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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from June 04, 2010
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Las Vegas - June 4, 2010

Lee Roy Reams & Marge Champion

Beverly Washburn in Spider Baby


On Monday, our friend, Broadway veteran and Tony and Drama Desk nominee, Lee Roy Reams, directs the 28th annual Fred and Adele Astaire Awards in Manhattan's Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College. Ben Vereen will serve as host, and Marge Champion, Sandy Duncan, Carol Lawrence, Rosie Perez, Roberta Flack, Charlotte d'Amboise and Sondra Lee will be among those who will appear at the gala, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. Each season, the Astaire Awards, which benefits Career Transition for Dancers, recognizes outstanding achievement in dance on Broadway and in film. Perez and Flack will present Emmy Award-winning "High School Musical" director and choreographer, Kenny Ortega, with the Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award. The evening will feature performances by singer Robin Cofer, Evidence Dance Company and a tribute to both Ortega and Reams. Reams, who was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in 42nd Street, will perform with dancers who once worked with Fred Astaire. The 2010 Astaire Award nominees are, for Stage Categories Choreographers - Bill T. Jones (Fela!), Twyla Tharp (Come Fly Away), Sergio Trujillo (Memphis), Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Ragtime), and Steven Hoggett (American Idiot). Male Dancers - Charlie Neshyba-Hodges (Come Fly Away), Keith Roberts (Come Fly Away), John Selya (Come Fly Away), Dancing With the Stars' Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Burn the Floor), and Memphis Male Ensemble (Brad Bass, Kevin Covert, Bryan Fenkart, Rhett George, John Jellison, John Eric Parker, Jermaine R. Rembert, Ephraim Sykes, Cary Tedder, Daniel J Watts, Charlie Williams, James Brown III, and Tyron Jackson). Female Dancers - Karine Plantadit (Come Fly Away), Laura Mead (Come Fly Away), Holley Farmer (Come Fly Away), Savannah Wise (Ragtime), Nicole Chantal de Weever (Fela!), Fela! Female Ensemble (Hettie Vyrine Barnhill, Lauren de Veaux, Elasea Douglas, Rujeko Dumbutshena, Catherine Foster, Shaneeka Harrrell, Chanon Judson, Shakira Marshall, Afi McClendon, Jill Vallery, Iris Wilson, Aimee Graham Wodobode). In the Film Categories, the nominees are Choreographers (Fictional Film), Marguerite Derricks (Fame), Rob Marshal and John Deluca (Nine), and Lula Washington (Avatar). Director (Documentary Dance Film), Kenny Ortega (This is It), Frederick Wiseman (La Danse, Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris), Ruedi Gerber (Breath Made Visible), and Adam Del Deo and James D. Stern (Every Little Step). The award was established with the cooperation of Fred Astaire to honor him and his sister, Adele, who starred with her brother in ten Broadway musicals between 1917 and 1931. Tickets and further information are available by visiting FredandAdeleAstaireAwards, e-mailing [email protected], or calling (212) 595-0925.

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Rumor has it that one of the cast members of the 1968 cult movie, Spider Baby, will be in the audience of Spider Baby the Musical, in for four showings at The Onyx, next Saturday. Beverly Washburn, who played Elizabeth in the comedy horror flick, subtitled The Maddest Story Ever Told, is now a Southern Nevada resident. Those of a certain age, or those who watch classic films on cable, will remember Ms. Washburn from movies such as Old Yeller, Hans Christian Andersen, The Greatest Show on Earth and The Juggler.

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Regarding Happenings (or Frediani's, or Chianti, or Trilussa, or whatever they are calling that currently closed establishment on Green Valley Parkway, just north of Sunset, today), here is the Link (a friend sent it our way) with the explanation of what is going on over there. We have to wonder why anyone who has followed the history of the people involved would expect anything positive to come out of this. It's the same old players, just a different zip code.

