Claire Voyant's Las Vegas Gossip Column

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Note: This is a past column from January 29, 2010
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Las Vegas - January 29, 2010

Wes Winters

Diane Ellis

It's busy Wes Winters in the Suncoast showroom, tomorrow night (Saturday, January 30th) at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday afternoon at 4. Winters calls his new revue, Las Vegas Saturday Night. Joining the piano man onstage will be the incredible and beautiful Karen Burns Dancers, wearing more than half a million dollars in stunning showgirl costumes, and very special guests, award-winning magicians Joseph Gabriel and Katalin. This show celebrates the release of Wes' new CD, also called Las Vegas Saturday Night. Great music, beautiful showgirls, and impressive illusions, add up to one magical show. This Sunday, there will be no popular Mimosas and Music Brunch at the ENVY Steak House at the Renaissance on Paradise. After all, even the flying fingers of Mr. Winters can't be tickling the ivories in two places at once. He will be back at his Sunday post next weekend. For tickets to the Suncoast performances, from $19.95 plus tax, call (702) 636-7075.

Also happening on Sunday...Local favorite, Diane Ellis, is singing at Frediani's restaurant, 2895 N. Green Valley Parkway (just north of Sunset on the west side of Green Valley Parkway, next to 24 Hour Fitness), beginning at 6:30 p.m. She will be accompanied by the Joe Darro Quartet. For dinner reservations, call (702) 433-1494.

And over at the Palms, it's Funny Bones, with comics Sammy Shore, Bobby Slayton and George Wallace working like dogs to get laughs. Proceeds from the 3 p.m. show will go to local canine rescue groups. Tickets are $35. For reservations, call (702) 944-3200.

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Jim Semmelman

The Edwards Twins

Matt Goss

Happy birthday to Aquarians Wyntergrace Williams, Keith Thompson, Jim Seagrave, Terry Jenkins, Neil Diamond, Walter Mason, Ellen DeGeneres, Eve Quillin, Doug Saleeby, Nino Frediani, Arian Black, Ashleigh Zayda Hackett, Irving Benson, Jim Semmelman, Ron Andrews, Nancy Lee Parker Andrews, Joe Krathwohl, John Meren, Cindy Raft, Martin Nievera, Natalie Cole, Maurice Hines Sr., Eddie Foy III, Joey Zarzecki, Dacoda Clayton Collins, Norm Johnson, Phyllis McGuire, Sean Grady, and Anthony and Eddie Edwards. And happy anniversary wishes to Jimmy and Sheri Hopper, and Harry and Piper Goldson.

And speaking of Jimmy Hopper...Fans will be happy to learn that Hopper is returning to Las Vegas to appear on a weekly basis at The Lounge inside Palms Casino Resort. On March 12th, Matt Goss, who had been performing in "The Gossy Room" (which, after Valentine's Day, may have to be renamed "The Hip Hopper Room") for the last three months, moves over to Cleopatra's Barge at Caesars Palace, while Hopper launches his once a week run on February 14th. Here's an interesting bit of business. The cost to see Goss' Friday and Saturday night shows is $40. The cost to see Jimmy Hopper on Sunday nights? Zip. Nada. Nothing. The amazing Mr. Hopper will perform a high-energy, inimitable evening of entertainment from 7 to 10 p.m. Jimmy, who has been described as "Freddie Mercury meets Andréa Bocelli," will be backed by his award-winning performers. Audience members can expect to hear a mix of everything from strong opera vocals to symphonic rock. Hopper's talent is unmatched in Las Vegas and draws fans of all ages. Accolades have included "Pop Vocalist of the Year," "Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year" and "Performer of the Year," among others. Performances are open to the public; 21 and over; seating is first-come, first-served. We strongly suggest getting to the West Flamingo property early.

