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Note: This is a past column from August 13, 2010
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Las Vegas - August 13, 2010
Maybe it's time for a vacation (for US, not you). One of our sharp readers (they are ALL sharp or they wouldn't be reading at all), spotted this OOOPS and e-mailed us..."In the Cloris Leachman item, you wrote: 'I'm so sick of Betty White,' Cloris joked about her onetime Golden Girls co-star. You meant to say was "'...her onetime Mary Tyler Moore Show co-star.' Cloris was not a regular on Golden Girls." Okay, Mr. Smart _ss. You are absolutely correct. What we meant to say was, "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 Mary Tyler Moore Show co-star. "Never liked her." We know that Cloris and Betty were Mary Tyler Moore cast mates, with Cloris playing Phyllis Lindstrom and Betty as Sue Ann Nivens (Betty DID co-star in Golden Girls as Rose Nyland, but Cloris was nowhere to be seen in that award-winning series). Perhaps we could try and convince our eagle-eyed, out-of-state reader that we made that mistake on purpose, just to see who was paying attention?
Then there was the jumbled up sentence in last week's Lindsay Lohan rant. After it was pointed out to us by another astute reader, our very kind and patient Web man fixed the problem. And speaking of Ms. Lohan...As we approach our deadline, we are hearing that, once again, this pampered brat is going to get yet another free pass, by possibly getting out of rehab in fewer than the 90 days ordered by the court. After watching this morning's Today show interview with Matt Lauer and Lindsay's mother, Dina Lohan, even Helen Keller could determine where Lindsay's problems stem from. Mother Lohan (the person who gave birth to Lindsay) is an enabler, an excuse-maker and has and is doing her daughter no favors. During the conversation with Lauer, Mama Lohan kept accusing the judges and other law enforcement people of "playing hardball" with poor, picked upon Lindsay. Too bad her parents didn't play "hardball" with this young woman. Hey, it's a dirty job, but SOMEONE has to do it. If her parents had guided her in any way (like maybe saying "NO," on occasion, perhaps Lindsay Lohan would be a responsible, working woman, instead of the pitiful mess she has become. Can she "recover" and regain her once promising career? Not as long as her parents have any say-so in her life.
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On September 3rd, the onetime Café in the Park at Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, will become Wes Winters' 88 Key Club. Sam's Town is putting a fresh spin on the "supper club" genre, as it launches a new weekly entertainment and dining experience, featuring Wes Winters at the piano, every Friday and Saturday from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The pianist/singer has built himself a large and loyal fan base since moving here from Kansas City in 1993. An award-winning musician, Winters may be best known in Las Vegas for A Musical Tribute to Liberace, an act he conceived, wrote, produced and starred in for five years in the Cabaret Showroom at the Liberace Museum (called the Wes Winters Showroom for much of his lengthy run), as well as an engagement at a Planet Hollywood theater. His signature one-man nightclub act, Wes Winters Live, also ran for five years at Liberace's Carluccio's Tivoli Gardens Piano Lounge to sold-out audiences. Earlier this year, at Boyd Gaming's Suncoast Hotel and Casino, Winters debuted a new live show named after his most recent CD, Las Vegas Saturday Night, and followed up with a second weekend engagement Wes Winters All Keyed Up! On Sundays, beginning in February of 2009, Winters has provided the music part of the Music & Mimosas Brunch at the Renaissance Hotel, located off-Strip on Paradise Road. In the southeast part of the city, Wes Winters' 88 Key Club will offer an exciting night out for dinner, cocktails and dancing to the live music of Las Vegas showman Wes Winters. Guests are welcome to reserve tables for dinner, ordering from a special pre-fixe menu or dine ala carte from specialties including a variety of salads, steaks, chops and seafood selections. Guests attending Wes Winters' 88 Key Club who would like to enjoy a glass of wine or spirits and small plates are also welcome. Tapas, including crab cakes, bruschetta and tequila grilled shrimp, among other savory appetizers, will be available. A specialty cocktail menu will offer a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Positioned center stage at a nine-foot grand piano, Winters will entertain guests in an intimate setting, drawing from a huge musical repertoire and bringing the one-of-a-kind showmanship and musical prowess for which he's become known. Through dynamic piano pieces and signature vocal arrangements, Winters will perform standards, Broadway, original tunes and the occasional audience request. The floor will be open for those inspired by the music to dance the night away. Doors open at 6 p.m. No cover. Menu items are subject to change. Special menus for groups of 10 or more are also available. Reservations are highly recommended. For individuals and groups, call (702) 456-7777. Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, located at 5111 Boulder Highway and owned by Boyd Gaming Corporation, features 12 restaurants, an 18-screen movie theater, 56-lane bowling center, a 12,000 square foot entertainment center and the Mystic Falls Indoor Park. The property has a 133,000-square foot casino with 40 table games, 3,000 slot and video poker machines, a bingo parlor, keno lounge and newly renovated poker room and race and sports book. For more information visit www.samstownlv.com.
