Claire Voyant's Las Vegas Gossip Column

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Note: This is a past column from October 09, 2009
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Las Vegas - October 9, 2009

Lindsay Thomas

Danny Roque

Gerry McCambridge - The Mentalist

On Thursday night, October 15th at 10:30, and again on Sunday afternoon, October 18th at 2, the cast of Jersey Boys Las Vegas, along with some very special guests, will present a benefit performance in the Cabaret Showroom at The Liberace Museum called Seasons of Love. The two concerts will help celebrate and benefit Broadway and Stratford Shakespeare Festival actress and Jersey Boys alum, Lindsay Thomas, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and is undergoing treatment in Toronto. The company is also building a Jersey Boys quilt to be auctioned off online. The quilt is made entirely of costume fabrics from the show, and is signed by every member of the entire Jersey Boys Global Family (seven companies - Broadway, National Tour, Chicago, Las Vegas, Toronto, London and Australia). Entertainers scheduled to perform in the Las Vegas benefit are (in alphabetical order): The Apple Sisters- Sarah Lowe, Rebekka Johnson, Kim Gatewood; Travis Cloer (Jersey Boys); Charl Brown (Jersey Boys); Philip Fortenberry (Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia, Liberace and Me); Leslie Goddard (Jersey Boys, Hairspray); Robert Jarrett (Mamma Mia); Sarah Lowe (Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia, The Apple Sisters); Kristofer McNeeley (Jersey Boys); Matthew S. Morgan (The Lion King, Hairspray); Jon Peterson (Cabaret, Song Man, Dance Man); John Salvatore (Jersey Boys, A Chorus Line); Carly Thomas Smith (Jersey Boys, We Will Rock You, Rent); Joan Sobel (Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular); Keith Thompson (Jersey Boys, Hairspray, We Will Rock You); Darren Voros (Hairspray); Alton White (The Lion King, Ragtime, The Color Purple, The Who's Tommy, Miss Saigon); and many others. Tickets are $25. For reservations, please call (702) 798-5595 ex. 14.

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If you were at the last Las Vegas Composers Showcase, you heard singer/comedian Danny Roque (and his son, Christopher) perform some of his original material, and howled with laughter. If you missed it, on Sunday afternoon, you will have the opportunity to see and hear the talented, and outrageous, Californian, when he entertains at the Clark County Flamingo Library Theater. If you have already experienced Roque, chances are you will want to see him again...this time in a longer version and with his gang of nine cohorts (some related and some not). Danny is a veteran of TV, film and theater. He can currently be seen in two national commercials and will soon be in the feature film, The Portal. The Roque Showmaniapalooza, featuring (mostly) original songs that run the gamut from tearfully touching ballads to hilariously funny tunes, will be presented by the Performing Arts Society of Nevada's John Meren and Tom Gallagher. Some say Danny Roque "is nuts!," while others call him "a musical genius." Either way, audiences agree, the show is "the most fun they have had in years." Joining Mr. Roque for this show are musicians Tish Diaz on piano, Michael Sims on guitar, Duane Benjamin on guitar, Brian Czach on drums, and Dwain Roque on percussion. Backing vocals are by Angelica Roque and Dina Bennett, with Chris and Nora Roque, who have credits with Jersey Boys, Andy Williams, Aretha Franklin, TV's American Idol, and the Las Vegas Tribute Show to Michael Jackson. The show is at 2 p.m. at the Clark County Flamingo Library Theater (1401 E. Flamingo Rd., just east of Maryland Parkway) on Sunday, the 11th. Tickets are $15, and available at the library box office an hour before the show, or call (702) 658-6741 now to reserve your tickets. See you there.

