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Note: This is a past column from September 24, 2010
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Las Vegas - September 24, 2010
Ken Owens, Katalin, Joseph Gabriel & Mini Lee
Larry Edwards & "Liberace" by Leila Navidi, LV Sun
On Wednesday, a group of concerned citizens gathered on the sidewalk in front of the Liberace Plaza, not just to protest the closing of the 31-year-old museum, but to try and generate interest in getting some agency to investigate the financial condition of the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Approximately 60 to 70 people carried placards, and paraded on the public sidewalks at East Tropicana and Spenser, attracting honking horns and wolf whistles, as well as those curious enough to pull off the street to find out what all the hoopla was about. Jeff White, a onetime worker at the museum, was the organizer of the quickly planned event. Magician/puppeteer, Joseph Gabriel, with his Liberace marionette in tow, and Joseph's beautiful wife/assistant, Katalin, dressed in a white showgirl's costume and causing the whistling, were among those who braved the summer sun and winds to make their feelings known. We also spotted impersonator Larry Edwards (Tina Turner, Beyonce, Elvis), carrying a life-size cutout of Liberace in his famous Stars and Stripes outfit. Edwards was in matching attire. Juggler, Romano Frediani; Grant Philipo, costume designer/producer; hypnotist Ken Owens; pop artiste Marty Kreloff; and 80-year-young Liberace fan and philanthropist, Barbara Winters, were also among those who took up the cause. TV and radio personalities showed up, along with a number of local photographers and journalists, including the Review-Journals', Mike Weatherford, and John Katsilometes, Kristen Peterson and Leila Navidi, from the Las Vegas Sun. The participants carried signs making statements and asking important questions: Where's the Money?; Hit the Road, Jack; I.R.S. Audit this Mess; S.O.S. Save Our Scholarships; I'll Be Seeing You...IN COURT!; DEAN JEFF, CAN'T KOEP (that would be UNLV Dean and Board chair, Jeff Koep, who is being blamed for much of the current state of the museum); Liberace Museum Has NO HOPE with Koep; Resign Rappaport (that would be the grossly overpaid Foundation president, Jack Rappaport); This is a Public Collection...Not your Retirement Fund; Just say NOPE TO KOEP; Mismanagement = Lost Jobs!; Watch out UNLV - With Koep...You're next!; STOP HIRING THE UNQUALIFIED and Open Your BOOKS!! OR Are you CROOKS??. Although there were many different signs, the common message was, that both Jeff Koep and Jack Rappaort needed to be out of there. Either through ignorance or greed, or both, the decision-makers have allowed or helped to put the museum in its current state of ruin. This is not something that happened over a period of months. The signs of impending doom have been obvious for quite some time, and no action was taken to stop it. Shame on those who stood by and watched it (and helped it) happen. One light-hearted vintage sign (we recognized the old Silver Slipper stage in the attached photo) urged supporting Kenny Kerr "For President...and First Lady." Maybe it was because the female impersonator couldn't join the rally in person, as he now makes his home in Palm Springs.
Even TV host Craig Ferguson, of CBS's Late Late Show, has jumped on the Liberace bandwagon. On Thursday night, Ferguson devoted a few minutes to the closing of the museum, showing numerous photos of the flamboyant showman and tossing in some jokes.
And speaking of signs...Is it just a coincidence that the sign in front of the Liberace Plaza, advertising Jack Rappaport's R&R Commercial Real Estate business as the center's leasing agent, was taken down a few months ago, around the same time that concerned citizens started asking questions about the very noticeable change in the operation of the museum? Can we say, "conflict of interest"?
Libby, Libby, Libby by Martin Kreloff
And, speaking of "conflict of interest," or whatever you might call it, from a Who's Who in Real Estate 2009 article, published in In Business Las Vegas, comes this information...