Patricia Neal book cover
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We have learned that a memorial service for "Cousin" Harry Walker will be held at the Palm Mortuary at 1325 N. Main Street, tomorrow, Saturday, August 14th, at 1 p.m. Walker was a singer with the famed Treniers, a show band that, along with Louis Prima and Keely Smith, the Mary Kaye Trio, Freddie Bell, Don Rickles, Shecky Greene, Buddy Hackett, Alan King and others, helped make Las Vegas famous for its continuous, from dusk to dawn, lounge entertainment in the '50s and '60s. Don and Gloria Hill (Don was the sax player with the Treniers for half a century) tell us that, when Harry wasn't doing what he loved the most, singing, he was a longtime food server at both the International (now the Las Vegas Hilton) and Bally's. We hope that Las Vegas will turn out to give Harry Walker the kind of send off that he deserves.
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Tony Award (Another Part of the Forest) and Academy Award-winning actress, Patricia Neal, passed away on August 8th at the age of 84. Along with her triumphs (including her Oscar-winning role in Hud), the screen legend's life was filled with many tragedies. In 1953, Neal married British writer Roald Dahl (James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). The marriage produced five children, Olivia (born in 1955), Tessa born in 1957), Theo (born in 1960), Ophelia (born in 1964), and Lucy (born in 1965). In 1960, their son Theo, four months old, suffered brain damage when his baby carriage was struck by a taxicab in New York City. In 1962, their daughter, Olivia, died at age seven from measles encephalitis. While pregnant in 1965, Neal suffered three massive strokes, and was in a coma for three weeks. Dahl directed her rehabilitation and she subsequently relearned to walk and talk. Miraculously, daughter Lucy was born healthy. Neal and Dahl's 30-year marriage ended in divorce in 1983. We are fortunate to have a connection to author Stephen Michael Shearer, who wrote the 2006 biography, Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life. He shared some of his thoughts on Neal's death with us in an e-mail earlier this week. Here is some of what Mr. Shearer had to say...
With Patricia's passing, the world has lost a legend. We will never again hear her honey-whiskey rich voice again but in film. She was truly America's last great dramatic actress. When she won the Oscar for HUD, she set a trend in motion pictures, she representing a more mature woman, a woman of strength and character. Anyone who ever knew Patricia Neal - either personally or briefly was enriched by her warmth, her humor, and her compassion. I am taking Patricia's death harder than I ever thought I would. She was not only my Muse but a close and dear friend. She opened doors for me when I was writing her biography, and people in the profession flocked to me to be interviewed for the book because of her. Her own mother lived to be 103 years-old. I just kind of thought she would be with us forever. I met Pat when I was doing an Off-Broadway play in the early 1990s. When we became friends, and when I was doing the book we traveled together to numerous film festivals. She accompanied me then on the more high profile book signing events, endorsing Patricia Neal - An Unquiet Life. She was so very important in my life. I loved her dearly, and I will always be more than generous in talking about her. We have lost not only a truly warm and wonderful friend and role model, but also a rare and magnificent film legend. Thank you, Stephen, for letting us share your thoughts with our readers.
And our friend, "Broadway's Darling" Lee Roy Reams, also had a connection to Patricia Neal. Lee Roy was the resident director of Theatre Guild's Theatre at Sea, whose cruising stars have included Gena Rowlands, Rosemary Harris, Zoe Caldwell, Ed Asner, Cliff Robertson, Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson, Lucie Arnaz and Laurence Luckinbill, Alan Arkin, John Davidson, Sandy Duncan, Ben Gazzara, Rosemary Harris, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Helen Hayes, Cherry Jones, Richard Kiley, Eartha Kitt, Mary Martin, Roddy McDowall, Patrice Munsel, Jane Powell, Lynn Redgrave, Cliff Robertson, Jean Stapleton, Leslie Uggams, Shirley Jones, Susannah York and Ms. Neal among others.
