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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from January 01, 2010
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Las Vegas - January 1, 2010


DeStefano's

Jimmy Hopper

Fred Watstein

The only thing that surprises us about THIS story is the timing (we would have given it another month or so). As the old year ends, it appears that it is also the end of DeStefano's. The folks we feel the sorriest for, in this scenario, are the employees, and former employees, who believed the lies they were told and the promises that were made by the "front man," Patrick Kavanaugh. The way to tell when this man is lying is when his lips are moving. The poor waiters, chefs and entertainers, who have been owed wages for a couple of months, will, more than likely, never see their money. Why they let the problems go on for so long, instead of going to the Labor Board or Small Claims Court, is anybody's guess. The people who received bum checks should have gotten the law involved. As far as we know, none of them did.

Here is some of what has happened at DeStefano's since our report last week. On Saturday night, a singing trio called Nostalgitay, made up of - Marilyn Abrams, Zola Gourdin and Lady Jazmynne Young, a comic/MC named Scott Pritcher, and a four piece band lead by Millard Johnson on keys, and including Dana Barry on lead guitar - were "hired" to provide entertainment for that night. We are printing Ms. Young's description of what took place. We are not correcting or changing anything that she wrote. We are also leaving the, possibly offensive to some, language intact. Here goes...

Nastolgitay, a female trio, new act, debut show ruined due to Patrick kavanaugh's inappropriate behavior.

Despite our show, there were many disappointments and unprofessional actions displayed by management of Destefano's Restaurant.

Many of our customers enjoyed the show but was not pleased with the service of

Destefano's and neither were we.

From the beginning of the day on December 26, the manager, Patrick Kavanaugh

(ALSO PART OWNER, WE ARE TOLD.)

was being impolite and moody and complaining because we, the entertainers were early.

He provided an inadequate dressing area for 3 entertainers.

He insulted our hired hostess, Jazzee, and was turning customers on her for any inappropriate seating that was on his part and not hers.

He assaulted a customer by shoving him not just once but twice. in fact, three times..

He attempted assault on another.

He threatened assault to one of the trio members, Zola Gourdin, also called her a bitch.

Her blood pressure went up due to the stress of his actions.

He blamed our band when the circuits blew and then when our electrician arrived he stated to Patrick that he had a bad fuse box. Note: when the fuse box blew , our band had nothing plugged in yet.

He didn't provide food for the dinner shows and it's a Supper Club.

He quoted we had over 59 RSVP'S AND DIDN'T HAVE FOOD TO ACCOMMODATE IT.

WE FOUND OUT THAT SOME OF HIS STAFF, TRIED TO SABATOGE US BY TELLING PEOPLE NOT TO COME. AND WE BELIEVE HE EVEN TOLD PEOPLE WHEN THEY CALLED TO RSVP.

HE SPAT IN OUR PROMOTER'S FACE, MRS. ONITA POLK, FORMER EMPLOYEE OF NBC NETWORK. HE EVEN SAID TO HER WHEN SHE OFFERED A NAPKIN TO WIPE HIS DROOL, "WHO THE FUCK YOU THINK YOU'RE TALKING TOO"

HE REFUSED TO PAY OUR BAND AND AFTER HOURS OF BEGGING HIM TO PAY OUR BAND, HE ISSUED US A CHECK. IN WHICH WAS FOUND TO BE INSUFFICIENT WHEN WE TRIED TO REDEEM IT.

ALSO WE HAVE GOTTEN WORD THAT HE IS SPREADING TO OTHER CLUBS ABOUT US, SAYING WE ARE HORRIBLE AND OTHER DEFORMATION COMMENTS.

TRYING TO RUIN OUR NAME BEFORE WE GET STARTED.

HE TRYING TO CREATE A NIGHT MARE FOR US.

HIS BEHAVIOR WAS TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE AND UNPROFESSIONAL. HIS BUSINESS DOESN'T EVEN NEED TO EXIST.

THE GROUP, WE MOVE, ON TO OUR NEXT VENUE BUT I, LADY JAZMYNNE, AS FOR ME, I WILL NEVER DEAL WITH DESTEFANO'S OR PATRICK KAVANAUGH, ON ANY OTHER LEVEL THAN IN COURT.

ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS PLEASE CONTACT LADY JAZMYNNE (YOUNG)

Member of Nastolgitay

702-457-1570

[email protected]

[email protected]

On Monday morning, singer Allen Tramont let us know that he was scheduled to co-host the Cabaret that night, starting at 7:30. At about 3 on Monday afternoon, we got word from Mr. Tramont that he had just received a phone call from Patrick Kavanaugh, informing him that, due to a gas pipe leak that couldn't be fixed until Tuesday, DeStefano's would not be open on Monday evening. We find this hard to believe, as we are sure that if Southwest Gas had been notified of a gas leak at a restaurant in a neighborhood strip center, they would have sent someone out immediately...maybe even with a fire truck or two as a an extra precaution (but then again, we might be a bit skeptical about all of this). Since DeStefano's is usually closed on Tuesdays, we didn't expect any activity around there, except, of course, for the Southwest Gas crew (right). Then came Wednesday. We were busy, so DeStefano's was not on our mind...until a little after 11 p.m., when we got an e-mail from a friend telling us that there was an Eviction Notice taped to the front door of this troubled establishment. We sent someone over to check things out. The notice, which had probably been put up sometime during the day, had been removed from the door (can they do that?), and a vehicle (identified by someone who knows, as that of a close friend of Patrick's), the only one around, was parked directly in front of the restaurant. Although it appeared to be dark inside, our guess is that someone with a key to the place was inside. So, what would happen on Thursday over there? How about unsuspecting folks who may have had New Year's Eve reservations? As mentioned by Jazmynne, in the report above, there was no food service on Saturday night (one reason, we were told, is that Chef Tommy had finally had enough and left). Would the New Year's Eve celebrants get a meal? Well, as you may have guessed, there was no New Years Eve party at DeStefano's last night (we can only hope that those who may have planned to spend the evening there, were notified of the change in plans). Instead of a party to welcome in 2010, the man who we believe to be the legal owner of the place, Michael Germano, was hosting a "farewell party" for the few remaining employees/entertainers who might want to show up. Was Mr. Kavanaugh invited? Did he attend? At this point, we don't know.

In spite of all this, would you believe that Kavanaugh is telling people that he and "a partner" are taking over the empty Hamburger Mary's building on Paradise and Harmon, just south of the Hard Rock Hotel? According to him, the place will be open in March and will bear his name on the big sign out front. And, let's not forget the Trinidad in Palm Springs, another business that Kavanaugh will also be involved in. This fellow has come a long way since his days, not that long ago, as a coffee shop waiter at the Tuscany. This is the kind of vermin that this community doesn't need. Maybe Patrick Kavanaugh, or Tim Kelly, or whatever name he happens to be using at the moment, should head back to New York and the "Broadway career" he claims to have had. We have the names of quite a number of his victims that would happily throw this creep a going away party. Stay tuned.

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We are getting early morning reports that Jimmy Hopper's New Year's Eve performance, in the Notorious 2010 event at The Mirage, was a major success. The Mirage did not offer tickets to the public until late in the game. Notorious was initially presented, via invitation only, to the hotel's "best customers," before tickets were made available to the public. Jimmy brought in his full band - Mira Khomik, his Ukrainian violinist, and Gary Bruno, his fabulous guitarist, both of whom perform with him in Southern California; Bob Fowler, his Music Director/Bass Player; Jonathan Pruitt, keys/synthesizer/grand piano; and Matt Curran on drums - as well as an eight-piece orchestra from California. Hopper played a well-designed dinner show, and later a high-energy dance set (sans orchestra) where he often exhibited his dance moves, all on a rotating stage above an oversized stationary stage. Their break was highlighted by their good friend and fabulous DJ, Bryan Smith (DJ Skript) from Austin, Texas. Smith also took the after-12:30 crowd into the wee morning hours. Jimmy's assistant, G.G. Conklin, tells us that early morning text messages and e-mails are providing rave reviews for the event. Quite frankly, none of this surprises us at all. Isn't it about time for another Hopper booking in a local casino showroom?

