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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from October 22, 2010
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Las Vegas - October 22, 2010


Liberace Tribute Dinner

Carluccio's

From Donald Pile and Ray Williams comes this e-mail...On Sunday, October, 17, 2010, the Liberace Museum in Las Vegas closed after over 30 years. How sad for a lot of people including us. We had wanted to be in Las Vegas for the final day however living in Kansas City, that was not feasible. We knew that there was something that we felt that we needed to do here. We gave a dinner party for 6 people today (8 including us). We used a sequined table spread, our Grande Baroque sterling silver flatware, our Liberace "Piano Keys" China and Liberace salt and pepper shakers. We wore our matching "Liberace Swarovski Crystal piano rings" that we received while visiting the Liberace Museum in June. We own several Liberace CD's and played them throughout the dinner party. We had an early 2 hour dinner party starting at 4 PM. After dinner, dessert and after dinner drinks, we played the CD where Lee sings "I'll Be Seeing You" and then the dinner party was over. This occurred at exactly 6 PM which was 4 PM Las Vegas time, the exact time when the Liberace Museum closed for good. Needless to say, there was not a dry eye among us. LONG LIVE LIBERACE! THANK YOU for keeping the Liberace Flame alive ! If there is ANYTHING that we can do, just ask. Please, PLEASE keep harping about the demise of the Liberace Museum.

We intend to closely follow the continuing saga at the museum. We know that we haven't heard the last of the ugly tales that have gone on behind the doors of the shuttered establishment on East Tropicana. It's definitely not over. One thing that we want the public to know, and that we can't stress enough, is that the museum did not close because of the off-Strip location or the poor economy. It closed because of total mismanagement and greed. The museum is no further away from the Strip today, than it was 30 plus years ago, when 450,000 people a year toured the place to ooh and aah at all the bling. When more is being spent on the annual salaries of a select few, than is being generated in income, we got trouble. When the annual Liberace Piano Competition and Liberace Play-a-Like are discontinued, and the scholarship money has been cut to practically nothing, we got really BIG trouble. Stay tuned.

Although the Liberace Museum is now closed, Carluccio’s Tivoli Gardens restaurant, right next door, is not. Now in its 25th year, the Las Vegas landmark serves Northern and Southern Italian Cuisine. Carluccio’s Tivoli Gardens was originally owned by the world-famous entertainer, Liberace. No restaurant in Las Vegas has a "piano room" that features walls that are all mirrored and a bar in the shape of a piano ...all mirrored of course! There are hundreds of twinkling lights in the ceiling and a mirrored piano, once owned by Mr. Showmanship himself. You will not see a room quite like this anywhere else in Las Vegas. There is also scheduled entertainment in the Piano Room. The restaurant, which is located at 1775 E Tropicana Avenue in Las Vegas, is perfect for any special event. For individual reservations, call (702) 795-3236. For reservations for groups of 15 or more, call (702) 456-9253.

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Closed DeStefano's

Ronnie Rose

Wes Winters by Mary Millard

Last week, we received this same e-mail from a few musicians. We didn't have room to use it then, but we do now. We have watched this type of "entertainer abuse" from bar owners (and supposed "friends" of entertainers serving as entertainment coordinators), for a number of years, and been sickened by it all. That is why we were not surprised (and not the least bit sorry) when some of the very guilty places of business, such as DeStefano's, Frediani's and Caylix Jazz Supper Club, closed. This is one of the reasons that we do not promote things going on at certain neighborhood places. We have changed nothing in the following e-mail, and left the salty language intact, so don't let the kids peek over your shoulder. Here goes...

A MUST READ FOR ENTERTAINERS. If you are an Entertainer we are sure you will recognize the situations!

Dear Bar Owner,
As musicians who get all the glory, we feel it's time to thank those whom we rely upon for the opportunity to showcase our talent and express our creative faculty to the local community.
Because, as everyone knows, musicians don't really need the money. We do it all for beer and sex. We're artists. We have no time for such trivialities as kids, mortgages, or car payments.