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The ageless Charo gets the South Point showroom in a cuchi cuchi mood, tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30. The last time that Charo was at the South Point was during the 2009 Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy telethon. After her performance, while departing the hotel casino, Charo took a fall that injured her enough that she was taken to the hospital. The injury put an end to her ongoing engagement at the Riviera. Will Charo return for this year's Labor Day telethon? If she doesn't, it might be because of the rudeness of the show's host last year. Following her initial number at last year's fundraiser, the crude and rude Jerry Lewis said something like, "Every man in this audience now has an erection." Apparently, Mr. Lewis doesn't differentiate between a performance in an adult comedy club or on cable TV, and an audience that contains children. Hopefully, someone will rein him in during the upcoming telethon. Charo's South Point show times for this weekend are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 and $45, all inclusive. Call (702) 797-8055 for reservations.
Next Sunday, at 7:30 p.m., it's Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson and the M&M American Dance Theatre at the South Point. Calling the program Dance With Me - Love Songs & Dances and Backstage Stories, the show features Kessler and Jackson, music director Keith Thompson of Jersey Boys, a live band, and a company of 10 dancers, actors and singers. M&M presents an intimate look at the creation of original song and dance numbers, with music from the Great American Songbook and 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. Tickets are $20, $25 and $30. Call (702) 797-8055 for reservations.
Michael Kessler & Melinda Jackson
"Weird Al" Yankovic
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Due to the positive response, The Chicago Blues Busters are back at The Bar, located at 1987 Nellis Blvd. near Lake Mead, in the Food4Less shopping center. Made up of the smooth brush sounds of Larry "Wild" Wrice, anchor man Ernie Cosse on bass, Jim Snodgrass on sax, and special guest Gold Top Bob on guitar and vocals, the ensemble entertains on Fridays from 8 p.m. until midnight. Go, relax, enjoy. Call (702) 938-2272 for additional information.
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The fall 2010 concert season at the Henderson Pavilion, 200 South Green Valley Parkway, includes an array of music genres from 80s to 90s pop and R&B, to Irish flare, as well as popular tunes heard today on Nickelodeon. The expansive repertoire allows for audiences of all ages to experience the unique outdoor venue. Scheduled for performances at the Henderson Pavilion are, "Weird Al" Yankovic on August 20th at 8 p.m. The king of song parodies will perform his greatest hits including "White & Nerdy," "Like A Surgeon," "Eat It" and more. Tickets start at $25. Also on the agenda are the KLUC End of Summer Block Party, on August 28th at 7 p.m. Camp Rock star, Meaghan Martin, hosts an end of the summer bash with performances by Big Time Rush, H*WooD, The Fulcos and The Stunners. Tickets are $19.85, and can be purchased online at www.HendersonLive.com or by calling (702) 267-4TIX (4849), Mondays through Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at the Henderson Pavilion Box Office, the day of show.
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Las Vegan Dan Sperry joins some other locals who have made it into the finals on America's Got Talent. The Goth magician will be competing for the big prize - a million dollar$ and the chance to work in Vegas (where most of them already do, or have, worked) - along with singer Michael Grimm, and two other local magicians, Antonio Restivo and Murray Sawchuck. Sperry was one of the rotating magicians in Dick Feeney's World's Greatest Magic Show that had a successful run at the Greek Isles.
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From entertainment reporter/columnist Judy Thorburn comes this news...
I am deeply saddened to report the passing of my dear friend and colleague, Polly Peluso, who was a longtime Las Vegas entertainment columnist and film critic. Polly, still beautiful in her senior years, was in her late 80s when she died on July 16 in Las Vegas as the result of numerous health issues. Polly's impressive resume included working with Hugh Hefner and his Playboy Enterprises, Director of Cosmopolitan Model and Talent Agency, beauty contest judge, and appearing in more than 25 movies, TV and commercials throughout her long and illustrious career. As someone who knew her personally as a kind and lovely human being, she surely will be missed.
Our sympathies go out to Polly's family and friends.