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Morgan Fairchild

Paul Pratt

Mr. Marvin Nathan

TV or not TV...On Wednesday night, NBC repeated a Law and Order: Special Victims Unit episode called Bedtime. Since we missed it when it originally aired in March, it was all new to us. Joining the series regulars, Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay, were some familiar faces, a number of whom have Vegas connections. Ann-Margaret (69), who was a Vegas headliner for many years; Susan Anton (59), who lives here, was in The Great Radio City Spectacular at the Flamingo, Hairspray at the Luxor, and is currently a member of Vocal Soup; Morgan Fairchild (60) who performed as Mrs. Robinson in the touring company of The Graduate that played at the Cashman Theater in 2004; Renee Taylor (77) who appeared in shows with her hubby of 44-years, Joseph Bologna, at both the downtown Plaza and the Suncoast; and Jaclyn Smith (62) who, although to our knowledge she has never performed here, her women's clothing line and home furnishings, "headline" here at neighborhood Kmart's.

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Due to the current economic downturn, many businesses are looking for ways to trim costs (laying off help, cutting back on services, upping prices, etc.). Then, there's Frank Marino. The producer and star of Divas Las Vegas at the Imperial Palace is actually adding more eye-candy (and costs) to his seven-month-new revue, in the way of two more boy dancers. The original six (including our personal favorite, former Naked Boys Singing cast member, Paul Pratt) will become eight to help fill up the large stage in the IP showroom. From tomorrow (Saturday) through Tuesday, Mr. Marvin "Fat Cher" Nathan will be filling in at Divas for the vacationing Steven Wayne.

By the way, Frank Marino has agreed to honestly answer any questions that we might throw his way in an upcoming column. Of course, we will have our own queries, but we are also inviting readers to send in their questions for the 45-year-old female impersonator/comic/ fashion icon. Please keep it relatively clean.

And speaking of Naked Boys Singing, the review, which went into The Onyx Theater on a two-week "trial," celebrates its one year anniversary this month. And, YES, as we have said many times during the last year, the boys really are naked!

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If you missed it the first time, Hash House a Go Go Las Vegas will be featured on Rachael Ray's Vacation on the Food Network. It will air today at 8:30 and 11:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
Set your DVRs to record this episode, and tell your friends!

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Happy 85th birthday to Las Vegas resident, actor/artist Tony Curtis, who celebrated his special day yesterday, June 3rd.

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Tomorrow, Lynn Ross will be filling in for Larry Liso over at the new West Side Siena Deli & Restaurant. Lynn will be singing favorite standards and classic vintage pop tunes, between 7 and 11 p.m. We understand the Italian cuisine at Siena is also tops, so check out both the meals and the music at the new, 9500 W. Sahara, location.

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Ali "Ollie" Woodson

Tim Dunn as Dionne Warwick

Greg Kata

Detroit born singer Ali "Ollie" Woodson, 58, who lead the legendary Motown quintet, The Temptations, in the '80s and '90s, restoring the group to their hit-making glory with the song "Treat Her Like A Lady," died last Sunday following an 18-month-long battle with leukemia. Woodson was not an original member of the group, which had several lineup changes since it started in the 1960s, but he played an integral part in keeping the Temptations from becoming just another nostalgia act. By the early 1980s, the Temptations were no longer posting hit after hit like they did in the 1960s and '70s with classics such as "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," "My Girl" and "I Wish It Would Rain." The group had lost original members, and in 1984, Woodson was charged with replacing Dennis Edwards, whose passionate voice defined the group during the 1970s. Woodson's voice, though similar to Edwards' with its fiery tone, was distinct in itself, and helped the group notch the R&B hits "Treat Her Like A Lady," "Sail Away" and "Lady Soul." Despite his fame, Woodson was "always a gentleman and always polite and kind to everybody. If we ever asked him to do anything, he never said, 'well, it's going to cost you.' He'd always say, 'yeah, let's go,'" said Billy Wilson, who founded the Detroit-based Motown association in the mid-1990s. "He was just a star performer. Wonderful person. Wonderful, wonderful person. He was very kind." In 2008, Woodson performed at both the Motown Museum Fundraiser and the funeral of The Four Tops' Levi Stubbs.

