Claire Voyant's Las Vegas Gossip Column

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Note: This is a past column from August 06, 2010
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Las Vegas - August 6, 2010

Linda Eder

Cloris Leachman

Giovanni Marradi

A big round of applause to the Suncoast for booking some of the types of unique (to Vegas) performers they were bringing in a few years ago. It was the Suncoast who brought Petula Clark back to a Las Vegas stage after 20 years away. They also talked veteran Vegas comic Shecky Greene out of semi-retirement for a weekend of sell out shows in May of 2009. Then there were acts like Linda Eder, Lorna Luft, Patti LuPone, Jimmy Hopper, the husband and wife team of Rene Taylor and Joseph Bologna, Rick Skye in Madame & Me, Robert Dubac's The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?, who either rarely or never performed in this city. Now comes word the Cloris Leachman will bring her one woman show to the Suncoast Showroom on September 18th and 19th. Her June dates at San Francisco's Rrazz Room sold out so quickly, more performances were added immediately. Her Las Vegas engagement should generate equal interest. The 84-year-old Ms. Leachman might be called the ultimate chameleon. She was the zany, self-centered Phyllis Lindstrom on the Mary Tyler Moore series (which then spun off into her own show, Phyllis); Frau Bl�cher in the Mel Brooks romp, Young Frankenstein; Nurse Diesel in High Anxiety; as Madame Defarge in the segment of History of the World: Part I (1981) which parodied Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities; and the prejudiced grandmother in TV's Malcolm In The Middle. Cloris played opposite Katharine Hepburn on Broadway in As You Like It and as Nellie Forbush, the singing lead, in South Pacific. Cloris' appearance on Season 7 (2008) of ABC TV's Dancing With The Stars, was one of the highlights of the television season. She won her Best Supporting Actress Academy Award as Ruth Popper in 1971's The Last Picture Show. The Oscar joins her nine Emmys, the most ever won by an actor. While promoting her new fall series Raising Hope at the Televisions Critics Association gathering in L.A., Leachman was asked about the current adulation that 88-year-old Betty White is enjoying. "I'm so sick of Betty White," Cloris joked about her onetime Golden Girls co-star. "Never liked her." Show times for Cloris Leachman are 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $34.95 plus taxes and fees, and may be purchased at any Coast property, or by calling (702) 636-7075.

Also scheduled at the Suncoast is pianist and former Las Vegas resident, Giovanni Marradi. Usually billed by just his first name, the Italian-born Giovanni had a long presence in Vegas, where he played the beautiful white grand piano in the Palace Court at Caesars Palace for more than 10 years. Giovanni began playing piano at age five, and three years later was sent to study composition and technique with Michael Cheskinov at the Russian Conservatory. In the years to follow, he emerged as a remarkably prolific composer, often writing as many as ten new songs each week. Forming his own label, NewCastle Records, he also hosted his own weekly television series, Giovanni's World of Music. His frequent appearances on cable's QVC network offered a major boost to his international visibility as well, and in one 12-minute stretch alone he sold more than 120,000 albums. In 1998, Giovanni signed with Atlantic Records, making his label debut with Destiny early the following year. Classic Nights with Giovanni was released in 1999, trailed later that same year by The Magic of Christmas DVD. To date, Giovanni has sold millions of CDs around the world. He currently has more than 30 CDs available directly through his Web site. His latest CDs are, Because I Love You and Softly. Giovanni will perform at the Suncoast, September 25th and 26th, with show times at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $19.95 plus taxes and fees. Call (702) 636-7075 for reservations.

The Pawn Stars

Harry Walker, Don Hill & Skip Trenier

And, tomorrow morning at the Suncoast, this time in the hotel casino's Grand Ballroom, it's the Harrison family - Richard, Rick and Corey - and Chumlee, from the History Channel's Pawn Stars, who invite you to bring your gold, silver, antiques and collectibles (no firearms), where they will option to purchase your unused treasures, or maybe just tell you a story. They are not interested in diamonds, so, if you're not wearing them, leave them at home or in your safety deposit box. The popular cable series is filmed at the 22-year-old Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, located in downtown Las Vegas. General admission is $7. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more details, call the Suncoast box office at (702) 636-7075.

