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Note: This is a past column from August 27, 2010
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Las Vegas - August 27, 2010

Keith Thompson

Matt Dusk

God Lives In Glass follow-up...
Following performances of God Lives in Glass on August 20th and 21st at the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center in Seattle, Rebecca Spencer, who was the first Madame Giry in Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular at The Venetian, and who now lives in Seattle, sends us this message...

Last week, the Seattle Community was introduced to the powerful music and message of God Lives in Glass and they embraced it in a most spirited and jubilant way, leaping to standing ovations with shout outs, cheers and tears at every performance. Broadway Bound Children's Theater offered four performances of God Lives in Glass to the South End Community of Seattle as part of their mission and their vital outreach to local area teens. The show made a huge impact in the lives of the teen acting company and the 16 musicians from the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra who participated in the production. Composer, Las Vegan Keith Thompson, introduced two new songs in this version of God Lives in Glass, "Jump Rope Jesus" and "Open Your Heart (and Let Your Light Shine Through)." I continue to be impassioned by this piece, and I loved every minute of it. Like so many others who attended and shared the experience, I was moved to tears!

Over the last few years, God Lives In Glass, with book and lyrics by Robert J. Landy, and music and additional lyrics by the above mentioned Keith Thompson (musical director for Jersey Boys at the Palazzo), has been presented in various locations around Las Vegas, including at the Clark County Flamingo Library Theater and the Nicholas Horn Theater at the College of Southern Nevada. It's been long enough. It's time for another version. If you haven't seen it, and you learn it is scheduled to play anywhere in the city, make plans to be there. For those who have seen it before, our giving a plug isn't necessary. There are lots of repeat customers for this musical event. By the way, this is not a preachy, religious experience. It is often funny, frequently touching, and always inspiring. God Lives In Glass. Remember the name.

And speaking of Seattle and Rebecca Spencer, she is now in rehearsals for The Full Monty, scheduled for The Village Theatre in Seattle. We will have more on this subject in upcoming columns.

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On Wednesday night, August 25th, the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino's Crown Theater was the site of a "by invitation only" DVD live concert taping featuring Matt Dusk? Who, you may ask, is Matt Dusk? If you saw any of, The Casino, the 2004 Mark Burnett "reality" FOX TV series based around the two young owners of the downtown Golden Nugget, Tom Breitling and Tim Poster, the then 34-year-old multimillionaires who made their fortune during the internet boom, you probably recognize the name (The Casino series ran in the summer, from June through August). Dusk was the ambitious 20-something Canadian lounge singer, trying to make it as a headliner and onto a main showroom stage. That didn't happen in the 13 weeks before The Casino series ended, but it did happen later that year, when Dusk performed for three weeks in the 1,600-seat Las Vegas Hilton showroom. This was, more than likely, a "four-wall" deal, meaning that someone with deep-pockets "rented" the theater for Dusk to sing in. This was definitely a case of "too much, too soon." Matt Dusk did have some success with a Bono song called, "Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad," a cut from his debut album, Two Shots, which went Gold in Canada. We hadn't heard much about Dusk since 2004. For this taping, he performs classic big band favorites and contemporary big band hits, such as "Get Me To The Church On Time," "Who's Got The Action," and "Mack The Knife," along with his original song, "Back In Town." He also performs a special duet with Lorna Luft, celebrated live performer, stage, film and television actress, best selling author, recording artist and Emmy nominated producer. A friend who attended the Wednesday night taping, described Matt as "...wonderful, charismatic, self assured and very professional...nice voice, good choice of songs, and said she really enjoyed it. Maybe six years has given this nice young man the experience he lacked in 2004. I guess we will see when the PBS special, Matt Dusk: Live From Las Vegas, airs, which, according to the Internet, will happen during its March 2011 Pledge Drive. The show is produced by Stiletto Television. Mark C. Grove, Garry C. Kief (Barry Manilow's manager), Troy P. Queen and David C. Britz serve as Executive Producers.