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Six years ago today, also on a Friday the 13th, Bite, the "Erotic, Exotic and Exciting Topless Rock Vampire Revue," opened at the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower. As their press states, "Bite is a Las Vegas show to die for, as it goes beyond the boundaries of more traditional shows with a powerful combination of enigmatic and erotic topless dancers, astounding acrobatics, live singing with high-octane rock 'n' roll, and wickedly tempting vampires." Produced and created by Tim Molyneux, the sexually charged production takes its audience on the Lord Vampire's quest for the perfect female specimen, who he plans to seduce and crown his Queen of the Night. Aiding the Lord is his coven of sultry and nimble dancers, the Erotic Angels of Rock. Taboo temptations meet classic rock 'n' roll in this aggressive and seductive world of vampires. The current cast of Bite includes: Lord Vampire, Russell Hines; Queen of the Night, Jessica Delgado; Cat Vamp, Anna Van Sambeck; Tush Vamp, Tiffany Green; Ice Vamp, Colette Harris; Fire Vamp, Jackie Ibarra; Pain Vamp and Dance Captain, Kim Langstaff; Shimmy Vamp, Anne Marie Arpaio; Silk Vamp, Kelly Jo Millaudon; Flying Couple, Cees De Kok (also Company Manager) and Cathy Perquin; and Rockstar, Mark Giovi. See Bite at 10:30 p.m., Fridays through Wednesdays (dark on Thursdays). For only $49.45 per person, "you'll get more bite for your buck than at other Las Vegas live shows." For tickets or more information, call (702) 380-7777 or (800) 99-TOWER (998-6937). The first 500 guests to attend the anniversary show tonight, Friday, August 13th, will receive complimentary fangs. Everyone in attendance will also receive a complimentary glass of Champagne to celebrate the success of Bite.
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Jason Andino of Formality
On Sunday, August 22nd, the Vegas Rocks! Magazine Awards 2010 ceremony, where Vegas talent collides with superstars for one night, will be held in the showroom at the Las Vegas Hilton - the very same room where Elvis Presley did much of his rocking. Among the nominated musicians is the band, Formality. Those who have attended the Las Vegas Composers Showcase before are familiar with the talented singer, songwriter, musician, Jason Andino. Formality - made up of Andino on lead vocals; Kelli Oster on keys and vocals; Dawson Holiday on guitar; Fontana on drums and background vocals; and AK Watts on bass and background vocals - has been nominated for awards in, not just one but, two categories - "Best Vegas Rock Band" and "Vegas Stars Of Tomorrow." Needless to say, the band is very excited. They can use support. Voting is done via e-mail. To support Formality, go to [email protected], and copy and paste: I'm voting for Category #1 Formality, and Category #9 Formality. Hurry up. Voting ends on Sunday. There will be lots of celebrities in attendance for this event at the Hilton, and among the performers will be Dee Snider of Twisted Sister fame. Red Carpet is at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. sharp. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased through the Hilton box office. Call (702) 732-5755, (800) 222-5361, or go to www.lvhilton.com. Good luck, Formality!
And speaking of Elvis Presley, Monday (August 16th) marks 33-years since his passing at the age of 42. Where does the time go? That's a rhetorical question, which means it is asked merely for effect with no answer expected.
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The Listen to Our Song - The Music of Waldrop and Williamson concert, at the Flamingo Library last weekend, was a real coup for songwriters William Waldrop and Robert Williamson. With a cast of top singers (from Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular), the program offered touching and funny original material. Who would ever think of writing a musical, er, FLUsical, about a Pandemic? The answer is, the team of Waldrop and Williamson. Watch for them at a theater near you.
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To help ease the transition from the lazy, hazy days of summer, to the beginning of a new school year, the Springs Preserve is offering free admission to all local kids, ages 17 and under, when accompanied by a paying adult, during August. Regular admission fees are $9.95 for local adults, $8.95 for local seniors aged 65 and older and students aged 18 and older, will still apply. No reservations are required. Hours of operation are daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Springs Preserve is located at 333 S. Valley View. For additional information, call (702) 822-7705.
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Broadway Bound Children's Theatre
Mark Winkler & Cheryl Bentyne
This is exciting news for a number of reasons...
Broadway Bound Children's Theatre is proud to announce God Lives In Glass - a new musical that promotes unity, acceptance of diversity, inter-faith dialogue and connection with spirituality and the world at large. Opening at the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center (PRPAC) at Rainier Beach High School, the show serves as Broadway Bound's Teen Summer Stock production and will close the first-ever South Seattle Arts Festival (Aug. 10 - Aug. 14).
