (702) 797-8055 for reservations. Hey! Did you ever notice how much Jack Jones sounds like singing impressionist Bob Anderson? It's amazing! Simply amazing! Check it out.

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From Donna in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, comes this question...Is Denise Clemente performing anywhere
in Vegas Sept. 9 thru 14?
As far as we know, the only thing on Clemente's upcoming schedule is two dates at La Scala Ristorante, the first one taking place this Sunday, the 12th, and next Sunday, the 19th. If you happen to be in Las Vegas on either (or both) of those dates, Donna, LaScala is located at 1020 East Desert Inn, inside the Mark I Tower. A meet and greet, with a complimentary glass of wine/champagne, starts at 7 p.m. Dinner seating is at 7:30 p.m. The menu consists of chopped salad, a combination plate of Lemon Sole Piccata, Ravioli with Roasted Red Pepper, Couli and Chicken Marsala, and Tiramisu for desert. Presented by Jeanne Bavaro of BavaroETC Exclusive Talent Concepts, the show, featuring the vocal talents of Ms. Clemente, runs from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Price for the evening? It's $50, all inclusive. Seating is extremely limited. Based on demand, if necessary, an early 4 p.m. will be added. Call (702) 367-9805. Next month's dinner/cabaret event will feature George DeMott at LaScala. Watch this column for more details. Also, for Donna, we will have more on Denise Clemente in our July 24th column.

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Frankie Randall

Society of Seven

Frankie Randall, who spends much of his non-traveling time between Las Vegas and Palm Springs, is returning to his roots in New York City for a limited engagement at Feinstein's at Loews Regency" on July 15th and 16th. Frankie will re-live his memories from his early Jilly's days, where he played piano and sang at this world famous nitery for some of the greatest entertainers of all time, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Judy Garland. Often they would sit in with him at the piano bar and perform while Frankie accompanied them on the piano. Frankie was born and raised in Clifton, New Jersey, and fondly remembers those wonderful days. As the lyric states in a song he wrote especially for his return: "I used to drive in from New Jersey, and every night was crazy. Just hanging out at Jilly's with Frank And now I'm back here on the East Side, here at Michael Feinstein's. Living large like I just robbed a bank. These two shows are a must see for anyone who would like to re-visit that wonderful musical era in Manhattan. Joining Frankie will be Sherrie Maricle on drums, and Link Milliman on bass. If you are a regular Claire Voyant reader, Maricle's name may be familiar to you. We mentioned her in March, when she and her DIVA Jazz Orchestra performed at UNLV. Show times for Frankie Randall are at 8:30 p.m. on both nights. Please call (212) 339-4095 for reservations or further information.

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Back by popular demand, it's the Society of Seven at the Suncoast, tonight through Sunday at 8 p.m. Formed in Hawaii, and perfected in showrooms throughout Las Vegas and the Islands, Society of Seven, joined by American Idol's Season three finalist, Jasmine Trias, brings its lively variety show back to the Suncoast Showroom. Presented by Paul Stone, the famed Hawaiian-bred group, offers an energetic show that combines comedy sketches, celebrity impersonations, dance and live music performances, including popular standards, Top 40 and Broadway. "The Suncoast is our favorite place in Las Vegas, and we've always wanted to perform in its showroom," said Tony Ruivivar of Society of Seven. "This engagement gives our local fans, who have supported us through the years, the chance to see us in a familiar and comfortable location close to home." In what has been called an entertainment experience that plays like a classic Hollywood movie, Broadway show, and Vegas spectacular rolled into one, Society of Seven has been entertaining fans for more than 40 years. Audiences can expect a memorable evening that combines lights, choreography, action and Hawaiian talent. Tickets start at $29.95, plus tax, and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at (702) 636-7075, or by visiting www.suncoastcasino.com.