Lorna Luft

Shelley Berkley

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This Sunday, August 29th, the Jewish Community Center Southern Nevada (JCCSN) opens doors to their new Summerlin facility. Nevada Congresswoman Shelley Berkley will lead the front door Mezuzah dedication ceremony. Berkley, along with Rabbi Felipe Goodman and Rabbi Malcolm Cohen, will place a Mezuzah on the front door of the building. A Mezuzah is a piece of parchment, often contained in a decorative case, and inscribed with specified Hebrew verses from the Torah. The Mezuzah is not, as some may believe, a good-luck charm. It is used as a symbol and a constant reminder of God's presence and God's commandments. In addition to Congresswoman Berkley; Rabbi Goodman, Temple Beth Sholom and Chair of the Nevada State Board of Rabbis, and Rabbi Cohen, Temple Sinai, the podium will include, Richard Frankoff, President, JCCSN; Ronald L. Leibow, Vice Chair of Jewish Community Centers Association of North America (keynote speaker); Elliot Karp, President & CEO of The Jewish Federation of Las Vegas; and Leonard Stone, Chairman of the Board of the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas. This is the first permanent home for JCCSN since its launch in 1991. The new 3,000 square-foot facility will be the home for all JCC activities and will provide educational, social, athletic, and cultural programs to meet the needs of the Jewish community. The Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada is a proud collaborative partner and beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas. The new JCC facility was made possible by a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas for the capital improvements and renovation of the building as well as a significant grant providing financial resources to help the JCC with start up costs associated with the new location. The dedication ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada building, located at the campus of Temple Sinai, 9001 Hillpointe Road in Summerlin. The public is invited to attend.

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Here is the latest information on Nunsense, the successful East Coast musical comedy scheduled to open here in the Shimmer Room at the Las Vegas Hilton on Wednesday, September 15th. The cast is made up of Diane Ellis as Reverend Mother Sister Mary Regina, Michelle Johnson as Sister Hubert, Kelly Clinton-Holmes as Sister Mary Amnesia, Janien Valentine as Sister Robert Anne, and Robin Berry Vincent as Sister Leo. Natalie Carson will serves as understudy for Clinton and Vincent. Director and choreographer is Nancy Gregory (Grammy Award-winning producer, director and writer, and former Vice President of Entertainment at the Tropicana), and producers are Jay Harvey, Stuart Ditsky (Broadway's The Addams Family) and Adam Ditsky.

And, speaking Kelly Clinton-Holmes, it seems that her hubby, Clint Holmes, who was scheduled to be part of last Sunday's Lance Burton & Friends benefit show for the Zelzah Shrine Temple, didn't make it to the event. Those that did show up to perform with Lance, were fellow magicians Rory Johnston, Fielding West, and Burton's Kentucky boyhood friend, Mac King. The Scintas filled in for the missing Mr. Holmes. Monies raised will be used to transport children in need to the Shriners hospital in LA. If you want to catch Lance Burton at the Monte Carlo, you had better act fast. After 14 years at the Strip property (he was previously at the Tropicana in Les Folies Bergere, and had his own show at the Hacienda, now the site of Mandalay Bay), the Master Magician will do a permanent disappearing act from the hotel casino, and the beautiful theater that was designed to accommodate him, following his September 4th show. Ticket prices for locals will be 2-for-1 through tomorrow, Saturday, August 28th. Burton has not yet announced his future plans, but as the saying goes, "you can't keep a good man down."