Some of the things we love:

* When you send us home early and pro-rate our pay for the night when it's slow. This gives us a special thrill, since we know that you'll one day give us a big bonus when it's packed. Plus, by leaving early, we can now go watch our friends play at real bars and spend our night's wages.

* When trying to book dates, we love when you ask us if we're "free on "the 17th." Sure, let us check our f...ing calendar. Yeah, we're open that night. Oh...you meant of November. Of this year?

* We also love when you say, "Well, we might be doing something next month for Thursdays." Yeah, we might also be doing something next month. Foreclosing.

* One of our fave questions is, "Do you have a following?" Of course we do! We firmly believe club owners shouldn't have to concern themselves with such banalities as advertising. Or promotions. Or drink specials. The responsibility for attracting customers must fall solely with the band. We have no doubt whatsoever the people who saw us regularly at that bar in Dallas will charter a bus and trek up to Richardson to hear us play Smoke on the Water. Put your minds at rest, o' troubled bar proprietors.
Just a few of the things we'd like to thank you for:

* For canceling us forty minutes prior to our arrival at your bar, because as everyone knows, babysitters are free, and frankly, we have nothing better to do on a Saturday night.

* For replacing our four-piece band with the clove cigarette-smoking guy and his $129 Fender acoustic guitar, paisley button-down shirt and soul patch. There's a reason he works for a hundred bucks.

* For paying the exact same wage for a duo that you paid in 1986. So now, we have to work six jobs a week instead of four to make a living.

* Thanks for not cashing your own checks. We realize how this complicates your accountant's life, and his happiness is all that matters.

* And for having the house music set to the local oldies radio station, we salute you. We love following "Unchained Melody" with "Rock the Casbah."

* For not having a stage. It's a real treat to stand on your wing sauce-saturated carpet. And being on the same level as your patrons makes it much easier for drunken assholes to approach us and fall into our equipment while spewing a three-foot stream of vomit onto the drum kit. Thank you.

* Thanks for the track lighting above the stage. Makes us feel like rock stars. Especially when they're colored.

* Also, thanks for the break on food and drinks. Fifty percent is such a gift. It's our distinct pleasure to shell out $3.25 for a shot of Jack that costs you twenty-two cents. Grazie. Merci. Domo. Danke.

* Thanks for hiring the three laid-off bus mechanics who threw a band together after the economy shit the bed and will now play for $75 a man. Enjoy their ripping 11-minute rendition of "Cocaine," complete with 64-bar bass solo and fudged lyrics.

* Thanks for canceling us on a Thursday night for the Browns-Lions game on NFL Network.

* Thanks for putting TVs directly over our heads, so people can watch "World's Scariest Videos" while we play. It's always a thrill to hear such expletives as "WHOA!", "HOLY SHIT!" while navigating the soliloquy from "Nights in White Satin."
* And let us not forget the bartenders, who listen to us all night without once clapping (if for no other reason than to induce the comatose people at the bar to clap).

* And thanks so much for cutting off the jukebox 10 seconds into "Sweet Home Alabama," so that we can hear that collective "AWWWWWW...." from the audience as we hit the stage. Most inspiring.

* Thanks for waiting until you've served all drinks, lit every cigarette, wiped off the bar, stocked the coolers and done your side work before moping toward the cash register with the quickness of a tai chi instructor to give us our meager salary while muttering, "They make as much as me, and only worked four f...in' hours." Yes, it's a travesty, but most high-level universities no longer give out bartending scholarships. And please note that it took us slightly longer to learn our instrument than it took for you to make it through Billy Bob's Bartending School. And we doubt seriously that you sit at home practicing bartending in your spare time.

* So thanks for handing over the dough and shutting the f... up.
Hey, we didn't write it, we're just the messenger.

