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Las Vegas - March 26, 2010

Frankie Laine 1950

Frankie Laine at 90

Gary Waddell & Barbara Ciarlantini

As we have mentioned in previous columns, this Tuesday will mark the 97th anniversary of the birth of singing legend, Frankie Laine. In his honor, and to celebrate the occasion, he will be honored with a Legend Star in San Diego where the popular entertainer lived for many years. This unique and prestigious plaque will be mounted on the wall outside Frankie's favorite restaurant, Trattoria Fantastica, at the corner of Date and India Streets (just adjacent to the famous street sign), in the heart of San Diego's Little Italy. The dedication will take place between 10 a.m. and noon. Laine's longtime Musical Director, Benny Hollman, will conduct his award winning big band with memorable Frankie Laine hits from the '40s through the '90s. Guest singers, including 96-year-old Herb Jeffries, will add their talents to the festivities. Jeffries, a deep baritone, sang with Duke Ellington in the 1940s. His most famous song, "Flamingo", sold more than 50 million copies. And then there were Laine's record sales. Starting with "That's My Desire" in 1947, Frankie Laine had a string of hits that charted in every decade into the late 1990s. The year 1947 was a big one for Laine, with "Mam'selle," "Two Loves Have I," "On The Sunny Side of the Street," and "That's My Desire." Those songs were followed by "Shine" (1948), "We'll Be Together Again" (for which Laine wrote the lyrics) (1948), " That Lucky Old Sun" (1949), "Mule Train" (1949), "Georgia On My Mind" (1949), "Cry of the Wild Goose" (1950), "Swamp Girl" (1950), "Jezebel" (1951), "High Noon" (1952), "I Believe" (1953), "Your Cheating Heart" (1953), "The Kid's Last Fight" (1954), "Granada" (1954), "Cool Water" (1955), "Jealousy" (1955), "A Woman In Love" (1955), "Moonlight Gambler" (1956), "Rawhide" (1958), "Please Forgive Me" (1968), "Lord, You Gave Me a Mountain" (1969), "Blazing Saddles" (1974), "Take Me Back to L.A." (1984), "Jambalaya" (1986), and "Song of India" (1997). Even those too young to remember Frankie in his heyday, are familiar with the lyrics "Rolling, rolling, rolling. Though the streams are swollen. Keep them doggies rolling. Rawhide." In 1953, Frankie set two records, this time on the UK charts. His recording of "I Believe" held the No. 1 spot on the charts for 18 weeks. Even today, the beautiful Ervin Drake/ song is listed as the second most popular song of all time on the British charts. As a singer, he also held the top spot (27 weeks) for an artist in a single year, when "Hey Joe!" and "Answer Me, O Lord" became No. 1 hits as well. Even with the monumental success of rock 'n' roll artists like Elvis Presley and The Beatles, fifty-plus years later, both of Laine's records still hold. Many people might be surprised to learn that Frankie Laine was also a songwriter, collaborating with fellow writers that included Hoagy Carmichael, Matt Dennis, Duke Ellington, Carl Fischer, and Mel Torme, among others. The credits of Chicago-born, Francesco Paolo LoVecchio, whose career spanned 75 years, are too numerous to list in this column. In addition to his more than 70 charted records, 21 gold records, and worldwide sales of more than 100 million records (including duet recordings with Doris Day, Patti Page, Johnnie Ray and Jo Stafford), there were also movie roles and television appearances over the years. Due to triple and quadruple heart bypass surgeries, Laine's career slowed down a little in the 1980s. He continued cutting albums, including 1986's Round Up with Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, which made it to the classical charts, Wheels Of A Dream (1998), Old Man Jazz (2002) and The Nashville Connection (2004). He recorded his last song, "Taps/My Buddy", shortly after the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attack on America. The song was dedicated to the New York City Fire Fighters, and Laine stipulated that profits were to be donated, in perpetuity, to the NY Fire Fighters. On June 12, 1996, he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 27th Annual Songwriters' Hall of Fame awards ceremony at the New York Sheraton. On his 80th birthday, the United States Congress declared Frankie Laine to be a national treasure. As for his history in Las Vegas, Frankie performed here in every decade from the 1940s to the year 2000 - playing at The Orleans in 1998 and 1999, the Suncoast in November of 2000. It might also be noted that in 1950, a photo of Frankie Laine (see in this column), taken on the stage of the El Rancho Hotel, was sent around the world via the Associated Press. It was the first time the world could see for themselves, that there was more to this little desert town than gambling. Frankie Laine passed away in San Diego on February 6th, 2007, at the age of 93. The public is invited to attend Tuesday's ceremony.