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Las Vegas-based musician, Fred Watstein, is back on land following eight months performing with the Manny Kellough Jazz Quartet - featuring Manny Kellough, on drums (Las Vegas); Eric Niessner, piano (Chicago); and Mickki Brown, vocals - on the Celebrity Cruises' Solstice and Equinox liners. On two Tuesdays this month, January 5th and 19th, from 7 to 11 p.m., look for bass player Watstein, along with John Matteson on piano and Jeff Krashin on drums, to provide the music at the newly reopened Sand Dollar Blues Lounge, located at 3355 West Spring Mountain Road at Polaris. The Sand Dollar originally opened in 1976 as an ocean-themed restaurant in a small office complex about a mile from the Strip. The venue evolved into a popular blues scene receiving numerous awards, including a "Five Star" rating from Las Vegas Today magazine, the Review Journals' "Best of Las Vegas," AOL Cityguide's "Best Live Music," beating out the Hard Rock's Joint and the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. The Sand Dollar has been the subject of articles in Playboy magazine and been featured in shows on the Discovery Channel, The Travel Channel and VH1. America Online chose the Sand Dollar as one of the 10 Best Bars in the country. For additional information, call (702) 485-5401.

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2009 Kennedy Center Honorees

Lee Roy Reams as Hitler

The 32nd Kennedy Center Honors show aired on CBS Tuesday night. This years' honorees were comic/writer/producer, Mel Brooks; jazz great, 89-year-old Dave Brubeck; opera singer, "Amazing" Grace Bumbry; actor, Robert DeNiro; and rock star, Bruce Springsteen. We always enjoy this annual event as the Kennedy Center Honors are done so well. We thought Jon Stewart was terrific in his Springsteen introduction, but we have to say that our favorite segment was the one honoring Brooks. Among the stars paying a musical homage to the "2000 Year Old Man," were Frank Langella, Carl Reiner, Jack Black performing "Men In Tights" ("They're butch"); Martin Short, "Blazing Saddles;" Harry Connick Jr., "High Anxiety;" Richard Kind, "The Inquisition;" Glee's (one of our favorite new TV shows) Matthew Morrison, "Springtime for Hitler;" Gary Beach, "Heil Myself;" and Matthew Broderick, "I Want To Be a Producer." The entire group sang "Till Him," a love song of sorts from The Producers, directing their attention to Brooks, who was very moved, singing along from his perch in the front of the Box Tier, a few seats away from the President and First Lady, laughing, applauding and sometimes holding back tears. Our only criticism would be that we would have loved to have seen some of the cast members from the Vegas version of The Producers, participating in the tribute. Gary Beach is a talented actor, but, as far as we're concerned (and we may be just a wee bit prejudiced), Lee Roy Reams was born to play "Roger DeBris." No one asked us, but we think it should have been Reams doing the "Heil Myself" number. And how about Bill Nolte, as "Franz Liebkind," doing "Haben Sie gehört das deutsche Band"? Otherwise, the entire show was, as always, a smash.

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Bill Nolte as Franz Liebkind

Bob Kaz

Cayleigh Capaldi by Ed Foster

Regarding the three-week-old Andrea Bocelli mystery, as to who the singer was that joined him in the duet of "The Prayer," after seeing the photos of the possible ladies, our reader, Chris from Florence, South Carolina, tells us it was, in fact, Delta Goodrem. Chris says, "Thanks for responding. After looking at the pictures and losing my bet to my sister-in-law, I must say that it was Delta Goodrem that sang "The Prayer" with Mr. Bocelli and not Celine Dion. My wife tells me that Ana Maria Martinez was also present and that she also sang with him." Okay, now that we have solved that puzzle, we can rest easier. Hope Chris can do the same.

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All best wishes to our Capricorn birthday celebrants - Carme Pitrello, Siameze Floyd, Bob Kaz, Cayleigh Capaldi, Ari Dane, Larry "Hot Chocolate" Edwards, Roslyn Kind, Jan Wood Lovelady, Gina Eckstine, Maggie Peterson Mancuso, Frankie Randall and Rip Taylor.

Also congratulations to Prince and Jerri Spencer who are celebrating their 57th wedding anniversary.

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The Edwards Twins, who opened their new show at Hennessey's Tavern in downtown Las Vegas less than a week ago, are thrilled with the early public response. Not only are they doing better numbers than expected, audiences are giving high ratings to the show and the dinners being served. The newly converted showroom at Hennessey's is a perfect fit for the identical twin bothers - Anthony Edwards and Eddie Edwards - who impersonate male (Elton John, Sonny Bono, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Andrea Bocelli) and female stars (Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, Cher and others). This unique show, plus a steak, seafood or chicken and pasta dinner, is $45 per person, all inclusive. Dinner seating is at 6:30 and shows are at 8. Hennessey's is located at 425 Fremont Street, at Las Vegas Blvd., a part of the Fremont Street Experience. For reservations, call (702) 205-5313. The Edwards Twins, Masters of Celebrity Illusions, are a real Fremont Street experience!