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Last weekend comic impersonator Kenny Kerr acted as guest host at Dan Gore's Carnival Cabaret in Lake Tahoe. Joining him for the Memorial Day Weekend shows in Northern Nevada was Dionne Warwick look-alike, the amazing Tim Dunn. Apparently, the fellows were such a hit, they were held over, Tim until tomorrow, and Kenny, until the end of the month.

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Jane Khaldy wants readers to know that Greg Kata, a former cast member of Mamma Mia! in Las Vegas, will present his On With the Show Glee Club at the snobby, cliquey Italian joint at the south end of Las Vegas Blvd, this Sunday at noon. If you don't mind being treated like you have broken into someone's house, or showed up at a party where you weren't wanted or expected, check out this amazing group of eight to 16-year-old kid performers on Sunday. We will have more about the On With the Show musical theater performance workshop to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Reed Whipple Cultural Center on June 23rd. For information regarding classes or performances, contact Mr. Kata at [email protected].

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Mea culpa...In last week's column, in the ongoing "Sardelli Section," we stated that, "The Whipping Man, a play that Giovanna Sardelli is directing at the Old Globe Theatre in the Balboa Park section of "Los Angeles," continues to score high marks for her." Mike Schaefer, a sharp-eyed reader from Baltimore (and sometimes Las Vegas), sent us the following message...
The Old Globe Theatre, and 1000 acre Balboa Park, are, and always have been, in SAN DIEGO, not Los Angeles; we are the town (am a native of SD) of over a million people just north of Tijuana Mexico and 120 miles south of Los Angeles. Sorry you have not had time to visit San Diego with its huge park, great shopping enclaves like La Jolla; home to the 11th Navy District; and famous for its decedents - Dr. Jonas Salk, Dr. Seuss, Ray and Joan Kroc (the McDonald's founders); Frankie Laine; boxing icon, Archie Moore; Wimbledon winner, Maureen Connelly; and Channel swimmer, Florence Chadwick. Knew them all as a city councilman. Enjoy your column, and am a Sardelli friend and F.I.O.R.E. president.

Of course, Mr. Schaefer is correct. We KNOW that Balboa Park is in San Diego. We have even been there ourselves. Cousin Claire, obviously, dozed off at the keyboard. A thousand apologies to Mike Schaefer and any Southern Californians that we might have offended by, accidentally, moving the Old Globe up the highway.

Jimmy Marino, Frankie Laine & Benny Hollman

Mary-Jo Coombs

And speaking of San Diego and Frankie Laine, one of our favorite singers AND people...
As we mentioned in this column more than once (and probably more than twice), at the end of March, on what would have been Mr. Rhythm's 97th birthday, he was honored in San Diego's Little Italy with the first Legend Star plaque. Hundreds of friends and fans came out to salute the hit-maker. Team Frankie Laine , headed up by Frankie's manager, Jimmy Marino and wife, Barbara; musical director, Benny Hollman; and assistant, Mary-Jo Coombs, kindly sent us some photos, taken at the event, our way. We are sharing them with you.

Marcia LoVecchio (Mrs. Frankie Laine)

Frankie Valli

Kenny Loggins

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On July 31st, Frankie Valli returns to the Star of the Desert Arena at Primm Valley Resorts, near the California border. On the same night, Kenny Loggins will be performing at the outdoor Amphitheater at Sunset Station. This will present a dilemma for Artie Schroeck and his bride, Linda November, as the Schroeckmeister has worked with both Valli and Loggins during his long and impressive career as a musician/arranger/conductor/songwriter. Anybody got a two-headed coin?

