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Note: This is a past column from October 15, 2010
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Las Vegas - October 15, 2010
From a reader in Azusa, California, comes this e-mail...
I'm still so upset about the Liberace Museum closing, and that desk that was sold was one of the original pieces that Liberace specifically wanted in his museum when he opened it.
I finally made it to the Museum a few years and for the 30th anniversary. At separate times I saw Wes Winters and Philip Fortenberry perform there, had lunch, and toured the museum. And it was no problem getting there as I took the Liberace shuttle from Excalibur where I was staying. From (Darin) Hollingsworth "It (the desk) was kind of out of place in the collection," he said. "Most people don't think antiques when they think Liberace. It's Liberace cars, costumes and pianos." So how out of touch was he! Liberace OWNED an antique store in LA and furnished his homes with antiques. The pianos are antiques! I think of the showmanship, personality, pianos, costumes, cars, and antiques when I think of Liberace. I'm 50 and I grew up watching Liberace on TV with his specials from Las Vegas, Batman, Mike Douglas, Smothers Brothers, Muppets, and many other TV appearances and shows. I took piano lessons at age 10 and always wanted to see Liberace in concert and saw him first and sadly last time at the Greek Theatre in LA in 1984. I was so thrilled to see him and my fiancé became a fan that night too. Younger people know who Liberace is. My nephew is 14 and at age 4 he could identify Liberace records at a record store. He has seen Lee on Batman, Muppets, Smothers Brothers, Wrestling, and other things I showed him while he was growing up ;) There is no reason the Liberace Museum cannot operate for generations to come. A while back, I also attended the 10th memorial service for Lee at Forest Lawn and met (Joel) Strote, (Seymour) Heller, (Jamie) James, etc! Sadly the publicity that was to happen for the Liberace Foundation went by the wayside for updates on OJ trial/ events. If you are ever in Sylmar, CA, not far from LA, you have to see the Nethercutt Museum collection of cars and music room with pianos, Wurlitzer organ, European orchestra machines, etc. ALL beautifully restored, in working order and ALL played for tours and tours are FREE, just need reservations for music room. It would make you cry to see how beautifully maintained it all is and how this could have been the case for Liberace Museum. They also have antique chairs and sofas in the music room all restored and you can sit on them! They also have free silent movies with organ and piano concerts 6 times a year--FREE! And FREE parking. Check out www.nethercuttcollection.org. They even have one of Rudolph Valentino's cars. I toured it for the first time a few months ago and I'm going next week for first time to silent movie/organ event. They said they have an endowment fund to last for GENERATIONS! The Nethercutts run the Merle Norman cosmetics company, so I'm sure there is regular revenue coming in from sale of cosmetics. Check photos out on their site, reviews on yelp, and on amazon.com check nethercutt collection under "books". If only the Liberace Museum could have been maintained like the Nethercutt. If only the Liberace Museum would stay open.
Sunday will be the final day of operation for the Liberace Museum, as we know it.
Our Azuza reader and writer will be delighted to learn that Wayland Pickard, is bringing his Liberace tribute show to Las Vegas. He is scheduled to open at the Saxe Theatre in the shopping mall adjacent to the Planet Hollywood Hotel Casino next month. We will furnish details when we get them.
Wes Winters, who spent almost five years performing in the cabaret at the Liberace Museum, has found homes at both Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall and the Renaissance on Paradise Road. At Sam's Town, Wes is putting a fresh spin on the "supper club," where guests can enjoy both an entertainment and dining experience at the new Wes Winters' 88 Key Club, Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Located at Café in the Park inside Sam's Town, Wes Winters' 88 Key Club will offer an exciting night out for dinner, cocktails and dancing to the live music of Las Vegas showman Winters. Guests are welcome to reserve tables for dinner, and dine ala carte from specialties including a variety of salads, steaks, chops and seafood selections. Those attending Wes Winters' 88 Key Club who would like to enjoy a glass of wine or spirits and small plates are also welcome. Tapas will be available including crab cakes, bruschetta and tequila grilled shrimp, among other savory appetizers. 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. An award-winning musician, Winters may be best known in Las Vegas for A Musical Tribute to Liberace, an act he conceived, wrote, produced. 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! Discounts are available for dinner groups of 10 or more at Sam‘s Town. Call (702) 456-9253 for group reservations. On Sunday's, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wes is at the piano for a fabulous brunch, Music and Mimosas, at ENVY the Steakhouse in the Renaissance Las Vegas, 3400 Paradise Road.