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In New York, more than 1,000 brides-to-be (along with nearly 10,000 brides-maids-to-be) have celebrated their pending nuptials with a visit to see the smash-hit, musical comedy, Naked Boys Singing! In the Big Apple, revues and plays have become a popular event for a Bachelorette Party, so why not in Las Vegas?
Currently playing at the Onyx Theatre located in the off-Strip Commercial Center, Naked Boys Singing! is much like a traditional musical revue, with one major difference, and that difference makes this show perfect for a Ladies Night Out and/or a Bachelorette Party! Unlike most of the beefcake revues around the country, there is no g-string between the eight singing and dancing boys, and the girls who are out to have one heck of a good time. In the vein of vaudeville and high-camp American musical theater, this production celebrates the splendors of the male body in comedy, song, dance...and fun. Naked Boys Singing! presents 16 original musical numbers, ranging from the screamingly funny opening, "Gratuitous Nudity," and the circumcision-based "Bliss of a Bris," to the poignant and moving "Kris Look What you've Missed" and "Window to Window."
This clever revue has proven to be a fun and unique way for the ladies to let loose before the big day, making for a Bachelorette Party that the bride-to-be and her friends will never forget! Show times at the Onyx are Thursdays through Saturdays at 10 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $30 per adult (leave the kiddies at home for this one). Discounts for Bachelorette Parties are available. For the Naked Boys Singing! Bachelorette Party discounts, general information and/or reservations, call (702) 732-7225. We guarantee you will have a good time.


Naked Boys Singing!

F.I.O.R.E. Welcoming Committee

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Next Saturday, July 18th, F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) will celebrate their 5th anniversary. The non-club club, where everyone is a president (it's a boy's non-club), welcomes ladies (as long as they are in the company of a president) to only a few gatherings a year, with the anniversary party being one of those special events. The celebration takes place at the Italian American Club, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Nelson Sardelli, one of the presidents, tell us that the event will be celebrated and commemorated in traditional F.I.O.R.E.-style, with a buffet, no host bar, live music, entertainment, dancing, a 50/50 drawing, surprise gifts and more. Oh yes. Among the "more," roses and chocolates for the ladies (sorry fellas). All this for $35 per person. The Italian American Club (no, you don't HAVE to be Italian to be admitted, but it helps if you are) is located at 2333 E. Sahara. RSVPs are a must. E-mail to [email protected].

And speaking of Nelson Sardelli, his daughter, Giovanna Sardelli, got another nice write-up in the June 28th issue of the New York Times. Giovanna is directing Lila Rose Kaplan's Wildflower for 2econd Stage's Uptown Series. We will have more about this project in next week's column. In the meantime, you can read the New York Times article by clicking on... http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/28/theater/28cohe.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Women directors article on June 28, 2009&st=cse

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Reminder...Larry Hart's Concert of Praise, An Irreverently Reverent GOSPEL Experience, takes place in the showroom at the South Point Hotel Casino, this Sunday, July 12th, at 2 p.m. Billed as "very non-typical," the cast of performers includes Hart; Las Vegas favorite, Darcus Speed; former Shirelle, Diane Spann; onetime New York/Las Vegas Rockette, MarQue; Jennifer Weatherly, country dynamo; jazz vocalist, Paris Red; Jeneane Marie, commercial and casino lounge singer; and Korean-American songstress, Jenevi. Praise is an original 90-minute musical, written and conceived by Grammy Award-winner Larry Hart. The show celebrates the rural roots of gospel music and fuses it to the idea of higher consciousness in giving praise to God, no matter how you choose to see the spirit. Praise is inspired by the 10 major religions of the world. It fuses their ideologies into a truly entertaining and fun, staged performance. Multi-Platinum and Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Hart, wrote the book, along with all original music and lyrics contained in the score. Larry's other writing credits include, Sisterella, Have a Rotten Christmas!, and original adaptations for the stage of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Color Purple, and the Academy Award-winning best Foreign Film, Cinema Paradiso. On Sunday, during his Concert of Praise at the South Point, Larry Hart will sing Michael Jackson's favorite song, "Stand Strong," from the musical Sisterella, staged in the 90s. Hart wrote the book, music and lyrics for Sisterella, which was executive produced and presented by Michael Jackson and Jerry Greenberg, and produced by Robert DeNiro, Tribecca Films and Miramax. With Jackson's support, Sisterella went on to do great things. While in Los Angeles, Sisterella received rave reviews and won 16 NAACP Theater Award nominations and eight NAACP Theater Awards including best Play and Best Director. In Europe, Sisterella was voted Show of the Decade. Hart reflects, "Michael was my business partner, who became a dear friend." Hart is the only composer that Michael Jackson ever attached his name to a project that was not of his creation. Hart acknowledges that Jackson influenced new techniques in the studio for the Sisterella cast album, as well as ideas for costumes and dance. Hart informs that a new touring production of Sisterella is being mounted in 2010, with thoughts of Michael Jackson close at hand. Tickets for Concert of Praise are $25, $30, and $35, with tax included. Call the South Point box office at (702) 797-8055, or (866) 796-7111 for reservations.