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On Sunday, August 29th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Shag Me Salon, at 4110 S. Maryland Parkway, Suite 21, at the corner of Maryland Parkway and Flamingo, will hold its third annual Shag-a-Thon, with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. For a $20 donation, customers receive both a quality wash and cut as well as a chance to hang out with the retro trendsetters that make up the Shag Me Salon team. Walk-ins only; regular customers can request their favorite stylist. All proceeds, including stylist's tips, will be donated to American Cancer Society's signature event, Relay for Life. For more information, please call (702) 823-5446, or visit

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Lee Greenwood

I Know I Came In Here For Something

With very little fanfare (so far), some folks may not know that onetime Las Vegan, Lee Greenwood, is scheduled to headline The Club at the North Las Vegas Cannery on Sunday, September 5th. Some folks also may not know that Greenwood used to be one of the most popular lounge entertainers on the competitive casino circuit. There he honed his live performance skills and developed his craft as a songwriter. Famed country music manager, Larry McFadden (Mel Tillis is one of his clients), discovered Greenwood and brought him to the attention of MCA Records Nashville where he teamed with acclaimed producer Jerry Crutchfield to record his groundbreaking country debut album, " It Turns Me Inside Out." As they say, "the rest is (musical) history." God Bless the USA! Tickets start at $14.95 and show time is at 8 p.m.

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It's called I Know I Came In Here...For Something, and is described as a "middle-age musical."
On Sunday, August 29th, at 3 p.m., Jeneane Marie, Victor Moea, Susan Haller and Tom Dyer will sing both funny and poignant songs about growing older (it happens to the best of us), at the Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle. Book and lyrics are by Carl Ritchie, with music by Wayne Moore. Ticket prices are $18 ($15 for seniors). Call (702) 360-8340 for reservations.

(From left to right in accompanying photo: Susan, Tom, Jeneane and Victor.)

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Russell "Russ" J. Fons, 66, passed away on August 19th at his home in Las Vegas after fighting a seven year battle against colon cancer. We did not know Mr. Fons, but broadcaster/writer Debbie Hall did. She provided us with information written by a friend of Russ'. Although it is quite lengthy, because Russ Fons sounds like he was quite a fellow, we are printing most of the eulogy... Russ Fons was the owner and operator of Russ Fons Public Relations. But Russ was so much more than a business owner. To Russ, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, he was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around him, he seemed to be eternally happy, and he willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For Russ, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, he could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Russ really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so. Russ enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An arts and crafts type, Russell liked creating and making things. His favorite pursuits were writing songs and screenplays, smoking fine cigars and traveling. Russ felt excited and challenged by sports, including deep-sea fishing. Russ was also a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were professional basketball, especially the Phoenix Suns, professional football, especially the Green Bay Packers, and professional baseball, especially the Milwaukee Braves and Brewers. Russ was an active member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and a number of Press Clubs. He was also a member of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Russ recognized that his faith was important to him throughout his life. He was a member of Summerlin Evangelical Lutheran Church. During that time, he was the financial secretary. Russ was given accolades for his many and varied accomplishments throughout his life. Some of his most prestigious awards included the Prisms Award from the Los Angeles Chapter of PRSA, the Protos Award from the Orange County Chapter of PRSA, and the LULU award from Los Angeles Advertising Women. Russ was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Russ' favorites was Chipper, the wonder bird, a parakeet. They were best friends for two years. His bilingual parakeet named Blue and a box turtle named Lightning rounded out his family.

Russ Fons

Maurice Hines, Senior & Junior

Russ is survived by his children, Tracy (Aaron) Rutledge and Denise (Joe) Golownia; grandchildren, Nathan and Nicole Golownia, and Levi and Olivia Rutledge; his sister, Marilyn (Dave) Walters; nephews and niece, Mark, Michael and Melodee Walters; his sweetheart, Terese DiMartino; and many friends. The family thanks Dr. Annabel Barber, CompassionCare Hospice and Nevada Cancer Centers for the wonderful care they gave Russ. Services were held at Summerlin Evangelical Lutheran Church in Las Vegas on August 24th. As he wished, Russ' ashes will be scattered in Wisconsin, Arizona and Nevada. Russ brought joy to all of those around him. He never had a mean bone in his body. He loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. He loved to share his energy, wit, and his zest for all of his activities with his friends and family. Russ lived life to its fullest and made everyone around him happier just for knowing him. He will be remembered with a smile.