For further information on this event, product availability, or anything else involving "Mr. Rhythm," contact Team Frankie Laine at [email protected], James Marino, Frankie Laine's former producer/manager and the inspiration for the Legends program, at (760) 943-9911, or the Little Italy Association at (619)233-3898.

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Please note: The March 27th benefit concert, featuring Mandy Patinkin at UNLV, has been canceled. It may be rescheduled at a future date.

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Lots of interesting visitors at Lewis E. Rowe Elementary School during the past few days. Some of our favorite local citizens graciously gave of their time to take part in Nevada Reading Week. Among those reading some of their favorite children's stories and/or books were, statesman Lou Toomin, candidate for State Assembly in District 15, who read to first and fifth grade classes; Gary Waddell, senior news anchor for KLAS-TV, who read Wait! No Paint! by Bruce Whatley, to fifth graders; and Barbara Ciarlantini and Mary Marcella Schwartz, who gave more than 150 excited children a sneak peek at Read To Me's video presentation of young actress, Anna Maria Perez De Tagle, sharing their co-created book, Handy Girls Can Fix It ( Harrah's headliner, magician Mac King, took on the entire school, when he read as well as performed magic for more than 600 enthralled kids, and Lewis E. Rowe's equally entertained staff, during two Tuesday morning assemblies. Mac read sections from the Sideways Stories From Wayside School, a popular series of three books by Louis Sacher. Mac, the father of a nine-year-old, is active with Spread the Word Nevada, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation, serving at-risk children by providing various literary services. Kids to Kids, a flagship program of Spread the Word Nevada, helps children create home libraries to read and share with family members. While developing a love of reading, these libraries promote future academic achievement and higher self-esteem, which impact lifelong success. Other Spread the Word Nevada programs include Breakfast with Books, family literacy service, and Books and Buddies, reading mentorship. Since 2001, Spread the Word Nevada has distributed more than 1.3 million gently used and new books to more than 150,000 of Nevada's youth. Contact (702) 564-7809 or visit to learn more about program details.

In conjunction with Nevada Reading Week (or month, as the case may be), Mac King will host a book signing and magic show, this Sunday, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Barnes & Noble Booksellers Summerlin, 8915 W. Charleston Blvd., just east of Fort Apache. He will perform magic tricks from Mac King's Magic in a Minute Great Big Ol' Book-O-Magic. The book is available for purchase at Barnes & Noble Booksellers or through See The Mac King Comedy Show at Harrah's Las Vegas twice daily, Tuesdays through Saturdays at 1 and 3 p.m. Tickets are $24.95 and available for purchase at the Harrah's box office or online at

Mac King reads to students

Mac King's new Campfire Magic Book

Clint Holmes

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After receiving an e-mail promoting Tony Sacca's newest venture, Larry Taylor opted to share his response with Claire Voyant readers. We saw no reason not to print it so, here goes...

To Tony or whom it may concern,
I am very pissed off that anything that has to do with Tony Sacca showed up on my computer screen. Not only do I not want to receive any information, conversation, promotions, Bull Shit, or fund raising information from this ASS HOLE, but, just for future reference, even his obituary would not interest me in the least. Although I would like for every live entertainer to have a venue in the city that forgot those that helped make Las Vegas a household name, it invokes disdain in me that Mr. Sacca has anything to do with it. His accomplishments have always been on the coat tails of others, and nothing original has ever come from him that was noteworthy. As someone who has been involved with entertainment and show business since 1970 (now, pretty much retired), know that my knowledge has to with direct dealings and not gossip about Tony Sacca. On a professional and personal level I have had dealings with this man. I find him to be an egomaniac to the extreme, rude, inconsiderate, a liar and one that steals others ideas and claims them as his own. I am sorry to have ever been associated with him, even giving him a platform to show his "talent." Everything fell short. He could not even try to be a friend because his head is so far up his ass all he can see is himself! Oh, by the way, did I mention I want you to remove me from your mailing list?
(Signed) Sincerely, and I mean Sincerely,
Las Vegas' longest running club DJ, producer, director, choreographer, actor and not a pretend to be singer (because I know when no one wants to pay for my voice, therefore I only do it when I'm asked and I don't expect a pat on the back while clapping for my type of performance and it's all in fun especially when I meet someone as bad as me). Thanks Tony for showing me why I should just listen and not get in the way of true talent.
Larry Taylor

