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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from January 08, 2010
You can find the current column HERE


Las Vegas - January 8, 2010


Elvis Presley

Kelly "Kelvis" Clinton by Eloise Harper

Larry "Elvis" Edwards by Eloise Harper

It's hard to believe, but today would have been the 75th birthday of Elvis Presley. What is also hard to believe is that Elvis has been dead for more than 30 years. He may be gone, but Elvis is far from forgotten, especially in Las Vegas. Last night, ABC's Nightline featured a segment, from here, showcasing a number of Elvis impersonators. In addition to the Flying Elvi (the parachuting, jumpsuit-wearing team from Honeymoon In Vegas), and Dealertainers (see more about them elsewhere in the column), there was a Little Elvis, a Big Elvis (Pete Vallee), a Black Elvis (Larry Edwards), and a Female Elvis (Kelly Clinton) featured, with "Elvis Edwards" and "Kelvis Clinton" getting the most TV time. Word has it that there are more Elvis impersonators in Las Vegas than anywhere else on the planet...including Memphis.

Over at the North Las Vegas Cannery Casino & Hotel, tonight and tomorrow night, the hotel/casino will celebrate the life of Elvis Presley, on what would have been his 75th birthday weekend. Johnny Fortuno, The Stamps Quartet as well as other special guests, friends and co-stars of Elvis Presley. On Friday, January 8 and Saturday, January 9 the concert will start at 8 p.m. at The Club inside Cannery Casino & Hotel. Admission is $10 at the door. Critics and celebrities have praised Fortuno as one of the top Elvis Presley tribute artists. His tribute to the classic Elvis hits will bring the audience back to the performance they wished they had the chance to see many years ago. Fortuno has a raw energy and powerful stage presence which makes his live appearances thrilling and enjoyable. Fortuno will perform many of Elvis' hits including, "Don't Be Cruel," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Suspicious Minds" and "In The Ghetto." One of Elvis' musical influences came from the Gospel music he heard in church and at the all-night Gospel gatherings. Gospel group The Stamps Quartet performed regularly with Elvis Presley on many recordings and concerts as back up. Elvis called The Stamps Quartet his favorite group of Gospel singers. Other special guests will include Elvis' personal friend and bodyguard, Sonny West; Elvis' Kissin' Cousins co-star, Cynthia Pepper; Elvis' Blue Hawaii co-star, Darlene Tompkins; DJ with "Elvis on Air," Steve Christopher; and funny man Sammy Shore, The Man Who Made Elvis Laugh (the title of Shore's book). The Cannery Row Buffet will also be taking part in the fun with a special "Food That Fed The King" section. Before the shows, fans can dine on some of Elvis' favorite dishes like deep fried pickles, peanut butter and banana sandwiches, southern fried chicken, smothered pork chops, collard greens, green bean casserole, ham hocks, and potato and cheese soup. Other activities taking place throughout the weekend will include memorabilia dealers and fan club displays. If you want to have your dinner after shows at either Cannery, the coffee shops at both places have what could be one of the best bargains in the city. For $5.99, you can have salad or soup (we suggest the chicken noodle), followed by a prime rib dinner, with baked potato and vegetable. If you have room after, and it's available, the bread pudding makes for a very good dessert.


Johnny Fortuno

Ronnie Rose

Sammy Shore

Among the other special events taking place to commemorate the birthday of The King, singer Ronnie Rose will be performing in Addison's Lounge at the Rampart Casino, tonight at 8 p.m. Oh, did we happen to mention that January 8th is also the birth date of Ronnie Rose? He is inviting music lovers to join him for his weekend party, which will also be celebrated tomorrow night at Addison's. There will be no cover charge this weekend. On Sunday, Monday and Wednesday, January 10th, 11th, and 13th, from 9 p.m. to midnight, Rose will be in the House of Blues Restaurant at Mandalay Bay. On Thursday, from 5 to 9 p.m., the busy Mr. Rose will be performing at the Range Steak House at Harrah's Casino.