If they don't spend money to advertise their business, live music may be the next best way (maybe even a better way) for bar owners to get customers in their doors. It is probably less expensive to PAY some musicians to liven up the joint, and attract their fans (although bringing folks in the place is NOT the responsibility of the entertainers), than it is to run ads. The best advertising is word of mouth.

ALERT... Yesterday, we got a call telling us of yet another bar/restaurant owner pulling a fast one on musicians. Jazz Utopia, the quartet that we wrote about last week, was scheduled to play at Mrs. Geez last night. A few hours before the gig, one of the musicians was called and informed that they would not be going on that night, as they were supposed to be playing for a party that canceled at the last minute. Although, one would think that a knowledgeable business owner would have taken a non-returnable deposit for a large party, and, in a case like this, would have paid the band something for their rehearsal time and for tying up their night for an anticipated engagement, that did not happen. So...musicians who are reading this, you have been warned. Get at least some of your money up front...and watch out for Mrs. Geez.

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Ronnie Rose, who manages to stay quite busy during these trying times, tells us that he will be at the Stirling Club tonight (October 22nd), from 8 to midnight; with Vinnie Falcone, Chris Gordan and Ryan Rose (no relative of Ronnie's) at the Roma Grill, 9570 Eastern Ave (near Silverado), from 7 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27th; and at the Suncoast's Hit Parade variety show, Saturday and Sunday, October 30th and 31st, at 7:30 p.m.

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If you are reading this early enough, tonight, Friday, October 22nd, might be a great night to get over to Sam's Town and see and hear Wes Winters at the piano in the Wes Winters' 88 Key Club. Why tonight? Because, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., guests with a B Connected Card (which can easily and quickly be obtained at the hotel) can get two for one appetizers in the club. Swipe your players card at any Sam's Town kiosk, then buy one appetizer at regular price from the Key Club's select private menu, and get a second one FREE. Among the items to choose from are Crab Cakes ($11), Classic Shrimp Scampi ($11), Coconut Battered Chicken Tenders ($8), Tequila Grilled Shrimp ($12), salads and more...all two for one. Guests may also order a complete dinner. Although the 88 Key Club is usually open to the public on both Fridays and Saturday nights, tomorrow there will be a private party held in the room. Plan to go tonight, or wait until next weekend. Reservations are suggested. Call Sam's Town at (702) 456-7777.

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Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas First Anniversary

Buddy Greco & Lezlie Anders Greco

Superstar female impersonator Frank Marino and the talented cast of Divas Las Vegas celebrated the one-year anniversary of the dazzling drag spectacular, following the show at the Imperial Showroom on Wednesday, October 20th. In addition to marking the significant occasion, it was announced that the show has been extended at the Imperial Palace through December 2012. A trailblazing entertainment icon, Marino recently celebrated 25 years of performing on the famous Las Vegas Strip. A contemporary and upbeat production, Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas is chock full of males impersonating some of entertainment's most beloved female superstars, from Whitney Houston, Cher and Bette Midler, to Britney Spears, Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross, Tina Turner and Lady Gaga. There are also some real boy dancers, who add some eye-candy to the production. Created and helmed by Marino, performing a Joan Rivers-inspired, comedic monologue, and narrating the production throughout, Divas continues to wow audiences with amazing talent, imagery and most importantly in a divas-style drag show -- stunning costumes and gowns. To keep the production fresh and exciting, Marino has recently made two additions to the dazzling show. The Mariah Carey-inspired number recently debuted with her hits "Emotions" and "I'll Be There" (a tribute to the late Michael Jackson), and the Lady Gaga look-alike will perform a fantastic medley of the superstar's songs. Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas is co-produced by SPI Entertainment. The show performs Saturdays through Thursdays at 10 p.m. inside the Imperial Palace showroom. Tickets start at $39, and can be purchased at the Imperial Palace box office, online at www.imperialpalace.com or by calling (888) 777-7664.