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We are saddened to report that "Cousin" Harry Walker, who sang with the famed Treniers for decades, passed away on Wednesday night, August 4th. This information comes to us via Don and Gloria Hill. Don, the saxophone player with the legendary Las Vegas show band, who is mourning the loss of his close friend and colleague, tells us that a memorial for Walker will be held on August 14th, with exact time and place to be determined. We will have that information in next Friday's column.

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Although he works with them nightly, ventriloquist/impressionist/comedian/singer, Terry Fator, is no dummy. A relative Las Vegas newcomer, the America's Got Talent season two winner has stepped up to the plate to help out Opportunity Village, whose downtown landmark thrift store was severely damaged in a fire on July 11th. Opportunity Village, founded in 1954, has grown to become Nevada's largest private, not-for-profit organization. OV serves people with intellectual disabilities, providing them with vocational training, employment and social recreation services that make their lives more productive and interesting. Through OV programs and services, people with disabilities are learning vocational skills, working in jobs throughout the community, paying taxes and living more fulfilling lives. Fator, who became the headliner at The Mirage in 2008, is committed to raising $1 million, a portion of which will be used to re-establish the downtown store.

Terry Fator & Gang

Waldrop & Williamson

Mitch Miller by Norman Rockwell

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By the time you are reading this, it may already be too late to get tickets, as when we made contact on Thursday, sales were brisk. Nonetheless, here's the drill. This Sunday, August 8th, Listen To Our Song - The music of Waldrop and Williamson will be presented in a 1:30 p.m. concert at the Clark County Flamingo Library, with a silent auction and reception before the show, taking place at noon. Presented by SinCityQSocials, Las Vegas' Premiere LGBT Social Network, the program will utilize actors and musicians from Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular. All proceeds from the concert, as well as the auction, will benefit Golden Rainbow, the local non-profit organization that provides housing and financial assistance to Southern Nevadans living with HIV/AIDS. Listen To Our Song, with music by composer William Waldrop (Assistant Conductor at Phantom) and lyricist Robert Williamson, is a revue of original material the songwriting team has collaborated on since meeting on the national tour of Cats three years ago. Included in the program is music from Waldrop and Williamson projects currently in development - Red Rover, Oktasha: A Legend, and Pandemic! A Mini Flusical. The cabaret-style concert will feature a cast of ten singers and dancers - John Paul Almon, Courtney Combs (who is also the choreographer), Sarah Elizabeth Combs, Bruce Ewing, Benjamin Hale, Kristen Hertzenberg, Patrick Leveque, Greg Sample, Tina Walsh, and Danielle White - and a real, live eight-piece band. Waldrop, the concert's musical director, will provide the arrangements and orchestrations for the 90-minute concert. Waldrop and Williamson say of the concert, "The revue is a fun, light-hearted show, with material that may even veer to the edge of the outrageous, but it is also introspective and serious, with both heartfelt and bittersweet moments." The two decided to put on the concert as a way for the public to get to know them and their work, and also to support Golden Rainbow. Waldrop and Williamson's original songs have been heard most recently at the Las Vegas Composer's Showcase (Liberace Museum), We Go Together (BC/EFA Benefits in St. Louis and Pittsburgh), and the ArtsRageous Festival (Aruba Hotel). One of their songs, "Beyond," was performed by the Las Vegas Men's Chorus in their recent concert, I Gotta Feeling. Tickets are $20, and it is designated, not open, seating. For reservations (if there are still seats available), call (866) 967-8167, or go to See you there.

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The Chicago Blues Busters are back with a new sound. Last Friday, Mike Vaughan on vocals and guitar; young and energetic LJ Johnson on sax; the smooth brushes of Larry "Wild" Wrice; and anchor man Ernie Cosse on bass, entertained customers at The Bar, 1987 Nellis Blvd. at Lake Mead (in the Food4Less shopping center). They return tonight, from 8 p.m. to midnight. If the Blues are your thing, support live music and check out the fellows. For additional information, call The Bar at (702) 938-2272.

And Scott Kolen, of the Hitchin' Post Saloon & Steakhouse, tells us that the Chicago Blues Busters will return to his place on Saturday, August 21st. Tomorrow night, the Hitchin' Post features Chris Bell & 100% Blues, and next Saturday, August 14th, it's PamE & The Crusher. As for Mr. Kolen, he has been a chef for the popular, now closed, Commander's Palace (at the Aladdin, now Planet Hollywood), the Rio's Voodoo Caf�, and the highly rated Bally's Sterling Brunch. In other words, this gentleman knows food...especially fine American Cuisine. While you are enjoying the entertainment, plan to have a meal at the Hitchin' Post, located at 3640 Las Vegas Blvd North, between Cheyenne and Lamb. Phone (702) 644-1220.