Surprisingly, we received the same shameless plug by this fool. Why in the world would he think that we give a rat's ass as to what he might be doing? Does he think that we will EVER promote anything he is involved in? If readers recall, in June of 2007, Mr. "Huge Ego and No Talent," threatened to sue us unless we printed a retraction of TRUE things we had written about him. Needless to say, there was no retraction. And, yes, for those who did not figure it out already, this joker is the guilty party that we didn't mention by name in our column of March 12th. It was he who hit the sour/flat notes during the finale of the Bill Fayne tribute show held at the Suncoast on the afternoon of March 6th. It was no surprise that the Suncoast audience gave what could be described as a very lukewarm response, when this joker was introduced at the show. Why? Because, either they had no clue who this guy was (and didn't care), or, they knew exactly who he was (and didn't care). Apparently, this fellow just doesn't get it...even though his list of detractors is growing by leaps and bounds...and for very good reasons. A wise man (and former friend of this jerk) shared this Arabic (or possibly Chinese) proverb with us, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend." Based on a recent conversation we had with another former friend of this fellow (he would be HORRIFIED to know who it was), this adage is very appropriate. Mr. Big Shot is painting himself into a corner he may not be able to get out of. Stay tuned.

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The old motto, "The show must go on," proved true earlier this week at Hennessey's in downtown Las Vegas. An hour before show time on Wednesday, Howard Jochsberger, who has been serving as producer/manager for The Edwards Twins since Anthony and Eddie Edwards opened in their own self-named showroom at the establishment in December, took a tumble backstage, breaking his leg in the process. Paramedics were called, parking their vehicle on busy Las Vegas Blvd., to enter Hennessey's and retrieve the injured victim. Although seriously hurt, Jochsberger's main concern was that the full showroom not be disrupted and that the show go on as scheduled. In trying to maintain a sense of humor, Howard, a retired longtime Boyd Gaming employee, noted that he had "stopped traffic" on Las Vegas Blvd. Jochsberger underwent surgery on Thursday morning. A dear friend, we wish this fine gentleman a very speedy recovery.

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Clint Holmes stars in My Own Song at the Flat Rock Playhouse, The State Theatre of North Carolina, from March 31st through April 25th. Show times are at 8 p.m. Flat Rock Playhouse is considered one of the Top Ten Theaters in the Country, producing Broadway quality plays. The eight month season includes world premieres and standard Broadway musicals, comedy, and drama. The Playhouse is open from early-May through mid-October, plus holiday productions. The Flat Rock Playhouse was founded was founded in 1952. In 1961, by an Act of the North Carolina General Assembly, Flat Rock Playhouse was officially designated The State Theatre of North Carolina. In addition to presenting top quality productions, Flat Rock Playhouse, operated by The Vagabond School of the Drama, Inc., is committed to teaching the performing arts. It is located at 2661 Greenville Hwy. in, surprise, Flat Rock. For reservations or additional information, call (828) 693-0731 or e-mail [email protected]

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Another one of our favorites, talented vocalist Diane Ellis, WAS scheduled to be in the spotlight at Frediani's Italian Restaurant on Tuesday (March 30th). Due to an inexcusable "mistake" by the woman who is supposed to book the talent at the Henderson establishment, Ellis will not be performing during the upcoming week. Here is the story. Diane's March 30th date was set at the end of January. The person responsible for doing that, wrote it in her "book" that very night. Yet, almost two months later, when it was discovered that another singer has been booked for Diane's Tuesday night, Ms. Professional claimed she wrote the information on a "DRY ERASE CALENDAR." Huh? Like the information rubbed off her "calendar" and disappeared? When that made no sense, another equally ridiculous excuse was used for this "faux pas." This time, it was because she THOUGHT Diane was singing someplace else, although she never asked. EVERYONE who does a night in a local restaurant/club on occasion, works other places (hopefully not on the same day at the same time). Who can make a living, or even cover their travel costs, on a once-in-a-while gig? A couple of weeks ago, Diane and two fellow singers did a couple of numbers during open mic night at Frediani's. On that evening, before and after her songs, Diane reminded the audience that she would be performing at the eatery on March 30th. This was mentioned in front of Enrico , the cordial restaurant owner. When Ms. Ellis told this to the "employee" whose job it is to handle these things, she referred to her boss as "a Fluff Head," saying, "that's why I do the booking." Is this any way to run a business? We think not.