(Jack) Rappaport is president of the Alfred & Marjorie Rappaport Foundation, a nonprofit foundation founded to encourage and foster the performing arts in Southern Nevada. The primary beneficiary of the Rappaport Foundation is "Introduction to the Arts," a program under the auspices of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, which focuses primarily on Southern Nevada students, offering free admission to a variety of Vanda Master Series events in the University of Nevada, Las Vegas' Performing Arts Center. Hmmm. Jeff Koep is both Dean of UNLV's College of Fine Arts AND the Liberace Foundation Board of Directors Chair. Again, a possible conflict of interest.
And speaking of Kenny Kerr, we were told that he would be part of Dan Gore's Carnival Cabaret, playing in the Rio's Crown Theater, tonight and tomorrow night. We checked the Rio's Web site, and learned that the show "Takes the audience on an unforgettable journey with the cast of female impersonators. Carnival Cabaret effortlessly flows through musical entertainment's buggest (yep, that's what it says on the Rio's site) stars including Beyonce, Cher, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Celine Dion and many others," but there was no mention of Kerr. Hmmm.
Composers Showcase by Dana Satterwhite
We have learned that Kerr will soon be a "grandma." His son, Kristen Kerr, is going to be a daddy. We will keep readers posted on the developments.
Incidentally, within the next week, we expect to have a copy of a volatile and damaging letter, accusing the above mentioned Jack Rappaport of some very inappropriate behavior towards a 17-year-old museum visitor. When we get it, we will print it. We might mention that the museum's board members have had their copies for almost one month, and have done absolutely nothing about investigating the charges. What in the hell is going on in this place?
The attached Liberace poster was created in 1989 by the talented, now local, artist, Martin Kreloff, for World AIDS Day. Liberace died on February 4, 1987. He was 67.
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From songwriter/entertainer, Keith Thompson (musical director at Jersey Boys and the co-creator, with Michael Brennan, of the always amazing Composers Showcase), comes this message...
Dear Showcase supporters,
As we all know by now, the closing of the Liberace Museum as we know it is imminent. We have enjoyed the last three and half years that they have hosted the Composers Showcase, and sadly say good-bye with one final showcase in the Cabaret Showroom. Make no mistake, though....we will be back in a new space. We are researching and will find a suitable host venue to announce soon. We appreciate any and all suggestions, and thank everyone who has expressed concern over the plight of the showcase. The creative spirit will prevail and will find an outlet. So look forward to more info, and always check the web site:
On Thursday, September 30th, 10:30 p.m. (after theater!!!), the Composer's Showcase bids a fond farewell to the Liberace Museum, 1775 East Tropicana @ Spencer. There is a $5 cover charge at the door (free with student ID), and $5 Specials at the CafÃ© (sandwiches, salads, soups and sweets). There is also a cash wine and beer bar (no credit cards, please). The final showcase in the Cabaret at the museum will feature the songs of local composers and songwriters, among them, Brennan, Travis Cloer, Vita Corimbi, Wayne Green, Jamie Karen, Richard Oberacker, Matt Taylor, Thompson, Tyler Williams and others. Vocalists will include Christine Hudman, Brandon Singleton and more special guests. Some of the musicians scheduled to play include, Tish Diaz, Dan Falcone, Philip Fortenberry, Derek Jones, Mark Pardy, Kevin Stout and Eric Tewalt. There is sure to be lots of surprises and a night to remember. See you there.
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A busy couple of weeks coming up for the Allen/Zimmerman/Capaldi family. Domenick Allen's October 2nd and 3rd shows, called It's All About the Music, at the Suncoast have been sold out for a couple of weeks. As we mentioned in a previous column, Cadillac of Las Vegas purchased a number of tickets and are giving them away, in pairs, to folks who test drive Cadillac's snazzy new 2011 CTS Coupe. We are among the lucky ones who have tickets for Domenick's show at the Suncoast. We will report our findings in the October 8th column.