And speaking of Sammy Shore, this upcoming event that will not only have you laughing your you-know-what off, but will also help some four-legged furry friends as well. The Palms Casino Resort, and famed comedian Sammy Shore, present an all-star charity fundraiser entitled "Funny Bones" to benefit local dog rescue organizations on Sunday, January 31st at 3 p.m. The Funny Bones comedy jam boasts an all-star cast emceed by the always impressive talents of Sammy Shore, founder of LA's famed Comedy Store and opening act for Elvis Presley. Joining Shore will be Bobby Slayton, The Pitbull of Comedy; and George Wallace, The New Mr. Vegas. Supporting Sammy's event is his son, Pauly Shore, comedy star of television and film, and an array of talented friends, including Lance Burton, Vinnie Favorito, Frankie Scinta, Jeff Hobson, Dean Napolitano, Manny Olivera, Pam Matteson, Kathleen Dunbar and Pete Barbutti. The funds raised from this year's comedy jam will help three local organizations: Golden Retriever Rescue Southern Nevada, Las Vegas Basset Rescue and The Las Vegas Weimaraner Club & Rescue. These non-profit, all-volunteer organizations will use the funds for veterinary care, boarding, training and sanctuary for abandoned dogs in the community. Funny Bones is possible due to the dedicated people who believe in helping the local dog rescue community: Dr. Matthew Brooks, of Town Center Animal Hospital in Las Vegas; Suzanne Shore; show Producer and Director, James D'Arrigo; Samantha Ratcliffe-D'Arrigo at Vegas Rock Dog; Jocelyn Arter, Kathleen Delaney and Arica Dorff at Petographique. Tickets for Funny Bones are $35 and can be purchased at the Palms Casino Resort box office, open from noon until 7 p.m. daily. For ticketing information, please call 702-944-3200. For additional information, please visit www.funnybonesvegas.com or contact Samantha Ratcliffe-D'Arrigo at 702-630-2448 or via email at [email protected].


Jeff Hobson

DeStefano's Is Closed

Liz Smith

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And, even though DeStefano's is now closed, the saga continues. As long as we continue to receive news we can confirm, regarding this operation and, more specifically, the phony Patrick Kavanaugh, we will share the information with our interested and affected readers.

When longtime New York Post columnist, Liz Smith, was informed that Kavanaugh (The Great Pretender) was telling people that he and she were friends, we made contact with the lady and this was her brief and to the point response...

I have never heard of Patrick Kavanaugh.
Thanks for the alert.
Good Luck and Happy New Year.
Liz Smith
We will keep readers posted as this drama continues to unfold.

If you were a fan of Kenny Kerr's Boy-Lesque in the old days of Vegas (like the late 1970s), or a more recent fan or friend, you might want to read Steve Friess' article on Kenny, in the December 29th issue of Las Vegas Weekly. It's a sad, but mostly true, tale. Although Friess did not identify the place where Kenny last performed here, or the person who screwed (we are too ladylike to use the word fucked) him out of his money, we have no qualms about doing so. The establishment is/was (see paragraph below) DeStefano's, and the con artist is one lowlife named Patrick Kavanaugh. If you would like to read the story...http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/news/2009/dec/29/real-diva-kenny-kerr/.

And then there's the ongoing questions regarding the future of the now shuttered Steve Wyrick Entertainment Complex over at Planet Hollywood. Although when the theater closed in early December, leaving employees bewildered and jobless, Steve Wyrick declared on his Web site, that the place would be back open before the end of the month. The end of the month has come and gone. Not only hasn't the Wyrick facility reopened, his Web site has also disappeared (that‘s what some magicians do - make things disappear). And on the subject of the Wyrick, we received this e-mail from Derek David, a member of The Platters group that was performing at the cursed theater, until right before it closed...

We just finished up seven years at the Sahara Hotel then made the big mistake of going to the Steve Wyrick Theater at Planet Hollywood...Needless to say it was one big fucking mistake...Wyrick ended up owing The Platters, Cornell Gunter's Coasters and The Marvelettes box office receipts totaling 29,000 dollars. The theater was austere and he made us sign a disclosure so none of us would give up his so called magic secrets.....Planet Hollywood itself has always had a weird vibe anyway...Supposedly its built on an Indian burial ground which would explain why the place is so cursed. A good friend warned me about this place. Oh well C'est la vie.

Planet Hollywood may or may not be built on an Indian burial ground, Mr. David. No matter. We feel that the real curse is the former theater landlord.