Eddie Edwards & Bette Midler

E-String Grill

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Michaelina Bellamy and Marsha K Ross are two very determined ladies, and local musicians and music lovers should be grateful for that fact. Michaelina is hosting the swinging sounds of the WNFA Big Band at Bugsy's Speakeasy, 6145 W. Sahara (on the southwest corner of Jones), Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. In addition to some of the top musicians in the city, guest vocalist will be featured. A $10 per person is requested ($5 for college students), with monies going to the band members. For additional information, call (702) 834-6829. And on the east side of the city, Marsha K Ross will be holding court at the E-String Grill, 2031 W. Sunset, near Mountain Vista in Henderson. Marsha informs us that her year long association with the Black Label has ended. We are told that establishment will no longer be featuring live Big Band music or any other entertainment. Not one to let a small detail like that stop her, Marsha got busy and found a new location where the Jimmy Wilkins New Life Orchestra Big Band, as well as other musicians, can let loose. Shows will be at 2 p.m. on Saturdays (starting tomorrow), at E-String. They have a great kitchen, a stage, a bar, gaming and plenty of parking in a nice area. They also have a wooden dance floor. You can call them at (702) 437-8764. What this means is that those who are good music fans and like to dance, can do BOTH. It's the east side on Saturdays, and the west side on Sundays. Musical chairs.

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In its final months, the best thing about the Tropicana's almost 50-year-old, very tired, Folies Bergere production, was comedy juggler, Michael Holly. The clever and funny Holly, who was one of the performers in Paul Stone's Variety Live at the Suncoast a few months ago, is now a guest star in Nathan Burton's Comedy Magic show at the Flamingo.


Michael Holly

Zowie Bowie

Rivka November Schroeck

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Seems to be some confusion regarding Zowie Bowie and their gig at the Monte Carlo. Yes, it's true that the beautiful blondes, Chris Phillips and Marley Taylor, have ended their long personal relationship, but, according to the twosome, they still plan to continue working together. Although they are no longer engaged, and no longer doing their Vintage Vegas show in the 1,270-seat Lance Burton Theater, Philips and Taylor say they will continue to perform together on weekends in the Monte Carlo Pub. It all sounds good on paper. Whether it lasts in real life, remains to be seen (and heard). For this weekend, anyway, you can check out the performers, from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., through tomorrow (Saturday) night. Zowie Bowie has been performing in Las Vegas (at the Red Rock Casino and Palms, before moving to the Strip and Monte Carlo) since 2006.

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Following time off for vacations and/or previous commitments, both the Society of Seven, with American Idol's Jasmine Trias, and Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas are back on their normal schedule. You can catch the amazingly talented and funny SOS in the showroom at the Gold Coast, 3:30 and 7 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $29.95 for the matinee performances, and $34.95 for the evening shows. Call (702) 251-3574 for reservations. For Frank Marino and his cast of female impersonators and dancing boys, it's the Imperial Palace showroom, with performances at 10 p.m., Saturdays through Thursdays. Tickets are $69 and $79, and may be purchased by calling (888) 777-7664. While you are at the IP, plan a visit to Hash House A Go Go for a very unique dining experience.

Also back in the swing of things at the V Theatre adjacent to the Planet Hollywood Hotel Casino, is our favorite mentalist, Gerry McCambridge. McCambridge has been on the road with Barry Manilow, performing with the man who writes the songs during his coast-to-coast holiday tour. You can be amazed by The Mentalist, Thursdays through Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $49.99 and $59.99. Dinner packages are also available. Call (702) 932-1818.

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We're not sure why, but a number of our regular readers have recently suffered the loss of pets...all felines. Marty Kreloff and Tim Olsen are grieving the loss of their beautiful white cat, Truman. Norm Johnson's, Jet, and Krenn Scott's, Hootie, also died in recent weeks. Now we learn that Linda November and Artie Schroeck's, Rivka, has gone to kitty heaven. For these people, and others who are mourning the loss of a furry friend, we offer this poem, called The Rainbow Bridge. The author of this message of hope and comfort to pet owners is unknown...