Diane Ellis

Pollux with the Seagrave Sisters

Terese Genecco

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They call themselves Pollux. The San Francisco-based band describes their music as "Torch Rock," 1. (n) a term that refers to a heavier version of the traditional jazz or blues structured style. The group is made up of Carey Head on vocals, guitar, keyboard; Kevin Weber on drums, percussion; Daniel Stevenson on bass; and Matthew Charles Heulitt on guitar. Their influences include Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, and Rufus Wainwright. Performing locally and internationally, Pollux has played many well-known venues like The Great American Music Hall and Cafe du Nord in San Francisco, Club Midway in New York, The Winston in Amsterdam, and The Wilmington Arms in London. Joined by the singing Seagrave Sisters, Elizabeth and Jill, Pollux recently participated in a fundraiser to benefit the George Mark Children's House in San Leandro, California. George Mark Children's House provides the gift of time to children with life-limiting illnesses and their families � time for kids to be just kids and parents to be "mom" and "dad", instead of round-the-clock caregivers. As the first� and, currently, only�freestanding residential pediatric palliative care facility in the United States, they offer a unique alternative to hospice, hospital, or home care. The House is setting a new standard for pediatric palliative care, providing high-quality medical care to children with life-limiting illnesses and much-needed support services to their parents and siblings in a home-like setting. Jill and Elizabeth are the daughters of Las Vegans, Jan and Jim Seagrave. The proud father is a longtime, much-respected Vegas PR man, and currently holds the title of Vice President of Advertising for Boyd Gaming.

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If you happen to be on that other coast this Tuesday (March 30th), singer/songwriter Mark Winkler will be joining Terese Genecco and her Little Big Band for 8 and 10 p.m. shows at the Iridium Jazz Club, 1650 Broadway (at 51st St.), in Manhattan. Mark, who performed in Vegas on Valentine's Day, states that "Terese is a fantastic entertainer, small of stature and huge in talent. I'm so excited to be joining her and her Little Big Band in New York. I'll be her "special guest" during her one year anniversary playing the Iridium. I'll be doing some songs from my CD Till I Get It Right, but for the first time I'll be doing some big band things. Terese and I will be making like Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme (I don't know which one will be Eydie yet) on the Steve Allen-penned, "This Could Be the Start of Something Big," and I'll be doing some standards with the Big Band, like "Ain't That a Kick In the Head," "Everybody Cha Cha," and others." Reservations are a must! Contact the Iridium at (212) 582-2121.

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As mentioned in an earlier column, the March edition of the Composers Showcase will take place on April 1st (no fooling!). At this time, Keith Thompson, the musical director for Jersey Boys as well as the glue that holds the showcase together, is in Auburn, New York, where he, and cast mates, Patrick DeGennaro, Vanessa A. Jones, Perry Payne and Jay Rogers, will perform Thompson's Kooky Tunes for the debut season of The Broadway Series at the Springside Inn in Auburn. The new dinner theatre series is dedicated to the memory of Auburn native, Thommie Walsh, the late two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award winner. The producers of the new series are, A Chorus Line's Baayork Lee; director/choreographer Merete Muenter; and Barbara Walsh, sister of the late Thommie Walsh. Director/Choreographer Walsh's journey began at age five when he was enrolled at the Irma Baker School of Dance. By 1975, he was creating the role of "Bobby" in the original Broadway production of A Chorus Line. He later co-wrote a book about the musical published by William Morrow, entitled On the Line, chronicling its early beginnings. His success on Broadway continued as choreographer for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, followed by The 1940's Radio Hour, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, Nine, Lunch Hour, and My Favorite Year. He received the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his choreography in A Day in Hollywood/ A Night in The Ukraine, and My One and Only, for which he also received a Tony Award nomination for best direction. Thommie went on to direct Lucky Stiff off- Broadway, Always (West End debut), and A Broadway Baby at Goodspeed Opera House. He also directed and staged musical numbers for Chita Rivera, Sandy Duncan, Mitzi Gaynor, Donna McKechnie, Whoppi Goldberg, Lorna Luft, Priscilla Lopez, Joel Grey and Barbara Cook. Mr. Walsh directed and choreographed the national tour of Whorehouse, starring Ann-Margret and Gary Sandy. Walsh directed performances of Kooky Tunes to sold-out crowds in Manhattan nightspots, before passing away from complications of lymphoma in June 2007. The revue, called "A non-stop laugh riot," by Peter Leavy of Cabaret Scenes, was part of a tribute to Walsh at Sardi's after his death. Kooky Tunes, Thompson's clever musical revue, a "must-see," according to Billboard, is described as a "special m�lange of comic tales and tunes." "Kooky Tunes is easily one of the funniest and most entertaining shows I've ever seen," wrote David Hurst of Showbusiness Weekly. To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit the Springside Inn website at Portions of the proceeds will go to a scholarship fund named for Walsh.