2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe
Leigh Zimmerman by Catherine Ashmore
On October 8th, Mrs. Domenick Allen, best known in the musical theater world as Leigh Zimmerman, returns to Broadway, and the Ambassador Theatre stage, as the merry murderess, "Velma Kelly," in the Tony-winning John Kander and Fred Ebb tale of madness and mayhem, Chicago. Leigh originated the role of "Go-To-Hell Kitty" in the show's revival, and played "Velma" in the London production of the hit musical. The actress has been seen on Broadway in Crazy for You, The Will Rogers Follies, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and in London in The Seven Year Itch, Contact (playing "The Girl in the Yellow Dress"), Three on a Couch, and The Producers, for which she earned a 2004 Olivier Award nomination for Best Leading Actress for her performance as "Ulla." Leigh recreated the role of "Ulla" in the Las Vegas production of the Mel Brooks romp. On October 8th, Zimmerman joins Tony-nominee Charlotte d'Amboise as "Roxie Hart," Tom Hewitt as "Billy Flynn," Raymond Bokhour as "Amos Hart," and Roz Ryan as "Matron 'Mama' Morton." Both d'Amboise and Ryan played in Chicago when it was the first big production at the brand new Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
And speaking of the Las Vegas production of The Producers, David Hasselhoff, who portrayed "Roger DeBris" when the Mel Brooks romp opened at Paris Las Vegas, was the first celebrity to be voted off season 11 of Dancing With the Stars. As you may have heard (or read, if you check out this column), it was the multi-talented, Tony-nominated Lee Roy Reams who took over the "Roger DeBris" role when The Hoff departed The Producers.
And speaking of musical theater, on Monday, we were in the audience at the Las Vegas Hilton for the hotel casino's latest entertainment offering, Nunsense. Nunsense tells the tale of The Little Sisters of Hoboken (real Jersey Girls), who must raise money to properly bury four of their sisters, who died after eating some poison soup. Forget the silly premise and see this cute show. Book, music and lyrics writer, Dan Goggin, manages to turn the death of a bunch of nuns into our city's newest afternoon funfest. The Las Vegas production, directed and choreographed by Nancy Gregory and produced by Stuart Ditsky, Adam Ditsky and Jay Harvey, has a terrific cast, featuring Diane Ellis as "Reverend Mother Mary Regina," Michelle Johnson as "Sister Mary Hubert," Janien Valentine as "Sister Mary Amnesia," Robin Berry Vincent as "Sister Leo," and Kathryn Arianoff as "Sister Robert Ann." As soon as Kelly Clinton-Holmes recovers from her broken foot, she will take back her role as "Sister Mary Amnesia." The music and lyrics are clever, and the choreography is very well done. It's amazing what a group of pros can accomplish in a weeks, while amateurs can take months to try and put something together and, still, not get it right. Among the folks we recognized in the audience on Monday, were Ron and Lisa Smith, Jaye and Danny Calico, Corky DiFini, theater-lovers Connie Solazzo and Dee Mormon, Doug Saleeby (visiting from Elvis country), and Carole Hassell. We plan to see this show again, and will recommend it to both locals and visiting friends.
Diane Ellis as Reverend Mother Mary Regina
For those who may have attended the show during the first week, we are pleased to report that the air conditioning problem seems to have been solved. Mittens and earmuffs can be left at home.
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Busy, busy Wes Winters, with weekly gigs on Fridays and Saturdays at Sam's Town's new Wes Winters' 88 Key Club, and Sundays at the Envy Steakhouse in the Renaissance Hotel on Paradise Road, makes a back-by-popular-demand appearance at the Clark County Flamingo Library as part of the Performing Arts Society of Nevada's concert series, this Sunday, September 26th. Showtime for the pianist/singer/entertainer is at 2 p.m., and tickets are a reasonable $15. They may be purchased by calling (702) 658-6741, or at the library box office an hour before Winters' performance. For the few that don't know, the library is located at 1401 E. Flamingo, near Maryland Parkway.
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Here is something that may come as a surprise to some locals or Las Vegas regulars (it was even a surprise to Cousin Claire, and not much surprises her these days). Singer Tony Davich, with a history as a principal in Enter the Night at the Stardust, a regular member of Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns and the Lon Bronson Band, as well as leader of his own band, Phoenix, was also a member, and the only "haole," of Hawaii's famed Society of Seven ensemble in Waikiki, from 1992 through 1994. Who knew???