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Nelson Sardelli passed along this bit of news from Buddy Greco..."We are really doing well here in England. Just finished a tour of 30 venues all over the U.K. with me ,Lezlie (Anders Greco) and my group. Coming home for a month next week for a family reunion and going back out to NEW home by the sea where we now live permanently. Check out our web sites...buddygreco.com, lezlieanders.com, fevertribute.com. I think you will enjoy them and see what we've been doing here for five months."

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Comedy-magician Mac King performed two special assemblies for the students at the Dr. Miriam & Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus on Tuesday, October 19th. King dedicates his personal time to showcase magic and discuss the importance of reading at various Las Vegas schools throughout the year. He shared with the students that he "checked-out" a magic book at his elementary school library, which led to his career as a top comedy-magician, now in his eleventh year as a headliner at Harrah's. Ilan Hendler, a second-grade student, was selected to be the "Principal for the Day." Part of Ilan's duties for his role was to help announce Mac King from the stage. During one of the special shows, King donated an autographed copy of his latest book, Mac King's Campfire Magic, to the school's library. Mac King has been honored with numerous accolades, including "Favorite Male Las Vegan," and "Best Bargain Show," by the Las Vegas-Review Journal 2009 "Best of Las Vegas" readers' poll, "Funniest Act in Magic Today" by Magic Magazine, Magician of the Year by The Magic Castle, and "Entertainer of the Year" by the Las Vegas Weekly "Readers Choice Awards." King, one of today's brightest and most talented magicians, takes the stage twice daily, Tuesdays through Saturdays, at Harrah's Las Vegas at 1 and 3 p.m. in the Showroom Theatre. Tickets are $24.95 plus tax.


Mac King, Lance Burton & Human Nature

Leslie Jordan

And speaking of Mac King...
In celebration of Mac's wife, Jennifer's, recent birthday, the family-friendly comedic magician gathered a group of close friends for a night out to see popular headliners Human Nature at the Imperial Palace. Included in the group was fellow magician Lance Burton.
Photo credit: SPI Entertainment.

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On Wednesday, October 28th at 8 p.m., Leslie Jordan, who won an Emmy Award as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his recurring role as "Beverley Leslie" on Will & Grace, will perform an evening of cabaret to benefit AFAN (Aid for AIDS of Nevada). Tall Tales from a Not-So-Tall Man will play inside the lounge at the Palms Casino Resort. In addition to his recurring role on Will & Grace, Jordan has guest starred on TV's Ugly Betty, Boston Legal and Reba, among others. He is also the author of My Trip Down the Pink Carpet. Tickets for the one-man show are $35 for general admission, and $100 for a VIP table (which includes two tickets).

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The Gay and Lesbian Community Center proudly announces its 16th Annual Honorarium, to be held at Caesars Palace on Friday, November 5th, beginning at 6 p.m. The Center will Celebrate Community-Give Where You Live, by recognizing individuals from Southern Nevada who have distinguished themselves as leaders through their commitment to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community, by giving of their time, talents or resources during the past year. The 2010 honorees include: Roger Thomas, Man of the Year; Gwen Migita, Woman of the Year; Jane Heenan, Equality Award Recipient; and Arlene Cooper, Volunteer of the Year. Guests at the celebration will be entertained with swanky sounds and go-go dancers in a stylish, ultra-lounge atmosphere on par with the best of Las Vegas' nightlife, all for a charitable cause. A silent auction and VIP reception will precede the main event. Food stations will be positioned around the perimeter to offer a variety of enticing edibles for enjoyment all night. Since the first Honorarium in 1994, The Center has acknowledged individuals, companies and organizations that make equality for the LGBT community their cause, passion and commitment. The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, located at 953 E. Sahara # B-31 in Las Vegas, is a community-based organization, which supports and promotes activities directed at furthering the well-being, positive image, and human rights of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community and its allies in Southern Nevada. General Admission to the Honorarium is $150, while VIP tickets, which includes a special reserved seating section and a VIP reception. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call (702) 733-9800.