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Marvin Hamlisch, Donna McKechnie & Lee Roy Reams

Larry Raben

In November, our friend, Lee Roy Reams, joined Marvin Hamlisch and Donna McKechnie at the Every Little Step DVD signing held at Barnes & Noble Lincoln Triangle, New York City. The engaging documentary is about dancers auditioning for a Broadway revival of a musical about dancers auditioning for a musical. Of course, that musical is the multi-award-winning A Chorus Line. Hamlisch is one of only two people to have been awarded an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize (the other is Richard Rodgers). Hamlisch has also won a Golden Globe. In 1976, Ms. McKechnie earned a Tony Award as Best Actress in a Musical for her role as "Cassie" in A Chorus Line. The original Broadway production, directed and choreographed by the late Michael Bennett, was an unprecedented box office and critical hit, receiving 12 Tony nominations and winning nine of them, as well as the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The show ran for 6,137 performances, becoming the longest-running production in Broadway history up to that time. A Chorus Line remains the longest running Broadway musical originally produced in the United States, and the fourth longest-running Broadway show ever. The show has enjoyed many successful productions worldwide and was revived on Broadway in 2006. Fans of A Chorus Line will find Every Little Step to be essential, but even the casual theatergoer, as well as anyone who has auditioned or applied for a job of any kind, will enjoy this backstage peek.

Larry Raben ("Leo Bloom" in the Vegas production of The Producers) is in Florida, where he is directing "four great girls" in the musical revue, Marvelous Wonderettes (which just closed in New York), and reports he is "having a great time." If you happen to be in the neighborhood...


Rich Affannato & Stephen Schwartz by Pete James Zielinski

David Hasselhoff

A few months ago, Rich Affannato (the oh so funny "Carmen Ghia" in the Mel Brooks romp mentioned above), in association with Meri Krassner, presented a special invitational reading of the new musical, Caligula (book, music and lyrics by Eric Svejcar). Among those who turned out for the New York reading was Rich's friend, composer Stephen Schwartz (Broadway's Godspell, Pippin, The Magic Show, The Baker's Wife, Stud Terkel's Working, and Wicked, and films including Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Prince of Egypt and Enchanted). Schwartz has won the many awards, including three Grammys, and three Oscars, and has been nominated for six Tony Awards. Affannato's Caligula takes place in an ancient rock-and-roll theater, somewhere between the years 41 and 1973 (or perhaps both simultaneously). This particular theater just happens to have electricity, a bitchin' sound system, a light show, a rock band, and costumes, more in the world of Ziggy Stardust than Julius Caesar. One of history's most notorious tyrants takes the audience on a musical journey of murder, sensuality, heartbreak, world domination, immortality, and absurdly unmitigated ego. Under the direction of Chris Presley (there's that name again), the cast featured Euan Morton (Taboo) in the title role, with Autumn Hurlbert (MTV's Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods), Matt Bogart (Jersey Boys, Aida), and Anastasia Barzee (White Christmas, Urinetown). Musical Director is David Andrews Rogers. Rich, producer of Caligula, was a member of the management team for Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Obie and Outer Critics Circle Awards), Epic Proportions on Broadway (with Kristen Chenoweth), and Menopause the Musical. He was an investor in the original Broadway production of All Shook Up. In addition to his role in The Producers, Rich's extensive experience as an actor includes the Broadway and National Touring productions of Les Misérables, and Civil War. He received a Helen Hayes Award Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Floyd Collins at The Signature Theatre in Washington, D.C. Rich was born in Texas and raised on the road. Both of his parents were jazz musicians, who played with the likes of Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Jake Hanna, and Doc Severenson. His production company, Tower of Quarters, Inc. is dedicated to developing new works for theatre, television, and film. Other projects include a new musical based on Athol Fugard's Blood Knot and a forthcoming novel titled Being Home. To learn more about the Caligula project, visit www.CaligulaOnBroadway.com. Rich is also directing David Hasselhoff's solo concert productions for future dates, including the next one on February 14th at Cache Creek Casino's Club 88, outside Sacramento, California. This is the American debut of David's new world tour. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $45, $55 and $65. Affannato and Hasselhoff worked together in The Producers, with David portraying "Roger DeBris" before Lee Roy Reams took over the role. Arrangements and musical direction for this variety show are by Marcus Barone. There are four amazing female dancers in numbers choreographed by Broadway's Gregory Treco (Miracle Brothers, Taboo). Rich says that people will get a chance to see how funny and talented David really is. Rehearsals start in Los Angeles this month, coinciding with the filming of the Hoff's daughters' new reality series on A&E. "We are going to have lots of fun," states Rich.