And speaking of Kenny Loggins...If you have been around these parts long enough, you may remember when Clint Holmes was headlining in the showroom at the Golden Nugget. It was in the late 1990s, and the promo TV commercial for the engagement was one of Clint, singing in the shower, while folks gathered outside his "residence" to listen. The song was Kenny Loggins' "For the First Time," available on the soundtrack of the 1996 George Clooney/ Michelle Pfeiffer romantic comedy, One Fine Day. You never know when this information might come in handy. Jeopardy! anyone?

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Society of Seven and Jasmine Trias had a full house for their closing night at the Gold Coast. Among the audience members, we spotted the uber-talented Domenick Allen, his actress wife Leigh Zimmerman, their talented 10-year-old singing daughter Cayleigh Capaldi, Britain's young singing sensation, Ben Stone; singer-actor Steve Rossi and former Lt. Governor Lonnie Hammargren. SOS will be doing some touring and, hopefully, will soon find another home in Vegas where their fans can come see the musical comedy crew do their thing.

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Only You - Terrence, Paul, Donald, Derek, Rheda & Arnoldo

Mayor Oscar Goodman & Rick Faugno

We recommend Derek David's Only You, the Platters/Motown/'50s and '60s musical tribute show, currently entertaining audiences at Hennessey's Tavern in downtown Las Vegas. Only You features David, Terrence Forsythe, Donald Pinkney, Arnoldo Parker and Rheda K. Solo, with Paul Badia on piano (Liberace would be envious), performing favorites in a beautiful theater space, created by the artistic Mrs. David, Rita Bliss. We will have more on the show and another part of our Fremont Street Experience in next Friday's column. For tickets to this very enjoyable show, which includes a three-course dinner, call (702) 382-4421.

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To coincide with National Tap Dance Day, the "World's Happiest Mayor," Oscar Goodman, officially proclaimed May 25th to be Rick Faugno Day in Las Vegas. Rick displays his triple-threat dancing, singing and acting contributions to Las Vegas through his role as the original Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys at The Palazzo, and in his critically-acclaimed one-man show, Songs My Idols Sang (and Danced). The young Broadway theater veteran was named "Best Singer" by the Las Vegas Review-Journal staff in last year's "Best of Las Vegas" poll. Faugno holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Acting and Theatre from New York University. .

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Received this information from more than one of our pet-loving readers and agreed to pass it on...
Hi, all you animal lovers. This is pretty simple... Please ask ten friends to ask ten others today! The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on their web site daily to meet their quota of getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals. It takes less than a minute (How about 20 seconds) to go to their site and click on the purple box 'fund food for animals' for free. This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/ advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising. Here's the Web site! Pass it along to people you know. (And while you're there, click on the other sites, too. You can give to a lot of good causes without spending a cent!) PLEASE TELL 10 FRIENDS!!!

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Wes Winters, Katalin & Joseph Gabriel

Larry G. Jones

Ariann Black

Reminders for next weekend of June 12th...On June 13th, it's Golden Rainbow's big AIDS fundraiser at the Hilton, while on the same weekend, pianist/singer/entertainer Wes Winters is All Keyed Up over at the Suncoast, and Vocal Soup - made up of the talented musical quartet, Clint Holmes, the above mentioned Domenick Allen, Martin Nievera and Susan Anton - a show that usually plays at the Suncoast, moves over to the 850-seat Orleans theater. Joining Winters for his show will be magicians Joseph Gabriel, the beautiful Mrs. Gabriel, Katalin, and entertainer, Romano Frediani. Romano's father just happens to be the veteran, award-winning juggler, Nino Frediani. Obviously, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

And speaking of Mr. Winters, check out his photo and blurb in the June issue of Cabaret Scenes magazine. The East Coast publication, once available locally at the now closed Tower Records, can be found at both Don't Tell Mama, at E. Fremont in downtown Las Vegas, and at the Liberace Museum on E. Tropicana.