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On Tuesday, Gerry McCambridge, also known as The Mentalist, celebrated his 900th Las Vegas performance since arriving here four years ago. Currently performing in the V Theater at Planet Hollywood, Gerry's first gig in Las Vegas was at the Rampart Casino. He opened on June 20th, 2005, for what was supposed to be a 12 show, three weeks engagement. Two days before he was scheduled to open, the Rampart asked McCambridge if he would like to extend for another month, as the tickets for the three week run had already been sold out. Gerry wound up staying at the property for just short of a year, before moving to the Strip. In June of 2006, he opened in an enclosed lounge at the Stardust. He entertained audiences in that room for about six weeks and was then asked to move into the hotel's main showroom. He played that theater until late October of 2006, right before the Stardust closed. He took some time off to start Vegas Seat Fillers, now called, before opening at Hooters Casino in May of 2007. McCambridge was at the East Tropicana property for four days short of two years. On May 15th, the day after closing at Hooters, Gerry opened in the V Theater at Planet Hollywood, where he continues to mystify and entertain audiences, at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays through Tuesdays. Here are two interesting side notes. When Gerry McCambridge came to Las Vegas looking for work, his very first meeting was with Steve Wynn. After performing for Wynn and his staff, the hotel mogul stated, it was the "most unique act he had ever seen" but didn't know if the show would work in Las Vegas, and didn't know what to do with him. Nine-hundred Vegas shows later, McCambridge has proven that the show will work in this city. Also, on his one year anniversary at Hooter's, in a VIP and media-attended show, the property's Chief Operating Officer, Gary Gregg, presented the magician/mind reader/comedian with a diamond Rolex watch as a thank you for a year of sold out shows. Ticket prices to see The Mentalist at the V Theater are $49 and $59, plus fees. To see what Steve Wynn let get away, call (702) 932-1818 for reservations.

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Last Saturday was National Coming Out Day, an internationally-observed civil awareness day for "coming out," a figure of speech for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people disclosing their sexual orientation and gender identity. NCOD is observed in October (usually on the 11th every year) by members of the LGBT communities and their supporters. The parking lot at Commercial Center, where the annual event was held this year, was overflowing, as folks who came to learn, share and be entertained (comic/female impersonator/singer, Kenny Kerr, was one of the performers at the event).

Kenny Kerr (by Miko Montgomery)

Naked Maid

Jamie Morris as Jamie Morris

Little did we know how busy the center would be as we hunted for a parking spot near The Onyx Theatre where we were going to see both Naked Boys Singing! (for a second time) and Mommie Queerest (for the first time). The title for the hit Broadway stage show (it's been playing in New York for more than 10 years), Naked Boys Singing!, is self-explanatory. And yes, yes, yes, the boys are really butt naked! The eight guys sing and dance their way through 16 musical numbers dedicated to stripping you of your inhibitions in a glorious celebration of the altogether. And we think they succeed. If you like musical theater, and won't be offended by nudity and the fact that the surprisingly professional theater space is in The Rack, a leather and fetish store (that, among other things, offers some hysterically clever greeting cards), we suggest seeing Naked Boys Singing! After the initial shock wears off, you get so accustomed to the nudity, it no longer gets in the way of the entertainment. The effect is strangely liberating. By the time the show is over, you'll feel overdressed in a tank top. Show times are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25, with a locals discount price of $20 (must present valid Nevada ID and purchase tickets at the in store box office). For group pricing and reservations, please call (702) 732-7225.

You just have a couple of more nights to catch Mommie Queerest at The Onyx Theatre in Las Vegas. The parody, written by and starring Jamie Morris as Joan Crawford, runs through Sunday, with show times at 7 p.m. You THINK you know the story about the Oscar-Winning Actress Crawford. Clean Freak. Obsessed with Wire Hangers. This ain't Mommie Dearest, folks. It helps if you have seen the "reel" movie, but even if you haven't, this bit of clever parody is worth making the trip to The Rack leather and fetish boutique (an experience in itself). Leave your inhibitions at home and check out some unique theater. The Onyx is located inside The Rack (check out the funny greeting cards and the unique clothing and shoes) in Commercial Center at 953 E. Sahara. Tickets are $20.00, and may be purchased online at or by calling (702) 732-7225. See discount coupon at bottom of column.

If you missed the original "Queen of the Strip," Kenny Kerr, at the NCOD gathering, you can catch him on Friday and Saturday nights at DeStefano's, 3430 E. Tropicana on the northeast corner of Pecos, where he appears with a live band. Show times for the longtime star of Boy-Lesque are at 11 p.m. There is a $10 cover and a two drink minimum. DeStefano's is located at 3430 E. Tropicana, on the northeast corner of Pecos. Call (702) 364-8424 for reservations.

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If you were one of the thousands who received an offer from ShowTickets4Locals to join Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme at the local Coachman's Inn restaurant at 3240 S. Eastern (just north of Desert Inn), on Sunday, we hope you didn't get too excited at the prospect of meeting the duo up close and personal. It was an error. We don't know who was at fault, but the musical Mr. and Mrs. will NOT be at the Coachman's (although they do have dinner at the place every now and then) on the 11th. The Coachman's is owned by producer and entertainment manager, Chip Lightman (the late Danny Gans, Donny & Marie, and maybe Jermaine Jackson) and local attorney, James "Bucky" Buchanan.

Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme

Louis Prima Jr.

Joe Dickey of Four Preps

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Your favorite Italian celebration, and one of the city's oldest, is back! On October 17th and 18th, the M Resort will be the site of their first Italian Festival. The seven-month new, billion dollar property is located at the south end of Las Vegas Blvd, aka the Strip. With the motto, "Eat, Drink and be Italian," Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Seventeen years ago, the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino used to hold a two day event celebrating the heritage and food of the Italian people. Hosted by the famous Vegas Marnell family, it was a traditional event that faded away as Vegas continued to develop and change. Now, thanks to the Marnell family-owned M Resort Spa and Casino, Italians (and everyone else) can celebrate the best-of-the-best in Italian culture at this beautiful hotel's Inaugural Italian Festival. There are going to be plenty of activities at this great festival. The M Resort Spa and Casino is a beautiful hotel with 390 oversized brand new guest rooms, 92,000 square feet of gaming, 1,900 slot machines, 12 table poker rooms and 64 table games, you can easily try your luck after enjoying the delicious food. If you love Italian cuisine, you're going to love this great October festival. For two days, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Villaggio del Sole pool, you will be treated to calzones, pizza, cannoli and more food, all prepared by the best local Italian restaurants and the M Resort's world renowned chefs. There will be tons of fun activities, including grape stomping, games of Bocce, and a spaghetti eating contest! Want more? At the Henderson hotel, you will also be able to fulfill your sweet tooth cravings by checking out the incredible dessert table, featuring incredible selections like cheesecake, biscotti, Italian ice, cannoli and spumoni. The M Resort really wants to make itself stand out in the food world as of late. If you didn't already know, the newest season of the hit reality show, Top Chef, is held here at the M Resort and Spa. If you think what the chefs on the hit show cook up now is amazing, just wait until the M Resort chefs get to do their thing at this Italian festival. The entire resort is ready to rock with this inaugural event that will surely stick around for years. "I'm looking forward to starting a new tradition with it [The Italian Festival] here at the M...I hope people bring their whole family and enjoy great Italian food and entertainment (featuring among other performers, Louis Prima Jr.) in an unbelievable setting," said Anthony Marnell III, Chairman and CEO of the M Resort Casino Spa. And here's a great BIG plus...You don't have to pay to gain admission to THIS festival. It's FREE!

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The Four Preps Bring The Soundtrack of Our Lives to the Suncoast Showroom October 10-11 Celebrating their 50th anniversary, The Four Preps will bring new energy to great oldies when they harmonize on America's favorite pop hits in The Soundtrack of Our Lives at the Suncoast Showroom, October 10 and 11. Audiences will experience the hand-clapping, foot-stomping celebration of all the great vocal group oldies when The Four Preps, featuring co-founder and original lead singer Bruce Belland, take the stage. Joining Belland are Bob Duncan, former leader of The Diamonds and The Crew Cuts; baritone Joe Dickey, who was a principal performer in the smash MGM Grand/Bally's Las Vegas production of Hallelujah Hollywood; and Skip Taylor, the group's youngest, affectionately known as "the baby bass." The concert will include such classics as "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," "Earth Angel," "Whispering Bells" and "Unchained Melody," plus The Four Preps' own top hits, including "26 Miles," "Big Man," "Lazy Summer Night" and "Down by the Station." The legendary Dick Clark said of The Four Preps, "Their energy and enthusiasm guarantee a great time...every time." It's a story that dates back to 1955, when Belland enlisted three fellow members of the school choir, Glen Larson, Ed Cobb and Marvin Ingram, to form a quartet and try out for the annual Hollywood High School talent show. Calling themselves "The Four Preps," the group was a hit at school and beyond, as Voyle Gilmore, legendary Capitol Records producer of such stars as Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra, signed The Four Preps to a recording contract after hearing them. At the time, the group was the youngest act to ever sign with a major record label. A string of success followed, and The Four Preps had their first million-selling hit, "26 Miles," in 1958. They were featured in Life magazine and appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and American Bandstand, but their superstar status was confirmed when they co-starred in the first Gidget movie with Sandra Dee. In 1958, Billboard magazine honored The Four Preps as "newcomer of the year" and then for three consecutive years in the 1960s as "the nation's number one concert attraction." After 13 success-filled years, The Four Preps' original members disbanded to pursue individual careers. The rejuvenated version of The Four Preps, still featuring original lead singer Bruce Belland, now tours the world and continues to entertain sell-out crowds.
Tickets are now available starting from $19.95, plus tax. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 702.636.7075 or visiting