Larry Hart & Michael Jackson

Carmine Mandia

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There's more to singer Carmine Mandia than his role as a member of Shades of Sinatra. He also does his own thing, sometimes joined by other friends. As a matter of fact, tonight and tomorrow night, Carmine appears at Piero's, 355 Convention Center Drive, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. For information, call (702) 369-2305.

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Known to many for their brilliant on-stage performance that combines supreme musicianship with comedic stylings, wild antics and breathtakingly good looks, the band, Steel Panther, is filling the Ovation at Green Valley Ranch every Friday night, from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., and the Access Showroom at Aliante Station, beginning at 10 p.m. Formed in 1983, Steel Panther has since become widely known around the world for their wild and crazy antics, pristine hairdos and flashy spandex (that leaves very little to the imagination). Rockers Michael Starr, Satchel, Lexxi Foxxx and Stix Zadinia embrace the spirit and love of everything rock n' roll with their colorful repartee, loud costumes and graphic body language. The band has built up a loyal fan base by playing favorites from such artists as Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Poison and Bon Jovi, just to name a few. Along with the numerous metal classics in its repertoire, Steel Panther also has a host of original material including the songs, "Death To All But Metal," "The Shocker," "Eatin' Ain't Cheatin'"and "Community Property." These songs will be included on the group's debut album which just dropped in the UK and will be released nationally in the fall. Station's Vice President of Entertainment, Judy Alberti, informs us that the shows are open to adults 21 years and older and there is no cost for admission. Entry to the shows will be first come, first served and based upon venue capacity. Booths are available for a $125 minimum bar tab or bottle service and reservations are limited, and can be made by calling (702) 290-4675. Seats fill up quickly for this '80s glam metal parody band, as they demonstrate their spirit and love of everything rock n' roll with their colorful repartee, loud costumes and graphic body language. We suggest you get there (either place) early.


Steel Panther

Joey Kola

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Joey Kola headlines the award-winning Riviera Comedy Club, July 13th through 19th. From audience warm-up, to comedy room headliner, Joey has amassed an impressive list of television credits including The Late Show With David Letterman, Showtime Comedy Club All-Stars, and Half Hour Comedy Club Hour. Joey has also appeared in two independent films, Mixing Nia and The Deli. Joining Joey will be RC Smith whose influences are Don Rickles, Lenny Bruce and Gene Simmons. He has warmed up audiences for The Tony Danza and Caroline Rhea Shows, as well as worked with Dom Irrera, Jeff Altman, Jeff Dunham and Wendy Liebman. The Riviera is pleased to welcome him back to its intimate venue. Adding to the week's festivities is fellow funnyman John Garrett. After a successful career as a Certified Public Accountant, John left corporate America to follow his passion for stand-up comedy. Since then, he has appeared on The Bob & Tom Radio Network, performed in concert with the musical group Train and has opened for numerous celebrities, including Louie Anderson. You can catch tracks from his debut comedy album, Outside The Box, on both XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio. Show times for the Riviera Comedy Club are 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $24.99 plus tax and fee. Ask about the dinner and show combinations. For more information, call the Riviera Box Office at (702) 794-9433, or go to www.rivierahotel.com. All guests must be at least 18 years of age.

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On Saturday, July 18th at 2 p.m., pianist Rosita Kanes will be the featured artist in the Solo Acoustic Spotlight Series at the Reed Whipple Cultural Center, 821 Las Vegas Blvd. North. Relax while this elegant performer entertains you with her diverse repertoire - everything from contemporary standards, ballads, show tunes, Gershwin and Cole Porter, to classical, Latin and international favorites. Tickets are $5 for all seats. Call (702) 229-6211 for more information.

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