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Frankie Laine by Maurice Seymour

Guy Mitchell

Michael Kessler & Melinda Jackson

Mitch Miller passed away on July 31st at the age of 99. Miller, born Mitchell William Miller on July 4th, 1911, was a musician, singer, conductor, record producer, A&R (Artists and Repertoire) man, and record company executive. Miller was one of the most influential figures in American popular music during the 1950s and early 1960s. He is sometimes thought of as the creator of what would become karaoke with his NBC-TV series, Sing Along With Mitch. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, Miller began his musical career as an accomplished player of the oboe and English horn, and recorded several highly regarded classical albums featuring his instrumental work. But, he is best remembered as a conductor, choral director, television performer and recording executive. Mitch Miller joined Mercury Records as a classical music producer and served as Mercury's head of A&R in the late '40s. He joined Columbia Records in the same capacity in 1950. He defined the Columbia style through the early 1960s, signing and producing many important artists for Columbia, including Patti Page, Frankie Laine, Johnnie Ray, Percy Faith, Ray Conniff, Jimmy Boyd, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett and Guy Mitchell (Guy's pseudonym was based on Miller's first name). Miller helped direct the careers of artists who were already signed to the label, like Doris Day, Dinah Shore and Jo Stafford, to name just a few. Miller also discovered Aretha Franklin, and signed her to her first major recording contract. Aretha left Columbia after a few years, when the late Ahmet Ertegun of Atlantic Records promised her artistic freedom to create records outside the pop mainstream in a more rhythm-and-blues-driven direction. We are happy and proud to say that both Frankie Laine and Guy Mitchell (who had lived in Las Vegas from the 1970s, until his death in 1999 at the age of 72) were friends of Claire Voyant. We still stay in close touch with Team Frankie Laine - made up of Frankie's manager, Jimmy Marino; Laine's assistant, Mary-Jo Coombs; and Frankie's longtime musical director, Benny Hollman - as well as Guy Mitchell's widow, Betty, who now lives near one of her adult sons in Washington state.

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Comedy magician Mac King performed a special show for thousands of Boy Scouts during the 2010 National Scout Jamboree in the Washington D.C. area last Monday, August 2nd. King performed tricks from his Las Vegas show at Harrah's, and signed autographs alongside his cousin Bill King, who illustrated Mac's recent book, Campfire Magic, after the performance. Mac King has received many accolades, including "Favorite Male Las Vegan," and "Best Bargain Show" by the Las Vegas-Review Journal 2009 "Best of Las Vegas" readers' poll, "Funniest Act in Magic Today" by Magic Magazine, Magician of the Year by The Magic Castle, and "Entertainer of the Year" by the Las Vegas Weekly "Readers Choice Awards." King, one of today's brightest and most talented magicians, takes the stage twice daily, Tuesdays through Saturdays, at 1 and 3 p.m. in the Harrah's Las Vegas Showroom Theatre. Tickets are $24.95 plus tax. Additional information on The Mac King Comedy Magic Show can be found by visiting

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The following is the lineup for comedians appearing at Bob Kephart's Comedy Stop inside the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas during the rest of this month. August 9th through 15th, Rick Crom, Drew Thomas and headliner Al Ducharme; August 16th through 22nd, Todd Womack, Manny Oliveira and Harry Basil (headliner); August 23rd through 29th, Kevin Kramis, Chrissy Burns and headliner Quinn Dahle; and August 30th through September 5th, Cork Proctor, Hal Spear and Steve Shaffer. Comedy Stop show times are at 9 nightly, and tickets start at $19.95. For reservations, call (702) 737-2515.

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M&M American Dance Theatre presents Dance With Me: Love Songs & Dances and Backstage Stories, at the South Point on Sunday, August 15th at 7:30. Featuring the husband and wife team of Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson, music director Keith Thompson of Jersey Boys, his band, and 10 dancers, actors and singers from the American Dance Theatre, M&M presents an intimate look at the creation of original song and dance numbers. With songs by Gershwin, Porter, Berlin and Kern, from the Great American Songbook, to contemporary tunes by Ben E. King and Tim McGraw, Dance With Me combines great music, dynamic, romantic partner dancing, and humor, to create an evening of fun. The Las Vegas Review-Journal described the show as "Genuine romance... top notch entertainment," while the New York Times described Kessler and Jackson as " evening of fun...skillful craftsmanship." Tickets are $30, $25 and $20, and may be purchased at the South Point box office, or by calling (702) 797-8055.