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Drew Gehling

Erich Bergen by Justin "Squigs" Robertson

Jersey Boys' new Bob Gaudio, at least through November 8th, is Drew Gehling. Drew's past credits include shows and workshops off-Broadway, at the Paper Mill Playhouse, the Roundabout Theatre Company, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, and a residence at Dartmouth with the New York Theatre Workshop. His favorite shows include The Flamingo Kid (workshop), Moby Dick (NYTW), Hello, Dolly! (Paper Mill), Candide, Assassins, Myths and Hymns, The Duchess of Malfi, and Nightingale, a new musical by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater. Gehling, who is taking over the role previously played by Erich Bergen, is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.

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This Wednesday, October 14th, and Saturday, the 17th, Jersey Boys' musical director, Keith Thompson, will be filling in for Philip Fortenberry during the 1 p.m. performances of Liberace and Me, at the Liberace Museum, located at 1775 E. Tropicana at Spencer. Tickets are $17.50. Call (702) 798-5595 for reservations or information.

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Michelle Johnson reports that she is performing at the Stirling Club tonight (Friday, October 9th) from 8 p.m. to midnight, as part of a duo with Mike Shane. The twosome will be singing jazz standards, some silky soul and some pop classics from the '50s through today. On Thursday, October 15th, Michelle and Ronnie Rose will be hosting the afternoon Hit Parade at the Suncoast. The gospel choir, The Desert Angels (, will be guests. They will be singing the Clint Holmes penned, "I Sing," behind featured Bill Fayne. On the 20th of this month. Michelle's jazz trio will be at Brendan's Irish Pub. The talented lady, plus the three musicians - Mike Mechem on drums, Bob Sachs on bass, and Cocho Arbe on piano - will present songs from the Great American Songbook. The private Stirling Club is located on Paradise Road, across from the Hilton.

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There are creepy things going on in Las Vegas and some of them even involve Halloween. One of the fun and scary things that is happening as we move closer to Halloween, is taking place at the Springs Preserve. It's called Haunted Harvest and it will be open on weekends, from October 16th through 31st, including the 29th, from 5 to 9 p.m. Among the things offered at Haunted Harvest are Ghost Story Hayrides (at an additional fee), Safe-Street Trick or Treating, balloon artists, flashlight tours, Garden Tricks and Café Treats, Mad Science and Midway Madness, and plenty of creepy characters - all in a family-friendly spooky atmosphere. The Café has extended hours and Halloween- themed menus during Haunted Harvest hours. Admission prices are $8 for adults, and $4 for children between the ages of five and 12. Children four and younger are admitted free. (Annual Springs Preserve pass members pay $4 for adults and $2 for children five to 12.) Springs Preserve is located at 333 S. Valley View. For additional information, call (702) 822-7700.

Haunted Harvest at Springs Preserve

Andrew "Dice" Clay

Barry Manilow

Monster Mayhem at the Boca Park Funtime Frightfest opens at 7 p.m. tonight (October 9th) at S. Rampart and Alta, across from the Suncoast Casino. Frightening strikes as Monster Mayhem returns once again to scare the beejesus out of Las Vegas residents. The collaboration of two of Las Vegas' longest running Halloween entertainment providers, Haunted Enterprises and Great White Entertainment, with a combined 24 years of Halloween experience in Las Vegas, are this year teaming up with the creative geniuses behind the Boca Park Funtime Fright Fest to deliver the most complete, exciting Halloween event for adults and children ever created in Southern Nevada. Two complete, haunted attractions including a re-modeled and up-dated perennial favorite The Haunted Mansion and the 3-D Morbid Clown Manor, plus the Boneyard, an above ground graveyard just like in New Orleans, and you've got the look, the sound, and the SMELL of terror. Throw in a full collection of carnival rides, food, a pumpkin patch, vendor booths, more food, even a beer garden for the parents, and you've got this years Funtime Frightfest, where a healthy portion of proceeds go to the Peoples Autism Foundation. So mark your calendars, pack a clean pair of underwear, and head out to Monster Mayhem and the Boca Park Funtime Frightfest. Monster Mayhem promises to deliver the goods when it comes to getting your fright on this Halloween season. Monster Mayhem and the Boca Park Funtime Frightfest runs through November 1st, when the spirits materialize en-masse to mark the Day of the Dead. Tickets will be available on site. Monster Mayhem hours of operation are 7 p.m. to midnight, Thursday thru Sunday, and every night beginning October 21st. Funtime Frightfest opens at 4 p.m. daily. Funtime Frightfest Admission - $2 children, $3 adults. Monster Mayhem tickets $14 ($13 with Frightfest Admission discount coupon). Rampart exit South off the Summerlin Expressway.