The Wes Winters camp tells us that their friend and fellow Kansas native, Brent Barrett (appearing with Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, as Roxie Hart, in Broadway's Chicago until the end of March), will be taking next week off to do three concerts of The Music Man in San Jose, California, and in February, will join Michael Feinstein for a one night concert of Frank Loesser music at Carnegie Hall. As for entertainer Winters, look for his show (with surprise guests) at the Suncoast on January 30th and 31st. We will have more details about all of this, in an upcoming column.


Brent Barrett & Ashlee Simpson-Wentz

David Pomeranz

Cork Proctor

And while we are still in New York...If you happen to be in Manhattan, the amazingly talented David Pomeranz is at Don't Tell Mama tomorrow (Saturday, January 9th) and Sunday, with shows at 8 p.m. If you are a regular reader, you know that we are big fans of singer/entertainer/musician/songwriter (Barry Manilow's hits, "Tryin' To Get the Feeling Again" and "The Old Songs," and the brilliant score for Little Tramp - The Musical, based on the life of Charlie Chaplin) Pomeranz. We promise if you go see this fellow, you won't be disappointed.

And speaking of songwriters...After a holiday hiatus, THE Composers Showcase is once again up and running, much to the delight of the regular attendees. This month's program will take place on Thursday, the 14th, and will feature, among its talented writers and performers, composers Jason Andino, Travis Cloer, Vita Corimbi, Wayne Green, Christopher Lash, Keith Thompson, the team of William Waldrop and Robert Williamson, and Tyler Williams. Handling the vocals will be Kristen Hertzenberg, Greg Kata, Skye Miles, Carly Thomas Smith and other special guests, accompanied by some of the top musicians in the city, including Tish Diaz, Shawn Elsbernd, Philip Fortenberry, Keith Hubacher, Rob Taylor, and Drew Zingg. Showtime is at 10:30 p.m. (after theater) and takes place in the Cabaret at the Liberace Museum, 1775 E. Tropicana at Spencer. There is a $5 cover charge (free for students with proper ID) at the door, with all proceeds going to the Liberace Foundation. There is also a $5 special at the Café. Sandwiches, salads, soups and sweets are available. There is also a cash bar (no credit cards, please). The mission of the Liberace Foundation is to help talented students pursue careers in the performing and creative arts through scholarship assistance.

And speaking of David Hasselhoff...It's now TV or not TV. On Wednesday, the Hoff made the surprising announcement that he will not be returning to America's Got Talent as one of its judges. The hit television competition (that made Mirage headliner Terry Fator a star), will begin its fifth season. There has been no word about who will join Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne at the judges table.

Are we the only ones who are surprised that the Jay Leno move from late night to primetime has been a dud? What happened to that "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" theory? As we approach our deadline, no confirmed plans on what happens next over at NBC.

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Last Saturday, a group of friends got together at the Freakin‘ Frog, located across from UNLV, to officially launch the new Web site of journalist Jerry Fink. One of the good guys around Vegas, and one of a select few who covers the hard working "sub" stars (no disrespect intended) around our city, as opposed to those who are just famous for being famous (we don't need to name names), Jerry was one of many terminated from the shrinking Greenspun Media Group. Organized by Barbara Kenig, among the show folk and media types who showed up to wish Jerry good luck in his new undertaking, were Grammy-winning musician, Gary Anderson; Barry and Louise Berlin; PR lady/columnist, Jackie Brett; Mel Carter; Dianne Davis, from Channel 99 in Sun City Anthem; Billy Hinsche, of Dino, Desi and Billy fame; journalist/sculpture, Norm Johnson (who has a new furry Buddy sharing his residence); Louis Prima Jr., son of the famed Las Vegas lounge legend; Ira Sternberg; and the earlier mentioned, Pete "Big Elvis" Vallee. Fink's daughter, Jerri Lee, was also in attendance. The good news is, that although the Jerry Fink byline no longer appears on the pages of the Las Vegas Sun insert, you can still catch his thoughts regarding Vegas entertainment by checking out thejerryfink.com.