Wes Winters by Mary Millard
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Tim from Texas e-mails with this question...Who will be performing at the Fremont Street Experience on Dec. 1 for the downtown hoedown? On the ball, Tom Bruny, Director of Marketing for the Fremont Street Experience, sends us this information...For the 24th Annual Downtown Hoedown on Wednesday, Dec . 1, we will have Kevin Fowler, Trailer Choir and Randy Rogers Band on 1st Street Stage (Binion's/Golden Nugget); Stealing Angels, Eli Young Band and Jack Ingram on 3rd Street Stage (Fitzgeralds/Four Queen/Fremont) and Jason Jones and Brett Eldredge on Main Street Stage (Golden Gate/Vegas Club). Timeline: Kevin Fowler, 5:40 p.m. (30 minutes); Trailer Choir, 7:10 (50 minutes); and Randy Rogers Band, 9:10 (80 minutes); Stealing Angels, 6:10 (50 minutes); Eli Young Band, 8:10 (50 minutes); Jack Ingram, 10:40 (80 minutes); Jason Jones, 11:10 (50 minutes) and Bret Eldredge, 12:10 a.m. (50 minutes). Viva Vision light shows, lasting for 10 minutes each on the overhead LED display "canopy" that runs along the Fremont Street Experience promenade from Main Street to 4th Street, are at 5:30 p.m., 7, 8, 9, 10:30 and midnight. Thanks a bunch, Tom, and hope this helps you, Tim.
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We learned something interesting as the result of the follow-up item we did last week, regarding the very well received Tribute to Frank Sinatra at UNLV on October 22nd. We knew, from some folks who attended the concert that evening, the audience didn't want to let the 50-member Las Vegas Philharmonic, Vinnie Falcone and Clint Holmes off the stage at the end of the show. What we didn't know (and we found a bit surprising), was that these musical pros had not prepared for an encore. Members of the audience started shouting out well-known Sinatra chestnuts and, at a point, Falcone started playing the familiar intro to "One For My Baby (and One More for the Road)." Unfortunately, Mr. Holmes did not know the words to the Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer song. While he looked a little panicky, someone in the audience started shouting out the lyrics, feeding them to Clint, a line at a time. The crowd loved it! So, who was it that came to Clint Holmes' rescue? It was the shy and retiring Jingle Queen, Linda November. November, who has credits for hundreds of commercials and singing background with a plethora of music legends (Burt Bacharach, Engelbert Humperdinck, Tony Orlando, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Frankie Valli and Dionne Warwick, to name a handful), is probably best known as the "Meow, meow, meow, meow" voice for the Meow Mix cat food commercial.
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We would very much like to hear from anyone, in Las Vegas, or elsewhere, who has had any dealings with Obaloc Phillips (who also uses the names Troy Adams and Troy Phillips), most recently doing business as Colabo Biz and/or Colabo Youth Theatre. We are especially interested in hearing from any parents or guardians who had children involved with this man.
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Domenick Allen & Rick Faugno
Guy and Betty Mitchell
On Sunday, October 24th, the 21st Annual Joe Williams Scholarship Fund Concert will honor the memory and talent of the late Sammy Davis Jr. In a city where Sammy enjoyed enormous success, very little has been done to honor the diminutive giant of stage, screen and television. Two of the headliners in this year's show have been devotees of Sammy's for many years. Domenick Allen has had the honor of meeting Sammy and has become a collector of Sammy Davis memorabilia. Among his treasures are one of Davis' tuxedos, a pair of Sammy's tap shoes, and Folio of Sammy's original lead sheets of arrangements which were used by George Rhodes, Sammy's Musical Director for many years. Rick Faugno, a young veteran of the New York musical stage, has always looked at Sammy as the complete performer. Rick, who plays the role of Frankie Valli in the musical Jersey Boys is an accomplished dancer, singer and actor. The two gifted performers will sing and perform many songs made famous by Sammy. Vinnie Falcone and Marlena Shaw both worked with Sammy and will recall their encounters with him. Joe Williams, whose concert will be the venue for this tribute, knew Sammy. The afternoon will be hosted by the Rio Suites. Mr. Darin Feinstein, the proprietor of the showroom came forward to offer his venue to host the affair. Pete Barbutti will MC the concert, which promises to be a most memorable afternoon. If you loved Sammy. you will be thrilled by this tribute. Showtime is a t 2 p.m., and tickets are $30. For any additional information, contact Dr. Dick McGee at (702) 321-5635, or Ed Foster at (702) 204-5992.