Jimmy Hopper

Kenny Kerr

Fran Drescher

And on the subject of Neil Diamond, on January 23rd, we were at the North Las Vegas Cannery to see Rob Garrett, the "King of Diamonds," perform his tribute to Neil. More than 500 Garrett/Diamond fans turned out to cheer on both Garrett and Diamond (it's sometimes hard to tell where one leaves off and the other begins). Accompanied by Keith Neal on lead guitar and vocals, Daryl Slade on bass guitar, Jeff Borree on drums, Tony Cobb on percussion and acoustic guitar, Jay Boyer and Steve Gerard both on keyboards, and Jennifer Page and Michelle Rohl on backup vocals (although Page took the Barbra Streisand part in "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" duet), Garrett covered many of Diamond's hits. Sometime, after midnight, we spotted Garrett and a visitor in the Cannery's coffee shop singing Happy Birthday to Neil Diamond (wherever he was), who celebrated his 69th on the 24th.

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If you happen to be in the San Diego area this Sunday, the incomparable Kenny Kerr will be performing at Lips, 3036 El Cajon Boulevard. Kerr is known as "The World's Foremost Master of Female Impersonation." His legendary Las Vegas show, Boy-Lesque, is the longest running show of its kind and remains a show business institution after 25 years. Kenny's seamless impersonations of Barbra Streisand and Cher illustrate his ability to transcend the typical female impersonator genre. Kenny is, in fact, a multifaceted entertainer who combines his talents as a live vocal singer and comedian with his first class standing as the "Master of Disguise" to bring audiences one of the finest shows anywhere. He will be at Lips for One Night Only. Doors open at 6 p.m., seating at 6:30, and the show starts at 7:15. Seating is limited and this is expected to be a sell out, so make your reservations now. There is an $8 cover charge for An Evening with Kenny Kerr, and a $10 food minimum. Call (619) 295-7900 for reservations.

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A favorite of ours, singer/actress Skye Dee Miles (onetime cast member of San Francisco's famed Beach Blanket Babylon, and currently in Menopause the Musical) performs for the dinner crowd at the Italian bistro (that we never mention by name), located on Las Vegas Blvd. So., Sunday night, starting at 8.

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Next Thursday, February 4th, The Jewish Federation of Las Vegas will present the annual Women's Philanthropy United Luncheon at Wynn Las Vegas. The event will feature a fashion show, silent auction and special guest speaker Fran Drescher. The actress, author and lobbyist is probably best known for her starring role as "Fran Fine" in the hot TV series, The Nanny. Considered to be one of Las Vegas' most anticipated events, this year's luncheon promises to bring together the community's most generous women for an unforgettable afternoon. "We are so honored to have Fran Drescher as our speaker at this year's event," said United Luncheon Co-chair, Judy Stone. "She is a remarkable individual with an amazing story to tell." The ready-to-wear fashion show will be presented by the Wynn and Encore Esplanade shops. Modeling the designer clothing will be local philanthropists and community leaders coordinated by Women's Philanthropy Council member Kim Hart. To add to the excitement, a large selection of gifts will be featured in a silent auction with the Ultimate Gift Opportunity provided by Van Cleef & Arpels. The luncheon is generously sponsored by Brenden Theatres, Sun Capital Partners and Destinations By Design. "Our sponsors and vendors enable us to create a wonderful event that will help to raise funds for local and international humanitarian efforts," said Janis Rounds, Women's Philanthropy Chairwoman. Each year the Women's Philanthropy Council takes on a Mitzvah Project, mitzvah means an act of human kindness, and this year's drive focuses on shoes. The United Luncheon Committee is asking guests to bring in new pairs of men's, women's or children's shoes that will be donated to various local charities in need. The Mitzvah project is being spearheaded by Women's Philanthropy Council members, Leora Blau and Lisa Henry. The luncheon couvert is $75, and a minimum donation of one dollar a day ($365) to the 2010 Annual Campaign, payable over one year, is required to attend. First time donors may attend for a minimum donation of $180. Registration and information for the event is available by calling (702) 732-0556 or at The Jewish Federation of Las Vegas is an established non-profit humanitarian organization that has served the Las Vegas Jewish community for more than three decades, feeding starving populations, providing rescue and relief, and building Jewish community in Las Vegas, in Israel and around the world. JFLV has received Charity Navigator's highest 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and efficiency for the fourth consecutive year.