Roger Thomas

F.I.O.R.E. Halloween Party

M Resort Italian Festival

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For those who inquired about the results of the Barrett-Jackson collector-car auction, held at Mandalay Bay on the weekend of September 23rd, here is what we learned. The automobiles that belonged to the late entertainer, Danny Gans, netted a little more than $500,000. The Jerry and Donna Reynolds, from Atlanta, Georgia, purchased two of the cars - a 1969 Camaro for him, and a 2003 Chevy Corvette for her. We would be curious to know if the Reynolds' came to Las Vegas specifically for the auction, or, if they just happened to be in the neighborhood.

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Trick or treat! Halloween is an important holiday in Las Vegas, with lots of fun things to do. October 31st, is also the date (in 1864) that Nevada became a state, which gives this city even more to celebrate. At any rate, there are lots of fun (and scary) things to do all around the city. Here are some of them...

The Non-Club Club F.I.O.R.E. Halloween Party (one of the social events of ANY season, in any city) will take place on Friday, October 29th, at the Italian American Social Club at 2333 E. Sahara, between Eastern and McLeod. Join the boys and ghouls (this is one of the few co-ed F.I.O.R.E. events all year), from 6:30 to 10 p.m., for a spooktacular evening of fun and camaraderie. There will be a great buffet, live music with a bigger band, live (allegedly) entertainment, flowers and chocolates for the ladies, and other treats. There will also be gifts of boxed pasta, courtesy of Barilla and Sue and Rich Natole (is this Italian, or what?). Invite your friends for this one. Admission is $30 for those in costume, and $35 for those without (Sans clothing, or sans costume...we don't know). FIORE widows (with or without costumes) are free, but their new boyfriends (with or without costumes) must pay. RSVP, ASAP or sooner, to [email protected].

Spooky fun and tasty treats await boys and girls of all ages at the Springs Preserve's annual Haunted Harvest. You and your little monsters can enjoy a haunted maze, trick or treat stations, carnival games, live entertainment, and much more fun. The Springs Cafe by Wolfgang Puck will host themed evenings, featuring food and beverage, crafts, "tattoo" stations, and photo opportunities - "Wolfgang Puck's World of Wizardry and Witchcraft," "Puck's Pirates and Princess Party," and "Wolfgang Puck's Wild Wild West." There is an additional $3 per person fee to participate. Sunny 106.5-FM's annual Safe Street Trick or Treating event will take place on Halloween. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children 5 to 12, and free for those 4 and under. Annual pass members receive half off the regular admission price. Haunted Harvest times are October 15-17, 22-24, 29-31, from 5 to 9 p.m. Springs Preserve is located at 333 S. Valley View Blvd. For more information and to purchase tickets in advance, please call (702) 822-7700, or visit springspreserve.org.

Sam's Town Live will host a Rockin' Halloween Party, Sunday, October 31st from 8 p.m. until midnight, featuring Crossfire, Las Vegas' hottest and hardest hitting Rock Band!
The night's events include a Halloween Costume Contest with prizes to include a $300 Grand prize. Masks and painted faces are not allowed. General admission is $10. For B-Connected Members (when purchased in person at a Coast Casino only) admission is $5. Save convenience fees by purchasing tickets in person at Sam's Town. Call the box office at (702) 284-7777.

The Galleria at Sunset Mall, 1300 W. Sunset (across from Sunset Station), presents Funtown Frightfest, daily through October 31st, beginning at 4:10 p.m. Carnival rides, Haunted Hayride, Pumpkin Patch, Pony Rides and more, offer fun for all ages. Charge is adults $3, and children $2.