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We are saddened to report that Betty Mitchell, widow of 1950's recording star, Guy Mitchell ("Singing the Blues," "My Heart Cries For You," "Sparrow In the Treetop," "My Truly Truly Fair," "Heartaches By the Numbers" and many more), is seriously ill. Betty who moved to Washington state from Las Vegas, following Guy's death in 1999, is experiencing kidney failure. She is receiving hospice care at her home. Cousin Claire will happily pass on any messages to Betty. E-mail to [email protected]
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The Rat Pack Is Back & Stephanie Faracy
The headliners in Dick Feeney's The Rat Pack Is Back! show make a featured appearance in the hilarious Get Him to the Greek movie, starring Jonah Hill and Russell Brand. The summer box office flick, now on DVD, showcases The Rat Pack Is Back! cast, Brian Duprey as Frank, Kyle Diamond as Sammy, Drew Anthony Carrano as Dean, and former cast member, Thomas R. Wallek, as Joey. The premise of the movie involves a young music executive in charge of restarting a former rock legend's career, by delivering the misbehaving star from London to Los Angeles in top form for a comeback concert at The Greek Theater. During their journey, they make a pit stop in Las Vegas, where the main character, Aldous Snow (played by Brand), attempts to reconnect with his father, who plays in the Rat Pack, whose main characters are performed by the talented impersonators from The Rat Pack Is Back! For the past 12 years, The Rat Pack is Back! has entertained more than one-million customers in Las Vegas, with more than 4700 performances in major theaters around the country. They are the only show in Las Vegas to have an award from the Congress of the United States. The musical cast of characters perform classic songs, and deliver comedic banter, nightly in the downtown Plaza‘s classic Copa Room, while backed by an impressive twelve-piece orchestra. Tickets for The Rat Pack is Back! start at $49.99 plus taxes and fees . A Vegas-style dinner, booth and VIP packages are also available. For reservations call the Plaza box office at (702) 386.2444 or visit www.ratpackisback.com.
Shown in accompanying photo, left to right: Tom Wallek, Kyle Diamond, actress Stephanie Faracy, Brian Duprey and Drew Anthony.
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The ladies of Dangerous Curves - Lisa Smith, Karen Merstick-Michaels and Margaret Menzies - are part of the Green Girl Music & Arts Festival, taking place this Sunday, October 17th at the Resort at Mt. Charleston (2 Kyle Canyon Road). The Curves join a number of other girl performers, with shows from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the fabulous music, there will be vendors selling food, recycled clothing, crystals and other fun and interesting things. There will also be tarot reading, henna painting, artists, community organizations and more. Here is the schedule of performances: Sharon Ludlam, 10:30 to 11 a.m.; Daffodilly (The Daphne Duo), 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.; Dangerous Curves, noon to 1 p.m.; Ann Parenti, 1:15 to 1:45 p.m.; Elle Carpenter, 2 to 2:30 p.m.; Jenni Alpert, 2:45 to 3:15 p.m. and Kush, 3:30 to 4 p.m. Note from the Green Girl Festival: "We will be collecting items for the Shade Tree Shelter for women, children and pets, then take them to Shade Tree on Monday. Please see our Web site (www.GreenGirlMusicAndArtsFestival.com) for listing of items Shade Tree needs." Come for the music, stay for the FUN!!! There is no charge for the entertainment. For additional information, call (702) 872-5500.
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The times they are a changing...and so are entertainment lineups and schedules at both the Riviera and Sahara...