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Tickets for Lionel Richie's concert performance in the Colosseum (the theater that has been, or is, home to Celine Dion, Elton John, Bette Midler and Cher) at Caesars Palace go on sale tomorrow. Richie, who with and without the Commodores, has hits such as "Easy," "Sweet Love," "Easy," Brick House," "Three Times a Lady," "Sail On," "Still," "Lady," "Endless Love" (with Diana Ross), "Truly," "All Night Long," "Hello," Running With the Night," "Penny Lover," "Stuck On You," "Say You, Say Me" and "Dancing On the Ceiling," to his credit, will perform in Las Vegas at 10 p.m. shows on March 26th and 27th. Tickets range from $75 to $175, plus taxes and fees. To purchase, call ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, after 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Lionel Richie

Artie Schroeck & Linda November

Bob Anderson

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A friend and reader (who wishes to remain anonymous) informed us that we had made a mistake in our recent story on Altar Boyz at The Onyx. We stated...
About Altar Boys, Broadway World's Ken Davenport writes...Altar Boyz is the longest running musical comedy to open in New York in years! Full of sharp parody, sinfully spectacular dancing, and irreverent humor, this spoof about a heavenly guy-group is adored by audiences and critics alike. With an extraordinary mix of side-splitting songs "convincing enough to be played on MTV," uncontrollable laughs and lighthearted fun, this award-winning and totally original new musical is "90 minutes of pure delight" that's suitable for all ages and will have "the whole family laughing and singing along." It turns out that Ken Davenport was NOT the writer of that article. Davenport is actually one of the creators of Altar Boyz, and the above was a QUOTE from him, not by him, that was used in a recent Broadway World article. Sorry about that.

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On February 1st, a trio of performers are reuniting for one night of great shows at The Villages Florida. Two of the entertainers are Las Vegans. As Michael Fortuna of the Daily Sun wrote in a story published on January 20th...
The Villages - Three old friends are joining forces again. Several years ago, the musical married duo of Artie Schroeck and Linda November met fellow vocalist Ken McBride while performing at Harrah's in Atlantic City, N.J. "We heard this guy telling some jokes, and the place was packed," Schroeck said. "We thought, 'This guy is sensational.' We became good friends. He's a wonderful entertainer." He's great fun to work with," added November. "The audiences eat him up." The trio will be in concert at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Savannah Center. Tickets for the show are $16 for residents and $21 for the public, and are available at any Villages Box Office location or online at Backed by a 14-piece orchestra, McBride, a Village of Polo Ridge resident, will cover a variety of musical styles, including Broadway musicals, Irish tunes and standards. Schroeck arranged all of the music for the show. "It is wonderful to stand on stage and hear the brass coming up from behind," McBride said. "It's a tremendous challenge working with an orchestra that size." Schroeck will conduct the orchestra and play the vibraphone, while November will play the keyboards and sing. The Henderson, Nevada-based duo will join forces for a little set of their own. "We're the opening act, but we'll be in the middle," November said. "People don't want to miss this show," McBride said. Both Schroeck and November grew up surrounded by music. "It was a prerequisite in our homes," November said. "We were both child prodigies. We were monsters." Schroeck learned the piano and the drums at an early age, and he and his brother had their own act. At one point, drummer Gene Krupa caught the brothers' show in Atlantic City. "It was terrific," Schroeck said. "When someone like that recognizes your talent on the drums, that's a good feeling." Schroeck eventually became an arranger for numerous artists, including Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Frankie Valli, Kenny Loggins and Barry Manilow.
"If we hear my song being sung or a jingle I wrote, both of us are thrilled," Schroeck said. "We get a kick out of it." As for November, she had dreams of becoming a Broadway star, but she found that her looks were impeding her progress. "I was a fat, ugly child," she said.
At the age of 17, November met Gus Schirmer, who would become her manager. He listened to her perform, and he sent November to famed composer Richard Rodgers. "I almost dropped dead," she said. "He said, 'You sing beautifully, but you're overweight and you look too Jewish. We gotta remake this kid.'" But even after a makeover, no one on Broadway wanted November. Then Schirmer sent her out to an industrial production for the Ford Motor Company. They hired her. That eventually led to group singing gigs on TV, which led to the world of commercial jingles. "It took seven years to be an overnight success," November said.
Out of the 22,000 jingles she has sung, two of her favorites are for Meow Mix, and the Coca-Cola ad featuring "Mean Joe" Greene. "It's such a wonderfully done spot," November said. "We got choked up. "We loved every minute of what we did. We went to work with the biggest smiles on our faces." Growing up in Waterford, Ireland, McBride's family had musical leanings, with his mother playing the piano and his father playing the accordion. McBride started playing piano at the age of 4. "Any time my mother was looking for me, I was at the piano," McBride said. For 10 years, McBride worked for Waterford Crystal making its famous glassware, but he always kept music in his life. He started performing at several pubs, eventually landing a gig performing on the Rotterdam cruise ship for six months, where he met his wife, Nelli.
He later performed at bistros in the New York area, as well as summer gigs on the Jersey Shore. "I like entertaining," McBride said. "If you don't like what you do, there's no point doing it."
We couldn't agree more.