And speaking of scary, bad boy comic, Andrew Dice Clay, has found himself yet another local room to hang out in...this time at the Riviera. He's like a man without a country. In 2006, he took his act into the MAIN showroom at the Luxor (when the theater was between big shows such as the Blue Man Group and Hairspray came in). Since then, the Dice Man has been at places like the Palazzo's Sugarcane Live!, formerly the Sugarcane Lounge, and the Steve Wyrick Theater. The risqué comedian is now scheduled for 10:30 p.m. shows, October 12th through the 25th, and November 4th through 16th. Ticket prices range from $49.99 to $99.99, PLUS taxes and fees. Would we make this up??? For reservations, call (702) 794-9433.

Some magicians are a whole lot better than others. Scarlett, for example. It seems that Scarlett, along with her Seductive Ladies of Magic, have completely disappeared from the Riviera Hotel where they had been performing in the Versailles Theatre since July 1st. Prior to her engagement at the Riv, Scarlett was part of the lineup at the V Theater in the Miracle Mile Mall at Planet Hollywood.

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Is Barry Manilow departing the Las Vegas Hilton, where he has been performing since February 2005? The rumors can end now, because the answer is "yes." Manilow's record-setting five-year run at the Las Vegas Hilton will conclude on December 30th. Barry began his long-term engagement with a show called Manilow: Music and Passion. His current show, Ultimate Manilow: The Hits, debuted in July of last year. By the end of his Hilton engagement, Manilow will have performed more than 300 shows, to nearly 450,000 people with gross ticket sales of more than $70 million. Manilow only has 12 shows left at the Hilton - October 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th and 10th, November 27th, 28th, and 29th, and December 28th, 29th and 30th. Show times are at 8 p.m. in the legendary Hilton Theater. Stage seat tickets are $225 (plus tax and service charge). The seats are up close and personal with 34 located on each side of the stage and at the same level. Main orchestra tickets are $125-175 (plus tax and service charge); rear orchestra tickets $65-$85 (plus tax and service charge) and balcony $65 (plus tax and service charge). Tickets can be purchased by calling (702) 732-5755 or (800) 222-5361, or by visiting the Hilton box office. The big question now is, what is the Hilton going to do with that hotel-sized Barry Manilow "photo"?

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It's time for the 16th annual Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival, today through Sunday. A medieval kingdom takes over Sunset Park, 2601 E. Sunset Road, with lavishly costumed knights, knaves, fine ladies and wenches. Presented by Clark County Parks and Recreation, the festival is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 11. Admission is $10 per day for adults and $5 per day for seniors and children ages 5 to 12, and available at all Ticketmaster outlets. Ages 4 and younger are free. Three-day passes are available at Sunset Park on Friday only for $25 for adults or $10 for children (5-12) or seniors (55+). See last week's column for more details.

Also, don't forget that the 14th Annual Old Timers Reunion takes place at The Orleans on Sunday, October 18th, beginning with cocktails at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6. The event is hosted by Bill Boyd and the Boyd Gaming Group. Thalia Dondero serves as the 2009 event chairman, with Lorraine Hunt Bono and Dennis Bono acting as entertainment co-chairs. Tickets are $45 per person. If you have lived in Las Vegas long enough to be called an "old timer," and would like to attend, call (702) 364-4962 for reservations.