Ronald Rexell Pace, age 58, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Mesa, Arizona, on Monday, August 23rd. Ron was born in Chicago on March 23rd 1952, to Hilda and Joe Pace. He spent his formative years in Gary, Indiana. After studying for two years at Wabash College in Indiana, he served as a linguist with special background clearance, in the United States Air Force. He was honorably discharged 1977. That same year, he joined a circus as a roustabout, later training Neena the elephant for an act. This is where Ron met Chris Kennington. They first performed together and then fell in love. He and Chris formed an aerial act, known as Sugar and Spice. They were with the Big John Strong Circus for eight years. After leaving the Big John Strong Circus, they continued performing for another 14 years in shows, other circuses and events, both in the US, Canada and abroad. After their performing careers ended, Ron and Chris settled in Mesa, where they lived for the past 11 years. As part of the Americana exhibit in the Smithsonian museum, a painting of Ron and Chris as "Sugar and Spice" is on view. Ron was predeceased by his parents. In addition to his wife, Chris, he is also survived by his sisters, Jacquie Rucker and Karen Mosley; his brother Jeffery; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 31st, at the Allen Funeral Home, 1130 S. Horne, in Mesa. (480) 833-1716. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to Big Brother/Big Sister of Central AZ, 1010 E. McDowell Rd, Ste 400, Phoenix, AZ 85006.

A Celebration of Life for retired entertainer, Maurice Robert "Chink" Hines Sr., was held earlier today at Odyssey Health Care in Las Vegas. Friends gathered to share their memories of the longtime Las Vegan...with many of those memories involving cooking and food (he loved to eat, and the ladies loved to cook for him). Among the attendees were UNLV film professor, Stan Armstrong, who, with his partner, Gary Lipsman, interviewed Hines for their upcoming movie on the history of Las Vegas' Moulin Rouge nightclub. Although they admitted he was a bit intimidating, they also indicated that he had great show business stories that he shared with them. Hines, the father of entertainers, Maurice Hines Jr. and the late Gregory Hines, died on July 27th at the age of 88.

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We didn't have room to write about our trip to the South Point on August 15th, to see M&M (Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson) and the American Dance Theater perform their Dance With Me show. We have seen these two New York transplants before, and always enjoy their story/dance shows. This was Michael and Melinda's first time performing at the South Point. Hopefully, they will be back.

And speaking of the South Point, the property is offering an interesting Senior Sleepover Package, where, for $25 per person (double occupancy required), guests would get one night and two days at the hotel, plus other perks. In addition to a Wednesday night in a deluxe room, the package includes two tickets for the Déjà Vu Show and Dance Band on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the South Point Showroom, two tickets for The Dennis Bono Show on Thursday afternoon at 2 in the showroom, and a late (4 p.m.) checkout time on Thursday. Guests who take advantage of this offer will also receive a free Fun Book, with coupons to be used for meals, gaming and more. Even though this is called a Senior package, we are told that, other than being over 21, there is no minimum age required to take advantage of this offer. (Why they call it a SENIOR Sleepover Package is anybody's guess.) For reservations, please call (866) 791-7626 or e-mail [email protected] and mention Group Code: SENIORS.

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From Scott Kolen at the Hitchin' Post, comes this update on entertainment and dining at the Saloon & Steakhouse. The Saturdays in September entertainment lineup has the Chicago Blues Busters back on the 4th, with PamE and the Crusher on the 11th, the Chicago Blues Busters back on the 18th (the crowd loves this group), and Chris Bell and 100% Blues on September 25th. In the kitchen, where experienced Chef Kolen oversees things, he tells us that the fresh Pacific Red Snapper that they normally use for specials on the weekends, is coming in smaller than usual, so, instead of doing away with a popular dish, he is bringing in some blue crab meat and preparing Red Snapper Filet stuffed blue crab meat, fresh sautéed vegetables and a roasted garlic cream sauce. With a price of $16.95, Kolen hopes to satisfy customers cravings for fresh seafood without hurting their wallet. He reports that a few weeks ago, the Hitchin' Post was named "Best Old Time Tavern" by Seven magazine. If you have never been out there before, it might be a place to discover. And, don't forget to check out the Beer Garden. The Hitchin' Post Saloon & Steakhouse, where food is not an afterthought, is located at 3640 Las Vegas Blvd. No., between Cheyenne and Lamb. Phone (702) 644-1220.