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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On Broadway, the $8 million musical, Ragtime, will close after a disappointing run of less than two months at the approximately 1400-seat Neil Simon Theatre. It will have played 57 performances. The ambitious revival opened November 15th to generally positive notices but never took off at the box office. Ragtime was adapted from E.L. Doctorow's novel of early 20th century America, mixing the real and unreal as it told the stories of three families - one white Anglo-Saxon Protestant, one black, and one Jewish immigrant - adding real-life historical figures such as Harry Houdini, Emma Goldman, Evelyn Nesbit and Booker T. Washington. The musical has a book by Terrence McNally and a score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. It was first seen on Broadway in 1998 and ran for more than 800 performances. The current production, directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge, originated last spring at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Here in Las Vegas, even during a major economic downturn, shows such as Jersey Boys, The Lion King and Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, seem to be doing very well. Over the past week, The Venetian's 1800-seat Phantom Theater has had near capacity crowds in to see the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.


Jerry Mitchell's Peepshow

Jason Alexander

And speaking of Vegas productions, Jerry Mitchell's Peepshow, at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, will go dark from January 4th until February 28th. During that two month period, we are told that some sound and light improvements will take place in the resort's CHI Showroom (according to what we have learned, CHI is a Chinese term for energy). We suspect that there will be changes made in the show as well. There are expected to be cast cuts and changes (the live musicians were let go a couple of months ago, and the performers now sing and dance to tracks). The only thing we have been told is that Holly Madison, who generates lots of press for the show and hotel, will stay on. That lady is everywhere.

Some more Planet Hollywood news...Following in the recent trend of limited runs of one-person shows on the Las Vegas Strip (Chazz Palminteri in A Bronx Tale at The Venetian, Lily Tomlin's Not Playing With a Full deck at MGM Grand‘s Hollywood Theatre), on Thursday, February 11th, Jason Alexander, best known for his role as "George Costanza" on TV's Seinfeld, will play the character, "Donny Clay," in a 7 p.m. performance at Planet Hollywood. Actor, director and producer, Alexander, portrays the world's fourth-best motivational speaker. Clay will turn your event into the most powerful tool for enlightenment and change. Or he won't. Either way, you'll be laughing so hard, you won't notice. This unique show is presented as a motivational//inspirational seminar. However, it is actually a hysterical send-up of the likes of Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra and Dr. Phil. The show consists of comedy bits, both live and filmed; musical numbers; magic, some actual techniques in various fields of business and/or interpersonal relations, and even a little nudity. Donny Clay Will Show You - The Way! Tickets range from $55 to $90 and may be purchased through ticketmaster.

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After more than 70 years in business, New York's famed hot spot, Tavern on the Green has closed. The restaurant, that filed for bankruptcy protection in September, served its last meal on New Year's Eve and its first in 1936, when Fiorello La Guardia was mayor. The restaurant almost died in 1974 when the operator shuttered the "rustic little money-losing pub," as New York Times food writer Eric Asimov later described it. Warner LeRoy, the son of movie director/producer Mervyn Leroy (The Wizard of Oz, The Bad Seed, Mister Roberts, Gypsy), took over the lease and invested $10 million in the Tavern. He added two rooms to the existing four and installed scores of copper and brass chandeliers, Tiffany-style stained glass, bull's-eye glass mirrors and ornate pastel-colored fixtures, and a 167-foot mural depicting Central Park. After its 1976 reopening, words like "playful," "dazzling" and "eclectic" were used to describe the restaurant's ambience and the menu. As recently as 2008, the celebrity hangout and tourist haven had $34.2 million in sales, placing it at No. 2 on R&I's Top 100 Independent Restaurants list for 2009. Lawyers for the LeRoys say the family trademarked the name in 1978, using it on the Central Park restaurant and later, a bottled salad dressing. The estimated value of the moniker, they say, is $19 million, and the company's biggest asset. Another restaurant is expected to open in its place by March. A New York judge will decide if the new owners will have the chance to retain the Tavern on the Green name. Items from the place are scheduled to be auctioned off on January 13th and 14th. New York City-based Guernsey's, which handled the Elvis Presley auction at Graceland, is holding the sale, of everything from the Baccarat crystal chandeliers and Japanese lanterns in the garden, to the tablecloths and dinnerware, at the eatery. It will be open to the public and a preview of the thousands of objects will be held beginning on January 6th. Guernsey's founder and president, Arlan Ettinger, declined to estimate what the items could bring.