God Lives In Glass opens Friday, Aug. 20 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 22. Behind the scenes of God Lives In Glass is a powerhouse of talent from across the country, led by Executive Artistic Director (and Founder) of Broadway Bound, Jimmy Nixon, who is directing the show; Choreographer Sonia Dawkins, Artistic Director of SD/Prism Dance Theatre, and an instructor at Pacific Ballet Northwest; Composer Keith Thompson, critically-acclaimed musical director and conductor for the Las Vegas companies of The Producers, Hairspray the North American premiere of the hit musical, We Will Rock You; and currently Jersey Boys; Book writer Dr. Robert J. Landy, head of Drama Therapy at New York University; Musical Director Barbara Jamison, most recently Director of Curriculum and Artist Development at the Metropolitan Opera Guild in New York City; Assistant to the Director Rebecca Spencer, a Broadway performer who most recently created the role of Madame Giry in the Las Vegas production of Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular. The cast of teen artists, ranging in age from 14-21, features many students and recent graduates from the South Seattle community. Adding to the mix are two featured dancers from SD/Prism Dance Theatre, 14 members of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Seattle musical icon Pastor Patrinell Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir, creator of the widely popular annual production of Black Nativity, with featured soloist Camila Recchi, an American Idol contestant. God Lives in Glass is a musical theatre piece based on a book by Landy, who interviewed several hundred children from various religions and cultures throughout the world. He asked these children to draw pictures and tell stories about their God, and their responses were altogether thoughtful, enlightening and sometimes comical. After the tragedy of 9/11, Thompson and New York theatre director Greg Ganakas created the musical as a means to promote healing and understanding amidst the stricken New York City population. "God Lives in Glass holds up a mirror to let us view the reflection of ourselves through the eyes of a child," said Thompson. "By showing us our commonality through our differences, it moves us toward understanding, healing and the hope that we can share this planet while celebrating our sameness and our diversity." The Seattle premiere of God Lives In Glass is Broadway Bound's fifth show at the Paul Robeson in just three years, and the company's first original musical. The company's past productions at PRPAC include Dreamgirls (2007), Fame (2008), Little Shop of Horrors (2009), and Cats (2009). Broadway Bound continues its dedicated effort to provide theatre arts programming to underserved communities, while maintaining its flagship, year-long program in the University District of Seattle. As a means of exposing South Seattle, and Seattle at large, to exceptional and affordable youth theatre, students with demonstrated need are paid stipends so they can participate in God Lives In Glass. Tickets to God Lives In Glass are $5 in advance on brownpapertickets.com, or pay-what-you-can at the door. For more information about God Lives In Glass and the South Seattle Arts Festival, visit broadwaybound.org.
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Smokey jazz lounges, sharkskin suits, and a '55 T-Bird in the garage, equals West Coast Cool. The Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood will definitely be "cool," when Cheryl Bentyne, one fourth of the Manhattan Transfer vocal group, and singer, songwriter Mark Winkler, perform there, this Wednesday, August 18th. The talented duo will sing the songs of Bobby Troup, Chet Baker, Chris Connors and other music legends, accompanied by the Eli Brueggermann Quartet. Winkler says that he and Cheryl will perform together and individually, delivering real cool material, including "Daddy," "Let's Get Lost," "Lil Darlin'," "This Could Be the Start of Something Big," and "Talk of the Town "among them. If you are in the Southern California area, head to the Catalina Jazz Club at 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., for a cool treat on a hot night. Show starts at 8. Call (323) 466-2210 for additional information. And, oh yes - if you are in the San Francisco zip code on Tuesday, September 7th and/or Wednesday, the 8th, you can see and hear these two top musicians at the Rrazz Room in the Nikko Hotel, 222 Mason Street.
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Beverly Washburn & Dorothy McGuire in Old Yeller
Among the local authors who will be signing books at the Barnes & Noble on Maryland Parkway, Saturday, August 21st, are actors Beverly Washburn and Denny Miller. Beverly, who as a young actress appeared on television and in film roles with Jimmy Stewart, Kirk Douglas, Lou Costello, Dorothy McGuire, Loretta Young, and Jack Benny, among others, is now an Anthem resident. Her 2009 biography, Reel Tears, offers an honest and interesting view of growing up in front of a movie camera. As for Denny Miller, the Summerlin resident is probably best known as the first blond Tarzan. Miller, who sometimes used the name Scott Miller, was also seen on Gilligan's Island, Wagon Train, Gunsmoke and other popular TV shows of the '50s and '60s. In 1965-66, Miller played the husband of Juliet Prowse in the sitcom, Mona McCluskey. We love the name of Denny Miller's biography, Didn't You Used To Be...What's His Name? Some of the other writers who will be participating in the book signing are, Katie Salidas, Dr. Peter J. Shield, Ph.D., Alicia Buck, Robert Stern, Tonya Attebery, Doug DuCharme, Carolyn Schneider, and Stephen Nasser. The book signings start at 6 p.m.