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This Monday, August 9th, Las Vegas resident Clint Holmes will be honored in New York by the famed Friars Club. Comic Freddie Roman, Dean of the Friars, will serve as emcee, while entertainers Dick Capri, Lee Roy Reams, Karen Saunders, Avery Sommers, Billy Stritch, Carol Woods, Leigh Zimmerman and Mrs. Clint Holmes, Kelly Clinton, will perform. Festivities begin with hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7, and the show at 8:30. The cost is $110 per person, plus liquor, tax and gratuity. If you plan to be New York, and want to join in on the fun, call (212) 751-7272 for reservations.

Lee Roy Reams & Freddie Roman

Lindsay Lohan

Lance Burton

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So, after serving only 13 days of her 90 day jail sentence, the trouble-plagued Lindsay Lohan was released very, very early on Monday morning (probably to try and avoid the paparazzi). How could anyone suggest that this 24-year-old spoiled brat might be receiving "special treatment"? After thumbing her nose at the law numerous times, this once promising young actress was shocked to learn she was going to jail? Why? Here is a bit of her "criminal" history. In 2006, 19-year-old Ms. Lohan was attending Alcoholic Anonymous meetings. The following January, Lohan admitted herself to a rehabilitation facility. She checked out on February 16th, after completing a 30-day stay (during which time, she continued working on a movie, returning to the facility at night). Shortly thereafter, Lohan withdrew from a film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance. At the time, her publicist stated that Lohan needed to "focus on getting better." In April of 2007, Lohan was replaced in The Edge of Love, shortly before filming was to begin, with the director citing "insurance reasons" and Lohan later explaining that she "was going through a really bad time then." This young woman was then cast in the film adaptation of the novel, Poor Things. Four days before production was set to start, she was arrested for DUI and subsequently re-entered rehab. The film's producers initially voiced their support, and production was put on hold. Lohan was involved in a traffic accident on May 26th, 2007, when she lost control of her car and ran the vehicle up a curb. Beverly Hills police found what they preliminarily identified as a "usable" amount of cocaine in her car. After receiving treatment for minor injuries, Lohan was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. She subsequently entered the Promises Treatment Center rehabilitation facility, where she stayed for 45 days. Upon her release to outpatient care, the onetime straight-A student was voluntarily fitted with a SCRAM (alcohol-monitoring) bracelet. On July 24th, three weeks before filming was scheduled to resume, Lohan was arrested for a second DUI and again returned to rehabilitation. Ultimately she fell out of the project. On July 24th, less than two weeks after leaving Promises, Lohan refused a field sobriety test in Santa Monica and was taken to a police station where her blood alcohol level was found to be above the legal limit. While conducting a search, the police found a small amount of cocaine in her pocket. In August, Lohan pleaded guilty to cocaine use, driving under the influence, and driving with a suspended license. She was sentenced to one day imprisonment and 10 days' community service. She was also ordered to pay fines and complete an alcohol education program, and was given three years probation. The following month, Lohan entered Cirque Lodge Treatment Center in Sundance, Utah (her third time in rehab), staying until discharged on October 5th, 2007. Her probation was extended by an additional year in October 2009, following several instances in which Lohan failed to attend the court-ordered substance abuse treatment classes. In May of 2010, she did not appear for a scheduled DUI progress report hearing. The judge issued a bench warrant for her arrest, but rescinded the warrant after Lohan's representatives posted bail. Lohan's lawyer said her passport was stolen while she attended the Cannes Film Festival in France. At a rescheduled hearing on May 24th of this year, Lohan was ordered to attend weekly alcohol education classes, wear an alcohol-monitoring bracelet, refrain from drinking alcohol, and undergo random weekly drug tests to remain free on bail. The judge scheduled a hearing for July 6th, to determine whether Lohan had violated probation by not having attended the required number of classes to date. At that hearing, the judge determined that Lohan had indeed violated the terms of her probation and sentenced her to 90 days in jail. In addition, the judge ordered Lohan to check into an inpatient rehab program for three months after her release from jail. On July 20th, Lohan appeared in court and was taken into custody to begin her jail term. Lohan's release, 13 days later (barely a slap on the hand, in our opinion), is attributed to the fact that she was a "non-violent offender" and "to reduce jail overcrowding." Maybe Lindsay's next DUI offense will result in the deaths of some innocent people who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Just how many free passes does this person get? What a crock!