Thommie Walsh & Keith Thompson

David Pomeranz

The Lettermen

Via his Verizon Wireless BlackBerry, sent while traveling by train to the Springside Inn in upstate New York, Keith tells us that among the composers featured on the upcoming showcase, will be Jason Andino, Amos Glick, Rylan Leo Helmuth and Thompson himself.

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Singer/songwriter/musician, David Pomeranz (a favorite of Cousin Claire's), will appear, with Kathie Me Gifford and Hoda Kotb, on the fourth hour of NBC's Today show (airing from 10 to 11 a.m. in most time zones), on Thursday, April 1st (no foolin!). David, who wrote (among other great pieces of music) Barry Manilow's hits, "Tryin' To Get the Feeling Again" and "The Old Songs," will be singing an original song written by Gifford and David Friedman ("Listen To My Heart") in a segment called "Everyone Has a Story." Viewers send in a personal story in a 500 word or less essay. A panel of judges, including Friedman and Gifford, choose the best essays and write a brand new song inspired by each of them. The winner's story will be read on the air, after which they will be flown to New York, accompanied by one guest, and will be present in the Today Show studio when their song is performed by a Broadway singer. Next Thursday morning, that singer will be David Pomeranz. Set your TiVo.

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In the late '50s, a number of vocal groups had youthful-sounding, school-type names such as Danny & the Juniors, The Four Freshmen, Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, and The Four Preps, for example. Maybe, when they chose their names, the entertainers didn't picture themselves still performing, almost a half-century later. Some of them have done just that - including The Lettermen. The original vocal trio, formed in Los Angeles, was made up of Tony Butala, Jim Pike and Bob Engemann (Gary Pike, Jim's brother, replaced Engemann in 1968). The Lettermen name first appeared on a Vegas marquee (at the Desert Inn) in February of 1958, where Butala, Mike Barnett and Talmadge Russell performed in the record-shattering revue, Newcomers of 1928, starring Paul Whiteman, silent film comic Buster Keaton, singers Rudy Vallee and Harry Richmond, film star Fifi D'Orsay, and the sneezing comedian, Billy Gilbert. Butala played the part of Bing Crosby, who sang lead in the Rhythm Boys the vocal group that had hits and toured in the 1920's with Paul Whiteman's Orchestra.

By 1960, The Lettermen - now Butala, Jim Pike (whose falsetto pre-dated Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons) and Engemann - were signed to Warner Bros. Records and released their first singles, "Their Hearts Were Full of Spring," backed with "When" and "The Magic Sound" backed with "Two Hearts." In 1961, Nic Venet, a young, creative A&R man with Capitol Records who years earlier had written a few songs with Butala, was impressed by their unique natural close harmonic blend and, convinced The Lettermen that he could produce a hit record with them, and signed them to what turned out to be a more than 25-year contract with Capitol Records. For their debut Capitol single record in the summer of 1961, Capitol Records decided to put a ballad on the B-side of "That's My Desire," their doo-wop single, figuring DJs would have to play the A-side because the B-side was so slow, and did not necessarily possess the commercial sound of the day. That B-side was "The Way You Look Tonight." The song shot to No. 13 on the Billboard chart. The group's second single that year, When I Fall In Love," did even better. The soft, slow ballad hit No. 7, establishing The Lettermen as the most romantic singing group of the sixties. Although there have been some personnel changes over the years, the tight harmonies remain unchanged. The '60s and early '70s saw The Lettermen score more than 25 chart hit singles, including "Theme From 'A Summer Place" (No. 16, 1965, from the Sandra Dee/Troy Donahue film); "Goin' Out of My Head/Can't Take My Eyes Off You" (No. 7, 1968, the first hit record ever to completely integrate two songs as one); and "Hurt So Bad" (No. 12, 1969). Their signature sound made romantic standards of songs such as "Smile," "Put Your Head On My Shoulder," "Shangri-La," "Love" and on and on. Among those 32 consecutive albums, which charted in the Top 100 in the United States, four were certified gold: The Lettermen!!!...And "Live" (1967), Goin' Out of My Head (1968), Best of The Lettermen (1969) and Hurt So Bad (1970). Donovan Tea has been a member of The Lettermen for more than 25 years, while Mark Preston joined the group in 1984. Preston departed about five years later, established a successful solo career, and then rejoined Butala and Tea a few years ago. The Lettermen open at the South Point tonight and perform 7:30 shows through Sunday night. Tickets are a very reasonable $25, $30 and $35. For show reservations, call (702) 797-8055.