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Renowned artist, Vernell Brown Jr., virtuoso pianist, multifaceted and innovative composer and producer, is back with two new CDs, Letters and Do You Really Love Me. These are the fourth and fifth CDs for Brown, who released his first CD in 1990. Brown's music is currently in rotation on 91.5 FM. Brown, who has been compared to Herbie Hancock and The Headhunters, says the music is for the youth. "I want to show the kids there is more than violence in the world. Instead of buying guns, let's introduce them to music, and encourage them to buy instruments," Brown said. Vernell was a child prodigy. He began playing music at age four. As a teenager, he was discovered while performing a program sponsored by the Grammys. He was signed to A&M Records by the legendary recording executive Jerry Moss, and released two albums. Over the years, Brown has worked and collaborated with jazz greats such as Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Sample, Marcus Miller, Ernie Andrews, Stix Hooper, Herb Alpert, Will Jennings and so many more. Recently, Vernell has recorded and toured extensively with Ronnie Laws, Kenny Garrett and Gladys Knight. His career has carried him from his birthplace in Los Angeles, and throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, to the most prestigious performance venues around the world. In Las Vegas, Vernell Brown Jr. (with Spectrum) can be seen exclusively at the Freakin' Frog, 4700 S. Maryland Parkway, (across from UNLV), starting tonight, Friday, August 13th and running through the end of the year. In addition to tonight, dates are as follows: September 3rd, September 17th (CD Release Party), October 1st and October 15th. Shows start at 9:30 p.m. There is no admission or cover charge.
Vernell Brown Jr.
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Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel celebrates its two-year "Canniversary" with a special performance by award-winning R&B musician Brian McKnight in the Casablanca Event Center on Saturday, August 21st at 8 p.m. McKnight's entertainment career has been nothing short of prolific with roles as a singer, songwriter, producer, talk show host and Broadway performer. As an R&B artist, McKnight has released 13 albums to date, several of which have gone platinum to triple-platinum, and claimed industry accolades including the Image Award for Outstanding Male Artist and the Soul Train Award for Best R&B/Soul Male Album. Additionally, McKnight has received nominations from the American Music Awards, BET Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and has been nominated an impressive sixteen times for the Grammy Award. McKnight's hits include "Anytime," "Back at One," "Love of My Life" and "Still." He collaborated on numerous projects with other notable artists including Justin Timberlake, Kenny G and Vanessa Williams. In 2007, Brian made his Broadway debut in the musical Chicago. As a TV personality, he has appeared as a red carpet host for Extra!, starred as a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice and currently hosts his own late night talk show, The Brian McKnight Show. Tickets are available in three levels: Gold $59.95, Prime $49.95 and Reserved $39.95. Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel offers a Brian McKnight room package including two Reserved Level show tickets and a one-night hotel stay on Saturday, August 21st for $129.95. Tickets can be purchased by calling (702) 856-5470 or by visiting http://www.eastsidecannery.com, or the Eastside Cannery box office located at the front desk. Ticket prices do not include tax and applicable fees.