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All of you fun-seeking, music-loving, spaghetti-eating Italians (and non-Italians), mark the date of Saturday, February 13th, on your calendars. It's time for F.I.O.R.E.'s (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) annual Valentine's Day Dinner Dance. This year, the social event of the Vegas (or any) winter season, will take place at Bugsy's Speakeasy (Sahara and Jones). We will have more details about this FUNction, next Friday.

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On February 19th and 20th, it's Tony Bennett at the Las Vegas Hilton. Tickets are $79 to $109 for the 8 p.m. performance. There's only one Tony Bennett...unless you count Bob Anderson and Babe Pier, a couple of the top singing impressionists in captivity. After a couple of sold out shows in Southern Nevada, Anderson returns to The Club at the Cannery in North Las Vegas to perform on the very same weekend that Bennett will be crooning at the Hilton. Fans may try to attend both shows, although with people watching their pennies, the cost to see Anderson do Bennett, and Andy Williams, and Jack Jones, and Stevie Wonder, and Johnny Mathis, and Sammy Davis Jr., and Steve Lawrence, and Dean Martin, and just about every other major singer who ever spent time in a recording studio. Anderson is currently working on a new CD, The Other Side of Tony Bennett, where he will be singing the "B side" of about a dozen Bennett tunes. Tony Bennett is writing the liner notes. Vince Falcone, who will also accompany Bob on piano for his Cannery engagement, is also involved in the CD project. We will keep you posted on this.

And speaking of Bob Anderson, he fits into one of those many "My how time flies" Las Vegas stories that we have accumulated over the past three plus decades. It was 10 years ago this week, that, after investing only $27, a Monte Carlo Hotel cocktail waitress named Cynthia Jay Brennan hit a $34,959,458 Megabucks jackpot while playing slots at the Desert Inn (now the site of Wynn Las Vegas). The odds of her winning that day's Megabucks jackpot were about 7 million to one. Six weeks later, on March 11th, Cynthia and her older sister, Lela, were stopped at a red light when a drunk driver barreled through the Las Vegas intersection, rear-ending Jay-Brennan's car, crushing it into the car in front of her. Lela died at the scene of the crash. Cynthia's spinal cord was severed, leaving her a paraplegic. We doubt that anyone living here at the time, will ever forget the tragic twist of fate.

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Wednesday evening, we had a great dinner at the Golden Nugget's Grotto, followed by a trip to Hennessey's Tavern at the corner of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Blvd., where we saw The Edwards Twins for the second time since their opening there about a month ago. We saw a completely different show this time around, with the identical twin brothers re-creating Bette Midler, Bill Joel, Sonny and Cher and other popular personalities. We understand that there have been nights where extra tables and chairs (you get an excellent dinner, as well as a show) had to be brought in to the cozy theater to accommodate the customers. The Masters of Celebrity Illusions have brought life to the east end of the Fremont Street Experience. On February 17th, Anthony and Eddie Edwards celebrate their 45th birthday. Happy birthday, fellows!