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For one night only, Saturday, June 12th, San Francisco's famed Rrazz Room at the Nikko Hotel will feature Lisa Dawn Miller in a 10:30 p.m. show. In Miller Sings Miller, Lisa will pay tribute to her late father, songwriter Ron Miller, who penned "For Once in My Life," "Touch Me in the Morning," "Heaven Help Us All," "Yester-me, Yester-you, Yesterday," "I've Never Been a Woman Before," "A Place in the Sun," "I've Never Been to Me," "If I Could," and many other, as yet undiscovered by the general public, treasures. If you are in Northern California next weekend, the number to call for reservations is (866) 468-3399.

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On June 8th, comic, singing impressionist, Larry G. Jones, who has been entertaining at the Royal Resort on Convention Center Drive for about a year-and-a-half, makes a move to the Harmon Theater at Krave (adjacent to the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood). Larry's newly refined show is produced by Raphael Erardy, who worked with the late Danny Gans as drummer and collaborator for more than 20 years. This fast-paced fun-filled show features an all-star celebrity cast of rapid-fire voice impressions including many of Las Vegas' biggest headliners. Cher, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Elvis, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Rat Pack are a part of the 75 plus voices Larry performs in each show. When you throw a few comedians, Hollywood celebrities, and presidential voices in the mix, there is enough comedy and music to appeal to just about everyone. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino's Harmon Theater is located at 3663 S. Las Vegas Blvd. The Harmon Theater entrance is located next to Krave Nightclub on the corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Harmon Ave. Ticket prices for the 7 p.m. show will be $47.97 for general admission, and VIP/Open bar tickets are available for $67.97. Shows are dark on Sundays and Thursdays. For tickets, call (702) 836-0830 or book online at

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Maybe it's some kind of secret pact between magicians or maybe it's just a coincidence...we're not sure, but here's the story. In May, Master Magician Lance Burton broke his foot while performing an illusion in his show at the Monte Carlo. Surgery was required, meaning that Lance would be doing a disappearing act for a number of weeks. In the meantime, lady magician, Ariann (now being spelled with two "n"s) Black was getting ready to launch her new show, Secrets, at the Westin Casuarina. Originally scheduled to debut around the first of May, Ariann had to postpone her opening. Why? Because, like Lance Burton, Ariann broke a bone in her foot and, it too, required surgery. The foot has healed enough for Ariann to get to work, and Secrets is up and running (or walking carefully). The show has universal appeal, as it combines comedy, magic, music, dance, costumes, illusions, and good clean fun. It weaves everything into an enchanting showcase of humor and fantasy and is expected to keep audiences coming back again and again. Secrets plays at 7 p.m., every night but Wednesday, and runs about 65 minutes. Tickets are $29.95 per person, plus taxes. Please contact the hotel concierge at (702) 836-5900, ext. 6055, for ticket information and reservations. Tickets are also available at the theater door. Running time is approximately 65 minutes.

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Herman Groman

Dennis Hopper

Rue McClanahan

Herman Groman is a retired FBI Special Agent and is the current director of security at large Las Vegas casino/hotel. While in the FBI, he specialized in working deep long-term undercover operations as an undercover agent in the areas of organized crime and narcotics. He also served as the agent in charge of several high-profile public official corruption investigations. Later on in his FBI career, he was a team leader of one of the FBI Special Operations Groups. The specialized group conducted surveillances of major terrorist cell groups and their associates. He served in the infantry in Vietnam and was awarded the purple-heart and bronze star for valor. He resides in Las Vegas with his wife. They have two adult daughters and four grandchildren. Although he calls it a novel, anyone interested in the goings on behind the scenes, through the eye-in-the-sky view of casino security, might want to read Groman's book, Pigeon Spring. We intend to do just that, when we get a summer break.

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The entertainment community has suffered a number of losses in recent weeks, two of them who had some connection to Las Vegas. Easy Rider, Dennis Hopper, who died last Saturday, following a battle with prostate cancer, was very involved locally with CineVegas. In 2003, Hopper earned the Marquee Award, the film festival's highest honor. The following year, he returned to Vegas with some of his Hollywood friends, stars like Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn and Holly Hunter, in tow. Dennis Hopper, who was 74 at the time of his death, became a chairman for the CineVegas creative advisory board. His presence, influence and involvement will be missed.