Over at the Riviera, the Comedy Club will end its long run at the hotel on Halloween night (Sunday, October 31st), while in the Le Bistro Theatre, Barbra and Frank: The Concert That Never Was has closed up shop after more than six years. Greg London's - Impressions That Rock! has added a Monday night, and now performs Wednesdays through Mondays at 7 p.m. Dark on Tuesdays. While over at what has become the remnants of a once proud Strip property, the Sahara, Bob Kephart's Comedy Stop ended its run at that property following last Sunday night's show. The Comedy Stop, which had an 18 year run at the Tropicana before moving to the Sahara in July of last year, is on the move again. According to Norm Johnson, publicist/columnist and spokesman for the Comedy Stop, the reason for their departure from the Sahara is because John Stuart, who currently controls the hotel's Casbar Lounge where the comics performed, did not live up to his end of their business agreement. We will announce the Comedy Stop's new location in next Friday's column. Then, with no warning notice, Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show ended its 11-month run at the Sahara following its Tuesday night performance. Sandy Hackett, who was out of town, turned the job of giving the cast the bad news, over to one of the show's band members. This poor guy had to tell everyone to clear out all of their possessions as they had just done their final show at the hotel. Kreskin, who should have been able to see what was in store for him at the same property, lasted for less than a week at the north Strip establishment. For those that don't remember that far back, the 55-year-old Sahara used to be the home of stars such as Peter Allen, Paul Anka, Tony Bennett, Edgar Bergen, Victor Borge, Johnny Carson, Betty Hutton, the Mary Kaye Trio, Donald O'Connor, Louis Prima & Keely Smith, Don Rickles, Sophie Tucker, and Tina Turner, among many, many others. Don the Beachcomber and the House of Lords were two of the dining spots at the hotel. Today, two out of the Sahara's three towers are closed, the second floor showroom and buffet are closed, and their 24-hour coffee shop now shuts down at 11 p.m. If a guest wants anything to eat late at night, the option is a pseudo serve-yourself Starbucks, offering a very limited menu (donuts, sandwiches and coffee, for the most part). This certainly isn't the Las Vegas that tourists expect, or deserve.
Sebastian Anzaldo & Sharon Owens
Kevin James & Company
Speaking of Barbra and Frank, played by Sharon Owens and Sebastian Anzaldo, they have just returned from a five-week "SUV tour, playing 22 one-nighters around the southeast, Midwest and East Coast. They will perform at The Cannery on Saturday, October 30th in an 8 p.m. show. Admission is just $10. On November 24th, the twosome opens at London's New Players Theatre (the Great White Way of London), where they will perform through December 18th.
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As we mentioned last Friday, magician Kevin James and his company of characters, are performing free shows, throughout October, as part of the Fremont Street Experience. Show times are Wednesdays through Sundays at 8:15 and 10:15 p.m. The Freakin' Magic Horror Hospital takes place on the 3rd Street Stage (that's between the Four Queens and Fitzgeralds hotels). Experience the crazy, weird and insane magic experiments that take place in the Horror Hospital - live and free on Fremont Street.
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Former Las Vegas entertainer, Jimmy Hopper, is at the Four Seasons in Austin, Texas, through tomorrow night, Saturday, October 16th. If you are in the neighborhood, limited seating is available in the Lobby Lounge. Sophisticated décor and dramatic views of Lady Bird Lake make the Lobby Lounge one of Austin's liveliest gathering spots. Known locally as "Austin's living room," the Lobby Lounge serves creative cocktails such as the Batini - the official drink of Austin - the Rita Suprema, and a wide selection of wines by the glass. Have dinner in the Trio dining room and stay for the show.
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The Jacksons picture disc
Human Nature & Susan Lucci
For Jackson fans, a rare, collectible vinyl picture disc The Jacksons, with 10 never played cuts, was distributed by CBS Records in 1976. Side One contains, 1. "Enjoy Yourself," 2. "Think Happy," 3. "Good Times," 4. "Keep On Dancing" and 5. "Blues Away." On Side Two, 1. "Show You The Way To Go," 2. "Living Together," 3. "Strength Of One Man," 4. "Dreamer" and 5. "Style Of Life." Never been on a turntable. If interested in owning this unique item, e-mail Claire Voyant at [email protected] (See accompanying photo.)
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The irresistible harmony of Las Vegas headliners, Human Nature, wooed soap star, Susan Lucci, of ABC's All My Children, on Monday. Escorted from her front row table, Lucci, who plays Erica Kane on the popular soap, was brought on stage so the four Aussies could serenade the actress with the hit, "My Girl". After enjoying the nonstop 90-minute show featuring the sounds and moves of Motown, Lucci was seen back-stage for another chance to get close to the guys - Andrew Tierney, Michael Tierney, Phil Burton and Toby Allen. Smokey Robinson Presents Human Nature - the Ultimate Celebration of the Motown Sound, plays in the Imperial Palace Showroom, Saturdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $49.95 and $59.95, plus taxes and fees. Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas perform in the same room, Saturdays though Saturdays at 10 p.m. Tickets for Divas are $39, $69 and $79, plus taxes and fees. To male reservations for either show, call (888) 777-7664.