Lucy Shropshire

Mike & Lakiha Tyson

And, if you're in New York, Lucy Shropshire (...unusual name, unforgettable voice) performs her new show, Miracles, Imagination & Me, at Don't Tell Mama (343 West 46th, between 8th and 9th Avenues), tomorrow night at 9:30, and Sunday night at 8. In her new show, produced by Jim Semmelman, Lucy sings songs from Kenny Loggins and Jimmy Webb, to Alan and Marilyn Bergman; and from Peter Pan and Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, to The Wiz, that will inspire, delight and help you remember your dreams through jazz, pop and Broadway. Lucy will include one of her owned penned tunes, "There Are Miracles," in this program. She will be accompanied by David Shenton on piano, John Convertino on bass, and Joe Brady on drums. Robert Fowler and Kiki Hawkins will provide backup vocals. There is a $15 cover charge, plus a two drink minimum. For reservations, call (212) 757-0788. Be a part of this exciting experience.

Las Vegas has its own Don't Tell Mama. The Vegas version is located downtown at 517 E. Fremont, just east of Las Vegas Blvd. The cabaret/club phone number is (702) 207-0788.

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Mike Tyson and his wife, Lakiha Spicer, were spotted Saturday night at The Platters, Cornell Gunter's Coasters and the Marvelettes doo-wop show inside the Congo Room at the Sahara Hotel & Casino. Tyson was seen singing along and enjoying the music with his wife. The Tysons made it over to the Sahara just in the nick of time. The Platters, Coasters and Marvelettes will end their almost seven year run at the hotel on Sunday. The groups will open at the cursed Wyrick Theatre the next night (October 12th for shows at 7 p.m.). What can producer Bill Caron be thinking???

And while still on the north end of the Strip, the Las Vegas BikeFest ended with a bang at the Sahara Hotel & Casino after party, when longtime Sahara guest, Ann Yerton from Norwich, New York, won the grand prize of a 2009 Harley-Davidson Cross Bones motorcycle, which is valued at $21,270. Ms. Yerton was shocked and speechless when her name was called out as the winner. Attached is a photo of Ms. Yerton sitting on her new bike.

Harley-Davidson winner Ann Yerton

Engelbert Humperdinck

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The 'King of Romance,' Engelbert Humperdinck, returns to The Orleans Showroom, October 15th through 18th. Engelbert has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, including 64 gold and 24 platinum albums. The multiple Grammy-nominated artist will charm hearts once again, October 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th, at 8 p.m. each evening at The Orleans Showroom. Although born Arnold George Dorsey in Madras, India, it was more than four decades ago that Engelbert Humperdinck emerged as one of the foremost entertainers in the world. Growing up, Humperdinck had a passion for the saxophone and scrimped and saved for weekly lessons. By the time he was 17, he found himself on stage singing and became quite popular in the United Kingdom. After a military hiatus, he again emerged on the music scene with a new image and the name of a noted 19th century German composer. Thus, Engelbert Humperdinck was born and a phenomenon began. Once called "The premier voice of the 20th century" by the London Times, Humperdinck first hit the charts with his smash hit "Release Me (And Let Me Love Again)," which went to No. 1 in 11 countries. The next decade brought such hits as "After the Lovin'," "Winter World of Love," "Am I That Easy To Forget," "There Goes My Everything," "This Moment In Time," and "A Man Without Love." Humperdinck has performed for Her Majesty the Queen, several Presidents, and many Heads of State. In 1978, he received a "Georgie Award" from the American Guild of Variety Artists recognizing his as "Entertainer of the Year." In 1988, his performance of "One World" was seen by over 5 billion people around the globe, kicking off the Seoul Summer Olympics. The handsome singer extraordinaire, whose music is instantly recognizable, has withstood the test of time with his sensitive interpretation of lyrics. He has recorded more than 80 albums, including many multi-language versions, and is extremely proud of the fact that he has been able to use his fame to raise funds for numerous charitable causes. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are priced from $54.95, plus tax, and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at (702) 365-7075 or by visiting