Yesterday, June 3rd, Golden Girl, Rue McClanahan, died after suffering a massive stroke. For those who have been around here for at least 20 years, they may remember the saga of Bobby Berosini. A longtime Strip performer, Berosini, then part of the Lido de Paris production, was videotaped beating his young orangutans backstage at the Stardust. Needless to say, this caused an uproar from the animal-loving public and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Even Hollywood got in on this one. Well-known stars, including Peter Falk and Telly Savalas, were writing letters to PETA, and a few stars, including radio personality Casey Kasem and Ms. McClanahan, came to Las Vegas in the hopes of being allowed to testify against Berosini's method of "animal training." They were never given the opportunity to do so. Today, Berosini, the Stardust, and Rue McClanahan, who was 76 at the time of her death, are all a part of Vegas history.

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David Loeb

Cork Proctor

Shades of Sinatra

We don't think that the this story received enough local attention, so, thanks to David Loeb (and friends), we are putting it out there for those who might have missed the news elsewhere...
DownBeat Magazine recognizes UNLV Jazz Ensemble I as one of the nation's best for Graduate College Large Ensemble Outstanding Performance, sharing the honor with the University of Miami Frost School of Music Concert Jazz Band. This award demonstrates the comprehensive excellence of our UNLV Jazz Program. The awards, officially known as the "Student Music Awards," were announced in DownBeat's June edition, released April 27 and presented in fifteen categories in five separate divisions (junior high, high school, performing high school, college and graduate college). The DownBeat awards are considered among the most prestigious music honors nationally in the field of jazz education. This year's DownBeat competition drew a total of 856 ensemble and individual entries for all categories in all five divisions. "Winning a DownBeat SMA Award is a milestone achievement for our program," said Dave Loeb, Director of Jazz Studies and Jazz Ensembles at The University of Nevada Las Vegas. †"It is one of the highest possible awards a college jazz program can receive and we are extremely proud of our talented students." DownBeat magazine established the new graduate college division this year to differentiate between universities offering only undergraduate degrees and institutions that bestow masters and doctoral degrees. " I am particularly excited that fifteen out of the seventeen members in our current UNLV award-winning jazz ensemble are undergraduates. Our gifted students never cease to amaze me with their dedication and commitment to musical excellence and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with them." The selection method for the DownBeat magazine SMA awards is impartial with CDs identified only with an encoded number to insure complete fairness in the "blind" judging process. As a result, the judges do not know what school they are reviewing. "I am thrilled that we won this honor without bias competing against exceptional jazz programs worldwide. This should make prospective students aware of the quality musical education that is available through the UNLV Department of Music." "Rebuilding this program to national prominence was one of my original goals when I first took this position as UNLV Director of Jazz Studies." Many years ago, the UNLV Jazz Ensemble under the direction of its creator, Frank Gagliardi, won best college big band and a five-star award from DownBeat magazine for a critically acclaimed recording with guest jazz tenor saxophonist Don Menza. "While leading the Program since 2002, I've witnessed a steady increase in the accolades our students have garnered. In the past few years we've seen our students win an abundance of individual and ensemble honors at prestigious festivals including the Reno Jazz Festival and the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival. I believe these recent distinguished accomplishments place UNLV in the top echelon of university jazz programs. It is a pleasure working with my new colleague, Nathan Tanouye, Assistant Director of UNLV Jazz Ensembles and arranger of the submitted recorded material, whose contribution was absolutely essential to this success. In addition, I am grateful for the steadfast support that makes this possible from the UNLV President, the Dean of the UNLV College of Fine Arts, the Chair of the UNLV Department of Music, The Joe Williams Foundation, The Liberace Foundation, our many generous donors and the Las Vegas community. For more information about the program, please contact Dave Loeb, UNLV Director of Jazz Studies, at (702) 895-3739, or by e-mail at [email protected] David has orchestrated for George Benson, Doc Severinsen and Miriam Makeba's performance with The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He composed the music for the Disney Channel's "Cycling through China," and "And Thou Shalt Honor" on PBS, and has also written for Dolly Parton on Columbia Records. David is the principal pianist with The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and has accompanied artists including Garth Brooks, Peabo Bryson, Bonnie Raitt, Nell Carter, Barry Manilow, Jennifer Holiday, Curtis Mayfield, Jewel, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Freddie Hubbard, and Anita O' Day. David conducted The Philadelphia Orchestra with jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater for the Marian Anderson Award Gala honoring actor Danny Glover. Mr. Loeb has performed also for the Emmy award-winning 2002 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, Comic Relief on HBO, and The Emmy Awards. In his spare time David is the assistant professor of music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Cork Proctor, one of the funniest stand up comedians returns to Bob Kephart's Comedy Stop at the Sahara Hotel, Monday, June 7th. He will be hosting the production which features Greg Vaccarello and Greg Morton through Sunday, June 13.