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Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns

Bobby Brooks Hamilton

Based on the public interest of the past two weeks, it looks like Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns have found a new home at the Tropicana on Monday nights. For late night music lovers, this is a don't miss deal. On Mondays, starting at 10:30 p.m., Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns, calling their programs "Let the Healing Begin," will be performing in the 850-seat Tiffany Theater of the Tropicana. For 30 years, Santa Fe has been one of Las Vegas' Crown Jewels, never giving less than 100% to their audiences. The band, lead by singer/guitarist Jerry Lopez, has shared stages with many big acts, shows and bands. Some incredible musicians have honored its ranks. The latest incarnation of Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns features a six piece horn section, and an eight piece rhythm section that includes four lead singers. This is no ordinary band. This 14 piece band delivers over the top performances, playing a mix of jazz, funk, Latin and more thrown in for good measure. The free production is followed by an after-show "hang" in the hotel casino's lounge, where a Big Band holds court. Santa Fe will be presenting guest bands, the city's top musicians and vocalists during their stay at the Tropicana. We wouldn't be surprised to hear that this "test" lasts longer than the anticipated March 29th closing date. Last week, more than 600 people filled the theater. Check out what might be the most unique entertainment evening the Las Vegas Strip has seen in decades. Drink specials are available.

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Tomorrow, at 2 p.m., the string quartet calling themselves From Vegas with Love, featuring violinists Lenka Hajkova and Laraine Kaizer-Viazovtsev, Tianna Heppner Harjo on viola, and Zoe Kohen-Ley on cello, will perform at the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 S. McLeod, just north of Desert Inn. Tickets are $12 general admission, and $10 for seniors. For additional information, call (702) 455-7340.

Tomorrow night, from 7 to 10, Frediani's hosts A Wes Montgomery Style of Jazz, with Tom Bruner on guitar, David Loeb on keyboard, Norm Ross on bass and John Plows on drums. Frediani's is located at 2895 N. Green Valley Parkway, just north of Sunset, next to 24 Hours Fitness. For reservations for Dinner and a Side of Jazz, call (702) 433-1494.

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Bobby Brooks Hamilton has been entertaining all over the world for the last 15 years. He has appeared in Europe, South Africa, Australia, India, and Asia as well as stateside USA in as many theme shows, cruise ships, one man shows and group shows. Among his credits are Legends in Concert, The Soul Classics, Jackie Wilson Tribute, A Tribute To Stevie Wonder, Band Stand America, Hollywood Superstars, and Johnny Mathis and Friends. But Bobby's most impressive production is the Bobby Brooks Hamilton Show where he pays tribute to Jackie Wilson, also known as "Mr. Excitement," with hit songs such as "Lonely Teardrops" and "Higher and Higher." Besides being publicly known as Jackie Wilson's son, Bobby has Wilson's looks, his moves, his energy...and his passion for performing. The show takes on a life of its own as Bobby morphs seamlessly into various icons of soul, such as Stevie Wonder, Little Richard, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Marvin Gaye, and more. There is never a dull moment when Bobby's in the house. On Sunday, you can see the Bobby Brooks Hamilton Show at the Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd., in Sun City Summerlin. Show time is a 3 p.m., and ticket prices are $15 for Sun City Summerlin residents and $20 for Non-Residents. No credit cards. Exact cash only. Notice: This show is known to cause extreme toe tapping, head bopping and involuntary finger snapping. Dance at your own risk.

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Wyntergrace & "Gootch" Williams

Bart Williams

For the first time, Wyntergrace and "Gootch" Williams, the teenage children of Montel Williams are speaking out about the poor relationship (as in practically none) that they have (or don't have) with their former TV talk show host father. What Wyntergrace, who just turned 15, and her 16-year-old brother Montel (called Gootch, by his family and friends), have to say about their dad is not pretty and definitely doesn't match the family man, humanitarian image their father has tried to create over the years. The two youngsters live in Connecticut with their mother, Grace Morley Coronel, who, as Bambi Jr., performed in Las Vegas in productions such as Minsky's Burlesque, Natalie Needs a Nightie and Crazy Girls. Grace's mother, Dori Kotzan (author of My Journey: Burlesque The Way It Was), who along with her daughter was a Las Vegan for many years, lives nearby. You can read the New York Daily News story by Nancy Dillon (Sunday, January 17th) for yourself, by going to...

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Actor Bart Williams, who appeared on Las Vegas stages in productions of the Union Plaza's Anything Goes, A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, and Top Banana, as well as Guys and Dolls, starring Jack Jones, Maureen McGovern and Frank Gorshin, at the Desert Inn, informs us that he will be playing "Maj. Gen. Stanley" in The Pirates of Penzance at the Lawrence Welk Resort Theatre in Escondido, California. This is a role that Williams has played before, (the last time about 12 years ago). The productions will open on March 3rd and run through May 2nd. If you are in the neighborhood...