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dummÂ·kopf/do om kÃ´f/ According to Merriam-Webster, dummkopf is a noun, meaning, A stupid person, a blockhead, dumbbell, a dolt. In Southern Nevada, the Dummkopfs are also a popular band, founded by Brian and Suzy Firth, and known mostly for its zany comedy and takeoff on German music. In the month of October, the 27-year-old ensemble is especially busy, performing at Oktoberfest beer parties. On Saturday, while we were "channel surfing," we spotted a clip of the Dummkopfs in a weekly half-hour late-night infomercial-type program. In this particular segment of the show, a local Italian festival was being promoted. The host of the television show, also happens to be the host of the talent portion of the festival (Why him? We don't know.). Not too surprisingly, in the few minutes that this festival promo piece aired, the TV show's dummkopf host misspelled both the name of the oompah band, AND the name of the festival that he is supposed to be promoting. It's San GENNARO, with two "N"s, you blockhead!
P.S. After hearing this joker brutalize Neil Diamond's (They're Coming to) America, we would urge the "Solitary Man" to issue a permanent Cease and Desist order to prevent the wannabe "entertainer" from ever tampering with the song again. OMG!
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Trumpeter extraordinaire, Charly Raymond, will be featured on a couple of solos and perform with the band throughout at the Suncoast on Oct 30 and 31 when they present a "Your Hit Parade" show, 7:30.
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The Las Vegas Philharmonic's first Pops Concert of the 2010-2011 launches on Saturday, October 2nd at 8 p.m., with a celebration of the music of Frank Sinatra. Joining the Philharmonic, in the Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall at UNLV, is Sinatra's onetime conductor, Vincent Falcone, and vocalist, Clint Holmes. In addition to "Ol' Blue Eyes," Falcone, a widely respected pianist and highly sought after musical director, has conducted for many well known singers, including Bob Anderson, Paul Anka, Charles Aznavour, Tony Bennett, Diahann Carroll, James Darren, Eddie Fisher, Connie Francis, Robert Goulet, Jack Jones, Julius LaRosa, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, McGuire Sisters, Al Martino, Joe Piscopo, Frankie Randall, Sylvia Syms, and Andy Williams, to name some. Holmes is best known around these parts for his six year run at Harrah's, his bio-musical of multi-names (JAM - Just Another Man, being one of them), and his part in Vocal Soup. Tickets are available online, or by calling the UNLV box office at (702) 895-2787. Three levels of tickets are available at $35, $50 and $75. The Las Vegas Philharmonic provides shuttle service from Summerlin's Starbright Theatre and Anthem's Independence Center in the Henderson area for your convenience. Bus passes, at $15, can be purchased at the box office when buying concert tickets.
And speaking of Eddie Fisher (mentioned above), the man known as much for his private life as for his musical career, died on Wednesday at the age of 82. Between 1950 and 1956, Fisher had 19 singles in the Top 10, including four that hit No. 1 ("Wish You Were Here," "I'm Walking Behind You," "Oh! My Pa-Pa" and "I Need You Now"). Eddie Fisher was married five times. Three of his wives were Hollywood actresses - Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor and Connie Stevens. He and Reynolds had two children, Todd Fisher (who ran the Debbie Reynold's Hotel in Las Vegas during the period that his mother owned it), and actress/author, Carrie Fisher ("Princess Leia" in Star Wars). With Stevens, he had two daughters, actresses Joely Fisher (TV's Ellen and 'Til Death, with Brad Garrett), and Tricia Leigh Fisher. Fisher broke his hip on September 9th, and died 13 days later at his home in Berkeley, California, due to complications from hip surgery.