And speaking of funny AARP recipients...
This weekend (Saturday and Sunday, June 5th and 6th), celebrated entertainer and Las Vegas legend Don Rickles brings his one-of-a-kind comedy back to The Orleans Showroom. Opening for Rickles is the popular Vegas act, Shades of Sinatra. What a nice opportunity for the Shades - Larry Liso, Ryan Baker, Carmine Mandia and Lisa Smith - who will have the chance to display their talent and act to about 1,600 people during the two 8 p.m. shows. Shades of Sinatra does not try to impersonate the man but instead pays tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes by blending familiar Frank Sinatra favorites with some history and humor. The Orleans is located off the Strip at 4500 W. Tropicana Avenue. Tickets are available starting from $74.95 (plus tax and convenience fees), and can be purchased by calling the Orleans Box Office at (702) 365-7075, or visiting
WWW.ORLEANSCASINO.COM. Save on convenience fees by purchasing the tickets in person at any Coast Casino.

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Bobby Vinton will regale the audience with his greatest hits at The Club inside the Cannery Casino & Hotel on Saturday, June 12th at 8 p.m. Considering, that between 1962 and 1972, Vinton had more Billboard No. 1 hits than any other male vocalist, including Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, there are plenty of hits to choose from. This amazing accomplishment prompted Billboard magazine to name him "the all-time most successful love singer of the Rock-Era." After the release of his first single, "Roses Are Red (My Love)," which spent four weeks in the number one slot on the Billboard 100 charts, Vinton's magical voice and sentimental orchestral arrangements quickly set the standard for love music. In 1963, Vinton hit No. 3 on the charts with "Blue on Blue," and then topped the charts with "Blue Velvet," and "There, I've Said It Again." The following year, Vinton recorded "Mr. Lonely," which also reached No. 1, earning him more hit records than any other male recording artist in the 1960s. His timeless love songs are recognized as standards throughout the world, and his music has retained its vitality and relevance throughout the changing eras of the music industry. Tickets are available in four levels: table of four $79.95, gold $39.95, prime $24.95 or reserved $14.95. Tickets can be purchased at the Cannery Casino & Hotel's ticket sales counter located at the front desk, by calling (702) 507-5757 or online at

Bobby Vinton

Ice Capades Reunion

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We know that the Ice Capades 2010 reunion is taking place in Las Vegas on June 21st and 22nd, and, apparently much of it is happening in and around Treasure Island, also known as TI. We would be happy to print more details...IF WE HAD THEM. Readers, especially you Ice Capades Gypsies (and we know you are out there), if it isn't too late to participate, please provide information and we will pass it along to out readers.

Disclaimer: The 70th Anniversary Reunion Committee of Ice Capades is not affiliated with the current owners of Ice Capades and is being independently operated by a group of alumni volunteers.

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