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Rich Little has finally taken the giant step, by becoming an American citizen earlier today. In the second of two ceremonies on Friday, Little was naturalized along with six military members - three from Mexico, and others from Kenya, the Philippines and El Salvador. The Canadian-born impressionist was cheered on by friends and fellow entertainers, Steve Rossi, Nelson Sardelli and Kathy Walker. Rich and Marie Little have maintained a home in Las Vegas for a number of years. We have to wonder, with a history of mimicking the presidents of the United States, when he casts his vote for the next Leader of the Free World, will he do so based on whether he can duplicate the voice?

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It's Cork Proctor week at the Sahara's Comedy Stop, January 11th through 17th. The comedian, actor, emcee, game show host, and master roaster (former Speaker of the House, Tip O'Neal, dubbed Proctor "Roastmaster General of the United States"), has an encyclopedic memory for names, details, and places that enable him to engage audience members on current affairs and pertinent subjects. "I don't have an act," Cork explains, referring to his easy manner of patter with individual members of his audience. It's this talent that makes each performance by Cork Proctor unusual and exciting. He's performed for hotel/casino resorts in Las Vegas and Reno and many in Atlantic City and Lake Tahoe, often opening for such stars as The Supremes, Eddie Raven, Roberta Flack, and Mel Tillis. He has also enjoyed repeated success with cruise ship audiences. Over the years, Cork had guest spots in a number of TV shows and movies, appearing with Clint Eastwood, Lloyd Bridges, George Gobel and Jack Cassidy. Chris Coccia started performing stand-up comedy in his native Philadelphia in the mid-eighties. Coming a long way from his first days working open stage nights, he has become a feature performer working regularly in comedy clubs around the country. He has even performed overseas, entertaining on military bases in Korea, Japan and Guam. His act is based on events and situations in his life, including marriage and fatherhood. In six short years, Jay Black has gone from being a high school teacher to one of America's most accomplished young headliners. In the past year alone, Jay has toured relentlessly, headlining at over 100 colleges as well as the top clubs in country. Jay's fierce stage presence has not gone unnoticed: Campus Activities magazine named Jay their "Reader's Choice for 2008's College Comedian of the Year." Jay made his television debut on Showtime and has followed that up with appearances on Fox Business Channel and A&E. As a writer, Jay has spent the last few years as one of Hollywood's most sought after screenwriters, working on several feature films. Show times for Bob Kephart's Comedy Stop are at 9 p.m., with tickets starting at $27.95. Call (702) 737-2515 for reservations.

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The Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel has completed its new state-of-the-art concert venue that will feature nationally renowned artists. The 1,100-seat Casablanca Event Center has been redesigned with new sound-reinforcement throughout the entire room, providing high quality acoustics and an innovative lighting system to create a dynamic visual backdrop for the performances. "Our new venue is a great place to see a show and provides an intimate setting for concertgoers while the upgrades to the sound and lighting package presents a wonderful venue for national acts," said Marty Gross, vice president and general manager of Eastside Cannery. Every month, Eastside Cannery will host a different show. Kicking-off the concert series, as we mentioned in an earlier column, will be LeAnn Rimes on January 29th. The Commodores will follow on February 27th, with Eddie Money and John Waite on March 20th, Jenni Rivera on April 10th, and Ronnie Milsap on May 15th. Tickets - available in three levels: Gold, Prime and Reserved - are on sale for all shows. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (702) 856-5470, go to Eastside Cannery's sales counter located at the front desk, or visit the Web site at http://www.eastsidecannery.com. Must be 18 or older to attend.