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Greg London's relatively new show at the Riviera (it opened in June), has changed its name and its schedule. The revue, called Greg London's Icons, when it opened, is now going by the name, Greg London - Impressions That Rock! "Where the Icons name focused on who I portray in the show, 'Greg London â€“ Impressions That Rock!' really explains what it is that I do, which is perform impressions of iconic artists from a variety of genres," said London. In addition to the name change, to entertain even more guests, a Monday night show is being added to the schedule, starting next Monday. Guests can now see the show, Wednesdays through Mondays at 7 p.m. inside the Mardi Gras Showroom at the Riviera Hotel & Casino. Among the celebrities in London's repertoire are Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, Tina Turner , Ray Charles, Sammy Davis, Jr., Rod Stewart, Michael Jackson, Macy Gray , Tony Bennett, David Cassidy, Dean Martin, David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks of The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Freddie Mercury/Queen, Barry Manilow, Elton John, Joe Cocker, Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, Jim Morrison of the Doors, ZZ Top, David Bowie, Axl Rose, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, Robin Gibb of The Bee Gees, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Julio Iglesias, Tom Jones, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ozzy Osbourne, Kermit The Frog, James Bond (Sean Connery version), Austin Powers and the "Phantom of the Opera." London has been recognized with numerous accolades, including Nevada magazine's 2009 "Entertainer of the Year." An award-winning entertainer, Greg London most recently enjoyed a record-breaking two and a half year run in Reno, and previously entertained audiences in London's West End. Greg London â€“ Impressions That Rock! is produced by Bob Byers Jr., David DeLorenzo and Frank Visco. Show times are nightly at 7 pm (dark Tuesday). Tickets are $39.99 for general admission, $59.99 for preferred seating, and $69.99 for VIP seating. Add tax and fee to all pricing. Dinner and show combinations are also available. For more information, call the Riviera Box Office at (877) 892-7469, or go to www.rivierahotel.com.
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Gary Anderson will be playing with the incredible trombonist/vocalist, Scott Whitfield, and
unparalleled vocalist, Ginger Berglund, in a Jazz Society Concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 3rd, at the Whitney Library Theatre, 5175 E. Tropicana. The Dave Loeb Trio will also be featured.
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If you want to catch Cher at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace before she winds up her three year run, better get out your credit card and head to the phone or your computer. The final curtain on her headline show on the Las Vegas Strip will close on February 5th, after approximately 200 shows. Tickets for Cher's final run, starting on January 11th, go on sale tomorrow. The last show will end a three-year residency for the entertainer, known for over-the-top costumes, elaborate showmanship and hits spanning several decades. Cher at the Colosseum features dancers choreographed by Doriana Sanchez, and costumes designed by Cher's longtime designer, Bob Mackie. Cher's departure from the 4,300-seat Colosseum theater will come about one month before Celine Dion returns on March 15th to start her second engagement. Dion's first five-year run grossed more than $400 million.
Cloris Leachman at Suncoast
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Would "Phyllis Lindstrom" toss around "F" bombs without blinking an eye? We don't know for sure, but what we do know is that "eighty- f-cking year old" Cloris Leachman, who played Phyllis on the Mary Tyler Moore Show, and then took the meddling character to her own show, feels mighty comfortable using the "F" word and flipping the finger to the audience. For those attendees who were expecting a lighthearted evening from the lady who has earned nine Emmys, and an Oscar for her dramatic role in, the then, 31-year-old Peter Bogdanovich's film, The Last Picture Show, they were probably caught a bit off guard by her one-woman show. Personally we would have enjoyed a bit more piano playing (she plays surprisingly well), some more singing (in the early part of her career, Cloris played "Nellie Forbush" in Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's South Pacific on Broadway), and a little less of the very sad things in her life. We thought she should have ended her too long (almost two hour) show on an "up" note - maybe a light song. Instead, she left the audience with the story of the death of her drug-abusing son, Brian. Maybe giving hugs to the departing audience members was her way of making amends for the depressing end to the presentation.
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Happy 35th birthday to Jason Sudeikis, who celebrated on Saturday. Jason, a onetime member of the Second City touring company, and a founding member of Second City Las Vegas, was hired as a sketch writer for Saturday Night Live at the recommendation of Jeff Richmond, husband of then head writer, Tina Fey, in 2003. In 2005, Sudeikis became a featured player on the show. He became famous for his impersonation of American Idol-winner, Taylor Hicks. In 2006, at the beginning of SNL's 32nd season, Jason was upgraded to repertory status. He is currently in his 6th season as an SNL cast member.