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Miss Universe 2010

Golden Nugget Pool

Jimena Navarrete, the beautiful Miss Mexico in red who was crowned Miss Universe at the pageant emanating from Mandalay Bay on Monday, wasn't the only big winner that night. What a great commercial for Las Vegas! We have lived here for almost 34 years, and after that impressive tour of spas, shopping malls, pools, and other points of interest, we want to go to Las Vegas!

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Some friends of ours decided that they too wanted to play tourist and enjoy a "staycation," so, with four visiting family members from England, they checked into the Golden Nugget for an overnighter. Much of the first day was spent at the amazing pool. The grown-ups loved it as much as the two youngsters, ages 11 and 13. The $20 million dollar swimming pool includes a 200,000 gallon shark tank, waterfalls, a three-story waterslide, a poolside bar, and seven private cabanas, each with plasma TVs and refrigerators. While you don't actually swim with the sharks, you swim right next to sand-tiger sharks, brown sharks, Pacific blacktip sharks, nurse sharks and zebra sharks, along with southern stingrays. The Tank is open 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

And speaking of the Golden Nugget, look for them to add a second show in their upstairs 600-seat theater. The talented comic impressionist, Gordie Brown, will entertain the early audiences with his funny takes on Garry Shandling, Robert DeNiro, Jack Nicolson, Tom Cruise, Kenny Rogers, Julio Iglesias, Clint Eastwood, Michael Jackson, Elvis, and just about every other recognizable TV, music and movie celebrity, while Country Superstars will take over the late spot, beginning on August 31st. The new 75-minute production will offer incredible impersonations from the hottest stars in country music, such as, Brooks & Dunn, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Reba McIntyre (played by Corrie Sachs), Kenny Chesney, Big & Rich, and Keith Urban.

Gordie Brown

Karen Fujimoto - Sin City Burlesque

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Sin City Burlesque brings Las Vegas Sin to Don Celebrity Theater in Don Laughlin's Riverside Casino in Laughlin, Nevada, September 1st through 5th. Bawdy, frisky, playful, and of course sinful, Sin City Burlesque invites you into the mischievous world of Burlesque with an edgy Las Vegas flair. In this show, the hottest female dancers, one hilarious comedian, specialty acts, and an ultra-sexy female vocalist, reinvent the world of burlesque with loads of modern twists. This hot new revue combines fantastic choreography and stunning costumes that are guaranteed to tease, while paying tribute to one of our country's most fabulous theatrical traditions - burlesque. Special guest stars are burlesque dancing sensation, direct from America's Got Talent, Michelle L'Amour; Las Vegas headlining comedian, John Padon; vocal sensation, Lily Arce; and the amazing aerial silks and pole acrobatics of Danielle Rueda-Watts. The sexy, sensual, and seductive dancing from four of Las Vegas' most beautiful dancers - Lacy DiBongrazio, Teri Corcoran, Jennifer Vossmer, and Karen Fujimoto - will be sure to have temperatures rising in the theater. Sin City Burlesque is produced by veteran Las Vegas choreographer and dancer, Carrie Proffitt of Haute Entertainment, along with veteran Las Vegas performers and producers, Dan O'Brien and Jon C. Halbur of J & D Entertainment. Show times are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 each, with special group rates for 35 or more people at $24. Must be 18 or older. Tickets can be reserved by calling (800) 227-3849, or visiting the Riverside Resort Box Office. Sin City Burlesque's topless entertainment is sure to be the hottest ticket on the Colorado River for this Labor Day weekend.