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Kris Allen

Imperial Palace Dealertainers

Gerry McCambridge & Steve

Kris Allen, 2009 American Idol winner, makes a special return appearance at B.B. King's Blues Club at The Mirage, tonight (January 8th) at 9 p.m. For this engagement, Allen will be performing a solo acoustic set. His previous appearance at B.B. King's saw him working with a full band, playing hits from his latest album as well as spins on favorite songs from years past. Allen's path to the recent American Idol victory included memorable performances of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine," Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" and Kanye West's "Heartless." Kris was praised by the judges for his original arrangements of such well-known songs. Since the finale, Allen has had multiple songs appear on the Billboard charts and his finale song "No Boundaries" was No. 1 on the iTunes chart. Earlier this month, Allen released his debut album for 19 Recordings/Jive, featuring the already hit single "Live Like We're Dying."
B.B. King's Blues Club is located across from The Beatles Revolution Lounge, and next to Samba Brazilian Steakhouse inside The Mirage. There will be a $10 cover charge for this special appearance by Kris Allen. Entry will be based on a first come, first-served basis.

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In 2003, the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino changed blackjack forever in Las Vegas with an innovative concept that combined gaming and entertainment. Thus the Dealertainers Pit was created, bringing impersonators to the casino floor in the form of dealers who perform nightly. At any time, your dealer may step back from the table and belt out one of his/her character's greatest hits. Michael Jackson, Cher, Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Barbra Streisand, The Blues Brothers, Gloria Estefan, Gwen Stefani, Janet Jackson and Elvis (there's that name again) are among the more than 20 celebrities represented. The Dealertainers perform daily, from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m.

And speaking of the Imperial Palace, while the Japanese revue, Matsuri, and vocal group, Human Nature, are taking some after-the-holidays time off from their performance schedule at the Imperial Palace, Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas is doing shows at 8 p.m., instead of their usual 10 p.m. spot. The Divas (and dancing Devos) will return to their regular time slot on January 17th. Dark nights for the cast of Divas are still on Fridays. For Imperial Palace show reservations, call (888) 777-7664.

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Donn Arden's Jubilee! is one of the longest-running production shows on the famed Vegas Strip. The Bally's Las Vegas spectacular features beautiful rhinestone-clad showgirls, lavish costumes, elaborate sets, amazing special effects, world-renowned specialty acts and dynamic music. On Saturday, January 16th, the 7:30 pm show will mark a milestone accomplishment when it celebrates its 17,000th performance. To commemorate the occasion, locals will have the opportunity to purchase show tickets for only $17. The specially priced tickets are available for section D (a $20 upgraded ticket is available), and will be available for both the early and late shows on the 16th. Tickets can be purchased at the Bally's Box office or by calling (702) 967-4567. Jubilee! performs twice nightly at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. and is dark on Fridays. For more information, please visit www.ballyslasvegas.com.

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Have you seen Gerry McCambridge's show at Planet Hollywood's V Theater (or at Hooter's, the Stardust or Rampart, before that)? If you haven't, it's a show that we strongly recommend. We have yet to meet anybody, skeptics included, who didn't come away amazed and thoroughly entertained. If you HAVE seen the show, you might have had the opportunity to meet Steve, Gerry's frequent helper around the theater. Gerry and Steve, lovingly called Rainman, have been friends for 34 years. The two were teenagers when they worked in the same Bayside, Queens, candy store. Gerry made sodas and Steve was a busboy. For more than three decades, Gerry has watched over Steve. Catherine Hickland, a longtime friend of Gerry's, AND Steve's, has written a touching piece about the connection between these two special men. It gives hope where there is sometimes little of it, and restores your faith in mankind when much of what you see and hear is scary and depressing. If you would like to read Ms. Hickland's loving tribute, go to http://catherinehickland.com/inspirations.html. And, yes, this is the very same lady who plays "Lindsay Rappaport" on the ABC soap, One Life To Live, and is the former wife of David Hasselhoff. Notice how all these stories seem to connect?

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Looking for a place to live in Las Vegas? Need a nice cozy nest close to everything?
Have we got a deal for you. Newly decorated two bedroom, two bath La Cuesta condo for lease. Beautiful gas fireplace. Beveled mirrored wall in dining room. Ground floor, end unit. Covered parking. Well maintained grounds with mature landscaping. Pool and spa. Private patio. Stove, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, washer and dryer are included. Unfurnished. Small, well behaved pet okay. Conveniently and centrally located at 1701 E. Katie, just minutes from the Strip, McCarran airport, UNLV, Boulevard Mall, and a major grocery market. $800 per month. Ideal for show folk, a casino worker or, perhaps, a graduate student. For more details, or to see, call Barbara at (702) 292-8768.