Herb Jeffries at 95
Among those with September 24th birthdays, are singer/actor, Herb Jeffries, and Las Vegan, Sonny Turner. Jeffries, who was married to burlesque star and current Las Vegan, Tempest Storm from 1959 to 1967, turns 99 today.
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Tomorrow, Saturday the 25th, Toni Tennille, best known for hits such as "Love Will Keep Us Together," "Do That To Me One More Time," "Muskrat Love," and "Shop Around," performed with her husband, Daryl Dragon, as Captain and Tennille, will be making a rare concert appearance in Prescott, Arizona, her home with Daryl since 2007. Daryl, who has a form of Parkinson's, was supposed to be at the performance and join his wife in a couple of Captain and Tennille songs. Unfortunately, his current health issues will probably prevent that from happening. Toni Tennille Sings Big Band will take place at the Yavapai College Performance Hall, 1100 East Sheldon St. in Prescott. Ticket prices are $30, $35 and $40 (for front row seats). For reservations, call (928) 776-2000 or toll free at (877) 928-4253. You're welcome, MW.
Mr. Jimmy Emerson
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Frank Marino, who was recovering from gallbladder surgery, had a setback, causing him to have to postpone his 25th anniversary as a Vegas headliner celebration for a while. Filling in at the Imperials Palace's Divas Las Vegas, while Marino is mending, again, is the very funny Jimmy Emerson.
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Singer/actor Gary Marshal is at the E-String Grill on Monday night. Show starts at 7:30 at the club, located at Sunset and Mountain Vista in Henderson. There is a $5 (cash) cover at the door.
The Lisa Smith Quartet, featuring Lisa Smith on vocals, Tony Branco on keyboards and bass, Gary Olds on drums and John Falbo on guitar, entertain tonight, Friday, September 24th, from 9 p.m. to midnight, at Presidio restaurant (formerly Kennedy Tavern), 2235 Village Walk Drive, Suite 141, in The District at Green Valley Ranch. The foursome performs a wide variety of music, including jazz, blues, R& B, Motown and more. Go. Give a look and listen.
The Lisa Smith Quartet
It's Tony Orlando at the South Point Showroom, tonight through Sunday at 7:30. You can expect to hear Orlando perform his big hits such as "Candida," "Knock Three Times," and "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree," as well as some contemporary tunes - maybe even something from the Broadway show, Barnum, in which he starred. Tickets start at $45, and may be purchased by calling (702) 797-8055 or by contacting SouthPointCasino.com.
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Even though one of our recent predictions has not materialized (YET), we are going to take another shot on another subject. We anticipate seeing Melinda, billed years ago as "The First Lady of Magic," back on a stage in this city very soon. Following a brief marriage in 1993 to fellow magician, Lance Burton, and an equally brief relationship with vocal impressionist Rich Little, in 2000, Melinda married Mark Evensvold, a managing partner in the P F Chang restaurant chain, and are now the parents of two children. The fact that her maiden name was Melinda Saxe, might give a clue as to where she might turn up in Las Vegas. Sometimes, nepotism can be a good thing.
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Three of Las Vegas' finest comedians star in The Dirty Joke Show at Hooters Casino Hotel.