John Padon

Sean Hannity

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Longtime Las Vegan, Jerry Schafer, informs us that he has been contracted to act in the capacity of Executive in Charge of Production and Director of a reality television series called Valor Combat, a series consisting of fifteen one hour episodes. The series will be shot in Kanchanaburi, Thailand in the area where Alexander the Great trained his invincible army. A historical location to say the least. Karl Patel, an English lawyer who became a producer, is producing Valor Combat. Karl lives in Thailand and this series is his brain child. Patel has made arrangements through Gene Kilroy (Muhammad Ali's long time business manager) to have Mike Tyson come here for the world press conference which will take place two weeks prior to principal photography. By the way, as an actor, Kilroy has been seen in The Greatest, the Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali story, released in 1977. Schafer is directing this fantastic Epic proportions series along with Randy Sutton, a retired Las Vegas Metro Cop who is an author-writer. Randy, who has three books in publication, True Blue Police Stores by Those Who Have Lived Them, A Cops Life, and True Blue to Protect and Serve, is writing this series. Randy and Jerry have been friends for many years. They worked together when Schafer was a North Las Vegas Constable assigned to work with the Highway Patrol. When he got this contract, it gave Jerry the opportunity to bring Randy into the show and that's what he did. This series is being distributed around the world by Fremantle Entertainment, the Emmy- winning motion picture and television distribution company (American Idol, The Price Is Right). "So," says Schafer, "Las Vegas is represented in Bangkok, Thailand through the production of this Epic Proportions Television Series, the most explosive Martial Arts Reality TV Series ever to be produced." Schafer goes on to say, "In Kanchanaburi, we're using a motion picture studio called Primmitr Movie Studio to shoot some of the scenes, along with the historical location re: Alexander the Great. In addition to that location we will also be shooting at the Bridge on the River Kwai, another historical location to be sure."

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Last Saturday's book signing at Barnes & Noble on Maryland Parkway proved interesting to the folks who showed up. Unfortunately, there just weren't enough of them. We can think of numerous reasons for the poor turnout...the main one being, virtually no advertising by Barnes & Noble. Stephens Press did ads for their two authors - Carolyn Schneider (Bing: On the Road to Elko) and Stephen "Pista" Nassar (My Brother's Voice), but the others were identified as just that, and "others." Just for your information, among the "others," all locals, were Beverly Washburn, Denny Miller, Katie Salidas, Dr. Peter J. Shield, Ph.D., Alicia Buck, Tonya Attebery, and Doug DuCharme. Another problem, we feel, was the time of the signings...from 6 to 8 on a Saturday evening. We don't think most people plan to be in a book store, ANY book store, at the time on a Saturday. We also don't feel that the authors stood much chance of making any money, as there were too many choices of who and what to buy. You can't buy EVERYTHING!

One of the authors, Robert Stern (Microman USA), tells us that, thanks to a winning auction bid (a patriotic $1776) he will be in conservative talk show host's Sean Hannity audience at Fox Studios in New York City on September 14th. Stern will also be at the Orleans Arena for tonight's sold out Freedom Concert 2010, with Hannity at the helm. In his book, Stern shares his strong opinions about where our country is going and provides hope to those who want a better life with common sense policies from their government. Illustrations are by the award-winning Mark Hill. Since 2003, over $10 million has been raised for the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund through the Freedom Concerts and generous donations from the Sean Hannity Show and its listeners. The Scholarship Fund is designated for the education of children of U.S. service members who have been killed or 100% permanently disabled in an operational mission or training accident. Freedom Alliance receives all net proceeds from ticket sales and merchandise, aiding greatly in Freedom Alliance's effort to assist hundreds of families who have lost their loved ones while they were protecting and defending our nation and our freedoms.

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Gary Morris

'34 Ford 3-Window Coupe

Award-winning country music singer, Gary Morris, performs hits like "Wind Beneath My Wings," "Baby Bye Bye" and "100% Chance Of Rain," at the Henderson Events Plaza, September 3rd at 8 p.m. Morris has performed on the historic stage of the Grand Ole Opry, White House and for the Queen of England. He also performed on Broadway in Les Miserables as the heroic lead character, "Jean Valjean." Morris sang a masterful rendition of the ballad, "With One More Look At You," for the comeback performance of Olympic gold medalist figure skater, Scott Hamilton, after Hamilton's battle with cancer. Morris' show will take place at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water Street, in the Water Street District with performances beginning at 8 p.m. Admission is complimentary.