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We don't know if the pre-show interest has been overwhelming, or if it's just wishful thinking on the part of Conan O'Brien, but on the day his May 1st show at the Palms was announced, O'Brien added a second show to his standup schedule. He now plans to perform at 9 p.m. on both Saturday AND Sunday, May 1st and 2nd in the Pearl Concert Hall at the Palms. The aptly titled "Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television" tour kicks off April 12 in Eugene, Oregon, and will take Conan, and a cast that includes longtime sidekick, Andy Richter, and the former Tonight Show band, to theaters in at least 20 states and two Canadian provinces. American Express is sponsoring the tour and it promises to be a night of music, comedy, hugging and the occasional awkward silence. Tickets are $75, $100 and $150, plus taxes and additional service fees. To purchase, please contact ticketmasters at (800) 745-3000.

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The Flying Karamazov Brothers

Tony Arias

Tim Searcy

The Flying Karamazov Brothers bring their unique blend of comedy, theater, music and juggling to the 827-seat Orleans Showroom for two hi-jinx filled performances, tomorrow and Sunday, March 27th and 28th. Formed in 1973 at a Renaissance Fair in Northern California by Paul Magid and Howard Patterson, The Flying Karamazov Brothers have established themselves as all-encompassing entertainers, theater artistes, comedians, jugglers and musicians. In 1981, their first show presented in a legitimate theater was Juggling & Cheap Theatrics performed at Chicago's Goodman Theatre and at the Arena Stage in Washington D.C. This production became the beginning of what would launch the troupe from a band of street performers to renowned artists who have performed on some of the most famous stages in the world�including multiple theaters on Broadway and on London's West End, at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and at the Carr� in Amsterdam. In addition to developing, producing and performing several original productions such as Juggle and Hyde, Life: A Guide for the Perplexed and Flings and Eros, the veteran performers have taken on works of The Bard with multiple incarnations of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, which also was filmed for Great Performances on PBS. They have also performed with many established orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and The Canadian National Symphony. The Flying Karamazov Brothers have appeared on several popular television programs including Seinfeld, Ellen, The Tonight Show, The Today Show and Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, and have appeared on the silver screen in The Jewel of the Nile with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. Collaborations with other noted musicians, actors and entertainers, include Frank Sinatra, Placido Domingo, The Grateful Dead, The Who, Dolly Parton, Robin Williams, Kenny Rogers and the Smothers Brothers. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are priced from $19.95, plus tax and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at (702) 365-7075, or visiting

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On Sundays at 1 p.m., beginning this weekend, you can participate in the Victorious Gospel Brunch at the Greek Isles Hotel & Casino, located at 305 Convention Center Drive. Gospel vocalists, Victorious, featuring Tony Arias, Tim Searcy and the Victorious Singers, redefine spiritual music from Sin City. Victorious inspires, uplifts and enlightens audiences while rejoicing with boundless enthusiasm and energy. Their contemporary gospel music is powerful and all about a good time. Doors to the renamed "A" Theater (formerly the Star Showroom) open at 12:30 p. m. Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday Brunch will feature a carving station, peel and eat shrimp, an omelet station, and a wide selection of traditional Brunch offerings.
Ticket prices are discounted if purchased in advance. Adult ticket in advance are $34.95, at the door, $39.95. Children under 12, in advance, $19.95; at the door, $24.95. Group discounts apply for groups of four or more, if purchased at the same time. Call (702) 952-8000 for details. The Greek Isles Hotel, located at 305 Convention Center Drive, is managed by NHH Hotels & Resorts.

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Earth Hour in Vegas 2009

Tomorrow night, in honor of Earth Hour 2010, many of the bright lights of Las Vegas will go dark for one hour to show their support for the environment. Last year, millions and millions of people throughout the world took part at the same hour, on the same day, to unite and make a stand against climate change. More than 80 countries switched off their lights for Earth Hour. Las Vegas was one of the many showcase cities taking part in 2009, and will do so again at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow. Although Las Vegas will probably never be completely dark, spectators - whether driving along the normally brightly-lit Strip, or taking in the sights downtown, under the canopy of the Fremont Street Experience - will notice a big difference between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Many of the hotel casinos and other businesses will participate by turning off marquees and other non-essential lighting for that hour.
Photo by Steve Spatafore

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