La Cuesta Condo Kitchen

Doyle, Dix & Harris of Envy

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The Suncoast Hotel and Casino announces two new additions to its entertainment schedule for 2010 - popular classic rock band Yellow Brick Road, and the edgy and modern music act, Envy. Yellow Brick Road performs hits from the ‘70s and ‘80s and has an established presence and fan base in the local music scene. Made up of Brody Dolyniuk, Brooke St. James, David St. John, Jonathan Gilcrest and James Sloan, Yellow Brick Road will play the Suncoast Showroom on Wednesday evenings from 9 to 11 p.m. Envy (Tim Doyle, Katie Dix and Ben Harris), a group of energetic performers originally hailing from Scottsdale, Arizona, bring their seamless fusion of modern and classic medleys to the Suncoast Lounge on Friday and Saturday evenings at 10 p.m. beginning January 15. Admission is free to both Yellow Brick Road and Envy. Must be 21 or older to attend. For further information visit www.suncoastcasino.com, or call 702.636.7111.

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The Edwards Twins seem to be bringing new life to the corner of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Blvd. with their show, and dinner in the same room, at Hennessey's Tavern. The east end of the downtown Fremont Street Experience has suffered a slight identity crisis, especially since the closing of the Neonopolis movie theater and Jillian's. Now, thanks to the Edwards Twins, things are happening in the area. In their newly created showroom, Anthony and Eddie Edwards are filling the space with audiences who are cheering their unique performances. The twins are identical, yet one recreates male stars and the other, female. Although they have only been open since December 26th, word seems to have gotten out that this is a show to see. Dinner seating is at 6:30, with the show following at 8. Tickets are $45 all inclusive (beverage not included). The Masters of Celebrity Illusions present one of the best entertainment bargains in the city. For reservations, call (702) 205-5313.


The Edwards Twins with Donny & Marie

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Everyone is invited to enjoy a 2 p.m. concert by the Las Vegas Wind Quintet on Saturday, January 16th, at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.
The Las Vegas Wind Quintet members for this performance include flautist Bonnie Buhler-Tanouye, oboist Lisa Smolen, clarinetist Dave Hawley, bassoonist Sam Pisciotta and Doug Beasley on horn. The program is expected to include "Aubade en Quintette" by Émile Pessard, "Variations Sur Un Thème Libre" by Eugène Bozza, "Partita for Wind Quintet" by Irving Fine, "Quintet for Winds" by Robert Muczynski, "Sinfonia for Woodwind Quintet" by Bernhard Heiden, and "Roaring Fork" by Eric Ewazen. Buhler-Tanouye is a founding member of Duo Mystique Flute and Harp, and is an active freelance performer in the Las Vegas area. She regularly plays with the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra, and is a regular substitute flautist for Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, and many other pit orchestras and ensembles. Smolen is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music College Preparatory Program, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Oboe Performance from Ithaca College. Hawley is a former music professor at the University of New Mexico. He taught clarinet and saxophone as a part-time instructor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). Hawley plays in shows on the Las Vegas Strip and in professional groups, such as the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Nevada Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Pisciotta has been a Las Vegas musician since 1967. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in music education with a major in bassoon. Pisciotta is a freelance musician, playing single reeds and bassoon in local bands and orchestras. Beasley is the band director at Greenspun Junior High School in Henderson. In 2007, Beasley was named Music Educator of the Year by the Nevada Music Educators Association. He also enjoys an active life as a professional horn player. He is a member of the Brass Roots Quintet, the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Las Vegas Wind Quintet, and has played many shows in Las Vegas. He holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree in music education from UNLV. Tickets are priced at $5. For tickets and information, call (702) 229-6383.

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Zumba Zumba Zumba! Starting on January 14th, VZ Ballroom Academy is offering Zumba on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. Get ready for the ultimate workout class that has hit the nation by storm. Move, dance, and watch the pounds slip away. VZ is located at 8390 W. Sahara Ave. #130. For details on their special offers, call the academy at
(702) 823-1063.



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