Free cupcakes and champagne will be available in Marilyn's Lounge on Saturday, August 28th from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel will offer the signature drink of the "Canniversary," the "Canniversary Cooler" at all casino bars throughout the month of August. The "Canniversary Cooler" is a refreshing blend of Smirnoff Raspberry Vodka, Sierra Mist and cranberry juice served over ice and garnished with a cherry and slice of lime served in a souvenir Hurricane Glass for $2. The longest-running band in Las Vegas history delivers their signature blend of "industrial strength" R&B, rock, soul and funk in Marilyn's Lounge every night from Friday, August 27th through Sunday, August 29th. The Lon Bronson Band plays on Friday, August 27th and Saturday, August 28th, from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Sunday, August 29th, from 8 to 11 p.m. On Friday, August 27th in the Casablanca Event Center, invited guests will enjoy a 3-course dinner followed by a performance from master impressionist Rich Little. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and the show at 7 p.m. "Canniversary" guests are honored with specials through August at Eastside Cannery & Casino bars and restaurants! Carve - For fine dining on the Boulder Strip, relax in an upscale environment as you dine on the best prime rib in town, sliced before your eyes at the carving station. Extra anniversary perks: $2 glass of wine, and Appetizer Medley (choice of two appetizers for the price of one). Casa Cocina - Voted Best of Las Vegas for Mexican Food in 2008, Casa Cocina is reminiscent of a small town cantina in Mexico and priced like you were south of the border. $2 shot of tequila with the purchase of an entrée. Snaps - Enjoy the look and feel of an American classic that serves up classic American comfort foods 24 hours a day. It's like taking a trip back to the early 1960s with prices that match. $2.22 Breakfast Special (with purchase of a drink) from 6 to 10 a.m. 2 eggs, two slices of bacon, two sausages, two servings of hash browns and two slices of toast. "Canniversary" Drink Specials at Casino Bars - $2 "Canniversary Cooler" served in a souvenir Hurricane glass; $2 shot of Jack Daniels with a free "Canniversary" souvenir shot glass; $1 Heineken and Heineken Light. Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel will honor all dining and drink specials from August 1 through August 31 (unless otherwise noted). "Canniversary" Gaming Promotions - Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel welcomes players to celebrate the "Canniversary" with a month of gaming promotions and giveaways! Here are some highlights:
"Canniversary Cash" Pull-Tab Mailer - Every Monday and Thursday, through August 26th (Invited Guests Only). The "Canniversary Cash" pull-tab mailer invites players for eight trips total with the opportunity to win prizes ranging from $5 - $1,000 cash or Free Slot Play, mystery gifts, hotel stays, free buffets and free concert tickets! Pull-tabs can only be redeemed at the Promotions Center with a representative present. Pull-tabs opened prior to a representative being present will not be honored. "Canniversary" T-Shirt Giveaway, through August. 3,500 t-shirts will be given to winning players throughout the month! Table games players will receive a free logo t-shirt for wins including a suited Blackjack, 5 card 21 and triple 7's. Slots players will receive a free logo t-shirt for all hand pay jackpots $1,000 and above.
"Canniversary" Collectible Series - Every Wednesday in August. August 18th: Earn 200 points and receive a Canniversary Box Collectible or $10 Free Slot Play. August 25th: Earn 200 points and receive a Cake Collectible or $10 Free Slot Play. Table games players: Play two hours at $10 average bet equivalent. Limit one per customer per day. Customers keep the points. "Canniversary" Gift Day, Commemorative Plates: Friday, August 20 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Earn 150 points on the same day and receive a Commemorative "Canniversary" Plate. Table games players: Play one hour at $15 average bet equivalent. Earn 250 points on the same day and receive a Large Commemorative "Canniversary" Plate. Table games players: Play three hours at $10 average bet equivalent. Limit two items per customer. Customers keep the points. "Canniversary" Select Rewards: Every Tuesday in August. Earn 200 points and receive a choice of FREE "Canniversary" Logo Flex Fit Hat, $5 free slot play or free buffet. Table games players: Play two hours at $10 average bet equivalent. Earn 350 points and receive a choice of FREE "Canniversary" Logo Outback Shirt, $10 free slot play or free buffet. Table games players: Play three and a half hours at $10 average bet equivalent. One gift per customer, per day, while supplies last. Customers keep the points. Gift Day, Rum or Tequila: Friday August 13. Earn 300 points and receive a choice of Bacardi or Jose Cuervo! Limit 2 per customer. Customers keep the points. Gift Day, Wine: Monday, August 30 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Earn 150 points on the same day to receive a FREE bottle of wine. Table games players: Play one hour at $15 average bet equivalent. Limit two items per customer. Customers keep the points. For more information about all Eastside Cannery's events and promotions, please visit www.eastsidecannery.com.
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The Price is Right - Live Stage Show at Bally's Las Vegas welcomes special celebrity host Drew Lachey for an exclusive limited run, through August 21st. The show, from Fremantle-Media, the producers of American Idol and The Price Is Right TV shows, features such fan-favorite games as "Plinko," "Cliff Hangers," "The Big Wheel," and of course, "The Showcase." Drew Lachey will enlist audience members play for their chance to win thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. "I have been a fan of the show for years, so I am thrilled to be part of this live experience on the Las Vegas Strip," said Lachey. "I can't wait to see contestants 'Come on Down!'" A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Drew Lachey is a past winner of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." He took home first place, beating out 10 other dance couples in 2006. Lachey served as co-host of "Dancing with the Stars" the following season, and hosted ABC's "Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann." Drew most recently hosted HGTV's "$250,000 Dollar Challenge."