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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the world's foremost all-male comic ballet company, returns to the UNLV Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 6th, as part of the New York Stage & Beyond Series. Combining a loving knowledge of dance with a wicked madcap sensibility, the Trocks offer a buoyant and hilarious evening for young and old.
Founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts for the purpose of presenting a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form, the Trocks first performed in late-late shows in off-off Broadway lofts. The original concept of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has not changed since its inception. It is a Company of professional male dancers performing the full range of the ballet and modern dance repertoire, including classical and original works in faithful renditions of the manners and conceits of those dance styles. The comedy is achieved by incorporating and exaggerating the foibles, accidents, and underlying incongruities of serious dance. The fact that men dance all the parts--heavy bodies delicately balancing on toes as swans, sylphs, water sprites, romantic princesses, angst-ridden Victorian ladies--enhances rather than mocks the spirit of dance as an art form, delighting and amusing the most knowledgeable, as well as novices, in the audiences. Tickets to Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo are $40, $55, and $85 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 895-ARTS (2787) or by visiting Student rush tickets are $13 each and available one hour prior to each event, based on availability and with valid student I.D. UNLV faculty and staff discounts also are available. A $1.25 facilities fee, in addition to the ticket price, is charged on all Performing Arts Center tickets. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Information about all of the season's performances can be found on the Performing Arts Center website, located at

Les Ballets Trockadero

Chris Pendleton

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The multi-talented gentlemen of Society of Seven, and special guest, American Idol finalist Jasmine Trias, are settling comfortably into their new home, the showroom at the Gold Coast. In for an indefinite engagement, SOS, the high-energy variety show, combines comedy sketches, celebrity impersonations, dance and live music performances, including popular standards, Top 40 and Broadway in their fun-filled revue. Shows are on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, at 3:30 and 7 p.m. SOS will be dark on February 7th (Super Bowl Sunday) and February 28th (Chinese New Year). Tickets start at $29.95, plus tax. For reservations, call the Gold Coast Box Office at (702) 251-3574.

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If you are in New York, at 8 p.m. on Monday, February 1st, Feinstein's at Loews Regency and Ed Randall's Bat for the Cure will hold a benefit concert with some strings attached. The special evening will feature the strings on three guitars, played by Earl Klugh, John Pizzarelli and Bernie Williams. Proceeds from the event are going to help strike out prostate cancer. Doors open at 6 p.m. for dinner. Premium Seating ticket price is $75, plus NYC 8.875% sales tax and $6 convenience fee. A minimum $25 food and beverage is required, totaling $88.19 per person. General Admission ticket price is $60, plus NYC 8.875% sales tax and $6 convenience fee. A minimum $25 food and beverage is required, totaling $71.86. The nightclub of New York is located at 540 Park Avenue (at 61st Street) in Manhattan. For tickets, call Feinstein's at (212) 339-4095.

Also in Manhattan, the outstanding cabaret duo, of Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, present This Thing Called Love, at the Oak Room Supper Club in the almost 100-year-old Algonquin Hotel, beginning on February 9th. The 2010 Nightlife Award-winners will perform Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:30 p.m., with added 11 p.m. shows on Fridays and Saturdays, through March 6th. (No 8:30 show on Saturday, February 20th, or Tuesday, March 2nd.) The Oak Room (celebrating its 30th anniversary season) is located at 59th West 44th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. For reservations, call (212) 419-9331 or (212) 840-6800.

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It's the "Funny Fiddler", Chris Pendleton, at the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin, next Saturday, February 6th, at 7 p.m. Michael Chapman and ChapQuist Entertainment are happy to present the long-awaited return engagement of Ms. Pendleton. Chris has been appearing to packed houses worldwide with her sidesplitting comedy, and she will capture your heart and funny bone when she plays the fiddle. A favorite on the comedy and Improv stages, Chris is also a familiar face to TV audiences. Her numerous appearances include Comic Strip Live, Showtime, An Evening at the Improv, Comedy on the Road, Girls' Night Out and Stand Up Spotlight with Rosie O'Donnell. The Starbright is located at 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd., south of Rampart off Lake Mead. Tickets are $15 for Sun City Summerlin residents, and $17 for Non-Residents. To purchase via credit card, call (702) 869-2064. For other information, call (702) 240-1301.