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Magician Lance Burton's driveway is lined by the old ornamental lamp posts from the Monte Carlo Hotel. During an April windstorm, one of them was blown down and destroyed. A spin-off of The History Channel's Pawn Stars is called Restorations and stars Rick Dale who restores things. Rick decided to take on the project of restoring Lance's lamp post for the first episode of the new series. The final filming and installation will take place the week of August 7th. Also, the popular Discovery Channel game show, Cash Cab, will feature Lance and his sidekick, comic-juggler Michael Goudeau, between 7 and 8:30 p.m. during the three Las Vegas episodes on Monday, August 9th. Their winnings were divided between the Zelzah Shrine Temple and Variety Club, a children's charity.

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Martin Kreloff & Laura Henkel

John Lennon

Frankie Valli, Linda November & Artie Schroeck

East meets West pop culture sizzles when Martin Kreloff presents his "Stars and Sumos" collection at the Laura Henkel Fine Art Gallery until August 21, 2010. Kreloff began painting at the age of 12, and was primarily influenced by the emerging Pop Art scene personified by such greats as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. He is widely known for his portraits of iconic Hollywood stars, portraying them in a hard-edged, Technicolor style. Residing in Miami for many years, and informed by the Art Deco splendor of South Beach, Kreloff developed a brilliant color palette that critics dubbed "tropical noir." Gallery owner, Dr. Laura Henkel, states that "Kreloff's portraits are essential for any serious Pop Art collection. He vividly captures the essence of his subjects with the use of bold and vibrant color." Kreloff was chosen by the City of Las Vegas to create eight banners that will be used to brand the "Cultural Corridor," the first of several Urban Trails planned by the city. The project is currently being installed and will be unveiled later this year. He was also recently commissioned to create a portrait of Nevada State Senator David Parks. "Stars and Sumos" reflects Kreloff's witty and whimsical, bold and colorful style. Meet the artist this evening, from 6 to 10 p.m. Laura Henkel Fine Art gallery, 107 E. Charleston, Suite 100, Tue-Sat 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment.

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Kenny Kerr will be doing his thing, more than likely in a gown, at Casino Pauma, outside of San Diego, when he guests in Dan Gore's Carnival Cabaret, August 12th and September 9th.

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In last Friday's column, our reference to the closing at Planet Hollywood of Just Imagine, the John Lennon tribute show starring Tim Piper as the late Beatle, should have mentioned a hard to believe fact. In one of those "my, how time flies" moments, are we the only ones who are amazed to realize that in December, it will have been 30 years since John Lennon was shot to death outside New York's Dakota apartment building where he lived with his wife, Yoko Ono. Mark David Chapman, who was 25-years-old at the time he murdered Lennon, is serving a sentence of 20 years to life at Attica State Prison in New York. Chapman, who is now 55-years-old, has been denied parole six times.

And, as long as we are talking about last week, we misunderstood the spelling (given to us verbally) of the last name of the Menopause the Musical producers (the hearing is the first thing to go...or at least it's one of the first things to go). The correct names are Kathi and Alan Glist. Sorry, you two, but, because of the mistake, your show gets another mention. You can see the Las Vegas production of Menopause at the Luxor.

We also got an e-mail asking why we didn't mention that Frankie Valli was performing at Primm last weekend. The answer to that question is because we are old and forgetful. We assure you, it was an oversight and not intentional...although, we can't remember the last time that the real Jersey boy mentioned us!

From magic lady, Ariann Black, comes this bit of information. In our last week's blurb on the popular Hasidic Jewish reggae artist, Matisyahu, we wondered (out loud/in print) about the fact that the religious rapper was performing at Mandalay Bay on Friday night, a time when practicing Jews are not supposed to work (or drive, or cook, etc.). Ms. Black informed us that, although we could find nothing to indicated his show time, Matisyahu, in fact, did his show at around 2 p.m., hours before sundown, when all such activity is supposed to least until sundown on Saturday evening. Thank you for clearing this up for us, Ariann.