Lachey is best known for his pop group 98 Degrees, which he joined with his brother, Nick, in 1995. After four successful albums, the band decided to take a break. Since then Lachey has appeared on several TV shows, including As the World Turns, Sabrina the Teenage
Witch, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica and also in the musicals HAIRSPRAY, RENT and Monty Python's SPAMALOT on Broadway. "The Price is Right - Live" Stage Show at Bally's Las Vegas is presented Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $49.50 (plus tax and service charge) and are available at the Bally's and Paris box offices, or by calling 702-967-4567 or toll free at 1-877-374-7469. Tickets can also be purchased via www.ballyslasvegas.com.There is no age requirement for ticket holders. Contestants must be 21 years of age or older.
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Aquarius Casino Resort calls all "Soul Patrol" members to see American Idol winner and platinum-selling artist Taylor Hicks perform at the Aquarius Pavilion on August 21st at 8 p.m. Winning over America with his southern charm and grainy blues voice, Hicks inspired a legion of fans dubbed the "Soul Patrol" to help make season five of American Idol the No. 1 most-watched television program in the past decade. After gaining more than 63 million votes, Hicks' debut single, "Do I Make You Proud," skyrocketed to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100, Pop 100 and Single Sales charts. He was also named People Magazine's "Hottest Bachelor of the Year" in 2006, appearing on the cover. The same year, his self-titled album was released and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, quickly reaching platinum status. The album showcased Hicks' deep talent with songs including "The Runaround," "Just to Feel That Way," "Heaven Knows" and "The Right Place." A self-taught harmonica and guitar player, Hicks has toured with Willie Nelson, Widespread Panic, The Allman Brothers and Jackson Browne. He also published a memoir entitled "Heart Full of Soul: An Inspirational Memoir About Finding Your Voice and Finding Your Way" in 2007. Currently, Taylor Hicks plays "Teen Angel" in a touring Broadway production of "Grease." He recently released a new album, "The Distance," and dropped two singles, "What's Right Is Right" and "Seven Mile Breakdown." Tickets are $24.95 plus tax or $34.95 plus tax for premium seating and can be purchased at the ace|PLAY Center or at http://www.theaquarius.com. Aquarius is offering a special concert and room package for $179.99 that includes a two-night stay on Friday, August 20 and Saturday, August 21, two concert tickets, 25% off at the buffet and 10% off at Starbucks with ace | PLAY card. The Aquarius Casino Resort is the largest 24-hour gaming resort in Laughlin providing 1,907 newly renovated rooms and suites and a 57,000-square-foot casino offering nearly 1,300 state-of-the-art slot machines, the widest variety of favorite table games, a modern race and sports book, keno and live poker. For more information, please call (800) 662-5825 or (702) 298-5111.
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Bob Dylan and his band, with John Mellencamp, are coming into the Colosseum at Caesars Palace for one performance only, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 18th. Tickets for this special engagement, presented jointly by Caesars Palace and AEG Live, may be purchased in person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace box office, by calling (800) 745-3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Prices are $150, $120, $85 and $59.50 (plus applicable taxes and fees). Caesars Palace is the world's best known resort-casino, celebrating the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome, in an 85-acre destination location that sets the standard for entertainment, dining and luxury. Reigning at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace ranks among the world's top luxury resorts known for their originality and beauty and features 3,300 hotel guest rooms and suites, 23 diverse restaurants and cafes, five-acre Garden of the Gods pools and gardens, 50,000 square foot Qua Baths & Spa and 300,000 square feet of premium meeting and convention space. The 4,300-seat Colosseum sits just steps from celebrity chef restaurants and the acclaimed Forum Shops at Caesars and does, or has, spotlighted world class entertainers such as Celine Dion, Bette Midler, Elton John, Jerry Seinfeld and Cher. AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, fifteen regional offices, and thirty state-of-the-art venues. The company is currently producing tours and productions including Cher at Caesars Palace, Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Barry Manilow at Paris Las Vegas and Celine who will return to The Colosseum in March 2011. The concert tour roster includes artists such as Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, Leonard Cohen, Miley Cyrus, The Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson, Wisin & Yandel, Britney Spears, Kenny Chesney, Paul McCartney, P!nk, KISS, Mo'Nique and American Idols Live. AEG Live is the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. For more information, go to www.aeglive.com
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