Human Nature and Susan Lucci photo, courtesy of SPI Entertainment.
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Obviously, Hit Man David Foster likes hanging out in Las Vegas. Last year, he did his David Foster and Friends concert at Mandalay Bay and a week ago, he was in his usual spot as musical director at the annual Andre Agassi fundraiser. Tonight, Foster is back at Mandalay Bay with another David Foster and Friends concert. This time around, the scheduled performers include Charice (a new cast member on this seasons Glee), Natalie Cole, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kenny Loggins, Martina McBride, Ne-Yo, Seal, and Donna Summer. We had a feeling that 10-year-old America's Got Talent soprano, Jackie Evancho, might turn out to be one of Fosters "Friends." Her name, which hadn't been listed previously, turned up in a large display ad in last Sunday's Las Vegas Review-Journal. Tonight's performance will be recorded for CD and DVD. Tickets for the event are $55, $75, and $125, and are available (it may be too late by the time you are reading this) through the Mandalay Bay box office at (702) 632-7580, or from Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.
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On Thursday, October 21st, from 5 to 8 p.m., Jazz Utopia will be performing at Mrs. Geez, 2605 S. Decatur Blvd. #122 (at Sahara near Circuit City). Just as the name implies, Jazz Utopia is a mixture of all that is good in jazz. The group has been together for two-and-a-half years and has formed a varied and eclectic repertoire of tunes. The members of Jazz Utopia are from different parts of the world and bring their special essence to this band. Marlane Coker, pianist and vocalist, was steeped in the rich background of the L.A. jazz music scene, bringing to the table her stylized interpretations of American standards. She has been in the music industry all of her life, working in Los Angeles since the age of 16, and touring the U.S., Canada and the Orient with her own bands. Guitarist Henry Uechi hails from Hawaii and has played and recorded with some of the R&B and Hawaiian greats, including The Coasters; blues great, Big Joe Turner; and Grammy winner, Russell Ferrante of Yellowjackets. Henry is a master craftsman and he plays it all. His special love is fusion and blues. Bass player, Enrico Santarelli, has some of the best credentials in the industry. He was educated at Berklee College of Music in Boston and MIT Los Angeles. His knowledge of all music styles and experience in musical theatre really contributes to the overall foundation of sound for Jazz Utopia. He comes from Milano, Italy and brings his world music ambiance with him. Enrico has also been called "one of the best 'funk' bassists around." Drummer Vladi Popangelov comes from Bulgaria and has 'rocked' people all over Europe for most of his lifetime. Moving to the U.S. in 2005, he is now a part of Jazz Utopia and the foundation for the sound that gives them that special something that people seem to love. This mixture of people from such diverse places seems to create a seamless blend of just the right kind. Their love of music and performance brings it all together, hence the name Jazz Utopia. If you miss Jazz Utopia at Mrs. Geez (known for its Southern home cooking) on Thursday, Jazz Utopia will be at Bogey's Bar & Grill, located at 7770 W. Ann Road (near Centennial Hills Walmart), on Saturday, October 30th from 5 to 9 p.m., where George Clark will be featured on drums. For further information, call Mrs. Geez at (702) 202-4539, or Bogey's at (702) 658-0579.
Shown in accompanying photo, from left to right: Enrico Santarelli, Marlane Coker, Vladi Popangelov and Henry Uechi.