With their "We know what scares you" TV commercials, Chaos at The Cannery (North Las Vegas) seems determined to frighten the you-know-what out of folks. Two of Las Vegas' top haunts, The Asylum and Hotel Fear, are combined into one abysmally haunted terror. The Cannery will horrify the masses as it partners with Lotus Broadcasting's KOMP 92.3 and 97.1 The Point to present haunted attractions that landed in the Top 13 Haunts in the U.S., according to Hauntworld Magazine. These two houses of terror - each a full-sized attraction on its own - will be combined into a single event. Each haunted house has its own unique history and story line, yet is connected by a larger intertwined plot with original characters, original plots and original effects. Chaos at The Cannery is put on by RJ Productions, which has been scaring Las Vegas since 1999. The haunted houses will be open now through October 31st, with frights from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays, and from 6:30 to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Freak nights for special showings starting at 6:30 p.m., include Wednesday, October 27th until 10 p.m.; Thursday, October 28th until midnight, and Sunday, October 31st, from 6 p.m. to midnight. The Cannery is located at 2121 East Craig Road. Tickets are $12 for a single haunt or $18 for a Chaos Pass combo. There will be a special "lights on" tour for the little ones under 10 years old on Halloween, October 31st, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for only a $2 donation. All proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House. For more information, please visit www.WeAreLV.com.


George Burns

Mark Nadler & KT Sullivan

LaToya Jackson

And, while continuing with the Halloween-theme, we got this follow-up to BOO!, the musical revue that played at the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin last weekend...
Audience reaction to BOO! was great - with lots of enthusiastic praise for the selection of music, the beautiful costumes and the elaborate (and spooky) sets. The show itself went off without a hitch. Not one of the hundreds of technical cues (lights, music, slides) went awry. Several audience members, who stayed after the show to meet the stars, sisters Lisa and Ina Jo Donovan, marveled at "the variety of music from eight different decades" contained in the show. Others said they were "flabbergasted" that the sisters portrayed five different characters in totally different costumes in the course of the show. Prior to her Saturday night performance at the Starbright, Lisa Donovan, who also wrote and directed BOO!, sang before a live audiences at Dennis Bono's nationally-syndicated radio show, broadcast from Michael Gaughan's South Point Casino & Hotel, and at Ed Matthews' weekly shows at the Gold Coast and Suncoast. Those appearances have resulted in talks about the possibility of Lisa cutting down on her guest star appearances on several different cruise lines and performing again on a regular basis at a Las Vegas venue. It will be recalled that some years back the late great Jack Eglash, then entertainment director of the Desert Inn, saw Lisa perform with George Burns at Caesars Palace. He and Burton Cohen, who ran the Desert Inn, offered Lisa a three-week gig. Lisa, alternating shows six nights a week in that great lounge with the legendary Keely Smith and other name performers, was so successful in filling the room with locals as well as visiting tourists, that her three-week booking turned into nine months. Local historians will remember that Lisa's run ended when Sheraton took over the DI and changed the entertainment policy in the lounge. Look for the talented Donovan sisters names on a marquee near you.

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Mark Nadler, KT Sullivan and Jon Weber are proud to be bringing Gershwin...Here to Stay, the show that they did at New York's Algonquin last March, to Ten Chimneys at Genesee Depot in Waukegan, Illinois, tomorrow night from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The Algonquin show generated one of the most acclaimed Gershwin reviews in decades. Stephen Holden of the New York Times, wrote...

'The Happiness Stuff' That Makes Embraceable Music Irreplaceable
You don't have to be depressing to be deep. The upside-down notion that happy, energetic music may be more profound than Mahleresque harmonic gloom is suggested by a scene from Walter Rimler's 2009 biography, "George Gershwin: An Intimate Portrait (Music in American Life)," quoted by the piano man Mark Nadler in "Gershwin...Here to Stay," the wonderfully buoyant tribute he is performing with K T Sullivan at the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel.