Geechy Guy created and stars in this hilarious play about three comics hanging out between shows in the alley behind a comedy club. It's stand-up -- only sitting down. This theatrical concept is new and refreshing and could become the comedy club of the future. The show also stars Todd Paul, who performs in his own solo show at Hooters, Fear and Laughing in Las Vegas, and Mickey Joseph, who stars as "Joey Bishop" in Dick Feeney's The Rat Pack is Back at The Plaza. Geechy Guy has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno three times. He broke the Guinness world record in 1993, when he told 676 jokes in one hour. That's not all! He beat Ray Romano on the original Star Search, making 10 appearances and breaking another record. He has made more than 75 national TV appearances and has performed in more than 25 Las Vegas casinos. He has starred in his own critically acclaimed one man show in casinos in both Reno and Lake Tahoe, and has toured for several years as the opening act for the legendary Righteous Brothers. His talent isn't limited to the "R-rated" material of The Dirty Joke Show. In fact, his clean material has also made him a sought after act on the corporate, college and cruise ship circuits. The Dirty Joke Show is performed in the comfortable Iowa Theater, upstairs at Hooters Casino. It's no holds barred comedy that beats every comedy club in Las Vegas when it comes to talent. The show starts with comedic banter and builds with the guys trying to outdo each other and just having fun on-stage. Here is what the critics are saying about The Dirty Joke Show: "It's the most brilliant concept in the history of stand up comedy!"-TalkVegas.com; "Good clean dirty fun." - Jerry Fink; "A great evening of entertainment." - Where Magazine. The shows are at 10 p.m., Saturdays through Thursdays. Tickets are $34.95. For reservations, call (866) 584-6687. You must be 21 to attend.
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In conjunction with their fifth anniversary in Las Vegas, which was celebrated yesterday, Hash House a Go Go is getting ready to open their third Southern Nevada outlet. Loyal customers of the West Sahara store begged for a more central location, so late last year, the large Imperial Palace Hash House a Go Go restaurant became the second local outlet for this popular eatery. Next week, the home of "twisted farm food" opens at the M Resort on Las Vegas Blvd. South. Check out one of the three locations. We strongly urge you to, GO HUNGRY!
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The Chicago Blues Busters must be doing something right because they have become the regular Friday night feature at The Bar, 1987 Nellis Blvd. in the Food4Less shopping center, near Lake Mead. Made up of Larry "Wild" Wrice on drums and vocals, Ernie Cosse on bass and vocals, Jim Snodgrass on alto and tenor sax, flute and vocals, and Mike Vaughan on guitar and vocals, the fellows provide music from 8 p.m. to midnight. We hear that the service is friendly and the drink prices are great, there is plenty parking and there is no cover charge to enjoy the pros at work. For additional information, call (702) 938-2272. Tell the Chicago Blues Busters that Claire Voyant sent you.
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NA'AMAT Rimonim (formerly Pioneer Women) presents "An Evening of Music With Bill Fayne" with special guest, Michaelina Bellamy, on Saturday, October 9th at 8 p.m. at the Adelson Educational Campus Theatre, 9700 Hillpointe Drive, in Summerlin. The organization feels very fortunate to have Bill as the star of this years NA'AMAT annual fundraiser. Fayne is an extraordinary musician and singer. He is best known around Las Vegas for being Clint Holmes' musical arranger, but his career includes being musical director of more than 50 theater productions, operas, and TV shows over the past 30 years. He has appeared as a guest conductor with the Atlanta, Columbus, Delaware and Buffalo symphony orchestras, and has worked with Clint Homes, Suzanne Sommers, Gloria Loring, Hal Linden and Kathie Lee Gifford. In the past few years, Bill has composed music and written special material for the stage and television. In Las Vegas, among the places that Bill has performed are The Stirling Club, Las Vegas Hilton, Sam's Town, and the Suncoast. Fayne is also the organizer of the Las Vegas Tenors, as well as one of its singing members. The talented Michaelina Bellamy will also entertain with Bill. She has lived in Las Vegas for much of her life, and has been entertaining since the age of five. Michaelina has strong cultural ties to her Swedish and Spanish ancestry, and sings in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. She is a headliner, an opening act, and a film and TV actress. Proceeds from ticket sales will be used to fund NA'AMAT's broad range of social services, including day care centers, domestic violence shelters, legal aid and alternative high schools throughout Israel. Ticket prices are $25 general seating, $50 for premium seating, and $100 for sponsor seating. NA'AMAT is a 501(c3) non-profit organization. Please call Merle, at (702) 240-9635, or Laura, at (702) 649-7093, for reservations.
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