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Musician and radio host, John Nasshan, performs with Quintessence and The Monument Trio at the Freakin' Frog during dates this month and in November and December. A recent article in Jazz Notes (the Las Vegas Jazz Society Newsletter), described John Nasshan this way: "John Nasshan's heart pumps music. Beats and tempos flow through his veins." His world is Jazz, and he lives and dreams it daily. Now, the popular KUNV radio host and Henderson Symphony Orchestra principal percussionist and tympanist, brings his love of jazz to the Freakin' Frog, 4700 S Maryland Parkway (across from UNLV). The Monument Trio, featuring Walter Blanton, Tony Branco and Nasshan, will play alternating Wednesdays at the Frog, taking turns with Nasshan's other jazz group, Quintessence. The Monument Trio was formed with the sole purpose of creating spontaneous music. The three musicians are of like minds and souls, sharing their love for music and their sense of musical adventure. Influenced by the sounds of Ornette Coleman, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Cecil Taylor, Keith Jarrett, Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea, Lester Bowie and John Coltrane, The Monument Trio creates new music every time they play. Nasshan's Quintessence is five jazz musicians united by a commonality of soul and purpose...to keep the heart and soul of Acoustic Jazz alive and swinging. Quintessence is a traditional acoustic bop quintet, that plays original jazz, standard jazz, bop jazz, Latin jazz, mainstream jazz, and fee jazz. According to Nasshan "If you dig Monk, Miles, Trane, Diz, Bird....you'll dig Quintessence!" In addition to drummer/composer/ leader, Nasshan, Quintessence is comprised of Blanton, trumpeter/composer; David Stambaugh, saxophonist/composer; saxophonist/ composer Phil Wigfall; John Matteson, pianist/composer, and Geoff Neuman, bassist/composer. The Freakin' Frog's schedule for the two groups is as follows: Wednesdays, October 20th, Nasshan's Quintessence; November 10th, The Monument Trio; November 24th, Nasshan's Quintessence; December 1st, The Monument Trio; and December 8th, Nasshan's Quintessence. Shows begin at 9 p.m. There is no cover. As Nasshan puts it "These will be performances of intensely creative musical conversations!" Jazz lovers can take him at his word!
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Grammy and Emmy Award-winning international superstar, Justin Timberlake, announced that special guest, Sir Elton John, will appear on stage at the Justin Timberlake and Friends, a Special Evening Benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children concert event at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino's Theatre For The Performing Arts in Las Vegas on Saturday, October 23rd at 8 p.m. Elton is the one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 35 gold and 25 platinum albums and more than 250 million records sold worldwide. The Grammy, Tony and Academy Award winner's new CD with Leon Russell, The Union, produced by T Bone Burnett, was released on October 19th. This year's concert will also feature performances by other Grammy winners, including the multi-platinum selling recording artist, Christina Aguilera; Grammy Award-winning producer, actor and mogul, Sean "Diddy" Combs, and his new group, Diddy-Dirty Money; Grammy Award-winning superstars and 2010's top selling artist in all genres, Lady Antebellum; legendary Hip Hop music icons, Salt-N-Pepa; Hollywood Records artist, Selena Gomez & The Scene; platinum R&B artist/music producer, T-Pain; as well as Tennman Records artist, FreeSol.
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The Marnell family is bringing their Italian tradition back to the M Resort Spa Casino for the second annual Italian Festival. Celebrated by guests, visitors and locals, as a day of Italian food, fun and entertainment for the whole family, the Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct.23 and Sunday, Oct.24 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. poolside at the Villaggio Del Sole. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under age 5. Paid admission includes choice of one select beverage. The Italian Festival takes popular restaurants and vendors, mixes them together with exciting entertainment and adds a dash of tantalizing wines creating the perfect recipe for fun. Italian delicacies like calzones, pizza, sausage and pepper sandwiches and various specialties prepared by local restaurants and the M Resort's world-renowned chefs will be available. New this year, the Festival will highlight Villaggio Del Sole's Main Stage. The stage will feature a variety of entertainment including performances by the classics crooner Mark O'Toole and the children's group Musicology Academy, cooking demonstrations by Chef Tina Martini and contest favorites including spaghetti eating and grape stomping. Children can enjoy face painting, tattoo artists, colorful balloons and more. First begun by the Marnell family 17 years ago at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, the Italian Festival was a locals' favorite, attracting thousands of people over the course of the two-day event. "With the success of last year's event, we're looking forward to providing guests with another outstanding weekend of food and entertainment," said Anthony A. Marnell III, Chairman and CEO of the M Resort. "We'll have a host of authentic vendors and our own M chefs who know how to do Italian. We're looking forward to seeing everyone and providing them with great Italian food and entertainment." Tickets to purchase food items will be available at the Meetings Registration Desk on the Spa Level and during the Festival at the ticket booths located in the Villaggio Del Sole area. M Resort Spa Casino is located on over 90 acres at 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. S. on the southeast corner of St. Rose Parkway and Las Vegas Boulevard. Situated higher in elevation than other resort-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, the M Resort provides optimal views of the world-famous Las Vegas skyline from its guest rooms, suites, conference center and restaurants. The resort offers 390 guest rooms and suites, more than 92,000 square feet of gaming, nine restaurants and five destination bars, more than 60,000 square feet of meeting and conference space, a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center and a 100,000 square foot events piazza. Future developments for M Resort will bring up to one million square feet of retail in a partnership with Taubman Centers Inc. and a 14-screen digital movie entertainment complex. For more information, visit www.theMresort.com.