Tavern on the Green

Shecky Greene by Chris Morris

Michael Johnson

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Funny man, John DiCrosta, will headline at the Riviera Comedy Club, January 4th through 10th. DiCrosta creates comedy from his original characters, not relying on established celebrities that most other comics work from. He is a popular audience warm-up performer in Los Angeles, and has lent his voice to video games and appeared in the films Transformers: The Revenge of the Fallen and The Vaudevillian. Also on the bill with DiCrosta are RC Smith and Matt Champagne. Smith credits his mentors Don Rickles, Lenny Bruce and Gene Simmons as the most influential people in his life. He has warmed up audiences for The Tony Danza Show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and The Caroline Rhea Show, and performed with Dom Irrera, Jeff Altman, Jeff Dunham and Wendy Liebman. Champagne has appeared in numerous television shows, such as Monk, Will & Grace (where, we assume, he knew "casting director," Patrick Kavanaugh), Castle, Medium, CSI: Miami and Numbers. He also appeared in the films Superhero Movie and The Pentagon Wars. A seasoned stand-up comedian, Matt has performed at the Hollywood Improv, Punchlines, Funnybone and Laughs Unlimited comedy clubs across the country. Show times for the Riviera Comedy Club are 8:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $24.99, plus tax and fee. Dinner and show combinations are available. 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 to be admitted.

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Based on their entertainment bookings for the first part of the year, it seems that the South Point wants their customers rolling in the aisles. Beginning with comic John Caparulo this weekend, January 2nd and 3rd, the showroom has a list of comics on their upcoming schedule. In addition to Caparulo (a new name to us, but, then again, we don't have cable TV), acts over the next couple of months include the venerable Shecky Greene, January 8th through 10th; Kathleen Madigan, January 22nd through 24th; and Henry Cho, February 5th and 6th. All shows are at 7:30 p.m. Call (702) 797-8055 for ticket prices and reservations.

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Due to many conflicting activities during the Hanukkah holiday, and much out of town travel, the Launch Weekend of the new Jewish Repertory Theatre of Nevada was changed and will now take place on Saturday, January 9th at 8 p.m., and Sunday, January 10th at 2 p.m. at the theater at the Adelson Educational Campus in Summerlin. Veteran actor of stage, screen and television, Joel Brooks, will play "Adolph Freitag" in this production of Alfred Uhry's Tony Award-winner for Best Play, The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Also in the cast are Charlene Sher as "Boo Levy," Norma J Morrow as "Reba Freitag," Rozanne Nelson as "Lala Levy," Darrin Revitz as "Sunny Freitag," Joe Fria as "Joe Farkas," and Kyle Nudo as "Peachy Weil." Directed by Robert Brewer, this enchanting, bittersweet comedy about pride, prejudice and the denial of one's heritage, tells the story of a prominent Jewish family living in Atlanta in 1939. It focuses on two cousins who are preparing for the German/Jewish Ballyhoo Ball, as Gone With The Wind is premiering in Atlanta and Hitler is invading Poland. It is a story about anti-Semitism and disassociated Jews trying to assimilate into the culture of being Southerners first. It is a wonderful play for the whole family. For tickets, call TheaterMania at (866) 811-4111. The Adelson Educational Campus is located at 9700 West Hillpointe Road, in the community of Summerlin, of course. Ticket prices are $50 for preferred seating and the gala reception to follow. General admission prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $15 for students. To purchase by phone, call (866) 811-4111.

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On Saturday, March 6th, Michael Johnson will perform at the Historic Boulder Theatre in the little city by the dam. The Colorado-born pop, country and folk singer/songwriter/guitarist is best known for his 1978 hit song, "Bluer Than Blue." To date, Johnson, who was trained in Barcelona to play the classical guitar, has charted four hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and nine more on the Hot Country Songs charts, including two No. 1 country hits in 1986's "Give Me Wings" and "The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder." He also co-wrote "Cain's Blood," the debut single of the 1990s country group, 4 Runner. Billboard magazine called Johnson "A dazzling guitarist and wonderfully expressive singer." You can see and hear for yourself, when Michael Johnson takes to the stage of the Boulder City, Nevada, theater, owned and operated by Desi Arnaz Jr. and his wife Amy Arnaz (Miss Amy runs the Boulder City Ballet Co. which performs their annual Nutcracker ballet there), for the 4 p.m. March 6th performance. Tickets are $25 for all seats. For reservations, call Amy at (702) 293-1161. We will have another reminder closer to the March date, but if you have an interest in this presentation, we urge you purchase your tickets as early as possible.

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A HAPPY, HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO ONE AND ALL!



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