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Recently, our friend, writer John Katsilometes, reported that Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Collector Car Auction will be selling 10 vehicles, formerly owned by the late entertainer Danny Gans, September 23rd through 25th, at Mandalay Bay. These are not just cars. They are CARS! According to their Web site, Barrett-Jackson will sell Gans' 1932 Ford 3-window coupe, 1934 Ford 3-window coupe, 1955 Chevrolet Cameo pickup and 1955 Chevrolet 210 2-door sedan. The group also contains a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko SC tribute car, 1970 Plymouth Barracuda coupe, 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, 2003 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, 2000 Dodge Viper and 2008 Harley-Davidson Street Glide FLHX. The two 1930s era Fords are both Chevy powered Hot Rods with automatics, but each has a different personality. The yellow '32 is reminiscent of the car driven in the movie "American Graffiti" down to its chrome wheels, Moon gauges and license plate reading "GRAFFITI." The red '32 is a full fendered custom with a 5.7 LS1 engine, Jaguar rear end and chrome bits throughout. The plate on this car reads "1HOT34," which is appropriate for the rod. Both the Chevrolet Cameo pickup and Chevrolet 210 sedan were heavily customized with chrome, carbon fiber and modern drivetrains. The black 210 with the plate "DBL5" includes touches that reflect the showman's personality, such as his logo embroidered into the trunk. The turquoise and white pickup, wearing the license "DANS55" has a satellite radio and a fuel injected Chevy motor. The three customized muscle cars were designed to be fun to drive, as well as grab attention. The blue with white stripes '69 Yenko SC tribute coupe with the license plate "YENKO" boasts a 427 cid engine mated to a four speed transmission. The Plum Crazy '70 custom Barracuda coupe has a stroked small block mill, Cragar wheels, power windows and a slapstick shifter, earning it the custom plate of "MYCUDA." The gold and black '78 Trans Am is fully loaded with leather interior, power accessories, a 502 cid engine, automatic transmission and license plate stating "GANSAM." The black on black 2000 Viper coupe has silver stripes and wears the plate "TMOMV" (The Man of Many Voices). The amethyst black 2003 Corvette coupe is a stunner with ghost purple flames, a 5.7 supercharged V8, Borla exhaust and custom wheels; its plate reads "DDG." The 2008 Harley is a 105th anniversary edition clad in black with purple ghost flames. The full dress bike is slathered in chrome and has the plate "GANS." "The cars were meticulously maintained and Danny often drove them to work," explained Barrett-Jackson President Steve Davis. "Not only are they wonderful collectibles, they're a piece of Vegas history with celebrity provenance." Barrett-Jackson has also sold vehicles once owned or driven by Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Bette Davis, Johnny Cash, Bruce Willis, Eddie Van Halen, Sammy Hagar and others. Danny Gans died unexpectedly on May 1st of last year. He was 52 years old.

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Comstock, Kole & Gines

Ron & Lisa Smith

Ten years ago, Our Sinatra, a show that Eric Comstock co-created with Hilary Kole and Christopher Gines, opened very modestly for a two-week run at the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel in New York during the sweltering "dog days" of August. It was a major hit, with turn away crowds, and resulted in a two-and-a-half year run off-Broadway, two national tours, and numerous productions coast-to-coast. Hilary, Christopher and Eric have reunited for occasional productions of Our Sinatra (though not in New York), and in 2004, they wrote another successful show, Singing Astaire, which ran at Birdland and toured through 2006.