Ariann Black & Friend


Michelle Johnson

And speaking of Ariann Black...Many Las Vegas shows have certain age restrictions such as "Must be over 21," or "All ages welcome," but how many announce that you can bring your well-behaved, socially mature pet to see a Vegas production? Well, you can do just that when you go see magician, and animal lover, Ariann Black's Secrets at the slightly off-Strip Westin Casuarina, 160 E. Flamingo, between Las Vegas Blvd. and Koval. Show times for Secrets are Thursdays through Tuesdays at 7 p.m. (early enough for the puppies to be back home and in bed before it gets too late). Tickets are $40. Pets are admitted free when accompanied by a responsible adult. Call (702) 836-5900, ext. 6055.

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More things coming up for singer Michelle Johnson. On Sunday, Michelle is performing with singer Marley Taylor (of Zowie Bowie fame), and trumpeter Dave Perrico, at that Italian joint that we don't mention by name. They return to the same place on August 22nd, where they will showcase their original music, which was featured on the July 7th episode of ABC's new local early show, The Morning Blend.

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Former Las Vegan and Claire Voyant reader, Merrick Wolfe, who is currently living in San Francisco, tells us that Tony Award winners, Carol Channing and Robert Morse, along with show business veterans, Shelley Berman and George Segal, are among the guests at Comedy Talks, a rotating series of panel discussions in the classic late-night format, taking place this month at the University of San Francisco's Presentation Theater. Segal opened the series, appearing with veteran comic director-writer Paul Mazursky and comic actor Ronnie Schell on August 1st. Channing (a San Francisco native) will appear with impressionist Rich Little and stand-up comic Steve Rossi, on Sunday, August 8th at 4 p.m., and Morse, Berman and political satirist Will Durst will form the panel for August 15th at 4 p.m. "Host, Robert Strong, talks with a panel of three comedy legends about their careers, personal lives, insider gossip, and tips of the comedy trade. A Q&A period lets the audience in on the conversation, too," according to the Comedy Talks website. The Presentation Theater is located on the USF campus at 2350 Turk in San Francisco. VIP tickets include a reception with the guests after the discussion. For tickets and more information, visit Larry David has agreed to appear in San Francisco on August 15th as part of the series.

Shelley Berman

Adam Lambert

And speaking of Merrick Wolfe, he reports attending both of Adam Lambert's sold-out concerts at the Warfield in San Francisco. "Absolutely fantastic! What an exciting showman," says Wolfe of the July 23rd and 24th performances. Some of our friends, who attended last weekend's Lambert performance at Mandalay Bay Beach, gave equally high marks to the former American Idol competitor as a talent, but stated that they would not attend a concert in this venue again. Although the tickets were "only" $40, there were no seats. Attendees either sat on blankets, stood in the pool, or stood on the "beach." For those who were smart enough to bring blankets, it didn't mean they were going to be comfortable. Since there were more folks standing than sitting, the blanket people had their view of the performance area obstructed by bodies, unless, they too, stood. So...unless one doesn't mind standing for more than two hours (as was the case with this particular show), save your money, stay home, put on a copy of Lambert's new CD, and enjoy yourself.

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We're not surprised that the August 15th Brandon Flowers show in the Shimmer Cabaret at the Las Vegas Hilton was sold out almost immediately. In April, Flowers, best known as the front man for the Vegas-based rock band, The Killers, announced he was going to fly solo. If you are a fan of The Killers and/or Flowers, the chances of paying only $25 a ticket to see the entertainer in an up-close-and-personal venue, like the intimate Shimmer Cabaret, are pretty slim. Although tickets were limited to two per person, they were gone very quickly. It might surprise some of his fans to learn that Brandon, who grew up in Southern Nevada, did a brief stint as a bellhop at the Gold Coast.

Brandon Flowers

Eastside Cannery

And speaking of the Hilton, Andy Williams is heading back there on December 23rd and 24th, to perform his Christmas Show. When Andy was at the Hilton last December, former Las Vegan, singer impressionist, Bob Anderson, was part of the Williams holiday offering. Tickets are $59 to $89 and go on sale at the Hilton tomorrow.

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During the month of August, the Eastside Cannery is offering customers all kinds of perks as they celebrate their second anniversary, er, Canniversary on the Boulder Strip. All the restaurants have special offers and on August 21st, Grammy-winning R&B musician and TV host, Brian McKnight, will perform in the Casablanca Event Center. We will provide the rundown for the rest of the month in next Friday's ramblings.

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