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Sisters ,Lisa Donovan and Ina Jo Donovan, perform in BOO!, A De-Fright-Ful Musical, premiering tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in the beautiful Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin. The show features some of the most popular songs ever written, including "That Old Black Magic," "Witchcraft," "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," "Hotel California," "Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead," and "Thriller," among them. BOO! is created, written and produced by Lisa Donovan. Technical director and music producer is Stephen Scott, and Stan Evans is executive producer. Tickets are $15 for Sun City Summerlin residents, and $18 for non-residents. The Starbright Theatre is located at 2215 W. Thomas Ryan Blvd., west of Rampart off Lake Mead. Call (702) 240-1301 for ticket information. BOO! promises to be a frightfully fun evening!
It's Debbie Reynolds at the South Point, through Sunday, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $55/$50/$45. Call (702) 797-8055 for reservations.
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The Vegas "columnist" with the eye patch gets it wrong again, and again. According to the September 29th R-J column, Eddie Fisher's Las Vegas comeback was one of shortest in show business, according to a former cohort. Entertainment legend Buddy Hackett had hired Fisher to open for him in the early 1970s at the Sahara, recalled Steve Rossi, who opened for Fisher over the years with comedy partners Marty Allen and Slappy White. Funny, but Marty Allen says he never performed with Eddie Fisher. The wild-haired comic also says he never even met Fisher. Perhaps it was Bernie Allen, or Steve Allen, or Robert Allen, or Domenick Allen, or Peter Allen, but it wasn't Marty Allen, who opened for Fisher. In another item, on October 13th, this so-called journalist put the Las Vegas Ice Center on SOUTH Flamingo. There is no South Flamingo in this city. Perhaps he meant WEST Flamingo?
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Chazz Palminteri & Greg London
Ken Lally as Macbeth
In appreciation for their service to our country, Greg London - Impressions That Rock! is offering free tickets to all veterans for the November 11th show at the Riviera Hotel & Casino. "I have always had a deep appreciation for the sacrifices the military men and women have made in order for me to be able to do what I do," said Greg London. "I figured the best way to show my full support and appreciation is to entertain them the best way I know how; give them the opportunity to relax, laugh and enjoy a show." In addition, all audience members of the Veterans Day show on the 11th will receive a free Song of America CD featuring songs like "God Bless America," "Star Spangled Banner," and a London original track "Heroes a Song for NY." Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To get a free ticket, show your VIC ID (Veteran Identification Card) or DAV ID card (Disabled American Veterans ID) to the Riviera Casino & Hotel box office and receive a ticket to see Greg London - Impressions That Rock! Greg 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's - Impressions That Rock! is produced by Bob Byers Jr., David DeLorenzo and Frank Visco. Shows are Wednesdays through Mondays at 7 p.m. inside the Riviera Hotel & Casino. Tickets start at $39.99 for general admission, $59.99 for Preferred seating, and $69.99 for VIP. For tickets, call the Riviera Box Office at (877) 892-7469, or visit http://www.rivierahotel.com. Actor, Chazz Palminteri, invited London to see his show, A Bronx Tale, at the Venetian last Sunday night. In 2007, Greg London starred with Palminteri in The Dukes, a movie about a music group. London played one of the musical Dukes. The accompanying photo shows the two entertainers hanging out backstage at The Venetian after Chazz's show.
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There are only two weekends left to see Macbeth in a Henderson park. Don't miss the City of Henderson's Shakespeare in the Park series, featuring the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company performing one of the Bard's most popular tragedies. Admission is complimentary. For the first time in more than 20 years, the City of Henderson expanded the signature series to include a four-Saturday tour at four different parks in October. Macbeth was performed at Mountain River Park on October 2nd to a crowd of over 2,500, as well as Lake Las Vegas on October 9th, with more than 6,000 people in attendance. The final two Macbeth performances will take place tomorrow, October 16th at 7 p.m. in Discovery Park, 2011 Paseo Verde Parkway, and on Saturday, October 23rd at 7 p.m. in Sonata Park, 1550 Seven Hills Drive. Blankets and coolers are welcome, but glass bottles are prohibited. For additional information on the Shakespeare in the Park series, visit HendersonLive.com or call (702) 267-2171. For information on the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company, visit lvshakes.org or call (702) 220-LVSC (5872).
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