When Gershwin's friend Kay Swift observed him playing "dark, doom-laden chords" and asked him what he was composing, he said: "Oh, nothing. I was just working off some of the dreary music that lies near the top of a composer's mind. Then I'll dig down to the happiness stuff, with any luck." A similar belief in joy as the artistic mother lode in popular music drives the show, in which Mr. Nadler and Ms. Sullivan are joined by the Chicago jazz pianist Jon Weber, whose feathery touch on the keyboard balances Mr. Nadler's crunching percussiveness. A high point on Thursday night was their furiously propulsive four-handed reduction of Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F, embellished with some physical clowning. Immediately after, Ms. Sullivan slipped into a comic vamp mode and sidled to the piano to sing "Sam and Delilah" in a campy dialect and tug playfully at Mr. Weber's ponytail. A decade ago Ms. Sullivan and Mr. Nadler performed another, more conventional (and uneven) Gershwin tribute, "American Rhapsody," that ran off Broadway for nine months. In the 10 years since, they have grown exponentially in confidence and mutual understanding. The show's astute musical pairings include "Who Cares?" with "They All Laughed"; "Sweet and Lowdown" with "Shall We Dance?"; and "'S Wonderful" wound around excerpts from "Rhapsody in Blue." Their rendition of "How Long Has This Been Going On?," the Gershwin ode to delirious, non-platonic kissing, is one of the few I've heard that emphasizes what the song is really about. Mr. Nadler's exegesis on how the internal rhythms and syntax of the chorus of "Embraceable You" express an image in the verse of the heart skipping a beat, is another example of the show's microscopic focus. Only once, in a climactic "I Got Rhythm," did Mr. Nadler allow his hammy impulses to run amok.
(Personally, we like those "hammy impulses.")

If you are in the neighborhood, and are a Gershwin fan, you won't want to miss this musical treat. Tickets are $100. Call (262) 968-4110 for reservations.

If you miss them in Waukegan, on Friday, November 5th, Nadler, Sullivan and Weber will be doing Gershwin...Here to Stay, at the Monmouth University's Pollak Theatre, 400 Cedar Ave., in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Show is from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Call (732) 571-3400.

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Tomorrow and Sunday, October 23rd and 24th, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Marnell family brings their Italian tradition back to the M Resort Spa Casino for the second annual Italian Festival. Guests, visitors and locals can expect a weekend of Italian food, fun and entertainment for the whole family. New this year, the Festival will highlight Villaggio Del Sole's Main Stage. The stage will feature performances by Mark O'Toole; the children's group, Musicology Academy; and cooking demonstrations by Chef Tina Martini. Visuals include Spaghetti Eating Contest at noon on Saturday and 12:30 pm on Sunday, and Grape Stomping Contest at 1:30 pm on Saturday. Children can enjoy face painting, tattoo artists, colorful balloons and more. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for children ages 5 and under. Paid admission includes choice of one select beverage. M Resort Spa Casino, Villaggio Del Sole Pool and Entertainment Piazza, is located on Las Vegas Blvd South at St. Rose Parkway.

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David Cassidy

Star Jones

Lisa Smith

Although this season's winner of The Apprentice hasn't even been announced yet, there is already talk about next season's Celebrity Apprentice and what celebrities will be involved. According to what we have heard, sounds like Donald Trump will have his hands full. Among the contestants names being bandies about are LaToya Jackson, Gary Busey, Dionne Warwick, Meat Loaf, Star Jones, David Cassidy, Lisa Rinna, Jose Canseco, Marlee Matlin and Survivor Richard Hatch. Hmmm.

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Lisa Smith (vocals) and Tony Branco (piano) will be presenting An Evening of Jazz, tomorrow night Saturday, October 23rd, from 7 to 11 p.m., at the Siena Italian Authentic Trattoria Restaurant, 9500 West Sahara Ave. The twosome are filling in for Larry Liso, who will be performing at the Rampart Casino tomorrow night. Call (702) 360-3358.

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Reminders...
It’s the Joe Williams Scholarship Concert at the Rio at 2 p.m. on Sunday, and the Performing Arts Society of Nevada’s 20th anniversary show at the Clark County Flamingo Library, also at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Toss a coin.



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