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Ari Dane

Canal Street Presentation

Jon Stewart

Ari Dane, who used to live and work in Las Vegas, recently performed his unique act in Burbank at the Joslyn Center. In a column on January 27th, Joyce Rudolph of the Burbank Leader, had this to say about the entertainer...
Ari Dane, a comedian who thinks fast on his feet was the show-stopper. He told jokes and sang rap songs and got a lot of laughs for his bit on forgetfulness. For Dane's finale, after asking a few members in the audience about themselves, amazed everyone with his ability to create on the spot lyrics about them in his songs while playing the electric guitar. "Mr. Dane has performed in Las Vegas, Reno as well as on cruise ships, in comedy clubs and at major conventions," Burnett said. "He's amazing." Roy Coyne was in the audience with his wife, Sandra. "I thought it was a great show," he said. "I really enjoyed the comedian and his knack for remembering all the people's names and putting them in a song."

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Canal Street restaurant, located inside The Orleans Hotel and Casino, recently launched a new menu, created by Rene Werner and Chef Philip Bonanno, the Orleans' director of food and beverage and executive chef, respectively. The menu combines guest favorites along with some added twists on familiar recipes. According to Werner, who refreshes the Canal Street menu approximately every 18 months, variety in entrée selection using fresh ingredients is only part of the menu revision puzzle. "We listen to our guests, some of who have been dining at Canal Street for many years, and consider their menu recommendations seriously. Of the suggestions, some have asked for old Canal Street favorites such as Escargots Bourguignonne and Veal Osso Bucco Milanaise to be added back to the menu," said Werner. "In addition, we are now cooking our steaks over a mesquite broiler, we have expanded our side dish selection from six to 15, and many of our desserts are finished tableside-completing the overall elegant dining experience." Several appetizer options include Beef Short Rib Ravioli and specialty item Antipasto Caldo - Eggplant Rollitini stuffed with Italian cheeses, Fried Calamari, New Zealand Mussels, Clams Casino and Shrimp Scampi served over Arrabbiata Sauce. Entrées include a wide variety of steak and pork cuts, chicken dishes and seafood selections. House specialties include Colorado Lamb served two ways - a traditional Herb Crusted Rack or Chili, Sugar and Cilantro Crusted Lamb Lollipops over Hummus and topped with Olive Tapenade and Cucumber Yogurt Sauce. Another entrée specialty is the Chilean Sea Bass Napoleon - Seared Sea Bass Medallions layered with Portobello Mushroom, Roasted Peppers and Fresh Spinach, then topped with Goat Cheese and drizzled with Citrus Beurre Blanc. An assortment of hot soups, fresh salads and delicious sides rounds out the dinner menu. Specialty items include Four Onion Soup, Lobster Bisque, Bayou Crawfish and Citrus Salad, Blue Cheese Scalloped Potatoes and Four Cheese Lobster Mac and Cheese. Several "Old Vegas" desserts have been added to the menu, such as Baked Alaska and Cherries Jubilee. "In addition to Chef Bonanno and myself, Chef Anthony Oliva and our Sommelier John Messana have been integral in the continued development of our menu selections," continued Werner. "Messana has carefully selected wines that complement many of the items on our new menu." Canal Street hours are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 5 to 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 11 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (702) 365-7111.

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Catch political satirist, writer, actor, stand-up comedian and television host, Jon Stewart, of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, at The Mirage, next Friday, February 5th, and Saturday the 6th, at 10 p.m., with doors opening one hour prior to show time. Performances will be in the Terry Fator Theatre. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Children under the age of five are not permitted to attend this performance. Parental discretion is advised. Credit card used for purchase must be presented when picking up tickets at will call. Third party billings are not accepted. All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges will be allowed. Tickets are priced at $119, $99, $89 (plus tax and $5.00 service charge). To purchase, or for wheelchair or special seating, please call Mirage reservations at 702) 792-7777 or (800) 963-9634, between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. (PST) daily. Please note that wheelchair accessible seating is not available online.

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