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The Riviera Comedy Club offers up funny folks, Kathleen Dunbar (a Las Vegas resident), DeLai, and Stanley Ullman, through Sunday, October 11th, while Diane Ford headlines the club, October 12th through 18th. Married. Divorced. Married. Divorced. Married. The sexy, sassy feminist Ford was voted Comedienne of the Year by the American Comedy Awards for 11 years in a row. Her takes on the futility of life and love has been heard on more than 90 television shows, including three HBO specials. Ben Creed was featured on a video called Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen with the likes of Tim Allen and Bill Hicks. Creed has performed on numerous HBO and Showtime specials, as well as toured the club circuit across the country. His razor-edged tongue will take you on a guided tour of life as seen through his own eyes. Matt Markman will round out the week's comedic trio. Matt has a unique self-deprecating attitude and delivery, which makes him a crowd favorite. He has opened for George Wallace at the Flamingo Hilton, performed live on the FOX 5 Morning Show, and has entertained U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton. Show times for the Riviera Comedy Club, located in the Mardi Gras Entertainment Complex on the hotel's 2nd level, are 8:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $24.99 plus tax and fee. A dinner/show combination is available. For more information, call the hotel box office at (702) 794-9433 or toll free at (877) 892-7469, or go to All guests must be at least 18 years of age.

Kathleen Dunbar

Diane Ford

Frank Caliendo

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At the Monte Carlo, beginning on Monday, October 12th, for the first time ever there will be a show after Lance Burton's spectacular magic extravaganza. On Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30 p.m., family friendly comedian-impressionist Frank Caliendo will take to the stage with impressions of the likes of John Madden, Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Dr. Phil McGraw, Robin Williams, Donald Trump, William Shatner and former Presidents, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Show tickets run from $59 to $95. Caliendo is best known for his work on FOX's MADtv. His signature John Madden impression is frequently seen on FOX NFL and Mohr Sports. You may have also seen him on Comedy Central Presents. For tickets or further information call (702) 730-7160. Some nights you can stay for both shows.

Also in the 1,200-seat Lance Burton Theatre, on Sunday night, you and your friends can see the entertaining Zowie Bowie for FREE. They are taping the show, so they need to fill up the showroom with energetic people with great big smiles! Please arrive no later than 6 p.m. to pick up your tickets at the Lance Burton showroom box office at the Monte Carlo. Zowie Bowie starts at 7:30. Just tell them Stan Kass sent you. There will be a party in the lounge after the show. Spread the word. They need to fill those 1,200 seats!

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Skye Dee Miles, a regular cast member in Menopause the Musical when it was at the Las Vegas Hilton, finished up a six month run at the Eldorado Hotel Casino in Reno in July. These days, Skye is spending some time in her hometown of Boonville, Missouri, where she recently opened a women's boutique called Miles of Styles. If you happen to be in Boonville...

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You still have three chances to see the Nevada Conservatory Theatre's production of Company in the Judy Bayley Theatre at UNLV before it closes on Sunday. The Broadway musical offers some of our most favorite Stephen Sondheim songs ("You Could Drive a Person Crazy," "(I'm Not) Getting Married Today," "The Ladies Who Lunch," "Side By Side," "Another Hundred People," and "Being Alive"). Show times are at 8 p.m., tonight and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $20 and $30. For reservations, call (702) 895-ARTS (2787).

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On Thursday, October 15th, from 6 to 8 p.m., one of our favorite Vegas dining experiences, Hash House a Go Go, hosts the 2nd annual official Bite of Las Vegas Kick Off Party. Tents will be set up in the front parking lot where they will be serving $1 draft beer to get the party started. Other food and drink specials during the Kick Off party include the Hand Hammered Pork Tenderloin Sandwich and Kiwi Watermelon Lemonade for $3 each, which will also be available at the actual Bite of Las Vegas on Saturday, October 17th. At the Hash House a Go Go Kick Off Party, there will be giveaways every 15 minutes throughout the night. Prizes will include family four-packs of tickets to the Bite of Las Vegas, $25 gift cards to Hash House A Go Go, concert tickets and other goodies. In addition, the first 50 attendees will receive a pair of tickets to see comedian George Wallace at the Flamingo. Also, guests who bring a canned good to donate to the City Mission will get their first drink free. As mentioned above, Bite of Las Vegas takes place Saturday, October 17th. It will be at Desert Breeze Park, 8425 Spring Mountain Rd. The event will feature food booths from more than 40 local restaurants, along with carnival rides, games and entertainment, featuring musical performances by Train, Blue October, Uncle Kracker and Parachute, among others. Hash House A Go Go, located at 6800 W. Sahara Avenue, brings farm-fresh food with a funky, modern twist to the locals and visitors of Las Vegas. The well-known restaurant is famous for its unusual décor and enormous portions. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch daily from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Hash House A Go Go is open until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and until 2:30 p.m. Sunday. For reservations or inquiries, please call (702) 804-4646, or visit

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