Well, Our Sinatra is back, and back where it all began, at the Algonquin, for two weeks only, beginning on Tuesday, August 31st, and running through September 11th. The goal in Our Sinatra has always been to show how important and influential Frank Sinatra has been to our generation of vocalists, both in his intimate, honest performance style and usually superb repertoire. That goal hasn't changed. During these past weeks of rehearsal, Hilary, Christopher and Eric have tweaked the show - made some changes in the tune list, and have chosen a few new songs to reflect current tastes and keep the whole thing fresh. What has remained is the respect the three performers have for the artistry of Sinatra - and their commitment to sing his great standards with affection and humor. The Algonquin Hotel is located at 59 West 44th Street in New York City. Show times are Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11 p.m. For reservations, call (212) 419-9331.

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Last minute reminders...
Tomorrow, Saturday, August 28th at 2 p.m., dancers from the cast of Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular will present Hope 3: An Afternoon of Classical Ballet. This one day concert event will benefit Family Promise of Las Vegas, a local non-profit organization that assists Las Vegas homeless families to get off the streets and back into homes. Hope 3: An Afternoon Of Classical Ballet (the third annual with an entirely new program) will take place at the Clark County Library Theater, on Flamingo Road just east of Maryland Parkway. The program includes the famous classical ballet "Don Quixote" based on the novel by Cervantes, and excerpts from the Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty. Choreographer Kelly Ann Sloan is back to create a new ballet to Fables of Faubus. There is also a ballet to Turtle Island String Quartet's "Mara's Garden of False Delights." Songs includes Saint-Saens "Samson et Delilah", and music from Secret Garden. The annual program is created by dancers Rebekah Raun in the and Erina Noda. Admission is $20 per person, with 100% of the ticket proceeds going to benefit Family Promise. Purchase tickets online at Last year's performance was a sellout. They are hoping for the same thing for this year!) For more information and/or reservations, please call (702) 245-0992.

The Performing Arts Center of Nevada presents Lisa and Ron Smith in Back To Broadway, Sunday, August 29th at 2 p.m. The concert, offering selections from classic and contemporary Broadway, will include songs from Wicked, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, Little Shop of Horrors, Phantom of the Opera, 42nd Street, Monty Python's Spamalot, The Music Man, Show Boat, Les Miserables, Smokey Joe's Café, and Jason Robert Brown's Songs For a New World. The concert takes place at the Clark County Flamingo Library Theatre, 1401 Flamingo, just east of Maryland Parkway. Tickets are $15, and may be purchased by calling (702) 658-6741, or at the library box office an hour before show time. Here are some of the comments from places that the Smiths have performed:
"Lisa Smith and her husband Ron were awesome. They came to perform at our resort Jan 20, 2010. Together they performed music from their "Back to Broadway" show, non-stop top notch entertainment. Lisa and Ron are multi-talented. The audience loved them and the comments included 'This was a Quality act!' Everyone that attended this event was very impressed. They were very easy to work with and professional. I plan to re-book. It was a great night had by all, thanks to Lisa and Ron." - Diane P, 01/20/10, Activities Director for Roadhaven Resort, Apache Junction, AZ.

"Ron and Lisa performed at the Nevada State P.E.O.Convention at the Santa Fe Hotel & Casino. Their program 'Back to Broadway' was fantastic! The president told me they were the best singers and performers in the 14 conventions she had attended. Not only are Ron and Lisa professional and talented, they are a delight to work with!" - Gillian K, P.E.O Convention, 4/24/10, Las Vegas, NV.

"I contacted Lisa to see if she could provide some Broadway music for our fall Retired Officers Wives Club (ROWC) luncheon. What an amazing experience we had! She and her husband, Ron, presented a fantastic Broadway review with not only great music, but tied it together with interesting and fun stories. Not only were they amazing singers, but they were delightful entertainers. Most of these ladies have seen Broadway shows, cruise entertainment and shows here in Las Vegas, and they absolutely raved about Lisa and Ron. Many said it was the best program we've ever had. We will definitely invite them back in the future." - Janet R, 9/10/2008, ROWC Luncheon, North Las Vegas, NV.

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